Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Turbo time is over...for now

I'm winding down my fitness classes this week until some time after the baby is born. It's going to be so weird next Monday when I don't have to get up when it's still dark out to head to class. I'm so happy to have been able to continue this long (last Turbo class will be Friday at 33.5 weeks) but I have to admit that my body has been telling me for awhile to start slowing down and I have been trying to ignore those messages. There is no doubt that exercising 6 days per week has helped me in many ways throughout this pregnancy. I have managed to gain less weight this time around and also have minimal swelling (can still wear my wedding ring most days!). While I've been experiencing more aches and pains the last few weeks, I would bet that they would have started sooner and been worse if I had been sedentary. And we all know the effect that crazy hormones can have on women...the stress relief of exercising has helped me avoid alienating everyone with major mood swings (right family and friends?!)

I will miss seeing all of my hard working participants every day and look forward to when I can get back even though I don't know exactly when that will be. I'm also excited for the girls taking over my classes. I know they're going to love teaching and will ddo a great job! Hopefully my participants still want me back when it's time :) Meanwhile, I'll be enjoying taking it easy these last weeks before we get to meet Baby X!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Big Week for Mr. 2 Year Old!

Obligatory 1st day of school photo
Andrew has been 2 for a whole week now and has had a big week of accomplishments to mark the occasion.  First, this was his first week at preschool.  Two days per week for three hours (but only 2 hours this week for adjusting).  We got to school on Tuesday and Andrew walked into the classroom and started playing right away.  Seeing that he was entertaining himself, I signed him in, gave him a kiss goodbye and headed out.  The teacher gave an excellent report when I returned: no crying, had fun playing, etc.  On Thursday, Andrew remembered that I had left him there on Tuesday and kept holding my hand and showing me stuff.  I said goodbye and I would be back soon and handed him over to the teacher.  Andrew made a sad face and cried a little.  When I got back, another excellent report!  He recovered VERY quickly when I left and "played hard" according to the teacher.  The evidence came in the form of a three hour nap right after lunch and a declaration of "I want to go back to school" when he woke up.  Sure, not all two year olds will be ready to go to preschool on there own, but I think this will be a wonderful thing for Andrew.

The other big news for the week is that Andrew used his potty for the first time Thursday night before bed.  We've had the potty for a few months and encourage Andrew to try sitting on it (usually after bath) to help him get used to it.  But we have not been doing any "training" at all.  So last night I asked Andrew if he wanted to use his potty before getting his jammies on and next thing I know, there's pee in the potty and it's singing a happy little potty song!  This was unexpected and very exciting!  Attempts for a repeat performance this morning were a no-go so when we were getting ready for nap and I asked if he wanted to go on the potty, I didn't expect much.  But viola! Success!  I couldn't be more proud.  So now we have to figure out what's next.  We didn't plan on potty training before the new baby arrives, but looks like we may be on the start of a road toward only one child in diapers.  Yipee!!  Stay tuned to see how it goes...

Monday, September 5, 2011

Andrew's 2nd Birthday Party

Very proud of my cake creation!
Andrew's 2nd birthday party was a huge success! A lot of family members made the trip for the party and some great friends were here as well.  We did miss those who couldn't make it.  Andrew had a great time and is the proud owner of many, many, cars, trucks, and other transportation toys.  One big highlight was when Andrew got the John Deere tractor that Mimi gave him.  It'll take a little practice for him to get good at driving it, but he's certainly up for the challenge!

I'm so grateful to all of our family and friends who helped make Andrew's birthday so special.  They all contributed so much to his party, and also to his life.

Don't text and drive!

Big digger from Uncle Bubba and Aunt Amy

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Happy birthday, Bug!

It's Andrew's birthday and I can't believe he's two years old already. He's become such a little person with none of the baby left that he was a short time ago. I can't even say how proud I am to have such an amazing son. Yes, he has his moments like we all do, but they are greatly outweighed by the gift of watching my child grow into a caring (and super cute!) person. I'm doing what I can so we don't forget all the special moments that happen along the way and smile thinking about sharing those memories with Andrew and his friends (future girlfriends!) in the future :)

Happy, happy birthday, Munchkin!!
Newborn Bug
Enjoying a cupcake on his 2nd birthday