Casey Tuesday

I think it's funny that Casey was born on a Tummy Tuesday. He's one whole week old today! Here are some milestones of the last week, numbers style:
  • He lost about 9 oz. in the hospital so I aggressively breast-fed and supplemented with formula to get him back up to his birth weight. Plus 1 whole extra ounce over the course of a weekend!
  • I put my wedding ring back on the ol' finger for the first time in about 2 months.
  • I wore my Chucks for the first time in about 3 months. Hooray for socks, y'all.
  • I managed to squeeze into my size 14 jeans and button them but ultimately I ended up unbuttoning the button and wearing my B-band.
  • I've lost 18 pounds since birth.
  • I sleep for about 2 hours at a time.
  • I have done at least 7 loads of laundry since I got home on Thursday.
So that's where we are. Good times all the way around. We're expecting lots of visitors this week and I'm overjoyed. I love being a mom.


It's A Boy (But You Knew That)

We are proud to introduce you to Casey Douglas Friday
Born Tuesday, August 24th at 1:37 a.m.
20.5" and 8.1 lbs.

Don't expect too much from me at the blog for a while
but thank you for your thoughts.


Movie Review Monday

Talk about misleading. All this time I thought Kick-Ass was a comedic take on comic book movies. Mind you, this movie had funny parts, but it wasn't a comedy by any means. The way it was marketed, I would have sworn it was directed more towards kids. Then again, McLovin' wasn't exactly kid-friendly in Superbad was he? And I knew in advance that Hit Girl had potty mouth. I wonder what gave me the wrong idea.
Kick-Ass is about a kid who decides he's going to be a superhero. You know right away this might not be the best career move when he gets stabbed by a thug and bleeds his own blood. Then the violence just gets more and more gory and bloody and real. By the time Husband and I were done watching it, we both said "Well, that's that then. That was a movie." I don't even know how to review it other than get ready for some grit and gore and hard core, graphic violence.


Still Pregnant Haiku Friday

Bad doctor's visit
Un-air-conditioned office
And high blood pressure
Sent to hospital
For fetal monitoring
Then put on bed rest
Words like "induce you"
A non-dilating cervix
So... no real good news.


A Week To Go

At work we have a pool going as to when I am going to give birth. Lots of folks were convinced I was going to go early. They've since lost their $5 buy-in and their chance to win about $100. Since I am pretty big and the baby dropped over a week ago, I started convincing myself I'd go early, too. It doesn't seem to be the case. I also thought once I got out of the office and started my maternity leave, I'd be so relaxed he'd come right out. Nope. Not that either. I'm still waiting. And technically I shouldn't be this anxious because I'm not even due for another week. I've learned something in the last two days, though. I need a schedule. I need a routine. I do not do well with too much free time. I only compound this by avoiding turning the TV on until The Young & The Restless comes on and trying not to nap. But the apartment just can't be cleaner so I'm running out of things to fill the day.

MORAL OF THAT STORY: Idle hands are the devil's tools.


Tummy Tuesday

My due date is a week from tomorrow. I'm not sure what that means any more. It's crazy. I, like anyone else who has been pregnant for 39 weeks, would really like to give birth already. The earlier the better. I feel anxious... like I should be looking for some sign that this is going to happen. I have been searching for a mucus plug for weeks now and it drives me nuts thinking I may have missed it. Or maybe it hasn't passed yet. I think the ultrasound a couple weeks ago messed with my mind. Like, I saw him, looking like a real baby - not an alien - with eyes and ears and a nose and a mouth... if he's already that developed, shouldn't he just be out already??? Haha. I realize I sound like a crazy person but these are my thoughts.
As for nesting, I think it's begun. The house is clean, the clothes are washed, the nursery is ready and waiting. Our bag is packed for the hospital. It's just a waiting game right now. I'm getting over my cold so I have no energy at all whatsoever. I napped multiple times over the weekend and slept a lot at night. Maternity leave started yesterday so I slept in and am being as lazy as possible. May as well enjoy the quiet and the calm while I can.

Here's what babycenter.com says about 39 weeks:
Your baby's waiting to greet the world! He continues to build a layer of fat to help control his body temperature after birth, but it's likely he already measures about 20 inches and weighs a bit over 7 pounds, a mini watermelon. (Boys tend to be slightly heavier than girls.) The outer layers of his skin are sloughing off as new skin forms underneath.


Movie Review Monday

This week we decided to see Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. I have a soft spot for Michael Cera but was a bit worried going into this movie that I was going to be too old for this "genre." I guess you could describe it as a comic book, music video, video game hybrid. It moves fast and has a lot of additional animation. It's definitely for the A.D.D. generation. I liked it but it felt a bit long at times. The fight scenes were well choreographed and the whole movie was very original. The characters were interesting and I laughed quite a bit. Husband agreed with me, however, that we probably don't need to see it again.

