Sunday, December 4, 2011

Bought a Condo and more Baby Pictures!

Today Alexandria is one month old already...  holy cow!  Time does fly.

Aaron and I bought a Condo on Friday, so now I need to get our place ready to move and take care of a newborn!

Here are some cute pictures of our tiny family. :)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

It's a GIRL!!!!

On November 2nd, I had my 37 week prenatal appointment.  An ultrasound found very low amniotic fluid and the baby had not increased in weight since our 35 week appointment.  These factors were warning bells to the doctors,  so they said -- You are going to have a baby today.

They let us go home and get our birthing bag.  We both called into work and said, we are at the hospital being induced.

Nothing really happened on 11/2 other than I was admitted and they put in a medication called Cervidil.  It softens the cervix and makes the Pitocin work better to start labor.

They started me on Pitocin at 7 AM on 11/3.  It started some contractions but nothing really happened.  They wanted me to get to 3 cm and then rupture my bag of waters.    I really didn't want that.

At 4:30 PM after being on Pitocin all day they checked my progress and said we just were not having a baby today.  They turned off the the drip and said I could eat!!! ( I was on clear fluids since midnight.)

I was about one bite into a snack bar when I threw up.  My water broke on its own and I was in labor for real.

My midwife and her intern left for the night and had to be called back to work.

Since my water broke they wanted to put me back on pitocin to make sure my labor happened fast enough.

They started the drip again.

My contractions got really strong.  They put the baby on an internal monitor to make sure the baby was not in distress.

Aaron was an AWESOME helper.  He made me feel so much better.  He did counter-pressure on my back and helped me relax and just let my body give birth.

I wanted to have a drug-free birth, but the pitocin made things very intense.  Aaron said he was so worried for me and the baby.  He said he could tell my pain was at an "11" and when I asked for the pain medication.  He supported all my the choices for the birth.

It was very intense for a few more contractions, then I felt wonderful relief.    When I had a contraction I would take in a very deep breaths and try to relax.

My Mid-wife and her intern wanted to do another internal check at 11 PM and I asked if we could wait until 1 AM.

At 1 AM they were helping with a c-section.  I had started to feel "pushy" and called the nurse.

She checked me out and then contacted the Mid-wife and said that she would need to hurry back to deliver our baby.

The mid-wife made it back about 2 AM.  She asked if we could wait for the intern to arrive to deliver the baby.  I said sure.

So we waited for her to arrive.  It was about 2:10 when she arrived and was ready to catch the baby.

I pushed three times and the head crowned.

With the next contraction I pushed three times again and the baby was born.

I was worried about tearing but I didn't have any maternal birthing trauma.

I had a beautiful and easy birth.

Aaron then announced it was a GIRL.  They put her on my chest and Aaron cut the cord.  My Baby GIRL!!!!!

We named her Alexandria Ruth Scott.

She was born at 2:13 AM on 11/4/11
She weighted  4 pounds  15 ounces and was 18 inches long

Due to her size -- Aaron had to go out and buy another car seat so we could take her home.  She was too small for the car seat we had got (5 -70 lbs).

Mommy and baby
Holding my Daughter after being washed and given back to me.

Daddy and Lexi about to go home!

Going Home in the "Magic Hankie"

Friday, October 28, 2011

Everything is Perfect - Let's Induce.

This week I had my 36 week checking with the Doctor. 
She said:
Your blood sugars are great and under control by just your diet and exercise!
Your blood pressure perfect.  Baby still measures in the 45 percentile.
Baby's heart is perfect, the flow in the cord and placenta are great.

Then a totall 180'
We should not let you go past 39 weeks and induce you.

I got skid-marks on my brain.   Say what?!

It was like a slap in the face.   Why tell me how great everything is going and then suggest induction?!

An induction is a medical intervention if there is a risk to the baby and/or mother for the pregnancy continuing.

