Friday, December 2, 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like...

Christmas! Well, in our house anyway. Outside looks more like Spring time. We had one day of snow which I thought was the start of another blizzardy Wisconsin winter, but it didn't stick, and it hasn't snowed again. I'm not complaining.

So much has happened since my last post. First of all, we had Thanksgiving! It was such a lovely day. Jordan had Thursday and Friday off of work which means we had him all to ourselves for FOUR DAYS! It was bliss. On Thursday we relaxed (well, Jordan and Axel relaxed while I bustled about in the kitchen. We didn't put a lot of thought into our meals and I didn't prepare ahead of time so my morning started with pie crust, pie filling (pumpkin of course) and I don't think I sat down until it was time to eat! But we really had a great day. We had a small turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce (the canned stuff is not as good as I remember it being when I was little), and other small side dishes. We were quickly stuffed and spent the rest of the day enjoying each others company. Axel LOVES having his daddy home. Thursday night I did round 1 of our black friday shopping. I had never gone before and I was so giddy and nervous! I was ready to go about an hour before I needed to leave and it felt like the first day of school, haha. My first stop was walmart. It was CRAZY, but not terrible. I got what I needed and left as fast as I could. Then it was on to Boston Store where I was hoping to get a jacket I had been lusting after. I knew I wouldn't get much wear out of it this year (things are a little..erm.. snug these days) but it was so gorgeous I wanted it for next year.. and the year after and so on. The store was set to open at midnight. I arrived at 10:30pm and started playing games on my phone from the warmth of my vehicle. Then I noticed a lady outside the doors. My first thought was "she must work there". Then I saw her get out a book, zip up her coat and put on a hat. Great. I rolled down my window and asked if she was waiting in line already. She told me pretty soon the line would be really long so I'd better get a good spot. This was not my plan. I didn't bring a jacket. But, I did it for the beautiful coat waiting for me inside. I waited outside for an hour and a half! As soon as the doors opened I ran inside and found my lovely coat. Fast forward to the next day...

We left early Friday morning to do some more Christmas shopping (Jordan got up at 4am to go to a few others stores. Nice teamwork eh? So anyways, as we headed to Madison I noticed (yes, I was wearing the jacket.. I still could have worn it for another week or so).. that the sleeves were really big, especially in the shoulders. CRAP! If the jacket is loose on me at 6 months pregnant, how is it going to look next winter when I'm 8 months post-pregnancy?! So, the jacket went back to the store (and no they didn't have a smaller size). It was a sad feat. However the rest of our day was wonderful! We were able to cross several items off of our Christmas shopping lists and snagged some great deals! Then we had lunch with my mom and siblings, Aunt Lynn and her boys, and my Aunt Lori, her husband Rolfe, and their daughters Leysa and Lara. They were visiting from Minneapolis! We went to Ella's Deli, which is a favorite of mine from childhood. I've been wanting to take Axel there for quite some time now. Once lunch was over we were very ready to get home and take some naps! But my family seemed sad that they weren't going to get to see us much more, so the next thing I know I was inviting everyone over for Pizza's the next day.

So.. Saturday we had everyone over for Jordan's amazing homemade pizza. We all hung out and enjoyed the company. Then on Sunday Jordan invited HIS family over for dinner (which was leftover Pizza.. still delicious). I lasted about 30 minutes and had to retire to my room to take a nap. All the hustle and bustle of the previous four days had me tired and very achy.

It was such a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend though, and I am so grateful for everything and everyone that I have in my life!

This week has been very quick! School is coming to a close so there is A LOT to do! It was hard getting back into the swing of things after all that family time, but things are coming along nicely.

