Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Update - or Lack of an Update

Just a quick note to say... "No News Yet"

I know I haven't written in a while and it's got a few of you wondering what's going on. Sadly - nothing yet!

Lesson learned: Never leave your readers hanging when you're due in a week in a half! It occured to me this morning that when someone asks me when I'm due. My response will be "next Friday," not "in 1 month" or "in 2 weeks". Wow!

I'm ready! We're ready! Everything's ready...except the little person. That's ok we'll wait for you... Right now you're having a severe case of the hiccups (a twice a day occurrence.) I must say you are one extremely active little baby. Sometimes your constant kicking leaves me feeling bruised on the inside, but it's all worth it. There is nothing as incredible as knowing you are thriving and growing away inside me. It's also a little creepy, but mostly incredible! I'm already starting to feel sad about this stage being behind us...but I'm more than ready to meet you!

On that note...I'll leave you with a few pictures for the last week or so...

First off - Michael's coworkers threw a surprise baby shower for him at work. They decorated this desk, ordered lunch, ice cream, and gave him a baby gift. Very nice!!!

I finally made Michael an appointment for a haircut on Saturday. He desperately needed one (but will adamantly disagree with me about that!) The way I see it, we're going to have a LOT of pictures taken in the coming weeks and I didn't want him to look like a slob...hehehe. Anyhow he complained about having to get a hair cut, he complained about it being so early (10am-not early) and whined and whined...until I suggested he come home with muffins after. That perked him right up! He showed up after his haircut with muffins, dunkin donuts coffee for him, starbucks for her, and gingerbread cookies for later. Good man.

Next I went on a little mission to get out of the house and get moving a bit. I made a stop at The Gap to look at all the cute baby things...
That's when I saw this!

Anyhow who knows us will tell you just how excited I was when I saw this. But, alas I did not buy it. It was on sale, but it was a final sale item that couldn't be returned. I decided it was a little too boyish for our potential girl baby, so it stayed at the store.

While there, I tried on a few maternity tops that were on sale. Notice - no pants - anything that requires taking off my shoes more than absolutely necessary is out of the question these days. I didn't buy anything - but I did take a little self portrait for you.
38 Weeks:

Getting close!!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Weekend Happenings

We had an interesting weekend. It was a strange combination of getting a lot done but getting nothing done at the same time. My ban on activity is officially being lifted so I felt the need to take advantage. The real reason I felt the urge to get things done was this:

Can you tell from my terrible cell phone self portrait? The baby has definitely dropped! Of course this happens on Friday when my entire side of the family is in San Francisco for the big 90th and 80th birthday bash! Great timing. But as you can tell from the timing of this post, all is good. No babies were born this weekend while everyone was away. Well I'm sure babies were born - just not mine!

Back to Friday. We noticed on Thursday night that things were-a-changing. Progress-yes, but bad timing. Friday was a tough day for me. It had been a long week at work and Friday ending up being a very full day. I worked from 9-7. Those last two hours really did me in. By the end of the day I was having a lot of trouble walking due to some sciatic nerve pain, not to mention the stabbing pains I was feeling in my pelvis. Awesome. When I finally left the gallery I was just physically exhausted, emotionally drained, and feeling upset that I wasn't able to go to CA to celebrate with my family. All I could think was that they were all having a great time together and I felt left out. Selfish I know, but that's how I was feeling.

Thankfully our Friday dinner plans were rescheduled to Saturday. I needed that break. As much as I love our Friday dinners, I just felt like I couldn't get myself out of my funk enough to be sociable.

Saturday I did some reading and tv watching with some cleaning and organizing mixed in there as well. I also ironed and put the new crib skirt on the baby's crib...thanks to Mom G-K! I love it!!! Here's a picture:

What do you think?
Works great with the paper pom poms - ties everything together nicely. Thanks Mom! Nice work!!

Michael spent the day working on updating our computer, backing everything up, and getting things set up for two users, etc...

