Sunday, October 27, 2013

Tick-tock...tick-tock...

This is it - things are going to start happening this week!

1. Baby G:  At my last check on Wednesday, I was still dilated to 1cm.  However, at my appointment this coming Wednesday, we are going to talk about possibly inducing at 39 weeks (which would be November 2.)  My doctor is on call that weekend, so it means that she would be the one delivering Baby G, which would be nice!  Baby G is still doing great - his head is still nice and low, heartbeat is strong, and my numbers are very good.

I, however, am exhausted.  I had this past Friday off of work, and Ava was at Grandma Deb and Grandpa Whitey's after breakfast on Saturday morning, so I've had almost two solid days of Dee time (Scott was working.)  Unlike last weekend, I was not productive this weekend...and did a whole bunch of laying around, napping, and minor housework things.  And I think that's ok.  It won't be long before we go back to sleepless nights...so getting this extra rest now is perfectly justified in my mind.

And I'm pretty much ready to be done with work.  I don't want to say that I've checked out, but I'm in a good place to leave.  And that is a great feeling!

2. Ava: She has broken ears.  We had a rough week with her...she woke up two nights in a row, with nightmares about spiders and mosquitos.  And while she was able to go back to sleep, neither Scott nor I could, so we were zombie-like for a few days there.  Those rough nights turned into rough mornings.  My thought is that it should never take 20 minutes to put on a pair of socks and shoes. NEVER.  I don't have patience for things like that, and when you add lack of sleep onto that...well, let's just say it's a good thing that Ava was at school on Friday (my day off) and with her grandparents on Saturday.  We needed a bit of a break!

And now my little girl is dancing around to Mozart in her big, poofy white dress, pretending to be a princess.  These moments are good ones, so I'm trying to appreciate them!

On a positive kid-note...my friend Monica made a few gifts for Ava and Baby G...check out how cute they are!

This fabric is super sparkly - both Ava and I love it!

 
This might be inspiring our little ballet recital we have going on right now...

 
A cute little "taggie" for Baby G - he's going to love this!

 
(So sweet!)
A baby boy's a blessing
A gift from heaven above
A precious little angel
To cherish and to love



3. New house: I haven't been out there in a few weeks (hence the lack of pictures)...but that's mostly because we finally have our walkthrough scheduled!  There was a bit of mix up with the closing date (which I fought) and then they wanted the walkthrough to be later (which I fought)...so, there's been a lot of me pushing back on the builder lately.  We need to get this stuff done!  There's not much I can plan right now, so I'm grasping for any small thing that I can.

Here's how I see the next few weeks playing out (in an ideal world...of course, anything is possible!)  We'll see how reality pans out with this schedule...ask me in three weeks!

-Tues, Oct 29: Meet with moving company for est. on moving
-Wed, Oct 30: House walkthrough at 7:30am / Dr apt at 2pm to discuss induction options
-Thurs, Oct 31: Family fun / trick-or-treating
-Sat, Nov 2: Induction...Baby G comes?!?  PLEASE!?!
-Fri, Nov 8: House closing
-Tues, Nov 12:  Potential moving day!
-Sat, Nov 16: Dee in a wedding reception (this is a different crazy story, but will not get into details here)

And then...the chaos will be done.  We can focus on unpacking, getting to know our new little guy better, and settling into somewhat of a better routine.  And I cannot wait!  I need to be done with all of the unknowns in my life.  I need to be able to focus on the known items, and get my life back. 

I've been waiting many, many months for November 2013 to get here.  SO happy to see you (just around the corner!)

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Nesting...

It must be getting close...the countdown to chaos!  One of the (male) VPs at work made a comment to me that I must be nesting, and I realized, he's totally right!

I wrapped up my final BIG piece of documentation at work this past Friday afternoon.  I have other things that I would like to get accomplished before I am out, but if I was to have baby G tomorrow, I'd be ok with where things stand at work.  I'm not sure my backups would say the same...but, anything I accomplish between now and my leave will be a bonus for them!

