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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

25 Weeks!


How Far Along: 25 weeks, 15 weeks to go!

Size of baby: Baby S is about 13.5 inches long, the size of an eggplant, and weighs 1.5 pounds.

Weight Gain/Loss: I've gained another pound. Currently, I'm close to 7 pounds over my starting weight. At my appointment on Monday, the midwife asked if I was feeling fine - I am! I eat tons and hardly have any nausea. I just don't gain lots of weight. As long as the baby is healthy, I'm alright :)

Body Changes: I don't feel like my belly has grown much, but apparently it's right on track. Otherwise, not much changes. My acne has gotten better again :)

Gender: It's a GIRL!

Movement: She has decided to dance around again. She sticks to my right side and kicks me plenty, especially while I'm trying to sleep. She has also decided that my bladder is a great punching bag (especially when it's full). I think she's inherited her daddy's karate skills!

Sleep: My sleep is unpredictable. Sometimes I sleep great and other nights I wake up at 4:30am and can't fall back to sleep. Oh well!

What I miss: Being able to move like I used to. I can't do half the yoga moves because either my growing belly is getting in the way or I just can't bend as far as before. I can't bend down to pick stuff up off the floor as easy. And it's only going to get worse!

Cravings: Pizza! I could eat it every day if it was around.

Symptoms: I'm feeling much better this week than last. Other than not being able to sleep as well some nights, I've felt very good!

Best Moment This Week: My 24 week appointment on Monday and buying our travel system! We've been collecting baby stuff the last week. I love it!

If you're bored, go and take our name survey! You can get a sneak peek at what we might name her ;)
VOTE on my Name List


While taking photos, we decided to be a little silly :P

Bored

What do I do with myself? I've become increasingly restless! I keep myself fairly busy, but find I waste a lot of hours tooling around Facebook and not working on my writing. Goodness, I'm a procrastinator.

Brandon spends a lot of time at home because he really doesn't have anything to do at work. I'm running out of ways to entertain him. Usually we find ourselves watching TV shows on Netflix Instant Play, which is fine and dandy when you aren't feeling restless. I have to stand up and do something every 15 minutes, though, or else I get a little shaky. Brandon is much better at sitting and doing nothing than I am!

Anyway, I need to keep myself busy. I'm getting bored way too easily.

In other news... my new neighbors are wacky. On one side, I heard them fighting out the front door and the lady marched off, threatening to leave forever. The other side seem nice, but they don't make eye contact. Actually, neither do, they keep to themselves real well. Oh, and both of them have kids who skateboard through their backyards until bedtime. That makes it hard for a wimpy dog like Dex to go potty! He's too scared of the noises, he turns right back around, poor guy.

Hope everyone is doing well!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Productive Weekend!

Brandon and I kept very busy this weekend!

He had another 3 day weekend (he'll be having a whole bunch of these until December), so Friday was his first day off. Brandon spent his time working on my car. I met a lady off Craigslist to buy some baby clothes, and later in the afternoon we bought our changing table. I think at some point we worked on the office a bit - it was a mess!

Saturday was a lot of the same things. That night we got all dolled up for a Hail and Farewell down in Waikiki. It was the nicest we had ever been to! It was held in a nice hotel restaurant out on the patio. The food was great and everyone loved the alcohol that was provided - free of charge! Everyone got 3 drinks, and Brandon (lucky him) got 6. I stuck with water, yum. I bet the Hail and Farewell was so nice because it was for the Battalion Commander. ;)

And Sunday! Grocery shopping in the morning, watching TV, and then back up to the office to finish cleaning. We've been working our way through stuff and making tough decisions on what to throw away, what to keep and what to sell. It looks pretty snazzy in there now.

Then I dragged Brandon out to Babies R Us because we discovered the stroller we wanted was discontinued. Sadly, they didn't have anymore in stock and couldn't order any, so we were back at square one. After some time playing with them again, we decided on a new one. And we got it today! Let me tell you, it's girly. Totally not what I expected. But I love it.

Alright, it's Monday. Got to get back to work doing the writing thing!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Baby Junk

My brain, for the past few days, has been consumed with baby junk. I got sudden anxiety when I realized we are well over halfway there, and hadn't even gotten much of anything - let alone clothes!

