Wednesday, December 19, 2007

getting so big...

day 3 of Attempting Solid Food...well, cereal at least. right now it's all about the experience rather than the amount of rice that gets in his little belly...however, the small bit he had today was WELL received--he started really going after the spoon! yep, he's an eater. oh's a little bittersweet, knowing that i won't supply all his food anymore. but he still needs me to shovel the rice in, so it's ok.

here's the latest--if you listen intently, you can hear a little TOOT in the beginning! hahaha...maybe that's not as amusing to anyone else, but i might as well share. and then you can enjoy the squealing, his latest trick, and see him get up on his side. yes...this is what i do all day. :) happy last week until Christmas!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Christmas card outtakes...

Yesterday my brother-in-law snapped a few pictures of us by our tree...I really need to get cards printed up (unoriginal, yes...but also FAST thanks to the beauty of Sam's Club 1-hour photo and Mail Merge).

Some of the shots that didn't pass we weren't drinking:
but the baby was:

jeremy was getting bored and got caught post-yawn, pre-smile:this is my favorite:

happy monday!!!

Thursday, December 06, 2007


my forecast is done!!

my first (wearable) sweater. there may or may not be another sweater under a bed somewhere. i made a few changes--smaller bobbles, longer ribbing--and i like how it turned out!

oh baby...we've hit a bit of a rough patch--i called the nurse, she says he's teething, i don't quite buy it. cough/runny nose/generally cranky/but no fever. we'll see, i guess. for now, i'll just rip all my hair out. neat.

at least he's cute:

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

happy little day

how about a happy list? it's always the little things that bring me joy...and today i'm feeling it!

1. the heated matress pad is back on the bed. last year at this time, i was newly pregnant, so i was very sparing w/ the heat...not so this time around. i think i cooked myself last night...hopefully i can have more babies...

2. there is now a four-month-old in the house! he was reallllly good for his shots yesterday. last time he screamed all the way out of the office and all the way home and all afternoon and...this time, he was over it by the time we left the exam room! he's now 15 pounds, 13 ounces. his current tricks are: sticking out his tounge, grabbing his feet, and peeing on his head. look out, ladies.

3. gingerbread lattes...even better when your husband brings them home for you.

4. great friends who will babysit! it's now my official duty to find the sitter whenever we need one...i don't like asking people to take my kid, so it's great that it was so easy this time!

5. i'm almost done with Forecast for National Knit a Sweater Month...technically, i started it LAST November and quit when i found out i was wouldn't fit by the time i would finish it, so into the cedar chest it went. now it's out, and has been ripped out quite a bit, but i just have a little bit of the body and button bands left!

6. i am almost done with the nasty job of going through the boxes we pulled down from the attic...i haaaaaate going through old stuff--it takes forever and every piece of crap seems to take on emotional it becomes hard to throw anything out, and we're right back where we started...the end is in sight, and i've thrown a LOT of stuff away this time! yay me!

7. i am roughly 1/2 done with Christmas shopping!!! lots of secrets!!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Sam gives a shout to his people near and far...

you'll hear my washer start spinning at the end...geez i never realized it was THAT loud!!

Monday, October 08, 2007

pretty dang grateful...

to get to hang out with THIS GUY all day long! it's hard, sometimes, to not be "at work", feeling like i'm being productive and contributing to society and my household...but i know that i really am doing those very things by staying home. it just feels a little different, and i'm still adjusting...

yes, he knows they lost...what a mess last night...honestly...but i had to get a picture of him with his team gear on.
we're having a pretty decent monday. it's going to be 90 degrees, so i had to get an early start to make good on my promise to myself to get back in shape...went running for the first time since he was born. actually the first time since probably november?? not sure. i took pregancy and the winter months as an excuse to just do the elliptical machine and some prenatal yoga...and it is very clear that i took it easy! but the jogging stroller make it soooo very nice. highly recommended!! it is also highly recommended to leave it out in a very prominent place in the garage to remind you to get out and use it...even when it's so very hot and sticky out...

speaking of hot and sticky...camping this weekend was really pretty good, considering we had an infant along who isn't very flexible about his schedule or surroundings! he slept pretty well, although i did not. i was convinced that the nasty raccoons that were casing our tent late at night were going to carry him off if i fell asleep...i yelled at them. it did nothing. nasty creatures. but a good annual fall camping trip, even though the weather didn't line up with the whole idea of FALL. hello, october? where are you? pumpking spice everything tastes better when it's at least down to 75. so does knitting. it seems a little silly to play with wool when you're sweating all over it, but i got 75% of a sock finished!!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

am i hearing what i think i'm hearing?

last night, sam was fussing a little bit. the kind where he's fighting going to sleep and just needs to suck it up and conk out for the night. he's like his mom that way.
the fussing sort of went like this: wah. wah. wah. wah. no screaming, just a half-hearted little deal. i laughed at him because i'm that kind of mother. at least so far. and his little sound, still going w/ the same rhythm, changed into a little laugh! i thought i was making it up, but he smiled and kept doing it, and i kept laughing at him. praise God, our kid has a sense of humor already! this is good, very good. and yes he wound up falling asleep, but only after more grub. kid is a pigggglet.

