Friday, November 30, 2007
I went in for a second membrane stripping this morning (aren't you glad your getting all the details?). Then I came home and took a good long nap and now I'm awake for the day, even though it's 4pm and the day is almost over. And I just ate a whole pineapple to help the labor thing. Now I fell sick, and I'm pretty sure I never want to eat pineapple again. So I'm doing everything I can, I would sure like to have this baby by the weekends end. Mostly because I'm afraid of how big he's getting, but also because I'm so big and my stomach is so tight and I'm so tired of being pregnant and so uncomfortable, and the list goes on and on. I really wasn't much of a complainer during my whole pregnancy, I think I actually did quite well, but I'm making up for it now.
Okay, consider yourselves updated, I'm going to go to the mall now to walk around and see if that helps. My friend Michelle suggested this to me earlier this week but I told her I thought that might get really expensive. (since my maternity leave is unpaid I have to be a bit more careful) She laughed at me and said I wasn't supposed to shop, its just a place to walk where it's warm. I will try to refrain from shopping and just walk. Wish me luck!
Thursday, November 29, 2007
So yes this means there is no baby yet! My mom says it's just the baby's way of showing me who's boss? Which is kind of funny that my mom said that, because I clearly remember her telling me many a times "When you get to be the mother you can make the decisions." I guess that must start after he's born because so far he isn't listening!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Then I found a sale item that I really wanted to buy for my niece in the Target ad for the black Friday shopping sales. I made an exception and went in and bought what I needed. I told my sister Rachael who was with me that it was a one time exception, but she said this was just the first of many exceptions I would likely make and I was only hurting myself by boycotting them.
Well tonight I went to the big mall in South Bend about 30 minutes away, and since there was a Target close by, I decided to try one more time to exchange a few items, thinking a different Target might not be as strict. Guess what? No problem, the items were returned for a store credit with no questions asked! What a difference. And the best part is now I don't have to boycott Target. I guess were both lucky!
Monday, November 26, 2007
When I got home from the doctors office I realized my house was a mess from having company and being on the go so much in the past few days. I decided I better clean it up just in case. I'd hate to have to go to the hospital to have the baby and come home to a messy house and loads of laundry to do. Luckily I don't have to clean too thoroughly, my housekeeper will be here Thursday for that, but I still had to pick up and put away a lot of stuff, and get the laundry done. As I was cleaning I realized the only bad thing about having my membranes stripped was that I may miss the natural nesting instinct that precedes labor. It was quite a chore to get the whole house cleaned, I had to take a nap first just to get the energy.
So now the house is clean enough, the laundry is almost done, and the nursery is ready, so if today is the day, I guess I'm ready. Well sort of, I still need to pack a bag for the hospital, but that shouldn't take too long.
I'm off to the mall now to buy some new make up, I'm all out of foundation and mascara. I was talking with my friend D'Arcy today and she told me not to worry about it, that I wont have energy to put make up on after the baby's born. That may be true, but call me vain, I can't take that chance. I must go!
Friday, November 23, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
Here is a picture of my new stroller/car seat combo, It's a PegPergo that I thought was going to be a splurge, but then I found it for a great price on the internet and saved $125 off the average asking price, plus free shipping and no tax. I love it when I find a good bargain.
These things are tricky to figure out too. It was rather frustrating trying to figure out how to open and close the stroller, and how to attach the car seat to the stroller.
Here is a picture of my new Petunia Pickle Bottom diaper bag that I thought I just had to have, spent too much money on, and now that I have it I don't like it. Unfortunately I can't return it, only exchange it for another one, but all of their fabrics are so bright, which is exactly what I don't like about it. Hopefully I can find something a little less loud. What do you think? Is it too loud?
P.S. Rachael if you read this: Can I take Sudafed? The box says to consult a doctor before taking if pregnant, and I really need some.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Today is my sister Rachael's birthday, and she is away from her kids, but before you go feeling sorry for her, I must tell you she is in the Bahamas. Yes, it is for a work conference, but still it is a vacation in the Bahamas, so how bad can it be? I thought she might be missing her kids just a bit so I put this little video on my blog for her, just in case she is able to access the internet.
Our mom who lives in New York came to stay for the week to watch Rachael's kids while she's on vacation, I mean at work, in the Bahamas. We are all so glad she's here, we will all gain at least 5 pounds while she's here because she brought everything but the kitchen sink from her own kitchen to cook for us. And she's staying for Thanksgiving, so we will get to indulge in all the traditional vegetarian thanksgiving day family recipes we grew up on and love!
Rachael you will be happy to know your kids are doing well with grandma Cece and eating good just as we did last night. I came over to the house tonight at 5:30 to help make dinner and all the kids were sitting at the table eating dinner already, Jack and Katya both already had their baths and were in jammies. Katya, the one who doesn't like vegetables, (as I'm sure your aware of) ate spinach salad, broccoli, and mashed potatoes with gravy, and asked for seconds of everything.
