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The G's Take Texas

This is about how California natives navigate a transfer to the great state of Texas; venturing away from family, friends, and all that is familiar.

Month

August 2012

And what did you do today?

7:05AM

Woke up to an empty bed. Ben took our wawas to the park to relieve themselves before they ran reckless.

7:30AM

Cooked a yummy breakfast of scrambled eggs, an apple, and some chicken. We  lounged with breakfast and watched some awesome ESPN shows. Especially with fantasy football around the corner, it is great to keep an eye on your players.

I love being able to not be on a clock or limited by schedule. We continued to lounge and I checked my facebook, twitter, and my email of course. I gt my results from the blood work I completed yesterday. It is all good news, no anemia or gestational diabetes. I was worried about both because of how tired I have been and of course my weight it always a factor. One of the results was a little elevated so I called Kaiser and they of course were going to “get back to me”.

I also took this time to do some research on maternity leave and disability. I actually tried to call the department and no one answered! It keeps saying that the maximum number of callers have been reached and I literally called them like 4 times before 11AM and NOTHING! I know they are super busy because they are answering calls for the whole state, so I am not like freaking out or anything. I have time anyways until I go on leave, but I still have some serious questions.

10:53AM

We sat in the room where Peyton’s nursery will be set up and just dreamed. We talked about the other furniture we will be bringing in to the room. Just imagining what we want to do with the room has been so much fun. We will sit and look around and just imagine what it will be like in a few months when we will have a sleeping baby in his crib, diapers stocked in the changing table drawers, and a room ready for family.

11:30AM

We were ready for a nap. Went to go lay down and rest some more.

12:00PM
I got my call back from Kaiser. I do have to say that I love that they are so responsive. Especially when it comes to test results, I am always so nervous about hearing back from them. It makes me feel better that they actually call back. But, the thing that is really nice, is the people. The woman that called answered most of my questions for me and then the one she couldn’t answer about the irregular results she said she would have a doctor call me as soon as possible.

12:22PM

Dr. Begley called and sure enough he answered all my questions. I guess it comes as a natural part of pregnancy that some items are normally elevated. He said there is no reason for us to retest or have any concerns. He said that everything looks fine. WHEW!

12:25PM

Back to napping, but before the napping began… I got to feel little man kick me some more. It was so cool to feel the bumps. I got to feel some pretty good action before I took my nap. So we napped for a while. It was so nice! I love being able to sleep all the way through.

2:15PM

Wake up and going to lunch. We had some grubbin’ food at StrawHat Pizza. I gotta admit I love this place! Their salad bar is fantastic. They are super fast at bringing out the pizza too. Plus, the added bonus of it being inexpensive. Yum!

3:07PM

In the interest of making sure we are thoroughly ready for baby and imagining his room earlier in the day we went to Babies-R-Us. I love looking through that store. It makes me feel like baby is that much closer to being here. I know I still have so much to prepare for, but it’s still fun to look around and see what we hope to acquire by the time baby comes.

These places like Babies-R-Us and any other baby store must be a multi-BILLION dollar a year business. I mean you have so many different accessories. Some how people were able to have and raise children with out all this junk like 50 years ago, but now, there is some accessory for EVERYTHING. There are burp clothes, blankets, sheets, and a million of other linens just for babies! Who knew that a baby would need all that kind of stuff. There were at least 10 different rocking chairs/gliders, and I am sorry… there should just be a store that says this baby stuff is for you, and have just one of everything you actually need and use. Some stuff people never even use but they have tons of it. I just need one of each item, I don’t need pretty prints, just one chair, one car seat, one pack-n-play, etc.

4:02PM

Back home and getting ready to cook! I am testing out a Campbell’s soup recipe. I am testing it in the crock pot to see if that will work. It will be either a success or a serious disaster. We will see, how that one turns out. I will post pictures and recipe here when I am done.

But, while I am cooking, I get to lounge and watch Hard Core Pawn. This show is by far the weirdest show ever. First of all, these people buy crap. I mean like C-R-A-P. Secondly, the owner and his kids are quite literally more frustrating as the season goes on. They bicker, they fight, and then the yell-scream-curse at customers to release some tension. Third, this show makes me never want to go to Detroit, ever! These people are ridicules. They are angry, broke, and only have crap to sell, which makes the drama for the show I suppose. It’s just down right crazy.

7:46PM

Wawa potty break and dinner is almost done.

