Tuesday, August 30, 2011

41 Weeks?! ... Nope, Wilks is Here!

Today is Tuesday ... that means it's a baby post day!

Last week at my 40 week appointment, the doctor said the baby was still VERY high but I was effaced almost 80%, but not even a fingertip dilated. I was extremely bummed to hear the news. However, my face lit up when he said he stripped my membranes "a little." He wanted me to come back on Friday and induce me over the weekend. He asked, "How does Sunday work for you?" I said, "Sounds like a birthday to me!" On Friday we would determine if the membrane stripping did anything to cause me to either be admitted Saturday night or wait until Sunday morning. I was so excited to know I only had five days left.

I went back to work after my appointment and had what I was considered "cramps" every 15 minutes for an hour during one of my meetings. I was hoping they were contractions, but they went away. Later that night at church, the "cramps" came back and my mind was not focusing on the lesson... I was focusing on the discomfort I was experiencing.

The cramps continued as I went to bed that night. At 945, I awoke to what I was now considering contractions. They were coming every 5 minutes and would wake me up each time. The intensity got stronger but they stayed at 5 minute intervals. The lack of sleep was frustrating. I would feel like I had just closed my eyes, and the pain would strike again. At 330, I finally got out of bed and went upstairs with the pups to lay on the couch. Each time a contraction came, I would keep telling myself out loud, "progress!" I knew with each pain that my body was preparing the baby for labor.

I waited for Mr. JCrew to wake up, but didn't tell him right away. I wanted to see if the "contractions" were real or if they would just go away. While I was in the shower, I told him I thought I was having contractions. He asked for how long, and I told him since 945, I thought. His jaw dropped and asked me why I didn't tell him. HA! I had to make sure.

I had an important meeting at work at 1130 I wanted to go to, but hoped I could maybe move it up if I got into work early. I told Mr. JCrew to not go to school that day because I thought I might only make it at work until lunch time. We both went into work and I got loose ends taken care of. The pains were getting stronger, so I went to the Colonel's office and told him I couldn't make it to the 1130 and could we meet now. He said he had 12 minutes and asked if that was enough. I said, "Oh, yes."

I met with the Colonel and as I walked out, his secretary called me to her desk. Right then I had a contraction and I had to tip-toe to her desk. Luckily, she had her back turned to me the whole time she was talking to me, so she never saw my death grip on her cubicle wall as I was breathing through a contraction. I quickly got back to my desk and called Mr. JCrew to tell him I couldn't survive until lunchtime and I was okay with leaving for the hospital.

He came to pick me up and a couple co-workers saw us leave. One quickly ran to the car window and asked if we were headed to the hospital. I quickly responded before Mr. JCrew had a chance and told the coworker we were only going to the doctor's for an appointment. Mr. JCrew just laughed at how easy it was for me to tell a lie. What can I say... I like my privacy!!

As we walked up to the hospital, I had it in the back of my head that I would be told I was only having cramps and be sent home. I did get the questioning from the nurses of why I thought I was in labor. Mr. JCrew liked answering for me and told them about the frequency of my contractions. He also wanted to make them aware that I was not going to let them know the intensity of my pain because I liked to act tough. HA! I thought it was so cute. He knows me too well.

At the first check, I was 80% effaced but only two centimeters dilated. THAT'S IT!!! After all those contractions? The only good thing was hearing how far down he was. Those contractions took him from being so high up, to so low, that the "bag of waters" was buldging out. :) The nurses were aware that I did not want medicine. I wanted my body to labor on its own. I was checked every two hours, and by noon I was 90% effaced and 3 cm. Hadn't moved very far, yet the pain was intense. The nurses really pushed pitocin on me. However, I knew the pain that came with the drug. I made the decision to get the pitocin to move things along and also get the epidural. At 1PM, my water broke on its own. I honestly thought the warm sensation on my left buttocks was from the epidural working its way through.

