Lime And The Coconut

Posted on March 05, 2007

Week 20

Baby’s Length: 6.5 in

Baby’s Weight: 10 oz.

Baby’s Size: Coconut

Halfway to the finish line!! Only 20 more weeks to go… or less. It took this long for the whole “I’m going to be a mom” idea to actually sink in and make sense. And yet I have a feeling I still won’t fully grasp it until I hold my baby in my arms for the first time.

Hopefully, Bambino will cooperate on Thursday and we will finally be able to tell whether it’s a boy or a girl. I’m so excited and anxious and I just can’t wait to find out. I actually be able to shop for baby clothes! Speaking of which, why do they have to make baby clothes so ugly? Especially for little boys? So far, I haven’t found any little boys clothes I would put on my child. Well… except baby Gap clothes, but who can afford those?

Soul Gardening made an excellent post on breastfeeding last week, while Motherhood Uncensored approached the subject of libido-less husbands in her usual humorous way. Both were interesting posts you may want to check out if you have time.

I’ve been wondering lately what form this blog will take after my baby comes. Will I have time to blog anymore? And if I do, will I be one of those mom’s that drives everyone crazy because I can’t talk about anything else but my baby? Should I prepare myself ahead of time and make this blog more child-friendly or do I want the flexibility to talk about the hard subjects like Asperger Syndrome if the mood so strikes me? I don’t know. It’s something I will have to keep thinking about for a while yet, I’m afraid… Or maybe I’ll just have to wait and see.

Filed under: Pregnancy



Magic And Birthdays

Posted on February 26, 2007

Week 19

Baby’s Length: 6 in.

Baby’s Weight: 7.5 oz.

Baby’s Size: Magic 8-Ball

I had a fun birthday party Friday night at Margaritas. I was disgusted that the waitress sang Happy Birthday after I explicitly told her not to and she lied to me and told me, “Oh we don’t do that here.” When her and 6 other waiters were done embarrassing me with the horrid song, my brother tried to egg them on and get them to sing it again and I grabbed her and told her if she sang it again that I would make sure she didn’t get a tip. I was so pissed!! The only thing worse than people singing Happy Birthday to you in a restaurant is a surprise party. I HATE surprise parties.

Saturday, which was the actual day of my birthday, I went to the mall and bought myself a really nice pair of maternity jeans and few comfy pairs of pants. Then we came home, are leftover cake from the night before, and watched TV. Very relaxing and very nice.

Some days it’s so hard to keep track of how far along I am. I had such a busy week last week, that when people asked me how far along I was yesterday, I had trouble answering them. I’m like, “Eighteen weeks… 19 weeks… something like that! I guess about 5 months along now. Wow, has it really been that long? haha”

Seriously, people weren’t kidding when they said that the time would just fly by. I guess this is how it’s going to be until I’m around 65. Then maybe time will seem to slow down again…

I find out the sex of the baby in less than 2 weeks!! Yay!! I really can’t wait. We’ve been talking about names for a couple weeks now, so it will be nice to know which ones we’re going with – boy or girl.

I’ve started having a few annoying pregnancy things like leg cramps, back pain, stomach pain, trouble sleeping, headaches, etc but nothing too serious or worth complaining about. From what I’ve heard, I’m pretty lucky and am having a fairly easy pregnancy.

I never thought I would turn into one of those people that didn’t want to hear baby/pregnancy/parenting advice. When I found out I was pregnant I thought that I would have an open mind and try to listen to what other people have to say, just to give them a chance in case they really do have some good advice. But at this point, I have trouble even bringing myself to talk to friends and family about the baby or my pregnancy.

It seems like people automatically assume they have a ticket to be really annoying and intrusive when they find out your pregnant. Even complete strangers! Is this our culture over here in America, or is it like that everywhere?

And if your pregnant or a mom, and you’re reading this, did you have this same problem when you were pregnant?? How did you deal with it?

Filed under: Birthday Wishes , Everyday Life , Pregnancy



Daisy Dreams And Laundry

Posted on February 19, 2007

Week 18

Baby’s Length: 5.5 in.

Baby’s Weight: 5.5 oz.

Baby’s Size: Gerber Daisy

I find it hard to believe that it’s Week 18 all ready. Only God knows if I’m actually Week 18 or even further along than that. I still haven’t scheduled a dating ultra sound… I have an appointment on Thursday to see my midwife though. Just another routine visit. Hopefully then, I will make an appointment for the ultrasound to find out how far along I am and whether it’s a boy or a girl.

