Saturday, December 24, 2011

"And so this is Christmas, and what have you done?"...

Well John Lennon, I had a baby.  And it has been the most exciting, scariest, wonderful, terrifying, exhausting, happiest, challenging time in my life.  As most of you know I have Type 1 Diabetes.  What most of you don't know is how challenging being pregnant with Type 1 diabetes was for me.  And I don't mean challenging because of complications or anything like that.  I mean I truly challenged myself over the past two years to get my A1C results down to a near perfect number.  I  restricted my diet and accounted for nearly every morsel of food that I put in my mouth.  I couldn't have done this without the support of my husband Justin.  At times I could have hurt him, like when he asked during my first trimester of severe blood sugar lows "Why are you doing this to yourself?' (side note- blood sugars run extremely low in 1st trimester for T1 diabetics)  Other times I could have hugged him when he would talk me down from the ledge when I was convinced an out of range sugar was killing the baby.  Or when he drove me in the middle of the night to Beth Israel because I was convinced I had a blood clot only to find out it was water retention.  I also could not have had this baby without the support of my parents especially my mother.  She drove me to countless appointments, held my hand at my EMG, and cried out of excitement the first time she saw Rhea on the ultrasound screen.  My parents let me stay with them when Justin was busy with work and could not make it to my appointments.  They cooked me food and took care of Duke when I was restricted from walking.  And now that she is here it has made all the sacrifice worth it.  They say it takes a village to raise a child and I truly understand that now.   I am so thankful for my family and feel truly blessed this holiday season

Friday, December 23, 2011

Baby Gas

Poor Rhea has been getting gas at night which has made for some horrible sleep!  The other night she was so inconsolable I put her in bed with me and nursed her to sleep.  About an hour later I woke up to the worse smell.  I assumed it was her diaper and the smell was so bad I decided to wake her up to change her. When I opened her diaper there was nothing in it.  I couldn't believe her farts smelled that bad.  That was until I returned to my bedroom to discover the smell had returned and it was not Rhea but Justin stinking up the room.  Rhea was then awake for another 2 hours and I almost smacked Justin when he said to me that "he really needs to sleep" and asked that I take the baby into the living room.  If it wasn't for his stank ass she would have still been sleeping!

Monday, December 12, 2011

One Daughter, two different dreams....

Justin and I have been casually discussing our hopes and dreams for Rhea as she grows up.  I said to him the other day "She is so smart, she is going to be a Doctor and cure all kinds of diseases".   His reply " Well she better marry a rich guy at 16 because there is no way in hell I am paying for that much school."   The funny thing is he was in college for seven years and I have never heard his parents complain about it.  And he only has a bachelors degree!  Funny.  On Sunday I said to him (after a very sleepless night) " I cannot wait until she sleeps through the night"  to which he said " I cannot wait until she has moved out"  OH Justin, it is going to be a very long time before she leaves the nest.  And if she follows your example she will be with us on Sunset Lane until she is 30!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

One Month

Miss Rhea is one month old today. We are so far from where we were one month ago. She is growing so fast! She is starting to loose her "newborn-ness". And she is finally putting on weight. And although our life has been turned upside down, we love her so much and wouldn't have it any other way!!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Utter Most

I was pumping today and Justin comes in and says " You are the utter most wonderful wife. Get it? Utter? Cow? Cause your pumping?". Yes Justin I get it. The baby milks me like a cow and so does my breast pump. Thanks for pointing that out.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

New nickname

Justin and I were changing Rhea's diaper the other night and she pooped as we were changing her. Justin declared that the baby's new name is Dia-Rhea! I honestly do not know how he comes up with these things.

Friday, November 18, 2011

She is finally here!!!

As FaceBook has already told you, Justin and I welcomed a beautiful baby girl into this world on 11-7-11. She came 4 weeks early via an emergency c-section so she had to spend three nites in the NICU but she is a fighter and pulled through.  We have been home for one week and we are still adjusting to our new life as parents.  It is crazy to think we are in responsible for this little life.  It scares me so much.  Justin is a tad more relaxed but his body is not in a state of hormonal uproar like mine.  I've been crying alot lately.  I have no idea what I am doing.  Nor do I think I will ever get the hang of it.  Though the first few nights, every time I opened my eyes, there he was hovering like a helicopter over her in the bassinet.  He seems more relaxed but he is scared as hell just like me.  I think we will adjust and make the rest up as we go.  That is what my parents did and I turned out ok.  