My baby is not in danger. I am not in danger.  There aren't any risks that would really call for an invention.

I reply that I'd prefer to let my birth start naturally.

She then throws out:

But your placenta could stop working and you will have a still birth.

Really?  I refuse an totally unnecessary medical intervention for my healthy pregnancy and she instantly says, "YOUR BABY WILL DIE."

I said we can re-evaluate in a few more weeks, but for now -- thanks, but no thanks.

The Due Date is not an expiration date!!!  

It's not like the baby MUST be out from my womb by that date or the power is shut off.

I have faith in my body's ability to grow and birth my baby.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Today's Home Inspection

Today I was present while Jim Duggan, Senior Inspector for RIA Solutions, inspected the Condo we intend to purchase with a fine tooth comb.

He was very pleasant and let me know what he was looking for while he was checking things out.  He found minor issues, but nothing that would prevent us from moving forward with our purchase.  I am not sure if Aaron would want the Seller to fix any of these things before we take ownership.

Jim checked the attic, the Heating and Cooling system, the water heater, all the Kitchen Appliances, the washer and dryer, all of the outlets, all the windows, the walls and ceilings, the faucets, drains, shower heads, toilets, and fireplace.

Most of the "issues" he noted are due to the age of the property.  They are not what is standard or "up to code" these days -- but are grandfathered in because of the age of the property.

We cannot fix many of them -- so oh well.

Some of his other recommendations we will act on once the place is ours like:
  • Get a new over-the range microwave and have it installed to code.
  • Install Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GCFI) outlets in "wet" areas.
  • Put a C-Clamp on the Fireplace Damper to make sure it always stays partially open to avoid a build-up of carbon monoxide.
  • Replace the bare bulb in the closet with a globe fixture, just so the bulb does not break if hit.
  • Pour liquid plumber down the slow drain in the Master bathtub.

There are a few other things that Aaron and I want to do with the place too -- but again that is just our preference.  Nothing that is wrong with the place.

Aaron has his heart set on getting new super fancy High-Efficiency washer/dryer set.

This one:

Since he does all the laundry I am totally cool with him getting the set. :)

Saturday, October 15, 2011


The Seller agreed to our price AND to cover the closing costs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  

 OMG! OMG! OMG!  We got a home!

We'll be riding double with our Apartment  until the lease is expired, but we really don't care and can afford to do it for a bit.


Made an offer for our first home purchase.

Aaron and I put an offer in for a 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo yesterday.

It was listed at 84,500 and we offered 80,000 plus asked the seller to pick up closing costs.  We also included a $2000 Earnest Money deposit to express we are sincerely interested.

Hopefully we will have an answer back later today if our offer is accepted or countered.

We'll see.

Here is a link to details and photos of the property:

It is 1314 sq. ft.  The estimated mortgage plus the community HOA fee is about $700.

Currently we are in a 960 sq. ft. 1 bed 1 bath apartment and pay $930 plus an additional bill for monthly water, sewage and trash removal.

Those costs are in our HOA.

We'd have an extra $200 a month for BABY!

UPDATE!!!!  When I go to my Agents website it says the property is no longer on the market...  That is either a good thing (did they accept!!!?!?!?) or a bad thing (someone beat us to it...)

The fact that it is suddenly no longer on the market the day after our offer was made should be a good thing right?

If we don't get it, we're back to looking and looking.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Baby has a COUSIN on the way!

This morning Aaron's middle brother, Michael and his wife, Amy annouced that they are 12 weeks along with their first baby!!!!!!!!

I am so happy for them because I know they had been trying for some time!!

Our baby has a cousin on the way!  Yea!

Today we had an ultrasound to see how our baby is growing.  Our baby is 33 weeks old and is in the 45th percentile for size, just a bit small, but not too small to be worried.   Who wants to give birth to a huge baby?!

We also were very lucky to get a 4-D image of the baby's face!


