2010Back Home Again: 2010

Thursday, December 30, 2010

January 10th?!

So I have an induction date set for...January 10th.

JANUARY 10TH?!

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!

I seriously hope he gets his little butt out before then or I will lose my mind! I had my Dr. do a membrane sweep at my appointment yesterday and last night I lost my mucous plug and was having light contractions...which stopped when I went to bed. ARGH!!!! Way to get my hopes up kiddo! I realize losing your mp can mean that you can go into labor within hours, or it could be days or weeks. I know that the possibility of him being born in 2010 is basically null at this point, but I was really hoping he would be a fellow December baby. This kid is more stubborn than Alan and I combined!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

It's That Time Again!

1. What did you do in 2010 that you'd never done before? got pregnant
2. Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I think my resolution was to lose the weight I had gained from working at Target, and that DEFINITELY didn't happen since I'm pregnant!
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? holy cow yes! my friend Sarah gave birth to a boy named Hunter and my friends Shanna, Rachel and Mindy gave birth to girls, Breanna, Anya and Aria
4. Did anyone close to you die? no
5. What countries did you visit? the US
6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010? besides my child? a job in which I didn't feel like my boss was trying to find ways in which to fire me
7. What date(s) from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? April 16 - day I found out I was pregnant, May 29-June 6 - trip to Disney, Sept 11 - baby shower, Oct 10-12 - anniversary trip to Rochester, NY, Oct 21- Alan's birthday, Oct 24 - our anniversary, Nov 7 - freezing at the Eagles game, Nov 23 - Michael Buble concert, Dec 5 - my birthday, there are other days that I can't remember the exact date, going to Williamsburg, seeing our baby on u/s for the first time, being stuck in the hospital for gallstones (boo!)
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? paying off some debt
9. What was your biggest failure? not paying off as much debt as I would've liked!
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? things that are pregnancy related, morning sickness daily until 24 weeks and then on and off for the rest of my pregnancy, carpal tunnel in my wrists, being hospitalzed or gallstones...twice
11. What was the best thing you bought?
12. Whose behavior merited celebration? all the people who support us
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? people who will never change, no matter how hard you hope/wish they will
14. Where did most of your money go? paying off debt and saving money for the baby
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? being pregnant
16. What song(s) will always remind you of 2010? I have no idea
17. Compared to this time last year, are you: i. happier or sadder? happier ii. thinner or fatter? definitely fatter! iii. richer or poorer? probably about the same
18. What do you wish you'd done more of? traveling, enjoying life instead of being stressed by it
19. What do you wish you'd done less of? worrying, being stressed
20. How did you spend Christmas? at our apartment in PA for the first time since we moved out here. My mom took the train from IN a few days before Christmas and we spent the day opening gifts, watching movies and eating a yummy meal
21. Did you fall in love in 2010? more in love with my husband and in love with our son
22. How many one-night stands? none
23. What was your favorite TV program? Brothers and Sisters, Glee, Flashforward, The Event, Outsourced
24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year? no
25. What was the best book you read? I haven't read that much this year sadly, probably rereading The Deathly Hallows
26. What was your greatest musical discovery? playing my clarinet again
27. What did you want and get? to become pregnant
28. What did you want and not get? more debt paid off
29. What was your favorite film of this year? hmm, probably The Tourist
30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I turned 29 and on my actual birthday we went to Macaroni Grill and Longwood Gardens, Alan also took me to see Michael Buble in November as a birthday present
31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? more relaxation and less worrying
32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010? comfort
33. What kept you sane? my husband, cats and friends
34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? umm...
35. What political issue stirred you the most? the environment and the lack of attention it's getting
36. Who did you miss? my friends that live far away
37. Who was the best new person you met? people that stimulate me intellectually at work
38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010: Things may seem greener on the other side, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's true
39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year: Sadly I don't have one.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Still Here!

So, I'm still here...with NO baby! I guess the wouldn't it be funny if I went into labor during the snowstorm bit didn't work. Not that I blame Gizmo for not wanting to come out. It's cold and snowy out here!

However, from looking outside, we didn't get nearly as much as we were predicted to. We were in the 6-10" band, and while there are definitely drifts from the 40mph wind gusts, there's no way we have even 6" on the ground. I will be shocked if we do. I will try to post pics later, I have to dig out my camera from the hospital bag. 

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Happy Christmas!

This is a day late, but Happy Christmas! (as the Brits would say)

What did we do you ask? Obviously, we didn't go anywhere since I could go into labor any time now. Alan, my mom and I opened gifts in the morning and then Alan and I made a yummy Christmas lunch of ham, mashed potatoes, green bean and tomato casserole, stuffing, cinnamon bread and my yummy weight watchers chili cheese dip. A lot of food for three people...oops! At least we'll have leftovers for several days!

We were going to save Gizmo's gifts and open them when he's born, but Alan and I opened them anyway since we're impatient for his arrival. As a newborn, he wouldn't really be able to open them anyways...right? :-) We also gave the cats their stocking of cat toys, which are now strewn throughout the apartment. Whenever we move, we're going to find so many toys in random spots because of those troublemakers!

Other than that, we watched movies for the rest of the day, including one of my all time favorites, The Holiday. My mom had never seen it, so I was more than willing to give her the opportunity! 

