Monday, February 23, 2009

40 weeks, 6 days

40 weeks, 6 days (about 10 minutes ago)
'Nuff said.

Friday, February 20, 2009

40 weeks, 3 days

Still here. I think we're going out for spicy Indian food tonight, so maybe that'll do the trick

For a while now, we've been getting groceries as a family event. Quite fun, actually. And we don't have to spend extra money. Lol. Anyways, the last time we all went, I was looking for Cadbury Creme Eggs, cuz they are my absolute favorite candy ever, and they're only an Easter thing. I'd found them before at Wal*Mart, but last time I couldn't find them. Well, fast forward to last night, when Dan and Marissa made a quick trip out to just grab a few things. They came inside, and Marissa handed me a Cadbury Egg! Dan said that they were walking down the aisle, and all of a sudden, she spotted something. She ran to the display, grabbed one, and said they needed to buy it for Mommy! How cute is that?! I just thought it was so sweet, and I even shared it with her (which I hadn't been doing with the others, since it's a limited-time-only candy). Even though she's been trying my patience this week (all my patience is used up on being pregnant!), she is such a cutie, and is so much fun to spend time with!

She's an awesome helper too. I vacuumed the entire middle floor, the basement stairs, and the entire basement this morning, hoping to get labor started. She followed me around, turned the vacuum on whenever I needed her to, put all her toys away off the floor, and moved anything else out of the way that was on the floor. She'd been begging all morning to help me clean, so when I finally did, she was so excited! She's going to make the world's best big sister!

Ok, I think I'm going to go make some chocolate pudding. I can't seem to get enough to eat these days!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

More Rissa stories, and 40 weeks

  • "Mommy, I ate all my cereal, and I didn't make a mess or anything!"
  • "The lights didn't work at church, and it was dark, and I cried like this..." and then she imitated herself crying. This is by far her funniest thing lately. Her imitation of herself crying is quite accurate, and she scrunches her face all up as if she's actually crying.
  • Lately, she's been coloring tons of pictures. Since we moved some toys down to the basement, she's gradually getting used to playing down here when I'm on the computer. Her crayons and coloring books are also down here. She'll color a picture, and bring it to me, grinning, after she finishes using each color. Then she'll go back and use a different color on the spots she missed. And she'll just keep going until she feels like she finished. I'm kinda surprised at how she actually aims to color just the picture on each page! Yesterday she was coloring a Veggie Tales coloring book, and she said "Look, Mommy, these look like green beans!"
  • The other night, when Dan and I were getting ready for bed, we both went into her room to check on her (like we usually do), but she was sitting up in bed, obviously not quite fully awake. We kissed her, and told her to lay back down and go to sleep. She laid down, but then asked for more water (she MUST sleep with a full cup of water - probably not a good habit, but it's fine for now), so I went to fill her cup in the bathroom. When I brought it to her, she was already starting to fall back asleep, but she took it from me and said "Thank you." This was at 11pm at night, in the middle of her night of sleep! I just was so shocked that a 2 year old could remember to say thank you in the middle of the night - I love my girl!
  • Marissa's teacher at church wasn't there on Sunday, because her husband is dying of cancer. I'm not sure if they told the kids she was sick, or if Marissa just assumed she was. But every time we pray before nap/bed, she's been praying: "Dear God, help my teacher friend Pauline to get better soon."

We didn't do anything special for Valentine's Day. I made a yummy dinner, and we rented a movie (The Women - not the greatest, but it was girly enough for the occasion - plus it was funny that it ended with a [very fake] birth - I was hoping to end the day that way too [with a real birth though]). We have always gone to Bravo (Italian) since we started dating. I think this year will be our 8th year in a row (if I'm doing the math right). Anyways, we are still planning on going to celebrate Valentine's Day, but we decided we would wait. To hire a babysitter for Marissa just adds too much $$ to the night. So as soon as I'm up to it after Arianna is born, we will get our date. And I'm sure there will be some grandparents (or an aunt!) that would love to watch Marissa for free! And Arianna will be easy enough to take with us (I hope - Marissa certainly was way back then).

Well, I'm officially due today. Crazy. I didn't really think I'd still be pregnant right now. I just keep telling myself I won't be pregnant forever! But I'm back to sleeping horribly, which is annoying. I wake up every 2+ hours, either dying of thirst, or about to pee my pants. I'm also sooooo hot at night, which is still soooo unlike me. Last night I ended up changing into shorts and a tank top! I even almost went downstairs to make sure the heat wasn't malfunctioning!

I had my 40-week appointment today. I'm starting to worry about getting to deliver in the tub/natural section of the birth center. They will only let me if it's before 42 weeks. But it makes me nervous to wait that long! And they don't do inductions in the birth center. I could easily say "induce me now" and go for a regular (even natural) delivery, just not in the birth center/tub. But I've been planning a water birth since I got pregnant and had my first miscarriage, way back in August 2007. I don't really want to just give it up! Anyways, I'm finally starting to "get ready" down there. The doc said 2-3 cm today, definitely a change since last week! So we'll see - maybe soon!

Guess that's all...I'll have Dan take a 40-week belly pic when he gets home from work. I think I'm going to make some cookies now!

