Wednesday, December 28, 2011

36 Week Status Update

Well, we survived Christmas and have settled into our stay-cation.  I'm really loving having a week to get some things finished up around the house.  The goal for this week is to get the nursery as finished as possible.  I don't really expect that we'll have everything crossed off our list, but i do think that I can get it to the point that anything else that comes in for Eli will have a spot ready.  I'll do my best to post pictures at the end of the week.  I can actually do that again now since I got a new camera for Christmas!  I lost my last one in October during our trip to Arkansas. 

How Big is Baby: Still the size of a honeydew or a ukulele.


Total Weight Gain: Like I said last week, I refuse to get on my scale anymore because I hit a number that I don't really want to see.  I will admit that at my appointment last week my doctor fussed a little about me gaining too much weight between appointments.  I've really been trying to watch what I'm eating this week and stay away from sweets all together.  The doc gave me one more two week hiatus between appointments since things are going so smoothly and because of the holiday chaos so I'm hoping the next time I check in that I won't have gained at all.  We'll see...

Maternity Clothes: Still doing some of both. This week I'm pretty much living in my Old Navy Maternity yoga pants since I've got the whole week off work!  I did get a nice big bag of maternity clothes from my sister (who is now back in her regular wardrobe).  Those should help me to get through the last month. 
Stretch Marks: Still a no but I do have up to a full month to go.  I'm going to do all I can to avoid those things.

Sleep: I've either figured out how to deal with the iron supplements or my body has adjusted some.  I've started taking some Tums before bed and that seems to really help with the heart burn.  I've also discovered that I sleep really well after about 3am.  Apparently after that my bladder is nice and empty so I'm not up every 2 hours to potty.  The down side is that when I have to go to work I get up at 5am.  But this week while I'm off I've been able to sleep until almost 7.  Some of you know that is completely unlike me.  I'm typically up by 6 even on weekends. 

Best Moment this Week: The doc also told us that we had the most chilled baby in the world.  His heartbeat seems to be on the lower end of the normal range and the last few appointments he's been really still for her.  I know he can get really active in there from time to time, so I've seen his wild side.  But the doc did say that since I've stayed away from cafeene and I haven't done any drinking or smoking that the odds were good that we'd have an easy baby on our hands.  She said it's likely that he won't even have collic.  Yay for that!

Worst Moment this Week: Not really anything bad to report this week... oh yeah, I did have to mix the cocktails at the family Christmas party without being able to partake.  I don't think that's quite fair, but it'll be okay.

Food Cravings: Nope. Perhaps those are done with.

Gender: Still a boy.

Labor Signs: Still a no. 

Belly Button: My teeny tiny belly button is still present at the moment.

What I miss: I do wish that I could stop making those super frequent trips to the potty, but other than that it's not been too bad.

What I'm looking forward to: Finishing up the nursery over the next few days. 

Weekly Wisdom: Things have been too busy this week for me to do much thinking... I'll try harder next week to come up with some wisdom.

Milestones: We are now into the 9th month.  Just 28 days to go and that is feeling pretty good right about now.  By the way, one more week and Eli will be considered full term.  Yay!

Baby's now the size of a honeydew!

Baby's skin is getting smooth and soft, his gums are rigid, her liver and kidneys are in working order, and his circulation and immune system are basically good to go. Hia lungs are the only organs that still need to fully mature, but every day he gets a little closer to breathing on her own.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

35 Week Status Update - Merry Christmas

I can't believe that we are just 4 days away from Christmas.  It seems like we were just doing this last year and it seems like just yesterday we were celebrating Memorial Day with the family while keeping a big secret.  How quickly a year passes.  Things at the office have slowed down, but we have lots and lots of plans for Christmas.  We'll get started first thing Friday morning by heading to Birmingham to spend some time with Brian's family then get up on Christmas Eve and head home to spend Christmas with my family this year (we alternate years to keep things fair). 

In general pregnancy news, I got a call from my doctor's office this week saying that some blood work had come back and indicated that I was slightly aneimic.  They called in a percription iron supplement and I've been taking that twice a day.  Other than that, there isn't much to talk about... same old, same old here.

How Big is Baby: Still the size of a honeydew or a ukulele. 


Total Weight Gain: I have now gained between 26 and 27 lbs with this pregnancy and hit my magic number at which I promised myself I would stop weighing.  Given that this far along in pregnancies the weight gain slows down to about 1/2 a pound a week and I have just 4 or 5 more weeks to go, I'll call the total pregnancy weight gain 30 lbs and stop looking at the scale purely for my own sanity. 

Maternity Clothes: Still doing some of both. If I had more maternity clothes, I'd probably be wearing them, but I'm cheap so I haven't bought a ton of stuff and some of what I bought was geared more toward warm weather. So I'll keep stretching the regular wardrobe as long as I can.

Stretch Marks: Still a no... if I can just hold out for another few weeks I'll be super happy.  PS, I did notice some really light stretch marks at the top of my thigh the other day.  In my defense, I can't really see that part of my anatomy right now so they may be stretch marks or may just be varicose veins... regardless I may not have escaped entirely.

Sleep: Pretty much stinks the last week or so.  The iron supplements can cause heartburn and I think they are definately making the heartburn I already had worse.  It's typically the worst during the night when I lie down so the best way to get relief is to sleep propped up on a couple of pillows.  The problem then becomes that sleeping so crooked causes my back to hurt.  It's a loose, loose scenario, but I can tolerate it for a few more weeks.  Besides, it's probably good to get used to dealing without sleep.

Best Moment this Week: The other morning Brian and I were driving to work and Aerosmith's "Sweet Emotion" came on the radio.  Eli must really love some Aerosmith because he boggied the entire song and really got his groove on when we turned it up.

Worst Moment this Week:  Being put on iron supplements... I was really hoping to avoid any problems at all and just have a perfect pregnancy.  Oh well.

Food Cravings: Nope. Perhaps those are done with.

Gender: Still a boy.

Labor Signs: None officially, but the other night after supper my tummy got really upset.  I don't know if it was indigestion or what, but when the pain and stomach cramping came on quickly I had to work really hard not to panic.  After a few trips to the potty and about an hour of resting, I realized that it was just tummy trouble. 

Belly Button: My teeny tiny belly button is still present at the moment.

What I miss:  Lots of things, but that will all be over in just a few more weeks and I can begin doing some things I used to again soon. 

What I'm looking forward to: Tomorrow we work a half day then go to the doctor... then we have 11 whole days off.  I can't wait.

Weekly Wisdom: Nothing is ever as easy as it seems.  I went and bought new hardware for the dresser in Eli's room and the bolts were too long.  Now I have to go back to Home Depot and buy shorter bolts. 

Milestones: Just 35 days to go based on the Jan 25th due date.  We are getting close to the end of this journey and the start of a whole new journey. 

Baby's now the size of a honeydew!


From now on, baby's growth is mostly in the plumping up department -- though he won't get much longer, he'll put on a pound or more of baby fat before birth. (He's about 15 percent right now and will be about 30 percent by full-term.) His hearing is totally developed (tip: baby responds best to higher pitches), and if he really is a "he," his testes have probably completed their descent.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Down on the Farm

It was a wonderfully unplanned weekend for the Hamilton house.  This was the first weekend in forever that we didn't have a single planned event that we had to make.  Everything was on our schedule as we decided that we wanted to accomplish it.  This lead to some wonderful time spend with family, some chores and projects accomplished, some play time for the doggies, and even some much-needed down time. 

Friday night we ate supper with my folks and my sister's family.  It was just a simple grilled steak and baked potato at my folks house, but it was super tastey.  Plus, we got the opportunity to spend some time with our nephew, Brady, and our new niece, Audrey. 

