Friday, March 30, 2012

Trip to Babiesrus

Meg and I took a trip to babiesrus tonight. We went straight to customer service and were greeted by a young (20-something) cashier with pigtails. We explained the situation (we realized we had an obscene amount of 20% off coupons at home and wanted to put them towards our recent transactions) She had to check with the manager...apparently they can only use one coupon at a time.

Meg and I waited as the manager tried to override the system. I told Meg she could go to the bathroom (she had expressed the need 5 minutes earlier in the car). She told me that the feeling went away. The cashier chimed in, "If you hold in your pee too long it can actually put you into labor...you should probably go." You should have seen Meg's face! She walked away...clearly annoyed.

By the time Meg returned, the cashier was almost finished with the price adjustment. She proceeded to ask us if she could ask a juvenile question. I smiled and said, "Yea, ok." She said, "Have you guys ever seen the L Word?" All we could do was laugh. We were good sports and humored her..."Yes, we have seen it. Why?" "Oh, I was just thinking about the scene where the lesbian boils the turkey baster when she was trying to get pregnant," she said.

Again we laughed. AWKWARD!

When Meg and I got into the car, Meg let loose. "First off, why the hell would you ever ask a pregnant woman how her hormones are? They were fine until you talked about them, idiot! Secondly, I'm pretty sure she was talking about If These Walls Could Talk 2 not the L Word. I mean, come on...if she wanted to know if we were gay she should have just asked us! Oh and I especially liked when she hit on you right in front of me WHILE I'M CARRYING YOUR BABY!!! Talk about bicurious."

I didn't even know what to say...except,"I love you!" (I probably should have said, "Avery if you're listening...come out now, please!!!")

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

And so it begins...

Meg called me on her way home from work (around 4:30). She told me she was having cramps. I asked her if she thought she was having contractions and of course she responded with, "I don't know. I've never had a contraction before." I wanted to call her a smart ass, but I knew this was my first shot at demonstrating my supportive, calm side.

I told her to breathe and asked her to describe the pain. I then googled Braxton Hicks Contractions. Braxton Hicks Contractions occur when the muscles of the uterus tighten. They are essentially practice contractions.

Meg's contractions occurred off and on for a little over an hour. Everything on the internet suggested that women (who are less than 37 weeks pregnant) should contact their doctor if they experience more than 4 contractions in one hour...we didn't listen.

Instead, we took a slow stroll around the block, drank lots of water, took a warm shower, and then rested in bed.

All is well.


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

36 week OB update and a 2nd award


Today was our 36 week OB appointment. The nursed checked Meg's weight and blood pressure before listening to Avery's heart beat. We waited for what seemed like an eternity for the doctor to come in...It was too long and I was unable to control myself...I decided to educate Meg about the Nuvaring (using the model, of course) The doctor walked in as I was struggling to put it back together! It was kind of embarrassing, but Meg's used to me by now!
The doctor informed us that she needed to check Meg for Group B Strep (a common bacterium carried in the intestines) She told us that while GBS is usually harmless in adults it can cause complications during pregnancy and serious illness and infections in newborns. In order to perform the test, she needed to swab Meg's vagina and rectum (Meg didn't know about that part!)  
If the results come back positive for the bacteria, the doctor will administer antibiotics (penicillin) during labor. No big deal!
The doctor also performed an internal exam. At this point, Meg is not dilated, but her cervix is soft (which is apparently exactly what the doctor expected).
Meg was a trooper and was ecstatic that the doctor didn't need to use the speculum for the GBS test. Next week will be a regular routine check up. Her next internal will be at 38 weeks.
In other news, I wanted to thank the ladies over at Small Obsessions for nominating me for the Liebster blog award! This is Wiegand Writes' second award and I'm happy to pass it on!  
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The Liebster Blog Award works like this:
Say thanks to the blogger who nominated you, and link back to them.
List 5 blogs (ideally with fewer than 200 followers) that you feel deserve the Liebster Award and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
Copy and paste the award to your blog.
SO...without further ado, here are some blogs that you might enjoy.

  1. The Adventures of life, love, and baby making
  2. 2 moms & 1 boy
  3. thoughts of babies
  4. Journey to becoming parents
  5. 2012 a conception odyssey

Monday, March 26, 2012

Nursery pictures (almost done)

I'm not proud to admit that I had a serious meltdown last night. I don't know what caused it. I just know that I couldn't get Avery's new blinds up and it freaked me out. I kept harping on the idea that Meg was going to go into labor and that I wouldn't have time to finish Avery's room. I then started crying about anything and everything.

I am happy to announce that the blinds have been hung. I still need to hang the valance, but the crisis has been averted. More importantly, Avery is still snug in Meg's belly. So yea, all is well with the world again.

