Saturday, December 29, 2012

The Saturday 7

What a week! I feel like I have so much to write about.

1. Last Saturday, we were immensely blessed by 2 different family members in the same day. One gave us a $100 gift card to Meijer, and another brought over bags and bags and bags of free groceries. Amazing. I had told Justin earlier that day, "We paid our bills this month thanks to your Christmas bonus. I don't know what we're going to do in January." Well we definitely won't have to buy groceries, so that should help a ton!! It's admittedly difficult being on the receiving end of so much charity lately. But I know that if I had the means and saw a loved one struggling, I would help in a heartbeat. Hopefully someday we'll be in the position to do so. In the meantime, we're exceedingly grateful for the way our family members are letting God use them to help us.

2. We all got nasty colds this week. Justin actually got it first, and I figured it was the same thing I just got over, but no, it was a new strain that Lucy and I both picked up by Christmas Eve. So so miserable. I was reading some old blog entries last night. This is the 3rd cold I've had this pregnancy. Not fair!! Yesterday was the first day I could actually breathe without the aid of Sudafed, but I was up every 4 hours last night like clockwork coughing (when my cough suppressant wore off). Ugh. Justin didn't get the cough. That was just an added bonus for me. All I can say is I'm happy we're getting this sickness out of the way before baby sister is born. I can't imagine being in labor feeling like this! And I'm a tiny bit nervous that she's breech and I'll need a C-section. I really can't imagine recovering from abdominal surgery with this cough!!!

3. Despite being sick, Christmas was wonderful. We just took our tree down and Lucy cried, exclaiming, "Me not want Christmas be done! Me want do lots of Christmas!" Haha. I hear you, girl. It took her a while to warm up on Christmas morning. She's obviously not a morning person.

She perked right up when she found her stocking and all the goodies inside. The first thing she said was "suckers!" Haha. After unloading it all, she said, "That so much fun finding my stocking!"

And then the real fun began with the mounds and mounds and mounds of presents. She was adorable, exclaiming over every one. Uncle Luke got her the Dreamlite she's been asking for every time the commercial came on. As soon as she opened it, she gasped, "Dream lite!" Haha. And I've been amazed at how much she really plays with all her toys. I'm hoping she doesn't lose interest in them before the baby comes. It will really come in handy if she's willing to play by herself while I'm nursing!

4. When we found out Lucy was a girl 3 years ago, Justin and I built her a bear. When I saw a coupon in the Sunday paper for $10 off your purchase of $30 or more at Build a Bear, I decided we should build one for Baby Sister, too. I figured it'd be good for Lucy to pick something out herself for the baby and have a part in making it. So on Thursday we drove alllll the way down to the mall (seriously - we live way too far away) and stood in line with the crazies and one puking kid to make our bear. Unfortunately, it was Lucy's naptime, and she was being ornery. But we managed to make this adorable little puppy:
We put it right in the crib when we got home, and Lucy has been very good about calling it Baby Sister's puppy and not claiming it for herself. Haha.

5. Aunt Libby got Lucy a whole bunch of Disney princess movies for Christmas, and I am loving watching them with her! We watched Cinderella earlier this week, and now we're on The Little Mermaid. Lucy usually loses interest after a while, but I watch the whole thing. Haha.

6. I've been bitten by the nesting bug this week. Call it wishful thinking, but I feel like this baby is going to come early and I need to get prepared. Yesterday I washed all the burp cloths, swaddle blankets, nursing bras, Boppy cover, and BundleMe for the carseat. Now I just have to find a place for everything. I forgot how many accessories babies come with. Haha.

7. I can't think of a seventh, and Lucy is begging me to play with her, so I'm off! Have a great week, everyone! Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

36 Weeks


Baby is the size of a honeydew this week. 

How far along? 36 weeks - starting to feel like it's getting close!

Total weight loss/gain: I don't even want to know. Haha.
Maternity clothes? Yep - growing out of them.
Sleep: Oh my word. Something has gone horribly wrong on the sleep front. I absolutely can not sleep. For the past few days I haven't been able to nap - I just lay there awake . . . very unusual for me. Then Christmas Eve I tossed and turned all night and literally don't think I slept longer than 10 minutes. I tried to nap on Christmas day, but didn't sleep one wink. So last night, I went to bed at 9:15 and figured I'd be out in no time. I got up at 11:30 to take half a dose of Unisom. It wasn't until I took the second half at 1:15 that I finally fell asleep. What on earth?!? I am insanely exhausted, but can't sleep! I can't even begin to explain how frustrating that is.

Best moment this week: Baby sister getting a Christmas present addressed to her! My stinkin' sisters figured out her name - and have known it for months!! Haha. I can't hide anything from them.
Movement: Tons. I swear she's trying to break out of my belly button. My nephews got to feel it yesterday. They were really grossed out. Haha.
Food cravings: Cinnamon rolls, donuts, sparkling grape juice, chocolate! We had a big meal last night for Christmas, but I pretty much just filled up on sparkling grape juice. :-)
Food aversions: Vegetables. ;-) 
Gender: GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: I think I've dropped a little bit. And on Christmas Eve, I was standing in the kitchen when I all of a sudden got this insane pain that made me double over e
xclaiming "What on earth was that?!" I really think it was just another strong punch to the cervix, because in my experience contractions aren't sharp like that. But I've been feeling a fair amount of that sharp pain. (It's internal - not round ligament pain. I'm well acquainted with RLP.) Just a reminder that the real thing is hopefully coming soon! 
Belly Button in or out? Pretty much gone. 
What I miss: Sleep!!

