Monday, March 30, 2009

What's in a Name?

We have decided on a name.

I took this post off for privacy reasons, but the name we chose for the first name was not on the prior list. :)

Sunday, March 29, 2009

We have a name

Tonight Hubby and I decided on a name. And we really like it! It is not on the list of previously mentioned names (well, the middle name is, but not the first name). It is a name we discussed last summer but forgot about. We like the meaning of the first name, and the middle name is significant. It passes the Becky R., "How will it sound when he goes across the stage at commencement?" rule. The name sounds like this kid will have an M.D. behind his name someday.
With all of that being said, we will wait until tomorrow to post it. Wah wah wah.
And no, Rues, it isn't Spikeal (Spichael). That was a close second.

Spring Break

Spring Break is now over. While the lazy-tired-want-to-wear-sweatpants-all-of-the-time mourns the end of the week off, I also realize I just have 8 more weeks left of teaching for this school year, and then comes summer vacation and 6 weeks of maternity leave after that!
M had classes/intership/comprehensive exams this week, so we didn't go anywhere. I thought I might drive up to Illinois for a few days, but 7+ hours there and 7+ hours back did not seem so appealing. In college I made the drive with friends or by myself, and if I was by myself I could go the whole way stopping only for gas and food - no potty break needed back then. However, my bladder-of-steel days are over, and I have lower back pain, so a road trip to M-town did not sound like such a fun idea. (No offense, M-towners.)
My Spring Break did consist of:
*Wellness Night
*A prenatal massage
*Coffee with friends
*Lunch with grad school friends I hadn't seen in too long
*Moving a couple of things out of the nursery - it is going to look worse in there before it looks better, I think
*Cooking more than I usually do including a delicious pot roast like Mom makes
*Attempting pre-natal pilates via DVD - that didn't really go so well. If I wasn't coordinated pre-pregnancy, what made me think I would be coordinated now?
*James Brownie Funky Jackhammer - peanut butter, frozen custard, brownie, and hot-fudge - a mini-vacation in a cup.
*Staying in comfy clothes much of the day if I wanted
*Waking up at 8 and then staying in bed until 10 just feeling Baby Mac move around (He apparently is a morning person, unlike his mama, because I can feel him every morning now - amazing!)
*And of course, finding out we are having a boy. Hubby and I are so thankful for everyone's kind words - whether by phone call, facebook, or other method.



A picture of Baby Mac and I enjoying Andy's Frozen custard. I know most of our California family doesn't know of Andy's, but it is won-der-ful. Baby really likes it.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

An excuse to go shopping

There was a kids' sale today at the local fair grounds, so I headed that way around lunch time, not knowing exactly what to expect. Would it be trashy? Would it be chaotic? Surprisingly everything there was very well organized and clean. I could have spent a lot of money, but I refrained. I bought a few blue clothing items, a swaddle blanket, and a sleep sack for very cheap. I also found bedding for the baby's room. We had found some we liked and registered for at Target, but it was SO expensive. I just can't justify spending $200 on baby bedding. So when I found something I liked today that was still in the package - 6 piece set including mobile - for $30 I grabbed it. So our nursery will now have an airplane theme with light blue and light green. I am very pleased.



And here's Ebby checking out what is soon going to take over "her" space.



Monday, March 23, 2009

It's 4 AM - Do you know where your children are?

I hesitated posting a complaint. However, when I look back on my pregnancy, I think it will be important for me to remember the highs and the lows.
My child - or rather my pregnancy hormones, I guess - has had me up for over an hour suffering from the worst heartburn of my life. Seriously. If I could chop off the top third of my body and be okay, I would. And I am guessing the heartburn has caused the headache.
I didn't even eat anything spicy.
But here I am at 4 AM sitting up right and eating yogurt. Apparently yogurt is supposed to help. Lucky for me, I bought some at the store on Sunday.
In happier news... in 6 hours I will be finding out the gender of this child who has already given me so much joy in addition to the rounds of nausea, backaches, headaches, and now heartburn.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Names

Over lunch today Hubby and I each took a look at each other's potential first name lists. From there we each circled a few names we liked (which on the boy list were very few we liked of each other's), and then we also brainstormed possible middle names. We tried using some sort of family name for the middle name whenever it sounded nice. So here is our list. We ask that if you are making comments about the name you keep your negative comments to yourself. Since I am a teacher I already have enough bad associations with names, I don't need any more. Haha. :) Positive/neutral comments are encouraged.

