Sunday, September 30, 2007

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Lots to do!

I haven't updated my to do list in a while, I guess it's time to see where I'm at.

  1. Get carpets cleaned

  2. Get the van detailed

  3. Move Amelia's car seat to it's new spot (baby is taking her spot in the van, and I want to do it ahead of time, so she's not kicked out of her spot when we bring Anthony home. )

  4. Put Anthony's seat in the van and show Daddy how to use it. LOL

  5. Put the clean bedding and skirt on the bassinet

  6. Pack my bag,

  7. pack babies bag

  8. Pack Amelia's bag

  9. Get Halloween stuff taken care of (I may be in the hospital then) for Amelia to trick or treat

  10. Get halloween costume

  11. Get double stroller

  12. Return stuff to Target and babiesrus

  13. Check on big sister/little brother shirts I ordered They are here and so cute.

  14. Pick birth annoucements, or make one

  15. Decide on Circumcision Ask ???'s at next appointment!!

  16. Christmas shopping done, or as much as possible. List is made

  17. Mail Shower thank you cards. I'm about halfway through this one

  18. Get down the breast pump, wash all the new parts

  19. Get swing and bouncy seats down and wash covers

  20. Wash bottles
  21. Get make ahead dinners in the freezer


I only have 39 days to go. That's a little more than a month. That's until my due date, I know I'll have him before that. I just can't believe I'm going to have a new baby in a month or less.

I'm finally feeling like I'm ready for this baby. I'm ready to have him, I'm ready to get the recovery over with, and start our life as a family of four. There are all these things I want to start doing, and I can't do them until he's here. Hurry up baby!!! I'm also ready to have my body back. I am not one of those people who is just in love with being pregnant. I'm doing much better this time than I did with the last pregnancy, but I'm still not good at being pregnant.

My poor little sickie

Well my kiddo is still sick. She is actually much better today. We went to the doctor last night and she said she thinks she just had a virus, and that was what was going on over the weekend. She thought the cough was something different, either asthma or croup. She gave us some meds to help with the coughing. She got her first dose last night, and I think she slept a little more than the night before. She's curled up on the couch sleeping now. But at least she is not coughing!!

Christmas is coming! Can you all believe it’s less than 3 months away? With the baby coming soon, I’m trying to be as efficient as possible. For me that means a lot of online shopping. I’m always trying to figure out what to get for the people who have everything (like my mom). This year I found something I know she doesn’t have, Personalized Gifts from Vision Bedding. Vision Bedding has a ton of great products. You can order pillows, bedding, dog beds and a plethora of other products from their website. And all of these products can be personalized with your own photos. You can upload pictures of your grandkids, your favorite pet or your best memories to their website. It's also possible to make a photo collage with lots of photos. The simple to use online photo tool makes it so easy to get just the look you want. Once you place your order, the image is dyed into the fabric. It won’t ever fade, and is washable too. What a great gift idea! I think a pillow with a picture of the kids together once the baby arrives, would make a great gift for Grandma.

Look mommy, it's a Hopter Copter!!

My kid has some of the funniest sayings lately. They seem to fade so quickly though as they grow, so I want to remember them. Some of the most recent are

Hopter Copter (Helicopter)

Chimp (Chin)

Hey, I got an idea!

I can't like it.

No Daddy, I can't say purple. (When asked to say purple or whatever other random word someone asked her to say.)

Mommy, say red. Red. Great job Mommy. (This one cracks me up the most. She tells me great job a lot. LMAO)

There's more, I'll add them as I think of them...

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Got something to sell?

Recently I was researching website hosting and shopping carts for my work from home business. Most of you know I make bows to sell on ebay. The fees are pretty expensive, so I have been looking into setting up my own website and selling stuff on my own. Every website needs some kind of shopping cart software. It’s so much easier to take credit cards and have a shopping cart, than to have customers email you their orders. It’s also much more professional looking.

