Posted by Leah (Parrish) Millan at 6:07 PM
As I got ready for my OB appointment today, I thought that I had better snap a few pictures while I still can! This is me at 35 weeks. People tell me that I'm still so small, but I feel like a horse.
Only one more week of bedrest before I can let nature take its course. I asked my OB if she could be a little more specific regarding how much activity I can do in a day (that's code for: Can I go to the Charleston Child sidewalk sale on Friday?). She said that aside from a shower and grabbing a snack, I can choose one low-key activity per day as long as I'm careful to be off my feet most of the day. I'll take it!!
Posted by Leah (Parrish) Millan at 8:53 AM
This will be short. Today was good. Alex was home ALL DAY. *Pausing to discern exactly what he is attempting to run through the garbage disposal right now* Anyways, whatever. He completely KNOCKED OUT THE LAUNDRY, I took a spell-breaking nap, and AJ showed signs of improvement.
My mom and sisters are coming tomorrow! Yeah!
Bed rest=sitting duck. I can drop cooking, cleaning, shopping, etc. but I cannot escape from Olivia and AJ. Of all the square footage in this house, they want to be in the 4-10 square feet where I am "resting". Olivia will lay next to me and ask me to read the Wal-Mart Holiday book to her. AJ thinks it is so fun to climb and balance himself on my legs and point to the puppy on the painting hanging above the couch. Today I got up and made my way to Clara's room and sat on the Lazy Boy in there. Just. to. get. some. space. It took a little while, but they found me.
Posted by Leah (Parrish) Millan at 6:31 PM
Posted by Leah (Parrish) Millan at 5:51 PM
You know how little animals can sense when a storm is brewing, so they start acting crazy. I think that kids do the same thing. They might not know all that is going on, and you try your best to keep life as normal as possible, but they can definately sense that something different is in the air. Not that I'm comparing my children to animals, but Olivia and AJ are definately starting to act a little crazy now that mommy is on the couch all day, and Daddy is giving the baths at night. They both woke up at 2:30 a.m. and wanted MOMMY. I cheated and got up to get AJ out of bed when he woke up, and Olivia followed right behind us. All three of us sat downstairs in the darkness. Olivia sitting on one side of me and AJ sitting on the other. Now I was stuck. After a while, Alex woke up and came downstairs and rescued me.
Today I'm planning to pack for the hospital. The way my luck goes, as long as I am not packed and completely unprepared, I run the risk of having to go in early. As soon as I pack and am totally ready and in bring-it-on mode... nothing will happen. That just about as supersticious as I get, but I have yet to be proven wrong.
Speaking of packing, I have a confession to make. I like to starch and iron my pj's, and I like for my pj's to color-coordinate with the gender of the child I am going to have. Yes, I bought blue pajama pants and blue slippers for when AJ was born. No, I'm not a meticulous person. Anyone who knows me well will tell you that. I definately don't do that when I'm home, but it is something that I was panicking about as I felt a few small contractions the other day. "My pj's aren't picked out and ironed!"
Posted by Leah (Parrish) Millan at 9:10 AM
These were cork-boards that hung on ribbons above Olivia's bed. I ditched the ribbons and covered them with FABRIC SWATCHES I had collected in my idea book.
Posted by Leah (Parrish) Millan at 12:16 PM
Don't worry, this isn't going to turn into a Bed Rest journal. I am an entertainer, not a journalist, and believe you me this is as boring for me to write about as it is for you to read.
Here's the rundown:
*AJ woke up covered in throw-up and needed a bath (oh Daaaaaadyyyy!)
*Alex and Olivia walked out the door an hour later than usual.
*Everyone at the office is calling Alex the "daddy-mama". He is a very good daddy-mama. The house hasn't looked this good (all at once) in months. Olivia's hair , however...
*Alex went grocery shopping. This was the only part he complained about, and he didn't even have both children with him [insert evil little grin]. He came home with some good stuff, though. I had such a hard time coming up with a list for him, because one way we cut corners around here is that I make a lot of stuff from scratch. I know, I'm a nerd. Maybe that's why the house hasn't looked this good (all at one time) in months. I suggested that he just walk the frozen aisles and see what looks good. With the exception of waffles, chicken nuggets, and ice-cream, I don't even know what is in the frozen food aisle. My mom, however..... (I love you mom!)
*I would love to tell you that the world fell apart around me as I, woman of the house, was unable to intervene and oversee each and every detail... but I can't because my husband really stepped up today. He cleaned, he went to the office to do what he needed to do while the kids napped, he shopped, he kept the kids away when they needed to be away, he did laundry, he made food and prepared snacks...he even made me a pitcher of sweet tea to enjoy! You should have seen how much the kids loved their Cheetos and yogurt lunch. MMMMM. I had chili.
*I sat on my bed for the first half of the day with AJ, reading books, and watching Handy Many. Then we went downstairs and he played with his Cars cars on the coffee table. I love that movie, and I think you have to have been raised in the south in reasonable proximity to some lovable red-necks to really appreciate it. AJ always reinacts the big crash at the end, and if you run across his cars laying around the house, McQueen is usually positioned right behind Dinoco and giving him a push. So cute!
*The only housework I did was to throw Blue Bear in the wash because he smelled like throw up and he had to be clean by nap time.
