Monday, September 29, 2014

The Highs and Lows of the Weekend

Let's play a fun game called Weekend Highs and Lows.

Weekend Highs

  • The Hot Air Balloon Festival. Long story short, Husband's Grandma was staying the week with his cousin while her parents were in Hawaii. But as a 15 year old she wanted to go to the high school football game. We decided to take her and C to the Hot Air Balloon festival. It was kind of a whim. After a later start than planned and a traffic jam to get there, we did finally make it. It was toddler heaven. He watched them all "in the sky" and he even got to touch a basket of a balloon on the ground. Plus, it was free with a non-perishable for the food bank! We went out to eat the four of us afterwards and we were all amazed at how well C did the whole evening. 
  • Major purging of the garage. Our garage was gross you guys. It had become a dumping grounds of sorts. But we took nap time and now it is a work of art. Organized. Clean. The bulky waste is ready for pick up tomorrow. My nesting heart is happy. 
  • New throw pillows. Let's just say my throw pillows from grad school are limp, lumpy and gross. They needed to retire YEARS ago. So now we have new ones!

Weekend Lows

  • C was so excited about the Hot Air Balloon Festival that he was up from 2:30-4:30 AM on Saturday. He wasn't crabby at all, just totally ready to greet the day at 2:30. He did wind up sleeping until almost 9:00 so it balanced out, but let's call it a low anyway. 
  • Indian Summer. I know we've been incredibly lucky but it has been pretty hot these last few days for September and I'd much prefer the fall like weather we were having. (I know that even the low 80s isn't that big of a deal so I blame Baby Girl for keeping my core temp up.) 
I hope you all had terrific weekends!

Friday, September 26, 2014

7 Quick Takes of Baby Pool

Hello World. If you missed it yesterday, Baby Girl flipped back around to head down so we are officially back in the waiting game and not the scheduled birthday game.

Which means Baby Pool time!!

This baby is crackin' me up
1. Here's the skinny: I am "due" October 12. Which if you are like me and in denial about how far into September we are, still seems really far away but in reality translates to 16 days away. Which also basically means Baby Girl could show up whenever she darn well wants. Be that now or later.

2. C was born at 40 weeks 6 days. He was 9 pounds 6 ounces and 21 inches long. This is the only time in his entire life he ever measured "big." It took him 3.5 weeks to get back to birth weight and has never been anywhere but the 50th percentile in height and weight since.

3. Everything about this pregnancy has been different except for the fact that I am pregnant of course.

4. At 36 weeks 3 days the ultrasound guessed she was about 6 pounds. But there is a pound of error either way and she clearly has room to switch around from head down, to breech, back to head down.

5. In a world of Murphy's Law:

  • Husband has a very important work event on October 13 and 14. He would of course miss it if necessary but... yeah. 
  • Our doula is going to Greece for 2 weeks and leaves on October 15. She has her backup doula ready as well. We are her only October birth and it's mostly because we are good friends or she wouldn't have committed otherwise. (Because of her trip.) 
  • My dad is going to my cousin's wedding reception in South Carolina October 16-18. 
If you're noticing a trend... we're hoping for early this time around. :) 

6. I am not above an inducement if necessary. But the earliest my doctors (I see a group) would allow that is 41 weeks 1 day. (October 20)

7. Leave your guesses in the comments. I will go with dates first and size as a tie breaker if needed. I am going to have a prize! I don't know what it will be yet, but it will be wonderful, not in anyway related to baby stuff and well, then you can say you won a prize. 

So there you have it. Guess away! 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sweet Moments

Do you know all it takes is some orange juice to have an incredibly happy, incredibly sweet 2-year old boy? Well that and good sleep habits. I am of course jinxing this but nap/bed time has gone incredibly smoothly lately. And we're all happier when we've had plenty of sleep.

Sweet C Moment of the Week: At bedtime prayers he asked to pray for "Baby Sis-Sis." It is probably a stalling tactic but it's sweet and cute and we help him pray for her.

