Friday, June 29, 2007

She's still a GIRL!!!

That's the good news. All the pink does not have to be replaced with blue. PRAISE the LORD for that. (I think He knew that would send me over the edge!) More good news and Praises to our Father is that she passed her bio-physical with flying colors! The sonographer said that she is developing perfectly! She even saw her diaphragm moving up and down and that means she's practicing breathing for her grand entrance into our world.

The not so good news is that she already weighs 7.2 pounds and they set my induction for July 24th- my due date. I was so hoping that they would induce me a week or two early so that I could have a some-what-smaller baby. But, it looks as though they've doomed me to a 10 pounder!

All is not lost, however, if I start to dilate (which at this point I haven't) then they could move the induction date forward. So please join me in praying...

Keep checking back to see more news of Ruthie's grand event!!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Week 36!!!

I don't have an update from the doctor yet because we go to the doctor's tomorrow! I have an ultrasound scheduled for tomorrow and they will be checking to see how big Ruthie is. I am anticipating that the doctor will give us more information regarding the delivery and if I can labor or if I have to have a c-section. I also anticipate them inducing labor early. So, keep posted to see what will be happening with our little family in the next couple of weeks!

Below is the information from Baby Center regarding fetal development at 36 weeks:
"Your baby is gaining about an ounce a day. She now weighs almost 6 pounds and is a little less than 19 inches long. She's shedding most of the downy hair that covered her body, as well as the vernix caseosa. At the end of this week, your baby will be considered full-term. (Babies born between 37 and 42 weeks are considered full-term.) Most likely she's in a head-down position by now, which is optimal for a smooth delivery, but if she isn't head-down next week, your provider may suggest scheduling an external cephalic version, where your practitioner will try to turn your baby by pushing on the outside of your belly."

36 week baby image

Sunday, June 24, 2007

8 random facts or habits /Meme

I've been meme'ed (see my friends post at Fushigi News)

Here are the rules:
1. I have to post these rules before I give you the facts.
2. Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
3. People who are tagged need to write their own blog post about their eight things and post these rules.
4. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
5. Don't forget to leave them a comment telling them they're tagged, and to read your blog.

Here goes nothing:

1. I'm afraid of the dark. Not like I sleep with the lights on, but if Tony isn't home and I'm going from room to room I will turn ALL the lights on from the place I started to the place I end up and won't turn them off until he's home again! Crazy huh? I know that there isn't anything like the boogie man out there, but I'd rather SEE what/where I'm going than run into to anything or anyone!

2. I hate bugs. You may know this about me, but I really hate bugs. I will kill them, but I won't pick them up. I don't want to be anywhere near them. Occasionally, like last night, a spider won and got away instead of dying like we'd planned. So, (after all it was in our bedroom where he got away!) I had the closet light on while we were sleeping just so I could be sure he wouldn't show up and crawl on me. Luckily, Tony ended up finding and killing the little thing so we could both sleep in peaceful darkness!

3. I like to match the color of my under clothing to what I'm wearing on the outside. I've been doing this for years! It's my own little secret and it makes me smile when I come up with an especially good match!

4. I hate peas and lima beans. But, I love most other vegetables! I don't know what I'm going to do when Ruthie gets old enough to be eating peas and lima beans and wants to know why mommy doesn't eat them. I suppose, I'll have to suffer for the good of my child!

5. I'd like to go back to school. I'm a school junkie. I love learning. I'd like to get my doctorate. I'd like to go to interior design school. I'd like to go to culinary school. And for a while I wanted to go to paramedic's school!

6. I enjoy a good thunderstorm. In Florida, we have our fair share of good thunderstorms. The sound of thunder and the clap of lightning along with the patter of rain is very soothing. It is awesome to watch from the safety of the indoors the beautiful show of God's power and Grace in nature.

7. I collect cookbooks. Everywhere I go (especially on vacation) I pick up a cookbook. One of my very favorites is an Amish Bread cookbook I picked up in High School. It's been very well used. The first thing I do when I get a new cookbook is read through it and tab all the pages of recipes I want to try. Then I put it away on my cookbook shelf, sometimes, not coming back to it again for years. I'll have to get better at actually making the new recipes. I usually save that for when I having company!

8. Sometimes, I let the dishes pile up in the sink! I'm really trying to get better at this, see my previous post, but I think it is a slow process. Like a 12 step thing. I really must do better at it!