Saturday, we got the grocery shopping out of the way early then went over to the farm to burn some limbs and things that had fallen last summer.  We took the doggies and I threw the ball while Brian manned his fire.  Brian loves playing in a fire and I just enjoyed watching the fire and being outside in the nice weather.  Once the fire was complete and we were just waiting on the last few logs to burn down, we walked to dogs back to the pond so that they could get a couple drinks of water.  But with Spankey, it's never just a drink of water.  It took him about 2 seconds to decide that he was going to go swimming.  At that point, he was wet, nasty, and due a bath anyway, so we decided just to let him have at it.  Our game of fetch involved the pond for a while and both Spankey and Rocky ended up having a blast swimming just a week before Christmas.  After their swim we went back and put the fire out good then loaded two stinky wet dogs in the back of the truck and headed home.  About an hour and a half later, we finally had all the hitchhikers pulled out of their hair and both pups cleaned up.  Then we ate some leftover veggie soup, showered, and all four of us collapsed in exhaustion. 

Sunday we again had no plans (how weird was that).  So after we slept in some, we got the house cleaned up then Brian went out to finish painting the dresser for the nursery and I went out to give the dogs a good brushing in hopes of getting the post-bath shedding under control.  Now our yard looks like we shaved both dogs bald from all the hair that I brushed out, but it was definately worth it because that hair isn't in the carpet.  We finished up the day by having my folks over for supper so that Brian could get some help getting the dresser back in the house then we collapsed on the couch again.  I'm so glad that we got this one last weekend before Christmas to have some unplanned time.  It feels like we got lots and lots accomplished and managed to squeeze in some much needed fun for us and the dogs.  I hope we can find time for weekends like that after the baby decides to make his appearance.


Spankey and Rocky brinning the ball back after a nice long swim out to the middle of the pond. 


They got just a little wet, but they didn't seem to mind.


In fact, Spankey loves to get wet.  Swimming is just about his favorite thing.


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Week 34 Update

This was a great week overall.  Things at work have slowed down some.  For those of you who don't work for the government, know that absolutely nothing gets accomplished between Thanksgiving and the New Year.  My office is now a ghost town with the number of people not on vacation growing every day.  By the time Christmas rolls around the place will be virtually empty.  Though I'm always happy for a little break, I also get frustrated by the fact that I can't finish projects because I'm stuck waiting for input from others.  This year I'm especially frustrated because I have about 4 projects that are almost finished but I'm stuck waiting on someone else before it can be finalized.  I'm mostly frustrated because Eli could make his arrival at any point in January (especially since we don't have a firm due date) and I really wanted to finish up those 4 projects before being gone for 6 weeks.  Oh well... on to the weekly update.


How Big is Baby: Still the size of a honeydew (not that I have a grasp of how big that is).  By the way, I found a really cool "daddy edition" of the how big is baby thing.  Turns out that Eli is now the size of a Ukulele, those tiny guitars they play in Hawaii.  Now there's something I can kind of relate to. 

Total Weight Gain: I have now gained 25 lbs with this pregnancy.  I have a number in mind that when I cross I will stop weighing purely for my own sanity.  We're getting very close, so this may be my last official weight posting.

Maternity Clothes: Still doing some of both.  If I had more maternity clothes, I'd probably be wearing them, but I'm cheap so I haven't bought a ton of stuff and some of what I bought was geared more toward warm weather.  So I'll keep stretching the regular wardrobe as long as I can.

Stretch Marks: Still a no... if I can just hold out for another few weeks I'll be super happy.

Sleep: This week it's been a little more difficult.  For some reason I've been up more frequently to go potty.  Last night I was so tired that I went to bed at 8pm.  Today I feel much, much more rested. 

Best Moment this Week:  We were given a wonderful baby shower by some very loving and generous family.  I'm really looking forward to going back through everything this weekend and getting it all put away and ready for use.

Worst Moment this Week:  Any day at the office... things are slower and the break is nice but not having a million things going on makes for very long days.

Food Cravings: Nope.  Perhaps those are done with. 

Gender: Still a boy.

Labor Signs: Nope. Though I'm kind of looking forward to getting close enough that those become a possibility.

Belly Button: My teeny tiny belly button is still present at the moment.

What I miss: Bladder control.  I'm really getting tired of going to the bathroom every 40-60 minutes.  But I only have 6 more weeks to go (and maybe not that long). 

What I'm looking forward to: Christmas.  Even though I'm still not really hyped up about the whole chaos that our holidays become, I'm definately looking forward to being out of the office for more than 11 days.  Some time off is much needed at the moment.

Weekly Wisdom:  Pregnant people should not put their cell phones in their pocket and expect for it to be there later.  I seem to have lost my cell this morning... I'm betting it fell out of my pocket in the car on the way to work. 

Milestones: Roughly 40 days to go. And that is based on the late due date of Jan 25 so it could be less!

Baby's now the size of a honeydew or a ukulele!

Baby can recognize and react to simple songs...time to start practicing your lullabies! In fact, baby will recognize frequently sung tunes after birth and probably find them soothing. Less cute news: He now urinates about one pint per day. Get the diapers ready!


P.S. The Ukulele picture makes me understand why those kicks I've been feeling seem to be so powerful.  Little man is getting big in there!

Monday, December 12, 2011

A Baby Shower

Yesterday we had a wonderful baby shower given by some of Brian's family.  These ladies went out of their way to make sure everything was perfect and we had a wonderful time.  Eli now has lots of goodies and will be exceptionally well dressed.  Thanks to everyone who helped with the planning and to everyone who came and made it a wonderful day.  I know that Eli will be blessed to know each of you and will be very loved. 

Because it was so late (i.e after 7 pm) when we got home last night, we only managed to get all our gifts in the house.  At some point this week, I'll have to go through everything again and begin washing some clothes, organizing, and assembing some larger items like high chairs and bouncy seats.  It will be like getting to open all our goodies all over again! 

Hopefully, we can get the dresser in the house this weekend so that I can begin filling it full of clothes, get the changing pad in place, and finish up some other things like that.  I'm finding that every day I'm a little more aware of the fact that it won't be long before we're parents.  In the meantime, I'm doing my best to enjoy every single day and do something to help us prepare.  I'm really looking forward to the week between Christmas and New Years.  I'll have the whole week off work and, hopefully, will be able to finish up the nursery then.   

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

33 Week Status Update

Yet another busy week.  I had a cold and managed to pass it on to poor Brian.  We've been doing all we could to get the house finished up, but with Christmas around the corner that it easier said than done.  We've slowly begun to realize that we have very little time left before our son makes his arrival and that is freaking us out just a little.  Ready or not, our time is running out. 

How Big is Baby: We're up to the size of a honeydew... another fruit that I'm really not familiar with. 

Total Weight Gain: I was a bad girl and forgot to weigh again this morning.  Ooopsie.

Maternity Clothes: Still doing some of both.

Stretch Marks: Not Yet. Palmers lotion with cocoa butter is my friend!!!

Sleep: Much improved now that I'm just about over this cold.  Who'd have ever thought I would consider being up just 3-4 times a night a good night's sleep?

Best Moment this Week: Accomplished a good bit over the weekend... the nursery got some more cleaning and straightening, I hung up the artwork I made, and my sweet husband got a first coat of paint on the dresser we bought. 

Worst Moment this Week: Having a cold is never fun... having a cold while pregnant is intolerable.  I could not take any of the meds that normally help the most, I couldn't even drink my camomile tea to make my throat feel better, it stunk all the way around.

Food Cravings: Still not so much... though I did pick up some cinnamon rolls and the grocery store this week just because I wanted them.

Gender: Still a boy. 

Labor Signs: Nope.  Though I'm kind of looking forward to getting close enough that those become a possibility. 

Belly Button: Still just barely hanging in there as an innie.  If this kiddo kicks just right, it might turn inside out any moment.

What I miss: Feeling useful.  Poor Brian is having to do all the sanding and painting on that furniture by himself and he hates to paint.  I really don't mind painting, so I usually do the painting around our house.  I'm also impatient for the furniture to be finished, so it's especially frustrating that I can't get in there and just finish it myself.

