The Successful, Beautiful Shower!

Yesterday’s shower was absolutely a hit! Jen and her mom, Janet, worked their tushes off to put the whole thing together and pull it off…all while, I swear, Jen had the worst-luck-week-ever. But, you never would have known it. The house and yard were beautiful and it was so great to have our first shower under the belt.

The generosity and thoughtfulness were incredible. From the cute, handmade bibs and burp cloths from Jon’s cousin, Laurie, to the car seat from Jon’s parents and the Little Orphan Annie framed poem that my Mom gifted…and on and on and on. It was all so special. You’ll see in the pictures in the gallery below. I tried to add in the captions so you can get some of the gist of the day that way. I have left out the pictures of the play by play…but we have filled up half a closet and about a quarter of a rather large dresser. We have the infant car seat and bases, a matching crib sheet, lots of cute, girly outfits, the bouncy seat (brown and pink butterflies, the one pink thing I’ve allowed myself to put on the list that’s a house-staple).

Anywho – here are some photos of a great day with Jon’s family at Jen and Rick’s house!

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Mason Family Shower: Anticipation

Well, today (in about three hours, in fact) is my first of two showers. This one is mainly Jon’s family and friends of the family. I can NOT believe that it’s already here, frankly.

I do feel a bit better that we are nearing completion status on the nursery, that it feels like we’ve got things on a path to be as prepared as possible (ha!) for this little gal to join us at home!

Thankfully, I have all the time in the world because the shower is just three houses away at Rick and Jen’s house. Either way, we have to cart the gifts we get back over here, so I’m glad it’s close.

I find the whole idea of a shower sort of surreal (as I’m sure I’ve noted before this), but it’s like ‘oh, hey, here’s a list of things I want…if you want to show up to my party, be sure to bring something from that list’. I know it’s an age-old tradition, and I like the tradition of it…but I would hate for anyone to ever feel obligated to gift us (this baby girl) anything…I hope that people are gifting because THEY want to. I find the most fun in giving gifts when I feel like I’ve gotten it right…so, I’m really looking forward to enjoying this time of giving/receiving/thanks this afternoon.

I’m also really relieved that I don’t have to go back on the road tomorrow. Jon is heading over to the west side of the state tonight but I don’t have to be in Indianapolis until Tuesday, so I’m really glad that I’ll have all night tonight and tomorrow to get the gifts in order (and maybe even stare down some thank you notes!). I feel like I’ve gotten pretty rested up in the last few days, so I’m prepared for another few days on the road…though I’m sure I’ll be exhausted again by next Friday.

Alright, well, I have one more (of three, total) bathrooms to clean and need to run the vacuum downstairs. Jon should really do that, though, I think. Downstairs IS his domain, after all…his ‘man cave’ area. I’m going to go see how that flies…

Can’t wait to show all the great gifts that people are gifting our Minnie Mason!

L

P.S. Can I also say that I’m REALLY feeling good about the photos I did yesterday of Molly? I feel like I’m getting better and better each time, which is good. I wish I had a better way of displaying the photos or going through them…but…anyway, I feel really fulfilled that I did that decently well yesterday.

Molly’s Maternity Session: Baby G

As we all know, most of my girlfriends are pregnant, too! Molly is due Sept. 20 and today was the day to make sure that we got a solid maternity photo shoot in. I feel like I’m much more ‘advanced’ in my skills than the first go-round with Andrea. So, I also spent some time getting to know the editing tools within my camera — and here’s the result. Most of these I edited, so you’re not seeing original, originals, but they’re really good if I do say so, for my amateur shooting self.

Enjoy, feedback (on the photo composition, not the subject who practically doesn’t even LOOK pregnant) is welcome!

So excited to meet Baby G in EXACTLY one month!!

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31 Weeks, 2 Days: Self-Portraits

Ok, I wanted to take some legitimate photos. I had about 2.3 seconds to get a couple in and I was just mainly playing around with light, camera position and my body angles and positions. Learned some things, which is good. Here are a few of my faves from this morning’s self-portrait session!

Please keep in mind that the focus-ing issues have more to do with the fact that I was using the self-timer, which runs all of 10 seconds, and running around the dining room to get into position, positioning myself, and trying to determine serious vs. smile all within that 10 second range. I don’t feel like my self-timed, self-potraits are all bad. Would get a lot easier with another set of hands to push the dumb camera button (Jon’s still in bed!).

