Monday, April 28, 2008


When we found out we were going to have baby J, Greg and I wanted to tweak a few of our family habits. One of those habits included having regular family home evening. The last few months we have stuck to our goal and it has been amazing. We switch of weeks to teach the lesson and make it a very short lesson because our near future with infant(s) and toddler(s). Last week, we went on a walk, sat down on the bike path, and the above picture is from where we sat. We would have gone on a walk today, but it was cold (i.e. cold enough to SNOW). I don't know, but last time I checked my due date is next Saturday which is in MAY. May= spring, not summer. I digress, we are so grateful for the chance we've had to grow closer because of my pregnancy and through re-establishing our FHE. We are ready to have this baby and can't wait to welcome him to our family!

A Tale of Two Aunts

Two of my aunts, within days of each other, sent these questionnaires and I thought it would be fun to post them on the blog. I tag anyone who reads this and wants and/or has the time to fill them out.

The first one is called: One Word. All answers are one word--no exceptions!
1. Where is your cell phone? table
2. Your significant other? patient
3. Your hair? crazy
4. Your mother? opinionated
5. Your father? hard-working
6. Your favorite thing? family
7. Your dream last night? contractions
8. Your favorite drink? chocolate
9. Your dream/goal? eternal
10. The room you're in? living
11. Your ex? irrelevant
12. Your fear? snakes
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? post-wisconsin
14. Where were you last night? bed
15. What you're not? amoral
16. Muffins? fresh
17. One of your wish list items? baby
18. Where you grew up? StL
19. The last thing you did? FHE
20. What are you wearing? maternity
21. Your TV? TiVo
22. Your pets? future
23. Your computer? HP
24. Your life? worth-while
25. Your mood?
26. Missing someone? Yes
27. Your car? prepared
28. Something you're not wearing? shorts :(
29. Favorite Store? Target
30. Your summer? busy
31. Like someone? exponentially
32. Your favorite color?
33. When is the last time you laughed?
34. Last time you cried? Sunday
35. Who will/would re-post this? Meg-bo

Questionnaire #2: 2008 Get-to-know-you!

1. Occupation: Pre-K Teacher--- soon-to-be mommy

2. What color are your socks right now? black with multi-colored polka-dots.

3. What are you listening to right now? Bringing Home Baby

4. What was the last thing that you ate? Reese's dessert bar, oh heaven...
5. Can you drive a stick shift? not yet---one day...
6 Last person you spoke to on the phone? Gma
7. Do you like the person who sent this to you? I absolutely love Nett!
8. How old are you today? 23 3/4 years old
9. What is your favorite sport to watch? baseball, basketball, football, and golf :)
10. What is your favorite drink? chocolate milk
11. Have you ever dyed your hair? 10 years ago
12. Favorite food? right now---Chocolate milk and anything Greg is willing to cook :)
13. What was the last movie you watched? Meet the Robinsons (funny stuff)
14. Favorite day of the year? Any day with a great memory
15. How do you vent anger? Talk about it with Greg
16. What was your favorite toy as a child? Clue & Twister
17. What is your season? Summer
18. Hugs or Kisses? why can't I have both?
19. Cherries or Blueberries? Cherries
20. Do you want your friends to email you back? I love getting email letters, and depending on the forwards I like those too
21. Who is the most likely to respond? anyone
22. Who is least likely to respond? anyone
23 Living arrangements? my husband, soon-to-be-born son, and me in a lovely apartment twice the size of our old one
24. When was the last time you cried? Sunday during primary
25. What is on the floor of your closet? Shoes, laundry basket, and carpet
26. Who is the 'friend' you have had the longest that you are sending this to? well, since my mom reads the blog and she's known me since I was a zygote I would have to say her
27. What did you do last night? tried to sleep through irregular contractions
28. Favorite smells? fresh fruit, cookies, or muffins
29. What inspires you? Greg, those I love, & the gospel
30. What are you most afraid of? Not living up to the potential I know I'm capable of
32. Do you have pets? does Greg count?
33. Favorite day of the week? Every day when my shift ends and I see Greg
34. How many states have you lived in? 7

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

This IS a drill

So, we went to the hospital this weekend. Here's the rundown:

I has irregular Braxton-Hicks contractions on Saturday. It was uncomfortable, but since they weren't regular we decided nothing was happening. Sunday was a different story. The contractions started coming 20 and then 15 minutes apart before church. We made it through sacrament meeting while allowing a few seasoned mothers give me looks and mouthing questions like "are you okay" or "are you having contractions." Later that evening, we heard that rumors were going around that I was in labor, or some version of that, by the end of the three-hour block.