here he is in overalls--who doesn't love a baby in overalls??? well, the baby didn't care what we thought, because he peed all over said overalls. oh well, at least i got a picture.
SOOOO very much looking forward to camping this weekend! we're actually leaving tomorrow night, so we'll have all of Friday too. ahhhh...i did the shopping yesterday. it's fun to let go a little bit and buy mostly junky food. hot dogs, smores stuff, little debbies, hot cocoa...i realize some people do some seriously gourmet stuff on camping trips (or at least the backpacking magazines would have you believe this...) but we just do junk food. it's half the fun. top it off with some caramel sundaes (yes i'm mentioning them again--they are that good) and we'll be all set.

taking a new knitting project...i told myself i would finish something before starting a new something, but this is camping!! i have to comemmorate the event with socks!! i'm making monkey socks with Cherry Tree Hill Supersock...the color is Indian Summer. it's all fallish and yummy. perfect!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

stick a needle in your leg...HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

today is sam's 2-month birthday. and we celebrate big around here. i took all his clothes off and had him stabbed three times with a needle. i don't know what all he's vaccinated against, but i do know that he has a band-aid on each leg and is realllly tired.

i thought i'd make it through, no sweat. tough love, kid. buuuut...the tears welled up when i heard his SCREAM, saw the nurse shake him to get him to breathe again...and watched him cry and cry and cry...i needed a drink. being that it was only 11:30 and i didn't think a cocktail was appropriate, i drove us to starbucks and partook of a tasty pumpkin spice latte...mmmm fall!!!

i love fall...not as much as i love summer, because it means dreary winter will be coming next...but i do love the START of fall, with cool-ish days and the leaves and the way the light is a little different. and because there is a montrosity of a tent in my backyard:

crappy picture. but i just took it through the window from my little office chair. it's our new tent that will comfortably sleep two adults on a queen size air matress and a baby in a pack-and-play. it's huge. you're actually really only seeing HALF of it in the picture. i think our days of seriously roughing it are gone for a little while. i'll miss being able to pack and leave in a matter of minutes. but for a few years, will change gears a little bit. and it's ok. woohoo for brown county in a little over a week!! i'm really glad we decided not to call off our trip (fourth year in a row!) just because there's a little one...i want to have fun family traditions! hiking and seeing all the leaves, walking through nashville, getting pumpkin sundaes....MMMMM....i think i'm most excited about those pumpkin sundaes!

he's not mad about it either:

took that picture at kevin and amanda's during the colts game last weekend. kevin got a huge grin out of sammy! love it!

ohhhh and fall means johnny appleseed, so i bought a ton of apples at the farmer's market and made a PIE! and it is GOOD! it tastes like someone else made it!!! as hava says, i'm's proof:

Tuesday, September 11, 2007


i'm going nuts.
i'm get stupider.
i kid you not.

i just found myself in the bathroom,
all geared up to take a shower (ahhh...sleeping baby = clean kelly)
with a LOAF OF BREAD in my hand.
no i didn't wash it.

i would say i need sleep, but i don't!
last night was awesome!
baby slept 10-4, and i went to bed before that, thanks to a great mother in law who likes to kidnap my baby and a husband who didn't mind feeding and putting the little muppet to bed.

off to make a sandwich.

Monday, September 10, 2007

productive day???!!!!! (sort of)

amazing...I feel like I actually got something DONE today. probably for the first time since entering the land of mommy. today I was able to:
  • get Sam to the doctor
  • pick up a prescription (the ladies at the Target pharmacy are wonderful--they were trying to close for lunch and I show up with a screaming baby and they filled his Rx before leaving...bless you, kind women with bad eye makeup!)
  • pick up pictures at Walgreens (have not yet cut up and corner-rounded the wallets yet, but you can't ask for too much...)
  • FINALLY ordered some dang birth announcements! It will be OLD NEWS when they get into the recipients' hands, but at least I tried! They were actually ready in an hour, but it's pushing it to plan anything too far ahead, so I'll pick them up whenever "Happy Sam Time" strikes tomorrow! Phew!
  • there is even chicken thawing for a REAL dinner!

Now, before I sound too impressive, I must point out that mommyness has made me stupid. Today I got all hooked up to the breast pump and I was troubled by milk running onto my lap. I HAD FORGOTTEN TO PUT ONE OF THE BOTTLES yes, I am stupid now. Sorry kid, your mom is dumb now.