I promised you that I would post pictures of the nursery when it was officially done. Meg still needs to decorate and put some finishing touches on it, but overall, we're just about there.

We still need to hang maternity portraits (we're taking them this Saturday) and position Avery's life size teddy bear. The portraits will hang on both sides of the window and the bear will sit to the right of Avery's crib. (The bear is currently sitting in my trunk while the dogs adjust to life in the nursery...Heineken will undoubtedly try to rip the bear apart or hump it, so we're just trying to delay the inevitable!)

Enjoy the pictures...I really don't think they do the room justice.






















































































































































Sunday, March 25, 2012

Week 35 Photos and Childbirth Class

At 35 weeks, Avery is the size of a honeydew. She is 5.25 lbs and over 18 inches long! I can't believe that Wednesday marks 36 weeks...she's almost full term!






















Today Meg and I went to our childbirth class...

We walked into the hospital around 12:45 and were greeted by one of the midwives from our OB office. As soon as Meg introduced herself, the midwife looked at me and said, "NO STRAWBERRIES!" lol, it's pretty bad when we have to call ahead to make sure places are safe for me!

We signed in and took our seats. We had to wait for more couples to arrive (there was approximately 30 people there) before starting the hospital tour. There isn't much to say about the tour aside from the obvious...it's a brand new, state of the art hospital, and the labor and delivery section is absolutely amazing. Seriously, the rooms were gigantic! It'll be like staying in the Hilton!

After the tour we headed back to the conference room (about 1:45ish). There, we were given a booklet about child birth, two water bottles, and a coupon to the baby boutique (in the hospital). The midwife was really sweet, BUT the minute she turned on the powerpoint I knew I was a goner.

I tried to listen. I really did. I waited and waited for something to grab my attention, but it was as if time had stopped.

Finally we got to the section about breathing. I figured we would do something hands on or interact with one another in some way, shape, or form. WRONG! They now teach breathing in the moment.

Needless to say, when the class took a break for dinner at 4:45, Meg and I left.

Now for the burning question...was it worth it?

I definitely feel better knowing what to do and where to go when Meg is actually in labor, but the class itself was brutal. It wasn't worth $150, but it's something Meg and I can say we did. It's kind of like a right of passage. I just wish our experience was more like that of my parents...apparently my dad was bouncing tennis balls off of my mom's back...I would have gladly paid $150 for that!

Anyhow, here is a picture of Meg and I before we went inside...
















Aunt Trish is coming up tomorrow (yay!) and our next OB appointment is Tuesday!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Another baby shower...what can I say? People love us!

We have 30 days until Avery's expected due date and we have successfully crossed off the major items on our "to do" list...On Friday, we put a deposit down towards the adoption process and had our consult regarding the will and estate planning (we meet with our lawyer on April 6th to sign the documents) We also printed out the paperwork to submit to the social security office, so Meg can officially change her last name.

The nursery is completely set up and is really coming together! (I'll post pictures when it's completely done) Meg has just about washed (and put away) all of Avery's linens and clothing, but there is still a lot of organizing that needs to be done. Whoever came up with the idea to size baby clothes must have been out of his/her mind. Some clothes say 0-3 months. Some say 3 months. Some say 6 months and others say 6-9 months. It will be a miracle if I dress Avery in the correct clothing!

Today we had another baby shower (thrown by Meg's mom). It was beautiful and the cake was awesome! Seriously...I can't stop talking about it! It was vanilla pound cake and chocolate chip pound cake...





















For decorations, Meg's mom used her cricut machine to add some personal touches...














































I tried really hard to escape the torture of opening gifts...(I HATE surprises!)...but Meg's Aunt Sally forced me to open 3. I was a little hesitant at first, but felt relieved when I opened up the...














Baby Bullet! (and storage system and steamer!)

Oh, I almost forgot...Meg's parents bought Meg and I loads and loads of diapers (no pun intended) and wipes. The sizes ranged from newborn to size 3 (notice the giant pink bags)
















I'm not going to lie...I was stoked and thought we were going to be set for a year...that was until Meg informed me that her work changes diapers every 2 hours...12 diapers a day?!?! What did we get ourselves into?! (kidding!)

All jokes aside, Avery is going to be the cutest little girl in the world. I know it's probably hard to believe, but I absolutely LOVE all of her dresses! I can't wait to dress her in them (and the headbands too!)

This outfit (which says "Mommy's lil cupcake") is already one of my favorites! I mean, who doesn't love tutus?














I wish we would have stopped (and posed) to take pictures together, but the smiles on our faces say it all...what a nice way to spend a Saturday afternoon! We're truly blessed!



























