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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

4 Months!

Holy cow, where did the last month go?! It feels like we just got back from vacation (where Penny loved swimming and got to ride on her first boat while Mommy and Daddy, Grandma and Grandpa, and Uncle Tom went parasailing) and now we're prepping for Penny's first Christmas next week! We're going to take her to see Santa tomorrow and have already gotten her Christmas gifts purchased and ready to go. We're going pretty minimal this year since 1) She doesn't really get it anyway and 2) How many toys does a 4 month old really need? We opted for this sand and water table which I know she'll loving playing with this summer out in the backyard, a winter jacket from Old Navy for next year, and this ball ramp to play with all of her little balls she's got in her toy buckets. So excited for her to get to see everything Christmas morning in her fuzzy footie pjs!

She also got her 3 month pictures done this month! Here are just a couple of my favorites from Andrea Joan Photography.









Weight: 14 lbs 9 oz - 55th percentile
Height: 24.5 inches - 60th percentile
Head Circumference: 16.93 inches - 96th percentile (that's right...her head is almost as large around as she is tall)

Biggest Accomplishment This Month: She finally rolled over! Grandma Legg and I were playing with her on the floor of the hotel room on vacation and very slowly she rolled over....from back to front! Luckily we called Daddy and Grandpa over just in time to see it! I'm so happy I got to see her first time, though she hasn't rolled over for me since, but Grandma Williams says she was rolling over like a crazy fool yesterday. She still has no interest in rolling over front to back anymore, though. She also learned how to razz this month. She thinks she's pretty cool and does it ALL the time. She usually even wakes up doing it, just to make sure she still remembers how :-)

Biggest Struggle This Month: The past few weeks she's been waking up once or twice a night for feedings again. She wakes up, eats, and immediately goes back to sleep, so I know I shouldn't complain, but I became very accustomed to her sleeping 8 to 10 hours a night straight through! She also has gotten EXTREMELY drooly this month, drenching many a cute outfit, so I think she may start teething soon.

Mommy's Favorite Moment: I'm so ridiculously proud of how she did on the plane! When we first got on our flight down to Florida, no one made eye contact with us and she didn't get her usual compliments as it seemed a lot of the passengers were anything but happy to be riding with a 3 month old. After we landed and were waiting to get off, however, everyone around us was fawning over how adorable she is and how well she did on the flight. She ate during takeoff, slept, woke up and played a little bit, fell back asleep, and then woke up just in time to eat during landing. She did SO awesome and outshone the screaming 4-year old on the flight home, sleeping the whole trip even after a 2.5 hour delay. Such a proud mommy here!

Mommy's Least Favorite Moment: Going back to work full time after vacation (it felt like deja vu from my first day back to work last month!) and shots at her four month appointment. She does so well and recovers quickly from her shots, but man do those tears break my heart!

Daddy's Favorite Moment: When she scream-laughed when he was tickling her cheeks with his whiskers. She's gotten pretty ticklish lately, it's adorable!

Daddy's Least Favorite Moment: When he walked into the living room to find Penny intently watching Toddlers & Tiaras, refusing to be distracted by Mommy's attempts to get her to play with toys. The idea of her being a little pageant princess really got him worked up! ;-) 

Four Month Developmental Milestones According to What to Expect in the First Year (highlighted in green Penny has accomplished, highlighted in red she hasn't yet):

"By four months, your baby...should be able to:
*on stomach, lift head up 90 degrees
*laugh out loud
*follow an object in an arc about 6 inches above the face for 180 degrees (from one side to the other)

...will probably be able to:
*hold head steady when upright
*on stomach, raise chest, supported by arms
*grasp a rattle held to backs or tips of fingers
*pay attention to an object as small as a raisin (but keep such objects out of baby's reach)
*reach for an object
*squeal in delight

...may possibly be able to
*keep head level with body when pulled to sitting
*roll over (one way)
*turn in the direction of a voice, particularly mommy's
*say "ah-goo" or similar vowel-consonant combinations
*razz (make a wet razzing sound)

...may even be able to:
*bear some weight on legs when held upright [she's been doing this for a long time now!]
*sit without support [getting close!]
*object if you try to take a toy away
*turn in the direction of a voice

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Three Months!

Pictures from the day she turned three months!


I'm a little behind on this since Miss Penelope turned three months a week ago yesterday, but we've been so busy getting ready for Christmas and packing for our Thanksgiving vacation to Ft. Meyers, Florida. Packing for a baby is HARD! I'm having a really hard time not packing the entire house, but I'm so excited to leave and to get Penny to the beach and in the pool. She LOVES water! She just this past week really caught onto the concept of splashing....she is now constantly slamming her hands down as hard as she can in the bathtub to splash herself in the face.

Weight: She was 14.2 lbs yesterday when I weighed her on our very unreliable home scale. What a chunker!
Height: Unknown
Head Circumference: Unknown

Biggest Accomplishment This Month: Pulling herself to sit up. If you give her your fingers she'll completely pull herself up by herself with no help. She also loves "sitting" or "standing" now. She rarely likes to be held in the traditional cradle hold anymore. She'd much rather be held facing out to explore the world. She's also getting SO close to rolling over, but only back to front now which is really surprising! She's kind of given up on trying to roll over from front to back, but whenever she's laying on her back now she rolls onto her side and if she just pushed herself over one more centimeter she'd be over!



Biggest Struggle This Month: Now that she's becoming more active, breastfeeding is quite the challenge! She's much better at latching and getting done eating faster, but she also has started to think it's a game and breastfeeding sessions include a lot of flailing, scratching, pinching, and punching.

Mommy's Favorite Moment: Putting up Christmas decorations with Penny this year. She love, love, loves the Christmas lights on the tree and had a great time giggling at Mommy and Daddy hanging up ornaments.


She got pretty worn out by the end and passed out in her baby carrier.


I also loved discovering a sure fire way to make her laugh. If I show her a mouth full of food she thinks that is just about the funniest thing on the planet.


Mommy's Least Favorite Moment: Going back to work. That was a rough one.

Daddy's Favorite Moment: Singing to each other. Daddy sings with his face inches from Penny and Penny will sing back just as loud. It's pretty adorable.

