Monday, December 31, 2007

Copycat! Saying Adieu to 2007

Snagged these questions from my sis-in-law Carrie's blog... It was basically a "Why the hell not?" kind of thing.

1. What did you do in 2007 that you hadn't done before?
Drive stick shift pregnant. That was definitely interesting. OH, I also had my labor with Jackson induced.

2. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Well, I did. And I also saw quite a few goats give birth, but the goats are necessarily close.

3. Did anyone close to you die?
Casey's mom's uncle Stan died. I didn't really know him but from what I hear he was quite admirable.

4. Did you travel? Where did you go? Best holiday memory?
Travel... not much was done. The furthest we went was to visit my dad in Kentucky. We did that, so yeah. Best holiday memory would have to be Memorial Day Weekend when we visited my dad. It was warm enough that we got to go swimming in the lake (which was a nice 75 degrees).

5. Best thing you bought?
Our new car, a Black Toyota Matrix XRS.

6. Where did most of your money go?
Food, bills and baby stuff.

7. What do you wish you had done more of?
Excersize and I guess help Lily more with her school work.

8. What do you wish you had done less of?
Watch TV. I've become an addict.

9. What kept you sane?
My wonderful hubby. Seriously! I spent a good portion of 2007 pregnant and extremely hormonal. I got really upset because I couldn't find my keys one time and ended up getting Lily to school late. I felt horrible!

10. What drove you mad?
Hormones, hormones and more hormones.

11. What made you celebrate?
The birth of Jackson on September 21.

12. What made you sad?
Hormones, hormones and more hormones.

13. How was your birthday this year?
Well, I was very pregnant and it was pretty low key. I did get Dr. Who Series One, though and that totally rocked all to hell and back.

14. What political issue stirred you the most this year?
Lots of stuff. Mainly Bush being an idiot.

15. Were you in love in 2007?
I was totally in love with Casey (my hubby) as I always am and I was totally in love with Jackson and of course Lily.

16. What would you like to have in 2008 that you didn't have this year?
Doctor Who Series 2 & 3? I don't know. I'm pretty happy.

17. What date from 2007 will be etched in your memory and why?
December 25, 2007. It was the first Christmas my dad and I spent together in 8 years.

18. What song will remind you of 2007?
LOL! Run to the Hills by Iron Maiden (Carrie you can giggle now!)...
Actually, I think the song Stolen Car by Sting. Certain people know why...

19. Compared to this time last year are you happier?
I'd like to think I get happier and happier every year.

20. Biggest achievement this year?
Natural Child Birth.

21. Biggest disappointment this year?
Having to leave school due to a stupid bleach allergy. It's not fun having an asthma attack every time you're around bleach.

22. What is the one thing that would have made you more satisfied?
Finishing school.

23. Best new person you met this year?
Don't know.... How about reconnecting with old friends?

24. A valuable life lesson you learned this year?
When people tell you to get your wisdom teeth pulled at the age of 18 you should do it.

25. How was your health in 2007?
Relatively good with the exception of a major sinus infection and asthma flare up last February (which is how I learned that bleach was not making me a happy Jess).

26. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn't really make any new years resolutions. This year, however, I'd like to keep up my weight loss (I'm doing really good with that), eat healthier and take better care of the house (it implodes on a weekly basis... I think daily maintenance is the answer)

27. What countries did you visit?
I only traveled in the US, so yeah... we were dull.

28. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?
Money.

29. Did you suffer hardship in 2007?
We were a little strapped for cash, but we worked it out.

30. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My hubby, Casey. He managed to wrangle me in when I was being psychotic pregnant lady and he got me through natural childbirth. I have never felt closer to him and I have never loved him more.

31. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
politicians and a certain friend that absolutely will not listen to good advice and comes up with every excuse in the book to justify herself.

32. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Jackson's birth. .

33. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? happier
ii. thinner or fatter? thinner
iii. richer or poorer? 'bout the same

34. How will you spend the New Years?
Probably playing rock band or watching movies. Some people might come over.

35. How many one-night stands?
This question totally does not apply to me as I am happily married going on 4 years in February.

36. What was your favorite TV program?
Dr. Who, Gilmore Girls, Heroes, House... I've been watching WAY too much TV.

37. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I really don't like the word hate and I don't like to use it. It is too strong a word for my tastes. I dislike certain actions that people have taken in the name of freedom and democracy but that has been going on for several years.

38. What was the best book you read?
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Fabulous fabulous read.

39. What was your greatest musical (re)discovery?
"Passengers" by U2, Brian Eno and several others. I'd been missing the disc for some time and finally found it again. It is such a good CD!

40. What did you want and get?
A new, more family friendly car.... my Toyota Matrix XRS.

41. What did you want and not get?
A winning lottery ticket?

42. What was your favorite film that you watched this year?
Hmmmm... I don't know...

43. What one experience do you never want to repeat from this year?
Taking cyrtek to induce labor. It did nothing but annoy the crap out of me.

44. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?
Comfy, loose clothes.

45. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom.

46. Who did you miss?
I miss Matt and Ben. I didn't see them at all this year. Sad Jess.

47. Quote that sums up your year:
When God closes one door, he opens a window... and then you have to squeeze through it all big and pregnant.

48. Was 2007 a good year for you?
Absolutely.

49. Where were you when 2007 began?
Asleep in my bed.

50. Who were you with?
I actually think Lily was with me. Casey was probably playing video games and I was asleep in bed all cuddled up with her.

51. How many concerts did you see in 2007?
Sheesh! I can't remember the last time I went to a concert.

52. Did you drink a lot of alcohol in 2007?
Nope, couldn't do to the aforementioned pregnancy.

53. Did you do a lot of drugs in 2007?
Only prescribed drugs like phenegrin, tylenol 3, low dose pitocin (to induce labor)

54. If you could go back in time to any moment of 2007 and change something, what would it be?
Not really.

55. What are you most looking forward to in 2008?
Jack turning into a toddler, my friend Mickie having her second child.

Accomplished

Stuff I've done in 2007:

1) Found out I was pregnant and eventually gave birth au natural.

2) Organized, planned and helped host a massive charity event (The House Elf Clothing Drive) in which both radio and television interviews were conducted (albeit nervous interviews!).

3) Went up three pant sizes (during pregnancy) and then managed to go down to a size 8 pant (which is two sizes smaller than I was pre-pregnancy) this morning.

4) Managed to lose 15 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight to now. (There has been a total weight loss of 35 pounds, but most of that was pregnancy weight.) All while eatting relatively well and having the occasional cheese fries.

5) Purchased a new car.

6) Weened myself off caffeine for nearly 10 months, got back on the "sauce" (in this case sauce = caffeine), and have successfully weened myself down to one can of coke per day.

7) Took apart the dishwasher and fixed it.

8) Helped plan a 50th Anniversary party for my aunt in uncle. I printed the invites, helped finalize the menu, etc. Still sore about the lack of enthusiastic thank you from my mom...

9) Embraced my inner asshole and chased someone down the street for throwing a McDonald's bag in our yard.

10) Crossed the St. Joe river in a canoe just to learn about the area's history.

11) Watched several seasons of Dr. Who and thuroughly enjoyed them all.

12) Became a Mac Convert.

13) Read the new and last Harry Potter in 2 days.

14) Watched a LOT of movies.

15) Gave Casey a crash course in driving stick. He figured most of it out himself.

16) Ate a lot of turkey and still managed to have a ton left over.

17) Was rather sleep deprived for most of the year.

18) Had a brilliant Christmas and managed to get all of my shopping done in less than 5 hours! Wrapping... now that's another story entirely.

Yep, I feel quite accomplished and the year isn't over until midnight. Wonder what else I can do?

OOH! I almost forgot!! I also helped remove and replace a dryer. We took one out and brought the other in! I channeled my "inner Chuck Norris" to accomplish it, but I did it and I impressed my hubby while I was at it. Cool, huh?

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Christmas Recap

Well, we're on the eve of New Year's Eve and it's been a busy few days. Yesterday was the first day that I just got to sit for a minute and what did I do? I ended up taking our tree down, rearranging some furniture and doing some laundry. I find myself asking "This is supposed to be a vacation, right?"

Christmas was excellent! We went to Casey's parents the day before Christmas Eve and had dinner with them, my sis-in-law, her hubby, their kids and Aunt Barb (who is one of the most amusing people I have ever met and I love her to death!). Dint thaner was tasty! Tasty! Tasty! After that, we all hung out being slugs and chatted while watching The Amazing Race. Monday (Christmas Eve) Casey, the kids and I went to my mom's house for dinner with her and the Maddox clan (my mom's boyfriend and his family... kids, grandkid and his sister). Another tasty meal had and then we headed home where my Dad was waiting for us.

This was the first Christmas that I've spent with my dad in about 8 years. We've seen him around Christmas before, but we haven't actually spent Christmas together since Lily was 6 months old. It was nice to have him here even though I'm sure we drove him absolutely bonkers.

The present run down mainly consists of several DVDs that I wanted including the first three seasons of Nip/Tuck (which I still haven't gotten to watch... oh, I am so looking forward to the sex and debauchery that is Nip/Tuck! Whoo hoo!), Pirates of the Caribbean 3, the latest Harry Potter movie (Order of the Phoenix) and my big gift from Casey??? A brand spankin' new 7.1 surround sound system!! OHMYGODIT'SSOBEAUTIFUL!!! I'm totally enjoying it! Last night we watched Blade Runner the final cut (another one of my presents) with the surround sound and I actually thought it was raining outside! It's teh awesome!

