Monday, November 30, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

It's amazing how quickly Thanksgiving comes and goes. We started out Thursday morning with pancakes, some better than others as you can see. Thankfully "Aunt Jemima" was able to provide more batter :-)
Dinner was a little bit more successful. Since we didn't have any family or friends coming over for dinner, we decided to go back to our simple Thanksgiving menu of 2008 - meatloaf and mac 'n' cheese! Bob did assist in helping me make a mess in the kitchen. Let's just say spilled milk on an electric stove top equals a nasty burnt smell and a nice black stain.The weather on Friday and Saturday was gorgeous! Needless to say, we were both out on the golf course. And I want the record to show that I was able to beat Bobby on both days. Not bad for a pregnant lady! ;-)
On a more serious note, I am thankful for having a hubby that loves me and more importantly, feeds me (and little peanut) and provides a roof over our heads. And thankfully, he has not asked me (yet) to look for a "real" job! Love you lots, honey! :-x

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Baby update - A boy???

Based on our second ultrasound, we may have spotted a 14-week wiener! It's not a 100% but when the doc was moving the device around on my belly, you could definitely see a different lighting between the lil' peanut's legs :-)
Speaking of doc, we did decide to switch to a new doctor and we are SO happy that we did. He was great and his staff were nice and efficient!
Here's a quick shout-out to Grandma and Pop-pop in New Jersey! We did receive the box of gifts for the little one and I'm sure we'll be using all of it. Thank you both!
In the meantime, I finally started painting the laundry room. But unfortunately, the color turned out really bright in comparison to the kitchen. Like REALLY bright!!! I don't think the "Golden Glow" was the right choice, although we did paint the sample on a couple sides of the laundry room. Guess that's one of those moments where you just have to go "Hmmm....???" So looks like a re-paint is in order, but just a matter of when :-)
And oh, I bumped my head in the corner of the cabinets while moving the dryer. Talk about OUCH! It was so painful I think lil' P felt that one too! It's been 2 days later and the scab above my hairline is still there and of course, the bump still hurts!!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Baby blanket

Finally! 2 1/2 years later... I finally finished crocheting the baby blanket! I had started on it when my sister was pregnant with my little nephew back in the summer of 2007. Right about halfway through the blanket, she decided that she didn't want it because it was too pink! And obviously, with little Mikey being a boy, he can't have a pink blanket! When I first bought the roll of yarn, I thought there was just the same amount of purple in it versus the pink, but I guess I was wrong.
I did actually complete the blanket once before but it wasn't symmetrical at all when I was done! The way this blanket is crocheted, it starts out at one point and goes wider into a triangular shape and then back narrow towards a single point, to form, from what I can see, more of a diamond shape rather than a square (well... kind of a diamond shape ;-). In any case, it was no where close to that diamond shape the first time! So after pulling off the yarn back to the halfway point, I tucked the project away until about 2 weeks ago.
I'm glad it's finally done! Although, I'm not too sure what to do with it now. I do have a friend that's expecting a baby girl in February, but I'm embarrassed that it might not be well-made enough as a gift. Guess we'll leave it for now and see what happens at our next doctor's appointment. It may still be too early to tell though what the gender of our baby will be. I will only be at 14 weeks next Monday.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Shiny car!

Finally, after months of sitting dirty in the garage, I finally washed and waxed my car. I have to say, it looks great! :-) It took extra long to clean it because after an entire season of driving, I had to use a special bug cleaner to get all those bug and oil stains off the bumper and along the sides of the car. Phew! Now, I just want to keep the car in the garage and not drive it and get it dirty again!
I've been slowly taking care of little items around the house. I finally was able to switch out a couple of the light switches with dimmers. It took me THREE attempts to change out the light switch in the living room. First attempt - I didn't have the correct light switch (so back to Lowe's!). Second attempt - The wires didn't fit the little holes behind the switch (so back at Lowe's again!). Third and final attempt - with the same light switch, I was told to wrap the wires around the screws. Tada!!!
The dimmer switch in the dining room was much simpler. 2 black wires and a green wire. I've yet to put the face-plate back since we are planning on painting the dining room. Not too fond of the dark red.
Speaking of painting, I finally sanded and repainted my country bench. Right now, we have it by the back door... it seems to fit in that little nook. I know I'm probably going to move again soon enough! :-)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Hawk sighting

