Sunday, November 30, 2014

Scenes From A Week: November 30

It was another busy - and awesome - week.  The week started strong with a big Monday.  Our blinds were installed (no more wax paper!) and I really love them.  More importantly, we had a successful 20 week ultrasound!  The appointment was about 10 days late, but the results were more than we could have hoped for: everything looks perfect for Baby Special and we're still on track for an April 3 due date.  We got to see ultrasound images of the baby's spine, all four quadrants of the heart, the spleen, the kidneys, etc.  It's truly a miracle, and one that we're not taking for granted.

The rest of the week was a wonderful whirlwind.  It started with a visit from Christine, Jen, Malcolm & Derek on Wednesday, followed by a trip home to CR for Thanksgiving.  Our first stop was at my aunt and uncle's house for "Black Wednesday" as is our tradition.  My mom hosts Thanksgiving every year, and it's one of my favorite days - capped off with our traditional game of Catch Phrase late in to the evening.

After coming back to Chicagoland, we got a visit from my Grandparents (!!) and Aunt and Uncle (along with my parents) and then went to my cousin's 30th birthday.  Today was spent being productive - Scott spent about 4 hours outside prepping our house and lawn for winter, and I spent a similar amount of time working inside.  It was a solid long weekend and I'm feeling ready for the week ahead!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Scenes From A Week: November 16

What a solid week and, especially, the weekend.  On Saturday we spent time working around the house and yard - Scott spent three hours outside on our roof and in the yard, winterizing.  I spent some time inside cleaning and organizing.  We ended the day at a movie theater, checking out the new Matthew McConaughy (Intersteller) which I liked a ton.  (Way less Sci-Fi than I expected).

On Sunday we got up early, and did some holiday shopping before the Bears WIN (thank you Cutler).  We ended the afternoon with our first trip to our town's library and came home with two books each - my commute will be much easier this week because of it :)

This week promises to be a busy one in preparation for a busy weekend.. the holidays are upon us!

new obsession.

not pleased, mother nature.

they were filming the new superman movie in my building!

king of his castle

our bedroom decor is nearly complete

this song was in heavy rotation this week
(shout out to matt for the recco)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Baby Special: 20 Weeks

Weeks:  20.  Yesterday marked the official halfway point in my pregnancy, and I feel such relief at reaching it.  Maybe it’s because my insides don’t really match my outsides (I feel pregnant but don’t really look it yet) that being 20 weeks feels like a real marker.  I’m so happy to be half way.. and especially because that means there is less than half way left until we meet our son or daughter!

Baby's Size:  Baby Special is the length of a banana, and weighs about 10.5 ounces!  This also marks the point in pregnancy where they start measuring head-to-toe (instead of “crown to rump”) which feels like such a milestone in this pregnancy.  This week, baby is practicing swallowing in utero (everything sounds so “mad scientist” but is so incredible really.  Our bodies are works of art).  

Trimester: Second! 

Cravings: None!  My carb-y tendencies are winding down – thankfully.  In the first twenty weeks of pregnancy, it was a real struggle to get 70 grams of protein every day, and drink 150+ ounces of water.  It’s gotten easier and easier over the past few weeks, as my nausea has almost completely disappeared.  I gave up caffeine nearly completely (an occasional glass of tea).  I’m trying to feed my baby as conscientiously as possible, and importantly – try to stay ahead of being hungry.  I think that may be helping my cravings (although ask me again in a few weeks and I may say something completely different :).

How I'm Feeling: I feel wonderful.  My baby is growing (which means that my belly is too) and I’m feeling strong and capable.  I am more emotional than ever (and that’s coming from a girl who routinely cries during.. everything).  But overall I’m feeling very, very good, and there isn’t a day that I don’t say a prayer of silent gratitude.  I have friends who’s pregnancy experiences were much harder than mine has been, and I feel fortunate to have had it so easy.

Movement: None yet.  On Wednesday night (19w 6d) I pulled out my Fetal Doppler Monitor (purchased on Amazon a few months ago).  I had never been able to make it work very well, and had tucked it away for fear of freaking myself out.  Last night I was organizing (nesting, what?!) and came across it.  I decided to give it another try and… BAM.  Found the heartbeat in nothing flat.  Maybe it’s because the baby is bigger and taking up more real estate now?  It was a joyful sound.  Scott came in to listen to it, and then I called my mom on speaker so she could hear it too.  Baby is so cherished already – it’s wonderful.

My thoughts:  I continue to feel excited, joyful and just… in awe.  I feel so lucky that my body has been able to do this –has been able to handle pregnancy so beautifully so far (knock on wood).  I was certainly sick in the beginning – quite sick, I admit – but it wasn’t debilitating and didn’t require any medication.  The past two months or so have been really wonderful.  As baby is growing,  I’m slowly transitioning to maternity clothes (probably 10% maternity, 90% regular at this point) and while I’m still able to wear many of my regular clothes, my body is changing.  I got my first unsolicited belly rub this week (from a dear friend) and it was great… although I suspect I’d be less receptive if it had been someone else:)  I cannot believe that I’m at the pregnancy half way point!  It feels like a milestone that I’ve been climbing towards.
That’s really it.  I’ve just been happy.  Little things seem to matter less, big things matter more. I’ve really been savoring this season in my pregnancy.  The first 20 weeks were very good to me, and I can’t wait to see what the next 20 have in store. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Scenes From A Week: November 9

Another late post, but I'm playing catch up because I really don't want to fall behind.  Again.  Ha!

It was another great week, filled with projects around the house, a Friday off work, and a Saturday baby shower that I hosted for a good college friend.  Looking forward to a quieter weekend coming up, but the busy ones are fun too.

my painter expert mom helped us transform the TV cabinet
from wood to white

homemade kale chips #chefspecial

progress on our nursery (this dresser was mine!)

part of the baby shower spread i put together last saturday

jill, the mama-to-be

"it's a girl" cupcakes

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Scenes From A Week: November 2

A delayed post, but better late then never, right? :)

The week was a good one -my parents were in town for one final "hurrah" on the house before the holidays (holidaze).  Per Scott and my request, my mom painted two really key pieces of furniture for us - our TV cabinet/entertainment system and my old highboy dresser.  It was a dresser that I have used for thirty years (!!) which we were now hoping to re-purpose for our baby.  We painted both a bright white, using gel paint rather than traditional paint, which led to some beautiful results.  They are super glossy and look luxurious and more expensive then they really were :)

Although nearly a week late on this post, I hope you had a wonderful week!

18 weeks and feeling damn good.

new bar stools in our kitchen
the mamaroo is in the nursery!  i'm borrowing this one
from a dear cousin and having it in the nursery is so wonderful
(this week after feeling a bit sick, i went and laid on the bed in the
nursery and smiled as i looked at the mamaroo and the highboy
already in the proper room.  it was a sweet, sweet reminder
through the sickness).  
scott working on our mudroom

my dad and scott, working on our master bathroom

it's official, i'm a grown-up.  (my homemade banana bread).

my mom painted nearly our ENTIRE house.  

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Baby Special: 19 Weeks

Weeks: 19!  Time is flying.

Official Due Date: 4/3/15 – which is less than five months away!  

Baby's Size:  Baby Special is six inches long and weighs a half pound (cutest half pound ever).   It’s the size of a large mango! 

Trimester: Second! 

Gender Guesses: Still thinking blue… This weekend, I worked on the list of products I plan to purchase (or register for) for the baby.  I've selected Target (only) because I only want to do one spot, and they have the most comprehensive list of things I would like - and are easily accessible both in stores and online. If there are things I want from other stores (the crib, for example) then I'll hunt those down and buy them! :)  Anyway, all this to say - my choices are definitely skewing to the boy side.  Some of it might be because I tend to prefer blue/grey versus pink/white in my home, but it was kind of funny to see.  Many of the items that I have earmarked are technically "baby boy" (although they would certainly work if Baby Special was a girl).  
Cravings: None!  
How I'm Feeling: Feeling great and hoping that sticks around.  Probably hungrier than usual (half pound baby?!) but nothing too noticeable.  I did get sick once this week, but it was short lived and I felt fine quickly thereafter.  

Movement: None yet but eagerly awaiting!  My friend Sam didn't feel her son until she was 23 weeks, so I'm trying to be patient ;)  I think so much depends on the location of the placenta, 

My thoughts:  We had a big “push” on the house last weekend with my parents.  Scott, my dad and my mom were just… INSANE.  I cannot wrap my head around how much was completed (with very little help from me).  My parents have given us so many of their weekends (and weeks!) over the summer and fall, and our house has taken such a beautiful shape.  As I told Scott on Sunday night – I just love living there.   This week has been a fun one, with Scott completing little projects here-and-there nearly every night.  I’ve heard that many pregnant women go through “nesting”… well, this is like nesting on crack :)