Thursday, December 23, 2010

Trials and Tribulations of Solid Food

In my last post I stated that Clara was gobbling down solid food like a champ. She has no problem with getting the food into her belly, but apparently her belly wasn't ready! Our happily sleeping baby started waking every hour to half hour every night - she wasn't up this much when she was a newborn! So, my mom to the rescue, suggested we stop with the cereal and see what happened. Two nights later she was sleeping much better again. So I guess she just wasn't ready. A few weeks have passed and we are ready to try again! I fed her some cereal again last night and she gulped it right down! She slept pretty well last night too, only waking twice. She has started wanting a bottle at 4-5am, so I'm guessing she is hungry and needs more than the formula.

I would be totally OK with this timeline, but I have been reading some books on making baby food and they all say that babies should be well on there way in the solid food world by 6 months. Our pediatrician is not a huge proponant of solids before 6 months, so I was happy with what I was doing. And I still am... because she wasn't ready anyway! We'll see how the next few days go!

Friday, December 10, 2010


Miss Clara sprouted two little teeth this past weekend! She was very sneaky about it too... I wouldn't have even realized if I hadn't caught a glimpse of them! She was a little off on Friday at day care and Saturday night she was a bit cranky. On Sunday in church I told my sister that I thought she might be working on some teeth... carrie stuck her finger in there and said they were through!

She has been gobbling up the rice cereal too. I mix a little fruit baby food with it, and she eats the whole bowl. I can't believe how fast she is growing up!

Monday, November 22, 2010

A Little Behind... Halloween Post!

Life has been absolutely INSANE the last few weeks. I normally write my blog posts during my breaks at work... I haven't taken any breaks in at least 4 weeks - there is simply too much to do! Between homework, prepping for several 4-H events, trainings, Luther League events, and taking care of Clara, I haven't had 2 minutes to myself in over a month! I am ready for the holidays to get here because then it seems life will slow down a little!

Here is our little lamb on Halloween:

Since we live in the middle of nowhere - going door to door trick or treating wasn't really an option, so we went up to Zumbrota and stopped at my parents house and my grandpa's apartment. We got a late start (thanks to Paul) and Clara was tuckered out by the time we were done in Zumbrota, so we headed home for bed. She looked super cute in her costume!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Why am I not taking a nap?

At this very moment, every other living thing in my house is doing this:

Sleeping! But I'm not - I'm doing laundry, and dishes, and picking up around the house. I SHOULD be doing homework... but I'm not, because frankly, I just don't want to. I wish I could be napping...

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A Year Ago...

(yesterday) we saw that little plus sign that we knew would change our lives forever. Clara has been a part of our lives for a year now and I can't believe how fast the time is passing!

How excited we were to meet you... Between the morning sickness, hip pain and contractions, I would do it a million times over to get our little angel in the end.

I don't think either of us could imagine our lives without you in it. You make every day a thousand times better with that smile and not a second goes by when we're not with you that we wish we were. You have become our entire world and we wouldn't trade it for anything.

We love you so much Clara Ann :)

Monday, October 11, 2010


I knew there was another "first" I wanted to brag about! Clara is in her crib! I put the sheets in the crib last weekend, and Paul put her in there to nap on Wednesday. She has been in there ever since and doing great! Goodbye bassinet - hello big girl bed!


What is this?? A POST?!? Hey, it's only been 2 weeks... 2 VERY full weeks!

September 27th marked my first full week back at work. It was a crazy week of catching up from the summer and packing up my office and storage areas to move on October 4th. The week of October 4th I moved into my new office - it's smaller than my previous space, but it will work. I'm closer to the copier and printer, but further from the bathroom and water fountain... you win some, you lose some!

Clara has had a few "firsts" in the last 2 weeks as well. It was her first full week of daycare. She did great - and I did too! She made her first trip to the doctor for an illness. She had been more "spitty-uppy" than usual and when she started going several hours without a wet diaper I started getting concerned. So I took her in - she had a slight tummy bug. It definitely wasn't keeping her down though, she was her normal happy, smily self! The Dr even commented when she greeted him at the door with a smile and a giggle that she was "the happiest little sick baby he'd ever seen!" He had a hard time checking out her ears as she kept turning her head to see what he was doing - she definitely doesn't miss a thing!

I celebrated my 29th birthday on Wednesday and was able to spend part of the day with Paul and Clara. Paul gave me a batch of Frizzle chickens! Frizzles are my current favorite chickens, their feathers turn out instead of in! We have also started getting eggs from the chickens we got this spring... it is fun to egg hunt each evening!

In closing, here is a pic of Clara in her first pair of sunglasses! God knew I needed a little girl to dress up! :)

Monday, September 27, 2010

3 Month Old!

Today I am back in my office after 13 weeks of maternity leave. It really hasn't changed much... and next week we are moving to new offices! So while I should be spending my time catching up and reading 600+ emails... I am packing up my office and purging files!
Clara turned 3 months old this weekend. She is very smiley, giggly, and loves to chatter! She is getting very strong, and holds her head really well. She is also very busy! She is always moving... her legs, her arms, her fingers... she is really only still when she is sleeping! She is really into her hands - folding them, and putting them in her mouth!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Maternity Leave = over

The hours of my maternity leave are dwindling... I go back to work in 13 hours. Boo. Those were the fastest 12 weeks of my life! It seems like just yesterday that we were in the hospital, and yet it feels like it was forever ago that we were in the hospital! This last year has just slipped away - I still remember clearly the moment I peed on that stick! And yet, here we are, with an almost 3 month old! I spent almost all day holding and cuddling her, playing with her and watching her sleep. There was one moment when I was looking at her and thinking to myself, "wow, she's mine!"
As I am writing this it feels like those first few days when we were home with her, the tears are freely flowing! I have no worries about her care while I am work, but it will be hard not seeing every smile, hearing every babbling conversation.
I had several things I wanted to do while on maternity leave, and I accomplished most of them! They included:
1. Go on a shopping trip with my mom.
2. Go on a shopping trip with my sister, Carrie.
3. Have breakfast/lunch at the salesbarn with my dad.
4. Go to the pool with Carrie and her boys.
5. Visit my grandpa.
6. Work on sewing projects.
There were a few things I didn't get accomplished, but it isn't the end of the world.
So tomorrow I re-enter the working world. Goodbye sleeping in late. Goodbye weekday shopping trips. I will miss you!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

In the News...

Clara is only 11 weeks old and has been in our local paper 3 times! It helps that Paul is on the Chamber of Commerce and works closely with several of the paper staff, but seriously - pretty soon she is going to need an agent!
Her first appearance came shortly after her birth. It was a story about the Wabasha County Fair and our family's involvement with it. There was a picture from her baptism as well.
Then, her actual birth announcement was published.
And most recently, she was in the paper for visiting 10 fairs this past summer. It all started with a pciture I had posted on facebook of Clara reading the paper with Paul. A facebook friend of mine who works for the paper decided it needed to be published! So they came up with a story to go along with it and it was on the front page! You could totally tell that they interviewed Paul though... it talk about how he showed sheep for several years and showed at the state fair... nevermind the fact that I showed for a lot longer than he did and went to the state fair with livestock every year since I was in 6th grade... oh well!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Catching Up!

Ah! I am such a terrible blogger! It has been almost 2 weeks since I posted last! Sorry!

Clara turned 2 months old on August 25th. My little munchkin is growing up so fast - I can't believe how fast the time is flying by!

The baths are going better - she smiles and coos when in the tub splashing in the water. Washing her hair is the only thing still illicits a cry once in a while, but so far she seems to like water. I was even able to finally snap a pic of her in the tub!

