28 weeks.

seriously. 7 months? nuts. i cannot believe i'm entering the third trimester. eek. where o where does time go? thumper is now the size of a head of cauliflower. 2 pounds and 14 1/2 inches.
side note: my mom delivered my lil bro 3 mos. early. he was 3 pounds and 20 inches. can you imagine if he went to term?!

here's a picture.

let's see what's new...
not sure if i've complained about a constantly runny nose or not. it's serious. congested all the time. some days are better than others. have to remember to turn on the humidifier at night or i'm in serious trouble the next day!

been getting up again during the night to pee. might have to restrict my liquids like i did earlier. it's not too bad since i usually fall right back to sleep!

nick got to see thumper's kicks for the first time last tuesday. had a long day and came home. i immediately ran to the couch! he was outside trying to clear the ice off of the driveway. as i was laying there, i thought i think my shirt is moving when it's kicking. sure enough. nick was able to see it. not much. just a little bulge in the tummy. would remind me of a drum or something.

have the shower invitations out! only a few final details that i need to take care of. strange that it is only a month away! will share the invitations soon. gotta meet with the cupcake lady. pick out the flavors and designs. i'm thinking simple. will have to do some web searching...

painted my toes sunday night. that was fun! had a heck of a time. i think nick just sat and laughed. not sure i'll be able to do it again. might have to get pedi's from now on... and i'm not sure why i felt the need to paint my toes. they've been naked for quite some time.

looking into a maternity photo shoot. our friend does photography on the side. trying to come up with some ideas. if you have any ideas or links you think i should see, please share. have a list of things to talk with her about. trying to gauge when they should be done. don't want them too early. don't want to wait too long and then deliver or something crazy. must call her this week.

baby pressner got some christmas presents. my family was cute and everyone had something for thumper. nothing crazy. just thoughtful and super sweet. totally weren't expecting that.

really have to get on the ball with thumper's room. hope to get that taken care of in the next month. would be nice to have everything set up for after the shower. then i could just put things away.

and one final picture so you can actually see the belly... {sorry, no fancy photoshop on this one}


the nicest.

funeral service i have attended. first one at a methodist church.
making nick and i really evaluate this whole kid/religion issue.
ran tons of errands. now are home for the evening. good thing because we're supposed to get like 3 inches of snow. then 2 inches of rain. then 2 inches of snow. wha?
oh and the snowblower is broken. totally makes for a happy nick... not.


long day.

exhausted. was away from the house for over 16 hours.
worked. visited with grandma. went to the wake. then went out with friends for dinner. couldn't stop yawning even though we were watching a mighty exciting bears game. ;o)
more tomorrow.


27 weeks.

eek! i cannot believe i am this far along already. craziness.
no picture today. sorry. refer to yesterday's post with the crazy blueberry belly if you really feel it necessary. ignore the bra glare in the picture. nice, classy stuff here people.
have had frozen pipes for almost the whole day. froze pipes = no shower. no shower = no belly pictures.
the only quick wash came courtesy of the kitchen sink before an emergency baby sitting session of miss braiden for jas and chris. i mean, playing volleyball and having some normal human time is worth it. and she's cute. when she isn't a crying snotball. kidding. ;o)
thankfully, the pipes are unfrozen. unfortunately, it required cutting two holes in our drywall. fun times. just when we thought we were done with home improvement projects. hrmph. they never end.

so 27 weeks. i think they say the bean is now a cucumber. and something like 2 pounds. sheer craziness. feeling good. less hungry which is great. this weight gain can totally level off a bit. have been having total fruit cravings. i think i had a pear for the first time in years this past week. any fruit will do. another new favorite... pink lady apples. i mean, that's a fun name and they are tasty! and i's still on the smoothie kick every morning. hello, it's lots of fruit: oj, pineapple, strawberry, and banana. fruity goodness.
had to upgrade some maternity pants. were a bit snug. the jeans should hold out the entire time. and the dress pants. i just had some cheapie ones i found on clearance and thought they might last. no such luck.
think i even picked out the outfit for the shower. no skirt! and it's black. total shocker from me. i live in that color. my mom said they would just smother me in pink and blue bows to make up for the lack of color!
back to baby stuff. feeling more kicks. feeling guilty during the day when i'm not really paying attention. makes me nervous sometimes. like i should be more aware. who knows.
have had a total urge for clean and neat around the house. so not a good time with all the renovations. and the newly cut holes in my wall. sigh.
think we've locked down our names. again, that could change. really want to meet mr. or miss. bean before picking for sure.
the turkey timer, aka my belly button, has yet to fully pop. so close. got an email today that suggested taping it down with a bandaid it if interfered with your fashion sense. wha? watch me totally do that in a few weeks after scoffing at the thought!
sleeping well. much better on the bed than couch. some back aches. nothing too serious. some crazy foot aches and pains too.
have been an effin inferno. this coming from the girl who is always cold. i cannot believe how hot i am and in this negative weather. i threatened to take the flannel sheets off of the bed the other day. i didn't. i'm a good wifey. but holy heck, it's hot!

think that's it for baby. as for pw's lasagna. it got three thumbs up from the three recepients. chris said she would add some mushroom in the future. jason and mr. grish said more cheese. i think i will do both with a bit of onion when we finally make it ourselves. they said it really hit the spot. so glad they liked it. making carmen's french toast casserole for them next. figured they could eat it the morning of the services. will more than likely be uber hectic, so this will be one less thing for them to worry about. i think i'm going to be on braiden duty tomorrow and tuesday. works for me. anything to help. hope she isn't a holy terror and i look like a totally unfit parent to be!

watched fred claus last night. i fell asleep. surprise, surprise. it's a miracle if i make it through a movie these days. fingers crossed it warms the heck up and this -30 wind chills leave. i cannot have frozen pipes in the morning.

oh and i'm totally diggin the mac. haven't done much beyond surfing the web on it. but that's getting easier and easier. must take baby steps!


a hodge podge post.

lots going on.
finished shopping and wrapping. on 3 gift cards left. woot woot!
here's a pic of me wrapping.

the presents aren't that big. just thought the bag was fun and obnoxious! didn't think i could fit myself in it either. that was just for giggles.

had my cookie exchange at work this week. here was the loot.

good stuff. might share my favorite recipes later. who knows.

made one card with the december byom kit.
the colors aren't the greatest. didn't have the scanner hooked up right then, and i made the card for my boss. didn't want to give her the gift card without the card. ;o)

maybe i'll have more time to make some more goodies. who knows.

had to go to the mall today. not fun. wasn't planned. need some more dress clothes. christy's mom passed away thursday. needed something decent for the wake and funeral. and christy is totally worth dealing with mall madness at this time of year. i also about sweated my ass off. ended up taking my socks off and walking around in my crocs. so close to removing my jacket as well. these hormones are insane.

picked up stuff for pioneer woman's lasagna. nick made it. getting ready to deliver it to christy's dad's. they are currently setting up camp there... hoping it's tasty since we've never had it.

more baby updates tomorrow. don't want to deviate from sundays which are designated baby post days. however, i did finish the shower list. just have to address and send them out! with everyone donating their time and monies i thought i could do the invites. oh and the centerpieces. have cute ideas for those. hoping they come out as i picture them.



seriously, it is sooo strange.
you can learn about it here. nick and i were laying in bed, not wanting to get up and saw this brilliant flash of light. he was like, 'what was that?!' my answer was someone crashed with all the ice or it was lightening. sure enough, about 30 seconds later, there was a downpour of sleet/rain/snow.
i am home from work. i swear my phone rang at least 7 times in 45 minutes all before 630. the first ones were my mom letting me know about cancellations. my dad drives a bus for the local school corporation and she is a teacher at another school corporation. one has school, one doesn't! my boss called this morning and told me to not even try it. there are two staff members who are pretty close to the office. they were gonna go in for us. my boss lives even farther away. a while later, one of the coworkers called to make sure i was staying home. i swear, these girls are so cute with the fat, pregnant lady. ;o)
nick's coworker tried to convince him to stay home. she lives pretty close and said she would make the trek. unfortunately, he had to go in. had to mix for a new patient. total bummer.
plan on attacking the house and some of my to do lists.



is the new wednesday.

