Friday, August 29, 2008

Spooner Tails - Labor Day Weekend

I feel like the blog is kind of boring in this waiting period for something exciting to happen. Right now there's no kicking, no gender, not much nursery decorating or much of a bump. But this is what we've been up to in the interim:
  • Brad's in Arkansas this weekend for his annual guy's weekend trip. They are going to the Arkansas football game tomorrow. Brad's dedication to his team must be waning - he told me this morning he's not going if it's raining. I clearly remember being forced to sit through the entire game in pouring rain on more then one occasion when we lived in Texas and went up for the games. I think he even told me it was raining because I was there. Like I'm bad luck! 
  • My weekend trip to the beach got cancelled at the last minute, so I am trying to keep myself entertained for a few days. I think I may head to Williamsburg tomorrow to shop with Sue and Clare. They have the best TJ Maxx there. Monday I'm having lunch with my friend Karen and her newborn baby, who just arrived a few weeks ago. Also hoping to get over to see Colleen & Co. at some point. Her kids always put a big smile on my face!
  • We are about to do some major exterior house improvements. It's like an episode of Curb Appeal without the annoying host. Brad's been ripping all of the front yard out and playing with his chainsaw. I fetch water and say supportive things while reminding him I'm not to lift anything heavy. We have the tree people coming to clear some trees (we have over 60 so no big loss), a contractor coming to do some painting and repairing and a landscaper coming to put in a new walk, new yard, new beds. I will of course post pictures. But not yet - it's a scary giant mud pit out there right now. We love re-doing a house, so it will be fun. And I can't wait for my new hydrangeas!
  • I'm starting to feel that nesting instinct I read about. I have this urge to organize closets, finish decorating our house and get to that list of little things you always mean to fix but don't. Not being able to paint is really frustrating. I have visions I can't implement. Overall I want the house to feel cozy and homey, which is a challenge with these bigger rooms. Our first two houses were half the square footage of this and they were really quaint. I love a small house. But I guess I also love closet space. Grass is always greener, you know.
  • Morning sickness has mostly gone - still feeling a little iffy from time to time. My first pregnancy sinus infection cleared up so I'm almost like a normal healthy person! I had my first really noticeable round ligament pain today, where my tummy is stretching out. Wowzers! It was really sharp. My mom used to tell me when I threw a huge fit from stubbing my toe or something that I would never make it through childbirth if I couldn't handle something small like that any better. Now that I'm here, I think she is probably right!
So yeah, that's really it. I know, laaaame. I promise this blog will get a lot more interesting after the baby is born. Cause babies do funny stuff, right?

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

House Bling

A little background: Brad got to go to Amsterdam about a year and a half ago with his company for this big networking event. I stayed home and felt very sorry for myself and shopped a whole bunch at boutiques that only let you return for store credit. Then Brad came home with all these really nice presents for me from Amsterdam, including this beautiful Ferragamo scarf. I felt slightly guilty at that point, but I really loved my new scarf! The picture in it was striking, so I didn't want to bunch it up or roll it up or anything in order to wear it. I thought we should frame it. 

After much debate (like a year and a half's worth) and thought on how we wanted it to look and where we wanted it to go in the house, we bit the bullet a few weeks ago and made our decisions. It turned out beautifully! We haven't hung it up yet, but here's a preview:

It's 45 x 45, so it's a huge piece, but they used museum plexiglass, so it's not too heavy. It's going above the sectional in the den, between two wall lamps. I'm hoping it will draw people's eyes away from our extremely ugly 1979 fireplace, which we can't decide how to tackle just yet. U-G-L-Y. But divert your eyes. Look towards the giraffes.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Portly Princess Poodle

Zoe must think she is pregnant too because she is apparently eating for two. We went to the vet this evening and she has gained NINE POUNDS since last summer. When you weigh 49 pounds to begin with, that is quite a gain! I'm not really sure how it happened since we quit doing pig ear treats a long time ago and I've been walking them a bunch during my first trimester because I've been too sick to do any other exercise. But we're moving to light dog food, fewer treats and more intense exercise. Now that I'm not as sick, I think I'll do the same!

