Saturday, June 26, 2010

It's Saturday

We slept in late today, really late. It dawned on us that it may be the last Saturday morning we get to waste, oh for the next 13 years or so.

Now that we are up, we are tackling left over items on the "To Do List" including:
Removing PMI from the rental house
Cleaning out the fridge
Sterilizing more stuff
Writing thank you notes
Unpacking and Repacking

I also have been pondering the question, "What if I need to pump or she is hungry at her 1st doctors appointment"? Will he wait an hour or so for us to solve this problem?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Status Update

Our bags are 80% packed but bottles and things are washed.
Clothes are washed and hanging, by size, in her closet.
Carpets are clean and all baby gear is taking its place.
I had my nails cut very short, toes painted and brows waxed.
And there are still plenty of things left to do..

We're off to see the doctor one last time before we have our baby girl!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


I pretty much despise working with any kind of insurance. I feel like they're always trying to pull one over on me not to mention it costs an arm and a leg to have and it takes an act of Congress before you can use it.

I ran back and forth so much yesterday trying to fill out paper work that I rubbed blisters on my toes. Did I mention there was only 1 page of this paper work that caused me to run all over town? The other pages were fine and all of the information was provided, just not in the manner the provider would like to see it. Ugh.

I've delegated Avery's insurance to Dustin :)He's such a good daddy!

Thursday, June 17, 2010


We are going to the hospital on the 28th to be induced on the 29th. Avery Cate will be here soon!!

We have a lot to do within the next 10 days, so my posts may be limited.

Will you forgive?

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


I saw a lightening bug this morning... in the parking deck. I never thought about them being "day bugs" so it caught me by surprise. My surprise turned into disappointment when I realized that I didnt get to experience my first firefly on a summer night walk, flickering in all its glory.

Have you seen lightening bugs this summer?

Monday, June 14, 2010

VIP Parking

Dustin has been eyeing this spot for 9 months.

Swing Batter Batter

We went to a baseball game this weekend. I wore a halter black linen dress, hair in a pony tail and flops. It was hot but I was actually doing fine with the weather contrary to the size of my feet.

Around the 7th inning Dustin, the sweet guy he is, walked me to the restroom. As we rounded the corner this lady turned to her guy friend and said (loud and clear) "She must be miserable". I then faced my husband and questioned if I really looked that terrible. No matter how hot it was outside, this caused a spike in my temperature. Rude.Rude.Rude.

I think I'm going to write a book for my friends, ok maybe just some notes. What to expect when expecting- the real truths. The good, bad and ugly people.

(In my "check" last week I was pleasantly surprised, thrilled, and giddy when the Doctor said I was beginning to thin out- Hoooorrraay!)

Friday, June 11, 2010


I got a jumper last summer and loved it. This summer I donated it to a friend since I wouldn't be wearing it. Someone should enjoy it!

There are so many adorable one-pice outfits this summer and my anatomy isn't jumper material just yet. Well, that's what I thought until I found some jumpers with lower waists. The lower waist cradles Avery and is oh so comfy.

Do you wear jumpers?

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Catch Your Breath

We woke up to our baby boy gasping for air early this morning. Dustin rushed him to the Emergency Vet just in time for Graham to get his breathing under control. A few spells later we were at our regular vet before the doors opened.

Our poor pooch had things stuck in all sorts of places, he was terrified and so was I. The Doc finally concluded that he was suffering from swollen adenoids and put him on a combination of medicines.

He seems to be doing much better, thank goodness! It was a scary day.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


(We didn't see "T" last night, her family couldn't make it. Maybe next time.)

I'm trying to pack one of these

for our trip here

but I don't know what half of the things on the online checklist are for. I feel so lost.

I also need ideas of what I should pack to wear home. Right now my little girl and I will both be wearing birthday suits.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Seeing "T"

As Foster Parents we are required to complete 10 hours of training each year as well as complete a CPR/First Aid course and have monthly visits from our caseworker, even if our home is on hold. We have been a bit preoccupied and have not completed our hours or CPR classes and we are due for a home visit. We plan on doing online trainings later this year.

Tonight we are going to collect a few hours by attending a Foster Parent meeting. We received word that our "Little T" will be in attendance. She is with a new family and we want to introduce ourselves and hopefully continue to keep in touch.

The dad's name is Dustin. I couldn't help but wonder if she thought there would be a Michele too.

Friday, June 4, 2010


No, this isn't a post about TLC's song "No Scrubs", although it is a catchy song, in this post I will boast about St. Ives Apricot Scrub.

I got a spray tan a few weeks ago, and loved it. After two weeks it began to fade in misc areas. For example, my feet (with the exception of my toes) were white and from my swollen ankles up- I was tan. While I was taking a hot shower- not boiling the baby hot though-I noticed I could wash away the tan.

Dustin took me shopping for body scrub and that's when I found the St. Ives. It smells wonderfully and worked like a charm. I couldnt help but notice it said it was for both face and body so I suggested to Dustin that he give his face a nice scrub.

Dustin, my macho man, shaved after he gave face a good scrubbin'. He was excited to see no cuts, no irritations, just a smooth finish. Our theory is the scrub softened the hair.

So from the Rikard household, we give the Apricot Scrub 2 thumbs up!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


Philapina- (Fil uh p nuh), our GPS named after my dad. He himself is like a GPS knowing every route so we thought it was appropriate to name our GPS after him.

Philapina was stolen our of Dustin's car today. She had a good run, took us several places and even lost us a few times.

Luckily we don't have another trip scheduled, other than the hospital but that's not scheduled anyway, until September. Time will tell if we get another system or MapQuest our way.

Goodbye Philapina.