Friday, January 11, 2013


It's almost three in the morning.  Just about every night morning this week has lasted until two or three.  I'm in full-on vampire mode.  I'm making sure baby and I get our rest - sleeping in and/or taking cat naps here and there, but the baby bug has bit me and I'm having fun preparing, creating, cleaning and daydreaming.

Snipets of the past week...

We said goodbye to our tree this week.  Isn't it so much more fun to put the ornaments on
The needles managed to stay put much better than last year...remember our poor tree last January?

Steve threw it over the deck and put it in the front of the house with the rest of the trash.  Oh, our trash on Thursday - it was hilarious.  A Christmas tree, boxes galore and over a dozen trash bags (a result of my nesting madness).

The kitties and I snuggling by the tree one last time.

Mom's Christmas cookies...there's about 4 left.

Everyone knows I'm a crazy cat lady.  I've mentioned before that me (and my boss) take turns feeding the stray kitties at the offices I clean each week.  I often hang around a minute or two after filling their bowls - hoping to see at least one of them.  Tuesday, I turned to see a mama cat with her 3 minions trailing behind her.  I giddily broke out my phone to snap a pic and call Steve!  She was so sweet - watching over them, letting them eat all the food, while she sat back with nothing.  I had to go back in and grab her a bowl of food.
I promise, I won't mention cats again (for at least another photo).

Mr. surprised me with a dustbuster.  It's been getting a workout.

Back to cats?!
The flufflies always have to be where the action is.   Muffin sees a box and can't wait to make it her new home.  Twinkie sees, and grows very envious.

And feisty...

Cat attack!!

Still working on cooking and learning new recipes.  Happy to report no fires

Our doorbell has been ringing all week - the UPS man giving the signal that there's a package at the door.  Opening new things for baby each day gives me such a rush and makes her due date seem that much sooner. 

I bought our first bottle of baby detergent the other night.  I admit, I got teary at the grocery store.  Yes, I cried over detergent.  My friend, Kim, told me it's the best and smells so sweet.  She wasn't kidding.  I twisted the cap off, getting ready to wash the mattress pad, and instantly smelled "baby" (and got teary all over again).

Today, I stayed in.  It was a rainy day and I wanted to give my body a break.  I made a wreath for baby girl's room while watching trashy LMN movies.  I found out they put some real winners on during the day.  All I needed was a box of bonbons and I would have been completely set!

Muffin helped sprawled out on the batting.

Baby Updates...

Backtracking to the week before Christmas...

I was 26 weeks at that point and decided it'd be best to take the blood glucose test before all the holiday busyness set in.  I went on a Monday.  Drank the sugar-infested orange drink (I didn't think it was that bad...tasted like really sugary Gatorade).  And waited the hour until my blood draw.  I wasn't sure when my results would be in, but I was nervous for them.  I had heard it's somewhat common to fail the first test - failing the first one, not meaning you have gestational diabetes, but that you have to retest (The retest being a three hour deal - fasting, a fasting blood draw, drinking double the amount of sugar, followed by three more blood draws). 

When I saw I had a missed call the very next morning from my doctor's office, I knew. 
I failed.  The range needed to not exceed 130.  I was at 138.
The nurse told me it didn't mean that I had it, but that I would need to do the three hour test.  And to pass, would need at least three out of the four draws to not fall in the high range.
I called Steve, crying.  I've been so blessed to have an "uneventful" pregnancy this time around, and getting that call zapped me back to the past few years and all the "bad news" calls.  I, of course, worried about the baby, even though deep down I knew she'd be okay even if I did end up having it.  Steve assured me I'd be fine after the next test and told me to calm down with my blubbering and silly sobs -
 "I hope the baby is okay!"  "I know I shouldn't, but I feel guilty!" "Dammit, now I won't be able to eat my mom's Christmas cookies!" 

I went back to the lab bright n' early three days later, following the rules to fast for twelve hours beforehand.  They took my fasting draw and then I drank the lovely 100 grams of sugar down.  They offered me one of the little rooms in the back to "relax" in
in-between blood draws.  I was so glad I took it.  They told me I would probably start to feel a little sick and that the baby would be kicking me lots after that sweet concoction. 
And did she ever!! 
Baby girl was doing the electric slide for a good hour. 
I was feeling fine until hour two came along.  I was getting the sweats.  And the sugar, being the only thing in me for the past 14 hours, was doing its job.  I sat fanning myself with my book and praying not to hurl.  If you blow chunks, you're "disqualified" and need to start over another day.  Oh, heck naw!  Luckily, it passed fairly quickly. 

And luckily, and so gratefully, I passed all four draws!  No highs.  All normal and one low (exactly when I was feeling like puking)!
When I saw I had results up the next morning, I hesitated before opening them.
I felt so relieved and thankful, I cried (again)!