What I am looking forward to: Lucy meeting her baby sister for the first time. I get emotional just thinking about it. Haha.
Milestones: I started leaking colostrum this week. That's a fun milestone! 
Weekly name clue: No more clues. You just have to wait and see - all 3 of you out there who still don't know it. Haha.

Now that Christmas is over, I feel like I can really start focusing on getting ready for this baby. I feel like I have so much to do - from packing hospital bags to installing carseat bases to sorting through the bins and bins and bins of clothes. Although I honestly don't think Baby Sister will have to wear anything of Lucy's because she got sooooooo much for Christmas. She's not even going to have to wear her own outfits more than once. My mom and sisters are out of control. Haha. 

Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Saturday 7

1. Everyone keeps telling me the end of this pregnancy will fly by because of the holidays. They're wrong. Haha. I'm just not that busy. We hardly bought any presents. I finished buying them a while ago, and wrapped them last week. We don't have tons of parties to go to. I'm not doing a ton of baking. Sigh. I think I might go to my sister's house today and wrap her presents just so I don't have to sit at home thinking about how uncomfortable I am. Haha.

2. Lucy came down with some kind of ailment this week. It seems to be her Christmas tradition. Last year, she puked for like 2 weeks before Christmas and finished the year with diarrhea. This time it's been some kind of weird fever/gas/puking/cough thing. She was a grump all day on Tuesday and I could tell she didn't feel good. By Wednesday, she woke up with a 102* fever. She didn't want anything to eat, just wanted to drink apple juice and cuddle on the couch with me. Fortunately I had just set my computer down and pulled her up on my lap when she started puking. I caught the majority of it on my chest. It was pure liquid and soaked through my clothes immediately. I carried her to the kitchen where we both stripped in broad daylight with the curtains wide open. Haha. She fell asleep on the couch later that day, which I'm pretty sure hasn't happened since she was like 6 months old. She had a fever all day despite Tylenol every 4 hours. Since then, she hasn't puked again and she's started to act much more herself, but every once in a while she'll stop what she's doing, grab her belly and start crying, "Me not feeling so good." Sometimes she's really writhing in pain. I've come to the conclusion that she has painful gas. But I don't know what to do for her. I think I'm going to buy some children's gas-x today and see if that helps at all. In the past 2 days, she's really started coughing hard, too. And her eyes are bloodshot. The doctor told me I could put my eyedrops in her eyes if she got pink eye. I'm not sure it's pink eye, but I put some eyedrops in her eyes anyway. She was not a fan.

3-4. The Advent activities kind of fell to the wayside once she got sick, but here's what we managed to do this week:

Day 15 We were supposed to go see the live nativity at church, but it got rained out.
Day 16 Nothing
Day 17 Made red and green play-dough. I wanted to make the Jell-o recipe, but couldn't find cream of tartar at the store, so we just did this recipe:

1 c. salt
1.5 c. flour
1/2 c. water
2 Tbsp oil
Food coloring

The food coloring did not mix in very well at first:

It took a lot of kneading, but ended up looking pretty good:
Lucy thought it was awesome that I let her use my rolling pin and cookie cutters.

Day 18 Dinner and Frederik Meijer Gardens with Great Grandma and Grandpa. It was absolute madness going this close to Christmas, but Lucy loved all the pretty trees and the trains.
So thankful for Great Grandma and Grandpa!

Day 19 Opened her special Christmas ornament and put it on the tree. I wanted to get her a Dora ornament, but I had a coupon to Hallmark and they didn't have Dora, so I got her this one instead:
She doesn't care about Barbie, but she loooooooves ballet lately!

Day 20 Nothing. We were supposed to make Christmas cookies with Presley, but decided to keep our germs to ourselves. :-(
Day 21 Made goodies for the neighbors. Lucy sneezed in the bowl. Fortunately it was after the first ingredient, so we just started over. Lol. Sorry, neighbors!
Day 22 Watch a new Christmas movie. I bought Veggie Tales' The Toy that Saved Christmas because I loved it as a kid (ok, teenager). We're "watching" it right now, but Lucy's not real interested. C'mon, kid! This movie is awesome!!

5. This is what I made for the neighbors this year: ranch oyster crackers and crockpot cinnamon almonds. Mmmmm. My house smelled amazing. Thanks, pinterest for the ideas!

6. We also had a pinterest-inspired dinner this week. I saw this recipe for copycat KFC "fried" chicken that is actually baked. I've tried making fried chicken before and only succeeded in scalding the chicken, filling my house with smoke, and throwing the chicken in the trash angrily. This seemed much more up my alley. And I actually had everything on hand so I didn't have to go to the store! Win! It really did taste amazingly like KFC's chicken. It was deeeeelicious!

