“Well, I know what I’ve got here…”

Feeling the little nugget kick and punch all the time now is incredible.  Sometimes I feel like he’s doing it to make a point.  Most of the time it’s just after I eat, if I’ve been moving too much and stressing him out or sitting too long in one position.  However… there are times that make me so proud and he’s not even here yet!

We went and saw “Raiders of the Lost Ark” in IMAX up in Pittsburgh on Saturday.  I’m not sure if all of you are aware, but although “Henry” is a name on both sides of our family tree… it is also the real name of Indiana Jones.  This (among other nerdy reasons) is why we chose it as the name of our little nugget.  My hopes were that Henry would somehow understand what we were seeing and why and kick at some point during a fight scene and Nick wouldn’t get kicked out of the theater for performing all the lines.

The first “punch”… and I’m talking PUNCH that I have felt in my upper belly was right when Sallah, Indy and the workers open the top of the Well of Souls.  The thunder cracked and BAM… it was like he was saying… “I’ve got a bad feeling about this!”

The Plane Fight Scene

His fight training started with the big plane fight scene.  Just about the time Indy realized the mechanic was behind him and they started fighting, Little Henry started kicking and squirming around.  Absolutely LOVE it!

On a completely other note, I adored watching Raiders on the big screen.  There were little things that Harrison Ford does that I had never noticed before when watching on our TV at home.  However, when his face is taking up the entire IMAX screen… it’s awesome.  There’s a moment after Indy drops into the Well of Souls where a snake pops up and scares him.  In the past, all I noticed was Indy backing away slowly with a look of shock.  In the IMAX, you see his bottom lip quivering and his facial expression is ridiculously amazing!  The rendering of the film was incredible, with only the wide angle shots in between the scenes not being as “sharp.”

I wish we had an IMAX closer to Morgantown, or a theater that played these old movies regularly.  It’s been a tiny dream of ours to buy The Warner Theater on High Street and turn it into the theater we always wanted in Morgantown.  Add more theaters to it, have the new movies and the old classics play… but alas.

Frankie, Please Don’t Attack the Baby…

In reference to my last blog… if you haven’t heard… we are having a BOY!  Henry Nicholas Seiler will be making his debut January 15th and we couldn’t be more excited!

One (out of a billion things) that has me concerned is how little Franklin is going to take to baby Henry.

 

Franklin Delano Roofsevelt

 

 

I’ve talked about him before on here, but our dog is pretty much a doggy terrorist.  **SEE https://wshesaid.wordpress.com/2011/04/11/bow-wow-ow/ **  Franklin Delano Roofsevelt is an OCD little wiener dog.  Don’t let his absolutely adorable little mug fool you.  If you come home from the grocery store and put the bags on the counter, he’ll bark at them until the counter is clear.  Let’s just say you come home from shopping and put a Hallmark bag on the floor… poor choice because Frank will be on the defense!  Want to open a car door outside our house?  Guess what… we know you’re here because the “Frankie Alarm” will sound.  If you drop ANYTHING on the floor… he will claim it as his and good luck getting it back.  Have company coming over?  You better make sure his tank is empty otherwise there will be pee EVERYWHERE.  Watch a movie or TV show where at any point either as part of the plot or as ambient background noise a dog barks… GAME OVER.

Now, he pretty much gets away with murder around here because he is so stinking cute.  He’ll cuddle up with us while we watch a movie, give you puppy kisses when you come home and plays with tons of toys with you… he truly does mean well… I think he’ll be fine with the baby… I just worry.  He does great with the kids in the neighborhood… once he stops barking!

So we’re starting to integrate things into our routine and home to start getting him accustomed to the new addition that will be arriving in T-Minus 4 months (!!).   I’ve read articles on my baby websites, blogs and there was even a half an episode of “Pregnant in Heels” devoted to the doggy vs. baby situation.

 

Frankie checking out the plastic tub of things we already have for Henry.

