Life Is Just So Daily

Monday, August 29, 2005

Sleeeeeeeepy Day....

I've had such a sleepy day today. I got up at 6 w/ Damon...went back to sleep shortly after he left...and napped off & on all day while he worked. Then--when he got home, we took a nap together from 4 or 4:30 to 6. And, believe it or not---I could go back to sleep right now! I'm just so tired today!

Most productive thing I've done today: watched a movie!
Movie Review...
Diary of a Mad Black Woman: So good! I loved it! It starts out just wildly hilarious, and then it's a love's just good!

Sunday, August 28, 2005

36 week picture...'s a picture of Eddie!

That's about all I know for today.
My computer is mega slow @ uploading I just did the two & will do some more tomorrow.

Oh--and the next time I decide that I need to go to Taco Bell @ 10 o'clock at night, Damon has been instructed to remind me that it is a really bad idea. I had heartburn ALL NIGHT LONG! (I really should have expected that....)

I'm still the Yahtzee Queen.
I beat Damon 2 out of 3 times last night, and 3 out of 3 times today.


Saturday, August 27, 2005

36 weeks today...

So far, it's been a great day!
My house is clean...
I got out of the house today...
Life is good.

Shelley & Jacquie came over & took me out to lunch. We went to a place on Greenville Ave. called Hurricane Grill & I got the crab cakes that I enjoy. And no--we didnt have to park a gazillion miles away & walk. There was an upclose spot, so it was meant to be!

Came home from lunch around 2...and I've been resting while Damon's been playing games online. Now it's my turn on the internet, and I dont have much to report...

Talked to Melissa last night. I havent seen her in forever, so I'm ready for her to come down & visit. I know she says she'll come after the baby gets here. So, I look forward to that.

Damon just informed me that BB6 (Big Brother 6) is not coming on tonight. What's that about??? I dont remember the TV execs discussing that w/ me. Who gives a crap about some football game??? I need to see what's going on in the Big Brother House!

For now, that's about all I know.
I'm still BFP: Big Fat Pregnant.

Oh, & Shelley's daughter is pregnant & it's a boy. They are thinking of "R" names.
Randy (I really hate this one...but hey, it's an R name)
Reese (Lovin' it!)
Rance (hate it...)
Rock (yes, as in...Rock Hudson)

Okay...that's all I can think of for now.


Friday, August 26, 2005

It's Friday...I aint got no job...I aint got sh*t to do!

For anyone who's curious about the title of today's's an adapted line from the movie, "Friday".

Today has been hard. It's better now...this evening...but it really was a rough day. I dont know if staying @ home is getting to me...or if I'm getting even more hormonal...or what the deal is. I've cried most all day. It's like I cant help it. Every little thing just makes me cry. My back hurts--I cry. I see something on TV, I cry. I think about anything & everything...I cry. I miss work (yes, I did just type that...) & then I cry. Damon leaves the room to go somewhere else in the house--I cry.

We were up last night until...well, the last time I looked @ the clock was 12:10. I took a Tylenol PM to help me sleep...that was @ 10:30. But then of course, I was up in the 2 o'clock the tub @ 4, out at 5:30 (when the water got cold & I was finished reading 2 magazines), and then I went back to sleep. Slept until my heating pad...and slept again until 9 something.
(I know you guys are all interested in my sleeping patterns!)
Oh, but there was a scary/bizarro dream in there. In my dream, while delivering--Gage broke my ribs & tail bone. (In reality--he was moving around a lot & I woke up w/ pain in my ribs & tail bone...then I got the heating pad...) Can you break bones while giving birth?? If the answer is yes, please dont anyone respond! I really dont want to know!

It's actually been a few days since I've blogged...
What's happened since then??? Well, on Wednesday night, Megan & Susan came over & brought dinner for us. It totally rocked! La Madeleines! I got soup & tea--just like I wanted! And, Susan brought me lots of magazines to read & a puzzle book. I'm just about through all the magazines, and I worked some of the puzzles today in the puzzle book.
We had fun Wednesday night just visiting & talking about girl stuff & Megan's job...and stuff like that. I have some pictures...but, I've got to charge the battery on the digital camera & upload the images...yada, yada, I'll post them later.

Thursday--dr's appt. Highlights: Dilated to 2, lost 2 pounds, belly's still measuring ahead (my chart reads: "watch fundal height"), & they scheduled an ultrasound for next week to see just how big this baby is measuring. I'd like to be holding him by next week...but if not, then another sonogram is the next best thing. I cant see him enough, you know!? I mentioned--I've cried. Other than that, I've laid around, checked the mail, played Yahtzee w/ Damon & he even set up the poker table tonight so he & I can play poker. We've played 3 games tonight. I actually won 2 of the 3 times. Now, I'll admit--it's not because I'm a better poker player...heck, he has to tell me most of the time if I won or's just that I am a seriously unpredictable player & he can never decipher if I have a good hand or jack squat b/c my betting is completely random. I guess that in itself could be a strategy...but really, for me, it's not. Sometimes I'll win the pot w/ a pair of 2s because I can get him to fold. HaHaHa! (Mischevious Laugh...)

That's really all I know for now.
Boredom has officially set in...oh wait...that happened a few days ago!

I have some thank you's to write...but I left the thank you notes & address list in my desk drawer. That helps me a lot...

Got some trial sized toiletries to pack in my hospital bag. I'm making progress toward getting it packed at least!

Okay...Damon just came home w/ KFC for dinner. I'm not that hungry...but I want to go have dinner w/ him.


Thursday, August 25, 2005

I think I overdid it yesterday....

I've been up since 5:45 this morning. My back's killing me.
I think I overdid it yesterday.
Dr's appointment today...
Damon wants me to get something for the back pain (what could I possibly take?) or sleeping pills. He says that I never sleep anymore. ...which is true. If it isnt the backaches, or trips to the bathroom, it's the heartburn. If I dont sleep--he doesnt sleep. He's such a light sleeper too--so even if we dont sleep in the same room, he'll wake up b/c he hears me stirring about.
I'm afraid this baby is NEVER going to get here!!!!


Wednesday, August 24, 2005


Dr's appointment tomorrow.
Am I dilated to 10 yet??????? Or how about just 3 or 4? I heard you can get an epidural at 3 or 4!

Anyway...I'll update tomorrow about the dr's appt. I'm sure NOTHING has changed except this child of mine growing larger.
Which...let me just say--he's not a very good kid. He kicks girls & more specifically, kicks & hits his momma. He & I are going to have to have a little talk when he gets here....His abusive behavior is going to be up there on our list of things to discuss.

