Thursday, May 31, 2012

Mid-Week Confessions

Its Thursday and its been a while since I've confessed anything - this may be a long list but here goes...

- I had grand ambitions of reading through the Bible this year.  I was all gung ho starting in January and while I couldn't meet with the church group on Tuesday mornings, I started meeting with my friend Kelly on Mondays.  I made it through half of Judges before I allowed my life to get too busy.  Fail.

- I had some serious selfishness going on this weekend.  Monday was supposed to be a shopping day with the girls but ended up being a shopping day with everyone including my nephews (4 1/2 year old twins) and my niece (2 years old).  I was really mad, tired, and hormonal which made me cry and get upset and snap at my mom, brother and sister-in-law.  I'm a jerk.

- Wednesday was my day off this week and Andrew was out of town.  It could have been a great day to get things accomplished.  I went for a 3 mile walk with my friend Kiersten and that was the most productive part of the day.  The rest of the day I sat on the couch and  made it through a little over half of season 2 of Dawson's Creek - brought back memories of how much I was in love with Pacey when I was in high school.  Dawson was a little too high maintenance for me.

- I can't wait to start working part time.  The though of only working 2 days a week sounds so great. I'm exhausted at the end of the day anymore.

- I miss being skinny.  I know I should enjoy not watching my weight so closely and not feeling guilty when I eat all of my pad thai or a whole foot long Subway sandwich.  But I miss having a waist and working out hard and sweating.  And the books keep hounding you about not gaining too much weight or you'll end up obese.  It stresses me out sometimes

That's all I can think of for now.  My husband is home tonight after being gone this week in Atlanta.  I'm so happy he's back - I don't sleep well when he's not here.  The dog is not a suitable replacement for snuggling in bed.  And he snores.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Onesies, sleepers, and socks oh my!

Hi Friends!

I'll have to admit I'm having a much needed lazy day at home.  Went for a walk with my friend Kiersten and her little guy Silas this morning, picked up a few things at Traders Joes (not a good idea to go there when you are hungry by the way), and have been watching season 2 of Dawson's Creek on Netflix.

This weekend, we took a trip up to the outlet malls in Tulalip.  I had been looking forward to this trip since my mom and I were up there in March when I knew I was pregnant but was only 11 weeks so I didn't know the gender yet.  There aren't a lot of gender neutral clothes out there so we didn't buy much then.

Well, they have a Carters, Gymboree, and Osh Kosh outlet up there and lots of Memorial Day sales going on.  I'll be honest, I could have taken a photo but the though of having to go all the way upstairs, take everything out of the bags, take a picture, upload it to my computer etc just seemed like too much work.  So I found some pictures online of some of the things we bought - they are probably better than the ones I would have taken anyway.  Score:  Laziness 1, Sarah 0


So here are a few of the dilemmas I had while shopping:

1)  I know I have baby showers coming up and lots of people want to buy you outfits.  I would hate to end up with a huge selection of 0-3 month onesies and nothing else.  I know I can always return and exchange things and I know that once my showers are over I will have a better idea of what I need.

2) I have no idea what size this kid will be.  I was 6 lb 14oz at birth, Andrew was 8 lbs something but was also 22 inches long.  He's 6'4" tall now.  If this kid comes out at 9 or 10 pounds (and my vagina hopes not) he may not need any newborn clothes and outgrow 0-3 months by 6 weeks.  I have a friend who's 4 month old little guy already weighs 18 pounds and is in 6-9 month clothes. 

3)  There's a lot of stuff in pastel colors.  I hate pastel colors - mainly because I don't look good in them so therefore my child won't either right?  I don't mind having a few things in baby powder blue but just feel its boring.  I'd rather have bright colors - orange, green, blue etc.  I know its inevitable that I will get lots of baby blue and I'm sure after this little guy is in his 8th outfit of the day after puking, peeing or pooping on everything else that I won't care what color I put him in. 

Here are a few of the things that we found that I really liked.  I can't wait to get some little teeny jeans to wear stuff with.  These were all from Carters but I found a cute little green zip up sweatshirt that says little bug and the hood has little bug antenae on it - so cute!



I also decided to make my own thank you cards - found a cute stamp and have been working on them.   Again, my lazy day is preventing me from doing any of this today, but maybe I can do more this weekend.

Stay tuned for mid-week confessions tomorrow!  I haven't done them for the last 2 weeks - I'm sure I have lots to confess.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

BFFs!

