Monday, February 28, 2011

10 Week Countdown begins!

I am 30 weeks pregnant this week and to celebrate this milestone I am posting my belly shots!

I think I have really grown since my last belly shot at 23 weeks.

30 weeks 23 weeks

Thinking about this little boy making his arrival in approximately 10 weeks, plus or minus really blows my mind. I am loving everything about this little boy. I love watching my stomach looking like an alien is inside. The way one side moves and then the other and every so often it looks like he is doing the wave in there. I am noticing that my left leg goes numb at times depending how I am sitting or laying. I still crave red meat.

I have gained 18lbs so far. Honestly I think most of that is in my chest or at least a good portion of that.

I still can't imagine what this little boy is going to look like or be like. I try to picture him, but I just can't imagine. I am so looking forward to meeting this special boy who choose to come to our family. He will be so loved and cherished by us. We have preparing for his arrival since we were married in May 2000. Now this precious boy will arrive in May 2011. We have waited 11 years for this little guy to make his arrival.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Memories of Mimi's

Yesterday a friend of mine Sarah and I went to go visit another of our friends Valerie. Valerie just moved to Sterling, VA earlier in the month and we wanted to go see her and take a look at her new place. We met Valerie at her sister's salon and there I found my favorite hair product which is Morrocan Oil.

This is the most amazing product for your hair. I have thick dry hair and you would know because of this product. I had just ran out and have only been able to order it on the Internet.

I use it when my hair is wet or dry and I can use it daily on my dry hair. It just eats it up. So that was such a great surprise to see it in her sister's salon.

Then we all get in Valerie's car and head to her new house. On our way we drive right by Dulles Town Center where I spot a Mimi's Cafe. I get so excited. Let me explain why. I had no idea they even had one in VA. It was like a little piece of Colorado for me. I have so many fond memories of going to Mimi's. This is what brings me to the title of Memories of Mimi's.

The first time I ever went to Mimi's Cafe was with my younger sister Chris. She was working in Broomfield, CO and wanted to meet me for lunch. So I went out there and we had brunch. To me it looked like a old person place to eat, kind of old fashion and I was not sure. But after my first breakfast there I was hooked. It was so good.

The other location I would often go to is the Mimi's on Alameda and I225. It was close to my job. I would go there with co-workers for breakfast or lunch and my last day at work my going away breakfast we went there. It was such a fun breakfast with my UPI friends.

Another memories of Mimi's. We were given a gift card from our Home Teacher Brother Christiansen. He knew about our desire to be parents and going through treatments. He told us to use the gift and relax and have a nice evening together.

The final memory I want to share was the end of March 2009 when I had found out that I was pregnant for the first time. It had only been a few days and I just confirmed it with the doctor that afternoon. When I was done with work I headed over to Target to do a little shopping. That is when I got a call from my parents asking me if Adam and I could meet them for dinner. They were in the area. I told them I was right by Mimi's and I would call Adam and we would meet them. I was so excited about the pregnancy and I couldn't resist on telling them. So I put back everything from my cart and headed to the baby section and picked something up with a gift bag. Adam and I met my parents at the Cafe. After we ordered and were sitting there waiting for our food. I pull out a gift bag and gave it to my parents. I told them I had a little present for them. They were shocked and excited but gave me a questionable look. My mom opened the bag and pulled out a baby shirt that said. "I love my Grandma" They both got tears in their eyes, we were able to celebrate our exciting news with them that night at Mimi's Cafe.

So you see, when I saw Mimi's Cafe yesterday it brought back all sorts of memories that I experienced in Colorado. I think I will always be a little homesick to Colorado. Mimi's Cafe to me is a piece of Colorado that I miss.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Ribbon Heaven in Hagerstown

It's time for a Road Trip to Hagerstown. I was told about this tiny little town when I first moved here that was only only 1.5 hours drive from my house. A little group of us jumped into the car this week and took the road trip to what I like to call Ribbon Heaven.

The nation's biggest ribbon factory. The operation came to Hagerstown in 1922, begun by a family with experience in ribbonmaking dating to 19th-century France. Eight years ago, the Berwick Offray Ribbon Outlet Store opened next to the factory, where bins and boxes overflow with discontinued styles, overstocks and seconds: ice blue with brown polka dots, moss green sheers printed with Christmas lights, violet double-faced satins, grosgrains, taffetas and woven plaids, some for as little as 25 cents a yard or 10 cents a roll.

This is ribbon Heaven - I was shocked at the prices. I saw one, then another and then hundreds of choices all ranging from .25 for a bag of ribbons to fill a bag for $1.25. I filled up my basket and walked out of the store with 2 larges bags filled and only spent a total of $22.00. See my stash below. I feel like I have a life supply of ribbon. Now that I have a ribbon connection I will be finding more ways to use ribbons.

