Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Baby Things

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Self-portrait in the baby's room.
Nice, huh? It's the hormones, I promise.

My mom and Unk and Bevi drove down to the shower last weekend to bring us a cradle, a high chair, all the gifts from the Indiana shower, and the two bags of hand-me-downs from my niece Amber. And, of course, so mom could attend the baby shower I talked about in my last post.

Oh, speaking of the shower - my mom didn't take an embroidery class. I got that wrong. She took a quilting class. She already knew how to embroider. Whichever, it's a darn cute baby quilt.

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The cradle.

The cradle - this cradle was made by mom's dad - my PawPaw - before I was born. I slept in this very cradle! It needed to be reupholstered, having originally been upholstered by my Nana. So, my mom reupholstered the inside and made the cradle a new mattress. It is very, very nice, and I can't wait for my baby to sleep in it. My mom recently sent me some photos of her remaking the inside of the crib - I will post those for you soon too. You can also see in this photo we are collecting what I understand is like two days worth of diapers and wipes. Hee hee.

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The high chair.

The high chair. It was a gift to my mom's parents by HER grandfather. It was my mom's high chair and now it will be for my baby! I love the vintage look and the solidness of this high chair. You can't buy such quality these days!

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The crib.

And, while we are on baby things, here are some photos of other items in the baby's room. We are borrowing a beautiful crib from my friend and work colleague Margaret. We picked it up last weekend and S put it together in the room on Saturday. So, we're all set for sleeping for a while!

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The rocker/recliner.

We purchased a rocker/recliner for the room, which arrived finally last week. We have both "christened" the chair by taking some very nice naps in it. It's very comfortable. The lumbar pillow matches the bedding we registered for, but haven't gotten the rest of it yet...it will eventually look great in the room I think. I like that it is not "babyish" but very little boy modern.

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We have put my toy chest in baby's room. I'd love to find a way to take my name off and add his, but even if we can't do that, we will probably use it for his toys. My Paw Paw also made that for me. He was very handy, no? Nestled on top of the toy chest on the left is a collection of items from my nursery, a baby scale that was my mothers, some stuff that was S's, some new stuff, etc - all of it to go on some shelves on a wall once we get that far.

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The baby already has almost a full basket of books!

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We re-purposed our desk into a changing table and it looks like it's going to work out.

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Also a treasure trove of toys up there for the time being.
My goodness.

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Here is a look at that nice new baby car seat!
Now, to figure out how to install the darn thing...

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And, we purchased and installed a closet system in the half of the closet we're using for the baby to make it more useful. The other side is still general house storage, but this side is now more manageable.

So, there is a look at all of our collected baby things...old and new. I love how it's all coming together! And, I really appreciate the three musketeers driving all the stuff down for me! See you soon.

Monday, June 28, 2010

One Fabulous Weekend

Last weekend (as in not the last two days, but LAST weekend - I know, I am behind...) my friends Kellie, Cathy and Tricia hosted a baby shower for some friends and family here in Dallas. It was an amazing event. We also had the opportunity to visit with Kellie and Cathy from out of town and their respective families. We don't get to visit enough, so that was also very nice. AND...and, and...my mom and Uncle and Bevi came to town with baby cradle and highchair in tow, as well as all the gifts from the Indiana shower and the hand-me-downs from my niece. It was a great weekend. And I'll attempt to tell you all about it here.

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The hostesses - Cathy, Kellie and Tricia

First, the baby shower. It was amazing. It was held at a local Italian restaurant in a private room.The hostesses - I think you have met them all before - Cathy was my college roommate for three years and the matron of honor at our wedding (matron instead of maid by only three weeks!). She and her family live in Arkansas now and we don't see enough of each other, but when we do it's as if time stood still and we can just talk like we visited yesterday. It's so great to have friends like that, no? Kellie and I were in band and work study together and she was in S's class at school. You saw HER baby shower held just last year for baby Sam here on the blog, as well as the triathlon relay that she and I and one more brave lady did together last May. Tricia was my pot luck freshman roommate at SMU and lives in the Dallas area these days so we get to do many things together. You met her husband Wayne here on the blog and read all about their wedding only two short years ago. It is so nice to have such wonderful friends as these girls!

