Tuesday, January 30, 2007
In more up-beat news my mother-in-law is coming today. My sister-in-law is due to have her baby at any time now (and will be induced Friday if she doesn't start on her own) and she's coming down to help watch the kids. I consider this time for free sewing advice, which is always welcome.
Speaking of sewing last weekend I sewed the binding on a little receiving blanket for my sister-in-law's new baby and also a bunting for mine. They both turned out so unbelievably cute and it was good to have something productive to do with myself for a while. The bunting was incredibly easy and boosted my confidence with my new sewing machines! After the laundry bag fiasco, it's good to know that I really do know what I'm doing.
As for pregnancy news, I went to the doctor yesterday and I asked him about the iron making me puke all the time. He said that I should stop taking the iron. My counts aren't really that low and if it's making me throw up the food that I'm eating then it's probably not helping with iron (or any other vitamin/mineral I need) anyway. So I'm off the iron. Other than that I'm just great.
Thursday, January 25, 2007
- A pair of pajama pants with horses on them
- A nail brain teaser
- The Everything Father's first year book
- $25 gift card to Walmart
- Country Living interior book
- Soldering Unit
All in all he had a pretty good haul for his breakfast party! Later that day more presents arrived:
- A rotary sander
- Birthday card
Then today another birthday card came from his parents! Man he is loved! I'm pretty sure more presents are in the mail for him too! Plus, I made him an applesauce cake. He asked me to make it so I thought I'd acquiesce. Since I didn't have the recipe I had to get it from my sister-in-law, but it was worth it. He also got a chocolate cake for his birthday from his brother and sister-in-law and I think his brother took him out to lunch. I think it was a pretty good day for him!
Despite, or perhaps because of, all that, I really am truly happy. I love where I am, and who I'm with and what I'm doing. I do have to exercise self control and not get everything I see and want. I bet this will probably get much harder when I see things that I want for my children to get and we wont be able to. That is to say, living without somethings doesn't really come naturally to me. I do catch myself building castles in the air. I see where my husband and I are now and where we might be in 10, 15, or 30 years. I like to think about our family growing, and the two of us growing together. I like to think of milestones and achievements. I do admit that I also like to think of how established we might be. That we might eventually own a house (perhaps it could even be the house that my husband draws plans for?). I would enjoy having a dishwasher, and a big bathtub. Today, in fact, my husband is moving in our washer and dryer! They're probably something like 30 years old and the loudest things I've ever heard, but I'm so excited for them.
I don't think there's anything wrong with building castles in the air for our future so long as I remember how happy I am with what we do have now.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
But on the plus side of the iron supplements it really got me motivated finally to exercise and drink enough water. The funny thing is that all the benefits to exercising that they told us at our childbirth class (quicker delivery, quicker recovery after delivery, less complications in general) didn't really motivate me to get back into exercising once I had stopped months ago. The threat of constipation from the iron supplements got me completely motivated and I haven't missed a day since I started. I guess I just needed the right sort of motivation.
So now that you've heard all my disgusting pregnancy updates I'm sure you all wish you were me. I really do feel good besides all that. Exercising has really helped reduce the annoyance factor that I have been feeling lately so I'm sure my husband is also happier.
My baby is so cute! Everyone told me how later on when she got stronger she would move a little arm, leg, or bum across my stomach and you could see it. Well, she doesn't really do that. What she does like to do is stick an appendage straight out from my stomach so I get this small very hard lump. My husband's favorite thing to do is feel around my tummy and find the hard lumps and push them in and see where the next one will appear. It's pretty funny.
Another cool trick is that she can detect changes in light. When I put a flashlight on my tummy she moves away from wherever the light is. It's so funny! You can follow her around with the light and she'll always move away from it. That makes me wonder if she's afraid of it or something so I don't really do it too often.
She also will always wiggle around when my husband talks to her tummy. He'll come home or lean over and start talking to my tummy and I tell him that she must be asleep because she hasn't been moving much lately, but as soon as he starts talking to her she starts moving. It's so funny!
Actual conversation at 12:30AM a few nights ago:
Me: "Now I can't sleep because I'm really hungry!"
Husband: "Hmm that's too bad."
Me: "I wonder if I can go to sleep and just eat in the morning or if this will keep me up and I should just go eat."
Husband: No response
Me: "What do you think I should eat?"
Husband: "Perhaps a smackeral of honey."
Guess what tomorrow is? My sweetie's birthday! I have wrapped the present that I'm giving him and also put a bow on the card that came from my aunt and uncle in the mail and also the two other presents that came in the mail from my family so his birthday breakfast should be pretty good tomorrow. I'm so excited! Honestly I think I might be a little more excited than he is but 25 is a big one isn't it? Maybe not, but I just want him to know how special he is. This morning I spent some time cutting out big HAPPY BIRTHDAY letters that I'm going to hang up in our trailer to surprise him in the morning. Oh I hope he likes my present to him!
