Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Reading Recommendations Please

...And this time not about pregnancy. Or babies. Or childbirth. Between reading for school and the stack of parenting books I have, I need some suggestions for fluff reading I can do before bed to clear my mind. So, better make sure the books don't cover rhetoric, religion, or Colonial America either. I need to drop off my copy of Tori Spelling's Mommywood (shut up, I love her) back at the library and would love to get some tips from you on some fun reading to check out next!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Good Bye Summer

Well, not quite yet, but wouldn't that be nice? Aren't we all ready for this heat to GO AWAY?! This is the time of year I give up completely on trying to actually fix my hair and just wear it in a ponytail. By late September I've normally forgotten what hairstyle I even have.

It's not really the end of summer, but today is the last day of my summer vacation. It's back to school tomorrow. With my backpack and belly I look ready to appear on the next episode of MTV's Sixteen and Pregnant. Having the last few months off has been an enormous blessing. I ended the spring semester 8 weeks pregnant and extremely ill. I'll never forget finishing my last paper of the semester sitting on the floor by my toilet with my laptop in my lap because I just saved time that way. You know, no constantly getting up and going back and forth. I was lucky that after that I've been able to spend lots of time off resting and adjusting to pregnancy. I don't know how I would have done it otherwise. Ben has worked with a couple of residents who are pregnant, sick, on their feet all day for long hours, and wearing fetal radiation monitors to make sure their babies aren't overexposed (wouldn't you freak out?!). I really don't know how they are doing it. I think I could have handled my old desk job in the air conditioning, but on my feet all day? No way, those women deserve a medal, and anyone else in those conditions.

While the break has been fabulous I'm ready for the return to my routine and the opportunity to focus my mind on something other than the baby (sorry buddy). Having all this time with nothing to do but plan for the baby is not good for my mental health. I know there was another Angela who existed before this mombie took over, and I'm looking forward to becoming reacquainted with her very soon.

So, bye bye summer, I'm ready to move on. In four months time I will have a master's degree and a baby (hopefully in that order, ahem, are you listening in there??). Let's get this show on the road.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Cat Burgler

The bassinet arrived over the weekend. Maggie wasted no time in trying it out. She emphatically approves of the detachable Moses basket. I think we're going to have some territory issues with two little cats who think everything in this house belongs to them.


But isn't she cute? She is my firstborn you know.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Boy Oh Boy Part 2

Boys Boys Boys. And more BOYS. It seems all the babies I hear about lately are boys! In my family we have five cousins due with babies between September and December, ALL BOYS. This doesn't include all of our friends who are having boys, not to mention distant blog & facebook friends who also all seem to be having boys. Ben thinks the government may be putting something in our water to weed out the girls as a way of population control (he's a mostly level-headed guy, but he gets a little Big Brother cautious sometimes). All I can say is if you're having a girl this year you better watch out, she might be the only one in her graduating class!

Last weekend I attended a shower for the first three cousins who are due this fall. This is a second baby for all of them, so they had a combined shower. Here we all are in order of due date with our ultrasound pictures that illustrate the "proof", five sweet boys!


*Picture taken by my cousin Belinda, copied from her facebook account. Thanks Belinda!

From left to right: Erin, Jessica, Jennifer, Katie, and Yours Truly

It's hard to believe that in four months time these five people will become ten people!

Code for FREE Nursing Cover!

I was browsing the baby & kids section of craigslist this morning and some nice person posted this code to use for a free nursing cover at uddercover.com. Just pick your cover and apply the code chubby2 at checkout to get it for FREE.

Two things, first, you still have to pay $9.95 shipping, which almost stopped me from buying it altogether. Second, all styles are on backorder until September, which wasn't a big deal for me since I won't need it until December.

Happy Shopping!!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Boy Oh Boy!

My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, "You’re tearing up the grass." "We’re not raising grass," my dad would reply, "we’re raising boys."

–Harmon Killebrew


It's a boy! Early Monday morning myself, my husband, mother, and grandmother gathered in the ultrasound room to discover just who this little one was. Thank goodness my doctor's office has a big flat screen television on the wall so everyone could get a good look. We all predicted girl. Except for Ben, who had been thinking girl the entire pregnancy until the last couple of days, when he announced he was feeling more "boy". When the ultrasound tech started waving that wand below the baby's little butt, I saw "it". I said, "it's a boy, isn't it?" Ben looked at the tech and asked "is it?" The tech replied, "Umm, yep, yes it is!" I did not realize just how much Ben wanted a boy until I saw the grin spread across his face. He was ecstatic. Not that he wouldn't have been happy with a baby girl, I think it's just easier for him to imagine all the things he will do with a little boy, you know, since he was one (okay, still is a lot of the time).

To be honest, I had thought so much about a baby girl for the last couple of weeks, even calling her by her name, I thought if it was a boy I might be a little disappointed because I had become attached to this hypothetical daughter. But once the tech said "boy" I thought, girl? What girl? Who wants a girl? All I wanted was this little fella inside me. It was amazing how knowing who was in there bonded me even more closely with the baby than I was before. During the ultrasound he was actually pretty laid back, which I thought was odd considering how much I feel him move all the time. Maybe he was crashing from the sugar rush I gave him that morning, with the intent of getting him moving for the ultrasound. He was curled in a fetal position with his little feet crossed, which I thought was pretty much the most adorable thing I'd ever seen. We saw him suck with his mouth and reach his arm up to his mouth and eye. He kind of reminded me of Ben sitting back on the couch with his feet up on the coffee table.

I think I will actually be a pretty good boy mama. I had lots of little brothers for my practice round, I should have it just about right by now. My visions this week have been filled with trucks, balls, tree climbing, dirt, and scraped knees. I'm already tortured by the fact that someday he will leave me and want SOME OTHER WOMAN to take care of him. Maybe I should take one day at a time, and just focus on getting through the last half of pregnancy instead of worrying about his adulthood. I can't wait to meet my little man in about four months!