Thursday, November 20, 2014


I've been looking for a rug for the baby's room. Knowing how kids are, I didn't want to spend a lot of money so that presented a challenge. Area rugs don't come cheap. However, I found this one on sale, and I love the polka dots to coordinate with the striped walls. I hope the yellows work together, rather than clash.

If I don't like it, there are free returns for 30 days, so it was a no-risk purchase.

The room is finally coming together.

I also heard from the person who repaired and restored our dry sink. It should be delivered this weekend. I can't wait to see it, and get it stocked with goodies.

I met with the upholstery lady last night and didn't find any fabric in her store that I liked, but she suggested checking out JoAnn Fabrics and gave me some hints on choosing a fabric.

After an hour of browsing, this is what I found. It wasn't my first choice because it's so plain, but the chair won't stay in the baby's room forever so versatility is important. There are tiny yellow flowers at each of the points. A throw pillow should tie everything together nicely.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Week 26

I just found out that I passed the three hour glucose tolerance test that I took at Quest yesterday. I had failed the one hour by ten points earlier in the month, but the nurse said all four of my numbers looked really good and that I am not a gestational diabetic.

Hello stuffing and pumpkin rolls!

The test gave me a headache, and I slept for about four hours afterward, but all in all it wasn't a bad experience. The Quest on McKnight has a private room with recliners and a television, although I had taken a book to read.

At any rate, that's another milestone behind me.

So, what's happening at 26 weeks? According to

Symptoms and Body Changes at 26 Weeks

By now you’ll be experiencing more frequent Braxton Hicks contractions which feel like menstrual cramps, and you’ll frequently feel the need to use the restroom and the need to lie down. Many women begin to experience pain under their ribs as the baby kicks and stretches inside the uterus. Try changing positions to relieve the pain. You may also feel more back pain due to your increased weight — you should have gained about 20–23 pounds by this point. Try to avoid weighing yourself daily or more than once a day, as your weight will fluctuate due to water retention.

Baby's Development

Your baby is growing quite gradually at this point, weighing about two pounds and close to 14 inches in length. During the twenty-sixth week your baby’s eyelids (which have been sealed shut until now) begin to open and blink on their own. The eyes are blue, but this will often change after birth. The development of your baby’s eyes is almost complete, and although he or she still seems very lean, fat is definitely building underneath the skin and will continue to do so until birth. The fetal heart is pumping blood, the lungs are developing blood vessels, and the circulatory system is fully functional. The umbilical cord continues to grow stronger and thicker and provides your baby with all essential nutrients. If you are having a boy, the testicles will move into the scrotum during this week.

About these Braxton Hicks contractions. . .I've never felt them, at least not that I know of, in any of my pregnancies. At my last ultrasound the technician told me she could see me contracting, but I didn't feel anything.

I'm carrying very low so I haven't felt kicking up in my ribs, but I do notice it sometimes against my pelvic bone. It feels weird, but not painful. It kind of makes me giggle. I don't know where the baby thinks s/he is going to move that bone.

Sal's playing drum set for Steubenville High School's musical, and I plan to attend a performance this weekend. He's had practice every night this week. I also need to get some pumpkin rolls baked. I want to make a couple for Thanksgiving, and a few for the neighbors too.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Baby Gear

After a lot of research and debate, I ordered this car seat, the Britax B-Safe.

All carseats are built to the same safety standards, but I liked that this one is lightweight. That's a big deal to me with my back/hip issues. This also has a 30lb weight capacity. Some carriers only go up to 22lbs, and both of my children were over 22lbs before their first birthday.

I also like that it's easy to install in a variety of vehicles. Some car seats are a real pain in the butt in this department.

The Britax B-Safe car seat also gets great reviews from parents, both online and in person.

It retails for around $180, but I found it on sale on both Amazon and Target for $121. I also ordered an extra pass.

Runner-up was the Chicco Keyfit 30. That one also gets very high ratings, but the weight of the car seat itself was the biggest turn-off for me. It was also significantly more expensive.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Baby Jump

I've caught my tummy bouncing around on a few occasions, but it's not an easy thing to do at this point. You basically have to stare at it and wait for the baby to move enough or kick hard enough. Well, Sal wasn't at home and I was feeling quite a bit of movement so I decided to see if I could capture it on video.

There are little bounces around 8 and 16 seconds, and a pretty good punch or kick right at the very end.

Enjoy. We did.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

First Communion Prep Class

Since Sarah goes to a Catholic School, quite a bit of First Communion prep is done in the classroom, but there are additional classes/meetings throughout the school year as well.

Today was her first class. Faith Formation and St. Ursula School second graders and parents met at the church at 9am. The children toured the church with a worksheet and learned about the different areas and items you will find in a Catholic Church. We talked about the baptismal font and associated articles (pascal candle, oils etc), we toured the sacristy and learned about the priests various vestments, we looked around the alter and identified the chalice and paten (among other things). I thought it was well-organized and definitely age-appropriate.

One of the Faith Formation teachers also read from one of the gospels, and discussed its significance.

When we were finished in the church, after about an hour, we went downstairs to the reception hall and had a light breakfast. Parents brought donuts, fruit, and other snacks. While eating, the children were given glass votives to decorate with tissue paper and glitter. These will be lit at their First Communion in the spring.

The teachers also had homework for the children. They were to color a page that will be displayed in the church at their First Communion. Sarah and I worked on hers Saturday evening. She was also supposed to write a prayer thanking God for her many gifts. That was private so I didn't take any pictures of her prayer, but it was sweet.

While Sarah and I went to the class, Sal took Emmy to swim class. It was a divide and conquer kind of morning.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Singing Her Heart Out

Sarah's on the end in a white shirt; blue flower in her hair.

Asking the congregation to join in the responsorial psalm.

Singing while classmates took the gifts to the altar.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Baby's New Ride

I fell in love with the City Mini stroller during a 2010 trip to Disney World. It's lightweight, easy to fold, compact, and steers / maneuvers like a dream. I couldn't justify one then because we had a perfectly good stroller already. I'm not settling this time.

The stroller comes in a multitude of colors, but I've decided that navy blue is a nice, practical choice. Don't think my heart isn't bleeding for the amethyst purple though.

I haven't pulled the trigger on it yet, but I will.