October 31, 2008
Marcus and I bought lots of candy, so I hope our new neighborhood represents and we give it all away!
In case you are clearance shopping the Halloween aisle this weekend, pick up some cnady corn and salted peanuts. Mix them up and enjoy! The combination tastes like the inside of a Snicker's bar.
October 30, 2008
The mail man knows I am having a baby- every time we check the mail I have a new catalog filled with kids and baby things that Abby Lu can not live without.
Yesterday I received a catalog from Back to Basics Toys which was filled with our childhood favorites. I really do want to order her some of these.
I had the pull phone. Why my phone needed to have wheels and be on a string I do not know.
Marcus named the View Master at first glance. Wow, there have been some drastic improvements in this area in the last 25 years. I remember everything being a shade of orange.
Finally, I am certain we all owned the corn popper as a child. It was like vacuuming and making loud noises all at once.
Check out their site - it could make for some fun Christmas presents for your kids or big kids like us.
October 29, 2008
Tis a shame to bump Anna's nice post about the announcements, but she agreed i should do a quick rant about this...
October 28, 2008
My super talented friends Erica and Kristi have been helping me decide how Abby Lu's birth announcements should look and we have a winner.... now, we just need a baby!
I love them- they are just what I envisioned when I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted. Knowing how they will look, I can go and buy envelopes and address them now when I have the time!
Shameless Unsolicited Plugs Done With Love :
If you are looking for someone to do invitations, check out Erica. She can digitally design them and send them to you for you to reproduce as you wish or have them printed up for you. All of this at a very reasonable price.
If you need a photographer, my cousin Kristi loves working with kids. She is doing my maternity pictures this weekend and will come visit our little girl when she is brand new to help me complete her announcements in a special outfit from my friend Andrea.
October 27, 2008
I have had a couple of short bouts of what I think is Braxton Hicks contractions in recent days. I feel my stomach tighten up and then release. They are not painful, just uncomfortable. I am drinking more water than usual to try and make sure I don't bring them on myself.
I want to get a full night's sleep so badly, but it isn't happening. I am going to ask about taking some Tylenol PM. I just want to stay asleep. I go between positions, try out each bed in the house and lie awake about 50% of the night.
We see the doctor on Thursday afternoon and are hoping for continued good progress toward December 24th.
from Baby Center:
By now, your baby weighs 3.75 pounds (pick up a large jicama) and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in your uterus. You're gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. In fact, she'll gain a third to half of her birth weight during the next 7 weeks as she fattens up for survival outside the womb. She now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz). Her skin is becoming soft and smooth as she plumps up in preparation for birth.
The grocery store is lots of fun for us right now! Not only did I use the bathroom 3 times in the 45 minutes we were there, but we got to play with produce.
Knowing that Abby is the size of 4 large navel oranges, Marcus decided to show me what he can do with 4 large navel oranges. Thank goodness she is safe inside me!
In addition, we found orange juice that expires after her due date. Wow, that is a sign she is coming soon! When I was a kid, I always looked at schoolfor the milk carton with my birthday on it. We looked all over for OJ with Abby's due date and struck out.
October 26, 2008
Every nursery needs a new baby's name and I love the fun letters we found at USA Baby. They are perfect above her bookcase and next to her custom made curtains.
Finally, I spent hours organizing her closet. We have been given so many well loved and brand new clothing that I was losing control- already! I hung the organizers, separated out the clothes by size, and donated the clothing that was for boys or would be the wrong size in the season she would be in. I also placed tubs of clothing bigger than 12 months in her top closet shelves.
We added fried pickles ahead of time and then laughed- I had pickles and ice cream for lunch!
My office gave us Friday afternoon off to celebrate a successful year since we changed leadership and I used it to go and buy my new Abby Lu approved car.
I said goodbye to Greta the Passat with a smile. Although I loved her at first, I outgrew her and was frustrated by things like my plastic bumper that was loose, the tiny glove box that rattled, and the beginnings of a peeling dashboard.
As I left Greta on the lot, I drove home in Cici, my new Chevrolet Equinox. It gives me more room, gives us a comfortable ride as a family and is much safer in terms of air bags, LATCH, and visibility. I am tired of waiting for the SUV to move so that I can see if I am able to go right!
It also has a lot of fancy features I would have never dreamed of. I just wanted leather and ended up with all kinds of extras- steering wheel controlled radio, XM, Onstar, heated seats, tire pressure alerts, iPod plug in capability, a compass, outdoor temp gauge, automatic lights, auto start and more. It is fancy!
