Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Friday, January 27, 2006
Well, I can almost guarantee I won't be writing this weekend, so have a great one!
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
How your baby's growing:By this week, your baby weighs a little over 2 pounds and measures about 14.8 inches from the top of his head to his heels. He can open his eyes - which now sport lashes - and he'll turn his head toward a continuous, bright light from the outside. His fat layers are beginning to form, too, as he gets ready for life outside the womb. (from babycenter.com)
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Saturday, January 21, 2006
Yes, Andrew learned today how to remove his clothing. And we couldn’t keep them on him. I had to chase him down before dinner to get him dressed just in case some of his pizza wasn’t cool enough. Last thing I need is a burnt little boy from pizza sauce. But little man preferred his ‘nakedness’ to his jammies (that he was still in).
Today was a productive day. We got up around 9:30 (after staying up late to watch the first 4 episodes of the first season of ‘24’ that we rented from Blockbuster). I made some homemade bread and some banana bread while Andrew had breakfast and watched a little “Elmo’s World”. After cleaning up the kitchen, and pulling together and eating lunch it was time for Andrew’s nap, so Marc and I snuck two more ‘24’ episodes in before I headed to the grocery store. We finished cleaning, I made some egg brunch for tomorrow and pizza for dinner while Marc cleaned and vacuumed.
Currently we are watching the “Wedding Crashers”. It is so exciting that I am blogging during it. Yea, it stinks. Marc and I are thinking about just stopping it, but we keep saying – 10 more minutes.
Well, it’s time to put Andrew to bed…so then we’ll probably turn off this lousy movie and put in ‘24’. Yes, it is an addicting intense show and we are hooked!
Friday, January 20, 2006
Plus we bought Andrew mittens. This seems like a minor achievement, but I was very excited about it. You see, he got a pair of mittens early in the season, but our mitten clips from last year didn't hold up until this year....so needless to say, he lost one almost immediately. Well, apparently, once Thanksgiving comes, they take mittens off the shelves and start stocking swimwear or something. We hunted and hunted (even bought and returned a couple pair) for mittens and couldn't find ANY that fit him. Finally, after a little talking to from his teacher (about him not having mittens), I was determined to find him some AND mitten clips. So we ventured out to Burlington Coat factory (I had already tried Target, Kohl's, Meijer, Wal-Mart, etc...) And lo and behold there were mittens in his size and a good color AND they already were attached to each other with a long string to go through the coat! (I know you are thinking that she is totally pathetic to be so excited about it....but well, I was....so there). And Andrew got all the way home before ripping the mitten off the string. Yes, you read that right. "Mitten Bwoken?". Yes, child, you bwoke your brand new mitten. Fortunately, it wasn't anything a little sewing machine magic couldn't fix. And now, after a stern talking to about how to take off the mittens, the mittens are as good as new and he actually enjoys wearing them. Aaahhhh....life is good.
Last night we had one of Marc's buddies who was in town on business stay with us. Since we saved the cost of the hotel room, he got to take us out to a nice dinner at Lonestar. I was a little hesitant since our Lonestar is known for it's poor service, but we were pleasantly surprised and the food was great. We even have some for dinner tonight. Then the big boys were up super late playing, so gave the little boy a tub and called it an early night.
Not a lot is planned for tonight or this weekend for that matter. I am hoping to get more of my "before baby comes projects" done along with the usual home maintenance...laundry, cleaning, etc...
Have a great weekend.
Oh, I almost forgot....I got my baby sling in. I am VERY excited about this as well. I got one of these after much sling research which all pointed that these were the best for the money. I figure since I have a very busy toddler, something like this will probably come in very handy. I may have to take it this weekend to my friend's and try it out on her new baby. I thinking of selling my older (but practically new) baby carrier on ebay.
Ok, now you can have a good weekend.
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
This weekend was nice... We had church Sunday morning, and then just kind of vegged/napped the rest of the day with a little housework mixed in. I discovered a new treat that I LOVE but it gives me heartburn something fierce. I put a little peanut butter, chocolate chips and butterscotch chips in a bag and nuke until soft and mixable. Then I pipe over slices of banana. Pop it all in the freezer for about 15 minutes....and wow - yummy! I've been flying through my bananas (that I originally bought to make more banana bread).