The girls went all out to decorate the room - the table decorations, menus and favors were totally cute.

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Menu (which mimicked the invite) and a favor.

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Table decorations.

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Another table decoration!

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More table decor.

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So cute!

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And, the masterpiece - the cake!

And the cake - it was like the cutest thing ever. And it tasted good too! Kellie's husband Kevin's cousin is the manager at Cakes Amore in Plano. The design sort of mimics the bedding we chose for the baby's room. No matter the inspiration, it was oh so cute, no?

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Me and Marcia

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Me and my Mama!

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The three Wag sisters-in law - one baby down, two to go!

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Me with S's cousin Carrie Jo.
So nice to see her at the shower!

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Cheryl's cousins Kay and Kay.
Yes, that's right. The Kays!

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One table of lovely guests - Carrie Jo, Sharon, Ginny, Star and Martha

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Cathy, the Kays, Linda, Laura, Kellie and Tricia

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Holly, Kim, Cheryl, Cindi and Brooke

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S's very tanned cousin Lynn (just back from Greece) and Me.

We had a wonderful collection of guests as well who were oh so generous in their gifting for baby S. I mean, really, really generous. We received some amazing gifts! And it was certainly nice to see everyone and get to visit for a bit. Many other good friends and family who span the miles and years were in attendance. It was humbling to see they made the trip to attend! Oh - and you can see my 33 week belly up there too. 33 weeks and counting!

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My mom made a few items...this bib...can you read it?

It says, "50% Hoosier, 50% Texan, 100% Loved". Awww! Then, I found out my mother took a hand embroidery class so she could make me this:

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An adorable baby quilt!
The dog house says, "Wags" and the wagon says "2010"

Please forgive the origami I seem to be doing with my own arm. Ahem. It is beautiful and I love it and Baby S will too. I should say she also plans to embroider the baby's name on the quilt, but since we aren't sharing that yet, it's not yet embroidered on there.

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That wasn't the only handmade gift!

The afghan above was made by Mrs. Dempsey, the mother of another college friend, and was accompanied by some other lovely gifts. She had us all over to her house so many times in college (and since) that I couldn't even count them. It was so sweet to have this special gift from her as well, and to see her at the shower!

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Blocks!

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A car seat!

This gift was from Cheryl's good friends Linda and Ron. I said, "Now we can bring him home from the hospital!" when I opened it. Linda wrote me a sweet note in her card telling me that when S was born he was very special to them and they enjoyed being around him when he was a baby so much so that when her own son was born years later she waited to name him but knew she must or she would end up calling him S! Very sweet, and a very generous gift we very much appreciate.

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There were many, many more fabulous gifts!

Like butt paste (lots of it!), clothes, bibs, receiving blankets, socks, booties, onesies, burp clothes, books, bottles, bottle brushes, gift cards (even one to Home Depot!) and all things babies need. I even received a breast pump from my mother and we received a Wii from one of the Kays! The lady at the store suggested we register for it so I can use it to get in shape at home after the baby is born, but of course we will enjoy it between now and then as well. And, my hostesses not only threw this amazing shower but gave me amazing gifts too.

It was a lovely, lovely event and I am so thankful for the time, effort and resources that went into it from everyone. It is truly humbling to attend these showers as the honored guest and see and hear all the wonderful things people are saying and giving to you. We are so blessed.

Since this has already gone a bit, I'll come back another day to show you what my mom and Unk and Bevi brought us from Indy and more. See you soon!

Friday, June 11, 2010

A Very Nice Baby Shower Indeed

Last weekend two of my friends, Teal and Carol, hosted a baby shower for me at Teal's house. The group gathered were members of my woman's group and some people from a Sunday School class we used to attend regularly.

