Sep 28, 2012

London’s New Room Update: She's moved in!!!!!!!

First night in her Big Girl Bed!
There is a light at the end of the tunnel! Finally! I may even have the loft back in functioning form by the time my mom heads home! This is in large part thanks to my dad, who spent Monday afternoon completing the painting of London's room and then Tuesday building her bed. As soon as I got home from work, my mom and I set about to making London's bed with all the pillows, sheets and blankets and then I spent the next hour moving her personal items from Sydney's room, and clothes, and putting them away in the new room.

All Made Up With the Pillows. The bedspread is currently folded up at the foot of the bed. It's still too hot for a comforter these days. Sunday its expected to be 96 degrees!
London was quite excited about her new bed, particularly jumping on it while we were trying to make it up! And she went down better than I expected. To be honest, the transition has been pretty smooth, which makes me feel like she was quite ready for the switch. This eases my mind and has me hoping the addition of Sydney will go better than I expect.

Every night before bed, I sit or lay down with London in her bed and read her a book or two (or like last night try to read her a book 3x!). Then we turn on her Twilight Ladybug, turn the lamp off, turn on her Lamb which makes wave sounds for 45 minutes and her seahorse that plays lullabies. When I leave she is usually crying for me to stay but within 15 to 20 minutes there is no noise from her room. I sneak a peak when I head to bed, and I have found her under covers with her head on the pillow, holding her Minnie Mouse close and the seahorse and lamb nearby - which is funny cause I keep putting it at the foot of the bed!

She isn't completely moved in, and may not be for a while, as my energy levels are drastically reducing day by day, but once her daddy is home, we can work on more of the final touches and get her closer. For the most part, this to-do list is done!:

Someday a dresser will be seen from this angle. I've since moved in her bedside table and lamp.
The dresser is coming along slowly. While I was able to prime the dresser last week, I did have a few nights where I lacked any and all energy and therefore didn’t start the actual painting until Friday night. And I can currently only do one color at a time due to my design plan. 

Didn't have time to get the curtains up Tuesday night as well. We got them up Wednesday.
Plus, because of the brightness of the colors I picked, it takes several coats to get it to look right. Oh well, it will be done soon enough, I am sure. For the time being, I have some shelves in the closet that is enough hold her clean clothes while we wait. Half of the reason the project is dragging is the waiting for the paint to dry between coats.

Once I have the good camera back (and the room is more pulled together) I will take some true after shots of the room. Until then,you'll have to deal with my phone's camera.
And with London out of Sydney's room, my mom has been able to get all the washing of clothes done for Sydney. Last night I spent a good 30 minutes putting most of them away and even set aside an outfit for her to come home in. I'm hoping to have some energy tomorrow to really tackle the Loft and Sydney's room, so that I can feel we are ready for her. There are a few things I need to pick up at Babies R Us and Target still too, which will likely happen tomorrow. I'm sure my mom will be ready to get out of the house more than just taking London to the park.

And London, Tulley and I are definitely looking forward to Cameron's return. I can tell both are missing him as much as I am at this point. Too bad its only for a week.

~ Sarah

Sep 26, 2012

Baby Bump Wednesdays: 35 Weeks

How far along: 35 weeks
What Fruit or Vegetable size is Baby: Honeydew Melon/Coconut - I must have been anticipating this as I ate a bag of dried young coconut meat last week!
Average Size: 17.2-18.7 inches, 4.2-5.8 lbs (I'll bet she is on the longer side)
What’s going on with Baby’s development: Sydney’s kidneys are now fully developed and her liver can process some waste products. From here on out she is mainly putting on weight and may grow a little longer. Sydney’s sense of hearing is also fully developed and could possibly respond to high-pitched noises.
Total weight gain: 34 lbs.
Stretch marks: While I am quite good at using the Bio Oil I now know I will not escape some new ones – there is just no more room to stretch and I can see a few new angry ones.
Sleep: Restless. Kinda getting used to it. It was nice to sleep in this weekend with my parents getting up with London for me.
Best moment of this last week: Taking London to Fairy Tale Town with my parents and watching her eat her first ice cream cone.
Miss anything: Alcoholic drinks, running, spicy tuna rolls, being able to bend over easily, not being pregnant, having my body be my own
Movement: Seems constant sometimes and quiet at other times
Food cravings: None right now - my mom is feeding me well
Gender: Girl!
Labor signs: None. 4 weeks to go! Let the countdown begin! 28 days to go!
Belly button in or out: Out
Wedding rings on or off: Off
Mood most of the time: Going back and forth between tired and energized.
Looking forward to in the next week: Seeing my husband – I do miss him when he is gone. Although, having to share the bed with just Tulley has been nice. Also, getting London settled into her new room and big girl bed and getting the loft picked up and all things organized for Sydney's arrival. 

Sydney and I now get to see the doctor once a week, but when you look at it, that is only 3-4 appointments, depending if they want to see me the week of the c-section. We saw the doctor Monday, where I was told everything looked perfect and sounded perfect. We just have to continue like this to make it to the scheduled due date, which I can hardly wait for and at the same time do feel there is still a bit to do before then.

