Thursday thoughts…

*one*
This week has gone by SO slowly.  It hasn’t helped that I’m exhausted- yesterday I swear I was going to curl up and take a nap under my desk- the only thing that stopped me was the fact that my floor is linoleum and uncomfortable.  I don’t know whether it’s because I pushed myself over the weekend painting or baby D is going through a very large growth spurt- either way I can barely keep my eyes open. 
*two*
We are apparently having a heat wave here in the south- it’s supposed to be 105 (!!) here starting Friday and lasting through the weekend.  That’s just too hot for me.  My heart goes out to all those preggo ladies in the last couple of months of pregnancy- I can’t imagine being 8 months pregnant in the heat!!  I myself am planning on hiding inside with the AC most of the weekend and possibly going swimming? 
*three*
All this hot weather makes me want popsicles…and watermelon.  I’ve been really bummed about the last two watermelons I’ve bought- they’ve been less than spectacular.  Come on- this is Georgia!!  We’re supposed to have amazing watermelons- where are these crappy ones coming from, Washington state??  I’m hoping the store has some good ones, because now I REALLY want one!
*four*
A friend of mine is coming over this evening to take some pictures of our dogs.  It’s a surprise for my husband for his birthday (he’s obviously not going to be home).  I want some decent ones of Jackson, the old man of the pack at 13, since he’s not going to be around forever.  This photo shoot has tried to happen (unsuccessfully) 3 times now- it’s been ruined by the weather every single time.  Today might be no different, considering it’s going to get to 100 today.  Jackson does not take a pretty photo anyway, and when his tongue is a mile long…eh.  We’ll see what happens but I don’t have high hopes.  If they turn out well I will share on the blog though!! 
*five*
Saturday we will have had our youngest dog Kirby for a year!  Wow- I can’t believe it’s already been a year, and how far he’s come in that time.  He is a little ball of energy and when we first adopted him I seriously wondered what had gotten into us.  He’s grown up in the time we’ve had him and is *sometimes* better behaved than our other two!  He has his moments though.  Happy gotcha day Kirb-derb!!

The results are in…

I’ll let the photo speak for itself (and baby is 100% healthy, we were one of the false positives):

Totally thrilled- now it’s time to start thinking names!!  And daycare and time off work and nursery decorations and and and….phew.

Today I am…

(COPYING) this from a blog I read regularly (La Buena Vida)

(TIRED) from painting my office all weekend- I forget how much I dislike painting until I do it.  It took me all weekend to get two coats on and I still have to paint the closet.  Sigh.  I also had the windows open and it was at least 95 degrees here all weekend- so hot.  I wore a mask on top of having the windows open to protect against fumes, which made things extra warm.  Then I looked more closely at the paint can and realized it was zero VOC.  Whoops, oh well.  Better safe(r) than sorry right?

(IN LOVE) with my new office color- it went from a blue that very honestly looked purple most of the time (and clashed with the rest of the house colors) to a very pretty tan/grey color that I love so much more already.  New carpet goes in next Monday and you can be certain that I will post photos.  I’m also planning on some new curtains, a different arrangement and a new office chair.  Wheeee!

(APPREHENSIVE) about the results of our quad screen.  The results show I have an elevated risk of having a child with Down Syndrome- my risk ratio is 1:225 (the cutoff is 1:250 for high risk).  I’ve been reassured that this is just a screening, and the test has a 20% false positive rate, but I’m still nervous about the possibility of something being really wrong.  I had a missed miscarriage last year, and the odds of that are as low as 1:5, so I guess I’m just afraid of always being the “1” in the scenario. 

(EXCITED) that the upside to the not so great quad screen news is that we are scheduled for a level II ultrasound this Weds, June 27th.  Which means…we get to see the baby over a week early!!  And if it cooperates, we will get to find out the sex early as well.  Think happy baby thoughts for us that we will see a healthy baby on Wednesday morning.

(CONFUSED) that my baby bump is bigger during the day than first thing in the morning.  Seriously, I wake up in the morning and I hardly look pregnant.  Then once lunch time rolls around- bam:

18 weeks 2 days in this shot- apologies for the terrible bathroom photo..yeesh.

Happy Monday y’all…

Thursday thoughts…

I’m going to make an attempt at starting a new (for my blog) tradition- a few blogs I follow do this and I like it. So here goes nothing- enjoy the randomness that is floating around in my brain right now!!