7. I had every intention of not doing any grocery shopping this weekend. I made a very comprehensive list and got everything I needed on Monday. Everything except stocking stuffers since Justin and Lucy were with me. I was going to go earlier this week, but then Lucy got sick, and I've just been so tired and sore and couldn't make myself go to the store in the evening after Justin got home. So I have to go today. The Saturday before Christmas. Nice. Haha.

Have a great Christmas everyone!!! I can't wait!!!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

35 Weeks!

I really need to remember to put make-up on before these pictures . . .
Baby is the size of a coconut this week. 

How far along? 35 weeks (35 days 'til my due date!)

Total weight loss/gain: +3 lbs in 2 weeks, +30 total. I weigh more than Justin now. That's a great feeling. Lol. Oh, and I noticed this week that I can't get my rings off. Oops. 
Maternity clothes? Yep. Getting quite sick of them.
Sleep: Pretty horrible. I'm to the point where I think "Why even bother going to bed? I'm just going to toss and turn in pain all night."
Best moment this week: Baby sister getting her first Christmas present - an adorable crocheted owl hat. She's so wearing it home from the hospital. Can't wait!
Movement: All the time and getting ever more painful. I actually think she might have changed positions. I used to always feel her hiccups on my right side and now they're on my left. And I always felt her feet on my left side, but now they're on my right! She still loves to punch my bladder, though! I consider it an accomplishment every time I make it through a day without peeing my pants. Lol. 
Food cravings: Cinnamon rolls, donuts, sparkling grape juice, chocolate!
Food aversions: Vegetables. ;-) 
Gender: GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: Still just Braxton Hicks all day every day. I even get them when I roll over in bed.

Belly Button in or out? Still hanging on to that little nub - unless I eat a lot, then it disappears. Haha.
What I miss: My old body.

What I am looking forward to: Meeting this baby!
Milestones: According to thebump.com my uterus has grown 1,000 times its normal size by now! 
Weekly name clue: I really can't think of any more of these without totally giving it away. Here a few more I considered that Justin nixed: Ruby, Cora, and Mila. I definitely have a naming style!

At my doctor's appointment on Monday, she said the baby is not head down like I originally thought. Her head is over by my right hipbone. (Or at least was on Monday. Like I said, I think she's since moved.) If this baby is not in my pelvis, then why do I have so much pain down there?? I'm not going to be able to walk by the time she does get head down!! Oh boy.

Got another stranger comment yesterday. I was checking out at Hallmark and the cashier said, "Wow - you must be due any day." I told her I have over a month to go and she got the same bug-eyed look the last lady did. Haha. At least she didn't ask if it was twins. I'm beginning to lose hope that this baby will be any smaller than Lucy was!

*Edit* I just realized I took bare belly pics for week 35 of my pregnancy with Lucy. Let's have some comparisons, shall we?

With Lucy.
Baby #2


















With Lucy. Look at that stretchmark-free belly!
Baby #2. (Sorry my bra is showing!)

Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Saturday 7

1. Here's the Advent recap for the week:
Day 9: Play in the snow with Daddy. This was originally planned for later on, but the way our weather has been lately, I figured we better capitalize on the snow we got last weekend.
Day 10: Make Christmas cards. She wasn't real into this. We made a couple and then she was done.
Day 11: Make snowman donuts. This one was a hit. (And I've greatly enjoyed eating these cute little guys)
Day 12: Fail. We were busy this day, she never asked to do the sticker, and I wasn't well prepared, so it got skipped.
Day 13: Date night with Daddy. She was so excited to go on a date before she even knew what it was. Justin took her to Chuck E. Cheese and she had an absolute blast. (And I got all the Christmas presents wrapped!)
Day 14: Our secret one.  ;-)

2. Now that Lucy has her uppercase letters down, I decided we need to start working on lowercase. I half-heartedly searched for some kind of flashcards or puzzle I could buy before deciding just to make one myself. I had already made flashcards for her uppercase letters, so I did a bunch of lowercase letters too. I knew she'd be confused by the ones that look so different, though, and she's really been into playing "matching" lately, so I made a game out of them. I searched the internet for clipart, printed a bunch off for each letter, then glued them in place like so:
(Please excuse my horrendous photography skills.)
I purposely used the same words that accompany each letter on her Melissa and Doug puzzle because that's what she's familiar with. (A for apple, B for basket, C for carrots, etc.) So even if I hand her the lowercase h that looks nothing like the H she knows, she can see the picture of the house and deduce that it must be h! We've only used these cards a few times since I've made them, but she loves it and will have the lowercase letters down in no time!

3. Lucy's new phrase is, "What the world?!" Haha. I can't imagine where she got it from . . .

4. My mom, Niki, and I went to visit a friend in the hospital last night. She had a hysterectomy and was on the women's floor with all the maternity patients. I started to get a little excited to go back there in a few weeks and get this baby out of me! Thinking about it apparently made me dream about it, though. Here's a glimpse at my psychotic pregnancy dreams: I dreamed that I went in to deliver and the first thing they asked me was if I wanted my baby circumcised (it was a boy). I said yes, so they extricated him out of me. I don't even know how. I didn't push him out, and they didn't do a C-section. All of a sudden he was just out. And he was so so ugly. He had a ginormous cone head, was covered in goo, and  . . . wait for it . . . had a beard and a mustache! Lol. It was really freaky.