Lily got everything she wanted and then some, but her big present this year was the game Rock Band, which we played from about 10AM Christmas morning until 5PM that evening. We've been playing it every evening since. Carrie and Keven got addicted to it as well since we took it over to the parental units' house the day after Christmas. Fun fun fun!

Jack got several baby toys and some clothes. I got Casey a couple of video games, a new pair of Dan Post cowboy boots (I actually got the ones he wanted, too!) and I also got him a gift certificate for an hour long massage which he has decided to save until the spring when he will really need the massage. He says he wants to wait, but he poured concrete just the other day, so I don't know... He may schedule it sooner rather than later.

Life has been busy. We're contemplating having a New Year's party. I'm thinking something totally casual where we watch movies and play games until about 5 minutes until the ball drops. I honestly can't remember the last time I was awake until midnight on New Years, though. Having friends over would definitely be fun, though. Like a giant slumber party, yeah?

That's what we've been up to. I'm now going to try and sneak upstairs for a nap and some Nip/Tuck. Ah, the joys of MacBook!

Merry Christmas everyone!!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Thursday Thirteen: Things I still have to do before Christmas.

I managed to get my portion of the Christmas shopping done yesterday and now comes the fun part... everything else I have to do! So, here we go:

1) Wrap presents. I will probably have to wrap everyone's but my own.

2) Stay home today and wait for those few remaining packages that I've been told are coming.

3) Bake Christmas Cookies. Butter jets, more chocolate crinkles, Mexican wedding cakes, sugar cookies, etc.

4) Go to my mom's house and do laundry. With the dryer dead, I can't do laundry here and Casey is in need of pants. So, after those packages come, off I go!

5) Mail my Christmas Cards. Yes, I know, I'm horrible. They're sitting on my dining room table, addressed but not stamped. Off to the post office with me! (Oh, that will be a joy!)

6) Clean.

7) Clean.

8) Clean.

9) Take the annual trip to Winding Brook to see Christmas lights.

10) Finalize plans with family. I still don't know who's coming when and when we need to go wear. For some reason that drives me nuts. I blame it on the fact that I like schedules and if I don't have things scheduled, my day can get away from me (as it often does).

11) Get Jack to giggle on camera and email it out. You may think this is not important, but it is! He keeps giggling for me, but whenever I try and get him to do this for his dad or anyone else he doesn't. He's a stinker.

12) Dye my hair. Geez, it's such an atrocious colour at the moment!

13) RELAX!!! This is of course, after I finish the stuff on my list. ;-) Anyone want to help??

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

w00t!

I just read that the Merriam-Webster dictionary added w00t to their dictionary! How cool is that? W00T!! (I would just like to say that I've been saying it for years.)

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Good deed of the day.

I have finally brought my dad into the 21st century! I talked him through ordering a cell phone over the internet and he now has his very own cell phone coming in the mail. The world is now a better place that I can get a hold of my dad whenever I want to.
It's funny if you think about it... 10 years ago we didn't really have cell phones. They weren't nearly as prevalent as they are today and if you did have one, you paid out the ass for service. Now, everywhere you look people have cell phones. While with the introduction of blue tooth technology it is no longer necessary for us to have one glued to our ears, one hand holding phone, one hand on the steering wheel, we can now walk around and simply push a button attached to a small headset that fits conveniently over your ear, say the name of the person you're calling and wha-la! You're connected! Now people don't so much stare at you talking on the phone, but they stare at you because it looks like you're talking to yourself.

I wonder when someone is going to figure out how to do like a cochlear implant so all we have to do is like touch our ear to answer the phone. Oh, and those cars that have blue tooth already in 'em? FREAKIN' COOL!!

Thursday, December 06, 2007

My Husband ROCKS!

I love my husband! He's so handy! And he's such a manly man! Yesterday, I thought our dryer died. In the middle of drying our comforter, the drum stopped turning. Insert a somewhat grumpy Jess here. While we have another dryer, it is currently out in the garage, buried under a mountain of tools. That, and it's snowy and yucky outside, the yard is quite slick and Casey would also need his dad (or some other manly man of which I know very few) to help him move it from the garage to the house cuz everyone knows that I'm an absolute wuss with anything heavy.

So, my hubby comes home today and starts taking the dryer apart. I didn't even know he was home, I just heard some loud banging noises in the laundry room and thought that either the dogs or Lily was up to something. So, out I go. Surprise surprise! It's hubby! And he's fixing the dryer!

The thing still squeaks, but it works and it's a temporary fix until we can bring in the other dryer. I can at least get some more clothes washed. In the meantime, my hubby is Mr. Fix-it! And it's oh so sexy!!

In other news, Jack also things his dad is the greatest. This evening, I went to the video store (impending snow storm and all around crap weather coming this weekend) and to Meijers. When I came back Jack, Casey and Lily were sitting on the couch, Jack in Casey's arms and he was just staring at his dad. Casey handed Jack over to me and instantly he was in a bad mood. So, we walked into the computer room and instantly he was talking to his Dad. He wanted Casey. He wanted Daddy time. Talk about making Mommy feel like poo! Ah, but I take comfort knowing that most days it is Mommy that he wants. Woot to the mommy!

All that being said, it is waaaaaaaaaaayyyy past my bedtime.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

An Early Christmas Present

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Fussy

I have a very fussy baby. Jack, I'm thinking, isn't feeling that great. I think that he has caught the cold that I caught from my dad. Not fun. He has been sleeping for most of the day, but as soon as I try and set him down to get some stuff done, he wakes up and gets this expression on his face that I can only call the "don't put me down I need to be held NOW!" look. It's been a while since Lily was clingy when sick, so I'm not quite used to it. It's amazing when you have a relatively self sufficient 8 year old that is sick and they just want to hang out in their bed and watch movies. Not that I like it when Lily is sick and it's not like I don't check on her 20 times an hour, but it's definitely a lot nicer than having a fussy, unhappy baby that just wants to be held and doesn't quite understand why their mom sticks something up their nose every so often to suck out boogers. Then again, they don't understand boogers at Jack's age anyway.

I managed to put Jack in his swing and sweep the floor and have some lunch. This is good. I'm still feeling quite tired, though. I'm thinking after I pick Lily up naptime for yours truly is definitely in order.

Well, I'm going to attempt to be productive while I still have time. The kitchen needs cleaned and laundry needs to be put away. Whee fun!

Monday, November 26, 2007

I'm still here... A Brief Update

Thanksgiving has come and gone and now begins the frantically paced Christmas season. Anyone wondering if I'm having fun yet, I have to say no. But I'm not not having fun, either. I am just really tired. Last Wednesday (the day before Thanksgiving) Jack had his 2 month check up. All is well and the boy weighs 14 pounds. He's healthy and happy although he was extremely cranky all of Wednesday and part of Thursday. Thursday was Thanksgiving. We went to Nappanee. I have to admit it was the most relaxing Thanksgiving I've had since I don't know when. We played Loaded Questions, ate lots of yummy food and I snoozed a good two hours on the couch. Friday, I decided against shopping. I couldn't find anything in the circulars worth going out for. I also had to stay home because my dad and stepmom came up for a visit and I wasn't quite sure what time they were going to come in.

Saturday, we went to a friends kids' birthday party. Thomas turned 2, Lily ran around with Thomas, fun was had and the cake was excellent! Sunday, Mark came over to see Lily and they played video games until well after 5PM and that brings us to today. Today, I woke up with a sore throat and my nasal passages have gotten steadily clogged. This morning I went and got some Day Quil and I'm very very happy that I can actually take NyQuil because it wasn't too long ago that I was unable to. Yeah cold medicine!

That's what's up here. I'll post a few more tidbits from Thanksgiving and Enchanted sometime this week.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Um, uh... I have no idea.

Tonight Lily is spending the night with her abuelita, so Casey and I have arranged for Jackson to spend some time with Grandma and Grandpa while we go have some adult fun time. Translation: probably another trip to the coffee house and then driving aimlessly for a bit. Dinner may be had somewhere along the way, but I'm not sure. We'll see. The funny thing is I'm actually looking forward to the coffee. It was quite tasty. Yummmm....

Not much else going on. Jayne goes to the vet tomorrow for an updated rabies shot and then sunday we're going to play putt putt. Pretty dull weekend for me and Casey. Lily has a play tonight and then tomorrow my mom is taking her to a bazaar. Whee fun yeah.

We're so dull. At least we get to see Carrie and Keven briefly tonight before they jet off to D.C. and then we'll also get to see my adorable nieces through next weekend. Fun will be had!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

One of the Many Reasons Tom Wait's is AWESOME

from the movie "Coffee and Cigarettes"

Good Dreams...


Last night, Jack slept through the night. I, however, didn't. I woke up at around 3:30, but that's okay. I had yummy dreams featuring Orlando Bloom. I dreamt that I was in Kentucky and I was shopping at Walmart in Elizabethtown and low and behold there was Mr. Bloom in search of sun block. Weird and ordinary, yes. Most of my dreams are often weird but not normally this ordinary.

In any case, I don't remember much about the dream except it was quite dull (sorry, no graphic romance). Well, I say dull but I enjoyed it. I spent the dream talking to him about random stuff, how Kentucky was a nice place to visit and how I grew up a little over half an hour away from Elizabethtown, how was he enjoying his stay, blah blah blah. I gotta say, he's just as charming in my dreams as he is on the big screen. Sigh. It's going to be a good day.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Gratuitous Music Video Post

Because I really have nothing to say...  It's been a dull, dull day. 

