August 31, 2007
Let's remember that last week, I was
1-2 cms dilated - 30% effaced - baby at -2 station
At my appointment today my doctor noted that I am
3 cms dilated - 70% effaced - baby at -1 station
I don't even think I've had that many Braxton Hicks this past week come to think of it. I dilated another and 70% effaced? HOLY COW! And baby has moved down some, too, which explains my new level of pubic discomfort.
Guess it's a good thing the bassinet liner came in the mail yesterday and that I finished packing my hospital bag last night. Sometime today I need to make it to Target to pick up Tylenol (my headaches are back) and Evening Primrose Oil capsules.
August 30, 2007
I'm feeling quite tired lately - certainly not feeling any last burst of energy just yet. I wonder when and if that will happen. There are plenty of things I want to clean at home - I just haven't found the energy enough to care lately. Maybe I can pay Trevor to clean windowsills and baseboards for me this weekend. He likes to do that (when he feels like doing it anyway). Sigh. Maybe.
There really isn't a lot left to do. This weekend we're meeting with our doula again. Then, sometime in the next 2 weeks we need to do a hospital tour. It's not the end of the world if we don't do it, but I'd like to take some more of that uninterrupted time for baby sister if I can get it.
The list now stands thus:
- Buy soccer shorts and jerseys
- Schedule & take hospital tour
- Buy a few more nursing tops
- Finalize doula arrangement - meeting her on Sept 1 at 10am
- Make a pumpkin bread for the baby brunch
I almost forgot that last one. I made the banana bread last night for the baby brunch. We cut into one for us and I put the other in the freezer. So, 3 strata and 1 banana bread finished for the brunch. Once I do the pumpkin bread, I'm done. I'll dispatch others to pick up the fresh fruit and croissants for the party later, and my mom is going to help me make the cupcakes the day before - so we're good.
August 28, 2007
Time is flying. I can't believe she's almost here.
First, the first grader started on Wednesday.
Isn't he HANDSOME? I couldn't get over how handsome and grown up he looks. Scary.
Then, the kindergartener started on Thursday (which was rainy so I couldn't take pics outside - boo).
Yes, that's Andy standing INSIDE his locker to reach the backpack hook. I TOLD YOU IT WAS CUTE!!!
We are very proud of them. Both are doing well so far. Andy will require some adjustment to the ridigity of the routine and a seriousness of our school's classes, but he will do fine. Both of my birdies have left the nest.
Too bad Superman didn't want to stand up. For even 3 seconds. Oh well.
Some pics of the birthday boy:
While we didn't get to have a big party with family, we still made it count. Cake, candles, singing, presents. Andy had a good birthday. And I am SO sad - I mean proud - he's on his way to (gulp) SIX.I'm going to go cry now.
August 23, 2007
37 days to go to my official EDD.
More to come later on the first day of school - and yes, Andy's birthday cake photo, too.
August 17, 2007
Today is the first day of my vacation. I took today through next Wednesday off for really no good reason, but it will be nice to spend these last few days of summer with the boys before they start school on Wednesday - especially our little kindergartener. Who will be 5 tomorrow. Did I mention that yet?
The good thing about today was that I did make tremendous strides in completing the remainder of my baby needs list... got the pump, some bottles, a few lap pads (the old fashioned flannel kind are at Target!), some adorable binkies and clips, the pump bag, and some Burt's Bee's Buttermilk Baby Lotion. I'm going to order the bassinet liner online from BRU on Monday. The boys' tennisshoes came in the mail today. My house is (relatively) clean.
Still to do today (seriously, I make my own problems, I know) is ordering pizza for dinner (you bet your ass I'm not cooking after traipsing all over freaking town today), making Andy's birthday cake and cupcakes (I'm worried I won't have enough), and making the banana bread for the after-baby brunch. I figured I might as well whip them up if I'm going to have the oven on anyway. And tomorrow is going to be CRAZY (Post picnic, Andy's birthday). I think Sunday is booked, too. Oh, and tonight is High School Musical 2... so they want to stay up. I guess I'll sneak off and wrap presents while they're watching.
So. I thought I'd check in. There you have it.
I do love my life and I am grateful that God gave me to boys to drive me crazy. One day when I'm 80, I'll wish I could put them in their carseats and listen to their chatter. I really will miss that.
