Monday, November 30, 2009

Take That Fruit Flies

Since moving into our new house, Mindi and I have FINALLY started composting our kitchen scraps. Our first counter collection container was a glass jar with a rubber seal and a hinged lid. We decided to use this until we went out and bought a "real" counter composter. It worked out really well except for 2 things- first, we didn't particularly enjoy looking at the kitchen sludge in the clear glass jar next to the sink, and second, the hinged lid made it akward to empty when it was time. We never had a problem with bugs or stink. We finally got around to purchasing a "real" counter composter. This one, to be exact.

She sure is a beut, I will tell you that, and we were super excited about not having to deal with the annoying hinged lid, and felt great about not having to see the kitchen sludge inside. We started using it right away. The second day, we saw 2 fruit flies. No biggie. the 3rd day, there were 8 in view. By the 4th day, our kitchen was swarming. YUCK! Now, I know that fruit flies are actually harmless. They do not carry any diseases, and are, at the very worst, annoying. But you know what? Annoying is enough to send an overdue pregnant woman to the madhouse! I was especially upset when I googled these kitchen composters and fruit flies, and saw that every kitchen composter shouted from the rooftops "keeps fruit flies away!", "no more fruit fly problems!", and "fruit flies will be a thing of the past!" Funny, we didn't have a fruit fly problem until we started using this overpriced tin can....

Today we whipped out the big guns. We had to get this fruit fly problem under control. We went to Home Depot to get a nontoxic fly strip in order to try and wipe out the vast majority of the population. We also set out a spice jar full of vinegar. (Vinegar attracts fruit flies, and when they fly into the jar holes, they die in the vinegar. You can also put vinegar in a bowl covered with plastic wrap. Pole some holes in the wrap and they will get trapped.) I emptied and cleaned the composter too. BUT my favorite part of our fruit fly obliteration attempt, is our new "Cape Sundew" plants! They are carnivorous plants that do very well catching gnats and fruit flies! Aren't they purty??? They are very easy to care for, and are quite beautiful. They are not affective enough to wipe out a swarm of flies, but after we get rid of the majority, these 2 plants will do the trick to catch the few little critters that do get in.


I am currently looking into replacing our composter with something that has a silicone seal. I have been looking at a few options from IKEA that look good... this one, this one, and this one, to be exact. Does anyone else have any stories from the trenches???

Oh yeh, and by the way, I am still pregnant...

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Eviction Notice Delivered

Well, today is our due date, and it seems to have (almost) passed us by! Although I am not that surprised that we made it to our due date, I really did think that the baby would be born before the due date. Alas, it was not meant to be! At this point, I am not holding my breath that this baby will follow Harris' lead and come in the next 3 days. (Harris was born 3 days after his due date).

Mindi and I are keeping ourselves busy in an effort to keep our minds off of the baby. Wednesday, we went to pick up those little dressers from IKEA. Today, I asked Mindi to sacrifice some of her brain cells and stain some of the dresser pieces for me. I think she did a great job! We are going to be painting the drawer fronts, and so I will do those tomorrow using our FreshAir paint that I picked up today. I also purchased the paint for Harris' bedroom.

Today I worked a little bit on Harris' Hanukkah gifts. We are sticking with the tradition of 8 small gifts, 1 for each night of Hanukkah. My main goal was to give him things that are all homemade by me or another artisan, with only 1 or 2 exceptions. :)

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Little Naked Me

Knowing that I may potentially offend someone out there, I am going to post this anyways... Here is a (fairly tasteful) picture of little naked me at 39 weeks and 5 days! Oh MY! I figured that it may be the last time that I remember to pick up the camera on myself before the baby comes, so, well, I did.

Thankful

I am thankful that Mindi managed to catch Harris in one of his air guitar rock-out sessions. This was one of a few, but I thought it was super cute because he was getting tired and ready for a nap, and if you listen closely at the end, he asks Mindi to "Hold me please" awwww what a gracious little guy!

I am also thankful that I did not go into labor today, because, honestly, I would have felt AWFUL pulling 3 midwives, a doula, and a good friend away from their Thanksgiving celebrations!!! Thanks for waiting little one!
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

4 Days Away

Or 1, or 7, or 14... God, I hope it is not 14...

Thanks again for all the lurkers popping up with their lovely comments on my deserted post! I appreciate it!!

Tomorrow I am taking my wife hostage and forcing her to come with Harris and I to our Little Gym class. Well, I am hardly forcing her... We are going to take advantage of the fact that we will be directly across the street from IKEA, and we will pop in there to (hopefully) pick up 2 little RAST dressers to use in the kids' closet renovation!

