Friday, December 31, 2010

last day

Good heavens, people. It's the last day of 2010. How did that happen?

In addition to the real life housekeeping I've been doing this week, it's time for a little blog housekeeping. Here are the items I set out to try to mark off the ol' Life List this year:

Go to at least one new ballpark. I'd love to make some comment like I knocked this one out of the park but that seems to be too much cheese for first thing on Friday... But I did. Visited 3 in fact--Rangers, Royals, and Twins.

And at least one new state. Yep, Minnesota.

Maybe work on the beginnings of having that first child. I think we all know I've/we've succeeded at this one.

Wouldn't hurt to have that 6-figure job I enjoy but no promises there... Yeah, dreaming big with this one. But does it count that Hubby got a job before the end of the year and together we surpassed the 6-figures? I haven't really been enjoying my job and his is kind of too early to tell. Pretty sure we can't mark this one off the list just yet.

If we both decide and can find one (or two) we like--own a dog (or two). We got Maggie back in January and she's been a fabulous addition. So fabulous that I feel like we'd never get another one as good so we might as well quit while we're ahead. Hubby would still like Dog #2 but I convinced him that we could add in dog, baby, re-address dog, baby. We'll see how long I can hold him off.

Continue the mac and cheese recipe hunt. It's been continued but not concluded.

And maybe throw in the coconut cream pie while I'm at it. Other than print out one recipe which I did not make, no progress here. It's hard when you have a Hubby who doesn't like coconut.

Run again. Uh, sure. This may be on the list for quite some time.

Take dance lessons with The Hubby. Didn't get this done either but it does seem like it would be a nice, built-in date night once the baby is a little older.

So not perfect but some progress made. Back in September, I issued myself a new challenge to get the following done over the next year:

1.Have a child. (And because that one may cause many of the others on my list to be delayed a bit...)
2.Find the perfect mac n cheese recipe (still working on this one).
3.And the perfect coconut cream pie recipe.
4.Become a confident swimmer.
5.Write a letter to a different person each week for a year.

Hmm...I don't know. I may need to think about these a bit before re-committing for 2011.

And to finish off positively, here are other items I crossed off the Life List this year:
  • Throw beads off a Mardi Gras float.
  • See professional tennis live.
  • Completed quilt #1 for Baby #1.
  • And at least started a thorough baby book for Baby #1.

All-in-all, I think it was a pretty good year. 2011 obviously will be ridiculously memorable and mind-blowing, I'm sure.

Have a happy and safe evening! Bring on 2011!

2010 reads

For posterity's sake... And might I add that this number is much higher than any of the previous years.

Mostly read:
The Happiest Baby on the Block
The Everything Pregnancy Book
Pregnancy Day by Day
What to Expect When You're Expecting

30. Finger Lickin' Fifteen
29. Hypnobirthing: The Mongan Method
28. Something Blue
27. It Sucked and Then I Cried
26. Creative Childbirth
25. The Cadaver's Ball
24. Childbirth: Your Choices for Managing Pain
23. Eat Pray Love
22. The Very Best Baby Name Book
21. My Sister's Keeper
20. Beyond Jennifer & Jason, Madison & Montana: What to Name Your Baby Now
19. A Is For Atticus
18. Three Junes
17. Your Best Birth
16. The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy
15. Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth About Pregnancy and Childbirth
14. Full of Life: Mom-to Mom Tips I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Was Pregnant
13. Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born
12. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Pregnancy and Child Birth
11. The Time Traveler's Wife
10. Plum Lovin'
9. Fearless Fourteen
8. Something Borrowed
7. Lean Mean Thirteen
6. Taking Charge of Your Fertility
5. The Five Love Languages
4. Fire (~30%)
3. Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously (~25%)
2. The Lost Symbol
1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Saturday, December 25, 2010

week 36

Le sigh. One final week of the honeydew.

Total weight gain: Not near a scale today as we're in a hotel but at my appointment on Tuesday I realized the alleged 1-pound weight loss from last week was a fluke. Up 2 lbs.

Movement: Same ol', same ol... Still very active and movements continue to be bigger, sometimes uncomfortable, and occasionally painful.

Cravings: I can't really think of anything. I have been more thirsty, though.

Symptoms: Crazy dreams, baby brain, forgetfulness, lots of waking in the middle of the night, more frequent crazy back pain, slightly less frequent hip pain from sleeping on my side, good hair, some pressure from baby settling and ligament pain, general feeling of uncomfortable-ness is getting more frequent, more daytime pottying, Braxton Hicks. Yeah, Braxton Hicks. Had a more active evening of them on Thursday. Not fun. Also haven't been sleeping that great lately. And, just for fun, a mild version of one of my biggest fears came true yesterday when my (historically bad) knee popped out and back in. Mild version because it popped back in without me having to put effort into getting it back in. I was concerned that the extra weight plus relaxin would only add to my bad knee genes. Hopefully that will be the only instance of this.

Belly button: Still in.

Preparations: Finished washing baby clothes and blankets. Made appointments with 3 tentative pediatricians and visited 4 potential daycares. Continue to narrow down the baby name list. Off till the 4th so hopefully I can knock out the rest this week.

Milestones: Well, I guess I'm starting the last month. Adjusted due date is exactly one month from today...

