Thursday, May 31, 2007
Well this am I woke up feeling crampy and having back pain. The back pain intensified as the day wore on and I started having some tightening across my uterus. I finally called the doc around 1:30 and they wanted me to come in for a stress test b/c the baby wasn't moving much. I just got back from that. The baby looked fine she said and I was having alot of cramping and "uterine activity." She said it would either dissipate and stop or it would get stronger and proceed into labor. She said she was on call this weekend and might see us!!
So anyways- That is were we stand. I am going to go for a walk and see if I can encourage things a little bit... :o) We will keep you all posted!!!
Hopefully it won'' stop and go away but get stronger!!!
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Whoopie Pie Cake
Hippert's Famous Cookies
A ton of Bottled Water
I think you get the picture.
The day was a beautiful sunny 80-90 degree day. It would have been hot, but my sister let us borrow her (2) EZ-Up Pop-Up Tent things that provided enough shade for everyone. My parents brought over a picnic table and almost everyone brought over chairs so everyone had a place to sit. My parents also brought a kiddie pool for the kids to play in which was a hit. I would say the BBQ was a success and a good time was had by all.
Anyways...check out the pics from my new camera!!!!! :) I took about 500 pictures, but deleted about 340 of them because they just weren't very good or because there were duplicates or similars. I LOVE THE CAMERA, now I just need to become well acquainted with the thing.
Monday, May 28, 2007
Sunday, May 27, 2007
My aunt mentioned that red wine might help me sleep a little bit. Might have to try that- right now b/c its so hot out I am craving one of those big calorie laden fruity drinks like a sour apple margarita( frozen of course!!!) Can't wait to have one of those.
I survived the 3 hour service at church last night too. It was very warm in the church- No a/c and a packed crowd- so every now and then I had to go outside to cool off-. 3 trips to the bathroom and 2 trips outside for a 3 hour service- not too bad. :o) My feet swelled up b/c of the heat and are still swollen today.
My technology hungry husband is super excited about our new camera. We bought a digital cannon 10D off of our friends ( who are great photographers) and actually took our wedding pictures. It arrived in the mail yesterday and Mike has been snapping pictures ever since. So now we own the camera that was used to take our wedding pictures last year. Pretty cool! It looks a little too complicated for my pregnancy fried brain at the moment ( it came with 2 manuals the size of novels)- but of course it took mike all of 2 seconds to figure out how to use it. Mike is sleeping at the moment otherwise I would have him hook the camera up to the laptop so you all can see some of his pictures. Like I said- I haven't a clue how to download pics from it yet.
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Maybe the holy spirit will get involved at the vigil mass tonight- :o)
If anyone has any ideas of ways I can keep myself busy let me know- I am so restless. I have already cleaned our house- organized every closet, cleaned up the yard, cooked a few meals for the freezer. Keira's room is ready and there isn't one thing left to buy, the car seats are installed. I have packed her bag for the hospital as well as mine- I can't sit still long enough to read or watch TV.. and sleeping just isn't happening....
Friday, May 25, 2007
So its memorial day weekend 2007. On my way home from work I passes several campers, and trucks hauling campers. I suspect that traffic headed north into the white mountians is going to be horrendous. Its supposed to be a great weekend I believe weather wise so everyone seems to have big plans. I have big plans too- I hope to have a baby this weekend!!!! HAHA- I doubt that would happen- would be nice.... but I doubt it.Other than that.. its also Pentecost weekend- which means there is a big (and of course LONG) Pentecost Vigil Mass at church sat evening. Mike is lecturing so we will be going to that. Hopefully its not as long as the Easter Vigil Mass. If I usually make at least 2 bathroom trips for a regular mass- I wonder how many times I will have to pee during a 2 and 1/2 hour mass.... ???? Lets hope I can also stay awake! :o)
Other than that- Mike is abandoning me all day tomorrow to go to MA and help the Franciscans with their dry wall project again so I shall have to find something to occupy my restless mind that doesn't involve spending money.
Monday we are having all of our friends over for a BBQ-
Hope everyone has a good weekend!!!
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Have you ever heard of a diaper cake???? Me either.. until I saw one today. Work had a double baby shower plus a wedding shower for me, another girl having a baby, and a PA who was getting married today. They had tons of food and cake. Yummy stuff. The other pregnant gal and I were each given a diaper cake ( see pic of the far Right) The diapers are rolled and then bound with ribbons and stacked like a cake. On the sides are toys, pacifiers and bottles. Its really very creative. They also gave each of us flowers, a Target gift card, balloons, and a bag of baby clothes and toiletries.We have sooooooo many diapers now- If Keira doesn't show up soon I am going to have to find another use for disposable diapers..... :o)
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Mark & Niki said...
A few comments: 1. Good news about the sunshine and blood pressure. I can tell you are so ready to have that baby!2. Sounds like you have been succored in to all those sleeping devices. Niki and I received one of those Teddy Bears from one of her relatives and it didn't work an ounce. The only thing it did was make a really annoying noise. 3. Baby Keira is a princess already. While all those gadgets all over her crib and chairs, she is going to be hyper-stimulated. 4. Are you going natural? You don't need the epidural....not that I know or anything!!5. Temps yesterday was 80 and sunny! Jealous?
