Shower photos...

A few photos from the shower... Thanks to Dad for being photographer for the day.

Steve helped out with some of the heavier items...














Steve displaying Cash's new bedding (a gift from my parents) with a beach theme OF COURSE =)














Steve and Emma. Does she not melt your heart!?! He is going to be a terrific Dad!














With Mary and Emma, we can't wait for her and Cash to become friends!

Two months from today...

That's right! Our little cashew is coming in two months - January 27th - give or take a couple days of course... As I type this the little one is currently experiencing those dang hiccups. I am feeling the little thump every few seconds in exactly the same spot...

LOTS to update on~

Shower!

My mother put together a lovely shower for us and Cash in Western MA. She got some big help from her good friends Sue and Barbara who assisted her with many details including the favors and centerpieces. They are just wonderful people and I am so glad that my mother has supportive women like that in her life. The breakfast was delish and as it is my favorite meal of the day, I went to town with a big plate of everything! The guests were incredibly generous, in both time and overwhelming gifts for the baby. We have been busy putting together many of the items and readying Cash's room, which is now looking more and more like a baby might be moving in soon. More than anything it was special to share this time and our excitement with such great friends and family. Thank you!!!!! Pictures to be posted soon!!

Gobble, Gobble

First a rundown of the week...

Wednesday ~
No work for us! We packed up on Tuesday, much to the cat's dismay, and woke up early to get a head start on the traffic. Steve absolutely made my day by suggesting a diner breakfast at our local place on the way to 95 - Three slices of french toast later we were on our way north. NO TRAFFIC. (That begs to be repeated!) NO TRAFFIC. We made record time, stopped in Natick for some last minute shopping and were in Medfield by 3. Steve played in his annual Alumni High School Football game at good ol' MHS and I chatted with the other wives Courtney and Erin over FREE cocoa. From there it was back to Court and Sean's for a festive evening at their new house which is really coming together C!!! I know it meant a lot for Steve to reconnect with his old friends.

Thursday ~
Thanksgiving in Medfield. We shared a lovely day with Steve's family and Cash enjoyed his/her first Thanksgiving via my belly. Early concensus is that Cash enjoys Turkey and all fixings. Got to run over to Joanie's too see her and the kids. Unfortunately we capped the evening off with a BC loss to Miami, booooo.

Friday~
Drove home to Western MA early afternoon to spend time with my parents. They had a wedding later that night, so we shared some yummy french meat pie with them and they were off and running. (here is your big shout out Jesse!) We met Jesse and Amy out for some late dinner in Granby, CT as they were in town for the holiday visiting his mother who lives in CT. It was nice to see them and horrifying when we realized we won't likely see them again until Cash arrives. HOW SCARY!

Saturday~
Spent the morning convincing Dad to get a new TV for his newly renamed "family room!" Relaxed over omelettes in the morning (yum, no one makes an omelette like Cindy!) and then thoroughly stuffed ourselves with open faced turkey sandwiches before we hit the road to head back to CT. We took half a meat pie with us which we gorged on later. It is even better reheated if that is possible. Lounged, took in a movie, I cleaned out more of Cash's closet.

Sunday ~
Slept late, ran errands, put together stuff for Cash, watched the Pats game. A nice end to our holiday week. LOUNGING!

Thanksgiving had special meaning to us this year. We have SO many wonderful things in our life to be thankful for - our new life here in CT, our fabu new jobs, great family, good friends, and of course, our little Cash on the way. We recognize that not everyone was able to spend the holiday the way we were; that they may not have had the MANY delicious meals we had, or shared the company of the people they love and care about. We spent 4 days doing just that and we are so incredibly thankful...

OB Visit this morning

Now based on my recap it should be clear to everyone how I gained two more pounds in only three weeks... all that turkey and deliciousness has to go somewhere right? We had our first two week appointment this morning. My blood pressure has been consistent for the last few visits now, which for me is great and good for Cash too. =) He measured my belly with the tape measure and felt for placement. The heartbeat was good and steady, but Cash was once again running away, although not as much as last time (probably running out of room?) We asked him about my newest symptom heartburn - oh yeah - it's pretty terrible. My heart goes out to heartburn sufferers everywhere. It doesnt matter what I eat! I even get it from water, how is that possible!!?!? He said we may or may not have another ultrasound for sizing, but he isn't sure yet. I secretly hope we do! Who wouldn't want another preview of their little one???? We'll see the docs again in two weeks!

