Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Great Apple Battle of 2014: Round 2

Cameo


vs. Fuji


Fuji Wins

Jonagold


vs. Golden Delicious


Jonagold Wins

Sonya


vs. Pinata


Pinata Wins

Fuji vs. Jonagold vs. Pinata: Pinata Wins!!!

Pinata advances.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Mancat Monday With the Protector

Hi Friends. Sorry this is a little late today, but I have been taking care of a sick mommy. She has another cold. She knows where and who she keeps getting them from and she is not happy about it. Me neither. I think it I time for her to start staying home and snuggle with me all day!! I can take care of her and the baby.

I love my brother and I like to lie on Mommy's stomach to feel him and protect him


Sometimes he kicks and pokes me. I like that. I sometimes poke at Mommy's belly (okay, I walk on it) and he likes that (I think). Mommy says he usually starts kicking after.

We also like to hear Mommy read us stories. I can't wait until he is born and we can play and snuggle together.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

It's MY Baby

Wasn't really sure what else to title this post, but a lot of what I am going to talk about does not even have to do with me lol.

Anyway, the closer I get to my due date, the more protective I am feeling of my child and I have a lot of empathy for other pregnant women and the struggles and issues they are facing. A big one is the question of who should be in the delivery room.

I belong to Baby Center and participate on the message boards quite often. One thing that I see a lot of is people posting about family members wanting or insisting on being in the delivery room with them. And the posters usually are uncomfortable with these people being there. This can range from in laws to siblings to even fathers of the pregnant mommies!! I was always comment the same thing... it is the pregnant woman's choice!!!! It is HER baby and her body and she needs to be as comfortable in the delivery room as possible.

I do not understand how people feel they have the right to be in the delivery room if the mother does not want them to be. It is not an event like a party or a ceremony. It is a human being coming out of another human being's body!!!!! That is very personal and intimate. The only people who should be there are people the mother feels comfortable with that will support her.

I am lucky that I do not have this issue, being that I live in Kansas with no family. I was able to choose two friends that I am extremely comfortable with having in the delivery room in addition to my husband. However, I really do not think any of my family or in laws would insist on being in the delivery room. And since my mom is gone I would probably be okay with my mother in law being there. But it would be MY choice.

Now, a bit about me. I know that I share a lot of information on this blog about how I am feeling and what I am experiencing, but when it comes right down to it, it is my child. Sometimes I feel like I am sharing too much, but I am writing this for posterity. As mentioned before, I am feeling more and more protective of this little peanut as he grows. I am more protective of who I let touch my belly and what I want to say about him here and on Facebook. I am getting to the point where I do not want to share too much of him because he is mine. Does that make sense?

I will continue, however, to post my weekly updates and after he is born I will introduce you to him and hopefully write his birth story.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Currently 4-12-14

Watching: Whatever I can find on TV and my belly move lol

Reading: scriptures, books to the boys.

Listening: rock music on the radio

Creating: not much this week

Feeling: so tired and I have a cold :(

Planning: Lots of napping this weekend and to do some laundry at some point.

Loving: waking up twice last night to find my cat snuggled up next to me

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Great Apple Battle of 2014: Round One

I am on a quest to find the best tasting apple (because I am pregnant and craving fruit, especially apples). Let the battle begin!!!

Gala


vs. Braeburn


Winner: Braeburn. Though barely. Originally it was Gala, but upon having another 2 Galas (one from Walmart, one from Dillons) they did not taste as good as that first one. It must have been an exceptional Gala (or an interloper lol)

Honey Crisp


vs. Pink Lady


Winner: Pink Lady!!

Braeburn vs. Pink Lady

Winner: Pink Lady!!!!!

Pink Lady advances.

Two apples that will not be competing are Red Delicious and Granny Smith. I already know that I do not like Red Delicious and because it is tart Granny Smith is in a class by itself. I like Granny Smith's but for this contest I am looking for something sweet and tangy.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

33 Weeks

So, 7 weeks left until baby and 6 weeks left of work (I am taking the last week off).

So, how am I feeling this week?? TIRED. EXHAUSTED. The sciatic nerve pain and arm pain (possibly swelling) has reduced, BUT I am still so tired. I even napped this weekend and slept n a bit, but it did not help too much. I also have a really hard time falling asleep at night, even though I am exhausted.

The baby likes to play when I go to bed lol. I read, though, that they are more active when you lie down because they have more room to stretch out and you are still. During the day if you are walking around and moving it lulls them to sleep. Also, when you are active you don't notice them as much. My peanut has been pretty active all day though lately lol. And he can kick HARD. I was lying in bed on Saturday and he kicked so hard (repeatedly) that the whole bed shook!! It did not hurt, though.

I hear most people who are at this stage of pregnancy just want to be done and meet their baby. Not me! I am cool with him staying in a little longer. But I would like to be done with work and housecleaning and all and just sleep and relax all day!! Until the baby comes.

Tomorrow I am gong to get my toes done!! They are a mess and not flip flop ready. I am getting Gelly toes to help get them into shape because I have a feeling I will be getting to the point where flip flops will be the only shoes I can wear comfortably or get on my feet lol.

I am beginning to notice that in addition to feeling the baby A LOT I can also see my belly moving pretty good. I am also starting to get more protective of it. I will let most people feel it if they ask, but I have stopped letting one of the kids at school touch it because she was mostly poking and pushing on it!!

I am not waddling yet, but I definitely feel like I lead with my stomach when I walk!! It doesn't even stick out that much lol.

One last thing. TJ let his sergeant know we are planning to go to the Dining Out unless I am in labor or have had the baby already. We had to put in our dinner order so we are now committed, big belly, swollen ankles and all!!! LOL

Dr. Appointment next week!!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Mancat Monday With Scout's Chair

Did you know I have a special chair??? Well, I do. In addition to many cat beds, I have a chair that is mine. It is not only a great place to lie on and take a nap (or a bath) it is also a giant scratching post!! That is why it is mine. Mommy got it from her aunt and uncle when she was still living in Florida and it came to Kansa with her. She let me use it as a scratchng post so I would not scratch any other furniture. And I don't.

I love my chair



Of course I also love my couches, Mommy's bed, my loft bed, Brother's car seat and rocker/glider as well. And the towel pile on the bathroom window seat.