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OMG, it’s December

So yeah, that little ticker on the right says less than 20 days to go. YIKES!

Had third and final baby shower today, got lots of great stuff off our registries and other wonderful goodies. Lots of books, which was fantastic. She hasn’t even been born and already she has a good library. Makes sense, given her who her parents are!

We’re pretty much “ready” for the big day: bags packed and in the car at all times, car seat in (although I need to have it checked this week), diapers, wipes, bottles, crib with a sheet and mattress pad on it, her laundry washed. Jason has put her swing together. Now we just need to put batteries in everything (like the monitors). And of course, it would be nice if I could get my exams and papers graded before she decides to arrive!

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37 weeks today

Last night, both my brother and my cousin called and said they had been thinking about me.

Is that a sign?

37 weeks today…hard to believe only three or so more to go. The time is absolutely flying now, and we’re excited. Nervous, but feeling ready to get to the next phase and finally meet Eliza!

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Why I’m freaking out

  • Eliza’s room is a total mess. Gifts in the floor. Nothing organized. Don’t even know what’s in there.
  • Need to wash all her clothes and sheets.
  • Need to finish packing my hospital bag.
  • Have a 20-page article to write before December 15. Barely started.
  • Mountains of papers to grade. Students begging to get them back.
  • Paperwork to fill out…tons and tons of paperwork.
  • Exams to write, classes to prepare, should think about next semester’s syllabi.
  • The house is a total disaster zone. Toilet and shower need scrubbing, floors need swept, dirty laundry everywhere…
  • Things we still need to buy…or do we?
  • 5 weeks to go. That’s it. Maybe less. YIKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Holy. Crap.

Just looked at the countdown on the side of the blog, and it’s under 40 days.


On the upside, we’ve now got the bare essentials: infant car seat, clothes, diapers, crib, bottles. Eliza would be ok. But it will certainly be a bunch more comfy for her with a few more creature comforts.

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Eliza goes to Washington

Well, in a reversal of the normal around our house, Betsy is out of town for the weekend. She went to DC to visit friends, and is having a great time.

Doesn’t keep me from worrying about her and Eliza, though. I like to think of it as Eliza’s first trip to the big city….

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Pregnant fun

Friday I had to do a three-hour glucose test, which involved four needles and fasting overnight. It was relatively painless, though. I’m anxious to get the results tomorrow.

My other health issue is pelvic pain, which is apparently caused by the hormone relaxin. Some women get it, some don’t. I happen to be one of the lucky ones, I guess. It is all worth it, though. And I can’t complain: my first two trimesters were relatively easy.

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Look Eliza!

Look! Sea Lions!

Look at the Sea Lions!

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Loot! Part II

Oh, how we love gift cards and cash. We got lots of other great things at our baby shower in Olive Hill, KY, but those were certainly greatly appreciated. It’s daunting to think of all the stuff we still need to buy.

Most unusual gift? Money that was rolled up and turned into sculpture: bills that were turned into a baby carriage! We did get a few things from our registries, also, which was a relief. I was beginning to think we spent all that time doing those for nothing!

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Eliza in 3D

Yesterday was a day we’ll never forget. We got 3D ultrasounds of little Eliza (see Flickr stream to the right). She is soooo cute, but then again we’re biased. The technology was absolutely stunning, and although we were in there for an hour and had to pay for these, it was absolutely worth every penny. It’s hard to describe seeing her face for the first time…

People are saying she looks more like me than Jason. The chubby cheeks and thighs are definitely mine!  Seeing these just made me all the more excited to see her in person in just 8 short weeks (or less)!

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This weekend = more shower

So we head north this Friday to take part in the second of our three showers. This one is in concert with my sister, and is being thrown by my family.

Here’s a shot of our haul from last weekend:

and here’s my favorite gift:


A travel bottle warmer. I know I spend a lot of time in my car, but I’m hoping we never actually have to use this. 🙂