After the Pitocin and Epidural, we had a turn. Wilks' heartrate went extremely low and my blood pressure took a huge drop. I normally have a low blood pressure anyways, but they were concerned with the bottom number. Plus, Wilks was not reacting well. They quickly put me on Oxygen and fed some blood pressure miracle drug through my IV. It took a few minutes, but we were back to a safe level. I started to cry. I had gone through the whole pregnancy taking care of myself and never once did anything I shouldn't have. I never took any medicine for anything. So, when it came to the birth, my plan was to keep this baby drug-free. I looked at Mr. JCrew and told him that this was the exact reason I didn't want the meds. I don't like the way medicine makes me feel and didn't want the baby to suffer the same way I do. But they continued to monitor me and Wilks like crazy from that point on. Even Mr. JCrew was staring at the monitor and would make sure Wilks and I were staying at safe levels.

The pitocin worked and I was at 6 cm in three hours and then 10 cm 45 minutes after that. By 515, they were preparing for me to push. The epidural gave me the shakes naturally, but hearing and knowing that I was about to give birth, only intensified the shakes!

It came time for pushing and I felt like a champ! The labor and delivery nurses were awesome. I had one yelling at me as a motivator. She'd tell me the progress I was making and it really helped to know my pushing was working. Out came the baby and then a big gush of amniotic fluid! Two pushes total, and an episiotomy. His heartrate had gone down again as I was pushing, so they wanted him out quickly.

He came out with the cord around his leg, and the first thing I noticed were his lips. His mouth was beautiful, but I knew right away it wasn't my mouth. :) I was overwhelmed with joy that this child was a part of me and a part of Mr. JCrew. Babies are such a miracle!

Fast forward to today, and Wilks is six days old. I know this post has been long, so I'll save details about my new little man for updates later on. To me, he's perfect. It's a mother's love that is bigger than anything I could have ever imagined. I knew I always wanted to be a mommy, but this is bliss.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

40 Weeks

Rain fell for "forty days and forty nights" during the flood. Jesus fasted "Forty days and forty nights" in the Judean desert. In tennis, the number 40 represents the third point gained in a game. Forty years of marriage is the ruby wedding anniversary.  American Top 40 is a radio countdown programs that ranks songs.
We've reached my due date!! Wilks can come any day now! He's been a great baby in utero, but I'm ready to experience the greatness outside. Mr. JCrew can't imagine me without a belly. It's become part of me for so long. I'm just now starting to want to get rid of the buldge. It's great and hasn't been a problem in any way, but it does get in the way when I try to squeeze in spots I use to fit!

Baby boy hasn't done anything monumental this week. Him staying put until 40 weeks is a good thing for his health. Plus, this week I had my mind focused on staying pregnant until the 21st so I could have pictures taken. We had a maternity session we did for a marketing campaign and I was nervous that Wilks would come before then, since this was a good opportunity I was excited about. But he stayed put and we got our photos taken.

He's been active and quiet off and on throughout the week. At today's doctor's appt, we will set a date for Wilk's birthday. My OB office won't let me go a week over my due date. It's exciting to know that I won't be pregnant forever, and I will become a mom to the sweetest little boy!

8-23-11 ... 40 Weeks
How Far Along?: 40 Weeks
How Big Is Baby?: the size of a watermelon
Sleep?: still good; however, I wake myself up throughout the night wondering if this is THE night.
Food Cravings?: none. I just eat all the time!
Movement?: he moves a lot, surprisingly. I don't know how he has room.
Gender?: It’s a BOY!!
Belly Button?: Still an innie.
Special Moment of the week: getting pictures taken to capture my last days of pregnancy
Labor Signs: BH. That's all. I haven't dropped and I feel great!
Next Doctor’s Appt?: today
What I’m Looking Forward To This Week: setting a birthdate for Wilks

Monday, August 22, 2011

Top 12 Things I Want My Son to Know - #1

This is day 12 of a 12 part series to highlight the main things I want my son-to-be to know. Some will be silly, some will be serious. I just want to write it down for me and for him- and for your entertainment, of course.

