Wish List Wednesday

Usborne books are all great, but my favorite are the That's Not My... series. Every page says, "That's not my...." and lists a characteristic of the picture. The end of the books then say "That's my ...." and has a key characteristic of the item. Every page is also touchy feely. Usborne has private dealers of their items, but you can still find the books on Amazon.

A while back I went on a kick to buy plush dolls that go with classic children's books. This website is great for finding them, or Amazon is good too. There are plushes from Where the Wild Things Are, Corduroy, Paddington Bear, and Eric Carle books.

35 week doctor appointment

Picture: Nursery closet so far.

We had another doctor appointment today. I had two main questions for the doctor before coming in 1) the baby's movement had been slowing down and I wondered if it was normal and wanted to make sure the heartbeat and everything was okay. This was answered right away when she measured the heartbeat in the 140s/150s. She also confirmed that movement does slow since there is decreased room to move. Before I went to the doctor I also quickly Googled baby movement during week 35 and most people agreed that if the movement decreases a lot to call the doctor because the baby may be in distress. I had been doing fetal kick counts, which turned out okay so I didn't call the doctor. The baby should kick at least 10 times within an hour.

Question 2) was if the baby was head down or breech or transverse. The doctor automatically checked to see if she could feel where he was. She said she thought he was head down, but couldn't be sure so we went across the hall to do a quick ultrasound. She confirmed that he is indeed head down and commented that he was pretty low in my pelvis too.

I'm happy to know now that he's head down, doing well, and ready to go. Our appointments are weekly now, so I'll have another update next Monday.

Week 35

Week 34 baby bump

Your baby’s arms and legs are looking fuller and more rounded as more fat is deposited under the surface of the skin. Fat deposits increase from about 2 percent at midpregnancy to 12–15 percent at term. In a week or so, the subcutaneous fat will make up about 8 percent of your baby’s body weight.

How far along? 35 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 20 pounds.
Maternity clothes? Yes
Stretch marks? I don't wanna talk about it... I have just a few. I thought I was gonna get by without getting any, but no such luck.
Sleep: I think I'm being prepared for after the baby comes...
Best moment this week: 35/35!
Movement: Starting to slow down a bit.
Food cravings: None
Gender: BOY!!
Labor Signs: None
Belly Button in or out? In
What I miss: Being comfortable.
What I am looking forward to: The crib being here and my 2nd baby shower.
Weekly Wisdom: It goes by faster than you think. Order your crib first thing as soon as you find out you're pregnant.
Milestones: Only 5 weeks left!! 35/35- 35 weeks and 35 days left- a big deal in baby world.

Cute leather jacket we found at Babies R Us:

Crib Order Mess and Randomness a day late

Friday's post is a day late again due to taking a trip to Wichita to figure out the crib situation. We ordered our crib in May from a baby furniture store in Wichita. Now it's the end of September and we still don't have the crib. The stupid manufacturer sucks. Do not buy from Babies Dream/ Cocoon, no matter what their rating is in Baby Bargains. There seems to be no way that we could get the crib we ordered (which we paid $500 for) in time for the baby, so the store gave us a great deal. We could order one that looked pretty much the same from a different company (Munire) to replace the one we ordered. Also, the store does loaner cribs any time a baby arrives before a crib that you have on order with them. So, if the baby comes early, they'll still have a place to sleep.

So, we went to the store last night after work and looked at what our options were. There were 2 cribs that we could directly replace ours with. They looked pretty much the same and actually cost more than what we paid for our original crib. Munire also has a great rating and reviews from Baby Bargains and online. They use solid Mohagany in their furniture too.

As we're looking at the two cribs, we see another crib that's the same company, way fancier, and costs the same as our two options. We asked the owner if that crib could be an option too. He said yes, because it's the same price as the other two options, the only problem was that that fancier crib would take longer to come than the others. We debated it for awhile and decided to go with the fancier crib. I actually remember liking this crib a lot when we first looked at cribs to buy, but put it out of my mind because it was out of our price range. It should be the middle of October now, when the crib comes.

This whole thing was such a mess. Babies Dream/Cocoon is worthless. Do not buy from them if you want a crib before the baby is like 2 months old. Now I'm happy, though, because we're getting a fancier, more expensive crib for less money and it should be here soon.

Here is a picture of the crib we ordered. Munire Bristol in Cherry


While we were in Wichita we of course stopped by Babies R Us and bought some super cute clothes again. We've realized that we don't have very many 0-3 month clothes, so we need to have some smaller clothes soon or he'll have to go naked for those first couple months. :)


The baby shower has been set for October 11th at my parents house. I can't wait!


