Monday, April 25, 2011
I love the month of April. It's when the grass gets greener and the days are longer and flowers start blooming. I love waking up and it's light outside and going to bed and it's light outside. It's hard not to be happy when life is blooming all around.
The most exciting thing happening in my life this week is that I am going to be an aunt to my first nephew either Monday or Tuesday, May 2nd or 3rd! I can't wait to hold that baby and see how much he looks like my brother and Cara. I'm excited for Ben to meet his cousin and hope they grow up to be best friends. My parents, Ben and I are driving up to Wyoming to be with Zach and Cara as they adjust to having little Tucker at home. I'm excited to see their home and spend time with my family.
Ben had his 6 month checkup today and weighed in at 18 lbs. 4 oz. and 27 inches! He's 67th percentile for length and 54th for weight. He's growing so big and is completely healthy and on track with all his milestones. We couldn't be happier as parents!
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
In other news, my parents moved into their new house this past weekend, so we spent the day Saturday moving boxes and furniture and whew - it was exhausting. We had a great time seeing my parents and having lunch with Dustin's mom on Sunday! I love that Ben lives close enough to his grandparents that he gets to see them often.
Now, as for American Idol - I am pretty obsessed with Paul and Lauren and Pia. I love Casey, too. That's all. :)
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Last week, the Wheeler household went through our first round of teething. It started with a low-grade fever, tons of saliva, fussiness and constant chewing of fingers. It ended after a few days and surprise - Benjamin has his 2 bottome teeth! We were so excited when we woke up Monday morning and felt those little guys.
I can't believe he's growing up so quickly!
In other news, I've recently discovered Barre3. It's a workout consisting of pilates, ballet and yoga and I'm obsessed! It's the most intense hour and I am already seeing results. If you live in OKC, check out barre3.com/okc.
My current workout schedule looks something like this: Mondays - pilates reformer, Tuesdays - Zumba, Thursdays - mat pilates plus two or three days of cardio. So thankful for my work's gym and all the amazing classes they offer!
Also, totally loving Smart Ones breakfast sandwiches right now. I have been eating one every morning on my drive in to work. So delish!
Monday, March 7, 2011
My sister-in-law Cara was so sweet and let me come to her 4D ultrasound. Seeing little Tucker was the most awesome thing! He looks so much like my brother, but I think he's going to have his momma's smile and chin. Such a doll already! He was making the cutest faces and reminded me a lot of Ben.
Cara asked me for some advice on what to take to the hospital the other day and it got me thinking...
I feel like I should use this blog to keep a diary for myself in the future in case Ben gets a brother or sister someday...so future self: here is some advice:
-keep your little one on a schedule and try to stick to it every day - it makes life so much easier.
-don't be afraid to ask for help.
-bring your own pillow to the hospital.
-call the pediatrian as often as you want - that's what they are there for!
-if your baby hates swaddling, don't force it. if they love it, wrap that baby tight!
-the Boppy newborn lounger is amazing.
-pumping is weird at first, but you will get used to it.
-let your husband help you on some of those middle of the night feedings and get some sleep.
-you will make it past those first few weeks when the adrenaline wears off. Promise.
-love every single moment because they grow up so fast!
I'm sure I left out a thousand key points, but that's the great thing about blogging - you can always write more later!
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Side note: Unlike most of the free world, I do not want Emily to win The Bachelor because I don't think Brad is good enough for her.
We have a March Madness-style bracket put together for the Top 24 of American Idol going with some of my girls from work. I have been trying to think of the logical top choices, but am really struggling with who I think has a legitamate shot at winning. Anyone reading this have a guess?
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
So I have officially been not pregnant for 19 weeks. I had a personal goal of losing every single one of my 38 pregnancy pounds by week 20. The first 30 pounds literally fell off! I just woke up one morning and all of my pre-eclampsia related swelling was gone and I once again had tiny ankles! It was amazing! However, this last bit has been trouble. After much hard work, I have lost a total of 3 pounds in the last two months. Yikes.
I could blame it on my recent discovery of The Pioneer Woman or the Christmas holidays, but I'm not going to do that.
To the right, you'll see a picture of me at my goal weight. It's there to remind me that I have done this before, I can do it again!
So in a true all-out effort, here's my plan: continue with my 4 or 5 weekly workouts and starting tomorrow, back to Weight Watchers. My work is having a workout competition during the month of March and my Type-A personality really loves winning, so I'm hoping by March 31st, I can say goodbye to these last 5 pounds!
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Ben is getting his first cousin in 10 weeks. I can't wait to be an aunt and am so excited to meet Baby Tucker. One more week and I get to accompany Zach and Cara to their 4D ultrasound!
Dustin and I had our first weekend getaway and left Ben for 2 nights with my parents. Let me just say, it was pretty tough not putting him to bed or rocking my sweet boy. So super excited to see him in a few hours!
One of the best parts of being a mom is all the 'firsts' but first nights away was not my favorite! So here's to our next 'first' - whatever that may be!
Saturday, February 12, 2011
That's one of my fatal flaws - the inability to just sit down and totally relax. I am the queen of multi-tasking.
Probably started in fifth or sixth grade when I would hide my latest novel in the top drawer of my desk while watching my homeschooling tape, sneaking chapters in between fractions and handwriting classes. Yes - my homeschooling curriculum included handwriting - believe.it.
However, this skill has served me well in my twenty-something years thus far. I can juggle five or six things at once and still maintain a coherent conversation.
Good thing I learned this skill early because as a mother, multi-tasking is everything.
Dustin and I are so blessed to have welcomed our little baby boy Benjamin to our lives on October 13, 2010. He came 4 weeks early and weighed in at a healthy 6 lbs. 9 oz. and was 18 inches long. We are so in love and our lives have changed forever.
Ben is a total doll. To highlight some of his accomplishments to date:
- started sleeping through the night at 9 weeks
- rolled over for his first time on Christmas Eve around 6 weeks old
- growing to be a big boy at 11 lbs 13 oz and 23 inches at 2 months
- currently wearing some of his 0-3 months clothes and some of his 3-6 months things
We go for his 4 month checkup on Monday - I'll be sure to blog...