Sunday, November 30, 2014

Enunciation, dear.

RonRon was reading Sophia an absolutely adorable Dr. Seuss ABC book, and for the letter "R" it talks about riding a red rhinoceros.  A discussion ensued, and RonRon said she's ridden and elephant and camel (I'm totally jealous), and I said I've ridden a horse.  Sophia said she's ridden a horse (not yet), then the following happened:

RonRon:  What else can you ride?
Sophia:  Dicks!!
RonRon: ......  ......  ......  Ducks?
Sophia: Yeah!  Dicks!

....we'll be working on how to properly say "ducks" for the next few days.  *facepalm*

Monday, November 24, 2014

12ish weeks and first midwife appointment

Goal:  keep lab in the dark about this until Christmas.  Or, at the least, until after December 4th.  But I think Christmas would be funnier.  So far, so good.

We had our first midwife appointment (almost 3 weeks ago), and were able to hear the heartbeat!  The midwife turned to Sophia and told her:  "That's the sound that will rock your world."  I thought it was pretty funny, but also think that she will do okay.  She has been an only child in our house, but not in other aspects of her life.  That, and for the first little bit, younger siblings are okay.  Then from ages 2 until, oh, 18, they're.....a learning experience.  Right, Melinda?  (Love you kiddo!)  All joking aside, I'm glad for my younger pest sister, and wouldn't exchange her for the world.

Updated question thingie:

SymptomsI have energy back!  Well, as much as my non-caffeinated self can manage.
Mood/Emotions: Don't think I've gone all whackado hormonally crazy (Jordan, feel free to chime in here....IF it's to agree.  :) ).  Emotions: quite excited.  Enjoying keeping it a secret for now (I know something you don't know.  Nanner nanner boo boo)
Sleep: There are not enough hours in the day to get the amount of sleep I want (....still!)
Movement:  We heard some kicks on the doppler, but not feeling any.
Cravings: Very susceptible to the power of suggestion.  I may have eaten 3 bacon bleu cheese burgers in one setting.  Twice.  And they were yummy.  And, buffalo wild wings.  Wild sauced.  Lots of extra sauce. 
Things I MissCaffeine.  And, a margarita. Been kinda wanting one of those lately.
Workouts This Week: I walk 1.5 miles every day to get back and forth from my car to my building and back again.  And try and get some running in.  
Other Notable HappeningsFinally getting over the ick!

Doctor’s Midwife's Visits:  Second one next week!

9 ish weeks

(Publishing now; originally written real time)

Whooo boy, have the aversions increased these past few weeks!  I've had to open up the ol' belt buckle a notch or two, but I can still wear a belt (for a while, at least).

Here's the nifty question doo-hickie I pilfered from a local blog I follow:

SymptomsA LOT more nauseous these past weeks, and it seems like I'm a lot more smell sensitive also.  And, no more ranch.  Blech.  Veeeerrrrrryyyyy sleepy, too. zzzzzzzz
Mood/Emotions: Don't think I've gone all whackado hormonally crazy (Jordan, feel free to chime in here....IF it's to agree.  :) ).  Emotions: quite excited.  Enjoying keeping it a secret for now (I know something you don't know.  Nanner nanner boo boo)
Sleep: There are not enough hours in the day to get the amount of sleep I want
Movement:  WAY too early for that question.
CravingsPASTA!  I heart pasta right now.
Things I MissNot feeling totally and completely exhausted, caffeine, and being able to eat anything I want.
Workouts This Week: Does sleep count as a workout?  I've been running a few miles during the week, but nothing too terribly crazy.
Other Notable HappeningsSophia kindly shared her germs with me, even though I keep telling her I don't need daycare herd immunity, so I've been coughing up a lung.  Drinking my weight in slurpees and tea with honey to combat that.

Doctor’s Midwife's Visits:  First one will be in November.  We intend to use the same birthing center as we did for Sophia.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Halloween 2014

This year, Sophia had a better grasp on the whole "Halloween" thing....she was very excited to get a pumpkin, and her daycare class went pumpkin picking (they brought a whole bunch to the parking lot, and the kiddos got to pick their favorite).  She is very proud that her pumpkin is sitting on our porch.  

We went to our friend's house again this year, to join them for trick-or-treating, and she had decorated to the nines, and even had some adorable games and photo opportunities:

Pin the nose on the pumpkin.  (Sophia, when blindfolded:  "I no see mommy")

And, the photo opportunity.  She was booked for 1st degree trickery.  :)

There were a bunch of kids there, so we tried to get a picture with all of them.

I think herding mice would have been easier.

