Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun…

Link and I are anxiously awaiting Mr. Sun to come out and shine on us!  We are sick of the cold and snow.  Link can’t say s’s well, so he calls it No! which is a perfect interpretation about how I feel, even though he says it excitedly.  I have been slacking on my exercises, unfortunately, so once it starts to warm up I am determined to have nightly walks with Link, around the neighborhood and to our park.  I will be excited to see how he interacts on the park this year compared to last fall.  It’s just amazing to me how much he is growing and learning.  It is so fun to watch.

Can I have daddy's Pepsi?

Can I have daddy’s Pepsi?

I love to climb on the table!

I love to climb on the table!

Link’s new favorite thing to do, though, is get “in trouble”.  He loves to climb up on the kitchen table, and grab whatever is on there, such as daddy’s soda bottle.  If there is any food left on his highchair, that sits next to the table, he likes to try to get at that also.  One of the problems with this all, is that he is just so darn cute while doing it.  I’ve read a lot about child behavior and discipline, and I’ve been to a couple of classes on it, and I’ve learned some things that help us encourage him to do other things, while not disciplining, per say.  The thing is – he’s 19 months old!  He isn’t really being naughty, or a “bad boy”.  He is just doing what toddlers do.  He is exploring, and testing his boundaries, which is very healthy.  We do have a “take a break” corner, where I set him down and tell him what to do, and then walk away.  This basically just removes him from the situation, which is all we really should be doing at this age.

Overall, we have a very well behaved, happy little boy.

And next week we start Montessori School! I am so very excited for him to start.  I am slightly nervous of course, because it will be a new experience for him (which is good) and a new experience for me (which is the nerve-wracking part).  I think he will just thrive in that environment, and it will help him learn and socialize like a kid his age should.  We are sending him to St. Croix Montessori School.  I have been to this school once, and I really liked it.  I have also heard great things about it.  I just have to finish getting his “school supplies” this weekend.

Justin and I are also trying to do a few more fun family things when we can.  On Sunday night we went to Coldstone for a little ice cream treat.  Link’s favorite things to eat are stringed cheese and blueberries, but he sure does love a bowl of ice cream now and then.  Well, I’m sure he would love a bowl daily, but that just won’t happen! 🙂

Enjoying ice cream with mom and dad!

Enjoying ice cream with mom and dad!

We are 16 weeks now with Baby2.0.  This baby is a bit different than Link was so far.  Not sure if that means anything, just is interesting.  I am still nauseous daily, but I did discover last night that Life Cereal was an amazing cure.  We don’t really talk about the baby much with Lincoln yet.  It’s too much of a wait to start getting him ready, but when he decides it’s time to bounce on mommy’s tummy, I do tell him that he can’t because of the baby in my tummy.  He thinks the baby is a girl, and that we should name her Big Girl.  I’m pretty sure that name won’t stick.  2.5 more weeks until we find out if baby is a she or he.  We will likely make that news public, but not the name.  We are going to keep that part a secret!

15 week update

Baby2.0’s pregnancy reached 15 weeks this week.  I celebrated by going back to work after missing two days due to illness.  Thankfully it was just a cold – nothing too awful.  I ran a fever, which I rarely do, and I enjoyed some extra naps and time in the recliner, which is rarer these days with my sweet 19 month old running around.

14.5 weeks with a little bit of a bump!

14.5 weeks with a little bit of a bump!

Link also caught the cold, and we spent Tuesday in the recliner watching Micky Mouse and Tinkerbell.  (Yes I know – the TV is evil, but you try to convince a toddler to stop running around and rest!)  It was some very sacred cuddle time.  I think this cold lasted a lot shorter than usual, thanks to a new vitamin plan we have Link on (thanks Abbey for those suggestions!).

Link was very snuggly and restful while sick.

Link was very snuggly and restful while sick.

Other than the cold, our family is doing well.  I’m trying to eat better for this baby – I have a hard time stomaching a lot of foods, and I’m still down 3 or 4 pounds from before pregnancy.  I decided on a list of healthy meals and snacks for lunches.  One great idea I had was hard boiled eggs!  I thought that would be a great source of nutrition for me that I could eat.  Well, I ate 1.5 at lunch yesterday, gagged on the last bite, and haven’t been able to even think about them since.  I’m convinced that the taste is still in my mouth, and whenever I think about it, I gag again.  Silly pregnant brain.

We have our anatomy scan on Good Friday, and the most important part of that scan is learning that our babe is healthy and well developed.  Link’s anatomy scan went well, but they couldn’t see his heart well enough so we had a second one.  I’m hoping this babe will have a great first scan, because I really don’t need extra things to worry about, although now having Link’s experience I know that it just happens that way sometimes.  The less important part will be finding out if we are having a little girl or a little boy.  I’m sure we will share what we are having, but we are going to keep the name a secret.

Link LOVES guitars, and was so excited to look through a catalog full of them!

Link LOVES guitars, and was so excited to look through a catalog full of them!

Not much else to update on.  I’m really looking forward to this snow melting.  I can’t wait to be able to take Link outside more again, and go on walks.  It really helps my energy levels and mood when I can spend time outside with Link, but I hate to be cold, so I don’t do much in the wintertime.  I’m hoping I will feel better this weekend so that I can be productive.  I don’t believe we have anything planned, so I have a goal of two things to get done around the house (I thought I’d start small, so it’s more realistic, and I’m not telling you what it is, because then I can’t be held accountable!).

Last little bit of news – Link’s favorite color is purple.  I told him that mommy likes green best, and asked what his was.  He looked thoughtful, and I said, “Do you like green? or blue?” and he said “Purple!!”   I thought that was great, and I told him Bop Mike’s favorite is purple too.  So he then said “Purple, like Bop”.  Such a cutie pie.