What I'm looking forward to: This weekend is our first baby shower.  It should be super fun to celebrate our upcoming arrival and to get some more supplies. 

Weekly Wisdom:  Rolling with the flow is often easier said than done.

Milestones: Less than 50 days to go

Baby's now the size of a honeydew!

Things are heating up inside. Baby may grow up to a full inch this week alone, and his brain is developing like crazy. Pretty soon, he'll be able to coordinate breathing with sucking and swallowing. Also, his bones are hardening, and he's started to keep his eyes open when he's awake.


Monday, December 5, 2011

A Bit of a Scrooge

We had a reasonably productive weekend at our house.  Brian got to go hunting 3 times, I got the house reasonably straight, I did some more work on the nursery, Brian got a first coat of paint on the dresser, and I managed to get the Christmas Tree up. 

Of all the chores we finished off, the Christmas Tree was my least favorite.  I'm usually a little excited to get out all our Christmas decorations and transform the house.  I typically, put out what I consider a good bit of decorations and Brian puts "redneck lights" all along the house.  This year, we did well to put up a tree.  I don't know if it's nerves about our new arrival or stressing to get the house in perfect shape before January, or what, but I'm just not finding the Christmas spirit thus far this year.  I feel like there is so much to accomplish during the next month that I can't possibly get it all done.  Plus, being the size of a small mobile home doesn't make it easy to accomplish anything.  Honestly, I debated not even bothering with it at all. 

But we had some things that needed to go into the attic to be stored, so while Brian was up there I decided that he could hand me down the tree and ornaments.  I'm not doing any more than that this year because just doing the tree wore me slap out and I don't want to spend 3 days putting everything away come December 26.  I just don't have that kind of time this year.  The up side is that my Christmas shopping is almost finished and everything I have thus far is wrapped.  Yay me!

With Christmas festivities beginning just two weeks from this Friday, I'm just hopeful that I'll get in the mood in time not to be the world's biggest party pooper.  In the meantime, you can call me Scrooge.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

32 Week Status Update with a Cold

I'm a little under the weather this week.  I seem to have caught a cold and on top of already being out of breath and tired, I'm all congested and not sleeping at night.  I'm hoping that I can kick this thing soon and that I'll be back to feeling like my old self.

How Big is Baby: Still a squash but we'll be updating to a new picture next week.

Total Weight Gain: Last week it was 23 lbs.  I was too busy blowing my nose this morning to weigh in so I'll just guess 24 and leave it at that.

Maternity Clothes: Still doing some of both.

Stretch Marks: Not Yet. Palmers lotion with cocoa butter is my friend!!!

Sleep: Even more difficult with a cold.  It should be illegal to be pregnant and have a cold.  That is just too much punishment for one person.

Best Moment this Week: We got to spend lots of time with family during Thanksgiving and I made some artwork for the nursery. 

Worst Moment this Week:  Spending lots of time with family meant lots of time driving up and down the road.  All that driving can do a number on my back.

Food Cravings: None worth mentioning.

Gender: It's a boy and he has a name.

Labor Signs: I think I may have experianced some Braxton-Hicks contractions, but I'm not certain.

Belly Button: At this point it is almost gone.  And when little one kicks just right, I swear it begins turning inside out. I've poked it back in multiple times.

What I miss: Being able to self-induce a Nyquil coma.  Having a cold is never fun but typically I medicate myself out of conciousness to survive.  With baby on board, I'm stuck fighting this thing out with little to no medication.

What I'm looking forward to: Right now, the weekend looks pretty good.  If I'm still feeling rough at least I can spend the day in my PJs on the couch instead of dragging myself into the office.

Weekly Wisdom: We'll just stick with last week's courtesy of a co-worker with two kiddos of his own... "(Babies) are completely predictable... Just expect chaos, and they will be predictable."

Milestones: Just 8 weeks to go.  That's something anyway.

Baby's now the size of a squash!

Ready or not, baby's getting ready to emerge. She's probably in the head-down position by now, with her bottom facing up. This is the comfiest way for her body to fit in your increasingly cramped womb and will make her eventual exit (only a few months away now!) much easier. (If she's still head-up, don't panic -- there's still time for a flip before birth.)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

31 Week Status Update - Happy Thanksgiving!!!

We have made it to 31 weeks.  That means that we are only 6 weeks away from being considered full term.  Bean has been extra active this week throwing lots of punches and kicks my way.  I hope his current activity schedule isn't any indication of what his sleep schedule will be in the future because his favorite time to jump around is just about bedtime and all through the night.  It's Thanksgiving which means lots of traveling for our little family.  The holidays are always busy for us especially since we have a two hour drive between the families.  Here's to starting the holiday season off with a bang. 

How Big is Baby: Still a squash.  By the way, Brian hates the picture of the squash because he insists that squash should be yellow.  Personally, I don't eat the stuff and couldn't say for sure, but I will agree that I've never seen a squash the color of the one in the pic.

Total Weight Gain: 23 lbs as of this morning. My goal for the holiday is not to throw another 5-10 lbs on top of that 23. 

Maternity Clothes: Still doing some of both.  Thanks to whomever came up with the Belly Band idea!!!
Stretch Marks: Not Yet. Palmers lotion with cocoa butter is my friend!!!

Sleep: Still a struggle some nights and really great other nights. 

Best Moment this Week: My mommie brought us two nights worth of supper last night.  I love it when I can avoid cooking!!!

Worst Moment this Week:  Just about everyone we know has been fighting a 24 hour stomach bug... we're doing our best to avoid it. 

Food Cravings: Still a no at the moment.

Gender: Still a boy and the name thing is progressing... I hesitate to talk about it for fear we will suddenly have to start over.

Labor Signs: I think I may have experianced some Braxton-Hicks contractions, but I'm not certain. 

Belly Button: Still getting smaller.

What I miss: This week, I miss my glass of wine to decompress at the end of a day.  It has been a stressful week and I could seriously use something to slow my mind down a little.

What I'm looking forward to: This is a nice, long weekend for us.  We'll be busy running up and down the road, but at least we'll squeeze in a trip to Auburn for the Iron Bowl.  War Eagle!

Weekly Wisdom: Courtesy of a co-worker with two kiddos of his own... "(Babies) are completely predictable... Just expect chaos, and they will be predictable."

Milestones: No real huge milestones this week, but we are nearing the 60 days to go mark. 
Baby's now the size of a squash! Oh... and I registered for baby stuff this week too!

Baby's going through major brain and nerve development these days. His irises now react to light, and all five senses are in working order. (He won't pick up anything from his nose until after birth, though -- smell is transferred through air, not amniotic fluid.)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Welcome Audrey Kate!

It's been a very busy week here.  So busy, in fact, that I haven't had a minute to welcome our newest niece properly to the world.  Audrey Kate Rozell was born on Tuesday November 15, 2011. 

Congrats Stacy and Scott!

Mommie and baby are both doing well and Brady is the proudest big brother in the world.

Dear Audrey,

It is completely atrocious that your aunt hasn't been to see you but once so far since you've been born.  But work has been crazy this week and I just couldn't get away like I would have liked.  I promise to do much, much better in the future and to always be there for you.  I also promise to do my absolute best to make sure the time we spend together is more fun than just about anything else in the world. 

Love,
Aunt Sue


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

30 Week Status... In a Hurry

I just stopped by the office to send a couple of emails and realized that today is Wednesday.  I'm going to do a quick update and I'll be back soon with another post. 

How Big is Baby: Still a squash.
Total Weight Gain: 22 lbs as of this morning.  Hoping it will hold steady there for a couple of weeks.
Maternity Clothes: I've still got them, but I'm also still pretty regularly wearing my regular slacks with a belly band. Wouldn't it be great if that lasted the entire pregnancy?

Stretch Marks: Not Yet. Palmers lotion with cocoa butter is my friend!!!

