Wednesday, December 31, 2008
1. Be the best mother/wife that I can be. Every day I grow to love and cherish my family more and more. I want Jeff and Matt to know how much I care about them every day.
2. Be more positive. I have slowly, but surely been working towards eliminating negative energy in my life.
3. Get back in pre-baby shape by June. Don't we all have this on our list?
4. Read two books/month. I love reading and want to branch out from my normal reading material.
5. Take one calculated risk per month. Eleanor Roosevelt said that you should do one thing that scares you every day. I don't know if I can do that each day, but I am going to do something that scares me once per month. Try a new fashion trend, join the "advanced" yoga class, do something outside of my comfort zone.
I am going to start with these five things. I hope by devoting time and energy to them, it will make me a better person. I want 2009 to be a year of transition and change for me. I will be embarking on a new career, it will be my first year if motherhood, and if all goes according to plan Jeff and I will find a house. Happy New Year Everyone!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Matthew has also started smiling in response to Jeff or me talking to him. It is the most wonderful sight I have ever seen. Mr. Serious is transitioning to Mr. Smiles. I will post pictures soon! I left my camera at my parent's house. Stay tuned...
Monday, December 22, 2008
Oh, and as I was just typing that...Matthew spit up ALL over. What a day, what a day.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Jeff and I walked away with a few bumps, large bruises, and scrapes. All in all, more emotionally bruised than physically. I cried tears of fear and joy as I climbed out of the truck. I rushed to Jeff and hugged him tight.
Whenever something like this happens, I look inside and ask myself what God is trying to teach me. So far I came up with this...
- To cherish each and every moment with my family. My boys deserve the best wife and mother in the world, and I am going to make sure that I am just that for them.
- Having a healthy, happy baby is a priveledge, not to be taken for granted. In the past 6 weeks, I have longed for a full night's sleep. Last night, I woke up with Matthew and enjoyed every second of it. Our night-time feedings are a blessing, not a chore. I get to wake up with him every night and that is something to be thankful for.
- The small things truly don't matter. At the hospital, I thought about the times during the weekend that I was not very nice to Jeff. I got upset, because he was a little slow to get moving Saturday morning...he cracked my workout DVD so I was irritated...all things that in the grand scheme of things do not matter. I vow to treat my husband with more tenderness every day. Jeff is a very loving and special man. He is not only my husband, but my very best friend. From now on, I am going to be someone who can laugh off the small things the way that Jeff does.
As I sit here with Matthew in my arms, I count my blessings and thank God over and over for keeping us safe. We had our guardian angels by our side, and I thank them too. I know that as time goes by, this memory will fade, but I am going to keep Matthew's tiny hospital anklet close by to remind me of this day...however terrible it was, because I know that it will remind me to treat my husband and my child as the precious gifts that they are each and every day of my life.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
- Bottle of formula (supplementing breastmilk with formula will help baby sleep longer, since it is more filling).
- Nightly Bath - Matthew loves bathtime and the warm water puts him in sleepy mode.
- A pair of snuggly fleece pajamas. He loves his pj's!
- Story and prayers.
- Swaddle with receiving blanket or swaddler.
- Ocean waves CD. This relaxing sound reminds baby of being in the womb and lulled Matthew right to sleep!
It was our first night of waking up only once! Ahhh....it was so nice.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Jeff and I received a new video camera from my parents for our birthdays. Today we are playing around with all of the features. Here is Matthew's first home video!!! Note when I tell him to say hello the second time, his little hand waves...how cute!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
We took our first trip to the mall today to go Christmas shopping. I brought Matthew to my favorite hot spots...the M.A.C. counter in Nordstrom and Metropark (new boutique that my sister Tina loves!). Everyone gushed over how adorable he is! I am a biased opinion...momma always thinks her baby looks cute!
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
He is so loving, patient, and naturally gifted at being a good parent. Matthew could not have been blessed with a better father. I love watching Jeff hold and care for Matthew. It has given me yet another reason to admire Jeff!!
And so on this day, I would like to wish my amazing husband the happiest birthday yet! XOXO!
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Here is Jeff doing a little Sudoku with Matthew watching. Haha. I thought this was a cute pic!
