Friday, December 31, 2010

Farewell 2010

The kids and I spent the very last day of 2010 on our own. 

We sent Daddy off to the Chick Fil A bowl with Mr. Jamie to see Florida State play the Gamecocks.  They were in Atlanta and even though we were a little nervous to send him that far away (with me at 38 weeks!), it was too close to pass up!  He doesn't get the chance to see FSU play often. He came home happy with a FSU victory!

Jake was excited to watch Clemson play in the Meineke Bowl against South Florida, so we dropped him off at Mimi & Pop's to watch with them, KK, and Bobby.  That was much better than watching with mom!  They lost but he had a good time anyway. :)

Ella Kate and I took the opportunity to have our last mom & (only) daughter outing. :) 

We had our piggies done.  I let her pick the color for both of us and she wanted Florida State colors (with glitter on top for her). 

We rang in the new year with good friends, pizza, and fashion shows and even came home with a precious new hat for Baby Reece.

I'm pretty sure I know what 2011 holds for the Waddells, but I can't wait to get started!!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Polar Express

This year we wanted to do some special things with the kids since this was our last year as a family of four.  We have been wanting to take them to ride on the Polar Express for a few years but it just never seemed to work out.  This time we made our reservations early and Thanksgiving weekend it was!

We left early so that we would have plenty of time to look around the little town and then to have dinner before the train ride.  The kids were sooo excited!

 There is a neat little train museum right beside the depot that is free with your Polar Express ticket.  It was very interesting to look at all the details on this huge track.  They also had lots of other train cars on display that were very expensive!!

 By day...
By night...
The kids changed into their pajamas when it was time for our train ride. 
 Very excited and ready to ride!

 The chefs come out and do a dance to start the ride off...

 EK with her Christmas rice krispie treat.

 Hot cocoa for everyone!
 The conductor punches the tickets!
 Jake is listening for his bell to ring...
 The ride wouldn't be complete without a stop for Santa to get on....
 I don't remember what Jake is asking Santa here, but I am positive it was interesting....

So much fun and so many good memories. 

I will always treasure these special moments with my first two babies.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Star Student

Yea, EK, we are so proud of you!!
All the times you have told me how hard you work to be very good at school paid off!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Ten on Tuesday

I have been wanting to link up to this blog for a while, but never seem to remember in time.  My sweet friend Autumn participates each week and I love reading her answers.

I'm not sure anyone is really this interested in my thoughts, but just humor me...  :)

1. Growing up, what was one favorite item that you had to have with you at all times?

I don't remember being overly attached to a "lovey" or anything like that - kind of a boring start...I know. 

2. Being an adult, what is one favorite item that you have to have with you at all times, and what happens if you do not have it with you? Do you lose your sanity or just go back home to get it?

Sadly, my Blackberry.  If I leave it at home, I usually go back to retrieve it.  If I'm too far gone, I feel totally disconnected until we are reunited.  I am always worried that the one time I leave it, something will happen to my kids and I will be "unreachable".  I'm also pretty addicted to finding any needed information online when carrying it. 
3. Where is your favorite place to be to just hide away from everything and breathe for a moment?

My bed.  Hands down.  I've mastered the art of going to sleep to escape.  I usually wake back up soon thereafter, even if it is the middle of the night (thus this 4 am post).  Oh, did that say breathe for a moment?  Forget moments, I need good long breathers. :)
4. What is your favorite thing about your partner? (If you don’t have a partner, then someone who is very close and will always be in your life.)

Currently, it is how he has taken on practically all household/kid duties while I suffer from complete pregnancy exhaustion.  I haven't been grocery shopping since April.  No joke.  He hasn't even complained - which I would be sure to do if I were in his shoes.  I could list a ton of things otherwise, but this one overshadows them all right now. :)
5. What is your favorite thing about your job? (If you don’t have a job, then what is your favorite thing that you do during your day?)

Oh my, my job....seems to be a source of great stress lately, even though I do enjoy it.  I love that I work at a place I love - my church.  I love the people I work with and what I do, ultimately ( I am a Children's Ministry Assistant). 
6. What is your favorite lesson that your parents taught you growing up? Looking back, is it something that you want to use to teach your children when they reach that age?