i think a nap is in order. long week so far at work. not looking forward to this crazy snowstorm that is headed our way. i mean this storm dumped inches on vegas. not looking forward to it.
hmmm. maybe it will get me a snow day, right? a girl can dream.
hoping to curl up on the couch and drool. ;o) maybe even watch some football.

need to be reenergized for a weekend of shopping, wrapping, cleaning, and more baking!


a wednesday....

that i didn't nap!
ran some errands with the hubby. made dinner and then watched hancock. now we're getting ready to play mariokart on wii with the fam. i know, we lead such an exciting life.
back with a more exciting post tomorrow... i hope!


hello, mr. plow?

where the heck are you?
it's snowed quite a bit lately and you've been mia. oh and that ice storm a few days ago. would have been great if you could have come out to play and maybe put some salt down for us commuters.
today on the way home, i saw 3 plows. we've had about 4 inches. seriously? where are they this year?
i know someone mentioned budget cuts, but this is just silly....



these artic wind chills aren't to grace us with their presence until like january.
it is freaking cold outside. the winds are not helping.
a plus side of being pregnant, i'm hot. so the cold isn't that terrible. nick keeps wanting to turn on the fireplace. i would probably sweat to death!
it's amazing how my body temp has increased. i would need layers upon layers in the winter to keep me close to warm. now it's just a t shirt please.
however, my feet are another story. i think they always have and always will be icicles. nothing i can do about it.



are now for naps too.
so i do usually fall asleep sometime during one of the football games on sunday. today i was asleep before the start of the first ones. only a few hours after waking up. nick couldn't believe it. i told him i wasn't lying when i told him i was sleepy!
the wall is officially done! nick is currently busy putting the carpet in place. few more touches and i will share pictures. soooo excited that it's over. such a time consuming and messy project.
next biggie is deciding how to paint the kidlet's room. have had the paint for a while. just unsure if it will be one, two, or all four walls. decisions, decisions.
have the shower invitations. sooo cute. goal is to do christmas cards in the next few days and then move to the shower ones.
have lots of scrappies to do too. one of my docs goes out of town this week. the other leaves next week. hoping work settles and i'm not so tired after work.
all of the baking is done. might do a few more batches of some of the favorites. depends on what i nab from the cookie exchange tomorrow at work!
so no pictures today. blame the nap and couch hair. ;o)
kidlet has been kicking up a storm. and the tummy is itching like crazy. hello my new best friend cocoa butter! feeling wider and wider by the day. and it's just gonna get better! groan. finally filled out my preregistration forms for the hospital. i told you kids i was a procrastinator. got those on my first ob visit back in july!
k. off to chore land....



had nick's dad's side of christmas today. made the journey to indy. carpooled. 7 grownups in a recently acquired acadia. fun times. was nice to see and visit.
but 4+ hours in a car in one day makes for a sleepy shannon.
stay tuned for possible fat baby bump pictures tomorrow....


cookie blitz.

is on.
did some marshmallows yesterday.
working on oreo truffles and buckeye balls now.
hoping to do some toffee ones and lisa's fabulous white chocolate cherry soon.
hope i can keep up the momentum. and if the cookie drive dies, fingers crossed that the scrapping mojo is around, i have some serious work to do!


7 randoms

thanks liz....

7 random tidbits.
hope i haven't repeated these over the life of this blog.

-i am obsessed with cookbooks. i tend to collect them more than use them tho.
-i love pomegranates. wish they weren't so difficult to breakdown and eat.
-i hate parallel parking. i close my eyes when nick does it and i even made colleen do it in chicago at the byom weekend getaway!
-i cannot read manuals. too adhd for that. which is probably why i still don't know how to use my sewing machine or have taught myself to knit, crochet, or quilt. show me and i'm set for life.
-one of the reasons that becoming a nurse appealed to me... scrubs. darn those things come the weekend and you try to fit in your jeans...
-love a clean house but hate the housework that goes with it.
-i'm not a big phone talker. most of my phone calls take place in the car. rarely, spend a long time on one once i'm home.


roasted over an open fire....

so i'm in the shower getting ready to go to nick's christmas dinner in the city and i smell something funny. he walks upstairs with a totally mischievous look and says, what? i ask did you light a candle? no. {said with giant grin} did you light a fart? stop it, no. {while laughing hysterically} well, what the hell did you do? light some incense? wait, why do we have incense? no. i give. wait, it smells like toasted marshmallows. you making me smores? no.
the man didn't want to shred an important document so he freaking burnt it.
this comes after he's telling me that our driveway is slippery and he needs to ice it. of course, my smart ass self asked him why? is the driveway salty. he didn't get it. took me saying it twice and them him making fun of me before he figured out i was making fun of him. he then proceeded to laugh for like five minutes.
apparently, we are in rare form tonight. should make for an interesting car ride to the city with tobbi and george. hopefully, we settle down before we make it to the restaurant.


no way.

this can't be true.

LogoThere are
or fewer people with my name in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

thanks kel!


i'm in love.

with amazon. it's an addiction.
i think 95% of my gift purchases over the last few months have been bought online.
loving the amazon prime. nick and i paid for it in june and it has been well worth it. i smile when i pull into the driveway and see my mini-mountain of amazon boxes. sometimes i even get the purchases in one day.
i've looked at this multiple times over the past few months.

my patient had one on thursday... it's way cool in person. might have to ask for birthday cash and buy it with that... then again, with parenthood looming, i'm not sure how much time we'll have for reading. ;o)


i can't handle.

this mess! i can only tolerate this craziness for so long. going on a month is enough. so close to having the wall done on the main level. the paint didn't match, so they had to come back and repaint three adjoining walls. fun stuff. hoping the trim guy is out before the middle of the week and we can get everything back to normal down here. well, nick has to replace the carpet and pad in the new study still. but that's a tiny mess compared to the crap strewn about this house! then it's onto the kidlet's room. then i do believe, that is all of our home improvement projects for some time.

dinner last night was from this new cook book...
so many of the recipes look good. and easy. my kinda cook book! not to mention the mouthwatering mac and cheese on the cover. taste of home, you really know a way to a girl's heart.

was an impulse buy at lowe's. i know. bad shannon. but what else says home improvement like down home cooking? nick and i were starving so that explains it. we picked out dinner and desert over lunch at penn station. anywho...

made the skillet lasagna. we thought it was okay. too tomato-y and soupy on the first day. leftovers were better today. would have added some seasoning while cooking... garlic, italian seasoning. and the directions were not spot on. i ended up having to bump up the heat and cooking for like an additional 10 minutes for the noodles to soften.

dessert. yummy! hello. my new easter desert. sooooo good. soooo easy. except, i don't think i let my cream cheese soften enough and it was a bit curdy. took me a while to get it worked out but oh well. still was so delish.

finally got my christmas cards! not what i wanted. but eh, will do. hoping to have them postal by the end of the week. stumbled across my new avatar while searching for pictures to use. the picture was taking in a bathroom at one of the wineries. ha! had completely forgot about it. so glad i found it. was time to update.

shower invitations should be done soon too. i kept the envelopes while they're being printed. hoping to save some time since it's so busy around the holidays.

k. off to tidy up some more while nick's at volleyball...



dinner is on the stove. have been putzing in the scraproom while cooking dinner, making a desert, trying to pick out christmas cards, helping nick with the two new light fixtures he's installing.
looking forward to dinner and a movie.
will let you know if the new recipes turned out...
last night was a blast! hung out with nick's mom, aunt, and cousin after the show. in the new sonic's parking lot for like an hour. movie was good. better than i thought it would be. not as good as the book.
k. off to check on the oven!



so excited. sorta. think i would be more so if i was not so tired right now.
going to see the movie tonight.
have read all the books. am a bit leery for the movie. movies are never as good as the books. never.
fingers crossed i'm not too disappointed.
oh and i hear there's a sonic near the theater. super stoked. hoping the line isn't ridiculous. nick's aunt says it is new and there has been some craziness going on there since it opened.
fingers crossed it isn't too crowded.


stupid candle party.

