Sunday, November 29

We are Home

After a not so enjoyable flight down to Florida (Alice got tired and wanted to sleep in her stroller after the first flight, but our plane got in late and we had to immediately get on our connecting flight at the last boarding call) I decided that we were going to try and get first class upgrades. Especially since we would be having a non-stop flight so we would only pay the upgrade fee for one flight.

We checked our carry on and just took Daniel's backpack and the diaper bag on the plane. It was pretty nice. Plus the snacks they give first class are way way better. We didn't just get handed cookies or pretzels, we got to choose from a basket of snacks. Alice had at least 3 snacks while we were on there. Some Gardetto snack mix, the standard cookies, and some chocolate expensive cookies I don't remember the name of. It also was handy when Alice decided that she needed to poo (after her 2nd diaper change of the flight) and stuck her hand in it and attacked herself...and me. Daniel got to change her while we were landing. They got back right before we landed on the strip.

Either way, its our last plane ride for a long time. Monetarily speaking, plane rides just take way too much from our entertainment budget for the year. Or maybe its just vacations in general. Who knows. Either way, I can think of a few ways that would be more enjoyable to spend a thousand dollars.

In other news, Alice got her first case of chemical burns as a result of detergent residue while we were visiting family. I gave in and bought some so called "Cloth Diaper Safe" detergent online. After reading all the reviews a few people still have irritation from the stuff. But considering the people were recommending detergents that are known to cause irritation in baby bums, I don't know how much I can rely on their opinions. I have either bought a years worth of diaper detergent, or else I have wasted $20 on laundry soap that we really don't need right now. Lets hope its not the latter. I already have a giant thing of Tide that's at least halfway full that my pregnant nose can't stand and most of a container of Arm & Hammer that works fine. I just need to strip the diapers since we now have a stink problem.

So now we have about a million things to deal with this week. Tuesday I have a doctor's appointment and I register with the hospital to have the kiddo. I have LINK on Thursday, followed by a Relief Society meeting and cookie exchange Thursday evening. Then Saturday Daniel will be getting Cub Scout training most of the day and I will be going up to the cannery for the afternoon. I just need to make some phone calls and locate some child care for times when we are both committed to things. Sometimes I wonder if I will get released from any callings when I have the baby. Many people get released from their callings when they have babies, but all the examples I know of had 'bigger' callings, and none of them had callings in the Relief Society. I think the Relief Society makes plans to alleviate some of the duties of you calling for a couple of months, then expect you to pick things back up again. I suppose that means since 2 of my 3 callings are Relief Society, I should expect to keep them for a while.

I wonder if I cook cookies today if I will have any left for the cookie exchange Thursday. Oh wait, its way to late to worry about that. Monday to Thursday might work out.

Monday, November 23

The Ok to Fly

I have one.

Went in and saw a different doc than my regular. She was ironically in her 3rd trimester as well, though not as far along. She also had some vanilla air freshener stuff and instrumental music playing in the waiting room. Plus she gave Alice a sucker, so I think Alice was sold on her being a great doctor.

She wrote me a letter saying I was only 34 weeks and had no complications so they (the airline) should back off. Of course she also warned me that if my water breaks or anything I should make them land the plane. Even if I get to be on CNN as a holiday travel warning. And she wants me to walk the galley a lot. Just keep going to the bathroom, even if I don't need to go. I am sure the other passengers will LOVE me.

Now, I just need Alice to empty her bowels so I can wash diapers and not have to take any poopy ones down with us to wash later. Or leave them. That's not something I want to face coming home to.

We also need to finish off half a gallon of milk before we leave tomorrow. That shouldn't be a problem though.

Wednesday, November 18

Dead Car

It won't start. The car alarm keeps going off. I have disconnected the battery to stop the insanity. There might be a temporary fix, but I will have to reconnect the battery to try it. Maybe after visiting teaching.

We are now car less. Daniel is supposed to take a test tomorrow night in Overland Park. He already had to cancel home teaching because it started last night when he tried to leave to go home teaching.

Let's hope the car is running before Tuesday so we can drive to the airport otherwise its no Thanksgiving for us. Happy holidays.

EDIT: I learned how to reset the car alarm and did so. Got a jump start and a $90 battery and we are on easy street. And to think I was expecting to have to pay closer to $500.

Monday, November 16

Baby names for the Holidays

I just thought of some great "D" names if the little monster shows up early.

Dasher (reindeer obviously)
Dudley (from Christmas in Connecticut)
Douglas (for the Douglas Pine)
Dove (perhaps a bit girly)

If he's a new year's baby:
Dagny (means new ay)

And if he is born December 29th or 30th:
David (apparently its traditional names for the day in religious or traditional calenders in many countries including France for the 29th)

Of course if we throw off family tradition since Daniel isn't the first born (and technically not part of the tradition) there are many more options. Who wouldn't want a kid named Claus.