Monday, November 12, 2007

It's official: We're dull.

I was beginning to think we were dull a couple of weekends ago when Casey and I had a babysitting offer from his parental units and we didn't do anything more than drive aimlessly around (you know, there was a time in our lives when we actually found that entertaining...with current gas prices- not so much) after grabbing a cup of coffee.   This weekend we did absolutely nothing.  We sat at home (after giving the dogs a bath and Casey taking Ronin to the vet) and did absolutely nothing.  
It was fabulous!

I'm still finding it amazing that I'm the mother of two.  Now, whenever we go somewhere, it's the four of us and I refer to Jack and Lily as "the kids."  "I have to get the kids ready to go."  It's still a lot to get used to, but at the same time I'm finding a hard time remembering life before Jackson.  It's hard to believe that he's going to be 2 months old at the end of this
week.   Jack has so many elements of both Casey and myself, I'm constantly amazed.  Take,
 for example, when he smiles.  Jackson not only smiles with his eyes like Casey but then he also does the big, open mouth grin that I do.  His entire face lights up and he smiles so frequently!  He is also starting to "talk."  That's the fun part.  I find it amusing that I can get hours of entertainment from something so tiny that doesn't do much of anything.   Oh well, I love him.
Nothing much else to report.  We're prepping for Thanksgiving.  I can't believe that next thursday is Thanksgiving... where is the time going?  ACK!  I have to start Christmas shopping soon!  

Friday, November 09, 2007

My blog is smarter than your blog!

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My sis-in-law had something similar posted on her blog and I figured why not? Let's check it out. I always knew I was a smart ass, now I can tell everyone that my blog is too!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Pumpkin Carving Photos



My "Harry Potter" pumpkin and Lily's jagged teeth pumpkin.

Lily & the Pumpkins.


Jack in his Bat Hat.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Waxing Zombie


In honor of the upcoming Halloween holiday, I bring you musings from my brain in the form of "Waxing Zombie."  From Wikipedia: "A zombie is a reanimated corpse devoid of conciousness.  In contemporary versions these are generally undead corpses, which were traditionally called "ghouls." ..."
Two of my favorite movies are "Sean of the Dead" and "28 Days Later."  Both are essentially zombie movies that sort of tie into each other in a silly ass way.  On Saturday night, one of the local channels showed "28 Days Later" and it spawned a conversation between Casey and myself about the current uprising in "fast" zombies in movies. 
The traditional Hollywood zombie has been a slow moving zombie, one that you can easily out run.  You used to have plenty of time to whack a zombie over the head and decapitate it, set it on fire, fire your shot gun at it and reload, etc.  With the exception of the zombies in Sean of the Dead, which are the traditional slow moving zombies, the new crop of Hollywood zombies are quite fast!  You barely have time to slam the door shut in their face, let alone escape!   This leads me to a new theory on "zombies."  To explore this theory, let's look at 28 Days Later because it's fresh in my mind. 
Casey said his problem with 28 Days Later was the very beginning.  I admit chimpanzees infected with "rage" is a bit on the ridiculous side.  Casey simply didn't buy the chimp puking blood on the girl at the beginning causing her zombification.  I had to explain to him that the monkey attacked her, bit her on the neck/torso area and then she was zombified and spread the "rage."  After explaining that to Casey I realized that she didn't die.  She was infected.  Zombies, by definition, are a reanimated corpse.  Frankenstein could be considered a zombie if you really wanted to be technical about it.  (We're not going to for sake of time, but you get the point.)  The people in 28 Days Later were never killed, they were INFECTED, therefore they were not really zombies.   
This leads me to believe that the whole "zombie" thing where a "zombie" bites you, thus infecting you with their contaminated bodily fluids and causing you to turn into a "zombie" is actually a virus.   Furthermore, true zombies would be slow.  Again, zombies are reanimated corpses.  One could assume that since they are corpses that there would be some rigor mortis.  The rigor mortis would follow the traditional slow moving Hollywood Zombie.  One would naturally assume that you can't move too fast if you can't bend your legs or arms because they're all stiff because you are dead and blood doesn't circulate through your body.   Makes sense, doesn't it?
Another difference between zombies of old and nuZombies is the fact that the nuZombies seem to want to kill.  Yes, zombies of old wanted to kill and the same craving for human flesh exists but the nuZombies run after their food, essentially hunting it down.  Zombies of old just kinda went "uuuuuhhhhhhnnnn" and if you happened to get cornered by one?  Happy feeding Mr. Zombie Dude!
We have given the flesh chewing creatures in 28 Days Later and other newer zombie flicks the title zombies because we haven't come up with a better term.  But it also makes me wonder if this isn't a sort of evolution of zombies?  Of course it is an evolution of a bad guy; Hollywood making zombies more interesting.  My question: How did they get fast?  Is this a survival of the fittest type thing?  Although, if this zombie-ism is a virus rather than voodoo, a virus has a limited run of time.  This was also discussed in 28 Days Later.  At the end of the movie you saw "people" laying on the road acting quite hungry and essentially starving to death.  And virus' can jump species, too.  What's to say that a crow picking at a dead, infected body doesn't contract the virus and spread it to other animal life?  28 Days Later takes place in Britain.  What would keep the bird from not flying across the English Channel into France or anywhere else for that matter? 
So many questions arise from the zombie virus theory that one could spend hours debating the probabilities of it.  I could definitely spend hours waxing zombie if I so chose, but the truth of the matter is I have a 1 month old munchkin who is not a zombie and very much wants a bottle.  So yeah, I'll quit for now.  Tomorrow I think I may tackle the evolution of vampires. 

Monday, October 22, 2007

Procrastinating

I should be cleaning, but I'm not quite ready to start my day yet (still munching on breakfast, I made cinnamon rolls... yum!) so I'm procrastinating.  I stole this particular meme from my sister-in-law, Carrie.   Here goes:

1.  YOUR ROCK STAR NAME (first pet & current car):
Lulu Matrix

2. YOUR GANGSTA NAME (fav. ice cream flavor & fav. cookie):
Crummy Cookie Oreo

3. YOUR "FLY GIRL" NAME (first initial, first 3 letters of last name):
J. Sto

4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME (fav. color, fav. animal):
Pink Falcon

5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME (middle name, city where you were born):
Terri Louisville

6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME (first 3 letters of last name, first 2 of first):
Sto-Je

7. SUPERHERO NAME ("The" + 2nd fav. color, fav. drink):
The Purple Latte

8.  NASCAR NAME (first names of your grandfathers): 
Alonzo Francisco

9. STRIPPER NAME (the name of your fav. perfume, fav. candy):
Curve Dilletante

10. WITNESS PROTECTION NAME (mother & father's middle names):
Eloisa Thomas

11. TV WEATHER ANCHOR NAME (5th grade teacher's last name, a city that starts with the same letter):
Adkins Albequerque

12. SPY NAME/BOND GIRL NAME (fav. season/holiday, flower):
Spring Columbine

13.  CARTOON NAME (fav. fruit, article of clothing you're wearing right now + "ie" or "y":
Strawberry Jeanie

14. HIPPY NAME (what you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree):
Cinnamon Bun Bradford Pear

15.  YOUR ROCKSTAR TOUR NAME ("The" + your fav. hobby/craft, fav weather element + "Tour"):
The Walking Squall Tour

16.  YOUR PORN NAME (first pet, name of street you grew up on):
Lulu Shamrock


Thursday, October 11, 2007

Venti Vanilla Lattes are my new friend.

This morning Casey decided to play hookie.  I got to get up and take Lily to school and go to Meijers.  No, I'm not complaining.  In fact, I thuroughly enjoyed taking Lily to school without having to worry about Jack.  OH, and I REALLY enjoyed going to Meijers without Jack, too.  

Now, don't get me wrong, I love the boy but shopping with infant is difficult. It takes talent.  One that I have barely acquired.  So, Casey got to stay home and sleep a bit and keep an eye on Jack (who was also sleeping).  I got to come home and actually get stuff accomplished!  I have managed to take all the trash out (including the stuff that has been sitting on our porch for about two weeks), take some stuff down to the basement and now I'm going to vacuum, sweep and mop the floor.  Yes,  I feel really good at the moment.  

OH, and it totally helps that I had a venti (that's the REALLY big cup) Vanilla Latte this morning whilst at Meijers.  I heart sucking ass at Starbucks.  It's not something I get to do very often.  Whee fun yeah!  I am completely bouncing off the walls with energy, cleaning and dancing about.  I am also, however, expecting a horrible crash in about twenty minutes or so.  

WOOSH! Watch me type really fast. 

In other news, Lily has a field trip to the South Bend Chocolate Factory today.  I totally would love to go on that field trip.  Unfortunately, parental units are not allowed this time around.  Suck suck suck.  Oh well, I'll live.  I sent Lily off with $5.00 and told her to bring me some chocolate home.  I fully expect her to be bouncing off the walls when she gets home, too.  This leads me to ponder is it wise to take two second grade classes on a tour of a chocolate factory (where the teacher even admitted on the permission slip that they would be receiving samples) with only four adults supervising?  That's roughly 40 kids and 4 adults.  Ten kids per adult. Maybe it's a good thing I didn't go on that trip... Like I need more sugar anyway.  I think I'd much rather go on Carrie's girls' field trip to the apple orchard. Yeah.  

And stuff.