5. After all my eye problems of late, I've decided I really need a pair of glasses with my current prescription (as opposed to the pair I have now with my prescription from 2001) to fall back on. I've been wearing my contacts throughout my whole pink eye debacle, and I'm probably just making my problems worse. Anyway, when Bethany was over last week, she recommended Zenni Optical to me. (How'd you like that Bethany? Made my blog 2 weeks in a row!) I ordered a pair for $9.95! They should be here just in time for Christmas. Can't wait!

6. Things that have become difficult/impossible to do with this belly (aside from every day tasks like bending over, breathing, etc.):
- Paint my toenails
- Shave my left leg (because I'm right handed and have to reach over my belly)
- Reach the faucet while standing straight-on at the kitchen sink. I have to angle my body. Haha.
- Give Lucy a bath
- Lean over my plate while eating - my belly juts into the table so I can't sufficiently lean over the table. If you see me with food all over my stomach, that's why.

7. I know this is long, but bear with me. This point requires reader participation. (I always save my questions for the end so they're fresh in your mind and you'll answer. :-)) I've been making lists of things to prepare for this baby. One of them is to buy myself some food or protein shakes or something that I can force myself to eat. When Lucy was born, I had some major anxiety and no appetite. I didn't eat, so my milk didn't come in, so breastfeeding was even harder than it needed to be - which just led to more anxiety! Vicious cycle. So my question is: What do I need for my milk to come in? Protein? Calories? Do you have any suggestions for quick/easy/semi-tasty things I can have on hand when this baby is born? I'm trying to be a little bit more pro-active this time. :-)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

34 Weeks


Baby is the size of a butternut squash this week. 

How far along? 34 weeks - only 6 to go! The end is in sight!!

Total weight loss/gain:Didn't weigh myself this week. Dr. appointment on Monday. 
Maternity clothes? Obviously.
Sleep: Not great. 
Best moment this week: Jesus' birthday party!
Movement: Alll the time. I asked the doctor about her position at my appointment last week. I was right. Her feet are on my left side, butt right under my belly button, head down (and maybe her arms too? I feel a lot of punching of the bladder and cervi x - ouch!).
Food cravings: Cookies, candy, donuts - the usual.
Food aversions: Vegetables. ;-) 
Gender: GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: Nothing new.
Belly Button in or out? It's almost gone. There's just a tiny nub left. Still amazingly don't have the linea negra. I had it by this time with Lucy. Why would it be different this time? So strange.

What I miss: Regular clothes.

What I am looking forward to: Christmas! :-)
Milestones: I think someone told me once that most babies have the sucking refle
x by 34 weeks, but none of my emails said anything about that. One website I went to said she's urinating a pint of fluid a day! That's gross.
Weekly name clue: I wrote in my Saturday 7 that I was wavering on the name. But Justin said the name we have picked is her name and I'm not allowed to waver or over-think it. Haha. Thank goodness someone still has their head on straight. That said, I'm really running out of clues . . . Here's one: Her name means almost exactly the same thing as another person in our immediate family.

My pain hasn't gotten any better. I think it might be here to stay now. I have a constantly bruised feeling - like I fell on a balance beam or have been riding a horse too long. Haha. That pain never goes away - I wake up with it in the morning and go to bed with it at night. The pubic bone pain gets worse with activity. So I'm giving myself even more license to be a couch potato. Justin did the grocery shopping this week, we're not going to go to story time anymore, I'm not going to worry about keeping my house clean. (So please don't stop over. Haha.) Fortunately I have my Christmas shopping done except for stocking stuffers. Poor Lucy is going to be watching a lot of movies. Not that she minds!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Jesus' Birthday Party 2012


This year's event wasn't as elaborate as I would've liked (especially the food), but I'm really trying not to over-exert myself these days. I'm pretty sure the kids (and moms) had fun anyway. :-)

Last year, we had 5 moms and 5 kids. This year, we had 7 moms and 9 kids! It was kind of a madhouse at times. Haha. 

We started out with breakfast:
I made French toast sticks for the kids, cinnamon rolls, and 2 egg casseroles for the moms.

Sides of cheese, grapes, and cupcakes. 

After we were all sufficiently stuffed, we moved on to story time. I neglected to take any pictures at this point. Basically I had all the bigger kids sit on the floor in front of me while I read the Christmas story (from the book I previously mentioned). Before I started reading, I handed each kid a piece of the fridge nativity Lucy and I had made. I told each kid to listen for their character and put him/her/it on the fridge when he/she/it came up in the story (Mary, Joseph, the star, the manger, etc.)

When we were done with the story, we did this craft:
It was a little bit harder than I anticipated, but the kids did a great job with a little help. I should've taken a picture of Lucy's. Her sheep are jumping in the air over Jesus' head. Haha.

Finally, we put some candles in the cupcakes, sang a beautiful rendition of Happy Birthday to Jesus and let the kids blow out the candles and eat the cupcakes!

After all the planned activities, the kids had a lot of fun playing and running around the house while the moms had a blast talk talk talking. Haha. 