I actually feel as if "4 days away" has kind of snuck up on me, despite my bitching about being uncomfortable... Luckily, I have managed to keep my mind off the birth with thoughts and plans for our new house.

Most of my readers already know that we had a Fantastic Home Birth with our son, Harris. For those of you that have recently joined up, we are also planning a home birth with this little one. We are using the same main midwife and the same fantastic doula. Our house will be a bit fuller, however, this time, with the addition of 1 student midwife, 1 "seasoned" new midwife (returning to the calling) and 1 close friend to help with Harris control. I am very excited to have so many fantastic people surrounding us! Neither my mother, nor Mindi's mother were too thrilled to hear about the repeat "dangerous birth choice". I basically told them both, very nicely "I hear your opinion, thanks for sharing, don't share again". Much to my pleasant surprise, neither of them has shared again! I am grateful for that, I tell you. Nothing sucked as much as fighting with my MIL tooth and nail over my stance during my pregnancy with Harris. From 17 weeks until the veeeeeeery end, she tried to convince me that I was being irresponsible. That rawked. This time, I have not had to argue a single point about it.

Well, this was a fairly disjointed post, and I am not sure how it should end, so I will leave it at this:

we are 4 days away from our due date. I am still pregnant. Everyone is on high alert. I have every intention to blog as soon as something happens!!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Dirty Hands Make for a Happy Girl

I really wanted to take a picture of my hands for you, but in my haste to get into the shower in anticipation of possibly another membrane sweep tomorrow at the midwife's office, I forgot! Mindi and I worked together tonight to re-grout our kitchen counter tops. The counter tops are nice- granite tile- but the grout job was in pretty poor shape. Originally, Mindi was going to do it all herself, but once I caught the grouting bug (after giving her some pointers), there was no stopping me! It turned out for the best, I think. Since it was my morning to sleep in (and you know I had to take full advantage of it with a new baby coming and all) Mindi scraped out the old grout this morning. After Harris' nap, I got to work taping off the walls and sink. Mindi expertly mixed up the grout (yay, the previous owners left it for us!!! Only $9 for the grout float!), and did the tops of the counter, while I went around and did the bitty edges. I was so thrilled to be working on a home improvement project, but even more thrilled doing a home improvement project with my WIFE! AND Harris was a gem the whole time!! He was so well behaved, and somehow managed to entertain himself the whole time. It was as if the stars aligned for us today!

Mindi and I also managed to hammer out our "Home Improvement Checklist". First things up for December and January are:

new entry door
installation of garage door openers
Main bath remodel (done mostly by us/me/us)
Harris' room remodel

The first 2 things on the list are hire-outs. I do not trust my own skills enough to install an exterior entry door, and I have never installed a garage door opener, and I don't care to learn!

Thanks, everyone for commenting on my 'Deserted' post- there is nothing like a little guilt trip to get people talking lol. *wink*

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Deserted

Hmmm it feels as though I have been deserted! I remember at this time, 2 years ago, when I was waiting for my little man to show up, I had folks all around me- both in real life and on this blog... now I am feeling so alone! Hmmmm.

Well, I am officially 39weeks today. 1 more week until the estimated due date. I think the baby will come on Wednesday or so. Don't quote me on that.

Right now I am wading through paint swatches for the Main bathroom and laundry room. I just ordered some tile samples, and I am planning the interior of Harris' closet. We removed some U-G-L-Y fiberglass bi fold doors, and I replaced them with some awesome curtains. I will post some pics when the room is painted!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Later Plug

Ok, I probably shouldn't even bother blogging about this, but I can't help myself. I lost my mucus plug! I know, it sounds all gross and dramatic, but it really isn't- for 2 reasons- 1, It was a fairly anti-climatic experience, including a wad of toilet paper and a glob of goo (I am just going to leave it at that) and 2- it really doesn't mean jack when it comes to when labor will start. Women can lose their mucus plug weeks before labor begins. So, we are back where we started, but at least it made me smile :).

On another topic, I have been trying to satisfy my need to plan and decorate, despite my pregnant size. Currently, Harris sleeps on a full sized mattress on the floor. He has never slept in a crib, and we left the mattress on the floor for the obvious reason of keeping him safe from a tumble off of a high bed. Now that he is almost 2, and has mastered (thus far) staying on his mattress while sleeping, we wanted to get him a platform bed frame. My problem, however, lies in the combination of price, quality, and style. It seems as though I really like the style of the platforms beds at IKEA, but I am not keen at all on the material they use to construct their furniture. When looking around at other furniture stores, I run across the same problem of lousy construction and finishes, or exorbitant prices for VERY SIMPLE pieces. In the end, I realized that if I wanted it done right, I would have to do it myself...