In other news, Zuma Nesta Rock Rossdale??? Huh?

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Week 13 Baby/Whole Fruit Comparison

Ok, got another newsletter with a differing opinion. A baby/shellfish comparison:

I think the moral of this story is it is really hard to represent fetal size with food. 

Back from New Mexico

I just got back from New Mexico this afternoon where I saw my family and friends and attended my grandfather's memorial service. It was good to see everyone. We got to see my cousin Kim and have lunch with her and see her house, hubby and bunnies. And we drove for 3 hours each way through desolate, barren desert Indian reservations (see above) to get to Farmington for the service and back to Albuquerque for our flight. 

So many wonderful people attended the service and had lots of funny stories about my grandfather. My dad told me a particularly funny one he heard about a work trip in Montana my grandfather took with one of his friends. They got caught in a storm but luckily found a hotel out in the middle of nowhere. However, the only available room was the bridal suite! So they took it and that's where they stayed! Another Grandpa story I love happened the morning after my wedding. Brad and I had our wedding reception in an old hotel (the Melrose) on Oak Lawn in Dallas, but unbeknownst to us, the day after our wedding was a big gay pride parade where a lot of the participants dress in drag. Not a big deal for Dallas, but Farmington has never seen such a thing. When my dad went to pick up Grandpa at the hotel, they rode down the elevator with 3 fully bearded men dressed as Kilgore Rangerettes! My dad said the look of shock on Grandpa's face was priceless. One thing I love about my family is even in hard times, we find a way to laugh. And we did that a lot over the past couple of days.

All in all, it's been a pretty bittersweet couple of months for us - lots of excitement about the baby, but Brad and I both lost our grandfathers this summer. I guess that's the circle of life, but it sure doesn't make it any easier.  

Sunday, August 17, 2008

It's a sad day

I found out yesterday that my grandfather died in the morning. My dad's dad. He's been sick for a while with bone cancer, which can be very painful. I am grateful he died peacefully in his sleep and that my dad got to see him just a few weeks ago. He lived in Farmington, New Mexico, which is a small town 3 hours north of Albuquerque near the Colorado border. I'm flying out tomorrow early to meet my mom and sister Megan in Albuquerque to drive up for the memorial service. I get back to Richmond on Wednesday afternoon. 

This is a picture of me when I was about 5 with my grandfather, probably somewhere in Colorado.  He took me fishing (yep, I fished once) and I didn't catch anything and neither did my dad but Grandpa caught one. When we got home I announced that Grandpa caught the ONLY fish in the lake! My parents love that story.

Friday, August 15, 2008

How Cute is This?

I stumbled on this on (they had it with lamps - has surprisingly cute lamps). I think Brad would get a real kick out of having it in the nursery! I think we're gonna have to get it! They don't make a Texas A&M one. Though the 'aggie' isn't really a definable mascot - it usually looks like a cross between a maroon hershey's kiss and an m&m when they try to represent it pictorially.  So I'm not sure what stuffed shape would be hanging down on the mobile for my school. 

Since shopping for clothes with the psuedo-beer gut isn't that much fun, I shop lamps. And mobiles. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Week 12 Dr. Appointment - State of the Uterus

I had my 'every 4 week' doctor appointment today and it went really well! Dr. D said everything looks really good and we listened to the baby's heartbeat, which is still really strong - in the 160's bpm. She smiled and said, 'I think it's a girl! Even though that's an old wives tale!' The crazy part is I've been thinking it's a girl lately too! But we won't know for sure until October 7, which is our next ultrasound appointment. I scheduled it for first thing in the morning - trying to work that day before the appointment would be too hard! 

Dr. D also told me where the baby was in my tummy - kind of low, a couple of inches above my pelvic bone and right in the center. The baby is the size of a LARGE plum. Not a small plum, or I wouldn't be having so much trouble buttoning my pants.  

