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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

18 weeks!

Nursery progress!

Painting - ALMOST done. Just a few tiny finishing touches (that Daddy keeps putting off). But the crib is set up! And the decal is up! It looks AWESOME.

I'm so so happy with how it's turning out.

18 week Anomaly scan yesterday went good and bad. Good because Parker appears to be 100% perfect and healthy - 2 kidneys, all 4 heart ventricles, his brain/spine looked great, and his little face.

Bad because they confirmed what I thought - I have an anterior placenta. No wonder I haven't been feeling much of any movement at all. So frustrating! And even worse, I have an almost complete placenta previa.

You can't deliver vaginally with a placenta previa. C-section only. I was devastated when she told me this. Like, couldn't breathe while driving home because I was crying so hard, had to pull over.

I'm clearer now, and I know that we are lucky to have gotten pregnant. We are lucky that he's healthy. And however he comes, it doesn't matter in the end. I just didn't plan for this whatsoever. I wanted a specific labor. Wanted Doug to cut the cord. Wanted Parker laid on my chest, and to breastfeed right away. Most of that won't be possible with a c-section, and that is devastating.

But, it still has time to move. They will just monitor it. And if we get to pick his birthday, 10-11-12 is pretty darn cool. Plus we'll get to meet him earlier.

His cheeks are definitely getting chubbier - he is 10 oz now! And 6 inches long. Huge!! Almost halfway, can't believe it.

Random: I'm loving these shelves for the nursery:

And I've gotten a few of the "bigger" pieces for the nursery:

1. Paint - Behr, "Tropical Holiday". (Top half of room, above chair rail.)
2. Robot wall decal - Etsy.
3. Gray Chevron crib skirt - Etsy
4. Mustachio, the cutest robot ever - Etsy
5. "Imagine" print - Etsy
6. Spice racks turned bookshelves - Ikea
7. South Shore Peak-a-boo Collection changing table/dresser combo - Target.
8. Grayson Grommet window panels - Target.
9. Graco Lauren 4-in-1 Convertible Crib - Walmart
10. "Prince" print - Etsy.
11. Personalized chair - Pottery Barn Kids.
12. Chevron fabric basket organizer - Etsy
13. Robot pillow - Etsy.
14. Chevron "P" print - Etsy. 
15. "Optimist" robot print - Etsy.
16. Chevron switch plate - Etsy.

And I skipped 17 weeks :( It's crazy how time gets away from you!!

How far along? 18 weeks. <3
Total weight gain/loss: About 13-15 lbs.. will have official weigh in a week from today at OBGYN's.

Maternity clothes? Maternity jeans and 2 tops, and bought a pair of maternity shorts this weekend - super comfy. And maternity bra, and got a tankini bathing suit that will grow with my bump. Other than that just long stretchy tanks.
Stretch marks? Some on my boobs. Boo. They seem to come and go though! Weird. -- Same.
Sleep: It's hit or miss. My allergies are definitely bugging me early in the morning. 

Best moment this week: Finding out that Parker appears to be 100% healthy and normal. And seeing his little face again.
Miss Anything? Nope! I feel great!!!
Movement: Not much, thanks to my anterior placenta :(

Food cravings: Fruit and salads with Ranch dressing.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Not really.Labor Signs: Nope.
Belly Button in or out? It's pretty much flat which is sooo weird. 

Wedding rings on or off? Engagement ring on whenever I leave the house. It's snug though on hot days.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Was pretty sad yesterday after finding out about the placenta previa, but I'm trying to look at the positives.

Looking forward to: Finding out if the placenta previa has moved, feeling more movement (should start in the next 2-3 weeks), working on the nursery some more.

Edited to add: Called the OBGYN today. Nurse said, "Call back at 1:30pm to get doctor's recommendation. Usually it's bed rest." I was like, gasp. I've had NO bleeding, no problems.. really?! Bed rest? We can't afford that right now!

So, I called back at 1:30. No bed rest. Phew. If I started to bleed, I might have to go on bed rest. If I start to bleed and there is fetal distress, he will deliver and has done so as early as 23 1/2 weeks.

BAD news - no vacation to Vegas/Cali for this girl. Doc says no flying. Very, very sad about that. Doug will be gone for 9 days without me. Gonna be lonely, depressed, bored, and worried that something will happen while he's gone. :(

Girls on the placenta previa BBC board say that there is a huge chance it will move. Not sure why my doc is being so pessimistic - he said very low chance it will move. Hm. Well, let's just hope he's wrong. Maybe he's trying to prepare me for the worst. I will take it easy, I will not fly, and they will continue to monitor me and we'll see, I guess. I'm hoping I can somehow get my money back for the flight. That's a lot of cash. :(

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

16 weeks!

How far along? 16 weeks. <3
Total weight gain/loss: About 10 lbs!

Maternity clothes? Still loving my maternity jeans. Most tops fit, although some are getting a little snug!
Stretch marks? Some on my boobs. Boo. They seem to come and go though! Weird.
Sleep: Great when I take a Tylenol PM. Eh when I don't.

Best moment this week: Strangers asking my due date! I must look pregnant!
Miss Anything? Nope! I feel great!!!
Movement: Yes!! I had some AWESOME movement on Friday, May 18th. It was the coolest feeling.Food cravings: I'm still LOVING fruit.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not really. I can even eat scrambled eggs again! But not tomatoes.
Have you started to show yet: Oh yes.

Labor Signs: Nope.
Belly Button in or out? It's not going to be very IN much longer!