And the night continues… What did you do today?
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And it begins…

     First it’s that bottle and teether from the baby event you went to like three months ago, then it’s just a couple of onsies, then the hand-me-down rocker and activity play set, and now furniture… yep, the life of a soon-to-be parent. Our lives have changed from electronic devices and accessories to baby furniture and breast feeding essentials. Slowly we are accumulating the baby needs and it will eat us ALIVE.

Ok, so I am over exaggerating, but babies require a lot of stuff. More stuff than just the little things. That coupled with all the classes I am signed up for will make us ready for baby for sure, but what we have slowly started with some of the good stuff…

     Furniture: Today we had our crib and the changing table/dresser delivered. Last week we got the carpets cleaned, so this is the first item that has been put back into the room. It is the first of minimal items that will be in there as far as furniture goes. We will be going to pick up some furniture from my parent house. We have a recliner, a tall dresser, and a television stand. Once that is all here, we will be set to go! Here is our beginning…

We look forward to adding more in the way of decorations (i.e. wall hangings, area rugs, a lamp or two, and of course the bedding.

     Decor: A lot of the decor for what we would like for the theme in Peyton’s room is on the registry. We are going for a Winnie The Pooh theme. It will be very simple of course. Greens and yellows for the main colors of course. I really did fall in love with the bed set.

It is the new Winnie the Pooh, not the throw-back version. It is bright, full of colors, and perfect for our little boy. Plus, when it comes to other little ones in the future, we can always re-use. It makes it much easier for decorating purposes too when there are multiple colors too!

     Registry: We were able to finalize our registry for the most part. I am pretty relieved that everything is going to be done with that. It’s kind of nice because we get to have a check list of things that we will need. It makes me feel better that the check list is not as long as I thought it would be. We were able to clean up our Babies-R-Us Registry. As much stuff as they have there, it took a while to clean it all up.

Then I was able to supplement that registry with a ton of good stuff at Target. Our Target Registry covers some more of the loose ends that were a little easier to spot in a smaller store. I love both of them and it gives us some good direction on what we can start working towards. I really had no idea that there could be such a thing as a store for nothing, but baby stuff… but literally, there could be several warehouses full of baby stuff and you would still need more.

     Final Touches: We still plan to get a sun screen for the baby’s room and some black out curtains. That will definitely help with the heat and the cold when serious weather hits. But, we really want to get some pictures of us in there. I have some from our engagement shoot that were taken by the wedding photographer, but the wedding pictures are crap. My friend Natalie took a ton of great pictures and those we would probably use. But, then when we have baby out and about, we will be thrilled to take baby and family photos. We will definitely reserve some space on the wall for those.

     When it came to prepping your baby’s nursery or any room for that matter… where did you start? What furniture did you collect first? How did your decorating/planning process begin?

2012 Fantasy Football: The Beginning

     This season I am participating in two Fantasy Football leagues. I get to be just a player in one and the commissioner of the other. To say the least I have been looking forward to this for a long time. Football is simply the escape for the week. My one indulgence into the sports world and reality check are Sundays. I get to watch and track football games/stats. It is nice to know that I don’t have to think about work and responsibility every day of the week.

     Well, I got to draft my first team today. I am thrilled at the outcome. Here is this years California League B.A.B. team:


Quarterback: Tom Brady, Eli Manning
Wide Receiver: Calvin Johnson, Tory Smith
Wide Receiver: Marquis Colston
Running Back: Darren McFadden, Beanie Wells
Running Back: Willis McGahee, Kevin Smith
Tight End: Jason Whitten, Brandon Pettigrew
Wide Receiver/Running Back: Desean Jackson
Kicker: Robbie Gould
Defense: San Francisco, New York Giants

I have some great starters and backups. It will be so awesome to see these guys in action. I am really looking forward to our season this year. I plan to redeem myself after my miserable season last year. With only one win last season, I have to do better this year. We are all shooting to be super bowl champion, but we all know that we have to wait on that one.

     I mean we all know that Ben and I are huge football fans, especially since we are naming our child Peyton. Hahahahahaha! Everyone constantly asks if we picked the name after Peyton Manning. I guess you can say that, but ultimate we fell in love with them name despite the fact that it is also the name of one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the NFL. It was one of those decisions that we just couldn’t deny.

So, for those of your participating in a fantasy football league, how does your team look? What do you think of my team? Did I make out ok? Were you pleased or disappointed in your draft this season?

