Monday, December 28, 2009


Mommyhood right now means no sleep. My guy gets up every two hours and though I love to snuggle at all hours in the morning, the time for me to return to work is creeping up quickly and I just can't function with this lack of sleep. We, of course, get all kinds of "great" advice on how to have him sleep through the night, but I am not about to take it. Especially when it involves those dreaded words "cry it out"...

Let's be clear that there is no fucking way I will let my kid cry it out. I have spent the last four months trying to have him cry the least amount possible, so it is counter productive to let him cry until he is in so much distress he finally just passes out...

So what is a tired mommy to do? Lots of Wine? No... Sedation (for either me or him)? No...

So I brought a book and it has many suggestions. One suggestion is to have a schedule/routine... I cherish our freedom to come and go as we please, but the time has come to become fully immersed in this parenthood business... Especially if it means more sleep and no crying it out. So bedtime is now 8:35pm and we have a bedtime routine

In other news... Charlie is four months old!

He eats solids (rice cereal, bananas, and sweet potatoes are his favs), rolls from his belly to back, smiles and giggles. He also hold his head really well so no more bobble head baby for us! I cannot believe how fast he is growing. I want him to stay little forever because I just love cuddling him so much!

Also... We have started trying for number two... Are we crazy? Hell yes we are! But since the first one took 2+ years we figured we better get a jump on it. Eek bad word choice, but then again I am a sleep deprived mommy so please forgive me.

Finally, Happy Holidays! Charlie met Santa and for the big day, we ran between our family's homes on Christmas then went Up North to celebrate Charlie's first Christmas. He got a shit ton of toys and clothes and Santa brought Charlie a highchair for Christmas. It was awesome to finally kind of enjoy the holidays all thanks to Charlie. I am not certain of our New Year's plan, but I know Charlie will be there because I am not leaving him yet. Also, our resolution is to recycle... For the sake of Charlie's future.

Since my kid is crying I must run, but here is the most recent picture of Charlie for your viewing pleasure!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Okay already...

Tonight my child has started on solids!

According to everyone, my child will now...
Sleep through the night,
Stop spitting up,
Won't always cry and look so hungry,
Stop nursing every two hours,
Sleep in his own crib,
Solve global warmimng...

Okay, so the last one is mine, but can you tell how much advice I have been getting lately?


People drive me bat shit crazy with all of their input, but anyway he started them and he did really well. It is slightly early, but the pedi gave the okay and Tony is off work this week so we went for it.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

To be quite frank...

I hate sharing my baby...

Friday, November 27, 2009

Something to be thankful for...

I have a moment to blog!

My little one is sleeping and my husband is out shopping. He is a die hard cheep ass, so the day after Thanksgiving sales give him a major hard on... Me personally, I can pass because I really hate people. So, he is off with our gal pals scoping out great deals on baby clothes and other junk while I am at home snuggled in our warm bed.

In other news...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Obviously if you have ever read any entry is my blog you know how thankful I am to be blessed with a child. Last year at this time, I felt so defeated and depressed and I thought this would never happen. Now, I am living my dream come true. I can honestly say I have loved every minute of being a mom and I am not just blowing smoke up your ass and being all guppy. I truly know what I have been blessed with and I will never take that for granted.

Now that my little guy is just over three months old, it is so neat to see how he has grown. He went from this sleepy snuggler to a kicking, smiley, giggly boy. Everyday he does something new and I love being able to watch as he grows. I finally left him to go get a massage and although I missed him like crazy, it was a well deserved break for me. Life with a baby has brought so many changes. I never used to laugh at farts, but now I can't help but giggle when my little one rips a man sized fart then smiles. Also, puke (spit-up) used to make me gag and now I am immune.

I some how have gotten a block and can write no more so until next time...

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Life with a baby...

Life with a baby is so different...

Before, I could go to the store at the drop of a dime...
And now, I have a buddy that needs to be fed before leaving and two hours into the trip.
I love it.

Before, my husband I and cuddled each other...
And now, a little boy receive those hugs and kisses.
I love it.

Before, I swore like a sailor...
And now, I still do but not within earshot of the wee one because I don't want him to be the kindergartner that says fuck.
I love it.

Before, I would be embarrassed to sing even my favorite songs out loud...
And now, I blurt out ridiculous lyrics that don't even make sense just to calm the little guy.
He loves it!

Before, I had time...
And now, there isn't enough...

Before I could write a blog entry in 5 minutes...
Now it takes me two days!

All the changes are awesome and I cherish every moment because I know time flies and before we know it our little boy won't be so little anymore. Also, because he is our miracle... I will forever be grateful for these changes.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


My baby boy slept through the night last night! Lets hope he does it again tonight! As soon as he masters sleeping through the night, we'll start working on getting him in his own bed and out of ours. Peanut has his two month appointment tomorrow. I am going without Tony and I am totally nervous because Charlie is getting some shots and I HATE to hear the pain wails of my little guy. Hopefully all goes well.

In other news, we'll be going up north this weekend with the in laws to cut Christmas trees from their farm. I am totally bummed that I have to share my little guy all weekend. I am so used to having him to myself during the day. At night Tony and I fight over who gets to hold the baby and who gets to change his diapers. I cringe at the though of going back to work because my Charlie time will be significantly decreased and that makes me so sad.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

9 Weeks...

The little man has been in our lives for two months and everyday I fall more and more in love with him. He is cooing and smiling so much now, but I have yet to capture his grin in a photo. He doesn't sleep through the night, but he does really well at going back to sleep after feeding him. Our days are spent cuddling each other and visiting the grandparents. I love seeing the new little things he does each day before anyone else. He is so much more alert now, so we are always talking, singing and playing goofy games that make him smile. I am so glad I took work off until January, although the thought of leaving him even then makes me so sad. I can't even leave him for a few hours yet because I am so attached. He will visit the pediatrician for his two month appointment next week and I can't wait to see how much he has grown. He is just perfect and makes me melt every time I see his little face.

Okay enough...

I know my blog has turned into gushy mushy parent talk...

Someday maybe I'll write a witty post about poop or something, but for now...

Some pictures!

2 Months Old Today!
Mr. October

Happy Halloween!

Playing in the leaves...

So Sleepy!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Call me crazy...

It may be the lack of sleep or maybe the spit-up fumes have gotten to me, but I want another baby ASAP! Call me crazy, but I love being a mom. LOVE IT. It is better than I could have ever imagined and everyday is such a blessing. I have so much love for this little guy and I have no doubts that if we are blessed with another, my love will be just as strong. I truly feel fulfilled.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Some pictures of the first month...

One month today!

First tub bath

First trip to the beach where mommy and daddy got engaged

Our screech owl


Our little chubby cubby

Pissed off!