Clara had her 2 month check-up last week as well. She weighed 11lbs 8oz and was 23.8" long. She has huge feet and I am having a hard time finding socks that fit!

Only a few more weeks and I head back to the office!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Today's Check-in

Clara has a hemangioma. We thought it was just a "stork bite", but it started to get larger and darker. Today at the check-in, I had the nurse look at it and she said it's a hemangioma. She explained that it will probably get larger and "angrier," but that it will eventually fall off on its own. It is on her stomach, which is actually a good place because it won't get agravated very easily there. I had to google it of course, Wikipedia says it is, "an abnormal lump of blood vessels, a tumor present at birth." OK, so I know it's harmless, but tumor is still a scary word! The nurse said they will document it at her 2 month appointment and keep tabs on it as she grows.

Today we met up with Morgan and her little guy Mason. Morgan and I were in 4-H together, and attended the same pre-natal classes. Her guy came a week early and a week before Clara. We had failed to run into each other during the post-natal check-ins, so we made it a point to be there at the same time today. It was great to see her little guy and introduce her to Clara. We talked about lots of new mommy things. Mason is so cute and has the longest, thickest dark hair! He also has beautiful eyes!

Clara weighed 11lbs 10oz. Her growth has slowed down some which is good. She has been really gassy, erpy, and fussy tonight. I hope she sleeps OK!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

8 Weeks Old

Tomorrow, Clara will be 8 weeks old. It is crazy how fast time is going! I have 1 month left of my maternity leave, and I am both dreading going back to work and looking forward to it. I have a to-do list of stuff I need to get done before then, but I am working on it!

Today is our 4th wedding anniversary and Paul opened the store today - so we were busy!

Clara is growing and changing everyday. I love her smiles for me in the morning when I go to get her up! Lots of cooing and giggling... it is so much fun! At her last check-in she weighed 11lbs 2oz. Her hair is still crazy and standing on end. She really likes having it brushed too.

Last night we made the trip to the Houston County Fair in Caledonia. That makes 9 county fairs that Clara has attended this summer: Cannon Valley, Winona, Fillmore, Wabasha, Olmsted, Goodhue, Rice, Carver, and Houston. Sadly, we didn't take a picture at any of them! Paul is a fair junkie, he even has a Fair Exchange pass so that we always get in free. It is easy to take Clara now because she isn't begging for anything!

That's about it for now!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

My Middle Name is Not Bessie...

I have thought of at least a dozen different ways to start this post...

-I want to thank everyone who has supported me in any way...
-I guess it just wasn't meant to be...
-I failed...
-Sometimes it does matter how much planning you do...

So anyways... I am not breastfeeding anymore. It was one of the hardest decisions I have made, but I know that it is the right one. I had been feeding and pumping for the last 6 weeks, but what I could produce was not enough to keep up with Clara. I was usually getting about 1oz, if I got 2oz I was doing a happy dance! Clara is eating 5oz a feeding... so needless to say, she could not survive on me alone. I had tried everything the LC's had suggested and everything I could find on the internet to try to increase my production... increasing water intake, taking Fenugreek, marathon pumping every hour for a day, even eating oatmeal... and I HATE oatmeal... but nothing increased it more than half an ounce. I was getting pretty discouraged and stressed about the whole situation. I talked with my doctor it at my last appointment. She told me to think about why I was putting myself through all this... was it because Clara getting 1oz of breastmilk per feeding was really the best thing for her, or because I didn't want to fail at it. She had a point.

I was formula fed, and I know many other smart, well adjusted people who were. Formula has come leaps and bounds since I was a baby. Clara is growing and is a happy, smart baby.

It has only been a few days, but I can already see a change in me. I am not spending my day looking at the clock, figuring out how much time I have before I have to pump again. I'm not constantly washing pump parts. I have more time to play with Clara and I am loving it!

I would like to thank everyone that has supported me in anyway through this. Like I said, this wasn't any easy decision, and it isn't the right decision for everyone. But for us it works - maybe we'll try again with Baby #2 :)

Friday, August 6, 2010

It's Over...

My pregnancy. It's officially over. Yesterday I had my 6-week postpartum check-up. Everything is healed and I had an IUD inserted. So I guess this means that it is really over. Why am I so broke up about this? Because I really enjoyed being pregnant. I know I complained about some things, but overall it was such a great experience. I loved the excitement of it all - the anticipation. I loved feeling her move inside me and cupping that little butt that poked out of my side each morning. I know that I get to hug and kiss her, see her smiles and smell her skin now, but it is still such a precious time when they are growing inside you. I miss it.

It's really hitting me today. I packed up all my maternity clothes for storage, as well as Clara's newborn clothes that don't fit anymore. My maternity leave is half over too.

The crazy thing is that we didn't even plan this! Clara was a complete and total "oops", but the best "oops"ever. God knew we were ready.

At 6 weeks Clara weighs 10lbs 6oz. She giggles, smiles, and definitely recognizes Paul and I. She sleeps at night for 6 hours at a time. She cries a little less during her baths, but they are still not the highlight of her day. We are cloth diapering full time during the day. We still use disposables at night because I haven't gotten the double-stuffing figured out yet.

She went to the Zumbrota swimming pool on Tuesday (August 3rd) for the first time with her cousins Colby and Chase. We dipped her feet in the pool, but that was it. Otherwise, she lounged in her carseat while the boys played and spashed. Unfortunately, we came home with a case of prickly heat.

I will try to keep updating this more regularly - it will definitley be easier once I get back to work and can do it during break!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Clara's Newborn Pictures

I really wanted to have pictures of Clara taken while she was still little. Paul's cousin is a photographer and she could get us in ASAP. So I took her one afternoon to Sarah's to get her pics done. It was a long couple of hours - she was awake when we wanted her sleeping, she was sleeping when we wanted her awake, I got peed on, it was hot... but the results are amazing! Here are a few of my favorites!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


Yeah! A post! I wish I could say that I have been so busy sitting around eating bonbons to post, but the truth is I have been too busy feeding, rocking, changing, doing laundry, doing dishes, and napping! This mommy thing is hard work, and yet I still feel like I have nothing accomplished at the end of the day.

A few updates on Clara's progress:
July 14th - Clara rolled over from her back to her stomach. Hasn't happened since though.
July 16th - Clara attended her first Wabasha County Fair and her first sheep show.
She has started to sleep a good 4 hours at a stretch at night. Some nights are better than others.

We had her weighed again on Monday, she is up to 8lbs 15oz. The nurses are very impressed by her strength and head control for her age. She is also starting to smile a little!

We had Clara's newborn/1 month pictures taken yesterday. Paul's cousin Sarah is a photographer and lives just down the road. She has some great props and we did some cute things, I can't wait to see them!

I'm sure many of you remember me talking about our pre-natal classes and our experience with watching them bath a baby for the class. Clara was asked to be the "bath baby" for class last night. She did great - screamed her lungs out! I'm glad these to-be parents got a good taste of what it is like! Of course, I forgot to take pictures...

I think that's it for now. I do have some posts brewing in my head about this new reality we have entered... I just need to find another minute to write it! Thanks everyone for reading!

Monday, July 12, 2010

2 Week Check-up

Clara had her 2 week check-up today with Dr. Dech. Everything looked good! Her are her stats so far:

Weight: 7 lbs 6 oz 50th percentile
Length: 52 cm 76th percentile
Head: 32 cm <5th percentile

2 Weeks:
Weight: 8 lbs 4 oz 50th percentile
Length: 54 cm 75th percentile
Head: 36 cm 50th percentile

I have been trying to think of a list of things that I could keep updating weekly, like I did when I was pregnant. I'll keep working on it...

