Thursday, March 19, 2015

Random Marchness

March has been an interesting Month...it all started with our return from Disney Land and getting back into our routine. Which was honestly so much harder than I'd expected. A Doctors appointment later - and some blood work involved - I learned I was anemic. I was just slightly anemic when I  was pregnant with Cait...and significantly more so this time. Which would explain the extreme exhaustion I was feeling (sleeping 10 hours at night, waking up getting the kids off to school, napping for two hours while Cait watched netflix, then getting her lunch, napping again while she napped, then waking up just as the girls were getting home from school and STILL being exhausted. If I didn't have piano lessons everyday I'd nap again before dinner). So I started on some iron pills and I'm still waiting for them to kick in...but there's hope.

To add to that craziness, I also found out I was exposed to a pretty common (for the general population) yet very scary virus for pregnant mothers. I'd actually never heard of it...it's called CMV...google it, you'll see what I'm talking about. I feel ok. I'm sure I don't have it...but it's not confirmed. The day I found out about it my doctor had me come in immediately for some blood work. The results of the blood work were generally inconclusive, so I had some more blood work AND they're trying to track down some older blood work vials to test those as well. It feels a little weird to have so many doctors working on this. When I first called into my low risk maternity clinic they reacted instantly...which is sort of not common. Normally up here we take things slowly and only panic when panic is, well necessary. But in this case, it felt a little panicky. After that initial appointment I've spent a LOT of time on the phone with my doctors and in the office discussing things. They transferred my case to a blood specialist or something along those lines. So I technically - for the time being at least - get to stay at my clinic, but my file is being seen by a specialist too. Which is interesting. Whatever happens in the end though I just really really want this baby to be ok. So I'm taking my doctors' advice and avoiding certain people and situations.

In the midst of all that craziness, we've just been loving this beautiful March. We have had some amazing spring weather that had us completely forgetting about winter...and these Canadian daughters of mine had a few 'beach' parties on our front deck.


I finally gave in an renewed my library membership...which I hope works out this time. I just can NOT be trusted to return books on time...and in some cases at all. My late fees were as much as my membership...that's how bad I am!! But the girls are loving it...especially Hailey. She just loves Science and non fiction anything, so I was her hero when I came home with a book on Frogs! I don't know where she gets it from, because I have no desire to read about frogs. But I sure love this side of her! We bought a bunch of beginner reading books for Paige and she's doing pretty great at it. She's super determined and excited about reading!


Cait - well she's just a firecracker...and she's ALWAYS asking me to take her picture. Done 

We've been drinking a LOT of orange juice around here...it helps absorb the iron I guess. And the girls have turned into little juice making experts. This kind of stuff has me pretty excited about bringing home a new baby soon...real BIG sisters will be so helpful. Hailey will be almost 8 and Paige will be almost 6 - basically adults!! Honestly though, they will be so much more helpful than they were when we had Cait and they were 4 and 2...I'm liking this age gap already!

Anyway, March so far has been: Exhausting, Scary, Relaxing, Fun and just so full of normal Amazingness! I can't complain!


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Dancing Queen

Cait is just the most entertaining kid ever...she LOVES clothes and shoes and making all sorts of great outfits. Like this little number for example...a backwards Zumba shirt, some panties and matching shoes. What could be better? Oh you know, just some Taylor Swift on repeat and 10 minutes straight of the best dance moves this world has seen. Thanks Cait for bring so much happiness and joy to our lives!








Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Disneyland

The girls have been begging FOREVER to go to Disney Land! They always say "But it's where ALL your dreams come true!!" when they're trying to convince us. I've been twice, as a teenager, and it really was so magical. So we planned and we saved and we thought a lot about how we would make this happen. However, there was another really important trip we wanted to make and that was to Phoenix to visit Rebecca and Randall. So we decided to combine the two. It made for an exhausting 8 days. Literally...so exhausting. But I'm glad we were able to squeeze it all in. The girls were in HEAVEN!! Here's a quick summary of the trip:

Day one - Explore
-Arrive in California
-Check into our fun hotel (with a kids room which included bunk beds and a pull out couch)
-Go shopping (the dollar sucks right now and California sales tax sucks too....so we weren't going crazy or anything)
-Buy new runners for the girls since it turns out no one had any that fit
-Head to downtown Disney (not actually in the parks...just beside)
-Check out all the stores and restaurants
-Eat some super delicious yet overpriced pizza
-Walk back to out hotel - one HUGE city block away
-Collapse into our beds and sleep all night long


 Day two - Disneyland
-Sleep in until 10:00am
-Breakfast at the ihop across the street
-Eventually make our way to Disneyland
-Cooperate for all pictures
-Find a million Princesses and get pictures taken with them - Rapunzel was THE best by far. Just so fun and adorable and super sweet to the girls
-Eat
-Go on a million rides - if you're Ben and Hailey and Paige
-Run around and get Fastpasses for the other three if you're Cait and Pregnant mom
-Watch parade
-Eat some more
-Cotton Candy, Dole whip (not as amazing as I'd expected)
-Walk one HUGE city block back to our Hotel
-Go to Target to get food and Disney supplies (uh hello...autograph books)
-Collapse into beds and sleep all night...or try to, upstairs neighbours are having a hard time with the time change, or something because they are up at 2:30 in the morning stomping around