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31 Weeks, Two Days: Status Update

Alright – better late than never. This week took a lot out of me being on the road for nearly the entire week and worrying about getting the house cleaned and ready to go in case we have visitors ahead of or after tomorrow’s shower at Jen’s house. But, with Jon and I both working out of town, it became a little bit daunting to say the least. Either way, I’m home now and spent some quality time with cleaning supplies in the last 24 hours, so I’m feeling better. Without delay, here’s a 31 weeks, 2 days status update!


Due Date: October 20, 2011.

Baby Developments: She keeps getting longer and fatter, is losing the cover of lanugo that was keeping her warm because her brain is SO advanced that she is now able to regulate her own body temperature. Way to go, Minnie!

Weight Gain: Had gained 1.6 pounds in the two weeks since my last doctor’s appointment, which brings the total weight gain to ~15.6 pounds for the entire pregnancy.

Cravings:  Water and pickles. Nothing new – I’ve always loved pickles and the jar of Claussen’s has taken a hit latey. But, nothing big.

Symptoms: Definitely feel more tired more regularly, which they say happens in the third trimester again. Also, definitely feeling more kicks and jabs than rolling movement in my belly, which is a result of the baby getting bigger and less amniotic fluid to cushion the blows.

I am loving: the nursery! It’s coming together so so so so well. I bought a rug at Ikea on the off chance I don’t finish the one that I am working on and I bought a book shelf for her room that isn’t actually going to work out, so I have to find a different purpose for that. But, loving that we’ve made some SERIOUS progress!

Sleep: Last night is a perfect example…I was EXHAUSTED and took the iPad and laid in bed listening to an episode of Antiques Roadshow. I was nearly passed out when Jon came to bed, but then was awake. And then was incredibly uncomfortable. Jon offered to turn on the air conditioning, but it wasn’t a temperature issue. I wound up heading to the couch and falling asleep until 3:15 when I made it back to bed finally. Finding a way to sleep comfortably is definitely a challenge.

I miss: my belly not hitting things when I turn around and having a drink when I want to. I would love, love, love to sit out on the deck with a glass of wine and enjoy the evening.

I am looking forward to: tomorrow’s shower at Jen’s house and to see the gifts that people are excited to give to our Minnie. I certainly don’t have a clue about what to expect, so I’m really looking forward to the time with Jon’s family.

I am spazzing about: how we’re going to make our long distance (again?!) relationship keep working with a baby due in the next few months. I mentioned to Jon last night that I hoped that he could work his schedule so that his rotation will allow him to be home  on Saturday, Sept. 10 for our childbirth class. I intentionally found the one day edition for our busy schedules. He said he can’t promise it because he doesn’t know how they’ll schedule him, but he’s going to try to make sure he’s back on that day. I also feel like it’s really good money and a great opportunity for him to have this experience. But, the birth of our child is for SURE going to only happen this one time and I can’t really fathom the thought of him not being prepared for it and being prepared for helping me. I guess I’m a little scared of him not knowing how to act in the delivery room, frankly, and having that be something that stands out in my mind. See, definitely spazzing over it.

Best moment of the week: Thursday night my Mom and Trevor came over to help carry heavy things I’d bought at Ikea into the house for me. I was laying on a new rug in the living room floor and said ‘ooh, that’s a baby part’ because there was a hard appendage sticking out in my belly. But, because I was laying on my back, I couldn’t totally see what was going on when I pulled up my shirt, but my Mom and Trev could. And they both screamed and ran away when our dear Minnie’s little arm-leg-elbow-foot (not sure which) moved and pushed across my belly. Trevor and my Mom thought she was coming out via my belly button, I think. Trevor said it was like something out of the movie Alien. He also said ‘That scared me Lindsay, I didn’t like that’. It was cute, but it was also really, really funny.

Milestones: The nursery is nearly finished! First shower tomorrow!

Movement: Our party girl ways at 10 p.m. continue.

It’s a….: GIRL!

Exercise: Not so good…I really need to get better. This week just got away from me.

Diet: Have been continuing my moderate intake of all things…which I feel like is good. And with just under two pounds gained in two weeks and a total of just about 16 pounds, I feel okay about that. However, there’s still two months to go, which if I gain about a pound per week from here on out, I’m staring 25 pounds gained in the face. Whatever.