Random 10 Tunes

1. Life Wasted- Pearl Jam
2. All or Nothing- Theory of Deadman
3. I Believe in a Thing Called Love- The Darkness
4. Fighters- Lupe Fiasco feat. Matthew Santos
5. Rock On- David Essex
6. White Wedding- Billy Idol
7. Killa- Cherish
8. Touch My Body- Mariah Carey
9. Round Here- Counting Crows
10. Helluva Day- Webbz

Random Picture: More baby toys from my brother, Kyle.

Wish List Wednesday

Even though we're just hanging up painted letters of Remington's name, here is a cute idea for hanging the baby's name above the crib or anywhere in a kid's room. From an Etsy seller.

Here is a teddy bear that when warmed in the microwave smells like chocolate. It's from a company called Sonoma Lavender Shop. They also have other scents for stuffed animals.

I love classic children's books (and all books for that matter) and Scholastic has a treasury of 50 storybooks on video that I would love to go along with those books. Some featured stories are: Harold and the Purple Crayon, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly, Corduroy, Is Your Mama A Llama?, and Good Night Gorilla.

Baby Movement

Here's a video of my stomach as Remington kicks me at 34 weeks. (Watch the left side.) It's kind of weird to watch, but for those interested... He was pretty active when I took the video, but sometimes you can see a whole lot more movement when he rolls around. Don't pay attention to the sound, it's just the TV in the background.

Week 34

Week 33 baby bump

Your unborn baby's muscles are maturing along with the rest of his body. He can hold his head up and turn it from side to side. He'll practice his newfound muscle tone by stretching out his arms and kicking his legs.
If you are indeed having a boy, the testes have descended into their proper place. Your baby's eyes are now open when awake, and closed when sleeping. Most of the lanugo is gone and replaced with a thick coat of vernix.
This week your baby is about 12.8 inches (crown to rump) and weighs nearly five pounds.

How far along? 34 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 19 pounds.
Maternity clothes? Yes
Stretch marks? No
Sleep: Really hard to get comfortable now.
Best moment this week: Going to childbirth classes. It makes it seem more real and makes you realize it's coming up really soon.
Movement: All the time. You can see him roll and kick me. He's most active around lunch time.
Food cravings: None
Gender: BOY!!
Labor Signs: None
Belly Button in or out? In, but it's becoming flatter and I'm not happy about it.
What I miss: Being able to be comfortable.
What I am looking forward to: The crib being here and my 2nd baby shower.
Weekly Wisdom: Tour your hospital's labor and delivery department so you know what to expect.
Milestones: Only 6 weeks left!

I bought this cute onesie from my wishlist from Etsy. I can't wait to dress him in it.

Childbirth Class

Picture: Medal from my brother, Kyle. St. Gerard- patron saint of expectant mothers.

Today we spent the whole day (8:30am to 4:00pm) at childbirth class at the hospital. It wasn't as boring as I thought it was going to be, but it wasn't exciting either. At least we didn't do any breathing type things. There were 3 other couples there who seemed around our age and one mother/ daughter couple. I was excited to meet one couple who shared our due date and were also expecting a boy. Maybe we'll see them in 6 weeks. We learned about the stages of labor, what would cause a C section, car seat safety, a little bit of newborn care, feeding, and anesthesia methods. I really enjoyed listening to the anesthesiologist talk about what he would do when giving an epidural. The hospital uses a drug that works very well, so I don't have to worry about when to get the epidural and if it might wear off before labor is over and all that. Most everything else talked about in class I already read or heard about somewhere else. I also enjoyed taking a tour of the labor and delivery department. The hospital is small enough that all the rooms are private and the baby stays in your room with you for the most part (unless, of course, there are problems or they need to check the baby for something). If they have to do a C section, they just wheel you across the hall to a surgery room and not clear down to a different area of the hospital. They also seem very open to breastfeeding moms and even encourage it.

I'm excited for when we get to head there to great our baby, I'll probably end up being one of those people that are in labor for 36 hours and are pushing for 2 hours. I don't care how long we have to wait for him, I just want him to be here. Though not too soon, wait until your due date baby. :)

Random 10 Friday

We took the puppies to the vet today for their first shots. They did really well, all healthy, and not one of them peed or pooped on the floor! They're now ready to be sold.


Tomorrow we get to spend all day at childbirth classes, I'll post about how it goes tomorrow night.


