Aug 28, 2013

Weeks Twenty to Twenty-Two

So this is the last "catch up" post. Which to me is kind of crazy. After you read this you'll be all up to date on this kiddo we're growing. I visited my fam this past weekend and my mom notified me that she was ready to be up to date on all things baby... I love her. So mom, this one's for you ;)

Twenty Weeks

Twenty weeks was a big one. After a summer of camp wonderfulness and cool weather and getting to see the hubs every day, I boarded my plane(s) back to Texas. It's always kind of bittersweet leaving Colorado because I know I'll miss Colorado (and Kyle) like crazy, but it's nice to return 'home' to a place where I can watch endless episodes of old TV on my couch in my jammies and no one can tell me different.

The first few days back weren't so restful, though. I got back home on Wednesday night. On Thursday at 6:30am I had to be back at work ready to measure the height and weight of 300 children for our Universal Screening Day. At lunch on Thursday I had to hop over to get our 20 week ultrasound (woo hoo!). Dinner with friends on Thursday night, then Friday we had Universal Screening Day number two with only about 200 kiddos. Let's just say lounging around the house would have been a good idea on Saturday...

But that 20 Week Ultrasound was pretty neat. I will say that our ultrasound in Colorado at 18 Weeks was my favorite, but I do understand that the folks down here have more than one patient a day and have to speed things up a bit. My "one hour" ultrasound here lasted about 15 minutes, but I know they were just checking things, not trying to entertain me. Either way I Skyped Kyle in on my phone and I still loved to get to see our sweet baby girl. Funny thing is, I think she looks like me. That profile. Really. The woman genes in my family are pretty strong from my mom's mom to my mom to me (and now many to little baby Hess)... we all are spitting image of one another.

Although, the "3D" image creeps me out just a bit, I am wondering if anyone else got 'shocked' when they took the 3D scan. All of a sudden I felt like I got shocked by the ultrasound machine and I jumped and told the technician. She said, "oh that's normal, I was taking a 3D image." That one made me a little nervous, I'm wondering what that large thing is that the baby's laying her head on, but I guess that's just me... here it is...

After the baby appointment and the two-day screening at work, I got back into my normal 'Back to Texas" routine. When I get back to Texas I really do get so excited about going to the grocery store and getting to buy any fruit I want. And so this trip back, being pregnant and without maternity pants for work on Monday I started a little shopping spree...

It started with the search for Maternity pants which, by the way, no one, really no one other than Motherhood Maternity and Macy's carry that aren't just blue jeans in the month of August in Tyler. Sad day. I spent way too long at multiple stores and finally ended up with two pair from Macy's that oddly enough were Motherhood Maternity brand (but weren't in the Motherhood Maternity store in the mall...).

Then I remembered that I want to be healthy and workout and so I ordered the Fit & Firm Denise Austin pregnancy workout DVD and hit the store in search of tennis shoes. Pretty much I've had my current pair for way way to long to really be supportive to a pregnant lady. Picking out shoes, I went with the ones on the left (the bright purple and pink ones) because, although they were $20 more than the gray ones, they were way way more comfortable. My mother convinced me via telephone that pregnant ladies and their feet need to be comfortable...

And the 'bump' picture for the week. Well I'm not proud of this one. I took it at my friend's house when I went over for dinner. Didn't realize that there was a bright light right over my head, that the top of my hair was really flat, and that the top halves of my arms hadn't seen the sun all summer... Lead to an over exposure of my top half so much that I couldn't quite recover it... But it was hot and I wanted to wear a sleeveless shirt, and well, I do at least have a picture from the week, lol. And baby was the size of a banana, so we gotta take a pic...

Don't worry, I made sure the next week's picture was much better...

Twenty One Weeks

Crazy that we were more than halfway through this pregnancy. It's flying by super fast I think. And with it flying by and being home from Texas I was ready to start working out. (I got good exercise in Colorado, but knew the combination of my desk job and the extreme outdoor heat called for some changes.) My Denise Austin DVD came in the mail and I laced up my tennis shoes and got to work. Denise Austin is not for everyone, she's the cheesiest most positive person I've ever seen on a workout DVD but she's genuine and I love her and we used to workout together (via Lifetime TV) every morning when I was in high school. We even get to clap for ourselves at the end of the video...