Feedings are going OK - she is definitely out-pacing me. I produce about 2.5 - 3.5oz, while she is consuming about 3.5 - 4oz per feeding, so we are still supplementing with formula. Obviously she is thriving, as she is gaining plenty of weight. After talking with LC's - they said to just keep doing what we are doing!

She is more awake now than before. She likes to stay awake in the early afternoons for about an hour after feeding. She is content to just snuggle and check things out.

Dr. Dech gave me some ideas on how to help her get her days and nights figured out. I look foward to working on this and hopefully having some success!

Thursday, July 8, 2010


I have started this post about a dozen times - then get interrupted... Let's hope I get it posted this time!

"But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life." Titus 3:4-7

Clara Ann became a member of God's family on Sunday, July 4th, 2010 through baptism. Her sponsors were my sister Carrie, her husband Perry, and Paul's sister Katie. It was such a perfect service.

After church, my parents hosted everyone at their house for lunch. My mom made an amazing meal of ham, cheesy potatoes, corn, lettuce salad, strawberry salad, and rolls... it was delicious and we all ate until we were fat and sleepy. It was a wonderful afternoon of relaxing at mom and dad's, talking, laughing... so much fun. Since it was the 4th of July, the rest of the family headed out to fireworks, but we headed home. It had been a long day and we were ALL tired and ready for bed. It was a perfect day!

Family photo!

My dad FINALLY got a chance to hold her!

My sister and I oogling Miss Clara.

Snuggling with mommy

4 generations of Hendersons!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

It won't be like this for long...

That song seems to be the soundtrack to our lives right now. I find the chorus running through my head so many times during the day. When she is awake, satisfied, and making those wonderful baby faces, I have to pause and watch - realizing that our time with her at this stage is fleeting. She won't be like this for long, we need to treasure every second. And then, when she is fussy, unhappy, won't eat, or overly tired - I have to say to myself, it won't be like this for long, so stick it out, you can do it.

I think I am going to add it to the playlist... which in case you haven't had your sound on when you read this... we have music! :)

Thanks everyone for reading and for all you public and private words of encouragement. So many have come at just the right time. I thank God everyday for all of you and the immense blessings He has showered on our little family. Thank you!

Friday, July 2, 2010

The Baby Blues and the Battle with my Boobs

Today was our first day flying solo without daddy, as Paul headed back to work. She had quite the fussy morning and wanted to eat a little every hour rather than a big feeding. Sleeping was not in her plans either, so we spent a lot of time snuggling, which really was OK with me. I did manage to eat a decent lunch and get caught up on laundry and thank yous.

The baby blues have hit like a Mac truck! I find myself sobbing over absolutely nothing, than laughing at myself because it is so ridiculous! But then this morning when I couldn't please her, I would have given anything to just go to work. It is so hard to admit, but this mothering thing is HARD - and she is only a week old! So many friends have offered support, it is good to know that I am not the only one that has ever felt this way. It is going to be a rough few weeks if this keeps up. I'm sure Paul is wondering what they did with the wife he took to the hospital, because she is NOT the one he brought home! He is doing the best he can.

Breastfeeding is NOT going well. I have flat nipples, so they had me use a nipple shield at the hospital, which is what she has gotten used to. My milk took FOREVER to come in, and I'm still not producing enough to feed her every feeding. We started finger feeding her formula in the hospital and have continued to do so here at home when she doesn't get enough feeding at the breast or at night when I simply don't feel like whipping out my boobs. I'm not sure what "engorgement" is, I have not experienced it. I really want to exclusively get to breast feeding her, but wonder if I haven't ruined our chances because of all the interventions we have had to use. and the nipple shield has gone missing... Guess I will need to go to Target tomorrow to find one!

Overall things are going well. She is healthy, gaining weight, and for the most part a happy baby. We are blessed.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

At home

We were released from the hospital on Monday, June 28th at around noon. Before we left I had a 2-hour session with the lactation consultant. She was able to watch me feed and gave me tons of tips and tricks that have really helped now that we are at home. We saw her again on Tuesday to see how everything was going. Clara's bili-rubin test looked great and she had gained weight since we left on Monday. It was such a relief to know that we were doing it right!

So far she has been a great sleeper and eater. Sometimes we have to wake her up to feed her because she sleeps so well. She does let us know though when she's hungry too. She lost her umbilical cord last night, so I am going to try one of the cloth diapers on her later today. A friend of mine from high school makes them and gave me 3 of her new newborn diapers to test. I plan to take pics and will post those when I get a chance.

We head back to Red Wing tomorrow for discharge class. They will weigh Clara, check her skin, and answer any questions I might have.

We have been relatively good at taking pictures, but getting them on the computer has been the challenge - hopefully more soon!

Birth Story

It was a dark and stormy night... literally!
June 25, 2010
My water broke at 2:30am on Friday morning. It wasn't a big gush, but I definitely knew what was happening. I went back into bed and laid down, but Paul could tell something wasn't right. I told him I was pretty sure we were going to meet Baby L today! So we got up, and he started cleaning up around the house and finished packing our bags. I was trying to time contractions, but I wasn't feeling much and they weren't even or really even painful. So I called the hospital and they said to come in. So we packed up the car and headed out!
We arrived in Red Wing at about 5:30am. They put us in a room and got me hooked up to the monitors. I was 1cm dialated, my water had ruptured, but I wasn't feeling the contractions that were showing up on the monitor. After seeing Dr DeLuca, they decided to put my on pitocin to get things going at a little more. So they started the IV at 9am. I was still able to get up and move around, but within reach of the IV and monitors. By 10am I was feeling the contractions full on! They were pretty intense, lasting almost a minute with about 2 minutes in between. I was only dialated to 2cm, so they upped the pitocin again. By 2:30pm, I was on the birthing ball, but having a hard time breathing through the contractions. After talking about my options with Dr DeLuca and our nurse Megan, I decided it was time for the epidural. I was so exhausted, I had no idea how much longer I could keep doing what I was doing and have so little progress. So at 4:30pm I got my epidural. It took 2 tries, but once it was in - it was heaven! I could just feel my body relaxing. After the epidural, they were able to significantly up the pitocin, and I could rest.

At 7:30pm we learned that Red Wing was under a tornado watch, so all the patients were moved into the hallway. There were 2 other woman there laboring that night as well. They then decided to move us all down to the surgery suite since that is underground. So one by one, they wheeled all of us down in our beds, with our monitors, IV's, and epi pumps to the surgery floor. We hung out down there for about 2 hours. Since I had an epidural, I was in no pain, and really just hung out in the bed! I was told the other 2 were closer to delivery, so there was more action on their side of the room.

At 9:30pm, they took us back upstairs. Dr DeLuca came in to check me, looked at the nurse, and told her to get the delivery cart ready! I was fully dialated, effaced, and the baby's head was ready to crown. Everyone was a bit surprised - including us! They let me labor down a little bit longer, as they needed to finish setting up the room. At 11:05pm, I started pushing. It really is mostly a blur, but Paul was right there with me, and even though I had my eyes closed through most of it, I could hear him cheering me on. After about 3 rounds of pushing, at 11:18pm - Baby Clara was born! We had a bit of a scare when her head was delivered and her cord was tightly wrapped about her neck. They were able to clamp it off and cut it before I delivered the rest of her. They put her on my chest, but she wasn't really moving or crying, so they took her to the warmer where they got her going. She had quite a bit of fluid in her lungs that needed to be suctioned. After all that, one of the nurses finally thought to ask, "what do we have?" That is when we heard the news, "It's a girl!" :)
Since Clara came down so fast, she had a lot of facial brusing, and I had little time to stretch, which means I have quite a few stitches! I tore in what they call a "star tear" which means I had lots of little tears all the way around. Once we were all cleaned up, they put her skin to skin with me to help her regulate. I was definitely in heaven! I couldn't believe that I had just done something that had scared me for so long - and it wasn't even that bad! :)
I was finally able to get up out of bed at about 2:30am (Saturday). They cleaned me up, got me in a new gown, and settled back into bed. I was ready to just curl up on my side and get some sleep! Thankfully, I was able to do that.

