Thursday, April 30, 2009

Talking Baby Names

Today is (hopefully) the last day to share the baby names that we are thinking about since the big ultrasound is tomorrow. By tomorrow evening, I hope my baby has a name that I can begin calling him/her.

When I was pregnant with Aiden, I looked through baby name books. I searched the Internet. I thought about names from the moment I found out that I was pregnant. Matt really wanted to give our baby an Irish name which brought me to spending hours looking through Irish baby name websites and daydreaming about our future baby. We decided on Aiden for a boy and Kylee (spelled this way because both my mom' s and his dad's middle name is Lee) for a girl. Once we found out we were having a boy, I told everyone what his name was going to be and I started calling the baby by name when I would talk to him. Then the day Aiden was born, Matt wanted to change the name we had decided on! Needless to say, it didn't happen! Not after all that bonding...

So when we found out that we were expecting this little one, I decided I would let Matt pick out the name (unless he chose something that I absolutely couldn't stand!). Matt is an avid reader and he chose names for the baby from a couple of books that he liked. I had no idea that he was such a big fan of J.D. Salinger, but these names come from two different books by this author! So, the names are:

For a boy: Holden Thomas (Holden is from Catcher in the Rye). When we told Aiden this name, he said, "How about Percy or James?" He thought the middle name was after Thomas the train! I thought that was so funny!

For a girl: Zoey Belle (From Franny and Zooey). Matt really wants to spell this name Zooey. And I have seen it spelt like that before, but I just don't want people to call her Zoo-E. I finally made the argument this evening that Matt will hardly ever write this name and I will write it all the time. He finally said it didn't really matter to him. And I had one other issue with this name. I think it's a super cute name and it's really popular right now, but I have a bloggy friend who has a daughter named Zoey and I didn't want to be a name stealer! But Matt convinced me that it was OK. LOL

So, those are our names!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

An Afternoon Catching Caterpillars

The other day when we were collecting items for our Earth Day collage, Aiden found a caterpillar. He was fascinated by it and carried it around for about five minutes. So when we were outside this afternoon, I happily pointed out one lone caterpillar crawling on the sidewalk. Little did I know what this would turn in to!

He LOVES it!

Aiden played with that one caterpillar for ten minutes. Trying to make it crawl up sticks and down the hill. Then he screamed excitedly because he found another one. And another one. And yet another.... Apparently, we interrupted a caterpillar fest!

I finally got a box because he was accidentally smashing some of them when he jumped up to collect another one...

"Don't worry! I got it, Mommy!"

Of course, it was my job to guard the box while he was off collecting more. He gave me a little stick so I could push them back into the box when they crawled up! We ended up playing with these caterpillars for almost an hour and a half. Fun times!

Baby Dreams

I've been thinking a lot about the baby lately. Probably because

1. I have my ultrasound on Friday.
2. It's now obvious that I'm pregnant. (No one has to wonder now if I'm pregnant or I've had a few too many pieces of chocolate cake!)
3. I've been feeling tons of movement. Matt actually got to feel the baby kick a week ago for the first time. (I can't wait until the kicks are more obvious so that Aiden can feel. I'm really interested in his reaction)
4. Aiden has been telling everyone that will listen that there is a baby in mommy's tummy. He has started to get really excited about having a baby and has been telling us all of the things that he is going to teach his baby!

So, it probably makes sense that I would have baby dreams too. There was a discussion on the September 2009 board on BBC about how accurate your dreams were in predicting the baby's gender. Most of them were right on! But I'm not so sure about mine...

When I was pregnant with Aiden, I dreamed about the baby frequently. However, in my dream the baby was a girl with dark wavy hair like Matt. (She was always a toddler for some reason!) So not only was my baby a boy; he also has super straight blonde hair! Well, this time my baby dreams consist of a little girl with blonde hair. It makes me wonder... Do I have a dark haired little boy in my future?! Guess I will have to wait and see!

Monday, April 27, 2009

20 weeks~ the halfway point!

I'm 20 weeks today! It's actually a little more than halfway there for me since I will have to have a repeat c-section. My big ultrasound is Friday and I am so excited! I know all that matters is the baby's health, but I really hope it cooperates so we can find out if it's a boy or girl! (I'm really thinking boy now...) Matt really wants a boy, but I really will be happy either way. Lately, when anyone asks what I would like to have I've been saying, "I would really like to have a girl, but I would really like to have a boy too." I would like to have a little girl to do girly things with and have a relationship similar to the one I have with my mom, but I just adore having a little boy so much that I think it would be wonderful to have another one! So I'm going to be excited either way!

Anyways.... Here are some 20 weeks baby bump pictures!

Aiden tried really hard to be in all of the pictures!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Sunday Funnies~ Words from Aiden

It was an absolutely beautiful weekend. Very sunny and in the mid 80's. Unfortunately, my little guy was sick the entire time... Throwing up and a fever. This was the first time since he was a baby that he has thrown up. He was absolutely miserable. He clung to me and kept saying, "Mommy. Mommy. Mommy." over and over. Poor baby! He is starting to feel better though. But we still might be making a trip to the doctor's office tomorrow.