August 13, 2013
21 Weeks, 0 Days

It's already August, I'm not sure where the time went. We're already 21 weeks pregnant, past the halfway mark. It's kind of hard to believe. We could be a family of three in less than 5 months. Although 5 months seems like a long time, I know with the football games and the back to school and Thanksgiving and Christmas, it will fly by.

It's fun being back in Texas though. Mollie, our summer roommate moved out this week and so it's been pretty quiet around the house. It's just me... me and by baby girl. It's like she's a little confused about all the quiet compared to camp life, so she's having her own little dance party in there trying to get the party started. IF that's true, she definatley gets it from her dad.

I've been reading about babies and looking at pictures of nurseries and researching cribs and carseats and strollers. I haven't made the move yet to the Baby Registry though because I remember how excited Kyle was to register for our wedding and I want to make sure he's apart. ...even thought it may just kill me to wait 2 more weeks to register for anything. I've been thinking about painting the guest room while he's gone, but then I think I should wait on him to pick the color. Can't wait for him to be home.

Pregnancy seems different this last few weeks. No nausea, not really even as tired as I once was. I don't even have to get up to pee in the middle of the night anymore, and from 5-7 times per night in the last few weeks it's an improvement I'm very grateful for. They say it's the magic of the second trimester. For me it's been the magic of the 20 Week mark which is well into the second trimester... but who's counting.

I love knowing our baby's a girl. I talk to her a lot. Especially when she's kicking up a storm. Last week she kicked a few times a day that I could feel, and now it's almost hours a day. Such a neat feeling that there's a little human in there just doing her own thing. I sing to her sometimes along with the radio, I like to think she likes it, but who knows. Maybe she's kicking me to stop, lol. Can't wait until Kyle can feel it from the outside.

Twenty One Weeks
How far along? 21 Weeks
Maternity Clothes? Maternity pants for sure. Rocking an elastic waist pair of jeans I've been wearing almost all summer and two pair of full panel work jeans I got just this weekend. Shirts still fit and it's barely noticeable I'm pregnant when I wear a 'blouse' but super obvious with I wear something more form-fitting. So no maternity shirts yet.
Stretch Marks? Nothing new.
Sleep? Although it's hard to find a comfortable position sometimes, I'm sleeping through the night! My friend Katie gave me her maternity pillow and although it looks like a giant snake, I love it.
Best Moment This Week: Feeling the baby kick. It happens often now, but it's just so neat. I like to think she likes me already...
Miss Anything?: Kyle. Is that a decent answer? I do miss my husband. 
Movement? Yep. Usually kicking most between the hours of 9am and 3pm when I'm at work. Not a night owl...
Food Cravings?: Mostly just cold fruit, but that a usual after camp is over. And it's 100 plus degrees outside so anything cold and juicy is wonderful.
Boy or Girl? They say she's a girl :)
Labor signs? Nope.
Belly Button In or Out? In.
Wedding Rings On or Off? On
Showing? Depends on what I'm wearing. Then I noticed a ton of 'pregnant' women in Walmart the other day... then I realized they may not have been pregnant, maybe just a gut. So it probably looks like I have a gut too...
Looking forward to: Kyle getting to feel the baby kick. Seeing my parents in a few weeks and having them probably look at me like I'm crazy because I have a belly now and I'm 'their little girl.' And then painting the nursery and getting it ready for the baby. And then making the headboard for our bed... although it's not baby related at all...

August 14, 2013

21 Weeks, 1 Day

So in the movies you see the pregnant ladies all hot and sweaty, right? Like in Father of the Bride Part II (love that movie!) the husband/dad is dressed in a huge coat while the pregnant ladies sweat even with extra A/C units in the house. So I kind of got a little worried when I was leaving 54 degree Colorado for 105 degree Texas. Sure I thought I was going to die when we walked off the plane, but because I'm inside most of the time it's not that hot.