Sunday was a bit of a blur. I spent the morning mopping downstairs with my favorite toy - my steam mop! That's right - I love my steam mop. Seriously - it's wonderful. I think it might have been a Christmas present from last year, or the year before from the husband. Not your typical Christmas gift, but I love it. Anyhow after I finished downstairs I needed a bit of a break before heading upstairs. As I got started upstairs it seemed that my steam mop had - well - lost steam. hehehe. No really though, there was no steam, something was wrong. I tried to unplug it, let it cool off and try again. No luck. I unplugged it again, let it cool for a bit, and then attempted to take the head off the mop. This is about when things went terribly wrong. It seemed as though the head was stuck. I gave it a little jiggle and it came loose...so loose that it shot across the bathroom, dirty steamy water spraying straight across the room, onto the walls, toilet, sink, floor, window, EVERYWHERE! Thankfully I only got blasted on my hand and wasn't burnt by the hot water. I stood there, stunned, wondering what to do. After a few minutes of laughing about it, I went to find some rags to clean the now filthy bathroom. Oh well - things happen. (By the way - my birthday is coming up. In case you're wondering what you can get me - how about a new steam mop! just kidding - sort of.)

After that adventure I decided to venture out to the grocery store (our favorite produce place as well as the regular store,) and do a few other errands. About halfway through my adventure I regretted going alone. I've never walked so slow through the grocery store in my life. So slow in fact that Michael called to make sure I was ok since I'd be gone so long! While I was gone he worked on a few projects...

Finally sealing the grout in our new kitchen backsplash. Thank you!

He also worked on plastering around the new thermostat so we can paint the wall again and finish up that project.

While I was out I also picked up a couple baskets for the baby's room. We needed something to store the baby-wearing devices in as well as some other things that won't fit in the baby's dresser. This wasn't what I originally had in mind, but I kind of like them. Maybe Mom G-K will make us some fabric liners for the baskets?!?!

I also spotted this bench as well. I don't love the color of the fabric, but it's the only bench I've seen in months that actually fits in the mudroom. It looks better in person - trust me. We don't have much room in there so this was a major find! It'll look much better when we get rid of the coat rack and put hooks and a shelf above the bench. Dad B? Project? :)

The last of my weekend projects involved finally organizing this stuff:

What's this pile of stuff you ask? My hospital bag and other necessities of course! YIKES! Feels pretty official to have that all ready to go!

I finished off the weekend by trying a couple new recipes for homemade granola bars (chocolate chip of course,) and chickpea hummus burgers. The burgers were just ok. And don't you worry - I bought real burgers for the mister as well. I figured he wouldn't be thrilled with my attempt at yet another vegetarian meal. And the granola bars were a fail. I mean they are tasty, but far more cake-like than granola bar-ish. My cuisinart got in quite the workout with these two recipes. We finished off the night by going to see Girl with the Dragon Tattoo with our Friday night plans. Yes that's right, they are people, but they count as a plan these days! ;)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Baby Bump Progression

The latest installment...

36.5 weeks - Like the self portrait? I was trying on a few things, and quickly gave up when I realized I'd have to take my shoes off. Forget that...it's just not worth it! (sorry for the bad cell phone picture)

35 Weeks - Might be the end of stripes for me. Warning - bad self portrait cell phone picture!

32 Weeks...and feeling big! (and a little unprepared and out of time!)

29 Weeks...and starting to realize how much effort it takes to put socks and shoes on!

27, almost 28 Weeks (looking a little haggard after an impromptu after work cleaning frenzy - I think they'd call this nesting!)

26 Weeks (I think) post apple picking break with Emily!

23 Weeks

22 Weeks (Post Spin Class Sweaty Picture)

21 Weeks (Hiking in Santa Fe while on our anniversary/baby-moon trip)

21 Weeks (Seated Mom's Eye View)

21 Weeks (Celebrating our 2nd Anniversary)

20 Weeks

18 Weeks

14 Weeks

12-13 Weeks

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Around the House....

First things first... Happy Holidays Everyone! It's been a while and a few things have gone on around the house. Not a whole lot, but some small projects here and there.

I'll start with my most favorite small project! Here's a picture...

Did you figure out what's new?

If not, look again because we grew a headboard (AT LAST!!!!) You may recall from way back when that I intended to make my own. I purchased fabric, batting, etc... Eventually we realized the project would be a little more labor intensive than we thought because we don't have a wall to lean a headboard onto. It would have to be freestanding and pretty supportive on it's own. Since I'm of little use around the house these days, and HauteLook was having a sale on upholstered furniture I decided to bite the bullet and just buy a headboard. Boy am I glad I did!

