Category Archives: Pregnancy

The Next Person Who Buys My Children Crafts Will Get Held Hostage Until They Do The Craft With Them

My oldest daughter, Sierra, LOVES to do crafts. Colouring, card making, cutting, gluing, scrapbooking… She loves it all! Unfortunately though, at 5 years old she still needs a substantial amount of supervision and assistance when she’s crafting. Guess who gets to be the lucky person to help her? Yep me. In between cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, exercising, blogging, working full time and gestating a third child, I get to help her with all of the crafts people buy her. Apparently at birthdays and Christmas it’s no secret that Sierra LOVES crafts, ’cause she gets a lot of them to do.

Her most recent craft gift is a My Friendship Bracelet Maker:

My Friendship Bracelet Maker

Pretty cool, right? Unfortunately making friendship bracelets isn’t easy – even with a nifty board to hold the strings in place (when I was a teenager I tied the strings to my thigh to hold them in place). The other caveat to making these is that it takes a long time – it’s not like you can whip one out in 30 min. Much as Sierra loves crafts, 2-3 hrs for a bracelet is a little outta her patience level. So, being the nice mom that I am, I promised her that I would make her a bracelet… Then Brooke asked for one too…

For the past day all I’ve heard is, “Mommmmm…. When will my bracelet be finished?” or “Mommmmm… why aren’t you making my bracelet?”.

As soon as I woke up this morning Sierra asked for her bracelet. Three times before I even had my morning coffee, she nagged me to start working on it…

I finally finished it this afternoon and she’s happier than a pig in sh*t. Now Brooke has begun the nagging (though thankfully, at 3 years old her memory is shorter and she doesn’t nag near as much).

Brooke's bracelet - in progress

There’s now a new rule in my house (hey, it’s my house and I can make rules whenever I feel like it!):
The next person that buys my kids any sort of craft set is going to be held hostage at my house until they complete the craft with the kids!

Actually – I’m making some more rules (because I’m in a rule-making mood): if you buy my kids anything that requires adult assembly YOU NEED TO ASSEMBLE IT FOR THEM! And batteries? Please make sure you buy some to go with the toy. Thanks!

32 Week Midwife Apointment

So I haven’t really written much about this pregnancy at all. I guess that’s what happens when it’s the third one. It’s not that I haven’t been thinking about this baby (’cause trust me – I’ve been thinking about him/her nonstop for months!), or that I’m not excited about it – it’s just that this has been such an easy pregnancy. It’s been very uneventful, which when you’re pregnant is a good thing.

Today I had my 32 week midwife appointment. Can you believe I’m that far now? I have to go see my midwife every two weeks from now on. At my appointment we did the usual stuff: My midwife weighed me, took my blood pressure, measured my belly and listened to the baby’s heart beat on the doppler. Since I can feel the baby moving, and can tell my belly is getting larger (oh joy), I almost feel like these appointments are a waste of time. If my feet suddenly began swelling, or I didn’t feel the baby, I could warrant spending the time going to see her. I guess the biggest part is getting comfortable with her before I go into labor, though it’s not like my labors or deliveries have been that long or complicated. (Here’s Sierra’s birth story, and here’s Brooke’s birth story)

This is the EXACT position our baby is in.
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One of the most comforting things about my appointment was to find out that baby is sitting comfortably in a head down position – not engaged yet, but most definitely head down. Brooke was breach until a week before her birth, so she stressed me out something awful – I was completely afraid of having a c-section and was visiting the website almost daily to find exercises I could do to encourage her to turn. I guess they worked because one night I was kicked an insane amount, and at my next appointment she was no longer breach!

All in all it was a great appointment – things are going well, baby is growing and in 5-8 weeks we’ll get to meet a healthy happy new member of our household! I can’t wait!

Ze ol' belly is gettin' BIG!!!

Reviving Ze Ol’ Blog

Wow – it’s been a long time since I wrote here. I mean REALLY wrote here, yanno what I mean – spilled out my guts to you. I have a feeling that’s going to change very very soon. Baby #3 is due in 9 weeks. Which really means that in 6-8 weeks from now I can introduce the little critter growing inside of me that caused me to stop running two weeks ago (yes you read that right – I stopped running two weeks ago – totally wimped out and wasn’t able to run until the end). This also means I may actually have some time to think, or at least have some more interesting stories to tell you. Blogging about work is hardly entertaining – when I get home I don’t want to think about my day anymore.

So I plan on writing more for you (and me). Well ok, mostly for me ’cause I really like writing. And because I want to write more, I also thought I should freshen up the LOOK of this place. I’ve been searching for a theme to customize that I liked for quite a while now. My big thing is that I wanted my header image to rotate. I also wanted it to reflect all the different aspects of me – the mom, the runner, the NKOTB addict… The layout is done, but not the header images. OK – well the layout was the easy part. I moved a few bloggy friends off of blogspot (man I hate blogspot) and onto WordPress, and they both wanted the Atahualpa theme, so I got to play around with it and was rather impressed! So Voila – I’m a copy cat. But you knew that already didn’t you?

Because I haven’t written much lately, and I need to catch you up to speed I’m going to list all of my Janice news in point form…

  • I got new van (today!) a KIA Sedona in “Titanium Silver”
  • I’m on “vacation” this week
  • Sierra starts SENIOR Kindergarten next week
  • Brooke is fully potty trained!
  • Hubby hasn’t been travelling much for work – and I LOVE that!
    (Though it completely baffles me why his company’s HR dept. visits my blog every time he takes vacation)

Oh and since I haven’t posted in awhile, I thought I’d share this preggo belly pic of me with you:

Ze ol' belly is gettin' BIG!!!