Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Life Lately & Pictures

So we are all healthy again.. Knock on wood!! This week we have spent a lot of time getting back on track & the house back to looking as it should. I have also been utilizing my Family Binder & it feels so great to be organized & on top of things. We still need to adjust to routine but we are for the most part.

We recently updated our iPhones to the new 4s phones which is amazing & I am so glad we did because we can now FaceTime with our family faraway & the girls LOVE IT!! Now both girls think that anytime they are talking to someone they can see them. Shiloh is always trying to show people things & I have to explain to her that we aren't doing FaceTime haha & well Gabbie she is just a goof. The other day Gabbie brought me my phone & wanted to talk so I set up the video camera so she could do some pretend Facetime with herself.. it was pretty darn cute.. here it is..



Last Tuesday we took the girls to the dentist. Shiloh has been asking to go because we have one by our house that is for kids & you can see the inside from the road & all the rooms have a neat theme. So I scheduled them both for a check-up. Shiloh has been one time before this but Gabbie had yet to meet a dentist. Both girls did great! Shiloh didn't allow them to floss her teeth but was able to get a nice cleaning which was nice. Gabbie just sat there staring & allowed them to check her teeth. The Dentist said that both girls have great teeth & we are doing a good job. It's always nice to hear that especially since teeth are super important.

Last Wednesday we were hit with a nasty stomach bug.. lets just say everything from the day came up in all three of us girls. Stephen lucked out & never got sick. Man that was not a fun 24 hours at all!! I tell ya being 8 month pregnant & being sick like that is not fun & a little scary. I think Gabbie had it the worst though poor thing.

As of Monday I am 32 weeks now YAY!!
FYI: I really dislike my face in this photo but lately I am not feeling all that pretty so it will have to do. Emma is almost here & I couldn't be more excited. I have bed all set up & I made her name sign to hang above it too.

Today I went to target & bought two baskets one for Emma's teeny tiny diapers & one for Gabbies. I also bought her some pacifiers that are different from Gabbies in hopes she likes them so that they don't have the same pacifier & we aren't getting them confused. We have also made some purchases on some clothes for her since I can't seem to find all the other newborn clothes. I really hope they aren't in storage & we are just missing them. I also had my 32 week check up this morning & doc said her head is low & man she is stubborn I was like yes she is. When I laid back for her to listen to her heart beat she had her butt high in the air.. as soon as doc put the doppler to my belly she started moving all over the place haha. She does this everytime now its like a game for her I swear. But she was able to get a good listen after a few minutes & she said she sounds good & healthy. She also asked me if I had my babysitter lined up & my bags packed.. not sure if she was hinting at something but she said since I had Shiloh & Gabbie so quickly & because Emma is so low this could be a quick delivery so I told her yes but that I do have anxiety that if it were to be the middle of the night we may not get someone to answer haha. But I need to not worry about it. She said I am measuring right on track now though so that was good to hear since the last two visits I was measuring two weeks ahead. So Princess Emma is going to be here in no time & I tell ya I am so ready to have my body back for the most part. I also can't wait to hold her & see her beautiful face.

On Saturday it was pretty nice out so we too a trip to the park finally after months of poopy weather {which btw has returned} the girls loved being outside to run & play. It was a bit hard for me to keep up so we didn't stay too long because Gabbie was more interested in chasing them men playing basketball then she was in playing at the park.
 I tell ya I am not a fan of the heat since up here in the Northwest we don't have A/C but I am ready for some sunshine & warmer weather this cold rainy stuff is just bumming me out big time!! So hopefully Spring will be here soon & we can start getting out & doing stuff again. I think we are dying for some Vitamin D that is for sure!!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Family Binder


So I finally did it. I made our Family Binder. I am so glad its done!! I love how it turned out & I am pretty impressed with it. I wanted a Family Binder to hold important contact info, Our Routines, Calendars, Shopping List, Recipes, Documents & List. I wanted to have something for when we have someone watch the girls to go by & for me to go by so I can be more on routine with things. I think having this book is good for any family to keep on hand to stay on top of things.

So here is the cover Page:

Inside I added dividers & page protectors. Here is a list of my dividers.
  • Important Contacts
  • Routines
  • Calendar's
  • Cleaning
  • Food
  • List
  • Documents
*Contact List Tab
 I also have a page for the Babysitter Followed by a CPR Information page which I found & printed from Baby Center
I also have two pages of important business contact information & family & close friend contact information. I also have a page protector to add business cards for places that are important to remember or for our Credit Cards we don't use all the time.

*Daily Routine Tab

I have one for each day Monday through Sunday. I started my Week with Monday because Sundays are more relaxed. But each day is different.

The first page I have in here is an area where I can list appointments to remember for the week or things we have scheduled outside or routine. I have this as I all the doc's in a protective cover so it allows me to use a dry erase marker on it to write things down & to erase it each week or as needed so I don't have to keep reprinting. I did this with all my list that I have. Which I will list here in a bit.