Also, Andrew seemed to have woke up Monday morning with a cold. Man, I feel like every time he turns around he's got something. It isn't anything severe...just a stuffed up drippy nose. It really hasn't seemed to have slowed him down at all. SO he was a little clingier yesterday, took a super long afternoon nap and seems to be feeling better already. We put him in the tub last night and pulled out the tub crayons that he got for Christmas from one of my aunts....man, the kid LOVED them! He would color all over the walls and floor of the tub for a minute, and then hand it back to me for a "dipperent color" (I would only give him one at a time). I would ask him which color he wanted and it was always "Ye-wo"...even if he had yellow already in his hand. And after the tub...they just wiped away, it was wonderful! Although, I can already tell they will not last long. A) They will dissolve quickly and B) Andrew is hard on them
Last night, was just a regular night. Leftover roast for dinner and a little working around the house. Although, Marc and I have totally gotten sucked into the show "24". It's on something like its fifth season and we've never seen in. Then Sunday night was the 2 hour season premiere concluding with another 2 hours last night...and well...Marc and I were glued to our seats. Man, it’s an intense show. They had to put commercial breaks in just so we would remember to breathe. So now, Marc wants to go to Blockbuster or the library and get the first 4 seasons to watch.
Today is a rainy rainy day....a good soup day. I was going to take Andrew out and run some errands this morning, but decided against it due to the weather. So instead we visited Baby Noah for a few minutes before work.
Speaking of work.... I am not going to go into boring details, but a possible part-time, better paying, more exciting position has opened up here at the hospital. It's a LONG shot in my eyes due to many many things need to fall in place for me to get it, but I put in my transfer application and we'll see where it leads. Like I said, I am not holding my breath, I actually have mixed feelings since I would love to be home with my kids....but if I am going to be working after this baby comes, this is the position I would like. If it works, it's a total God thing, and if it doesn't, no tears will be shed.
Ok, well I started this post at work and now it is 11:30 pm. Little man is in bed next to be because he has been coughing non-stop since he went to bed and therefore waking himself up and well, is not a real happy kid. So I might be in for a long night. That being said….good night…or at least, ‘Night.
Sunday, January 15, 2006
The Dykstra Family Christmas
My Dad's gift wrapping skill
Of Course the Box is the most fun.
Andrew got the hang of unwrapping real quick.
My Little Elf - he loved that hat
Andrew running back and forth (over and over - saying "ready, set, GO!") in his elf hat and "Biderman" slippers.
Saturday, January 14, 2006
Seven things I want to do before I die:
- Travel to Europe
- Watch a Vikings game (winning of course) in person in the Viking’s stadium
- Make sure family all know Christ
- Retire (yes, just retire)
- Coach my sons in basketball at any level
- Go on fishing trip with sons
- Go deep sea fishing (preferable while on a cruise)
Seven things I cannot do:
- Be organized
- Eat vegetables (other than corn)
- Dunk a basketball
- Do mechanical car work
- Handle smelling puke
- Catch more fish than Keith. (He cheats)
Seven things that attract me to my wife:
- She’s beautiful
- She’s funny
- She wishes good things for everyone
- She wants to grow spiritually
- Great with Andrew
- She takes care of me
- She’s perfect.
Seven things I say most often:
- How about now?
- Hey Monster (referring to Andrew)
- Vikings Suck, I’m picking a new team (but I never do)
- I have a plan
Seven favorite series/books/authors: (ok, only five.)
- Louis L’amour
- USA Today
- In Fisherman
- Sports Illustrated
Seven movies I watch over and over:
- Matrix (I, II)
- Lord of the Rings (I, II, III)
- Batman Begins
- Happy Gilmore
- Nothing to Lose
- Tommy Boy
- You’ve Got Mail (don’t judge me).
So, it was a busy week after all. Wednesday evening we went to the hospital and saw the new baby. He is ADORABLE. And I am not just saying that because you say that about babies. He is truly a cutie and very “boy” looking. All the way there, Andrew kept saying, “Baby Noah!” over and over and when we finally got to their floor, he just yelled it. Well, I guess he announced we were coming.