 

We have one plastic tub of baby items that is beginning to over flow.  We’ve started to let him sniff the items as we get them and leave the tub out, for now until the nursery room is ready, in our living room so he can get used to the tiny little shirts and stuffed animals that are “off limits.”

We’ve ordered the baby furniture and when it’s delivered in a few weeks we hope to have the nursery pretty much set up with the major items (crib, dresser, rocker, etc) so he can get used to having different things be in there and not just a guest bed.  We’ve also tried some different techniques with training to keep him from barking when people come to the door… it’s a work in process.

Tonight, we tried our latest “training.”  We purchased a small plastic baby doll from Wal-Mart.  I lightly drenched a swaddling blanket with baby powder (so he can get used to the smell) and swaddled the doll up in it.  We unpacked the car seat (Brittax B-Agile) and set that out as well.

We hung out on the couch for a while with the baby doll, calling him “Benry” (LOST fans… I know you will get the fake Henry reference!!!) and giving the doll attention, instead of Frankie.  The dog was actually pretty cool with it.  He came up and sniffed the bottom where the doll’s feet were and then kind of went about his business.  We cooed and talked a little more and he would come back and sniff and then be on his way.   **GREAT SIGN!**

 

Frankie sniffing out “Benry” in the car seat.

 

We took it to the next step and put the baby in the car seat and placed it on the ground… like we might have to at times.  At first, Frankie kind of walked up and sniffed and barked at it, but then he was ok.  He just sniffed around.  At one point (because we didn’t have the handle in the third position to keep from rocking… GOOD TO KNOW!) Frankie tried to get up in the chair to get a closer sniff of “Benry”, but when the chair would rock slightly he would get spooked.

This will have to be a work in progress, where every now and again, as silly as it may be, I make dinner while holding “Benry”, just sit on the couch and hold “Benry”, place “Benry” and the car seat randomly around the house and on the tables and when the changing table and crib come in we’ll sort of pretend to do those type of baby routines as well so Frankie can get used to it.

It may seem ridiculous, but it’s so incredibly important to us that our “first child” gets along with our ACTUAL first child!  All you puppy parents will totally understand, I’m sure!

So here goes nothing!  If you have any tips or tricks on training terrorist doggies to be better behaved with small children and just in general, let me know!

Now That It’s Public Knowledge…

It is with profound happiness and sheer delight that Nick Seiler and I can announce that a sweet Seiler baby is on the way!
— Photo taken by Nathan Morgan and edited by Becky Moore: THANK YOU BOTH!

Now that is “Facebook” official, I feel like a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders.  It has been a long and windy road to get where we are today with this pregnancy and we couldn’t be happier.  I’ve felt guilty at times at work and with friends when I haven’t been able to share what has been happening.

First of all, this first trimester has been rough.  I’ve been sick every day.  I’ll take it though!  I think I would be more concerned if I didn’t have any symptoms… as long as I’m sick, things are developing.  I am shocked that the whole office wasn’t aware when I would hurry to the bathroom 1-2 times a day… Along with the nausea, I’m not allowed to take my migraine medicine, which has been an adjustment to say the least.  I’m allowed to have Tylenol and some soda (for the caffeine), but I try to avoid that unless it gets extreme.  So if I’ve been “putting off” getting together to hang out… I want to see you, I’ve just been feeling miserable (and probably afraid I’ll blurt it out before we were ready to announce!)

Nick has been the most supportive husband and baby-daddy in the world.  I can no longer cook certain meats, as the smell is now toxic to my nose.  Sometimes I can’t deal with the trash, dishes or other “chores” as well.  He reminds me to eat the broccoli, even when I don’t want to, and is quick with a cuddle and foot rub when he sees how exhausted I am.

Speaking of exhaustion… did you know that at this point I’m pumping 50% more blood through my body?  This makes me insanely tired at the drop of a hat.  I can be totally fine one minute, and the next I need the snoogle (BTW, preggo friends… invest in the SNOOGLE… it’s the most amazeballs pregnancy pillow!).

