Friday, October 31, 2008

Boo!

Happy Halloween!

Honestly, I'm not really into today as far as holidays go... I ended up not getting a costume this year because the idea of dressing up as an oven with a bun in it or a pregnant nun just wasn't appealing. Don't even get me started on slathering my nekkid belly with paint so that it looks like a beach ball or a pumpkin. While I commend people for bravely sharing their pregnant bellies and using their current state towards their costumes, there's just no way I can hang with it. For one thing, I've got a toddler who would not be able to resist my belly with paint on it and two, I'm cool with just Daniel, Zoe and my doc seeing my belly. It's not that I'm not proud, I'm just modest.

Zoe on the other hand, does have costumes... and isn't particularly modest, but THAT'S another post for another day.

First, there's the "daytime" costume which isn't so much a costume but a festive nod to the day. She's got her stylish pumpkin t-shirt and candy leggings from Target and a chartreuse tutu... add pigtails and she's the cutest little punk rock girl/toddler/goblin you've ever seen.

We took her with us to our prenatal appointment in this outfit and she was a hit. The little stinker knows that she's cute, so she hammed it up for everyone in the waiting room, the staff, and the doc. When my doc came in the room she tried playing shy, but was soon reaching up to give him a hug - once she realized he was in there for me, not her - and then promptly said "Bye-bye!" before he could do the standard belly check. Looks like everything is still going according to schedule... and the doc is saying we can pretty much look at our schedules for when we want Finn to arrive be evicted from my belly. Because they don't like gestational diabetes mom's to go past the 40 weeks and this will be my second c-section, we get to choose a day between 38 and 40 weeks... not including weekends. So, we've chosen a tentative date. That said, something tells me this kiddo is going to be the one deciding when he'll be born - let's call it mothers intuition.

Anyway..... after my doc appointment, Daniel and I took Zoe with us to go do our early voting where she continued to flirt with and charm anyone who glanced her way. We're glad to have our voting done and will be happy to just sit at home on the 4th instead of dealing with the crowds of people at the polls.

And that's our afternoon. I'm off to go pick up some red velvet cupcakes from my favorite little sweet shop in town while Daniel works from home and our little monster naps. She's going to be a purple and pink monster tonight and I'm all sorts of excited to see her in her costume. We're planning on taking her to a few houses for her first trick or treating and then we'll take lots of pictures that I will post on flickr for friends and family to see.

I hope you all have a spooktacular evening. Bwahaha!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Pre-registered

Well, it's official - I am pre-registered for my upcoming hospital visit! According to my packet from my doctor's office, I should have registered ten weeks ago. Since the paperwork and setting up billing took just under two hours, I am convinced that they want to get the pregnant mother's in soon enough so that they won't go into labor in Admissions. Seriously. Two hours seems a bit much, no?

I've set up a payment plan to pay for the birth and apparently, the hospital's new policy is to have patients start paying immediately. This seems super weird to me - like I'm paying for something that hasn't happened yet. I was told I wouldn't get a bill until months after Finn arrives and that they're only giving me an estimate on what the birth will cost because there is no way of knowing how long we'll stay in the hospital but that I have to start paying now. So we'll be making payments based on an estimate... does that seem weird to you?

Regardless, it was nice to check something else off of my "Things To Do" list. Not much more time before Finn gets here! I'm so excited.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Date Night

Daniel and I have it good - really good. We have some very special friends here who in addition to renting us a beautiful home, they also have become our extended family. These people are who we entrust Zoe's care to when I need a break or when Daniel and I feel like we need a break together. I am so thankful for them and am quite aware that this pregnancy would be so much harder if we didn't have them to lean on for support.

So last night we dropped Zoe off and Daniel and I ventured out for a nice dinner at P.F. Chang's. We had a leisurely dinner that included a calamari appetizer, crispy honey shrimp, and banana spring rolls... oh, my goodness - BANANA Spring Rolls... with coconut pineapple ice cream and caramel sauce! Heaven! We talked about living in Bakersfield, about Zoe, about how excited we were for our son to arrive. We flirted and beamed at each other, laughed, and we people watched. We made fun of our server who might have been the worst server ev-ar - he made a huge deal about me asking for spoons for our dessert. "I don't know if we have spoons." Seriously? Should we use the chopsticks or the fork to eat our ice cream? You were lame, Mr. Server. But my husband is so awesome that you did not ruin my dinner. We got our spoons, don't worry. It was a lovely meal.

