Friday, April 27, 2012

Random Ramblings of a Pregnant Woman

So... NO ONE was going to tell me that I didn't pack a going home outfit for myself in my hospital bag???
*tap*tap*tap* Is anyone out there?? It's a good thing I realized. I would have been making a real fashion statement coming home in a nightgown!

I shared every nook and cranny of Logan's nursery yesterday, but I didn't show where he will be sleeping at first! This is the cradle that I mentioned in an earlier post! The bedding my sister made looks so adorable!

We had a doctor appointment yesterday. I had been very curious, and a little bit nervous!, about what my doctor would have to say about my new belly design. This is what happened:
him: "....what's this?"
me: "We went to an Earth Day festival and the Birth Works tent had henna belly painting."
him: " it going to come off?"
me: "Oh yes! It is temporary."
him: slight pause... then back to regular appointment talk.
Haha, I wonder what he was really thinking! My old dr. in Texas would not have hesitated to tell me exactly what he was thinking. Hey Mom and Amy, What do you think Dr. C would have said about my belly tat??? 
Speaking of regular appointment talk, he told me that I have the perfect pelvis for giving birth! For the second week in a row, he referred to my pregnancy as "textbook!" Let's hope it stays that way!

Last night Matt and I were walking Molly, and as I stepped down on the sidewalk with my left foot I felt a splash of liquid on my right ankle. Matt, who was right behind me, felt a little splash too. We stopped to inspect. What was that little squirt we felt!?
My phone is pretty much the handiest thing in the world, it has a flashlight on it, among many other wonderful traits. After we shed a little light on the subject we discovered that I had cruelly ended the life of an innocent slug, and its innards were what made the splash. Gag!
I felt bad and really, really grossed out.
We came back inside and washed our feet in the bathtub immediately!

A freebie
Matt and Dale while we were in Texas a few weeks ago. Melt my heart.

I guess our exciting slug outing got me all jacked up. We went to bed and I couldn't stop giggling and talking to Matt. I felt like a little girl at a slumber party. He had a turn around (meaning that he closed the store last night and opened it this morning, leaving only a short amount of time for sleep). I finally got control of myself and kept my mouth shut, but as I was laying there trying my hardest to go to sleep, I was just down-right giddy! 
Hormones are fun.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

38 Weeks!

Hello there! Still pregnant here!

I may regret saying this, but I am not tired of being pregnant yet.
Do you have to be completely sick of pregnancy before your baby will come?

I hope not.
While I am not fed-up with pregnancy, I am ready to meet our little man.

Helloooooo baby!
and weird faceless me... :-/
Everything is ready. Every stitch of fabric is washed. Our bags are packed. We have already pre-registered at the hospital. The diapers are prepped, folded, and waiting.

I would like to make a wet-bag for the diaper bag, using this tutorial. But like my mom said, an empty bread sack will do. ;)

My plan is to post our completed (yay!) nursery tour here tomorrow. Now we all must pray that technology is on my side!

Everything I mentioned last week still goes for this week, popping, cramping, diet-o-tums, tired....

At this point, my only new symptoms will be labor, right? 
Bring it. I'm ready.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

What's in my hospital bag!?

Considering the fact that I am knocking on the door of 38 weeks, I finally got around to packing my hospital bag today. Another huge milestone, if you ask me!

I decided to take a cue from YouTube and the rest of the bloggy world and share what I packed with you all.

Mom's Bag:
Jolly Ranchers for labor
2 pairs of undies (I've heard great things about the hospital mesh undies and I plan on taking full advantage of those)
3 pairs of varying types of socks
baby book (gotta get those fresh hand and foot prints!)
2 nightgowns
a robe
my belly band (to hold it all in afterward)
our video camera
microwavable rice bag (not sure if I will be able to use this or not)
a few maxi pads (once again, I plan on taking full advantage of what the hospital has to offer)
2 sample packages of disposable breast pads (I have reusable cloth ones for home)
and our toiletry bags

speaking of:
 For Matt:
hand sanitizer (for everyone really)
For me:
toothpaste (to share)
lanolin cream
shampoo and conditioner
Burt's Bees lip balm
extra hair accessories

*not pictured: sleep nursing bra, and t-shirt, socks, and undies for Matt
Last minute things to add will be my makeup bag and our regular camera.