They're all there.  More or less.  I'll take it!

After the fun and the yummy food, it was time to trick-or-treat!

No, she wasn't excited....

Walking off....

And looking around

We got to trick-or-treat with Dorthy, the cowardly lion, the tin man, and the scarecrow-ess.

I am jealous of the scarecrow-ess's sewing skills....she made the Dorthy dress and cowardly lion suit!!

Another cute picture of our triceratops

Candy!  Every time she'd get a piece of candy, she'd take it right back out to look at it.

Waiting our turn...

Family photo!

And getting more candy.  She got some good stuff that I may or may not have confinscated.  You know, to save her teeth?  Um, it was hard candy?  Too little?  Aw, heck, I wanted it and she'd never know the difference.  :)

Fun times!  Can't wait to see what we'll be next year.  Maybe I'll actually get with the program and do a theme....or at least make the outfit.  I think the triceratops was a bit beyond my skill level, though.  Maybe Batman and Robin?  Too bad Spiderman doesn't have a little sidekick.  A princess and a pea?  That would be amusing.  A bit girly for me, but amusing.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Girls vs Boys

I maintain that there's only one thing that boys can do that girls can't: pee standing up without making a royal mess.  There are times when I am jealous of the point-and-click interface (peeing in the woods or in icky bathrooms come to mind), but am generally happy with my plumbing.

Well, it seems I may have been proven wrong.

Sophia's daycare teacher told me the following:
"Yesterday, Sophia went to go pee, and before we could stop her, she pee'd standing up.  And didn't spill a drop!!  I was scratching my head as to how she managed that one."

I got a good laugh out of it, and darn if I'm not proud of her.  And, a bit jealous.  And, questioning the laws of physics.  :)

Monday, November 10, 2014

Itsy Bitsy Spider

Please ignore the less-than-opera quality singing, but the cuteness from this was too much to not share:

Sophia does the Itsy Bitsy Spider motions

Car trip antics

So, as mentioned, not only was RonRon stuck in a car with us, Sophia was stuck in a car with us!  So, what's a bored 2.5 year old to do??
Steal RonRon's sunglasses....

Be silly with 'Cole's sunglasses....

Wear sunglasses like they're meant to be worn.

And ask RonRon to take a selfie with you!

And, of course, demand to see all the pictures that were taken, and ask for more!  (Thanks, RonRon, for sharing all these pictures with us!)

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Last Spartan race of the season

Last Spartan race has been completed!  And, trifecta earned.  I found out that I was only one race away from a double trifecta, since my beast finish in VT actually counted (I didn't think it would).  Oh well....maybe next year?  Mom, Jordan, Sophia, and RonRon all stayed in the same hotel....RonRon was totally awesome and agreed to being trapped in a car with us for a total of 12 hours, and then entertaining the tiny human while the rest of us raced....major brownie points to you!!  (THANK YOU!!!)  The Lambert clan shared a room, and mom and RonRon shared a room.  Sophia started out in her own bed, then I climbed in with her after I ate supper.  The first night, she just did not want to settle down.  Up.  Down.  Up.  Down.  Re-adjust.  Shuffle. get the picture.  She finally quieted down, and we didn't think much of it.  Until we went to go to bed.  Then, we found this:
To heck with the nice comfy bed.....I'm sleeping on the FLOOR!  Suckas.

(Proud moment here) I was able to successfully get her off the floor and into bed without waking her up, and she stayed in bed with me until 4, at which point she decided she needed to finish the night with Jordan.

Race day started out chilly, but ended up being a gorgeous day!  While the course wasn't up and down a mountain, it wasn't without its hills.  But, all in all, it was a good course.  I figured out how to get up the 10 and 12 foot walls myself, without using the "girl" step.  Quite proud of that one.  And, I managed the men's atlas stone carry and sandbag pull and carry this time around.  I swear, the mens atlas stones at the last race were double the weight at this one.

After (D is awesome and ran ahead and killed the course)

We were starved after the race, so we did a quick clean-up and headed to a steakhouse for some yummy noms, and to give mom and RonRon their surprise.  I do believe we accomplished the impossible:  rendering RonRon speechless for a full 60 seconds.    

Deer in headlights look aside, at least it's a good team.

And an even better player.  :)

(Okay, so that double trifecta may need to wait until 2 years from now.......maybe.....)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Vermont (Ultra)Beast

I decided it would be a wonderful idea to sign up for an ultrabeast Spartan race.  That's 26+ miles, 50+ obstacles.  I figured I could complete it, it was just the clock that had me worried.  If we didn't make certain time cut-off points, we wouldn't be allowed to finish.  And that would be sad.  Then, I found out that the person that designed the hellish Wintergreen course was designing the ultra course.  I may have cried a lot bit.  This race was in Killington, Vermont, so we kinda turned it into a mini vacation, and Jordan was awesome and was on Sophia detail on race day.  