Today: toenails got painted. Realty company called & they wanted to show the house @ 2. No problem. Damon came home from work shortly before 2...and that was an excuse for me to get out of this house! Damon took me to eat Cici's pizza. It's been so long since I've had that! No big event or anything...but an outing nonetheless.

Last night we watched "The Ring 2"...which in my opinion was not as good as the first, but still scary. And, being the big weenie that I am, during the night--every time I had to get up, so did Damon. That was the agreement. He's the one that wanted to watch a scary movie @ night--in the dark--right before bed. So, needless to say, he's napping now. He was up all night going to & from the bathroom with me.

On a brighter note...I slept until 8! woooooo-hooooo!

Megan & Susan are coming over tonight & bringing LaMadeleine's! I cant wait!!!
That's all for now!

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Monday, August 22, 2005

Christmas 2004...outdated, I know.

Okay, so I went on & on about this random disposable camera that I sent in...well, they did upload the pictures! So, here are some pics from the holidays...2004.

Mom, Me, & Tiff from Mom's Family Get Together...

Eddie, our "eldest son", playing with his snow-covered-log in the snow...

Allen, Damon, & me. Man, I was skinny back then....

I'm still pregnant.

Yup. I'm still pregnant.

In fact, I'm now "35w2d" pregnant.

I'm ready to meet my son. I'm ready to be off bedrest. I'm ready to sleep on my stomach again. Are these things too much to ask? I think not.

Tomorrow will mark one week on bedrest. I'm already bored out of my mind.
The highlights of my day: my trip to the computer room to log-on & check my email, and checking the regular mail.

Oh, Damon did buy me one of those trashy tabloid magazines called "Star" or something like that (mine & Susan's guilty pleasure. We just love reading the juicy gossip about all the famous people!). Anyway, I got to read all about Jessica Simpson's butt. If that isnt news--well, I just dont know what is!

What else??? Oh, on Sunday they showed our house. We had exactly 30 minutes from the time we found out to the time we needed to walk out the door. And so--Damon took me to Chili's for lunch. I wanted to go to this restaurant on Greenville Ave. for crab cakes...but Damon said that was too much walking b/c of the parking situation on Greenville... So, we drove to restaurant row in Mesquite & had Chili's. FYI: mango tea @ LaMadeleine's is AWESOME! Mango tea @ Chili's is AWFUL! Thought I'd warn you all.

Book Reviews:

Citizen Girl by Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus....hard to get into...didnt like it.

BlowFly by Patricia Cornwell...enjoyed it. I enjoy the Patricia Cornwell murder/mystery books.

Still working on my cross-stitching. Running out of I'll have to send Damon out to the store one day this week. I wont do it today b/c he's having a hard day (Mondays are busy for him @ work) & he didnt sleep well last night.

Which brings me to this subject: Damon & I have decided to sleep in separate beds, in separate rooms. Our marriage is fine. It's not like we're tired of each other or's just going to be until the baby comes, and only during the week. See, I get up during the night--every night--& take a warm bath. My back aches so much, that it gets like super-stiff when I sleep, so I have to do this nightly ritual. So, he wakes up when I wake up...he dozes while I soak in the tub...and then he wakes up when I return to bed. He also says that all the lights bother him. Well--I'm 27 years old, and I dont do "dark". So, he's not sleeping so well...and then he has to get up & go to work anyway...regardless of how much or how little sleep he got. So, that's fine...he can sleep in the other room for now. We'll try it out, and if he is getting more sleep this way, then we'll stick to it during the week.

So, last night...well, this morning. It's 3:15 & I wake up...trek into the bathroom, and I'm standing there getting the water running. Well, b/c the water was running--I didnt hear Damon get up out of bed & walk down the hall. When he popped his head into the bathroom & started talking to me....OH MY GOODNESS. I screamed about as loud as I could. I jumped at least a foot in the air. I was sooooo startled. Well, that woke up the dog, the cat, Damon was awake, but that really woke him up. And me--I was on an adrenaline rush until after 5am. I could NOT go back to sleep. Geeeeez.

Then, we were all up & starting our day around 7 or 7:30. Hopefully I'll sleep tonight!

I'm already getting tired of TV. (except for my favorite shows, course!)
My opinions on TV...

Hogan Knows Best...reality series about Hulk Hogan & his family. I'm actually enjoying this series...Kind of like the Osbournes...minus the swearing & screwed up kids.

Being Bobby Brown...are you kidding me? This is a reality series about Bobby Brown & Whitney Houston. I think it's just kind of understood that Bobby Brown's an idiot. This show just proves how trashy Whitney Houston is. I mean, she used to come across as so refined in the media. (Pre-drug stuff....) Now, she's either wacked-out-cracked-out, or just really, really that trashy. And if she really is as trashy as she seems--then whoever used to surround her & keep her from opening her mouth on the red carpet--they probably earned every penny that they were paid! And the saddest thing about the whole series...they probably dont realize how stupid they seem...

Big Brother 6: I'm addicted. I think I already mentioned that... "Hi, My name is BLD, and I'm addicted to BB6". Let's see...I'm disappointed in Janelle's behavior. I think she plays the "dumb blonde" role a lot, but I think she is really a smart girl. Too bad she's being as catty as she's being... Howie's also getting on my nerves. I liked Jennifer/Jenny a lot, and I was sad to see her voted off on Saturday. She only annoyed me once when she started dancing on the back patio.... It says that she's an arena football league dancer....and it says she's from Plano,TX. Well, Erin was over here watching BB6 w/ me, and I didnt even know that we have arena football here. Who knew??? (well, Erin knew...)

Real World Austin: Susan got me hooked on this. Cant wait to find out how it's going to be when Danny comes back. Saw the previews...are things changing between him & Mehlinda??? We'll have to watch & find out!

I'm ready for The Apprentice to start again. And, The Sopranos. And, Desperate Housewives. And, ER.

I'm a TV junkie I guess. I cant help it. Those are my little shows that I like...

I'm so glad that it's almost 2 in the afternoon. I'm 1/2 way through yet another day of glorious bedrest! (note the sarcasm.)

Oh--I needed some ice cream last night. Damon went & got me some Chocolate Decadence by BlueBell. Yummmmmmmy! Anyway--did you know that either Dreyer's or Breyer's has A&M & UT ice cream??? It's called Aggie Blitz & Longhorns Stampede. It has little caramel filled footballs inside the ice cream. How cute is that???

Did I ever post that I made Gage a blanket??? Well, I did. Damon's dad is a huge UT fan, so he's been buying all of this longhorn stuff for Gage. Well, Damon hasnt gotten any A&M stuff for the I found this A&M fleece. I made Gage a little Aggie fleece blanket. It'll be good for this winter! Damon was so excited when he saw it.