Daddy's Least Favorite Moment: On one particularly rough day when Penny wasn't feeling good and was crying real tears. That kind of breaks your heart to see.

Three Month Developmental Milestones According to What to Expect in the First Year (highlighted in green Penny has accomplished, highlighted in red she hasn't yet):

"By three months, your baby...should be able to:
*on stomach, lift head up 45 degrees

...will probably be able to:
*laugh out loud
*on stomach, lift head up 90 degrees
*squeal in delight
*bring both hands together
*smile spontaneously
*follow an object held about 6 inches above baby's face and moved 180 degrees - from one side to the other, with baby watching all the way

...may possibly be able to
*hold head steady when upright
*on stomach, raise chest, supported by arms
*roll over (one way)
*grasp a rattle held to backs or tips of fingers
*pay attention to an object as small as a raisin (but make sure such objects are kept out of baby's reach)

...may even be able to:
*bear some weight on legs when held upright
*reach for an object
*keep head level with body when pulled to sitting
*turn in the direction of a voice, particularly mommy's
*say "ah-goo" or similar vowel-consonant combination
*razz (make a wet razzing sound)"

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Two Months!

Now that I no longer have weekly pregnancy updates to do, I've decided to do monthly updates on Penny's development and any fun things that have happened with her. Today Penelope AnnMarie turned two months old!


I cannot even believe how much she has changed in the past month. Or the past week. Heck, everyday it feels like she has learned something new or changed in some way. She smiles all the time now with the occasional giggle, she is constantly babbling and trying to imitate facial expressions, she can push herself way up during tummy time, and she is starting to grab for toys and can even grasp them for a few seconds at a time. It's so amazing how quickly she is becoming her own little person with such a big personality!

Weight: 11 lbs 14 oz (54th percentile)
Height: 22-1/2 in (42nd percentile)
Head Circumference: 41 cm (99th percentile)

Biggest Accomplishment This Month: Lifting her head 90 degrees and pushing her chest slightly off the floor during tummy time




Biggest Struggle This Month: Learning how to take naps in her playpen instead of being held through naps

Mommy's Favorite Moment: The couple of nights she has slept 8 hour stretches and whenever she gets a big grin on her face when she sees me after it's been a little while.

Mommy's Least Favorite Moment: When I was leaving to go see Little Mermaid that Daddy directed and Penny threw up all down my shirt. Not just down the front. Nope, filled my shirt and bra with throw up. I didn't have a change of clothes with me so I had to wipe the puke up with water and throw it in the dryer so at least it wouldn't look bad, but I still went to the show smelling like baby puke. Then, when I got back to pick Penny up from Grandma's, she pooped like I have never seen a baby poop before. The entire back of her onesie up to her neck was covered and all down her legs were coated in poo and we had to give her a bath in Grandma's kitchen sink. Baby Girl really went all out that day!

Daddy's Favorite Moment: Smiling back at me

Daddy's Least Favorite Moment: The night I was up with her screaming for an hour and a half straight.

Two Month Developmental Milestones According to What to Expect in the First Year (highlighted in green Penny has accomplished, highlighted in red she hasn't yet):

"By two months, your baby...should be able to:
*smile in response to your smile
*respond to a bell in some way, such as startling, crying, quieting

...will probably be able to:
*vocalize in ways other than crying (e.g., cooing)
*on stomach, lift head 45 degrees

...may even be able to:
*hold head steady when upright
*on stomach, raise chest, supported by arms
*roll over (one way)
*grasp a rattle held to back or tips of fingers
*pay attention to an object as small as a raisin (but make sure objects are kept out of baby's reach)
*reach for an object
*say "Ah-goo" or similar vowel-consonant combination

...may possibly be able to:
*smile spontaneously
*bring both hands together
*on stomach, lift head 90 degrees
*laugh out loud
*squeal in delight
*follow an object held about 6 inches above the baby's face and moved 180 degrees (from one side to the other), with baby watching all the way"

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Penelope AnnMarie's Birth Story

I know I'm ridiculously behind on getting this posted and for that I apologize. Little Penny Butt has been keeping me pretty busy and I'm just enjoying every second with her before I start back at work next week :-( Better late than never, though, here is Penny's birth story:

Thursday, August 15th I woke up a little after midnight. Nothing was really happening, I was just wide awake and couldn't fall back asleep. I turned on Amazing Race on Hulu Plus to try and relax me and shut my brain off so I could get back to bed. Around three episodes later at about 3:00am I was starting to fall in and out of sleep, but I noticed that the Braxton Hicks (or so I thought) contractions I had been having were starting to feel pretty regular so I decided to time them. I pulled out my iPhone and hit the timer when one would start, and then by the time it was done I usually had fallen back asleep. Then when another one would start I'd wake up and stop the timer. I noticed after several times of this that all of them were hovering around 7 or 8 minutes apart, but I didn't want to wake up Jon until I was really sure that this was the real deal.

Another hour or so went by and the intervals were slowly decreasing to around 6.5 or 7 minutes on average so I decided it was time to let Jon know that we might be having a baby that day. He continued to time contractions while we watched more Amazing Race until about 6:30am when contractions were down to around 5 to 5.5 minutes apart and we realized we should start getting ready to head into the hospital. Jon and I both emailed work and he packed up the car while I took a quick shower. The contractions were painful at this point but I was dealing with them pretty well. I honestly thought to myself a couple of times, "Hey, this isn't nearly as bad as everyone makes it out to be!" I had no idea what was to come...

Once we got to the hospital we found out that the door you are told to enter to be admitted to the birthing center, while very close to the birthing center wing, is on pretty much the opposite side of the building as admittance and triage. I kept turning down people's offers of wheelchairs as I figured we had to be getting close, but it took for freaking ever to get there when I was waddling down the halls and stopping for every contraction.

When we finally got to the admittance counter I was taken to triage where they strapped me up to a bunch of monitors and checked to see how dilated I was. 1.5 centimeters. Damnit. I had been at 1 cm for the past week and a half. They told me they couldn't admit me with so little progress, so they sent me to walk around the birthing center for about an hour and a half to two hours to get things moving. This part sucked. Not only was it incredibly painful to be walking around at that point, and it was really embarrassing to have to stop in the middle of the hallway and hug Jon as hard as I could to get myself through contractions, but I was freaking out the entire time that it wouldn't work and they'd send me home and baby wouldn't come for another couple of days as they kept reminding me might happen. There was no way I was going to put up with another several days of contractions with no meds. After we had been walking for a while, the contractions started getting further apart and more irregular which continued to set me in a panic.