Baby H has a best buddy.  And its actually another Baby H!  Our good friends Noah and Ali found out last week that they are also having a little man.  I am so excited for our kids to grow up together.  Of course, its dependent on a lot of things - mostly that the church can come up with enough money in the budget to make Noah the full time youth pastor.  Praying hard about that one - and for those of you who are prayer warriors, pray for the Creekside budget and that God will provide what we need.  I know that its His will and plan for the church and not mine but I really hope my friends can stay.

It was an exhausting Memorial Day Weekend - my parents were in town and we spent the weekend on the go.  Add in not sleeping well and preggo hormones and I had a few moments yesterday of emotional breakdown.  But we got some shopping done and Baby H has a good supply of onsies, pants, sweatshirts and blankets.  I will post pictures and give more updates tomorrow.  I'm so tired.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Nesting

Hi Friends!  I apologize for my lack of blogging over the last week.  We had guests (Andrew's sister Susanna and her boyfriend Gary) in town last week.  Between massive cleaning efforts and then being busy with them, I barely had time to keep up with email.  But I'm hoping this week I can catch up.

Normally when we have houseguests arriving, we have a cleaning fest - you know, dust, vacuum, clean the bathrooms etc.  These things all get done on a relatively regular basis but there's nothing like company to motivate you to do it all at once.

But this time was different.  I not only went into "deep clean because we have company mode" but I also suddenly went into "I have to organize everything" mode.  I didn't realize it until someone mentioned it on Facebook that I was nesting.  I always heard about this phenomenon in pregnant women but didn't think it would be happening so quickly.

I enjoy being organized and after a while significant clutter will annoy me to no end.  My problem is that when I am organized, I do a poor job of maintaining my organization.  Instead of sorting the mail and recycling junk mail, shredding credit card applications, etc, I tend to let it pile up on the sofa table until you can no longer see the table.  Instead of putting my clean clothes away after doing laundry, I pick clean clothes out of the clothes basket as it sits in the middle of the floor of my bedroom.  I don't have time during the week to read the plethora of magazines I subscribe to so they pile up in the basement and I read them when I can (usually just in time for the next month's issue to arrive). 

But I have to say I am quite proud of my organization effors last weekend.  I even took some pictures to prove it.  I mentioned in previous posts my incredibly messy office - well it needed to be cleaned out enough to fit a queen size air matress in it for Gary to sleep.  Mission accomplished!  I also tackled our linen closet, our closet under the stairs, and the desk and bookshelf in the downstairs (all which were completely unnecessary for company but this whole nesting thing took over).



Office  before


Office after

Bookshelf after
Bookshelf before

Desk before



Desk after


Basement closet after
Basement closet before





Linen closet after
Linen closet before
This was a major accomplishment in getting us a little more ready for Baby H too.  Eventually the office will become the guest room and the guest room will be the nursery.  Baby H is kicking me right now as I type so he must be excited too.  The biggest challenge will be where to put my crafting supplies and other miscellaneous desk stuff from the office.  There is probably room now on the bookshelf downstairs for some of that stuff.  I'm sure we will figure it out. 

Happy Monday all.  I am settled in for a day of laundry and watching Dawson's Creek - it is on instant Netflix now.  I watched it in high school and a lot of reruns in college so I'm excited to watch it again.  Realizing now how cheesy of a show it was especially early on.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Mid-Week Confessions



- I gained 10 pounds since my last doctors appoinment.  Yep.  10.  I don't know how - granted I haven't been super careful about my diet but I haven't been pigging out like crazy either.  My doctor said not to worry about it - usually women see a big gain in the 16-24 week mark because baby grows a lot.  She said to focus on the 2 things I can control which is my food choices and my exercise.  I have been slacking on the exercise for various reasons.  Hopefully as the weather gets nicer walks outside will get more frequent.

- My house is a mess.

- We are addicted to the show Parenthood.  I am way too emotionally attached to that show.

- I am so happy that we are having a boy.  I would have been fine with a girl but I really wanted a boy.

- My husband doesn't like any of the names that I like.  I'm secretly expecting hoping that I can persuade him to name our baby one of my names.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Random Tuesday thoughts

I managed to catch Andrew's head cold.  Yuck.  I also have not slept well the last several nights - Andrew was gone Friday night and I never sleep well when he isn't home.  Saturday sleep was okay but we went to bed late and I didn't get to nap on Sunday.  Sunday night I was anxious for our ultrasound so was dreaming about it and waking up afraid my alarm wouldn't go off.  Last night I felt tired but couldn't fall into a deep sleep.  I wasn't feeling great last night and didn't feel much better this morning.  But in addition to feeling yucky, I just felt like I wanted to cry.  I got about half way ready and just couldn't keep it in.  I called my boss and said I wasn't feeling well and just planned to take the morning off.  This is the second time in six years of working that I have called in sick.  I've probably taken a grand total of 3 or 4 sick days over the years.  Usually I go in and suck it up and if float coverage is available or I can move people around I will go home early.  I feel so terribly guilty for missing work because it is such a pain to have to cancel patients or move them around.

