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Due Date Blues
February 24, 2009, 7:59 pm
Filed under: babygonzo!, Bellly Shots, Uncategorized

Well ladies and gents the big day has finally arrived! February 24th. The day we have all been waiting for. The date that has meant to me the arrival of my first born child for the last nine or so months. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand.. still no baby! *Gasp!* Can you even believe it? The nerve of that child standing me up like this. How dare he inconvenience my life. Someone needs to send him the memo that spa time in the amniotic hot tub has drawn to a close and it’s now time to buck up and join the real world because he has a mom and dad out here that are pulling their hair out waiting for him to arrive!

Okay, so I’m really not that bitter, but I can’t help but feel a little down as this day that I have waited for for so long comes and goes without any sign of baby. My doctor’s appointment yesterday verified that he probably won’t be making any surprise arrivals in the very near future either, so that was also sort of disappointing. However, I am trying to remind myself that there is no reason why I should be trying to rush these last days sans baby. Our lives are about to drastically change FOREVER and we should probably try to cherish them for what they are rather than wish them away. Right?? Plus, many many women go way past their due dates all the time and I just need to realize that I just may be one of those ladies. And that’s ok. All that matters is that my sweet baby boy gets her eventually and is healthy and ready to begin his life here with us.

In attempts to shake things up down there I made Sam take me on a long walk around the neighborhood tonight. I actually had several pretty strong contractions while we were walking, but they seem to have gone away now that we’re home. Rats! Here is a picture of myself and my 40 week belly treating ourselves to an ice cream sandwich after enduring all that exercise.

New love = Ice cream sammiches

New love = Ice cream sammiches

Just in case you can’t believe your eyes, here is a close-up of THA BELLY. (Notice the mardi gras party beads!)

Full term belly!

Full term belly!

Can you believe how huge it’s gotten? It is really an entity all in itself. This has all just gotten so surreal at this point. I feel like people are now looking at me like, oh God here comes the huge pregnant lady DIVE FOR COVER SHE MIGHT POP! I just feel enormous, especially around my little 12 year old students! That’s why I’ve decided that no matter what my last day of work is going to be Thursday. I just can’t handle trying to weave my enormous body around hyperactive middle schoolers any longer! I am only putting them in danger of getting sideswipped by any sudden movements I might make. :)

So, forty weeks down, how many left to go? At least I know that I’m close. Verrrry close. I just can’t wait for this part to be over and to get to hold that real live baby. I just hope that, like everyone says, it’ll all be worth it. I have no doubt that it will be.



38 weeks with a side of heartburn
February 10, 2009, 8:19 pm
Filed under: babygonzo!, Bellly Shots

Man! The baby books weren’t kidding when they said the final days of pregnancy are difficult. Every standard late-pregnancy symptom can now be checked off my list as I am feeling the full brunt of heartburn/acid reflux. Yuck! My regularly solid as a rock stomach has officially turned on me. I guess it’s sick and tired of sharing room with that growing baby and so it’s now in full rebellion. At least this has taught me to never again tell my poor sensitive-stomached husband to suck it up after eating a spicy meal. I now fully understand his pain. Too bad I had to learn the hard way!

Although pregnancy continues to get more and more difficult each day, the upside is that my excitement about this baby just keeps growing and growing. Now that we’re down to the two week mark I just can’t contain my excitement! We pretty much have everything prepared at the house, and things at work are more or less settled, so I feel really calm and ready. At least, as ready as I think I can be. Sam continues to get more and more jumpy with each phone call that I place to him. He’s constantly on alert for my signal to head to the hospital! If only it’d be sooner than later!

Luckily, this weekend, I had a temporary distraction from sitting around, waiting for the baby’s arrival. My fabulous friends threw me a fabulous baby shower! I had a wonderful time just getting together and seeing everyone. I’ve been so anti-social since getting pregnant, so this was really a nice change of pace. My mom was also here all weekend, which was really great. She helped get us baby-ready in ways that I probably wouldn’t have even thought about. Thank goodness for her!

Here’s a picture of myself and the beautiful hostesses at the shower:

Austin Baby Shower

Austin Baby Shower

For a better shot of my belly, here’s a picture that Sam took today:

2 weeks left! (Fingers crossed)

2 weeks left! (Fingers crossed)

I can’t even tell you how much I can’t wait for that baby to be on the OUTSIDE. Everyone cross your fingers that this doesn’t last more than two more weeks – I just don’t think I could take it! The anticipation of seeing our baby is just too much!  Here’s hoping for forward progress!