Now it's your turn. I'm supposed to tag eight, but I'll just tag one: Alana at A Kiss, A hug, A Squeeze Alana, I know that you're on vacation. So I'll be patient as I wait for you to create your own list. I know you'll have several to Meme. I look forward to reading what they have to say as well! It's your turn!!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

35 Weeks!

My doctor's visit went well today! Ruthie is doing well. Her heartbeat is good. I'm contracting (although I don't really feel any pain yet!!) and my sugars were good!! I am, however, measuring big (a problem common with gestational diabetes) so next week I go for another sonogram to see how big she is. I'm looking forward to seeing her again! There is nothing better than seeing my sweet pea on sonogram. And, we can put away my newest "nightmare" that she is really a he (we sure will have a lot of pink to replace !!) We will know more next week regarding delivery (whether they want to do a c-section or if they'll just induce labor early). I will keep you posted. Until then, enjoy what the baby center says about babies at 35 weeks gestation!

"Your baby doesn't have much room to maneuver now that he's over 18 inches long and tips the scales at 5 pounds plus. Because it's so snug in your womb, he isn't likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times he kicks should remain about the same. His kidneys are fully developed now, and his liver can process some waste products. Most of his basic physical development is now complete — he'll spend the next few weeks putting on weight."

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The Perfect Rug

Some of you may not believe all these stories are true...but they totally are!! As you know each piece of Ruthie's room comes with a story, and her bedding is no different! Really, it's the rug, but read on and you'll understand!

So, my mom's friend works at this store where we purchased her bedding and rug. The employee's get quite a good discount on any item they buy. So, my mom's friend blessed me with purchasing some of the bedding and the rug that was quite expensive. Sounds uneventful, right?

Well, part of my...uhm, her order came in but the rug was missing. We were waiting and waiting (very patiently) but we were wondering why the rug was taking so long. So, the friend inquired about the rug (the perfect rug, the only rug in the whole world that would work in her room...if you get my point) and was told that there were "no more rugs in North America". Apparently they searched every warehouse and store in North America to no avail. That was what was taking so long.

Enter the tears. I know it isn't her fault, and I'm not the least bit mad about the rug. I am completely in the depths of despair because this is obviously the end of the world, and certainly the end of the very perfect nursery that we've worked so hard to put together. The tears keep flowing. They don't stop for some time. My mom, trying to help fix the situation get's online to see if there are any other rug makers out there that would work with the bedding. I keep telling her that it is hopeless because I've already spent hours upon hours looking at internet rug stores for a rug that would work (because the perfect rug was so expensive) and I know that no where is there a rug that will work. Except this perfect rug.

After the tears and the "end of the world" crazy talk subsided a little we got to talking, and I decided I would call this store myself. You see, they still were advertising the rug, they never put it on sale, and it looked like I could purchase one online if I wanted to. Much to my surprise they told me that there were still 344 rugs (perfect rugs) available. We couldn't believe our ears. I did a little dance and jumped for joy (Praise the Lord!).

So, the next day, I went to the store, ordered some additional bedding, and of course, I ordered the Perfect Rug without any problem or snag! And guess what came in the mail today. Oh, what a glorious day it is. Yes, the perfect rug with her bedding!!! I can't wait to put it in her room.

I haven't included any pictures on purpose. The room isn't quite ready yet, but when it is I will blog ton's of pictures and I will most definitely include the perfect rug!! I know you'll agree that it just makes the room!!

You may be asking for the rest of the story...why did the store tell my mom's friend there were no more rugs in North America? Well, we found out later that after (about a week after) she placed my...uhm her, order she also turned in her resignation. We think that my..uhm her order got somehow canceled since she had given her two week notice. I'm hoping that her manager wasn't that spiteful, but we really can't figure out what else it could be!

Thursday, June 14, 2007

34 Weeks!

We are in the middle of our 34th week! I have included my latest "belly shot" so that the world can see as I get bigger and bigger!! My brother asked me today if I was "huge". I told him I didn't think I was. But, apparently I have been kidding myself, as someone told my friend that she thought I was VERY BIG!!!

Don't you love honesty? I visited the doctor today. He said all is well, blood pressure, weight, and sugars (I'm gestational diabetic). I told him about my very annoying cough that has been keeping myself and my husband up ALL NIGHT. (I'm not exaggerating here, folks. It's been a week. I guess we're getting ready for the sleepless nights that are coming soon in our future!) He just blew me off when I started talking about it. Well, he really wasn't that bad. It's just my prospective. He explained something about congestion and not being able to really take care of it until I deliver. I just heard, "grow up and deal with it!" But it isn't what he said at all!! Anyway, her heartbeat is good. I'll have another report next week!! :)

The information below is from the baby center website! Enjoy!!

Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds and is probably almost 18 inches long from the top of her head to the bottom of her feet. Her central nervous system is still maturing, but her lungs are well developed now. That's great news in case she decides to come early. If you've been nervous about going into preterm labor, you'll be happy to know that 99 percent of babies this age can survive outside the womb — and most have no major long-term problems related to prematurity.

Happy Birthday, Tony!!

Today is my husband's birthday and we celebrated with dinner! My mom made "fried Steak" at his request. Apparently, his grandmother used to make it and he loved her fried steak. I had no idea how to make this meal, so I asked my mom to help!!

I can tell you it made me very happy when he walked in the door and said it smelled just like his grandmother's house when she'd been making fried steak! And, he even said it tasted just like hers. So, I think his birthday dinner was a success!! :)

This is Tony with his birthday "cake". He's not a big sweet eater, so I look for creative ways to serve him birthday cake he'll actually enjoy. It is a lemon and blueberry trifle. It is very light and airy... I think he liked it!!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Dish Duty

Why is it that I procrastinate? Let me back up. I don't mind doing house work. There are only a couple of chores that I really hate to do, and the Lord blessed me with a husband who doesn't mind doing them!! So then, why do I wait to empty the dishwasher? It's not that hard. It only takes a few minutes (usually under 5). But, I will wait until there is a sea of dirty dishes on the counter and in the sink before I MAKE myself empty the dishwasher.

Inevitably, while I'm emptying the dishwasher I say to myself, "This really didn't take too long. Next time I won't wiat so long to empty it!" But, when the next time rolls around, you got it, I procrastinate. I'm a bit think headed, I think.

The rewards of emptying the dishwasher are numerous... The feeling of accomplishment, the ability to fill with dirty dishes, and the beauty of a clean kitchen. And really, how hard can it be, there are only 2 of us in the house.

Why is it that I do not do what I know is best for me until I can't put it off any longer? And why is it that while doing the good for me thing that I have dreaded I realise it isn't that bad? And why is it that I don't remember that the next time? There is a very big God lesson in this for me, and I hope for you as well.

Putting things off (ok, other things like spending time with my Savior) can very much be sinful. And, things that God says to do, often times that we put off, will only bring joy and peace to our lives.

So the next time you see dishes that need to be put away, or a dishwasher that needs to be filled, think with me about the other things that we also put off and let's just get it done!!

Uh, I better go unload the dishwasher...

The Swing Saga

Ok, SAGA is kind of a stretch (I just liked how the title sounds)...

You know how deciding each item to put on your baby's registry is the MOST important thing? Even down to which burp cloth do we want? I mean really, is little Ruthie going to care if she has the sunshine burp cloths or the forest burp cloths when she spitting up on them? But, as a new mom-to-be, it is VERY important to me!! So you can imagine how important things like strollers, car seats, and swings are to me as well. I spent a lot of time researching each item for safety and ease of use ratings from experts and parents alike.

Well, Tony and I registered together, and we both really happen to like the Natures Touch Baby Papasan swing. There are several reasons why we choose this swing. First, the part that you put the baby in is a cradle like shape which looks really inviting, soft, warm, and cuddly. When we were imagining what our daughter would want I could totally see her loving this swing. Also, it rocks side to side and back and forth. It has a very developmentally appropriate (that's the teacher in me coming out) mirror for her to look at herself in, and it plays lovely classical music/nature sounds. All of this wonder can be yours for the small price of $140.00!! Yes, that's right. $140.00.

So, when we were looking at what we still needed before our little one joined us on the outside I started to add everything up and quickly thought there must be a better way...

(enter super hero with a cape on his back, can you hear the music?)

That's when my friend was telling me she had been on craigs list and saw 2 of my exact swings. Can you believe it? Now, I'd been on craigs list before, but I hadn't thought about going on and looking for the swing. So I went right home and to my surprise there they were both listed under $60.

The Lord is so good and gracious. He care about all things, even the things that may seem silly to the God of the Universe, King of Kings. He gave me the exact swing I wanted, less than 5 months old, for over 1/2 the price. He is Good. All the Time!!

