So dang hot

Good Lord! It’s HOT! I just checked weather.com to get an official reading and it says it’s 101, but feels like 95. Sheesh!! The themometer in our livingroom says it’s 80 in the house, but I know it’s at least 5 degrees warmer here upstairs where the computer is.

Thankfully the high is being forecasted as *only* 89 tomorrow and then 80 and 86 the following two days. Ahhh, a reprieve! 🙂

I need to go buy a little kiddie pool and put it in the yard for me and Ava. She wanted to play outside earlier today (of course – when does she not want to play outside?) and, while it’s not as bad in the shade and with the breeze, it’s still just so dang hot. I let her play with her watering can and soak herself so she wouldn’t get too warm. She decided to periodically wipe water on my arms and legs to “clean mommy” and I didn’t protest one bit. 😉

We got out of the heat for a little bit today to go buy party supplies for next weekend and we also hit Vitamin Cottage for some groceries. The cashier at the party supply store asked Ava what her name was and she answered “Ava” (ever so quietly) for the first time to a “stranger!” We’ve been working on the answers to “What’s your name?”, “How old are you?” and “How are you doing?” lately since those seem to get asked most frequently. Anyway, I was so proud. 🙂 Then there’s a woman named Aruna who works at Vitamin Cottage and seems to know all of the kids by name who’s parents shop there regularly. At first I thought Ava was singled out because Aruna fawns on her every time we go in, but then I heard her call at least four other kids by name today. Anyway, today she asked Ava how old she’s going to be (because we were talking about her upcoming birthday) and Ava answered her as well. Though what she said sounded more like “two months old” instead of “two years old,” but at least she’s got the two part down. 🙂

Catching up for the week

It’s been a couple of busy days around here. On Wednesday, Ava and I went to a play group for the morning. She had a blast playing with her friends and I enjoyed catching up with my friends. I learned about a great possible childcare option here in town that I might check into. I’ve been thinking about signing Ava up for a couple hours two days a week or so, so that I can work on my photography stuff during the day.

After playgroup we hit a few stores for some birthday party supply stuff.

Yesterday, despite the fact that I didn’t feel like it, Ava and I did our 3 mile walk to the lake and back. This time we went to a different park (also on the lake). The playground was deserted for a while and Ava enjoyed having free reign until some bigger kids showed up. Then she just wanted to watch them play. We started our walk for home when the clouds blew in over the mountains and it started sprinkling on us, but we never got any rain here at the house. Bummer! We could use it.

I finished proofing two photography sessions this week. Phew! I’m glad to have a little break for a few days now. One of these days I want to showcase some of my favorite pics from my recent sessions. Maybe I will do that next week. 🙂

Ava has been enjoying playing outside as much as possible lately, and she cries when she can’t go out. (Poor thing.) I’m not sure what Jody and I were thinking buying her something for her birthday (the sand/water activity table) that is exclusively for outside play since that will entice her to be outside even more, but oh well. Her latest thing to do outside is dump handfuls or shovelfuls of sand/dirt on the dogs’ backs. I’m not sure why she thinks they want dirt on them, but she does. She also likes to put rocks, dirt and leaves in their water bowls and says she’s making guacamole. I might have told that story here already before. I can’t remember and I’m not looking it up. 😉 It cracks me up though whenever I ask her what she’s making – whether it be outside in the yard or inside with her play bowls/food, etc. – it’s always “guacamole.” Actually, I’m pretty sure I did tell that story before. Oh well. Enjoy it again. ;oP

I’ve been feeling baby move more and more lately. The little fluttery movements are turning into more noticable kicks now and I’ve even felt him/her kick my hand on the outside a few times. I think it will still be a few more weeks before Jody or Ava will be able to feel it, but it’s fun for me to enjoy in the meantime. 🙂

Father’s Day is coming up next weekend and I have a few creative ideas up my sleeve for presents for Jody from Ava. I just have to find the time to do them!

We’re having a new king-size pillow-top mattress and box spring set delivered to our house tomorrow. I’m so looking forward to it! I didn’t realize how uncomfortable our current bed was until we went shopping for a new one. Now my back hurts every morning when I get up. Our sleeping arrangement has consisted of two queen mattresses and box springs side by side on the floor for the past year or so, which makes up our “family bed.” We’re moving our old mattress/box spring into the basement extra bedroom (to replace the one that’s probably 30+ years old) so my parents will have a nicer bed to sleep on during their visit in a few weeks. The other mattress will go into Ava’s room for my sister to sleep on during her visit. We’re contemplating getting a twin mattress for Ava (to probably go alongside our bed) in the semi-near future, but haven’t made any decisions on that yet. I’m just trying to figure out what will work best once we have two lil kidlets in the house.