Thursday morning we had Andrew’s 21mo. well baby appt. (He’s 22 mos, but we are a month behind somehow). Anyway, it went awful. There were no shots involved and he was perfectly healthy, but last time he was there….only couple weeks ago…he had to get a full work up including a catheter. (Yes, you read that right). So needless to say, he was a happy little boy until they started checking him out. Then you would have thought we were pulling his toe nails out one by one. It was very heartbreaking. I do not hear him cry that hard too often. He recovered shortly after and was back to my happy boy soon, but man, it was NOT a fun visit. So, for those who are interested…his stats are height – 36 ¾ inches (=36mo old) and weight – 30lbs & some odd oz. (=33mo old). That night we worked around the house, I made a tag blanket for the new baby, & watched some TV.
And I must confess – I got a little hormonal and stressed out Thursday because after seeing my friends’ new baby yesterday, it really dawned on me that I am going to have a baby soon and I was more than just “pregnant” and all the things that I felt I needed to do yet hit me like a Mac truck and I started to freak out a bit. Marc had compassion for me and took part of my share of our chores for me so I could relax a bit.
Friday, we didn’t do anything to exciting. Both Marc and I had very stressful days. Mine was physically challenging as it was super busy and I felt like I walked miles and miles (all this while carrying large charts and pregnant). And Marc had to take many tests, so his was mentally challenged and we were both just totally drained. I did manage to do a small amount of grocery shopping after work, which led to a gourmet dinner of pigs in a blanket & spinach salad. Andrew was acting very “two” and with both of our patients being thin, the poor guy was in trouble every time he turned around. Once he was in bed, I took my tea and nice warm bath and went to bed.
This morning we all slept in until 10:30. Yes – 10:30. Granted, Marc was up late with Andrew, I was up in the middle of night for a couple hours after getting up with Andrew (couldn’t sleep for some reason, got up, snacked, got online, etc….). So we all seemed to need it. Then we worked around the house most of the day. I worked mostly in the kitchen, making pizza sauce and 2 pizzas, and homemade cinnamon rolls. I also finished the grocery shopping and prepped some of that food for our freezer. Marc did laundry and general working around the house. Andrew was much more behaved today.
We then packed up one of the pizzas, a homemade macaroni and cheese dinner, and the cinnamon rolls and headed over to our friend’s to see the new baby. Did I mention how cute he is? Tonight, we ate the other pizza (Yes, we ate pizza again. We eat it about once a week….get over it!) Marc and I played a little Canasta once little man went to bed and now we are just vegging out in front of the TV. (Man, we sound like an old couple).
Ok, this was more of any update post vs. anything real exciting to read. But that is what we’ve been up to.
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Seven things I want to do before I die:
- Raise my children to be strong Christian men (and women if a little girl should ever happen)
- Play with my Grandchildren
- Visit New York City
- Visit Baltimore, Maryland
- Learn how to play my guitar
- Own my own company (preferable something from home maybe online)
- Get my home truly organized and keep it that way
Seven things I cannot do:
- Watch scary movies
- Eat calamari where the tentacles are still attached
- Ignore my son when he says, “Big big hug?”
- Pay full price for most “Convenience Foods”
- Stay on top of my laundry
- Understand the phrase, “Believe you me”.
- (Sorry I am stealing this one) Keep plants alive. Although I am tempted to try to grow some window sill herbs.
Seven things that attract me to my husband:
- His eyes
- His humor
- His sarcasm (yes, I sometimes I wonder why now…but it did attract me to him)
- His generosity (makes me feel like a scrooge sometimes)
- The way he really cares for me and others.
- His desire to continue to grow in Christ
- His happy dance (his son also does this)
- Bonus: This didn’t attract me to him since he wasn’t a dad yet, but I wanted to add it too since it applies: He’s a great dad and the kiddo LOVES him!
Seven things I say most often:
- Andrew, where are you? (not that I have actually lost my child…but it’s a game in our house)
- Not for Andrew’s hands.
- Please help, Mama. (This is asking Andrew to use his words vs. just whining for something)
- This house is a mess and I am tired.
- No fit! Do you want to go to bed? (Yes, he starting to be a terrible two)
- Andrew, How much do I love you? (He spreads his arms and says, “Miss Must!” This Much)
- No Touch! (Could apply to Marc or Andrew.) ;)
Seven favorite series/books/authors:
- The Zion Chronicles by Bodie Thoene (Makes me grateful for everyday I have with my child! I can’t recommend enough. Stuck in my head forever.