I sent each kid home with a little goodie bag. The bags had a candy cane with this poem taped onto it:
I also put an annoying little whistle from the dollar store, a Little Debbie's Christmas cake, and these stickers in each bag:
The stickers and craft were both from Oriental Trading. I ordered them weeks ago, and they came on Friday  afternoon - the day before the party. Haha.

Thanks so much, everyone for coming out on a snowy day and hanging out with us! Maybe next year when I'm not hugely pregnant, I'll do some more creative little quiches and homemade donuts or something ridiculously pinterest-y like that! ;-)

Saturday, December 8, 2012

The Saturday 7

1. We started our Advent Calendar this week. Lucy loves peeling off the sticker each day to discover that day's activity. It's a good thing she can't read because I actually switched up a lot this week. I'm sure you've seen most everything on facebook, but here's a quick recap:

Day 1: Read the Christmas story and go play at Kelly and Presley's house. [Justin and I had to go to a wedding all day.]
Day 2: Make bead ornaments. She loved this activity. I started out giving her red, green, black, and white beads. But once she ran out of those she moved onto the less Christmassy colors. She asks to do it every day!

Day 3: Make peanut butter bird feeders. She spent most of her time licking the peanut butter off the knife.

Day 4: Make Christmas pizzas for dinner. She loves helping me cook, and kept saying enthusiastically, "We making Christmas pizzas!" Unfortunately, she refused to eat our masterpieces. It was a whole wheat crust, and she won't touch anything healthy. I should've known better . . .

Day 5: Go to the library and check out Christmas books. I didn't monitor her choices well enough and we ended up with a bunch of really long books. Again, I'm glad she can't read so she doesn't notice when I skip parts. ;-)
Day 6: Pick out a toy for Toys for Tots. She did this and told Justin later that night that it was for a girl who doesn't have any presents, but then she was really mad when I wouldn't let her take it out of the box and play with it. Haha. I know that's totally normal for her age.
Day 7: Make a nativity for the fridge,

Day 8: Have a birthday party for Jesus. This one will get its own post soon.

2. I have a new favorite blog: The Happy Home Fairy. I pin something from it pretty much every day. I love it because it's a Christian mom blog. She does all these cool crafts, but has spiritual meaning behind so many of them. It's one of those blogs that inspires me and makes me feel horrible about myself all at the same time. Lol. I've been on a roll with doing crafts and activities with Lucy lately, but I really need to work harder on incorporating Jesus into our every day lives. I keep telling myself she's too young to understand, but I'm not sure how much longer I'll be able to use that excuse.

3. So Thursday this week I woke up with my right eye bloodshot and gunky. Unbelievable. It's the opposite eye that I had my sty in. Stupid eyes. I had my bi-weekly dr appt anyway that day so she diagnosed me with pink eye and wrote me a prescription. You should see me try to put the drops in my eyes. You'd think I'd be a pro since I've worn contacts every day of my life for the past 10 years. But I can not do it. I make Justin do it anytime he's home. Thanks, babe!

4. Lucy and I had a WIC appointment this week. She weighs 27 lbs and is 36 inches tall - 3 feet! Apparently she's growing too tall in proportion to her weight gain though, because they told me she's at risk for "failure to grow" or something ridiculous like that. I told the lady that both Justin and I were very small kids and I'm not too concerned. Look at us now! Haha.

5. I got a comment from a stranger at the store this week. She asked when I was due, and when I told her the end of January, her eyes about bugged out of her head and she said, "Are there two in there?" Lol. It really doesn't offend me. I'm not sure why pregnant women get so offended by statements like that. It's not my fault I have this huge belly. If she asked me if I was having twins when I wasn't pregnant, then I'd be upset! But now I'm well aware that I'm huge, there's nothing I can do about it, and it's really quite funny. (At least for other people - for me, it's mostly painful and uncomfortable! Haha.)

6. So I'm really wavering on our name choice for this baby. Maybe it's because we never call her by her name, but I'm just not sure I love it. Mostly, I think it's a little bit hard to enunciate. I'm afraid people will mis-hear her all her life. That said, I don't have any backup names. I'm too picky and I don't like anything! Maybe we'll be one of those people who picks her name based on "what she looks like when she's born" - a concept I've never understood. If we would've named Lucy based on what she looked like at birth, she'd probably be "Ming-Wong" or something. Lol.

7. Well I actually wrote most of this earlier this week because today is insanely busy. We just finished up our 2nd annual Jesus' birthday party. Loved it. Post on that to come soon. Later on, the fabulous Bethany Sanderson is coming over to take some maternity pictures for me, and then we're hosting small group! I think I'm going to go put some drops in my eyes and catch a quick nap! Have a great week, everyone!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

33 Weeks

Baby is the size of a durian fruit this week. What the heck is that? Spell-check doesn't even recognize the word "durian." 

How far along? 33 weeks - only 7 to go!
Total weight loss/gain:+4 lbs since my last appt 2 weeks ago. +27 total. Oy. 
Maternity clothes? Yes. Totally. I'm down to about 2 pairs of jeans I can bear to wear.
Sleep: Not great. I'm annoyed I only have 2 sleeping positions, and neither of them are that comfortable.
Best moment this week: Wearing that cute dress to the wedding. Lots of people pointing and laughing. Haha.
Movement: Oh yeah. I'm pretty sure she's trying to break out via my belly button. She's a little confused about which way is out . . .
Food cravings: Milk. But not on its own. I've been eating tons of cereal just so I can have milk. Also had a craving for sparkling grape juice yesterday. And chocolate. For some reason there is no chocolate in this house and I really need some!!!
Food aversions: Vegetables. ;-) 
Gender: GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: Pretty sure my bones and ligaments are stretching to make room for her to pop out. It is incredibly painful.
Belly Button in or out? It's almost gone. There's just a tiny nub left. 