And, just for Abby Lu, Kyleigh and Cohen, I went ahead and got the model with dual DVD players built into the head rests. Each can play their own video and they have wireless headsets. It just might save me from hearing Barney over and over again on a road trip to see Grammy.
October 23, 2008
Last night Marcus and I had the Equinox for the night and made sure it fit in the garage and the car seat and stroller worked in the possible new vehicle. All was a success!
To celebrate the car (which we should buy in the next week or so) and the good news on the diabetes test, we had snow cones! On the recommendation of my little friend Abbie B. I tried a grape slush with cream topping from Kawaii Shaved Ice in Round Rock. That girls knows her snow cones! Yummy! Marcus had buttered pecan with cream which he liked.
For anyone else needing a snow cone fix, they are open year round until 8 PM and are cheap and tasty. No indoor seating, so be prepared with a coat or keep the car running. We'll see you there!
October 22, 2008
I am happy to report my diabetes numbers came back "great" and I do not have GD. Who knows what happened to me yesterday, but I am happy she is not getting excess sugars and my body is processing everything normally. Whew!
This weekend brings big work in her nursery- closet organization, her mattress and bedding put together and the hanging of curtains. Pictures to come on Monday!
from Baby Center:
This week, your baby measures over 16 inches long. She weighs about 3.3 pounds (try carrying four navel oranges) and is heading into a growth spurt. She can turn her head from side to side, and her arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath her skin. She's probably moving a lot, too, so you may have trouble sleeping because your baby's kicks and somersaults keep you up. Take comfort: All this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy.
October 21, 2008
6:20 AM- Alarm goes off. Anna thinks, why am I getting up this early? I normally get up after 7:00. Oh yea, I have to take my gestational diabetes test this morning. Great, I am hungry already.
7:50 AM- Arrive at CPL for test.
8:00 AM- Give clerk my lab slip, called to the room, give blood and see the dreaded 8 oz. orange soda. Really, this drink again. Great, now I know what it tastes like. Fun. Clerk- "you need to drink this within 5 minutes and I'll call you back at 9:05 to give blood." 5 minutes, I couldn't drink 8 ounces of the best sweet tea (McAllister's Deli) in five minutes!
8:03 AM- I have chugged 6 ounces and begin to feel ill. Thinking oh God, please don't let me throw up. I am in the CPL lobby with 2 other pregnant women who seem to be doing fine. My stomach is gurgling, Abby is kicking and I am burping. I walk over to the other side of the room and get the trashcan for good measure.
8:05 AM- I am telling myself, drink up. You must do this or the other 6 ounces are a waste. I chug the final two ounces and immediately hate myself. I am certain puking is next in my to do list.
8:10 AM- My body realizes just how much sugar I have consumed and the freak out begins. I am sweating, panting, and my head suddenly feels too heavy for my neck to hold up. I am shaking and I can't seem to concentrate.
8:15 AM- I slowly walk up to the clerk again and lean on her counter. Through my heavy breathing I ask her if there is a bed where I can lie down. After a few minutes, she shows me to a bed. It was like being in the nurses office in junior high school.
8:25 AM- I ask to speak to Diana who first took my blood. I tell her what I am feeling and she recommend I relax and lie down. Relax, why didn't I think of that! I lie down and taste sugary orange soda, okay, lying down is not good. Diana reminds me that if I puke, I will have to reschedule the drink for another day. Uh yea, you'll have to drive me and hold me down to get me to drink this again! Crazy lady!
8:27 AM- I call Marcus. Please come sit with me. I am afraid I will pass out in this dark little room and they won't ever come check on me.
8:45 AM- My knight in shining armor arrives with a pillow and blanket because I am now freezing and have the shakes. Note to self, stop by Hallmark. Marcus deserves a card.
9:05 AM- Time to draw my blood. Do I have to get out of the covers for this? Darn. Why is it so cold in here? The 8:05 test was on my left arm, so 9:05 is for the right arm. Great, they never find a right arm vein. Okay, that wasn't so bad. Now, I have matching cotton balls for each arm. Wait, where will they get blood at 10:05? Oh well, must sleep.
9:55 AM- Woah, have I been asleep all this time? Wow. Ow, my right hip hurts. Did they take blood from there? No? Okay, this bed really needs some cushions.