Iron Baby Iron

I am 29 weeks along and found out that I am anemic. That is why I have been so drained and feeling dizzy. I have been really sick this winter with catching one cold after the next but it is all clear now that I need more iron. This little boy is sucking the life force out of me. I have 3 weeks to improve or infusions are in my future. So yesterday I went to whole foods and met this great woman who worked there and helped me choose a iron supplement to take.

If this stuff really delivers I will be one happy lady very soon. As it sounds too good to be true I have highlighted some of the promises and could really use them right now.

Blood Builder provides 100% whole food iron with synergistic nutrients and organic beet root to maintain healthy levels of iron. Restoring iron levels helps to combat fatigue and improve energy levels. In addition proper iron levels supports healthy immune response, healthy skin and optimal athletic performance. Organic beet root, a deep-red restorative food revered for its ability to nourish, purify and strengthen the blood, enriches our Blood Builder formula. The inclusion of 100% whole food vitamin C enhances iron bioavailability and utilization for maximum nutritional benefit. Iron in a natural 100% whole food form is non-binding and gentle on the stomach.

In addition I read up on the foods that have iron and have tried to incorporate more of them into my diet. I love my green smoothies and so easy to get my spinach in them. Red meat is my pregnancy crave so not a problem there.

I will be posting 30 week belly shots next week. As my belly is growing and starting to look like there is a baby in there. He's kicking and moving around in there and reminds me that I have other organs near by.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Distracted by a horrible word

I don't want to turn this into a political debate but I was a little distracted by comments made on Facebook. We all have opinions and beliefs. That is what makes us individuals. It makes each one of us unique in our own way. But when you attack someone for their personal belief that is just wrong. We all have our our lifestyles that we choose to live, and follow the laws of the land. We should have a tolerance for each others differences.

The term used was "BIGOT" which is a harsh word in the English vocabulary no matter how it is used. Just hearing or seeing the word makes my stomach go into knots. The definition is given as 'bigot: a prejudiced person who is intolerant of any opinions differing from his own." If a person uses that term doesn't it apply to he who cast the first stone?

Like I said I don't want to turn this into a debate or something horrible like I saw on Facebook this morning. I have no tolerance for that word to be used no matter what the debate is. We all have our beliefs and can't we communicate in a logical manner without calling each other names?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

19 Week Ultrasound - It's A Boy!

Ok I couldn't resist, I did find these pictures of "Little Thing" who now has grown in to "Baby Boy"! Below you can see his foot. Is that a cute little foot or what?

Here is a side view of "baby boy" Adam says he has my side of the family in is face.

Excuses Excuses!

So I have always felt that if I couldn't put pictures up when I blogged then it wasn't worth a post. I received and email today from a friend who wondered what happen to me.

Why my blog was so out of date?

Well I would like to blame it on my computer that is having a hard time, definitely needs upgrade. Next we moved into a new house in October. Yes it has been a while yet we are still moving in slowly. I got pregnant (Yippee) and spend the remaining part of last year sick. All these excuses sound really good don't they? They are valid at least to me.

So much has happened since my last post which I am going to have to go back and read because I have no idea where I left of at? Excuses, excuses that's all I have for not being good at updating what is going on in our lives.

Where do I begin? I will start off slowly and lead up to where we are now. When I have been feeling up to life I have been moving into our new home Trying to make it a home. In the beginning I was not motivated. I just looked around and felt overwhelmed by everything. This is not a natural reaction for me. I always take things head on and I think I am very organized. I can blame it on the pregnancy hormones so I will. They have taken me into a whole new realm on life. I find that I tire easy, I eat things that I normally would not eat and I look at projects and get completely overwhelmed. I have walked around with a cloud in my head and my creative inside came to a halt.

That has changed. As I am adapting to this new world of being pregnant and accepting all the wonders it has to offer. In the month of January the cloud cleared and my mind started to get motivated and so did my body. I spent the month with all my energy working on projects around the house. I have some big reveals that will be posting soon with all my hard work.

I am 28 weeks along and feel pretty good most of the time. I had an appointment today and my OB told me that I needed to bring it down a notch on my activity. OK I really thought I was. I have stopped climbing ladders and since I was sick the past 2 weeks have spent it in bed. Yet today he is telling. Take it down a notch. HMMMM> I will listen as I don't want to be put on bed rest. That would really kill my creativity inside of me. And my house will not be perfect for this baby that will arrive in 3 short months.

Sorry no pictures just yet. Excuses, excuses. The dog ate them. I will be posting pictures very soon. I need to get the Mr to help me figure out what has happened to my computer.