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Still Pregnant

37 week pregnant and feeling like I am at week 45.  I am so ready to have this baby.  Waiting is always the hardest part. 

I spent this weekend going through baby girl clothes, packing a diaper bag and getting ready for baby.  When I had my boys none of my friends were in the market to share clothes or really having babies yet but this time around the little girl clothes have come in droves.  Plus with the ones I can not resist buying myself I have so much.  Probably too much.  I mean how much clothing can one little person wear?

With this being our first girl I have no idea what I really need.  What I do have is a lot of pink and I am so glad that it is a color I really love.  Plus on top of not knowing if I need dresses with tights or pants for this little one I am in Michigan in Feb. so it could be a blizzard when this baby arrives or it could be a warming trend.  I think I have most everything I need but who knows.

I had another ultrasound this past Friday because this little girl is measuring really big, like 4 weeks larger than she should be.  I was glad to get this ultrasound done for two reasons, a chance to see if I would be giving birth to a toddler and a chance to put that little doubtful Debbie to rest in my head about this baby possibly showing up as a boy.  Come to find out she is a really good 6lbs and probably will copy both her older brothers weight in end up being in the 8lb range if babies really gain a pound a week in the last few weeks.  The doctor said there is excess fluid making my measurements a little off.  Hopefully nothing to worry about.  And there was no mistaking that we are certainly having a girl.  So exciting.  We have our rough and tough boys and this little one will either give them a run for their money or show them a bit of feminism to slow them down.  Either way we are so excited and feel lucky to be completing our family with a girl.  (Someone remind me I said that when she is a teenager.)  Hubby already teased me today that he will have to call my dad and commiserate if she ends up with my hotheaded personality 🙂

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Mommy Meme

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I got this off my myspace page.  Since I don’t blog there I thought it would be more fun to do here.  Watch out, you could be tagged at the end. 🙂

  1. How long have you been a Mom?
    5 almost 6 years now
  2. How many children call you Mommy?
    2 almost 3\
  3. Girl? Boy? or both?:
    2 boys and soon to be a girl
  4. Did you know what you were having?
    Yep, can’t keep a secret from me 🙂
  5. How old were you when you became a Mom?
    26 with J,  28 with Z, and holding on for dear life at 31 for my newest baby arriving in Feb.
  6. How long were you in labor?
    Thurs-Sat. with J, 10am – 3pm with Z, and this next one will probably fall out in the car (from start to finish)
  7. What’s your favorite thing about being a Mom?
    getting the chance to watch my children grow into amazing little people
  8. What’s your least favorite thing?
    when they are naughty, sick or hurt
  9. Do you want more kids?
    no, we are so done!
  10. Do you plan on having more soon?
    No thank you very much, 3 is just right for me.
  11. How many times have you been pee’d on?
    I think one time each by both boys.
  12. Barfed on?
    Just the other day actually.
  13.  Is your child named after anyone?
    Not yet.  Maybe my little girl.
  14. How did you come up with their name?
    J’s name got picked at the hospital while watching a TV show.  I loved Z’s name from the start but had to convince hubby of it.  He relented after I gave birth 🙂  Who knows for #3.  She will get her name at the hospital once we see her.
  15. When your child gets in trouble, who is the bad guy?
    I am so the diciplinarian.  What’s that Sex in the City quote – No one wants to **** mean mommy.  I feel like that a lot but I am better at it than hubby.  He just takes it until he blows and then he is overly mean daddy 🙂
  16. What is the longest you have been away from your children?
    I think the longest was a trip to Key West for 4 days.
  17. Bedtime routine?
    Bath every other night, PJ’s, snack, book and then butterfly, eskimo, hugs and kisses in bed.
  18. Are your toes painted?
    No, I can’t reach them.  Getting a pedicure before I go to the hospital.
  19. Last movie you saw in the theater?
    27 Dresses
  20. One thing you will not give up just because you’re A mom?
    My girls weekend and spenting quality mommy time alone.
  21. One thing you did give up now that you’re a mom:
    I have slight memories of free time and not having to get babysitters to go out.
  22. Best Mom perk:
    Cuddle time
  23. Snack, you sneak bites from your child?
    Not really.
  24. When the kid is napping, you are:
    Get on the computer, do stuff around the house, or vegg around
  25. Where is your child(ren) now?
    J is playing PS2 (urgh) and Z is napping
  26. avorite place to buy maternity clothes?
    If you have read my blog before you will know that this has been a source of angst for me. 
  27. If I could do it over…
    I wouldn’t change a thing

Now to tag a few of my favorite mom bloggers – LookMomLook, The Diaper Diaries, Fog City Mommy, Eastowners, 3inUnder3, Big Binder, Good Idea Mommy, MomtoTwoBoys

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Monday Movie Reviews

I am bringing back this oldie but goodie.

