please let the cabin be okay.

So outside of waking up this morning to worry about if the cabin may burn down it was a really nice, quiet weekend.

Friday night we went over to Crystal’s birthday party, which was fun. There was so much tasty food too. We left early and got a very wound up Landon home and in bed. My boy is anything but shy, that’s for sure. He was playing with everyone, adults, kids, he didn’t care. He wrestled with complete strangers and generally had a blast. I was stressed that he was bothering people. I’m not someone who likes other people’s children hanging on me or climbing on me, especially kids I don’t know. (I’m good with all the Hench kids, but lets face it, all the Hench children belong to the Hench, so it’s all good.) I’m not a fan when a strange child tries to talk to me. It’s my own failing, I just don’t know what to say, and I feel inept, especially when the child does not have clear speech. (Landon isn’t clear to everyone, I know) So he had fun, but I was a little stressy, plus all the cheese chips and cheese dip and cheetos running around never help my stress level.

After the party, once Landon was in bed, we caught up on True Blood with Mel. Of course, since the new episodes air on Sunday, I’m behind again, but I really do like that show.

Saturday we relaxed. I read. Bobby played Champions Online. Landon ran around and played with his trucks when not playing with us. We hit Game Depot and had lunch at Spinato’s. We went for a swim in the pool, and Saturday night we watched some Eureka.

Sunday we also tried to stay low key, and outside of a trip to the grocery store, we hung out at home. I finished two books this weekend Lora Leigh’s “Bengal’s Heart” which was good and “Hunting Ground book 2 Alpha and Omega,” by Patricia Briggs. Hunting Grounds was AMAZING. I love this series. I highly recommend it.

Sunday night we had Laura and Dirk over for some amazing Steaks, and we spent some time playing Wii Resort.

It was nice to have some down time. Next weekend is a bit over planned, but should be fun. I’m trying to decide where Bobby and I should go. Monday is our 9th wedding Anniversary, and we have a date night set up for Sunday night. I wanted to plan something special, but all my special plans fell through. I’m not sure what we are going to do for our date. Any ideas?

I’m trying to locate an early place to get the standard flu shot, for everyone in the family. I’m still not sure on the swine flu shot. I think I’ll get it if I can, so that it can provide some extra protection for Oliver once he’s born. It’s the first vaccine I’m a little nervous on, because of the rush job getting it out. I always get annoyed that I can’t find a flu shot till the start of October, I’d like to get it in late September. Safeway is offering them now, but only with a prescription. Costco’s first local offering is Oct 2nd and my work should have them about that time too. I called ant put Landon “on the list” to get his. Between him being in school and exposing him to Oliver, I want to get us all covered before Oliver joins us. I’d really like to avoid the flu this year, what with the infant in the house.

The nursery is coming along. I just want it to be picture perfect for a few weeks BEFORE the baby shows up. I didn’t get to do that with Landon, since we were in the process of moving, and I never felt like his room was “complete,” until we moved him into the playroom. This is my last baby; I’d like his room to be complete. Basically at this point, I need a hook added to one wall, I’d like to add 2 or three shelves to the wall, and I need a changing table or dresser where we can change diapers.

A day at the park

Hurry up Mom! Hurry up Mom!
Landon at Countryside Park 08/23/09
push me higher! push me higher!
at Countryside Park 08/23/09
I love the sand I love the sand
at Countryside Park 08/23/09
dirt loves me dirt loves me
at Countryside Park 08/23/09
Lando and Dada work on a sand castle Lando and Dada work on a sand castle
at Countryside Park 08/23/09
Landon then smashes it Landon then smashes it
at Countryside Park 08/23/09
Build another one! Build another one!
at Countryside Park 08/23/09
Time to clean up! Time to clean up!
at Countryside Park 08/23/09

Mom and Oliver Mom and Oliver
26 weeks 6 days pregnant at Countryside Park 08/23/09

Introducting Landon and Oliver

I created a blog for Landon and Oliver, and it’s where you will see future Landon letters posted, as well as pictures and other notes on Landon and Oliver’s adventures together.
You can view it here:
check it for Landon’s three year Landon letter!

Landon letter 3 years

Dear Landon-

You are now just over three years old. At your three year well check visit you were 38 inches tall and you weighed 35 lbs. The doctor said you were right on track developmentally as well.

Since it’s been about four months since I’ve written a Landon letter, lets start with the big news. You are Potty Trained! It took a lot of work to get you there, but in the end, you did it! And before you turned three! We are very impressed with you. Peeing in the potty was never an issue, but Poop, oh my, the poop. You pooped everywhere, in your pants, on things, on the floor, anywhere but in the potty for almost a month. And then one day, “I put my yuckies in the potty!” And we’ve been doing good since then.

This is also good as you have started Preschool. Your first day was August third. Laura, who you still love very much, went back to school this semester, to complete her degree in Early Childhood Education, so that she can teach elementary school. This meant that you needed to go to a new place while Mom and Dad worked. You now go to preschool with your good friend Emily, and you seem to have a good time.

