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Christopher + Rachel = Elias

Hello everyone!
I thought this would be a good way for all of us to get through the next 15 weeks together. Today, I am 24 weeks 6 days pregnant with Elias. At last measurement, I was 160 lbs and had a 39 in waist. :o That's quite a change from 140lbs and a 28 in waist. :-? but hopefully that means that Elias will be born big and healthy. I know that his grandma and grandpa hope that he comes on-time. Smile July 24 (I secretly wish he comes about a week or two early!) Blum 3

Today we visited our first day care. It is called Hand in Hand. Unfortunately they do not have any openings until January unless there is some unforseen circumstances. If you want to see their site it is at www.knowledgelearning.com They are a little too expensive for us at $170/week for infants, so we might just put Elias into another facility for the first year and if I am still at U of A when he is a year old, then we will enroll him in Hand in Hand. The really nice thing about Hand in Hand is that it is basically on campus and we could walk there. I would love to be able to see Elias for lunch. Another thing I liked was that all of the children seemed really happy and active at the day care. It was also very clean.

This weekend Christopher and I are going to look over all of the daycare stuff and we have more appointments next week. Two more near campus and one or two near our house. We also have the option of finding an individual who is DES certified. We need DES so that the university will reimburse some of the day care costs.

We are also going to an Easter party. It will be so exciting next year to see how Elias likes Easter. I am definately going to have some chocolate for him tomorrow. A study was recently published that said babies whose mothers eat chocolate everyday while they are pregnant are happier than babies whose mothers don't. Well, I think that I would like the baby to be happy. Smile

So, since this is the first post to my new thread, I want to welcome my family and friends to make comments and ask questions. Take care and have a good weekend everyone!

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R - very good idea to keep from writing the same info. over and over! Glad to hear you are feeling well. Yes! A big baby = a happy baby. I found that to be true, even though it was hard to gain all that weight. It is coming off, however slowly Smile Miles seemed to like Easter - especially Easter grass! I'm sure Elias will feel the same. Happy Easter!

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Hi Jenny!
We're looking forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks!

Saturday morning I went to the new Joann's Fabric and Crafts in town. Prior to this one opening, Tucson was disappointingly populated only with the tiny Joann's. I went with my friend Suzy who had never been to a Joann's before. We spent hours there. I bough some beads to make some bracelets, 3 pieces of scrapbook paper, a scrap pack full of scraps of paper. I looked at some dress patterns with the hopes of finding one that I could make for Easter and use for my friend Angela's wedding, but they did not have material that I liked. So, I put the pattern back. I guess I will have to buy a dress for the wedding.

When I got home, I made a wrap for lunch. We have these tortillas that are jalapeno and cheese flavored and are one of my favorites right now. I also think that it is totally appropriate to put bbq sauce on all of my food. It really gives it a nice kick of flavor. Smile

Around 3:30pm Christopher and I left for an Easter Egg Hunt that his friend's family was putting on. I was wearing shorts because it had been warm but as we left the clouds started rolling in and it got cool. I sat at the hunt with a blanket wrapped around me. I had not been around kids for some an extended period of time and at the hunt I realized that kids still annoy me. I just hope that I can tollerate my own kid! Lol I have to admit that the kids were pretty cute while they were running around trying to find the eggs. I was also pretty tired - either because of the belly or because of the allergies. I don't know which. One of the other women there was also pregnant, but you could not tell. Both she and Christopher's friend thought that I was tiny though and that I looked great. Christopher later decided that with clothes on, I do look tiny, but without clothes, I look big. I guess I will have to leave my clothes on then :roll:

We stopped by Target on the way home. I have been obsessed with finding the perfect plastic glasses to have at home. My accident prone tendancies have become more pronounced as the pregnancy continues and I am tired of breaking glasses and other dishes. I did not find glasses that I liked, but I did find a drink carrier marked for $1.04. It is wire, holds 6 glasses, and has a nice handle. I thought it would be great to have to take drinks out to the pool if we ever have friend over. When we got to the cash register, the carrier rang up for $5.99. We went through this whole thing with price checking and other silliness. I complained that it was not our fault that it was marked $1.04 and if I had to pay more than that, then I did not want it. In the end I won and felt extremely satisfied.

Easter Sunday we went to Mass at 7am. The church was very crowded. Even the chior did not show up on time so the first half of Mass was silent. There were not many children at the really early Mass. I decided that next year Elias will have a cute little outfit for Easter. He might look silly in a dress, so we will stick with little man pants and a button up shirt. Smile

After Mass, Christopher and I went back to bed. It felt so good to get more sleep. When I got up I did some cleaning. It is getting much harder to bend over and pick up the dog's toys. The vacuum was not working, so Christopher had to fix it yet again. In the end, I actually swept, mopped, and vacuumed. I should have dusted, but bleh! Christopher was not feeling well so we went out on a mission to find sweet and sour soup for him. We eventually found it at New China - 3 other Chinese restaurants were not open! Upon finding Chinese food for our Easter dinner, we made the decision that all holidays (unless we have guests) will be Chinese food holidays. Elias is going to love it! Smile

After dinner I went to my craft room and finally finished the scrapbook pages that I was supposed to finish for my grandparent's Christmas gift. Then I started on our Honeymoon pictures from over a year ago. When I went to bed, my hips and back were hurting so bad that I chose to drug myself. I still did not get a great night's sleep because Christopher was up off and on through the night with the cold that he has, but I did get some sleep. I still have a sore throat today - from allergies I guess, but my hips and back feel much better.

Elias has been kicking up a storm. He likes to wake me up in the mornings and keep me up when I go to sleep. Yesterday when I was trying to fall asleep he had the hiccups and I swear it has to be similar to the Chinese torture test. Continuous bumps for minutes on end. Poor baby, Poor MOMMY!!

This morning we visited another day care. They are priced the same as Hand in Hand, but will have a spot available in September. We will have to pay a deposit 60 days in advance there. They take 10 infants at a time and it is further from school. I think we will keep looking. And, I will keep reminding myself that day care is expensive! :evil:

Take care everyone and thanks for stopping in!

