Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Belly Shots

Here are 2 belly shots taken at 28 weeks.
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Tuesday, January 19, 2010


I catch myself fantasizing during the day about things that I'm looking forward to sharing with SugarPlum. At the top of the list are breastfeeding, traveling, skiing, playing in the water at the beach, dancing without any regard around the house, going for walks with Gracie in tow (maybe by then she'll learn to walk next to me instead of 5 feet in front of me), playing with his toys, and snuggling.

I also fantasize about what he'll look like. Will he have curly hair or hair like my brothers? What shade of brown will he be? What color will his hair and eyes be? Will he be tall like his mamas (I'm 5'10" and Danielle is 6 feet)? Will he be a little chunky monkey or very skinny? Will he love to cuddle or will he be a self-soother? I'm curious about his personality. As it is right now, I'm under the impression that he's very strong willed or on the opposite end, laid back. He likes to do things on his own time, not when you want him to. He tends to give the u/s techs a run for their money when they want him to move to get a better look at him. He also doesn't respond very much to when I put a flashlight or music to my stomach or jiggle him around to get him to move. Danielle has only felt him move once. He moves around alot for me but it seems like when I call her over, he stops.

I fantasize about his birth day. How will I respond to being in labor? Will labor start while I'm at work or in the middle of the night? Will I end up using meds? Will I cry because my mother isn't there and aside from Danielle, it's the only other person I want there? Will he easily breastfeed?

In the midst of all of this I've been given a few good tips on how to manage the first week at home which I think will be the hardest. A few weeks before my due date, make a trip to Sam's club and buy prepared foods or foods that are easily to pop in the oven. Also make a few meals ahead of time and freeze. Make arrangements for Gracie to go over to MIL's for the week. Gracie demands a lot of attention and I know I will get frustrated with her. Once we get settled it will be easier to have her back home. The perk to this is that her siblings live next door to MIL so she can play with them in the backyard. Use disposable diapers for the first week or two while practicing with cloth diapers. Danielle is much better at prefolds than I am, so I can appreciate this. It's been fun to look on youtube at different ways to fold. My mom is making us a slew of diapers but it was suggested we use prefolds while I'm home on maternity leave and allow my mom to make larger sized diapers for when I return to work and he goes to daycare.

Only 11 more weeks until we meet our little guy. I'm beyond excited. I'm looking forward to week 30 only because it feels like we will be in the home stretch once we reach the 30's.

On another note to answer some questions from previous posts comments:
- My new sexy jeans came from Motherhood Maternity. They were sexy for the first wear. Now they are loose. Not as loose as my other ones but now I'm starting to think that maybe I should have bought another size smaller. My ass still looks good in them though. I can't remember the name brand but it's something like Lexy or Alexis.
- I passed my glucose screening with flying colors. My iron level is also good.
- We painted SP's room a latte color. I'll post pictures when the room is complete. Probably in another 1-2 weeks. We have all of the furniture but we are working on decorating the walls. However, here's a picture of Gracie Pooh Pants getting comfy in the nursery:

Monday, January 18, 2010


Over this three day weekend, I got a lot accomplished.
- Repainted the nursery from blue to a latte color (Behr River Rock)
- Put together the changing table and crib (much easier than I expected)
- Painted a shelf and letters to hang from it (pictures later)
- Shopped for accessories.
- Had my photo shoot this morning. The photographer uses natural light. Having my appt at 10am was not conducive to tons of natural light. We did do some at the park up the street so we'll see.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Week 27

Nursery: We painted the nursery over the weekend and I really don’t like it. I won’t go as far as to say I hate it but it kinda tiptoes over into that area. The blue just doesn’t sit well with me. It feels too blue. It doesn’t say baby to me at all. Plus I feel like it makes the room look way too dark. I just can’t picture myself rocking our baby in this room and feeling calm and soothed. It’s disappointing because we put a lot of work into that room on Sunday but I just don’t think I can live with it. I’m wondering what a neutral color like khaki would do for the room and add splashes of color through accessories, etc. I feel bad, Danielle doesn’t wan to repaint because of all the work we put in but what’s that all worth if you don’t enjoy it?

Gestational Diabetes: I was screened for this today. “The drink” wasn’t as unpleasant as I expected. It tasted like flat Sprite. I should get the results within the next 1-2 days.

Ultrasound: My placenta is no where near my cervix so we’ve officially ruled out placenta previa. Our little guy is doing well in there. He’s head down and weighs 2lbs, 13oz and in the 84th percentile. What does that last part mean?

