Monday, September 26, 2011

Week 31

(sorry if the format is whack- I'm blogging via email.. from work).
Week 31- September 16th-September 22nd
Due Date: November 18, 2011

How Big is Baby: The baby is big. 17 inches long. That seems crazy to me.

Symptoms: Pregnancy is weird. Last week I didn't feel great, this week I've felt pretty good. I slept well, I moved well, I just felt well.

Cravings: Tootsie rolls and lobster rolls. Weird, huh? I have yet to find somewhere in Maryland that has lobster rolls. Boo.

Sleep: I'm sleeping. I'm still up every two hours for bathroom breaks and I'm still tired during the day- but at least I'm not laying there twiddling my thumbs anymore.

I Can't Live Without: Putting my feet up and biweekly pedicures (the foot massages are fabulous)

I Miss: Turkey sandwiches. I cannot wait to eat one everyday for a month.  Laying flat on my back.  One of the 16-20 weekers in my prenatal yoga class was laying flat on her back and I wanted to throat punch her (damn hormones). 

I am Looking Forward to: November. We're in the home stretch now!

Milestones: The nursery is almost finished and I had both of my showers and we were spoiled.  The only things we didn't get were all of my breastfeeding supplies (we did get the pump though, which is MOST important), a monitor, our swing, exersaucer and a high chair.  Luckily, my mom found us an awesome swing for 3 dollars at a yard sale and bought us a pimped out exersaucer at a yard sale for only 20 bucks. We're not against used items in our family. In fact, 75% of baby's big ticket items are used including his 20 dollar dressers, 50 dollar glider/rocker, 20 dollar jumper and the other items we outlined above.  The only things we bought new (received as gifts from our awesome parents) were the carseat, crib, breastpump and stroller for safety reasons.  I think we're going to wait on purchasing the high chair to see if we really even need it. I'm assuming he's not going to use it anytime soon, so we have time to spare. 

Awkward Moments: Nothing this week.

Exercise: Yoga is back on and I'm loving it. That two week hiatus really hurt!

Diet: I'm not on a diet. This is my free pass to eat whatever I like.

Movement: He's rolling around in there and he has the hiccups daily now.

Gender: It's a boy! Grayson Patrick!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Boo viruses!

I have updates and posts to share, but my computer also has a MAJOR virus and may take awhile to fix. I'll be back as soon as I can =)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

IPhone Photo Dump

Our dog Polamalu-- known for her HUGE EARS. Seriously, she could fly.

Kitty Cuddles with my Sweet Baby Girl, Sage

O'Snap thinks that the changing table is his new bed. I don't mind.

Taken during a rare moment downstairs...

Polly isn't allowed on the couch. Can you tell?

John is whipped

The baby bump makes a good pillow

Baby's first Steelers Gear!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Ten on Tuesday

A. Age: 30
B. Bed Size: King!
C. Chore that you hate: Emptying the dishwasher and doing laundry!
D. Dogs: A mutt named Polamalu (Polly)
E. Essential start to your day: A shower
F. Favorite Color: Purple
G. Gold or Silver: I like both
H. Height: 5'5
I. Instruments you play: I played cello/piano, but haven't tried in years
J. Job Title: School psychologist
K. Kids: One son, in utero
L. Live: Maryland
M. Mother's Name: Cynthia
N. Nicknames: Ash, Trash, Smash, Ashface, Spicy
O. Overnight hospital stays: None yet... one coming soon
P. Pet peeve: People that floss in public. Yuck.
Q. Quote from a movie: Okay, so it's a TV show, but it's all I can come up with right now and it's my favorite line.
"A squirrel is just a rat in a cuter outfit"
R. Right or left handed: Right.
S. Siblings: Little sister. Little brother.
T. Time you wake up: Too early. 6:30.
U. Underwear: Yes, I wear it. Daily.
V. Vegetable you hate: I like every vegetable
W. What makes you run late: My dog, stopping for coffee. Whatever. I'm perpetually 5 minutes late.
X. X-Rays you've had: My back
Y. Yummy food that you make: Mexican chicken
Z. Zoo Animal: Zebra

Monday, September 19, 2011

I Heart You!