Side note: I love our local UPS delivery man. He's such a nice older guy! He's been to the house a couple times recently and always looks at me, (realizing I'm home alone) and offers to bring everything inside and even take it to the appropriate room for me. He's the best!

Anyhow when the headboard (and husband) arrived at the house, I forced the husband to get to work on it! I helped a little, but pretty much didn't do anything useful in getting it set up. I did make two trips down to the basement for supplies he hadn't realized he'd need. Anyhow I can't tell you how wonderful it is to not have to fish for my pillows off the floor in the middle of the night. Ahhh headboard...you've made my life so much easier!

Next up...I (with a little help from the husband) put together the baby's swing/bouncy seat. I say...with a little help...because the directions were so terrible (and my brain doesn't work quite as well as it should) I ended up putting two parts together incorrectly and needed a little muscle to undo my mistakes. Oops! Why does all this baby stuff come in a million pieces with virtually no directions? Why can't the directions come with words as well? Pictures just don't cut it!
Anyhow...here it is!

And onto the baby's room...
Mom G-K came for a visit last week. She cooked up a storm, put all the baby's books on the baby's bookshelf, and we picked out some fabric for the crib skirt she's making. It was so great having her here! Come again soon!
Here's a little preview of her hard work in the baby's room... (We brought the chair up from the living room and I think it'll work out great! I also threw in my Brian Hibbard Horse painting and a few stuffed animals for good measure...)

Another view:

Here's the fabric we selected for the crib skirt. It obviously isn't done here, but to give you a sense of what we picked out...

I think it'll be great! The pattern and colors mimic the paper pom poms I hung over the dresser/changing table. There's also enough fabric to make a pillow for the chair. Fantastic!!

Last...but not least, we get to the car seat/stroller fiasco. Why a fiasco you ask? Well...let me explain! Over the weekend we got to work installing the car seat (thank you Papa and Marilyn!) in the car. We had it nice and secure when I looked down at the sticker on the side of the seat. It said, "not to be used with infants over 22lbs." Huh? Not what we had picked out-or so I thought! As I remembered it, we had picked out a seat that was good up to 30lbs. I was very confused so I ran inside and looked up our registry and sure enough, the seat we installed was only good up to 22lbs. We had specifically picked out the travel system by Chicco because it was the highest rated and good up to 30lbs. After a bit of detective work I realized they sell two different travel systems and we'd inadvertently picked out the wrong one. (Mostly because we liked the color and pattern the best - not realizing it was different from the others.) If we kept the one we had installed, it would mean that we'd have to purchase two separate infant car seats before graduating to the next size up in car seats. UGH! So I called around to all the baby's r us stores in the area, only to find out that no one carries the travel system we wanted and that to order meant we might not receive it for two weeks. Not acceptable considering we only have three weeks to go here (give or take a week or two.) I finally found a store in Everett that carried them so we rushed over to see what we could accomplish. Surprisingly they took back the car seat, base, and stroller (which were all put together and therefore wouldn't go back into the big box they came in) without a fuss. Wow...that was easy. Then we went to pick out the correct system only to discover that it was truly hideous in person. The colors were terrible and we both agreed it was not going to be ideal. That's when we discovered the one we now own. It's the same brand, works up to 30lbs, and is going to be just find for the little person. It's a little boy-ish, but what can you do?! Poor Michael had to spend yet another night putting more baby stuff together.

Here it is!

Should the little bugger come out and play (or eat, sleep, poop, and cry as he/she will most likely do for a while) - we're ready! ;)

p.s. I swear, if I lose any more brain cells we are in really big trouble! I'd like to blame the car seat fiasco on someone else but I just can't get away with that.

p.p.s. The husband is a good man! Just wanted to throw that out there! He doesn't get enough credit for all that he is doing lately. I feel the need to publicly thank him! He's been doing housework, cooking, cleaning, gift wrapping, and whatever else I ask him to do. I still do some of it, but he has been an enormous help to me and I appreciate it! He's also been doing things he wouldn't typically dare do. Case in point, yesterday morning as I was getting dressed I sat down on the bed and just stared at my boots. I was pondering how best to put them on, when the husband walked in and saw that I was getting overwhelmed by something as silly as my boots! Rather than laughing at me (as he typically does) he walked over and offered to put my boots on for me. It saved my morning! Thank you! I had to give the man a little credit! :)