I Have a Six Month Old Son…WHAT?!?!

Anderson 6 month chalkboard

Time flies.  We’ve all heard the quote: The days are long but the months fly by.  It’s never been more true for me.  It seems like just yesterday I was pregnant.

How fitting that Michael Buble is playing right now.  Before I met Anderson this song meant so much to me.  The lyrics applying as closely to this little guy as anything.  I find it interesting that songs can mean so many different things to different people and even more to different stages of my own life.  I’ll hear a song I haven’t heard in a while and remember how it made me feel when I first heard it compared to the feelings it elicits now.

I just haven’t met you yet lyrics:

And I know some day that it’ll all turn out
You’ll make me work so we can work to work it out
And I promise you kid that I’ll give so much more than I get
I just haven’t met you yet

I might have to wait, I’ll never give up
I guess it’s half timing and the other half’s luck
Wherever you are, whenever it’s right
You’ll come out of nowhere and into my life

And I know that we can be so amazing
And baby your love is gonna change me
And now I can see every possibility

Somehow I know that it’ll all turn out
You’ll make me work so we can work to work it out
And promise you kid I’ll give so much more than I get
I just haven’t met you yet

They say all’s fair in love and war
But I won’t need to fight it
We’ll get it right and we’ll be united

And I know that we can be so amazing
And being in your life is gonna change me
And now I can see every single possibility

And someday I know it’ll all turn out
And I’ll work to work it out
Promise you kid I’ll give more than I get, than I get, than I get, than I get

I just haven’t met you yet
Oh promise you kid to give so much more than I get
I said love love love love love love love
I just haven’t met you yet
Yeah, I just haven’t met you yet

Before birth, I really thought I’d give him more than I get but the reality is he gives me so much more than I could have ever imagined.  They don’t prepare you to feel this deeply.  They don’t warn you that your heart might explode like the Grinch Who Stole Christmas.  They don’t warn you that with this love comes fear.  All of a sudden my life is worth so much more.  I’m a protector.  I’m a nourish-er.  I’m a mother.  I’m everything he needs to survive.  I hope this feeling lessens as time goes on.  I’m afraid it only grows stronger.

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I’ve seen a lot of posts lately about living in the moment and savoring what you have in the here and now.  I have yet to do this 100% of the time but this morning I found myself loving everything about that moment.

Anderson had just woke up after sleeping on his own for 11 hours straight and I brought him upstairs still in his whale print zippidy zip.  We sit down on the couch as he smiles up at me.  A look of total admiration.  As I lift my shirt he rocks his head back and forth opening his mouth in delight. Luxe comes to join in on the family bonding and snuggles as close as possible to us and begs for the blanket to cover her.  Mr. Wiggle Worm nuzzles in until he’s fully comfortable. As Anderson gets his fill after emptying his belly with night time dreams I feel his little eyelash stroke my skin and can’t help but be interrupted from my cell phone sleep/feed tracker.  I peer down at him and realize I made him.  I created him.  He’s mine.  He’s beautiful.  The sunlight through the trees kisses his face and his prickly little baby fuzz is illuminated. A tree moves and the light hugs his perfect button nose. His eyes meet mine.  His beautifully innocent eyes tell me he’s happy.  He’s safe.  He’s savoring this moment.  Perhaps not the same way as I am, but savoring nonetheless.  The coos and the slow stare make me curious about what goes on in his head.  What does he think about? Does he have regular thoughts?  Is he free of worry?  Or is it more about like’s and dislike’s? Happy’s and Sad’s? Instantly I’m brought back to the here and now as he pulls off and starts blowing breastmilk bubbles and I can’t help but laugh. He laughs with me showing off the matching dimple gifted to him by his father.  I’m in love with this little miracle.

Anderson Naked Bum

Being a Parent is Tough

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^My favorite Valentine!

I never thought I’d have so many highs and lows being a mother.  It’s strange how quickly I forget the lows.  The highs are just so much fun that I find myself basking in them like the first sunny day of the season.

Anderson is 4 1/2 months old now and we couldn’t be more proud of him.  Since birth everyone that sees him estimates him being much older than he is.  “He’s so alert for a newborn!” “Look at him smiling.” “his head is so round!” “He’s so strong!”  “But he’s holding his head up.” “Wow, he really likes to stand.” And the comments go on and on.  I like to think he’s strong and developed because I did CrossFit the entire pregnancy.  Reality is that he’s obviously got the LaRowe genes in him.  Daddy walked at 10 months.  I think we’ll have something similar.  Time to start baby-proofing the house now! 