*Calendar Tab

I have a calender for each month. I only print out the month we are in though so that I can add activities to the next month before printing & on the first of that month I print out & replace.
This too is in a protective cover so I can add info to the calendar as needed. 
At the end of this divider I have a page for Family Birthday's to Remember & Holiday's for the year.

 *Cleaning Tab

This is a page that I created of daily cleaning list to follow. It's not super detailed but it lets me know what needs to be done each day. I am also going to work on adding some helpful tips for cleaning that I found on Pinterest Gotta Love Pinterest!!!
*Food Tab

Here I have a page to list meals for the week along with a shopping list. I also have a sheet to plan each meal for the day so I don't have to be creative each day just once a week I can sit down & fill this out. After these pages I have pages of recipes.

 *List Tab

My list divider has pages of list.
  • To Do ✓ List
  • Prayer List
  • Reminder List
  • Goal List
  • Home Needs List
I also have a list page for each member of our family. So if one of the girls needs new shoes or diapers or we need to sign them up for something I can write it here to reference back to.

*Helpful Tab

Here I have printed out different helpful tips.
  • Tips for Saving
  • Craft Ideas for the kids
  • Family QT ideas
  • Teaching Tools
A lot of this information I found at iMom

*Documents Tab

My documents tab is where I have a business card holder to put our SS cards & other important cards such as Insurance Cards. I also have a protective sheet for our Wedding Certificate & Birth Certificates.

At the end of my binder I added a notebook so I can write down Blog Ideas. Added list that I need to create or recipes that I can write up & print later or notes that I have taken from the doctors or a TV show such as the doctors. I also have a separate planner that I carry around to appointments or that I write future appointments in so that when i need to print out that month's calender I can reference back to that as well.

I hope you find my ideas helpful & useful & do share what you have created & or tabs I may not have that maybe helpful for me or others too :)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Mommies State of Mind

So yesterday I had my 30 week check up. My blood pressure was up a bit but I think its just because she is getting so big it's making my body work that much harder to carry this bump around. I am measuring 31/32 weeks so that makes me believe she will be here sooner then we thought which makes me smile. We also discussed postpartum depression & my doctor & I are both a little concerned with my current state a bit. Nothing to be alarmed about but this pregnancy has had a lot of downs along with ups but I think the downs have greatly effected me. I am not sure if its all the stress we have had with certain issues surrounding us or moving or the fact that Stephen is making less money right now due to the new store or if its just me & all my crazy hormones. I told my doctor my motivation to get anything done this pregnancy is an all time low & it really has effected my over all happiness. I feel like I am not doing all the things I should. Spending one on one time with the girls & working with them on learning time, keeping up with all the house work, making stronger efforts to spend quality time with my husband, eating better, having more of a routine & just being on top of things like I usually am. I know that I am pregnant & things are expected to be out of the norm for a bit but it really bothers me. I have major OCD but I feel like I go crazy over the noise of stuff but I have zero motivation to fix it.. which in return leaves me depressed, anxious & anxiety ridden. I try to remind myself that our house will never look like a model home, the girls are fine they are thriving, happy & getting enough learning & I do enough for now, Stephen knows I love him, eating as I am isn't a bad thing I haven't gained that much weight only 28 pounds & routines can be made after Emma is here. But sometimes I can't seem to be okay with that. I have found nights were I just cry myself to sleep or just can't hold all my frustration in & I get upset & take it out on Stephen. I feel bad.. really bad but I don't know how to control some of these emotions. I also have been very sensitive to others. Their comments & way of speaking to me or about me has really bothered me.. to the point now that if they have hurt me or said something that really bothers me, I cut them off, avoid & block them out of my life for now. I can't handle negative.. anything negative it really really weighs on me more then normal lately & the only way I feel like I can deal with it is to not deal with it which I know in return will later bite me in the butt.
When I was younger I was diagnosed with depression up until my teens I was on all kinds of anti depressant but I couldn't stand depending on a pill to control my happiness so I told myself I needed to take charge of it all & learn to handle my issues. For the most part I have.. over the years I have had some fall outs & probably should have been back on them or in therapy but I still have over come it all. So that is what I am trying to do now.. over come this sadness that I don't welcome. My doctor & I both are going to monitor it close & I promised him that if its a day I can't handle or it increases that I would let him know asap. I feel sad that these feelings are here that I am not strong enough to over come them. A part of me feels like a failure & that I am letting down my family.. which in return only makes it worse.. I know a lot of mom's go through this & I am normal.. I just wish I wasn't one of those mom's. I have not had any harmful thoughts though so lets just make that clear!! I am just sad is all.