4 weeks and counting
January 27, 2009, 8:25 pm
Filed under: babygonzo!, Bellly Shots

I find it interesting that at some point during this pregnancy I started counting down the weeks, rather than counting the weeks pregnant that I am. I think this began around the 30 week milestone or so. There is just something slightly more satisfying about saying that I have four! weeks! left! rather than just saying I am 36 weeks along (today!). I can’t believe we’re actually this close.. We have one awesome baby shower under our belts, and we still have one coming so I’m really glad that I have that to look forward to. Other than that this upcoming four week stint feels like a great expanse of time and the blink of an eye all at once. My maternity plans are still not even close to being ready at work, but I am so ready to have this baby I almost don’t even care! I have begun to think that the baby and I are really on the same page here because with how powerfully he is kicking and punching at my insides it really feels like he’s searching for a way out. I am trying to coach him down! down! but so far he’s not paying attention. Typical!

For those interested in my almost cooked baby, here is the most recent belly pic. Apologies for the amount of boob involved.

36 Weeks

36 Weeks

Here are some other pictures of our almost complete nursery… I really like the way that it’s turned out!

View from the door

View from the door

Rocking chair and antique elephant rocking toy

Rocking chair and antique elephant rocking toy

Crib with so so soft new blanket

Crib with so so soft new blanket

Lastly, here is a picture of the closet with some of the loot we were given at the shower in Coldspring. I was so touched by how thoughtful and giving everyone was! It was a really great shower. Oh, and that overflowing bag on the left? That is FULL of all the newborn and 0-3 month clothes that we have that need to be washed and hung up. Althought Sam and I have only bought a few outfits, we have somehow managed to accumulate a TON through many generous donors! Our baby will surely never have to wear an outfit twice.  What a high roller.

Baby Loot

Baby Loot

So what do you think about the nursery?  Yes, I am fishing for compliments and positive reinforcement.  What can I say?  I am very hormonal and need all the help I can get!



Baby school dropouts
January 12, 2009, 8:29 pm
Filed under: babygonzo!, Bellly Shots, mr. and mrs.

Sam and I paid a small fortune to attend a baby birthing class on Saturday and unfortunately it didn’t really turn out all that well.  Not only were we the only couple that did not bring the required materials (a pillow and blanket?  who knew?), we also decided to sneak out during the lunch break and skip out on the afternoon session.  I think this means we failed the pre-test for parenthood.  Let’s hope the real deal goes a little smoother and that we don’t grow as bored with our real baby as we did watching videos of other people’s babies.  Although we didn’t get the full day’s worth of material, we were present for the much anticipated birthing video (and poster sized pictures!).  Needless to say, I think I am much more anxious about labor now than I was beforehand.  I think truly in this case, ignorance is bliss, and now I have been ruined by my knowledge!  The visuals, they are not pretty.  Eek.

Speaking of visuals, here is the glorious, six weeks to go, belly shot:

34 weeks and counting!

34 weeks and counting!

Can you believe that I have only SIX weeks left until this little sucker is supposed to pop out?  I am starting to really feel third trimester pregnant as my back and hips are starting to bug me if I’m up for too long.  Other than that though, the pregnancy is still going swimmingly..  After those initial four months of nausea and nasty hormone swings, things have really been relatively easy.  Now I just can’t wait to get the little guy here and get rid of all this extra weight I’m carrying around!  Sam and I were just fathoming last night how crazy it seems to us that there will actually be another little person living in our house from now on, rather than just the two of us that we’ve grown accustomed to.  I think that there is something that is kind of sad and scary about losing that coupledom that we love so much, but at the same time I know that what we will be gaining will only make things that much more sweeter.  It’s just so hard to wrap my mind around the idea of having another thing in my life to love so much.  I can’t wait to see what it’s like in reality.

In the meantime, while waiting for the eminent arrival, we’ve been occupying ourselves with putting together the nursery.  Sam has been the awesome handyman that has done ALL of the painting, putting togethering, etc. that has been required.  Things are really coming together!  I can’t wait for the final product to be totally ready.  Here are a few pictures of what we have so far:

New crib!

New crib!

Rocking chair from when I was a baby.

Rocking chair from when I was a baby.



Christmas Extravaganza!
December 23, 2008, 10:16 am
Filed under: babygonzo!, Bellly Shots, lucy goosey, mr. and mrs.
Ho Ho Ho!

Ho Ho Ho!

