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Monday, October 31, 2011

Boo!

Happy Halloween!

Halloween, one of my favorite days of the year. It's not as exciting as it used to be as a kid (probably because I'm giving the candy out, not receiving), but it's still a fun day. Usually Halloween means crunchy leaves, the air smelling of fall and pumpkins, and plenty of kids running around in costume. Hawaiian Halloween isn't too different, except it's still in the 80s!

This is our third and final Halloween on the island. You can read about our first here and our second here! Surprisingly, this is our first Hawaiian Halloween together. The first, Brandon left at 2am for three weeks of training. The second? He was in Iraq, of course!

This year, Dexter and Winston get it a bit easier on the holiday spirit. Our first Halloween together, I stuffed our little kitty in a pumpkin. The second? I dressed Dexter up as a chicken - and he won 2nd place at a pet costumer contest!

This is a picture of our boys this year. We slapped on a bandana on Winston and Dexter got a Hawaiian shirt and some leis - he's a tourist! They officially hate us.
We got into the spirit somewhat. I have a serious holiday decoration shortage in this house and so I've been slowly collecting stuff. This year I found a little Frankenstein monster bowl and a Trick or Treat sign on clearance. I've had that Happy Fall sign since last year :)
 

Last night, we went over to Will and Michelle's for a good ol' fashioned pumpkin carving! We couldn't find a pumpkin, but I carved her sons for him (he's only a toddler) and helped Brandon mess with the baby pumpkin he bought. We sat around eating tons of food (she makes such great dinners) and chatting. It was a great time!!

Tonight will find us outside giving away candy, and then when that's all gone, we'll be inside watching Stephen King's The Stand. Brandon's choice. I'm also making mummy dogs (pigs in a blanket made to look like a mummy)!

And then tomorrow? NaNoWriMo starts!

Halloween 2006 - Our first as a couple!



Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Greater Good

We've been keeping busy this weekend, going here and there, keeping up appointments and whatnot. Then I learned this morning about a documentary I've been wanting to see has just become available for a free screening over the internet. It's only available until November 5th, so we jumped on it today.

This documentary, called The Greater Good, is about vaccines. Yes, we're becoming those people. I don't know if I've mentioned it before, but we've been taking a serious look at vaccines and learning our options. Right now we're looking at not doing the full series and delaying the ones we feel are right for us.

I'm not going to preach or change your views. Vaccinating is a very personal matter, in my opinion, and you should do what is best for your family. Just be informed! And please, ask me if you have any questions, I don't mind having a chat about our views.

Anyway, check it out!! It's worth watching, for sure.



In no way was I compensated or even asked to promote this. I just wanted to get the word out while the video is free to watch!


Saturday, October 29, 2011

Bradley Class - C'est Finit!

Yes, you heard correctly - today was our final Bradley Method class!!

This morning, we learned a bit about breastfeeding and then moved onto some practical practice! We reviewed some labor positions, of which I am eternally grateful. We have soooo many options to choose from depending on how I'm feeling, what stage we're in, and what position the baby is in. We have this arsenal of positions to choose from. After that, we moved into pushing positions and got to practice those.

I love it! Yes, I'm crazy, but I'm excited about the idea of giving birth. I know it'll hurt, I know it'll be the hardest thing I've ever done, but I feel so much more prepared now than ever before. Brandon and I are committed to a natural birth. We want to give this little baby of ours the best start in life; not to mention all the benefits for me!

Of course, things can change in an instant while in labor, but I feel like we're prepared to make informed decisions together.

Seriously though, if you're pregnant or could become pregnant (I sound like those commercials, huh?) you should consider the Bradley Method. Natural birth really isn't as scary as they make it out to be, once you know the facts!

In other news... we got the last of our cloth diapers today! So excited about that too!

Friday, October 28, 2011

And the winner is...

First, thanks to everyone who entered the Winnie the Pooh giveaway!! This was by far one of the best turnouts I've had on a giveaway, and I appreciate it.

So, without further ado... I had 15 entries and used Random.org to pick the winner.

And the winner is...

Christine!!

I'll be emailing you to get your address. :)

Again, thanks to everyone who entered!! I look forward to reading your comments on future posts!


Whatcha Reading?

Last chance to enter the Winnie the Pooh Giveaway!! I'll be announcing the winner TONIGHT!