But it appears that a dumb mom makes for a really cute kid, if I do say so myself!! On daddy's lap at the computer--look at those TOES!!! smmooooooch!!!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

one month already??!!

how does that happen? he's already over a month old. i think i saw the hint of a smile a couple of times. we've had some successful outings--two dinners out in a row and a trip to target WITHOUT screaming. good news, i say. no professional photos this time--but i took a few on monday. here's one i really like:

in other news, jeremy told me today to not die. i will take that as a compliment, as in i'm doing a good job taking care of the little muppet and there would be no milk otherwise. at this very moment, though, he's out with the bro-in-law and took that baby with him. so i'm going to get off the computer and do something i want to do! yay!

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

have we really been home a week??

it doesn't seem like it, but i guess when you consider all the adventures(?) we've had over the past few days, it starts to seem like a week has passed!

this is the face he makes most of the time. i tell him to stop, or he'll get wrinkles, but he's not doing so good in the minding his mother department yet. he looks alternately puzzled or angry or deep in thought...

the baby bjorn is awesome, but maybe not the best for eating spaghetti!
these are the souvenirs from my trip to the fire station: an ice pack, a chocolate basketball (for being such a good SPORT!) and my wedding ring--in pieces. bent pieces. i got all high and mighty sunday morning. we were planning on going to church. took a shower, put on cute clothes, put on makeup...felt i looked pretty good for having a baby only 8 days i put on the wedding rings...bad idea. finger swelled up like you would not believe. purple...bad...we were able to get the engagement ring off with windex and dental floss (i kid you not, my husband is McGyver) but the wedding ring was tougher and i started to panic when i saw how PURPLE my finger was getting. went to the fire station, got it cut off. sigh. that's what i get for PRIDE. we never made it to church...and it's a shame because the baby was sooooo good--he would have been great had we gone. sigh. maybe next sunday. sans rings.
and this is just a good "poop on my shirt" picture because poop spilling out of a diaper onto the floor is funny no matter how you look at it. thanks, aunt jamie, for the picture!
ahhhh...domestic bliss.

Friday, August 03, 2007

welcome samuel!

It's a boy! We're so excited that little Samuel got here safe and sound (via an unplanned and we're pretty sure our friends and family are, too. We've had amazing support from them and lots of help around the house, and lots of great food!

He's now a week old and we are all doing much better now that the "milk truck" showed up. So far, it's just eat.poop.sleep.lather.rinse.repeat.

Stay tuned for new updates! Mom needs a nap!

Monday, July 23, 2007

40 weeks and an eviction notice.

How far along: 40 weeks AND TWO DAYS.

Weight Gained: 25 pounds. ugh.

Cravings: Nothing to note. Enjoying fruit, I guess.

Clothing: A swimsuit.

Sleeping: Pretty decent, I guess. Considering I sleep in a CHAIR. Jeremy was oh so kind and moved the chair and ottoman into our bedroom in the middle of the night during a furious thunderstorm! I've slept there, slept in a recliner at the lake cottage, and tried the bed last night. The bed was actually ok again last night.

Boy or girl: I say boy...will we EVER find out????

Movement: Still quite a bit, which is good, because that means baby is still healthy. But I've also heard that babies slow down as the time approaches...which is not so encouraging for my present discomfort!! :)

What I miss: Having conversations that don't begin with "Still no baby yet?"

Best moment this week: Having good times with the hubs, making plans for how to keep "us" in front of baby. So we have something to give the poor child!

Milestones: The passage of the due date. Sigh. And another day after that, too. And the passage of some interesting things from my body...TMI?

Non-Baby News: Had a pretty nice weekend at the lake! Oh how we love the lake!

Friday, July 20, 2007

maybe it means I'm finally nesting?

So on Wednesday, with three days to go until the official due date for this bundle of joy, I did what any woman in her right mind would do. I started a quilt for the baby. Partially because it was something I wanted to do, partially because it was something that would fill my time instead of just shuffling around waiting for labor to start, and partially because I have this weird feeling that the more projects I have started (and not finished) around the time the baby comes, the more likely it will be that I have the baby before finishing any of them. It's my own version of reverse psychology. To get the baby to show up and party down with us.

Well, I finished the quilt.

And still no baby.

But I guess that's ok. Because as much as the baby won't need a quilt right away, much less in JULY, it's nice to have it all done and looking pretty in the nursery. And I won't have to try to finish it up in between feeding and at really odd hours once the baby interrupts my regularly scheduled life.

Ok. Enough tell, now show:Oh dangitall...I didn't turn it right side up. Too bad for you, faithful readers. All two of you. I'm not fixing it. Turn your head 90 degrees to the right and enjoy the view.

Here it is behaving nicely on the crib:

That's all for now. Maybe I'll go rebuild an engine now. Or re-upholster the couches. Or start my own home-based business placing small classified ads. Haha. More like I'm going to go take a nap.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

39 weeks is not as far as it sounds...not to me!

How far along: 39 weeks. Should be the home stretch, but does NOT feel that way!!

Weight Gained: Holding steady at about 24 pounds. That's like eating 96 quarter pounders. Gross. I would definitely rather have a baby than eat 96 quarter pounders.

