May 31, 2012

Pony Ride

Memorial Day weekend wasn't completely dedicated to the office remodel. We also had a birthday party to attend - on Cameron's Birthday! And the sad part is Cameron got me out of bed on his birthday with French Toast! Yes, I made him get up with London on his birthday so I could sleep in. He chose to make French Toast for breakfast, although I think it was a ploy to get me out of bed.

Anywho, Saturday afternoon we had Rylie's birthday who is like a cousin to London in a very round about way. There were tons of kids there running around sliding down the water slide/bounce house. I hadn't brought along London's swimsuit as it was actually cooler at our house and a storm was going to be passing over later that afternoon/evening.

Cameron took her into the bounce house but it was a bit too slippery for London from the other kids. I'm sure she was a bit disappointed in not getting to swim but my guess is she would have found the water too cold - many of the kids were shivering after only an hour after we arrived.

But there were tons of other things to do, including a tricycle:

And Jill's pony was out providing pony rides. London finally decided to take a turn after she found the candy!

We all had a good time, especially London, who loves the large yard Gary and Jill have as she can wander to her heart's delight all over. London particularly enjoyed the little table and chairs, so on our way home we stopped in at IKEA and my dad purchased London her own table and chairs as a birthday gift from my mom and him. We'll have it set up in time for her big party this weekend!

And an update on the Office Remodel - after a few hours of frustration, Cameron brought in an electrician today to complete the job. It doesn't help when the electrician even says that work was done sloppy. Man, our builder's electricians were lazy people. For how long it took to build our house, you'd think they'd have done a perfect job.

~ Sarah

May 30, 2012

Baby Bump Wednesdays: 18 weeks

How far along: 18 weeks

What Fruit or Vegetable size is Baby: Sweet Potato/Bell Pepper

Average Size: 5.6 inches, 6.7 oz.

What’s going on with Baby’s development: Baby is yawning, hiccupping, sucking, swallowing, twisting, rolling, punching and kicking.

Total weight gain: 9 lbs.

Maternity clothes: Yep

Stretch marks: Loving the Bio Oil

Sleep: Getting up one to two times a night. Starting to feel the extra body heat which is making sleep a bit more uncomfortable. Even Tulley is sleeping farther away from me.

Best moment of this last week: Getting the framing and door up to the new office!

Miss anything: Wine, Corona, running

Movement: Not convinced I feel the baby yet, though this is when I started to feel London and I do feel moments of pressure. Soon, hopefully soon, I’ll be convinced and sure.

Food cravings: Nothing really - except maybe sweets. Just hungry all the time now!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope!

Have you started to show yet: Yep.

Gender: Unknown – 2 weeks to go!

Labor signs: Nope.

Belly button in or out: staying steady at half-way out

Wedding rings on or off: engagement ring

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy most of the time

Looking forward to in the next week: London’s 2nd Birthday party, seeing my mom

~ Sarah

May 29, 2012

Office Remodel Update

Guess how Cameron and I spent our 3-day weekend? You guessed it - we worked on the office remodel. Thankfully, my dad was in town and took London on several long walks around the neighborhood as well as picnic lunches in the backyard to keep her entertained and occupied, particularly when our house sounded like a firing range. I know I took more pictures along the way than what is below but they seem to have disappeared from the camera and laptop. Oh well, there are still plenty.

Saturday we got the first wall up:

Sunday we got the first third of the second wall up: 

And Cameron also got some of the electrical started:

This included moving this outlet to the new wall versus the stair wall:

Installing this new outlet on the larger, outer wall:

And installing an outlet in the pantry so that someday we can move the wine fridge in there. It's something we are contemplating:

And on Memorial Day we completed the large outwall:

Which included installing the door: 

Cameron also got a good headstart on the electrical that controls the room's fan and light, the hall lights and the front porch lights. He hopes to have all the electrical completed tonight and we may even get to some drywalling by the end of the week. We definitely made a few trips to Lowe's throughout the weekend, and having my dad stay home with London made those trips so much easier! We're sure we have a few more trips in our future before this room is complete. The good news is my mom gets in tomorrow evening for London's birthday bash this weekend, so hopefully we can make some good progress before the party on Saturday. I guess it all depends on how I'm feeling at the end of the day after work. While I have more energy than I did in the first trimester, I'm still exhausted at the end of a long day of work plus the commute.

~ Sarah

Toddler Tuesdays: First Haircut!

After my post last week, I suddenly was hell bent on getting London’s hair cut, so Wednesday night after work, Cameron, London and I headed for a local salon that specializes in children’s hair cuts in Fair Oaks.

After stopping to let the chickens cross the road, we arrived at EJ’s. It’s located in an older part of the city and the building definitely smelled old and musty, but looked inviting all the same.

We arrived just as another child was being seated to have his hair cut. With only one person working, we were told it would be 15-20 minutes. The little boy did have a lot of hair, but the need for 20 minutes had more to do with his attitude. His mom and her friend could not control this kid, who was crying and whining the entire time!

I feared London would catch on to this, and while she did, she acted more concerned for the little boy than being scared of the haircut.

Finally it was our turn. We opted for the first hair cut package that included a certificate, before and after photos and a lock of London’s hair. I couldn’t resist, what can I say? London was much better than the little boy before her, even if she couldn’t sit still the whole time.

Luckily, the hair stylist is quite used to children moving and bobbing, so she was patient and only cut when she knew she could. And with a basket full of toys, London was kept entertained. The hair stylist did note London’s strong cowlick in the front and said that now is the time to establish a new bang line versus having all the hair on London’s head coming forward from the back. We’re working on it.