Weekly wisdom: Just ignore giant pregnant women and their emotions. I'm crazy. More often irritable and have a shorter fuse it seems. Sorry, people. And merry Christmas. :)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

week 35

Holy shish...Week 35! I'm hoping it's the last week of the honeydew. But then that means we'd be on to the last fruit. Period. Yikes.

Total weight gain: This morning I seem to be down about a pound so back to 25. Interesting.

Movement: Same ol', same ol... Still very active and movements continue to be bigger, sometimes uncomfortable, and occasionally painful.

Cravings: Ooh, I wanted Freebirds this week. Got it last night. Yum!

Symptoms: Crazy dreams, baby brain, forgetfulness, lots of waking in the middle of the night, more frequent crazy back pain, slightly less frequent hip pain from sleeping on my side, good hair, some pressure from baby settling and ligament pain (this seems a tad better this week), general feeling of uncomfortable-ness is getting more frequent, more daytime pottying, Braxton Hicks (a more reasonable amount). I can't remember if there have been any baby-related dreams this week. One quick note that I'll mention this once and then go back to ignoring. When pregnant, the digestive system is very, uh, active. I'm like a man. That is all.

Belly button: Still in (with 5 weeks to go!!!).

Preparations: Still haven't gotten to that last coat of paint on the dresser. I'm off of work starting Wednesday so hopefully I'll make lots of progress. Mostly preparations are Christmas related... We both have baby names lists, though. So we'll have to continue narrowing them down. This is going to be quite a task.

Milestones: I can't think of any. Oh, maybe that I had my last out-of-town trip for work this week? Yeehaw!

Weekly wisdom: Hmm... One thing I've been thinking about is how I hope to treat pregnant women in the future. In addition to things I've already mentioned (like not criticizing their choices or their appearance), I hope to actually help them out. Baby them a little, if you will. I know being pregnant doesn't mean you're disabled. And goodness knows I'm independent. But it seems like even independent folks get tired and don't mind being treated at least a little special. And I know that in 5 weeks I'll be old news and all the focus will be on the baby (which is fine). I'd just like to appreciate the time that's left and remember to help make future pregnant ladies have a good 3rd trimester, too.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

week 34

Total weight gain: About 26 pounds. A pound a week is kind of a scary proposition at this point...

Movement: Still very active and movements continue to be bigger, sometimes uncomfortable, and occasionally painful.

Cravings: Nothing major but it seems like I'm enjoying carbs and sweets more. And The Hubby thinks I'm preferring more bland foods.

Symptoms: Crazy dreams, baby brain, forgetfulness, lots of waking in the middle of the night, more frequent crazy back pain, slightly less frequent hip pain from sleeping on my side, good hair, some pressure from baby settling and ligament pain, general feeling of uncomfortable-ness is getting more frequent, more daytime pottying, Braxton Hicks (a more reasonable amount). One dream last night had Hubby telling me that he wanted to add "Nora" and "Maude" to his girl name list.

Belly button: Still in.

Preparations: Another coat of paint on the dresser. I think I just need to do one more and I'll be done. I think that will have to wait till Wednesday when it gets warmer (again). I also moved the rocking chair into the nursery (finally). And that's about it...

Milestones: Another doctor's appointment this week. I felt some validation on the belly-popping front. I had been consistently measuring about a cm/week small but was right on target at this visit. Maybe that little growth spurt contributed to my feeling worse last week. Although I don't feel unburdened by the belly this week, I've certainly felt better than last week. Also, I know I mentioned this on FB, but I apparently went from strangers not being 100% sure I was pregnant to being asked if I think I'm going to make it to my due date. It seems that I had about a week of being an appropriate amount of pregnant.

Weekly wisdom: I'm kind of tapped out this week. A couple of thoughts, though. First, I'm not sure if having a January baby is good because Christmas can take your mind off of things and help the time go by faster or bad because Christmas comes with its own To Do list and it, uh, makes time go by faster. Second, I keep forgetting to mention it but my due date was adjusted to 3 days later. So instead of Saturdays being the conclusion of a week, it should really be Tuesdays. But since I made it about 3/4 of the pregnancy before finding this out, I'm going to stick with Saturdays (or, you know, Sunday).

I'm either smuggling a baby or a basketball (all the while making crazy faces)...

Saturday, December 04, 2010

week 33

On to the (world's palest) honeydew!

Total weight gain: About 25 pounds. So this is about a pound more than last week but let me tell ya...I feel like I've gained even more this week. And whatever weight that was gained went straight to the baby's muscles.

Movement: Still very active. Still prefers my right side. But now it seems like he or she is trying to push his or her way out through my belly. Or is standing up to simultaneously press on my bladder and into my ribs. Movements are bigger, often uncomfortable, and occasionally painful.

Cravings: Sweet tea. And someone mentioned Oreos and I wanted to punch them because it was about an hour before bed and I was at a hotel without any cookies whatsoever. I did have two Oreos today, though. For the record and if you're concerned, I do eat more than sugar and I don't always give in to cravings if they aren't healthy.

Symptoms: Crazy dreams, baby brain, forgetfulness, lots of waking in the middle of the night, more frequent crazy back pain, more frequent hip pain from sleeping on my side, good hair, some pressure from baby settling or ligament pain (this is increasing), general feeling of uncomfortable-ness is getting more frequent, more daytime pottying, Braxton Hicks. This week was my first week of feeling pretty uncomfortable. Had at least 3 baby-related dreams this week. In one, I had twins (I'm guessing because I'm feeling a little crowded these days). One baby was a blond-haired boy named James and the other was a red-haired girl named Georgia. They were cute. That is all.

