Baby D Makes Three

born December 27, 2012

Bump Update: 27 Weeks

How far along? 27 weeks

Baby’s size: cucumber (15 in., 2.2 lbs)

Total weight gain: 18 pounds

Maternity clothes: yep

Stretch marks? no 🙂

Sleep: it has not been good. or restful. and I’m in pain when I get up.

Best moment this week: baby girl’s nursery is pretty much done (post to come)! we have paint on the walls, floors in, baseboards in, blinds in, and furniture put together. all that is left is decor. and a rug. a rug is going to be very important to cut down some of the noise.

Food cravings: still loving milk this week.

Food aversions: nothing

Gender: american girl

Symptoms: backache, fatigue, HUNGER, mood swings, headaches

Belly Button in or out? still in

Wedding rings on or off? off

Happy or Moody most of the time: happy happy. but I have had a couple of irrational mood swings.

Looking forward to: we are taking a baby basics class this week so we will learn what to do when we bring baby girl home.

What I miss: sleeping on my stomach

Movement: oh yeah, she is an active one. J has felt her a couple more times now 🙂

Doctor’s appointment: we had one this week and it went great. we saw baby girl open and close her eyes. it was pretty incredible. and she has the cutest nose! our next one will be in a month

what a difference 10 and 20 weeks makes, right?

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attack of the pregnancy brain


do you keep rice in the house for something other than trying to dry out electronics? I had a pregnancy brain night last thursday. our cpr class was canceled so after working out, I decided to do some laundry. I had the basket, and my water bottle, and my cell phone, and not enough hands, so I just decided to drop my cell on top of the laundry basket thinking I would see it right on top before I started the laundry (are you seeing where this is going?). I got downstairs and there were a couple of things in the living room that needed to go in the laundry, so I scooped them up and threw them in the laundry basket too (yep, burying my phone). got to the laundry room and dumped the basket in, started it up and went to do dishes. about 10-15 minutes later my brain went: where did you put your phone when you started the laundry?! and I panicked. ran back to the laundry room to stop it. J dug his hand around, and sure enough, out came my phone. I was SO mad at myself! we quickly got the battery out and got it in a bowl of rice but it was no use. even after 24 hours of sitting in the rice, it could not be revived.

immediately after that, while cooking dinner I did this:

yep, tapped my arm on the inside of the oven, causing that pretty burn. it was a pretty awful night.

the lucky part of the story? J and I had been talking for months about canceling our cell phone insurance. we have never used it. and we didn’t see the point in keeping it. but we were both forgetful/lazy about this and never did cancel it. thank goodness! it only cost $99 to replace the phone instead of $400. and it was a pretty painless process. ordered the phone online on friday evening, and it arrived on monday. happy to have it back. J’s comment: “don’t wash this one, it’s already clean.” thanks honey 😛


Bump Update: 26 Weeks

How far along? 26 weeks

Baby’s size: eggplant (9.2 in, 2 pounds). so wasn’t she an eggplant last week? apparently this week she is just a slightly larger eggplant. I am feeling slightly cheated out of a new fruit/veggie 😛 although, 2 pounds! you go girl! keeep growing in there.

Total weight gain: 16.5 pounds

Maternity clothes: still rocking the stuff that I can that isn’t maternity: the skirts, and dresses. shirts are pretty much all maternity at this point, and pants for sure are, or at least I wear my beband with the nonmaternity versions. as the days are getting shorter, I’m starting to realize the cold is fast approaching. I’m realizing that while my summer wardrobe pre-pregnancy has been pretty pregnancy friendly with all of the stretchy skirts and dresses, my winter wardrobe is not going to be. my main staple for winter are the sweaters that I live in. most all of them are tight fitting. hmm. I guess winter is going to bring a whole new challenge to getting dressed 😛

Stretch marks? no 🙂

Sleep: not comfortable, or nearly enough. I have been dragging for the better part of this week. I can’t remember the last night where I didn’t wake up at least 5 times (usually at least once to use the restroom, 2-3 times to readjust the pillows or roll over – which now takes effort and planning :P, and at least twice to massage out a leg cramp).

Best moment this week: we took an infant, child, and adult cpr class which was very informative, and makes me feel so much better about bringing baby girl home. J and his dad measured and cut the baseboards for the nursery, J and I painted them, now we just have to wait until they dry before nailing them in. also, baby girl’s nursery furniture came! as soon as the baseboards and blinds are in, we can put it together.