so i went to my girlfriend's partylite party. was going to try and behave. ha! that never happens at these things. i'm a sucker for catalogs. jewelry, candles, food items. you name it, i want more when it looks cute in a candle.
so i went thinking i was only going to buy some reed diffusers. like one. hrmph. one? more like three! yeah, like i said, no will power when it comes to these things. hoping i like them. also nabbed two other things for myself and a gift. so not too terrible. especially since my mom bought the coach purse my girlfriend had bought for me. now, i'm even money wise. not sure if a bunch of partylite stuff is worth a coach purse... we'll see.



wednesdays are for naptime.
i usually drag ass by mid day on wednesday. love to come home and snuggle up on the couch and fall asleep. a quirk of mine... i cannot fall asleep with cold feet. totally, utterly impossible. i don't care how tired i am. i can't do it. and i can't wear socks to bed. well, mostly i never wear socks. my feet like to breathe, but anywho. winter makes napping/sleeping hard. k. back to regularly scheduled topic.
was a little nervous about how this week was going to pan out. had something planned daily. nick said dr appointments don't count. pshaw. it does because there is always shopping after. ;o)
tonight's festivities were cancelled. moved to tomorrow but since i already had plans for tomorrow no dinner downtown for us.
i'm sad a bit. but a little happy about the nap that might be in my future!
nap? top chef? nap? top chef? decisions, decisions.


the bean.

or formerly known as the bean will now be referred to as thumper.  ;o)
last night nick was able to feel it squirming around in there.
i'm not sure if i haven't really been paying attention.  i mean, i feel it.  i just don't normally have time to sit around and feel it with my hands.  and last night we were laying in bed, reading and i took a good kick to the lower tummy.  thought to myself that a thump that serious has to be able to be felt from the outside.  i think i might have even said, ow!
sure enough, it was!  was pretty rhythmic for a while.  like it was doing summersaults. 
nick was funny.  wasn't sure how to tell if it was kick.  thought my stomach was just spasm-ing or something.  we laid there for a bit, reading.  his hand on my belly.  cuteness.

had my appointment today.  all is well.  well, weight gain is hrmph.  not bad, just i thought this past month would have been less.  i was wrong.  everything checked out okay.  got measured, heard the heartbeat, discussed the ultrasound {everything is okay as far as he can tell}, nothing really new and earth shattering.  
will have blood work and any other testing that may be needed after my next appointment.  what fun to look forward to in the new year. 


the cutest...

grandma to be.
so we had our first snow of the season. roads were horrific. not sure why. i know it was predicted. i know that it happened last night, didn't just start this morning. and it took me 50 minutes to get to work. about double the norm.
was supposed to quit snowing around 12. no such luck. flurries all darn day.
got a phone call from my mom around 415. wanted to warn me that the roads were terrible. that i should be extra careful and take my time. this being said from woman who is talking on a cell phone during the icky road conditions. so being the good daughter i am, i scolded her for calling if it was that bad while she was driving. she then just insisted she was just calling to quickly let me know so i could keep her grand baby safe. aw. but hey, what about me?!
kinda like that time when i told her she loved nick more. her reply? oh, honey. i love you too. not no, that's silly. you're my child, i love you more. nope. i love you too. ;o)
love teasing her about it. and i think it was super sweet to get that phone call today. totally made me smile and all the girls at work say aw...

no pics like promised. i didn't get home until after 7. long day. 12 hours gone. so i'm vegetating on the couch. stay tuned for an ob update tomorrow.


24 weeks.

the time is flying by.
you kids will have to bear with the photogenic picture this time. i haven't been sleeping despite the fact that i'm soo bleeping tired. wish you could see the super cute haircut i got this week. i just didn't have the energy to do it this morning. my hairdresser is exactly as far along in her pregnancy as i am, but she's having twins. a boy and a girl. she is tiny! so cute. anywho.

have my appointment on tuesday. anxious to hear that heartbeat again and go over the results of the ultrasound. just wanting some reassurance today. not sure why... maybe because i've been thinking a lot about my mom. she delivered my brother at 27/28 weeks. cannot imagine delivering in 4 weeks. nope. not gonna think about it. just weird to think about and compare.

the kidlet is about the size of an ear of corn. still not 100% positive on the kicks/movements. i do get some rather strange sensations below my belly button. tends to get really hard too. and i'm thinking these crazy urges to pee are from the kidlet using my bladder as a trampoline. but i couldn't tell ya for sure. i could just be going crazy.

feeling like my appetite is slowing down. haven't been as ravenous as i have in the previous weeks. i'm still seriously hungry in the morning. it's crazy until after lunch. then it mellows out.

no new cravings. just my smoothie kick every single morning. still want nothing to do with potato chips. craving more fruits. which i guess is a good thing! even made a second smoothie today to quench that craving!

most people are guessing it's a girl. nick's family has said that from day one. his aunt especially. they were still adamant about it on thanksgiving. i know nick's cousin is also thinking it's a girl. no one is really fessing up to thinking it's a boy. however, it's funny to hear people try and talk about baby. it/he/she. then they try to correct themselves if they refer to it in one gender or the other.

ooh, have been able to sleep through the night! no more pee breaks at 3 am. so exciting. now if only i could sleep again. i know these past two days have been an exception, but still. i want to stockpile those sleep hours now!

have a super busy week. will try to keep with frequent updates. most definitely will update on tuesday with baby news after the appointment. hmmm, and maybe tomorrow for some randomness.



yesterday kicked my ass more than i realized.
tried to go to joann's. walked in the door and turned around and walked right back out. the line was wrapped around the building. craziness.
so i stopped at the bank, hello christmas bonus! came home and ordered what i wanted from joann's online. just getting some storage solutions for the new room. so close to being done. i did leave a few things off the order. figured i could get them cheaper after accumulating some 40% off coupons!
laid around like a bunch of slugs. okay, nick did rip up the carpet upstairs and pull the pad out. then it was pure laziness. bunch of mythbusters and get smart.
made this for dinner. twas okay. not sure if it hit the spot.
these however, were a bright spot in the long day that was yesterday. that and the dinner we had at cappos with nick's mom afterwards. yumminess.
lesse. since i've been a complainer the last few posts... what else have we done.
mantle is up. looks great. now just have to find stuff to put on it. pictures soon. have to take some 24 week shots tomorrow too... so maybe it will be one ginormo picture post. going out with a bang for the last of the 30 posts in 30 days...
watched run fatboy run. so much funnier than anticipated.
not much else. looking forward to the rest of the lazy day.


black friday.

and i didn't get to do a bit of shopping. the trip to sears on the way to nick's work for a shop vac doesn't count. nor does the coach purse i'm receiving from a girlfriend who braved the outlet mall without me this year.
instead we did lots and lots of moving. i'm exhausted. nick is too. he should be. he did more. but dude, i'm almost 6 mos pregnant and spent the day moving boxes, so i don't feel like too big of dork by admitting that i'm on my way to bed when it's only 930...


turkey fun.

hope everyone has a great turkey day!
nick and i were able to sleep in. we're now just putzing around with some projects before we meet everyone for dinner. the families are going out this year. no cooking! no cleanup! but it does mean dressing a bit nicer. oh well, the sacrifices we make. ;o)
and a fun turkey quiz i stumbled upon. i didn't do so hot. maybe 9 right! oy. better study up on turkeys!
and then some cute cartoons...

happy thanksgiving!


curling up...

with my hubby on the couch, eating some leftovers, watching some movies and maybe even top chef.
perfect evening after a crazy three day work week!
what makes it even beter? not waking to an alarm clock tomorrow. of course, i'm sure this means i'll be wide awake at like 730!


oh cooking light....

i applauded you and your recipes just yesterday. however, i just received and had a chance to look through my current issue and what do i see but chocolate hazelnut meringue kisses...

someone in your company should have warned you that it looks like poop in a bowl. seriously, not appetizing. and it wasn't just me. i showed everyone in my office. all 10 of us agreed... totally looks like something you wouldn't necessarily want to eat.

but then, i turn the page and see these beauties. oatmeal toffee cookies.

i am so making them for my cookie exchange at work. so i guess you are forgiven for the poop pictures. just don't let it happen again. ;o)


a quick and tasty dinner.

nick's comment... i would be happy if they served this to me in a restaurant. i guess i did good.
was dying for feta. whenever i thought about it, we would be out to dinner and the places wouldn't know if it was pasteurized. and being the good mom i am, i just couldn't eat it. so i was on a feta recipe hunt.
this is what i found...

thank you cooking light. you made our bellies happy!