Belly button: Still in.

Preparations: I was gone almost all week but last Sunday I did start painting the dresser. After sanding and filling some spots, it got two coats of primer. Now just regular paint left. Woohoo! I'm still feeling the pressure to finish this stuff up pretty soon. And pressure to find a pediatrician. And day care. And, and, and...

Milestones: I know I have 7-ish weeks left, but I had a moment on Tuesday where I felt like I understood for the first time how women get to the point where labor seems less scary because they just want the baby out. I know; it's not a pretty milestone.

Weekly wisdom: This week? Very hard week for me emotionally and somewhat harder physically. I hadn't traveled much or flown at all in the previous three weeks. Those three weeks apparently made a huge difference. My schedule included two different cities over 4 days with 3 flights. I was dreading Monday but by Tuesday night? When I arrived in city #2 after flight #2? I was done. I had planned on one more week of flying but I put myself on restricted travel. Work can just figure out how to manage without me (you know, to some degree since I'm still traveling by car and still, uh, working). I guess the wisdom is to just listen to your body. Mine was done traveling a week and a half before I planned and 3+ weeks before travel restrictions would have been forced upon me. Ooh, also? A friend's sister had her baby this week. Her due date was about 2 weeks after mine. If that doesn't freak you out and light a fire under you... As long as this poking, jabbing baby wants to stay in, I'm going to try to appreciate it.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

week 32

Last week of the squash!

Total weight gain: About 24 pounds per the doctor's office scale. Really packing it on now it seems...

Movement: Very active and prefers my right side. Seems like there's more activity throughout the day.

Cravings: Caffeine. And the typical Thanksgiving foods.

Symptoms: Crazy dreams, baby brain, forgetfulness, lots of waking in the middle of the night, some crazy back pain, some hip pain from sleeping on my side (although I've figured out how to kind of minimize this by changing how I'm sleeping), good hair, some pressure from baby settling or ligament pain (but I'm learning how to avoid this turning into pain), general feeling of uncomfortable-ness is getting more frequent, more daytime pottying, Braxton Hicks. Also a few nights were it's hard for me to get back to sleep after a bathroom break. No fun. One funny thing re: crazy dreams. On Thursday morning I dreamt that we brought the baby home without having decided a name. Baby was a boy (for the record, I've also had baby-is-a-girl dreams). Hubby was holding Baby Boy and answering the door as we had visitors. As a side note, I was doing remarkably well for just having had a baby. Anyway, the visitors ask what we named the baby and I heard Hubby answer. I asked him to repeat himself. Apparently he said we named the baby "Orel Galveston." I said, "Um, no we didn't." Baby has occasionally been called Orel since then.

Belly button: Still in.

Preparations: Washed most of the baby clothes we've received so far. Organized the shower gifts to some degree. Played a game of musical shelves so that the baby's room could have a slightly bigger/better one (instead of buying a new one). Painted it. Sanded the dresser. I really need to finish that so I can put stuff away. Started a few lists for what to pack in the diaper bag and the hospital bag. Any suggestions?

Milestones: Baby's first Thanksgiving? Really, I can't think of anything. Oh, had my first doctor's appointment on the new Q2wk schedule. Weird to be going so frequently already...

Weekly wisdom: Make lots of lists. There's always so much to do (even without pregnancy going on). But I have a harder time keeping track of it all. And because I'm almost done with my little week-long vacation, I'm feeling like I didn't get enough crossed off that list. So it's a short one today...

Saturday, November 20, 2010

week 31

Ugh, still with the weird squash...

Total weight gain: About 22 pounds.

Movement: Very active and prefers my right side. Since the baby tends to move more when I'm still (and vice versa), he or she is often having a dance party right before I go to bed. I asked Hubby last night if he thought the baby would sleep at appropriate times after birth if I became nocturnal for the remainder of the pregnancy...

Cravings: I ate really pretty healthily last week so I wanted fast food this week. Sorry, baby.

Symptoms: Crazy dreams, baby brain, forgetfulness, lots of waking in the middle of the night, some crazy back pain, some hip pain from sleeping on my side (although I've figured out how to kind of minimize this by changing how I'm sleeping), good hair, some pressure from baby settling or ligament pain (but I'm learning how to avoid this turning into pain), general feeling of uncomfortable-ness is getting more frequent, more daytime pottying. And while it was probably new a week or two ago, it is clear now that there have been some Braxton Hicks.

Belly button: Still in. Yea!

Preparations: I made a list of what needs to be done and marked two things off of it. Cleaned out the baby's bathroom and nursery closet. Granted, things from the closet haven't been properly put away yet but I'm off most of next week so that's on the agenda. Got another recommendation for a pediatrician.

Milestones: Had fabulous Baby Shower #2 last Saturday. A real post on that still to come. Also? Lamaze and hospital tour today. And it was finally time for our postponed maternity/family shoot. I go tomorrow to see the proofs and figure out what to buy. Here are the teasers that I'm totally in love with (from Week 30, Day 5)!

Might I add that it kind of even looks like fall in these? And that I love my husband and dog. They're both so cute.