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Thursday at 4:00 AM I started having contractions. I called the doctor, but he said it was very normal to have contractions that come and go as a woman approaches her due date. So...I carried on as normal. I even went to school! That evening my conractions got more intense, but still had no regular pattern. After a sleepless night, Jeff and I decided to go to the hospital. I suspected that my water may have broke, but couldn't really tell. We were fully prepared to be sent home. To our surprise, my water had broke and we were going to be staying to have our son...a week early! Yay!
I planned on seeing how my contractions were going before deciding whether or not to be medicated. After having contractions for 24 hours +, I decided it was time for an intervention...the epidural. My epidural was painless and getting it was the best decision I have ever made. Instantly, my contractions disappeared, and I was in a state of total and complete relaxation. The remainder of my labor I was in heaven. It is the most relaxed and comfortable that I have ever felt...no lie. I was able to nap, watch General Hospital, and prepare for the birth of my son in a very serene way. Yes, I just used "serene" to describe my labor.
Delivery went extremely well too! After one short hour, Matthew was born. I have never felt such joy in my life. As soon as I held him, my heart felt like it was going to burst!
Little Matthew has been very good to his mother. My pregnancy was a breeze, he came a week early, and labor/delivery was a piece of cake! Now, the journey begins.
Friday, October 17, 2008
My last day of work is today. I am hoping in the next few months to generate enough accounting projects to work strictly on a contract basis, allowing me to stay home with the baby. I have pooled my resources, put out ads on Craigslist, am working on some different ideas to generate business, and actively marketing my skill set to different small businesses in the area. I hope my action plan comes together on such short notice!
Monday, October 13, 2008
We are saying our prayers that SOMETHING will give for us. The past 9 1/2 months for me have been filled with 15 hour work/school days Monday - Friday...I can't imagine returning to that schedule with a three month old...
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
This weekend's task was to tear down wallpaper in the kitchen. I thought I had the job near complete...then my mom came over to help and discovered another layer of glue. I will never ever put wallpaper up in any house that I live in. It is just too much of a pain when you want to change it!
All in all, Jeff and I are very pleased with the progress so far. We want to finish the upstairs before we move in. We are taking a long weekend October 17th to put another dent in the "to-do" list. I will have to post before/after photos as we complete the different rooms. Our goal is to be done with everything but the kitchen by New Year's. Wish us luck!
Friday, October 3, 2008
David Kirsch is the trainer who whipped Heidi Klum back into shape in time for the Victoria's Secret fashion show after she had her baby. I know I am not a super model, but I have experienced the results this plan can bring pre-baby...we will see if David's "Core" DVD can bring me the same results post-baby.
I also plan to work with my trainer Leo to be sure that I am working as efficiently as possible. Leo helped kick my butt into shape before my wedding, and I hope he can work his magic on my body once again. It is going to be a lot of hard work, but I am bound and determined to regain the muscle tone I had 9 months ago!
I realize that my planning and ambitions may be a little premature (I haven't even had the baby yet), but I am just excited to be able to work out again! I don't think it is ever too early to start planning or setting goals. Wish me luck!
However, I have managed to wash all of the baby's clothes and put them on color coordinated hangers...white 0-3 months, blue 3-6 months, and green 6-9 months.
Now, it's time to clean out the cars, install the carseat and put all of my hospital goodies neatly in a bag. Why doesn't Jeff do this you might be wondering? Well, Jeff has also been busy outside of work fixing up our future home and crafting our baby's crib.
Monday, September 29, 2008
On another note, check out the picture above! Angie and I posed for the camera showing off our baby bumps. Whoa, I did not realize that I look THAT big. Doesn't the camera put on 10 pounds? I sure hope so...haha.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Upstairs master bedroom - Silver Mist
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
He was very professional and carried himself with a certain charm. He offered information without me having the ask the "right" questions, which I really liked. I am officially done discriminating against male OBGYN's.
Good news...baby is in the head down position. I was beginning to worry he was feet down. Probably another reason I liked my doctor today - he delivered good news! I am measuring right on with 35 weeks and am gaining about a half pound per week. Right on track!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
When Jeff and I reminisce on what we were doing a year ago (honeymooning), it brings a smile to our faces. When we look towards the future and all that it holds (especially the baby!), our grins get even bigger. We are both very blessed. I thank God every day for my wonderful husband.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I do not have a picture to post. I will get Jeff to take one this weekend (if I remember) and will post next week. However, here is an update on the "bump."