Pissed off again at his first doctor's appointment...
(Don't worry Charlie Baby, I too cry when I am getting weighed)

Going home from the hospital (looking kind of like a girl with those mittens)...

Baby Feet

Our new family!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

1 Month and 2 Days

Since I have become a mommy, I also have become a bad blogger.


I will get pictures up soon because I am one of those parents that is convinced my kid is the cutest.

I can't believe one month ago he was just arriving. I sort of feel like an old pro at the parenting thing. I don't feel overly tired and I think I can tell what he wants pretty easily. I stress out about nursing because I feel like I am doing it all of the time and that I am not producing enough. I also stress out when I have visitors because he seems to cry in other people's arms and I hate hearing him cry. We get out of the house frequently because I'd go stir crazy if not but it is always a challenge packing him and his stuff up to go. I have not left him yet nor do I plan on doing so for a little bit longer. The grandparents keep hassling us to leave him, but he is only a month old. Plus, I wouldn't have had kids if I was going to just pawn them off so I could do as I please.

Charlie has his 1 month check-up this week. I am anxious to see how he has grown. He will also be getting a couple of shots this time as well. I am not looking forward to the shots and I think I will let daddy deal with that as I step out of the room.

I am recovering well. I have turned my nose up at that whole 6 week recovery deal. I am feeling like I am ready to be back to my normal self again. I have decided not to return to work until the end of January so I am getting all of that business settled.

That is all for the boring blog update. I swear soon this blog will again contain swearing and all the humor that probably drew you to reading it!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

3 Weeks

Holy Hannah!

Time flies...

Little guy is almost a month old!

He is starting to become more aware of his surroundings. He knows his momma and I love that I am just about the only one who can get him happy as soon as he hits my arms. His daddy continues to be amazing by helping us do just about everything I need on top of working so I can stay home with our little guy.

I don't feel sleep deprived because my little one goes to bed around 11:30 after eating and a diaper change and wakes around 5am for a quick (30 minutes) snack and another diaper change then back to sleep until 8ish. He just finally got his first bath in the tub and loved it. I'll post pictures soon... I love him so much. He is such a good baby.

Our up north trip went great. We drove all the way through because he slept the whole time. We even fit all of the baby paraphernalia for the weekend in my VW Bettle.

This week we have discovered baby wearing. I got my wrap from the Etsy store Lovely Duds and the minute I put my little guy in he was soothed. I get so much done now that he is contently snuggled close.

He is truly a dream come true and we are so blessed.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Guess what?

My baby is gaining weight! This means my boobs are doing their job! He weighed 8 pounds 2 ounces at his 1 week appointment and 8 pounds 12 ounces at his two week appointment.

We are heading up north this weekend out of necessity not pleasure. I am not fond of traveling 3.5 hours with a newborn and all of his belonging in my VW Beetle, but we'll be alright I am sure.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Almost 2 weeks...

Now that my child has been lulled asleep to the sounds of Run DMC and Aerosmith's "Walk This Way" I have a free hand to blog.

Life with a baby is amazing.

I hate that there are people that deserve this and are struggling. I pray every day that God keeps my baby safe and that those struggling couples get to experience this. I am so blessed. One year ago I was morning my second loss, now I am snuggling the love of my life.

Charlie has had endless visitors. He is such a popular man especially among the grandparents. I am happy to report that we have successfully kept this little guy alive for almost two weeks. He is nursing fairly well and on Thursday, hopefully, we'll learn that he is growing well as he has his 2nd visit to the pediatrician. The first visit was rough on me. He hadn't gained any weight and I felt horrible because I am nursing exclusively. The doctor assured us this was normal, but I still felt like shit. Our baby sleeps very well. He only wakes up once or twice in the night. At first he stayed awake all night earning the title of Mommy's Little Owl, but he has since figured things out and kept the Owl nickname because he screeches like a little owl.
I am recovering very well. You could barley tell that almost two weeks ago, I had major surgery. Stairs are hard and by night I am moving slow, but I feel great. I love that I will never have to go through labor ever again because I had a c-section and will need to deliver this way in any subsequent pregnancies.

My little man just shit so loud that he woke himself up so I need to take care of business, but I will leave you with a couple cute pictures of our baby bear.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The Birth of Charlie!

For those few and faithful blog readers, I am sorry I haven't updated. Last Monday at my scheduled doctor appointment Charlie decided to be a little lazy and not move during his ultrasound so my doctor decided to induce me. I went straight from the appointment to the hospital. Throughout the rest of the day, I was given a drug to soften my cervix and prepare it for labor because I was still high and only dilated to 1 cm. Bright and early Tuesday, I showered and then was put on Pitocin. Pitocin is the devil in every way and someday I will blog about that, but since I only have a few minutes, I will stick to the basics. Anyway, I labored for 3 hours without the epidural and then couldn't take it anymore. The epidural worked for the first two hours, but then started to become ineffective so I defaulted to cursing to ease the pain. Tony was AMAZING through all of this because he just let me do what I needed to do. The cursing did not help the pain, but one amazing nurse suggested I get on all fours and this position made labor bearable. At 6:30 pm I was checked again and I had only dilated to 5cm. Because Charlie looked like he might be in distress, my doctor decided to do a c-section. I was so incredibly scarred to have a c-section, but it was clear that it was the best decision at that point.

Things moved really quickly after the decision to section was made. At 7:04pm our beautiful boy Charlie was born weight in at a whooping 9 pounds 2 ounces and 21.25 inches long. He is perfect in every way. Tony stayed with Charlie after delivery and I went to recovery. Charlie and I got to see my in recovery because he had low blood sugar and I insisted that no bottles be given so I could establish breastfeeding.

Recovery was rough. It was so difficult to move the first few days, but by the third day I was able to move quite well. We stayed in the hospital until Friday and we are now adjusting to life at home. My baby boy is perfect in every way and we are so in love. Breastfeeding is going pretty well and adjusting to life as a mom has been pretty smooth with a couple of bumps along the way. Tony has been the best husband ever and I love and appreciate him so much more than I ever have. I have so much more I want to write, but Grandma is visiting and I have to clean up my house at least a little bit.

Us after I was first admitted

Charlie right after he was born

Charlie all ready to go home!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Preparing to give birth!

Now don't get all excited because I am still closed up tighter than Fort Knox, but many people have asked about how I plan to give birth and if I am choosing to get an epidural or not. Indeed I am getting an epi, (drugs are great!) but some people may not realize that you have to be quite far along before they'll give you one.

Because I am prepared, I have been practicing other strategies to cope until they give my those glorious drugs...

It is swearing...
I love to swear and don't get to do it nearly enough...
You may be giving me the side eye on this technique, but it is researched based...

Check this link out for more information...

I go to see the doctor tomorrow... I will give an update upon returning!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

The 23rd...

