Saturday, March 26, 2011

Gotta go go go go go....

One of the most frustrating things to me about pregnancy is the remarkable shrinkage of your bladder! Yes, I know it doesn't actually shrink but with all that baby and uterus expanding it kinda bunches things together down there and the bladder has to make room. At least that's what I've read in books and online(In much more scientific terms) to explain this phenomenon of an overactive bladder.
The unfortunate thing is that, when you are 20 weeks pregnant and taking care of a two year old at the same time, you get pretty drained at the end of the day and you are ready to sleep as soon as your tired body meets your gloriously soft bed... then you have to get up and go potty. Then you come back to bed and the baby starts kicking, then you have to go again. It is a vicious cycle and sometimes the up and down getting no sleep plus the raging hormones makes you just want to cry. I almost lost it last night when I had been trying to sleep for 2 hours and had already gotten up 3 times and I was finally getting comfortable and sleepy and Andrew started to fuss. He woke up crying and was just not feeling well. So I was up another 2 hours with him trying to sleep but he kept waking fussing and wanting mommy to hold him and talk to him. So after he finally went to sleep and I went to the bathroom AGAIN it was after 4am! I was one tired mama. For the record. He seems much better today. :)

The reality is that every pain and trial in pregnancy is worth it! I was miserable on bed rest with Andrew but I would do it over again in a heartbeat for my little man! He is such a blessing from God and I know this little one will bring me just as much joy as his/her big brother. I may gripe and complain about back pains and "round ligament pains" and about how the baby is always kicking right when I'm trying to sleep but in reality I could not be happier. I am so blessed and if I have to get up and pee 100 times in the night to bring this child into the world I am ready to do it!

We find out in just a few days if we get to reuse all Andrew's boy clothes or if we need to add some serious  frills to the wardrobe. I am very excited to know but as I have been telling everyone who asks me, I will be happy with either boy or girl. God blessed us with Andrew and I know He will give us whatever is right for us the second time around. Being a female myself, I have always loved dolls and girly things but in the past 2 years, balls, dirt and toy cars have found a very VERY special place in my heart.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Love and marriage...

We had a dinner at the Bible Study Center for all the married couples for Valentine's Day a couple weeks ago and it was a lot of fun. I took charge of games and by the end of the first game my face hurt from smiling and laughing so much.

I thought I would share with y'all what made us laugh so much. Maybe you can organize and play with several couples or you can still enjoy these games with you and your spouse even if it's not Valentine's Day anymore.

Love Letter Mad Lib Story

Click here to find this printable activity. Go to the bottom of the page for the printable version. If you have never done a mad lib before this is how it works. You have to come up with a list of verbs, nouns, adjectives, places etc. off the top of your head and then fill those words into blanks in a story. So print up enough copies for whoever is playing and make sure not to read the story before you finish your word list. Transfer your words to the proper places and then be ready for some laughs. We had 20 people last night and several of the resulting letters had us laughing out loud.

Newlywed game

We played a game like this at our party last year so I got online for some suggestions of questions. It turned out really great! Both husband and wife must provide an answer and if their answers match, they get a point! So if the question is about what the wife would like/enjoy/etc. then the wife must provide her answer and the husband must guess what her answer is and vice versa. It is a lot of fun!

The list I came up with is as follows:

1. Who would your wife say is the "better catch" of the two of you?

2. If your husband could change his job what would his dream job be?

3. If you were prince charming and your wife was Cinderella what size would her glass slipper be?

4. What would your husband say is your most irritating habit?

5H. Who hogs the bed covers?

6. What was the last book your husband read?

7. What 2 items would your wife never leave home without?

8. If you could take a vacation anywhere in the world where would your husband want to go?

9. When was the last time your wife went to a beauty parlor?

10W. What percentage of the housework would your husband say he does?

11. When it comes to home improvement your wife considers you to be?
a. Tim the tool man, (makes the job worse)
b. Bob the builder, (forever starting new projects without completing the old)
c. Al (does it right the first time)
d. completely clueless

12. If your husband won the lottery, what would be the first thing he would spend the money on?
a. pay off debts
b. buy a car
c. buy a house
d. take you on a vacation

13. What color is your wife's toothbrush?

14. What would your husband say is your favorite food?

15. What is the most money your wife has ever spent on a single pair of shoes?

16. What is your husband's favorite genre of movies?
a. action
b. drama
c. comedy

17. If you wanted to have a romantic evening with your wife what would she most like to do?
a. watch a movie
b. stay at home
c. dinner out
d. window shopping

18. When you first met your husband, what would he say is the first thing that caught his attention about you?

19. Who takes longer to get ready when going out?

20. Where was your first date?

Bonus questions:

1. Which kind of gift would your wife most like to receive from you?
a. flowers
b. food (chocolate or cakes etc.)
c. jewelry
d. clothes
e. appliances (hint: probably not this one guys)

2. Which kind of gift would be the least appropriate for your husband?
a. electronics
b. literature
c. tools
d. clothes
e. food

Well, I hope you and your spouse enjoy this and maybe learn something new! I for instance learned that my husband's other dream job would be a ski instructor! Who knew?

Keep smiling!