Friday, May 25, 2007

Last day at work, 4 days 'til baby

It's just incredible how quickly the time has flown by! I'm sure it has a lot to do with how easy it has been to be pregnant. I had very little morning sickness. I felt fabulous, no majors pains or that sort of thing. I had heartburn, and in the past few weeks my hips have felt like they're going to pop off, but that's not even THAT bad. Yes, I had gestational diabetes, so I couldn't gorge myself on krispy kremes and other treats, but that's probably why I only gained 29.5 pounds, spot on for weight gain. Of course after such a fabulous pregnancy I'm going to have to have a c-section, what with the stubbornness gene this baby got from his daddy, but even that isn't all that terrible in the grand scheme of things!

This weekend my parents come in and I'll be gathering up some last minute things we need. We're having some friends out Saturday for the last childless (for us) cook out. And I'm going to try to take as many pictures of my big old pregnant belly as I can so I can always remember it. I can't believe it's been 9 months since those first 8 tests came back positive. It was right after DragonCon, right after going home to PA for a PSU football game, it was surreal for the longest time. It still is surreal. There's a little baby in my belly and in 4 days he's coming out and I get to see what color his eyes are, how much hair he has, what his nose looks like. I'm on the verge of tears constantly just thinking about that. I'm scared and so extremely excited about it all. I have no idea what life is going to be like after Tuesday. I can't even begin to imagine! But I can't wait to find out! And for pete's sake I'm going to be a freaking mother! For the rest of my life I'm going to be a mother! Wow...just wow....

Well, I don't see me being very productive today at work. I have on my agenda to go say farewell to a lot of friends on campus who I used to work with, and I'm sure it'd be good if I finished up some queries I have laying around, but if I don't, I'm not going to stress too much. I have bigger things to worry about from now on.
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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Speachless Knitter

About a year or more ago, I started teaching ladies in my office to knit. We started with a plain old basic wash cloth. We've made hats and most recently a felted bag. Most have branched off on their own projects and what used to be one day a week lunch lesson is more of a nice little knitting group. It's been fabulous to watch them learn to knit and learn to LOVE to knit. Plus it's been great to have a little built in group to knit with as a little break.

Today they surprised me. I was in tears (not too hard to do to a 8.5 month pregnant woman) and speechless (a very very difficult feat!).

Together they all worked on individual washcloths that two of the ladies then pieced together and bordered to make a BEAUTIFUL baby blanket. The extra washcloths were given to me for baby's bath times.

I can't tell you how much this really meant to me. I couldn't even tell them. It was the most amazing wonderful gift I've ever received. So extremely special.

I took a few pictures with my phone to show it off.

They don't do it justice though!
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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Let's just say I'm glad I won't be watching it happen!

The birth that is!
We watched some seriously graphic births in our first birth class Monday night. Damn...all that streeeettttching!? Holy crap. Looks pretty painful! I'm just glad I won't be watching my poor patootie going through that. Feeling it is one thing...I think if I had to see it happen the pain would be 100 times worse!

In all honesty, I'm actually looking forward to the birth. I'm excited. I can't wait for the experience. I know....I'm sick.

And how was my weekend? This is how my weekend was:
I fell out of bed. No I wasn't sleeping, I was crawling into bed, leaned to far over, and sloooooooooowly slid down until I hit the bed frame with my ass-cheek and then hit the floor. The bruise is absolutely impressive! This was Friday night. Saturday morning I woke up with my first, and worst charlie horse evar! Add to that my sinuses were tingly, so I knew I'd end up sick sooner or later. Sure enough Sunday I felt like death warmed over. Today I'm finally able to walk straight, sit without pain and breath through at least one side of my nose!
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Friday, March 02, 2007


What's that you ask?
Well, it's a rubber band of course! One that's obviously snapped!

But why in the world would you be taking it's picture you ask?
Well, it's visual proof that my belly is probably too big for the pants I'm wearing!

