Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A baby BOY

Two ultrasounds later and we have photographic proof that there will be a little baby boy in the DiVerde household!!! And of course, there was only one heartbeat in there (so the other one we heard must have been my own)
We are very excited!!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Wait is almost over

My waiting to find out if Banjo’s a boy or a girl is almost over. I can’t wait to find out. Obviously I will be happy with a boy or a girl – it will just be nice to actually know for sure.

My parents are coming in for a visit and they’re arriving today. I have the ultrasound appointment tomorrow morning with the doctor. Pete’s going to that with me. The room is too small and cramped to fit me, Pete, my mom, my dad and the doctor. Before I knew when my doctor’s appointment was even scheduled I had made an appointment for a 3-D ultrasound at a place in Oak Park. It’s only $39 and that’s one my parents can go to. So I am having two ultrasounds tomorrow. I know it seems a little silly and excessive but I know I want the normal ultrasound that the doctor looks at to ensure everything is developing on target. And the 3-D ultrasound just sounds like it would be so cool. Plus my parents get to be involved which is tough because they live so far away.

They’re staying until Monday and while they’re here we’ll register for stuff at Babies R Us and maybe work on clearing out what is still my office but will soon be the nursery. I’m looking forward to a nice relaxing week with them. The only downside is that normally when my mom and I visit each other, we stay up late drinking wine and that will definitely be an activity I can’t partake in this year. Maybe Pete will be up for the task.

Nothing new…just getting tired of waking up every night at around 1:00 a.m. and not being able to fall back asleep. Pete says it’s because I’m getting too much sleep. I argue that 4 hours of sleep is not too much sleep. With almost a week off of work, I will try sleeping in to catch up on my sleep. I will save up as much sleep as I can now so that when Banjo’s born I can cash it in.

This will be Banjo’s first Thanksgiving. Thinking about food I have to get this bib for Banjo.

Monday, November 23, 2009


FINALLY I felt the baby kick (and not just flutters) . I'm not sure what I was expected but the little taps I was getting throughout the day weren't just gas. I realized they were kicks when we pulled out the doppler monitor and were listening around for the heartbeat (heard the one strong one at 150-ish and another lighter one which I'm guessing is an echo of my own slower heartrate). After we put the doppler away I was sitting there with my hands on my belly and maybe the prodding from the doppler instigated it but I felt something and I told Pete and it kept happening. We were wondering if Pete would be able to feel it too. He put his hand on my belly but not only could he not feel anything but the kicks stopped all together. I ate a peppermint patty candy and the sugar must have stirred something up because there were more kicks and a few were strong enough for Pete to actually feel it! It's not strong enough to see but it a great feeling. And now I can stop whining about not feeling any kicks!

Samson is acting more like his normal self so these must be some potent meds. He wanted to be part of the belly picture.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Good Samson news

So we got back from the vet and the good news is that Samson has an infection. So he's going on antibiotics which should take care of the urinating and excess drinking of water. It is so much easier to treat a medical issue than a behavioral issue. I feel terrible that he's sick but beyond relieved that there is a solution in sight. Yay!!!

I had my prenatal yoga class this morning. I missed it last week because of the furniture delivery and I really love going to that class. The stretches feel great and one of my favorite times is when we sit with our hands on our bellies and just kind of connect with baby. It's so peaceful and special (and corny, I know).

I had my normal insomnia last night but I got so much sleep last night and slept in today. I am trying to relish and enjoy every moment of sleep I get now so I later I can look back and go "Remember what it felt like to sleep? Sleep was great"

I took an odd old wives tale test to predict the baby's gender and it had the normal questions like what's the baby's heartbeat and are you carrying high or low and do you prefer salty or sweet but it also had weird questions like does your pillow face north or south, do you like to eat the heel of bread, does your mother have gray hair? Seriously? Anyway, that test said it's about 67% sure I'm having a girl. Then there's my friend, Carol, who thinks I'm having a boy based on the most recent baby births in our office. Two boys, then two girls and since the most recent birth was a boy then I will have a boy to keep the pattern going. My mom thinks it's a girl - because she just knows. :) We'll see soon enough!!

