Well, the day has come, it's Halloween! We had a fun filled day here in the Sauer household. Earlier today, Annika and I made cookies. She had fun dumping all of the ingredients into the bowl, but enjoyed licking the beaters even more! Then we did a pumpkin art project. When Brian got home, we got the girls dressed in their costumes and I took them trick or treating! Here are a few pics of the girls. They are sooooo darn cute in their costumes.
I saw this on Leslie's blog and wanted to do it, more for me, but you can enjoy too!
A little survey about my first born.
1. were you married at the time? yes. 2. what were your reactions? Holy crap, this is for real! 3. how old were you? 25 4. how did you find out you were pregnant? I took a test in the evening, then again in the morning, then another right after. 5. who did you tell first? Brian 6. did you want to find out the sex? Ummm, yeah! I'm really impatient. 7. did you deliver early or late? 1 week early 8. did you have morning sickness? Not really, just a week or two of evening sickness 9. what did you crave? Ummmm, everything with sugar in it! 10. who irritated you the most? I didn't get really irritated at all, I was a happy preggo. 11. what was your first child's sex? Girl 12. how many pounds did you gain throughout the pregnancy? 50lbs! I was huge and disgusting! I retained so much water! 13. did you have any complications during your pregnancy? Nope 14. where did you give birth? St. John's Hospital 15. how many hours were you in labor? None 16. who drove you to the hospital? Brian 17. who watched? Brian and some doctors and nurses 18. was it natural or c-section? C-section, planned 19. did you take medicine to ease the pain? Uh yes, I had surgery! 20. how much did your child weigh? 8 lbs 8 oz, big girl with pretty red hair! 21. did your child have any complications? No, she was perfect! 22. what did you name him/her? Annika Leigh 23. how old is your first born today? 27 months
It's fun to reminisce about my first birthing experience. It was really very amazing and I'm so nostalgic about it still. I actually look forward to doing it again!
Oh, I feel so terrible today. All day, Bianca has been just fussy as can be, I mean I was about to lose it at dinner. Then, during one of her hysterical fits of screaming, I noticed the whites of her 2 bottom teeth making their way through. Ohhhh, did I feel horrible about being so impatient with her today. On top of her poor teeth, she smacked her cheek and has a bad bruise. Poor thing. So take a look at one of the last toothless smiles our sweet angel will ever have...
This is a picture of her on Sarge, he was so patient with her, more than I can say for myself... Check out this picture too. She was enjoying her dinner last night and got quite messy!
So, today was filled with dealing with crabby girls, they woke up mighty early and were both down for naps by 9:30! Crazy. Once they got up, we made some Pilsbury cookie cutouts, pumpkin shaped. Annika had fun! Here she is helping:
And here she is with the ready to cook product:
And finally, enjoying the cookie dough:
Then later, we carved our pumpkins. Here is one of mommy and the girls:
And here's one with daddy, Annika's doing the carving:
I will post pics of the actual pumpkins when we get them lit! Have a great weekend everyone.
Hey everyone! I just wanted to thank you all for the overwhelming response for my TFT post. I truly loved reading each and every comment and thank you for your honesty. Conception, pregnancy and child-rearing can be such touchy and controversial topics and I applaud all of you who shared your experiences and opinions in such a tactful nature.
One comment that I wanted to touch on was by Nicole. She stated: "Here's one for you: I have noticed that when a couple has two or more children of the same gender, no one even bats an eye when the idea of having a third child comes up - afterall, why wouldn't they want to try for a child of the opposite gender? In our case, we have a child of each gender - when the topic of having a third comes up, people don't understand why we would even consider it . . . we already have one of each. We also get a lot of, "Wow - you are so lucky to have one of each!" Calling it lucky just seems so weird to me - we are tremendously blessed to have two happy and healthy children - their gender has nothing to do with it. Very thought provoking!"
Nicole, I love that you caught on to this trend. Since I have 2 girls, people automatically assume that we are having this third simply to add a boy to our lives. That is the most absurd thing I have ever heard. I'm not having this baby simply because we are hoping for a boy. We've always wanted 3 children, girl or boy. Now you on the other hand, people assume your family is complete because you have one of each. Maybe that's the case for someone else, but maybe you have always planned to have 3, or 4 or even 5! Well, you are simply crazy to the general public in that case!
Ok, I would like to end this with another THANK YOU! This all came up because I have my ultrasound in 3 weeks. Honestly, I don't even have a thought about what this baby is, all I really care about at this point is my chance to see this baby again and know that he/she is healthy. I will keep you all posted as to what this baby is!
Well, with so many women around me who are pregnant, I've really begun to think about why all of us crazy preggers have a gender preference for our unborn child. Why are we so consumed with what we have? Shouldn't we be praying for a healthy, plump baby rather than a girl or a boy?
Ok, so I am totally guilty of this. With Annika, I flat out said that I wanted a girl, and would most likely have been dissappointed if it were a boy. I wasn't concerned that my child would be healthy, that was a given. I guess I was naive. With Bianca, I secretely hoped for a girl. I was so in love with my little girl that I would have loved to give her a sister to play with. Did I love Annika because she was a girl? No. I loved Annika because she was perfect. She was happy, healthy, smart, funny, etc... I could only hope for the same for my 2nd child. Low and behold, we were having a girl, and I felt triumphant for willing this child to be a daughter.