What I miss: Not being in pain.

What I am looking forward to: Maternity leave.
Milestones: According to babycenter, she's over 4 lbs now!
Weekly name clue: It is sometimes used as a nickname, but can stand alone. :-)

The past few days have been rough. The pubic bone pain is back with a vengeance. I'm hoping it's just another growth spurt and I'll be back to normal soon because this is close to unbearable. I can't do anything. I can't walk, put on pants, go up and down the stairs, carry kids, etc. 7 more weeks. I can do it, right??

Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Saturday 7

1. I can't believe today is December 1st. Maybe there really is something to this global warming thing. It's been so weird the past few years having so little snow. Not that I mind. I have no problem finding my Christmas spirit without snow! I finally made the Advent Calendar last night. It took me forever. I was going to make little envelopes for each day, but decided that was too much work, so this is what I ended up with:
I just wrote the day's activity on the back of each circle and lightly taped it to the square so Lucy can peel one off every day. She was so excited to peel off today's and immediately said, "Do another one?" when we were done. Haha. I'm excited to have pre-planned activities to do every day. She's going to love it.

2. It has been a long week. I can't believe it was just last Saturday that I posted about Lucy's eye. I decided it was just a sty, but then I woke up with the same red, swollen painful eyelid on Sunday! Neither of us really looked like we had pink eye, but I figured we better be safe than sorry (especially considering I work with kids), so we went to the doctor on Monday. She diagnosed me with an infected sty and Lucy with an infected eyelid. Supposedly the two aren't connected and we didn't infect each other. Whaaat? That's way too much of a coincidence. I came to my own conclusion that we each acquired an infection from the same source, and it just manifested itself differently. I'm pretty sure that source is my eye shadow. Lucy loves to play with it every time I put some on, and it's reeeeeeeallly old, so it would make sense that we both got an infection from it. I threw it away and we both got some antibiotics to clear up our infections. Lovely.

3. We've been working on counting with Lucy. This is how she counts to ten: "One, two, three, four, five, six, ten, seven, eight, nine, ten." I can not get her to drop the ten after six. Haha.

4. I have been eating so badly lately. I seriously made myself eat an apple today because I can't remember the last time fruit crossed my lips. (And I've only had veggies in things like chicken alfredo or Chinese food. Haha.) So many of my friends and family members are losing weight and looking amazing these days that I'm all excited to get back in shape after this baby's born. Part of me thinks I should stop eating so badly now so I have less to lose. But the other part thinks I'm going to gain what I'm going to gain and it'll all fall off with breastfeeding anyway, so why not enjoy it now while I can? Hahaha.

5. We got our Christmas tree on Sunday. Lucy loved it. As soon as we got out of the car, she marched up to the first tree she saw and said, "Get this one." I think she was a little confused, though, because when we loaded our tree into the trunk and got back in the car, she started saying, "Need Christmas treat now." I told her I didn't have a Christmas treat for her and she started crying, saying, "You say me get Christmas treat!" I'm thinking she might have heard "treat" instead of "tree." Haha. We happened to be about a mile from Niki's house so we ran over there and got a sucker to serve as Lucy's "Christmas treat." Spoiled. We decorated the tree that night after her nap. She loved every second of it:
The next morning when she got up, she ran out to the living room, gasped in dismay and said, "Tree broken! Lights not on!" Haha. I showed her that they just needed to be plugged in, and now she reminds me any time the lights aren't on to plug them in.

6. We finished our 30 days of Thankfulness yesterday. I'm sure it was annoying to people on facebook, but I enjoyed doing it. It was a good reminder for me. Things have been tough financially lately, and I'm really sad that we're doing another Christmas with no presents. It was so good for me to focus on all the things we have to be thankful for. We are overwhelmingly blessed by families who love us, a God who forgives us and provides for us, friends who are always there for us, people that we can grow spiritually with and have fun with, health, a roof over our head and clothes on our backs. This is the recap of my 30 days of thankfulness. Lucy's are in that post too. I wasn't as faithful with having her do it every day, so she only made it to 24, but it was so cute to see what she came up with.

7. We went to a wedding today. Of course I don't have anything to wear to a wedding, so I raided all my friends' closets and came up with a pretty cute ensemble.
Doesn't my belly look fake? Haha. Unbelievable.

30 Days of Thankfulness

I wrote these on facebook every day, but here they are in a more permanent fashion. Lucy's are below mine.

I'm thankful for . . .

