Sunday, November 30, 2008

Waving "Hello?"

I can't believe I am posting this.

This is a video of my ginormous belly in three parts. (Not my belly in three parts, silly -- the video is in three parts.) The first is in regular speed. The second is slowed down to half speed and the third is sped up to double. Humor me and ignore (or tell me you ignored) everything but the shadow on the right side. Is it a foot? An elbow? A hand, waving "hello?"

Almost every woman who has been this far along in a pregnancy has gotten to the point where she can see her little one moving and this video is likely not a big deal. For others, it might freak you out a bit. Mostly, Brad and I want to record this magical (and excruciatingly slow) period of waiting. I love that this little baby is safe inside me, but I am so, so ready to meet her and have her safely outside.

Wise friends, books, and even a professional here and there told me *not* to tell people the real "due date." They suggested instead that I say two weeks after the due date so friends and family wouldn't be continually asking me, "You still here? That baby's NOT cooked yet?" etc. etc. Yet, silly me blabs the real date and then goes and posts a countdown on our blog. What was I thinking? Time has slowed down. Hours seem to take days and days seem to drag on for weeks.

But I digress. Here's the video:

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Friday, November 28, 2008

Thanksgiving '08 Cousins Jam Session

Sometime after Thanksgiving dinner, an impromptu jam session broke out among cousins. In this short clip, Logan (16) is on acoustic guitar, Sam (7) is on vocals, and Zander (4.5) is shirtless on the harmonica. The song seems to be called "People 'Round the World (Like to Play)."

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Motto: The Nights are Long, but the Years are Short

One of my favorite quotes on parenting:

"The nights are long, but the years are short."

Especially relevant as we expect a newborn in the next few weeks.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Leaves!

A lovely Autumn (winter?) afternoon jumping in the leaves thanks to our friends over at 4M. (The leaf thing is still relatively new to me, despite leaving in the DC area since, oh, 1988 or so.) Zander is in the blue jacket. His friend Champe is the red and grey jacket.

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Trippy floating baby

As you may have noticed, I added one of those potentially creepy baby countdown widgets to the blog (see floating baby to your right). Since it's all I can pretty much think about these days, I figured why not remind anyone who comes to this blog just how close (or how far depending on which way you look at it) I am to squeezing out this puppy.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Last night I had the strangest dream

There was no rowboat to china or anything (a reference to this song for those who don't get it), but here's the quick version:

We went to the hospital to have this baby and then left that same day. I was kind of surprised when Brad said we were leaving because I hadn't even had time to nurse the baby yet. Odd. And the baby was really big. And I don't mean just large-sized. She was like 18 months old already -- wasn't even in an infant car seat anymore! And then part of the way home we realized that we left Zander at the hospital. So, we went back and I started screaming for him. But, the hospital appeared to be the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and I couldn't find Zander anywhere. Eventually I found him, but he looked a little different because he had gotten a haircut. And then I woke up and was mad at Brad for some reason. Go figure.

Monday, November 17, 2008

What -- MORE Halloween?!

No, not really. Just taking advantage of post-Halloween costume sales for the dress-up area of our playroom. But, I hadn't expected that Zander would wear this costume on a standard trip to the grocery store in mid-November (although this day should have given me pause).

We were quite a sight -- Z in full chicken regalia making "balk balk" sounds and me, 36 weeks pregnant waddling around trying to keep up.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Place your vote where it really counts...

...for our godson, Caden!

See, his parents have entered him into a local radio station's "Cutest Baby Contest" and if he wins he gets $5,000 in scholarship money.

You can look at all the competitors if you have time to scroll through a sea of cute babies here. If however, you have less idle time, and trust our opinion that Caden is in fact the cutest, simply go to this page and choose #95. The deadline is November 20th (next Thursday).

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Odd Product: The Popper Stopper

So, I'm on lots of e-mail lists for pregnancy-related info and somehow stumbled across the must-have popper stopper. (I'm kidding about the "must have" part.) Apparently, all this does is cover your belly button so it isn't popping out.