With shopping cart software you can set up a whole online storefront. This website is the solution for people who want to sell online. The site is very simple to use, and there is even a demo store on the website that you can use to test drive the product. When you choose to set up your ecommerce software through you will receive ongoing upgrades and updates at no additional charge. Top quality hosting is also included, and it’s generally cheaper than doing it separately. Overall if you have a product to sell, and want to do it online, you should research

Trip to L&D

We had our first trip to Labor and Delivery on Sunday. I hadn't felt great for a few days, and had been running a fever. I called the advice nurse, she said they don't do patients over 20 weeks pregnant, so she transferred me to L&D. When I was talking to the nurse I realized I hadn't felt the baby move much that morning, so they said to come in and they'd figure it all out.

So after 2.5 hours of monitoring, a pee test, a blood test and an ultrasound they sent me home. They decided I have an infection, so I got antibiotics, was told to drink lots and lots of water, and sent on my way. The doctor who saw me did the ultrasound, she commented that the baby is head down and very low, pressing on my bladder. Yeah thanks lady, I could have told you that based on the fact that 10 minutes after I pee, I have to go again.

After L&D I was starving so we went to eat. The kiddo promptly threw up all over the table. Nice! We got our food to go, took the kiddo home and I did my best to sit on my butt all day. The kiddo went from seeming really sick and grouchy, to just fine in about an hour. Not sure what her problem was, but she hasn't thrown up since.

I think the antibiotics have kicked in and I'm starting to feel better. I've got more energy, and don't feel the need to sleep all the time. I guess I didn't realize how krappy I felt until this morning when I started feeling better.

Friday, September 21, 2007

I'm tired...

...of being pregnant.
...of not being able to sleep all night.
...of being exhausted all day, fighting to stay awake.
...of being totally exhausted and still trying to entertain a 2 year old without plopping her in front of the TV all day.
...of the cat running around the house like spaz all night. (Even if cat's are nocturnaland should be up all night, it's still irritating.)
...of my dear sweet hubby leaving stuff out and then getting mad at me that Amelia gets into it. I'm sorry that bending down to put things away in the childproof cabinets is too much for you.
...of my feet being swollen.
...of having to go to the hospital 2x a week for NST's.
...of doing laundry. I did 4 loads yesterday.
...ofmyspacebarnotworkingthefirsttimeIpushit. I don't like having to stop after every word to hit the space bar again.
...of having hardwood floors. I thought I would love them, but I hate them.
...of living in Southern California. I love my friends, I love my hubby, and I even love our little home,(except the hardwood floors!ha) I just don't like SoCal so much. And I probably never will. And that's okay.
...of all the stuff in our house that we don't use, but we have to keep. Why do we hold onto things we don't need and will never use? I'm very quickly getting over holding onto random krap because it belonged to someone who is long gone. Do they really sit up in Heaven or wherever we go after this life, and think, "hey!! don't you dare get rid of that gold plated butter dish!!" I'd rather have room for my kids to play, and for us to find our own things we love, so we can pass them onto our children and guilt trip them into keeping them forever. HA!

I should do this kind of post in the middle of the night more often. Just a little venting about random krap that really doesn't matter and I feel so much better! :-)I just get it out of my system and I can let it go.

It's not even 5 yet, maybe I can go snuggle my hubby and get an hour of sleep before the kiddo wakes up.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Would I be a bad Mommy

If I sold my kids Halloween costume on Ebay? For the last while, she has been all about pirates. Her build a bear has a pirate costume. She asks all the time to go ride the pirate water slide at disneyland. She has minnie mouse ears that are dressed like a pirate. You get the idea. We went last night to buy her a Halloween costume, and she wanted nothing to do with the pirate. She wanted to be a pumpkin! So we bought her a pumpkin costume. It's pretty darn cute, so I'm not complaining. Anyway, where was I going with this? (Darn pregnancy brain.) Oh right! I was talking about Ebay. So I paid $20 for the costume at Gymboree. They had a few of them. Then I went on Ebay, and saw they are selling for $50. I guess they are sold out most places, so everyone is willing to go on ebay and pay a fortune. Jeff suggested I throw her costume on ebay last night, and go buy her a new one this morning. But what if they don't have her size anymore?

So, what do you think? Would I be a bad mommy to put my kid's costume on ebay? And make her wear a sack or something?