If you've ever had a chance to look at the pages listed above, you'll see I have a list of 2011 books. I keep it updated because I like to keep track of what I read. I also have a notebook where I write the book, author and dates read, plus a commentary, just so I know. It's fun!

So far, I'm on book 22 on the list. However, I haven't included all the books I read. Namely, the baby books... because I've been reading a whole lot of those these days. And I'm lazy and forget to put them in there. So 22 is a good estimate, but I'm probably closer to 30+ now.

I've always been an avid reader and panic when I don't have something on my bedside. I stick to mostly historical fiction, but dabble in all kinds of stuff. Like right now, I'm reading our book club selection, which is a thriller:
I'm liking it so far! I should be done with it this weekend. Unfortunately, I decided to drop my nook in the bath last night (panic ensued), so I had to read another book while Brandon fixed the water damage. Luckily, I still have paperbacks out there.

I recently finished On Becoming Baby Wise...

 And started on The Birth Book!

I make it a habit to be reading two books at once. I always have a fiction book to read and a nonfiction, to keep my interests up. Sometimes I don't always read a nonfiction, but I have so many baby books I need to get through, it's a necessity. It shakes things up too, because I have a short attention span.

Anyway... I want to know, what are you reading these days? I'd love to hear!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

33 Weeks!


Don't forget to enter my Winnie the Pooh Giveaway!

How Far Along: 33 weeks, 7 weeks to go!

Size of baby: Baby S is between 17 and 19 inches long, the size of a pineapple or honeydew melon, and weighs about 4 pounds. 

Weight Gain/Loss: I've held steady between 160 and 161 the last week. So about 20 pounds gained.

Body Changes: Weight gain, swelling, and a growing belly.

Gender: It's a GIRL!

Movement: She's a fairly active baby! Brandon and I love feeling her move around in there. It's kind of a shock - there's a baby in my belly!

Sleep: I'm getting used to not sleeping through the night now. I wake up once to pee, and probably should go twice but I resist. I've been waking up randomly all night, trying to find somewhere comfortable. Oh, and Winston has decided he wants to play with us at 2am. Not cool.

What I'm looking forward to: Our last Bradley Class on Saturday. I'm sad it's done but so proud of how far we've gotten!

Cravings: Chocolate, sugar, and potatoes. Yummy.

Symptoms: I've been experiencing some mild swelling in my hands and feet - I had to take off my wedding ring! It's not usually too bad, though. I've also gotten more frequent cramping, which could be Braxton Hicks. You know, all typical pregnancy stuff at this point.

Best Moment This Week: My niece was born!! She's a week old now :)




Tuesday, October 25, 2011

GIVEAWAY: Winnie the Pooh DVD/BluRay

I don't always post twice a day, except for special occasions. Well, this morning I received an email about a giveaway that I just couldn't pass up!

You could win the new Winnie the Pooh DVD/BluRay Combo Pack!!
You should really check out the cool stuff on the widget. They have quizzes and activities to do with your kids, and yourself, a kid at heart!

I used to love Winnie the Pooh as a kid (oh geez, who didn't?) My favorite character? Tigger. He was pretty awesome!!

Now is your chance to WIN! Honestly, I wish they were just giving the combo pack away, because this would be a perfect addition to my growing kid-movie pile.

Here's how you win:

Mandatory: Comment on this post and tell me who your favorite Winnie the Pooh character is!
(Make sure your reply-to email address is set. If it isn't, leave your email in the comment)

Extra Entries (leave separate comment):
Blog about this giveaway!
FB/Tweet about this giveaway!

This giveaway ends on Friday, October 28! I'll announce the winner that night!


Hey, It's Okay Tuesday!

It's been a couple weeks since I did one of these, and since I don't have much else to say today... here we go!

Link up at Airing My Dirty Laundry!
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Hey, It's Okay...

To not be able to get your wedding ring off. I've been denying that I'm swelling, but I can't deny anymore. I need to shrink my finger!

To wonder what's up with the cat lately. The last 3 nights he's decided that we should play with him at 3am. Too early, Mr. Kitty, too early.

To hate allergies. And sneezing. And running noses.

To wonder how many more pillows we can fit on this couch. Brandon keeps bringing more over... we're at 8. Yes, 8 pillows. And these aren't just small throw pillows... 4 of these pillows are ones that you sleep with!

To be excited to go to yoga today!! It's been 3 weeks!