Eventually the triage nurse came to find us so that they could check my status again. Still 1.5 centimeters. Crap crap crap. I was getting sent home with the instructions to only come back if either my water broke or contractions were down to 2 to 3 minutes apart. As soon as the nurse left the room so I could get dressed again, I started bawling. I absolutely did not want to be told that baby could still be awhile a way yet. I shamefully got dressed and we made the long, painful waddle back to the car. This time, walking not only reduced the span of time between contractions to around 4 min, it increased the severity of the contractions. By the time we were driving to Panera to get some lunch (it was almost noon by the time we left) I was crying and yelling like a maniac through every contraction. Have I mentioned I'm not good with pain?

When we got back to the house I could barely eat I was hurting so badly. I took a bath which slowed contractions back to about 7 min apart, and Jon and I were both so tired that between each one we'd fall asleep for five minute increments, me in the tub and Jon on the bathroom floor, until the next contraction would start. When I finally made myself get out of the tub, I moved onto sitting on the exercise ball to try and speed things up again. Within half an hour my contractions were down to an average of three minutes apart and were PAINFUL. Like I thought I was going to lose my mind painful. I insisted that we wait until my contractions were either all the way down to 2 minutes apart or until I had been at 3 minutes apart for at least an hour so that we wouldn't just get sent home again when we showed up at the hospital. That hour felt like the longest hour of my life. I hovered right around 2.5 to 3 minutes apart for what felt like forever before we got back in the car and drove back to the hospital, not even three hours after I had been sent home.

Once again, I was stubborn about not grabbing a wheelchair at the entrance. I wanted to keep walking to encourage things to keep moving on my way up to triage. About half way there, however, a couple of nurses and a doctor spotted me and Jon as I was going through a particularly rough contraction in the hallway, and they rushed over in a panic and forced me into a wheelchair and even insisted on taking me up to the birthing center themselves. Looking back on it, it was quite funny actually to see the difference in doctor and nurse's reactions that clearly didn't work in the maternity unit vs. those in the birthing center because when I was having contraction up on the maternity level no one even gave me a second glance.

Back in triage I was hooked back up to the monitors and then it was time to check my dilation again. I was so so scared. The nurse waited for a contraction to be done before checking and....THREE CENTIMETER'S DILATED! I was going to be allowed to stay! I burst out crying because I was just so ridiculously relieved that things were finally happening! I tried to play it cool and told the nurse that I wanted to try and go without meds for as long as possible. About four contractions later, before I had even been moved into my room, I told her I wanted the epidural. I wanted it now. As fast as possible. Please please please get me the epidural. Yup, I'm such a warrior.

I got admitted to a room and had to answer a bunch of questions and sign a bunch of papers through my contractions, and then needed to be checked out by a medical intern for dilation and effacement before they could issue me the epidural as they wanted to make sure I'd be staying before they shot me up with the drugs. When the intern checked me out, I had already moved up to 4.5 cm dilation, another 1.5 centimeters in under an hour. The nurse called for the epidural over the walkie, but didn't get a response. She shrugged and said, "Well, they probably heard me," and continued on with her paperwork. I wanted to kill her. Seriously. If I had had access to a quick and easy way to do so, and Jon hadn't been there to stop me, I probably would have done it.

Contractions are the absolute worst. I couldn't breathe, I couldn't think. And that stupid freaking nurse just kept telling me to concentrate on breathing in through my nose and out through my mouth. Screw you, lady! Side note here: Jon says this nurse was actually very nice and I'm sure she was, but I was having to dig my fingernails into my palms to keep myself from punching her in the face. After another half an hour or so with the anesthesiologist still not having shown up, I screamed through a contraction, "ARE WE SURE THEY GOT THE MESSAGE?! I NEED THE EPIDURAL!" I had been pretty nice and composed on the outside up until this point, so I think I freaked the nurse out a bit with my sudden outburst. She called over the walkie again and was told the anesthesiologist was on his way up.

I have never been so relieved to have a giant needle shoved into my spine in my entire life. I had a heck of a time holding still through my contractions so he could get the epidural in, but he told me I had done a good job and I felt almost immediate relief. It was amazing. I was so excited that I felt so much better and was so ready to take a nap! Unfortunately, it wouldn't last.

Within an hour, the strength of the contractions were pretty much back to where they had been early that morning, just not in my abdomen anymore, now it was all pressure downstairs. It was bad enough that I still couldn't sleep through the contractions (I was still getting one to two minute speed naps between contractions) and I either needed to squeeze the crap out of Jon's hand or, when I finally got him to take a nap, the railing of the bed to keep myself from yelling again. This went on for several hours despite me consistently pushing the button to up my dosage for my epidural (which P.S. no one told us that I even had a button like this, so for a while the epidural was almost all the way faded off again because I had no idea I was in charge of keeping it going).

There's not much to tell about the evening hours. I got a new nurse on the night shift who was absolutely incredible. She was also lucky enough to have gotten me post-epidural so this extreme favoritism towards her might be skewed. My family came and sat out in the waiting room pretty early on, despite me telling them to go home and rest as it could still be a very long time. I continued for hours and hours with the painful (though not as painful as pre-epidural) contractions and no sleep. I also remember being really hungry, but every time Jon or the nurse would bring me one of the things I was allowed to eat (popsicles, sherbet, broth, etc.) I wouldn't be able to focus through the pain to eat more than a few bites.

Something no one tells you is that the nurses don't continuously check to see how dilated you are unless you ask them to check. They kind of just let you be until your water breaks or you tell them that you're feeling the need to push. I was so terrified that I wouldn't know when it was supposed to happen though that I asked them to check every couple of hours. I sat around 8-9 cm dilated for several hours, and finally after my fourth or fifth time of asking the nurse to check me, she called in the doctor for her opinion on what we should do.

