Alpo Flavored Birthday Wishes

Someone is having a birthday in our house…

Watson turns three today!
On Monday I took him to get a birthday bath and his favorite treats at the Brookside Barkery & Bath. They have big tubs in the back of their store so you can hose off your large dog just like some kind of farm animal.

Watson tolerates it, but I love it. I normally give him a bath at home, but there is always the possibility he will leap from the tub and run through the house shaking water from his mane.

The Barkery also has big, super powered air dryers to get Wats all fluffed up.

And they have a selection of doggie colognes to help extend the life of the bath. I sprayed Watson down with one that is supposed to repel dirt. I doubt that anything can come between Watson and dirt, but he still smells pretty good.

Watson has been with us through some major life changes – first house, new city, a graduate degree, new jobs – and now preparing for a new family member. I don’t think Zach will ever fully understand the joy of having a fuzzy-faced companion to “cheer” you on in good times and bad. But I really am glad to have this  big goofy dog in our lives.

Happy Birthday, Watson!


Lucky genes.

It happened again! I won a contest. As I said before I truly never win and have been more like the antidote to my husband’s innate luckiness until I won a wonderful spring tote from a blog I regularly read.

Then Tastebud, a local foodie magazine I like, was having a giveaway for readers. The prizes were several different plants from Greenleaf Garden Services. One of the plants was a Knock Out Rose bush which is a variety that a landscaper had told us would be good for our yard.  So I sent in an email to enter into the contest and explained how lovely a Knock Out Rose would be on the side of our front yard.

And guess what?

Bam! I won again! I don’t have the plant yet; Greenleaf was nice enough to hang on to it until the weather is better for planting.

I am s o excited for this plant because we have two beautiful azalea bushes in front of our house that last through the spring and a rose bush on the side would be a great way to keep some bright color going through the summer. I am also excited because it was highly unlikely we would be spending much money on landscaping this year with the little guy on the way.

Thanks Tastebud and Greenleaf!

Zach’s explanation for my sudden reversal of unluckiness is that I am carrying his lucky genes in my uterus. If this theory is true I don’t have much longer with the luckiness and I maybe should find some other contests to enter quickly. But, just like Zach, I now have a sense of responsibility to use my luckiness wisely. I don’t want to misuse it or tarnish the lucky name in any way.

The good news is that of all the genes Zach and I could pass along to our little guy, luckiness is definitely on the “pros” list. Like father like son, I guess. And I’m just feeling pretty lucky to be linked to them.

Belly Photo

Here is the photo from 19 weeks and 2 days.

My BFF took this one and while I still don’t look very pregnant I also am not making any strange faces. My doctor says that I appear to have a long torso which is why the little guy has enough room without my belly growing too much.

More to come…

I have lots to report from the weekend and will be working on that tonight. Last week was busy for us and this week should be a little slower so I will get some more posts up. Just didn’t want to leave you hanging any longer…

Quick weekend rundown.

The week is flying by and I haven’t had much time to put together a post, but I want to at least give an update before I get too far behind.


My parents came and we had a nice time even though there was 6 inches of snow on the ground the whole weekend. We picked out a crib after a day of looking, but before buying we decided to think it over and search the internet for any information about this crib we may have missed. Zach discovered the exact same crib we wanted was available at an overstock store for $200 cheaper so we made a plan to get it during the week.

Mom and I did a little fabric shopping to get ideas for the baby’s room and had a slight disagreement about whether toile was girlie. I say it is. Case in point:

While cute, these do not fit my definition of manly. We tabled the discussion until Tuesday when we would know the gender of the future inhabitant of the room.

At the fabric store I bought this:

A friend of mine suggested using a dry erase board on the fridge to list out the week’s meal plan. I was filling her in on my lack of skill in grocery shopping and meal planning and she had some helpful tips. So far the menu really has helped us out this week and Zach has actually been referring to it.


I worked from home in the morning so that an installer could come put up our four new windows! Last summer I got some quotes on new windows and by winter we finally agreed that we needed something other than the 1949, single pane, original windows are house has. At least in the bedrooms. We did seven windows then and this time around we finished out the bedrooms and bathrooms so the baby has new windows! Zach is not excited at all by windows, but I am really enjoying them and the fact that ice doesn’t form on the inside of our bedroom windows any longer.