Wedding rings on or off? Engagement ring on whenever I leave the house.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!!

Looking forward to: Our next ultrasound (May 29th), feeling more movements, showing even more!! --Same!

All kinds of STUFF in this pic - it's Parker's stuff! Because we're painting his room :)

Bump pic & nursery mood board!

Wordless Wednesday!

1. Paint - Behr, "Tropical Holiday". (Top half of room, above chair rail.)
2. Robot wall decal - Etsy.
3. Gray Chevron crib skirt - Etsy
4. Mustachio, the cutest robot ever - Etsy
5. "Imagine" print - Etsy
6. Spice racks turned bookshelves - Ikea
7. South Shore Peak-a-boo Collection changing table/dresser combo - Target.
8. Grayson Grommet window panels - Target.
9. Graco Lauren 4-in-1 Convertible Crib - Walmart
10. "Prince" print - Etsy.
11. Personalized chair - Pottery Barn Kids.
12. Chevron fabric basket organizer - Etsy
13. Robot pillow - Etsy.
14. Chevron "P" print - Etsy. 
15. "Optimist" robot print - Etsy.
16. Chevron switch plate - Etsy.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


So, I saw that someone on my birth board posted a "to do" list - listing things she was going to do every week until baby came. I decided to do something similar and all of a sudden it dawned on me - HOLY cow.. there's only 23 weeks left. That seems like a lot. Until you list all of the things that need to be done before baby P gets here! All of a sudden, I started feeling behind! So, in my true OCD/organizing fashion, here I am, blogging my list - organized by category.

In the nursery:

1. Paint above where chair rail will go blue.
2. Touch up the trim.
3. Purchase, cut, paint and hang chair rail.
4. Put together the crib.
5. Hang his name decal.
6. Acquire changing table/dresser combo and assemble.
7. Buy wall art for collage wall, frames (Uncle Dano) and hang.
8. Buy and hang corner shelves, bookshelves and shelf with hooks.
9. Closet project (add shelf, hooks and wire basket pull-out drawer).
10. Details! (Robot decal, rug, personalized chair, etc.)

To make:

1. Crib sheet. (Purchasing instead.)
2. Crib skirt (gray chevron - possibly buying this one off Etsy). Purchased off Etsy!
3. Curtains (white w/ blue piping OR possibly buy at Target). Purchasing from Target!
4. Fleece blankets.
5. Crochet blankey.
6. Amigurumi Elephant (1/2 done!)
7. Quilt.
8. Yarn wrapped "P".
9. Stacker.
10. Work on his baby books.

Hospital stuff:

1. Birth class/tour - Saturday, August 18th, 9-5.
2. Pack hospital bag.
3. Pre-register at hospital.
4. Call insurance company.
5. Arrange doggy care for while in hospital?
6. Write up birth plan.
7. Breastfeeding class - Monday, August 13th, 6-9:30pm.

After baby comes stuff (to be done before baby is here - Erin! lol):

1. Schedule newborn photo shoot (first 10 days).
2. Install car seat.
3. Thank you cards.
4. Choose pediatrician.
5. Figure out daycare arrangements.
6. Purchase breastfeeding supplies - look into lactation consultant?

Fun stuff:

1. Baby shower - August 26th.
2. Vacation - June 29th - July 9th. No vaca for Kelly! This will be nesting/cleaning time.
3. Baby moon - early September to Canandaigua?
4. Maternity shoot - early-mid September?
5. Massage/pedicure - hopefully for my birthday (late September), from Doug!
6. August 25th - Baby's Bungalow 3D/4D ultrasound!! <3


1. Clean, clean, clean the house and organize!
2. Shampoo nursery carpets.
3. Dust nursery (once all set up).
4. Wash all bedding in nursery (as well as rug, curtains, etc.).
5. Do all baby laundry - clothes, hats, socks, blankets, etc.
6. Purchase leftover registry necessities.
7. Wash all bottles, pacifiers, etc.

(Instead of posting this to-do list over and over in posts, I'm just going to keep coming back here and crossing stuff off.)

Monday, May 21, 2012

Newborn/baby photo shoot pic ideas.

Crafts for babe!

I want to do a yarn wrapped "P" for one of Parker's shelves!

Also a DIY stacker!

Possibly for under crib, or bottom of closet:

I wanna do a dinosaur (HOPE the fabric is still at Joanns) crib sheet using this pattern:

I want to do a quilt using this pattern:

I wanna do a couple fleece blankets with satin/ribbon trim.

And I want to do curtains and a crib skirt using a combination of different patterns/instructions I've found.

I also want to crochet at least one Amigurumi for him (more than 1/2 done with an elephant now!), and a blanket.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Parker's first "time" at the zoo!

It was a HOT day.. got to break out the flip flops - my feet aren't thrilled today, the day after lol. And a lot of the animals weren't out - it was just toooo hot. But I got a lot of good pics of the ones that were!

The polar bears are ALWAYS a fav of mine.

Giraffe butts!





Doug's favorite (not) - python!

My favorite (not) - tarantula! Blech!!

Alligator - I thought he looked so cute!

A serval - apparently you can have them as pets! SO cute.

I *think* this was a snow leopard. Pretty!





Lemur! Pretty tail.

Baby gorilla!

Not so baby gorilla! lol

And last but not least, Mr. Elephant!

And Parker was a good boy, so he got TWO rattles! (I couldn't pick one, so he got both. <3)

It was a fun day! I can't wait to take him to the zoo for real!!!!!

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