Anyway, after I cried for a good half hour, I snuggled back into bed with Andrew and the puppy and got a few more hours of sleep, lounged in bed for a while and then got up and dressed and started to eat lunch.  I emailed my manager and told him I would be in after lunch and he called and said that they would be able to move all my patients to other people so I didn't need to come in if I wanted to stay home.  I am so relieved because now I can stay home and not feel guilty about missing work. 

So, since I'm lounging on the couch, I thought I would share a few random things in a blog post.

First, I ordered this amazing wall decal for our nursery off of Etsy.  I promised Andrew a Virginia Tech themed nursery since we have a VT rocking chair from the Cracker Barrel.  I have to say I'm really excited that we are having a boy because this theme might be a little harder to pull off if we were having a girl.  But I don't want our nursery to look like a sports bar either.  I don't really want to pain the walls maroon and orange because the colors are so dark.  So I found this wall decall and had the ownder of the shop custom designed it for me in VT colors.



I'm so excited to put it up and start decorating the nursery.  I will be sure to post pictures when we get it done (however, its a LONG way from even being close to ready).


On another note: we have rhubarb growing in our yard.  Last year, my friend Ali harvested my rhubarb and made me some yummy scones.  So I decided to try my hand with it this year.  I found a recipe for rhubarb muffins and they are really good!  Here is the recipe for you:

Ingredients
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 cups diced rhubarb
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon melted butter
1/3 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Grease two 12 cup muffin pans or line with paper cups.
In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
In a separate bowl, beat the brown sugar, oil, egg, vanilla and buttermilk with an electric mixer until smooth.
Pour in the dry ingredients and mix by hand just until blended.
Stir in the rhubarb and walnuts.
Spoon the batter into the prepared cups, filling almost to the top.
In a small bowl, stir together the melted butter, white sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle about 1 teaspoon of this mixture on top of each muffin.
Bake in the preheated oven until the tops of the muffins spring back when lightly pressed, about 25 minutes.
Cool in the pans for at least 10 minutes before removing.
Notes:  I didn't have buttermilk and was too lazy to go to the store.  You can make your own buttermilk by using 1 TBSP of white vinegar in about a cup of milk and let sit for five minutes.  I also macerated the rhubarb in some sugar before adding it to the recipe to decrease the tartness of the rhubarb.  I also made extra of the cinnamon/butter/sugar mix to put on top since the orignial amount didn't seem to cover all the muffins.  I also omitted the walnuts because why ruin good muffins with nuts?


These turned out really good.  The tartness of the rhubarb is a nice contrast to the cinnamon and sugar sweetness of the muffins. 

I guess thats it for Tuesday.  I'm off to nap.

Monday, May 7, 2012

It's a.....

BOY!!!
Weighing in at a whopping 13 oz at 20 weeks and 3 days.  Everything looked good at the ultrasound.  I thought I would be able to tell if it was a boy but I was having trouble figuring out the angle we were looking at.  But the tech assured us it was indeed a boy - we even have a photo of the "butt shot".  Heartbeat was at 137 so even lower than a few weeks ago.

We ended up having about 30 minutes between our ultrasound and our OB appointment which gave us time to call and text our family and friends.  After our appointments, I went shopping with my friend Kiersten and finally allowed myself to start dreaming about getting stuff for my baby boy!

I got a couple things on sale at Gymboree that were too cute to pass up - an orange zip up sweatshirt and a matching onsie - they have a fish theme.  I also got a onesie that says "I love my mommy".  Its a 0-3 months and so tiny - makes me so excited to hold my little guy.