10:05 AM- Time to give blood again. Okay, you want the left arm, here you are.
10:06 AM- I really need to go to the bathroom. Woah, my eye makeup looks awful. Thanks Marcus. Yea, my stomach is really unhappy with me.
10:07 AM- Back to bed.
11:00 AM- My arm hurts. Great, my arm is bleeding. Guess giving blood and then sleeping with your arm under your pillow isn't so smart. Clotting didn't occur. Oh, a nice bruise is coming. Pretty. One more test to go and then I can really sleep in my bed. Oh yea, and I am hungry. Marcus leaves to get us food and meet me at the house. Eat then sleep. Okay, I can do this.
11:05 AM- Take my right arm and have your way with it. I just want to leave.
I went home, ate my lunch and went to sleep for another 3 plus hours. Then, I just sat on the couch the rest of the day wondering what happened to me? I did a little GD research. I am pretty sure they are going to confirm my positive diagnosis this afternoon. My reaction doesn't appear to be normal.
October 19, 2008
Funny little story, we could not figure out how to get the car seat out of the base. In the end, it came out with Marcus holding the car seat upside down and using both hands and feet to shake it. We were certain we were doing something wrong! Seems it was stuck on something and comes out much easier now. Whew!
This gift comes just in time for us to see how it fits in the new SUV we are looking at. My Passat is not safe enough or big enough for our baby girl. We are borrowing a new Chevy Equinox tomorrow night to see how it all fits.
Thank you both for this wonderful gift that will keep our little one safe and sound in the car and on the move.
October 18, 2008
They were kind enough to put the game on for a little while so that I could confirm my Red Raiders were doing okay.
We played a little game putting toilet paper around my belly to see who knew how big I was. As you can see Chandra thought I was much bigger than I am! Brandi was the bigger winner and was off by just half a square of paper.
My friend Tabriah was one of the fabulous hostesses and had the cutest cake made for me. Check out my figure- the "girls" look wonderful! She also made some amazing food including homemade poblano mac and cheese. Yummy!
Abby Lu was blessed with many handmade gifts that are so very special. Alison's mother made her a princess quilt with the softest chenille like fabric on the back side. She has made a blanket like this for each of her grandkids. I love it!
In addition, we received a collection of cross stiched blankets and bibs from Marcus' best friends Mom, Shirley. They are priceless.
Look at this cutie from Baby Kiersten. Abby Lu has her own ladybug plate. I just love it!
I am so very lucky to have such wonderful girlfriends who provide me with so much love. They show it in their care for Abby Lu and the many treasures they bestowed upon us today. Thank you all!
Our boys went into Kyle Field and beat up on those Aggies. Woot! Now if we could just get a Missouri win to help us move up in the rankings..... nothing personal, we just have to cheer against everyone ranked above us. I'm sure you Longhorns understand.
My new favorite in the center is Charming Charlie. It is an accessory girl's dream! It is filled with shoes, handbags, scarves, headbands, belts, jewelry, jewelry, and more jewelry. Plus, most everything is less than $20. I love good cheap jewelry. I recommend you check them out in Cedar Park or south at Sunset Valley.
October 17, 2008
October 16, 2008
When I was about 2 months pregnant and had bronchitis, I was sleepy, sick, late to work and got caught. I was given a speeding ticket in May for going 40 in a 35. The officer was on a motorcycle and hidden in the trees. I pulled into a parking lot- OF A CHURCH DAYCARE- where the parents dropping off their kids stared at me with looks of shame shame. I told the officer I was pregnant, had bronchitis and was late to work. He didn't care. He wrote me a ticket. I took defensive driving online last month.
Last Monday when I parked at the doctor's office for what I thought was my GD test, I was so tired and felt weak that I didn't brake hard enough and instead of parking in my spot, I rolled into the truck in the spot across from me. We hit bumper to bumper. I was going all of 5 mph, so no damage was done, but I felt like an idiot.
Then, today, as I was driving to work I ran a stop sign and was pulled over. I drive that street at least one time per day. I always stop. I was tired and distracted. I think I "rolled" through the stop, but don't even remember. I sure as heck did not notice the officer sitting at the stop sign. I didn't cry, tell her I was pregnant, tired or anything and I still got a ticket. The ink is still wet on my defensive driving certificate.
Before being pregnant, I had only received one speeding ticket in my life and it was from 8 years ago! This is horrible! I may need to put some caffeine in me before I leave the house. WAKE UP ANNA!
