Saturday, September 25, 2010

comparison at 30 weeks

New little baby is one thing for sure. S.T.R.O.N.G. And little baby loves mamma's ribs. Between pushing out, out, out (owie!) and running a little foot up and down my ribs, little baby keeps me entertained from about dinner to bed time and quite a bit during the day. Here is a photo comparison of week 31 and week 30Jeremiah likes to say I am a LOT bigger this time than last time. I think so too, but no one saw the belly last time, so no one believes us. Here is the proof:

31 weeks and 30 weeks
I love those beards...I never have enough reasons to use them! Ha!

Brayden has been up to some mischief these days too.

-He climbs into bed on his own these days. Then he tackles his pillow, waits to be covered up and lifts his head up for a bedtime smoochie. Then he lifts up lambie for a smooch and kitty for a smooch. Occasionally this is repeated until Mommy or Daddy's kisser is worn off and we finally tuck him in one last time with his two favorite blankies, shut off the light and close the door as he waves bye bye.

-He also climbs out of bed on his own these days. We can hear him wake up from our bedroom on a Saturday, either singing or crying, and when he takes a breath from either one, we say "Brayden? Out?" and he says "Yeah!" and we hear his little feet patter out of bed, across the hallway and his little arms are reaching "Up!" so he can be swung up to laugh and giggle with Peanut for a little while before breakfast.

-We have a book we have been reading about babies. When we get to the page that says "sometimes babies cry", Brayden makes a very anguished crying face just like the cartoon baby in the book, and we laugh our butts off. It's funny every time.

-This morning I forgot something and was halfway to daycare before I realized it and said "s**t", which he promplty repeated. Oops. I knew that was coming.

-He can throw a really good tantrum!

-He makes really good lion, puppy, horsey, kitty, cow and duck noises (none of which are the normal noises a kid would identify to each animal, but pretty close to what our animals actually sound like). He can also tell you where all of his little body parts are, where his hat and socks go and will honk your nose if you let him. "Out" is his favorite word, second only to "outshide?" and all of his s sounds are more of a sh sound for some reason.

-He ran around Tractor Supply yesterday with a straw hat that had a green brim/sunshade just like Grandpa Al used to wear out fishin. It was about 14 sizes too big, but was so cute, that I kept kicking myself for not having my camera. He wore it while he flirted with all of the ladies.

That is all my pregnant brain can remember the moment, hope it enterians you!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Treasure Hunt

Keeping Brayden entertained while I make dinner is no small feat. Sometimes I get lucky and he just entertains himself. Sometimes that entertainment takes the form of a cup of juice (and plea's for 'mo shuice?'), or crackers or pulling my stretchy pants down, while he tries to climb my legs to sit on top of the baby bump. So the other day when things were quiet, I was a little nervous. Then Brayden pulled this into the kitchen, giggeling like he had just discovered the world's funniest toy:

Turns out, it was a pretty good one! Nothing new, just a new mode of transportation, I guess.

It's Peanut! I have to say, she sure is a much better cat than I ever hoped she would be. Between Grizzly's babysitting and Peanut's entertaining, we could probably leave him home alone for the day and they would all three be just fine together. Cost of daycare: dog food and kitty chow. Cost of good entertainment: Priceless!

Over the weekend, we decided it was time to go apple picking. And while the late frost took most of the apple blossoms and prevented them from becoming apples, we still took home a bushel of already picked beauties.
But before that...

We picked raspberries!

Timmy, who spent the night in honor of his sixth birthday, found the MONSTER raspberries!

It was really hard not to eat them all instead of putting them into the container. Little did we know, we hadn't even come close to meeting our match! As we were finishing up with the red berries, one of the hay rides came by and mentioned the golden raspberries...and how the tour guide hadn't yet tasted them, but heard they were delicious, and ripe meant a deep golden color.
We hadn't even noticed those bushes (and apparently we weren't alone)!
So we stepped over and had a sample. It turns out that they taste like sweetened sunshine. We were unable to stop ourselves from stuffing them into our mouth! So I ran back and grabbed another container and we took home quite the treasure. Jeremiah even made golden raspberry pancakes on Sunday morning. Yum.

