Sunday, April 27, 2008

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Some things are going to be changing around our house! Today Cody was sustained as the Elder's Quorum president in our ward. He had been serving as the Young Men's President. He'll miss the weekly mutual activities, but not planning for them all. :)

On Monday Cody also officially starts his new job for Prudential. He's been already doing lots of work to get ready--we were glad to have this week break, even if it wasn't much of a break.

Other new things coming up: our baby girl, both of our parents will be moving within this summer, and hopefully the weather will be changing. Exciting times.

Friday, April 25, 2008

A Very Random Post

Today is a pictoral glimpse at a few of our recent activities.
This is a picture of the pumpkin-chocolate-chip bread I made today. It's very healthy--I substituted pureed white beans for the oil, making it much lower fat and higher in protein and vitamins. Cool! It's very tasty, too. I learned at my leadership training that you can substitute cooked beans for fats in most baked goods without too much taste or texture difference. So, this morning I cooked up a pound of beans, blended them up, and made this. The leftover beans I measured into 1/2 cup baggies, then have them now in the freezer, ready to thaw and turn into delicious and healthy (ier) items.

This is our turtle, Oda. Actually, she's a tortoise. Lee got her from Santa for Christmas. He named her himself. She eats lettuce and likes to sleep under her heat lamp (except when she's out to take a bath, like when I took this photo). Too bad she hasn't got a taste for dandelions yet!

Cody's bruised up ankle :(. There's also some sock lines on his foot, but the sprain was so bad it's bruised on both sides and across the top. He was getting much better, then walked on it too much, so today I've made him ice it again and stay down.


Lee once again showing off his body parts. For some reason, I never get sick of taking these movies.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Pregnancy update

Today I am 21 weeks along. Wahoo! According to Webmd.com, the baby is about 7.2 inches from crown to rump and weighs about 10 oz. I'm feeling her move quite a bit. It definitely is different, because I remember the end of my pregnancy with Lee when him moving was painful and I could see my whole belly shift. I forgot what the little fluttering movements felt like.

We're officially in the name hunt. Lisa's Grandma H. had a dream back in early February in which we had a girl and had named her Anneliese (or variations on "Anna Lisa"). We actually like that name. We also like Lily Karin. It's time to pull out the ol' baby naming book and compile a list. Any suggestions? We will definitely name at least the middle name after family.

I couldn't help it--I bought my first girl baby clothes. At Sam's club they had these cute onesies with sayings on them in sets of 2, so I got the one that says "Hug me" on one and "Smile if you think I'm cute" on the other.

19 weeks left and counting!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Converging on Success


Yesterday was Cody's last day of work for Convergys. He has worked there for 4 years. It's strange to be ending, but exciting to start a new career. Unfortunately, we'll have to start paying for DirecTV now. This was a good job for us through college.

Good news--our new insurance through Prudential will cover this pregnancy (even though it's halfway through), AND Medicaid won't drop us. Whew--no unexpected hospital expenses!

Bad news--Thursday Cody went to play basketball with the Elder's Quorum and sprained his ankle. So, he's been down for the count ever since. With my stomach still not in good shape and Lee at 150% of normal, we've been just trying to make it until tomorrow. The worst thing is not being able to take Lee to the park or to play outside, which is all he wants to do.

And that's our family update. Enjoy the picture of my wonderful boys doing dishes. (Ignore the messy kitchen--that's why we're cleaning it!)

Thursday, April 17, 2008

The Announcement

Well, the ultrasound went very well. The baby looks healthy. They were able to find all the important parts (organs, spine, etc). The baby was a little uncooperative and had its hands in front of its face and didn't want to show off the heart very much, but we were able to get some good pictures at the end. Heart rate is just perfect at 143, and the baby is measuring just a tad big (hopefully meaning it'll arrive a few days early?).

OK, OK, I know you're anxious. So were we! The baby is--a GIRL! That's right, and no joke, a little girl. Lee is going to have a baby sister. We are thrilled.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Exciting day tomorrow

Tomorrow (Thursday the 17th) is the big 20 week ultrasound. If you want to make a guess, now's the time! Check our blog again tomorrow evening and you might be able to see our announcement.
In the meantime, a quick family update. Yesterday I, Lisa, got hit with yucky nausea and body aches. I'm really hoping it's pregnancy related and not the flu. Lee had 2 good nights in a row, but last night was tough again. He still has a cough from being sick and last night coughed so hard he threw up (he's been just fine today, though). So, we had to cancel our plans to go see Grandma S. and cousin Parker, and instead Cody was gone all day while Lisa and Lee sat around the house. Lee was very patient with me and played nicely, then would come smile at me and give me hugs. He's such a good kid. I am convinced that Cody is the world's greatest husband. He had interviews today down south, and as soon as he got home he made me ebleskivers and is now doing the dishes because he knows I'm having aversions to strong smells and am too weak to stand up for very long. Honestly, how many men would do that? Thank you, Cody! I love you.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Spring has Sprung

Maybe... maybe just maybe it's spring...? Thursday morning we woke up to a fresh dusting of snow. Today is sunny. Either way, we have violets and the grass is greening up. My daffodils have buds on them (hooray!)