Then I got to work. I work in an office with two other ladies, nice and wonderful as can be. But, like my husband, they like it to be 65 degrees in the room. When they've seen me shivering before they kindly turn it up. But I will put on a jacket before I make them sweat...

So I thought, "oh this will be great! I'll be like a pregnant heater and I'll love being in a cold office!" Turns out, not pregnant heater. Still cold. The new A/C thermostat at work gets set on 71 degrees. I bring a jacket.

So much for the hot pregnancy lady syndrome... although maybe that will change as we get further along. Luckily as I get more pregnant, the winter gets closer :)

So for the 22 Week 'bump' pictures I returned to my tried and true lighting, AKA late afternoon in my living room with no overhead lighting just natural light. And I reminded myself to wear sleeves. I really do like how they came out. And if you're wondering why there's lumber in the picture, I wasn't just too lazy to move it. I figured it was a good marker of the week... the time I thought it was a good idea to purchase lots of lumber while pregnant and fit it into my tiny car...

It's funny to, to compare these 21 Week pics to the Four Weeks (which we at the time thought was Five Weeks) picture when I was wearing the very same shirt, lol. Baby went from apple seed at 4 Weeks to pomegranate at 21 Weeks... although compared to my belly a pomegranate seems pretty small to me. Four Weeks is obviously on the left, and 21 weeks on the right...

Twenty-Two Weeks

I had a small issue come up this week. It was a pain in my right upper quadrant for all you other nerds out there. For the others, that means pain in my tummy above where the baby is. They say pain much lower is usually round ligament pain and nothing to be concerned about. Being a first time preggo and after the pain lasted through the night, I called the doctor. They told me to come in, and no matter how many times I said, "it's probably not a big deal, like it doesn't even hurt enough that I would take Tylenol if I wasn't pregnant..." they still said to come in. 

Apparently pregnant ladies are more susceptible to gallbladder issues and I was pointing to pain right where my gallbladder is located. They drew some labs and told me to get an ultrasound of the gallbladder. Which, I kind of thought they could do at the office with their fancy ultrasound machine and all, but they had to send me somewhere else. Turns out all is clear, the pain went away and only comes back on occasion. Honestly it just feels like my ab muscles are stretching a lot... which they are. Clean bill or health, but made me realize how lucky I am that I don't have any complications or major illnesses. It was just a couple of extra doctor's visit and I was already grateful.

This week our baby girl was kicking more than ever before. I think she kicked more when I talked to her daddy on the phone, but maybe that was just a coincidence. Or maybe not... I was gaining weight nice and steady and loving anything cold and fruity or anything cold really like water with lots of ice thanks to the Texas heat.

August 26, 2013
22 Weeks, 6 Days

So we partied pretty hard down in Lake Charles this weekend, AKA there were brownies and lots of pool time. My brother and I were particularly excited about a Saturday spent by the pool. I don't think we realized when we lived at home, how wonderful it is to have a pool right in your backyard. I even took the plunge and went to target to buy a maternity swimsuit for the occasion. I think it turned out to be pretty cute (Yay Target!) and because it was so late in the season it was on sale (Yay Procrastinating!).

The weekend really was great. I got to spend some much needed time with the fam after a summer away. I got to spend some much needed time doing nothing at all after my first week back at work. And my mom had the coolest, most comfortable pool float-chair thing that I've ever been in. It must have been invented for a pregnant woman who wanted to relax and stay cool while trying to still sit up and talk to her family and also not get her hair wet. I even made my brother take a picture of me in it...

But it was this chair that may have been the cause of so much of my pain afterwards. Can we say sunburn? So you'll notice I was all sun smart in my hat and shades and I even had sunscreen on. But since it was the end of a summer of camp I usually have spent a good bit of time in the sun. I forgot that this summer my legs barely saw the sun because I had no maternity shorts. Only jeans...