Friday, November 20, 2009

21 weeks

So Banjo is now the size of a banana. Average size is at this time is 10 ½” long and 12.7 ounces. Still no kicking and last night after using the Doppler again there was only one solid heartbeat, no other mystery echo heartbeats floating around, so that’s good.

I’ve recently observed a disturbing thing. My backside is getting as big as my front side. I’m curious how much weight I will have gained at my next doctor’s visit on Wednesday – hopefully it’s not too much. I think all of the cookies and chocolate have decided to hang out on my thighs and butt and all of the nutritious foods are going to my belly. I’ve also decided there are way too many mirrors in my bathroom around the shower area.

I had a not so pleasant surprise this morning during my 1:00 am bout of insomnia. Turns out Samson peed in the dining room again. This has been a very disturbing trend and I’ve gone from feeling mad to hopeless. It all started on November 2. Prior to that, he was house trained and the only time he messed in the house at all was in the basement on the carpet. Our solution to the basement issue was to use a baby gate that blocked his access unless we were with him. I’d heard that carpet feels good to a dog and reminds them of the softness of the grass outside so it is common to have accidents on the carpet. After putting up the gate, he hadn’t messed in the house in months. Then beginning November 1, he started urinating or pooping in the same spot in the dining room. It was on hardwood floor, so not a huge deal to clean up but still very annoying and not a habit we want him to have. Unfortunately there were several changes that had occurred at the same time that may have affected him behaviorally which instigated this unfortunate trend. I have an appointment with the vet tomorrow to rule out any medical issues for this behavior. The things that changed are:
1. We went away for the weekend and boarded him at doggy daycare. He’s not in a cage all day when he’s there. There’s a certain amount of time that he runs free in their fenced in play area with other dogs. They also have nap time in the middle of the day and time when they’re sleeping. He’s been there before and not had any issues. We were gone from October 30 – November 1.
2. Our dog walker was out of commission for 2 weeks and his first day back was November 2.
3. We changed his food from regular size to large size dog. This may have had something to do with his pooping in the house as he adjusted to the new food (unfortunately we did not mix his food with the older food to the new food gradually). One change we made is to take him outside to poop 20 – 30 minutes after he’s eaten. When we do this, it seems to have eliminated his pooping inside the house.
4. He went from sleeping with me to sleeping alone. About 2 months ago when my insomnia got really bad I started sleeping in the spare bedroom because our box springs were killing my back and Pete’s snoring was keeping me up and I was tossing so much I was keeping him awake. I allowed Samson to sleep in the spare bedroom with me instead of in his crate. He was doing this for about 2 weeks and there were no issues with messing in the house. We got a new bed frame and I started sleeping in my own bed again but not putting Samson in his crate on November 1. Since then, my insomnia has come back and I’ve stayed in the spare bedroom some more and allowed Samson there with me. 90% of the time he did not mess in the house at all.
So I don’t know what it’s related to. He used to have such a normal routine that I was spoiled with his habits. On weekdays I wake up between 5:30 - 6:00 and give him a walk. He would pee and poop outside. When we got back, I would feed him at about 6:30. Pete would take him out to pee at about 8:00 before going in his crate. The dog walker would come over at about 3:30 or 4:00 and walk him between 30 – 60 minutes. He would always pee and poop during this walk. I would get home from work around 6:00 and take him out to pee. I’d take him out again before bed and he’d pee and be fine until morning.
He has been drinking more water than normal which I will bring up to the vet but he is so off schedule now I don’t know what to do. I’ve gone back to my housebreaking tips such as giving him a treat every single time he pees and poops outside and praising him. I will also try to take him out every 3 hours when we’re home and continue with the scheduled poop trips no more than 30 minutes after he eats. He is always going in the same spot in the house and there’s no easy way to block it off especially now that we have our new furniture. So we’ll see what the vet says and I’ll try to not hate my dog even though I’m going through paper towels like crazy. I’ve tried using Nature’s Miracle on the spots as well and it doesn’t matter.