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I have come to the conclusion that it is not comfortable to be pregnant. The only good thing about it is the reward of having a baby at the end. Yesterday I experienced some more of that aweful rib pain that I was hoping to avoid. It doesn't seem like I can sit up straight enough to make it go away. I have been trying to cut back on what I eat. I am worried about gaining too much weight. For the first time in my life food is really good - so this is hard. I start eating lunch about 10 am and try to drag it out until 2 pm. I bring a bunch of stuff with me. Yesterday I had left-over shrimp and cashew Chinese food, an apple, chex mix, and Kudos bar. I was still hungry. I made yummy falafel for dinner last night and ate it on a jalapeno cheese wrap with spinach, tomato, onion, sour cream and mint. Oh, and I had a Jello pudding pop. I'm glad they still make those. While it is probably not a good idea, I watched that silly show on Fox called The Swan. One of the women they were making over had a baby and her belly was a mess. Of course, this got me all worried and I interrogated Christopher afterwards - was he still going to find me attractive if my belly got all stretched out? When he got tired of the questioning he distracted me by asking to look at the baby books and wanted to know how big Elias is right now. The weekly book says he is 1.5# and 9 inches from head to rump. The daily book says that his lungs are forming alveoli. If Elias was born now, he would have a good chance of surviving. That is quite a comfort.

Last night I had some strange dreams. I had one that I have had many times where I imagine that I can grab the baby's foot and pull it up under my skin. That's creepy. In another one I dreamed that I was out dancing with my friend Ellen. Some guys came up to our table and started bugging us so we decided to leave. When I walked out the door of the club, I ran into an ex-boyfriend named Dan who I have not spoken to or heard from since February 1998. He was all scared that I was going to trap him into something and I was like, "Dude, don't worry. Look at me, I'm married AND pregnant. I don't want you." He was always afraid of commitment. The third dream I had was really crazy. A friend (I don't remember who) had her baby and two days later I saw her. Her tummy was so flat and perfect. I was really jealous to be still sticking out and huge. One thing about my dreams that has changed, I am now pregnant in every one of them. At the beginning, I would dream that I was not pregnant. Before I was pregnant, I dreamed that other people (usually Anita or my mom) were pregnant.

Tomorrow is my next OB appointment. I still need to find out what time - all I know right now is morning! I plan on discussing circumcision with the doctor and some other freckles (?) that have been forming on my nipples. I know, TMI! But, hey, this journal is as much for me as it is for you and if you know me well enough, you know I am not afraid to say whatever it is that is on my mind. Smile

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So, last night I watched PBS and they had The Miracle of Life on. I have watched it before and if you haven't seen it, you can go to pbs.org and watch it for free. The crazy part was that when they showed the birth last night I started crying like crazy. It was like I suddenly really realized that I was going to have to do that and it does not look like fun. The thing that makes it worse is that I know there is no way out of it! C-Section sounds even less fun so the baby is going to come out of the fun hole in a not so fun way. Sad Christopher was really sweet though and comforted me for like an hour. He also said that if I really was this unhappy about being pregnant and I really don't like birth, then we don't have to have any more kids. That was really sweet. I don't know if I will hold him to those promises or not. Smile

Today I had my OB appointment. I saw the nurse. She was unhappy about how much weight I have gained. I won't go into it, but I think she is full of it. I've gained 18 pounds according to their records. She tried to tell me that I should have only gained 10 up to this point. Yeah, right! What planet is she from? Next appointment is in 3 weeks on May 5. I have to take the stupid glucose tolerance test and I don't want to. I will do this one and have to make up my mind about the 3 hour if I fail this one.

So, it looks like I have to stop eating icecream - as if - and start taking walks with Christopher in the evenings. Why do I go from not caring how fat I get to being upset about gaining weight?

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Oh, yeah, almost forgot. I only asked about the nipple thing and it is perfectly normal and the spots will fade but never go away. See, all of these body changes suck!

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So, I saw this video and it made me feel good about birth. Here's the link if you are interested http://danielfairbanks.com/jude/jude.htm

Last night I did Pilates. It always makes me feel better. Of course I do it while watching tv. Angel is in it's last 6 (now 5) episodes. I watched a couple of season 5 Buffy's before that. It is so sad how many of my favorite shows are going off the air this year. Maybe it is a good thing.... less time with the tv and more time with the family. Smile But until the baby comes, it is Friends and The Apprentice and Survivor for me Smile

So, I tried eating less for dinner last night and it made me wake up at 2 am with a growling tummy. I figured I would not be able to get back asleep so I got up and got a snack. We'll see how eating less goes today. I have already eaten half of my lunch and it is not even lunch time.

ugh... I need a nap. Thank goodness tomorrow is Friday.

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Not much to write for today but I don't want to get out of the habit of typing here. Christpher and I went to lunch at a Vietnamese place. It was good but my food was served cold (as it should have been) and it just did not end up appealing to me as much as I wanted it to. He got to keep the left-overs Smile

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Last night we talked about diapers. I am going to get some really cute ones on Ebay when I get the money. They have some of the cutest All-in-ones. In case you don't know, we are going to cloth diaper. I already have 19 diapers from when I was a baby that my mother gave me. Smile I need to get about a dozen more and some covers and about 16 or so All-in-ones. That would just about do us.

I am getting ready to go out to the store now. Have a good day.

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Well, here I am, sitting on my front porch as I take a break from planting my new rose bushes and pruning my current ones. Smile

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Hey Rachel, sounds like you're doing great. I finished the shopping for your shower, so we're all ready to go! The weight thing is really weird - I was very concerned and yet gained 40 pounds anyway. I was insatiable during the last 2 months. That is when the baby is putting on fat. Try to think of it as that the baby really needs you to not be concerned with weight, but only his health right now. A big baby will be less apt to have colic and he will have more "stuff" to get him through the lean week where your breasts are making colostrum rather than fatty milk. Cloth diapers: I really like them and am kind of obsessed with them. Be careful about buying too many! He will change size quickley in the beginning and you have to wash every other day or so anyway because they smell bad. Yes, even with breast milk poop. We had about 3 dozen prefolds for newborn size and it was too many and then had to change up at 3 months anyway. Now we have 2 dozen, plus a few fitted and a few Fuzzies for nighttime. 3-4 covers are plenty and I HIGHLY recommend the ProWraps. They are cheap and super durable w/ double gussets at legs to prevent leakage. Too bad they really only come in white. Okay. I'm off to my internship. Glad you are feeling well!

