Wednesday, August 30, 2006

a good day for this preggers woman

Must say, I had a pretty good day today. Woke up in enough time to eat breakfast and get ready for work. Taught two classes, 50 minutes a piece. Came home, ate with the hubby. Washed two loads of baby stuff. Manda made a surprise visit, with five articles of clothing from Old Navy for our little one :) . Thank you Auntie Manda. Really enjoyed getting a visit from Manda. Put the two loads of baby stuff on to drying racks. Wrote notes to three people: an encouraging note to a friend's little daughter who was in an accident recently, a birthday card to my sister, and a 'thank you' note to Manda and Johnny. Got ready to teach the evening class. Rested. Had a bite to eat with Troy. Went to teach for 3 hours, in the evening. Had a great, responsive class. Was surprised that the evening class, which meets from 7:10 to 9:55, reached capacity (55 students)! Spoke with a friend on the phone. Had a bite to eat with Troy. Am blogging now, and then I'm heading towards our bedroom to brush my teeth, wash my face, take a shower, and go to bed. Bye!

adorable old navy baby clothes from auntie manda & uncle johnny

Manda surprised me with a visit this afternoon. Actually, she gave a 20 to 30 minute warning before coming over. She said she wanted to drop some stuff off. Little did I know that somebody has been shopping for baby clothes.

What a way to cheer up a sad preggers woman! She brought over goodies from Old Navy . . . five altogether. Count 'em ladies and gentleman. The clothing is absolutely adorable. Thanks Auntie Manda & Uncle Johnny.


These pictures don't do the clothes justice.

Those onesies have a lot of detail in them that isn't captured in the pictures.
Aren't the jeans adorable? There are even slits, one on each side of the pants.



What an outfit!

If this outfit weren't too big for munchkin, I'd love to take her home in this outfit. Look really close at the picture. See a little fabric sticking out at the bottom? They are bloomers that match the t-shirt! How great.

Thanks for making my day Manders. Perhaps that will help carry me through my 3-hour teaching stint tonight.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

not being able to access my blog dashboard all the time

As Google is switching blogger.com to beta, I'm not always able to access my dashboard, which gives me the ability to post on any of my blogs. So, my postings are seemingly sporatic, as I am able to access my stuff.

Also, I am pitifully tired and exhausted these days. I think the little munchkin is still managing to grow while my body gradually prepares for the big D (delivery) day. Can't believe I'll be 38 weeks the day after tomorrow.

Friday, August 25, 2006

the alien, i mean ANT invasion in our home

A negative consequence of living in a climate that never gets cold is the constant invasion of certain pests. One pest we seem to never rid of completely is ants. I hate them so much. They come in through the floors, the walls, and I'm told by the management through electrical outlets. Ant traps keep them away only temporarily. Debbie, over in management, told me to spread Cream of Wheat whereever they seem to be originating. What is supposed to happen is that once ants consume the cream of wheat, moisture in their bodies, coming into contact with the Cream of Wheat, causes the stuff to expand. Once the Cream of Wheat expands, that kills the ants. Do the ants explode? Sounds a bit fishy. But, I'm desperate!

Manda spread some on the countertops when Johnny and she were over a week ago. Yesterday, I spread a fair amount across the kitchen floor. This morning, I was horrified to see loads of colonies of ants migrating across the kitchen floor where the Cream of Wheat is on the floor. Perhaps the problem gets worse before it gets better. The ants have to all come and collect food, and then they all go and die.

I was so horrified at the presence of so many ants that when I got home from teaching, I called Debbie to make sure I got her instructions correctly. Sure enough I did. She said it might take a few days to work. Great, we'll be an ant palace for several days, and then they will go and die?! I don't care; get out of our home!

Thursday, August 24, 2006

I'm 37 weeks pregnant today.

I'm 37 weeks pregnant today. Can't believe it! How time has flown.

Here's what I look like now. Troy was resting when I was ready to have pictures taken of me. So, I was determined to take them myself, using the tripod Troy gave me for Christmas. All these pictures were taken by yours truly.

After seeing these, please don't tell me how huge I look. Don't know given my raging hormones how I might respond. Might cry a big storm while slapping you across to the other side of the world. But, hey, there really is a live baby in my belly, moving all over the place!

My fundus (top of the uterus), no kidding is quite high; I believe it's just under my chest.


I'm pregnant. And, as my doctor said to me today, I'm on the home stretch.
I need as much rest as possible, she says.


Look who's up and about! He let me snag him for a picture.


This a more comfortable dress than a flattering dress.


Do I look like a model, with that non-chalant look on my face?

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

My parents gave their granddaughter the crib & changing table/dresser

My parents are the patrons of the elegant and beautiful crib and changing table/dresser that now reside in the baby/guest room. Those are such tremendous gifts! My parents insist that they are not gifts for us; they are gifts for their granddaughter. Thank you Daddy and Mommy for such wonderful and generous gifts!!

