Monday, December 28, 2009

This week??

We're due on FRIDAY - that's only 4 days away! Here's hoping Baby Uno is ready to come by then!! Here's the most recent picture at 39 weeks:

Compared to our 36 week photo - it's hard to see much of a difference - it's more evident when you see the bare belly. Trust me, it's bigger - and it is lower (which you may be able to see in these pics)!

Oh, and here's another belly pic that my hubby decided to take - lovely.

We had another great family Christmas this weekend - with David's side this time. We got lots of great stuff (for us and for baby!), but it was especially nice to just spend some time with both of the families prior to Baby Uno's arrival (god knows we will not be the center of attention any time soon after her arrival!). We spent a quiet Christmas Eve and Christmas Day just the two of us - and we managed to see two movies in the theater over the past few days (It's Complicated and Sherlock Holmes - we would both highly recommend either one!). Instead of making the fancy Cornish game hens on Christmas night (which were thawed and waiting in our fridge) we decided to come home from the theater and make homemade pizza - it was perfect. Looks like we may need to make the game hens sometime soon, because that is not something I want to prepare with a newborn around!

Send good thoughts our way - hopefully Baby Uno will take a hint and come out to meet us!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Family Christmas

After a whirlwind of a weekend, the hubby and I are enjoying a quiet night watching the Vikes while the dishwasher, wash machine, and dryer are all running. Just wanted to share a few pics from today - including one of my table setting, which is the first time I've actually been able to use my fun red dishes, silver chargers, and silverware from our wedding (yeah!). My dad did a garlic-rubbed prime rib on the grill, while mom and I prepared some side dishes and a pecan pie for dessert. Yum!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Home for the Holidays

Since the baby is soon to arrive, the hubby and I are staying put for the holidays. This means we're entertaining our immediate families over the next couple of weeks. Lucky for us, we aren't responsible for the entire weekend of food - this weekend we're making chicken and wild rice soup for Friday night with my folks, going out to eat Saturday night, and then making a nice Christmas meal (prime rib, I believe) with my family on Sunday. Since I normally bake LOTS of cookies for the holidays, I had to be sure to have some treats on hand, although it's not as many as usual (perhaps due to the fact that I've almost single-handedly eaten an entire batch of praline chocolate chip cookies over the past week!).

That being said, the house also had to be prepared for the festivities. Thankfully, my old college roomy was in town the first weekend in December and she graciously offered to help me decorate! She even walked over to the tree lot with David and I to help pick out our tree (it was extra hard this year since we were trying to be even more conscience of the size and space it was going to take up in our small living room!). Thanks Kate!! Here's some snapshots of the house in it's holiday splendor...the outside is also decorated with lights, spruce tops, and wreaths, but it's been too cold to bother getting pictures!

The kitchen:

The dining room:

The living room:

Monday, December 14, 2009

Full Term and a Finished Nursery!

Well, we're officially over the 37 week mark, and thus, full term. Baby Uno could literally arrive any day now - although she's not expected until January 1st. With that, we put the finishing touches on the nursery this weekend. Some of you may remember the post containing the original plan for the nursery, along with various updates along the way, but I wanted to share a few pictures to fully encompass the transition from the hodge-podge extra "orange" room to the room that will soon be occupied by our new little one.

The room before we were pregnant. There are two rooms in the upstairs of our home, including the master bedroom. Since we didn't have a plan for the extra room (and we already had a guest bedroom and 'mother-in-law' apartment in the finished basement), we decided to use the space as a library/craft and sewing room/exercise area. We actually painted the room orange and taupe, however the orange we ended up with was a little too Home Depot-y and we planned on eventually painting over it.

My wonderful husband spent an entire weekend (while I was away with my girls in Martha's Vineyard) painting over the orange and taupe to give the whole room a soft yellow glow. The following weekend, we got out the levels, tape measures, and painters tape and marked off thick vertical stripes along one wall. We then divided up the colors and got to work. We chose bright, gender neutral colors that complimented some baby fabric that I had picked out long before becoming pregnant. Unfortunately, either due to the paint itself, or the saturation of the colors we chose, the stripes took multiple coats to get the finished look we desired. Once done, however, it was time to start furnishing the room.

We found our crib online at Target after reading lots of good reviews. In making our decision, we happened to stumble across a changing table on clearance at our local Target store and picked it up just in case we ended up choosing this particular crib. The lines of the changing table and crib seemed to be similar, and the finishes were both cherry, so I thought they may be a close match. Turns out, they look like a set, even thought they're from two completely different brands.

Next, we received an old wooden bookshelf from my parents that needed a new coat of paint. In keeping with our bright colors, we decided to use the same purple paint on the bookshelf that we used on the wall - even though it took multiple coats once again. We were lucky enough to find lime green cloth bins at Target that fit the shelves perfectly. We only have two on there now, but can (and may) buy more as necessary. We also happened across the lime green chenille loop rugs at Target (shown here in purple - got to love the price tag at only $20 each!).

Last, but not least, we purchased a rocking recliner from Hom Furniture. After quite a bit of drama, and a lot of phone calls between by hubby and the furniture store, we were able to pick it up after Thanksgiving (after purchasing it in October and being told it would be in early November, we were told multiple times that it was delayed - to the point where we thought Baby Uno would beat it to our house!). We then picked up a cheap shelf to use as a stand next to the rocker, which is currently holding our ipod speaker clock and the baby monitor, but will probably hold much more in the coming months.