Sonya has left a new comment on your post "30 Weeks!":

Maybe it's me, but I feel like you keep looking smaller! Maybe it's the clothes, but you look great! Glad you're still feeling pretty good too!

Oh Sonya, I want to hug you and be your BFF, but I can assure you, that I am not getting any smaller.

Take a look at the front view. I meant to post this on Friday, but I forgot. I forget a lot of things now.

(shout out to my neti pot. I love you!)

As the weeks pass, I'm looking like a full fledged redneck. Some of my maternity shirts actually show like 3-4 inches of stomach (don't worry, I save those for around the house). The shirts that looked good at 22 weeks are teetering on trailer park now.

I think I just look small-ish in the pictures because he has dropped- meaning my boobs and belly are no longer one. Dropped baby is greater than non dropped baby. I can breath! I don't look quite as massive! But..... my shirts are too short because my belly touches my thighs (joking. kind of).

In other news-- I'm going to have a baby anytime within the next 4-9 weeks (but he'll probably be stubborn, overdue and arriving at 9 weeks).

What I'm Reading Now

Twilight & Hunger Games fans from around the blogosphere have been urging me to read this book for months now! 
I was not disappointed. I think I prefer Twilight and the Hunger Games to this book as a whole, but it was definitely entertaining, I loved the love story and I cannot wait until the next one comes out...
From Beatrice "Tris" Prior has reached the fateful age of sixteen, the stage at which teenagers in Veronica Roth's dystopian Chicago must select which of five factions to join for life. Each faction represents a virtue: Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. To the surprise of herself and her selfless Abnegation family, she chooses Dauntless, the path of courage. Her choice exposes her to the demanding, violent initiation rites of this group, but it also threatens to expose a personal secret that could place in mortal danger. Veronica Roth's young adult Divergent trilogy launches with a captivating adventure about love and loyalty playing out under most extreme circumstances.

Friday, September 16, 2011

30 Weeks!

Week 29- September 9th-September 15th

Due Date: November 18, 2011

How Big is Baby: As big as an eggplant

Symptoms: Well, I'm starting to feel pregnant. I'm starting to think that Mrs. Duggar really is freaking crazy for going through this so frequently. I'm functioning fine, but I'm moving a lot slower. Carrying more than two bags takes my breath away and the belly is feeling heavier these days. I feel as though I'm resorting back to the first trimester and can no longer stay awake past 10pm. I may also be having some braxton hicks contractions.. either that or baby boy is karate chopping my ribs.

Cravings: Nothing. This week everything sucks in the food department. I wanted Chinese and it tasted like day old fish. I wanted a veggie delite from subway and it tasted like day old fish.

Sleep: I'm sleeping a bit better this week. I'm still sleeping from about 10:00pm-6:30am, but it's not always peaceful sleep and I wonder if it's possible to reach REM sleep considering the fact that I'm up every 2 hours peeing. Despite all that sleep, I'm still beat during the day. BEEEEEAT.

I Can't Live Without: Drinking water. I have never been so thirsty in my entire life. I drink at least a gallon of water between the hours of 7pm-9pm. It's not a good move.

I Miss: My fall wardrobe. I'm running out of clothes to wear. Small feet. ALL of my shoes are too tight, resulting in more swelling. Surprisingly, I do not miss alcohol. I haven't had a sip since February and to be honest, I don't even mind.

I am Looking Forward to: My second and final baby shower that my mother-in-law and 2 sister-in-laws are throwing for me!

Milestones: He's started getting the hiccups and it feels so funny!

Awkward Moments: Nothing this week.

Exercise: I bought a pregnancy belt and have resumed the treadmill work outs.. (well at least twice this week) and I'm walking the dog. Does that count? My exercise is not like it used to be though. It now takes me about 1/2 an hour to walk a mile. I used to walk at least 2 in that same amount of time. What can I say, I'm waddling more now.

Diet: I'm not on a diet. This is my free pass to eat whatever I like.

Movement: He's rolling around in there.

Gender: It's a boy! Grayson Patrick!

