May, 2009

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Chair for the Nursery

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

Dave and I have been looking for a nice chair for the baby’s room.  One that would be comfortable enough to use for nursing and just generally sitting in.  We decided upon getting a “club chair” style chair, but the ones at the furniture stores were anywhere from $200-$1000+ for anything we even remotely liked.  So our minds turned to finding a used chair, somewhere.  Every yard sale we’ve past lately we’ve slowed to look for a chair.

This morning Dave had plans at his parent’s house so I went “garage sale-ing”.  After passing probably 15+ garage sales with mostly junk for sale, I found myself in a tangled subdivision neighborhood with several sales.  Finally, it dawned on me to ask God for a little assist.  So I said a little pray real quick that I find something, hopefully a chair, that would be useful furniture in the baby’s room at one of the sales I saw coming up in front of me.  No joke the very next sale I came across had a cream colored chair sitting in the drive-way gleaming in the sunlight.  I thought the price was surely going to be $80+ or it would be stained and gross, but I’d check.  I should trust God more…  The price said, “make an offer”, the stains were very, very limited, it looked sturdy and when I sat in it…perfection.  So I asked the owner what she was hoping to get for the chair, all the while thinking to myself that $25 would be a superb amount.  And what did she say…yup, $25!

So there you have it.  God’s chair for our baby’s room.  I might or might not try finding a slip cover for it or asking my mom to make covers for the arms and maybe the seat, but it really is ready to use even if I don’t cover it in anyway.  And it also fit perfectly into the back of the SUV!

Designing Our Baby Announcement Cards

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Today I went to the scrapbook and rubber stamp store here in town to peruse through the baby stuff they have on hand so I could work on designing our baby announcement cards.  Knowing how I can sometimes be a procrastinator about things, I knew I needed to get a jump start on this particular project or it might be likely the baby is turning 12 before I announce his/her birth.

I’m going to make them reasonably generic, but make it so that girl or boy embellishments can be added once we know that important detail. I think I’m going to make the front a mock picture frame that I can slip a photo in.  And I will probably use a photo taken of baby a couple of days after he/she enters the world since some of those hospital photos are so absolutely awful.  Some people’s baby’s hospital photos (mine included) look like horrid DMV photos.

What We’ve Been Up To

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Well, my parents were here for nearly a week and did such amazing things for us while they were here.  We’ve gotten more baby clothes, which I need to wash and put away.  I’ve packed the baby bag for the hospital.  Since I had all the supplies, I figured that I might as well take care of it now rather than later.  Curtain fabric for the baby room has been picked out and my mom is working on those for us.

Dave and I have both been working on our family genealogies.  Dave’s back about 5 generations total so far.  He’s got a hard time of it because he’s been unable to tap into any one else’s work yet so the leg work is potentially going to be all his.  I’ve had a little more success tapping into other’s work and might even be back well into the beginnings of the 17th century (1620s and earlier in some cases) and still finding folks born here in North America.  Plus, I might have found leads back to Scotland, England, Ireland, France and Germany with various parts of the family.

We’ve visited the coast of Maine with my parents and had amazing lobster while staring out across the Atlantic.  Pretty awesome.

And I’m still doing really well at 31 weeks pregnant.  I’ve hit my threshold for endurance a few times lately and learned my lesson to take it easier nowadays.  I’ve also discovered that dehydration makes Braxton-Hicks contractions actually harder and slightly uncomfortable.  So staying hydrated and taking frequent breaks keeps me very happy!

Discounts & Coupon Codes for Shopping Online

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

I keep meaning to post this on the blog, but I’m finally getting around to it.  Dave has made a central location for finding discount, coupon and free shipping codes online.  It is really handy!!  I always start my online shopping there now to see if anyone is offering a discount or something that goes along with what I’m looking for at the time.  Plus, added bonus, Dave gets a commission whenever someone purchases something after clicking on a code for a particular store.

If you go to:  www.lincon.com and click on the blue button “shopping”, it takes you right to the spot where he’s put all the deals.  In Dave’s computer know-how way, he’s made it so the codes are always current and up-to-date.

So always start your online shopping with a quick stop at www.lincon.com and click that “shopping” button.

Getting Ready for Another Visit!

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

So this weekend and weekend Dave and I are getting ready to host BOTH my parents who are coming out next week.  They’ll be here Monday through Friday to help us out with a few household projects that we want to accomplish before the baby arrives.  So I’m probably not going to be online much for the next week or so.  My parents won’t be staying here at our house due to a space issue now that the former office/guest room is in transition phase to office/baby room.

We are going to surprise them with a day trip to Maine for a view of the coast and a lobster dinner.  They’ve helped us out so much already and will be doing tons for us next week too.  Neither one of them have been to Maine before so this should be fun for them.

I still need to come up with a menu for next week since I’ll be feeding them most meals for at least three days.

So I won’t be online, probably, for maybe a week or so.  I might bug Dave to add some pictures from last month’s trip out to IL, the baby shower and a few other things though.

Happy Mother’s Day

Friday, May 8th, 2009

To all you mothers & expectant mothers out there…Happy Mother’s Day!!

