Saturday, August 22, 2009

Happy Birthday Monster Peden

Today is Monster's 6th birthday! We have been spoiling her dog-rotten all day long. She shared cereal with me for breakfast. And for lunch, she had turkey bacon and cheese (sounds good right? Just wait.) For dinner...flank steak! David and I just got back from walking her on her favorite route, right past Maudies. Talk about a good dog day! David asked me tonight if Monster knew this was her last weekend w/o brother bean. I said I was waiting to tell her until after her birthday. :)

I promise to never forget that Monster was our first baby. She will always have a spot in our bed, and a warm lap on the couch. I had no idea how much I could love a wild animal until we found our sweet dog ball. The minute we brought her home we had a best dog friend - so loyal, so sweet and SO funny.

She'll have to be patient next week when we bring home a strange, loud, mini-person who won't smell very sweet about 8-10 times a day. However, in the long run she may find him to be quite entertaining - especially when he starts purposefully dropping cheerios from his high chair. In fact, every day will be like her dog birthday when that happens!

Here are a few of my favorite Monster pictures...

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Countdown to Bean's Arrival

For the longest time, I was counting up - first trimester, second, third, etc. But at some point I transitioned to counting down. I'm not sure when it happened but my calendar looks like an old bingo score card. Every day I look forward to putting a big "X" over the date, and I think to myself, one more down. I realize no one is counting down the days like I am BUT only single digits remain now!!! Put a fork in me bc I'm done! When my friends told me the last couple weeks were difficult, they weren't kidding. I've said it before and I'm going to say it again, it would be a hell of a lot easier to lay eggs.

I've been so lucky to have a good pregnancy (get ready for the complaints), but today I'm limping around trying to hold on for a few more days. I was at the mall today and a 90+ year old woman passed me doing her shopping. It's like I'm holding up pedestrian traffic or something. Plus, I can't go anywhere w/o getting asked, "When's the baby due?" I'm getting a kick out of telling people, "Next week!" The most shocking reactions are at the gym. I can almost feel people staring at me thinking: please don't have your baby in our lap pool mam. I guess I can understand their line of thinking bc before I was 38 weeks pregnant I thought babies would just fall out at inopportune times. However, now I know that it's not that easy. Someone asked me today, "Have you tried all the old wives tales like eating spicy food, having sex, and taking long walks?" I just replied that my little guy was stuck and probably very happy about it.

Baby bean is getting too big and strong - he needs a new home - not my stomach!!! 40 weeks is for the birds. The End (is near). :)

Monday, August 17, 2009

Week 38 with Bean

One more weekend where it’s just the 2 of us and our sweet dog. We actually made a list of things we want to do over the next week and a half. Things that made the list: eat a nice steak dinner, go to the movies-Transformers (David’s choice) and Time Travelers Wife (my choice), see the musical, "Wicked," get my car detailed, and do a "Dream Dinners" class. Hopefully the last 11 days will go by fast.

I’m SO uncomfortable here at week 38. The pressure is getting terribly intense, plus when bean moves now it stops me in my tracks. I play the game, Guess the Body Part, when his sharp feet and elbows come to the surface of my stomach. My heartburn is crazy bad at night - I spend half the night sitting up. He weighed about 6.9 lbs this morning at my appointment, and he will gain an ounce a day from here on out. And today my doctor said he could feel his butt!!! I guess that explains why I have to go to the bathroom about 6-8 times a night. :) Can you say, ouch?

My last day of work was Thurs of last week. I'll miss my days at the paper store, but right now I just feel like I’m on vacation or something. I’ve been swimming at the gym almost every day. Love it! And I’m taking care of EVERYTHING I can possibly think of to do before this baby comes. Today was Monster’s dental cleaning. Poor baby, she didn’t like that very much. She's moping around in a very drunk state tonight, and I hope she is back to her spunky self by tomorrow morning. Her teeth are pearly white again though! Now she can lick bean and he won't smell like her nasty fish breath. hehe

In other news, our friends Lori and Gaines had their baby today! I can't wait to go for my first visit. I don't know if I've ever held a baby only a day old (this will change very soon) not to mention the fact that I've never changed a diaper...lots of firsts here for me. Soon it will be second nature. I do wish that babies weren't like bobble head dolls in the beginning. That part freaks me out. They have to be more durable than they look though - especially considering the rough journey they take to get into this world. Bean, you get out easy. Thank me later for that, okay?