Weekly wisdom: Let me preface this one by saying that I love my family. They're great and supportive and I don't know what I'd do without them. That being said, my friends are really awesome, too. Over the years I've learned that you can't get all your needs met by one person (or, for me, even by a small handful of people). I think this realization makes relationships a lot easier in a way. I think if you expected your spouse or anyone else to fill all the roles you need in life, you'd be continuously and sorely disappointed. So, for me? It takes a village. Shower #2 (the "friends" shower) reminded me how great all my people are. So many people came, some of whom I hadn't seen in quite awhile, some from long distances. And everyone was so supportive. It was exactly what I needed. I'm so grateful to all of them for loving me and this baby they still have yet to meet. So I guess the wisdom is to 1) let lots of people meet your needs and 2) appreciate it when they do.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

bebe shower #1

My first baby shower was the day before Halloween, hosted by my SIL (The Brother's wife) and her mother. Guests were mostly family and some friends of the family. Most of the ladies were mothers (or grandmothers or great-grandmothers) so there was a lot of experience in that room. And a little advice.

The theme was fall (with a few Halloween decorations thrown in because it was, after all, the day before Halloween). As usual, the ladies did a great job on decorations and food. I love that one guest said that she had eaten before she came and another responded with, "Oh, I didn't. The last time I was here they had great food." And she's right.

Uh, yeah. See that? Super freakin' cute pumpkin babies. I took those home and they're still sitting in the kitchen. Unfortunately, I have a feeling Hubby will use them for pie next week. So. Cute. Also? Punch. Mmmmm...

I'll spare you the crazy faces I make when opening presents and move right along to some of my favorite items we received that day. The hostesses gifted the baby a college-themed package. Both of our undergrad schools were represented.

The shower invitation suggested bringing a book for Bebe's library. People delivered:

My FIL excitedly purchased multiple books. And this cute frog. He looks like an old man to me. The frog, not my FIL.

My aunt and her children and grandchildren got us several nice things including this "I Spy" quilt that a local lady made. Each block has something fun that you can ask the baby to find, like frogs or birds.

Another part of the collegiate package was this awesome blanket. When I opened it up, I could just see the maroon/Aggie side. I was making a comment on how the package was biased (um, as it should be) towards A&M. Then my SIL told me to turn it over. The other side is black and gives a shout out to Georgia Tech.

I could honestly put about 30 pictures up here showing all the great stuff we got from friends and family during the shower as well as thoughtful packages we received in the mail leading up to it. Everyone was so generous and it's all greatly appreciated. I'll just show you one more item. Some receiving blankets. I don't know why I think these are so cute but seriously? Those tiny elephants? Very excited to see a little baby wrapped up in these. And proof that you don't need to know the gender of the baby to buy/receive cute things.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

week 30

Total weight gain: Still about 21 pounds.

Movement: Very active. Had a doctor's appointment this week where the little machine to hear the heartbeat wasn't working at first but no need to be concerned as the baby was moving just moments before...

Cravings: Not really anything this week. Weird. The Bradley Method class/instructor/medical proponents recommend a high protein diet. I never knew how hard it was to eat so much protein. I'm basically not stressing over it but trying to get back on the healthy eating bandwagon.

Symptoms: Crazy dreams, baby brain, forgetfulness, lots of waking in the middle of the night, some crazy back pain, some hip pain from sleeping on my side, good hair, some pressure from baby settling or ligament pain (but I'm learning how to avoid this turning into pain), general feeling of uncomfortable-ness at times, more daytime pottying. Sleep hasn't been great this week but still fewer potty breaks. And I know I haven't mentioned this (because of some readers), but I have boobs. For like the first time in my life. And on some days? Cleavage. What is that?! (Ok, last time I mention it.)

Belly button: Still in. Maybe we should take bets on if/when it will pop.

Preparations: Nothing. Resting on my laurels from last week. Oh, I did check into one pediatrician's office.

Milestones: Holy moly, people...30 weeks. Yikes. Let me repeat, yikes. And baby shower #2 today. Woohoo!

Weekly wisdom: Let's go for a lighter topic than last week, shall we? I think it's common knowledge that pregnant women like to need to nest. There's only so much you can do before the baby showers since you generally get gifts at them and you would like to see what other people are kind enough to buy before you go out and duplicate purchases. That being said, I say have your baby shower(s) early if possible. We originally scheduled them early just because I wanted to avoid the whole holiday craziness. But it's nice that I'm not horribly gigantic and miserable, I still look relatively cute in the pictures (unless you count the ones my cousin took at the last one. Bonus weekly wisdom--never give a family member the camera.), and now I can go buy cute baby things. CUTE BABY THINGS! I'm very excited. The downside of this, of course, is that I seriously need to clean out the baby's closet and finish that dresser...

Saturday, November 06, 2010

week 29

Holy moly, we're finally done with the eggplant! That's some sort of squash and we're in the 7th month. SEVENTH. MONTH.

Total weight gain: About 21 pounds. Moving on from the plateau. Also? I think my belly has really grown. Maybe I should have been keeping waist measurements, too.

Movement: More of the same--still very active. We're allegedly around the peak time for activity. We start going downhill a little now as the baby starts to have a little less wiggle room.

Cravings: Hmm, just reading about that taco salad from last week makes me want one. No real cravings (besides sweets). I have had a few really good sandwiches this week, though.

Symptoms: Crazy dreams, baby brain, forgetfulness, lots of waking in the middle of the night, less crazy back pain, some hip pain from sleeping on my side, good hair, some pressure from baby settling, general feeling of uncomfortable-ness at times. Better sleeping this week with fewer potty breaks. Woohoo! But, you know, during the day I get the feeling of having to potty more frequently. And so it begins...