The doctor figured that since I had been so dilated for so long and seemed to have stopped progressing that it was probably because my water wasn't breaking that the baby's head couldn't move down further to fully dilate. We decided to break my water and get pushing. The doctor told me that as a first time mom with a vaginal birth, I could still expect baby to take another 3 hours or so of pushing to arrive. THREE HOURS? That sounded like a lot of work. But at around 2:40am I started in.

I never through the whole process ever felt a natural need to push, but the one plus of my epidural being so ineffective is that I could still feel every contraction coming so that I knew when I was supposed to be pushing at least. With each contraction I was told to inhale and then hold on to the breath as I pushed and counted to ten, then breathe out and repeat again. I'm not going to lie, pushing is no joke. Quite possibly the hardest thing I have ever done. Luckily I had such an amazing husband and an awesome nurse that were there by my side for every second and put up with all of my moaning, tons of questions, inability to follow directions (I kept wanting to breathe out immediately when I started pushing despite being corrected several times), and bad jokes between contractions. I was also unaware that the hospital sheet covering up the lower half of your body from view is only in movies. You quickly learn no shame during childbirth.

Photos Courtesy of 1708 Photography
Yup, I totally watched Tangled while I was pushing. Other favorites during labor included Fever Pitch, Little Mermaid, and The Holiday.

After a while, I started to notice that my last couple of pushes felt even more painful than usual and I literally felt like I was ripping apart when I would push. The nurse told me she could see the head and then called for the doctor on the walkie, "We need you in here, we're about to have a baby." Within seconds we went from just the three of us to an entire team of nurses, assistants, and the doctor who were quickly pulling equipment and bright lights out of the walls and ceiling. The doctor got down in front of me and started repeating some word I couldn't understand as I was pushing. I think she was only in there for two contractions before she told me to keep pushing even after my standard set of two counts of ten and then....there was a baby!

I can't believe how fast it went once the doctor was called in. There was tons of people and then POOF! Baby was here! Penelope AnnMarie entered the world at 4:01am after 25 hours of labor but only an hour and twenty minutes of pushing.

Photos Courtesy of 1708 Photography
Photos Courtesy of 1708 Photography
Photos Courtesy of 1708 Photography
The first couple of hours after Penny's birth are kind of a blur. Actually, more like snapshots. I can remember specific moments very clearly, but I don't remember much surrounding those moments. I remember being handed Penny the second after she was delivered. I remember that she was crying at first and almost instantly quieted once I was holding her. I, however, became a blubbering mess once I had her on my chest for the first time. Honestly, I was also partially crying due to the fact that the doctor was stitching me up (3rd degree tearing and 12 stitches) and my epidural was almost entirely worn off at this point so it hurt like crazy! I remember the nurse cleaning her off while she was in my arms, Jon being asked if he wanted to cut the umbilical cord, and Penny getting her first shots (where she once again resumed screaming and crying).  I remember my family coming in to see her and, soon after they left, Jon's parents driving over to the hospital to see her and to bring me a Diet Dr. Pepper, the one thing that I was craving more than anything after labor even though I'd eaten next to nothing in the past two days.

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After everyone had left, the nurse helped get me cleaned up (the preliminary mess had been cleaned by all of the staff right after the delivery and the rest had been covered up with blankets and sheets while our families came in to say hi) and then Penny and I took her first bath together. Then the nurse sent Jon off to figure out diapering and getting Penny dressed all by himself while she helped me out of the tub. ***Spoiler Alert: Jon learned a very important lesson that it matters which way you put the diaper on (tabs in back) because when he put the diaper on backwards I ended up with poop all over the front of my shirt a few hours later.***

Shortly after we were all squeaky clean, or as clean as we could possibly get after what had transpired earlier that morning, we were switched to a recovery room which was slightly smaller with a much less impressive view. We stayed in this room for the remainder of our stay, which consisted of a lot of visitors, a lot of getting checked in on by the nursing staff, and a lot of Jon being quickly thrown into parenthood as I could barely walk let alone do a lot of the changings and feedings by myself. We really didn't sleep much at all the entire two and half days we were there, but surprisingly we never really felt super tired. I guess we were just going on adrenaline.


When Jon did fall asleep at night, though, he fell asleep HARD. On the first night I literally thought he had died because the baby had woken up screaming to be fed and I was yelling for Jon, who was on the couch only a few feet away, at the top of my lungs and he didn't even bat an eye. I had to hobble out of bed and shake him by the shoulders before he woke up. I also learned how to master the skill of sleeping while sitting up in bed and holding Penny in my arms. I would completely pass out and then wake up freaking out that I had dropped her, but in actuality I had never moved a muscle. Pretty cool considering I normally toss and turn like a crazy person when I sleep. Mom instincts I guess :-)

By the end of our stay, we were actually really ready to go home and start adjusting to life with our gorgeous baby girl. All in all, we were super lucky and had a really positive experience throughout the entire process. The only real issue or negativity that we encountered was a rocky start to breastfeeding which I will write about in another post, but even that has worked itself out and Penny and I are both doing super well in that department now. Now, don't misunderstand me, labor and delivery are HARD. I still have nightmares about having to go through it again. But even a giant wimp like me got through it without ever saying I couldn't do it AND without pooping on the table. So there you go. I'd say that's success. And in the end, we got the most amazing, spectacular thing that has ever happened out of the deal. Seriously, this kid is incredible.

Professional Newborn Photos Courtesy of 1708 Photography

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Baby is here!

So sorry for the late update, but baby girl has been keeping me BUSY!

Penelope AnnMarie Legg was born on August 16th, 2013 at 4:01am at 8 lbs 2 oz and 20 inches long after 25 hours of labor and 1 hr and 20 min of pushing, one day short of 39 weeks. I promise I will do a post with her birth story and the couple of weeks of updates soon! For right now, I'm just enjoying every minute of being with this precious little Penny Peanut!



Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Week 38: Nothing Yet!

Well my hopeful predictions of Baby Legg arriving this past weekend were crushed and in fact, though I have becoming progressively more uncomfortable, she shows no signs of coming anytime soon :-( We're still stalled out at 1 cm dilated as of this morning, same as last week. We're so ready for you to get here...let's get the show on the road please!