Saturday, November 14

New Church Video - Marriage and Divorce

I just want to point out our couch (the first couple). I wonder if that means we are destined for divorce. Anyway, if you don't want to watch the video, that's fine. Pretty much the idea is that both people have to be doing the wrong things for a while before divorce becomes an option. Oh, and if you have had a divorce, it won't ruin your eternal covenants, that's between you and the Lord.

Anyway, my main point is: Looky its our couch! Its too bad our couch is part of a divorce. Poor couch.

Wednesday, November 4

Family Photos!

We got some pictures taken last month (the first 2 were from the last week of September). As you can see, my gut looked huge. Though in comparison to now, not so much. I haven't got the CD yet, so I have pilfered a few pics from facebook. Enjoy!

Below is one classic, lumpy baby gut photo. Yes, good times.

Monday, November 2

It's Been a Hard Day's Night

Ok, so the day wasn't that bad. In fact, it was pretty nice. Alice slept in until 7am post time change (which is essentially 8am non-time change) and that is amazingly late. Even better, the sun is up at 7am. That's always a good sign.

Of course, then she fell asleep in our bed in just about the same position she is in right now. But I am getting ahead of myself.

The Primary Presidency is worried that I am getting worked too hard. You know, with being a cub scout leader as well as a couple of other callings. That and I apparently look REALLY pregnant. To think we still have 9 weeks (and a day or two) before the actual due date. {Fingers crossed for a baby after New Years.} So they had a bishopric member talk with me and Daniel and essentially say: Daniel step it up, Rebecca stop coming every week.


Of course that wasn't the only strange thing about church. In Fast and Testimony Meeting, Alice was in a strange mood. She cried out in the songs and was exceptionally clingy. It made me wonder if she had somehow gained an ear infection or something. The last time she did that was two weeks ago at a toddler music class, and then she came down with a cold. In fact, she was finally free of the runny nose.

When we tried to drop her off at Nursery, she immediately cried and made Daniel pick her back up. That was seriously a first. Usually, she is first in line for nursery. So we took her with us for our meeting with the bishopric member. After that, we tried again. I watched from the peep-hole as Daniel sat her down and stood by the wall.

Alice stood in the middle of the room and stared at the other kids. Then she looked at Daniel. Then she looked at another kid who offered her a doll or some play kitchen toy. Then Alice picked up a plastic skillet thingy and took it to the other kid. Home free.

The 3rd block of meetings was the annual Visiting Teaching Conference. In this ward it means the priesthood takes over all primary classes, and all the women (including Young Women) meet to hear why visiting teaching is awesome. It was pretty good. In fact, I assumed when they announced it, that the stake was putting the whole thing on, but nope it was just the ward.

The best part was when the special musical number totally failed, and another sister who knew the song got up and helped her out. Aparrantly 2 other sisters were asked to do the song and both got sick and called the Relief Society President yesterday. They gave a new sister the sheet music (which she doesn't know how to read) and a CD with the song on it. She listened to it enough to get the melody, but when she was singing on her own without the tape and with accompaniment, she got super lost. It was great when the second sister got up there and helped her out. In fact once she did, you wouldn't have known that Sister #1 didn't know the song.

After church I got some food. Alice ate a couple of bites of my white bean chili burrito (lots leftover after the halloween contest). She crawled on Daniel's lap and fell asleep. Around 6pm, the sun was down and we were sort of tired, but Daniel figured he needed to do some school work, so we watched Groundhog's Day. He gets to write a paper for his Monday night class using examples from movies and relating them to business something or other. I don't know the details, I just watched the movie.

In bed by 8pm, asleep not long after. Including Alice. Who woke me up not long ago and felt hot. Which led to temperature checks and medication administration attempts. The drugs were refused in favor of going back to sleep immediately, and now I sit awake. Alice is asleep literally behind my back on the bed. Daniel is also asleep. The fetus is also asleep. Or maybe not, but since he is no longer transverse (as of 1:36am Sunday morning because suddenly my stomach was in my throat, i couldn't breathe, and there were no palpable limbs on my sides), he is far less powerful in his attack power. The only downside, heartburn is back, and I have a noticeably decreased lung capacity, plus I have to pee all the time. Oh well, feeling a head, arms, and legs across my gut was certainly not a normal or even enjoyable thing. The first time I felt the head it was cool. The arms, strange. All three, sort of freaky. I even did some research into things to do to get the baby to turn head down. Eating chili wasn't on the list.

Ok, I got really distracted. I think I am going to try and shove the kiddo over so I can lie down again. Or watch some Top Design. But probably both.