The Dawleys

Sunday, January 31, 2010

30 Weeks!

Yesterday we finished our prepared childbirth class at the hospital. This was a 2-Saturday class that was a total of 8.5 hours. A lot of the information was pretty boring to us, but we did learn a few things such as proper carseat installation and some really great calming tips from the book "The Happiest Baby on the Block." We also got to see the hospital rooms and they are very nice! The hospital was built in 2004 and I saw the rooms last year when visiting a friend and thought they were really nice. Apparently those are now the old rooms. A new maternity wing just opened up this year so the room we will have is even nicer and they are huge! Dave was most impressed with the flat screen TV and the menu. :) The hospital has room service so you can order food anytime you want. Breakfast for dinner? No problem! Although I'm sure he won't care about the TV or the food as much as he thinks he will. :)

Dave had to travel to Warroad, MN today as he does every February for Marvin Window Training. It is very lonely without him especially because in the past few weeks I have become very needy and clingy with him. Gotta love the hormones! I am hoping the next few days fly by and am sadly looking forward to work tomorrow!!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Big Spenders

Nothing too exciting going on here this week so I figured I would post a picture of our new fridge since our 1.5 year-old just-out-of-warranty fridge decided to go out on us!



This week we also purchased the travel system and a convertible car seat (that can be used from 5 lbs to 100lbs!). Looks like all we have left to buy is the pack-n-play, bathtub, and diaper pail! Pretty good considering we still have about 11 weeks to go!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Third Trimester!

I am now officially in the third trimester! It seems like it has taken forever to get here. Hard to believe that in about 12 weeks, she will be here! I have been feeling pretty good except I am already starting to get uncomfortable. Besides the normal back pain and sciatica, I have been getting pretty bad pain under my right rib which wraps around to my back, which is apparently just due to organs and everything being pushed under my ribs. Seems a little early for me to be feeling like this. It's all worth it though just to feel her move around all day. :) This weekend we hung up some of the pictures on her wall. Things are really starting to come together!
Here are some pictures:





And here is a picture of me at 27 weeks:



Other than that, we have just been trying to take care of things we need to do before Ella arrives. I mailed my last homework assignments and took my last test for the online Medical Coding and Billing program so that is finally done! Unfortunately I am not sure at this point if I will even use the certificate because my current job is so flexible when it comes to families. They seem to understand that families come before a job so it's no problem to leave early or do a little work from home or make up time on the weekend if you have to take care of a sick child or something. Not to mention, I would be taking a pretty big pay cut until I gain experience in Medical Coding and Billing. I am definitely going to keep my eyes open for job openings at the hospitals in town though. If anything, I'm just glad I have the peace of mind that I have something to fall back on if I need it (although URS is one of the few companies that is still growing like crazy in this economy). Besides finishing that program, we also just mailed off a check to pay off Dave's truck. It's so nice to know that we will only have one car payment! Also, Dave painted the hallway today. It was the only thing in the house that we haven't painted and it really needed it! It looks so much better now.
The weather is finally starting to change for the better here. There's going to be a real heat wave this week - temperatures in the 20s and even reaching freezing a few days! I am so ready for Spring and for all of the ice and dirty snow to melt! For now I just have this beautiful fragrant hyacinth plant in the house to remind me of warmer days! :)

Monday, January 4, 2010

Our New Blog

I have decided to create a family blog so that when Ella arrives, our family that lives far away can stay up-to-date on what's going on with us. I know I enjoy reading my sister's blog and seeing pictures of her sweet little girls so I would like to do the same thing. A warning though, until Ella arrives, this blog could be pretty boring. :)
Is anyone else finding it hard to believe that it's 2010? I am just trying to grasp that it is a new year and a new decade and our lives will be forever changed in about 3 months! It is hard to believe! This past decade seems to have flown by. It is crazy to think of how much my life has changed since 2000. High school, college, getting married, relocating to Nebraska, and a lot of growing up! I can't wait to see what this next decade brings. I just hope it doesn't fly by as fast!
Things have been pretty lazy around our house with the holidays, 2 recent blizzards, and the below freezing temperatures (the temperature this morning was -25!!). It's hard to want to leave the house when the temperatures are that cold so we've been spending lots of lazy time at home! This past weekend was spent watching almost an entire season of the TV show Fringe on DVD (a show I think Chris would love because it reminds me a lot of the X-Files). We also spent a lot of time in the kitchen. Dave made shrimp, chicken, and crab gumbo for himself and I made a creamy chickpea pasta sauce served over spaghetti. I also made hummus, hot artichoke dip, lemon blueberry cake, and kale chips over the long weekend!
Now we are just trying to get back in the swing of things at work. This will be the first full week Dave and I have worked since the first week of December due to the holidays and bad weather...and 5-8 more inches of snow is expected on Wednesday. This is supposedly the worst winter in Omaha since 1912! I hope all of you are staying a little bit warmer. :)