Thursday, December 24, 2009

The Happiest Baby on the Block

I believe it was Kathy, Rob's sister, who gave us this book. We got through most of it in Hawaii but never started reading it again once we got back. We both really liked the book and thought the Dr.'s baby calming tricks made sense.

Since Bob is due any day now, we decided to go to the library and rent the movie (our friends Paul and Amy recommended the movie as well). To anyone who has a fussy baby or is pregnant, I'd recommend checking it out. The movie had the basic concepts that were in the book it served as a good refresher course for us. The bonus is we can have the movie for 3 weeks so we're going to hold on to it after Bob gets here in case we need to watch it again.

I wanted to practice swaddling on something other than a baby (and Buddy), so we paused the movie and swaddled Bob's bear. I figured the bear would be more patient with me than Bob will be. Doesn't the bear look happy?

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


We had our 39 week dr.'s appointment today and I'm still not dilated at all. We are on the calendar to be induced on Wednesday 12/30 at 10:30 am.

I have a feeling our little guy will be born on 12/31. I called my friend Dorothy who specifically requested (months ago) not to share her 12/31 birthday with the baby and I broke the news that she may have to share the day. She told me as long as he is cute, it's ok (you have to be super cute to have a birtday on 12/31). I will let the baby know not to steal Dorothy's thunder and let her have her day. :)

Here is a picture from Sunday, 38 weeks 6 days.

And more items taken care of:

15.) Assemble pack n play
25.) Get highlights (?) - not sure if I'll need to but not sure when I'll every get back to the salon

We also packed our diaper bags. It wasn't on the list but it had to be done. His and hers diaper bags:

Monday, December 21, 2009

Dear H1N1,

You are kind of annoying. Because of you, our hospital (and many others) are changing their visitor policies so you don't harm the newborn babies. Not only does my hospital now require visitors to be 15 years old or older, we can only have 1 visitor after Baby Wagner is born at a time (we can have 2, but Rob is considered a visitor - basically its 2 people in addition to mom and baby).

A frustrated mom to be

P.s. If anyone wants to wait to visit us until we get home, our feelings won't be hurt, but you are more than welcome to come visit in the hospital.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Making Progress on the List

5.) Pack Alyssa's bag for hospital (I decided against packing a baby bag - I think his stuff will fit in my bag)
6.) Pack Rob's bag for hospital
8.) Get all the wall decor up in the baby's room (can't start until #2 and #3 are done)
10.) Have carseat inspected by fire department or police department to make sure its installed properly (had it inspected by friend’s husband who is a police officer)
11.) Get a good supply of wipes from costco and detergent (from Target)
19.) Make or buy wall letters (I want to put up letters that spell out his name, I think I might try to make them)
24.) Go to Christmas in the Park with friends
28.) At least 1 more date night with Jen and Brad
35.) Get toilet fixed

Pictures from #24 - Christmas in the Park with Maryanne and Brian and Jesslie (Jess and Les). Dorothy and Keith couldn't go because Keith's company's Christmas party was that night. The party was right by Christmas in the Park (the Fairmont) and we were thinking of crashing the party but we luckily didn't have to embarass them and ran into them at the hotel.

*Thanks for the pics, Maryanne!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Nursery is Done! (Pretty Much)

The nursery is pretty much done. I made wall letters to hang above the crib but since the name is a secret, we can't hang them up until he is here. Rob "allowed" me to show you 1 letter. I chose A because believe it or not, the top five boy names we liked all had an A in them, so I feel like I'm not giving anything away here. I figured they cost me about $7 a letter, but I bought way too much ribbon and paint which I'll return, so my guess right now is the cost is about $5 a letter. My inspiration from etsy was by someone who charged $20 a letter - I got vetoed.

My letter:

I'm going to glue the button to a push pin and somehow attach the light blue ribbon to it.

Etsy's letter (my inspiration):

Mine aren't totally professional, but I think they turned out pretty cute. I'll have to post a pic when they are all together.

Here is the Before nursery picture:

And the completed nursery:

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Pregnancy Quiz

How far along? 38 weeks, 1 day

Total weight gain/loss: +41 lbs. Yes, I surpassed my 40 lb gain goal but apparently it's normal to lose weight towards the very end. It aint over 'til it's over! I do realize if history repeats itself, I'll be going in the upwards direction.

Maternity clothes? Yes.

Stretch marks? Not yet.

Sleep: Not great.

Best moment this week: Seeing Buddy and Rob play together. They do this often but Rob has been a bit stressed since last Friday with house drama (soft water/pipe drama, mold/leaky water drama, neighbor's fence falling over drama, blowing circuits drama) and now he is in all day training classes this week. Buddy is a big stress reliever so it was nice to see him de-stress with Buddy.

Movement: Yes.

Food cravings: Not really.

Gender: Boy

Labor Signs: Nope

Belly Button in or out? It's on its way to an outie I think. It's about 33% there.

What I miss: Wearing my wedding rings.

What I am looking forward to: Dinner with friends on Friday.

Other Updates: At my dr.'s appointment today they told me I am still not dilated but my cervix is softer than it was last week. She also told me my pelvis is small and I won't be a "2 pusher" - I'm going to have to work at getting this guy out. :( I also asked her if she could guess how big he is now without doing an ultrasound. She felt around my stomach and said she thinks he is in the high 7 lb range. He'll gain .50 lbs each week so that would put him around the high 8 lb range when he is born. She said hopefully he will be born by my due date. I know her estimate can be off, but something tells me he is going to be a big boy.