The other day Jordan bought some Acai anti-oxidant juice (single serving) and hated it, so he offered it to me. I wasn't a fan either. Later that evening, after Axel was in bed, Jordan mentioned that he had given some to Axel and he just LOVED it, so it didn't go to waste. Okay, neat. Later that night.. .Ax woke up about 5 times in the middle of the night. Things got pretty crazy. After getting up with him several times and putting him back to bed only to hear him awake again an hour later I decided to just let him go back to sleep on his own. At one point I could have sworn I heard a loud noise coming from Axel's room, but tried to convince myself that it was just the building and that I was being paranoid. Plus, it was hard to hear much over him yelling/crying. We let about 20 minutes go by thinking he was almost sleep. Finally I went into his room. What did I see?! Axel's crib turned into a sinking ship and he was hanging on for dear life! He had jumped so hard that he somehow knocked the mattress frame loose, so half of it was on the floor and the other half was up in the air (totally Titanic style) and he was gripping the bed rail crying. Um, can you say major bad parenting guilt?! Why is it that all the other times I felt that I just HAD to check on him in the middle of the night, for fear that the boogy-man snuck in and kidnapped him, or that there were ghosts hovering over his bed, only to find him sound asleep? This time, something really did happen and it took me 20 minutes to go in and check on him!?! Well, we laugh about it now, but it was pretty sad at the time. Needless to say he spent the rest of the night in our bed.

The next morning Axel wasted no time getting the day started. Even though he had been up from about 3-5am, he woke up with tons of energy at 7:30am ready to play. I lay in bed trying to wake myself up while Axel played on the floor in my room. A couple minutes later I heard a crackling sound. OH NO. He got into the wrapping paper and bows. Then he came running up to the bed with a little green bow stuck to his head! I don't think he even knew it was there, but it was so stinkin' cute! Then we got up and made breakfast. What kind of breakfast does a crazy child get after he kept his pregnant mother up all night? Yep. Waffles with Nutella. I know. Bad mommy once again. After a little bit, it was off to the bath we go!

Later that day, when he was taking a much needed nap, and I was cleaning the kitchen I noitced the Acai bottle in the garbage. Curious to see the name of it so I could get it again for him (who doesn't need anti-oxidants, right?) I pulled it out of the trash and read the label. I think my eyes popped out of my head and I gasped so loud the neighbors probably thought.. well, nevermind what they might have thought. It was an ENERGY drink! AN ENERGY DRINK! Not a carbonated one like monster or rockstar, but a natural ingredient energy drink. OH. MY. GOSH. By this time I was ready to call CPS and turn myself in. No WONDER he was up all night. Jordan gave him natural caffeine! Well, the moral of this story? Always read the labels! Sheesh.

In case you are wondering, Axel had his 15-month check up yesterday and is doing wonderful! He has grown 2 inches since SEPTEMBER! He's 31 inches long and weighs 31lbs. He tops the charts for weight and is up in the 75th percentile for height. Also, according to the charts he has a big head, haha. Everything looked great, and our growing, crazy boy is in great health. After Axel's appointment I had one too! Jordan took Axel for a drive (because if you weren't sure.. 15-month olds do not do well in tiny rooms with lots of drawers and cabinets). Baby brother B is doing great as well and is so far, measuring right on track. I absolutely LOVE my clinic. There are two OB's and a midwife, and as of yesterday I have seen them all. I don't know who to pick for D-day because I love each of them so much! I guess I'm lucky to have all the options.

Today I am trying to cram my last bit of homework in before the weekend is over. That's why I decided to do a random craft and write this super long blog post. Yep, I am a procrastinator with a capital P. Here is what I made..

Cell phone charging holders! I don't know what else to call them, but I was sick of having cords everywhere so lo and behold Pinterest to the rescue. I found this great tutorial and made one for me, and one for Jordan.

I used an empty shampoo bottle for mine and an empty baby shampoo bottle for Jordans. His phone is a bit wide and I think taller than mine. My only concern now is that they wont fit. I didn't realize how much space the actual PLUGS would take up so there isn't much room for the top of the phones to peek out. I couldn't get a picture of the phone in the holder on the wall because I used my phone to take the pictures, and Jordan isn't home yet. But here ya go.. I love them!!

Okay I really need to do my homework now. My sister Lucy is coming for the weekend, yay!!