August 16, 2007
- Pre-printed envelopes for baby announcements
- Made 50 bows for brunch invitations (I made extra)
- Set a date to meet with the doula (Sept 1 at 10am)
- Pre-registered at the hospital
- Washed up bassinet (still need to dress it)
Not too tremendously, but... I am. I try to reign in the waddle at work because I feel like a bit of an idiot waddling here and there (mostly to the bathroom to pee), but I waddled myself into a door frame last night at home. Fun.
Baby sister likes to camp. Well, I assume she does because she likes to pitch a tent inside of my uterus. Made of what - legs, arms, her butt, feet - I don't know, but it is damn painful when she does it. And she's been camping every morning around 6am. I think she spins on her head around to where her back is parallel with my back and she's facing my belly button... then she starts kicking and poking and raking her little elbows and knees and heels or what the hell ever back and forth, and back and forth and sometimes (I flinch at the memory of it) she puts them all together to a point in the middle where, you guessed it, she tries to fit them all through my bellybutton. OUCH!!! I feel bad pushing back on her or moving her limbs around, but my goodness I have no choice! It's almost violent, this camping!!!
Did I already mention that I've just pre-registered at the hospital? Did. I felt it was a bit early, but my nurse felt the timing was just right. Okay, then. It's been a while since I've done this and delivery still seems so far away for us. Then, Babycenter sent me a reminder today to start packing my hospital bag. WHAT?!?!?! I was unprepared for that reminder. I am prepared to pack the bag (you bet your ass I have a list ready to go, lol!) but I was not prepared to be told I should be doing it already. I mean, I'm only 34 weeks (on Sat.). Really... is it time to start getting anxious already? Wow.
Okay, so less about pregnant me. Here are some things I did last night:
- Found pink envelopes to fit 4x6 photos at Michael's for $5/20 (and did a small dance in the aisle) - they are made by Simply Paper by the way - size A6
- Finished sorting school supplies (after an emergency trip to KMart after I realized I'd left my bag of .50 scissors and .99 pencils there a week ago)
- Switched out the ribbon on baby sister's lamp to red... MUCH better
- Washed the bassinet (story: This bassinet belonged to my husband's grandmother. Presumably, she used it for all 7 of her children, including grandpa. It is worn and well loved and we have used it for both of our boys as well with Grandma's blessing. I thought once of trading it in for a newer pack-n-play bassinet model this time around, but another look at the soft rattan and darling wooden wheels made me reconsider. Baby sister will love this.) Thank heavens for the Magic Eraser (Target generic brand works perfectly the same I just found out).
- Held and rocked this little boy as he told me his tummy hurt - and I sat wondering if it was just pretend (shame on me, you'll see), his antibiotics for strep, new Mucinex that the doctor wanted us to try, a bad lunch or dinner, or something new - but he didn't have a fever or any other symptoms ... and then... he threw up on me. After cleaning up the bathroom floor, sink, wall, and myself, and a call to the doctor to determine it's probably a new virus that snuck in while his resistance was down (strep twice in a month will do that to a kid), he went to bed. He did get sick once more around 11... then it was quiet until morning. He woke with a smile and told me he was hungry so I sent him to daycare for his very last day there. He took in M&M cookies to celebrate - I really wanted him to have a big ending at daycare.
So today I'm working on printing out the envelopes for the baby announcements. Tomorrow starts my vacation and I am baking Andy's birthday cake. I am VERY excited about this for several reasons I won't discuss here, but suffice it to say, I am. I also need to hide either tonight or tomorrow to wrap you-know-who up there's birthday presents. He is FIVE, People. WOW.
August 14, 2007
Here it is.
- Reline cabinets in kitchen, utility room, and all four bathrooms
- Buy soccer uniforms
- Locate, print, and frame photos of all grandparents in our home - we are sorely lacking on this!
- Organize baby sister's closet, including washing and sorting all clothes
- Make labels for the baby announcements, squares for the invites
- Clean and dress bassinet
- Schedule & take hospital tour
- Bring down fall clothes
- Pre-register at the hospital
- Pack hospital bag
- Finalize doula arrangement - meeting her on Sept 1 at 10am
*whispers* They make me want to digi scrap!!!