October 15, 2008
October 14, 2008
October 13, 2008
I am happy to report there were many people there older than Heather and I and they did not appear to be chaperoning their children. We also saw a fair share of men in attendance.
It was great fun, but also reminded me how pregnant Anna is different from non-pregnant Anna. We bought cheap seats and ended up front and center, but on the top level, row 24 which happens to be the very back row. Dear God- the stairs! I thought I was going to die! Shortness of breath- check. Pounding heart- check. Sweating- check. We did those stairs twice thanks to a required potty break. In addition, the route down was scary. The Erwin center mezzanine is very steep and I can't see my feet and am top heavy. I held that rail with all my might!
If you are a fan of the show, I recommend the tour next year. It is amazing to see how high they really can jump and how fit they really are!
... and so am I! There is no denying I am pregnant now. Random strangers look at me and smile. Some even give the sympathetic smile of "oh honey, you look tired". I am!
Hawaii was a wonderful time to sleep in, take long naps under a palm tree and enjoy relaxing before she arrives. It also brought the harsh reality of a long plane ride home and jobs that went on while we were away. These are the times when you wish voicemail and email were not around.
I started iron pills this weekend and they have not upset my stomach. Thank you Johnna for the recommendation- you saved me! I was unable to do my GD test (an appointment is required), but will take it next Monday.
We did more work on her room this weekend which is always fun. I have a baby shower this coming weekend and then Mom and I are spending the following weekend making her curtains, personalizing her bedding (think ribbons and little yellow pom poms!) and will be organizing her closet. We start birthing classes in just 3 weeks. Wow!
Your baby's about 15.7 inches long now, and she weighs almost 3 pounds (like a head of cabbage). A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds her, but that volume will decrease as she gets bigger and takes up more room in your uterus. Her eyesight continues to develop, though it's not very keen; even after she's born, she'll keep her eyes closed for a good part of the day. When she does open them, she'll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision — which means she can only make out objects a few inches from her face. (Normal adult vision is 20/20.)
October 10, 2008
In honor of the strong educational values of PEO, we held a book shower and everyone brought classics or childhood favorites to begin Abby Lu's collection. It brought back wonderful memories and I look forward to reading them to her very soon.
Since we drove east on Wednesday, we drove west on Thursday and found Joe Jo's, noted as the best snowcones on the island. OH....MY......GOODNESS! We should have eaten there before it was time to leave the land of yummy goodness. I had the #4 which included homemade macademia nut ice cream, shaved coconut, shaved ice with coconut syrup and topped with coconut cream. All of it was sugar free, of course!
Before going to the airport, we saw one last tourist spot- Spouting Horn. The water and land formation created a hole whereby water shoots up when the tide comes in and makes a water spout that sounds like a horn blowing. Very cool!
The plane ride home was hard. We got to the airport in Kauai at 2:30 local time (7:30 PM Central) and finally arrived in Austin at 10:30 AM Central time. Although we had the same comfy seats in first class coming home, neither one of us could sleep. So, we landed in Dallas on less than 3 hours with red eyes, an unhappy Abby Lu, and the need for breakfast. We came home and napped and hope to relax and turn our bodies around so that Monday morning isn't so very bad. I hope there is fresh pineapple and a pool at work!
October 09, 2008
Kauai is filled with waterfalls and we saw one of the today.
After 6 hours of adventure seeking in our rental car, we came back to the room for a 2 hour nap before the Styx concert which was preceded by dinner on the lawn.Once inside the concert hall (grand ballroom) we found our seats and awaited the band. As you can imagine, Marcus found ways to entertain us all. The ballroom was filled with old heavy metal memorbilia, light up guitars and necklaces, and neon beer signs. It was open bar and the liquid was flowing!
Styx came on and sounded great, but boy are they a lesson in drugs do bad things for you. They have surely aged a few extra years! I am sad to say that Styx will go down as Abby Lu's first concert. She didn't like the noise too much, so I left early and retired to bed.
Tomorrow is our last day.... we plan to drive the west side of the island and to enjoy the pool one last time before beginning the overnight trek home.
Marcus spent most of the day on the course. His team didn't win any prizes, but they were good company and he was able to have a couple of his balls used in play which is always a good thing!
Tuesday night ended in the resort gardens with a traditional Hawaiian luau. The food was wonderful- I've had more fruit that I can count. In case you hadn't seen my belly lately, it was grown!