Having my parents here has been great. Though London would normally have been in day care yesterday during my appointment, it was an afternoon appointment and I would have had to run home to pick her up. Instead, she was already home with them, and I was able to run several errands to get lunch makings and dinner makings for the week, as well as some last little stuff for London’s new room, like a secondary window lock for the window, a baby gate to place outside her room so she doesn't wander when we are asleep, and a bed guard rail so she doesn’t hurt herself rolling out of her new big girl bed - not that she is much of a mover when she sleeps.

All of us were remarking how far along bed guard rails have come since my day. I still remember mine – it was a bronze color, metal one with two horizontal bars. Not that the metal ever bothered me. London’s is mesh and on a normal bed can be flipped down for easy entry and exit. Of course, I picked a bed for her that it doesn't quite work as well on, but its enough.

And having my mom here means I am eating quite well. That’s probably why I haven’t craved anything – one night she made a bruschetta mixture using some of the last tomatoes from our garden and the yummy garlic bread from Costco, which she melted fresh mozzarella on top of first; and another night she made pasta with the fresh tomatoes, a red onion and Alfredo sauce.

~ Sarah

Sep 25, 2012

Weekend Update: A Long (& Needed) Weekend with the Parents

Riding a horse pulling Cinderella's Pumpkin Coach
Leave it to me to get heartburn for the first time during this pregnancy at 3 AM Thursday night, Cameron’s first night away off on his trip to Canada, who coincidently took all the Tums in our house with him! It was luckily quite mild and I was able to get back to sleep once I propped myself up on a stack of pillows and after drinking some water.

And while the heart burn wasn’t fun Thursday night, it’s a good thing I woke up as I quickly learned that I had locked our poor Kelsey Lou in the garage just prior to my going to bed! Poor thing was scared beyond belief and so relieved when I came to rescue her. She purred in my arms the whole way back up the stairs and snuggled with my while I tried to go back to sleep.

The more than usual disturbed sleep made for a rough Friday. Luckily, I have a wonderful and understanding boss who said I could start my weekend early. While it only started an hour early, it was just what I needed. I was able to go home, get comfy and rest while I waited for my parents to arrive.

The Pigs Squealed for Attention and then when they had ours, came over and turned their backs on us!

My parents were able to arrive just in time to go pick up London from day care. That girl gets the biggest smile on her face when she sees her grandparents for the first time after a long time. As soon as she saw them, she stopped climbing up the slide the wrong way and ran to my dad for a big bear hug. Of course, she had no problem with Grandpa carrying her to the car, yet will fight me every step of the way most days.
Friday night we laid low, all of us just relaxing and catching up. Saturday, we headed up to Chico so I could get my hair colored one last time before Sydney arrives. This will be the farthest I will be from home now for a while; probably until Sydney is a month old and I go back to get my hair done again. While I was occupied, my parents took London to the Farmer’s Market. Unfortunately, we forgot the stroller, so they spent most of the time chasing her around. But they did run into some old friends and thankfully, they really didn’t have a shopping list to fulfill.

My hair was done just in time for lunch, and we headed to Tres Hombres. The Tostada salad was delicious as always, but unfortunately, the service was slower than ever. It took 45 minutes just to get our drinks! That’s a little absurd when all we ordered was a beer and a virgin margarita for me. While we were waiting Gene Moffett was able to stop in to say hello and catch up briefly with us before he had to run back to the hospital as he was on call that day.

On the way home, we stopped in at McDonalds and got London her very first Vanilla Ice Cream cone (she has had ice cream a few times, but not in cone fashion). She was determined to eat it all on her own. The look on her face when he Grandpa took the cone away for a moment to catch some drips on one side was priceless! She only accepted a spoon when she had gotten down to the cone and needed to scoop the ice cream out. And she got most of it out!

Sunday my parents’ friends Jim and Kathy came for lunch. It was great to see them and we all had a lovely light lunch of Chinese Chicken Salad from Costco, the Garlic Bread from Costco that has actual cloves of garlic in it, and fresh fruit. I could not get enough of the bread. After lunch, my parents headed to Thunder Valley Casino to spend some more time with Jim and Kathy, and to gamble a little. According to them, the slots there are very tight. London and I got a few of our usual weekend to-do accomplished with the downtime.

Our weekend didn’t end there, either, as I took Monday off from work. I really needed that extra day and it was quite a successful day, too. We started the day off by visiting Fairy Tale Town, a first for all of us. We got there around 10 AM and it was dead. Perfect for us to wander and explore. London found any and all slides possible to go down, 5x each it seemed. And she loved seeing all the animals from the chickens (bock bocks as she calls them), to the Donkey, to the pot belly pigs and bunnies. The pigs were quite squeally that day and could be heard from all over.

Well, almost all animals. There was one slide called “Owl’s House” in the “Pooh’s Corner” section of the park. I had followed London up the windy staircase until she was safely at the top. I figured she would beat my down. When I got down she had still not come down the slide. We could hear her and she was calling for me. I had to go back up the stairs, where I found her stuck against the wall of the house across from a fake Owl, the kind of Owl you see at the top of telephone wires to scare other birds away. And admittedly, as a little kid I could see why she was scared. They aren’t made to be friendly and it definitely didn’t look anything like Owl from Winnie the Pooh! With my help, she made her way over to the top of the slide and headed down, crying wee the whole way.