This is what they look like, and I am on the hunt for golden raspberry bushes. And if you like red raspberries, you probably should be too!

Monday, September 13, 2010

before baby makes 4.

Jeremiah, Brayden and I went on one last trip before baby makes us a foursome this winter. We were invited to an AmeriCorps wedding and it was close enough that we could go, and far enough to call it a vacation. Yahoo! Hooray for...Iowa.

There were some pretty interesting points to the weekend (some still have me flummoxed!).

Before the wedding, we wandered around Des Moines a little bit.

There was a sculpture garden of modern art (I totally do not get modern art).

And a really cool bridge and Asian heritage space.

The Asian Heritage space was sponsored by...John Deere.

I am still thinking about that.

Luckily, we got to spend the morning traipsing around with Emily.

I miss her already.

Then, we got all dressed up and headed over to the church for a gorgeous wedding.

For some reason, this is the only picture I took during the wedding.

I have no pictures of the bride and groom.

I have no pictures with my freinds and the bride.

She was stunning, so you are really missing out.

You will just have to take my word for it.

Part of the reason why I don't have any ceremony pictures is that I was raised Catholic. And when the ceremony was over 25 minutes after it started, I was very surprised.

And super relieved. Orson and Brayden had been testing the echo capacity of the church and it turned into a little bit of a contest during the vows. Yikes!

But the above picture is Kim, Orson's mom. I miss her already, too. :(

Emily took this family picture of us, just before we left.

I made her take just a face shot of us too, because I was feeling very...pregnant.

And then I made her take another one at the reception, just in case I wasn't feeling so...pregnant then. I will say I switched to my cowboy boots before the reception, and I think I will do that at all wedding receptions from here on out. It makes chasing toddlers who are in love with pretty girls all that much easier. And he was in love...he flirted with every pretty girl he could find, and was especially hard to keep from the head table full of bridesmaids and the bride (told you she was gorgeous!). And he couldn't have cared less about the boys. But he danced his socks off, even in the center of the circle. He was so tired by 9 o'clock when we left that he was asleep before his belt was buckled. Literally.

(there's my boots!)

Before we left, I snapped a cute picture of Brayden. He was fully engrossed and engaged in a dinosour cartoon. That may have been his Daddy's favorite part of our vacation (cable TV!).

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Twins Win!

We went to the Twins v. Rangers game on Saterday with my mom and dad.
It was the first time any of us had been to the new stadium,
or taken the communter line.
It's a new Suggs Family tradition.

The staduim was awesome!
Someday, we are going to have this same picture in front of the Ballpark at Arlington.
At a Rangers v. Twins game.
Its a good thing we went when we did.
This was the last time I'll be able to wear my Twins shirt for a while.

Brayden was a total champ.
He seemed to have a really good time and loved all of the action
(and popcorn).

Our seats were pretty dang good.
Jeremiah was happy because he could talk to fellow
Rangers fans when the Rangers took the field
(we were pretty close to the players, and I am pretty sure they were the only other
Rangers fans in our section). he he!

We were right in home run territory, row two, seats 1, 2, 3, and 4.
And they remind you quite a bit to watch for fly balls.

Here's the Rangers MVP.
He got hurt later bringing in what could have been a homerun.
But he caught the ball and slammed into
the wall, bruising ribs. Now he is out for two games.

This is right before Grammie tried to get Brayden to eat cotton candy.
He wouldn't do it.

We all had a great time, even if the score was 12-4.
And even if we left after the Twins' last at bat.
And even if it was just before the Rangers hit a home run
(their only one), right into our section.
Jeremiah will never forgive us.
But it was still fun. :)

Oh, and this picture is for Grandma Glena.
Brayden loves to help make and eat her zuchinni bread.
He's stirring it up, with just a little help!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Macaroni Grill Giveaway

Hi Freinds and Family-Kayla is having a really fun give away from the Macaroni Grill. Check it out...just promise that if you win, you will invite us over for dinner. :)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

3 Days to Go!

Three Days to Go until the Twins v. Rangers game! Yahoo!