Sweet Baby Girl Moment of the Week: She flipped back last night. It hurt. It was confirmed this morning at my appointment and thus I do not have a birthday scheduled for her. Thank you for your prayers and good thoughts. It was weird, I was almost disappointed leaving today without a birthday but I trust that God knows what's going on better than I. So we are back in the waiting game. It's weird. It could be any minute. But as much as a month away.

And that's what I know.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


Today is the dreary sort of normal day that can get you down. It's cloudy. Not cold, not hot... pretty nice weather wise but cloudy. There are dishes to be done. I know I write about this occasionally but I sure do hate doing dishes. I can't think of a chore I hate more. Cleaning the bathroom? Nothing compared to dishes for me. I just don't like it.

In pregnancy world I am officially at the "exhausted but can't sleep long enough to fix it" and "everything gives me heartburn" stage. Everything. Spicy. Bland. Small quantities or not. Bananas. Water. Oatmeal. Cottage Cheese. Milk. Bread. Meat. Veggies. My body is an equal-opportunity employer when it comes to food to give me heartburn.

But the truth of the matter is I shouldn't really complain. Those are inconveniences at the most. Dishes mean that we had a delicious meal as a family. And the pregnancy symptoms are just the finish line coming into sight. Anyway you stretch it I just don't have that much longer to go.

But my day sure got brighter. One of my best friends from grad school (even though she was in undergrad at the time) gifted me the Venice soundtrack.

Venice is this amazing musical that changed my life. I'm not even kidding you. When I graduated in 2010 I was burnt out. Between Art's High (where we really did a lot more Theater History and Dramatic Lit than I realized at the time) straight through grad school with little time off, it was non-stop theater. And theater people. And it was draining.

But like, 2 weeks before graduation I went with 2 of my friends to see Venice. And my spirit was lifted and I believed that the world was still capable of interesting and innovative work. I needed it. And then the day after graduation when Husband (who was Fiance at the time) was in town, we went to see it again. Because I had to see it again. And I wanted him to experience it too.

Then it went through more workshopping and all kinds of changes. But it made it to Off-Broadway which means they made a soundtrack. And it was released yesterday. And in true fashion of luck, I couldn't get iTunes to download to Husband's computer. (There's no iTunes for Chromebook. I am okay with this because we have another computer, but he just got a new one as well and it didn't have iTunes set up yet.) But... my friend Robin sent me a text this morning asking if she could gift it to me.

That is providence my friends. And I did get iTunes downloaded so now I have some amazing tunes to listen to and let my heart soar while I clean those pesky dishes.

"I wanna love and be loved."

Monday, September 22, 2014

A Pretty Much Nothing Post

My morning started with me forgetting to switch from slippers to shoes. Luckily, my slippers are basically flip flops with fuzzy on them so hopefully it wasn't nearly as ridiculous as it seemed to me.

We went to the museum and played for an hour. Then music class. He really likes the music class and I really like having an activity with him. Though I for sure played the really pregnant card to not have to gallop or run in a circle today.

Then grocery shopping. I may have bribed my child out of the museum by promising blueberries. They were all out of fresh blueberries. So he got frozen. Luckily he's 2 and loves blueberries however he can get them because I was going to feel like a mean mean mommy if I couldn't deliver.

Then lunch. Shockingly, we had blueberries. I know, you are terribly surprised.

In the mail we got a box of daffodil bulbs from my parents.

And now it's rest time on the most gorgeous kind of day. Our weatherman actually tweeted "7-Day Forecast: Sun, Sun, About 4 Clouds, Sun, Sun, Sun. I'm going to be pretty bored by next week!" A side note is our weather man is leaving. I am a weather geek and I kind of really, really love him. If you live in the Denver area you're going to love him soon.

Windows are open. Breeze is streaming in. It's a pretty snazzy Monday over here. Coming off a great weekend I am pumped up for where this week is heading! Oh and The Good Wife was excellent last night. Big Bang has been moved to Mondays so I have that to look forward to this evening PLUS it won't conflict with Grey's on Thursdays. 

And Fall starts tonight at 9:29 pm. Get excited everyone! Have a great Monday. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Quick Quick Takes

7 Quickest Quick Takes of Random.

1. Baby Update

Thank you for everyone who has said even a little prayer or sent good juju into the universe for me and Baby Girl. I totally meant what I wrote on Wednesday and I am truly okay with the idea of a C-Section if need be. I think this girl is going to keep me on my toes because last night we had a "are you moving in there?" party at 1:00 AM, then she started moving so much that it hurt. So she could very well flip herself back and forth many times.

