And the weeks keep flying by! Everyone keeps asking if I’m at the point where I just want him out. While obviously, yes, I would love to meet the little guy face to face – I can’t say I’m to the point where I’m “so over” pregnancy and just want my body back. I mean, yea, I really miss being able to roll over in bed without feeling like I’m making a 5-point turn and I’m really getting to the point where my “business casual” clothes options for work are at a minimum. But, time keeps going so fast for me and I still feel like I have so much to do, that I can’t really say I’m ready for it to be over. Which it’s definitely good that I’ve enjoyed pregnancy, since I hope to be able to do it again. But never-the-less the hospital bag is finally packed and his clothes are washed. I wish I could say, “and the house is sparking clean,” however my nesting went a little too far when I decided to schedule someone to come in this week to rip up our carpet and redo the hardwood floors in the living room and hallways. So currently our kitchen looks like this:
And the nursery looks like this:
Therefore Parker really needs to ignore the light at the end of the tunnel and stay put for a couple more days until we can move the furniture back (and by “we” I mean Eric and his dad, don’t worry).
Now for this weeks photo I had to give a shout out to Super Bowl XLVI. Not only is everyone in Indy talking about it since it’s our first time hosting, but I specifically have been living and breathing this game ever since we got the bid over 3 years ago. I work here and so we’ve played an integral part in making sure it’s a success – because we definitely want it back! So here I am wearing my super scarf that was handmade by some super knitter. The first thing I thought about last May when I realized my due date was that I would have to pull my name from the volunteer list. And I have been told several times how cool it would be for me to have a “super baby.” Not sure how cool it would be for Eric to watch the big game in a hospital – however I can think of nothing I would rather focus on during contractions than that! I’m just so excited for Indy and have been absorbing every piece of media that expresses love for our city. I think we’re going to blow it out of the water and if the weather keeps up like it has been (ironically the day I took this pic in winter wear it was over 50 degrees!) then we definitely have nothing to worry about. And if Parker happens to be around come Super Bowl Sunday we luckily already have an outfit on hand, thanks to Eric’s aunt & cousins. And honestly if this boy is any kind of sports enthusiast like his father than I wouldn’t be surprised if he decided he darn well is going to be a part of the outside world for the big game.
The biggest thing I’ve learned in being involved with the Super Bowl is how it’s so much more than a game. Our city has really come together as a community and put so much effort in leaving a legacy, not only here in Indy but all around the country. We’re the first Super Bowl city to reach out beyond our borders doing good deeds and leaving a mark. I feel so lucky to be raising Parker in a city like this and so proud to work for a city like this. It’s been Hoosier Hospitality at its finest.
Touring the NFL Experience
Nothing could make me forget the first Super Bowl in Indy, however having a baby at the same time would definitely be icing on the
cake Lombardi Trophy.
It’s game time people!
So he comes home and naps on the couch most evenings, always wants a snack before dinner, has hot flashes while sleeping and then there’s the clincher: we wake up at the same time in the middle of the night to pee.
While I really appreciate these supposed “sympathy pains,” I’d feel a lot better if you also gained 30lbs
Today is your birthday! Can’t believe it was two years ago this March when I drove you as a little furball in a laundry basket home, just 6 weeks old. I would have never adopted you if it wasn’t for this girl and her want of a puppy and how cool we thought it would be to raise siblings that still get to hang out and play together. Eric and I already had Knuckles and had discussed another dog, but didn’t think anything would actually happen until we had another home with a bigger yard. But then Craigslist gave me the best thing it ever could – you!
A family had rescued a stray (your mama!) not knowing she was pregnant and after the birth of 11 puppies they put an ad on Craigslist selling you and your siblings for only $20 (don’t worry I would have paid more). Whomever wasn’t bought would be sent to the Humane Society. I have lots of love for the Humane Society and how they try their best to find homes for animals, however I’m glad you never had to make it to that step. Something you may not know is that I actually almost never had you. Even though I put my “claim” on you to the Craigslist lady, her husband accidentally promised you to someone else after me. The person he promised you to was a mother and her son with special needs. Apparently when they visited to pick out a puppy, they did some type of sensory test on each of the puppies and you were the only one that reacted in such a way that she thought you would be trainable as her sons special needs dog. The Craigslist lady felt horrible turning me down even though I claimed you first, but she couldn’t tell “no” to that little boy and I of course told her not to worry that it just wasn’t meant to be and that I hoped the puppy would help the little boy in ways he needed. But a couple days later the Craigslist lady called me back and said the boy’s doctor said he wasn’t doing well enough to incorporate a dog in his life at this time. It would just be too overwhelming and so you were mine if I still wanted you – and of course I did! Although, I still think about that boy sometimes and I hope he eventually got himself a puppy. All boys deserve a puppy to love – and get dirty with.