Boobs & Belly Button: Boobs – the 40DD is too big I’ve decided. The bra itself isn’t the right solution for me. Too much coverage, so it hangs out of the shirts I wear. Not like I am wearing uber revealing clothes or anything, but the bra is just so. damn. big. My belly button remains in…but it’s totally weird to be able to see the bottom of it. Normally, my belly button is just an abyss that I have to clean with a QTip.

Goals for the upcoming week: Finish, finish the nursery. Thank you notes written for the shower.

Thoughts from a Starbucks…

I find myself feeling as though I want to update this page more and don’t know quite what might interest those of you that read it…so, tonight, my stream of consciousness.

This baby girl is moving a LOT — though the movement has changed (as predicted by all the baby websites out there) because she’s getting bigger and there’s less room inside my body for her to do all the flips and kicks and whatnot. As I write, I believe that her butt is up under my boobs (or the front of my ribcage, whatever) and her feet are facing towards my back and her head and arms and shoulders are down toward my pelvis. That’s just a guess. That, or her head is the big body part that’s chilling under my rib cage. I’m hoping that it’s her butt. Otherwise, she’s going to have to pull off some legitimate acrobatics to get head-down and ready to come meet us.

Jon is working at the DC Cook Nuclear Plant in Bridgman, Michigan. I’m glad he’s back to work in this era of unemployment but hotel living is for the birds, for sure.

FYI, the young girl working at this Starbucks talks obnoxiously loud about a multitude of topics. If I worked at Starbucks, that’d probably be me. Either way, I wish this particular gal would shut up for a brief minute. Distracting.

The blinds that we ordered a few weeks ago will be installed on Friday afternoon! Can’t wait to see what a difference that will make. That will make our kitchen and the baby’s room nearly complete which will be a huge relief.

I found myself sitting in the nursery last weekend, just enjoying the fact that the room is done in a lot of ways. It’s got fresh paint, new furniture and artwork to go on the walls. I wish we could say the same for other rooms in the house. If I can put the artwork on the walls in the kitchen, I’ll feel like I’m getting a little bit closer.

Spent a small fortune at Ikea tonight…and that threw me off. I thought Ikea was supposed to be cheap?! It is, until you buy a lot of stuff!! I think I spent about $75-100 in picture frames for the baby’s room. Jon’s Mom has stuff for mat-cutting, so I think I can re-mat the prints and be ready to go. I’m really excited to show off the finished room photos to you when I get home. But I have to get those prints framed and up on the walls, get the decal on the wall, etc.

Jen, Jon’s brother’s girlfriend (let’s call her my sister in law, even though she is not – by definition – my in law), is hosting the Mason-family baby shower on Sunday at her house. Rick and Jen have had a run of shit luck in the last few days, from a busted dishwasher that may have sacrificed the hardwood floors, to a shattered glass patio table (it’s a manufacturer’s flaw), to a busted U-joint while at the sand dunes. Hopefully, Jen’s luck has turned around and the party goes off without a hitch on Sunday. I’m really, really grateful to her for hosting it. I know it’s stressful to host a party at your house. And, more than that, I just find the whole concept of a shower really foreign. I mean, here’s a list of all the crap I need for a baby, so go ahead and buy it for me?? I wish that registries weren’t the expectation. I’m anxious to see what sort of things people gift that they choose because THEY wanted to. I don’t know, I’m so grateful/thankful for the great families that we have in our lives…but I feel this odd guilt of asking people to purchase gifts that we picked out. Though, I understand that people would rather get us something we need/want rather than something we don’t. But, isn’t the point of gifting in the giving?? I don’t know — I’m definitely excited to see what the weekend holds and I’m going to try to be good at receiving gifts.

My Mom says I need to come up with something more to say than ‘Oh, how cute!’ so that there is a multitude of things I say. She says she gets sick of hearing the same line over and over again. She’ll probably shoot me a look on Sunday at the shower when I start getting too repetitive. I’ll need to come up with a mental list of things to say.

I really am looking forward to seeing “The Help”. The book was awesome and I’m ready to head to a movie. I haven’t been to a movie in months and it just sounds like something I’d like to do, a brief reprieve from thinking. At least that’s the hope.