The next state of the uterus address is scheduled for September 10 - my next doctor appointment!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Bump Watch 2008 - Week 12

The baby belly is starting to look more like a baby belly and less like I just had 47 cheeseburgers last week washed down with a keg of beer. So here is the first bump pic, with more to come in the future! 

My neighbor lent me these great transitional cropped pants for when you're in between regular clothes and maternity. After squeezing myself into my regular pants all week and feeling so uncomfortable, I could practically hear angels singing as I zipped them up. How pleasant! The top is one my Aunt Judy gave me before I knew I was pregnant but it fits over everything nicely. I think I've gained about 3 or 4 pounds, though it feels like about 10. Which means the 25 or so I gain by the end will probably feel like about 100! Woohoo! 

Monday, August 4, 2008

Nursery - Before

When we bought our house we knew it needed a lot of work. We tend to gravitate towards whatever house will bring us the most headaches. But we really loved the floor plan and knew the rest of it could be customized to what we loved.  However, the floor plan came with dark floors, pink walls, beige trim and turquoise accents. 307 trips to Benjamin Moore later, we have something that looks a bit more like us. 

One of the rooms that was particularly offensive was the small room at the end of the hall that we knew we wanted to make a nursery. It has 2 windows and lots of light and overlooks all the pretty trees in the backyard. Unfortunately it also had mint green trim and doors. The mint green covered BLACK trim. Who paints trim black? Yuck. The sellers painted the moldings, doors, closet, windows - everything in mint green.

Here's a 'before' picture - I had pulled the closet doors and bedroom door down because they were also mint green, front and back and had to be painted. So that's what's leaning against the walls.

Months ago when I was on my painting kick, I decided to tackle it, thinking I won't be able to paint when I'm pregnant and bugging Brad to paint (which he hates) didn't sound like much fun either. I'm not even going to go into how much paint I had to get out of my hair to get this room looking presentable. I sanded, I primed, I painted trim and doors and then put a nice soothing creamy yellow on the walls. Suitable for boy or girl. The color is Benjamin Moore's Pale Moon and is a deeper shade of a color I saw in House Beautiful magazine called Man in the Moon. The designer called the color 'the inside of a magnolia blossom' and that sounded quite pleasant indeed. And here it is, though the closet doors are still down and some prints I am going to frame and hang in there are on the floor:

Love the color, love the wood floors, love the light. I'm not really doing a theme, but want the room to feel very soothing with lots of soft colors punctuated with bright accents, like the pictures, a fun lamp, etc. . We have a sweet little rug that is getting cleaned right now. And I've started to look at comfy gliding armchairs to put in there. The one I like at Arhaus they said will take 12 weeks to come and I thought - that's an entire trimester! Hopefully not all the furniture will take that long, but I don't want to take any chances. I love having a new room to decorate!

We have a blog... and a baby!

Hi everyone! We're starting a little blog to keep everyone up to date on what we're doing and how the baby is coming along. Also different house projects we have going on as we work on the third of our project houses. And on some days (maybe most) I'll whine about whatever pregnancy symptom is bugging me most!

Here's our first and only set of baby pics - though we're looking forward to more!

We are 10 1/2 weeks into the pregnancy, but I'm pretty sure I've been asleep for the last 3. Or complaining to poor Brad about how every food sounds icky and I just can't eat. The one strange exception so far has been pizza. This kid loves some pizza! Tummy isn't even upset after! But we're looking forward to having the first trimester over for so many reasons. And we are starting to think about how fun it will be to find out if it's a boy or a girl. I think that should happen in late September or early October

I got to hold my friend's little 2 day old newborn last week and it was so much fun! She was 7 1/2 pounds of cuteness and was dreaming and making all these funny faces. I got so excited I came home and started shopping for cribs online! 

Well it's about time to let the poodles drag me around the neighborhood for a walk in the oppressive, humid heat. Brad is in Loooooooong Island tonight after a delayed flight. Back tomorrow though.

How does one end a blog post? It's not like an email. I guess I'll just stop writing now.