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Cankles can be cute....

So I have entered the of so glorious stage of pregnancy and I know many of you know what I am talking about.  Yes friends I have CANKLES!  Justin told me my feet remind him of Fred Flintstones and he pretty much paints a perfect picture of what they look like.  My cousin sent me a photo of my six month old godson and he has cankles but somehow he can pull them off.  I  have to learn his secrets! (Yes Ryan, I am talking about you!)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

I am not Nesting but...

All the books say I should be "nesting" at this point in my pregnancy.  I have yet to feel an ounce of this.  I have been Listing though.  I write down lists and lists of things I want to do before the baby arrives but I have yet to start doing anything.  Partially because I am on a more formal bed rest now but mostly because I am lazy.  Also because I have this condition called pregnancy brain that lets me think of thing one minute and the next steals the thought straight out of my head.  If I don't write it down I will not even remember that I wanted to do it.  Like making soup.  I put a pot of soup on last Sunday for lunch.  An hour later Justin asks me if I was trying to burn the house down.  I had left the soup on the stove cooking for an hour and most of the liquid had dried up resulting in a partially burned pan.  I am just going to stick to my bed and my lists and leave the cooking to Justin!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Family Heirlooms - Starfox Edition

Justin informed me last night that he is going to pass down his legendary Starfox Jacket to our daughter.   He claims that the jacket is probably worth like a million dollars and will be very cool, in a retro sort of way,  when she is old enough to wear it.  For all of you that don't know, I am married to a Starfox legend (at least in his mind).  When Justin was younger he beat out a bunch of kids playing the Nintendo game Starfox at his local Toys R Us.  But he didn't place #1.  He placed #2 so he won a jacket with the Starfox logo on it.  He keeps the jacket in a safe place (his bedroom in Douglas) as he does not want anyone tampering with it.  I think in his mind he envisions our  daughter walking down the street one day in the future and someone will say "Where did you get that jacket?  It is so cool"  and she will smile and say  "My Dad is a Starfox Legend"  As lame as it is, it just melts my pregnant heart!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Everything is Swell....

and by Swell I mean SWOLLEN!!!   I seriously feel like a beached whale.  The swelling started at the beginning of last week and has gotten worse.  After a scare that sent me to the hospital on Friday, when I thought I had a blood clot, it was actually a pocket of liquid that has collected in my calf from all the swelling.  It is so attractive.  So I am off my feet completely for the next few days.    Justin informed me I should be thankful my ass has swollen to counter balance the swelling in my stomach.  He lovingly told me that my ass is my anchor because I would have probably fallen over without it.  As much as I wanted to punch him for saying this, he did have a point.  He always makes me laugh and without the laughter I probably would have gone crazy!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Smashing Pumpkins Vs Eating Pumpkins

I grew up in the city and we never left our pumpkins out on our porch as we knew that someone would come along and smash it all over the ground.  Our pumpkins always sat on a chair looking out the window until after Halloween when my mom and dad would throw them away.  Now that I live in Suburbia, I don't have to worry about them "crazy kids" coming around and smashing my pumpkins.  So for the past three years I have gone to a farm and purchased multiple pumpkins and gourds to decorate the front of my house.  And every year since I have lived here the damn squirrels, bunnies, chipmunks, etc have had a field day eating my Halloween display.  I am thinking next year I will have to go back to my Boston Lockdown ways and keep the display inside.




Monday, October 17, 2011

Who's laughing now? My mother

My mother came up to see me today to help me out with a few things.  When she arrived I let her know the errands I needed to run and the places I needed to go.  She suggested I wear a sweater because as she put it "It's breezy out today".  I kept my tank top on because in my world I am still in a heat wave.  It may be in the mid 50's but I am sitting inside with the AC cranked!  I think back to when poor Moe was going through the change and I would laugh and laugh at her hot flashes.  Whose laughing now?  Moe.  And when I tried to put my sneakers on to leave the house today, she watched me struggle for a few moments before she intervened and had to properly put both my shoes on and tie them.  All those years I laughed at her crocs and I will tell you they are looking better and better the bigger this belly gets.  And when I waddled out to the truck and she had to offer assistance to boost me into the front seat, I swear she was giggling under her breathe.  Lesson learned today?  You never outgrow needing your mother!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Justin is excited for the baby's arrival because....