#12, #11, #10, #9, #8, #7, #6, #5, #4, #3, #2
#1  We Love You More Than You Can Imagine
You may not understand this as a child; I don’t think most children do. But as an adult- and especially as a parent- you start to realize that your parents made great sacrifices for you. Most of the time they were happy to make them and probably didn’t consider them sacrifices, but others were made with a conscious effort of love, time and often money.
Your Mimi and Poppy sacrificed so much for me and my brothers and sisters. I am so thankful for the opportunities they gave us to experience the world. I have so many great memories and stories to tell all because my parents loved me more than I could have ever imagined.
Here’s the thing about being a parent: we only want the best for you. We will go to the ends of the earth for you. We do not want to make you a spoiled child or to give you everything you WANT, but we want to give you everything you need and allow you to earn some things you want because we love you more than you will ever know; at least not until you have children of your own. Your dad and I will make those sacrifices- whether or not you realize them- to help you realize your full potential and help you develop into a mature adult.
We want to help you grow, guide you to understand and give you all the love in the world. We were both fortunate enough to be on the receiving end of that love from wonderful parents and ultimately from God. Nothing will make us happier than to share it with you.
So when you “hate” us for not letting you go to a party, know that we still love you. And when you don’t get into the "short-leg club," you can blame us for your genes. And when you do win that state championship, gold medal or award for good grades, know that we would love you even if you didn’t- but we will always be proud of your accomplishments.
We’re here you for, sweet boy. We love you more than you will ever be able to fathom.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Top 12 Things I Want My Son to Know - #2

This is day 11 of a 12 part series (I hope!) to highlight the main things I want my son-to-be to know. Some will be silly, some will be serious. I just want to write it down for me and for him- and for your entertainment, of course.

#12, #11, #10, #9, #8, #7, #6, #5, #4, #3
#2  Live Life Abundantly!
Christ said, "I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." God did not give you all these rules to "tie" you down or to make you a slave to rules. These rules were designed to protect you and keep you on a righteous and content path in life. Follow God's laws and believe in His Son Jesus Christ and, you will have freedom in life! breaking the chains of our self-centered natures. You have the gift of life everlasting! That inner joy will help you to have a longview in life and realize you are here to make a contribution to mankind no matter how big or small you perceive it to be. Enjoy life, your traits and qualities, family, art, music, sports, education, food, drink, and all the other things that there are to experience in life! Remember, we all embody a piece of God's character when we are at our best. See the good in the bad and enjoy all the beauty in the world :)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Top 12 Things I Want My Son to Know - #3

This is day 10 of a 12 part series (I hope!) to highlight the main things I want my son-to-be to know. Some will be silly, some will be serious. I just want to write it down for me and for him- and for your entertainment, of course.

#12, #11, #10, #9, #8, #7, #6, #5, #4
#3  Love Your Mom (from Dad)
Your mom is the most caring, loving, and beautiful woman. She will raise you up with morals, standards, and character. She has derived all these traits from God and, her passion imparted from him in living a life striving for him. As you get older, and you take a look around the house, you will see her hand has touched every scenic nook and cranny. Enjoy the home your mother has made for you and try to keep the walls free from crayon and ink, k? Listen to your mother's advice; she is a very successful person in all facets of her life and, her advice is worth its weight in gold. Trust me, I've listened and benefitted. Your mother will always try to lead you down the right path. Show her what you are passionate about and let her make those lists for you (just like the one you're reading now)! You'll learn to appreciate the kind of organization she can bring into you life. Know your Mommy loves you with all her heart! And remember to tell her how much you love her, too!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Top 12 Things I Want My Son to Know - #4

This is day 9 of a 12 part series (I hope!) to highlight the main things I want my son-to-be to know. Some will be silly, some will be serious. I just want to write it down for me and for him- and for your entertainment, of course.

#12, #11, #10, #9, #8, #7, #6, #5

#4  I Love Your Daddy
Your daddy is my rock. I could not have dreamt of a more perfect man to be my husband. God placed us at just the right time and place to meet each other. I knew the minute I saw him I couldn't let him get away.
Your daddy is a perfect example of how the man of the household should be. He loves God and he loves me. He lets me know everyday how much he loves me. I never have to worry. Your daddy will do everything he can to be there for his family. He is so excited to have little JCrew's around. He talks to you every day in my tummy. He already loves you so much.
It is my dream that you grow up and become a man like your dad. You will make your future wife the happiest lady in the world if you are like him.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

39 Weeks

There were 39 signers to the United States Constitution, out of 55 members of the Philadelphia Convention delegates. The F26A graph is a symmetric graph with 39 edges. The book series "The 39 Clues" revolves around 39 clues hidden around the world.
We've made it to 39 weeks! Not much is happening. He realizes how good he has it and has decided he's not ready to change things up. Doctor's appt went well but there is no progress. I'm okay with that. Waiting really stinks, but I know he will come when he is suppose to.

