Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Doctor's Visit #10

-I'm at 43 pounds (I think a half pound gained from last week?)
-Uterus is 37 centimeters (he just keeps growing!)
-Still dilated to a 1.5
-Now about 90% effaced ("Shorter labor, bla bla blah")
-Baby D is still head-down (a HUGE relief since he's been bruising my insides with all the moving the last few days) and at a -1 station (ranges from -5 to +5, with -5 being as far away from my you-know-what as possible, and a +5 meaning he's crowning/coming out)... so that means he's getting there.

And we set the induction date for July 26th. Which made me want to cry. It just made it seem so official that I am really going to be pregnant forever...or at least the entire month of July. Augh.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

wordless wednesday


Bananas is leaving me for almost two whole weeks today. I am not very happy about this, and I don't think Baby D is either... he was kicking and squirming and moving SO much last night, as if to say "Maybe if I don't let you sleep, you will be too tired to take her to the airport in the morning." Well, no such luck. The Ohio fam better enjoy her because after two months of her being here, I will miss her SO much... I will try my best to keep him from coming early, but you better come back soon, Bananas!!! (and eat lots of Graeters on our behalf!)

Monday, June 28, 2010

Shoes shoes shoes

Who knew baby boy shoes could be so stinkin' cute?
I can't wait till Mama Astrid gets out here in 9 days and we can do a little more shopping for once he grows out of the newborn crib shoes, which my sisters swear will never fit him, since they are entirely convinced he will come out at about 10 pounds or more...probably not a bad estimate since I'm guessing our Baby D will choose to bide his time and be a week late. Fine by me (which if you've been reading this blog frequently, my attitude about this whole "D-day" thing flip flops on a daily basis), I am sure I can keep finding plenty of projects to do and things to buy and books to read to keep me busy as long as he chooses to stay in there!

37 weeks...can I really get any bigger than this?!

What would I DO without Mr. D's wardrobe??
Probably never leave the house because none of my clothes fit me anymore.
Dear Baby D,
Congrats, you are full term as of today.
And...I think you're big enough now.
I can't wait to see you!
Love, your super-sized Mommy.
P.S. This week marked my officially entry into life with stretch marks... just a few around my bellybutton. Don't worry, I won't put pictures up. But at least they mostly blend in with the veins all over my belly :)

Saturday, June 26, 2010

(not-so) Domestic Diva... and Inspector Kevs with some recent purchases

There are some things that I do, that I really hope people reading can learn from my mistakes. Lesson learned while Mr. D was away (thankfully, or I probably never would have heard the end of it)...
Dish soap is NOT the same as dishwashing detergent:
And my strawberry jam turned out pretty tasty... just really watery. 
And I have no idea why. But it looks pretty!
And the Kevs has a new favorite sleeping spot... 
under the crib in the baby tub. So weird.
We finally decided on a frame stroller (at least until next spring when I will again plead my case for a BOB jogger) and the Kevs was a good enough sport to try out the storage area not once but twice for pictures... luckily he is just under the maximum weight of 12 pounds :)
So overall, its been a really good week. And I finally got the house clean, even if it took me three hours (it used to take me 45 minutes).

Friday, June 25, 2010

My Maternity Must-Haves

There is so much stuff everyone claims you need during your pregnancy. I've found out over the last few months that while some of it is essential, most of it is just a way to get you to unnecessarily spend way too much money.

