Thursday, July 28, 2011

New Pages

In addition to this week's status update, I've added 2 pages that have been under construction for a while.  The Baby Page and The Nursery. 

The Baby Page has all our baby-related news and posts linked up in one spot. 

The Nursery page is about how our nursery plans are coming and (someday) will have pictures of things as we finish bits and pieces up. 

Hope you Enjoy!

14 Week Status - When Life hands you Lemons...

Sorry I'm running a day late this week.  Things at the office yesterday were go, go, go and we took a coworker out to lunch for a celebration, so I didn't even have my lunchtime to post.  In any event.  Here's the latest on what's going on with Bean.

How Big is Baby:  The size of a lemon... I always think of peaches as bigger than lemons... but anyway, that's what it says this week.

Total Weight Gain: 6 lbs. I guess last week was closer to 5 than 4. 

Maternity Clothes: Not yet, but soon I fear I will need an entirely new wardrobe.  I've tried to stretch it by buying a couple of non-maternity tops that have that baggy fit that is so popular at the moment.  Thank goodness for that trend!

Stretch Marks: not yet

Sleep: Doing pretty well until the last couple of nights.  Recently some aches and pains are making me a little less comfortable than normal.

Best Moment this Week: We purchased a crib and small chest of drawers from some friends who no longer needed them for their kiddos.  Now I need to get busy cleaning and sanding on those so that Brian can get them all painted up and looking new again.

Worst Moment this Week: I think my child is using my rib cage as a punching bag.  I realize this is completely crazy and that it is way too early to actually feel any movement, but I have this incredible pain in my right side that I swear feels like I took an elbow to the ribs.

Food Cravings: Still pretty much anything I see on TV.  Last night we were watching The Office and I saw someone eating peanuts.  My thought..."Mmmmmm, peanuts".  At least I haven't wanted anything too crazy yet. 

Gender: ???? Guesses are still welcome.  I have, however, been informed to stop saying that Brian and I both think it may be a girl.  Though, in my defense, he did say that once.  Anyway, I'm feeling girl and Brian is hoping boy (because he doesn't want to pay for a wedding). Did I get it right this time, Dear?

Labor Signs: too soon for those.

Belly Button: present.

What I miss: This has been a crazy week around the office with lots of going here and there, meetings, and gerneral business.  My pre-baby cure for that was a nice glass of wine at the end of the day.  This week, I've missed my wine.

What I'm looking forward to:  Next Wednesday we go back to the doc.  We will get to have a "cool ultrasound" (per Doc) and I'll have a physical (yuck!).  In any event, I should return with some neat ultrasound pics to share.

Weekly Wisdom: Sometimes you have to roll with the punches.  (Especially when they come from inside you.)

Milestones: We made our first baby-related purchases and got some initial baby gifts from excited family members. 

Baby's now the size of a lemon!

Your adorable little fetus is busy with thumb sucking, toe wiggling, (not so cute but equally amazing) making urine, and breathing amniotic fluid as the liver, kidneys, and spleen continue to develop. Lanugo (thin, downy hair) is growing all over her body for warmth.

Friday, July 22, 2011

The Next Step

Well I guess after almost 4 years of marriage, multiple job changes, a little brain surgery, and who knows how many trips up and down the road to Birmingham, we're ready for the next step... BABY!

This morning the doctor confirmed my pregnancy and estimated my due date of January 18. We'll know more after we go back in a couple of weeks for the first "real" appointment where we will talk with the doctor longer and have our first ultrasound. I have no idea what to expect next, but I'm sure it will be interesting. Right now this is all still a big secret. Shhhhh!!! No telling yet.

Brian and I talked and we think we are going to wait until June to tell anyone. In an ideal world, I would probably wait until the 3 month mark, around July 20th. But Brian's brother, Wes is getting married on August 4th so we'll probably go ahead and spill the beans around father's day. We definately don't want to take anything away from Wes and Melissa's special day, but I'm not sure that we'd be able to pull off keeping this secret until after the wedding. So I think father's day is a pretty good timeframe.... after the shower for the happy couple and far enough ahead of the wedding that it won't impose on their day.