I am very excited about the plans that I have drawn up. I will use these same plans for a bed for baby #2 (when the time comes) and I will also probably modify the measurements and make a bed frame for our Queen size Mama bed. I know that I will most likely not be able to start the construction of this bed for a little bit, but it feels good to know that I have made headway on the plans. I am at the point where I can take my yellow pad to the lumber store and leave with everything I need. I could have it all in my garage by tomorrow if I wanted.... Man is it tempting...

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Leaky Lady

Just to keep things interesting, we had a bit of drama this morning! Actually, I guess I should start with last night...

So Mindi and I pick up the Evening Primrose Oil. We are told to take 4 capsules per day- 2 orally and 2 vaginally- fun! So, being the good, obedient girls that we are, 2 went down the hatch, and right before bed, Mindi helped me get 2 up the snatch. (Sorry, I couldn't resist the rhyme). Now, these pills are gel caps, so they melt pretty quickly. A note to anyone who plans on sticking oil-filled capsules up their punani- put your butt on a towel wrapped pillow. We initially neglected to think about either of those, resulting in me doing a crazy yoga pose while yelling to Mindi to "get a towel! Get A Towel! For GODS SAKE GET A TOWEL!!!" ...yeh...

After that excitement (and giggling) was over, we went to bed. All night long, I tossed and turned. Well, actually, a more accurate description of my movements would be "turned like a rotisserie chicken". I honestly turned counter clockwise all night long. Every time I would wake up and move, I would have a contraction- or, I would wake up because I had a contraction, and then had to roll. I don't know which. So, this morning, when I woke up at 7:30am, I was very very "wet". I figured that it was residual oil, but after closer inspection, I realized it was not. I knew that I hadn't peed on myself, so the only other logical thing (to me) was that I was leaking amniotic fluid. I wasn't having any contractions after waking, but I figured I would call the midwife to get her opinion of whether or not I should come in and have the fluid tested using a nitrazine paper.

She said that she was happy to test it if I was really worried, but honestly, I didn't feel like driving there, and she didn't seem too concerned. We both decided that I would wait to see if I started having any contractions, and we hung up. I went about my day, stopping at a good friend's house for a Harris play date, then continuing on to The Little Gym (which I LOVE, BTW) for his little class. I went to the bathroom a few times, feeling extra juicey, and decided to call and stop by the midwife's office on the way home for a quick date with the nitrazine.

Drum roll please!

QUACK

Nothing. Just juice. Damn it.

The midwife said to me "Well, it seems that you are just ripe and juicey". The funny part about the terminology, is that the juicey comment is just how it sounds, and the ripe comment is actually real midwife speak for a soft cervix. Of course, the 2 put together makes me sound like an organic pear. I guess it could be worse...

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Sweeping

Ok, I am not really nesting yet, but we did do a membrane sweep at the midwife appointment tonight! I also picked up a bottle of evening primrose oil to help move things along...

Monday, November 16, 2009

In Limbo

We are currently counting down at (approximately) 12 days. I would be very surprised if I go past my due date with this one, but alas, no one knows for certain! I am at a point where I feel back "in limbo" about the house. I am DYING to decorate, but I can't ignore the huge belly, lack of focus, aka mommy brain, and the inability to paint because of the nasty chemicals. I am stuck in one of those "I can't do X until I do Y, but I can't do Y until the baby comes, and I know that once the baby comes, I will be in a such a sleep deprived delirium that I won't even be able to say my alphabet at all."

It sort of feels the way that it did when we had our old house on the market, and I couldn't make any "improvements" or decorate because of that fact.

Sigh. I guess I should just be happy that we will be welcoming the next member into our family! I am feeling bored and antsy. I have reached the pivotal "I am sick and tired of being pregnant" point. I just want the BABY OUT!!! Dare I go back to my old ways???

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Photo Fun

I love the serious look in this photo. What a stud.
And, for shits and giggles, here is a 38 week picture. Please don't pay any attention to my lack of makeup, my unbrushed hair, and, of course, my perpetually hard nipple...I am really starting to feel as though I want this baby out- like, yesterday... Of course, remind me that I said that when I am completely sleep deprived and dreaming of the nights when all I had to deal with were leg cramps, peeing, and night sweats...