I’ve read some articles online about dogs and cats being able to sense when their owner is pregnant and they have been known to exhibit strange behavior such as being over-protective or urinating in the house. Has anyone experienced or heard of this before?

I really want this resolved as soon as possible (obviously) so any advice or tips are greatly appreciated.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Link to a giveaway

Thanks to Sarah, I now have Red Hot Chili Peppers in my head.
Check out her blog, leave a comment and you may win something. What will you win? Something fabulous but you have to go check it out to see what it is.
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Dance Peanut

Tater tots

Tater tots solve everything. Seriously. I thought I lost my ipod today. I couldn't find it anywhere on my desk or in my bag so I was alternating between someone stealing it or I left it on the train or maybe it was on the kitchen countertop at home. I had tater tots for lunch and I found my ipod. (It was in my bag buried beneath something)
I am not moody at all today - thank you tots. Maybe there is a correlation between hormone levels and tater tots. Kind of like chocolate and pms. I bet someone would be willing to do a study on that. Sign me up.

I spent some time doing a google search on can an ultrasound miss finding a twin and found too many results when women didn't find out they had twins until the week 20 ultrasound even though they had previous ultrasounds. None of them specified if they were the ultrasound on the belly or if they had internal ultrasounds. Basically I have less than a week to find out. I don't really think I'm carrying twins (I'm not nearly big enough) but it would be freakin hilarious wouldn't it? Pete, are you laughing with me? If you're freaking out, just have a tater tot and everything will look much better.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Ok, the hormones seem a little more normal now. Wanted to kill people earlier today (multiple people for different reasons but all very justified). Maybe now that I'm nice and full from lunch I am less stabby.

I am concerned that I'm still not feeling any kicks. I'm almost 21 weeks and nothing. Last night I had cramping so I pulled out the doppler monitor and had Pete find the heartbeat (he can find that thing so fast - he's a master). So we're listening to it and then moving the doppler around and then there's a different sound. And the doppler screen is actually working. It's gauging at 155 (which is what it always is in the doctor's office) instead of the too hard to pinpoint on the screen rate that jumps from 95 to 185. This "new" heartbeat was much faster and stronger than what we were listening to before. So Pete was appropriately freaked out and thought "oh no! TWINS" then we convinced ourselves that the slower sound we heard may have been an echo of something else (maybe my spleen or liver ha ha). We also tossed around the idea that the stronger heart rate was because Banjo was awake and moving around instead of sleeping. What's odd is that in the span of about 5 minutes, we heard the fast heartbeat and the slower heartbeat. I don't see any possible way after my last ultrasound that there was another baby hiding in there (I had an internal and external ultrasound). I also don't feel I'm big enough for twins. Well, we'll know in a week I guess. In the meantime, hey baby (or babies) please give me a kick or two so I know you're in there and ok.

On unrelated news, there was a health crisis in our office this morning because a coworker came into work with an active case of shingles. I already had chicken pox so I'm not at risk of getting chicken pox again. And from what I've read you don't get shingles from someone who has shingles but someone has shingles can give you chicken pox. The bad part about this is that his shingles are open lesions on his face that haven't scabbed over yet. So people in the office were understandably upset, particularly a few employees who never had chicken pox. I'm not freaking out about it too much(because enough coworkers already freaked out for me)and since I sit near him I moved my laptop to another cubicle farther away - just in case. He has since gone home and won't be in for the rest of the week. Am I under-reacting to this? Should I be more worried? Everything I read said that chicken pox is spread through the air but that shingles is only passed by contact. Well, I didn't go anywhere near him and I've been washing my hands more than normal and using hand sanitizer. Also had Lysol sprayed around my cube, his cube and the surrounding area. I think I'm safe. Does anyone have any knowledge of if and how dangerous my limited exposure is?

On to happier news, my skin has finally cleared up (knock on wood) and my hair is getting thicker again. These hormone things are wacked!