Belly button: Still in. Saw a girl in the airport this week who was about as big as me (or maybe a little smaller) and had a clear outtie. Sorry, girl.

Preparations: We bought a car! That will safely hold a baby and his/her stuff! And we got the rocking chair back! Two very exciting preparations! (Pics to was a long week and I feel most compelled to tidy up the house this morning. EDIT: Yea! Pictures!)

I'm really enjoying this car now that I'm back in town. Yea for that! (Notice sneaky, photobombing dog in the background.)

Rocking chair before/after:

Milestones: I DO NOT HAVE GESTATIONAL DIABETES! 3-hour glucose test wasn't as bad as I was expecting. And I could not have been more relieved at the results. Due to the weird pressure I've been feeling, I had my first internal exam in months. Everything checked out ok but we both thought we'd rather be safe than sorry.

Also? Had the first baby shower last Saturday. It was very nice. Good food, good people, good gifts. People were so generous. I'll try to do a post later this week with my favorite items of the day.

Weekly wisdom: Isn't it funny how you go about life thinking and saying things and not really thinking anything of it until you're in that situation? And then you think you were crazy before? This happened a lot during wedding planning and it's probably happening even more during pregnancy. While strangers are now freely asking me about my due date or calling me "Mama," they haven't given much advice (which is kind of nice). Friends, family, acquaintances, co-workers? They've been a little more vocal. The differences between the generations have become pretty obvious, as well as the differences between folks who are more traditional vs. more progressive in their thinking. So I try to take the things people say, think about all the crazy nonsense I've said in the past, and realize what I need to do to be less offensive and more supportive in the future. So here's my wisdom--if you hear someone say something that you disagree with (when it's a total matter of opinion, perhaps even a matter of opinion concerning that person's own body), just keep it to yourself. Try to support that person's decisions. Or just wish them luck. Or perhaps even ask them about their decision-making process. Any of those. Telling them that they'll change their mind isn't all that helpful of a response (even if you honestly think it's the truth). (I know, kind of vague to protect the well-meaning.)

The second thing I realized this week is kind of sad. Sorry for that. Certain circumstances in life have led me to not be quite as excited during this time as I'd like to be. And other circumstances kind of have me feeling like I can't be as outwardly excited as I am on the inside. The only one I care to mention is that pregnancy? It's harder (at least for me) without a mother. I have lots of friends and family who have really done a great job being supportive but there's still a hole. (Not currently wallowing in it, though.) Major life events for a motherless daughter are bittersweet.

Not to end on a horribly sad note... Here's me 5 weeks ago and again yesterday. I think this is enough of a difference for strangers to feel comfortable assuming I'm pregnant. That makes me happy.

Monday, November 01, 2010

at least the firemen could have seen my cute hair

Lordy, people. So there's baby brain and then there's BABY BRAIN. Since I have the 3-hour glucose test tomorrow, I hear I'm supposed to pack in some carbs. I made breakfast tacos this morning. About an hour later, I leave the office (where I was eating) and something smells a little weird. I go in the kitchen and find this:

That's what happens to a plastic spoon when you leave it resting on a pan. An empty pan. An empty pan that is still sitting on top of a lit burner. Oh, well. This isn't the first weird plastic disaster this kitchen has seen (and no one was even pregnant then).

Good. Grief.

In other news, I keep forgetting to mention in my weekly updates that my hair is finally starting to get good. (I know that's horrible grammar but that's how I'm compelled to say it.) I didn't have the never-lose-a-strand-of-hair thing going on at the beginning of the pregnancy but the last few weeks have really turned around. I know the picture below isn't the greatest but I tell ya, I have reasonably good hair even in the mornings after going to bed with it wet (minus the Farrah Faucet bangs I end up with from sleeping on wet hair).

Here's 28 weeks +2 days:

Saturday, October 30, 2010

week 28

Total weight gain: About 20 pounds (confirmed by doctor's scale this week). Seems like we've hit a plateau. Not that I'm complaining...

Movement: More of the same--still very active. There have been some really big movements this week. It is entertaining and kind of freaks me out at the same time.

Cravings: Well, since I'm trying to eat less sugar and simple carbs, that's all I want. I'd love to eat all that Halloween candy. And mashed potatoes. Mac n cheese... In trying to limit the carbs yet joining in on my SIL's Masters degree celebration, I had a taco salad last night. VERY GOOD.

Symptoms: Crazy dreams, baby brain, forgetfulness, lots of waking in the middle of the night, less crazy back pain. At time, beginning to feel a little uncomfortable in general. And my hips sometimes are a little sore again from having to sleep on them all night. Also? Twice this week I've gotten up to go to the bathroom and my brain has actually turned on. What's this? Usually I can just stumble around to do my business and fall right back asleep. I was up for hours these two nights. It was so boring just lying'd think that would cause me to fall asleep.

Belly button: It's smaller than normal but still in. I was admiring Hubby's comparatively ginormous belly button the other day.

Preparations: I've done nothing at all in the nursery this week. I have no idea why. But we've received lots of presents from folks who can't make it to our baby showers. At least someone has been trying to prepare for the baby. Oh, I did buy a baby book.