Also, I apologize for thinking you were part Australian Shepherd for the first few weeks we had you. That is until a stranger told Breena when she was walking Piper that our dogs were part Catahoula Leopard Dog. We definitely had to google the breed, never heard of it before, but lo and behold that is most definitely your heritage!
You are the most cuddly dog I have ever met. You love to have your face buried in the couch cushions, under covers, in our neck, anywhere you can fit your little snout. You have never heard of anything called “personal space,” but luckily most of the time that is ok by us.
You also have some serious hops. You have no fear when it comes to jumping and your favorite days are those spent at the pond where you can jump in over and over.
I can’t wait for you to no longer be the “baby” of the family and to help us welcome Parker to the world. How do I know you’re going to be a great big brother? Because these past two years you’ve let me do things to you like this without complaint (ok, without complaint as long as there was a treat involved)
I love you Banjo and I can’t wait to watch you snuggle with Parker – you’ll figure it out quickly that there is nothing better than the scent of fresh baby! Have a Happy Birthday buddy! Tonight you can sleep on our bed!
First I have to point out that this is the first bump pic I had to take in under 50 degree weather. I never thought I would make it until mid January in Indiana with weather luck like that! I figured I would be freezing my bump and bum off by November for sure. And in case you were wondering it was 24 degrees when I took this picture, so officially cold! In fact, poor Knuckles was shaking because the last thing he wanted to do was sit his bare bottom in the snow.
Last weekend I spent all Sunday organizing the nursery. After my 4th and final shower I had lots of clothes to fold (that still need washed), gifts to sort and toys to put away. The dogs had zero interest in what I was doing and would hang out in the living room – that is until the slightest toy jangle would catch their ear and then they would storm in, ears perked and tails wagging. They cannot figure out why all these fluffy, noisy toys are making there way into our house and yet they don’t have permission to play. That’s why this week I had to get a picture of Knuckles with the squeaky baseball toy. I’m going to have a big challenge on my hands once I actually want the toys on the floor for Parker to play with. And an even bigger challenge when Parker thinks its hilarious to give the dogs his toys. Oh well, maybe i shouldn’t even try to contain them, shared slobber never hurt anyone right?
In baby news I thought I’d share a list of 10 things I’m grateful for at 36wks:
1. Sleeping peacefully through the night. That pregnancy pillow was worth every penny!
2. Still going to the bathroom the same number of times as pre-pregnancy (which I’m sure has also helped with #1)
3. No Braxton Hicks…or real contractions for that matter yet (I’m still content with him waiting another couple weeks!)
4. Visits to my chiropractor. Seriously this guy is a lifesaver!
5. No signs of stretch marks or swelling feet/fingers
6. A belly button that has decided to stay an innie
7. Finally picking a pediatrician
8. Sewing my own crib skirt (more on that during a nursery update soon)
9. Listening to Parker’s strong and steady heartbeat at my weekly doc appointment
10. Eric continuing to stay sane as he deals with my ever growing to-do list and compulsive baby clothes shopping
1. The dogs really seem to be embracing the bump. Until Parker decides to karate kick their jaw that is.
2. Had a lovely shower this past weekend hosted by my best friend (more details later). I couldn’t wait to get home and write all my thank you’s for the wonderful gifts received! And what better mug to drink out of while doing so than that?
3. Found some fun wrapping paper at Target to line the dresser/changing table. Didn’t take the musty smell out of the drawers (still working on that), but it sure looks purty!
4. Received my Lemon Pennant fabric to make the crib skirt and window treatments in the mail from Spoonflower! Loved it in person even more than I did online! Let’s cross our fingers I keep in high spirits as I actually try and sew it all together.
5. The crib officially has a mattress. We went with a 2-sided organic mattress by LA Baby. 2-sided meaning one side is more firm for when he is little and the other side is more soft for when he is a toddler. I’m all about multi-tasking.
6. Somehow Parker received his first item from Tiffany’s before me. I am 27 and he is in womb. How does that happen? The generous gift was given by a handful of people I work with. Something tells me I won’t let him touch it until he has a child I can hand it down to. Boys & china don’t mix last time I checked…no matter what age!
