Wednesday, August 30, 2006
40 weeks 1 day

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Originally uploaded by mamamary.
I will be brave and post the bare belly photo with the stretch marks in all their glory. Actually, they are not that bad compared to last time. I had a band of stretch marks all the way around front to back. This time, some of the stretch marks from last time have extended a little and only a few isolated new ones have popped up.

Anyway, enough about stretch marks. MIL went home this morning, so I am ready for the baby to come.

(Hear that baby? We are ready! Any time! Please?)

I have been having terrible insomnia this last week. Last night sucked extra hard - I couldn't get up and watch tv or read a book because MIL was sleeping on the couch. So, I was stuck laying in bed staring at the wall until around 3 am when I finally fell asleep.

Anyway, tonight we have 3 new Netflix movies, so that should keep me occupied until I can sleep!

Well, that's all I have for tonight!

Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Today is my Due Date
Whoopee! I really don't expect anything to happen today and honestly I really don't want anything to happen today. My mother-in-law is flying back from Wisconsin today and spending the night. I am hoping she will leave in the morning and go back to Victoria. She has the next week off of work and she wants me to have the baby during that time so she can come help out (I'll just schedule the birth around her schedule....yeah right). I don't mind her coming to help for a couple of days after the baby is born, I just don't want her here during labor/birth or the first couple days afterwards. Last time was a nightmare....she is a nurse and wanted to help with stitching up my tears, making comments about how bruised I was, and more....I just don't need that or want that this time. I want some peace and quiet with just me, the baby, Jim, and Abhi for a few days so we can all bond and adjust before the rest of the family descends. That goes for my family too, not just MIL.

Abhi is at the babysitter's house today, so I am using my free time to get the house clean and ready and then I think I will read a book.

Thursday, August 24, 2006
Still here, still pregnant

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Originally uploaded by mamamary.

I am just chilling out on my maternity leave trying to stay patient. Not much has been happening lately. I had two home visits by the midwives that went well. Abhi was here for the first one and she had to be practically on my lap the whole time I was being examined. She gets really upset when anyone she doesn't know messes with me. It is exaspirating and cute at the same time. The last visit was on Tuesday and the midwife check me. She didn't say specifically how dialated or effaced I am, but she said she thought it would be another week or two until the baby decided it was time. A week would put me right on my due date. I hope it is sooner rather than later...I am so uncomfortable right now!

Here is a picture of me and Abhi taken the other night. She is such a mama's girl :)

Tuesday, August 15, 2006
38 Weeks

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Originally uploaded by mamamary.
Here is the 38 week belly picture. Do you think the baby has dropped?

Friday, August 11, 2006
Woo Hoo....Maternity Leave!
Today was my last day at work! I am officially on maternity leave, yay!!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006
I just had to laugh and shake my head
Last night Jim went to get the mail and when he got back we watched a Netflix movie that had come. At 9:00, someone knocked on our door (which is a very rare occurance). Jim had left his keys inside the mailbox with the door open. This person was nice enough to look at the apartment number on the mailbox and bring his keys back.

Jim is always misplacing his keys, wallet, cellphone, etc., but this has to be the weirdest place he has ever left something!

Monday, August 07, 2006
She's too smart...
Abhi just blows me away sometimes. This morning while driving to the babysitters, she took her shoes off. When we got to the babysitters, I was trying to put her shoes back on before we got out of the car. She was fighting me and I said "You have to have your shoes on because the ground is hot!" So she let me put her shoes on and I got her out of the car. As soon as her feet hit the ground, she bent down and put her hands on the ground and said "It's cold!"

Oh boy, I am going to have my hands full with her! She's not going to let me get away with anything!

Thursday, August 03, 2006
The many uses of baking soda
I love these! I use baking soda, tea tree oil, and vinegar to wash clothes with now instead of detergent and softner. It works great, saves tons of money, and is good for the environment.