At the end, the hair stylist worked to put London’s hair in pig tails, which made her more adorable than normal. I may try to do this for London’s 2nd birthday party too. We’ll see, as it takes patience and time! Not to mention a second person to distract her.

All in all, I am quite pleased with the results, especially now that London can see without having hair in her eyes.

~ Sarah

May 25, 2012

Office Remodel

And now that I have more access to pictures and our laptop again, I bring you a few from the office remodel.

Cameron's first task - remove carpet where the framing will go. Eventually all the carpet will be removed.

Here's the new door, still in the packaging awaiting a frame to go in!


Cameron removing the carpet tack strip. I won't miss those itty bitty nails. This room in particular poked me a lot. Hopefully S&G does a better job on the install so this doesn't happen. 

Our next task was to remove dry wall where necessary. We found a ton of crap under the stairs here, left over from the builders, even a pile of unused nails!Of course, this is the cats favorite place investigate these days. 

More pictures to come. Especially after this weekend. Guess how we'll be spending our 3 day weekend, given London seems pretty close to climbing out of her bed these days. She's going to need her big girl bed sooner than later which means she needs her new room.

~ Sarah

May 24, 2012

Garden Update & Pics

While I mentioned we put a garden in this year, I was never able to get pictures up. I know I have some from the beginning that I need to fish out, but this is a picture of our garden this week.

As you can see the grapes are out of control, and the good news is, there are tiny grape bunches all over the two vines that you can see - the one of the other side of the cement pad is not producing much.

In the bottom of the barrels is garlic that we plants two winters ago, but was not ready for harvest last summer. We left it, as we really just like it for the greenery it provides, but we may have to dig one up around harvest this year, just to see what it yields. 

And while, from this picture, the garden doesn't look like much, it is thriving. We only lost one corn stalk in the storm that hit the day after we planted everything and the tomato plants are really going gang busters.

And here are our artichokes up against the back fence. The one of the left was actually the bigger of the two plants we purchased but had a harder time adjusting to the transplant. So, in the meantime, the one of the left took over and is flourishing. The one of the left is doing better and growing, and has finally stopped wilting in the afternoon heat. We probably won't get any artichokes off these this year, but hopefully next year!

~ Sarah

May 23, 2012

Weekend Update: Napa!

Saturday was our group of friends’ 6th Annual Wine trip. Due to some technical difficulties and scheduling conflicts, only 4 couples were able to go. Definitely on the smaller side for this yearly festivity, but fun all the same. This year’s destination was our first return to Napa since the first ever trip for Cameron and Pat’s 30th!

Cameron, Amy & Jason
Of course, this trip also meant no sleeping in for London, Cameron and I. By 8 AM we were dropping London off in her PJs at Lauren’s for a day of spoiling and on the road to American Canyon where we were meeting the Stephens (Matt & Lynde), Johnsons (Kenny & Amy), Millers (Jason & Jess) and the limo.

Lynde & Kenny - they were goofing around too much to notice the camera
I apologize now for the lack of pictures. You would think the sober, pregnant lady of the group could remember to take pictures, but I failed. The only pics we took were in the limo between stops one and two.

Jess, Me & Matt (who was also unaware of the camera)
Over the years we have learned that 3 stops is our limit. Four just ends in disaster. The Millers planned this year’s outing, and the first stop was at Beaulieu Vineyards, better known as BV. We were served in the beautiful club room and everyone sampled 4 reds. First up was the Reserve Pinot Noir, followed by the Reserve Tapestry. The Tapestry was a big hit – enough so that Cameron let me have a sip. Our agreement was that I could have A sip of anything he deemed worthy. And it was – a spicey, full bodied red that would taste delicious on a cool winter’s night (I prefer red in the cold, winter months). That was followed up by a 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon and its 1998 counterpart. I did sample the 1998, but I liked the Tapestry best of the two I sampled.

The cool thing about BV was that when Lynde asked about white wines and a possible white wine-only wine club offering, our server was more than happy to bring her a sample of the 3 whites he could offer her and then created a special wine club to suit her likes only. Both Lynde and Jess walked away as new club members, which resulted in all of our tastings being compted and for hose of us who purchased a bottle, receiving 30 percent off the retail price. All in all, we had a lovely time at BV and the service was fantastic.

Before we knew it we had to head off to our next stop, which was at Trefethen. Had it not been for the slow service I might have better things to say about this stop, but unfortunately, that was not the case. On top of it, at the beginning I had said I was pregnant and therefore not tasting, even though there was a glass sitting in front of me – we definitely didn’t pay to have me taste so this was a mistake on their part all around.

My being pregnant did not stop the server from pouring wine in said glass, which was a bit of tease for me, considering I didn’t have much morning sickness this time around to curb my desire for wine and beer. Oh how I miss a glass of wine at the end of the day.

I ended up taking A small sip and hand the rest off to Cameron or Lynde – well, except for the Harmony Chardonnay, which was a very delicious chardonnay. I did have a few more sips off of that one with Cameron’s permission. We would have considered buying a bottle had the service not taken us the entire time we had at the winery – we almost left without tasting the last of the 5 wines we were there to taste – and that was after the server had tried to skip over one! The one he tried to skip over actually got the best reviews from the table – Dragon’s Tooth.

But, we had a 2:30 appointment at Bouchaine, where a fraternity brother of Cameron, Kenny and Jason’s is tasting manager. Troy was waiting to greet us upon our arrival and had one of the picnic benches out in the beautiful garden waiting for our tasting. Troy basically asked each of us which wines we were interested in trying and would pour us a glass. And he brought out some chilled water for me! Cameron (and I with my few sips) stuck with the whites, trying the Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc. I think all of us walked away wine club members, Cameron and I selecting the whites-only option. We figured we could stock up a little before I can start enjoying wine again on a more regular basis. Plus my mom will be visiting at the end of the month, so I’m sure she’ll like a cold glass of wine or bottle of beer after her flight in.

