Jun 30, 2011

And for our Sunday....

Sunday morning, the girls headed out of the hotel bright and early and we all (minus Jarrod) made our way to the safari.  It's the other place we tend to take people because it's not something you can do back home!  :)  

 







It was a lot of fun, but by the end of it, I was ready for it to be over...I was starving, had to pee, and was having contractions in the car and just wanted to get out! :)  

When we got home, Jarrod had a wonderful breakfast ready for us (even though it was lunch time) and we put the boys down for a nap.

Naptime was one of my favorite times all weekend, because it gave us girls time to just sit in the living room and talk.  It was exactly what I miss so much!  Talking about college and our weddings and past girls' weekends....  So much fun!  And of course, there was a lot of baby talk this time around, too.

Sadly, after the boys were up, Angie, Lauren, and Giovanni had to pack up and start their drive back to Ohio.  It was a very short visit, but it was still amazing.  We then took Heidi around town a little bit more and had dinner out before we came home for a walk.  Thankfully, Heidi was there to help push the stroller when my contractions took over since Jarrod had Shirley on her leash.  After Gavin went to bed, Heidi and I sat around and talked some more before heading to bed.

I'm so thankful they all came to see us.  It meant so much to me!

Jun 28, 2011

Picking up right where we left off

It's hard to believe it's been almost 11 years since we all first met at The University of Toledo, but thanks to MacKinnon Hall, the College of Education, and aerobics classes at the rec center, Lauren, Angie, Heidi and I all met and bonded immediately.  And, the rest is history!

Despite the fact that it's been over 2 years since we were all in the same place, we picked up this weekend just like we'd never been apart.  I love that about these girls.  We can just sit and talk for hours and think nothing of it!  Which is exactly what we ended up doing when they all got here Friday.  Talking is, afterall, what we do best!  I made us all dinner and then had to head out to work a TS party.  But, bright and early on Saturday, we were back together again.

Gavin and I took the girls to the Farmer's Market to walk around a bit, and then hit up the Promenade for some shopping.  Heidi found some great deals for her baby girl.  {I've developed a little more self control and was able to not buy anything!} Gavin and Giovanni enjoyed playing around the fountain and at the train table at Gavin's favorite store to stop in at the mall.


We headed home and had lunch, and just as we were cleaning up, the girls came in with all kinds of baby shower decorations and balloons and started throwing them up real quick for an impromptu baby shower.  How sweet are they???  {Funny story though - Gavin told me Saturday morning that "my friends had balloons and they hid them."  When I asked if I was suppose to know, he said, "No, it's a secret!"}

They got us some really cute baby clothes, Baby Sister's sound machine, a baby food cookbook, and a CD for the kids to listen to in the car.  And of course, we had cake! :)   

The plan was to swim in the afternoon, but the boys' naps didn't match up so by the time they woke up, it was really close to dinner time.  So, instead we headed out.  We took the long way to dinner and showed off a popular tourist spot here - the Duggar's House!  We had a yummy pizza dinner and made our final stop at Yum Yos.

More pics from the weekend to come later...

Jun 27, 2011

35 Weeks!


Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 35 Weeks
Size of baby: Baby Hamm is the size of a honeydew right now.
Total Weight Gain/Loss: According to my doctor today, I've gained 26lbs, which according to my scale last week I'd gained 31....who knows!
Maternity Clothes: Absolutely!
Gender: It's a GIRL!!!  When the name is decided, it will be kept a secret until she arrives. We have our final two names now!
Movement: This baby seems to never stop moving lately!  She's so active, especially at night and when I'm eating.  I love it!
Sleep: Sleep has been going downhill thanks to the million times I have to wake up to pee and the lovely carpal tunnel I've now developed.
What I miss:  Having complete feeling in my hands.
Cravings: Water!
Symptoms:  Braxton Hicks contractions, heart burn and carpal tunnel are the main things right now.
Best Moment this week:  My surprise baby shower with Angie, Heidi, and Lauren.


I had a check up today and he started checking my cervix for any dilation.  He said I'm about a centimeter dilated right now, which of course doesn't mean much of anything.  I was also a centimeter dilated with Gavin at my 36 week check up.  I go back in another two weeks.


Jun 23, 2011

Jun 21, 2011

It's All About Daddy!