Recently Eric mentioned how we have to make sure and read to Parker all the time. I was like “Duh! That’s only one of the things I’ve been looking forward to the most!” But I’m glad it will be something we can do as a family. A love of reading runs deep for us both. Both of us were English majors in college, Eric is currently a high school English teacher and I’m about to finish year 3 of being a part of a book club with some seriously awesome gals. So for my 34 wk picture I decided to include one of my favorite childhood stories, “The Giving Tree.” I can remember reading it vividly over and over starting in elementary school. I didn’t even have a copy at home, but anytime I was in a library or saw it at a bookstore or someone else’s house I couldn’t help but pick it up. Which, that’s what books should do to you. They should engulf you. As you can see in the picture, I made sure Parker had his very own copy from the beginning. If this guy is going to be spoiled, it’s going to be in the form of books. I may or may not have already purchased around a dozen of my favorites for the little dude. And you can bet your reading arse that Eric and I have been practicing our storytelling voices!
After all reading a book is the cheapest vacation one can take. Open a page and you’re instantly transported to another place. When I read I really invest my entire self to the storyline and characters. I’ve laughed out loud, cried so hard I couldn’t read the lines anymore, fell in love with imaginary people, gotten really angry with how an author decided to make it end, been extremely depressed the story is over..the list could go on and on.
So when it comes to traits I hope Parker gets from us, a love of reading is definitely at the top of the list. With only 5ish weeks left I’m about to prepare packing my hospital bag (doc told me yesterday from this point forward if i happen to go into labor there will be no trying to stop it!) and you can bet I will definitely make room for a couple of books. Gotta start the kid out on the right foot!
As for some quick baby stats. Everything is going run of the mill! No labor signs that I’m aware of (and I’m pretty sure I would be aware!) Parker has not dropped at all, although he is in the correct position – head down, facing my back. He’s clocking in at probably close to 5lbs. When we had our 20wk ultrasound Parker was in the 70th percentile for length and I’m taking bets this guy will be at least 21 inches long at birth because even though I have a longer torso he is constantly stuffing his little legs and feet up in my ribs -yea, it feels as awesome as it sounds! Plus I was 21.5 inches long as a newborn so I think he is going to be lanky like his mama. I’ve been extremely lucky in that I still sleep pretty good at night. I sometimes wake myself up so I can roll over to my other side, but that’s it. My pregnancy pillow has been a lifesaver and I was never hit with the “frequent urination” that so many pregnant women complain of, so I feel really blessed about that. I’m about to start a 3peat of baby showers, starting with one hosted by my BFF on Saturday, followed by one hosted by my work on Tuesday and then ending with one hosted by my sister-in-law next Saturday. After that we should finally be able to finish the nursery since we’ll officially know what else we need. I’m sure I’ll have pictures to share, I can’t wait!
As I type this I’m actually 34 wks and a few days, however with the chaos of the holidays I never got around to posting this like a good blogger should – but at least I actually took the picture on time! And I’ll have a 34 wk update for you soon too!
Christmas was good to us. We got to spend time with both sides of the family and even squeezed in a little relaxing. Eric was a smart man and gave me an hour pre-natal massage gift certificate that I plan to cash in sometime soon. While I loved all my gifts, this one I definitely deem as “most needed.” My baby-related gift to Eric was the Skip Hop Duo Deluxe Diaper Bag.Eric didn’t want to ever have to carry something “girly,” and not only does this thing seem super durable but it connects to the stroller handles for a hands-free, yet still easy access feature and has magnet closures on all the openings so you’re not having to deal with zippers, snaps or velcro when your hands are full. I’m excited to put this to use – probably even more so than Eric!
Another favorite gift for Parker we received was his baby book from my parents. I had found it on Etsy and had crossed my fingers it would make it’s way off our Christmas List and be wrapped under the tree.
I’ve already started filling out some of the pages about our pregnancy journey, but can’t wait to add all the details of his birth and monthly updates & milestone thereafter until his first birthday. You can also order additional pages to take the book up until he starts school which I will probably do.
Eric’s grandma also gave us this sweet ornament that she crafted with her sorority sisters. I of course love it especially because it’s knitted – and it will actually be an ornament Parker can help hang and play with since it’s soft!
Hard to believe we’ll have a crawling 10ish month old next year! Watching my younger nieces & nephews open their presents (and how they cannot hide their excitement) make us really look forward to watching our own child experience Christmas and all its traditions.
Hope everyone had their own Happy Holiday!
Past Bump Pics: 8wks, 12wks, 16wks, 20wks, 21wks, 24wks, 27wks, 30wks