Sam and I celebrated our last childless Christmas together last night.. It was fun to think and talk about how we imagine every Christmas from now on will be so different.  I think it’ll be a blast to throw a little kid into the mix!  I know that next year the baby will probably not know what’s going on, but it’ll still be fun to have someone special to buy for (and to dress up! Sorry Lucy).  What I really can’t wait for, though,  are the days of surprised and happy little faces playing with their loot on Christmas morning!  We’re already thinking of all the holiday traditions that we want to start as a family.. I guess we’ve really just been turned into a couple of old saps by this baby!

Speaking of baby, I got to hear his heartbeat at my checkup yesterday.. I can’t believe that he is weighing in at around 3 1/2 pounds already!  And his length is probably close to 18 inches.  That is just ridiculous to me!  No wonder I’m getting all night jabs under the ribs.. He’s really gotten big in there!  His movements are supposed to slowly be decreasing as he gets bigger and his living quarters become more cramped, but so far it feels like he’s throwing all night parties in there.  Sleeping has become interesting to say the least.  Hopefully he does not plan on maintaining this sleeping schedule outside the womb!  To illustrate my point about his growth, here is a visual of my child’s enormity:

HOW are you supposed to sleep with this thing??

HOW are you supposed to sleep with this thing??

In closing, I’d like to show you how wonderful my husband is:

My precious

My precious

I think the neighbors heard my squeals when I opened this gift.  Seems that somebody is shooting for more cakes and cookies in his future! 

We’re heading to my parents today and then back at Sam’s parents on Christmas day.. Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!



New babies!!
December 9, 2008, 8:18 pm
Filed under: babygonzo!, Bellly Shots, mr. and mrs.

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Somebody get this man a newborn!  Isn’t he a natural?  *Swoon*

No, our baby has not yet arrived… BUT, Autumn Leigh Wallace has.  Karen and Jeremy’s sweet baby arrived this weekend!  We visited them in the hospital on Sunday and took turns pretending that little Autumn was our own.. She is SO sweet and so beautiful and Karen looked just great.  We are just so excited for her and Jeremy and their growing family.

When I saw Karen at the hospital, I had about a million pent up questions dying to burst forward.. I am strangely curious to learn all the gorey details of her labor.  Thankfully I had enough tact to not barrage her right away, while she lay in the hospital bed, but I’m hoping that she’ll find some time to indulge me before February 24th rolls around!  I am not sure if a detailed first hand account will ease my nervousness about labor, or exacerbate it, but my curiosity must be satisfied! 

In other, less exciting news, we decided it was time to get into the holiday spirit around here, so we trekked out to Lampasas on Sunday in search of a mysterious tree farm that we had only vaguely heard about once last December.  Turns out we were in for a wild goose chase, but after much searching, we finally found the place we were looking for.  Needless to say, it was probably the most decrepit Christmas tree farm I have ever seen and we brought home from it the Charlie Browniest of all trees..  But we dressed it up and it now looks pretty good.. So good my belly decided to pose with it for a Christmas photo:

29 Weeks

29 Weeks

Santa also arrived this weekend with the first of the baby’s Christmas presents:

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“Hey, where are mine?”

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We all had a really great weekend – Hope you all did too!  Soon to come are some pics of our nursery and how it’s coming along.. Sam finished painting the walls last night and they look awesome!  I’m getting really excited about it all coming together.  I feel like the countdown has now really begun.



Thanksgiving Belly
November 30, 2008, 9:28 pm
Filed under: babygonzo!, Bellly Shots

I can’t BELIEVE how big I’ve gotten!! It feels like my waistline has nearly doubled in circumference over the last week.. I hardily believe this can be attributed to not one, but TWO causes: The premier suspect is the overly indulgent, gluttonous, completely delicious Thanksgiving that I enjoyed and secondly, the rapid-fire growth of my now third-trimester baby! (I can feel the turkey and numerous casseroles I consumed fighting for room with the baby.) I am finally starting to really put on weight, and while this is reassuring in many ways, as a woman, I can’t help but be a little unnerved as I watch the numbers on the scale climb. It’s just something that I think we’re so programmed to fear, that it’s sort of hard to get comfortable with, even though I know it’s perfectly good and healthy. I guess since I gained hardly at all the first two trimesters, my body has a lot of catching up to do! Here is the shot of my glorious belly. I can’t imagine growing at this rate for three more months. Good God.

28 Week Belly

28 Week Belly

Lucy enjoying the belly shelf

Lucy enjoying the belly shelf

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. It’s back to the grindstone for me tomorrow morning.. Three more weeks of work until the much-anticipated Christmas Break! I already can’t wait. Hope you all have a great week!