Wednesday, December 21, 2011

5 Years

I'm married to one hunk!!!! We're celebrating 5 amazing years of marriage tomorrow!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas Pictures 2011

Since we don't plan to get any professional pictures of our family done until at least our next baby is born, I wanted to make sure I got some pictures of Isababy with the tree. At first she was afraid of it. Now, not so much. It's a good thing there are plastic bulb ornaments and I didn't get too crazy with the ribbon cause I figured she'd be pulling it off anyway. I was right. Although, not only is she pulling off the ribbon, she's pulling off the lights, too. Gotta love it! I am so thankful that we get to spend our holidays together with this little bundle of joy! What a blessing!!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Nothing Much to Say

Less than a week to go before we find out the gender of the next Carpenter baby. I hope the days fly by! For now, I am 19 weeks and feeling great. I still have to take daily naps (sometimes 2 or 3), but there's nothing wrong with that, right?! Isabelle has been getting up between 4:30 and 5:30 most mornings. What happened to sleeping in until 6?? She also is staying awake alot later at night. Sometimes she's up until 11. I've quit worrying about getting her on a strict schedule, because nothing works. I've tried every naptime possible and she just has a mind of her own. So, I'm done freaking out about it. Speaking of freaking out, she's wanting to get out of her highchair. Guess she's done eating her breakfast.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Deer Camp Week

This past week, Bob went to deer camp and Isabelle and I stayed with my MIL for a few days and my dad for a few days. We had a great time. The Thursday before we left I spent the entire day baking up a storm! I always try to send Bob off with a few goodies for deer camp. This year I made 6 pies, 2 pumpkin rolls, and 2 tins of cinnamon rolls. All from scratch! I think I spent at least 8 hours in the kitchen that day. So did Isabelle. She had fun eating the brown sugar or flour that would occasionally drop on the floor. Friday night, we headed to Lansing after Bob got home from work. That night was the Carrier Classic ball game, so it was fun to watch. Saturday morning, we packed up and went to Kalamazoo for my niece's birthday party. We promised to take her out to breakfast that morning, so we left Isabelle with my SIL and took my niece out to Bob Evans. We had so much fun just spending time with her. She is such a hoot. She really wanted the waitress to sing happy birthday to her, but since they didn't do it, her Uncle Bob and I did. She sang along with us, too. It was pretty funny! As we were driving back to her house, we were about a street away and she asked if she and I could get out of the car and walk the rest of the way while Uncle Bob followed us in the car. I didn't want to say no, so I obliged. Well, as soon as we got out, she wanted to race!! I said "You're gonna make a pregnant woman run??" and her response was "It's ok, Aunt Mel, you need your exercise"!!! Thanks alot!
Sunday, we went to Cedar Street Church, which is always enjoyable for me! It holds alot of fond memories, and I can't wait for the day we can rejoin the church family there! (My FIL--Pastor Bob--is BY FAR the best Pastor I have ever met, and I've known alot. Listen to some of his sermons here. ) 
After church Sunday, Bob headed to deer camp, and Isababy and I headed to my MIL's. The rest of the day was pretty relaxing. Monday evening, we headed out to Kohls for some shopping. Tuesday, we drove up to my SIL's in Entrican to hang with her for a few hours. Wednesday night we went over to my Dad's. Friday night, we went back to my MILs and she and my FIL watched the baby while my SIL Rae and I went to Silver Bells in the City, the annual lighting of the Christmas Tree at the Capitol Building in Lansing.
Saturday evening we came home, Sunday we relaxed all day. I made the best biscuits and gravy I've ever attempted, and we made homemade calzones together. Although I missed BCIII like crazy, Isabelle and I had a fun time with the family.

This week I am 17 weeks along and feeling great. Still haven't felt too much movement, but I know it won't be long. We're hoping the next 3 weeks fly by quickly so we can find out what we're having this time. Can't wait!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Eat, Drink, and Be Messy

Now that Baby Sweetie gets to eat big girl food and can hold her own bottle, my kitchen is quite the mess. Yesterday alone, she had two baths before 2pm.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Sleepless in the D.

