Sunday, December 14, 2008

SNOW!

So, as an Oregonian I am used to our newscasters promising snow in the wintertime and always being disappointed. This past week they've been swearing up and down that snow is coming and I've been skeptically watching the sky for the past couple day. Last night they SWORE snow would be here by this morning. Well, when I awoke to pee at about 5:00 I eagerly looked out the window to see...nothing. DIRTY LIARS! I went back to bed, disgruntled, that I had let them get my hopes up once again.

Fast forward to waking up at 8:00 (to pee again...of course) and what do I see when I look out the window. SNOW! And now here at 11:30 it is still snowing like CRAZY. Newscasters are predicting anywhere from 3-6 inches, which honestly is unheard of on the Willamette Valley floor. We had our company Christmas party planned for today and we're obviously giving it a pass as they're shutting down freeways and requiring chains on all major highways (we're in Oregon people, you may laugh but EVERYTHING shuts down for 1 inch, let along 3+!). It is so funny because every time we actually have snow the news programs always give the storm a name "Winter Storm 2007" or "Blizzard of '03", this name for this storm is is "Artic BLAST!", which sounds like a slurpee flavor to me but I'm sure the news stations think it gives the storm a certain je ne sais quoi? Non?

So we're holed up at home, all warm and cosy with a fire. I'm working on washing all of Lucy's 0-3 month clothes and blankets because I may have forgotten to mention this but I am ONE CENTIMETER DILATED! I know I could stay this way for weeks, but I found out at my appointment on Wednesday that I am 1 cm dilated and also some percentage effaced (this is why I shouldn't go to appointments alone, once she started talking about the dilation I totally didn't listen about my percentage of effacement). My doctor definitely thinks if I keep going at this rate Lucy will be here early. I even went as far as to comment, "Wow, I'm so glad I'm done with work on the 19th!" and my doctor laughed and said "I can't guarantee you'll even make it that far. Who knows!" EEK! How freaking exciting!!!! Although on the flip side I totally called Rob from the car on my way home panicking that I haven't packed my bags or washed Lucy's clothes or trained my temp for maternity leave. So much to do!

Armed with this knowledge my mom and I went out on a slight baby shopping spree yesterday (that and a little Christmas shopping too). I had returned the pack n play that I had bought since it ripped when I tried to put it together and I didn't really have any options for her to sleep in our room or downstairs, so yesterday my mom and I found a super deal on a this adorable, plush moses basket and stand at Home Goods (love the bargain shopping!) that will work great, and it totally portable to bring downstairs and into our room (and to Grandma's house when I go back to work). We also hit the mall and Babies R Us. It was crazy but I now have bottles and burp clothes and feel closer to prepared than I did before our "spree". We also finally got around to going to the fabric store so I could buy some super soft minky fabric to line the burp cloths (old school cloth diapers from Babies R Us) with using my new sewing machine I got for my birthday. I'll post pictures when I get them done!

So my next appointment is Wednesday, and we'll see if I've kept up the progress or not. I haven't had any contractions, which my doctor was very impressed with, although I had to remind her I might not even know what they are. Sometimes my stomach hurts but I always pass it off to the extra 35 lbs I'm lugging around!!

I have a funny story about our final birthing class and Rob's reaction to the post-labor discussion we had that I will save for posting tomorrow because according to my boss, we might not even be going into work (did I mention Oregon SHUTS DOWN when it snows? True story!).

Lastly, I will leave you with my most pesky pregnancy side effect right now...presenting my sausage legs/feet:



GROSS!!

"A grand adventure is about to begin."
-Winnie the Pooh

19 comments:

happymomof2 said...

I LOVE SNOW! I live in Ky and your story sounds familiar where they predict/ promise snow only to awake to NOTHING! So send some our way:)

Jenn said...

I wish we would shut down for snow since it snows almost every day in the winter here. They never shut anything down even if it is a foot or more. Enjoy the beauty of it since you don't get to see it too often. And rest those legs and feet (mine looked exactly like that) and in my opinion was one of the worst side effects of pregnancy. UGH!

ck2m said...

wow can't believe Lucy is almost here! Have fun getting the last minute stuff together and take it easy!

K-tell said...

Ahh! I was trying to figure out the picture from the little thumbnail preview and thought "I wonder why (or HOW!) she's wearing footless dance tights". I get it now:)

soxchamps said...

Gotta love the swelling! I realized I was swollen all the way up my thighs whe I fell asleep on the couch with my hand between them. When I woke up I had hand prints on my leg, you could even see the lines on my palm and fingers!

Harmony said...

it is snowing like crazy here in wisconsin! but after all that is wisconsin weather!!!!

congrats on the 1cm!!! she'll be here before you know it!!!

can't wait to hear the last birthing class story! :0)

Stacia said...

I live down the street in Gresham, and I'm just as surprised as you are! I'm originally fron TX, and the reaction is pretty much the same there (especially the further south you go).
So we (meaning you!)may just have a Christmas baby and not a New Year's one! I've read your blog for a while, so I'll just consider Lucy my adopted internet daughter. :)

Baby and Me said...

Its been snbowing here in Seattle too! Its it fun! Keep those little feet elevated!

TheRightWife said...

Hey - Just found your blog through another blog :) Our feet/legs look like they could be related! My baby is due on Jan 3rd! Can't wait to read more about your adventures!

Anonymous said...

OMG! Lucie is almost here, I like can't believe it. OMG, I'm like so excited for you. You go girl!

Courtney said...

I actually think Arctic Blast is a Gatorade flavor! The feet and legs...I remember those from my first pregnancy. I'm definitely not looking forward to seeing them again this time around. But, it may give you an excuse to wear comfy slippers to work!

fallgirly said...

I am so excited for you!! When did the swelling start exactly? I haven't heard you post about it sooner. Did it just start?

AmandaG said...

Congrats on the good news of your progress! I am 35 weeks and have my next Dr appointment tomorrow. I hope I get good news about dilation & effacement too! I live in TX and any time there's ice everything shuts down here too. I'm sure if it snowed it might be the same way.

RCRambling said...

Hi - Just wanted to stop by once more to wish you good luck on the Lucy's arrival. Congratulations and I hope it all goes well.

Just so you know, I was totally swollen for the last two months of my pregnancy. It will go away afterward. I promise.

CheekyMonkey said...

Wow, this is so exciting!! You're almost done! I was just sitting here thinking of everything you two have been through and now look at you... So close to Lucy that you may not have time to train a temp. Well congratulations to you both. It's been a LONG journey for you two and very inspirational to a lot of us. (I may share your blog with a friend who's going through the same thing) So thanks again for sharing, we can't WAIT to meet little Lucy!!

CheekyMonkey said...

Oh and PS. Looks like someone cut off my pregnancy legs and attached them to you because a week before I delivered, the same sausage effect happened to me!!! ELEVATE!!!

Anonymous said...

Yuk! More baby bumps, LESS sausage toes!!!

Brooke said...

Eee, Lucy may be coming soon! I was 1cm and 80% on a Tuesday and contractions started Friday, and baby showed up Saturday! GL!

Staci said...

Congratulations! I am particularly fond of the name you chose...my 1 year old is named Lucy. Do you ever get the song, "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" stuck in your head? I sing that constantly :) Good luck with everything...

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