The house is still progressing (I haven't seen it this week.)  Scott stopped by on Friday morning, and let me know the driveway has been poured (yeah!) and the carpet is in (at least in the study...they've locked the doors AND the lockbox, so now how can we check it out?!)  We've got the Power of Attorney (for Scott) in place for the closing, in the event that I'm unable to be there to sign.  And I've checked in with the loan officers to see if there is anything else we need to do prior to closing - they'll let us know how much $$$ to bring, which I consider the most important part!  Plus, I've checked in with the builder to see when we can schedule our walkthrough and to see if there is anything else that they need from us.  So far...we seem to be in good shape!

Baby G is getting bigger.  And stronger.  And definitely running out of room.  His movements are becoming a bit more determined, and I'm pretty sure that one of these days he's going to try to come out of my belly button.  That's how Ava thought babies came out, and honestly, she might be right.  My Braxton-Hicks contractions are getting stronger and a bit more uncomfortable.  And I've started my weekly doctor appointments, so I'll have a better idea each week of things are going.  Last week, I was dilated to a 1, so things are starting.  We'll see how I look this coming Wednesday.  It's so close...I can almost see the end!

As for me...I'm taking some breaks.  Breaks from cleaning.  Breaks from stressing about things/people.  Breaks from planning things.  I'm simply...done.  This weekend, we were supposed to visit our dear friends (Darren and Tiffany) for their daughter's 6 birthday party.  I didn't have it in me to take a 3 hour (round trip) car ride down south, so Scott and Ava went without me, and I was able to enjoy a Saturday afternoon/evening at home, with just the dogs to keep me company.  And it was great!  Got some Christmas presents wrapped (yeah, that's right, CHRISTMAS) and a few things knocked off the never ending list of projects.  I even managed to get our Christmas cards selected, so now I just need to have a few more photos to drop in, and we'll be ready to go!  And then I rested.  And feel great now!  (Except for the 8lb human kicking my organs, but whatever!)

And Ava had a fantastic week...it was MEA this week, so she didn't have school Wed-Fri.  Instead, she went to the all-day Kids Choice program at Lincoln Center in SSP.  On Wednesday, she had a blast at Nickelodeon Universe at the Mall of America, on Thursday, they went to the Science Museum of MN, and on Friday, a dance company came in and they learned how to do some new dances.  Plus, she made some new friends, and we finally got to see the other elementary school in SSP (and got completely lost in the process on the first day!)  Tomorrow, we're getting back to the routine of classes, homework, reading, etc.  I, for one, am grateful that this Kids Choice program exists.  It's totally reasonable at $30/day, plus they have extended hours which means that Scott didn't have to rush to pick her up at 3:30 each day - and I know he appreciated that.

Now I'm just waiting for my people to get home so we can enjoy our rainy family day together.  And maybe take another nap. :)

Sunday, October 13, 2013

He's Slowly Eating My Brain...

Yep, it's actually happened this time - my little zombie parasite has eaten my brain.  I managed to miss not one, but TWO things this past Monday.  Not only did we miss bringing snacks for Ava's class on Monday, but I also completely forgot that I had a haircut appointment on Monday night, too.  Luckily, both Ava's teacher and my stylist know we have just a few things going on in our lives, and were very forgiving and able to reschedule on both counts. 

When I told Scott about these two misses, he even said that missing those types of things wasn't like me.  So, we're going to blame the little zombie that I am hosting.  Sheesh.

Ava had a great time with spirit week at school...she got to wear pajamas, her Vikings shirt, orange (against bullying), and even our feeble attempt at the SSP Packer colors (we tried, and that's what counts!)  Now that we're moving into cooler weather, it truly is a battle to get her to wear warmer clothes, when all she wants to wear are dresses and skirts.  I am seeing lots of leggings in her future!

We're enjoying looking through her in-class work that she is bringing home...plus she's bringing home little books that she is having to read to us, which is really fun to see.  We're still working on learning to tie those shoelaces, and we're all pretty frustrated by the end of our "lessons."

