Wednesday, November 30, 2011

8 weeks to go!

Can you believe it?  8 more weeks until I am 40 full weeks.  I told Jude he can come anytime after January 8th.  That is when one of my managers gets back from vacation and it is far enough from the holidays that his birthday will not be overlooked by anyone:)

I had a Drs. apt today and gained .6 lbs over the past 2 weeks.  I am unsure how considering I feel like all I have done is EAT!  I am starving all the time.  I eat and then 30 minutes later, I eat some more.  The total weight gain at this point is 17.6 lbs.  Liz said, “I just don’t know how you can be so huge and only have gained that much?!  No offense.”  Thanks babe;)

This belly is large and in charge.  (I just like that it rhymes)  I must say, there are certain things that have made this pregnancy good and I suggest if you are pregnant, that you get them:
1. Cheese and nuts.  Quick, easy protein that is delicious
2. A “boat ramp” as Liz calls it.  I have these little wedges that are for pregnancy massage that go under preggie bellies.  Life saver on comfort.  You just lay it under the belly when side lying and it feels so comfy.
3. A body pillow, or monkey.  I use a large monkey and arrange him comfortably, but most normal people would probably prefer a body pillow. (Liz is really embarrassed that I want the monkey to go to the hospital with us.  I figure if I am going to have tons of people staring at my private parts, she can carry a large monkey thru the hospital.  She can always tie a bow on him to make it look like he is for Jude)
4. An exercise ball.  No, not for exercise, but to roll your poor confused tail bone around on so it goes back to the place where it doesn’t hurt you:)
5. A fan on my side of the bed.  Poor Liz was freezing, so my own personal fan makes it so that I am not burning up all the time.

Everything is going fine as far as Jude goes. The dr, who is very laid back anyways, usually comes in and as long as my blood pressure and weight are fine, she measures the belly and says, “see you in 2 weeks”.  After my appointment in 2 weeks, they will start having me go to weekly appointments.  Crazy, right?  how did we get this far along.  Liz and I still marvel at how we are about to bring a bouncing baby boy into this world.  We wanted a baby for so long and it took us a while to get to the right place in our lives to do it, and then he took the first time and here we are.  8 weeks away from having our squirmy, poopy, amazing son here with us.  Amazing!

The weather has been amazing.  I finally let Liz turn on the heat at 66 degrees last night.  Our house has been getting down to 61 degrees at night and I have been loving every second of it!

We have our Austin baby shower this weekend and it is going to be a blast!  The hostest with the mostest has made a trivia game with 48 baby related trivia questions with 3 baby related activities between rounds.  There are going to be cupcakes and mimosas and lots of people there to shower little Jude with gifts and love.  My mom and brother are even coming to town for it.  I get to show my little brother, whose birthday is today and he should be 28 today, my spa.  Right now, they put up all the Christmas trees, which are amazing, and he is excited to sit in the steam room and swim.  My mom is excited to get a massage when she is here.

I am feeling moody lately.  Teary eyed about different things.  Most of it is from being excited and joyous, which is good.  Yesterday I was mad at all the stuff we have to do for the social worker and today, I am happy to run around and get stuff done all day.

Speaking of the social worker, jeez.  21 pages of questions, 2 hours of interview, a measurement of our house, references from friends and family, the list goes on.  All because Liz does not have a penis.  Sheesh!  We are scrambling to get it all together before Jude gets here, along with all the stuff we need to do before Jude gets here.  We have a lot of his stuff done, which is good.  I am going to install the base of the car seat today.  It looks simple enough:)

Well, I better get back to cleaning before my mom and brother get into town.  I hope you are all enjoying this cold weather as much as I am!

Monday, November 28, 2011


Ugh, I'm sick.  I've been sick since Friday and I'm really tired of it.  I can't tell if it is allergies or an actual cold, but either way, it sucks.  Being sick while you are at home isn't too bad, lying on the couch, watching movies and taking naps.  But being sick at work is the worst.  I'm sniffling, coughing, my head feels fuzzy, my throat hurts and I feel hot and then cold.  And it's just too busy at work for me to call out and take a sick day.  Also, medicine wise, nothing is helping.  I'm taking combos of allergy medicine and cold medicine and in the end I just feel dehydrated and weird.  I'm hoping that this funk I'm in is allergy related and goes away soon because I have so much to do this week.  Our Austin baby shower is this weekend and so my mother in law and brother in law are coming into town to go and are staying with us.  Which means that I've got to get the house cleaned, go grocery shopping, work, get over my cold, go to birthing class and pick up a few last minute things for the shower all by Thursday because they get here Friday right after work.  Too much to do when all you want to do is lay in bed. 

