Saturday, August 31, 2013

Cha-cha-cha-changes.... 39 weeks of pregnancy

Today (8/31) I am 39 weeks!! 

I will have been pregnant (and known it) every single day so far this year. That's 243 days. That's a lot of days without wine and tequila. 

The little man could be here sometime on September 2nd. I'm not crazy about being induced. I am scared it could lead to a c-section. I had a lot of questions for my doctor yesterday at my final appointment. She is wonderful and explained it all very well. Being induced and giving birth could take a few hours or up to 24 hours, it will depend if I am having contractions and if I am dilated when I go in, or how quickly I become dilated. There are a lot of unknowns so I am trying to be very patient and calm. We added a few more movies to my hospital bag. :) Hopefully we'll even get to watch the Cardinal game while we wait.

My grandma called last night. She doesn't know I am being induced. She also said I should call her the second we go to the hospital so she can start praying. I just told her I would have mom and dad call her. (As in, call her when the baby has come out....) Mom said dad will be calling me on Monday to get updates - well, my phone will be on silent. Jason's phone will be on silent. (I still don't get people's fascination with wanting to know every detail of every minute of this experience....it's a waiting game for me, it's a waiting game for you too.)

I imagine that after Baby G arrives, we'll call immediate family (parents, siblings), we'll text a couple friends, and we will wait another 12-24 hours to post on facebook. (And I will be pissed if it is posted on facebook before *I* get to post it on facebook. Very pissed.) I don't want a ton of visitors. I don't know how I'll be feeling. It's such a huge unknown. And it's not meant to be offensive to my friends or family who want to visit. It's because I am a cranky bitch and no one should have to deal with me except my very loving husband.

Best husband ever too! He surprised me this week with a ring to match my engagement ring. It's pink sapphire and diamonds, and doesn't quite fit yet. I can't wait to be able to wear my rings again. My fingers have been super swollen these past few weeks. Better my fingers than my ankles!

Overall the past 9 months have gone well. It wasn't a hot summer, only this week did St. Louis finally hit 100! That has been a saving grace for most pregnant women. Last summer was pretty unbearable for normal people, and I can't imagine if I would have been pregnant too.

Final prep for the baby happened this week. My friend R lent me 20+ baby bottles that I cleaned and got ready. Hopefully Baby G is ok with this bottle. I don't want to have to keep testing to find one he likes. It's too early to be "LIKE IT OR GO HUNGRY."

I had the week off and spent my days sleeping in, making phone calls to register for Short Term Disability, looking at finances during maternity leave, napping, trying not to shop, and of course had my three doctor appointments. I'm glad those are over with and I can return to weekly or monthly. Baby G will have his follow up appointments during my maternity leave, and then fortunately after that they are monthly. I will have my first follow up at 6 weeks postpartum.

I've been reading up on what type of foods to eat to help produce breastmilk. Oatmeal is one of them, so I've been digging for Oatmeal recipes that I can tolerate. Like Oatmeal Muffins. I'm going to try and make these or having my mommy make them for me when she is here. :) 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

38 Weeks and only one week left

The weeks have really flown by! I can't believe that just two weekends and I'll be holding my new bundle of joy!
 
We still have a few things on our to-do list. In order to make room in our bedroom for the bassinet, we have to move out our hamper. It's just for a few months and won't be a big deal. Our hamper is a piece of furniture and I keep my little items on top of it, so I need to do some cleaning and organizing to move my pills and deodorant and medication/vitamins around.
 
Other things to complete:
  • Hook up our video camera so random strangers can watch our child.
  • Change the internet password so random strangers can't watch our child.
  • Double check bags for hospital.
  • Move recliner into nursery.
  • Reformat my personal computer. It hasn't been redone for at least a year or more.
  • File all paperwork needed for STD.
  • Finish Baby Shower Thank You notes.

And yea, that might be about it. The little things to do include vacuuming and finishing some little odds and ends around the house. Jason is working on the to-do list right now. Monday just got back from the Spa and is chilling. I think she's ready too. I have this week off and will enjoy the extra rest and have some random meetings and doctor appointments. We are finalizing our wills on Wednesday with the lawyer - plenty of time to get in my good graces and get added.... I also have my standard 3 doctor appointments, and we are meeting with the newborn photographer to discuss Baby G's first photo shoot.
 