Granted, we were waiting for the baby shower to pass before we purchased much. Since it was a smaller baby shower, we have our work cut out for us. That's ok, though!

We bought this changing table yesterday from a lady off Craigslist. We aren't buying nursery furniture until we move to Alabama, but we decided that it would make life easier to have a changing table downstairs, since I'll spend most of our waking hours down here. We found this one at a great price! It's not the color we're going to get at the end, but it works for now.

I've slowly started a collection of baby clothes. I've been to the thrift shop a few times and scored some awesome deals. Today, I met a lady off Craigslist who sold me a bunch of her stash of clothing. My collection is slowly increasing and I'm feeling better about the clothes. I've lined them all up on the guest "bed" by size, just so I have an idea how much I need of which:

Eh, could be better. We still have a few more months, I suppose! And pretty much everything you see in the picture is what I have. I also have a swing, a Moby wrap, a Snugli carrier, a nursing cover, and an old jogging stroller from friends. I still feel like we have so far to go. Here are the big ticket items we still need:

1. Pack n play (she'll be sleeping in this until we move and make a nursery. My older sisters are getting this!)
2. Travel system - stroller, carseat, base (my mom is getting this for us!)
3. Feeding stuff - bottles and pump so Brandon can feed her too, boppy pillow,
4. Diapers!!! I've bought four cloth diapers, and that was only yesterday, and only because it was a great sale, I couldn't refuse. We do plan on going in the next month or so and purchasing a package we like from a store in town.
5. Misc baby items - some toys, socks, hats, blankets, bath items... you know.

Oh goodness, writing it out seems overwhelming. I know we still have time. I know a newborn doesn't require much. I'm trying to get myself to spread out the buying so I don't get it all at once. Not money wise, but mentally, that's too much!

Anyway, we'll figure it out. We have time. People are still sending us stuff. I'm just excited to get this started!

Now I need to figure out a good schedule in reading all these baby books I have...

This is my 400th post!! Yay!!

Friday, August 26, 2011

The One About Brandon

Ok, I'm going to brag a bit about Brandon. Some days, I'm amazed I found such a guy!

He's a handy guy. Take this photo, for example. Here he is, fixing my air conditioning.

Notice the crutch holding up the hood. It works surprisingly well! lol

See, he's been working on my car since he got back, bringing it up to speed. When we decided that unfortunately (for me) we can't buy a car for another two years, we needed to look at the one we had. This car is pretty good for having 158k miles and being ten years old. Just had some minor fixes involved. Since he's been home, we have bought new tires, made the headlights brighter, fixed my door problems (well, for the most part), superglued some parts back on, and other little things. Oh, and fixed the A/C today!

When I was a little girl, I always said I wanted to marry someone who was handy like my dad. My dad, a mechanic by trade, could build a house, fix a car, and cook a mean meal. Thank goodness Brandon was interested in doing things! Sure, he doesn't have the same advanced skills, but he's certainly willing to learn. I know as the years go by he'll get better and better.

Alright, so apart from the manly man stuff that Brandon can do, he's freaking awesome with babies. He's like the baby whisperer. Let's look at last night.

We headed over to Christina's to babysit for the evening! Dominic, now almost 6 months, woke up shortly after we got there. Marcus was running around. When they left, we had a very good few hours. The boys and I played, we watched TV, everyone was pretty happy! Then Dominic started getting tired and fussy, so I followed the instructions to try and get him to eat. Nope. He starts freaking out, I start freaking out, it's a mess. :P

Through text, Christina told me he was probably tired, so I changed him and tried to put him down, which made him freak out more. Right about now, Marcus is bugging me because it's near his bedtime. Brandon says we're not having kids this close in age haha. So Brandon takes the baby and I deal with Marcus. Finally, Brandon put Dominic in the swing with a pacifier, cooing at him. He heated up the formula himself, fed it to Dominic, who chugged it down and then promptly passed out. Brandon had such patience during the entire thing. Oh, and then he didn't put up with Marcus refusing to go to bed. :P

Can I say how glad I am he's good with babies? And has an active interest in keeping them happy?