To look forward to going to the outlet mall later today with Brandon. We're baby shopping, but I think we're hitting up Godiva to get our free monthly chocolate.

To tell Brandon yesterday that no matter how he felt, we were going to work out when he gets off work...

To then back down on the threat because he's limping all around the house. I let him sit down with a beer in his jammies instead :P

Monday, October 24, 2011

I'm a Writer

Right now, I'm doing some serious procrastinating. I'm outside on the "lanai" at my makeshift work station, sitting on an exercise ball (gotta get that pelvis working!) and watching Dexter chase flies around the backyard. I'm doing some thinking.

You see, a week ago today, I officially finished my novel. It's been two years since I started it (my first completed NaNoWriMo project). Writing it was the easy part; then I had to edit. I've gone through a series of edits, had people read it for me, give suggestions, and finally I decided, "This is it. One last edit." Because you can only do so much, right?

I was super busy last week doing the AFAP thing, so today is my first day looking for agents. Yep, it's a scary road ahead. I've spent the last hour perfecting a spreadsheet on Excel to keep track of the process. Though now, I don't even know if I like it! I have one agent listed from a long time ago. This is a lengthy process, but I just need to do it and get it done.

Next Tuesday starts NaNoWriMo - my third year in a row! I'm going off the historical fiction route and trying a Young Adult fantasy novel, just for the fun of it. I came up with the idea on our trip to Australia and it's been stewing in my brain for a bit. It has potential. I know I'll be able to get through the month, I just hope it isn't too much of a struggle like it was last year. I blame that on not being invested entirely in the story.

So here we are again, working on my writing career. I know I need to work harder, but I'm doing more than nothing! Ok, except right now... time to check Facebook again. ;)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

What's Up?

I've been kind of quiet since Thursday, so I thought I'd let you know what we've been up to!

Friday


- Had my 32 week appointment. Got told to watch my weight. Seriously? For the first 24-28 weeks, they told me that I wasn't gaining enough. Now I need to scale back? Screw that.

- Went to another Hail & Farewell. Everyone got super smashed, of course. I was a little depressed after my appointment, but managed to keep a smile on my face. It wasn't too bad and the food was tasty. I wished I could've had a beer!

Saturday


- Bradley class in the morning. We only have one more left!! It was an awesome time. We practiced labor positions and both of us are feeling more and more confident. I know labor is going to be super tough, but we both are dedicated to go all natural. Keep us in your thoughts as the day approaches!

- Beforehand, Brandon had another chiropractor appointment. It's doing wonders for his back and his spirit. I love it! I might start going, since this guy also helps pregnant women. We're both worried about a breech baby and want to do everything we can to get this baby to be head down. (She was breech on Friday at the appointment. It's still early, though!)

- Brandon fixed my sewing machine!! Well, he opened it up and blew out the dust. But the zig-zag stitch works again! Yay!

Sunday


- We decided to switch up our morning routine by going early to the beach. We had plans to swim laps at Waimea Bay. Well, we get there and see that the winter surf has really come in. Then it started raining. We had brought Dexter with us, so we walked down the beach and back, then hopped in the car. It was still nice to get out of the house!

- Went grocery shopping later than usual. Crowded commissary... but we stayed under budget!

- We had planned on going on a bike ride after lunch, but then the skies opened up. I said, "Let's do something else, this rain should pass over." Well, it didn't pass over. It just kept coming!

- So... we did our November budget, I vacuumed upstairs and down, Brandon fixed a hole in a wall, I threw the ball for Dexter, Brandon chatted with his family, I did the dishes... etc. At least we were a little productive!

And... that was our weekend. Nothing too exciting these days, I suppose. But we keep ourselves busy busy busy!




Thursday, October 20, 2011

How Cloth Diapers & Wipes Work

I got a question in a comment the other day about how cloth diapers and wipes will work. Basically, where do you put them once you use them? The basics that you don't think about until you actually have to start thinking about them! So I thought I'd let you all know.

First, AFAP conference finished today and went great! Also, my little sister is doing awesome and so is the baby. Thanks for all the lovely comments!



Source: diapers.com via Chantal on Pinterest






Cloth Diapers

There's a whole big process when it comes to cloth diapers that I'm just not going into right now. That will be another post! But I'll tell you the basics and what our plan is. 

There's tons of different diapers out there to choose from - it's not your mama's diaper stash any longer. There are prefolds, an assortment of covers, pocket diapers, all-in-one diapers, inserts, liners, etc. The terminology is hard to get at first, but you start to figure it out as you research.

