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Musings with only a few more weeks to go…

April 9, 2014. That was the due date for the baby we lost right before conceiving Jenna. The day came and went and I only spent a few minutes thinking about how things would have been different. According to the Chinese gender predictor (which has been correct 2/2 for me), the baby would have been a boy. His name probably would have been Colin. He’d most likely already be here since Caleb was an early baby. Then, I thought about the emotional rollercoaster of a week that was…finding out I was pregnant the day Steve’s father passed. The highs and lows and then super lows.


But, now here we are! I’m 36w along with a a healthy baby girl who moves all of the time to let me know she’s here! I can’t believe that next week, she’ll be full term. I have one more ultrasound next week to check my fluid levels and then I will start my weekly appointments. This pregnancy has just flown by!

These past few weeks, we’ve made good progress with Jenna’s nursery, but it still needs work. Steve helped me paint it and we finished in about 2 1/2 hours. I assembled the crib, changing table and dresser on my own (though Steve did help me for 5 minutes to hold things together for the crib). Half her closet is all set with her clothes all hung up, but the other half still has boxes that we never unpacked and some photography stuff so I have to go through those things.

I’ve been crocheting like crazy! I’ve made so many hats, bonnets, leg warmers, you name it! Just thinking ahead for her newborn photos. I also made her crib skirt and a pennant banner that hangs above her crib. I’ll probably eventually add her name to it. I have a painting I did back in 2010 that would match her room, but I have no idea where it is….probably hidden in the garage so I hope to find it soon. And I couldn’t find storage boxes that I liked for her changing table so I made my own fabric covered boxes…they fit all her cloth diapers perfectly!

new wall color, crib set up with pennant banner, quilt and crib skirt made by me :)

Caleb has been so sweet and is really excited to be a big brother. Everyday, he hugs and gives my belly a kiss. He tells Jenna that he loves her. When we go out shopping, he tells people that he’s a big brother. He wants to be involved in things that relate to Jenna. When I was putting the dresser together, he would help bring me pieces (which was a great help since I was sitting on my butt for 75% of the time screwing things together). He picked out her fuzzy pink rug and said, “I think Jenna will really like this!” And when we ask what he will do as a big brother, he always says that he will protect her from bad guys and cars (i.e. holding her hand in parking lots). And he also says he will help bring me diapers.

We met up with a co-worker and wife of Steve’s last week and they have a tiny 6 week old girl. Caleb was fascinated with her! He’d touch her feet and her hands, but was also very nervous, but he would stand by the car seat and just look at her in amazement. I kept telling him that Jenna was going to be that small, too :) I can’t wait to see how he interacts with Jenna.

Last week after a grocery trip, I was strapping Caleb into his car seat and while I was pulling his strap tight, I heard and felt my wrist pop. It was the strangest feeling and it was a little tender, but I didn’t think much of it and went on with my day. The next morning, I woke up at 5am in pain and ended up going to a walk-in clinic. The doc didn’t think it was a break–rather something with the tendons/ligaments so they wrapped me up with a split and put me in a sling. After talking with a few people, they were saying it was due to the pregnancy relaxin hormone that probably made things loose so it was one of those freak things. Oh the joys…I’ve had to do a lot of things with my left hand and some times, I need help! One time, Steve had to help pull my pants up…haha.

the hazards of being a mom

It’s been a week and it’s still tender, but it’s better. I don’t wrap it up anymore, but I have to be careful with certain things like when I turn on the car–the twisting motion still hurt. But, for the most part, I’m ok.

This morning, we went to a car seat clinic to check and make sure I had Caleb’s car seat correctly installed forward facing (made it almost 3 years and 2 months before we made the switch) and  to make sure Jenna’s bucket was good. They asked if I had installed or Steve and when I said I had, they were saying it was a good install *pats self on the back*. They took the car seats out just to check everything and had me re-install it. Then, they double checked and had me practice with a doll buckling up a newborn. One more thing to cross off the list!

Tomorrow, we have our first of two maternity sessions. I found two different photographers that were offering cherry blossom mini sessions so the one tomorrow is at the Tidal Basin in DC. The one next week is in a neighborhood in Bethesda that usually blooms a week later. I’m just looking for options :)

We also met with a birth photographer! She’s building her portfolio and I’m her first client so we’ll see how things go. I figured as long as we get some shots and family shots afterwards, I’ll be happy. I’m really looking forward to the photos of our reactions moments after Jenna arrives.

