Friday, July 31, 2009

I Think I am Drowning

Do you ever have those times in your life when you just want to escape? For obvious reasons, I feel that way right now. I can't do anything. I went to Sam's Club this afternoon and shopped for about 15 minutes. When I got home, I was completely wiped out. The feeling never really went away and getting a simple dinner on the table was quite an accomplishment. Putting a belligerent toddler to bed was like climbing Mt. Everest.

Regardless of being pregnant or not, there are times in my life when I feel very inadequate and a bit lost, if you will. I really feel that way right now. I just feel unsatisfied and so I want to escape in any way that I can: mindless television, dumb computer games, sleep as late as I can possibly get away with, without the house falling apart. The last one is always a good tactic because then the day seems a little bit shorter. Ugh! Besides being an incubator, I feel like I accomplish nothing. It is frustrating. Of course, I know it is because I am pregnant, but I still feel this way.

But I really am trapped right now. Physically, I am about as useful as a manatee on a ferris wheel. And I really can't go anywhere because it is so friggin' hot outside. Plus, we live so far away from anything, that a day drive somewhere will only move me to an even hotter location.

Usually my husband rescues me, but he is getting in his last hurrah before these last few months of pregnancy. He is fishing and golfing with his brothers this weekend. I won't see him till late Saturday night. Please, I am not griping about an unfeeling husband or anything. I am glad he can get this in before things get really harry around here. But it is still hard not having him here to help me. There is only so much effective yelling you can do while lying down on a couch.

Help! I think I am drowning.

Well, off to bed.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


An oldie, but a goodie...

I have been cleaning out my computer and organizing my photos. These are some cute pictures of Raef and Zach when they were 2 years old.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Gut Check - 26 Weeks

Yep, 26 weeks today and this is me in all my glory. I think I have popped out a bit more from 22 weeks. I think I should have done my hair before I took this picture. Oh well. That would require me having to walk up my stairs and I am too tired.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Everything is Great

Well, I had my 26 week check-up with the perinatologist. Everything is looking great. He is really happy. My cervix is still nice and long which is what can send you into early retirement, meaning BED REST. No bed rest for me just yet, only the self-imposed kind.

I will be giving myself a lot of breaks, but I plan on seeing this through to the end. No early arrivals around here, darn it.

And my baby counter has me at less than 100 days, if I go full-term. It is one day at a time, and before I know it, the whole pregnancy thing will be a distant memory.

I like distant memories of those kind.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Hoover Dam 2009

A tradition I started when we moved here...take the kids pictures once a year at the Hoover Dam seal in July. Take a look at how they have grown. The first picture is from 2006, when they were 4 years old.


In the background is the huge overpass freeway they are building from Arizona to Nevada. Right now, it is painful to have to drive over the dam, the only way to get to Arizona. The overpass opens in June 2010. It will make the drive sooooo much faster.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Some Stuff...

It has been a pretty boring week. We have pretty much been house-bound because of the severe hot weather. And when you couple that with the fact that I have a strong resemblance to Augustus Gloop, daily outings have been drastically cut around here.

However, we have been doing a little bit of moving and shaking around the house. My husband was so kind last week to move Raef and Zach's room to the office. We repainted it a lovely shade of blue and are still working on getting stuff moved out, and their stuff moved in. But with their bunk bed out of their old room, we were able to set up a new white bed frame and the queen bed in their old room. This will be Eli's room when he is a little bit older, thus making room for two new additions, soon to be arriving in the fall.

Eli has been a very busy baby these days. He is climbing on everything and getting into everything, and just being a general menace. A cute menace, but nevertheless.

Here he is trying to bring the garden hose into the kitchen. Why? I don't know. It probably seemed like a good idea at the time. He has also been caught standing on top of the kitchen table, every chair in the house, and most recently the keyboard of the piano. Yeah, that was a little bit scary.

It is also a little bit frustrating when you are trying to practice the violin with Raef and Zach, and he absolutely insists on sitting on your lap while you are playing. It really isn't a problem when he just sits there, or even if he plays a couple of notes while I am playing. It gets problematic when he has to turn the pages of the music. So, unless you can play the minute waltz in about 5 seconds, he can be a real pest.