Today is my mom's birthday, and she opened gifts in the morning and then we braved the snow and went to lunch. Alan was totally freaking out that we went out in it, but we went right after it started and it wasn't bad at all out. We're supposed to get anywhere from 6-10 inches tonight and tomorrow. I made the comment about how funny it would be if I went into labor during the snowstorm...we'll see if it happens!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Doctor Update

I got back from my doctor's appointment not too long ago, and this is what he said. I'm still 1 cm dialated, 0 station and I'm now 80% effaced instead of 70%. Whooptie doo! I guess I should be glad for even a little progress, but I'm really just annoyed by the almost lack of. He also told me that if I haven't gone into labor by my next appointment on the 29th, then they will schedule an induction for 1-2 weeks later. They're going by their due date, which is December 29. This is based on what Gizmo measured at my first ultrasound. If you go by charting, then it's December 19 and I'm almost a week overdue.

I'm beginning to get, ok, I AM really impatient for his arrival, but I really would like to go into labor on my own. As of now, there's no physical reason to induce until 42 weeks, but that's January 12th going by their date! I don't know if I can wait that long!

I'm thinking that what I will do is let them schedule an induction for 41 weeks, and then let them do a membrane sweep on the 29th in the hopes that I go into labor on my own. Gizmo, please stop taking your sweet time!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Mom's Here!

My mom arrived in PA this afternoon. Gizmo, this means you are cleared for delivery!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Doctor's Appointment

Yesterday I had a doctor's appointment and I was really hoping for some progress. Yeah, I so didn't get my wish :( I'm still 1cm dialated, 70% effaced and at -1 to 0 station. This is what I've been for the last 3 weeks!

I'm still hoping that goober comes before Christmas, but I'm not getting my hopes up. At least my mom will most likely get her wish and be here in time for his birth.

He better be here by New Year's!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Couple Things

1) I'm so jealous of all the snow people are getting in the Midwest. I keep seeing Facebook status posts and snow pics. All we've gotten is rain and that's all we're gonna get. We don't need the crazy amounts we got last winter, but a couple inches would be nice. That's all I'm sayin'

2) My cat, Powder, is driving me nuts! The last few days she has to be sitting/lying with me at ALL times. And, she follows me everywhere. Normally, she only cuddles with me if Alan isn't around. Now she prefers me to him. Does this mean Ewan's coming soon?

3) I've been making and freezing meals for when the goober's here. So far we have chili, Southwest mac n cheese, chicken tomato chowder and quinoa stir fry. I really want to make chicken noodle soup, but I don't see that happening anytime soon. If I'm on my feet for more than about 5-10 minutes my back/hips/pelvis start aching and Braxton Hicks start up. Hmm...maybe I should be on my feet ALL the time then!

The Tourist

Alan and I saw The Tourist this weekend. I know I said that Harry Potter would be the last movie we saw in the theater before the goober arrives, but apparently I was wrong. Alan said that if I haven't had the baby by next weekend, then we're going to see Tron...yay...come on Gizmo! :-)

Anyways, I really liked the film. It takes place in Paris and Venice, two places I've been and really liked. Not only were Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp in it, but Paul Bettany and Rufus Sewell, two actors I also really like. For those of you that don't know who they are, Paul Bettany was the lead in Wimbledon and played Chaucer in A Knight's Tale. Rufus Sewell was the "bad" knight in A Kight's Tale and he was also in The Holiday.

I'm not going to give away the ending, but you should see it!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

So Ready!

Have I mentioned how ready I am for Gizmo to make his arrival? I had a doctor's appointment today and I'm 1cm dialated, 70% effaced and he's at -1 to 0 station. Yes, that's better than nothing, but I'm ready for him to be here already! I'm sick of walking around in pain, with my hips, back and butt aching like crazy. I have carpal tunnel in my wrist and unfortunately with the brace I have, I can't write, which I need to do for my job, so I can't wear it during the day. I'm still getting nauseous on occasion and I feel like a turtle! Plus, I absolutely cannot wait to have my gallbladder out. My doctor's office had Chik fil A catered to them today and I wanted to cry it smelled so good.

I know that while he can come any day now, first time moms tend to go late.

I wish he would hurry up!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Happy Birthday!

To me!

I cannot believe I am 29 today. It seriously seems like it was yesterday that I was dancing on tables at Sig Ep at UE. Where did my 20's go? Not that it's necessarily a bad thing, I'm married to my best friend, our son is going to make his arrival any day now, I've gotten to go places and experience things I never thought I would have to opportunity to do when I was a freshman in college, but still, it's a scary thought to think that the next birthday I will be celebrating is THIRTY!

So, what did we do today? Alan took me to lunch at Macaroni Grill and we went to Longwood Gardens to see the Christmas displays. We have a membership there and go at least once a season, especially since I LOVE gardens!

I have a ton of photos from this fall and today that I need to put up on flickr from the gardens, but here are a few from today.






More Preggo Pics

I thought I would post the rest of the preggo pics that I have.

35w6d

38w, it's hard to see my belly because it's hidden by my coat

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Shopping is Complete!

Well, almost.

I wanted to get all our Christmas shopping bought and wrapped as well as our Christmas cards sent early this year since Gizmo could make his arrival any day now. We have everything finished except Christmas and birthday gifts for my mom. She will be here over Christmas so I'm not in as much of a hurry to get her stuff finished.