I feel like I am out of things to talk about or mention... Here's some pictures of Baby G's nursery. It is much cuter in person! We still have to move in the recliner, but it's waiting for him.
Bedding and letters from SkipHop. Was really excited when I found it. The lamp was purchased by mom and found on Amazon. We picked up a Cooperstown/St. Louis Cardinals Build a Bear at our last Cardinal game.

I've had that fish painting since 1987. It actually hung in my brother's room until 1992. I have a matching penguin painting. Liz is making curtains so the blinds will come down shortly. (Note - this is the closest to the "true" color the nursery. Flash/light makes it hard to see sometimes.)

Erin helped organize the closet and dresser drawers. And Jason redid the closet so it's a lot more open.
 
The T-rex is made out of ABCs, and the other photo is a picture of our Superman cupcakes at our home wedding reception. Lola took the picture and framed it for us.
 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Why I don't want Waiting Room Warriors

WARNING! DANGER!!
This post is VERY blunt, can be disgusting, and is a major rant as I gear up for the biggest thing I have ever had to do in my entire life.
 
In reading the Babycenter birth boards, I've learned a few important things. I had them listed but well, in the end they aren't important because this thread is going to concentrate on one thing.

I wrote this a few days ago and think I finally got the point across. However, I like what I wrote and maybe someone else googling "Waiting Room Warriors" will find it helpful.

No Waiting Room Warriors
 
This is what it's coming down to. I don't want people in the waiting room. And while some people are very excited about my new child, in my opinion, I feel like they can't seem to grasp that until the child is actually out of my vagina, this is 110% of me and a major major major medical procedure. And it's scary! Sure, women do it everyday.But I've never done it. Sure, a woman's body is meant to do this. But my body never has. I can do a lot of things that a human is meant to do - ride a bicycle, do a cart wheel, drive a car, run -- but it all took a little training and practice. And I don't have any practice in "giving birth."

Here's a short thread about it and why WRW are a bad idea. And if you have tons of time, here are the two largest thread about horrid delivery stories! Best of Delivery Room Thread 1 and Best of Delivery Room Thread 2. There are some horror stories about parents walking in at the end when their daughter is still a bloody mess and being stitched up. I'm sorry, you can't see that. Because you can *never* *ever* un-see that. Ever.  

My mom had the audacity to suggest that Jason call her when I start to push. Um, excuse me? If I am in the middle of pushing and he pulls out his phone, he will need his own medical procedure and his phone will forever be nicknamed iPenis. And I won't let him get a new one.


The birth suite at the hospital.
And if the waiting room warriors do manage to wait until the baby is born, Jason and I get two hours of bonding time with our little guy. So after what could be an hour of waiting to 15 hours of waiting to a possible emergency c-section, there's still another 2-hour wait. Less we forget that if I just spent 15-20 hours awake I will be a cranky bitch who needs a nap. What if the little guy comes at 2am? And let's go back to that cranky bitch who needs a nap and food. She's always a pleasant one to deal with.

So the plan - we will call once the little guy is here. That gives me and Jason our bonding time and me time to get a nap and get cleaned up. Then we'll stagger visitors (hopefully not a lot) throughout our super short stay at the hospital.
 
I have 2 amazing friends lined up to help with Monday. I trust them both - they might tell their spouses, but it won't be facebooked that I'm headed to the hospital. I also have an amazing dog boarder at Baxter's. Tony said he'd do whatever he could to help.
 
Next rant? It'll probably be about my facebook privacy.
 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Freezer Stash

So in order to get ready for baby, I've been throwing together casseroles. (As noted in previous blogs.)
 
We bought a new freezer a few weeks ago. It was right before we picked up our beef from Crooked Creek Beef. Our landlord had left his 5 cubic foot deep freeze for us, and we were torn on if we should buy another deep freeze or splurge for a larger upright freezer. We went with the Kenmore 13.7 cubic foot from Sears. I like using Sears for larger items. We got our Treadmill from Sears and for $79 dollars they deliver AND put it together. Nordic track wants like $300 to deliver and put it together. Delivery for the freezer was $69 and they moved it downstairs (had to take off a few doors and the handrail) and did a great job. Always reward your delivery men! I offered them Gatorade and they were very happy.
Only took one month to fill it!
 