Thursday, September 15, 2011


Remember yesterday when I told ya'll that I wouldn't want to stay home full time because I enjoy the adult interaction.
Well scratch that part.
(and add that I spent $50,000 on graduate school to become a school psychologist so I refuse to quit my job entirely before at least paying off my loans in like 23423423 years). 
I don't even interact with adults. I interact with small, menacing children.
It's really amazing that I even agreed to have my own child after observing the youth of america these last few years.   
Today I've hung out with a whole host of interesting children.
So far today I've counseled a child who's idol is Michael Vick and another who has three personalities and she's 9. 
Please, please, please let my child be normal.
Oh, and those interesting adults that I do get to interact with?  They are parents of said children.
While there are some lovely parents (I see them like once per month and I freaking LOVE them. Holler to the one mom that bought me a Tiffany's bracelet as a thank you gift and to the mom that brings baked goods and coffee to every meeting), I spend the majority of my time dealing with an apple/tree situation. 
Sometimes, I can't decide which is worse. 
*Epiphany. I am so going to be that mom that brings baked goods/coffee (I can't afford Tiffanys so F that) to school/dance/practice.  Everyone loves that mom and her kid. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Random News

I'm avoiding doing work at work-- so I'll blog!
1. I am so tired lately.  Not first trimester tired- when I was in bed by 8:30pm every night- but holy crap walking up the stairs is hard, I must rest tired. 
2. My baby shower last Sunday was wonderful!  I didn't get a ton of pictures <sidenote: do not give 17 yr old a camera because she takes awful pictures and we should have learned this lesson at my bridal shower :endnote>, but I'll do a recap of it soon (right now, uploading pictures on the computer is also QUITE tiring). 
The one this past weekend was thrown together by my mama- with the help of my sisters, cousins and aunt.  The theme was so cute, so nautical and so me.  It was all out, "Ships Ahoy, It's a BOY" themed and I loved it. 
Baby Grayson was SO spoiled and he's going to have the cutest wardrobe in the entire world.  He now has tiny little black Toms with stars, high tops, cute jeans, and shoes with skulls on them.  The boy is going to be a serious hipster (and not by my doing-- you can blame this on my mom, aunt, cousin, and sister). 
We also got a pimped out, fully loaded city mini stroller and our car seat-- among many other awesome gifts. 
3. I just realized that I may never sleep in again. I do not find this amusing since my husband and I are 30 years old and can sleep till 10am most weekends.  The realization that I'm done sleeping till 10am is starting to sink in and it is a little bit sad.  I cannot tell a lie.
4. Everywhere I go, people are always singing baby girl praise. Oh, better luck next time. Or, oh sorry you're having a boy.  Yesterday three people told me that I'm lucky that I'm having a boy and could not stop singing their praises and providing examples why.  I like hearing that because most people are always chiming in about girls being better- so it's a rare treat to hear something so nice about baby boys.  
5. I'm going to have to do an iPhone photo dump on my blog and share all my cute pet pictures. I have SO many saved up. I love my original furbabies. 
6. Big brother is on tonight and I secretly hope Rachael wins.  She provided the most entertainment this season and deserves it a hell of a lot more than Porshe and Adam. Adam is a meathead and Porshe should lose the vote simply because her dumb ass opened pandora's box and ruined the newbie lead. 
7. Anyone else watch Teen Mom? Oh, just me. Crickets.  Well, Farrah deserves a swift kick in the ass.  The end. 
8. Where should I buy nursing tanks?
9. We are so busy this weekend (and we have been every weekend in August and September). We have something going on Friday (birthday dinner), Saturday (my last baby shower)  and Sunday (a baptism for my husband's best friend's baby. He's the godfather). Now that I'm in the single digits in weeks before baby comes (eeek), I may need to start limiting the invitations we accept after this weekend.  Going out all weekend makes for a rough week at work.  It's only Wednesday and if I had the spare days, I'd totally stay home the rest of the week to recuperate. 
10. I am so over working full-time. I'd like to win the lottery and go part time (in my dreams). I don't think I'd ever want to stay home full time because I enjoy what I do, like the adult interaction, thrive on a schedule and love the benefits, but part time would be amazing!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Ten on Tuesday

