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Meet Owen Edward

Meet Owen Edward

I started having contractions after my Dr appointment Monday afternoon where I was not dilated at all. They kept getting more intense until the point I woke up at 4am and couldn’t get back to sleep again. Tuesday night, I was in a lot of pain and the contractions were  close together, but irregular. I called the doctor to ask what I should do and she said it didn’t sound like I was in labor, wait 30 minutes and go to the hospital if I felt it necessary. The contractions became less frequent, so I waited.

Wednesday, I was in pain all day and the contractions were coming at least every 8 minutes, but still irregular. By 4:30, they were pretty bad so we went to the hospital.

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Ha ha, three years ago today. I had fun reading that post. It’s comforting to know I’ve since addressed all of my concerns about having kids. One of the comments suggested I wait until I’m 29 :)

Baby can come any day now. Just waiting. Been extra hormonal lately. Hard to sleep because there’s just no room in there for anything besides baby. Haven’t gained much weight the last couple of weeks, probably because there’s no where for it to go… Otherwise, still feeling good. No swelling, no extreme discomfort. Still exercising, though forward bends and squats aren’t really happening anymore.

Nursery is almost done. Still need to hang stuff on the wall, but otherwise it’s fully functional.


I heard some very happy news today from one of my friends :D Next year, my Facebook news feed is just going to be swarming with babies and it’s going to be awesome :D

And some photos from my friend shower which I didn’t get a chance to post before:



He’s Full Term Now!

He’s Full Term Now!

I was going to post my 36 week picture, but we never took one. Here’s one from my work shower instead.


Ishrat insisted everyone touch my belly, which was as awkward as it looks. I’ll post pictures from the friends shower once Julia posts them :) Everyone has been very generous. I can’t believe I was worried about people not buying stuff off our registry. I did the registry completion on Amazon and Babies R Us, the cash gifts we received were enough to cover everything left. I haven’t had to spend any of our own money on this kid so far and he has so much stuff!

Pretty much the only stuff we didn’t get was anything related to cloth diapering, lol. OK, I get it, you don’t think we’ll stick with it. Challenge accepted! I’ve done so much research on cloth diapers, there’s no way I’m not putting some effort into this. Plus, look at dem! I’ve bought all different kinds to see what we like best.

Baby was head down as of our last ultrasound. Hopefully he stays that way. I met the third doctor in the practice at my last appointment. She giggled a lot, “he’s as big as you are!” I mentioned the sharp pains I’ve felt in my pelvis when he moves. She says he’s moving down. He’s definitely dropped some. I thought I might get off stretch mark free, no such luck. I guess he stretched my lower belly because as of a few days ago, I have a stretch splotch down there. I can only see it if I look in the mirror though :D My lower belly really itches too. On the bright side, he can’t reach my ribs anymore.

All in all, this pregnancy thing, not too bad. Actually I’ve enjoyed it quite a bit. Sure I could have done without the nausea, fatigue, gas and being asked the same damn questions every single day, but otherwise it’s been pretty fun. Feeling him move around in there, shopping for baby things and perfectly clear skin have been my favorite perks :) Glad I haven’t experienced much back pain, heartburn or mood swings. No swelling, constipation or sciatica. I’d do it again. Well, let’s see how this whole labor and raising a child thing goes first.

More Baby Updates

More Baby Updates

We had an ultrasound a couple weeks ago. Doctor was afraid baby was small, but he was actually on the big side. Also, he has a lot of hair. And he was breech. Since then, we’ve been trying to figure out if he’s turned or not. You’d think it’d be easy to tell. Mysterious large bumps will emerge on different areas of my tummy. Kicks and hiccups are felt everywhere. I have no idea which way he’s facing.

Meanwhile, I received a summons for jury duty, three days after my due date. Needless to say I requested a postponement. I know of three other pregnant women this has happened to. It’s like they do it on purpose.

Tomorrow is Bryan’s birthday party, though it looks like we may have just a couple of guests. More ice cream for us. Probably in part because most of my friends are coming to my shower on Sunday. Then I have the work shower on Wednesday. I see my doctor on Tuesday and we have an interview with a pediatrician on Friday. Busy week!

34 weeks

Have Any Names Picked Out?

Have Any Names Picked Out?

I get asked these same questions on a daily basis:
How are you feeling? – still pretty good!
When is the baby due again? – September 27th
Boy or girl? – Boy
Do you have any names picked out? – …

So, we had a girl name that we liked. We decided on that years ago. Boys names are harder. Most boy names are either common and boring or weird and will get him beat up in school. There have been several times we decided we liked a name, only to change our minds weeks later. Bryan never liked my top two names :P

My primary criteria: my son will not share a name with anyone I went to high school with. And although we considered several character’s names from our favorite works of fiction, we decided against all of those too.

We do have a name that’s growing on us right now. It bubbled up from my subconscious in the middle of the night one night as all brilliant ideas do. It’s not common, but it’s not weird either. There are several people on the planet with the name and characters in shows, but no one we have any emotional connection with.

However, he will not get a name until he comes out. We still have two months to decide. Also, we don’t want to tell anyone the name until he’s born to avoid the,”oh, you’re naming him that?” Which is a reaction I’ve gotten to several of our reject names. You can’t please everyone.

So yes, we have some ideas for names, but we’re not telling, so don’t ask :P

And a maternity photo because blog posts are always more interesting with pictures.