We chose to go with prefolds and covers for when she's younger because those fit the baby easier, and then transition to pocket diapers as she grows. The pictures above are examples of prefolds and a Thirsties cover, the brand we'll mostly we using. It's pretty easy. First, you wrap the prefold around the baby and attach it with a Snappi (a claw-like thing that has replaced pins). Once that's secure, you throw on a waterproof cover, because there's nothing to prevent the prefolds from leaking everywhere until you do. Easy!

When it comes to diaper changes, there's a lot of ways you can do it. We're doing it the most common way. Instead of a diaper genie, we'll have a basic plastic trash can with a lid. Instead of a trash bag, there will be a "wet bag," basically a laundry bag. Changed the diaper, throw dirty diaper in trash can to be washed later. When baby starts solid food, you'll want to dump the poop in the toilet first. No need to dunk or pre-soak. Then every 2-3 days, you toss all the diapers in the wash (which is it's own process) and you're good to go!


Cloth Wipes

Wipes follow a similar process. You can use them on the baby dry or spray them with water or a wipe mixture (tons of recipes online!). Once you've used the wipe, it also goes into the trash can and is washed with the diapers. Reusable and saves money!

How I made mine: The ones you see about are flannel (an old receiving blanket) and fleece. I sewed a straight stitch with the material inside out, flipped it around and sewed a zig-zag stitch around the edge. You don't have to do it that way, you can just sew two pieces together, but I liked the look of these. I'm also in the process of making some that are flannel-flannel as well. I've found in my research that flannel is one of the easiest materials to use and find. Lots of people swear by other stuff, but I'm cheap, so these will do. I also plan on using baby wash cloths that I've acquired.

Alright, so that's the gist of it all! I've written way more than I expected, but I hope I at least answered some questions. I hope to go into more detail after we've started our cloth diaper journey. Give me a couple months and I'll let you know!



I'm an Aunt - Again!

My baby sister Jessica had her baby!!

Born October 19, 2011
at 7 lbs 5 oz and 21 inches long

Welcome...

Avelyn Grace!!
Her first little blurry picture :)

(And yes, she gave me permission to write a blog post as soon as I wanted to, hehe)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

32 Weeks!


How Far Along: 32 weeks, 8 weeks to go! That's less than 2 months!

Size of baby: Baby S is about 17 inches long, the size of a squash or jicama (whatever that is!), and weighs about 3.75 pounds. 

Weight Gain/Loss: I hit the 160 mark this week! My old mind does panic a bit as the weight goes up, but I know it's all normal.

Body Changes: Belly growing, some swelling, but not much else.

Gender: It's a GIRL!

Movement: We've settled into a good routine. She is active for several days, then sleeps for a couple days with not as many movements, then starts up again. Some days it's A LOT of movement. She especially likes to punch my bladder. Yay.

Sleep: I wake up once a night to pee, though I could probably go twice... I'm just avoiding it. I can't seem to be comfortable either. Oh well, it's expected.

What I'm looking forward to: My next appointment on Friday.

Cravings: Sugary anything and fruit.

Symptoms: Back pain, slight swelling, tired... the usual third trimester complaints.

Best Moment This Week: Our Bradley class on Saturday. It was super informative!



Tuesday, October 18, 2011

AFAP - What?

When Brandon came home a couple weeks ago to tell me he got roped into doing the AFAP conference and "ask" if I wanted to go, I was a little wary. I had heard of AFAP, but had no clue what it meant and how I would be involved. Last week, we attended a delegates training meeting and I was left with even more questions, the biggest - what the heck am I doing?

AFAP (Army Family Action Plan) was created 28 years ago to deal with issues on post and Army wide. Issues are submitted and a group of delegates (of which I am for this conference) figure out which ones to pursue and which to ditch.

Of course, I didn't know exactly this going in this morning. I had a vague idea of what we were doing but had no idea where to start. Once we were given our packet of issues, I became more comfortable. The issues were easy to read and made sense. Sweet!

Unfortunately, Brandon and I were split into different groups. Sad day.

My group is dealing with family services, while Brandon's is dealing with base operations. A lot of the issues are valid for ours, though we did quickly toss a few - sorry! So we started the day by chatting about each issue (there was 20 or so) and then once those were discussed, we narrowed down to 7 that we wanted more information about. Subject matter experts (SMEs) came in to clarify certain regulations and answer our questions. Once that was said and done, we narrowed it down to 3 issues. Yay!