Our stay in the hospital went by so fast, even though we were there a day longer than anticipated. We really wanted to get the feedings down, her color was a little off, and they wanted to make sure her lungs were nice and clear. We had lots of visitors, but were still able to rest. All in all, it was a great experience. I LOVE FAIRVIEW RED WING! I can't imagine delivering our future children anywhere else. The doctors, nurses, lactation consultants, even the nutrition staff were AMAZING!!

Kind of a goofy picture, but here is Clara Ann!

Our first family pic, taken Saturday, June 26th

Monday, June 28, 2010

SHE is here!

We welcomed Clara Ann on Friday, June 25th at 11:18pm! She weighed 7lbs 6oz, and was 20.5" long. She has dark hair and the sweetest face - we are completely in love! We have quite the labor and delivery story to share - watch for an upcoming post!

We are now home and getting adjusted. So far she has been a great sleeper, but we know this may be short lived. Feeding is going OK - the lactation consultant gave me a great arsenal of tips and tricks, so we should be able to get it down.

All for now - I'll be back soon with more!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Weekend Recap

It's a blogging kind of day...
Busy weekend once again! We got a lot accomplished and it shows - the house looks great. Paul spent Father's Day moving his office upstairs. The upstairs of our home is interesting... hot in the summer, cold in the winter, crappy windows, floors that creak, and steps that are narrow, steep, saggy, and have no railing... Needless to say, we don't use that space for much more than storage. But with Baby L taking up another room on the main floor, we have had to make it work. I have my sewing maching set up in one area up there, and now Paul has his fairboard office up there too. It was kind of fun sitting up there together on Sunday afternoon - I was working on a sewing project while he worked on fairboard stuff. It was REALLY hot though...

We purged a bunch of crap that we were storing upstairs for no reason - BIG fire! I deep cleaned the bathroom and the living room; Paul carried more crap upstairs. By the end of the day, most of what we had set out to do was accomplished - and a few things more!

Saturday night we headed to my hometown of Zumbrota for the Covered Bridge Festival Parade. I love this parade because there are a lot of bands! I was in marching band in high school, so I love to watch and critique... I'm sure those sitting around me are annoyed as I convey that their "diagonals are totally off," "what is with the white dinkels (marching shoes)," and "those flag costumes look like strippers!" But it is entertaining to me! I do have to give it up to those kids though - marching is TOUGH and I don't miss those early morning practices!

Overall - it was a GREAT weekend! We also got our daycare figured out... but I'll leave that for another post :)

Below are a few of my sewing projects from the weekend.
Wetbag for a friend that is expecting in August.

Baby blanket for friend that is expecting a little girl!

Week 40

Week 40 - I really hope I don't have to write one for Week 41...

Total weight gain/loss: -26
Next appointment: Friday – June 25th
Maternity Clothes: I am actually wearing all pre-preg clothes today... funny, since today is my due date. Pants are these AWESOME lane bryant stretchy ones... top is stretchy too... I actually look dressed up, but I am SOOO comfortable!
Stretch Marks: Ones on the top of my belly are a little darker.
Sleep: Woke up this morning at 5am with contractions... didn't turn into anything, but I missed out on 2 hours of sleep!
Belly button in/out: In
Movement: lots of squirming.
Food cravings: Not much, although I am hungry which is a sensation I had kind of forgotten about...
Contractions: yes - Braxton-Hicks contractions are a cruel joke when they show up on your due date...
Best moment of the week: celebrating Father's Day with Paul. We got a ton more "nesting" accomplished... I can't wait to see him with our son or daughter!
What I miss: not sure this week, but one thing I will NOT miss about being pregnant is people constantly asking, "you're still here?"
What I am looking forward to: Real Labor
Milestones: Hello Due Date!

Hello Due Date

Why hello June 21st! We have foolishly been awaiting your arrival thinking that it meant something... which we have now learned it doesn't. Of course, the day isn't over yet, but I'm at work, and Paul's at work... so it's not like we are really planning on going anywhere. On my drive in this morning I thought back to how far away you seemed... summer would NEVER get here, let alone a day in late June, yet we excitedly told people, "June 21st!"

June 21st... let's see what you have in store...

Thursday, June 17, 2010

I'm Ready

After weeks of being OK with going to our due date or past, I am finally ready to say that I am ready to get this baby OUT! The aches and pains are hitting me hard, walking any real distance is impossible, my ankles and feet are balloons, and the hip/back pain is debilitating. I think I'm whining... but I'm ready to have my body back.

I am also growing more and more anxious everyday to meet the little person that I feel like I know so well already. Will we be welcoming a new son or a daughter? What will they look like? All questions I am ready to have answered!

As much as all the unknowns of delivery freak me out - I am ready to be freaked out. I am OK with not being in control, because I know God IS in control. It will all be according to His Will.

Are you listening Baby L? We are ready to meet you!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Week 39!

Total weight gain/loss: -28
Next appointment: Friday – June 18th.
Maternity Clothes: I am going to take this opportunity to gripe about maternity pants… They are comfy until you get huge. Then they just ride up and give you a wedgie and make you look like you are waiting for a flood. …rant over…
Stretch Marks: I actually found a few that I don’t think were there before! Oh well, I’m not really much of a bikini wearer… so it doesn’t bother me!
Sleep: The last 2 nights have been AMAZING!! I didn’t even get up to pee!
Belly button in/out: In
Movement: lots of squirming.
Food cravings: This morning I totally wanted a doughnut with chocolate frosting…
Contractions: yep – but nothing to write home to mom about…
Best moment of the week: having my parents help us get everything organized this past weekend. I feel so much more prepared!
What I miss: being able to roll over without making a huge production out of it.
What I am looking forward to: Meeting this little person!
Milestones: 6 days until due date…!!!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Busy Weekend

This weekend was crazy busy, but in a good way. We got a ton accomplished, and I feel like Baby L could come tomorrow and we are relatively ready.

Friday I went to see the Doctor once again – still no progress. My parents came over in the afternoon and we got a TON accomplished! So many little odd jobs that we had been putting off were finished. We arranged and cleaned the living room/nursery, organized clothes/blankets/etc, took everything we won’t need for a while upstairs for storage, got the bassinet, put the feet on our couch and chair, and hung up a shelf in the kitchen! For supper we headed to the Zumbro Falls Golf Course for some very yummy food – it tasted great after all the hard work we put in!

On Saturday Paul and I headed to a graduation for some 4-Hers and then went to Rochester to pick up a few things. We were able to return a few baby items and picked up a diaper pail and shower caddy as well as some stuff we needed for the chickens. It was super relaxing and we realized it would probably be our last big shopping trip without a baby, carseat, diaper bag, etc…

Saturday night was NOT relaxing, it was awful... couldn't get comfortable in bed, so moved to the couch at about 11:30, then woke up at midnight with painful contractions, moved back to the bed, more contractions, starting timing at about 1am, threw up at 2am, moved back to the couch, contractions got to about 8-9 minutes apart, moved back to bed, debated waking up Paul, fell asleep around 3:30am, woke up at 5:30, hips hurt, tried to roll over, fell back asleep until about 9:30am… It was a LONG night!

