27 weeks

Well, I made it again. That’s 6 years in a row! It seems like NaBloPoMo is ending abruptly this year, probably because Thanksgiving was so late. I can’t believe December starts tomorrow. Cue me panicking about Christmas and the million things we need to do before we move.

Anyway, I’m at 27 weeks already which seems insane. I’m still feeling like I’m about halfway through. Everything’s about the same. I have a cold (shocking, considering I’ve been around 10 kids who all have colds. Oh, wait, not shocking at all.) Really nothing else new.



How’s everything with you?

Happy Thanksgiving!

This Thanksgiving has been extra hectic with the changes coming up in our lives, but all those changes are (hopefully!) for the better. I’ve felt especially blessed as I look at my life and see how wonderful things really are. I hope your Thanksgiving has been as filled with love and fun and family and good food as mine has!


We took the kids over to an exhibit called “Electricritters” at the zoo tonight. I didn’t really know what to expect, but it was a lot of fun! It’s hard to get good pictures of a lights show, so some of the pictures really show off the lights and in others you can see the kids faces, but I’m not sure I got any with both.

Electricritters sign! Plus Kari’s family in front. You can’t see them at all.


Will with a giant snake. Obviously one of his favorite displays.


3D gorilla swinging from a tree! And some enthralled kids underneath.


Kalena with a peacock.


A fire-breathing dragon. (Another favorite of Will’s, of course.)


Not dressed up in lights, but Hey! Kids on a camel statue!


Most of the displays were somewhat animated: penguins throwing snowballs, a beaver chopping down a tree, a crocodile eating a bird. The kids enjoyed it thoroughly in spite of the cold. And then we got to come home and have cake for all the winter-time birthdays! All in all an excellent evening.

So tired!

YOU GUYS. Daniel is sapping my will to live. At home he goes to bed around 7 and gets up around 6:15. Getting up in the middle of the night is super rare, and it basically only happens when he’s really sick. (Like when he had strep.) Since we’ve been here he’s been up multiple times every night. And I don’t mean he’s awake and talking to himself and I’m just hearing it because we’re in the same room. I mean he wakes up WAILING and continues until I pick him up out of his crib. Sometimes he continues even after I pick him up. I have NO IDEA why. He is fine during the day which makes me think it’s not illness or pain. There’s a fan running in the room for white noise, just like at home, so it’s not that he’s hearing me and waking up. He’s not overly warm (which sometimes wakes him at home.) He settles down if I turn the light on, but a nightlight isn’t enough and obviously he won’t sleep with the actual light on. AND, in addition to being up multiple times (six last night you guys. SIX TIMES.) he is waking up earlier than usual! Between 5:20 and 5:40. I can’t let him cry it out because a) I’m also trying to sleep in that room and b) he’s loud enough to wake other people, and there are 5 other kids trying to sleep in the same house. PLUS, Brian is at home so I have to deal with ALL of it. Then, because apparently he just wants to kick me while I’m down, I tried to nap this afternoon while he was napping and he slept for a whopping 30 minutes.

I. Am. Exhausted.

Send caffeine.

Fun times with cousins


One word to describe a house with 10 children ages five and under: LOUD. But pictures are worth a thousand words right? So here are some of those. (And more words. In the form of captions.)

Will has gotten over his fear of Khloe! Mostly. As long as she’s not running toward him he’s good.


I was trying for a picture of Will and Eli in their sweater vests, but the other kids wanted in on the fun too.







Cousins in cute pajamas.



The best we could do with all 10 kids in the picture. (Notice Kirsta holding Will. He did NOT want to be in the shot. Even after being threatened with an early nap.)



Daniel playing some tunes. And by playing tunes I mean banging obnoxiously on the tiny piano. At least he’s enjoying it?


26 weeks

Gestational diabetes results are back and NO gestational diabetes this time! Woo! I would say sugar here I come, but eating too much of it still makes me feel awful, so sugar in moderation here I come? (Really doesn’t have the same ring to it.)

I’ve gained about 31 lbs so far this pregnancy, and I’m guessing that won’t slow down going in to the holidays. Oh well!

I’m having my first experience with sciatica and it’s SUPER FUN. (Yeah, not fun at all.) It seems better if I spend a lot of time sitting on the couch and having 3 young children really lends itself to doing that, so that’s working out pretty well. I’m very much hoping this is temporary.

Right now I’m using a pregnancy body pillow that belongs to my sister. It’s this one from Bed Bath and Beyond.

body pillow

I’m not gonna lie, I thought it was excessive when she bought it (and I sleep with a body pillow always!) but YOU GUYS. This pillow is AWESOME. I’m tempted to kick Brian out of bed so I can use it for the rest of pregnancy. (I’m currently at my sisters’ and he’s at home.) Although, I do wonder if I’d feel claustrophobic in it at the end.