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The invites.

It was a lovely affair - Teal and Carol mailed off some adorable invitations and put out an amazing spread of food and decorations for us all to enjoy. It was nice to visit with everyone and of course we were the wonderful recipients of some very useful gifts for Baby S. In addition, my hostesses collected "momma advice" from all the attendees and even some who could not be there to send me on my way in the right direction. Here are some highlights.

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The dining table all decorated!

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Look at this adorable floral arrangement!
Johnetta, who owns The Wicker Basket, a Dallas flower shop, made it.

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The cute little petit fours (is that spelled right?)

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Betsy, visiting with my mother-in-law, Cheryl

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More visiting - that is Teal on the right.
With Katrina, Caren and Pat.

Carol was not able to attend the actual event because she recently had back surgery. We of course very much missed having her at the event. But, we took these photos and stories over to her house afterward so she could experience it in a small way.

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Mikee (Sophie and Sadie's mom) and Johnetta, the floral arranger.

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The gift pile.

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Everyone getting ready for presents.

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The beautiful quilt from Carol, made by her daughter Mary.

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Johnetta wrote down the gift list for me.

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Betsy ushered the gifts around the room so everyone could see.

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Look - baby's first laptop!

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Sweet toys.

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Members of my group who were there, minus Betsy.
(she had to leave before the photo)

It was such a nice affair with some really fun ladies. Thanks to all of them for coming, and for my fabulous hostesses for putting it all together. It was great! We are lucky enough to have two more showers coming up in the next few weeks. And, I am so grateful to be getting these wonderful gifts of needed baby things. I'll keep you posted here of course!

See you soon.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Apparently I'm One of THOSE People

So, I think, given it's been WEEKS since I blogged about anything else, and the blogging has really slowed to a snail's pace - I think, God help me, I think I've become one of THOSE PEOPLE who have nothing - absolutely nothing - nothing else to talk about except their kid(s).

AND MY KID ISN'T EVEN HERE YET!

People, this doesn't bode well for me. Or you. Or this blog. Sister, I have to find a way out of this quagmire. But, you see, it is truly consuming my world right now. First, he is with me all the time. Heh heh. Affecting my mood, my body, my digestive tract. Second, there is so much to DO before arrives that when I am not at work, I am pretty much DOING that. So forget the cool hobbies. Forget taking photos of a lovely field of wildflowers at dusk. Which I have passed several days with the notion to return but have not. Forget pretty much anything remotely interesting for the foreseeable future. I am so very sorry about that. I really am. I hope one day, before he turns 18, I can return to my previous list of things to talk about. Read about. Spend time about. Forget it. Because, my friend, sadly, for now, I have unconsciously and unavoidably one of THOSE PEOPLE. Good God. Help me.

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So, since I'm one of those people, today's post is of course about that. Some random updates for you. First, as of yesterday, I am now officially 31 weeks pregnant. This is obviously not a monthly milestone, but it does get the weeks LEFT - that is, if I go to 40 weeks - it takes the weeks left until this blessed event down to single digits - only 9 weeks and counting. That photo up there was taken on Saturday (30 weeks and 6 days) so you can see an update of my largess, shall we say. It was taken at a lovely baby shower, of which I will speak in more detail later this week. Because, of course, it fits in the ONLY topic apparently available at this juncture. And because it was wonderful.

But for today, second, my mom sent me photos from the Indiana shower to include in my baby book. And in said photos was this photo:

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Me and My Mama

Included in the photos from the fabulous surprise Indiana shower was that lovely photo of me and my mom! Isn't it a nice one of both of us? I really liked it, so I had to share it with you.

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The fabulous hostesses from the May baby shower - Deborah is 2nd from right.

Third, my friend Deborah and her husband John gave birth to their daughter Rachel last week. I went by to see them, but didn't take my camera. Well, I had the purse camera but the lighting was low and we were visiting so much that I didn't remember to take a photo! I plan to take their little family a meal sometime soon, so I'll get some photos of the new little one then to share with you!