What's happening with Cash this week?

... 16 inches long
... a little more than 3 pounds
... Turning head side to side
... "fattening up a bit" so those little legs and arms are getting nice and chubby

And in honor of it being the 27th of November, with two months to go here are some important world happenings that occured on January 27th

...Motzart, Lewis Carroll, and Donna Reed born
...Thomas Edison patented the electric light bulb (1880)
... Treaty of Paris signed to end the Vietnam War (1973)
... Michael Jackson's head catches on fire during filming of Pepsi ad (1984)

Last week in the 20's

Here we are in our LAST week of "the 20's." This Saturday we will officially hit the 30-week mark!

Unfortunately this hasn't been the best week of the pregnancy. I worked some extra hours over the weekend resulting in my feet and back not feeling so nice at the end of the day, but I was glad to help. This day must have been more exhausting than I had originally thought because I felt pretty off on Sunday and Monday and hardly slept at all on Monday night.

It seemed like everytime I was up the baby was too; rolling around and repositioning. I even took a sick day on Tuesday because I just didn't feel right and thought I was catching a cold, something I wanted desperately to avoid. Today I am feeling much better, but still not quite normal. I have come to accept that perhaps this is the "new normal?" There is supposed to be some degree of insomnia in this third trimester and I am finding that I am getting tired earlier in the evenings again. This weekend was probably a much needed wake up call that I need to remember to really take care of myself AND Cash.

Cash continues to be very active this week. Still lots and lots of kicks, but more sightings of unknown body parts pushing up and out and along my belly. Steve felt some of this kind of movement for the first time this week. I have also noticed some rhythmic movements that seem to last quite a long time. According to my books these are likely hiccups, which is evidence that Cash is indeed practicing some breathing techniques with the amniotic fluid! Cash still likes James Taylor, but we have found that baby responds especially well when we play him/her a new song that they haven't heard before. I had JT on in the car this morning actually and I was singing along as I made the slow ride down 95 to work when I suddenly became overwhelmed realizing that I was actually singing to Cash and not just to occupy my time. Poor Cash - his/her Mommy's voice isn't the best.

Cash's week~

... 2.5 pounds

... a little over 15 inches long from head to heels

... muscles and lungs continue to mature

... head is growing to accomodate a growing brain - we want Cash to be brilliant and all but a little less growth here would be ok by me =) - BILLIONS of neurons developing!

Mom-to-be's week~

... Saw Marc and Kelly, Christian, Christina, and Baby Christian on their way home from a wedding on Long Island Sunday - great to see them!

... Gave a presentation to a local middle school's parent teacher organization meeting about Cancer's affect on families

... Headed home on Friday night for the big BC/MD game - according to Steve the future of the season hinges on their performance (that and Wake Forest has to lose their next 2) {how impressed is my husband that I know that!?}

... Wishing Mary and Dan the best of luck on the West Coast - their new life begins December 1st - we are hoping to see them this Saturday evening

... Mom's throwing a shower for Cash and the Western MA crowd this Sunday morning! How nice of her!!!

...Getting ready for the sit down at work re post baby planning - wish me luck!

... My belly is just growing and growing and growing - and I love it!!!

Steve and I are getting so excited to meet this little person - just over 10 weeks to wait!

Our LAST Monthly OB Visit!

This morning marked a milestone; our last monthly OB visit. I go back in three weeks, the week following Thanksgiving, and will then go every two weeks until we get to final countdown. The visit went well. He measured my belly with a tape measure (a first), checked my blood pressure (normal), listened to baby's heart rate (loud, strong, and a bit faster than last time, though still within a normal range), and palpated my belly to see how Cash is lying in there (head down this morning).