Since we had to get back to the hotel before our time with the limo was up, Troy volunteered to bring our first delivery from the wine club to us at the hotel and would then join the crew for dinner. Back at the hotel, everyone checked in and got settled into their rooms, before congregating in Kenny & Amy’s.

Cameron and I weren’t staying the night so we had just gone to hang out with them until Troy delivered our wine and we could head home. As all wine trips do, it got a little crazy, and being the pregnant, sober lady that I am these days I was beat from the day and ready to go home when Troy arrived with our wine. I felt bad that we had to leave so quickly after he and his girlfriend had arrived but we’d told Lauren we’d be home between 7 and 8 PM. As it was, we were going to be lucky if we made it back by 8. We were on her doorstep at about 8:10 PM – but that did include a stop to buy Lauren a gift certificate to a nail salon for a pedicure as a thank you for watching London all day.

As soon as we walked through our own door, Cameron put London down, while I put myself down. I was out by 9 PM I think. London wouldn’t wake up until 9 AM Sunday morning, which was a bonus! 12 hours of sleep was blissful.

We spent Sunday at home, working on cleaning the house more, me doing laundry and Cameron started on the framing of the office. Basically, we successfully got the framing that connects to the ceiling up, after Cameron came up with a bracing solution on the side that didn’t have built in studs. We should have almost the whole frame up soon, at least by the end of next weekend when we are home for 3 days.

~ Sarah

Baby Bump Wednesdays: Week 17

How far along: 17 weeks

What Fruit or Vegetable size is Baby: Onion

Average Size: 5.1 inches, 5.9 oz.

What’s going on with Baby’s development: Baby’s skeleton is hardening from cartilage to bone and fat is accumulating around it. Plus, baby has its own unique fingerprints now.

Total weight gain: 9 lbs.

Maternity clothes: Yep

Stretch marks: Using the Bio Oil religiously twice a day and it seems to be helping.

Sleep: Still getting up once a night and the body pillow is my new best friend.

Best moment of this last week: Spending a great day in beautiful Napa with great friends.

Miss anything: Wine, Corona (especially after this weekend!)

Movement: Should be soon. Can’t wait as it becomes my reassurance that you are ok versus waiting a month in between doctor appointments.

Food cravings: Watermelon and cornbread

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope!

Have you started to show yet: Yep.

Gender: Unknown – 3 weeks to go!

Labor signs: Nope.

Belly button in or out: Half-way out

Wedding rings on or off: Only the engagement ring

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy most of the time

Looking forward to in the next week: The 3-day weekend and getting further on the office.

~ Sarah

May 22, 2012

Toddler Tuesdays: First Hair Cut

’ve been putting London’s first hair cut off for well over a month now. And she desperately needs one. London’s hair has a mind of its own, so while I can just barely tuck her hair (and bangs) behind her ears, it doesn’t stay. Part of the problem is that she has a few cowlicks that tell us which direction the hair should go, but also, London has super fine hair, just like her dad and I both have. Ironically, my hair is the healthiest and thickest it has ever been ever since I was pregnant with London.

London’s hair is getting longer which is what we want, but it’s also looking ragged and I want to take her in soon to get her 2-year-old birthday pictures done. And I won’t do that until her hair is cut. I don’t know exactly what is holding me back – Cameron is more against it than I am. To me it is just hair and it will grow back. It’s another first she has reached. I am not saddened by this – I love watching London grow older and develop. And I know I cannot do a decent job of it myself.

I’ve even researched locations and found a salon that specializes in children’s haircuts in Fair Oaks, which is relatively nearby. They even take walk-ins. So why haven’t I made us go one night? I really would like to know why I am procrastinating on this issue. The poor girl needs a haircut, don’t you think?

~ Sarah

Motherhood Mondays: Tattoos

Anyone who knows me outside of work knows I have tattoos – seven currently. I got my first one at age 18 and my last one a few months before I got married. I’m not sure if I’m done either. Only time will tell. People often ask if I wish I hadn’t got them or regret any of them. The answer is no. Sure, a few are ready for some touch-ups but I still love each one and what it represents.

A while ago I read about a mother who was arrested for taking her 10-year-old to get a tattoo. You can read the article here. Now her son wanted to get a tattoo to memorial his older brother who had been hit by a car at age 12. Many tattoos are memorials. And I can see where the child is coming from.

Cameron and I have had discussions about tattoos and what we would do if London came to us asking for one (obviously, we hope this is many years from now). And obviously, I can’t condem them. Cameron doesn’t have any tattoos, so technically he could, but most likely he would refer London to me. So here are my tattoo rules:

  1. First, London will have to wait until she is 18.
  2. Then I would want her to think long and hard about what she wants, where and why. The where definitely will be important when it comes to her desired career. I figured I would need to keep my tattoos covered in the workplace before I got my first one, and I do. Which means you will never see me in a skirt, capris or shorts at work. And that’s why I’ve never gotten a wrist or arm tattoo.
  3. And finally, I have to take her to get her first. I want to make sure it’s safe and that quality work is completed. It’s permanent after all. I’ve seen far too many tattoos I would be highly upset about having with the way the black outlines are almost as thick as the design, taking away from the detail.

How would you handle it if your child came home wanting a tattoo?


May 17, 2012

Tulley's Mother's Day

The Friday before Mother's Day, Tulley got a surprise visit from her pup Molly from across the street. Molly is already half of Tulley's size! They had fun romping around the back yard and Molly really loved the water bowl. But when Tulley got a little over zealous and made Molly yelp, she ran straight to her new mommy, our neighbor Kelsey, for comfort.

