Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Shorts vs. Stocking Hats

Ok, only in the midwest......

It was beautiful yesterday- for a little bit. We saw a high of 73 degrees and sunshine. I think it was still in the 70s at 1:00pm. Well, by 4:00pm it had dropped 40 degrees, was snowing and winds were blowing around 50mph. Our high yesterday was 73 and the low was about 12 degrees.

How is this even possible?!?!

We are supposed to get anywhere from 5-8 inches of snow tomorrow night.
Maybe Friday it will be 65! :)

Monday, January 28, 2008


I don't know why I haven't been keeping up on blogging. It seems like ever since we found out we were pregnant, my schedule has completely flipped upside down.

So, just a few odds and ends....

- I've missed some birthday wishes- My mother in laws birthday was last week, so HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY LINDA! We did get to have dinner with her to celebrate, but being a bad daughter in law, I didn't post.
My nephew turned two over a week ago too. Happy 2nd Birthday to Tucker. We just had cake and ice cream for him yesterday at my Grandma's.

- I don't know what I will do about shaving "down there" for the rest of my pregnancy. It is getting harder and harder because my belly is getting bigger and bigger. I can't really see what I'm doing. Sorry if this is TMI, but it really has been on my mind lately. I guess I could turn to waxing. I used to wax every once in awhile, but just prefer to take care of it myself. I told Keith he is just gonna have to roll up his sleeves and help me! :)

- Keith had a job interview last Thursday with a nearby school district. They are trying to create an opening that would start in August. If you think of it, pray for him. He'd really like this district and it is close, so we wouldn't have to move.

- I got a refund check in the mail from a hospital visit in July 2006! I didn't even know that I had overpaid the hospital, so this check was extra-exciting! They could have never reimbursed me and I wouldn't have known the difference! The money is going right into our "baby fund", which is the money I am saving for my maternity leave.

- Oh, my husband informed me that we are no longer able to fit comfortably laying on the couch together. He said that we aren't "slim pickin's", which basically means that I have gotten too big for snuggles on the couch! Why, oh, why didn't we purchase a deeper couch? :)

- I mentioned that we were going to go on a budget. We are getting things ready for the big transition. Our messages at church for the next couple of weeks are dealing with finances and our pastor gave a handout to record exactly where your money is going. We are going to write down where every dime goes, which we think will help us in establishing our budget. (Big breath)

So, that's about it in my life.
I'm trying to catch up on everyone's blogs. I'll get there, I promise!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


I have to share a conversation with you that I had the other day. You may remember in previous posts that for a couple of months, I worked at the clinic instead of the health department. Well, I went back to the clinic for the first time since October. Needless to say, my body has changed a bit over the last few months. I ran into one of the women who work in the lab. Here is our conversation.....

Her: "My, you've put on some weight"
Me: (a little taken back by her brutal honesty) "Baby weight" (protectively rubbing my ever-growing stomach)
Her: "Oh! I was looking at you and wasn't sure if you were pregnant. I didn't want to say anything"
Me: "Yes, I am. 20 weeks now" (thinking, you didn't want to ask if I was pregnant, but you had no problem calling me fat!?!?)

She must have forgotten to turn on her verbal filter that morning!

Mail for Baby Book!

Baby got a package in the mail today from her "Aunt" Tracy and family....

It is the cutuest little dress. It will be perfect for those warm summer months!

Aren't little girl clothes just the sweetest?!?!

Thank you Trace! :)

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Drum roll please......

We had our ultrasound today.

At first our baby was not being cooperative (position-wise). I was praying "God, if it is your will that we know, please let the baby move". Well, the baby did move...

(This is a picture of the profile. I had to scan it and for some reason can't crop it, but you get the idea.)

We are having a little girl!!!

She is 10 oz right now. 2 oz shy of a can of coke! We saw her open and close her mouth and move her legs, although I can't feel any of that movement yet. It was so strange to watch her moving on the screen, know that the movement was happening in my body and not feel it!

Now we have to start thinking of names.....

Today is the day.....

Our ultrasound is at 11:00 today. It was the very first thought I had this morning. Well, second thought- right after "can I push snooze one more time?". We are so excited to see our baby's first picture!!! And of course, to find out if Baby is a boy or girl.

I was getting dressed today and picking out my shoes. I was deciding between blue shoes or pink shoes. I had one shoe of each color on my feet. I told Keith, "I wonder if this is forshadowing..."