Guess what happens two months from today? My due date! Woohoo!
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Keeping with the same train of thought I thought I'd like to list just a few more things that I love about my husband and how great he is:
- He just finished my Christmas present last night and it is amazing! I love it so much! He spent 30 minutes last night just washing the mirror off so that it's sparkling clean. I think it's so cute how he puts his all into every project he does.
- The other night I was so uncomfortable in bed that after laying there for 20 minutes I just threw the sheets off me and stomped out of the room. When I came back in he just asked me how he could help! Then he gave me a back rub!
- Did I mention how much I love that he does the dishes every other night?! Isn't that amazing?! Oh how I love that man! I've taken two photos of him doing the dishes just because it makes me so happy! He thinks it's weird that I take pictures of him doing them because he doesn't think it's a big deal.
- Every night when he comes home he takes time to give me a good kiss and tell me he loves me! I try very hard to make sure that I let him know that I love him every day because I read in the parenting magazine that on the online pole they had 86% of moms had told their kids they loved them that day, but only 34% (I think that was the number, but even if it wasn't the number was so low I was surprised) had told their husband/significant other that same thing.
- My husband is so funny/silly. I know I post a lot of silly things he does, but rest assured that I don't post the bulk of it. He seems to love to make me laugh.
Well, that's it for now. I have to go think of something special I can do for him today because he's so great!
Friday, January 12, 2007
The only drawback to being off the medicine is that the wonderful side effect of it being a sleeping medication is gone now too. I feel great during the day now, but at night after about an hour of laying down my entire body starts to scream at me. "How could you possibly think that laying down to sleep would be a good idea? Don't you know that your extra weight in the front of you will make the rest of you ache and hurt?" This morning I woke up at 3:30am and didn't fall back to sleep until well into the 5 o'clock hour. My Sweetie didn't have to leave for work until 7:30 today and on those mornings I really like to get up and have breakfast with him (I secretly think he really likes this too), but this morning when he gently asked me if I was getting up I had to say no. I should have just gotten up because once I was awake my body started to scream at me again and sleeping wasn't much of an option.
Does anyone know of any trick to sleeping that I'm unaware of? I'd really like to not continue taking the medicine just because I'm a wimp that can't sleep. (Although my doctor did say that he does give it to women that complain about not being able to sleep at the end of their pregnancies.) Plus, I realize that it makes me sleep in a whole lot more than I would like.
In other news I got my week 30 gift. Pink and cream striped fleece pants with a little pink bow. So cute!
Thursday, January 11, 2007
After I got home I decided to start with the bags since for that project I already had a pattern (the old bags). Well, let me tell you I must have been completely looney yesterday becuase I purchased only half the amount of fabric needed. That wasn't too bad I decided. I just started to make the first one anyway. Then when I was trying to put them together I cut out the bag so wrong somehow that it was 4 whole inches short in circumfrance! I have absolutely no idea how I managed to mess up that bag so badly! I was so upset by this that I decided to just give up on that project all together for the day. I'll go purchase more fabric and start over from scratch.
So to boost my spirits I decided to start on the mattress cover. I ended up making it like a duvet cover and I think I'll just get some velcro that I can put on the flap that goes around the back. If I had been a little more patient I could have waited for my mother-in-law to help (I didn't read that comment until this morning) and it probably would have turned out much better, but now it's done and it's servicable. I think I'm going to wait for my mother-in-law to help me with the laundry bags (since I've obviously proven my inability to make a simple bag.) It would be nice if I could put button holes in the canvas to go over the frame and I can't do that with a surger.
PS. As for photos of Charlotte's nursery, they're coming, I promise. I'm just having a little difficulty with transferring them. It shouldn't be hard so I don't really understand why it isn't working. (And this is where I show everyone my slowness with technology, oh well.)
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
- I finally took my surger in to be repaired so now I can sew a mattress cover for the cradle mattress. I have to sew a new one since the piece of foam that I got from the upholstry store is thicker than the old mattress and I couldn't fit it in the old cover. (Don't even get me started on how I will never work with that upholstry store ever again!) Anyway, I was thinking about how I could do this without having to put in a zipper or hand sewing. My sister suggested that I make it like a pillow sham with two pieces that just overlap in the back. I thought this was a good idea, but I'm not sure. What do you think about getting the foam in and out of the cover like that? (My mom told me a trick with a garbage bag that might work.)
- How long after Christmas can you leave your Christmas lights up on a single-wide trailer without looking like white trash? We're moving sometime in July so I know they'll be down by then.
