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Friday, April 30, 2010

Dinner with Daddy

















AJ and I drove to San Francisco last evening to meet my Dad for dinner. We made great time, the drive was a breeze until we got to the toll :( What should have taken 10-15 minutes to get to his hotel, took 45!! So that was 45 minutes wasted we could have been with him but it was no biggey. We picked him up and headed over to our favorite restaurant Slanted Door at the Ferry Building across from The Embarcadero. The day before we tried to get a reservation and they were booked, so AJ called our Amex concierge and they scored us a reservation! we had a great table waiting for us and an amazing meal, but most of all we had a wonderful time catching up with my dad.He's the best ever and I love him so much and so does AJ:) After 2 weeks of travel he finally gets to return home to Anchorage this evening and I hope he and cute little mom have a nice relaxing weekend together :) I really miss them, sniff sniff.






I was soooooo tired this afternoon- probably because it's Friday, I worked out this morning and missed an hour of sleep last night- I got home from work at 4:20 lay down at 4:30 and woke up at 8:30!! Maternity portraits are tomorrow at 11AM, this photographer better be as good as I think she is because I'm gonna need all the help I can get! Oh boy, wish me luck :)

Thursday, April 29, 2010

29 Weeks!

Here we are- 11 weeks to go!! 11 weeks sounds so short, yet so long when it's something you're so excited about. All in all this has been a great week and I hope they keep getting better and better! I'm still on the cottage cheese and canned peaches kick, (had to switch to no salt added cottage cheese, I almost fell out of my chair when I saw it has 400mg of sodium per serving!!), and we've eaten dinner at the same restaurant 3 days this week because I've been craving their amazing spinach salad with grilled curry chicken, strawberries, oranges and goat cheese YUM!

I experienced heartburn for the very first time in my life the Monday before last I had it for a few days and it was TERRIBLE! It went away once I started in with the canned fruit and cottage cheese.
It's interesting that at this time during development his skeletal system is requiring LOTS of calcium which means my cravings make a little sense.
I postponed the glucose screening test that I was supposed to do last Friday, and did it yesterday. I should know the results tomorrow or Monday. I hope I pass, it would be terrible to have to do the 3-hour round2 test. During the blood draw I practiced my meditation and focused on the image in my mind of AJ holding our brand new baby son and I did really well! I didn't hyperventalate or cry at all! (like I usually do when needles are are in my vicinity). Good job Alli!

Baby Bowman Gable Jack, is nearly 3 pounds and 16 inches long. I wonder how big he will end up? Based on the size of his mommy and daddy at birth, he could be up there. We'll find out in about 11 weeks :) This tummy is just growing bigger and bigger. Yowza!! I figure as long as the s-word doesn't start showing up (strrrrretch-marks eeeek!) we'll keep taking a weekly picture. Hopefully I won't get them but there's nothing I can do either way. I will say that I've been using the most amazing product I found at our health food store, its called Great Mothers Belly Butter, I rub it on every night and I KNOW for sure it's helping my skin to stretch. It contains lots of natural oils and my skin absorbs it really well.

Yep- 7 months pregnant and still working out. I really enjoy going in the morning because I feel good all day. I go with AJ at 6am and while he works out with his trainer, I do my own slow workout and then I meet with my trainer Allyson once a week- she's so amazing! I've been working with her for over a year and a half now, the term "trainer" just doesn't do her justice, I prefer fitness guru extraordinaire! I haven't been as consistent as I'd like to have been, due to various pregnancy related ailments (nausea, getting sick, feeling like i'm going to pop etc...) but I have re-committed myself for this last 12 week stretch. If I can keep up with it, I'll be that much better off during labor and postpartum. I'm also starting prenatal yoga next week on Monday and Wednesday evenings. It's supposed to be very beneficial in helping labor to go more smoothly, and it should be pretty relaxing too :) I'm just going to try my best.