We also went to Janie and Jack which is a dangerous store - there are so many cute things there and they are very expensive.  My favorite was this shirt:
Its an orange plaid shirt - they also have a matching hat and an orange zip sweatshirt that would be so adorable with a little pair of jeans. 
My child will likely have a lot of orange and maroon in his wardrobe.  My husband wears maroon and/or orange 90% of the time.  However, Andrew's wardrobe is jeans and t-shirts.  I've tried to get him to add a plaid shirt like the one above (in a men's size obviously) but he has resisted.  He claims that if I got him something he would wear it but he's a lot pickier than he lets on.  So now I get my own little man to dress who can't complain about it for a good year or two.  Yay!
Of course we will need to get him a Virginia Tech football jersey and several VT t-shirts so he can match his daddy too.
Lots to get done in the next 20 weeks!  I need to start planning the nursery, getting furniture and planning baby showers.  We've decided on a couple of other projects that need to get done around the house - tearing out the shelves in our pantry to build a more efficient storage system as well as getting a moveable kitchen island for additional storage and counter space.  A trip to IKEA is in our future....


Happy Monday everyone!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Half Way Home!

Friday was the 20 week mark - the official half way point of my pregnancy.  I felt like the first 8 weeks that I knew I was pregnant (weeks 4-12) went by so slowly - maybe it was the anticipation of getting to make the news public as well as getting out of the "risky" part of pregnancy.  But the last 8 weeks (from 12-20 weeks) has flown by.  I can't believe that we find out what we are having TOMORROW!  I'm so excited to get to see that baby on the ultrasound again.

Here are some updated belly pictures - I feel like I've gotten bigger over the last 4 weeks but the pictures don't make it seem as much as I think in my head...

12 weeks

16 weeks

20 weeks
How far along? 20 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: don't know - I'd guess 15-16 ish.  Afraid to find out the truth
Maternity clothes? Love them - don't think I want to go back to normal pants

Stretch marks? None on the belly, still only on my thighs.  I'm pretty sure I will never ever have thin thighs.
Sleep: Andrew was out of town on Friday night and I slept horribly.  Otherwise sleep has been pretty good.
Best moment this week: Feeling the baby kick at church when we started singing "How Deep The Father's Love for Us" after Communion.  Feeling the baby kick in general is pretty cool.

Miss Anything? It was Cinqo de Mayo this week - I would have loved a margarita.  I had a virgin one at home (strawberry margarita mix with club soda) but it wasn't the same.
Movement: Lots of kicks - especially after I eat.
Food cravings: Still digging cheese and fruit - goat cheese, parmesean, cheddar.  Mmmm, cheese.

Anything making you queasy or sick: I smelled really strong Indian food and it made me want to throw up.  I've never been a fan of Indian food anyway but pregnancy has made that aversion a little stronger
Have you started to show yet: I think so.
Gender: TBD - tomorrow!
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In but getting shallower....
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: I feel like I'm in a good mood most of the time but I get overwhelmed a lot easier.  The last few weeks at work have been super busy and I feel like I get stressed a lot easier.

Looking forward to: Ultrasound tomorrow and finding out the gender of our baby.  I can't wait to start shopping for baby clothes, creating our registry, starting the nursery and planning for baby showers!

I'll post our big news tomorrow!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Mid-week confessions



Happy Thursday everyone.  I have to say, I've always been a fan of Thursdays.  You are in the tail end of the work week, everyone is looking forward to Friday and the weekend, and there is almost always good TV on Thursday nights.

Confessions....Go!

- I have officially gotten fat enough graduated to using my husband's work out shorts as pajamas.  My normal pajama bottoms are getting a little too snug around the belly and I can't stand to have tight clothing when I sleep.  Fortunately, my shirt is still my own.  And I'm sporting some college pride - Virginia Tech shorts and a Rocky Mountain College t-shirt. 

- After a patient last week said to me "You are only 19 weeks?!?!  Are you sure there aren't 2 in there?" I started stressing that maybe I was gaining too much weight.  I have no idea what my weight is as I'm too afraid to step on the scale.  Others have assured me that I look perfectly normal for being 20 weeks along.  I am happy to say that I feel more weight going to my belly than my thighs anymore.

- I came this close to throwing something at said patient

- While I vacuumed the main floor on Monday, the other 2 levels of house remain full of dog hair.  The vacuum is still plugged in in the living room

- I'm debating whether to buy new baby furniture, accept free used furniture or do a Craigslist search or garage sale for baby furniture.  Part of me is just snobby saying I can afford new furniture and my baby deserves the safest, fanciest, most trendy stuff out there.  The other part of me is a germophobe and I don't like knowing that someone else may have peed/pooped/puked on anything used.  Then I try and justify it saying that if I buy new furniture I can always reuse it for baby #2 so it is a capital expense.

Hope you all have a great weekend.  Andrew will be gone part of the weekend so I'm hoping to start tackling the office - I will try and post before and after photos for you guys.

Also stay tuned for updated belly pics on Sunday and the big gender reveal on Monday!  Can't wait!