This is me back in September. I think it's funny that I actually thought I was getting big back then! Yes, that is my single-wide trailer in the background. Isn't it beautiful?
This is me at Christmas. Neither of these photos are really great of me, but you get the idea. At work I sit behind a tall counter so that when customers walk in they can only see me from the bust line up. When a mom and daughter came in the other day I got up to show them something in the back of the store so all they saw was my bust line up and then my back side as they followed me. When I swung around to show them something the daughter said, "WOAH! When are you due?" and the mom said, "Congratulations." I thought the delayed reaction was so funny!
Speaking of photos I decided to use my $50 from grandma/pa to get a memory stick. We borrowed one from my mom last year during the school year and ever since we gave it back to her I've missed being able to carry around all that information in such a compact and convienent format. When I told my husband my plan he was very supportive of it. I think this is because he plans on using it for med school in the coming years. This is fine with me since I've never even been close to needing all the space on one of those things at once. I was actually thinking that maybe I should buy him one for his birthday. (January 24th for anyone that wants to give him something or call him or think good thoughts for him.) I decided against it though since the main reason I wanted to get it was to use it as an easy and convienent way to transport photos from home to work so I can email them to family and friends. It seemed a little selfish to get him a present because I wanted to use it too. I have decided to get him something else entirely that I'm sure he'll enjoy and I really have no use for. Anyway, can you guess the first thing that went on the little device after I got it? Well, it wasn't any photos. It was my Sweetie's letter of intent that he's working on. Plus, he took it with him to California so I can't use it at all while he's gone! Lest anyone think I'm complaining, I'm not. I just think the whole situation is so funny! I never thought he'd like it so much! I'm sure I'll get plenty of opportunity to use it for my own reasons. I just need to be patient.
For the astute readers out there, yes my husband is in California. He left yesterday and had his interview at Loma Linda today and will be back tonight. I had awful sleep last night. He wasn't there and I've gotten used to him propping up my leg while I sleep and having a pillow at my back so that my ribs stop hurting. He wasn't there last night and boy did I feel it! Also I have this anxiety about his interviews. I thought that would pass once he was accepted into one school, but it hasn't. I still feel very anxious each time I know he's in an interview. I think it's just that I want the people he's interviewing with to see how incredible he is. He still has two interviews left (Ohio State, and NYMC). I'm not sure of the dates for either one though. I hope it's before mid February because I really don't want him in another state that close to my due date. Applying to medical school is the longest process! (I'm sure applying to dental school and law school are too.) I just wish it were over. I still day dream about him getting into UW and how great it would be to be so close to family. Not that a five hour drive is all that close, but it's way closer than Phillidelphia. Patience. Patience. Patience.
This next part isn't about being patient, but it does tie in becuase it's about my Sweetie. You know it's time to get yourself bigger undershirts when your husband sees you wearing it and comments on how you look similar to Winnie the Pooh. (How Pooh's shirt is always short over his tummy.) I did ask him if he knew that Pooh is described as being "tubby" and "stuffed with fluff." He said that Winnie the Pooh is also described as being a bear and I'm not a bear (also that Pooh can eat a whole meal just out of honey and I can't do that either.) Mostly I just thought it was funny, but I did get new undershirts.
Another thing that I have to be patient about is Charlotte's weekly present from Aunt Katie. My sister is the best sister/aunt ever and my baby hasn't even arrived yet! I know I've mentioned how I get weekly gifts from her before, but I've never gone into the excitement and anticipation I have each week as I visit the post office. I will make special trips each day just to check the mailbox. The only other things I get in the mail are bills and bulk mailings. It's been so great to know that each week I get something in the mail just for me (well for Charlotte, but for me too!) This has been the happiest mailbox I've ever had, even though I have to go a block to get to it! I feel so blessed to have a sister that is so excited to be an aunt! She's the only one (except for Daniel of course) that has been excited to feel the baby move. Sadly that didn't happen as much when I wanted it to. I wait, with varrying ammounts of patience, each week for our little manilla envelope of joy!
The thing I really need to be patient for right now is the arrival of baby Charlotte. After that childbirth class all I can think about is her arrival. Will my mom be here at the time? Will Charlotte come so that my sister's spring break lines up with it? When will we bless her? What will she look like? Will she have red hair? Will she have hair at all? I talked to my mom about her labors (my sister and me) and both were pretty short, if that's any indication of what I have to look forward to. Another change since the class we went to is Dan's attentiveness. He is such a sweet and loving husband! He keeps saying how he thinks I'm so brave and strong to do this and he would help me if he could. I think it's sweet, especially since I don't really feel all that brave or strong while complaining all the time. It's not like I really have any choice about this baby coming out at this point anyway. The only part of the birth that I think he will get distracted by is that I'm pretty sure that if/when I get the epidural he'll want to see that process and how it all works. Not that he's totally unfamilliar with the process though. I'm just so excited that I can't wait! Let's just cross our fingers she doesn't decide to arrive March 19th!