It has been awhile since I've done this.. here goes nothing...
1. eat chocolate covered grasshoppers or this freaky squid thing?
Grasshoppers. I'm hoping the chocolate masks the gross taste. 
2. never see another movie or never watch TV again?
Never see another movie. TV is just one super long movie!
3. be a superhero with a lame power or a supervillain with an awesome power?
Well it depends on if I lived in this world or a comic book world. In this world, I'd want to be a superhero (because I'd be the only one).  If I live in comic world, I'd be a supervillain to aid my survival.
4. eat only salty snacks for the rest of you life, or only sweet snacks?
So tough! I'd probably pick salty.  The only sweet treats that I crave are candies, but I love fries, mozzarella sticks, potato skins, and all the other naughty salty foods.
5. never read another book or never hear another song?
I could totally live without music. I don't like background noise and hate that my husband always likes a TV and/or music playing.  That sort of thing annoys me.  I would much rather read.
6. be a whale carcass remover or a sewer inspector?
Well, I don't really want to wade through human crap, so a whale carcass remover.
7. have no electricity or no running water?
I lived without electricity for a few days two weeks ago and it wasn't that bad.  I would go nuts without running water. 
8. be a dog or a cat?
It totally depends on my owners. If my owner LOVED cats, I'd probably want to be a cat. 
9. always be hot or always be cold?
Always be cold. I hate being hot, and I can always throw on a sweater.
10. be forced to watch all 3 High School Musicals on an endless loop, or the Twilight movies?
Twilight. I love Twilight!

Friday, September 9, 2011

What I Miss Part 2

I forgot to add one important thing to my week 29 update.

I miss laying flat on my back.

Granted, it's only been for 11/12 weeks (docs say you can continue to lay flat until week 18), and I'm not a back sleeper.. but I miss it anyways.

The end.

29 Weeks!

29 weeks. It's amazing how fast time has gone by. I'm still in awe over the fact that I have a human being in my stomach. It would honestly make more sense for a stork to come drop it off, because it's CRAZY that a child can grow and sustain themselves in my stomach. Who came up with this idea? Whoever did.. it's pretty rad.

Week 29- September 2nd-September 8th

Due Date: November 18, 2011

How Big is Baby: As big as a butternut squash. Still.

Symptoms: Well, this is the first week that I understand why some women don't enjoy being pregnant and just want the thing out of them. I didn't feel terrible, but I had a few bouts of insomnia and the return of the nausea. The only thing that helps the nausea is eating, but when I eat, I feel all blown up like a blueberry and uncomfortable. Thankfully, this happened more so at the beginning of the week and I've felt better as I've approached week 30. Lets just say that things are getting harder now that I'm in the home stretch!

Cravings: Every yummy picture that I see on pinterest- so far I've made the marshmallow smores cookies, the salsa chicken and the tator tot casserole. Love it!

Sleep: This week was rough in the sleep department. Some nights I had trouble falling asleep, some nights I had trouble staying asleep and two night I peed no less than 5 times in one night.

I Can't Live Without: My morning coffee (sometimes). I'm a rebel and fully participate in my 200 mg allowance of caffeine each day.

I Miss: Not peeing in the middle of the night. Not feeling INTENSE pressure on my bladder. I always thought that it was a joke that pregnant women need to pee and pee immediately in the third trimester. Well, it is no joke and sometimes it's painful to waddle to the bathroom.

I am Looking Forward to: My baby shower this weekend! My mom is throwing me one at her house.

Milestones: He's looking great. He's measuring RIGHT on target and appears to be very active. At my OB appointment this week, he kicked the heart rate probe off of my stomach a few times and it took the nurse 5 minutes to find a steady heartbeat because he was moving around so much.

Awkward Moments: This week was much better in the asshole comments department. In fact, I was told that I look awesome, beautiful, and TINY all in one week by three different people. Finally, a nice comment!!

