Friday Tidbits

Hubs has been itching to get a pet and I promised him we would once we bought a home. Turns out, our home already came with its fair share of pets living in our attic…

Although really cute, the thought of them nesting, PROCREATING, chewing through wires and insulation (prompting the possibility of an eventual house fire) and damaging our roof is far from appealing. We had a professional come out today to set traps. Don’t fret, he doesn’t harm them but rather releases them 20 miles away in the country. It’s not the most fun I’ve had spending 300 bucks… Oh, homeownership.

But, the pet control guy said he discovered a little kids table up there. A long lost treasure! Maybe one day I’ll get up the nerve to see for myself (wouldn’t that be cute for Baby Girl?) but hoisting my pregnant belly up the ladder into a creepy attic hasn’t made it on my list of To Dos yet. It might never.

Have a happy Easter weekend, everyone! I hoping to nap a lot.  :)

Baby Bump Update

Now that it’s finally official – I’m growing a human – I’m sure you can’t wait to be inundated with all things baby.  Should we let the nonsense and self-indulgence begin?

Main scoop: My pregnancy bliss quickly evaporated this week because there was some drama with this little llama of mine, beginning shortly after this pic was taken. Although I’m trying to keep everything in perspective, I feel beat up and rattled.

I’ll try to keep this brief (not my forte). It all started with my check up appointment last Thursday. The doc checked me over (not dilated yet) but measured Baby Girl frightening small (less 5th%), suggesting that the baby may be better off delivered now. Her alarm had me in tears and sent me packing to a high-risk OBGYN immediately, instead of skipping off to my track meet. Since I had the car (this was just supposed to be a routine visit), Hubs was at home working and getting my emotional and fragmented updates. Hubs got on his bike and came to be with me. In my second appointment, they measured Baby Girl with fancier equipment and said that sure, she was small (14th% at 4lbs 14 oz) but the doc wasn’t overly concerned about her size anymore, especially if she continues to gain in the remaining weeks.

BUT, oh-by-the-way, she may have a serious congenital heart defect: transposition of the great arteries – and that I’ll probably have to deliver in Denver so they can do open heart surgery the week of her birth and that we need drive to Denver TODAY to see a pediatric cardiologist. Say what?

We drove to Denver. In my third ultrasound of the day (!), they checked her little heart. She was tired from all of the probing (and frankly, so was I) and so she gave the ultrasound tech quite the runaround by being shy. But after lots of investigating, good news! Baby Girl’s heart is beautiful (she got that from her Daddy) and JUST FINE. After 7 hours of tears and fret, I was so relieved. So happy. So filled with gratitude.

The next day after practice, I sweet talked Hubs into taking me out for some pho. A snowstorm was brewing and the hot soup was comforting. After dinner, we came home and planned to call our Moms to fill them in on all of the confusion from the day before – I just had to pee first…

And (TMI) there was blood. Quite a bit of it. We found ourselves driving to the emergency room and I was trying to prepare myself for anything, including an emergency c-section. They monitored me for 5 hours (until 1.00am) and we tried to sleep when we could. Although the amount of blood concerned and slightly baffled the docs, Baby Girl was strutting around doing stellar on the monitors and now I’m 1cm dilated. They let us go home, with the snow storm whirling around us, and had me promise to take it easy and get lots of rest.

As of now, my bleeding tapered off and finally stopped. And we are back where we started. We have a little baby on our hands (and some worries) but we think everything is going to be ok. We suspect we have a few more weeks until we get to meet her and everyone says that’s when the real worrying begins! I don’t know if I can take it.

The Science: Baby Center recap – 37 weeks.

Please Baby, get fat.

Love, your Mom.

Body morphingWeight gain is 21.5lbs. My tummy has some tender spots (especially just above my belly button), which I think is due to my skin and muscles stretching. I’m taking it as a good sign. I want to remind her that although there is much more space and lots of kisses waiting for her on the outside, it’s cold out here and my morning breath is horrendous.