Saturday, January 06, 2007
Here's the question that I had that I never got the guts up to ask. I always assumed that the actual baby coming out of you was the most painful part of labor/delivery, but I think that might be wrong now. They talked about the final phase of stage one labor (transition) being the most difficult over and over in the class. Does most difficult mean most physically painful or does it mean mental or emotional difficulty?
Things which I am unsure about:
- pain medication-I'm a wuss and I never considered not getting an epidural. On the other hand I'm a wuss and I saw what they have to do to give you one and I don't know if I want that either. Let's face it, I have a hard time getting blood drawn. Plus, I also like the idea of being free to move around more if I wanted to.
- leaving with enough time to get to the hospital-they talked about not having to go right away since you're typically in early labor for a long time. We do have a 30 minute drive to get to the hospital though and that's with normal weather conditions. I'd like to get to the hospital with enough time that I'm not nervous about time. There's enough else that I will have to concentrate on besides making it to the hospital. At least we aren't the couple in our class that lives north of Preston, ID. They need to schedule for a 50 minute drive.
Things which I am totally sure about:
- Number of people in the birthing room with me-The hospital allows up to four people (besides my coach) in the labor/delivery room with me. That's five extra people! I don't really think I need an audience. The people I would like/feel comfortable in the room with me are 1) Dan, 2) my mom, 3) my mother-in-law. Those are the ones that if it's possible for them to make it I want them there. People that I would be OK with also being in there are my sister (although I'm pretty sure she doesn't want to see the actual thing happening, but if she does and she's there I'd be ok with that).
- I don't want the mirror-watching the head pop out of me isn't necessary.
- Feel the head coming out-in some of the videos the doctor told the mom she could reach down and feel the head coming out and the mom did. I so don't need that. Let's just focus on getting the baby out.
- My husband's interest in all things medical-although he did lean in and tell me during one video that OBGYN is totally out of the question for his specialty.
Mostly I'm more nervous about breast feeding than I am about labor/delivery. That may sound silly, but the fact of the matter is that in labor/delivery I will be surrounded by medical professionals that know what they're doing. They've done it many, many times before and although I am aware that every birth is unique and different, I'm in the hands of specialists. Breast feeding is all on me and I don't know what I'm doing. I don't want cracked, chapped nipples or mastitis.
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Second, the best way to make any holiday miserable is to get a bad case of the stomach flu here after to be referred to as the death sickness. First my dad got sick, then my aunt, then my other aunt, then me, then finally my sister. My dad was so sick we had to take him to the hospital. I on the other hand just spent three days laying around thinking about death. To all of you who are thinking, "She should have gotten a flu shot," I reply, "My dad got a flu shot and he was the first to get sick."
New Year's day was fun yesterday. We spent the day painting and working on the in-law's new house. It looks fabulous by the way. The only low point of the day was when I decided that I needed to chop the onion so fast that the tip of my thumb could go with it under the knife. I cut through the nail right into the thumb and bled all over the place, but luckily my husband is good at first aid. Now all it needs is a supply of band-aids and time to heal.
My sister came up and stayed in our trailer with us for a day and that was so much fun! We didn't really do much, but it's always fun to hang out with her. She says I'm on my trailer vacation and to tell you the truth it does kind of feel like one big vacation since we're only going to be living here for a year. We put the mattress in the crib and put the swing together and everything looks so good! I'm going to start having to figure out where to put everything. Daniel said the other day that we already have too much stuff and we don't even have the baby yet. My answer is how can you have too much stuff for your baby? Plus, I'm getting very good at organizing and fitting and packing stuff away so that it all fits into our little space. We just have to be super vigilant at not leaving stuff out because then we have no space to actually live.
Speaking of what's happening next year I almost forgot to tell you the big news! Daniel's been accepted into medical school!!!!!!!!! Isn't that just absolutely exciting?! He got into Temple University. Although moving with a four month old baby to Philidelphia where I know nobody seems really scary right now I'm just so excited that he got in! He's still got two more interviews to go to, (NYMC, Loma Linda) but it's just so great! It feels like our plans have been so fluid for so long that it's great to finally be able to count on the fact that my husband is going to study to be a doctor! I can say it with confidence.
With the holidays over the next big thing is my sister-in-law's baby and then mine! I can't believe how fast December went! I hope January and February go by just as fast! I'm sure there's something I'm missing, but that's all I can think of for now. I hope everyone is just as happy as I am today!