December Check In & GTKY

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December Check In & GTKY

It's been awhile, so I thought we should check in....

How's the second trimester treating everyone?

Have you bought anything new for the baby or for you lately?

Have you picked out any baby names?

Are you planning getting any maternity or newborn photos done?

Do you have any travel plans for the holidays?

Does your family have any special holiday traditions?

What is your favorite holiday inspired movie?

What is your favorite holiday food?

Is there anything you despise about the holidays?

Anything else you want to add?

eliann's picture
Joined: 04/19/11
Posts: 2438

How's the second trimester treating everyone?
Good, I'm having some new back pain issues. Feels like pinched nerves in my upper back. I started freaking out that it was shingles, because even my shirt hurts it. Going to the doc this week. Otherwise, I'm loving all the baby movement!

Have you bought anything new for the baby or for you lately?
I haven't bought anything for the baby. But I might soon after I find out the sex. I did buy a pair of maternity jeans recently.

Have you picked out any baby names?
Still looking like Lucy for girl, Henry for a boy. But not 100%

Are you planning getting any maternity or newborn photos done?
A photographer friend offered to take some photos of us next weekend. She says its a belated wedding gift because she was out of town for our wedding. But they aren't specifically maternity photos. I might ask her to take my maternity and newborn photos too and pay her.

Do you have any travel plans for the holidays?
Nope! For years DH and I would travel home to Texas for the holidays. So happy we are near family now.

Does your family have any special holiday traditions?
My dad and my brother have xmas eve traditions where we watch xmas movies til midnight and eat lasagna and open one gift at midnight. The tradition has somewhat died since my dad works weird hours now and usually doesn't get holidays off.

What is your favorite holiday inspired movie?
So many. Elf, It's a wonderful life, The sesame street/muppet xmas (which was a made for tv movie that came out when I was a kid and not sold in stores), Home Alone, When Harry met Sally, Love Actually, and a cheesy one called All I want for Christmas (I had a crush on Ethan Embry when I was a young teen)

What is your favorite holiday food?
I love cookies, and I used to bake lots of fun ones and decorate them. I'm too busy to bake these days though.

Is there anything you despise about the holidays?
I despise the traffic. I despise the shopping frenzies. And I secretly despise any secret santa events that go on in the work place. I don't like having to buy a present for a co-worker that I don't know. I don't have that problem anymore because I only work with 3 people. But my husband has to deal with this and make a Christmas craft to auction off and give the proceeds to charity. Yeah right he's going to make a craft. I will have to come up with something. I would rather just give money to charity.

Anything else you want to add?
I have an architecture exam on the 15th. And I have 2 work deadlines around that date as well. I'm so stressed. Can't wait for 2013 already!! On a happier note, I find out what my baby is on Thursday!

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w's the second trimester treating everyone? Good so far! Smile I'm also LOVING the baby movement. Let me tell you sometimes it feels that they babyis doing cart wheels in there.

Have you bought anything new for the baby or for you lately? No, but I might go the same day as the US like I did with DD and pick something up just to get it out of my system. Smile

Have you picked out any baby names? Girl- Elizabeth Cecilia, Cecilia was my mom's name. Boys-stuck between Bejamin and Johnathon.

Are you planning getting any maternity or newborn photos done? Just whatever the hospital offers and make my own like with DD.

Do you have any travel plans for the holidays? No, just BIL's house like usual.

Does your family have any special holiday traditions? Not really.

What is your favorite holiday inspired movie? A Christmas Story!!!

What is your favorite holiday food? It's a hispanic finger food but I have it all the time so it really doesn't count. LOL!

Is there anything you despise about the holidays? Going out to stores. Its that time of year that if you need to go buy something you get stuck in traffic and long lines.

Anything else you want to add? I just hope everything continues to go well.

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Joined: 10/08/07
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How's the second trimester treating everyone?
- I've been suprised about how much easier this pregnancy has been. I feel pretty good most of the time and have good energy, but more pain that I had with the last one. Nothing to complain about, just more pulling and more general discomfort.

Have you bought anything new for the baby or for you lately?
- I've purchased about 6-7 outfits for the baby and one pair of jeans for myself.

Have you picked out any baby names?
- Emma Elaine

Are you planning getting any maternity or newborn photos done?
- There's a professional photographer that comes to the hospital and does proper, nice pics. There's supposedly really good.

Do you have any travel plans for the holidays?
- No, we stopped traveling for Christmas once DS was born.

Does your family have any special holiday traditions?
- We're still working on establising our own family traditions!