This past week and through the weekend I saw the following:  Mr. Woodcock, Good Luck Chuck, Before the Devil Knows Your Dead, 27 Dresses, and Borne Ultimatum.

 Ok before you start thinking wow, what a lazy butt.  I am 9 months pregnant and there is not much else I have energy to do 🙂

 Mr. Woodcock – starring Sean William Scott, Susan Sarandon, Billy Bob Thornton, and SNL’s Amy Pohler.  It’s a comedy and definitely worth the rental if you want a good belly laugh.  I love Amy Pohler’s character.  Even if you hate Billy Bob she makes the movie laughable all by herself.  2 thumbs from me and my hubby.

Good Luck Chuck – stars Dane Cook and Jessica Alba.  Very funny but watch out for the crazy sex sequence, although it is funny too.  This movie almost made me pee my pants in parts.  Good comedy, romantic or otherwise.  Plus if you like penguins or weird animal facts this one is for you.  I give it 2 thumbs up.

Before the Devil Knows Your Dead – This movie title is way too long as was the movie and the amount of time it took to get to the point.  Starring Ethan Hawke and Philip Seymour Hoffman (remember him from Boogie Nights? Can’t get that character out of my head every-time I see this guy.)  This movie had an interesting story but the forward backward squencing was not doing it for me and just really tried to be much more than it was.  Moral of the story, don’t try and rob your parents store for money, someone will get hurt.  Don’t even bother renting.  No thumbs. 

27 Dresses – Katherine Heigle,  James Marsden (where has this cutie been?), Judy Greer (plays the best girlfriend) and  Malin Akerman (she plays the same character in every movie).  Really cute story but I hated that Heigle’s character was such a pushover that could never say what she really wanted until the end.  I think if I were just engaged, dating, or newly married I would like this one much more.  I kind of felt a little old for this one.  Plus no one I know would ever be that generous to over 27 brides.  See it for what it is, cheesy romantic comedy and don’t analyze.  A rental not a go see at the theater.  One thumb up.

Borne Ultimatum – Stars – Matt Damon.  I am not a shoot em up, chase em down, kick their butts kind of movie goer anymore.  It has to have a story line and this one could not even turn my head from my Sudoku book.  You had to have recently seen the last Borne movie to know what was going on from the beginning and then this was not a movie you could jump in half way to figure out.  Basically the CIA is bad and Jason Borne finally figures out who he is and why he got involved in this whole 3 part series movie thing, although I am still confused.  So good for him and thank goodness it is over.  Hubby gives it one thumb sideways and he likes those shoot em up movies.  Don’t bother 🙂

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A Great ThursDay

This past Thursday will have to go in the record books as being a wonderfully great day.  It kinda of started earlier this week with a lot of work I put into a retail marketing presentation and another meeting I was preparing for.  Thursday was to be a day of meetings starting at 8am that would be intense, in the middle was to be lunch with my boss, and end with a staff meeting before I was planning on coming home at a descent hour after my busy as heck week.

So I made it to my first meeting on time and very prepared.  The meeting was running over into my next meeting that I was to help give the retail marketing plan I had worked on all the previous night.  My boss kept saying that we might have to postpone it.  I could not fathom that concept since I had  stayed up pretty late the night before finalizing the presentation and was ready to kick ass and present this awesome plan to our retail team. 

I kept telling my boss that the only plans I had after our retail meeting was lunch with her and surely we could cancel or delay that.  She just kept telling me not to worry.  I got back to the office and tried to still put together the meeting a half hour later than originally planned. 

The meeting was a success and I was so psyched.  We are ready to rock and roll with our plans.  But the second our meeting was over my boss had her coat on and was ready for lunch.  I figured she was just hungry but being I am nine months pregnant I could not go another second without a bathroom break.  After that I went to get my coat and the entire marketing staff had already left to lunch.  Strange that they all went at once but ok.

My boss and I left to Olive Garden.  I love this place for their soup and salad.  I think I go there about once a week.  I never bore of it and love it even more in the winter.  My boss drops me off at the door.  Have I said she treats me like I could break any second?  It is very sweet but at the same time I am a pretty independent person so it is sometimes overwhelming when a person treats you like you can not carry a piece of paper.  For those of you that know my past career as a hockey corporate sales person… I am used to chuck boxes, run around an arena 60 hours a week, and put signs on the ice rink arena during my pregnancies.  If this is the fattest I have been during any pregnancy it is because people around me are catering to me and spoiling me like crazy.  I guess I should feel lucky since this is my last and by now most people are probably like, what, pregnant again???

