Saturday, August 28, 2010

week 19

Total weight gain: Doesn't look like there was a gain this week. Then again, when you're talking about a pound a week, any daily fluctuations can skew the data.

Movement: More flutterings. On Thursday night it felt like more intentional flutterings. Like I stopped what I was doing and thought, "Huh, I think that was the baby." Definitely moving during the ultrasound, too.

Cravings: I was struggling to make it through work on Thursday afternoon so I drug the laptop into the living room and went through emails while watching Oprah. She had Paula Deen on and she made her Hashbrown Casserole (which I've made in the past). I could have made it right then. I think it may be brunch for Sunday. I've also still been eating avocados, which is good since they're high in Vitamin E and I recently read they can help decrease the odds of allergies and asthma in the baby.

Symptoms: Lordy, the baby brain. And the dreams. Friday morning I had one where they had I giant vending machine at Wal-Mart that contained dogs. Apparently you could just kind of keep your dog in there if you had brief errands to run. The in-laws' dogs were in there. Tessa was just chillin' and Daisy was so excited she was shaking. Pretty much how they would be if actually in a giant vending machine. The dream then ended up very video game/movie-like (it was a period movie). I never have dreams like that.

Belly button: No change.

Preparations: Oooh, got to do some work over last weekend. Have the baby's bathroom done except for whatever actual baby things need to be added. And, you know, if I randomly change my mind about something. Also finished the mobile!!! And worked some on the quilt over the last week. I gave Hubby the green light to go ahead and start putting the crib together. He took it seriously and put it together last night. Looks good and sturdy.

In this first picture, I got the pair of owls pretty much for free at an estate sale recently. They were sort of cheesy but I just painted them white. And the orange bucket of towels used to be purple. Second pic is a grouping of needlepoints by my grandmother (the four seasons...we have a bit of a woodland theme in the bathroom, it seems). And a few fun bird prints that Hubby didn't hate. Yea!

And the mobile. It's currently hanging from the ceiling fan but it makes me very happy.

Milestones: Had the second screening ultrasound and anatomy scan on Thursday. I heart ultrasounds. MIL came with us so that was fun. Everything looks good on the baby. All body parts were present and accounted for. Very slim chances (like the best odds you can get) of major genetic problems. No cleft palate. We're still not finding out the sex although it was clear to the tech. Sometimes you do not want ambiguity. Heart rate was 165. Baby was measuring one day off so that's pretty darn close. To give you an idea of baby's size (other than the mango up there), his or her foot was about an inch long.

A foot and a slightly less good (compared to last time) profile pic:

Weekly wisdom: Not that we're doing this (maybe the next time around), but I heard a great idea this week. One of my co-workers said that she had some friends who had a Reveal Party. They invited their close friends and family and everyone found out what the sex of the baby was. It's how they did the telling that makes it fun. At their ultrasound, they had the tech write down what the baby's sex was and seal it up. They took that to the bakery and had a cake made. The outside was yellow with question marks. The inside they had colored to match the sex of the baby (Team Pink or Team Blue). Then when they cut the cake, everyone found out at once. Super fun idea.

(Mango courtesy of

Saturday, August 21, 2010

week 18

So I'm still alive. And I've even gotten myself slightly unburied at work. It should (fingers crossed) be a relatively uneventful two weeks there. Woohoo!

Total weight gain: Confirmed by the doctor's scale...11 lbs. I have a book I read nightly (a pregnancy day-by-day book) and I'm exactly on track according to their little graph.

Movement: Same ol' flutterings that I think I'm hallucinating. The PA said I should feel more definite things within the next few weeks. Still looking forward to that.

Cravings: I've pretty much cut out caffeine since getting pregnant but I had a little sweet tea this week. It was wonderful.

Symptoms: Still with the baby brain. This week I thought I lost my car keys and forgot where I parked at the airport (within about 15 minutes of each other). And the dreams. Oh, the dreams. It feels like I'm dreaming every minute I'm sleeping. Sometimes crazy stuff (like the baby's umbilical cord stump falling off as soon as we bring her (was a girl in the dream) home from the hospital to just a mish mash of things that happened the day before).

Belly button: Still in and feels very featured in my clothes these days. Like all parts of my belly except for it are sticking out and it's a giant sinkhole.

Preparations: Last weekend I did a little accessorizing. And I worked on the valances only to have hit a snag. I'm ignoring them for now. Baby got a teddy bear today (from an honorary grandma).

Milestones: Made the switch to maternity pants for work. So much more comfortable. Apparently starting to look pregnant from the side only. Although I have a sneaking suspicion my butt is bigger so I may look pregnant from behind. I should have been taking pictures to show its growth... Had a doctor's appointment like I mentioned. Baby's heart rate was 158. Still good.