She slept through the night last night for the second time in her life. Hallelujah! (11:30pm-6:30am)

I have to admit that one thing I have not done well at is getting Isabelle to sleep on her own, in her own bed. It's now coming back to bite me, and it's a little frustrating. When she was first born, we planned on putting her in her bassinet next to our bed. Well, the way our bedroom is arranged, my side of the bed is next to the wall and the bassinet doesn't fit there. We could have put it on Bob's side, but it would be right in the fire escape path, and my sweet husband has a rule about that, so that wouldn't work. It just became very easy to let her sleep with us in our extra huge King sized bed. It made for easy night-feedings and just overall a great night's sleep for all 3 of us. She was never in any danger and it just worked for us.
For her naptimes, she was mainly held. Since the day she was born, she's been a people person and does not like to be put down. She wants to be held all the time. We tried to let her cry it out one time when she was really little and it made all 3 of us miserable. So, we abandoned that plan quickly.
Now that another baby will be here in 6 short months, Daddy said it's time to get her transitioned to her own room. She was weaned around 8 months and went about 2 weeks without a middle of the night feeding. Now she wakes up at least once during the night for a bottle and wakes up several times wanting her pacifier. She usually goes to sleep around 8:30pm, and we hold her for varying lengths of time before laying her down in her crib upstairs. We've tried short periods of time where she's so tired we're sure she'll just lay down easily, longer periods of time where she's dead to the world and we think we've finally got her, and laid her in her crib while she cries briefly and we put our hands on her back and sing to her or quietly talk to her. Each of these approaches have worked, however, lately she's been waking up within 10 minutes of laying her down.
For the past two weeks I have tried to lay her in her crib for naptimes and she just screams the whole time and refuses to go to sleep. She's even gone from 3 naps a day to one a few times. She wakes up at 6, and by 2pm still hasn't taken a nap....lemme tell you those days are hard.
I hear all these stories of mothers who get their babies to sleep through the night at 6 weeks and I just want to punch them in the face. heh...
We've decided we're going to read that Babywise book by the time the next one comes. I hate feeling like I've failed miserably at teaching her how to sleep on her own. Then again, maybe I just need to chill out. Babies are all different. She does get good chunks of sleep in and it's not like she's lacking. Ah. The joys of first-time mom worries. I think I need to go to sleep now.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


For some odd reason, this year I have been somewhat excited for Halloween. It's been many years since I really looked forward to this holiday. Last year I was in charge of our Halloween party at church. I had so much fun doing it last year, although it was stressful and I was 6 months pregnant, so this year I decided to only be a helper this time. So, they put me in charge of decorations. Now, I am not creative at all. Not even a tiny bit. So, I kind of found it amusing that this was my job. That, and daunting. Thankfully we have lots of other creative people at church, so I say the reason it all turned out so beautifully was because of Miss M. She is wonderful. We hung lights, posters, crepe paper, spider webs, made a scare crow, and so many other things. Someone mentioned to me that they thought it'd be cute to hang some ghosts from the lights in the foyer. Well, I didn't want to spend any more money, so I wracked my brain wondering if there was some way I could make them. Well, I had a doctor appointment downtown Clarkston a few weeks ago and noticed some ghosts that they had lining the streets downtown, and I thought about it a few minutes and came up with a plan. All I needed was supplies. Keep in mind, I am not creative at all, so to me, I was impressed. Silly, I know, believe me! HA! I found some small white balloons, some black ribbon, a black marker, and a white garbage bag. Voila, they were made.  I had my husband and another friend hang them up for me Sunday after church, and to me it just topped off the decor wonderfully. I was quite pleased. Well, as I left church on Wednesday night, I got to thinking that I didn't see the ghosts hanging on the lights. I figured I probably just didn't look up to the lights to see them, that's all. Well, when I got there the following Sunday, all 6 of them had been cut down!!! My first thought was, hmm, I wonder if it was a fire hazard or something. We do have a fire chief who attends our church, so maybe that was it. I went and asked the party coordinator if she knew what happened to them and she said no and was surprised to see they were gone. So, I went and asked the church secretary and she, too, didn't know what happened to them. Well, after speaking with my pastor, I found out that someone had come in to the church and cut them down because they didn't like them. WHAT IN THE WORLD?! They didn't even come talk to me about it. If they would have, I would've taken them down myself, no problem. Some people even refused to attend church until all the decorations were removed. Wow. Talk about disheartening. Trying to do something good for Jesus and the enemy just does all he can to destroy. I'm so sad that this turned into such an ordeal this year, but I tell you what, the enemy did NOT win! Our event was a huge success and we had more than double the people that we did last year, and overall God was glorified! I just know that I'm so thankful God didn't call me to be a pastor (or a man!). I couldn't deal with the sillyness of preferences.
Anyways, on to happier things. (I don't typically like to complain on my blog, so I'm sorry). Isabelle didn't have a Halloween costume this year. For one thing, they are RIDICULOUSLY expensive. Unreal. Also, she's too young to enjoy the holiday, so she got to watch lots of little cuties run around and get candy from our church family while being held by Mrs. A and Mr. B. She was spoiled!! She did have a little halloween shirt and socks on so she was a little festive.
On the actual Halloween date, Bob and I got to hear our littlest baby's heartbeat for the first time. It took the doctor a couple minutes to find it. I started to get nervous when he wasn't finding it. All the emotions from my miscarriage started flooding back and I found myself rushing to prepare myself for some really bad news. Then, the doctor asked me to help him out by pulling up on my stomach skin. (Nice!! nothing like having to pull up your fat roll to find the baby) and there was the heartbeat, loud and clear and strong. Tears just streamed down my face (Bob wiped them for me, so sweet!), and the doctor mentioned that Isabelle had a huge smile on her face, and Bob spoke up and asked if the doctor could tell if it was a boy by the heartbeat! haha. Anyways, it was such a special day for our family and one we won't forget....especially the fat roll part, sad to say.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Bring On The Second Trimester!