I guess congrats to the happy couple go out from all three of us now... Susan, Brian, and Bean (that's what I'm calling this little guy or gal for lack of a better name right now). So what does Bean mean??? Bean is actually something that I'm ripping off from one of my wonderful sorority sisters. Right now, this baby is about the size of a bean and we need to remember not to spill the beans just yet. Cute, huh??

Alrighty, that's all for today. Bean and I have to get some work done before we get me

Big Announcement from Auburn

I don't know how well other areas are doing of covering news related to the Toomer Oaks on Auburn's campus, but in Huntsville, there has been almost no covereage since the original articles about the poisoning of the trees.  You may have noticed that since January, I've had a tribute to the trees predominantly displayed on this site.  This tribute will remain at least until it is known if the trees will live or die. 

So, this week the University made a couple of announcements regarding the health of those trees.  Since I haven't heard any of this on the local news, I assume that others of you may be missing this info as well.  If you want to keep up with the oaks, you can always check online here

Here are this week's updates straight from the University.

 July 2011 Update

Trees Task Force, team leader Gary Keever, Ph.D.
Since our June update from the Trees Task Force, there has been nothing new to report regarding the health of the trees. They continue to defoliate and re-foliate, as expected when the pesticide tebuthiuron is applied. The prognosis for their survival, as described since we first learned of the poisoning, remains poor, and the university is continuing to monitor them, irrigate them, and collect and remove fallen leaves from the site to avoid contamination of other areas.

It is likely that it will be at least spring 2012 – at the earliest – before we know if the trees will survive.

Members of the task force from horticulture, forestry, and agronomy and soils are in agreement that rolling the trees is not harmful, and have advised university administration that if the rolling celebration continues, they be cleaned by hand, rather than with power hoses as in the past. The high pressure hoses can injure the trees by knocking off foliage, leaves and bark. We also recommend the barricades around the beds remain in place indefinitely.

University Update and Statement, July 21, 2011
Short-term decision regarding rolling Toomer’s Corner
After months of reviewing options and obtaining input from the campus, the community and the team of horticultural, agronomy and soils, and forestry experts working to save the trees, Auburn University and the city will allow the tradition of rolling Toomer’s Corner to continue, at least temporarily, this fall. At the recommendation of our experts, the university will no longer use high pressure hoses to clean the trees; they will be cleaned by hand.

Many alternatives were carefully considered, including suspending the tradition or moving it elsewhere. Most of these options created new or additional concerns related to crowd control, traffic, safety issues for our fans and opposing teams' fans, easy access, community property, and the health of other landscaping and park-like areas.

We ask our fans NOT to move the celebration into Samford Park, the beauty of which we are also trying to preserve, and where, with no concrete base to protect it, landscaping and vegetation is fragile.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

13 Week Status Update

How Big is Baby:  Bean is now the size of a peach! I guess he/she is growing super fast now.
Total Weight Gain: 4 maybe 5 lbs.  This week I've tried to get back in the habbit of working out and I think my muscles may be retaining a little fluid.  So it's kind of tough to know what is real and what will disappear by the end of the week.

Maternity Clothes: Still in regular clothes... Those were kind of getting a little big on me thanks to some weight loss BB (Before Bean), but now they are kind of filling up again.
Stretch Marks: not yet

Sleep: Still improving.... I'm sleeping more and sounder that I have in a couple of months.  I have a feeling I'd better enjoy it.  This might be the last chance I get for a long while to sleep in and rest.
Best Moment this Week: We learned that we are going to have a niece... it will be nice to even up the boy/girl count a little.

