Saturday, August 27, 2011

Week 27

We had an ultrasound on Wednesday and the baby is looking PRECIOUS!

Those lips.. I die!

This may be our last ultrasound. Unless you are over 35 and high risk, my doctor only gives ultra sounds at 12 weeks (optional) and between 18-22 weeks. We had several additional ultrasounds because our baby boy was having some difficulty with reflux in his kidneys and the entire situation needed to be monitored at 18 weeks, 22 weeks, and 27 weeks. Thankfully, the baby's kidneys are looking perfect now so no more ultrasounds.

Week 27
- August 19th-26th

Due Date: November 18, 2011

How Big is Baby: The baby officially weighs 2lbs, 12oz according to our last ultrasound.

Symptoms: I'm still feeling pretty good. I've managed to avoid heartburn, stretch marks and puking thus far. Here's hoping it holds out...

Cravings: Nothing significant. It's very boring.

Aside from a case of the pregnancy pees at least 1-2 times per night, I'm sleeping like a baby.

I Can't Live Without: My snoogle pillow. I think that it has helped me sleep so comfortably.

I Miss: Being able to walk more than 50 feet without a foot/back ache and having a waist line.

I am Looking Forward to: November!

Well, Grayson made it through his first, first day of school and his first earthquake.

Awkward Moments: I am so incredibly sick of the comments. I cannot go ANYWHERE without someone commenting that i'm too big or really big or just big in general. My doctor is not concerned, I'm measuring perfectly, but lately I want to cry whenever someone tells me that I'm huge. The worst part is that the people making comments are all mothers. Didn't you live through this yourself? I may punch the next person that says something-- no lie. None of the asshole commenters think that there is anyway that I can make it to November.. however, I'm part of a November mom group and I can assure you, each and everyone of them are the same size as I am.

Exercise: I was lazy this week and only attended my prenantal yoga class. The first week of school wore me out.

Diet: Same old...

Movement: He's becoming much more active every single day.

Gender: It's a boy! Grayson Patrick!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Speed Cameras

Speed cameras are the devil.  Maryland has recently decided to get all speed camera happy and I swear to god.. we get a ticket in the mail like every month. 
My most favorite (recent) tickets...
1. Going 30 in a 25 MPH school zone at 6:30 PM on a Saturday night.  Seriously, are you freakin' kidding me?!?!?
                   a). There is no school on Saturdays
                   b). You are really going to charge me forty dollars for going 30 MPH?
2.  Getting a 75 dollar ticket for running a red light that I DIDN'T run.  It just looks like I ran it because I was driving during a torrential downpour/monsoon last Thursday and the cars in front of me stopped suddenly and an inch of my tail end remained in the intersection.  Really!?!?!? That's my fault?   Mother nature should have to pay that bill..
The worst part-- you can't even argue with the traffic gods anymore.  They won't let you off the hook for anything (inspired by mother nature or not).
Basically, I need to start driving like a grandma- go 25 MPH at all times- to avoid paying Maryland like 233432 dollars per year.   Personally, I THINK that grandmas cause more accidents, but what the F ever. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Baby has a Name!

We actually decided on the baby's name in July, but we're finally ready to share it with the general public.

Deciding on a boy name was very hard. The husband and I have had our girl name on lock since before we even got engaged, but we had a MUCH harder time deciding on a boy name.

I like names like Connor .. but he does not.

We went back and forth for MONTHS over boys names.

We finally settled on Zachary, Braden (or Brayden) and the name we ultimately chose.

We ruled out Zachary, because neither of us are in love with the nickname Zack-- and no one tends to call a Zachary a Zachary. I am still in love with Braden, but I was pretty active on the bump for the first few months of my pregnancy and for some reason, Braden is a very controversial name. Seriously, in every poll on the baby name board, Braden tends to be one of the most hated names on every list. I love(d) it, but I didn't love that no one else loved it.

{If we have another son, there's a good chance that his name will be either Braden or Zachary, so I haven't give up on them yet}

Anyways, the name that we ultimately went with is....


