Tuesday, March 31, 2009

3/31 doctor appointment

Today I had another doctor appointment. Even though the routine is the same every time, I always look forward to the appointments b/c I love to hear the baby's heart beat and see how the baby and I are progressing. Today I weighed in with a 4lb weight gain which my doc said was the "perfect amount" and asked me how I always manage to gain the perfect amount of weight each month. I blushed of course...lol. jk. I really have no idea. I don't really over eat and I'm pretty good at eating throughout the day so maybe that's it? Who knows. Either way I was happy to hear her say that. :) The downside to today's appointment was that I got there at 4:06 (that's when I signed in) and didn't get called in to be seen by the nurse till right around 5 and then after she took my stats and urine sample and all, it was another 40 minutes before I was seen by the doc herself. We didn't get out till 5:45. I have to say that's been the longest wait I've had so far at this doctor's office. I was starving by the time I got out! Anyways, back to the update of how the pregnancy is going...

Brooklyn was moving around and very active while I wait and then when doc was looking for the heart beat she found it pretty quick and the beat was good and strong. She measured my belly (I think that's called the fundal measurement but I could be wrong) with the little measuring tape. She measured it twice which made me wonder why at first until she told me my measurement. She said I measured 28 the first time which was already big for being at only 24 weeks and then measure again to make sure she was measuring correctly and the second time she got 30! I hope this doesn't mean I'm having a huge baby! I read a couple of places that you should be 1cm per week of pregnancy with a -2cm or +2cm variation. Even with the +2cm variation, I'm still measuring big for being 24 weeks. Everything else was looking normal. I went ahead and asked her what her policy was for inducing early. I know some docs are totally against it and want the baby to come only when it's ready and will only induce if there is a medical necesity. Others don't mind doing it within a reasonable amount of time if everything looks good and the baby is big enough and the cervix is "ripe". She asked me my reason for even thinking about getting induced early and I told her. As of right now, without me being out anymore days for the rest of this school year, which won't happen, and adding on the paid days off we get at the beginning of the next school year, I will only have 3 weeks of paid maternity leave. That would leave me with zero days to call in for the rest of the school year if I were to get sick or if baby were to get sick. If I have the baby later than my due date, July 16th, I'm looking at less that a month before school starts back, August 17th. That will leave me with very little time with her before having to head back to work. I told her my main concern was her coming late. If she came ON her due date I would still at least get a month and a half with her. She told me that her normal rule on inducing is only when medically necessary BUT she has dealt with a lot of teachers who have had the same issue with having babies close to the beginning of a school year and with families with a father in the military who would not be around for baby's birth where she made an exception ONLY if the cervix was "ripe and ready" and baby looked healthy and if she was sure that by inducing the baby would come that very day. She said until I'm 36 weeks she won't want to really consider it but that if I continue to measure big and the baby ends up being big that she doesn't think I would carry full term anyways and would end up having her a little early. For that I'm grateful to be measuring early! lol. So, here's hoping to a ripe cervix after 36 weeks, or a nice plump baby that wants to come a week or two early! :) Everything else was normal, I had some questions about braxton hicks contractions (I thought I might have had one but turns out I was just overworking myself and walking too much on Sunday) and some other stuff and all my questions were answered and I left feeling good. My next appointment will be April 30th and I will be having the blood glucose test (yuck). Three days later on May 2nd, I will have my 3D ultra sound at 9am. I'm VERY excited about that! I'll get to know for sure the gender of this baby and get a DVD and pictures. I'm inviting my parents and Waylon's parents to come see it since they said friends and family are welcome to be in the room. It feels like forever to wait again to find out for sure if we're having a girl but they really want you to be right around 28 weeks which I will just have completed at that point. I'll just have to be patient!

On a positive note to offset my last depressing blog: this week I've felt a lot better emotionally going into work and haven't had that huge dread in the mornings that I've been having. It's been good. I've been sleeping a little better even though Brooklyn is still very active and loves to move around when I'm lying down. We do need prayer for Waylon to find another job. He no longer has one as of Saturday morning. Long story, I'll spare the details. He already has several leads though and has applied at many places. The good thing is, I make enough money with my job for us to not be in distress right now over this and we just recently got our tax return and some money from Waylon's parents towards his car that they wanted to give as a gift so we're ok for now. We won't be going hungry, that's for sure. :) Just pray that he finds a job with flexible hours that will work with his school and church schedule. Until then, I'm lucky to have him home to do some cleaning around the house that I haven't been able to get to. He's very handy when he stays home and I leave him lists of things that need to get done...they are all done by the time I get home. The only thing I would not want him doing without me is grocery shopping...who knows what he would come home with; canned spinach and oatmeal cream pies - two things he likes a lot. I know, sounds a little wierd! Two opposite ends of the health spectrum. He's so thin he can eat whatever he wants though and not gain any weight. I wish I was like that.