That’s where all these pictures are from. Sorry for the poor quality and lighting. They were taken with my cell phone as Cameron has the good camera up in Canada with him and I discovered the battery in our old, small camera is dust as I could only take two pictures on it before the just-charged battery died!

Stay tuned for information on how the rest of our Monday went in London’s New Room Update this week as well as Baby Bump Wednesday.

~ Sarah

Sep 19, 2012

Baby Bump Wednesday: 34 Weeks!

How far along: 34 weeks
What Fruit or Vegetable size is Baby: Cantaloupe/Butternut Squash
Average Size: 17.2-18.7 inches, 4.2-5.8 lbs
What’s going on with Baby’s development: Sydney’s central nervous system and lungs are maturing so she is even closer to being ready for life outside me! Supposedly, Sydney could decide to descend lower in my tummy around now so I might be able to breathe easier – that is not the case, yet at least! Sydney is a high-dweller playing in my ribs and hurting me sometimes when she makes sudden movements up there.
Total weight gain: 30 lbs.
Stretch marks: Cameron and I think there may be 1 new one. The whole tummy looks to be getting a bit angry these days.
Sleep: Restless – more crazy dreams and getting warmer each night, even as it is getting cooler outside. It also doesn’t help that Kelsey is seeking out this warmth and wakes me up when she walks on my side-belly!
Best moment of this last week: Enjoying the company of friends for an afternoon BBQ to celebrate Sydney’s pending arrival.
Miss anything: Wine, Corona, running, spicy tuna rolls, being able to bend over easily, not being pregnant
Movement: Oh yeah – and it hurts sometimes
Food cravings: None right now
Gender: Girl!
Labor signs: None. 5 weeks to go! So close yet so far away!
Belly button in or out: Out
Wedding rings on or off: Off
Mood most of the time: Tired more often than not. Makes getting things done even harder.
Looking forward to in the next week: My mom and dad’s visit!
I’m hitting a wall and this does not bode well for me regarding all that still needs to get done! Cameron has restricted me to only a ½ hour to an hour of doing anything at all before he is ordering me to sit down.

We were thinking of asking work if I could work from home some more in October as we get closer, but given my nesting instinct being in overdrive we’ve decided it is actually better I get up and go so that I am forced to sit at my desk at work versus working in home to dos in between actual work. And with Cameron’s new job starting on the 8th we need to do everything we can to avoid an early arrival. My energy levels are so low I have been in bed by 8-8:30 several nights now.

Saturday was wonderful to see some of our friends, some of who we haven’t seen in quite a while, and they all brought little gifts along for Sydney. These will definitely help us out. While we don’t need much to prepare for her, there are a few things, and the help is always appreciated.

We all were a bit bummed that we won’t be holding our annual Halloween party this year due to Sydney’s arrival, but given Sydney is arriving right around the time we always hold it we’ll never skip it again. We figure we’ll have a kids’ party in the early afternoon and an adult party in the evenings. Syd will either love or hate Halloween. My guess is she will love it.

And while I am going to miss Cameron while he is away in Canada this next week, I am so excited to see my parents. We’re even pulling London out of daycare for the week so she can get spoiled and I am taking a day off to enjoy the time they are here before Syd arrives.

Plus, they are taking me up to Chico on Saturday so I can get my hair done one last time before she arrives. A girl’s gotta have her priorities, right? Hard to believe that when Cameron gets back and my mom leaves we’ll be just over 3 weeks out from her arrival.

As for my having to deal with Tulley while Cameron is away? Not sure how fun that will be. The dog is aching for hunting season and when she sees him packing up the truck with his gear tomorrow, boy am I going to get it when I get home from work without him!

~ Sarah

Sep 18, 2012

London’s New Room Update

It may not be painted yet, but London’s new room also doesn’t have a resident lizard any longer. On Saturday, when our friends gathered at Matt & Lynde’s for a BBQ to celebrate Sydney’s pending arrival, Cameron brought the guys over to our house for 20 minutes to move Spaz and his abode to his new spot downstairs, and move the boxes containing London’s new bed upstairs. I can’t thank the guys enough for their muscle!

Of course, Spaz wasn’t too thrilled about the ride he took and proceeded to be a grumpy lizard the rest of the weekend. But with his move, and Cameron moving everything out minus the printer and a file cabinet, the room is empty. Plus, he vacuumed and I have been able to cleam the blinds and prep the entire room for painting. Cameron hopes to get in some good time tonight getting the paint up. Hopefully its all done by the time he leaves for Canada on Thursday. We definitely lost a bit of momentum last week with him gone in Chicago and then both of us being exhuasted this weekend.
On Friday, the knobs I ordered for the dresser arrived, and on Saturday morning Cameron got the drill out so we could complete the coat rack with two of them! Whoo Hoo!

Speaking of the dresser, a little progress has been made on that front.

Saturday morning I began removing the drawer liner to the last drawer! I almost met my goal of removing the liner from a drawer per night but Wednesday, we were obviously busy celebrating Cameron's new job and Friday I was just too tired.

Unfortunately, the liner on this last one didn’t want to budge, either. I wasn’t able to finish it until Saturday evening. On Sunday I was able to get all the sanding done, but lacked the energy to get the coat of primer on.