It's official - Tulley is now more of a playmate than mommy. Molly didn't even try to nurse. It''s kinda sad for us to see but we're also happy that Molly has bonded so well to her new home.

~ Sarah

16 Week Bump

Here's the 16 week bump. And after only a day of using the Bio Oil, Cameron and I both agree the stretch marks look better!

May 16, 2012

It's All Done!!!!!

Ok, so not completely. I still need to get some fabric and turn it into an actual stocking, but the hard part is over!
~ Sarah

Baby Bump Wednesdays: 16 Weeks

How far along: 16 weeks

What Fruit or Vegetable size is Baby: Avocado

Average Size: 4.6 inches, 3.5 oz.

What’s going on with Baby’s development: Bones are forming in baby’s ears which means baby can pick up voices now. Guess we should start talking to it rather than about it. Also, Eyebrows, lashes and hair are starting to come in and taste buds are forming.

Total weight gain: 9 lbs.

Maternity clothes: Yep

Stretch marks: Not sure if they are new or just old ones being re-stretched, but there a 3 bugging me right now. I don't think my lotion is working even though I don't use it twice a day like directed so I dragged Cameron and London up to Folsom to purchase Bio Oil at Babies R Us last night. Probably could have gotten it at Target but I wanted to look at all the options. If this doesn't work I'm moving on to Maderma. And I will use it twice daily as directed. My greatest hope is to minimize this unfortunate reality of pregnancy (that and not gain too much weight and have a healthy baby : ).

Sleep: Getting up once a night to use the bathroom. I also have to have the body pillow which makes for a crowded bed between Cameron, Tulley, Kelsey, myself and the pillow! At least Kelsey solves the space problem by sleeping on me! You'd think she could at least choose a spot on the cushy pillow.

Best moment of this last week: My dad coming for a visit over the weekend and walking the Race for the Cure with Cameron and London on Saturday morning to celebrate Mother's Day.  

Miss anything: Wine, Corona, and now running - missing amazing weather for good running

Movement: None yet but probably in the next 2 to 4 weeks I will start to feel something.

Food cravings: Watermelon and Magnum Double Caramel Bars (better not eat too many of these or I will gain a TON of weight!)

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope!

Have you started to show yet: Yep. I know – I owe pictures. We haven’t even taken one yet. I feel like we’re slacking since the first belly pic with London was taken at 14 weeks.

Gender: Unknown – 4 weeks to go!

Labor signs: Nope.

Belly button in or out: Half-way out

Wedding rings on or off: Just my engagement ring on and good thing – my fingers swelled on the walk on Saturday. I thought I might escape the swelling this time around - guess not. We'll see what this Saturday brings in Napa.

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy and starting to feel more energized most of the time.

Looking forward to in the next week: Our annual wine trip even though I won’t be drinking (Napa makes up for it with the scenery as well as the time with friends and my hubby without London as much as I love her), getting Cameron’s office framed (mainly so I can start cleaning all the dust) and finishing the cross-stitch portion of London’s stocking, which will likely happen tonight. Stay tuned!

~ Sarah

May 15, 2012

Toddler Tuesdays: Our Yo Gabba Gabba Monster

We were first introduced to the Nick Jr. children’s program Yo Gabba Gabba on a flight to Tucson at Christmas. A couple had saved a few episodes on their iPad for their 22 month-old son to watch during the flight. They happened to sit in front of us and London saw the show through the cracks between the seats. Before long, she was standing on her seat and looking over the seat.

From there, I would time to time turn the show on, in hopes London could be occupied for a few minutes so I could run upstairs to see to some laundry, run to the bathroom or get some dishes done. It wasn’t until recently that she would sit through an entire episode. And when she did start to sit and be focused on the program for a straight 25 minutes, I have to admit, I loved it – this is especially true when I need to get some dishes completed.

And the 25 minutes of quiet is great for when Cameron and I both need to relax a little after a long day of work before switching into parent and dinner-time more.

The only issue is now if the TV is on, London is asking for “Dabba Dabba” as she calls it. She will literally go get the remote and bring it to you. And she won’t do anything else if the TV is on, unless I turn on music. Which means, even watching the evening news can be a challenge in our house these days. And I’m a little concerned that London isn’t as interested in books as she used to be, particularly when we are downstairs.

I hate that we are using TV as a crutch already but we can’t let her run loose in the yard alone, at least not yet and the stories of neighbors finding snakes in their yards makes me wonder if I ever will feel comfortable with that.

The other problem is, Yo Gabba Gabba is the only show that will keep her attention for this length of time. We’ve tried Mickey’s Clubhouse and Sesame Street, but neither has had the same effect – although she does recognize when she sees Mickey or Minnie on TV by saying Mouse. I wonder what it is about Gabba that keeps her attention that the others lack.

Thankfully, the weather has remained beautiful in the evenings, so to divert London’s attention, we go outside where she throws a few balls around, runs around the patio and plays in her water table. I fear the fall and winter when it gets dark by the time we are home.

~ Sarah

May 14, 2012

Motherhood Mondays & Weekend Update: My Mother's Day WEEKEND

Happy belated Mother’s Day! I hope all you Mother’s had a wonderful day doing exactly what you wanted to be doing. My Mother’s Day was more of a Mother’s Weekend, which in some ways started Thursday night.

On Wednesday I had worked an open house for my company down in Modesto. On the way home, I’d picked up some fresh strawberries to make a fresh strawberry pie that I was craving. The problem was the open house and being on my feet all day, not to mention the heat in Modesto, left me tired Thursday. And while I normally love to bake, I wasn’t looking forward to it Thursday night as all I wanted to do was sit. Lucky for me, Cameron took control and had made the pies for me. The house smelled so yummy when London and I got home.