Since we haven't had a very fun weekend, I've decided to share some more Aiden funnies. I carry a notebook around with me just in case he says something I find funny and I jot it down. I want him to be able to look back and laugh at the things he said when he was little!

A vocabulary lesson:
I told Aiden that he was my son. He got really upset and told me that he was not my son. (He was obviously thinking sun). I tried to explain the concept of daughter and son, but he couldn't quite grasp it. I finished the conversation by saying, "So, you're my son." He said, "Don't talk to me like that! I'm not a sun, I'm a boy!"

I'm not wearing that:

Aiden is in between sizes right now. He needs a 3T in jeans for the length, but they are way too big in the waist. I just bought him a pair of 3T jeans and put them on him to wear to preschool. They were a little big and kept sliding down a bit and he would just pull them back up. Finally, at 4:30,he said, "I am not going to wear these pants all day. They have been bothering me all day long!" It cracks me up that he is talking like such a big boy!

Being Bossy:

Aiden and I were watching a Little Einstein's movie when he told me that he needed to use the potty. Normally, I pause the DVD when we leave the room, but I forgot to tonight. When we finally made it back to the living room, Aiden noticed that the movie was almost over. He said, "That one needs to be rewind, Mister!"

I'm doing what?!:

Whenever I tell Aiden to do something that he doesn't like, he says, "Mommy, you're messing up my name!" I have no idea where that came from or what exactly he means by it, but he has been saying it all the time lately!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Just Another Day at the Park

Today was an absolutely gorgeous day! 75 degrees and not a cloud in the sky! So as soon as I picked Aiden up from preschool, we headed outside. Aiden LOVES the park and we spent over 3 hours there this afternoon! I was so proud of him, he didn't cling to my legs (at all!) and he played with the other children. And he rode all over the place on his big wheel. He has really learned how to steer and just started pedaling today! He also shared his big wheel with the other kids. He wasn't sure about this one at first. But once I assured him that they wouldn't take his bike home, he was fine.

Aiden loves the swings. He asks me to push him "really high".

And he is a really impressive climber. He can climb anything!
He asked me to take this picture!

We had a great day! And as long as it's nice we're headed back to the park tomorrow. It's going to be a fun summer!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Dirt, Worms, & an Earth-y Collage

I decided last night that I was going to let Aiden do a super messy and fun Earth Day activity today. And it was a little messy, but it went great! I really thought about taking him around the neighborhood and picking up litter, but I think he still might be a little young for that. I can just see what that could lead to! Every where we went, I would have to worry about his dirty hands! Anyway....

This morning I told Aiden that we were going to make a special snack. When I told him that it was going to be dirt and worms, he wasn't much for the idea! He said, "Eww! That will be dirty!" When I explained the gummy worms, he was so excited. He loves all things gummy.

Jello pudding, cookies, and gummy worms

I let him crunch up the cookies with his hammer. He thought that was something!

When he saw the milk, his eyes got huge. He said, "I get to pour it in there?!"

Adding the worms

Throwing some dry dirt on top!

He was doing his crazy fake smile and I told him, "Don't smile. Just look at me like you love me!"

He enjoyed making the snack, but didn't want to eat it. He took a bite and said that it was good but he didn't want any more. He really isn't a big chocolate fan (just like Daddy). He prefers other candy like Skittles, gummies, lollipops, and smarties (Blah!). He wouldn't even eat the gummy worms (even after I wiped them off) because they were "dirty"! No chocolate covered gummy worms for my little boy!

After snack, we were ready to do our Earth collage. We went outside and collected any nature thing that Aiden decided to put in the box. We got twigs, rocks, flowers, grass, leaves, and blossoms from trees.

While looking for items for the box, Aiden found a caterpillar and carried it around for the remainder of our search. He loved it!

I then gave him three containers of earth items: dirt, sand, and salt

He used a glue stick to cover his construction paper

Then I told him to put some salt, sand, and dirt on the glue. Instead of getting it out with his fingers, he decided to pour out every bowl on his paper...

It really wasn't that messy though. I shook off the excess over the trash can

Then we used school glue to glue on the heavier items

Tada! A very cute collage!

I think Aiden had a pretty fun Earth Day!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

An Early Earth Day Activity

My grandma is leaving tomorrow morning for Germany. She will be gone for an entire month! So there's going to be a lot of Mommy and Aiden time! That means, I am going to have to come up with a ton of activities!

Since tomorrow is Earth Day, I thought we would go ahead and start "celebrating" a little early. I read something today saying that children in his age group should not be taught about Earth Day because they are too young to understand it. I have to say, I disagree. Aiden knows that littering is not good~ and that's a start!

Before beginning our activity, I told Aiden that everyone lives on the planet Earth and then I showed him a picture of the Earth and asked him what colors it was. I kept it simple. I told him that the blue was water and the green was land and that the Earth was made up mostly of water. Then we were ready to begin...

Painting the water

We used a sponge to add some land

A medicine dropper to add some mountains... Using that medicine dropper was hard work!

This activity is meant to be done by two children. One is supposed to do the green and the other is supposed to do the brown. The two circles are then pressed together to make the Earth!

Aiden with his "mountain" circle and "land" circle

Pressing them together

The final product. I think they turned out pretty cute!

And look there's even one for Grandma!