I’d like to take Ava to one of the local college campuses this weekend for a photoshoot for her 2 year pics. There are some beautiful spots on campus that I think would be great to use so we’ll see if we can fit that in our schedule. I was thinking I could do it by myself, but it’d be helpful to have Jody there with me to corral her, especially if I need to put any distance between her and the camera for some of the pictures.

On Sunday I’m taking newborn pictures of baby Trajan, which should be fun. He’ll be less than two weeks old so hopefully still good and sleepy and amenable to posing. 😉

Our temperatures continue to be unseasonably high around here – in the 90s. I just looked at the 10-day forecast and the every day is in the low to mid-90s except a couple days at high 80s. Oy. I’m hoping we can get this hot weather out of the way now, and then enjoy some cooler temps during my family’s visit and for Ava’s birthday party. Wishful thinking. 🙂

I’ve got a topic or two I’ve been thinking about writing on lately that I hope to tackle next week. One is natural skincare products (including soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, sunscreen and bug repellent) and the benefits of going natural. The other is what it’s like nursing an almost 2-year-old – while pregnant.

Hope everyone has a nice weekend. 🙂

The audacity of those critters, party planning and more

Mice have returned to our garage. What are they thinking? Don’t they know we had to kill all of their friends? :oP Ugh. Jody went out the day after discovering them and bought more of the poison food so hopefully they won’t last long or have the chance to reproduce as much as they did last time. They are such dirty critters. We’re going to leave the poison stuff out there on a regular basis now to hopefully deter a new crowd from repopulating the space every month or so.

We had a really hot weekend here and it doesn’t look like we’ll see a break anytime this week either. It’s in the 90s outside and feels almost as hot (since we don’t have A/C) inside.

These past few days have been really good productivity-wise for us, despite the high temps. Jody got a bunch of things (yard stuff) done this weekend that were on our “list” and I got more stuff (cleaning up the house) taken care of today.

My parents and sister will be here in a little over two weeks to celebrate Ava’s 2nd birthday with us, so we’re trying to get the house in order, plus prepare for Ava’s party.

I got the party invitations printed this weekend, but still need to do a little more work on them because I’m not happy with part of how they turned out. I also need to draw up a map with directions to the park we’ll be having the party at. I decided to go with a low-key Sesame Street theme. I figure I’ll have some Sesame Street stuff on the invitations, I’ll buy a few Sesame Street accent items – like napkins and goody bags – and then some Sesame Street helium balloons. I’m not really keen on commercializing her birthday as it is (not to mention how expensive all that stuff can get), so I’m trying to just add some accents and otherwise just have lots of primary colored stuff. But I figure Sesame Street is one thing that she really, really likes, and it’s her birthday, so I think this will be fun. 🙂

(By the way, if your kids are into Sesame Street, I discovered today that there are coloring book pages you can print, games, music, and other fun activities online at Sesame Workshop. That image above is something I made using pictures from the site that I will incorporate into Ava’s invitations.)

We’re not inviting as many people this year as we did last year, so I’m also planning on serving more food – brunch and then cake or cupcakes. I just need to get started making the mini quiches and breads and freezing them now so I don’t have to bust my butt the day or two before the party.

Ava got her first pair of Crocs this weekend. They are bright pink just like mommy’s, but they look so much cuter on her feet than mine do on mine. 😉 She loves them and I figure they are great shoes for her to wear this summer.

Oh, I got to meet my friend Brandy’s new baby Trajan this weekend. 🙂 He’s a little doll. (It turns out he was 8 lbs., 10 oz. at birth after all – not 9 lbs., 10 oz., but either way, she’s still my hero.) I forgot how squirmy newborns can be though and I felt all awkward holding him. Ava was very sweet with him – touching his hair and his ear and foot softly. She’s a nurturer and I think she’ll slip into the big sister roll with ease.

Hope you all have a nice week and find ways to beat the heat if you are having record highs too!

