Saturday, July 30, 2011

S is for Spencer

We started the letter S off by putting smiley face stickers on a big S. Spencer absolutely loved this project since stinkers are one of his favorite things in the whole world. Once he got sick of putting the stickers on the S, he decided he wanted to play the Pin the Stickers On My Body Parts game. We used to play this when he was just learning his body parts.

Our next project was to learn Spencer's name. I wrote his name on a piece of paper and then he decorated it with letter stickers. For fun he got to color on the paper and put other stickers on, too.
I stole our next activity from another SAHM (thanks, Autumn!!) and it was a lot of fun. Watch the slideshow I put together of Spencer taking a spaghetti bath.

He really enjoyed long as the spaghetti was not touching any part of his body. He was very neat during the whole activity, and didn't even think of throwing the noodles until I showed him how to.

Our field trip this week was to Lake City to see the sail boats on Lake Pepin. Spencer loved seeing all the boats and the ducks. Afterward we ate at a small hometown cafe that has the most delicious food! Spencer enjoyed a chocolate chip cookie that came with his kid's meal, and would only share a few small bites with Mommy. Here are a few pictures from our excursion.

Waving at the water.

Admiring the sail boats.

A little update on the pregnancy front: I had my glucose test this week. Of course I failed the initial one, just like I did with Spencer, so I had to go back and take the three hour test. I've come to realize it really isn't named properly. I was at the clinic for nearly 4 hours!! I even experienced my first clinic fire drill during my visit there. Thankfully I passed the glucose test and do not have to worry about gestational diabetes. I am very relieved to know that I can still eat all the yummy things that I love so much! Besides the brief diabetes scare, my prenatal appointment went well. The baby measures right on track at 27 inches. He weighs about 2 1/4 pounds. I guess he can also open and close his eyes. His movements are much more noticeable these days as well. He will physically move objects that are on my belly, like a remote, for instance. It's a neat thing to witness, but I do not enjoy it when he uses my bladder as a kicking or punching bag! At 28 weeks, I am now on the home stretch: the third trimester!! I'll be seeing the doctor every 2 weeks now. And very soon I will be meeting my beautiful baby boy!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Roaring for R

This week is the letter R. We started by gluing ribbons onto an R. This was a bit challenging for Spencer, so I did most of the gluing.

Next we made a rainbow out of his hands. He had more fun playing with the paper scraps than actually assembling the rainbow.
Our last R activity was a field trick on the river with Daddy. Sadly, it was our first time out on the boat all summer! We had fun playing in the sand, but Spenc was uninterested in actually swimming. We had a nice picnic supper in the boat. Enjoy the pictures and video!

Don't laugh at my big, white belly!

The little baby keeps on growing. He is approximately 2 pounds and 14 1/2 inches in length. He has periods where he is very active (usually at night when I'm relaxing and after I've eaten my nightly sugar-filled snack) and times where he must be sound asleep or chillin' in the Mommy Hotel. My friend reminded me just last night that I only have three months left!!!
27 weeks.

Friday, July 15, 2011

What the heck do you do for the letter Q?

Q really stumped me, I'm not going to lie. I had a lot of trouble even conjuring up the ambition to focus on this letter because of my lack of ideas. Thanks to my husband and friend, Ann, for supplying some Q words for me.

We started by using scratch pieces of scrapbook paper to make a quilt on a funny looking Q. (Not only is Q a hard letter to formulate activities for, but it's also hard to draw!) Spencer was in glue stick heaven. As soon as he saw the art supplies come out, he got really excited and starting saying, "E, E." This told me two things: (1) It's been a while since our last project, and (2) He's mastered the letter E.

Our only other project was to paint with Q-tips. Spencer's first instinct when he saw the Q-tips was to put it in his ear. He didn't enjoy this project as much as I thought he would.
This week we started swim lessons at the local aquatic center. Last winter we did swim lessons at the Y and Spencer was a fish! He loved them. This time around he is a bit less enthusiastic. I am not sure if it's because we are in an outside pool, rain or shine (and it's been kind of cold!). Or if it's because lessons at the Y were completely in the deep end where Mommy or Daddy were always holding onto him, whereas now we are in the shallow end of a big pool where he isn't always being held by Mommy. Or it could also have something to do with his not-so-new stage where he's suddenly more sensitive to things he previously didn't care about. He often clings to me in the pool and will squeal when the instructor or I ask him to do something, like kick his legs or float on his back.

