Pregnancy Things To Note

There are a few things that have recently occurred to me about being pregnant that I don’t want to forget. I would warn you and say that these are mostly random, but if you know me well enough that should go without saying.

baby_bump_sign_stickers-reefd641d2f15435d9e61bac5a80992e2_v9waf_8byvr_512{Pregnancy Thing To Note #1}

When wearing normal person panty hose the top portion of the panty hose does not stay on the bump. Instead, it does this annoying thing where it rolls down the bump in a super tight roll that takes approximately five minutes to undue when you are trying to fix. This occurs when you sit down or move in any way. Not that I EVER enjoyed panty hose to begin with but I thought it would be cute to wear this maternity dress with tights and boots. Super cute fall thing to wear. I’m hoping that I can get my hands on maternity panty hose for the next time I wear this outfit.

{Pregnancy Thing To Note #2}

My nose is constantly draining and runny. No, I do not have a cold. No, I do not have allergies. I am simply pregnant with this extra mucus membrane thing going on. It is somewhat embarrassing when I’m in the middle of a meeting at work and then all of a sudden the drainage just starts going crazy and I’m trying to not act like a kid and wipe it on my sleeve.

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On a more positive note, it is so nice to pull the pregnancy card and have your husband take your boots and socks off for you when you are tired. It is also nice to have back rubs a LOT when you are pregnant. And it is really great to have a husband that makes it appoint to go get your prenatal vitamin and chocolate milk or at the very least puts the vitamins in a super obvious place so you don’t forget to take it. Come to think of it, I’m just a lucky girl to have such an amazing husband that takes care of me while pregnant. #luckyme

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Keeping on the positive note, I absolutely love talking with Abbey about Baby Squishy. She is going to be a great big sister! She will forget that Squishy exists but then all of a sudden she will remember when she is lying on me and there is this bump in her way and she will find my belly button and say, “tickle tickle Squisy” (the “h” is silent). Or she will share binky and quite literally try to shove that in my belly button too!

{Pregnancy Thing To Note #5}

There is so much to look forward to when you are pregnant. The next doctor appointment when you get to hear the heartbeat. The next ultrasound when you get to see the baby to count fingers and toes and make sure all is a-ok. Finding out the sex of the baby and sharing that moment with your family and friends. All the fun things to buy new baby because even if it is another girl, this baby would need things of its own too!

{Pregnancy Thing To Note #6}

Even though I feel like a grumpy, bitchy, sleepy, blah-blah, yuckity blob (deep breath) I still love, love, love being pregnant and all the tickles and movements and connections with the baby during pregnancy.

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Abbey Moments

As a parent of a toddler who is constantly in “entertainment” mode, I wish I could capture each and every single moment but that just isn’t possible. This blog along with Facebook and Instagram have certainly helped but I must say, this weekend was chock full of Abbyisms that I need to record now! Don’t want to forget…..Don’t want to forget…..Don’t want to forget! So here goes a few of my favorites even though this doesn’t cover even half of the moments. Pshhh.. if only TLC would recognize the disfunctional talent my family has and start taping us for our own reality show already. C’mon TLC, we are way more entertaining than Kate Gosselin.

{Abbeyism #1}

As Abbey, George and I were playing in our very empty basement she decides that she no longer wants to play and instead she wants to watch “Mickey Mouse Cub House.” And so she hops up on the couch and starts saying over and over “Mickey Mouse Cub House.” As a mom who wants to limit the TV time, I said no and told her she needed to come off the couch to play with mommy and daddy. She didn’t like my answer and decided to tell me again “Mickey Mouse Cub House Mommy.” At this point George had to cover his face so she wouldn’t see him laughing while I was disciplining. Abbey then shouted to George, “Daddy, I see you!” And then we were done, the laughing from the both of us was uncontrollable at that point. Although, we didn’t watch the show but did play. Mommy/Daddy 1 – Abbey 0Abbey and Mommy

{Abbeyism #2}

Goofing around on Sunday morning after Abbey had  woken up and still had her binky in her mouth (we are on a limit of naps and bedtime only as we further attempt to wean her from her binky time) and she had been snuggling with mommy and daddy. She pulled up my shirt and shared her binky with Squishy. Of course she thinks Squishy lives in my belly button and attempts to push the binky in my belly button or she will try to tickle Squishy and basically shoves her finger in my belly button. Awww sibling love!