You see, I was using the above pictured rubber band to hold the top of my pants together, since they are pre-pregnancy pants, and I cannot actually zipper them or button them completely. So under my lovely belly band I have them held together by this wonderful marvel of technology. Until about noon time. I felt the snap, but it didn't register in my pregnant mind what it may have been. Until I moved, and realized my pants felt a wee bit looser. Lifting the belly band to investigate, this little broken bit fell out and my ego completely deflated. *sigh*

I found another rubber band to get me through the day, but I think this means these jeans should be packed away for the next year or so.
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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Project updates

Well, both big projects are moving along nicely. Both are about 2/3 of the way completed and I'm feeling really good about the progress being made.

Of course the first of the big projects is the baby blanket.

If you can see, I've started on the second yellow patch, and once I finish that it's the last bit of green and we're done! It's really looking nice. It's so soft and lovely. This baby is going to have an abundance of blankets, two hand made, one by me, one by his bubba (my mom). It feels good to be making something just for him.

And the other big project is the baby!

This was just after my 30th birthday a few weeks ago. The bump is definitely growing steadily. It's hard to miss that I'm pregnant now. I'm still feeling fabulous, with just a few minor complaints, which I won't list because it's just not worth it! It's really becoming very real now, and the time is flying by. It'll be baby time so soon, and I'm grateful that the baby's room is finished, the blanket is mostly finished, and the other small projects I have going aren't too complicated. Well one is a bit...I'll mention that here in a sec. It's nice to know I won't have the stress over anything major in the last few weeks I have left.

So, the other projects....well, I'm replicating a baby wall hanging that hubby has from his birth for this baby. It's cross-stitch, which thankfully I'm familiar with. No learning curve there. I'm batting that out quickly and shouldn't spend too much time on that. I'm planning to have it finished in a few weeks so when my parents come to visit I can get my moms help framing and matting them both and hanging them in the room. The other project is birth announcements. In my infinate wisdom and finite time frame, I decided to use stamping to create the announcements. No, I've never done any stamping, nothing remotely close to what I'd like to make. So I have my book, I'm trying to get ideas, and then I'll need to buy supplies, learn what I want to do, and then pump out probably 150 announcements. No worries though! I'm sure I'll get it done in plenty of time. Especially now that I decided I can wait to learn to quilt and quilt a baby blanket. *grin*
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Monday, January 29, 2007

Squish, bump, kick....

Just a few weeks ago I actually started to feel this little guy moving around. It was very subtle at first, and I have to say completely strange. Over the past few weeks it's gotten a lot less subtle, until this weekend. I was sitting on the couch with Nate, knitting a little on my blanket (which I hadn't touched in weeks) when "pow!" (picture that in comic book style) the little booger belts me but good! A jumped, looked at Nate and then laughed a bit. I moment later "bam!", again with the belting! Of course then Nate put his hand on my stomach and he got all quiet and calm (that's right boy! Fear your father! hee hee). By the end of the weekend, we had both felt him quite obviously on the outside. He's a kicker...and he's a mover too. One night I felt him up to the left of my belly button, the next night down to the right. He's all over the place! I'm glad he's still got room to move, it won't last long!

In knitting news:
I've only added a bit more to my blanket, but I have picked it back up, so hopefully it will move along a bit more now.

Other fun stuff
I started a prenatal yoga class a few weeks ago, and last week I started a belly dancing class. Both are great! I love the prenatal yoga class because it's a bunch of pregnant ladies, and at the beginning we talk about how we're feeling. I've met a couple girls who are due around the same time as me. The belly dancing is just plain old fun!
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Monday, January 08, 2007

Boy oh Boy!

It's a boy!
We saw the little bits on the ultrasound this morning!

I've been working on more and more baby socks. I even bought some lovely sock yarn this weekend (Sock yarn doesn't count!). I love the little socks. Now I should make a nice blue pair!
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