Sleep: Better overall this week.  I think I'm learning to sleep in a new position though some nights I just can't get comfortable.
Best Moment this Week: We had a great weekend hanging out with some family and sharing in the Host of Christmas Past experiance.   Brian's brother, Wes, came up here and shot a big ole deer too! So that made the guys happy.  Plus, we welcomed baby Audrey Rozell to the world just yesterday.
Worst Moment this Week: Another funeral... they say they come in threes.  I hope they are wrong.
Food Cravings: Still a no at the moment. 
Gender: Still a boy without a name but I think we're getting close to agreeing on something.
Labor Signs: None yet, though I've read that I may be having some Braxton-Hicks contractions (false labor) soon. Maybe I am and I just havn't noticed or maybe I'm not... hmmmm.

Belly Button: Still getting smaller.
What I miss: Not being made completely crazy by the hormones.  I'm up and down more lately than I have been the entire pregnancy.
What I'm looking forward to: A long weekend followed by a two day work week.  Work is crazy and it's beginning to stress me out.  I could so use a break.
Weekly Wisdom: Nothing new this week, but last week's wisdom is worth repeating... When you have a monumental mess task to clean up perform and don't know where to begin, start with one simple step. Then take another, and another, and another, and soon you will find that you have accomplished your goal. Looking at the whole thing can be overwhelming.

Milestones: Bean is responding to outside stimuli... namely his daddy.  Last night Brian poked my belly and it poked back.  Then when we rolled over to go to sleep, Bean kicked his papa in the back!
Baby's now the size of a squash!

As baby's skin smoothes out, her brain just keeps getting more wrinkled. All those grooves and indentations increase surface area, meaning more room for that oh-so-essential brain tissue. She's also adding some brawn -- her grip is now strong enough to grasp a finger.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

29 Week Status

We've had another busy week here at the Hamilton house.  Brian's been away for work and national guard, I've made great strides toward getting the house clean, and Bean is jumping and kicking me like he's some kind of mixed martial arts fighter.  Work is still plenty busy, but I just got one big project ready for review and I have about 3 more in the works that should be getting finished in the next couple of weeks.  I'm shooting to have all these big projects finished before Christmas so that I can enjoy my week off and then prepare for Bean's arrival. 

How Big is Baby: We've graduated to the size of a squash.  Yay for a new picture!

Total Weight Gain: I remembered this morning and I'm happy to report that I'm holding steady at 20 lbs.  That sounds like a good thing since I know Bean will soon be adding to his total much more rapidly.

Maternity Clothes: I've still got them, but I'm also still pretty regularly wearing my regular slacks with a belly band.  Wouldn't it be great if that lasted the entire pregnancy?

Stretch Marks: Not Yet. Palmers lotion with cocoa butter is my friend!!!

Sleep: As a whole, sleep is over-rated.  I'm pretty well beat by the end of the day and love the thought of going to be on time, but after a couple hours, I wake up and start the hourly runs to the potty. 

Best Moment this Week: I got the house clean!!! While Brian was away on business then gone to guard over the weekend, I managed to get my house all spic and span.  Then I went and helped my sister and brother-in-law, Stacy and Scott, move into their new house.  I love feeling productive!

Worst Moment this Week:  Funeral... I just hate those. The up side is that a very good man is in a far better place now than he was a week ago.

Food Cravings: Oddly enough, still a no.  Brian and I are both completely over food at the moment.  Nothing sounds appealing.  That makes it very difficult to even decide what to have for supper. 

Gender: Still a boy without a name.  We have 5 or so in mind, but we really don't have any favorites right now.

Labor Signs: None yet, though I've read that I may be having some Braxton-Hicks contractions (false labor) soon. Maybe I am and I just havn't noticed or maybe I'm not... hmmmm.

Belly Button: According to Brian, the belly button is shrinking.  Here's hoping my innie doesn't become an outtie.  That would freak Brian out pretty good.

What I miss: I wouldn't really say that I miss anything enough for it to make a difference.  However, after 6 months of pregancy I have a new appreciation for the following:  margaritas, sleep, bladder control, ample storage space, adequate lung capacity, being permitted to use my muscles and lift things,.... the list could go on and on. 

What I'm looking forward to: Visitors... Brian's mom, Debra, brother, Wes, and sister-in-law, Melissa, are coming to spend the weekend.  The boys are going hunting and us girls are going to do some shopping at the Host of Christmas Past in Fayetteville. 

Weekly Wisdom: When you have a monumental mess task to clean up perform and don't know where to begin, start with one simple step.  Then take another, and another, and another, and soon you will find that you have accomplished your goal.  Looking at the whole thing can be overwhelming.

Milestones: Just a little over 75 days to go.  That is both wonderful and terrifying at the same time!  But there is definately no stopping the clock.

Baby's now the size of a squash!


Baby's energy is surging, thanks to white fat depositing beneath his skin. And since he's growing so fast (weight will triple by birth), things are getting kind of cramped in the womb. What all this means for you: Get ready for some more kicks and jabs to the ribs.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

28 Week Status Update

I'm super busy at work this week and rushed out of the house this morning without weighing in or anything.  I'll try to do better in the future, but I won't make any promises.  Overall things are still going great.  November has arrived, and I've just realized that I have just 12 weeks to go.  That means that I'm going to have to get busy getting the house in order.  Brian's away on business this week, so I'm trying to do just a little each night since I don't have to cook supper for just me.  On to this week's update... what little of it there is.


How Big is Baby: Still the size of an Eggplant.  I'm glad Bean is just about finished growing, but I'm ready to put up a new picture!

Total Weight Gain: Ran out of the house without weighing this morning... here's hoping that it is still around 20 lbs.

Maternity Clothes: More and more I find myself reaching for those maternity clothes instead of the regular clothes. 

Stretch Marks: Still a no so far... I'm still buttering up regularly and drinking lots of water.

Sleep: Sometimes pretty good, sometimes pretty bad. I'm still waking regularly to use the potty.

Best Moment this Week: Halloween was Monday night and we got to see all the neices and nephews in their costumes.

Worst Moment this Week: Halloween... (ha ha)... the night was total chaos with all the kiddos in and out. 

Food Cravings: Nope, I guess I've passed the point of cravings.

Gender: It's a boy! Now if he just had a name.

Labor Signs: None yet, though I've read that I may be having some Braxton-Hicks contractions (false labor) soon.  Maybe I am and I just havn't noticed or maybe I'm not... hmmmm.

Belly Button: Check. Still there.

What I miss: I think I'm going to miss having more room in my house.  I still don't know where everything is going to go in order for me to empty Bean's room.

What I'm looking forward to: Getting the house in better shape... I'm hoping that I can accomplish that in the next week or so.

Weekly Wisdom: I don't have any wisdom to dispense... I'm just trying to survive the party that this kid seems to be having in my belly.  Brian says it feels like someone is playing Rock-em-Sock-em Robots in there.

Milestones: Made it to the 3rd Trimester.... 12 weeks to go and about 6 months worth of things to accomplish.  Never a dull moment around here.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

27 Week Status Update

How Big is Baby: Still the size of an Eggplant. It seems to me that Bean's growth is slowing down, but my belly is getting bigger by the minute... how is that possible?

Total Weight Gain: Just about 20 lbs this morning.  Yay... that's down a pound from last week.  Hoping things will hold steady here for another week or so.

Maternity Clothes: I'm still squeezing into my regular work pants unbuttoned with a belly band.  Here's hoping that those will last until I have time and money to get some more pants.

Stretch Marks: Still a no so far... I'm still buttering up regularly and drinking lots of water.

Sleep: Sometimes pretty good, sometimes pretty bad.  I'm still waking regularly to use the potty.

Best Moment this Week:  We finished the crib set!  It's great to have that out of the way.  Now if the cleaning fairy would just show up and make my house all spic and span things would be perfect.