Well, I'm going to leave you with a couple of pictures I took last night. You can see I'm getting quite big. I realize my outfit is not stylish in any way and I'm obviously not wearing makeup and my hair isn't fixed. It's a wonder why I'm even posting them but lately this has just been how I've looked all the time. If I waited till I looked "put together" no pictures would ever get posted so here you go:

Monday, March 30, 2009

My Mary Kay Spring Sale

Hey ladies! As many of you know (or maybe didn't know) I am a Mary Kay consultant on the side. Unfortunately, due to my pregnancy, teaching and being a cheer sponsor this past school year, I haven't been able to put as much time into my business as I would have liked to. That being said, I'm having a big Mary Kay Spring Sale!

Here's the deal:
Anything I currently have on my shelf already gets a 30% discount! (while supplies last - first come, first served!) That's awesome right? If you're thinking that's not going to be a lot of product, think again! I've got quite a large bookshelf with lots of great product just waiting to be taken home. Among those products are several Miracle Sets (our best-selling skin care line), our microdermabrasion sets, foundations, lip liners, eye liners, lips sticks, lip glosses, blushes, bronzers and several other skin care products.

What about products I don't have on my shelf? You still get a great deal! I'll give you 15% off any products you want to buy that aren't already stocked on my shelf. That's still a great discount!

Here's what you do:

1. You go to my website: www.marykay.com/stephanie.perryman

2. Search through all the products and find what you want.

3. In order to know whether I have it on my shelf or not, you can email me at stephanie.perryman@marykay.com OR leave me a comment on here with your question and I will respond ASAP.

4. Let me know what you want and I'll process your order. I accept, cash, check, or credit card!

You also now have the option of ordering online and having your products shipped directly to you and your credit/debit card processed online - I'll give the discount before it gets processed.
That means that even if you don't live near me, I can still be your consultant and you can order from me and get my great discounts.

If you refer someone to me that's not already one of my customers, I'll throw in an extra 5% off, they just need to give me your full name so I know to give you the discount. Make sure that is done before your order is processed (or if it isn't, I can give you the 10% off on your next order).

This sale will continue throughout the month of April and the 30% only counts towards products that I have on my shelf right now.

If you have any questions, please ask. All my contact information is on my website, including my phone number. If I don't answer right away, please leave me a message and I'll get back to you ASAP.

Looking forward to doing business with you!


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A case of the blahs...short vent

I find myself emotionally and physically down since coming back from spring break. I feel more tired than before and every single morning this week I have absolutely dreaded getting up and going to work beyond anything I've ever felt dread for. It's depressing. Once I get to work it's not so bad, it's getting myself out of bed for it. I haven't slept great, I have this wierd pain behind my left lung that is sharp and very painful when I'm sitting or any time I bend over. This frustrates me throughout the day and gets in the way of my sleep. My belly is also to the point where it is beginning to make my sleep VERY uncomfortable so I toss and turn all night, therefore, not getting enough sleep. I look ahead at the next three months and just feel this dark cloud over my head about how horrible it's going to be dragging myself to work everyday and dealing with my 147 squarrely teenagers. It just feels like July will never get here and then when it does, I'll barely have time with my new baby before I'm back to doing this again. ugh.

I just felt like venting how I was feeling. It's not that I'm not completely grateful for my job. Please don't get me wrong on that. I am. I am very blessed to have such a stable, well-paying job during an economic time like this. It's just wearing on my right now during my pregnancy. It also doesn't help that I don't get to see my hubby except for Saturday, Sunday and Monday evenings now that his regular evening work schedule is up and running. I miss our time together. I miss seeing his face. I miss getting to talk to him more than just good night because I have to be in bed before or right when he gets home. I miss him. :( I know this won't be a long term set up and I'm grateful for the fact that he is working and helping support our little family and also going to school full time. I'm very proud of him for the hard work he is putting in right now. I just miss him and look forward to the future when we get to reap the hard work.