So after picking up beef, splitting it with the neighbors, and making a lot of casseroles, here's what it looks like now.
 
Freezer Goodies
18 Cups of Chili
20 Black Bean Soups (thanks Mom!)
6 Chicken Enchiladas Casseroles + ingredients to make another one
6 Beef Enchilada Casseroles + ingredients to make another one
6 Lasagnas (Thanks Mom!!)
1 Sloppy Joe (Just defrost, heat, add buns.)
12 1-pound ground beef
5-pounds ground turkey (Sam's Club purchase)
2  1-pounds of ground pork
Hot Dogs, Brats, and Sausages
12 premade hamburgers
Steaks, steaks, and more steaks.
 
Other deep freeze goodies
2 pack of Bertolli Chicken Florentine & Farfalle (Sam's Club purchase). Easy skillet meal to throw together.
Pepperoni & Mozzarella Cheese to make homemade pizzas
6 Salmon filets
4 16-ounce bags of Broccoli & Cheese
2 boxes Toaster Strudels
2 frozen DiGiorno pizzas
 
The items from Kansas City Steak & Omaha Steaks were the "Freebies" earlier this year when I made a few purchases. I can eat the twice baked potatoes with GD, but can't have the apple tarts or potatoes au gratin. We also purchased the toaster strudels before GD also. The pizzas are mostly for Jason for when I was traveling.
 
Our upstairs freezer includes goodies like Eggos, frozen veggies, ice cream, tater tots, maybe some frozen fruit.. you know.. frozen odds and ends.

So yes, that's 31 main casserole meals.. at one a week, it gets us to mid-March. We'll probably make 1-2 a week and be done with it around the end of the year!
 
So in summary, if there is another major power outage, please come to my house and help me eat this all or take it off my hands!
 
 
 
 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Easy Beef Enchiladas

So continuing the freezer meals.... we made beef enchiladas too. I again used the easy Ortega recipe which is the same recipe listed on the back of the El Paso can (except for some of the measurements.)
 
Ingredients:
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 can (19-oz.) ORTEGA Enchilada Sauce, divided
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 6 (10-in.) flour tortillas
Directions:
Preheat oven to 400°F.

In a large skillet, brown ground beef over medium-high heat until thoroughly cooked; drain. Stir in 3/4 cup enchilada sauce and 1 cup cheddar cheese.

Spoon meat mixture into tortillas. Roll up, burrito-style, and place seam-side down in a 9-inch baking dish. Pour remaining sauce over the top and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until hot. Serve warm.
 
Again - great for one! And Beef Enchiladas really are easy to make. I used to make them all the time in college and Richmond! A huge time savor is to keep cooked ground beef on hand. That saves around 20 minutes of prep time if you want to throw them together after work.
 
IN BULK
I had approximately:
7-8 pounds of ground beef
4 pounds of cheese. We had some leftover shredded cheddar and bought a large bag of Mexican Shredded blend.
Bunch of Cilantro
6 29-ounce cans of Enchilada Sauce (I used Old El Paso)
3 Packets of Enchilada Seasoning
50-60 8-inch white flour tortillas
 
We cooked the ground beef with the enchilada seasoning to flavor it. Drain it, let it cool.
On a scale - measure:
1 lb cooked ground beef
8 ounces of cheese
 
Add:
1-2 Tbsp of chopped cilantro
1.5 cups of enchilada sauce (about half a 29-ounce can)
 
Mix together well.
Pour a little enchilada sauce into the bottom of a 8x8 or 9x13 pan.
Using a 1/2 measuring cup, scoop mixture into tortillas. Roll, place in pan.
We were able to fit 6 enchiladas in the 8x8 and 10 fit in a 9x13.
Top with remaining enchilada sauce and shredded cheese.
 
We made a total of 56 enchiladas. 6 8x8 pans, 1 9x13, and enough mixture & (10) shells to make another 9x13 at a later date.
 
I estimate the total cost of these to be almost $84. Because of the leftover cheese, and fact that I used two very large packages of ground beef from Sam's Club to make both sloppy joes and enchiladas, it's a slight estimate.
 