All I have left to do is bake cookies for my grandma's Christmas package. I'm hoping I can get over this cold sooner rather than later so I can get everything sent out this coming week.

Which, being 9 months pregnant with a cold and not being allowed to take anything for it really sucks by the way. Cold cold go away, don't come back another day!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Baby Shower Pics

I finally got the pictures from my baby shower from Alan's dad. Here are a few.

Me with the cake

The spread
My mom and grandma
The grandmothers, great grandmothers and great great grandmother

Babylegs

Ever since I saw someone post about these on Facebook, I've wanted to get them for Gizmo. They're legwarmers...for babies! I love it.

I just saw on Stretching a Buck that BabyLegs has a Cyber Monday deal where you can get 3 pairs for $10, including shipping. Heck yeah! I just hooked Gizmo up!

BabyLegs Sale

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Shopping!

Alan and I decided we were going to Babies R Us sometime this weekend to use our 10% off everything left on our registry coupon. We have a couple 25% off coupons but they aren't valid for a few weeks yet that we're planning on using for the big stuff that we still need. I also have a $50 gift card coming from cashing in my credit card points...if it ever gets here this time that is!

My coworkers threw me a baby shower last week and gave me $300! I expected some sort of shindig because they've done something for everyone else that has had a baby in the last few months, but I didn't expect that at all. It was very generous of them considering I haven't been there that long and I don't talk to all that many people. That money, combined with the gift card and coupons will pretty much pay for everything will still need. This makes us happy because not only do we have to finish getting stuff for Gizmo, but we also have to get Christmas gifts for our families.

But, I digress, again.

It wasn't busy at all there, which was nice because I'm not really in the mood to deal with tons of people nor can I be on my feet for long periods of time because I'm so sore and uncomfortable in general (which is another blog entirely!). Since it wasn't that bad at Babies R Us, we decided to venture over to Toys R Us to get gifts for our nieces and nephew since we were already out and the closest stores aren't really that close at all. The parking lot was almost full so I figured it would be a madhouse, and there were tons of people inside, but it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be. I was figuring it would be like Brandywine Target on Black Friday weekend, you can't even move there are so many people! We were able to get gifts for all the kids except the oldest girls and get out in under an hour. Not bad I must say!

Whenever we go to Christiana to Babies R Us, we always go to Don Pablos, today was no exception. I used to love that place and was so sad when it closed in the Fort. It's nice to be able to eat there every now and then.

We were going to go over to the mall to get gifts for Kayla and Gabbie, but we decided to go to Concord Mall next weekend instead. Even though there were DE State Troopers directing traffic, the parking lot was complete full except for the employee parking lot and there was no way I was walking that plus through the mall right now.

Their gifts are wrapped and we're watching National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. It was really nice to knock out some of the gifts we're getting early. Now we just have my family, Gabbie and Kayla. I also have to get Alan's gifts...just need to find a time to do it when he's not around!

Black Friday Target Stampede

Exactly Why

I think you all are nuts for shopping on Black Friday!

Buffalo Target

Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Friday

Is it evil of me to laugh at the people that participate in Black Friday shopping, running around like idiots, only to not get any of the stuff they wanted in the first place?

It's just not worth it to me. The crowds, the bitchy people. All to save a few dollars on a subpar item. You can save the same amount in gas and time by staying at home and trying your luck online or even waiting til closer to Christmas when things go on sale again.

Maybe it's because I've worked in retail on Black Friday and have dealt with it from that side, but I think it's a load of crap.
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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Our Tree

Complete with a little elf!
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Michael Buble

Last night Alan took me to see Michael Buble for my birthday. Even though I'm almost 37 weeks pregnant, I was able to have a really good time. The opening act was a group called Naturally 7 from New York. They were awesome. They reminded me of BoysIIMen, but they were completely acapella and also did some beat boxing and vocalplay. Very very cool.

Michael was awesome, but I'm sure you already know that. He started with jazz standards, such as Georgia On My Mind and Mack the Knife, then he broke out into other stuff, such as Van Morrison as well as his own stuff. He even did some Michael Jackson! I've seen interviews with him and he was hilarious then, just as he was last night.

I took a couple videos on my phone of both Naturally 7 and Michael, but the sound quality is horrible. My old razr took much better video than my droid. You would think that would be the other way around!

It was really nice to hear some jazz. I was in jazz band through middle and high school but then stopped playing in college and last night made me realize how much I miss it. Depending on where we are after Gizmo's born, I am definitely going to look into joining an ensemble again. I doubt I would have the time, but I would love to play clarinet in a wind ensemble and alto or tenor saxophone in a jazz ensemble. Hopefully I will be able to do so!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Harry Potter

I do this to myself every time, and honestly, only one of the films I have seen since I read the books has met my expectations. That was Order of the Phoenix. Loved the book, loved the film. Was super impressed with the battle in the Ministry of Magic, everything about the film was great even though it was the longest book yet shortest film.

Alan and I saw The Deathly Hallows Part I yesterday and, I dunno. I wasn't disappointed, exactly. It followed the book very well, probably the best out of all the films. Yet, I left unimpressed, apathetic. Yes. That's it. Apathetic describes my reaction perfectly.