Signing off for now!


Sunday, August 21, 2005

Update for Sunday.

Not much of an update really.

Had a rough day yesterday. Hormonally, emotionally, physically. Just not so great. I had 4 big contractions, but they were each about 2 hours apart.

Poor Damon doesnt know what to do w/ me when I start crying over the smallest thing--but I cant help it! It's like the tiniest thing that doesnt go according to plan, or doesnt meet my expectations---I'm immediately bawling like it's the end of the damn world. And yes, I can look back on it today & realize that I was a bawling, blubbering, sack of hormonal hang-ups...but yesterday, you really might have thought the world was coming to an end if you were at my house.

Damon made roast & veggies yesterday.
Used the crockpot & it was great. Except...he didnt put any celery in there. (No, I didnt cry about it!) I asked him if he'd use celery next time. I just found out that he doesnt like celery. Who knew??? And, who doesnt like celery? I love celery! Anyway--this just goes to show that we've been married for almost 2 years, been together longer than that...and I'm still learning new things about him.

Erin came over last night. That was fun. She was here from like 4 to 10. We chatted...I showed her the baby's room....she watched BB6 w/ me (she's not an addict, I mean, "fan" like I am). We looked at my little cross-stitching books...we just had a good visit. She lives in Saginaw...which is sooooooo far away if you ask me! She's a science teacher (like you, Gin!) teaching Biology to high schoolers. First teaching experience. She's only passed the first week of school so, we'll have to keep checking in on that to see if she really likes it, or if the novelty wears off after a while.

What else??
Movie Reviews:
Bring it On: if I watch this one more time, I'm likely to puke poms pons.
The Sweetest Thing: w/ Cameron Diaz...cute, funny, chick-flick.
DeLovely: put it in the dvd player...havent finished it yet. In fact, I think I've seen about 30 seconds of it. Looks boring...but I must persevere! I'm going to force myself to watch it b/c it came through Netflix. Apparently at some point I thought it looked good.

The dog's still as clingy as ever. In fact, he's about 2 feet to the right of me. It reminds me of those commercials from the 80s/90s for that little doll, "My Buddy".
"My Buddy! My Buddy! Wherever I go, he goes!My Buddy! My Buddy! My Buddy & me!"

I actually slept pretty late this morning. Got up at 9:51.
For the past week or so, I've been getting up at 4 & soaking in the tub b/c my back hurts so bad. Well, this morning--I didnt do that until 6, and I was even able to fall back asleep after that. I usually cannot go back to sleep after I wake up the first, this morning I am very well rested.

What else???? Dad called at the butt-crack of dawn this morning. I was soooooo pissed. But, he knows that I am normally up from about 4am on, so in his defense, the eight o'clock hour wasnt really that early. It's just that today it was.

Sent a roll of film in to Snapfish. I thought that everytime I sent them a roll of film that they'd put it on my little personal snapfish website. Well, for some reason (I probably didnt fill out the order form correctly), they didnt upload the images. They are mailing me the prints...but now I dont have them to access & share online. That stinks! But, I am excited about getting the prints. We have about 6 or 7 disposable cameras from who knows when (these were pre-digital camera days...& back when I was Queen of losing the camera). I randomly select a full one to send in every now & then. So, when we get the prints (or see the album online), it's like a total grab-bag, blast from the past. It's so fun. The last disposable camera I did this with--the pictures were from when we first moved into this house & we were renovating the kitchen. For those who dont know--we had to tear out turquoise carpet from our kitchen. It was was really bad.

Here are some photos...
Scraping the floor (after carpet was removed...)

New floor...almost done...

After Picture...a renovated kitchen!(now dont get me wrong...there are still things I would change, but this is a great improvement from the dark cabinets, gold countertops, and turquoise carpet!)

What else for today's update...dont have much scheduled for today. I guess I'll lay in bed & cross-stitch & watch TV. Tons of fun, huh??? I'm going to make cinnamon rolls when Damon wakes up. That's really all that's planned.

Today's contraction count so far: zero.

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Friday, August 19, 2005

Today's doctor visit....

Well, I'm back home. I'm still pregnant.

And, if anything--Gage is backing up! Apparently this whole "bedrest" thing is working (damn!). I'm dilated to 1, still at -1/-2 station, and now only effaced about 25%. How does that happen??? On Monday night I was effaced 50%!

The doctor says that the bedrest & medication calmed me down (more specifically: calmed my uterus down)...and he wants me to stay pregnant for at least 3-5 more weeks (that's because this little one isnt using his bladder as a drum, and his ribs as monkey bars!)

So, the verdict is: bedrest until delivery. Delivery date changed back to 9/25 (but we knew that on Monday night....), and that means that tomorrow I will only be "35" weeks.

Today, my belly measures @ 37.
Doctor estimates Gage's weight right now at about 5.5 pounds. Says he's big & probably pretty long.

And---maybe this is gross for some of you...but I asked him if he can feel the baby's head when he checks me for dilation. He said yes. Then he said, as he pointed to Damon's head, "It feels a lot like that." I was immediately laughing & told Damon, "See---you ARE the father!" Dr.Brough just laughed...we all had a good little chuckle.

It was also established in today's visit, that Dr.Brough is the only other man in my life who can get away with saying "Okay, now get naked."
It's just so adventurous taking my husband to the ob/gyn. Never a dull moment, I assure you. And, get so used to going to the gynecologist & it being the same old uncomfortable routine....but now, there's a baby on the way. And while it still is uncomfortable in a way--it's all very exciting because every time you go, you get to hear or see the baby.

What else??
Bedrest sucks--but I'm sure I've indicated that to each of you.

My cousin, Holly, who's also pregnant....well, she could have her daughter any day now. She's due 9/5, but already dilating.... My mom talked to her mother-in-law (they're sisters), who says that they are all packed & ready & have the carseat ready.... And then there's us. Lamaze school dropouts. We go to the hospital IN LABOR, and we dont even take a camera. Then, Damon packs me a bag for the hospital--& he packs thong underwear for me! What on Earth was the boy thinking? Seriously--we've got to get our stuff together before Gage arrives!!!

Damon took me to Half Priced Books today after the doctor visit. Yes, he pushed me around in the little wheelchair w/ a basket. So, it was shopping---but not really. I didnt "walk" around the store. Anyway--I was going to get a book about crocheting (spelling???) or knitting. looks really hard to teach yourself how to do that. So, I got a couple of cross-stitching books instead. I already know how to do that! And, since I generally need a sense of productivity to keep me happy....I think that just might get me through.