Boy Names:
Sawyer - Sawyer Michael, Sawyer Robert, Sawyer Maroon
Isaiah - Isaiah Maroon
Micah - Micah Palmer, Micah Miller
Cameron - Cameron Joshua, Cameron Palmer

Girl Names:
Cameryn (not quite sure on spelling yet) - Cameryn Joyce, Cameryn Palmer
Elyse - We like the name but haven't found a middle name yet we like to go with it
Isabella - Isabella Mae, Isabella Maroon
Charlotte - Charlotte Ann, Charlotte Louise
Lydia - Lydia Grace, Lydia Jane
Katelyn - Katelyn Beatrice, Katelyn Jane
Sydney - Sydney Ann, Sydney Lyn

Update/Edit: Isaiah Palmer is now off of the list. Thank you, Aunt Deanna for pointing out the I.P. initials could cause some teasing for our child. Very good point and insight since you had to contend with the P/Palmer issue for your own children. :)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

I'm sure now

I have been posting a lot this week, but this is exciting. Last night I was lying down in bed trying to get to sleep amidst my every 15 minute bathroom trips I take from about 7:00-11:00 P.M. As I am lying there I feel something very strange in my lower belly especially on the right side. It felt like a rolling pin rolling out dough. That was a pretty cool feeling because I was pretty sure that it was Baby Mac.
Then a little later I am almost asleep when I feel this somersault in my belly. It was so strong and surprising that I yelped out "Oh!" waking up Hubby who was almost asleep.
So now I can confidently say I have felt the baby. Before I thought I had, but now I have no doubt, and that makes me very happy.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

St. Patrick's belly



So I was able to actually upload a picture on here instead of going through an album. Here is the most recent belly shot, taken today after work. This is 19/20 weeks (depending on which due date you use).

Monday, March 16, 2009

Book Recommendations

So I am trying to read a lot about delivery and babyhood/parenting a baby. I know what to do with a kid when he/she is a little older, but I am pretty clueless on the baby phase except for my child development classes in college. Like I think I mentioned before, I really want to have a natural childbirth - no meds - if at all possible.
I am currently reading a book on the Bradley Method to be informed about a way to go natural, and I am also reading the book The Secrets of the Baby Whisperer (because it just intrigued me - I'm not sure if I agree or disagree with it yet). I have the "What to Expect" books and for fun I have read "The Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy" because it is hillarious (though due to the sarcasm is on the negative side of the whole pregnancy experience).
All of this to say--
If anyone can recommend books they have read about giving birth and what to do with a baby the first few months/year of his/her life, I would love to be informed what they are. I am interested in other natural methods of child birth besides the Bradley method. I am not interested in parenting books which are advocate an extremely rigid schedule. (Mike continues to remind me of the five Bs of parenting - they don't involve a rigid schedule.) Of course I realize a lot of parenting comes down to common sense and what will work best for M, me and Baby Mac - but as a teacher I read a wide variety of texts to improve my teaching and keep current, so I feel I should as a parent-to-be. A couple people have given me ideas already, but you can post your suggestions on here or just email me/facebook me.

Also, coming soon.....
Hubby and I are going to narrow down our name lists and come up with a compromise list. Stay tuned.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

My husband rocks

Hubby assembled the changing table last night and the crib today while I was catching up on the sleep I lost last night (and then some). The next major task in weeks to come will be to move some of the other furniture in that room (which is pretty much bookshelves in that room) out so that other things can fit. And I will need to clean out the dresser that is in there and the little closet. The dresser doesn't match but I don't really care. It is a perfectly fine dresser.
I am very happy today.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

first major purchase

We made our first big baby item purchase tonight. (I have been pricing things for weeks.) We bought a crib and a changing table at Target tonight.

http://www.target.com/Graco-Lauren-Dropside-Convertible-Crib/dp/B000VX9HJ6/qid=1236474180/ref=br_1_1/188-5063457-6514333?ie=UTF8&node=320202011&frombrowse=1&rh=&page=1

I don't know how to put this as a link easily on blogger on an entry. :( Anyway - it's the Graco Lauren Convertible Crib in Espresso with matching changing table, too. And we saved money on both items as well. :)

Now I need to clean out the spare room. It has a lot of stuff in it that needs to be put in other places.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

feeling a little more real

I have spent the past two days sick at home with a virus. :( Head, nose, throat, ears, and then vomitting this morning at work. (And I get evening sickness folks, not morning sickness.) I went to work this morning, but ended up leaving. I hate to use my sick days for anything non-baby related, and have been lucky to not have to so far this year. Anyhoo...

This afternoon I had a regularly scheduled dr. appointment. The heartbeat was checked (it took a few seconds to find which freaked me out momentarily), but it was there and good. They had me sign a "consent to deliver" form which basically said there could potentially be a lot of people in the delivery room helping with the event, and that I intend to have my dr. deliver the baby, etc. The doctor had me pre-register for my future trip to the hospital. And most exciting is three weeks from today we will have our ultrasound! We are finding out the gender (something I previously thought I didn't want to do, but now that we are I am really excited). I am very excited to see a baby that will look like a baby. Last time we got a peek he/she was just a grain of rice.

On Saturday M and I looked at strollers/carseats. We found a set we really like. So that started my itch to register. When we got married we didn't really register for much - just towels and some basic dishes/kitchen items. We didn't have really any wedding showers (except one work through me after I eloped), so it has been fun just looking at stuff at Target online and Babies'R'Us and clicking a wishlist. A few of my girlfriends who have recently had babies have been me some hints on what is good and what isn't, so it is a work in progress.

Things are starting to feel a little more real. I get worried every time we have a doctor appointment that something will be wrong, but it isn't, so I breathe easy for awhile each time afterwards.

That's all that is new here. I am drinking lots of fluids and trying to rest to kick this bug. Off to take a nap.