Day Three - California Adventure
-Get there right as the park opens
-Still wait in line to get in
-Wait in more lines to get FastPass to see Elsa and Anna, AND get on Radiator Springs
-Wait in line to get Pager to see Olaf
-See Elsa and Anna
-See Olaf, play in snow...like it's some magical thing we don't get to see everyday
-Go on a million rides if you're Ben, Hailey or Paige
-Run around and get FastPasses if you're a pregnant mom or Cait
-See all the Disney characters that Cait knows and loves - California Adventure was a million times better than Disneyland for her
-Ice cream break
-More rides
-Head home early - after 8 hours of walking
-Walk one HUGE city block back to the hotel - Cait fell asleep
-Go swimming in the dark if you're the pregnant Mom, Hailey and Paige
-Hope Ben gets dinner
-He doesn't
-Eat tomorrows lunch instead
-Collapse into bed and try to sleep all night...wake up at 2:30 with our upstairs neihgbours







Day 4 - California Adventure
-Wake up early
-Eat at different ihop...still across the street
-Buy  Mickey ears
-Go to California Adventure to get our Radiator Hot springs Fast pass...return time to ride that ride is 5:20PM!!
-Leave the park with fast pass in hand and head to the mall to buy real shoes for mom and dad - seriously our feet were KILLING us by this point
-Head back to California adventure and ride the rides - if you're Ben Hailey and Paige
-Ride the easy rides if you're Cait or Pregnant mom
-Wait in longest line of life for ToyStory ride - it was ok, maybe not worth the 45 minute wait
-Radiator Springs!! Finally
-Decide to risk it and ride this one if you're the pregnant mom - which also got us a Stroller pass meaning the girls got to ride with me and then again with Ben without waiting again!
-Dinner
-Get split up from each other - make sure Ben has both phones so we can't contact each other
-Eventually find each other 20 minutes before park closes
-Go to the Frozen concert and watch as the girls minds are blown!
-Head to Downtown Disney to soak in our last day of Disney
-Eat yummy Beignets
-Walk one LONG city block back to the hotel and crash - Cait fell asleep of course
-Sleep not at all...it's a pregnancy thing













Day 5 - the Beach
-Wake up
-Pack
-Head out to Beach
-Forget to look up directions on how to get there
-Wing it
-Drive forever and don't actually find the beach you're looking for
-Follow Tourist Info Signs - end up at mall and NOT tourist info center
-Keep driving
-End up at different, but decent Beach
-Eat Breakfast at restaurant on the beach
-Go play in the waves
-FREEZE
-Run away from water as fast as your can
-Head back to Phoenix before rush hour hits








It really was just the most amazing Holiday ever...and still the most exhausting then too. Being 26 weeks pregnant definitely didn't help. Feeling the pressure to get it ALL done also didn't help. We learned from this trip that we're more of a relax and take it easy family. We could have used more time in California to really appreciate Disney. Maybe break the park days up with Beach days would have been better. But really in the end, it was all about the kids and it was honestly the best holiday they've probably ever been on. Seeing their faces as the took it all in was just pure magic for us. It was a pretty neat experience and I think we'll go back and do it again one day...but not for quite a few years. This baby needs to be at least 6 before we try again. Until then we'll stick to our usual Mexico or camping. And maybe we'll sneak in a Disney Cruise somewhere...that sounds nice hey??

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

A quick stop in Phoenix

So the biggest news of our February was our trip to Phoenix AND then Disneyland!! We made a little countdown chart for the girls and we desperately awaited the big day! It finally came and we woke up at the crack of dawn...actually earlier (4:30 am to be exact) so we could catch our flight! We made it to the airport, through security and onto our plane just in time for our 7:00 departure. And then we waited. Of course Calgary had to get snow for the first time in forever that night...and things just took forever. Finally we taxid out and were next in line to take off when our captain came on the speakers with an announcement...something was wrong with our plane. So back the the airport we went, and we started to wait. Soon the Captain came on again and told us that there would be an additional 2 hour delay now...at least. Which in total, made it three hours we were delayed. Which meant we'd miss our connecting flight in Vancouver! Of course I panicked and started thinking of all the ways this trip wasn't going to work. Ben remained calm, of course. One quick trip to customer service and we were on our way to our direct flight to Phoenix, which oddly enough would land in Phoenix 5 minutes earlier that our other flight. PLUS we had $75 in food vouchers to make up for the mistake. Sweet! We cleaned out the Tim Hortons and boarded our plane. Cait's never ending discussion about 'bwoken planes' I'm sure calmed all those nervous flyers hearts. I mean...it's kind of creepy when a child talks about a broken airplane WHILE you're on an airplane. Right?? At least we had context, our seat neighbours didn't. Suckers.

So we landed, made our way to Rebecca and Randall's house and crashed. We eventually left the kids with the best invention ever, an older niece, and we went out for some yummy Mexican food! The next day we played tourist a little and visited some cool rocks and Castuses...or is it Cacti? Everyone had fun, and we mostly enjoyed the nice moderate temperature. Not too hot, not too cold! Kind of perfect. Everyone always cooperates for pictures in our family too...especially Cait!! We actually have juts given up on trying to get her to look and smile. There are bigger things to worry about than a picture perfect Cait. We left the kids with Emily again for a delicious dinner...there's just so much good food in Phoenix. So much! It's not even fair.












This small portion of our trip was perfect and I wish we had longer to spend with them. BUT, Disneyland was waiting for us. And the girls were giddy with excitement! So the next day we hopped in our rental car and made the 5 hour trek to Disneyland....the most exciting, magical and exhausting Holiday I have ever been on!