It was what I expected, but it didn't evoke a strong emotion out of me at all. I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it either, which has been the case with all of the other films. Maybe it's because it stopped mid book and now everyone has to wait until July to see the rest. Maybe it's because there's not a lot of action until they go to Gringott's. Maybe it's because I'm 9 months pregnant and have so much else on my mind.

I guess I have until July to figure it out.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Ultrasounds!

I realized I haven't posted pics of Gizmo's ultrasounds since the very first one!
The first two are when I was 13w3d

The next three are from when I was 21w5d


I do have a few from when I was 26w1d, but they're not on this computer. I'll post them the next time I'm on the desktop...if I remember that is!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Maryland Meetup

I met Shanna and her daughter Breanna today at the outlets in Queenstown, MD. Since she lives just outside of DC and we're just outside of Philly, we try to get together every few months. Normally we meet around Baltimore, but we decided to try something different this time. It's crazy to think that the next time I see her, I will have a little goober of my own!

Since Alan and I really have no friends out here, it was really nice to see her and hang out for a bit. We both have people we talk to at work, but no one that we can hang out with. The one friend I did have in the Philly area moved back home to Nebraska last month. I know she was missing home and needed to be back, but I was really sad to see her go!

On another note, my aunt and cousins were in Philadelphia last week because Dustin had an interview. He's supposed to find out if he got the position in the next couple of weeks. I really hope he does. It would be nice to have family out here and I know Alan would like to have a guy he can hang out with!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Preggo Pics

Since I'm almost 35 weeks, I thought I would post the few pictures I've taken during my pregnancy. Just look at the belly and not my fat face!

The day I found out 4w5d


21w1d


32w

The Dress

So I packed up my wedding dress last night to be preserved finally. As I was packing it up, all I could think about was how much I love that dress, even a year later.

I can't wait to get it back cleaned and properly displayed!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

So, my husband and I have lived in our apartment for going on three years now. The first year, we didn't have any trick or treaters. Last year, we were on our honeymoon. So this year, neither of us bought candy because we didn't think we would get anyone. Uhm yeah, oops! We've had several trick or treaters stop by our door. I feel bad because we don't have anything. I thought about getting a bag of candy just in case, but I didn't want it around if we didn't get anyone. Neither of us need it, and unless I purposely bought something I don't like, it's way too big of a temptation for me.

Sorry kids, there's always next year!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Weekly Menu

Since I have to be very careful with what I eat and eat extremely low fat until I have my gallbladder out, I, understandably, am getting sick of eating the same stuff day in and day out. Yesterday I went through my Weight Watchers cookbook and picked out recipes to try for the week. We have most of the ingredients on hand, which is really nice. When I lived in Muncie, I would pick a few recipes to try every time I went to the grocery, and then get any ingredients I needed. I've been trying to get back to that, especially because most of my recipes are healthy.

What I have for the week so far is:
ham steak & colcannon
chicken w/apples and cider
Moroccan marinated london broil, steamed green & wax beans and roasted red potatoes w/rosemary
whole wheat spaghetti w/kale and garlic
chicken tomato chowder
chicken paella

I'm looking forward to trying new foods and eating foods I haven't had in ages.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Happy Anniversary!

I married my best friend, the love of my life on October 24, 2009. I can't believe it's been a year already!















Friday, October 22, 2010

I Just Have to Say...

...that I will be so glad when I don't have to eat in fear of a gallbladder attack! Every time I eat, no matter what it is, I'm so scared that I'm going to get another attack. While I'm glad that I didn't have it out while pregnant because of all the complications surgery during pregnancy can cause, it would be so nice not to have to worry about whether or not what I'm eating will put me in the hospital with a baby in the NICU.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

So Gonna Hear It...

but I don't really care.

I'm so sick of seeing peoples' status updates say something to the effect of tolerance and acceptance, it doesn't just happen in Cleveland or wear purple today. I just want to tell you to get off your soapbox and SHUT UP!

Yes, it's terrible that those kids committed suicide due to bullying, but let me tell you a little about myself. I was relentlessly bullied from the day I started kindergarten and was told I was stupid for getting in the wrong line at recess to the day I graduated high school and was told I was so fat I looked like a lumpy potato. I can remember classmates telling me in fourth grade that they wish I had died when I choked on a cookie in class. I was spat on, had my hair pulled, pinched, hit and scratched on the bus. Was anything one despite my mother's repeated complaints to my teachers, administrators and bus drivers?

Absolutely NOT!

I didn't kill myself. I survived. Believe me, there were many days when I didn't want to go to school, where I wanted to quit and when I cried in my car on the way home or cried myself to sleep. There were days when I thought about ending it all. But I didn't. I have image and self esteem issues that linger from this bullying and will have them my entire life. But you know what? I believe it taught me many lessons about how the world works and made me stronger.

Guess what? Bullying happened before we were born, it happened when we were kids and it will continue to happen. Everyone is guilty of it, even in adult life, from outright harassment to talking about someone behind their back. It's part of human nature.

Yes, the schools are partly to blame for what happened to these kids, but what about the parents? And I'm not talking about the parents of the kids who are doing the bullying. These kids were obviously troubled, way beyond just the bullying. Why didn't the parents seek counseling or other professional help for their children? Why did the parents allow easy access to medications which allowed some of the kids to intentionally overdose? If the teacher/school/district wasn't doing anything to stop it, then why didn't the parents pull them out? It's so easy to blame the school, but the parents needs to accept some responsibility in this too.