I have been really discouraged about blogging lately, so this will be short. I’m still getting my apartment in order, trying to get on some kind of sleeping schedule, and eating myself into oblivion. I will try to get another belly pic posted this week. I can’t promise anything though!

Speaking of pics, I still haven’t gotten the pics from the California trip off of my husband’s computer yet. I will try to get him to do that for me when he gets home from work today. I’m up to my ears in laundry! I’ve done about 3 loads, but still have 8 more to go. I guess that’s what happens when you don’t do laundry for 6 weeks.

I have lots more to do and don’t feel like writing, but wanted to post just in case anyone was expecting an update.

Filed under: Everyday Life , Pregnancy



Belly – Week 17

Posted on February 16, 2007

Managed to get this pictures taken real quick… Not a very good picture.

My belly doesn’t look very impressive or that much bigger than last week… But you asked for a belly pic, so here it is!

I promise next week I will post a much better belly pic.

Meanwhile, if you want to see other pregnant bellies, check out these links:

Maternity Gallery

Pregnancy Photo Calendar

Expecting Models

Pregnant bellies are so beautiful! I really love being pregnant…

Filed under: Belly Pics , Pregnancy



Onions And Moving Day

Posted on February 12, 2007

Week 17

Baby’s Length: 5 in.

Baby’s Weight: 3.5 oz.

Baby’s Size: Onion

Good thing I like onions. I didn’t use to though… Before I got pregnant, I would pick onions off of whatever I was eating, regardless of who was watching. I hated them and couldn’t bring myself to eat them. Then I got pregnant… Now I love them.

Same with mushrooms, bananas, and cauliflower. I suddenly like those damn things! It’s bizarre and making me think I’ve lost my mind. I still hate swiss cheese though… so I can’t have lost my mind completely. Just mostly.

Pregnancy is still going fantastic. No complaints! I swear the baby is taking kick boxing lessons. And I know it’s only going to get worse! I can’t believe how much the baby actually moves now. We’re talking at least 10 times a day for 1-10 minutes each time. It’s really cool though. It makes me feel like we’re connected and like everything is okay…

Still haven’t called to make the appointment for the dating ultrasound and to find out the sex of the baby. Life has just been so crazy these last couple weeks!!!


For all of those not keeping track, I moved on Saturday. I am now a real New Hampshire resident.

My best friend Jaclyn and her boyfriend Elijah, my brother in law Dougie, Dan and I packed up the U-Haul on Sat morning and drove to our new apartment. It took 41/2 hours to pack the U-Haul and 3 hours to unpack it. As we were finishing unloading, my mom came to drop off our new couch and glider rocker and then pick up the extra furniture we weren’t going to use.

After that, we went out to eat at a fancy little Chinese restaurant called the Tea Garden. I couldn’t believe that there was no one there on a Saturday night! Made me wonder if there was something I should know, that everyone else in town did… The food was absolutely fabulous though. Unless I hear otherwise, I’m definitely going to go back.

I won’t bore you with the dramatic details of our move. Thankfully, no one got hurt, U-Haul wasn’t a pain in the ass this time, the apartment is wonderful, and we finally have all of our belongings in one spot. Yay!

This morning at 3:00am, Dan left to go to the airport. He has a business trip this week in Texas. So I’ll be here all by my lonesome until Thursday afternoon. Yes, he’s going to miss Valentine’s Day. 🙁 It’s a lot of work unpacking everything by myself and I wish Danny was here, but he wouldn’t be much help if he was here anyway. I think it might actually be better that I get to unpack everything by myself. I won’t be getting mad at Dan for not helping me the whole time!! lol

I finished unpacking the kitchen and setting everything up in there yesterday. Today, I worked on the bathroom. I’m almost done in there… I think I’m going to try to work on the living room next, but I’m not sure. I should do laundry, but I don’t have any quarters.

So, I just wanted to take a little break, sit down for a few minutes. Thought you might appreciate a quick update! This is the first time I have sat down at a computer for more than 5 minutes, since last Wednesday when I was in California. Speaking of which, I will post more pictures from that trip soon.

Filed under: Everyday Life , Pregnancy



Duckies And Palm Trees

Posted on February 05, 2007

Week 16

Baby’s Length: 4.66 in.

Baby’s Weight: 3 oz.