Saturday, June 9, 2007

The Lady in Target

Ok, I know that I'm supposed to always be an example of Christ. However, this one lady really had me going. You know what I mean. I'm usually a kind, bubbly, and gentle person. But, this one lady I almost had to fight with her. This is the whole story...

I'd been looking at baby furniture for sweet pea's room and Tony and I have been working hard at creating the perfect little girls room. Not a baby's nursery, but a precious little girls room that she can enjoy and grow into. So, I'd been looking at furniture and found the sweetest bookcase at Target. It's part of the shabby chic collection, maybe you've seen it? But it was a little expensive, so we'd been waiting to purchase it. Finally, the day arrived when we were going to go to buy the beloved bookcase. As I rounded the corner of the furniture section at Target, I saw the little red (it's a gift from God) clearance tag below the bookcase!! My heart jumped for joy and I started praising the Lord in the middle of Target.

So, we race our cart down to the bookcase, only to find that there are no more in boxes. That's ok, I thought. We'll take the display model. How bad can that be? And, then a bonus, my husband doesn't have to put it together. So I waited there with the ONLY bookcase to guard it against walkers by, and sent my loving husband to find a Target worker to help us with the bookcase.

Meanwhile, a Lady, who I will probably never see again, come down our aisle. She mentioned that she has been looking for the dresser that goes with the collection all over the city. She mentioned the nightstand and the desk. But, Never mentioned the bookcase. That's when I pipe in with, "I'm waiting to buy the bookcase". Again, no mention of wanting the bookcase.

Soon, the Target worker comes around the corner with my husband. He confirms that there are no other bookcases in the back and that I can purchase the display model. THIS is when the LADY speaks up (I think she was waiting for the right time to go in for the kill) that she too wants THE BOOKCASE!!! I couldn't believe it. It was MY bookcase and she was going to try to get it right from underneath me. Doesn't she know the law of shopping...first to see it and stand by it gets to buy it? She was definitely untrustworthy and something needed to be done immediately. That's when I spoke up. This voice from I don't know where started and I couldn't stop it. I was helpless.

I said, "Lady, I was here FIRST, and this is for MY BABY'S room. I'll FIGHT you for it." My husband, thinking things were quickly spiraling out of control, gives me the gentle hand signal that says, "calm down, it will be OK" To which I respond, "She'll have a crying pregnant lady on her hands. That's my bookcase." The target guy looks at my husband for support, and says that I can have the display model. All's well, right? WRONG!!!

That's when the manager comes over the walkie talkie and informs us all that I CANNOT have the display model. Something about it not being put together all the way, and being dangerous, and having to send it back to the manufacturers... I don't know. All I know is that I went from pure joy, to fighting mad, to tears in about 3 minutes (Did I mention I'm PREGNANT? )

So, again the target guy looks at my husband and trys to fix the mess that he's in. He says that he's going to check all the other Target's in the area for this bookcase, and leaves the other lady in the dust. To her defense, she did say that she wasn't trying to take MY bookcase, she just wanted to know if there were others in the area.

Soon he came back with a whole list of Targets to try. We called the closest one, and sure enough they had ONE left. So, they held it for me (Praise the Lord, again!) and when we got there we decided to buy the dresser too!! After all, they were on clearance!!!

I'm not sure if the other lady ever found her bookcase...

My First Post

I have now joined the club! I feel as though I belong to a worthy group of bloggers. I've been thinking about this for a while and decided tonight was the night I would take the plunge and jump in. Seeing that I am about 34 weeks pregnant with our first little miracle, I wanted a place where I could post the happenings of our life.

My life is about to change dramatically!!! Obviously, the little one will be the biggest change, but also I am leaving the land of teaching other people's children all day everyday and coming to the land of being a mommy. I can not wait to chronicle the events of the coming days.

As for the title of my blog, A Cup of T, it may seem self explanitory, but I feel the need to elaborate... My very creative husband actually named the blog. I had been thinking about a name for about 30 minutes when I thought to go out to the family room and elicit some help. In about 2 seconds flat he came up with what I thought was a very clever name. See, the "T" stands for me, a nickname many people call me, and the "Cup of" refers to the idea of comming in and having a little bit of what I'm thinking and doing during my days. Enjoy, relax, sit a while and have a cup of T. I actually HATE tea (the drink) any kind, hot, green, iced, sweet, but I loved the though of letting me share a little bit of what is important to me with you!!