Dear Charlie,
The 23rd is a great day for a birthday... It is my favorite number!
Love you,

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The good, bad and other...

The good news:
Charlie is doing great. His little heart is ticking away and he seems to be happy and healthy according to Dr. Hardas.

The bad news:
No progress. I am still only dilated to 1cm and nothing has changed in the last three weeks... 1cm is like the size of a Cheerio and 10cm is like the size of a bagel... I am never going to have a baby...

The other news:
She said she would induce around the end of the month so I won't be pregnant forever...
And I can't deliver on August 22nd because the CRIM (a local race) is happening and she will be running in it... Also, the CRIM route makes my hospital impossible to get to because the race basically shuts down all the streets surrounding it...

Also a tip:
Never, EVER go grocery shopping when you are 40 weeks pregnant alone... Groceries are heavy and pee breaks never cease...

Come out baby Charlie... Mommy is no good at being pregnant anymore and she just wants to meet you already!

Friday, August 14, 2009

An Eviction Notice....

Charles Frederick Murphy,
This is your official eviction notice! You need to exit my uterus ASAP! I know that it is comfortable in there, but your daddy and I promise to provide as many cuddles as you need to be comfortable out here. Your room is ready, there is food for you, and you have many, MANY people ready to meet you. If you refuse to exit me, I will be forced to do anything in my power to get you out including vigorous massage of my ankles, eating spicy foods and perhaps even sex as a last resort. It is time... You are ready... We are ready... You need to join us out here ASAP.
Thank you,
Your Loving Mommy

PS: When you do decide to exit, please leave your home in good condition. I may just be crazy enough to rent it out again someday to your future sibling(s)...

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

A little late...

But I figured I'd post some pictures from my showers. All three of them were wonderful and we got some pretty amazing gifts. We are very blessed to have generous family and friends. I have also posted some other random pictures for your viewing pleasure!

Here are a couple from the shower my mom threw for me...

Me, My Mom and Grandpa

The Hubby and I

Me and my BFFs

Here is one from the shower that his mom and sis threw for us...
Yes... We wore the same thing to both... Finding a dress is a PITA and I insist that my husband's attire complements my attire for events like this :)

And here is a picture of Tony at our baby class... He diapered our bear very well and so I have high hopes that he will do great when Charlie arrives!

And even though this is unrelated...
Here is a picture of Tony and I on our 3rd Anniversary in Canada (July 8th, 2009)!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A lazy baby...

Ladies and Gents, we have a lazy baby on our hands!

His lack of movement not only concerns myself, but also my doctor. Dr. Hardas said that everything looks great with Charlie (blood flow, fluid level, cord condition, etc.) but she is concerned and now has me doing kick counts 3x's per day. If I don't get 10 movements in one hour, I have to drink something sweet and cold and try again, if I still don't count 10 movements within an hour, I am to go to the hospital ASAP. She said she is not going to take any chances and that she would deliver if there is low movement because she doesn't want to take any chances. I am still only dilated 1 cm and my cervix is posterior. No progress since last week... Also, she thinks that my due date is more likely to be the 24th as opposed to the 17th... Errrr... Even though it is only a week extra, I feel a little crabby about getting time added. Oh well, this baby will come when he is ready and not a moment before then. Plus, this means that I will likely get to use more paid vacation time. Woot!

I am slowly trudging through the lesson planning and Tony has put the shelves back in the closet... Day by day we are getting ready to meet our little guy!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Ultrasound Update

Today we had a growth ultrasound. Our little guy is looking good even though it is hard to tell from the pictures we got. Below is one of his face. In real life you can see his chubby little cheeks. I am so excited to kiss those cheeks soon. He currently weighs in at about 7 pounds, 8 ounces. This can be off by a pound or two so I am not investing too much in this number.

The picture below verifies that Charlie is indeed a Charlie and not an Evelyn. This was one of the first shots the tech got so I am assuming our little boy takes after his dad in that he has little modesty.

Everything went pretty well today and I have my weekly appointment tomorrow. The only thing our tech mentioned was that our little man wasn't moving like expected and said to mention it to Dr. Hardas. This bit of information was concerning but she also said that he was "breathing" well and the cord was not around his neck so we'll just wait and see what doc says tomorrow.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

A Quick Trip to L&D...

Saturday night I drug Tony into labor and delivery per request of my doctor. Throughout the day I felt very little movement and was quite concerned by nightfall so when I called Dr. Hardas she suggested a trip to Labor & Delivery to be monitored. I now feel like that mom because everything turned out to be ok. I don't really regret going, but I am pretty embarrassed that I was alarmed for nothing. I feel bad for dragging Tony to the ghetto at 11pm. The experience was pretty eye opening though and I am very much afraid of having him as my support person now. I should start by saying nobody is perfect, but I just don't know if I can handle him when I am in pain and here is why:

Walking in the nurse asks "Do you have any other kinds of concerns and he loudly blurts out "Oh she is really gassy" in front on all of Triage to hear... Awesome... Actually, I have not had that particular symptom, but thanks for making a joke about me...

Then they gave me a gown which had no way to close in the back except for at the top of the neck... He of course starts laughing at me and my exposed ass... Awesome Again...

Then, once I get in the bed and hooked up to the monitors and he snaps a picture... Now if you've read my birth plan you know that it is likely that I will shank anyone who takes a photo of me when I am in hospital garb looking like shit and well last night I really did not want my picture taken, but he did anyway and proceeded to tell me that he was going to text people and tell them it was "time" as a joke... Could have shoved that phone right square up his ass...

Finally, silly me, was complaining about how uncomfortable I was so my lovely husband starts to adjust the bed... This sounds helpful, but it is very difficult to do kick counts when the bed is moving up and down and being giggled like mad crazy...

Although everything turned out fine with Charlie, my blood pressure was pretty high and that concerned the nurse a little bit... I have no doubts that this was my husbands fault 100% completely as I never EVER have had any blood pressure issues... I am truly scarred of how the big day is going to go and need to figure out a way to keep my husband occupied while I pop this baby out. I can't handle his humor, I am too hormonal for it all. I now have a new worry...

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Tuesday Update

Week 38...

FYI: I am updating while I'm waiting for Tony to arrive home with Chinese take out... Mmmm Egg rolls!

The doctor said I am now dilated 1 cm and we scheduled a growth ultrasound for next Monday! I can hardly wait to see the little guy on the screen, but he needs to stay in for as long as possible. The closer he is born to the first day of school (August 31st), the more I get paid for my sick time and mommy needs a paycheck!

I am still feeling pretty well, but I get tired really quickly and bending over sucks. Lately my big thing has been freezing meals and treats for after Charlie arrives. I have not gotten the cleaning urge yet and I am starting to wonder if I ever will. I have also had this major issue with grumpiness. Sorry Tony... I just have little patience right now and it doesn't take too much to set me off.