Baby’s Size: Rubber Ducky

I’m posting from the beautiful La Jolla, California! It’s gorgeous here and warm. Oh how I was longing for the heat!!

We flew in yesterday and it took all damn day… We left for the airport at 9:00am and didn’t get into our hotel room here until 2:00am our time (although it was only 11:00pm in reality). The flight from Boston to Pennsylvania was HORRIBLE. There was so much turbulence, I was sure we were going to crash and die. We didn’t though… I couldn’t believe I was so nervous about flying!! I had flown to Florida and back before, but it was about 10 years ago, so it was a whole new experience.

When we got to Penn, we had to wait 3 hours for our next flight. So we grabbed some lunch that I hated and could barely choke down. When I finished the Phili Chicken Sub, Dan informed me that it had swiss cheese in it. No wonders why I hated it!! Little poop…

The 6 hour flight from Penn to Cali was long, but smooth. We got to watch a movie on Danny’s laptop, read a magazine (Dan actually read Cosmopolitan with me! Shhh…) took a quick nap, and we were there! It was a really looooong day though and we both fell asleep on the beds in here as soon as we got our hotel room.

The baby loved flying though. It kicked and twisted and pocked at me the entire time we were flying. Then when we were in the airport waiting for the next flight, it would be still. Then we got on the next plane and he went at it again!! The little bambino was so active!

This morning when we woke up, we took a nice hot shower, and then went downstairs for free breakfast. When we came back to our room, I dragged Dan outside with me to take a bunch of pictures. I love it here!!! It’s so beautiful…

Here’s the proof:

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Belly – Week 16

Dan just took this belly pic of me before he left this morning. (He’s here on business, even though this is a vacation for me!) Aren’t I getting huge?! I can’t believe how big my belly is getting sometimes… It still surprises me when I pass a mirror. Doesn’t look like me! I’m not used to this!!

Filed under: Belly Pics , Photography , Pregnancy , Vacations



Birth Plan

Posted on February 01, 2007

My friend Tammie over at Soul Gardening posted about her “Birth Plan” today. Coincidentally, it’s extremely similar to my plans. She has a way of saying things in a such a clear, direct way. I love it.

Check out her post:

I’m planning for a midwife attended birth, at a birthing center rather than a hospital. As long as I remain free of complications for the next 11 weeks, we should be all set for a natural, low-tech water birth.

The facility we’ve chosen is more like a cozy Bed and Breakfast than a medical office and Jeff and I will be basically left alone to labor on our own. I’m planning to hire a doula to be there with advice and encouragement, but for the most part, it’ll just be Jeff and I, with visits from the midwife and her assistant to monitor our progress and check on the baby every so often. We’re taking classes this month in hypnobirthing to help with relaxation and pain management.

To me, childbirth is not a disease or a condition to be treated or “dealt” with. It’s my body, doing what it was made to do. It will be the most challenging thing I have ever done I know, but I’m really excited for the prospect. [MORE…]

I love how no one argued with her or tried to talk her out of her decision in the comments.

It seems like when I tell friends and family what I’m doing, I must say it in such a way where they feel like the subject is still up for debate. And other times, it’s like as soon as I open my mouth people automatically assume that I haven’t thought my decision through completely and they need to “talk me out of it” because it’s not something they would do.

When I originally told my mom in law that I wanted a midwife, she spent 6 days in a row trying to talk me out of it. I nodded my head politely and didn’t bother disagreeing with what she was saying. (I tend to do that with most people… Still left over from dealing with my mom I think.) She has a way of making me feel like I don’t know anything and I should listen to her. And lots of times she is right, because she is older and wiser than me and I have a lot to learn from such a amazing person. I took her advice into consideration and contemplated taking the more standard route of giving birth in a hospital. But then I remembered that this is MY baby and MY birth. Dan and I should be able to do what we are comfortable with, not what other people think we should do.

Since we made that decision, I haven’t had the guts to actually sit down and talk with her and explain to her what we are doing. It’s not because I think she’ll yell or anything, it’s just that I don’t like talking to people about things I know they won’t agree with. Does that make me weak?

It seems like every time I tell certain people what I’m doing, they always tell me I’m wrong and I should do it a different way. Am I not assertive enough? Do I have a sign on my forehead that says “Argue with me! I love it!”??

How come I always seem to welcome that kind of attention? I’m looking for honest answers here because this is something that has really been bothering me…

(Sorry comments were turned off. I don’t know how that happened!)