On Sunday, Paul had to water at work, so we drove to Rochester and dropped him off, then I headed to Old Navy to try and find another shirt to wear in the hospital since the one I ordered didn’t work. I found some pretty good deals on clearance and got a BIG bag of stuff for about $40. I even found a few things for Paul! Then I went to JoAnn Fabrics to get some material to make a few wetbags. I found what I was looking for, but had to wait FOREVER in line… they never have enough staff there! Paul spent the afternoon working outside and I spent it sewing. I headed to bed early after my sleepless night on Saturday.

When Paul came to bed he put his hand on my tummy and was able to feel Baby L moving around - he couldn’t get enough and kept smiling and giggling every time baby would roll or give him a shove. It really was too cute.
The "nursery" is actually part of our living room.

The crib (full of stuff) and bookshelf.

The shelf were clothes will go,

Paul's "office" corner of the room,

Changing table. That door goes into our bedroom.
...and that's it! I told you we don't have any room...

A crazy-busy weekend – but got so much done! Yeah!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

You're still at work?

I have gotten this question a few times, and frankly the answer is, "yes - why wouldn't I be?" When I started setting up my maternity leave with the U, I saw no reason for me to take off earlier and use precious paid vacation time with no baby. Now, as the time is drawing closer, I am satisfied with that decision, as I still feel great and there is no reason for me to just be sitting at home twiddling my thumbs. I think the wait would be even worse doing that... keeping busy makes the time go faster!

The U has hired an interim coordinator to do my job until I return after Labor Day. She will sit at my desk, so I cleaned out all my "crap" and "de-mamiefied" the space a little. Everyday I leave with things in order, just in case I don't come back!

The waiting game continues! I have another appointment tomorrow, so we'll see if any progress has been made!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Week 38!

Total weight gain/loss: -30
Next appointment: Friday – June 11th.
Maternity Clothes: I’m getting sick of what I have, but so far they are still comfy.
Stretch Marks: Doesn’t really matter anymore…
Sleep: Sleep is hit or miss, some nights GREAT… other nights, not so much.
Belly button in/out: In
Movement: mostly just squirming now.
Food cravings: not much, but I have been more hungry lately.
Contractions: a few…
Best moment of the week: Realizing I am only 2 weeks from my due date. In no more than 3 weeks we will have a baby.
What I miss: sleeping on my belly.
What I am looking forward to: Meeting Baby L.
Milestones: Baby is full-term!

Baby's now the size of a watermelon! The last bits of vernix caseosa (the white goo keeping baby's skin moist) and lanugo (downy hair) are slowly shedding into your amniotic fluid. Baby's head is about the same circumference as her abdomen, and her head could be covered in an inch or so of hair.

Monday, June 7, 2010

The Waiting Game

So you would think with only a few weeks to go that I would have lots of news to report about all the things we are doing to prepare... well, I don't. It seems that everything is either done, or I am putting it off until after Baby L arrives. So at this point, it has just become a waiting game. The truth is, sometime in the next 3 weeks we will have a baby, and that is exciting and scary all at the same time.

My hospital bag is pretty much packed except for a few tops that I am waiting to arrive from Old Navy. Paul has nothing packed, but I think I might throw in a few pairs of underwear for him and his toothbrush just in case. I also have a list of all the last minute things on the fridge. The diaper bag is packed and the carseat is in the car. We should be good to go, right?

The house is still unorganized, but I have quit fighting the battle with Paul about it. He will get it done in his own time, and until then, I will continue to walk around the boxes. He reorganized the changing table, so I need to put it back to the way I wanted it.

I am definitely getting ready for the sleep deprivation - last night I slept about 4 hours. I woke up at 1:30am and basically went back and forth between the couch and the bed before finally falling back asleep at aroun 5:30am, only to be woken by my alarm at 6:30am. It was a long night.

So the waiting will continue... we'll keep you posted!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Week 37

Total Weight Gain/Loss: -4 lbs! So now we are back to -30.
Next Appointment: next Friday
Maternity Clothes: same as before
Stretch marks: nothing new
Sleep: Can't sleep on my right side anymore - too painful. Naps after work are great, but make it hard to sleep at night.
Movement: Lots - and hiccups almost daily. Always makes me giggle.
Food Cravings: milk
Contractions: nope
Best moment of the week: seeing Baby L on the ultrasound last week
What I am looking forward to: even though I really feel great, I am looking forward to seeing my feet again!
Milestones: carseat is installed!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

A June Baby

So I think it is safe to say that Baby L will be born this month. That is a crazy thought! It caught me off guard today as I turned the page in my desk planner to see the giant "Oh BABY" sticker that I have had plastered on June 21st since October. June 21st seemed so far away, and now it is only weeks away... but the reality is, Baby L could come any day... ready or not!

It was a busy weekend. I was a personal attendant in a wedding on Saturday, which meant a long day on my feet that I definitely felt the next day. I had found a super comfy cotton-knit maxi dress to wear and I was just that - super comfy. The wedding was beautiful and it was fun to be a part of it.

Paul had to work on Monday so I spent the day with my mom and dad, doing odd jobs around the house and going to Rochester to pick up a few things. We also loaded up the stroller/carseat to bring home so Paul can assemble it on Wednesday or Thursday when he has off.

Week 37 is here!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Two-cart Walmart Trip...

Today we had our 36-week doctor appointment, and Paul had the day off so we were able to go together. Jana did the strep-B test and also did an ultrasound to check for positioning. We all got a chuckle when she started moving around, "here is the head, the spine, the heart... and that's as far as we are going to go because we don't want to see anything important!" Baby L's head is sitting right on my cervix, and hopefully it will stay there! I am O cm dialated and 0% effaced, but I am totally OK with that. I'm in no hurry, although as I get more uncomfortable I might feel differently! But honestly, I am feeling GREAT right now. I lost another 4 pounds in the last 2 weeks, which is still puzzling, but Baby L is still growing and that is what matters!

After the dr, we headed to Menards and then to Walmart to get some much needed groceries. We stocked up on toilet paper, and the basics so we won't run out in those first weeks when Baby L is here. Paul found some clothes, and pretty soon our cart was full... and we hadn't gotten any food yet! So Paul went and got another cart. The checkbook is definitely sore after a trip like that, but I feel more comfortable that we have what we will need to get us through for a while. I also picked up some post-partum underwear, to which Paul responded, "they're huge!" Oh, pregnancy is so glamorous! We found a going home outfit for a boy and a girl as well, $3 on clearance. If we get something cuter as a gift, I won't feel bed, because these were so inexpensive. I really hadn't looked at baby clothes that much in stores until today, and there were some cute things at Walmart on the clearance rack. I'm still so unsure though of what will be too warm to sleep in, etc... so I am holding off.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Week 36!

Total weight gain/loss: - not sure, I will find out at my appointment tomorrow!
Next appointment: Tomorrow
Maternity Clothes: some of my pants that don’t have the full tummy are starting to get a bit uncomfortable. They ride up over my belly which gives me a wedgie… not comfy!
Stretch Marks: Doesn’t really matter anymore…
Sleep: I love sleep – and wish I was getting a little more… yeah for the long weekend coming up!
Belly button in/out: In
Movement: not so much kicking as I can feel baby rolling and fighting for space in there – it must be getting tight!
Food cravings: I’m not really craving anything…
Contractions: off and on… but nothing painful
Best moment of the week: Getting some “nesting” done this weekend. I am feeling more prepared every day! I even assembled the bouncy seat last night BY MYSELF!
What I miss: not having everything turn me into an emotional wreck!
What I am looking forward to: Seeing Baby L on the next ultrasound
Milestones: clothes are washed, diaper bag is packed, changing table looks ready to go… need to get the bassinet from Carrie!