Here he is sitting on Rinar's lap quite serenely as they practiced tonight. How cute, huh? Don't let that angelic face fool you. It is all an act, I tell you.

And wrapping up with the whole Augustus Gloop theme, look what I did to my pants today when I tried to pick something off of the floor.

A huge rip. The shorts are irrepairable. Oh well. As long as my other clothes can stay together for a few more months, I should be just fine.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Shocking Pregnancy Facts

Here is a little doctor update for all of you out there who might be curious.

I went to the perinatalogist on Thursday and had a detailed ultrasound of my babies. They are doing great and everything is looking perfectly boring: just the way the doctor likes it.

Hey, I am all about boring when it comes to this kind of stuff.

Four weeks ago they both weighed in at 10 oz. a piece. When they take the measurements the computer is able to calculate how much a baby weighs in-utero. Cool, huh?

So, now the weight was calculated and the boy weighs 1 lb. 10 oz. and the girl is 1 lb. 5 oz. Yes, in four weeks the boy gained an entire pound and the girl was close behind at 11 oz.

This leads me into my appointment today with Dr. Sauter, my OB. It is so fun to see him because I get to stand on the fun scale and see how much poundage I have packed on. Last month, I weighed 175 lbs. Now for the drum roll people....

187 lbs!!!!!

Oh my heck. I can't believe I am that high already. For crying out loud, I am only 24 weeks along. It is interesting because all of my maternity clothes are fitting me the same in the legs and the arms. Grant it, I am a bit bustier and my abdomen has made a huge leap forward, but sheesh! I talked to the doc about this rapid weight gain of mine, and he wasn't concerned as long as I can still fit through the door. I believe that is a direct quote from him.

Hence, this evening when I carried my cute, but slightly irate and irrational (i.e. belligerently squirmy) toddler to bed, it dawned on me that I have to lug an extra 60 lbs up the stairs. Whoa! That is quite a lot, don't you think?

Now is the time when my body is going to be transitioning to the next phase of pregnancy. Imagine, I have been walking up a moderate incline for the last 22 weeks, with modest daily weight gain. But now I will be heading into the hills, as in the Himalayan hills, straight for the top of K2.

People, I am going to get huge. And since I am determined to make it to October before they are born, I would expect the final weigh-in could top me out at over 215 lbs. For reference, I weighed 205 lbs. the day before I gave birth to Raef and Zach.

What do you think? Based on the facts I have laid before you, what do you think I will weigh before I give birth?

One thing is for darn sure, in approximately 10 minutes (sometime in October, of course) I will definitely lose about 40 of those pounds. It is in the bag baby.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Daddy's Homecoming

This is just one of those sweet moments to cherish in life. It truly is marital bliss to watch a child get excited to see Dad come home. I never filmed Raef and Zach at this age, but they did exactly the same thing. What a blessed life I have...

Benefits of a Private Pool

Last night, Raef was complaining about being sunburned. I didn't enforce the sunblock yesterday because it was the late afternoon and they both have established tans. They wanted to go swimming at about 4:45pm. No harm, right?

I was totally wiped out and needed a nap. Eli was asleep so I was happy to let them swim while I slept for a little while.

Therefore, when Raef complained of a sunburn I was confused. How could he be sunburned? The clarification came from his wonderful, and oh-so-informative brother Zach.

Raef was swimming naked in the pool. The sunburn was on his lily-white bum, and other private places.

Naked? Naked in my pool? Don't they know they need bathing suits in the pool, even if it is our pool?

Raef replied that we have a private pool, so it is okay. I was surprised he was able to defend his position so succinctly. Where did he hear that from? He pointed right back at me. Apparently I had said something like that to a cousin while they were visiting.

Boy, kids sure do listen, don't they?

Sunday, July 5, 2009

The Wisdom of Raef

As we were driving to church today...

Zach made a random comment, "It is going to be 4 on 3."

Huh? 4 on 3? What was he talking about?

He then elaborated to say that it would be Mom, Dad, Raef and him against Eli and the new twins.

I then chimed in that when Dad is out of town, it will be 3 on 3.

Raef then added, "No, I have a better idea. Mom can take care of Eli, I can take care of the baby girl. Zach will take care of the baby boy and Daddy can go to work and earn some money for the family."

Voila! Problem solved.
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