Logan's Bag:
brush and comb (wishful thinking? we know he's gonna be a baldy)
nail trimmers
receiving blanket
fleece blanket
two outfits
two pairs of baby mittens

Plus I will be taking my Boppy pillow, and possibly my birthing ball depending on if it is useful up until that point in my labor.

We will only bring the black suitcase up to the labor and delivery room. The rest will come up once we have moved to a recovery room.
So that's it. What am I forgetting? Did I underpack? Overpack?
I tried to keep it light. Let me know what you think!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Celebrate the Earth!

There is a wonderful place in Little Rock called Heifer International. They do so many great things in other countries and right here at home. You can read all about them here, on their website.
This Saturday they hosted the Arkansas Earth Day Festival!
I had been looking forward to this day for several months. I can't even remember how I found this event. (Somewhere on the wonderful world wide web.) I actually didn't know that there was an Earth Day festival. I just knew that I was going to attend The Great Cloth Diaper Change!

It was a great event that informed people about the world of cloth diapering. The event took place at 305 changing stations in 16 countries! They broke their own Guinness World Record from last year, and next year I am going to be a part of breaking this years record!
A few facts:
Cost comparison: 
The text above is a little hard to read, here is what it says:
*Reusable diaper costs include diapers, cloth wipes, detergent, and out personal laundry costs, including electricity and water.

Disposable Diaper costs include diapers and wipes. Other products such as diaper pails, trash bags, and diaper creams are not included.

Costs are based on local stores and prices may vary in your area.

The great change occurred at 11:30 am. All of the Mamas (and a few Daddys!) held up their cloth diapers first
and their cloth covered bottoms after!
It was so amazing to see so many cloth diapering parents in my local area! I had no idea there were so many families that used cloth diapers around here. It is hard to describe how excited and emotional I felt at the sight. I may or may not have teared up a little bit, but shh, we don't need to share that information!

As soon as we arrived we discovered that the diapering event was a part of the larger event. So while we were there we joined in on the rest of the fun!

The Mustard Seed Club (I couldn't find a link for them) was giving away patio gardens! Since we live in a small apartment and have only a small patio, this was perfect. I "dug" right in! Now we have chives and basil growing on our patio. 

While we were hanging around the cloth diaper booth, a woman approached me and told me that there was going to be henna belly painting over at the Birth Works tent.
After we saw all of the bottoms get covered in cloth, we found the booth and I was the first to get my belly painted!
Here I am being filmed for the Fox 16 news! You can watch the clip here
At first it was a little strange to have my belly exposed in public, but after my Mama told me to "own it," and all of the doulas told me what a beautiful pregnant belly I have, it felt pretty good.
I am so glad that I stepped outside of my comfort zone. It was such a fun experience, and I got to talk to the doulas a little about natural childbirth, my doctor, and my hospital. They were some awesome women.
Now I have a sweet henna tattoo to enjoy while we continue to wait for Logan to make his arrival.
I am so glad my personal photographer was there to take pictures. I was able to enjoy the day and just know that there would be great pictures to remember it by later. Thanks Mama!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Pineapple Shrimp Fried Rice

My parents are up seeing us this weekend. 
We are having SO much fun!
The next time they come to see us it will most likely mean a flying trip down the interstate and meeting at the hospital! Whoop! (has anyone taken a peek at the countdown to the right today!?)

When I saw this recipe on Pinterest I knew I just had to make it while they were here!
Hollowing out the pineapple wasn't very difficult at all, and the rest of the recipe is a breeze!

It was absolutely delish!
You can find the full recipe here.
Now back to enjoying our visit time!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Pretty Door!

Earlier this week I finally took down my Easter wreath... whoops!
and replaced it with this beaut that I made!
I wanted to make sure I chose something that could last a while. 
I mean, what is the next holiday, 4th of July?
The rosettes were particularly fun to make.
Also, I would like to publicly thank my mother for buying me a hot glue gun a few years ago, when I didn't even know I wanted one! Those things are super handy!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Our Love Story

A few days ago I was listening to the radio while I washed the dishes. Brad Paisley's "Then" came on and it reminded me of us. If you have never heard it, you should listen before you finish reading. Click here


When someone asks how Matt and I met, the easy answer is "in college."

