Wednesday, September 26, 2007
The good news is the first ultrasound was correct, it's still a boy! I'm so happy to have these pictures, it really makes the whole thing seem more real, and makes me that much more impatient for Dec 5. At first when I saw the pictures I thought he looked more alien than human, but the more I look at them the more he looks like a baby. Oh by the way, we may be having a bald baby, no hair yet! Hopefully he will grow some in the next 10 weeks. If what they say about pregnancy and heartburn and baby hair is true, I better keep eating the spicy foods! I hope you all enjoy the pictures, I sacrificed precious sleep to figure out how to make this slide show for you so now I will be tired at work tonight! At least it's for a good cause.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
Well what do you think? Do they go together or not? When I was at Babys R Us the other day I found these two cute little stuffed animals. I thought I could use them as my inspiration of style for the baby's room. I'm not entirely sure they match the bedding though so I need some opinions.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
2. Do not eat spicy food...leads to heartburn which I think I experienced for the first time yesterday after having a few chips and salsa. I feel sorry for people who regularly experience this.
3. Do not overeat under any circumstances...leads to hours of misery.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
5 years ago I was: Just starting to love the sport of running (I wish I still did), and training for my first half marathon, and working at a hospital in Seattle as a RN on a Renal/Urology/Kidney transplant unit. (the dental hygiene thing didn't exactly work out, so I changed majors)
1 year ago I was: I don't remember, but 11 months ago I was on a fabulous vacation in Australia.
Yesterday I was: Sleeping (worked the night before), grocery shopping, exercising at the YMCA (nothing too exciting)
5 snacks that I enjoy:1. Skittles 2. Chips and Salsa 3. Starbucks Tall Vanilla Nonfat Latte 4. Combos 5. Fresh fruit
5 songs I know all the words to: (well at least almost all the words, and as long as I can sing along when the song is playing): 1. Most songs off the Madonna Immaculate collection. 2. ABBA's Mamma Mia! soundtrack. 3. Most Jimmy Buffet songs (from laying on the beach at a resort in Jamaica that happens to be next to Margaritaville. 4. Wilson Phillips Hold On (I remember listening to Rachael's tape of their greatest hits over and over trying to learn the words right around the time of her wedding) 5. Fancy by Reba
5 things I would do with a million dollars:1. tithe 2. Invest 3. start college funds for all my nieces and nephews and for my own kid/s 4. Buy Todd a BMW M3, although if we had a million dollars he might decide he wants something else. 5. Vacation, vacation, vacation!!
5 favorite TV shows:1. Grey's Anatomy2. Lost3. 24 (currently only watching old ones on DVD till I get caught up) 4. CSI Miami 5. Dancing with the Stars.
5 things I am thankful for:1. Family 2. Friends 3. Health 4. My RN degree 5. My baby on the way.
2 names I go by: 1. Lori 2. Lor Lor (by my nieces and nephews)
2 parts of your heritage: 1. Very much AMERICAN, but also a little bit...2. Polish/English/Irish/America Indian (Cherokee)
2 things that scare me: 1. crickets 2. driving in really bad weather
2 of my every day essentials: 1. toothbrush/toothpaste 2. chapstick or lip gloss
2 things I am wearing right now: 1. Old Navy PJ's 2. a sapphire pendant necklace (my first christmas present from Todd)
2 things I want in a relationship (other than real love): 1. happiness 2. trust
2 truths: 1. Gravity2. Salvation.(good answers Rach, I think I'll use yours)
2 physical things that appeal to me in the opposite sex: 1. good looks 2. style
2 of my favorite hobbies: 1. reading a good book 2. running (I wish)
2 things I want really badly: 1. to have my baby (not the actual having of the baby if you know what I mean) 2. a garage
2 places I want to go on vacation: 1. Costa Rica (going Nov 2008) 2. Italy again, only next time when it's warm there)
2 ways I am stereotypically a chick: My sense of direction 2. My love of shopping
2 things I normally wouldn't admit: 1. sorry I can't think of anything I want to admit to right now. 2. I've typed a few things, but keep deleting them. I guess you'll never know!