But I am really looking forward to our baby shower.  It's going to be so much fun.  S and I went and got 12 bottles of champagne last week for Mimosas along with prizes for our diaper raffle.  I'm also looking forward to our last ultrasound on Friday.  We are taking S's mom to do a 3D ultrasound since she wasn't here to go to the last one.  Of course, now that we have done so many and already booked and paid for our last one is when we get flooded with information from our birthing class and what to expect emails about the dangers of ultrasounds.  I'm not too worried about it, but I wish I had known there was any sort of risk/issue with them before we went and had 6 of them.  Of course, 4 of them were with our doctor's office so we couldn't control that.  Oh well.  I'm still looking forward to seeing our baby boy.
Hope everyone week is starting out a bit better than mine!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Very Thankful

Because tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I'll be cooking all day, I thought today would be a better time to write my Thanksgiving post.  I'm so excited for tomorrow, I love Thanksgiving.  I love to cook and feed people, I love gathering the folks I love.  It's stressful, but also so peaceful, and fun and delicious all rolled up and baked into one giant turkey, which I have named Frank.  It's Franksgiving at our house tomorrow.  And I'm also excited because I'm making not only a 15lb turkey named Frank for 5 people (one of which is a vegetarian), but also because I'm making not one, not two, but three different potato dishes.  At first I thought, no, I won't make that third dish, three potato dishes at one meal is ridiculous, but then I say, hey, it's Franksgiving and if there was ever a meal that could get away with three different potato dishes, it's this one.  So I'm totally doing it.  There will be mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and funeral potatoes.  YUM!

Enough about the food though. I wanted to say that I have so much to be thankful for this year.  I have an amazing wife who is doing a great job growing our little boy.  I am so lucky to have her and so lucky that even after almost ten years together we are still so happy and so in love.  I am so thankful for my baby boy, who joins us in just about two months!  I am so excited to meet him and love him and have our family grow.  I am so thankful for all of our friends and family who are so supportive and loving.  We wouldn't be having this baby without them, it takes village afterall, and our village is pretty extraordinary.  And last, I have to say that I am thankful for all of you who read this blog, who follow along on our adventures, who support and encourage us.  We started this blog for us, just something to document our life and this process and we have made some great friends along the way and really feel like we are part of a larger community, which is not something we ever expected.  Thank you for reading and being a part of our life.  I hope that your Thanksgiving is happy, full of good food and most importantly, full of love.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Out pour of love

The spa had a baby shower for me.  I was pretty nervous about it since I am a higher up boss and didn’t want anyone to feel weird about it.  It ended up being perfect.  People made my favorite foods and all were so excited to give me baby gifts!  Then, the whole week, I got more baby gifts from people who were not able to make it to the shower.  We were so touched by the out pour of love from all of my employees!  We got tons of cute outfits, gift cards, some of the practical stuff and just really nice cards and thoughts.  One of my employees took a huge box and made us a first aid kit so we have little baby medicines and stuff for Jude too.

I then spent a few hours fussing with Jude’s stuff.  We got a toy box, so now all his toys are in it.  I took the tags off of his clothing and cleared a cabinet in the bathroom and in the kitchen for his stuff.  It really feels like he is coming soon to me now.  I don’t know why the fact that he has a cabinet in the kitchen and bathroom makes it feel more immediate, but it does.

I don’t think there is much left on the registry at this point.  We still have our biggest shower, the Austin shower, and we have so much of what we need for Jude already.  People were even smart about it and got him larger sized clothes, not just newborn, so he has outfits thru 6 months at this point.  I am very excited to go on a baby shopping spree with all the gift cards we received at this point.  Liz and I have not bought much baby stuff, so it will be fun after our last shower to go baby buying crazy and get the last of what we need for our little man.  Speaking of, have you seen the new Gwen Stefani line of stuff at Target.  So very cute!!

I am starting to feel really pregnant.  I don’t think the next month or two will be very fun for me to run around the spa.  My feet swell, my hips hurt off and on and this belly is now something to be reckoned with.  It takes a bit to get up and down and I can no longer really bend down and pick stuff up.  Fortunately my spa family is very supportive not only in their gift giving and love, but also in helping me with stuff.  I have not had a single person complain when I ask them to move a box and have even had people get mad at me when I do things they believe I should not be doing at this point.