And even though I have been avoiding this movie like the plague, Avatar magically showed up in our mailbox this weekend. Husband sneaked it on the queue and I tried to put it off but inevitably lost the coin toss and we threw it on. Maybe I went into this with a bad attitude but I didn't like it. I didn't find it to be visually mind blowing. I thought the story was a lot of tree hugging and military hating. I think James Cameron has a God complex. I didn't like looking at these cat people alien things. Pony tails that plug into everything? I just don't know. And frankly, I didn't even find it overly original. As my former high school teacher pointed out, it was very Dances With Wolves set a thousand years in the future. Husband said it sucked because I wanted it to suck but really I just don't think I'm a fan of the sci fi. So there.


Haiku Friday the 13th

Not sure if you knew
I was a Thursday the 12th
Newborn. How 'bout that?
I thought that maybe
Casey would have been as well
I had no such luck
Superstition says
He should stay in utero
Like I have a say



This week has been sort of nuts. I had another confrontation with the wasted neighbor over the weekend. After 2 days of knocking on his door to tell him to turn down the bass we got the landlord involved. Then he came over to tell me if I had a problem that I didn't need to call the landlord, I could just tell him. But I had. A lot of times. Like six minimum. And I told him as much before shutting my door in his face. Then the next day he wanted to make amends. Whatever.
Last weekend Husband had a sinus-drip, cold thing and he was kind enough to give it to me. Prior to this pregnancy, I caught everything that came down the tube. Every sniffle, sneeze, flu. Everything. But really? Aside from morning sickness, I've been pretty healthy this whole time. Until now. Now when I have 2 weeks left to go. Now I'm sick and snot is draining down my throat and my eyes are burning and I'm not sleeping. It's great.
The Ventura County Fair is here. I want to go. I've gone for years and years. But right now I'm sort of huge and have to pee every thirty seconds and I thought it would be best if I skipped this year. But then last night I could hear the fireworks from my bedroom and I got sad. And wanted tiny donuts. And just to be there. So we'll see.
Damn. This post was melancholy.


A Wonder Drug

I am sure you have all heard this but heartburn is a very real side effect of pregnancy. Because you are so full of baby, your guts get pushed up to your chin and everything you eat or drink makes your heart burn. Milk gave me heartburn. Pizza was deadly. Last Thursday I went for a checkup and mentioned this ailment to the nurse practitioner and told her I was up to 12 Tums a day. Tums? Are sort of gross. They taste like chalk and kind of make it hard to poop and while they are apparently a good source of calcium, they were losing their efficacy in the fight against heartburn. She said to me "Why don't you try Prilosec?" And so I pretty much went straight to Vons and picked some up. 14 tablets for $14 seemed pretty steep but I was willing to take a chance. I'll admit to you now, I was a skeptic. The box even said that relief might not happen right away. I was shocked that I took one pill on Friday morning and have not had heartburn since. Not once. I have not had one Tums. Not one! I have been through two family-sized, Costco buckets of Tums. I am sold. Prilosec has changed my life for the better.

MORAL OF THAT STORY: Prilosec works. I only wish I had known about it much sooner than three weeks before my due date.


Tummy Tuesday

I am due two weeks from tomorrow. I can't believe it. My tummy has dropped and it is a visible change. I spent all weekend nesting by putting EVERYTHING in the nursery or limited to one tiny corner in my kitchen as opposed to dominating our dining room table. I cleaned like it was my calling from the Lord Jesus Christ. We are definitely ready and hope he gets here while the apartment is clean. My check-up on Thursday was awesome. The ultrasound tech is saying the baby weighs about 6.9 lbs which is what the website below estimates at this time. The images were so sharp and we got to see Casey's features really clearly. He also opened and closed his little mouth and put his hands up by his lips. SIGH! It's amazing that a real live human being is in my tummy and will be here so very soon. I have another checkup this afternoon - we're up to once a week - so maybe we'll see if I'm dilating yet. I still haven't seen any evidence that my mucus plug has come out. Pretty.

Here's what babycenter.com says about 38 weeks:
Your baby has really plumped up. He weighs about 6.8 pounds and he's over 19-1/2 inches long (like a leek). He has a firm grasp, which you'll soon be able to test when you hold his hand for the first time! His organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb. Wondering what color your baby's eyes will be? You may not be able to tell right away. If he's born with brown eyes, they'll likely stay brown. If he's born with steel gray or dark blue eyes, they may stay gray or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown by the time he's 9 months old. That's because a child's irises (the colored part of the eye) may gain more pigment in the months after he's born, but they usually won't get "lighter" or more blue. (Green, hazel, and brown eyes have more pigment than gray or blue eyes.)


