Monday, April 30

Leah's room

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Here are the long awaited pictures of Leah's room.


Here is the view from her bedroom door.



Here is the view from her bed to her dresser. I took it at an angle so you can see the top.


Here is the window wall.


It was fun to design and came out pretty good. We debated for a good hour where each color should go so it took forever to get started. Now we are on to thinking about new baby's room!

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Wednesday, April 25

Good news! and another gender ID delay

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For those of you who haven't heard, Mike is being hired on permanently by Bank of America. This means 3 things to us: a raise, vacation days for Mike, and better health insurance for less money. We are very excited about it. But because of this, my next dr appt has been rescheduled for June 1st when our new insurance kicks in. SOOOOO needless to say another good 5 weeks until my next ultrasound.

I may not have time to do the baby's room before Hive. I take that back, I will be done with school June 8th, so I will just get to work right away and bust it out. I guess I should have 2 bedding sets picked out and the paint colors ready to purchase at Lowe's. I really like the Sophie bedding at Pottery Barn Kids for a girl. I love how there are many patterns mixed together. I think I will only buy the bumper, bed skirt, and some window treatments. I can buy other cheaper sheets, especially since they will be pooped and thrown up on. What do you guys think? What colors/patterns would you use for the walls? I just realized I haven't posted pics of Leah's room since it was painted! I will get on that today.

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Monday, April 23

Chase Maddex has arrived!

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Leah and I just got home from the hospital visiting the family. Laurie arrived at the hospital at 11:50pm last night and Chase was born at 1:19am. She has the best luck with labor and delivery! He was out in three contractions too.

Right now, he's in the NICU on oxygen. He's not quite getting enough in his system. The Dr thinks it may just be extra fluid in his lungs because he came so fast. They are hoping to try to wean him off the oxygen sometime in the next day or so. We were able to see Chase through the NICU window. He looks nothing like Ian when he was born. Even though Chase wasn't necessarily a big baby (7lbs 11oz) he looks big. We are sending our happiest and healthiest thoughts out to him and his family right now.


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Thursday, April 19

Book Tour #1

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Book: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel
Author: Lisa See
Question Due: May 25th
All Questions Listed: May 26th
Post Date: May 31st


How the book tour works:

(1) leave a comment or send me an email (angelleg453@yahoo.com) saying that you're interested in participating.

(2) I will keep adding to this list of participants so people will know who is participating and where to go to read other reviews on "post day" (May 31st). You can add yourself to the list up until May 25th.

(3) read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by May 25th (about 5 weeks).

(4) create a single question that would kick off a discussion (in other words, any question that leads to more than a "yes" or "no" answer where someone can express their opinion) and mail it to me on May 25th (or any time beforehand).

(5) on May26th, I will post the list of possible questions. Everyone will choose 3 questions off the list and answer them in a blog entry (if we only have 3 participants, we'll all be answering the same questions. If there are more questions, we'll have more variation on the blog entries because people will choose to answer different questions).

(6) on May 31st, everyone will post their entry. I will post my answers too and a reminder that it's post day so people can go around and read the entries and comment (start a discussion back and forth in the comments section).

I hope that was clear. Please email me or comment if you have any questions. Can't wait to get the book and start reading!

Update: Our book is available at Target!

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Another ultrasound and no cigar

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So this darn baby is a bit of a pill. :) During the entire half hour we looked, he or she had a foot pressed up against the important spot. We tried everything, but that baby was TOO comfy. So the doc generously said he would check again next appt (May 16th). How am I supposed to get ready for him or her???? Obviously I still need to be taught the lesson of flexibility when it comes to kids, because this kid is definitely making sure I learn it.

Book Tour info will be posted later today or tomorrow. Make sure you check it out!

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Tuesday, April 17

To clarify the book tour

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The directions on the last post were not for us. They were a sample of someone else's book tour. I wanted to do something similar and posted her directions so you could get a sense of what a book tour is. That is NOT our book or our date (as someone pointed out, how can I read a book by April 11th when it is April 17th already?). We have 3 people interested in the book tour so far. C'mon guys, you can read a book in 6 weeks!

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Monday, April 16

A Book Tour Anyone?

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So I was surfing blogs this afternoon and I came across the Stirrup Queens blog. She and her book club (Barren Bitches, by the way) choose books to "go on tour" and read all together. Here were her directions for the latest book tour.

How the book tour works:

(1) leave a comment or send me an email saying that you're interested in participating.

(2) read The Time Traveler's Wife by April 11th.

(3) create a single question that would kick off a discussion (in other words, any question that leads to more than a "yes" or "no" answer where someone can express their opinion) and mail it to me on April 11th (or any time beforehand). I will send you a reminder email close to the date. Click here to see sample questions from tour #2.

(4) on April 12th, I will post the list of possible questions. Everyone will choose 5 questions off the list and answer them in a blog entry.

(5) on April 16th, everyone will post their entry. I will post my answers too and an entry about post day so people can go around and read the entries and comment (start a discussion back and forth in the comments section). Reading the entries and commenting on the posts is the best part of the tour--by the end of the week, you should have a comment from every participant (and maybe even a few new permanent blog readers).

I thought this might be fun. I tried to set up a book club once before through email, but blogs seem even easier to work with. I would love to start one here. What does everyone think of this concept? Is anyone interested? We would not have to sign on to a chat, just submit questions and post answers on a certain date. Any takers????

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Sunday, April 8

Happy Easter!

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We had such a wonderful day here at casa Gallers. It is the absolute best thing to watch your child be excited about something. Leah could NOT stop talking about the Easter bunny coming. When I went in to get her this morning, she started dancing on her bed and said she was so "esscited". Digging through her basket and finding the eggs in our living room were highlights of her morning. She was quite upset when Mike took the jellybeans and chocolate eggs out of her basket after breakfast so she wouldn't keep eating them. She was so funny with the jellybeans. She would keep them in her cheek like a squirrel and then spit them out when the good stuff was all sucked off.


After naptime, we all headed over to the Maddexes for our neighborhood egg hunt. From left to right, you see Ty, Ian, Leah, Hannah, and Alex. Hannah and Alex belong to our friends who live one block over. We met them right around Super Bowl time and they have been a part of our group ever since. We are missing some of the traditional members of the cul-de-sac crew due to family trips and sickness. Anyway, Leah was a Super Egg Hunter! She raced around so fast that I was afraid the other kids wouldn't get that many eggs, so I called her off to sit in the grass and open some of the eggs. Then everyone came over for a fish fry that my dad generously cooked for. We had a lovely friend and family day.

On another note, my next doctor's appt has been changed to April 18th. The doc had a "family emergency" and had to cancel appts for an entire week! So we won't be able to check on the sex of Baby Gallers until then. It's getting to the point where if we can't find out this next appt, I will just have to pick gender neutral bedding. I want to start on the paint and stuff soonish so that the room is finished by Hive. So boo on the doctor.

Happy Easter to all and to all a good night!

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Wednesday, April 4

I've been tagged!

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My friend Emily has tagged me to list things that describe a "real mom". I will do my best...

"Real moms" wipe kids' boogers on their pants or shirt when there is no where else.

"Real moms" ask ridiculous rhetorical questions like "Do you want to go to time out?"

"Real moms" can eat lunch, make a phone call, and still stop a toddler from swallowing something inappropriate.

"Real moms" often forget bits of their own personal hygiene in an effort to get a child ready for the day.

"Real moms" are excited about the idea of a vacation without kids, but have a hard time with the reality of it.

I tag Keri and Kelly.

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