Exercise: Yoga is on a break between sessions and I missed it so much this week. I honestly think that yoga keeps me feeling amazing. I can't wait to get back to it and I'm blessed to have a studio so close to home. Most of the ladies in my class drive 1/2 or more to get to the class because it is that good. I highly, highly recommend it and I'm so not a yogi hippie (if you are my friend in real life and pregnant, email me if you want to try it. The new session starts sept. 19). I tried walking on the treadmill this week, but it caused a severe pain in my ass and back. I'm going to invest in a pregnancy belt and then get back on it next week.

Diet: I'm not on a diet. This is my free pass to eat whatever I like.

Movement: He's definitely more active and sometimes, his rolls really hurt. To amuse myself I like to sit with the channel changer on my stomach and see how long it takes him to kick/shake/punch it off. It never lasts long.

Gender: It's a boy! Grayson Patrick!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

What I've Been Reading

I have actually read a bit more this summer.. but I haven't blogged about it in awhile. Here are my last three reads....

My grade-- A

disclaimer-- blame pregnancy brain, but I had NO IDEA that this was a christian novel when I added it to my must read list. That being said, it wasn't overdone and I really enjoyed it.

From Goodreads: "I collect words. I keep them in a box in my mind. I'd like to keep them in a real box, something pretty, maybe a shoe box covered with flowered wrapping paper. Whenever I wanted, I'd open the box and pick up the papers, reading and feeling the words all at once. Then I could hide the box. But the words are safer in my mind. There, he can't take them."

Ten-year old Kaylee Wren doesn't speak. Not since her drug-addled mother walked away, leaving her in a remote cabin nestled in the towering redwoods-in the care of a man who is as dangerous as he is evil. With silence her only refuge, Kaylee collects words she might never speak from the only memento her mother left behind: a dictionary.

Sierra Dawn is thirty-four, an artist, and alone. She has allowed the shame of her past to silence her present hopes and chooses to bury her pain by trying to control her circumstances. But on the twelfth anniversary of her daughter's death, Sierra's control begins to crumble as the God of her childhood woos her back to Himself.

Brought together by Divine design, Kaylee and Sierra will discover together the healing mercy of the Word-Jesus Christ.

My grade: A .. It was a fun, quick pool read!

From Goodreads: Remember the woman you used to be ...

Alice is twenty-nine. She is whimsical, optimistic and adores sleep, chocolate, her ramshackle new house and her wonderful husband Nick. What's more, she's looking forward to the birth of the 'Sultana' - her first baby.

But now Alice has slipped and hit her head in her step-aerobics class and everyone's telling her she's misplaced the last ten years of her life.

In fact, it would seem that Alice is actually thirty-nine and now she loves schedules, expensive lingerie, caffeine and manicures. She has three children and the honeymoon is well and truly over for her and Nick. In fact, he looks at her like she's his worst enemy. What's more, her beloved sister Elisabeth isn't speaking to her either. And who is this 'Gina'everyone is so carefully trying not to mention?

Alice isn't sure that she likes life ten years on. Every photo is another memory she doesn't have and nothing makes sense. Just how much can happen in a decade? Has she really lost her lovely husband for ever?

My grade- B+ ... it was fun and entertaining, but I wouldn't read it again.

From Goodreads: Jen Lancaster hates to burst your happy little bubble, but life in the big city isn't all it's cracked up to be. Contrary to what you see on TV and in the movies, most urbanites aren't party-hopping in slinky dresses and strappy stilettos. But lucky for us, Lancaster knows how to make the life of the lower crust mercilessly funny and infinitely entertaining.

Whether she's reporting rude neighbors to Homeland Security, harboring a crush on her grocery store clerk, or fighting-and losing-the Battle of the Stairmaster- Lancaster explores how silly, strange, and not-so-fabulous real city living can be. And if anyone doesn't like it, they can kiss her big, fat, pink, puffy down parka.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

How To: Baby Blocks

As soon as we figured out the baby's name, I knew that I wanted to hang his name above his crib. I thought about buying/painting the wooden blocks, but then I was inspired by this blog and decided to try my hand at painting my own.

I am NOT a painter. I'm not particularly artistic, but I am talented enough to handle simple techniques. Especially those that rely heavily on painters tape.