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One more thing on cloth diapers (I told you I'm obsessed with them). My friend did all all-in-ones and bought them brand new on Ebay for like $6/per. An amzing price. They were the Kooshies which are the least expensive AOI's I've ever seen. Not sold in US. I don't use AOI's personally - I like the flexibility of changing the diaper and not the cover. I really like the fitted diapers. Kissaluvs were not very absorbant, but I have 3 Snappie ones now that are great! If I were rich, I would do all fitted.

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THanks Jennie!

My mom is obsessed with cloth diapers on Ebay right now. They do have good deals.

This is a short entry because I'm sleepy. Today I went to the Phoenix Bouldering Competition

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a new week

Yesterday was my baby shower! Thanks so much to Jennie for organizing it! My friends Mary, Jennie, Paul, Chris, John, Debbie, Andrea, and Katie were there (I hope I didn't forget anyone!) I was going to bring in the list of gifts we got but Christopher and I could not find it this morning.
The biggest thing we got was a car seat from John and Andrea. I don't know if they realize how much that means to me and Christopher. We don't exactly have alot of money to spend on anything and getting something as important as the car seat for us is a real relief. I almost started crying as I opened it. On top of the car seat John and Andrea also gave us a Boppy and a Snuggle carrier and a bunch of other great stuff.

Paul and Jennie gave us cloth diapers! I am so excited to find out more about them. They are so cute. Smile

Mary gave us a vibrating bouncy seat for Elias. We put it together last night and then put one of the stuffed animals that Debbie gave us in the seat. And then of course we had to put the hat that Scott and Annie-Karene gave us on the animal. It's so cute. Biggrin

Katie and Debbie both gave us books, which we are so excited about. We want Elias to really appreciate learning and reading. Debbie also gave us clothes for Elias. He will have some new outfits every 3 months for the first year of his life. It will be so neat to pull a new outfit for him out of the closet every couple of months. Debbie also gave us a posable giraffe that was so neat. I think everyone at the party wanted one!

Chris, Scott, and Sage gave us a really neat fishy teething ring and clothes and a gift certificate to Target! Hmmm, shopping!

That's all that I can remember from the top of my head so I will just describe the games because they were fun. The first game we played was to decorate t's and Onesies with fabric paint. Then we judged all of them. Some of them were soooo cute. Mary made one that had chemistry stuff all over it, Debbie's had a frog, John's was an upside down face. I put a chicken on my and wrote Little Chicken (Elias' nickname) across it. Smile They had to dry so Paul and Jennie are going to bring them down the next time they are in Tucson. Then we played a word scramble game that was really hard! I tied Mary for the most words out of 20 to unscramble - 13! The last game we played was guess how bit around Rachel is. Everyone cut a piece of ribbon that they thought would go around my waist. Debbie and I tied for that one Smile Jennie and Katie had like 2 extra feet of ribbon - thanks girls!!! Wink

Jennie had put together some great food - nachos, ice cream, and veggies. All of my favorites. I especially liked the ice cream and probably ate too much.

When I got home from the shower I showed all of the stuff to Christopher and we played with all of it. He was really excited and since we got a car seat, I think he wants to get a play pen. I think in his head he already had money for a car seat ear marked. I don't know about the play pen. We'll have to look at them and decide later. So, the only big thing that we really need is a stroller now. What a relief.

I had better end this now. Tomorrow I can try to give more of an update on the Phoenix Bouldering Comp. I had a good time but I have real work to do now.

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to see the picture above, right click and go to properties. Then paste the address into the address box of your browser. The picture should then be visible. I don't know what the problem is. Perhaps I can get it figured out with pictures that I plan on posting later. Smile

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So, the PBC aka PBB aka the rock climbing competition I went to on Saturday was really fun. I stayed the night at John's house on Friday night. Russ came over on Saturday morning and we took off. Friday I had noticed that John's tire was a little low on air so we stopped to fill it up. It turns out that the tire had a nail in it but we decided to risk it and drove out to the competition anyway. The sucky thing was that they were charging spectators $10 to watch the comp. $10 was all I had!! We paid the man and drove up the parking area. There was supposed to be a bus pick us up in 15 minutes. We waited much longer than that. So long that I eventually had to pee (of course). So, I walked as far away from everyone as I could and then hoped that none of them would look my way as I went. I felt much better afterwards and I don't think anyone noticed because they were all looking for the bus. Anyway, the bus finally came and we all piled on. There was a couple on the bus with a little boy and the mom was pregnant. I talked to the mom for a little bit, she was due a month behind me. Smile

When we got the vedor area we obtained maps from the registration booth and started the long walk up a hill to the climbing area. I had to stop a few times on the way in the shade to rest. It wasn't too bad though. We first looked for our friend in the Road Area, but they weren't there. I noticed that they had changed some of the problems that I had climbed a couple of years before. Then we walked down to the Guppy Wall. On the way I ran into Katy and we talked for a minute. She seemed certain that there was more than one baby in my belly - heh. At the base of Shark wall I ran into Melissa and Rob from Hueco Tanks. I talked to them for a few minutes and then saw Sage so I talked to her. I spotted Debbie and Andrea across the way and made my way to them. I had to crawl over rocks to get there. At the perfect resting spot were Dwayne and Victoria! So, I chatted with them for a few minutes.

Debbie and Andrea were climbing in a really sunny area but promised to move to this shady area soon so I went there and waited for them. I had the perfect vantage point to take pictures of Debbie on one of the climbs from there. Eventually, they did make it to me.

When the comp was over we all hiked out of the canyon. On the way back to the vendor area I ran into Debbie L. and we talked for a bit. It was a good rest. I talked to several other people on the way back too. It made the whole trip easier. By the time I got to the vendor area I was really tired. Everyone was sitting on a rock in the sun eating, but I was searching for shade and cool drinks. I didn't have any money so Dwayne bought me a snowcone (THANKS SOOOOOO MUCH) and then I convinced everyone to move to this rock that was shaded by a tree. After a little bit I felt much better.

I did wander around the vendor area a bit and I watched people play on the slackline. I was wishing I could play too! THe only thing I saw that I would have liked was a bag at the VooDoo tent. It was really cool, but I left it. And, soon we left.

I had a good time but was really tired at the end of the day from all the walking around. John thinks we probably walked 5 miles! I was also very hungry so John and I went to eat at 4Peaks in Tempe. Yummy. We then went and played games at Colby's before I went to bed.

