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Month: January 2008

Bored and Slightly Crazy

I’m bored with all of my blogs.  I want new designs, new ideas, something to spice things up.  I haven’t been posting much at all.  In fact, other than this blog, I’ve actually gone months without posting which just isn’t like me.  I’ve got a few ideas rolling around up in that noggin of mine, but they will take quite a bit of time and effort to implement.

One thing I’m considering, which will save me a lot of time in the future is switching over to WordPress MU.  It may seem like a bit much to run my personal sites on, but it would really simplify the upgrade process.  Right now I’m running three different blogs on WordPress and have to update each one separately when there is a new version.  I intend to add at least one more to that list in the near future and would like to convert my mom and sister’s sites over as well.  That would be six different sites to maintain and update.  Of course I’ve never used MU, so I may have to play around with it a bit before I’m really ready for the switch.

The technical part actually seems really easy when I compare it to the design part.  While I absolutely love designing it has been quite a while since I’ve actually done it.  I’ve never designed a WordPress site from the ground up, which is what I would like to do.  I usually find a pre-made template that is similar to what I want and then tweak it from there.  That usually ends up in frustration because I can’t get it to do exactly what I want it to do.  The only way to really fix that is to do it myself.  That is going to take a lot of learning and I’m just not sure that I have it in my right now.

Oh, and I would like to have all of this done before the baby comes.  Yeah, right!  I just know that if I wait until after Baby G is born the whole thing may never happen.  For some reason life gets a little hectic when you have a newborn baby around.

Anyone want to help?

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28 Weeks and Counting

28 WeeksIt appears that Baby G is growing quite well these days. My belly just keeps getting bigger and bigger. According to the measurements at the doctor’s office she is right on track with my due date, but I am feeling so huge it is hard to believe that I have another 12 weeks to go.  My doctor is keeping a close eye on the baby’s size this time around though so I might actually have a chance to deliver a normal sized baby.  She has scheduled a 36 week sonogram to check the size and I guess we’ll decide what to do from there.  I’m really kind of hoping that she comes a little early, especially considering that I just found out my doctor is planning to take a vacation during my 40th week.

The last week or so has brought along the 3rd trimester fatigue.  Part of is it most likely due to the chaos of the holidays, but making it through the day is getting harder and harder.  By about 2:00 I’m struggling not to fall asleep at my desk and by the time I get home in the evenings I’m ready to just go to bed.  That wouldn’t be a problem if it weren’t for the fact that I have a husband and son at home who kind of like me to stay awake for a little while.  The last few nights I’ve found myself snoozing on the couch while Zach plays.  Then I wake up long enough to get him to bed and usually fall asleep in his bed with him.  Last night I woke up in Zach’s bed around 12:30 and had to force myself to get up and move to my own (much more comfortable) bed.

On top of the fatigue, I think I may be having some Braxton Hicks contractions.  I first noticed them a couple of days ago, but figured it was just my stomach revolting from all of the junk I put into it over New Year’s.  Then I noticed it again yesterday, and a couple more times last night.  I don’t remember having them at all when I was pregnant with Zach so I looked it up in my handy dandy pregnancy book and I’m pretty sure that’s what it is.

Just yesterday I realized that I ONLY HAVE 12 WEEKS LEFT! Somehow 12 weeks sounds like much less time than 3 months.  Even though I’m hoping she does come just a little early, I’m suddenly feeling very unprepared for this baby.  Judging by how quickly the weeks have flown by so far, this baby is going to arrive before I know it.  I have so many things I want to do before she gets here.  Besides things like setting up the crib, washing blankets and tiny baby clothes, and digging out the swing and other baby paraphernalia, I have a lot of preparation to do with Zach.  I’ve been trying to talk to him more and more about the baby over the last couple of weeks, specifically talking about how the baby will come home with us and be part of our family.  Unfortunately, I still don’t think he has a clue and I’m really scared of how he will react when Baby G actually arrives.  I know he will be a great big brother in time, but those first few weeks may be very difficult.

When I first found out I was pregnant with Baby G, I set two very specific goals that I wanted Zach to reach before the baby came.  The first one was to break him of his pacifier, which we accomplished fairly easily.  The second was to get him potty trained and out of diapers.  That one hasn’t come so easily.  We’re getting much closer, but I really don’t see him being able to go without his pull-ups before the baby comes.  He’ll go on the toilet when I take him, but he hasn’t really figured out how to detect when he needs to go and actually get to the bathroom on time.  He has actually told me he needed to go a few times over the last few days so I think it will come soon, but not soon enough.  I really wish I could just take a week off work, keep him home, and do nothing but potty train him for the entire week.  I really think he would have it down if I just had a little more time to work with him.

I know that in the end it will all work out.  I’m sure I’ll get things ready before the baby gets here.  If Zach isn’t potty trained it isn’t the end of the world.   He’s only 2 1/2.  We still have plenty of time.  I’m just having a little pre-baby panic.  I just want everything to be perfect when Baby G finally shows us her pretty little face.

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Happy New Year!

So much has happened since I last wrote a real post that I’m not sure where to even begin. The last couple of weeks have been so busy, yet so blessed at the same time. We had a wonderful Christmas. We got to spend lots of time with family which is always a joy, plus we had our own private Christmas morning at home where Zach was only slightly overwhelmed with the gifts that Santa left for him. He was thrilled to get lots of Toy Story gifts from Hubby and I, my sister’s family, and Grandma.

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Zach ended up getting sick the weekend before Christmas, so he spent the day after Christmas at the office with me so I could take him to the doctor. As it turned out, he only had a cold but he was pretty miserable for a few days. Unfortunately, I think he passed it along to his cousins as two of them are sick now.

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The best part of the holidays came Saturday though, when my little niece Caitlin was born. We were all very anxious for her arrival. She is absolutely adorable and I love watching my brother hold his little girl. I could spend hours just staring at her cute little face, but I’ve tried not to hog her too much.

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We spent New Year’s Eve at home, joined by my sister’s family. We toasted in the New Year, put the kids all to bed, then stayed up until 3:00 a.m. playing Guitar Hero. Now we’re all just bumming around the house, trying to recover from the late night. Late nights just aren’t as easy as they used to be, even without the alcohol.

All in all, it has been a really good week and a half or so. I can’t think of a better way to start out the new year than being surrounded by family and those I love.

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