5 Days

We are now officially in the last few days of this whole baby thing. I am realistic though and figure it will be a few days late given that was the case with Syd and nothing has been happening lately.
At my last doctor visit I was 2 cm and 50% effaced and the baby dropped about three weeks ago. He was thinking I could go anytime but I just don’t feel it is happening soon. I have been having a lot of Braxton Hicks contractions and tons of hot flashes. They come up on me very suddenly and just suck. I literally have to start ripping off my clothes because I am so hot or run outside for some cool air. At night I have been standing in front of the open windows while brandon yells because he is freezing. The thermometer says the room is 65 degrees but I am burning up. I remember having hot flashes during labor with Syd but not beforehand. I have gained an appreciation for you ole ladies going through menopause. Guess I won’t make fun of you as much.
Basement is still keeping me really busy. Seems nothing is going right with it so far. We always seem to research things thoroughly and pay good money for quality stuff but it falls apart in the end. All because of stupid people. What can you do?
On another front I am getting the “I need a new car bug” bigtime. We put the other carseat in my car yesterday and it is really tight. We couldn’t fit another thing in the middle seat and my trunk ispretty small. Plus we don’t have the latch system in my car so getting the carseats in was a pain in the butt. We had to move them to the side seats which have that shoulder belt and it just doesn’t look too safe to either of us. The shoulder belt gets in the way of the infant seat everytime you try to put it in the car. I hate to get a new car since mine is so nice and paid off. But it does have 70K miles and is 7 years old. At what point do you just bite the bullet and trade in to get as much trade in on it as possible. Plus, I have side panels constantly falling off the doors and will have to put new brakes and tires on soon. Do I dare buy new right as we spent a load on the basement? Think I may just go look at the Infinity dealer this weekend and see what I think.
Lastly, I need ideas from people out there on vacation spots. We were dead set on going to Costa Rica this February so I bought a travel book and have been reading up on it. Sadly, it has done nothing but tell me its not a good place for a baby. They recommend you have several vaccinations before going and bring along lots of mosquito repellent. The rainforest areas have tons of mosquitos and some have gotten sick from bites or just exposure to the larvae in your food, yuck! But, they are the most advanced of all Central American countries so we may just put it off a couple of years. Other then the bugs and poisonous reptiles it sounds like an awesome place to visit. The wildlife is very unusual and the kids would love it in a couple of years. I refuse to go back to Hawaii or somewhere else we have already been. I need to travel to new places not just play it safe in Hawaii. We may just go to Europe in the summer but what else can you recommend for a warm February vacation. Nothing too wussy either people. We want to get a little adventure out of it. I am thinking maybe something in South America or the likes.

Two More Weeks

We are officially two weeks away from the due date as of today and it cannot get here fast enough. I have been feeling like crap the last two weeks and not in a good mood most of the time anymore. I am really uncomfortable since the baby dropped and am having a lot of trouble getting any sleep these days. Plus my allergies are really bad lately making it impossible to breathe out of my nose at all. So between the lack of sleep, itchy eyes, congestion headaches and just plain being uncomfortable, its no fun these days. Its getting hard to get around and seems like I have no energy for anything. Hence the grouchiness. Did I mention I am ready to get this kid out now.
All that being said, I am still having to run around like crazy with our normal weekly schedule plus trying to tie up a few loose ends before the baby comes. Brandon has said the phone has been ringing off the hook while I am gone so I have decided to let you all know my schedule so you don’t call so much while I am not here. Hoping it will disrupt his day less and calm people down about thinking I am just sitting home all day not answering the phone.
I am not home for the majority of the day on all Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. We have classes and other errands these days. This is how it always is and will remain to be until summer. We are usually out most of the weekend as well. The best time to get a hold of me is definitely Wednesday and Thursday. I may still have to run out, but your chances are much more likely that I will be home. Also, Syd takes her nap everyday between about 3:00 and 6:00. This is the only time of day I get to relax and try to get some sleep of my own so please DO NOT call during these hours. I am so tired by this time of the day and get so upset by the constant ringing waking me up just as I fall asleep. All you Indiana people should know we are now one hour behind you so adjust the times. These are also approximate nap times so give me a little time give or take. If you do call during this time I definitely do not pick it up.
Most evenings we go out to eat and don’t get home until 8:00 or later. So you are welcome to try and call us after that. We do eat home a few days a week but not many. Ok, there you go. Hope this gives you all a little clarification and dismisses your ideas that I am sitting home all day not answering the phone. Sorry, if this seems a little abrupt but I am tired.
Just remember that we will let you know when the baby comes. You don’t need to call several times a week to ask me if I am still pregnant. Pregnant ladies don’t like that too much you know.