Sexy stuff! How come nobody warned me how much it hurts to get your cervix checked?!? OMG, IT HURT SO BAD. I couldn’t handle it. How in the world am I going to survive labor?

Oh and my dreams have been crazy disturbing. Like, filled with violence and anger. I wake up exhausted and emotionally spent. Obviously, I’m very anxious and rest is elusive.

Food drama: I do so much better when I pass on the handful of Easter candy or gulp of water before bedtime. But, it’s so hard to resist.

Exercising? I’m feeling fatigue this week and back to squeezing in a daily nap. I’m counting any housework or errands (or blogging?) as my daily exercise.

To Dos: WE FINALLY FINISHED THE BABY’S DRESSER. You guys. Finished.

Sure, it has loads of imperfections that tick me off. Sure, I’m tempted to keep working on it. But for now, we can put stuff IN IT – and get those things off the floor and out of her crib. #bigsighofrelief

Plus, her car seat is installed and I bought big fatty feminine pads, as well as booby ones, for all of the post partum fun. Think I’m ready?

And randomly: This is super mushy but when Hubs burst through the doors of my second appointment, my hero had arrived. While I was falling apart, he was my calm, my rational, my comfort, everything I needed. Baby Girl and I are two lucky girls. *gets emotional*

We have so much support too. Our Moms called and comforted us. Our friends and family checked in with concern and prayers. Even my track kids sent loving texts from their meet and gave me the biggest hugs at practice. Life is filled with so much good, it amazes me.

Baby Bump Update

Now that it’s finally official – I’m growing a human – I’m sure you can’t wait to be inundated with all things baby.  Should we let the nonsense and self-indulgence begin?

Main scoop: I feel good and not overly uncomfortable. I’ve been telling Baby to take her time in there so we can both enjoy this phase for a few more weeks.

I was headed to a doctor’s appointment (at my new hospital) and then a track meet, hence another workout clothes pic…

The Science: Baby Center recap – 36 weeks. You guys, this is fascinating:

She’s shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath. Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture, called meconium, will form the contents of her first bowel movement.

Body morphingWeight gain is 19.5lbs (up 3 from last week). I wake up in the mornings with a tight belly but I can’t tell if it’s a Braxton Hicks contraction or just Baby Girl pushing on everything, including my bladder. Her only job now is to sit back and fatten up so I can smooch her up when she comes. :)

Sexy stuff! So, somebody lost their mucus plug! I noticed it when I got out of the shower and OF COURSE I immediately showed Hubs (he’s traumatized). Save yourself the Google search, it’s exactly what you think it is. It’s an early sign of labor but don’t panic (I’m talking more to me than you), it can happen a few weeks to just before delivery so it’s not something to get overly worked up about. It does indicate that labor is imminent but we were hoping for the eventual arrival of a little baby all along anyway, right?

Food drama:  I’ve been eating smaller more frequent meals and trying to stay hydrated. I’ve also added a psyllium capsule to my morning prenatal vitamin and fish oil to help my  food “move through me easier”, if-you-know-what-I-mean.

Exercising? I’m counting potty breaks as my cardio!  Classy huh?

To Dos: We put in a big order on Amazon to round out baby supplies we were missing and the carseat/stroller combo got delivered! PHEW. Track is still taking up so much of my time in the evenings with dizzying paperwork, but I’m going to keep trying to check off baby/life to dos in between.

And randomly: So, the reason we waited so long to get the carseat is because Hubs was dragging his feet. He kept assuring me that he needed to do a little more research before we could up and buy one. Here’s why…

My track girls threw me a surprise baby shower. Not only did they shower me with the most adorable clothes, these baby Nikes (!!!)
but they ALSO all pitched in and bought the car seat/stroller combo that Hubs had settled on. He was in on it!
I can’t even express my gratitude. I just cry and cry.