Food cravings: milk has been really yummy.

Food aversions: nothing this week

Gender: everything nice

Symptoms: frequent urination is back, I am SO thristy too. I feel as if I’m dying of thirst even as I’m sucking down a 24 ounce glass of water. I’m sure this is not helping with the frequent urination either. backache, leg cramps, and fatigue for sure. I’m getting tired more quickly and more frequently.

Belly Button in or out? it’s shallow, but it’s still in

Wedding rings on or off? off

Happy or Moody most of the time: feeling pretty happy

Looking forward to: the second half of our cpr class on wednesday, our doctor’s appointment on tuesday, and working more on the nursery.

What I miss: being able to go to target without my back killing me.

Movement: oh yeah. she is really active. which comforts me a lot. however, she has started to abuse this mama’s bladder which can be uncomfortable.

Doctor’s appointment: on tuesday. can’t wait to see my baby again 🙂

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fortune cookie predictions

friday september 14th, J and I had chinese for dinner. usually I get the really stupid fortune cookies that say things like “your good personality will be rewarded sooner or later” and I feel all cheated because I love fortune cookies even though I rarely get a good one. well friday’s was different. I cracked open my cookie and found: “prepare yourself for a change of events in your personal life.” ok. that one I can dig. because we are. then J opens his and finds: “The current year will bring you much happiness.” hmmm. now we are getting more into fortune territory. are you telling me, mighty fortune cookie, that this baby will for sure be born in 2012? I think you are. so I post this photo on facebook. because if there is no social media proof, it did not happen.

and my father-in-law comments and says: “we had chinese today too…and my fortune said ‘remember 3 months from this date…good things are in store for you!’ ”

so apparently, according to fortune cookie predictions, little girl will be born on December 14th. anyone want to start a pool? she will be full term by that point and hopefully healthy, so I wouldn’t have any problems getting her a little early.


letters to my baby

dear baby,

there are stories I want to tell you. not just the make-believe kind, although, I can’t wait to tell you those also. but the real life kind. these are our stories. the stories that make up who we are, why we are a family.

four years ago today, on September 20, 2008, your daddy took me on our first date. and we haven’t been apart more than a couple of days at a time since. as I got ready for him to pick me up, I remember thinking to myself, that this could be the last first date I ever go on. and by the end of the night, I knew it would be. I knew on that first date that I would marry him.

we didn’t have to play games. we didn’t play it safe. we jumped in with both feet. and baby girl? it was the scariest, most thrilling thing I had ever experienced up to that point. I was so used to playing by the invisible dating rules, I was unsure how to navigate those uncharted waters. but it was worth it. letting myself fall head over heels in love with your father, within a matter of days really. it was risky. some said it was stupid. but it was the best decision I ever made. because while love is a delicious feeling I hope you experience fully, it is also a decision. a decision to be kind, and loving, and generous, and passionate, and thoughtful. even when you don’t feel like it, or you don’t like the other person very much in the moment.

your daddy was the first man to treat me the way all women deserve to be treated. I wasn’t sure I deserved it. I wasn’t sure I was worthy of your daddy. but he patiently proved that we were worthy of each other. he showed me that someone could truly love me for who I really am. and that I could love someone for who they really are.  and I am so thankful he did. because if he hadn’t, I wouldn’t have him. I wouldn’t have you.

baby girl, I pray that as you grow up, your daddy and I teach you well, so that when your turn comes, you will know what love and marriage should look like. so when it’s time to tell your story to your babies, you will have what I have. so much joy in your heart it makes you cry. and so much love to share, it can be painful. most of all baby girl, I pray that you will know how much your mommy and daddy love each other, and how much we love you.

