Friday, November 30, 2012


Large Marge here, 
36 weeks

I have more updates coming on the nursery, the living room mini re-do, pregnancy...just bear with me. Tony is working crazy hours and I am 3 weeks out from having our second kid. I feel super accomplished that I got Avery's birthday party post out less than a week after it happened.

There is nesting happening around Casa Bower....

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Happy Birthday Avery!

Our sweet girl turned 2 recently, and we had a party for her after Thanksgiving. We made the executive decision not to to travel to MN this year for Thanksgiving. I am so close to our due date, and we are measuring ahead, so we thought it best if we could wrangle my family into a visit to Iowa for Thanksgiving and Avery's birthday. It worked, and it was so nice to host my family for a bit in our home...but enough about that, on to Avery's party!

We made some little favor bags for the kids in attendance...since we can totally relate/understand how hard it can be for some kids to watch others open presents. This way, Avery was able to share some loot. Each bag had a Sesame Street straw, some small candy, crayons, a small notebook, and a few favor type toys I picked up cheap at the party store. I think they were a hit. 

Avery has been into Elmo and other Sesame Street characters lately, so we went with that for the theme, albeit very low key....

Avery's cousin's were helping. They love Avery, and we loved having them over for an afternoon. Bre, my rockstar sister-in-law brought the girls down for the party, even though my brother had to work. 

The crew that helped me, since my mom kept telling me the best way to help was to sit and put my feet up. Mom's are the best. 

We had to do a little re-arranging of our living room to accommodate a special gift...

We moved the tall bookshelf over to the left of the fireplace to open up a corner of our living room...

About a year ago, my father in law was on Price is Right! He was selected to go up, and he won! He bid on a Pottery Barn Kids kitchen, won, and then went on to win a real appliance set. I don't have video to link you to, but I will work on that. 

So we have been saving this kitchen set in our basement for almost a year, waiting until Avery was old enough to appreciate it, and play with it. Don and Linda were really excited to give it to her, and came over during her nap before the party to put it together. 

{I just realized I should have edited these pictures a bit, the lighting is horrendous}

{I will do another post soon, about the changes to our living room. A pretty cool gift for Avery, means I get to play around with the decor in our living room. A room that has been a bit neglected with the whole new baby/nursery goings on...}

To say Avery loves the kitchen is a huge understatement. Everyone was aware of what she was getting, so some of her gifts included toy food, cooking utensils, pots, pans, and shopping carts. I think I might need to make a little store this weekend and we can take her baby to the grocery store. She has been cooking us food every night this week. It is adorable. 

 Don and Linda found her a personalized plaque to label her kitchen too...

The party was a hit, she got some very fun toys and really cute clothes, but best of all was that all of her family was there to celebrate her. She had a ball playing with her cousins, and the neighbor girls, whom she absolutely adores. 

After the gift extravaganza, we ate some sandwiches and meatballs {recipe to come...they were a big hit}, and hit the cupcakes to sing a little Happy Birthday to our girl. 

She wore that apron most of the day after opening it. 

We had such fun that day. We let Avery go nuts with a cupcake or two, and then she just played and played with her new toys. 

She also got in on our Trivial Pursuit game we had going later that night...

Rob still wouldn't let her win. 

My brother and sister in law are expecting their 3rd {and maybe 4th?? the doctor thought she heard a second heartbeat, but we won't know until they do an ultrasound!} child next spring. We had to get a bump picture while we could, since I think this is the last I will see of her until the baby comes. 

Happy Birthday sweet girl! 

Thursday, November 22, 2012


I am thankful for my little family.

I am thankful that my best friend is such a great father to our girl.

Avery doing Daddy's hair. 

I am thankful for our healthy baby boy that will join us soon.

I am thankful that even though I live 3 hours from my family, we all make an effort to see each other often.

I am thankful that I have been blessed with a strong support system of family and friends. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

10 years and 35 weeks

Those don't go together, but they kind of do. 

You see, Tony and I have been "TB and DL" for 10 years now. Let that sink in...10 years. That is 1/3 of our  life, as Tony put it this morning. 

I am also now 35 weeks preggo with our 2nd bambino.

I look tired...goes with the territory I guess. We also got a surprise ultrasound yesterday after our appointment. I measured in at 38 weeks, and the doctor wanted to make sure I wasn't carrying a 12lb baby. I have been a little concerned about my size for a while now, compounded with the fact that Tony was a 10.5 lb baby. 

Turns out I have an average sized baby, and a higher amount of amniotic fluid. No need for concern, and everything looks good. Our little man is confirmed as a little man, and he has some hair!

35 weeks:
State of the Pregnancy:

Heart rate at last appointment: 131

Measuring ahead 3 weeks

Weight gained: 25 lbs.

Still no stretch marks {please cross your fingers for me that they stay away!}

Sleep: yeah, right. That is funny. It ain't happening.

Braxton Hicks contractions almost everyday for the last week. These are not so fun.

Still not decided on a name, but we do have a short list and middle name decided on.

Nursery is started, but not nearly done {same as before}

Little man moves all. the. time.

The ultrasound showed he is in position, and his head is down.

Less heartburn than with Avery

More back pain than with Avery

Cravings: Buffalo Wings, Pizza,  Breyers Chocolate Reeses Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Go Shopping? Target!?

Avery loves to go shopping, and more importantly, *LOVES Target. She points out Target if we drive by. 

I stopped by last week after I picked her up from daycare to pick out an outfit for her to wear to her 2 year pictures we had scheduled for her Birthday last Saturday. She was having a ball picking out clothes.

This is after a woman chatted me up about children's clothing sizes. She stopped me while Avery and I were browsing. She asked how the sizing works, what the "T" at the end of the number meant, and what I thought about the Disney Princess nightgown she was looking at. 

In the meantime, Avery is running circles around us, crawling under the cart, and throwing random items into the cart. 

Random Lady: When I was younger, I just loved wearing these nightgowns.

Me: Uh-huh. Avery! Stop grabbing those shirts.

Random Lady: I think it is better to get it bigger, so she can grow into it right?

Me: Probably...Avery, please get out from under the cart, you are going to bonk your head.

Random Lady: I don't have kids, so this can be confusing to me, what does the "T" mean after the 4?

Me: Toddler...Avery! Please pick up that stack of shirts you just dumped on the floor.

Random Lady: The girl I am buying this for is 3, but her mom said she wears a 4T. How old is your daughter? What size does she wear?

Me: She is 2, and wears 24 month, or 2T, and they are still a bit big on her. Avery, please help Mommy put all these clothes back on shelf. How did you get 18 shirts in the cart? Oh, do you like this one? Ok, let's keep it. Sorry, Ma'am I need to go now...

Random Lady: Ok, thanks for your help!

After all that, I still didn't find anything we liked for pictures, so we just grabbed a few groceries and went home. It was all I could handle after a long day, but it still makes me smile that she just loves shopping and Target. 

On the way home, I hear this from the backseat:

"Go shopping? One more store?"

I think Tony is a little concerned about our bank account after seeing how much she likes to go shopping ;)