Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Grandpa Jeff and Uncle Robin came to pick us up, and when we got to the mall we went to the cowboy store. All the salesmen thought I was adorable and showed us cowboy boots in my size. I didn't get any.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
But after taking a very long nap at Josh's parent's house Christmas morning, he was much happier:
The day after Christmas was pretty quiet. The three of us met cousins Caitie and Inez at Como Conservatory in the morning, then we ran a quick errand to Target before heading home. Josh tried out the Indiana Jones game we got for the Wii - it looks pretty sweet and I'm excited to try it (and probably fail miserably. Video games are not Vickie's strong suit).
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Ridley wore shoes for the first time today! (see picture above) The shoes are just a little big, but since he isn't walking, it doesn't bother him, and we think they're awfully cute. And hopefully they keep his feet a little warmer than just his socks.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Super happy baby! We get lots of smiles like this, but manage to capture few on camera. Josh got this one on Wednesday.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
time for a bath. Don't let the calm face in the picture fool you - he
hated it! But despite his fussing, he actually handled it very well
and now he's clean, dressed and happily napping in his swing.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
flurries this afternoon was to deny their existence and sleep through
We have five more days to go until our due date, and at least for me,
it hasn't really set in how close that is. We're both really excited
to meet this little one though! The baby's bedroom is all set up and I
have two bags packed and ready to go to the hospital (one for Josh and
I, the other for the baby). I installed one of our carseat bases in my
car already and it'll only take a few minutes to install the second
base into Josh's backseat. Our cats are now (mostly) trained to stay
off all baby furniture, though they do like to test us sometimes on
the pack and play. There's a little hippopotomus toy hanging on the
canopy that Tweak likes to steal. But I'm quick with the squirt
bottle, and they know what they're doing is wrong (kittens make very
cute guilty faces).
Everything is ready - just a few more days to go!!
I did wake up this morning feeling congested and achy. The aches are
at least somewhat pregnancy related, but I really hope I'm not getting
a cold. I need the little energy I have these days to deliver a baby!!
Looks like the couch and I will sharing even more time together....
I do only have to work half days now though, so that is really nice.
My last full day was Wednesday, and I felt so much better being able
to come home and rest Thursday and Friday. Yeah, it's getting boring
spending so much time off my feet, but the difference in how I feel is
so huge that it makes the boredom completely worthwhile.
Josh and I did take advantage of our joint afternoon off on Thursday
to go see "Body of Lies" starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe.
We both really enjoyed it (and highly recommend it).
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
<---- This is also me tonight. Headless, but slightly better view of my belly. Right after the picture was taken, Webby started bouncing around.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
that if we went into labor, they wouldn't stop us. Don't start calling
us every day to see if we've had the baby yet though. Since it's our
first, it is much more likely that the little one will be late than
early. So it'll still probably be at least another three weeks.
Doctor's appointments are officially weekly events now. We had an
ultrasound last Monday (October 6 - all fluid levels and all checked
out just fine), and we'll be in for a regular check up on Oct 13
(Josh's birthday!). Then another ultrasound Oct 20 and, as far as we
know, regular appointments every week after that until we have the baby!
I spent last Sunday and several evenings this week hard at work on the
nursery. I washed all our baby clothes, sheets, towels, washcloths and
blankets - three large loads of laundry all together! But now it's all
clean and put away. I still have a pack and play and a swing to put
together, otherwise all that's left is organizing some little things
and packing our bags for the hospital.
Gilmour and Tweak are very interested in our changing table. They seem
to think it would be better suited to be a kitten nap spot. Silly boys.
Otherwise, all is well with Josh and I. Punch keeps Josh busy and
smelling deliciously of pizza. My already light workload at the bank
is dwindling even more as we prepare for my leave, so please email me!
It keeps me entertained.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
SIX: Weeks left until our due date (and some minor event in American politics). Also, the number of days until I will be contacting our short-term disability group to set up my maternity leave.
FIVE: The baby's current approximate weight (in pounds).
FOUR-to-one: the ratio of males to females in our house if the baby is a boy (including the cats). I may be severely outnumbered.
THREE: Weeks until we are considered full-term (37 weeks), and the doctors would not try to stop labor if it started.
