Monday, June 30, 2008

Photos from Yesterday

We celebrated my cousin Heather's High School Graduation yesterday (Yeah Heather!) and my mom just sent me some of the pics she took..

First me and the adorable Lukas playing 'so big'! He is looking at Sean of course, my husband is a kid magnet!

Here is a candid of me, just in case my description of how I'm feeling wasn't sufficient, this picture says it all. =)

I'm not really miserable all the time I promise, but as Sean keeps telling me to 'keep it real'. This is as real as it gets!

And now we wait...

Tomorrow is July 1st and officially the day I've been waiting for. My mothers side of the family is pretty small but there are 5 birthdays in June, so I really wanted to get this kid to July so he could have his own month (and his own birthstone!) So as of tomorrow I'm officially 'ready' to give birth, although to be honest I wouldn't have minded THAT much if he decided to come early. The problem is while I'm ready, I'm still two weeks away from my due date and so it could be quite a while yet.

I promise to tell everyone ASAP, I have no idea if the hospital with have Internet service or not, but I'm sure we'll be able to get the word out.

So, how does it feel to be me 38 weeks pregnant? Yucky! I'm growing increasingly uncomfortable, I'm starting to become impatient and I'm fighting off irritable as I am able to get less and less sleep. My attention span is minimal (even as I've typed this I've read another blog, and I've looked into baby announcement pricing) and while I get a little bored with life around the house I'm more and more nervous to leave by myself. Today I am going to head to the mall for a quick shopping trip. After packing my bags for the hospital I realized that I'm missing a few important things so I have to make a trip. I really don't want to go alone, but my friends have real jobs (or are out of town) and parking is so miserable at night I don't want to wait for Sean to get home to go. Plus if I wait any longer I might just have to do without!! I have the idea in my head that my body will give me some type of warning that labor is approaching. Since I have no such feeling right now I feel a little bit better about going out.

Don't worry I'm not really going that far, and I'll be bringing my cell phone and navigation system so I can find any hospital on long island if I get the urge to push.

Oh and yes, I will take a picture tonight just as soon as Sean gets home from work. Honestly, I would rather not because I feel like the marshmallow man (even my lips are swollen!) but for posterity sake, and for comparison afterwards I'll do it. My thinking is that if I look really bad now, people will think I look GREAT after giving birth! I'm a nut job!

Friday, June 27, 2008

I found a solution!!

First of all Thank You everyone for voting!! I got some comments from people I didn't even know were reading this!! Very cool.. I was winning and then votes kept coming in so it is currently sort of a tie, but some votes are unclear so it really is open to interpretation.. HOWEVER! I found the perfection solution: Clean Well All-Natural Hand Sanitizer! No wasted water but clean hands, and it is quick so I'm right back to bed! Its the same concept as Purell but it's all natural! It is a little expensive ($4.49 for 4oz but it says its 900 sprays), but I feel good about supporting an eco-friendly and kid-friendly company (The alcohol in purell has caused problems for some children). It smells a little medicine-y at first but it fades to a light citrus smell. I bought one for the bathroom, one for the changing table and a little one for the diaper bag. I also got the All-Natural Antibacterial Foaming Hand Wash in orange vanilla scent, all the cleaning power, zero triclosan. The cosmetic safety database has yet to rate this product but if they do I'll let you know.
I think I'm nesting in the form of buying eco-friendly cleaning products because I also got some Method floor cleaner and a re-usable 'swifter'-like mop cover also made by Method.

P.S. I got it at Target, but it is cheaper at ($5.99 for 6oz.) I'll eventually add it to my nifty Amazon Store!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Too much infomation??

This post was brought on by an 'argument' I had with Sean last night. It was 12:00pm and I had already gotten up twice to pee (11:00 and 11:35ish) but I was up again. As is often the case with my middle of the night trips I returned to bed without washing my hands, and Sean was outraged. He feels that every trip to the bathroom requires hand washing, regardless of the situation. In my opinion it is just unnecessary since:
1) I washed my hands less than an hour ago
2) I don't even flush in the middle of the night anymore because it is a waste of water with the number of times I get up (as would be excessive hand washing, only thats also wasting soap and probably creating killer bacteria as my not-so-green secret is that I still use anti-bacterial soap) , so I literally haven't touched anything accept toilet paper.
3) Urine is STERILE and that's ALL I've done (any other 'production' would, in my opinion require hand washing)
4) Its MY bathroom, I'm not in some public place so this room is just as clean as any other room in my house.
5) Its the freaking middle of the night and I'm tired and just want to go back to bed.