Estimated Cost:
$84 total
56 enchiladas = $1.50 each
9 casseroles with 6 each (even though I have 2 "tens"), is $9 each casserole, plus $2 container = $11 for a 2 person meal. (Because 3 enchiladas is a nice serving.) This is a little more expensive than my Tater Tot Casserole or Chicken Enchiladas, but it's still better than eating out. 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Eating Out with GD - Houlihan’s

Sometimes it sucks to eat out.
 
Wednesday night Jason and I went to Houlihan’s for dinner. I had the stuffed chicken with green beans and asparagus. My favorite thing at Houlihan’s is the French Dip and french fries. So of course that's what Jason got!

What I ate...
 

What I wanted to eat...
 
Houlihan’s does a great of posting their nutritional info. I noted it below. I don't believe for a moment that I ate 95 carbs last night. My blood sugar was 105 at 2 hours post meal. I do believe I had that much sodium - I drank 3 glasses of water with dinner and more when I got home.
 
I'm not sure how many carbs croutons add to the salad, but I did get my salad crouton free. I don't know what other carbs are in the salad. The veggies are kinda "free" carbs, so the chicken is the important one to look at.
 
The other issue with looking for low carb options? At restaurants they are sometimes the highest calorie and fat items. However, since I eat well at home, sometimes I still need the extra calories.

Item Calories Total Fat Sat Fat Carbs Fiber Protein Sodium
Stuffed Chicken Breast 1024 62 28 66 8 47 2487
Grilled Asparagus 53 3 1 4 2 2 115
Green Beans 55 3 1 6 5 2 193
Side Salad 190 9 3 19 2 9 351
Total 1322 77 33 95 17 60 3146
French Dip 897 30 12 68 2 90 2829
French Fries 389 15 4 56 5 5 800
Side Salad 190 9 3 19 2 9 351
Total 1476 54 19 143 9 104 3980

Note - before going to Houlihan’s, I knew I could have a cheeseburger. That's actually what I wanted. The waiter pointed out the Stuffed Chicken Breast - garlic herb cream cheese stuffed inside a chicken breast. Um, cream cheese? Sold! It's supposed to come with Mashed Potatoes - I knew *way* better and skipped those. This would have been the nutritional info as stated on the menu (and adding a side salad.)

Item Calories Total Fat Sat Fat Carbs Fiber Protein Sodium
Stuffed Chicken Breast 1024 62 28 66 8 47 2487
Grilled Asparagus 53 3 1 4 2 2 115
Mashed Potatoes 332 23 15 26 4 3 607
Side Salad 190 9 3 19 2 9 351
Total 1599 97 47 115 16 61 3560

In general, it pays to really look at the info before eating out. I lucked out having a decent blood sugar number after my "95 carb" meal. I did... I am supposed to have 45-60 carbs per meal. However, I also lucked out not knowing because it was delicious and I enjoyed dinner.
 
One of the restaurants I miss right now is Granite City Brewery. But they have no nutritional values posted. AT ALL. I understand some restaurants won't post it because it can vary from restaurant to restaurant depending on the chefs and who determines your "portion" sizes and if there are local vendors supplying your food. However, a range would be nice! It's a shame they don't want to make the customer happy. *shaking my head* Such a shame.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Hospital & Beyond

Prepping for baby takes a lot of effort!
 
We packed our hospital bags on Tuesday night. We still have 2-3 things to pick up but otherwise should be ready to go. Mercy's Baby Class is very helpful with preparation. We took the combined Birthing, Newborn Care, and Breastfeeding class. There was a LOT of info and I'm not sure how much I retained. However, there were handouts, especially one concerning what to pack in your hospital bag.
So we have four bags - One for birth, one each for recovery, and one for Baby G. The birth bag includes things like:
 
Focus Picture. And that's all I need! ------>
 
Just kidding. But seriously, I won't be thinking about contractions while staring at Bon Jovi. (And since inserting this picture, the rest of the blog was next to impossible to finish.)
 
Along with the focus picture we have:
Toiletries for both me and Jason
Knee Pad
Swim trunks for Jason
DVDs (Top Gun and Armageddon) for distraction
Old socks
Massage tools & lotion
Hair brush & comb, lots of hair clips and hair ties
Peice of wood to bite on (just kidding, this is the new age, I'll have an epidural.)
Snacks for the new dad. (We're stopping for chipolte for me on the way to the hospital.. carb load to get through the birth.)
Camera
Cash
iPod
Flux & Deck of cards
And some other things.... it's just to get us through the birth.
 
