Tales from my life as a mom of 2 sons and 2 daughters


Cheli On Sunday, September 30, 2007
Well it's that time again. It's been about 4 weeks since I took my last belly shot. I'm 17 weeks 3 days in this picture. :) And see, I made sure to smile this time LOL

We have my next midwife appointment on Thursday. I have the U/s appointment before the midwife appointment. So my ultrasound is at 10:15am. From the picture above... anyone want to take a guess as to what the baby is???

I'll let you all know on Thursday.. hopefully... if baby cooperates.
Cheli On Saturday, September 22, 2007
I passed!!!!!!!!!!!
I am officially an LPN!!!!!!
Cheli On Thursday, September 20, 2007
Let the waiting game begin... I took my exam this morning. The computer cut off at 85 questions which is the bare minimum that it can give you. You can have up to 205 questions. It took me just about an hour to take the test. It took longer to drive to the testing site then it did to take the exam LOL. I know of 4 people in my class that have already taken and passed the exam :) 2 other people besides me have taken it today and we'll find out on Saturday whether we passed or not. One of the other people that tested today also got 85 questions. When I spoke with my DON she told me that she had never had someone have the computer shut off at 85 questions and not pass the test. :) She of course says she has no worries that I passed the exam.. I wish I felt as confident as she does about it LOL. I felt dumb. I felt like I didn't know anything! And that scares me. I keep holding on the fact that it cut off at 85 questions... *sigh* so the wait begins! Cross your fingers, say a prayer, whatever you do.. that I pass this test.
Cheli On Saturday, September 15, 2007
Today we took River to the zoo for the first time. I don't know what we were thinking as it was 93 degrees not including the humidity but it was a fun time. We got some great pictures so of course I had to share with you.

These were the first animals we saw :)

River and I looking at the birds :) He was rather impressed, he kept smiling and jabbering and laughing :)

They had some birds that were free to roam around the walkways in the bird sanctuary. River and I were watching the bird.. who was very impressed with Doug

The bird going in for a better look at the camera... he actually started pecking at it LOL

River looking at the Gazelles. The Gazelles were camped out in the shade near the walkway to keep cool. Smart Gazelles... stupid people. LOL

Daddy and River looking at the reptiles in the reptile exhibit (while getting the chance to cool down in the A/C)

And of course what kind of visit to the Jacksonville Zoo would it be with out visiting the huge Jaguar Exhibit

River getting the chance to get up close and personal with a miniture goat in the petting zoo.

River trying to get a closer look at a goat that was in a pen.. the goat looked like River's fingers would make a great snack....

On our way home from the zoo we stopped and got some nuggets for River and he fell asleep while eating them... he was tuckered out.. he woke up before we got home and refused to go down until bedtime... he was one tired boy!
Cheli On Wednesday, September 12, 2007
It's official.. I have a big boy :(
We put River to bed at 8:20 or so because he was tired. We asked if he was ready to go Night Night he said "Ni ni" and walked to his room. So we laid him in bed covered him up, turned on his rain and left. He went NUTS. Cried and cried (ok so it was only about 5 minutes but it broke my heart). Doug went back in and kneeled down and put his hand on his back and told him it was okay. Got up and left, closed the door. River fussed/cried for about a minute and by 8:35 not a sound was heard. We crept in there about 20 minutes ago (10:15) to snap a picture.... (he has a love hate relationship with pillows... wants them in his bed but doesn't want to lay his head on them... weird kid). I'll update tomorrow and let you know if the night went off with out a hitch.

Cheli On
Well for a multitude of reasons we have decided to try and convert River's bed into a toddler bed instead of a crib.. We will try it for the first time tonight...

Here is the daddy and the big boy

Here is the "new" big boy bed

Cheli On

I'm really frustrated. I got a call on Monday from one of my class mates. She and a few others got their approval to test in their e-mails. So I rushed to the computer and pulled up my e-mail account, heart pounding because it might FINALLY be there.... NOPE! UGHHHHHHH So she gives me the number to the Florida Board of Nursing and says she has been calling them every other day to find out if the approval to test has gone through yet. So I got off the phone and call the Florida Board and the woman that handles my "team" (they go by first letter of your last name) said that they are on applications received on the 15th of August and they didn't receive mine until the 24th of August. I don't know how that is when they were over nighted on the 17th but whatever. She said to call back in a few days and check again. *sigh* I want it to come. My friend from class said that she called the testing center hear in Jacksonville and there is NO wait. You can test next day once you get your approval to test. She is waiting until next week so she can get in some last minute studying. Maybe I'll get it sometime this week or next so that I can test next week as well. Goddess knows we need the money :(

Another frustrating situation is we signed up for clearwire internet service 3 weeks ago. We were told upon sign up that with in 2 weeks of signing up we would receive a 75 dollar Visa Web Certificate usuable on the web anywhere that Visa is accepted. YAY. After 2 weeks of not getting it we called clearwire. The gentleman tells us that it takes 15-30 days. UGHHHH again. Here it is at 3 week and 2 days after signing up and still no damn card. I'm not happy. Doug already told me I could use the card to start our diaper stash for the peanut and I'm watching all these awesome diaper deals pass me by because they are taking forever. WHY can't people hurry the heck up??? BLAH

Other than being desperate for a job so we can start climbing out of the hell that is our debt.. life is going okay. River is 19 months old now (turned 19 months old yesterday). And I am 15 weeks pregnant. WOO HOOO. I can't believe how fast this pregnancy is going! Seems like I just found out I was pregnant and it's been almost 12 weeks! I am feeling the baby move alot more recently. It's starting to feel like movements and not just flutters or gas :) YAY! I almost feel pregnant now LOL Doug just finished his second mod today. He starts his 3rd Mod on Monday. So he has a LONG weekend this weekend. YAY! No idea what we'll do other than annoy the crap out of each other but whatever. 2 Mods down, 7 to go :) I'm so proud of him!

Cheli On Friday, September 7, 2007

My 14 week appointment

Was uneventful.
I lost a pound since my 10 week appointment.. bringing my total gain to -1 LOL My blood pressure was 120/80. Everything else was good. I signed the papers for the quadruple screening (done between 16 and 18 weeks) and will go get the blood work drawn for that on the 17th. Got a letter from the midwife stating that it was okay for me to get treated by a massage therapist now that I'm out of my 1st trimester.
Listened for the baby's HB. She found it about 2 1/2 inches below my belly button :) HB was in the 150s and she had to chase him/her around because s/he wouldn't sit still long enough for her to get a good measurement on the rate :)
I go back in 4 weeks (October 4th) I'll be 18 weeks and 2 at that time. My antatomy scan is scheduled for the same day at 10:15 :) So hopefully if this little one cooperates I'll know what the sex is in just under 4 weeks. WOO HOO.

Cheli On Monday, September 3, 2007
So I figured it was time to start taking belly pictures as it looks like I'm starting to show already :X
I'll be 14 weeks tomorrow and these were taken today :)