Unwrapping…..or um, unveiling Andrew’s new room!

December 23, 2008 at 10:55 pm (Family, Kids)

With a baby on the way, we were going to have to do some room shuffling to accommodate FB. This is a delicate matter, as we did not want to make either kid feel shafted for the new baby, especially since they live here part-time and FB will be here full-time. We always want them to feel that this is as much their home as any of us full-timers. The decision was pretty obvious that FB should get Andrew’s room. It is the biggest, and with FB being a full-timer, it seems reasonable for it to get more space to house more clothes and what not –  AND with Andrew being the oldest it makes the most sense for him to move down stairs while the younger kids stay on the second floor with us. So, how were we going to tell this to Andrew – yikes!

We decided to make a big event out of it. Andrew got to pick a new paint color (luckily green is his current favorite color, so it was easy to find a great green that was still in-keeping with the feel of the house) for his new room and we took him to pick out some new furniture! He thought this was all pretty cool and he’s been excited about it. All last week, I was getting the room painted, the playroom furniture moved-out, the cool new Andrew furniture moved-in, as well as moving all of his stuff from old room to new room. I wrapped the door to look like a giant present, got him all new desk accessories and reading lamps and such, got some new family pictures framed, and we set-up a TV for video games too! It was a busy week. When the kids came over last night, we had it ready to go! We hoped Andrew would like his new room as much as we did, it is really cool! Check out the pics. It is hard to tell, but under the loft, there is a giant smooshy chair (the toy plane is sitting on it) and a reading lamp – so it is kinda like a fort under there where he can read or play video games.

I think it was a successful transition. The kids played in there all night and Andrew was really excited about the move!
Andrew Andrew's new room Andrew's new room

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Baby wants to eat!

December 22, 2008 at 11:22 pm (Baby)

So far most of my cravings have been for food that I haven’t eaten in 15 or so years….here are a few:

Poptarts (I actually was craving the cinnamon/brown sugar without icing, but that no longer exists, so the one with icing had to do)

TCBY vanilla frogurt and reesey cups Shiver (we had to find a TCBY in Longmont to satisfy this one, it couldn’t be another brand of frogurt, you see)

Grapenuts cereal

Kraft Mac & Cheese

Rice pudding

Bon bon cookies (my mom’s homemade recipe with hershey kisses inside, yum!)

Baked potatoes (ok, it hasn’t been 15 years, but it has been at least 5 years since I had one)

Some not-so-nostalgic cravings

Beef, beef, beef – can’t get enough

Pickles – yes, the pregnancy stereo-typical craving – it’s true!

BLT’s (turkey bacon for me, I don’t eat pig)

Gingerale

Pineapple juice

Chocolate covered gummy bears

The only food so far that I usually love but now has been turning me off is chicken…weird!

Anyhoo, just thought some of that was funny. Some of it is obviously serving a purpose, like the beef and grapenuts for iron since I’m anemic, and some for vitamin C and calcium, but some are just totally random.

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December 22, 2008 at 10:45 pm (Baby, Family, Kids)

I love to record some of the funny things the kids say. So here are some recent funnies!

Delaney and her “chothers”

When we went out to dinner not too long ago and the kids were deciding who would sit with who, Delaney said “we’ll sit with each other and you can sit with your chother”. The “chothers” have come out a couple other times too, but that was the best one. Maybe you had to be there, but I think it is really cute.

Baby-talk — The kids’ mom just had a baby a couple of months ago, so it has sparked some funny baby conversations. A good one from each kid (at this point, I was pregnant already, but the kids didn’t know yet)…

Andrew

We were talking about how our families are connected and how he could potentially have a sibling from his mom and a sibling from his dad that would not even be related to each other – how strange, right? Well, this is how the rest of the conversation went:

Andrew: “well, at least I don’t have to worry about you and dad having a baby.”

Jil: “what would make you say that??”

Andrew: “well, because only MOMs can have babies and your just a STEP-MOM.” (said with a little “duh” kind of attitude)

Jil (trying to hold back the hysterics): “well, Andrew, what do you think your mom was before she had you? she wasn’t a mom yet and she was able to have a baby….”

Andrew: speechless with total look of bewilderment. I guess he didn’t realize that his mom had an actual life before he was born!

Delaney — Grow baby grow!

At bedtime, D and I were snuggling on the reading couch doing stories, and she mentioned something about her new baby brother, Joey. I asked her if she missed Joey, or if it was nice to be at our house and have a break from the new baby for a couple of nights. She told me that she missed the baby and wanted us to get one at our house. Here is how the conversation went:

Jil: “Delaney, how would we get a baby at our house?”

Delaney: “you just grow one in your belly!”

Jil: “how would I grow a baby in my belly?”

Delaney reaches to my belly, gives it a pat and a kiss and says “you just say ‘grow baby grow’ and then you get a baby in your belly!”

If she only knew there was already one growing in there! It was really sweet. We thought when we finally told the kids that we are having a baby, that she might think her “grow baby grow” tactic really worked!

Telling the kids about FB

On Thanksgiving weekend, we told the kids that we are having a baby, and it will be here in June. Being that they just got a new baby at their mom’s house, this announcement was no big deal to them. However, Andrew was able to muster up a reason to be excited about the new baby —

Andrew: “that means I’ll get to eat birthday cake TWICE in my birthday month from now on!!” (his bday is June 27)

I love my step-kids. They add so much to our life — and lots of laughs, that is for sure!!!
Jil with kids Jil with kids Andrew and Delaney Andrew and Delaney

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And Baby Makes 6!

December 22, 2008 at 10:38 pm (Baby)

My blog has been down, so I know this is a little late, but aren’t all of my blogs at least little late?

David, Andrew, Delaney, Ellie-dog, and I are excited to announce that that FBC is on it’s way! FBC = Future Baby Cohen! Due June 16, 2009. So, a lot of blog posts are going to be pregnancy related, kind of as a journal for myself and tips for my not-yet-pregnant friends 🙂

It was really hard to keep it a secret until the 3 month mark, but now I’m almost 4 months along and very excited to let everyone know!
FBC 8 weeks Jil 14 weeks

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