Sunday, October 18, 2009

October Part Two

Well hello again. I feel like I've taken an internet sabbatical the last week and a half. My computer decided it no longer felt like functioning. I saw the dreaded Blue Screen of Death for the first time in years. My hard drive just plain crapped out. Nick wiped it and started fresh. Now I've got Windows 7 (ooo fancy) but my wireless card isn't playing nice. I have Nick's and he's "borrowing" one of our neighbors unsecured networks until he can find a wireless card that will work with our computers (he put my card in his computer and it still doesn't work).

Other than that, I can't say anything terribly exciting has been happening but what else is new? our lives are pretty even-Steven. I did go to the cardiologist and they did give me a monitor. I have it for a month and then if it's not better, they'll do an ultrasound on my heart. Wouldn't ya know that it's pretty much stopped doing that thing now? Oh well.

We had our birthing class last Tuesday. They showed the video of births, as I expected. And, as I expected, I was the ONLY girl that looked horrified. Me and the men (except Nick - I swear we are the opposite couple) looked stricken at the end of the movie. Other than that, it wasn't bad. I learned a lot of stuff, some terminology that I'd heard but didn't really know what meant or stuff I'd never heard of before. It was helpful already that we went. Thursday morning I woke up at about midnight in just absolute pain all across my ribs. At first I was thinking I was having some sort of contraction, but I took two Tums and drank a gallon of water and within about 20 minutes it went away. Nick remembered from the class about how dehydration can bring on contractions and I have to confess I'd hardly had any water that day. Coupled with the burrito supreme from Taco Bell I had about 10 minutes before bed (ha), I think I just had a wicked case of indigestion. Lesson learned.

I'm starting to get uncomfortable like all the time. A couple of weeks ago, I was boasting on how much I just loved being pregnant. Now I'm starting to reconsider that. I have just under 2 months to go and I have to admit that while I'm terrified of the whole labor process, I'm so ready to just have him already. Not that I'm in any rush to have him early - all in due time - but okay, you know how you feel after Thanksgiving dinner? You're just stuffed to the point of bursting? That's how I feel almost all the time. Like I've got a basketball stuffed in my stomach (which, I sort of do).

It's been really hard to pinch my pennies this month. We didn't count on Nick's work withholding his first two weeks of pay, so he won't get paid from his new job til the end of the month. That means we've been living on JUST my paycheck this month and it's been hard to make it stretch (ugh and we're only at the half way mark). I'm DYING to go get my rocking chair and my bedding set. My mom got me a ton of super cute sleepers and then I finally went through the old baby clothes that Carin had set aside for me and picked out a bunch more stuff that wasn't girlie. So that made it better, I have new stuff to wash and admire and put away.

I'm making Nick contribute to the blog. I said "do you have anything you'd like to add?" and he said: I'm excited for my paycheck. That's apparently it from Nick.

So this is all. Not so exciting but now you've been brought up to date on our FABULOUS lives.

Thursday, October 8, 2009


Not so very much to post but I noticed it's been awhile since I blogged. Of course, Ben is pretty much the focus of our lives (okay, at least MY life - I assume he is of Nick's too but you know, Nick isn't carrying Ben so.... ha) so if you're tired of reading about what we're doing for his arrival, then I suggest you skip this one.

Life calmed down a little after the shower and Susan's trip out. Our September was pretty packed, I don't think there was a weekend in September that we didn't have something planned. October is getting off to a more laid back feeling. Nick started his new job on the 1st and so far seems to be enjoying it fairly well. I think it's a little boring for him at the moment, but the longer he's there and shows them what he can do, the more responsibility he'll be given. We are SO loving his new schedule. We're getting up at the same time, are pretty much home at the same time - we get to spend 3 out of 5 work nights together which is AWESOME.

Had another doctors appointment today and things are looking good! I didn't gain any weight this time (muahahahaha), my blood pressure is fantastic and Ben's heart is right where it's supposed to be. My heart, on the other hand is having a bit of a hiccup. For about the past week my hearts been beating funny - skipping a beat - so doctor is sending me over to a cardiologist some time next week and I'll probably have to wear a holter monitor again (did this before when I was in high school and my heart was doing it's weird racing thing - SVT, you can google it if you wanna). It's not a huge deal, she didn't seem super concerned, but she does want to know what exactly is going on and if it needs treatment.

Got a bit more work done on Ben's room. We found a dresser, got a tiny little book case (we'll build on it, it's part of a system that you can customize with the pieces you want, so we'll probably expand at some point), the crib mattress, changing pad and cover and some books. Next big ticket items to hunt down are the rocking chair (and I have my eye on a nice set from Wal Mart - really reasonably priced, got great reviews on the site (and mention in my Baby Bargains book) and it's free shipping if I have it set to the store) and the bedding. We have plenty of time and I'm sticking by my goal of having it done by the week before Thanksgiving. I'm dying, of course, to go buy everything right now but I know I have family that's planning on getting us stuff for his room closer to Christmas and if I get it all done right now, then what will I do until he gets here? It's more fun to spread it out and have fun along the way.

I'm also working on my goal of having all my Christmas shopping done by Thanksgiving. I say this every year and I never do but this year I really do have a good reason. I don't know when Ben will decide he's ready to come out and I don't want to try to shop hugely pregnant or end up having him before I can get all my shopping done. I have a couple of things bought already, so hopefully I'll reach my goal!

So that's about it as far as I can think. Nothing too terribly exciting, just more baby planning and gettin' on with life. :-) Hope it's going good for you!