Laundry detergent/softner
1/2-1 cup baking soda for a full load (lesser amount for soft water - more for hard water)
10 drops to 1 capful of tea tree oil and/or lavender (this is for scent and disinfecting purposes)
1/2 vinegar in a Downy ball or the softner compartment in your washer (you can also add tea tree oil or lavender oil here too)

Your clothes come out clean and fresh smelling. You can buy the baking soda in bulk at Sams, Costco, or at a feed store (sodium bicarbonate). A 50 lb bag at the feed store costs around $10.00. Talk about saving money! Smaller boxes (4-12 lbs) can be found at Walmart. The tea tree oil can be found at Walmart too. Lavender oil can be found at places like Whole Foods, Central Market, health food stores, the internet, etc. White vinegar can be bought by the gallon at any grocery store.

You can use a little bit of regular detergent (liquid or powdered) for a boost if you have a really dirty load.

You can find the tea tree oil in the same aisle as the antiseptic. If you look for rubbing alcohol, iodine, hydrogen peroxide and other stuff near the pharmacy, there is a small line of bottles with TEA TREE OIL written on it. They're brown bottles with cream colored labels. They should be on the absolute bottom shelf or tippy-top highest shelf. It's not really widely used, so they put it in an area that's not with the mainstream products. It's about $4 something a bottle. A little goes a long way in terms of disinfecting and using it for acne, face washes, and lovely scalp tingling dandruff/itching treatments. Very invigorating.

Sprinkle some baking soda in the bottom of your dishwasher in addition to or replacing your regular detergent.
Add vinegar to the rinse dispenser (helps prevent etching)

These were compiled off of a website. I haven't tried these yet, but am planning to!

Other Uses
Bathroom cleaning - 1 spray bottle: 1/2 white vinegar, 1/2 water, 1 capful tea tree oil.
kitchen cleaning and for cleaning most surfaces and all glass/windows/mirrors - 1 spray bottle: Full strength vinegar.
wooden furniture and leather cleaner/polish - 1 spray bottle of vinegar, olive oil, lemon/orange essential combo

Carpet stain remover
do a spot test first

Soak up liquids and pick up any solids. Sprinkle baking soda thickly on the spot. You can wait a few hours or wait a day for the baking soda to soak up extra liquid if needed. Douse with full strength white vinegar.

Do this a few times for stubborn stains, or just keep applying vinegar with spray bottle.

The vinegar alone can get rid of puppy accidents. Make a spray bottle of liquid soap, a little vinegar and water for quick cleaning of stains (surface smudges on carpet, more-dry stains, things that don't need soaking).


Tile and grout cleaner
Spray bottle with 1/2 water, 1/2 white vinegar, a capful of tea tree oil. Spray bath tile and the tub with that. Sprinkle baking soda (AJAX if it needs more help - AJAX doesn't have silica like Comet does). Use a big square broom to clean the tub and tile with.

Also use the vinegar mixture as bathroom air freshener. It gets rid of any questionable bathroom odors in 3 seconds.

Plastic shower curtain/liner cleaning, cleaning shampoo bottles and wire rack that holds all tub toiletries
For hard water and red/pink mold problems, take some vinegar and spray the plastic shower curtain to get rid of soap scum. Take baking soda and wipe the curtain down and rinse.

Do the same with the wire rack that holds soap, shampoo bottles, conditioner, shower pouf, razor, etc.


Clean stainless steel, faucet water filter bottom, countertops, stovetop, with baking soda. Wipe with vinegar (full strength in spray bottle).

Pour some baking soda and ice cubes while running the garbage disposal in your sink to defunk and clean the drain.

Defunk shoe and jacket closet, etc, or any weird cooking odors with spraying full strength vinegar in the air.

Spray kitchen floor with vinegar or use bucket with vinegar and water and some liquid soap to clean vinyl flooring in kitchen, bathroom and foyer.

Use olive oil/vinegar/Citrus EO combo for cleaning wooden furniture, real leather and vinyl items (chair seats, barstool fake leather, whatever).

Fruit/Veggie wash
For regular fruits and veggies (tomatoes, grapes, strawberries, etc), spray white vinegar on them. Rub a little to clean, rinse. It gets rid of surface pesticides, dirt, and wax.

For green leafy veggies, sprinkle baking soda on it and agitate it in water and rinse it off. It gets rid of all grime, surface pesticides, and dirt.

