Monday, January 31, 2011

Fun in the Snow!

Frederick County seems to have missed out on every major snow event of this winter. There have been two major Nor'Easters to hit the East Coast since December 26th and both of them missed DC while dumping over two feet of snow on New Jersey, New York, and New England. But last week, Frederick got 8.2" of snow and we did not miss the opportunity to take Alaina tubing. We took her to a hill in our neighborhood and we sent her on the ride of her life. There was a coating of ice atop the snow so her snowtube took off down the hill and Rob had to literally sprint after it just to catch her. I think this freaked Alaina out because after this one (and only) run, she was done! She didn't want anything else to do with tubing. Instead, she wanted to go home and build a snowman. Here are some pictures from our snow adventure:

1st Dentist Appointment

Alaina had her 1st dentist appointment in January and it went just as well as I thought it would -- HORRIBLY! I took her to the Pediatric Dental Center in Frederick and it was jam-packed full of children and was quite overwhelming. Even the exam room in the back was a large, open room with no privacy. Crying children were everywhere. Needless to say, we won't be taking her to that place again. We have found a family dentist based on the recommendation of a good friend of ours and we're hoping for a better experience this summer. The good news is that Alaina's teeth looked great and she had no cavities!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Baby Boy's name

I'm happy to report that Rob & I have finally decided on a name for our son! It only took us 9 weeks of discussion to figure out what we should name him. The good news is that Alaina has already learned how to say his name and has been pointing to my belly and saying his name. So cute! Can't wait to share his name with you all when he is born in March.

Monday, January 3, 2011

29 weeks and counting!

I'm happy to report that the 3rd trimester is here and I have only 11 weeks (or less!) to go until we get to meet our baby boy! It always amazes me how quickly the 40 weeks of pregnancy pass. Seems like we had just found out that we were expecting a baby and now he'll be here in a matter of weeks. Unreal!

I am in full nesting mode and am busily preparing the guest bedroom for Alaina's big move. After she's been moved into her new bedroom, I can then concentrate on getting the nursery ready for her little brother (the toddler bed needs to be converted back into a crib, his clothes need to be washed & hung up, all of Alaina's pink blankies & clothes need to be moved into her new bedroom, etc.).

We are planning to move the furniture out of the guest bedroom tonight so that we can paint the room this weekend. Next Saturday we're moving Alaina's big girl bed & dresser into her new room. The furniture she'll be using had been my bedroom suite as a child but I'm debating on whether or not to paint it. It's in such good condition that I almost hate to paint it white but white furniture would definitely look better with the rose-themed bed linens. Decisions decisions.

And then there is the whole pesky issue of picking out the baby's name. We still haven't decided on a name for our little boy but I'm hoping we can do this soon because I'm getting really tired of calling him "Baby Boy." It will be nice to associate a name with the little guy who is kicking the crap out of my stomach. :)

Speaking of stomach, here are some belly pictures. Don't laugh too hard!
20 weeks

28 weeks

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year! Ours was quiet -- Alaina wasn't feeling well so we had to cancel plans with friends of ours and we ended up just staying home and relaxing. But I will say there is something very calm and relaxing about watching the ball drop with your hubby while lounging around in your pajamas.

New Year's Day was full of the traditions I've come to love over the years: the Tournament of Roses Parade, Penn State football, and a family dinner. My mother hosted the annual Lucas Family New Year's Day dinner and it went quite well. Mom & Dad served the traditional pork & sauerkraut, baked corn, and dinner rolls. Cindy & Bill provided the mashed potatoes and creamed grapes. Rob & I brought homemade applesauce, a tirimisu trifle, and rum cake. I'm not at all biased when I say that Rob's rum cake was d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s.

As for New Years resolutions, I only believe in making ones I can actually keep. So the tired resolution to "lose weight" is fantastic but not realisitic until after the baby is born because who are we kidding?? I won't be losing any weight during the 3rd trimester! But you'd better believe that I'll be hitting my diet & exercise program hard in April after the baby is born!

I believe I will resolve this year to blog more than I did in 2010. I blogged 16 times in 2009 and 33 times in 2010. Double! Will I be able to blog more than 33 times this year? That remains to be seen but I'm sure willing to give it a shot.