16 weeks with Pip2!

I’m back!! 

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it seems like i’ve been gone for far too long. I keep saying to myself, ‘i’ll do a post during nap time’ and then when nap time rolls around, i’m like, ‘sleep sounds nice’. So there ya have it. I’ve been napping on the job and enjoying every minute of it!

I’m 16 weeks pregnant with Pip2. It’s been a long 16 weeks with being sick, tired, and dehydrated. I mean seriously, I even carry a puke bucket in my car with me these days. Since it’s summer, and a hot one at that, i’m always hot and thirsty. If i drink too much water i get sick, but if i feel dehydrated i get sick. Every time i see a pool or a body of water, i just want to jump in!! Preston has been happy that i’ve been getting in the pool with him all the time. At the gym, i stare at the pool and just want to dive in!! I’m going to go get myself a swim cap so i can start lap swimming again. I think pip2 will enjoy it. I have been able to continue to work out with this babe! Yay!

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I can’t tell you the number of times i’ve thrown up my prenatal vitamins. 😦 I even tried switching brands and it didn’t help. So lets just pray this baby is happy and healthy tucked away in my tummy.

okay, enough of the gross talk.

 I have been having strong cravings with this pregnancy, too! Like, ‘I NEED IT NOW’ cravings!! My last craving was a steak, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich with sautéed onions and spinach. I had to make a stop at the grocery store to make them for dinner!! This weekend i wanted a Kim Chi reuben with real corned beef and Kim Chi Kraut. But the Kim Chi bus hasn’t been at the farmers market once this year. 😦 I’m not even sure if i was spelling that right…but it’s amazing!!

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Hubby and i did get around to making like 20 freezer meals over the 4th of July weekend! That’ll help out so much since i haven’t been able to cook much in the last few months. Loaded with good veggies for baby Pip2.

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I’m really trying to enjoy as much of this summer with Preston as i can. This will be the last one of just us two!! The start of next summer we will have a 6 month old!

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My little boy Preston is just a cute as ever. I know every Mom probably says this, so i guess it’s my right as a Mom to brag about my son. If i didn’t, who would?? lol

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He is oh so smart and loves to learn!! He’s known how to identify the letters in the alphabet since he was 18 months old. He is very good a memorizing. He ‘reads’ every book along with me before nap time and bed time. He can count to 10 in English and Spanish and is currently learning to count to 10 in Japanese and German–only because my hubby and I know how. haha! He is so good at singing songs–his favorite is ‘The Itsy Bitsy Spider’. Probably because he LOVES bugs. Which he will kill for me if i ask, otherwise he will play with them. Today while we were in Express he found a bug on the ground and the lady working was so grossed out and Preston looked at her and just stomped on it like ‘i got this, don’t even worry’. It was so funny! He is Mr. Manners to, no more prompting from Mom most of the time! I even hear him playing with his cars and they will crash and he will say, ‘i’m sorry’ and ‘it’s okay’ or they will happily pass each other and he will  say ‘thank you’ and ‘you’re welcome’. It melts my heart every time i hear it!!

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He also practices writing his letters. Especially his initials. But the other week when i was cooking preston said, Mama, look, i drew an ‘h’ and an ‘i’!! He was so proud!! I was impressed he wasn’t even looking at anything to go off of.

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Today when we were at TJ Maxx Preston found a Digger that he wanted. He asked me if we could buy it and i told him i didn’t have any money for the digger. He told me he had a penny in his pocket. I told him a penny wasn’t enough money to pay for the digger. He told me he had more money in his wallet at home. So i told him next time we go out, we could bring his wallet, and he could buy a toy. The thing that made me want to just buy it for him was that he didn’t get mad or throw a fit, he just put it back on the shelf and gave me these little puppy dog eyes. I just melted. but i stayed strong because i know it’s an important life lesson! I told my hubby that some day this week I’m going to take preston to the bank to exchange his piggy bank money for cash and let him buy a toy with it. I’m sure i’ll end up paying for over half of what he got but i think it’ll be a good lesson for him!!

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I keep reminding myself that life will never be this easy again (come December). Having one child is such a joy and a blessing!!! It really gives you time to hang out and get to know your little mini. I can’t wait to add another little munchkin to our family, but I’m sure enjoying this single child thing while i can!