Thursday, February 12, 2009


So I've been feeling guilty about this baby girl a little. We haven't painted a room for her, and we probably won't - she will eventually share Marissa's room (which we will hopefully paint and decorate this spring). We haven't bought any new decorations for her. And we won't. We still have stuff left from Marissa, but it's not very "modern" and there is really no point in putting anything up since we won't do a whole room for her. She's getting "sloppy seconds" (I think I stole that phrase from someone) for car seats, clothes (well, the ones that will fit), crib, bedding, and toys. Her car seat isn't even a neat modern design - it's plaid. And even though it's from Wal*Mart, I really just wish we could go out and buy all of this for her RIGHT NOW (Love it for a baby room, and LOVE it for a spin-off for a future guest room!!!):

Bedding set:

(These are wall stickers - coolest invention ever!)

How cute would this all be together?! With green or tan walls. And when it's no longer needed as baby stuff, just add a dark brown or red comforter to our double bed...
Oh well. It's frustrating. But she will be just as loved as Marissa. I just wish we could show it differently...

And while we're at it, I'd buy these wall stickers for Rissa's room:

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Some Marissa-isms, and 39 weeks

Before I forget, I wanted to write these funny things down that Marissa is up to lately:

We watched "Finding Nemo" last week for toddler movie night. Now, at random times throughout the day (or at the doctor's office), she will break out into "Mine, mine, mine, mine" and "Just peep (keep) swimming..."

She came home from church last Wednesday night, all excited to tell me all about her night. "So, I did three things..." and then proceeded to list three things!
Then the next morning, she said "We need to go to the store and buy two things: orange juice and chocolate milk" - when did she figure this listing thing out?

Rissa, to her baby, "Hey, you head-butted me!"

"Just in case-y"

She is still telling the story of "I was running with my flower shoes, and I fell on the sidewalk, and got two boo-boos, and Mommy and Ra-ra just put two band-bands on it" - this actually took place in May or June of 2008!

"So, about my problem..."

"What'd you say?"

"What's a-matter with you?"

"I wanna noogie-noogie" - I'm not sure exactly where this came from. I think I saw it on a kids show once, where they were rubbing noses together and saying noogie-noogie. Anyways, I might have done it once or twice with her, ages ago, and all of a sudden, she's asking for it all the time. SO cute!

She was driving some cars on the floor. I asked her where they were driving to, and her answer was "To the office!"

"I wanna hug you all day!" Yesterday as I put her down for nap, I think she knew she could delay it. And it worked, of course. We hugged for 10 minutes or so, and when I whispered "You're wonderful" in her ear, she whispered back "No, you're wonderful!"

39 weeks yesterday. The midwife checked me at my appointment, and nothing is happening yet. But I definitely had some contractions the other night - 3 of them, 15 minutes apart. So maybe soon? Or maybe not...I'm ready though! (yes, I'm wearing short sleeves in the dead of winter - I'm hot all the time these days! It's soooo weird for me, since I am usually freezing COLD everywhere I go!)

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

38 weeks

I don't have much to write, but I figured I'd at least put up my 38 week picture, and say that I didn't have the baby yet! I've been sleeping really well lately, finally, so at least I should be rested by the time she's born!

This week started with a bang: We were startled awake Monday morning at 6:45 by my mom calling to say my dad had a seizure and they were going to the hospital. Totally freaked everyone out. He had a seizure a few years ago, but other than that, he has no health problems! And the seizure back then was a one-time thing, nothing ever came of it. They did some tests this time, and didn't find anything out yet this time either. So who knows what the deal is. He is fine now, just sore from the actual seizure (hurt his back and neck pretty bad). But the real kicker about this whole thing is that now, legally, he is not allowed to drive until he is seizure-free for 6 months. And if you recall, my mom broke her shoulder right after Christmas, so she still can't drive either. It's so frustrating to be stuck here and not be able to help them out at all! And my brother and sister are both in college, so they can't really drop everything to help either. My dad's parents were able to drive up for a visit to help out, but my parents' church is going to have to help long-term. It's really sad that my parents won't be able to get out here right away after Arianna is born, but Rach has a spring break soon after the due date, so she'll be able to drive them out here then for a visit. Craziness!

Well, Dan and Marissa are at church, and I have the entire evening to do whatever I want. It might even be the last time! I keep thinking "this could be the last..." but then it never is. I didn't really expect to have this baby early, but I really hope I don't go too late! I am excited about meeting this new little baby girl, and I want to cuddle her in a more comfortable way that I am right now! All her clothes are washed and put away. The pack-n-play is ready to put up in our bedroom (as soon as Dan vacuums one last time - I am physically incapable of doing that anymore!), and I know exactly where the carseat is - just need to clean the car out a little before we put it in. My hospital bag is all packed except for last minute stuff, and so is the bag I'm sending with Marissa to our friends' house. I've been telling her all about what's going to happen, little by little, and she seems ready and excited. I just hope she doesn't freak out when the time actually comes to leave her there for a while! I think she'll be fine during the day, I'm just not sure how bedtime is going to go, since only family has ever put her to bed (successfully).

Ok, I'm off to enjoy my Wednesday evening!

38 weeks = too big to cut own toenails (ouch!)
Sometimes I forget how huge I am til I see a picture of myself (or I try to roll over in bed!)