And then instead of rushing off to see a movie and spend another $20, we went to Borders and just walked around. We looked at books, listened to Cd's, held hands and talked. We focused on each other. We got coffee and flipped through a cooking magazine and then we headed home where we spent some time on our computers... and used video ichat. Daniel sat at the kitchen table working on writing ideas and I checked email on our couch ten feet away, and we each had chat windows up so we could still see each other and flirt. We are geeks, but it was us and it was perfect. So perfect, in fact, that I think I prefer this type of date to a movie night.

I realize that Daniel and I are extremely lucky. We get more date nights and see more movies than most parents of toddlers. We have been given so many gifts - each other, a beautiful daughter, a son on the way, and friends and family who love and support all of us. Getting the opportunity to take time for us is one of the things that keeps me - both of us, I think - refreshed, sane, and ready to face the hard days.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Zoe Says:

This morning I went into Zoe’s room to get her out of bed and get her ready for her day. As she lay stretched across her changing table she pointed at my t-shirt:

“What’s that?!”
“It’s a lion.”
“Rion?!”
“Yes! It’s a lion! Roar!”
“Rion!”
“Lion! Yes! Roar!”
“Rawr!”
“Roar!”


At different points today we have repeated this conversation about the lion on my t-shirt. Each time, Zoe seems to be filled with as much pride as I am. She’s learning so much everyday.

Here’s a list of the words that come out of our little chatterbox daily:

No.
Yes.
Please.
Thank you.
Daddy.
Mama.
Baby.
Bailey.
Max.
Chuck.
Ellie.
Nana/banana
Juice.
Cookie.
Bite.
Yummy.
Mmmm.
More.
Up.
Down.
Boom Boom.
Uh-oh.
Hi.
Bye.
Belly.
Bellybutton.
Nose.
Eye.
Head.
Hat.
Shoes.
Sock.
Dog.
Cat.
Fish.
Duck.
Quack.
Tweet.
What’s that?
Nigh-Nigh.
Ball.
Mine.
Bath.
I love Zoe!


As you can see, she’s got quite the vocabulary for an almost 17 month old. I also love that she’s starting to piece some words together. She’s also quite the little mimic, so there are plenty of things that she’ll just blurt out right after hearing. Some words stick, others not yet. Like the other day we were watching Degrassi Jr. High and after hearing a character call his daughter a slut, Zoe shouted out, “Sut!” Errr. Uh–oh. Looks like no more Degrassi! I glanced at her and then looked away without reacting to her outburst hoping I would never hear that word again and so far we seem to be in the clear. If we praise her for saying a word or react by laughing, it’s almost guaranteed that she’ll add the word of phrase to her repertoire.

And while I’m sharing her expansive vocabulary – see how proud I am? – She’s doing great at association. When she sees a monkey in any form she makes monkey noises. So it turns out, she really IS my little monkey. Cutest thing ever!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Growth...

You know what's awesome? When your officially in your third trimester - and feeling absolutely gigantic - and your husband stops what he's doing, looks at you with a straight face and asks you if you've lost weight. Clearly, my husband is a very special man - but he deserves some major kudos for lifting my morale and making me feel even more beautiful than he does on any given day.

Growing

Truth is, I feel HUGE - but have somehow managed to only gain 3 pounds total so far and I think my face is thinning out a bit. I like that. What I'm also loving is seeing that our baby boy is thriving in my belly. He's strong and active and I can spend hours just staring at my belly as I see his kicks.

2nd day of 3rd trimester

I've been really bad about taking photos to document this pregnancy. I'm pretty much the photographer of our family so it's just difficult and mirror shots aren't always that flattering when trying to capture a belly without getting a bad angle. Right about now I'm wishing my photographer friends lived closer.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Getting out

Via Arte showcases artists and their chalk art in the parking lot at The Marketplace in Bakersfield, CA

Via Arte Collage

See the full set HERE.

