Disney, Disney, and more Disney

Our second day was bit more of a smooth ride. I didn’t stand in the Frozen line for two hours and we had hit everything we wanted to so we just went for our favorites. Abby napped like a champ in the stroller. We ate tons of delicious, expensive food and best of all we got pictures with Tigger, Eyore, and Pooh Bear.

Complete heaven.

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Katelyn took her turn on the wild rides a few more times. We also took pictures with Pluto. It’s amazing how the girls will just run up to them but katelyn won’t even look at a person that talks to her.

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It was a great trip and worth every trouble. Hopefully next time we can go when everyone can participate.

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Disney—day one

Because of recent scares with my pregnancy, weren’t sure how good of an idea it was to go to DL. Our best decision was to stay right next to the park entrance. Though I never ended up going back to the hotel during the day, it was so nice not to have to wait for a shuttle or have a long walk home after a long day.

The days were long and my entire body ached about half way through but I made it without any contractions or need for major rest.

The highlight of the first day for the girls was their chance to meet Anna and Elsa from Frozen. Obsessed is an understatement. Lucky for us that’s not unusual for girls their age. Disney was kind enough to have the characters available for six hours, unlike the 30 minutes sessions the other characters have. But due to their popularity, wait time was two hours. So I stood in line while Devin kept the girls busy with rides.

For the 45 seconds they had with them they loved it. It was a bit of a stinker because they were in a dark room and I didn’t have much time to adjust the camera. Thank goodness for post processing.

Other than that, katelyn and Abby loved nearly every ride we went on. Standing in line was a bit of a learning curve for everyone but that comes with the territory.

Another highlight was the parade at the end of the day. Katelyn squealed and pointed at each character as they went by. (Thank you YouTube).

At the end of the day we were all exhausted. Katelyn zonked out on the way back to the hotel and Abby didn’t take too long to settle in bed.

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So much fun we just had to do it again…

Meanwhile…baby-mama drama

A slight bump in the road with the vacation post…waiting on pics.

So I’ll give you an update on all the baby drama.

Of my three pregnancies, this one definitely takes the cake. Though all complications seem to have been minor, there have been many. Too many, if you ask me.

Nausea was a peach this time around. By around week 10 I couldn’t take it anymore and asked for meds from the doc. They worked great…for the nausea. They also made me very sleepy so after about two weeks I gave up on that and resumed throwing up for a few more weeks.

Just before I hit trimester number two, I had some bleeding. Assured that it was somewhat common, I was sent home with a few ultrasound pics, suggestions to take it easy, and warning of an elevated but not high risk for miscarriage. Oh, and of course the standard jab for us lucky rH negative blood typers.

Nothing else came of that episode so it was business as usual a few weeks later.

Fast forward to 29 weeks we hit a bummer of a time. First, I had a wonderful experience at my checkup where I was moments away from passing out during a blood draw for the glucose test. Later that day, I suddenly had severe back pain. I’ve had issues for about 10 years but it had been that long since it was this severe. I couldn’t get up on my own. I crawled across the floor and up and down the stairs. I could barely move. Fortunately a friend stopped by and rescued me from my mothering duties by entertaining and feeding my girls after which she put Abby down for her nap and then took Katelyn for the afternoon.

Devin worked from home the next few days. I headed to the chiropractor, though I didn’t have much confidence in getting relief from the type of disk/nerve pain I had.

The next day I visited the chiropractor again. While the massage therapist was working on me, I started to have a hard time breathing (an issue I have throughout all my pregnancies). I told the MT that I needed to move from laying on my stomach to my side. She raised the table upright so I could move but that made me instantly feel faint and I couldn’t stand. She moved me to a chair and before I knew it the chiropractor, a nurse, and the clinic director/head doctor had me back on the table checking my vitals and asking questions. They said I passed out but I don’t think I was completely out. It was awesome.

That was a Friday. By late Saturday my back was significantly better. By Monday I was doing 99% of my regular doings. Thank goodness because when Tuesday evening rolled around, we got the icing on the cake.

I was sitting at a Relief Society activity, listening to the lesson when I suddenly had contractions. After ten minutes there were seven contractions. Some friends had me put my feet up and drink water but they kept coming. I headed home in a panic. After 45 minutes I had counted 16 contractions. We made arrangements for friends to take care of the girls and rushed to the hospital.

After fluids, antibiotics for a possible UTI, a jab and pill, and a long overnight stay, the contractions stopped and I was sent home with another “take it easy” order.

Since that time, I’ve had three more episodes of contractions with no apparent cause or threat of actual labor.

I’ve mentally prepared myself to be ready to go to the hospital for monitoring when the next contractions hit. Not looking forward to it.

Clearly I am done with this pregnancy. I know others have it much tougher but that doesn’t make it any easier on me.

The good news is I have no more than three weeks and a day to wait. Delivery is scheduled for April 17. It’s exciting, however I’m completely unsettled as I have always suspected baby brother will make a dramatic and early appearance.

Let my see

This is our favorite phrase Katelyn says at the moment. She often says my instead of me.
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Out littlest Munchkin is nearly four and a half. Since starting preschool last fall she has become her own little self. She’s a shy one and even those who know her well still may have not heard her talk.

She goes to school three days a week. Nearly every time it’s a struggle to drop her off. But, when I pick her up she is ten times happier than the days she doesn’t have school.

I don’t know for sure how much she participates at school. On days they do some sort of activity or performance for the parents she barely participates, if at all. Certainly frustrating for me but she seems to be getting something from it.

Just a few short weeks after starting school Katelyn became quite the talker at home. It’s amazing to see this fun change in her. Don’t get me wrong though. She still won’t talk to me 50% of the time and 99% of the time she won’t even look at another adult. Baby steps.

This girl recently shocked the socks off us during our trip to Disneyland. She’s always loved rides but when we went to Disneyland a year and a half ago, she didn’t like the small hills on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. This time around she screamed at the top of her lungs like a seasoned roller coaster rider and said she loved it. So Devin took her on Splash Mountain and she loved that, too! She went on that three times and even Space Mountain twice. Who is this child?!

I couldn’t possibly give you an update on katelyn without including her latest obsession–Frozen. On a whim Devin took her to see it during Christmas time and she loved it. Thanks to YouTube she watched songs, clips, toy reviews, and related craft tutorials over and over again. I broke down and made the girls dresses. I didn’t anticipate they would wear them everyday and should have picked more durable, easier care fabric. Live and learn.

In other news, we are finally making progress in keeping Munch in her bed at night. After nearly two years of sharing our bed with a teeth grinding fireball, we decided to get a twin mattress. This way we could lay, even sleep, with her in her bed. It’s worked well. At least every other night she doesn’t even come into our room. The other times she’s usually up once but content to be taken back to her bed. It’s lovely.

And since I’m still figuring out the app changes, you now get the rest of the pics I want to share. (Is there an easy way to insert them instead of just having them at the top or bottom? Gah, it wasn’t broken to begin with.)

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In a nutshell, she is still obsessed with blue, completely loyal to her original Pooh Bear, an excellent big sis and always our little Munchkin.

Get away while we still can

You’ve heard of a baby moon, right? A relaxing vacation before your world is turned up-side-down by a thing the size of a cat…
Well the girls are at such a fun age we just wanted to do something special with them before their world is rocked, too.
So we took a five day trip to Anaheim–the land of amusement parks, hotels and more mouse ears than any normal human can handle.
The ride down was surprising beautiful and we enjoyed every moment as the rain poured as we drove.
We spent our first day at an aquarium where much of our time was spent at the shark and jellyfish touch pools, looking for Dory and Nemo and getting as wet as possible from the play water features.

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