It's been a few days since I posted (so much for trying to get back on the "a post a day" track). No real reason for not posting but I have been so hormonal lately. The good thing is I'm aware of it (good for Pete, ha ha). I thought the 2nd trimester was going to be all sunshine and roses but I guess that was a short lived 2 weeks. Now it's tears and insomnia. Both for absolutely NO reason. Well, maybe it's a vicious cycle. I'm hormonal because I'm tired and I'm tired because I'm hormonal.
We got our dining room set (with way less drama than the nursery furniture delivery) but still not incident-free. The delivery calls beforehand and showed up when they were supposed to but the glass shelves were broken (glad they checked) and they said they'd deliver new shelves on Thursday. Yesterday I came home and the neighbor brought in the shelves for me - wrapped in a moving blanket, unbroken but there were only three shelves (not four) and no hardware. So I have to call and wait for them to come back again. After a year and a half with no dining room furniture at all I am anxious to finally be able to take my china out of the box it's sitting in.
So my goal today is to have minimal tears and get a good night's sleep tonight. Last night the insomnia only kept me awake for about an hour at 1 am so that's not too bad.

Friday, November 13, 2009


Today I am officially 20 weeks pregnant! Woo hoo!!! Halfway there!! Now that I’ve reached this milestone I’ve been waiting for there are a few more I’m anticipating as well. In a week and a half I will have 2 ultrasounds to find out if Banjo’s a boy or a girl. Then I’m also looking forward to those hard little kicks. I felt those flutters for awhile and then I stopped feeling them (but I’m not freaking out about it) and I can’t wait to feel those lil feet or fists poking my belly. I’m sure in a few months I may not be so overjoyed at those prods and pokes but as of now I’m really looking forward to them.

So far, my other big deal milestones have been the following:
Positive pregnancy test
First doctor’s appointment
First ultrasound
Prenatal yoga classes
Going to Baby Expos
Browsing through baby stores and looking for things for my baby for the first time (I’ve obviously been in baby stores before buying things for family and friends)
End of first trimester
End of wearing any of my old pants and only wearing pants with elastic, drawstrings or a big black band of material to stretch over my belly
Buying new bras
Picking out baby furniture
Receiving baby furniture

It seems like there are so many Firsts in the beginning of the pregnancy and then it sounds like in turns into a lot of waiting and getting fatter. Even in the pregnancy books describing what happens each week, there are huge changes each week in the beginning where it describes the baby’s development and what organs are growing and what significant changes are happening like taste buds and able to hear and so on. But it sounds like from now on, everything just keeps growing. I guess my next baby milestone will be 25 weeks which is the earliest possible time the baby could have a chance of living if born early. Then the 37 week mark for being born premature.

But I also have the baby shower to look forward to and decorating the nursery and other fun stuff. Plus things like forgetting what my feet look like (which means I’ll just have to get pedicures), a sore back (which means I’ll need to get massages), getting more out of breath from walking up the stairs (which means Pete will have to carry the laundry from the basement). Hmmm, not so bad. I’m not one to pull the pregnancy card to get out of things. I’m curious how long that will last!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

World's Finest Chocolates

Some motivated kid was in the office selling that fundraising chocolate - world's finest chocolate. The one that comes in almond, caramel, crisp or plain chocolate. He dared to not walk to my desk and ask me if I wanted any. I made a "casual" trip down the hallway stalking the poor kid so I could buy some chocolate. I bought one of each except for the almond, bleh. If he's smart, he'll be back tomorrow.

Totally unrelated is the question on how healthy is my immune system since I just spent 4 hours locked in a conference room with about 4 sick people coughing, sneezing, hacking and sharing their ickies. Purell hand sanitizer is my best friend today. Sitting on the train twice a day must be building up my immunity. It doesn't help that the contractor who came over last night was telling us about his friend whose wife is pregnant and she just died from the flu. Yup, less than 5 minutes after Pete and I tell this guy I'm pregnant that he shares that lovely story of how the mom-to-be and baby both died. This is when filters come in handy. For the record, I do not want to hear ANYBODY's horror stories about bad deliveries that either happened to themself or a friend or a cousin of a friend. If I want to be terrified, there are enough shows on TV that tell complicated delivery stories. I can also find them online if I like. I've requested that Pete read the chapters in my pregnancy books on "Concerns and Complications." We will address whatever happens as it happens but I don't need to hear horror stories and start freaking out about things now. It's bad enough I'm afraid my uterus will fall out!