AJ and I are driving to San Francisco at 5 this afternoon to have dinner with my Daddy. He's on his way home from making the rounds to all of his offices; Anchorage to Hawaii to Guam to Hawaii to San Francisco and then he finally gets to return home to Anchorage tomorrow night. Exhausting, but he's been doing it for over 20 years- I wonder if it gets easier or harder? I don't know if I'm going to see Mom & Dad again before the baby comes so I'm happy to get this couple of hours with him :) I love them so much!!! and miss them everyday.

Moment by Moment

I found these quotes on a colleagues message board in her office. They really struck a chord with me and I wanted to share them...

"Remember that your work comes only moment by moment, and as surely as God calls you to work, He gives the strength to do it. Do not think in the morning, 'How shall I go through this day? I have such-and-such work to do, and person to see, and I have not the strength for it.' No, you have not, for you do not need it. Each moment, as you need it, the strength will come, only do not look forward an hour; circumstances may be very different from what you expect. At any rate you will be borne through each needful and right thing 'on eagles' wings.' Do not worry yourself with misgivings; take each thing quietly" ~Priscilla Maurice

"God does not demand impossibilities." ~St. Augustine

"Our grand business in life is not to see what lies dimly at at distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand."

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Last Weekend and This Weekend

We had such a fun time this past weekend with Tim and Natalie. AJ took Friday off and the three of them spent all day riding our cruiser bikes around midtown Sac. It was sunny and beautiful- a perfect day to spend outside on the bikes. On Friday evening we all went out to a great dinner and then Natalie and I went home to get some rest for the next day's adventure in Napa, while AJ and Tim stayed out a little later catching up.

Saturday was amazing! The weather was beautiful! It was a gorgeous hour drive to Napa, and I kicked myself the whole way for leaving the fully charged camera on the dining room table!! Natalie took lots of pictures which I'll post as soon as she emails them.
We started out with our first appointment at Cakebread at 10:30. We did the tour and tasting. AJ and I have done this several times- our very first trip to Napa was with AJ's Aunt Ann and Uncle Jack and it's how we started the day with them. We've sort of kept the tradition as a great way to start out the day with Napa newcomers because the tour is so informative. We had our favorite tour guide and wine expert, Jim, to take us through the 1.5 hour experience. Then we went on to lunch at Bouchon in Yountville and then to our next appointment at Honig. This is AJ's and my favorite winery, #1: because the wine is great- fab Cab and Sauv Blanc, #2: the setting is beautiful and relaxed, #3: the people that work there are so friendly and they always remember AJ when we visit. After about an hour at Honig and about 8 different wines, we headed on to our third and fourth stops Elyse and Elizabeth Spencer. We finished off the day with a huge dinner at The Bounty Hunter, AJ's favorite restaurant. All in all, a fun time was had by all, 7months pregnant me made it through a 12+ hour trek with only slight exhaustion near the end :) and Tim and Natty discovered a new found love of wine and are planning their return trip :)
AJ and I spent Sunday relaxing instead of starting on the nursery. I feel like the nursery should be fun and we were just too tired.

This Saturday we are taking maternity portraits! I'm excited and nervous. This will be a new experience for us but something that's important to me. I think pregnancy is so special and although it has plenty of not-so-pretty aspects, overall I try to remember it's a beautiful miracle of love and creation from God. This is a time I want to capture and be able to look back upon- I will never be pregnant with this baby again and I hope Karen our photographer is able to capture a beautiful aspect of my round belly, because I certainly have a hard time seeing it for myself!! We are going to Belly Beautiful Portraits- we met with the photographer Karen months ago and liked her and her work very much. Of course when we met with her and scheduled the appointment I was just starting to show, I thought then I was big, HA! Hopefully I don't look too whale-ish :( We'll see what happens!!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