And no, I'm not really going to sell her costume after she picked it out all by herself. " No mommy, no pirate. No mommy, no witch. I can't like it. I like a pumpkin."

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

I'm still going to be doing some posts here, here and there, but most of my posting will be done at the new site,

Steph's New Blog

Digital Picture Frames

It's the picture frame of the future!

I found a new product that I think is pretty cool. It’s the digital picture frame. It’s just like a regular picture frame, but hi-tech. Here’s how it works. First, you take photos with your camera. That’s easy, right? Then you put your memory card from your camera into the digital frame. The frame can also be hooked up to a USB cable. Next you use the included remote control to select your slide show. It’s that simple! You can even play videos. The digital frames also have speakers and a headphone jack so you can have sound with your slideshow.

One frame can hold multiple photos, so you can display lots of your favorite pictures in one place. You can also switch pictures as soon as you take a new picture, no waiting for film developing or getting pictures printed. You can change pictures as your moods change, and you can use this product in any room in the house. Go check out and see their lcd digital photo frames.


It's time for a change. Here's the link to
the new blog.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Shower time

My friends had a baby shower for me on Saturday. I have a great group of friends, I don't think I would have made it this far in my pregnancy without them, especially the hostess kathy. :-)I got so many great presents, I'm still working on putting them all away. The back of my van was overflowing, even with the back seat folded down. It was nice to get to see everyone, especially the people I haven't seen in a while.

I think we are actually just about ready for this baby. There are a few things I still need to buy, and I'm still working on the arrangement of all the baby junk, er I mean important baby stuff in the house. Amelia and I put the new infant seat in the van, that's a whole other post in itself. We have the crib set up in the kid's room, the bassinet is ready to go in our room. The first few months worth of clothes are washed and in the closet. My due date has varied throughout this pregnancy, the one on the tickers above is the latest date. I think I'm a week or two ahead of that. And I will be scheduled to have this baby a week or so before the due date. So really, I'm getting close! I could have this kid any time.

Wanna make some extra money?

I’m going to try something new in this blog.

Most of you know I’m a stay at home mom, and living on one income can be rough sometimes. Don’t you wish there was a way for us stay at home moms to make money, while doing something we love? Something like blogging? I have found something that works for me. I am getting paid to blog. The company is called Smorty, and they have great opportunities to get paid for blogging, using blog advertising.

First you sign up with It does require a bit of information from you, as well as an approval of your blog, but it only takes a few minutes from you, and it’s usually completed within 72 hours. As a blogger, you are given a list of websites to review. Simply write your review and submit them to After they are approved, you will be paid through Paypal. It’s a great system, and I’m glad I found a way to make a little extra money. You too can get paid for blogging!

We got a new car seat for this baby, I wanted one with the Latch belts, and I wanted one he could stay in for a while, Amelia grew out of the snug ride by 8 months, and she was tiny. The problem though, is it's kinda huge.I thought I was going to put the infant seat behind the driver's seat. As you can see, it's much longer than that space. I was trying to take a picture of how big it is when Amelia decided she needed to hop in the van (with her lunch) and sit in her seat too.


Look at that ticker up there. It says 48 days! 48!! That's sure not very long until we have a baby. I think I'm going to start freaking out now. Am I really ready for another baby? I guess it's a little late to wonder that huh? :-)

Amelia's new look...

I took Amelia to get her hair cut today. Yes we went to the froufrou little kids hair place that charges 20 bucks to cut the kids hair. And then they style it to. Her hair was way over due for a cut though, and I just didn't feel up to doing it myself. I generally cut her bangs myself and then every few months I take her in and let them even it all up again and trim the rest of her hair.

She got a balloon, and flowers in her hair. I think the highlight though was playing with the train table.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Have you ever forgotten? Forgotten that someone important is gone? When my Dad first passed away I did it all the time. It was easy to do because of the distance between us. I was used to not seeing him for months, then I'd go home and visit and he'd be there. I'd start planning a trip, or I'd be just getting into town, or I'd just think about him, and think, I need to call Dad. And just for the shortest second, I'd think he'd be there to call or see. Then I'd get that feeling like I'd been hit in the stomach. Like I'd just lost him all over again.