So here is (what I would consider) my list of nine essentials to survive the craziest nine months of your life....
1. -Prenatal vitamins.
2. -Ice Water. I carry it around with me everywhere.
3. -Purse-size snacks.
4. -Either a pregnancy body pillow or about 5 large pillows you don't mind arranging around you nightly.
4. -A few pairs of Secret Fit Belly skirts and/or pants. A little pricey, but by far the greatest investment I have made to my maternity wardrobe.
5. -Multiple sizes of nursing bras (including a Bravado! brand one... I just got one and it is the most comfortable bra I've ever owned)
6. -Chapstic and Lotion. My skin has never been so dry.
7. -A decent mirror and scale. I, for one, do NOT like surprises (or being lied to by a scale that says I am 5 pounds lighter than I actually am) when it comes to my body and figure if I am going to cry about the "changes" it may as well be in the comfort of my own home and not in front of a total nurse-stranger while at the doctor's office.
8. -A good pair of (relatively new) running shoes. I only had mine a few months before I got pregnant, and since you are supposed to get running shoes a size or two bigger than your usual shoe size, they were the only shoes that have fit me in the last four months. Not to mention I think I started a new fashion trend combining running shoes and skirts...
9. -Neutral colored Flip Flops. Because even with the lack of arch support, you really can't get away with wearing running shoes to church.

And as a bonus, I would add Mr. D's pajama pants, L- and XL-sized Tshirts, and his basketball shorts.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Watch Baby D move!

A fair warning to you this video does include my bare, veiny, globe-ular belly and it looks like something from an alien movie when it moves (the moving up and down is just me breathing, of course). I think its hysterical to watch but if stuff like that may gross you out, skip this movie and go watch cuddly kittens on youtube or something :)
P.S. My (nearly) 12-year old brother saw this today and told me he thought it was cool... at first. Then he thought it was disgusting! :) Like I said, you've been warned...

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Doctor's Visit #9

I love that my Doctor started out our appointment with 
"Welcome to the longest month of your entire pregnancy."
Most of the following numbers will probably be meaningless jibberish to nearly everyone (and probably to me as well in a few months) but right now they feel like a big deal.

Since my last visit two weeks ago...
-I've gained 2.5 pounds (total up to 42.5 pounds)
-My uterus is at 36 cm (Baby D's growth is right on target... a centimeter a week)
-I'm dilated 1.5 cm (out of 10)
-I'm 70% effaced (out of 100)
-Baby D is officially head down and descending...or at least working on it. All that movement I've been seeing the last few weeks coming out my right side? His butt. :)

So what do all these numbers and statistics mean? The funny thing is, pretty much nothing as far as deciding when I'll go into labor, just that I am (we are?) making progress. And he mentioned something about how its good that I am so far effaced because waiting for that is what makes labor so long sometimes.

Bananas leaves for Ohio on Tuesday and will be back pretty much the same weekend my mom comes into town... so I'm okay with Baby D waiting at least two more weeks to make his appearance. But at least I did finally pack my hospital bag. :)

Monday, June 21, 2010

My dad is always requesting artwork of me, and since cleaning out his office of all the accumulated kidstuffs (K-12) artwork over Spring Break, I figured he would like a little something new for Father's Day. I had some painted papers from a project awhile ago, so I collaged those on a little 8x10 canvas I had and used acrylics to do this little painting of my mom from her missionary days. The funny thing is that it looked nothing like her until I put the eyelashes on her. Go figure. I sure do have a beautiful mom and certainly a painting will never quite do her justice. But I'm thrilled my dad liked it AND its the first year ever that I remembered a holiday present and sent it in advance of the actual holiday for someone.
Isn't she lovely?

not my most productive weekend

What I intended to do this past weekend:

Do Laundry.
Clean the house.
Finish 3 books I am still in the middle of.
Pack my hospital bag.
Work on lesson plans.

Aaaaand what I actually did:
Played watercolors with our adorable little neighbor.
(and attempted to keep the Kevs out of her water...which was a complete fail, as you can see)
Made (per request) a cookies and cream ice cream cake (on left, with oreos baked into it) and regular Oreo cake with Bananas for Big Brother Mike's birthday. And did a lot of floating in the pool--since it's unfair to say I swam, when I didn't. Too tired from all the cake eating.
And made baked Sweet Potato fries (with basil, olive oil and sea salt) before doing more napping. So good.
Hopefully your weekend was more productive than mine?
Off to start on that laundry...

