Friday, December 30, 2011

32 Weeks, 3 Days: 53 Days Remaining!

I can't even believe it!

I'm so excited to start my HypnoBirthing classes next Wednesday--you don't even know!  I'm trying not to think about being scared, and I'm trying to surround myself with positive stories and experiences, but I'm still nervous.  I mean, the reality of it is that he has to come out.  One way or another, he has to enter the world.  I'm so nervous!  Well, I'm nervous if I think about it too much.  I think right now it's still hanging around in that denial part of my brain.  Like, I haven't really embraced the fact.  I've thought it through and pictured it a million times, but I don't know.  I still think I'm going to wig out when I actually go into labor.  You know?

Little nudger is moving around right now.  Must be the coffee!! (Don't worry, it's just half caff!)

Starting Jan 1st, our new budget goes into place!  Nervous about this too!  My step-mom helped me set up this whole Excel spreadsheet thing to track it all.  I got the idea from the book America's Cheapest Family.  They suggest have separate "folders" within your account that list different things.  For example. you have $100 in your savings account--You'd have maybe $10 in the "fun money" folder, $15 in the "medical needs" folder, $5 in the "pet care" folder, $20 in the "car maintenance folder", $15 in the "clothes and grooming" folder, $10 in the "vacation" folder, and $25 in the "emergency savings" folder.  The idea is that every month you add money to these categories so that you have funds for your car registration, license renewal, walk in clinic co-pay, etc etc and you don't have to guess whether you "have enough" money or not.  I really like this idea, and it's an idea that I can understand.  I'm a very tangible person--I'd rather do this with real dollars in real envelopes, but I know that it's better to have it an a bank account, so I'm working on the computer part of it lol.  This is why my step-mom had to step in.  She's really good with Excel.  I got about 3/4 of the way there and then my brain just couldn't do any more.  I'm still trying to wrap my head around how Jan works out--because obviously I'm not starting at $0.  I guess I'm just entering all of our data into January and adding to it from there?

We're canceling our internet on Jan 4th!  SCARY!  BUT--the good news is this might not be as permanent as we thought!! Kevin got the Service Advisor position at the dealership!  So now he's not going to just be a parts guy anymore--he's going to be a service guy!  And it's going to be great.  He's going to be bringing home more money, so we can have more of a cushion!  I'm SO happy for him!  And for us, but mostly for him.  He deserves this.  He's worked hard there for 7+ years and it's about time he finally got a real raise!  So as soon as we start seeing the bigger checks, I can adjust our budget sheet accordingly.  But until then we'll assume the worst and hope for the best.

Off to check the bank account!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

31 Weeks, 4 Days: Christmas Eve

No Christmas Tree this year.  I knew that we had enough stuff to do with preparing for Little Chicken that I wouldn't want to add taking down Xmas decor on top of it.  The floor is still a mess, for one.  And I have all sorts of cleaning things that I imagine magically getting done between now and Feb 21st.  So yeah.

With that said, I do think we are going to go look at some Christmas lights tonight!  Should be fun!  We're making Cake Pops today as gifts for our friends and family.  They're pretty cool.  There is some challenges that I didn't expect though--for one, I didn't expect the candy coating to crack on some of them.  I realized that the cake pops were too cold and the candy coating was shrinking--and cracking.

Weighing in at like 135.  Hoping to NOT gain more than 140 according to my scale.  That only leaves me 5 more pounds.  Bleh.

Baby is moving lots!  Less jabbing now, more rolling.  It's funny because my whole stomach looks like a wave when he rolls around.  Too cute.  And he gets hiccups!  They're super close together, almost like a really slow heart beat.  I find this odd.  Apparently it's normal though. I can't believe we're down to the last 8 weeks.  This is so insane! Still trying to grasp the concept that there is a human being in my stomach right now.  A real person!  I know it's normal and all that, but when I look down, it's all just so crazy.  A new little person is chilling in my stomach.  Just nudging away.  Kevin said it really started to hit him when he had his hands on my stomach while I was sleeping and he was kicking and rolling around in there.  Made him really realize that Lil' Chicken has a mind of his own and is doing his own thing, even when I'm unconscious.  I'm glad he got to feel that :)  I can't wait to meet our little boy!

I got Kev a Daddy Diaper Bag filled with all sorts of diaper baggy things for Christmas!  I think he likes it, but I think he'll like it more when he actually gets to use it.  The only thing is that it's smaller than I thought it was going to be....but maybe that's a good thing.  I wanted Kev to have his own little thing for the baby--a daddy thing.  So much is mommy and baby--it's every where.  And I wanted Kev to have something that was just his to use with Lil' Chicken.  It's pretty cool.  I hope it holds up.

Just wanted to update.  It's been a while, so thought I'd pop in :)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

29 Weeks, 4 Days: Getting to the home stretch!

So I know it's been a while since I've posted, but I do keep journal on paper in a real book, too.  So I kind of switch back and forth between writing here and writing there.  I figure I'll eventually have this blog made into a book just to have :)  Then I'll have the blog book and the journal book.  Pretty cool.

Weighing in at like, 134 right now.  Hoping to NOT gain more than 6 more pounds! Better keep my pregnant tush moving!

Anyways, so earlier I was heating up some chicken nuggets in the toaster oven, and while I was waiting I was playing with Little Chicken's foot (he kept pushing it against my hand) and I was touching his foot when the timer went off on the toaster oven.  He jumped!  It was so cute!  I felt a little bad, too, but it was still cute.  Poor baby!  He has no idea what all is going on out here.  Must be weird being in a dark cubby hole like that.  I guess it's all he knows...but I still can't wait until he comes out to play.  We're going to have so much fun!  I have so many cute clothes for him.  I keep finding things!  I know he's going to outgrow them so fast, but still.  I want him to be stylin'!  And I have to take pictures.  Lots and lots and lots of pictures.  He will only be little for a short time.

I can't wait to meet him!!!!!!!!!