That's all for now. I don't want to sound like I'm throwing a pity party here. I guess I just have a case of the blues right now. Hopefully they will pass quickly. They usually do.

Looking forward to my next doctor's appointment on Tuesday. Hoping for a miracle that the ultra sound tech is still there at 4 in the afternoon and can take another peak!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Enjoying Spring break

I just want everyone to know that I'm writing this blog from the comfort of my bed, in the middle of the day with nothing planned to do but relax and enjoy my 3 days of Spring break that are left. It's a depressing thought for me actually...It's already halfway over. I don't cherish the thought of going back to work next week at all. Once we go back, there really isn't any major breaks between now and the end of the school year. We will have one 3 day weekend and one 4 day weekend and that will be it. Ugh...I feel like the next three months till school is out will drag by. Maybe they won't though. We will see.

I have gotten quite a bit done this week with all my time off. Got a lot of laundry done (now I just have to actually put it away), have done dishes a couple of times to keep the kitchen clean, have cleaned my car (inside and out) and got a couple of things fixed on it that have been needing fixing for a while and wrote most of my thank you notes from my baby shower and will be mailing those out today or tomorrow. I Do have a few more things on my list of things I wanted to get done this week that I need to get cracking on though so that I get them done quickly and can relax for the rest of the time. Some of the stuff I need to do requires money and I don't get paid till Friday. What I can do that still needs doing is finish cleaning my room and re-organize my office and clean off the kitchen table which has become our location for dumping all things we don't want to put up right away. I really, really, really want to break that habit, but it's hard.

Last night we started watching the first season of Chuck. I don't know if any of you watch that show but it's really funny. I had been wanting to start watching it for a while now but just never got around to it. I watched one of the newer episodes the other night and it spurred me to finally going out yesterday and renting the first disk of the first season. It's hilarious and I recommend it to anyone who likes comedy, romance, and action all wrapped into one show. My brother came over also and the three of us sat and watched the first four episodes. The guys liked it also. Bryan and I were actually the only ones who watched ALL four episdoes. Waylon got sleepy and went and took a nap while we watched the next two episodes. I'm returning that disk today and either getting the next one or putting it in our netflix cue to receive when I send back the disk we have now from them. I'd rather do that so we dont' have to pay for it, BUT, I would have to wait at least 3 days before getting the next disk...something I'm not sure I can do...

One thing I forgot to mention was that Monday night, Waylon went with my brother to Garland to play basketball with some guys from Rogers ( a church we used to attend) and while he was only in his second game for the night, sprained his ankle really bad. It swelled up and he couldn't walk on it so yesterday he had to stay home from work. He will be going back to work today but yesterday he was in a lot of pain and every time he was up and walking on it for more than a couple of minutes it would swell even bigger. Instead of having him go to work and be in pain and not be able to do much and the ankle get WORSE, we decided he needed to stay home and let it get better so he could be back at work for the rest of the week. It's starting to turn purple and green today but he says the pain has lessened and he thinks he'll be able to work pretty well tonight. I'm proud of him for being willing to go in tonight, I just hope it doesn't make it worse. We don't have medical insurance on him so if anything happens to where we need to take him to the doctor, it's going to cost a lot of money. Let's pray for that not to happen!

I've started reading a book called "The Power of a Praying Wife" by Stormie Omartian that is amazing. My sister is the one who introduced it to me. She is going through it. It's a book that teaches wives HOW to pray for their husbands. It's amazing and it will change you and how you see your husband and his flaws. It also turns the mirror on you to look at your own faults and see where you need to pray for yourself. That's actually where she begins the book - praying for the wife (you!) and what changes need to take place in YOUR heart. It's really a great book. They have "The Power of a Praying Husband" which I bought for Waylon and gave to him for if he ever felt interested in reading it. I did not pressure him into reading it just because I'm reading it but he does like Christian living books more than novels so I thought it would be a good book for him to have in his library. I just know that as I read this book and pray the prayers she gives you and read the verses related to each topic, my heart is changing towards Waylon. It's been a great thing for me personally and I really want to be a praying wife so I know that this is what I need to be reading right now. I highly recommend it for any new wife or married woman, even if you've been married for a decade and pray for your husband every single day - it has great insight that we can all use at different stages.