On that note, time for some candy.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Sleep and chocolate

5 hours of sleep isn’t enough for me. I’m going to bed early tonight. Snoring, leg cramps, allergies and anxiety kept me up last night. Luckily, no heartburn lately so I will blame the Chinese food on Saturday night. But when it happens again (as I’m sure it will) I will be prepared. Part of what was keeping me awake last night was obsessing over things on my list. It’s funny how in the light of day, it’s never as bad as it is at 3 am. Just think how much I’ll sleep when I have an actual baby to take care of and worry about rather than obsess over stupid things on a list (like get leather dog leash fixed, scan pictures, organize jewelry, etc). I usually have a half cup of coffee at home before I go to work and another little bit of coffee (mixed with decaf) once I get to work. I decided against the work coffee today due to my jittery nerves. I had some chamomile tea which helped.

My sweet tooth is starting to get the best of me. I don’t think I’m gaining much but every day I eat chocolate cookies and a bowl of ice cream with chocolate syrup. That’s my after work and after dinner snack. It could be worse. Then the chocolate cookie bug bit me today at work and I bought a container of Chips Ahoy. I didn’t finish them though, so that’s good! I’m still eating healthy things like my standard breakfast of yogurt and oatmeal. My morning snacks were an apple and some string cheese. But if I had my way I could eat a whole tray of chocolate chip cookies. Oh! But I have very exciting news!! My fudge craving will be met this Saturday when my friend, Marcos, brings over some of his homemade Brazilian fudge. So I won’t have to wait until A) Pete uses the recipe my dad sent for his chocolate marshmallow fudge or B) my dad makes it for me in person when my parents come in for Thanksgiving. Yay for Marcos!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Belly at 19 weeks

Look, I do still have a waist!

Banjo is the size of a mango now.


I feel much better today than yesterday. No tears and no heartburn or acid reflux. I’ve had to rewrite my to do list because I didn’t get nearly as much done over the weekend as I would have liked. But it also forced me to reprioritize and I realized there are some things I don’t need to stress out about. So we decided we are not even going to think about painting the dining room until after Christmas. The weekends are already getting filled up and we need to uninterrupted days to paint and there just don’t seem to be any. The current colors aren’t terrible – they’re just not what we want to keep forever. I will have to empty out the current sideboard that’s in there anyway so it doesn’t matter whether I do it now or later. And one less thing to worry about right now is always good.

One thing worrying me is I think Samson may have a urinary tract infection. He’s been drinking more than normal and he’s been peeing in the house. It’s not like a little bit – it’s a huge pile that takes about a half roll of paper towels to clean up. So he has a vet appointment this Wednesday. I hope it’s something that can be treated with pills and that it isn’t diabetes. When I saw the mess he left Sunday morning – one hour after I walked him and he went outside, I almost lost it. I was so mad. I went upstairs and hooked up my Doppler monitor and the woosh woosh of my little Banjo calmed me down.

Today – for the first time in awhile I’m thinking maybe Banjo is a boy again. No reason…just having boy vibes today. Maybe it’s because Ann went on the guess the gender baby poll and voted for Boy about 3 or 4 times. She was surprised that it let you vote more than once. I thought maybe the honesty policy would apply but then realized I’m talking about Ann and it could have been one of her other personalities voting those other times. What will I have to wonder and worry about once I finally know the baby’s gender??!! Oh, I’m sure I’ll think of something.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