I'm definitely going to need a nap today. I barely slept @ all last night....
McDonald's for lunch.

Megan says she wants to hang out tomorrow. And, Erin is going to come over after 3 when she gets out of her "Region 11 Class" (some teacher thing...), and my mom may stop by since she'll be in town. Yippy!

And--the doctor said I could go swimming, as long as I dont swim. See, here's the deal. Floating in the pool is sooooooo awesome feeling. I feel completely weightless & my back hurts a ton less. So, he said that as long as I didnt walk any great distance to the pool, & only got in to soak or float then I could have pool priveleges. "No swimming though."
I'm too big fat pregnant nowadays to want to swim laps anyway.
I want to be the huge mammal on the tarp that makes strangers want to yell: "Dont harpoon the whale!" I dont plan to expend much energy at all.

It's evening time now. Not sure what we're having for dinner.
I'm trying to convince my darling husband to go to Blockbuster for me.... we'll see how well that goes over...

That's about all I know for now. I'm incredibly boring....


Thursday, August 18, 2005

Bed Rest Day 3

I'm still on bedrest.
And, although I'm getting more rest than if I were going to work & running about, my feet are more swollen now than they were when I was up & moving.
Not looking cute--I assure you.

My book: A Theory of Relativity. Still depressing. Not picking up much. I just may have to skip it & find something else to read. I have a couple of books here that I havent read yet...

Movie Reviews:
Out to Sea: stupid.
Shall we Dance: stupid. The whole time I was thinking, "you have this passion that your wife & family know nothing about...your wife is going to be so pissed!" It just wasnt for me. And, I'm a big J-Lo fan. She was not all that great in this movie.

Contractions today (not counting the ones during the night...I refuse to turn a light on & actually write those down)

Well, Damon just called my cell phone. He's on his way home. He's been working out in the heat all day today, and now he doesnt feel well.
Poor baby.

Doctor's appointment tomorrow. 11:15.


Wednesday, August 17, 2005

I'm sooooooooo bored!

I'm so bored.

So far, my big adventures today have been stepping out onto the front porch to put out some mail, and standing on the back porch while Damon let the dog out to potty.

Damon was soooo sweet to play Yahtzee w/ me when he came home from work.

He's napping now. He says he didnt sleep well last night b/c I kept him up. I couldnt help it! I didnt sleep very well!!!

That's about all I know.

Oh, Damon's sister brought over chicken spaghetti for us to heat up for dinner. That was sweet. Damon's going to get really tired of doing all the laundry & all the cooking! (oh well!)

I cant believe they backed my due date up to 9/25. That mega-sucks. And, even though they moved it...I dont think I'll be pregnant until then. Clearly this child is trying to come out...or, he's tried to come out. I dont think he'll wait until over a month from now!

Okay...I'm logging off now.


Bed Rest Day 2.

Well, for those who dont know...all of our trouble started Monday around 4:15. I had some cramping, and just thought it would go away. So, I drove home from work.

By 5:15, it was worse, so we called the doctor.
"Are you having contractions?"
"I dont know!"
Seriously--first time mom here. I just know that it hurts.
"Drink 2 glasses of water, lay down, and call me in an hour." we do that. But, quick question---I have a baby on my how am I supposed to drink 2 glasses of water & lay down for an hour???!!!!

Anyway--an hour passed & it was getting worse. No matter how I tried to lay down, it just kept getting worse. So, Damon called the doctor. "I'll meet you guys at the hospital".
So, we head to the hospital. I didnt take a thing. I just knew that I was going to get there & they would say it was "false labor", laugh at me, and send me home.

So, we get there....they hook me up to some machine...the nurse calls the doctor, "Her contractions are 4 & 5 minutes apart. Where are you?" He was coming from Lake Tawakoni.

They gave me an IV in my hand (which really hurts), and then demerol & phenergan (spelling??). The nurse said that the idea is to get me as relaxed as possible from head to toe, and hopefully that would relax my uterus. Okay.

Let me just say now: Demerol is a wonderful drug. It even makes the inside of your ears numb. After that, I could feel some of the big contractions...but none of the little ones. The nurse taught Damon how to read the little monitor he knew when I was having contractions. Some of them I never even that was great.

So, then the doctor gets there.
I'm dilated to 1, 50% effaced & at -2, or -3 station.

Definitions of what that means....
dilation: the amount that the cervix has opened. It's measured in centimeters, from 0 (no dilation) to 10 (fully dilated).
effacement: the thinning out of the cervix. It's measured in precentages from 0 to 100.
station: where the baby's head is in relation to the ischial spines (bony landmarks on either side of the pelvis). It's measured in numbers, from -5 (the baby's head is floating above the pelvis) to 0 (the baby's head is down in the pelvis between the ischial spines), to +5 (the baby is crowning).

So, then Damon, the nurse, and the doctor start to discuss whether or not we're going to have a baby that night. The doctor said that w/ regard to the baby's gestational age, he wants to err on the side of caution, and date the pregnancy back to my original due date of 9/25, which tells him that the baby may need help breathing if delivered. So, the goal was to stop or slow down the contractions, and keep me pregnant. (which, this whole due date thing is always different depending on which doctor I see....& how my belly's measuring, etc. So frustrating!)

Now mind you--when they told me all of this, I was on drugs. Otherwise, I would have pointed out: they said that the baby could come this week at my last dr's appt. Now it's the here & the now & you want to keep me pregnant! (which, I know is the best plan...but frustrating nonetheless!)

So, the doctor wanted me to stay overnight. I didnt even have a toothbrush with me! The dog needed to be let out. Even on drugs, these were things that I considered. So, Damon left around...heck...I have no idea what time it was. probably 11 or 12 at night. He brought me back some dinner & stuff from home. I remember eating Wendy's & Damon says I fell back asleep around 1 or 1:30.

Around 5:30am, here come the contractions again.
Here comes more medication....
And then I slept...and slept.
Then the doctor came in & checked me....still dilated to 1, 50% effaced, and Damon says that she said I was at -1 or -2 station. I dont remember that part.
But, since the contractions were slowing down, I could go home on bedrest.

So yesterday's contractions after getting home...they were about 40 minutes apart. Then today, they've been very unpredictable....03:29, 04:50, 05:10, 07:57, & 09:03.

I slept & slept all day yesterday.
Today--I'm already bored.

The doctor says I'm on "modified bedrest" meaning--I can walk to the bathroom, walk a little around my house, get out of the house to go to dr's appointments, my baby showers, etc. I cant go running errands, no grocery shopping, no walks around the neighborhood, no trips to the mall, & no work.