Mission Not So Impossible

Yesterday I was feeling a little better about the cat. Slowly getting out of my slump. I had walked the entire neighborhood several times, posted notes everywhere, and did about all I could think of. But we kept looking. Just kept telling myself he was out having a ball being a wild man. So we decided to get out of the house and go to the auto show in Denver last night. I am in the hunt for a new car, but not for a year at least, so thought we would check them out. We don’t go to Denver much so we thought we’d try a restaurant we have been hearing good reviews on. The wait was said to be 25 minutes. After 45 and a snotty hostess who just kept saying not yet, we left starving on the hunt for something quick. We ended up stopping at this really small joint on a side street called ‘mica’. It said pizza and pasta and looked quick. Ended up being awesome italian food. We both got huge focasia sandwiches, and probably the best caesar salad and bruschetta we have had in years. Cool, score one for us. So we then headed to the car show. I have been wanting to look at the LandRover LR3 and Cadillac SRX. The Landrover was pretty cool with some features we have been trying to find in other cars with no luck. The Cadillac was quickly thrown out, too much like a station wagon. We also saw the new Infinity QX which was pretty sweet as well. So between the LandRover and Infinity at this point. Go super luxury (Infinity) or luxury with all the off road gadgets which I would probably never use (LandRover)?
We then left and headed to the Cheesecake Factory for some desert. We really wanted a horse ride back for Syd but couldn’t find any. They were all outside Cheesecake, wrong end, oh well. Next headed home. We got back about 11:00, late night for the kid but she did really well with it. She went straight to bed. B and I then started on showers/bath when the phone started ringing. Who is calling at almost midnight? The phone wasn’t upstairs so we let it ring. Rang again, but couldn’t hear message. B ran downstairs as it rang for the third time…something is going on here definitely. I heard B yell, “Your kidding me, I’ll be right there” It was our neighbor, she had a black cat trapped in her garage. B ran out and I was quick to follow after pulling some sweats on. He was in the garage and I stood outside in our yard because I didn’t want to ring the bell, their kids were asleep. Then all of a sudden I see a black cat running full speed away from Anda’s house and bolting down the circle. I start yelling his name and go chasing after him. Our street lights arent too bright so I lost him in the shadows and had no idea if he kept down the street or darted off towards a house. B grabbed our flashlights and we took off seperately yelling for him and looking everywhere. But, after an hour we could find nothing and think he was just so scared to come out again. Ok, this was really depressing. We were so close but he was just too scared to come home. I felt like I really screwed that one up big time and was getting depressed again. But, at least he was sticking around the house, if that was even him. We sat on the porch for another 30 minutes and then headed inside.
We decided to leave the garage door open a bit since he was looking for food in Anda’s. We had been leaving food out all week but he had never eaten any. We decided to also leave tuna spread out all over the yard, porch and deck. Maybe he would smell that and come to eat. We also left all the gates open just in case he was too freaked to figure out how to squeeze through them. We went to bed with the blinds all open so we could get up periodically and check the food.
I woke up around 3:30 for a pee break and saw that a couple of the tuna plates were eaten as well as the cat food on the back deck. I searched again for him but could see nothing. So I went back to bed. My mind was racing on what we should do and I was just lying there awake petting another cat. Then I started to hear faint meows. I had been hearing meows all week and they never turned out to be anything. So I laid there for another minute and really listened to see if they were real. Then another really loud meow. Ok, I knew that was real. I jumped up and looked out on the deck from our bedroom window. Just then a black cat had walked up the stairs and was on the deck eating the tuna. I yelled for B to get up and we ran downstairs. B went out the front door and I waited inside at the back door. We wanted to get him from two angles just in case he got spooked again. The cat then got scared and ran down the stairs before B could get there. Here’s my chance, I had to go out and risk him running so that I could see where he was headed. Right when I opened the door, B was also coming around to the back and the cat bolted back up the stairs freaking out. I yelled, “I’ve got him up here” B yelled, “No, I’ve got him right here.” B kept yelling for me to get down there and I kept yelling “no he’s up here one foot in front of my face, help me corner him.” Brandon then said, “he’s running away..are you sure that is Cosmo up there.” It sure looked like him. So Brandon ran up and the cat stopped freaking out and let me pick him right up. It was definitely Cosmo. He started purring and was declawed, our little guy made it back, hooray! Apparently, he had made a new friend in a black cat that looked just like him. So, he was out having a ball with his buds, minus all the rain storms we have had.
Funny thing is I have seen that other cat on our back deck several times before. He would look in at our cats and ours would meow back at him. I even almost let him in a couple of months ago thinking it was Cosmo, until I saw Cosmo standing right behind me. They could be twins, but the other one has a small white dot on his paw. Anyway, we think it was that other cat in Anda’s garage because he bolted so fast. I think we were just extremely lucky that I woke up to pee when I did. Today, Cosmo is going to the vet to get checked out before we let him around the other cats again. Then all will be back to normal with one very happy Mommy.