Tomorrow we have our childbirth class from 1-7pm. (We're really excited to tour the hospital) I'll post week 35 pictures and an update when we get home!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

More baby shower pictures

I promised you more baby shower pics...

SURPRISE!

Cutting the cake...

Custom onesies from Avery's Aunt Trish...you know you want one!!!

A must have book for diverse family libraries...(we also received the Different Dragon!)

<3 LOVE <3



Tuesday, March 20, 2012

OB update (35 weeks tomorrow)

Most of our OB appointments have been relatively quick, but not today...we had to wait for over an hour! Avery was a good sport though. She was hiccuping and kicking away, so at least that kept us entertained!

The doc said Meg looks perfect. She put on a few pounds and shows no sign of swelling. Her blood pressure is fantastic and she's measuring exactly where she needs to be. The technician said Avery is an active little girl (aka we have a few more weeks to get as much sleep as possible?!)

We have reached the point in the pregnancy where we will begin our weekly OB appointments. Our next appointment is Tuesday, March 27th. At that appointment Meg will have to have the Strep B test done (similar to a pap smear). The doctor said it's not really a big deal if she tests positive, but it will determine whether or not she needs penicillin during labor.

After the appointment Meg and I stopped at the mall to pick up some shorts...Old Navy was an epic fail, so we headed across the mall to Macy's. The maternity section was all the way on the other side of the store, so that kind of pissed Meg off. 

When we finally found the maternity section, the salesperson asked in a monotone voice, "What are you looking for?" I had already signaled Meg towards the capris, so Meg politely responded, "Cropped pants." The woman proceeded to tell Meg about the variety of fabrics. You could tell Meg wasn't having it and wanted nothing to do with this lady, but she acknowledged her and continued looking around. 

When Meg was looking at t-shirts the woman came over and removed one from the mannequin. She proceeded to tell Meg about the tanks she had available. I thought Meg was about to walk out of the store. 

I told the lady that we were okay for now and asked her where to pay. While standing at the register she asked Meg if she needed any underwear. I had to laugh because at this point Meg couldn't even humor her. I wanted to tell Meg to take a walk, but I was afraid she might go postal! Seriously...it was like an episode from a cartoon...you know where the character gets so mad you start to see smoke coming from their head?!? 

As we were leaving the store, I joked with Meg and told her she could have been a little nicer. She went off...she told me that she doesn't like monotone people and started mimicking the salesperson. She then said she doesn't like people who are pushy and rude. She also didn't understand why the maternity section was so far from the entrance/bathroom/dressing room. 

Fueling the fire, I chimed in with, "Yea, she didn't even ask when you were due!" Meg said, "Exactly. If you're going to sell maternity items at least know who you're dealing with! I'm not an idiot. Clearly I've been doing this for a while now! Oh, and I can read, so she doesn't need to explain the return policy!"

What a day!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Avery's Choice

Let me just preface this blog by telling you that Meg edited the following poem to make it perfect for me. She is not the original author, but I absolutely love it!

Avery's Choice

Did you ever think, dear mom
as you slowly watched me grow
in all your dreams about me
with big pink bows
when you planned me out so well
when you couldn't wait to have me there
inside your arms and heart to dwell

Did you ever think that maybe
I was planning for you too
And choosing for my very own
a mom just like you
A mom who is sweet and
who will always hold me tight
A tender, loving person
who would be with me day and night?

Did you ever think in all those days
while I was growing too
that as you planned a life for me
I sought a life with you?

And now as I grow each and every day
I wonder if you knew
while you were busy loving me
I was choosing you.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

34 week photos and baby shower (more pictures to come)

Here are pics of Meg's 34 week belly! Avery is a cantaloupe! She is 4.75 lbs and almost 18 inches!






















Today was our "surprise" baby shower. I hate surprises, so I made it my mission to find out the official date. While some may say that I guessed all of the weekends prior to this weekend, I can ensure you that we knew!

Before I get into the details, here is a picture of the inside of the invitation:
















It said, "A is for Avery and she's on her way. Join us in celebrating at a surprise baby shower honoring Megan and Jen."

When we pulled up to the house, there were balloons hanging on the mailbox and pink bows all around the front porch. We were greeted by a pink wreath with a letter "A" in the center (It's now hanging on our front door!)

When we walked into the house, it was unbelievably overwhelming (and we arrived before most of the guests!)

The decorations were amazing! The theme was "ABC garden." That's right...there was a theme! There were centerpieces made of tissue paper flowers (and diapers wrapped around the base) and photos (taken by one of our friends) symbolizing letters of the alphabet (ex. "E" was a picture of an elephant). Some centerpieces even had photos of Meg and I throughout the pregnancy.
