2nd trimester stopped being fun today

I hope this is just a hiccup and not what the rest of this trimester is going to be like. I woke up feeling sick and nauseous fighting the urge to throw up. I've never experienced acid reflux before but based on my symptoms I can't imagine it was anything else. I was pretty worthless most of the day feeling crappy. On top of it my hormones decided to go haywire and I kept crying for no reason at all. The good thing is that I was aware that it was hormones and could give Pete a heads up. So I stood there crying while making chili for dinner (in hindsight, probably no the best thing to make considering how I was feeling). I did learn that milk helps the acid reflux though. I also learned that normally a hug from my husband makes me feel better when I'm upset but when I'm crying for no reason at all nothing seems to help.
I'm going to consider today a learning experience and stay positive that I can grasp some more of that 2nd trimester mojo that had me feeling so good in the last several weeks.
In less than a week I'll be at the 20 week mark and halfway through this pregnancy. And in about 2 weeks, I'll hopefully be able to find out the baby's gender.
I have pictures to post but I'm going to post them tomorrow. Hopefully sleep will help.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Furniture has arrived!

The furniture arrived and I am so relived to not have to deal with that delivery company again! It looks great. It's all cramped in the room since I still have ,most of my office furniture still in there. We'll have to rearrange stuff soon. We're waiting to paint since we don't know the baby's gender yet. Hopefully we'll be able to find out the day before Thanksgiving. I'm still leaning towards girl but I don't care - I'm looking forward to meeting this lil one soon enough.

Going for Chinese tonight. I'm feeling a little off tonight so that will be fun. I'm feeling a little off today...a little dizzy and little light headed so I've been taking it easy. Plenty to do and I'll tackle my to do list tomorrow!

Friday, November 6, 2009


I did get a call from the delivery company without having to harass them. They will be there tomorrow between 10 and 2. I will be relieved when this is done.

I'm officially 19 weeks pregnant now. I'm almost at the 20 week, halfway mark. Wow. I know I have a long way to go but it seems like it's already gone by so fast. I'm not in panic mode at all but I have been making many lists. I know they're sometimes excessive (stop laughing, Pete) but my lists keep me sane. Even if I have 3 different lists with some of the same things on them and not one list ever seems to get finished before I'm already starting a new one. Of course I have lists of things I want to get done before the baby's born. The majority of items are baby related but there are also non-baby related items (like painting the dining room and turning the empty room upstairs into the master closet, etc.)I don't know how many of these things will actually get done. The baby related things are pretty important, things like install the car seat and register at Babies R Us. I also have many months to get these items completed which is much more manageable than my weekend lists of about 30 tasks.

No furniture update

The charming man I spoke to on Wednesday assured me they would be calling me on Thursday to confirm a time when they will be delivering the furniture on Saturday. I am so suprised that I haven't heard back from anyone. No, really, I'm shocked. I guess I'll wait until about lunchtime and try calling them again. After all, I have about 12 different phone numbers from my calling frenzy on Wednesday.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Dopplers and delivery woes

I’m going to try to get back to blogging every day. Especially since it’s blog every day month NaBloPoMo. I don’t have the patience or time to participate in NaNoWriMo but I think I can handle a post a day. I have a few to catch up on so I can have 30 posts this month.

I’m feeling good. My big news is that I ordered the Doppler monitor and it arrived yesterday!! I was excited and nervous but Pete found Banjo’s heartbeat right away. I think I may have gone a little overboard applying the gel (and oo, it was cold. It’s much nicer in the doctor’s office when they have it sitting in a little gel warmer) but I’ll use less next time. The monitor wasn’t displaying the actual heartbeat rate correctly. It seemed to jump around the 70’s and 80’s which I know is too low and it wasn’t actually beating that slow. A few times, I registered at about 155 and then 160 (which is line with what it’s been in the doctor’s office) but Banjo was moving around a lot so we had to keep moving the monitor to catch. What a cool whoosh whoosh sound to hear. It’s just so peaceful and comforting to hear it. I’m glad I heard it first in the doctor’s office because I’m not sure I would know what I was listening for.