Sunday, June 20, 2010

all about my favorite boys boys boys... Happy Father's Day

To my amazing dad and soon-to-be-Grandpa, who I cannot say enough good things about him. He never stops improving, learning, teaching, and just being awesome. I don't tell him enough, but I absolutely adore him and love him for what a great example he is to me. And hopefully within the next month I can give him a grandchild to match that grey-ing hair of his!! :)

And to my favorite father-to-be, Mr. D, who while I joke about him not quite being a father yet, has certainly done his fair share of fatherly duties to earn that title over the last 8 months in helping me be a better wife and mother.

This picture was taken last Sunday and I just love it...its proof that the Kevs really does love to cuddle with little Baby D! (although usually I am laying down and he is laying completely across my belly)
36 weeks! (all of these pictures are starting to look the same nowadays...)
And our (well, Mr. D's) new car! A 2010 Hyundai Elantra.... super cute!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

one month to go!

I know I've complained quite a bit about being pregnant over the last couple of months, but I think now that there is (finally) a light at the end of the tunnel, I can see a little more clearly some of the truly awesome parts of being pregnant:

20. "Sorry, but I'm pregnant" is like the trump card of any excuse when I don't want to do something.
19. Naps, sleep, and more naps. Anytime I feel like it.
18. More footrubs and backrubs from Mr. D than I have ever had in my life.
17. Total strangers striking up a conversation with me and congratulating me on my upcoming arrival.
16. Constantly being told by friends and family how great I look (even if I look less-than-great).
15. Never losing the excitement to see "what's going on inside my body" each week.
14. Feeding Baby D will never be easier than how it is right now.
13. I can actually see the mole in my bellybutton that has been hidden for years.
12. My stomach is as rock-solid as it will probably ever be. And yet, it moves like a bowl full of jelly when I laugh (which only makes me laugh harder).
11. Feeling closer to Mr. D than ever.
10. Having the Kevs curl up on my stomach.
9. Not having litterbox duty.
8. Feeling my little boy move.
7. Cravings. I haven't had many, but when I do have them, I feel no guilt whatsoever in fulfilling them.
6. By some miracle, other than when I was first pregnant, I have (knock on wood) not been sick from anything all year, even though plenty of people around me have been.
5. Being granted "permission" to rent a larger apartment and buy/enjoy some of the luxuries of life... a washer and dryer, heating, air conditioning, a second car, a vacuum, etc.
4. No period/cramps for nine months. 'Nuf said.
3. Buying baby stuff. Everything is so much more fun to buy when it's miniature!
2. Charting my growth over the last couple of months... weight and pictures kind of make it like the Biggest Loser in reverse!
1. And the greatest part about being pregnant: growing a little gummydinobear into a Baby D, who I cannot wait to meet in a few short weeks.


Being pregnant has brought all kinds of wonderful challenges... like laying awake in bed for hours not being able to sleep. In the morning, I can read in my new rocker Bananas and I put together earlier this week (picture to come soon), but in the middle of the night I am usually just left to toss and turn uncomfortably and do a lot of thinking. Last night I was thinking about the last few years and how I would sum them up.

2005- The year I met the love of my life.
2006- The year I convinced the love of my life to marry me. And I learned the true meaning of the term "Red Sox Widow."
2007- The year I got back into shape and re-discovered running, yoga, and became a total gym rat.
2008- The year of the Kevs and my very first garden.
2009- The year I graduated, got my dream job and ran a fabulously large amount of races. And got pregnant with my first child, of course!
2010- The year of a whole lot of wonderful changes on behalf of Baby D. Mostly a lot more spending on his behalf, but buying for him is much more fun than buying stuff for myself. We moved into a bigger apartment in a town I love, bought our first washer and dryer, and oh yeah today... we bought our second car today!!!