So now that I have digressed….  So my boss drops me off.  I put my name on the list and wait with my buzzer in hand.  Boss walks in and says lets go over here.  I am assuming to sit down but she walks past the chairs and turns the corner.  As I follow her I see everyone I work with in marketing, our CEO, the head of retail, and my mother in law at the table with gifts and lots of smiles.  I am so overwhelmed with happiness.  I hold back tears.  I feel so special and loved.  How lucky am I???  These wonderful people I work with thought enough to throw me a shower. 

They gave me so many wonderful gifts, lots of things for the baby to wear, to play with, a gift for each of my boys, and a wonderful gift certificate for a day at the spa for me. 

What a great day!!!  To top it all off hubby and I went on a date to the movies that night so I did not even have to cook dinner.  Bonus!

I don’t think any of those people besides my MIL reads this blog but a huge thank you to all of them for making me feel so special and loved.  For that I am so very lucky!  A bigger thank you to my mother in law for taking the time to  drive across town to have lunch with a bunch of people she does not know and buying some of the cutest baby girl clothes.   This little girl is definatley taking her out of her comfort zone 🙂

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Baby Bump Update

Went to the dr. yesterday and since taking the very very low dose of steroids my PUPPS has decreased immensely.  Now I think because of that she is seemed to forget that she told me two weeks ago that she would induce me the first week in Feb.  Well for someone that has been carrying an extra 35-40 pounds for the last 9 months that is not good news.  Pregnant women love to fixte on the final end date.  Anyone who has ever had a baby lives for the due date, the c-section or induction date.  It gives pregnant women hope that there is going to be an end to all things involved in being pregnant. 

So my excitement of telling people that I am having this little one the first week in Feb. has been postponed another week to maybe the second week in Feb.  I know it will probably fly by when I look back on it but adding another week to this pregnancy was not the highlight of the doctor appointment.  Urghh. 

So on top of adding another week to being pregnant I have to have another ultrasound in two weeks because I am measuring two weeks big and who knows what that could mean.  Well at least I will hopefully get another chance to confirm it is a girl. 

I feel pretty good most days except this nagging constant heartburn in my throat.  I am ready to stop waddling every where I go.

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Works for Me Wednesday – CD Organization

So I know it is a little past Wednesday but I have come up with some good tips for organization this new year.  My hubby bought be a ipod for Christmas which brought out our Rubbermaid storage tub of CD’s from the last 20 years.  These have been in hiding and not seen the light of day in over 10 years.  So I needed a way to get these organized and easier to find and listen to.  Here is what I came up with and it turned out pretty good.

 First I did some research into what was on the market that would fit our CD collection in a book type form.  I ended up using a Case Logic product you can find on Amazon for about $29 versus the same product at Best Buy for $49.  It holds up to 336 CD’s but the way I did it ended up fitting about half of that. 

I bought two of these and took all the CD’s out of their jewel case and kept all the front inserts.  I put the front insert artwork in one sleeve and the CD right next to it.  Since some CD’s are unidentifiable without this artwork piece and in case we ever sell them all and need this piece to seal the deal.  Hubby decided the keep the backs too but he has to find somewhere else to save those.  Taking that back part out is a little more work and they do not fit in the book without lots of folding.

The whole project took us two evenings and lots of decisions on what to keep and what to donate.  We still have some room left to purchase some more CD’s if we want but itunes.com is a great option for us too.

Watch out DVD’s I am looking at you next.

So that is what worked for me.  For more ideas check out Rocks in My Dryer for more Works for Me Wednesday ideas.

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“D” Day

So I am getting closer to delivery day.  It is not scheduled but we having been talking with my doctor about the first week in Feb. about 2 weeks early.  My PUPPS rash is pretty bad and I am taking a low dose of steroids to help ease the itching so that I still have some skin left when the baby arrives.

I am starting to want to nest but also so low on energy at times and even in some pain that the idea of starting projects wears me out.  I can’t wait to have our little one here just so I can get my energy back and spend the time I am not able to with my kiddos.  I am sure they are sick of cuddling with me on the couch.   

Hubby and I are still preparing for a girl but I think we both have this little tiny spot of doubt.  Just so hard to believe.  Plus are boys are getting less and less excited about a new baby coming into the house and sharing their space.  That is a little bit of a bummer but we hope once she is here they will change their mind or at least fake it and pose for one photo. 😉

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