Worst Moment this Week: Overall it's been a pretty good week.  Things at work have been kind of busy and a little stressful, but at least it's job security.

Food Cravings: Still no cravings... but with Halloween coming up I could go for some sweets... like Cowboy Cookies or Blondies!

Gender: It's a boy!  Now if he just had a name.

Labor Signs: too soon for those.

Belly Button: It is still there and no one is happier about that than Brian.  If/When it goes away he may freak on me a bit because he checks it regularly.

What I miss: Hmmmm... can't think of much right now.

What I'm looking forward to: Getting the house cleaned up a little more or at all.

Weekly Wisdom: Patience will pay off.  We worked long and hard on the crib set and really weren't sure what we were doing most of the time, but with patience we got things finished up and it looks great.

Milestones: Just 91 days left. That is definately at the 3 month to go mark.  Hello there 3rd Trimester.

Baby's now the size of an eggplant!


Baby's lungs are going through some major developments these days, which (combined with the opening of previously plugged nostrils) means he's now able to practice inhaling and exhaling. The lack of air in your womb means every "breath" is filled with amniotic fluid, but hey -- it's progress.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Crib Set Progress

Last night after work, I finished up the crib skirt and declared the majority of our crib set complete!  We still need a blanket, but since Bean won't be using that for quite a while, that can wait until I've finished some other things up first (like getting the rest of the junk out of the nursery). 

I owe a great deal of thanks to my wonderful hubby for being so patient and for doing a large part of the sewing.  I'm still very new to the whole sewing thing, and he can make much straighter seams, so he volunteered to do the detail work if I got things cut out and pinned and ready. 

Remember that I'm super picky and couldn't find a thing for sale that I liked. So I got online and found a custom crib designer that let me play with fabrics and colors.  I could have ordered a custom set from the website, but I'm too cheap to pay $400 + for a crib set, but I could order the fabrics and make it myself. 

Thanks to Google and some great directions online, we were able to make the whole set ourselves for about the same cost as a regular crib set.  Only I think Bean's set is waaaaay cuter than most of the stuff you can find in the stores. Plus, no one else will have the same set.


This was my inspiration custom design I created online.
 

Our finished homemade crib set! The pic is dark because it was late when I finished,
but I'll get a better picture sometime soon (like when I finally get the nursery cleaned up).


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Updates to other Pages!!!

Yes I did update to the 26 Week Status today, but I also made some updates to the Nursery Page and the Baby Page this morning.  You can get to those from the links at the top of the blog.  Go ahead and check those out to get a look at nursery plans, what all is going on right now, and other fun tidbits. 

26 Week Status Update

How Big is Baby: Still the size of an Eggplant. It seems to me that Bean's growth is slowing down, but my belly is getting bigger by the minute... how is that possible?

Total Weight Gain: 21 lbs as of this morning.  With 14 weeks to go still I may have to stop counting soon or risk a nervous breakdown.

Maternity Clothes: Didn't have any luck finding my size jeans at the Old Navy in Birmingham so I'll just have to order online. 

Stretch Marks: Still not yet... still hoping the cocoa butter holds up.

Sleep: This week I'm really not sleeping at all. I'm up running to the potty every 1-2 hours which makes for a tough time getting any good rest.

Best Moment this Week: Brian got kicked in the chin! Brian was laying with his head on my belly and got a nice swift kick right to the chin.  Keep it up, son.  It's going to take both of us to keep Daddy in line. Plus, our dots fabric came in the mail on Monday.

Worst Moment this Week: Not terrible, but we realized that fall had arrived and we'd be having our first frost this weekend.  That means that after 10 hour days at work this week we get to run to Joey's house to try and get everything in the greenhouse.  Every year I promise myself that we won't wait until the last minute to do this chore and somehow it always seems to get put off until the first frost is predicted.

Food Cravings: No real cravings at the moment... either I'm getting what I need or just too busy to bother with wanting food.

Gender: It's a boy!

Labor Signs: too soon for those.

Belly Button: still there

What I miss: Feeling like I'm in reasonably decent shape.  Bean's constant growing has left me with absolutely no lung capacity.  My muscles can keep up with the walks before and after football games but my lungs have other ideas.

What I'm looking forward to: Friday. I've decided to take the day off work and get some things done around the house. I hope that includes doing some more cleaning for the nursery, getting the rest of the bumper material cut out, and making a second crib sheet.  I probably won't accomplish all of it, but it's nice to dream.

Weekly Wisdom: I'm not very wise this week... can't think of a thing for this question today.

Milestones: Less than 100 days to go.  Not sure if that is good or bad at this point, but it's definately a milestone.
Baby's now the size of an eggplant!


He's still growing in the 13.6- to 14.8-inch and 1.5- to 2.5-pound range, and developing his senses, features and talents!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

25 Week Update

This week was a busy one to say the least.  We had lots going at work, a holiday weekend, and a road trip to watch Auburn play in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  Even though the team lost (lost doesn't even begin to cover how bad it was), we had a great road trip and lots of fun.  I even got to try my hand at mountain climbing while pregnant... didn't work out too well.  When we got home on Sunday, we had an extra day before going back to work, and made some progress on the nursery.  Anyway, here is this week's update.  I'm hoping to post about our Arkansas trip soon, but things are busy, so this will have to do for now.


How Big is Baby: The size of an Eggplant.  While I have some vauge idea of what this is, it gives me no real perspective.  Couldn't they have come up with something cuter for comparison? I mean, who even likes eggplant?

Total Weight Gain: Up to 19 lbs this morning... yay for the weight gain coming in spurts and not just steadily increasing like crazy.

Maternity Clothes: Have some, but definately not enough to wear those exclusively. I picked up another pair of jeans at Burlington for cheap to help me get through a long weekend away from home and this weekend I have a trip by an Old Navy that carries maternity clothes in store planned! Yay for going through Birmingham to get to Auburn.

Stretch Marks: Still not yet... Here's hoping the cocoa butter holds up.

Sleep: I'm sleeping pretty soundly the last couple of weeks except for the fact that I'm up for a potty break every hour or so. 

Best Moment this Week: Friday night as we were settling into bed, Brian got to feel Bean kick.  He was a little freaked out, but super excited.  Every night since he's asked if Bean's kicking again hoping to get another feel. So far, no more luck.

Worst Moment this Week: Still...anything related to work... I'm burned out and stressed out. I'd way rather be home preparing for Bean's arrival at the moment. I have around 1 month before the Thanksgiving/Christmas stretch of holidays and time off arrives. Surely I can survive another month.

Food Cravings: The cravings have subsided for the most part.  This weekend we did go by Sonic and indulge in a mozzarella stick and green apple slush, but that wasn't so much craving as opportunity.

Gender: It's a boy!

Labor Signs: too soon for those.

Belly Button: still there

What I miss: Wine... when I get stressed at work, it always seems to help to come home and have a glass of wine.  Unfortunately, I can't unwind that way at the moment.  I'll figure something else out.

What I'm looking forward to: Auburn plays Florida this weekend and I'm hoping to get more progress made on the nursery too.

Weekly Wisdom: 6 months pregnant and mountain climbing should not be done together.  Learned that one this weekend at the University of Arkansas.  I thought Arkansas was a flat state... apparently they just collected all their hills in one town.

Milestones: Brian got to feel the little big kicks and this week we'll pass the 100 days to go mark!

Baby's now the size of an eggplant!


That oh-so-handy sense of equilibrium is kicking in, and baby's learning to distinguish right side up from upside down.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Ultrasound Pics and Fabric Shopping

Yesterday was our monthly OB visit.  It turned out that Brian had a doctor's appointment scheduled for the same time, so his mom, Debra, came up to keep me company at my doctor's visit and to get a look at her grandson on the ultrasound machine.  Granny, Debra's mom, decided to tag along on the trip as well, so we made a day of it and after the doctor's appointments were finished we headed over to Sirs to do some fabric shopping. 


