I thought I would do  a Hudson update since I haven't done one lately.  That, and when I am old and he wants to put me in a nursing home, I can remind him that I didn't put him up for adoption when most moms would.  I kid.  My mom asked me this morning "what are you going to do when there are two of Hudson?"  I replied "I guess they will be into everything together."  She said maybe Sullivan will be calmer.  Doubtful.  He will be a boy.  I can't wait for the craziness!  If I went through and listed the things he does it would be never ending.  On a day to day basis he does the following....usually multiple times each.

Hudson is a a boy through and through.  He loves cars, tractors, trains, dirt, climbing, and he thinks its hysterical when he burps or farts.

He is really into taking his diaper off.  It is extra special when he has pooped.....and I step in it.  Yep.  That has happened.  I can't decide if he is ready to start potty training, or really loves playing with his "thing."  As I have mentioned before I come from a family of girls, so this whole "playing with the peter" thing is new to me.  He loves it.  Typical man.  I can only imagine it will get worse the older he gets.  I can't fathom trying to start potty training two months before I have a newborn, so I think we will let that sleeping dog lie for a little while.

He loves trying to get in the oven.  There really should be a locking mechanism on those things.

He climbs on EVERYTHING.  It is a constant battle to keep him out of the cabinets.  I am so surprised we have not made a trip to the ER for a broken bone.  Knock on wood.

The tantrums.  Oh the tantrums.  My advice: Just walk away.

I am convinced he is Houdini.  He can open any door, lock, and medicine bottle.  It is scary.

He is still an erratic sleeper.  Sometimes he will pass out before 7, and sometimes he is up past 10.  He will sing, dance, jump, and drag out every toy in his room to fight sleep.  I would say 75% of the time I end up having to spank him to keep him in bed, and he will cry himself to sleep.  He always goes to sleep in his bed, and ends up in our bed at some point in the night.  This past weekend I cleaned his room out, rearranged the furniture, turned his bed back into a crib, and put in his new toddler bed.  I thought the excitement over a  new bed would make him want to sleep in it.  I haven't been able to keep him out of the crib.  Mark my word.  If it kills me, I will have Sullivan on a sleep schedule.  I am not sure if it will work, because I firmly believe some kids are not big sleepers, but I will go down trying.  I was not as diligent with Hudson, and it may have made a difference.  Oh the mistakes we make with the first child.

He is so stubborn.  If I hear him say "no" when I tell him to do something once a day, I hear it a million.  It is usually followed by a power struggle.  I refuse to be controlled by a two year old. Nor will I have a defiant child.

He gets spankings....a lot.  I don't even care to hear everyone's opinions on this.  To each their own.  That is what Hudson responds to better than anything.  Again, I will not have a defiant child.  Nor will I be on Dr. Phil one day crying my eyes out because my teenager beats me, and I can't understand why.  You better get a grip on that nonsense early.  It is not cute.

Going out to dinner is still not an option.  We occasionally torture ourselves, and venture out.  We are quickly reminded why we stay in as Hudson tries to climb over the seat, and join the people behind us for dinner. Never fails, we have a grump sitting behind us.

One of his favorite things to do is run through the house with his Thomas riding toy, and run it into the wall as hard as he can.  Now I know why my mom says you can't have anything nice until your kids are grown.

If it can be poured/dumped out, he manages to get his hands on it.  The fridge is another thing that should come with locks.

He would rather run, jump, climb, or wrestle than play with his toys any day. I cannot wait until we can start playing outside in the afternoons.

Moral of the story:  This age is HARD.  It will test you more than you have ever been tested. I literally cannot turn my head for one second.   There are days I have to physically restrain from putting my hands around his neck.  However, I know this too shall pass.  I just keep telling myself all this work will pay off when we hopefully have a well rounded, well behaved, respectful little boy.

By no means does this mean that I love my child any less.  I am just being honest.  I would not have it any other way.  That little boy has enough personality for three kids.

In the midst of his wildness he is the sweetest little boy.  He wants to give me hugs and kisses all the time.  He loves to curl up with me and watch tv.  It makes all of the hardship worth it.  I know that no matter how many times I have to raise my voice or spank, he will never stop loving me.