Welcome to…

     Ok, so we are not going to Vegas, but we are well on our way to our third trimester of my pregnancy! Yep, only 91 days left to go! I am so excited. I can’t wait for things to keep going. In the last trimester of my pregnancy we have a lot to look forward to. We are going to be enjoying a baby shower, 2 weddings, my maternity leave, and the arrival of our little one.

     The next few months are going to be intense. I can already feel some changes in my body. It’s been a lot more difficult to get comfortable in bed, that is for sure. We also have been having some difficulty with movement. I am so limited with my belly that it’s damn near impossible for me to bend over. It’s is quite sad to say the least, but none the less it’s all true. I honestly can say I miss being able to shave my legs comfortably.

     The other thing to look forward to the next few months are going to be birthdays of course. My birthday is the one that is most immediate. The birthday this year happens to land on labor day. Yep, the big 2-5.

I guess it was bound to happen. I don’t necessarily think that it will be a bad birthday or anything, but it will be pretty mellow. Nothing too big. Then Mom’s birthday is right around the corner, end of September. Then, after the wild month of October with a wedding and several pregnancy classes, we will have November. November is when my youngest brother turns 21. I can’t wait for him to get to celebrate. I wish I could have a drink with him, but that will have to be saved for when baby arrives. Then end of November we should have the arrival of our Peyton. It will be a wonderful few months to go.

     Well, all I can say is I am excited! So much to look forward to. YAY! What do you have to look forward to the next couple months? Anything exciting happening to you or your family members?

Wild Baby Activity

     One of the things that pregnant look forward to is feeling baby movement. I suppose we look forward to it for a few reasons. For one, it makes it all feel so real. It continues to remind you that there is life growing inside you. The second major thing, is realizing that labor and meeting your baby is getting very close. Lastly, it starts to give you a sense of your baby. If they are active or lazy, if they can really hear you, that they can actually recognize your voice.

     I have been feeling baby move around for a while now. It actually started movement the day after I turned 20 weeks. It feels like a tickle on your insides or gas that just hasn’t been released and continues to move around your abdomen. It totally makes me think of the movie Alien. LOL! It’s like there is something with a mind of it’s own roaming around your insides. YIKES!

     Today was a special experience because both Ben and I felt baby from the outside of the tummy. It was amazing because of course it was the most active he has been the whole time I have been pregnant. That or I could just feel it better. But, then when we were laying in bed before we began the day and he had his hand on my belly he felt baby kick! He got all excited. His big brown eyes lit up and he was grinning from ear to ear. Then later in the afternoon when we were trying to take a nap (and I say trying because I was very unsuccessful) and I was feeling a lot of activity, so I was pressing on my belly some… sure enough he kicked me right back in the palm of my hand.

     This kid has a good ol’ kick. You can tell he doesn’t like to be bothered though. I feel like he already has a little personality. He is pretty mellow and a little lazy, but when he acts up he is ready to throw down. LOL! He doesn’t like to be bothered at all, and too much movement is almost annoying to him. It’s just so funny to feel him and now feel it outside the tummy. It makes me so excited to have him almost here. I have about 3 more months, but I can’t wait! It will be so exciting! Before you know it we will be welcoming baby.

     What are/were some of the things you are looking forward to in your pregnancy? Did you know your child’s personality pre-labor? What did it feel like for you when you felt any kind of activity from the outer belly? For those without little ones yet… What would you be looking forward to most in a future pregnancy? Did you ever feel a friend or family members belly when their baby kicked? What did you think?

Pregnancy Update #2: Double Digits!!!

Not my tummy, just loved the photo and the statement.