Wow, I think my favorite lesson, or perhaps one that has stuck with me the most, is the importance of honesty and integrity.  I used to get so aggravated with my mom and dad (mostly my dad) because he was such a "rule follower" even in situations that seemed insignificant.  Now I find myself saying and doing things that sound so much like him!  Just because you can get away with things, doesn't make them "right"!  And I always respected that if he said it, it was true.  I never doubted his word.  That's something I would love for my children to be able to say about me.
7. What is your favorite song, that will always bring a smile to your face and make you think of something happy?

It's not my favorite song, but "Help Me Rhonda" always makes me smile.  Something about hearing a song with your name all in it...
8. What is your favorite thing about being an American? (If you are not American, what are you proud of in regards to your country?)

I think that freedom is the best thing about our country, but I know that I do not appreciate freedom like so many families that have lost loved ones in recent years, or that have given up family members for extended periods of time to serve our country.  I am very grateful, though, for those that have fought in the war to make our lives here what they are.

9. What is your favorite meal that reminds you of being a child?

HA!  Kraft Mac & Cheese and hot dog weiners - all with a little ketchup.  Classy, I know. 
10. Name 3 things that other people would say are their favorite thing about you.

Ugh, I do hate these questions.  It's like plucking eyebrows for me to say good things about myself...

I think I am usually a "doer" and get things done.  I love to organize anything and everything.
I'm always up for going out to eat with you....does that count... :)
Okay, let's just end this right here.  Nothing productive is going to come out of this last question!


Things we learned at our anatomy ultrasound on August 31st:

-  Baby is measuring right near the due date of 1/14/78 - about 1 pound in weight.
-  My placenta is anterior meaning located between my belly button and baby.  This makes movement less noticeable due to the extra cushioning.
-  Baby is breech. I know, I know...plenty of time to move between now and January, BUT STILL....would be nice to not even go there.
-  Baby has an echogenic intracardiac focus.  This is a big name for a light spot seen on the ultrasound on the baby's heart.  This can be an indicator of certain birth defects, namely down syndrome.  Because of this, I was referred to a high-risk OB/GYN.  This was a little scary, but after reading more about this, I wasn't too concerned yet.  Combined with no other "markers," this basically means nothing.  It just prompts them to check several other indicators to make sure nothing else looks abnormal. 


Two weeks later on September 14th, we visited a high-risk OB/GYN.  This in itself was a little unnerving for me.  Despite being very sick, I've never had an issue with either of my pregnancies. 

The wait was more than long, but once called back, the tech was super nice and very eager to tell me everything she was looking at.  I told her that we did not want to know the sex, so I did have to close my eyes for portions of the scan.

She checked out tons of differnent things and took lots of measurements and commented the entire time that everything was looking very, very normal.  She even said that the EIF was very, very light and she wasn't very impressed by it.

Good news.....her due date showed me a solid January 8th!!  (I have insisted to my OB since Day 1 that my due date is closer to January 7th than January 14th.  My original ultrasound showed a range of dates from 8-14, thus my first date of 1/11/11.  My doctor later changed it to the 14th - not sure why - just informed me of that one day.  I didn't argue.  I figure the baby will come when he/she is ready!  ANYWAY, this ultrasound date made me more confident in my prediction.)

After talking with the doctor, his opinion was that everything was perfectly normal and the "spot" meant nothing.  He said with better ultrasounds, they pick up more than they used to, and that could be the case with these spots.  He said they see them very regularly and are 95% of the time, absolutely nothing.  He said there may not even be any follow up at my regular doctor and he didn't see the need to see me again at his office.  Yea!!  Glad I didn't get too worked up!

So, all is well, although initially your mind goes in a thousand directions when told you could have a baby with a serious birth defect.  It's a lot to digest.  Thank goodness we were given a good report and have not had to seriously consider the possibility.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

22 Weeks

Wow, so much has happened pregnancy-wise since 15 weeks.  Apparently right around 20 weeks is my turning point.  Thank goodness things started to get better.  I did add a daily reflux medicine that seemed to be the secret trick!

I have started to feel the baby move on a regular basis.  Although, I told the ultrasound tech that this one doesn't move nearly as much as the other two.  She said that could be because my placenta is "anterior" meaning located in the front of my belly between me and the baby.  This might absorb some of the action. 

I think she's right as we watched Baby Waddell punch me the entire length of the ultrasound and I didn't feel a thing! 

