October 2009

I am officially 17 weeks!  I can’t believe how quickly the time is flying by.  I mean, we are just about halfway done and soon we are going to have a kid.  A KID!!!  Some other little human being will be a part of our lives.  I can’t wait to meet this person, but how crazy is that?! 

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So far, I have had a fairly easy pregnancy (thank you, Jebediah. Mommy appreciates that!)  My first trimester was just being nausous and tired–no throwing up–and bouts of “eating us out of house and home” (according to Grant) and not being able to eat at all.  Now that I’m in the second trimester, which all the books say is usually the best because your energy is back up, you don’t have any morning sickness, your sex drive goes into overdrive, your appetite goes back to normal, and it’s the time you really get to enjoy your pregnancy before you start feeling and looking huge.  My second trimester so far includes some of the above.  I feel like I shouldn’t complain about my pregnancy, since I’ve been wanting to experience this my whole life, and really, it’s gone so well–I feel very blessed.  BUT there are things about pregnancy you don’t read about or hear about until you’ve experienced them yourself.  This revelation begins my new segment about pregnancy “side effects.”  Being pregnant is your diagnosis and the side effects are all the little things that you experience along the way.  Morning sickness, for example, is a side effect of being pregnant.  Let’s begin, shall we?

A new side effect that started about 3 weeks ago for me and hasn’t stopped: The stuffy/runny nose.  Apparently, this starts around the 4th month because your mucous membranes are on hyper-production for the baby (I think to keep your juices flowing and keep your risk of infections and sickness down).  As beneficial as this sounds, it’s so annoying.  I’m constantly blowing my nose and have been having trouble sleeping because either one nostril is completely plugged, or they are both slightly plugged and when I try to breathe out of my nose, it’s noisy and makes a whistling sound.  Ugh!  Tell me: If you can sleep while breathing through your mouth, please give me tips on how I can accomplish this because I never can.  And yesterday, I noticed my left nostril is now bigger than my right.  What the ?!?!  I already have acne like a teenager (yet another side effect I never heard of) and now I have to have one big nostril?  Jebediah, let’s irradicate these problems, shall we?  Help me out here…we were off to such a nice start….

Amber and Tuesday made it safely (and on time!) to Vermont last week!  We had such a great time together, but of course, the time flew by way too fast.  I have to admit, I was worried our house was too cold for little Tuesday (and by little, I mean LITTLE…that baby is TINY!!!). Yes, we had the heat on, but still… and it was only in the 40s when they were here. Brrr. Amber found these cute little hats for Tuesday to sleep in to help keep her warm. With it tied under her chin, we both did the “I think it’s ok” test: ie–pulling and yanking on the back to see if it would come off in the middle of the night and possibly strangle the little one.  Passed with flying colors! And she kept it on part of the next morning!

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Later that day, we went to lunch and Amber helped me pick out some cute maternity clothes at Old Navy.  I have been hesitant to buy maternity clothes, even though I need a few key items very badly (pants, pants, bra, pants, shirts, pants). I was afraid of not finding anything cute, but Old Navy had a good selection!  And what did I buy? Shirts! And only one pair of pants. Let me tell you, yoga pants = comfy!!! We also went to the Hallmark store to try to find a baby book for Tuesday. Luckily we found one and had just enough time to stop at the food court to scarf down food before the mall closed.  What?! It’s 9:00 already?!  Where did the day go?

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The next day we made a trip to Montpelier to check out some of the famous Vermont foliage.  Except, we came across 2 problems: 1) we missed the Montpelier exit by about 10 miles because we were too busy talking.  Oops! “Wait, next exit 13 miles?! I think we’ve gone too far!” 2) We were about a week too late for the foliage; most of the leaves had already fallen off the trees! But we did arrive just in time for their cute little Saturday Market.  We took a quick look around and then got down to business: LUNCH! Side note: since being pregnant, where my next meal is coming from is pretty much always on my mind…

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Amber and Tuesday at the yarn stand (of course!)

Later that day, the Lloyd’s came over to watch the Notre Dame/USC football game and Jada and Tuesday had a chance to finally meet!  Actually, I should say, Amber and Julie had a chance to finally meet!  It was fun.

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Then on Sunday, we went for a walk on the bike path, which runs along Lake Champlain.  It was chilly out, but the sun was shining so it wasn’t too bad. Amber took a lot of pictures of both Tuesday, me, and the foliage (that was still on the trees!). We made it about 2 miles to the park at North Beach before turning around to go back. 4 miles total? Not bad!

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Poor Tuesday was also teething, with her two bottom ones popping through while they were here!  She loved chewing on this part of her stroller. When she wasn’t people watching or sleeping, we could find her easing the pain of her teeth and gums on this (even though she has countless teething toys, I think this is her favorite). 