I have to go back to the doctor on Friday or Monday (I need to call today to schedule that appointment...). They'll check me for dilation.

One thing that I think about: what if I'm dilating more & just dont know it? I mean, will I be able to feel it??? I figure, I'll go in on Friday or Monday & wont know anything new until then. Provided nothing drastic changes between now & then.

Damon & I were talking this morning before he went to work....we were both kind of disappointed that we didnt come home from the hospital with our baby Gage. We know that in the long run this is definitely a better plan....but we went from thinking "oh, this is nothing I'm sure...probably just false labor" thinking--"oh my gosh, the contractions are 4 & 5 minutes apart...we're going to have him any minute!"....down to fewer contractions, and going home baby-less.

But, what we've learned is that we need to be a bit more prepared for the moment. We didnt have a bag packed. We didnt even take a bag b/c we werent thinking that we'd necessarily need anything...and we just figured that Damon could come home & get whatever we needed. I mean, what if the baby had come? We didnt have a camera!!!! So, Damon says that my project today is to pack a bag & other than that, to stay in bed.

So, I'll update you guys on progress....or lack thereof!


Sunday, August 14, 2005

The Preggo Princess...

Above are my 35 week Preggo Princess shots.
Taken by my the nursery.

Things are really coming together as far as our preparations for the baby. Now, I think we're both getting a bit ancy for Gage to get here.

Today, a realtor called & had someone who wanted to see the house, so we straightened up a bit. Thank goodness it didnt take us long. We truly had the house "spotless" within 30 minutes. That's because I've learned a few things. As I was "cleaning" I had a thought about people who are selling their is us select few who will actually use a dirty sock from the floor to wipe the dust off the end table. It is us select few who will store dirty dishes in the fridge b/c we dont think viewers will look in there.... Yes, we are a filthy lot! (what was I to do??? They were going to be here in an hour...the dishwasher was full & running...if I used a clean dust cloth then I would just generate more laundry! The sock was already dirty! ...not really dirty...not stinky dirty...that would just be gross!)

Oh great. Now when anyone comes to my house they wont touch anything for fear that it was cleaned with a dirty sock! And, I'm sure you will all insist on looking in my fridge!

Whatever...I'm too big fat pregnant to care right now. That whole "nesting" thing hasnt set in know, where you spend TONS of time cleaning everything. Maybe I could just skip that phase...

Anyway--we went to the mall while they were showing the house today. We used the gift certificate that Megan's mom gave us to Baby Gap. We got Gage his first pair of bluejeans. They are precious!!! And, FYI: baby gap jeans are all $5 off right now. That was a pleasant surprise.

Another highlight of my day: clear kool-aid. That's right--it's clear. It rocks. I got raspberry flavored clear kool-aid. LOVIN' IT!'s after 8pm, and my back is hurting from this chair. I'm outta here for now!


Friday, August 12, 2005

And I thought I was having a bad day...

My Uncle Rankin is having a much worse day than me.

For those who dont remember--my Uncle Rankin is the minister who married Damon & me.
Anyway--his wife is out of town, up here in Dallas, getting ready for our shower tomorrow (mine & Holly's), & he gets the news that his mom suddenly passed away. So not only did his mom die, but his wife isnt there to comfort him! Then, Uncle Rankin's sister lives in Austin. She's got lung cancer from breathing in asbestos from the place where she used to work. She's dying. She is on hospice. Well, Uncle Rankin leaves the church & goes home. He forgot that the dog, "Chris" was in the garage, and as he's pulling out to begin his drive to Austin to tell his dying sister that his mom just died--he ran over the dog. Sadly, Chris, who's like 17 years old now, lives through getting run over, but it looks like both of his back legs are broken & they'll likely have to put him to sleep.

So, his mom died.
He has to tell his dying sister the bad news about their mom.
He ran over the dog.
He has to decide whether or not to put the dog to sleep, and deal with that loss too.

I am officially retiring a comment I am well known for (being the drama queen that I am...). That comment is: "This is the worst day of my life!" Clearly....Rankin's got me beat.

So, you guys--pray for my Uncle Rankin. He's having a rough day. The worst day, if you ask me.

FMLA form....what's so hard about it?

I have to vent about my OB's office for a moment. I have an FMLA form to be completed in future tense for when I'm off on maternity leave. It's a fill in the blank form for me to turn into HR so that they can verify that I meet FMLA guidelines, so that I can get my 12 weeks off to care for the baby. It's a one page, one sided form. It's not hard!!!!

Okay...tell me if this makes sense...
These questions are all pulled from the form:

Is patient unable to work? No (NOTE THE DOUBLE NEGATIVE...meaning I can work.)
Is inpatient hospitalization required? Yes
Is the employee able to perform work of any kind? No
Is the employee able to perform the essential functions of his/her position? Yes

Okay...talked to dr on Wednesday about this form. He is supposed to fill this out in future tense...for when I actually have the baby & am away on maternity leave.
Well, his partner filled it out & faxed it to me w/ those answers.

WTF? Can you decide if I'm able to work or not? I mean, I work in a hospital myself, so apparently I am just supposed to go to L&D--whip out this kid & then return to work within a few hours--you know, since according to this form, I will be able to perform the essential functions of my walking, talking, writing, typing, & using my brain to think.

I'm so frustrated.
I asked MY doctor to fill this out, and even provided a 2nd copy w/ all of the correct answers (as outlined by our HR lady) as a guide.
The way it's filled out now--I dont seem to meet FMLA guidelines since his partner doesnt see any reason for me to miss work.

So, if I were a prostitute or porn star, and couldnt use that region to perform the essential tasks of my position--maybe then I'd get the 12 weeks off.
Damon has nipples--maybe we'll find a way to milk him for the know, so I dont miss any work.

I'm so frustrated.

sorry if I got to graphic for anyone.

I'm not turning this form in. They can suck it.
When I go back to the doctor, I'm taking them another form. I find these answers unacceptable.


Thursday, August 11, 2005

Doctor yesterday...

So, I had a dr's appointment yesterday.

I'm measuring at 36 weeks.
Doc says baby could come as early as next week. He told me not to get my hopes up necessarily--but wanted me to know that it's a possibility.

We also discussed circumcision. Yes, we're going to have it done...but I had some questions. I'm a bit apprehensive about taking care of Gage's penis after it's done. I know, I anyone who's been through it--taking care of that is "easy". And to those who havent been through it--my apprehension may be silly...but, nonetheless, I had questions.
I'm feeling much better about that issue now.

