Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Blue or Pink???

Blue or Pink...what do you think?  We've been waiting a few LONG months now to find out if Allie will be a big sissy to a little sister or brother.  I've been feeling the same as I did when I was pregnant with my Allie girl...so I was leaning more towards a girl.  Todd was convinced that another sweet baby girl would be joining our family.  He was SURE he was going to be out numbered. 

Gender reveal parties are the newest maternity trend.  I kinda, sorta wanted to have one...what a fun themed party to host!  BUT...the last thing I wanted to do was make my busy friends feel obligated to come to another party and spend their money on a gift (let's be honest).  Soooo....the next best thing...have a gender reveal photo shoot!  I wanted to find out if this soon to be bundle of joy was a boy or girl in a super, fun way AND I wanted to make our announcement in a unique way, as well.  Todd said it's not normal...he doesn't know how lucky he is to have such a FUN, COOL wife to do these things with!

Yesterday I went to my BIG ULTRASOUND appointment and told the ultrasound tech to not share just yet what the gender was.  She wrote down the secret words, folded them up, and sealed them in an envelope.  I used every bit of my willpower to not peek inside.  The envelope sat in my purse for a good 16 hours, UNTOUCHED! 

Today, I gave the envelope and my fancy-schmancy, big, fun box I made to Denise who was going to capture our exciting moment on camera.  Off she went to Party City (she probably opened the envelope before she even left...she was super excited to find out).  The box was filled with the appropriate colored balloons awaiting their flight into the world.

Ahhhh!  The moment we have been waiting for...BOY or GIRL!?!?!  We ripped off the tape (Allie helped too)...

I was looking for PINK!  And a big disappointed TODD...but instead we got THIS!!!  Check out his super big, ginormous SMILE!

This little girl is going to be a BIG sister to a new baby BOY!!!  Allie...you don't know what's coming!

If you would have asked me 10-20 years ago how many kids I wanted...I would have told you TWO...a girl AND a boy.  After having Allie, I was very content in my GIRLIE world with dresses, hair bows, and tutus.  I know how to take care of girl.  I know how to relate to a girl.  I know how to snuggle and cuddle and love a girl.  Yes, it would have been a LOT easier with another girl.  No need for new clothes because we HAVE everything already.  Everything we have that's PINK would still get put to good use. 

But, seeing the look on Todd's face proves to me that the Hammerick family is in need of a BOY...someone who will carry on the Hammerick name.  Someone who will play baseball, basketball, football...and those BOY sports with his daddy.  At least now my Allie can be the CHEERLEADER or DANCER or GYMNAST that her mamma would like her to be....hopefully, lol.  All my friends with boys...start passing along those boy clothes!

I'm not ready for a boy...but, I guess I will have to adjust.  Because in about 20 weeks...ready or not...here HE comes!

Baby BOY bump at 18 weeks!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

A Day Out With Thomas

Allie is not a HUGE Thomas the Train fan...but what a fun way to spend a WARM Saturday morning.  Allie is always asking to go somewhere "special."  She likes to get out and do NEW things.  So...off to Greenfield Village we went to ride on Thomas!
 Within the first FIVE MINUTES of entering the village we saw Thomas chug on by us.  He tooted his horn pretty loud.  Allie doesn't like LOUD.  She immediately clung to my leg for dear life.  From that moment on, she was a little reluctant to ride on Thomas.  Todd and I managed to get her on the train, against her will.  After sitting down she kept telling us, "I'm all done.  I wanna get off."  We just told her we would get off when the ride was over. 

Once the train got going, Allie was fine.  She just didn't want Thomas to be loud, so we had to keep reassuring her that he wasn't loud anymore.  Our 20 minute ride was a success! However, she was very concerned where Nana a Papa went. 
Allie is looking a little unsure about this whole train ride
The one thing Allie LOVED at Greenfield Village was the old fashion cars.  She could have spent all day in there riding and playing. 

Thomas tattoos, ice cream and bubble fun topped off our fun day!  Thanks Nana and Papa for coming with us.  Allie liked her "somewhere special."

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Knock, Knock...You Still In There?

When I was pregnant with Allie I was pretty much paranoid the entire first 20 weeks because I couldn't feel any movement.  I didn't know if her little heart was still beating in there. So I did what all pregnant women do...I rented a hospital grade Doppler...that's what we all do, right???  For some piece of mind?  I kept it for two months and pretty much listened to Allie's precious tiny heartbeat everyday.