Prevention: Squirt problem areas with vinegar

Killing: Squirt cockroaches, spiders, ants, june bugs, and whatever else with full strength white vinegar to stun or kill them.

Other websites for useful suggestions:

Midwife Appointment
Just got back from my midwife appointment and these are the latest stats:

  • I am 36 weeks along
  • Weight: 163 lbs (lost 1.5 pounds from 2 weeks ago)
  • Belly measured at 35 weeks
  • Midwife estimated the baby weighed 6 lbs 12 oz. She thinks the baby will weigh over 8 lbs at birth
  • I am 1 cm dialated and 60% effaced and the baby's head is at -2 station and engaged.
  • She thinks I will give birth right around my due date.

I was hoping that I would be more dialated. Oh well. I only have 1 more week of work after this week, so that is what I am looking forward to the most. My brain is just not functioning for work right now. I just want to be done with work, stay home, and lay around all day watching tv and reading. With dropping Abhi off at the babysitter and picking her up, my trip to and from work takes a little over an hour each way. The temperature right now gets over 100 every day, so doing anything outside just sucks. Even swimming is not that enjoyable, because the water is so warm in the pool by the end of the day that it isn't that refreshing. I just want to hide away and be lazy these last few weeks.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Rough night and morning
Last night, Abhi cried in her sleep a few times. I don't know what this is all she having a bad dream, teeth hurt, ??? I know she's not awake when she does it because she would get up and come in our room to get me if she was. When I hear her, I usually lay there a minute to see if she will go back to sleep before I get up. I think I went in there 3 or 4 times last night. I could just rub her back a little and she would stop crying.

This morning she woke up while Jim was getting ready and he brought her in our room with her bunny and binky to get in bed with me. We both went back to sleep until the alarm went off and had to get up. She cried from the time we woke up to the time we got in the car to leave. She didn't want to do anything. Didn't want to get on the potty, didn't want to get off the potty, didn't want to take her pj's off, didn't want to put her clothes on, didn't want to go in the living room, really didn't want to put on her shoes (she squirmed, screamed, and kicked), and really didn't want to leave the apartment. *Sigh* She did accept some Tylenol, so that makes me think that her teeth are hurting. She just got all 4 of her 1st year molars in and now all she's getting 3 bottom teeth and 2 top teeth (4 of those are the pointy eyeteeth).

I hope tonight is better. Last night she was in a pretty bad mood and the only thing that kept her from crying was for me to lay on the bed with her and watch Little Bear on tv. Jim made dinner. I actually didn't mind that too much - gave me a chance to rest :) But if I just got up to go to the bathroom, she would follow me around crying. She also wouldn't eat dinner, but I got her to eat some cereal later. Better than nothing I guess. Of course, she wouldn't let Jim do anything with her, which has been the case for a while. When she's in a good mood, she likes to play with him, but any other time, it's all mommy all the time.

Is it too much to hope for that she will grow out of this "mommy only" phase before the new baby is born??

Tuesday, August 01, 2006
36 Weeks

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Originally uploaded by mamamary.
Here is my 36 week belly photo. I am already as big as I was when I gave birth to Abhi at 41 weeks! Hopefully I won't get too much bigger in the next few weeks. I have an appointment with the midwife on Thursday, so we will see if I have made any progress! At my 32 week appointment I was 60% effaced, but not dialated.

Hi there! My name is Mary and I am starting this blog as a journal of sorts. Just to tell you a little bit about myself...

* I am 29 years old.
* I am married to my best friend Jim. We have been together for 8 1/2 years and married for 5 1/2 of those years.
* I have a 20 month old daughter named Abigail (we call her Abhi).
* I am currently 36 weeks pregnant with Baby #2. My due date is August 29th and we don't know if it is a boy or girl yet. I am planning a home birth with a midwife.
* We currently live in Austin, Texas and love it here. Jim and I have both moved around a lot in our lives and I think we have both found Austin to be the perfect place for us.
* I have a degree in Bioenvironmental Science and currently work for an environmental consulting firm.

I don't really know what I am going to write about, but I suppose it will evolve over time and include stuff about being a mother and a wife and just life in general. Stay tuned!