My mom called to try and figure out when to drive down and stay with us…sounds like she’s coming in about two weeks. With Caleb, I went into labor the day after she flew in so it maximized the four weeks she stayed with us. This time, she’s driving down since she’s bringing her dog so hopefully she can be here on time!

Other than that, things are going well. I’m nearing the end, but still feel pretty good! Every once in a while, I get the aches especially when I’ve been sitting down for too long, but other than that, I really can’t complain. I sleep fairly well and Jenna lets me sleep for the most part. The weather has finally warmed up so I’ve been hanging outside with Caleb more–lots of playground visits and a trip to the animal park! He had such a blast and it’s not too big of a place so I didn’t get sore walking around unlike the day we went to the zoo….oi!

pony rides, feeding animals and petting a bearded dragon named Buttercup

Tomorrow is my baby shower thrown by Roxie and my MIL! There was no talking her out of it so I’m just going to enjoy the day with friends and family. I didn’t make a formal registry other than a small list I kept on Amazon mostly for myself so I could get the 10% completion coupon (which I just got the other day!!!). A few people have asked what we needed and the honest answer has been NOTHING! We bought the crib mattress and dresser a few weeks ago which were really the only things that were “needed” since Caleb is still using those items. Everything else we have from the days of Caleb and we’ve been buying clothes and got hand-me-downs. The weather is supposed to be gorgeous and in the 80’s so I’ll be sporting a maternity dress I bought :)

Anyway, that’s what’s been going on here. The nesting kick is in full force so I’ve been cleaning and trying to catch up with laundry since we got home from our outing today. Hopefully, this momentum can keep up for the next couple of weeks! Because if Jenna’s anything like her brother, she might be here in 2 1/2 weeks *gulp*.

Sewing projects, anatomy scan and meeting a doula

During the week of Christmas/New Years, Steve had a modified schedule where he had a few days on and a day off so I took advantage of having him home and started some sewing projects! My plan has always been to make Jenna’s nursery bedding. Crib sheets, blankets, quilts, changing pad covers–all that stuff is easy. I don’t plan on using a bumper and I will probably reuse the crib skirt that I already have, but if not, I can always make one :)

I bought a new sewing machine as a gift to myself! It’s this one by Brother (I paid $120 for a warehouse box–never opened, but the box was a bit dented. Machine was fine!) mostly because it has more power, it’s computerized and it had a few extras like a quilting table and could do simple lettering. My current one was a Black Friday deal that Steve lovingly bought for me years ago and spray painted the cover pink because I told him I wanted a pink sewing machine. It’s been used plenty, but it can’t handle thick layers and broken needles have come flying at my EYES on more than one occasion.

Anyway, over the course of a week, I stayed up late on more than one occasion to sew three quilts, a big crib minky blanket, changing pad cover and crib sheet! The new sewing machine is awesome and it’s sooo much easier to thread the bobbin and it can handle multiple layers.

crib minky blanket

minky changing pad cover

My 1st quilt using a disappearing 9 quilt block pattern! The back of the quilt is the bird fabric with a bamboo batting.

So proud of my 1st quilt that I signed it. I hope she keeps it forever.

Crib sheet that I tested out on the only crib sized mattress we had in the house–Caleb’s bed!

Saw a jelly roll fabric pack at JoAnn’s so decided to pick it up and try my hand at a jelly roll jam quilt. Not perfect, but pretty! I put it together with bamboo batting and the back has a solid yellow fabric with pink and green chevron fabric.

Not pictured is another baby quilt, but it’s basically a smaller version of the minky blanket I made with quilted blocks of the same fabric. I’m hoping to start the nursery (painting, furniture assembly, etc.) by March, finish by April and be ready by May!

We had another snow day and Steve’s car got stuck for two days! He ended up taking my car one day to go take his GRE’s (yay for an SUV with AWD). It was sooo cold, but Caleb wanted to go play in the snow so I said ok. We made it an hour (well, I did, before I said it was time to go in). The snow was so powdery that it was hard to make a snowman so I shoveled a mound and called it a snow volcano…lol.