2 things I am thinking about right now: 1. I need to wrap this up so I can get the dog to the groomers and go to they Y. 2. I should have been painting instead of blogging this morning, I still have a second coat of trim needed in the room I started painting weeks ago.
2 stores you shop at: 1. lately anyplace that sells maternity clothes (Gap and Nordstrom are excellent places to shop online, cheap shipping and free returns) 2. Target
2 people I would like to see taking this quiz: 1. Francie 2. Kathy (Warning: it takes longer than you think, I will understand if you don't take it)
2 people I haven't talked to in a while: 1. Andrea (from WA) 2. My grandma Annie
Monday, September 17, 2007
Next week I will have some baby pictures you show you, I am having a 3D ultrasound. I'm excited to see those pictures. I am getting this 3D ultrasound for free too! It is usually not covered by insurance, but I traded a box of tomatoes for it. Pretty good deal don't you think? The U/S tech wanted tomatoes for making salsa and so I brought her in a box from the farm, she asked my sister what she owed me for them and they decided a free 3D U/S would be payment enough. I felt kind of lucky since an U/S cost about $250 and a box of tomatoes about.... shockingly I just realized I have no idea what a box of tomatoes goes for, but I'm guessing I got the better end of the deal, especially since the tomatoes came from the farm and didn't cost me personally anything, nor did I have to pick them. So the last time I went in for an appointment I took her another box or tomatoes. (to even up the trade a bit)
Last evening we went to visit a friend who had a baby less than 2 weeks ago. Todd wouldn't even hold the baby. Apparently he has never held one before, he figured he's gone this long without holding one, he might as well wait and let his own baby be his first. So while this baby thing is going to be a new experience for both of us, I think he is in for the bigger surprise.
Baby Bruce (our dog) is so far the only baby he's held, and as you can see he's not really a baby, he just gets the nickname because he acts like one. Or maybe because we treat him like one, not sure which is more accurate.
Just so you don't think my nephew and nieces are always funny looking, I added a few normal pictures too.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
I did however finish the book Dear John, by Nicholas Sparks, and I bawled my eyes out. Usually I only cry at the end of his books, but this one got me from about the middle all the way to the end. It is probably the saddest, most sappy sweet book I have ever read. So if you want a good cry, I recommend you read it. But don't read the prologue first, it sort of gives the ending away.
Now I am in desperate need of a new good book, so if you have any suggestions for a good read let me know. It must be a good book from the start or I tend to lose interest. I never liked books that take several chapters before it gets good.
Francie maybe you could hurry up and finish the Jack and Jill book your reading and pass it along to me, it sounds like a good one.
I also had my glucose test, where you have to drink a really nasty, very sweet orange flavored drink 1 hour before your doctor appt and then they draw your blood to make sure you don't have gestational diabetes. If you don't pass and your blood sugar is too high you have to take a longer version of the test and it takes 3 hours, and includes drinking more than one bottle of the very gross, sweet orange drink. Since my doctors office has a no news is good news policy about informing you of blood tests I was none too happy to see on the caller ID that they were calling me today. I knew it surely meant I failed my glucose test. But actually they were calling to tell me my glucose level was too low, only 55. Okay, at least I don't have to drink that nasty stuff again. She asked if I ever felt dizzy or lightheaded, No and No . Then suggested I eat more protein. I think eat plenty of protein so I'm not sure what the problem is.
Now that I am 28 weeks, I have to go to the doctor every 2 weeks as opposed to every 4 weeks, so my goal these next 2 weeks is to keep going to the YMCA, and no sweets for 2 weeks or really bad for you food, like french fries. Of course I will start the no sweets thing tomorrow, because we are having a potluck party for a coworker at work tonight and I am sure I will cheat, so rather than start off bad, I will just postpone starting until tomorrow.