Baby Bump Update

Now that it’s finally official – I’m growing a human – I’m sure you can’t wait to be inundated with all things baby.  Should we let the nonsense and self-indulgence begin?

Main scoop: I’m happy. I love my belly. I feel empowered by being a woman! Pregnancy blows my mind, honestly. I’m excited to meet Baby some day soon, but I’m reveling in being pregnant for now.

Plus, new workout clothes, hooray!

Last week when my friend gave birth to her baby, it got me a little panicky. It made me realize that my baby isn’t all that far behind and could come any day now. Most likely she’ll take her sweet time since it’s common for first babies to be ‘overdue’, but still. It made things feel real and scary. But, a week of getting stuff done has made all of the difference and I feel like I can handle either scenario now.

Fun fact: I found out in my birthing class that Colorado babies tend to come a little early and are more “purple” when they are born due to the thin air. Isn’t that weird?

The Science: Baby Center recap – 35 weeks. She’s too squished in there to do somersaults but she gets the hiccups often and stretches and pushes in the same two spots (usually at the same time). I think it’s her hands or shoulder that she shoves out left of my belly button and her feet wrap way around my right side. I need to get it on video before I forget how awesome it feels.

Body morphingWeight gain is 16.lbs (down 1/2 lb from last week). I feel like my belly is “rounder” and tighter. I haven’t had any Braxton Hicks contractions yet. I ran a ton of errands this week and may have overdone it one day because by the end, I could barely walk and my pelvis felt so HEAVY that it worried me. After a quick rest before practice, I felt totally fine again.

Sexy stuff! I finished my breastfeeding class last night and it was the best $45 I’ve spent.  The most comforting thing I learned is that the lactation nurses are there to help me and fix anything that isn’t working. They seem wonderful and supportive and I can go in every day to talk to them if I need. I have loads of friends and family that have breastfed successfully but it sure helps to have a professional watch the latch in person and give me tips, since they’ve seen it all.

My sleep has been wackier than usual (normally I get up about 2-3x to pee). One morning I was up by 5am, already working on my inbox and track paperwork. The next night, I was up up from 1.30am-4am, first sifting through baby clothes in the nursery and then fighting to fall back to sleep with little luck. It sounds weird but I’m thankful my body is trying to prepare me for the crazy nights to come. It’d be such a shock to go from sleeping peacefully to crazytown overnight.

Food drama: None, I’m a lucky lady!

Exercising? Besides the yoga, Hubs and I have been going on weekend walks and coaching keeps me on my feet and moving. I probably shouldn’t have but I was out shoveling after our last big snow this weekend. My neighbor got all worked up by the sight of me and came out to help, even though we had never met. What a sweet guy!

To Dos: You guys, I’m finally getting things checked off. I ordered our cloth diapers and a diaper sprayer! I hemmed the curtains in the nursery! I sorted all of Baby Girls clothes (hand-me-downs and new) and have a better grasp of what I have too much of and what I’m missing. I bought two nursing tanks, nooks, two new Nalgene water bottles, and a big old box of wipes from Target. I returned any duplicate gifts I received from my shower. I started packing for the hospital. I cleaned the car! Hubs and I tested out strollers! I got a head start on our Easter baskets! I put a few more coats of paint on the dresser! And, we mailed our taxes! PROGRESS is so comforting!

And randomly: I don’t know why I decided at almost 9 months pregnant to start investing in some workout clothes but Old Navy and Gap were have a nice sale and so I snagged a few pieces. I’m really trying to stay true to my clothing “needs” discussed in this post and I hope these all fit post baby. Cross your fingers! I’d cross my toes too but I can barely see them anymore.

The Book Nook

It’s true, I really can read!

(P.S. A non baby-related post to boot!)