23 weeks.

so crazy.
feeling good. feeling fat. ;o) all the comments from friends, family, and patients help with that! makes me laugh. that they are comfortable enough to joke with me.
still napping consistently throughout the week.
have been less hungry. which i guess is a good thing considering i'm feeling so fat. still eating plenty. just not as much. still fast. but smaller quantities.
no weird cravings. okay, i lied. friday night we were going to have pasta. on a whim, i decided that a cheeseburger and fries would be much, much better!
made my first purchase at motherhood this week. my girlfriend, shela, convinced me i need their pants. i do. they are comfy! however, they need to work on their sizing. medium is too small and large is too big. where is lardium? i kid. but they need some inbetween sizes....
trying to figure out what to wear to all these holiday festivities. wishing there were more cute maternity stores nearby. oh well.
been wearing nick's scrubs to work with some tees. been comfy, cozy. hope this solution works the next few months! i do not want to buy more scrubs!
have lots to get done with the shower this week... fingers crossed i can complete my to do list!


i finally...

made a pioneer woman recipe!
her blueberry smoothie.
kinda funny that i drool over her website multiple times a week and the first thing i make requires no cooking!
was pretty tasty. wish my frozen blueberries were sweetened. added a boatload of honey and sugar which probably countered the whole nutritious breakfast idea i was going for!


magic bullet.

get your minds out of the gutter.
this magic bullet.
bought it a while back. used it for the first time yesterday. it it my favorite infomercial buy ever! okay, we bought it at costco. but still.
all three concoctions have been uber delicious. nick was a little carried away with the chocolate syrup for his banana creation but mine have been great.
anyone have any favorite smoothie recipes? picked up some frozen fruit today at the store. am anxious to try some new recipes!


it pains me to say...

i purchased a martha stewart craft product.
gasp. shock.
but it's cute.
and i really was smitten with her little glitter packs. but i said no. maybe because nick was standing next to me and we're trying our darndest to stick to our budgets...
meet the postage stamp punch.
isn't it pretty?
i'm really excited to use it. totally thought of liz when i had it in my hands. a while back she had little postage stamp things on a bunch of her projects. i think it was these. or something similar. i was jealous. now i'm a little less jealous. ;o)

oh and...crowdSPRING, hire Kelly Purkey for your new Community Marketing Manager!
nope. never met kelly, but she seems pretty cool. and i just love her style. and it's a scrappy post, so why not!



just like its mommy....
did you notice the sarcasm? the baby was a side laying mover. don't think we could have found out the sex if we wanted too! couldn't even get a decent face shot.
have NEVER had to pee so badly in my entire life. the prep of lots of h20, the long car ride, the cold, and the moving kid were such a joy! the ultrasound tech was super nice and told me she would try to go as fast as she could. so sweet of her. also think she really wanted me to go because the kidlet wasn't cooperating. said it was up under my ribs for a while and wanted to see if she could get cooperation from the baby. no such luck! and honestly, i wouldn't expect our child to be the cooperative type! ;-P
here are the individual shots if you like.....
psst. for you non ultrasound readers, the head is to the right.


103 pairs of socks.

no, i don't own that many pairs.... i don't think.
however, nick just got a phone call that our friend does have 103 pairs. so the boys are discussing who has more. there is NO way i have that many! so nick now wants to count them.
i do love socks. the cuter the better. and the warmer the better. but considering i really only wear them in winter and to work, there isn't even a possibility that i have more than that. christy so has me beat.
i'm sure there will be an update at some point on this blog when my silly husband decides he has to count my socks. ;o)



ah, mr. timberlake. he makes me laugh. {side note: he was the best part of love guru...}
tried to embed this and couldn't. that and half the ones i found, were gone moments after finding them. darn nbc.
it's mr. jt on snl again. dancing with beyonce. and this one is different than the original i saw. just as funny. single lady skit.
oh and i do love paul rudd. he was the best in clueless. i think that's where the crush began. and i cannot wait to see him in role models!

and another thing that makes me smile today.
meh is now in the dictionary!

i bought this shirt for my brother last year at thinkgeek! i swear the boy answers every question he can with meh!


fun with scrap supplies.

us laying out the study furniture in its new home. how bad would it have sucked if it didn't fit!!??
thankfully, we measured and remeasured. the only thing we didn't take into consideration was the thickness of the wall. we have a few inches of breathing room... phew!

i'm really loving how it looks. cannot wait for the wall to be completed. hopefully, soon! like end of month. but i'll be okay with it by christmas.

now i have the fun job of unpacking and reorganizing all my scrap supplies. have lots to donate. have to think of new, creative ways to store some stuff. i'm giving up the closet upstairs and need to figure out where to cram all that stuff too! eek. any favorite storage tips/ideas/webpages are welcome.

off to make my house less of a disaster!



yay! who knew i could do 15 in a row? fingers crossed i make it to 30!

kinda nice having daily tidbits to look back upon. makes it easier to recap too. must try harder to update more after november! ;o)


tgi fridays.

went here for dinner. was a bit of a splurge for us. but we used a coupon from our free entertainment coupon book... thanks dad! ;o)
had a heck of a time deciding on what i wanted to eat. nothing sounds better than a medium steak right now. with some blue cheese on top. but since that ain't happening. i settled on some pasta dish. which was no longer availabe. settled for some stinky sandwich. so not what i was hoping for. nick got a ribeye. his usual. it was off their bbq menu. that is some good sauce. had some pork raviolis that were tasty too.
now we're hunkered down and packing away. seriously, how did i get so much shit in this scraproom? the amount of supplies is sickening....


pretty high def.

finally got our new directv high def receiver/recorder straightened out. hadn't even had it a day and were having troubles. so frustrating. made like 8 phone calls and had a service call on halloween. still broken.
yesterday we got a new box. having a working high def receiver/recorder makes me sooo happy. i was so fine with tivo upstairs, but now i'm getting spoiled. i mean food network in hd? makes me drool just thinking about it.
and sports in hd? there is just nothing like it.
oh and recording two things at once. or recording something while watching something else. so spoiled. and so necessary now that there is thursday night football and grey's. ;o)


a night on the town...

nick and i are headed downtown for a dinner meeting. one of the nice thing about both of us being health professionals is we can tag along to each others meetings. this will be the first.
hopefully, the food is yummy.
will give you a review on gioco tomorrow!



i dislike daylight saving time.
it was pitch black at 5pm today. i don't like it.
and i like it less when it's pitch black when i get up too...
sigh. i should carry a pocket sunlight lamp with me or something, winter just makes me tired!


plugging away...

at the to do list i posted friday. got lots done including lots that hadn't made the list. like donating almost 50 books to the library. yay books! boo spending on books i only read once...

my stuff is mostly done. still currently working on packing the study. still need to compile the list of addresses. which i guess i have some time considering the invitations could take 3 weeks to arrive?! wha? didn't wrap gifts or order christmas cards. but i did look at a lot. there are sooo many choices!
even made nick dinner... gourmet of course. ;o) recipe can be found here.

my mom always made me the mini verson for my birthday. minus the cheese. was feeling a bit nostalgic and wanted some for dinner. nick loved em. the cheese was a pretty tasty addition! the left overs even reheated well. double bonus!

nick had a few snafu's with some of his projects. he gave up and started crocheting again! maybe i'll, ahem, our kid, will get a blanket out of it! wanted this one. not sure if that'll happen. have to stop at j's to thumb through some books and give him a want list.
if anyone is a crochet-er and have a fav, fun blanket... please share!