This go around was no different. I rented my Doppler and listening to this little one's teeny heartbeat...almost everyday.  When I listened, Allie got to listen too.  At first she didn't like the noise it made.  She thought it was scary.  But after a while, Allie liked when I got the Doppler out.  Because, just like every other electrical piece of equipment in our house...Allie needed to get her little hands on it too.

Allie says she's listening to her baby in her belly too.  Today she found a little bottle of lotion in the closet, put some on her stomach, sat down in the middle of my bathroom, and listened to the baby in her belly.  This time around I decided to only keep the Doppler a month.  It was only $22 to rent each month, but little kicks and flutters and becoming more and more common now.  There's going to be one sad little Allie girl when this thing gets dropped off at UPS.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Jumping Bean

Allie gets around by jumping...not walking.  She jumps ALL the time.  We  really need to get her back into gymnastics.  Allie's new jump is off of the couch and onto the floor.  We have to keep reminding her that we DON'T JUMP OFF OF THE FURNITURE! 
Todd took Allie to Sky Zone one weekend and she has been asking to go back ever since.  She has a blast!  Allie jumped for the ENTIRE hour of her toddler jumping session.  I'm just bummed I can't join in on the fun.

Chapstick Lover

I have tubes of Chapstick EVERYWHERE! In every coat pocket...in my purse, school bag, and diaper bag...in my car, in the kitchen, and on my nightstand. How come every single one looks like this???

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Potty Training 101

SPRING BREAK has arrived...aka: POTTY TRAINING my Allie girl!  I've been talking it up with Allie that if she goes on the potty, the Potty Fairy comes to our house for a visit and will leave her some goodies (just like the Binky Fairy did when Allie hung up her binky on the binky tree).  Allie's been sitting on the potty on and off since she was 18 months old.  Sometimes she would go, most often, NOT.  She can talk about the potty and what you should do there, goes off by herself to do her business (usually in the closet) and then will tell someone she needs to be changed, and will sit for as long as you would like on the potty as long as you are reading a book or two...or ten. 

Very first day of spring break (Saturday): Allie said she needed to go poop...so Todd and I put her on the potty and whaaa-laaa!  Poop in the potty!  With the all the signs Allie was showing, I figured it was NOW or SUMMER (because we all know I'm not going to potty train while I'm working).  Later in the day the POTTY FAIRY came by when Allie wasn't looking and left a big SURPRISE for her in her bathroom...right in her pink potty!

The Potty Fairy dropped by to leave a special surprise for Allie in her potty! 
Lots of potty books, big girl panties, snacks, candy and JUICE (to make Allie go potty)!
The Potty Fairy also left a bunch of gifts on the counter for Allie to receive...one for each time she went potty.

Allie tested our her new Hello Kitty, big girl undies right away while reading her new Elmo coloring book and sitting on her JACK POTTY (don't ask...a FREE potty from Nana's neighbor...it's FREE!)  It lights up and talks and lets everyone know when Allie goes!

Day two (Easter): Easter Sunday was spent mostly on the potty.  The timer was set for every 20 minutes.  Allie liked to set the time on my phone and I even gave her my phone to play with while hang'n out on the potty.  Whatever keeps her there and keeps her happy was fine with me.  Allie had LOTS of accidents.  She cried every time she did and wanted it cleaned up right away.  Todd and I caught her a few time and threw her on the potty.  She NEVER told us she needed to go.  It was ALWAYS a mad dash to see how fast we could get her there as she left a little trail all over the floor.  Todd was peed on.  I was peed on.  Allie was peed on.  The whole house was peed all OVER.  I was starting to think..."Why didn't I wait until summer???"

Day three (Monday): Allie and I stayed at home ALL day!  I set up potty camp in the living room.  I pulled out our tray table that was buried under our bed.  It was the perfect thing for Allie and she LOVED it.  I filled it with play dough, markers, coloring books, snacks, and JUICE!  Allie was happy to sit on her potty for a bit (when the timer when off) and play.  Once again...Allie NEVER told me when she needed to go.  It was always me catching her in mid pee and plopping her down.  Halfway through the day she started refusing to sit when the timer when off.  No matter how many M&M's I bribed her with...NO WAY, was she going to sit.  Even in mid pee...I'd scoop her up and TRY to plop her on the potty AS SHE ARCHED HER BACK AND REFUSED TO SIT!  It was awful!  Why am I wasting my spring break hanging out on the potty hour after hour?  Allie was peed on.  I was peed on.  The whole house was peed on...AGAIN!

Day four (Tuesday):  Today was started by Allie standing naked from the waste down outside of my shower crying and peeing all over the bathroom rug...the potty was a FOOT away...a helpless me yelled from the shower, "Go sit on the potty!"  Allie cried, "Mama, clean it up."  I'm giving up!  DONE.  We will try again in the summer.  It's too early.  She's not ready! 