If you cannot see the baby here is an edited picture to help you see:

I have to go in every week to measure the baby to make sure it is not growing out of control due to the gestational diabetes.

I am so excited!!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Pregnancy Shape

There are less than 8 weeks before my due date and I thought by now I would FINALLY have the perfectly round buddah belly... but I don't.  My old ROLLS are still on my belly! :-( 

But as a bonus, I have not had any issue with strech marks because my skin can handle this size.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Baby Shower'ed

What a great time!  It was great to see everyone and it was a lot of fun!!!  I will be sending out Thank Yous soon!

My sister hired a great Karaoke DJ to provided entertainment for the "Jess-tival" when I was home over the weekend.  It was so much fun!  I can't wait for the pictures to be posted.
I remeber singing the following, but there were more:
  • Carly Simon - Nobody Does it Better (the theme from the James Bond film The spy who loved me)
  • Nancy Sinatra - These boots are made for walking
  • Rihanna  - Only Girl in the World
  • Willie Nelson - Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
  • B-52s - Love Shack
  • Don Williams - Some Broken Hearts Never Mend
  • Eminem & Rihanna - Love the Way you Lie
  • Lady Gaga - Bad Romance
  • Katy Perry - Last Friday Night
My family and friends also sang.  I should have taken videos with my phone!  By the end of the day my feet were so SORE but it was so much fun.  I slept like a baby in the hotel bed that was so uncomfortable the night before.

The party was wonderful and our baby now has lots of great books and some very imporatant basics. 

Aaron's co-workers are throwing us another shower on Friday at his work.  My co-workers will likely follow suit in a few weeks, and our friends down here have expressed a desire to throw a shower too.  So hopefully the baby will be pretty set to join the outside world.

I was thinking of updating our Baby Registry on to just have the items we really need, like cloth diapers, cloth wipes, onesies, and sleepers.   I put lots of cute things on the registry, but when it comes right down to it, THE BABY NEEDS TO HAVE DIAPERS... not a Green Bay Packers footed sleeper.  (But it is SO CUTE, I still want it!!!)

(Cute right?!)

Again, Aaron and I greatly appreciate all the wonderful gifts we have received already and I will be sending out personalized thank you cards soon!!!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Baby and I are okay after a scary weekend

On Sunday I fell.

Aaron and I were walking across a parking lot to our car, and my shoe slipped.  I tried to catch my balance, but I knew I was doomed to have let gravity have its way.

I started to fall face first to the asphalt.  Instinctively, I turned so my right side would impact before baby.
I tore up my right hand pretty good, right wrist sprained, right shoulder bruised and bloody, right knee and the top of my right foot both scraped up too, and the smallest injury was to my right cheek.

But what about the baby?!?!?!

At first I just laid there my mind freaking out. Aaron was right there.  He and a woman who saw me fall helped me get up.  I knew I wanted to get to a hospital to make sure the baby was okay, but I was also covered in sandy dirt and blood.

I went in and washed up, then Aaron drove me to the ER.  When we got to the ER they sent us to Labor and Delivery.  L&D sent us to Labor Holding where they hooked me up to contraction and fetal monitors.  We then spent 4 hours waiting to see if I would go into labor.

Being stuck in a bed hooked up to stuff was SO BORING, but Aaron was amazing.  He did his best to entertain me and just be silly. It was so nice to have him there to distract me from my injuries and worry.

Baby was active, with a steady heartbeat, and after 4 hours of monitoring -- there was no sign of pre-term labor!  Since I was 28 weeks and 4 days at the time of the accident, our baby would have a high chance of survival with intensive neo-natal care, but I am glad that the baby did not show up on Labor Day!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Last Trimester!

My due date is less than 12 weeks away now.  Soon we will get to meet this brand new person Aaron and I created together!

In two weeks we'll fly back to Wisconsin for the shower.  I am pretty sure that the flight will be fine.  I am SO GLAD Aaron will be with to help support me.  