I picked up my packet the day before the race, and got a look at the course.
Picture from the parking lot.

And another.

And yet another.  This may or may not have been when I started doubting my sanity....

Did I mention that Killington is a ski resort?  No?  And that it has double black diamond slopes? does.  More than one.  The race started with about 100 yards of a gentle downhill, then a giant f*** you, go climb this double black diamond slope.  And that's about how the race went.  I did manage to figure out the Spartan theory of relativity:  what goes down must go up!  And, we were convinced they had wormholes at the top of the hills; we swore there was no more up, but we turn a corner, and we have to climb the mountain again!  Where did that come from!?  

The good news was that I found a friend for the last little bit, and we finished together.  Well, sorta finished.  We only finished one loop; the ultra was supposed to finish two loops.  I was darn proud of my one loop.  I didn't die, drown, or puke.  That's a success in my book.  I even completed the spear throw and traverse wall for the first time ever.
Barb wire crawl (2 of 3, I think?)

Go under the wall

You thought you were done?  HA!  Climb this hill, though all these fallen trees and such.

Action shot of the last obstacle!

Me and my new friend!

Some of the views

They're the only good thing about climbing all those blessed hills

Start of the sandbag carry.  This is the same as the third picture; carry a 50lb sandbag around the loop.

Entering water for some obstacle....probably the go-under-the-wall one.

Will I do this again?  Yes.  Just maybe not next year.  I need time to train, and my schedule does not currently allow for the time necessary to train adequately.  I will finish this stupid race one day!  A big thanks to Jordan for doing most of the driving home, and for entertaining Sophia all day on race day with no easy feat!

Dress up

Sophia got an awesome dress-up chest from Melinda for her birthday, and some cute dress-up clothes to add to it from Meme.  She has recently discovered the joys of this chest; mostly the shoes and necklaces.  I may need to visit the dollar store to get some more to put in there!  She has also started asserting her independence with outfit choices.  Puppy shirts are a favorite, and she is quite particular about her pants.  Generally, anything I suggest is out, and she will pick what she wants, thankyouverymuch!

Example A: walking in Target doing some shopping.  She needed to wear her puppy shirt and the tutu.  So, I let her.

The funny part about this?  She was holding my hand, and then pulled it from me, and said that she'd hold her own hand.  Which she did with all seriousness.  :)

Playing dress-up!  The hats are also a big hit! 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Another play date!

After a long summer with no play dates, we were finally able to coordinate schedules enough for a play date with some of our favorite gals!  They have a new, itty bitty puppy which Sophia thought was the coolest thing ever.

The three musketeers (notice, Sophia stole F's milk....sorry!)

Playing with stuffed animals in the crib! Sophia was being a bad influence here, too....trying to climb into the crib (silly girl)!  Everybody wanted to join in the fun, and animals of the stuffed variety were added to the mix.  I think it's funny that F and Sophia have the exact same crib!

Seester came to visit!

It was a really short visit, but a visit nonetheless!  Sophia was very happy to have "Minda" here to play with!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Blitz trip to NY

Earlier this summer, mom, Sophia, and I made a blitz trip to NY to visit my super awesome first cousin once removed (my mom's cousin), her mom, and her mom's sister and husband.  We drove up on a Thursday, and came home on Friday evening (told you it was fast!).  But, since awesome cousin lives in far-far-away land (ie, England), we tend to jump at any opportunity to harass visit her when she's in the states, especially when it's the East coast.  

Sophia thought she was the bee's knees, too.  And quickly roped her into reading books.  Anyone surprised here?  Didn't think so.

Getting comfy.  When we went to leave this day, Sophia wanted to stay and play.  So, I asked her if she wanted to stay with awesome cousin, and she replied with "Yes!  Bye mommy.  Bye bye!" and started walking off.  

We saw bacon pigs!

Attached at the hip

Looking at more piggies!

For dessert, we had cream and strawberries.  A BIG hit, and a favorite around here.

This is serious business, the eating of cream.

It was beautiful up there!

Walking down the hill after visiting the house where awesome cousin's mom grew up (I think?)

Very steep hill.  Sophia felt the urge to hold onto the railing, since Meme was.

All in all, a wonderful trip.  :)  The mountains were beautiful, and the town was small (Delhi, NY), and the company was great.  Can't wait until the next opportunity for a visit!