OK, fourth. Fourth I am typing this from the utility room, where we have now set up office and vacated the guest room to make it into baby's room. The computer/desk stuff was the last to go, and I feel as if we have completed a minor miracle getting the space cleaned out. Seriously. So, all that is left in the room is what is staying there. I even spent some time Sunday night putting baby stuff away in the room. It was fun! Now - having my home office right next to the back door - well the verdict is still out on that one. I am dangerously close to the outside creepy crawlies that seem to sometimes make it inside the back door. We are going to have to come to terms with one another's presence very soon or I am not sure I will spend much time right here! But, I am willing to give it the old college try - and a good spray of insecticide.

And, last but not least, we had another doctor visit last Wednesday. They are every other week at this point, soon to become weekly quality time at the obgyn's place. Last Wednesday, you may remember, was to be our second try at the 3D sonogram. I followed the sonogram technician's instructions and drank a Coca-Cola while sitting in the waiting room. I am here to tell you this did nothing to budge baby S from where he wanted to be. This time, in fact, he was intent on playing with his fingers and rubbing his eyes - covering his face from time to time - while we were trying to snatch a peak. The sonogram technician again didn't think we were able to get a "great" shot, so we have scheduled one more outing as part of my visit on the 16th. If it doesn't happen then, sister, then it just isn't going to happen. We'll wait for his arrival a few short weeks later.

He still has only "peach fuzz" - of course we don't know what color that fuzz is. And he still might get more hair before he arrives on the outside. And, remember, the nose is distorted in these photos, so we'll have to wait for him to get here before we can decide who's nose he has. Here are the "best" of the 2nd try "photos" and a few more details from the doctor visit:

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The best "front" shot, but the nose is distorted.
He has gotten chubbier, no?

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Cute little mouth finishing a yawn...

I met another one of the doctors in the office for this visit. And, don't tell my regular doctor, but I really liked her. Like maybe even better than my regular doctor. She was great. Turns out I lost those two pounds I picked up as of last visit, so I am back down to total weight gained of one pound. Go figure.


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Side profile with hands on face.

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Another "sleepy" look.

And, I decided to start asking questions to follow up on something the surgeon said to me two years ago after a procedure I had. See, (skip to the next paragraph if you don't want the details...) I had surgery to remove a rather large pedunculated fibroid - that is a fibroid outside of the uterus. It was laparoscopic surgery. The fibroid was held onto the outside of my uterus by a large stalk. Because of that stalk, they had to cut into the uterine wall to remove the entire thing. At the time the surgeon mentioned he wasn't sure I would be able to labor naturally because of this cutting. The danger is that the uterus could rupture. Pretty horrible danger.


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Last one - eye is open here.

So anyhoo, I asked the doctor about this, and asked them to look into it so I could know what they think I will be able to do. And, it turns out I do indeed need to plan to have a c-section. In one way, I want what is totally best and safest. On the other hand, I am a bit bummed I won't get to try it the old fashioned way. But, there are upsides - my parents will be able to know when I am scheduled to have the baby, and will be able to plan accordingly to be here. Insurance will pay for more paid maternity leave. Of course, that's because it's a harder recovery, of course, but I prefer to think of it as a positive to have more weeks paid. And there are many, many more pros and cons. But, that's the deal. There's the skinny. Seems I won't be walking around as long as possible in labor anyway.

Instead, they will let my baby out via c-section on July 30th! We now have a birth date - which happens to be not only my Unk's birthday but my cousin Robin's son Gabe as well. So he will be in good company. And a deadline - we now know EXACTLY when we need to be ready for this little boy to join us. Boy oh boy oh boy!

So I think that gets you up to speed, except, of course, for a recap of the wonderful baby shower last weekend. Which, of course I will get to later this week. Thanks for reading, and thanks for understanding that I can't seem to help becoming one of THOSE PEOPLE.

See you soon.