Cravings: I'm pretty serious about enjoying tomatoes out of the garden, but I'm not sure that I'm really craving anything at this point.

Clothing: Screw it. No just kidding. I don't know, just some longer shorts and random tanks and tees. You can see from the picture above that I'm just wear a t-shirt and pj pants today. Nothing buy classy around here.

Sleeping: Wellllll...I've surely slept better, that's for sure. I've had some bad nights lately--between midnight and 3am it seems that baby would like to find the exit door, but just can't figure it out...lots of squirming and poking and jabbing and then I toss and turn and burp a lot and make Jeremy really weary of me. He hasn't left the room yet, which is very nice of him. I love him. A couple of benadryl help both baby and me do a little better at night. Though this morning I woke up and baby was nearly in my throat. Little buddy scooted pretty far up my torso. Someone please tell this little person that s/he is supposed to move DOWN. And soon.

Boy or girl: I say boy and I say 8lb4oz, Jeremy says girl and 7lb14oz. Ladies and gentlemen, it's time to place your bets.

Movement: Please refer to above comments about sleep.

What I miss: Hmmm...well all of the things that I've ever said I've been missing. Because I'm getting a little impatient, I guess, and yearning for them all a bit more. I guess sometimes it would be nice to see my feet. Haha. This picture makes me laugh.

Best moment this week: Good times with the hubs. We're really so very blessed to be able to spend all this time off from work together before the baby comes. I really don't feel like we are missing out on any "us" time before become a little family of three. Because we do lots of things together and he plays me songs that make me feel all schmoopy and special.

Milestones: Well, the ultrasound-determined due date (Monday) has passed. Several phone calls that day...haven't returned very many of them, sorry if that's you. You'll know when I know. Well, maybe a bit after. I had an appointment that day and everyone in the office was like "any big news for us???" and all I can say is I can just tell that junior isn't ready, you know. Just an ESP-sort of thing. Saturday is probably the more accurate due date, so we'll go with that, and the doctor would probably want to induce late next week if that day passes as well. Not entirely sure how I feel about that. We'll see what my body is or isn't doing at that point. But I reallllyyyy don't want to wind up with a c-section because they tried to get the little buddy out before it was time and my body woudn't cooperate. There's no reason right now. Baby is strong--good kicks and heartbeat at the appointment, and nothing to worry about.

Non-Baby News: Had our first batch of garden salsa on Sunday, oh YUM. Tomatoes, peppers, and onions--so simple, but it was soooo good. If there was any doubt, it's cleared up now. It's SUMMER. AND the bromeliad I've had for two years or so finally has a bloom--I love it!!!
I also have a very lazy cat...I assure you he doesn't learn this behavior from me.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

38 weeks and counting down down down.

How far along: 38 weeks. Like whoa.

Weight Gained: 23 big ones. This body's too bootylicious for you baby.

Cravings: Watermelonwatermelonwatermelon. I'm obsessed with its sweet summery goodness.

Clothing: Pajama pants and an ill-fitting t-shirt are the order of the day. That or a swimsuit. Flip flops when I get realllll fancy.

Sleeping: Not bad, especially considering that everyone seems to think that it's supposed to be so difficult at this point. I do wish I could roll over without feeling like I am going to herniate something, but give me a couple of weeks and I'll have the privilege again..ahhhh...

Boy or girl: I still think it's a boy. Jeremy seems to really think it's a girl. One of us is bound to be right. I think it's time to actually wager something...though I'm not sure what.

Movement: Big big moves, jamming into each of my seems to feel that things need to be relocated according to his/her specifications.

What I miss: Sleeping on my belly. AUGHHHHHH.

Best moment this week: Jeremy got the crib all painted, and it's all set up and pretty in the baby's room! I love it! He didn't wind up building it himself, a la the original plan, but the substitute is quite acceptable!! And there were only two cussing/throwing incidents during this particular project. We got a second-hand crib (originally just for the hardware) but J-doggy decided to sand it and paint it instead of building something. He keeps saying maybe this winter, but I'm really OK if he doesn't. I like it and I really like seeing it in the room--thought it still sort of feels like we're "playing" if that makes any sense.

Another cute moment--I was walking to the end of the pier yesterday to jump into the lake (well, not really jump...I'm not so spry these days...I used the ladder) and this little boy says to his mom "she's got a BIG belly, mama!" and his mom says "yes, there's a baby in there!" and the little boy looks at me like I'm a monster and says "SHE EATS BABIES???!!!" mom and I laugh, she assures him that I do not eat babies, there just happens to be one growing in there. The kid seems appeased and says to me "Lady, you got a BIG belly!" I love it.

Milestones: Dialated to 1 that TMI??...maybe so, but it's also progress--we're in the metric system now, instead of saying "fingertip"...woop woop! That's good. And the hospital bag is packed!