I’ve hit that point in this pregnancy that I have less energy than I need, which means projects will be slow going from here on out. It will all get done, though. And it helps knowing that Sydney will be in our room the first two months, so I will have some time to complete her room once she is here. And she won't know whether she has a stocking at Christmas or not.

There won’t be an update on Prepping for Sydney this week. My lack of energy is the reason for this. All the clothes have been organized, folded and put away in plastic bins, and I have moved those bins into her closet, but there is still a huge pile of clothes that need to be washed and put away, which won't get put away until London has vacated the room. Plus, there are still a few bins of newborn gear I need to go through and put away. And again, I need a room to put that gear in!

So I really haven’t wanted to focus on any of those to dos as well. Maybe this weekend or next week. Only time and energy will tell.

~ Sarah

Sep 17, 2012

Embarking on a New Adventure

Last Wednesday all projects were pushed aside and instead had London and I make a stop at Safeway for Champagne and balloons. Why, you ask? Because after 5 years with Xerox, Cameron has been offered the opportunity to move into the medical sales field! We had to celebrate, of course!

Starting October 8th, Cameron will be employed by Armstrong Medical.

The opportunity couldn’t have come at a better time. Cameron had originally interviewed with the company back in February or March, but he felt it wasn’t a good time to further explore the opportunity given that things were looking to be going in a great direction for him at Xerox which included a wonderful manager, we had just found out I was pregnant, and we were dealing with 12 newborn pups and one tired Tulley.
We are so glad Cameron entertained that one interview. Armstrong called him about a month ago asking if circumstances had changed with Xerox at all, was he possibly interested in continuing the interview process with them. Coincidentally, some things had changed. We weren’t dealing with 12 puppies anymore and like Xerox has enjoyed doing over the last 5 years, they made some changes that were less than desirable for Cameron to deal with for even the short term, which included the 6th manager of his career there. Obviously, I’m still pregnant, but not for much longer. 
Last Tuesday, Armstrong flew Cameron out to Chicago, where the company is based, and participated in the final interviews on Wednesday. Everything went very well and they sent him back to the airport that afternoon in a limo after extending him the offer. 
Cameron’s territory will keep us in the Sacramento area, so no moving is involved. But it will result in 3-4 overnights a month as the territory is much larger. He’ll be covering south Fresno up to the Oregon border and over to Reno. 
Cameron has wanted to get into medical sales for quite some time and made it to a few final rounds of interviews but always seemed to lose out to those with actual medical sales experience. Looking back, these missed opportunities were blessings as Armstrong has already impressed us as a good company to work for, plus they can see the value Cameron will bring to their company without having previous medical sales experience. 

Cameron’s starting the job in October will make things a bit interesting given Sydney’s arrival, but Armstrong is doing their best to work around her arrival. Cameron will be out in the field with another representative the week of October 8th – away from home. We don’t know where he will be yet, exactly, but they are trying to arrange this off site to be a quick airplane ride home, should someone make an early appearance. The week of October 15th Cameron will be in his territory with his new manager, so he will be close to home and I’m still planning on working that week as well. He does have to go back to Chicago the week of Halloween, the week after Sydney arrives – but Armstrong is making sure he is home for Syd’s scheduled arrival. 
We are only now announcing this exciting news, as we wanted to wait until Cameron gave his notice to Xerox, which took place this morning. It has been interesting as higher ups are now coming to Cameron trying to find out if there is any way to keep him with the company. Unfortunately for them they are a day late and a dollar short though they promise to do everything in their power over the next 3 weeks to entice Cameron to stay. We'll see.
All in all, we are very excited about this opportunity for Cameron and can hardly wait for his first day to arrive, which will be here before we know it, given he’s off to Canada on Thursday for 10 days to go Goose hunting.
~ Sarah

Weekend Update: a Baby Shower BBQ

Saturday Matt & Lynde threw us a Baby Shower BBQ, which really was just an excuse for our friends to get together. It was a nice, low key event, as many friends were not able to make it due to conflicting calendars but in the end there were still 10 adults and three crazy little girls. It was just what we needed given Cameron and I were both pretty tired from al that happened last week.

London had a grand time running around with Km & Pat’s daughters, Kaley & Paige. Paige, who is only 1 ½ years older than London, still calls London “Baby London”. I wonder if she will ever stop calling her that, given there are new babies already here and Sydney will be here soon?

At one point, given the 95 degree weather, Lynde brought out Cody’s kiddie pool and the girls splashed away, to my surprise, given London isn’t a fan of cold water. We hadn’t brought her bathing suit or swim diaper so she was out there in all her naked glory having the time of her life!

And that was about all I could handle this weekend. Minus checking off a few things to do for London’s new room and dresser, I was spent. Sunday I could barely survive a walk around Costco. It probably didn’t help that I was a bit dehydrated.

That’s because of what I did Saturday. Even after watching Cameron place a Pepsi in the ice bin to cool it down, I went to get ice out of the ice maker. Usually I open the door and grab ice from the top, as I am not a fan of the noise and time it takes to get ice through the door. But for some reason, this time I did. And suddenly I had ice cold Pepsi coming out with my ice! My getting the ice out of the door caused the spinny thing (ice hook?) in the ice bucket to turn and punctured Cameron’s Pepsi can. We had to toss out all the ice.