I meet with my doctors again next week on Wednesday and Friday, so I can get the green light to take to the skies!

My blood sugar has been right on target, so things are going fine with that.

Aaron and I are studying up for our baby's Birth Day online, although I should take the tour of the Hospital... but I also work for the Hospital where I will have our baby... so I might just ask someone to take me.

Friday, August 19, 2011

I Have Gestational Diabetes

On Monday I got that call that my test came back positive for Gestational Diabetes.

On Wednesday I was in a half-day class learning about Diabetes and how to eat to control my blood sugar and help the baby too.

I want to stress that baby and I are doing FINE, but I do have to check my Blood Sugar 4 times a day and test for Ketones in the morning.

When I think about the baby, it makes all this okay. 

My co-workers laughed and said that my pregnancy is doing a great job of preparing me for motherhood. Just one thing after another and making my life a hassle already. ;)

It's 96 days before my due date.  I am so excited.   In less than 100 days I will be a mom, I will have a baby and know if it is a boy or a girl!

We want the gender to be a surprise.

We have the names picked in no particular order:

For a Girl we like:  Alexandria Ruth
For a Boy we like:  Roger Joseph

Both names have lots of family significance.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Ordered to Eat 3 Candy Bars a Day

My blood sugar was high on my Gestational Diabetes screening test, so now I have to take the full blown glucose tolerance test.

Here are the instructions to prepare for this test:


Yes. I have to eat 3 candy bars or half a dozen piece of bread EXTRA for the next 3 days...

Then nothing by mouth after midnight -- not even water.

When I go in for the test they will give me a sugary drink.

They will then draw my blood every hour for three hours.

Then I will finally be able to DRINK WATER and have some breakfast.

I will find out next week if I truly have Gestational Diabetes.

This is happening on Friday.   

Also on Friday we go back in for our third Ultrasound with the Fetal Specialists.

This is the thrid attempt to see if the baby has a neural tube defect.  There is one view they just cannot seem to get because the baby's head is not in a good spot to image.

I'll let you know more when I do!


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Waddling to Wisconsin

My mom and my sister have twisted my arm into flying back to Wisconsin for a baby shower.

Sept. 17th, so save the date!!!  (30 weeks pregnant, 7 months along)

We were going to fly into Madison, but Milwaukee flights were about 100 less per person!  We were able to add a rental car and a hotel in Milwaukee for less than two tickets to Madison!  Geez!

Baby is growing right on target, but my fetal specialist still has not got the image she wants to finally say the baby does not have a neural tube defect.

At this point -- I don't care.  I'm having this baby, and if he or she needs special care, so be it.  I'm going to love him or her to bits!

I am 22 weeks and can really feel that baby moving and groving.  Sometimes it makes me jump, then the baby jumps because I jumped.  It is cute.  I am looking forward to when Aaron will be able to feel the baby move too.

I sing the ABCs to the baby and the lullaby "All the pretty little horses". Apparently hearing these songs now and after the baby arrives will make them more soothing to the baby.

Have I mention that Aaron is the best husband ever?   Seriously -- he is perfect.  He makes supper and brings it to me.  He fills my water glass when it gets empty. He does all the dishes and the Laundry.  He's doing the grocery shopping too.

All I have to do is be comfortable and relax.


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Referred to a Fetal Specialist

Last Monday I got a call saying my blood test came back with a 1 in 266 chance of Spina Bifida and a 1 in133 for other open neural tube defects.

I was very upset by the news and had to take the day off of work because I became a crying mess.  I think I would have been okay if the doctor didn't say: "We can do additional testings and see if you want to continue the pregnancy."

Continue my pregnancy...   wait,  WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

Did he just tell me, "Your blood test was a little off, so you may want to kill your baby."

ARGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I WAS SO MAD!!!  

He also said I needed to schedule amniocentesis or a diagnositic ultrasound so we can learn for sure if our child does have a birth defect.