*I had a hard time relaxing. Bed rest is weird because you still feel like you need to be "busy" while sitting around... like I should start writing a book, or mastering a new verb tense in Spanish, or plan something, or read something, or make something, or write a list of some sort. A lot of time was spent worrying about how I should spend this time. Then this thought came to mind: "Leah, you ARE accomplishing something just by sitting here. You are doing your part to keep Clara where she needs to be to grow and be healthy for another day." That was all I needed.
Posted by Leah (Parrish) Millan at 6:13 PM
I had my regular OB appointment today. Everything was checking out great. Then my doctor asked me if I had any questions. I was just curious as to when my weekly appointments were going to begin because last time I was 3 cm for my first weekly. She looked at the chart and told me that my weeklies would start in 2 weeks.
I sat there for a minute because I knew that I should probably let her know that I was planning on going to Alabama for Thanksgiving. So I told her. She was about to walk out of the room, but stopped and asked if I wanted her to check if I had dialated at all. I'm usually an ignorance is bliss kind of a person, but in this case I thought that maybe she was on to something. She went to med school, I watch A Baby Story.
Sure enough, Clara's head is down and I am 3 cm. This means BED REST for a 34 weeker. Now I can think of moments several weeks ago that I would have shouted hallelujah for mandatory off-your-feet time, but I am in nesting mode! I still have curtains to hang and things to spray paint! I have to post pictures of Olivia's FINISHED room! I am on a roll!
All that aside, a healthy baby is obviously more important. Boy am I glad I T-Voed Monk.
Posted by Leah (Parrish) Millan at 12:35 PM
This coming Friday and Saturday, our school's annual Christmas Mall will be taking place. Of course, no fundraising event is complete without a BAKE SALE. Since this is an event that will be benefiting our wonderful teachers, I'm definately planning to contribute some sort of baked goodness.
I might not have been the best student, but I'm determined to be a great parent, and that means coming up with something that will really bring in the $$$. Who would have thought I would turn out to be such an over-achiever after all??
Posted by Leah (Parrish) Millan at 11:35 AM
Be sure to add "Don't you think you have enough pillows?" to your list of unnecessary questions to ask your pregnant wife. In fact, I think that Olivia has a few on her bed that she doesn't actually use....
This blog has been sitting pretty for the last few days because the Nesting instinct has hit hard! We decided to move Olivia to the bigger room since she and Clara will eventually share a room. We also granted her request for a pink room, and boy is it pink! I'll post pictures of it when we are done. I think that the actual name of the color is "Hot to Trot"... if that tells you anything.
Have a great weekend!!
Posted by Leah (Parrish) Millan at 7:17 PM
In my closet sits a Gymboree bag.
It contains 3 pairs of Christmas pajamas
Very cute pajamas
And a Receipt.
If I had nothing else to purchase in life,
I would more regularly indulge in the fully-coordinated goodie goodness that is Gymboree.
We'll leave that in the hands of grandma.
But the pajamas are more than an indulgence.
They are cute.
They are snug.
They don't look like a doggie blanket after you wash them a few times.
I LOVE GYMBOREE PAJAMAS!
And they were on sale.
And this might be the first Christmas we celebrate as a family of 5.
The children need to coordinate
Because many pictures will be taken.
But the pajamas will still have to stay in the bag
With the receipt.
Just in case practical mommy finds out about them.
Posted by Leah (Parrish) Millan at 6:23 PM
We voted today!
- Alex was at the polling station at 6:40 a.m. He returned at about 8:40 a.m.
- We decided to go get his free coffee at Starbucks. I got an apple cider. AJ got a hot chocolate. We all shared an apple fritter. (Olivia was at school)
AJ sure enjoyed that apple fritter! He was probably happy to have mommy and daddy all to himself too! I also had to get a picture of his first "Starbucks". It's actually a child's size hot chocolate. I thought it was too cute!!
- Now it was my turn to go vote. Today was Alex's day off, so he kept AJ at home. Alex suggested that I leave the Trail Blazer and take the Saturn just in case I wasn't done in time to pick up Olivia at 11:00 a.m. Was that ever the understatement of the day!!!
- I arrived at the polling station at 9:30 a.m.
- I FINALLY CAST MY VOTE AT 1:57 P.M.
- Today would have been a good day to start having contractions. That could have expedited things for me.
- Conclusion: If I can stand in line outside of the mall before the sun comes up in the freezing rain on the day after Thanksgiving for a $5 gift card and a free pretzel... I can certainly vote! (but I'm not making dinner)
Posted by Leah (Parrish) Millan at 6:48 PM
I can't make this stuff up. . .
It was a beautiful evening. Alex was cleaning out the car. Olivia was peddling her tricycle around the garage in her fluffy princess skirt. I was following AJ as he rode his 3 wheeler down the street.
Smile at a neighbor here. Wave there. What a life! Now I am about 3 houses away from my own house. I stop to congratulate a neighbor on the birth of her first baby as she picks up her mail. We make a little small talk, and she asks when I'm due.
Next I hear "MOOOOOMMMY...." Here comes Olivia running up the street in nothing but her underwear, holding her shirt in one hand and her shorts in another. "Mommy, can you put these on me?"
Posted by Leah (Parrish) Millan at 6:08 PM