~first we had each other. then we had you. now we have everything~


your mama


what I wore wednesday #2

I had fun last week linking up with The Pleated Poppy so I’m doing it again. here is what I wore to work in the past week.

wait, what? a dress and my hair is down? all in the same day? rare 😛

dress: ross like 6 or 7 years ago (not maternity)

sandals: target

my department threw a staff appreciation luau so I ordered this dress from old navy’s maternity line to celebrate. it was a total mumu. until J suggested I use a ribbon from a differnt dress to belt it. I loved the result. plus it is COMFY.

dress: old navy

sweater: walmart

comfy monday.

shirt: motherhood maternity (purchased second hand at once upon a child)

capris: old navy maternity (purchased second hand at once upon a child)

shoes: target

shirt: old navy

skirt: old navy (not maternity)

flip flops: charlotte russe

I remembered to take cell phone pictures in the bathroom all 5 days! go me.

shrit: old navy (purchased second hand from once upon a child)

skirt: old navy (not maternity)

shoes: converse

another week down 🙂

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hospital tours and prep classes

on saturday we took a hospital tour. whoever came up with the idea to do hospital tours is a genius. both J and I feel so much better prepared for when the big day finally comes. we know that we can just head straight up to the labor and delivery floor (we even know where to park and where the elevators are). and we are pre-registered now, so none of that nonsense. we also know that our visitors will need to know my full name to get in because there is a security door to get on the labor and delivery floor. this makes me feel so at ease. not because any of my visitors will be crazy, but other people’s could be 😛 also if someone is coming to visit me in the hospital, they should probably know my name, right?

there was a fun group dynamic on the tour. pretty stereotypical actually, but it entertained hubs and I, so that was all the better. the black couple where the woman is having her second child and the man is having his first (total assumption). he was very grossed out by the thought of the baby being placed straight on mommy’s chest right after being born. he was all “you clean it off first right?” with this look on his face like he wanted to throw up. priceless. the teen mom there with her own mom. the over the top ghetto latina woman who didn’t understand why her young (probably 5 years old) daughter couldn’t just come chill with her and her husband as she gave birth. the tour leader was patiently trying to explain that her husband would be busy helping her through labor, and another adult would need to be with the little girl to take care of her needs (i.e. hosptial staff are not babysitters lady!). and the couple who waited WAY too long to go on this tour. she was already full term and super neurotic. she about had a panic attack when she learned there are two postpartum rooms on the floor that are shared rooms. in near hysterics, bright red face she explained she cannot possibly recover while sharing a room. chill out lady. they aren’t asking you to labor with someone else. and really, how much rest do you actually get in a hospital anyway when nurses are constantly checking on you?

overall, I am so pleased with the hospital and the labor and delivery unit, in particular. the one concern I have is that you aren’t allowed to plug anything in there, which means no charging of batteries for important things like cell phones and cameras. they have iPod/iPhone docks that will charge a phone so J ordered an adapter from eBay that should allow our phones to work with that and hopefully they will charge, but if not, our family will be getting VERY few and far between updates on how my labor progresses as our phones die very quickly. we would basically have to say, checked in this room, phones are going off…baby was born, phones back off 😛

we are taking infant, child, and adult cpr and first aid tonight and thursday through our parks department. we are also registered to take pretty much all of the classes our hospital offers over the remainder of the pregnancy. here is what the baby class calendar looks like for us 😛

9/18 – cpr

9/20 – cpr

10/02 – baby basics (what to do when baby comes home with you)

10/16 – a moveable feast (breastfeeding)

11/7 – great expectations 1 (learning all about childbirth)

11/14 – great expectations 2

11/28 – great expectations 3

12/5 – great expectations 4

hopefully by the time little miss arrives, we will feel fully prepared and will not panic. do I hear laughter? a girl can dream 😛


Bump Update: 25 Weeks

How far along? 25 weeks

Baby’s size: eggplant (9 in, 1.7 pounds)

Total weight gain: 15 pounds

Maternity clothes: yes and no. see my last post for more 😛

Stretch marks? no 🙂

Sleep: it has not been comfortable, but at least I’m getting some. every time I wake up on weekend mornings and see the sun shining in, I snuggle in and go back to sleep knowing that in a few months, I won’t have the opportunity 😛

Best moment this week: J felt her kick! I was asleep and he told me the next day 😛 apparently baby girl doesn’t go to sleep when I sleep, I just sleep deeply enough that I don’t feel her. we also ordered her nursery furniture and J and his dad have been hard at work getting the laminate flooring put in baby girl’s nursery. she pretty much has a room!