So let's just say that my legs went from ghostly white to lobster red in no time. Like I think this may be the worst sunburn I've ever had. Really I'm like the SPF queen. I wear sunscreen on my face and hands every day no matter what... and then this. And if I'm every sensing a burn coming on, although I never take medicine, I usually pop an ibuprofen real quick to keep any swelling/redness/inflammation down and drink lots of water. I usually wake up the next day without a stitch of redness.

But I'm pregnant... remember. And while some medicines are okay to take during pregnancy, I'm trying to avoid any unnecessary medicines anyway. Dumb stayed in the sun too long mistake, not an emergency...
Well, until it's 3 days later and my legs may be more red, a little purple-ish, and it still hurts to bend my knees...

So I'm toughing it out. Now 2-3 times a day I'm lathering on a 50/50 mix of aloe vera gel and my 24-hour moisture lotion, wearing pants everywhere to block the sun (and hide my lobster legs), and drinking as much water as I can. I'm not sure if it's any less red yet... but I'm still hopeful. And I would say it's not peeling or blistering yet, but I don't want to jinks anything...

Wondering if this is a pregnancy-related thing? They say you can blame almost everything on pregnancy. Or maybe I just got a little too comfortable in that pool chair...

But luckily, before I got all burnt I got my brother to take our 'bump' picture of the week. Sure, I'd never thought I'd post a picture of me online in a swimsuit, much less when I'm 22 weeks pregnant I weigh closer to 180 lbs that I'd like to mention... but in the spirit of 'look at me, I'm huge and pregnant and I'm going to love these pictures later' here goes nothing...

Twenty two weeks... more than halfway there, baby's the size of a papaya they say. And ladies and gentlemen, that means we're now on track with the weekly pregnancy updates. No longer living in the past. Like I still as this posts have that red sunburn.

Plan is to post weekly updates each week (duh) but I'm still trying to decide if they get posted on Mondays or Wednesdays... That also means the blog won't be all about my belly every post now. Now we can get on to non-baby stuff like registering for gifts, researching car seats, and painting the nursery, right?

But really, now that Kyle's headed back to Texas and I'm all 'nesting' we're about to make this little house of ours look great...

Aug 21, 2013

Seventeen to Nineteen Weeks

We had started counting down the days until our first ultrasound. Most people would be excited to find out the gender, but I kept telling Kyle I just wanted to know if our kiddo had arms and legs! And I'm serious, our very first ultrasound was so early that little Baby Hess had a heartbeat and looked like a caterpillar. Arms? Who knew. I was anxious about all the little parts, not just the gender ones.

Week 17

Thursday July 18, 2013 17 Weeks ?Days

We find out if the baby's a boy or girl on Monday. I'm counting down the days, I could not be more excited. I can't imagine waiting to find out until the baby was born. I mean, I know some people do that... they love the surprise. Kyle and I say there will be plenty of surprises with baby number one anyways. And I don't know if it's because I know our appointment is only four days away, but I wanna know!

So today I logged on to the Parents website to take their Gender Predictor Quiz just for giggles. There were questions I was not sure about, but I did my best...

Yep, they say it's a boy. You know, those wives tales that aren't accurate at all.

My prediction is that it's a boy. Kyle would love to have a boy and he's usually a pretty lucky guy. And I call most things "he." So "the kiddo" has been a "he" for the last few weeks.

Kyle says he things the baby is a girl. Mostly because he's seen a lot of cute little girls running around here at family camp. He thinks maybe it's God's way of preparing him to love a little girl.

Can't wait to find out.

PS. Weighing in at 164.4 lbs this week (I'd say it's an approximate gain of 10 pounds so far...). Blood pressure in check. Definitely 'showing' this week. Wishing I could eat sushi, a medium rare steak, cold lunch meat, and Chinese food that may have been out of a the refrigerator for a little longer than is safe. Rings still fit, no crazy swelling, but I think I'm noticing that in pictures I may already be looking a little more plump in the face - my plan: do arm exercises so my arms look Michelle Obama-buff even when my face gets puffy...

We'll see.