I had my ultrasound kind of late at 20 weeks.  If we had been waiting on a sex verdict, I might have been getting antsy!  Since we weren't, I was fine with waiting it out.

The Baby looked good - the profile seems to resemble Jake's if that is possible at this age.  He had the roundest nose and no chin when he was a baby - I distinctly remember that - and this profile seems to be a lot like that. 

We were able to watch the entire time with no danger of knowing the sex.  She told us that even if we had asked, it would have been hard to determine because Baby W was not cooperating at all.  Must be a boy. :)

The kids were not terribly impressed, as I had imagined.  Black and white fuzz isn't really their idea of "seeing" the baby.  Even after printing the pictures and showing Ella Kate, she had trouble identifying the parts.  She pointed to the stomach and thought it was the eye, and so forth.

All is well and we went to Babies R Us for the first time last night to see what we'll need to start buying.  Since literally the only thing I have left from my first two is a crib, we'll be making our selections wisely. :)
Some sweet friends have gifted me several things already and I found several more essentials at our consignment sale for some great deals!! All in all, we don't need too much more. 

Maybe next time I'll have a picture to add to the post.  Pregnancy pics aren't my cup of tea. :)

Library Book

Jake's library book for the week.  Needless to say, Daddy was pleased.  He told him to take it back and ask for one from the boy section.  I suspect my precious boy had some ulterior motives in choosing this one.  :)

Saturday, July 24, 2010

15 weeks & Reubens

Today Ella Kate & I decided we would go shopping.  We very rarely do that, but when I asked her if she wanted to go, she told me how much she loooooved to shop.  Especially at the mall. :)

I had to break down and buy some maternity clothes and both of the kids could use some new school clothes.  We had a nice shopping date complete with her only request - a cookie from the mall.

I was 15 weeks on Friday.  Time seems to be moving right on by.  I believe that I felt the baby move this past week.  It was faint and quick but I'm pretty certain.  I also have been having a lot of
Braxton-Hicks contractions when I am really active.  I read that is common although it seems pretty darn early.  My labor is always, always completely back labor. 

When I went to the hospital in labor with Ella Kate, they put the belt on me and informed me that I was not having contractions.  Apparently, after re-checking me, their belts do not always pick up contractions when you have back labor.  They quickly changed their minds. :)

Anyway, the contractions are completely in my back and more like annoying period cramps than anything.

I've felt decent for about a week now - and by decent I do not mean "without vomiting".  As Michael says, at least I get up out of the bed now.  :)  I'm not sure if by this point I am feeling any better, or if I am just learning to "manage" the feeling.

Ella Kate has made the suggestion recently that I carry a towel in the car with me...."just in case Mom".  HA!

Either way, I'm getting out and about a little more and that in itself makes everything more bearable.

I have pretty much stopped taking Zofran.  For several weeks now I have felt like it made no difference if I took it or not.  So, to alleviate some very annoying side effects of it, I just ditched it altogether.  In my opinion, I don't mind the vomiting so much.  It actually gives me a little relief from the "I'm just about to lose my lunch" feeling.  That feeling alone for 24 hours can make you crazy!!  Plus, when there is zero in your stomach, vomiting is more about a muscle spasm than expelling anything.

OKAY.....I know....I told you that you didn't care to hear this.  You are the one still reading. :)

Soooo....tonight I got a hankering for a sandwich.  Not any ole' sandwich but a REUBEN!!! I was quickly reminded by my sister (Kelly) that I craved those when I was pregnant with Ella Kate as well.  Sure enough...Michael quickly confirmed it.....because he thinks they are DISGUSTING!! Haha! 

I tried, unsuccessfully, to get my mom to come over and make me one - and go by the store first and buy all the ingredients.  Hmmm...not sure why she wasn't big on that idea!! :)  So I trekked to Ingles and stocked up.  I enjoyed the BEST Reuben tonight straight from my kitchen.  Yum!!! 

We'll see how long this craving lasts.....

Friday, July 23, 2010

Pregnancy: The Version You Never Wanted or Needed to Know

I think that title is appropriate. 

I'm pretty sure you will too come January.  :)

I don't have the easiest of pregnancies.....but then again, who does have an easy pregnancy.  Except those rare women who you see on "I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant"!  I think they are pretty darn lucky!!  In some senses....