We got to Sirs just as they were opening for the day and I headed straight to the scrap tables.  I found some wonderful material for the bumper pads for just $3 and $4 a yard and Granny found some fabric to use for some quilts she is making.  Then we headed out to Monk's Market to pick up some fresh veggies, a giant pumpkin for Brian, and a couple of Christmas gifts (yes, I'm already trying to Christmas shop).  Then we ate at one of my favorite lunch spots, O'Houlihans, and headed back home.

When Mom and Granny left to head back to Birmingham, Brian and I decided to make a quick run to Gander Mountain to buy his birthday gift.  When we got home, he was super wonderful and put the last coat of paint on the nursery furniture before studying for his PE exam.  All in all, it was a great day.  I'm so glad we played hooky from work and kept the whole day to ourselves. 

I'm also super excited that I've begun to get material to make the bumper pads.  I still have to order my primary material off the internet as well as some foam padding.  But I have enough right now, that I can get started cutting things out and making piping in the meantime.  Wish me luck on my sewing adventure. 

24 Week Update

How Big is Baby: The size of a papaya. I still need to go by Publix and figure out what that is!

Total Weight Gain: Holding steady at 18 lbs.  Whew! I'm so glad that I didn't weigh heavier this morning.
Maternity Clothes: Have some, but definately not enough to wear those exclusively.  Getting more is definately on my list.

Stretch Marks: Still not yet... Here's hoping the cocoa butter holds up.

Sleep: Sometimes yes, sometimes no.  I think it depends on how stressed I am.

Best Moment this Week: Was joined by my fantastic mother-in-law at the doctor yesterday.  I'm so glad she agreed to tag along to see an ultrasound.  They've changed alot in the last 25 years, so I'm glad she came to see the newer technology and get a peak at Bean.

Worst Moment this Week: Anything related to work... I'm burned out and stressed out.  I'd way rather be home preparing for Bean's arrival at the moment.  I'm hoping the long weekend will help me to relax a little and recharge.  I have around 1 month before the Thanksgiving/Christmas stretch of holidays and time off arrives.  Surely I can survive another month.

Food Cravings: The cravings have subsided.  Though I am very grateful to Granny Reba for bringing me some of her homemade fried apple pies.  I've made them before, but no matter how hard I try I can't do it like she does.  Though I recently realized that a square cast iron skillet can make a big difference.

Gender: It's a boy!

Labor Signs: too soon for those.

Belly Button: still there

What I miss: Not having my bathroom trips dictated by someone else.  Bean has been shaking his groove thing all over my bladder and I'm constantly in need of a restroom.

What I'm looking forward to: A long weekend out of the office and watching Auburn football.

Weekly Wisdom: Don't wait for things to happen, make them happen. 

Milestones: Still waiting on Brian to feel a kick. They feel so big to me that I'm shocked when he can't feel them. Soon maybe.

Baby's now the size of a papaya!


Baby's skin is becoming more opaque as the fat starts to pack on. And, thanks to the formation of small capillaries, her newly thick skin is taking on a fresh pink glow.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

My First Consignment Sale

Last night I made my first ever trip as a mom to the local children's consigment sale.  I had done my research, I knew what I needed, and I thought I was prepared.  Guess again! The instant I walked in I was completely overwhelmed.  There was stuff everywhere... people everywhere... and everybody but me seemed to be grabbing up items left and right.  I was in over my head and, like my trip to Buy Buy Baby, was beginning to notice my heart race as I saw thousands of items that the world says I need. 

I took a deep breath and tried my best to calm myself.  I decided to just do this my way and make my initial lap around the room to get an overview of everything (my standard first step in any shopping trip).  During that first lap, I'll admit I was disappointed by the looks of everything.  When I say disappointed, I guess I mean I was upset that things weren't completely new and exactly what I had dreamed.  So I entered step two of my night. 

I told myself that I needed to have more realistic expectations about what I was going to end up with from a consignment sale.  I knew this going in, but too much online shopping made me a little less receptive to the used items at the sale.  I also reminded myself that every single item for our baby or nursery does not have to be perfect.  Some things can be modified, some things can be downplayed, some things don't even matter at all because they aren't meant to be displayed.  Other things, I will not be willing to compromise on because I really want them to be perfect... like the crib set. 

So once I came to terms with those little facts, I made my second lap around the room.  I began with the big items area where they had high chairs, bassinets, bouncy seats, etc.  I noticed a bouncy seat that was primarily dark brown and had some green trim and some jungle animals.  Overall it wasn't bad looking and I thought it could work into my nursery plan, so I grabbed it up.  Then I circled past the little girl stuff to the back of the room where they had some bath supplies, bibs, nursing pillows, and other stuff on a table.  I grabbed a Boppy pillow for $5 (knowing it was a steal for the pillow itself).  So what if it had a pink cover on it.  I can get another cover and throw out the old one if I want.  I saw a bag of probably 10 bibs and picked it up for $2 (can't have too many of those, right?).  I also stopped at a rack of diaper bags and found one that was dark brown with blue trim... not terrible, super cheap, and I can afford to have it monogramed (if we ever pick out a name) plus having a couple of those isn't the worst thing either.

On the way back to the front of the store, I noticed that below the racks of clothes were more bouncy seats and some car seats.  I noticed a car seat that I immediately thought would look fine in Brian's truck and it was only $5.  I'd been struggling with whether or not to buy a stroller set with matching car seat, and this might have answered that question.  I'm not a huge shopper anyway (don't need it for the mall), it will be too cold in January to take a newborn out for walks, and I can always buy a cheap stroller at another sale when baby is big enough for a stroller without the car seat in it. 

I paid and took one load to the car, then went back in and found some more stuff (baby monitors, car seat head support, dishwasher basket, formula dispenser).  After taking that to the car and starting down the road, a set of Dr. Brown's bottles that I had passed up began nagging me.  So I turned around and went back to buy those bottles.  It was a set of probably 40 bottles, a slew of extra nipples, and some extra stuff thrown in for $40. 

Tallying up my spending for the night, I spent about $90.  From some quick online research this morning, I know that had I purchased all those items new (not necessarily the items I want, but the cheaper items from Walmart), I'd have spent around $375.  All in all I can't argue with that.  I probably won't remove any items from my registry at the moment (except for bottles).  If I end up with duplicates of things, I'll either return one or pick the one I like best and put the other in another consignment sale. 

If you are pregnant, have kids, or know someone with kids, this sale really is great.  There are tons of clothes, toys, baby gear, and more at dirt cheap prices.  I've put links to their website and facebook pages below. 

http://www.between2friendssale.com/

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Between-2-Friends-Children-Consignment-Sale/105325036187892?sk=info

To wrap up this super long post, I have to brag on my hubby a little bit.  When I got home, he helped me unload the car and then showed me what he'd been up to all night.  He'd been cleaning out his closets! I don't know what possessed him to start that (perhaps my constant nagging over the past few months or my threats to get rid of things while he wasn't home) but I'm so thankful that he did.  I was so happy to see him donating some items that he no longer uses and making some room to begin to empty Bean's closet.  Thanks, Sweetie! I'm so lucky to have you around.

23 Week Status Update

How Big is Baby: The size of a papaya. I still need to go by Publix and figure out what that is!
Total Weight Gain: Weighed in this morning and saw a whopping 18 lbs.  I may stop weighing soon.  This scares me.
Maternity Clothes: I'm slowly acquiring some more maternity clothes though most days I'm still wearing regular clothes.  Last night I got in my latest shipment of 3 items from Old Navy Maternity... 1 pair of jeans, 1 pair of grey slacks, and 1 blouse.  Now that I'm more certain about sizing, I can order more.  I'm really digging Old Navy's maternity wear. 
Stretch Marks: Not yet, but my belly is really itchy lately. I'm still buttering up in lotion regularly.
Sleep: Ahhhh... the miracle of sleep has returned.  I've been sleeping like a log this week and am very grateful for that.
Best Moment this Week:  Cleaned up at the children's consignment sale last night.  More on that in another post.
Worst Moment this Week: Seeing my scale this morning. I'm not mentally strong enough to continue to watch that number rise.
Food Cravings: Not really craving anything at the moment.  Though last night I saw some muffins on TV and thought that sounded like something I should be cooking this weekend.
Gender: It's a boy!