Rocking chair came yesterday.
It's awesome.
Damon put it together & we took turns sitting in it. Then, it was so cute because Damon was rocking a pillow, like it was Gage.
Damon probably sat in the nursery for 30 minutes. It was so cute. He sat in there looking at stuff....he kept the mobile music playing. He put the diaper disposal system together & the baby papasan chair. And, we made a place for the rocking chair.

Okay--I've got to do some work stuff...


The Good Wife's Guide...circa 1955.'s an excerpt (spelling???) from "Housekeeping Monthly" 13 May 1955:

The Good Wife's Guide

* Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready, on time for his return. This is a way of letting him know that you have been thinking about him & are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they come home and the prospect of a good meal is part of the warm welcome needed.

* Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you'll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair, and be fresh looking. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people.

* Be a little gay and a little more interesting for him. His boring day may need a lift and one of your duties is to provide it.

* Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives.

* Gather up school books, toys, paper, etc. and then run a dustcloth over tables.

* Over the cooler months of the year, you should prepare and light a fir for him to unwind by. You husband will feel he has reached a haven of order, and it will give him a lift too. After all, catering for his comfort will provide you with immense personal satisfaction.

* Prepare the children. Take a few minutes to wash the children's hands & faces, comb their hair, and if necessary, change clothes. They are little treasures and he would like to see them play the part. Minimise all noise. At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise such as the washer, dryer, or vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be quiet.

* Be happy to see him.

* Greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please him.

* Listen to him. You may have a dozen important things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first--remember, his topic of conversation are more important than yours.

* Make the evening his. Never complain if he comes home late or goes to dinner, or other places of entertainment without you. Instead, try to understand his world of strain & pressure and his very real need to come home & relax.

* Your goal: Try to make sure your home is a place of peace, order, and tranquility where your husband can renew himself in body & spirit.

* Dont greet him with complaints and problems.

* Dont complain if he's late home for dinner or even if he stays out late. Count this as minor compared to what he might have gone through.

* Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or have him lie down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him.

* Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low and pleasant voice.

* Dont ask him questions about his actions or question his judgement or integrity. Remember, he is the master of the house, and as such will excercise his will with fairness and truthfulness. You have no right to question him.

* A good wife always knows her place.

_____I got a really good laugh out of this!_____

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

I'm boring today...

Well, it's Wednesday...August 10th....I'm boring today.

I'm sooooo tired. Damon & I were up late talking... It was good. Stuff we needed to talk about. Marriage stuff...wont bore anyone w/ the details. But, it's all good.

Then of course I was up a couple times to run to the all in all--I havent had much sleep.

Had orange juice & raisins for breakfast. I'm still hungry, so maybe I'm not done w/ breakfast yet.

I have a staff meeting at noon...and leave here @ 2:45 to go to the doctor.

That's all I know.

Monday, August 08, 2005

A Gift for Holly...

I made my cousin, Holly, a diaper cake for her baby girl. We are having a shower together for mom's side of the family this Saturday. (I dont think I constructed that last sentence correctly...but whatever--you know what I mean!) Anyway, I got a diaper cake @ my last shower, and I thought it was so cute--so I made Holly one. She's having a little girl. Has not announced the name yet. My mom & Aunt Billie call the baby "Maggie May". (I have no idea why....)

Anyway--I made the shower cake & got the baby two pairs of shoes. Why? Because every little girl needs variety when it comes to fashionable footwear!

Movie Review:
Man of the House w/ Tommy Lee Jones...Damon & I both thought it was cute. Lots of UT stuff. That was pretty cute...

My throat is kind of sore this morning. I dunno what the deal is...

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Sunday...So far, good weekend...

Well, it's Sunday morning.
So far, I've had a good weekend.

Damon didnt go to Babies R Us on he'd planned. He waited for me to get home. So, I got to go too.

First we went to this place called "Once Upon a Child" & got the stroller we want. They have discontinued prints & stuff like that. So, we got the Graco Metrolite in Central Park Toile print. It's so cute! It matches the carrier we already got. And--we didnt know it, but the carrier fits right onto the stroller like a travel system. Of course, they make you buy each piece you pay more...but, we got the one we want, so that makes it okay.

Then we went to BRU (babies r us) & got the contoured changing pad...some bottles...some dropins for the bottles...a portable diaper wipes case for the diaper bag...some diaper cream...a package of Gerber snap front shirts w/ little fold over mitten hand covers... I think that's about it.

We came home, and Damon assembled the stroller (that was fun...rolling my eyes). When it was all put together--that's when the fun started. We took turns pushing it around the nursery. We're so dorky!

Yesterday...was going to clean house.
Turns out, the only house related task I accomplished: sweeping the living room floor. Other than that, I sat around, did my nails, watched some movies...
And, this morning--when I woke up--I could actually SEE my ankle bones on both sides of each ankle! I guess all that laying around yesterday paid off!

Movie Reviews:
Coach Carter--I loved it. Thought it was great.
Guess Who--Loved it. Thought it was very cute.

Book Review: "The Wedding" by Nicholas Sparks. Sooooo good. Loved it. I've been finished w/ it for a while...but kept forgetting to post my review.

Now I'm reading a book called "A Theory of Relativity". I forget the author's name...but she also wrote "Deep End of the Ocean". Anyway--so far, this book is just sad. And, this is probably not a good time for me to be reading this book. It's about a young woman who has a baby, and then finds out she has breast cancer. Everyone loves her & rallies around her, and helps her young,new family...and then she & her husband are killed in a car accident on their way to one of her chemo treatments. (yeah--a real 'pick me up'). So anyway--I'm only on page 77, so I'm hoping that at SOME point it will get to a little happier...

I cleaned a little bit this morning, so I'm proud of myself for that!

That's about all I know for now...

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Friday, August 05, 2005

My how things change...

So, (1) he was being all sweet this morning... & (2) he was going to Babies R Us to shop for the baby.
Now, he's being an ass, and he hasnt left the house & now probably wont b/c it's raining.

I called him & asked him to call our insurance company to see if Gage's circumcision will be covered. "No, I dont want to. You call them." What kind of answer is that?
I didnt want to come to work this morning--but I did.
I dont really feel like wearing shoes all day--but I do it.
And I dont feel like restraining myself from ringing your neck!...but I am.

In the past, I dealt w/ the insurance company. But, there was a breakdown in communication between the insurance girl @ the dr's office, and the insurance company. Damon did not feel that I was getting timely resolution to the problems, so he took over contacting the insurance company. Okay--fine--take of luck to you, and dont ask me to get involved. It's so much easier to just say, "Oh, my husband handles that.", all of a sudden, the word "circumcision" is in there, and you dont want to find out if it's covered or not? Okay...well--I have no idea what the going rate for that procedure is, so I guess we'll all just be surprised...