Praise God, I have made it to the second trimester! What a relief! Morning sickness hasn't been a problem for me in about 3 weeks, which is a huge blessing! I'm still tired as can be, but it's getting better, too. Isabelle had her 9 month check-up last week. She received a few vaccinations and had no problems other than a minor fever for 24 hours. Pretty typical. She weighed in at 17 pounds, 3 ounces, and is 28 and a quarter inches long. (25th and 75th percentiles respectively). She is all sorts of fun for us. She loves her daddy, big time! Last night, she even wanted him more than me, and she's usually a mommy's girl. I still get choked up at times when I see them interact, it just makes my heart melt!! She is eating all sorts of big-girl foods, as I like to call them. Anything from mac and cheese to grilled cheese to chicken nuggets, etc. I double checked to make sure that was ok with the doctor and he said it was fine. He said I can even introduce spices to her now. She's hating pureed food these days. Usually she just spits in back in my face. I have to find ways to trick her sometimes! She loves barley cereal! That's where I usually hide her veggies. It works. She drinks out of a sippy cup already, too. She's just growing way too quickly.
Here are a few pictures of her first trip to the cider mill.

(Gotta run, nap time is calling her name!)

Saturday, October 1, 2011

October 1st...or is it?

I am currently enjoying a few hours to myself at a small coffee shop downtown D. It's a quaint little place, with two tables and that's about it. Next to me is a huge blue tarp covering the "under construction" part of the shop. There are no electrical outlets for me to plug in my computer, or my cell phone. In the air is the smell of coffee and pumpkin spices and the sounds of CHRISTMAS MUSIC. It's October 1st. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is on at the moment.
Oddly enough, I'm kind of enjoying myself. A few hours to myself, only a few hundred feet from my favorite husband, and a few short miles from our baby sweetie, who is in wonderful hands at the moment. What a great morning! I'm so glad my husband arranged this all for me! He's the best!
I was hoping to get some work done this a.m., but unfortunately, my work won't allow me to connect to their network since I'm at a local coffee shop...who knew?! Not me, but makes perfect sense. The only real bummer is that now it'll be extra hard to get my stuff done since I've got an active baby who keeps me on my toes. She can now stand up in her high chair...even when she's buckled in tightly! She's 8 months old. That ain't right!!
There are a few things I'm looking forward to this month. I can't wait to pick out a Halloween costume for Isabelle! I also am hoping that next weekend we can go to Uncle John's cider mill with her since we'll be in the area for a wedding. We have a few Halloween parties we might attend. I will get our first ultrasound of baby number 2 this week. I am hoping our littlest one is forming perfectly according to God's plan. But for today, I'm looking forward to eating coney dogs for lunch with my favorite.