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Part of toddlerhood


The sleeping adventure continues! Cody thought it would be a good idea to take Lee's crib apart and set it up in day-bed mode (we have one of those convertible cribs). This wouldn't have been a bad thing if Lee hadn't been sick and had been better about staying in his bed to begin with, but apparently this logic only makes sense to Lisa. Oh well, we know now that putting the crib back would be even more detrimental than just leaving it. However, this new set-up has resulted in good and bad consequences. Good: Lee hasn't fallen out of bed yet! I thought for sure he would the first night, but he's better at staying in his covers than we realized. Good: he loves his bed now and showing it off. Bad: it is even EASIER to get out of bed at night now, and I can't lock him in for his nap at all. Last night he got out of bed about 15 times at bedtime (8:30), and then again at 11, 12, and 1:30. We also have to stay in the room at naptime if he is to sleep at all. No more free time for mom.

This is one of those classic "live and learn" scenarios. If we want Lee to be completely out of the crib by the time this baby comes along, we've got to be willing to lose some sleep over it.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Loving the Park



Lee has found his true love--the park! He asks to go every day, no matter the weather. I've already posted a few pictures of our adventures at the park, but here's a few more. He can go down slides by himself and climb the stairs, but his all time favorite is the swings. He will hold on and say "whee!" every time it goes forward. The park nearby our house even has a dinosaur fossil (cast in plastic) that he likes to point at and say "wow!"

ps--yes, that's Lisa wearing shorts in early April, and yes, she is crazy.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Journal entry today

I've had an awful lot of things on my mind recently, so I thought I'd just ramble for a minute. I figured you'd all close the blog if it got too boring.

Our 20 week ultrasound, the non-April-Fool's one, is scheduled for April 17 at 5:00 pm. We will let you all know the gender of the baby then. If you would like to take a guess, you can go right ahead. You have 2 choices.

Lee is getting more hilarious by the day. Recently he's taken a new habit of calling for things. When he hides, we call out "Lee! Lee!" When he wants to show dad something, he walks around the house yelling "Da! Da!" And the best of all, is if he can't find his toy ball, he'll search for 15 minutes plus yelling "Ball! Ball!"

Lee's also having adventure time with climbing out of bed. We're keeping track at night. Monday was 47 times, Tuesday was 31, last night was 5. Tonight is already above 5, so we'll see how it goes.

In May I'm teaching both of our small enrichment groups--the parenting class and book review club. The parenting class will be on music (which I prepared for December, but only my sister in law showed up, so it will be a repeat). For the book review I'm doing a book called Learning to Live with the Love of your Life by Neil Clark Warren. It's been a very good book to read, and I've already read it a couple of times. It's about strengthening marriage through 10 "Secrets."
I would recommend it to any married couple. If you want to borrow my copy, it will be available in June.

Other things on my mind include new jobs, money (of course :P ), houses, pregnancy, toddlers, and just trying to find happiness in life. The last is definitely the most taxing. After all, if happiness was as easy to figure out as money or pregnancy, this life wouldn't mean much, now would it?

Just to mix things up a bit and make this post more fun, here's a picture of Lee the day he was born. Man, kids grow up fast.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Cell Phone Craze/A new Job

Yes, it is official. We bought a cell-phone. After years of fighting it, hating it, and pushing it away, it is time for our family to embrace the cell-phone craze. This decision reminds me of one of my favorite quotes:

“Vice is a monster of so frightful mien, As to be hated needs but to be seen; Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face, we first endure, then pity, then embrace” --Alexander Pope


I suppose we should explain why the sudden change of heart. As most of you already know, Cody has accepted a new job. Starting April 21, he will be working for Prudential Financial, as a consultant. In layman's terms, he'll be a salesman selling life/health insurance and retirement and investment plans. We are very excited about it. This job is based right here where we live, which means no moving for us--at least not for a while. Hooray for not moving in the middle of a pregnancy! His new job will require a lot of calling, though, and Prudential requires their employees to have a cell-phone. It is tax deductible and we will get a discount through work, so that will be beneficial. We went with Verizon, so if you're another Verizon customer, feel free to give us a jingle.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

It's a...

So, today was our Doctor appointment. Because I'm only 18 weeks, we thought that they'd wait a while for the ultrasound. Imagine our total surprise when they said we'd go do the ultrasound today! Drumroll please....

Lee is going to have--A baby brother...and a Baby brother...That's right, it's Twins! We are very surprised and a little in shock. Both babies look healthy, though. I'm reeling at the fact that in 5 months or less, we're going to have 3 little boys.

So, wish us luck and we will get the pictures downloaded soon. Also, we're now officially opening the arrival date pool, so if you'd like to make a guess, publish a comment on this post.