September 2008

For the past few weeks, I have been feeling slight kicks/pokes from our little baby.  Since the baby is only about 5.5-6 inches CRL, they have been pretty subtle.  Last week Wednesday was a completely different story.  Brittan, Austin and I were hanging out downstairs and all of a sudden, I felt this “rolling” sensation in my belly.  Our baby moved completely from the left side of my belly to the right side and I felt every bit of it!  For women who have been pregnant, it was the type of “roll” that you usually experience at about 6-7 months and it seems like you should be able to see every little baby finger because he/she is so close to the surface.  The intensity of the kick surprised me and reconfirmed that my due date may be earlier than February.  I can’t wait to meet our baby gymnast!!

Note: As I was writing this, I yawned and felt the baby kick me hard on the left side. I have a feeling that the next 5 months will be very eventful. 🙂


I had another OB doctor appointment on Monday afternoon.  The doctor said that everything is going well and looks good.  The baby’s hearbeat was 158….any guesses on gender yet?

Unbelievably, I’ve only gained half of a pound in 16 weeks.  I swear that I gained at least 5 pounds at each doctor’s appointment with Austin so this slow weight gain is something new to me!  (okay, not 5 pounds, but it sure felt like it!)  I definitely have plenty of time to gain lots of weight, as I’m sure that it will happen all at once. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

I’m just happy to hear that the baby is doing really well and the doctor has no worries.  I have one more “regular” appointment and then our ultrasound. I can’t wait to find out the gender of this baby! Of course I will love our baby whether it’s a boy or a girl, but I’d like to get the new nursery ready and be “mentally prepared” as Brittan says.  We just couldn’t be happier and we can’t wait to be parents x2!

We had an amazing Labor Day weekend as a family!  On Friday night, Brittan’s work offered us free tickets to the Indians game in their loge seats.  With free tickets, free parking, free food, free drinks and a free (amazing!) dessert cart, how could we say no?  So Friday night after work, we picked up 2 of his co-workers and headed to Progressive Field.  We drove through a pretty bad rainstorm, but it was clear when we got to the Cleveland.  About 20 minutes after getting to the stadium, they announced that the game was officially on a rain delay.  This is one time that we definitely weren’t complaining about a rain delay!  We were able to stay out on the balcony or go into the air-conditioned room with the plasma TVs and free food.  Bring on the delay!

The delay lasted about an hour and then it was back to the game.  Unfortunately, the Indians lost but we still had a great time!!  Austin stayed at Grandma Gill’s that night, so it was nice to just come home and not have to wake him up at 1 am to take him back home. Thanks, Grandma Gill!

On Saturday morning, we quickly packed for our trip to Ann Arbor before we picked up Austin.  We only stayed for one night in A2, so we ended up packing for all 3 of us in one suitcase.  After packing, we picked up Austin and drove to A2.  Thankfully, he slept most of the way, so it worked out perfectly.  He was well-rested and ready to play when he saw Grandma and Grandpa.  When we arrived, my dad was already working on “Beer Butt Chicken” and my mom made lots of yummy side dishes.  (Honestly, I think that I ate 75% of the pasta salad that she made!)  We just relaxed until lunch and Bob, Amy, Hope and Cole came over to visit and eat some lunch.  Austin had so much fun playing with them!  After lunch, the Bevericks, my dad, and Brittan all went to the Michigan vs. Utah game.  The game didn’t have an ideal outcome, but UM is a young team and it will take a while to get used to Rich Rod’s new game plan.

Anyway, the plan was for my mom, Austin and me to go shopping or to go to the petting zoo while everyone else was at the game.  But while Austin took a nap, I somehow fell asleep for 2 hours!! I haven’t had a nap like that in forever and it felt w-o-n-d-e-r-f-u-l!  (Thank you for watching Austin, Grandma Therese!)  I have been so much more tired with this pregnancy, and I’m sure that Austin has something to do with it.  I love him to death, but MAN does that kid have energy!  🙂

So after the naps, we all headed to a new place in A2 called IceScapes.  They specialize in shaved ice-one of my favorite desserts!  After the shaved ice, we went for a long walk around my parents’ development/neighbor.  Austin loves going for walks and checks out the scenery and Buddy always wants to go for walks.  After our walk, we relaxed at home until the boys came home and they watched football for the rest of the night.

Sunday morning we just hung out at home and read the paper while Austin was playing with all of his “new” toys at Grandma and Grandpa’s house.  After Austin’s morning nap and an amazing T-bone steak ala Chef Brad, we went to Domino’s Farm Petting Zoo which is about 2 minutes from my parent’s house. Austin was a little skeptical of the animals at first, but he warmed up quickly.  Actually, he loved feeding the carrots to all of the different animals and throwing the duck food into the pond.  I love exposing Austin to new and fun things that we can do as a family.  I’d definitely like to go back again someday.  After the petting zoo, we stopped at IceScapes again and called to brag to Caitlin.  She is away at Hope College and misses her new-found IceScapes store. By the time we left IceScapes, Austin was exhausted, so we went back to my parent’s house for a little bit and then we headed back to Sandusky.  It was a short but sweet trip to Ann Arbor.

Monday was probably Austin’s favorite day of the Labor Day Weekend.  Our sister-in-law, Kelly, somehow received 2 extra tickets to Cedar Point that they had to use by Labor Day Monday and they didn’t have anyone else to use them.  Who can refuse free tickets to Cedar Point?  Austin had never been to CP, so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to take him before the season ended.  Just like the petting zoo, he was a little hesitant at first.  But once he saw how his older cousins Brock and Brayden get on and off the rides like old pros, he really got the hang of it.  His favorite rides were anything with a steering wheel-the jeeps, the cars, the trucks, anything.  Austin LOVES to pretend that he’s driving.  If he picks up anything circular, he pretends that it is a steering wheel-it could be a coaster or a quarter.

We spent a few hours in the sun at Kiddie Land and Snoopy Land, but Brit needed to retreat to some air conditioning so I suggested the Red Garter Saloon.  We ate dinner (a pulled pork sandwich and nachos) and listened to a country show.  Somehow, Austin managed to fall asleep while sitting in my lap during the loud show (Since he fell asleep at Shannon’s wedding reception, I shouldn’t be surprised that loud music lulls him to sleep)  After the dinner and show, we got a funnel cake and headed out of the park.  It was a packed day and I’m really looking forward to taking Austin to the park next year!  Thank you Kelly and Danette for the tickets!!

By Monday night, Austin was EXHAUSTED.  We had an amazing Labor Day weekend, but sometimes you need a vacation after a vacation! Thank goodness that this is a shortened week! 🙂

(Sadly, I have no pictures from our Labor Day weekend fun since our camera broke.  Hopefully my parents will post some pictures on their blog!)

After less than a week, our camera has died.  It actually stopped working last week, but I finally got around to calling Sony today.  Thankfully, the support line wasn’t too bad and I spoke with a customer service rep pretty quickly. I’m assuming that they outsource their workers as it was very difficult to understand him, and he basically told me to fully charge the battery and call back again if that doesn’t fix the problem.  What kind of solution is that?  Of course I already tried recharging the camera last week, but I’m going to do it again to make sure before I call back.  Let’s just hope that the camera miraculously has a comeback and I won’t have to send the camera in for repairs.  I had to send my old Kodak in for service several times and it is always a pain to deal with.   I miss my digital camera!!