Lastly, I can't post a blog without talking about my baby! (big, proud smile on my face right now) I think she might be training to be a soccer player or acrobat. I'm ok with either. She is so active! More than I ever thought possible from a baby in the womb! I love feeling her move even though it does freak me out sometimes if I start really imagining how REAL this all is. I'll be 24 weeks next week which means that if something were to go wrong and I had to have her early, her chances of survival are MUCH higher at that point. I pray that I dont' have to have her that early, however, I also pray for strength for whatever may happen in my pregnancy and that I'm ready for anything. I find that I fall more and more in love with her and can't wait to see her more and more each day. Last night I had two dreams about having her. In my first dream, she was a boy! lol. He was so cute though and I even remember thinking in my dream that he looked like Waylon in his eyes. It seemed so real and natural in my dream that I had a baby and was taking care of him. In the second dream, I actually was going into labor early but never finished the dream so I didn't get to see the baby. I do remember that my whole family, including several members of my extended family were in the labor room while I was in labor! It was really strange. Every time I have a dream about having the baby, I wake up and the feeling of being a parent is even more real. I know that's normal and that I'll have more and more dreams of the baby the farther along I get. I had that happen to me when I was planning my wedding. Those were some bizarre dreams! Anyways, I just can't wait to have this baby and can't imagine what it's going to feel like seeing her for the first time. I know it will be amazing.

My parents have made it safely to Massachussettes with my sister and the girls and will be flying back tonight. It's been wierd not going over there in the evenings to hang out with them. I miss my sister and the girls. Hopefully it won't be too long before we can see each other again. The next time, I'll have a baby in tow. :)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

sick and sentamental...

I started this week off excited because it's the week before spring break and any time it's the week before a major vacation time I have a pretty good week because I relish in the thought that the next week I won't have to come to school. Well...Monday afternoon, after going to the dentist to pick up my mouth guard (that's supposed to keep me from getting headaches), I started feeling the beginnings of a headache. I could tell it was going to be one of my bad ones. I thought eating dinner would help so I went with my family and ate Chipotle while they ate Quizno's. Halfway through my steak burrito bowl I started feeling sick to my stomach and could tell that the dinner was not going to set well with me. This queasy feeling lasted all night and I ended up getting in bed before 9pm. I even took a sleeping pill so that I could be guaranteed some sleep since I could tell the headache and queasy stomach were not going to help me sleep. After laying in bed for almost 2 hours I realized the sleeping pill was doing nothing for me that night! I was so frustrated. I couldn't sleep and I tossed and turned until about 3:50am when I finally got up and went to the bathroom. I could tell I was going to throw up but I really didn't want to. It only took a couple of minutes of standing over the toilet for it to happen. I HATE throwing up with a passion which is why I've been so happy to not have had a lot of it through this pregnancy. After that I went back to bed and felt slightly better but was still achey and not really feeling good at all. I didn't really go back to sleep for more than an hour at a time and around 5am decided I would just call in to work because there was no way I would be able to work the next day. It turned out being a very good decision. I felt horrible all day yesterday. I called my mom (that's who I call when I'm sick because she still is the best one to take care of me when I don't feel well) and she sent my dad over to pick me up since she had to go to work. I spent the day at my parents, laying on their couch or bed trying to get sleep which didn't happen a whole lot. I couldn't get comfortable and I even took my boppy body pillow with me! My nieces Katelyn and Madelyn would pop in on me from time to time and talk and crawl all over me (I kept my face away from them so the germs wouldn't get them sick too in case this was a bug and not just a bad case of indigestion). Katelyn gave me some comical relief talking about making her birthday cake with "chocolate squirts" on it and "flower squirts" - she meant the icing but it still sounded funny. lol. She continually asked me how my head and belly were feeling and how Brooklyn was feeling. I told her Brooklyn probably was just fine and didn't even know I was sick. That seemed to satisfy her. It was a long day. I hate being sick and when I'm sick AND can't sleep because I can't get comfortable then it's more miserable. Waylon picked me up when he got off work last night and took me home and I did get a lot better sleep last night and felt a lot better today but not enough to go to work. I felt really weak from not eating and I wasn't sure how food was going to set on my stomach. I made it through a small breakfast and an even smaller lunch and so far I'm not feeling queasy yet. I definitely don't feel my best but I will for sure go back to work tomorrow. I really don't like that I had to take time off for this because I'm trying to save up as much time as I can for next year when I take maternity leave. At this point I'm definitely going to have to take some unpaid days because my amount of paid vacation is dwindeling. This is the downside of being a new teacher and having a baby and not having signed up for short term disability. ugh.

