Thursday, January 27, 2011

Hello 3rd Trimester!

Here I am at the beginning of my third trimester - I can't believe it's here already!
I had my glucose test today to screen for gestational diabetes (and yes, that stuff really DOES taste as bad as everyone says - thought I was going to throw up) - if I failed, I'll get a phone call tomorrow scheduling me to come in for ANOTHER test to further determine if I have it. So, fingers crossed my phone doesn't ring tomorrow!! But in case it does - we're eating chocolate chip cookies tonight!!

Pete was able to come to today's appointment so we went over to the women's hospital afterwards to check out the facility. We figured today would be a better time to figure out exactly where we're supposed to go rather than when I'm in labor. It's a brand-new building and seems really nice. I got a little overwhelmed/teary-eyed when we walked by the nursery and they were bringing a minutes-old wee one in to have its first bath(!) but otherwise it seems like a standard place - just a little more modern with nice amounts of privacy and space for new families.

Otherwise, I'm doing really well - haven't gained too much weight, my blood pressure is nice and low, and I'm not having huge aches and pains. I love, love, love my prenatal yoga class and think it helps quite a bit with both my physical and mental well-being. In four weeks we start childbirth class at the same place where I take yoga and I'm really looking forward to it.

Sorry it has been so long since I've updated - I've been busy at my new rotation - which is fantastic and I love it AND I got a new computer.....we made the switch to mac!!

My dell - which is about 4 - 4 1/2 years old has been going 'blue screen' every few weeks and is slower than molasses. Pete and I have looked at a few macs now that we have an apple store in the mall and with my comps presentation in March we really didn't want the dell to crash completely while I was halfway through writing up my research and powerpoint presentation. So on Saturday we went back to the Apple store and got a MacBook Pro!! So far I LOVE IT!! It's really fast and lightweight, and is totally user-friendly and easy to figure out. iPhoto is great for uploading and organizing pictures!

Yesterday our dresser/changing table was delivered and I've ordered a crib bumper, so hopefully I'll have more nursery pictures to post soon. That's it for now - the cookies are getting cold, I've got to go!!

UPDATE: no phone call today - so I should be good to go!! NO GESTATIONAL DIABETES - YAY!!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Sorry I haven't updated in a bit....

I've been pretty under the weather. I woke up Saturday morning with a pretty bad cough and made it through the test okay, but felt progressively worse as the day went on. Carden and Courtney were in town so they came to visit before they headed home, but I couldn't hold sweet baby Clark because of my germs! After they left I went straight to bed and Pete went to the store to buy some soup. I ate about half a bowl when he got home and then pretty much called it a night. We stayed in all Sunday and I felt pretty good all day so today I headed out to Ikea in the morning. Apparently I overestimated my condition - because now I've taken another nap before dinner and am sitting here with my box of tissues planning to go to bed at 9:30pm. Hopefully I'll feel better when my alarm goes off at 6:30am!!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Busy week!

Sorry there was no picture yesterday - Pete stayed overnight in Cincinnati because of the weather. So, a day late, here's my 26-week picture. I'm really getting big!! But most people tell me I look pretty average for 6-months pregnant, so I feel good about it.

Lexington Hearing & Speech Center - Lexington, Ky
Today was the first day of my last semester of graduate school! I'm at the Lexington Hearing and Speech Center and couldn't be more excited to be placed with such a great organization. Today was pretty slow because Fayette County was on a snow day, so the majority of clients canceled - I got to go home early at 3:00pm!

AND on Saturday I take my written comprehensive exam - the if-I-don't-pass-it-I-don't-graduate-one - The Speech-Language Pathology Praxis. It's 120 questions, multiple choice, and I have two hours to complete it. SOoooo......fingers crossed it goes well. It is a paper exam, so unlike the GRE, I have to wait 4-6 weeks to find out my score. I have one more chance to take it in March if I don't pass, but my oral comps are in March so I'd really like to have this portion of graduation requirements under my belt.