Justin is getting ready for work this morning and he looks at me and says "It is so exciting, she will be her soon.  What is even better is I get to claim her on my taxes this year.  Money in the Bank!"  I am so happy the birth of your daughter will some how turn into a money maker for you!  

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Help Wanted - Strong willed person to hold my hand during labor

So today I had my weekly appointment with my MFM.  We started fetal stress testing today which was kinda neat.  I have had 10 ultrasounds this pregnancy and half of them in 3D/4D.  But we haven't heard the baby since our first appointment.  Today we got to hear her.  She sounded like a galloping horse.  After the test, my Dr offered me a flu shot which I happily excepted.  As she rolled up my sleeve to inject me, my husband turned a light shade of green.  The Dr recommended he get one well.  He told her that would not happen.  He said "I just about passed out watching you inject her there is no way I am getting that done"  I think I may need to re-think who will be with me in the delivery room.  If he will pass out at the sight of a needle how on earth will he handle what goes on during labor?

Monday, October 10, 2011

Possible career choices for my daughter

My daughter is going to be one of the following when she grows up.  It is the only explanation as to why she feels the need to move around and kick all the time.  And by all the time I mean I only sleep for two hours a night and between 4-6 PM Daily.  That is it!
  1. A Karate Professional
  2. A Soccer Player
  3. A Yoga Instructor
  4. A Gymnast
  5. A Heavy Weight Boxer
  6. A Rockette
  7. A Punter in the NFL
  8. A Street Fighter
  9. Kick-Ass
  10. A Tae Bo instructor
  11. President of a Fight Club
  12. Time Traveler to 1992 when "Jump Around" was the #1 song (too bad she wasn't like Papa Tom, he cannot Jump Around at all.  See our wedding video for proof)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

What is more embarrassing?

Not sure what is more embarrassing- The fact that I wore leopard granny panties to my Dr's appointment and she commented on them.  Or the fact that my mom was with me at this appointment and said "You wear leopard granny panties?' with a sense of disgust in her voice.  These granny panties will be the end of me!

Monday, October 3, 2011


I woke up this AM and I could not get my wedding ring on.  My fingers have swollen to the size of plump sausages.  They don't look that bad (or that is what I am telling myself) but no more wedding ring for me.  Now I look like an unwed pregnant mother.  Maybe that is what I will go as for Halloween!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

I saw my future today

Justin's car is in the shop so his Uncle Dick let him borrow one until his is fixed.  Introducing our future.  Yes folks I am talking about the minivan.  Now I learned to drive in my parents Ford Windstar.  My brother and I loved that van as we each got our own row of seats and we could each bring friends with us where ever we went. But when I saw Justin driving up the street in the white minivan this AM, I realized our days of being cool are limited.  Our daughter, just like me, will not think her parents are cool.  Sure she will love us.  But she will never think we are cool.  Especially if we start driving a minivan.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Will the Pregnancy ever end?

I am in the home stretch here but I honestly feel like I have been stuck at 30 weeks for a month.  Maybe it is because I am at home, sitting around, doing nothing that is making this time drag on?  I felt like the rest of the pregnancy has flown by but the past two weeks have felt like I am watch paint dry.  And it never dries.  8 weeks to go but who is counting?  Oh yeah, ME!!!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

And the baby's name is....

According to Justin we should name the baby after her two wonderful Grandmothers, Elaine and Maureen.  And keeping in the Twilight fashion he thinks we should combine their two names.  He made this announcement at our baby shower yesterday How do Elaine and Moe go together you may ask?  Simple according to Justin.  We will name her Elmo.  El for Elaine and Mo for Moe.  Elmo Wnukowski.  

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

She has the Powers' Cheeks!!!