It was my husband's favorite of all three, and I really like it too. I think that it fits us perfectly, and it's a name that can't really be shortened-- which we were looking for because our last name only has three letters in it.

*Those are the name blocks that I told you all that I was hard at work on. I'll post about how I made them soon.

*Excuse the tin foil in the crib. We're keeping the kitties out.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Week 26

I'm way behind on the weekly updates.. and I skipped week 25 altogether (picture this: week 25 was JUST LIKE week 26)

Week 26- August 11th-18th

Due Date: November 18, 2011

How Big is Baby: The size of an eggplant!

Symptoms: I'm still feeling great! My feet are officially swollen almost every night now, but I think that has a lot to do with a small injury that I have, seeing as though the right foot is the only one that really swells up.

The pregnancy pees continue to be a pain in the butt. Pregnancy pees go something like this..

la di dah.. I'm walking through the mall.. I don't have to pee at all.

Cute shirt... Ooh


Then, you go and like one ounce comes out. It's not satisfying.

Cravings: Nothing significant

Sleep: Aside from a case of the pregnancy pees at least 1-2 times per night, I'm sleeping like a baby.

I Can't Live Without: The pool. The pool is amazing for the pregnant body. You can't feel your own weight and it reduces swelling. I'm going to cry when the pool closes next weekend.

I Miss: Sitting still for more than half an hour. My butt gets tired.

I am Looking Forward to: The third trimester and another ultrasound on Wednesday!

Milestones: I made it through the hottest months of the year and it wouldn't discourage me from trying another summer pregnancy (and trust me.. I've heard horror stories). Apparently, I can manage heat better than I thought I would.

Also, no news is good news and I don't have gestational diabetes.

Awkward Moments: Nothing!

Exercise: Walking on the treadmill (although baby likes to bounce on my bladder within the first five minutes.. every freakin' time) and prenatal yoga class.

Diet: My diet isn't terrible, but I definitely take advantage of being pregnant and eat more than I usually would. I managed to only gain a pound last month (and that included an entire week on Bethany Beach eating out daily. It's about time that happened.

Movement: He becomes more active every day.. mostly in the early morning and after dinner.

Gender: It's a boy!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

How to Manage Pregnancy- The First Half: Part 2

In the pregnancy world there is a serious debate.

DEMI PANEL...............


FULL PANEL..............

When I was like 12 weeks pregnant I went out and got a few cute things that were demi panel. They were so comfy.. it was like heaven in a pant.

Fast forward to week 18 and demi panel pants suck. They cut into your stomach, they are super low rise in the front and they are seriously uncomfortable once you develop that basketball look that most women have going mid second trimester.

Unless you are rich and can afford two types of pants and two pregnancy wardrobes.. GET THE FULL PANEL. Now, full panel pants are like heaven in a pant. If you are too small for the full panel at week 12, just fold/roll it down and you're good to go.

Trust me, this tip will save you a pretty penny.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

How to Manage Pregnancy- The First Half: Part 1

Now.. I've only had one kid (and I haven't even had him yet), but I'll let you in on a few secrets that helped me to survive the first half of pregnancy.

1. RUN (don't walk) out and BUY THE SNOOGLE PILLOW.

I dragged my heels regarding this pillow. It looks stupid, the lady using it looks stupid and 50 DOLLARS FOR A FREAKIN' PILLOW?!?!?! You MUST be shitting me? Well, they are not shitting you and it's worth every single penny.

Trust me, I thought a pillow between the legs and/or a body pillow would suffice. After awhile, they didn't.

Just suck it up and buy the snoogle. You'll thank me when you are sleeping like a baby every night.

DISCLAIMER: If you have a bed smaller than a king. Apologize to your husband in advance and banish him to the couch and/or spare bedroom. There isn't room for a pregnant chick, a snoogle and one husband in a small bed. Sorry.

Thankfully, we have a king, but we went on vacation and had to share a double a few weeks ago. It was not a pretty sight.

