Wednesday, November 30, 2011

17 weeks, 1 day

My Facebook status:  I am a fire-breathing dragon, for reals.

Yeah, for reals.

Apparently I need to stay away from Hawaiian rolls.  On Sunday I ate one before church, and then I passed out at church.  Today I ate two during a professional development presentation (trying to be proactive with a snack) and now I have may-jah heartburn.  How do rolls give you heartburn??  I hope this is a temporary issue.

I don't have any news to share, so I'll be short and put up this week's photo.  Please excuse the creepy smile.  (Oops)

Monday, November 28, 2011

16 weeks, 6 days

All I have to say is TGI-almostTuesday.  Today was a loooong day that I was not looking forward to after a nice little Thanksgiving break.  Not only was it Monday, but the 6th grade team were scheduled to present at the BOE meeting at 7.  All seven of us were nervous wrecks.  I literally felt sick to my stomach over it and prayed that I wouldn't projectile vomit on the Board members.

But we did it, we're done, and now I can get on with the rest of my busy week.  Yay!

Plus when I got home there was a package on my porch from Amazon.  Oh how I love packages from Amazon. Below is a Thirsties Duo Wrap Diaper Cover (in Owls) and a Planet Wise small wet bag to throw in my future diaper bag (also in Owls). 

The next picture is the Baby Bargains book recommended by so many people.  Apparently this will be my new bible for purchasing baby things.  This book was the original reason for browsing Amazon, but of course I had to reach the $25 free shipping benchmark... hence the diaper cover and wet bag.

Tomorrow I will be 17 weeks.  SEVENTEEN WEEKS.  This means I am nearly halfway through my pregnancy.  It's hard to believe, really.  The next 17 weeks are going fly by with all the getting ready for nugget.

I think I should go get my "extra 300 calories now"... possibly in the form of Graeters ice cream. ;)

Friday, November 25, 2011

16 weeks, 3 days

To buy or not to buy?  I'll tell you what I'm not doing--I'm not braving the malls or super-sized retailers like Walmart or Target.  No way, nuh uh, not gonna happen.

I have been stalking the online shops though.  I purchased a pair of fatlady maternity jeans from Old Navy for $20 and a pretty ruffles-on-top dress from Gap for $42 (originally like $75 or something).  Now I'm desperately trying to stay away from but I may lose that battle after finishing this post.  The deals are just so tempting!

Yesterday was good (Thanksgiving).  We had a small gathering (mom, in-laws, Adam, me) and the food was great.  I did, however, get another one of my horrible headaches.  It got progressively worse until I finally went to bed, which was basically as soon as I got home.  Adam had his first "real" call for the fire station right when we got home too, which was very exciting for him.

Today I have plans to see lots of people, so I better go get ready.  Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving too!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

16 weeks, 1 day

Wednesday November 23, 2011


Note: I'm no longer going plural with you... unless you're hiding something!

Well, you have officially made it sixteen weeks and put up with your mama. I thank you so much for putting her at ease and sparing her the nauseous feelings, cold sweats, vertigo, etc. Please continue this, she'll remember it when you're a teenager (I swear!).

I really did have grand intentions of writing you often when I wrote the prior letters... quite amazing how time becomes more precious when you throw some extra-curricular's into the mix. I got a phone call the week we learned about you that I'd be starting fire school and had one day to prepare. I am proud to tell you that I made it through the course and take my state test next Tuesday. By the time you're able to read this, I may well be able to take you a ride in one of the apparatus... won't that be fun?!?!

I'm also debating on taking an EMT course over the winter. By the time that would wrap up, you'll almost be here. (Plus it gets me out of your Mom's hair for awhile)

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, a holiday I'm sure you'll enjoy as much as the two of us. We're getting things around and Mom is taking a break between cooking things. I hope that as we all grow older with each other, you'll appreciate getting together with us and your grand-folks and the rest of your wonderful extended family.