Friday I got home early thanks to a work open house in West Sacramento – I made it home just in time for a migraine to hit and took a 3 hour nap which alleviated the situation. When I picked London up from day care, a cute flower card and photo flip book was waiting for me, London’s Mother’s day gift to me : ). Cameron and I had discussed earlier in the week that this was likely the only way I’d receive a card or gift from London.

Saturday began early for all three of us as we headed to Cal Expo to participate in the Komen Race for the Cure. This had been my request for the weekend – to participate in the walk with my family. The best part – I still fit in the small T-shirt I had registered for before I knew I was pregnant! Cameron and I had fun talking and people watching as we power-walked our way through the crowds. While attendance was down for the event thanks to the Planned Parenthood issues from January, there were still 18,000-20,000 people out there. London was happy once we set out on the walk – waiting is definitely not her forte.

Back at home, Cameron made me homemade waffles which I topped with melted butter, light cool whip and strawberry pie filling. Yummy! This is also when I discovered Cameron though Saturday was Mother’s Day. Worked for me. We all were worn out by London’s nap time, so we all took a nap until my dad arrived for the weekend. He was stopping in on his way to Chico where he will be working for the next couple of weeks. He got to get London up from her nap when she awoke. London was quite excited to have her Grandpa come to her rescue.

We were still tuckered from our walk and Dad was tired from driving so life in our house was pretty bland that evening outside the Chili Verde Cameron made for dinner. And Mother’s Day itself was pretty low key as well. We skyped with my mom in the morning to wish her a Happy Mother’s Day and tell her we wished she was there with us as well. My dad also took London for a long walk while Cameron and I set to complete the demolition in the front room. This would be a slow, all day process and at one point, Cameron looked more like a ghost than a person, he was so covered in a fine white dust after sawing out some drywall in the ceiling!

We completed the day barbequing with Matt & Lynde. We also pulled out London’s water table after she began playing in the dog water bowl outside – which led to her going between her water table and the dog bowl! She was soaked and needed a warm bath before dinner was ready. We all dined on some delicious steaks, bbq’d corn on the cob, mexican salad and garlic bread. And I spend the rest of the evening working on London’s stocking, instead of worrying about the dishes. Of course I have those waiting for me tonight! At least I can say I am a mere few hours from completing her stocking! About time, considering I have another one to start and this will be London’s 3rd Christmas!

All in all, it was just what I wanted and needed for the weekend after several busy and upcoming busy weekends. The only rough part was saying by to my dad this morning. The second London saw him this morning she ran in to get a hug. She will be a bit disappointed to discover Grandpa is gone when we get home this evening.

~ Sarah

May 10, 2012

Weekend Update Continued…My Birthday!

Monday was my birthday (I know not really a “weekend day” but in a way, it felt like one – you’ll see!). The day started off with me getting to sleep in little! That’s because we had a prenatal appoint at 9 AM. This also meant that London got to sleep in which made for a happy toddler the morning of my birthday. It’s also always fun when Cameron and I both get to take her into day care.

Not much to report with Baby– all is well and going according to nature’s plan. You have the rest of the update in today’s Baby Bump Update any way.

After the appointment I headed into work as planned only to learn that someone had stolen a length of copper pipe in Rio Linda that had brought down almost all our operations, including internet! My only option to get anything done was to head back home, which I did. I did what I could from home, but without access to email, it made it a bit difficult. My boss and I laughed that this was her birthday present to me.

Since I now didn’t need to leave work late and battle traffic (considering I was already home), Cameron and I decided to take Lynde up on her offer to watch London so Cameron and I could go out to dinner. I was craving sushi and wanted to try a new sushi restaurant up in Folsom, so that is exactly where Cameron and I headed.

Before arriving at the restaurant, we walked through a new home décor store in the Palladio shopping center, Kirkland’s. There was a ton of things I could have spent money on and most fit with our décor theme at home. Cameron and I expected the place to be pretty pricey and we were quite surprised that it wasn’t. We saw several paintings we are now considering for the entrance wall across from where the French doors to Cameron’s new office will be. We were good though and refrained from spending any money there.

From there we walked hand in hand to the sushi restaurant, Blue Nami. We both commented on how weird it was to be holding each other’s hands since we normally have London in between us, holding on to one of our fingers!

Blue Nami was hopping for a Monday night, but we were seated quickly and attended to just as quickly for beverages. We quickly learned that it was Happy Hour and a full page in the menu of Sushi was 50 percent off! We ended up ordering two $4 appetizers (Gyoza for me and Calamari rings for Cameron) and 6 rolls of sushi. All of it was delicious, minus one roll. That roll had garlic, basil, avocado, cream cheese and cashews – a mixture I thought I would love, but found the basil overwhelming. Oh well.

Cameron and I both agreed it’s our new sushi restaurant, especially during Happy Hour. Of course, we couldn’t get too adventurous with the roll selections given that raw fish is a bit of a no-no when pregnant. Stupid potential mercury and parasite issues. I stuck to my favorite Avocado/Cucumber rolls (which I was craving) and a sesame chicken/cream cheese roll (very yummy), though I did convince Cameron to split a spicy tuna/cucumber roll with me so I did get a little taste of the good stuff. What was nice is the avocado/cucumber roll looked to be the size of two rolls so I definitely filled up. And it was all very well priced given Happy Hour – which ended at 8 PM, the time we were leaving.

We will definitely be going back – especially as we eyed all the delicious, fish filled creations the people at the next table ordered. So much to explore in one restaurant! And finally a sushi place we really liked near home! The last place Cameron liked this well as while visiting my parents in Tucson.