Jude is active as ever.  We went and saw Breaking Dawn last night and he was kicking thru a large part of the movie.  There was one scene when the wolves were running and howling and he went nuts.  I think that makes him Team Jacob like me! :)  I think between the milkshake and the loud noise and I was sitting still after being on my feet all day, he was ready to do somersaults thru the movie.  I thought the movie was okay.  I liked it the least out of all of them, but am still happy we went and saw it.  There are only so many movies left until Jude is here and it will be harder to go then.

I think they are going to start a pool at work on when Jude is going to get here.  I am happy for him to arrive any time after January 8th.  He is not due until January 23rd and my psychic at work said he would come on January 27th.  We will see.  I just hope he makes it in the oven thru the holidays as no one likes to have their birthday around a major holiday.  I just really don’t want him to go all the way thru February since that means he will be late and I imagine the bigger he gets, the more I will want to take off work before his arrival.  I am trying to work until he gets here so I have the full 12 weeks with him.  I don’t see the point in staying home and waiting on him to come, but I imagine that will sound really nice as I get bigger and bigger.

All in all, I am to the moon in love with this little boy.  I am so excited to make him and meet him when he finally gets here.  He recognizes Liz’s voice and goes crazy for her.  She has been laying on my stomach and talking to him and he kicks her face all over the place.  It is really cute.  This little man is going to turn our world upsidown and I am excited for it!  I have no doubt he is going to run this household once he gets here!

Friday, November 18, 2011

31 Week Bump Picture!

OK so it has been a while since we posted a bump picture and honestly, it's because we haven't been very on the ball with taking belly shots recently.  So here it is, in all of it's roundness, S at 31 weeks.
Behind S you can see some of the letters for our alphabet wall.  All of the letters are in and hanging up.  They are so far just put up with push pins because we are still waiting to get them just right before we hang them up with nails.  But they look great.  Hopefully I will get them up and take some pictures to post next week.

And as of last night, I think it is official, S is finally nesting.  So far with a few exceptions I have been the one doing all of the nesting around the house but this week S put together the stroller and last night spent an hour or two putting things away and cleaning out cupboards in the kitchen and bathroom and filling them with baby stuff.  It's cute to see her nesting and wanting to get stuff done.  And now that the stroller is put together, we let our first "baby" take it out for a test drive.

This is our pug, Pedro.  Pedro thought that the whole thing was pretty weird.  He didn't really get what we were up to and was nervous the whole time he was in the stroller.  Oh, and what is the deal with strollers being so very hard to open and close and car seats being so confusing?  I swear our car seat has at least 10 different buttons on it and I have no idea what most of them do.  Better start practicing soon!

Also, a big congrats to our friends Kayan and Marc!  Their baby girl was born yesterday and boy oh boy is she a cutie!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Peaceful Saturday Night

     It’s 9:30 on Saturday night and I’m drinking a glass of cold, sweet sangria in my living room.  The windows are open and there is a slight cool breeze coming in.  The house is so quite, the little lady went to bed five minutes ago, I have a new book downloaded to the kindle and Saturday Night Live is on in an hour.  I spent the afternoon making delicious carnitas and then after dinner curled up in bed with the little lady to watch a movie in bed.  It has been a wonderful, quiet, peaceful Saturday night and I couldn’t be happier.

      I’m really making an effort to treasure this time, as it fully hit me earlier today just how little of this time we have left.  And don’t get me wrong, I couldn’t be more excited to have this baby on the way, to be a mother in ten short weeks.  I can’t wait for everything to change and get flipped upside down by my little Jude.  And it’s happening so soon that I can’t help but feel like my days like this are numbered and not to be squandered.

     Ten more weeks till our little one is here, ten more Saturdays like this one.  It also freaks me out that I still have so much left to do around the house before he is here and I don’t actually have ten Saturdays to do it all, I actually only have six.  Between Thanksgiving, a baby shower, Christmas, and New Years, all being such busy times, I’m crossing them off the list of potential days to get anything done.  So tomorrow it’s time to crack the whip and get to work.  So that is the plan, to get started tomorrow.