20 week review.

so i'm a little behind since technically i'm now 21 weeks. but it'll do.
and depending on what website you go to it varies a few weeks anyway...

picture taken 11.2.08. not the greatest. but is keeping with our monthy tradition. tank and that same ole trusty wall. not that you readers would know, since i haven't really shared those sexy pics!

had a check up with my ob's np 10.29.08. {during week 18, according to her - the nurse practitioner} {again with the differences in time...} doing good. gaining weight. think i'm up 12-ish pounds so far. could be worse! baby bean's heartbeat was 150. so she, the np, thinks it is a boy. my ob thinks it is a girl. his rationale was that the heartrate was easy to find at the check up in september and the rate was 170 then. kinda funny that they both guessed differently.
ultrasound is scheduled for 11.19. could have been sooner but those crazy floods i mentioned a while back are really messing with my plans. they had to close their main campus due to flooding and are trying to accomodate lots and lots of patients with the smaller site.

after all of the craziness the first trimester brought, the second has been a breeze. yes, i have fatigue. and back pain. but all in all, i think i'm doing pretty darn good. not much nausea. it's hit or miss. dependent upon smells i encounter through out the day. i can't imagine having constant nausea and trying to do my job. that would be so not fun.

the napping is on the decline. usually just a really big one sometime mid week. otherswise, most nights i can stay awake until bedtime. crazy to think that something like not napping is a huge feat!

i'm really glad to be working so much. i think it's helping keeping me in check with food and exercise. and it gives me something to do other than worry! which is on the decline. i mean what can i do now? been focusing on all the remodeling and organization going on in the house. but dreading having to buy new scrubs. it's getting close. maybe i'll just nab nick's. would be so much cheaper!

no new, crazy cravings. haven't really had a desire to eat potato chips. totally odd for me. have had a hankering for fruit. all kinds. again, totally odd for me. nothing like the crazy chicken nugget cravings that were going on the first few weeks. that was just silly!

have felt flutters for a while now. not sure about definite kicks. however, today i think i might have felt the bean doing some flips. who knows! and i'm sure once the big ones start, i will wish for the days when the were less painful and more flutters. ;o) i know nick is dying to feel a kick.

he's still the cutest throughout this whole thing. i get yelled at a lot for trying to do too much. ahem, climbing on counters and carrying certain items. he's a hoot. it's funny to see the annoyance when i'm like, 'babe...' and then when i explain what i need, he's eager to help. honestly, i'm not milking it too much. really not at all. i try to steer clear of the dishwasher and cat vomit. just afraid it would push me over the edge and i really don't want that!

have two front runners for names picked out. kinda leery on one since it's becoming more and more common. sad, since it's been one of our names forever. might still be. who knows. also stumbled across a variation of another increasingly common name that we kind of like. if you guys have any suggestions, we're totally open. so bombard us. i think that we're sticking with our middle names for the kid... so ryan for a boy and marie for a girl.

the baby banana {that's the size at 21 weeks} almost has a room. the closet is done. nick did a great job. and for cheap. thank you lowes. really like how it turned out. just found out the crib will be delivered in a few weeks. the room will be emptied out next weekend and the painting will begin. fun!

i have caved a bought a few clothes. i think two outfits. darn kohls and their half off sale a few weeks ago...

could not help myself with this cow one. i saw it online and had to have it. soooo cute! i even bought it a for like 6 mos i think. figured i would get tons of newbie stuff at the shower and if not, i can go on a shopping spree! really liked that it was unisex and not green, yellow, or orange!

then i found this one while i was in the store. so much for avoiding the yellow, green, and orange! the feet were just too cute! so i came home with these two outfits for like $15. go me!

k. enough. baby bean overload. and if you read the whole thing, i'm so proud!! ;o)


november byom.

design team stuff made with this month's bring your own memories kit. i believe there are a few left, so grab one while you can. honestly, the pictures don't do the kit justice!

quick page for my daily guru book:

page for my book of me. after creating the layout, i found out the picture was chosen to be published... so yay!

another for bom. i honestly have a serious hoodie obsession/addiction.

quick card. wanted to use my punch to make the scenic route chipboard. could be my favoritest quick card ever. ;o)

all scraps with this one.

really wanted to use the triangle piece. was harder than i expected. turned out alright tho....


off and running.

huge to do list for this weekend.
like i'm exhausted thinking about it.
and right now, i'm on break. i just cleaned the family room! have lots more little rooms and projects to tackle. hoping to pace myself and not overwhelm myself.
this christmas shopping has me thinking christmas cards... should put that on my list too.
-clean, clean, clean
-patch carpet {nick}
-pack scraproom {hoping nick helps}
-wrap gifts - maybe
-order baby shower invites
-get list of addresses for all invitees compiled
-christmas cards
-wrap christmas gifts
-get to good will to drop off bags from purged closet
-pipe insulation {nick}
-laundry {nick}, folding {shan}
-grocery shopping?
-cable jack into new study {nick}
-dinner or movies with the fam on saturday
-maybe rock band with lil bro. tonight
- bears vs. titans on sunday. hopefully, the bears don't lose too terribly.
hmmm, i think that's it. well, it's plenty regardless. oh and it didn't include blog updates, which i fully intend to do too!


christmas shopping....

can you believe christmas is only 48 days away?
i can't believe it.
nick and i started today and crossed three people off our list. woohoo!
now i have this insane urge to wrap them...
and yes, i'm crazy. i don't think i've ever started this early. well, maybe. but never had people completely done. kinda nice. maybe this should become a routine thing. i am so not a fan of crowds. however, i am a fan of procrastinating! ;o)


le tired.

yesterday kicked my bootay. getting up early to vote, staying up late to find out the results, two busy days at work. made for one tired shannon.
came home and napped since about 7. almost forgot to post. real good only five days into nablopomo!
the title is a flashback to this old cartoon. makes me laugh every time.


we did it.

here we are. at the butt crack of dawn. it's probably not that early now. maybe 7ish. us being dutiful citizens and voting. look at our red and blue scrubs. we're dorks. and no, they don't represent how we voted! and yes, people looked at us like we were crazy when i made nick take this picture!
waited a while. was way late to work. oh well.
can't wait to see how it turns out. either way. should be quite an interesting evening.
oh and my county/polling place was lame. no stickers or notes.
this is what i ended up with...
on the left you'll see the 'note' from my polling place. doubt i'll need it for work but hey, why not? the buttons were made at work. one of our receptionists heard i was angry that i didn't get a sticker so she wanted to make me one. the top right is her original verson. we then decided to look for a 'real' one online and then printed it on the color printer. we were even smart enough to laminate them. and by laminate them, i mean cover them in packing tape for protection. ;o)

happy election day!
oh and hopefully a non political post tomorrow....


must get up...

early tomorrow!!!
i start work at 730am. have to figure out if the lines for voting are going to be ridiculous. planning on getting there for 630ish and crossing my fingers that all goes quickly. thinking my breakfast will be mcdonalds. oh so healthy!
am all researched and ready. if you still need help on finding out who to vote for check out this site...
and who knew?! wishing our krispy kreme hadn't closed.



who knew?
gonna try. good thing i posted something yesterday. and since i'm posting this today, i'm going to postpone my first twenty weeks of pregnancy post. or maybe even break them up a bit to recap. crazy to think i'm halfway there.
anyone else gonna join in this challenge?


traffic was a nightmare.

so senator obama was in my area last night. pretty cool. pretty darn crowded. you can read about it here.
i got off of work around 3 and had to drive past the park. took me 15 minutes. normally would be a breeze. less than a minute. stoplights were shut down. lanes were blocked off. news trucks everywhere.
i cannot imagine cramming 40000 people to that park. and the parking. oy. the article comments on all of that.
cool nonetheless.
also cool to think that our county could be the swing factor in going red or blue. might be the first time since indiana votes democrat since lyndon johnson.
planning on leaving super early to vote tuesday. have already heard about ridiculous lines to vote early... hoping the day of goes a bit more quickly!


i did it.