How far along? 38 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 27 lbs up
Maternity clothes? Definitely. I've gotten pretty huge the past week, plus I've dropped even more significantly then last week so pretty much only maternity stuff is fitting these days.
Sleep? Almost none. I've had terrible insomnia on top of all the aches, pains, and bathroom trips. Yesterday morning I was up and wide awake at 3am.
Stretch marks? Still a ton but at least the itchiness has become manageable.
Best moment this week: Getting our to do list completely finished. There is no reason to keep stalling, Baby! The house is spotless, laundry is caught up, dishes are done, and I even painted my nails and shaved my legs. I'm ready!
Miss Anything? Lying on my stomach, getting a full night's sleep, Subway, and margaritas.
Movement: The past few days she's been more active than usual. Hopefully she's working on busting her way out of there.
Food Cravings: Grape soda and Nutella. Starting last night my appetite has been pretty much nonexistent, though, so nothing sounds super amazing.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Feeling a little nauseous all around. I tried a bagel with cheddar and jalapeno cream cheese this morning on the way to the doctor and wanted to puke after one bite.
Gender: Girl!
Pregnancy Symptoms: Still some minor swelling in my feet and ankles along with back pain, a ton of pressure down by my pelvic bone, insomnia, stronger and more frequent Braxton Hicks, nausea and loss of appetite
Labor Signs: 1 cm dilated, tons of Braxton Hicks, and I lost my mucus plug on Thursday (I know, gross)
Wedding rings on or off? On my pinky
Happy or Moody most of the time: Getting a little frustrated that I feel like I'm ready to go but my body isn't keeping up! I know she'll come when she's ready, though.
Looking forward to: Getting this baby out of me and into my arms!


To Do List:

Make Hospital Bag packing list
Pack Hospital Bag
Fold and organize baby clothes
Write out birth plan
Make list of "must do" items for when Baby gets here (breast pump delivery, short term disability form, etc)
Purchase remaining items off of registry
Make up some frozen meals for post baby
Write thank you cards for work baby shower
Write thank you cards for friends' baby shower
Figure out daycare
Stock up on postpartum items
Baby-proof the DVD shelf (have Jon attach it to the wall)
Put up the corner protectors in Baby's room
Figure out which insurance plan to set Baby up under
Write thank you cards for Legg family baby shower
Write thank you cards for Williams/Kammer family baby shower
Clean the house top to bottom


Monday, August 5, 2013

Week 37: FULL TERM!!!


How far along? 37 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 24 lbs up...big jump from last week!
Maternity clothes? Yup yup yup! Though the skirt I'm wearing in the picture is a post pregnancy skirt with a belly band for help.
Sleep? Almost none. Between going to the bathroom, back pain, and heartburn, Saturday night I was up 5 times (some of those times for an hour or so at a time), and last night I was up every 1 hr and 10 min like clockwork to go to the bathroom.
Stretch marks? So many! And they're getting really irritated and ridiculously itchy, so much so that my doctor prescribed me a pill and some cream to help calm down the itchiness.
Best moment this week: Hitting 37 weeks! Baby could come any day now according to our doctor! I told Jon that I no longer care what of our upcoming plans we'd have to miss out on if she came early; I just want her to get here!
Miss Anything? I'll stick with my answer from last week. Sleep and margaritas. And Woodchucks. Yeah....
Movement: Slowed down but still active!
Food Cravings: Grape soda is the new big one. And lemonade and diet coke.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing in particular is making me queasy or sick, but my stomach is getting upset more frequently and my appetite is kind of diminishing.
Gender: Team pink!
Pregnancy Symptoms: Crazy back pain, itchy itchy ITCHY stomach, reduced appetite, Braxton Hicks, and just all around uncomfortable-ness! She has definitely dropped, too, because I feel tons of pressure in my lower abdomen. Swelling in my feet and ankles has gotten somewhat better, though.
Labor Signs: Braxton Hicks have been coming on harder, longer, and stronger. I definitely feel them now, no question. AND I was dilated a good centimeter at my appointment this morning so we're making progress!
Wedding rings on or off? Wearing them on my pinky
Happy or Moody most of the time: Slightly miserable from being so uncomfortable, but super happy that I could be meeting my baby girl any day!
Looking forward to: Meeting Baby Legg!


To Do List:

Make Hospital Bag packing list
Pack Hospital Bag
Fold and organize baby clothes
Write out birth plan
Make list of "must do" items for when Baby gets here (breast pump delivery, short term disability form, etc)
Purchase remaining items off of registry
Make up some frozen meals for post baby
Write thank you cards for work baby shower
Write thank you cards for friends' baby shower
Figure out daycare
Stock up on postpartum items
Baby-proof the DVD shelf (have Jon attach it to the wall)
Put up the corner protectors in Baby's room
Figure out which insurance plan to set Baby up under
Write thank you cards for Legg family baby shower
Write thank you cards for Williams/Kammer family baby shower
Clean the house top to bottom (started)

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Quick and Easy Freezer Meals

As I posted earlier this week, my husband, sisters, and I spent about $250 on groceries and 8 hours cooking up a storm this past weekend in order to stock our chest freezer with lots of frozen meals for after Baby Legg gets here. While it was completely exhausting at 36 weeks pregnant to be on my feet for that long, I'm pretty certain it will be super worth it when I've got a needy baby and several sleepless nights and days under my belt. We ended up with 15 different meal options, most of which made A LOT (read several freezer bags and/or giant tupperwares worth).



The meals we made this time around were:

Noodles & Company Imitation Penne Rosa
Cheesy Ravioli Bake
Chicken Fajitas
Teriyaki Chicken
Tex-Mex Beef Enchiladas
Chicken with Honey Sauce
Sesame Chicken
Chicken Fried Rice
Potato Soup
Chicken Pot Pie
White Bean Chicken Chili
Apple Chicken Stew
Chunky Chili with Veggies
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Grandma's Spaghetti Sauce

The only ones I can currently vouch for are the Penne Rosa and the Spaghetti Sauce because I've made and frozen those before. Once we start unthawing and eating some of the rest of them, I'll post reviews and pictures.

Let's start with the grocery list. Don't freak out by the lengthy extent of the list...most of this was already in my cabinets and is probably in yours.