5/22/2007 1:33 PM
1. Yes I am ready to have this baby- question is.. is she ready to meet the world?? Doesn't seem to be the case. I won't be outdone with Armenian stubburnness- I am afterall more armenian that she is.. so I shall win this fight and she shall come out!!!
2. Sleeping devices- They were given to us( not bought by us) and hey if it works who cares... EVERY baby is different so who knows.... this is another fight I will win- This child will learn to sleep through the night in her own crib. We will love her dearly but we are only human and need sleep too!
3. Princess yes- Over stimulated??? NO - She will be educated.... I think your child will be over stimulated... look who your poor child is going to have bothering it and playing with it... ARI.. Mr. Hyper himself!
4. Am I going natural???? Who do you think I am? Why would I want to be in agony and dying with pain if I can have drugs??? Hello... Modern medicine- its a wonderful thing..... and by the way- being that you are a man.. you haven't the right to say ONE WORD about pain control during labor.. we all know men couldn't handle labor pain either....
Monday, May 21, 2007
I just got back from the doctors and everything seems to be OK with Keira. My blood pressure was much better today than last week so no worries there. She didn't check my cervix so I dunno if I am dilated at all but I doubt it since I haven't really had any signs of labor to speak of. She said they wouldn't induce me until 41 weeks unless there is a problem so I could technically be pregnant another 3 weeks (groan... ) Hopefully not- I am going to go take another walk even though I know it doesn't seem to do much but it so nice out I might as well.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Its hard to occupy the weekend and spend every moment in doors this time of year. Mike has been keeping himself busy with construction projects as usual. Yesterday he was in MA helping a group of Franciscan bothers and priests with a drywall project and today he is plugging away at our own dry wall project on the second floor. The first of our summer guests arrives around June 19th so we hope to have all the construction upstairs finished by then so our guests aren't dealing with drywall dust in their bedroom. Of course how much gets done depends alot of Baby Keira's impending arrival... although we haven't any inkling of hope that she will arrive anytime soon and its getting harder and harder to sleep and get comfortable at any time of the day or night. Tomorrow is my next doctors appointment so we shall see if we have made any progress or if my blood pressure continues to sky rocket.
I spent all day yesterday in Warner at my dad's house hanging out with my siblings and trying not to feel like a caged bird. Today after Mass I did some last min shopping for baby stuff and the usual weekend grocery shopping. For some reason I have a craving for spaghetti and meatballs so I made a whole crock pot full of meatballs. At least dinner is made for the next 3 nights or so... :o)
Thursday, May 17, 2007
All of our weekly TV shows are winding down. Gray's Anatomy season finale was last night- American Idol ends next week. Its nice to have some shows to look forward to during the long cold winter months when there is little else to do - but I don't think I will miss watching them during the summer. There are so many more exciting things to do. Now if only the weather would cooperate. We are going on our 6th straight day of rain and clouds and cold temps in the 40's and 50's. My flowers seem to like it though. They are growing well despite our current lack of sunshine. The weather people tell us the next day of sun is Tues which means we will have officially gone an entire week + without one drop of sun light. No wonder I am cranky!!!
Anyways so I have been trying to pass the time by reading all I can on infant sleep patterns. I am on my third book of advice of how to get your baby to sleep well at night and through the night after a few months. I might be an expert on infant sleep by the time I am done reading... RIGHT. :o) We have all the tools too.. swaddling blankets, sleep positioners, a teddy bear that mimics a human heartbeat, white noise. Lets hope something works and that this girl is a good sleeper. I am sure there will be many future posts about it.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Sunday, May 13, 2007
I also discovered that our yard does indeed have lilac bushes!!! I was planning on buying some so that was a good fine- the actual flowers just appeared this week which is why I didn't realize we had lilacs before. Lilac's are my absolute favorite flower and we my wedding flowers.
Mike's family came over for dinner for a mother's day BBQ. We brought our grill out of storage about 1 week ago and have used it many many times since. The cool thing about using the grill is then Mike will grill whatever is for dinner and I don't have to stand over the hot stove!!
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Other firsts- we went to our first yard sale as a couple today!!! I grew up yard sailing with my mother every weekend but I am not really into them myself. But the frugalness in me won over. A catholic school near our house was having a fundraiser yard sale so we decided to check it out. Being that I woke Mike up at 5:30 this morning( to restless to sleep) we were dressed and fed very early. Anyways we ended up getting some kitchen stuff I needed as well as a small bookshelf for Keira's room and some kids books.
Well I could go on and on about the past year but I promised Mike I would join him and the guys and his aunt and uncle for dinner so I had better head over there.....
