Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Week Twenty-Nine

Week twenty-nine gave us the opportunity to go to a bridal show with my sister and mom ... that was quite the experience. You would think that as a vendor when you saw a guy and a pregnant girl wearing wedding bands walking around a bridal show you would assume they were married. But not at the Jackson County Fairground bridal show, they just kept asking, are you the bride, do you guys have honeymoon plans yet? We needed shirts that said we are here to carry the swag bag, eat free cake and offer opinions. Geesh. But overall it was a fun afternoon. While we were back in Concord we picked up a bassinet that two generations of my family has slept in. It needed to have a little update before the third generation could rest comfortably, so we added some nice fresh white paint, a new bassinet skirt and fresh new mattress. Now that it is finished it should have at least another few generations of life left in it. Here's hoping the bassinet brings us lots of restful days and nights. Mrs. Whiskers has been quite the curious cat lately, she visits Lilly's room at least once a day and walks the perimeter, investigating the bassinet, the crib, the dresser and the curtains. Then she plops down in the middle of the room and takes a nap facing the doorway. We are not too sure what she is thinking in that kitty brain of hers. Last week when we were taking pictures for the 28-week mark, she couldn't keep away from the activity, so I wrangled her into a picture with me.

29 weeks: Baby is the size of a butternut squash
Your baby is as big as a butternut squash, weight wise -- about 2 1/2 pounds. (Length: a tad over 15 inches, head to heel.)

Friday, February 18, 2011

Week Twenty-Eight

Week twenty eight was highlighted by a trip to the Dr's for a check-up and ultrasound. We started the appointment with the required glucose test, which I didn't think tasted half as bad as I thought it would, then we spent 45 minutes with the ultrasound tech. We weren't originally scheduled for another ultrasound during the remainder of our pregnancy, but since I had a low lying placenta, it gave us another sneak peak at Lilly. Everything looks great and my placenta has moved into the appropriate place for a natural delivery. Lilly now weighs 2 pounds 8 oz .. right on track, she should be about 3 pounds at 30 weeks. She has already rotated head down and the Dr. doesn't think that she will move out of that position before delivery, but it could happen. During the ultrasound she was very active due to the glucose test, so the tech had a really hard time getting pictures of her face, plus her face is facing my spine so that made it even more difficult. We are now schedule to go back for a check-up every 2 weeks, I have a feeling with the increase in appointments the Spring is going to fly by. As if seeing our little one wasn't enough of a Valentine's week treat, Matt surprised me with flowers and the diaper bag that I had been coveting. I am super excited to start packing it up with essentials! My how much Valentine's Day has changed from getting excited over romantic bobbles to now getting geeked over a new diaper bag. We ended our week celebrating our friend Daryl's birthday in Grand Haven. I have to say I couldn't appreciate the smoking ban more, it was so nice to be able to visit any establishment and eat and converse without worrying about Lilly's health. I am sure the pizza tasted better, just because of the fresh air.

28 weeks: Baby is the size of a Chinese cabbage
Your baby is equal in weight to a Chinese cabbage -- about 2 1/4 pounds. (Length: almost 15 inches, from head to heel.)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Week Twenty-Seven

Week twenty-seven has me feeling a little stir crazy, I am not sure if it is the sun that we have been enjoying post blizzard or if it is large amount of time that we have been spending indoors. Whatever the cause I have been looking for reasons to get out of the house and do things. Although it is not much of an outing, I have been souring ads looking for good prices on diapers and wipes and making the rounds to stock up. We have also been spending time looking for wall art and organizational items for the nursery, I see a trip to IKEA in our near future. We were planning on taking a short trip to Chicago for a birthday party to enjoy a night out, but that was foiled by the blizzard, so instead we stayed close to home and went to a new restaurant/brewery with some friends - probably the best burger and fries I have had in a long time. Lilly continues to grow, I know this because her foot is constantly in my right rib cage and I figure she must be running out of room in the large comfortable part of my uterus. I would hate to admit that she is stubborn and just likes her foot there, especially since it is not a pleasant feeling for me. This week marked the end of our birth class and I am sad that it is already over. I seriously could go once a week until our delivery and find it helpful, but I guess a 15 week class is a little bit much. We are scheduled for a hospital tour and breastfeeding class in the next month so, that should be interesting and helpful - I am curious to see how the information varies from source to source. In other news I made it through my yearly contract renewal process and I am so happy to be done - it is quite the process of preparing a portfolio of teaching and research materials, having your colleagues review them, answering any questions that they have and then waiting for them to vote for approval. The upside, we did have cake to celebrate, so Lilly was not complaining and now I have another year to prepare for the next renewal process. Which, I might add I plan to do from our new sectional that was finally delivered. We ordered it back around the 1st of the year and have patiently been waiting for its arrival. Temporarily we set up the futon in the family room and I was so over sitting on it. Now, Matt and I and about 4 other people can relax in comfort on cozy gray couch. I took a trip to Field's Fabric and found some great coordinating fabrics that I plan to make pillows out of and recover my trusty old Poang chair. Ahh ...I love the idea of a new project! Although, Matt is dreading the day in the near future when I come home with new carpet and paint samples ... it will happen.

27 weeks: Baby is the size of a head of cauliflower
Your baby is as hefty as a head of cauliflower, weighing in at almost 2 pounds. (Length: about 14 1/2 inches.)

Friday, February 4, 2011

Week Twenty-Six

Week twenty-six has been a work around the house week, I know I said I was going to take a break from house projects, but I just can't help myself. I am still doing a good job staying away from heavy lifting and toxic chemicals, so that seems like a success for me. We finished painting Lilly's room and we have some cordless blinds due to arrive any day, valances are half way complete and we have gotten some ideas for wall art. It finally feels like her room is starting to come together. We have also been doing some work in the upstairs bathroom, we have plans to completely gut and remodel at some point, but for now we are making some changes to make it bearable. First up in the bathroom was the daring move to paint some faux marble counter top, the original color was a soft pink, coral, cream combination that looked very dingy and dirty. The process was going smoothly until Mrs. Whiskers evaded the barricade and jumped onto the counter top while it was still wet, she was quickly put in the tub to remove the paint off her paws, while we worked to remove the fur and paw prints from the paint. It appears we were able to save the counter top and with a few more coats of paint, it should improve the look drastically. We are working on solutions for the orginal 1950's black and white tile and we are torn between putting a thin coat of new grout down or using a grout stain to make it look refreshed. The verdict is still out as to what the best process will be, lots of people have lots of different opinions. Hopefully, after a few more days of work I will have some pictures of our progress. Outside of our recent projects we had the chance to celebrate Erin's birthday, we had a delicious dinner at Outback followed by cake from Arnie's bakery - it is not quite the same as a cake from the Concord Bakery like we had every year while we were growing up, but a close second. My favorite were the red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese fluffy frosting... yum!

26 weeks: Baby is the size of an English hothouse cucumber
Your baby is as tall as an English hothouse cucumber and weighs about 1 2/3 pounds. (Length: 14 inches, head to heel.)