August 13, 2007
Anyhoo, on Friday night some relatives came over for drinks and a bonfire by the pool. Very impromptu and fun. I hung out as long as I could and then hit the hay to the sound of the diving board bouncing up and down. And up and down. Saturday we did some Sam's shopping and went out to dinner (bbq chicken - yum). Then Sunday was Daddy's team party in Cleveland. The kids had an absolute BLAST on all of the inflatables and in the pool. I nearly died from the heat (it was 95 or so), but a good time was had by all. It was really, really fun.
With that ticker still counting down from 50 now, I'm starting to feel a bit overwhelmed with all of the things I still want to get done before baby sister arrives at the end of September. I really must start cranking away.
Proud to cross these off, finally:
- School supply shop for Trevor and Andrew
- School clothes shop for Trevor and Andrew
- Move end table and lamp to family room
It's not a lot, but every little bit counts!
Plans for the week include making a yellow cake with chocolate frosting for the birthday boy - Saturday, my little fragile Andrew turns 5. Dude is SO not little OR fragile, lol. Also on the to-do list is shopping for soccer uniforms for both boys and putting the stroller and carseat together (or at least getting them out of their boxes).
August 11, 2007
Why yes, that is PINK inside my dryer!!! And not one mommy blouse of pink, but a whole whopping load of baby sister-ness! Another week or so and I'll do the clothes, I promise.
August 10, 2007
Our furniture came.
Everyone except Daddy has strep.
I washed a load of pink for the very first time.
Did some scrapbooking.
Trying not to pass out from the over-90 degree heat and high humidity.
Gained a couple pounds.
Survived hell week at work.
All for now.
August 7, 2007
I really should have taken pictures of the dresser once it was fully stocked - because I'm afraid it won't stay that way. I'm going to start giving them the entire folded laundry basket to put away. They've been putting away their hanging shirts and pants for quite a while, but now, we can add underclothes, pajamas, shorts, and sweats to that list. I am in LOVE with this dresser in their room - and their closet looks BEAUTIMUS!!!
I did a couple of loads of laundry last night, including some of the baby's blankets. These particular blankets are my favorite - some have been around for years. The afghan I had as a baby, the quilt I made when pregnant with Trevor, and the quilt I made just a few months ago after finding out a baby sister was on her way. That was the first step in washing the baby clothes... despite the ju ju. It might be another week or two before I get up the gumption to actually open the plastic on a package, though.
Let's see... what else did I do... oh, I assessed the boys' fall clothes, so I know what I need to pick up from The Children's Place and Land's End (LOVE their sturdy boys clothes). I also pulled out their winter coats to take downstairs and wash, only to discover that I (I am a genius, you know) washed them BEFORE I PACKED THEM AWAY. Seriously - how smart was that? LOL. Of course that's what you're supposed to do, but my brain isn't always all there, I must admit. So that was a bonus score on my list.
I'm going to work on a few more things in the nursery this week, get them checked off of my list. Also plan to head to Babies R Us and Children's Place with Nana this Thursday to pick up some baby clothes (they have Fall outfits out now, yummy!), some back to school clothes for the boys, and a few birthday presents for Andy (only 11 days until my "baby" is 5!).
August 6, 2007
We are going to host a brunch 2 weeks after the baby is born (on a Saturday at 10:30, if you're curious). Yes, I am aware that I will be 2 weeks postpartum. Yes, I understand what hosting a brunch entails. I'm telling you, I can do it. I will enlist help, but yes, I can do this. And I will do it. Please don't be one of the 1,258 people that have told me I am crazy. I assure you, I am not.
I have the invitations already designed, though they won't be printed until she's born and her name is announced. I can approximate the total headcount at about 30 people.
I plan on serving the following:
Breakfast Strata (Casserole)
Fruit Salad with Dip
Cupcakes (1/2 pumpkin, 1/2 chocolate)
Mimosas and plain OJ
I am hung up on deciding on which of the following Breakfast Strata recipes to use:
First, doesn't the photo look delicious?
12-16 servings 1¾ hours 30 min prep
1 lb sliced bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
2 cups chopped cooked ham
1 small onion, chopped
8-10 slices white bread, cubed
2 cups cubed cooked potatoes
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese (12 oz)
3 cups milk
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon dry mustard
salt and pepper
In a skillet, cook bacon until done.
Remove bacon from skillet, leaving drippings in the pan.
Add ham and onion to skillet.
Cook and stir until onion is tender.
Drain grease from ham and onion.
In a bowl, combine bacon, ham, and onion.