Monday, May 24, 2010


I spent a good portion of this weekend getting stuff ready and I feel much better about my level of preparedness! I got all the shower gifts home to our house, although the pile of boxes is still a bit daunting.
  • Washed all clothes we have, folded and separated into piles.
  • Washed all blankets
  • Sterilized breast pump parts
  • Started packing the diaper bag
  • Got boxes to pack up Paul's desk and stuff that needs to go into storage upstairs.

... but the list of To-Do's is still really long...

Last Pre-Natal Class

Thursday night we had our last pre-natal class, which means we are experts at giving birth and caring for a newborn... right? Maybe not, but I definitely feel more prepared for what could happen. We discussed pain relief measures and watched a video on epidurals. We also started working on our birth plan, which was actually very interesting. They had a good outline for us to start with, but also encouraged us to add whatever else we wanted. Then we toured the Birth Center floor of the hospital. Paul and I have been there before since that is where my sister delivered both of her boys, but it was still a great review. They had the room set-up like it would be for a birth so we had a better sense of where everything is and what it is used for. They also showed us how the bed comes apart, and explained step by step what happens during labor, birth, and immediately following birth. I had a hard time imagining myself as the one on that bed...
I am VERY satisfied with the classes that we took and am glad we decided to do them. Hopefully we will be putting all of our new knowledge to use soon!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Week 35!

Total weight gain/loss: -25 (yep – I lost another 2 pounds…)
Next appointment: May 27th 36 week appt, which means internal exams and an ultrasound!
Maternity Clothes: Still on the look-out for something to wear to Amy’s wedding in 2 weeks.
Stretch Marks: Doesn’t really matter anymore…
Sleep: I love sleep.
Belly button in/out: In
Movement: kicking and lots of hiccups. I also have a butt sticking out each morning!
Food cravings: Nothing specific… but still loving MILK! Paul on the other had has crazy cravings… the other night he bought a GIANT jar of pickles…
Contractions: off and on… but nothing painful
Best moment of the week: Coming home last night to a clean house!
What I miss: sleeping on my belly.
What I am looking forward to: Seeing Baby L on the next ultrasound
Milestones: I’m working on a to-do list to finish up some odds and ends.

Time is fleeting! Baby L will be here before we know it!

Weekend Recap

Yes, I know, it has been a week since my last post! I will try to make up for it!

Wednesday night we had our C-Section class. Although we are not planning on a c-section, I believe that knowledge is power, and the more we know the more comfortable we will feel if we end up in that situation. It was very interesting. We also got to tour the surgery suite, which is where my sister works! We didn't get to actually set foot in the OR because they had just cleaned the floors, and found out later my sister had left a note for us on the board in there. While I really don't want to end up with a c-section, if that is what God has planned, we are a little more prepared!

On Thursday I had another Dr appointment. Baby L is measuring about 2 weeks ahead. They will do an ultrasound at the next appointment to check for positioning and also to see if the baby is really ahead or if it is just fluid. We also had baby class on Thursday where we learned different pushing positions and practiced our breathing techniques. We also did some stretches. It was a long night of sitting on the floor, which my back did not appreciate! This Thursday we have our last class (eekk!) where we will be touring the birthing suites and maternity floor. My sister has delivered both of her boys there, so I have seen the rooms, but I have to start envisioning ME in one of those beds!
This weekend I headed to the cities for my annual Roomie Reunion. I lived in a townhome for 3 years in college with 5 other girls. Each year we get together to reminisce and reconnect. I look forward to it all year. Life has taken us all in different directions, but for one weekend a month it is like old times!

Some of the girls brought me fun gifts for Baby L. Lisa and her sister are REALLY into and bought this super cute baby gift for me! It is a "baby" made out of a onesie, hat, pacifier, socks, blanket, and diapers. Too cute! She also found some teething links that are made out of felted wool... you all know I am totally going to try this, right? Kristin also brought me a gift of lots of fun things for Baby L, including a super sweet book!
It was a fun and busy weekend - I even got my first pedicure! Amazingly, I felt GREAT the entire time!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Week 34

Total weight gain/loss: -23
Next appointment: May 13th – this Thursday
Maternity Clothes: I miss having more than 3 pairs of pants to choose from…
Stretch Marks: Doesn’t really matter anymore…
Sleep: Sleep is hit or miss… some nights it is good, others not so much.
Belly button in/out: In
Movement: lots of movement, but it has changed location.
Food cravings: I am finally starting to get an appetite, but I still can’t eat very much at one sitting.
Contractions: yes – Saturday was scary – lots of PAINFUL contractions…
Best moment of the week: Mother’s Day
What I miss: see pants comment above…
What I am looking forward to: meeting Baby L!
Milestones: We have started our Labor & Delivery classes.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all the mother's out there! I had a great day with my mom and and family. My mother is such a blessing to me - there is no way to put into words what she means to me. She is always there when I need advice, encouragement, to vent, or a hug. If I can be half the mother she has been and continues to be, I'll be doing good. LOVE YOU!!

Another great mother role model in my life is my little sister, Carrie. She has 2 little boys and I am always amazed by her. She is doing a great job of raising Colby and Chase, along with her husband Perry. I don't know what I would do without her - she is such a blessing! LOVE YOU!!

I woke up this morning to a sweet Mother's Day card taped to the bathroom mirror from Paul. What a sweetie! I shed a few tears as he told me about all of his dreams coming true in marrying me and starting a family! God has blessed me richly!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Shower Pics

One of my "Hostesses with the Mostesses" sent me some pics that she took at the shower a few weekends ago! So here they are:

Everyone playing a game - because we all know that is everyone's favorite part of a shower! :)

Me checking out some of the great bedding items we received. That's my sister Carrie in the grey, doing the writing, and the cutie in front of me is my nephew Colby, who was helping me open the gifts.

My mom checking out one of the gifts.
That's it! Thanks Amanda for taking and sharing your photos!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Parenting FAIL

Last night Paul and I FAILED in the parenting department of our 2 fur-babies, Josie & Lucy.

We were outside working on the chicken coop for most of the night, and if we are outside, the cats are outside. We live in the country and it is good for them to get out, stretch their legs, and explore! They never wonder too far away from where we are and come when we call, so I feel fine about having them out there. We stayed out until it was dark then went in. I went to bed almost immediately, but Paul stayed up a little longer to check facebook and watch the news. Josie came to snuggle in bed with me while I was reading, and I figured Lucy was out having supper. I got up at about 1:30am to go to the bathroom and could not fall back asleep. I laid there for an hour and had this sinking feeling that something was not right. I finally got up to get a drink of water and Josie followed me into the kitchen. I stuck my head in the living room fully expecting to see Lucy curled up in the chair, but she wasn’t there! A quick survey of her favorite sleeping spots and still no Lucy! I went in the bedroom and asked into the darkness, “Paul, where’s Lucy?” Silence… then – “Is she still outside?” As I rushed to the door, the thoughts of all the creatures we have lurking in our neighborhood came crashing in – coyotes, dogs, eagles… I flipped on the porch light to see my precious calico pacing back and forth in front of the door! I opened the door and she couldn’t get in fast enough! She rushed to the food bowl, as she had missed her supper and began to chow down. I picked her up and gave her the once over, she looked fine. I crawled back into bed asking Paul if this parenting thing was really for us, as we had just lost track of our cat! Ten minutes later Lucy joined us in bed and I promptly fell asleep.