- The Left Behind Series by Tim LaHaye & Jerry Jenkins
- The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
- John Grisham Books
- All Dr. Seuss Books
- Becky Tirabassi
- You are Special by Max Lucado
Seven movies I watch over and over:
- Moulin Rouge
- Monsters Inc (not by choice – it’s my kid’s favorite movie)
- Nothing to Lose
- My Fair Lady
- Beautiful Mind
- Music Man
Seven people I tag to do this: I am on a loaner computer and don’t have my favorites with these links handy. Couldn’t find them after a quick search either. Will post soon, but you know who you are…
Monday, January 9, 2006
Friday, January 6, 2006
Thursday, January 5, 2006
Wednesday, January 4, 2006
We then packed up and headed to Ohio, where we had a nice, somewhat busy, weekend with my family. We also got spoiled, spoiled, spoiled. So thank you, thank you, thank you. Saturday morning, we got up and had our Christmas. However, since Andrew needed to help unwrap every gift and then we had to actually open every gift and play with every gift, this process took quiet a while. In fact, we broke for lunch and naptime and came back to it. That evening, we went to a New Years Eve party for a few hours, but came home to put Andrew to bed around 9-ish. Then we put in Batman Begins and I fell asleep. I did get woke up at the stroke of midnight and wished a Happy New Year, which I was able to mumble back before I drifted off again. Andrew slept terrible the first two nights. So he was in bed with me and Marc was on the couch. At one point the second night, Marc just put Shrek in the laptop at like 2 in the morning just to get him to stop crying. Not parenting advice I'd recommend on a regular basis, but sometimes ya gotta do whatcha gotta do. The third night, after wearing the poor kid down, he took a late nap and then still slept all night in his own bed until 10 AM! And then we still had to wake him up. Man, he was tired!
That's because Sunday was a busy one!! We played hooky from church in the morning, because we knew it was going to be a long one and wanted to make sure kiddo got his nap in so that he wasn't totally unbearable. Then we went to family Christmas get together for lunch in the afternoon. Andrew got this toy you sit on and make it go with your feet which he loves. But it has a button that sings, "Do you know the muffin man?". Oh my goodness, we are all SO TIRED of that song. We left there, and praise the Lord Andrew fell asleep in the car because we had to go back to my folks, unpack the SUV, repack it and head to another Christmas get together. Andrew slept the whole time...even well after we arrived there (which would be hard to do since this family has 5 rowdy boys/men plus some wives, kids, friends, etc...) It was fun but a crazy loud place. Well, we left there but not before receiving MATCHING sock monkey PJ pants. Yes, that is right folks. My mom, my dad, Marc, myself and Andrew all have matching light blue sock monkey PJ pants. It's funny.
Monday, we took it a little easier and just hung out most of the day with trip out to do a little bunk bed shopping (which we found one) and get lunch at the Kewpee. Of course we had to stay for the big OSU game that evening, so we didn't hit the road until 8-ish. Dad brought home pizza from work for dinner and shockingly Andrew would not eat any of it. Very bizarre, but I was very thankful because on the trip home.....he decided to pull a "Christmas Eve" on us and puked everywhere. So once again. We were pulled into a lot, using all our wipes to clean him up enough to get him out of the car seat, digging through the PACKED car finding spare clothes, blah, blah, blah, etc... yea, it was bad. Marc and I took turns taking swipes with the wipes then dry heaving. The aroma all the way home was lovely. So the car seat is in the garage after getting 'febreezed' again since I can't figure out how to remove the cover to wash it and we are using the old car seat for the time being.
Yesterday, was and OB appt, work, some laundry, bills and a few other odds and ends, but not much else. That's for tonight. This morning, we got our tags renewed, played at the mall, did a little grocery shopping all before work. Tonight, hopefully we will get some unpacking done (not that I know where I will put all of it.).
By the way, Marc is currently on his way to Best Buy again because as it turns out, our laptop is not fixed. We got it back the day before we left for OH and well, it's still not working properly. However, Marc was told that this time they would put a RUSH on it. Which means, "It will get done in half the time and they will do a better job". Yes, that is the quote. WHY DIDN'T THEY DO THAT BETTER JOB TO BEGIN WITH!!?? Needless to say, Marc is royally fed up with them. (I don't even think I posted about the whole fiasco with previous loaner laptop...but just know...it's wasn't pretty).
Ok, enough of my novel. If you've made it this far - have a great day!