#WEverb12 – Compose, Watch, Stay

3 Dec

1. compose [CREATE]: Write a haiku fo 2012 (bonus: write one for 2013)


An exciting year

Welcoming a little one

An amazing love!



Try to stay present

Watching Hailey learn and grow

Going to be fun!

2. watch [LIVE]: What movie did you see this year that you would recommend to a friend?

We saw lots of movies this year. A few in theaters (should have done more of that before Hailey arrived…), but we watched more using the Red Box and Netflix. Unfortunately, none struck me such that I can pick a favorite off the top of my head.

So instead, I’ll pick a TV show that I started watching on Netflix during my pre-baby maternity leave and I  watched EVERY.SINGLE.EPISODE in a few days time. Getting into a new TV series has been difficult as of late, especially since this year we cut the cable cord and don’t have a DVR. The show that I have already recommended to my mom and will recommend to any friends who aren’t already watching it (since I was a bit late to join the show’s following) is Parenthood.


Image Source: NBC

It is the perfect mix of drama and comedy. The Braverman Family is so easy to like and I love how they always stick together as a family no matter what happens. Makes me look forward to the day when my brother and sister start their own families and we all can have big get togethers like the Braverman’s. We didn’t have much of that when we were kids since we had no aunts/uncles/cousins.

I’ve already caught up with the episodes from the current season and now look forward to every Tuesday night for a new episode! I haven’t been this excited about a show since…I don’t know when!

If you aren’t already watching Parenthood, I suggest you start ASAP! 🙂

3. stay [LISTEN]: How did you stay in the moment this year?


I am not very good at staying present. I’m always worried about what will happen in the future or what I could have done differently in the past.  However, there was one span of time where I felt present (for the most part). It was during the labor and delivery of Hailey.  I remember most all of the details of the two day experience. I was able to focus and breathe during contractions at the beginning and then make the decision to have an epidural when I felt I needed the rest. When it was time to push, I was focused on making sure I recognized each contraction and then worked with my doctor and nurse to figure out the  most effective pushing methods. If they wanted me to do three pushes per contraction, I worked hard to do four pushes. I was SO focused and strong – more than I ever thought I would be! And then, the moment I felt the little one come out, heard her cry and saw The Hubs’s reaction as he told me “‘It’s a girl!”, was the most amazing and unforgettable moment.

I want to have more of those moments!

I know I say it every year, but in 2013 I REALLY want to work on staying present if not for my own sake, for my daughter’s sake. I’ve found that already in the first month of her life, I’ve been so worried about various things or I’ve tried so hard to make sure I incorporate everything I learn about parenting into our to lives that I make myself so emotional and exhausted that I feel like I’m missing moments of her as a newborn that I can’t get back. She’s growing so fast, that I NEED to force myself to stay present so I don’t miss a thing!

So I’m Back to WeVerb12!

30 Nov

As you can tell, blogging has slipped down the priority list now that this cutie has arrived.


Hailey Madison – October 31, 2012, 4:33 pm – 7lb, 1 oz, 18.9 inches

No one can prepare you for the hard work that is parenthood, but lucky for me I’ve had a lot of support from both family and friends to help me get through some rough patches. Slowly, but surely, I’m trying to get the hang of it…although there are times I’ll never understand what she needs! She sure is adorable though!



Anyways, I know I owe you all updates on the last couple of weeks of pregnancy (probably will just post pictures…), how labor & delivery was (long, but went extremely smoothly and not too bad thanks to an epidural! 🙂 ), and Hailey’s first month. Lucikly I’ve at least done some reflection in my paper journal that I can refer to when I have time to blog!

For now though, I’ve decided to particpate in #WEverb12, which was created by my blog friend Kimberly Michelle last year!


 I actually helped out last year, but with caring for a little one and all, I figured participating would be enough! Since I’ve done the self-reflection for the last two years (#WEverb11. Reverb10), I figured now wasn’t the time to stop, especially after all of the BIG things that happened in 2012.

I may not be able to post daily, but that’s the great thing about WEverb12…NO RULES!

So will you WEverb??? Sign up here!

PS – Typed this whole post with one hand!

Halloween Baby

29 Oct

Today I am 40 weeks and 3 days pregnant with no sign of labor anywhere in sight.