Meat
15 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast
2.5 lbs beef cubed
2.75 lbs ground beef

Produce
10 onions
16.5 tsp minced garlic
6 stalks celery
3 bell peppers
24 oz sliced mushrooms
5 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes
4 carrots
5 potatoes
1 apple
Large bag baby carrots
1 red onion
1 green pepper
1/2 small bag baby spinach

Canned
43 oz diced tomatoes with chilies
10 oz can enchilada sauce
12 oz chopped green chilies
24 oz tomato paste
1.5 jars spaghetti sauce
142.5 oz chicken broth
11 oz can white corn
30 oz Great Northern Beans (white beans)
14 oz diced tomatoes
1 small can chipotle chilie in adobo sauce
40 oz pineapple
14.5 oz Italian-style diced tomatoes
24 oz Alfredo sauce
8 oz tomato sauce
43.5 oz whole tomatoes

Spices/Oils
2.5 tsp cumin
7 tsp chili powder
4 tsp salt
2.25 tsp black pepper
2 bay leaves
1 tbsp basil
1 tbsp oregano
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp Lawry's seasoned salt
2 tbsp parsley flakes
3/4 cup olive oil
2 tsp garlic powder
1 packet chili seasoning mix
3/4 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp caraway seeds
1 tbsp cider vinegar
19 tbsp flour
1 tsp garlic salt
1 cup honey
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp ground ginger
2 tbsp sesame seeds
1 package fajita seasoning
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp sugar

Frozen
4 cups frozen corn
7 cups frozen peas and carrots

Dairy
8 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
1.5 sticks butter
1-2/3 cup milk

Misc
12 cups cooked rice
2.25 cup soy sauce
1.25 cups apple juice
6 tbsp ketchup
8 corn tortillas (6 inch)
1 cup teriyaki sauce
2 cups salsa
18 oz refrigerator ravioli

Before we started cooking, I prepped all the freezer bags by writing the date, the name of the dish, and any cooking instructions for once we were reading to thaw and eat.

Alright, and now for the recipes....

Noodles and Co. Imitation Penne Rosa
1/2 small bag baby spinach
14.5 oz can Italian-style diced tomatoes (drained)
24 oz Alfredo sauce
8 oz tomato sauce
8 oz sliced mushrooms
Red pepper flakes to taste

1. Saute mushrooms
2. In a large saucepan, mix Alfredo sauce, tomatoes, tomato sauce, mushrooms, and spinach (torn up) and red pepper flakes to taste. Simmer on low for 15-20 minutes.

To serve: Thaw sauce and serve with 1 lb box of penne.

Cheesy Ravioli Bake
18 oz refrigerator ravioli
1 jar spaghetti sauce

1. Place ravioli and sauce in freezer bag
2. That's it :-)

To serve: Thaw slightly and put in crockpot. Top with 2 cups shredded cheese and cook on low for 4-6 hours.

Chicken Fajitas
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 medium onion (sliced)
1 medium green pepper (sliced)
2 cups salsa
1 can of green chilies
1 package of fajita seasoning
2 tbsp olive oil

1. Place all items in freezer bag.
2. Toss and freeze flat.

After freezing: Place all ingredients in crockpot and cook for 6 hours on low or 4 hours on high. Remove chicken from mix, shred, and then add back in. Serve with warm tortillas, salsa, guacamole, lettuce, sour cream, and cheese.

Teriyaki Chicken
1 large bag of baby carrots
1 red onion
40 oz pineapple
4 cloves minced garlic
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup teriyaki sauce

1. Place all ingredients in freezer bags
2. Toss and freeze flat

To serve: Add 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce to mixture. Cook on high in crockpot for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours. Serve over rice.

Tex Mex Beef Enchiladas
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
14.5 oz chicken broth
1.5 tbsp chili powder
1 small chipotle chile in adobo (minced) plus 1 tbsp of sauce from can
1 small onion (finely chopped)
2 cloves minced garlic
3/4 lb ground beef
8-6 inch corn tortillas
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Make sauce: In a medium saucepan, heat 1.5 tbsp oil over medium heat. Add flour and cook, whisking occasionally for 1 minute. Add broth, chili powder, chipotle and adobo sauce, and 3/4 cup water; bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Reduce heat and simmer until lightly thickened (about 10 minutes).
2. Put sauce into an airtight container and freeze.
3. Make filling: In a 10 inch nonstick skillet, heat remaining 0.5 tbsp oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, and beef; season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook, stirring until cooked through (about 8 minutes).
4. Assemble enchiladas: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stack tortillas, wrap in tin foil, and warm in oven for about 10 minutes. Fill each tortilla with a heaping 1/4 cup beef mixture and 2 tbsp cheese. Tightly roll up. Arrange enchiladas seam side down in baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap and tin foil and freeze.

To serve: Thaw sauce in refrigerator overnight. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Remove foil and plastic wrap from baking dish. Pour sauce over top and sprinkle with cheese. Cover with foil and bake 30 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes until lightly browned and bubbly.

Chicken with Honey Sauce
1 cup honey
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/8 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tbsp vegetable oil
3 cloves minced garlic
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1. Put all ingredients in freezer bags
2. Toss and knead bag so chicken gets covered evenly in sauce
3. Flatten bag and freeze

To serve: Cook in crockpot on low for 6-8 hours or on high 3-4 hours. Serve over rice.

Sesame Chicken
1 cup soy sauce
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp ground ginger
2 tbsp ketchup
2 tbsp sesame seeds
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1. Put all ingredients in freezer bags
2. Toss and knead bag so chicken gets covered evenly in sauce
3. Flatten bag and freeze

To serve: Cook in crockpot on low for 6-8 hours or on high 3-4 hours. Serve over rice.