How far along? 26 weeks, which means only 14 more to go!
Size of baby: About the size of a head of lettuce and growing.
Stretch marks? Yes, I feel like I find new ones every day. Just trying to avoid the mirrors.
Sleep: Restlessness is at an all time high right before I go to bed. Once I am asleep I am constantly awakened by the urge to pee.
Best moment this week: Getting excited over my hubby’s success at his performance review.
Movement: He has been a little off and on about activity. Some times he can get a little lazy I guess, but over the past day or so, he has been VERY active. Mostly rolling around, he has been kind to my bladder and has avoided a lot of kicking and punching lately. 
Food cravings: Milk has been my biggest addiction. I don’t know if it is because it helps with heartburn or if I just love the taste… but I have to have milk before I go to bed. It relaxes me. LOL!
Labor Signs: No labor signs still… having some serious bloating and gassiness. though.
Belly Button in or out: It looks like it will stay an innie. It actually looks like it has created a huge divot in my tummy.
What I miss: Being able to bend over. I hate the fact that I can barely bend over to put my pants on or even just pick up a pen I might have dropped on the floor. That and having my feet fit in my shoes. I literally cannot fit my feet into my sandals at the end of the day.
What I am looking forward to: Feeling movement on my belly and having hubby feel movement too! I know it’s getting closer because when he does kick it is getting stronger.
Weekly Wisdom: It’s so much easier to keep things clean when you hang up your clothes. Yep, it creates more room and it keeps you from unnecessary tripping. LOL!
Milestones: I am no longer at risk for placenta previa or low lying placenta. I am so happy about this because it means I can deliver normally and we won’t need to automatically jump to a C-Section. YAY!

     This week marks our double digits week! We get to be 98 days from due date. That means about another 10 weeks until maternity leave and 14 weeks until I can meet my little boy. I am still working on the paperwork for my in-take forms, but I am so ready to get this going. I keep telling myself, as much as I am going to be in pain from labor, I am going to be so excited to meet him that I am not going to care. I just can’t wait!

     We have another appointment coming up. Actually there are a few. We have the carpets getting cleaned on Wednesday, and then the next Monday (8/27) we are getting a check up and then getting our nursery furniture delivered. WOOHOO! Getting closer and closer to our big event when we can bring him home. I was also able to talk to my parents and I will be able to get my favorite recliner to have for the nursery. I am so excited. I just can’t wait to start putting everything together.

     For all you soon-to-be mommas, how is your pregnancy going? Any fun stuff or weird stuff? For those who like to check in on me, what was your biggest moment this week? And for everyone… what would your weekly wisdom be for this week?

You Better!

“Stephanie, you better come back…” is how my part of my bosses speech began. I suppose she could have said that I was a hard worker or that my personality adds dimension to the group, but she comes out with “… you better come back…”. I know in a weird way this is her showing appreciation for having me around, but it’s a little rough around the edges. She finishes her statement with her uncomfortable laugh, like by adding the laugh it was supposed to be funny.

I am not offended, but I am kind of irritated that this seems to be the millionth time that she has said it. She keeps trying the beat it into me that I should and will come back. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I will come back if I want to come back and if it is right for my family. Luckily I will be able to decide that when I want, not when work tells me to.

My family has taught me that I should live to work and not work to live. I am going to be there for my husband and my children. That is all there is to it. If that means I am going to stay home and take care of business there, then I will. If that means I am going to have to work, then I will work. I am not going to have my boss or anyone else tell me what is best for me or my family. I will leave that to me and my hubby thank you!

Bragging Rights

     It is annual review time for hubby and my company. We get them semi-annually, but the annual one is, of course, the most important. Now if you know my Benjamin, he is by far the hardest worker that I have ever met (with the only exception being my own father). He deals with a lot of stress and drama at work… who doesn’t? He just has a bunch of cranky guys that make it even worse, so when it comes to review time it is always an uneasy and uncomfortable event.

     This year, as well as all years before it, was no exception to the rule. He was nervous going in, but I suppose it was nerves for no reason! He got excellent across the board! He even had a good chunk of the other staff members supporting him and all of his efforts. His head-hauncho boss was even super supportive of his attitude and productivity. This is the best thing ever because all of those “cranky guys” didn’t get to influence my wonderful man’s review. If anything, their bad attitude was ineffective as a whole!

     What is awesome about this is it will hopefully make a positive effect on annual raises. We always hope for a huge raise, but with this economy, you never know. We are just blessed to be getting the validation that he so greatly deserves for busting his rear. He is the kind of man that needs to feel appreciated for all that he contributes. He is positive, he gets his job done, he helps others completing their jobs, and he always goes the extra mile. Who wouldn’t want him as an employee?!?!? For all of his efforts he should be a millionaire!

     I am so proud of my handsome man. He is an amazing husband and an excellent provider for our family. I am so honored to be loved by such an amazing man. He is wonderful!

Changes

     As every pregnant woman knows, there are about a million and a half changes going on in her body when you have a whole other person growing in you. This particular blog is to note those changes that have been the most prevalent. I know some of them are a little TMI, but at the same time, they are just as important as the little changes so I must pay tribute to them. So, as a fair warning, when reading you may come across something that was a little “too much”.