-i uploaded pictures. have had some on my camera for over 3 months. that's serious. need to print some. also need to find the rebel. it's around here somewhere. been attached to the point and shoot for convenience.
-thinking i'm going to do a first twenty weeks in review, next week. so no belly pics. not that they are the greatest. i am sooo not photogenic.
-thinking about sharing the bloggie with the fam. undecided. thinking it might be the way to go for friends and family i might not see/talk to all the time. a way for them to check on us and the kidlet to be.
-remodeling starts tuesday. must remember to take before and after pictures of the downstairs. bought stuff for baby bean's closet. should be cool. love that nick wants to do house projects.
-found kick ass magnetic paint. knew there was chalkboard stuff out there. went to get that for a bookshelf for baby's room, stumbled across the magnetic primer. so a coat of that will be on the shelf as well.
-working out details of the shower. it's all booked. registries are almost complete. found invitations. just have to get the list of invites and figure out how many to order. meeting with the cake, ahem, cupcake lady this week.
-and now some pictures, since my blog has been a bit naked.... just something i found hilarious over the summer. so convenient to be missing those first letters. totally made me giggle.


it's official.

the bump is apparenty noticeable in my scrubs.
each of the past two days, i've had a patient ask me if i was...
1. growing something
2. going to be a mommy
not sure if it's how i'm standing or walking or positioning myself sometime throughout the day.
promise pictures soon.
i know i've said it before. but this week has kicked my ass. hard core. work is super busy and nick's sick. lots of rest and soup in our future... me thinks. ;o)


thanks kel...

here's my recipe...

The Recipe For shannon

3 parts Passion

2 parts Sensitivity

1 part Glamour

Splash of Nonconformity


i think the nonconformity and chug are so fitting. insert blushing smiley here.


meet sandwich and bubbles.

the first purchase we made for our baby bean.
got them at nick's mom's work when we were checking out cribs. dude, those suckers are pricey. just found out my parents are going to purchase baby's. so generous. so unexpected. we are so thankful. will share that stuff soon...
but back to bubbles and sandwich. they caught my eye. and they were on clearance.
our room is not going to have a theme. just bright and fun. or so i'm hoping.
so here they are...
they didn't have any others that were unisex. like the sock monkey one, but that's okay. i figure i'll add to my collection, ahem, baby's collection soon enough. ;o)



been a rough week. well, the first few days for sure. we did nothing over the weekend. i just needed some down time. felt like i had been so overwhelmed and so busy the last few weeks i needed to recouperate.
watched lots of movies:
iron man. awesomeness. didn't expect much. nick bought it on blu-ray. was quite entertaining. and robert downey jr. isn't bad to look at...
the love guru. lame. jt was the best damn part of the movie. he was hilarious. if you're a fan of his, the movie just may be worth watching.
sex and the city. sooo good. i so miss the tv show. makes me want to watch all of the seasons, again! don't want to ruin it for anyone who might want to see it but hasn't... the charlotte part. in mexico. hilarious.
21. pretty good. had a twist on the ending that i wasn't expecting. you know you expect the twist and there is one, but it's just a bit different that what you were anticipating. anywho. decent flick.
told nick i felt guilty because i thought it was nice to not have to worry about guinness. his overexcitement, his growliness. cried over that. he kindly reminded me that we didn't put him to sleep because he bothered us. but because he was a danger. bless him. my rock. really don't know what i would do without him.
the cats are enjoying his abscence. ate through a whole bag of treats one night. woke up to a nice mess of chewed bag pieces through out the house. nibbles even ate through the newly purchased loaf of bread. wrap and all. only took her like 2 minutes. nick went to answer the phone before putting away the groceries. maybe she's trying to get us ready for parenthood?
starting to freak out about this kidlet thing now that i don't have all the other distractions hanging over my/our head{s}.
been feeling better pregnancy wise i think. i know i still owe pictures. must work on that... i apologize. sleeping less. still napping now and then but it's much, much better. the nausea is pretty much gone. sure there are some mornings where i dispise the toothbrush. and had a bad incident with some vitamins the other night. i think it was monday. our normal routine is to eat dinner then chill and watch monday night football. well, i passed out. as usual. and nick stayed up playing some video game. he woke me up to go upstairs around 1am. normally it's 1030. i took the vitamins and hauled my half asleep self to bed. got my teeth brushed, changed, and all that other fun night time stuff. laid in bed and thought i would throw up right there. nick heard me doing the whole swallowing thing and freaked. couldn't figure out what i wasn't moving. um, because i couldn't! i think he actually yelled for me to get out of bed. was quite funny even as i felt so nauseated. he hauled his bootay into the other bathroom to grab the garbage can and i was able to make a mad dash to the toilet. learned my lesson. must have food more recently than 7 hours when taking vitamins. will not let that happen again!
work has been busy but good. a few of the patients now know my secret. they are so cute. don't think i can keep it a secret for much longer. all the eating comments, and the fact that my scrub jacket hardly buttons thanks to the girls and the belly! pictures... soon!
finally were able to share the news with my godparents. called their son in houston to share the news with him too. was a nice night. late. but good. have another date night with them this week.
as for the weekend.
just watched you don't mess with the zohan. better than i thought it would be.
might tackle the carpet this weekend or the garage. or the closets. have lots of options. nick is nesting. it's awesome. he's cleaned two cabinets and went on a kick throughout the house one night. soo funny. he denied it was nesting. but we all know the truth. ;o)


SO hard.

put guinness to sleep today. i NEVER thought, hoped, wished it would come to this. was hoping for a lifelong buddy when we got him last year. a forever family member.

i didn't go. i'm too much of a wimp. nick is there now. i'm in cleaning, cooking mode. anything to keep myself occupied. bless my husband for having the strength. he amazes me.

took him to the k9u yesterday. didn't get the best of news. this guy was the first one that actually confronted him and got him to be growly and mean. it lasted pretty much the whole time. he was worried about guinness hanging out in freak out mode for so long. told us he only really trusted him with us {since while i was crying, mr. guinnea came over to me and put his head on my lap}, but no one else. told us we could more than likely never leave him along with children. that he was just going to get worse the older her got and more than likely one day just snap. that we could try training but more than likely he was just wired wrong. didn't want to get our hopes up, spend tons of money, and just be where we are now.
so after a distraught ride home we came to the super, super hard decision to put him down. nick wanted to do it asap. thought it would be easier. not sit here and second guess ourselves. sooo hard. wish there was another way. we could have found some way to help him. cannot imagine him back at the pound, labeled as mr. aggressive and live in a kennell for who knows how long before they euthanise him.
hope we did the right thing. i mean, i know we did. but you know. it's just sooo sad. sooo hard.

happier baby updates soon. just doesn't seem fair now to try to be happy about other stuff when i'm missing my pup....


a dog-erang?

so guinness left. and now he's back. he hadn't been gone more than an hour-ish, and the guy called. bringing him back. apparently, he went to give guinnea a treat and he growled at him. so much for him being willing to work with him. maybe he didn't take us seriously. who knows.
so now he's here. helluva evening. i cannot handle this stress. we have our feelers out again. gonna take him to canine university in the meantime.... not sure what it'll do, but why not. we've tried everything, why stop now. and maybe we are his only hope, who the heck knows.

on the lemon bean news... have an appointment tomorrow. lots of questions to ask about lamaze, baby classes, and all that fun stuff. and my cleaning lady moved my pee cup! i thought i was going crazy. could NOT find it anywhere. stole something that might be an okay substitute from work... then i found it. man, i was totally blaming pregnancy brain!


a lemon.

that's the size of the baby bean this week. guess it's not a bean anymore, huh? but baby lemon just doesn't have the same ring!
towards the end of this week, i was napping less and feeling more oomph. hoping this keeps up and i feel like a human again... soon.
the appetite is so hit or miss. i'm either starving or nothing on the planet sounds remotely satisfying.
scrapped for the first time in ages. with a major time crunch. and got some stuff done! yay. hoping the return of energy = return of mojo.
made some terrrible recipes in the crock pot this week. won't bother sharing those artocities.
gonna start ripping up carpet soon. the remodel should hopefully be fast approaching. but all this means hemorrhaging money left and right too. the cutie pie hubs has contacted his old employer{cvs} and walgreens about picking up crazy shifts. wants to pay this stuff off now, and not be forced to work when the baby bean is here. makes sense. love that he is taking the initiative to provide for us. sigh, he's so cute. i've also tried to cancel subs to some of this scrap kits. haven't heard a response from either place. bit frustrating. i told them i would finish out however many months, just wanted to know where i stood, blah, blah, blah. nothing. funny, because i'm pretty sure if it was to sign up, i would have heard from them instantly. oh well, if it takes a while, there's always willowtraders for me to sell them on!