But I have to say the best part of the night was coming home to discover Lynde had picked up all of London’s toys in the family room! It was so nice to sit down with a sushi-stuffed belly in a clean room!

After Lynde headed home, Cameron and I settled in to watch a movie of my choice using our free movie pass via AT&T U-Verse (Cameron got it for complaining about something, which was set right and they gave us the pass as a thank you for understanding).

I chose “The Descendents” with George Clooney. It was a more serious movie than I had thought it was, though I didn’t exactly know the story line. Let’s just say it centered around death and infidelity. But the movie did a good job of throwing in a sense of humor when it was getting too serious, and Cameron and I laughed out loud several times. The movie also sparked a good conversation between the two of us about how we’d react if either of us cheated on the other.

In the end, I’d say the movie and discussion it created brought us closer together. We don’t watch new movies very often (we just don’t have the time or desire to spend money on what we see as a gamble of whether it will be good or not) and we watch even less movies that spark conversation like this one did between us. It may sound strange to say, but it topped off an already great birthday. Well, that and the snuggles I got from Tulley toward the end of the movie when she was trying to tell us it was bed time.

~ Sarah

Baby Bump Wednesday - on Thursday

Sorry for the delay - I was never on a computer yesterday between work, errands and demolition still going on in our house. The good news is our home laptop is fixed so I'll be able to start posting pictures with my posts again!

How far along: 15 weeks

What Fruit or Vegetable size is Baby: An Orange

Average Size: 4 inches, 2.5 oz.

What’s going on with Baby’s development: All four limbs have functioning joints and legs are now longer than the arms.

Total weight gain: 9 lbs. The doctor says my weight gain is good and healthy for where I am in the pregnancy so far. I hope to keep the weight gain to a minimum as best I can. Won’t know again until our next appointment June 4.

Maternity clothes: Yep

Stretch marks: No new ones still

Sleep: Getting up once a night to use the restroom. Not supposed to sleep on my back any longer, which is hard at times and the body pillow is a must to keep me from sleeping on my belly – woke up the other night with my tummy hurting cause I’d been sleeping on it!

Best moment of this last week: Getting all the supplies needed to enclose the front room for Cameron’s office! We even took down the drywall under the stairs. Progress is being made.

Miss anything: Wine, Corona

Movement: None yet and probably not for a little while still.

Food cravings: Still watermelon. I also sent Cameron out to Walgreens at 9:15 PM the other night for either vanilla ice cream with chocolate and caramel mixed in or a vanilla bar dipped in chocolate. He found a vanilla ice cream bar dipped in both caramel and chocolate – sooo yummy!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope!

Have you started to show yet: Yep.

Gender: Unknown – 5 weeks to go!

Labor signs: Nope.

Belly button in or out: Half-way out

Wedding rings on or off: Just my engagement ring on

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy and starting to feel more energized

Looking forward to in the next week: Getting farther on the office renovation and seeing my dad this weekend. Still working on London’s stocking but getting closer to being finished. My ultimate goal is to have it completed by the 20-week ultrasound on June 12.

We saw the doctor again Monday morning. Nothing much to report. The doctor said that I was still within a healthy range for weight gain and was pleased to hear that I was getting my energy back. I measured exactly where I should be for how far along I am and we heard the baby’s strong heart beat, which always puts me at ease after a long time between appointments and before I can feel baby kicking.

Other than that, we just discussed my labor and delivery with London versus expectations with this one being a planned c-section. The doctor said it will definitely be better than last time around given the circumstances. As he said, all they can do is better. He did warn me that I could still shake a bit afterward though likely not to the severity I did with London. He was definitely fine with my request to have a shot of demerol on stand-by if I need it – last time I needed it and it took the nurse WAAAAY TOOO LOOOONG to get it for me so I could relax, and more importantly, breathe!

Our next appoint with the OB is June 4th and we also received paperwork for the 20-week Ultrasound, which is now scheduled for June 12th. This is when we get to learn the gender of this kiddo and will be able to start calling it something other than “it” or “baby”. Can hardly wait!

~ Sarah

May 8, 2012

Weekend Update: Birthdays and Demolition

Friday night we celebrated Cinco de Mayo a little early by heading to our favorite Mexican restaurant with Matt & Lynde for dinner. And we discovered we may be closer to potty training with London than we thought. She’s beginning to say “dirty” before she has soiled her diaper! Yippee is all I can say – it would be awesome to have her out of diapers by the time baby arrives.

The poor girl also likes to do her business in private, which was not possible at the dinner table while strapped into the high chair. We could not help but laugh as London covered her eyes with her hands for the privacy she required as she worked through her business. The best/worst part was when she let out a little sigh of relief! Poor girl and Cameron – I was still mid-meal so he had the pleasure of taking London to the car to take care of her and the diaper.

Saturday was our busy weekend day. It started with London’s last Swim Lesson. I made sure to take some more photos and video before the camera battery died. Hopefully, my posts will include more photos again soon. Cameron called HP about our laptop on Friday and we are now awaiting the arrival of a new hard drive, which is suspected as being the root cause to our computer issues.

After swim lessons, we headed home for a quick refresher before heading up to Biggs to celebrate Cameron’s stepdad, Joe’s birthday with most of the family. Unfortunately, it was also a very windy day and given I was/am still recovering from my allergy attack from Reno the previous weekend, I refused to go outside.

The wind did not stop the kids though. Vicki had rented a bounce house for the afternoon, so the kids bounced between that and the trampoline all day. Even London bounced to her heart’s content most of the day (under adult supervision of course).