The Second Trimester is Alright

The Second Trimester is Alright

I’ve written about the not so fun parts of pregnancy, but it’s not all bad. Here are some of the things I’ve been enjoying:

My eating behaviors are socially acceptable. People expect me to be hungry and stuffing my face all the time now. In fact, I’ll often get food shoved in my face. It’s a little awesome. This hasn’t happened yet, but if someone makes something awful, I have an excellent excuse not to eat it: oh, sorry, not loving that right now, must be a pregnancy thing.

Also, I’m not peeing that much more than usual, more like, it’s just more urgent than usual, but people expect me to have to pee a lot now, so I can totally get up in the middle of a meeting to go to the bathroom and not feel weird about it.

I have an excuse to randomly nap during the day. Also, to veg out after work and not do any chores. Didn’t get my 10,000 steps in today? It’s OK, I’m taking it easy today. Don’t want to take the stairs? That’s cool too.

Walk into a meeting and all the chairs are taken, two people offer up their seats and I don’t have to feel guilty about taking one.

Conversations with acquaintances are less awkward. People have something to talk to me about.

My hair looks really good. My skin too. This is the longest I’ve gone without a breakout since being on antibiotics before our wedding.

I don’t freak out when my pants don’t fit.

Shopping for baby clothes. Haven’t bought any yet besides the Disney onesie, but it’s fun to look.

Baby moving – definitely the most fun part. I can sit and watch him bump around in there for the longest time. It’s very relaxing.

In other news – I had a happy birthday filled with a lot of food, friends and family :) My coworkers treated me to lunch at this great pizza place and we had a party yesterday at our house. I made these oreo ice cream cheesecake balls that I didn’t put out because they were too yummy and I want them all to myself.

Saturday, Bryan’s family had a little reunion at Nana’s and there was a giant bar of chocolate.


Buying Things

Buying Things

So registering for baby stuff is hard. They need so many things! So many! I’ve been researching cloth diapers for months now and I still feel completely clueless. I think I’m going with these prefolds and these covers. If anyone has any product recommendations, they’re more than welcome to share.

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My 22 week picture and also The It’s a Small World Kangaroo I bought at the Disney store today because I saw it and had to have it. She’s just like me! She’s carrying her baby, I’m carrying my baby. It was really hard not to buy all of the It’s Small World animals. Really hard. I may or may not have bought one as a birthday present for someone who’s birthday isn’t for another two months.

I’ve also been researching standing desks. Those are harder to shop for than diapers. The one in the lead right now is $260 and then another $100 for the chair. The desk Julia has is nice, but unfortunately, I’d have to be a couple inches taller to use it. I really hope this kid gets his height from Bryan.

Boy or Girl?

Boy or Girl?

In a few hours, we’ll hopefully find out if our little one is a boy or a girl.

Up until a couple years ago, I insisted our future child was going to be a girl. I wouldn’t entertain the notion that we had a 50% chance of having a boy. Nope. Definitely was going to be a girl. This changed when I was in the local Christmas musical and I remembered that 12 year old girls are perhaps, the most obnoxious beings on the entire planet. Having a boy no longer seemed so bad.

I’ve spent the past few months trying my best to convince myself we’re having a boy and that boys are better than girls. Yesterday, I was thinking, I feel like I know if it’s a boy or a girl, but I don’t know what I know. If only I had some clear, intuitive insight, like a dream, that would tell me.

Of course I had a dream that we’re having an adorable baby girl. And I can clearly picture our son reading this 10 years from now going, wtf mom! :) I’ll be happy either way, just want a healthy baby who at least tolerates show tunes.

Still, I feel very anxious about our appointment. I feel like knowing makes the whole thing very real. Up until today it’s been an “it” and all of a sudden, it’s going to have some sort of identity, some insight into who this person is going to be. Freaks me out. I feel like we have so much to do before the baby gets here – registering, getting the nursery ready, getting my home office ready, remodeling the bathroom downstairs, classes to learn basic things like how to hold a baby. How does time go by so fast?

Stay tuned for the big news…

16 Weeks

16 Weeks


This might have been the longest I’ve gone without posting. I was doing to do another Day in the Life, but I haven’t found a good day yet. Maybe next week.

Today was my 16 week checkup that I was late for since I had to clean snow off my car (wtf?). So far, I’ve lost five pounds and gained it back again. Everything looks good. They took my blood to test for spina bifida. It hurt! Usually it doesn’t hurt when they take my blood. I don’t know if it was the nurse or I’m extra sensitive today, but it wasn’t pleasant.

My tummy has definitely gotten bigger and most of my clothes no longer fit. The nausea and fatigue have eased up, whoot! I can make it through a whole day without a nap, but I’m still going to bed early and falling asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow. Gas is still a problem, but gas has always been a problem for me, not being able to burp.

I finally got my appetite back, though I still don’t want anything to do with dried cranberries and sweets still aren’t as appealing as they were pre-pregnancy. I’m loving cheeseburgers  with ketchup, lots of ketchup, though I’m trying to limit my burger intake to about twice a month, and peanut butter and jelly. Salad also, but not my usual salads. I seem to have regressed to my childhood when carrots, croutons and creamy dressing were my thing. Don’t worry, I put greens, beans and other healthy stuff on there too.

Sunday was a terrible day. Something bad happened to one of my friends and I was a mess. My friend is OK physically, been trying to give her emotional support, though it’s not exactly my forte. Hope I helped a little. I don’t want friends to hurt :( Life aint fair sometimes.