This will be my last birthday without a little boy! Hard to imagine, but exciting at the same time. It will be a week embedded in my memory, but not necessarily for the happiness. We lost a dear friend this past Sunday to cancer (Acute Lymphoblastic Lymphoma.) My heart is heavy for the family. He left behind an amazing wife and a six month old little girl. He remained strong and upbeat through it all. He really was an inspiration. And seeing his wife be so strong right there next to him spoke for itself. You never once heard her complain. Life has not been easy for her. I am so happy he is in a better place and no longer suffering, but I hurt for those he left behind. I've learned through all this that life is meant to enjoy. Don't take advantage of your family and friends. Don't complain, because you never know everyone's situation. I only hope that I can be the friend she needs right now. I know she would be there for me, and was, when my dad was sick.

8-16-11 ... 39 Weeks
How Far Along?: 39 Weeks
How Big Is Baby?: the size of a watermelon
Sleep?: great
Food Cravings?: none
Movement?: slower, but still a mover
Gender?: It’s a BOY!!
Belly Button?: Still an innie.
Special Moment of the week:
Labor Signs: none!!! Obviously. I'm just sleeping and doing what I want while I can.
Next Doctor’s Appt?: Today
What I’m Looking Forward To This Week: Just getting through the week.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Top 12 Things I Want My Son to Know - #5

This is day 8 of a 12 part series (I hope!) to highlight the main things I want my son-to-be to know. Some will be silly, some will be serious. I just want to write it down for me and for him- and for your entertainment, of course.

#12, #11, #10, #9, #8, #7, #6

#5 Love God
God is a big reason why you are here. Your daddy and I have leaned on God for everything. He is the one thing you can turn to and get everything you need. Pray to God in time of need or in time of gratitude. He will hear your prayer and do what is best for you. It may not always be what you think is best, but God knows the future and will never let you experience anything you can't handle. He knows how strong you are.
Your dad and I will raise you in the church. It will be a good foundation for you and you will meet a lot of great friends there.
If you have any questions about religion or God, I'd ask your dad first. He is so knowledgable and sees the big picture. There are so many lessons to learn and stories to hear from the Bible. I will do my best to read you all the stories.
There are a lot of different opinions about God in this world. It is my hope that we will set you up on a firm foundation that you can stand firm in your beliefs.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Top 12 Things I Want My Son to Know - #6

This is day 7 of a 12 part series (I hope!) to highlight the main things I want my son-to-be to know. Some will be silly, some will be serious. I just want to write it down for me and for him- and for your entertainment, of course.

#12, #11, #10, #9, #8, #7 
#6 Be Content With What You Have
You're probably thinking, you just told me to DREAM BIG!?!? Isn't being content antithetical to dreaming big? Short answer is, absolutely not! God has given you a set of passions, talents, and traits in life that will direct you down the path you were meant to go. You should strive to maximize your passions and talents given from God! This is dreaming big! At the same time, be content with those passions and talents and where they will lead you in life. Don't try to be something you are not. Learning to develop your God-given traits while being content with those traits given to you will lead to a very fulfilling life!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Top 12 Things I Want My Son to Know - #7

This is day 6 of a 12 part series (I hope!) to highlight the main things I want my son-to-be to know. Some will be silly, some will be serious. I just want to write it down for me and for him- and for your entertainment, of course.

#12, #11, #10, #9, #8
#7 Dream Big
You are your own individual and will be free to do what you want (within parameters.) You have to go to school, so there is no room for negotiating there, but there are other areas you can be free in.
Your daddy and I will not make you do anything you don't want to. Unless it is for your own good. You still have to brush your teeth, comb your hair, take a bath, go to bed ON TIME, and eat decently. But if we want you to play soccer and you don't like it, you don't have to do it again. We will make you finish the season you committed to, but we will not make you sign back up. If you want to play tennis, you can. If you want to take music lessons, you can. We want you to experience everything! The more you see, the more you will know what you like and dislike. This will help you when you decide a career path. You can be anything you want to be. Pick something you are good at and enjoy. Being President is a good goal to have, but it's okay if you become a Senator instead. On your way to being a doctor, you'll discover you like being a nurse instead and stay put. That is okay with us. As long as you're happy and can provide for yourself, we will be happy parents. Dream big and do your best. Give everything your all and you'll turn out fine.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Top 12 Things I Want My Son to Know - #8

This is day 5 of a 12 part series (I hope!) to highlight the main things I want my son-to-be to know. Some will be silly, some will be serious. I just want to write it down for me and for him- and for your entertainment, of course.