Pounds gained: 20
Bump measurement: 13 1/2"
Feeling: WONDERFUL! Can't wait for the little man to be here already!
Milestones: Everyone can see large movements in my belly. When he moves, my whole stomach moves. I also can no longer see my feet when I look down.
Days until due date: 42 days
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
We also spent some time with my parents. My mom insisted on taking yet another photo of my growing belly. Stay tuned for that picture...it is a goody.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Before the race...lucky #25!
Coming out of the water after the swim. Brr!
Taking off for the bike ride!
Friday, August 22, 2008
Now, we just need to find a place to live!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
In the beginning of my pregnancy, I had a taste for lemonade and licorice, but this faded quickly and wasn't really that strong. So where are the cravings? I guess I shouldn't speak too soon, I have 10 weeks left...perhaps they will surface in the next week or two.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
- A language. Young children have the capability to learn 24 new words each day. I think it is important to expose children to another language. Language is an important skill that will help to develop his eager brain and serve him well someday if he chooses to be a part of the business world.
- To play an instrument. Reading music and developing an appreciation for the arts is great for a developing mind. The brain is a muscle...and in my opinion must be exercised. Numerous studies have shown that children who play an instrument, particularly the piano, score higher on both standard and spatial cognitive development tests alike.
- To ski. I grew up skiing and so did Jeff. It is a sport that we can enjoy as a family and will teach our little man to pick himself up after he falls and try again.
- To cook. OK, this might seem a little "dainty," to some, but cooking is an important life skill to everyone...not just women. By teaching a child to prepare meals for himself, it encourages healthy eating and responsibility for one's own health and well being.
- To mind his own business. My parents taught me the value of a dollar at an early age. I always had a job and learned to value hard work and the rewards that hard work can bring. They also taught me to budget and to mind my own finances. Money is a taboo subject, but it is one that faces every individual every day. I want my son to build a healthy relationship with money and to understand the importance of budgeting/saving.
-To be bold. I would like for my son to be bold - to hold true to his own values and convictions. This is not to say that I expect my son to be a saint. I just want him to stand up for what he believes in, even if the person he is standing up to is me.
This is a pretty "bold" list to make. If I accomplish one thing on this list, I will be happy. I have read that it is unhealthy to set expectations on a child before he/she is even born. I wouldn't say that I am setting expectations, I would just say that I am excited to have my son in my life and want the best of everything for him. If he hates learning a language or playing the piano, that is fine by me. I would just like him to have the opportunity to try new things and to find what truly makes him happy in life.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Two hours, a non stress test, and ultrasound later...baby is fine. Whew! According to the doctor, my placenta is in the front (sorry if that is TMI) and that means that it will be more challenging for me to feel fetal movement if the baby is in certain positions. This would have been nice to know...I don't know when they did the first ultrasound! Geez!
Friday, August 8, 2008
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Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Using sugar syrup is key to making lemonade that is evenly sweetened and has no undissolved sugar at the bottom.
2 quarts plus 3/4 cup cold water
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1 lemon, thinly sliced
In a small saucepan, combine the 3/4 cup of water with the sugar. Bring to a boil, then simmer until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and let the syrup cool to room temperature.
In a large pitcher, combine the remaining 2 quarts of water with the lemon juice and sugar syrup. Add the lemon slices and refrigerate until chilled. Serve the lemonade over ice.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
~ Blow drying! Who knew I would love round brushing so much?
~Smart H2O. My latest addiction. I don't know what they put in that bottled water that makes it taste superior to tap water or any other bottled water. I just can't get enough! Hey - if $1 a day for a bottled water is the only vice I have during my pregnancy...I think I can handle it.
~Pureology hair products. They have several deep conditioners that I have been using. A-mazing.
~TVM (time value of money) calculations. OK, yes I still love numbers. With planning for retirement/baby's college, I love to calculate the future value of investments made today.
~Beckham (More middle name potential)
~Knox (Haha...just kidding. Although, Jeff does love Brad Pitt)
~Stone (Jeff is not fond of this name, but it is one of my favorites!)
Monday, August 4, 2008
Weeks: 27 1/2
Pounds gained: 15
Bump measurement: 13"
Feeling: Great! Still fitting into normal pants, low rise only of course.
Milestones: Others can feel the baby kick and Jeff can hear the baby's heartbeat by pressing his ear to my belly!
Days until due date: 87