Friday, March 23, 2012

11 weeks and a little surprise!

How far along? 11 weeks, 5 days
Total weight gain: up 5 pounds
Maternity clothes? Nada...but all my jeans are fitting very tight, and some I've even had to rubber band the button.
Stretch marks? No
Sleep: I sleep wonderfully, but I do get up about 3x a night to pee.
Best moment this week: Dr. Appt today and a SURPRISE ultrasound!
Miss Anything? I am by no means a huge drinker, but I want a Margarita so. bad.
Movement: During the ultrasound, I saw the baby move and move and move! Squirming around like crazy, but of course I can't feel it yet.
Food cravings: CHIPOTLE!! And to get to the nearest Chipotle I'd have to cross the Pacific Ocean...So I've made my own cilantro-lime rice, at least a batch a week, and have already made my way through half a bottle of the chipotle flavored Tabasco.
Anything making you queasy or sick: A few weeks ago, but not anymore.
Gender:  ??? Not for  a few more weeks...
Labor Signs: No way
Symptoms: Growing belly! At night, I look HUGE, especially if I had pasta/rice/lots of carbs for dinner. I've also had some major pinched-nerves in my lower back that make it painful to walk (but just for a few days) and of course, sore boobies!
Belly Button in or out? innie
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: hmmmm...both. But if you ask Keith, he'll say mostly moody :)
Looking forward to: Gender! I'm ready to start shoppin & planning the nursery!

Sooo today I got a wonderful, lovely surprise! ......
I want in for a normal 11 week checkup and was supposed to hear baby's heartbeat for the first time. (Keith couldn't come b/c he had some class for work that they would not let him out of)  :( :(
I got all the basics taken care of and got poked and prodded, and then she got out the little heart-listener machiney thingy...well, she couldn't find the heartbeat! She wasn't worried about that at all though...she said my uterus was tilted and the baby was so small that it was normal to not find it right away...but she wanted to do an ultrasound just to make sure everything was ok...
Well, I was a little disappointed because I wanted Keith to be there for the first ultrasound, but of course I wanted to make sure little cupcake was a-okay!
They wheeled in a little ultrasound machine, plopped some of the cold goo on my belly, and there was baby P! Definitely ok, squirming around like a little squirmy worm! It was the coolest thing ever! To see your baby's little arm move back and forth, and know it's still smaller than the palm of my hand..Amazing! Well, if you've had a baby, then you know what I mean!
Anyway, so I of course got to take home a few coool souvenirs! 
I wanted to call Keith right away and tell him, but then I thought of a cool way to tell him when he got home. I bought a cute picture frame and set it up on a normal shelf in the house to see if he would notice. He did, right away. He said he started to cry a little (don't tell him I told you!) and then he thought maybe that picture in there was the 'generic' pic they have in the frame at the store, and that he was going to feel really dumb if he was tearing up over someone else's baby! hhhaahaha lol. Nope! That's our baby all right! :)

It does make it seem so much more real now....

Friday, March 16, 2012

DIY Fringe T-Shirt

Today I was at the dog park with my friend Chelsea and I saw a girl there with a reallly cute fringe T-Shirt. I've been a lover of all things fringe for a while now (Or at least since I was a flapper girl for Halloween a few years back). I see fringe EVERYTHING around these days, from handbags to shirts to necklaces.
Anyway, I commented to Chels how cute that T-Shirt was, and the girl sitting next to me said they were selling some just like it at Forever21. Now I do love Forever21, but I also loves me some FREE s@#$! I thought to myself, you know what self? I'll betcha I can make my OWN fringe shirt for free-ninety-free! And so I did, and I'm sharing my process so that someone else can make a cool, trendy fringe shirt for much cheaper than buying one.
I started out with a cool T-Shirt that had been laying at the bottom of my shirt drawer unworn for a reallllly long time. It's one of those shirts that I loved the graphic, but didn't love the way it fit. Perfect for cutting up! Obviously a plain colored shirt works just as great here.

What you need:
-Scissors, as sharp as possible
-Ruler or tape measure

The first thing to do is decide how high you want your fringe to go up. I did mine about 3-4 inches. Before I started cutting, I took the tape measure all the way across and made tiny pencil marks to kind of guide me. Once you cut your first piece of fringe, that will kind of guide you as well. If you're not sure how high you want your fringe to be, always start with shorter pieces. If it's too short, you can always cut higher.

 Then you want to cut off the hem of the shirt at the bottom:

 Next, I just started cutting. I started off with fringe pieces that were each about an inch thick, and cut up to where I'd marked off. Don't worry if your lines are not perfectly straight, or if some go up higher than others. Once you're wearing the shirt, you won't even be able to tell.

Once you've cut all the way across with each fringe about equal width, you can eye it and then decide if you want your fringe any thinner. I wanted mine pretty thin, so I cut each inch-thick section into thirds.

After I was done cutting the fringe, I grabbed each piece, pulled, and twisted to give it more of a rugged, unintentional look.