I wish I would’ve been blogging more frequently since his birth but it’s hard to find the time.  I love him so much.  I take a MILLION photos of him and anyone that follows me on Instagram or is a friend of mine on Facebook can confirm that.  I only have 3 photos of me as a young kid/baby.  One at 1 month on Santa’s lap, one at 13 months on Santa’s lap, and one of me holding a pogo-stick wearing a marroon shirt with a picture of a hand holding up three fingers with the words: I am this many.  I wish there were more of me so instead of pining over it, I just make up for the lack of photo documentation by not missing a moment of Anderson’s life.

4 things that I LOVE about digital technology:

1. Sticky Gram.

2. Groove Book

3. Shutterfly

4. Costco Photo Center

5. Chalkboard

6. A Beautiful Mess Photo Editing App

1. Sticky Gram is a cool company that lets you turn your photos into magnets.  The most fun way is using the square photos from instagram.  They come printed about the same size as you view on your phone.  They are fun to decorate your fridge with as well as give as gifts.  You can get 9 for $14.99.  Sign up for their newsletter to get 40% off or buy 2 get 2 free.

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2. Groove Book.  I don’t know how they do it but they do.  For $2.99 you get 100 of your cell phone pictures printed and delivered.  You heard that right.  If you don’t watch Shark Tank you should.  They were featured on Shark Tank and got a sweat deal with Mark Cuban and Kevin O’Leary.  I downloaded the APP immediately (available on iPhone and Droid) and was surprised at how easy it is to use.  You can choose which photos you want printed and then you click submit and in about a week you get all 100 of your favorite photos from that month in the mail. Literally for $2.99.  If you want more than 100 photos a month, you can simply pay an additional $2.99 for more.  The quality of the photos isn’t amazing, but for 3 cents a pop, I was expecting much less.  I’ve already filled a few empty photo frames and added a couple to the fridge.  I LOVE this app and I hope they never change it.

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3.  Shutterfly. I’ve made about 6 photo books from Shutterfly.  In the begining their software was archaic and annoying to work with.  It continually gets better and better so I prefer to use them over any other site.  I make an annual photo book kind of like a year in review.  It is a way for me to actually have physical evidence of my digital life.  I LOVE how easy it is and that it’s very customizable.  I’ve also made books for our wedding, the baby, and our trip to Europe. I need to do 2013.  Next on my to-do list.  Also, if you sign up to be on their email list you constantly get 40% off.  Never pay full price!

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4. Costco.  I love Costco for the obvious reasons, but they are my go-to for printing high quality photos to place in albums.  I like their Matte finish and if you don’t like what you recieved they will ALWAYS take it back.  No questions asked.  LOVE it!

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5. Chalkboard.  I love doing updates using a chalkboard.  You can find a chalkboard almost anywhere.  Amazon has them but the better ones for similar prices are found at Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, or Ross.

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6. A Beautiful mess App.  This is my favorite app to add words and make photo collages.  It’s so user friendly and modern.  The filters on it aren’t great so edit your photos before hand. Then you can upload to the program and add words, pictures, frames and phrases.  It’s not free, but it’s worth it!

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 And my biggest mommy indulgence is Ellen!  I LOVE her show.  She’s hilarious and every day there’s something new to laugh about.  My favorite skit she does is sending her associate to work in random stores.  He messes with customers to the point of sheer and utter uncomfortability and then the relief comes when they finally say he’s just kidding and they’re on the Ellen show.  Makes me laugh every time!

Speaking of Ellen, I don’t get to watch Thursday and Fridays because I decided to come back to work part time.  I honestly didn’t think I would want to, but right when Anderson hit 4 months everything changed.  For him developmentally as well as me mentally.  All of a sudden I needed something different.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my son to the moon and back.  I thought the first day would be hard and that I’d bawl my eyes out but instead it flew by.  I came home and was refreshed and excited to see him.  It was getting to the point that I wanted a break from him and didn’t have anyone to pass him off to.  We got really lucky and found a nanny that is GLORIOUS. She knows more about babies than me and Anderson loves her.  If I had to put him in daycare I think It would be a different story.  I even trust her more than Trevor the first couple of weeks.  So she takes him on Thursday and Friday’s and Trevor has Daddy/Son day on Saturday’s.  I definitely enjoy the time away and by the time I don’t want to work anymore, I get 4 days in a row with my little angel.