Milestones: Had the 1-hour glucose test on Monday and failed. Go in on Tuesday for the 3-hour test. In addition to all the health implications (for me and bebe), please don't let me have to make it through the holidays with gestational diabetes... In more (fun) news, first baby shower today! More on that next week but I'm looking forward to it. And I'm not sure if this is a milestone or a preparation but we had our first birth-related class this week. We're taking a 10-week Bradley Method class. It's hosted by a woman locally and one other couple is taking it with us. Interesting so far.

Weekly wisdom: After buying the new baby book yesterday, I dug out mine. Hubby says he doesn't have one. (I'll have to check to see if that's true.) Lord knows mine is very incomplete but I loved looking at it every now and then when I was growing up. Yesterday was the first time I looked at it since getting pregnant. I'm really going to try to be good about completing one for the baby (and try even harder for potential baby #2 since they always get the shaft) but I totally understand how this ends up not taking first priority. Try. You never know what's going to happen. I don't have anyone to ask how I old I was when this or that milestone happened. No one can tell me if I was a good sleeper. Write that stuff down. Somewhere. On a post-it. Whatever. The information and the sentiment and that it's in my mom's handwriting? Invaluable.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

week 27

Total weight gain: About 20 pounds. I swear I don't know where it's going since I still look fairly small for the beginning of the 3rd trimester. So much so that we postponed maternity pics for a few weeks. A little disappointing but at least I'll actually look pregnant in them...

Movement: Still very active. Baby likes conference calls, eating, and bedtime. Baby also likes hiding when Hubby is looking.

Cravings: Still loving the red grapes and the apples dipped in caramel. Trying to cut back on the caramel, though. And parfaits (generally yogurt, red grapes, and granola) have been tasty. Trying to cut back on the sugar, though.

Symptoms: Crazy dreams, baby brain, forgetfulness, lots of waking in the middle of the night, that crazy back pain, the occasional slightly swollen ankles due to flying or overworking myself. There was some really good, crazy dream this week that I should have noted earlier since I now have no recollection. My allergies are finally starting to settle down. So glad it didn't go to a full-blown sinus infection. I would have been a sad, unmedicated camper.

Belly button: It's holding its own from last week.

Preparations: Hung the valances (which also meant I had to re-hang the drapes...long story). Finished some wall art and hung that. Figured out the final piece of art but can't finish it till the baby is here. Made some small bunting out of leftover fabric so the baby can have something fun to look at during diaper changes and because I love bunting. Recovered what will be the foot stool to accompany the rocking chair. And we finally dropped the rocking chair off today! It will allegedly be back and reupholstered in about 10 days. Awesome. What's left on the list? Painting the dresser and lining its drawers. Still need 4 new knobs for it. Make the skirt for the crib. Moving the bed out of the room (which we'll do much later since we sometimes need to sleep apart for comfort/space reasons). I may paint a small bookshelf and need to paint a frame for the last piece of art. Then clean out the closet and bathroom for baby stuff and I think that's about it. I may be forgetting something but that seems like a reasonably short list to me.

Milestones: The countdown to baby is less than 100 days. A two-digit number. Freaky. On Monday I go for my 1-hour glucose screening. Not exactly looking forward to it. Mostly cutting sugar out the 3.5 days leading up to it. Mostly. Trying not to binge even though sweets are so good.

Weekly wisdom: There were several things I thought about this week that I wanted to include in the weekly update but have since forgotten. Seriously, in 2-3 days? I can't remember things? Sigh... So write things down because you can't get this good, interesting material back. Also, take breaks. I pretty much haven't adjusted my schedule or activity level but last Sunday my ankles showed that. So I'm going to take it a little easier.

Monday, October 18, 2010

a case of the mondays

Let me preface all of this by saying that it hasn't really put me in a bad mood. That's progress, right? Even with all these crazy pregnancy hormones. Go figure...
  • So I'm reading this book on hypnobirthing because Hubby wants me to. I think if he were to read it he'd think differently. I mean, if it's too fruity for me it will DEFINITELY be too fruity for him. I'm hoping there's at least a little to take away. That, and it's about 100 pages. Anyway, before bed I was reading a chapter about dream interpretation. So of course I wake up this morning after having this freaky long, detailed dream that ends with what? My tooth falling out. The only recurring dream I've ever had. Thanks a lot, hypnobirthing. Have I mentioned how much I HATE those dreams? And Monday arrives...
  • Last night I made this pretty good Mexican casserole out of some random stuff we had and only going very loosely by a recipe. I was looking forward to leftovers. What do I see sitting on the stove this morning? Meaning, sitting on the stove all night? Sigh...
  • I got locked out of Facebook.
  • Internet access is a little sketchy this morning.
  • I tried to log into our work network, leaving the computer to do its thing while grabbing cereal from the kitchen. Come back to find that the computer has restarted itself.
  • Maybe it was trying to save me from the accusatory email I got from a co-worker first thing this morning...
  • Take a break to take a shower. Get out of the shower to hear crazy peeps in the neighborhood screaming and cursing at each other. Why is there never a police presence then? Why must people ruin the quietness that is the neighborhood on this perfectly nice fall day?

I think I'll go eat a cookie. Happy Monday to you all.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

week 26

Total weight gain: Still about 19 pounds.

Movement: Still very active. I can tell the baby is getting bigger because I could only feel movements in small areas before. Now I can sometimes feel a big movement across half my belly.

Cravings: Still loving the red grapes and the apples dipped in caramel.