I had a doctor’s appointment today to check any progress and schedule an induction for the end of the week. 

My progress was basically nothing, although my cervix is softening, which I guess is the first step. 

The doctor went to go call the hospital to schedule my induction just to find out that the nurses will be going on strike at the  end of the week and would be out 5 days. My doctor won’t let me go past 41 weeks and the nurses won’t admit any inductions during the strike so a midweek induction was the latest date we could get in order to give me time to go into labor on my own. Problem with that date is that I likely would be in active labor when the switch is made between the striking nurses and the fill in nurses.

The doctor said that although the fill in nurses are qualified, she often has to micro manage her patient’s care during the strike time since the new nurses are less familiar with the systems of our particular hospital. This meant I had a decision to make…try to get an earlier induction scheduled in order to at least HAVE the baby with the regular nurses or keep with the original date.

I know inductions are often associated with harder labors, so I was hoping to give myself as long as possible to be able to go into labor on my own. However, I also am worried about being in labor with fill in nurses in charge of my care. After a good cry and conferring with my doctor and a few nurse friends, The Hubs and I thought it would be best to try to get as early induction as possible.

I was hoping to get induced sometime today to make totally sure I would be under the care of regular nurses, however I guess they are slammed today and can’t take an “elective” induction. Full moon curse I guess…

So the earliest I can go in is tomorrow morning. I have to call an hour before, but I’m hoping that they can keep my induction time of 6-7am.  Then I have to hope the baby comes within 48 hrs before the nurses go on strike on Thursday morning at 7am.

In the meantime, I’m doing whatever I can to make some sort of progress. I’ve walked 5.4 miles today alone and hope to clock in another mile this evening sometime. We are going to finish packing the car tonight and have everything ready to go. We are going to bring in some food to eat, maybe have a glass of wine and enjoy the last night in the house just the two of us.

So considering it looks like tomorrow will be all about make some sort of cervical progress, it looks like we’ll hopefully have a Halloween baby. At least that is what I’m hoping for…

If I’m not in too much pain tomorrow, I plan on trying to catch up on my 39 and 40 week updates while we are waiting around for stuff to happen. In the meantime, I guess I’ll see ya all on the flip side as a MOM! 

Due Date and Some News

26 Oct

So here we are…

Finally at my due date with really no signs of labor happening as of yet. I’ve had some Braxton Hicks contractions in the evenings, but there is no way I could time them and I’m not in pain (No Pain = Most likely nothing happening).

Last week, I was NOT ready for the baby to come out, but now I’m SO ready.

The whole family is so ready to meet the little one and shower lots of love over him/her. 

This is especially the case after the sad and terrible event of Sunday afternoon.

That was when The Hubs got the call from his brother that his dad had unexpectedly passed away from what appeared to be a heart attack. It was incredibly shocking, sad and seriously hard to believe. In fact, it still is… It wasn’t supposed to be like this, especially with the baby SO close to arriving…

The Hubs is doing as well as can be expected under the circumstances.  I think for the most part he’s running on the adrenaline of the baby’s impending arrival, as well as SF Giant’s baseball (thankfully we’ve made it to the World Series for a little more fun/distracting baseball watching). 

My MIL also seems to be doing ok too. She’s an incredibly strong lady and attacks every day with whatever needs to be done. 

It is still so hard to believe that this even occurred… 6 days after my MIL’s birthday, 2 days after The Hubs’s birthday, and within the week of his first grandchild’s arrival…

I’m incredibly thankful to my family also, who has really been helpful in coming to my recent doctor’s visits with me since The Hubs has been busy helping his mom out with things.

For now though, I’m trying to focus on talking this baby out of my womb and staying strong both for The Hubs and what I know will be a painful, but incredibly rewarding labor experience.

Hopefully, we’ll have some exciting, happy news to pass along this weekend sometime!

PS – Sorry to any friends we haven’t told about this personally. It has been a bit difficult especially since I’m not sure The Hubs is really ready to talk about it… I think his focus, for now, is all on the baby…

Nursery Reveal

22 Oct

I know awhile back I both asked for advice on making the nursery more cheerful with bright colors and also gave little sneak peeks of what we were doing along the way.