Here is the real story.

We were in college, and had been for a while. I was "talking," as they say, to one of his friends, who was roommates with his brother. We would all go over to their house on Robey St. and hang out, watching movies and sitting around a fire in the backyard. In true college boy fashion they would tear apart random things to burn. 

I had heard of the infamous scoundrel Matt Low, but had never been around him. 
(I had seen him sing on stage in a quartet before though. *swoon*)
He was there almost every time. He didn't always make the best impression every time though. But as the semester passed by, I spent more of my time at "The Robey House" talking to Matt than I did the guy who was inviting me over. 

His brother told me later that the first time Matt saw me there he nudged him and asked, "Who's that girl!?" Seeing his brother tell the story is much better. It is one of my favorites. 

 Over Thanksgiving break things fizzled out with the other dude, there was simply nothing there, and I finished out my semester without our fire pit hangouts. 

However, right before Christmas this message was sent over Facebook,

Matt: hey i haven't seen you in a while and thought i would see how you were doing... so hey there.

What? Why was the dude from those nights hanging out around the fire messaging me? I was confused, (and of course flattered. This so called ladies-man, that made the girls swoon with his beautiful voice and blonde hair and blue eyes sent me a message.) I casually replied,

Kristin: Hey. I'm doing great now that this semester is over! I'm looking forward to a few weeks of no school. How are you?

To be honest, although I was flattered, I wasn't waiting around anxiously for his reply. However, five days later, (on Christmas Day) I got this message,

Matt: i'm enjoying this much needed break from classes as well. i'm actually in atlanta with some family right now..... merry christmas by the way. when are you going to be back in arkadelphia? we should hang out if you want to... if you want to text me my number is *** *** ****. talk to you later

Seriously, looking back now, how cute is that message!? But guess what? I didn't reply!
(these were copied and pasted directly from facebook, nothing was changed except his phone #.)

Thank goodness he didn't give up! While still home for Christmas break and out at Chili's with two high school friends, I received a text message from a number that wasn't in my phone. It was Matt. He had gotten my number from a mutual friend. Not, however, the other dude. Though I did learn later that before he started his pursuit he did ok it with his friend, following the true "Bro Code."

This time I did reply, and text messaging ensued. Unfortunately, I don't have these messages. How was I supposed to know these were the first texts from my future husband!?

Back in Arkadelphia, I blew him off several times. I did stop by his house one time before we went out, and left with an awkward one-armed side hug. 
Then he took me out on a REAL date. 
It had been a long time since anyone had taken me out on an honest to goodness for-real date. 
Forever silly. :)

We drove to Hot Springs, had dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings, and went bowling. It wasn't a fancy date, but it was a real one. You know, the kind where he invites you, pays for everything, and even opens doors for you?
What were all of those people talking about!? This guy seemed really nice, and not scoundrel-ish at all!

Once we got back to Arkadelphia, we even watched a movie at his place.
I found out later that he thought I didn't like him, because I didn't talk very much. (I am pretty quiet and shy around people that I don't know very well.) If I didn't like him, why would I stick around for the movie!?

After that first date, I was much less reluctant to spend time with my new found friend. We began to see each other more and more frequently, and our relationship progressed rather quickly actually. It just felt so natural and came so easily. 

That first date was sometime in January, and we were "officially" a couple only a few weeks later. Then I met his parents at their house on the night of the Super Bowl, which was February 1, 2009.

A few weeks later we went on another date to the Little Rock Zoo. It was a week day that neither of us had classes, or maybe we skipped them. I can't remember, but that is entirely possible. 

He needed a little extra time getting ready because he had "twisted his knee in the shower." I didn't know this at the time, but my man has bad knees from playing football in high school. And the shower story? Not true, he twisted it stretching in bed, but he couldn't let his new girlfriend know that! The poor guy. 
The last thing he needed to do that day was walk all over a zoo, but he never said a word about his knee the entire time we were there. Although I know now that he was in pain the entire time. 