Yesterday, Ava went with Grandma Deb and Grandpa Whitey to pick out pumpkins to carve later this month.  We got some really big ones last weekend when we visited the apple orchard, so I was happy to see that Ava had picked out a cute little one, in honor of Baby G.  The good news is that he'll be here to see the final product, soon!


We stopped by the house this past Thursday - it's getting harder and harder to break inside! :)  The garage floor has been poured, along with the front sidewalk.  Our front posts have been built up, and finally, that 2nd floor broken window has been replaced.  Scott was doing everything he could to get into the house, and then he realized that the lock box wasn't locked, so we used the key to get in.  Sometimes the answer is right in front of you...

It doesn't appear that there's much left to do...install the rest of the appliances, carpeting, hook up the plumbing, and finish up the electrical.  Hopefully they'll get the driveway poured soon so we're not dealing with a muddy mess this winter.  Plus there needs to be some touch-up painting and cleaning...and then it should be close to our final walkthrough!  I love how it's all coming together, and can't wait to see the final product SOON!

Excited, as usual!

 
HUGE!  Now we just need to figure out when we can seal it before we move in...

 
Front sidewalk - and posts!

 
The appliances are migrating in...


 
Checking out her closet...

 
...as well as Baby G's!

 
Cozy master bath



So, I'm 36 weeks, as of yesterday...one more week, and Baby G will be considered full term, and totally fine to be delivered.  I managed to finish up documentation on the third of my projects this week, and will need to finish up the last one this week, as well as get through all of my emails.  And THEN, I'll feel comfortable leaving work.  It's a good goal to have! 



This week starts my weekly doctor visits - I should know on Wednesday how things are progressing (dilated, effaced, head-down, etc...)  Last night, Baby G had the hiccups, and it's been consistent where I feel them over the last several weeks, so I'm pretty sure he's heading down, in the right direction. 

During the hiccup episode, Ava and I were watching a movie (Scott was out of town, hunting) and Ava had her head laying on my chest/belly.  There was no better feeling than to know that my son was safe and secure (and hiccupping), with my daughter right next to me.  That was a moment of pure joy, without a doubt!

We have a walkthrough with our new landlord today - hoping it goes well, and they realize that all of the damage to the house was pre-existing, and not due to us.  I keep telling myself, we're almost done...breathe in, breathe out...

On that happy thought, time to get going - lots to do today!  The weekends seem to be flying by lately - and it's beautiful outside!  Gotta make sure we get out for a bit to enjoy it!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

The Big Four

As the culmination of "2013: The Year of Changes" comes to a head in the next several weeks, I'm forced to realize that my life focus has been narrowed into four distinct channels.  Unfortunately, other things that don't quite fit into those groups are not getting much attention lately.  I think there's still 24 hours in a day, but am not 100% sure about that anymore...

#1: Family
This is the highest priority for me right now.  Scott's been squeezing in hunting while he can, since there will be self-enforced restrictions for him (see #2 and #3 below) during normal rifle deer season this year.  And while I support him enjoying one of his favorite hobbies, it also means that we're not seeing as much of each other as we probably should, especially with everything that we have going on.  We've simply got too much that we need to get organized for, but sadly, we barely have time to talk throughout the week. 

On the other hand, Ava and I have been spending a LOT of time together lately - I'm incredibly grateful for this time, even when she's being sassy, not listening, poking at the dogs, and seriously talking non-stop for hours at a time.  I'm seeing how quickly the last 5 years have gone, so the fact that she still reaches out her little hand to me, to hold, while walking into school, does not go unnoticed.  The fact that she was so happy to have me join her for lunch on Friday at school does not go unappreciated by me.  I KNOW there will be a time when she won't want to be seen with me, or would rather be off with her friends, or will refuse to give me a hug and kiss when saying goodbye...so these little gestures that she's providing so freely to me are being placed high in my "pay attention to me now!" radar.

Reading with Grandma Karen



I'm happy to say that my parent are in town this weekend, for one last visit before we add a +1 to the Goers' household.  We've had a lot to eat, managed to make a few trips out shopping, picked out pumpkins and apples, and even started to sort out the mountain of baby boy clothes to help get ready for the arrival of...