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Elias has a new trick. He likes to run his foot along the inside of my belly. I can see it when he does it and it is sort of funny! I think he has turned to a new position but is still likely sideways. He is also making my ribs hurt so bad! I still don't think pregnancy is all that fun.

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Sleeping is getting tougher. I get warm at night now and there is not much to be done about. I am not sure if I wake up because I am warm or I wake up because Elias is wiggling. Last night he was really moving around, more than I have ever felt before. It led me to wonder if there is such a thing as moving around too much. It kept me awake for quite a bit. Eventually I started talking to Christopher. He finally figured out that if he rubbed my back I would shut up and go to sleep.

I had the alarm clock set for this morning. I hate getting up in the mornings now. It is so hard. But, this summer I will be working with teachers who will start at 8 am. That means I have to be in at 7:30am to get ready. Even though it will be an adjustment, getting here earlier really is better because then I can go home while it is hot and get in the pool. Smile I will also have more time in the evenings to clean and get things ready for Elias.

I still have so many things to do. We have rooms to paint, tile to put down, blankets to crochet, thank you cards to write, birth announcements to finish, day care to select, pediatrician to select, batism forms to fill out, and the list goes on and on and on. And, all I want to do is sleep! haha. I guess since I have so much to do, I should shut up about being uncomfortable and wanting Elias out and tell him to stay put so I can get some stuff done. Wink

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Today was our second ultrasound to check on the cyst in Elias' brain. The greatest news ever is that it is gone! Elias was laying on his left side with his face to my tailbone and he was head down. He was wiggly during the ultrasound. He weighs a little over 3 pounds and is measuring about a week early. I got to see his boy parts 3 times and was sent home with a picture of them. Smile

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I heard from my mom today. My sister-in-law who is also pregnant fell down the stairs a few days ago. I knew this. I guess she was having some pain/soreness from the fall and went to the doctor to be sure that everything was ok. They did an ultrasound and found a small hole in the placenta. The doctor wants her to come back in next week just to check on it. No fluid is leaking out and it is expected to heal up. It also was most likely not caused from the fall and they would never have known about it if she had not come in.

Elias likes to stick his foot out really hard. I just push it back in! Hope everyone has a good weekend. Not really sure what I will do this weekend. There is a cactus show in town and we have been invited to a bbq. Some folks from Phoenix will be stopping in for a hike - so I might go to dinner with them. Mostly I will be doing housework. Yippee-not.

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Wow! What a busy weekend.

Friday we made a stop at Sam's Club. I picked up a baby girl outfit for my on-line baby gift exchange. It is sooo cute and was a great opportunity for me to buy a gift for a girl baby Smile (We don't yet know what Rick and Anita are having, but we find out soon!!) The gifts will be mailed before May 15. I can't wait to see what we get for Elias!

Saturday morning I was a cleaning demon! I vacuumed, dusted, swept, mopped, and did laundry. I washed all of Elias's clothes and diapers. Somehow I managed to lose one sock, which I feel terrible about. Here he's not even born and already he's missing a sock! After cleaning I tried to take a nap but it didn't work. So, I ate lunch and went shopping. Smile I returned the carseat that John and Andrea gave us because we decided that we liked another one better. But, Target only had one carseat of the one that we liked and it was sitting there wide open. Not know if all the parts were there, I left it. I also bought Elias the 4 position bathtub with a gift certificate that Chris, Scott, and Sage gave us.

After Target I went to Joann's. That place is so fun and so bad for my spending habits. They had Simplicity patterns on sale for $1 so I got two patterns for maternity clothes and 3 for curtains around the house including Elias' room. I bought material for a dress, curtains, two tops, and a skirt and only spent $36 on them. I also picked up Mother's Day presents and scrapbooking supplies. I spent too much and put it on my credit card. I know - I'm terrible.

I stopped at a second Target on the way home and they had the car seat. I bought it and lugged it out to the car. I am sure it looked really funny to see me trying to stuff this huge box into the back seat of my car. The trunk is still not working so putting it there was out of the question. By this point I was very hungry, so I headed home. When Christopher got home we put the seat in the car. We asked for help from our neighbor Bob. Bob thought it was a great car seat. It sits in the middle of the backseat of my car perfectly.

Charles and 15 of his Phoenix hiking buddies had been in Tucson to do a hike. They had gone to Thunder Canyon Brewery for dinner so we stopped in to see them. I had dessert because I had already eaten. It was a completely sinful brownie sundae and it was really good. Everyone else at normal food so I am sure I just looked like a pregnant piggy!

Sunday I got up and immediately began working on the dress that I had bought material for. By noon it was done and it looks great. As soon as I get Christopher to take a picture of it, I will post it. I made the dress for a wedding that I am attending on the Sunday before Memorial Day in Missouri. I'm gonna be so cute!

When I finished the dress and the rest of Christopher's dinner from TCB, I went out and cleaned the pool and tested the water and blew up the pool toys and then hopped in. I floated around by myself for a few hours. It was great! Christopher was sleeping so he missed out on all of the fun. I kept falling off the pool toys!

After a shower I headed out to the grocery store - ok Walmart. When I got home I made a romantic dinner for me and Christopher and then we watched Cold Creek Manor before bed. Luckily it was not too scary of a movie and I was able to sleep. Actually the scariest part of the movie was occurring in our living room - me trying to get up off the couch to pee every 30 minutes. Maybe that was the funniest part of the movie - not the scariest!

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

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Last night I worked on the skirt that I am making for Thursday. It doesn't look too good right now. We'll see how things go with it tonight and then I will decide if I am actually going to wear it.

For dinner last night I made Tuscan Sandwiches. They were really good. They had kale on them, which I have never eaten before. Elias must have liked them too because he was really squirmy last night.

I am soooo sleepy. I can't seem to get a good stretch of sleep. I have alot of dreams and often wake up on my back. It is making it hard to get anything done at work. Especially the boring work that I am doing right now. I have to get certified for human subjects testing. I have been working on the test all day. It just puts me to sleep. I had better put some music back on so that I can stay awake. Smile

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Yesterday was quite a day!

I had an appointment and had to take the glucose tolerance test. It really wasn't that bad. I had been hoping to see the doctor but she was busy so I saw the np. I guess I will have to save my questions for next time (two weeks away!). This np said that my weight was right on target, which I knew anyway. At least she did not say I was getting fat like the last one did.