In searching for a direct link to the popper stopper though, I found it available from what I thought was a belly dancing website. Not just any belly dancing website though -- a belly dancing maternity website! Turns out it is just a hip/fashionable maternity store:

http://www.bellydancematernity.com/

Related, after I posted this photo, my cousin Lisa asked, "Does your belly button really stick out like that??!!" And that was a month or so ago -- you should see it now.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

'Shout Out' #5: Nola Jane

A special welcome to Nola Jane Gitterman
born November 11, 2008 at 3:35 am
weighing 6 lbs. 11.4 oz and measuring 20 inches.

Nola's dad was best man at our wedding and also mentioned in this post.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

One photo I *can* explain and one that I *cannot* explain

Below is photo of Zander pretending to be a train conductor. Yes, yes he is wearing Harry Potter glasses and pretending to be a train conductor, but who doesn't? And the photo is a tad deceiving because he looks happy as a clam, but a full-scale meltdown was soon to follow.

This one I can't explain, though it's begging for some kind of caption, dontcha think?

Monday, November 10, 2008

"Soiled Linen" and Other Hospital Signs

A few weeks ago Brad and I took a "refresher" course on labor and delivery meant for those who have already been through the labor and birth process. It was held at the hospital at which we plan on delivering baby #2.

I say "plan on" because although we intended to deliver Zander -- then known as Kuebstein, a hybrid of our last names because we did not know the gender before birth -- at GW Hospital, we ended up at a different one. See, my OB (a single practitioner with back-up physicians on call) just happened to be doing surgery at a different hospital the day my water broke and we ended doing a mapquest to get there.

Anyway, I was amused by the "refresher" class, but even more so by the hospital setting and found some signs of particular interest (below). I must apologize for the quality of the photos though -- not only did I not expect to need a camera at the class, but I thought I should be somewhat discreet in taking photos of random signs around the hospital.

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#1) Who is the intended audience for this sign? I can see the doctors now, "Oh, so glad that sign reminded me to wash my hands before I delivered this baby!"

#2) Self-explanatory sign all over the hospital.

#3) My personal favorite. This one was in the post partum room. It reads, "Friends and Family. Please DO NOT push the button attached to the pain pump. For safety, ONLY the patient is allowed to push the button."

Friday, November 7, 2008

The Tootsie Roll

Often after Zander's bath, but before books and bedtime, we do a little dancing. It sounds odd, I realize, but these unique family rituals seem to just materialize and who are we to get in their way?

This is a short clip of Zander doing the "Tootsie Roll." I was hesitant to post it because it looks like we live in total squalor in the background. Let me just say, in our defense, that at the time this video was shot, we were in the process of going through bins of maternity clothing to see if we could find anything to fit over my ginormous belly.

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P.S. Who knew that "ginormous" was in the dictionary?!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Pregnancy Hormones

I am ridiculously hormonal and extremely emotional. I voted this morning and I cried. I cried because of the democratic process and the forthcoming change (hopefully) and what it all means. I then took my parents (who were visiting from Florida for three short days) to the airport and I cried some more at the realization that the next time I see them I will have two children. And because they're my mom and dad and I'll miss them terribly. And I'm crying now just thinking about it all. None of it is bad per se, or even unexpected -- it's just a wild ride.

This cartoon is specifically dedicated to Brad, who is giving it his all trying to make things a little less roller coaster like, despite my mood swings:

Sunday, November 2, 2008

An alien and a monkey walk into a bar

From left to right: Zander (the alien) and Champe (Boots the monkey from Dora).

Zander really wanted to be an alien for Halloween this year, but it *had* to be a non-scary alien (his prerequisite). So together we looked online and eventually found the costume shown on e-bay. It is actually from the movie Toy Story, but I'm not sure Zander knows that.

Then, a week before Halloween, he started talking about making a spaceship to go with the costume and was throwing out ideas like fusing together glass domes, etc. You can imagine my relief when he made one out of a cardboard box at school.