Tuesday, February 28, 2006


Today, a package arrived from FedEx for Sage and Baby. The outside said Phil & Teds. I couldn't believe my eyes. I knew it was the double stroller we have been looking at but hadn't purchased yet. I called Drew and asked him what he did. He was very confused and said nothing. I asked again, what did you do. He said nothing. I told him we just got a package that says Phil & Teds on it. He said "what?" I said did your parents do this? He said "I know nothing." I opened the packing slip and it said bill to a friend from church (but her name was actually printed). We are both shocked and incredibly grateful. It is amazing. Drew called her husband, and he said, how did you know it was us. They had tried to get their name taken off the packing slip so it would be annonymous. It is really cool because Drew and I saved some money that we received for Christmas to put toward the stroller and were hoping to be able to buy the entire stroller as a gift. And then it landed on our door step! Why does God take care of the silly material possesions that we want?

Monday, February 27, 2006

Ultrasound says...

36 weeks and 2 days along. Which everyone here says is full term.

6lbs. 14 oz.

Everything looks good and since he could still gain 1/4 to 1/2 lb. per week, no problems with a small baby.

Next appointment is Friday, hopefully, I will be more dialated and closer to delivery. Everything would be fine to wait longer but the fact that I can't sit, stand or walk without being in pain is getting really old. Sage is restless because we have gone so few places, as am I. But if this is the worst thing in my pregnancy, I should be grateful. Should be and being grateful, two different things!

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Baby Update

Weight: 169
Measured: 32
Heartrate: 120

So, there are some things going on this time. First of all, I am measuring small with no growth from last time and a drop in my weight. She said by what she can feel she would estimate I have a 7 lb. baby right now. To be on the safe side, we are doing an ultrasound on Monday to make sure there is no reason that the baby might have stopped growing or anything. She didn't seem too concerned but wanted to be sure.

Secondly, she checked me since she did the group B strep test and said that I am 4 cm dilated and 40% effaced. So, I went and bought diapers and all the little stuff that I had been putting off. We could now bring home a baby and have everything, I think!

Thirdly, I have hemroids. Really bad. She had a surgeon come look at them and he said it might cause more complications to do anything to them now since I am so close to delivery and prescribed Lydocaine, a numbing medication. But my diagnosis on this med is that is a joke and not helping at all. So, basically, I am going to be in pain until I deliver. I was also told that I need to be laying down on my side as much as possible. Since that is the only position that offers a little relief, that is what I have been doing. But, I also need to get things done around here. Like caught up on bills, laundry and cleaning. I don't want to come home to a disaster of a house!

Unfortunatly, Drew is super busy at school until next Thursday when they have the midterm review. That said, it would be difficult if the baby is born this week because he really can't slack off. I know that God will have this baby born in His perfect timing, and we will pray and ask him to have the baby come in our perfect time! He answers prayer, but sometimes, the answer is no and we will just deal with whatever the answer is.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

He so rarely falls asleep on my lap anymore, I cherish every time it happens. This picture is also serving as a belly picture, at 34 weeks, I think, maybe 33.

Nothing exciting has been happening lately. Monday, my midwife called and asked if I had gotten my Rho-gam shot yet. I said no, and she said somehow it got missed and you need to get that today. So, I said I would come in today and get it. 3 hours after arriving, we left with one Rho-gam shot completed. Sage is so good. I had taken some snacks and we ate lunch in the cafeteria but he was so tired by the time we left. And he never cries or complains. A few protests and then he gets distracted with more food.

My washer has finally been fixed! I can now do a full load of laundry again, which in a normal washer is a half load, and I had been doing a half load in our machine, which is 1/4 of a normal load!

I forgot Thankful Thursday so here goes.

1. A working, non-water leaking washer!
2. A surprise Valentine rose (from Drew)
3. Sweet kisses from my sweet boy- unasked he has started giving kisses
4. a good nights sleep
5. eating out
6. a free baby bassinet that can be hooked next to my bed also

Do you ever get tired of food? Not that I am not hungry, I just get tired of always fixing food, cleaning up and shopping for food. How much time would I have in a day if I didn't have to feed myself and my family? It would be amazing.

Sage has figured out that he can carry his step stool anywhere, therefor making him a lot taller and able to reach everything. Nothing is safe in our house anymore. Nothing. If the stool isn't good enough, get a chair!

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

He colors!

He actually sits at his chair and scribbles on paper. He is getting quite good if I do say so myself! It is nice to have an activity that he will sit and do for a while. I can pay a bill while sitting next to him and actually try to get something done while he is awake!

But we did have our first non-paper coloring incident. He was sprawled on the floor coloring. That's right, on the floor. Thank God for washable crayons!

In other news, the washing machine repairman is supposed to come and fix the washer. Last time, he was just seeing what it was that needed fixed. So, hopefully, today I can do a full size of laundry which is about half of a normal load. I have been doing 1/4 of normal loads. I hope it works because I really need to get caught up on laundry!

Saturday, February 11, 2006


Today was a day of firsts.

It started out this morning with my first call to Poison Control. Apparantly, my prenatal vitamin cap is not so child proof. Sage got the cap off and spilled a bunch and put two in his mouth. I read the bottle and it says "WARNING: Accidental overdose of iron containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6. Keep this product out of reach of children. In case of accidental overdose, call a doctor or poison control center immediatly." Since I didn't know how much would constitute an overdose, I called poison control. I had him spit them out and it looked like he had only sucked off the coating and didn't get too much of the actual vitamin, which must have been pretty disgusting. She asked me how much he weighs, did a calculation and assured me he would be fine. I should have him drink an extra sippy of liquid today and he might have a stomache ache but she was doubtful.