31: Tomorrow (13th) I’m turning 31. I had bigger issues turning 30. I think partly because I was stressed about entering my 30’s and not being pregnant. This year, I feel pretty blasé about it all. I think the only exciting thing about it is that we plan to grab margharita pizza at a local Italian restaurant for dinner.

Bedtime: It feels like my bedtime or at least the time I go lay in bed to watch TV or read is getting earlier and earlier. I also realize that if I don’t get at least 7-8 hours of sleep, I’m done for. Last night we went to bed late and had to wake up early for our testing and now I’m paying for it dearly.

Baby Shower: My friend, Erica, who is throwing our shower lives in LA. Because of her location and unfamiliarity with Pittsburgh, I picked where we would have the shower. After several weeks of searching, stressing and searching some more I found the perfect place. We’ll be having afternoon tea in the dining room of a local downtown hotel. It’s exciting to think that our shower is 7 weeks away- March 7th @ 35 weeks. It’s cutting it kind of close but for some reason I wanted it in March vs February.

Registry: It seems like compared to some people, our registry is kinda bare. The lady at BRU suggested we register for at least 3 things per guest so they have stuff to chose from. I think our idea was to register for what we thought we’d need and as a result we have 1 thing per guest (36 items). So last night I added a few more things like extra sheets, a bumbo, boppy, etc. I’ve already bought some of the major baby gear items and we’ve inherited a lot of my niece’s stuff. So aside from bottles and other basics, what are some of the must haves or things you really enjoyed using the first year of life? We already have baby gear covered.

Jeans: 27 weeks in to this pregnancy and I finally found the best maternity jeans that fit great and make my ass look fantastic. It’s a shame that I wasted money on the other two that are very unflattering.

Pregnancy Shoot: I hired a private professional photographer to do some pregnancy shots. She’s coming on Monday to shoot on location (my house and the park up the street). It seems so vain but I can’t wait. If we like her work, she’ll come back within the first 10 days of the baby’s life to do newborn shots. I can’t wait to see them hung in the nursery. In the meantime, I get to pamper myself with a manicure/pedicure over the weekend.

Friday, January 8, 2010

My Cranky Post

- I'm sick of the snow. I hope I'm in LA this time next year.
- During my prenatal appt today, my stomach measured 33inches while I'm only 27 weeks so they are going to measure the baby during the u/s which is scheduled for Tuesday. I have a fear that even though I've only gained 6 of the 12 pounds that I lost during the first tri, I have GD. FYI= general rule of thumb is the your size of your stomach should correlate with the number of weeks that you are with a 1-2 inch allowance. I don't even look that freaken big so I was surprised.
- The u/s was initially scheduled to rule out placenta previa. Fingers crossed that I don't have that either. I'd be devastated if I had to switch from Mr. Midwife.
- This weekend we plan to paint the baby's room. Might as well do something as I can't freaken drive anywhere due to the crappy snowy roads.
- The new schedule was passed out today at work and I'm scheduled for a lot of evening shifts instead of the daytime shifts I became so use to. I'm so incredibly disappointed by this. My body has such a difficult time functioning in the evening because I"m so tired and it's especially hard switching back and forth from evening to daytime hours. The only perk is that I can sleep in on evening days and I can get errands done.
- I was met with a slightly flooded basement this morning. Seems like the drain (sewer?) is backing up AGAIN. I think we've had this problem addressed by the plumber at least 5 times in the past. I closed the basement/kitchen door in hopes that it will go away. I don't think that will happen so I'll be calling the plumber in the morning with an open checkbook. It's always freaken something.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The Return of the First Trimester

As I near the third trimester I've noticed the following:
- My appetite is decreasing again. I make a conscious effort to eat three meals a day for the baby's sake but otherwise I could quite easily skip lunch.
- I am exhausted ALL THE FREAKEN TIME.
- The irritability and snapiness from the first trimester is returning (sorry Danielle).
- I hate the freaken snow and I'm even more motivated now to get the hell out of Pittsburgh before Winter 2010.
- I hate cleaning and would love it if I could have a housekeeper come in once a week. However, on the other hand, I have this strong desire to get rid of clutter. So over the weekend I had the bright idea to clean out our basement. I injured my back in the process. Stupid decision on my part but at least the basement looks good again and it was a great excuse to nap in my wearable blanket (not to be confused with a snuggi) with a hot water bottle on my back afterwards.