Chicken Fried Rice
WARNING: This makes a TON!
4 cups frozen peas and carrots
1/2 small onion (chopped)
1 tbsp parsley flakes
12 cups rice, cooked and cooled
1.5 lbs cooked chicken breasts, chopped and cooled

1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients
2. Mix well
3. Pour into freezer bags, seal, and freeze

To serve:
1/2 cup olive oil
8 eggs
3/4 cup soy sauce
8 dashes pepper

1. Thaw bag of rice mixture
2. Heat 1 tbsp oil in large skillet
3. Dump rice mixture into skillet
4. Cook and stir over medium heat, breaking up any chunks of rice, until hot (about 5 minutes)
5. Push rice mixture to side of skillet
6. Add 1 tbsp oil to empty side of skillet and add eggs
7. Cook and stir until eggs are thickened but still moist
8. Combine eggs with rice mixture
9. Turn off heat
10. Stir in soy sauce and pepper

I suppose you could do all of the prep work and cooking before freezing, but I like the idea of the fresh taste and it's not a ton of additional work.

Potato Soup
5 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes (diced with peels still on)
1.25 cups onion (diced)
10 tsp minced garlic
8 cups chicken broth
1 tbsp Lawry's seasoned salt

1. Place all ingredients into freezer bags
2. That's it :-)

To serve: Thaw. Place in slow cooker for 6 hours on high. Stir in 16 oz cream cheese and allow to melt, stirring every 10-15 minutes until soup is well blended (about 30 min to 1 hour). Garnish with cheese and crumbled bacon.

Chicken Pot Pie
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
3 cups frozen carrots and peas
2 cups corn
3 potatoes (peeled and cubed)
1.5 sticks butter
2/3 cups + 3 tbsp flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp garlic salt
4 cups chicken broth
1-2/3 cup milk

1. In a saucepan, boil peas and carrots, corn, and potatoes until mostly done. Drain and set aside
2. In a large saute pan, melt butter over medium heat
3. Stir in flour, salt, garlic salt, and black pepper
4. Slowly stir in chicken broth and milk
5. Boil then simmer over med-low heat until thick
6. Add chicken and veggies to gravy
7. Divide up between 3 freezer bags (makes enough for three pies) and freeze flat

To serve: Thaw filling. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Using 2 deep dish pie shells (1 package), place bottom pie shell on sheet pan. Pour gravy to fill up shell. Place extra shell on top of bottom shell (upside down). Make slits in the top of the pie shell to allow steam to escape. Bake for 45 minutes or until crust is slightly golden.

White Bean Chicken Chili
32 oz chicken broth
11 oz can white corn
30 oz Great Northern Beans (white beans)
1/2 cup sour cream
1 chopped onion
4 oz can green chilis
14 oz can diced tomatoes
1 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp pepper
1 packet chili seasoning mix
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1.5 lbs)

1. Cook in crockpot on high for 4 hours or on low 8 hours
2. Shred chicken
3. Put in freezer bags and freeze flat

To serve: Thaw and reheat

Apple Chicken Stew
4 sliced carrots
2-4 potatoes (peeled and cubed)
1 onion (sliced)
2 celery ribs (chopped)
1.5 tsp salt
3/4 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp caraway seeds
3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 large apple (cubed)
1.25 cups apple cider or juice
1 Tbsp cider vinegar
1 bay leaf

1. Mix together salt, thyme, pepper, and caraway seeds; sprinkle half of mixture over chopped vegetables
2. Layer remaining ingredients and the rest of the seasoning mixture in crockpot
3. Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours
4. Shred chicken and remove bay leaf once done
5. Put in freezer bags and freeze flat

To serve: Thaw and reheat

Chunky Chili with Veggies
2.5 lbs beef cubed
1 medium onion (chopped)
4 stalks celery (chopped)
3 bell peppers (diced)
4 cloves minced garlic
12 oz tomato paste
28 oz diced tomatoes with green chilies
1/2 jar of spaghetti sauce
8 oz mushrooms
1/2 tbsp chili powder
1/2 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp dried basil
1/2 tbsp dried oregano
1 tbsp cocoa powder
Pepper and salt to taste

1. Add all ingredients to freezer bags
2. Freeze flat

To serve: Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours

Chicken Tortilla Soup
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
15 oz diced tomatoes with chilies
10 oz enchilada sauce
1 medium onion (chopped)
4 oz chopped green chilies
2 cloves minced garlic
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 bay leaf
2 cups frozen corn

1. Put all ingredients in a freezer bag
2. Freeze flat

To serve: Thaw and cook on low 6-8 hours or high 4-5 hours in crockpot. Shred chicken after cooking and serve topped with fresh cilantro and tortilla chips.

Grandma's Spaghetti Sauce
WARNING: This makes A LOT!
2 lbs ground beef
1 small onion (chopped)
43.5 oz whole tomatoes
12 oz tomato paste
1/2 tbsp oregano flakes
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
8 oz sliced mushrooms
Parsley flakes to taste

1. Brown hamburger with onion
2. Combine hamburger and onion mixture with remaining ingredients and simmer covered for 1 hour
3. Remove cover and continue to simmer for another hour
4. Put in tupperware and freeze

To serve: Thaw and reheat


And there you go! I'd love to hear if any of you try any of these out what you think. Or if you have any great recipes for next time around, let me know!




Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Week 36: Final Stretch!

We're in the home stretch now and with all our other activities having slowed down, I've got nothing but time to anxiously await Baby Girl's arrival! We took our last prenatal class last Wednesday, we've toured the birthing center, had our last baby shower last Thursday, rehearsals for Sound of Music are done and there's only one weekend left of performances....besides our weekly doctor appointments, we have nothing left on the calendar besides Jon's family reunion this weekend and a big, fat, red circle around August 24th!

We got a ton done this week including finishing packing the labor bags, ordering the final "must haves" off of our registry, and folding and organizing all her clothes into the Ikea drawer organizers that we bought.


We pretty much spent the entire weekend cooking up a storm with my sisters to prepare a freezer full of meals for after baby gets here. We did around 14 different recipes that each made a TON (some filled 2 or 3 freezer bags) for about $250 and I'm sure we'll be very grateful we have so much stocked up in those first sleepless weeks. Click here to see my post on all of the prep and the recipes we used.




We also had our 36 week appointment this morning where my doctor started checking for any dialation. Nothing yet, which is probably a good thing so that she has plenty of time to get good and strong before she gets here, but I have to admit that I was slightly disappointed. Hopefully next week I'll have made some progress.