We had another ultrasound this AM!  I know most of you are probably sick of looking at my ultra sound pictures but I don't care!  It is amazing to see the growth from week to week!  She weighs 3 pounds 2 ounces and has a full head of hair already!  And look at those cheeks!  I think she has a Wnukowski nose but those cheeks belong to the Powers Family!  I cannot wait to bit them!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Great Granny Panties

Once I found out I was pregnant I knew my time with fancy undergarments were limited.  When I was 4 months pregnant and my rump started to expand I bit the bullet and bought some Haines her Way Granny Panties.  I have been rocking them ever since.  That is until last week when the neurologist I saw for my leg suggested I get some larger underwear.  During her exam she examined my underwear and determined they were not cutting it.  Her exact words to me were " You need to get rid of the fancy underwear, you need to get larger ones.  I think they are referred to as Granny Panties"  I looked at her and then attempted to look at my underwear over my belly.  I said to her I thought these were Granny Panties and she said no.  So I have now upgraded my undergarments to Great Granny Panties.  Honestly they feel like I am wearing a depends.  The sad part is my ass is so big (as my loving husband puts it) that the Great Granny Panties give me some nice coverage! 

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Stupid Questions get Stupid Answers

So the baby was moving all around this weekend keeping me up and tiring me out!  Last night I said to Justin "I wonder if babies cry while they are in the womb"  To which he replied  "She doesn't have eyeballs yet just big black holes, how would she make tears?"  Like I said it was a stupid question to ask with an even more ridiculous answer.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Hoarding-Buried Alive

Justin and I have a finished basement that we have used only twice since we moved into the house 4 years ago.  Both times were for a St Paddy's Day Party.  But with the baby on the way and the piles of items that come with a baby I am hoping to utilize the space down stairs as a playroom/baby storage center.  In order to do this, I need to get rid of the mounds of crap we have accumulated over the years.  Now, I have been know to hold on to things but I am nothing like my husband.  He keeps everything.  And he keeps things he finds or that other people are getting rid of.  We have a weight set in our basement that he took from Dennis when he moved to Arizona.  Neither of us lift weights but he thought it would be useful for when he starts working out. (Like that will ever happen)  I found a broken scale that I have thrown out on more than one occasion in with his stuff.  He claims someone will need it and I should leave it alone.  He has every video game he has ever owned and the original packaging that they came in.  And empty boxes.  Millions of empty boxes.  Empty boxes everywhere.  He claims they are for when he needs to mail something.  I informed him that the post office gives boxes away now for free! I have tried throwing things out but since he is the one who takes our trash to the dumpster nothing gets past him!  And he knows when any of his empty boxes are missing, it is like he has a mental checklist!  I am this close to calling Hoarders!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Forgetting Duke

Everyone keeps telling me that when the baby comes, my other baby Duke will be neglected and take a backseat to all the baby stuff.  And I agree.  There is going to be an adjustment period when we will all have to figure out our new roles and new schedule.  Duke is a dog but he is my baby.  And I feel there are some similarities between having a baby and having a dog.  You have to feed the dog, clean up after the dog, take the dog to the vet, get up in the middle of the night with the dog, take care of him when he is sick.  Granted having a baby is on an entirely different playing field but I think Duke helped me get ready for this baby.  That being said Duke is still a priority as he depends on Justin and I to take care of him.  And he is still my first "baby" and a member of our family so you can imagine the shock/horror I felt when I called Justin this morning:

Me: How was Duke this morning?  Was he good for you? 
Justin: OMG!!!! I forgot about him!!!!  He was in bed with me this morning and I got up, took a shower and left!!  I cannot believe I did that!!!  I left him in bed!
Me:  Well you have to go home to get him!  You cannot just leave him in bed all day.
Justin:   He will be fine.  He will jump down eventually and be fine.
Me: Go Home and get him!  What would you do if it was the baby?  What if you left the baby?
Justin: Fine I will go home. 