Weekly wisdom: Some good advice I heard in the last week was to come back from maternity leave midweek. I think that's a super good idea. You can ease everyone into the new routine. I'll try to work that in.

That's about all I have today. A few pics from this morning before leaving for a bridal shower (notice my photobombing dog in the second one):

And yea for Geek having her baby on Thursday! A second girl, 8lb 7oz (which is almost a pound and a half smaller than her firstborn).

(Sweet potato courtesy of

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Remember when I actually wrote about what was going on with my life? How I'd write maybe every other day? And you knew where I was traveling to and what projects were going on at the house and how the gardens were growing? Yeah, I barely remember that...

I've been traveling a lot. Work has been incredibly busy. I've worked many a late night when I've actually been in the home office. I'm torn between working over the weekends (and feeling bitter that I'm working) and working these long hours on weekdays (and giving all daylight hours to the job). I'm exhausted. And overwhelmed. And hormonal. And irritable. Yep, you should feel sorry for me but you should feel worse for the guy who has to live with me. I'm crankypants meets ticking time bomb. Sigh...

I guess the good news is that I have two sort of easy weeks coming up. Then, after some news I got today, return to crazy for another two weeks. I'm very much looking forward to upcoming travel restrictions and the subsequent 12 weeks off. I know it won't be a vacation but after the last few months it may just feel like it.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

week 17

Total weight gain: This morning I was the same weight as last week but I don't believe it. More on that later. Next week, I finally go back to the doctor so I'll have better data.

Movement: Still nothing exciting. I know based on what I've read that I'm not behind on this. And first-time pregnant moms usually recognize the feeling later. But, I'm sure anxious for this to start.

Cravings: I wanted guacamole since last Saturday when the baby was the size of an avocado. Finally got some this week. Thanks, Hubs, for picking up the ingredients.

Symptoms: Skin looks a little better today. And I guess I've had a little headache relief. I swear that I suddenly look pregnant this week--especially in the last few days. The number of wearable clothing items has dwindled even more. I've been a little uncomfortable (although I know I ain't seen nothin' yet). I was sitting on the plane yesterday morning and had the feeling like my pants were on too tight except it was my skin that was on too tight. That's a little freaky. Also, baby brain and its accompanying klutziness continues. This pregnancy thing? Very interesting to observe.

Belly button: Still in.

Preparations: Le sigh... Too busy for progress. The next few weeks are a little less crazy with work so hopefully I can get back to it.

Milestones: For the first time, I was called out regarding being pregnant. Now, I think I look pregnant when I'm wearing maternity clothes (even just the pants with a regular ol' shirt) and standing up. But I was at a site I hadn't been to since before the wedding and one of the girls walks in, sees me sitting down, in normal (but half-buttoned, tight pants) and asks what I was hiding in there. She proceeds to say that I got married, I'm having a baby. What?! She must be psychic because even though I know my boobs indicate that something's up, I'm still not well-endowed enough to give it away. I also bought a few more items of clothing. I culled the closet herd this morning and really don't have much that I can wear without just looking like I don't know how to dress my body. Like people would take one look at me and think, "Honey, buy a bigger shirt."

Weekly wisdom: I'm going to go superficial and stick to clothes. I had a good tip this week and it was to switch to maternity clothes as soon as you can. I think that's a good idea since comfort is a big deal already. And, you know, when you're female you kind of like to look good. It helps you feel good, which is even more important when you're having a "fat day" everyday. Suddenly--and, for the first time, literally--having nothing to wear is a bit of a downer. I know people have tricks to extend the life of your regular wardrobe but none of those have been comfortable to me. Or I don't have enough shirts that are both wide enough and long enough to hide all the engineering that's going into keeping my pants from falling down. What you can do, or at least what I can do, is still wear skirts. Sure, they're hiked up higher than Steve Urkel's pants but at least they make me feel good.

Finally, send good thought's Geek's way. She's feeling done with being pregnant with a week left until her due date. Fingers crossed the baby comes this weekend.
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Monday, August 09, 2010

365 days

Yesterday was our first anniversary. In some ways (like everything these days) the wedding seems both like forever ago and like last week. We've certainly been through a lot this past year. Moving in together. Taking a few trips. Adopting a dog. Growing a baby. Yeah, good year.

Because I've been traveling like crazy lately, I generally want nothing more than to stay home. But because the first anniversary is a pretty exciting one we decided we should maybe leave the house. We went to dinner at Capital Grille (fancy schmancy) where they were nice enough to cover our table with rose petals and confetti and write us a nice little anniversary note. After our fabulous dinner, they were even more kind enough to give us free creme brulee. Sigh...