This week, I am 22 weeks along! I finally got to see Jenna kicking from the outside and took a video of it. She loves to party late, late at night and when I wake up. When I tell Caleb that Jenna is kicking me, he says, “Jenna, don’t kick Mommy. It’s not nice!”  He’s too funny :)

22 week update

I had my anatomy scan at 22 1/2 weeks. The actual ultrasound was done by the OB and he was very detailed in describing what we were looking at–it was really neat! Everything looked good: saw the heart’s 4 chambers, umbilical cord, no cleft lip, kidneys looked good, spine looked good. She is measuring a bit small–11th %tile. He said anything above 10th %tile is normal, but since she’s on the cusp, he wanted to do another ultrasound at my next appointment just to make sure she’s growing. She’s a lil’ peanut!

I asked him about my weight gain (or lack of, really). At this point, I’ve gained only 2 lbs. He said that my fluid levels were good and placenta was good so she’s growing and healthy–just to keep doing what I was doing and not to worry. It was reassuring to hear that! It’s just so funny how different pregnancies can be. By the time I was 23w with Caleb, I was already up 18 lbs!

I got two generic print outs. In Austin, we got a DVD with video, pics and lots of pics! Not that I’m complaining, but just interesting to see how different offices do things. I’m just glad I have a healthy baby.

Later that day, Caleb started his first parent-free, instructor led swim class. We had been going to one swim school for months, but it was a “mommy and me” type setting and I think he was bored. He couldn’t advance to the next level until he was 3 and potty trained. We told them he was already potty trained, but the age thing was the restriction and they seemed pretty strict about it. We tried out this swim school and the class he’s doing starts at 3, but they said he was close enough that he could try it. The limit the class to 4 students, but he just happened to be the only one there that night so he got a private 1 on 1 class. Steve and I sat across the pool and watched him–he warmed up very quickly to the instructor and did sooo well! Even the instructor said he took direction very well and will learn very quickly so we were super proud of our lil’ guy.

Today, Caleb and I met up with Steve for lunch before meeting with a potential doula. I didn’t have one with Caleb, but had been contemplating one with this lil’ one especially since I’m going to try and shoot for a med-free birth (crazy, I know). She seemed really nice and also includes birth photography on the side so that’s a plus! I’m going to meet with another doula and then decide.

Anyway, that’s what’s going on here! Tomorrow, we’re carpooling with friends to Harrisburg, PA, for a farm show and meeting up with other friends. Then, I have two newborn sessions. Never a dull moment here :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Music: Bastille - Pompeii

Howdy from the half way point

Man, am I ever horrible at updating!

So, it’s Christmas Eve and I’m 20w3d along now. I can’t believe how fast this pregnancy flying by! With Caleb, I felt like the time between appointments always felt like forever and this one, it’s the total opposite. I’m enjoying my time in the second trimester now. I get to eat (and enjoy it), I don’t need a daily nap though I started watching Sons of Anarchy on Netflix so there have been many late nights.

Let’s see what’s been going on. Caleb and I flew over to Chicago and had a mini reunion with the Lisa and Angela (we were all Army wives with husbands stationed at Fort Hood, TX) to celebrate the first birthday of Lisa’s daughter, Caroline! It was an interesting challenge flying pregnant with a toddler while lugging a heavy Britax carseat with me, but it all worked out. We spent a week there catching up and relaxing–even got to see snow!

At the airport when flying back, I sat down at the gate and took off my wedding ring to lotion my hands (they were SOOO dry in Chicago). Caleb distracted me and before I knew it, they were calling people with kids to board. It wasn’t until we had landed and we were out for lunch with Steve that I realized that my ring was missing and that I had never put it back on after lotion my hands.

I was SO upset and I was sure the ring was lost forever. I looked up the lost and found for the airport and it said that if an item was left at the gate, to contact the airline. Well, Frontier only has a form that you can fill out and if you do not heat back in 30 days, they said to consider it permanently lost. I thought there must be a way to contact the airport directly so I called the Chicago police at the airport and after they asked me to describe the ring, SOMEONE HAD TURNED IT IN! I was so relieved and it restored my faith in humanity. Lisa was kind enough to go back to the airport to pick it up and mail it back to me–still in the police evidence bag.

We spent a week at home before I packed up again with Caleb in tow and drove to MA to photograph a wedding of a friend’s younger brother. Smecky was my sidekick and she did great! I also ran into some people from high school. What a small world. I got to meet my mom’s puppy, a doberman named Bella, who is already HUGE!