The other big news is that the nursery furniture should be delivered this Saturday. After a great deal of frustration with the local delivery company trying to schedule this, hopefully this will be resolved when they show up on Saturday. I originally received a call from JC Penney’s last week letting me know I would be getting a call from the local delivery company to schedule the delivery. I tried to stall a bit because we’re not quite ready to receive the furniture yet but they wanted to get this thing delivered. Ok, I understand that. They gave me the number of who would be contacting me – 630-510-8187. I received a call from them and they wanted to deliver it this Wednesday between 3:00 and 5:00 pm. I explained that Pete and I both work and told them I’d have to look into other arrangements and that I’d get back to them. They said they did NOT have deliveries on Saturdays and the latest they could schedule something on a weekday was in the 3:00 – 7:00 window. They called me again the next day and I tried to call them back but there was an issue with their phone. Marci doesn’t have to work this Friday so she offered to be there for the delivery on Friday between noon and 3. Ok, great…problem solved. Yeah, problem solved except for the fact that every time I tried to call them this past Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday I heard an automated message that says “please enter the extension of who you want to talk to or if you don’t know the extension, press 00.” If you press 00 you hear the exact same message so you’re stuck in a loop. If you hit it enough times you can leave a message in their general mailbox. I left several messages and never heard from anyone. That number was for the local trucking company. Since I had no luck getting a hold of them, on Tuesday I called the original JC Penney number who originally called me about the delivery. They were trying to be helpful and when I talked to them they submitted a message to the delivery company and were surprised I never heard back. They also told me they’ve had several other complaints about them in the last 2 days. I ended up getting transferred a bunch of times within JCP (because I wasn’t willing to let this sit until I got transferred to someone who could help me). I finally talked to someone who gave me the phone number for the JCP shipping hub – Ceva trucking. The receptionist was rude and as soon as she heard the words “JC Penn” she transferred me to someone’s voicemail. I called back and she sent me to someone else’s voicemail. I called back AGAIN and was rude and said I didn’t want someone’s voicemail – I wanted this resolved. I stayed on hold until I talked to a rude guy and I tried to explain to him the problems I was having and after he said that he didn’t know why I was calling that 630 number that this was the only number I should have called. We arranged the Saturday delivery (I told him the person I talked to said they couldn’t do Saturday delivery) and then he said “see how easy it is when you call the right number?” Grrr Arrrgh. Terrible customer service and I’m not even confident that they will show up on Saturday.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Week 18

At 18 weeks, Banjo is now the size of a sweet potato.

We had a great babymoon weekend. Galena was beautiful – a little colder than we expected but we had a great time checking out the town, the shops and walking around. We toured some old houses and mansions and the b&b we stayed at was perfect. I was worried about staying at a b&b because I didn’t want to feel like I had to be social to the owners and the guests and was afraid I’d have to check in with them on what our plans were. That wasn’t the case at all. We had breakfast with them (which was delicious) and they were there to answer questions but that was about it. They were very outgoing and knowledgeable of the area. The Balloon Glow was canceled because it was too windy but we still went to the Halloween parade and the ghost walk. It was very relaxing and only 3 hours away. I think we’d definitely like to go back some day – but most likely a kid-free trip. I’m hoping we can find a babysitter for 2 nights in a few years.

Not too much going on baby-wise. Still not feeling those flutters again but after talking to the nurse I’m not as worried as I was last week. But I did order the Doppler monitor because with a little time I know I’ll start worrying (and probably panicking) again. I’m sleeping better which I know won’t last so I’m trying to relish each lovely moment of sleep. I know one day I will look back and want to remember what good uninterrupted sleep felt like. As I get bigger, I’ve heard sleep becomes more of an issue.

I got a great care package in the mail on Friday from my mom. She knitted me some “magical slippers” as she calls them. They’re pink and blue and white and she told me to wear them and then think really hard on what the gender is and I’ll magically know what it is. I think she sewed in some baby girl mojo into those slippers because she is convinced that Banjo is a girl. The majority seems to concur that it’s a girl. 71% of the votes on the poll voted for a girl. I also took some silly online quizzes based on how I’m feeling, what I’m craving, etc. and that along with the Chinese gender predictor say it’s a girl. 3 weeks is such a long time to wait to find out – there’s no way I could wait until April!