As much as I stress about the things I have no control over, wanted to let you know that tonight and always, I'm thankful for your existence. You'll learn one day what a driving force you've been in my life thus far and have helped me persevere and focus on being the best I can be.

Enjoy your last 24 weeks in the womb!


16 weeks, 1 day

There is another website I'm starting to obsess over:

I don't plan to overdo our nursery because it's not a very big room and it's not really my thing to have too many decorations in a bedroom.  However, I did find a cute little room that has lots of things I like.  I wouldn't do the gray walls (I'm more of a tan kinda girl), but  tell me if you can see pieces of this in my house.

There are even more pictures if you follow this link:

We had our 16 week appointment today.  Everything went well, we heard the heartbeat, and we scheduled our anatomy scan (ultrasound where we can find out the sex!) for December 16th.  Adam graduates from fire school that afternoon, so we'll both be taking the whole day off.  Maybe we'll even finish up with dinner at Coldwater Cafe since it'll be our 3rd anniversary too (December 20th, technically).

I just made a loaf of Beer Bread and it smells divine.  I think I'll eat a piece and read some Harry Potter.  I know these lazy days are going to come to an end-which I'm totally fine with-but I'm going to enjoy it while I can. :)

Happy Thanksgiving, ya'll.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

16 weeks, 0 days

I still have this darn cold.  Thankfully I have a little time to relax and won't be back at school until Monday.  You'd think a 2-day week would be easy.  Hahaha.  Ha.

Tomorrow is our 16 week appointment.  I always imagined being so excited for these appointments, but really I'm just a nervous wreck.  In the meantime I have been stalking the Internet for reviews and ideas and anything baby-related.  I have added and deleted from our "want" and "must have" list at least 450 times (in the span of about 3 days).  Yesterday I ordered some recommended "baby bargains" book off Amazon.  And because I needed to spend $25 to get free shipping, I threw in a diaper cover (owls, shocking) and small wet bag.  What happened to the days of Facebook stalking only?  Now it's all about reviews.  I'm so boring.

I took more pictures today.  I don't think I look different from last week, and I'm pretty sure our little "avacado" according to my iPhone isn't making my stomach stick out.  I think it's the loaded baked potato I had yesterday at school.  Anyhow...enjoy!

Julie & nugget at 16 weeks.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

15 weeks, 5 days

We're getting very excited... Wednesday is our 16 week check-up.  I know we won't have an ultrasound (bummer), but we will schedule the 20 week anatomy scan if all goes well.  Keep your fingers crossed!

Meanwhile, I have been busy researching baby things that we want.  I started a baby registry on, and so far the only items are diaper related or owly themed.  :)  I'm not ready to make a decision on big items like car seats or cribs or strollers, so those will be added later.

And I am still sick with a cold.  Ashlie gave me a few Kleenex Cool Touch tissues the other night, and they're amazing (Adam's out buying some right now).  She has a cold too, so when we went to Wicked down in Cincy on Friday, we were two sickies in the crowd.

I think that's about it.  I hope you're enjoying our blog!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

15 weeks, 0 days

Well, I suppose it's time to see how I'm growing. At this point the scale says I've only gained one pound. If that's true, what will I look like when I've gained 10 pounds? Or 20? Scary, right?

So here I am... 15 weeks pregnant. :)
(not sure why it's ginormous, but I'm on my iPad and I can't fix it right now)

Oh, and I have a picture from the staff meeting (previous post) that shows how I was announced to the staff. It's a little cropped because it was taken on my phone and I wanted the moms to be able to read it in a picture message.

Friday, November 11, 2011

14 weeks, 3 days

Nothing new here, really.  Adam and I had an early dinner at Champps--we started with Spinach/Artichoke dip, then Adam had a French Dip (very out of his norm) and I had potato soup.  I also had a salad, but was stuffed, so I gave it to Adam.  We sat by the fireplace, which was nice since I have been frozen to the core all day long.  Now we're sipping on dessert... malted hot chocolates.  Mmmmm!!!