When I was 16 1/2 weeks along, we went in for an elective ultrasound with Steve’s mom and her mom’s cousin (who had never been to one) and we found out that Caleb was going to have a little sister! We were all ecstatic :) We even got to sneak a peak in 3D/4D which is a little creepy that early on, but it was still really neat. We watched her brush her cheeks with her hands and move all around. The tech said our baby was already “meaty” haha.

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sneak peak in 3D

The next day, I had my 16w appointment with my doc and she had been noticing weight loss and no gain. I had lost some weight during the 1st trimester since I had all day nausea, but I had been eating legit meals for a month now, but nothing was sticking. She was concerned and wanted me to return in two weeks to get weighed so I told Steve to make sure I got third and fourth helpings at Thanksgiving to pack on the weight.

Chanukah was early this year so I cooked a Thanksgiving-type meal on a smaller scale to celebrate and get a jump start on pigging out. We spent Thanksgiving day with friends and family. Steve’s older brother, Jeff, and his girlfriend came into town to spend the long weekend with us so that was nice.

On Black Friday, I went a little crazy shopping for a little girl. Lots of lil’ dresses, jumpers and rompers :) People were telling me not to buy so many things so that they could buy something…haha. I’ve bought two baby carriers (a ring sling made from the Natibaby dandelions wrap, and a mei tai made from the Hoppediz purple pune wrap), and a JuJuBe BFF diaper bag in a purple/pink begonia print. I also bought fabric to make the nursery bedding which should be fairly simple. For $90, I bought enough material to make 2 crib sheets, 2 changing pad covers, crib skirt, two bedding blankets and 2 stroller blankets.

I had won tickets in a lotto to the National Christmas Tree Lighting at the lawn of the White House, but Steve couldn’t come with us so I invited my friend, Kelly and her son, Patrick. It was a super crappy and rainy day so before leaving, Caleb and I made a stop at REI where I bought ourselves waterproof rain pants and I bought Caleb a raincoat and waterproof boots, especially since umbrellas weren’t allowed to be up during the performances.

We met at the metro station and took the train into DC. We walked a few blocks, went through security and found some seats. We bought plenty of snacks for the boys and they did great! They lasted an hour before it became too much with the rain, wind and cold so we left. We got to see the tree get lit, the Obama family, Train, and Aretha Franklin perform. We found a Starbucks for hot chocolate and to warm up before trekking back home.


Obama counting down the Christmas tree lighting with silly faces from Caleb

Train performing at the NCTL
Train performing

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The Obama family


Aretha Franklin performing

The next day, we spent a long weekend at Great Wolf Lodge in VA with friends of ours who have an 8 year old son who Caleb just adores. Kelly and her family also met up with us that weekend. They had a blast! It was a bit chilly in the waterpark even though they say they keep it at 83*f. It didn’t stop Caleb despite shivering and getting purple lips. We’re definitely planning to return–maybe in the summer.

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When we returned to MD, there was snow on the ground. That night, it snowed even more so Steve got a snow day from work and Caleb got to build his first snowman (the previous winters never snowed this much). He also had fun throwing his first snowballs :) So, I let the boys have fun while I shoveled and salted the driveway.

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I went back to the doc at 18 1/2 weeks to get weighed and finally gained some weight! I guess Thanksgiving and pigging out on vacation will do that to you :) So, we’re back to appointments every four weeks and I have my anatomy scan on January 7th.

Baby name! Steve and I had a lot of difficulty coming up with a name for our baby girl. We just could not agree on anything and it just felt like it was going to be a battle of the wills before one of us caved. Steve like Alexis, Alexa, Alexandra, Cara, Maya whereas I liked Emma, Ava, Brinley, Clementine and Journey. We FINALLY agreed on the name Jenna. It’s not in the top 200, but it’s not too far fetched or a name that people would really mispronounce or mispell. Her middle name will be Mackenzie after Steve’s dad who passed away this summer whose name was Kenneth. So, there you have it–Jenna Mackenzie! Caleb took to the name right away and will refer to the baby by name.