So, I'm off to do more cleaning, then bathing and then the dying of the hair.  Woot.  Back to red again. 

Friday, October 05, 2007

Delayed Thursday Thirteen: 80's Movies


Okay, taking a cue from my sis-in-law, I picked a Thursday Thirteen topic.  This one, I actually came up with myself.  It's movies from the 80's!  Here we go:

1) Teen Wolf: Michael J. Fox as a ackward teen who has a bigger problem than getting the hottest girl in school to notice him.  My favorite scene?  When he's in the bathroom freaking out about turning into a werewolf and his dad makes him open the door and the dad is a werewolf too.  They made a sequel with Justin Bateman, but yeah... we'll ignore that one. Kinda like we'll ignore the sequel to the next movie on my list.

2) Dirty Dancing:  "Nobody puts Baby in the corner."  ROTFLMAO!!  Okay, I still love this movie despite the fact it had that silly line.  It fulfilled all my preteen fantasies and spawned the whole cutoff jeans thing. 

3) Goonies: This movie had me on trasure hunts, exploring the woods behind our house.  It is one of those movies that you watch when you're a kid and you're worried if it will hold up to your happy memories when you're an adult.  I think it does.  Oh, and Josh Brolin is in it and so is a very young Sean Astin.

4) Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure: I don't care what anyone says, I LOVE this
 movie.  Time travel in a phone booth? George Carlin as Rufus?!  WYLD STALLIONS ROCK!!!  

5) The Lost Boys:  Featuring both Corey's (Feldman & Haim), Keifer Sutherland, and Jason Patric.  Vampires teens in California headed up by Edward Hermann.  I still love this movie.  I heard they're making a sequel.  I know it'll probably suck, but I'll watch it anyway.  

6) Pretty in Pink:  Molly Ringwald, brat pack queen, stars in this teen 80's drama.  Good girl from wrong side of tracks meets rich boy, rich boy invites poor girl to prom, poor girl gets excited but then gets dumped due to rich boy dealing with peer pressure from asshole rich friends, poor girl makes her own dress and goes to prom anyway, rich boy realizes he's an ass and begs forgiveness.  It gets me every time.  

7) Mannequin:  Andy McCarthy and Kim Cattrall (aka Samantha from Sex in the City) star in this silly little movie.  The basic plot?  Mannequin comes to life, helps poor schlub with career,  schlub falls hopelessly in love, zany fun ensues when no one can see the mannequin come to life but then eventually comes to life in the end while narrowly escaping a wood shredder.  I have no idea why I like this movie, but I do. 

8) Weekend at Bernies:  Another Andy McCarthy movie.  This movie is just silly.  I won't even go into it because it's so silly. 

9) The Breakfast Club:  Come on, like I could make a list of 80's movies without add
ing this onto the list.  It's a classic featuring pretty much all of the "brat pack."  Five high school students get detention and proceed to reveal their inner most thoughts to each other. 

10) National Lampoons Christmas Vacation:  Yes, it's from the 80's.  I checked.  Yes, it's a holiday movie, but it's still an awesome movie and it's from the 80's so it qualifies.

11) Ferris Bueller's Day Off: "Bueller?  Bueller?..."  I absolutely heart Matthew Broderick in this movie.  

12) Ladyhawke: Another Matthew Broderick movie.  It also has a young Michelle Pfeiffer and a sorta young but not really young Rutger Howard.  Never really liked him, but I liked him in this movie.  It's a fantasy movie about a couple (Pfeiffer & Howard) who is cursed.  During the day, Pfeiffer is a hawk and Howard is human and then at night Pfeiffer turns into a woman and Howard is a wolf.  It's all romantical. 

13)  Dragonslayer:  Another fantasy movie.  It's one of those movies that I know won't hold up to my standards now, but I have good memories of watching this movie.  I enjoyed the whole dragon slaying thing mixed in with magic.  Yeah.  It was fun. 

Now, you'll notice that I didn't put uber classics like ET or any of the Star Wars movies on the list.  Those are kind of obvious ones.  I put somewhat less than obvious movies on my list.  I could honestly go on and on with this particular topic, but I won't just because I'm tired and have a slight headache.  Also, I'd probably bore the snot out of you... eventually. 
That's my list, what's yours???

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Guilty Pleasure

After waiting months and months, Nip/Tuck is FINALLY coming back to television.  I've been a Julian McMahon fan ever since I saw him the first time on the soap opera Another World.  I didn't know he was Julian McMahon back then, I just thought he was a very cute Aussie actor on this funky soap that I watched whenever I was home sick from school.  I really got to lust after Mr. McMahon when he showed up as Cole on Charmed.  Oh, so drool worthy and a demon to boot!  It fulfilled my tall, dark, handsome and bad boy thoughts.  

And then he left Charmed for Nip/Tuck... and I got to see his butt.  It was nice. I've seen nicer, but it was still nice.  AND he played a complete asshole.  I likes me the assholes.  

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go drool over Julian McMahon some more. 

Monday, October 01, 2007

Ugggghhhhhh....

No, I'm not pretending to be a zombie.  Although, I feel like one.  Actually, I feel like a zombie that got hit back a mack truck... multiple times.  Not dead, though, still zombie like because the mack truck failed to decapitate me. 

Jack and I have contracted Casey's cold.  I started feeling it on Friday morning and have been getting progressively worse the past couple of days (hopefully, it's about done but I think I have another day or two to go).  I've got a massive sinus headache and Jack's right eye has been gunked up the past two mornings.  Poor baby!  At least we're both sleeping okay, though.

Yesterday I went to bed around 7 o'clock, leaving Jack in the care of Casey and Lily.  I told him to just come and wake me up when Jack woke up, but do you know what my wonderful husband did?  He let me sleep!  When Jack woke up, he gave him a bottle, changed his diaper, swaddled him up and brought him upstairs and placed him in his bassinette.  I didn't even wake up until about ten minutes after Casey set him down and that was only because Lily came and crawled in bed with me!  Jack woke up about half an hour after that and I let him nurse (he's a very hungry boy it seems) and then he went back to sleep.  He slept from about 10:30 to 2:30AM!  Insert somewhat happier Jess here.  

Now, if we could continue the 4 hour sleeping pattern at night, all would be relatively good.  For now, I have to finish getting everyone ready to head out the door to take Lily to school.  We're slowly starting to get the hang of that... Our morning routine is extended about 20 minutes just getting Jack ready to go and everything (this is generally because he likes to poo right before we walk out the door).

I'm off for now...

Saturday, September 29, 2007

One week down... a whole lifetime to go

On Friday, Jackson turned one week old.  Normally I'd over exaggerate and say something like "OMG! How insane of a week!"  Not the case this time.  It has had it's ups and downs but mainly it's been a case of adjustment.  

The week started out with bringing Jack home and chinese food.  Lily was still very nervous about Jack, Casey was starting to feel sick and I was tired.   Now, here we are on Saturday and we had our first family outting.  My dad is in town (and quite video camera happy at the moment) so we went to Alley-Oops diner in Elkhart and went to see some old tractors outside of Elkhart.  Casey's still not feeling that great, but he sucked it up and smiled even when Dad whipped out the video camera and started taping everything... and somewhat annoying us.  And then, he video taped the waitress.  Thankfully, he didn't get me mouthing "I'm sorry!" to the poor waitress who was definitely embarassed.

ANYWHO... Yeah, after lunch we went to see tractors which normally I'd enjoy (I share an interest in watching my dad restore anything old, I think it's cool... he's currently back on a tractor phase.) but I didn't make it out of the car.  Jack woke up and was hungry so he got changed and fed in the backseat of the car.  Ah, the Matrix's first diaper change!  Casey and I sat in the car with Jack while Lily ran around the what I can only describe as a tractor grave yard with my dad.  I actually had fun. 

After that, we headed back home with a pit stop at Sam's Club for some pizzas, lunch meat and we also wanted to get Lily a Notre Dame bean bag chair.  We walked away with pizzas, lunch meat and cheese but no bean bag chair.  After checking a few places, I came to the conclusion I'll have to find one on the 'net. No big deal. 

We came home and Casey played some halo and we're probably going to spend the rest of the night eatting some pizzas.   I'm lucky if I make it past 10PM anymore, so we'll have to see if I make it through more than one movie.  Breakfast will be interesting tomorrow.  Normally, I go to breakfast with dad.  It's kind of a tradition we have, but with Jack that's going to be difficult the next months. 

Must go, Jack is hungry. 