I came to work after the appointment. As Christopher and I were driving home the car broke down. We think it is the fuel pump - again. We sat on the side of the road for an hour. It was 100 degrees but there was an ocatillo near my car so I sat in it's shade. As the tow truck showed up a fire truck also pulled over to check on us. It was so funny, the firman said, "I drove by once and didn't stop but decided to come back because I realized - Whoa! She's got an extra load there!" Of course he was referring to my belly. Smile It was funny anyway. The tow truck guy did not even charge us for towing our car and he helped Christopher to get it into the garage. That was really nice of him.

After we finally got home I was starving and did not feel like cooking so I had my first fast food in years. We went to Carl's Jr. I had a Sante Fe chicken sandwich and nachos. It was so good. Then we went to the grocery store to get soy milk (I really mean ice cream) and juice. Smile

I watched Angel last night and thought it was really funny.

Sleeping last night sucked. I was so hot and could not get comfortable. I am not sure how much actual sleep I got, I kept thinking about things and sweating and tossing and turning. It was totally unlike me.

Today I had a presentation at the ILC of the project that I have been working on. I wore the purple dress that I made for Angela's wedding. I did not get the other clothes I had planned on making finished. But, that's ok because everyone who has seen the dress thinks it looks really good. I have gotten many compliments today. Smile

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Friday I met for lunch with another pregger from mothering.com. She was really nice and I hope that we meet again this week for at least a drink. It was supposed to be lunch again, but I doubt we can afford it. It was just so nice to talk to someone else who is preggers.

When I got back to the chemistry building after lunch they had been spraypainting and the fumes drove me out of the building. Christopher drove me home and I spent most of the rest of the day in bed.

Saturday morning I attempted to clean but was not that interested in it. Instead I went upstairs to work on a shirt I was sewing for myself. Part way through the shirt I discovered that it was not going to fit, so I quit and started working on Elias' curtains. Christopher came home from school and we got into the pool for a little bit. For dinner I made Mexican Lasagna and then we went to see the new Lowe's. We really want new tile for the library and dining room before Elias comes. Lowe's didn't have anything in our price range so we stopped by Home Depot. Over all it was a real bummer of a trip.

When we got home all of the neighbors were out in the street talking. I was pretty tired but attempted conversation for a little bit. Then I went to bed.

Sunday we went to the 7 am Mass. I don't understand how a church that size can not have a chior for every Mass. The Deacon gave away flowers to the mothers with the most and least experience. Christopher said I am not a mother, so I didn't get one. The mother with the least experience had a baby who was probably close to 1 year old.

After church we rode our bikes around the neighborhood and into the desert looking at cactus flowers. Many varities are in bloom right now including saguaros. I got pretty hot and a little bit of a sunburn on my shoulders. When we got home we went to The Donut Wheel for some donuts - as my Mother-to-be Day present. I just wish Christopher would acknowledge that I am going through alot with the baby and I already have to take care of him and I really am a MOTHER! Anyway, I pigged out on donuts and then we went swimming for an hour. I worked on Elias' curtains until around 6:30pm when I ate dinner and got ready for Survivor. While I watched Survivor I sewed buttons onto the tabs for Elias' curtains. My ribs were hurting pretty bad so I did not finish. I should be able to finish tonight - if I am not too sleepy.

I read in one of my pregger books that I am not supposed to fly after this week... hmm... well I am going to Missouri at the end of the month. Hopefully everything will be ok. I'll just drink tons of water and get up to pee frequently! Smile It is really two short flights, so I should be ok - I hope.

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Last night I didn't watch any tv! It was a breakthrough night for me. I just know it! haha

I did finish sewing the buttons onto Elias' curtains and Christopher and I held them up in the window to see what they would look like. I think they are going to be quite cute.

I also finished writing all of my thank you notes. Those of you getting one should expect it in a few days. I still have to get the addresses on them and the stamps.

Last night Christopher and I read about breastfeeding and fitting it into our busy lives. It looks like it is going to be interesting.

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I forgot to link up my pictures from the last few weeks:
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Last week turned out to be insanely busy here at work so I did not have time to update. We had to get a proposal into Human Subjects so that we can get approved to do research starting this summer. I spent most of my time working on that. This week I am supposed to start working out the details of what we are going to have our visiting teachers do. I have a book to read for this and I can't get myself motivated to do that Smile

Sunday Christopher and I toured the birth center. I was very pleased with everything they showed us and told us about their policies. Elias will never leave the room. We can have whomever we want in the room during the birth. I get to hold him as soon as he is born. They encourage breastfeeding, moving around during labor, and using the shower during labor. They put a special tag on the bellybutton that causes an alarm to go off if the baby leaves the hospital without us or them knowing. All of these things made me feel much better about the whole birth thing.

I got my hair cut over the weekend. Before picture: http://community.webshots.com/photo/131090904/143852556MipZpp
After picture: http://community.webshots.com/photo/131090904/143852387qDrDaB I just could not stand my hair anymore. It was so hot and heavy. I could also see it being grabbed and pulled and in the way of breastfeeding...So, it's gone. Christopher was not too excited about me getting it cut but I think that he likes it. Smile

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Tuesday Christopher was supposed to have jury duty but his juror group did not get called. He stayed home instead and worked on things around the house to get ready for Elias. When I came home he had wooden letters ELIAS sitting on the counter as a surprise for me. Smile The surprise ended up being for my mother who had also bought the letters as a gift for me for when I get to Missouri and she already had them wrapped up. When I told her what Christopher had gotten me she said she would return hers. It was funny.

Yesterday I was supposed to have an appointment. I was once again anticipating this appointment because I wanted to have a chat with my OB about birth stuff. Well, after being there and waiting for an hour and a half, the Dr. got called away for a birth. So, once again I did not get to see her. In fact, I did not see anyone because they wanted me to wait who knows how long and see the np. We were hungry (Christopher and I) so I just scheduled my next appointment for in 2 weeks and left against their advice. I'm sorry, I understand that doctors get called away but we had been there forever already.

Last night Christopher and I talked a bit about birth and fantasized a bit about Elias. He rubbed my back for a bit and then we watched the series finale of Angel. It was a good night.

I have been having a hard time focusing at work today. I actually got more done yesterday than I am today. *sigh*

I had lunch with another pg woman from work today. It is so nice to get together with her. I asked her to e-mail me so that we could exchange more information on each other and possibly get together more often. I feel like I am starved for a friend and she is really nice.