How far along? 36 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 21 lbs up...nothing gained for the last two weeks now. Maybe I never will hit the 25 lbs goal.
Maternity clothes? Almost exclusively
Sleep? Very little. Between running to the bathroom and waking up with lower back pain, I'm up every couple of hours or so.
Stretch marks? Bah! All over around my belly button (which is 100% out now, there's no denying it anymore) and my desperate attempts to stop them with the Bio Oil are proving futile.
Best moment this week: My last baby shower with my family :-)
Miss Anything? Sleep and margaritas. What I wouldn't do for each of those right now...
Movement: She's definitely cramped for room in there! She'll get in between my stomach muscles and just knead away with her elbows and knees and it HURTS! I'm excited to see all those movements on the outside!
Food Cravings: Lemonade and diet coke
Anything making you queasy or sick: Not really
Gender: Baby Girl
Pregnancy Symptoms: Feet and ankle swelling, back pain (especially my lower back), restless legs are back with full force, and some Braxton Hicks
Labor Signs: I still haven't had a ton of Braxton Hicks, but they're becoming more noticeable when I do have them. And no dialation yet :-(
Wedding rings on or off? On....my pinky. They still fit on my ring finger but I've been periodically checking to see if they were still easy to get off and yesterday when I checked I had to pry pretty hard to get them to budge so I decided I better move them before it gets to be too late.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy that we're so close to the end! Every day of pain brings us one day closer to meeting Baby Legg! I'm even past being scared of labor for the most part....I just want her to get here!
Looking forward to: Meeting our baby girl!

To Do List:

Make Hospital Bag packing list
Pack Hospital Bag
Fold and organize baby clothes
Write out birth plan
Make list of "must do" items for when Baby gets here (breast pump delivery, short term disability form, etc)
Purchase remaining items off of registry
Make up some frozen meals for post baby
Write thank you cards for work baby shower
Write thank you cards for friends' baby shower
Figure out daycare
Stock up on postpartum items
Baby-proof the DVD shelf (have Jon attach it to the wall)
Put up the corner protectors in Baby's room
Figure out which insurance plan to set Baby up under
Write thank you cards for Legg family baby shower
Write thank you cards for Williams/Kammer family baby shower
Clean the house top to bottom

We're ready for you, Baby Legg!!!!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Week 35: Achy, Achy, Achy!

Well, I have officially hit the uncomfortable stage this week! The terrible pain from last week has subsided, but my back pain has gotten worse again and is making sleeping difficult. I can't even roll over in bed without my entire lower back cramping up to the point I have to wake up Jon and have him help me get up because I physically can't move. I also woke up in the middle of the night with my first ever Charlie horse the other night....wowza is that terrible! Waking up screaming in pain with no idea what the hell is going on is not fun!

Besides the aches and pains, we had a pretty great week! Wednesday we had our tour of the birthing center at St Cloud hospital that was absolutely incredible (video tour can be seen here). Super happy to be giving birth after all the renovations! Plus taking the tour made it feel really real that I will be there in a few short weeks!

On Saturday, my mother-in-law threw Jon and me a lovely baby shower, and tons of Jon's family came out to celebrate Baby Legg with us! We had a great time and are super lucky to have such a great family!



I am wearing a pink belt with this dress, but you can't see it since it has been sucked into the abyss created by my pregnant chest and belly.....




Sunday we went to a Twins game which I was super excited about because I didn't think we would make it to one this year. It was HOT, but we had awesome seats, nachos, and lemon ices to make it all worthwhile. It wasn't the best game, but we had the best time!


I may look like a whale in this picture, but those are pre-pregnancy jeans I'm rocking (with help from my belly band) so take that, world!

In world news, Prince William and Kate Middleton had their baby boy yesterday. Sigh...Princess Kate, always trying to steal my thunder.



How far along? 35 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 21 lbs up...nothing gained this week despite my valiant efforts to eat as much as possible at the Twins game.
Maternity clothes? I'm still using the belly band with pre-pregnancy stuff on the rare occasion, but dresses and maternity pants are just so much more comfortable at this point!
Sleep? Getting more and more difficult!
Stretch marks? Several dark ones around my belly button (which is generally more outie then innie these days) but I'm hoping Bio Oil will stop any more from forming and/or keep the current ones from growing.
Best moment this week: Too many to choose from! Birth center tour, baby shower, and the Twins game were all highlights!
Miss Anything? Being able to have a beer in the heat at the baseball game.
Movement: Definitely not as much movement as before, just a lot of body parts sticking out at weird angles. I freaked Jon out Sunday night when I showed him how my belly had momentarily turned into the shape of a pyramid....I think she had her knee up in the middle of my belly or something. It is the most bizarre thing to watch happen to your body!
Food Cravings: Woodchucks, hot dogs, Diet Coke...all things I can't have!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope
Gender: Girl! Oh, man...please be a girl or we're screwed!
Pregnancy Symptoms: Back aches, especially my lower back and tail bone. Swelling in my ankles and feet have been pretty bad since our garage sale a month back, but it isn't painful and some days are better then others.
Labor Signs: If I've been having any Braxton Hicks I don't even notice them anymore. I am wondering, however, if she's started to drop at all because my heartburn has been less severe but my back pain has increased. Guess we'll find out at our appointment a week from today.
Wedding rings on or off? On and not too tight. Maybe I'll make it all the way through with them!
Happy or Moody most of the time: Back to being happy despite the discomfort. It just reminds me how close we are to the end!
Looking forward to: My last baby shower on Thursday with my family, prepping some frozen meals this weekend with my sisters for after baby gets here, and our 36 week appointment on Tuesday!


To Do List:

Make Hospital Bag packing list
Pack Hospital Bag (almost done!)
Fold and organize baby clothes
Write out birth plan
Make list of "must do" items for when Baby gets here (breast pump delivery, short term disability form, etc)
Purchase remaining items off of registry (shopping list made)
Make up some frozen meals for post baby (that's the plan for this weekend)
Write thank you cards for work baby shower
Write thank you cards for friends' baby shower
Figure out daycare
Stock up on postpartum items
Baby-proof the DVD shelf (have Jon attach it to the wall)
Put up the corner protectors in Baby's room
Figure out which insurance plan to set Baby up under
Write thank you cards for Legg family baby shower