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Adventure Time

Today, Jack and I left the house for the first time since Monday morning when I took Lily to school (and promptly decided when I got home that I was NOT ready).  My nerves were a bit on the frazzled side, but I did it!
And I am tired!
The first thing we did was head to the pediatrician's office.  Jack had his 5 day check up and he is doing wonderfully.  The doctor said he was beautiful!  Jack has already gotten back to his birth weight, which is good news to me because I was worried that he wasn't eatting enough.  Yesterday, Mickie picked me up some formula so I could supplement because Jack was literally draining me dry!  Thankfully, he's eatting just fine and he's growing and just to put my worries at ease, Dr. Wycoff said that I could bring him in next week to check his weight if I was so nervous about it.  Being the hormonally paranoid Jess that I currently am, I readily agreed to this. 
After visiting the doctor, I was feeling a bit more adventurous and after letting Casey know how the appointment went, I headed to Baby's R Us to pick up a couple of bottles for a breast pump (didn't have any that fit the breast pump Carrie loaned me) and then I was off to Best Buy to pick up Halo 3 for the family.  
You know how some families do a board game night where they play Monopoly or some other relatively fun game?  Well, we do that but we also play Halo.  It started with just me and Casey playing Halo (he got the original one as a birthday present for "me") and then Halo 2 and then Lily decided that she wanted to play as well (she was about 4 or 5 at the time) and so Halo night was started.  Well, not so much Halo night but video game night.  Halo just generally is the game of choice.   We have fun, although at the moment I'm blogging and they're playing.   I'll get to play with Casey when Lily goes to bed. 
ANYWHO... 
When I came home, I was completely pooped and my back was hurting.  I had a couple of hours before I had to pick Lily up from school, so I had some lunch and checked my email.   I am amazed at how tired I am!  I guess I was expecting to be able to bounce back but that is definitely not the case.  I'm going to have to actually take it easy and not do the whole running around thing quite yet, which kinda sucks because there is grocery shopping to be done.  Oh well, I'll drag Casey with me and do it this weekend. 
So yeah, that's been my day.  I'm now going to relax, check tmz.com for the latest celeb gossip (I'm addicted), feed Jack in about half an hour and just chill.  Maybe even go to bed early... Nope, wait, there's good TV tonight.  Ah, if only I had Tivo.... 

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Fashionably Late

Okay, we've been home since Sunday, but I haven't touched the computer since... oh, I think since Saturday morning when I re-emailed family pictures? It has been an interesting couple of days and we're still far from being normal. I don't think we'll reach normality for a while. But, that's okay...

Now, the details. Jackson Wyatt Stone was born on Friday, September 21, at 6:02AM. That would be 7 hours to the minute after my water broke. Now, we weren't expecting anything to happen until late Friday evening if anything. We went to the hospital on Thursday night to be put on the low dose pitocin after being 12 days past due with my cervix not doing much of anything. We were supposed to stay on the stuff all night and then in the morning they were going to ramp up the dosage to bring on the labor. Jack, however, had other plans. Around 11 o'clock, I decided to try and get some sleep and so I started getting myself comfy. Just as I finally found a comfy position and got the bed setup to where I wanted it, I felt a pop and then a gush. My exact words to Casey: "Oh! That was interesting!"

This would be the part where Casey gets an extreme jolt of adrenaline and starts looking for something to do. I, rather calmly (if I recall correctly), pushed the call button for nurse and within seconds, our nurse Sharlotte, was in the room and helping us to the bathroom to get cleaned up. I decided to get in the jacuzzi and hung out in there for while, during which time the contractions steadily ramped up until I asked for some nubain to take the edge off.

The nubain made me completely loopy. The best way to describe it would be like this: I would try and focus on the clock on the wall, specifically the number 1 and it was like watching a slot machine really really close up. The number just kept spinning in front of my eyes. Casey said that he couldn't get me to focus during the contractions, which I agree with that one, but I was able to get a bit of rest between them. Luckily (and unbeknownst to me), the nubain wore off in about an hour and I labored the rest of the night au natural.

The midwives were AWESOME!!! I can't get over how wonderful the experience was with them. Sharlotte, one of the nurses, stayed with us until her shift was over and she was rubbing my back, pushing down on my back to decrease back labor. She was excellent! Unlike my experience with Lily's birth, I didn't have anyone telling me to push or not to push. If I felt like bearing down, I would bear down. If I felt like pushing, I pushed. The only time I was specifically told to push a little bit or to hold off pushing was when Jack's head was coming out and they had to turn him a bit because he was coming out head first.

Finally, it was time for Jackson to be born. One push and he was completely out! No normal two pushes, one for head one for body. ONE PUSH AND HE WAS OUT!! Out, alert, looking around and Casey picked him up, put him on my chest and I just was enthralled... This little person came out of me! As Casey cut the cord, I just kept looking at Jackson and telling Casey "Look what we did! Look what we did!" I was a blubbering mess of emotions. Happy, elated, relieved that he was okay! Ten fingers and toes and a head full of hair.

I instantly recognized Casey's nose and I think he does look more like Casey than me, although right now it looks like he has my chin. He's definitely a cutie, though. Makes me fear for all the girls who's hearts he will break.

We got to hang out for well over an hour, just by ourselves and around 9AM they came in and weighed Jack. He came out at 7 pounds and 8 ounces. When they measured him later, he was 20 inches long. And his feet!! He's got HUGE FEET!! I am amazed that he didn't do more damage to my lungs when he was inside me with all the kicking!

Four days later we're home and adjusting to life with baby Jack and while I have major mood swings (and will for the next week or so), I couldn't feel more at peace.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The Squeeze

I've been attempting to update on and off all day but every time I've logged on to try and blog I've either gotten V E R Y tired or very distracted. Considering what's going on today, I think I'm allowed to definitely be both distracted and tired. The biggest news is the fact that I'm having contractions. They've been ranging around the 5 minute mark since this just before lunch but there hasn't been much of an increase (I'm getting ready to start timing again in a second here) but then again, I took a very long nap this afternoon, so yeah...

I figured I'd give you guys a chronological update, starting with yesterday's events.

Yesterday Casey and I went to the OB at 10AM. The whole purpose of that visit was because I was officially 10 days past due. The OB wanted to do a BPP or BioPhysical Profile to make sure all was well with me and Jackson. The BPP consists of an ultrasound to not only check the baby's position but also checks the amniotic fluid level and the placenta. We learned that my amniotic fluid level was a bit low, but that it was consistent with me being 10 days overdue. They managed to sneak in a peek of Jack's face, which we discovered he has VERY chubby cheeks. He also looked somewhat perturbed. (Oddly enough, Lily had the same look on her face when she was sleeping last night... it was kind of funny.)

After the ultra sound (which we taped that one too so anyone who wants to see can see), they did the non-stress test, which consists of sitting in a sort of comfy chair (that looked like a recliner but the material felt a bit plastic-y) with a fetal monitor strapped to you. During the non-stress test I had a few contractions, which excited everyone even though to me they were relatively minimal feeling. Then came the non-fun part of the day. The wonderful pelvic exam. The midwife said that my cervix still wasn't as soft as it should be and could be a lot more ripe and was still long, so we made the decision to take a drug called cytotek, which is put into the cervix. It is supposed to cause the cervix to ripen and kind of kick start labor. It certainly did that because we came home (after a second non-stress test) and I started to have random contractions (some of which were doosies!). I decided to attempt to take a nap and ended up falling asleep and taking a 3 hour nap. When I woke up, we timed the contractions I was having and discovered that they were coming about every 7-8 minutes. Casey started getting very nervous and got a bit over zealous with the timing of contractions. It was very cute.

We ended up watching a movie and then going to bed around 1:00 in the morning. Despite being completely anxious, I actually slept rather well. Casey, I'm not so sure about. When we got up at 6AM, we started timing contractions again and noticed they were coming about every 5-6 minutes and the intensity was moreso than the previous evening. So, Casey made the decision to stay home.

We took Lily to school, stopped at Meijers for a few things, and came home. The contractions started dipping to around 5 minutes and we made the decision around 10AM to call our midwife and she told us to come on in and get checked out. So, off we went. We grabbed snacks and everything in case we were sent over to the hospital, loaded the car, and headed out. On the way, I grabbed a pudding pack and figured I'd eat it on the five minute drive over to the hospital.

Casey was in quite a hurry and driving my car like it was a race car with this crazy intensity (woe to me for teaching him stick shift) and so, in true silly Jess manor, I looked him and said "Relax please! I'm trying to eat pudding here!" It was the perfect comment because Casey instantly started laughing and the mood was definitely relieved. Leave it to the pregnant lady to be thinking about food and not contractions. HAHA! We got to the office and Casey's mom was waiting for us. Kathy looked more nervous than Casey and I put together. She had apparently driven from Nappanee when we first let her know this morning about the 5 minute contractions. She thought we were going to the hospital right then and there, which wasn't the case, just a miscommunication somewhere along the lines. In any case, we met up and chatted a bit and then I was called back to be checked.

Casey and I agreed that the midwife that saw us this morning (which wasn't our normal midwife), seemed to think that I wasn't really in labor. She checked me, though, and I ended up being dilated 1-2 cm and my cervix was definitely softer, but still "long." We were told that we could go to the hospital if we wanted to but she thought it was going to be a long wait (which I was telling Casey that I didn't think anything would happen until well after Lily got home from school, which so far I've been right). She said we could have the baby before midnight or it still could be a couple of days.

So, it is now not quite 5:30PM and we're in a holding pattern. We came home and I took a nap until Lily got home at 3:30. Since I woke up, the contractions are seeming sporadic as to the really intense ones, but smaller ones are coming quite regularly. I have a feeling that we're in for a L O N G labor. We'll just have to wait and see.

In the meantime, I just want to stay at home and be comfy and sleep as much as possible. Oh, and I'm craving cheesy fries again. Cheesy fries is da bomb.

I'm feeling very tired again, so I think I will go upstairs, lay down and watch a movie. Casey and Lily are playing Halo on the XBox, so they're entertained. Hopefully I'll be able to update with some better information/news the next time I blog...

Wish us luck! It's going to be a long couple of days I think!!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Hello? Anybody in there?

If it wasn't for the constant kicking and punching and twisting and turning from Jack, I would seriously think he's a figment of my imagination.   Jackson is now 7 days overdue and I'm beginning to wonder if he's ever going to show up. 