#12, #11, #10, #9
#8 We Are From The South
Your Mimi and Poppy are from Jackson, Mississippi. They moved to Florida after they got married. Some people don't think Florida qualifies as a Southern state because it is such a mix of retired folk from all over the country, but your Mimi and Poppy kept the South alive in our family.
Below are a few Southern Etiquette tips I'll remind you of. You're not perfect, so I don't expect everything.
-          In the South, you respect your elders no matter if they are related or not. Call them Mr. or Mrs.
-          The boys ask girls out on dates.
-          Boys take their hats off indoors and while saying the Pledge to the American Flag or while praying.
-          Write "Thank You" notes. It's more of a girl thing to do, but at the bare minimum, we'll have you write your family.
-          Keep Your Word. If you commit to something, follow through. If you signed up for a season of baseball, finish the season. If you told someone you would be there for them, you have to follow up on what you promised.
-          Chewing gum makes you look like a cow chomping on grass. If you must chew gum, keep your mouth closed.
-          Chew with your mouth closed when eating meals or snacks. We don't want to see what your food looks like before you swallow. It will make us lose our appetite. Plus, your Aunt Logan HATES the sound chewing with a mouth open makes. Smacking your food is not a pleasant sound.
-          Everything is monogrammed in the South. You already have a lot of things with your name or initials on them. I couldn't help it!
-          Gentlemen will open doors for ladies, offer their seat to them, stand when a woman enters the room and offer their arm when going up or down steps.  A Gentleman will never use foul language in front of women and children, or discuss improper topics in front of them.
-          Do not interrupt someone that is talking or is on the telephone. If you need me or your dad and we are on the phone or talking, get our attention with eye contact or quietly. We will then ask to be excused while we tend to your need. If you yell at us, we just might ignore you!
-          Offer guests in your home something to drink.  Don’t keep insisting. Offer once and if they decline then they can ask if they change their mind later. Be hospitable, but not pushy.
-          Things move slow in the South. Let someone with fewer items at the grocery store to go in front of you. Don't be in a rush. Don't cut someone off entering or exiting a building because you were in too big of a hurry.
-          Family is important to Southerners, probably more so than to others. Stand by your family.  The bonds you have with family are such that no matter what, you will always have them.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Wanna-Be-Mom at 5 Years Old

My photo this morning looked like I had a soccer ball stuffed under my shirt. It reminded me of when I was younger and I actually DID stuff balloons and balls under my night shirts to pretend I was pregnant.

I found a picture of my younger sister and I. This picture was posted at my mom's office (an OB/GYN) and is why our names are on it.

38 Weeks

Smith and Wesson makes a 0.38 Special cartridge used in revolvers. There are 38 slots on an American Roulette wheel. There are 38 surviving plays written by William Shakespeare.
We've made it to 38 weeks. Baby boy is comfortable and staying put. He's really not comfortable in there, but he's not ready to make his entrance into the real world. Mr. JCrew and I are both ready! I'm glad I haven't started my maternity leave yet. If I didn't have work to distract me, I'd be really impatient at home waiting for him to make his move.

I definitely feel like I'm getting bigger. I guess he's adding on the last pound or two. His movement hasn't really slowed down, but it's different than before. He's finding different places to poke his feet and hands.

It's so hard to believe I am two weeks away (hopefully!)

8-9-11 ... 38 Weeks
 How Far Along?: 38 Weeks
How Big Is Baby?: the size of a watermelon!
Sleep?: all I want to do is sleep!
Food Cravings?: none.
Movement?: he likes to stretch my stomach in odd ways to make himself room.
Gender?: It’s a BOY!!
Belly Button?: Still an innie.
Special Moment of the week: Realizing it's August!
Labor Signs: Braxton Hicks are still common, but I'm noticing them getting stronger.
Next Doctor’s Appt?: Tomorrow
What I’m Looking Forward To This Week: some kind of progress!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Top 12 Things I Want My Son to Know - #9

This is day 4 of a 12 part series (I hope!) to highlight the main things I want my son-to-be to know. Some will be silly, some will be serious. I just want to write it down for me and for him- and for your entertainment, of course.