2. Edel

Funny enough Charleston has always been somewhere I'd like to visit. I suggest it to a lot of people as a place for them to vacation because it has everything; art, beaches, history from 2 wars and it's warm. My bestie, Kathryn took a solo journey there in March per my suggestion. And MY biggest chance to date, my cousin's wedding reception, is scheduled for the week of the due date. Obviously I am not going to Charleston next month.

My grandmother just relocated to the area so I am sure at some point I will be heading out that way, but I'm thinking that Edel 2015 is still off the table this year. Chicago Edel 2016!! (Or Minneapolis!! Or Omaha! Or Indianapolis!) Midwest Large City Edel 2016!

3. Testing Me

C has been in his big boy bed for 2 months now and he does a pretty good job. Rest time is our big challenge. Currently my rule is stay on the bed. Yesterday, he was trying to listen and not all at the same time and got himself stuck in a half handstand off the bed, his legs were still on the bed certainly. But he was calling out "Stuck! Stuck!!" Because he was. I rescued him and he did actually go to sleep after that.

4. Scotland

It was pretty cool to watch Scotland decide to not leave the UK yesterday. I didn't really have an opinion on what should happen but it was an interesting bit of democracy to watch from afar.

5. We Are Going Out Tomorrow! 

We have a babysitter and we're going to a Cards Against Humanity Party. An adult party! I am pretty excited! We just have to figure out what we're bringing.

6. Disney World Fan 

So, C is already a fan of Disney World. He loves to watch the ride point of view videos on YouTube. The Enchanted Tiki Room, It's a Small World and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh are the current winners. I am sure that when we take our trip in 2017 he will be very excited. Probably for different attractions by then though.

7. Fall Shows Start Sunday! 

So if you need me Sunday night... well don't count on finding me between 8-9 because The Good Wife will be back!!

I am concerned about Thursday. Grey's is moved to 7:00 and C is still awake PLUS The Big Bang Theory is on at the same time. We don't have a DVR or anything so I may just be a week behind and watch it online or whatever. Maybe we'll get Hulu? Probably not worth it.

Have a great weekend everyone!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

It Is What It Is

2 posts in one day. Probably something is going on. It is. I had my 36 week appointment this morning.

And you know how Mother's intuition is strong? Like, crazy strong? I KNEW going in today, I knew that it wouldn't be the news I wanted to hear today.

And sure enough, Baby Girl is breech breech breech. I knew she flipped. It happened 2 days ago. All of a sudden my lower back didn't hurt anymore. Otherwise we're all healthy and great. Just breech. Which, seriously in the grand scheme of pregnancy is not that big of a deal.

I cried anyway. But no one really got why I was crying. I think they thought I was upset by the possibility of a C-Section. (Obviously, I would prefer to not have a C-Section but I am not really concerned about it.)

Get your shallow glasses on now people. I was upset that I was spending $77 (Our out-of-pocket for ultrasounds) for me to not learn anything or see my little girl's face. Because I KNEW going in she was breech, I didn't need an ultrasound to tell me that. I had a pretty good idea how big she was. (I was within ounces of their guess) So pretty much a big ol' waste of $77 in my opinion.

I was given 3 options:

  • Scheduling a C-Section today
  • Scheduling a version to try and get her to flip
  • Waiting until next week to see if she flips by herself and if not scheduling the C-Section. 
I took the 3rd option. I am not giving up hope, but I realistically understand I may end up with a C-Section anyway. I am not discouraged by this, I fully believe that everything happens for a reason. And my biggest stressor has honestly been who would watch C when I go into labor. (I have people but they have lives and schedules and it's one of those things where it would be who do I call when.) 

I am going to keep doing inversions and praying. If you feel so inclined to pray for her to flip back that'd be great, but if there is a good reason for her to be breech then I certainly will not be disappointed in the inevitable C-Section. 

So that's the news from here. It is what it is.