And--he's just spending the day @ home, playing on the internet he said. What happened to the mega-sweet Dad who couldnt wait to go shopping for his son???


Vitals... (although I'm sure my BP has gone up since this morning!)
BP: 100/72.

Keep Rollin' Rollin' Rollin' Rollin'....

Okay---so the title of this post comes from a LimpBizkit song... It happens to be the only CD in my car right now.

A couple of weeks ago when we took my car to the Jeep place, I took all my CD notebooks out & put them in Damon's truck. Well, when I picked up my Jeep, I never took my CDs out of his truck. So, this was the CD in my CD player at the time of my auto repairs.

So, for the past 2 weeks or so, everytime I cant find something on the radio...this is what Gage & I are listening to. Swell choice for the unborn son who hears everything around him now. The good news: he doesnt understand English...or any other language for that matter. So, he doesnt know what Fred Durst is swearing about...

Unfortunately--I think I'm going to have to grow up sometime...

Anyway--the title is pretty applicable to how things are going. With regard to my PRN job...I'll just keep on rollin'! I went yesterday after work...turns out this one girl gave me a shift of hers on 9/10, so I can work that Saturday night...and then return on 12/3 or 12/10. That way, I wont be "dropped" & all will be right in my world.

It just sucks that this 2nd job I have is turning out to be such an ass-whooping. But--I've been employed there for about 6 years, so I dont want to burn that bridge...

My father in law spent the night last night. He got us the rocking chair I wanted. I cant wait for it to get to us! Damon says it should be here in 3-5 weeks!

Dad's doing good.
If the drive didnt suck & he didnt have to work--I'd go back to Austin this weekend.

Megan & Stephen flew out this morning--going to Savannah.

Oh---sorry, but more baby stuff.
I posted the other day about Damon folding Gage's washcloths & towels... Well, after he folded them he CLEANED the laundry basket & lysol'd it b/c he thought it wasnt clean enough for Gage's clothes. How cute is that? He told me, "The laundry basket is fine for our stuff--but those are his towels & washcloths that are going to touch him after his bath. That laundry basket probably had all kinds of bacteria on it from our dirty clothes & cleaning rags!" I believe Damon would love to raise Gage in an absolutely sterile environment if at all possible!

And, I just got off the phone with him...
me: "What are you doing?"
"Looking in Gage's room"
"I think I'm going to go buy him some stuff."
me: "What are you going to buy him?"
"I dont know. But he needs stuff. Where's that copy of our registry?"
me: "In a folder somewhere. Well, if you're going to Babies R Us, they will print you a copy at the store. I really want you to buy the contoured changing pad for the changing table..."

The whole thing is soooo cute!
"I'm going to go buy him some stuff."
I'm sure he'll come home w/ the world's smallest set of golf clubs or something! I dont care---it's sweet.

Then before we got off the phone, he said:
"Idiot! I cant wait for him to get here!" (Idiot is actually a term of endearment for Damon...took me a while to get the hang of it...but really--he means it in the sweetest way!)

So, it's hitting him. He's having his own baby moments!!!

I'm outta here for now.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Work Bullshit.

Okay, I work at 2 different places.

My full time job is awesome. My boss is awesome. The HR dept. is awesome. It's all good....most days. So, when I leave for maternity leave, I will be on short term disability while under my physician's care.

My part time job...or "PRN" job is at a different place. The minimum requirement for me as a PRN worker is that I work once every 90 days. My last time to work there was in July. That means that I have to work again by the very beginning of October.

There are no open shifts @ my PRN job between now & my due date.

If I dont work by October, I will be automatically "dropped", meaning terminated.
I dont want to be terminated, nor do I want to quit this job.

I called the HR dept, and they said that they have no policy/procedures in place for any PRN worker who needs a leave of absence, or needs to be off due to having a baby, and that "this is the first time this has come up."

Then, it was suggested, that even if I'm getting short term disability from one job, that I still pick up a shift at my PRN job so that I wouldnt get dropped. Well, isnt that insurance fraud?? I mean, either a person is "disabled" or they are not. I could not in good conscience draw my short term disability from one facility, but go work at another.

I feel like my PRN employer is unwilling to work w/ me, even if I give them a letter from my physician stating that I will be under his care from this date to this date... etc.


I'm so freaking frustrated.

FMLA will NOT cover me at this 2nd part time job.
FMLA will cover me at my primary job.

I was dumbfounded when the HR lady suggested that I am the first PRN worker to ever be pregnant...and furthermore that I work at their facility while drawing STD from my primary employer.

So, today I have to go to my PRN job after a full day of work here to meet w/ my Supervisor there & go over my annual employee evaluation. I just have to sign it in person. No biggie.
I already left her a message to tell her about what I've learned through HR.

If I clock-in today for this, then maybe I wont have to return to work there until November instead of October. I didnt ask if I should clock in for this or not. And, I dont know if HR will count it as "working once during a 90 day period." I'm not exactly sure how that wording is... Does "once" mean 10 minutes, or 8 hours???
And....I am going to ask, b/c it cant hurt @ this point, will they let me come in sometime during September & file papers or something for 30 minutes? I understand that there are no open weekend shifts for me to work, and honestly--I'm too freaking big to work 6 days a week or any 16 hour maybe they'll just let me come in for 30 minutes one day & do SOMETHING! That will push my return to work until December...

What an ass-whooooooping!

Shower Pics....

Okay, it's Thursday morning, and while I am at work--I should be "working". But...I'm not. I think I just figured out how to upload an image on my blog.
(Okay, okay, I'm kind of slow...)


Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Good Morning....

It's Wednesday.
Trash Day at my house.
Lamaze tonight...although my dear husband is already trying to wiggle his way out of going. He's really quite cute about the whole thing--but I swear, if he backs out at the last minute tonight--I'm going to freak out! I cant go by myself-you have to have a partner! But, anyway--tonight they are giving the tour, and I want to see what the rooms will be like. Not that it really matters this late in the's not like I'm going to switch doctors/hospitals now...

Having some Braxton Hicks this morning....I think. No real consistency to them. Just bizarro. Like cramps--only harder. Then, they go away.

