Friday, April 17, 2009

Pardon me while I get emotional...

Today I started going through The Boy's clothes. I started with the tote labeled "Maternity Clothes, Girl Clothes, Newborn Boy Clothes." It seemed only appropriate since I'm 20 weeks pregnant, although I'm about the size of a pre-pregnant woman right now. I also wanted to see what girl stuff I had saved. There's not a whole lot, but some of it is so super cute! I can't wait to see Baby Girl all dressed up.

One of the first things I came across was The Boy's coming home outfit. (Side thought for a moment - I just went to flickr to find a picture of his outfit and noticed that I have 3,542 pictures of The Boy. Wow.)

He was so little that even the newborn sized outfit hung off of him and he was able to wear it until he was four months old. It came with a matching hat, bib, and onesie.

One by one I pulled out teeny, tiny onesies and remembered occasions when he had worn them. I can't believe it has been over a year since he was born and my life was changed forever.

Now it's time to pass all of these sweet little clothes on to other little baby boys.

Except for his coming home outfit. That one I'm keeping.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Twenty Week Appointment

I had my twenty week appointment this morning. It was supposed to be my last with my ob because I was going to switch. I do not want her anywhere near me during delivery. Let's just say she isn't the brightest crayon in the box. She's incredibly nice, but she's also incredibly incompetent. I've decided to hold off on switching because, surprise!, she is twenty-three weeks pregnant and will be on maternity leave when I have Baby Girl! That means I might still end up with Dr. L. at delivery! He delivered The Boy and was awesome!

Baby Girl's heartbeat was strong and fast, in the 150s. I haven't felt her kicking as much the last few days, but she still does occasionally so I know she's okay. Dr. U. was on my case about losing weight and I explained to her that weight loss must be common for me during pregnancy because I lost twenty pounds with The Boy and this time I have lost about fifteen pounds. I did end up gaining back the twenty with The Boy, so I assume I'll be gaining everything back this time as well. But if that means I need an extra bowl of ice cream at dinner, so be it. I can sacrifice.

I made Baby Girl a tie-blanket today. I'll be sure to share some pictures later on. I'm also working on making her some tutus. I never saw myself as the tutu-type, but it's been really fun making this first one and they're pretty popular for little girls right now. Well, obviously little girls. If you're putting a tutu on a little boy you have bigger issues than the tutu.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Big Ultrasound

Yesterday morning we had our "big" ultrasound. With The Boy we didn't want to find out the sex, so it wasn't as exciting to go. It was, of course, awesome to see him on the "big screen", but it got pretty boring after awhile. This time we planned on finding out the sex of the baby, so I had been anxious for weeks beforehand.

I was completely convinced that we were having another boy. I didn't have much morning sickness and I just had that gut instinct. My gut instinct was very wrong! We are having a little girl! It took some extra work and time to actually find this out. I had to drink some Coke and eat some Smarties and then walk around for a few minutes. Thankfully Baby Girl uncrossed her legs and we were able to see that hamburger!

I am still in shock but I am so excited. I honestly saw myself as a mother to a bunch of boys and really liked that idea. I don't know what I'm going to do with a girl and the idea of changing a girl diaper freaks me out. I know it will all come naturally when she is here, but for now I'm a bit nervous.

The Boy is going to be a wonderful big brother. He is a very sweet, sensitive, and affectionate boy and I hope that having a boy and a girl so close in age will be a good thing. I was kinda hoping for a boy so they could be best friends, but I am in between brothers and have always been close with them.

I'm almost halfway done cooking Baby Girl. It seems like such a long time yet, but I know it's going to fly by and I won't be ready!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Rant: Grocery Shopping

Grocery shopping is always an experience when you have a toddler with you. Let's start with the shopping carts. They have the seat for the little one, but it's so darn hard to get him into the seat because the flap they sit on automatically pops up and when The Boy already doesn't want you to put him in the seat, it makes for a very uncomfortable moment. Then, once he's in, there's the buckle. The buckle is places up high, right under his armpits, so it pulls his upper body back, but he is still small so he still flops all over. It's quite easy for him to crawl out of the seat despite being buckled and I am constantly having to put him back into the seat. He much prefers facing backwards and letting his drool fall on the groceries in the back of the cart. Obviously the person who invented this style of cart did not have children of his own.

Then there's the organization of the store. Some baby stuff is in a baby area, while other baby items, like toothbrushes, are with general merchandise. I have to go all over the store for just a few items on my list. Signs are always marked wrong and I'm always getting confused as to where things are located. This could be just me, but I see other people complaining about the same things.

Then it's time to check out. I decide to use the self check out lane, not the express lane, but the one for unlimited items. The less I have to deal with people the faster I can leave the store. As I'm running my items over the scanner, I notice there is milk on The Boy's zesty tomato crunchies. I have already scanned the milk, so I go down to the end where my milk sits and notice it is open. I go back to the scanner and push the help button. When help finally arrives, I explain that I already scanned the milk before realizing it was leaking. She asks if I still want to buy the milk and I say that I'd like to buy milk, but not that particular milk. She says that I should finish checking out and then I can go back and get my milk and all I can picture is me getting arrested for what looks like milk being shop lifted. I'm also wondering why someone doesn't just run back and grab me a new milk considering it's not my fault that their milk was already opened. But, whatever. As I finish scanning my items, I notice what I think is a bag boy bagging my groceries. He's down there for a couple minutes and I don't even notice when he leaves and I assumed my groceries are already bagged for me, which would be very nice considering The Boy is now very agitated that he is still buckled into the cart. I finish paying and head down to put my bagged groceries in the cart.

That's when I notice that all of my groceries are nicely organized at the end of the lane, but not bagged. Wouldn't it have taken the same amount of time to bag my groceries as it would have to organize them? But, whatever. I bag my groceries and find the lady who told me to go get my milk to double check with her how I am going to get my milk since I have already paid for it. She says to just tell the greeter that I am getting a new milk since my other milk was leaking.

I find the greeter and tell her that I need to get new milk and she makes me leave my cart at the front with her, which I understand, but come on - just find someone to go get the milk for me so that I don't have to carry my annoyed toddler to the back corner of the store to get a new half gallon of milk. Nope. But, whatever. I unbuckle my wriggly child and lug his 23 pound butt to the back of the store and get the new milk. When I get back to my cart, I then have to put him back into the seat so we can finally go out to the van and leave.

Normally I enjoy grocery shopping, but in the store's attempt to cut down on spending by getting rid of useless employees by having the customer do all of their own work, they also lose a lot of respect from those customers. Perhaps they should just hand the customer a ten dollar bill when they arrive at the store so that doing the employees work for them will actually pay off.