For the record, the 40DD bra is too big. I need to go to a single D, but I wanted to give myself some growing room. I wore the bra once and it threatened to show out of the sides or middle of my shirt all day. So much fabric, it’s trying to escape the shirt. Ugh. Not a fan of the gi-normous boobies.

It’s hard to believe that we’re only about 2 months from having a baby at our house!? Isn’t that just crazy? I find myself in awe that I haven’t yet questioned the type of mom I’ll be, like I read some women fret about in other blogs. I’m supremely confident in my ability to be a mom…I’m less confident in my ability to balance lack of sleep with being a nice person. I think that as we get closer, Jon is getting more and more ‘excited’. (I hate to use the word excited to ever describe Jon. The most excited I’ve ever seen him was when he got up off the couch when I walked in the door last week and asked me if I wanted to see the new garage floor…that was a big moment for him…he’s not a real ‘get excited’ kind of guy). Anyway, I just think he’s getting maybe more comfortable with the idea of the baby, the baby girl, the things that means for us as a couple and the dynamic shift that will for sure occur. When asked at the anniversary party this past weeknend (over and over again) if he was ready for the baby, he answered (quite confidently, I must say) “NO”. At least he knows where he stands 🙂

Anywho – I’m at Starbucks and have had enough of stream of consciousness, haven’t you? I’m sure I’ll have more to post soon!

L

30 Weeks: Status Update

So, today is officially, officially 30 weeks! Yeah!! The baby is still the size of the squash but weighs anywhere from 2.5-4 pounds. Holy moly!


Due Date: October 20, 2011.

Baby Developments: Her brain is developing more and more and she’s putting on FAT!!! That’s so she can be happy and healthy when she arrives in 10 short, short weeks!

Weight Gain: At the doctor’s appointment last Friday, I had gained five pounds since the previous appointment, for a total of about 12 throughout the pregnancy. I know I’m going to probably pack it on here at the end, so I did start back with walking this morning and I’m really trying to get a lot of water into my system.

Cravings: Nothing really. Water, can’t get enough of that.

Symptoms: Round ligament pain started and has subsided this week. Thank GOD! That was awful. Like someone punched me in the girl bits. Same ol’, same ol’ though.

I am loving: the very active little girl in my belly. It has struck me lately how she’ll never be any safer than she is right now…which is kind of cool and intimidating and scary all at once. But, I like it.

Sleep: Feeling more and more tired by the day, I have to say. I flew to an account this week and the travel by plane took it out of me. I think part of it is the stress of flying – the remembering what to pack, trying to get it all in a carry on, commiting to only the one outfit, the small toiletries. And, when I realized I was a 10 hour car drive or a flight away if anything happened and I went into labor…that will be my last flying trip.

I miss: my self-confidence in my body and a semblance of a shape…my regular size lovely boobies…which have ballooned to an obnoxious 40DD (I actually bought that size today).

I am looking forward to: a weekend at Clear Lake with Andrea, Frank and friends; Aunt Jody’s 25th wedding anniversary party on Saturday; getting the nursery painted and the furniture set up and moved into the room.

I am spazzing about: Jon just found out tonight that he has to go work over in  Benton Harbor at the Cook Nuclear Facility. He really doesn’t want to, but it’s work and now’s not the time to turn away from work. So, that’s developed just tonight. Ugh.

Best moment of the week: working on the nursery!

Milestones: The nursery is moving forward! And, our first shower is next Sunday!! That is really, really hard to believe.

Movement: Lots, a lot of the time. 10 p.m. is our party time, I guess. But, she’s also pretty active throughout the day. I find myself waking up to go to the bathroom and being pretty amazed at how much she’s moving and I don’t even know it.

It’s a….: GIRL!

Exercise: I did go for a walk this morning and have it on the list of things to do tomorrow morning.

Diet: Have been doing a bit better on the intake front…still not great…fully intend to cut out simple carbs after the baby comes. I just don’t feel like doing it to myself right now, frankly, but to get my body to a place I feel good about AFTER baby, I will be doing what it takes.

Boobs & Belly Button: Belly button is still an innie…thankfully. The boobs, as noted above, are obnoxious.

Goals for the upcoming week: Finalize the painting project in the nursery; clean the house in advance of any guests who may come to the house after the shower for Jon’s family next Sunday.