This morning she was her normal happy self, so she must not be holding a grudge against us too bad! What a night!

Week 33

Total weight gain/loss: -23.5
Next appointment: May 13th
Maternity Clothes: 100% pants, but still wearing a lot of my pre-pregnancy tops… they’re stretchy…
Stretch Marks: Honestly, I’ve stopped looking.
Sleep: Pretty good most nights. When I get up and can usually fall back asleep pretty easily.
Belly button in/out: In
Movement: Saturday was NON-STOP!
Food cravings: I haven’t really been craving anything lately, but I am pretty proud of myself for making supper 2 nights in a row!
Contractions: nope
Best moment of the week: Spending most of the day on Friday with my mom at her house just hanging out. We spent a lot of time talking and I got to look through my boxes of baby stuff that she organized for me. After my appointment that day I also stopped into see my sister down in surgery. LOVE visiting with her – wish our lives would slow down a little so we can spend a day together!
What I miss: wine
What I am looking forward to: Upcoming Doctor appointments – I have been assured that there is another ultrasound coming up!
Milestones: Have started thinking about packing up a bag for the hospital and getting the diaper bag packed!

Baby's now the size of a honeydew!
Things are heating up inside as well: Baby may grow up to a full inch this week alone, and his brain is developing like crazy. Pretty soon, he'll be able to coordinate breathing with sucking and swallowing. Also, his bones are hardening, and he's started to keep his eyes open when he's awake.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Week 32

Total weight gain/loss: -24.0
Next appointment: April 30th – this Friday!
Maternity Clothes: yep! and my mom converted a few more normal pants to put into the rotation!
Stretch Marks: Honestly, I’ve stopped looking.
Sleep: I am in a lot of pain at night – rolling over or getting up are big ordeals… I did have another baby dream the other night, this time it was a boy, and Paul wasn’t there… I had to text him to figure out what to name the baby. Like I said, wei-ird…
Belly button in/out: In
Movement: I have started doing kick counts. Some days it doesn’t even take 10 minutes to get the 10 movements… others, close to 2 hours.
Food cravings: I think Paul’s cravings are way more interesting… I haven’t been craving anything lately.
Contractions: nope
Best moment of the week: Baby shower at the Eppen’s. We got lots of great things! I can’t wait to get them all home and organized!
What I miss: sleeping
What I am looking forward to: Appointment on Friday.
Milestones: changing table is put together!

On a side note, the whole idea of giving birth is starting to freak me out. There are just so many unknowns, and I like to know what I am getting myself into. I am also curious about how Paul will react to the whole process… Yep –freaky stuff!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Baby Shower

Wow – so I am totally failing at the blogging thing! It has been a week since my last post, but being out and about every day last week didn’t help! I hope to get you all caught up on a few things today.

On Sunday, some very special friends celebrated the upcoming arrival of Baby L by gathering to host a shower for me and Baby L. There are not words to describe this group, but they have been a critical part of my life for many years. Our shared 4-H experience is what brought us all together, but amazing friendships have kept us together all these years. These are the wonderful people I spent hours at the fair with – feeding, watering, cleaning, and showing livestock, playing cards, playing tricks, talking, and laughing. We worked hard and we played hard. Our parents all became friends too. These are God’s people – always willing to lend a helping hand, celebrate with you, cry with you. I love them.

And of course I forgot to take pictures. So I had my first baby shower and have no pictures to share. Typical!

But Baby L received many great gifts! I can’t wait to get everything organized and set-up!

Speaking of getting things set-up, we had a bit of a snaff-foo with the crib! Paul opened the box to start putting it together on Saturday and the crib in the box was NOT what we had ordered! I double checked our receipt against the label on the outside of the box, but the crib inside the box was not what it was supposed to be. So I called the store and Paul had to take it back on Sunday. Now we have to wait for the new one to come in - what a hassle!

Congrats to T, R, & J as they welcome little Max Allen! He came a few weeks early, but everything looks good – can’t wait to meet him!

And a belly pic… to make up for not having any shower pics… :)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Week 31

How your baby's growing:
This week, your baby measures over 16 inches long. He weighs about 3.3 pounds (try carrying four navel oranges) and is heading into a growth spurt. He can turn his head from side to side, and his arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath his skin. He's probably moving a lot, too, so you may have trouble sleeping because your baby's kicks and somersaults keep you up. Take comfort: All this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy.

Total weight gain/loss: -24.7
Next appointment: April 30th
Maternity Clothes: yeppers! So comfy…
Stretch Marks: Nothing that wasn’t there before!
Sleep: Pretty good – but the dreams are getting wei-ird…
Belly button in/out: In
Movement: all the time. I can definitely tell when Baby L is sleeping and wake. Lots of rolling and flying elbows and feet!
Food cravings: milk and I am definitely more thirsty.
Contractions: Just more Braxton-Hicks
Best moment of the week: Paul watching my stomach move one night… he was amazed.
What I miss: being as mobile as I used to be – I get tired out pretty fast.
What I am looking forward to: First baby shower on Sunday afternoon with all the 4-H ladies! Can’t wait!
Milestones: making a few more purchases!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Week 30 Check-up

I just got home from my 30-week check up. Today I was seen by Dr. Saul, the only male Ob/Gyn in Red Wing. I really liked him. So far everything is perfect, blood pressure is great, urine is clear, growth is right on track and heartbeat is normal. All good things to hear. Baby L was moving around alot when he was trying to find the heartbeat, which made me laugh... probably a sign of things to come.

My appointment was at 4:30pm. When I checked in I was roomed right away, then waited 45 minutes for the doctor to come in. One reason why I like morning appointments! I didn't have any plans, so I didn't care that much... and I got a sticker for waiting... too funny.

I am off to the Regional WELS Handbell Festival this weekend with my mom and the rest of the choir. Im sure it will be lots of fun, but a long day of ringing on my feet!

Have a great weekend! M

Thursday, April 15, 2010

down in the dumps...

Wow - I have been in such a funk the last few days. It all started on Tuesday when we met with our financial advisor and discovered that some of our plans are just not going to work out. We can afford to have a baby. We can afford to buy a home. But we cannot afford to do them at the same time. I seriously cried the whole night. We have been saving like crazy for the past 3 years and have some really good money saved up, but our monthly expenses with the baby will still be more than our incomes. After scrimping for 3 years I am at a loss as to where we can continue to cut... It's just a bummer.

I didn't sleep very well last night, so I have been dragging most of the day. Add to that the fact that the office is very warm and I just had lunch. I need a nap!

My last complaint is that I am starting to feel uncomfortable. Everything hurts and is sore and I feel huge. I realize that this baby has to double in size yet before it is born, but I can already tell a difference from a week ago.

OK - enough complaining. I am going to put on a happy face now. :) ... and I will get around to that picture... sometime!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Week 30

How your baby's growing:
Your baby's about 15.7 inches long now, and she weighs almost 3 pounds (like a head of cabbage). A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds her, but that volume will decrease as she gets bigger and takes up more room in your uterus. Her eyesight continues to develop, though it's not very keen; even after she's born, she'll keep her eyes closed for a good part of the day. When she does open them, she'll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision — which means she can only make out objects a few inches from her face. (Normal adult vision is 20/20.)