2. If you like dresses as much as I do.. get pregnant in February. You won't be getting huge until about August (ahem, me right now) so you can successfully wear all of your prepregnancy summer knit dresses into your 7th month of pregnancy. Your wallet will thank you.


Even though you are fat (or at least I am), you will feel great telling people that your dress is NON maternity at 25 weeks. I heart stretchy summer dresses.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Birthday Trip

In lieu of a birthday party this year, my husband surprised me with a lovely weekend getaway a few hours away at the Omni Bedford Springs in Pennsylvania.

We went a few weeks before my birthday and the only thing that he told me was that we were leaving Friday at 12 and to pack a bag.

The boy did good. The resort was in the middle of no where, but it was perfect! Our room had a darling little patio with a rocker and the decor inside was right up my alley.

We spent a lot of time at the pool and he surprised me with a mama to be massage. The massage was amazing and the spa had a five step bath spa area that I was able to use prior to the massage. It was the most relaxing three hours of my life.

At night, the hotel had live music and smores down by the fire pit. Even the restaurants were fantastic.. best lobster mac and shepherds pie that we've had in a long time.

All in all, it was the perfect weekend getaway. If you're looking for somewhere to go within 3 hours of DC.. you should definitely check this place out for a relaxing weekend away.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Birthday Weekend

Thanks for the birthday wishes ya'll.

My 30th was AMAZING!

It was low key, I didn't do anything crazy, but I really enjoyed my day. I woke up on Saturday and walked out to my car to leave for my massage appointment. John walked outside with me with the dog and I was shocked to find that he had a remote car starter installed in my car!!

My top three birthday wishes were a remote car starter (defrost in the winter baby, I can't get my act together in the morning and/or wake up earlier to go outside and scrape the car windshield), a smallish stand up freezer chest to freeze meals and boob milk (seriously, what is my issue?), and a carpet steam cleaner (I know, I'm old as hell). I am super excited about being the proud owner of a remote starter.

After my massage I came home and was hoping to hit the pool, but the weather sucked. Instead, we went to our favorite japanese steak house for some hibachi fun and we did some shopping.

My mom, dad and sister came in the afternoon and we spent the remainder of the day walking around Annapolis, eating dinner at one of my favorite restaurants and eating cake from Coldstone.

On Sunday it was STILL raining, so the hubs and I went to town on the nursery. After a lot of work around the house, we had a lovely dinner out with some of my favorite friends and we get to see more friends and extend the celebration this coming weekend.

I love birthday week!

My only complaint is that the day flew by far too fast. It's crazy how time flies with each year. Am I the only one out there that wishes for a pause button?

Friday, August 12, 2011

Happy Birthday to Me!

I love this song (although the video is SO whack). I remember being 25, and just wondering how my life was going to turn out.

I am so thrilled that as I sit here, on the eve of my 30th birthday, my life turned out even better than I could have dreamed it to be.

Sure I'm not rich, I don't have a million pairs of shoes or drive a fancy car- but I have a rich life, a life full of love, and I still have something to aspire to over the next 30 years (being rich, duh).

The last 30 years have been incredible. I have nothing but happy memories of my childhood and when I was a teenager, I thought that life just couldn't get any better. I lived high school to the fullest-- participating in sports, clubs, making cheesy music videos with my girlfriends, wearing an afro wig around town, and singing at the top of my lungs with some fun friends that I SO fondly remember.

In my early twenties, I had a blast in college, and after college and graduate school I branched out on my own and moved to a new place without a single friend. When I turned 25 I was living in a tiny one bedroom apartment, making 18,000 dollars per year at my internship. Life was incredible, but it was uncertain too.

I was dreading my late twenties (mostly the getting old part_, but they've turned out the be the best years yet.

I met my husband just shy of my 26th birthday. We were engaged at 27. I had the most incredible wedding-- the wedding of my dreams at 28. At 29, I found out that I was expecting my sweet, darling little son. I've never even met him, but I can't even explain the joy that he already brings me.

I get to meet my newest favorite man in my 30's.