I feel so scatterbrained right now like I have so many things to say and so little time to say them.  Much like eating lately…I have to down as much and as fast as I can before his naptime is up!  I’ve gotten faster at a lot of things by being a mom.  I can’t wait until time slows down a bit but I wonder if that will ever happen?

4 Weeks of Motherhood!

Motherhood in review

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Mom and baby

I can’t believe how quickly these past 4 weeks have flown by.  It seems like just yesterday I was begging for this little man to leave my giant belly! What a joy parenthood has been.  It’s been stressful and exhausting and exhilarating and full of laughter and tears.

What I didn’t realize was how hard the first few weeks postpartum would be.  Not because of adjusting to taking care of a baby or the lack of sleep, but because I went from incredibly independent to depending on others to accomplish simple tasks.  So here’s a list of things I DON’T MISS from weeks 1, 2, and 3:

-Needing help to go to the bathroom

-Ice covered lady pads (very soothing, but a pain)

-Passing large blood clots from my lady parts

-Needing someone to watch the baby so I can take a shower

-Not being able to move around freely

-The first bowel movement post delivery (OUCH!)

-My belly

-Feeling accomplished if I got my teeth brushed

I’m sure there are many more things that were a huge surprise to me in those early days, but my memory fails me right now.  What I do appreciate is all of the love and support from friends, family, and strangers.  It’s incredible how much a meal means to a new family.  How helpful it is for someone to offer to take Luxe for a walk, fold laundry, vacuum,  or unload the dishwasher.  Those small tasks go so far, especially in the early weeks.

I truly believe that God only gives us what we can handle.  And thank goodness because Anderson is an incredibly amazing baby.  I attribute my healthy eating and exercising as well as the fact that he over-cooked and I delivered him drug free, but he truly is a blessing!  He rarely cries, sleeps, eats, and poops like a champ and keeps me entertained for hours and hours at a time! He’s growing like a true LaRowe and is in the 95th-98th percentile for everything.  Breastfeeding came easy and waking up every 2-3 hours hasn’t bothered me whatsoever.  I’m one lucky mommy!

He also scares me too, when I don’t know what to do and have to make an emergency call to my sister! Or when his circumcision bled so much blood it filled his diaper and I had to burn his skin shut with silver nitrate.  Yeah, that wasn’t fun at all.  Or when he covers his mouth while sleeping.  Or when he pukes up what seems like 6 ounces of milk.  Or when he grunts and moans in the middle of the night.  Or when I’m walking him in the stroller and Luxe decides to chase a bird and we all go zooming forward/sideways.  Or when he blows out his diaper with the loudest fart ever.  Or when he screams because the newborn clothes and 0-3 months are too small to fit over his big head and I feel like I’m suffocating him.  Or when Luxe wants to over-lick his face, or eat my breastmilk.  Or when milk comes out Anderson’s nose.  Or when he’s sleeping on Daddy’s chest and Daddy falls asleep too and baby rolls over.  Yeah…those are the scary times.

But look how cute that face is!

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4 Week Update:

Age: Four weeks, Tomorrow is one month!

Stats: Haven’t had his 4 week checkup yet, but at 2 weeks he impressed the doctors!

Clothes: He only fit in newborn for a few days.  A lot of 0-3 Months are too small too.  He’s a BIG BOY!

Sleep: He started at one hour stretches, by 2 weeks he was up to 2 hours and now we are lucky if we get three hour stretches.

Feeding:  Momma’s milk.  About every two hours.  Currently we are working on a combo of “Baby Wise” and “Happiest Baby on the Block” to get feedings up to 3 hours and nightly sleeps longer than 2-2.5 hours. My milk is really abundant and sometimes I feel like I’m choking him.  Now that we are in week four it seems like it’s regulating a little bit better.  I’m still pumping once a day.  In the beginning I was getting upwards of 6 ounces from one pump session of less than 10 minutes, but the past few days now it’s down to 1-3 excess ounces.