Non-Baby News: Spent Friday-Monday at the lake. Yeah, it's rough being educators. Got some knitting done, finally! Finished Daisy at long last. I had issues with the hood...I had almost finished it, and realized that in picking up the neck stitches, I had twisted one of the fronts. After cussing and whining and ripping it out and letting it sit in a bag for a couple of months, I finally got it all done. I have to say I'm so very proud of my new-found grafting and seaming skills. All it needs now is a few buttons. I'm thinking some little wooden toggles will look cute, no matter if it's a little boy or little girl that winds up wearing it!

just because it makes me laugh.

May I present the "miserable" picture??? this picture never EVER fails to make me laugh uncontrollably. like until I pee and cry and just leak all over. I think this is from summer of 1999 maybe? Maybe summer 2000? Not quite sure. I wasn't even there. But it was in Fort Wayne, many moons before I ever knew I would live here. Jeremy just saw it and now I know why I married this man. He finds it JUST as humorous as I do...

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

thirty to the seven


How far along: 37 weeks. Getting a bit rotund, if I do say so myself.
Weight Gained: 22. Based on my own scale AFTER my appointment on Thursday. Haha--went #2 at the doctor's office and they wouldn't weight me again after that! Heehee...
Cravings: Watermelon is the official food of this pregnancy. I've also been hitting Sonic a lot for vanilla diet Cokes. and strawberry limeades. and green apple slushes. and...
Clothing: Whatever is comfy! I did buy a non-maternity pair of jeans on Saturday--they're low low rise, stretchy, and a size larger than normal. I bought them for after the baby comes, but I can squeeze into them now, thanks to the magic of spandex. Or whatever it is that makes them stretchy.
Sleeping: Really not the bad! I do wake up early, and can't get back to sleep for the life of me, but the sleep that I get is moderately comfortable and restful!
Boy or girl: I still think it's a boy, though as the day draws nearer and nearer, I'm becoming a little more open-minded.
Movement: Big moves, ouch! Very visible big moves--fun to watch the belly tsunami!
What I miss: My energy.
Best moment this week: Jeremy and I have had some really good moments between the two of us this week. I'll spare you the schmoopy-ness of it all, but it's been really fun to have such a supportive husband. We also have a finished changing table, thanks to the amazing carpentry stylings of said husband. Have a looky-see:
Milestones: cervix has started to dialate ever so slightly. Good to know my body is doing something!
Non-Baby News: Still enjoying the lake very much this summer. When we're not rescuing crackheads. That is an entire post all to itself. When I get the change. Anyhoo--the lake. We were there on Sunday, as well as all of last weekend, when there was this really nice sunset:

Saturday, June 23, 2007


How far along: 36 weeks. Pictures shall be coming at a later time.

Weight Gained: 21. Went to the doc on Thursday. Know what's freaky? Roughly 5 of that is BLOOD, if you can believe the pregnancy books.

Cravings: Still definitely enjoying watermelon. I don't know what it is about that. Ice Cream has also come into heavy rotation this week.

Clothing: Right now, we're at the lake, so my swimmysuit. Hanging the gut out and everyone just has to deal. I love it.

Sleeping: Sleep has actually been pretty good the past few days. I wake up more than I did pre-pregnancy, but for the most part I'm comfortable and I don't have to get up to pee until I'm up for the day.

Boy or girl: I still think it's a boy!

Movement: S till with thebig moves. Some of them hurt, like a pointy elbow or heel or something...I swear those are going to pop out of my abs at some point and we'll just pull the baby out that way! That...and the HICCUPS...all. the. time.

What I miss: Lying on my belly. I realized that I am decently tan on the front side, but roll me over and it's another story altogether! Ghosty! Funny though.

Best moment this week: Ok. This one is gross, but funny, so I will share. So previous to last night, I thought my belly button was just fine. A little dark, but I thought it was pigment, just like that dark line that showed up. All the stuff I read says that your belly button could be dark and other weird things can happen to your skin, colorartion-wise, when you're pregnant. Dark splotches, linea negra, new moles, etc. So my dark navel caused me no alarm whatsoever. Until for some reason I saw q-tips and a bottle of rubbing alcohol out on the bathroom counter together and thought "Hey, just for the heck of it, I'll swab out the old b.b." And OH MY GOODNESS...apparently my hygiene has suffered for many of my 28 years...that and the fact that putting ANYTHING even near my navel makes me want to throw up. Over-sensitive belly button. But now that it's stretched out to nearly flat, I can swab it with merely dry heaves, no puking. And I am proud to announce that my button is clean and as lily-white as the rest of me! A-MA-ZING. I sat around for most of last night with my shirt up, admiring my navel and making Jeremy do the same. He just thinks I'm gross, but he is pleased with the turn of events. He swears that he knew all along that it was belly crud and not pigment, but whatever.