Knowing the risks posed by amniocentesis I asked for the Ultrasound... but when we went in the baby was not cooperating, so they could not see if the markers for Spina Bifida were there.

I was then referred to "Maternal-Fetal Specialists" who specialize in high-risk pregnancy and birth defects. 

There is a 99% chance that my test was a false positive and the baby is healthy. 

All testing to this point has also said the baby is fine and developing right on target.

So we went to the specialists to have a super high-res diagnostic ultrasound -- and again they could not see what they needed too!!!!  But what they could see looks NORMAL.

So we will go back on the 15th of July, when the baby will be bigger and hopefully in the right position for them to look.

Baby and I do not need this stress!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Wisconsin Wedding this Weekend!

Aaron and I are in his brother's wedding this weekend!

We are flying NON-STOP direct from Atlanta, GA to Madison, WI. 

We arrive Friday night about 8:15 PM CDT then get our rental car and check into the hotel.

The Wedding is at 2 PM on Saturday. 
I hope I can spend time with my mom and sisters Saturday morning beforehand!!!

Then before the rooster crows on Sunday -- Aaron and I are flying back to Georgia.

It sucks that we cannot stay longer, but we both have such limited paid time off. 
And we are trying to horde it for when the baby arrives.

I love my family, but I need to get SOME income while on Maternity leave!

I want to take the full 12 weeks off, but so much of that will be unpaid unless I scrimp and save every hour I can get!

12 weeks is 60 days of work.   60 days at 8 hours a day is 480 hours.

We are saving money now in preparation for the time off without pay.

After the 12 weeks is up and I return to work (that is the plan) we hope to hire a nanny.

I thought about quitting my job and being a stay at home mom, but it is better financially for us if I keep working.

I want to breastfeed but I can pump.  When I go back to work the baby will still have my milk... just not from the source. ;)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

13 week, 2 day ultrasound images.

Today I am 14 weeks pregnant.  The pictures are from the screening test we had on Friday. 

Everything came back looking super healthy and awesome!

We heard the heart beat and it is so crazy to see the new person GROWING in me.
It was so thrilling and scary at the same time!

In a few more weeks I will be able to feel the baby move!!!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Second trimester - here we come!

I am 12 weeks and 2 days pregnant today.  I have 194 days to go before my due date!

Aaron and I will have our next prenatal appointment in a week.   Hopefully I will get a picture of the baby again!  

We want to have the gender be a suprise, so I hope the baby and the tech are able to keep their mouths or legs shut!!!

Lots of mint green and yellow in the baby's future (Orange, white, cream, gold, silver, grey, black and brown.  Neutral Colors)

When the family arrives they can bring the blue or pink.

We are not hoping for a boy or a girl... we just want a health baby.

I have started putting together a Baby Registry on, but it is not "fully baked" yet.

We are going to use cloth diapers, and I am going to give it my all to breast feed. 

Even though we are miles away from any family,  I work at a Hospital that has nearly 50 births A DAY, so I have lots of great resources right here.  (Plus the employee discount! Score!)

Being due the day before Thanksgiving means that last minute travel to see the baby would be INSANE and costly.    Plus who really knows when the newest Scott will make his or her grand enterence?!

Any guesses on if it is a boy or a girl?  My husband's co-workers are having a field day.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Arthritis Walk - 11 weeks pregnant

I joined the Arthritis Walk and made a personal commitment to help more than 50 million people who live with arthritis and the families that support them.

I'm not moving alone. By joining the Arthritis Walk I became a part of Let's Move Together - a nationwide movement of like-minded people who want to get a healthier lifestyle and change lives at the same time.

Please support me by making a donation to help fund arthritis research, education, and community programs. And don't stop there! Think about getting more involved by joining my team or starting one of your own.

I appreciate your support and on behalf of the people who live with arthritis pain, THANK YOU!