2 weeks

Well folks, there are only 2 more weeks until our EDD! From the "inner mama gut" however, I am guessing that this little one will make their arrival on November 24th, 25th, or 26th. But, of course, don't take my word for it!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Oh Good Lord


If these aren't enough to send a pregnant woman over the edge, I don't know what is. If you are not afraid of a few calories, go check out this recipe... If you are daringsmartdaring enough to try these, please let me know the outcome!!!


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Paint Chips and Curtain Panels

There is something about paint chips floating around the house that makes me feel so warm and fuzzy! We have officially been in our new house for 3 and a half weeks, and I finally felt inspired to pick up some swatches. We are far from ready to actually paint, but I have felt so in limbo, with waiting for the little one to come, that I have felt completely disconnected from our new home. I am a die-hard decorator. If given the opportunity, I can (and will) sit for hours pouring over photos and websites, searching for inspiration. One of my favorite sites to visit for inspiring photos is Houzz.com. There are some AMAZING homes pictured on that site!!
Yesterday, during a trip to Home Depot for a stair hand rail (installed on the main stairs at Harris' height- he LOVES it BTW...) I picked up a ridiculous amount of paint swatches. There is a lot of painting that we want to do in this house. Everything is painted a calming cream color, but I would like some more depth. Anyways, Mindi and I took some time after dinner sorting through the swatches. We managed to narrow down a few projects to a couple great possibilities. I always feel a great sense of accomplishment when a swatch stack goes from 30 to 4 or 5. Mmmmmmm....
Another project I am attempting to tackle are the curtains in the master bedroom. The previous owners had left us some drapery treatments that didn't really suit our tastes, to say the least. They are actually very nice treatments, but they aren't our style. Especially the valance. I have never really been a fan of the toile and gingham combo...


So... this evening, I removed the valance (to be modified and used in a different room) and fixed the track system that the drapes are hanging on. I swear, this house is lovely, but almost everything in it is "a little broken". Like, for example, in the kitchen, they had child safety latches on almost all the cabinet doors, which is great, but only a few of them actually worked. Most were not lined up to function correctly, or were broken, but never removed. The dishwasher is a stainless steel beauty, but has a bum wheel and a melted cap inside... The bathroom towel bars are all hanging on to the wall by a thread, and the sink is missing the drain stopper over the faucet. I could go on and on about the weird little things we keep finding, but I won't. So, back to the drapes!

I have 4 curtains that I need to hem, and they will replace the blue toile ones that are currently hanging. I couldn't be any more excited about these curtain panels than I already am. They were one of those awesome thrift store "Oh my God, I had better pay for these and get out of here QUICK before someone realizes that I am getting away with an AWESOME deal"! These curtains are originally from IKEA, and they were on the pricier side (for IKEA) brand new at $50 for a set of 2 panels. I walked out of the thrift store with 6 panels, in brand new condition for $30 total! Yes, that is $5 per panel! Holy Crap! Of course, at the time, I had no idea what I was going to do with them, but I knew that they would find their place someday! I just have to hem and pleat them, and then they will make our way to our new bedroom!!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Where is my Baby?

Is it just me, or does my barely 2 year old almost look like a teenager in this picture? Ok, well maybe not a teenager, but almost on the brink of puberty?! I mean, really! Where the heck did my tiny little cooing/gurgling/babbling baby boy go? Now, he speaks in (almost) complete sentences. Children and their development never cease to amaze me.I had to add this picture to the post. Mindi managed to catch a sweet moment before dinner where Harris was enjoying the gentle thumps of a kicking sibling. It was very cute to see him subtly respond to the movement in my belly. We are 3 weeks away from "The DUE DATE".


Thursday, November 5, 2009

oooh! A head!

Hey pregnant chicks out there! If you are over 30 weeks or so, try out this little trick- While in the shower (or not, whatever) get into a fancy enough position to go "exploring" with clean hands... If you get the right angle, you will most likely be able to feel the hard roundness of your baby's head! Go ahead! Try it! It is neato :).

Monday, November 2, 2009

3 and a Half Weeks

ok, so more like 3 and 3/4 weeks but EEK! 3.5 weeks till our due date! I really don't think I will go past my due date (don't quote me here), so, in reality, I believe we will be holding our new baby in about 3 weeks! That is totally a guestimate people! I would love to blog during this home birth too, although, based on how much I actually managed to blog on Harris' birthday, and now that we have Harris as a part of the equation, I am not promising anything lengthy, but I will promise to try my damnedest!!!

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