Kristen is working on her school projects like a good girl with Auntie Francie.
Grandma is quizzing Katya and Jack on their spelling words, Jack can hardly keep quiet as Katya struggles with her words.
Grandma Cece and Ben went and did a little shopping at the farm store earlier today after dropping the other kids off at school. Mom took pictures of it to post on her blog, but she's too busy taking care of 4 kids to blog, so I am doing it for her. Ben was like a kid in a candy store, or should I say, a farmer in the farm store?
Now my mom is mad because she just found out I stole her pictures off her camera for my blog, so for those of you who read both blogs, you may get a double dose of Ben pics.
And she'll probably be mad at me for saying this, but as well behaved as your kids are for grandma Cece, they are still wild indians, don't let mom fool you into thinking they're perfect for her.
Have a happy birthday, and we'll see you when you get back!
P.S. I am so miserably pregnant I would seriously consider some medical intervention to speed this thing along if you weren't out of town!
Monday, November 12, 2007
Oh and for the record, since this blog is the closest thing to a journal I have, last week when I went to my 36 week doctor appt, I was 1cm dilated and 20% effaced! Rachael did some pushing around on my stomach yesterday and predicted with her medical expertise that the baby probably weighs 6 pounds right now, and if I deliver him on time he will probably weigh 7 and a half pounds. So I guess we'll see, but that sounds pretty encouraging.
Only 9 more shifts at work before I take off for my maternity leave!
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
This past Sunday I had another great baby shower, put on by Todd's family. His family and friends circle is very large. There were tons of people there, okay probably more like 40, but it was a lot. I got so many great gifts for the baby, and even a few for myself. I am so thankful to have so many kind and generous people in my life. My baby is spoiled and he hasn't even been born yet. Although its getting very close.
Which reminds me of a dream I had last night. Very disturbing. I was in the hospital and woke up with a large incision across the middle of my stomach and no recollection of why. I asked the nurse what happened and she said I had had the baby but he was so big I had to have a C-section. He weighed 8 lbs 25 oz. (yes I know there is only 16 oz in a pound, but it's a dream) Then I wanted to know who did the C-section because I was not happy about the size of the incision nor how high on my stomach it was. Turns out it was some very old lady doctor who looked more like a grandma than a doctor. And that's all I remember about the dream. Weird huh?
Okay, back to reality...
Here are all my gifts that now need to be organized and put away. The crib is full of clothes too. This is going to be a BIG project. I may need some help from someone who is really good at organizing, I think my sister Francie might just be the perfect one for that. So if your not busy this weekend Francie, I have plans for you.
I just got these toy bins yesterday and had Todd put them together for me. I think I already have enough toys to fill them up. Oh and you can sort of see the football field wall, it's almost done, just needs some dirt painted on it for the finishing touches.
Here is a better picture of the wall. Todd asked me if I was using a college or pro football field because he didn't think it was done to scale properly. I'm hoping the baby doesn't notice that I didn't use a scale, I just made it up.
Here is the little rocking/reading/feeding nook in the room. But I have a problem. I bought the night stand, and the book bin you see on the floor (that still needs to be hung) and the toy bins from the same store and in the same stain, but when they arrived they are different colors of wood. So do I keep them since I like them all, or take something back? I now have 4 different pieces of furniture in the room of different colors of wood. The wooden rocking chair is going to be replaced soon (which will eliminate 1 wood) with a really comfortable chair that rocks, glides, swivels and reclines. I'm going to have to think about it for a few days. It's not that simple to return them either, I threw away my receipts and the boxes they were shipped in, so I'd have to drive to Chicago, where the closest store is, to return them which would be a real pain.
Basically I have a lot of work to do still, so as much as I want this baby to be born soon, I'm beginning to think I need the next 4 weeks to get everything ready. So as long as he doesn't weigh 8lbs 25oz. I guess I can wait another 4 weeks.
Monday, November 5, 2007
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Friday, November 2, 2007
So when I went to see her yesterday I was thinking about doing something a bit different than the usual, so I decided to cut bangs. I brought in these two pictures and let my stylist pick which one would work best for me. She picked the one on the bottom of Ashley Olson.
And here is a picture of what it used to look like. This is a picture from our honeymoon in Dominican Republic.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
KRISTEN THE ARCHAEOLOGIST
JACK AS CHEWBACCA
(is that how you spell it? my spell check says no)
KATYA AS A KITTY CAT!
(we fixed the white ankles before sending her
out trick-or-treating, I don't know what her
mom was thinking when she put white tights on her)
BEN AS BOB THE BUILDER MAN!
(who by the way, would correct you if you called him anything but builder man)