Hey ladies! Our chat threads don't seem to take off very much but let's try this again.
How are you guys doing?
I'm doing pretty well. I'm feeling baby boy daily now and he seems to be getting stronger too. He normally starts kicking and rolling around every day at 10:30 am. LOL He's been really active today and it feels like I have a mini dolphin in my tummy.
I'm really excited to get the nursery started soon. I'm going to wait a few more weeks since I don't want to dismantle the guest room which will be the nursery just yet. I have some house guests that will be staying with us in a few weeks. After that I guess I'll have to start emptying out the room which will be a pain in the butt! lol Where in the heck am I supposed to put all the stuff? I guess we're going to have to rent a storage unit.
I have a nice stash of baby clothes going. I can't seem to help myself. I keep only buying clothes, shoes, toys and books. Oh yeah, I did buy a Medela PIS breast pump.
Pretty much the cat is out of the bag now. We told our immediate family at 16.5/17 weeks and somehow the news has spread to everyone!
What's going on with you guys?!
Things are going great here, DD is back to school which means back to the normal routine. I'm still gaging and puking several mornings a week but once it's over I'm usually fine for the day.
With school back in session and cooler fall temps I'm baking regularly which DH and his coworkers are very excited about (the boys love my cookies lol). Also now that I have loads of free time, I am getting back to my organizing projects that were put on hold for the summer. I'll be busy getting the house ready for baby for several months, we're shifting a few rooms around to accommodate the new nursery.
Congrats Jina on feeling baby move, it really is the best feeling in the world. I'm feeling movement more and more frequently but not regularly yet, just the 'bigger' movements so far.
Oh! I won tickets for one of the concerts during Harvest Jazz and Blues which is held back in our hometown. We're making an extra trip next weekend for it, super excited! It's an amazing event and the energy around town is out of this world. People come from all over the globe to attend every year.
Things are going pretty good here, but quiet.....for 3 weeks we were looking after my cousins dog, and we had to give him back last week
Jina, I can't wait to start doing our nursery too! I think we're going to start looking for furniture in the next month or so. And it must feel so good to have everything out in the open!! How did everyone react?
Crystal, that sucks that you're stillg etting sick! However....these cookies that you mention. Any chance of a recipe? I love baking, but get bored of making the same things over and over. How's your DD liking being back at school?
I'm feeling ok.....still dealing with pretty bad fatigue....I thought it was supposed to go away after the first trimester, but no such luck yet. It is better than before though, so that's a plus.
Other than buying the nedding set, we actually haven't bought anything for the baby.
I feel kinda like I should be, but I'm still having a hard time believing I'm pregnant! Does that sound strange? I think after we know the gender and I'm feeling baby a bit more it'll seem a lot more realistic and I'll feel a bit more in-tune with things.
And we booked ss trip for Thanksgiving.....we're going to San Francisco for a few days with my mom, brother, and his wife (the SIL who's also due in February), so looking forward to that, DH and I have never been there before
So let's hear how everyone else is doing, and if there's any lurkers out there, come say hi!!!
Jo I made basic chocolate chip cookies and whoopie pies. Plus I made some no bake chocolate oat cookies but I switched a few ingredients to make them dairy and gluten free for a friend who was coming for coffee. I often surf pinterest looking for some new inspiration for cooking and baking. I have so many pins now I need to start trying lol!
San Francisco sounds awesome! I'm thinking about trying to plan a girls trip to Bangor Maine for black friday shopping
Crystal, ugh! Sorry you're still getting sick. Sounds like you're really busy these days! Oh man cookies sound really good. I have a recipe for Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies that are seriously to die for. I LOVE them so much. I always make several different cookies for Christmas and mail them out to friends and family and year after year the Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies are a hit with everyone. How cool that you won tickets to the festival! That sounds like fun. I hope you guys have a blast. The Texas Fair is starting soon and I can't wait to go. I've never been and I've lived in Texas almost my entire life. Haha.
Jo, awww...sorry you had to give the pooch back. Do you guys have any pets? Yes, it does feel nice to have it out in the open. Everyone was very happy for us and most people were SHOCKED! lol A lot of people said they thought that we didn't want kids. I thought that was kind of rude to actually voice it to us but yeah...I guess I can see why they would think that. Ohhh...San Francisco sounds like so much fun. I love that city...it's so beautiful. I hope you guy have a wonderful time there.
I can't wait to see what everyone does with their nurseries. We'll have to start a nursery thread later and share pics when we're done.
What did you guys do over the weekend? We totally relaxed here and checked out a cute baby store in down town and went to Buy Buy Baby. I think we're pretty sure about what crib and glider we're getting. We're still debating between two strollers though. Checking out some of the bigger items is really making this feel more real to me. BUT, I'm STILL paranoid about buying the bigger stuff. I wonder if the paranoia will ever go away.
Jina & Jo you are almost half way there! Whoo hooo!! COngrats Girlies
It might take a while for the paranoia to go away, I hope it does though. You worked so hard and totally deserve this
The nursery stuff is stressing me out a bit, mainly because we have so much to do to empty out that room before we can even being to get organized. My MIL is buying us a crib and I'm putting her off for now because we simply have nowhere to put anything! 4 bedrooms in this house and we have nowhere to put even a box of diapers yet! I'm looking at probably 2 to 3 baby showers which will be great for gifts but yikes what will we DO with all that stuff! I'm starting to think we should have bought a bigger house....