*one*
I love thursdays.  Not quite as much as I love Friday afternoons, but it’s a close tie.  Right now I really love them because that’s when our midwife appointments are.  I especially anticipating our upcoming appointment on July 5th…!  I also love Thursdays because I have agility class with our youngest furbaby Kirby.  He LOVES class and it’s so much fun to see him grow up and use his brain.  We switch to Tuesday classes starting next week- I suppose then I will also love Tuesdays?
*two*
That reminds me- we’re using a midwife for this pregnancy!  I’d always thought I’d go the OBGYN route, but our local hospital has a midwife clinic associated with it.  I get all the benefits of a midwife, but will still give birth at the hospital.  It’s been a really great experience so far and I’m so glad we decided to go this route.
*three*
Hmm, apparently the theme of Thursday Thoughts this week is pregnancy.  Oh well- running with it.  This is actually my 2nd pregnancy.  Last year I was pregnant (and did use an OBGYN) and had a missed miscarriage.  Dealing with the aftermath of that was somewhat traumatic- I won’t go into details but it wasn’t a simple D&C and done.  It was almost enough to make me re-think having children period- but luckily I came around.  And funnily enough, I am due Nov 21st with this baby- a year and 3 days after our first baby was due.  Coincidence?  
*four*
Ok on to lighter subjects!!  I am painting (hopefully) my office this weekend.  Not my work office (although it could use a new paint job but has 15′ high ceilings so you won’t catch me attempting that!)- my home office/extra room/place to toss all my junk.  I’ve always disliked the blue color I chose- it reads purple in most lights.  So a new color is going on this weekend!!  Don’t worry- I will buy low VOC paint, wear a respirator AND open the windows, just to be safe!
*five*
I have yet to knit my own child something- and I’m almost to the halfway point.  Yikes!  I’ve knit for 2 friends now that are due soon- well, one is actually a week and a half overdue.  Yet I cannot for the life of me find the motivation to pick up the needles for this baby.  Maybe once we find out the sex.  Also all my yarn is buried in the upstairs bedroom- I’m not certain I can find everything I need to do any knitting (although I think this is just an excuse for my lack of desire to knit).

Letting the cat out of the bag

Happy Monday everyone!!

So I mentioned we had a big project going on behind the scenes here- and I suppose it’s about time to let the cat out of the bag.  I’m going to need your opinions on this project though, so please leave a comment and help us out:

Neither of these bumps are real- we had help from one of those foam baby bellies!

How many of you thought that this was the big project??  We find out the gender July 5th- so please cast your vote- are you on team pink or blue?!?

The details- I’m almost 18 weeks along and due 11/21/12 (a turkey baby!!)  I’m going to try and not make this a pregnancy blog (I’ve been really bad about taking weekly photos or writing down anything during the past 17 weeks- I was REALLY sick for most of my first trimester) but I will probably post some photos of nursery progress.  Right now it looks like this:

We’re getting new carpet in our downstairs bedrooms so everything is living upstairs currently.  Before everything moved upstairs I was working on a project for the nursery- it’s actually almost finished so I’ll show you a sneak peek now:

Thanks for reading and I look forward to your votes!!!

Random

So I’m not quite ready to reveal the big project going on around here…and aside from that we don’t have much else going on that’s picture worthy so this is going to be a little bit of a random post, but that’s OK right?

A couple of weeks ago I had a birthday.  And it was the big one (well, one of the big ones).  That’s right- 30!  When my family asked what I wanted for my birthday, I mentioned a new camera.  I felt like my little point and shoot just wasn’t quite cutting it, especially for indoor photos.  We were lucky enough to meet up with family in Oregon a few weeks ago and my birthday wish was granted!!  I’ve been getting to know my new toy for a few weeks now and I wanted to share with y’all what it can do (and how much better it does it than my point and shoot).  *PS* These photos are straight out of the camera- no editing.  Promise.  I’m too lazy to do anything but upload them!

First- my sister’s cat Chili (just because I love a good animal photo):

Then here comes the randomness- a few shots of a room that I can NEVER get a good photo of because there’s not much natural light:

The crayon art I did awhile back:

A pretty true to color photo of the upstairs bathroom (see, told you it was random):

And a peek at a small-ish project that we’re doing soon (which means one of our bedroom is a disaster right now):

Wonder what kind of camera I used for the photos?  Check it out here:

This concludes my random post- I hope you enjoyed it!!

Grab my button!

So if you look to the left on my blog, you’ll see a new addition:

My very own blog button!!  So go ahead and grab it if you’d like- the code is underneath the button on the right.  And…check it out.  My button is live at Suburbs Mama!  Woot!