I'm just so lucky to have found such a guy. Sure, we have our issues, but most of the time he makes me laugh and so so happy. It's so nice to have him home!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Yoga-rific

I had grand plans when I got pregnant to keep working out, and especially get back into yoga. I loaded the Netflix instant queue with yoga videos and planned to go to some classes here on post. But then I had excuses. You know... first, work got in the way. Then I was preparing for Brandon to come home. Then Brandon came home. Oh, and then we went on block leave. So yeah... I'm full of excuses!

Anyway, I was sorta avoiding the class because I didn't like the venue or the teacher so much at the gym here. Then I heard of another class just across the street on the post attached to ours. It was free and was in a good place. So I finally went today!

It was great! There were only 2 of us and the instructor, who was a sub for the regular instructor, but just as awesome I'm sure. She was very helpful with poses that I could do during pregnancy, and said she took it easy on us since we hadn't done yoga in awhile. We ended up chatting for half the class while doing the moves... it was just great!

I'm surprised, too, because I didn't think I'd like a class so small. I don't like feeling singled out or having my mistakes obvious. But actually, the small class was great.

So I'm going to start working out more again. I have to be healthy for labor and all that junk! This class is every Tuesday and Thursday morning and I'll be going back next week for sure. I love it!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

24 Weeks!

How Far Along: 24 weeks, 16 weeks to go!

Size of baby: Baby S is about 12 inches long, the size of a papaya, and weighs just over a pound.

Weight Gain/Loss: My starting weight was 141.6, and today I was 147.8. I'm glad to see some improvement! Apparently I'm supposed to gain up to a pound a week, and it's kind of holding true the last couple of weeks. I'm not too worried because, like I said before, people in my family don't gain lots of weight during pregnancy. Usually.

Body Changes: Noticed some stretch marks on my boobs, even though they don't seem to have grown much...

Gender: It's a GIRL!

Movement: This past week has seen a decrease in noticeable movement. I'm blaming the anterior placenta! I think she's probably just shifted and kicking in places I can't feel, though sometimes I get a whack in the bladder or bowels... that's fun.

Sleep: Some nights I sleep great, like 10 hours, other nights I sleep not-so-great, like the 6 hour night I had a couple days ago.

What I miss: Being able to buy clothes and knowing they'll fit! I haven't bought non-maternity clothes since I got pregnant, because there's really no point at this time.

Cravings: Chocolate. God, I just want some Oreos...

Symptoms: Ok, this will be a long one. I've had a rough pregnancy week. A couple days I just felt uncomfortable, like my belly grew twice as large in one day. Then I was always hungry, but then I'd eat too much and feel sick. Also, I experience some not very pleasant pregnancy side effects which are very normal, but not something you want. I won't elaborate here. Then there was that 6 hour night, which threw me over the edge. I ended up sitting downstairs at 4am crying until Brandon came and comforted me. Emotional wreck! But hey, I'm feeling better today!

Best Moment this week: My baby shower!

I might need to invest in some more maternity clothes. I don't like wearing the belly band anymore, it's too tight, but I only own a few pairs of maternity pants - all jeans. I need some shorts for this weather! I'd like to get some tops too because some of my t-shirts are getting short. Shopping spree! ;)

Monday, August 22, 2011

Baby Shower!

Yesterday, I had my baby shower!

Unfortunately, it didn't go as we planned. Christina was gracious enough to host it (thank you!!) and sent out the invites to everyone, but after awhile only two people RSVP'd. Even though we had bought some decorations already, we sat down and decided that maybe we should have a different kind of shower. Christina brought up us going to a restaurant and I liked the idea. So the baby shower turned into mostly a dinner with the girls!

We could've invited the guys at this point since there were only a few of us, but decided to leave them with the babies so we could get some girl time in!

I chose Buca di Beppo for the get-together! I drove Courtney, Christina and baby Dominic down, where we met Michelle. We got a little table in a corner, ordered a yummy trio appetizer (that didn't arrive until our meals...) and then a couple meals to share. The non-pregnant ones got sangria and I settled for delicious water ;). We also got canolis for dessert, and Courtney & Michelle sipped on some limoncello. It was a good time catching up with the girls!