TWO: Number of hearts currently beating in my body.
ONE: Little baby we can't wait to meet!
Time seems to be passing much more quickly now. We have our ultrasound this afternoon!
I'm starting to think about things like packing, making lists of who to call when the baby comes, and how to organize the nursery. I plan to spend the first weekend in October accomplishing all those things - as well as doing all the baby's laundry - crib sheets, blankets, clothes, socks, and hats!
I have a picture taken Saturday that I will try to post, but it's been giving me some problems!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Mostly things looked good all around, but my uterus is measuring a little smaller than it should be at this point, so at our next appointment my doctor is going to do an ultrasound to check on the little one and make sure all is well. She said it's most likely that we just have a slightly smaller than average baby (which I am ok with!), but it's better for us to just double check on everything. So two weeks from today (Sept. 23), we will get a third chance to see the our little one via ultrasound. And no, we still will not be finding out if it's a boy or a girl, so you all can wait another eight weeks to find out too!
Just think, within a few days of each other (or the same exact day if my prediction is true), you'll not only get to find out if our baby is a boy or a girl, but you'll also find out who the next President of the United States is!! (I think the former is more exciting, although the latter probably will have better press coverage.)
My doctor also told me that it's time for me to start to slow down a bit more and try to take it easy. She also told me to get more sleep and not to feel guilty about watching an extra movie or two. My hips and back are starting to become more painful, especially when I haven't made sure to get enough rest the previous day. So, anyone who's interested in some TV/Movie marathons, let me know (especially if you want to sit and watch The West Wing and cross stitch - you know who you are, Stacey). If anyone wants to go for a brisk jog, enjoy yourself. I'll be curled under a blanket with a cup of apple cider watching TV with my kitties.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
There's a lot to be done before November still, and August seems to be going by so quickly - the State Fair begins next weeks already! Where did summer go??
Tonight will be the last night of childbirth prep class. We'll be talking about what happens during our two-day stay at Lakeview Hospital (4 days if we end up having a c-section). (We hope that many of you will come visit!). We'll also be learning basic baby care skills tonight (things like swaddling and bathing), so we'll have plenty of time to practice them on Tweak.
This is what Tweak thinks of that idea:
(and for those of you who know our cat, yes, that is him, just when he weighed 3 pounds instead of 13)
Saturday, July 26, 2008
A low-end estimate of the cost for the neo-natal care required to keep the baby alive: $100,000.00.
Needless to say, as excited as I am to have this baby, I am more than happy to wait another 14 weeks.
*A pregnancy is considered full term at 37 weeks because all the baby's body systems are fully developed. So, in most cases, if mom goes into labor, the hospital staff isn't going to stop it.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
For me, on the other hand, it's another week of heartburn and getting kicked. I don't mind the kicks, but the heartburn is getting a little old. (Tums are my favorite thing EVER). The kicks are reaching new heights this week though - I have now been kicked in the ribs. I do believe that our young one already has a hero:
(for those unfamiliar, that would be soccer star David Beckham).
Otherwise, all is good with Josh and I (and the kittens too of course!).
Congratulations to our friends Steve and Stefany, whose little girl was born this morning!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
The baby and I went to our 24-week check-up on Monday. All is well: strong heartbeat for the baby, and a rise in my blood pressure. That's a good thing though because it puts my blood pressure into the "normal" range. We have four more weeks until our next visit, but after that we'll be visiting the doctor a bit more frequently.
Monday was also the second night of childbirth prep class. While the first week was full of talking and videos, for the second class we got to spend some time practicing relaxation techniques, including massage and breathing exercises. We also got to sample some of the aromatherapy lotions Lakeview offers.
Yes, our hospital offers aromatherapy as an option to laboring moms. They also encourage hydrotherapy (shower/bathtub), use of yoga balls, walking, music, and massage (among other things) for pain and labor management. Don't worry - they have epidurals and other drugs too!
As many have requested... here are some pictures of my belly and the baby. The ultrasound pictures are from June 11, so we were 19 weeks along then.
This is me on Monday (so it's very recent!):
Here is a profile picture of the baby (sorry it's sideways! I don't know how to change it!):
And here is one of his (or her) hand: