Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Closer and Closer...

We have done so much in the past few days!!!  Saturday night, Jason put together the swing AND our new glider (sooo comfy)!  I find myself hanging out her room, rocking away, wishing she was here already. :)

 Then, Sunday morning, with the help from Gwen's Welo, the chair rail went up.  And let me just say, I think the room looks perfect!!

Then, today (Wednesday), Jason called from work and said that he had a surprise for me & Baby Gwen.  He came home at lunch with a box from Gwen's Grandma (Jason's mom) and inside was her bedding!!!  I was sooooo excited!  I love it so much and am so thankful.  Of course, I had to put it up right away... even though we haven't bought a mattress yet (we will soon).

Thanks Grandma Mary!

We are getting SO close to finishing the room, it's so exciting.  I can't wait for the day her room is complete with her in it!  Only about 12 weeks to go... hopefully less.

Now we are just gearing up for a relaxing 4th of July weekend (Jason really does deserve it!)...  then it's back to work, lol.

Hope everyone has a Happy and Safe 4th!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Working for the Weekend

Since our summer is starting to get pretty busy, we decided to stay home this weekend and try to finish the chair railing in Gwen's room.  After measuring out the room and consulting with professionals (Gwen's Welo), lol, we headed to Lowe's to pick up the supplies that we needed for our current project.  We bought 2 twelve foot pieces and 3 eight foot pieces.  As you can see below, for them to fit we stuck them out the sunroof, and headed home.  Well, we were just a mere 3 blocks from our house when, *SNAP,* and then there were 5 eight foot pieces.  Haha.  Needless to say, Jason went back to the store this morning and returned two of the original smaller pieces and bought 2 new longer ones.  :)

And he was so happy in this picture :)  His face was NOT this happy 10 minutes later.

Today, the chair railing was painted, and tomorrow morning at 9am, with some help, it is going up!!! Yay!  We cannot wait to see the finished product!

Jason was a busy little bee today, working so hard for his little girl.  Not only did he paint the chair rail, but he put up the curtains and new blinds, installed the light switch cover, and is currently putting together her swing (our first registry gift, Thanks Aunt Jane & Uncle Tom!).

 Here is a picture of the new curtain and blinds. 

 I found this company that makes custom light switch plates and outlet covers (Yes, we are a bit obsessed), but look how great it looks!  They are so fun!  Hopefully, the outlet covers will be here this week. 

Wish us luck for tomorrow, we will definitely document all the fun! 

Love you all.

Let's go USA!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Holy Heifer Alert!!!

So today was my monthly visit to Dr. P (sans Wiley, although we did talk about him as usual), and my Glucose Test, which tests for Gestational Diabetes.  I had to chug (w/in 5 min.) 10 oz. of bright orange, super sugary, and might I add pretty gross, liquid.  Then exactly one hour later a blood test was administered at Dr. P's.  Now, we wait for the results.  Actually, this office only calls when the tests results are not good... so no news is good news.

After my test, we had our normal visit, and found out that this little lady gained 7, I repeat, s-e-v-e-n pounds since our last visit (4 weeks ago).  Now, I'm just kidding, I now that this is completely normal and on pace for my pregnancy, but what a shock!  I have NEVER gained like that. Lol.  So, I am up a total of about 12 lbs... and to think, last weekend I was in a bikini!!!!! :)

All is well with Gwen, we are both right on track.  We go back see the Dr. in three weeks instead of four (b/c we are getting closer to due date), and we have to schedule our next ultrasound for about three weeks from now.  Can't wait to see her again! 

Here's my latest bump pics, thanks to Hubby.  I am 26 weeks, 5 days... almost into the third trimester (ahhh, the home stretch).

And here is the frontal pic I have been promising.  See, the belly button hasn't "popped" but it is certainly far from its starting location. 

We hope that everyone had an enjoyable Father's Day!  Jason had a great time celebrating his "almost" Father's Day, can't wait until next year, Gwen and I will certainly make it special for him!

All our love to you.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Mommy-To-Be Quiz @ 26 Weeks :)

  • How far along? 26 Weeks, only 14 left (hopefully less!)

  • Total weight gain/loss:  Haven't checked since my last Dr. Appt.  But, will find out next Wednesday.  Let me say that I definitely do NOT feel light on my feet, lol, tying my shoes is now something I dread. :)

  • Maternity Clothes:  Haven't bought any recently, but I am always on the look out.

  • S t r e t c h ..... : I am slowly removing this question.  I should change it to, How much Cocoa Butter have you gone through this week.

  • Sleep:  Well, minus the one night Charlie visited, I have been doing rather well.  Actually better than normal, because my awesome cousin helped convince Jason that Wiley would like a crate! YAY! (Thanks Sherri & Keith).  I have been having a bit of an achy back though, but nothing too bad. 

  • Best Moment of the Week:  The other night just as we were settling into bed, Jason put his hand on my stomach to see if Gwen was moving, and she started going crazy!!!  It was like she was showing off for him.  I would say that it was a solid five minutes that she was dancing for her Daddy.  And even funnier is that as soon as he took his hand off and I put my hand on, she stopped!  She's a Daddy's Girl already! :)

  • Movement:  She is getting stronger but the day, and I am loving every minute of it!

  • Food Cravings:  Egg Salad sandwiches were a big hit for me this week.  And, I have been craving ice cream more than I normally do.

  • Labor Signs:  None

  • Belly Button, In or Out:  Ok, I promise to put a pic up this week.  I finally took my belly ring out, and it seems like I have less of an innie every day, but still not fully popped.  Wonder if I'm not going to have an outie?