Labor Signs: too soon for those.

Belly Button: still there

What I miss: Not feeling completely overwhelmed by most everything in life. Dang you hormones!

What I'm looking forward to: Next weekend we have a long weekend (thanks to Columbus Day) and we're going to head out to Arkansas to watch Auburn play.  Seeing Auburn play in every SEC stadium is on my bucket list, so crossing this one off sounds fun!

Weekly Wisdom: I was told last night that everything will be fine.  When the time comes I'll know exactly what to do and what baby supplies I do or don't have will be incidental.  This may become my new mantra.

Milestones: Still waiting on Brian to feel a kick.  They feel so big to me that I'm shocked when he can't feel them.  Soon maybe.
Baby's now the size of a papaya!

Baby's little face is fully formed...minus the baby fat, of course. The next task at hand for baby: sprouting two teeny-tiny nipples!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

22 Week Status Update

How Big is Baby: The size of a papaya.  What is that anyway?

Total Weight Gain: Weighed in again this morning.  Looking like it is 14 or 15 lbs. 

Maternity Clothes: Pretty much the same as before. Some maternity wear, some regular clothes, such is life. Those work pants are getting kind of tight even unbuttoned though.

Stretch Marks: Not yet, but my belly is really itchy lately.  Time to ensure I'm completely buttered up in cocoa butter.

Sleep: Better this week than last week, but still not exactly sleeping through the night.

Best Moment this Week: Having some "normal" days and nights with Brian and I both at home and working "normal" schedules.

Worst Moment this Week:  Blood pressure got a little high Saturday watching Auburn football.  In case you didn't see the game, they stunk it up bigtime.

Food Cravings: No real cravings this week... though thinking about it I could go for some Oatmeal Rasin cookies.

Gender: It's a boy!

Labor Signs: too soon for those.

Belly Button: still there

What I miss: Having more than a week's worth of clothes that fit.  Probably about time to go do some more shopping for maternity wear.

What I'm looking forward to:  There is a big kids consignment sale the end of the month.  I'm kinda looking forward to finding some good deals.

Weekly Wisdom: This really is my kid... We had pizza for supper tonight and apparently he likes it because he is kicking like nobody's business right now.

Milestones:  Those little kicks are getting stronger and stronger.  I'm hoping that Brian will be feeling them soon.

Baby's now the size of a papaya!



Baby's settling into sleep cycles, snoozing about 12 to 14 hours a day. It shouldn't be hard to figure out when -- just pay attention to those kicks as they start and stop.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

21 Week Satus Update

Taking a super short break at work to post this update.  It's the end of our fiscal year at work, so everyone is busy dealing with mountains of paperwork and trying to get projects out the door before the 30th of September.  No time for any long intros today. 

How Big is Baby: The size of a banana.


Total Weight Gain: Looking pretty high this morning after missing a week and all that eating out on vacation.  At the moment it looks like 14 lbs.

Maternity Clothes: Pretty much the same as before. Some maternity wear, some regular clothes, such is life.  Those work pants are getting kind of tight even unbuttoned though.

Stretch Marks: not yet

Sleep: This week there hasn't been much sleeping going on.  I sleep pretty good for an hour or two then I'm up every hour for no reason and definately not sleeping well while I am resting.

Best Moment this Week: Vacation was nice, the Auburn game was fun, being home after 10 days away was wonderful!

Worst Moment this Week: Locked my keys in my car at work.  Thanks to Joey for bringing me a spare.

Food Cravings: We've been so busy that I really haven't had time for a craving. I hope things slow down the end of the week.

Gender: It's a boy!

Labor Signs: too soon for those.

Belly Button: still there

What I miss: Sleep... it would be nice to be comfortable through the night for a change.

What I'm looking forward to: I have a plan to sell some things out of our storage building in the near future.  I'm looking forward to having some extra cash to get started on the nursery.

Weekly Wisdom: God has a sense of humor.

Milestones: Definately feeling some movement in there.  In fact, at times it feels like there is a dance party going on.


Baby's now the size of a banana!


Baby's digestive system is busy creating meconium (a tarry black substance made of swallowed amniotic fluid, digestive secretion, and dead cells), which will fill the first diaper after birth. And, if baby is a girl, her womb is now stocked up with her lifetime supply of six million eggs (the number will drop to around one million by birth).

Monday, September 12, 2011

Ultrasound Pics, Gender Thoughts, And Post Vacation Update

The last week has been completely crazy.  Friday the 2nd, we had our mid-pregnancy ultrasound and then headed straight for Birmingham to leave for vacation Saturday morning.  Since nothing is free at Disney, I was without internet all week.  We arrived back in Birmingham Friday night, but then went to Auburn for the game Saturday so it was 9pm Saturday night before we got home.  Needless to say, I was too busy and exhausted trying to get laundry caught up, groceries bought, and grass mowed too even look at a computer yesterday.  So now that I've made it into work this morning, I'm finally getting caught up on e-mail and managing to post some pictures from our ultrasound a week and a half ago.  So here are the long awaited ultrasound pictures of our baby boy. 



Check out the profile with that big 'ol noggin.  Looks like he takes after his daddy!

That's the little foot that continues to kick me in the bladder and cause short notice trips to the potty.
 So at first I was a little diappointed that we were going to have a boy and not a girl.  I had tried really hard not to want one over the other, but deep down I guess I really wanted a little girl.   Everybody I know is having girls and I thought it would be fun to have another so that they could all play together.  Plus my mother-in-law had 3 boys (and at one point 2 step-sons), so I really wanted to bring a little girl into the mix for her to have fun with. 

Now that I'm getting used to the idea, it doesn't sound so bad.  The nursery stuff I have picked out looks a little more boyish than girlish anyway.  I guess our little man will just have to learn to play house and teach those girls that monster trucks can be fun too.  And maybe he'll be a great athlete and get that football scholoarship to Auburn.

Brian, of course, was thrilled to learn that he was getting a son.  He can't wait to share the fart jokes and have someone to help him irritate me.  I'm not so sure that I can handle two of them at once, but I'm hoping that I can get the advantage while he is little and maybe there will be someone to give Brian back a little of what he so loves to dish out. 

That is pretty much all for now.  I've got to get some work done and handle some paperwork that's backed up on me from vacation.  Hope you have a fantastic start to the week and I'll be back on Wednesday with the 21 week status update.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

20 Week Status Update

So this week I've been on vacation at Disney World.  We had a great time and are now back in Birmingham preparing to go to Auburn for the game.  I've prepared most of this post in advance, and I'll update the rest once we get home Sunday afternoon.  In the meantime, enjoy what I do know about what's going on this week.

How Big is Baby: The size of a cantaloupe

Total Weight Gain: Given the large ammount of eating that went on at Disney and the fact that I haven't been at home to be on my own scale, I'll skip a weight gain status this week. 

Maternity Clothes: Weekend wear consists pretty much entirely of maternity shorts and capris except for one pair of denim walmart capris that always fit big in the waist. For work wear, I'm in regular pants, unbuttoned with a belly band.

Stretch Marks: not yet

Sleep: I sleep really great about every other night.  The nights I don't sleep, it seems like I'm awake at 3am with my mind racing around thinking about everything from work to what's for supper the next day.
 
Best Moment this Week:  Great doctor's appointment on Friday the 2nd.  Big ultrasound and big news.

Worst Moment this Week: Just before leaving for Disney we smelled another skunk.  I think the neighbor's dogs have it in for my sensitive nose.