Development: It seems like he changes so much every single day.  We got our newborn photos back from http://www.emilyhallphotography.com this week and he doesn’t even look like the same baby as he did on day five!  He’s so fun and super strong.  He’s holding his head really sturdily and starting to bear his body weight on his legs.

Favorite activities: Staring at the wall, momma, the TV, and lights. He also loves hearing daddy’s voice, and when I sing to him.

Least Favorite Activities: Between 7:00 & 11:00 PM he chooses one time to be fussy.  But we swaddle, swish, sway, suck, and shush him and he zonks out.

Signature Moves: Facial expressions.  He is FULL of them!

Mom’s Proudest Moment: In the morning when he’s super alert and happy.  He LOVES listening to my voice read him books and tell him stories.  What a joy!

Dad’s Proudest Moment: I haven’t asked Trevor, but I’m pretty sure it was the other night when Anderson was super sleepy but responsive to his voice.  It made Anderson smile for Dad multiple times and Trevor couldn’t stop laughing and made me get the camera to video tape it!

Other Milestones:  The last 5 days he’s started balding and losing his newborn skin. It’s pretty funny looking.  He had so much hair upfront and now it’s all gone like his Grandpa LaRowe!

Baths: Anderson has only had 2 baths. One on day 9 when we were in Vancouver, WA and grandma and Grandpa’s house.  He projectile vomited so we had no choice.  We did it in the kitchen sink and he LOVED it.  I did it similar to this calm bathing video on YouTube. It’s crazy how calm he was and how much relaxed and smiled and cooed.  The second bath was yesterday on day 28 when he blew out so much poop through his diaper and onto his onsie.  I did the same thing in the kitchen sink here and put him in his woombie towel afterword.  Such a happy boy!

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Weight: Over 10 pounds at his 2 week checkup

Height: 23.5 inches at his 2 week check up

Medical Issues: His circumcision, but it’s FINALLY all healed now

Diaper Size: Size 1.  He only lasted in newborn for a week.

Baby Gear Love: LOVE our Graco Click Connect Jogging Stroller.  It’s so maneuverable and easy to use. Also love baby carriers.  I used the Moby Wrap for the first time and I love how snug he is in it.  He passed out right away which was perfect for our dog walk.

Milestones/Firsts: Diaper blow out yesterday.  He’s peed alot on me and on grandpa’s mirror and multiple other things, but we haven’t had a poop soak into his clothes until yesterday.

Things I Don’t Want to Forget: His cute noises, funny faces, his first deep cry (At the doctor for his PP), his huge wrinkly hands and feet, and his adorable random smiles.  Those dimples are beyond words!

Nicknames: Buddy, Little Man, Dude

Random Notes: Note to self: I need to finish our birth story, send announcements, and thank you cards.

And now for a photo overload of his 1 month pictures:

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To the man that made me a mom

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Dear Trevor,
Words can’t begin to describe what you’ve become to me over the past 6 days. It’s hard to believe that only 7 days have passed since we began the 12 hour process of bringing this little miracle into our life. As my love for our baby grows, I find myself in awe of how deep my love for you blossoms. I’m tearing up as I think about everything you’ve done for me.

When we met, I had no idea what an impact you’d make on me and how much you would change my life for the better.  There’s no way I would be as happy as I am (and I’m super happy!) without you in my life.  You helped me put my life in order.  You taught me money management.  You taught me professionalism.  You taught me to be me all the time and never judged my oddities.  You showed me true unconditional love and you taught me to never give up.  All of these things came gift wrapped with with your irreplaceable family as the cake topper. Love breaks through the seams with the LaRanderson’s.   A family I love so deeply and miss every time we have to leave Vancouver.

You’ve given me life, and you’ve given me another life to share these same life-changing qualities with.

What you did for me in the birthing center is mind blowing.  I couldn’t imagine being in your shoes and able to be so calm and collected.  You coached me through the most trying time in my life and because of your support and love, we accomplished our goal of a natural, medication-free birth.  Even with a GIANT 14 inch noggin knocking  at the exit.  Bre and Chelsey and your Mom are so proud of you, and the fact that our partnership is so strong.  You had everything handled, everything under control.

It didn’t end in the birthing suite.  I expected you to crash from exhaustion, but your capabilities grew when we arrived home.  I’ve made it through nearly 5 days of motherhood at home because of your support.  Because you MAKE me rest. Because you take care of EVERYTHING.  How did I get so lucky?