Sean was totally disgusted and we decided to put it to a vote to the blog audience, if you vote in his favor and say "that's gross wash your hands every time regardless" that's what I have to do from now on. If the majority says "totally fine, so long as hands are washed during the day and for other 'productions', not washing each of the five times I'm up in the middle of the night is fine" then he has to leave me alone about it. If you know you are a germ-a-phobe, you can still vote but please let us know your predisposition (Elaine I already know about you!). I think I might require a minimum number of 8 votes for this to count so please participate. If your curious I got up at 2:30 and 5:00 and 7:00 as well, I'm apparently practicing for two hour feedings.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Cheers and Jeers- EPA

This is a unique Cheers and Jeers because I'm Cheering and Jerring the same thing. The EPA! Why? The EPA will being to conduct an investigation into the amount of formaldehyde in homes, schools and offices as well as investigate the toxic effects of formaldehyde at different levels. Yippe! Finally something is being done about this issue, I am super excited about that. However, in the meantime (since this investigation is likely to take YEARS although they 'expect' to issue findings in the fall) they should be implementing standards that would protect people in the event their findings come back dangerous (which they will). California law has already provided an example of regulations that are in place to make people more aware of the three most likely sources of in home formaldehyde (through the use of stickers on products I think), but the EPA rejected this plan. So thanks for looking into it EPA, but HURRY UP and do something about it will ya?

Read more here:!OpenDocument

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

37- Week Check-Up

I had an appointment with my least favorite doctor today and of course it went less than ideally. Mostly just because it was at a different office that is a little too 'upper east side' for me so I wasn't really all that comfortable in my "I'm 37 weeks pregnant and my clothes don't fit" outfit. I had to wait 45 mins for my appointment which lasted all of 10 mins. Ugh, and I didn't sleep last night so I'm cranky, OKAY?!? Nothing really new to report, my strep B test came back negative, my blood pressure is 'good', the belly measures 'normal' and I'm still 1cm dilated. Oh and I gained another pound bring the grand total up to 54lbs.

The good news?!? I have an appointment with my REAL doctor next Wednesday!! Finally!

I thought I would take a picture this week but it didn't happen yesterday because poor Sean had a really bad day at work and didn't get home until after I was already in bed (not that I was sleeping). I don't think I'll be taking any pictures today (because I'm cranky remember!) so I guess we'll just do another one at 38 weeks.

Monday, June 23, 2008

The Name Game

With only three weeks left until D-day I'm getting more and more nervous about the baby's name. We really don't have a name, our top three are still:
Jack (maybe Jackson, maybe John or maybe just Jack)
But I'm not really leaning toward any one in particular.. I'm really hoping something will just fit when we see him but so far nothing seems quite right. I'm not sure if that means I haven't found the perfect name or if I still just can't wrap my head around this whole baby thing.
Here are some thing things I consider when trying to pick a name.
1) Does it transition well from toddler to adult... I basically put the name in wedding vows (Do you______ take...) and if all I see is a toddler in a tux then I discard the name.. for example the name Parker does this to me. I can't picture an adult Parker even though I really like the name.
2) How well does it fit with our last name? Berry is really a hard name to match..
3) How does it sound when you list all our names. Sean, Becky and _________.
4) I'm pretty sure if and when we have a girl her name will either be Tess (short for Teresa/Theresa) or Meg (short for Margaret) so I play with those names tacked onto the end of the name list too. I also have avoided names that might rhyme with these (e.g. Wesley/ Wes although Sean said no so it doesn't matter anyway).

Sunday, June 22, 2008

The Nursery!

Finally the long awaited photos of the nursery!! I felt like we would never finish, and in all honesty we really aren't but the baby parts of the room are all done so therefore it is done. What do I mean the baby parts?? Well after much debate we have decided to keep the twin bed in the nursery. To move it out means we throw it away, and that just seems short-sighted because in a few years we might need a twin bed to put a toddler in. (Plus it does give us one more option for guests.) The not done-ness is that I haven't found the perfect bed covering for that bed to match the baby stuff (which means I haven't picked out curtains either) so we are making due for the moment. So without further ado, here is the nursery:

The view from the doorway. The valence isn't really made for a double window, but we are making it work.

Looking back at the crib.

More of the crib, so you can see all the cute animals on the 'quilt'.

