Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Sinking in

Hmmm....allright - so it's just a little bit more real now...

Have a listen:

We were on our way home from the doctor's office and reality sort of gripped me right in the throat for a moment. All this time I think I easily could have convinced myself that I've been making all this up somehow. Tired? that's easy...not enough sleep - Clothes not fitting? Too many Doritoes! Feeling weepy and emotional? hellllooooo period.

But now? Now that some doctor let me hear a "WAHWAHWAHWAH" sound (kinda reminds me of the teacher on peanuts, ha!) and actually said "That's your baby!"

whoooooooooaaaaaaaa...hold the phone. Wee bit too much reality for me today.

I've gained exactly 1 pound...which is pretty sweet - because in all honesty...I could have taken an extra gulp of air before stepping on that scale and it would have made a difference. I can SMELL a cheeseburger and gain 5 pounds, no joke.
Doc says all is going well, it was a good strong heartbeat - and they'll schedule me for an ultrasound in 5 weeks.
Every day that I wake up feeling good I am grateful because I know alot of people who's pregnancies have not been so easy.

While we were waiting...this woman and her husband came in - she waddled in I should say. This tiny itty bitty little thing with this HUUUUUUUUUGE Belly. She sat down and she and the lady next to her started talking - and I heard her say that she was due on Sept. 11th. Holy Moly...that's 8 days overdue - and she looked it. She looked like she just wanted to lay down get that kid O-U-T. Poor thing.

Okay *shiver* , moving on...

Last Sunday, I fell asleep on the bed in the afternoon, and I was starting to wake up when I hear hubs walking down the hall, only to find this:

Yes folks, that would be our DOG and our most alpha male CAT sleeping butt to butt snuggled up against me. I find it interested how the one cat we thought would have the most problem with our sweet puppy has actually taken to her the most. I mean seriously - they're SLEEPING together. And not just that, but Tweak is actually on his back in quite possibly the most relaxed position I've ever seen him. Suuuure, they may act like they're mortal enemies - but now we know the truth. Don't ever let anyone tell you that cat's won't adjust to a new family member because THIS is living proof.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007


Sooo - let's see, what's new?
I'm about 13 weeks along now...all my pants and skirts are uncomfortable and annoying...I sort of just WOKE UP with a belly last week, which is wierd - I thought it was still too early for that...and I'm hoping there is only ONE kid in there. (I know twins are cool and everything, but I'm not sure I'm cut out for that job...) I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow and we'll be listening for a heartbeat so that will be exciting. It'll be nice to know that everything is okay in there. I already feel oddly protective of this little critter and I find myself constantly putting my hand on my belly. I'm thinking I should start doing some belly shots so I can see just how massive I get...hahaha - this is going to be a wild ride. I'm no skinny minny as it is...add a kid to the mix and I feel like I might just topple over forward.
This whole thing has gone so smoothly so far, I feel incredibly blessed. I still haven't gained any weight...still craving fruit - although now it's all about apples - no morning sickness. I'm heading into the 2nd trimester, or the "golden trimester", and I've already noticed my energy level improving, and my dizzy spells have gone away - which is AWESOME because those were a real pain.
This weekend will be a challenge for me because we'll have all 3 of our neices for a couple of days. I love those girls to pieces, but they run us ragged. At 8, 6 and 2...they are so full of energy!

Allright, enough baby/kid talk...

I'm not sure if I mentioned it before...but I did a little barrel garden this year. I planted sugar cherry tomatoes, yellow pear tomatoes, early girl tomatoes, yellow crookneck squash, and zucchini. I also attempted to sprout seeds for different kinds of melons and peppers and peas...but I failed miserably. My seed sprouts became death row rather quickly as they need to be "tended to" daily - lazyness takes over for any plant that needs daily care.
BUT - my early girl tomatoes took off like wildfire and before I knew it, I had a HUGE and wonderful green and leafy plant with noooooo tomatoes on it. My other tomatoes were just growing very slowly and not really doing much either. My squash was pretty much doomed from the start. I had a couple days of hope for them, but eventually they succumbed to my black thumb and have all but shriveled up and died.
So finally about mid-summer, I noticed I had some green tomatoes on all my plants. I kept looking and looking and nothing was happening. I moved the plants around thinking maybe they needed more sun...but nope, nothing happening
FINALLY last week - I had tomatoes starting to turn red! Sunday I had my first big harvest (and did I take a picture? NOPE - because I suck) and I filled a big bag with big red tomatoes, little sweet cherry tomatoes and yummy yellow pear tomatoes...and I sent them all home with our friends. What IS IT about homegrown tomatoes that are so much better than storebought? They have an entirely different flavor - it's completely amazing to me. I've stood out there watering them and just found myself picking and eating little maters right off the vine. The. Best.
I feel like inside me there is this little farm girl in an apron and a straw hat who loves to garden, and enjoy the fruits of her labor...but she gets beat down by the lazy, tv watching bum I really am.
Speaking of anyone else as excited as I am for all the season premiers??? Greys, the new Private Practice, Survivor, Kid Nation, ANTM, etc, etc, etc....
I can't figure out how I enjoyed this time of year before I got a DVR - because that thing is a LIFESAVER. Seriously, if you don't have one...get thee a DVR pronto!

