Sunday, October 25, 2009

Getting Ready...

So I just wanted to post really quickly since who knows when the next time I'll have a chance will be. My due date is two weeks from today so it's only a matter of time until we have a new addition to the family. :)

First-- let me appologize that the pictures are so small. The upside of taking pictures on my phone is that I sometimes take pictures more often and I'm more likely to post them because I don't have to upload everything from my actual camera. The downside is that they're super small. I'll look into it and see if I can change the settings or something.

Okay- here we have my yellow roses that bloomed!! Yay!! Unfortunately I didn't even notice them until they'd already bloomed and started kinda wilting, so they're not as pretty as I'm sure they once were. BUT!! I noticed that the red rose bush has probably 4-5 that are budding and should be blooming soon enough.
Next! Freddy is the best ever. :)
He's been so good at helping me in whatever way possible throughout the pregnancy. For example, I totally can't reach my toes at all-- for obvious reasons. Anyway, he's been painting my toe nails for me! How niiiice. It's really cute because he tries really hard to make sure they turn out pretty well. He's done them twice now and I'm so proud of him!!
And yesterday was like the best day of Freddy's life-- :) We were at IKEA in Carson getting a dresser for the baby's clothes and as we were leaving-- passing the Carson mall-- we hear Power 106 broadcasting outside. And to Freddy's surprise, they had the Laker Girls there too! It was the highlight of the day for him-- and he's contemplating framing the 8-1/2 x 11 squad picture with all of the autographs. :)

So we've been getting ready for the baby to come! We live in a pretty small place (understatement) and so there's not exactly a seperate room just for the baby's things. SO! We've been making do. On Friday night we went to Babies R Us to pick up the travel system and the portable crib (we don't have space for a regular crib and decided that a portable one is the solution-- now we have it for visiting grandparents, sisters, etc.) that we wanted. Welllll. We. Got. Jacked. >:[ I was sooooo mad.. This is what happened. We were at Babies R Us looking at a certain model of travel system (the ones that have the stroller and the car seat that snaps into the stroller). We've pulled the display out and are trying it out, seeing if we like it, pushing it around a little bit, etc. We decide that we like it. Yay! Then this employee comes directly at us and is like, "Do you need help with anything?" JUST as I'm like, "Ye--" this other woman is standing over by where the display goes is like, "I DO!" So I'm like oh, okay-- we'll let her go first or whatever (even though we'd been there for like ten minutes and she JUST walked up like 20 seconds ago). So then she's like "I need that one (pointing at the box above the display to the travel system that we're looking at and waiting to get... the LAST ONE)." My jaw just dropped as he pulls it down for her and sets it in her cart. (And I could swear that at this point she looks directly at us and gives us this ugly, smug look, but I'm probably just making that up because I was so mad). So she walks away just as fast as she came and I'm like, "Was... that... the... last one?" And the employee is like, "Uhh.. yeah." I was like, "Nooooooooo!" (Tiny bit of background-- we chose a travel system and registered for it and it was discontinued the next week. Unavailable. Ugh. So we chose ANOTHER one to replace it and that one ALSO was discontinued just like two weeks ago. Great.) So you can imagine, for me, who NEEDS a car seat in order to be ALLOWED to leave the hospital with my newborn baby, I was somewhat annoyed that yet another one was going to be taken and we were STILL without a carseat, etc. So as we were leaving the store completely empty handed, I just stared at the woman in line that was buying MY stroller. I was not happy. But! It all worked out okay-- we went the next morning to the Babies R Us in Westminster and they had it waiting on hold for us. :) And I also found the cutest diaper bag ever. (And HER stroller was probably defective anyway.) SO! We have the box for the stroller/carseat combo along with the portable crib at home waiting for us to come home and assemble them. (SIDE NOTE: Freddy is always SO much calmer than I ever am. He was like-- "[Shrug.] That's okay." I was fuming mad and he was like, "What's the big deal? It's okay..." Lol.) I'll make sure to post pictures of all the fun things we got. :)

Monday, October 12, 2009

Home Sweet Home!!