It's been months since I forgot, but I did it again this morning. I was thinking of the camping trips we'd take when I was a teenager. I thought of someone or something and thought I should call Dad to ask him about it. But I can't. And even though we weren't really close, especially in the end, it still sucks. And it still hurts. Maybe a little more because we weren't so close at the end, and sometimes I feel bad for that. Although it was his choices in life that kept us apart, not just the miles.

Thursday, September 13, 2007


I had my first NST today for the baby. It wasn't bad. They hooked me up to the monitors and Anthony did exactly what he was supposed to, his heartbeat was great and I was only hooked up to the machine for 10 or 15 minutes. The lady next to me had been there for an hour and a half trying to get her baby to hold still so they could monitor her. Next I had an Ultrasound to check the fluid levels. She told me to drink more water but other than that he looks good. He's still head down with his butt up. And he's still a boy. I get to go twice a week for the next 6 weeks or so.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Conversations with the crazy pregnant lady.

Jeff: Are you okay?
Me: No
Jeff: Seriously, are you okay? You don't look okay.
Me: No. This kid is trying to kill me
Jeff: What would make you feel better?
Me: Taking me to the hospital and having this kid cut out right now.

Poor Jeff, What do you say to that? he left the room. LOL

Tuesday, September 11, 2007


This show
is scary. (and yes that's Elijah wood in the first one.)

It's working!

I've been lucky so far with this pregnancy, that I haven't had to take Amelia to any appointments, up until today. I packed everything I could think of to entertain her in case we had a long wait. There were grapes, and crackers, and water, along with crayons and books and toys. Basically a miniversion of a daycare ceneter all crammed in my diaper bag. Much to my amazement it went very well. My OB was on time (as usual which I love!) and was great with Amelia. While she talked to me, she had the coloring book in her lap and Amelia stood next to her coloring. It was great. We talked about the baby for 3 minutes, then listened to the heart beat. Amelia was fascinated with the little machine for the heartbeat. Once the doctor found the heartbeat, Amelia said "Oh good mommy, your tummy's working!. Go home now?" I love my kid. :-)

Then we talked about how to get Amelia to poop on the potty. Still no luck with that. I start Non stress tests this week, and go see my doctor again in 4 weeks. We should schedule my c section at that appointment.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

For Kathy

I think my tickers are correct now. Well the two top ones, not the one on the left. It doesn't like me and won't let me edit it.

We'll see what happens at the next appointment, if I get to change them back or not! LOL

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

My husband

is a good guy. Last night he totally negated everything he has done this pregnancy to piss me off. ( Im pregnant, everything pisses me off.) He went to the store after Amelia went to bed, to buy me chocolate. What a good hubby. I think I'll keep him.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Still hot

It's still hot, but there may be an end in sight. The weather man says it should cool off around Thursday.

When we got home from the mall earlier, it was 109 degrees out. One. Oh. Nine.

Maybe I can take a nap until Thursday....

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Another whine about the heat...

It's hot. Again/still depending on how you look at it. Friday when we got home it was 102. I didn't check the high for the day but 102 was high enough. It's been similar all weekend. Did I mention it's been cloudy off and on and humid. The poor AC is having a hard time keeping up. Jeff changed the filter last night, hopefully that will help a little. The coolest I could get it in here last night was 80 something.

I just checked the weather and at 745 AM it's already 80 degrees. I guess I'm going to spend another day sitting in the house eating popscicles and drinking water. maybe we'll venture out to the mall again to use someone else's AC. Although yesterday even the mall was hot.

I am not a good heat person anyway, but when I'm 7 months pregnant, it's really bad. I am also so swollen. My rings have been put away for a few days. My hands and toes have been replaced by sausages.

We were supposed to go to the International Fair in Old town this weekend. But when it opened at 10 yesterday, it was already over 90 out. I just can't handle walking half a mile to get there (parking is lovely) then walking around in that heat for hours. I am guessing we won't make it today either. Maybe next year the beginning of September won't bring 100 degree temperatures and we can go.

Okay I'm done whining now. I promise that one of these days, I am going to talk about something besides the heat and being miserable. That is most likely to occur after I give birth. :-)