In a greased 13x9x2 baking dish, layer half the bread cubes, potatoes, and cheese, in that order.
Top with all of the bacon mixture.
Repeat another layer of bread, potatoes, and cheese.
In a bowl, beat the eggs.
Add milk, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt, and pepper to the eggs.
Pour over all in the baking dish.
Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.
Bake, uncovered, at 325 degrees for 65-70 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.
Recipe 2 (requires doubling for each dish)
1/2 pound spicy or mild pork sausage
1 medium onion, chopped
4 cups frozen diced hash brown potatoes, thawed (about 16 ounces)
1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack or Cheddar cheese
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon pepper
mild salsa, optional
In a large skillet, cook sausage and onion, breaking up sausage with a spatula. When sausage is cooked through, drain off excess fat.
In an 8x8x2-inch square baking dish, layer the hash brown potatoes, half of the shredded cheese, browned sausage and onion mixture, and remaining shredded cheese.
In a bowl, combine eggs, milk and pepper; pour egg mixture over cheese.
Bake, covered, in a 350° oven for 45 to 55 minutes or until a knife inserted near center comes out clean. Transfer casserole to a wire rack and let stand for 10 to 15 minutes.
Cut into squares. Serve with salsa, if desired.
No easy decision there, my friends. In addition, I need to make the casseroles up in advance. I'm not sure if I should, to tell you the truth. I mean, freezing EGGS? Can it even be done? Can it be done well? I'm still looking into this. I may need to pray about it, lol. Seriously. I need to be able to make these dishes up ahead of time, stick them in my freezer, and then thaw and cook them the morning of the brunch. I *need* to be able to do this so that I can concentrate on 1) the baby, 2) the kids, DH, and impending guests (and yes, that means enlisting help to clean the house, and 3) the other parts of the menu.
Thanks to my online friends, I have learned that you CAN, in fact, freeze eggs. The best way for me to orchestrate this little shindig would be to make the breakfast bakes ahead of time and then freeze them. Then, I'll pull them out to thaw the day before they need to be reheated. Voila.
I found this yummy recipe for banana bread, too:
1 - 9x5 inch loaf
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 1/3 cups mashed overripe bananas
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.
Yummmm...... Fall, anyone?
I scrapped a little on Friday evening, but my mojo wasn't shakin' so I stopped. Here are a couple of pages - a redo (Mud) and yes, folks - a BRAND NEW page!
August 3, 2007
I keep ignoring my pregnancy journal by accident, so I'm going to put some stuff on the blog instead. I'm feeling very well, considering this journey has been entirely different than my two previous full-term pregnancies. I had morning sickness until about 13 weeks this time around, for example. My ta-tas are about 200% larger than they have ever been during or even post pregnancy - which I do *not* like, in case you were curious. Also, this time my public bone has begun to separate. And yes, that is quite uncomfortable. I can handle it; I only pray that it doesn't negatively affect our labor and delivery at all. I've had sciatic pain (though not at present - knock on wood) and heartburn. The baby does not like red onions or Mexican food. At all. I wonder if that will carry over to nursing time...
Most days I quite enjoy feeling her little pokes and jabs. Several times a day she sticks her feet and elbows so far out it's a wonder they don't poke through my belly. She especially likes to rake her elbow over the inside of my (now flat) bellybutton. OUCH. Lots of hiccups. I feel very connected with her - her activity level is like mine; she'll go and go and go and go (for days) without stopping it seems - and then she is quiet for about 12 hours with just little movements during that time. Once she's rested, it's time to go, go, go, go again. Sound like anyone I know? :)
She is also Daddy's girl already. I swear she recognizes his particular hand whenever he puts it on my belly. And she shows off for him. I can see where this is going - I'm going to have no control of her whatsoever if Daddy is around. Oh well, I can guarantee that they will be precious to watch together. I can't wait. I also hope this translates into his big time love of getting up to care for her in the night, or being extra willing to do some holding after she comes. I'm betting so.
So, 8 weeks left... or less. I can feel the hand of God moving us - our entire family. I can feel the blessings of our faith in Him for allowing us this child to raise up, for a healthy baby and delivery for both sister and I, and in the logistics of our lives right now. I am grateful and blessed.
August 2, 2007
August 1, 2007
*Updated* Be still my heart... I've found them. And so close, too... just a bit of a drive.
Is it evil that I can feel a huge quilting trip coming on?