  • 10.31.09 5k @ 24:23
  • 10.24.09 5k @ 25:02
  • 09.26.09 5k @ 24:06.0 (won $10!)
  • 09.05.09 20k @ 1:58:17.9 (PR!)
  • 06.06.09 5k @ 22:55 (PR)
  • 05.30.09 5k @ 25:08.3
  • 04.04.09 20k @ 1:58.36
  • 03.14.09 10k @ 51:48.62 (PR)
  • 03.07.09 5k @ 25:13
  • 02.07.09 5k @ 24:44
  • 01.31.09 10k @ 55:44.4
  • 12.06.08 5K @ 25:40.0
  • 10.11.08 5k @ 27:49.9
  • 09.20.08 5k @ 26:11.0

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Today it started...
False Labor. Yuck.
False labor pains are SO much more painful than Braxton-Hicks contractions, which were just....uncomfortable. These hurt. Like the worst period cramps everrrr. Good thing they're irregular.

Don't worry, its not real labor or anything, just a result of my body practicing for the real deal in a month. I just hope I don't have false labor for the next month...

And Baby D continues to treat me like his little pinata. He better enjoy it while it lasts :)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

strawberry days!

Ever since my neighbor's mom came to visit her last summer when she had her baby and made us Strawberry freezer jam, I've been obsessed. I just realized that over the last month, I have eaten about two pounds of assorted berries a week. Man, I love summer. And with strawberries at 77 cents at Sunflower Market this next week, you better believe I am going to try my hand at as many recipes as necessary to perfect my most favorite summertime treat in the world. This will be the first one I try...any suggestions??

Strawberry Freezer Jam
Makes Five - 8 oz. Jars

4 cups mashed strawberries
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 packet freezer jam pectin

1. In a large bowl, crush st until only small pieces remain and mixture is quite liquid. This may take a few minutes.

2. In a small bowl, mix Pectin and sugar together until incorporated. Add to mashed strawberries. Stir for 3 minutes.

3. Ladle into clean jam jars, leaving 1/2″ space at the top. Cap and let sit for 30 minutes. Store in your freezer until ready to use, or transfer to fridge and eat!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

it is 6am and I am making macaroni and cheese

for breakfast.

I suppose I should file that under "you know you're pregnant when..."

But at least its better than my Sunday craving of cupcakes (thanks to Mr. D's new passion, watching the Food Network). And yes, I did go out and buy 2 cupcakes. And ate them both myself. I've learning with (my) cravings that they are even more satisfying when I take care of them myself. Like spending 20 minutes to make macaroni after only having 5 hours of sleep... and I swear it never tasted so good.

And, yes, I did eat the entire box.

Back to bed :)

Sunday, June 13, 2010

as promised... photos of your favorite beached whale.

35 weeks along and 35 days to go!
I may feel huge, but at least I swam an hour a day six of the last eight days... 
so at least six hours of my week I felt GREAT. :)

Saturday, June 12, 2010

a crazy (non-baby-related) night.

Update: The Robber came back a week later, our next door neighbors caught him trying to break into his house to collect some stuff he left behind and called the police, who arrested him and he's (hopfeully) behind bars now.
I knew something was up when I saw a police car parked across the street from our fourplex late last night before going to bed. Sure enough, at about midnight, we got a knock on the door and two officers informed Mr. D that they were dealing with a "situation" with one of our (non-rent-paying) neighbors, and they advised us to go somewhere else to sleep for the night.

So we headed over to an Aunt and Uncle's house, kind of puzzled as to what was going on. When we came back this morning, the neighbors living directly behind us (we'll call them the Davises) called us and told us what had happened: they had been out of town since Monday, came home last night and found out that their window had been pried open with a screwdriver and $4500 worth of stuff was stolen from their apartment...including guns. Our non-rent paying neighbor was suspect #1 and it seemed that he had skipped town, but I guess the cops were hoping he would come back last night. They were able to recover everything that was stolen from a nearby pawn shop, except the guns. Hence the need for us to leave last night "just in case" things escalated. Why people keep guns in their homes to "protect" themselves is about as beyond my understanding as smoking is.