Along with Nick, I must say that my family and friends have been major support.  To my family: I AM BEYOND SHOCKED that we were all able to keep this under wraps until now!  I’m so proud and can’t wait to have “The Nugget” visit and play with all of you!  This baby will be spoiled for sure! 🙂   To my girls: Michelle, Kelly and Emily… good grief… it’s been wonderful to be able to vent, get advice and just chat.  I love the three of your so dearly and can’t wait to continue on this journey together!

We are going to be 13 weeks tomorrow.  I can’t believe it!  We’ve known since April 27th… and I feel like although on one hand time has gone SOOOO slow to get to the point where we can tell people, it’s also gone so fast!  It’s almost the end of July for goodness sakes!  Next week we’re going to visit my family in Indiana and I cannot wait to see everyone!  Before we’re aware it will be fall and Thanksgiving and Christmas and then… New Year’s.  I can’t wait for our little New Year’s Babe!

Although we have the names “selected,” as cheesy as it sounds, we would be more than happy with HEALTHY baby of either gender.  I never understood when people said that before.  Clearly, you must have some pull one way or the other!  Now I get it.  We just want this baby to be healthy and happy.  I can see Nick being dainty with a little girl while having tea parties and practicing ballet… I can also see him having spy adventures and epic comic-book-like battles with a little boy.  No matter what, our home will be filled with laughter and fun.

Although we are overwhelmed at times of the idea of childcare, clothes, furniture, food… you get the idea… we are filled with so much joy and know that as long as we lean on each other everything will work out.

After our last ultrasound, I’ve felt more of a bond with this little baby then I ever have before.  I realize this will only get more intense as we go through the next 6 months… but it’s beautiful.  Our baby waved to us and my heart melted right there in the Ultrasound Tech room.  I have no idea what this little baby’s life is going to entail, but I already love “the Nugget” so much…

Holy Haven’t Posted In A While, Batman!

Well my friends, it’s been a while.  I completely got side tracked in my NYC recap and haven’t written in what is an obnoxiously long time.  Here’s what has happened since… and I promise that in the coming weeks I will be more present on here J

1.)    Our Franklin had to have some major surgery a little while ago.  He swallowed a squeaker and it got lodged in his intestine.  Due to the material of the squeaker, it never showed up in any x-rays until they gave him some medicine to help pass the gas that was building up in his little body.  Vets and pet lovers are trying to get dog toy companies to put a special lining in these squeakers so they are visible on x-rays, but who knows when that will happen.  The good news is, Franklin is well and back to being his old ornery self.  It was a very scary time for a few days when he was puking up blood, taken into surgery and recovering… we can’t imagine what it would be like without that little pooter…

Here Franklin is in the “Cone of Shame”

2.)    I won 2nd place in the Suncrest Kiwanis Chili Cook-Off for chili that I had never made before.  I took a combination of family chili recipes and then tweaked them with my own spin.  I brought in pot after pot of chili into work to be pre-judged and modified as the comments came in.  It was a LOT of fun and the trophy is freaking amazing.

2nd Place!

3.)    Our neighborhood garage sale is this coming Saturday and I couldn’t be more excited.  After “Organization Fest 2012… Part 1” we put all kinds of boxes of things downstairs to be donated… and they never were.  WHOOPS!  So we will have a TON of things to sell… and immediately after, whatever is not sold will be going to Christian Help, Goodwill, Ronald McDonald House, Heartland, etc.  I am so excited!  If you want to come out, most all of our neighborhood participates and there is everything from furniture to clothes to baby items to awesome randomness.  It’s from 8am to noon on Saturday, June 9th in the Hidden Point Community which is located at the top of S. Pierpont Rd near Nico Spalon.

4.)    Total since December, I’ve lost 43 pounds.  YES!

5.)    Nick is officially on summer break from school which is super exciting!  I think Franklin hasn’t adjusted to someone being home with him quite yet.

