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February 21, 2013

Sesame Street Live

I have been wanting to take my daughter, now 3, to see Sesame Street Live at the Fox Theater in Detroit, but I just couldn't bring myself to pay $150+ for three people to see the show. And my most favorite personal assistant failed to tell me about the half off sale on Superbowl Sunday, but she did redeem herself when she told me about the 20% off sale the final weekend of the show. I didn't take advantage of that sale, because tickets were only on sale on Saturday and Sunday and in the end it was cheaper to go on Friday.

When Friday arrived, I let my daughter know that when her dad got home that night he would be taking us somewhere and it was a special surprise. When he arrived home, we all hurried to get into the vehicle and onto the road to make it there in time. We were probably over 35 minutes into our drive and our daughter still hadn't asked where we were going. When we asked her she said, "a special surprise" and left it at that. We finally told her and I don't think she understood until we got there and got into our seats.

We sat down just as the show began and she loved every minute of it. She learned about the letter of the day and the number of the day and then said, "When they say R for Rachel, that's when I come up" meaning that's when she comes onto the stage. Good thing she never asked why she didn't get called up there.

I took the point and shoot camera because I was fearful they wouldn't let me in with the giant one, and of course the battery was dying or pretty much dead. I was able to get 1 photo of her. She's standing by the souvenir stand where she got her $15 glow star (I can't believe I paid $15 for that stupid thing! But I'm a sap, my daughter very rarely asks for anything and so when she does, I think it's so sweet and I often cave!)



February 18, 2013

Belly Photos Baby No. 2

Everyone wants to see belly photos and I'm not sure why! But, as I was honing in my camera on manual mode in front of my kitchen-closet-picture-taking-spot, my husband popped in to show me his own impression of a belly photo.

After he got into this "position" and I took a few photos, he then said, I guess that's not how pregnant women stand! Thank goodness he doesn't think I look like this!. 

And shortly after he snapped a few photos (not sure why my head is missing, or my entire body isn't showing, I didn't crop the photo)  my daughter popped in to make funny faces. 

29 weeks down, 10 to go! 



February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day

So I may have set up a makeshift photo backdrop at home to knock out some photo valentines for the grand parents and wanted to share a few photos with you. Still working on my manual camera mode and hating the "yellow glow" my lights give off. I blame my husband for putting all of those stupid energy efficient swirly lights in our fixtures.




We made butterfly Valentines to take to school - Rachel helped me put glitter glue on each of the bodies. I affixed the eyes and did the rest. I asked her to help me with filling the bags, but she didn't want to. She was soooo excited to eat the left over "Valentine Cereal" though. I think we had enough for three days.

I filled each bag with red hots, candy hearts and fruity cheerios. It's important to only fill the bags about 1/3 full and to try to get all of the air out. I also noticed not all of my clothespins were the same size, and that the larger ones worked better. I hot glued each butterfly to the card that I made. It said, "Valentine, you make my heart flutter." I'm not even sure if the kids liked them, but I thought they were cute. 


February 05, 2013

Bird is the Word

"They" say when you are pregnant all sorts of stuff happens to you - pregnancy brain (forgetfulness), crazy dreams, being uncomfortable, getting up a gazillion times to pee in the middle of the night, etc. I've never really felt "they" knew much about my pregnancy because I haven't experienced any of that, which is why I don't talk much about my pregnancies. It sounds weird, but some women get upset when you tell them you haven't noticed much of a change, that you threw up only once, you don't feel as big as a house, you're sleeping fine and you get up once in the middle of the night to pee.

Last night may have been the one exception. 

I had a dream that I gave birth to a bird. 

Yes, a bird. It was a small bird, because we were at the museum looking at the bird information charts, and I found the bird that I was going to be giving birth to, via c-section, that was even listed on the informative poster. I was bummed, and I told the people I was with that the worst thing about it is that you don't even get to take the bird home. They check the bird at the hospital and then let it go.

This CAN happen - a human can give birth to a bird. Although rare, the chart in my dream gave statistics and information about 1 in XXXXXX women give birth to this bird. I guess I just got "lucky."

In my dream I delivered my bird, and the doctor held it in his blue glove covered hands, it appeared to be just like a full size bird, with wet feathers and a head. It just looked around and then the doctor took the bird over to a table where a few more people examined it and the doctor continued to close up my incision. 

When it was over, I told my husband we need to start trying right away to have a baby, not a bird. 

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UPDATE: After posting this blog, my friend sent this information to me: To see birds in your dream symbolizes your goals, aspirations and hopes. To dream of chirping and/or flying birds represents joy, harmony, ecstasy, balance, and love. It denotes a sunny outlook in life.

To dream that you are giving birth to a non-human creature signifies your overwhelming (and unfounded) fear in the health of your baby. You are overly concerned that your baby may have birth defects. This type of dream is common in expectant mothers in their second trimester.