Tuesday, March 24, 2009

O'Brien offspring update

Throughout the day Liam does so many new, cute and amazing things that I wish my memory were good enough to document them all! Alas, my memory, especially my pregnant memory, is particularly horrible - so as soon as I tell myself "Ah Karin! Don't forget that!" the thought is gone.

He's really talking and saying a lot right now, which amuses me to no end. There is nothing sweeter to my ears than the little voice of a child. One of his newest phrases is "Awww DUDE!" which sounds more like "Awww DOooo", but still adorable just the same. He's very into trying to repeat things that we say. He really enjoys pointing out and repeating letters. Its kind of cool to see that he's aware that each letter does have a name, even if he doesn't know which ones are which yet. He really likes to repeat letters called out on Wheel of Fortune. A favorite pastime, no doubt. Here are some other words / phrases that he knows, along with translations (if its not very obvious)

Liam-ese - Translation

Go Go - Hugo (purple hippo) or Jugo (juice)
Go Go - lets go go!
Awa - Agua
Titee - Kitty
Choo Choo - Choo Choo
Awwriiiiight - All Right!
Oh No!
Ar Car - Car
Ahh po - Apple
Dah dah (in cookie monster voice) - Cookie
Sometimes he actually says cookie!
Ah gog - Hot Dog
Beee - Beans
omma - Momma
ah pa / Papa
weeee - Please
Bee Bo - Belly button
Nana - Banana
Pee pee - Penis <-- very important one LOL
Up up
Ahpa - Help
Dow - Down
No - Nose
Eye - Eyes
Kee - Keys
wee wee - Tweet Tweet
OOOhs - Shoes
Ackie - Snackies
Quackie - Duck

I'm sure there are more that I'm missing, but that's as good as my poor little brain will do tonight. He's also doing so many cute things - like when I tell him to give something / someone "Big Hugs" he lays his head down on his shoulder, squeezes the object and says "Awwwwwww". Totally makes my heart melt.

In other offspring news, I had a 12 week ultrasound on Monday. Things seem to be progressing well. I'm still feeling pretty craptastic. Less nauseous than before, but little to no appetite, and when I do feel like eating I'm certainly not eating healthy. I'm down about five pounds since the beginning of the pregnancy, hopefully that trend won't continue. I'm still trying to find "the right" prenatal vitamin for me, which has been fun (insert sarcasm here).

Even with an ultrasound and seeing the actual baby on screen, I'm still apprehensive about everything. Like I feel like something is wrong. Not founded at all, but still I can't seem to shake it. In general, I'm much more on edge with this pregnancy than with Liam - lots of anxiousness, irritability, etc. That has by far been the worst thing about this whole experience. In talking to other friends who are during pregnancy #2 as well, they've said the same thing. Maybe after you've been through the process, there is actually more to worry about? I dunno. I was soooo chill with Liam in my belly. Its just so strange.

AND - my skin is so gross. I feel like a zit mania convention is taking place on my head and back. Nasty.


*GASP* I'm going to be computerless for about two weeks. Hopefully less, but definitely at least two weeks. I've been having issues with my computer for the past six months or so (starting about six months after I bought it) and finally, after the 5th service call, they told me to send it in, even though its about two months out of warranty.

So they are sending me a box - I'm shipping it to then, and hopefully it comes back shiny and new. Hopefully.

Right now I'm backing up all my files onto my EHD and possibly CD too, and hopefully finishing up some editing and layouts that I need to get done before the box comes. It will be an interesting few days. Pat does have a computer for work, so I may be able to check my gmail account, but Facebook is blocked and because "Big Brother" is always watching, there will be very little surfage going on.


Truth be told, I'm kind of looking forward to a technology break. I spend way too much time and energy online. The only thing I "need" to do is digital scrapbook for my creative team commitments, and edit photos, but I go way above and beyond that. I think when the computer returns I might start giving myself computer hours...you know, only using the computer between such and such time or whatever. Then maybe I'll be more judicious about what I'm doing at the computer and when I'm doing it. Right now, I'll jump on for something, get sidetracked by email or facebook and then completely forget why I got on to begin with. That is really just silly.