have news on the guinness front. sad but exciting. the guy from our training place couldn't find anyone, so we've been letting people know we're trying to give him away. my boss swears she wouldn't let me put him down and would take him, but i don't want to count on her. so we've been asking. were even going to put up signs at the dog training place and petsmart and the humane society.
today nick takes him on a walk and comes home to our lawn people doing their thing, and this young guy is like, 'that's a beautiful dog.' so nick asked if he wanted him. free of course, with all his belongings. the guy probably thought we were crazy. we told him all of his issues and he said he would go home and think it over. he has just moved out and had a two year old lab, but his mom kept the lab and he was really looking for a dog. fast forward a few hours later, it's the guy on the phone saying he'll take him on monday. eek, sooo fast. but maybe it's meant to be. it's not someone taking him because they have to or we'll put him to sleep. nick had a long talk with him, he's such a cute overprotected, worried dad! so like i said, i'm sad to see him go but think this is really a good thing. hoping i don't cry like a blubbering idiot until after he takes him on monday. it's going to be soooo weird without him. less smelling like dog. ;0) but so quiet. and i know that silence with be replaced with all kinds of other sounds in just a few short months... but i'm gonna miss my guinnea pig....


today's craving.

stupid pizza hut and their yummy, yummy breadsticks.
yesterday my coworker shared one with me. it's been all i can think about since. convinced nick to have pizza hut for dinner with me tonight. he was like, 'seriously? pizza hut?' erm, yeah. i'm weird. i cannot explain it but the thought of breadsticks and sauce just made me happy. ;o)

in other news, the tv is fixed. nick changed the setting of the bulb. now it should last 6,000 hours. not 2,000 hours.

and today someone who came to the office asked me if i was getting fatter. he's related to nick's doctor that is pregnant, so i was thinking she told him and he was just being silly. he swears he didn't know. my response was no, haven't i just wanted to be like your family member. he said, 'not you too!' hilarious. i guess this killer hunger that has consumed me the past two days is showing... i gained 4 pounds in the first trimester. hope my check up next week shows i've gained a wee bit more. nothing crazy or i'm gonna be sad!

nick got a new game for wii. wario land: shake it. it's like an old nintendo flashback super mario game. i'm hoping we enjoy it. looks cute so far. also ordered buzz for the ps3. i'm so gonna beat nick at that game. cannot wait. ;o)



nick and i aren't big tv watchers but lately, we've been watching more. so what happens tonight as we're watching our first ever episode of dancing with the stars? the darn bulb goes out in the tv. last time this happened, was around superbowl time. i'm to lazy to go back and find out the exact dates but dude, we don't watch that much tv! i don't think it's been three years. sigh.
i hope we can get it fixed soon! football sundays, greys, kim and kath, fringe... i think that's it. nick's video games. movies.
and it's not like it's our only tv. it's just the biggest one! ;o) and in the family room and the one without tivo. not that big of a deal, but we have the cheap tivo and can only record one thing at once. we're in the process of getting a high def recorder from directv but that's gonna take a few weeks...
k. whining over...
off to watch the rest of dwts with my magnifying glass. ;oP
have to say i'm not that impressed. fun to watch but not sure we'll keep it up.


looking back at week 13 and some sad stuff.

so i swear, i really do mean to post more than weekly. must add to weekly to do list. ha. it's good if i get dinner done and manage to fold some laundry. it's so sad how we're living out of laundry baskets!
the sad stuff first... we're getting rid of guinness. not sure how. if we can find someone to take him that would be awesome. if not. we're in a bit of a pickle. the humane society doesn't like aggressive dogs. and we can't lie and say he isn't and have something happen. ack. hoping it works itself out. we just can't have him and his unstableness around the kidlet. if it were just nick and i then we would manage, but we can't think that way any more. it's so sad. we cry almost every time we discuss it. i tell nick this means we do care and we are taking it seriously. he's sad. nick keeps commenting on how different our life will be without him. i keep reminding him our life is going to be so different for other reasons in just a few monhts. ;o)
might have something though this trainer we've been seeing as of late. fingers and toes crossed it works...
now on to the pregnancy stuff.
still having nausea in waves. naps are rare but i'm still way tired. noticed that i was getting a cold friday. hoping it was a fluke. woke up yesterday and not so much. sucked it up as we went out furniture looking for the baby bean. oy. decisions. oy. expenses! any tips on furniture that is needed/not needed, what you liked/didn't like is always welcome.
came home and tried to nap after having little snack. were supposed to meet nick's dad and girflriend for dinner. i think the phlegm that dripped all day into my stomach did not like the sound of outback. after clogging the sink, we stayed home. yeah, tmi. sorry. took a picture of me at 14 weeks. it's official as of today... i look drugged. this stinking cold. might have to try again later. or blur out my head...
watched a few movies this weekend.
baby mama. cute. probably would have liked it better if i wasn't so darn sick and i could laugh!
what happens in vegas. hilarious. loved it. nick did too.
what else. made some serious crock pot recipes this week.
reubens. yummy. i'm sure there are easier ways, but i love having everything ready whenever we get home. oh, the sauerkraut did stink up the house a bit.
mediterranean pot roast. tasty. had it plain. would probably be great on a bun with some feta cheese. sigh, i can't wait to have feta and bleu cheese again...
chunky chicken chili. great chicken chili. really hit the spot! a bit spicy but so good.
have a few more in line this week. will share if they're good. and if you have any favs, please feel free to share with me. ;o)


9 miles...

in one hour.
traffic because of the flooding is horrific. 80-94 is closed. it's a huge, huge road for the area. and it's impassable due to flooding. lots of north/south roads are closed too. we have like 3 alternatives. so all 372623 people are on three roads. makes for not nice driving. would be okay but some of the sneak attack side streets are flooded, so there really are no other ways. and then the fact that they are closing alternate routes because of the sheer amount of cars and traffic. yeah, close them and jam us on fewer roads. oy.
not sure when it's gonna stop. hasn't really receeded much in the two days since it's stopped raining. if you wanna see a picture. go to this website. scroll down a bit to where it says 80/94 borman express way. and there should be a little window that says kennedy. click there and viola. lots of agua.
thankful that i only have to deal with traffic and not the loss of my home or belongings. so i'm complaining... but not. ;o)
what did i do on my hour long car drive? took pictures with my trusty lil point and shoot. will have to upload some pics tonight... if i still have energy after the drive home. ha!


week in review. #12. and floods.

oy. i thought this nausea stuff was supposed to stop?! the fatigue is diminishing, yay! but the nausea... other plans i guess. now it's not just that green feeling, it's occassional gags. fun. mostly in the morning, which is good, or i would have a full stomach and probably do a lot more than heave. but today at work, {i'm cheating to wk 13}, i required an emergency stop in the bathroom for my first mid day emesis. sigh.
i guess it could be way, way worse. so, i'll try to stop complaining. ;o)
otherwise, doing okay. still fitting into my clothes. have a bit of a bulge. think i look more bloated than pregnant. have to take pictures... soon.
have no real food aversions. no major cravings to report this week either. however, i'm prefering potato chips over my usual breakfast of wheat toast with crunchy peanut butter and bananas.
were a little side tracked by some major, major flooding in my area. thankfully, we are okay. missed a lot of it. i have NEVER seen anything like this. roads are closed everywhere. parking lots are flooded. homes gone. they evacuated a nursing home just blocks away from my work and a local clinic is submerged in water. crazy.
had the flooring people out for a quote on getting more hardwood downstairs. even had the handy man come out to quote building a wall for us. hoping things will be quick and relatively painless. fingers crossed.