Anyway, here I am at 26 weeks. You can’t really tell from the picture, but I’m in yoga pants which makes this picture a more accurate representation than most.





Christmas gifts this year

I did a post like this last year and had NO trouble finding pictures and links for the stuff the kids were getting. This year? WHOA. I don’t know what the deal is, but some of this stuff I couldn’t find pictures of at all. Anyway! Here’s what the kids are getting this Christmas.


From Santa:

doll furniture

{picture from: amazon.com}

This isn’t the exact set we got, ours has a bouncy seat instead of a pack-n-play, but you get the idea. She’s been wanting (and asking for) a doll stroller and furniture for a while.

In her stocking she’s getting a plastic giraffe toy (she’s got a thing for giraffes) and the movie Epic. (Those are also from Santa.)

From us:

Cinderella doll


{picture from: Target.com}

The Cinderella “toddler doll.” This was a specific request. Why Cinderella I’m not sure since it’s definitely not her favorite of the Disney movies.

And a book.

lady bug girl book


{picture from: amazon.com}


We have 2 other Ladybug Girl books and she’s a big fan, so when they had this one as one of the $5 deals at her school book fair I picked it up.


From Santa:

dinosaur mountain


{picture from: sears.com}


A while ago Will saw some kind of dinosaur mountain in a toy catalog and he WANTED IT. Which would have been fine except that it was $70 and really didn’t look all that fun. (Definitely not $70 fun.) Anyway, I started googling around and found that there’s really not much in the way of dinosaur landscape type toys. But then! Then I found this toy from Imaginext. Exactly what I was looking for! Except they don’t manufacture it anymore. Thank goodness for eBay. (And for kids who are still too young to know/care if they’re getting used toys.) I found it other places new (the Sears website, for instance) where it costs hundreds of dollars. No. I paid less than $40 on eBay. It’s probably missing a few pieces, but nothing you’d notice. Anyway, it’s awesome. I’m very excited for him to get this.

In his stocking he’s getting a plastic dinosaur (one he doesn’t have! I didn’t know there were any!) and the movie The Croods.

From us:



{crappy picture from: my phone, 5 minutes ago}

You can’t really tell from the picture, but it’s a little bucket of dinosaurs and dino landscape pieces (rocks, trees, etc.) The dinosaurs are the perfect size to go with the other toy so when I saw this I knew he needed it. (We bought it at walmart. I couldn’t find pictures of this anywhere online.)

And a book.

Reptiles book


{picture from: eBay.com}

Will’s Christmas really has a theme going on, doesn’t it? This was another $5 book I picked up at the school book fair.


Here’s where I tell you that I’ve finished shopping for the other 2 kids and have purchased nothing for Daniel yet. Whoops. He’ll probably only get a couple things since a) he doesn’t care and b) we’re about to move.

I’d like to get him a walker like this one:

playskool walker


{picture from: horizonhobby.com}

But it’s not being manufactured anymore. (We actually had this same one for Kalena, but the kids totally wore it out by the time Daniel came around.) I’ll still do a walker of some kind, but I haven’t decided on one yet.

I’d also like to get him this toy drum.

toy drum


{picture from: amazon.com}

When my nephew had his birthday here back in September he got one of these and Daniel LOVED it. It’s been on the list since then.

And he’ll probably get a book 🙂

Do you know what your kids are getting for Christmas?


I don’t even have a title today.

I’ve been up since 4 this morning (thanks insomnia!) so my thoughts are pretty much incoherent at this point. Will you settle for some random bullet points today? Well, doesn’t matter if you say no! It’s my blog!

  • One thing I forgot to mention in Will’s tidbits: when an online video is buffering he’ll tell you it’s “bumping.” As in, “Don’t worry mom, my show is just bumping.”
  • And something I forgot to mention with my bookish thoughts: I read a lot of behavioral science books. This is what happens when your dad is a psychologist and those kinds of books are laying around the house all the time.
  • I had my glucose tolerance test this morning. Despite my OB telling me I could do EITHER the 1 hr or the 3 hr, she sent orders for the 1 hr. Fortunately the nice phlebotomist let me do the 3 hr anyway (I explained my reasoning.) With Daniel they had the first 2 blood draw numbers in by the time I did my 3rd, so I knew I’d failed before I even left. Sadly that was not the case this time. They did have my 1 hour number back and it was BARELY under the limit. (The limit was 180, my reading was 179.) I’ll be calling my OB tomorrow to find out how the rest of the test went.
  • I made a schedule of the next six weeks, because that’s all the time we have before we move! ACK! We don’t even know where we’re gonna live yet! (It’s possible I’m panicking about all this. Just a smidge.)
  • I really hope I passed my glucose test because apparently my sisters have planned 1000 desserts for Thanksgiving.