This week I have been up to the great task of updating our "budget". I use the term loosely because honestly we don't really live on a budget. Because I have been off for internship and I am trying to determine when to go back to work (6 weeks after delivery or wait until the semester end in January), we need to know where we are at and see what is feasible. Staying out for the semester doesn't look too promising right now, but I am crunching some numbers and seeing where we can cut back easily.

Current To Dos Include:
Double check that hospital bags are completely packed and ready to go
Finalize life insurance policy
Complete lesson plans
Get shelves back in nursery (Tony's Task)
Finish shower thank yous
Complete birth announcement address labels
Start/ complete thesis
Get 100 agency internship hours
Last minute shopping for baby
There is more to do, but I really am having trouble focusing on anything but egg rolls right now...

Current Baby Baking Progress:
Your baby is producing surfactant, which will help him take those first breaths while you're producing colostrum, the precursor to breast milk. Hey, your little one isn't so little anymore, weighing close to seven pounds and measuring 20 inches long. Fetal development is nearly complete as your baby tends to a few last-minute details like shedding the skin-protecting vernix and lanugo. He's also producing more surfactant, a substance that prevents the air sacs in his lungs from sticking to one another once he starts to breathe. Meanwhile, your body is tending to its own final touches before the big day, one of which is getting that milk machine up and running. Part of the process is producing colostrum, a thin yellowish liquid that's the precursor to breast milk. Colostrum is full of antibodies that protect your newborn, and has more protein and less fat and milk sugar (the better to digest it) than the breast milk that arrives later. Chances are you're leaking colostrum so you might want to break out those nursing pads now. If you're not leaking but you are curious about this miracle substance, you can gently squeeze your areola to express a few drops.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

37 weeks and progressing

I am updating now on Tuesdays because those are the days I will have news about my progress. I am now on to weekly appointments! Woot! Today Dr. Hardas was all in my business and said that the she felt the head, my cervix is soft and I was finger tip dilated. I could be this way for several more weeks, but I see it as progress because I am optimistic like that. I feel great, but moving is challenging. My hips and pelvic area have some serious issues, but nothing I can't handle.

Here is how Charlie is growing...

Your doctor may check for labor signs, while your baby prepares for birth by sucking, turning, and breathing in the womb. Congratulations! You've got what is officially considered a full term baby, even with three weeks to go. That doesn't mean he's finished growing — in fact, he's still packing on about a half pound a week (at this age, the average fetus weighs about 6.5 pounds). Right now, your little superstar is busy rehearsing for his big debut, inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid (to get the lungs ready for that first breath), sucking his thumb (to prepare for that first suckle of milk), blinking, and turning from side to side. Meanwhile, your body is going through its own preparations as your practitioner starts looking for signs of labor. On the checklist: the baby's position in relation to your pelvis (engagement) and whether effacement (thinning of the cervix) and dilation (opening of the cervix) have begun. Your practitioner may also determine whether your cervix has begun to soften and move to the front of the vagina, another indication that labor is getting closer. Keep in mind that these processes can occur gradually, over a period of weeks or even a month or more in some women — and overnight in others. So while they're clues that you're indeed progressing, they're far from sure bets when it comes to pinpointing the actual start of labor.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Step away from the fucking nursery...



Step away from the fucking nursery husband of mine...

I knew Lamaze breathing would come in handy, but I never expected for this situation...

After I have worked so hard to get the nursery perfect (no easy task for an awkward preggo) my husband decided to pull the closet shelves out to dry out the fucking shower access...

How about just fixing the fucking shower and leaving the fucking nursery alone?



The obsessive compulsive side of me is about to explode and I will most definitely lose sleep over this.

He, however, is just singing away like this is no big deal...

Rationally, I know this is not as big of a deal as it seems to me, but this shit is driving me batty.


Saturday, July 25, 2009


Here is a list of pregnancy symptoms I have had just in the few short hours of being awake today. In no way am I complaining, but I found it humorous that I have so many at this point.

So here is the list:

Frequent urination
Leg cramps
Unending hunger
Tender Breast
Sore pelvic area
Emotional - Tony says grouchy

Even though these can be unpleasant, I am so happy that it means in a few short weeks I will have Charlie in my life.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Week 36


I never thought I'd be this pregnant.

I am getting antsy to meet this little one, but he needs to grow so I will wait.

This week I need to do laundry... A shit load of laundry... And on that note... I hate the little plastic T-tags on clothes... I have cut no less than one million of these these things off of Charlie's stuff. They are all over and I really hate them.

I also need to install the car seat and pack my bag for the hospital in case I go early.

Next week my focus will turn to cleaning and cooking and then the next week, I will focus on finishing up school projects.

We still need to get life insurance and do a will. Also, I need to finalize my shopping for Charlie's arrival.

Lots to do in only 4 more weeks. Keep growing Charlie!

Your baby is likely between 17 ½ to 19 inches long and weighs 5 ¾ to 6 ¾ pounds.

The fine downy hair, lanugo, that has covered you baby’s skin is beginning to disappear, along with the vernix caseosa. Vernix caseosa is the thick, creamy substance that has protected your baby’s skin while he/she has been submerged in amniotic fluid. Both of these are swallowed by your baby, along with additional amniotic fluid, which combine together to form meconium, or your baby’s first bowel movement.

Your baby should be in the head down position, but do not panic if he/she has yet to attain this position. If by next week he/she is still not head down, then your health care provider may suggest trying external cephalic version.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

My birth plan...

Get the baby out as healthy and painlessly as possible.

I would like to deliver vaginally, but please deliver the baby in what ever way results in a healthy baby.

I will be laboring with only Tony and necessary medical staff. I will notify staff and family of any exceptions being made.

I want an epidural.

I would like to breastfeed as soon as possible after delivering. If I deliver vaginally, please show my husband and I the baby, clean him, then let Tony hold him. After Tony is finished, I will attempt to nurse. If I have a Cesarean delivery, please allow me to nurse as soon as possible. I would prefer that no bottles be given to my baby while I am in recovery.

If my baby needs to be in the NICU, Tony and I will be the first to see him. Only AFTER both Tony and I have done so, family will be welcome.

After I give birth, please allow me time to recover. I would like to be able to nurse, get cleaned up and bond with my baby before I accept visitors. I will hurry this along as I know people will be excited to visit, but please respect this time.

Also, during recovery, please do not photograph me. My baby is the star. When I am feeling better, I will be happy to partake in any family photos.

During my hospital stay, please allow me to nurse in private as I will be new to nursing and may need time to perfect this.

I may need to poop after delivery... Please leave during this time... I am a private pooper.

Monday, July 13, 2009


35 weeks pregnant... 35 more days to go!

Holy shit...

In a month I am going to be a mom...

I am not ready...