Oh yeah, forgot to mention that we had a power outage on Sunday. It fried the power supply in my computer (and I was so scared it had damaged much more because you could smell something had burned in the computer), so we had to drop $60 to buy a new one. Jody installed it Sunday night and everything was fine on the computer. What a relief!! I need to get my butt in gear and backup all of my photos and other things that are important to me before I end up losing it all. Gulp.

Weekend recap

For the most part, it was a very nice three-day weekend here.

On Saturday, the roofers came around 8 a.m. and got started stripping the old shingles off the roof. Ava managed to sleep through all that noise for about an hour and a half before waking up. Lucky. Then I headed to my photoshoot that went pretty well, though – a word to the wise – a three-week-old baby will NOT fit into a belly cast done when mom was 36 weeks pregnant no matter how you try to bend her/him. 😉 Thankfully, I wasn’t the one doing the bending.
The rest of the day was spent listening to the roofers drop things LOUDLY (making all of our hearts jump), hammering and just making noise in general. I was so glad when they finished around 9 p.m., though wasn’t pleased that they saved cleaning up the yard until it was pitch black outside. Go figure that we’ve found nails out there the next couple days. I think I’m going to ask that they come back out with their big magnet and try to find the rest of the nails. I DON’T want one ending up in either of the dogs’ feet or Ava’s! The good news is the roof looks great! 🙂

On Sunday we went to a couple stores looking for the Naturally Playful Sand and Water Activity Center for Ava’s 2nd birthday (which is coming up in less than a month!). I was just going to order it from Amazon (cuz they had it on sale), but the shipping was outrageous. We managed to find a store that had them in stock and picked one up. It’s going to be hard to NOT set it up before her birthday. Both Jody and I want to play. 😉

Yesterday we packed up a lunch and had a picnic on a blanket at a park in town. The weather was perfect and we had a good time. After lunch, Ava played on the playground there with a couple of older girls who seemed like they wanted to adopt her, and we also spent some time throwing (and skipping) rocks into the lake. I think we’re going to have Ava’s birthday party at that park. It’s really pretty with the lake and great views of the mountains, and it has a picnic shelter, bathrooms, playground, and lots of open space for running around.
After that we came home at watched “Ray,” which was really good. And then we had a cookout of Tofurky Beer Brats (which were quite tasty with grilled onions and mustard) and yams for dinner.

In baby news, I had an appointment with my doctor of choice (the one I will be sticking with) last week. We heard the heartbeat again and got the OK to schedule our ultrasound anywhere between 18 and 22 weeks. I’ll be 16 weeks on Thursday, so it’s coming up soon! It’s kind of weird that we haven’t seen the baby at all yet, because we’d already had a few ultrasounds at this point with Ava. Of course, the first was because we were under the care of a fertility doctor when we got pregnant with Ava. Then I had a subchorionic tear (bleeding) at 11 weeks with her and we had an ultrasound that day as well as a few after to make sure everything was going OK. So it’s been wonderful to have not had to worry about anything with this baby so far (knock wood) and to be having a “normal” stress-free pregnancy. And, while it’s nice to see the baby as it grows, I’m glad we haven’t had a need for any ultrasounds because I’ve been reading/hearing more lately questioning their safety. Anyway, the appointment went well, the doctor took her time with me and was sure to answer any questions I had, and I just like her a lot. I’m so glad I took the time to interview her and not stick with the other practice just because that’s who I started with.

Our trip to California (super long, with oodles of pics)

Long post ahead. Here’s what we did on our trip to California, along with tons of pics (click the pic to view it larger). I tried to save you by not posting too many “scenic” pics, but mostly pics that had us in them. I honestly didn’t take *that* many pics on this trip and didn’t get artistic with any of them. It was hard not having my camera of choice with me. ;oP

(Also, a disclaimer to all my veggie readers… I figure some of you probably missed the post where I said that I’m no longer vegetarian so I wanted to say it again so it doesn’t come as a shock to you all that I’m eating poultry and fish. I decided to follow what my body tells me I need with this pregnancy. I’m still cooking primarily vegetarian meals at home, but if I’m at a restaurant and I want chicken or fish, I order it.)

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

We caught our flight at 5:22 p.m. from Denver to San Jose. Ava did great on the plane. We sat next to a very nice, friendly woman who enjoyed talking with and entertaining Ava for a good part of the flight. The view as we flew over the Rockies was amazing.

We picked up our rental car but the agent had trouble finding the right size carseat for Ava. She finally tracked one down but it didn’t have all the parts and, because of this, we weren’t able to fully secure it in the car. Arg.