Little Miss Jenna is very active a night–kicking and moving. Caleb was always in-sync with my sleeping schedule and would be active during the day and sleep at night. This little girl is just the opposite! I just hope she sleeps at night once she’s out of the womb.

belly progression weeks 4-19

the half way point

That’s the news here from here :) I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas! Steve is coming home from work and we still need to do some last minute Christmas shopping. Fun times!

 

A year ago today…

…I got my first positive pregnancy test! I will spare you all a picture of my pee stick, but I was in denial for 2 days. No matter how many times I tested and the line showed up, I just could not believe it. It wasn’t until I got a digital test and saw the words “pregnant” that I finally started to accept the idea. It’s amazing how fast a year has gone by and now we have an (almost) 4 month old! So, happy anniversary to that! I’ll always remember it as the day I texted Steve “happy belated Father’s Day!” And him ignoring me because he thought I texted the wrong person…lol.

Anyway, since Steve is done with classes, he’s playing Mr. Mom and staying home with Caleb when I’m at work. A lady stopped by the pick up pretty much my entire freezer stash of breast milk today (252 oz exactly) which is another thing I got crossed off my list. I joined a group called “Eats on Feet” which is basically a neutral place where people with a surplus of milk can donate and people can request milk for their lil’ ones. Since we’re moving in 2 weeks, I didn’t think all that frozen milk would surive a drive to VA especially since we’re taking our time so I decided to make a post saying I had all this milk to donate. I received SO many requests, but I tried to be fair and go with first come, first serve and basically put everyone else on a waiting list in case someone fell through. I felt bad telling people that my milk had been claimed, but I’m def going to have another one before I leave–granted it won’t be as much, but I guess every bit counts.


Now onto another hot topic: Exersaucer or Jumperoo?

Exersaucer vs Jumperoo

To be honest, I think both are GREAT! Caleb is entertained by both for different reasons and has always liked being able to be upright. Since our future home has a living room on the main floor and a family room that leads to the back yard in the basement, I decided to also get a Jumperoo so he has a place to play no matter where we are w/o having to drag something up or down the stairs. Right now, he’s loving the Jumperoo. His lil’ feet are always kicking and jumping–it’s hilarious! We even have names for certain dances…one looks like one of those Russian dances where you alternate kicks and another where points his toes so I call that his ballet dancing.


a video of my tiny dancer

Tomorrow, we’re having our house surveyed by the packers to make sure we’re on target with our weight estimate. I also need to buckle down and plan a menu for my party this weekend at some point. Birthday parties are happy, but farewell parties are sad. My party is going to be one big contradiction apparently :oX

Babies, babies everywhere!

More and more people with due dates after me are having their babies before me! And even those with due dates within a week of me are having their babies NOW so it’s making me VERY anxious. Up until recently, I’ve been feeling great, but ever since I hit the 38 week mark, I’ve been feeling really big and really heavy. I’m having some back pain in the middle of my right side and Caleb–holy cow–his movements hurt! Probably because he has no room to go so I just see my stomach morphing around. I can feel where his lil’ feet are on my right side, his legs and his butt all of the time…it’s so strange to be able to distinguish his body parts from the outside.

I’ve been drinking raspberry leaf tea for about 1 1/2 weeks now. If anything, I figured it’s increasing my fluid intake, but if it helps the labor process–then, hey GREAT! We also went out for spicy Thai food for lunch today :o) If that jump starts anything, then it’d be really convenient…lol. My mom will be flying in tomorrow morning so she’d be here just in time. Even Steve was saying it’d be perfect if Caleb came now because his school work is light this week. But, as much as everyone would love to meet him, I know he’ll make his grand appearance when he’s good and ready. Until then, I wait…impatiently…lol.

I did another baby morpher this time using baby pictures of Steve and myself…just out of curiousity.

baby morpher
Will Caleb look like this!?

Today, we found out that friends of ours who are in the DC area who had been trying for a while are pregnant!! Our kids will be 6 months apart so I’m excited that Caleb will have a buddy that’s so close in age :o) 2011 seems to be a great year for babies! So, who is next? lol.

I’ve been chowing down on TONS of food this weekend. Steve ran a 1/2 marathon on Sunday so Saturday night, we went to an Italian restaurant with a bunch of his classmates and friends who were also running it to carb load. Then, after the race, we met up with some more people to stuff our faces at Estancia Churrascaria for unlimited meats in which I probably ate 3000 calories worth of cheesy bread alone. I’m sure this added to the “ohhh I feel to big and huge” moments I’ve been having.