*We had our 28 week appointment last week. 
*Baby girl was kicking wherever the nurse put the doppler.  She was squirming around so much, it took about three minutes for her to get her heartbeat. 
*It's almost always in the 140's
*It never gets old - hearing those thumps.
*I'm (baby is) measuring right on track
*I've gained 18 pounds so far
*Still feelin' the energy...back is growing more sore...feeling extra vampire-y
*Doctor visits are now every two weeks

29 week bump shots

Except for the times I went out to clean or run errands,
this is the getup I've lived in for the past three days.
Only appropriate my bump shots were taken in it...

Just a couple days away from 30 weeks!
Looking forward to a weekend filled with more preparations!

Happy weekend!
See ya next week.

Weekend Lovin',


Jen said...

Peaceful happy dreams to you, late night lady : ) It's all great preparation for middle-of-the-night snuggling times in a few months.

Irfan Butt said...

yummy cookies..

Maria said...

I completely get the tears. This is really happening! You are going to be a mom in 10 weeks! I am so very excited for you! Enjoy those last few Christmas cookies!

E and R said...

So glad the second glucose test turned out good! What a relief!! You look amazing, as usual. Can't wait for you to get to meet your little princess!!

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Maria,
Your wonderful post with beautiful pictures have helped to brighten my morning as I fight the flu! I am so glad that you got good results for the final test and everything continues to go well with your pregnancy. You mentioned the baby doing the electric slide. This reminds me of the popular song "Electric slide" done by Jamaican singer Marcia Griffiths. Your cats are so cute It is good that you feed the stray cats. Your mom's cookies certainly look delicious. All the very best as you continue to make preparations for your baby this weekend. Lots of Love, friendship and best wishes to you, Steve and Beano!

Katharine (LauraKat81) said...

Yay!!!! So glad you passed the glucose test!! And I swear you've got the cutest bump ever! But how the heck are you almost 30 weeks?!?! Wow! Time is flying!

Nonny said...

Your posts always make me smile!!

Have a wonderful day!!
Nonny said...

So glad you survived the three hour test! I remember feeling like I was going to puke and needing to lay down and that was during the one hour one. You look fabulous and I am so excited for you to meet this precious baby girl soon!!! Hugs!!!

Puzzle peace said...

i love your post. and your pics never get old. enjoy these last 10 weeks. cannot wait for baby pics and seeing you hold your long awaited miracle.

Kari said...

Oh mama, my dr only does 3 hours tests because he said the one hour ones give a lot of false failures. It suuuucked..I was fine until about hour 2....right after the test was over, Jon and I went out to lunch and I ate my weight in food at Arby's. The whole time I was taking the test I thought for sure little man was gonna bust out of my stomach Kool-Aid man style. (OHHH YEAH!!!)

Hope you're doing great, gf!!


Kelly Blackwell said...

This is my first time here so congratulations on your pregnancy and passing your blood sugar tests. I remember that part got me nervous too. That was a dear picture of all the kitties enjoying the food you left them. We feed the strays too. Especially during this time of the year here in Arizona (Northern Arizona). We have had lots of freezing temps, and I can't imagine not leaving some food and water so the cats can keep their energy up to stay warm. I'm dropping by from Our Everyday Harvests blog hop and am a new follower. I hope you can drop by and say hello.

Miki said...

Hi, Maria! Congrats on having passed the diabetes test! I had no idea you had to drink something before getting tested. I've always feared the disease and think I might have it because I'm always thirsty. My mom had me tested when I was a child and it went negative, though.

I know! I always feel a tad sad when putting the Christmas tree away! When David found out, he said he didn't mind having it up all year round (we have an artificial one, of course), haha, but I think that wouldn't be right, hehe.

Thank you and your boss for feeding stray cats!!! :D That makes me very, very happy! I love cats so, so much! Thinking about strays being hungry makes me wanna cry; poor little things! I dream of opening a cat shelter or at least getting involved in one that already exists.

Also, thank you so much for your sweet words! :D Your comments always make me smile!

And the photos of your kitties in the box look like a flip book! :P Don't ever stop snapping pics of them!

Hope you, Steve and baby girl are having a wonderful weekend! ;D

Tight hugs!

Irish Carter said...

Hello dear sweet thing. I am so glad your second glucose test came back ok. are Rocky Balboa all the way. are killing me.....does baby girl have any potential names yet? I love the anticipation you leave us with. You are a gorgeous momma to be. Blessings and love.


Irish Carter

Stephanie N. said...

So happy to hear that things are going well! :)

I admit, I cried at two very odd points in this post. I cried about the kitties you feed (how sweet of you and your boss!). Animals always make me cry, lol. And then I cried at the Dreft. I can smell it when you mention it. I love it. I love babies. The imaginary smell of Dreft made me remember baby Logan and I cried.

lol. I'm such a mess this morning, right?!

Anyway, I'm so happy you're having a healthy, happy pregnancy with a sweet beebee girl! Can't wait to "meet" her. :)

I hope you're having a nice weekend, dear friend! <3

posh said...

I like all of the kitties.

Stopping by from the weekend blog hop to say hello.POSH

Brittany said...

