Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Today was one of them...you kissed me goodbye and walked into the Little Gym Funny Bugs class all by yourself. You listened, followed directions, did the parachute without me, went under the parachute with your teacher (you wouldn't even do that with me!!), did forward rolls without help, and were the best little three year old I have ever seen. You left class smiling and excited to show me your Funny Bug Stamps, and tell me that you have a NEW little gym teacher. I watched it all through the window, with all of the other 'preschool mommies.' I was nervous for you at first. You would peak out the window and look at me and wave. But you did great!
Even if you keep growing up so fast, don't forget to look back and wave sometimes. I am right here watching you and cheering you on.
Monday, January 25, 2010
We are taking a music class together with Larken and Amalie this winter. I did a few sessions with Bradley when he was younger and he wasn't a big fan. It is really expensive, and I didn't want to force him to go to something he wasn't excited about. Well, he is in LOVE with "Mr. Dave" and everything music! The first class was a bit rocky, he was unsure of the dancing part, and wanted to be held. But, we are on week three and having great success! He knows the words to the songs, loves the teacher, can pat his hands to the rhythm of the music and sing!
Bradley has started doing 'chores':
If you look closely at the chore chart there is a random chore at the top about soccer class....Well, I thought it would be great bonding time for Chris and Bradley to take soccer on Saturday mornings. Two weeks ago was the first class. Bradley fussed and cried and said he didn't want to go. He went anyway, and I wasn't surprised when Chris called after class to say it was a DISASTER! Apparently in the middle of jumping jacks Bradley lost his marbles about who knows what, and couldn't get it back for the rest of class. Needless to say it made for an unhappy Daddy and son. The hilarious part was Bradley came home saying how much he liked soccer. He played soccer with Daddy all day in the basement. Chris couldn't believe he knew every move they learned in class, dribbling, stopping the ball, etc. I guess he was paying attention to the teacher throughout his crying fits. So I added 'be good in soccer' to the chore chart. This week was apparently a lot better. Fingers crossed that we can keep up the momentum!!
Last but not least is my most embarrassing parenting moment #4,832
Chris was out of town this weekend for Uncle Shawn's Birthday. Happy Birthday Shawn!!! Bradley and I were out at dinner with my girlfriend Debbie. As soon as we sat down at the table in the restaurant Bradley started singing. Debbie and I couldn't make out what he was saying and then it hit me; He was singing "Let me take a ride on your Disco stick" over and over again. Ummmm.....whoops!! That song was on the radio for less than a minute the other night before I switched stations. I guess someone liked the tune and found it catchy!!
Thursday, January 21, 2010
She made these cute shower invitations for me! Aren't they adorable, Thanks Lindsay! I was so excited when I got the invite in the mail yesterday.
About a week ago Bradley got himself all twisted up in his pajamas. Chris found him crying in the middle of the hallway at 6 am. He didn't want to go back to sleep so he ended up watching Sesame Street with me. Well, that one morning started a new habit of coming in each morning as soon as he woke up (and it kept getting earlier and earlier). We definitely milked the, "stay in your room until we come to get you" for quite some time. We tried the tot clock yesterday for the first time and he is REALLY excited about it. I thought that it might help with quiet time as well. It is working...blue means stay in bed, yellow means you can get up! He told his teachers all about it when I dropped him off for school this morning. I hope the excitement lasts!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
We took Bradley to his first trip to the bowling alley the other day. It was a blast!!
Some things we learned from our first trip:
1. 3 year olds LOVE bowling
2. bowling is WAY more expensive than I remember...ummm $90 for three games & three shoes
3. having Hi-C for the first time is AWESOME according to Bradley
4. you know you are a bad bowler when your three year old beats you, and the gutter blockers are UP...that is bad!
5. we will definitely be back again!
Some of the highlights:
Saturday, January 16, 2010
February: An amazing trip to the Balitmore aquarium followed by some of my fav pics with your Daddy and Aunt Kim.
March: My little boy is growing up, and starts potty training! It seems like so long ago, and you are still doing great with it!
April: A spring trip to Nags Head with Grandma and the rest of the family.
May: Your first trip to pick strawberries and
June: More trips to the pool...such fun!
July: You move into your 'big boy room'!! We also had our family 'Cousinfest' celebration!