We enjoyed a semester of spending time together, watching movies, eating out. Then the summer came and the real fun started. We were both working, but with no class we had more time to spend having fun. There were many, many trips made down the Caddo River, and many meals eaten at TaMolly's. 

On June 20, 2010 we once again ate at TaMolly's. Then we drove down to the lower dam picnic area, and he got down on one knee and said some of the sweetest words to me, and I said "Yes."

Four months later on October 2, 2010 we both said "I do"

  • Now here we are, days away from meeting our son, and ol' Brad was right. 
I just thought I loved him then.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

37 Weeks!

37 weeks. 
Say it with me... Thirty seven.
Thir-ty sev-en.
That is full term you guys!

He could come at any time, and be considered FULL TERM.
Although, lets not switch from watching the calendar to watching the clock just yet. I am sure we still have weeks to go.

However, I can feel my body getting ready. Every time I stand up something in my pelvis region makes a pop or a crack. I have also been having menstrual like cramps every day for about a week now.

Tums are my new best friend these days. At least I know I'm not calcium deficient! 
It seems as though I don't even have to eat anything to have acid reflux, but it's not too terrible.

As far as energy goes, I am right back to the first trimester. I am TIRED! Naps are a must! Thank goodness I have the time. 

Also, HELLO pregnancy brain! Tonight I tossed a very special-to-me cook book that my mom MADE for me right into the kitchen trash while I was cleaning up. What in the heck!? Thank goodness I noticed!!!

I think I need a baby sitter for the next three weeks. Haha.

Doctor appointment tomorrow.
Also, be sure to check back here tomorrow for a post that I spent more than ten minutes on!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Smooth(ie) Operator

We went on a grocery trip today, and I made sure to get plenty of fruits and veggies for these last few weeks of pregnancy!
I had making smoothies on my mind for many of the choices that I made. 

Tonight after putting away all of the groceries, I made our first smoothie from the trip.

It included, plain yogurt, a banana, strawberries, blueberries, kale and ice.
I am currently enjoying my glass of deliciousness. 
Poor lighting, bad picture. They are much more purple than this shows.
To be honest, they are pretty thick. They could stand a little water, or maybe more yogurt. I could really eat mine with a spoon. 

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Get your clean on!

Lately I have been a twinge bit obsessed with vinegar.
Strange, I know. 
It all started after I read an article, 45 Uses for Vinegar.
Vinegar is useful stuff!

Today I used it to clean my microwave.
Just put a small bowl of vinegar in the microwave and heat it for a few minutes.
I used the ever classic 2:22.
Then easily wipe away the ick!
(not the greatest pictures, I know)

I must admit, I have used this same trick with a bowl of water before. That works well also. I can't 100% say that vinegar works any better actually. BUT vinegar does kill germs, so for the sake of this post we will just go ahead and say that it looks nice and is germ free as well!

I have also been using vinegar as a replacement for Jet Dry(expensive!), as a softening agent in my washing machine, and to clean in the bathroom!

Using cheap household ingredients is pretty awesome, I must say. I am loving seeing what expensive chemicals I can replace, and different ways I can save money!
(and if you think vinegar is awesome, you should check out what baking soda can do!)

Friday, April 13, 2012

Another Shower!?

I was scheduled until 3 today, but around 2:15 a manager asked me if I wanted to leave early since we were pretty slow. Sure, says unknowing me. 

Then after I clocked out a co-worked asked if I had a minute, because she wanted to show me some new things that came in. Sure, says unknowing me.

She walked me back to the classroom and there were people waiting for me, and a cake, and decorations, and presents! I had NO idea! It was so sweet. They had to come back in shifts, because they were all working. 

One of our managers made the CUTEST cake! I didn't know until today that she and her husband owned a cake shop for eight years! I don't have any pictures from the shower though. :( I didn't even have my phone on me.

There were lots of cute baby clothes. You can't even see all of them in this picture, they are stacked on top of each other.

There were also bibs, safety items, blankets, toys, mittens, a Johnny Jump Up, and more!

And, of course, being the crafty people they are, there were homemade gifts! 
A sweet lady from the fabric department made a baby quilt!
And someone else made this cute wall hanging! It matches his nursery so well!