  1. Lucy and her silly sayings
  2. Crazy turbo baby sister
  3. Hardworking husband
  4. A church that we love
  5. My job
  6. Godly girlfriends
  7. Medicine
  8. The truth and clarity of Romans 2:22
  9. Naptime
  10. Justin home from his business trip
  11. Married into a family I love
  12. Christmas music
  13. Sisters
  14. Brother
  15. Parents
  16. Humans are only pregnant for 40 weeks
  17. 3 paycheck month
  18. Paxil
  19. Got to see Becky
  20. Inspirational Fiction
  21. Health
  22. A family that gets along and loves each other
  23. Traditions
  24. The generosity of others
  25. A husband who makes pancakes
  26. My nephews
  27. Warm, cozy house
  28. Contact lenses
  29. The Internet
  30. So much to be thankful for
And Lucy is thankful for . . .
  1. God
  2. Jesus
  3. Lola
  4. Daddy
  5. Mommy
  6. Baby Sister
  7. Aunt Niki
  8. Aunt Libby
  9. Uncle Luke
  10. Grandmas
  11. Grandpas
  12. R.J.
  13. Baby Violet
  14. Presley
  15. Kelly
  16. Ellie (her lovey)
  17. Dora
  18. Boots
  19. Elmo
  20. Beef-a-Roni
  21. Markers
  22. Cream Soda Suckers
  23. Class at Church
  24. Baby (doll)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Advent Activities 2012

My sister and I love traditions. We complain often that our family doesn't have enough. So I decided (with much thanks to Pinterest) to start a new one with Lucy this year: the Advent Calendar. We didn't do anything like this as kids, so I've just gleaned information from the Internet and relied on my creativity. My Advent Calendar isn't nearly as beautiful as anything I've seen on Pinterest, but I did come up with 25 activities to do from December 1-25.

I wrote the activity on the red square and lightly taped the circle over it. She'll peel off the circle to see the activity.
  1. Read the Christmas story. [I got the book The Story of Christmas by Patricia A. Pingry at Family Christian for $6.99 yesterday. It's just right for Lucy.]
  2. Make pipe cleaner/bead ornaments. [Just let her string pony beads onto pipe cleaners, form into a "wreath"-type circle and let her put it on the tree.]
  3. Make peanut butter bird feeders.
  4. Pick out a toy for Toys for Tots.
  5. Go to the library and check out Christmas books.
  6. Make snowman donuts.
  7. Make Christmas pizzas for dinner.
  8. Have a birthday party for Jesus.[Here's my recap of last year's party.]
  9. Go see the trees at Frederick Meijer Gardens.
  10. Make contact paper window ornaments.
  11. Make Christmas cards. Mail them to loved ones.
  12. Unwrap your special ornament and put it on the tree. [I still haven't bought her ornament yet for this year. I'm thinking Dora? I try to do something that she loved all year. I thought about a "big sister" ornament, but should I save that 'til next year when the baby's actually born?]
  13. Date night with Daddy. [Aka - Mommy's chance to wrap presents!]
  14. Go to the live nativity at church.
  15. Make red and green play dough. [I think I'm going to try the Jell-O recipe]
  16. Play in the snow with Daddy.
  17. Drive around to see the lights.
  18. Buy Daddy a Christmas present.
  19. Make waffle cone Christmas trees.
  20. Make/decorate cookies with Presley.
  21. Watch a new Christmas movie. [I bought her Veggie Tales The Toy that Saved Christmas on Black Friday. We had it as kids. I can't wait to watch it again!]
  22. Make goodies for the neighbors. 
  23. Go bowling and celebrate Christmas with the Daddy's family.
  24. Read the Christmas story again and open one present at home [Christmas pajamas and probably a small toy] before going to my family overnight. 
  25. Christmas!      
Whew! I can't wait! 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

32 Weeks

Baby is the size of a squash this week. 

How far along? 32 weeks - only 8 to go!
Total weight loss/gain: +1 this week, up 24 total (as of Monday when I went to the Dr. for my eye) -- I just looked it up: I was up 25 lbs at this point with Lucy. Bummer. I feel like I've been gaining less quickly this pregnancy. Hopefully I won't gain 18 more pounds in the next 8 weeks like I did with Lucy. <:-O 
Maternity clothes? Yes. Totally.
Sleep: It takes me forever to fall asleep. And if I get woken up for any reason in the night, the process has to start all over again. Still having wicked night sweats too. 
Best moment this week: Having a week off of work and having Justin home to help out.  
Movement: Oh yeah. I've been trying to figure out how she's positioned. I feel the most kicking on my left side, so I think her feet are over there. And there's always a big hard lump by my belly button. I'm thinking that's her butt (and spine - it's bumpy and gross feeling!). Hoping that means her head is down?
Food cravings: Sweets. I've had 4 cinnamon rolls and a brownie so far today. Lol. (Maybe I should count myself lucky if I only gain 18 more pounds . . .)
Food aversions: Vegetables. ;-) 
Gender: GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: Still just Braxton Hicks all day every day.
Belly Button in or out? Out and starting to flatten. Still no linea negra though. I can't remember when I got that with Lucy.

What I miss: Being able to bend over and breathe at the same time.