Movie Review Monday

This weekend's Netflix pic was Invictus. Let's see. Matt Damon. Morgan Freeman. Directed by Clint Eastwood. Based on a true story. It's pretty hard to go wrong here. I found this movie to be quite interesting as I had no prior knowledge that rugby even had a world cup and I am definitely ignorant of the Nelson Mandela as a political figure. Basically, Mandela is new in charge in a time where apartheid has just been banned. He somehow ends up super interested in the South African rugby team and uses them as a symbol of his political future and the future of South Africa's movement forward as a united nation. The performances were very good and it was an interesting film but you kind of already know they're going to win so it takes some of the intrigue out of it. Morgan Freeman can do no wrong and Matt Damon is much better here than he was in that other movie we tried to watch him in when Crusty was visiting but couldn't even sit through.

The movie we chose to see in the theater was The Other Guys. I think it's the sign of a good movie when you can think about it the next day and still laugh as hard about it in memory as you did in the theater. Some of the one-liners go by so fast you can pretty much miss them completely if you aren't paying attention. While this could have been a better movie on the whole, it was still hilarious. Will Ferrell seems to have reigned in some of the more caricature-like behavior that he exhibits in his other more over the top films yet he is still very funny. Mark Wahlberg, surprisingly, made me laugh really hard. Michael Keaton (who was also Ken in Toy Story 3) is making a strong case for his 2010 movie comeback tour as well. I laughed a lot watching this movie. I want to watch it again. I want to have it at my house on DVD and add it to regular rotation.


Haiku Friday

One more week of work
Baby due in two point five
Time is running out
It's a nice count down
Getting ready for baby
Having Husband home
Ready to be "mom"
Consumed with all things newborn
Say "bye" to pregnant



  • Training my replacement for maternity leave has taken away my all-day online access a bit. It's amazing how busy I really am at work. I've just gotten very good at multitasking.
  • My last day of work is a week from tomorrow. I'm easing into it by working part-time right now. Leaving at noon is not hard at all.
  • The nursery is coming together really nicely and I think I'm confident saying we're pretty much ready for this baby aside from not having bottles and/or a breast pump.
  • I have forgotten how to be good at phone calls. Since I'm always on the phone at work, I tend to not use it to call my friends as much as I should. You know who you are and I'm sorry. It's not you, it's me.
  • At the ultrasound yesterday, we got to see in-utero Casey opening and closing his eyes and mouth, moving his hands around and got another reassuring shot of his penis and huge testicles. It's a boy all right. And she's guessing he weighs about 6.9 lbs right now.
  • Babies 'R' Us is really the seventh circle of hell. That's all.


Tummy Tuesday

So the shower was this weekend and it was a real nice time. We are so blessed to be surrounded by so many generous people, friends and family both. It was certainly difficult bending down to open gifts but it was worth every second. We got pretty much everything we could possibly need and, best of all, decorations to make the nursery look like a real baby's room. Whatever we didn't get, we ended up buying at Babies'R'Us on Sunday. A few fun things but mostly necessities. I still need to get bottles and a breast pump but that can wait a bit.
Tomorrow I have an ultrasound in the afternoon so hopefully they'll be able to tell me how big this little guy is and how much he weighs. I really can't believe I am due three weeks from tomorrow. After a very busy weekend, I finally got the chance to sit down on Sunday night and the next thing I knew, I was crying. He'll be here this month. We're going to have a baby. You spend so much time being pregnant that it almost feels like it's never going to pay off and then, before you know it, it's time. I'm anxious, nervous, excited, scared... you name it, I am feeling it.

Here's what babycenter.com says about 37 weeks:
Your baby is now considered "full term," even though your due date is three weeks away. If you go into labor now, his lungs will likely be mature enough to fully adjust to life outside the womb. (Some babies need a bit more time, though. So if you're planning to have a repeat c-section, for example, your practitioner will schedule it for no earlier than 39 weeks unless there's a medical reason to intervene earlier.) Your baby weighs 6-1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel (like a stalk of Swiss chard). Many babies have a full head of hair at birth, with locks from 1/2 inch to 1-1/2 inches long. But don't be surprised if your baby's hair isn't the same color as yours. Dark-haired couples are sometimes thrown for a loop when their children come out as blonds or redheads, and fair-haired couples have been surprised by Elvis look-alikes. And then, of course, some babies sport only peach fuzz.



  • Movies I watched this weekend: ZERO (Well 1/2 if you include X-Men Origins: Wolverine)
  • Women at my bridal shower: 21
  • Outfits my baby has been gifted with: 64
  • Days until my due date: 23
  • Days I have left to work: 10
  • Approximate pre-tax total on replacing Husband's stolen goods: $623.47
  • Hours I slept last night: Maybe 4