Milestones: June 21st was Thursday, which marked a calendar month until my official calendar due date (though my chart at the doctor says July 16, the doc said she's not going to worry about an over baked shrewbaby until July 22!) So that was the day that I had set out as a permitted, non-neurotic date that it would be perfectly sensible to start doing the hospital packing and first loads of pre-baby laundry and maybe a little shopping for some boy- and girl- specific clothing for which I will save the receipts and return one after the baby shows up. Did I do any of this on the 21st? NO. But I do have an idea of what outfits I might pick up from However I must first make sure I can return the outfit I don't need without surrenduring this first-born WITH it. I tell you what...they are return psychos out there. Especially Connie at my nearest Target store. I will burn her. Not really. But she makes my life VERY difficult and won't tell me what they do with the info from my driver's license. Which makes me feel like someone is touching my belly button.

Non-Baby News: At the lake and I am up BEFORE my husband! That's fun and new. What is not fun and new is the fact that it is very CLOUDY right now. Boo. So I will just continue to drink coffee and fart around until he gets up and I can bother him instead of the entire Internet with my drivel.

Blogger is doing STRANGE things. I type type type and all of a sudden I'm back at some random previous point 4 or 2 or 5 or 2 lines back...weird. I don't like it. I swear it's not me for once. So I shall be done now. Hineywipe out.

Monday, June 18, 2007

35 weeks. Amazing!

How far along: 35 weeks! Above you can see my gut as I drive, thanks to the amazing Jamie and her mad photog skills.
Weight Gained: 18-20. I'll know for sure on Thursday, when I start my weekly visits to the OB.
Cravings: Watermelon. Yummmm!
Clothing: Whatever does the job. Usually a tank top and some shorts. It's HOT out, people!
Sleeping: Sleep? What's that? Actually, I fall asleep alright, then wake up really early and toss and turn until I wake Jeremy up. Though this morning, it worked to get up, check the weather and facebook, then go sleep in the guest room. Change of locale did me wonders!
Boy or girl: I still think it's a boy!
Movement: Big big moves. At any given time, there is some strange lump of baby clearly visible from the outside. If you wait long enough, the lump migrates. Kind of fun, kind of hurty.
What I miss: Running. Really blowing off steam that way would be welcome! I get the hormonal crazies and I just wish I could go run or ride my bike, but neither of those things is very wise right now, not to mention highly uncomfortable!!!
Best moment this week: The shower on Saturday. The girlies were soooo amazing and I felt really special, and I know the baby did, too! Plus it was awesome to have Jamie here for a day and a half! I love me some Jamie P.
Milestones: Finished the closeet in the baby's room, and I really feel like we're starting to get somewhere with getting some gear organized and ready. Jeremy's almost done with the changing table, so I can't wait to see things come together very soon!
Non-Baby News: It's sad that I'm struggling with coming up with some non-baby stuff. That certainly needs some attention. I guess it's sort of news that rhubarb is coming in from the garden. I'm proud to say that my grama's recipe for rhubarb cake turned my husband into a rhubarb fan...niiiiice!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

34 or so.

Big belly and a big bass!!

How far along: Further than 34 weeks now, but I think I have firmly established that I always do this weekly journal after the fact.

Weight Gained: I actually lost 2 pounds, so 18 total.

Cravings: Ice cream and regular Coke. Not together.

Clothing: I give up. I don't care if my gut hangs out. You people can deal.

Sleeping: Ummm...I'm not. But it's not for lack of trying! Actually, I'm so excited most of the time, that I can't get any shuteye. Naps (now that school is out) in the late afternoon have been saving me.

Boy or girl: Still staying boy.

Movement: Yup. Getting some really sharp painful jabs. The baby is training to be a cage fighter.

What I miss: Beer. It's HOT out, so I miss a good coldie.

Best moment this week: Two showers--one and Jeremy's school and one at my mom's. They were both sooooo nice and everyone was so generous and excited about this little one!

Milestones: I'm officially a stay-at-home wife and mom! As of last Wednesday when I got back from work...weird. Still just feels like summer break. It hasn't really clicked that there will be someone else in my classroom in August...sigh. Bittersweet, in a word.

Non-Baby News: I've become a big fan of facebook. I think I need an Internet curfew. Or a magical program that shuts me off after 30 minutes a day or something.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

school's OUT!

so it's my first day of summer vacation, but since i'm not going back, i guess today is my first day as a stay-at-home wife and mother. weird. it feels like i should go do something productive other than eat a granola bar and check my email. yeah...i'll get right on that. right after i finish sitting on the couch and eatting bonbons.

kind of weird and sad and odd to know i'm not going back. but i try not to think too much about it, because once the baby is here, i figure it won't be so difficult. because i'm sure i won't be able to imagine leaving the little one anywhere so i can go spend all day with other people's children.

tomorrow we're heading up to wisconsin to see my mom for the weekend and do a little showerin'. this baby is going to be SPOILED. good thing s/he won't know it. because we're not going to continue any spoiling once Baby is big enough to understand what that is!

yesterday we went to breastfeeding class. the best part was when the lady dropped her demonstration boob and it went ROLLING across the floor. of course i blurted out "oh no! there goes your breast!" hahahahhah then she was like "don't pick that up" which she meant in a nice "you're really largemarge so i will get it" but sounded like "DON'T TOUCH MY BREAST" oh dear.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

33, ya dig?