Bob is now as long as a leek, weighs nearly 7 pounds. (Length: more than 19 1/2 inches, head to heel.)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Cream of Cauliflower Soup

Tonight I made a new weight watcher recipe and it was really good - especially on this on again off again rainy day.

It was easy to make and doesn't take too long unless your cauliflower has mold on it and you ran out of onion so you have to run to the store - and you come back home from the store and realize the recipe calls for 3 cups chicken broth, but the can you have only has 2 cups thus results in you running out to the store again. Then when you are at the store for the second time, everyone in the town you live in decides to go grocery shopping resulting in long lines. And when the guy in front of you is about to leave, you realize your soup is gone off the conveyer belt because the cashier charged it and bagged it for the guy in front of you. Anywho, if you have everything on hand at home, and its mold free, it shouldn't take you too long to make it.

Cream of Cauliflower Soup

Weight Watchers Annual Recipe for Success 2002

1 T. light butter
1.5 cups chopped onion
2 lbs (about 4 cups) of trimmed nad coursely chopped cauliflower
3 cups fat free, less-sodium chicken broth
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
2 thyme sprigs
2 cup fat free half and half
2 T flour
6 T reduced fat shredded sharp chedder cheese

1.) Melt butter in a 3-quart saucepan over medium heat; add onion, and cook 5 minutes, stirring constantly, until tender. Add cauliflower and next 4 ingredients. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until cauliflower is very tender.

2.) Combine half and half nad flour, stirring wiht a whisk; add to cauliflower mixture. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, simmer 2 minutes, stirring often. Remove and discard thyme. Cool 15 minutes.

3.) Place half of cauliflower mixture in a food processer or blender; process until smooth. Pour pureed mixture into large bowl; repeat procedure with remaining cauliflower mixture. Ladle into bowls; sprinkle each with cheese.

Yield: 6 servings
Calories: 108
Fat: 2.7 grams
Fiber: 3.6 grams
Points: 2

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

My Butt is Strep Free

Today I am 37 weeks, 1 day. As of Monday, the baby is full term.

We had our weekly dr.'s appointment today and she said that the cotton swab she touched my bum with last week came back negative, meaning no strep. So that's a good thing!

She checked my cervix again and its still closed. Maybe we'll have some progress at the next appointment.

We've been busy crossing things off our list. I'll admit, Rob probably has done at least 80% of the items that are crossed off, but in my defense, I did do some things not on the list like address and sign Christmas cards. I swear there is more stuff I did that was not on the list but pregnancy brain has got me again.

Here are the other items that have been completed:

2.) Pick up Dresser when it comes in
3.) Pick up Changing Table when it comes in
4.) Wash clothes, blankets, washcloths, all bedding and put away
7.) Interview and decide on a Pediatrician (have some good leads, just need to make appointments with them)
9.) Install car seat
12.) Buy crib mattress (at a specialty store, not babies r us)
16.) Assemble swing
18.) Assemble glider - Rob started but realized it was broken. We need to wait 7-14 business days for it to come in, then assemble.
26.) Complete Christmas shopping
31.) Get a massage (I belong to massage envy and I have about 4 massages that I've already paid for and I want to use them before he comes, then probably cancel my memberhsip)
32.) Buy nursing tank tops
33.) Buy nursing bras
34.) Buy "grandma underwear"
38.) Buy pads (tmi)

Bob weighs 6 1/3 pounds and is a bit over 19 inches long like a stalk of Swiss chard.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Pregnancy Quiz

How far along? 36 weeks, 1 day

Total weight gain/loss: Jury is out on this one. My scale says I've gained 1.5 lbs since last week, Dr.'s scale said I gained FOUR lbs. I write down my weight every morning. I'll just go with the dr.'s scale and say I'm +39 lbs but I'm not totally convinced thats true.

Maternity clothes? Yes.

Stretch marks? Not yet.

Sleep: Some nights are better than others.

Best moment this week: Getting the house and front of the house decorated for Christmas. Rob put up two deer outside, our "lame" outdoor Christmas tree (its cute, Rob thinks it looks a little pathetic), and the lights around the palm trees. I think our lawn is the most festive one on the block. Oh and Rob almost slipped on Bob's real name at Thanksgiving. I don't think anyone noticed but I did. :) I'm still shocked I haven't slipped yet.

Movement: Yes.

Food cravings: Chocolate cake because I made some the other day. And no, it has nothing to do with my "4 lb weight gain."

Gender: Boy

Labor Signs: Nope

Belly Button in or out? In/flat

What I miss: Walking without pain. The balls of my feet and heels hurt.

What I am looking forward to: Massage on Thursday, going with my mom.

Other Updates: I had my first internal at my Dr.'s today. She said she could feel his head through the cervix. Rob and I thought she was able to touch his head but she laughed and said, no, cervix is closed. Sounds like labor is not in my very near future. She said she doesn't like people to go past 1 week of their due date - they try not to induce if they don't have to because the chance of having a c-section goes significantly up for people who are induced. Rob and I are convinced Bob will be born on Christmas.

Bob weighs about 6 lbs (same weight as a crenshaw melon - whatever the heck that is) and he is over 18.5 inches long.