On our way home, we made an impromptu stop to the see Moes again. This time we were able to stay longer than 10 minutes, which was much better. Eventually, London decided it was time to go – she kept grabbing our hands and walking us to the door while saying “bye bye” to Moe and Nicole. She did impress us with her big sister skills though – she was quite attentive to Moe & Nicole’s 5-week-old, Conner’s needs, trying to bring him all his pacifiers. Nicole even let London place one in Conner’s mouth – she was quite gentle. She’s going to make such a good big sister!

We were spent by Saturday night and crashed early.

Sunday was a day at home, but not a quiet one. I spent much of the morning/day picking up the house up while Cameron tended to the yard. Mid-morning we all headed to Lowe’s to buy the supplies we need to build the walls for Cameron’s new office. This trip required two cars as once the truck was loaded up with all the drywall and wood, there was no room for London or I. I wish I’d gotten a picture of the truck all loaded it up - it was quite a sight and required some slow, careful driving. Good thing Lowe’s isn’t too far away from home.

And, that evening Cameron began the demolition! The wall under the stairs is now currently missing its drywall and tonight I believe he plans to remove the drywall in the ceiling and window walls where he needs to construct the door wall. Pretty exciting! Now if we could just keep the cats out from under the stairs! We’ll need to be careful when we drywall this wall back up that no cat is under there!

This post is getting long so stay tuned for what we did for my Birthday on Monday!

~ Sarah

Toddler Tuesdays: Life Outdoors

Swim lessons finished this last Saturday. And while London will miss the pool, Cameron and I are both happy to not have the obligation of being there every Saturday for a while. I also look forward to not having to make sure the towels, swimsuits and swim diaper are clean by Saturday morning. Expect for one week, I think I ran this laundry load Friday night and/or Saturday morning every week!

The weather has, for the most part, remained beautiful, which means London wants to be outside more and more. The last couple of evenings we have gone out and played with Tulley and done yard work. We even have London throwing a rope left over from the puppies for Tulley to go fetch. Both love the extra attention.

London also loves going for walks in the evening. If we leave the stroller set up and she can access it, she will seat herself in it and try to strap herself in! We definitely need to make evening walks more of a routine in our house – especially since I am no longer running. The first trimester wore me out that I couldn’t muster the energy to run, and now I don’t feel I can resume my running routine until after Baby arrives.

I’m thrilled London loves being outside and I hope this love continues. It’s about time to get her water table set up for the season, so she’ll have a little more stimulation when we are out there too. We also intend to purchase her a few outdoor toys for her birthday to aid in her interest out here. If only our park was built already – she loves the slide and swings but we’re not planning on putting in a play structure ourselves. I guess for now, we’ll have to settle on driving to a nearby park for such playtime.

~ Sarah

May 3, 2012

Weekend Update: Reno & Family BBQ

Whew, the week’s almost over and I am just now getting to our weekend wrap-up - the worst part is that it feels like Friday to me!

Saturday was a busy one for us, to say the least. We left early for swim lessons to stop in at the tile store to look at some options for the front room. We walked away with a few samples but upon viewing the samples on Sunday decided against them. As per my last post, we went with carpet instead.

London and Cameron then participated in her second to last swim lesson. For the first time, she wanted to get out about 5 minutes before the end of class. The cold water was getting to her. Plus, I think she would rather just play in the water with us then being pushed to do what the instructor has the kids doing at the time. Only one class to go.

From there we headed up to Reno. Thankfully, London slept almost the entire way. It was a little early for a nap, but swim lessons tend to take it out of her and she has been going down for Saturday naps a little earlier. We made it up to Reno just in time to drop in on the Gilles family and drop Tulley off for an afternoon of fun with her puppy Kieran.

Did I mention Tulley was patiently waiting in her crate while we visited the tile store and swim lessons? We couldn’t pass up an opportunity to see one of her pups. Poor thing was a little subdued or depressed all week last week once she figured out the puppies were gone. And yes, Kieran knew exactly who Tulley was when within 5 minutes of having mom around, was trying to nurse from her. He hasn’t nursed on her in over a month, or seen her in 3 weeks!

We’d meet back up with the Gilles Family for dinner that night. In the meantime, Cameron, London and I headed to North East Reno to pick up Cameron’s mounted Antelope Buck Head. It looks really good and then Taxidermist gave me a crash course in making faux rocks to decorate below the mount at some future date. Unfortunately, one of the main ingredients to do so is a bit pungent and not good for me to breathe in while pregnant so that project will have to wait – not that we don’t have plenty to do in the meantime.

Then it was back to the Gilleses for dinner, where we met the rest of the family, as both sets of grandparents came over as well. The whole family is full of lab lovers and got quite the kick out of seeing Tulley and Kieran playing. At one point Kieran cam inside and fell asleep under the table – all my petting didn’t faze him. We all agreed Tulley had worn him out. But of course Tulley wasn’t done and eventually came and woke him up for some more fun.

The best part for me was that Jason and Claire’s daughter Haley, who is 12, loves London, and spent hours entertaining her, sliding and running around the backyard, so I could sit and relax, which was good given Reno had sent me into a full blown allergy attack.

It was a long day and London did lose it at one point. We’ve never seen a tantrum like this out of her before. She was throwing herself all over and no matter what we did to try and calm her down, nothing worked. She literally just has to wear herself out. Finally, she communicated that she would like some Moo and all was well. We made it home around 11 PM and we all slept in.

Not that we could relax too much Sunday. We had to run to the store to get the makings for my summertime pasta salad for a family BBQ with Vicki’s Underhill Cousins later that day, just North of Sacramento. I was moving slow, which meant it took me an absurd amount of time to get the pasta salad made, but I did get it made in time to get it in the fridge to chill before we headed out.