Filed under: Pregnancy



We Got It!

Posted on February 01, 2007

We got the apartment!! *does little happy dance*

Dan and I are going to sign the lease this Saturday and we move on February 10th!! I am so happy and relieved that we finally found a place and we’ll be able to settle down and relax in our own place for the first time since August.

As much as I love my in laws, I can’t wait to get out of here. Everyone gets on my nerves after a while, no matter how much I love them. The only person in the whole world I can spend more than a week with and not want to kill, is Dan. And that’s why I married him! haha

I’m going with Danny boy to California for 5 days next week! It’s a business trip for him and I decided to tag along. I’ve never been to California before, so I thought it would be nice to go on a little vacation (first one since the honeymoon), soak up a little bit of sun, and maybe I’ll even get to go swimming.

The day after we get back from Cali, we move to the new apartment. I know, talk about a lot of stress, right? It shouldn’t be too bad. My bro-in-law and my best friend Jaclyn and her boyfriend are going to help us move, so that is going to be a huge help. We’re hoping to get it all done in one day, providing that it doesn’t snow that day. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

So, just 2 more days here, then 5 days in Cali, one more night here at the in laws, and then into the new apartment. Oh God, you have no idea how much I am looking forward to being in my own place.

My very own little place, with my dishes and my food. A place where I can relax and watch what I want to watch on TV. Finally, a place where I can get uninterrupted sleep and not constantly feel like I have overstayed my welcome. I could go on and on, but I don’t want to give the impression that I can’t stand my in-laws… Cause I don’t! I’ve just been here way too long.

Sorry I didn’t post a belly pic yesterday… My belly hasn’t changed much since the last time I posted a picture of it. It looks about the same size, except that you can actually see the bottom of my belly button, which was previously thought to be a bottomless pit in my stomach. I will take a pic next week and hopefully my belly will look bigger by then!

Ooooh, baby just kicked! The little bambino likes it when mommy blogs I guess…

Saw this on BabyGaga.com and just had to share:

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Filed under: Announcements , Pregnancy



Oranges And Cream

Posted on January 29, 2007

Week 15

Baby’s Length: 4 in.

Baby’s Weight: 1.75 oz.

Baby’s Size: Orange

It’s scary to think about how big the baby is already. By the first week of March, I will be half way through my pregnancy. It seems like just yesterday I was fretting over whether the pregnancy test was really positive or not. And look at how far I’ve come from then. It’s just really hard to believe when you sit back and think about it. I guess time really does fly when you’re having fun!

I’m sorry if all of my posts are about baby related things nowadays. My world kinda revolves around my pregnancy right now. And besides… my blog really wasn’t that interesting before anyway. At least I actually have something to blog about now, even if it’s not all that interesting!

Let’s see… something not baby related… Ah yes! Dan and I finally found the perfect apartment! We went to see it on Saturday and both of us loved it. Dan was very skeptical about moving before because he really didn’t like any of the apartments we went to see, but when he saw this one, I think he fell in love.

It’s a 1 bedroom, unlike all the 2 bedrooms apartments we went to see before. However, it’s twice the size of most of the 2 bedroom apartments we looked at. At only $850 a month with water, electric, and heat included, well you can’t get any better than that! It has a large kitchen with plenty of storage and counter tops, a good sized living room with a big window, a very large bedroom with a huge walk-in closet, and a really nice bathroom with storage under the sink as well as a bunch of shelving in the corners. The best part? The washer and dryer/laundry room is right outside of our front door and we only share it with one other apartment. Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it?

Dan is bringing the completed application by the landlord’s office today. The Landlord is a RE/MAX real estate agent. I don’t think “Landlord” is his primary occupation though. Seems like it’s just a side job/hobby for him.

If you are the praying type, please pray that we get this apartment!! If we do, we will be moving in two weeks. I can’t wait!!!!!!!!!!! I just want to settle in somewhere where I will be comfortable and WARM!

Now, if you know anything about me, you know that I try to be ultra prepared. Remember when I was moving down from Northern Maine to Southern Maine and I packed everything about 2 weeks before we actually had to move and I spent the last week in that apartment trying to live around piles of boxes that were stacked to the ceiling? Well, I decided not to do that this time around.