Our innovative changing table, the only one that would fit with the bed along that wall.. You can see its a bit of a tight squeeze, I fit okay and I'm pregnant so I think it'll be fine. As you can see Sadie has found a new favorite spot (fine with me, she isn't in the crib or bassinet!)

One of my favorite features! The light fixture!

The opposite wall. The bassinet will move around so this isn't a permanent home. It just fits here for now.

So that's it. I have a question for my readers but I don't know how well you can answer it. The wall decals don't look as busy in person as they seem to in the pictures. I originally only wanted to put them around the crib but I had a lot so I put some by the changing table too, but now I'm worried the other half of the room looks lonely. However, if I buy more I think I'll make it look REALLY REALLY busy in there. They are basically static clings so they go on and off pretty easily (although I did accidentally rip the giraffes antlers!) So I'll take suggestions on what you think about the decals, but like I said the pictures make them look more overpowering than they really do in person.. I think they are just adorable.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

36-Week Baby Bump

Hey! Better Late than never!! And it isn't late because I'm in labor, I'm just forgetful.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

36 Week Check-Up

I know I'm late with the picture, I took it I just didn't have the energy to upload it last night and I forgot to bring it with me to do it today. So you'll have to wait until tonight for the picture.

My doctors appointment was fairly exciting this morning. First off I'm up 4lbs from last week (oops!). So I have now gained 52 lbs! No one said anything about it so maybe she didn't notice! I'm not worried about it. My blood pressure and belly measurements are normal. Today while she was taking the measurement she said, 'Oh look you're having a contraction!' and I said 'No I'm not, that's just the baby moving forward' to which she replied..'Uh, no that's definitely a contraction'. So I tell her that that happens all the time, at least 20 times a day, I thought it was just the baby moving, it certainly doesn't hurt! Her response was ' Okay, maybe I should just check your cervix.' Well there was nothing any different about my cervix but she did make me nervous. I've been feeling this for a while now, it isn't like its a new thing so I don't want to over-react and think this means I'm going to be going into labor today (or even next week!). But sheesh if that's a contraction, this labor thing is going to be no problem (ha ha ha I'm so funny).
Sean had joined me at this appointment because I brought our birth plan to go over and I think the whole thing made him a little nervous too.
So I did find out that our doctors don't do episotomies unless they really suspect massive tearing, so that was good. Although she seems put off by our desire to have the cord stop beating before its cut, so I'm going to look into that a little more to see if I can find what she was talking about. She said that because the baby is placed on my stomach, the blood could flow backwards just because of gravity back to the placenta, so its better to clamp it off to make sure that doesn't happen. I'll let you know what I find out.
So that was my exciting trip to the doctor. She said to call her when my contractions actually become painful and are 3-5 mins apart.

Coming soon: I've been reading The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child (Sears Parenting Library) by Dr Sears. So far I LOVE it and recommend it to anyone who is worried about vaccinating your child. I'll go into more about this book in a subsequent post.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Pearls of Wisdom

In honor of Father's day I've been mentally tallying some of my favorite 'words of wisdom' from my father through out our travels today. So here they are, grouped by theme. To give a little background, you have to understand that my father was raised in a military family and was a military man himself.. (that will become clear momentarily).

"If you can't carry it don't pack it"
"Think for yourself, don't follow the crowd" mainly when referring to mobs moving toward an emergency exit.
"Sit facing the door, you never know when a guy with a machine gun is going to walk in"

While these seem like very different topics they all deal with Independence. Essentially teaching us not to count on other people to do things for us. Stories of mob mentality where people got injured because they followed the crowd in an emergency situations always tormented my father and he wanted to make sure we would never let a crowd make decisions for us. This obviously carries over into other aspects of life where you should think for yourself (this clearly sunk deep in me by the way I don't accept the FDA's safety decisions, I have to see if for myself). The funny part about all this is that my father was always perplexed when neither my sister or I would allow boys to pay for us when we went on dates, when this is so clearly a carry over from his lessons on Independence.

"Always leave an impression"

My father never misses an opportunity to make an impression on people. Standing in line, he is the first person to strike up a conversation with the people around him. So much so that he actually met Sean and his father in line at the bursars office when they dropped me off at college, so that Sean knew who I was before we ever met. This lesson has certainly had an impact on me. Just last night I was at Sean's high school reunion and somehow ended up in a 'dance-off' with two of Sean's friends and won "Best dancer in the CMHS class of 98". Reminder: I'm 9 months pregnant, and NOT a member of the CM class of 98! I'm still not sure how I got involved in that, but the DJ called my name and I got up and danced. Clearly I left an impression on people.