We were actually a bit late as London took a 3 hour nap – we had to wake her up – which meant I found myself with a spare ½ hour and managed to sit, relax and get my toenails polished. This doesn’t happen for me like it used to and it drives me nuts!

We had a lovely afternoon BBQ with the extended family. Vicki and Joe were there, along with Vicki’s Aunt Shirley and Uncle Jim, their 3 sons and various parts of their extended families. The whole reason for the get together was that Shirley and Jim’s son Steve was in town. He lives on the East coast, and isn’t out too often it seems, as I have never met him. We also got to meet a somewhat new family member, Bethany, who married Jim & Shirley’s grandson, Alden last August.

Gary and Jill, who hosted the BBQ, live out near where I work on a beautiful piece of land, and own a horse and Shetland pony. London had a blast seeing both. Plus, Gary and Jill’s granddaughter Riley was there, who London had a fun time interacting with. Riley was gracious enough to let London play with her baby doll and stroller, which London pushed around the whole afternoon, even in the grass (with much frustration I might add) out to see the horses.

Gary and Jill also have a standard poodle, Pierre, who London couldn’t resist. The only animals London wasn’t sure about were the young chickens Jill had in the laundry room – they are just about ready to be transferred out to the chicken coop. Maybe next time, when they look more like Grammy’s chickens, London will be more interested. She loves to chase her Grammy’s.

After the BBQ, all three of us were done in and called it an early evening back at home.

~ Sarah

May 2, 2012

Another Baby Update

Some of you may be wondering, for those that have visited our home, where the new Baby Cenedella is going to go? We have a 3 bedroom house – one room occupied by Cameron and Myself, along with Tulley and Kelsey most of the time, one room filled with London and one room dedicated as Cameron’s office.

Luckily, when we were looking at homes, we knew we needed more space than just a few bedrooms, kitchen and family room. Which is why we also have a formal living or dining room at the front of our home and a loft space. The loft space we intend to always use as a second TV room, and it is set up as such, coming in very handy when we 35 people over for Super Bowl this year.

The formal living or dining room is open to the rest of the house and when we moved in, it served as my office since I also worked from home. Then I got laid off. And the new job that I have landed and been in for over a year now requires that I work from the office most days. So my office space has become a collection-room of sorts, gathering anything and everything we bring through the front door but don’t feel like putting away. This includes food from Costco or purchases from Target or Petsmart or everything that accumulated in the car that we finally decide to clean it out.

Well, this informal dumping ground will be no more soon. Here’s the plan: Cameron is going to wall up my old office, adding in some beautiful French, glass doors we purchased, and just recently received from Home Depot, and turn this room into his new office.

Cameron’s old office we will then paint and decorate for London, which will include a big girl bed. We plan to move her into this room about a month before Baby arrives. It’s the bigger of the two rooms and with her room already set up as a nursery, and knowing there will be adjustment on her part when Baby arrives, we figured a new room would soften the blow.

Which means London’s room will become Baby’s room. If we have a girl, there will be nothing to change, except bringing the changing table back in and raising the mattress to newborn level again. If Baby is a boy, we have an easy plan to change the room from girl to boy – we’ll simply paint whatever is purple and aqua blue and purchase a baby bedding set in a Marine Life theme. I’ve even got the bed set picked out on Amazon in case. All that is purple in London’s room is the window seal, the trim to the closet, two shelves and a table that holds the humidifier. London will have to part with some books and stuffed animals that I passed down to her, but I’ll make sure she keeps her favorites.

So as you can see, we have a lot to do in not so much time. Baby is set to arrive in just 6 months!

Back to Cameron’s new office, the biggest step was purchasing and receiving the French doors. And last night we made the final decision and major purchase of the room. We’d been going back and forth on whether to leave the current carpet, remove it and tile the room or remove it and get new carpet. We quickly knew removing was the way we wanted to go as Melody, for the most part, has done her part in destroying the carpet and is why she is not allowed to sleep wherever she wants in the house but must be supervised (aka closed up in our closet).

At first we were really leaning toward tile, even after we found out matching the tile in our house would not be possible. We looked and brought several samples of alternatives home, but couldn’t decide on one, so we decided to investigate carpet. Last night we went to Lowe’s and we were disappointed with the experience and what we found. But I’d heard a radio ad for S&G Carpet and had seen that there was a store just down the road from our Lowe’s, so we ran over there to check them out.

We were met by a very friendly salesman who asked us some great questions and answered all of us. And up on the wall of remnants was this olivey-colored carpet. Cameron is drawn to green carpet, particularly the forest green variety, which I don’t care for at all. But this olivey color intrigued me. It is going to be his office. I could compromise on the green if he went with this color. Cameron liked it too. We bought the remnant by the time we walked out last night.

It’s a little bit bigger than we need, which is good. Never hurts to have some leftovers for patches, like when you dog chews a hole in the carpet!

We also learned that replacing the pad underneath would be a small cost, so we’re adding that in. plus, S&G will install it when Cameron has the frame up and ready. S&G also said they would be more than happy to look at the other hole Tulley has left in our carpet in the family room and probably be able to fix it with the remnants of the carpet in there at no charge!

Cameron and I have been trying to make an effort to buy local when we can and I am so glad we checked out S&G versus dealing with Lowe’s on the carpet. They were so friendly and amendable to the situation (the fact that we really don’t have a clue to the exact date we will need the carpet installed so they are holding it for us). Plus, they had a kids’ center set up with Duplo blocks! London had a grand time here while Cameron put down the deposit. London also just had a ball being let loose in a store. What harm could she do to carpet, so as long as I could see her, she ran around to her heart’s content. All the S&G people just watched and smiled while helping us make a selection.