I can name at least 10 women that have said they’d love a husband like you.

They can’t have you, but one day, another woman will be as lucky as I am to marry our Son Anderson because he will be raised with you as his father.

I love you to the moon and back and that love will never die! Thank you for making me a mom and thank you for being the best husband for me!

Thankfully,

Lindsay

41 Weeks OVERDUE

Baby, COME OUT!!!

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I love you, but you’ve overstayed your welcome.  Look how huge this belly is!  You’ve gotta be ready by now.  I mean honestly, what ARE you doing in there?  I still feel you moving and kicking around, so what’s the hold up?  Kick your way outta there!

Good news is that yesterday he did definitely ‘drop.’  Hopefully that means he’s ready soon.

41 weeks.  WOW.  I never thought I’d be creating a 41 week chalkboard.  I really thought the next one I made would be to welcome Anderson to our home.  Boy was I wrong.  Today we have a 1:00 appointment with the midwife.  This will be the first time they check to see if I’m dilated and/or effaced.  If I am, they will strip my membranes.  I’m hoping that starts contractions and labor.  If not, it’s back home to some couch time, long walks, baths, and yummy food.  Maybe I will go get a Mani/Pedi again if nothing progresses today.

Alright, 41 week questionnaire:

How far along are you? 41 weeks, day 1. How many days will I have to count into this week?
Gender: Boy!
Do you have a name? Anderson Hale LaRowe. 
Total weight gain/loss: 34 Pounds
Symptoms?! He’s definitely dropped.  No room for whooppee…
Any Morning Sickness? No thank goodness
Heartburn? No heartburn.
Maternity clothes? I’m down to only a few shirts that will cover this belly. I’ve had to improvise quite a lot.
Stretch Marks? Yep, below my belly button.  Little baby ones.  Nothing too scary, but they are definitely there.
Sleep? Last night was up and down a lot.  I drank almost 48 ounces of water throughout the night because I was constantly thirsty.
Pregnancy Dreams? Last night before bed we watched that new show: The Blacklist. It was kind of scary so I had some nightmarish dreams.  I had to put the relaxation CD on at 4:00 AM to get my mind off of it and back to sleep.
Any Fears? Yes, the longer he cooks the more I fear something could go wrong.  Like a slowing heartbeat, or a wrapped umbilical cord.
Best moment(s) this week: Spending more time with my hubby! He’s quick to give me a massage and I love that! 
Having any food cravings? Nope, just love milk, fruits, and veggies.
Is anything making you queasy or sick? Yeah, this little man not coming out and facing the world!
Missing anything? Regular clothes.
Are you feeling movement? Yep, lots of kicking in my upper uterus.  Like he’s kicking his way out. More pressure in my pelvis and hips too.  Hopefully that’s a good sign.
Any labor signs? He dropped!
Any Complications? Yeah, it’s September 24thth and I’m still pregnant.  A week late! Ugh!
Belly Button in or out? Out for sure.
Wedding rings on or off? Just wearing my band. 
Mood swings? Nah, still very blissful that we are going to be parents ANY.DAY.NOW!
What are you looking forward to? Breastfeeding!
Doctor’s Appt: Today at 1:00.
Ultrasound: no more.
Our Birth Plan: HypnoBirthing method.  Deep breathing, relaxation, and visualization.  It’s been nice lately and puts me to sleep really quickly. 
Any Baby Showers yet? Yep!
Family Dog? Luxe has been so much better the last few days.  She’s still protective of our house and people that intrude on ‘her space’ but she’s been hanging out with us and not hiding anymore.  That’s really good progress.  We’ve both been home a little bit more and taken her on extra walks.  I think she’s feeling more special than normal so it’s hopefully helping her temperament. She’s my favorite snuggler.  Yesterday she wouldn’t leave my side, just cuddling and licking and sleeping as close as possible to me.  I missed those days!  

Photo shoot time:

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I’m still pregnant!

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Tomorrow is 41 weeks. Nuts to think that I thought I’d have a 2 week old son by now. He’s definitely cozy in there and doesn’t show any signs of wanting to come out.