Oh I found out today that we'll be getting an extra u/s! Because DD1 was born with a heart defect we will be getting a u/s where they do an echo-cardiogram on the baby to check for defects. We'll have to travel for it but that's ok, this way we'll be aware of any potential heart issues before the birth. In the event there's an issue (worse than DD's) we'd have to have the baby delivered at the IWK-Grace in Halifax but there's only a very slim chance of that.
Well, Happy Monday ladies! (Lol I know, no such thing as a good monday morning!). I swear....one of these times DH has GOT to let me go back to bed rather than going to work in the morning! I whine at him every day about it, I've got to be breaking him down by now!
Our weekend was good.....nice and relaxed! I think the next 3 or 4 weekends are already booked up, so it was great to just be lazy around the house for a few days.
Jina, I totally understand wanting the paranoia to go away!! I've been so hesitant to buy anything for this baby because of it! Funny enough, it's DH that's been wanting to go look at nursery furniture and strollers. I think we've decided on the stroller we want (the Bob Revolution) because it fits both of us easily and is so easy to move!
Crystal....well, hooray for an extra U/S, but I hope they don't find anything!!!
We have a 'meet the Dr' night at the hospital to go to tonight.....there's only 2 Dr's in the maternity practice we're seeing, but they have a network of 7 doctors in total that all rotate being on call that are all women. So with this practice, even if our main Dr isn't there to deliver for us, we've at least had a chance to meet the Dr who's doing the catching, and they're somewhat familiar with our files.
And we get our U/S this Wednesday!! We are finding out the gender, but the U/S tec's aren't allowed to say anything, so we have to wait until next week at the earliest when we go for our monthly checkup!
Other than that, I have a new pregnancy symptom that's driving me INSANE!!! I've been having baby brain pretty badly, and it's translated into talking now as well.....I stumble over so many words it's embarrassing. BUT now it's gotten into my typing too!! I swear, it's taking me at least 3 times as long to get something typed for work because it's IMPOSSIBLE to do it without massive type-o's!
I hate to tell you this Jo but the baby brain doesn't really go away... I'm still waiting 9 years later AND it's gotten worse with this pregnancy! I'm not sure how those women with 5 and 6 children cope lol I forget things all the time, for instance I get the dishwasher ready and forget to turn it on, I start a load of laundry but forget to close the lid so it fills up and stops, switch clothes to the dryer but never switch it ON, we were supposed to go to Maine last weekend but in my packing I forgot a few things, such as our PASSPORTS and DH's deodorant (he was smelly all weekend lol). I'm normally the one who remembers things but now DH with his senior citizen's memory has to step up to the plate... lol it's not going well!
Oh and I almost forgot to put tonight's dinner in the oven! As it is supper will be a bit on the late side...
Crystal, sorry the nursery planning is stressing you out. It's kind of stressing me out too. We have to empty out the guest room and rent a storage unit because we just simply do not have any extra room. When we bought this house 6 years ago we thought the place was HUGE after living in a 2 bedroom apartment. Plus, we weren't thinking about kids at all! I can't wait to buy a bigger house because there is NO way we can have another child in this house. lol Anyway, I'm sure everything will work out and once you empty out the room you can get to the fun part of decorating!!
Yay for the extra u/s!! I hope they don't find anything but I'm happy that you guys get to take a peek at your LO!
Jo, glad you guys had a nice relaxing weekend. Yay for deciding on a stroller! I'm having a hard time...I'm sure I won't actually decide between the two until the very last minute.
Have fun at the Meet and Greet. What a neat idea! Ahhhhh! Yay for your big u/s! I can't wait to hear all about it and see pics! I can't believe the techs can't tell you the gender! Grrr....lol...I'm very impatient!
I hear you guys about the pregnancy brain. I feel like a bumbling idot most days.
I can't believe we are almost half way there! I am just 16 weeks and finally starting to feel some flutters. DD is in Pre Kindergarten and is doing really well. DH and I have been encouraging her to have some self play time every day in her room so she will be used to playing alone for a bit when the baby comes. She is becoming quite independent and it is so cute to hear her play "tea party" with her dolls
I have been looking for what seems like forever for a winter coat since it gets down in the teens here for a while and winters can be quite chilly! Maternity coats are awful! They are all black (how depressing) and very blah. In my search for a coat with some color, I got online and chatted with a "Land's End" associate to gripe that they didn't have any maternity coats and she suggested I check out their plus size coats. Going off my chest measurements, adding 2" for growing, I found an adorable "swing jacket" that can fully extend to 62" comfortably. The main measurement was for my chest so I will probably be able to wear this even after I have the baby. It is rated for 5? to 25?. I can't wait to see it (crossing my fingers that it will work because the other options are so ugly LOL. I mean making a baby is on of the most amazing things we as women can do....we should feel fabulous while doing it!
Here is a link and a picture of the coat in case you all are trying to find a cute one as well...
Women's Plus Size Wool Swing Coat from Lands' End