Zach spent the morning dragging his awesome friend Geoff and Geoff’s SUV to the overstock store to pick up our crib. Apparently this overstock warehouse is in a cave and has everything. Furniture, clothing, baby gear, food, etc. Both guys were amazed and want to return to really explore the selection. Zach was able to make a quick sweep of the place though and brought home not only the crib, but a $2 bag of “high quality” beef jerky and a baby baseball outfit for $1.25. Discount shopping man-style.

We have a lot of sorting, storing, and selling of furniture before we have room to assemble the crib, but here is what it will look like:

We wanted something simple and made with solid wood. This one converts to a toddler bed and day bed, but I hope this boy will stay in his crib for awhile. We have some scary stairs in our house that I am not ready to think about.

Also on Tuesday we had our sonogram, which you know. Besides finding out we are getting a little boy, we found out that all his little parts are there and are working. He is growing at a good rate and I have been able to feel him kicking because the placenta is in the back. This also means that Zach should be able to feel him kicking soon.

The best part was watching his little heart beat. We could see all four ventricles pumping away. It was really amazing. He was moving all over – flipping, punching his arms, and kicking his legs. The nurse had a hard time getting a photo of his feet because he kept wiggling around and she couldn’t get a straight-on picture of his face because he was so active. We did see him open and close his mouth a couple of times which was neat too. Zach said he spent most of the sonogram watching me watching the screen. He said he will remember that forever.

That night at the grocery store all I could see was mothers and their boys! I’m sure there were daughters there, but I just kept seeing these lanky teenage boys towering over the mothers they shopped with. We don’t have a whole lot of height in our families, but it is exciting to imagine what our boy will be like.


My aunt, uncle, and their three kids were in our area for a quick spring break trip. We got to met them for dinner last night which was great. We used to live a lot closer to them and so we saw more of them and I miss that. The kids are all growing up which is hard for me because somehow I can’t believe they are teenagers or soon-to-be teenagers. If they are teenagers then that makes me…old enough to have a baby I guess! I am the oldest cousin – 10 years between me and the next cousin – so I remember what each of them was like as a baby. It is hard watching them all get to that point where it isn’t OK to just rush at them and grab them up in a hug when I see them.

My aunt, uncle, and the kids created a checklist of skills that my boy cousins can pass on to their new second cousin. The list included the basics like fishing and creating annoying sounds, but also had more specific skills like mastering the “Irish Jig” which is my youngest cousin’s interpretation of a happy dance.

Tonight: We have been talking a little about names this week and did some more thinking tonight while watching basketball. We have ones we like, but we are not satisfied that we have found the right one yet. I think this will be a decision we consider for a long time.

***Update March 26,2010*** My aunt made a very good point in her comment than I forgot to mention. They asked me how big the baby was right now so the kids could imagine it. I told them he was about the size of a mango. Later when they were coming up with name ideas, of course the kids – the boys at least, I’m sure Lizzie would never say this – suggested Mango. What is family for if not to create embarrassing nicknames that linger long after your resemblance to said fruit or famous whale has passed? My Uncle Pat will be so proud that they have starting the teasing so soon.

It’s a…


I bet you are excited to find out that we are having…

A little girl!

or a little boy!

I bet you are dying to find out that you were right that it is a girl. That is what 65% of you thought.  I know I was nearly crazy with the anticipation of finding out if my motherly intuition was on track even though it was telling me the opposite of what you all thought.

Enough teasing! Zach and I just got back from the doctor. Well, first we called our parents, then we came home to let everyone know that we are having a…


Countdown to Contact with Baby

Now we are within 24 hours before we get to see our baby and learn a little more about him or her. And we hope, find out if it is a him or her! If you haven’t voted and you want to get in on the fun you better do it today because tomorrow afternoon there will be no more guessing! Go here to vote or see the poll.

I hope everything is going well in there and we are on track for a healthy baby. As much as I have tried to be calm and not worry, I have developed a routine of worrying about how the baby is doing a week before each appointment. It is just strange to only have contact once a month with this person who will have your full attention each day in less than six months.
That is all for now. I will post details about our weekend soon and tomorrow let you know what we found out at the ultrasound!