***Side note- He did go home but not before he called his mother to go get the dog.  She told him No!****

I am picturing my life in 9 months...I am at work, I call my husband to check in on the baby and he will have forgotten her at home!!!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

I pulled into my driveway this evening to find a 26 foot ladder laying on the ground.  Justin comes running out of the garage and yells "Look, isn't it great?  I bought it on Amazon"  Now I know he has been looking for a ladder for a while now but I did not think he needed a 26 foot version.   So I obviously ask him what he needs a 26 foot ladder for.  He looks at me with a dumb look on his face and says "So that I can climb on the roof"  I am picturing a trip to the hospital in the near future and it will not be for me to deliver this baby!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Day Dreaming

I am nearing the end of my second trimester and looking back I have spent most of the past six months in the bathroom.  The first three months were me throwing up and the past three months have been non-stop pee trips.  I am looking forward to the future when food taste normal again.  I am looking forward to watching a TV show without pausing it multiple times for pee breaks (thank you DVR).  Mind you this is all 4 months away but I am in a day dreaming kind of mood today!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Tale of Who Was Right and Who was So Wrong!

So Justin and I are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our little girl.  We have painted her room a bubble gum pink and ordered her furniture.  Justin had the day off on Monday so he surprised me by cleaning and polishing the floors in the nursery.  He also built the crib which is where this story goes wrong.  He decided to build the crib in our kitchen because he said it was easier to work out there.  I argued with him that the crib would not fit through the doorway and he argued it would.  Three hours later (this included multiple "breaks" for playing games and checking things on his i-pad) he attempted to move the crib out of the kitchen into the nursery.  But it would not fit through the doorway.  After a vicious verbal assault on the doorway and the crib, he had to disassemble the crib and move it in pieces into the nursery.  The moral of the story: Always Listen To Your WIFE!

Sunday, July 31, 2011


I was speaking with Justin this weekend about the baby class we signed up for at my Dr's office.  I told him it is a very short class lasting only two hours.  They will go over basics about labor and have open ended Q&A session at the end.  So I asked him if he was going to cut the cord after the birth.   This is how that conversation went-

Me: "Do you think you want to cut the cord after the baby is born?"
Justin: "Can I bring my saws-all?"
Me: " To cut the cord?  No you cannot bring your saws-all to cut the cord"
Justin: "Well I am going to have to think about it then"

I guess we better have a back up plan!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Party in my Belly

Dear Baby,

I am working very hard to keep you healthy and growing strong.  I need my sleep.  Please refrain from moving, hitting, kicking, punching, spinning, flipping, fluttering, etc. until normal business hours.  I know you live in a dark place so time is irrelevant to you but 4AM is not what is considered normal in the outside world.    Anytime after 8AM is fine.

Thankfully Yours,

Your Mother

Monday, July 25, 2011

What the F*** is a Binkie?

The above question is what Justin asked me tonight.  I was telling him how my cousin Elizabeth was catching some slack from the nurses at the hospital because she gave her son a binkie.  He looked at me puzzled and stated "what the f*** is a binkie?"  After I stopped laughing I explained what it was.  He wants to know why I call it a binkie and not a pacifier.  I really don't know.  They have always been binkies to me.  How about everyone else- Binkie or Pacifier?

Saturday, July 23, 2011

The She who became a He, turned back into a She, mistaken for He, but finally just She!

Justin and I headed to Children's Hospital in Boston on Monday for my Fetal Echo.  Because I am a type one diabetic they needed to check on our baby's heart to make sure it has developed properly.   The baby would not sit still for a minute!  They actually had to stop the test and have me walk around to get the baby to relax.  After and hour the tech was able to get the photos she needed and shortly after the Dr (who is a pediatric cardiologist) came in to go over the results with us.  She assured us everything is fine and the baby looks healthy.  She asked what we were having and we told her a girl.  She then told us she would take a peek and revealed that SHE was actually a HE!  What?  I asked if she was sure and she stated that I should just not listen to her and check with my Dr.   How reassuring.  Luckily for me I had a Dr's appointment scheduled for the very next day!  It was the longest night of my life.  The funny thing is we wanted a boy but I had bonded with the idea of a girl for the past three weeks and I was heartbroken.  (Plus my new Coach Diaper bag is pink and purple!!!)   When I arrived for my appointment on Tuesday I told the ultrasound tech the drama that occurred yesterday and she reassured me that the baby was a girl.  She also advised I ask my Dr to do a sex check on the baby during my exam.  When my Dr came in she stated that in my chart they had written down BOY from my last appointment!  I nearly fell off the table.  But she re-did the ultrasound and confirmed once and for all that SHE is a SHE!  Good thing I have ultrasounds scheduled so often.  I plan on having them "double check" when I go back on August 16th!  I included a photo below.  It's the creep 3D ones but she is sucking her thumb and rubbing her eye!  I think she looks like Justin!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Baby Names-Part 2