The second first is that Sage took a 3 hour nap! Did I get anything done? No. I watched the rest of Herbie Fully Loaded, laid around and shopped on Ebay for nothing in particular. This nap thing makes me wonder a little if these two firsts are at all connected? Doubtful. He is probably just going through a growth spurt which would also explain his large eating habits lately.

I am looking for the perfect diaper bag for two children. For Sage, I carry what he needs in my purse currently, but realize that will change with an infant. I would like a messenger style and something that I can throw my wallet, phone, keys, lipstick etc. into as well. I like shopping the internet but I want to touch and feel before I purchase. There is nothing worse to me than wasted shipping money. Any ideas?

I am considering making my own towels for the baby and Sage. I want to make the ones with a hood. I remember Sage's baby towels being so small so quickly. He was a big boy! And I don't know where they are! I think I could figure it out, but the other side of me says, just buy them, if they don't turn out, then what? And to buy a decent towel and hand towel (to make the hoodie) would be around $10 plus my time. But, I would feel pretty domestic making my own towels and then I could make them for gifts and sell them on ebay and... Hey, do I have Sage's baby book done yet? No, oh. Maybe I have other places to spend my time.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

I have been doing some thinking lately, on semi related topics.

Materialism: I would say that I am a materialistic person trapped in a cheap persons body. Does that make sense? I like nice things, but don't like to pay for nice things. However, I do believe that if we are going to buy something, it is going to be quality. I would rather pay for quality than quantity. For example, last Christmas, our phone pooped out on us. I had it since high school so it wasn't a huge surprise. We went to Sam's Club and decided on the $40 vtech model. This Christmas, the rechargeable base pooped out on us. Now, instead of having 2 phones, we only have one and feel like we should replace it at some point but we are both too cheap to spend money on a stupid phone. But for our double stroller, we are willing to spend a large amount of money, because we believe we are buying a quality product. And we are saving Christmas money and have asked our parents for money towards the stroller so most if not all will be a gift, and that makes us not feel bad for spending so much money. Clothing, I am more likely to go the cheaper route, sales. When we lived elsewhere, I would go to garge sales but here that has proved more difficult and now with two boys... doubtful that on a Sat. morning, I am going to pack up and haul around two babies.

In general, I am content with what I have. Of course, I do suffer from the wants occasionally. Like this morning with my maternity clothes. I hate most of them. A lot of them are borrowed and don't fit quite right. The shoulders aren't broad enough and the sleeves not long enough making me feel like a giant. Back to being content. The apartment that we live in is great. It is just the right size for our family and even adding one more person, doesn't seem like it will be a problem. Yes, sometimes, I wish we had a backyard to set up a blow up pool, but then I can go to a friends and use theirs. Sometimes, I wish we had a full size washer and dryer, but I am so glad that I don't have to go to a laundrymat. And I have friends who have offered their washer and dryer in case I ever get behind! All, in all, I am content, life is good and can only get better!

Confession: We use government programs. I am embarressed to admit that. My husband is in grad school and our income is very low. We live off student loans. Sage and I are on state health insurance and we get WIC. We qualify for a lot more programs. I haven't paid one dime for any of my pre-natal care or Sage's well baby check ups. The only thing I pay for is parking. $2 an hour. Which isn't much. WIC gives us checks for certain items at the grocery store. We get milk, eggs, peanut butter, juice, beans, and cereal. It really helps our grocery budget. I don't know why I am embarressed to be on these programs, but I am. It is something that I want to hide from people and not tell them, which makes me think that I should tell them. BUT, we will celebrate the day that we can get off all government assistance!

Sage is sleeping so long today that I am sure if I get up to do something useful, like swiffer my floor, he will wake up. So, off to do something useful!

Thankful Thursday

1. Only 6 more weeks of pregnancy (unless I go past my due date)
2. The maternity belt my friend gave me, holds up the belly and takes pressure off my pelvis!!!!
3. We decided on a name (at least for the last 3 weeks, we take no responsibility if it changes)
4. Sage can say the name (if you know what he is trying to say)
5. NAPS!!! for me and Sage
6. 8 oz. cans of Coke
7. 3 Musketeers and Twix

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

33 Weeks 4 Days

Weight: 172
Heartbeat: 120

Weight gained in two weeks, 2.5 lbs. I am getting closer and closer to the 178, gained as much as I want to mark. That will be a total of 35 lbs. Nothing else exciting, just another long wait at the office. 3:30 appointment, get home at 6:00, spent 15 minutes with the midwife. Another appointment in two weeks.

More updates on life to come. I've been doing some thinking...

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Hide and Seek

Today, I was in our bedroom putting stuff away and Sage was in there with me and then he left. I didn't think too much about it and then noticed that I wasn't hearing him in other rooms. So, I walked out to the kitchen/dining area calling his name, no response. I walked past the bathroom and noticed I forgot to close the door, but no Sage. Still calling his name, I go into his bedroom and then back to the kitchen to check the space between the cabinet and the wall where he fits perfectly. No Sage. I walk to the living room still calling his name and see the blanket that is always out on the couch with 2 legs sticking out. I call his name again and he is quiet! I go over to the blanket and pick it up and his face erupts into a huge smile with a great big laugh to follow! I couldn't believe that he hid from me! And he was quiet the entire time I was calling his name! We had a good laugh!