Monday, August 21, 2006

Manda, you would be proud

I have a little burst of energy right now. I've been up barely 4 hours. But hey, we take what we can get. Already, I've packed up two boxes of things to mail. One box goes to Christine; I'm mailing back all the pregnancy pants she loaned me. Don't worry, I'm not delusional about my pregnancy. I know I'm still pregnant, but I have enough of my own pants and other assorted bottoms to carry me through the rest of my pregnancy and post-partum recovery. The other box goes to my friend, Qiaoyu, who's expecting in October. I'm sending her assorted baby gifts.

Then I collapsed some cardboard boxes I don't need, and . . . I didn't store them; I threw them away! I've been putting away stuff all morning. Hopefully by evening, I'll have most miscellaneous off the floor.

Troy took one for the team, and I really, really, really appreciate it. He took the two boxes I prepared this afternoon to UPS. Saved a 9-month pregnant woman a lot of trouble. Yes!!!

How did Peggy know what I still needed?

Peggy and Antoine, friends I know from college (Furman University) sent us a package that we received today in the mail. Peggy must have had her mommy sixth sense turned on (she's pregnant, too!) when she picked this stuff out because everything they sent is what we still need!

Aren't these burp cloths adorable?
Troy doesn't have to feel left out. One of them says, "I love Daddy." I won't be surprised if our child ends up being Daddy's little girl.


Yay for getting this hooded towel. I love the "I Love You" message on it.
I think that brings our total for hooded towels to four or five, a respectable number, I think.


Check out this Peek-a-boo Rattle!
The description reads, "Fun teether pal with a peek-a-boo mirror!" How true, I think. I can imagine it being a lot of fun for the little one.

pictures of the pack 'n play and crib

Alright, alright, so for those who faithfully go to my blogs regularly, I'm post some eye candy for you. I have a little burst of energy right now (perhaps it's nesting energy). Don't know how long the energy will last, but I thought I'd post some pictures for those who enjoy staying abresast of changes in our lives.

The Pack 'n Play in our bedroom


the Pack 'n Play upclose


our crib in the baby/guest bedroom.
gorgeous isn't it?
it's made of solid wood.
check one of my earlier postings for information on the crib - Baby's Dream: Generation Next crib.



the mobile that i attached just yesterday!

Saturday, August 19, 2006

"am i really related to these people?"


Got a package from my best friend, Christine Poston, today. The package included a number of goodies: food related items (curry and some other delights), a Smallville poster (for those who are unaware, when we still had cable television, we would watch Smallville every week), something to cover baby and me when I'm breastfeeding, and this really cute onesie. The onesie is a Look Who's Talkin/ purple, message onesie, for 0-3 months. The message is: "am i really related to these people?" Love it!

the gift that keeps on giving

Last night, when I went to Manda & Johnny's for their college and career bible study, we got yet another baby gift from them! I've lost count of how many gifts they've given us, three or four. We got a Gerber 5 pack of tagless onesies for 0-3 months. One of the onesies says "little sweetie." That's great! This is the first pink, girlie clothes we've gotten since we have re-confirmed that we're having a girl.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

working on two rooms and getting our crib

This afternoon was pretty busy, getting ready for the delivery of our baby's crib and dresser. I spent several hours going through stuff in the baby/guest bedroom. I threw away stuff, sorted through stuff, and moved some stuff in to the study. I had Troy move one set of shelves from the baby room to the closet in the study.

Anyone merely stepping into our home couldn't tell how much work I had done. In fact, our home, at least the living room area, dining room area, baby room, and study look like tornados and hurricanes have hit them. I was determined not to merely sweep things under the rug or under a bed, but rather, I wanted to separate useful stuff from junk. I either threw away the junk or I put it in a pile to take to the GoodWill.

Around half past four, Pink & Blue called to tell us they were coming to deliver our crib. Manda came over not long after that call, and she worked like Speedy Gonzalez to help do more sorting. Not only was she helpful in making the baby room look more decent, but she totally lifted my spirits. No suprise.

The baby room looks much more like a baby room now, with the crib, baby's dresser, and our rocking/swaying chair in there. Most grown-up stuff - candles, candle holders, vases, etc. - have been removed from that room. Getting closer to having at least one of those two rooms ready.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

yay for baby showers!

NOTE: any pictures on this posting are from manda & johnny's camera.

Troy & me.
Manda took this picture.


this afternoon (well, sunday, august 13), at 4 pm, our church threw us a baby shower. as far as i know, manda, valerie, and maxine organized or helped with the shower. if i have failed to acknowledge anyone who helped, my apologies.