How far along: Well, further than 33 weeks now, but this is the officially 33 week update, you dig?

Weight Gained: Sigh...20 pounds on the old gut.

Cravings: Deli meat.

Clothing: Finding joy in ribbed tank tops from the juniors dept. They make them nice and long for me!

Sleeping: Oh lordy lordy...poor Jeremy! I grunt and hem and haw while I ::attempt:: to get comfortable in the bed at night. And a couple of nights ago, I awoke with cramps in BOTH calf hurt SOOOO bad! I woke up going buckwild and CRACKED Jeremy with my heel, right in his shin bone. Poor abused husband.

Boy or girl: Still staying with my BOY prediction.

Movement: Constantly! My belly ripples all the time! Baby hiccups a lot, too. But I just read that hiccups are a sign of a healthy and well developed nervous system. Who knew?

What I miss: Wearing sandals. Because when I do, my feet look like swollen corpse feet.

Best moment this week: Hmmm...TWO surprise showers were really good moments. I love being celebrated and having people celebrate my baby!!! Small group with the CHS girls and the KMS staff both threw surprise showers...I had NO idea about the small group one, but I was picking up the scent of the KMS shower...I'm just too tricky for them. Or I spend way too much time with them and just know what is going on.

Milestones: Hmmm...I guess I just feel like I've gotten to the point where my physique allows anyone to say anything they feel like saying...which isn't bad all the time. Quite humorous, actually. No one has said anything really rude, so I'm still ok with it.

In Non-Baby News: Had a house full of fun friends for the weekend (well, most of it) because there was the Aaroneous Jones wedding festivus. Good times, love my friends and JP Bingo and Crotch Monkey. Ask if you must.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007


How far along: 32 weeks, 2 days. The picture is from Saturday, at my baby shower with my awesome sis-in-law!!

Weight Gained: I'll know tomorrow. I'm guessing about 18. We'll see.

Cravings: Iced Tea.

Clothing: Finding lots of cute long shirts in the Juniors section at Kohl's. I just buy a large or an extra large and do better than dumb maternity shirts that ride up over this belly!

Sleeping: Things are pretty good there, as long as I can make my pillow fort. I usually wake up somewhere around 1:30 or 2 and again about 4:30 or 5. Not to pee, just to wake up because my body finds that amusing, apparently.

Boy or girl: Still staying with my BOY prediction.

Movement: Always! Though it's more of a slimy sliding feeling--baby is BIG! and the pokes HURT because baby is getting strong! I sometimes feel like my ab muscles around the right side are going to split apart...ehhhh!!!

What I miss: My ankle bones, especially when I wear sandals.

Best moment this week: I've been told several times this week that you can't even tell I'm pregnant from behind, that I'm just carrying a basketball around in my belly. I've heard that you should just assume people are lying when they tell you that, but it certainly makes me feel good, since I feel pretty jumbo these days!!

Milestones: THe H-fam shower was great on Saturday. It was really fun to celebrate the baby with Jeremy's family and some friends. Sarah came from TN, which was AWESOME (and a total surprise!!) And Anna, Maryanne, and Angie totally floored me with all the trouble they went to. Totally humbled me!

In Non-Baby News: Jeremy's bday coming up. The man wants a shower mirror. I guess he'll get one, but that's so BORING! I have some other ideas, so I need to get cracking on that! Anyone, anyone? It will be hard to top the Dwight Shrute bobblehead doll I bought him for Valentine's romantic and meaningful...

Monday, May 21, 2007


Two Names I Go by: Other than Kelly? Shrew and Mrs. H.
Two Things I am Wearing Right Now: Blue capris, white shirt.
Two Things I Want (or have) in a Relationship: Laughter and shared goals.
Two of My Favorite Things to do: Knit, camp. How about at the same time.
Things I Want Very Badly At The Moment: iced latte and a massage.
Two pets I have: PoPo Kitty. That's it.
Two things I did last night: Went to see the new church building and shopped for annuals for the back porch.
Two things I ate today: Chicken salad sandwich, yogurt.
Two people I just talked to last: A student and another student.
Two Things I’m doing tomorrow: Going to school (duh) and to the athletic appreciation dinner.
Two longest car rides: The ride home from the Mini Marathon last year. And I suppose Summer Roadtrip 2006 would count. Nearly 9000 miles.
Two Favorite Holidays: Halloween and Thanksgiving. I like fall.
Two favorite beverages: Coffee and margaritas. Not together.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

31 down, 9 to go...