Ohhhhh one last thing. Mike installed Keira's car seat a few days ago. Being that I read somewhere that over like 80% of car seats are not installed properly I went to the Manchester Police station to have a certified officer/safety expert check it out He was pretty impressed when I told him Mike had installed it.He said "WOW- that looks great- its not very often that I see one installed properly!!" LOL... that is my handy husband! :o)
Friday, May 11, 2007
So our lovely neighbor directly across the street and slightly to the left decided up and move the Florida and sell his house and subdivide his "double" lot. Being that it is Manchester; they are, of course, going to build another house on the teeny tiny part of the lot that was previously a lush green lawn surrounded by a cute white fence with several beautiful towering pine trees. Mike and I were enjoying our grilled dinner and hanging out on the deck in our backyard when we noticed some strange noises. We peered over our backyard fence and low and behold some idiots are tearing down one of the beautiful pine tree across the street. I don't know a lot about tearing down trees but I do know that you don't attack a tree with a bulldozer. These guys were literally hacking at the tree with the shovel part of the bulldozer trying to make the branches "fall off" for several minutes - Then they promptly began pushing the tree over again with the shovel part of the bulldozer- it came close to hitting the house next to the lot- then luckily they changed its course and it fell to the ground. We are keeping our fingers crossed that they are only taking down one tree and not all of them. Wonder what kind of house they are going to squeeze on the teeny tiny property!!!
Thursday, May 10, 2007
The most exciting news of the day is Mike is a published author... sort of.
A shortened version of how the Holy Spirit at one point touched his life is in a book entitled "When the Spirit Speaks". It is kind of funny how he got his story in that book. A friend of his sent an e-mail awhile back and copied someone on renewalministries.com in the e-mail. Since Mike is a curious kind of guy, he went to renewalministries.com to seee what the heck that place was. Lo and Behold, it was a Catholic organization. On the website, they listed that they were working on a book about how the Holy Spirit touched people's lives in everyday situations and were looking for stories. Mike has written his conversion story (about 13 pages long) and so he sent it to them. They liked one of the sections and asked if they could use it for the book and alas, it is now in a book for all to see. So if you see this book, look at page 43 and you will see Mike from New Hampshire, Young Adult...this is actually kind of cool ;)
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Peter comes in from Franciscan University tonight around 5:30. Mike and I are going to pick him and his friend Kevin up at the airport and bring them back to our house for dinner. Its soooo nice out I think we will start up the grill... Last sunday I attempted to grill dinner and ended up burning it. I am not good with the grill- that is Mike's domain... so I think I will let him be in charge of dinner on the grill. Anyways my dad will meet us here- join us for dinner and then take Peter back to Warner. I will post some pics later this eve!
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Anyways- Some one asked about the ants - I am happy to say that we seem to have demolished them! I haven't seen an ant in at least 3 days and neither has Mike. YEAHHHH!!!
Mike mowed the lawn yesterday and I cleaned up the grass that was torn up when Mike and Mike H. put in the path. The front flower bed is all ready to plant now that the bushes are all cleared out.
Apparently Mike and Paul may be doing some drywall tonight since Paul was sick on Sunday and couldn't help - but it worked out because we were able to do the path which is my Mother's Day gift.
Anyways- mike seems to have caught my nesting bug and we can't stop with the home projects.... ( as I am sure people are getting tired of reading about our daily projects!)
Monday, May 07, 2007
Sunday, May 06, 2007
Saturday, May 05, 2007
Friday, May 04, 2007
Nothing to exciting on tap for this weekend. We have our second baby shower with my side of the family. Its at my Dad's house in Warner so we will be doing that tomorrow. Other than that we hope to continue house projects...basement work, second floor dry wall, yard work. I wish we could both take a week off and get some things done but Mike has zero vacation time and I don't get a paid maternity leave except for what vacation time I have saved up- so I best leave that alone. I have about 3 weeks saved up so far.
Well I should probably get back to writing thank you nots for all the cool baby gifts we received at our shower last weekend. Happy Friday to all.... :o)
Thursday, May 03, 2007
I went for a walk today to see if it would give me any contractions- No such luck. :o(
We have been busy trying to get things done before Keira shows up. We got our life insurance all squared away so we can check that off our list to things to do before Keira shows up- Now we need to do our will- Trying to pick a guardian ( in the event of the death of both of us) for a child that we haven't met has got to be one of the hardest things to do!!! We have had the paperwork to do the will sitting on our coffee table for weeks and have yet to fill it out because we can't decide on a guardian for little Keira.
hmmm the most exciting news of the day is that some lovely teeny tiny ants have decided to take up residence with us and without even asking us have moved right into our kitchen. The are the most annoying guests ever and Mike has promptly gone to work to speed up their demise.. We will keep you posted.
The sugar monster has struck Mike and he said if I find a dessert recipe for him to make he will do the dishes.. :o) so I better find a dessert recipe since he is almost done with the dishes. Personally I think he should wait until we have at least confirmation that the ants are dead and gone before we go spreading the sugar around but apparently the sugar cravings are to much to bear...... I am trying to stay away from the sugar as I have gained 39 pounds as of today with this little alien growing in my belly. Mike constantly making desserts isn't helping!!!