Sunday, February 17, 2008

Bugs, Books, and Babies

Hello, all! I am sorry I missed my Thursday post (I even got an email about someone who checked back, and it warmed my little heart that someone checks up on us, thanks!). Greg had mutual on Wednesday this week and I guess it threw me off, so I forgot to post. However, since I have now waited until after Saturday, there are a few interesting things to post.

First, Thursday was Valentine's Day. What with our income about to be severely decreased (dang SDI is really giving me the run around!) we decided to not spend any money on Valentine's Day, but Greg still managed a little surprise. He brought home lovely tulips and all the fixin's for teriyaki chicken, one of my favorites. He also brought a bag of the candy sweethearts and helped me pick out all the white ones to eat first, since those are my favorites. The cherry on the cake was a romantic movie, and then we went to bed at about nine o'clock, which I love to do lately, so it was a GREAT Valentine's Day. I wish I took a picture of my sweetheart cooking, but I didn't. =( Pictured below are the flowers, however.




On Friday morning I had my 38-week checkup at the doctor's office. I am on my fourth OB/GYN and it ISN'T because I am difficult, I swear. The first guy was in Utah, so when we moved, I obviously switched. The second guy was before I got a job, so it was during the morning hours, which became more difficult to schedule when I got my job. So, the third girl, who I totally loved and saw the most, was an evening doctor, so I was sticking with her until this last time I set up an appointment--apparently she moved to another Kaiser. I was really sad about this and had to get a fourth doctor who I met with on Friday. She was also pretty great. But when I went to schedule this next Friday's appointment, she wasn't scheduled. Ah, the joys of Kaiser! So I have doctor number five for this week. One tiny pregnancy and five doctors. Anyway, this week's appointment was one of the most interesting so far because I found out some interesting things. First, I am apparently Group B Strep positive. This is a bacteria that most women carry and it isn't really a problem until there is a baby headed down the birth canal--at that point it can pass on to the baby and cause meningitis or pneumonia or other terrible things. Luckily, it is an extremely routine test at about 36 weeks, so they caught it with no problem and I will just have to have a penicillin IV during delivery and there won't be any problems for Charlie. Next item is that I am Rh Negative, or, in other words, I have A Negative blood. Greg is O Positive, so our baby could be Rh Positive. Anyway, there is some something that could happen at birth if the baby is positive that would affect future pregnancies, so I had to get a shot. Again, pretty routine. One funny thing that happened when I was down getting my shot was the nurse saying, "Oh, you're twenty-two? You look pretty good for twenty-two." It was approximately the funniest thing I ever heard because I thought twenty-two (or there abouts) was basically the definiton of looking good. I mean, don't people wish they had the skin or body or whatever that they did when they were in their twenties? I don't know. I guess she was just making conversation, but I have been giggling about it since. The last bit of news from the doctor's office is that Charlie is "head down" so I guess he is getting in position.


On Saturday, Greg was nesting in a major way. So, we cleaned like mad people. You know when you clean so much, the house ends up slightly messier than it was to begin with? That is our house now. I pulled out all of the children's books I have collected through the years (many of them books I read as a kid, which is pretty fun, but I am slightly worried the baby is going to rip them and I am not going to be able to handle it, so the oldest ones will be on the top shelf). So, now the room is cluttered with books. But, the baby's room is basically ready. We bought some stuff a few months ago at Michael's to decorate with, which is cheaper than buying the stuff at Babies R Us or wherever, but then we had to take the initiative and spray paint them, along with the most hideous hand-me-down lamps that my mom gave us. So, last night we (actually, Greg, I stayed inside and handed out directions from the other side of the sliding glass door because Greg didn't want me to be out with the fumes) finally got around to painting the stuff. The letters are pictured below, everything else is waiting until Monday or Tuesday to get a second coat of paint. If anyone has ideas on how to affix the letters to the wall, let us know. We have no clues.
The crib and crib set. The letters will go up above the crib once we figure out how to get them up.Here are all of his stuffed animals. Between all the grandparents and then my own panda from my childhood (it won't really be his since it is a girly panda, but I don't have anywhere else to put her), he already has plenty of toys.Greg's representation of what our baby is going to look like is below.

Our final adventure for this weekend came last night. For our date, we went to Wetzel's Pretzles over at the mall and walked around for a little while. On the way home, our tire blew out. Now, friends, I ask you, have you ever met two people with worse luck with cars?! I had my FIRST fender bender ever in December, followed quickly by the radiator in the Nissan going out (this was the third radiator that we have put in the Nissan since I bought it in 2004) besides the fact that this tire going out is the third time we have blown a tire since we moved to California in August. And, characteristically, when we took the car over to Big O, we need not one, but two tires. When the tire went out on the Honda back in September or October, we had to get two tires also. Anyway, we are remarkably tired of car trouble, but we are hoping that our tax refunds will hurry on their way....


The last cool thing for this blog is the really cool stick bug we found on our porch door when we went out to paint all the stuff.

3 comments:

Tris & Ken said...

I was wondering about Thursday night's post, but then I had family in town so it was nice today to see that you've updated us! Welcome to budget Valentines days... although doesn't it seem like it's the most fun when you have to actually think about it? I'm proud of Greg for being so resourceful!!! And about the strep and Rh stuff... good thing they are so good about catching those things these days... I wonder what it was like back in the days before all of these routine tests that we take? Everything will go great, I'm sure, but still, PAIN! Keep posting! Love the pics of the baby's room! Fun to see everything come together, makes it all real, doesn't it?

Kristin & Hayley said...

Oh my gosh, that picture of Greg is hilarious!

Austin and Jennifer Jensen said...

Sounds like you had a very interesting week! I love the flowers too : ) Greg did a great job....