We'll see how she goes!!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Big pile o' crabbiness

That's what I am lately. I've got quite possibly the shortest fuse this side of the Pecos. Everything irritates me. Everything pisses me off. It's really not a fun way to live life, you know? Especially when you have a slightly sick toddler, who is kind of whiney.

Anyway, when I've got my pissy pants on it gets pretty tough for me to want to blog. It, too, makes me angry. For no particular good reason.

But, what makes me happy is to have a husband that is home from Vegas, even with money in his pocket. Not as much as when he left, but its always good to come home with some, right?

Now, we three are going to take a walk on this fabulous Sunday morning. If I can kick this headache I might even partake in a couple of open houses this afternoon. We shall see what the day brings!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Papa came to visit!

I did manage to catch a couple of photos of Liam and Papa, but I haven't uploaded them yet (I know, famous last words). I've got a ton to do today to prepare for my Wisconsin departure, so they will have to wait. Alas, it was a wonderful couple of days, I LOVE it when family comes to visit!! I miss them sooooo very much...and Liam likes it too :) We didn't do a whole lot, Dad, er, I mean Papa came with us to our Music class yesterday, and now they are snuggling on the couch watching Little Einsteins...and he'll be heading back to Saginaw later today :( Thanks for visiting Dad!

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

A piece of me you seek, yes?

A piece of me you seek, yes?, originally uploaded by Balakov.

Seriously....almost makes me want to be a Star Wars junkie! Almost...

Indy Outdoors

Indy Outdoors, originally uploaded by Balakov.

The whole Indy / Star Wars Lego themes totally are the cutest EVER!!!!!!

Raising the flag on Iwo Jima

Raising the flag on Iwo Jima, originally uploaded by Balakov.

Semper Fi!

Lego me Lego's

I think I've mentioned in the past I have a long storied history with Legos. In fact, I simply CANNOT wait until Liam gets old enough to have his own sets. Makes me all giddy inside. Along with that comes a slightly unhealthy obsession with Lego people. I really don't know what it is about them, but I LOVE them. Seriously. They are SO cute! Quite possibly one of the cutest things known to man. Dare I say, even cuter than puppy dogs and kittens (although, not as cuddly).

It has come to my attention that there area a ton of weirdos out there just like me, perhaps even more wacky. This has been a fun diversion over the past couple of days, because these people are easily findable on the great Flickrverse! The detail and precision that goes into photographing these little peeps is simply incredible.

I'll post a couple of my faves......

Monday, March 02, 2009

Showing a go-go

We had our first showing of 2009 tonight, I think it went pretty well. But really, you never know I suppose....I really, really REALLY want this place to sell. Really. REALLY.

I've been praying my butt off. I've never felt comfortable asking The Big Man for favors, but at this point I figure it couldn't hurt. I mean, all things in His time anyway, right? What do I have to lose. We're also burning a St. Jude candle and have a St. Joe buried...and besides, Eunice said its OK to ask for things as long as I thank him for something first :)

So, if there are any other prayers available out there - we'd love to have some our way!

Sunday, March 01, 2009


I'm here! I'm here!

*sigh* its been a bit of madness, but its all working itself out. I kept on waiting to post until I had our new baby's glamour shot scanned, but that's probably not going to happen any time soon so I must move on.

Yes, our new baby!

Announcing Baby O'Brien Numero Dos, slated to arrive October 8, 2009!

Exciting eh? Yes, still early, but so far things are plugging along. The glamour shot I spoke of featured nothing other than a blob from our first ultrasound a couple few days ago :) But its so cute already!

So, that has spurred the re-listing of our home (officially on the market - first showing is tomorrow! YAY!). I've also been feeling pretty pooptastic with nausea (no barfing thank GOD), which pretty much sucks the blogging ju ju right out of me.

In other big news - i have to totally re-evaluate my business because of a seminar I attended on Friday, and that just stresses me out to no end....

And then, there are taxes. Ick. We bought turbo tax because I figured with unemployment and all the roll-over crap it would be kind of hard, but Pat doesn't feel good about it - he thinks he can do better doing it on his own. So I shall let him, and we'll see what kind of number he comes up with. Either way, we're still going to be owing Uncle Sam...probably out the wazoo.

Ick. Pat is watching Lord of the Rings. I hate those movies. Totally creep me out.

OK, enough randomness...have a great week!