  • What I Miss:  Zuppa de Pesce with a glass of red wine... this is my staple when going out to eat.  I can't wait to be reunited with my long lost friends!!!

  • What I am Looking Forward To:  Working on Gwen's room more, and finding out when our next sonogram will be.  Can't wait to see our little girl again!

  • Weekly Wisdom:  Don't mess with a pregnant woman, haha, she will almost always win (especially if you know what's good for you)!!

  • Milestones:  Painting the room, progress is a beautiful thing.

  • What Is The Baby Up To?  Gwen is soaking up my antibodies, getting her immune system ready for life on the outside.  Her eyes are forming and she'll soon be practicing blinking.  She is now the size of an eggplant.

Monday, June 14, 2010

My New Friend Charlie

This weekend we had a lot going on.  Saturday, especially, was a busy day for us, so it was so nice to hit the hay finally at around 10pm or so.  I have to say that even though I was not in my own bed, I was sleeping rather soundly, until approximately 3am.  That was when I SHOT up out of my much needed slumber and started screaming in pain!!!  I know that I scared the crap out of Jason, he must have thought that I was going into labor, or that something was wrong with Gwen and I.  Nope... just a good ole Charlie Horse! Ugh!  I know that I have had Charlie Horses before in my life, but THIS was intense!!!  It lasted a good minute or so, and is still tight (2 days later), before I was able to flex and massage it back to normal.  Boy, oh boy, was I caught off guard.  I don't even remember the last time that I had one, but I hope that there is a 10 year span between this visit from Charlie and my next. Lol. 

After I got home, of course I started researching Charlie Horses and Pregnancy, and there it was under Causes: Pregnancy.  Just lovely :)  Right away I began searching for ways to prevent them, and if you know me at all, I am taking ALL precautions!!!  I do not need something like that attacking me in my sleep... especially when a good night sleep is what I need now, before the baby comes. 

Hoping peaceful nights are ahead...
Lots of love.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Moving along quite nicely...

We have made some SERIOUS progress in Gwen's room!  Last weekend, we decided to stay home and get painting... well Jason did, I supervised, only because I couldn't really be around the paint.  We can't get over how much we love the new print (Bubble Gum by: Bananafish), and we found the perfect colors for the walls.  We decided on Pink Destiny for the top half and Greenhouse Tint for the bottom, with a white chair rail in the middle. 

Here is a before picture, with the room all taped out:

With the Pink Destiny done...

Both colors done, and tape removed... Love it!

The Bubble Gum curtain against the two colors, it really looks perfect! (At least we think so)

Here is our cutie pie's crib (Parker in Cherry by: Da Vinci)

We also bought new heat/sun repellent plantation blinds in White, hope to get them both up soon.

So, it seems we are just sailing right along!  Although, I have to admit, I just want to keep going and going until the room is done.  I LOVE seeing a finished project.  But, Rome wasn't built in a day, Lol!

Tons of love to you.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Mommy-to-Be Quiz @ 24 Weeks!

  • How far along? 24 Weeks (6 months)
  • Total weight gain/loss:  About 5 lbs, not bad, but def will be gaining more...
  • Maternity Clothes:  I have more Maternity pants than shirts, and dresses.  But, the pants still don't fit me exactly right.  Thank goodness for the warm weather, because I am now enjoying all my comfy non-maternity sundresses! :)

  • Stretch Marks:  I really should just delete this part of the questionnaire!!!

  • Sleep:  I have now realized just how dependant I am on my Boppy.  I went one weekend without it, and my nights were miserable!  I'm very sorry Boppy, I will never leave you home again!

  • Best Moment This Week:  Receiving our new curtain and LOVING it!  And buying paint for Gwen's room... Pink Destiny and Greenhouse Tint.  Can't wait to start painting, well actually can't wait until Jason starts painting (b/c I can't). 

  • Movement:  So much!  I think it is hysterical that she seems to like getting up as early as Wiley!  5am he is whining to go out, and she is dancing away... If only they could let Mama sleep in every once in a while ;)

  • Food Cravings:  Watermelon, and other fruits, but I am staring right now at two huge watermelons waiting to be cut and devoured!  And sweet corn still, but who can resist sweet Jersey corn?!?

  • Labor Signs:  Nope

  • Belly Button:  Still an innie, and still have my belly button ring in (holding on to it as long as I can).  But my belly button definitely is changing... I'll take a pic this week of my belly from the front and not just the side, and you can be the judge.

  • What I Miss:  Being able to eat from the Raw Bar.  There is nothing like good clams on the half shell in the summer... but I'll just make up for it next summer, or even right after Gwen's arrival.

  • What I am Looking Forward To:  Painting and putting the crib together finally.  I can't wait to see her room start to come together, just means that we are one step closer to meeting our little girl!

  • Weekly Wisdom:  I learned this from my Mom at a very young age, and I never thought that this would be the time that it would be most useful but, USE THE BATHROOM BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE HOUSE. Haha.  There's nothing like being stuck in traffic, preggo, and having an extremely full bladder!

  • Milestones:  6 months pregnant;  Deciding on a scheme for the nursery, and buying paint;  Getting our crib.

  • What is the Baby Up To?  Gwen's skin is becoming more opaque as the fat starts to pack on.  And, thanks to the formation of small capillaries, her newly thick skin is taking on a fresh pink glow.  She is now the size of a Papaya!