Worst Moment this Week: Last night... I had been thinking about making Chicken Chili for supper for a day or two and I started on it last night.  Everything was going great until my hand slipped and I got waaaaayyy too much Cayanne Pepper in the chili.  I tried about a million things to reduce the spiciness of this chilli, but I couldn't make any difference.  It was too hot for Brian's tender tummy, and it was all I could do to get down my bowl.  I brought it for lunch today, but I'm kind of dreading eating it.  I thought I might freeze it, but I'm beginning to consider throwing all the leftovers out.  We'll know after lunch.

Food Cravings: Chicken Chilli... this one turned out as an Epic Failure... see Worst Moment this week above.

Gender: ???? Guesses are welcome! We've had multiple votes for boy, but Brian and I are leaning toward girl. Only time will tell.

Labor Signs: too soon for those.

Belly Button: present.

What I miss:  I have a feeling I'm going to greatly miss seeing the number on the scale go down. I was doing so well at loosing some weight before Bean decided that he/she was going to come along.  I'm not sure that I will be mentally capable of seeing that number get too much higher.

What I'm looking forward to: Friday... Brian has drill again this weekend and I'm hoping to get some serious cleaning done so that we can begin to empty the Nursery.

Weekly Wisdom: Do not shake a giant Cayanne Pepper bottle over your whole pot of chilli.
Milestones: Fatigue is disappearing and I have some extra energy!  That is a welcome change.

Baby's now the size of a peach!

Your fetus is forming teeth and vocal cords...savor this, their nonfunctional phase. Baby is approaching normal proportions, with his head now only one third the size of his body. And intestines are in the process of moving from the umbilical cord to baby's tummy -- much more convenient.

Friday, July 15, 2011

It's a Girl!!!

Nope, not our little Bean, but our little Bean's very slightly older cousin.  I just spoke with my sister, Stacy, and it looks like we are going to be getting a niece.  That means all those little boy items she has left over from when Brady was a baby will have to be replaced by little girl items.  Congrats Stacy and Scott! We look forward to welcoming our new niece.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

12 Week Status Update

How Big is Baby: the size of a plum... doesn't seem much different from last week's lime, but okay.

Total Weight Gain: Still weighing 3 lbs up from "pre-pregnancy"... not really showing anything yet, but definitely looking bloated to me.

Maternity Clothes: Still a no, I've been doing some online price comparing and looking around anyway.  Right now I have no real plans to start buying lots yet, but since my sister has reached the point of needing some in her pregnancy, I may accompany her on the shopping trip in a week or two for more looking.  The little weight I have gained though is making my post-lunch pant unbutton a more common thing... thank goodness for my longer shirts.

Stretch Marks: not yet

Sleep: Some nights it's really good (and accompanied by crazy dreams) other nights I don't feel like I sleep at all. 

Best Moment this Week: We made it to the 12 week mark... less than 200 days to go.  I know the pregnancy books say I'm still in the first trimester, but to me 12 weeks = 3 months so I'll call it the end of the first trimester. 

Worst Moment this Week: Can we say mood swings???  I have no idea what Bean is doing in there, but I wish he would stop the psychological torture.

Food Cravings: Waffles... had to make those Sunday morning before Brian got back from Guard.  He doesn't really like waffles, but I was having this huge desire for them.  So I fixed a batch (3 waffles), ate one and froze 2 to make my own version of Eggos.

Gender: ???? Guesses are welcome!  We've had multiple votes for boy, but Brian and I are leaning toward girl.  Only time will tell.

Labor Signs: too soon for those.

Belly Button: present.

What I miss: At this point, not being extremely touchy all the time... stupid hormones.  I almost cried listening to a story on the radio this week (so not like me).  Who stole my brain and replaced it with a wimpy one?
What I'm looking forward to: Friday... Stacy and Scott will hopefully find out whether they are giving us a new niece or nephew.