So now I'm laying in bed with my computer and Rowf. I decided I would go ahead and file our taxes which was relatively easy on TurboTax. I couldn't find our returns for last year so I did have to call them and ask for last year's AGI for both Waylon and I but I got it all done and we're getting a decent amount back. It's definitely going to help us out right now.

I also want to get started with writing my thank you cards for the baby shower. Anyone who knows me well knows that I STINK at doing stuff like this. I do NOT want to let this shower go by and end up sending thank you cards out super late. I want to get it done this week if possible. I don't know why it's so hard for me to write cards but it is. It's even hard for me to remember to get family members birthday cards and mail them or hand them to them! I've got to get better at this...

Today we have cold weather and rain which I hate. I don't like rain but I know we need it, especially in Texas where we can go almost all summer with no rain and temperatures above 100 but I still don't enjoy going out in it.

I have lots of plans for next week of things I really want/need to get done. My sister will be leaving Sunday night which makes me very sad. This also means that no one will be around but my brother till Wednesday when my parents fly in from taking her back up to MA. I'm hoping I can get lots done in those couple of days and maybe when my mom gets back she can come over and help me organize the baby stuff I got at the shower. I'm also planning on cleaning out my car and getting some cosmetic things fixed on that have been annoying me for a while.

You should go to my sister's blog and check out the video of us singing together last Sunday. It's http://melsmommyblog.typepad.com/ . I think we did a pretty good job of singing, if I do say so myself. My brother is the one playing the guitar and my cousin David is playing the bass. You can't see my husband but he's playing the drums off to the right. He's pretty good and looks hot playing the drums! lol. Sorry, you probably didn't want to hear that last part but I think it's true! :)

I'm going to miss having my sister around when she leaves. It's been so nice being able to go see her whenever I want and having her and the girls to spend time with. You don't realize how much you miss your family until they're living 2,000 miles away. I'm glad she's been here for at least part of my pregnancy and she has given me great tips and advice about anything I have questions about. She's a great older sister that I'm very lucky to have. The girls are pretty fantastic too - and that's my totally unbiased opinion! lol. I know Mike is going to be VERY happy to have them back and I don't begrudge him his family but I do wish she could just go ahead and be here for the rest of my pregnancy and delivery! I don't think that's asking too much, do you? ;)

Now I need to go to walmart and get exactly two frozen dinners for the next two days I have to work and then I'll probably go back over to my parents house and visit a little more with my sister. Waylon started his new work schedule this week which has him working all nights so it's lonely around here without him. :(

Saturday, March 7, 2009

showers of blessings...and diapers!

pictures will be soon to come but I just wanted to post a little thank you blog to my sister for the WONDERFUL semi-surprise baby shower she threw for me today! The reason I say it was a semi-suprise is because it was a total suprise to me that she was throwing it but she had to tell me about it before hand because of some things that came up that she couldn't go without asking me about - which in turn, gave it away. But I was still so excited and suprised when she told me about it three weeks ago so it was still a suprise when you get down to it. :)

It was so awesome and so much fun and she did a spectacular job at making my very first baby shower memorable! Thanks Mel! I love you sis! You can check out her great blog which is a little more interesting than mine as she keeps up with it much more frequently than I do and has two adorable little girls who give her so much to write about. She's on my list of blogs I follow over on my right side panel - her name is Melissa.

Now I'm going to go back to my parents for a little while longer. I wanted to come home and let my dog out to potty. My brother is currently at the Honda dealership right now signing papers on his brand new Honda Element which I also want to see tonight. I'm really excited for him because this will be his very first brand new car. He landed his first post college job about 2 weeks ago as a graphic designer and one of the first things he wanted to do was get a new car. He has been looking into several different cars and comparing them before he decided on the Element. I guess that's the difference between guys and girls: all the research into which car to get (not that some girls don't do that because I do know ONE girl who put research into the very nice car she drives). If I decided I wanted a new car, I just got in my current car and would drive to the Honda dealership (I've always gotten Hondas) and find one I liked and trade my car in and drive home with it...I've done that 4 times now! lol. I never looking into anything before getting the car, it was a total impulse thing.

