Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Second Trimester

Whoohoo! I'm 14 weeks pregnant, which means I'm officially in my second trimester...and in the "safe zone."

Over the last few weeks, my energy level has picked up, and I'm not as queasy as often. With this pregnancy, I've been taking my prenatal vitamin at bedtime (instead of in the morning)...which has decreased my morning queasiness significantly.  Some foods (like oatmeal and yogurt) still make me gag, but hopefully I'll be eating these favorite foods again soon.

Our family is counting down the days until May 19 (the day after my birthday!) when we'll find out (hopefully) if we're having a boy or a girl. Tal and I have picked out a boy's name, but we're still working on a girl's name!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Kids Museum

On Thursday, Savannah and I went to a children's museum with Grandma Judy.
The museum included dozens of realistic, hands-on exhibits, such as an ambulance, 
grocery store, and pirate ship, that Savannah could explore and use her imagination:

Savannah dialed 9-1-1 on the phone and talked to the 911 operator:

At the grocery store, Savannah handed her money 
to Grandma Judy to pay for her groceries:

Savannah turned on the oven:

Making eggs for breakfast:

Shopping for groceries:

Savannah cooked dinner on the stove:

Playing with trains

Grandma Judy used a pulley system to lift Savannah:

Getting Ready for the Baby: Childcare

Yesterday Tal and I lined-up full-time childcare for our baby starting in February 2015. A woman named Hiroko, who takes care of teachers' children in her home, will be watching our baby as well when I go back to work after maternity leave.

Why did Tal and I start looking for childcare 8 months ahead of time? Well, we decided to explore other childcare options after we discovered that infant care at Savannah's preschool is booked through January 2015 and costs $1,400 per month.

There were three main reasons why we selected Hiroko to watch our baby:

1. Several teachers from my school highly recommended Hiroko because she takes care of/has taken care of their children. My colleagues rave about how loving, structured, and organized Hiroko is.

2. I can drop off the baby at Hiroko's house at 6:50 A.M. and still get to school on time. I have to be at school by 7:10 A.M., and it has been extremely difficult to find a daycare that opens before 7 A.M.

3. Hiroko charges $30 per day, which is significantly cheaper than other in-home and daycare centers that Tal and I researched.  Plus, we don't have to pay for childcare when the baby is sick or on vacation.

Tal and I are thankful to have such an important decision taken care of!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Backyardigans: Part 16 (Laying Sod)

Earlier this week, Tal removed the sod in our backyard:

Today Tal and I have a new lawn in our backyard!

At 9:30 this morning, one bag of compost and 
one pallet/48 rolls of tall fescue sod were delivered to our house:

In order to have a good foundation for our new grass,
Tal shoveled the compost/soil/fertilizer mixture into the
 wheelbarrow and spread it in the backyard:

After spreading the compost, Tal, my mom, 
and I spent 1.5 hours laying 48 rolls of sod:

Tal did the hard work.
 He lifted every sod roll, put them the wheelbarrow, 
and dropped them into place for me and my mom:

I was glad my mom was here to help me unfurl the sod rolls and butt up the seams.
Unfortunately, in my pregnant state, I just wasn't able to lift the sod rolls 
and squat down easily like last year when Tal and I laid sod in our front yard:

Tal and I love our new lawn!

Over the next two weeks, we'll wait for our new grass
 to take root before Tal mows it for the first time:

In the meantime, we'll be watering our grass daily!  

Tal and I have budgeted $3,000 for our 2014 backyard makeover, and here's a breakdown of our expenses so far:

$1,600  Playset
   $400  Plastic Playground Border
     $60  Landscape Fabric and Stakes
     $56  Mulch (4 truckloads)
     $70  Sod Cutter Rental
     $15  Dump
   $446  Sod, Compost, and Delivery

Thursday, April 10, 2014


This evening our family (along with Grandma Judy) had a wonderful time at the small local carnival. Savannah kept saying that she was "super excited about going to the fair." Savannah had a smile on her face the entire time!

Savannah loved the pink lawn mower!

Savannah had a blast on three "rides" at the carnival:

Fun House


Giant Slide

Grandma Judy treated Savannah to a cherry snow cone!

Tal and Savannah

We had a great time enjoying the warm spring weather 
and spending time as a family!

13 weeks!

Tal and I got a good report when we went to the OB today.We heard the baby's heartbeat for the first time through the use of a Fetal Doppler. At 157 beats per minute, the baby's heart was normal and sounded like a galloping horse. I'm excited that I only have a few days remaining in my first trimester. Hearing the baby's heartbeat today reassured me that my chances of miscarriage from now on are small. 

Our next OB appointment is on May 19. If the baby cooperates, we'll find out  if we're having a boy or a girl! Tal and I can't wait to find out the baby's gender, so we can announce the baby's name, as well as start painting and decorating the nursery!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Backyardigans: Part 15 (Sod Removal)

On Monday night, while Savannah, Grandma Judy, and I were relaxing at the beach, 
Tal (my hero) removed the remainder of the sod in our backyard:

Tal spent 1.5 hours rolling up the sod. 
He was dirty and dead tired when he finished:

On Friday, Tal and I are scheduled to have one pallet of tall fescue sod 
and one bag of compost delivered to our house:

We'll be spending Friday laying sod in our backyard:

If everything goes as planned, we will have a new lawn by this weekend! 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Day Trip to Southport

Savannah, Grandma Judy, 
and I took a day trip to the waterfront town of Southport, NC:

We boarded the ferry at Fort Fisher and rode 25 minutes to Southport:

The seagulls looked for food behind the ferry:

Southport has some beautiful historic homes:

When we arrived in Southport, 
we ate lunch at the Cape Fear Restaurant on the waterfront:

Savannah and Grandma Judy

After lunch, the three of us walked on the pier and beach:

Savannah collected seashells and loved throwing them in the water. 

When Savannah threw the seashells in the water, 
the seagulls gathered around...in hopes of catching some food:


After a couple hours in Southport, the three of us boarded the ferry 
and headed back to Fort Fisher and then to our hotel:

What a fun day trip!