This weekend is Mother's Day.   Do I count as a mom now, or do I have to wait until next year?

I got a bunch of books on parenting and a journal for tracking my pregnancy... but I have no Idea who sent them!  I thought Aaron might have order them, but nope.  He thought it was his family, but they didn't say a thing about the books either?!

So... thanks for the books, whoever sent them!

I think as a Mother's Day "date" Aaron and I are going to go see THOR, then maybe out for a well done steak.

I miss sushi...

Friday, April 22, 2011

Love at first sight!

Last Friday I had a Confirmation of Pregnancy appointment at my OB/GYN.

Here are the pictures of my sonogram.  They are nothing like the image on the HDTV they had on the wall.

The Tech had our baby on the screen clear as day and we could see the baby's heart beating away!

I was awestruck.  There was our baby!!! 

Friday, April 15, 2011

FINALLY Pregnant

YES+  My positive pregnancy test!

Taken 3/21/11 @ 10:09 pm  Lat. 33.93', Long: -84.33'

Aaron and I were finally successful at conception.  My due date is calculated to be November 23rd/24th  Thanskgiving!!!   But who knows when our little sweetheart will acutally arrive.

Lilypie Pregnancy tickers

I am writing this when I am 6 weeks pregnant.  It has been 10 days since my positive home pregnancy test.  We are trying to keep this a secret for now, but it is so hard.

I wanted to call my mom the SECOND after that test said YES+, but Aaron said let's wait until we know the baby is okay.  He is paranoid that I will miscarry -  but I don't drink or smoke or do anything that would really put the baby in harms way.

The only thing that is an issue is my age... I am 33.  I am just under the HIGH RISK PREGNANCY age of 35.

After the ultrasound and the doctor saying "looks good" -- We will be able to FINALLY share the news!

We want to have the baby's gender be a surprise at birth.

I look forward to finally being a mom!  Then I can blog about losing the baby weight! ;)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Am I in a Romantic Comedy?

Are there hidden cameras following me around? Because I swear the last few days have feel like I am in a Romantic Comedy. This could be a movie.

Last week Aaron picked up a CD with subliminal messages to make him more the “Casanova / Don Juan” type. He has listened to it in his sleep and while at work the last few days.

Aaron is now so romantic and so perfect with what he says, I feel all giggly and loved to bits!!! But here is the snag…

Now he insists that he is my lover, not my husband, and that we are “cheating on my husband.” But he is my husband… and when I say that he gets huffy and says, “I’m nothing like that ******* who would let his woman be sweep off her feet away from him.” This is shocking because Aaron never used to swear.

“Lover Aaron” has bought me a beautiful Orchid and taken me out on “dates.” We must really look like a puppy-love dating couple because we are asked at the end if we want separate checks.

Aaron then says: “I’m old-fashioned and would like to pay for everything.” I think to myself… “But we have a joint account!”

Last night really took the cake.

Aaron and I carpool. He drops me off at my work on the way to his. At the end of the day he also picks me up to go home.

In the rush to get to work on the Monday after the “spring ahead” time change, I did not have time to shower and forgot my keys.

Aaron then says that after work he will draw me a bubble bath and wash my back.  So after a full day of work and I am thinking about getting home and getting clean!

I send Aaron a text around 5:45 PM asking when he will be arriving.

At 6:00 PM he replies: I am shopping.

I remind him that we need butter.

At 6:13 he replies: I knew I forgot something!

So I figure he is on the way and head down to the lobby of my office building and play Angry Birds on my Droid X to kill time.

6:57 PM
I call Aaron to ask if he will be there soon. 
He says that he is on his way there.

7:43 PM
I send him a text saying: If I knew you were going to be this late I would have looked harder for my keys… starving. :-(

7:53 PM
I call his cell with no answer.

7:54 PM
Aaron calls me to say he is on his way and we will do dinner at Maggiano's.

8:15 PM
Aaron finally arrives at my work and we head to the restaurant.