Wednesday, September 05, 2007


So on my last post, Lori asked what Linguica is...and I guess it didn't dawn on me that alot of people don't know what that is - but then I remembered that hubby's family from Georgia came a few years ago, and they had no idea what it was either. (They loved it by the way)
I guess the best way to describe it is like a spicy sausage...but not too spicy, it's just got a bite to it. I guess sort of a cross between kielbasa and chorizo. We usually throw it on a grill in one big link...and then when it gets all crispy and cooked on the outside, you slice it in bite size peices and squeeze lime over the top...mmmmmm, so good. But the regular linquica is usually made from pork and it's terribly high in fat and calories (of course, isn't everything totally yummy?) so I decided to give the turkey linguica a try. It's not the same...but the flavor was good, and I felt better about not consuming all that fat.
I remember as a kid, going to our local farmers market and sitting on the curb eating a bbq'd linguica on a stick...oh wow, what a memory - those things were SO GOOD.
Anyway, I hope that somewhat explains it :)

You ever get that feeling that you could close your eyes and fall asleep RIGHT NOW?
These last couple of days I've really had to fight and struggle to keep myself awake at body just feels heavy and dreary, and I could seriously just put my head down and sleep right now.
I think this whole feeling tired thing has been my biggest challenge so far - it's hard to concentrate or be motivated to do anything other than sleep...which is why I go home and crash on the couch, even though I have all these great intentions of catching up on laundry or emptying the dishwasher.
I must say, hubster has been AWESOME when it comes to helping me around the house - I had no idea he could be so domesticated, but apparantly me carrying his child is a huge motivation :)

This morning I had my first inkling that my clothes are getting tighter. My jeans are just a wee bit snug in the waist...and it's wierd because it's not like I've gained a few pounds and they're tight all over - it's just in the belly. I feel like I've got this little mound...very strange feeling.
My sister in law hooked me up with all her maternity clothes - so when the time comes, at least I won't have to run out and spend a ton of money on new stuff that I'm only going to wear for a short time - I've got a huge storage container full of clothes!
I've actually already saved quite a bit of money on stuff like that - by the time my last neice was born, my brother and sister in law got alot of new stuff for her....and since she's their last one - I got a bunch of hand me downs that are practically brand new. I have a swing, an exersaucer, a papasan bouncy chair, and little saucer carrier thing that you can take to the beach and it zips up with a netting material so the baby doesn't get hit with sand or sun...I also have a little santa suit for Christmas and a baby chick halloween costume.
Instead of a frilly bassinette, I'm going to use a wooden cradle that my mom used with my brother and I - my parents are getting it all cleaned up and put together and then my sister in law is going to sew bumper pads and sheets for it.
As for the bedroom, all I pretty much need is a crib...which my parents are going to buy. We're going to sand and paint the furniture in the room. There is a bookshelf that my dad built when I was about 4 years old...and then we have mark's dresser from when he was a kid...and my desk from when I was a kid (which will be used as a changing table). I kind of like the idea of using our childhood stuff for our own kid...I guess I'm sentimental in that way.
This weekend we're going to the paint store to try and agree on a color to paint the room. Anyone have any suggestions?? I've read that you're not supposed to paint a baby's room yellow because it makes them cry.....hahahahaha - not sure how much truth there is to that. I've been thinking about a white with a tinge of blue. I want the walls to be light because that room is very dark - and I think a very subtle light blue wouldn't necessarily have to be boy related. I'm SOOO not into pink - in fact I can't stand it, so if we have a won't really matter.
I've also toyed with the idea of doing color on just the bottom half and putting a chair rail halfway up - or maybe a simple border of some kind.
Honestly, if it were completely up to me - I'd probably just leave it the way it is, stick a crib in there and call it good. hee!
Sooo, suggestions - I need suggestions, since I'm missing that "decorator" gene.