In our after birth bags have some clothes (mine will need a few more) but includes the nursing gowns I picked up, a nursing tank top (two more on order) and a change of clothes. I also added the last 3 Harry Potter movies and Field of Dreams (something for background noise instead of flipping hospital channels); Nursing or Milk tea, honey sticks, and my travel tea mug; chargers for phone and iPad; M&Ms for the nurses; and um... other stuff. It doesn't matter. I'll have JBJ.

E is helping me organize the nursery tomorrow. Right now it's a mumble jumble of folded baskets of clothes & blankets. I need to actually put things away and move the recliner into the nursery. We also have to get the decals up on the wall along with the other wall decor.

We have a "honey do" list too.... Jason is out installing a car seat right now, and we also need to put together the baby swing and other things. I need to finish beef enchiladas and wash one final load of clothes!!! I can't wait to be done prepping the baby clothes. That'll be a relief.

We hope to be able to enjoy the weekend with minimal baby stuff to do. We plan to go see Jobs on Saturday and if time, Kick Ass 2 on Sunday. Expensive movie going weekend, I know! I sometimes wish it was a little hotter so sitting inside the movie theatre when it's 100+ degrees out felt better... can't complain too much... 80 degree August weather is very very nice.

Chicken Enchiladas!

So preparing for baby... I've been trying to stock the freezer. Jason helped me make 8 Tater Tot Casseroles last weekend (half beef and half turkey) and Beef/Turkey Chili (18-2 cup servings.) They are in our deep freeze now, along with 50+ pounds of meat. I even cheated and bought a few things at Sams Club that are easy to whip together in a skillet or throw in the oven. Mom is hopefully going to make some lasagnas and black bean soup!
 
This weekend was supposed to be beef and chicken enchiladas. But oh my lord! We made 10 chicken enchilada casseroles and I was super swollen and tired and with a few other things to do, only got the chicken ones done. This week we're going to knock out the beef ones. I can brown the meat one night, and make the casseroles the next night.

Martha's Enchilada's
(I kept forgetting to take a picture of mine.)
The original recipe I went with was a really simple one from Ortega. I prefer the Ortega Mild Green Enchilada Sauce. It comes in 16 ounce jars and is available at Walmart for $1.98 or Schnucks for like $3.99 (It seemed like a LOT more expensive the one time I looked at Schnucks.)
 
Oretega Recipe for Quick & Easy Chicken Enchiladas:
2 cups cooked chicken
2 cans (10 ounce) Enchilada Sauce
1 cup cheese
1 can (4-ounce) green chilis
8 (6-inch) corn tortillas.
 
Directions
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 11x7-inch baking dish.
  • Spread 1/2-cup the enchilada sauce onto bottom of prepared baking dish. Combine chicken, 1/2-cup enchilada sauce, 1/2-cup cheese and chiles in medium bowl. Spoon chicken mixture evenly down center of each tortilla; roll up. Place seam-side down in baking dish. Top with remaining enchilada sauce and cheese.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted.
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That sounds great. If you're making a meal for one night.
 
Here's what I wound up with:
6.77 pounds of boneless skinless chicken breasts (cooked ~ 14 cups of chicken)
Jar of jalapenos, Lemon Juice, Lime Juice, Cilantro Bunch
8 pounds of Monterrey Jack Cheese (You can't find this shredded, thank heavens for food processors!)
8 - 16 ounce jars of green enchilada sauce + 2 - 10-ounce cans.
4 - 7 ounce cans of diced chilis
70 corn tortillas
 
Total = $57.59
Fancy Pants Gladware Container = $2/each
Total per casseroles = $7.76/each! And it's usually 2-3 servings depending on a level of hunger.
 
Since I really liked the Martha Stewart recipe for green enchiladas I made a few years back, I went a little that way, but still keeping it simple.  (You can see pictures of those here.)
 
Ortega doesn't suggest on how to cook the chicken. Pinterest will tell you to cook it in the crock pot with some chicken broth and then shred it with your paddle attachment on your kitchen aid mixer. Martha likes you to bake it... with some special seasonings.
 