What I am looking forward to: Getting this baby out of me!
Milestones: I noticed for the first time this week that I feel like I'm suffocating when I lay flat on my back. I've been sleeping on my back until this point. Really annoyed I'm out one more sleep position! 
Weekly name clue: It's the same amount of letters as someone else in our family (meaning either Justin, Sadie, or Lucy). :-)

I told Justin a couple days ago that I'm feeling better physically than I have in a while. And then I realized I had a week off of work, and he was home for a week to help me out. Yesterday I did a bunch of shopping on Alpine then came home and decorated my house for Christmas. I was pretty much hunched over the stove making dinner by evening. And today I've been limping around like an 88 year old woman. Feeling good was was nice while it lasted! 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Saturday 7

1. I need to record that for the first time this week, Lucy correctly identified all 26 letters of the alphabet on her flashcards. At almost exactly 2.5 years old. Go Lucy! What do I need to teach her next? The lowercase letters? The sounds the letters make?

2. I had a doctor's appointment on Wednesday. My doctor is on vacation, so I saw the P.A. Isn't it horrible that I got more information out of the P.A. than I ever get from my doctor? And I got right in and out. Usually I wait at least an hour. The morning I was there, I was feeling soooo dizzy. I asked the P.A. about it and she said I'm probably just dehydrated and need to drink more. As the day went on, though, it got worse and worse. I was so annoyed because Justin and I had arranged someone to watch Lucy and had big plans to go out to eat and do some Christmas shopping. Eventually I realized I was having Paxil withdrawals, which I already wrote about in my 31 weeks entry. It was not fun. I sat in Logan's commanding myself not to pass out, eating as fast as I could so I could get out of there without making a scene. Haha. We did do our shopping, but I was kind of in a fog the whole time. Such a pain. The good news is, it only took one dose once I finally got my refill to start feeling much better!! Lesson learned - give myself plenty of time to get a refill in case the pharmacy and my doctor's office can't get their acts together!

3. Thanksgiving was wonderful as usual. I got off easy and only had to make green bean casserole and pickle wraps. Justin helped me with the pickle wraps and we made about 500 in an hour (that may be an exaggeration, but it felt like a lot! Haha). I ran to Meijer that morning because they had Dr Pepper 2 liters on sale for 69 cents! Then we spent the rest of the day at my parents'. We had so much amazing food. I was really wishing this baby didn't take up so much room in my belly! We played cards, perused the Black Friday ads, talked and laughed a ton. I live for days like that.

4 - 5. And then came the Black Friday shopping extravaganza! I wasn't sure how much I'd be able to handle this year, but Wal-Mart was opening at 8 and Niki had a bunch of stuff she wanted to get so I decided just to go along and be an extra set of hands. She wanted a 32" TV that was on sale for super cheap, so I sat in that line in the frozen food aisle all night while she fought her way through the crazies for the other stuff on her list. I really do understand how people get trampled and die. It's actually quite scary. I didn't see much beyond the frozen quesadillas, but I heard people screaming and Niki recounted the story a few times of people jumping onto skids, throwing punches, trampling little kids, and all out brawling for what they wanted. The things we do for a deal!

My belly and I stayed far away from the brawling. It was hilarious to see the people pointing and staring at me, though. My mom said I should get a t-shirt that says, "You think I'm big? I still have 2 months to go!" Lol. The best part was that I totally saw the girl I dressed up as for Halloween. She was largely pregnant, wearing sweatpants and a dirty tank top with a leopard print bra hanging out. She had her cell phone tucked into the side of her bra and tattoos peeking out from underneath her poor over-worked shirt. It was hilarious!

After escaping Wal-Mart with our lives and our goods, we ran to Target. They had already been open for a couple hours by the time we got there, so we didn't think they'd have what we wanted - but we were pleasantly surprised! And we timed it perfectly because our friend Becky had been standing in line for an hour and was almost to the front by the time we got our stuff. We tossed it to her and had her check it out, so we didn't have to wait more than 15 minutes! Thanks, Becky!!

We ran to Kohl's and got our $3 pillows, then decided to go home and sleep for a while. I got a good 6 hours of sleep before heading back out to the mall for some more deals. I did amazingly well. I sat a lot, didn't carry anything heavy, and walked slowly. I'm definitely sore today, but it wasn't as bad as I expected. Thanks to Mom and Niki for dropping me off at the door, carrying huge armloads of stuff, and doing all the hard work so I could come along for an easy ride. :-)

6. We're absolutely broke this year (story of our lives), so we're only buying presents for Lucy. I wasn't really going to buy her that much because she gets hugely spoiled by her grandparents and aunts and uncles, but I keep finding all this stuff I know she'd love! Plus I'm getting awesome deals and hardly spending any money. Haha. The one thing she actually really wants is a Dream Lite. And she's very specific that she wants the turtle. Of course that's the one thing that has not gone on sale at all this year. It's $30 everywhere. So I was so excited to find a Groupon for Toys R Us - pay $10, get $20 worth of merchandise. When I bought it, I realized I had a $10 credit on my account, so I got it completely free! If I can find the turtle there, it'll only end up costing me $10! Woohoo! Here's hoping!

7. When I got home from shopping last night, Justin said Lucy had been complaining that her eye hurt all day. It was red and irritated. She woke up in the middle of the night crying that it hurt. And when she woke up this morning, it looked like this:

I can't find a sty. But I don't think it's pink eye. It's not oozing or anything. Her whole eyelid is red and swollen. Any ideas? Suggestions? She's been crying all morning that it hurts.

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