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Well, we've hit 36 weeks in this pregnancy- yay!

I was hoping I'd be even a little bit dilated but no luck.  Actually, my cervix is still so high that the doc requested an ultrasound to make sure Nate is even head down, which he is.  The exam hurt like a b*%&$ and made me bleed and I think it might have triggered some harder contractions, if that's possible, b/c all of a sudden they're getting pretty intense.

Last night was the worst so far.  The contractions actually woke me up from a dead sleep, which has never happened before.  And they took up more of my belly and low back instead of just the typical lower pelvis. 

I'm actually feeling okay right now.  My pelvic bones are still really sore, but I think mind over matter has been helping- I feel like there's a light at the end of the tunnel so I'm in a better mood.  Oh, plus it snowed last night and today and it's beautiful outside, and I love driving around in the snow.  (Brian made me promise not to be out too long today though in case of accidents and w/ me being preggers and all...aww...)

I still have so much to do to get ready for Nate's arrival:

1. put my clothes away in the new dresser- they're still in the corner next to my bed and that's where the bassinet will be going.
2. move bassinet into room
3. wash baby clothes
4. check out the crib Brian's friend gave us to make sure it's safe
5. get Sophia's new carseat installed so Nate can take hers
6. pack my hospital bag!

and some non- baby stuff:
7. bring up xmas decorations from basement
8. clean out Sophia's diaper pail- apparently even the ones designed to reduce smell get really stinky
9. take some things over to Childish Things in Boulder
10. pick up iced tea packets from Celestial Seasonings
11. send out xmas cards- they're all addressed, I just have to cut the letters and stamp the envelopes.

Well, there's more to tell, but I'm treating myself to a prenatal water aerobics class this morning- can't wait to lay on my belly in the water!!!


I am so incredibly irritated right now that if I actually tell someone how I feel they're going to think I'm a total bitch.

Brian wakes up and clomps around the house making as much noise as he possibly can.  He wakes up Sophia and she wails for an hour- I'm hoping she'll just go back to sleep, but no such luck.  I can't sleep while I'm pregnant and I am pretty much uncomfortable every single second of every single day.  I had actually been sleeping peacefully before B & S woke up.

NOTHING can make her happy today.  NOTHING can make me happy today, come to think of it.  She is currently upstairs wailing in her crib because it's naptime and she's tired...but she won't sleep.  I can't listen to her anymore!!!

I'm blaming all this on Brian because he was so loud this morning.  He's always loud.  How about a little respect for people sleeping?  Can you shut doors quietly?  Do you have to slam them?  Poor guy.  All he was doing was putting the dishes away and trying to do me a favor...but seriously, I would have rather he didn't and not made so much noise. 

What am I going to do with her today?  I don't think anything's wrong.  She's just as crabby as I am.  We cannot survive together today...

Pregnancy Whoa's

Ugh.  I hate being pregnant.

I've been having contractions since 5 1/2 months but they're getting worse- harder & closer- and they're hurting.  So I called the doc just in case- I don't want to feel like I'm overreacting but you know, just in case.

Well, it turns out I wasn't overreacting.  Things are okay- cervix is closed- but the doc did have me take a fetal fibronectin test to give us peace of mind.  We'll find out the results tomorrow.  Doc thinks it going to be okay but she wants to make sure. 

If it's positive, however, we won't be going to Omaha this weekend.  Not that that's more important than the health of the pregnancy of course, but a lot of family and friends are going to be there that we'll miss seeing. 

But I'm sure everything's fine...

P.S. "Whoa's"...did I spell that right?

Oct. 8th, 2008

Well, the winetasting was fabulous.  We really had a great time.  We didn't get as crazy as we did last year but it was still a lot of fun.  And it wasn't bad being pregnant either!

My best friend, Kristen, was in town for the weekend and we had a great time.  I'm a little worried about her b/c she's really gained a lot of weight I think from being depressed.  Her job situation is horrible and always up in the air and she never has any money.  Good thing is that she just moved in with a roommate so her rent will go down significantly and she purchased a new pair of running shoes in Boulder on her visit.  I really hope she gets back into running and feeling better about herself.

Well, I finished my baby registry at Babies R Us.  It was really weird b/c we don't need too much baby stuff but more toddler stuff.  I think we're going to decorate Nate's room in Nebraska Cornhuskers gear so I ended up registering for a lot of red stuff.  I feel a little bit strange about getting a shower for a 2nd baby, but I guess we do need some things so no complaints here!  We'll be driving to Omaha on the 24th of this month for the weekend.  I'm not looking forward to the drive, but I am looking forward to seeing Brian's parents again.  I just love them.  They are awesome with Sophia and it gives Brian and I a break.