Still not feeling baby move yet, but remember I'm an 'amateur.'

We spent the week running camp and sneaking time away to plan for Christmas at Ute Trail. It's a wonderful time of the summer and full of really sweet moments. I think it's the weekend that we all realize we are, in fact, family. For me it was a neat time decorating the tree and hanging the lights knowing that the next time I decorate a tree for real Christmas we'll probably have our sweet baby in our arms. Made it extra special.

Since we were finding out the gender of Baby Hess the Monday after Sunday's Christmas, I crafted something up for the staff to be a part of. Being up at camp it would be hard for us to have a 'gender reveal' party on a Monday afternoon, so we did a little gender guessing at Ute Christmas.

So I got red and green Christmas lights and put them all in a big bowl. I got two pitchers (from the kitchen, lol) and used them as the place to vote. We had the staff guess the gender of the baby and sign their name on the bulb.

The sign explains it a bit better:
"Is Baby Hess a Boy or a Girl? Choose green for boy or red for girl... Write your name on the bulb &  place it in the appropriate pitcher to cast your vote! We'll put the bulbs back on the strand and hang them in Baby Hess' room when he or she is due this Christmas!"

The staff got so excited and they had their opinions on the gender for sure. Turns out there were TONS of votes for baby boy... mine included.

Then there were the lone few who guessed girl. Kyle was voting on girl too. He said with all the cute little girls at camp recently, he felt like the Lord was showing him how much he would love his own little girl.

I can't wait to string up the lights this Christmas. Putting each bulb back int he strand and remembering the people who loved our sweet baby even at only Seventeen Weeks.

Eighteen Weeks

It was time to find out about our sweet baby. The day of the ultrasound. I think I was excited for the entire day. Our appointment wasn't until after lunch and I couldn't wait! Kyle and I headed into the clinic in Lake City and I was so excited. And still a little nervous about whether our little baby was all there.

The lady who did the ultrasound was absolutely wonderful. She had an accent of sorts and her name was Gudrine and she asked us if the Medical Intern could sit in with us. I said 'yes!' remembering the day when I was an intern, and thinking about the limited amount of ultrasounds she must get to see in Lake City.

The moment we saw our little baby on the screen you could see the cutest little legs moving around and I honestly thought "oh baby has legs!" Gudrine said the baby had such 'healthy' legs with such 'shape' and of course I just knew we'd have a ten pound baby, lol. She talked baby talk to the monitor and pointed out the neatest little things. Like a little baby hand...

I hung on every medical word she said to the intern as my nerdy medical mind understood every word of it. The aorta? Really? "See how the bladder's black, that means the kidneys are working!" I was loving it. Little baby feet...

Then my mind turned to the gender. Were we looking at our little girl or little boy? Then she pointed it out. She said "three little lines" and Kyle and I both knew. I immediately looked at him, hoping he wasn't disappointed that it wasn't a boy. But he was just smiling. A big 'ole I'm-gonna-be-a-daddy smile. I think I was in shock, because I really did think it was a boy.

Kyle asked Gudrine "so is this one of those things where you say it's a girl but it comes out a boy? Like how sure are you?" She replied "well, let me put it this way, if it comes out a boy you're going to be severely disappointed in the size of his equipment." Then she giggled, and I almost lost it. I couldn't believe she said that and we laughed quite a bit.

Our sweet baby girl was perfect. She kept saying the word "perfect" and I couldn't have been more pleased. Out little baby was jumping around in my belly and it was so neat to see her on the screen, because I couldn't quite feel her in there yet. Oh and it was such a relief as they reviewed each part saying it was all there. And she was really cute...

So then it was time to decide how we were going to tell camp when we rolled back in. We thought about decorating Kyle's truck in pink balloons, but Lake City has a pretty limited selection of balloons and string it turns out.

So we headed to the new sweet shop in town to look for pink candy. Right about when we realized the best candies are not pink, Kyle spotted a jar behind the counter. With "It's a Girl!" pink bubble gum cigars! What are the odds?? Kyle wanted to buy all of them and I made some shocked comment about "all of them?!?" like it was a million dollars or something. Kyle just laughed at me.