These little shrink wrapped booties were included with one gift. Little did they know it was extra sentimental to me.

This picture does not do them justice, but these little baby sunglasses may be my favorite item of the day! They are TOO cute! We have plenty of baseball outfits to pair them with, too!

Thank you, thank you, and thank you again! 
There are so many amazing people in my life. I feel so blessed!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Miss Molly

This post has been sitting in my draft box for quite some time now! I decided to go ahead and finish it up and post already!
I have actually shaved Molly again since these pictures. Her hair grows insanely fast.

I got Molly when Matt and I had been dating for only a few months. She has been around for it all. She was just a fluffy little puppy then.
Now, of course, she would be a wolf dog if I didn't shave her!

We have had our struggles with Molly over the years. She was so wild and hard to control when she was younger, and she had some health issues as a puppy. 
But sweet little Molly just keeps getting better with age.
She hates baths, but once she is locked in the bathroom and the water is running, she hops right in the tub without being prompted.

However, when we travel she still acts a fool! But c'mon now, she IS a dog!
She is downright spoiled, but no where close to prissy. 
Our rotten Molly has no idea what is about to happen to her little life!
I am not worried about her hurting the baby when he gets here. We also don't see her becoming his protector. Mostly we envision her completely ignoring the new screaming little wiggly thing (after a few initial sniffs). 
I am sure she will adjust just fine. And in a few years they can be best buddies. : )

36 Weeks! (and one day)

I am officially 9 months pregnant now! 
It really is strange that pregnancy is so commonly thought of as 9 months, but really it is 10!

Logan is busy, busy growing! He is about 6 pounds now and gaining an ounce a day!
At my doctor appointment on Tuesday we found out that he is definitely head down and that his head is very low. I still haven't dropped though. And I'm ok with that! My due date is still several weeks away!

It would actually be so perfect if Logan was one of the 5% of babies born on their due dates. That way Matt would already have the four days following off from work! (He gets a four day weekend once a month.) So, I'll have to work on that perfect delivery date. ;)

These were both taken yesterday morning while I was getting ready for work.
This was my first outfit choice, but I quickly realized it was a no go!

Take two:

If you want to see better pictures of me that WEREN'T taken with a phone, you can go here or here.

Last night I felt like I was having constant Braxton Hicks! It was crazy how they just didn't stop! I am still having them today, but nothing like last night. Our bodies are so amazing! Mine is gearing up for labor, and knows just how to do it! (I feel like I am exclamation point crazy today! But it's just so exciting!!! Haha.)

Last week I mentioned that we had everything except two items. We now have those items also! We have also completed our cloth diaper stash! I plan on doing a post on it as soon as I have the few diapers I left in Texas when we were visiting family. I tested a couple out on my 6 month old niece. It was so wonderful to actually see them in action on a real live baby!

His nursery is still somewhat chaotic, but it is slowly coming together. As soon as everything has a place and I get his bedding washed and made I will be posting a nursery tour also.
Next week I will probably pack our hospital bags and share what we packed here as well.

Tomorrow is my last day of work, so I will soon have plenty of time to get things done. I have several craft projects in mind as well. Hopefully with all of my extra time I will actually post more here before I have a baby and no more free time!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

35 Weeks!

Today's magic number is 35! 
35 weeks have gone by and 35 days are left!

I decided to be candid today and take my belly picture in my dog shaving clothes. 
I thought it was really funny at the time, as you can see. Haha. 

The pregnancy brain has kicked in 100%. Last night I bought a baby shower gift for a friend. I meant to send a picture of said gift to a mutual friend, but instead I sent it to her! I couldn't believe I did that!

Today I planned on going to Walgreen's to take Matt his lunch, and buy two items. Prenatal vitamins... and something else.
I ended up buying prenatal vitamins and a clearanced package of jelly beans.
I don't think those were the other thing... but they were a great source of vitamin C!

Today I did Logan's first load of laundry! It was the most fun load of laundry I have ever done!
Now it is all folded and put away in his drawers. I can't wait to have a little body to put in all of these clothes!

WooHoo! Baby time is getting close!