We get there and seated by about 8:25. We were given as basket of warm bread, but no olive-oil to dip the bread in. We didn’t get any drinks either.

I am very hungry but don't want to load up on bread… especially dry bread with no lubrication or beverage to wash it down!

Eventually we got some service and it was nearly 10:00 when we finally got home.

I wasn’t sure if we were going to do the “bath thing” but Aaron starts “setting up.”  I ask if he needs any help or should I let it be a surprise?

He says he wants to surprise me, so I grab a book and wait in the living room.


Aaron comes into the living room to announce: We are out of hot water and the tub still isn’t full.

Having taken lots of baths before I ask are you sure you pushed the plug down into the drain? He says, yeah… but then I hear him go back into the bathroom and the distinctive Click-POP of the drain followed by a “Oh.”

I am ready to just “throw in the towel” on this whole romantic bath thing, but Aaron is trying SO HARD to make it work.

He starts microwaving water and carrying it into the bath!

Having lost all patience I follow him to the bath spot a small bag from Bath and Body Works on the floor. There are small candle jars burning on 3 of the 4 corners or the tub. Not only is the fragrance wonderful and inviting, but they also MATCH the towels and shower curtain -- amazing. The candles had been burning for at least an hour now and they had filled the air with a wonder relaxing fragrance.

In the bath itself he had selected the bubble bath called “Dark Kiss” and had sprinkled the bubbles with the petals of a dozen dark pink roses!

Everything was perfect, except the water was ICE COLD.

Aaron continued to carry boiling hot water in one microwave-safe bowl at a time, but the water barely got warmer than a pool.

By 11:30 I thought, "Temperature be damned I'm getting into that bath!"

So I step into the tub and let my feet get used to the temp. Aaron asks, “Is it warm enough?”

“Warm enough for me!” I smile and sit down into the tepid tub.   Every submerged skin cell in my body screams: “ARE YOU INSANE!?! THIS WATER IS COLD!!!!”

I rebuke myself. “You will get used to it… like swimming in a cool pool or lake!”

Aaron smiles at me in the tub and goes into “Phase Two.”

(Who knew he had more planned?!)

He brings in fresh strawberries and a bottle of Pinot Grigio!

Here "Lover Aaron" surprises me by having wine too.  What?  Aaron NEVER drank before ever.... What the hell!?  He says it goes great with the strawberries, and he is right.  The combo is totally delectable!
At this point I am certain the water heater has had enough time to recuperate. I drain out about 4 inches of the cold water then resealed the drain. Adding a few more squirts of “Dark Kiss”, I take a deep breath and crank the dial all the way to hot. It was a gamble but within seconds I was rewarded with scalding hot water!

At last, the bubble bath achieved the perfect sensuous temperature! Bliss!

It was about 1 AM before I was toweled off and got to bed… but it was wonderful if you don't count Aaron getting lost, being 3 hours late to get me from work, slow service at the restuarant, and then using up ALL the hot water trying to fill a bath with the drain un plugged --  It was wonderful.

I am not sure how long "Lover Aaron" will be around, but he's amusing as hell to have around.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

No Smiley

I got the Clearblue Easy Digital Ovulation Test but never got a smiley face. 

Rather than think the product is a piece of junk, I worry that my body just wasn't ovulating.  

I have my period every 28 days, so I am the text book example of menstration -- Linked to the Moon's cycles.  Full Moon = Period   New Moon = Ovulation

But I also have PMDD -- Pre-menstral disphoric disorder -- so my hormones take me for a hell of a ride.. but it is a consistant ride!

I am on 23 of this cycle and I am feeling all PMS-y and not preggers.
(Even though we never got a smiley face, it doesn't hurt to practice -- right?)

I take vitamins and drink orange juice for the folic acid.

An ultrasound of my lady parts said nothing looks out of place.. so come-on ovaries, start releasing eggs!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Still Trying....