And you remember how I packed everything in neat little boxes and taped purple index cards that were neatly labeled on each box? Yeah, not going to do that either. Mostly because, everything I packed in August is still packed. I only need to pack up a bunch of clothes, pots and pans, a few small dishes and plates, and towels, shampoo etc. Since I will be at my in-laws until we move, I won’t have barely any time at all to go back to the campground and pack up those few things. When we go there with the U-Haul, I will have to throw all of the already packed items from August into the truck and then throw all the remaining unpacked items in black trash bags to save time. THAT should be interesting…

Something I can rest easy about – I am almost done buying the majority of things that I need for the baby. Talk about prepared in advance! I know, I know… I just like to get things done and out of the way as quickly as possible so that if something comes up at the last minute, I don’t have to worry. The only items I have left to buy are the big items like the crib, the changing table, the bureau, and the rocking chair, as well as a few standard items like diapers, onesies, bottles, etc.

I don’t remember if I mentioned it before, but I decided to do the nursery in the Classic Winnie The Pooh theme. I much prefer the old pooh to the new pooh, although I grew up watching the “new pooh” on TV. If you aren’t familiar with pooh, here is a quick reference to go by:

Classic Pooh           Modern Pooh

 

So I have been buying all things Classic Pooh. I got the crib bumper, blankets, crib sheets, dust ruffle, crib toy, stuffed pooh (and his friends), and more. I’ve been able to find everything I want and more on eBay for less than half the price it would cost in stores. Plus, Target seems to have the rights to selling all things classic pooh, and I won’t shop at Target because they support abortion. So, the only other place I could buy the classic pooh items was on eBay!

And I’ll admit, I’ve also bought a few non-gender specific baby clothes that are also “Classic Pooh” and are mostly cream colored. I hate pink and blue clothes anyway. It’s so cliché! I never wore pink when I was a baby… I’m going to wait until I find out the sex of the baby before I buy more clothing, but I do like the things I already bought and they are perfect, no matter what the gender is.

Now I have a question for you guys… When you were pregnant with your first baby, did you have a baby shower? If so, did you get to plan it yourself, or was it a surprise baby shower thrown for you by a close friend? I’ve been told that you are “not allowed” to plan your own baby shower and I tend to believe that is hogwash, so I am wondering what your thoughts are on this. Please let me know!!!

Filed under: Pregnancy , Pro-Life



Friday Musings

Posted on January 26, 2007

I just upgraded to the newest version of WordPress. So far, I like it alot, but there are still a few things I am trying to figure out. For some reason my links aren’t showing up in the sidebar to the right. Be patient with me though! I just need time… and more brain cells.

When I woke up this morning it was -5° outside and about 50° inside. Just toasty, eh?

On a happier, warmer note — I went for a sonogram last night! Got to hear the baby’s heartbeat for the first time. I’m now convinced there is actually a baby in there!!! lol

I need to go for a dating ultrasound soon because none of us can figure out how far along I am. I calculated 14 weeks along by now, but if my calculations were correct, according to when I ovulated, I also wouldn’t be pregnant! So I suspect I am at least 15 weeks into this pregnancy. I need to find out soon! Gosh, who knows… I could be 20 weeks and not know it.

Dan and I took a trip down to Massachusetts to go see my primary physician so I could finally get my prescription for Advair renewed. My asthma has been soooo bad for the past 3 weeks, since I ran out of my meds. One more week without it and I definitely would have gone into the hospital. Luckily though, I have it now and I am breathing much better today. Being able to breath is a luxury that most people take advantage of.

After a visit to my doctor, we went to take a tour of a birthing center nearby. They offer things like home birth, water birth, prenatal yoga classes, lactation consultation, and all kinds of great stuff. I was very interested in the water birth, which was how I found the birthing center to begin with.

The woman who ran the place was extremely easy to get along with, very find, polite, and warm. She explained everything about the center and answered all of our questions. It was a great experience.

After much thought and talking, Dan and I decided that we were going to have our baby at that birthing center. I am very excited that we finally made a decision and it is one that I am very comfortable and happy with. However, when we told the mom-in-law, she almost had a stroke. She hates midwives and natural birth options, etc. But that’s okay. To each his own!!

Much to my disgust, we are still looking for an apartment. Picky? Yeah, I guess we are. I don’t want to spend 1/2 of my husband’s paycheck each month on a tiny apartment in the bad side of town. All the good apartments in our price range don’t allow dogs. It just seems ridiculous! However, we do have faith that we will soon find an apartment that is affordable and has the amenities we are looking for. Please keep us in your prayers!!

Filed under: Everyday Life , Pregnancy




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