Saturday, December 27, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Oh, my my. I am quite the pregnant person. In the last week, I've heard many comments confirming this fact. "You're due February 1st? Because you're really big already" is my personal favorite.
As Juno so adequately put it "the only thing in your stomach is taco bell" so everyone needs to step off - I'm creating a miracle and I need some space to work.
Anyway, these fun pictures are from a holiday dinner with some friends at Diane and John's place on Sunday. It was a really good time and Ed and John had fun plotting ways to send me into early labor in advance of January 1st so we could secure a tax break for the year.
Of course, Diane then made me promise to do everything I can to avoid giving birth early since they will be traveling at Christmas and in the early part of January. LOL
Monday, December 8, 2008
Seriously, we did learn a lot and I think it was a good class to attend and I'm glad we went... and I'm equally glad that it's over.
Friday, December 5, 2008
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I may not kill my husband...
Pros: Soft, Comfortable, Strong Seams, Good Support
Best Uses: Prenatal, Bedroom
Describe Yourself: First Time Parent
...because I am well-rested!! This pillow rocks the house. I was unable to sleep comfortably on my side without getting a bad crick in my neck and shoulder. I kept waking up and could never find a comfortable spot, until this pillow! I am 32 weeks pregnant now and feeling really uncomfortable. But, this pillow understands my needs.
Others commented that there is no room for husbands in bed with them when using this. That's true. But, mine left for the couch back in the second trimester when the first body pillow showed up. I miss him. It's a good thing I have this pillow to keep my company.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with our friends Diane and John and company and have enjoyed a relaxing long weekend together.
I have to relay a funny conversation from last night, though. Last week, the doctor asked if I have experienced any Braxton-Hicks contractions and explained that I would feel a tightening across my abdomen (but no pain) and that my belly would feel hard all over. Last night, I think I *may* have had two of these and came in to the living room to keep Papa Bear in the loop. Hilarity ensued:
H: "I think I may have just had some Braxton-Hicks."
E: "No, you DIDN'T, Girl! Sit down. You need to relax."
H: "I am relaxed."
E: "You need to relax more!"
H: "Honey, Braxton-Hicks contractions aren't anything to worry about at all. They don't bring on labor and they don't even hurt."
E: "YOU ARE NOT HAVING ANY CONTRACTIONS OF ANY KIND!"
I can't wait to see the audience reaction when we take this act on the road... to say, the hospital, in a couple of months. LOL
Monday, November 24, 2008
Today, it was all capped off when Grams got to hear Chloe's heartbeat at the doctor's office.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
This weekend, my little Phi Sig legacy and I went to my alumnae chapter's Founders' Day. It was a beautiful event and a good time was had by all. At some point, though, I caught my profile in a full length mirror and didn't recognize myself! It's all for the little one, but still caught me off guard. Earlier in the weekend, I realized that I can't remember the last time I could look down and see my feet. LOL
In any case, the event raised lots of money for the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation, brought collegiates together from 6 chapters, hosted a bunch of alumnae, and featured Foundation Executive Director, Nancy "Nash" Hay (below left). It was a terrific day.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I look at the gay marriage issue and simply don't get why someone would feel that their own marriage is cheapened by gay people they don't know having the same marriage license. If people really feel that way, maybe it's time for couples counseling and they can just leave the gays out of it. Part of me also looks at it through the lens of my marriage. If Ed and I lived, met, and fell in love 50 or 60 years ago, we'd be allowed to get married, but we would also live in fear that ignorant people so assured of their own destiny in heaven would find it appropriate to physically attack us.
But, I'm spinning off topic. Obama has done what no one thought he could do 2 years ago and I'm absolutely thrilled. I really believe that he is the best leader for our country and an incredible role model for our little one.
I had a great time watching some early returns with the crew from Shorr, Johnson, Magnus (my old firm). Although I don't miss the field as a career, it was great to catch up with so many friends and colleagues and to live in their world for an evening.