Perhaps it was James Taylor that had Cash's head down? For about 20 minutes at night Cash listens to some James through the IPOD. His/her favorite is "Secret O' Life." That is the one that gets the most kicks =) Most likely this had nothing to do with it though. The Dr. says that until we get to about 35 weeks the baby will still move around quite a bit and won't maintain head down positioning until about that point when the head/body ratio is greater.

No more yucky orange drink for me either! I passed my glucose test, in fact they were alarmed that it was actually a bit low. There was some miscommunication though because Quest Diagnostics told me to fast for 10-12 hours and it turns out I didn't have to do that. I was starving when I went in for the test and I must have metabolized it really quickly.

We made Cash's dresser on Sunday and it looks really nice. It is large enough that the little one should have it for a long LONG time. Next item on the construction agenda is the crib, though we aren't sure what to do about that since it definitely won't fit out the doorway once it is made and will need to be taken apart when we move. Part of us wants to wait until the move to put it together in our new place and the other part wants to put it together as the "nesting reflex" continues to get stronger.

Steve is away in MA until Friday on business. (WAH!) I was thinking to myself this morning as I lay with kitty in bed watching the Today show that it was just the girls until he comes back WHEN I REALIZED it might be just the girls, or it might not. HA!

Speaking of kitty, I think she finally is on to us that something is going on. She voiced her obvious displeasure on Sunday during the dresser construction by defiantly sitting on the futon and putting her ears back. She has shifted from sleeping on my pillow to sleeping against my side. When I sit on the couch she squeezes herself into the crook in my leg and leans back against my belly. Though there is sure to be some serious kitty cuddle time, we will miss Steve...

Back by popular demand...

More Bump Photos!

We really should be doing a better job of taking these. Looking back at how things were way back in June and comparing it to now makes us realize how much Cash is growing and just how quickly the time has flown by. Just 3 months left before the little guy or girl makes their big appearance.

How am I feeling?

Overall, GREAT! I have maintained my energy so far, though the darkness on my drive home from work has always been an issue for me as far as energy goes. I am finding that I have increased difficulty sitting in one position for a long period of time and that sometimes I need some assistance to get up. Cash still likes to sink low when I am sitting it seems and this often makes it a challenge to switch positions or to stand up. I am REALLY fitting into my maternity pants now, which I thought would never happen. I notice that I have to pull them up a lot less than just a couple weeks ago. Cash continues to delight me with his/her predictable movements and kicks. I think that I will really miss this intimate time with the little one once they make their entrance. It is such a nice little random reminder during the day (and night) that we are going to be parents soon...

An alarming incident of sorts...

Last night Steve and I treated ourselves to a little dinner out. Nights of random dinners out are numbered and we are definitely trying to take advantage! I did not eat anything out of the ordinary - a crock of chili and a small caesar salad. Cash is used to some spiciness because I like things with a little zip. We got home, watched TV in the bedroom, and somewhere in the middle of Grey's (when Steve was LONG asleep FYI) I felt like I really needed to shift my position (I was on my side) because my belly felt odd. Not painful. Not a pressure. Just odd. So I sat up and felt my belly and discovered a warped wierd belly. My best estimation is that Cash was VERTICAL and it seemed like one of his/her shoulder was pressing outward. It was insane. I woke Steve up because I needed SOMEONE else to see what I was seeing and make sure I hadn't fallen asleep and dreamt this wierdness up. It was the strangest thing! I lay back down in bed and then sat up a few minutes later and the warped belly was gone. Not a sign of Cash to be found...

I have clearly entered the "alien stage" as was so eloquently put by Steve's boss. At first I lauged it off, but really - this is the "alien stage."

Cash's week - Week 27 (done after today!)

... sleeping and waking at regular intervals

... opening and closing eyes

... lungs capable of functioning with assistance.

Cash's week - Week 28 (starts this Saturday!)

... over two pounds now
... 14.8 inches from top of his/her head to his/her tippy toes
... EYELASHES (hopefully long like Dad's!)
... able to turn head toward a continuous bright light from the outside
... Fat layers forming to keep Cash warm in the cold New England winter