Sunday, February 28, 2010

Carrots

We feed Jack a raw diet...chicken, veggies, etc.
He loves carrots like normal dogs love bones.
Ben and I think it's hilarious how he eats them.

Friday, February 26, 2010

An Alice video

I must admit, it kinda freaks me out to see my belly move around like this.


(Background noise=Ben playing Mario Kart)

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Evacuation Update


The list, revisited...

6. Clean the house.
The laundry is done, the floors vacuumed, and the dishes are washed.
Does that count?
Oh!
And I gave Jack a bath yesterday!
Surely that counts.

7. Be unprepared.


Fail.
I'm not good at this one.
We are prepared...I think.

8. Raspberry leaf tea.
I've been faithfully drinking the tea.
I kept hearing how nasty it is.
I don't think it tastes yucky at all.

9. Massage/Acupressure.
Check!
I went for a massage on Tuesday.


She worked on the pressure points that supposedly get labor going.
It's the spot between your pointer finger and thumb and the ankles.
Ben mashed my ankles last night, too.

14. Labor cookies.
These are actually just extra spicy ginger snaps.


They're yummy though!
Here's the result:



15. Relaxation.
I took a bath and a nap today.
Mainly because I hurt and was tired and cranky.

17. A storm.
It's currently snowing.
I doubt that really counts as a real storm, though.

19. Full Moon. 
It's on Saturday!

250 days

I've been pregnant for somewhere around 250 days.
This whole growing a baby thing has been pretty smooth sailin' thus far.
Up until today, when someone would ask how I'm feeling, I'd say, "Good!", sometimes even, "Great!"
I've even commented that I think she's going to stay in there for awhile longer because, "I'm not uncomfortable enough, yet."
Not today.
Today I am done.
Today I am cranky.
Today I ache.
Today I don't feel good...and I'm far from feeling great.
That's my "I'm trying to look happy" face.
Did you buy it?

That's it.
I'll stop complaining now.
Tomorrow will be better.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Project Evacuate Baby


As of yesterday, Alice is full-term.
Fully cooked.
She can safely come at anytime now.

So, here's the plan... I am going to try 20 Old Wives Tales for natural induction over the next few weeks.

Disclaimer: I am fully aware of the fact that Alice will come out when she's good and ready and my body is good and ready.

Why am I doing this?
Ben says I need to plan something everyday to keep myself distracted.
He's afraid that if I'm not busy, I'll sit around anxiously awaiting her arrival and will get cranky.
He's probably right.
This morning I woke up and said, "Maybe today's the day!!"
He said, "Probably not."
Ben is usually right.
I'll also be trying to stay busy in other ways, too...
movies, cleaning, errands, library, baking, reading, etc.


Here's the list:

1. “Relations” with my husband.
We will do this.
However, I will not be writing about it.

2. Nipple stimulation.
I’ll try this, if I have to.
It’ll be further down on the to-do list, though.
And, like #1, I'm not going to document it.

(The first 2 are the ones most commonly suggested.
That's why those are listed first.)

3. Mac and Cheese.
Supposedly, it has to be the standard Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner and it has to be prepared by Ben.
But, that’s not all.
Then, I have to put Worcheshire sauce on it and eat as much of it as I can.

4. Spicy food. 
For this I’m going to choose the Curry Leaf restaurant in downtown Colorado Springs.
I LOVE Indian food.
Ben doesn't.
Anyone want to join me?

5. Exercise.
I’ve been exercising.
Maybe I’ll try to step it up a little bit?

6. Clean the house.
I read that getting on your hands and knees and scrubbing the kitchen floor may induce labor.
The good Lord knows my floors need it.
Maybe a baby will be my reward!

7. Be unprepared. 
"Stop shaving.
Let your husband go off with his friends…far away.
Go walk the mall because surely your water should break in a public place."
The word on the street is that it’s like Murphy’s Law - if you are not prepared it will happen.