28 Weeks- The Third Trimester Begins!!!

I just can't believe we're on the home stretch! Marked by cravings for canned peaches (which i've never really eaten in my life) and cottage cheese, today I begin the third trimester of this pregnancy. I feel great, but sometimes I feel kinda slow getting around. The basketball is feeling more and more like a bowling ball these days!! The past 3 nights at around 10:30 Bowman really gets moving! Kickboxing/Dance party in the tummy! It totally cracks me up- my belly feels like its moving on all sides, I had no idea a little baby could move so fast, and I wonder what it is with the timing? We'll see how long he keeps it up.
All of the websites say that Bowman can dream now, I wonder what he dreams about? His hearing is more developed so we need to start reading to him more often. I have made up a few songs that I sing to him and it's amazing because he does respond with movement when I sing. At 28 weeks the averages are about 15 inches long and about 2.5 pounds. The websites also say that I'm supposed to gain 10lbs during the next 12 weeks... Eeeeeek!!

Tomorrow morning we go in for the dreaded glucose screening. I HATE needles, and having to sit in the lab for an hour after drinking the sugar formula doesn't sound like a great start to a Friday morning, but at least I'll have it out of the way. I seriously thought about skipping the test but AJ wouldn't let me. It's important because it screens for gestational diabetes which can develop during pregnancy accompanied by sorts of issues and complications. So hopefully I'm all clear!

AJ's foot is looking much better- lots of the swelling has gone down. Of course he never acted like anything was wrong, I was the only one in our household that thought it was a big deal :)

In a few more weeks we start our birthing classes. I'm so excited! I'll write more about it once we start, but the method we've chosen is called HypnoBirthing. This is a good description of the birthing method objective from the HypnoBirthing website: "You will gain an understanding of how the birthing muscles work in perfect harmony--as they were designed to--when your body is sufficiently relaxed and you trust birth. You will learn how to achieve this kind of relaxation, free of the resistance that fear creates, and you will learn to use your natural birthing instincts for a calm, serene and comfortable birth. "

It makes so much sense to me. I've done hours and hours of research and reading about this natural method and its successes- I just soak it all up like a sponge. It's been encouraging to read all the stories written by mothers that followed this method and had wonderful birth experiences. It is my biggest wish that I can have Bowman without unnecessary medical intervention- I want to bring him into a calm and serene environment and if at all possible, without being exposed to epidural pain medication, and I think this method can teach me what I need to achieve this :) [It's funny because in all honesty the thought of a needle in my spine literally scares me a million times more than anything else related to giving birth (afore mentioned needle phobia, no joke!). I definitely feel a huge relief in my choice to go a different route- I mean talk about high blood pressure, the anticipation alone would be enough to do me in!!] The hospital and OB group we recently switched to, encourage mothers to have their babies naturally and it feels great to know I will be in an environment that fully supports the method we've chosen.

One thing that caught me off guard is the negativity and cynicism I've encountered from women when I tell them about the calm gentle birth we plan to have. Everyone has a different experience and for me, I believe it's completely possible.

Tonight our friends Tim and Natalie arrive- I'm excited to spend some fun time with them this weekend in beautiful Napa Valley!

The Growing Bowman Belly!

Here are the weekly belly photos we've taken almost each week since week 11! It's amazing to look at them in sequence to see how much I've grown... how much bigger will it get??? Eeeeeek!





11 weeks






13 weeks






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26 weeks






27 weeks






28 weeks






29 weeks




30 weeks

Monday, April 19, 2010

Pregnant+Wine Country=Serious Mental Toughness!!


I have 5 days to prepare myself for Saturday. Our great friends Tim and Natalie Heskett are coming to Northern California to celebrate their 7th wedding anniversary! They arrive in Sacramento late Thursday night, and on Saturday morning we head to (drumroll......) Napa Valley! This trip has been planned long before I became pregnant. I LOVE Napa, and I SO ENJOY great wine and this will be SO HARD!! It will be Tim and Natalie's first trip to wine country and first full day of wine tasting and I'm so excited to get to be with them! AJ has a great winery reservations for us and I'm sure I will be fine, probably just minor sporadic pouting here and there :)

Mental toughness right friends?!? I suppose it's like being at DisneyWorld and not being able to ride the rides.... or something like that. It's been so long since I've had any wine I wonder if I will still like it??