But we were at Matt & Lynde’s house most of Saturday so I had plenty of access to ice-cold water there. The problem back at home was that in the process of removing and putting back the clean bucket, we turned the ice maker off. Cameron figured this out around 10 AM on Sunday. I tried to drink water throughout the day, but it just wouldn’t stay cold for me – I like really cold water and rarely get water without ice. By the time we finished the Costco trip (maybe 4 PM), I had probably only had 4 glasses of water versus my usual 10-12. I’m serious – I drink lots of water, even when I am not pregnant.

After the Costco run and feeling miserable throughout the trip, I made Cameron stop at Walgreens for ice. And while I had several large glasses of wonderful ice water that evening, the damage had been done and I was in bed by 8:30 PM. I also proceeded to drink most of the 32 oz of water I took to bed with me – which included ice. I find it stays cooler and fresh throughout the night if it starts out with ice.

~ Sarah

Sep 14, 2012

Preparing For Sydney Update

Looking at Sydney’s To Do list, it doesn’t look like I accomplished all that much over the last week:

But the one thing I was able to cross off, the organizing aspect of London’s old clothes, was a HUGE undertaking. Just take a look at the mess I made in the loft, to get started:

This is before the clothes came out of the tubs
And here is my little helper after all the clothes came out!
All the clothes are sorted and most are back in tubs. I even was able to reduce the number of tubs being used. I just have two tubs of clothes to fold nicely and close up. Then the tubs will go back into the closet.

Of course, I still have a lot of tubs full of non-clothes (full of other baby gear) to go through still. And this pile is waiting for my mom for washing: 

Can I just say I am so glad my mom will be out here in just over a week, for a week and is willing to help get the washing done? By then we should have a place to put the clothes once they are washed, too. Maybe by then, the room will be set up for Sydney. One can hope.

Don’t worry though; Sydney isn’t far from our minds these days. Last Friday, during our evening errands we needed to make a stop at Target. When we walked by the baby section, I couldn’t help but pick this little onesie up for her:

~ Sarah

Sep 13, 2012

London’s New Room Update

This last weekend was quite successful in completing projects for London’s new room, starting on Friday. The 3 of us spent Friday evening running quick errands, and that included a trip to Michael’s where I got the last of what I needed for London’s room. Gotta love coupons too, as I saved 15% on the total purchase, even if it wasn’t a large purchase.

All I got were the shelves, the back of the coat rack and the stand for the letters project. Looking at the list of to dos now, there isn’t much more to do other than move her in and finish the shelves (which all I need to do is seal them along with the bedstand - this will be done this weekend). Of course, I have added to the list again, as well, with the final steps:

By Sunday night, the letters stand and coat rack were painted and sealed. And London’s letters were also painted and sealed, so I got my trusty glue gun out and created the final product. What do you think?

Sorry for the poor qualilty photo - it's off of my phone from this morning. I forgot to take a picture when I finished the project in the kitchen and for safe keeping, these are now stored in the cluttered loft

My plan is to place this near the dresser.

The coat rack will have to wait until this weekend to be completed. And that’s only because I need the drawer knobs for the dresser to arrive, which should be Friday, according to my tracking info. Two of the knobs will go on the coat rack. After a few quick drill holes and the spinning of a screwdriver, it will be done.
And who knows, maybe I’ll be able to hang the coat rack up by the end of the weekend! All that depends on whether we manage to get London's room emptied of Cameron's office equipment and painted. Cameron's making great progress to, as tonight I plan to be cleaning the blinds and window and prepping it for paint.

In reality, once the room is ready for moving in, I think I can have London’s new room setup and ready to go in an afternoon.

As planned I did get to London’s dresser, but I was not able to devote as much time as I would have liked on it this weekend. You will see why tomorrow when I show you what I did to the loft.

I also didn’t expect to spend an hour trying to remove the doors and hardware from it. I thought it would only take 5 minutes. When I set to work on the dresser Sunday afternoon while London napped, I discovered that the person who painted it last, painted over the hardware, covering the screw heads.

I literally had to chisel the paint away to get a screwdriver into turn the screws. And I ended up stripping each screw along the way, making it even more difficult. But this did help me decide that we definitely need to get new doors, and hardware, for the dresser.

But...Cameron and I also agreed that if new doors were necessary, they can wait a while so we won’t be ordering any doors any time soon. I set aside one of the old doors for when we do, for measurement and matching design purposes.

The other more time-consuming process was removing the back. While the back panel itself basically disintegrated in my hands, the nails did not. And where the nails were, the back panel decided to stay and not disintegrate!

Once I did get the parts of back panel left around the nails removed, the nail heads would bend when I would try to remove them with the hammer, making the hammer slip right off.

Eventually, I was able to get them all removed. I also decided that we need to replace the back, especially if we are going to go without doors for a while. Luckily, I have the backing to Cameron and my dressers as we felt ours didn’t need backs when we built them, so I already have the material on hand.

Between the nails and the hinge hardware, I’m surprised I still had time to scrub down the frame of the dresser before London woke up from her nap.

I also was not able to get to the 6 drawers on Sunday. I've been trying to tackle one drawer a night. So far, i have been able to remove the old liner and scrub down 3 of the 6 drawers. I figure if I can get to one a night, I’ll be in good shape for sanding, priming and maybe painting by the weekend. We’ll see.

