Friday, October 24, 2008

Tag, Belly, and a Contest!!

Well, Joanna tagged me, which I'm not sure is totally kosher since we are here on the same blog, but I've never been tagged before and it seems kind of fun, so I'll do it.

10 years ago: I was married just a year and a half, living in a tiny town in Ohio and teaching PE in one Christian school, piano in a montessori school, and running my own piano studio out of our home. I had just been in a car accident that left me with nerve damage and stuck in bed on disability for an entire month, unable to use my hands at all or feel my hands or feet. Sometime, I'll have to blog the whole story, because God healed me miraculously when I went to the elders of my church and they prayed over me and annointed me with oil. An amazing testimony to God's power and his faithfulness to do what he says he will do when we do what he tells us to do. (Did that make any sense at all??)

Things on today's to do list:

  • school
  • finish the four embroidered blankets I started yesterday
  • Do some heavy cleaning in my kitchen (a friend is coiming over to help me with this!)
  • get milk from store (very ambitious, I know. But hey, I'm 9 months pregnant - it is ambitious!)
  • Put feet up at some point
Snacks I enjoy:
  • clementine tangerines
  • milkshakes
  • cereal
  • guacamole
Five things I'd do if I were a millionaire:

  • Tithe (I put this because others are mentioning it, but I do it now, so is it really something that fits this category??)
  • Pay off my house
  • Invest more
  • Set up a trust to better fund our favorite charities
  • Make sure my children never have college debt
Places I have lived: Woodstock, IL; Oak Cliff, TX; Cedar Hill, TX; Duncanville, TX; Upland, IN; West Milton, OH; Arlington, TX; DeSoto, TX. Lots of Texas in there.

Jobs I've had:

  • Babysitting - lots and lots of babysitting.
  • Hand solderer and inspector at a printed circuit board manufacturing plant
  • Retail clerk at department store
  • teacher (piano, pe, music, computer, jr. high science & Bible, jr. high & high school English, speech, creative writing.)
  • Mom
I think I am only going to tag one other person - Shannon. She is a great friend of mine and new to blogging.

In other news, I'm going to have a baby soon. Yeah, yeah, you already knew that. I know, but it is on my mind since I cannot escape the looming reality. I think I finally snapped out of my denial that this little boy is coming soon last weekend. I hit 36 weeks, had a baby shower, and had my doctor chastize me for not being more prepared, since he found that I was dilating. Hmmm. Okay. So I came home and ordered a car seat, packed my bag, and got the nursery together. Oh, yeah, and pulled a ligament in my stomach because I did that all in about 24 hours. Fortunately, I had a prescription filled the day before for some great, strong pain medication that I need to sleep at night now that this boy's huge head is resting very, very low in my pelvis. (I know, too much information.) Even with narcotics, I could barely walk Tuesday. Ouch! Much better now, though.

To help you all understand the last post better, where I said I was suddenly getting many comments on my size, I give you this picture, taken at exactly 36 weeks. The day after I took this picture, I dropped significantly, and I think I've grown even more. At some point, this has to stop!

I'm officially huge. Actually, I think now is a great time to have a contest. I think we should all predict a few things here:

  • What day will this baby be born? (I am officially due Nov. 16)
  • How big will he be? (My others were 8lb. 14oz. and 8lb. 12oz. and both were 21 3/4 inches long.)

What do you think?? Leave your comments here and after he is born, I'll pick the person who came closest! I'll come up with a nifty prize for the winner soon and add it in. Right now, I cannot think clearly because my kids are loud. Maybe when they nap, I'll think again!

ETA: I have come up with a prize! I will go today and purchase the rest of the items I need for it and then post a picture, but here it is: The prize will be a collection of things that I am looking forward to enjoying once again after Andrew is born. Included will be

  • Bath salts: representing being able to sit (or in this case soak in the tub) for more than five minutes at a time without my backside falling asleep.
  • Nail polish: representing being able to paint my own toenails again! I normally keep them painted all the time...
  • Starbucks Gift Card ($5): the last time I tried to drink coffee (an iced coffee from Starbucks with dulce de leche syrup added - yum, yum) I got heartburn that lasted hours and hours and resisted all medication I threw at it! Needless to say, I haven't tried again.
  • White Chocolate Coconut bar: these are my absolute favorite indulgence. As a general rule, I don't eat sugar, but when I did (and occasionally now when I do) these are amazing. This bar will represent all the foods I currently am avoiding due to heartburn, which are mostly tomato based or spicy, but how fun is it to mail you a jar of spaghetti sauce?? :)

There it is! Worth playing for? Tell your friends - I love seeing your predictions! I will write down my prediction too, and photograph it for proof to see how well I can gauge my own growing belly! I won't post it until afterwards though. With my other two, I guessed more accurately than even the nurse who assisted with the delivery. As she was walking to the scale, she and the doctor both made guesses, then I did too. I was the closest by a good 8 oz!


Joanna said...

Okay, um, dude, you are HUGE. How does such a little person like you make such great big babies? I really enjoyed the picture! Wow! I'll try to stop complaining about my size now because I'm about half the size you are. Wow! I'm almost speechless.

I say...November 2 and 8lbs. 10oz.

Tina said...

WOW! I swear I saw the pic and thought 'holy cow she IS big'
BUT - you are ALL BELLY! how great is that??!!
How about Nov 5, 8lbs 13oz?

Meagan said...

I am going to go with Nov 6th cause that is Savannah's birthday and shes pretty great. And since she was 8 lbs 11 ounces and 21 inches long, I am going to go with that too.

Marie said...

I don't think *you're* huge, I think you're *belly* is huge! It's funny, cause when I cover your belly with my finger, you look skinny. Even Shane said so.

Meagan made the exact guesses I was going to! So, I'll go with Nov. 7th and 8 lbs. 15 oz.

Johanna said...

I told Jerry about this and he decided to make a guess. He said December 4, 14 lb., 1 oz. and 47 inches long. I can't repeat what I told him...

Anonymous said...

What a fun contest! And Jerry's comment--HAHAHA! I am guessing November 9, and 8 lbs. 7 oz. SO SOON!!! YAY!

Kainoa said...

Look at your You look glowing though! I am going to guess 9lbs. even! Good luck I will be thinking of you!

Kainoa said...

Opps I forgot the date...November 4th 9lbs.

Lawanda said...

Aww man, I got in late, and now my guess is already taken :-p

Ok, I will guess: November 10th and 9lbs 1 oz! :)

You already had some big ole babies!! :) They usually get bigger everytime, right? ;)

I think you look awesome. Miserable, but awesome! You don't look huge to me, the baby does, but you look little still!! :)

Terry @ Breathing Grace said...

8 pounds, 9 ounces on November 7th.