Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Project 52: Date 11

This weekend we had a simple date and watched a movie.  We usually watch movies on our XBox from Netflix.  It usually takes us forever to pick a movie.  Jesse likes to look at all the categories (at least twice) before making a selection.  We finally decided to watch The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas (because it wasn't going to be available past September 1st).   We've had this movie in our queue for at least a year but never found the time to watch it.
The movie is about a German boy who befriends a Jewish boy inside a concentration camp.  This movie (it was based on a book) explores a horrific subject and time in our history.  The movie was very good.  Jesse and I were speechless when it was over.  The movie was not what we expected.  I definitely recommend this movie but it is not easy to watch.  It's emotionally demanding.  It is a movie that I'll never forget.  

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Monday, August 30, 2010

34 Weeks

How Big is Baby: 4 3/4 pounds and almost 18 inches long
Sleep: Not bad.  I was very tired this weekend and thankfully Jesse allowed me to take a couple of naps.
Best Moment of the Week: Putting Emily's crib together
Movement: She's been abusing my ribs this week.
Symptoms: BIG belly.  I keep running into things.
Food Cravings: Mexican food
Gender: Sweet baby girl
What I'm looking forward to: Meeting our dear Emily

I can't believe I'm 34 weeks! The end is almost here and we have so much more to do.  My night stand looks like I'm trying to cram for a final exam. ha!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Picture Frame Dry Erase Board

I have an overwhelming need to get organized (nesting).  I've been wanting to do an organizational wall and have a perfect spot in my kitchen for it.
The first project I did (with my mom's help) was to turn that picture into a dry erase board.  Ashely at Make It and Love It has a great tutorial on how to make a picture frame dry erase board.  It's a very easy project.  I found this great black and white material at Hobby Lobby and thought it would be perfect for the wall.  Here's my finished product. 
 It's so cute, but you can see the problem right?  You can't read what we wrote on the board.  I so I hot glued a sheer piece of white fabric over the black and white fabric.  Problem solved.  Now you can see the pretty fabric and read the board at the same time.  
Then I covered a dry erase pen with the fabric and used Velcro to attach the pen to the side of the picture frame.  Perfect! 
This was a super cheap project.  The only thing I had to buy was fabric.  Next up, a cork board. 

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Busy Morning

When I made my OB appointment for 7:30 am this morning it seemed like a good idea until...this morning. Jesse had to cover the desk at 7 and Liv and I needed to leave the house at 7.  So we were very busy this morning.  So busy that I dropped my hair dryer in the toilet.  Yikes!  Thankfully it wasn't plugged in yet.  Poor Liv not only had to get up early but she also had to eat her breakfast in the car.  Although she didn't seem to mind.
My appointment was great.  My blood pressure was 122/70.  Emily's heartbeat is around 140 and I'm measuring at 34 weeks.  Everything is right on schedule.  I go back in two weeks and then I'm there every week until we meet Emily! We can't wait.  During dinner tonight I asked Jesse what our plans are for this weekend.  He said "nesting".  Sounds good to me!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Stitches Free

Olivia finally got her stitches out today! Yay! She was suppose to get them out Monday but the cut hadn't healed enough so her doctor had us wait two more days.  Let me tell you getting stitches removed is so much better than having them put in. Ha!
Olivia and I stopped at Sonic for a celebration Cherry-Lime Slush.  I think she's addicted.  After awhile I had to hide the cup.  I think I've created a monster.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Project 52: No Date

Unfortunately life got the best of us last week and we didn't have a date.  Since Olivia got her stitches Jesse and I have been taking shifts watching the stitches her.  She also hasn't been sleeping very well so neither have we.  Hopefully we can find time this weekend to have two dates and get back on schedule.  We definitely need it.  The stress from this past week has really gotten to us.

Monday, August 23, 2010

33 Weeks

How Big is Baby: She's around four pounds and 17 inches long.  The size of a pineapple. One of these days I'll take a belly shot.
Sleep: I've been sleeping great.  Olivia not so much.  So we've had some long nights lately.
Best Moment of the Week: Shopping for Emily
Movement: Very active.  My doctor told me that my placenta is up front so I shouldn't  feel that much movement. Ha! Friday I thought she was going to break my rib!
Symptoms: Reflux in the middle of the night and my belly is getting huge!
Food Cravings: None this week.  I've not been very hungry.
Gender: Sweet baby girl
What I'm looking forward to: Meeting sweet Emily!

I've been doing some shopping on Etsy for Emily.  It's so addicting.  I could spend the whole day just window shopping.  This week I got her two cute items.
I got her this cute newborn hat with seven interchangeable flowers.  I think I might get her another one that's 3-6 months so I can keep using the flowers.  I got them from Always2Crafty Linda.
Infants don't need shoes but how could I resist these adorable booties?  I love them! They're perfect for this fall and winter.  I got them at Twenty Second Street Crafts.  I've also got my eye on these cuties!  Actually I love all her stuff!
Shopping for little girls is so much fun.  I also have lots of little onesies I want to make for the girls over the next few weeks.  

