May 25, 2010

A “Littlie” Change of Plans - Baltimore, MD - May 2010

Friday we had another 3 week ultrasound for growth progress and Baby Sticks has fallen from the 9th to the 3rd percentile on the growth chart, weighing approximately 4lbs 11oz. From what they’re saying Baby Sticks should be gaining about 1/2 lb per week, meaning that over the last three weeks he or she has gained less than 1lb. Since we’re at 37 and ½ weeks, and "the cake is baked" (full term), they feel like they can do more for the baby out than in. With that said, there’s been a little change in plans. We've scheduled to begin induction on Friday 5/28 at 6pm.

Here’s a couple of belly pics to tide you over till our wee one arrives

Me at 37 Weeks
Although this may not seam big to you, please know that it feels big, and for me, someone that didn't enter the triple didget club till I was 24 years old, it is big!

Baby Sticks at 37 weeks
Nose: Mine
Lips: The Hub
Oh and you can't see it in this pic, but Baby Sticks has HAIR!!!
Hope you all are well and thanks in advance for your prayers.

Till next time,
Bon Voyage!

May 14, 2010

Feeling the Puj - Baltimore, MD - May 2010

So here we are, big city and not a whole ton of space to store the entourage of baby "stuff" that is somehow now a necessity when our mothers and grandmothers did just fine with out.

One of the things that drives me the most crazy is the baby tub; a necessity, but giant, plastic, cumbersome, and for the most part difficult to store between uses and after baby grows out of it. For the last couple of weeks I'd been on the hunt for something a little more "low profile" so that once Baby Sticks is ready for the big tub, we don't have this crazy giant plastic thing hanging out somewhere waiting for baby #2.

I stumbled upon
this last week,

...And it arrived today!

It's the pujTub by puj (pronounced: pudge).

Ben and Katie are a husband and wife design team that met in college, married, worked for competing design firms and eventually began designing products "to make your life easier". Everything puj makes has come from their own experiences as parents and designers. Their website is

I already LOVE this tub! Not only does it look great, meaning it's not in neon or electric primary colors, it soft, safe, the material is antibacterial/antimicrobial, it folds flat, yes FLAT to store, and about the easiest baby gear I've learned to operate thus far. And on top of all that, it's affordable, which can't be said for a lot of the products out there for baby care!

I can't wait to rub-a-dub-dub our little one in the tub.

Till next time,
Bon Voyage!

May 8, 2010

Eat That Andrew Zimmern - Baltimore, MD - May 2010

I think I’ve mentioned on several occasions that there is one person’s job that the Hub would absolutely love to spend a day in the life of… It's this man Andrew Zimmern.

He has a show on the Food Network called Bizarre Foods where he travels all over the world in search of the world’s most “Bizarre Foods”. After watching the show countless times it’s obvious that Zimmern takes pride in being able to stomach foods that most people can’t even stand to be in the room with. This brings me to the Durian Fruit; a fruit that has been banished from certain hotels and public transportation in Southeast Asia because of its odor. A fruit that to this day Zimmern has not been able to swallow. This video shows one of several of Zimmern’s attempts to beat this “King of Fruits”

Last Sunday, the Hub, on a mission to challenge his taste buds, acquired a single Durian fruit from the local H Mart. Now aside from being smart and funny and handsome, one of the Hub’s claims to fame is that he can “eat stuff that’d make a Billy goat sick”. Since finding the H Mart he’s been able to prove that by first stomaching blood sausage and now, the Durian fruit.

Note to Reader: I did make him take this spiky dude outside, because rumor has it that once cut, it emits an odor similar to rotting flesh. Yes, I know, I can only imagine what our neighbors would think once they got a nose full of this guy, but I was not having that in the house!

You do need a pretty sharp knife to cut through the tough exterior.

Once open I can honestly say that it didn't so much smell like rotting flesh, but more like a trash dumpster which comparatively isn't as bad.

Additional Note to Reader: the Hub swears that he couldn't smell what I smelled.

With out hesitation, the Hub dove right in.

After a bit of contemplation and a second and third bite...


Till Next time,
Bon Voyage!

May 1, 2010

Resting and Nesting - Baltimore, MD - May 2010

So if you've never had the chance to partake in "bedrest" you should know that it's actually BED RESTING. It's been quite a challenge to learn to type while laying on the couch or bed on my left side but I'm doing it like a champ!

First things first: Baby Sticks Update
We had a growth scan on Thursday and are pleased to let everyone know that Baby Sticks has remained in the 9th percentile on the growth chart. Our doctors feel that this has a lot to do with the bedrest. Baby is weighing in at approx 3 and 1/2 lbs which is 2 - 3 lbs below "normal". Our weekly testing has yielded slightly elevated results, but weekly doctor appointments are extremely encouraging. They feel like all the steps we are taking are allowing the baby to grow as they had hoped he or she would, which should make it completely possible for me to carry to term (37 weeks) and beyond as long as the baby is thriving. Thank you for your prayers. They're working!

We've also been
getting busy on finishing the baby's room. I'm still up in the air about the bed skirt, but thanks to my good friend Anita I've found a potential stand in for $16.99 at Baby Depot.

I'm not completely in love with it, but for now it will do and the price is right and who knows I may love it once it's on.

The process of converting the Hub's office to the baby's room has been a little bit more labor intensive than we initially thought. We have way more books than either of us realized. So, last weekend the Hub built book shelves from Ikea and arranged then rearranged furniture and although it's not quite done, we're so very close. Just a few more things left to buy and do. Here's a few new pictures of the room.

  • The green afghan hanging in the crib was made by Jeremy's Aunt Polly Ann, LOVE IT!!!
  • And don't you LOVE the glider rocker. I think I'm going to do a pillow for it. I'm not scared of making a pillow!

  • We've still got to get a changing pad for the changing table and whatever fabric I do the pillow in I'm going to use for the drawer fronts so I'm on the hunt for something good!
  • Ooooh and I almost forgot... We got a new fan with a light fixture. Let there be light! FANCY!!!
Till Next time,
Bon Voyage