Thursday, September 28, 2006

26 (almost 27) Weeks

I know I've already been through this whole pregnancy thing once, but I still find it so fascinating to read about what goes on each week in utero. Call me crazy. So, courtesy of, here is what Cora is up to at the ripe young age of 26 weeks:

As Baby grows, space is getting tighter inside the womb. Baby now measures about 12.8 inches tall and probably weighs almost two pounds. Most of this weight is bone and tissue, because she still doesn't have much body fat. In fact, the main development of body fat doesn't really occur until late in the third trimester. Between now and week 29, your baby will have a growth spurt and gain another pound. (Thanks, because I haven't gained enough already)

Lots of other developments occur this week:
Baby is beginning to blink and open her eyes.
Eyelashes are beginning to grow.
Hair is continuing to grow on BabyƂ’s head.
To support her growing body, Baby's spine is getting stronger and more flexible.
Although she hasn't put on much fat, Baby is beginning to look a little plumper.

So exciting!

I had to go renew my gym membership today. I pay for it through my paycheck each month, which is nice - but it means I have to participate in this Abundant Life program. It's a cool program, but each year you have to get your body fat percent checked. Nothing like doing that when you are 6 months prego. I will not release the number for fear that all of you would fall out of your chairs, but let's just say I'll be ready to hit the gym come January. As for now, you can find me laying on the couch eating popcorn and watching good Thursday night TV. Not anywhere close to thetreadmilll.

Monday, September 25, 2006


Okay - I either need to blog as much as I used to, or quit all together b/c this blogging every 10-15 days stuff is ridiculous. Oh well, better than nothing I guess.

Let's see... what is going on with the Mayos...... nothing too much out of the ordinary! Here is a list - it's easier for me to think in terms of lists:

1. Kaitlyn got to enjoy the fair when it came to town. She rode this really huge ride that's like the Conquistador at Six Flags. She loved it. My eyes were closed the entire time. I just kept praying that James was holding her tight and that she wouldn't fly off. I enjoyed the roasted corn w/ lots of butter.

2. I spent all weekend working around the house. My mom even came down to help me clean out and organize my house. Yes. I could not do it alone. We got all of Kaitlyn's old clothes and toys out, hung curtains on her windows, and hung curtains to serve as her closet doors - since she doesn't have any closet doors.

3. I had an emotional break-down when I saw that my washing machine was dirty. You read that right. I opened the door to put a load in, noticed that the inside of the door was dirty, and starting crying. It was everything I could do to not become hysterical. Hi. I'm pregnant. Nice to meet you. Thank goodness my mom was here - she cleaned out my entire laundry area, cleaned off the top of the refrigerator, swept and mopped the floor, wiped off my kitchen cabinets, did the laundry..... I don't know if she was just being nice - or if she thought that if I saw one more thing that needed to be cleaned I would check myself into a mental hospital.

4. We got Kaitlyn's hair cut. I want it to grow out all one length, so we needed to cut a couple of inches off the back. It looks really cute. It sits right above her shoulders, and looks much healthier.

5. My TV shows are back! The Office was pretty funny - the gay stuff went a little far, but funny none-the-less. I loved Grey's too. McVet - don't you dare make me like you. I also watched 6 degrees. I think I'll stick with it for awhile. Anything by JJ Abrams has to be good, right?

6. Kaitlyn felt Cora move for the first time yesterday. She thought it was the neatest thing ever. I thought it was too.

7. We got to go on a "team building" retreat for work last week. We went to Ft. Worth to play paintball. Well, I didn't get to play - but me and the other prego in the office got to get pedicures! And then we all went to eat at PF Changs! It was SO GOOD. Good to get away from the office for awhile. Much needed I think.

8. I made my first Ebay purchase! We won the bidding for Cora's crib bedding. It's so pretty and I'm so excited to get it!

9. I have like 20 contractions a day. Is that normal? Just wondering... I may need to call the doctor about that. I never had these Braxton Hicks things with Kaitlyn, but I'm pretty sure that's what they are. Just a little concerned at the frequency of them.

10. Kaitlyn is the star student at school this week. We brought pictures, and her teacher makes a poster for her... I just love my sweet girl. There is nothing better than her hugs, smile, laughter, cartwheels, handstands, kisses, stories, prayers.... nothing better than being a mom.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

I mean, really?

I don't even know where to start. I haven't blogged in SO long. I've seriously contemplated giving it up. But... alas, here I am again.

James and I have been on vacation! I took 6 whole days off work. Man, did I need that! It was our five year anniversary - crazy. We decided to drop Kaitlyn off at my parents and head for the mountains. We spent 4 days in Ruidoso, New Mexico. It was wonderful! We had our own little cabin up there and just chilled out. We played golf, went to a casino (didn't win anything, but only lost $20), saw a movie, went on a hike, I got to read an entire book, saw lots of deer, did some shopping, ate yummy Italian and Mexican food, took naps, watched football.... it was a great time away. I was sure ready to see Kaitlyn though! I really miss that girl!

We got Kaitlyn and headed home on Monday night - then Kaitlyn got sick. Welcome home! She ran a fever, "threw it out" (threw up), for 2 days. I did take her to the doctor, but she is fine now. I'm glad she's feeling better, and I'm glad we were back when she got sick - not that my parent's couldn't have handled it, but I'm glad I was there to take care of her. She hardly ever gets sick.

James also had to go to the dentist when we got back. He's had broken tooth for awhile, but it really started hurting him while we were gone. So, he needs a root canal and a crown. Nice!

The fair is in town! Hopefully we will get to go tonight or tomorrow night. Kaitlyn loves riding rides and playing games.

She is still loving gymnastics. She does cartwheels and handstands ALL of the time. She's pretty good at them too!

James' little Butterflies soccer team is back in full effect! He had to miss their first game of the season last Saturday, but they won - so he was proud. This will be his 3rd season with these same girls. He loves it and I know they all love him - so here's to another fun run!

I'm still feeling pretty good - for the most part.. 25 weeks and counting. This little girl moves around ALL THE TIME. Way more than I remember Kaitlyn moving. Literally, all night she moves. That makes it very hard to sleep! My body just doesn't feel as strong this time around. Exercise is out of the question, and I'm way more uncomfortable. I know I will forget about all of this the second she is here, but it stinks right now! :)

I guess that's about it for now. I'll try and upload some pictures from our trip this afternoon or tomorrow. It really was beautiful!

One week from today.... Grey's Anatomy and The Office!!!!!!!