I picked the pink shoe to wear today, but just because it looked better with my outfit.

I'm sure there will be another post coming later today.....

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Learning Something New Every Day......

I gotta tell ya, I had NO IDEA how much things would change with me after I became pregnant. Of course, I realize the basics, my belly is going to get bigger (along with other body parts), I was going to feel more tired and possibly sick, and all the usuals. But, I have discovered so many more changes that I was not prepared for!

-Not only am I tired, but I have no guilt about "resting" now. BP (before pregnancy), I was not an advocate of naps or just laying around. I felt like there was always something more productive to be doing. Naps were a waste of my time. Now, I nap and I sleep for about 10 hours/night on the weekends! I never used to sleep past 7:00 or 7:30 on Saturday or Sunday mornings, but now.... 8:00 or 8:30 is not an uncommon time for me to roll out of bed. AND, it doesn't even bother me! BP, I would have felt like I wasted my day getting out of bed at that time. I just keep telling myself to enjoy it while I can because I am sure things will change once June comes!

-Smells! Oh, the smells. My nose has developed a mind of its own. I can smell something 15 minutes before anyone else does. Sometimes my acute sense of smell makes me think I am going crazy. For instance, today at work I smelled chicken. No one else smelled it. I kept asking, are you sure you don't smell chicken? Turns out, a coworker was eating chicken in her office down the hall with the door closed!
Coffee is another strong smell to me. I used to adore a cup of coffee. Now, the mere smell of it makes me sick. I am so hoping that this goes away after Baby Book comes. I miss my morning cup of joe. One thing about the new and improved sense of smell- there is no in between. Smells either are pleasing or make me sick.

-The aches and pains. Don't get me wrong, I knew they would come, I just didn't realize they would come so early on. My back hurts from time to time and sometimes I feel like my ribs are bruised. I can't stand on my feet for long periods of time barefoot. Oh, and I get out of breath just climbing the stairs. I know this will only get worse...

-My shopping habits. I used to be a shopaholic. Seriously, I had a problem. Once I found out I was pregnant, there went my desire for "new" things. Sure, I need some new maternity clothes and things like that. But, I truly need those things. Now, what I want to buy most of all are clothes and bedding and baby furniture. I am hoping that this does not change after pregnancy. I kind of like not shopping so much and will be much easier to start our budget! :)

-Hair growth. I want the hair on my head to start growing quickly and maybe it is, but I am noticing all the other body hair. It's like I've poured Miracle Grow on my legs and underarms. I've already told Keith that there is no way I will be able to bend over and shave towards the end of the pregnancy, so he will have to help me. Oh, same goes for bending over to apply lotion. I guess I can sit down for both, but still not so sure how that will work either....

-I've become needy. Just ask Keith. He tells me all the time, but he says it in a cute way. I want him around 24/7. Not just in the apartment with me, but next to me on the couch- touching. He'll be sitting in his chair and I will be on the couch and I will just look at him and rub the empty spot next to me and he will laugh and come over to sit by me. I have a feeling he is hoping this does change after pregnancy.

These are just a few of the changes... I know I will be surprised with many more to come. I'm sure I'll share those too!

Oh, by the way, tomorrow is 19 weeks and our ultrasound is scheduled for Thursday at 11:00am. We'll know if we are having a boy or girl. I can't believe it's time for that already!!! I cannot wait to see our lil Baby Book on the screen!!!!

Friday, January 4, 2008

My Newest Venture.....

I'm sad to say that Keith and I have never lived on a budget.
I'm ready to start. Preparing for a child and the added expense it will bring, has started the "thinking wheels". It's time we regulated our spending.

So, I am trying to figure out what we spend each month on every little thing. This is hard work. I can't imagine keeping track of where every little dollar goes, but I think that once we start, it will make a huge difference. All those "littles" are going to add up.

I'm sure it will be a bit of a shock to our systems, but the benefits have to outweigh the costs, right?!

Do you live on a budget? What have you learned works and doesn't work? Any tips for a beginner?

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Happy Birthday Trace!

Yesterday was my friend Tracy's birthday. Sorry I didn't post yesterday Trace, but I was thinking about you! I hope you had a great day and got a chance to enjoy some of that Ellingson birthday cake!! I love you and our friendship and cannot wait to see you in a week!!!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Preggie Pictures

These pictures are from a couple of weeks ago. I am so behind in posting, but I promise to catch up! So, today I am 18 weeks, but in these pictures I was about 16 weeks pregnant.