Today, we’ve been better. Steve had a box of books he wanted to sell so we made some moola that way. We did a quick stop at Super Target basically to get those huge garbage bags since we started going through our clothes to get rid of stuff we didn’t wear anymore. For me, it’s about 95% of my pre-pregnancy stuff. Rather than hold onto them and hope that I will one day fit back into them, I figured it’s be a lot easier just to get rid of everything and buy stuff as I needed it. I’m basically keeping my maternity stuff, flowy dresses and work out clothes. I tossed a lot of old bras and swim suits. It’s a good thing I get my yearly bonus in two weeks–most of it will probably go towards banking Caleb’s cord blood, but I’m setting some aside for clothes and what not.

Anyway, break time is over–back to the closet!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Man, do I look tired in that pic…

Howdy everyone! I hope you all had a nice Valentine’s Day. We decided to celebrate early and had dinner at The Melting Pot on Sunday. It seems to be our go-to spot. Last year, we did a dinner and dancing combo with the Melting Pot, but I can’t do much dancing with this belly in front of me :o)

Although the food was good, this was not one of the better experiences we’ve had here. Steve and I were stoked to finally try out the French themed Big Night Out menu that they had out. We were all ready to order and our waiter convinced us to get the Valentine’s Day special menu which he said was “the same as the Big Night Out only with an extra lobster tail”. Well, he failed to mention that it was $32 more and that it didn’t come with the same marinated meats. Steve was really looking forward to the duck (which Liz said was the best part) and it didn’t even come with any! *sigh* It was also supposed to come with a $25 gift cert which we never got though Steve went back the next day to get it. Just a pain in the rump.

Service was a bit slower than usual. The cheese was good and my usual spinach and mushroom salad was good. I did enjoy both lobster tails since Steve doesn’t eat any and the creme brulee chocolate fondue was fabulous, but we both wished we had gone with our original plan. Ah well–I guess we’ll have to come back!

Steve had Valentine’s Day off from school and I had to work. We didn’t do anything extraordinary or romantic, but he did take my car to renew the registration sticker, fill my gas tank, get a new inspection sticker and a car wash. He also did pick me up for lunch at the Cheesecake Factory. He got home shortly before I got off work and we ended up purchasing and watching the rest of season 1 of The Walking Dead.

Afterwards, Steve drew a bath which felt nice, but I always feel soooo heavy after I get out. He’s been reading the childbirth books I got and is super cute :o) He’s going to be a great coach, I just know it. It seems like everyday, he tells me facts about the pregnancy like why I like sleeping on a 45* incline or that most animals birth at night…lol. He also always tells me to practice my breathing. He texted me the other day saying we should put together a playlist for the labor. It makes me so happy to see him really excited for lil’ Caleb’s arrival!

Several people at work have commented saying it’s looked like I’ve dropped. I’m not sure if I have–the child birth instructor says you can usually tell when you can fit your hand flat under your boobs. You also pee more often and I did wake up twice last night in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom sooo maybe?

My mom flies in exactly a week! I can’t wait :o) She’s going to cook me good foodies like the best hot & sour soup EVER. And this is also my last week in the office–after that, I’ll be working remotely from home.

Hello neglected LJ, I’m full term as of yesterday :oD

As of yesterday, I am 37 weeks which means I’m full term! Lil’ Caleb can make his appearance any time now so we’re excited though I’d really like for him to wait at least until my mom arrives into town next week. These past few weeks have been pretty crazy with people coming into town, getting things ready for the baby and then 3rd trimester fatigue hitting me like a ton of bricks. These days, I feel pretty good though. I sleep through the night with no problem, I don’t have any aches or pains really, my appetite is good and I haven’t gotten sick *knocks on wood* I just feel really big and get tired by the end of the day (especially yesterday–I decided to start taking the stairs at work again–whoo wee). I bought a bunch of books off Amazon, some for the Kindle, about natural birth, the Bradley method, breastfeeding–just trying to prepare as much as possible for going the natural route.

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The belly keeps on growing!