Don't worry I will still post pictures of my belly, mostly so my mom can see how big I've gotten. I don't want her to be shocked when she sees me in November.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Last night I played tennis with Todd on our Nintento wii and now my arm is sore, how pathetic is that? Oh, we bowled a little too, and I broke my own record with a 217! I wish I could bowl that good for real.
While people are quick and not shy about mentioning how big my stomach has gotten, they usually leave it at that. Well leave it to my sister Francie to point out that not only is my stomach growing, but so is my behind. She then of course tried to cover her spoken before thought about comment by saying it was the jeans, but it didn't work. That's okay, I'm not mad, it was actually just the kick in the pants I needed to get me back to the gym.
So back to the gym I'm going. Starting tomorrow. Tomorrow has always been the official day to start a diet or exercise plan for me. Hopefully it only takes one tomorrow!
Saturday, September 8, 2007
I actually think it's a good idea for them to give staff login id's because that way they can monitor what your looking at, and then if a website is visited that shouldn't be, they know who did it and can deal with one person rather than punishing everyone. I have nothing to hide, I look at baby stuff and blogs, email, read news, check weather, etc, etc, all harmless stuff.
I know it sounds like I spend a lot of time on the internet at work, but when I don't have any patients to take care of, what else is there to do? I work night shift and its a small ER, many nights I have 4 or more hours of no patients with nothing to do and I am by myself. The doctor is sleeping, and the secretary is usually reading a book or on the web herself. There is only so much stocking and cleaning up you can do, and it doesn't take 4 hours.
Oh, I am so annoyed by this! Luckily I just bought a new book; Dear John, by Nicholas Sparks. Hopefully that will occupy me until I can sweet talk the manager into giving me a password.
Friday, September 7, 2007
I called Discover card, they looked into it and said it was an online purchase. I do shop online, but I really don't recall making any purchases for that amount or to that store last month, I've never even heard of that website. But then again 2 days ago I bought a case of cherry coke and a pair of pants and both are now missing. I have looked everywhere, and they are nowhere to be found. Yesterday when I was making spaghetti sauce we needed a few more lids to be boiled for the jars and instead of throwing them in the small pot of boiling water I threw them all in with the spaghetti sauce. So I have been a little scatterbrained lately, but I really don't think I made those purchases. Good thing I had wallet protection, Discover Card credited my account last night for the $358 and $24 charges while they investigate.
I don't know how this could happen because I still have the credit card in my wallet. The last time this happened to me I still had the credit card too, it was one I had never even used, I found it in a shoe box with the activation sticker still on it after I realized there was a fraud charge. I now shred all my mail before I throw it out, so I have no idea how this could have happened. How do people get this info without having your card? Do I have to stop shopping online? Someone once told me they never pay for dinner at a restraunt with a credit card because the waitress takes you card to run it out of your sight and has ample time to write down #'s if she wants to. I thought this person was being a little too cautious, but now maybe not. Even though I know that isn't what happened to me, I don't have any restraunt charges on my credit card bill. But it is something to think about.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
I had to fess up to the housekeeper when she started cleaning for me 4 months ago that I had never actually mopped my hardwood floors, only swiffered them. She wanted to know where the Murphy's oil was and not only did I not have any, but had to ask what for! My hardwood floors are now mopped every 2 weeks on hands and knees. I tried to tell her that she could do it just once a month, but she insists on doing her way, and I'm not going to complain. Oh, and I get my windows washed every 2 weeks too. I've gotten so spoiled by her cleaning for me that I don't know what I would do without her.
I know it seems like an unnecessary luxury to have a housekeeper for 2 adults. But I would rather make other financial sacrifices or even work an extra day just to pay someone else to clean for me. That's actually how I justified getting a housekeeper in the first place. Rather than spend my day off cleaning, I would rather pick up an extra shift at work and pay someone else to clean my house. Although lately I haven't been picking up the extra shifts, but I'm pregnant and that's a good enough excuse for me.