{Abbeyism #3}Abbey tantrum

After taking Ab to the zoo for some Abbey and Mommy time (which we had a BLAST), we were getting in the car and Ab said to me, “I have fun momma.” Serious heart melter! I need to remember these sweet moments when she is sitting at the dinner table crying for 20 minutes over the last bite of food I want her to eat! That is a whole different story with the bottom line of mommy and daddy winning so I guess the score is now Mommy and Daddy 2 – Abbey 0. OH trust me friends, she wins a LOT! Did you see my Facebook post about the $9.00 pumpkins for her and Bubby? Yea, there was a lot of “Pease Momma” going on that day!

{Abbeyism #4}

Post Loveland Bike Trail PhotoComing home from a fun day Sunday of a couple miles in the Loveland bike trail (11.5 which is damn good for a prego) and dinner at The Works (not good by the way) we were in the car trying to keep Abbey awake. It was only 7:00pm and I wanted to make sure she got a bath when she got home and didn’t want her to fall asleep just to wake her up because she never would have gone down at descent time. So Abbey and I were bantering back and forth and I would yell back to her in a funny voice, “NO SLEEPING!” and she would yell it back to me and giggle. But one time after I yelled the “NO SLEEPING” she muttered under her breath, “Oh god.” Umm what? I had to correct her with, you mean “gosh.” Where does she learn this… ahem, George, I mean, I dunno.

Week 16 – What’s So Revealing About a Heartbeat?

team_pink_or_team_blue_baby_gender_reveal_party_invitation-r7fded6c90d2e4d828154601bbe8e63c6_8dnm8_8byvr_512I’m sure many of you have heard of the many old wives tales regarding how to predict if your baby is a boy or girl. One of them is in relation to the fetal heart rate which typically falls in the “normal” range of 110 – 160.  If your baby is a boy it has been known to fall in the 110 to 130’s lower average range. But if your baby is a girl than the heart rate tends to average in the 140s to 160s range. Of course there is a middle rate of 130 to 140 which is gray. What is Baby Squishy’s heart rate? As of yesterday it was 150 (oooooooh….ahhhhhhhh), girl range.

What was George’s heart rate? Off the charts because he is so nervous that the household will be over run by women managing his life. He already takes orders from Abbey and she isn’t even TWO!

Other old wives tales:

  • The moodier you are the more likely you are to be having a girl {George has no comment on this one but perhaps USDP employees will weigh-in?}
  • The more beautiful you are during pregnancy, the more more likely you are having a boy {I tend to think I can feel like I look amazing and then there are other days when I’d rather crawl into a hole because I feel like I look like a giant turd}
  • If you carry the baby only in the tummy and only in the front, it is more likely a boy. Contrary, if you carry the baby more round and in the hips then it is a girl. {Geez, even after losing 43 pounds, I’m carrying this baby EVERYwhere except my face}
  • If the dad-to-be has gained weight during pregnancy than it is a girl, if not then it is a boy {George???} 
  • If your left breast is bigger than your right, it’s a girl. Opposite than it is a boy {No comment} 
  • If you had smooth sailing and zero morning sickness, it is a boy. If you had morning sickness in your first 12 weeks, it is a girl {I thought I was going to die for at least 2 weeks because I was so nauseous} 
  • If your neighbor does a prediction and he is pretty much always right and he predicts that this pregnancy is a boy {Can’t argue with Owen and his average on being right}
  • If your daughter says “boy giwrl” {you just smile and thank her for her input even though it really isn’t that helpful :)}

