Thursday, March 31, 2011

Gorgeous Vermont mountains...

Alan had a business trip planned for Manchester, Vermont March 24. He asked me if I wanted to come up there with him for a weekend getaway. Of course I wanted to, even though it involved a plane ride.. Alan got a phone call that our 8am flight to Washington got cancelled. He then called to reschedule and we got an 11am flight to New York City. I held the plane up the entire time. It was horrible. The takeoff is what I hate the most. The super fast speeds, the slant of the plane, the cloud turbulence, the plane trying to get even, the turning on a dime(I mean you have the whole sky, Mr Pilot)... oh boy. After a layover in NY, they called our plane to board. We walk outside and it's a prop plane. *sigh* I look at Alan and say "Are you serious? Is this our plane?" He, being the husband that will try to make all bad things in my life sound not nearly as bad said "Yeah, it ours, they ride a bit different than regular planes but it will be okay, they are just really loud" So of course I proceed to freak out because I know when Alan says something is "different" than it should be, it's going to be bad. It really wasn't that bad. Other than the loud propellers, I actually liked that ride better than the normal plane. It didn't seem as bumpy to me. Then we get to Vermont, look out the window as we are landing and see these gorgeous mountains and all is well:This is the scenery all over Vermont. The mountains are huge. There was snow on the ground and it was in the low 30s Thursday. We get our rental car, type in the hotel address and go on our way. What was supposed to be an hour and half drive took 2 hours since our lovely GPS took us 30 minutes out of the way. I hate trusting those stupid things. We did make it to our hotel around 9:30, went to get something to eat and headed to bed. It was a long day in the airports!

Friday morning was Alan's meeting so he got up, broke an out of town rule by going to McDonalds(I have a rule that we can't eat at chain restaurants when we are out of town) and got breakfast. I'm glad he broke the rule cause the food in Vermont is not as good as our food from home so that bagel was the 2nd best meal I had the whole trip! Then I took him to where he was going so I could have the car to wander around. I dropped him off and headed into town to find out the shops didn't open until 10(it was 8am). So I head back to the room to watch some tv when Alan called. We had planned to stay in Manchester Thursday night, check out and head to Burlington and stay Friday and Saturday night. Alan said the guy at the plant he was touring said that Manchester was the place to be for scenery and to get the 'true Vermont feel'. So I go to the office, see if we can stay 2 more nights and she says yes but we have to change rooms. I agree and check out of one and into another. They had a huge group of military men coming in and I guess they had reserved a block of rooms. Here is the front of the hotel. Pretty nice view!
Around 10, I head to the Carters(baby clothes) outlet and snag some, hopefully neutral, clothes. I was able to get everything below, except the jeans and the red onesie beside the blue one for $19 total! Everything was on clearance and I think it's pretty neutral. The little blue outfit is a little boyish but our little girl could wear it too. Who says girls have to wear frills? :) After that, I went to Gap and got the jeans and the red onesie for $7! The jeans are way too cute! And for $5, marked down from $25, they are even cuter!

While standing in the checkout line at Gap, Alan called saying he was ready to be picked up. I pick him up, head back to the room for him to change and we decide to take a roadtrip to see some scenery. We are on the road for about 3-4 hours. Here's one of the stops we made. It was at a ski slope. We didn't ski but stopped by to take some pics.
We're not in Kansas anymore...
Snowmobile crossing... We don't see these around South Carolina!

The roads were dry. All that snow on the ground and we never once passed a snow plow or salt/sand truck. They know what they are doing up north!We saw lots of small ponds that were frozen and on a few of them were ice fishers.
This makes me nervous!
We saw lots and lots of stunning mountains
On Saturday, we decided to leave and head to Burlington and see what it had to offer. We booked a room and checked out of our current room. We saw just the right amount of snow without being annoying or way too cold and nastyand lots of cars that looks like this...We got to Waterbury, Vermont and Alan noticed the original Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream factory was there. We decided to stop and do the tour. The plant wasn't working so the tour was a little boring but I learned some things I had no idea about. Like that they use non-hormone induced cows and no artificial colors, which is pretty great. We made it into Burlington, checked into our room and headed out to check out the town. We find Lake Camplain and luckily it's sunset! Isn't this gorgeous?This is how cold it was. This is the shore of the lake. All ice. Crazy!
We did lots of looking around at some stores, went out to eat at a seafood restaurant that night and then went to a local coffee shop afterward. We then went back to the room. We checked out about 11:30 Sunday morning, went back to the Lake where Alan took a few more pics and we headed to the airport for our 3:00 flight to Pennsylvania. We made it safely to Pa where we were looking forward to a 4 hour layover. Around 8:30, the plane should have been boarding but it was not. Around 9, the announcer guy said they called maintenance on our plane and it would be delayed until 10. Great. The waiting part for me wasn't the worst part. I didn't want to be on a plane that just had maintenance called on it. I'm just sure it was the engine they were working on! After waiting for a while, around 10:30 they said they called another plane in and we would be leaving soon. We finally head out about 10:45. Luckily we are able to sleep on the plane since it didn't land until 12:20 or so. We got our luggage and headed home. By the time we got in bed it was 1:30. Since both of us worked Monday, it was pretty rough getting up. I caught up the whole rest of the week and should be in bed now but this blog has taken way longer to type up than I thought it would. But now I'm heading that way! Alan is going back to Vermont in a few months I think and I will be sad that I won't be able to go since I either be too far along or will have a tiny newborn! I would love to go back in the Fall, at some point.