I seem to have forgotten a lot of things about my first two pregnancies.  Little details that are coming back to me this time.  I want to remember these little things - no matter how crazy they seem!!  You'll just have to bear with me!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Swim Lessons

We finally got around to taking swim lessons this year.  I have been "meaning" to sign the kids up for several years now.  Oops. :)

Jake is doing very well on his own, but I really wanted him to learn the "correct" way to swim.  Ella Kate isn't quite as confident in the water, so I really just wanted her to be able to navigate the deep water without floaties if necessary. 

Mission Accomplished!!  They did great!  We took 2 weeks - the first week we went to Camp Mary Elizabeth in the morning and the second week, we went to the Westside Club in the afternoon. 

At Camp Mary Elizabeth, they were pleasantly surprised to see their buddies Emma, Morgan, and Anna when they got there!  I think that really helped Ella Kate out - she was very excited to get to play with Morgan each day!

EK & Morgan
Emma, Anna, & Jake

Friday, June 11, 2010

Saddle Ridge Ranch's been a while....and I have truly missed blogging.  I love going back and reading old posts and it makes me sad to know that I've missed documenting so many moments of their little lives lately. 

So, on that note, I am going to attempt to get back on the wagon.  I've got a lot of reasons to these days!!  

This is going to be a practice post of sorts. :)

I got a little "put-out" with Blogger.  It never wanted to do what I asked with these darn pictures.  I decided today that I would post picture-less if I had to, but it seems there have been some changes and they are agreeing with me. :)  hehe

So, here goes....

VBS this year at AMRBC was Saddle Ridge Ranch.  I always think they won't be able to top the theme and songs from the year before, but they always do a great job.  The kids loved the cowboy get-ups they were able to wear each night!  I helped with check-in this year and was not able to help with Preschool Crafts like I normally do.  That was a little sad for me, so I think next year I'd like to go back to that - or at least something "hands-on" with the kids.  I missed them!!

All smiles for Parents' Night!

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

D5 Baseball 2010

Jake played baseball this year for the first time since he was 3!  I have been nudging him to try it again each year, but he was resistant.  This year he agreed, and I signed him up (and sold a kidney to pay for it!) only for him to decide he did not want to play.  Oh no buddy.....once you are paid for, there is no turning back!

So glad we made him play....he loved it!  He was hesitant at first, and had to actually learn the rules of the game and exactly how to swing, but he ended up doing a great job.  He was able to play on the team with his 2 best buds, Brycen & Braeden, so I'm sure that helped out.

Jake entertained us at several games by completly ignoring the advice of his coaches (STOP!) and continuing to run around the bases, as he was being chased by the opposing player holding the ball.  He would dodge them, and run completely out of the way, but he usually ended up making it to home safely.  It was like a clown act on the field!! By the end of the season, we had convinced him he had to listen to the coaches, so he stopped that for the most part.

When he was 3, he played T-Ball in Woodruff.  We enjoyed playing there, but this year it was extra-nice that every game was played at the Reidville ball field which is about a 2 minute drive from our house.  I LOVE being that close to things - it really helps with my time-management issues.  :)

They received an award at their last game.  I'm tempted to call it a necklace, but I'm sure they would quickly correct me on that.  :)  It actually looks kind of a like a dog-tag but is really cute. 
The Awards Party was at Pizza Inn.
Jake always asks to have his picture made with "the coach". :)  Makes me laugh....
Brycen, Jake & Braeden....little goofballs

Thursday, May 27, 2010

7 weeks

7 weeks….

7 weeks pregnant today.

Michael and I are expecting our 3rd child in January.

That is hard to believe and looks very strange in writing. :)

Where do I even begin……I’ll go back to how I/we found out….

On Saturday, Ella Kate had a soccer game that I coached.  It was unusually hot and muggy – pretty uncomfortable!  After the game, we sent Jake with Mimi to spend the day and Michael and I went home to change and head to North Carolina to furniture shop.  Just as we left the house, I got really, really nauseous.  I knew almost instantly…I had only been nauseous like this twice in my life.  I think it was because I was hungry and very hot.  Once I cooled off and ate, I felt fine.  Michael even asked once if I was pregnant.  I think even he recognized that green face!  I of course replied “no” not wanting to share my hunch just yet.  :)

The nausea wasn’t the only symptom…..i know you don’t want to hear this, but my breasts were very sore and tingly for about a week before this.  I remembered reading somewhere that when you are first pregnant, it is sometimes uncomfortable to sleep on your stomach because it hurts your breasts.  One night I woke up in the middle of the night, on my stomach, not feeling too comfortable.  Hmmm…..