Food Cravings: We've been so busy at Disney that I haven't had a chance for a craving.  The up side is that I've gotten so really great food even if it wasn't specifically for a craving.

Gender: We found out at our last ultrasound... It's a BOY!

Labor Signs: too soon for those.

Belly Button: still there

What I miss: I typically enjoy a few adult beverages, especially while on vacation.  None of those for me this time though.  Fortunately, my new sister-in-law volunteered to drink my share for me.  How generous!

What I'm looking forward to: Auburn Football... what else is there this time of year?

Weekly Wisdom: No matter how much I'm freaking out over all the changes in life, I have someone else who is with me and every bit as scared.  I need to think a little more about Brian's feelings in addition to my own. We are going to need each other more than ever very soon.

Milestones: Half way there! That is good enough.

Baby's now the size of a cantaloupe!


Baby gulps down several ounces of amniotic fluid every day, both for nutrition and to practice swallowing and digesting. And, these days, those taste buds actually work! Studies show that after birth, babies respond best to tastes they've already had via amniotic fluid. Meaning, think about what you'd like your future child to eat as you prepare your own lunch.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Hello Bean!

We had our mid-pregnancy ultrasound today and learned that our little Bean was a he-Bean.  I was a little disappointed at first, but Brian was more than thrilled.  Mostly, he's thrilled because he doesn't have to pay for a wedding for Bean.  But after a few hours of getting accustomed to things, I'm beginning to get used to the idea of a boy. 

Other than the boy thing, everything looked great.  Bean is measuring about a week ahead of schedule, so we may move the due date up sometime later.  So that's where we are.  Oh, we're also off to Disney for a week of vacation.  So the 20 week status update will be a little late this week.  Have a great week everyone!



Tuesday, August 30, 2011

19 Week Status Update

I'm updating a day early this week because I've got a super busy day tomorrow and I'm not sure I'll have time to update later this week.  Things have been very busy at work and at home this week.  Sunday Brian started painting the crib and dresser we have for the nursery.  I'll post pictures of how it looks so far on the nursery page as soon as I can.  Hopefully, I can even find some pictures of how it looked before we started.

How Big is Baby: The size of a mango.

Total Weight Gain: Down a little from last week (fluctuating I guess).  10 lbs total as of this morning.

Maternity Clothes: Weekend wear consists pretty much entirely of maternity shorts and capris except for one pair of denim walmart capris that always fit big in the waist.  For work wear, I'm in regular pants, unbuttoned with a belly band.  We're going to Disney next week, so I bought a maternity bathing suit, but I don't have a big enough belly for it to fit yet... guess I'm going to have to try and find a regular bathing suit or borrow one.

Stretch Marks: not yet

Sleep: That varies on a night by night and sometimes hour by hour basis. Some nights I sleep great and really don't wake up. Other nights I'm up every hour. I believe my body is slowly preparing me for midnight feedings.

Best Moment this Week: Brian came home after 2 weeks of being away for work.  It's nice to have some company around the house again. 

Worst Moment this Week: Realizing that the skunk I thought I smelled on the farm across the road was actually a dead one in my yard.... YUCK!

Food Cravings: Not really any cravings this week.  I've begun to experiance a little heart burn after eating lately, so I'm trying to adjust to 5-6 smaller meals a day.  Thus far, I'm not doing well at getting those in and am really still eating 3 regular meals.  Overall, food is kind of painful right now.

Gender: This Friday is the day (hopefully!).  I'm praying that Bean will cooperate and show us the goods when we go for the ultrasound Friday afternoon. 

Labor Signs: too soon for those.

Belly Button: still there

What I miss: I don't really know this week. I guess it would be nice to be able to go ahead and paint the nursery furniture myself. Normally I would just jump in and do it without Brian. Unfortunately I have to wait for him to do it now.

What I'm looking forward to: 3 days - Discoving whether this is a boy or a girl, 4 days - Vacation, Someday - Looking like I'm pregnant and not like I have a beer gut.

Weekly Wisdom: This is really happening... not sure if that is the best thing ever or the scariest thing ever, but it's definately happening.  Life will never be the same.

Milestones: 147 days left and coming up on half way there.  Maybe soon I'll feel some movement and have something better to report.


Baby's now the size of a mango!  (This strange fruit is confusing me.)

Vernix caseosa, a greasy white substance made of lanugo, oil, and dead skin cells (yum) now coats baby's skin, shielding it from the amniotic fluid. (Picture yourself after a nine-month bath, and the need for protection makes sense.) You might get to see the vernix at birth, especially if baby is premature.


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

18 Week Status Update

The last week or so has flown by.  Brian's been TDY (out of town on business) for almost 2 weeks now and I've been busy trying to keep the house reasonably clean and finishing up sanding the nursery furniture.  We're also doing the last bit of planning for our Disney vacation in 10 days.  With so much going on and it only looking to get busier, I have no doubt that it will be November before we know it.

How Big is Baby: The size of sweet potato.

Total Weight Gain: This morning it had really shot up... look like 11 lbs but I do tend to fluctuate.  It seems very weird to me that this kid still doesn't weight a half pound but I'm up like 11.  How is that fair?

Maternity Clothes: My weekend shorts and pants are maternity wear (mostly because I didn't have any weekend clothes that really fit before pregnancy).  As for the work clothes, I'm still wearing my regular pants and tops at the moment.  Granted, today my pants are fully unbuttoned and I've added a "belly band" to smooth out the lines.

Stretch Marks: not yet

Sleep: That varies on a night by night and sometimes hour by hour basis.  Some nights I sleep great and really don't wake up.  Other nights I'm up every hour.  I believe my body is slowly preparing me for midnight feedings. 

Best Moment this Week: Having fun with the nieces and nephews at our slip-n-slide party.  Those sweet little ones definately get me excited about having a baby around full time.

Worst Moment this Week: Pretty much every day about 2pm.  You've seen the commercials about the 3:00 slump... well mine comes an hour early.  It's all I can do to stay awake and keep my head from hitting my desk.  Hopefully this will end quickly.

Food Cravings: Mozzarella Sticks and a Green Apple Slush from Sonic.  Last Friday night we drove to Ardmore to buy Brian some supper (I'd had a late lunch) and I suddendly just had to run by Sonic. Then Saturday after grocery shopping, Brian had a craving for a Green Apple Slush and Mozzarella Sticks. Ha!

Gender: Get those guesses in soon.  We find out in just 9 days.

Labor Signs: too soon for those.

Belly Button: still there

What I miss:  I don't really know this week.  I guess it would be nice to be able to go ahead and paint the nursery furniture myself.  Normally I would just jump in and do it without Brian.  Unfortunately I have to wait for him to do it now.

What I'm looking forward to: 9 days - Discoving whether this is a boy or a girl, 10 days - Vacation, Someday - Looking like I'm pregnant and not like I have a beer gut.

Weekly Wisdom: Courtesy of my hubby last night... I shouldn't have to give up things I love just because we have a baby.  So glad to know I have a partner in this who is willing to share in the parenting duties so that we can both have a little fun too.

Milestones: 154 days left... Maybe soon I'll feel some movement and have something better to report.


Baby's now the size of a sweet potato!

Baby's become amazingly mobile (compared to you, at least), passing the hours yawning, hiccupping, rolling, twisting, kicking, punching, sucking, and swallowing. And baby is finally big enough that you'll soon be able to feel her movements.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Redneck Engin-uity

What happens when you have not one but two redneck engineers build your homemade slip-n-slide???  You get the wildest, craziest, most incredible slip-n-slide party ever!

Since we live out in the boonies, there is nothing close to do on a really hot summer afternoon.  So sometimes we just have to create our own fun.  Yesterday we re-created our 4th of July slip-n-slide party with a slight improvement.  This time Brian was able to join us and he took things to a whole new level by adding the splash down pit to our slip-n-slide. It was so much fun even the adults (with a little encouragement) had to get in on the action. 

If you want to see all the pictures, go here.