After some confusion with our room at the Hotel Avante in Mountain View, we got checked into the right room. By that time it was after 9 and we hadn’t yet eaten dinner so we headed out in search of something. I spotted a Baja Fresh (Mexican grill food) and remembered reading good things about it on Julie‘s blog, so we stopped for dinner. It was really good and reminded us a lot of Wahoo Fish Tacos (but better because they had fresh guacamole and avocado slices, mmmm).

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Jody got up early to go into work at Google for a few hours before they went out for a team building trip horseback riding, with a tour of a vineyard and dinner.

Ava and I got up and ready and went out to breakfast at Denny’s. After that, we went to Shoreline Park where we went for a walk, watched geese and Ava threw sticks and rocks into a lake.






Then we picked up some lunch and headed back to the hotel for a nap.

That evening, after Jody got home, we went out to dinner at Frankie, Johnny, and Luigi’s for some awesome pizza. We stopped at Baskin Robin’s for some shakes on the way back to the hotel.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Jody went into work again, while Ava and I slept in. Then we got up and ready for the day. I packed up our things and we checked out of the hotel. Then we drove up to the “Googleplex” to join Jody for lunch in the cafeteria. It was a bit overwhelming. There were so many foods to choose from. I ended up having a big salad (loaded with avocados) and some Indian food.

Then Jody took us on a little tour and introduced us to some of the people on his team and in the area he works while out in CA. The campus is so big, your first time there is kind of like being a freshman back at college. Ava wowed everybody with her cutiepie charm.

Jody went back to work for a little while, and Ava and I headed over to a Trader Joe’s to check it out since I’ve heard many good things about them. I don’t know it they are all pretty small, but the one we found was on the small side (IMO). It seemed like a great store though and definitely reasonably-priced. We bought some organic strawberries and ate a few in the car.

Then we picked up Jody and started our drive to San Francisco. Traffic was horrendous at 4:30 p.m. (go figure). Unfortunately, Ava was really tired at that point and was having a hard time falling asleep in the car. She did get to nap for a little while, but not as long as she (or we) would’ve liked.

Jody dropped us off at the Argent Hotel while he went to take back the rental car. Ava and I got checked in and went up to our room on the 26th floor. The room was very nice. We had a lovely view of the city and could see the Bay Bridge from our window, as well as a little bit of Alcatraz.

After chilling in our room for a bit, we walked over to Chinatown for dinner. At the recommendation of the hotel concierge, we went to the Great Eastern Restaurant. Our dinner consisted of egg rolls, vegetable fried rice, sweet and sour chicken and cashew chicken, with orange slices for dessert. It was all delicious. That brings us to the present, where we are back in our hotel room. Chinatown was bigger than I thought it would be, with lots of neat looking shops. I hope to stop back in there another time to browse a bit.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

What a busy day!
We started it off by heading to the Farmer’s Market at the Ferry Building. It’s definitely an impressive farmer’s market.

We walked out to the water and stopped for a peanut butter cookie before catching the trolley up to the Fisherman’s Wharf/Pier 39 area.

We stopped to look at the sea lions (which Ava originally called “dogs” – from all of the barking, of course – LOL).


Then we had lunch at a restaurant – Neptune’s Palace – overlooking the sea lions and bay. I had a salad and bread bowl of clam chowder soup and Jody had fish and chips. We also split some crab cakes (which Ava devoured).

After lunch we decided to take a ferry ride that goes around Alcatraz and under the Golden Gate Bridge. By that point, Ava was getting sleepy, but she did ok on the boat.




There was a group of Asian women on the boat who were totally enamored with Ava. A couple of them gave us “treats” to give to her, but if I couldn’t read the writing on the package (it was Korean I think), I wasn’t going to give it to her. Still nice of them though. There was also an Asian man on the boat ride who was using his electric razor to shave his face while we were out on the water. Strange. I took his picture. 😉

After the boat ride, we had a heck of a time finding a bus that would get us back to our hotel, so we ended up waiting 45 minutes to catch the historic trolley.
Ava was so tired at that point that she actually fell asleep on the trolley, despite it being quite loud with the trolley car driver ringing the bell left and right.

We hung out for a bit in the hotel, then decided to head out for some “American fare” (we got some suggestions from the hotel concierge) for dinner. First we walked over to the Metreon, but none of the restaurants there appealed to us. We did, however, pass a new cream puff place on the way and figured we’d head back there for dessert after dinner.