I ignored every symptom because 2 weeks earlier I had, unbeknownst to Michael, taken 2 pregnancy tests.  Both were negative.  I did this like I had for several months prior and was pretty tired of seeing negative tests.  I decided that no matter what, I wouldn’t do another one.  I’d just wait it out until I felt a kick if necessary!  Yea, yea….

Anyway….on Sunday I decided I should buy a test.  Without telling Michael I bought a test and on Sunday night, May 16, I finally got that positive test!  I was pretty stunned and don’t think I really believed it.  I kept checking it because I thought I might be reading it wrong.  :)  I wanted to think of a creative way to tell Michael so I didn’t tell him quite yet.

On Tuesday I had to go to my Gynecologist for an unrelated visit.  While there, I casually mentioned that she may want to do a pregnancy test if that would affect what he did.  She agreed and went about her duties.  She told another nurse I was ready to go back but stopped herself and said “Uh, wait a minute…”  She peeped around the corner and mouthed, “It’s pos-I-tive!”  I didn’t give much of a reaction so she repeated herself.  Her face was too funny. 

The doctor talked a little to me about it and congratulated me.  THEN it felt real.  :)

He wanted to feel my uterus and guessed I was 6 weeks – wow, right on.  He told me to come back this week for my OB Intake and in 2 weeks for my first OB visit.  I was just taking all of this in.  I hadn’t heard these words in a loooong time.  5 years to be exact. 

I wasn’t even sure what all the rules were anymore.  Can I eat sushi?  Shrimp?  Tuna?  What about hot baths?  And only Tylenol???  That ain’t good!  And, oh boy, we haven’t even touched on my DP addiction yet!! :)  Thank goodness I’d slowly been trying out Sprite in the past few weeks.  It has been my saving grace!

Long story short, I just didn’t feel right keeping it from Michael any longer and my mind was too muddled to go out of my way with creativity right now.  That night after we put the kids to bed I kept trying to figure out what words you use.  Nothing seemed adequate.  He finally said “ What is wrong with you??”  He can always tell when I want to say something but can’t get it out. 

I just handed him the test.  He seriously thought I was kidding.  Why would I dig out an old pregnancy test (yes, I still have them from my other 2) and show it to him just for kicks?! :) 

I told him that I hadn’t told him everything that my doctor had told me that day.

It was too funny watching it sink in with him, knowing I had sat with the same dumb-founded look on my face just 2 days earlier.

He made silly jokes the rest of the night and I think it’s still sinking in for him.  I think we both will feel like it’s real when we see that ultrasound. 

Until then, its just a little surreal.  It’s hard to remember “not to do things” or “to do things.”  It’s even harder to be around our family or friends and not even mention it.  Tracy really doesn’t get why I keep refusing to do these 5K Runs with her…..I’m sure she’s chalking it up to laziness. ;) 

We have decided (mostly I decided) we should wait until we go to the doctor before we make it public.  We have always told the news very quickly (immediately) but this time is just different.  We have never tried to have a baby.  It has just happened before.  This time it didn’t “just happen” and required some patience.  I just need that little black and white picture before I actually believe it….. 

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Field Day

Today Ella Kate and I joined Jake at his school for Field Day. It literally lasted all day long!

They moved from game to game outside, only taking breaks for snacks, lunch, and potty time.

It was a nice day to be outside - not too much sun so it wasn't too hot.

Daddy even got to stop by on his lunch break!

At the end of the day, they went back to their classroom to receive their yearbooks. They took turns signing each others - it was so sweet to watch Ms. Sherbert explaining what a yearbook is and that you should ask all your friends to sign it. It's just one of many things that they are experiencing for the first time. I'm sure being a Kindergarten teacher is very challenging but the "newness" of everything is so special!

A lot of the kids asked Ella Kate to sign theirs - she was tickled! I'm thankful that Jake's teachers have been so good to her and allowed her to be a part of things when she comes with me. She jumps right in there and thinks she is one of them! Hopefully we'll get to be a part of Ms. Sherbert and Ms. Petrina's class again next year!

At the end of the day, they cleaned out their cubbies and brought everything from the year home with them. Only one more day to go and it's Graduation!!

Taking a break in the shade