My sister’s all had most of their babies before their due date.  My little sister had all 3 at 39 weeks.  I was really anticipating that as a delivery date.  Anderson must have different plans.  The longer he takes the less help I’ll have at home after his birth date.  Trevor’s mom is going to help out right away but has to be back to Vancouver on October 1st.  That’s coming very quickly.  Come on little man!  Then my mom is coming to help, but won’t be here until mid October, so my husband might have to take time off earlier than originally planned. 

It’s so weird that you can plan everything in life, but the date our son decides to meet us is completely unknown.  It feels really weird to not be in control.

We’ve tried everything!  (Not castor oil yet.  I’ve heard scary stories of that.)

I went up and down ALL of these stairs in the stadium, and that didn’t work!

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Tomorrow I have a midwife appointment and they will strip my membranes.  That sounds so gross.  They call it massaging my cervix or uterus or something more lovely sounding.  Evidently that can start contractions and either deliver right away or a few days later. 

Also, only 1 week late isn’t that bad.  A large majority of first time moms have been in my shoes before.  It’s really hard to take my mind off of anything not baby related.  I’m glad I have a lot to keep me busy as well as plenty of time to relax.  It’s a nice combination.  I don’t know whether or not to go for a jog, or deep relaxation.

Maybe I’ll go to a CrossFit work out.  See if some box jumps and double unders can kick him out!

Trevor was thinking it was funny originally.  Now that it’s past his guess of the 22nd, he’s getting anxious too.  He started singing songs to him and changing the lyrics.  “Baby come out!! You can blame it all on me.”

The only thing that really makes it hard to keep on trucking is that the bigger he gets, the harder natural birth will be. And, if he goes past 2 weeks, then we have to start talking about induction, and nothing scares me more than Pitocin and an epidural.

I have a feeling it will all work out and I definitely believe in the power of positive thinking so here’s to a quick easy birth in the next few days! 

Wish me luck!

In honor of keeping my mind off of when baby is going to be born, we still went to the Husky football game.  We met up at 8:30 and tailgated until the noon kick off.  We played the ISU Bengals from my hometown of Pocatello.  The huskies were favored by 53 points and by halftime it was inevitable that we were easily going to cover the spread.  Our first home game was 2 weeks ago and we got to know all of our fellow season ticket holders in our section.  We got lucky with all the cool people around us.  We are by

-The Gilmore family (including Chelsea and Lizzie in the top photo)
-A young family that said she was as pregnant as I was last season (they have a 3 year old and 1 year old now)
-A group of retirees that have been friends for decades and are super entertaining and sneak in jello shots. 

Trevor made quick friends with the retiree crew and they invited us to their ‘Sailgate’ on their boat docked in Lake Washington.  We stayed there through halftime and about an hour after the game. If you haven’t been to Husky stadium you’re missing out.  It’s located right on Lake Washington in the heart of Seattle.  Their boat is amazing.  Definitely part of Trevor and my life plan is to own a 30+ foot boat with a cabin that can go on the Puget Sound and a boat big enough to have it’s own boat.  Anyway, this group of people are amazing.  They have so many funny stories to tell.  I could’ve stayed with them for hours upon hours if I didn’t have to pee so much.  

Trevor taught a couple of them how to shotgun.

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That’s Doug.  He’s one of my favorites.  Their wives are wonderful too.  They are all placing bets on whether or not I’ll be at the next game or not.  Everyone listened to the weather on the news and anticipated rain. Instead of a rainy nasty day,   the weather  was a beautiful sunny day and everyone had to shed their sweaters and boots.  I got some lovely sun and Trevor got a little burn. 

I love Washington!

After the game and tailgate clean up we met up with the SAE crew and had cheesesteaks and laughed at AJ’s hot pepper stores.

Here’s Trevor’s sleep/passout pose that night:

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I love the placement of his hand.  Like he’s thinking hard!

This weekend went by really quickly.  In fact, all of the days have gone by surprisingly fast.  It’s good to have that in my favor.  Tomorrow might be my last day of work.  We’ll see how I feel after my afternoon doctor appointment tomorrow.

Our neighbors are checking in on us every day to find out when we are FINALLY going to be parents and when they can hold their baby LaRowe.  MaryAnn even made us some spicy soup.  Unfortunately I’m still pregnant. My friend Tressa from  highschool drove up from Utah and came over to visit for a few hours.  It was awesome to reconnect with her.  It’s so strange how some people in your life can be gone for a long time and as soon as you get together it’s like the gap in time never existed.  I’m so happy she came!