#2: Baby G
As important as this little boy is to Scott, Ava, and the rest of our family, I have to say that I'm probably the most excited to welcome this little guy into the world...and out of my body. :) Overall, this has been a good pregnancy (21 lbs, gained so far, great blood pressure, no swelling, etc.) but I am tired, and am not sleeping well.  And I have heartburn, but Tums only help so much.  I can't always breathe easily, and...well, what can you do about that?  Count down the days...that's what!  I'm now 35 weeks, so in 14 short days, he'll be full term, and I'll be encouraging him to join us, as soon as he's ready. Now, we just need to make sure we're ready for him!

#3: Our New Home
Amazing progress this week on the home...we stopped by earlier today to show my parents, and wow oh wow, things are really moving along.  Interior doors and trim have been installed, the hard wood flooring is down in the main level, and we have power throughout the house.  We have some things that we need to change before we move in, but we're going to start a list now, so we're not completely overwhelmed during the final walk through.  We did hear from our realtor, and an official "closing notice" has been provided by the builder.  That date has moved up to November 8...just one day before my baby due date.  I'm pretty sure that we couldn't have planned for these dates, had we wanted to add more chaos into our lives.  What's that quote?  "If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans."  At this point, I think we're laughing, too.  I mean, seriously!  What are the chances?!  We tried so hard to get the house started early enough that this wouldn't happen, and...yet...here we are.  Ha!

The siding is almost done!  Our misadventure with the board &batten (now shakes) on the 2nd floor resulted in a change that we like even better than the original!
 

 
Trim is in around all of the windows (master bath)

 
Love seeing the finished product for the stairways

 
POWER!  Ava was excited to show us the light in her bedroom...

 
More trim :)

 
It's coming together (although we need to change the lighting/fan layout in this room)

 
Ava drew a happy face in the dust on the shelves - that might clue someone in that there are "illegal site visits" taking place!
 
 
Hardwood floors are installed in the main level hallway and kitchen 

 
 
Study - more trim!

 
It'll be nice when the finished door is in place!

 
I hadn't been down to the basement yet...we've already got ideas on how we're going to utilize the space.

 
Scott and my dad checking out the important stuff...


As for our current home: the rental house managed to avoid foreclosure, so we have a new landlord.  Just hoping the next 6 weeks (or so) go well enough that this remains a low impact on our lives.  We cannot wait to be done with the renting situation, and into OUR home.

#4: Work
Every day I come into work, and tell myself that I need to finish wrapping up the documentation for my backups while on leave, and then before I know it, it's (past) the end of my day, and there have been a million other things that demanded my attention.  I'm starting to get worried that I'm not going to have everything in place for when I'm out - and I don't like that feeling.  Something has to change - and soon.

I'm transitioning off of my big project, permanently, so at least that's well underway, but I won't sleep easy until the rest of my projects are ready to go.  Time to get a better focus at work!

#5: Friends (Wait, weren't there only four channels that I am focusing on?)
It's been a year of evaluating friendships - and deciding how much time and effort I can give to people.  There are some friends who I thought were closer, but have proven to be much further removed.  And there are other friends who have remained consistent and true, standing by during the worst and the best of times...these are the friends that I make time for on a regular basis.  And then the majority of my friends fall into the "catch up when we can, whether by text, Facebook, email, etc." category.  I read updates from them on FB, and my heart hurts when they're going through something painful, or I feel great joy when wonderful news is announced.  And those moments serve as a reminder that I am surrounded by many lovely people in my life, and even though I can't dedicate as much time to them as I want to, I still keep them close in my heart - and need to let them know. 

#5 is a channel-in-process...I want it to make the high priority list, but it doesn't always.

Looks like I had a lot to say this week.  It's 3am, and maybe now that I've got this out of my brain, and into the written word, I'll be able to fall into a fitful sleep for a few hours.  Hopefully God will take pity on me, and not laugh at those plans!