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Last week Christopher and I toured another daycare. This one is between home and work. It was a little strange. The building itself was not beautiful but it was clean, the people were not the best dressed/looking but they were really nice and caring and friendly. The price is $35 a week cheaper than anyplace else we have looked. If things don't work out with Elizabeth doing home care, then we might use this place until Hand-in-Hand has an opening. I should call them today to tell them that we are still interested. I guess we will be really broke for a bit but it will be so nice to have Elias really close by. The funniest thing about the daycare we visited last week was that one of the teachers was telling one of the boys to get off of something and his name - Elias. We hear it every where now!

Over the weekend I scrapbooked a bit and finished some crocheting projects (I can't say what they were yet). I called my Uncle and told him that I will be stopping over in Dallas on Friday. I hope that I get to see him. Christopher worked on the retaining wall in the backyard and he moved all of the stuff sitting around the house into the garage. The house really looks alot better. Except the carpet, that is. The carpet is a disaster and we almost started pulling it out to the bare concrete because it is so nasty and the dogs just keep puking on it. This weekend Bailey and Noodle were the pukers. Bleh! I can't wait for the tile.

Well, it's another week at work. I wish I was just in bed, sleeping. Hope everyone has a good week.

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I am still tired, it just doesn't seem to go away. I took it really easy last night. I finished a book and then watched a little bit of tv. Christopher and I laid on the bed and talked for a bit before I took a shower and went to bed. I didn't even get up once last night but I am still really tired.

It's going to be another slow, sleepy day at work. No one ever talks to me. I'm stuck in this office all by myself with not even a window. It is so hard to be productive when you feel tired and alone. I actually get more work done on days I work at home and can move around in my house and even take a nap. *yawn*

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A few nights ago I had what I thought at the time might have been heartburn. I did not take TUMS for it because I had this kind of pain before and TUMS did not help. The pain was right between my breasts and the base of my ribcage but a little to the right. It lasted several hours and was fairly constant. If I breathed really deeply it did not help and even seemed to make it hurt a little more. I did not know what to do so I just laid down but could not fall asleep.

After talking to some other pg women, I called the doctor's office yesterday. The consensus seems to be that I had a gall bladder attack and might have gall stones. If it happens again I am supposed to call the doctor. Not that they can do anything for me until after Elias is born. I am also supposed to get lots of rest and drink plenty of fluids. Another symptom of a gall bladder attack is a pain between the shoulders in the back. I have had this for several days but had attributed it to normal pregnancy pain. Anyway, I will be talking to the doctor at my next appointment on June 2. This time I will not leave until I have been seen :-?

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I leave for MO tomorrow! I can't wait. This morning I laid out some of the clothes I want to take with me. I have to laundry when I get home because of course I don't have enough undies :oops:

Last night we watched The Last Samarai. I actually liked it. I had a hard time getting comfortable while we were watching it though because I seem to have pulled something in my left side. I would get this cramp like sensation in my ribs and have to move positions. It made finding a good position to sleep in last night tough too. It may be sad, but I can't wait to have a whole bed to myself at my parents. I just need more room to sleep now and turning over is hard work. Seriously, pregnancy is some big fat joke!

Before bed I was dancing naked in front of the mirror, it was really funny!

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day care

FYI - there is a childcare referral service that is run by the state. You can call them.... I'm not sure what the number is anymore, but they can give you a list of all the people in your zip code, including a lot of in-home daycares. I prefere the home setting and that's what I'm looking into for Miles for some part time baby sitting. Anyway, you'll be surprised at what's out there. I found a lady who charges only $3.00/hr for part time and like $100/week for full time. To be on the referral system, they have to meet certain specifications, but not as rigorous as the bigger day care businesses. Anyway, just an FYI.

Jenny

P.S. Onesies still on the way. All I need to do is get my lazy ass down there to the P.O!

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Re: day care

"Jenny B." wrote:

FYI - there is a childcare referral service that is run by the state. You can call them.... I'm not sure what the number is anymore, but they can give you a list of all the people in your zip code, including a lot of in-home daycares. I prefere the home setting and that's what I'm looking into for Miles for some part time baby sitting. Anyway, you'll be surprised at what's out there. I found a lady who charges only $3.00/hr for part time and like $100/week for full time. To be on the referral system, they have to meet certain specifications, but not as rigorous as the bigger day care businesses. Anyway, just an FYI.

Jenny

Thanks Jenny,
I did their referral service on the internet and there were only 2 people in our area. I'm not saying that either is a bad choice, but I would have to contact them to find out if they have space available. The place we looked at last week really did not seem bad and I think we will go with it if I can't talk them into letting me have him here until the place we really want opens up. Good luck finding something you like for Miles!

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So, it's been awhile since an update here. Biggrin

I went to Missouri over the Memorial Day weekend. My SIL and Mom threw me a baby shower while I was there. My cousin Claudia and some women from church came. I was so happy to see everyone. My dad and brother stuck around for the shower and let me tell you - they were thrilled to be there! Highlights from the shower include Denise finishing the word scramble in about 30 seconds!!!!, getting 2 really nice diaper bags, 3 diaper covers, and tons of clothes and blankets. Elias won't be naked anymore!!! (I was actually having anxiety attacks over this!!)

After the shower the family all went out to dinner and then to Joann's. I love going to that store because ours is so far away. Anyway, I got material to make some jammies for after Elias is born. It's really cute, the print has loungerie on it! I thought that would be funny for a flannel sleep shirt with buttons down the front for easy access. haha

Sunday I went to church with Mom and then we went to change their cell phone plan so that Mom and I can call each other for free! (Just so you know, I have Verizon and if you have my number and have Verizon, you can call me for free too!) As we were leaving we walked by the Motherhood Maternity Store and my Dad steered me in there and told me to get whatever I needed - he would tell me when to stop. He never stopped me and I desperately needed some new clothes. It seems that all of mine have quit fitting!!! I got 2 new dresses, 2 pairs of shorts, and 3 tops. I am so much more comfortable now. I think Dad was willing to get more, but I was not willing to have him spend more for only 7 weeks of pregnancy left!

Sunday night I went to Angela's wedding. She looked so pretty! I even danced with her despite the notion that preggers look silly dancing.

