Sunday, June 30, 2013

full term.

as of this past weekend, i'm 37 weeks. that's FULL TERM. and this could possibly be my last pregnancy post. ever. (ever?!)

i'm happy to have made it here. but let's be honest, my feelings wouldn't be hurt if baby boy wanted to make his debut early.

except for the fact that i booked a flight based on my due date/maternity leave at a crazy good deal that would need to be changed (and a hefty price difference paid) if he came early. but with children, you learn that you roll with the punches.

oh, and my suitcase still needs to be packed. but since i refuse to buy more summer maternity gear, i have a limited wardrobe that i'm still using, and will need to pack whatever is clean at the last minute. (because if this goes anything like my last pregnancy, i will leave the hospital not only with my baby boy, but also with the body of a 4 month pregnant me.)

aaand, my doctor is on vacation. to be fair, though, she didn't actually deliver owen. it was memorial day weekend, and by the end of her shift owen still hadn't arrived, so she was off to the lake. i fully trust the rest of their amazing doctors within the practice that are on-call during her vacation. so, minor detail, right?

for the above three details that say "wait," i've got three to counter with "let's go!"

the nursery is ready. (will share some pictures of that sometime soon! ish.)
we've completed the necessary paperwork for hospital admission.
owen's suitcase is packed for a stay with nana & papa.

mmmm, one more.

i'm ready. i'm ready to hold my baby boy in my arms. to kiss him, to cuddle him, to show him off to the world. i'm ready to watch his daddy hold him, and instantly become the proudest daddy in the world. i'm ready to introduce him to his really amazing big brother who just stated tonight, "mommy? i wish the doctor would get him out of your tummy now." we're all so anxious to meet our new little buddy.

but i'm hanging in there. if 41 weeks is right for him, it's right for me. but don't assume i won't groan a little bit along the way.

Friday, June 28, 2013

my baby sprinkle.

my sweet friend hosted a baby "sprinkle" in my honor a few weeks ago.
it was just lovely. i wanted to share some pictures from the occasion. 

Sunday, June 23, 2013

a big blast of recently.

we have had a whirlwind few weeks at the dischinger house, and i'm still recovering.

between owen's birthday, the beginning of colby's new summer job, my mom's visit, owen's birthday party, my birthday, my baby "sprinkle," niece & nephew ball games, father's day, getting the nursery set up, and my husband's out of town wedding weekend.. i'm hoping the next stretch we're able to slow down a bit as a family before the baby arrives.

doggie braces, perhaps? 

my bathtime cutie.

this was taken on my birthday at our final stop for some frozen custard. love my sweet family.

among other indulgences on my birthday, homemade crepes - complete with homemade custard sauce & homemade whipped cream - ohsogood.

we've tried to make it to a few of my nieces' and nephew's ball games lately. i can't say the games keep owen's attention, but he enjoys the company of his cousins while attending.

colby & owen went to a strawberry patch a couple of weeks ago and came home with gobs of amazing strawberries. aside from eating them fresh, i made a strawberry rhubarb pie with some rhubarb i'd picked up at the farmers market. colby declared it the best pie he's ever eaten. paired with some homemade ice cream, i may have to agree.

a hot summer weekend, and dad was out of town. seemed like a waste of my precious energy to clothe him for an evening of bubbles on the porch. 

while my mom was in town, we had ourselves some outdoor adventures. one of them being owen's first fishing experience at deanna rose farmstead. as you can imagine by his pole being under water, no fish were caught, but i did surprise myself by baiting all of hooks with worms. (something i haven't done in many, many years.)

best dog pillow ever? 

i held him for far longer than i otherwise would if he'd have been awake, but with his days as the "baby" being numbered, i sure didn't mind my sweet boy cuddled in and sleeping on me. 

now that summer is finally shaping up to be hot, the pools have warmed up. pretty sure this is where the  majority of our summer days will be spent!

summer + sprinklers. 

we had the cutest little father's day ice cream gathering with family. YUM.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

happy father's day!

To the two men I have loved most in my life, I'm thankful for the Daddy's you are. 
Happy Father's Day!

"Daddy, Happy Fathers Day and I love you and play baseball and Happy Father's Day."
(Colby's homemade father's day card, written by me, dictated by Owen)

The crust and I had battles today, but I suspect it will still taste good.

We love you!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

owen's captain america birthday party.

we had a captain america themed birthday party for my little superhero. i've scaled back a little bit each consecutive year with the amount of crafting i put into the parties - this year mostly due to my dwindling energy levels. aside from decorating his cake, the only crafty work i took on was the comic book bunting. 

(in the above collage, the 2 images on the bottom right can be credited to sarah marie. i'm thankful for her attendance with a camera in hand to get a few pictures while i'm able to fully enjoy the party.)

owen was so proud of his cake. the boy loves him some icing, but not so much the cake. it was everything we could do to keep his fingers out of it before the party.

i did somehow miraculously collect all of the kids into one location and [mostly] looking in one direction with their masks on long enough to take a few pictures to document it.

he had a great party. for us, year 3 was the first year that he was genuinely excited about it. we spent weeks talking about who was going to be there, what kind of cake we were going to have, and how there were going to be super hero masks. and now that it has passed, well, we still talk about who was there, and also about his bubble machines and his cake. 

happy birthday, owen!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

strangers & pregnant women.

(above image taken today at 33.5 weeks)

filters? boundaries? the human species seems to be lacking in both.

how about the lady who decided it was her duty to talk to me about the importance of not overgaining (weight) during pregnancy... while i was eating ice cream?

or the one who asked me how much weight i've gained?

or the guy standing at the front desk when i stood up looked at me and said "oh my GOD!"

or the receptionist at the dentist office who informed me i wasn't going make it until my july due date?

i'm not easily offended. it's more that it still somehow surprises me when things like these are said, and i'm often left speechless. and, actually, the ever-growing list of things that have been said to me during my pregnancies is quite humorous. and i know i'm not alone. a pregnant belly will always be an open invitation to strangers to strike up a conversation. or, my favorite, come in for a belly rub.

i think one of the things about pregnancy that i don't love is the attention it draws to myself. it's not that i mind talking about it, but i'd prefer to talk about it on my own terms. or, at least, in detail relative to the relationship i have with you. if i've given you your initial evaluation paperwork to fill out, and checked you in for another appointment or two at my workplace, i don't feel that providing you with my weight gain figures is necessarily appropriate. (though, if you are my close friend or family member, i will dish you the numbers pound-for-pound when i think i'm on track to become the size of a whale!)  

for the record, though, i have come across some incredibly kind and respectful people, too. some empathetic women who can commiserate with my complaints about pregnancy.

but can i tell you how i do feel about teeny tiny baby boys? as much as i don't like this temporary state, i was completely smitten with my owen. i'm BEYOND excited to meet this baby boy i'm growing!