8. Raspberry leaf tea.
I'm always up for a cup of tea!

9. Massage/Acupressure.
I have an appointment with a massage therapist who specializes in prenatal massage.
She said that she’ll work on some labor-inducing pressure points for me.

10. Swinging.
As in on the playground swings.
I’ll try it.
Maybe Ben will give me a push. :)

11. Eat pineapple.
There’s an enzyme in fresh pineapple that supposedly causes mild contractions.

12. Eggplant Parmesan.
Using this recipe from a restaurant in Georgia.

13. Cinnamon stick tea.
I like tea.
I like cinnamon.

14. Labor cookies.
Recipe here.
I like cookies!

15. Relaxation.
I’m going to use a gift certificate I received for Christmas to go get a pedicure.
After that, a nap!

16. Bounce on an exercise ball. 
I have an exercise ball.
I feel pretty certain that I will pop my exercise ball if I start bouncing around on it.
Is it worth the sacrifice?
We’ll see!

17. A storm.
A drop in pressure will often put women in labor.
Problem: storm at this time of year=snow.
I don’t know if I’d like having to deal with that.

18. Take evening primrose oil.
Theory: “Evening primrose oil is an excellent source of prostaglandins, which readies your cervix for labor.
I'll check with my midwife before taking this.

19. Full Moon. 
The next one is on February 28th.
We’ll see!

20. Castor Oil.
There’s a lot of controversy about this one.
I won’t do it without talking to my midwife first.

So, there you go.
Any other silly old wives tales you know of that I missed??

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Maternity pictures

Last Monday I helped a photographer friend of mine, Rene, with a photo shoot.
It was snowy and super cold, but so much fun!
After the shoot, Rene offered to take some maternity pictures for me.
That was so sweet of her!
I just know Alice will love seeing these someday.





Here's a link to Rene's website.
And she has a blog, too.
If you're looking for a photographer, she's amazing!!

Times are a changin'


(Haha! I made an unintentional pun. Changin'. Diapers. Get it? Get it??)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Just add baby.

Clothes and bedding are washed and put away.
I *believe* we have everything we need.
Room is clean.

Only one thing is missing...Alice.



(black and white baby pictures of Ben and I)

No, I didn't steal those library books.
I got them at the library's book sale a few weeks ago.


A few more pictures are in this post...including the super cool tree on the wall.
I don't know how it didn't make it into the pictures from today.

Feels good to have one room in our house clean and organized.
Now it's time to do the same in the others. :(
I'm hoping the "nesting" thing will kick in soon.

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I'm wondering how many of these pictures I have left to take.
Any guesses?
In my ideal world, only one more...two at the most. :)



Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Good news!


The little one has returned to the head down position!
Now we're hoping she stays there. :)

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I'm heading back to the chiropractor this morning.
It's hopefully the last baby-flipping session.
We'll find out on Thursday or Friday (via ultrasound) if it has worked, yet.
I wish I could tell if she has, or not, but I can't.


I'm beginning to notice there are some places and situations where people don't like to see pregnant women. Most recent:

1. The liquor store.
I wish I could have captured the looks I received while picking up beer for the super bowl party.

2. The gym.
I've been going about 3-4 times a week.
EVERY time at least 2 people say, "Wow! You're still working out?"
At least 5 people ask me the standard questions:
"When are you due?" ("That's soon!),
"Boy or a girl?" ("Awe! A girl!"),
"Do you have a name picked out?" ("That's a sweet name!") and
"How are you feeling?" (Followed by a story about their pregnancies.)
I also get side-eyed by the older clientele, who still believe pregnant women shouldn't lift their arms above their heads or else the cord will get wrapped around the baby's neck.
I feel like a circus sideshow.
It's awesome.

3. Walking in the snow.
I hear countless, "Be careful!" comments.
Thanks, random people, here I was being all reckless as I wobble through the parking lot.
Thanks for the reminder!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Jack in the Box


(I crack myself up sometimes.)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

This is not a pregnancy/baby post.

Finally, right?!?!

No, this is a post about Ben.