August: Fun times in Nags Head with our favorite friends,
September was busy!! You ride on your first roller coaster at Bush Gardens.
October: Of course you were a "Mr. Train Conductor"
November: Thanksgiving and time spent with family.
December: Bradley turns THREE!! The biggest snow storm ever, and a fabulous Christmas!
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I will have my next appointment on Wednesday (I am somehow a little off schedule this pregnancy). But, after this next appointment I will start seeing the doctor every two weeks! It is really flying by. My last appointment was the week of Christmas and everything was looking great! I had to take my diabetes test, and I passed with flying colors. They have started measuring my belly, and that looked normal too. I feel blessed to have had a smooth pregnancy, and I hope it continues until the end.
In the past few weeks my energy level has started to taper off again. I have been more tired around the house, not wanting to cook/clean/play with Bradley on the floor and things. I am trying to push through it, because I know that soon I won't have the time to play with him for hours on end. I have noticed a lot more aches and pains from just getting off of the couch and trying to sleep. I know I felt like this with Bradley's pregnancy but you block a lot of it out! I have continued exercising with the elliptical and taking my body pump classes. This might end in just a few short weeks, and I may just walk on the track or treadmill. I am taking a prenatal yoga class that has helped with my soreness. This is getting into the hard part of the pregnancy, and it is all worth it in the end!!!!
Chris and I have also talked at length about how lucky we are. In the past year, I really thought that we might not ever have another child of our own. I longed to be pregnant again, and feel a baby kicking inside of me. I feel so blessed to be able to carry another child. What a miracle it all is!! There are definitely times when you feel like the storm clouds are overhead and pouring rain down on you. Then you reach these moments of bliss. I am definitely in a blissful state right now. Happy with my sweet husband, adorable little boy, and welcoming a new child into our family. I have just had a great feeling of contentedness and peace.
Well, I broke down and had Chris snap another picture of me tonight at 28 weeks. I was feeling guilty about not taking ANY pictures this pregnancy. I am definitely getting BIG, but now we are in the home stretch. I have spent a lot more energy this pregnancy worrying about my weight gain. Hopefully since I have continued going to the gym and working out I can lose it again quickly (a girl can dream right?!). I have eaten a lot more healthily this pregnancy, less ice cream and sweets. But, I still have gained almost 20 lbs at my last appointment. Ughhh...it is what it is, and I will work my tail off to lose it in the end. I don't know how some women look so petite while they are pregnant or only gain 20 lbs total?!! Who are these people!!?!!! I know this sweet baby girl is worth it!
Monday, January 11, 2010
I am hoping to do some posts this week about my pregnancy. 12 weeks to go and counting!!!
Thursday, January 7, 2010
The first day we toured the entire place and went to the arcade. Then early the next morning we headed over to the water park. Bradley LOVED it to say the least. There were many tears when it was time to head back to the condo for our nap. You could tell he was totally exhausted, but he didn't want to leave. That afternoon the boys went tubing. Bradley loved that too, but I wasn't able to get any photos. I was busy getting a massage....yay!!
We spent the second day in the water park alllllllllllllll day. I was exhausted from the first day at the park, so I was the offical picture taker while Chris ran around after Bradley. There were a lot of slides that I wasn't able to get pictures of because of the water spraying EVERY where. The lazy river was my favorite, and we went around that a hundred times. It is so amazing how quickly this little boy is growing up. He is able to do so many things and is getting a bit fearless. We will definitely be making a trip back to Massanutten soon!
This is one of the many sprayers that the kids could turn on and off. They were all over the bridges and walkways. You could spray people going around the lazy river too. Bradley would come down the slide and crank this puppy up every time. It would drench you if you were too close. No fear!!
The final day of the trip we had purchased more tubing tickets. Well, Bradley was getting really sick and said that he just wanted to go home. The tubing tickets were so hard to get. You had to wait in line forever, because they only sold them the day before you went. So we drove over to the tubing park and gave our tickets to a stranger that wasn't able to get any. I was dissappointed that I didnt' get to see him go down the mountain, but this poor boy was exhausted. I loved going on a trip after Christmas, and I hope we can make it a tradition. It was so relaxing and so many fun memories!