So now that we know we have a bundle of girly joy coming our way everyone wants to know "What are you going to name her?'  This has proved to be a difficult task.  I mean, my parents named me without even meeting me first and honestly I am a Shannon.  How did they know?  Justin and I have been going back and forth with names.  He primarily says not to any name I pick.  My conversation with him a few days ago went like this

Me: "I spoke to a Justina today on the phone, wouldn't that be cute?  We could call her Tina for short"
Justin: "No, I would have to call her Tina with no Weiner.  Well I guess she won't have a weiner so that could work"
Me: "Forget it"

We do have a few names in the running but we are going to keep it to ourselves until we meet her.  Any suggestions on names?

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Visions of Pink

So we found out at my full anatomy scan on the 28th that we are having a girl.  Justin was a bit disappointed but I think the idea of a girl is growing on him.  I asked why he was so upset at first that we were having a girl and he explained it like this (I am quoting him pretty much verbatim) "See with a boy I only have one penis to worry about.  Since we are having a girl I now have thousands of penises to worry about" My reaction to this was laughter.  I guess he is going to be a great dad after all.  Though I hope in our lifetime we are not worrying about thousands of penises.  I hope it is only few.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Baby Names

So everyone keeps asking "Have you picked out any names yet?" To be honest Justin and I have thrown around a few but we haven't been able to agree on any.  And since we don't know what we are having yet, we haven't put serious thought into it.  Except Justin.  He has thought long and hard about it.  Justin's first pick is Kuzay which sounds alot like koozie which is my family's favorite thing to hold a beer.  His argument is everyone will want to hold the baby, just like everyone wants to hold a beer.  I have put a veto on that.  His second choice includes a girl and boy version.  Mac for a boy and Apple for a girl after his favorite computer.  I actually don't mind Mac but the poor kid will have to know he was named after a computer and I am not naming my daughter after a fruit. Justin said to me tonight "What about Cecil?"  I thought about it but I don't really like that.  I asked him why he likes that name.  I swear this was his answer:

 "Because that was the name of my favorite strip club in Vancouver"

I think we are going to leave the baby naming to me!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

My Loving Husband

So my husband wanted to go out last night to watch the Bruins Game.  He made plans with his cousin Matt to go to the Celtic Tavern in Westborough.  He told me I should come and I went back and forth about it.  When I finally decided I would go, I started to get ready and that is when my loving husband walked over to me, farted, and then whiffed the fumes with his hands into my face.  What did me and my pregnancy nose do?  We projectile vomited everywhere.  Needless to say he went out alone and I suffered from sour stomach for the rest of the night.  What he doesn't understand is what smells bad to him, smells 10 times worse to me.  I have animal like senses when it comes to smells now.  I am fully planning my revenge though I am not sure what can top this!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

1st Pregnancy Moment

Yesterday I went to Target to peruse their maternity clothes sections which was an epic fail.  Apparently every Target within a 50 mile radius is doing a remodel and the store was in utter chaos.  No clothes for me.  I arrived at Target hungry, having a low blood sugar, and pregnant.  I walked out of Target with:
  1. a box of Butter Toffee Crunch & Munch
  2. a bag of Peanut Butter M&Ms
  3. a bag of Blazing Buffalo and Ranch Doritos
  4. a package of Airheads Xtremes Sweetly Sour Belts
  5. a box of Jolly Rancher Gummies
needless to say my BS was no longer low after I ate a sampling of all of these!  The funny thing is I don't even like Doritos or any type of gummy candy.  Baby Nuke had a craving and it was my first one.  I gave into it.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Signs Your Husband is More Pregnant Than You- Part 2

Justin came home from work last Saturday crying about how hungry he was.  He said he only ate a sandwich all day(and I am guessing some candies and a can of Coke).  He proceeds to eat this list of food over the course of 3 hours

