Traces of Fall

13 09 2014

I’m sooo excited that fall will be alighting upon Virginia very soon. In our home, I’ve been decorating in anticipation of the chillier weather and brilliant, warm colors… and lots of family and friends over to visit once our little boy arrives!

2014 Signs of Fall

And… our fall books are back in the rotation!

Fall books

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Week 38 | Bumps and Wiggles

10 09 2014

Bumpdate blog

Week 38 | Bumps & Wiggles

38 weeks pregnancy 2014

Emotions | Excited, nervous, happy, wondering

Gender | Unexpected ultrasound Friday confirmed BOY

Names | Even my medical chart reads “It’s a secret!”

Affirmations | Muscle stretching/tearing along my abs, nerve pain, backache, heartburn

Signs of labor | Braxton Hicks. Baby’s head has dropped so low into bone that my midwife did an ultrasound because she thought he was breech

Baby size | 19.75″, 6.8 lb., roughly the size of a leek. My midwife estimated that baby will weigh around 7 lb 14 oz to 8 lb at birth.

To do this week | 38-week midwife appointment and a baby shower. The art teacher at my school is doing another painting for the nursery!

Things checked off list | 37-week midwife appointment, confirmed gender, decorated for fall, wrapped sibling gifts, interviewed a new daycare, installed the infant car seat, bought a 2015 calendar, had a yardsale, put hospital bags in the car, designed baby announcements (just missing pic/stats), trained my long-term sub, got CPR certified for my license renewal, went to the dentist. My husband started chipping away at cooking homemade freezer meals for once baby arrives.

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Sibling gifts!

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Hospital bag, Boppy, diaper bag, and “last minute bag” of stuff I’m still using and can’t pack

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Read this book to E

Movement felt | Hiccups, constant movement, punches as strong as kicks

Cravings | None

Aversions | Hamburger, morning coffee

Workouts this week | balance ball and CPR training

Weight/size | Up a few more pounds but still under my final weight from E’s pregnancy

Sleep patterns | Up several times at night. Got up at 2 AM today, ate at 4, and never went back to sleep

Best moments this week | A free ultrasound when my midwife suspected that my baby was breech. After she saw that he was in the right position, she confirmed the gender again and played around on the ultrasound for 30 more minutes, even letting me see the 3D. I watched him drinking the amniotic fluid, I looked at all his toes (different than E’s looked!), and I gazed at his face and his button nose.

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37.5-week ultrasound

Low moment this week | My son has an upper respiratory infection and is mis-er-a-ble. My husband took him to the doc this morning, and the change in routine made several people at daycare think that baby was here!

Looking forward to | Baby shower, holding my little boy very soon, and watching E meet his new little brother

What I miss | A lot of things…

Messages and prayers to baby | God, I know this is a silly and selfish request, but this week, I pray for your timing with baby’s arrival.  I praise you that I was able to get through all the things I needed to do today on virtually no sleep – a 14-hour workday starting with training with my long-term sub and ending with a CPR certification, all while E is sick again. But more earnestly, I pray that baby does not arrive tomorrow. I know 9/11 evokes so many different memories and emotions for everyone and I’m hoping baby can hold off for a different birthday. It’s silly, but that’s my heart tonight. Amen.

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Journey to 40 Weeks

1st trimester
Weeks 14 & 15
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oh hey, Friday | Finally September!

5 09 2014

It’s finally baby month! (Unless baby waits til October – I have NO desire to induce, so if he waits, I’ll wait, too.) I have so much to do – I only have 4 evenings this entire month where I don’t have some sort of meeting/training/doc appointment after work, and baby gets here in 20(ish) days! I’m grateful for my 2014 Simplified Planner and that a friend was able to order me a 2015 weekly SP when they went on sale this week so that I can keep track of our messy, precious life!

 Linking up with Karli and Amy for oh hey, Friday!

oh hey ONE | In case you missed it, my little family of 3 went to a Safari Park for Labor Day! We fed all sorts of animals, including giraffes, and two zebras stuck their heads in my car. It was our one last hurrah before baby arrives.  

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oh hey TWO | I lied. I said it was our last hurrah, but then last night on a whim, we rode elephants. And by “we,” I mean the non-pregnant family members. Because I’ve already ridden a camel in my lifetime and wanted to be fair. We were actually at a free dinner for my husband’s work, and the elephants were in the parking lot right beside our car as part of a traveling circus. Why not? Plus, E would not stop demanding, “I ride on the elephants!!” – how could we say no?

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oh hey THREE | Before the elephants, we practiced riding on a much smaller scale, on a bike. (This hand-me-down bike used to be pink, sparkly, and Barbie — someday I’ll finish the blog I’ve drafted about how the boys ditched the glitz.)