Now, on to number 3. So, given that we have 2 beautiful daughters, Brian and I are sort of secretely hoping for a boy. However, apparently after 2 girls, we have a 70% chance of having another girl. Which, of course we would be more than thrilled to have. I would love to know what it's like to have a boy, watch him do "boy things", let Brian coach his football team, and wear his pin with his picture on it to his games. But, that being said, I love the girly stuff. The pinks and purples, the curly long hair, the beautiful blue eyes and rosy red lips. We have such beautiful children and they will grow up to be beautiful women.
This time around, I was more terrified that my baby wouldn't have a heartbeat, or that he/she would be sick in some way. I'm not nearly as anxious for the upcoming ultrasound, because really, gender doesn't matter to me. I want my baby to be healthy and I want him/her to make it here safely. Don't get me wrong, I can't wait to find out what we are having, but honestly, whatever we have I will be happy. We won't be having a 4th child, so whatever it is, it is. That's it. If it's not a boy, well then we weren't meant to have a boy. This child was given to us as a gift and will be treated that way. I am so lucky to have the ability to concieve and give birth to healthy babies, I feel blessed for the 2 that I have. They would be amazing if they were boys too!
What do you all think of this? I know many people who have trouble conceiving and are thankful when they hold their little child, regardless of gender. Do you think it's ok to hope for one gender or another? Is it appalling to know that people could be dissappointed if they didn't get what they hoped for?
Well, first off, I don't think it's appalling that people feel dissappointment. I think it is a natural response when you envision something, and it doesn't turn out exactly that way. I also think that you'd be lying if you said that you never once cared about what you have, because at some point in time, you had a vision in your head. Maybe you never said it out loud, or let it guide your feelings. Once you pass that 12 week hump, where things are scary, I'm sure you felt a preference. Believe me, I do it everyday. Some days I say I'd like another girl, some days I say I'd love a boy. But really, even though I say these things, the root of it all is that I just want my baby, here and healthy. I truly hope I don't offend anyone with this, because I am not criticizing anyone, I am just thinking out loud and wondering how others feel. I value an honest person and if you can admit to what I have today, great! If you feel disgusted by my thoughts, that's ok too!
Well, since my computer has been down and we've been so busy, I've had little to know time to update all of you. We have a few firsts to share. On Saturday morning, Annika used the potty for the first time. I never thought watching my daughter pee in the toilet could choke me up, but it did and I'm sure it will many more times! Check out our big girl!
Next up, we have some firsts for Bianca. Her first "word" was spoken on Thursday of last week, it is BaBaBaBaBa. It's pretty darn cute because she says it with such conviction. Then last night, she said Mama. She was freaking out in her crib, and started crying mamamamama. My heart just about broke into two pieces, she was so upset, and all she wanted was me. She is also standing on everything! It's funny to watch and she's getting really good at it!
Alright, now for the weekend's festivities. Brian and I took the girls to Aamott's Apple Farm on Saturday afternoon. It was a gorgeous day here and the girls had fun. Annika got to ride on a pony.
It was pretty darn cute. Then she climbed on an old tractor. She loved that.
Here are some more pics of the day.
Well, that's about it for now. We had a party with our neighbors on Sunday, but that will have to be another post. Until next time!
Ok, so my TFT is on technology and our increasing dependence on "it". So, the recent "crapping out" of my computer has prompted this thought. I haven't had internet for 2 whole days! I tell ya, it's been hard, really hard. I feel like if I'm not connected in some manner with the world wide web, I'm missing a lot of what's going on. I haven't been able to read blogs or post, read my email, read the news, check the weather, upload pictures, etc. You get my jist. I was completely freaking out too, since I thought I lost 5 years worth of pictures, yet another downside of technology. I mean, you never really "lost" those printed pics from the good ole 35mm camera now did ya?
Ok, so my question to you is this: Can you live without your computer, internet, cell phone, tv, tivo, etc for more than one day? Believe me, I can't. It sucks. I like being connected in all senses. I love being just a click away, and I love that you are just a click away. It's easy and convenient. What the hell did we do before all of this?
I guess we wrote letters and had coffee... Hmmmm, something to think about.
To ME!!! Today I turned 28! We started celebrating on Saturday night with my family. My parent's made homemade Chinese food. It was tasty. Here is a picture of my sister and B. Too cute.
It was a pretty mellow, low-key day. The girls woke up at their usual times, so no sleeping in for me. But, they were good today, so that's great. We played, and later on went to lunch with my mom. Then B and I came home and took a good nap. Brian decided to come home a little early and brought Panera so that I didn't have to cook. It was tasty. All in all it was a pretty good birthday. Check out the fantastic gift my neighbor dropped off:
She made homemade cookies, chocolate covered strawberries and added some candy to the mix! How cute and creative. Thanks Lisa for being so thoughtful! It was very sweet (literally)!
On Sunday, we had brunch with Brian's family. It was tasty! We watched a little football, then headed home and had homemade pizza for dinner, even tastier!
On Friday, Brian and I are going to go out for dinner, without the ladies! I'm excited to have an "adult" night and eat good food!
I feel like so much has happened in the past 28 years that I can really be proud of. I married a wonderful man and have had 2 beautiful girls, and will have one more little baby in my short 28 years of life. What an amazing way to start the first 1/3 of my life!
I want to end this with this picture. It's too cute!
Oh, and I also want to mention the great collage that Kristi made me, go check it out! It's a "Michelle Montage".