  1. a Yogurt
  2. a Mango
  3. a Banana
  4. Grilled chicken and salad
  5. Berries and Cool Whip
  6. a Chocolate Ice Cream Bar
  7. Candies
  8. an Everything Bagel with Onion and Chive Cream Cheese
  9. 1 liter of Diet Ginger Ale
  10. 1 Mike's Hard Cherry Lemonade
  11. Dried Fruit
And he continued to complain that he was still hungry long after he went to bed.  Mind you I only ate items 3 and 4 over the course of the night and I am pregnant!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Signs Your Husband is more Pregnant than You

It was 78 degrees inside my house this weekend which is warm but with a fan it felt really nice.  Justin comes home and starts complaining that it is soooo hot.  He proceeds to strip down to his boxer shorts and keeps complaining about the heat.  I say to him your pregnant wife is supposed to be the one complaining about how hot it is not you.   He agrees and brings up the AC to put in the bedroom window which he proceeded to drop out the window.  Once he straightens that all out he turns the AC to 64 degrees.  I slept in a sweat shirt with sweat pants and a comforter on.  Justin sleeps in his boxers with no covers.  I think the pregnancy is starting to wear off on him

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Reason #1 Justin loves the baby

Justin gets home from work today and looks at me and says the following

Justin "WOW!  Your boobs look huge?!?!?!"
Me "I know I am pregnant"
Justin "The baby did that?  I just fell more in love with this baby"

And there you have it folks!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Book Review -Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth

My cousin Kerry sent me the book Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth as a congrats you are pregnant gift.  I finished this book rather quickly (only 150 pages) with a big smile on my face!  She made all her experiences so funny, even the things that aren't so laughable.  I am hoping my morning all day sickness is about as extreme as my pregnancy gets!   She explained her birthing story and how all of the constipation, acne, weight gain, made it all worth it in the end.  If you are pregnant or know anyone who is pregnant, this is a great light hearted read that I highly recommend.  Thanks Kerry for sending me a wonderful book!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

First comes Love, then comes Marriage....

So I have been on somewhat of a blog hiatus since the end of March.  Justin and I found out some big news and it literally made me sick for a month straight.  We are expecting our first child!  I have had morning sickness morning, noon, and night paired with extremely low blood sugars which have pretty much left me immobile and not much fun.  But there is light at the end of this tunnel.  Dr says only 3 more weeks of feeling like this and I should be in the clear.  As most of you know my husband Justin is a pretty funny guy and since he is pretty much clueless about pregnancy I have listed below the top Five things he has said to me over the past month.  Enjoy!
  1. "You should probably take another test, I bet the positive one is wrong"
  2. "I will believe you are pregnant when you get your mammogram"
  3. "You cannot poop?  Well make sure you don't push too hard, I heard you can die from that"
  4. "The baby is the size of a green olive?  You just ate a jar of olives,  it's like you ate 100 babies"
  5. "Of course Duke is going to bite the baby"

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Book Review - The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentleman Farmers

So I finished reading last week The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers: An Unconventional Memoir by Josh Kilmer-Purcell and I have to say I did really enjoy this book.  I do have to disclose that I am a big fan of his show Fabulous Beekman Boys so I may be a bit bias on my book review.   I just enjoyed the back story of how they came to find the Beekman and what they had originally wanted from the Beekman.  I liked learning more about the characters of Sharon Springs NY.  I loved this descriptions of the animals and his relationships with them.  I love his love hate relationship with Martha Stewart because don't we all have a love/hate relationship with her?  I loved the stories of the zombie flies that never die in the mansion.  I love how patient Farmer John is with the two of them.  I loved how he did not paint a picture of a magical life on a farm.  It was really hard for them and they continue to struggle. Towards the end of the book I truly believed Josh and Brent were going to break up but I have seen their show and the new season has just started on Planet Green so I assured myself that even though the book left me with a feeling of "the end', I knew their story continues on in television land!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Book Review - Sarah's Key

I finally, after almost two years of my cousin Kerry begging me to, read Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay.  And I have to say I loved the story.  It is a fictionalize story of true events that happened in Paris during the summer of 1942.  Thousands of Jewish families were arrested and sent to the Ve'lodrome d'Hiver just outside the city limits  and then transported to Germany.  The story focuses on Sarah Starzynski and her family.  The story is neat as it is told in the present day through Julia Jarmond, a American reporter living in France who is assigned to do an article on the 60 year anniversary of the Ve'lodrome d'Hiver.  Through her investigation, she discovers Sarah's story and how it is interlaced with her life now.  The subject matter was dark but the author left me wanting more.  Thanks Kerry for such a wonder read!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Valentine's Day in March