"Sit in the front row"

This is something my father told us every night before the first day of school... and while I never really wanted to sit in the front row, I always thought of my dad as I choose my seat. For me this was about "faking it until your making it" You aren't going to be the smartest kid in class if you are in the back row, and sitting in the front row won't be a guarantee that you'll understand everything but it certainly makes you a lot more likely to pay attention. This also carried over into my PhD work. Every week the department hosts seminars, and the topics are not always interesting to me. I haven't been required to go since my first or second year, but I go every week none-the-less because even if I don't think its going to be interesting there is a chance I'll learn something. Academics always want to expand their minds, and while I may not feel like an academic now, the longer I fake it, the more I feel like I am.

"The only thing that matters, is that we take care of each other"

My father has never struggled with the central idea that the most important part of any religion and philosophy is that we take care of each other. The 'golden rule' was a big deal in our house and at some point when I was about 11 of 12 this really sunk in and I started to really regret the pettiness I participated in as a young child. Simple kid stuff like picking on someone for being different, but there was a point in my life when I remember telling myself I would be intentionally mean to people anymore.

While I could go on and on I'm going to stop there and just say THANKS DAD, for imparting all this wisdom on your children. You have made me the strong, independent person I am today and I appreciate everything you did for us! No regrets, I am who I am because of everything you (and Mom) did or didn't do (including that which will not be named! =) and I'm pretty happy with who I am, even with my flaws. ;-)

I love you! Happy Father's Day!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Winding down...

For the most part, I haven't found pregnancy to be the most joyous experience of my life. I've convinced myself that there is nothing wrong with that but at the same time given myself an excuse to complain, complain, complain. Last night, as I attempted to find a comfortable position to lay in and I was thinking.. "its almost over" I realized in my downtrodden state I haven't let myself really appreciate being pregnant. I've been treating it as a means to an end and not fully appreciating it for what it is in itself. This is a gift, and it is something less than half the population is even able to do so I should take the time to appreciate it. So regardless of the swelling, and the terrible sleeping, and the general uncomfortableness of it, I'm going to try to spend these last 4ish weeks appreciating my pregnancy and trying to see the beauty in it. I think I'm only able to do this now because it actually seems like its going to end, I've stopped feeling like I will be pregnant 'forever'. 40 weeks is a long time, 4- not so much.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

35 Week Check-up

I had another doctors appointment yesterday, I'm still not meeting with my primary OB but her substitute is doing a fine job (although she does seem a little overworked). I have only gained 2 lbs since the last visit. So I'm officially at 48 lbs heavier, I can't seem to break the 50lb mark! How am I going to make this a 75lb pregnancy now! =) If I continue at this rate I'll probably be at 53 lbs up by delivery.. I don't think anyone guessed that high in the weight pool! Sorry to disappoint, I guess that means I WIN! =) Right Mom?!?
Everything looked good, my blood pressure was normal, and the belly is measuring normal as well. I asked when they would start estimating the baby's weight and she said, not for a while yet. Since my measurements are right on they aren't worried that the baby is big so there is no need to check things out. I have started feeling Braxton Hicks contractions, but they say that is completely normal and nothing to worry about. They did the Strep B test and I'll find out the results of that next week. She checked my cervix and I'm 1cm dilated (which means absolutely nothing, so don't get excited that I'm going to deliver early, no one is saying that.) and the baby was head down but had no dropped. He is still actively moving around and wasn't head down earlier this morning, although he feels like he may have turned back that way now. I think he is putting on fat because his kicks haven't been nearly as painful in the last few days. Either that or he is getting so cramped in there he can't get enough momentum for it to be painful anymore. So all is well and we have no worries at this point.

The last piece of the nursery puzzle will arrive tomorrow so once that gets put together and I get all the laundry done and on the bed I'll take pictures and post them. I know I keep saying its almost done, but it really is almost done.