    But tonight, tonight is for drinking sangria, enjoying the breeze, and crossing my fingers that Saturday Night Live is actually funny tonight.
Hope your evening is as pleasant as mine.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Baby shower-yeah! Contraction- Ouch!

We had our first baby shower this weekend.  It was great!  We caught up with old friends and got tons of great baby stuff!  People cannot resist buying outfits for Jude!  We got tons of REALLY cute outfits for him.  Along with a bunch of other things.  It was great to see everyone that was there and there were 4 babies and some kiddos in attendance (not including another preggie that was there too!).  The babies ranged from 5 days old to 2 years old.  So cute and so many different personalities and all of them were chill thru the shower.

We also went to the lawyer today and signed all of our documents from Wills to Rights of Attorney to who Jude goes to.  Crazy!  I think I was more nervous for the second part we did, which was Liz is officially on my account and closes her account this week.  After 9 years, we finally have joint accounts!  Money makes me nervous and I am very intense about it, so it is good to combine now and work out all the kinks before Jude is here on top of that.

On a negative note, it was a long drive home.  It was raining the whole way back and I had my first major contraction.  It was weird.  I had a belly ache all day (which I don’t really get) but figured it was from Jude’s feet being in my belly or a burger I ate earlier.  It hurt off and on the whole drive, so I made Liz drive and stretched out.  It felt better, so I volunteered to drive and blam-o, insane pain.  The strange part was it was my stomach, not low down, so I knew I was not in labor, but that was about all I knew.  I got off the highway as quickly as I could and paced, cussing and confused until it passed.  I called my Dr. and she said it was “false labor” and that it it fine unless it starts to happen at regular intervals and then I would need to go in for monitoring.  I was not happy with that since I was on my way back from Oklahoma in the middle of nowhere Texas.  I was crossing my fingers it would not continue.  It felt fine and then we stopped to get gas and I threw up for what felt like forever, right there at the pump.  Yuck!   After that, I felt fine.  The Dr said to hydrate and relax, so that is what I have been doing.  I feel fine today and we ran around and took care of all kinds of things, so I think it is just going to happen sometimes.  What sucked about it (well on top of it in general) is is hurt to breathe during it.  There was no way I could do stomach breathing thru it when it hurt to breathe during and after it.

Jude is non the wiser.  He is crazy kicking around in there today.  He gave Liz a good kick fest for the past few hours and is still going at it.  Crazy baby!  Or as I like to say: “cwazy baby!”.  He even got the hiccups earlier.  This week he practices breathing, so he is more likely to get them due to that.  How cute is that?!

Thank you everyone who came to Jude’s first party!  I just hope in the future he does not party so hard he has contractions the next day!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Getting Excited

As soon as this boring work day wraps up, the little lady and I are hopping in the car for the drive to Tulsa, and we couldn't be more excited.  It's going to be a long drive, a little over 8 hours of road trip fun, but the last few hours of the drive we pick up my brother who will graciously drive the rest of the way for us.  Hurray for baby showers and hurray for seeing everyone!  It's going to be so fun and we have a lot of good times to pack into this short weekend.  Saturday night I'm really excited to go see my little brother play in the Tulsa Symphony.  I haven't ever gotten to see him play before and he is really a talented musician.  We are also meeting up with my childhood BFF for pizza at the restaurant where S and I met (not the exact one, but one of them), the Hideaway.  If you are ever in Oklahoma, the Hideaway is some seriously great pizza.  And then on Sunday the main event, our first baby shower.  We've got friends, a sister in law, family, childhood BFFs, and even a friend flying in from Colorado who are all going to be at the event.  It's going to be epic.

We have also gotten a lot of great stuff for Jude this week. I wish I had pictures to show you all, maybe next week, but we got all of our letters for our alphabet wall.  They are all so amazing, it's going to be the coolest thing ever.  And also a guy that S works with got us these two little paintings made by a local artist that are really cool and match Jude's room.  Then yesterday we got home and there was the sweetest package from one of our friends who doesn't live in town.  She sent us the cutest hand made dinosaur onesie, along with lots of other cute clothes, these awesome baby books that have art by famous artist, along with some other fun baby toys.  It was like mini Christmas opening up all of the fun stuff she sent.  It is just amazing to see all of the love that our friends and family already have for little Jude, who they haven't even met yet.  It really touches my heart to see it.  He is going to be so happy and loved!

I'll post updates about the baby shower next week, so stay tuned and have a happy weekend yourself!