I’ve been posting mostly to Facebook the past few months and, obviously, not here or Twitter. The “status” update there says “What’s on your mind” or something like that. What’s on my mind? Obviously TOO much to post as I went over the character limit:

What’s on my mind? Too many things! Care to step inside? No? Too bad, here it is anyway…I need to just let it out…

1 – Lola being sick (grammie on Mom’s side). She was hospitalized a few weeks ago and stayed there for about a week w/a visit to ICU too. She’s doing better now, but still not fully recovered. She will be 89 this November and we were planning a HUGE party for her 90th next year.

2 – Mum going to the Philippines (aka “PI” for “Philippine Islands”) to be with her. I feel for Mum. She’s got 2 daughters that are pregnant (yes, my sis is pregnant…2 weeks behind me, though I look like I’m 20 weeks ahead of her) and a sick mother. Mum was so torn about going to the Philippines to be w/her Mom and staying here to be be our Mom. We convinced her to go to PI and that we had our husbands, MILs (who are both nurses) and other friends and family. Besides, even if she stayed here, she wouldn’t really be “here”, ya know?

3 – Razz and Beans being sick. My poor girls caught a cough/cold/fever last Thursday and has managed to keep us in for most of Labor Day Weekend (except for when we snuck out to go to Target yesterday). It was scary on Saturday b/c Razz started looking and feeling really weak again and started her little cough – which, from what we learned back in the Spring – triggers her asthma. I didn’t want to be going to the ER again. Back in the Spring, they were in the ER and Razz ended up getting admitted then getting transferred to another hospital with a PICU (pediatric ICU) b/c her oxygen levels weren’t going up no matter how much they gave her. So horrible seeing her struggle with breathing, being so weak and just not being herself. Anyway, their doctor was away until today so I started giving both of them their nebulizer treatment and, thank goodness, it looks like it’s working.

We weren’t planning on staying home this weekend. pDaddy was going to VA for a basketball tournament and we were planning on going to my parents’ on Friday and staying at my sister’s the rest of the weekend. So, I didn’t force pDaddy to get groceries before he left. Yes, he’s actually been doing the groceries b/c I can’t walk much and he doesn’t want me walking much to trigger labor just yet. Good thing my in-laws came to the rescue. They brought us dinner on Friday, slept over, went grocery shopping for us on Saturday and slept over again Saturday night. They left us Sunday morning w/a stocked fridge and pantry and a chocolate cake to boot (MIL was in a baking mood Saturday night).

4 – My last day of work last Friday, but man, did they seriously put me to work the past couple of months. Even on Thursday, I was working so much that I barely got out of my chair and my legs and feet being so swollen were proof of that!

5 – I was also worried about pDaddy going to VA for his tourney and that hurricane named Earl that was hovering about the area.

6 – What to name this lil girl who’s moving around in my belly like she’s her own lil hurricane.

7 – Putting things away / cleaning – AKA Nesting – but I can’t even do much b/c I am SO huge and slow!

8 – Getting the rest of Beans’ school supplies. She starts PreK-4 on Friday…I can’t believe it. My lil girl, who’ve I’ve stayed home with since she was born, is actually going to start school! This Friday is a half day for her, but the rest of her days are full days from 8am to 3pm. Her school supply list isn’t so bad and actually, Mum and my siblings have been buying her stuff when they go out shopping, but I still don’t get why she needs 2 bottles of ketchup!

9 – Beans ACTUALLY starting school on Friday …oh my. Wait, I mentioned that already, right? Still in shock. I think dropping her off at school will send me into such an emotional and hormonal outrage that I’ll end up in labor. lol

10 – Thinking I was going into labor Sunday night (see previous entry).

11 – Hoping and praying, whenever Shrimpie does come, she’s happy and healthy like her sisters 🙂

12 – SLEEP! I miss SLEEP! And I know I’m not even going to get much anytime soon w/baby coming!

13 – How I’m going to juggle 3 kids and 1 being in school!

14 – Having to go back to work. Can’t we just win the lottery already?