So I am making dinner with my hubby tonight when he looks at me and says
"Hey, isn't Valentines day coming up?"
I look at him lost.
He says "What?  I was thinking we can do something special"
I continue to look at him lost
He then says "Oh yeah it is March.  Did we do anything for Valentine's day?  Did I get you anything?'
I could really have taken advantage of his brain fart but I told him yes we went for sushi and you bought me a second GPS.

Life with him is never dull!!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Book Review - "I'm Not Myself These Days : Memoir"

I just finished reading I Am Not Myself These Days: A Memoir (P.S.) by Josh Kilmer-Purcell and I have to say I could not put this book down!!  The book is about Josh's first year in NY,  his life as a drag queen, and a stormy relationship with Jack, his crackhead prostitute boyfriend.  I really enjoyed the way Josh narrated the book.   I felt like he was sitting across a table from me, re-telling this story.  Some parts of the book were dark and sad but other were laugh out loud funny!  I love how he chronicled changing over from Josh to Aqua, his drag queen persona.  The book is somewhat raunchy and very detailed so it is not a book for the weak at heart!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

So I finally made it back to Zumba last night after a very long hiatus.  I have been pretty lazy but class has been cancelled almost consistently since Christmas.  The teacher was sick, the teacher's children were sick, it snowed, it snowed again, there was a gas leak, the roof was unsafe.  It has been a long New England winter to say the least!  The thing with Zumba is  I actually have no idea what I am doing and if i have to clap and move my feet at the same time it just doesn't work.  It doesn't help that my friend Nina morphs into Patrick Swayze at this class and is always encouraging me to just count the steps, do this, shake your hips like that.  But Zumba is the only exercise I have been getting (which from the beginning of this paragraph you can clearly tell is not much) so I go and have fun.  And because I felt is was well deserved I went out for two Guinness's after Zumba last night!!  Better luck next week!!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Snow on the roof

So all day Saturday I watched all my neighbors climb up on their roofs to remove the snow.  It was crazy!  They had to snow blow a place to put the ladder and then carefully maneuver the snow rake.  When hubby got home we talked about whether or not we should get the snow off of our roof.   Then I watched him go outside on Sunday in boat shoes and try to knock the icicles off the side of the house.  As I watched him slip and slide all over the ground, I decided the risk of our roof collapsing outweighed the risk of him getting up on the roof!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Book Review- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

I picked up The Alchemist at a used book store at the beginning of January.  The Alchemist is about a young shepherd boy from Spain who sets out on a journey to Egypt to discover treasure and his personal legend.  I really enjoyed this book!!!  The message of the book is that God (no matter what God you believe in) is all around you and wants you to succeed.  The only person preventing you from fulfilling your potential is you.  The young shepherd meets many people on his journey and learns to read the omens. My favorite quote from the book would be "That's what alchemists do.  They show that, when we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too."  I think this is a good way to think about life and a great book to kick off 2011!!!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

I Cannot Turn on the light

So I go to put the laudry away tonight and turn on my bedroom light and the knob to twist the light on feels stuck.  I have to use two hands to twist it on to the lowest setting.  I yell into Justin:

Me- "hey did you notice something wrong with the light in here?"
Justin -"I fixed it"
Me-"it wasn't broke"
Justin " Don't worrry I fixed it, it is fine now"

after a long pause and a failed attempt at turning it off

Me "Please stop trying to fix things that are not broke"

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

First Offical Blog

Hello!  Welcome to my first blog!  I have been toying with the idea of a blog for sometime now and have finally decided to take action.  I have lots of things going on between Duke my dog and my funny husband Justin.  I am hoping to blog about my likes and dislikes.  I plan on doing book reviews and TV reviews.  I plan on sharing all the crazy things my husband does because god love him sometimes I question how he has made it this far in life.  I may even ask my mom to guest blog because she always has a funny story to tell!  Thanks for stopping by!