After that, all we had to do was put on the finishing touches - including hanging our Story People print above the changing table, a painting made for us by our awesome friend, Gabe, and a set of animal prints that we picked up on clearance at Babies-R-Us (and they match the colors in our nursery perfectly!). The only things left to do are to find a sheet that fits the changing table pad (any ideas?) and to hang some orange Roman curtains on the windows (those are in the works, thanks to my mom). Oh, and where are all of the clothes, you may ask? In an old dresser in the closet - that way it doesn't take up extra space in the nursery. We'll see how long we can last with that setup...

I'm linking up to DIY day at A Soft Place to Land for the first time!

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Baby Shower

I'm finally getting around to posting some pictures from Baby Uno's baby shower! It was Alice in Wonderland themed and the four girls that hosted it did a wonderful job!! The guys were invited, too, but they spent most of the afternoon in the basement watching football, drinking beer, and eating more manly snacks (cheese dip, buffalo chicken dip, cocktail weiners, etc.) while the women were all upstairs having fancy girly food (sangria, spinach artichoke dip, fruit salad, veggie pizza, etc.) and playing a few games (no candy diapers, thank goodness!). Everyone got together to watch the gift opening and then people started to take off. A group of us stayed later - which is when the sabering of the champagne bottle happened (that's why Mike is holding a large knife...), plus more drinking and shenanigans in the basement (we decided it was time to hit the manly junk food by then). All in all, it was a great party and baby Uno got all sorts of goodies to make her feel extra welcome coming into this world! And best of all? David and I managed to get the thank yous taken care of this weekend! Whew! It was especially difficult as my hands (and feet, but that's another story) are swollen, which makes it pretty hard to write!!

Saturday, December 05, 2009


We were due for a 2 week pic at 34 weeks, but with everything that happened that week we just didn't get to it. Then we hit 35 weeks and the entire week flew by without us getting a picture, so now I'm at 36 weeks and we finally buckled down and took a photo. Holy crap, I am HUGE compared to 4 weeks ago! Can't wait to see what I'm going to look like in another 4 weeks...

36 weeks

And for comparison, 32 weeks

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Holy crap.

I'm due in ONE MONTH! And my OB went into labor yesterday - her due date was only 2 weeks ahead of mine...the end is near! I'm overdue for a belly pic (pretty sure there will be a considerable difference, especially after all of the food I consumed over Thanksgiving...) and I need to take a photo of our rocker that we were able to pick up this weekend - the nursery is almost complete! We're still working on putting together some of the goodies from the baby shower, but most of the little stuff has found a home (even if it means it's sitting in a basket in our dining room for future use...).

Sunday, November 29, 2009

So Blessed

The entire family (pets included) made it back up to the cities yesterday after spending a whirlwind of a week back in southern MN. We took time to unpack all of the shower gifts onto the dining room table, but have yet to actually figure out where to put everything! Here's a shot of the loot, and this doesn't include the bigger items - stroller/car seat system, pack 'n play, high chair, bouncer, activity mat, etc. Whew! What a great day - we are so blessed to have great friends and family that were willing to throw us an awesome shower (and haul all of our gifts back to our house so that we could head south immediately after the shower) and to help us get ready for baby Uno! 5 weeks and counting...

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

First shower gift! And a card from our nephew!

We received our first shower gift in the mail today from our friends Kristi and Tony, who are now in Columbus and therefore won't be able to join us! Looks like Baby Uno is ready for bath time, and has another great blanket, which will come in handy in these upcoming cold months! Thanks guys!!

Also - we got this card from our nephew, Alex. He was obviously sounding things out - I love how Uncle David is actually Uncool David. Too cute!

So excited for the baby shower!

Our wonderful friends are hosting a big baby shower for us this Saturday and I cannot wait! They came up with Alice-themed invites that are super cute and they obliged my ridiculously long list of friends (and some family) to invite. Since the hubby and I don't go in for the whole girls-only shower thing (he was at all the wedding showers, too), this shower is co-ed. We're really looking forward to getting some great gifts for the baby, plus we can't wait to see everyone that's coming up for it! My cousins from Wisconsin are even coming over for it - and we get to take care of a wedding dress fitting for Missy in the morning beforehand. Plus, I have a feeling the shower will segue-way into evening festivities with whoever is available. Should be a great day!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

My former boss, the terrorist

Thanks to Laura for finding this blog post- Swine Flu Tied to U of Minn Bioweapons Program? Evidently our former boss is responsible for starting the H1N1 pandemic.

The only thing I can figure is that since the BBC map she links to shows all of the cases in the US originating somewhere in upper Minnesota (not at the U of MN, after all), she decided that meant there must be some tie to the U. However, if she were to pay attention at all, she would realize that the first two confirmed cases that show up on the map were actually in California, and for graphic purposes only are all of the cases originating from Minnesota. I'm guessing they just picked that spot so as to not overlap too much with the cases in Mexico.

Some people shouldn't be allowed to spout off their random (and wildly inaccurate) beliefs to the general public.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009