Feelings
     As of lately I have been feeling a lot more “randy”. I am not going to say that I am a super freak, but at the same time I love having my hubby around. We have been a lot more romantic and lovey lately. I can’t help but enjoy it. I love knowing that I am so attracted to my husband even after five years of being committed to him. He is by far the most amazing, sexy, adorable, and wonderful man I have ever associated with.

     Now, back to feeling a little more “randy”. I don’t know if it’s hormones or the fact that I have been on pelvic rest for some time now. I haven’t reached out for dirty magazines or porn or anything like that… I am just a little more “erotically charged” as Rachel from the sitcom FRIENDS described it. Although, I am not looking for a life size cut out of Evander Holyfield.

     One of the weird changes that I have experienced is that I am not as weepy or sensitive. I must admit it is a nice change of pace from the norm. It has been nice being able to drive to work without sobbing. It is a relief to also know that I am not about ready to burst into tears when I get too flustered or angry. I guess I can say I am really enjoying this part of the pregnancy for that specific reason. Hopefully it continues.

Weather
     I feel like I am always running on hot. I mean I know I am pregnant so being like 10 degrees hotter than everyone else comes with the territory, but I am about ready to file a complaint with my job because the damn air conditioning is a piece of shit. I have been given some tips about keeping cool, but its my body in it’s entirety that is hot and sweaty. Its not just the sweat or the sticky feeling, but the swelling has been killing me. My feet feel about four times the normal size sometimes. It ends up being like I have to shove my feet back into my shoes before I go home.

     It’s times like these when I just continue to look forward to fall. I keep trying to remind myself that it’s almost here. I know that I will look forward to being cuddled in blankets surrounded by my boys. I can’t wait. It will be an amazing time. I just can’t wait for this summer to pass by us.

Cravings
     My addiction to milk grows. I love it. I it’s crazy. I would rather just be the “got milk” spokes person. I am sure I could show up those Olympians with my milk mustache. It is an odd addiction, but I would rather be addicted to milk than to pickles or something like that. I know my body is just needing the extra calcium or something, but I am just loving that it is a little healthy at least. I could be craving sweets or something, but thankfully I just wish I had my own dairy farm.

Clothes
     Before I went on my honeymoon, my Aunt Deborah and I found this awesome dress that is super loose and comfortable and just amazing. Well, that is my clothing of choice. I prefer to wear that with no bra and no shoes. With my feet swelling up to three times their normal size, its hard to get them comfortable in my shoes, and who are we kidding… my boobs are enormous and are probably growing too.

     It really bewilders me how pregnant woman don’t just walk around naked in the summer time. I was talking to a co-worker about this… clothes are torture to a pregnant woman on a hot day. I feel confined and restricted. What was once a breathable, cotton blouse is now a drenched with sweat workout towel. Plus, even my maternity clothes are getting a little snug, and forget thinking that the spandex panel is like saran wrap. It doesn’t breathe, it certainly will hold you in, but at what cost?!?! I feel like I am an over stuffed sausage.

     Not like it matters that much, but underwear… forget it!

No woman wears this underwear with a smile. LOL!

If you find a pair you like, they don’t fit. The ones you hate do fit, but make you feel like you are about 100 years old. It just makes you think about what ever happened to being a “hot momma”? I mean no cute undies. Not even cute prints. I mean common!

Sleep
     This I actually laughed at when I was typing it. Why do I laugh, do you ask? Well… I laugh because it is probably the most annoying change of them all. I don’t get to sleep very well at all. I know I am going to have to get used to this because that is how it will be when baby is here, but getting up two to three times a night to pee is ridicules. I am ready to say get rid of my bladder and just hook me up to a toilet.

     It’s not just getting up to go to the bathroom. I also constantly have to adjust my position because my hips hurt from sleeping on my side. I will wake up with one hip hurting like crazy so I switch sides, and continue to do so all night. By morning I feel like my hips are ready to just cave in. I am sure part of it is due to the weight of the baby and him sitting so low, but the other part is having to change positions all the time. I wake up feeling like I would have slept better sitting up.

Well, those are the major changes that have hit me so far. I have a few others, but as I had mentioned, these ones are the most obvious. I know it it going to get even more wild the next few months, but I just keep thinking about that little man that will be coming out of this experience and I know it will be worth it.

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