Once we got home I called the doctor's office and they said to go to the hospital when my contractions were 5-10 minutes apart for at least two hours. By this point, the contractions progressed to every 10 then 5 minutes apart. The nurse on the phone told me that it sound like we were having a baby sooner rather than later. So, Greg gave me a wonderful blessing and we packed for our journey.

Three hours later---full of regular contractions---we went to the hospital. In triage, they hooked me to a monitor to check baby J's heart and my contractions. The nurse then asked me on a scale of 1-10 how bad was the pain from the contractions and I said "um, half maybe one." Now, I really hadn't thought about it the whole day because I figured if my contractions are coming regular, then it must mean TRUE labor.

After I said that out loud, I felt silly for coming to the hospital because then the inevitable was about to happen. They did 'the check'---after a full day of contractions--- nothing had progressed or changed since my last doctor's appointment. GRRRR.... I felt so silly.... the nurse reminded me it was better safe-then-sorry to come then not to come. What we learned from this experience is that we are both really excited and really anxious for baby J to come (and we now have everything ready to go). I also learned from my mom that the women in my family tend to have regulars BCs for up to a month before the baby's born. Fun stuff. However the bottom line is... we're ready...

FYI: my most recent appointment was today and between Sunday (last time I was checked) and today I am now dilated to a 2.... AND... the contractions haven't stopped... AND... I'm waddling more... AND... I totally feel way pregnant... AND... I really don't want to be pregnant anymore... I guess that means baby J's grand entrance is just around the corner... OH.. and I can't wait for my mom to come on the 7th... yay for Oba. :)

Sunday, April 13, 2008

The Nursery

I finally took pictures of the nursery. I didn't want to take pictures of the nursery until it's 'done,' but then I realized it won't ever be as done as I would like it. The wonderful chair is the only thing that's not in the nursery because we thought it would be more practical to have a regular lounge chair for the same price as a nursery glider. But, for those who will be visiting, there will be one rule for the chair: the one with the baby gets the chair. :)

So, without further procrastination... here's baby J's nursery.

8 months and...

He's getting big and running out of room...

He loves to stretch and give his mama no breathing room...

I'm dilated to a 1 already...

and I'm technically 'full-term' starting Saturday...

Almost there... need I say more?

Thursday, April 10, 2008

One more month

For all those keeping track, my due date is one month away... count them... 30 days!!

My latest doctor's visit was today. We're both doing great; baby J is head down and I'm already 'progressing.' THIS IS NOT A DRILL!!!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Conference Weekend

Gweg and I had a wonderful conference weekend. We were able to watch all of conference--- Gweg hooked up my computer to our TV and we were able to watch through BYU TV internet. Gweg even went to priesthood while I went for ice cream with the girls! The talks were incredible; I want to try my best to do as President Monson and 'incorporate the counsel' and 'be more determined to live the gospel principles.'

The only part we missed was the solemn assembly at the beginning (grocery shopping took a little too long). I was really bummed; so I stood and rose my hand to the square later in the day because as long as Heavenly Father knows I sustain President Monson and Elder Christofferson in their callings, then I'm happy.

Anywho-- we had a wonderful weather weekend in Wisconsin, so I wanted to go for a walk between sessions on Sunday. Gweg thought he knew a perfect place to go. In the beginning, it was wonderful. We went to a beautiful conversatory and thought we'd do a quick lap. Halfway through we realize that the 'quick lap' was a five-mile lap. Now, I hadn't gone on a five-mile hike since we went to Yosemite a few years ago and I didn't think I would be eight months pregnant the next time I did it. It wasn't that bad, except for when baby J decided to go crazy against my organs and tendon in my hip. An hour and a half later, we were really proud of each other for finishing and got home just in time for the last session to start. Oh man, I'm really starting to feel 8 months pregnant. The above picture is of us when we got home after the hike.


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