Now our job is to take these 3 issues and present them in a way that we could get some changes. We have to get some recommendations written and on Thursday, we'll be presenting them and answering questions. 

It's kind of fun! I'm surprisingly pleased and definitely in my element right now. It's so nice to be out of the house, around people, and doing something. Sometimes this writing life gets lonely, you know? It helps that my work group is great to be around. Poor Brandon says his work group isn't as great. :(

Now Brandon is at staff duty for the night (another Poor Brandon moment!) and I'll be watching trashy TV and dealing with a hyper border collie. I'm excited to see what tomorrow holds!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Sewing HELP!

Ok, I am in serious need of help here. I'm getting beyond frustrated because I feel like I've tried everything everyone has suggested to me (i.e.: Google and FB friends), but it keeps turning out the same way. So here goes, I'm reaching out to you, my blog readers.

Problem: My zig-zag stitch does this (first pic). This is actually a nice stitch, for what it's been doing. And underneath (second pic), it looks like a nice zig-zag, except it loops a bit sometimes.

I'll tell you what I've already done. Maybe, because I'm a novice at this sewing machine thing, I'm just not doing the right thing. I've had to have people explain terms to me because it's not getting into my head yet.

Tension: I've turned the upper thread tension this way and that, and it just tightens the stitch, but doesn't change it into a real zig-zag. I don't have a dial or screw to change the bobbin tension.
Bobbin: I've wound it correctly. I'm using the correct bobbin. I've installed it correctly. The bottom thread is being drawn up correctly.
Threading: I've threaded the machine correctly. It's actually very easy and I know I'm doing it right because I don't have to change anything and it does a straight stitch like a master.
Foot: I don't have to change the foot for this stitch, so it's all good.
Settings: I've messed with different tension, length and width, with no change. I'm also on the correct stitch setting because before, the zig-zag worked fine.

Ok, I think that's it. As you can see, I've done a lot of stuff. I probably could do more, but I'm impatient and frustrated!

If it helps, I have a Brother XL2600i. Thanks in advance for ANY help!


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Parade of Homes - Hawaii

I heard a couple weeks ago about the annual Parade of Homes here in Hawaii and I just had to do it! I told Brandon, "It's like a real-life HGTV!" And we know, HGTV is my fave place to be. ;)

So we decided to go today and check out some of the homes. There was a huge list and we narrowed it down to five stops in a general close area. I was super excited to just get out of the house; it was so beautiful today, the sun was shining, the skies were clear... perfect!

Ok, our first stop was Target, since we were in the area. I got myself a pair of black lounge-type capris because I was tired of wearing jeans! They're comfy on my pregnancy tummy. Oh, and I finally found a water bottle I like. Thank goodness for a replacement!

Anyway, we hit up the first place and ended up touring 6 homes. They were pretty cool! Lots of nice features, fairly good layouts too. Then we headed down the road and hit up the next place, where we toured 4 homes. Theeeeen we hopped down the road again and saw 3 more houses! Wow!

A few things about Hawaiian homes:

1. They have tiny tiny almost non existent backyard.
2. They have small bedrooms (we're talking 9' by 11', on average)
3. There are no basements.
4. They are expensive.

But hey, the houses were nice! We started out seeing the smaller homes (townhome and apartment style) and made our way up. Our favorites of course were the last three, which were huge and on the golf course. Oh, I could see myself being in one of those. For a price, of course.

It was a fun couple of hours with Brandon!! We discussed what we liked, what we hated, what we could see in a future home of ours. It was a good date with my husband. :)

Friday, October 14, 2011

Baby Girls

Two Months. 
Two months left until my due date.

It's amazing how quick the time passes. Brandon and I were walking the dog, thinking about 9 weeks ago, since we have 9 weeks left, and we realized we were about to come back from Australia. Weren't we just there? Wasn't Brandon just deployed? Where was the time going?

We are getting so excited to meet our little girl. Brandon talks to my belly sometimes, usually asking her what her name is (she kicked on Victoria!). Our life right now is being planned in two phases - the next two months before her arrival, and the next however-long after she's born.

I was convinced we were having a boy. I had to be! My friends all had boys; though maybe that put the odds of having a girl on my side? I checked all the charts, did the math... she was supposed to be a boy. Though in the back of my mind, there was always that doubt, and it was confirmed by our 20 week ultrasound. Girl.

