Friday, November 21, 2008

"Your pillow faces north when you sleep" Means Boy?

This morning I got two text messages right as we were getting up. The first was my friend Kristin, who was announcing they're having another boy (Congrats!!). The second was a friend telling me that according to the Chinese baby calendar, I'm having a girl.

Not that I don't trust her, but I just went on-line to see the tests they have to determine your baby's gender. This site mentions a list of things, like symptoms, that will give you an idea of which your baby is. Seriously...the way my pillow faces while sleeping? Another point was "You add your age at the time of conception and the number for the month you conceived and the sum is an even number." I wonder if that's how the Chinese calendar works. "Your hair develops red highlights" points to a girl...which is kinda funny since we know we produce red heads.

Where do these people get this stuff? I guess only time will tell...

My Husband Rocks Friday!

Big Red is the mastermind at getting Karrots to sleep while we are out and about. I simply am not patient or peaceful enough to hold her until she falls asleep AND through her nap time, which is usually over an hour.

For the longest time Kartos took her first nap on Sundays during the service. Big Red would leave the room if she got too fussy and just held her close until she stopped fighting and gave in to rest. This has always been a huge gift to me. It also shows how much he desires me to hear the Word of God without distractions.

Thanks you, honey, for being such a great daddy!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Fall Decor

As we actually have room and wall space this year, and with a little encouragement from my husband, I went all out this year in Fall decorations. It mostly took a couple trips to Tall Mouse and a boutique. Here's a little tour of the displays...

The painting, from Bed, Bath & Beyond, and sconce crosses, from Mervyn's, are permanent fixtures for this room. The fall garland was $15 and the turkey on the floor was under $15, both at Tall Mouse. I also got beads around the candle from there as well; gold and red are there now and I have a set of green strands for Christmas.

The pilgrims were $24 for the set and the botany bunches were 65% off, both at Tall Mouse. My mom gave us our wedding frame as a gift last year.

The two cornucopias were made from botany bunches and cones I got from Tall Mouse.

I picked this up at a boutique that a couple ladies from my church participated in. Eileen Chapman made this pumpkin.

This is also from the boutique. Lynne Garcia made it. Both of these ladies work together and make everything from home decor to wedding bouquets.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Things Making Me Smile...

  1. Karrots holding things up to her ear and having full of conversations as if she's on the phone.
  2. Hearing Karrots playfully talk to herself after we've put her down to bed.
  3. Morning moments with Karrotsof nursing her in bed...adding 30 mins. to rest.
  4. Big Red coming home before 7 pm.
  5. Big Red being motivated to work on things around the house without a word from me.
  6. Karrots becoming a little cuddle bug!
  7. Finishing homemade meals - making them and eating them.
  8. Eating with Big Red. I seriously missed that during the fast!
  9. Karrots leaving in hair clips.
  10. Being almost done with buying Christmas presents! One more!
  11. Watching Karrots waddle around the house like mommy.
  12. Falling asleep with Big Red's hand on my big belly.
  13. Having friend volunteer to watch Karrots for a little while so I can nap.
  14. Karrots sleeping through the night.
  15. The baby moving in the womb just as I lay down to sleep.

Elijah-Jezebel showdown

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Pregnancy: In Comparison

People keep asking me how the pregnancy is going and how it differs from my last. Well, for one, I never remember having Braxton Hix with Karrots, with this kid it seems like I get them all the time. I wonder how much that has to do with me nursing Karrots, especially since they come on strongest when she's latched. This also gets me thinking/hoping that maybe this baby will be here earlier. And with all this practise of breathing through the tightness and Baby #2 moving through it (ouch!), I should be set for labor!

Another obvious difference is my lifestyle. When I was pregnant with Karrots I was working, which meant getting up early and taking naps when I got home. Now I have a toddler to run/look after and get naps in if I can fall asleep during her naps. It's also a little more work with her since she's always wanting to be held, especially when we're out and about.

The whole appetite issue is back. Now that the baby's taking up so much room in me, I feel like my tummy has shrunk and I can barely make it through a meal. I eat like my grandma did...slow!...and have little desire for food, which has been causing spells. Thankfully it only got really bad once, when I was driving. My vision became so overexposed that everything looked white and I couldn't see and I felt light headed. I, of course, pulled over, waited for it to pass, and returned home. I'm finding it hard to eat things that are full of protein. It takes every ounce of forced strength to chew and swallow pieces of meat. Not fun.

I've also been experiencing acid reflux. My friend recommended Papaya Extract, which has been helping, but you can only take them after a meal. This, along with my hugeness and loose joints, has been making it difficult to sleep. I already feel like there's no more room for this kid to grow, knowing I have around 2 months left. He/she's in my ribs, poking my bladder, pinching nerves leading to my legs...the whole bit.

One thing I haven't gotten, praise God!, is leg cramps at night. I have some liquid calcium for it, which Big Red used during the fast, and haven't needed it. Hopefully this will last the rest of the pregnancy.

I'm learning why moms have such a reputation for empathy...they've been through almost everything during pregnancy! Acid reflux, leg cramps, dizzy spells, back pain, (ANY pain!), eating issues, headaches without medication, colds without medication, etc., all making it easy for a mom to empathize with her loved ones years down the line.