We headed back to camp and ran around passing out pink bubble gum cigars and showing off our new baby 'pictures.' Sweet Kyle couldn't wait to tell the world so we took a picture as fast as possible and it was on facebook in minutes... I kind of love Kyle's expression...

It was a great day. It was Monday.

Then that Wednesday I felt the baby move. "They" say it feels like popcorn popping or like gas bubbles, lol. So maybe I felt that before and didn't realize it. But Wednesday morning I was sitting in the office at camp and it was like someone poked me in the stomach. But from the inside... it was the coolest thing in the world. Just one poke though.

I got poked again Thursday morning in the office.

Then on Friday night at the campfire when we were singing worship to Jesus she started just a kicking. And kept kicking. And I thought, well maybe she already likes campfires... and I thought maybe it's because she already loves Jesus :)

And then the weekend I didn't feel her again until Sunday morning. We had our staff worship time and we were singing a song I'd never heard before. It was Never Once by Matt Redman. And I thought about earlier in the summer when I could barely breathe because I was so sick. I thought about when I found out about tuberculosis. And then I thought about how blessed I was, to have the Lord, to have this incredible man sitting next to me singing to Lord with me... and then our little baby started kicking and dancing. And I kind of lost it. Lost it in the goodness and grace of the Lord.

God is so good.

For Week Eighteen I decided to take a picture in my poodle skirt again. I don't think I realized though how large I looked in a poodle skirt, lol. Ooops...

So then we tried again for better pics at the barn dance... and I saw them on the camera and had to coach myself back out of my room after "knowing" I looked HUGE! Funny looking back now, at least by belly looked tiny :)

Week Nineteen

It was my last full week at camp. I made sure to spend plenty of time with my hubby and all around camp actually. Since camp still had a few more weeks, it was bittersweet mostly for me. Because it was our last date night opportunity of the summer with Matt and Jennie we headed out to dinner with the Ravs. Matt offered to watch Baby Lizzie after dinner so Jennie, Kyle and I could play BINGO!

Week Nineteen we decided the bingo hall would be the perfect place for our weekly 'bump' picture.

It was a good week. No journaling in week nineteen, because honestly I spent every moment soaking up camp. And then I was at camp until right about twenty weeks...

Oh God is so good to us...

Aug 19, 2013

Fourteen to Sixteen Weeks

So this weekend I found out that you can watch almost all if not all of the episodes of Sabrina the Teenage Witch (the one with Melissa Joan Hart, not the cartoon one) on Hulu for free. So I may or may not have been a little less productive in the blogging department. Embarrassing? Sure. Guilty? Yep.

Anyways, where did we leave off? Oh yes week 14, right about the start of the second trimester (they say the second trimester begins with Week 12 or Week 13). I'd say all the 'easiness' of the 'second trimester' didn't really kick in for me until about Week 17. The nausea went away pretty quick, but I was taking like 3 hour naps in the afternoons because I just couldn't stay awake.

Week Fourteen

Week Fourteen my sister was still in Colorado. I loved it. So she got to be in the 'bump' picture of the week. Sure I didn't know it'd be the 'bump' picture until I realized I forgot to take another one, lol, but I think it's kind of an honor right?

This week was when I was still napping quite a bit, but feeling much better. I looked like I'd eaten too many cookies and not quite yet like I was pregnant. Baby's the size of  lemon they say. The elastic waist jeans were still my friends. It was funny, my skinny jeans still fit standing up, but there was way more belly poking out when I sat down than I was used to before...

Week Fifteen

We got real busy week fifteen. Camp was in full swing and we had the Taylor family as our camp hosts. Which meant a lot of love, and of course the annual Lake City Open.

I decided the Lake City Open (aka best golf tournament I've been in) would be a great place for the 'bump' picture of the week. Baby's the size of a navel orange, crazy right? See, there's a little bump-ness there?