So, a crazy night. And deepest apologies to poor Bananas, who I think now realizes we live in the ghetto :)

But on the plus side, we bought our car seat (finally) yesterday. Graco Snugride 35. (Thank you for the advice, Mrs. Hamilton!!) Isn't it darling? I am still struggling over what stroller to buy... I really just want to get my BOB jogging stroller and skip getting the traditional one. We'll see.

Also, red raspberries are on sale this week at Sunflower Market... 88 cents! Bananas bought 4 containers for me and I can't wait to get started on them :) Enjoy your weekend... bathing suit picture is tomorrow!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Catching you up with the last week.

So this is the "Baby D" half of our bedroom. The only thing missing is the glider and ottoman (already ordered) that will go in my closet on the left...which you may notice is half-full of hanging baby clothes. My few clothes that I have hanging are the handful that still fit me, as I've put all of the stuff that doesn't fit anymore into temporary storage. Less trying on stuff thats too small and crying that way :) 
The changing table a friend gave me, so I painted it brown (it was white) and bought all the little square baskets so we wouldn't have to buy a dresser. The four circle time paintings I did on those little canvases will obviously not stay on the changing table, but I'll probably hang them above the changing table eventually.
Baby D's crib, complete with rediculous amounts of blankets, my Boppy and Baby D's soon-to-be-best-friends: Red Sox musical bear (that plays "take me out to the ballgame") from Mama Rica, Build-a-Bear from Uncle D-K, and little puppy from Me!
Auntie Bananas painted this fabulous wall in her/Baby D's room... SUCH a HUGE improvement from those nasty sponge-painted red and blue stars. She did AWESOME. I love the color soo much.
And I know this is a little blurry (it was the only way I could avoid the flash), but my friend Casey taught me how to do vinyl, so I did Baby D's name on a photo frame with pictures of Mr. D and I.

So... that was what I did over the last week when I wasn't swimming or sleeping: purchasing, painting, organizing, re-organizing. perfecting etc. Consider yourself caught up. :)

I'm Back!! 34 weeks and Doctor's visit #8!

My "little" basketball just keeps growing!! The best news is that he/my uterus is already measuring 36 cm, just above average. And...believe it or not, I haven't gained a pound since my last appointment two weeks ago! That is HUGE for me, since I was so worried about where the rest of the weight was going to go if I continued to gain 2 pounds a week! I've grown plenty already, so I am just fine with Baby D doing his part to do the rest of the growing!
I've also started to swim (a first!)... about an hour a day! It feels so good to feel so light and graceful and agile. I feel like my old self again! Well, until I get out of the pool and gravity quickly brings me back to reality. So, fittingly enough, next week's picture will be in my bathing suit...mostly because I think I look hilarious in it. I know you're already looking forward to it.

Oh, and with Mr. D back from Boston (with lots of Red Sox baby goodies) I can post pictures of what I've been doing the last week. I just need to find my camera....

Saturday, June 05, 2010

In case you're wondering why I'm blogging MIA this week...

Note to self: NOT a good idea to have a zillion projects/to-do list stuff while 8 months pregnant. But "taking it easy" has never really been one of my strengths. I'll post the completed baby room projects after Mr. D gets back from Boston on Wednesday, since I want him to see it all in person (not pictures).

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

tanto que hacer.

I can officially say that I am having a baby NEXT MONTH!!


Still on my list of things To Do?
-Finish Praxis class (ends next week)
-Put everything together in my "Go" Bag
-Buy Diapers.
-Buy Carseat
-Paint Bananas/Baby D's Room
-Repaint the changing table
-See Toy Story 3
-Buy an ottoman and glider
-Really organize and clean my house
-Read Jesus the Christ
-Buy stroller
-Organize baby clothes according to size (kind of silly until you realize I just have a big pile of clothes from newborn to 18 month old sizes)

And then I can stop freaking out and actually be excited about the big day.
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