Monday, November 30, 2009

Dear Baby

Dear Baby,

I don't believe you have been receiving any of my previously sent messages to you. Maybe you are a high-tech baby and use the Internet to receive all pertinent information that you need to know. In hopes that this might be right, I am attempting to communicate to you in this way.

I know our due date is not until next Monday, but you don't really need to wait that long. Tonight would be acceptable. Really. It would be. Neither Jared nor I would be complaining. If you do decide to wait, please come before "sometime in the next three weeks" is over. I do not relish staying in pre-labor for that long since we have already been in this stage for the last three weeks. At least things are progressing--you could help them go faster. There's no need to be shy.

If you are waiting for any of our orders to arrive, please don't. We don't need them right away so it really is okay for you to come.

If you are waiting for Jared to finish work, you're good to come now. Today is his last day at playing cycle monitor and he is ready for a break from work after the stress of being on call/working/at his computer every hour for nearly 24/7 for the last week.

If you are waiting for December, it will be here tomorrow. We can start labor today and you can be born tomorrow.

If you are waiting for us to put up a Christmas tree, never fear because our cats are loving it (a little too much, I might add).

Please consider all that I have said. I ask that you review your timeline for entry into my arms and make adjustments accordingly. We love you and can't wait to meet you. I will wait as long as I must. You are worth it.


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Newport, Oregon: 11/10 - 11/13

I haven't often been to the Oregon coast. In fact, this was only my second trip. A few years ago we went to Lincoln City for a day -- Labor Day, I think. That was with Jared's family. For our 3-night vacation, we choose Newport. Mostly because we got a good deal on the room. :)

We were greeted by a very friendly cat. Since we had 30 minutes before check-in, we followed our self-proclaimed tour guide, the cat, down to the beach. The trip down wasn't so bad. It was the trip back up the steps and slope that was tiring.

On the whole, I took too many pictures on the trip to be shown here. It's picking and choosing which pictures to show that will be a problem.

Our room had a blue theme. My shirt on one of the days was blue and white striped. It matched perfectly although I don't think a picture of me in that shirt in the room was ever taken. The view was quite lovely looking out over the ocean. Breakfast was good every day even though I wasn't a fan of EVERYTHING that was made. I still liked it.

We went to see the Yaquina Bay lighthouse (the free one), the Newport Aquarium, the beach (several different places), Devil's Punch Bowl, the historic bayfront, and we drove a scenic loop off 101. You'd be looking out over the ocean and then you'd be in forest. Very pretty. And there was a very bright rainbow right then. We attempt to go to the research facility near the aquarium, but it was closed the day we went and we didn't bother to go back. We also walked through many different shops, most of which were on the historic bayfront.

We decided we would get one souvenir to commemorate our vacation. At first, we were thinking "Christmas tree ornament". Then we got to the kitchen shop. Ladies and gentlemen, I resisted. We still had a few more shops to look at. But we ended up right back at the kitchen store ready to make our purchase. I do wish I had a picture of it. I was way too excited to find a whole bunch of cookie cutters. Yes, cookie cutters. Rubber ducky shaped, penguin shaped, turtle shaped, lots of other shapes. Best of all, moose. Heart. I was in love. I'm sure I can do something to make an ornament out of it... just not the actual cutter will go on the tree.

We somewhat expected the weather to be rainy the entire time. After all, that's what the weatherman said. We had plenty of sunshine. Bits of rain but it was mostly at night. All the bits of our trip that didn't involve walking was spent sleeping, reading, eating, and cross stitching (which is another post in and of itself just so I can show off).

Monday, November 9, 2009

Baby Shower

Baby shower went great. The sun was out the entire time. It went away pretty much as soon as it ended. Perfect timing, weather! We had a lot of carb and sugar-filled foods. The crepes were the best. Thanks for slaving over the stove for 5 hours, Dad Lotti!

Here are just a few pictures from the event.

Guess how big Suki's waist is using yarn. Tonnie, who is newly pregnant with her fourth child, measured her own waist and won.

Blindfold Suki and have her guess the objects. I got them all right.

Kera and her baby, Ethan. Isn't he cute? I think this is one of the rare times I've seen him where he doesn't have a mohawk.

The pile of gifts. Or at least a portion of the pile.

Just a few of the receiving blankets and matching burp cloths I received.

Proof that not everything I received had pink on it.

A monkey. Fits perfectly in the car seat. Maybe I'll bring it to the birth to use as imagery. Hmmm... "I'm birthing a monkey" - doesn't sound quite right.One of her only dresses.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

"Feels like a 5 lber"

As of Monday:
Baby's head is down.
Baby feels like she weighs about 5 pounds.
I do not feel "really pregnant" and therefore I will not going to give birth to my baby "any day now".
I have gained 40 pounds.
I am measuring just a little bit on the low side.

Other notes of which their worth and interest is questionable:
My baby shower is on Saturday.
I have 13 days to go to work left (not including today).
I have 32 days until my due date.
I have 40 days until I am 8 days past my due date which I have been told is the average for first time moms.
My body has decided that it is now acceptable to need to eat every 3 hours at a minimum and nighttime is no exception. Okay, I know I have to get up lots once baby is born. But do I have to start now?
I still have not received a call saying that my chair is in stock and I can come get it. They had better hurry up.
Next week Jared and I are going to spend 3 days at the coast. Weather forecast: Showers and the low 50s.
I like getting bills that I don't have to pay.