Oh, and of course they got me (well, baby...) some gifts. We got a blanket and an outfit, both purple, some bath products, pacifiers, a bottle drying rack, and Michelle handed down her baby swing. I'm so thankful for having such great friends!

Here's a few photos. The lighting sucked inside, so all of them turned out a little orange!




My only wish is that more people could've been there, both from friends here on the island and family back home. Unfortunately, being far from family makes it difficult! It wasn't the baby shower I always envisioned (but are things ever how you want them in the military?) but it was still a good time, and I'm glad for it.

Now, just over 16 weeks until Baby Girl is here. Can you believe it?

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Rainy Beach Day

Yesterday, Brandon and I decided on a much needed beach day. We wanted to head to our favorite beach on the other side of the island and I spent a couple days watching the weather. We hadn't been able to go for awhile because the weather just had been too crummy. This time, the weather promised to be good.

It was supposed to look like this:

Instead, we got there to clouds and drizzle. Well, since we had driven all the way over there, we weren't about to turn back around. We figured we would wait it out. You could see the clouds moving quickly away. When it started to rain hardcore, we covered our stuff with our towels, and headed into the water. Might as well get wet if we're going to be rained on, right?

So, while Brandon and I floated around in the water, we had a discussion about our upcoming PCS! Since Brandon got accepted into flight school, we know for sure we're heading to Ft Rucker, Alabama. When? Who knows. They said be prepared to leave 2-6 months from now. So you know, right before or right after Baby Girl is born. Ah well.

Right now, we're trying to figure out our living situation. We know for sure we want to live off-post. We know we want to live fairly close so he doesn't have to drive far. Our issue right now is, rent or buy? Brandon has an idea to buy a house, but the budget he's suggesting is crazy low, so we wouldn't be getting a house I'll be particularly comfortable with. Let's take a look at some pros and cons:

Pros:
- We could rent out the house when we leave
- It would be a good investment
- We have the money to do it

Cons
- We're only going to be in Alabama for no more than 18 months
- We'll have a newborn to deal with while trying to fix up a house
- It costs more money initially!


Anyway, anyone have any insight? Or just have information on Ft Rucker and the surrounding area? Or information about buying houses, and then maybe renting them out? Ah, so much to know!

By the way, the rain stopped once we got out of the water, and then sun came out! We laid on the beach and read books, and got a sunburn. It was a great end to a rainy start!

Friday, August 19, 2011

All Blogged Out

Since writing those Australia recaps, I feel all blogged out! I want to write, but can't seem to figure out what to say. But then I remembered, I've had such a busy week and haven't even talked about it!

Sunday was soooo tiring. We got home from the airport around 8am, and then since it was Mallory's last day in Hawaii, we had to make it special. They dragged me out to the beach, on a walk, out to dinner, and made me play board games. Goodness, I was tired. I don't know how Brandon held it together!

Then on Monday, I had to get up early to drive her to the airport. It wasn't all bad since I slept so great all night. I ended up being super busy that day too because I started cleaning the house and doing laundry. I guess being away from home made me miss cleaning!

Tuesday was fairly simple. I wrote, I read, and then I spent time with Brandon. I did get a little bored because of a headache, whoops.

Oh, and then on Wednesday, I was all kinds of busy again! I had a doctors appointment in the morning and then the spouses club (Hui) super sign-up in the evening. That was a fun event! I got to chat with people I hadn't seen much in the past few months, eat some food, and sign up for the next year of the spouses club.

Thursday, I went shopping with Christina for my upcoming baby shower. Before that, maintenance spent some time finally installing my cabinet that was taken out months ago.

So yeah, I've been busy. Brandon's next few months will be filled with tons of 3-day weekends, including this weekend, so we've been hanging out and getting some chores/errands done. It's nice to have him around, though I'm running out of things to do with him! :P

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

21-23 Weeks!

How Far Along: 23 weeks, 17 weeks to go!

Size of baby: Baby S is about 11 inches long, the size of a papaya, and weighs just over a pound.