It's been a while, I know. But things have been pretty hectic around here and I've been doing my best to keep my head above water. So, this is pretty much the longest post, but it really catches me up on blogging!

First of all, WE MOVED!! Yay!!! We're now renting a one bedroom, one bathroom home out in Paramount (near Long Beach). Some may ask why we'd move out there-- the answer: Freddy will be starting a Physical Therapy Assistant program at Cerritos College in January. This house is a mere five minutes, if that, from campus. Wonderful. Also, this little place has a nice, big backyard-- perfect for Riley. Some of the apartments we were looking at that were "pet friendly" offered little balconies for your pets under 25 lbs. We thought maybe Riley would be close. Not at all- he's 38 lbs and still looks skinny for his breed. SO! This ended up as the perfect little place to call home. Now. I'm not going to lie, it was pretttty ugly when we found it. In fact, the leasing agent almost wouldn't let us see it because he was confident that it would be a waste of his time to show it to us, since we definitely wouldn't want it. Little did he know, we're pretty low maintenance. :) Anyway-- we've now moved in and spent all weekend unpacking, painting, hanging curtains, etc.

This is Freddy painting the dining room wall Fresh Guacamole. Oooohh... It really looks nice. I'll have to post a picture of the completed project. Also, you can sort of see (I'm standing in the kitchen while taking this picture) how (small) the kitchen is! Our refrigerator on the right-- the opposite counter just about 2 feet away. My mom mentioned that it'll be so much easier to fit once I'm not pregnant. :) We also painted a wall in the living room-- it was called something Fawn. To me it looks almost like chocolate ice cream. :) But really-- everytime we pass it we're like, Oooo I like that color...

And here we have the newly installed toilet seat and toilet seat cover. Oooooo.... That was my job to install... until I got tired of being on the floor so F took over. Go team!

This was taken the day we moved in to the house. :) We really have our work cut out for us in the backyard. BUT! Even in the ugliest backyard in Paramount there's something to smile about! Practically the only living thing in our yard-- it was the prettiest rose I've ever seen! It was so sweet to see that-- almost like a welcome home present. :) Also-- I found THREE yellow roses that are about to bloom!! And Mom says we have wonderful ferns and also a wandering Jew plant too!! (Both plants that Freddy thought were weeds that were going to be going ASAP. Now we're reconsidering..)

Besides that-- we went to our new ward this week. It starts at 8 am. Grrrreat. Although, F pointed out that mayyybe we'll be switching times come January and we'll only have to do the 8 am for a couple months. But! Our new ward is suuuuper friendly and welcoming. We already love it!! Yay for feeling welcome!

In other news, we enjoyed General Conference at my grandparents' home. We also saw a BEAR while we were there!!! It was just hanging out in their backyard. I was getting some things from our trunk and looked over and what do you know, there's a bear in the backyard. Come to find out later that he was eating their persimmons. Regardless, it was pretty exciting. I guess with the recent fires they've had quite a bit of wild life coming down the mountain. (Mom and I both think that this is the exact same bear that we caught in the exact same place a couple weeks ago.)
Next, here's a picture of me at... 35 weeks (last week). Everything is going well with the pregnancy! My feet are about as swollen as they could be and feel like they could explode at any moment. Sister Rowley kindly mentioned that she thinks since I'm retaining so much water now, I'll be losing weight SO fast once the baby comes! Everyone loves hearing nice comments like that (especially when your feet are as swollen as mine are)! Tonight we have our second Childbirth Prep class-- those are fun! We're learning so much and becoming so prepared! And seeing as our hospital is in Glendora and we now live in Paramount-- we're praying that I go into labor at a convenient time (otherwise there could be so much traffic on the 605 that Freddy will be delivering the baby on the side of the freeway or something). But yeah, we're down to about 3 1/2 weeks until the due date-- it'll be here before we know it, I'm sure! We'll keep you posted*!
*As much as possible.. We have yet to have our internet connected at our new house-- so there may be a slight delay in posting.