I prepped the chicken by cutting each super large chicken breast  in half so they would cook quicker. I put 1/4 cup of lemon juice, lime juice, and jalapeno juice in a cup and brushed that on each piece of chicken breast. I salted and peppered each piece.
I chopped the cilantro and sprinkled that on the chicken.
I chopped 2-3 tablespoons of jalapenos and sprinkled those on the chicken breasts.
I baked the chicken for around 40 minutes at 375 F.
 
I let the chicken cool - over night. Cooling the chicken before adding the cheese is very important. I then chopped the chicken up into little pieces.
 
I used my food processor to shred the 8 pounds of cheese. I like the Monterey jack cheese, it's perfect flavor for green chicken enchiladas.
 
Since I haven't made these in such a large bulk before, I did it in small portions.
 
I combined:
4 cups of diced chicken (16 ounces)
2 cups of cheese (6 ounces)
1 - 16 ounce bottle of green sauce
1 - 7 ounce can of diced chilis
and used 18 corn tortillas.
 
This made 3 pans worth. I did that 3 times.
 
The fourth and final mixture was about 2 cups of chicken, 2 cups of cheese, a bottle of sauce, and can of chilis. I mixed this together and put it in a ziploc for freezing and making later. I was out of time, and had other places to be!
 
To make the enchilada casseroles:
If you are pregnant, SIT DOWN. Clear the kitchen table. DO IT.
Have your mixture ready, some extra sauce, and your husband heating up the corn tortillas between moist paper towels for 15 seconds.
I spread a little sauce on the bottom of the container (less than 1/3 cup).
Scoop 1/4 cup of mixture into a corn tortillas. Roll up. Place seam side down in container.
Repeat. A million times.
 
The casseroles aren't complete yet! Make sure to spread sauce & cheese on the top! We used 4 jars of salsa in the mixture, one jar to spread on the bottom of each pan, and had plenty of leftovers to spread over the top of each casserole. You'll want to make sure to spread enchilada sauce over the top of the casseroles, and add a handful or two of cheese!

Monday, August 12, 2013

36 Weeks - 3 weeks left!

34 weeks
Growth scan Friday. Whoa it was a long appointment! But it was great! We even got some 3D scans of the little guy. He likes to put his hand in front of his face, but still let us get some great shots.
 
Remember that dream I had about it being a boy being so obvious? Maybe I didn't blog about it. But it's obvious now! Little Man is all about showing the ultrasound technician how he is a boy. Hopefully he simmers down a little once out of my belly!
 
Baby G's head is measuring at 38 weeks (I was 35w6d on Friday) but his body is measuring at 36 weeks. He weighs 6 pounds and 5 ounces and is in the 53%. Which is perfect. Hopefully he doesn't grow too quickly, hopefully his head isn't too big, and hopefully he fits into the weeks worth of newborn clothes I own... :)

My doctor has decided that I won't be allowed to go full term. While my gestational diabetes is under control, it's still kinda random. I have these random spikes and random crashes. My "spikes" aren't awful... it's like a 130 instead of being below 120. It's not like it's a spike of 200+. My crashes are all in the 60's. I usually sip on some apple juice when I have a really low number. However, it does show that I'm all over the place, my hormones are all over the place, and it's not the most controlled thing.
 
So.... my doctor plans to induce. Not exactly sure when, and I won't announce it on FB or blog. I am still hoping he decides to come on his own. I don't want to have an "unfavorable induction" that winds up leading to a c-section. I really want to avoid a c-section. I understand there's a chance I could have one, but there's an even larger chance that I could have one with the induction.

I have had some really massive swelling lately. Massive being my own word in comparison to what I've previously had. It's not like Kim K's swelling when she shoved her elephant feet into those shoes. And luckily, it's really just my right foot, and my blood pressure is a-ok. Lots of elevation and foot rubs help. And wearing my compression socks.
 
Family Dynamics
Way way back when I started dating Jason, we were affectionate (we still are) because I grew up watching my parents having PDAs and showing affection around us. Since Jason grew up fatherless, he didn't see his mom showing affection to her husband. I'm sure he probably saw it with Aunts & Uncles or Grandparents, but not like having it shoved in your face 24/7 with parents. (My parent's weren't gross...)
 