Yesterday, in an attempt to relax and induce labor, we headed to Nappanee to not only see the parental units' new house, but also to check out the annual Apple Festival held there.  Nappanee is a very quaint town with lots of character.  I really like it!  Not only that, but Casey's parents' house is awesome.  There are lots of little things about it that add so much character from the windows to little wood carvings above the door between the kitchen and the dining room.  It's an awesome house and I think Casey's parents are definitely going to enjoy living in Nappanee.  

The Apple Festival was totally fun.  Lily went on the Tilt-a-Whirl with Casey.  It was her first adult fair ride she's been on.  She seemed a bit scared at first, but then she totally got into it, screaming with delight for the entire ride.  We got her a certain amount of tickets, but she wanted nothing more than to go on the tilt-a-whirl with her daddy.  I think the fair or any kind of festival we may go to from here on out is going to get somewhat expensive.  We will definitely be taking advantage of bracelet days, that's for sure!

Other than that, it was a mainly uneventful weekend.  Notre Dame got their asses handed to them again.  This time they lost to Michigan.   I have to take comfort in the fact that Michigan lost to Appalachian State a couple of weeks ago.  Go Appalachian State!   I really hope that Notre Dame gets it together soon. 

Hopefully, the next post we'll have good news, like maybe I'll be in labor or Jack will be here.  I'm not getting my hopes up, though.  We'll see.  I definitely wants Jack to get here soon...

Friday, September 14, 2007

Five Days

Jack is now 5 days overdue. So, in honor of that little tidbit, here is a list of 5 things that can be done in 5 days:

1) You can get the five day weather forecast.
2) You can take a 5 day cruise around the Bahamas (although, I wouldn't necessarily recommend it now since it's hurricane season).
3) You can do the whole "Five Days to a Flatter Stomach" thing.
4) You can find out if you're pregnant five days before your missed period if you take an EPT brand test.
5)  If you're God, you can create day and night, create oceans and air, create and move land, create flowers, trees and other various plants, create the moon and then create creatures of the sea and birds that fly above the land.  Unfortunately, cats, dogs and other land animals come on the sixth day and then you get a break on the 7th day so yeah... If you've only got 5 days, you're screwed... 


Thursday, September 13, 2007

Random Love Notes between Husband and Wife

While on a cleaning spree, Casey discovered a notebook from a couple of years ago.  It had random phone numbers, grocery lists and a couple of love notes between the two of us...  Yes, folks, we love each other this much:

From Casey to Jess: 
I love my wife so much that if she were a tomato I would eat her.  I might make a weird face and a shuttery gag noise but yes I would eat her.  That's love.

From Jess to Casey:
I love my husband so much that I stuck my tongue up his nose cuz he asked me to and it was fuzzy.  I think I tasted a booger.  That's love.

Note: Casey doesn't like tomatoes and I definitely don't like buggers.   

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Come out! Come out!

Three days late and we seem to be in a total holding pattern as far as Jack is concerned.   Yep, we're still pregnant.  My back hurts, I'm extremely tired and sleeping most of the day and my brain is like mush and I find it difficult to concentrate these days.  I get distracted easily.  Oh, and not to mention I'm incredibly absentminded.

Everything is in place for Jack's arrival.  The suitcase and car seat is in the car, the bassinette is set up complete with supplies.  The only thing that's missing is Jack.  It's starting to get rather frustrating.  The anticipation is driving us all nuts.  If I wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, Casey wakes up as well and is instantly like "WHAT'S WRONG?"  Nothing, babe, just have to pee. 

You know, I have no idea what I'm going to do when I don't have to pee all the time.  Oh wait, yes I do... 4AM feedings. 

Monday, September 10, 2007

It's official.... Jack's late

Much like his father, Jack has decided to be fashionably late.   I blame Casey.  Not only has he been teasing me that Jack will be 2 weeks late, but he also made the comment yesterday during the afternoon "When have I ever been on time?"  It's all his fault, I blame him. BUT I blame him with a grin on my face because if you can't grin and bear it, what else can you do?

Last night was kind of a rough night.  I have managed to pick up a head cold (Lily had one last week, although it seems like hers wasn't as bad as mine is... I think pregnancy has made feel worse than it actually is.) and after we got home from doing a little bit of shopping yesterday I took the Mac Book upstairs and vegitated with my Doctor Who discs.  When Casey came to bed he said that I felt warm, so I went downstairs and took my temperature.  It turned out I didn't have one (a good thing), but I did spend the night with a cool wash cloth on my head.  For some reason, falling asleep with a wash cloth on my head when I'm not feeling good always helps me sleep better.  Go figure.  

I have another OB appointment this morning at 11:20.  We'll see how things are going then.  I'm going to talk to them about this cold.  Casey, who has been wonderful at jinxing me lately, said something to the effect of being in labor and being sick would be an all new level of hell tht shouldn't be experienced by any woman anywhere. 

I think I'm going to go take a nap before I have to go to my appointment.  Otherwise I won't be able to function today.  I think the less I do today the better.  I want to do some more laundry, but that's not terribly taxing.  We'll see. 

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Hide & Seek

Let's recap shall we?

It is 12:29 PM on Sunday afternoon and I have just finished making the blog rounds. Here is what I have learned on this beautiful, sunny afternoon:

Carrie: Happy about Oregon Ducks, finalist in a writing contest, not pregnant. 
Me: Still Pregnant.
Matt: Enjoying the fact that his Tivo works, definitely not pregnant.
Me: Still pregnant.
Robin: Having issues with her dumbass brother in law who seems to be oddly obsessed with her, not pregnant. Although, she thinks her dog may be.
Me: Not a dog, but still pregnant.
Ben: Apparently obsessed with As the World Turns and their new storyline, would probably be pregnant if he was a chick on a soap but isn't pregnant IRL. 
Me: Yep, still pregnant.
Rachel:  And I quote "100% NOT pregnant."
Me: Still 100% pregnant.
Keven:  Hasn't blogged in a while, but last blog was making a list of tunes he's been listening to this year.  Could possibly be pregnant.
Me: Definitely pregnant and beginning to think that I will continue to be pregnant for another couple of weeks simply because my husband said "You know, I was two weeks late..."  YOU JINXED ME!!!

Oh, and I think I caught a cold from Lily so I'm not only pregnant but I've got a cold.  I keep having this image of me giving birth and all of the sudden I have to sneeze and Jack is shot out of my body by the force of this tremendous sneeze.  Of course, in this vision, the doctor is also wearing a catchers mitt. 

For those of you who didn't know, today is my due date.  Yeah, I know that due dates are more like "guidelines" (which, try explaining that to an 8 year old who is as impatient as her mother), but still... I'm beginning to think it's like my biological clock is not only completely passive, but going in reverse.  It's like it's saying "Um, yeah, I know you're comfortable in there, but you're kind of supposed to be done and we're gonna kind of need you to go ahead and come on out of there."  Note: my biological clock has the same voice of the boss in the movie "Office Space" and like I said, is a great big ol' passive wussy. 

This is all I have to report for now.  If I go into labor my blog followers won't be the first to know.   But, like I said, we're taking the macbook to the hospital so you'll get some sort of notification.   I think in the meantime, I'm going to go read the paper, play some Viva Pinata and go exchange a bra and search for a 100ft cat cable for Casey. Whoo hoo!

Stay tuned for updates!

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Random News from the Jess-front

Good morning all!  No, I'm not in labor.  I spent a good portion of the day walking yesterday and I'm still not in labor.   In fact, the only issue I'm having right now is that my allergies are exploding and I've got a particularly nasty stomach ache and feel rather nauseous from all of the wonderful post nasal drip drainage that I've got going on.  The antihistimines just aren't cutting it, either.  

So yeah, no baby Jack yet.  Tomorrow is the official "due date."  Lily has been counting down and telling everyone that he baby brother is coming this weekend.  So far, it hasn't happened.  Any day now, though.  At least, that's what we keep saying.  I think Jack is far too comfy and warm in there.  Mickie took me out yesterday and we walked all over the place.  I came home with aching feet but other than that I actually felt pretty good.   I was slightly annoyed at all the pee breaks I had to take (I was going something like every 20 minutes), but survived and spent a bit of money on some cute clothes for Jack, fresh baked bread from Great Harvest Bread Company and got way too obsessed with this one tetris like game from United Arts and Education. 

Today Lily is going to a picnic at Potowatomi Zoo with her abuelita.  She is really looking forward to it. My oh-so-fashionable daughter was spoiled yesterday and I bought her a cute leopard (she says it's cheetah) print dress with matching backpack.  She told me it would be "perfect" for the picnic.   I didn't mind because it was on sale for $9.99 (including the backpack/purse!), so I grabbed it.  She also wanted a pair of matching leopard/cheetah print boots but I told her that wasn't happening.  She's going to need sneakers for school very soon and while normally I'm all for matching boots (and there are some cute ones out there this year!), Lily needs something a little more solid and play-worthy for school.  Sneaker shopping will commence within the next week or so, Jack dependent. 

In other news, I got an email from Tim Richardson this morning.  He wanted to know if I was interesting in running yet another clothing drive and possibly help him get some sort of event set up for the promotion of auditions to his new movie spoof, Harvey Putter.  I told him that I wasn't particularly sure I'd be able to do anything due to impending newborn and the the whole taking care of the newborn thing.   BUT, in true Jess fashion, I've already emailed my contacts over at the radio station and at least started the ball rolling for him.  I figure if anything, I can turn whatever the event turns into over to Jedlipuff and it'll be in good hands. Chaotic hands, but good hands nonetheless. 

