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I can't wait until DH and the kids can feel it from the outside.
I'm feeling pretty good, hungry constantly.
We're a homeschooling family so I have been super busy with my four school aged children. Hardly a moment to breathe. I think it is good for me to stay so busy right now. It's helping the time fly. We're also going camping for four days on the 10th, with our homeschool group.
It's hard to believe that just 5 weeks ago I was in bed all day with debilitating morning sickness.
The thumps started after not being sure I felt anything at all! (people say that it's like little flutters at first, but I could not tell these from gas!). Now we have some bladder bouncing and even I can feel it with my hand now on the outside! all in 3 days from feeling nothing! So amazing...I am 18.5. Found out the sex at the anatomy scan...It's a BOY! Whaaat? I was soooo sure it was a girl that my fantasies and daydreams had not even looked into a boy yet! I was shocked. It took me a day to process then research names...now I am excited.
PS yay for feeling babies and bouncing baby boys
Ugh sharing sick germs rant! We went to women's study yesterday and then a sprinkle for a mom and new baby with the same crowd. Our kids basically spent 5 hours together yesterday. Towards the end of the party another mom announces her DD has had a virus and this is the first day she has had an appetite, meanwhile her other two haven't been sick yet. Last night we all get a FB message that yes her DS is now symptomatic. Are you serious?! People, please just stay home, no one is keeping score! Gah!
PS yay for feeling babies and bouncing baby boys
That makes me CRAZY. I'm sorry :(
oh yay for all the movement going on in the group! I have tons of movement one day... then the next barely anything. I can't WAIT till it's more regular and DP and kids can all feel external movement. I am SO tired. I'm in the middle of changing jobs, (same career... just hopefully more steady income in new job) and also getting ready to MOVE>>>> UGH. I rent from my ex and he just gave me 30 days to get the bleep out.... so there is that. Tons of stress for a time when I don't need it! However, I needed to move anyway, so its ok. Just bad timing :-) But, I'm still trying to get some extra sleep in when I can. How is everyone sleeping? I'm finding it crazy hard to get a good night's rest.
I'm sorry your mom is giving you crud, I love the idea of a sprinkle. I try to impress upon my friends that i'd like more of a blessingway than a shower...but a sprinkle is a nice way to put it. I out right refuse to play shower games. just no no no no. lol
thankfully since i haven't given birth in years, people seem to be ok with it, in fact it was my friends idea to throw one. My mom did ask me, said she thought only first babies got showers...which doesn't make sense because i remember her getting a shower for my little brother lol but i just explained to her that since it had been years since id had a baby, we had nothing, and my friends were excited for me they wanted to throw a shower for me. that was the end of that. you have no reason to be embarassed, babies need stuff. even when we are ap, sometimes they need stuff.
That said, I really hope people (like my shopping-aholic mom) go to town for this babe! I went to Kohls the other day to look at baby girl stuff and walked out with nothing! I am so overwhelmed, I don't even know where to begin!
Yesterday she sent a big box and I figured it was gender-neutral stuff but it was clothes for my six-year old who desperately needed jeans and t-shirts. I was so thankful, mostly because it saves me the hassle of traipsing all of us to a department store to buy that stuff.
that's why i insist on the fuss be about the baby, it doesn't make me uncomfy exactly...but come on just about anyone can gestate. You want to congratulate me on something congratulate me on my knitting skills, my parenting skills, or my rapier wit...these are things that matter to me, that i've worked on. Getting pregnant though...weelllll......
but a fuss for the baby i can handle. my mom did just buy some stuff for the baby. i know what you mean about being overwhelemed, i've never shopped for a girl so i made myself some rules to make it easier to weed things out.
zara's "themes" female superheroes and owls because the boys' school mascot is an owl so they dig them and luckily owls seem to be in right now
color preferences- no pink
clothing type preferences- no bottoms due to cloth diaper butt and many wool longies/skirties/shorties/etc
that allowed me to quickly look at an item and check things off
is it pink? no
is it owls?
is it useful to me?
I did get one sleep sack that has pink ninja owls on it because i love sleep sacks in the first few months and owls are the theme so aok, otherwise i stuck to laffy taffy purple and teal/aqua. I'd love a wider variety of color options but it looks like it won't be quite so bad once she is hits the T sizes
aaaaaaaahhhhhh I hope it gets finished too, thanks, planegreen!
I'm going to go on a little rant about this house. Bear with me.
We've been living here just over two years. I didn't want to own a house --- I prefer renting. If we had to buy, I wanted something that needed MINIMAL work, and I would have compromised on just about anything (size, location, etc) to not deal with fixing everything. My husband, on the other hand, wanted to buy a cheap fixer-upper . . . and he won that argument.
Our house has been a total gut and remodel, and when I say total, I mean TOTAL. By the time we are done, we will have replaced:
-All of the plumbing (DONE)
-All of the electric (DONE)
-All of the interior walls (90% done)
-All of the ceilings (80% done)
-All of the floors (25% done)
-All of the windows (done)
-All of the doors (80% done)
-All other interior woodwork (10% done)
-The roof (0% done)
-The insulation (95% done)
-The stairs (0% done)
-All of the appliances (80% done)
-And built additions including a garage and a mudroom (DONE)
Pretty much only the frame of the original house will be left. My husband, with my inexpert help, is doing ALL of the work himself (he's a carpenter by trade), except for friends pitching in for work parties.
The house is built like a ranch with a walk-out basement, with kitchen-living-dining-master bedroom on the upper floor and spare bedrooms on the lower floor . . . except it's all built above grade, so you walk in downstairs, then come up to the main living area.
Currently the entire downstairs is an unlivable construction/storage zone. He just finished tiling/grouting the bathroom yesterday, but none of the appliances or fixtures are installed yet (we're managing on the tiny half-bath off the master bedroom with shower stall). Other than that, no floors are completed. The plumbing and electric is done. 90% of the sheetrock and 70% of the painting are done. The windows and doors are in but not trimmed. The baby's room is nearest to completion, only lacking a floor (it's just the plywood subfloor right now). It's full of the things we can't fit anywhere else right now.
The staircase needs to be ripped out (it's a rickety hideous mess) and the stairwell still needs to be sheetrocked --- it's studs and insulation right now.
Upstairs, in our main living area, the bedroom and its half-bath are done-done, other than the refinishing needed on the hardwood floor (the half-bath is tiled in beach rocks that my in-laws mailed from Maine). There is a french "door to nowhere" in our bedroom that opens out onto a ten-foot drop --- the deck that's supposed to go there has not yet been built.
The other upstairs living areas still need their floors --- they have hideously beaten-down linoleum from 1964 that has never been updated. The walls are sheetrocked but unpainted. The ceiling is insulated but not sheetrocked.
The kitchen is sheetrocked and unpainted, and also needs a floor. We ripped out all the cabinets and countertops and have not yet replaced them (husband is building the cabinet carcasses himself, not buying them pre-made). My entire kitchen counter space is one enamel-top table, and an old door laid over two sawhorses. All of my dishes, food, and kitchen gadgets are either on metal garage shelving or in big tupperware containers stored under or on the sawhorse-door-table.
I'm making do upstairs by keeping the floors (even the hideous tiled floors) scrupulously clean, and keeping all surfaces as tidy as possible. When it's clutter-free and clean it feels more livable and I can relax.
At least now that a baby is on the way we have a good excuse to ask all of our friends to help out! We've done a lot of helping, ourselves, over the years --- lots of our friends have also bought total gut-and-remodels, or built from scratch, etc., and we always show up to help. Karma is coming back to us now in the nicest possible way, as almost TWENTY of our friends are coming this weekend to lend a hand.