I went out to get the mail the other day, which is one of my favorite things to do.
It really is.
I get a little sad when Ben brings in the mail.

In the mailbox was a card addressed to me. (REAL mail! Yay!!)

I opened the envelope to find a card from Ben's boss. (Okaaayyy...what's this??)

It was the nicest card about Ben!
His boss wrote things like, "First of all, your hubby is amazing!! I have quickly grown to appreciate him immensely."

And, "Ben is not only talented and smart, but he has an awesome heart to help people out. Something we love!"

He goes on to thank me for being gracious with the late nights and home phone calls.
That was so kind of him!

Really, I don't even mind any inconveniences or interruptions Ben's job may present at this time.
I have have a husband who loves his job!
And, it's a job that allows for me to be a stay-at-home mom for Alice.
What an incredible blessing!

That's all.
I just wanted to brag on Ben.
I'm so proud of him!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Baby Shower!

These girls are amazing!


They threw the sweetest baby shower for me a couple weeks ago.
Everything was perfect: the decorations, the games, the food, and the company.

I'd post pictures here, but our group photographer extraordinaire, Jennifer, posted them on her blog.
I'll send you there, instead. :)
If you click on the collages, they'll get bigger.


Thank you, Holly, Jennifer, Carey, Jen, Cathy, Rachel, Sarah, and Katie, for blessing us with so many wonderful things for Alice!


While the girls were doing our thing, the guys were doing theirs. :)


(Playing Mario Bros.)

We have the greatest friends!

34 weeks

Oh, how things change in 10 short weeks.
That's crazy!
Our bodies are truly amazing.
I'm glad there will never be a 44 week picture!!

It's wild to think about how different our lives will be 10 weeks from now.
We'll be a family of 3.
Ben and I will be sleep deprived.
Our house will likely be messy and laundry will be piling up.
I'll probably be taking her picture a hundred times a day, not wanting a moment to go by without proper documentation.
We'll be trying to figure out the proper cleaning of cloth diapers and experimenting with different swaddling techniques.
Instead of wasting time on our laptops, we'll be staring at our daughter thinking everything she does is the cutest thing on earth.
We'll think about how great we thought our pre-Alice lives were, but know that it was nothing compared to the joy she brings to us.
I can't wait!

All is going well in the baby-growing department.
Went to the chiropractor today for the first of our baby-flipping sessions.
I'll be going back 3 times next week.
The goal is to have her turned back head down ASAP.
In the mean time, I'm enjoying the reprieve from the rib kicking.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Flip!

Ben said I should write about our recent pregnancy adventure.
So, here you go!

Oh! And I didn't forget to take the 33 week picture.
I'll just post it when I do the next one. :)

At about 4:00am Saturday morning I woke up to use the restroom.
Big shocker for a pregnant girl, right?
But, when I went to get out of bed, I had a huge cramp/ache just below my belly.
I waited a couple minutes and it finally lessened enough for me to walk to the bathroom.
I went back to bed and didn't think much more of it.

In the morning, I felt just fine.
But, Alice was being unusually quiet.
We went to breakfast, but still no movement.
She usually does a happy dance after I've eaten.

Around 1:00 I called our midwife and explained to her what was going on.
She said we should come on in.
She wanted to check the heartbeat and maybe do an ultrasound, just to put our minds at ease.

Alice's heartbeat was great! Whew!
But, when she tried to find her on the ultrasound, something wasn't right.
Turns out, our baby girl decided to flip around the night before.
She's now in a breech position...that little stinker!
That explains the pain I felt the night before AND the lack of movement.

I left the appointment feeling SO much better.
We still have a healthy baby girl and that's all that mattered.

What's next?
Well, if she doesn't flip, we'll have to either go to a doctor in Denver who will deliver her, or have a c-section.

But!
She WILL flip! :)
Tomorrow I'm going to see my chiropractor.
He has a 90% success rate in flipping babies.
I talked to him today and he said he'll get her turned around in no time.

So, stay tuned...
I hope to have good news soon!