I have been very unproductive this summer...

I need to change that ASAP!

Anyways, tonight we started the plethora of classes offered at the hospital we'll be delivering at.
Breastfeeding class brought out the more immature side of me. I also realized that Tony and I are two very different students. I sit and the back and crack jokes... He is a front dwelling, note taking type... I must have drove him crazy. Tomorrow is baby care class and Thursday we do Lamaze class. These classes will continue for the next three weeks.

Hmmm... Not much else to write about tonight because there is so much on my mind I can't process it all.

So on to the current development...

Your baby is continuing to grow and most likely measures between 17 to 18 inches long and weighs 5 ½ to 6 pounds. The vast majority of your baby's growth is complete by 35 weeks. His/her kidneys are completely developed, and the liver is beginning to process waste. Because your baby has grown so much, you will notice that he/she will no longer be performing an aerobic workout. There just is not enough room for somersaults. However, this does not mean you will not feel your baby move. His/her kickboxing routine should stay the same.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Nesting at 34 weeks...

No, no, no... Not me... Tony is nesting! He has had last week and this week off and has been working like crazy around the house on handyman projects. Man he is a great husband. As for me... Meh not so much nesting is happening... I was sick last week and so I was worthless. I did finish my shower thank you notes finally and I am on to assembling baby stuff... Next will be baby laundry and more thank you notes after my July 18th shower given by my awesome MIL and SIL. I am also working on the hospital bag and birth plan. I will post both when they are getting to the complete point. I still have the regular to do list stuff going on, but I have 6 more weeks so no hurry... :) The thing I MUST do is get working on my thesis... I am suck a slacker...

In baby news... I finally felt hiccups and Tony got kicked real hard! Both are newer exciting developments for us. I am measuring a little ahead on the fundal measurements, but I am convinced this is because I have been to too many family parties and cookouts lately.

Anyway here is the 34 week growth progress:

Your baby acts completely like a newborn, with her eyes opened when awake and closed when sleeping. You may also find her settling into more of a routine for sleeping & awake times.
She has learned to blink. She can also see more clearly when there is a bright light on your stomach and probably has the outline of all your organs memorized!
Antibodies from your blood are being transferred to him. These immunities continue to build until birth. Then breast milk will add even more protection against disease.
Your baby may have already turned to a head-down position in preparation for birth. If he is your first baby, he may be settling into the pelvis with his head pressing against your cervix.
Fingernails have reached the end of the fingertips now. She may scratch her face even before she is born!
Your little one's length is 17.7 inches (45cm) and weight is 4.7 pounds (2146 g).

*The fingernail thing creeps me out...*

Monday, June 29, 2009

Another week closer...

Today marks week 33 and we are another week closer to meeting Charlie! There is still so much to do, but unfortunately since summer break has hit, I have lost all sense of urgency and so not much is getting accomplished...

Some good things...

-Doctor visits are going well. I go every other week now and everything is looking great. I hope she has us get one more ultrasound before I deliver because I would really like to see Charlie again soon.

-Summer is awesome because I get to see my nephews so much. I love those two and it is hard to imagine that I will love our Charlie even more. I am so thankful that my sisters-in-law let me borrow their boys for baby time so much. They just melt my heart.

-My classroom was the first to be cleaned this year so I have the rest of the summer to set it up and prepare it for the substitute next year.

-Next week Tony and I are planning one last little get away before Charlie arrives. We'll be going to Toronto to celebrate our third anniversary (July 8th) and tour the town. If I go early our little guy will be part Canadian!

Some not so good things...

-In two words... Maternity Leave... This is such a PITA! I am not eligible for the FMLA 12 week leave because my school is not recognizing my spring internship hours. I am therefore ineligible for the benefit because the amount of hours I worked within the last year does not add up to 1250. My district will give me my medical benefits for 6 or 8 weeks depending on the type of delivery I have, but I must return to work after that time unless I choose to take the semester off. If I choose to take the semester off, I would have to pay for my medical benefits which is $1200/month making this choice nearly impossible.
Lost yet?
Me too...
So I consulted with a lawyer who informed me that that all of this legitimate practice and I am of course devastated at the thought of leaving my 1.5 month old at day care when I return to work... I have no clue how this is going to play out and I am so stressed about all of it... Technicalities are fucking bullshit...

Anyways... Now that you are all caught up in my life in general... Here is some information on Charlie at 33 weeks!

Starting at about week 26, your baby has slept and awoken at regular intervals. He closes his eyes when he sleeps, and he'll even dream during the last month before birth. No one knows what babies dream about in the womb, but they show reactions ranging from frowns and smiles to crying and kicking. Asleep or awake, you may feel the kicks in a new place around now--in your rib cage, just below your breasts--as he moves into the head-down position where he'll probably stay until birth.
Speaking of sleep, rest may be elusive by this point. Insomnia is common during the last trimester, and what sleep you do get will be interrupted by frequent trips to the bathroom. Hemorrhoids, heartburn, reflux (which feels like your food is coming up again), lower back pain, and swollen feet are among the commonest complaints. Many women find that it helps to eat small, frequent meals instead of large ones; use extra pillows to support belly and back; and sleep alone if your partner's tossing and turning (or snoring) wakes you up just as you're drifting off.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Ikea Meatballs

I must have Ikea meatballs ASAP...

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day Tony!

We love you so much and we know that you are going to be the best daddy ever. We hope you had fun today at the cook out and the pool party and we are so excited that next year you'll have your son to snuggle on this day.
Mommy & Charlie

Monday, June 15, 2009

A letter from the hormonal pregnant ladies...

I didn't write this, but on some very hormonal days these could be my words...

To whom it may concern:

I hope you find these guidelines helpful in your interactions with pregnant women as failing to follow them may result in serious physical harm. If you are thinking, surely she doesn't mean me- then you should probably read this twice.

1) The appropriate response to a couple telling you they are having a baby is 'Congratulations!' with enthusiasm. Any other response makes you an ass.

2) Through the wonders of science, we now know that babies are made ONLY by the mother and father- not grandparents. Unless the baby is in your uterus or you are the man that helped put it there, you may not ever use the phrase 'my baby'.

3) On the same note, unless you made the baby as defined in 2, the pregnancy, birth and raising of the child are not about you. You do not have input. No one wants to hear your opinion unless they ask for it. The same goes for the name of the baby.

4) The body of a pregnant woman should be treated the same as any other body. You would not randomly touch someone's stomach if they were not pregnant, nor would you inquire into the condition of their uterus, cervix or how they plan to use their breasts. Pregnancy does not remove all traces of privacy from a woman.

5) Likewise, no woman wants to hear comments on her weight- ever. A pregnant woman does not find it flattering that you think she is about is pop, must be having twins, looks swollen or has gained weight in her face. Telling her she looks too small only makes her worry that she is somehow starving her baby. Making such comments invite her to critique your physical appearance, and you may not act offended. The only acceptable comment on appearance is 'You look fabulous!'.