Daniel and I have been going nearly every year since we started dating and today we took Zoe. As soon as we got out of our car we felt like we were somewhere else other than Bakersfield - the music playing, the artists and their art near by. It was awesome and a perfect way to end our weekend.

Zoe enjoyed all the bright colors, but more than anything she loved getting to people watch and wave to everyone. She's such a ham... I do not know WHERE she gets it from!

I loved getting to show Zoe something her Daddy and I have enjoyed for the past five years... but the neatest thing for me was just getting to be outside in the fresh cool air on a nice sunny day taking pictures while Daniel and Zoe were with me. Pure bliss.

P.S - I'm officially in the 3rd trimester as of today. Holy Cow! Where did the time go?! Hard to believe Finn should be here in 12 weeks or less - and I say less because my doc doesn't like his diabetic mom's to go over 40 weeks. Speaking of gestational diabetes: based on my last appointment, chances are very good that I won't have to go on insulin at all this time. Yay, me!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

27 weeks/4 days

With just three days left in my second trimester I thought I'd write out some observations about my second pregnancy.

1. Time flies when you're having fun - I say this tongue in cheek, because clearly this hasn't all been fun times... but it seems like the days really are flying by. When I was pregnant with Zoe, the days seemed to drip along like molasses. It felt like she would never be here. Every day I told Daniel, "I wish it were time already!" I was so anxious to see her, hold her, have her with us. This time around, I'm willing to wait the allotted 40 weeks. I want him to stay safe inside me and I'm comfortable with the time guidelines because I know the longer he's in there, the better. I'm excited to see him and have him join our family - but I feel more content this time.

2. I feel pretty - Truly. And that just feels weird because I sure did have some bad hair and skin days while I was pregnant with Zoe. This time my hair shines and bounces and the roots barely show. This time I might still have some acne, but it pails in comparison to the acne I had with Zoe. I always sort of scoffed when people told me I "glowed" while I was pregnant with Zoe, but there's been a few days here and there in the last 27 weeks where I could swear I saw that glow people compliment me on.

3. I feel energized - I get tired from chasing Zoe around, for sure - but I'm sleeping better than I did in my first pregnancy. I realize that this isn't likely to last much longer, but it's nice to be able to say that now.

4. I feel good - I'm more in control of my gestational diabetes this time. By this time with Zoe, I was taking insulin before bedtime and this time my numbers are so good I might just get through this without taking any at all. I took it all very serious last time, but now I have an even better understanding for what I need to do. I think it's helped that I weigh less this time and that I have a daughter who loves to share my meals. I've said this before, but I plan on sticking to my current carb intake once this pregnancy is over because I really do think it's key in me being healthier overall.

Now, I should add that there is a certain health issue that is definitely worse this time around: Hemorrhoids. I've got one word for you: NIGHTMARE. So bad this time that I have a consult with a surgeon in a couple weeks. It's not likely we'll do surgery during pregnancy though since the doc doesn't like putting expectant mother's under anesthesia... but we'll see. All I gotta say is this sucks - but totally worth it in the end. Ha Ha. grrrrrr

5. I feel different - I'm carrying Finn lower than I did Zoe. I can feel Finn kicks much stronger and more frequently than his sisters'. I feel Braxton Hicks more frequently and I get more food cravings, more frequently. I feel like Finn must be HUGE, but we found out today that he is right on track with his growth and weighs just over 2 pounds.

So - yes. We got some info today when we went in for our second detailed ultrasound. This one was focused on his heart since the tech wasn't able to get a good enough view to evaluate last month based on his position. His heart looks great. Actually, everything looked great. He's got long fingers like his Daddy and big sister and he sure is handsome! The tech took some 3D images for us and I'm pretty darn sure Finn is gong to look more like his Daddy than me. This means each of us will have our own little "Mini Me's". Either way, I'm absolutely in love with my little boy, just as I knew I would be.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Watch This:



I got this from Torrie and thought it was important to repost.... whatever your leanings are, maybe you could post it to? Can't hurt, right?