6.)    Work has been crazy. The Donor Relations team held 2 events (1 over 325 people, 1 over 340 people) within 24 hours of each other… now that those events are DONE… I’m slowly getting my office back from being a Def. Com. 5 Bunker and turning back into a “normal” human being.

I think that’s all for now.  Hope all is well with everyone else!  Stay tuned…

The Book of Mormon Musical

Having been introduced to the music by our good friends, Adam & Joe, we were desperately looking forward to humming along in our seats at this show.  I also had a pretty clear image in my head on how the choreography, sets and costumes would be and am happy to say that it really surprised me how amazing it all was!  This was the first Broadway show we bought tickets for on our Anniversary trip and were extremely excited to get them at a decent price.  We sat in the balcony only slightly off-center to the right. 

The music in it pulls from other musicals…besides all of the Lion King References… “Orlando” is an omage to “Tomorrow” from Annie.  “You and Me…But Mostly Me” is a take on “The Wizard and I” from Wicked… “All-American Prophet” has moments from “Trouble” from The Music Man….”I Believe” is a spoof of “Climb Every Mountain”… “Sal Tiay Ka SIty” is driven from “Somewhere That’s Green” and “Part of Your World”.

The musical is about  2 Mormon missionaries sent to Northern Uganda where famine, AIDS, an evil warlord and poverty outweigh the interest in religion.  One missionary (Elder Price) knows the Book of Mormon scripture well, the other… likes to make things up.  While they have trouble connecting with the locals, they realize the true understanding of their faith. 

Oh… it’s also written by the creators of South Park so it is hilarious, raunchy and completely inappropriate!  There’s a reason why children aren’t allowed in the theater!  It won 9 Tony awards including Best New Musical and it was so clear why.

While it was awesomely raunchy, the singing was phenomenal.  We actually saw it when the two main leads (Andrew Rannells and Josh Gad) were off in LA making TV pilots, and the understudy’s (NIc Rouleau and Jared Gertner)completely kicked butt!  Their voices were AMAZING!  Nikki M. James (who won the Tony for her role!) was fabulous.  Rory O’Malley as the Elder in charge in Uganda (the 3rd main male lead… “Turn It Off!”) was over-the-top and quite possibly my favorite character in the whole thing!  There was also a girl in the chorus (Who was Nikki’s understudy for sure) that could freaking BELT.  If you have the sound track, she was part of the original cast and is the female whaling at the end of just about every ensemble song… INSANE!

Over-all I can’t recommend this musical enough if you like the kind of humor South Park has.  It was not something to take your kids or.. depending on your parents… to, but it was absolutely hysterical!  I don’t want to spoil anything… because let me tell you, being shocked while your watching is half of the fun! 

I can’t wait to see it when it comes to Pittsburgh next year!  We are getting season passes for the PCLO for sure! 🙂

I’m Baaaaaaack

We just got back from 5 days in NYC and I’m already wanting to go back!  I absolutely love it when we can get away.  There’s something about just not doing what you normally do and being on an adventure of sorts that really makes us happy. Nick and I have the best time together.  He is my best friend, and it’s clear that when it’s just he and I against the world… the word better look out!

I could give you one super long play-by-play of our NYC trip, but the highlights were seeing four… yes FOUR… broadway shows, walking everywhere, just hanging out and eating wonderful food together.  My upcoming blogs will be a review of each show and highlights from that day in the city with photos… don’t want to overwhelm you all 🙂

I ate fish at every meal while we were gone and got a quick burger at the airport as we were leaving and felt AWFUL afterwards… all that fish has either given me mercury poisoning… or I clearly was eating much better until the airport!

I just started up with the Morgantown Shape Up Showdown which is a weight-loss competition.  You pay the fee, weigh-in, and win prizes as you lose!  You get all of these amazing classes from gyms and sponsors around town.  I have a few co-workers and friends doing this with me and am excited.  I have 36 pounds to go before I reach my first “actual” goal. It’s time to get in gear! 