There were banners scattered throughout the house (not the cheesy banners you can buy at a store that say, "It's a girl," but rather homemade letters specifying the designated areas ("yummy" hung from the kitchen chandelier above the food, "We love you" hung from the upstairs banister, "Congratulation" flags hung on the fireplace mantel, and above the TV hung a banner with our names.)

















There was a basket for books when you walked in the door with a giant letter B and a cute instruction sheet.















There was a hot pink/neon green basketball to sign for our future star.















There was a giant letter F for the basket containing forks (and other silverware).















There was a giant letter S for the sweets table (guests could make their own pink candy gift bags before they left)















There was a giant letter M for Menu on the kitchen buffet. They even made pink "Princess Punch" (it doesn't look pink in the picture)
















There was even a watermelon carved into a baby carriage, complete with fruit salad and an orange sucking on a pacifier! (my cousin is pretty talented)














There was a clothesline hanging across the living room with onesies/outfits from special people in our lives (for Avery). Several of the outfits were mine when I was a baby! (that made me cry!)
















My mom and my best friend, "Aunt Trish", worked very hard to mail out invitations, put together decorations, organize food, set up games, and delegate tasks to their elves (our closest friends arrived early this morning to help with final touches and a few of my family members were also put to work!)

I wish I had more pictures to post because words cannot even begin to describe how perfect this shower really was! For now, this should give you an idea...I'll post more when I get them from our personal photographer (aka Aunt Paff)














One more thing...I told you that I hate surprises, but I forgot to mention that Meg is very good at keeping them. She surprised me with a poem titled, "Avery's Choice" today. I wish I had time to type it out to you because it was absolutely beautiful (and yes, it also made me cry!) but essentially it just said that in all the time Meg and I spent planning our family and loving Avery she was busy choosing me.  

As I sit here with water filled eyes I can't help, but feel so grateful to be part of something so wonderful. I cannot wait to share my life with two beautiful girls! Megan, I absolutely love you. Thank you for making me feel so special (today and every day!)

Thank you to everyone who made today special (and to those who helped pack and unpack our cars!). I love you all and I will never forget it! Avery is one very lucky little girl!

Killing Time!

Let me start by saying this has been the longest morning EVER! Meg woke me up at 6 am to tell me how excited she was (Today is our baby shower!) We had breakfast, caught up on our TV shows, and still had way too much time to kill. I took a nap. Meg filed some bills and we started getting ready around 10:00 knowing that we are permitted to arrive at my mom's house no earlier than 11:30.

Well, it's currently 10:48 and I'm sitting here fully dressed, super anxious, and blogging!

Meg looks beautiful (as always). Her belly is growing by the second. She has been suffering from some round ligament pain recently and has also become more tired. She's back to going to bed before 9 (just like when she first got pregnant). She wakes up often during the nights to use the bathroom and readjust (stupid leg pain), but overall is still sleeping well.

Many of you have asked about contractions. To date, she has not had any braxton hicks contractions (knock on wood).

Ok, well it's almost time to go, so I'll post pictures and details from the shower later!!

Monday, March 12, 2012

week 33

As promised...here are the pictures of our 33 week pineapple (all 4+ lbs of her!)








































Sunday, March 11, 2012

Week 32 (sorry for the delay)

This Wednesday marks 34 weeks. If you're like us, you're probably asking yourself, "Where did the time go?" and "What happened to weeks 32 and 33?"

While I can't answer the first question (I still can't believe we're so close), I can tell you that Meg and I came down with the stomach bug and it temporarily threw us off of our game...our last OB appointment showed that Meg actually lost a pound...all was well with Avery though, so no worries.

I managed to sneak a picture for week 32 despite being quarantined...Avery was a 3.75lb Jicama. Fortunately my mom told me that it was pronounced hick-a-ma before I went to the store and embarrassed myself by asking for a jick cama. 

Get this though...while I learned how to pronounce jicama, I was still too embarrassed to ask where I could find one. SO...I made Megan. The guy pointed towards the vegetables and said they're usually over there. Meg just stood there confused (she realized that she had NO idea what jicamas looked like). The clerk must have picked up on her confusion because he proceeded to lead Meg over to the specific area. Unfortunately, they didn't have any so we had to go to a different store, but the look on Meg's face was priceless.

Before I show you the 32 week picture, I should mention that the jicama was covered in mold (It sat on the counter all week while we recuperated!) Gross, right?!








































I'll post week 33 photos tomorrow. Meg just got her hair cut and needs time to primp. (She doesn't want another picture like the one above. She thinks she looks terrible. I keep telling her that she was just sick!