Food cravings: nothing really this week

Food aversions: nothing

Gender: girly girl

Symptoms: backache, leg cramps, fatigue, round ligament pain

Belly Button in or out? still in, but barely. and it hurts now 😦

Wedding rings on or off?  off

Happy or Moody most of the time: been pretty moody this week. starting to get uncomfortable, so that’s not helping 😛

Looking forward to: the nursery furniture coming in and getting it put together

What I miss: sleeping well

Movement: oh yeah, she is moving all the time. I predict a little soccer player 😛

Doctor’s appointment: couple more weeks

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what I wore wednesday

I read Somebody’s Parents on a regular basis and she has been linking up with The Pleated Poppy on wednesdays for a special called “what I wore wednesdays.” it looked fun, and since I sort of explain my clothes in my bump updates, but not really, I am joining in the link up.

I remembered to take cell phone pictures in the bathroom at work 3 times in the past week. for someone with a pretty awful case of the pregnancy brain, I would say that is a success. and also, I’m pretty sure this week I’ve worn pants more often than I have since finding out about baby girl 😛

I’m lucky that I work in a pretty laid back place. pre-pregnancy, I really kept to slacks and dresses and only wore jeans on fridays. as soon as my bump outgrew my last pair of slacks, this changed. I still wear all of the dresses that still fit, but I’ve added in some pretty casual stretchy skirts, and jeans are becoming a more regular staple in my wardrobe. my hair has also grown out just a little, enough for it to cooperate with updos. can you tell? 😛

so here are my outfits for the week:

pretty typical outfit for me. stretchy skirt, and a top that contains the bump. also, the first sweater I’ve rocked. it was actually chilly one morning. the chucks are a new development. I am no longer comfortable in sandals all day at work, I can’t walk in heels anymore, and my flat work shoes are still a little dressy for my everyday work wardrobe.

shirt: Ross like 5 years ago (not maternity)

sweater: American Eagle like 10 years ago

skirt: Old Navy (not maternity)

one of my favorite maternity shirts. it is so comfy and I feel like it is flattering too. always a plus.

shirt: Target clearance

capris: Old Navy (not maternity)

beband: Target

another casual day. hopefully I remember to take a picture when I am actually dressed up for work at some point 😛  these jeans fit GREAT except for the built in belly band. that is too snug. my solution? it’s folded down. because maternity shirts are longer, no one has to know the difference and I am wearing a pair of pants without the beband. win!

shirt: Old Navy

jeans: found by my awesome sister-in-law at a JBF sale.

There you have it. my version of maternity “fashion.”


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Bump Update: 24 Weeks – V-Day!

How far along? 24 weeks. V-Day stands for Viability Day. basically if baby girl was born now, she would have a reasonable chance of survival. this doesn’t mean she is guaranteed to survive, or that she wouldn’t have problems, however; the chances of survival increase with every day after 24 weeks, and the risks of complications decrease. this is so exciting! but keep growing baby girl. you stay in there for at least 13 more weeks when you are full term.

Baby’s size: ear of corn (8.5 in, 1.5 lbs)

Total weight gain: 12 pounds

Maternity clothes: same as before.

Stretch marks? no 🙂

Sleep: been a little better except for the leg cramps. still trying to find a comfortable position to keep me off my back 😛

Best moment this week: registering was fun. and another stranger noticed I was pregnant! we were buying cookie dough at Nugget, and the check out girl totally knew I was pregnant 😛

Food cravings: chocolate chip cookies 😛

Food aversions: nothing this week

Gender: ribbons and pearls

Symptoms: this week I was introduced to two new ones. the pregnancy clumsiness and leg cramps. my hips have also started to really bother me, especially after work. they are very tight, and standing up from chairs is uncomfortable and awkward looking. that backache and fatigue is still there. I could have slept all day most days this week.

Belly Button in or out? still hanging in there

Wedding rings on or off? they are now off. we had a scare on Friday evening where I could not get them off myself. J had to yank them off of me which was painful. there is a possibility I was just more swollen than normal that evening, but I don’t want to take any chances and end up having to have my rings cut off 😛

Happy or Moody most of the time: happy

Looking forward to: I’m sewing a maternity dress right now. I’m hoping it comes together soon so that I can wear it. also, J still hasn’t been able to feel her kick. she is a stubborn one. as soon as he gets his hand there, she stops 😛

What I miss: cold turkey sandwhiches from the Bel Air deli. Mmmm 😛

Movement: oh yeah. loving this.

Doctor’s appointment: three weeks away

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