I'm also doing more research on cloth diapers tonight.  Did I mention that we (yes, WE) are really excited about cloth diapers?  So far we've had very little support on this venture, but we're moving forward anyhow.  There are just so many pros that I can't see why we shouldn't give it a shot.  Would you like me to list them?  Well...okay!  :)

Pros to using fluff:
1. Cloth diapers are earth friendly.  Disposable diapers are incredibly wasteful.  Talking to Amy, first time mom to Gabby (3 mo.), she was telling me that she just purchased a box of nearly 300 diapers.  One of her first thoughts as she lugged her new purchase up to the nursery...I just bought a huge box of future garbage.  Now don't get me wrong, I'm no naturalist tree-hugging hippy.  But the idea that I won't be contributing as much waste as I potentially could makes me feel a little better about everything.
2. Cloth diapers are more cost effective.  No, not by huge leaps and bounds, especially with the first baby... but if, God willing, we are blessed again (and again and again as Adam would like), reusing fluff will save us oodles of cash.  And no, I'm not just guessing on this or assuming it based on what "people are saying."  There are some crazy number crunchers out in Cyberland that have dedicated hours of math to figure out the savings.  Some of the websites I found informative are and  
3. Cloth diapers are simply adorbs!  Okay, this is sort of a silly reason, but really, a fluffy, little bum on a baby is so much cuter than a disposable diapered one.  Plus owls are popular right now, which fits nicely into my owly love.  So cute!
4. Cloth diapers are NOT the same diapers our grandmas used on mom and dad.  Can they be?  Sure.  Flat and prefolded diapers are the same/similar to the types from ye olden days.  However, the variety of  cloth diaper types is really quite large, and some cloth diapers ("all-in-ones") are literally as easy as disposables (put on and snap or Velcro shut).  The only difference?  You wash them and reuse them instead of tossing them in the garbage.
5. Cloth diapers are healthier.  The number of cloth diapered babies with diaper rash is much less than those diapered in disposables.  According to, 78% of babies in disposables get diaper rash as compared to only 7% in cloth diapers.  Sure, my baby might still get a diaper rash... but I like the idea of my baby swathed in natural fibers as opposed to chemically enhanced disposable diapers.  It just sounds... more... comfortable?  Healthy?  

I totally didn't mean for this to sound like a sermon... I swear!  Overall, I'm just excited about the prospect of doing something that I think is better for us and better for the world and better for the baby.  I like it a lot.  

So don't rain on my our parade, okay? :)

I've diverged from my researching and it's already past 9pm, which means I will be struggling to stay awake very soon.  And since I have a big day of shopping with my mama tomorrow, I better wrap up.  Feel free to leave a comment... since 88 people have allegedly read this blog and we have 0 followers and 0 comments (sigh).

Some fluff pictures as a final goodnight...

Thursday, November 10, 2011

14 weeks, 2 days

Let me start by telling you this post is coming from my iPhone... Sorry if there are any random words (thank you auto correct!).

Yesterday I announced my pregnancy at work, and I think the grandmas added their baby carriage charms to their Pandora bracelets. Holly and Katie made the cutest handouts and they were out on display on tables at our staff meeting (I'll try to get a picture into this post). I was congratulated and it was a great feeling.

And maybe this is TMI, but I think I felt a teeny contraction just a few minutes ago when I stood up. My whole lower belly cramped and felt hard. According to my sources (Phone apps, lol) contractions are normal, so no freaking out here.

Tonight I'm going out to dinner with Amy and Kim. It's been nice having girl nights with them here in Springboro.

My thumbs are tired... Have a good one!
PS- I tried to add a picture but it looks like I have to be on a real computer. Doh!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

13 weeks, 5 days

Nobody comments on this blog... I love Julie... our nugget is the size of a lemon.

That is all.