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^^^ Preston’s first REAL camping trip! We stayed in a tent (or ‘fort’ as preston would call it). He loved every minute of it!! And the extra time he got to spend with family.

Anyway, I still have a couple more hours of nap time–so i think i might take a little snooze myself!

We will find out Pip2’s gender on August 12 (21 weeks). At my 15 week appt Pip2’s heart rate was 140 bpm. (Preston’s was usually in the 160’s) Any guesses on what I’m having???

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…until next time! xoxo ❤

Sensory & Busy Board

we made this busy board for Preston when he was about a year old. We’ve slowly been adding to it, and it’s pretty much done for the most part!

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He loves playing with it and so does the little boy I babysit for on occasion!

We used a variety of things and found them at Lowes, Ace, or Wal-Mart!

  1. Street address numbers 1-5
  2. (3) door stoppers – fun for flicking!
  3. (2) wheels for spinning 🙂
  4. (3) drawer pulls in two different colors
  5. A chain lock
  6. a large drawer pull handle to hang things on
  7. a light switch
  8. a mailbox flag
  9. wooden letter to display the alphabet and vowels
  10. wooden circles that I painted purple and white – attached with velcro
  11. random wooden shapes, an apple, and a few animals. I painted them and attached them with Velcro!
  12. door knobs for turning

we added the letters more recently because Preston is obsessed! He’s known how to identify almost all of the letters in the alphabet since he was 18 months old. In the picture above he’s pointing to the letters and naming them!

Because of this board, Preston can now identify and say, butterfly (bub-By) bird (buwd) apple, snail (nose) lol! The last one cracks me up!!

I think I’m going to super glue a quarter, dime, nickel, and penny on there eventually. (On the right hand side, vertically, by the end of the alphabet.) That way he can learn to identify those. He is also obsessed with change and putting it into his piggy bank. 🙂

We made it on MDF particle board. I painted it and hubby did most of the hard work, I superglued the letters and velcrowed the shapes/animals.

We did attach the board to the wall so it can’t fall on Preston. But we plan on leaving it there until we are finished having kids! 😛

here is a better look at it!

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Hopefully your kids enjoy it just as much as ours does!

…until next time! Xoxo

Superpunky takes Halloween

I can’t believe another year has gone by!

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Preston celebrated his second Halloween.

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I did have a minor parenting fail though. On Thursday around 5pm I found out from my neighbor that trick-or-treating was going to be on Friday (instead of saturday the 31st) due to a home football game. I hadn’t gotten any candy, Preston’s halloween costume was 2 hours away (he was supposed to be buzz & woody with his cousin–they’re both obsessed!), and hubby was still gone on a business trip! I loaded Preston in the car and we headed to wal-mart for candy and a last minute costume. Thankfully, they had a costume in Preston’s size!! My 13 year old self was jumping for joy. I finally had a child to dress as my favorite childhood super hero/crush. So I grabbed the costume and candy and we decided to stop over at the mall quick before heading home. We went inside and everyone had their children dressed in costumes and all the stores in the mall were passing out candy! I couldn’t believe I had dropped the ball again!! With tears welling in my eyes, we ran out to the car, I threw on Preston’s superman costume, and we went back inside! I bought him a little bag at TJ Maxx to use for candy.

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He was a little shy at first, I had to show him what to do. Walk up to the stranger, grab candy from them, stick it in your bag, tell them thank you, and move on to the next stranger. He caught on pretty quickly once he realized candy was involved!

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I’m SO glad we stopped by the mall. It was so much fun! Preston had a blast!! It was the perfect warm-up for Friday nights shenanigans!

..and thankfully Dada was home to join in on all the fun this time!

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Superpunky finished all of his chores just in time for trick-or-treating to start!

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Even superhero’s have chores.

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We hung out outside and Preston was able to pass out candy to all the kids!

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After the rush was over on our block, we took Preston to a few houses around our neighborhood! Thankfully he remembered what to do.

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It was so great. Last year he was too young to enjoy the fun. This year he was the perfect age! He was so cute knocking on the neighbors door and then peeking his head to look in the windows next to the door.

#creeperstatus #theythoughtitwascutethough

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Superpunky 2015

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It’s crazy what a difference a year can make!

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Punky the Ducky 2014

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…until next time! xoxo

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