#12, #11, #10
#9 Don't Take Yourself Seriously
Life is funny; treat it that way. Make fun of yourself! Make your own flaws funny. No one is perfect, and many people will tell you what is wrong with you throughout your life. Take it with a grain of salt. Most people cut down others so that they feel good about themselves. If they can pick out something wrong with someone else, they feel better about not being perfect themselves.
When someone tells you about a flaw of yours, don't be sensitive. If you're sensitive, then people have to tip-toe around you and watch what they say. You want people to be comfortable when you're around. Being a boy, you're going to get a lot of hassling from other boys. I've learned this from your dad. He and his friends in the military would pick on each other. It makes you tougher. You don't want to be the kid that can't handle the truth. Watch how your dad and his friends interact with each other. They cut each other down and then laugh about it. I even laugh because it's funny. However, most guys are not used to a girl cracking jokes, so when I chime in, it takes a second before the laughter starts.
Just because I'm telling you that other people will tell you of your flaws and you have to take it, does not mean that you have the freedom to go attack everyone. There is a time and place for the bantering. Be sensitive to others' feelings. Some people may not be able to joke. Hopefully you can rub off on them and they will loosen up over time.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Top 12 Things I Want My Son to Know - #10

This is day 3 of a 12 part series (I hope!) to highlight the main things I want my son-to-be to know. Some will be silly, some will be serious. I just want to write it down for me and for him- and for your entertainment, of course.

#12, #11
#10 Mix Passion With Patience
I'm VERY interested to see how you turn out. Your daddy and I are both passionate people. This applies to everything. Along with our passion is a mix of perfection. When we are passionate about something, we want to give it our all and do our best.
My passion was dance and your daddy's passion is soccer. When I danced, I practiced as much as I could. I wanted to get better, but I also loved it. Dancing was a form of expression for me. I tend to be a quiet person and dancing on stage allowed me to be outgoing. I had to remember to be patient with myself. Passion is a good motivator, but it can cause impatience. Remember that most things don't reach perfection overnight. You have to put in the effort to get it there. Look how long it takes for a baby to develop in a mommy's tummy; nine months! And you most certainly will be perfect to us when we see you for the first time!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Top 12 Things I Want My Son to Know - #11

This is day 2 of a 12 part series (I hope!) to highlight the main things I want my son-to-be to know. Some will be silly, some will be serious. I just want to write it down for me and for him- and for your entertainment, of course.

In case you missed Day 1, #12.
#11 Remember Your "Please" and "Thank You's"
Kindness goes such a long way. Showing your gratitude is such a small guesture that makes a big difference to someone. Pay attention to the people in your life. Thank everyone for everything they do. You are not entitled to what you get. Everything you get (from things (toys) to help (service)) is at the sacrifice of someone else's time/effort. Make sure you show your appreciation. You will realize how important it is when you do something for someone else. Hopefully, they thank you and you will get a tingly feeling that makes you feel happy. You'll want to do more things for more people. It's a vicious, but good cycle.

Don't expect a "Thank You" everytime you do something. Not everyone does it. You shouldn't be doing things for the "Thank You" anyway. There are plenty of times I don't get a "Thank You." Just make sure you remember YOUR gratitude.
If you ever have to ask for help and someone agrees to help you, make sure you ask with a "Please" somewhere in the request. If you don't include that word, it will sound like you are telling someone what to do. Your daddy and I will most likely do anything for you when you say, "Please."

I can't wait to hear your little voice!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Top 12 Things I Want My Son to Know - #12