Symptoms: Crazy dreams, baby brain, forgetfulness, lots of waking in the middle of the night. I have had a few nights in the last couple of weeks where I haven't had to get up to go to the bathroom (which is awesome). Still with the mid- to low-back pain on my right side. Got a massage yesterday. She really worked on that spot and it felt good immediately after but I think was just sore last night. Doing ok today. Also still battling the allergies.

Belly button: I think it's getting smaller.

Preparations: Finished the valances but need to hang them. Have a few more ideas for wall art. Got some yard work out of the way this morning so maybe I'll work on valances and the dresser. The Hubby has almost finished staining and sealing the wooden parts of the rocking chair. Fingers crossed that it can make it in to the upholstery shop this week.

Milestones: I think I lied last week. I think now is the official beginning of the 3rd trimester. Eh, whatever. We're in it for sure. Also, Baby got his/her first shower gift yesterday. I was a little overwhelmed that people are buying things for this little person we have yet to meet.

Weekly wisdom: I know some people say they get a pet to prepare them for having children. I think people with children think this is nuts. And I may, too. But. While working in the yard this morning, Hubby and Maggie were out at a doggie socializing walk at one of the local shelters. I started thinking that having a pet (maybe a dog in particular) probably does prepare you in a baby step sort of way (sorry for the word choice). I mean, someone else is depending on you for all their needs--exercise, food, water, shelter, health care, love, attention, training, etc. You can't just drop everything and go as easily as before. You need to depend on other people (whether kind friends and family or strangers who get paid) to provide this care when you can't. You have to work as a team with your spouse. There are things that would normally drive you a little crazy but they don't because you love this little creature. And, probably most importantly, this morning I realized that it's really nice and fortunate that Hubby and I are generally on the same page when it comes to raising her. We have the same basic rules and goals for how we'd like her to behave. I think that makes things go much more smoothly. I've really enjoyed adding Maggie to our household and seeing the change in dynamics. I love watching her interact with Hubby. I was anxious for them to get back home this morning so I could hear how it went. Basically, if this is a tiny glimpse of what parenthood is like, magnifying all the good and bad and stress and responsibility by 100, I'm pretty excited for it.

Monday, October 11, 2010

week 25

A few days late... But, hey! The baby is developing into an eggplant now!

Total weight gain: Still about 19 pounds.

Movement: Generally, bouts first thing in the morning and the last thing at night. Plus a few times in the middle of the day and at least once during the night. This baby is crazy active.

Cravings: Still loving the red grapes. And had some watermelon again and it was particularly good. And since it's fall? I could eat about a dozen apples dipped into that pre-made caramel sauce they sell in grocery stores.

Symptoms: Crazy dreams, baby brain, forgetfulness, difficulty sleeping. I think I finally found a reasonably good pillow so while I may not be sleeping as well as I did pre-pregnancy, at least I'm not waking up with the same neck and shoulder pain. Oh, but speaking of pain, I have been getting some lower back pain on my right side after sitting for extended periods. Not fun. I foresee more massages in my future.

Belly button: Holding steady.

Preparations: Finished the quilt! Since we were pretty busy this past week and weekend, I think that's about all I did. I need to finish those valances and make a bed skirt. Crib skirt? I'm hoping we can finally take the rocking chair in this week so re-upholstery can begin. And maybe I can start painting the dresser.

Milestones: Yesterday was the official beginning of the 3rd trimester. Please excuse me while I freak out. I did have a minor wave of overwhelm as I was skimming a daycare packet that one of my friends kindly brought over. I just suddenly felt the weight of being responsible for another human. And I guess a kind of milestone is that I got sick for the first time since pregnant--battling the allergies. It looks like pollen counts will be going down tomorrow and Wednesday so hopefully I can push through.

Weekly wisdom: I feel all out of wisdom. Maybe just the "live in the moment" thing that is a general life goal. As I'm starting to get a little uncomfortable at times and the baby is moving like crazy, I try to remind myself that I should appreciate where we are now. That I'm guaranteed to get even less comfortable before it gets better. And that these baby movements were the same ones I was so anxious for (and I do enjoy them except when I get a punch in the ribs or something).

This weekend the baby traveled to the Alamo... (Also? I think my face is looking weird. Maybe it's just in pictures.)

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

week 24 belly shots

Better late than never. I'm finally home and could finally get these off the camera. These are from last Sunday (24 weeks +1). You'll notice that sometimes I have fake smiles...

The dog didn't pose this week. So lately I've been wondering where all my weight is sticking to me since so many people are still surprised I'm even pregnant. Um, I think I found it. It's in my giant butt. Maybe there's a second baby in there...

Sunday, October 03, 2010

week 24

Total weight gain: About 19 pounds. We had a doctor’s appointment on Monday and I was at about 17 pounds. It seems that we’re really not imagining that the belly has grown a lot this week.

Movement: All the time. Sometimes while I’m supposed to be sleeping. Perhaps this is a sign of things to come.