THE BOOK: Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

My feeble thoughts:  I actually finished this book last year (barely) but you know how I’ve been with blogging and managing my time. Let’s see if I can even remember back that far…

Really, Jonathan Franzen is quite the novelist. But this novel moved like sludge for me, especially the latter part. It follows a “perfect-on-the-outside” liberal middle-class family that set roots in Minnesota (woot woot!). Behind closed doors though, The Berglunds are struggling. Each of the characters are highly flawed and to be honest, fairly dislikable -therefore making it really hard to relate to them. You’ve got Patti, a vey attractive and talented athlete that settles down and gets married to a “nice guy” but whom she was never really in love with. Then there is Walter (the nice guy), a lawyer-environmental activist that is almost too pure, too moral for his own family’s good. They have two children: Joey (rebellious and charismatic) and Jessica (Miss Goody Two Shoes – is that not the stupidest saying?) who aggravate their parent’s already very weakened marriage. I was confused about the book’s layout and perspectives, since they change frequently. In the beginning, you get to learn a lot about Patti and what molded her as a young adult, but not necessarily about Walter. Later on, it focuses on Joey but never Jessica. I found this asymmetry confusing but maybe it’s because I didn’t appreciate the layers this book has to offer. And lastly, the ending was much too muddled with politics and logistics than with the relationships I was hoping would heal.

And the ending? I won’t give anything away but it was meh.

Grade: B

Would I recommend it to a stranger on the bus (trying to make his way home)? Yes, but only to more literary-minded folks, not those looking for a quick read.

What I am reading now: I started The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo while travelling to MN and have been perusing What To Expect In The First Year for a while now. I doubt I’ll be doing much reading when you-know-who arrives, but hopefully I can squeeze in some “reading for pleasure” time instead of worrying about all of the crap I still need to get done.  It’s looking unlikely though.

Hubs is reading The Game of Thrones series and enjoying them. I don’t have the courage to start; those are massive books! Anyone else pick up a good spring read that they want to recommend?

 

Baby Bump Update

Now that it’s finally official – I’m growing a human – I’m sure you can’t wait to be inundated with all things baby.  Should we let the nonsense and self-indulgence begin?

Main scoop: I’m just glad to be home after our travels. Last weekend, Hubs and I had another weekend of getting crap accomplished. I LOVE THESE WEEKENDS – it makes me feel so much better about things. We wrote down a reasonable list and got down to business. I tend to sabotage myself by crafting up an impossibly long list so by the time I’m finished creating it, I can’t even get started on any work because I’m exhausted/overwhelmed! Hubs doesn’t let that happen. How did I get so lucky to snag him?

The Science: Baby Center recap – 34 weeks. She’s packing on the chub and throwing that new found weight around by kicking me in the ribs and pouncing on my bladder. I even yelp out sometimes! I’m tired from my restless nights but not exhausted anymore – which is awesome.  And you know what? I seriously love being pregnant and having this belly. It’s the best.

Body morphingWeight gain is 16.5lbs. The only new body changes I’ve noticed is the extra weight makes ordinary tasks like hurried walking (especially at practice when I’m walking back and forth from the school to the track) feel like I’ve run a marathon. My legs buuurrn. Also, even just chatting can get me out of breath since my lungs feel crunched.

Sexy stuff! Nothing really new to report (thankfully for you?). I had another routine prenatal visit and got my T-DAP shot (which I’m still sore from). Oh and shaving my legs is nearly impossible. I doubt Hubs will do the honor to help a preggo out?

Food drama: None, except usually a nightly Tums to help my dinner or latest drink of water settle. Now that we’re home, we need to start getting casseroles in the freezer to prep for those hard first few weeks (months?/years?).

Exercising? I FINALLY DID PRENATAL YOGA. I’ve been meaning to (my dear friend sent it to me ages ago, *cringes*) but just haven’t made the time for it. Here’s proof, plus a sneak peek of the new rug in the den!