After walking around way too much and still not finding anything that sounded good, we came across Tad’s Steakhouse. It was very reasonably priced at like $6 a meal, though seemed a little shady, but we decided to stop anyway. We ended up getting a tuna melt and a turkey melt, both came with a baked potato and salad, and it was all, surprisingly, quite good. It was nice to only spend $15 on a tasty dinner after dropping at least $40 on previous meals.

We tried going back to the cream puff place for dessert, but they had closed at 8. So we walked around some more (and saw another guy stick-shaving his face in the middle of the sidewalk – what’s up with that?), finally stopping in a 7-11, which was just about the only thing open, for some Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, which we took back to our room.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

We got up this morning and caught a bus over to the Haight-Ashbury area (known for it’s huge hippie population in the ’60s), where we had a late breakfast at a place called All You Knead (recommended to me by Amy). I got poached eggs covered with avocado slices and Hollandaise sauce on English muffins and Jody got an omelette. Both came with potatoes too. We split it all with Ava. The food was awesome.

After eating, we walked along Haight street for a bit and stopped in a few stores, before it started sprinkling rain on us. We had planned to go to Golden Gate Park, and walked in it for a little ways, because I really wanted to see the Japanese Tea Garden, but the rain kept coming down harder and harder so we decided to head back. By the time we left the park, it was a downpour and we were soaked. Ava had the umbrella over her stroller so she was kept partially dry, but Jody and I were drenched.

We caught a bus into the Mission district, then had to get off there and wait for another 20 minutes for another bus to get us back to our hotel. The wait outside was quite cold and it continued to rain.

On our walk back to the hotel, we stopped at that cream puff shop from yesterday (Beard Papa’s – it’s Japanese) and picked up some cream puffs to take back to the room. They were tasty.

We got changed into dry clothes and Ava and I took a nap while Jody went out and bought himself a Play Station Portable. (I guess I shouldn’t leave him alone when he’s within walking distance of a Sony store. Oy.)

After our naps, we caught another bus to Little Italy where we had dinner at Caffe DeLucci. Jody got ravioli and I got fettucine with seared Ahi Tuna. Yummy! We all split a cannoli for dessert.

Then we headed back outside to catch the bus back to our hotel, I would’ve liked to walk around a bit, but it was raining again. On our walk back to the bus stop, a car came within inches of hitting Ava’s stroller (that she was in) and my leg. They just kept on driving too like they didn’t even see us. Thankfully, we were OK, but it was pretty scary.

Monday, May 22, 2006

(Ava playing in bed before getting up for the day.)

We got up and dressed and packed up our things before walking over to a little restaurant called Oh La La for some lunch (which we took back to our room). Jody got a chicken salad wrap and I got a falafel sandwich. We also got some of those “Naked” drinks. They are expensive but quite tasty and mine (which was a protein blend) had something like 37g of protein in it. Wow.

(One last pic in our hotel room.)

After eating our lunch and gathering up our things, we checked out of our hotel and caught a bus to the CalTrain station. We got our train tickets, and caught the train to Santa Clara where we then caught a bus over to the San Jose airport.


Once at the airport, we still had a good 2 1/2 hours before our flight so Ava played a bit in a kids’ play area and we got some lunch and let Ava run around.

The flight back to Denver had a lot of turbulence over the Rocky Mountains, but Ava slept for the last half of the flight, which was good – she needed to get a nap in.

It’s good to be home and getting back into our routine. 🙂

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All in all it was a really nice trip. California is a beautiful state and I can definitely see the appeal of living there (avocados – wink, wink), but I still prefer Colorado. 🙂 While having some humidity in the air was nice out there, I guess I’ve grown accustomed to the dryness here.

It would’ve been nice if the weather cooperated the whole time we were in SF, because we would’ve gotten to see more of the city, but c’est la vie. I am sure we could’ve spent several more days there and still not seen everything we wanted to. (And we would’ve gone broke trying! LOL)

Thanks to everyone for their suggestions and help with things to do while in CA. I appreciate it! 🙂

As an aside, Jody and I were talking about how well-traveled our li’l kid is. Just on this trip alone she rode on a plane, boat, bus, trolley and train (the boat, bus, trolley and train were all a first for her). It took me 31 years to get to the western U.S. coast and Ava’s been to both coasts before her 2nd birthday. I guess the world is a smaller place now than it used to be.