Weight Gain/Loss: I've gained a good 4.6 lbs, according to my scale. Finally! You know, though, I'm not too concerned. The women in my family don't usually gain that much weight during pregnancy.

Body Changes: My belly has grown, though not much in the past few weeks.

Gender: It's a GIRL!

Movement: She's been moving more and more these past few weeks. She likes to kick a certain spot, and occasionally my bladder. Speaking of bladders, she finds mine to be extra cushy - meaning I need to go to the bathroom all the time! Last week she kicked me real good a few times and Brandon even got to feel. He loved it!

Sleep: Still sleeping awesome. Though I have to be careful how I sleep. If I end up on my back, my hands go numb. If I end up on my stomach, I get kicked over and over. Side only now!

What I miss: Being able to walk up stairs without getting out of breath haha.

Cravings: Cheese, hamburgers, cheeseburgers....

Symptoms: Just some pains from stretching ligaments.

Best Moment this week: Feeling more movement and Brandon getting to feel her kick. Oh, and buying baby clothes. I've been waiting patiently to find out what we're having so I could start shopping. Unfortunately for me (and maybe baby), I don't like the color pink! So I've been trying my darnedest to find clothes I like in different colors. She might be wearing lots of purple - I love purple! I went a little crazy at the Thrift Shop yesterday and purchased a bunch for the baby. She'll be so cute!

We got this one in Australia. It's pink, but it's super cute!

Me today at 23 weeks. I think I look tiny!


Australia - Coffs Harbour & back again

This'll be my last Australia post! I'm packing in the last few days into one, because we weren't too busy. Tomorrow it's back to regularly scheduled blogging!

Our second week was at a timeshare resort in Coffs Harbour, a seaside town in northern New South Wales. It was very pretty to be by the ocean! We kept ourselves busy, but took it nice and slow so we didn't stress ourselves out. Here's what we did...

We went on a few strolls down the Boambee Creek and to the ocean/beach. We picked up some seashells and saw some cool looking crabs on our little walks!

We went on a whale watch cruise! It was freezing cold and we both got afflicted with sea sickness! I never had it before, so I'm guessing this is a pregnancy thing. Poor Brandon forgot to bring a jacket, but he was a trooper and powered through.

We didn't see any whales for the first hour and a half, but finally we got a great show! One slapped it's tail at us and another jumped all the way out of the water! What a show!

We played a lot of pool and darts in the adult lounge of the resort. Brandon won most of the time, but I got him a few times! We also played mini golf and lawn bowling, some board games and table tennis. It was fun!
We checked out a local winery (yep, I had a few samples) and bought a bottle of wine to bring home! It'll be our Christmas wine once baby is born.
We toured the surrounding areas and stopped at a few sites. One place had a real US Huey helicopter as a memorial in the middle of a parking lot. Donated by the US Army itself! In some obscure town.
We took a picture with a big banana. Of course.
We stopped at a bunch of lookouts and took photos. You'll notice I'm always on the right. That's because Brandon takes the photo and he has to use his right hand, I guess. It works out! lol

After our week at the resort, we hopped back in the car and headed back to Sydney. We stopped for the night halfway through, made it to the airport super early and flew back home on the 10 hour flight.

Yeah, it was an awesome trip. We're so glad to be home though! You can only stay away so long, right? I missed my routine and my puppy. Brandon was itching to get back to our stocks, since they were affected by the credit rating thing. Yeah, we're cool people like that. :P

Thanks for sticking around through all these blogs! I wanted to get them out for my family and you all to see! Tomorrow I'll be giving my 21-23 week pregnancy update.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Australia - Goodbye Sydney, Hello Coffs Harbour!

A week after we arrived in Sydney, we were off on the second part of our adventure! I have to say, I was looking forward to it, just because my poor body needed the break. I'm not used to going, going, going, and I was certainly feeling it.

We packed up our stuff, checked out and took the train to the airport. Once there, we waited patiently for our rental car. Because we had to wait so long, they upgraded us from a tiny car to a midsize. Yay!