6) By the time we are 20-30 years old, most of us have picked up on the fact that the summer is hot. We are hot every summer when we are not pregnant. We don't need you to point out that we will be miserably hot before the baby comes.

7) There is a reason that tickets to L&D are not yet sold on Ticketmaster. Childbirth is actually not a public event. It may sound crazy, but some women really do not relish the idea of their mother, MIL or a host of other family members seeing their bare butt and genitals. Also, some people simply feel like the birth of their child is a private and emotional moment to be shared only by the parents. Like everything else in life, unless you receive an invitation, you are NOT invited. This includes doctor appointments, ultrasounds, labor, delivery, the hospital and the parents home. You do not decide if you will be there for the birth or if you will move in with the new parents to 'help out'. If your assistance is desired, rest assured that you will be asked for it.

8) If you are asked to help after the birth, this means you should clean up the house, help with cooking meals, and generally stay out of the way. Holding the baby more than the parents, interfering with breastfeeding and sleeping schedules and making a woman who is still leaking fluid from multiple locations lift a finger in housework is not helping.

9) The only people entitled to time with the baby are the parents. Whether they choose to have you at the hospital for the birth or ask for you to wait three weeks to visit, appreciate that you are being given the privilege of seeing their child. Complaining or showing disappointment only encourages the parents to include you less.

I hope this helps- it sure makes us feel better.

Signed, All Pregnant Women

31 Weeks...

Almost all of the baby's systems have developed except the lungs... He is about 3.5 pound and 15 inches tall. Our baby is getting chubby and starting to uses all of his senses. I am 7 months pregnant and it doesn't even feel real yet. In two months Tony and I are likely to be parents. The nursery is pretty much ready, but I am not even close to being prepared to be a parent.

My current check list includes:
Finish Shower Thank You Notes (I still have one more shower)
Complete the Will
Get more Life Insurance
Interview the Pediatrician
Complete Pre-Admission Hospital Paperwork
Attend Parenting Classes
Figure out Maternity Leave (Long story for another day)
Enjoy One Last Kid-Free Vacation with Tony
Hang with BFF's
Organize Lesson Plans for my Maternity Leave
Deep Clean/ Spruce up House
Finish my Master's Degree
Have a baby

I have a lot to do, but honestly, I am impatient and want time to hurry so I can meet Charlie. Also, I would really like to sleep on my tummy again. I sleep for shit on my hips... Hurry August!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Up and At Em...

Today I am up way too early for this to be the first day of summer break... My day will consist of getting my bimonthly massage and then visiting my parents. Then I need to come home clean the bathroom, make dinner and organize the nursery so I can be ready for my work shower tomorrow.

I also am breaking into the 30's today. 30 weeks pregnant today! Woot! See below for the development progress.

Yesterday I had the first of three showers. It was huge and we got so many things that we really needed like the car seat, highchair, pack and play and bouncer plus a lot of little perks like books, rattles and stuffed animals. My mom hosted this shower an there were almost 65 people there, so the day was exhausting to say the least. It was such and awesome day and I will post pictures as soon as I get my hands on some! The best part of the shower is that Tony was there with me and that was really nice to have him share the attention with me plus he is just so pumped up to meet Charlie and I think this just multiplied it by 50 for him. In ten weeks we will have our baby and we both are having a hard time wrapping our head around this.

Charlie is growing!
Here is what says about the growth:

Your baby has now grown to be about 15.15 inches long and weighs about 3 pounds. Your baby’s eyes are becoming more mature, and now he/she can tell the difference between light and dark. Babies at 30 weeks can even follow a light source with his/her eyes. Once your baby is born, he/she will spend a great deal of time with their eyes closed. This is completely normal. Newborns only have the ability to focus on objects a few inches from their faces. While “normal” adult vision is 20/20, a newborn’s vision is 20/400.

By this week, your baby's senses are developed to the point where she can taste, touch, see, and hear what's going on around her. She'll also react to stimuli--for instance, if you poke your belly, she may kick or hit back at the spot you've touched. It's exciting to interact with your baby even before she's born. Try rubbing your belly and talking gently to her when she kicks--you may find that you're already able to calm her down.

Monday, June 1, 2009

29 Weeks

I am officially 29 weeks pregnant today!

I know I repeat this often, but I can't believe how blessed we are.

This is a very big week... First, Friday is the last day of school! Then, Sunday is my family shower and Tuesday afternoon is my work shower. As for my to do list... I still need to find a pediatrician and complete pre-admission hospital paperwork. I also need to find daycare for the fall and I need to up our life insurance and create a will of some sort. Another great thing about this week is that I finally finished my master's classes. Now I just need to get on my thesis project...


A little about Charlie this week...

For the past six weeks or so, your baby has been listening to your voice (along with the voices of your partner, older children, and anyone else who's been talking to your belly). Speaking to your baby is not only a key part of prenatal bonding, but may also form the basis of language development. Babies who have been spoken to in utero recognize and turn to familiar voices immediately after birth. There may also be links between prenatal stimulation and the development of speech and IQ.

I guess it is a good thing that Tony and I have been reading to him lately.

I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow and will update if there is any news.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Two Things...

I need Sweet Tarts....


My husband is the best ever... (Yesterday not so much, but today totally...)
I decided I wanted super cold milk for dinner, but we were out, so super hubby stopped by the store and brought a gallon and I promptly put it in the freezer... Fast forward to 30 minutes later... I go to get the gallon out of the freezer and it drops on the floor and the gallon splits in half...


Thanks Gorilla Bear for cleaning it up... Even behind the fridge and stove... And thanks for not getting mad... And the biggest thanks for going out and getting another gallon of milk for dinner...

It is the small things that show me how much you really love me.

Monday, May 25, 2009

It has been awhile...

It has been a while since my last post. I am ready for summer and I am ready to be done with my classes.

Only 9 more wake up days for school then it will finally be summer. I am so ready to be out of that place... Several things have recently left me jaded in regards to work. The first being that I will be teaching yearbook class next year. This class is a horrible assignment for me because it takes so much time out of school hours. What a great teaching assignment to give a new mom... Also, because I did my 700 hour internship this semester, I will not be eligible for FMLA. This means that when my baby is a month and a half old he will be staying at a daycare. Fucking AWESOME...

On a better note, only one more week-end of Masters classes. I will hit the thesis project hard after school gets out and I still have to find another 100 hour agency internship site before the baby comes.