Week 30

Total weight gain/loss: -24.7
Next appointment: April 16th – this Friday!
Maternity Clothes: bottoms – 100% tops – 50%
Stretch Marks: Nothing that wasn’t there before!
Sleep: pretty good once I get comfortable enough to fall asleep.
Belly button in/out: In
Movement: Lots, and it always makes me smile.
Food cravings: milk … which reminds me that I need to get some on my way home today!
Contractions: Just more Braxton-Hicks
Best moment of the week: Being at Camp Counselor Training – I will miss camp this year… tear.
What I miss: not having heartburn
What I am looking forward to: Finding out if Baby L is a girl or a boy! …still looking forward to this and getting VERY curious!
Milestones: heartburn like none other.

Perhaps it is time for a belly pic? hmmmmm...

Holy Heartburn Batman!

Wow – what a way to start week 30! I spent the weekend sleeping on a camping cot in a cabin… not super comfortable, but I was so worn out each night from all the activity and fresh air that sleeping really wasn’t a problem! I have slept in this same cabin for a few years now at camp and appreciate the bathroom in the cabin… until this year when it wasn’t working! So off I went several times each night across camp to empty my bladder – it was a brisk walk! Regional 4-H Camp Counselor Training was a lot of fun and I am super sad that I won’t be a part of camp this year due to Baby L’s arrival. I know I will be busy with other things, but I will miss my favorite activity of the 4-H year.

Heartburn is crazy! I have never had heartburn before, but now it happens on a daily, sometimes more than once, basis. Tums have become my friend! It doesn’t really matter what I eat either, I think it is just food in general since my stomach is getting squished into a smaller size. It hasn’t kept me up at night or anything, but it is annoying.

70 days until our due date… that is just insane! I cannot believe that Baby L is already about 3 pounds in there, although I can feel the weight more and more each day. Getting comfortable to sleep is getting harder and harder, but when sleep comes it is good.

We continue the house hunt. We looked at one yesterday in Mazeppa that was a very nice house, just too small. I actually asked, “where’s the rest of it?” We are going with our realtor on Wednesday to look at a few more. Paul is also rethinking the one in rural Lake City that we looked at this winter that is still on the market. It might be worth it to go look again now that all the snow is gone.

Week 30 update coming up!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Week 29

How your baby's growing:
Your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 pounds (like a butternut squash) and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. His muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and his head is growing bigger to make room for his developing brain. To meet his increasing nutritional demands, you'll need plenty of protein, vitamins C, folic acid, and iron. And because his bones are soaking up lots of calcium, be sure to drink your milk (or find another good source of calcium, such as cheese, yogurt, or enriched orange juice). This trimester, about 250 milligrams of calcium are deposited in your baby's hardening skeleton each day.

Total weight gain/loss: -26.1 (I weighed EXACTLY the same at this appointment as I did at my last)
Next appointment: April 16th
Maternity Clothes: yeppers!
Stretch Marks: Nothing that wasn’t there before!
Sleep: The cool air coming the open windows at night has made sleeping so much better! Even is Paul says he is freezing… I am sleeping wonderfully!
Belly button in/out: In
Movement: I can feel kicking now in response to sounds – like if I put the laptop on my legs and turn on music, Baby L starts moving around.
Food cravings: milk
Contractions: Just more Braxton-Hicks
Best moment of the week: Spending time with family for Easter
What I miss: drinking wine at Easter dinner with everyone else.
What I am looking forward to: Finding out if Baby L is a girl or a boy!
Milestones: nothing this week that I can think of…

Sunday, April 4, 2010

He is Risen! Alleluia! Happy Easter!

Oh how I love Easter! The amazing news that Christ is risen and will raise us all on the last day is so comforting and fills me with peace. I hope all of you had a blessed Easter as well!

My Easter weekend started with my 28 week appointment on Friday afternoon. Honestly, these appointments seem like such a waste of time... 45 minute drive to Red Wing, 5 minute appointment, 45 minute drive home. It is reassuring to hear Baby L's heartbeat and have any questions answered, but it makes for a long day. How many more of these before they start getting more exciting?

Friday night we attended the Good Friday service at our church and then had an impromptu supper of pizza at Carrie and Perry's. My 18 month old nephew Chase kept us all entertained!

Saturday we headed to Zumbrota early to prep Easter breakfast with the Luther Leaguers. They were good help and we got everything done. Then it was off to have lunch with 2 of my best friends, Sarah and Lisa. It was so good to catch up on what everyone is up to and just laugh. I lived with these fine ladies for so many years, (Lisa - 5, Sarah - 2) it is hard not having them just down the hall to talk to!

I had my first delivery dream on Saturday night. Baby L came out a girl! We will see what this means for the future!

Happy Easter everyone! M

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Week 28!

Total weight gain/loss: -26.1
Next appointment: Friday
Maternity Clothes: I live in them.
Stretch Marks: Nothing that wasn’t there before!
Sleep: The last few nights weren’t great thanks to being sleeping in a hotel on a pull-out couch. But overall sleep isn’t a problem.
Belly button in/out: In
Movement: Definitely hiccups and lots of movement. A few more weeks and I will have to start counting kicks daily.
Food cravings: fruit, milk, nothing too specific.
Contractions: Just more Braxton-Hicks
Best moment of the week: realizing that I was feeling hiccups – so sweet!
What I miss: wine and not being tired all the time.
What I am looking forward to: Maternity Leave!
Milestones: hiccups!

"By this week, your baby weighs two and a quarter pounds (like a Chinese cabbage) and measures 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels. She can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With her eyesight developing, she may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. She's also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world."

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Weekend Recap

I am headed out to a work conference for the next few days, so I thought I would get a post in since you won't be getting my usual Monday morning weekly report!

On Friday I headed to the Traveling Treasure Chest Children's Sale in Rochester. I was pretty disappointed at what there was and also the prices. I was able to pick up a front baby carrier for Paul since he really wants one. I also stopped at Savers to see what they had for clothing. Many cute things that were gender specific, but nothing that was gender neutral. So far I have no clothes for Baby L, besides the lucky onesie.

Last night my mom, sister, and I hosted a bridal shower for a friend from our 4-H days, Amy E. It was so fun getting together with all the 4-H families again - we are a LOUD group! It was a full house with about 25 guests, and Amy got lots of great gifts to start her life with John in Colorado!

I will leave you today with a pic of Paul trying out the carrier with one of our cats, Josie. She was not to happy with being stuffed in there, but she tolerated it! Have a great start to your week everyone! M

Thursday, March 25, 2010

A Place to Sleep

Last night Paul and I ventured to Rochester to look into purchasing a crib. I had a 20% off coupon for nursery furniture, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to buy one if we found one we liked. We looked at them all and while I wouldn't say that we fell in love with one, we did find one that we liked and was within our budget. The crib was priced at $279.99 and is what they call a "lifetime crib," meaning that it converts into a toddler bed, day bed, and twin bed. While we weren't specifically looking for a convertable crib, it was hard to find one that wasn't. With the 20% off, plus an additional 15%, we saved $97. Not too shabby if you ask me! We still need a mattress, but I'm sure I'll get another coupon in the next months!

I also had a 20% off coupon for travel systems. After consulting with my mom, we decided to buy the travel system that we wanted at a discount, she would pay me back, and give us the set as a gift. There was a new travel system in the store that wasn't there when we registered, so Paul had to check them both out to see which one he really liked better. He carried both car seats to see which one was lighter and felt better in his hands, he practiced pushing both of the strollers... it was too funny to watch him. We also checked to make sure that the car seats had all the features that the nurses in our classes had told us to look for. Paul finally settled on our original choice for a travel system, so we picked that up too. The original price for the travel system was $189.99. With the 20% off, plus an additional 15% off, we saved $66.50.

We also picked up a set of bottles since I had a coupon for buy one get one free, saving us an additional $13.

So 2 major things out of the way! Now the question is... where will we put this crib ;)