15 – Having only a 2 bedroom house with 3 kids. Speaking of lottery…I really do wish we could just win it to get a bigger house AND not work. Did I mention Beans and Razz want a dog? Um, not quite yet my dears. We were supposed to list our house this spring/summer, but our basement renovation took longer than expected (that’s what happens when family does it and just does it on the side) and now, there’s no way in hell we’re going to be able to pack all our crap and move. At least getting our basement done forced us to purge some of crap. In any case, we don’t even know where to move to. pDaddy is set on moving out of state for a cheaper cost of living – which I get. However, I’m more worried b/c I’ll have a newborn and 2 other kiddos and all our family is here – with the exception of pDaddy’s sister and her family. My sister will also be having a little girl in the beginning of October and of course I want to be around to meet my new niece. In addition, who’s going to help us when we need it? Plus, we don’t trust anyone to babysit for us except our moms. How’s that going to work out?

See? Way too much going on in my head!

WW – 35 Weeks

I know, I know…I’ve been MIA, but just dropping by to let y’all know I’m still alive and still pregnant 🙂

Here I am at 35 weeks using that motorized cart thingie at Target:
35 weeks - 08.17.2010

I’ll be going on maternity leave in a few weeks so I hope to catch up or get back into blogging at that point. In the meantime, I have so much to do w/so little time w/work, prepping the house for Shrimpie, etc…

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WW: Ohhhhhhh…We’re Halfway There!

Sing it with me now – “Ohhhh oh! Livin’ on a Prayer!” Ok, that’s enough of that…I just have a soft spot for Bon Jovi since I grew up in his hometown.

Anywho, I have a lot of pictures (and blog entries) that I am so behind on with uploading (and writing)…Blog Slackin, Disney Trip, Easter, Kitchen and Basement Renovation, Razz in the Hospital last week (worst week ever)! But, I figured, I’ll stick to the most recent and HAPPY topic 🙂

So yes, we hit the halfway mark yesterday…20 weeks in and 20 weeks to go! I can’t believe we’re ALREADY halfway there and I can’t believe we’re ONLY halfway there. Do you see this picture? This is a comparison of me with my first pregnancy in 2005 w/Beans and my third pregnancy now w/Shrimpie. Am I HUGE or what??? AND, I am just going to get bigger. It’s going to be one, LONG, HOT Summer!

holy hugeness batman!

Happy WW…To see more, check out Angie’s blog @

Summer Previews

Sorry, no Summer Movie talk here (except that I am waiting for Eclipse w/baited breath…oh Edward…lol)…just gonna talk about the temps…

Yesterday and today have been HOT ones in the northeast. Well, today’s actually pretty nice and breezy w/temps in the 80s, but yesterday, we hit a record high of 92! That’s pretty hot and intense – especially for April!

Anyway, I’m FINALLY getting my energy back so the girls and I took a stroll down the block yesterday to grab some lunch. Beans was all complaining how hot it was and was so happy when we would hit shady spots. When we got in the restaurant, I was ready to just take the food to go, but she wanted to eat there (guess for a change of pace since we always just pick up and eat @ home). I was pretty surprised she wanted to eat inside the restaurant b/c it was HOTTER in there than it was outside. It’s a family owned Italian restaurant that serves yummy food and pizzas…with those pizzas come those BIG, HOT ovens. Yeah, it felt like an oven in there, but the girls wanted to stay while my hot and huge pregnant arse wanted to just go back to the cool confines of home. However, I realized that I’ve been working so much and not spending as much fun time w/the girls that I gave in and we had a great lunch.

Here’s Beans mid-chew (notice her rosy cheeks b/c she’s hot):

Here’s Razz asking for more (also w/the rosy cheeks):
Razz wants more

We then stopped by the local Dollar Store (which I’m loving MORE and MORE each day) and picked up some ice cream (cotton candy flavored for the girls…who knew they made that? Not I says moi. See? Another reason why I’m loving this Dollar Store) which we ate at home where it was nice and cool…
Enjoying ice cream from $ store @ home

Love the way they look so summery, but it’s a bit too early for me. 80 degrees at 11pm last night didn’t help w/sleeping, but luckily our fan was easily accessible. We still refuse to use the air conditioner just merely on principal since it’s still ONLY April.

