Lots of Time!! (Or Not)…

Welcome to 2008!! Albeit 15 days late, better late than never. I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays and is getting through January without too much trouble. Hey! We’re almost halfway there! Grin

So, what’s been new with me since Christmas? Hhmmm… all went well over the holidays, but I’m really glad to get things back to normal. Matthew really enjoyed his Christmas and was so thankful for everything he received. Every year he always says the same thing (to the point that when my sister phoned him this year she was waiting for it). He’ll come down and look at his stuff and then he starts: “This is the BEST Christmas ever!” and he continues to say this over and over and over again. It’s almost to the point of being a family joke now. It’s nice to know that he’s so appreciative!

On the pregnancy front, I am now 25 weeks, 4 days. Wow! Where does the time go? April is approaching faster than I care to admit. I am feeling absolutely wonderful and we are enjoying watching Marcus grow. He’s squirming and moving around like a flea on a hot shovel, which Matthew really gets a kick out of. Ever since before Christmas Matthew hasn’t made mention of the fact that he’s having a brother “instead of a sister”, so I’m hoping he’s adjusting to the idea. He gets up every morning asking how Marcus is and talks to my belly saying how much he loves Marcus. I’m just letting him do his thing and not making too much of a big deal about it. I think he has come to terms with it, though.

We have absolutely NOTHING done in the nursery yet. I have nothing bought. Remember how nice and organized I was at Christmas time? LOL, not even close. The spare room (soon to be nursery) looks like a typhoon went through it. It’s the junk room, literally. Everything tends to get thrown there and dealt with later, whenever that might be. We also have to paint Matthew’s room (before we start the nursery). We have been telling him for 2 years that he could have his room redone and I think if we do the baby’s room first, all heck would break loose! Sooooo, we have to muck out Matt’s room and get that done and then muck out the spare room and get rid of 90% of the junk that’s in there. Move a few pieces of furniture around and then we can start painting the nursery. Really, I don’t think it’ll take too long, it’s just to get started. And to get started we need a little bit of disposable income. Income tax can’t get here soon enough! Heehee!! Oh, it’s all good, it’ll get done!Undecided

We know everything we want; it’ll just be a matter of getting it when the time comes. The crib, change table and chest are coming from Sears and pretty much everything else is at WalMart. My sister and mother are having a baby shower for me on February 24. I didn’t have one for Matthew, because I didn’t need one. Between my 2 cousins they had 5 boys and they were 6 months to 8 years older than Matthew. I didn’t need anything. They had it all and gratefully passed it all along to me. What a switch this time. It’s been 11 years since there’s been a baby in the family, so it’s like we’re starting from scratch. What am I saying?? We are starting from scratch; it’s not like anything…lol. Good grief. Marcus is going to have everything brand new, while Matthew had 5x hand-me-down’s, in most cases. I think he understands — I hope he understands.

Mike and I went to WalMart Saturday night and did our registry. I’ve never done a registry before. It was so much FUN!!! I LOVED walking around the store scanning everything in site! And even if no one uses it, it will remind us of what we want. Registries aren’t a big thing around here. I’ve heard of them a few times for weddings, but never for babies. I guess we’re just behind in the times. My sister and BIL have already said that they’re buying us the car seat, Mike’s Mom is taking care of the play yard (it was a play pen when Mathew was a baby..lol), and Mom and Dad are getting us the monitor system.

There are about 90 people invited to the shower (that’s mostly extended family and close friends…yikes), so I dare say we’ll have everything we need when the time comes. We tried to scale things back with numbers, because I am so NOT a shower person, but with the size of our extended families, it’s impossible. If “this one” gets invited, then these 10 have to get invited, and if “that one” gets invited, then these 8 have to be invited as well. And on and on and on. See my problem? See what I’m not a lover of showers?? Oh well, this time I may be happy I have a big family! Cheesy

I found something out last Thursday that was kinda neat. When I became pregnant with Marcus I was exactly the same weight as I was when I became pregnant with Matthew – 119 lbs. Now last Thursday and 24 weeks, 6 days I was 143 pounds. When I gave birth to Matthew I was 148 pounds!!!!! After 5 more pounds I will be heavier (with 15 weeks to go) than I was when I had Matt! I know, I know, every pregnancy is different, but I’m only little!!!!! If Marcus is going to be a lot bigger than Matthew, well I’m sorry, but these pelvic bones will only spread so far!! Matt was 6 lbs 13 ounces and that was quite enough, thank you very much. Mike says Marcus is going to have his metabolism. God help me! LOL Time will only tell. I feel good, and I guess that’s all that matters!

On or around February 1st I get the gestational diabetes test done. Hopefully, there won’t be any issues with that, but diabetes does run in our family and they were quite surprised that I didn’t have it with Matthew. After that I’m back to my OB on the 7th and I believe I’ll start every 2 weeks after that. Eeeeekkkk!!! I’m scaring myself again with these timelines!

Alright, I think we’re all caught up now. Maybe I’ll try to get a few more stories included to the pre-pregnancy blog. I think we left off just after Mike and I got married. Oh, there’s still so much to share. My New Year’s resolution ( a couple of weeks late) is to become diligent with my blog again.

Oh, here’s me and my belly at 25 weeks 2 days!

Until next time…

About angeloftheisland

Welcome to An Angel’s Island. I’m Tracey (aka angeloftheisland). I’m also Mom to 19 year old Matthew who constantly keeps me on my toes. He’s our “special” boy who shows us daily how he deals with the world of ADHD, a Nonverbal Learning Disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome. He’s my hero. Marcus is 8 and reminds me everyday that he’s in no way going to make the school years boring for his Dad and me!! I’m also wife to Mike for 25 years now. Mike is my best friend and soul-mate and he has showed me over the years, that yes – dreams do come true. Our life may not be the most exciting but there’s always something going on. Welcome to our Happy Place, newly renamed Hilliard's Happy Hideaway. I hope you enjoy what I’ve shared about our family.
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