Casey is off helping his parents move stuff to Nappanee this morning.  He left about twenty minutes ago.  He is driving my car.  This should be interesting considering the fact he has only driven my car a few times and I have been with him in the car each time.   I trust my hubby, but I'm VERY nervous for my car.   While he does okay with stick shift, if he encounters any problems with traffic, it may not be pretty.  We'll just have to wait and see. 

Well, I'm off.  I want to be productive while Casey is off helping his parents. 

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Tick Tock Tick Tock

The OB appointment went well today with the exception of the fact I was having a hard time walking this afternoon.  It wasn't the whole pregnancy waddling thing that was getting to me, it was the fact that I tweaked something in my back and walking was not fun, let alone comfortable.  It's not fun having to hop up onto one of those doctor tables let alone have a pelvic exam with a tweaked out back.  

Jack is doing well.  He is currently doing some form of martial arts in my belly.  Belly fu? I am about 10% effaced, which basically means my cervix has started that whole thinning out process but we've still got a long ways to go (we need to be 80% more effaced and 10 cm dilated).  Casey says my back feels incredibly tense and the doc says I need to relax, too.  I'm trying I swear!  I'm just a little anxious.  

My mom has made some plans to take Lily to various events in November and December.  While I was adding the events to my calendar I was happy to see that other than a few birthdays, my calendar is officially clear of events after September 12.  I have nothing to do from then until late October.  Whoo hoo!  (Note: I'm not counting birthdays.)  September 12 I highly doubt that I'll be at the meeting that I'm supposed to be at.  It's a meeting for first communion/baptism at Lily's school.  I really don't want to get into that on my blog for personal reasons.  I'll just say that I have the meeting but doubt I'll make it due to impending Jack.   So, that means I have to set up a meeting with Father Cam before then. 

Well, it's time for me to go to the bathroom yet again (every half hour now) and then I'm off to bed.  Tired tired tired!!!  Pregnant women in their last month behave very much like the newborns they are about to have.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Nothing Yet...

It looks like my prediction won't come true.  There is about an hour left in the day and there is not even a twinge of or an inkling of labor starting.   I blame it on the Notre Dame game.  It was the worst game they played in a while.  The final score was 33 to 3, Georgia Tech winning. 
I actually didn't watch much of the game.  I fell asleep probably thirty minutes into it and slept until well after it was over. I think the whole reason I didn't go into labor during the game (which was my prediction) was because the game sucked so horribly bad.  
Today was relaxing, though, which was nice.  We hung out at Casey's parents, ate bratwurst, baked beans, doritos, potato salad and coleslaw... Oh wait, that's everything I ate.  I don't think everyone ate the amount that I did, but the bratwurst really did hit the spot.  I have had a huge appetite the past couple of days.  In fact, the only thing that I think I've done the past few days is eat, sleep, and the whole bodily functions thing that are necessary.  Stick a diaper on me and I'm  just like a baby!  I swear if I'm not in bed, I'm on the couch.  Well, with the exception of every half hour or so running to the bathroom.  I don't think I'll know what to do when I actually have bladder capacity.  I think I'll be in awe not having to go to the bathroom so often. 
I think I'm going to crash again.  Casey and Lily are both in bed already (it's only 11:10, but Casey worked today and Lily still needs to keep up with her bedtime).  I can hear my wonderful husband snoring away upstairs.  That means two things: 1) He's really tired and 2) his sinus' are acting up. 
If I go into labor, I'll let y'all know. I don't see it happening, though...

Friday, August 31, 2007

Football Season is Here!


Football season is upon us once again and the whole town is gearing up for Notre Dame's season opener.   I think it was Wednesday when the Good Year blimp made it's way into town and I can hear the band practicing during certain times of the day.  

I have to admit that I love the buzz that Charlie Weis has brought back to Fighting Irish Football, even if it does mean traffic picks up and you don't want to leave the house unless absolutely necessary.  Where we live there is absolutely no way to avoid traffic unless we travel through downtown South Bend, then make our way to Mishawaka.  This route takes three times the normal time.  Normally, we just turn onto Angela, which is two blocks away, and in 3 minutes we're driving past Notre Dame (which you DO NOT want to do on a game day) and in 10 minutes we're on Grape Road doing whatever shopping our hearts desire.  I think I'll head to the video store tonight and stock up on weekend entertainment.  The video store is also just past Notre Dame. 

I don't know if I'll be watching the game or not, though.  When we found out I was pregnant,  I predicted I'd give birth the day of the first Notre Dame home game.  I guess only time will tell... While I'm hoping for Jack to make his debut sooner rather than later, I also kinda want to watch the game.  I guess we'll just have to wait and see, huh?

I'll keep you posted.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Unsettling?

Okay, I have nothing against sleep, really I don't.  In fact, I enjoy sleeping.  These past few weeks I have enjoyed sleeping immensely especially since it has been very rare and interrupted at best.  The past two nights I have gotten some of the best sleep of my entire pregnancy (with the exception of the sleep that I got during the first trimester which was nap every possible chance I got, leading to roughly 14 hours of sleep or more per day).   Now, I'm sure by actually admitting this I have completely jinxed myself but sleep at this point in pregnancy is definitely noteworthy. 

We are definitely in the home stretch as far as Jack's impending birth is concerned.  The Braxton-Hicks (aka fake contractions) are in a major uptick and the only reason I know it's BH as opposed to real contractions is the simple fact that I'm uncomfortable, not in pain.  I do have to admit, though, yesterday I had a REAL contraction.   It was about 6:30 in the evening, I was getting ready to take something upstairs (don't worry, it was like hand sanitizer or something) and the closest thing I can describe it as is a swift, powerful kick to the crotch from the inside out.  It stopped me dead in my tracks.   Casey, noticing that I had instantly stopped moving and was grabbing the edge of the Jack's swing,  asked me what was up and about twenty seconds later I responded: "Well, that was interesting."  I then explained that I thought I had a contraction and he said "Yep, definitely interesting."  And we both looked at the clock.   

Roughly 7 minutes later I felt another contraction, but not nearly as strong and then after that, nothing until around midnight-thirty, so we just dismissed them.  Although, we were talking about what exactly needed to go down if I went into labor during the night.  I even printed out a sheet of paper entailing everything that needed to get done and everyone that needed to get called.   I've really liked making lists and printing them out lately.  It's my pregnant brain's way of coping in what I consider to be chaos.  You should see my chore list of stuff I want to get done before I head off to the hospital! It's impressive!

SO yeah, back to the sleep bit though.  The fact that I've gotten two nights of restful sleep I find a bit... unsettling?  I've been too rested!  Pregnant women as far along as I am shouldn't feel rested!  They should be cranky and tired!  And while I am tired, I'm far from cranky.  In fact, I'm in rather good spirits and crack jokes about how if this kid doesn't come out soon I'm going to take legal action against him.   My back hurts, sure.  But what 38 weeks pregnant lady doesn't have a back ache?  

I'm in too good a mood!  And I have a Mandy Moore song stuck in my head!  There has to be something wrong!!!  ACCCCCKKKKKKK!!!! PREGNANCY PARANOIA!!!!  MUST RUN AWAY!!!!  In the meantime, here's the song I have stuck in my head:

 


Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Insert Wolf Howling Noise Here.

Yesterday was a lunar eclipse, today the moon is 99% full (according to the Old Farmer's Almanac).   Crazy things happen during the full moon, including women going into labor.  

Casey thinks it's wishful thinking on my part and he's probably right, but a girl can still dream.  And howl at the moon if the mood so strikes....


Sunday, August 26, 2007

Phat Loot!

Yesterday was Jack's baby shower.  He got lots of loot. There were bottles, clothes, diaper bags galore, basically lots of really cool stuff that was all necessary.  I had a lot of fun just relaxing and visiting with family and friends. 
This was in stark contrast to my mood this morning when I woke up.  I got up when the phone rang and it ended up being Shay.  I really didn't want to talk to anyone at the time and was yelling "I don't wanna talk to her now! I'll call her later!"    Casey was instantly taking two steps back.  

On top of that, when I got up, the dogs had torn into a bag of trash and it was laying in the nice, clean, newly reorganized laundry room.  Not a happy Jess.  Instantly there is me cursing at the world not liking my life very much.   So, I took a bath.  Bath didn't help but Casey did clean up the mess the dogs made.  

After that bath, I went about prepping to go to the baby shower, dealing with a few last minute details and I wanted to clean up the kitchen as well.   So, I did all that and at 11:30, about half an our before I had to leave, I told Casey to get ready... and that's when I really got pissed.  Casey told me that he wasn't going to go.  Now, for the past several months I was telling Casey that he didn't have to go if he didn't want to, but the whole time he was telling "No, I want to go. Free stuff for Jack! We get to open presents!"  He seemed to be looking forward to it!  And then last minute he's like not going?! WTF?!  I was already irritated, so I told him "Fine Casey, don't go.  I don't want to argue about it."  Casey asked me if I was going to bite his head of later and I sarcastically told him no.  I also told him that he needed to walk away and let me finish cleaning the kitchen in peace.  Shortly after, I headed off to the shower, still in a foul mood. 
I got to the park and vented to Mickie, which made me feel a lot better.  Shay showed up, then the family showed up and I calmed down and relaxed and gave in to the festivities of the day.  

I have to admit that I had a blast seeing everyone and visiting and just hanging out and chatting.  The kids got to play outside in front of Baugo Station and everyone was just in a very relaxed and good mood.  It rocked. 