Looks Like I’m in the Clear

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

I had the gestational diabetes test this morning and it looks like I’m in the clear!!!!!!!!!!!!  I had them do both a finger stick and draw blood just so I wouldn’t have to wait until Friday for results.  Thankfully, the midwife thought that was a good idea and my finger stick number was great so she doesn’t foresee much of a different story from the drawn blood work.  Yeah!

Aside from that baby is doing great.  My blood pressure is still perfect.  And all is good!  Again, another YEAH!!  I start going to the midwife every 2 weeks now until 36 weeks when I start going once a week until I deliver.

Well, it is an absolutely perfect day outside so I’m going to go sit on the porch with an ice tea for a few minutes before I get busy doing some more household stuff.

Just in Awe

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

This afternoon I’ve been taking some of the new baby clothes out of its packaging and getting it ready for laundering.  Everything is just so cute.

Now that the baby room is painted and we’ve converted a big chunk of the room into the baby room, I’ve finally got places to put things.  We still don’t have a dresser in which to put most things, but I have closet space and shelving space to use.  I’ve got one whole shelf devoted to blankets.  I’ve got maybe 8 receiving blankets, 5 normal blankets, 2 fitted crib sheets and some water-proof pads. So I’m feeling good about my blanket supply right now.  I might want to acquire more crib sheets eventually though.

I’ve been having fun actually finally getting a chance to look closely at all the wonderful things folks have given our baby.

It is getting harder to move and breath because the baby is growing up into my rib cage and really pressing on vital organs.  I can still bend over, but it has become this awkward semi-squat move so I don’t squish baby & myself.

Last night Dave heard the baby hiccuping.  He said it sounded like a drum inside my belly.  And he got to feel a few more kicks and watch my belly poking outward randomly with baby movements.  That was pretty awesome.

Tomorrow is my glucose test day to determine if it looks like I’ve developed gestational diabetes.  I need to make a little list of things to ask the midwife tomorrow.  As we are getting further along, I’ve actually got more questions than I did at the beginning.

Plans for My Monday

Monday, May 4th, 2009

My priority plan today…take a nap!  I did not get a nap Friday-Sunday and I was so tired by like 6:30PM each of those days.  So today, I’m back to taking my little one hour nap so I can be conscious for the evening.

Aside from my nap, I need to go to the grocery store & return horribly overdue library books.  And around the house I need to do at least two loads of laundry, work in the baby room some more and clean the bathroom.  So my day isn’t too crazy at all.

I might remove tags from some of the new baby clothes and wash them since Dave made closet space available.  It will be nice to finally see what we have and think about what else we need.  Obviously, getting the crib and dresser/changing table is a priority, but I’m also concerned that I might not have enough clothing yet for this little babe.  A lot of stuff is just going to have to wait until the baby arrives and we know the gender.

For dinner tonight I think I’m going to transform some leftover KFC chicken into quesadillas.  I’ll just shred the chicken, place it on a tortilla, add cheese, salsa, jalapenos, sour cream and grill until warmed through.  I’ll probably serve that with a small side salad.  Should be pretty yummy.

The Weekend’s Happenings

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Saturday morning my brother-in-law and sister-in-law came over and painted the baby’s room with Dave.  I hung out with my niece and nephew playing tag, card games and eating lunch.  The transformation in the baby room is awesome!  That horrid mustard yellow color is all gone!  Now it is this very pale green color, very pretty.  And they did a great job painting too!

Now the big part of the baby room transformation is converting the room from an office where we stashed a whole lot of stuff into an office/baby room.  Saturday evening and most of Sunday we cleared out our desks and the big bookshelves of all our stuff.  Then we each decided what we absolutely had to have access to on a regular basis, that stuff we kept in the office and the rest went to the attic.  We still have some clean-up to tend too, but we made amazing headway.  We opened up floor space for a crib, dresser/changing table, and a chair.  One whole big shelf was also made available to house baby stuff.  Dave even cleared out half of his closet for the baby’s hanging clothes.

I feel like we’re coming along toward getting ready for baby.  My goal is to have the baby room settled by the middle-to-end of June.  That way I’ve got whatever time left in July to not worry about organizing baby items, it will be all set.

Dave and I are both concerned about the two cats taking over any of the baby’s stuff.  My sister-in-law gave me this great mosquito net like contraption for the crib which was made specifically to keep cats out, so I’m not worried about the crib.  But everything else has thus far been fair game for especially Bailey to climb into for a nap.  We had to hurry and fold up the stroller because the instant it came inside Bailey immediately climbed into the undercarriage basket for a nap.  He also managed to crawl inside the little sling carrier thingy “Snugli” (I think is what it is called).  Riley’s been less of a pest about sitting on everything, but if anything is left unattended I’m sure he’d be in it pretty quickly too.  I’m just going to have to be really fast about putting things away and covering cozy looking areas off from them.  It sure will be interesting with those two once the baby arrives.

Sunday my mother-in-law fell down.  Nothing broken, but she got some pretty bad soft tissue ouchies on her thigh that are going to cause her some pain for a while.  We went over to help them with whatever they needed and made sure they got dinner.  Hopefully, she heals quickly and isn’t in too much pain for long.