I put a Pull-Up on Allie and out of the house we went after being cooped up for far too long.  To a friend's house for a play date.  After arriving, Allie clung to me for dear life (so unlike her).  I FINALLY asked her if she needed to go potty and she said YES!  Wait, WHAT?  Ok!  Let's go!!!  Allie sat on the regular toilet and did her thing!  No tears.  No screaming.  No problem.  Everyone cheered for Allie!!!  Hooray!  It turned out that Allie asked to go potty SIX times while we were at Erin's house...and she went every SINGLE TIME!  Go ALLIE!

Day five through fourteen (the rest of my spring break and some): Over the course of the next couple weeks, Allie had her ups and downs. We put Pull-Ups on her when we went out.  I know Pull-Ups are considered a big no, no!  But, I needed to get out and about and I'm not in the mood to deal with wet pants every 30 minutes.  Allie refused to go potty in a public bathroom (she is terrified of the loud FLUSH)...so I bought her a PINK Dora travel potty seat which we take everywhere we go.  It took her about a good two weeks before she would actually sit and go on it in public.  She likes using it more at home that when we are out.  Usually she will end up using it if I threaten to not do whatever it is we are doing until she goes, then Allie gets the job done PRONTO and we are all in and out of the bathroom in about TWO MINUTES FLAT!

Allie's potty chart.  Way to go!!!

Overall...potty training in my opinion was a miserable experience.  Probably because I'm pregnant and it's hard enough trying to take care of Allie while not potty training...let a lone trying to convince a screaming, crying, kicking, peeing in mid air Allie to just SIT ON THE POTTY!!!  After a LONG couple weeks, I am so VERY PROUD of how far she has come.  She now asked to go potty with me, Todd, Nana, and at day care too!  She is staying dry most of the day with one or NO accidents.  WOW!!!

My baby Allie is now my Hello Kitty underwear wearing big girl!  I guess she was ready...but just wanted to make Todd and I miserable for a short period of time.  I can't even remember how many times I was peed on, cleaned up peep off of the couch, floor, or carpet, or begged and pleaded with Allie to go on the potty.  But...after ALL that...it WORKED!  Finally!!!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Fourth Month of Pregnancy

Weight Gain?  6 pounds

Sleep?  I know I have a very LONG way to go...but I'm already uncomfortable.  I can't sleep on my back at all and I usually have to shove a pillow under my belly when I lay on my side.  I'm not even showing hardly.  It's going to be so much worse!

Movement?  Nope!

Food Cravings?  Salad, salad...and more salad. I stocked up my fridge in salad veggies and bought three kinds of new salad dressings...yummmm-o!

What's Making Me Queasy?  Coffee still doesn't sound good to me.  This month meat kind of turned me off. 

Symptoms? Headaches.  I would usually get one near the end of the school day...and it would last all night...sometimes even through the night (I'd notice when I was up two or three times in the middle of the night to pee).  Tylenol could only do so much.

Mood?   Still tired...but mostly in a good mood...mostly.

Looking Forward to...  SPRING and SUMMER!  Since I can't workout (now that I'm feeling up to it) as hardcore as I usually do, I'd really love it if I could take a walk...and not FREEZE my buns off!  The groundhog was definitely WRONG this year.  Spring is NOT here!  I just want to take Allie in a walk with the stroller outside to get SOME bit of exercise.  My workout videos are ok...but I just feel like a big wimp doing everything so low key.

Best Moment of the Month?  Letting everyone know we are expecting!  I bought Allie an adorable BIG SISTER shirt for her to wear on a couple play dates and to her daycare to let everyone know.  It was funny how fast some saw it and how long it took others, lol. 

Soon to be, big sissy Allie

Go, Tell it on the Mountain

It was really hard for me keep such an exciting secret.  As the weeks went on...I let the news slip to more and more people. 

I needed a super cute and fun way to let the cat out of the bag to everyone we know. What a better way than sending out some original Monica-made prego announcement. (Yes! I made our announcement in Photoshop...all on my own...self taught...aaaand with a little help from Denise). Thanks Denise for talking our photos on that chilly winter day. You did a great job and the photos came out sooooo CUTE!!!

Front of card

Back of card

I really wanted something fun and for Allie to be a part of it...her world is about to change forever as well. Todd and I are really excited (and little scared too) to be the parents of TWO little Hammerick's. Allie really doesn't know what she's in for...but I have a feeling she is going to be a great big sister.

Soon to be BIG SISTER, Allie

Our family of THREE will soon be FOUR!