This is day 1 of a 12 part series (I hope!) to highlight the main things I want my son-to-be to know. Some will be silly, some will be serious. I just want to write it down for me and for him- and for your entertainment, of course.
#12 Love Your Puppies
Your puppies will become your best friends. You will have three puppies when you're born. They are all dachshunds. Dachshunds can be mean, but not yours. You only have to watch out for Anderson. Anderson is a momma's boy and I think he will be jealous of the attention I will be giving you. I've told him you will give him just as much attention as I give him when you come. Just don't pull his tail or ears. He'll let you do it, but that isn't nice.
Your puppies names are
Bailey Longfellow
Anderson LowRider
Colby Graham
Colby loves to play fetch. Throw his toys and he will go get them for you. He’s a very laid back puppy. He might be scared of you at first, but he’ll soon realize how great you are and he will be your best friend.
Bailey has bad breath, so I would stay clear of breathing the fumes. He can't help it. He's an old man. And he sneezes a lot. Unless you want to get sprayed, stay far away. Bailey can't see well or hear well. I'm sure he'll be able to hear you screaming when you begin to talk. He'll appreciate your volume and think you are being loud just so that he can hear you. How thoughtful.
Anderson will be your protector. He will never leave your side. He will hear you cry and be right there to comfort you. His comfort may be a tongue to the face, but he's a kisser and that's the way he shows affection. Don’t let him use the puppy-dog eyes on you. He’ll use them to beg you to drop food for him. Just don’t make eye-contact and it won’t affect you. Those eyes will make anyone melt and he gets his way a lot when he uses them.
Love your puppies. They are such great companions that will bring you so much joy. You’ll laugh at them and enjoy their company. They love to take naps, so I’m sure you’ll become nap buddies.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

37 Weeks

The normal human body temperature is 98.6F but 37C. I have 37 rose bushes in my back yard. 
At 37 weeks, I am now considered full-term. I can have baby Wilks anytime and it'd be okay. I said I was going to step up my walking routine at this time to help with progress, but we'll see if it does anything.
I've got my bags packed and the house is clean. I'm just playing the waiting game and enjoying the sleep and free time I have. :)

8-2-11 ... 37 Weeks

There must be something bees like about pregnant women. I have never been stung in my life and for the first time on July 4th weekend, I had a bee sting me... on the head. I thought it could have been a wasp I saw around the yard after I moved a bird house. I figured he had made a home in there and was mad at me. But now I don't think that was the case. Yesterday, I was being lazy and pulled out the hose to water a potted plant. I turned on the water and got stung... again... on the head. It stayed in my hair as I walked in the house. Mr. JCrew swatted it out and that's when we got a close look to see it was a bee. Turns out, the bees are everywhere and love the white Vinca I planted. I won't be going on that side of the house for a while! It took two stings for me to learn a lesson.

How Far Along?: 37 Weeks
How Big Is Baby?: the size of a Crenshaw melon
Sleep?: still good, but I'm so tired all the time now.
Food Cravings?: None.
Movement?: He's cramped! He still moves a ton but I think he's frustrated with the lack of room he has now.
Gender?: It’s a BOY!!
Belly Button?: Still an innie.
Special Moment of the week: Baby got to see two movies in one week. Captain America and Cowboys and Aliens. He liked both.
Labor Signs: Braxton Hicks are a common occurrence. I’m ready for the real contractions!!
Next Doctor’s Appt?: Today
What I’m Looking Forward To This Week: Crossing off another week off the list. I'm ready!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Patchwork Camera Strap

A friend of mine has an awesome strap on her camera. I had never thought about doing it to my camera until another friend commented she was surprised I hadn’t made my own yet. She sent me a link to directions and I got out my fabric pieces.

I was trying to be neutral with my colors, and then I wanted to add a pop of color. JoAnn’s Fabric was having a sale on fabric quarters (18 x 22 inches) so that is what I got.
I took my current camera strap

and measured it. It was 1.5 inches wide.
The next part I did was cut pieces of the fabric that were 4x6 inches. I needed them at least double the width of the camera strap (1.5 inches) plus a half inch on each side. That’s 4 inches. The fabric pieces could be as long as I wanted them.

I got the fabric in the order I wanted them and started sewing them together.

I then turned over the fabric to iron down the seams.

I then took a piece of scrap iron-on adhesive and cut it to length of my patchwork strip and exactly 3 inches wide. I laid it in the middle of the fabric and ironed it on.

I then creased the edges over and then folded the fabric strip in half. I then ironed it together.

Once folded in half, it was time to sew. First seam was to close where I folded in half. Then I placed a seam symmetrically on the opposite seam, one down the middle and two more seams, for a total of five.

I decided to see how my strap turned out before I took apart my perfectly good strap. I was really nervous! I bought a leather needle for my sewing machine and then took a seam ripper to the connecting piece.

Once apart, I could insert the new strap into the leather end and sew it back together.
Ta-da! Finished piece is very unique. I will be able to instantly identify my camera if I see it laying around.

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