Music to my ears

I had a doctor’s appointment this afternoon and we got to hear the baby’s heartbeat (or as Ava says “heartbeep”) for the first time! 🙂 It sounded wonderful and strong and was 170 beats per minute which is normal for this stage in the pregnancy.
We took along a tape recorder and recorded it, and, if I ever figure out how to transfer it from the tape to the computer, I will upload it. 🙂

All of the labwork they did at the first visit came back normal and my blood pressure today was good, so that was all nice to hear. I am up about 10 lbs. (gulp) from my pre-pregnancy weight, but nobody said anything to me about it and I’m sure it’s fine, especially since I started off at the low end of the chart this time around. I was just kind of surprised to see what I’d gained. That’s all to report from my appointment.

We leave for CA tomorrow so I will be running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off tonight getting ready and packing. Thankfully our flight isn’t until the evening so I can still get last minute stuff done tomorrow if I need to (and knowing me, I will need to!).

I’ll probably blog once or twice while we’re gone since Jody will have his laptop, but we’ll see how it goes. Hope you all have a nice week. 🙂 We’ll be back to CO on Monday, May 22.

What a great day!

I had a wonderful Mother’s Day yesterday. 🙂

It started off with Jody having breakfast ready when Ava and I woke up in the morning. Then I got some cards from Jody, Ava and my parents. And Jody and Ava got me some nice oven mitts (which I was desperately in need of since mine had holes in it and has been caught on fire, etc.) and a lazy susan (which I really wanted) for all of my spices. Jody said he also wants to get me a gift certificate for a pregnant massage, but he didn’t have time to track down someone who specializes in that.

After that we went for a walk around the block to a lilac tree near the park (lilacs are one of my favorite smelling flowers) and Jody took some pictures of me and Ava (and belly baby) and then I cut some lilacs to take home and put in a vase.




Then we stopped at Starbucks for some frosty beverages (that blackberry green tea frapaccino they have is so tasty – Ava agrees too) and went to Vitamin Cottage to pick up some things for our trip and for a recipe I have for banana muffins (which I plan to make today).

In the afternoon we headed into Boulder for some lunch, which we ordered “to go” and then had a picnic by the Boulder Creek. Ava ran around in the grass while Jody and I ate, stopping by every now and then for a bite herself.



After that we went for a walk on Pearl Street Mall (a great outdoor pedestrian “mall”) and shared a brownie. Then Jody took some pictures of me and Ava in front of the tulips which we also did last year. 🙂


After walking around for a bit, we headed back to the car and came home. I thought Ava would go down for a nap since it was quite past her naptime, but she was content to stay up. So we went to the grocery store and picked up some food for dinner (stuffed salmon and potatoes which we had accompanied by broccoli) and some other things we needed. Jody grilled the food and we had a nice dinner.

It was a very full, very nice day. It’s amazing to me to think that next year at this time I will be a mommy of two. I’m a lucky woman. 🙂

By the way, Ava’s outfit (dress and matching diaper cover) is something Grandma just made and sent to her. It’s pretty darn cute.

P.S. These pictures were taken with our old P&S (point and shoot) camera. I decided not to take my Olympus on the trip to CA since it’s really primarily for my business and I’d be up a creek if something happened to it while I don’t have a good back-up camera yet. So I dusted off the old P&S to play with yesterday. It’s not nearly as fun (nor are the pictures anywhere near the quality) as my Olympus. ::whine:: I’m such a camera snob now. ;oP

13 weeks today – pregnancy talk

This (my pregnancy ticker I have in my signature on some of the msg boards I visit) made me smile when I saw it today. Baby is practicing smiling, grimacing, frowning and squinting. Awww. 🙂

I’m 13 weeks today so I’m not sure if I’m officially in the second trimester this week or next, but either way, I’m close! I’ve been continuing to feel good, just feeling tired at times and the need to eat more frequently. I know I lost a few pounds after my stint with food poisoning (or whatever that was), but I think I probably have made up for it now. I haven’t gotten on the scale lately so I can’t say for sure.

I think I felt the baby moving last night as I sat at the computer proofing pictures from a recent session, but I’m not 100% sure. I know after your first pregnancy you are more likely to feel it earlier, but this might still be too early. I didn’t feel Ava move until around 17 weeks, but what I felt last night (a few times) was down low and wasn’t gas so….???