Okay, the last two aren’t old wives tales but they are cute additions! I guess we’ll just wait to find out on 11.4.13 when we have our ultrasound. As long as Baby Squishy is healthy than it really doesn’t matter to us either way! But if you want, you too can take a guess: 

15 Weeks – Baby Squishy Pregnancy

15 Weeks{How far along?} 15 Weeks, 4 days

{Total weight gain} Wowzer, I forgot how tough these questions were, this one is especially tough for me. I was about 80% towards my 50 pound weight-loss goal when I found out I was pregnant. Since adding fruits, dairy, pregnancy cravings and well just being pregnant, I have gained 10 pounds since the end of July. I was having the hardest time with this gain but have FINALLY gotten over it and am completely enjoying my pregnancy.

{How big is baby?} Baby Squishy is about 3-4 ounces right now. Amazing how I’ve pooched out and gained weight for our little baby that is weighing in the same size as a naval orange.

{Maternity clothes?} OH how I missed maternity pants!! All new maternity clothes are now taking over my closet, I’ll be hitting up the consignment shops soon for more black pants and jeans.

{Sleep?} Getting good sleep but having some whacked out dreams – seriously crazy ass dreams!

{Best moment this week?} Anytime Abbey-girl says hi to Squishy or gives my belly a kiss. She unfortunately isn’t too subtle and has been known to pull my shirt up or down to get to the bump.

{Movement?} I started to really feel the tickles this past week. If you see me itching my belly, no worries it is just me thinking there is a bug crawling under my shirt, um, I mean the baby is moving.

{Food cravings?} Not really…..

{Labor signs?} NO

{Heart Burn} NO

{Belly button in or out?} IN

{What I miss} n/a

{What I’m looking forward to} Another gender reveal party!

{Milestone} We put the house up on the market today – this was a LOT of hardwork. Check out the photos and listing!

Baby Herron Has a Nickname

When I was pregnant with Abbey we didn’t have a nickname for her. It was simply “Baby Herron” until the day we found out that “baby” was going to be our sweet Abbey Road.

This time it is oh-so-different because of Abbey. Baby Herron already has a nickname and is called this name affectionately by it’s older sister. Baby Herron is now referred to as “Squishy” or “Baby Squishy.” keep-calm-and-love-squishy

Sunday morning, as most weekend mornings now, started with Abbey kissing my belly and then poking my belly button and saying, “morning Squishy” and then gave my belly a kiss and sweet hug with her sighing, “awww momma.” Of course my heart melted a million times over for that sweet moment.

The name is  already catching on, when we went to Grandma and Papa Herron’s house last night Papa started referring to the baby as “Squish” and telling Abbey that she gets one rocking chair and Squish gets the other when they visit. As you see, Dora in Finding Nemo claimed that a ocean creature would be called Squishy and a really cute line from the movie was created. Perhaps we can find Abbey a big sister t-shirt with this line on it {or I’ll just make one}.

As much as I can’t wait to find out if we are having a girl or boy I’m at least happy to not refer to the baby as “IT” even if it is an odd nickname, it is still cute. I’m guessing no matter what we name the baby, Abbey will ultimately have the final say in what the baby will actually be called!

Did your baby-to-be have a nickname?

The Herron’s Have Fun News

This is one of those really exciting times that we have wanted to share for a while now but wanted to make sure it was the right moment. Well, that moment has come and now it’s time to share our super-duper fun news.

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George, Abbey and I all got to hear Baby Herron’s heartbeat last week. Dr. Caligaris looked at Abbey when we were listening and told her “that right there is your competition” boy does he know her well. How do you tell a 22 month old that she is going to be a big sister? I’m not worried, Abbey loves babies and I’ll just pray that she loves her new baby as much as the ones she gushes over at the store or park.

Baby Herron (who needs a nickname) will be making his or her presence into this world next March. I’m 13 weeks along and popping out already – oh yeah and I’m already rocking some maternity clothes. I forgot how wonderful maternity pants were, so comfy!