A while back I was thinking of my upcoming maternity leave and wondering what it was going to be like to not have a paycheck for 6-8 weeks. I work as an agency nurse, so I wont be getting a paid maternity leave, or any short term disability. Just one of the non-perks of being an agency nurse. So, I was trying to think of ways to cut expenses during that time. I considered (only for a second) that I could save some money by not having a housekeeper. I wont be working so I should have time to clean right? No, I can't risk losing my high in demand housekeeper. So I will have to think of another way to save money. Less eating or shopping should do the trick. I'll be on a diet anyway, and probably wont feel like shopping for clothes right away. Oh, but then again Christmas will be right around the corner, I guess I better start saving now.
I just spent a whole day (okay only 6 hours, but it felt like all day) of making and canning spaghetti sauce. My half will be 14 quarts. It is the 3rd year in a row I have done this with a coworker and every year so far I am reminded why we do it, but also why we only do it once a year. It is so much work, but so worth it cause it tastes so good! My sister Rachael has the bright idea that we should make some to give as christmas gifts, so I may get suckered into doing it twice this year. I guess that could be one way to save some money! You still up for it Rach? The tomatoes wont last much longer.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Lately I have been trying to get more serious about picking out a name for our little baby that will be here soon. Todd is not worried, he seems to think we can pick out a name in no time at all once he gets here. But if we haven't come up with something in 6 months I don't see how the baby's presence is going to speed things up and make naming him easy.
Todd claims he is not picky, he just wants one of 2 names: Lucio (Todd's great grandfather's name)or Russell (Todd's dad's name). Apparently it is an Italian tradition to name your first son after his paternal grandfather. The second son after the maternal grandfather, the first daughter after then paternal grandmother, and the second daughter after the maternal grandmother. With a tradition like this you don't get to pick out your own kids name until your 5th child. We are not following that tradition, but Todd does want the boy to be named after his dad or his great grandfather.
I have tried to avoid an Italian name but I am having trouble convincing Todd.
My argument is that Todd is only half Italian, and I am not Italian at all, so our baby will only be 25% Italian.
Todd's answer to that is: Italian is dominant.
Another point I made is that we live in America, and it isn't nice to give a kid such an ethnic name that is so different from American names. I asked him how he would like it if he had been named Lucio.
Todd's answer: I would be honored. It was my great grandfather Lucio that left Italy and came to America. If it weren't for him we wouldn't even be having this baby.
Okay that's a bit of a stretch, but do you see what I am up against?
I tried to compromise and suggest Anthony, that's Italian right? Todd reply was: Antonio.
I suggested Leo, he says how bout Leonardo?
So I have given up, I am afraid this is a battle I can't win. Todd has been accommodating enough to let me choose Lucio or Russell, and I can even use it as a middle name. One of those names just has to be in there somewhere. However, if I use it as a middle name, the first name still has to be an Italian name. So I guess Logan is out.
Tonight at work I am going to come up with a list of name options and I will put another poll on my blog to see what everyone else likes. Feel free to leave me a comment and let me know if you have any suggestions. Italian suggestions that is.
Monday, September 3, 2007
When I get my American Pregnancy weekly updates I've noticed they keep suggesting making a Birth Plan. I did a google search on birth plans, and found some very lengthy ones, and from a nurses standpoint, completely unreasonable. Why do people feel the need to write these things out? Just say what you want when given the options. Do you want pain meds? yes/no Do you want 20 people in the room when you deliver? yes/no. Seems pretty simple to me. I will just have one very simple pre-planned request for my birth plan. EPIDURAL. I am a wimp when it comes to pain, and I thankfully haven't had to experience much of it in my life. The most painful experience I've had so far in my life is a laceration to my thumb requiring 6 stitches. So basically the thought of having natural child birth is down right scary. Some things aren't for everyone.
I was just reading my sister francie's blog about Labor Day! Kind of ironic that I was thinking about my upcoming labor day on Labor Day! Don't you think? So I had to change the title of this post.