Then we started our driving on the left side of the road adventure... holy moly, was that scary at first. I remember living in England, but it wasn't as scary as this time! Maybe because I rode in the backseat most of the time? Anyway, Brandon was a trooper and figured it out pretty quickly.
We took the inland route north on the New England Hwy. We wanted to see a bit of the backcountry and we certainly got it. It looked so much like Colorado, with ranches, yellow grass, cows and mountains in the distance. It felt like home!

Driving was fun. We stopped a few times to check places out, relieve my bladder and take pictures. Like this one. It's a wombat sign!
We stopped earlier than planned just because we were tired and didn't want to drive in the dark. We got a little dinky room in a motel, ate at the bar with the locals, and passed out early!
Our final stop was in Coffs Harbour, and the second day we had a good amount of driving ahead of us. We didn't stop much except for lookouts. This road brought us through valleys and forests, down mountains, and past TALL waterfalls. It was a little piece of Australia that you don't see in the tourist areas!

We arrived at our resort mid-afternoon and settled in. We were tired from driving, so that night we dragged ourselves to the grocery store to get food, bought a pizza and relaxed. Our little place was a 2 bedroom, 2 bath, apartment - awesome!

Our first day in Coffs Harbour we hit up the local markets. We ended up with some homemade soap and some snacks.
Then we headed out to the beach and the famous Coffs wooden pier. Kids were jumping right off into the harbour - so cool! I bet it was cold, though! We walked all the way down and then back again.

Poor Brandon, though. His back seized up while we were driving and he was feeling it was days afterwards. Luckily, our time in Coffs Harbour was meant to be more relaxing than Sydney. We headed back home early, got him in the hot tub, hung out together, and I made spaghetti for dinner. He was better days later!

Australia - Sydney (Fish Market & Manly)

Our last two days in Sydney were, as expected, super busy. We had so much we wanted to see and so little time!

On Wednesday, we headed into town again to the Sydney Fish Market. Brandon had been especially interested in seafood since we had arrived and this was a must-see. We got there early enough so there were hardly any crowds and spent some time wandering around looking at what we could buy. Unfortunately, we couldn't buy fish and bring it home to eat!

We did end up parking ourselves at a food counter and ordering up from more fish and chips. This pack came with calamari, fish and octopus (gross). Brandon sure loved it! I enjoyed the fried fish. ;)
Since we were towards the end of the tram, we hopped on it going back towards our hotel and stopped a few times. First, we went to the casino just to check it out and promptly lost the $10 we gave ourselves. Oh well! Then we stopped at Darling Harbour.
We walked through the shopping area and stopped at the Maritime Museum. It was actually very interesting and full of cool artifacts! There were some old ships floating outside too, though we didn't get to go on those because we were feeling especially cheap.

Then it was back on the tram to our next stop, the Powerhouse Museum. This museum featured everything man-made. Trains, cars, electrical stuff, nuclear stuff, space travel... the works. Brandon and I are geeks and love going to museums, so this place was so much fun. Unfortunately, my feet were hurting so bad, I had to stop several times to relax while he played with the exhibits. A lot of it was hands on - perfect for a little boy in a grown man's body (aka: Brandon).
On our way back we made one last stop at Paddy's Market, to get some food at the supermarket. Since we were dying of hunger, we also got some delicious ice cream to share. Then it was back to the hotel for rest! For a few nights in a row, we went down to the bar and ordered a pitcher of beer (none for me!) and some food. It was fun!

The next day was our final day in Sydney. We hopped on a ferry and took it all the way out to Manly, which is on the northern tip of the harbor. This place had a similar feel to Bondi - way more relaxed and easy going than the big city. Our first stop was North Head, a park on the tip with cool walking trails.
Once we got on the bus back to town, we walked down The Corso, the main shopping and tourist area. We're not big shoppers, though, so we just looked around as we walked.
Then it was to Manly Beach! I loved the sand in these places. It was so fine and cool and a beautiful color. It beats out some of this nice Hawaii sand!
We spent a good chunk of the day in Manly. Mid-afternoon, we hopped back on the ferry to Sydney. After being so busy for a week, it was so hard for me to continue doing stuff. I just wanted to lay in bed and watch TV! We did get dinner down at the bar again and worked on crosswords together. Overall, Sydney was just awesome!