Thursday, April 15, 2010

The foot

Ummmmm excuse me?? this is my husbands foot this evening at 9:30 when he got home from traveling round trip to Irvine today... I'm still not convinced that its not going to fall off or explode. It looks terrible!! I've never seen anything like this. My poor baby!

27 Down 13 To Go! Eeeeeek!

Ha ha Bowman kicked and the laptop just jumped as I'm typing. I just cant believe that in one week until I'll officially be in the third trimester! It seems like the weeks have gone by so fast! I bet they'll start to slooooooow doooooown as I get bigger and bigger and more uncomfortable, but we'll see. I hope the next 13 weeks are wonderful.



This week Baby Bowman is about 14-1/2 inches long and over 2 pounds! About the size of an eggplant, he can open his eyes, suck his thumb, and basically is a fully formed tiny human :) I can't wait to hold him.



It's been a hectic week, on Monday AJ came home from his Monday night basketball league with a severely injured (well in my book at least) ankle. He jumped up and came down on somebody elses foot and onto the outside of his ankle! I've never seen anything so swollen!! And I've never seen my big husband injured! It scared the bejesus out of me!! I got him situated at his direction with a water and ice bucket immediately, and after 20 minutes we moved him to the sofa and I went to the store to buy ace bandages and big huge bags of ice. He spent that night on the sofa with his foot propped up high and the entire next day as well. Tuesday on my way home from work, despite his repeated refusals, I stopped at RiteAid and bought my husband a walking cane. We both got a good laugh out of it but it truly did prove to be immensely helpful in enabling him hobble around the house to the bathroom and back with out risking further injury. Tuesday night he got to sleep in our bed because we devised a way to keep his foot up high. Yesterday he went to a specialist and had xrays, the doctor remarked that due to the pre-existing scar tissue in his ankle (ahem!...) it's difficult to see if there's a minor fracture but certainly plenty of tissue damage! So he's in a boot which helps him to get around much better. He'll go back to the doc in 2 weeks and also start physical therapy at that time. The photos don't come close to capturing how bad it is, but his foot literally looks like a bubble, when he took the boot off last night we both just sat there laughing in disbelief. Check out those purdy size sixteens!! (and while we're on the subject of AJ's feet I should mention his toes really are as long as they look, his second and third toes are longer than my pinky fingers!!)

Needless to say we make quite the pair- with my growing belly and his leg in a boot we don't get around like we used to :)



I'm excited for this weekend, I have a furniture assembly service scheduled to come to the house on Saturday to assemble several pieces of nursery furniture! I had this scheduled prior to AJ's injury- hiring somebody else to do this is just a lot healthier for our own sanity and our marriage :) We've learned that we're both too type A to share these types of projects, one of us is always telling the other their doing it wrong! And plus, furniture with moving parts is always tricky- so thank you Konkord Assembly!! For now, all of it is in our foyer until next Sunday when the queen bed will be moved out of the room and then the nursery-nesting will begin!!! Yay!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Latest Obsession

I am in LOVE with these ceramic figurines from Jonathan Adlers "Menagerie" collection. Viewed in person, they are eye-catchingly sculptural yet playfull and upon further admiring, the curvature and texture are amusing and fun. I must have them for Bowman's nursery!!













Saturday, April 10, 2010

Our Nursery

These are just the main components i've got for Bowman's nursery so far. I painted the walls about a year ago in this warm gray color that I love and I'm going to keep it.

Wall Paint Color


One of my favorite paintings, it's so cheerful I've had it hanging in the room and I think it will be great for the nursery


The Crib (not bedding)


Dresser/Changing Table


Sideboard/Low Dresser


Sideboard/Low Dresser pic2


Two of these bookcases


Light Fixture


Mirror above changing table



Rug



Bedding (all white with stiched circles)



Bedding (all white with color stitching)