One way I am trying to help with my emotions is to read self help or happy books. I never read.. I have had a hard time fitting it in.. but with my insomnia I have been reading now at night. I first read The Vow. It was a great short read & made me want to see the movie more & it was very inspiring but it took me 3 days to read that so now I am on to The Happiness Project. So far I am liking the book a lot & really want to make my own happiness project but I feel so scattered brained I don't even know where to begin.. & also there is my motivation issues.. I plan it all out in my mind but I do nothing to start it.
Another thing I wanted to do that I thought would help me to feel better is start a family binder of routine, activities, recipes & other helpful ideas. But again I bought all the supplies to start it.. but I haven't. So now I am going to return all the supplies.. but I feel like I am giving up which also weighs on me.. why I am giving up.. why can't I just do something I want to do. Why do I feel so confused.. it's like my brain can't think past caring for the kids & doing the things I know I HAVE TO DO. It's like it can't even allow the room to add something else in.

I don't know where this state of mind is going to take me or if it will heal after Emma is hear.. at this point I guess all I can do is pray & look to God for guidance & continue to tell myself it will all work out, it will all be okay & that I am not a failure it's just hard because I want to have control of it all.

I know this post was a little personal.. but I needed to write.. I needed to say what I am feeling in writing because face to face with someone it just doesn't seem to come out right. So I hope others can respect that & not judge it.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Southwestern Smothered Chops Valentines Day Dinner

So I decided since we are not able to go out for a nice dinner I would make a nice dinner of our own.

I started us off with a Balsamic Raspberry Dressing Mixed Green Salad topped with Cherry Tomatoes.

Then for our main course we had Southwestern Smothered Chops.. Yummy!!!

Here is the recipe:

Southwestern Smothered Chops

4 center-cut pork chops (1" thick)
2 teaspoons Mexican seasoning
1 can (15 oz) low-sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
1 pkg (10 oz) frozen whole-kernal corn
1/2 cup frozen chopped onion
1 can (10 oz) condensed creamy chicken verde soup (Campbell's)
3/4 cup salsa with cilantro
   fresh cilantro sprigs (optional)
   cornbread (optional)

1) Sprinkle chops with Mexican seasoning; set aside
2) Combine beans, corn and onions. Places chops on top of vegetables
3) In medium-size bowl, stir together soup and salsa. Pour over chops
4) Cook on LOW for 5 to 7 hours
5) Serve with cilantro (optional)
6) Optional - serve with cornbread

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Catching Up

Sorry I haven't posted in some time. We took a trip to Seattle on Friday & I ended up with a nasty cold while there & it's still lingering so I haven't had much energy to write nor has my brain been able to think. I am starting to feel some what better but now both girls seem to be sick with what I had.. but their energy levels are way higher then mine that is for sure.

So one thing I wanted to share is that I have been taking the girls to story time at our local library & they love it. I am so glad we live so close & that they offer so many story times for us to attend. It really is nice to have them involved in something outside the house with other kids. It's only 30 min. 3 times a week but its still really nice. Yesterday Stephen took both the girls while I had my 28 week check up. He said it was neat & he to is glad we are taking them. Shiloh just loves it.

I am also looking to start her in ballet classes. I haven't had the chance to get her down to the school to tour due to us being sick but I hope to this next Tuesday & to get her signed up. She really enjoys dancing around & needs something special like this. So hopefully it all works out.

Yesterday I had my 28 week doctors appointment. I can't believe how fast this pregnancy has flown by.. it's actually really nice but now I know these last few months are going to drag because I am so anxious to meet Emma & to have my body back. Yesterday I had my glucose test, which let me tell you I don't know if its due to me being sick or just prego brain but I took my cocktail an hour too soon so I had to call & get everything pushed up.. oops good thing my doctors office was able to get it all worked out. For this appointment not only did I have my glucose test but I had to get my rhogam shot too. He also measured me & I am still measuring a week ahead. After my appointment I stopped & picked up a few things for dinner & then met Stephen & the girls for lunch. While at lunch I ended up getting really sick. Dizzy, sweating, feeling as though I was going to pass out & be sick all at the same time.. it freaked me out because I hadn't felt this way in some time. After about 15 minutes & some water I started to feel better but man how scary. It had me wondering though if I would pass my glucose. I have always in the past with Shiloh & Gabriella but for some reason this time I have this feeling I may not. So today I received the call & it confirmed my intuition I didn't pass the glucose so now on Tuesday I have to do the 3 hour test. I know most people freak out over this type of news & get scared but me I am not going to let it bother me. I have always known there was a chance I could have gestational diabetes due to my polycystic ovary so its something I have always prepared myself for. So we shall see what happens.

Other then that Gabbie's bumps are almost all the way healed & she hasn't had a fever again so that is a relief. I am praying that both girls just have the cough & sniffles & aren't going to feel the full sickness that I have the last few days because it is miserable! They seem to be doing pretty well though just sleeping more & at times more irritable. But I am pumping them full of vitamins & good nutrients so hopefully that will help fight this thing.

So here is my big ole belly at 28 weeks.. at this point I am down to only fitting into leggings.. even my maternity jeans are too tight ugh..

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