Saturday, September 17, 2011


I'm so glad it's the weekend. However, it still is feeling like the week cause Bob is working again today. Second Saturday in a row. UGH. I don't get to see him enough during the week and now they make him work Saturdays, too. Cruddy. But, I have to remember to just be thankful he has a job and that I get to stay home with our little baby. Man I am blessed!
We've had a pretty good week. I actually didn't venture out much this week other than to go to church Wednesday night and to a friend's house on Thursday. We have been planning this weekend's road rally, and have literally put probably at least 15 hours each into it. My brain is absolutely fried from it. Sad, I know. But, I'm hoping everyone will have a good time. That, and I haven't messed anything up! Ahhh.
Bellie is learning to go to sleep on her own in her crib for naps and bed times. It has been sad, but very good at the same time. I only have a few more months to go to get her a little more independent, so now's the time. Each time gets easier though, and it's not taking her as long to fall asleep. Sometimes her paci ends up upside down in her mouth, which is pretty cute.
I had a doctor appointment this week to confirm my pregnancy. I had to pick out a general doctor, since I didn't have one, and I've lived in the area for four years. Thankfully, I liked the practice. My real appointment is another 3 weeks away, so I'm looking forward to that more. For now, I'm just praying for a healthy baby.
Her two little teeth


Road Rally Clues

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

8 Months

Sweetie girl is 8 months old! She is crawling all over, pulling herself up on furniture, eating all sorts of different veggies and fruits (homemade and pureed, of course). She is in a size 3 diaper, and size 6-12 month clothes. She has two teeth and loves to bite everything! She even has bitten me during the night. Stinker! She wakes up between 5:30-6:30 every day, takes two naps before noon and two to three naps in the afternoon. Her bedtime is usually around 9pm. She wakes up a couple times during the night still. She recently weaned herself after I got pregnant. She also now leans in for a kiss when you pucker your lips at her. She first did it to a lady at our church, Wanda, and then she did it to my Aunt Donna. Now, she does it for me and I love it! Too cute! She says mama and dada a lot, but of course doesn't know what she's saying. She just loves to blabber. She loves bathtime and playing with her toys. Her grandma just gave her a johnny jumper and she has alot of fun in it. She's a mama's girl, big time. The last couple weeks in nursery have been rough for her. I can't believe we'll be celebrating her birthday in four short months. Geez!

As for the rest of us, we are doing fine. I'm having some nausea this time around, which I actually am thankful for, but combine that with the exhaustion and care of an 8 month old, and this girl is just plain tired and feeling cruddy. All the time. Can't wait for the first trimester to be done. My first appointment is October 4th. I'm looking forward to finding out my due date. My guess is mid-May, but other calculations say May 1st. We'll see.
Other things I'm looking forward to is our upcoming Road Rally with the ladies of my church, and a trip to Ohio next weekend to see our cousins and shower our newest baby, Brielle, with gifts! Can't wait!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Carpenters Four!

Today has been downright exhausting. Yesterday afternoon, I took Isabelle to the doctor for her 6 month check-up. (Yes, she's almost 8 months. I happened to have missed her 6 month appointment.) She was given 5 vaccinations, and we have seen the after-effects royally today. Poor sweetie has had a fever and just been downright miserable today. I know that these are common side-effects that will subside within the next few days. To be honest, I think these side-effects are rather mild compared to the actual viruses themselves. Working in a daycare for more than 10 years, I remember having kids sick with rotovirus, and croup and flu and all sorts of other stuff, and that was pretty sad to watch those kids suffer through. But, I guess that either way, vaccine or not, kids are going to experience their fair shares of sicknesses and fevers, etc. Here's to hoping that tomorrow is a better day for our baby sweetie.

With all Isababy fever stuff aside, we have had a great holiday weekend. BCIII was able to come home from work early on Friday afternoon (hallelujah!) and we decided to go grocery shopping and then out to a local sport's club called Lindell's AC to watch the Michigan State Spartan Football season opening game. We brought baby sweetie with us, and she was a peach. The waitresses just doted on her! She went to sleep easily and we were able to stay for almost the entire game. It was so nice to get outta the house and be with my husband doing something we actually love to football! GO GREEN!

The best part of the weekend so far though has been the fact that we found out that another Carpenter baby is on its way! We're still pretty early into it, but we're excited and especially grateful to God for another gift of life!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Back to Blogging

It's been awhile since I posted anything. A couple months ago, I was told that my email had been hacked, and so I deleted my email, which ended up deleting my blog. I was so disappointed to lose my blog since I had written down so many things about my family that I looked forward to re-reading some day. What made it worse, was that the email account connected to my blog wasn't even the one that was hacked. It was an account that I hadn't checked in over 5 years. UGH!!
Anyways, I thought I'd post a couple of recent pictures of baby sweetie. We are going on a mini-vacation today through Saturday, so I've got lots to do to get ready for it.