You started out in the two year old room as a Monkey, but after only one week of school, they decided you were advanced enough, and potty trained enough, to move you to the three year old room. You are now a Jaguar! We’ve had some back and forth with you and school. Some days, you get up excited to go, and can’t wait! Other days you cry and don’t want me to leave you. On the bright side, when Emily’s parents drop off Emily, they tell me you are happy and enjoying yourself. You always get a good report at the end of the day! Overall, I think it’s a really good thing for you.

We took one cabin trip to Payson in April where you were not feeling your best, and you spent most of the trip fussing. I was afraid you didn’t have fun, but as soon as we got home, you were asking to go back. We took another trip at the start of August, and you had a blast. You hiked on foot down to the waterfall with all the kids, forgoing the backpack we usually use to carry you down. You played in the water and were very happy for pretty much the whole trip. You are begging to go back already! I hope that your childhood will be filled with happy memories of your times in Payson.

We’ve been doing a lot of swimming this summer. You still can’t swim on your own, and at this point I’m thinking we will have to do more swim lessons next spring. You are very comfortable in the water, and will “monkey” around the sides of the pool by hanging on with your hands and feet. You also have an inner tube that you call part of your “swim suit” which you will wear, and you are more than happy to go anywhere in the pool with the inner tube on.

You have decided you don’t really like bath time. I’m not sure where this came from. You will ask to go “straight to bed” rather than be forced to take a bath. You will take a shower without too much fit throwing, but only if it’s AFTER we went swimming.

Speaking of bedtime, your favorite books right now include: The Goldbug book, The Monster at the End of this Book, Goodnight Gorilla, and anything involving trucks. You also really like Harold and the Purple Crayon. Your favorite TV shows right now include, “Max and Ruby,” “Wow Wow Wubbzy,” and “Harold and the purple crayon.” You like to watch episodes of “Mighty Machines” off of netfix, and your favorite movies are currently “Bolt,” and “Oliver and Company.”

We did have on interesting health issue with you this time around. Your Lymph Nodes became swollen, and it looked like you had two tennis balls or golf balls under your neck. It was a bit of a scare for us, but after some antibiotics, the swelling went away, and you’ve been fine since.

You still seem to have a pretty bad milk allergy, which made me nervous about sending you to preschool. Thankfully the preschool we take you to does not provide food, so I pack your lunch and snack. Everything gets labeled with your name, and a note that say you are allergic to Milk, Cheese, and Butter, and to not let you share foods. We are still hoping you out grow this allergy. I’ve been starting to explain to you about it, and about how milk will make you sick, but I don’t think you understand yet. When it comes to food, you are a picky eater, just like me, unfortunately. You prefer to eat either: Noodles, PB&J, Chicken Nuggets, cereal, or hot dogs. Sometimes you will eat other things, but not very often. You still call fruit snacks “bribes” and enjoy those. Your favorite drink is still soy, but you love Capri sun and juice boxes as well.

Your third birthday party was a blast. The only downside was that pretty much everyone who went to the party came home with a cold! What a parting party gift. Your birthday party was themed with Fire trucks. You dad made you an amazing fire truck cake, and there were firemen hats and decorations all around. A lot of people came and had fun at your party. For your birthday, your father and I gave you a learning laptop, designed for your age group. You seem to really dig this toy, and play with it all the time. You like to tell me that you just have to “check your computer” before we go somewhere. It’s adorable!

You’ve recently discovered a few things. One is that you get a reaction from people if you say, “I scared.” You like to tell me that you are “scared” of the air vent, or the ball, or whatever, mostly to get attention as far as I can tell. You don’t actually act scared of these things. There are only 2 things you are scared of, one is the dark. We went to the store and picked out a desk lamp for your night light. I put a 25 watt bulb in it and you have to have it on to sleep. We were using the hall light, but it shines in your room and ours. We would turn it off when we went to bed, as you were asleep, but if you woke up in the night, the dark would make you cry!

When you tell me you are scared, I try to dig deeper, but most of the time you can’t give me a reason. I tell you that you are a big boy and do not need to be scared. I tell you that you are brave. You like to tell me you are “too scared” to go to school sometimes. I’m not sure where you picked this up at. However, the other thing you are scared of is the vacuum cleaner. There is a broken one that has been sitting in the nursery. I was setting up the crib and moving things around in there, so I took it out of the nursery and left it in the hall. You came around the corner and saw it in front of your room and FREAKED out. You came to me crying, and begged me to put the vacuum cleaner “back in baby brothers room please?”

The past few days, you have started to say “please” and then put your hands up by your face and bat your eyes in an angelic pose. It cracks me up every time, but you tend to get your way when you ask like that!