I finished my Sunday off with a browsing shopping trip to Marshall’s and got Anderson a “My First Halloween” Outfit and then we watched football and the emmy’s and went to bed by 10:00.

Alright, so that’s my random post for the day.

And here’s a random picture of Daddy Daughter computer time:

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40 Weeks Pregnant. It’s not getting easier

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This morning on my way out the door to work, Trevor said “Come out Anderson.” I told him he’s going to need to be a little more convincing than that. So he laid on his back and screemed into my lady parts:
“Anderson, It’s time to come out! I know you can’t see me and there are no bright lights directing you toward the exit, so come to my voice! Listen to my voice, come this way! It’s time to come out!”

I could hardly stop laughing. I almost peed my pants which would’ve been funny because he was still underneath me. I love that man!

I keep visualizing Anderson birthing and our life with him. I’m totally ready but he still won’t come. I don’t have any labor signs except pressure on my lower back and abdomen during walks and sometimes with the Braxton Hicks contractions. Other than that, I’m pretty sure he’s attached to his cozy little womb.

How far along are you? 40 weeks: Today is my due date!
Gender: Boy!
Do you have a name? Anderson Hale LaRowe. 
Total weight gain/loss: 33 Pounds
Symptoms?! Braxton Hicks contractions pretty frequently.  Nothing else despite a lot of old wives tale attempts…
Any Morning Sickness? No thank goodness
Heartburn? No heartburn.
Maternity clothes? I get bigger every day.  Some of the maternity wear is getting tight.
Stretch Marks? I got 2 teeny ones under my belly on the left side. The longer he takes to head his exit warning the more I will get I’m sure…
Sleep? I’ve been sweating through the night.  Could be from Luxe snuggles, or from my body getting ready.  I literally have the fan on me all night and still wake up in a sweaty mess.
Pregnancy Dreams? I had a few this week because I haven’t been sleeping as soundly, but nothing notable to report.
Any Fears? Yes, that this little man will find it too cozy in my belly and never come out.
Best moment(s) this week: Feeling like everything is ready.  You hear that Anderson? EVERYTHING IS READY FOR YOU! COME ON! 
Having any food cravings? No, but my co-worker did convince me to go to Jack N the Box with him today to get a Seahawks antennae ball.  I don’t feel so hot.
Is anything making you queasy or sick? Yes, the jack in the box I ate for lunch!… 
Missing anything? Not having to pee a thousand times a day would be nice.
Are you feeling movement? He’s been pressing down low lately.  I still feel his kick in my left side.  I like to tickle his little heel when he presses there!
Any labor signs? Nothing that I’m aware of.  No mucus plug, no water breaking.  Nothing yet.
Any Complications? Yeah, it’s September 17th and I’m still pregnant.  That sounds pretty complicated to me!
Belly Button in or out? Half outtie but as my belly gets bigger each day it’s getting closer to a full outtie.
Wedding rings on or off? Just wearing my band. 
Mood swings? Just anxious.  I need to take a deep breath and take the advice from every one on facebook!
What are you looking forward to? Kissing his cheeks!!!
Doctor’s Appt: This Friday.  I am still REALLY hoping it’ll get cancelled because of birth.
Ultrasound: no more.
Our Birth Plan: HypnoBirthing method.  I’m so glad we went through Seattle HypnoBirthing classes.
Any Baby Showers yet? Yep!
Family Dog? I seriously think something is more than wrong with Luxe.  She hides in her kennel when we’re home downstairs, but when we get into bed she roams free, eats her food downstairs, and then comes and snuggles with us.  Also, we got the carpet cleaned this weekend and she peed a few times when Aunt Chelsey came over.  Why does a 19 month old dog still pee everytime someone comes over or when she meets people?  WHY?  I wonder if she has some sort of infection or she will just always be a peer. Either way, having visitors after baby’s birth will be a challenge to avoid a pissy mess. 

Ahhhh, come on baby, come out! 

I’m about to go on a long walk.  And then try everything but castor oil.

 As always, this weeks photos for your visual enjoyment:

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And this is the series where Trevor said: “babe, sucking in doesn’t work anymore.  You don’t have abs anymore!”

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And this one makes me laugh:

Get outta my belly