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oh hey FOUR | I’m hoping to chisel out some quiet time this month to enjoy some reading and my favorite candle warmer, which I just pulled out after a 5-year hiatus. I reserved this book early in the summer and was #54 on the waiting list at the library. I know it’s going to be a tear-jerker… 

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oh hey FIVE | I created some 8×10 subway art as a festive fall printable to display in our entryway as part of our fall decor. I scoured tons of fall printables on Pinterest, but I like mine more personalized. Want to see it? You’ll just have to visit me when baby comes!





Babymoon on Safari!

4 09 2014

Knowing that our little man should be arriving sometime this month (this month!), my husband and I took advantage of the 3-day weekend to spend as much quality time as a family-of-3 as possible!

Natural Chimneys | On Saturday, we met up with his family at Natural Chimneys to revisit the rock formations and peek into the caves. It.was.so.hot! That afternoon, we visited a local cloth diapering store and scored BOGO gelatos at another small business – much more up to my 36-week pregnant speed! We finished off the day by riding on our local kiddie train (5 laps around the park for $1), feeding the ducks, playing on the playground, and visiting at a 1950s diner.

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Sunday was our last day of teaching preschool at church, and we also signed up for a new Life Group for the year. We celebrated a birthday at my in-laws’ house, and E sang happy birthday to his chocolate cupcake.

Safari Park | On Monday, my husband had a rare holiday off from work, so we planned one last day trip. We’d been wanting to visit the Safari Park since we moved to the area, but I’m glad we waited until E was two – the perfect age to enjoy the experience! Once again, my gas light turned on when we arrived (sometimes I still miss my Prius!), but that didn’t stop us from driving the 180-acre property to feed the safari animals from our windows. We then hiked all over the zoo area of the park, even getting a chance to hand-feed the giraffes.

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Tug-of-war with the camels for my feed bucket. They won.

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I took a ton of pictures, but I’ll definitely treasure the videos I took even more – E’s demanding reactions to each animal were priceless! 

I hope you and your family enjoyed your Labor Day weekend! And despite all the Labor Day jokes, the heat, and all the hiking and walking I did… there was no baby laboring for this momma!

 

 





Week 37 | Bumps and Wiggles

3 09 2014

Bumpdate blog

Week 37 | Bumps & Wiggles

37 weeks pregnancy 2014

Emotions | Soooo ready for baby. Just a few(ish) weeks to go!

Gender | Boy

Names | Still loving the ones we’ve chosen

Affirmations | Backaches

Signs of labor | Lots of Braxton Hicks!

Baby size | 19.25″, 6.3 lb., roughly the size of a swiss chard

To do this week | Still need to install car seat. Get some things organized. Make decisions about daycare.

Things checked off list | Organized hospital bag. Took 3 mini day-trips this weekend with my family-of-3. Received final FMLA paperwork, which my employer approved. Called my long-term sub to set up a shadowing day next week.

Movement felt | Always

Cravings | None

Aversions | Hamburger, morning coffee, bananas (but I need them or I get cramps at night!)

Workouts this week | Lots of hiking, walking, and even traversing a rock climbing wall a few times at the park

Weight/size | Midwife appointment Friday! Hoping not to gain too much more. 

Crazy dreams and sleep patterns | Up 2-3 times per night. Also waking up with leg cramps again.

Best moments this week | I’d be lying if I didn’t mention the giraffe I hand-fed and the zebras who stuck their heads in my car during our “safari.”

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Looking forward to | Baby shower and seeing friends!

What I miss | Hopping easily out of bed. Sitting comfortably.

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Journey to 40 Weeks

1st trimester
Weeks 14 & 15
Week 16
Week 17
Week 18
Week 19
Week 20
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Week 36 | Bumps and Wiggles

27 08 2014

Bumpdate blog

Week 36 | Bumps & Wiggles

36 weeks pregnancy 2014 edit

Emotions | Sooo excited!

Gender | Boy

Names | Surprise, but the kids at the school where I work are relentless!

Affirmations | Heartburn, backache. Swollen ankles are long gone – whew! I also have a virus, which I got checked out today. My whole family has it.

Signs of labor | Lots of contractions but luckily no more painful ones. Have my bags mostly packed, just in case!

Baby size | 18.75″, 5.75 lb., approx. the size of a crenshaw melon or coconut

To do this week | Install car seat

Things checked off list | So much!!

  • 35-week appointment, 36-week appointment, talked to midwife about labor options, updated my birth plan
  • Bought a sibling gift for baby with E
  • Bought a sibling gift for E from baby
  • Washed receiving blankets and baby equipment and set it up
  • Ordered his baby book
  • Confirmed FMLA paperwork was faxed to work
  • Secured my long-term substitute at work and finished all sub plans
  • Drafted an email with hospital instructions for family
  • Turned our guest-room into a toddler room, cleaned out the closet, and completely moved E’s stuff in!!
  • Cleaned the house, even the 3rd floor!
  • Scheduled next 4 midwife appointments.
  • Worked on a baby registry

Movement felt | All the time. The midwife told me another reason it hurts so much is because my ribs are currently expanding. Still wearing my maternity belt.