I am so excited to show everyone the final product because I think it turned out REALLY awesome. In fact, it is now probably one of my favorite rooms in the house. I sometimes find myself just going in there and sitting in the glider while eating breakfast or reading. I love it! 🙂

We ended up going with a “School Room” theme since we had an old desk that was The Hubs’s grandma’s, had an “A B C” quilt, and were planning on putting up bookshelves.

We got a fun ABC carpet that  my mom found at a learning store and is typically used in a classroom. At first, I thought it was going to be too much for the room, but once we put it in, it was the perfect fit!

Here’s the old school desk with our new sound machine and froggy humidifier on top.

The magnetic chalkboard was made by The Hubs  using an old frame his mom found at a resale shop and I purchased fun magnetic letters and numbers on Amazon.

My mother-in-law helped me make the embroidery hoop decorations. We picked colorful fabric to put in the hoops and then found some wood animals that we velcroed in the center. We have a few extras so we can change them out when we want! She also made the curtains which turned out awesome!

Bookshelves were a MUST in the nursery since I LOVE to read and I want the little one to love them just as much as I do. My mother-in-law had saved tons of books from when The Hubs was little (which is funny because he really doesn’t like to read!), so we were set with lots of books to fill the shelves with. The little red storage containers we found at Target brought in a pop of color and also provided a place to store toys away from The Pup!

Here is the glider that I’ve been spending LOTS of times in.

Finally, the dresser/changing station wall, where I framed  a couple of the ultrasound pictures and where there is a space just waiting for a piece of art that we bought.

The Hubs and I are not really art aficionados, but when we were in Tahoe we found this piece of art that we both REALLY loved and thought that it would be a perfect fit for the nursery. It was a bit of an investment, but we thought it was  a timeless pieces that would work for years to come! Unfortunately  we haven’t received the art yet since the artist, John-Mark Gleadow, has had some issues with his publisher. We are hoping to get it though in a couple of weeks. Here’s a picture of the piece we took at the gallery:

Won’t it be perfect for the nursery??

I’m so proud of this room! I’m totally not much of a decorator, but I think that it really all came together beautifully! Hope the little one loves it as much as we do!


Week 38

19 Oct

Week 38 Highlights

  • Last week of work!
  • I worked from home three days this week and because I finished most of my work up early in the week, I had some time to start checking things off my pre-baby maternity to-do list, including making and freezing my favorite Paleo Pumpkin Chili Recipe. 
  • Monday brought a SUPER quick non-stress test because the baby was a real wiggle worm. 
  • This week it started to become real that this pregnancy is coming to an end. Although I won’t miss the stress that the second half of this pregnancy brought, I will miss something things like feeling the little one move, etc. I really wish that I could have let myself enjoy every single minute without so much worry.
  • I’m starting to get really nervous about labor and what to expect. I’m also worrying about how our life is going to change once this little one arrives and if we are going to be able to handle it all.
  • The Giants swept the Cincinnati Reds on the road to move on in the playoffs! It was an exciting three games, two of which I was lucky to watch since I was working from home! They are the first team in history to ever achieve such a feat after being down two games to  none!
  • My last day of work was really strange. Everyone asked if I was excited. To me it all just felt really strange. Not at all the way I expected to react. I can’t believe that I don’t have to go back for 5.5 months!
  • The Hubs and I went out to dinner on Friday to a REALLY yummy Indian restaurant in town. It was delicious and surprisingly didn’t do much to my blood sugar (considring the amount of naan and rice I ate!). Then we headed down the street for a game of mini golf, which was lots of fun! We figured we better get as much of this in before the little one comes.

  • No real signs of labor this week which is fine by me since I want to have next week to get a few more things done around the house!

Thankful Thursday

18 Oct

I’m thankful that…

1.) The baby has stayed in this long so I have been able to have a few days to get stuff done around the house without having to work and without a baby!

2.) That the follow up ultrasound we had on Tuesday showed that the baby was growing at the appropriate rate, although it is still measuring 1.5 weeks behind. Smaller baby = easier delivery, right???

3.) It is supposed to rain next week. This week has be so hot!

4.) I was able to schedule to have someone clean the house this weekend before the baby comes. It is going to be so nice to have a fresh start!

5.) I was able to find Parenthood on Netflix. It’s a really great show that I have enjoyed watching in the background while getting things done around the house during my time off.