I also will be packing my hospital bag tonight so if you have any suggestions on what to pack I am happy to hear it.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

4am thoughts and fears

I was awakened for the 'n'th (somewhere between 4 and 8, its hard to remember) time last night by Griffin purring in my ear, apparently requesting attention. Since this was not the first time he woke me up, I woke up my darling husband to deal with it as Griffin actually responds to him and will remain at the foot of the bed when Sean puts him there. Since he was now awake Sean got up and went to the bathroom. In the few minuets he was gone I was overtaken by sheer panic and fear. We are about to have a baby and I have absolutely no idea how I'm going to handle having a baby. What if I'm terrible with him, what if I can't soothe him, what in God's name do you do with a baby 24 hrs a day 7 days a week for the next 18yrs (yeah yeah I know he won't be a 'baby' that long)! By the time Sean gets back I'm wide awake and freaking out. So I ask him if he is scared and nervous about the baby coming.
He says 'No'.
I say "Well I am!"
He says "What are you worried about you are going to be a great mom!"
This does nothing to ease my fears and I tell him so. So he is forced to go on, and here is where I remember why I'm totally in love with this man. He goes on to say something to the effect of:
"No matter what happens, we are in this together, it is a new and scary thing that we are doing, but we've done new and scary things before and we got through those just fine. This is the same idea, we are a team, you don't have to be perfect, I'm here to back you up, and you'll back me up when I'm not perfect."
Seriously, who comes up with that kind of wisdom at 4am?!? Well I can tell you that made me feel a whole lot better, because he was exactly correct. I may not have a whole lot of faith in myself as a parent (I've never done it before, so I'm totally untested), but I do have a lot of faith in 'us'. Having him by my side makes me feel like I/we can do anything, child rearing included.

I seriously have the best husband in the world. I feel very blessed.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Its time for Cheers and Jeers!

First, the Cheers! =)

This is a website that I have begun frequenting more and more lately. It is just my size/shade of green and have enjoyed the posts a great deal. PLUS it is updated really frequently, so there is always something new to read about. Check it out! There are lots of fun give-aways you can try to win too!

Now for the Jeers! =/

I've been a huge fan of Jamba Juice since I discovered one in the neighborhood around my office. I much prefer to drink my lunch in the summer time than to eat it so it is nice to have a place like this that offers nutritious options with enough calories to be called lunch. The problem? I got my drink this morning and noticed the lid had a #6 (BPA containing plastic!)recycling symbol on it. I thought, 'oh its just the lid' then I turned the cup upside down and what do I see #6! YIKES! Here I am trying to limit my baby's exposure to BPA and I find it in the unlikeliest of places. Especially considering that my cup also read "jambaism#5...Your body is a temple, littering is strictly prohibited." I immediately went to their website and sent them a message saying I would no longer be patronizing their store until they changed their cups. Of course I'm sure they will get back to be saying that the cups are safe according to the FDA, but I'll let you know. I'm giving you their website here so you can also tell them to change their cups and lids if you feel so inclined.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Thank you one and all!!

I have now had two very successful baby showers, one thrown by my parents, sister and grandparents, and the other throw by my in-laws. I am overwhelmed by extreme generosity of all our friends and family. The baby's room is rapidly approaching 'ready' and is now filled with gifts from both showers. There are only a few things left that we need to purchase, and thanks to the gift cards we received we won't have to pay out of pocket for any of those last few things. Thank you to everyone for coming and for your generosity. Your creativity and attempts to follow along with my plans for a greener baby touched me in ways I can't even express. From wrapping gifts in green packaging, to purchasing organic products every little bit is appreciated. We appreciate ALL our gifts whatever shade of green they are. We believe in going green when possible but have not gone so completely organic to the point that non-organic clothing and products won't be used. We make the switch to organic whenever it is possible or realistic but aren't going completely and 100% organic. Unfortunately, that just isn't possible right now. We do what we can, to save the earth and keep baby safe.

Thanks again for everything!

Friday, June 6, 2008

That's it I'm moving to Europe!

No no, not because Hillary is out of the race (This mama's for Obama!), because the FDA sucks! British researchers conclusively determined that at least 7 artificial colorings added to food and drink are linked with hyperactivity in children. These additives are said to have damaging effects equal to that of leaded gasoline! The British version of the FDA is working on setting some guidelines for food and drink manufactures to replace these additives with other things. Currently the guidelines would be optional but the British consumers are forcing the hand of big company's. Mars and Kraft have already started removing these items from their products sold in the UK. When asked why they weren't removing these items from American products their response was "American consumers haven't been as concerned as the British about artificial food colors; they have been more concerned about calorie, fat and sodium content". Oh brother!

Read more here about the American non-profit organization trying to lobby the FDA to ban the use of these ingredients.

So far the only thing we can do is stop buying products containing these ingredients, (which by the way, are made of coal tar and petroleum YUMMY!). The colorings CSPI seeks to ban are: Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Red 3, Red 40, Blue 1, Blue 2, Green 3, and Orange B. Even if you don't have children, the idea of putting children at risk should be enough to start limiting your own intake of these products.