If London has to live with clothes in boxes or on the floor for a while, so be it. I’m definitely feeling my body slowing down due to the pregnancy. And given that we don’t want Sydney to arrive early, I have to listen to it and not push myself. At the same time, that is a tall order for me these days as I can’t seem to sit still for very long when I am at home. I sit at work all day so when I get home I want to get things done.
At least I have some energy, even if it is diminishing, versus the no energy I had in July thanks to my colds.

~ Sarah

Sep 12, 2012

Baby Bump Wednesdays

How far along: 33 weeks

What Fruit or Vegetable size is Baby: Durian Fruit/Pineapple
Average Size: 17.2-18.7 inches, 4.2-5.8 lbs
What’s going on with Baby’s development: Sydney can recognize and react to simple songs and when she is awake, she is keeping her eyes open. Sydney also has the potential to grow a full inch this week and I swear there is no room for her to do so! Plus, I better drink a lot of milk right now as her bones are hardening. So that’s why her movements are so much stronger! The girl has hurt me a couple of times recently.
Total weight gain: 30 lbs.
Stretch marks: Just to old ones looking angry
Sleep: Same old, same old.
Best moment of this last week: Crossing several to dos off our lists, including Cameron’s desk moving into the new office!
Miss anything: Wine, Corona, running, spicy tuna rolls, being able to bend over easily
Movement: More and more.
Food cravings: My summertime pasta salad
Gender: Girl!
Labor signs: Haven’t had any contractions in the last week. 6 weeks to go!
Belly button in or out: Out
Wedding rings on or off: Off
Mood most of the time: Going back and forth between tired and energized.
Looking forward to in the next week: The BBQ Baby Shower at Matt & Lynde’s on Saturday

We saw the doctor again yesterday. I gained 4 lbs so I made up for the month I didn’t gain anything. All is looking good and Sydney had a strong heartbeat when we listened in. I actually saw Dr. Gordon during the visit. She performed my last C-section and will perform this one as well. She did inform me we have to be at the hospital at 5:30 AM on October 24. And we also went over my request for a stand-by shot of Demerol, as last time I shook pretty bad after the c-section. Dr. Gordon said she will note it in my chart but that this request is also best taken up with the anesthesiologist that morning, as they are more in charge of the drugs going into my system than she will be. All good information and things I will remember. Consider it my birth plan.

As the days go by, I am feeling Sydney more and more. She loves hanging out at the top of my belly and has jabbed me a few times to the point that she takes my breath away. I have a feeling she is going to be longer than London was, as I feel like she already has no room to grow in there and must be completely cramped. The next 6 weeks can’t go fast enough. My guess is they will go pretty fast as I’m very much keeping myself busy as much as I can.

I do have to force myself to slow down some of the time, though Cameron usually is on me about slowing down before I am. And I’m sure when my parents are here, they really will be on me to sit and relax.

~ Sarah

Sep 11, 2012

Toddler Tuesdays: Part Tom Boy, Part Girly Girl

For the most part, I see London being a tom boy growing up, very much like I was.

We don’t even dress London in dresses that often as she is so active and dresses often seem to limit her mobility and ability to play the way she wants. Her best friend is a boy, even with more girls to play with at the new day care.

And if big kids are around, London wants in on that action. The girl can’t get enough of playtime with her cousin Connor when they get together. Grammy actually had to have Carrie come pick up Connor early as London would not wind down with him there.

But then there are moments our little girly girl shines through. London LOVES purses and is so cute holding her arm up in the air to keep her purse on her shoulders.

And while the daycare does have an issue with her keeping her shoes on, and they are the first things she wants off when she gets home, London already has an interest in shoes. She is quick to put shoes on to go outside and hasn’t resisted shoe shopping ever.

Then there was Sunday, late morning. Cameron was already at the Airshow, and I was picking up the kitchen a little. London’s morning movie, Finding Nemo, was over and I felt she needed some true playtime. Problem is, if the TV is on, she wants to watch a movie, not play, and telling her no while we watch something often results in tears.

Given I was already occupied with the kitchen I just turned on one of the music channels. This usually results in London playing by herself quietly. And sure enough, before I knew it, toys were strewn all over the family room floor and London was sitting next to the kitchen door with two of her purses and their contents were spilled out all around her.

I happen to store her play jewelry in these purses. A few minutes later, London was showing me her necklaces and bracelets, so proud of her accessories. Now if that isn’t a sign there is a girly girl in there, I don’t know what is.

It also gives me some ideas for some stocking stuffers this year.

A little while later, still decked out in her jewelry, I caught London and Tulley playing together quietly in the family room. It was beyond cute.

~ Sarah

Sep 10, 2012

Weekend Update: Progress & The Capital Air Show

We’re making progress! On the office that is. The baseboards were painted Friday night and Saturday morning. Cameron even moved his desk into the new office Saturday night! And during the day on Saturday the doors were painted and are almost complete. They should be finished by the end of the week. And with all this progress, the moving part has begun! 

What’s even nicer is that Cameron is going through each and every item being transferred from the old office to the new office so it will be put away or disposed of properly. The majority of the boxes in his old office have actually been packed up since we moved from Fremont 4 years ago! That’s two moves ago!