Sophia's doing great.  She's starting to take steps and babble a lot.  She's saying what I think is "doggy" but what Brian thinks is "daddy".  I'm humoring him.  I'm feeling better with this pregnancy too- no kidney stones- yay!  My S.I. joints are a mess but it hasn't been as bad lately, just tolerable.  I haven't gained any weight in 3 weeks which is huge for be b/c I started out 20lbs. heavier than I did with Sophia.  Everyone says I'm smaller this time around.  I think my belly is bigger but I'm not gaining all the chub everywhere else...thank goodness!

Another friend of mine is coming in town this weekend from Boston.  I haven't seen Megan in forever so I'm really looking forward to this visit.  Her and Brian and I all hung out together in Memphis and we always had a great time.  She'll be meeting Sophia for the first time!

So Brian is coming home from Guadalajara today.  I have to say that he's freaking me out a little b/c he's talking about moving to Mexico!  This is latest email:
"Be prepared to help me with my resume when I come home.  We need change in our lives - the US is too basic and boring to raise a diverse family.  We need to get out after Nate is born.  I'm telling you - the US is not the place to be right now."

I have to say that I'm not totally against it.  It's quite an upheaval in our lives though.  I would only go if the stars were totally aligned.  We'd have to live in a city, which actually Guadalajara doesn't sound too bad.  Apparently it's considered the San Francisco of Mexico.  I'd have to sell the studio- boo.  We'd have to sell our house, which would not be an easy task right now.  The cool and adventurous thing is that we'd all be immersed in the Mexican culture.  I'd have to brush up on my Spanish and Brian would have to learn.  Apparently, Nestle Corp (who he's visiting) is desperate for English-speaking engineers, which means Brian could get a great job and possibly phenomenal pay.  He said we could get a house the size we have now for about $60K.  Huh.  Yeah, it probably won't happen but it's nice to dream...

Menu for Wine Tasting

Whoo-hoo!  It's this Friday!!!  I'm so excited!

1. hummus with pita & veggies
2. toasted pecans
3. gourmet cheese plate
4. fruit w/ dip
5. brownie bites (I know, this is weird but everyone snatched them up last year...and I wanted to serve some chocolate)
6. summer sausage

I don't think it's as much as I did last year but I'll make a lot of food and it'll be fine.  We also got some bottles of wine to drink afterwards and Brian will pick up some beer.  I told our guests to bring their favorite drink if we didn't have what they wanted and I'm sure our neighbor will bring over his Yukon Jack- yuck!

I'm sad that I won't be able to drink that much, but I'm definitely going to taste so we can order for the holidays.

Another Bedspread

Ugh, now I'm thinking about this bedspread...it's way more expensive but I think it's worth it.  I'm going to start asking for Pottery Barn gift certificates to save up for it. 


So I found this bedspread to go with our bedroom set.  The thing is that I've been looking at nice, kinda expensive sets and this one isn't very expensive but may still be nice.  Which leads me to wonder if this is the kind of situation where you can actually get a good deal on something nice that you really like, or maybe is this one of those instances where you're going to get what you pay for?  Hmmm...

Finally...a Bed!

Yes, my 6'3 husband and my pregnant self have been sleeping in a full-sized bed on a mattress that's probably almost 20 years old for...about 4 years now.  Well folks, that's all about to end!  We finally sucked it up and ordered our bedroom set with a giant king-sized bed- whoo hoo!  We didn't go with a CA King (everyone seems to be asking) b/c we didn't want to deal with the difficulty of trying to find the right sheets and comforter.  A king will do just fine...check it out!  The pic shows a queen poster but we got the king sleigh, dresser w/ mirror, chest, & 2 nightstands.  We didn't get the amoire b/c we don't watch TV in our bedroom and to be honest, the doors seemed a little cheap.  We loved everything else though.  The set doesn't get delivered for a few weeks but we're SO EXCITED!!!  Now to find a comforter set I like...

Happy Birthday Sophia!

My little girl turned 1 yesterday.  Wow.  I knew it was a milestone but I didn't realize how it would affect me.  I kind of felt like it was a special day for me too. 

Wine Tasting

As if we didn't have enough going on this year (Sophia's birthday party, going to California, my parents coming for Thanksgiving, Brian's fam coming for Christmas, oh yeah- the birth of another child) I'm thinking about hosting another wine tasting this year.  Last year's was so much fun that I think we're going to do it again.  Am I making life harder than it needs to be?  Brian would say yes- but notice he doesn't argue with a wine tasting.  He would hibernate himself away in a cave if it was up to him.  But having parties makes me happy so I think it'll be okay...

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