I have a doctor’s appointment scheduled for next week (5/16) with the old practice. I decided to keep it even though I’m switching practices because I really want to hear the baby’s heartbeat before we go on vacation to CA. We leave on 5/17. So I’m excited about that. 🙂

One of the presents Jody got me for my birthday was a gift certificate to Kohl’s so I could buy myself some new maternity clothes. (I got rid of 99% of my maternity clothes from my pregnancy with Ava because I lost so much weight after she was born, they all would be huge on me.) So yesterday Ava and I went up there and I got three new shirts (two cute summery ones and one sweater on clearance for $2) and a pair of jeans (and Ava got some socks). I also went to a consignment store over the weekend and picked up three maternity shirts and a pair of khaki mat. capris. So I think I’m set for a little while – at least for our trip. I haven’t been wearing any maternity clothes yet and I still feel funny about it because I’m not *that* big, but yet, some of my regular clothes aren’t roomy enough. I am borrowing a pair of jeans from a friend (ones she wore when she was pregnant but not needing maternity clothes yet) and so far those have been working well, but that’s only 1 pair of pants! I guess I will look more pregnant if I start dressing the part. 😉

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In related pregnancy news, my friend Julie had her baby girl – “Lily” – on Monday. She had a successful VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) and both mommy and baby are doing great and nursing is going well! Congrats to Julie and fam. 🙂 She’s the first of my three friends due in May to give birth. May is such a great month for babies and new life! 🙂

Let them eat cake

Here are a few pics from my birthday yesterday.

I made this super yummy carrot cake from scratch, using my friend’s mom’s recipe. (It has pineapple between the layers.) It turned out sooooo tasty! The recipe made a lot of cream cheese frosting, but I decided not to put it all on the cake, since it was already so decadent, and tossed a fair amount.


Excuse my no make-up face. I had a headache for much of the day and didn’t even shower until about 5 p.m. Thankfully my headache cleared up and I was able to enjoy our takeout dinner from Old Chicago and the cake that I made. Also, I’m not sure what’s up with the weird shadowy things on my chest in these pics. I guess they were a reflection from the candles?

And yes, Ava is poking her finger fingerS into the cake and licking them off while the pics are being taken and Jody is singing “happy birthday” to me. 😉 She usually loves to sing happy birthday, but apparently not when there’s a cake in front of her. LOL She and I split a piece of cake and she ate as much as I did. It’s amazing she slept last night.

Other than the headache, it was a nice birthday. Jody made breakfast and lunch, changed all of the diapers all day (woohoo!), I got to take a nap alone in the morning, Jody and I got some alone time in the afternoon while Ava napped, and I even got some presents. 🙂 I can’t complain.

Thanks for all the birthday greetings. 🙂

Ava wants to share some news with you…

Yep, we are expecting baby #2!! 🙂

I have to admit that we’ve known for a while now, but I wasn’t feeling ready to share the news publicly until now. I’m actually 10 1/2 weeks pregnant and my “guess date” is Nov. 16. It’s been incredibly hard keeping my mouth shut on my blog because so many things in my life lately have revolved around being pregnant! So I’m relieved to have finally told my secret so I can start blabbing about baby stuff and all the things that have been running through my mind lately.

I never wrote about our experience getting pregnant with Ava (or her labor and birth, but I will save that for another day), but it was a long road for us. I charted religiously for months before starting on fertility testing. It was determined that Jody had a low-ish sperm count and we opted to try intrauterine insemination in hopes of getting pregnant since it wasn’t happening the “old fashioned way.” Our second month of IUI worked (though we still have our suspicions she was conceived naturally since we followed up our IUI with intercourse), and Ava was born 9 months later. 🙂

So while we had sort of started “trying” to get pregnant with baby #2, we weren’t expecting anything to happen for several months at the very least. But, we were PLEASANTLY SURPRISED when my period didn’t show and I tested positive (a few times even – just to be sure).

Case in point:
Can’t argue with that!

Apparently, when you aren’t stressing over it and charting and you already have one wonderful child, it can help things just happen on their own. 🙂

That’s all for today. I will, undoubtedly, be writing a lot more about this pregnancy and all the decisions I’ve been trying to make lately (doctor? midwife? hospital birth? homebirth?! and other things regarding vegetarianism, how much protein do I need due to my history of complications w/ Ava’s birth?, etc… – all requiring lots of thought and research and none of which would be made lightly) in the near future.

Thanks for reading. 🙂