At 26 weeks my baby is about 14 inches long and 1 2/3 pounds. We are trying to prepare Spencer for the arrival of his brother. I think he somewhat understands. I bought a newborn onesie at Target the other day and told Spencer it was for the baby. Later that night I told Spencer to show Daddy what we got. He ran to the shopping bag and pulled out the onesie and kept saying, "bebe, bebe." He'll still point to my tummy when I ask him where the baby is and he loves pulling up my shirt to give kisses.

Friday, July 8, 2011

P is for Parks, Picnics, Pools, and a whole bunch of other crap

We started the letter P at a bad time. Besides being super busy because of the holiday, my computer had the unfortunate luck of being struck by lightening. I went two very long weeks without a computer! Because of these reasons, we extended the letter P out to two weeks.

Of course we decorated our standard big letter P, but the weeks really revolved around a Park Tour. We went to as many parks as we possibly could, and then marked them in a small paper Passport (compliments of the local library's reading program as a prize for reading 15 minutes a day). After each park venture, we used a plastic magnet P as a stamp and recorded our visit. In the two weeks, we visited 8 parks. One park visit was an indoor park substitute at the Apache Mall in Rochester since the weather was too dang hot to be outside. We also had two picnics at a few parks, one w/ Daddy and the other with some families from Grace Place, where Spencer enjoyed feeding the ducks.

Besides the Park Tour, we also had a Pool Party with one of Spencer's best buddies, Briella.

Devouring a yummy Monster Cookie after a dip in the pool.
We also planted flower seeds when I babysat Spencer's other best buddy, Jackson, with the help of big sissy, Julia.

Not only did I get to babysit Jackson, but I had the great pleasure of watching my friend's baby twice!! I loved having a baby in my arms again. I didn't get near enough cuddling time before Bryson's mommy picked him up.
Spencer LOVED holding the "bebe." He would have done it the entire time if I let him.

Bryson breaking in the swing for our little baby boy. Spenc is supervising while eating a nanner.
We also continued to focus on becoming comfortable on the potty. Every morning after breakfast, I sit Spencer on the potty while he brushes his teeth and takes his vitamins. Then he insists I read him the same two potty training books. In that time, he usually tinkles. If he pees, then he gets lots of claps and cheers and high fives and the distinct pleasure of flushing the toilet. He has pooped in the potty once, but I think it was on accident. He still isn't quite ready for the full-fledged potty training just yet. He doesn't really seem to know when he needs to go to the bathroom and he definitely doesn't mind if he sits in a dirty diaper all day long. On a few occasions he has admitted to making a stinky, but those instances are very rare. We're taking it slow and listening to his cues for readiness. Soon....maybe....hopefully?

Lastly, the hot days called for some good ol' homemade Popsicles.

On the pregnancy front, I had a prenatal appointment last week. Everything is measuring right on track, even my weight gain!! I gained 5 pounds since the last visit, which I thought was good since I've been eating a bunch of junk constantly. When my husband objects to my snacks, I say it's for the baby. The baby is about 13 1/2 inches and weighs a pound and a half.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

4th of July

We had a busy and fun and somewhat productive 4th of July weekend. It started Friday and didn't end until Tuesday night. Poor Spencie was POOPED! He took two naps today.

On the productive end of things, we planted a bunch of flowers, (almost) finished putting in patio stone, finally hung Spencer's 18 month pictures (yep, he turns 2 next month; we're a little slow) and a few other household items.

On the fun side, we hung out w/ family and friends all weekend long. We went on a double date with some friends to see Transformers, had a few BBQs, did some piddly small fireworks, and went out on the river for the first time this summer.

Enjoy the pictures and video.....

Grandma Amy bought super long sparklers for Spenc, which he loved. He kept saying and signing "more."

Enjoying a nice ride on Scharmer's pontoon.

We stopped at a sandbar so Spencer could play. He had a traumatic face plant right into the Mississippi off the bat, so this was as far as he ventured for the most part.

That's a Coors NA, folks.

Spencer's big driving debut.