Thursday, May 20, 2010

Cecily's 1st Year

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Last Day

Today is Ceci Bessi's last day of being zero. It's so hard to believe how quickly the time has flown and also to marvel at how much life has changed in one year. Last year we were preparing for the arrival of our last (so we thought) baby and while that was a happy thing, of course, we were also stressed out financially due to the economy and stuff. 2009 was definitely a year of ups and downs, that's for sure. How much better 2010 has been! We have life back under control (well, as under control as life can be with 5 kids, of course). I feel more centered and peaceful than I've ever felt in my adult life. And Cecily is a delight, even as she gets into more and more stuff as she becomes mobile. She can say Mum, Dad, and Dig consistently. She likes to clap, wave, and do the Indian war-whoop thing. She transitioned this week from formula to milk (the bottle will be going bye-bye next month). She cruises around lightning fast and can stand unassisted although we haven't seen any true walking yet. We love you little baby!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

In the Mood for Summer

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This week has put everyone around here in the summer mood. It's been in the 80s for the weekend and just sunny and gorgeous. The kids have spent some time in the sprinklers and pool and I got in the spirit by treating myself to this gorgeous new nail polish from Sephora (I NEVER buy nail polish, so I figured that even at $9 it was okay). It's called Mermaid to Order and I just love it - of course I don't do painted fingernails period, so it is exclusively for the toes but hey, every pregnant woman with cankles deserves to have pretty toes at least, right?

Monday, May 10, 2010

Mother's Day

I had a very nice, peaceful Mother's Day this year. We decided to skip the usual extravagant brunch because, between Colin and Cecily, it's just more stress (trying to keep them clean and quiet in a semi formal restaurant) than it's worth. We woke up early because (for once) we were determined not to be late for church. We actually got out of the house by 8:45, which must be a record. We stopped at McDonald's for breakfast as they offer a free meal to mothers, and then we went to church. Since we thought we had more time, we actually ended up eating rather slowly and were still five minutes late for church, but that's better than normal, at least. After church we came home and enjoyed a backyard barbecue (after James engaged in battle with the blackbirds over the grill, which they seem to think is the perfect nesting space, no mater what contraptions he contrives to thwart them) - brats, hot dogs, chips, potato salad, and rhubarb cookies made from the rhubarb in our garden. It was super yummy. Then we opened cards and played soccer with the kids. I got to take a little nap in the afternoon while James, Hero, and Ian took the car to the car wash and cleaned it up really good. We're going to be getting a gazebo for the backyard as part Mother's Day/Anniversary/Father's Day present this month - I can't wait. It was a restful Mother's Day spent in the company of those it should be - my kids. Mother's Day was the last first holiday for Cecily to celebrate - she'll be a year old next week, eek!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Best Seat in the House

Cecily's favorite place to sit and hang out just so happens to be Colin's potty seat. It has a removable bucket in it, so she just plucks it out and then sticks one leg in the opening and can sit in there for twenty minutes. It makes Colin so mad too, which kind of adds to the fun (bad mom, I know). We have to be uber-vigilant about making sure the potty seat is always emptied immediately after Colin uses it, or else we might have an icky situation on our hands LOL.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Last Thing In the World I Wanted To Do Again

The title pretty much sums it up - I just found out yesterday that I have to do the one thing that I dread most during pregnancy: take the 3 hour glucose test. My one hour screen came back slightly elevated, just like it did during my fourth pregnancy, which means I have to do the icky, horrible, terrible 3 hour test. It's a no win situation - I strongly believe that I do not have Gestational Diabetes because it just doesn't make sense given my history and the fact that I have had, every time, babies that at full term weigh in on the smaller side of average. But, GD is dangerous when it's uncontrolled, so it's not something that I can just say, "nah, I'll pass" because it would weigh too heavily on my conscience. I hate, hate, hate this test, for two reasons. Primarily it's because there's this feeling of personal failure. Weight and eating habits are a risk factor for GD. There's nothing like knowing you've royally screwed up because of your messed-up relationship with food (that's a whole other post for another time though). Secondarily, the test is pure torture. It involves fasting and then drinking this super-sugary (blech!) drink and they draw your blood multiple times to monitor how efficiently your body is processing the sugar. By the time I got to the last draw last time (which is about four hours in) I was on the verge of passing out and they could barely find a vein to stick the needle in. I have it scheduled for next week Thursday and James will have to take half the day off so he can take care of the kids. I'm so done being pregnant (with this pregnancy and forever).

Saturday, May 1, 2010

For Once, All About Ian

It seems rare to have a post dedicated to Ian, and I suppose that's not a good thing at all LOL. He started his first team sport in April, t-ball. He loves wearing his uniform and he's so cute out there. He really hustles after the ball and is pretty decent at throwing. The season has twice-a-week games and lasts through June. It's so strange to finally be doing quintessientally "boy" activites after so many years of girl stuff.