Tuesday, April 23, 2013

One Year Old Ralphie

Last week was perfect springtime for the Carolinas. Glencairn Gardens is in full bloom, and the sunny days just beckoned come enjoy us. Ralphie and I had just come home from our trip to Ohio and Michigan, and taking several days, in between loads of laundry, house cleaning, and photo editing to just relax seemed more than worth while.

This particular day is etched in my mind. It's one of those days I want to remember forever. Apple slices, PB&J, clementines and crackers. My smiley, wide-eyed boy sitting there, just looking at me. So happy to just be.

Just him, and me. 

 I love living so close to this little patch of paradise.

He soaks up, with this little quizzical brow, every bush, flower, and person we pass. He smiles with delight at the ducks and water fountains.  He smiles half smiles as I do stupid things to try to get him to grin for the camera. How big is Ralphie? That one he knows like the back of his hand.

Sooo Biiiig!
He's quiet and observant, but waves at anyone who says hi to him. Tossing a ball and crawling after it is a favorite pass time right now. Or, pushing his fire truck from one end of the house to the next, and back again. Best of all, take him outside. He will sit for an hour and watch the cars go by.

Still not walking, but getting close. Every chair was made for pushing, every box was made for climbing, and if he can find a box that needs emptied before climbing, that is even better. There isn't a cupboard in the house he hasn't discovered, a basket whose contents he doesn't know by heart. If Toy Story were true, and toys really could come to life and talk, they would probably say how slighted they felt, and the wooden spoons and measuring cups would toss their heads and laugh.
He is delightful this boy of mine, and every day with him I treasure. Every change, every milestone makes my mama's heart rejoice, even if first it twinges just a bit, and sighs thinking of days gone by. One year old Ralphie. He's just great.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

22 Weeks | Baby #2

Oops. I forgot to smile. :/ But look at this baby grow! It's been a whole month since my last update, and as you can see Little Brother has wasted no time. I feel bigger than I look, which is probably not a good thing, considering I still have 4 hot summer months to go before we can kiss this little boy's sweet face. But, overall, this second pregnancy has been a delight! It is so much easier to be pregnant when you know what's normal, and all the anxieties of your first pregnancy are distant memories you heartily laugh at.

How far along?: 22 weeks, and rolling right along. Here I am at 23 weeks with Ralphie.
Total Weight Gain: Up 10 pounds
Maternity clothes? Mostly always, because I love summer maternity clothes! I still have a handful of my regular tops, and a few bottoms that I rotate in, too. 
Stretch marks? No.
Sleep: Been kind of restless lately. 
Best moment this week: This little one is just a growin' and a growin'. Thankful to have had a healthy pregnancy and baby so far.
Movement: He's a mover and a puncher. This kid doesn't stop! Sometimes I wonder if he is twice as active as his brother. It could just be I recognize the movement more the second time around.
Cravings: Just that chocolate milkshake my husband had to go get me Monday evening. And Tuesday... man, did I want another one... haha. But I had to draw the line there.
Gender: Precious baby brother!
Labor Signs: no
Wedding rings on or off: On.
Happy or Moody most days: Happy!
Belly Button in or out? Still in.
What I miss: Nothing right now. Loving this second trimester.
Starting to show yet: yep!
Anything causing sickness or nausea: Not really. Preparing meat...
What I am looking forward to: Seeing my belly grow, and knowing it means Little Brother is growing, too!
Milestones: Over halfway there (hopefully).

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Family Time

Living 12 hours from family can be tough. While Daniel and I were happy to have a fresh start to our new life together on our own in a new state and city, with new everything, living long distance from family and friends that you grow up with isn't easy. That's why, every chance we get to visit either of our families, we are thankful.

At the beginning of the month Ralphie and I headed north, first to Ohio, then on to Michigan. We "man-ed the fort" with Ralphie's great-grandma Mare-mare, while my parents took a much needed, and well-deserved weekend getaway to Florida to help celebrate my grandfather's milestone birthday. Hangin' with the kids all weekend? Well, of course that was fun. We made some memories.

5 of the 9 - as of this fall, they'll be the "only" ones still at home.
I used to think we all were so different looking. I look at these pictures and laugh. Dang!