Sunday, December 30, 2007

Baby tricks

This little one keeps trying to trick me! A few nights ago I was up with contractions for an hour and a half. I figured it might be fake so just tried to rest through them. But last night she teased me for a whole 3 hours! I was really starting to think she would come but alas the contractions ceased again and left a very sleepy mommy with no baby to hold this morning!

Saturday, December 29, 2007


(while eating dinner with some of our family friends)

Allia: Mommy, I don't want you to say "Ouch" when the baby comes out of you.

Mommy: Hmmm...I don't think I will say that Allia. (! Does she know we do natural child birth?)

Allia: Please don't say "Ouch," Mommy.

Mommy: Ok, sweetie. I won't.

We are still waiting for her to make her appearance. Any guesses on when? Allia was 4 days early and Mariana was 3 days late. This one is officially due on Wednesday, although we are hoping she will come during the Christmas Octave. However, my children seem to like to avoid any holy days. The girls both missed all the Marian and other great feasts at the beginning and middle of September! :-)

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas!

from our family to yours. May the Christ child brighten your hearts and homes this season!

All I want for Christmas is this baby! :-)

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

No wonder

she's been so cranky the last few days! Mariana that is...

I heard some talking in their room after they went to bed and figured it was Allia because I forgot to take her to the bathroom. So I went in to get her up to go tee tee and what did I discover? The talking was our little Mariana standing in her crib, peeking out the curtains, oohing and ahhhing at the Christmas lights we put up Sunday. Crazy girl! We may have to set the timer to turn the lights off a little earlier so she can get some sleep! She was very upset when I told her to lay down and go night night!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

She's got it!

Anonymous family friend: Allia, what do you want for Christmas?

(Mommy thinking to self): Why do they always have to ask things like that..."what do you want?" or my personal favorite since we don't do Santa..."what is Santa bringing you?" The focus shouldn't be on what you are getting!

Allia: Ummmm....lots and lots of presents....for baby Jesus.

Mommy and friend: sweet!

Now that is what I like to hear! :-)

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Looking good

I went in for my 37 week appointment today, and things are looking great. Baby is estimated to be about 6 to 6.5 pounds right now, which is right along with her sisters. My body is starting to get prepped by dilating and effacing, so hopefully in the next few weeks we will meet our little cutie! Yay!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

A busy weekend

We had a wild one. Austin and I celebrated our 5th anniversary Friday. Yay! I am so blessed to have had five beautiful years with the husband of my dreams!!! We didn't get to do anything special though, because he had the rehearsal and we went together to the rehearsal dinner for a wedding where he was the main singer on Saturday. The dinner was nice but still not an intimate anniversary date or anything! Then we were super busy with all the wedding stuff Saturday, had out of town friends visit after mass Sunday and celebrated a friend's birthday with dinner Sunday. Whew! It was lots of fun though. Here are some pics from the wedding.


The girls were intrigued with the baby girl of one of our friends at the wedding. Here they are just sitting and talking to her trying to make her smile. It was so sweet!

Allia and her friend "B" danced and chased each other the whole time. They had a great time!

Not a new one!

Mariana: (after hearing that Manah, my mom, badly sprained her ankle): Awwww, poor Manah

Allia: Awwww

Mariana: Awwww, Manah got a big we have to get a new Manah.

Allia: Nooooo!

Mommy: How about we just pray that Manah gets better soon, ok?

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Photos for the feast day

The girls were so excited to see the stockings up...Allia is missing from the picture because she went to find Daddy (in the shower!) and tell him to come see!

Digging into the stockings after Daddy read the!

Mariana enjoys her treat (a ring pop). She sucked on it until it was totally gone and she was totally sticky!!!

This one is of the girls admiring the advent wreath

And here is our Jesse Tree hanging by our kitchen table so we remember to do the reading and place the ornament each morning. This is our first year to do this one (Allia and I made it together as our advent project last year). The girls love it and so do I!

Happy Feast of St. Nicholas!

The buildup to Christmas is so fun. We brought out our stockings today after putting up our advent wreath and Jesse tree on Sunday, and we read his story to the girls this morning before they dug into their stockings. Pictures to follow later...the girls are having a great time today!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Never an empty nest

(conversation while decorating the house for Advent)

Allia (excitedly): Daddy, I really like our house.

Daddy: Good. Me too.

Allia: Daddy, someday when I get big and have to live in a different house, I want to come back here.

Daddy: You will always be welcome here Allia.

(Back to decorating...)

Monday, December 3, 2007


A word expressing wonder, awe, surprise. I have heard it so many times in the last two weeks when some cashier or other onlooker or occasionally even a friend asks me when I am due. They look at my belly and say, "Wow." Now seriously, my belly is not that big, and I'm due in only one month! Cut a girl some slack people! ;-)

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Potty talk

(discussion while in a tiny stall in a restaurant restroom last night)
Allia: Tee tee doesn't come from my womb.

Mommy: Nope.

Allia: I have a womb because I am a girl. Boys don't have wombs.

Mommy: That is right.

Allia: Someday I might have a baby in my womb like you.

Mommy: Yes, but you have to grow up and get married first.

Allia: I think I will get married soon.
(giggles coming from the stall next to us)

Mommy: Hmmmm.

Allia: ...if that is what God wants me to do. But I can't marry myself because I am a girl. I have to marry a man.

Mommy: Yes, that is right.

Allia: Then I can have a baby in my womb.

Mommy: Yes, sweetie, but I think you have a while to grow up first.

Allia: OK, then I can have a baby in my womb like you?

Mommy: Yes, Allia

(exit stall, wash hands and return to dinner)