What about the countless kids, like myself, that suffered in silence and made it through? Where's the attention for them? I chose not to wear purple today in honor of those of us that suffered bullying and were not so selfish as to take out own lives.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Busy Busy!

We've had something going on every weekend in October so far. Alan's parents came for a visit the first weekend, and while I had a day to myself when they went to NYC, and was forced to work that Sunday, it was still pretty busy. Last weekend, we went to Rochester, NY, as a fall foliage/anniversary, babymoon trip. We figured so it's so much further north than us, the leaves would be in full color up there. Yeah, not so much. Oh well, we still had a really nice time exploring the city, well as much exploring as I can do 7 months pregnant!

There was a fall festival going on along the river that weekend, so we partook in some of that. The river actually has four waterfalls that are in the city, and while two of them are more like rapids, the other two are about 100' high. Very cool.


This is High Falls, it was originally a flour mill district and you can explore the ruins that are right next to the falls.
The weekend was filled with me doing things Alan didn't want me to do, such as hiking down the trail to a bottom of a gorge to see Lower Falls:


Taken from the bridge above.
And, climbing to the top of a lighthouse overlooking Lake Ontario:


Just because I'm pregnant doesn't mean I'm an invalid, as I like to tell Alan!

Yesterday was our childbirth class. A lot of stuff she talked about I already knew, mostly because of reading the pregnant community on LJ. But, it was really nice to see where I will be giving birth and learning some of the hospital's procedures. A good thing I learned is that I won't have a roommate post partum. Yay! I was thinking I would because the pre-registration paperwork only gave you the option of a double room. I'm SO glad that that's not the case. I had a roommate for one of my stays for my gallbladder, and she was ghetto as heck and SUPER annoying. It's so awesome that I don't have to deal with anyone else but who I want in the room.

One thing I found out that I absolutely abhor is that if I would wind up with a c-section, I don't get to hold the baby immediately. They hold him up, then take him to the nursery while I sit in recovery for up to TWO hours. I wouldn't get to see him again until I was in a post partum room. Uhm, yeah. NOT AN OPTION!!!!!! If they want to hear me scream bloody murder to see my child, then they can put him in the nursery. Finding this out has just strengthened my resolve that I will NOT have a c-section. No matter what. I'd rather risk giving birth at home with no one but Alan and myself here than that.

Anyways, next Sunday is our actual anniversary. We don't really have anything planned for the weekend, we're going to do some fall stuff. Pick out pumpkins, go through a corn maze and go on a night time hayride. I love fall, so I'm very excited.

I can't believe it's been a year already since I married the love of my life. This time last year I was trying to remain calm at the thought that I would be married in less than a week. It seriously seems like yesterday.


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Finally an Update!

I haven't posted in ages, but I just wanted to post a brief update.

I've had two gallbladder attacks. The first time I went to the ER, where I was admitted to the hospital for a week to treat my gallbladder medically so I wouldn't have to have surgery. Two weeks later, I wound up going back to the ER, where I was promptly admitted and then transferred to another hospital because the hospital where I was didn't want to do anything to me since I'm pregnant. I wound up getting transferred to Penn, and they did a ECRP, don't ask me what that stands for, but it's basically where they went down through my esophagus and took out the gallstones that were blocking my bile duct and causing my liver to malfunction. It was the least invasive thing that could be done, and since I had originally been told that I was going to have my gallbladder taken out while pregnant, I was very relieved at that. I haven't had an attack since (*knocks on wood*) and I have to be really careful with what I eat so it doesn't happen again until the baby's born. Once he's here, then I will have it out, probably about 6 weeks later.

I also got to go home and spend some time at the lake finally. I haven't been back to the Fort since Christmas, and to the lake since Labor Day weekend 2009. The weather was cold and windy, but I was so happy to be back and see friends and family that I didn't care. I also had my baby shower in Louisville. Alan's mom went all out, which I really didn't expect. It was really nice, and we got tons of stuff for Gizmo. He has now taken over our apartment!

One thing that was a little weird about going to Alan's parents is that we almost moved in with them that week. Alan was offered and turned down a job in Lexington, KY, and had he taken it we would've moved in with them until after the baby's born. I was really upset about it at first, and still am to an extent, but I know that there's no way we could afford it with the cost of insurance and what they offered him. Since I wouldn't be able to get a full time job right away, there's just no way we could've done it without totally wiping out our savings and going into even more debt. It sucks, but I just keep telling myself that the right thing will come along for us, we just have to be a little more patient.

My friend Melanie from UE is currently visiting this weekend, and it's good to see her. We never get visitors out here unless it's our parents so it's really nice to have someone that's not family here! We had dinner in downtown Wilmington, DE last night along the river. I've never been down there before and it's really nice. Today we're going to Longwood Gardens, which I love and then tomorrow we're going to spend the day in Philly. I'm really excited to eat lunch at Reading Terminal Market tomorrow. There's this turkey place that is awesome.

Pretty much all of October is going to fly by. Alan's parents are coming, then we're going on our anniversary/fall foliage/babymoon trip to Vermont, then birth classes, and then Alan's birthday and our actual anniversary. November I'm sure will fly by as well, just getting ready for baby and the holidays. I can't believe I'm already 6.5 months pregnant. It seems like yesterday that I was staring at that positive test in shock!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

It took forever but...