You are so sweet to feed stray cats...they're lucky little kitties to have you taking care of them :). And YAY for passing your glucose test!! Atta momma :). Just when I think your bump can't possibly get any cuter, you post a new picture and I just sit here and tear are so beautiful, glowing, and are just absolutely MEANT to be a momma. I just can't wait until the day we see you holding your precious girl in your arms. And it's ALMOST here! It's gonna fly by...enjoying these last couple months carrying around your sweet girl! Hope you and Steve have had a great weekend!!

JP said...

Whew! It's great that you don't have to manage Gest Diabetes. Another blessing for this pregnancy. I hope the next few weeks go smoothly as you finish prepping her space. Have a great week!!

Melissa Ann said...

Hi, I'm Melissa from The Eyes of a Boy. Congrats on your growing baby!! How exciting?!?

I found you through the GFC blog hop and I am now following you. Please stop by my blog and follow back, if you wouldn't mind :)

Melissa :)
The Eyes of a Boy

Ashley said...

I had to do the three hour draw too with Kendra! No fun, but at least the hubby treated me to a pizza buffet after! haha! Glad all turned out well and that you and baby girl are doing well!

Jackie said...

Congratulations on your new baby that is coming. I came by from the GFC blog hop and wow I found this.

I love your blog and truly do wish you all the best. I am now following and hope you have the time to visit me.

Congrats again...I have grandchildren so I do know how very wonderful this is.

I hope you have a lovely evening!

Ashley at flats to flip flops said...

I can't believe you are almost there! Enjoy every minute!

waitingforarainbow said...

Ahhh the Mama and her kitties!!! How stinkin adorable. You're like my sister. Cats always seem to find their way to her.
I'm really impressed with your cooking skills. That picture looks delicious! And so healthy! You must get the skills from your Mama. I always drooled over the healthy dishes you posted that she made. I did the same for yours.
Glad you passed your test! I couldn't imagine having to sit through the 3 hour one, but it's all for the baby, right? :)
I can't believe you're already at 2 appointments a week. Like I'm literally a little freaked out at how fast the time has gone. Your baby girl will be here in no time, and then Haven will be about nine months old:'(.
Ohh and p.s. I think it's awesome you do all of your shopping online. Haha. The ups man is always at my door too!
Oxoxoxoxoxoxo *Heather

Jess @ said...

You look fantastic!

I had that crappy feeling with the trio. I drank the stuff, they took me back to do ultrasounds during the hour...I kept feeling dizzy and lightheaded, like I was going to throw up, and got cold sweats. I kept having to stop them during the u/s. I kept it down though, that was the one thing that kept going through my mind lol

Heather said...

I can't tell you the last time I saw 2 or 3 am (on purpose!) lol. It's always sad it see the Christmas tree go, but at least you are getting lots of fun ups deliveries! Happy almost 30 weeks!!!

Heather Nelsen said...

You are looking GREAT!!! I'm so glad you passed the second time around and made it through without getting sick! I can't believe you're almost 30 weeks! Where has the time gone?! Baby girl will be here before we know it! Glad you are resting and nesting. ;) You deserve it! :)


Heather Nelsen said...

You are looking GREAT!!! I'm so glad you passed the second time around and made it through without getting sick! I can't believe you're almost 30 weeks! Where has the time gone?! Baby girl will be here before we know it! Glad you are resting and nesting. ;) You deserve it! :)


LOVE MELISSA:) said...

How could you be almost 30 weeks already? What is the exact due date? Look at your bump! Can you seriously be any cuter! I think not!!! Boo for having to do the three hour glucose test but yah that you passed! Great news. I am so excited for you and Steve!

Irish Italian Blessings said...

So glad you passed that glucose test! I remember the drink not being as bad as everyone kept telling me. I loved that baby girl was electric sliding, she's not even born and already showing off her moves. Oh and LOVE the kitty pics!!

Dalayna Dillon said...

Hey there! I am stopping by from the followers to friends link up party. I am obviously a new follower and will be making my way through your blog. I blog over at Pointing Up. Talk with ya soon!


Clara Schoen said...

Hello! I am a new follower from Followers to friends!

I love your sweet belly and your cats are so pretty! Im working on some new recipes myself, but they all end up awful tasting lately. Oh well..:)

Stop by and say hello!

pamela said...

you certainly like cats, congra's on your buddle of joy.. and thank you for sharing your christmas

Bebe428 said...

Hi! I am a new follower from friends to followers blog hop. Congratulations on your pregnancy! You look amazing, and so cute to see the nesting beginning!!!! That pasta / shrimp / veggie dish looks AMAZING!!! Please post the recipe! Looking forward to reading more. Also, a PA girl!! Right outside of Philly :)

Melissa @ This Girls Life said...

Hi! Just stopping by from the FTF blog hop! New follower on your lovely blog, would love to have you stop by my blog sometime and follow back if you like.

Melissa @

Anonymous said...

New follower from the Aloha blog hop.

Great blog!


Tami said...

You would get along with my sister. She is known as a crazy cat lady too!! :-D

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