You are pretty excited to become a big brother. We’ve been talking to you about Baby Brother for a while now. You understand that he has his own room. We told you his name is Oliver, and asked you to say Oliver. You respond with “All Over.” Thinking that perhaps the nickname “Ollie” might be easier for you, we tried that. You insist that your little brother should be called “WallE” not “Ollie.” To help you better pronounce the name, we bought you the Disney movie “Oliver and Company,” which you totally love. But you insist, it’s “All Over” and company.

And a couple of quick anecdotes from my blog over the last few months:

One night in April to tuck Landon into bed. Bobby had just finished the bath and books, even Good Night Moon (which we read every night). Bobby said everything was fine until he finished Good Night Moon. I went in to kiss Landon, and Landon said “I want the Bunny to go to Sleep!”
I was confused, we don’t have a bunny. I offered to re-read him Good Night Moon. He seemed happy about this idea. It wasn’t until the end of the book, when I realized what was wrong. See I’m the official Goodnight Moon reader. And Landon and I have an almost ritual about the way we read the book. I read some of it, but he reads some of it too. And at the very end of the book, on the last page, after I’ve said “Goodnight noises everywhere,” Landon will point at the Bunny in the book, who is all tucked into his bed, and Landon asks, “What’s that?”
And I reply, “It’s a little baby bunny who is going to sleep, just like Landon.”
And of course, Bobby didn’t know the script, and THAT’S why Landon was upset.

One night in June I went to tuck Landon into bed, and when I picked his pillow off the floor to put it on his bed, a spider ran across it. I tossed the pillow and let out a little scream. Then, remembering Landon was standing right there, acted perfectly calm, and had Bobby return to the room to take care of the spider while Landon and I read a book in the living room. Landon kept patting me on the shoulder and telling me, “It’s okay mama, dada has the pider now. Its okay.” It was too cute! And this coming from the kid who was so afraid of the grasshopper sitting by the pool that he wanted to stay in the deep end until Dada moved it away.

You are such a big boy, and you’re going to be an amazing older brother!

We love you so much.


Introducing Oliver (formally known as Bear)

Oliver (Bear)

More pictures!

Landon’s birthday, party, and a few others
Cabin Trip 8/1/09

Not the best weekend.

Friday night we got a babysitter (Thank You Courtney!) for a couple of hours and swung by Liz’s “I’ve got my master’s let’s watch Babylon 5 all weekend” party. It was a lot of fun, and we watched 2 episodes, had pizza and hung out for a bit. I really do need to watch all five seasons of this show at some point. Perhaps once my maternity leave starts.

Friday night we discovered Nigeria taking a turn for the worse, and Saturday morning had him put down, which was not fun. This left us in a sad place most of Saturday. We did make a trip out to see Grandma.

Sunday we got the crib set up, and made a Costco run. We also got in the pool both days this weekend.

Not a good weekend, but at least one without a lot of things planned. I got some sleep and, while I still have this freaking cold, it seems to be steadily improving each day.
This cold and being pregnant SUCK. Hardcore. It keeps lingering even after everyone else is well.

So depending on which Trimester Calculator you use, I’m entering the Third Trimester at some point in the next 7 days. (some say today, some say a couple of days ago, some say next Monday)

I’m really looking forward to having Oliver on the outside, once we reach full term. I keep wondering if he will be early or late. I’m also having “birth stress” in sense that I’m still unsure as to if/when to get the epidural. I have nothing against them, and with my lower pain tolerance, I expect I’ll want one, even though at the moment I don’t think I want one. My objection to them has more to do with the whole GIANT NEEDLE thing, and less to do with any desire to “woman-up” or to be all natural. I talked to my doctor about it, and he said that based on what he sees, I’ll probably end up with one. He fully supports me going natural (as do the midwives) but he said that in about 90% of his cases, when giving birth to the second child, having had an epidural with the first child, a woman will ask for the epidural again once in labor. I had and loved my epidural with Landon.

Going all natural does have a certain appeal, but given that the option for the epidural is right there, I’m not sure how long I’ll hold out. If the pain is anything like it was with Landon (at least once I had the Pitocin) then I’m getting the epidural. At the same time, I kinda do want to try and “hold out” or “wait and see” if I can go natural.

I suppose we shall see!

I should be starting my mat leave on Nov 1st. I’m trying to decide how many days a week Landon should go to preschool. Right now he goes 4 days, Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri. I plan to keep him in at least two days a week (Tues/Thurs) while on leave. I’m trying to decide if I should keep him in three. I do want him around while I’m on leave. I also want to get some time to spend with Oliver. And I think I may need nap time. Also, sending Landon to preschool costs money, and I won’t be bringing in any money for 12 weeks of my Mat Leave. ( I get like 6-8 weeks paid, then 12 weeks unpaid) Landon did cry at drop off today. I was told that’s sometimes a Monday thing with some kids.

Laura and Julia are throwing me a baby shower on Oct 17. They are doing the invites via email, so if you want to come, make sure I have your email address!!!

Oliver’s registry

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