Then we checked in at Hotel ZaZa which just happens to be where we spent our wedding night. The folks there were kind enough to upgrade us to a fabulous suite complete with champagne (I had a sip) and chocolate covered strawberries (I had a few).

After a lovely evening and morning of cards and presents (of the paper variety), we headed to breakfast at Empire Cafe. Then off to browse some antique stores and catch a movie. Hubby had an alumni event that we went to before heading home. Home. To cake. I tell ya, that was still some good cake a year later.

Our view (including a shot facing where we got married)...

And the best part of the day...

Here's to many more...

Saturday, August 07, 2010

16 weeks

Total weight gain: Yeah, this will still be inaccurate. It appears that I've probably gained another pound or two. Since the weight gain is so gradual, it's hard to tell what's baby and what's just the regular fluctuation throughout the day. Two more weeks till another doctor's appointment so we'll have to wait till then.

Movement: Nothing exciting to report. Will be nice (but perhaps a little freaky) once this starts. It's nice to know that everything is ok in there.

Cravings: While I have had several good meals, nothing that would meet the craving status.

Symptoms: My skin continues to look awful. And headaches. And it seems like I'm getting bigger since fewer of my clothes seem to fit. Oh, and baby brain. (Yes, I forgot to include this earlier and am coming back to add it.) I'm not really liking this part. Please let it be temporary. I'm too young to be senile.

Belly button: Still in.

Preparations: A little busier at work this week so most of the progress happened last weekend. Ok, all of the progress. I finished the first part of quilting the actual quilt. Just need to go back and add some designs... Cut out the fabric for the valances. Hubby and I hung the blinds and curtains. Lots of cursing from me there. Usually those go up so smoothly. Yeah, not this time. Oh! And I think I found a place to reupholster the rocking chair that The Brother and I were rocked in as babies. Very exciting! Now I just need to find time to pick out fabric. But the guy is local, gave me a good quote, and can be done in a reasonable amount of time. Woohoo!

Milestones: Busted out the maternity jeans for the first time. Seems weird since most people (even those who know me) aren't thinking I'm really showing. But, man, those old jeans would not fit this week. My MIL also bought me a couple shirts and a dress that aren't necessarily maternity clothes but are cut to last me for awhile. Wore one of those this week, too. No baby milestones that I can confirm but allegedly bebe can hear us now. It's a good thing s/he doesn't know what cursing means...

Weekly wisdom: Lordy, I feel out of wisdom this week. Not that great of a week emotionally-speaking. I guess sometimes the best you can do is keep on truckin'.
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Wednesday, August 04, 2010


I just realized that we were engaged for 9 months before we were married. Married for 9 months before we got pregnant. Hopefully pregnant for 9(ish) months before baby.

My life is moving in 9-month periods of time. Strange.

(Ok, back to work. Clearly becoming delirious.)

Monday, August 02, 2010

wedding monday: the end

Or, you know, the beginning. Blah blah. :)

Getting married in the summer, I felt, was the perfect time to use sparklers during our getaway. The thing is, a lot of places don't allow you to have a big group of probably drunken folks carrying open flames, often during a draught. When I was meeting with the facilities guy at the university, I decided I wouldn't bring it up. Beg forgiveness instead of asking permission. But because I was in crazy bride mode, I let it slip. He, because he was awesome, let it slide. So, no, I don't think we were supposed to have sparklers but no one told us not to.

The getaway did not go as planned. I would have liked it if the car were decorated but it's ok that it wasn't. (Note to folks getting married, just tell someone that in advance.) I would have liked it if the top were down on the convertible. (SIL really tried but sometimes it can be finicky...say if tons of wedding crap is crammed in the trunk. Should have just taken a few minutes to prep the car before heading in to the reception.) And I wish there were more pictures. I think this is the only time all day I wish that. Yeah, it's almost a year later and there are some things I still wish I could call "do over" on. So it goes...

But we do have some cute pictures.

There's just something about older folks with sparklers that I just love. Perhaps it's that they look so happy with them. The last picture (with my aunt and uncle) is, I think, the only one that shows one of the numerous signs I made (with a little help from The Brother).

And then we were off!

(The DJ's parting words to us was to do something memorable about halfway down the walk. Good call, DJ.)

First, Hubby looks so cute in these pictures. Second, I loved our wedding. I really did. Loved planning it, loved crafting, loved who I was marrying (and, um, still do). There were certainly stressful times and arguments and craziness and several things that didn't go according to plan. But there were so many people who helped us along the way. And even more people from all over who came to be with us on one of the most important days of our lives. Hubby, we've almost made it a year. Can you believe it? Bring on the cake!