It's been ages since I last saw the hawk. I was wondering if there were any baby hawks after the last "humping" sighting this past May :-)
But there it was this morning... calling out, which is how I spotted it. The weather was really foggy this morning so the pictures are not very bright. I'm guessing this is its nest.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Pregnancy update - 3 months later

My first trimester is over and they are right - you do feel better at the start of your 2nd trimester! I did have the chills and a fever last week. Still can't figure out why. I wonder if it had anything to do with the flu shot that I took while I was at the doctor's. Oh well... I'm just glad that I'm feeling so much better!
Although, I was freaking out a couple of nights ago when I noticed my belly button in the mirror. I just want to make it clear that I'm an "innie" and have and always will be one! Well, I'm still freaking out about it. Yes... a very sensitve issue. My belly button is hardly an innie anymore!!! AAAHHhhh...! Nobody said anything about that in any of the books! I do feel as if my belly is expanding from my belly button though. So I've started loading up on cocoa butter cream in hopes that I won't have to deal with stretch marks later.
And I finally took the plunge! Bob and I went to the mall to buy maternity clothing yesterday. And I'm so glad we did!!! The pants are so much more comfortable and I won't have to unbutton my jeans in the middle (or even before!) my meal at the restaurants. :-)
3 months and counting....!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Baby's first gift!

We were leaving for dinner last night when we saw a package outside our front door. Bob got out to get it and I was SO sure that it was a gift from his Mom. But I was wrong! Looks like his oldest brother's family beat his Mom to it!
It's the cutest looking (and cuddly) puppy with booties tied to it's neck. Of course, they got both blue and pink covered. Maybe this could be the color inspiration for the soon-to-be nursery, once of course I take care of some other rooms around the house :-)
Thank you Doug & Myla and soon-to-be cousins Parker and Matthew!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Or... "Hap Halloween" as a little tricker-treater said this past Saturday. He sounded really cute but I couldn't see him as I was bundled up on the couch with the chills. I was all prepared for Halloween - carved the pumpkin (was suppose to carve both but it was SO TOUGH!) and even bought a witches hat! Oh well, guess I know what I'll be next year for Halloween!
Actually, Bobby and I were really wondering if anyone was going to knock on our door for trick-a-treating. We were expecting the first knock at perhaps 6:30pm but no one showed up till maybe 7:30pm! Wow... Bobby and I must be old or too conservative! Thankfully Bobby took care of the door knocks and handed out the candy while I moped on the couch. And thankfully the last door knock was before 9pm. I was ready for bed!
I felt a little bit better on Sunday... and seeing the little birdie again in the tree house made me happier as well. I haven't spotted the bird since our last sighting 2 weeks ago. And as to how this bird actually can perch itself up in that hole? I took more pictures and look! You can see it's tiny feet! so it's actually just sitting there. It's just seems like such a tiny opening though! And I'm not sure if this is a different birdie, but it does look skinnier. Maybe the male? Looks like he's protecting the birdhouse - "I'm king of my domain!!"
And Bobby was back at it again! After mowing the backyard, he attempted to take another fallen branch down. He did send me away... after ONE comment or what he calls CRITICISM! No need to raise your voice at a now pregnant woman! Blah! :-P Obviously, everything worked out in the end when the dead branch finally came down. Bobby then went to play golf and I stayed home and watched movie after movie on TV since I still wasn't feeling 100%. And Bobby took care of dinner when he got home too. How nice! I wonder how long this can go on for... :-)