So, where do I begin? I guess I’ll rewind back a month when I got my belly henna’d and people started trickling into the house for my TX baby shower! We had 8 adults and a toddler in our house–it got kind of crazy, but we made it work! Angela canadagirl and Lisa lkf03 both flew in from out of state to host my shower along with Veronica and my MIL, Barb. One of my besties from college, Kimmy, was going to fly in and surprise me though I accidently ruined the surprised a week or so beforehand. I was still surprised that she was coming (and thrilled) and Steve’s Aunt Be also came from out of town :o) Plus, Steve had 3 of his friends fly in from out of town to do “boy” stuff while “girl” stuff was going on.

The day of the shower was a cold, rainy, crappy day, but luckily everyone showed up! I got to see a lot of friends that I literally hadn’t seen in a year even though we live practically in the same city so that was great to catch up with familiar faces. We started off the shower with FOOD which included owl cupcakes that looked great! We played a few games like the cloths pin one (where you can’t say the word “baby”), matching kookie celebrity baby names with their parents and a baby item memory game. Then, we opened gifts where everyone was MORE than generous with what they got for lil’ Caleb–he’s a spoiled little boy! I am very thankful to be surrounded by such loving and giving people.

After gifts, people pretty much mingled until slowly–people made their way to the door and the guys eventually made their way back home since it was “safe”…lol.

belly henna & baby shower pics

I’ve reached 35/35!

Today I’m 35 weeks along with 35 days left to go :o) We were pretty productive as far as baby stuff goes so I’m really pleased. I must be nearing the end since I got my Target registry completion coupon in the mail the other day so the last thing we needed was the pack n’ play since Caleb will be sleeping in that (well, the bassinet feature in that) until we move and can set up a crib/nursery properly. It worked out well since the pack n’ play was already on sale w/ free shipping, we got an extra 10% from the coupon and we used the Target card to pay and got 5% off. Sweet!

belly progression through 35/35!
belly progression from now until today!

We checked out this new italian restaurant in town which was pretty good. We were the only ones there so we did a lot of talking w/ the owners and got fresh baked cookies for dessert. Our waitress then asks me how far along I am and I told her that I was 8 months. Then, she told me I was small! I was shocked since I’ve always heard the opposite, but she said when she was pregnant, she was huge. Go figure.

We ran a few more errands like buying printer ink and dog food before heading back home where I napped on the couch with the dogs. The fatigue is back so I always feel sleepy, but not as bad as during the 1st trimester. While I was napping, Steve put together our swing that his class was nice enough to buy for us :o) It’s super cute and is bunny themed. Caleb will be born in the year of the rabbit, too, so it fit! Plus, it’s got birds on the mobile which is close enough to owls.

Steve put together our new Snug-a-Bunny swing :oD
The Snugabunny swing!

We were trying to figure out where to put it in the family room and decided to get rid of our coffee table. I put a free ad on Craigs List along with our old dining room set which matched the coffee table and got a guy to come take it all away within 30 mins…whoot! Steve was impressed, but if it’s free, people will come.

Next project was to install the carseat bases (thanks to my Mom for the carseat & Kimmy for the 2nd base)! I tried to schedule an appointment with a car seat clinic last week, but they were all booked! We got the Chicco Keyfit 30 which I’ve read is super easy to install so we tackled it ourselves, though I will probably still have it checked just in case. We used the Latch system seat belt in both of our cars and after reading the installation instructions and also checking carseat.org, we seem to be a-ok since the seat is level and the seat belt path isn’t budging. We practiced puting the car seat into the base and taking it out and I installed the carseat mirror in my car. One more thing to check off the list!

reinstalled carseat w/ hanging goodies
Reinstalled carseat w/ added hanging goodies!

Tonight we’re going to Liz & Kevin’s house for a potluck. I made my Oreo Cheesecake and Cowboy Caviar salsa. I still have to recap the last 2 weeks or so, too. Hopefully, tomorrow!

maternity photoshoot – 29 1/2 weeks on Flemming Beach in Maui

Yay maternity pictures! They were taken by Jennifer Rosenblad of Blue Kanoe Photography. The weather was crappy the beginning of the week so we had to reschedule a few times. Luckily, the 3rd time rescheduling and on her last free day, the sun came out and we got to proceed with the shoot! Jennifer picked us up from our resort and took us to a beach that also had tall palm trees and a few painted murals. We spent 1 1/2 shooting and so here are the pictures! I love them so, so much and I’m so glad we got them done :o)

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