Cravings | House dressing from the Cheese Shop

Aversions | Hamburger, morning coffee

Workouts this week | Teaching preschool at school and church. Lots of walking and standing at work.

Weight/size | Up 2 pounds from last week and belly measuring 36 cm for 36 weeks

Crazy dreams and sleep patterns | There was a room in my church full of giant animatronic robots purchased during a career of mission trips… along with rivers, cliffs, and half a roller-skating rink. Lots of other similarly-weird dreams.

Best moments this week | E’s eyes lighting up when he was trying to poke and feel the baby and the baby was moving and kicking back. He loves talking to the baby, especially when he’s moving. Also, watching E play with the baby equipment, talking softly and spreading blankets over them.

Low moment this week | Today’s midwife appointment not going as well as I would have liked

Looking forward to | Fall weather/clothes/decor/activities/colors/scents with our boyS

What I miss | My immune system

Messages and prayers to baby | Everything with this pregnancy is so different than my last one, and I found out today my labor will be different as well, but I pray that you will be born healthy and strong. As you grow these last handful of weeks, I pray for your relationship and friendship with your big brother E – I know he’ll love you as much as we already do. Mommy and Daddy prayed that you two would be close in age, and now we pray that you’ll be close as brothers and best buddies. Today E bumped into my belly and gave you a hug and a kiss and a “sorry.” It was so sweet! He is very ready to meet you – so are we!

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Journey to 40 Weeks

1st trimester
Weeks 14 & 15
Week 16
Week 17
Week 18
Week 19
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iPhone died | Perfect day

26 08 2014

This.evening.was.perfect.

Let’s back up. My iPhone died over the weekend. Read: it lost all in/outgoing texts, all contacts, incoming calls, etc. No biggie. Just a handful of weeks until my due date, I don’t need a working phone… I decided not to worry about it for a second and sort it all out at the phone store this week.

This afternoon started with getting to leave work on time and making it through all my errands despite the gas light on the whole time (Seinfeld episode, anyone?). And then a shopping trip – sans toddler – to Target for some earrrrly Christmas shopping (because it’s easier now!) and some deals on toddler shoes. Then I picked up aforementioned toddler from a great day at his daycare/school where he brought home his first homework (coloring) assignment. Arrived home to a big package from Amazon full of fun things: a new baby book, a gift that the baby will give to E, and a gift that E will give to baby in the hospital. The baby book prompted E to want to see his own matching baby book – precious.

My hubby got home and we headed to the phone store, where I picked out a new phone, got a huge rebate, and found out that Lifeproof cases now come in my favorite color. And when I was told my iPhone, in a desperate self-preserving attempt to retrieve more data storage, erased ALL my contacts without my permission, I didn’t even flinch. I was having a perfect day and am looking forward to a new baby in 4 weeks and who cares if I have to ask people for their numbers? Oh, and when E broke my old Lifeproof case in the store, I just laughed.

They told me I was the “ideal customer.”

Then we went out to a local deli for a yummy dinner followed by BOGO-free Pumpkin Spice Latte frappuccinos from the Target cafe. I had a few more BH contractions when I got home – exciting!

Once at home, my toddler requested to “rock with Mommy” and recapped his whole day, giving me dozens of kisses, telling me he loves me, and reminding me for the zillionth time that the baby would be bringing him a present when he arrives. And off to sleep!

And then. I sat down to setup my new phone and checked my iTunes for when my last phone backup was, and it was Aug. 21, 2014. Five days ago. Who knew? Virtually nothing was lost and all was restored. And there were all my contacts, right where they belonged.

So now when baby comes, I can actually let people know. ;)

 





oh hey Friday | Williamsburg

22 08 2014

Linking to Karli’s and Amy’s blogs for oh hey, Friday!

8-17-14 Colonial Williamsburg

We spent a wonderful, busy weekend in Williamsburg, Virginia (where I grew up) so that my siblings and I could throw my parents a rustic Italian  40th anniversary party. Here are just a handful of our favorite places to visit around town, most of which have been places of employment for me*:

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My siblings and I spent the majority of our childhoods volunteering and working at Colonial Williamsburg, so it was only natural that we do my maternity photos in the scenic historic town. It was so much fun spending the morning with my sister as she took pictures!