Monday, March 28, 2011

16 weeks! March 17-24, 2011

Baby's now the size of an avocado! Tiny bones forming in baby's ears mean he/she can now hear you! Eyebrows, lashes and hair are filling in and taste buds are forming! This week was great. My appetite is still growing. I can eat until I pop and 30 minutes later, I'm hungry again. Belly measures 33" this week and my weight was 108.6 at the end of the week. Bedtime is 10-10:30.We also painted the entire inside of the house this week(except the bonus room upstairs- pics of house to come later this week!). Baby's room is now green!
Lacewing from Sherwin Williams to be exact. Hard to tell from the tiny square but it's a little more limey in person. We went out last weekend and looked at some nursery bedding/decorations and came to the conclusion that light limey green was the color that was used in both boy and girl bedding. I can't wait to start buying things to decorate!

We left for Vermont on the 24th(Thursday) and came back yesterday(27th). Alan had some business up there and I decided to tag along! We had a great trip. Baby's first plane ride! I will blog about that later this week too. In the meantime, look at these precious clothes I got for the baby on our trip. Carters and Gap were having a great sale! Closeup of the sweetest onesie! And couldn't be more right!All in all, week 16 was a really great week. I'm glad Alan and I got to get away for a few days, even if our flight situation wasn't the best. More on that later!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Week 15

Baby is now the size of a naval orange and now averages about 4 inches! He or she can move his legs and arms but I haven't felt that part yet. The roof of my mouth and my tongue is staying really sore and I am keeping ulcers below my bottom teeth and smells like lotions, deoderant, body wash and perfume are really triggering headaches lately. The changes are so unusual! This week I have been staying hungrier than ever! My weight has went from 107 to 109.8 back down to 107.8 today. My belly now measures 33 1/2"! My bedtime this week has been closer to 10:00. I feel like an adult again! My sweets cravings have seemed to go away for a bit. Saturday we are meeting with a painter to go over paint colors for all the rooms in our house. Not sure about the nursery since we don't know what we are having yet and aren't sure the nursery bedding/decor. I think we are going to look Friday at some possibilities so we can get a color picked out. I ordered the book Baby Bargains yesterday so we can start deciding what furniture we want to buy. It has ratings of all types of things which will be real helpful. I should have it tomorrow so we will check it out and hopefully soon our baby will have somewhere to sleep!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Legend of Wilma, the lawnmower following dog.

I don't think I've ever blogged about this but Alan cut grass today and it reminded me. As some of ya'll know, we got our dog Wilma from our neighbor. They had her and a Malamute, Dakota. Dakota didn't like Wilma and they got into 2 huge fights after we moved out here and after the 2nd fight, the owners were going to get rid of Wilma. We had fallen in love with her(and Dakota) and couldn't bare to see her leave so we told them we would take her. From the day we moved in, every time we came home, Dakota and Wilma would run over here. And so the legend begins...

From the very beginning, anytime Alan cut the grass, Wilma would follow him.

It takes Alan about 4 hours to cut and trim our 3 acres and she stays right with him the whole way. She will wander off a bit and if she gets really thirsty will run back and get water but mostly stays right with Alan.

It wears her out for the rest of the day. But she loves spending those hours with her daddy!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Week 14 - March 3-10, 2011

Since I just finished up my 14th week and am 15 weeks today and we went to the doctor today, it's time for some pictures and info!

This is my 14 week picture. This was taken last Saturday(March 5) and today I feel like I'm twice this big! It has been a really good week. I have gotten my full appetite back! I also went from 106 to 108 back down to 107 pounds. My belly measures 32" at my natural waist and my pants are getting more and more snug! I am not staying quite as tired. My bedtime this week has been closer to 9 and I'm getting up once during the night. I am still craving sweets like nobody's business! The pregnancy dreams have come back with a vengeance! One night this week I think I dreamed from the time I fell asleep until the time my alarm went off. Some are nightmares and some are just the most random things I've ever dreamed. We discussed boy names this week. Alan has went through the book to the J's and I have gone through it all the way. Out of all the names to the letter J, we agreed on one name. This is a tough decision! All in all it was a great week. I am loving being pregnant and finally having a bump to show off!
We had a checkup today(15 weeks) and everything went great! My blood pressure was 100/50. Baby's heartbeat was about 150. Dr said it wasn't registering on the Doppler but it sounded around 150, which she said is great. I mentioned to her that her husband(also a Dr there that we saw last time) told us he would do a quick ultrasound to let us see the baby. So here's baby's 15 week picture!
Isn't he/she beautiful?! That is the spine, not an arm. The doctor showed us both arms, legs and feet. She also showed us the brain and the heartbeat. She said everything looked really great. It's amazing the difference between this week and the 7 week ultrasound. He/she looks like an actual human! And he/she looks like they are smiling! The big bubble thing in front of it's belly is part of the inside of my tummy and has nothing to do with baby. We go back April 11 for a checkup and the next week we go back to see what we are having!