I decided I wanted my shirt to have that 'off the shoulder' look, so I cut off the collar. I've found the best thing that works for me when cutting off a collar is to use the front as a guide. Follow the hem with your scissors, and cut both front and back at the same time so you'll get the same look on both sides. 
I also cut the hem part of the sleeves off my shirt to give it the same look all the way around.

And there you have it! A sweet looking fringe T-shirt, completely for free!
Goes great with fringe earrings!

I haven't put this shirt on in a whiiile and it's pretty tight on me, so I have a feeling I'll be retiring in again in a month or so til baby p gets here!

I'll totally be doing this to all my old reject shirts that I have in the bottom of my drawers! It's like getting new clothes and paying nothing for them!
From junk to treasure!!


Monday, March 12, 2012

A normal day in February

February 3rd, 2012. Started out as any normal Friday morning, except for the fact that Keith was off work. While we were laying in bed trying to decide what to do that day, he made the suggestion that he'd made several times that week:
Why don't you go take your pregnancy test? I sort of groaned inwardly. I did NOT want to take that test. I was only a week late, and there was no way I could be pregnant! I'd only been off the pill two months. It takes a lot longer to get pregnant...right?
I finally gave in and decided to pee on the stick. This is not a private affair, might I add. Keith is standing there the whole time 'supervising'...reading me the directions, making sure the stream of urine hits for the correct amount of time, etc. etc. Yeah...that actually happened.
Then the timer started. I insisted on holding the test for the duration of the time. It was, after all, my pee.
You're supposed to wait like, two minutes or whatever, but for some reason I looked down after 30 seconds and caught my first glimpse of that clear digital display.
Keith hadn't seen it yet, and I walked into the other room staring at the test. When he noticed I'd left (he was pretty focused on that timer!) he came to see where I'd gone to find me in a bit of a trance. I looked at it, and then finally, so did he. We stared at each other for a good 10 seconds before we really reacted.
After we cried (I must admit, my teary-ness was more out of sheer terror than excitement at first) I swear his first words were: I have to call my dad RIGHT NOW!
After convincing him that we at least had to go to the doctor to get a confirmation before we told our whole families, I did give in and let him call his good friend back in Colorado.
As I was getting dressed to go to breakfast, I heard him on the phone in the other room and walked in the find him making me a doctor's appointment for THAT DAY. This is a man that cannot keep a secret to save his life, so I don't think he would have made it to the end of the day either way.
We went to breakfast, called/text a few more close friends, and then went to get a blood test. I had to wait until close of business for the results, so we went home to wait. Finally Mr. Antsy convinced me that we couldn't wait any longer to tell our parents (it's 5 hours later on the east coast than it is in Hawaii) and so I gave in (after taking the second digital pregnancy test we had in the house. Surely it couldn't be wrong twice.)

We called my mom first, and then his parents. (Who I think were a little suspicious at us setting up a spur-of-the-moment skype session). Keith's whole extended family is close, so while we were on Skype with his parents, we of course had to call everyone else.
I definitely wanted to wait at least another month to make a huge announcement on Facebook or anything since I was only about 5 weeks along, so since then we've just kept it to our closest friends and family.
But now the time has finally come for me to start blogging about it and posting a few belly pics that we've taken!
'Announcing' it on Facebook was fun, too. Of course, I had to find a fun, creative way to do it. We recorded our parents' reactions when we told them, and my very talented, creative friend Mallory Sunny put together this cute video:

If you haven't seen it, it's a must-see!

And of course, my lovely 'movie' poster that I put together, that was to make.

I've seen so many cute pregnant/mom blogs, and I am definitely the type of person who wants to keep track of my pregnancy in a creative way. Plus, I love being able to update the people closest to me who are actually very far away. This is a special time in our lives, and I love being able to share  it with all of you!

And so, without further ado, my first 'belly' pic. Obviously, there wasn't much of a belly at 6 weeks, but we took one anyway, kind of just to track where I started out. (This one was from a few weeks ago, as of now, I'm 10 weeks along)
I've had one doctor's appt so far. Just the basic first appointment where they cram you full of paperwork, tell you what you can and can't eat, what classes you can sign up for, and do you have any questions, ma'am? No, I don't have any questions about the 500 pages of material you just gave me. And thank you very much, this will take all 9 months to read! OH! And give you your due date which I'd already figured out on my own and gotten right on the nose: October 6th.

In two more weeks, we'll have our second appointment where we get to hear little baby's heartbeat!
Here is my 10 week belly pic:

Still not a huge difference, it just looks like I've forgotten to work out for the past 10 weeks. Which I haven't, though I admit, my motivation to hit the gym was severely lacking those first few weeks when I was just tired, tired, tired, nauseous, nauseous, nauseous all day long. I'm feeling better these days, and do a lot of walking the dogs and riding my bike around our beautiful neighborhood.

Well, I could go on and on about being pregnant and how (still) terrified I am about being a MOTHER...but I'll leave all that for another post.