Monday I woke up with a horrible cold. At first I thought it might be allergies but it just kept getting worse. I went to Rick and Anita's to help paint Madison's room but I could not finish because I was feeling so awful. The plane ride back sucked! I did not get home until 11pm and not into bed until close to midnight.

Tuesday I woke up with a high fever. I reached 101.6 before it started going down. What a miserable day. I had to miss work and everything. Christopher stayed home with me and Elias was wiggily all day so I did not worry to much about him.

Wednesday I had another appointment. I actually got to see the doctor this time. I do not have to use stirrups during deliver, she does not do episiotomies, we can donate the cord blood to the hospital for doctors to practice withdrawing blood from them. Those are some of the answers I got to questions I had from months ago. She also checked to make sure I was recovering well from my cold and it's all good! I stayed home the rest of the day just to make sure. Smile

Today I am back at work. Don't wanna be! :-?

Elias has become quite the entertainer with his belly dances. Sometimes it is a little painful. It really interested my brother but his pregger wife was a little freaked out by it.

I better go now. Hope you made it through that long update!

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We got the Onsies from the Phoenix baby shower in the mail yesterday! It was fun to show them all to Christopher and remember the person who made them. Jennie also sent a little sweater and a wool diaper cover that are both really cute. Thanks Jennie!!

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Another weekend passed which just brings us closer to Elias' arrival.

Saturday I went and played at the pool with another Tucson Mommy named Sandi. I met her on a e-mail list. She's 28 and expecting her first baby in November. We had a great time and it was wonderful to swim in the pool for hours.

Sunday I could not help be sleep. I was so tired. I got up, ate breakfast and then went back to bed! After I finally got out of bed I worked on the scrapbooks all day. I finally finished the honeymoon scrapbook. We went to evening Mass and it was really pretty because the sun had not set yet. It made the stained glass windows look beautiful.

Last night Christopher and I made breakfast feast for dinner! We had omelets, pancakes, and hashbrowns. It was so yummy. I talked to Suzy for an hour after dinner. We set up going up to Mt. Lemmon on Saturday to take photos of me in my big bellied state. It was good to talk to Suzy, we haven't had the chance to talk in quite awhile. She and her hubby are trying to buy a house and they finally found one that their bid was accepted on.

Christopher and I went to bed before 10pm but then at 3 am, for the second night in a row, he woke me up. This time, I laid there until 4 am and then just decided to get up. I curled my hair, got dressed, took the dogs out, made my lunch, ate breakfast and then watched 45 minutes of tv before the alarm went off at 5:30 am. Christopher has this new habit of just laying in bed for up to 30 minutes after the alarm goes off. I wanted him to get out of bed. He eventually did and then took a really long shower and told me to just go to work without him. So, fine, I did. I arrived at work at 6:20 and my phone was ringing. He had forgotten that he had to come in! HA! He was on his way to campus but going home after he took care of some business.

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Last night we watched some more of the video of the birth class. There's only a little bit more to it. I think that I will watch it again and take notes the next time. They give some good advice that I don't want to forget.

I've been trying to think of a good place for my friend Suzy to take photos of me up on Mt. Lemmon. All of the really good places I know require a hike uphill. Uhm, no thank you! After we take the pics I'll be sure to post them here Biggrin

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Last night, even though Christopher thought I was nuts, I did an inventory of the things we have for Elias. I just wanted to make sure we had enough stuff. Here's the list I compiled (thanks soooo much to everyone who contributed to it!!!):
11 Blankets
1 Hooded Towel
12 Bibs
5 Shirts 0-3 months
31 Onesies 0-3 months, 14 Onesies 3-6 months, 6 Onesies 6-9 months, 2 Onesies 9-12 months
4 pants/shorts 0-3 months, 1 for 3-6 months
5 hats
17 pairs of socks
9 burp cloths
21 washcloths
2 sleepers 0-3 months and 2 for 3-6 months
2 overalls for 3-6 months
4 sets of sheets
2 sets of mittens
1 sweater - small
19 cloth diapers from my infancy
2 small AIO diapers
4 medium AIO diapers
2 really large AIO diapers
1 newborn diaper cover
2 small diaper covers
1 wool diaper cover

So, from this list it seems to me that I still need more diaper covers, sleepers, and maybe towels. We also should get a soaker for Elias to sleep on so that he does not wet his sheets. (Dang those sheets are hard to get into the crib!!) I did some research yesterday and I might be able to get diaper covers from the diaper service here in town for discount prices on used ones. Either this weekend or next I want to try to check that out.

Other things we still need to pick up for Elias are a bathroom related: soap, lotion, creams, snot sucker, thermometer, baby tylenol and probably more

For me we need to get things for after Elias is born: pads, nursing pads, geez there's more but I need to watch the birth class video again and read about it again in some of my books.

So, that's the update for today. I can't wait to get back in to Elias' room to put all of his stuff away and to wash the latest batch of clothes from Missouri. Christopher currently has a bunch of furniture in Elias' room while he puts down the tile. *sigh* I suppose I can wait for the tile to be done Biggrin

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Today I sent out a message to those who I will be contacting by e-mail when Elias is born. I should have included a link here but I forgot. It seems that so many things are necessary to get ready for Elias.

I may have forgotten to mention that the woman we were talking to about home care for Elias has decided not to do it. I understand her reasons and now we are left really trying to decide what to do. Do we go with daycare or try to find someone else who we have not met to watch Elias in their home?

I have been getting less and less sleep at night. Between weird dreams and having to pee, I'm not sure I sleep at all. It is still disturbing that I always wake up on my back too. I snore so loud it usually wakes Christopher up. This morning he was really sweet though and we cuddled for quite awhile before getting up.

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Over the weekend I went with Suzy and Sandi up Mt. Lemmon to take some photos of my pregger belly.
http://community.webshots.com/album/152675237TqWGIk
Suzy has a degree in photography and took the pictures. These were taken with my digital camera, Sandi also has some taken with hers (not posted as of today), and Suzy also took film. Some of them will be enlarged for me to keep. Smile I think they turned out really well. I had a great time on the trip both because of the company and because the weather was so much cooler than down at the house.

Don't forget to play the ExpectNet game at http://www.expectnet.com/game.php, the game name is littlechicken. Several people have already guessed - and Anita! you're going to get it. Make predictions like that an you are only jinxing yourself! haha Lol

Some friends stopped by on Sunday to drop off their swing. It is the only large item we didn't have that we wanted. It's on loan until Elias gets sick of it. Smile Thanks P and J!