Some well known products that contain these ingredients are cereal, soft drinks, candies including Skittles and Starburst (sorry Kristeen! One more reason to abstain I guess.) and basically anything marketed to children. Great right!

For years people figured it was the sugar in these products causing their children to act up, apparently there is more to the story.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

34 week Baby Bump

I'm don't feel like the belly is really changing all that much these days. People keep telling me that I've "dropped" but it certainly doesn't look like it. In the early days it was "You're carrying very low" , now it's "that baby isn't waiting until July, you've already dropped." My attempt to convince them otherwise just leads to that look that says "Silly child, you don't know anything."

Since you are probably wondering, but are too polite to ask, I currently have no visible stretch marks on my stomach, although I really don't expect that will continue much longer. My rear-end is a whole different issue! That should give you some indication of how much growth has occurred in that region!!

I'm down to three days a week at school. I've had too many sleepless Thursday nights followed by awful Fridays, to continue to spend five days a week traveling. The worst part of the commute is that every set of stairs on my way into school (I think there are six sets) are UP. By the time I reach that last set I just want to take a nap.

6 weeks left. If you have any blog topics you would like to see me discuss feel free to let me know. I'm running out of ideas!

Monday, June 2, 2008

Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

What is it like to travel while pregnant? It is really just like normal traveling only more people talk to you randomly and it is a bit less comfortable.
I have flown three times while pregnant. The first time was when we flew to LA for our cruise in January, It was still very early in the pregnancy so most people didn't even know I was pregnant, and I can't say I was uncomfortable because of it. The other two times were just quick trips to Buffalo and Syracuse. The worst part is that those plane seats in the full upright position are pretty uncomfortable when pregnant, so take off and landing was the worst part. The only 'official' person that said anything about the pregnancy was the lady to take my ticket as I boarded. She told me "don't give birth on the wait, I'm not going to be on it so do whatever you want". Even when I flew past the recommended cut off, no one asked how far along I was or really made mention of it at all.

I took the train to Albany and that was actually pretty comfortable, although people on trains are generally more chatty than people on airplanes. A lady sat next to me and we talked for a while, then she started talking with her friend across the isle so I picked up my book. When I closed my book as we approached Albany she started firing questions really quickly. Clearly she had been saving them up but didn't want to interrupt me. Pregnancy and baby's are a pretty safe topics so you really have to be prepared for the typical questions (1- When are you due?, 2-Do you know what your having?, 3- Have you picked out a name?,) and be prepared for people to tell you their opinions on your weight, belly size and position as well as get their stories about what they did when they were pregnant.

As far as car travel, I haven't really had any trouble riding in cars. No one will let me drive alone any more than 20 mins one way since I've been past 30 wks so driving a car is fine too. I generally have to recline the front seat a little more than usual and on long car trip put my feet on the dashboard. Mostly, I think it's the best way to travel while pregnant if you aren't going too far. Obviously, a 40 min flight is preferable to an 8 hour car ride. If you are a chatty person the train is a great option too, but if you are not into conversations with total strangers I don't recommend it.

Side note: Governor Pataki was on the train with me when I went to Albany. I choose to leave him alone since he got accosted a couple of times by people wanting to take a picture with him. Odd.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Here kitty kitty...

People have been asking me how I think the cats will deal with the arrival of a new baby. Honestly, I don't know!! Lukas came to visit for a few days over thanksgiving last year and the cats were totally uninterested so I imagine that's how they will react to our baby too. However, I'm a little nervous about Sadie. She is really 'my' cat, where Griffin seems to gravitate more toward Sean. Occasionally, if I'm giving Griffin more attention than her she will get jealous and bite him (on the butt to be exact). She has never been aggressive toward people in the least but I just don't know if she'll view the baby as a person or as a competitor for my attention. Generally, Siamese cats are known to be very good with children so it should be fine, but I'll just have to wait and see. Lately Saidie has been more needy than normal, and while in the past she has avoided sitting on my belly and has gravitated more toward my legs or my chest/neck. Lately, she has begun to sit on the belly a lot more. I got a video of her and the baby having a bit of a test of wills. All the movement by Sadie was caused by some strong kicks from the baby. She eventually gave in and moved.

And here is a picture of Sadie getting comfortable on the baby's bedding. I took the quilt out of the bag to show Sean's mom and didn't put it away right away. Look who I found snuggling with it! This is your first peak at the baby's room... it isn't quite ready for its photo shoot yet, but after Sean's exam on Monday we are going to get crackin and finish up this room.