When I got home, however, I was amazed.  My husband, whom I admit that I was more than a little pissed at (in fact, I wanted to rip him limb from limb when I left the house yesterday), had completely surprised me by finishing cleaning out the attic and washing a good bulk of the stored clothes he found in the attic, put away the bulk of the baby stuff we don't need yet, and put a lot of stuff in the basement that needed to go into the basement.  My husband was way more productive than I thought he would be.  I was so surprised and so thrilled that I actually started tearing up!   Talk about feeling guilty!!   My hubby gets lots and lots of brownie points! 

Today, there's a list of stuff that I'd like to get done but I find myself with a severe case of the dropsies and very much wanting to crash for a couple of hours.  It's your standard lazy Sunday.  I don't see myself accomplishing much today and Casey said that was perfectly okay, so I'm going to actually listen to him... for once.  ;-)

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to change the sheets on the bed and curl up in 'em.  Naptime! Whoo hoo! 

Friday, August 24, 2007

Noriega Update

So, a federal judge in Miami said that former Panamanian Dictator Manuel Noriega CAN be extradited to France.  France wants him to serve a 10 year sentence for money laundering.  Panama still wants him to serve time for the deaths of political opponents.  

I still think that if he goes back to Panama he's going to be assassinated.  I'm not going to comment what I think about that.   He goes to France and well, he'll probably die in France.  He's old...  

He deserves whatever he gets.

I Think I Need a Bigger Bed

Sleep (as if I haven't complained about the lack of it enough already) is quickly becoming one of those elusive things.  Casey and I haven't exactly been seeing eye to eye on the subject.  As in, he gets sleep and I rarely do.  It's quite annoying. 

For the past two nights I've been suffering from insomnia again.  It's mostly the whole being entirely too uncomfortable to sleep.  And then, when I finally DO fall asleep, I wake up having to pee.  The past couple of nights, though, we have been having really bad storms that have scared Lily.  So, not only do I get to contend with being 37 weeks pregnant, insomnia, a microscopic sized bladder that makes me run to the bathroom every hour (if not less), not being able to find a comfy spot in bed, but now Lily has been running in at night too.  Thankfully, she's old enough that when the storm ends, I can send her back to her room.  Unfortunately, the couple of hours she is in bed with us are very... not fun for me. 

And then, Casey has FOUR alarms set to go off between 4:30AM and 5:30AM.   Insert a very unhappy Jess.   I think the thing that annoys me the most is the fact that he tells me "Oh yeah, you need to absolutely kick me out of bed at 4:30 because I need to do X..."  The alarms start going off (I have to be up at 6:15, by the way.) and they wake me up after I have only been asleep for a very short amount of time.  Insert me being a mega-bitch here.  I kick him, he ignores the alarm.  I kick him again, he ignores the alarm some more.  I finally tell him "Casey, Alarm!  You need to get up."  He tells me "chill."  

Yeah, insert me getting pissed off here.  Why tell me that you need to be kicked out of bed at such and such a time if you're going to completely ignore me when I wake you up?

I don't think I'd be so mean or upset about it if I was actually getting a good amount of sleep.  But even if I take a Tylenol PM as suggested by my OB, my sleep is still interrupted by having to pee, which means I still am getting up several times a night. 

The only time that I'm currently getting good sleep is after Casey has gone to work and after I drop Lily off at school and then I feel completely guilty about sleeping during the day, which I totally shouldn't feel guilty about but I do.  Not only that, but I wake up and I feel like a complete zombie for the rest of the day.  It sucks. 

Casey, I guess, will learn really quickly to get up with just one alarm.  Jack will ensure this one.  I just wish he'd learn sooner rather than later because living with a baby will definitely ensure that.  I guess I'm really tired of being the bad guy and I feel like I can't win either way.  I can't win if I get him up and I can't win if I sleep through his alarms (which I did several times throughout the summer and got the comment "You really suck at kicking me out of bed." for.).

I think I need a bigger bed.  Maybe then, we'd both get good sleep and we'd be able to fit everyone in the bed comfortably. 

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a case of the dropsies and want very much want to get some uninterrupted sleep. 

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

First Day of School Update

Lily's first day of second grade went really well.   She actually came home with homework!  It was a simple work sheet about following directions (draw a sun in the sky, blah blah blah), but it was homework nonetheless.  Not only that but it was a half day!  If this is any indication of what the school year will bring then I believe with Jack's impending arrival I will probably have my hands full.  I'm not worried, I have an excellent support system in place.

It's funny, when I was talking to Lily's teacher this morning and then also talking to the school secretary and I told them about impending Jack (less than 20 days!! give or take a couple weeks depending if he wants to cooperate with the due date) they were all like "You're so little!"  I've been thinking that I feel like a whale or cow or some sort of equally large animal.   

Now, I may be like "I want Jack out NOW!" but I tend to exaggerate.  Honestly? Lily was NOT this active.  I think I wouldn't mind being pregnant as much if Jack wasn't so active.  He's just so... wiggly!!  Kicking and punching and I'm thinking he pushes out with all of his limbs just to make me uncomfortable.   I'm excited to meet Jack, but I'm even more excited to get my body back and being able to get some sleep without being uncomfortable even though I know for a while I probably won't get a lot of sleep... that whole newborn thing having to feed Jack every four hours or so. 

Well, I'm off. I'm going to attempt to get some sleep.  I've been trying for a couple of hours but haven't succeeded yet. 

Our baby shower is on Saturday so probably won't post again until then.  We'll see. 

Back to School!

Today Lily goes back to school! I have to admit that while I will undoubtedly miss her like crazy, I'm looking forward to a few peaceful hours even if today she gets out at 11:30. While my body is thinking "haha! Naptime!" My brain is thinking "No, you can do this and this and this..." For the first time in a while I actually woke up with Casey's alarms.

That basically means I gave him three snoozes and I kicked him out of the bed as nicely as I could (I told him that I didn't want to hear any more alarms until mine went off, which was supposed to happen in about 10 minutes at 6:15, but as you can see my alarm was not necessary this morning because I am awake.).

The busy-ness actually started yesterday evening. We went to tour the hospital where Jack will be making his debut. The birthing suite, in my opinion, is just as nice as any hotel I've ever stayed at. My only issue was that the bed seemed a bit small to me. Unlike when I had Lily, you don't stay in the same room you give birth in. You have the kid in one room, they let you bond for "as long as you'd like" (their exact words) and then they move you into a regular hospital room, aka postpartum room.

While we were there, one of the nurses wheeled out a newborn to the nursery to do all of those wonderful tests. The thing was a wrinkled little prune (Lily made the comment "Mom, that baby has prune face!") but all of the women in our tour groups did the whole "AWWW!!! BABY!!!" thing and you could instantly see them rub their collective tummies. Myself included. It was quite amusing.

Casey was checking out the electronic situation while we were there. There is wifi access, so we will be taking the Mac Book with us to do not only some blogging, but emailing of not only pictures but more than likely labor tales and letting everyone know when Jack makes his grand entrance. Casey and I are going to make a couple of CDs today to take to the hospital in addition to the IPod just in case I don't feel like dealing with ear buds. There are a couple more things that I thought of to pack, so I'll be doing that today. I just keep thinking of the last time I took a hospital tour... I went into labor the next day.

After the tour, Lily and I dropped Casey off at home and went out. I wanted to procure the all important baby blanket for Jack and both Casey and I came up with the idea to let Lily pick it out. We're trying to keep her included as much as possible. She likes to be helpful and since she will not be allowed in the labor and delivery area (no kids under the age of 12 are, which is fine by me because I know she'll be more worried than anything about me) until after Jack is born, we figured she needed a really important job. And what could be more important (or special) than the baby blanket. This is the blanket that Jack will have for the rest of his life. It's the blanket he'll come home from the hospital in. It's THE blanket. Lily picked out a blanket that looks very much like a teddy bear and is made of a soft, fuzzy fleece and a satin edge. It's a really great blanket.

Afterwards, we went to Garfield's, ate and drew on the table and came home. Before bed, Lily told me that she wanted to wrap the blanket for Jack but she wanted to wrap it with Daddy. Apparently, that's something that she and Casey do together: wrap presents. It was off to dreamland (although, not very quickly) and I was downstairs making sure that I had all of her school supplies labled and ready to go for today.

In about an hour Lily will be off to school and I will be home, doing some general chores and then it's off to the hospital with me. John, my mom's boyfriend, is having surgery today for two aneurisms they found. Luckily, they're not too bad and they are just putting in a couple of stints. Mom is worried, though, so I'm going to go and be there for her until I have to pick Lily up. Then, it's home again to get Lily changed, then we go get the car seat installed, pick up a few last minute things I need for the hospital and back to the hospital to visit John.

The rest of the week I'm helping Mickie (who has been sick) and Shay do final preperation for the baby shower, finishing up a workbook with Lily for school and trying very hard to relax and not do a whole lot. We're down to the last couple of weeks before my due date and my OB told me yesterday that I need to take more breaks and put my feet up more because my ankles were quite swollen... and this was at 8:30 in the morning after I'd only been awake for a couple of hours.

I have to go get Lily up and ready for school. We have to leave a bit earlier than normal because a) I want to talk with her teacher and b) the road that we normally take is closed until November 22nd (yeah, right... I expect it to be closed for most of the year) due to them putting in round abouts. It will definitely be an interesting day. I'll let you know if I go into labor!