I'm a tomboy. I don't do pink, I don't wear dresses much, I climb trees, shoot guns, and can't braid my own hair if I tried. Of course, I would have a girl.

Honestly, I'm nervous about the whole idea. Raising girls is hard! I want her to grow up and be independent. I want her to be strong-minded, strong-willed, comfortable with herself, and comfortable with being a girl. I wasn't comfortable with being a girl for a looooong time.

So while I try to figure out the best way to raise this little girl to be the best person she can be, I'm throwing myself into all things girly. I'm looking at cute headbands and pretty dresses. I can't wait to dress her up! And in the back of my mind, I know Brandon and I will love this girl for whoever she is, and raise her to be a wonderful person.

I'm still not sold on pink stuff though...

Source: zulily.com via Chantal on Pinterest


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Cocky

Brandon and I suffer from a certain personal flaw... cockiness. We both get know-it-all attitudes and when you team us together, it's disastrous.

I've been noticing lately that ever since we embarked on this natural childbirth thing, we've gotten less and less humble. We've been loading our brains with research, research, research! Since then, we feel pretty comfortable talking to people about the pros and cons of childbirth stuff. You know, like inducing labor, cesareans, epidurals, episiotomies, what happens right after the baby is born... etc. 

I won't bother you with our research unless you want to know about something. ;)

So, this all came to a head while on our Labor & Delivery tour on Tuesday. While sitting in the waiting room, I was keeping to myself, reading my newest baby book. I couldn't get through more than a page and a half because in my ear was this other pregnant lady who kept talking and talking. She was just annoying me! I hate to say it. (The worst? She kept saying, "This is the year for boys!" I wanted to turn around and be like, "Nope, it's the year for girls.")

I leaned over to Brandon and whispered, "I hope she's not on our tour."

Guess who was on our tour?

It wasn't too bad at first, but then she tried to strike a conversation with us. She proceeded to say how she wanted to have her baby at 36 weeks because it was considered full term. The only reason? So they could miss their ball. Oh, ok. So after saying 36 weeks is full term several times, Brandon finally turned to her and said "No, it's really 37 weeks, and you should want to keep that baby in there as long as possible." That kind of shut her up and she marched off.

We had to hold our tongues because she was saying a lot of stuff contradictory to what we've been learning. It was basically from a lack of knowledge more than anything else.

But seriously, we've gotten cocky. I tell him that a friend gave birth, he asks for the birth story, and then proceeds to analyze it. It's not good for us!! Everybody is different and every birth is different. We're preaching the wrong way, I think...

It's time we rein in the cockiness, or at least keep it to an audience that really cares, right?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

31 Weeks!


How Far Along: 31 weeks, 9 weeks to go! Yep, we're in the single digits!

Size of baby: Baby S is about 16 inches long, the size of four navel oranges, and weighs about 3.3 pounds. 

Weight Gain/Loss: Gaining about a pound a week now. Started at 141.6, was 158.8 most of the week. Today I weighed in at 159.6. It might have been the pizza last night though...

Body Changes: Belly growing! That's about it.

Gender: It's a GIRL!

Movement: She's a morning person like her mommy. I'll usually start feeling movement right when I wake up and through breakfast, then a little bit during the day. She picks up the activity right after dinner. I bet she likes food as much as I do!

Sleep: I'm hitting that point of bad sleep the books talk about. I'm still only getting up once to pee, but now I'll wake up randomly throughout the night. Sometimes, I'm wide awake! It's frustrating because I like my sleep, though I know it's all preparing me for when she arrives.

What I'm looking forward to: Having everything ready and just waiting for her to arrive.

Cravings: Garlic! I chop garlic up into everything these days.

Symptoms: Back pain, foot pain (from my injury awhile back), always yawning... but nothing I can't deal with!

Best Moment This Week: Starting sewing! I've been working on this quilt/blanket kit I bought at a garage sale, and chugging my way through cloth wipes.

We had our Labor & Delivery tour yesterday. It was interesting... not too informative. She just dragged us around, showed us some rooms, and then we filled out our pre-registration paperwork. I had seen the areas before, but I'm sure it was nice for Brandon to experience a bit. We were both taken aback by some statements of procedures they do, but we know if we have a solid birth plan, then it shouldn't be an issue.