12 weeks.

today. ;o)
thought i should share my mia-ness with the blogworld.
nick and i found out we were expecting july 24. i wasn't expecting it so soon after stopping the pill. was a bit in denial when i was late, just chalked it up to the irregularity i had prior to the pill. nope, when i was unable to keep my eyes open after getting home from work, i thought something could be up!
decided it was time for a pregnancy test. wasn't sure how i was gonna tell nick. i didn't want to over excite him if i wasn't pregnant.
so he was washing dishes and i was standing behind him and kinda sorta mentioned that i might need to take a pregnancy test. i saw his reflection and the giant grin that spread across his face. told him to stop it. wasn't allowed until we had the results!
picked up the test and waited til i had to pee... didn't take long! nick took the dog out and i christened the stick. was thinking i had three minutes to collect myself but no. before i could even get the soap on my hands, the darn thing read pregnant! i freaked out. nick of course, was uber excited.
told my boss the next day. otherwise, the plan was for this to be top secret. called my ob/gyn whom i haven't been to pleased with but thought i was only going yearly so i would suck it up. well, not so much.
they weren't going to see me for weeks. i didn't necessarily want to see the doc. just to pee in a cup and get confirmation that the stick was correct. was in a bit of a quandry. so i decided to choose a new ob/gyn. was uber leery of one because of his affiliation with a local clinic. nick kindly reminded me that one of my doctors used to work at said clinic and i loved him. it has nothing to do with the politics of a clinic but the doctor. and three of his staff members highly recommended him. so i called on a friday. they told me i could pee in the cup on monday!! monday came and i was freaked. the office was super friendly. made me way more at ease. we all know the results... positive. time for a freak out again!
scheduled my appointment to see him the following thursday. came home with nick and jason followed us into the driveway. nick was dying to tell him. however, chris wasn't with him and i was in freak out mode. so no sharing. much to nick's disappointment.
friday morning my office threw a happy new greandparent's party for two of our doctor's. their daughter was pregnant with their first grandchild. i could not concentrate. woke up with some spotting. freaked me out. again, the word freaked. going to be my recurring theme for this pregnancy. i mean i was still not able to wrap my mind around this pregnancy thing but no way was i wanting to not be pregnant.
was sent home from work and sent to the doctor's office. the orders: bedrest. oy. ultrasound the following monday. i mean, i'm lazy, but bedrest is not my cup of tea. nor is being home thinking about what the spotting could possibly mean. especially, not me. the consumate worrier. nick was great. super supportive. had to tell his coworker. who was also super great. she called me immediately. used to be a labor and delivery nurse. had quite a few pregnancies of her own, not without complications. glad she called. made me feel better while we were talking. the the freak out resumed when we hung up!
the weekend would not be a lazy one for us. our nephew turned one. no way we could miss that party. and the fam has been hounding us for ages about a baby. so it was inevitable that the questions would be everywhere. i point blank lied. didn't want to take the attention away from the birthday boy nor did i want to share if i would just have to explain whatever happened especially if it was not good.
made it through the weekend. onto the first ultrasound. transvag, not fun. it was a long car ride and i couldn't make it home!! but i'm getting ahead of myself. the tech wouldn't tell us anything. surprise, surprise. she did let nick come in and see the little bean.
great pictures, eh? ;o)
after the ultrasound i decided to share with my coworkers. they deserved to know why i was ditching them. they were great. and i had to stop there because my bladder wouldn't have allowed me to make it home.
went out with nick's dad and his girflriend tuesday. shared the news. michelle, was hilarious. called dibs on shower games. you have to know her to understand!
found out thursday that i have a subchorionic hemorrhage. fun stuffs. since i had been spot free for 48 hours, i was free to go back to work. yay!
told nick's mom about the pregnancy friday. went with her to see dark night. she squealed. have it on flip. explained all the not so fun stuff. how it was top secret but thought we should share with immediately family.
saturday we shared with jay and chris. jay said he knew. nick was being 'funny' about getting together. had told chris ahead of time that he thought i was pregnant.
sunday we celebrated my mom's 60th. signed the card... nick, shan, and grandbaby to be. she was SHOCKED. it was great. then preceeded to share the deets. my grandma was here too, so she found out and was sworn to secrecy. my dad was his reserved self. my brother was the same way...
monday was work. wah and yay at the same time! i was living on ginger ale and saltines. and being super duper blechy.
work went well. i was exhausted by the time i got home. would sleep for a few hours, the nick would wake me up to eat, and then i would go back to bed. he would watch the olympics while i slept and once they were over, would wake me again and make me go to bed. where i slept until morning. was insane how tired i was. and the nausea would come and go. wasn't sure if it was related to those prenatal vitamins or what. heard rumors that i need to take a b6 supplement. you think i would have ran out and picked those suckers up. nope, i procrastinated. which is what i do!
i believe the next few weeks were uneventful. shared the news with a few more individuals. who were sworn to secrecy. had a repeat ultrasound schedule for the 21st. (my lil bro's birthday) really hoping nothing would be wrong. how could i share on that day? thankfully, we didn't get too much info. left work early. my coworkers got a kick out of watching me drink 8 million bottles of water for the prep. not fun. grateful that this one was scheduled just minutes from my house. the tech was wonderful. let nick come in after the hard part and shared with him live images. he was sooo cute. still feeling like a bad mom since he's more excited than i am....
amazing how much the little bean changed in two weeks, isn't it?!
went to dinner with the family, shared with my aunt and my bro's friend. my dad was excited because he was the one to share with my aunt. then proceeded to ask when he could touch my belly. ha. dude, maybe where there's a bulge there that's baby, not fat. ;oD
convinced nick i needed to head to victoria's secret. the girls are just not containable. the lady measured me and i made her do it again. no way the girls were what she said. yup. the girls are out of control. 34c to 34dd. what?! this pace cannot keep up the next few months. no way.
still exhausted and sleeping constantly. nick comments about he thought pregnant people were supposed to be bitchy and moody. um, hello. maybe if i was awake and able to have conversations with you, i would be a moody bitch!
had some spotting the friday/saturday before labor day. didn't call the doctor like the bad nurse i am. told nick. we agreed on bedrest and let's wait and see. the spotting is strange. not real spotting. just a tinge with wiping. if it's tmi, i apologize. i suck at journaling. my girlfriend gave me a book. i haven't kept up. this thing called fatigue is kicking my ass. so i'm hoping i can track a lot on here...
told my coworkers. felt i had to since i was the boss this week. if something happened they needed to have advance warning. nothing since saturday. which was good. spent the weekend in michigan with nick's dad, her girlfriend, her daughter, and her friend. was a nervous nelly. didn't share with them. don't think i could handle the constant asking or curious glances. so i lounged while nick and guinness were active. had a great time. played lots of games. fun stuff.
came home and slept. woke up to nick watching sponge bob? what?! he has had it on every night since then. sigh.
had my follow up at the ob on thursday. met his nurse practictioner. love her. was super reassuring about the spotting. said the hemorrhage is like a bruise. might have that for some time since my body will try to get rid of it/absorb it. made me promise not to worry. yelled at me for not sharing with everyone! heard the heartbeat. nick again was super excited. me = freaked again!! was told everything on the ultrasound looked good. the hemorrhage was shrinking. baby was good sized. heartbeat 170. no more abnormal visits. get to see them in one month. next ultrasound would be when normal people have their first... at twenty weeks.
felt super sick at work on friday. just tired and nauseated. not fun. really ready to come home and sleep. which i did. oh and i have switched to taking my vitamins at night and added a b6. made me feel tons better.
ran some errands yesterday. decided that nick to be as freaked out as i am. so i took him to babies r us! ha. it was hilarious. his comment was something along the lines of, 'i didn't realize there was all this stuff.' yeah, welcome to freakout land dude. so we picked up some books. the baby gizmo buying guide is currently our favorite.
spent yesterday with nick's mom side of the family. shared the news with them. well, his mom did. it was funny. she didn't mean to. walked in on a conversation about how her grandson calls her gigi and that our kid would have to call her that too, so she assumed they knew. it was cute.
hung out and played games. had a nice dinner. good times.
now we're enjoying football!!! woohoo. so excited for regular season. hoping those bears can do better this season. fingers crossed for kyle orton. go purdue. didn't realize when nick signed up for a volleyball league that it was sunday nights. well, he told me but it didn't click that we would miss football. that's how braindead i've been. looking forward to the colts/bears game tonight. can't wait to see the new stadium. nick's aunt and uncle are going to be at the game. so jealous. hope they have a great time.
k. i think that's plenty for longest post every. if you made it this far... thanks. you should win a prize. maybe one of these days i'll actually finish posting vacation stuff.
oh and if you have any tips/hints/suggestions for bringing up baby, bring em on! ;o)
oh and if you are curious as to if we're going to find out what the bean is... nope. it's gonna be a surprise. so unisex room ideas are welcome too.