Thirty used to scare the CRAP out of me-- but it doesn't anymore. I welcome my thirties (well 90% of them).

My twenties were fun, adventurous and full of great times. My thirties will be all about family.

I can't wait.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


Not that anyone has complained, but I should provide a disclaimer on my posts.

I'm not commenting on my easy pregnancy to make other women want to throat punch me. I'm writing it down so I'll remember how God granted me this reprieve for 26 weeks in the event that I developed toxemia, gestational diabetes, swell up bigger than free willy and/or generally want to kick my own ass in the later weeks.

Now, I can look back here and praise God-- rather than be a bitch. Here's hoping that this works...

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Evolution of a Belly and Other Thoughts

I have so much to say. I have so many things to write about. But 99% of the time I forget that I even have a blog.

I have had one of the easiest pregnancies (knock on wood), but making a child sure knocks out all motivation to do anything else.

I can't even blame being busy. Work in the summer is the opposite of busy, but when I get home, hooking my iphone up to my computer to upload pictures seems like an overwhelming task. I'm going to try to get better.. because I want to. Hopefully now that school is starting up again, falling into a routine will help my get up and go get back.

For now, I will leave you with these gems of wisdom about being pregnant:

1. You will get bigger. You make think that you are bigger than a house, but sob-- you will get bigger. My belly may need it's own zip code by month 9.

2. You will pee a lot. But it won't be nice satisfying pees. You will squeeze out like an ounce and have to go back for more five minutes later.

3. You will drop everything and lose everything and forget everything.

4. You will become emo. Now, thankfully I'm not one of those pregnant crazies that cries every day.. but I cry like every week now.

All of my crying is irrational.

For example- last night I dropped shit from the toaster oven, dropped chicken that I was cutting up, and then dropped dinner down the front of my shirt. I cried.

Another example- when you become pregnant-- all country music will make you cry. The following lines are like emotional suicide for me....

a) it's a new tshirt saying I'm a grandpa.
(ummm, I'm not even going to be a grandpa so WTF)

b) just to see you smile
(isn't that a break up song?.. I'm very happy with my husband)

c) any line from Carrie Underwood's "All American Girl" song
(doh. I'm not even having a girl).

My advice-- carry tissues in the car.

5. People are not nicer to pregnant people. Perhaps they are in other countries that are not populated full of self centered assholes-- But here in the US of A.. grandma will still cut you off with her shopping cart and get in line in front of you and little kids will still try to boogey board right by you and knock you over.

Now some perks--

1. No one can side eye you for eating everything and ANYTHING under the sun. I love cookies!!

2. The clothes. Maternity clothes are the B-O-M-B. They are comfy and nowadays they are cute. Getting pregnant is an excuse to go shopping. HOLLER.

3. You can be dumb, forget things, drop things, and cry and your family can't disown you!!

4. Redecorating!!

5. Buying tiny little shoes and clothing.

6. Catching the glance of your main man and thinking, "wow, we made this!"

Friday, August 5, 2011

24 Weeks

Week 24- July 28th- August 4th

Due Date: November 18, 2011

How Big is Baby: He's a foot long.

Symptoms: I felt better during week 24. I can't walk as far and/or as fast anymore without my ankles wanting to split in half, but I'm dealing with it.

Cravings: Nothing significant

Sleep: The last two nights have been rough.. insomnia, peeing fifty bajillion times. Here's hoping it's a fluke.

I Can't Live Without: Water. I drink like a fish.

I Miss: Not having a basketball up my shirt.

I am Looking Forward to: Getting the nursery set up! We're working on it. The painting is finished!

Milestones: The baby reached viability day. I'd prefer that he bake in there for longer, but we made it this far!

Awkward Moments: Nothing comes to mind this week....

Exercise: I didn't do anything this week... I was at the beach for the week.

Diet: I was on vacation so we ate out every night. I'm afraid of the scale right now.

Movement: He's not moving a mile a minute, but I feel him every few hours.

Gender: It's a boy!

Labor Signs: It’s far too soon for this!