Manda & me.
I believe Troy took this picture.

i really enjoyed the shower. it was relatively intimate. we even played two or three games, not sure one of them constitutes a game. the first activity involved a reading of "the birth order of children" by three participants. everyone got loads of laughs out of the reading. hope i'm not breaking any copyrights by including the reading below; thought it was so great i want to share it here:

THE BIRTH ORDER OF CHILDREN -

Your clothes:
1st baby: You begin wearing maternity clothes as soon as your OB/GYN confirms your pregnancy.
2nd baby: You wear your regular clothes for as long as possible.
3rd baby: Your maternity clothes ARE your regular clothes.

Preparing for the Birth:
1st baby: You practice your breathing religiously.
2nd baby: You don't bother because you remember that last time, breathing didn't do a thing.
3rd baby: You ask for the epidural in your eighth month.

The Layette:
1st baby: You pre-wash newborn's clothes, color-coordinate them, and fold them neatly in the baby's little bureau.
2nd baby: You check to make sure that the clothes are clean and discard only the ones with the darkest stains.
3rd baby: Boys can wear pink, can't they?

Worries:
1st baby: At the first sign of distress - a whimper, a frown - you pick up the baby.
2nd baby: You pick the baby up when her wails threaten the first born.
3rd baby: You teach your three-year-old how to rewind the mechanical swing.

Pacifier:
1st baby: If the pacifier falls on the floor, you put it away until you can go home and wash and boil it.
2nd baby: When the pacifier falls on the floor, you squirt it with some juice from the baby's bottle.
3rd baby: You wipe it off on your shirt and pop it back in.

Diapering:
1st baby: You change your baby's diaper every hour, whether they need it or not.
2nd baby: You change their diaper every two or three hours, if needed.
3rd baby: You try to change their diaper before others start to complain about the smell or you see it sagging to their knees.

Activities:
1st baby: You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics, Baby Swing, and Baby Story Hour.
2nd baby: You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics.
3rd baby: You take your infant to the supermarket and the dry cleaner.

Going Out:
1st baby: The first time you leave your baby with a sitter, you call home five times.
2nd baby: Just before you walk out the door, you remember to leave a number where you can be reached.
3rd baby: You leave instructions for the sitter to call only if she sees blood.

At Home:
1st baby: You spend a good bit of everyday just gazing at the baby.
2nd baby: You spend a good bit of everyday watching to be sure your older child isn't squeezing, poking, or hitting the baby.
3rd baby: You spend a little bit of everyday hiding from the children.

Swallowing Coins:
1st baby: When first child swallows a coin, you rush the child to the hospital and demand x-rays.
2nd baby: When second child swallows a coin, you carefully watch for the coin to pass.
3rd baby: When third child swallows a coin, you deduct it from his allowance!!
the second activity at the baby shower involved smelling ten "dirty" diapers and guessing the contents of the diaper. i wasn't brave enough to taste contents of any of the diapers to confirm any of my smelling suspicions. the "dirty" diapers looked too convincing to me. our table still guessed seven out of ten correctly, despite our table's refusal to taste the contents of any of the diapers.

the third activity involved people guessing the length of the largest part of my belly. pam sheese, again, won this activity. she was one of two winners when she played this activity at my other baby shower (that a colleague, roksana, threw for me).

following the activities, we ate yummy food, scarfed down cake, and opened presents. lots of fun. again, thanks manda, valerie, and maxine for organizing such a fun baby shower!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

pictures galore, dating them and putting them into photo albums

part of the reason why i haven't been blogging as much recently is that i'm trying to get as many of my pet projects done as possible, as soon as possible. one of those projects is to make sure all the pictures i have are dated. i've placed several orders with snapfish.com in the last year, but i hadn't bothered to date the pictures. so, i spent a significant amount dating hundreds (literally!) of pictures. then, . . . i'm about to confess a hint of ocd here . . . i have two boxes full of pictures that have already been dated and are, for the most part, in chronological order. i wanted to put most of those pictures into photo albums. some of these pictures date back to 1999. i am currently up to 2003, in terms of putting pictures in albums, and i have filled three photo albums. i suspect by the time i am caught up to date, i will fill at least four more albums. i can do it. i can do it.

well, got more pictures in the mail and ups from snapfish. so, my dating pictures is not finished. i am determined to finish this project of dating pictures and putting them into albums in the next day or two.

after that, i will prepare to teach for the upcoming semester and work on rearranging the other two rooms (the guest/baby room and the study/music room). it's nesting time ladies and gentlemen.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

What a Great Day We Spent Together.

Troy and I spent most of the day together; that hasn't happened in a very long time. Jeff (Zents) came by and gave Troy a ride to our auto mechanic, so we could pick up our car. Then, somewhat close to three o'clock, we headed to one of the dollar theaters to see "Over the Hedge." Got there a bit late, so we decided to see the next showing, and puruse the mall in the meantime.