Both rooms are looking so much better. I may even be able to access the window in the old office/London’s new room tonight to clean the window, the window seal, the blinds and prep it for painting! Then all I have to do is clean the fan and baseboards and prep the room for painting. Cameron will hopefully have the majority of items left in London’s room out of there by the end of the week. Spaz will be staying in the closet until the weekend. 

Saturday Matt & Lynde are having a BBQ for us to celebrate Sydney. It is my hope we can talk some of the men into coming over to move Spaz, and maybe the printer, down stairs and the boxes full of London’s new bed pieces upstairs. That would help clear up a lot of space in the garage for the painting of the dresser. 

But all in all, when I went to bed last night, I really felt like some true progress has finally been made. Yay!

And even with all this progress, on Sunday, Cameron was able to attend the Capital Air Show just down the road at Mather Field. Matt was actually a part of the show, skydiving in on both days. While at the show, Cameron took some great photos of the action. Throughout this post are some of my faves.

London and I watched a little of the show from the house, as it wasn’t hard to know when a jet was about to fly by. London wasn’t too fond of the sound, that’s for sure, so I’m glad Cameron ended up going with Matt versus trying to make it a whole family outing. While the mornings are cool, it still warms up to the 90s by the afternoon, and I can’t take much of it, especially when I am not in the shade.

~ Sarah

Sep 7, 2012

Preparing For Sydney Update

As promised, here is my long list of things to do to Prepare for Sydney's arrival:

I think I can have the organized portion of the clothes completed this weekend, and will likely save the washing and folding of the clothes I will need for her arrival for when my mom is here. Hopefully by then London will be out of Sydney’s room so there will be a dresser to put the clothes in!

This does mean that our loft is going to explode even more than it already has.

Currently, the loft is housing most of the new contents to London’s room while we wait for the room to be ready. This includes sheets, mattress covers, the mattresses to her new bed, all the pillows and the lamp! So far it all sits behind the couch. Just don't ask to borrow a DVD these days. Probably by this evening, the left over carpet to the office will also be housed here.

My goal this weekend is to get all the tubs full of newborn gear and London’s old cloths out of the shed and London/Sydney’s closet. Once I have all the tubs out, I am going to dump all their contents out into one big pile and start evaluating everything.

Half the time I have been quite good at labeling and sorting the clothes into the tubs properly, but there have been other times I have not been so diligent. And I know I sometimes threw something in a labeled tub that didn't belong there. 

Once my massive pile is created I'll use the empty tubs to hold the various sizes and items as I go and sort and evaluate. Then I will better label and fold everything, putting away only what we won’t need in the first 6 months.

I know, I’m crazy. But, sometimes you have to create a bigger mess in order to get organized.

I can’t re-arrange the room, raise the mattress level or bring out the changing table until London has vacated the room and crib.

I need to go to Michaels to get the supplies necessary to do the letters and will likely not start them until I am done with London's projects. That doens't mean I won't buy the supplies on my next trip to Michael's. If I go today, I can save 15% on the entire purchase.

For Sydney’s Disney silhouettes I could start at any time – at least cutting out the stencils. Trips to Michaels and Ikea are necessary before I can get any further than that.

And the major item on the list is Sydney’s stocking, which will take some time. I really don't think it will be done in time for Christmas - London didn't have hers for her first two Christmases. At least I can say it’s started. I didn't start London's until the Thanksgiving before her first Christmas.
And when most other projects are done, then I can really bear down and focus on it. Of course, that may be when Sydney is almost here or already here.

~ Sarah

Sep 6, 2012

London’s Room Update

While my main projects for London’s room are mostly complete, I took a step back and have now made NEW To Do Lists, incorporating some of the wish list items I wanted to get done originally but wasn't sure I had time for.

And I made a To Do list for just the dresser alone. Now it seems there is so much more to do! And I thought I was so close to being finished!

I can drive myself crazy sometimes. But if I get this all done, London's new room will be even more pulled together when we move her in.

Plus, I’ve made a To Do list for Sydney, and while it looks longer than London’s, it doesn’t seem so daunting. Stay tuned for Sydney To Do Updates tomorrow.

Here are those lists:

Currently our kitchen looks more like a craft room, as I have the bed stand on the island for easier painting access. It’s actually almost done, just a coat or two of a clear, glossy sealer, which will likely move the project to the garage for better ventilation tonight.

I also have started the painting process of the letters and frames which are taking up residence on the kitchen table. A quick trip to Michaels should get me the few supplies I still need to complete the letters project once the letters are ready. That trip to Michaels should also result in getting the back for the coat rack and shelves, which I will then paint (I don't have any room to start painting them now any way).

Looking at it, while I feel like I have a lot to do, all of it is in progress already and they are smaller projects to begin with. It just takes time, particularly waiting for paint to dry! It has helped to pick up more foam paint brushes, since I am dealing with 5 different colors. That was I can at least get a coat of paint a night done.

As for the dresser, I hope to tackle that this weekend and get a lot of the to dos crossed off so I am painting it next week. I may need to order the doors, which could take some time to come in, but we can live without the doors for a while if need be.
I did order the knobs I spied on for the dresser, and hopefully, those ship soon, as I will need a few of them for the coat rack.

Aren't they cute?

Wish me luck!