We had a great Father's Day here.  Gavin and I went to get donuts for daddy for breakfast and then we packed up Gavin's new fishing pole and took Gavin "fishing" for the first time at a nearby pond.  





 Gavin wasn't that into it, but we tried.  At one point we walked to a new spot and decided to just try bread instead of Jarrod's lures.  But, Gavin had other ideas - he ate the whole piece of bread while Daddy fished some more.  

We fed a few ducks, too.  Jarrod wanted to bring one of them home because it was thinner and limping and the other ducks wouldn't let it get any bread.  



And we finished our excursion with a little walk around the pond and played on the playground for a little while.

We did all that in about an hour at the pond.  See - told you Gavin wasn't that  into it! :)

When we got home, we did some work in the house and the yard, and then visited the rec for a little while after nap time.  Daddy and Gavin played basketball while I swam a little.  I love being in the pool while I'm pregnant!

We finished the night with a great dinner at Carino's! 

Happy Father's Day, Jarrod!  Next year, you'll have two of them! 




Jun 20, 2011

34 Weeks!

Well I got a couple videos to post, but the others are still giving me a 'failed' message.  Once Jarrod gets his tools out of the nursery (he was doing some projects this weekend), I'm just going to take the tour of the nursery again and see if I can get that one to post.


Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 34 Weeks
Size of baby: Baby Hamm, according to my weekly updates, should weigh about 5lbs right now.  But, according to my ultrasound last week, she was weighing an ounce short of 6lbs then...so she's ahead of the game right now!
Total Weight Gain/Loss: I told Jarrod I'm going to stop weighing myself.  Last week, our scale said I'd gained 3lbs in one week, but then that same day, the doctor's scale said I'd gained 3lbs since my last appt 3 weeks ago!  Today, it is saying the same weight as last week.  Who knows what's correct?  If I go by today's weight, I've gained 31lbs total.
Maternity Clothes: Absolutely!
Gender: It's a GIRL!!!  When the name is decided, it will be kept a secret until she arrives.  I think we're down to 3 names right now (and sadly, Aveeno isn't on that list....but it is ranked at a close 4th!) 
Movement: This baby seems to never stop moving lately!  She's so active, especially at night and when I'm eating.  I love it!
Sleep: Sleep has been going downhill thanks to the million times I have to wake up to pee and the lovely carpal tunnel I've now developed.
What I miss:  Being able to carry the ironing board back to the bedroom without losing my breath! :)
Cravings: Water!
Symptoms:  Braxton Hicks contractions, heart burn and carpal tunnel are the main things right now.
Best Moment this week:  Seeing Amy get so close to delivering - it makes me so excited for my time!


At this point, even though I'm 6 weeks away from my due date, I'm also 3 weeks away from being 'full term' and 4 weeks away from the point I was at when Gavin decided he was ready to be born.  I'm so excited about my appointment next Monday, because Dr. Schmitz said he'd check my cervix to see if I've started progressing at all.  


I started packing my bag this weekend.  Even though the only thing I put in it was my robe and slippers with a couple outfits for the baby, it does make me feel better that it's started.  Jarrod also helped me reorganize the cabinets to make a place for some bottles, and I unpacked my breast pump to find that the shields were not in good shape at all.  So....more stuff added to my Amazon list!  I have a feeling I'll be making a huge purchase from Amazon in a few weeks.  


Jun 19, 2011

Trying this again

I'm hoping to get caught up on some videos...fingers crossed they upload this time.

These are from Putt-Putt a few weeks back. video


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Videos and Father's Day

Well, obviously the videos didn't come on Friday.  My internet hates me.  After 4 hours of uploading, a "failed" message appeared.  So I attempted to just upload them to You Tube instead, and at bedtime, there were 790 minutes remaining.  So, I gave up...  I'm going to attempt it again in just a little while.  

But, in the mean time, just wanted to wish a Happy Father's Day to my lovely father!  Without you, I wouldn't know what a wet willy is, how to hug Gavin and tickle him at the same time, or appreciate a nice margarita.  :)  Love you and miss you!  

And, Gavin and I want to wish our daddy a Happy Father's Day as well.  Jarrod - you are an incredible provider and I thank my lucky stars each day that you work so hard so that I can stay home with Gavin (and soon-to-be Baby Sister.)  You know Gavin adores you - he doesn't jump up and down when I come home!  Love you!