Mother Nature gave us the snowiest February on record. The wettest March on record and now the Hottest April days so far on record. I’m scared to see what the rest of the summer will look like. Global Warming anyone? I just hope our basement renovation is done soon b/c it’s nice and cool down there. Plus, I hope pDaddy can work from home more in the summers so we can all jump in the pool (even if just above ground) during lunch and downtimes. It will be too hard for me to carry Razz up the ladder and into the pool AND make sure Beans is in safely too…I used to be ok w/Beans and I swimming when Razz was in the belly, but now there are 2 of them who move as fast as lightning sometimes.

Ahhh…the lazy days of summer coming up…but first, back to the reality of renovations and spring cleaning!

PS – I’m really hating how tempermental my cell phone camera is. Sometimes it’s so nice and crisp and clear and then most of the other times, pictures come out in poor quality like the ones above…

Wordful Wednesday – Shrimpie

To see more Wordful Wednesday entries, check out Angie’s Blog…

So, I’ve been MIA again for awhile. I have a good excuse, I promise! Actually, I have a whole list of excuses that have been halting me from blogging and just from doing whatever…This list was created about 3 weeks ago on a piece of paper. I’m better for the most part, but here are my excuses in no particular order (some maybe TMI, but…oh wells):

  • So tired and sleepy.
  • Don’t feel like doing anything except laying/lounging on the couch.
  • Always hungry, but can’t always eat because I’m not tasting for anything/nothing tastes good.
  • Everything leaves a weird taste/aftertaste – even water.
  • I get heartburn w/everything.
  • Crazy bout of flatulence/”blocked” bowels…OH JOY! (told you some stuff was TMI)…
  • Always nauseous/gagging…some things that make me gag:
    • drinking water
    • smelling food cooking (frying, rice cooking, anything)
    • tomato sauce…yes, spaghetti was a once a week dinner at our house, but not anymore
    • smelling cigarettes/smoke
    • smelling our dish detergent (we don’t have a dishwasher so I haven’t been able to wash dishes…poor pDaddy.)
    • taking a shower
    • brushing my teeth

    So what, prey tell, had me in this bad of shape from Mid-January to early March (and even a little now)? If you haven’t been able to deduce what was causing all that, I present to you, Shrimpie:

    Shrimpie @ 12w3d

    shrimpie 12w3d

    That was taken on Friday, 03.12.2010 when Shrimpie was 12weeks and 3days. At this point, we are at 13weeks and 1 day. We are due on 09.21.2010. Another September baby just like Razz 🙂 Beans and Razz are ecstatic and already rub my protruding belly saying “Hi Shrimpie” and “I love you Shrimpie”.

    I’m feeling better than that list above (which I created on 02.24.10(and yes, my name is Stephanie, nice to meet ya!). That list was how I was feeling from 6-10/11 weeks. I’m not over all of those things yet – I still gag when brushing my teeth, taking a shower and just at random times. I still can’t wash the dishes and I haven’t been able to bathe the girls b/c that makes me gag too. Poor pDaddy has really had to step up his game and he has. I couldn’t even help him shovel all that crazy snow from February’s storms. Anyway, I am better even though I still don’t like the smell of certain things, but at least I can drink water now and am not as exhausted – I’ll take what I can get!

    In other news – we finally get to leave for Disney tomorrow. We were supposed to go in the middle of February, but our flight got cancelled due to one (of many) snowstorms. I was acting upset about that, but was deep down relieved. Can you imagine me at that time going to Disney? I would have been miserable at the “happiest place on earth”! Anyway, I hope I don’t get sick on the plane and can handle all the walking. Though I haven’t gained too much weight as reflected on the scale, I’m already showing. I look like I’m about 6 months instead of 3 months pregnant…

    Here’s to a long hot summer and a happy, healthy baby come September 🙂