A very good friend of mine also pointed out some not-so-good eating habits that I have.  It’s not that I didn’t know that I had them… I guess I just didn’t want to admit I had them… and as long as I kept it to myself, no one knew.  But alas, this person, who I am beyond grateful for, just bluntly pointed it out how different my portion size is to what an actual portion is and some other statements that literally made me stop in my tracks.  It just took someone else saying it to me.  At this point, it’s going to be breaking a LOT of bad habits, but I’m there now. I realize I say this about every 2 months… but there is a different fire burning in me now.  I have to be down by June… I will be down by June.

That is all Blog World… sorry it’s been a while… I’m baaaaaaaaaaack

6 Things

Hello “What she said” followers! It’s been a little while so I thought I’d fill you in on 6 happenings and thoughts as of late.

#1. I’ve discovered that no matter what mood I’m in or what is going on or trying to be done… anytime the following movies are being shown on TV my world stops and I must watch them.

Sister Act
Any Muppets Movie
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit
Hook
Up!
Get Over It 
The Devil Wears Prada
Toy Story
Kill Bill
Indiana Jones
The Wizard of Oz
A League of Their Own

#2. I’ve pretty much kicked my addiction to soda. I’ve only had a few over the past 3 weeks (I can probably count on ONE hand!), and even then it’s only ONE diet, no refills… and to be honest I don’t want the refills. The water has done wonders for me I think and I’m starting to feel better. I’ve been trying to walk more. When I can, I walk during lunch with some people from work and have met friends on the Rail Trail a few times as well. I need to make more of an effort on this, but at least it’s something instead of the nothing I have been doing. I’m very seriously considering doing the Shape Up Show Down… it’s just a matter of time. Weight Watchers has been going OK. I’ve stalled and I think it’s because I lost quite a bit before I started to go to the meetings, so while I’m doing everything right, I’ve been doing it through the online stuff for a while as well. It’s getting me a little frustrated, but a little more effort and I think I can get over the hump and down to my goal. So that’s 3 things I’m doing to get myself on track… we’re getting there!

#3. We have completed another major organizing sprint and now the time has come to put what we have learned from “All Squared Away” to good use. Our kitchen, basement, guest room and office all have been completely reorganized and now it’s up to us to see if the new systems are working. My goal over the next few weeks is to do some MAJOR spring cleaning now that we can actually get to shelves, baseboards, etc. I’m excited… in a Danny Tanner kind of way about it. We have a LOT of boxes and bags of things to be donated and even though our basement is filled with even MORE things for our big neighborhood garage sale in May, we might just donate the majority of that as well.  I hate having it all piled up downstairs…

#4. Our beloved rascal of a wiener dog, Frankie… between being sick one minute and getting into trouble the next he’s kept us on our toes! He’s been super cuddly and snuggly as of late which I am totally loving. Last night, for the first time in recent history, he didn’t sleep on top of my head or back when we went to bed. Of course his head was on my stomach and his butt was on Nick’s… making it kind of messed up hot-dog situation. He has finally started to figure out he has more space in this new King bed!

#5. I’m mucho excited for the Hunger Games premeire in a week and a half.  I’ve adored the books since I read them last May.  I re-read them in a fairly rythmic pattern and listen to the audio version everyday at work while I stuff envelopes or combine materials… it’s quite disturbing probably how many time’s I’ve gone through the series… I hope the movie doesn’t dissapoint, but from every still shot and scene I’ve gotten to look at, it’s pretty much exactly how I envisioned it when I read it the first time. So, may the odds be ever in your favor! And if you haven’t read The Hunger Games yet… you have time.. once you start, you won’t be able to put it down… gauranteed…

#6. It is officially 6 days until the 3 year anniversary of when Nick proposed to me in London, 14 days until our 2 year anniversary and 20 days until Nick and I are on our way to NYC to celebrate, eat good food, get into trouble and see Book of Mormon, Anything Goes, The Best Man and Death of a Salesman on Broadway. Clearly I’m not excited or anything.