Meanwhile, gave my pregnant body a bit of exercise by walking around the mall with Troy. While we were there, no suprise, I got pretty hungry. I didn't realize how hungry I was until we sat down with our couple of sandwiches; I was feeling quite weak and a bit faint.

After our munchies, we headed back to the theater and watched "Over the Hedge." Cute little movie. While we were in that part of town, Troy let me take a quick look at Tuesday Morning, which used to be one of my favorite stores. Everything was jumping out at me; luckily I only had a few minutes to look, since they were closing for the day.

Then, we headed to Fresco, which serves New York Italian food. What's Newy York Italian food? Anyways, we had a scrumptuous meal on Heather and Jaime. Thank you, you two! We had such a delicious meal. For appetizers, we had mussels in a tomato sauce. The tomato sauce decided to marry the shirt I was wearing :( . Nevertheless it was tasty. Troy said he had the best salmon ever. I had yummy sauteed calamari on a bed of pasta.

Once we finished our meals (well, I took home most of my entree), we were too full to eat dessert right then and there. So, we picked up some Breyer's icecream from the grocery store. We're set on dessert for later. Yay!

Well, I'm getting quite sleeping. We'll see how much longer I can last the night.

Celebrating our 4 year Wedding Anniversary

Today marks four years Troy and I have been married.

We met in August 1999, both entering as graduate students in Philosophy at the University of Missouri - Columbia. Troy claims that he first spotted me in a class, Symbolic Logic. We got formally introduced around the same time after a Campus Crusade for Christ meeting. Apparently, we had each approached the Campus Crusade table at an activities fair, looking for fellow Christian graduate students. We had a nice chat after that Campus Crusade meeting. From the start, I could tell he was a deep but hurting person. Couldn't quite peg the cause of that hurt immediately.

Interestingly, I couldn't get him to go out with me, just to get to know each other better - become friends! But, he did get together with me on my birthday, on September 16. And, once I showed interest in learning to lift weights from him, he was ever faithful in meeting me three times a week to workout, no matter how early the hour. That first semester of school, Fall 1999, I oftentimes could only work out at 6 AM. He met me at the gym at that hour! Little did I know that that was way early for him.

Eventually, we did start hanging out on the weekends. And, we formally became boyfriend and girlfriend in February of 2000. Awwwwwwwwwwwww! Well, the rest is history . . . sort of . . . from there.

Troy finally proposed to me in September 0f 2001. He meant to propose to me on my birthday, but given the 9/11 incident in New York, he wasn't able to secure a ring in hand until a few days later. So, he proposed on September 20, 2001, in the very same classroom where he first saw me. He proposed to me at night, and getting into that room ended up being a doozy. If you want to hear that story, ask me; don't want want to bore you with the gory details here.

We had an 11 month engagement. As teachers, the best time to get married is in the summertime or in December. So, we opted for August. August 3, 2002, we got married at Cedar Springs, in Knoxville, Tennessee, the very church where I got saved when I was around ten years old. Tullian Tchividjian, who, as it turns out is a grandson of the infamous Billy Graham, married us. Had a lovely wedding where a number of friends and family flew in from out of town. The lingerie party (that Tenny threw for me the night before the wedding), the wedding, and the reception were such a hit that many of my friends (who didn't necessarily know each other before the wedding day) got together after the wedding! How splendid.

Anyways, I am ever glad we've been married for four years. We've had interesting adventures, and I look forward to a new chapter as we start a family. I am 34 weeks pregnant today. And, very soon, a munchkin or a little bundle of joy will be joining us. A new chapter in our lives will begin.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

More GIfts!

We are so thankful that people continue to be generous in giving baby gifts.

I need to take this as an object lesson for something greater. My friend, Manda, is trying to get me to quit worrying so much, and I am doing my best. At present, I'm most worried about what finances will look like once the baby arrives. The Lord has been watching out for us, in his own time. Not too long ago, we found out that Troy will be teaching full-time at UTPA, and just the other day, I found out that I have the opportunity to teach part-time at UTPA. Before, neither one of us had a guaranteed position in hand, and now we do. However, being the worrier I am, I still don't know how finances, health insurance, and such will work out. But, the fact that so many friends and family continue to be generous in giving us baby gifts is evidence that somehow other matters will fall into place, too.



Anyways, yesterday, we got gifts from two parties. Ellen, J, Christopher, and J.D. - friends from Columbia, MO - got us a $50 e-giftcard to Target.com. Then, Stephen Oliver, a friend and colleague, gave us two books: Dr. Seuss's "Green Eggs and Ham" and "The Cat in the Hat." Yay!