So thinking along the same lines - a lot of our mannerisms come by what we see. I wonder what kind of daughter in law I would have been to Jason's mom because I only saw how my Mom interacted with Dad's mom. And moving forward, and growing up, I know how stand-offish I am toward grandma now seeing how she treated her only son and DIL, and in turn, her grandkids. I've also had to endure her guilt trips. And now I am a real bitch about it all. I have zero tolerance for grandma and her shenanigans. She will no longer guilt trip me. And if she tries to guilt trip dad, I won't let him guilt trip me either. Mom keeps saying she'll be nothing like grandma, and if she is I have permission to shoot her. I've taped it, I have witnesses. At least mom will have two married children and hopefully my brother and his wife will have a kiddo. And mom kinda has Jason's twin brother and his unborn child to help spoil. :) Yes, Jason and I are going to have a niece or nephew in January! We're excited. The cousins will be close in age and possibly in the same grade.

Nursery
A LOT to put away. Spend last weekend doing more laundry. And buying more stuff. The actual nursery is a mess, along with our kitchen and living room. We have even moved 3 containers of clothes (the 6, 9, and 12 months) downstairs and out of the way! Also in the basement is our carseat, highchair, swing, and pack 'n play. We moved the dog bed in our bedroom and set up the rocker... I think we're going to move the pack 'n play into the bedroom also. Just trying to figure out what will or won't work for us.

Here's Monday (the dog) sniffing the baby (a cabbage patch doll.) So far she hasn't eaten the baby or treated her like a chew toy. She sniffs at her and wonders away..... I'm still interested to see how she reacts when there is a real baby.
 

Sunday, August 4, 2013

35 Weeks - One month left!

It's August!! Where has the time gone? I have been pregnant all year and this is my last full month of being pregnant!! Yippee!
 
At our last baby class on Thursday night, I was talking about the Belly Belt (Upsie Belly) and how much better I feel. Jason commented that it made HIS life better too. I was really miserable for those 4-5 days when the pain started and before I got the belt. It's amazing how much a difference $70 of stretchy material can make.

It's been a great summer. Too cool almost. I was excited for Water Walking at Aquaport. I figured on the 100 degree days it'd feel really amazing to get into a pool of water. And then it never got above 80 again. Some evenings it was too cool - 70s - to think about cooling off in the pool. And then we had a ton of stuff to do!

Baby G had an amazing baby shower this weekend! It was a Library party and we asked everyone to bring a baby book instead of a card. We got around 20 books to stock his library with. Everyone who helped did an amazing job! I then spent the rest of the weekend doing laundry and am getting ready to order a bunch of stuff off my Amazon registry. The best book we got was  Introductory Calculus For Infants. No, seriously. It's great. It came from some of my nerdy friends. :)

This week I travel to Springfield - it's my last week until the baby. I guess it's the last time I'll be in Springfield until after maternity leave. I need to remember to take everything they might possibly need from me. I have some jobsites that require additional work and I have the Health and Safety Plans. I'm also trying to wrap up reports for work that isn't complete yet. I have two drilling jobs at the end of August and hope I'm still available to oversee those (from my home office/desk, via phone.) I have to make sure to prep all the field crews with the work required these next few days. It feels really weird to be trying to "wrap up" projects. Almost like I'm done... and now that I finally know almost all my sites like the back of my hand, I don't want to let other people manage them! I finally got it! They are my sites! I do have an amazing crew of coworkers so I'm not worried - but I also don't want to come back in November lost on what is the project status. How do women do it? This is hard.

Friday we have another NST, BPP, and the growth scan! I can't wait to see how big this little guy is getting. We follow that appointment with a doctor's appointment

Saturday we have massages and are headed to Cotton Babies and Target to wrap up the other things on our registries. We don't have too much left to purchase - everyone has been very generous with clothing and even the used items are great! I'm hopefully going to make enchiladas (for freezing) next weekend. This weekend we made a huge pot of chili and tater tot casseroles. I used half ground turkey and half hormone free beef for both.... we used 10 pounds of meat! I hope to make chicken and beef enchiladas. Just need to create a list and get all the ingredients. Jason is a huge help with making these meals too.

It is going to be a busy couple of final weeks.... all the laundry I did (and that I'm not with) needs to be put away in the baby's room too. That'll be next weekend and the weekend after I guess.