Yesterday I turned 33.

If Aaron and I are not successful at conception soon, my age will automatically make me a High Risk Pregnancy.  : (

I try not to let it scare me, but it does.  I really worry about being able to have a healthy baby.   We have been trying to concieve for a few months now - but so far, no luck. 

I have hope on my side though. My mother had a very healthy baby girl when she was 42.. so I should have about a decade of childbearing left in me.  TICK. TICK. TICK.....

So I was talking to my friend who is a new mother and she said that she and her husband tried for months with no luck.  Then she tried using a digital ovulation detector.

This one:
Clearblue Easy Digital Ovulation Test

She got preganat with their son Jeffery Allen as soon as the smilely face told her to "GET BUSY."

I am thinking about picking up a kit since this month also proved unsucessful...
I am really looking forward to testing my pee.  ; )



Thursday, February 10, 2011

Braces come off tomorrow!!!

I've spent the last two years in braces.   Tomorrow - they FINALLY are coming off!!!!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Don't eat at the Super Bowl Party - CHEER for the Packers!

Okay, so maybe you didn't even know who is playing in the Super Bowl this year - but I want to get those of you who are more interested in the comercials than the game a reason to cheer on the Pack!

1.  Clay Matthews (Outside Line Backer - #52 DEFENSE)

You will notice this guy in Green and Yellow - his long blond hair flowing from under his helmet  -  as he attacks the guy trying to throw the ball for the team in black and yellow.   Nice huh?

It is Clay's second year in the NFL - and he's got 10+ sacks each season.  A NFL First.  This guy is HOT in so many ways.....

2.  Green Bay is a Non-Profit Corporation - no owner.
How does a city with a population of just over 100,000 keep an NFL team?   Well let me tell you a story. 

Way back in 1919, Earl "Curly" Lambeau asked his employer - The Indian Packing Company - to give him money to help start a professional football team and buy the uniforms. He was given $500 for uniforms and equipment, on the condition that the team be named after them.

Today "Green Bay Packers" is the oldest team-name still in use in the NFL, both by its nickname and by virtue of remaining in its original city!!!

The Packers joined the NFL in 1921 - just 1 year after the leauge was created.  Sadly that inital $500 didn't hold out long and it seemed the Packers were doomed!   But Lambeau and 4 other Green Bay business men were determined to raise the funds to keep the team alive.   They incorporated the team as a non-profit corporation, sold stock, established the Green Bay Packers Board of Directors.

That's right.  The PACKERS are a non-profit corportation without a "owner" or president.  It's owned by the fans/shareholders.

Never will a Millionaire say "Build me a new stadium or I'll moving the team to a new city."

The Packer's mean heritage and true love of the game.

3. Bring the Lombardi Trophy "Home"

The pretty silver Super Bowl trophy is called the Vince Lombardi Trophy. 

Vince Lombardi was a ledgendary coach of the Packers.  It would be nice to bring his trophy "home." to Green Bay. 

The Packers have won 12 NFL championships.  The more than any other team.

4.  You love the Underdog.

The Packers are a cinderella story this year.   The Packers barely made the play-offs and have been in a MUST-WIN sitiuation since December to get to the Super Bowl.  They beat all the odds and are close to making history again!

5.  Donald Driver 

After 12 years in the NFL, Donald Driver (Wide Reciever -  #80) will be in his first Super Bowl.  He is thrilled that many of his family will be there since his home state is Texas, and the Super Bowl is in Dallas this year.

6. You don't support Homophobic slurs.

"Haters" of Green Bay tend to make Ad Hominem abusive remarks about the team's name and fudge.  They also tend to make jokes about "cutting the cheese."

These types of remarks are low-class and offensive.  If you are at a party and someone starts making rude comments "jokingly" - call them out instatntly.   Tell them you do not find that type of comment "funny." 

Don't be a hater.  Don't sit by idle while other hate.