The entire process took a long time-- at least several weeks. I actually started them in June, before we decided on our name because I knew that all three of our top name contenders were 7 letters long.

For the project, I purchased a 7 pack of 12x12 canvases from Michaels with a 40% off coupon. Michaels sells 7 for $19.99 prior to the coupon so they were a total steal. I also purchased two bottles of green paint, two bottles of navy blue paint, 2 bottles of light blue paint, and a large bottle of white paint. The paint may have set me back an additional $5.00 (I bought them on sale as well).

The next step required a lot of measuring and a lot of taping. The inside squares are all 5 inches x 5 inches. I'm not sure why I went with that, but after a lot of measuring/taping.. that looked best. The navy blue paint was a bit of a pain and required many, many coats. Thankfully, the light blue and green went on like a dream.

After I finished the squares in the squares, it was time for (you guessed it..) MORE TAPING! I used tape to make the stripes and a circle foam brush (found at all craft stores) to make the polka dots. This part was the most fun!

For the letters, I scoured the internet for stencils large enough to fill in the squares and they were all at least 20 bucks each. I know that, that isn't a TON of money. Especially since something similar to what I made would cost at least 75 dollars on etsy, but I didn't want to wait and didn't think that 20 dollars was worth it for a stencil that I would use once. I have teacher handwriting, so I decided to give it a go... I ended up painting all of the letters free hand. They aren't incredibly perfect, but I'm okay with that. They look pretty darn good for free hand. I wrote out each individual letter in pencil, before going over it with at least 3-4 coats of white paint.

Overall, I'm so incredibly excited about how they turned out! I like that they aren't perfect, and I think that they will grow with him as the design isn't too cutesy.

Now, I only hope that they go with the bedding that we picked out, as the blocks hang RIGHT above the crib (we have yet to buy bedding). I'm a tiny bit worried that I should have gone with red rather than green, but we'll do what we can to make it work!

Fingers crossed that it all comes together handsomely!

Friday, September 2, 2011

28 Weeks!

Week 28- August 26th-September 1st

Due Date: November 18, 2011

How Big is Baby: As big as a squash.

Symptoms: I still feel lovely! My biggest complaint is that I cannot sit for more than 25 minutes (even in a comfy pedicure chair) without my butt hurting AND I can't stand for more than 15 minutes without my feet/ankles hurting. I have to move around.. a lot. Also.. I think 50% of my weight gain went straight to my feet. They look horrendously large.

Cravings: Every yummy picture that I see on pinterest.

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.. and I'm going to have to after Monday. Wah.

I Miss: I don't even miss alcohol that much anymore. I miss summer vacation. My life is 34523423 times simpler when there are no kids, no teachers.

I am Looking Forward to: My first baby shower next weekend (I'm having two.. the one next weekend is at my mom's house)! Also... fall! I'm excited for pumpkins, the color orange and cool breezes!

Milestones: Well, Grayson made it through his first hurricane and I survived 72 hours, pregnant without power. I only turned into the pregasaurus at night!

Awkward Moments: More assholes telling me that there isn't room for the baby to grow in my belly. Suck it.. I am measuring perfectly.

Exercise: I am slacking in the exercise department.. It's harder to exercise now that school is back in session. I have continued my prenatal yoga routine and it's a lifesaver. I really think that prenatal yoga class keeps me feeling as good as I do.

Diet: Crappy.. but it's getting harder to stuff it all in and I'm slowing down....

Movement: More kicks, more rolls, and more punches! I love it! He's such a good boy and allows me to sleep at night.

Gender: It's a boy! Grayson Patrick!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Oh, Hi!

You may not remember me. I haven't been online much since SATURDAY. 
The hurricane forced me to pretend that I was amish and we were without power for a very long time.   From Saturday evening to Tuesday afternoon to be exact.
I handled the days quite well.  I went to the pool, met friends for lunch and got a pedicure.  At night, I turned into the prega-saurus and woe is me! I don't do bored in the dark well.
I like to move around. I like to vacuum. I cry about throwing away hundreds of dollars worth of ruined/rotten food.  My husband probably wanted to kiss the gas and electric guys after they restored our power on Tuesday.