Speaking of the devil...my brother just called and needs me to take my dad to the dealership to drive his old truck back home so I'm off!!


Tuesday, March 3, 2009

A little disappointing but I'm still upbeat!

I did not get the much hoped for ultra sound today at the doctor's office. I was a little frustrated. The ultra sound tech had already gone home for the day by the time I came in for my 2:30 appointment. The doctor's office had told me there was a chance that this would happen since I didn't have a "scheduled" ultra sound. She did however, tell me to call 1-2 days in advance to see how the scheduling was for today to see how good my chances were for the tech to still be there when I came in. So I did that yesterday. She told me that it looked like everything would be fine and he would be there, otherwise they would have tried to bump me up to come in earlier which would have been fine with me. I got off at 12:30 anyways. Well...I knew right off the bat that I probably wouldn't be getting the ultra sound when I stepped into the waiting room...a very empty waiting room which I have never seen at my doc's office before. I barely waited 5 minutes after checking in for them to come out and call my name. That also never happens. After the nurse took my blood pressure (which was perfect) I asked her if the tech was still here and she said he had already gone home for the day. I have to say I wasn't as disappointed as I thought I would be. I'm feeling confident that this little one is a girl and if it isn't, then we will deal with it when at that point. I'll probably be getting a 3D sonogram so we will know for sure at that point. For now, I'm going to continue to refer to my baby as a "she" and call her Brooklyn until I am told otherwise. :)

The rest of the appointment went just fine. The heartbeat was very strong and she was moving around tons. We heard lots of other sounds that were the product of all that moving around. She is a very active baby. This past week she's really showing what she's made of! I've been able to actually feel her movements and kicks with my hand and Waylon has also. That part has been very fun for me. Now I'm obssessed with trying to feel her move any time she starts wiggling around in there. I don't think she likes me pressing into my belly because she always kicks (or head butts) me...which I love so I do more! lol. This has definitely been the funnest part of the pregnancy. From all her moving I'm sensing that I'm going to have an active child! Or she could turn out to be the total opposite when she comes out.

Some not-so-fun side effects I've been experiencing lately have been swollen hands and feet. My hands swell to the point where it hurts for me to close them or make a fist. I also wake up in the night with an arm or hand tingling like it does when it has fallen to sleep and the circulation is returning. That's really not a good feeling. I dislike this part a lot. The wierd part is that one day I'll have the swelling and the next day I won't and then it will be back the next day. This week I had it really bad on Sunday, no swelling on Monday and then it was back for most of the day today. Right now my hands aren't swollen and feel fine but earlier today they were feeling quite bad and I had to take my wedding ring off. One thing I have NEVER liked has been swollen hands. My hands are already slightly chubby and they tend to get more "full" during the summers and when I exercise and I HATE the way it feels. Now it's that way and I've done no exercise and the weather is still cold! ugh. This is one symptom I'm ready to be done with but will no doubt only get worse with the upcoming hot weather and larger body I'll be developing. yay...

Tonight Waylon and I got busy cleaning. We got rid of a lot of paper junk that was lying around the house, I paid a bunch of bills, we put a couple of loads of laundry to wash and a load of dishes. I feel better already! I made this bill spreadsheet to keep better track of our bills and getting them paid on time. I also made the spreadsheet so that Waylon can start being more involved in the bill paying. Up until now I've been the main one doing it mainly because I have online access to our bank account, many of the bills are under my name and I just kind of took over it. It's now getting to where I really need his help with more and more and I want him to have a part in the money managing. I'm starting to see more and more how important it is for both of us to help with the money managing. It's not easy though. We have so many random bills and so many bills that we're trying to pay off that were from a while back that it's hard to keep up. I get really frustrated and I'm ready to get all those bills paid off so that we stop getting so much in the mail and our money stops going in 20 different directions each month. I wish there was just a central bill paying center that disbursed your money for you! That would be awesome! I also want to start keeping a cleaner house. I'm starting to think that we are going to HAVE to move into a bigger apartment with the baby comes. There's just no way we will be able to fit more stuff into this small apartment. It's been perfect for us as newlyweds but once we add that third family member, things are going to get cramped. We at least need a full 2 bedroom apartment. Right now we have a 1 bedroom with a "den" which is slightly smaller than a regular bedroom and we use as an office.

Any minute now I'm expecting a call from my family saying they are done with dinner so I can go over and visit with them...I need to do a few more things around the house before that happens.