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Family Dinner

Yesterday we went to my Sister-in-law's for dinner.  Olivia loves playing with her cousin Brody.  While we were there I made sure that I held Delaney so I could see how Olivia would react to me holding a baby...she ignored us.  However I doubt that's how she'll react once Emily arrives.  We had so much fun.  I just wished they lived closer.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Snuggle Day

Yesterday I stayed home with Olivia and smothered her with love and attention.  I also kept a close eye on those stitches.
We spent the day in our pjs and did a lot of snuggling.  It was a great day!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Two Stitches

Wednesday evening started out like any other evening.  Jesse and I got home at the same time.  He changed Olivia's diaper and put her in "after school" clothes while I put on my pjs.  Then Jesse started prepping for dinner while Olivia and I sat in the dinning room and read a book.  She ran out to the kitchen to show Jesse her book and as she was coming back to me it happened...she tripped and fell right onto the corner of our brick hearth.  I immediately scooped her up and ran into the kitchen.  There was blood everywhere.  As soon as I saw the cut I knew we were going to the ER.

When we got to the hospital we signed in and thankfully they called us back immediately.  By that time the bleeding had stopped and Olivia was just in a daze.  The triage nurses were wonderful.  They explained everything to Olivia and were careful not to upset her.  Plus she got two stickers for being so good.  I almost started crying while we were in triage.  Olivia was sitting in Jesse's lap while they got her vitals and she just looked so small and fragile.  Later Jesse admitted that he got very emotional then too.
They got us settled into a room and after a few moments the doctor came in to examine Olivia.  He told us that it would take about 20 minutes to numb the area.  Once that was done he would be able to tell if she needed stitches or glue.
Olivia didn't like the numbing solution or bandage.  Jesse had to wear a glove while he put pressure on her bandage so his fingers wouldn't get numb.  The doctor turned out the lights hoping that Olivia would relax and fall asleep. Ha! Thirty minutes later he came back with two nurses and a back board.  They swaddled Olivia in a blanket and strapped her to the board so he could examine her cut.  It was torture seeing her like that but it was the safest way for them to work on Olivia.  Unfortunately the cut wasn't smooth and he had to use stitches.  The doctor made us sit while they worked on Olivia so we wouldn't get in the way.  While he stitched her up I stared at the wall and cried.  I must have been a complete mess because the nurse asked me three times if I was okay.  Jesse watched everything the doctor did.  He was much braver than I was.
Olivia got two stitched.  We have to wait five days before they can be removed.  Our job over the next five days is to make sure she doesn't take her stitches out.  Apparently kiddos Olivia's age take them out.  Once we got Olivia home and fed she was acting like nothing happened.  She took off two bandages before bed so I camped in her room all night to keep an eye on her and her stitches.  I don't plan on going back to the ER anytime soon.

I take comfort in knowing that Olivia will not remember this experience (but we'll never forget it) expect when we show her pictures.   I'm so thankful that she didn't cut her eye and will hopefully only have a tiny little scar above her eyebrow.  It could have been so much worse.  It's amazing how quickly things can change.  Thankfully God was watching out for Olivia and she only ended up with two little stitches.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Project 52: Date 10

Jesse and I had the pleasure of attending a wedding this Saturday.  I think a wedding is a wonderful date for couples.  It gave us the opportunity to reflect on the day we got married and the vows we made to each other (almost ten years ago).  We're so excited for the newlyweds and wish Derek and Heather a lifetime of happiness.

For more information about Project 52 check out Simply Modern Mom.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Moving on Up

Olivia's highchair is gone and now she's using a booster seat.  She's such a big girl!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Project 52: Date 9

Project 52: Date Nights logo

This week we had our date Monday night.  Since my parents are in town we were able to go out and do dinner and a movie.  We went to Olive Garden for dinner and then watched Inception.  The best part of the date was that it was free.  We had gift cards to Olive Garden and movie passes.  If you haven't seen Inception I definitely recommend it.  It's very good! It's been awhile since we've been to the movies and I was shocked that we had to pay $4.75 for a bottle of water.  That's insane! Next time I need to remember to carry a bigger purse.

For more information about Project 52 check out Simply Modern Mom.

Monday, August 9, 2010

31 Weeks

How Big is Baby:  She's over 3 pounds and is 16 inches long. 
Sleep: I've been working so hard this week that I've actually been sleeping through the night. Yay! 
Best moment this week:  Crib shopping 
Movement: I don't think she ever stops moving.  
Symptoms:   Heartburn 
Food cravings: Sonic's Strawberry Lemonade.  I got one every day last week and developed a mouth ulcer from all that acid.  
Gender: Sweet baby girl! 
What I am looking forward to: October 5th.