Yesterday was a bit challenging, though, because I had my next round of oral surgery. Many of you know that I was the victim of a car accident last December when a driver hit me as I was crossing the street (in the crosswalk, with the light). Knock wood, but I was largely fine - the main damages were a destroyed tooth and a chipped one. The bad tooth was removed in April in a horrific, three-hour ordeal (in which I was wide awake and crying). Thankfully, yesterday was not nearly as bad. It was about an hour, but it was still invasive and still difficult (especially since I can't take pain meds stronger than Tylenol). However, during the procedure, all of a sudden, I became very scared for no real reason. It was an irrational burst of panic and I felt alone and petrified and didn't know if I could withstand it. There was no reason for this as I wasn't in pain and I got to thinking how when I'm in labor, Ed and Diane will be there to help me or hold my hand or talk to me. But, in yesterday's situation, everyone in the room was using both hands to work. Plus, I was so wrapped in with all the drapings that I couldn't have reached a hand out to someone anyway. When I thought that I really couldn't take it any more, I felt a soft kick.
Believe me, it wasn't the kick of which she's capable. This little girl is getting really strong and can wallop me if she wants to do so. It was gentle and she repeated it throughout the surgery and it was more than enough to help me calm down and not feel so alone. I was so thankful that she was with me and for the first time, felt like she was just as capable at caring for me as I am for her.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Then, Sister Anne (an old friend from pottery who, yes, is a nun) tried to kidnap her. Chloe said "bye, Mommy" and I called the police who said "Ma'am, I don't know if you're aware, but there are thousands of Phillies fans crowded onto Broad Street right now, so we're kind of busy."
Monday, October 27, 2008
But, I'm drawing a line in the sand. He's going to get the baby at the end, too. So, he should have to drink this disgusting stuff, too. I call "no fair."
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Wow - another 3-Day is now over - it's hard to believe how fast the weekend went. For the first time, Mel and I were able to participate on the event together, which was a real treat. She inspired me to first get involved 3 years ago, so it was very special to share this time together. Another first: this was a new experience for both of us on the volunteer crew. We had a terrific time with an awesome group of volunteers on the Camp Services crew.
This team worked tirelessly all weekend long to ensure a great experience for the walkers when they were in camp. And how did I fare being 6 months pregnant? Well, I will say that working 14+ hour days followed by tent-camping in 30 degree weather was probably not my best career move. However, our team was a terrific source of support and really made sure I didn't over do it. Much thanks to Tim, our leader, and to all of the wonderful people on Camp Services. Everyone made a point to wish me a Happy Birthday on Saturday, surprising me in a sing a long after lunch. And for the first time, Ed was able to come and see the 3-Day Camp. He visited with me on my break on Saturday and really enjoyed the opportunity to experience the mini-city that is our camp... and the chance to wish me a Happy Birthday. You've all made this a weekend worth remembering!!!
Monday, October 13, 2008
It's quite embarrassing to be caught whispering to yourself in the hallway: "Please move your head for Mommy."
Maybe Ed is right that she doesn't have enough room in there! LOL
I also can't believe that it's the 24th week! Just three more months until she arrives? I can't believe it.
PS. Thanks to Barb for loaning me her breast pump! Now, I just have to take the next three months to convince myself not to be scared to use this contraption. :)
Friday, October 10, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
But, I also had an absolutely fabulous surprise in the same setting. One of the grantees from my program presented me with a gift on Friday: a handmade set of newborn hat and booties that she knitted for BT! I was truly touched by her thoughtfulness and will take a photo to post. The set is really adorable. When I got home from my conference, I set the gift bag on my night stand so I could look over at the little hat. Too cute and much appreciated!!
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
BT's first trip to the zoo was yesterday and she couldn't even enjoy it! Baby's First Philanthropy was the walk at the Philadelphia Zoo for the National Kidney Foundation. Phi Sigs were out in force to support the event and it was a really fun day.
In completely other news, today is our first wedding anniversary!! This means that it was one year ago today that Ed and I took our vows to each other... and it also means we can finally get the year old cake out of our freezer. We plan to celebrate on Saturday night, but I explained to him that we each have to have at least a bite of ancient cake tonight or our marriage is destined to ruin. Either he believes in the tradition or he's afraid of questioning his hormonal, pregnant wife. But, either way, he agreed to chow down tonight.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Then, he did his impression of the way the baby looked on the ultrasound screen (how I wish I had a picture for you) and I said, "Well, darling, that's the fetal position... and she's a FETUS, so I think she's fine!"
Ed was right! When we went to the ultrasound appointment on September 15, we found out that we're having a little baby girl! We are both so excited and I began immediately searching out cute pink outfits online.
It was fantastic to see her on the ultrasound screen. The detail is amazing - not only could we see her heart, but we could see all 4 chambers of it. We saw her organs and her tiny feet and hands and she looked just perfect. Ed now truly believes me that there is a baby in there!