Other than that, feeling pretty tired. Plan on doing some yoga when I get home and some work. Things are really busy at work right now aaaah, no rest for the wicked!

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Today my cousin's baby was born. They named her Brianna. I have not gotten all of the details because I am still at work but if I get more I will note them here. Smile

Last night after work Christopher and I did the yoga tape. It is getting harder and harder for me to do much of the stuff on there. My legs and feet are swelling a bit.

Christopher has now taken over the cooking. I had work to do last night but mostly I get really tired standing in the kitchen to do the cooking. He actually seems to be looking forward to doing it and I mentioned that we could find specials on fast food for nights when he just doesn't feel like it Lol

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This week has been rough. I had an appointment yesterday and talked to the np about the swelling in my hands and feet and legs. I am to lay down for at least 30 minutes as soon as I get home. I am not getting enough rest during the day and the swelling just builds up. I am also not supposed to eat any more salty foods. To help my hip problems I am supposed to take a bath before bed. Well, I did all of those things as recommended last night and I still could not get to sleep until 1 am and I woke up several times and Christopher actually rolled me over once and it hurt my hip soooo bad. I almost started crying.

This weekend I am going to rest and get as much sleep as possible so that I will be ready to go for next week!

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I've not been great about updating this lately.

Here's something that I left out. Christopher and I went to BRU last Wednesday night after we figured out that our refrigerator was not broken. We spent several hours contemplating which stroller to get and in the end decided not to get one. Ok, so this decision was more Christopher's than mine and Christopher says he will carry Elias around. We did get a sling and a Snuggli so we have something to help carry Elias. And, we can always go back and get one if we decide to later. We did end up getting everything we needed but did not have yet for Elias. I'm so relieved.

Over the weekend we finally got all of the stuff moved out of Elias' room and I put all of his baby things away. I finished washing everything. I love his little room.

I have been going to the bathroom alot more today than over the past few days. I am wondering if it is because some of my swelling is going down. I actually don't feel like I have sausage fingers. They were really stiff and sore when I woke up this morning but that has worked itself out.

Things are still really busy at work. I don't see an end in sight except maternity leave and that will be a different kind of busy. I don't know which I wish on myself except that after maternity leave, my belly won't be in my way when I walk through a door.

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Last night I packed my hospital bag. It is sitting in Elias' room which is on the way out the door. I just need to put in my wallet and cell phone on the way out. I am working on Christopher to get him to pack a bag too. He is allowed to be in the shower with me during labor but he has to have on a swim suit Biggrin The nurses said they get paid to see me naked but not him! :lol

I am being such a little piggy the last two days. I wanted cookies so I made a bunch and have been bringing them in for the teachers but I end up eating most of them. :-? They are just so good and tempting! I just don't want to end up weighing as much as Christopher. I am only 7 pounds away from that. I suppose I still look pretty good but that won't last with all of these cookes!! :roll:

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Well, it seems that everything I eat now is going to end up on my shirt. Today I spilled my eggs during breakfast, part of my peach during a snack, and ketchup during lunch. arg! I look like I have painted my shirt with food!

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What a busy weekend! Saturday I painted the doors to Elias's room, vacuumed, dusted, did 3 loads of laundry and hung them on the line, and went shopping for hours with Christopher. I was pooped! I went to bed at 9 pm after watching the series finale of Buffy and a random episode of Angel.

Sunday I had to finish the doors to Elias' room. Christopher hung them and the letter S that I had painted on Saturday. That just about finished his room. I do still need to get a diaper pail. I also sewed myself a new shirt, but I messed it up so I spent more time ripping out all of the seams than I did actually sewing the shirt.

Wonderoos is having a buy 2 get 1 free sale so on Friday I bought 18 all-in-one diapers. They are completely adjustable so that should be all of the diapers that we are going to need for Elias. I am so excited. They come in cool colors too. Here's the link to the site that contains info on the diapers. http://www.clothdiapersnmore.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=127&osCsid=18fa842249e3528a6084b54ef0b7e4c3 I was not going to buy all in one diapers but, a brand new diaper cover costs the same as one of the all in one diapers does. And you have to keep getting larger sizes of covers. So, there you go. I plan to cut up the old diapers that Mom used on me as a child and use them as inserts for these diapers. Smile I'm excited anyway.

Also on Friday I paid a woman in Phoenix using PayPal for a breastpump. I am excited to get that too. I have been thinking that I will pump some milk even while I am at home with Elias. First of all, that will help me to see that it is working for me and secondly so that Christopher can feed him out of a bottle. Elias needs to get some practice at that too so that when he goes to daycare it won't be such a shock!

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Last night when we got home there was a check from the insurance company waiting in the mail. I called and asked what was up. We had paid our insurance bill but it also comes out of our mortgage payment so we had double paid. It was so nice to get money back! Now we have the money to pay our car insurance. We went to Sonic for slushies to celebrate!

After getting home from Sonic I noticed that my right ankle was nonexistent. I sat in the chair for a bit hoping it would come back but ultimately ended up laying down in bed. It was better this morning but has started swelling again today. Earlier my hands had been really swollen too but that went away after I had a Coke. That was an interesting observation that I plan to talk to the doctor about on Thursday.

On Friday I also have an appointment with my PCP who might also be Elias' doctor. Smile

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Last night we finished Elias' room. Christopher decided that he needed some orange paint so we bought that at Home Depot and then we hung his quilt on the wall. Elias has the cutest room ever. I will try to take pictures soon and post them so everyone can see Smile

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Well, Christopher is off for his cousin's wedding. He left really early this morning (try 3am!!! :shock: ). I tried to sleep in but Noodle kept crying and then Christopher called me at 5:20 am. I was glad to hear he made it to Phoenix ok, but I wanted to sleep!

This morning I figured out that the cloth diapers my mom had for me as a baby fit inside of the Wonderoos and make them into a really nice diaper. Now I just have to figure out what kind of soap to wash the Wonderoos in....hmmm....

Last night Christopher finished all of the tile and then we put all of the furniture back in its place. We didn't get to bed until after 11pm. I'm beat but the house is looking great.

Have a good 4th everyone! 37 weeks tomorrow. Biggrin

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