Bring on the crazy party of FOUR!


30 Weeks

We are trucking right along!  I have felt really blah this week,and had zero energy.  I have been pretty nauseous, and only made it to the gym twice.  I was telling a friend I feel like pregnancy is finally slowing me down.  Hopefully this will pass soon, and we can fly through these next two months.

Weight:  As of my dr appt yesterday I have gained 18 lbs.  I feel like I have been a bottomless pit lately, and eat non stop.

Sleep:  Like a champ!  I can definitely tell a difference on the days I work out, I sleep so much better.

Food/Eating: As I said, i have been eating non stop.  I have to drink chocolate milk every single night before I go to bed.  I did the same thing with Hudson.  I have also been on a oatmeal kick.  

Movement:  Whoa does he move!  Luke could not get over it the other night just watching him without even touching.  He rarely stops moving, and I wonder if he ever sleeps in there.  I am praying he is going to be my "easy" baby, so I hope he sleeps when he comes out. 

What I miss:  Energy.  Not having to modify everything at the gym.  WINE.  Feeling good about myself.  Everyone is in "New Year" get healthy mode, and I just keep getting bigger. 

Looking Forward To:  Getting things ready for him.....finally.  I ordered Hudson's toddler bed today.  We are going to be transforming Hudson's room into Hudson and Sullivan's room in the next few weeks.  I am excited to get some things done, and some organizing done.  I made a list of things I want done around the house before he arrives, and we are starting on it this weekend.  I feel nesting coming on. 

My Doctor gave me this yesterday, and it set off a little bit of panic.  This is getting real.  I have been really worrying about labor/delivery lately.  If you all remember I had such an easy delivery with Hudson.   I am so worried it is going to go the opposite this time.  

Here we are this week.  


28 Weeks.

I have totally slacked on Sullivan updates.  I blame it on the fact that this pregnancy is FLYING by.  I can't believe I am in my third trimester.  My little man will be here before we know it, and I can't wait to hold him.

Weight:  As of my appointment yesterday I have gained 15 lbs.  I am still doing boot camp at least three days a a week.  I really need to incorporate more walking to prepare for labor.  I haven't ran since the turkey trot on Thanksgiving day.  I am hoping to walk at least 30 minutes a day 3 days a week.  

Sleep: Before last night my sleeping has been terrible!  I am up at least three times at night, and restless. Hudson has been cutting two year molars, and it is hell.  He ends up in our bed most nights...sideways.  Last night was the first night we all slept through the night in I can't tell you how long.  It was glorious.   Hudson and I have been sick as well.  We have some sort of virus, and it has not been fun.  

Food/Eating: Eh, nothing too exciting here.  With the holidays my diet has not been great.  I am going to be a lot better about meal planning, and cooking once the dust settles.  I crave chocolate milk, grapefruit, and cereal.  I need to get better with my water intake as well.  

Movement: He is a mover.  He moves non stop, and he is a strong little booger.  I "feel" like his bigger than Hudson was by his movements.  He  hates for anything to touch my stomach.  Hudson sits in my lap at night, and Sullivan is kicking him.  The brotherly love has already started :).  

Gender:  I am going to be overtaken with boys in three months.  Sullivan got a few things for Christmas, and it is so hard to imagine I am going to have a baby small enough to fit in some of the clothes.  I am so looking forward to having a baby again.  I am just about over toddler drama. 

What I miss:  Medicine.  I have been feeling like crap, and I just wish I could take some strong meds, and knock it out.  Other than that I am feeling great!  I really don't even feel like I am in my third trimester.  I know I have about 6 more weeks to soak it up, and then I will start feeling really pregnant.  

Here we are on NYE.  The one time I actually had someone take a pic, and Luke cuts my head off. 

I have not done anything to prepare for this baby, and I should probably be stressed out.  I have been so much more laid back this time around.  I said once to the holidays are over I am going to get down to business.  I plan on purging my house, and doing some major organizing to make room for Sullivan.  We are already cramped in our house, but I did not want to stress over buying a bigger house before he gets here.  In the meantime, we are going to be REALLY close.