Last night...I took a Tylenol PM at 8pm. Why? Because I didnt sleep very well the night before, but needed a little something to help me sleep through the night. Well, at 9:45pm Damon's cell phone rang. It's the realtor. She forgot to tell us that she has scheduled a tour of realtors to come to our house at 9am. Lovely. So, by this point--I'm useless. I'm in a drugged sleep state. Damon had to get up & clean the whole house. (SECRETLY...I'M SOOOOO GLAD!!!! I WAS SO TIRED & THERE WAS NO WAY I COULD HAVE BEEN PRODUCTIVE AT ALL!) Gage's nursery looked like a bomb hit it after I took all the gifts in there & went through everything...and only somewhat cleaned up after myself. (I'm pregnant...I get tired easily...)

So, I woke up this morning--and Damon did a great job. The house looks 99% perfect. I only had a couple of things to tidy up this morning before I left for work.

Another thing...I did about 4 loads of laundry since Sunday...but didnt fold any of them. Damon folded all of them last night. So, I see this one laundry basket w/ all of Gage's new towels & washcloths--all clean & folded! It was so cute & sweet, and I wondered if it was weird or exciting for Damon to fold them. Maybe he doesnt get all mushy thinking about that kind of stuff...but I do! He was probably just thinking, "Oh great. More towels. Where do these go?" I dunno...I'll have to ask him later.

That's about all I know for now. I have to run see a patient!


Tuesday, August 02, 2005

He'll Learn.....I hope. Maybe Too Much Info for some...

So, I'm Pregnant. Big Surprise, I know.
Well, there are about a million things changing on my body. It's like nothing is the same as it was before. Just a lot of change...

This is all really fun for Damon to talk about...constantly. Then, when I'm in tears, he gets mad saying that I'm being "dramatic".

My POV (point of view): I have no control over what is happening to my body. I constantly worry that my body will not ever be nearly the same as it was. I worry that after the baby he wont be as attracted to me. Sure, there are some pluses to being pregnant--the big boobs. But what about after the pregnancy? What are they going to be like? What's anything going to be like?????

His typical response, "What did you expect? You're pregnant."

Well--nobody can predict how they are going to feel about this kind of stuff. Would I undo this whole pregnancy-thing? No way. I definitely think that no matter what, it's worth it! Me crying about my own self-image issues has nothing to do w/ my excitement about the baby. He just doesnt get that.

He doesnt get anything relating to my body and this pregnancy! So far, we've had these conversations that he thinks are fun or funny, and I end up in tears running to the bathroom to cry. He started the conversation with: "How long after you have the baby before your belly goes down? A few hours or a few days?"
Well, let's uterus, which was once about the size of my fist, is now large enough to store gym equipment. I'm sure it will just deflate like a balloon, dear.
What I should have said: I guess it depends on how many sessions you buy me with a hot, hunky, personal trainer. (You want to make me feel self-conscious...well, two can play that game!)
If I were really hateful...I would have said, "I bet I can get rid of my belly before you get rid of yours" ...Oreo Boy! (he loves Oreos almost as much as he loves me...or quite possibly more!)
....Anyway...he then points out the fact that my nipples dont look like the nipples on the women in this book that we have about child birth. My thought: Thank God! Have you seen those things? They look like Goat Titties!!!
So, what does he say, "God, I hope yours dont get that dark. She looks like she's got black nipples. And look at how far they stick out! That's disgusting!"
While I agree w/ his comments--I'm immediately in tears. Why? Because---what if that DOES happen to me? I cant stop it! I cant keep it from happening! I dont know if it will happen to me or not...but clearly, if it does, I'll be less attractive in his eyes. I'll have disgusting goat-titties!!!!

So, then I cry. Then he says, "Geez. You're so dramatic. I cant talk to you about anything." And I bawl, "You dont understand." And he doesnt.

And then he's sorry that I took everything the wrong way. What kind of jacked up apology is that?
He should be sorry that he made me cry.
He should be sorry that he isnt making the effort to understand my point of view.
He should be sorry that he was so insensitive in the first place.

"I'm sorry you took everything the wrong way." How's that for shifting the blame?

But, alas--he is my husband, and I love him.
And, I have to hope that eventually he'll learn to not be such an ass!


Monday, August 01, 2005

It's Monday!

Okay...It's Monday.

Gage & I had our first baby shower on Saturday @ Susan's house. It was awesome! Everything was just sooooooooooooo perfect!
So, today I uploaded the photos onto snapfish. I ordered some prints.
I also ordered some additional little "Thank Yous" for Megan & Susan. They both read this, so I wont reveal anymore! But, I should be getting them via mail in 3-5 business days. I cant wait!!!

We got so much stuff for the baby. I had a great time showing Damon all of the stuff on Saturday afternoon.

Then, Allen came over & spent the night Saturday night. He was a doll. He & Damon played football in the front yard. Then Allen helped Damon cook dinner & he helped me fold a load of towels. We ate dinner (Allen cleaned his plate!), and he even took his dishes to the sink. Then he & Damon played a few hands of "poker". After that, he got his bath & watched Napolean Dynomite w/ us. He got to stay up until it was over at 10:45! In reality, he was up until about midnight b/c his allergies were bothering him...long story, but in the end, he & I ended up sleeping together in our room, and Damon took the couch.

So...Sunday morning, Damon was still asleep & so was Allen. I probably spent 2 1/2 & hours in the nursery going through our new stuff, throwing the packaging away, & just organizing & looking at everything. I had a ball!

Then, I got donuts & chocolate milk for all of us...
Then we watched cartoons & straightened the house until Mom & David came to pick Allen up around 1. I was going to take Allen swimming, but I didnt have time...

Damon was tired from sleeping...or should I say, not sleeping on the couch. So, around 2pm I crawled in bed w/ him. I fell asleep & didnt get up until dinner time! It was great.

Oh--then I ran to pick up Damon's glasses b/c they were ready. He looks so cute in his new glasses! I mean, he could actually wear these out in public. For those who dont know--he had some glasses that I called, "birth control glasses". See, if he was wearing those--there was no way I'd end up pregnant, b/c I wouldnt or couldnt be aroused at all looking at those things! So anyway--he got his new glasses & they look precious.

We watched a movie last night: Miss Congeniality 2. Damon didnt like it. I did. I liked the first one too.

I had heartburn a lot last night. I've got it again today. At the shower, they told me that there's an old wives tale that if you have a lot of heartburn, then your baby will be born with hair. Well, I guess Gage will have hair, b/c I've got the heartburn!

We've got Lamaze on Wednesday. Damon's already trying to skip out on it. But, I really want to go this week for sure b/c they give a tour of L&D, Postpartum, etc. I want to see that b/c I dont know that area at Presby. If I were having the baby here or at Baylor--there'd be no need for a tour. But...I'm not.

Okay, I've got to get to work!

Today's BP: 113/75