Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Watch out Tiger Woods!

While we were in Wildwood we took Gia mini golfing for the first time. In true Gia fashion, she loved it. There are so few things that she doesn't really makes taking her most places a breeze. 

We went to Duffer's on a sunny, non-humid, gorgeous morning. Gia loved her golf club and the fact that she got a pink ball. She didn't really care to hold the club the right way though. Nor did she care for the actual rules of the game.

Her version of the game goes something like this.

1. Hit the ball (the right way).

2. Watch it roll for about 2 seconds.
3. Pick it up and run to the hole with it.
4. Drop it near the hole.
5. Use the club (in a very awkward way) to shove the ball into the hole.
6. Yell "I WON!"


7. Proceed to pick up Mommy's ball or daddy's ball and "help" us get it in the hole the same awkward way. 

8. Repeat 17 more times.

The other day we went to one of Gia's friend Gianna's 3rd birthday party at an indoor play place in New Jersey. It's right next to a mini golf place. I didn't think she spotted the golf place, but I was wrong. As we were leaving the party, Gia said, "Look Mommy! Golf! I want to play golf!" So on Monday we had some cloudy weather and were looking for something to do (Jon was off) so we took her back. She had just as much fun the 2nd time around.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Let's Go Fly a Kite

A few months ago I bought Gia a kite. She was so excited and couldn't wait to fly it. I put it in the playroom, just waiting for a windy day, and of course, forgot all about it. In the middle of the stifling July heat wave she found it and had been asking to fly it since then.  
Luckily I came up with the brilliant idea to buy her cousins kites too, and tell Gia we'd fly them when we went to Wildwood. 
Luckily we had a few breezy days: perfect for kite flying. 

Turns out my husband is an expert kite flier --hurt wrist and all--and he got Gia's kite off the ground in a few seconds. Literally. Like, in under a minute it was flying high. 

 She was thrilled.

I predict there will be many more kite-flying beach days in our future.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013


(Not So) Wordless Wednesday: Wildwood Edition!
Last week we went to Wildwood, NJ with my husband's family for our annual Jersey Shore trip. His family has been vacationing in WW for the past 20 years or so (no joke). As he and his brothers got married and started having kids, the trip didn't really change--they just added people to it! We rent a house a few blocks from the beach and it's a week of organized chaos, family, fun & the sun. 
I've always enjoyed it, but the older Gia gets, I enjoy it even more. This year was so awesome. She had so much fun with her cousins. For the first time, Gia shared a room with Kaila (her almost 6-year-old cousin) and they had a blast. They didn't keep each other up at night and didn't wake each other up in the morning either. They were great little roommates. Kaila is the sweetest child ever, and really took care of Gia and helped her when she needed it.

In addition to her first "roommate," Gia had a few other "firsts" while we were in Wildwood: she flew a kite and went mini-golfing for the first time. More on that soon!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Wordless Thursday

I usually don't go more than a few days between posts. I meant to update yesterday for Wordless Wednesday yesterday but, when you're on the beach, time gets away from you.

So here are a few shots of where we've been...

At the beach:

On the boardwalk, riding the rides:

Having ice cream cones as big as our heads:

And spending precious time with "my 3 cousins"


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Pregnancy Update!

28 weeks!

Weight Gain:  19 lbs

Maternity Clothes: Do I even need to answer this one anymore? I'm huge!
Sleep:  My lower back and pelvis kill me every single morning and it makes me waddle like a duck. I finally gave in and got a pregnancy pillow last week. Umm, what the heck was I waiting for? The morning after I first used it, I felt so much better. It's not magic and I'm still a bit uncomfortable but it has definitely helped a ton.

Gender: Boy!

Feelings/Mood: Pretty stinkin' happy. Despite being a little uncomfortable, I'm feeling so blessed to be carrying this baby. He's healthy, I'm healthy: my little family is growing and I love it.

Symptoms/Health: Overall, I'm doing good. Blood pressure is low (110/58 today at my 28 week appt), weight gain is normal, and baby boy moves like crazy.  He is transverse which is pretty uncomfortable at times.
I've been having some minor issues with spotting, but I had another ultrasound last week and everything looks good. It was great to see the baby again. He's so big now! He always cooperates and I got to see his cute little profile again. He was trying to grab his foot and I got to see a great shot of his tiny little hand.

Food Cravings/Aversions: And the tides have turned! All of a sudden I can't get enough baked goods. Cookies, cupcakes, candy...I want it all, all the time.

What I Miss: Sleeping on my stomach, my non-pregnancy summer clothes, not getting winded after a short walk.

Movement: Still feeling tons! Baby boy is active all the time, and I love it. He's most active at night, and there are certainly days where he's less active. But really, I feel him all the time. It's awesome--makes me worry much less.

Belly: Low and totally out front! Similar to how I carried with Gia, but even more out front (if it's possible!)

Best Moment this week (pregnancy-related): 1. Ordered & received baby's new dresser!

2. Just scheduled my c-section! I'm so excited to have it officially scheduled. Baby boy will be joining us on October 22nd.  I also discussed the possibility of a V-BAC (vaginal birth after c-section) with my doctor today & we have a plan. If I go into labor on my own before Oct 22, they'll let me labor a while to see how things progress. If nothing happens or if the baby is in distress, then we'll do the c-section. If I don't go into labor, then we're on for the 22nd at 8:30 am!

3. We finally started discussing names! More on that later.

What I look forward to: Putting the nursery together completely. Painting is we just have to put together the crib and hang all the awesome stuff we've been collecting. That'll have to wait till after our vacation though :)

And now, for the comparison shot:


Saturday, August 3, 2013

3 year old stats

We had Gia's 3 year old check up last week (7/29/13). She's doing great!
 Here she is in her little hospital gown. They never asked her to put one on before and, in case you can't tell from the picture, she loved it. 
She also loves getting weighed on the big scale now.
3 Year Stats:
37.5 pounds (90% for weight)
38.5 inches (75% for height)
  And the streak continues--she's still pretty tall and pretty big. She's definitely taking after her daddy: we know she doesn't get her height from me!