Speaking of babies... I am now 28 weeks along. The little guy (yes guy) is squirming all over and kicking my bladder like crazy. I have recently sprung a leak also... Weirdness... I am sure there is more weirdness to come, but still... Weirdness. Our baby is approximately weighs in now at 2.2 pounds and is 14.8 inches. Our baby’s brain is really beginning to develop into a more complex organ. Up until this point, our baby’s brain has been relatively smooth, but beginning this week his brain will develop grooves and indentions along its surface. The amount of brain tissue also begins to increase during the 28th week. The development of hair also continues. Eyebrows and eyelashes are visible, while the hair on your baby’s head grows even longer. Your baby is also starting to look a little rounder as the fat storage under the skin continues to develop. This is an important part of development that will continue through the remainder of your pregnancy.

Third Trimester... Here I come...

Hormones you can promptly show yourself to the door...

In other news.. Happy Memorial Day! I hope you all had a great long weekend!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

A Big Day...

As promised, I have some pictures to share! This post will be the most random of all of my posts!

This is from our bed and breakfast vacation during spring break in April... Aside from shower pictures, this may be one of the only pregnant pictures I take...

This stuff is gross, but I am so relieved to not have gestational diabetes...

Superman Ice Cream... HERE I COME!

And THIS was my mother's day gift from Tony and the Little One!

I woke up to this sparkler on my nightstand and the card said the sweetest things ever!
My husband is so amazing!

And now some nursery shots...

Changing Table/ Dresser Combo

The Diaper Cake was made by my awesome classmates from CMU!

Rocking and Reading Area
I have a book shelf coming soon and we will be hanging the paper lanterns (seen in the closet) in this area!

The Convertible Crib

The Closet...

The wicker basket full of goodies is also from my CMU classmates.

The red bin is FULL of awesome stuff from my brothers, their wives and my nephews for mothers day! They are seriously the best ever! I am so blessed to have them as my family.

These are the books that I have been reading to our little one every night...


Thursday, May 7, 2009

Good News!

No Gestational Diabetes! Woot, woot!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

15 Weeks...

In 15 weeks (or sometime close) until I will have an outside baby. Today I had an appointment and everything went well. My quad test came back negative, my growth was normal and the awesome Doctor Hardas said everything was going well. I had to take the 1 hour glucose test today and should have the results by Thursday... This means that I need to get a Superman ice cream cone stat, so if the results say I have gestational diabetes, I'll at least have indulged one last time... I need to hang curtains in the nursery and keep trudging through my to do list, but right now I am just taking one day at a time...

In other news, the thesis research has started and I am still searching for an agency internship, but I only have two more class weekends left! Summer starts in 23 more days and I am so ready... Before I know it, my showers will be here and then my baby will be too...

This is just such an exciting time and I am so happy to have my life right now...

Pictures are coming soon... I promise!

Growth Progress:

25 weeks - 6 months

Your baby is now 13 inches long and weighs anywhere from 1½ to 1¾ pounds. While it does not appear that your baby is that big, he or she is slowly gaining some baby fat, making his/her appearance less wrinkled. If your baby has hair, the color and texture could be seen at this point. However, it can change after the baby is born. Inside the womb, the formation of tiny capillaries is giving baby a healthy pink glow. Baby's also soaking up your antibodies, getting the immune system ready for life outside the womb. Eyes are forming, and baby will soon perfect the blink -- perfect for batting those freshly grown lashes.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Weekly Update...

According to the adjusted ultrasound, I will be 24 weeks tomorrow!

I can't help but reiterate the fact that I am just so grateful to be this far along.

My next doctor's appointment is May 4th (I think)... At this appointment I will get the glucose test and I am certain that my doctor will be a little disappointed that I still have not gained any weight...

Lately, I have been craving BBQ and of course sweets. I have also been urinating obscenely frequently during the night...

Also, April's to do list is almost done as well as much of May's.

Order Furniture (Done)
Deep Clean Nursery (Done)
Finish Installing Trim (Done)
Touch Up Paint (Done)
Register for Hospital Classes (In Progress)

Start Registry (Done)
Find Pediatrician (In Progress)
Complete Pre-Admission Hospital Paperwork (In Progress)

Now... If I could only be this productive on my thesis project I might actually have a chance of graduating in August...

Anyway... Back to baby stuff...

The nursery is coming along swimmingly. I will post pictures soon...
These projects are done mostly because of Tony's hard work. I know that it is early to do all of this, but he had time and I like looking at it because it makes me happy to know that in 16 short weeks a baby may actually be occupying the space.

At 24 weeks along, our baby is over 12 ½ inches long and weighs 1¼ to 1½ pounds. He or She is gaining steadily at a rate of six ounces per week. Much of that weight comes from accumulating baby fat, as well as from growing organs, bones, and muscle. By now, that fabulous face is almost fully formed, complete with eyelashes, eyebrows, and hair.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Nursery News...

Though it is a little early big progress is being made in the nursery... This weekend it is being painted and steam cleaned and we might go get the furniture... Also, I registered @ Babies R Us... I think I may have went overboard, but I am having three showers so I guess I can justify it. I'll post pictures soon...

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter...

Happy Easter! It is hard to believe that next year the Easter Bunny will be visiting our house to give the little one his or her first basket.

I am now 21 weeks along... Over half way and according to my measurements, I am actually 22 weeks tomorrow! I am just so thrilled that everything is progressing well. I can't stop thinking about what motherhood hold for me. Every thought that runs through my head is baby related! I really need to start focusing on other things (THE THESIS), but that just isn't happening and I am really quite content meandering through my days dreaming about little Charlie or Evelyn.

So here is a late update for week 21...

This will be the last weekly update because the pictures on TheNest only show monthly updates from here on out...
Baby gulps down several ounces of amniotic fluid every day, both for hydration and nutrition and to practice swallowing and digesting. And, these days, those taste buds actually work! Studies show that after birth, babies are most interested in tastes they've already experienced through amniotic fluid. Meaning, think about what you want your future child to eat as you prepare your own lunch.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Spring Break...

And the three of us are off tomorrow to enjoy three fine Michigan bed and breakfasts...


On another note...

My doctor's appointment went well today... Dr. Hardas said everything looked great on the ultrasound, and the little one is measuring ahead by a week... But she did mentioned that I should be gaining weight...

Never in my life has anyone ever told me to gain weight...


She says that my lack of weight gain has not affected the little one, but if I don't gain a couple of pounds by the next appointment, she will have to do another ultrasound...

I will indulge, but not too much because another ultrasound would be nice...

Saturday, April 4, 2009

My To Do List!

Order Furniture
Deep Clean Nursery
-Wipe Down Walls and Baseboards
-Clean Shades
-Wash Down Closet Shelves
-Steam Clean Carpet
Finish Installing Trim (Tony's Job)
Touch Up Paint
Register for Hospital Classes

Start Registry
Find Pediatrician
Complete Pre-Admission Hospital Paperwork

Attend Showers
Write Thank You Notes
Organize Nursery

Enjoy One Last Kid-Free Vacation with Tony
Organize Lesson Plans for my Maternity Leave
Deep Clean/ Spruce up House
Make a Will

Finish my Master's Degree
Have a baby!