I've gotten my first two stranger comments about being pregnant this week. The first was yesterday by a middle school student that I didn't know. She just asked if I was pregnant and if it was a boy or girl. Then the second was today from the vet receptionist. At least I must look pregnant now and not just fat...


Random 10 Tunes:

1. When Girls Telephone Boys- The Deftones
2. Me Myself and I- Akon
3. Every Move I Make- Out of Eden (?)
4. Little Drummer Boy- Bing Crosby and David Bowie (an awesome Christmas song)
5. Santa Claus and His Old Lady- Cheech and Chong (Why these Christmas songs?)
6. Undercover of the Night- Rolling Stones
7. That's the Way- Led Zeppelin
8. Unstable- Adema
9. Not Fade Away- Rolling Stones
10. Everything is Broken- Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band

Random Picture: Landon and a puppy.

Wish List Wednesday

All day today the baby must be moving down or something because it seriously hurts to walk at times, which is a pain when you're walking around a school getting students to come to therapy. There is a crazy pressure on and between my hips, and it's not fun at all. Pick a different position boy. By the way, Landon has taken to calling the baby "the boy." Don't worry, he's just joking around, but with the things we sometimes talk about doing when he's older, I sure feel sorry for him. He'll grow up thinking his parents are crazy people... Anyway, now to the finds:

I'm not having twins, but think it would be awesome if we did. Here are cute matching outfits for twins that I found here.

Play food is usually made of plastic, but here is some I found made from wood. Very cute.

We're also not having a girl, but if we were I would definitely buy her these adorable shoes from a Etsy shop called JaylieBeans.

There's only more pain to come.

Yesterday, Landon and I took a trip to the State Fair. We were only there about 3 hours and I was exhausted. My legs hurt so bad and my hips were killing me. Landon was caring (ha) and made sure to comment on how I waddled back to the car.

Today was another doctors appointment. I'm measuring right on track and the baby's heartbeat is strong. I also lost 4 pounds from the last doctor visit- so weird. The doctor hasn't mentioned anything about that though. I also got to get a fun flu shot. The doctor said we would then have to stop over at the hospital to get a Rhogam shot, which I should've had at 28 weeks, oh well. By the way, the Rhogam shot is because I have O negative blood and the baby may have positive blood. Rh sensitization is more concerning with kids after your first, but they still do Rhogam shots. When a mother has Rh negative blood, the blood might start fighting the baby's blood if the baby is Rh positive. That's a simple explanation.

We walked over to the hospital and sat at admissions for a while. At least now I'm in the computer so I don't have to go through that while in labor. Then they sent me back to the lab to have blood drawn. They have to test it for something before the shot. The lab was busy with emergency stuff so we went home for a couple hours before getting a shot. By this time it was 5:00pm (Our doctor's appointment was 4:30). We get a call to go back for the shot at 8:00pm. They took us to labor and delivery where a nurse checked my vitals and prepared the shot. At first it had a huge needle, which I didn't see, but Landon said, "you could fit pills through it". She got a smaller needle and shot me in the back of my hip. Ouch! That was the most painful shot I've had in a long time. I'm not afraid of needles at all, but yikes! It hurt the entire time she pushed the medicine in and after. Then we had to wait there for 30 minutes to monitor for an allergic reaction. Nothing happened, so we were free to go. What a night.

Week 33

Week 32 baby bump

Month 8 fruit: Honeydew melon
Baby’s senses are continuing to improve -- when light peeks in through your (extremely) stretched belly, those tiny eyelids and irises blink and dilate. And, baby can now recognize and react to simple songs… time to start practicing your lullabies! Growth (at least inside your womb) is starting to slow, and you may notice baby descend into your pelvis at the end of this month.

This week your baby weighs a little over 4 pounds (heft a pineapple) and has passed the 17-inch mark. He's rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and his skeleton is hardening. The bones in his skull aren't fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for him to fit through the birth canal. (The pressure on the head during birth is so intense that many babies are born with a conehead-like appearance.) These bones don't entirely fuse until early adulthood, so they can grow as his brain and other tissue expands during infancy and childhood.

How far along? 33 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 18 pounds.
Maternity clothes? Yes
Stretch marks? No
Sleep: Have to get up to pee at least once a night.
Best moment this week: Having my first baby shower from the ladies at work.
Movement: He's been fighting with my right side recently.
Food cravings: Tacos, weird.
Gender: BOY!!
Labor Signs: None
Belly Button in or out? In, but I had to take out my belly button ring.
What I miss: Being able to sit in one place and be comfortable and then being able to stand up without major pressure in my hips and lower stomach area.
What I am looking forward to: The crib being here and my 2nd baby shower in two weeks.
Weekly Wisdom: Savor these last couple weeks.
Milestones: 4 weeks 'til I'm full term. If he was born now, he'd have a 90% chance of survival.