What is your favorite holiday inspired movie?
- Elf, White Christmas

What is your favorite holiday food?
- Nut Rolls! My aunt made them and when she passed, no one made them since. I've been making them the past few years, but I'm still looking for the perfect recipe.

Is there anything you despise about the holidays?
- No, I enjoy this time of year.

Anything else you want to add?
- Nope! Feeling good and super happy right now!

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Joined: 07/23/07
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How's the second trimester treating everyone? Really good! I am feeling good, getting bigger now so strangers are starting to ask about my pregnancy but not too big yet. This is the fun time, I need to savor it. Wink Oh and really enjoying the baby moving around. Hope DH can feel him/her soon!

Have you bought anything new for the baby or for you lately? I got an Arm's Reach Cosleeper from my family and last week I went ahead and bought a snap n go stroller base and extra car seat base off CL.

Have you picked out any baby names? Nope, every time I bring it up, DH just says "Yeah we should talk about that..."

Are you planning getting any maternity or newborn photos done? Nope, I had both done with Noel, probably won't be spending the money this time.

Do you have any travel plans for the holidays? Yes! We are going up to my parents' in TN for the weekend before Christmas and spending a week and a half up in PA with my husband's family. I'm very excited to see his family and be able to spend so much time with them.

Does your family have any special holiday traditions? We usually do Christmas with my hubby's family since we see my family so much more often. They have lodgings so that we can all stay at the same place and no one has to get a hotel and it's so packed but SO fun to all be together.

What is your favorite holiday inspired movie? It's a Wonderful Life, Muppet Christmas Carol are our go-tos every year.

What is your favorite holiday food? Pumpkin pie!!

Is there anything you despise about the holidays? Going to the stores, trying to figure out gifts for everyone

Anything else you want to add? Just excited for christmas, can you tell haha! Oh and excited for my u/s this Wed!

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How's the second trimester treating everyone? Its ok. I've been sick a lot of it-not m/s sick but just plain ol' sick. Not loving my weakened immunity.

Have you bought anything new for the baby or for you lately? No.

Have you picked out any baby names?
The middle name will be Faith. Right now the top contender for first name is Liliana, but that could change. DH and I have to have a name discussion soon!

Are you planning getting any maternity or newborn photos done?
We will probably get some newborn and family photos done at JCP. I always get coupons from them.

Do you have any travel plans for the holidays?
We will be visiting my family for the holidays. They are only 2 1/2 hours away so not too bad of a drive.

Does your family have any special holiday traditions? Baking tons of Christmas cookies. I don't have time to make as many as I used to, but I want to make a few because I know my daughter will have fun "helping" me!

What is your favorite holiday inspired movie? Scrooge-musical.

What is your favorite holiday food? Christmas cookies!

Is there anything you despise about the holidays?
Crowds at the store, how busy I am at work before the holidays, the stress of trying to get everything done.

Anything else you want to add?[/QUOTE]
Just hoping I get over being sick and don't get sick again so I can really enjoy the holidays.

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How's the second trimester treating everyone?
- Really good! I was having some knee issues, but despite the fact that I have pretty much ignored my doctor's advice and kept walking on a daily basis (I can't bear to stop getting light exercise, but also do not have time to drive to the gym to do the exercise bike as recommended) my knee has been doing better over the past couple of weeks. Other than that, feeling nice and energetic, and loving feeling baby move.

Have you bought anything new for the baby or for you lately?
- Uh...I bought a breast pump. Smile I need to get some cold weather newborn clothes, but I haven't bought anything yet. Other than that, we don't really need much.

Have you picked out any baby names?
- Nope. Smile DH and I have a hard time coming to an agreement on things like this, but we're working (slowly) towards it.

Are you planning getting any maternity or newborn photos done?
- I'll probably get some newborn pictures done.

Do you have any travel plans for the holidays?
- No. Happily, all of our immediate family lives in town.

Does your family have any special holiday traditions?
- Oh boy. Haha. We're really busy this time of year, because we celebrate so many holidays. Smile DH's family is Jewish, so we do Chanukah with them. Every year DH's mom has a big Chanukah party where we make homemade jelly doughnuts (sufganiyot) and have lots of munchies and exchange presents. They also do a chili and latkes night (I looooove latkes, so that is my favorite.) My family is Christian, so we do Christmas with them. Every year on Christmas day we go over to their house and open presents, and make homemade enchiladas (including homemade enchilada sauce). As a side note, can I express how much I love watching my husband (of Jewish and Polish extraction) roll enchiladas to Christmas music? It's a small world, after all. Smile In our house, neither DH or I are religious, and we feel the need to keep our home kind of neutral ground, so we have chosen to celebrate Solstice at our house. Actually, tonight T and I will be setting up our Solstice decorations around the house. On Solstice, we will make treats for the neighborhood animals out of oranges, peanut butter, and bird seed. Then, we will go for a walk in the green belt behind our house at sunset and leave more bird seed out for the birds, and talk about winter and what Solstice is. We will have chili for dinner, and drink hot cider and exchange Solstice presents before bed.