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In between our trips out shopping, going to lunch, walks and everything else, we spent some quality time on the couch watching tv and chatting away, like we used to high school. I love, love, love that when we get together, it’s as if no time has passed since we last hung out, even though we average seeing each other twice a year, I think. Yes, our lives have changed, there are other people a part of us (Grant, Bj, Tuesday, soon Jebediah), but when we’re together, it’s as if time has stopped and we pick up right where we last left off. I think that is my favorite thing about our friendship (Oh, and the fact that if given the chance, we would sit on the couch and watch tv and eat snacks all day!)  Selfishly, I loved that when Amber mentioned my name, Tuesday would look at me, knowing who her mom was talking about.  I loved seeing them both, seeing how fast Tuesday has grown and how beautiful she is, and seeing Amber take on the tough (but rewarding) job of being a mom, and seeing how natural it is for her and I admire how good at it she is.  And of course it was tough saying goodbye on Monday  😦   Let’s just say, everyone else going through security must have known we don’t get to see each other that often. Once Amber started to cry, it was all over for me!  I have a great mental picture of it: me and Amber sobbing like kids, and Tuesday, with the biggest, toothless grin on her face (that little turd!).  Maybe she was trying to give us a reason to smile.  I admit, it worked–it didn’t make us stop crying, but it did make us laugh.  Man, time flies when you’re having fun, especially with a great friend!  See you again soon Amber and Tuesday!!

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p.s. I need one of those hats for my baby!!

Today is the day!  Amber arrives this evening, and I cannot wait to see what the long weekend has in store for us!  I might have to wait until the end of her trip to post anything (stories, pictures, etc) because I’m sure we’ll be too busy catching up, carrying on endless chatter (sorry in advance, Grant), eating, taking walks, sight-seeing, and lounging around in front of the tv.  You know, good, quality Amber-Ceara time.


Go ahead and call me a tool, but I am very excited for tonight’s episode of The Office–Jim and Pam get married!!  We’ve all been pulling for them since the beginning of the show and it’s finally happening.  Definitely going to hit the “save” button for this episode.

And it’s only 7 days until Amber and Tuesday make their appearance!!!  We both can’t wait to see each other and hang out.  I can tell you right now, it’s going to be a great visit!


Amber and Tuesday can’t wait!!

Saturday was a great day!  I spent the day doing a little bit of laundry, scrubbing the bathtub (to the point of taking off some of the cocking—oops! Sorry, again, Grant), cooking and baking.  My first attempt at Corn Chowder (Thank you, Paula Dean!) With adding a few extra ingredients the recipe didn’t call for–skim milk, bacon and potatoes (how can you make corn chowder without these?!), and omitting one other (who needs 2–yes TWO!–sticks of butter AND cream?) out came this oh-so delicious soup that I had for lunch that day, and have enough to bring to work for lunch a few days this week!

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Yum!  Then, I also made an apple pie for the first time in my life.  And, oooooh did it turn out good!  It was a lot easier than I had imagined it would be in my head.  The tedious part is cutting the apples up, but when you’re sitting at the dining room table with “9 to 5”  on (you know, the movie with Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, and Lilly Tomlin), it makes it a bit more fun. The only thing I was missing in the end was vanilla ice cream to go with it!  Next time.  And yes, there will be a next time!

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For dinner, I made loaded baked potato soup (I think that’s what it’s called).  I randomly found this recipe on foodnetwork.com and it sounded so good I had to try it.  All you have to do is cook some bacon (mmmm, bacon) and drain all but 1 tablespoon of the drippings.  Set the bacon aside.  In the drippings you cook onion and garlic, add 1 russet potato and 2 red potatoes, red wine vinegar and 8 cups of chicken broth.  Let that cook until the potatoes are tender and it’s basically done.  To “load it up” you can scoop some soup into a oven safe bowl, top with a slice of bread, cheddar cheese and crumble up some of your cooked bacon on top of that, slide it in the oven for 5 min or so, then top with sour cream right before serving.  I made Grant’s bowl without the bread because it does get soggy sitting in the soup while in the oven.  So next time, I will just top the soup with the cheese and bacon and put it in the oven, then serve the bread separately on the side, strictly for dunking.  In the end, it really doesn’t look like much, but it is so good.  Grant loved it and said he could eat it over and over again.  Note to self: I think we’ve found another good soup to make this winter!  It was so easy to make, if you want the exact recipe let me know and I will email it to you.  At the end of the day, I was tired, but felt very accomplished.  Grant was very thankful for all of my cooking and said I was doing a good job at “being motherly.”  Lol, so cute.  Thanks, Grant.

Being motherly? Maybe.  Nesting? Possibly.  Me, pregnant?  Definitely!!

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Yup!  Our little one is due April 6th and I’m starting my second trimester, so we’re finally telling people.  We even kept the news from our families (moms and dads included) for 12 weeks!!!  The hardest, but most wonderful secret I’ve ever had to keep.

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This ultrasound was done at 12 weeks (sorry it’s blurry, but I had to take a picture of the picture because our scanner is not working).  Yes, I’m feeling good now.  Had you asked me about a month ago, I would’ve said I was tired and nauseous all the time.  No, we are not finding out the sex of the baby–there are so few surprises in life anymore!  Plus, I’ve heard stories of people getting told by their doctors they were having one thing then the baby was born the other.  We are so excited for this next chapter of our lives and couldn’t be happier. This was a reason I wasn’t posting as much in the last few months because really, this was the only thing on my mind… so prepare for more pregnancy blogs!

Exactly 2 weeks from today, Amber comes to visit!!  Yeah!!  I’m so excited to see her again.  10 months in between visits is just too long!  This weekend, I’ll start getting the guest room prepped and the baby stuff I’m borrowing from a co-worker washed so everything is set to go.  I say this now, but wait until it’s 24 hrs before they land and I’m scrambling to get things finished…. that always happens to me, but I’m going to do my best to avoid that situation this time!  Can’t wait to see you, Amber!