I know I am forgetting several things, but it is a start!

Friday, April 3, 2009

20 Weeks...

Half way there! I never imagined I'd be this blessed to be at this point...
Everyday I am able to be pregnant, is truly amazing...

Your baby is covered in a white substance called vernix caseosa. This substance helps protect your baby’s skin from becoming irritated while submersed in amniotic fluid, and it also aids the baby's passage through the birth canal during labor.

Your baby is beginning to produce meconium, a dark green or black sticky substance that constitutes a baby’s first messy diaper. A few babies pass meconium while in the uterus or during labor. Meconium consists of cell loss, amniotic fluid that has been swallowed, and digestive secretions.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

It's a...

Stubborn baby!

Today was the big ultrasound day...

Everything looked good, but the little one was being stubborn again and wouldn't show the goods...

I hope that when our little one is a teen, he or she keeps their legs this tightly crossed...

I have a doctor's appointment on Monday so we'll get a better update on everything ultrasound related...

The heart rate was a strong 145... It was 137 on Thursday...

Sunday, March 29, 2009

19 Weeks

A little late on the weekly update!While your baby is continuing to grow, the development that is occurring is very specific. For example, the kidneys are making urine, and hair is beginning to sprout on his/her scalp. The parts of the brain that are responsible for the senses are specializing. If you are having a baby girl, she already has 6 million eggs formed in her ovaries.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

What a day!

My morning started in a shitty, shitty way...

I hit a fucking deer on my way into work... The Beetle survived with a little bruise here and there and I am fine, but I started freaking out about the little one who is living in my ute...
So a quick call to the doctor got me a noon appointment with the awesome Dr. Hardas... She found a strong little heartbeat, but she could tell I was still not convinced that everything was okay so she sent me for an ultrasound...

I promptly filled my bladder with gallons of water and we were off to get my belly mooshed. We got to see about a billion pictures of our little one and everything seems normal and in place.
Here he/she is!
We still will have our big ultrasound on Tuesday and I am still as excited as ever to see the little one again.
This is finally feeling real.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Saturday, Sunday and Monday...

Our baby attended his/her first concert. Our little one's ears were treated to the musical talents of the Eagles. I purchased these very expensive tickets for Tony's birthday back in February. We had an awesome time and the concert was amazing!

We celebrated my birthday with my family... It was awesome because I got to spend time with my adorable nephews and my great family.


Today is my big day... I love my birthday because it is my own personal holiday. Unfortunately Tony had class, but being the amazing husband he is, he sent me flowers at school today. I love him so much!

Only 7 more day until the big ultrasound!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Week 18...

Holy shit! There is something the size of a sweet potato in my uterus!
A protective covering called myelin is beginning to form around baby's nerves. This covering will continue to form up until your baby’s first birthday. If you are having a little girl, her fallopian tubes and uterus have positioned themselves into the correct place. If you are having a little boy, then his genitals may be noticed on your next ultrasound. However, many babies do not like to cooperate during the ultrasound, and the genitals cannot be seen.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Computer Geeks Unite!

For the next two days I am at a total computer geek conference... I love being able to sleep in, but I miss being by my husband.

I also have a bad case of the pregnancy brain... I really can't concentrate on the sessions... Instead I am checking out baby related websites and blogging...

Lunch is soon... Peanut is hungry!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Week 17

What's going on with the baby?

His/her umbilical cord is not only lengthening but also becoming thicker and stronger for these last 23 weeks. Your baby’s sense of hearing is also developing since the ears have fully formed and moved into their final position.

Your baby is also beginning to form adipose or fat tissue. This will help him/her take on a more normal appearance by filling out the fine features that he/she has. Fat is important in helping regulate the body’s temperature and metabolism.

Thursday, March 12, 2009


I am home today for a sick day... I hate being sick on sick days... I have this gunk that makes it hard to breath through my nose... Which makes it hard to breath through my mouth... Which makes me really tired and gives me a sore throat and a nasty little cough...


Sick + Me = An ornery, tired, non work attending, pregnant lady

I have now slept for 12 straight hour and can't sleep anymore right now, so I have be cruising the net...

I love this set from target for a girl... And this is super cute for a boy... But we'll probably end up with this gender neutral set because of my practical side...

Plus I want to be able to show off the nursery before our bundle arrives and since we are not telling what we are having, pick a gendered bedding set would be a dead give away...

Also, I have felt the first movements!
17 weeks tomorrow!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Nursery Furniture

I may have found the nursery furniture!

Check it out by clicking here!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Woosh, Woosh, Woosh!

Today I had a doctor's appointment and my mom and I got to hear the heartbeat. I am so glad I could share this day with my mom. She is awesome!

Today was such a relief! I can't wait to peek at the little one at my March 31st ultrasound!

Tomorrow I will let my students find out my secret. The one little girl who saw my early ultrasound by accident has been dying to spill this secret for the last 10 weeks...

Sunday, March 8, 2009

A Perfect Day...

My day has been perfect...

This morning Tony made me breakfast in bed... Then he cleaned up the mess!

I snoozed the morning away until it was time to head to Tony parents' place for an early dinner.

When I arrived, I was bombarded with hugs and hello's for the little one sprouting inside of me. My sweet little nephew was very protective, lecturing his dad not to hurt the baby by squeezing me too hard. Dinner was amazing... Seriously. My mother-in-law is an amazing cook! It is just so nice that his family and I get along so well. I know our little guy/ gal is going to be so loved by these people and I am so blessed to have them in my life.

When we got home later, I climbed into our cuddly bed and snoozed for a short time. When I woke up I had a major craving for Skittles... Tony promptly proceeded to help me with that by driving to the store and getting me those fruity little delicious pieces of heaven...

A perfect day indeed!

This week is a big week.

Tomorrow I have a check-up... Hopefully we'll be able to hear the heartbeat again for a little assurance.

Also, March 10th marks the date the I was due during my second pregnancy... This will be hard, but I am hopeful that I am well on my way to motherhood.

I am so blessed to be progressing and I'll update tomorrow...

Friday, March 6, 2009

Week 16...

Your baby is preparing himself/herself for a growth spurt over the next several weeks. Your baby’s head is more erect now than it has been in the previous weeks of pregnancy. His/her ears and eyes are situated in their final positions. These three things are giving your baby a more “normal” appearance than he/she has had up to this point.

Several of the more complicated body systems are also beginning to function including your child’s urinary and circulatory system. Your baby’s heart pumps around 25 quarts of blood per day. However, by week 40 this amount will increase to 1,900 quarts per day!