I’m angry at myself for not making exercise a priority ever since I stopped running but it’s never too late to start back up. This DVD kicked my butt and I only did the first 30 minutes! I hope to build my strength up a little more each time. I *still* haven’t gotten my lazy butt out of bed early for a morning walk either, but Hubs and I have been walking and exploring the neighborhoods on the weekends thankfully.

To Dos: I did manage to get all of my thank yous from my baby shower written and sent! But, we still have a long list of To Dos (as does everyone, I realize I’m not special). I’m switching hospitals to one closer to our new house so I have been working to get that all set up (a headache!!). I also need to secure a pediatrician. We have to buy a car seat (STILL) and clean the damn car while we’re at it, because it’s disgusting from hauling 1000 square feet of nasty carpet to the dumpster. The nursery is totally disorganized because I still haven’t finished redoing the dresser. (In my defense, the weather has been way too cold). Although I quit my retail job last Friday, I am still coaching about 25-30 hours a week between practices, meets and paperwork (soo much paperwork!) so I’m finding I still don’t have loads of free time. I figure, I’ll try to stay regimented and on task until the baby comes and whatever doesn’t get done will just have to wait.

And randomly:  Our last birthing class was this week (thank goodness). The annoying couple was late (again) and in extra fine annoying form. I hope we never meet again. I did exchange numbers with one of the other Mommies (she’s due a day after me) so at least I made one friend! We “graduated” and got to tour the hospital, which was really nice to see now that we have officially transferred there.

Although it’s the last week of my birthing class, it was the FIRST week of my breastfeeding class. Hubs came with me (which they recommend) and I’m *so* glad I signed up for this, since I find breastfeeding intimidating and confusing. For me, the birthing class moved much too slow (I could have read a pamphlet in an hour and it would have been just as helpful rather than 12 hours of classroom time) but the breastfeeding class is different. I feel like I can actually do this, especially with the awesome lactation nurses available to help me.

And for those of you that know Emily, she had her baby (a GIRL!) this week! Yeah, Mama!

Raves & Faves: FEBRUARY

Here is my Top 7 (yes, 7) list of February loves. In other words, another chance to List thing-ys. *claps*

1. I’m still staying mostly true to my “using stuff up pact” mentioned in this post. I just recently finished off one of my body sprays and was delighted to start a new scent that was already in my stash, which I’ve loved for a loooong time. It’s vintage Bath and Body Works at it’s finest: Meet Pearberry. Sweet, light, perfect.

Any old school Bath and Body Works scents that still do it for you?

2. When we headed back to Minnesota, my SIL taught me how to use the Moby Wrap. I desperately want to “baby wear” so I’m very thankful she figured it out first with her little one and was willing to share the baby wearing love with me.

3. This past month was all sorts of ‘madness'; it was busy, short and hectic. Thankfully, this slow grooving song helped put the brakes on my cluttered mind and let me escape into the music for a while:

4. Our car battery died in Lowes parking lot.

Normally this is not an experience to rave about. BUT. One of the kids working at Lowes kindly jumped our car, reminding us that the world is indeed full of good folks. We were so thankful for his help. Car trouble is never “convenient” but we were counting our lucky stars that it happened on a Sunday afternoon instead of a day where I needed to get to work/coaching or a few days later when a snowstorm hit…or even worse, at the Denver airport. That would have totally sucked!

5. Hub’s homemade FISH TACOS. *drools*

I’ll be sharing the recipe sometime before I have a baby (I hope). You need to know about these, they are fanfrickintastic.

6. It was Hub’s birthday month! I got him beer and socks – it was nothing fancy but it was what he wanted.

But what was fancy was the homemade ice cream cake he was spoiled with while back in Minnesota!

7. And finally, my baby shower was a sweet day; full of blessings, laughter, loving advice and gifts. Baby Girl even decided to show off a little for the family. Awww.

March is HERE and the count down to meeting Baby Girl is ticking away fast!

Here are my Raves & Faves 2012 and Raves & Faves 2011 for your viewing pleasure. Raise your hand if you’ve been reading my crap for this long?