We decided to go with this as our bedding.


Tree Top

Friday, August 13, 2010

Gizmo is...

...a boy!

He currently weighs 15oz and is right on target. Everything looks normal, but we will have to go back in a few weeks because he stopped cooperating and laid on his tummy so the ultrasound tech couldn't see all of what she needed to in his heart and face. Oh darn!


Let the clothes shopping commence!

Friday, July 30, 2010

A Reason!

I have a reason to be excited. It's a longshot and I really shouldn't get my hopes up, but I'm excited nonetheless. I can't share details now, but I will if everything turns out well!

Friday, July 16, 2010

I thought It Was Over!

Ok, for those of you who don't know, I've been really sick with this pregnancy for oh, 10 weeks or so. Until the last two weeks, I've been sick everyday, all hours of the day. Then it was only a couple days a week, still not fun, but better than everyday. Then here comes week 18, I was only sick on Monday...until today. I woke up and eww. I was starting to actually believe everyone that's been telling me it'll stop eventually and think that maybe it actually DID finally stop. Guess not!

Friday, July 2, 2010

You Are What You Eat

is this show on BBCAmerica that's about eating whole foods that aren't processed. The people on the show start out huge, and at the end of 8 weeks usually lose about 30 lbs. I know my eating habits aren't always the greatest, obviously, especially since I've gained 25 of the 50 lbs I lost several years ago back. And that was before I found out I was pregnant.

BUT - watching this show makes me feel a lot better about myself because I don't eat like these people do!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

The Lake

I really, really REALLY miss the lake right now. This is the first summer that I won't be going up there at all. I don't know what it is about that place, tons of people have lake homes, not to mention we're so close to the ocean here, BUT that place is magical for me. I can recall playing in the rocks that used to line the shore when I was about 2 or 3 with my tugboat, "water skiing" with my mom and grandma in the water, riding around the lake with my uncle in the Mark Twain and later the Centurion and zipping around the lake on the jet ski with Jeshana and Angie. We used to spend all day out on that thing.

Angie's grandparents passed away and their house was sold, and Jeshana never comes up anymore, but still. I love that place. I love just sitting on the patio by the seawall with a book, I love taking walks down to the point and in the park to the inn. I love going to Satek Winery and getting my favorite wine of all time, 101 Lakes Red (not that I can drink it at the moment, but still).

My uncle is contemplating selling our place, and the thought that this might be the last summer makes me bawl. Alan and I are planning a trip to Indiana over Labor Day weekend, where we will spend a couple days up there...but it's not the same. I miss being able to go every weekend, or at the least, every other weekend. Last summer, I was there twice. I'm even contemplating going to my high school reunion, something I said I would never do because I hated high school so much, just so I can have a chance to spend a day at the lake.

I wish that we could just take a week to go and spend there, but I know that that will definitely NOT happen this year. I only have 4 days PTO left, after Florida and being so sick from this pregnancy. If I still worked at Target, I could just take time unpaid and go, even without Alan, but there's no way that'll happen here.

It's no secret that I hate being out here, so isolated from everyone and everything. This pregnancy has just brought out how homesick I really am and makes it even harder to hide.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Pictures!

Finally! Pictures from Williamsburg and Jamestown...




and a few from Florida...

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Back to the Grind

So, we're back from vacation. While I was ready to come home, I'm SO not ready to be at work today! We enjoyed ourselves for the most part. I finally go to to go Disney World and ride Space Mountain, something I've wanted to do since I was a kid. I didn't care that morning sickness has kicked in full force and I was sick everyday, I was riding that roller coaster dangit!

I can't speak for Alan, but my favorite day was when we went to Kennedy Space Center. For those of you that don't already know, I'm a huge space geek. It was so cool to see all the stuff I've read about in person. We also bought gizmo a NASA sleeper. Too cute!

I will post pictures eventually. I still haven't gotten Williamsburg photos off my camera yet!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Sunday Ramblings

A week from now, I will be in Orlando! While I'm not exactly thrilled to be in 90 degree temperatures, I'm so excited to get away for a bit. Even if I wind up spending the whole week in the house or in the pool except for the day we go to NASA and our free Disney day, it'll be so nice to not have to work for a week. I really really hope we can find a way for me to be a SAHM or at the very least go part time. I know that I'm probably dreaming, at least while we're on the East Coast because it's so expensive out here. If all goes how we want, then next summer we'll either have moved, or be moving back to somewhere in the Midwest. Can we say CHEAP? I would be able to work part time with what Alan makes now if we lived there.

Now I just have to get through the next 5.5 days of work...

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Williamsburg

Alan and I went to Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown Friday and Saturday. I've been wanting to go for ages, and I know that we will not be taking many big trips for the near future, so we decided to take a small one. I was so excited, but personally I didn't think Williamsburg was worth the hype. It's a lot like Greenfield Village for those of you that have been there, but all about colonial America. I know that the buildings at Greenfield Village were brought to Michigan, but I think I like the fact that the structures have a large amount of significance. Several examples, There are structures pertaining to Thomas Edison and the Wright Brothers there. I realize that at Williamsburg, all structures are in their original locations, and that they do have some significance, but to me, I like the fact that when you visit Greenfield Village, almost everyone has heard of the residents of the buildings. This is totally odd coming from me too, since you would think that I would love everything about Williamsburg since it's associated with England. Maybe it was the heat, I dunno.