Cravings: Red grapes. I decided that this craving may be trying to meet my champagne craving. Or something. Hey, at least it’s relatively healthy.
Symptoms: Crazy dreams, baby brain, forgetfulness, all emotions (especially the crazy ones) are just under the surface. No additional leg cramps. No flights = no swelling. Difficulty sleeping. It’s just hard to get comfortable. I miss sleeping on my tummy. So sad… The most exciting (in a scary way) thing this week is that I had a full-on nosebleed. Just sitting there watching “Sicko” (of all things) and suddenly… Well, you know what happens. Yuck. Had to revert back to basic first aid but once I forced myself to quit releasing pressure to check the progress, it stopped. I had heard that this is more common in pregnant women but it’s not exactly a glamorous event. And, for the record, there are all sorts of manly bodily functions during pregnancy, too. Don’t think I’ve escaped them…just avoiding disclosing them at length here.

Belly button: I don’t think there’s been a big change from last week. We’re holding steady with an innie. I don’t know why this part freaks me out, but it does.

Preparations: I’m so close to finishing the quilt. If only I could be home one more evening… So it may be done this week. I also spackled and touched up some old holes in the walls and re-hung shelves in a different location (after repainting them). Also painted a few picture frames. Made a few final adjustments to the mobile. Bought new drawer pulls for the dresser. Did a little organizing. So basically just a few not-terribly-exciting odds-n-ends that just needed to get done. I’m excited at the progress, though. Can’t wait to have the dresser painted and the rocking chair finished.

Milestones: Baby is doing fine. The doctor was pleased with my weight gain, size, baby’s heartrate. Most exciting thing is that the baby is now considered viable. That’s a pretty big deal. However, since he or she only weighs a little over a pound, Hubby thinks we should try to keep him or her cooking a bit longer. I couldn’t agree more. Also, last night we were in bed and it seemed like my belly was a little lopsided. Hubby poked at the high point (off to the right of the belly button) and asked if it was a head. I felt it along with my left side and told him that I wasn’t sure if it was a head but it definitely was a baby. I told him it was much harder on that side than the other. He felt it and I think it freaked us both out a little. Intellectually we know there’s a baby in there but it’s still weird.

Weekly wisdom: Like I said, having a hard time sleeping. And I don’t want to make the jump to the giant body pillow. I feel crowded enough already. But I’ve added a second pillow as well as a small wedge pillow. So far I’m liking it. Still wish I had a good pillow for my actual head. I wake up so sore in my neck and shoulders. Blah. Anyway, I guess the wisdom is the wedge pillow. I just assumed it was only for use in propping up the ever-expanding belly but my doctor suggested using it under my back while lying on my back. That way I could get off my side for awhile but not risk cutting off circulation to the baby and me. Great idea! On the other hand, a kind of sad bit of wisdom? I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me sooner, but I was talking to a 38-weeks pregnant stranger in Target yesterday and she brought it to my attention that I won’t be stomach sleeping while newly breastfeeding either. Sigh… This should not come as a surprise but it still made me a little sad.

Belly pics will get added later in the week. We took them this morning but I didn’t have time to upload before flying to Chicago. And the baby is still a papaya, for the record...

Thursday, September 30, 2010

once upon a time

Way back in July, I marked a few things off the ol' Life List--visiting a new state (Minnesota) and a new ballpark (in, um, Minnesota). Because things got pretty crazy in August and September, I've totally neglected blogging about this.

So July 15-19. I traveled up to Minnesota with my MIL and SIL. We flew into Minneapolis and then drove on up to Pine River. It's a small, quaint little town with two motels. We chose the better one. They had a Dairy Queen and a farmer's market. We visited both. The main reason we went up this far north into the state was so that we could drive up to where my MIL spent summers as a kid. She hadn't been in a very long time and my SIL and I had never been.

One of the numerous lakes in Minnesota is Lake Ponto. It's small and quiet and has just a few lake houses on each side. We visited the house that my MIL's grandfather had built and talked to the next-door neighbors. Things were very much like my MIL remembered, and it was great to be able to see this part of the family history. We took a lot of pictures and enjoyed our time there.

The second reason we made the trip was to visit some extended family members in Minneapolis. Before we headed there, however, we had to make a few small detours to see Paul Bunyan and Babe as well as the World's Largest Ball of Twine.

These family members were kind enough to let us stay in their beautiful home for the second part of our trip. They were so nice and hospitable. We had fantastic breakfasts and got a little tour of the city. They took us out to eat at some great restaurants and were just nice to visit with. I think the best part of the trip was that it turned into a ladies weekend. There was good girl talk and lots of talk about other family members and family history. I feel like I got to know everyone so much (more). And got to know where my husband came from. It was also good to just be able to spend some time with my in-laws without Hubby there. Nice to work on our relationships separate from the relationships he has with them.

And, like I mentioned, we also got to go to a Twins game. The ballpark is new, open air, and really nice. It was pretty chilly and overcast when we got there (most of the trip was chilly--in JULY) but the sun came out and burned me. The life of a redhead... We had good seats in the outfield. Is it bad that I don't remember a lot of details now? Freakin' baby brain... Three things, though. One, parking at a ballpark has never been easier. You literally exit the freeway into the garage that is connected to the field. Two, the side of the parking garage is visible from the field so they fancied it up a bit. The side of the structure was covered in these small, reflective metal pieces that moved in the breeze. It was really mesmerizing. I should have taken video. And, three, the "races" that they do on the jumbo-tron at Target Field (of course I liked the place), were between Babe and 2 Target characters. What did they race around? Only everything we'd seen--lakes, woods, Paul n Babe, and the GIANT BALL OF TWINE. We were very amused.

Minnesota? Beautiful. Hopefully some of these pictures will make up for my lack of memory details.