My mom is in town this week so she's helping me get a lot of projects done around the house and projects for Emily.  I'm amazed how laid back I am this time around.  When I was pregnant with Olivia we had her room done and cars eat installed by now.  This time around Jesse and I just decided what room will be Emily's and started looking at cribs.  We have eight weeks before she arrives and so much to do but I'm sure it'll all get done in no time.  

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Busy Times

Life has been super busy these past few weeks.  Not only have I been swamped at work but I've also spent my evening making pickles (lots of pickles) and freezing corn. Now I'm preparing to can peaches this week.  Thankfully my parents came into town last night to help out this week.  Since they got here I've been keeping them busy with projects and Olivia.  I have a huge to do list that I'm hoping we can get through this week.
Even though we're all busy busy this week Olivia is just sitting back and enjoying all the attention.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Project 52: Date 9

Our date this week was our much anticipated babymoon.  We took an overnight trip to DC to watch a baseball game.  It was a wonderful time for Jesse and I to reconnect before Emily arrives.  I recommend babymoons to everyone.  Since this is our last baby it's our last babymoon.  I guess we'll have to come up with a new name for parent only trips.

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Babymoon: Part 3

The next morning we were planning on going to the modern art museum but my feet were still swollen from the game.  So we decided to take it easy.  A friend suggested Logan Tavern for brunch but they were still closed so we went a couple of doors down to Commissary for breakfast.  It was very yummy.  They are a "green" restaurant and have a great "big picture" philosophy.  I definitely recommend it if you're in the area.

When we got home we were so happy to see Olivia.  I think she was happy to see us too.  She had a wonderful time with her grandparents and learned how fun it is to feed the dog from the dinner table.

* Note to self* Make sure you double check the hotel room before you check out.  I left my laptop cord and of course my laptop is dead.  Unfortunately the hotel hasn't found the cord so we have to order another one.  Oh well.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Babymoon: Part 2

Jesse wanted to get to the game early because they were giving away bobbleheads.  So we jumped on the Metro and headed to the stadium.  It's important to note that the last time we were in DC it was late June Jesse made us walk everywhere.  We walked over 30 blocks to the Smithsonian.  So this time I refused to walk more than six blocks at a time and that's how far the Metro station was from the hotel.  Perfect!  Jesse wouldn't let me take a picture of us on the Metro because he didn't want us to stand out.  Ha!
Once we got to the stadium all you could see was red.  Both Philly's and National's fans were in red.  We wore black in support of the White Sox.  The stadium opens center field early so fans can watch batting practice.  So Jesse got his bobblehead and we watched practice.
Once they opened the rest of the stadium we got some food (stadium food not so yummy) and found our seats.  We had great seats directly in the sun. Yay! Thankfully by the time the game started the sun was behind the stands.
The game was great and dramatic til the end.  There were a lot of Phillies fans at the game and they are serious about their team.  They're very vocal about their support. Ha!
After the game we headed back to the Metro and ran into this crowd.

Yep everyone was going to the Metro.  I think it took us 30 minutes to get down there.  Once we did there was a train waiting and cops yelling at everyone that they had to get on the train.  We walked up to the front of the train and were happy to find seats.  

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Babymoon: Part 1

Jesse and I had our babymoon this weekend.  For those of you that don't know what it is, it's a romantic getaway that parents take before the baby arrives.  Some people go to tropical resorts but we make ours an overnight trip.  For Olivia's babymoon we went to Philadelphia in the dead of winter to see a Metallic concert.  We had a great time even though it started snowing after the concert while we were trying to find a cab.
For Emily's babymoon we decided to go to DC and watch a National's game.  Jesse is a huge baseball fan and has been wanting to see the new stadium. Since July is Jesse's date month he planned the entire trip. So Saturday morning Grammy picked up Olivia and we headed to DC.

Now Jesse is very protective and worries a lot about Olivia.  Since this was our first overnight trip he wrote out Olivia's schedule for his mom.  Note at the bottom he reminds her not to allow her near chocking hazards, sharp objects and electricity.  Haha!!
We arrived around lunchtime and and checked into the hotel.  We stayed at one of Jesse's corporate hotels, Comfort Inn on 14th NW and M St.  The GM of the hotel set us up in a whirlpool suite but the AC wasn't working so we happily moved to another room.  This is my second time staying this hotel.  It's so small and cozy.  The elevator is super tiny and only five people can fit on it at a time.  How cute is that!
For lunch we walked a couple of blocks over to Logan Circle and ate at Thai Tantic.
It was a nice little restaurant with yummy food.  I of course got pad thai and Jesse got yellow curry.  I've had pad thai at many different restaurant and this was the healthiest tasting pad thai I've ever had.  Most the time it is very heavy and oily but this was light and refreshing.  Jesse loved his curry.  He also got a Thai beer that he said was very good.  I'm sure we'll eat there again next time we're in town.
After lunch we went back to the hotel to rest.  At first I was a little disappointed that Jesse didn't plan an activity for us before the game but as usual Jesse proved that he knows me better than I know myself.  I was happy to have some rest before we headed out to the game.  Sometimes I forget how slow I move these days.