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

Read:
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.