What is your favorite holiday inspired movie?
- I love A Christmas Story and Scrooged.

What is your favorite holiday food?
- Latkes and Christmas Enchiladas

Is there anything you despise about the holidays?
- Shopping and crowds!!!!

Anything else you want to add?
- I had my hand on my belly last night, and felt the baby kick from the outside! This was the first time I could feel the baby on the outside, so was very exciting.

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How's the second trimester treating everyone? Better than the first, I can definitely say that! I got some lady where I work that said someone asked her if I was pregnant and she scoffed at the idea and said no way! ... My belly pokes out and I have three ultrasound pics on my desk. Hellllooo. UGH, but honestly? I think she said that because she thinks there's no one that would be interested in me enough to get me pregnant. Isn't that horrible? We haven't exactly seen eye to eye in years.

Have you bought anything new for the baby or for you lately? No, my MIL gave me a Motherhood gift card - that DH has in his car and we keep forgetting to bring it in. I'll probably just get another pair of black pants for work and maybe a long sleeve shirt. I have bought nothing for baby, although I did make a registry on Babies R Us and...may have gone a little overboard.

Have you picked out any baby names? Yes, her name is going to be Julie. We had decided on Julie Frances (his dads middle name was Frances and he passed away two years ago), but last night DH said maybe Julie Francine? I like the way it sounds, but I can't imagine having a kid with a name Francine, middle name or not. DH is very old-school about names. He said something Margaret the other day. No. No. And No.

Are you planning getting any maternity or newborn photos done? Not maternity for sure. Newborn is a possibility, but I'll more than likely just have people take pics with their cameras and send them to me.

Do you have any travel plans for the holidays? The weekend before Christmas we're going to DH's uncles house (which I LOVE going too). For Christmas I was gonna go see my mom, but she informed me she won't be home. I've thought briefly about going to see my dad, I haven't seen him in May...but.. I really don't wanna see him either.

Does your family have any special holiday traditions? Every Christmas my mom and I get together and bake all kinds of goodies. It stemmed originally from not having enough money to buy everyone at work presents, now we do it just because.

What is your favorite holiday inspired movie? Erm.. Honestly I'm not a big Christmas movie person.

What is your favorite holiday food? Cheese Wafers (mom and I make them)

Is there anything you despise about the holidays? Yes, I hate not having the money to buy everyone everything that I want to get them.

Anything else you want to add? Nope

Joined: 03/10/09
Posts: 546

How's the second trimester treating everyone?
-So far so good. I don't need a nap every day anymore. Smile

Have you bought anything new for the baby or for you lately?
-We have bought a baby book, a blanket, receiving blanket, sleeper and a onesie. We have nothing for a girl as we had all boy stuff with DS. My mom wants me to wait until our shower to buy anymore, but I just feel like we need to be a little more prepared earlier on. I am going to try and hold off on buying anything more until after the first of the year....but i'm still going to look. Smile

Have you picked out any baby names?
-We are debating between a few. Hannah Marie, Kylee Marie and Brianna Marie...only thing we have agreed on is that her middle name will be Marie(my mom and I both have that as a middle name). So we'll see if more pop into the mix or if this is it. Hubby was deadset on Hannah and then I mentioned Kylee and he said the other day it's really starting to sound good to him...who knows.

Are you planning getting any maternity or newborn photos done?
-We will be getting pictures done after the baby is born so we can have new ones of all 3 kids...my step son and our son together and the baby.

Do you have any travel plans for the holidays?
-Not this year. We will be staying here with my family. We normally try to get to KY to DH's family once around the holidays, but with us both being out of work this year, we just can't swing it.

Does your family have any special holiday traditions?
-MMM, no not really..is that bad? Haha

What is your favorite holiday inspired movie?
-I dunno...

What is your favorite holiday food?
-My grandmas fruit salad

Is there anything you despise about the holidays?
-Just people becoming more idiotic than normal, all the crowds and traffic. I could do without the cold weather too, but living right near Chicago I can't get away from it. Smile I would love to move back down to FL.

Anything else you want to add?
-Nah, think i'm good. Smile