PHEW! Am I the only one who's exhausted just thinking about it?!?! Peace Out till this weekend!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Bad day for the Cats, Fun day for us!!

We drove to Columbia, South Carolina on Friday to visit our friends Matt and Jen (who've been in their new house for two weeks) for the weekend! Adam and Sarah live in Charlotte so they drove in too!! We gathered together to watch the Wildcats play in the Compass Bowl and later for the basketball team to play Georgia.

Jen's mother-in-law gave her this awesome UK cake mold for Christmas - Jen baked a cake in preparation for the weekend and then on Friday night we made a giant blue Jell-O Jiggler! Alas, neither these nor our festive gear helped our Wildcats win EITHER game, but that's okay, because it was SO GREAT to be together even for a short bit.

Thanks again for having us, Matt and Jen!! We had a great time!!

Sunday, January 09, 2011

ohmygoodness ohmygoodness

I just saw on my blog ticker that I only have 100 days left of pregnancy - YIPES!!! Can't believe tomorrow will start double digits. That is c.r.a.z.y.

ALSO: we've started a belly-button watch. Pete's really hoping it pops - I don't know if it will, but I have gone from having the world's deepest innie to having a regular innie with a very round, taught circle-part. I'm thinking if it does pop, it won't be until I'm 30-36 weeks. I'll keep you posted (but fear not, there will be no naked-belly pics).

Monday, January 03, 2011

Another day, Another project

Today I made drapes!! They were actually easier/faster to make than the crib skirt! Probably because there were only two panels instead of four and the measurements weren't as tricky. I really like the way they automatically make the space look more like a room.

Thank goodness for our handy-dandy 6-foot tables from Sams - I use them whenever I need a lot of space and will be using scissors or glue or something else that I don't want on our dining room table. Then when I'm done I just fold them back up and put them in unfinished storage.

Of course Pete was kind enough to install the drapery rod for me.

That's it for planned nursery projects. I have extra fabric in the stripes and the dots so I can make a pillow for the rocker and maybe some liners for the baskets in the changing table. Those will require actual sewing though, so I need to dust off my machine. eek!

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Getting a Start on the Year Ahead

Happy New Year!!

Hope your day was full of watching football and being lazy. Ours sure was. We started out the morning with pancakes, then watched the Rose Parade, then ate leftovers for lunch and settled in to watch some games. Naturally, I couldn't sit for too long. Neither could Pete - he ended up going to the gym about an hour after I started my little project.

I'm really hoping to have the big parts of the nursery finished before my spring semester starts on the 12th because after that the three months we have left to prepare will FLY. So this evening I made a crib skirt!!

Thanks, again, to Young House Love and their user-friendly tutorials, I was confident that I could make a crib skirt without it looking too 'home sewn'. Maybe that's because it didn't involve any sewing at all!! I have had so much trouble finding bedding that was girly without being too pinky pink. I actually wanted to do something in a robins egg blue with pink and brown accents but Pete said that the rest of our house is already robins egg blue or sea foam green and maybe we should take a break from that. Point taken. :) So last week I spent an afternoon trolling around Lexington's fabric stores and found two prints that I liked. Dots for the skirt, stripes for the drapes. I think I'll still purchase the bumper - maybe from Serena & Lily.

Back to the skirt - it was super easy. Just measure your four sides, and instead of sewing the seams, use Heat n Bond! Then just velcro it to the bottom of your crib - genius!!

The lovely fabric - I like that the pinks are more blush and salmon than bubble gum and fuschia.

As soon as I put the fabric on the table Pete set up for me, I realized I had a companion. Hi Hannah!
Then it was time to measure and cut, then measure and iron, and measure and iron some more.

The finished product - complete with new mattress and sheet!

I'm hoping to tackle the drapes on Monday - fingers crossed it all goes according to plan!