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As I’ve always done, I’ll be tracking the pregnancy here and documenting week 13 through the end of March when we get to meet our baby. So follow along, I’m sure it will be fun!!

Lots of praise to my oh-so-talented cousin, Gayle Rothmeeler, for capturing this moment and helping us to tell the world that we will be a family of four – Life Through the Lens

New Parents Money Saving Tip: The Diaper Bag

See, he can't even carry the bag over his shoulder. Of course his shoulders are the size of two small planets, so that might be a factor.

In case you don’t know this already, babies are expensive.  Even before they peak their little cone-shaped head out of your wife’s who-ha they are costing you a fortune in new furniture for the nursery, clothes, diapers, doctor visits and ultrasounds.  Seriously, if you aren’t sitting in the delivery room thinking you might have just gotten “Madoffed” then something is wrong.

Today I  have something that will help elevate a chunk of that national debt that you seem to be compiling.  I was shocked to see how much the baby stores were charging for diaper bags.  They are astronomical!  And for what?  A bag!  Don’t believe me, look at some prices.

BuyBuy Baby:

Did you see any bags for less than $30?  Hell no.  As a matter of fact if you clicked on the link you probably found that most of the bags cost over $100!  Seriously?  It’s not like Louis Vuitton or Coach are making these bags, no it is Eddie Bauer and the like, or the B listers of bag making.

I like how BuyBuy Baby had a “bags for dad’s” section.  Although if you look closely none of the bags are manly at all, other than the backpacks.  Seriously, throwing some camouflage pattern on a diaper bag doesn’t make it manly, isn’t that right Vin Diesel? It just makes for a terrible movie.

But don’t worry I’m not just going to pick on BuyBuy Baby, let’s take a look at Babies R Us and see if they have any better options.

Babies R Us:

See, just more of the same.  Insanely over priced bags simply because it is a “baby bag”.  And again I hope you noticed the “bags for dad’s” section was a bunch of neutral colored (not pink) bags or bags with camo or some other “manly” design like guitars and such.  Are they marketing to men or 10-year-old boys?  Or do marketers think that’s what men are, 10-year-old boys?  Where is Frued when you need him?

The only other place that I thought to really look was Target.  And they were certainly better, but still over priced if you asked me.  So what did we go with?  What is this brilliant idea that saved us a ton of money?  Well, it took a combined effort from several sources but we decided to go off the grid for a diaper bag. We knew we wanted a backpack.  My brother-in-law, Matt, got a backpack and it is just so much easier and is the most manly looking of all the bag styles out there.  You can call them totes, messenger bags or even satchels if you are an Indiana Jones fan, but that doesn’t make them any more manly looking.  A backpack never slips off your shoulder when you are carrying a baby in a car seat and the ten million other items you always need when traveling with your baby.  And lastly the backpacks seemed to have the most room for everything.

Since we were sold on the idea of a backpack did we really have to get a “baby backpack”?  Hell no!  Thanks to Jesy’s cousin, Kat, we realized that any old backpack would do and that even some sports bags would work great since they always had multiple pockets for your sports equipment.

The winner! Coincidentally it's the Victory Backpack by Under Armour.

Being sold on the idea, Jesy and I went to the Prime Outlets in Monroe and hit up the Under Armour store for a backpack.  Eureka!  We found exactly what we were looking for and didn’t spend over $20!  The prices on the website are a little higher, but if you go to the outlet store you can find some damn good deals.  But not only was price a factor we got way more room in the Under Armour bag than we got with any of the leading backpacks that the baby stores were selling.

  • Typical baby backpack – 13.75 x 17 x 6.5
  • Under Armour bag – 18 x 12.75 x 9.25

So to all you soon to be, or new parents out there, don’t waste your money on a product that isn’t what you really NEED.  Take an Andrew Jackson and go up to Monroe and get something that you will really be happy with.  And while you are there you can see the progress on the new Giant Jesus, bonus!

And no I wasn’t paid by Under Armour, but I really feel like I should have been.

You’re welcome Under Armour, if you want to throw me some free merch I will not object.