Weekly Wisdom: Mothers can be extremely judgemental of each other.  This week I stumbled on some articles that were linked on the Yahoo homepage about the only 5 items you need for young children.  The article was written to try to help new moms save cash by showing how you can get by with very little of the (expensive) stuff that comes with babies.  The items were things like car seat, stroller, crib, bouncy seat, and bottles.  The article then mentioned that you will also need formula, diapers, etc. I glanced at the comments section of the web page to see how "real moms" felt the list held up... was there something else that was essential? ... was there something on there that was completely unnecessary???  Though they did share their opinions on the items listed, the opinions were very judgemental about parenting choices.  These women were cutting each other down for not breastfeeding, co-sleeping, cloth diapering... on and on.  Suddenly this is an argument over which options are best and accusations that if you aren't doing it one way or another you don't care enough for your child.  I'm appalled that grown women can be this hateful and closed minded.  What works for one family may not work for the family next door.  Everyone simply has to do what works best for them.  I refuse to put any energy into criticizing others' decisions. 

Milestones: I'm calling it the end of the first trimester (some of my pregnancy books disagree with that), but we are definitely below the 200 days to go mark. Whoot!

Baby's now the size of a plum!

As you move into the second trimester, baby shifts into the growth and maturation stage. After weeks in the critical development stage, almost all of her systems are fully formed.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

4th of July Fun

Last Saturday we had a family blowout 4th of July celebration with all the kiddos.  We took things old school and built the world's best slip-n-slide.  10 ft wide by 50 ft long and covered in baby soap (so that it didn't burn any eyes).  Let's just say that the kiddos loved it.  The grown ups had fun watching the little ones go down the slide and visiting with friends that we don't see nearly enough.  We also had supper (hamburgers, hotdogs, and ribeye steak sandwiches), bubbles, baby baseball, fireworks, and homemade icecream. 

It was a terrific afternoon.  The weather was great, warm enough for the kids to play in the water and cool enough under the shade tree to sit and watch.  I don't think we'll be able to get together again without reconstructing this slip-n-slide.  Uncle Brian was out of town, but he promises he's got a couple of tricks up his sleeve to make it even better next time. 

A special thanks to Stacy for taking all our pictures.  I was frazzled and ran out without my camera.  All the pictures can be found here.

11 week Status

How Big is Baby: the size of a lime... pass the tequila and salt (jk!)

Total Weight Gain: Weighed this morning and was up 3 lbs.  At this point, I have no idea if that is real or fluids or what.

Maternity Clothes: still a no, but yesterday after lunch I did have to undo the top button of my pants while sitting at my desk.... probably just a food baby though.

Stretch Marks: not yet

Sleep: Sunday Brian got home from his business trip and I had to learn how to sleep with someone else in the bed.  I'm beginning to get re-adjusted.

Best Moment this Week: I had a good appointment last Friday... really nothing to report from that, but I'll consider no news good news.  Plus we had some 4th of July fun!

Worst Moment this Week: Overall it's been a pretty good week. I've noticed a couple of especially hormonal moments here and there, but nothing too severe.

Food Cravings: Basically anything I see on TV... Taco bell advertising a steak burrito makes me want steak (not Taco Bell though, yuck!), I see that Sonic hot dog commercial and, yep, hot dogs are on my mind, last night they were doing barbecue on Diners Drive-ins and Dives... guess what I wanted... everything they showed! 

Gender: ???? Guesses are welcome!

Labor Signs: too soon for those.

Belly Button: it's there!

What I miss: I'm kind of beginning to miss being able to do what I want when I want... and I'm beginning to tired of being reminded to eat my veggies and drink my water. 

What I'm looking forward to: The next doctors appointment... we have another ultrasound scheduled and I'm told it's going to be really cool.

Weekly Wisdom: Again, courtesy of the nieces and nephews... Children have limitless energy.  Sometimes it's even to their own detrement.  I think after our slip-n-slide fiesta Saturday all the little ones went home with leg cramps from running up and down the hill so many times.

Milestones: One week from the end of the first trimester.

Baby's now the size of a lime!

Your fetus currently enjoys a 1:1 ratio between body and head, and has skin so transparent that blood vessels show right through it. But fingers and toes are no longer webbed, and hair follicles, tooth buds, and nail beds are forming -- setting up a significantly more attractive future.