Random 10 Friday

I'm so glad this was a short week with Labor day on Monday. I'm so tired. Today is also September 11th. Here's what I remember about doing during the attacks:

I was a senior in high school at the time. The state fair was beginning and all the kids in band were on there way there to play. I wasn't in band so we just went to regular classes. My first class of the day was normal, then I went to my second class- senior English. A few students who had just gotten out of current events class mentioned something about a plane crash, but no more was mentioned. At that time people still thought it was an accident. Then my next class was American Government. The teacher was watching the events on TV. We watched as the first tower was reported as fallen. Then we watched the second tower fall. The teacher was freaking out. Then next couple of classes all we did was watch what was happening on TV. I remember being worried that it was the start of WWIII- which was scary. At one point we watched reports of people celebrating the attacks and we were all appalled. When school was over, I went home and my family made sure to watch the continuing coverage and then the news on BBC to see what the world's reaction was. It was quite the day, and even 8 years later I remember it in great detail. It was my generation's Pearl Harbor.


Random 10 Friday Tunes:

1. No Air- Jordin Sparks
2. 'Til the Dawn- Drew Sidora (Step Up soundtrack)
3. Fine Again- Seether
4. Sky- Ra
5. Jeremy- Pearl Jam
6. Any Other Way- Theory of a Deadman
7. Show Me The Money- Petey Pablo
8. What's the Frequency, Kenneth?- REM
9. Pardon Me- Incubus
10. Immigrant Song- Led Zeppelin

Random picture: Gifts from the work baby shower.

Wish List Wednesday

I'm going to start something new for a blog every Wednesday. Lately, when I'm bored or whatever I peruse the internet for baby items and add them to wish lists (like Amazon, etc.) These Wednesday posts will feature finds that I want to point out as interesting, cool, or just plain awesome! :) So, here goes post #1.

Here is a cute onesie that I plan to buy for Remington. It's from Etsy and you can find the seller here. They have sizes ranging from 0-24 months.

Here are cute booties for Christmas. I found it on Amazon here.
There is also a matching onesie. I like the pirate set from the same store too.

Week 32

Week 31 baby bump.

Your baby sleeps approximately 90 to 95 percent of the day now. His skin has become thicker and he continues to become more of a pinkish color. Your baby's movements will peak this week. From now on they will change in quantity and quality. Most of the wrinkles are disappearing from your baby's face, and there may be a lot of hair on his head. The weight gain has been fairly incredible recently. Your baby is now almost 4 pounds and is 17 inches long.

How far along? 32 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 18 pounds.
Maternity clothes? Yes
Stretch marks? No
Sleep: Ugh, I need more of it.
Best moment this week: I don't know, this week's been miserable with acid reflux (which I never had before being pregnant)
Movement: He kicks and moves around enough to easily see my belly move. Sometimes you can feel him roll.
Food cravings: Mexican food and popcicles- not together though, ew.
Gender: BOY!!
Labor Signs: None
Belly Button in or out? In, but I'm afraid I'm going to have to take out my belly button ring soon, even though it's a pregnancy one.
What I miss: Being able to bend, sit straight, shave my legs without feeling like I was in danger of falling over, not having acid reflux, and not taking a million pills.
What I am looking forward to: When the crib arrives and when I can finally hold him. Come soon, but only sometime in October- wait at least one more month.
Weekly Wisdom: Enjoy the more comfortable 2nd trimester, it'll be gone before you know it, and then things become unfun.
Milestones: 2 months left!!!!!

Randomness a day late

Yesterday we spent the day getting a new refrigerator since our old one died, so I didn't post this then. Work has also been keeping me busy. I have students back to back everyday with no down time. That on top of being 7 months pregnant is crazy at times.

Random 10 Tunes:
1. Day N Night- Kid Cudi
2. Shuo Ai Ni- Jolin Tsai
3. Street Fighting Man- Rolling Stones
4. Into the Night- Santana feat. Chad Kroeger
5. We're Not Gonna Take It- Twisted Sister
6. In The Mood- Robert Plant
7. So What- Pink
8. Laundry Girl- Ludo
9. Rock Me- Great White
10. Peggy Sue- Buddy Holly

Random Pictures: Baby toys bought by future uncle Kyle (my brother).

Cute stuffed animal that smells like cinnamon from future aunt Stacy (my sister).