By the way, I really don't recommend spending all day walking in 90 degree weather when you're pregnant. So not fun! And I'm going to Disneyworld in less than 2 weeks...whose idea was it to go to Florida in June anyway? I may spend my frist trip to Disney in the house with the a/c the entire time.

But, I digress. Back to our weekend. We went to Jamestown on Saturday, which I enjoyed so much more. It was still ridiculously hot, so who knows, maybe it was the ambiance of Williamsburg? We went to both Historic Jamestown and Jamestown Settlement, one owned by the NPS and the other by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Jamestown Settlement is a reconstruction of the fort, a Powhatan village and the ships that brought the colonists to America. It was seriously cool to explore the structures, and especially go on the ships. They were so much smaller than I expected. Makes me glad to be alive in the time period that I am because I don't know if I could deal with those conditions!

After the settlement, we drove over to Historic Jamestown, which is the archaeological site of the fort and town that eventually developed. It was seriously cool. We explored the site of the fort, spent some time along the James River and checked out the museum which has some artifacts from the fort. Unfortunately, we didn't walk down to the site of the town, which I would have liked to do. It was just too hot and I was exhausted.

But, since we left earlier, that meant that we got to spend more time with Shanna, John and their adorable new baby girl, Breanna. We met them for dinner on our way back to PA since we were driving almost right past their house. It was good to see them, and Breanna is so cute.

It was a good weekend, I just wish that I didn't feel so tired all the time!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Ultrasound!

I had my first ultrasound today! At first I was really freaked out because all you could see was the yolk sac, but then she got the baby. We didn't get to hear the heartbeat, but we got to see it. I was so relieved to see the baby and know that everything is ok.

She measured Gizmo a week behind at 7w2d and gave me a new due date of 12/28, but I personally am sticking with 12/19. Since I chart, I know when I ovulated, and I can tell you that NO baby was made a week later than I thought!

Unfortunately, I only have about 3/4 of a picture because the u/s machine ran out of film when she was trying to print pictures. I was a little pissed that she wouldn't change the film, but at least we have a picture of Gizmo!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Powdercat

So, Alan just called me at work to tell me that Powder has been going in and out of the litterbox every 20 minutes or so, and crying like she wants to be fed or wants attention. i just don't know what to do with this cat! It seems like every 8-9 months or so, she gets a UTI. We've tried switching her food, putting her on the vet recommended wet food that costs $30 for 20 cans. Which she won't eat. We won't be able to take her to the vet until tomorrow afternoon because Alan has a meeting in the morning, and I already have to make up time this week for my Dr. appointment on Tuesday. I'm just terrified that they're going to tell us something is really wrong with her, and suggest we put her down. That would kill both Alan and I....

Saturday, May 1, 2010

New Car!

Well, we got Alan a car today. It's a 2006 Hyundai Elantra. We got it at the same place in Glenolden that we bought my car last summer. The a/c needs to be fixed and we have to bring in his Explorer this week since we're trading it in. But, by next weekend the car will be ours. The best thing is that the payments won't be much more than what we're paying on my car now.

And, while we were test driving the Elantra and several other cars, I found a Little Caesar's! That was probably the best part of the day for me. It's my favorite pizza place, and I only get it when we go back to Indiana. Surprise! I can now get it whenever I want...it's just a 20 min drive away.

Finally, we did our volunteer stuff for our free Disney day this morning. We planted flowers in Woodbury, NJ with their Main Street. It was supposed to be from 8-12, but actually wound up being from 8-10. Works for me!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Sorry It's Taken So Long

to post pictures of our new furniture. It's been a busy couple of weeks. Last Saturday, I took Alan to NYC as part of his Valentine's Day present to see the Tim Burton exhibit at the MoMA. Tim Burton's stuff really isn't my thing, but it was kinda neat. The majority of the exhibit was about his artwork and not his films. I didn't know he started as an animator for Disney, but it's not wonder Disney didn't use any of his stuff for their films...that guy is demented! Alan really enjoyed it though, which is all that matters.
We had planned on going up to Harlem to the Cloisters, which are part of the MoMA, but it was cold and rainy and I really didn't feel like walking around the park in the cold, so we spent the rest of our time there wandering around Macy's and Toys R Us in Times Square. It was nice to get away from Boothwyn for a day!
Yesterday we went to an auction, and boy did I get fried! I didn't think to put on sunscreen for the day, but uhm, yeah, definitely should have! My arms, face and chest are RED. I don't think I've been this burnt since I went to Hawaii in college. I say this every time I get a bad burn, but now I know to wear sunscreen! Let's just say that when we go to Florida in a month, I will be putting on SPF 50 or higher. I really don't want to deal with a burn like this while on vacation.
And now, for the much awaited furniture photos...


Our new bookshelf

end table



tv stand

Monday, April 12, 2010

For Those Gardeners Out There

I found this today. I've become an avid gardener, even though I only have a container garden since we live in a 2nd floor apartment. Last summer I grew green beans, peppers, carrots and tomatoes, as well as tons of herbs and flowers. I'm very excited that the weather has finally warmed up enough that I can start planting my garden! I started fairly late last year, I didn't really plant anything until mid-May, and I had tomatoes growing when we got back from our honeymoon in November! This year, I'm starting early (earlier?) and planting when I get home from work this week.

