Saturday, November 27, 2010


My computer is all well and back from the doctor - thank goodness! Here are the pictures I wanted to share this morning. There are a few from Thanksgiving and one of the nursery. Enjoy!

Here are Nick, Baby H, and me on Turkey Day

Finlay was so tired by the end of the day that he turned his back to us while we watched football.

This is the entry to Baby H's nursery, with her little bookshelf all stocked with books!  This is the only nursery picture I can show you since all the others show her name or initials - sorry.


We are still here, and Baby H is still happily happily hanging out in my belly.  We had a great Thanksgiving this year, and I have a few pictures from the big day.  Unfortunately, my computer got sick and is at the computer doctor, and I'm unable to upload my pictures to Nick's computer.  So sorry!  My parents sent us a Greenberg smoked turkey, and Nick's dad visited and made all of the sides and dessert so I got to just hang out on the couch and rest, which was soooo nice. 
We finished the nursery and decorated for Christmas yesterday so we're ready for baby girl whenever she decides to make her grand entrance.  After a few weeks of feeling lots of energy, I am definitely exhausted pretty much all the time now.  I'm also in a decent level of discomfort all the time, which is to be expected.  However, Nick's right arm is still pretty much useless so we're happy for her to stay put as long as she wants to.  I'll try to post some pictures once my computer comes home all better.  Until then, happy rivalry day, and Gooo Cocks!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Full Term?!?!?!

Since my doctor's office is using December 6th as my official due date (from 12.5 week ultrasound), I am officially full-term today!  I can't believe that this journey is coming to a close, albeit hopefully not anytime too soon.  Our bags are packed for the hospital, and the nursery is just about finished, but I'm still not in any hurry to be done with this pregnancy.  Please continue to pray that our little cupcake cotinues to bake until Nick can at least use his right arm again, which will be sometime around Thanksgiving or a little after.

Friday, November 12, 2010

36 Weeks

Excuse my hair!  This morning's wet weather was not kind to it.
Here I am at 36 weeks.  I'm having to make hodge-podge outfits because I refuse to buy winter maternity clothes.  It just seems silly when baby girl will be here so soon!  This made today especially difficult, though, because it's so cold that it snowed here last night!  At least I can still wear my North Face coat with only the top part zipped and my bump poking out.  Does it look silly?  Yes.  Does it keep me warm?  Absolutely.

We didn't learn much at our 36 week appointment.  I've now learned that the doctor's office here won't check patients until 40 weeks or later.  I guess the timing of little girl's arrival will just remain that much more mysterious!  The midwife estimated her size right now at about 6 pounds and says that she should be 7 or 7.5 at birth.  I guess we'll see how accurate that guess is soon enough!  She is still head down, with her head very low.  I've had some "real" contractions (i.e. painful in front and back) sprinkled here and there, but otherwise there doesn't seem to be much progress toward the big day.  The other night I actually had a tetanic contraction that lasted 8 minutes.  It was not fun, but I'm happy with anything that helps bring her closer to actually being here.

That's all for the 36 week report!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

35 Weeks

Not the best picture, but I had to take this with the self-timer while Nick was asleep.
Wow!  I haven't done a weekly post since 29 weeks!  It's been a pretty crazy 6 weeks, as you know, but Baby H and I are still doing great.  People have started to ask me if I'm incredibly ready to have the pregnancy over and done with, and the answer is, well, maybe...sometimes!  I'm really still feeling good and haven't yet felt a strong compulsion to just have it all over with.  I know we'll be elated when she gets here, but right now I'm still feeling pretty patient.
We start weekly check-ups on Wedesday, and I guess that's when they'll start "checking" things to see if anything is happening yet.  I'm NOT looking forward to that process, but it will be nice to know if anything is changing (definitely don't think so).  At our last check-up on Wednesday everything looked great.  She's measuring right on, and my blood pressure has been better the last two office visits.  (It hadn't been bad, just slowly creeping higher).  She's also head-down and low, with her head resting right on top of my bladder - fun times all around!  Because of how she's resting I've been having a good amount of pressure and some dull pain in my pelvic area, along with a little crampiness.  My midwife assures me that all of this is normal, and doesn't mean anything. 
I've been working hard on nursery things the past few days.  There's still more work to do, but I've been pretty crafty!  Unfortunately, since my craft projects involve things like baby girl's name and monogram I can't show you until after she gets here! 
As far as an update on Nick, he's doing okay following his shoulder surgery.  He is in a lot of pain and is having a really hard time sleeping.  The fact that he's now working nights has made it that much worse.  Please pray that he will be able to be comfortable and get some sleep!
Something tells me that after my dog spends all morning at the groomer, I shouldn't immediately be able to brush out this much fur...At least Finlay should be more comfortable now, and my house should collect a little less of his hair!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Weekend Happenings

Mom and Dad visited Clovis this weekend!  They brought with them all of the big items from my Waco shower that I couldn't bring back on the plane in September.  It was so fun getting to see all those cute things all over again!  They also helped with some things that Nick and I, in our compromised states, haven't been able to do, like installing the carseat, rearranging nursery furniture, and other various projects around the house.  I don't know what we would have done without them! 
We also got to go out to the Fall Festival on-base, where they had a static display of the various aircraft that are based at Cannon.  Below is a picture of us with the Predator, which is the aircraft (RPA - remotely piloted aircraft) Nick works with.  I actually got a chance to "fly" the Pred in a training simulator on Friday, during the basewide spouse flights day.  Now I have a much better idea of what Nick does at work all day.
 This year we finally live in a place where we get trick-or-treaters at our house on Halloween!  It's been since 2006, when we lived on- base at Shaw, that we've had trick-or-treaters because people in Columbia apparently just don't do it.  We decided yesterday at about 3pm to actually dress up so our costumes are remnants from college functions.  Nick and Finlay were escaped prisoners from Alcatraz, a costume resurrected from Pi Phi pledge dance circa 2002.  I was a football player in Nick's Baylor Line jersey.  One of our trick-or-treaters asked me if Baylor won on Saturday, and I was elated to say yes!

We have a big week this week - today we go back to Amarillo for Nick's surgery follow-up, and on Wednesday we have Baby H's next Dr. appointment.  I'm at 35 weeks, one week off from how they usually schedule these things, so I don't quite know what to expect.  We'll be sure to keep you up to date, though!