I went to a high school art show last night, since two of my small group girls were there with their work. Fun fun--they loooove Cletus! and aren't they just super cute?

How far along: 31 weeks, 3 days

Weight Gained: 16 pounds, give or take.

Cravings: Diet Coke, I guess.

Clothing: Wearing the same stuff over and over, but it's alright. The end of school is in sight and I can wear shorts and tank tops with my gut hanging out in my backyard and no one will care.

Sleeping: It's hit or miss. I had my first real uncomfortable night last night and had to prop myself up on a ridiculous pillow fort. With a bellow that sticks out in the middle, it will pull to the side when I lay down, and I don't like how that I build Fort Knox in my bed.

Boy or girl: Still staying with my BOY prediction.

Movement: Oh yes. I think the baby is building a small city in there.

What I miss: My ankle bones at the end of the day! Hello puffy!

Best moment this week: One great moment was this morning, when baby figured out that I do, in fact, have a left side of my abdomen to jab against. Giving my right side a rest today. That's nice. Thank you, baby. Another GREAT moment was conquering an unexpected (and challenging) hike on the dunes of Lake Michigan on Saturday! Janice and I thought it was just a little hike over a hill...we had PURSES. She was wearing FLIP-FLOPS. But it was worth the huffing and puffing to hang on the beach and feel like a stud while 7 months along! Another fun thing that happened is I think that my baby belly got me out of a speeding ticket. I was struggling to lean over my gut to get the registration out of the glove compartment and the state trooper was like "If it's too difficult to get it out of there, I'll just take your license and write up a warning for you." Hahahaha Cletus: 1, Police: 0.

Milestones: Two more calendar months to go!

In Non-Baby News: The Tulip Festival was awesome, had fun adventures with Janice in (and out) (and back in again) Michigan.

Just a few of the billions of tulips:
Janice and I with some tulips:Our fun little beach that we found:I don't know what these are, but I do know that I did NOT eat them....fatballs, anyone??


it would seem that having a pregnant belly means that you want to hear every kid's story about how their cat is going to have kittens or their dog is pregnant or their rat burrowed a hole into the boxsprings to have ratpups and got blood on the boxspring.


Thursday, May 10, 2007

30 week rundown, with PICTURES!

Today we were able to have a second ultrasound, which we didn't think was going to happen, so it was a treat to get to see the little critter again! Everything is right on track, it was a false hugeness alert! It is measuring right in the middle for a fetus at 30 weeks. I know it's not always accurate, but according to the measurements she took, the tech said the baby weighs in at a little over 3 pounds. Woohoo! Not a cow, not a horse, but a regular sized baby!!!

Baby waving hi to us--good to see that there are the right number of fingers.

The guilty little feet that have been assaulting my bladder on an hourly basis.

Look at this little baby face! looks kind of ghosty here, but still fun for us to see!

This picture took forever to get! Baby had his/her hands up by its face and wouldn't budge! You would think that the little guy would move if you just wait a little bit, seeing as it's so busy normally, but apparently little buddy is camera shy...but this picture turned out pretty good! I think it looks like Jeremy. And I want to kiss those little cheekies!!!
And now for the regular update........................
How far along: 30 weeks, 3 days

Weight Gained: 16 pounds--it was good to hear today at my appointment that I'm doing well with my weight gain! I don't like the number, since I've never weighed this much before, but it's all for Team H!

Cravings: Drinks from Sonic. Definitely enjoying the Lemonberry slush these days...ahhhh...and although neither option is romantic, Date Night tomorrow may just involve Jimmy John's or Fricker's...can't decide which one I want more!!

Clothing: Well, it's warm these days, so I'm improvising quite a bit. Some maternity capris and some longer non-maternity t-shirts seem to work out pretty well. Although right now I'm wearing a regular tanktop and letting my gut hang loose! School is a challenge with my no-AC south-facing classroom built of brick circa 1905 or something...sweating...the word does not come close to what I do all day...

Sleeping: Not too bad, just waking up w/ some cramps in my calves. Boo.

Boy or girl: Boy! Pretty convinced! Today, the nurse even asked if it was a got all kung fu on the heart rate jobbie again! I love my sassy little one!

Movement: There is never NOT movement. Well, no, that's a lie. There are some quiet times, mostly when I'm busy. When I sit down at night, baby goes all Chuck Norris in my belly.
What I miss: Some of my cute little tank tops and shorts.

Best moment this week: Well, I'd have to say seeing the baby's face on the ultrasound today. So cool. Another good moment was when Jeremy brought me a drink from Sonic on Tuesday night. I had a TERRIBLE day, that day. He's so good to me. I know it's just a little thing, but it was definitely appreciated!! Gifts are my love language and a 44 oz drink counts as a gift in my book!

Milestones: Hit the 30 week mark! Out of the 20s!!! Sounds like progress to me!
In Non-Baby News: Going to Tulip Days in Holland, MI on Saturday with Janice. Oh how I love tulips and girl time!