Yay for fresh veggies and herbs this summer!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

New Furniture!

So Alan and I decided to basically get an entire new living room set minus the couch yesterday. We had been in Target on Friday night (it's how we kill time after dinner before going to the movies) and saw this entertainment center that we both really liked. Well, when we went grocery shopping yesterday, we looked at it again and also looked at the side tables, desk and bookshelf that go with it. Alan wanted to measure his receiver to make sure that it would fit in the entertainment center, but if it did, we were coming back to get everything. When we got home, Alan measured while I looked at the entire collection online. Come to find out that there's a bedroom, office, dining and living room set. So...we bought everything! j/k! Seriously, we wound up going back to purchase the desk, hutch, bookshelf, entertainment center and side tables. I eventually want to get the couch table, desk chair and filing cabinet that go with it. There's a coffee table as well, but i made a deal with Alan that he gets his metal and glass coffee table for allowing me to have the rest of the living room set. We won't get another couch until we move, and I like the couch we have just fine. Almost all the old furniture is stuff Alan bought at an auction when he moved to Muncie for grad school. It's so nice to finally have stuff that "our's"!

I'm stuck at work at the moment, but Alan's busy putting everything together as I type. Our living room looked like we just moved in yesterday and this morning. I can't wait to get home to see what everything looks like.

Here's the collection from Target's website:

Manhattan Living Room Collection
Manhattan Home Office Collection

I know, I know. It's from Target, right. But hey, Target has a lot of stuff we like. And, it's not too expensive, but not so cheap that it falls apart immediately either.

I will post pics of our living room when I get home tonight!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

This is Seriously Awesome!

http://www.easternstate.org/specialevents/bastille.php

One of the girls I used to work with at Target just posted this on her Facebook. I SO want to go!

Monday, April 5, 2010

On a Completely Different Note...

...I have bronchitis! Boo!

I got the flu a couple weeks ago, and I've had this cough that just won't go away. It got worse over the weekend and I finally caved and went to the doctor this afternoon. Since I'm trying to save all my vacation/sick time for Florida and other trips we want to take, I can't take any days off. At least Shawn let me leave early today. Hopefully the antibiotics will kick in soon and get rid of this crap!

I've been meaning to update...

...but it's been a busy last few weeks!

This past weekend my mom and grandma took the train from Fort Wayne out to Philly to visit us for Easter. It was very nice to see them, even though I was ready for them to go home this morning. Alan and I took them to Longwood Gardens, which they loved, and cooked them Easter dinner yesterday. I'm glad they were able to come out here, especially since it might be Christmas before I see them again.

The weekend before, we flew to Louisville, where Alan stayed with his family for the weekend, and I drove to Evansville for my friend Rachel's baby shower. It was good to see her, especially since I know she's busy getting ready for baby and I probably won't get much of a chance to talk to her once she's born.

I spent Saturday night with Melanie and we went to this wine bar in downtown Evansville. It was a blast. I never get to go out like that here, and I never have anyone to drink wine with since Alan thinks it's disgusting. I was really glad to be able to spend some time with her, especially since I didn't get much of a chance to talk to her at the wedding.

We have a busy couple months ahead. We're going to NYC in a few weeks to the Tim Burton exhibit at the MoMA, then to Gettysburg, Williamsburg, a modern architectural tour of Philly and then finally Florida. I know April and May will fly by, and I'll be on that plane to Orlando. Oh, how I love flying! :-)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Chester County Community Band

So I joined the band! I've been wanting to do so ever since we moved out here, but since I had a crazy work schedule at Target, there was no way I was able to. Now that I'm no longer there, I finally sent an email to see if I could join, and even though they're over on clarinets already, they let me. Yay! I went to my first rehearsal last Wednesday, and let's just say that I could definitely tell I haven't played in three years. By the end of rehearsal, it had come back to me, somewhat, but it saddens me a little to think at how far my skill level has sunk since I was in high school, or even college. When I was in college, I played in Wind Ensemble, and even though the parts I was playing weren't challenging in the least, I still played twice a week.
I'm currently playing mainly second, and I'm ok with that. Actually, the few pieces that I am playing first on, I think I would rather play second. If you had asked me that a few years ago what part I was playing, I would be pissed to be playing second, but now it doesn't matter to me, as long as I get to play again. It's so nice to be able to do something that I really enjoy again.
One of the perks of getting away from retail hell.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Flower Show!

So this weekend was a weekend of flowers...yesterday we went to Longwood Gardens and renewed our garden pass. We haven't been since the summer and I was very glad to go again. I got some really good photos of flowers...probably my best yet!I'm thinking of taking my mom and grandma when they come up over Easter.


Today we went to the Philadelphia Flower Show. Alan took me last year, and I really enjoyed it. This year's theme was Passport Around the World and there were gardens representing India, Brazil, Singapore, Ireland and South Africa. It was cool, but it seemed like the focus this year was less on flowers and more on greenery.

This is from the South African section.


I thought the lobster was cute.

One of my favorite places to go is the market, but this year was kind of lame I thought. Alan and I found some really cool painted tin ceiling tiles from an architectural salvage place, but this year we didn't find anything. I did buy some seeds for my garden this year. I've decided to branch out from what I grew last year. I can't wait until planting season begins in May!
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