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oh hey TWO |

We popped in the candy store where I used to work during college breaks to pick up some gifts. Even though they’ve renovated, it still smells exactly the same – yum!Wythe Candy

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oh hey THREE |

We popped in a few outlets on our way out of town – I used to work at the J.Crew outlet. I was able to track down some Hanna Andersson PJs I’ve wanted for almost a year! I could never justify paying full-price, but I got them 40% off. The Christmas rack of PJs made me sooo happy. I loved the matchy-matchy big brother-little brother PJs, but the one I bought didn’t have a matching infant set.

I had our son fitted at Stride Rite and learned that he’s an 8.5 already! Guess it’s time to retire his 4-5 Crocs and all the 7.5-8 shoes I just bought on consignment 2 weeks ago. Whoops. :)

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oh hey FOUR |

CHEESE SHOP. My favorite lunch of all time. I don’t even care that I’m pregnant and it was roast beef. I’m sure it’s the freshest around. I always order Roast-beef-and-cheddar-on-French-with-House and a bottle of Chownings Tavern root beer. Perfection. (This is where I lunched every Saturday from age 10-18 when I worked for Colonial Williamsburg.)

Cheese Shop

As you can see, I ate this signature sandwich on my wedding day – the ONLY time I didn’t finish the whole thing:

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oh hey FIVE |

My family’s house! Cleaning up after pulling off a fun, successful anniversary party for 70 with my siblings!

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*no compensation for the raves

Happy Friday!!





Week 35 | Bumps and Wiggles

20 08 2014

Bumpdate blog

Week 35 | Bumps and WigglesMaternity photos 35 weeks

Emotions | Happy

Gender | Boy

Name | A surprise

Affirmations | Backache, heartburn, swollen ankles and feet (recap of 3rd Trimester Favorites here). Loving my maternity belt.

Baby size | 18″, 5.25 lb., approx the size of a honeydew melon

To do this week | 35-week midwife appointment tomorrow, shop for sibling gifts, start bringing down baby stuff from attic to wash

Things checked off list | Maternity photos, chiropractor appointment (just one more before baby comes!), finished 12 weeks of sub plans for work

Movement felt | Always. And painful – sort of like constant rugburn. Lots of hiccups.

Signs of labor | None since last week!

Cravings | None, but drinking a lot of water

Aversions | Hamburger

Workouts this week | Went back to work – lots of walking. On my feet all weekend, causing my feet and ankles to swell. I picked up and carried a ton of metal folding chairs while cleaning up after the party we threw for 70 people so that we could return them to the church that night. Lots of walking around Colonial Williamsburg and outlets on Sunday.

Weight/size | 5 lbs below the final weight of my first pregnancy, with 5 weeks to go!

Crazy dreams and sleep patterns | Up 1-2 times per night. Uncomfortable at night but sleeping soundly.

Best moments this week | Maternity photos with my sister, throwing a 40th anniversary party for my parents, and getting a thoughtful phone call out of the blue

Low moment this week | None I can recall!

Looking forward to | Fall weather!

What I miss | My ankles.

Messages and prayers to baby | It’s crazy to think that you’re almost finished with the growing you’ll do on the inside before we meet you! And then once you’re here, you’ll take off again! I have so many things I want to pay more attention to this time around, and I pray that my labor and delivery with you will be healthy and safe, and that Daddy will help me be strong until you’re here.

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Journey to 40 Weeks

1st trimester
Weeks 14 & 15
Week 16
Week 17
Week 18
Week 19
Week 20
Week 21
Week 22
Week 23
Week 24
Week 25
Week 26
Week 27
Week 28

Week 29

Week 30

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Week 34

 





oh hey Friday | linkup

15 08 2014

Linking today with Karli and Amy for oh hey, Friday and a quick recap of our week!

oh hey ONE | 

8-11-14 1st day of school

This week we were back to school for real, and E is back to his school (daycare) and in a new class. He seems to like it – a lot of the kids and teachers are the same. He has to wear Pull-ups and make trips to the potty now that he’s 2. I also got a new co-counselor this week, and we’ll be sharing an office before/after my maternity leave. I already miss my friend who left, but this new guy seems great, too! Side note: This pic of E is actually Day 2 – my laptop erased Day 1 pics (where he was in dressy clothes) after I transferred them from my camera… :(

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oh hey TWO |

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This happened. So adorable. They were making… 

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oh hey THREE |

…this dessert pizza. We went to an engagement party for my husband’s brother and his sweet fiancée and brought this dessert – one of our favorites! Fresh fruit on a homemade cookie crust. 

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oh hey FOUR |

34 weeks pregnancy 2014

This week, I hit 34 weeks… we are getting so close! Read my recap of how I almost went into early labor last Friday night HERE. I see my midwife every week now!

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oh hey FIVE |

Looking forward to celebrating my parents’ 40th wedding anniversary with 70 friends and family this weekend, then doing our maternity/family photos before this little guy comes along for real!

Happy Friday!








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