~ Sarah

Sep 5, 2012

Baby Bump Wednesday: 32 Weeks

How far along: 32 weeks
What Fruit or Vegetable size is Baby: Squash
Average Size: 15.2-16.7 inches, 2.5-3.8 lbs
What’s going on with Baby’s development: Sydney now has toenails, fingernails and hair, plus her skin is becoming soft and smooth as she plumps up in anticipation of her arrival.
Total weight gain: 26 lbs.
Stretch marks: A few more old ones are looking a bit angry here and there.
Sleep: Same old, same old. Still roasting most nights.
Best moment of this last week: Spending time with Devon, Randy and Zoey at Caper Acres in Chico and Cameron getting the baseboards cut and nailed in, in the office!
Miss anything: Wine, Corona, running, spicy tuna rolls, being able to bend over easily
Movement: More and more.
Food cravings: Still enjoying my tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and balsamic vinegar
Gender: Girl!
Labor signs: Still having some contractions, mainly when I am stressed. 7 weeks to go!
Belly button in or out: out
Wedding rings on or off: Off
Happy or moody most of the time: Tired – seem to have caught another small cold or allergies are acting up.
Looking forward to in the next week: Getting all of London’s old clothes and newborn gear out to start getting ready for Sydney!

~ Sarah

Sep 4, 2012

Weekend Update: Labor Day Weekend

This weekend brought us up to Biggs and Chico for the majority of Saturday and Sunday thanks to the Dove Season Opener. Dove season only lasts 10 days and the best days to go out are the first. Plus, Cameron and Tulley were chomping at the bit to get out there. Since I had plans to meet up with my old high school friend Devon, her husband Randy and daughter Zoey on Sunday, it just made sense for London and I to head up there on Saturday with Cameron and Tulley.

Too bad Cameron realized he forgot his hunting license on the counter when we were already in Gridley. He literally dropped London and I off at his mom’s and headed back to pick it up. We wouldn’t see him until dinnertime that night. London and I had a nice afternoon with Vicki and Joe, which included a nap for both London and I. That nap included the first time she has ever slept in a bed with me without getting too excited.

Sunday we got up and headed to Chico to meet Devon and crew at Caper Acres. I remember going to this park when I was little, which included a giant, metal slide that you could only use in the morning or risk burning your backside. My freshman year of high school, the park was severely damaged by falling trees during a winter storm, a storm that felled trees on Chico State’s campus and cancelled school and my high school band’s winter performance.

I hadn’t been to the park in years, probably since before the damage occurred and I was quite interested to see what was still there and what wasn’t. All the slides have been replaced with plastic, but the tunnels, Swiss cheese climbing block and humpty dumpty sand pit were still there. Even the crooked house was still there, with new slides. As soon as London saw the slides, she was off. And while I did notice the age suggestion signs for different activities, that didn’t stop London from going down the Ages 5-12 slides. Zoey quickly joined her as soon as Devon and Randy arrived.

Note the sign that says Ages 5-12

Cameron went down with her the first time to see if she'd be flying off the end - they didn't.

So while the girls played and the dads supervised, Devon and I got to catch up. Devon is also pregnant with her second child, and she too already has her c-section scheduled. We had fun going over pregnancy ups and downs as well as how nice it is to just have the delivery scheduled so we won’t go through what we each went through last time.

Swing Time!

Eventually it was a little too warm out for us and my tummy was rumbling, so we headed over to Burger Hut for lunch. Of course, we forgot how busy Chico would be, given it was Labor Day weekend and all the college students were out in force filling up their inner tubes and heading for the river. In some ways, Chico hasn’t changed at all and that was one of those ways, except for the buses that ferried the students back and forth from the river. A much safer way of getting there and back than when Cameron and I were in school.

London crashed in the car on our way back to Biggs after lunch.
When we got back to Vicki’s, Cameron packed Tulley up again and headed out for another Dove hunt, while I took a nap and London played with her cousin Connor.

Cameron wouldn’t get back until 8 PM, which meant we didn’t leave for home until 9. Overall, he did alright for the two days of hunting, bringing in 10 birds total. Of course, 10 is the daily limit so he shot half his limit each day.

Cameron’s report on Tulley was that she was a champ, following directions, using her nose and prancing around with a dove in her mouth so proud of herself.

Unfortunately, Tulley’s feet took a beating, and she had several blisters. Before we could go to bed Sunday night, we made sure to bath her and despite her blistered feet she still jumped on the bed with us to pass out. The poor girl was definitely hobbling around Monday, though I don’t think she minded so much, given all the love and attention we were all showering on her. We even moved Melody’s old bed downstairs so she had a cushy place to sleep near all of us. And she was doing much better this morning, not missing a beat to get breakfast from me.

Monday was a usual weekend/Sunday-type of day for us, getting chores done around the house and such. This included Cameron getting the baseboards cut and nailed in the new office. He just needs to seal and paint them and we can start moving him in! At least we are one step closer than we were when the weekend started. And I continue to work on small projects for London’s room. This week I hope to start getting all the old clothes and newborn gear out so I can get organized for Sydney’s arrival.

I’m feeling bigger and more uncomfortable with each day that passes by so anything I can get done the sooner the better. I just don’t know what kind of energy I will have by the time Sydney is due to be here.

~ Sarah