Then I realized it was fourth of July week! And we had the parade and I downed a turkey leg. And it seemed THE perfect place and time! So we took two 'bump' pictures this week! #overachievers

Here the 'bump' looks more like a muffin top. It wasn't the pants though, that was the actual shape of my stomach... and little 'ole baby navel orange.

Week Sixteen

Week Sixteen apparently was pretty uneventful. I didn't journal once. I didn't take pictures of anything but closing day. I was probably just trying to figure out when to sneak a good nap in and how my pants were going to fit for the rest of the summer. All around good times.

They say baby's the size of an avocado and that kind of blew my mind. I'm not sure if they are talking about the small avocados or the ones I buy that seem to be bigger than the small ones... But this week I distinctly remember looking more 'pregnant.'

See me rocking those elastic waist pants... again?

I know those were some super exciting weeks... but really it was more of our 'everyday' camp life. Other than the frequent naps, I was feeling quite normal. Wishing every day our ultrasound date would be closer and closer and wondering if this kiddo was a boy or a girl in there...

Aug 16, 2013

The New Hess House Projects

So remember back in the spring when I had lofty goals of spray painting everything in the house? Well, they tell me pregnant ladies aren't supposed to spray paint things (at least not without heavy duty air/face mask things), so we've altered the project list a bit. And then you know we're all 'having a baby' and a few more things became priority...

I'm not sure if it's what they call 'nesting' or if it's just being back actually in our house, but I kind of got started on a few projects already...

I may have bought all the wood and supplies to build us a new headboard... and now the lumber's just hanging out in the living room... But could not be more excited about building this headboard. It's been on my 'list' for months or maybe even years now.

And you may have seen this pic on Instagram when Kyle had the truck and I was left to stuff all this in my car...

But then I also got back and decided to start a garden. Late in the season? Maybe. But last year I realized we have tomatoes and bell peppers all the way until the snow at Christmas! So I figured it would be worth a shot. Because of the sale at the local nursery (It's their 44th Anniversary) the $2.99 for pack of 6 was also 44% off. Making my 6 tomato plants and 6 bell pepper plants a grand total of $3.35 with tax.

Can't beat that price. Now I just have to clear out the garden, plant the plants, build the headboard...

But Kyle and I are working on a list for a few projects we'd like to complete before the baby arrives sometime in December. I think we also wanted to make a list of fun things we'd like to do while we're still free-spirits, you know stuff you later have to get a baby sitter to go out and do alone... Anyways, here's the project list so far.

Hess House Pre-Baby Project List:

Plant a Garden

Build a Headboard for Our Bed

Paint the Guest Room and well, turn it into what they call a 'nursery.' I'd love to paint the furniture for the baby room before baby comes too if we have time.

Paint the Hallway for the Wall O' Pictures. I figure since the hallway will be so close to the baby's room it'll be hard to paint the hallway once the baby's here (fumes apparently aren't good for babies). And since I found out that it's easier to paint a wall before hanging a million picture frames on it, I'd love to paint it sooner rather than later. Great part is, I still have some gray paint from the living room and I think it'll be just perfect for the hallway... (Oh and because it's Valspar Ultra paint, it's Low Odor and Zero VOC which makes it all pregnant-lady-friendly!)

Wall O' Frames: At least get it started...

Paint the Desk: I can still dream... I want to paint that desk so bad, but it's definitely a spray paint project. So maybe it will have to wait until after baby OR maybe I'll just go out and get one of those big masks... because let's be honest, I really want to paint the furniture that's in the guest room before baby comes and they say sooner the better (gives it time to 'off gas' before moving into the room with baby).

A lot of painting for some reason. And I know pregnant ladies aren't supposed to paint, so I won't get carried away. There are few other little projects here and there that I want to complete. But I figure we'll have plenty of baby prep to do before then too...

...and my Denise Austin pregnancy workout video came in today with my baby/birth books, so I'm sure I'll be busy sweating it to the oldies and reading up a storm in the next few weeks too...

Happy Friday. Hope you have a wonderful weekend planned. I think I'll be knocking a few things off the list :)
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