Living life in the carpool lane..

M is turning three in two months and I have to bite the bullet and look for preschool options.

For the longest time, I thought that I could enroll her into a mommy&me preschool class for 3 years olds.  By then, I would be  stay-at-home mom and this would all be possible.

I made a phone call to the one preschool that I knew did mommy&me preschool classes and found out that they do not have a 3 year old option.

I’m crushed! 

So now, I’m just looking into a good, and reasonably priced, preschool program for her. 

I’m learning that private preschools are expensive! 

The option we are seriously considering is going through the school district.  They have parent volunteering options which I would LOVE to do.  By then, I’ll have a newborn at home, but I know we can make it work. 

It’s a total reality check that my little M is getting older.  I’m not ready for it, but it’s going to happen whether I’m ready or not!

Any advice on preparing for preschool?  Leave them in the comments below!

 

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I love maxi dresses.

Growing up, I hated them.  I didn’t like to wear long skirts.  I always felt so uncomfortable wearing dresses that went below my knee. 

I must have grown up quite a bit because I am more uncomfortable wearing dresses above my knee now.  I also think a lot of it has to do with having to chase a toddler around.

I also love how maxi dresses make my growing prego belly look.  The dresses I have accentuate the belly without making me look huge. 

I always found that wearing maternity pants, though super comfortable, make my hips a lot wider than they really are. 

I haven’t purchased any “maternity” maxi dresses.  I’ve been able to fit into the regular dresses that I already own.  Luckily, those dresses have a lot of give for my ever-growing belly, but I know that I may have to purchases a bigger size in the near future.

What was your favorite go-to item of clothing while you were pregnant?  Leave your answer in the comments below!

Just popping in to wish everyone a happy 4th of July weekend!

Please stay safe and enjoy the holiday weekend!

I’ll be back tomorrow with more of my “Life in the carpool lane…”

 

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At 10 weeks, I’m still suffering from morning sickness.  I’ve had a few good days, but it’s mainly been yucky.

Nausea.  Fatigue. 

It’s my life right now. 

I have been dealing with a sore throat for the past few days.  I went to the doctor on Tuesday and it so happens that I have a small ulcer on the back of my right tonsil.  The doctor said it’s a viral infection that should go away.  I asked the doctor if the baby would be affected and he said that the baby is very protected right now so there shouldn’t be a problem.  Thank God!  Already, I am feel that my throat is on the mend.  It hasn’t been hurting as much.

I’m counting down the days until my second trimester comes. 

I don’t know how much more of these pregnancy symptoms I can take!

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The story of Hansel and Gretel had been featured on both Super Why and Little Einsteins, two shows which M has been pretty obsessed with lately.

Because of this, M had been super curious about “a house made of cookies.”

I remembered what I did years ago during Christmas time when I made “gingerbread houses” using graham crackers and frosting. 

Yesterday, while I took a shower (and had some ‘me’ time), Hubby decided to let M make her “house made of cookies.”

He laid down some leftover plastic tablecloth from her many birthday parties, and they assembled the house!

 

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M mainly loved the playing with the frosting, while Hubby loved assembling the house.

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We used mini m&ms as the only decoration.  It was just enough for her, plus she LOVES mini m&ms.  Hubby said she kept eating the m&ms as he would stick them onto the house.

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Because of the warmth of these summer nights, the frosting didn’t hold as well.  But you can tell in this photo that M didn’t care and that she had so much fun with the entire activity.

I can’t wait until Christmas to try this again.  Hopefully the cooler temperatures would allow the frosting would stick better.

This was a super fun activity that can get really messy, but with the proper covering, it was very manageable.  Hubby just gathered the entire plastic table cloth and tossed it all in the trash.  Everything underneath it was clean.

I highly suggest this project for any toddler.  It’s really good for anytime of the year!

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 I guess it was bound to happen. 

Stretch marks.

I did so well to avoid it when I was pregnant with M.  I went through that entire pregnancy unscathed.  My belly was free of any stretch marks.  I was able to wear a bikini again. 

But yesterday,  I saw them.  Little white lines are forming on the bottom of my belly.  It’s starting.

I’ve been slathering my belly in Vitamin E oil since the day I discovered I was pregnant.  I guess I have to bump it up to twice a day.  I hope that they don’t get too bad. 

It must be because my belly popped out so much faster and sooner this time around that my skin just can’t seem to catch up. 

I guess its ok.  I can’t expect to go through two pregnancies and come out with a flawless belly! 

It’s the mark of motherhood.  If I can’t avoid it, I’m going to just embrace it! 

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Yesterday, we had a little family get together with some of my closest friends that I’ve known since high school. 

We’ve been a close knit group of friends since high school and even through the many years after, when most people lose touch with each other, we all kind of made it a point to stick together.  For the most part, we were all pretty much a part of each other’s weddings.  We celebrated the births of our children.  We celebrate birthdays.

It didn’t dawn on me until recently that I have known these ladies for at least 20 years!

20 years!

One of the ladies, I’ve known since middle school.  Another one of the ladies, I’ve known since my dance days. 

So that means OVER 20 years!

That’s a long time!

It’s amazing to know that no matter how much life pulls at us in different directions, we can still get together and hang out like nothing has changed.

I’m so glad we get to have these moments.  I’m kind of wishing I took some pictures…

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