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OMG One Month Left

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! It was a great day. I love turkey so much, I think we need a holiday in late February, bringing back the turkey and trimmings. It'd be a nice break in the middle of a long winter, eh?

Tomorrow marks 30 days to go until lil' K's estimated arrival. We go on Tuesday for another ultrasound to see how big she's getting and in what position. She was still measuring 2-3 weeks ahead as of last week, but the midwife said her guess would be an 8-pound baby, but nothing too major. We went to childbirth class last weekend, and it was fine, but a lot less hands on than I imagined... a lot of the info I felt like I could get on the internet.

The nursery is almost ready and I'll have pics up soon! Because I didn't have a shower, I am sticking with the basics to start and seeing what I really need.

I had a talk with one of the paralegals at work and requested to be one of the first to be laid off because it was evident it is coming soon. She agreed and asked when and I said "end of November," she seemed cool with it, but I know I won't know anything until I get the call from my agency. This is obviously preferrable to quitting because I will be eligible for unemployment benefits. In any case, they hope to wrap the major stuff by December 6, so if I have to stay on another week, so be it, though technically it's not in November, like I promised, but please keep sending LAY KRISTINA OFF vibes my way so that I can wrap up as soon as I can.

Here are some informal maternity pics we took on Thanksgiving at 35 weeks. Not a big fan of the recently resurfaced double chin, but they still came out nice:
















  
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JENELOPE 12/7/2011 3:09PM

    You look beautiful, Kristina!

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COCOMAC7 12/6/2011 6:00PM

    Love the pics. Hopefully the lay-off has happened by now and you are happy with everything. What an amazing time for you :)

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GETFIT2LIVE 12/1/2011 3:54PM

    Love the pics--hope by now you have been laid off and are able to focus on getting everything together for the arrival of little K. Soon, very soon!

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MACKIEFISMOM 12/1/2011 9:40AM

    Love the pics :) You are a glowing, beautiful mommy-to-be!! Good luck!!

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COURAGEG 11/30/2011 5:24PM

    What gorgeous pictures! That's one lucky baby with such fun parents!

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CHEETARA79 11/30/2011 10:55AM

    Looking good, mama! Cute pictures.

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ABETTERCHERYL 11/30/2011 10:47AM

    Look how cute you guys are!! I love these pictures!!

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MEGS4148 11/30/2011 10:47AM

    So exciting that you only have 1 month left! Love the pictures!

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CRYSBROWN1 11/30/2011 10:35AM

    Cute pics! Love DH baby bump!

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WEEZIETEE 11/30/2011 10:33AM

    SO CUTE! I'm sending those vibes your way!

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YOOVIE 11/30/2011 10:30AM

    lmao @ the third to last pic. LOVE THESE!!!

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FLORIDASUN 11/30/2011 10:24AM

    Fantastic pics..you both look soooo happy. What a good momma and daddy you two will make! Little K..is a lucky little girl! Huggers! emoticon emoticon

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FRIZGIRL 11/30/2011 7:52AM

    awwwww you are so cute! Hope you enjoyed your ultrasound! We got a surprise ultrasound at 38 week and it was so wonderful to see him again. I think everyone should get another ultrasound after 20 weeks just for fun!

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LOOKY-LOU 11/29/2011 10:34AM

    Such an exciting time in life....so happy for you both!

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KATHLOW 11/29/2011 4:31AM

    you are beaming, love it!

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MBSHAZZER 11/28/2011 5:52PM

    HAHA, those pics are so funny! Thanks for the laugh!

Sending those vibes your way!

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EMPTRS 11/28/2011 3:42PM

    Lookin' good! Congratulations!!!

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HEALTH-E-CLARE 11/28/2011 3:28PM

    You two are ADORABLE. Love the love I'm seeing in the pictures too.

Sending vibes your way. Hope it all works out for you.

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IMSMILEY88 11/28/2011 2:43PM

    You look great! I hope you have a terrific last month. emoticon

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MSPRIS3 11/28/2011 2:23PM

    Love the one with hubby's belly to match yours! Very Cute!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 11/28/2011 2:21PM

    Those pics are adorable!! You guys are so stinkin' cute!!! That lil' K is one lucky girl!!!! :-)

Vibes on their way!!!

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FROGGERHKC 11/28/2011 1:50PM

    I love the pics! You look adorable! :)

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_TRIXIE_ 11/28/2011 12:57PM

    The 4th photo = Trix cackling out loud in her office. LOVE the humor. :)

Repeating on an hourly-or-so-basis until work interferes with my mental multi tasking:
*please lay off Kristina.*

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35ANGELS 11/27/2011 11:39AM

    Glad you had a good Turkey day. You look so happy. I hope your getting a lot of sleep.( I remember 2 and 5 am feedings. lol We eat turkey almost monthly here. lol Love turkey.

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 11/26/2011 9:33PM

    Love the pics. You look so happy :) Can't believe you only have a month left.

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ALOFA0509 11/26/2011 8:52PM

   
Beautiful pix mama!!!! You look soo happy emoticon

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YINYANGSJM 11/26/2011 8:44PM

    Great pics! You look so happy and glowing! Sending the lay-off vibes your way...hopefully it will happen sooner than later.

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NIELSENSLADY 11/26/2011 7:55PM

    I think that I have eaten my body weight in Thanksgiving food! Love the pics! I hope to put up a couple of mine soon.

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STORMTMB 11/26/2011 6:11PM

    We also eat turkey all year round. It is wonderful every few months and so it's not a big deal at T-giving. And just think next year, you'll have 11 month old K at the table too!

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KITHKINCAID 11/26/2011 1:50PM

    You look so happy girl. And what double chin? That's just a little baby weight which you will have off in NO time. Sending LAY OFF K vibes your way :)

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FREES1 11/26/2011 1:00PM

    Nice photos and your little punkin is adorable!
May your layoff happen with the proper timing and may the next month go smoothly and healthily.
Enjoy

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HOPEFULHIPPO 11/26/2011 11:48AM

    Love Love LOVE the pics! sending vibes your way :o)

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CHICAT63 11/26/2011 11:12AM

    Ok, lay-off vibes DONE ! I love the pics of Jon & you, what chin? I only see a radiant, healthy Maman. As for the turkey, we have it all year round *lol*.

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TIME4AFITME 11/26/2011 10:39AM

    Great pictures and you look fantastic!!! Sending lay off vibes your way. Your little one will be here so quick!!

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GRACEISENUF 11/26/2011 10:13AM

    Hey...Jon looks pretty cute prego (too bad hubby's don't share part of the nine months huh?)

Sending lay-off vibes {{{{{{{{{{{{

Love the pics, thanks for sharing doll.

Love and hugs,
J

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MT-MOONCHASER 11/26/2011 9:51AM

    You look great!!

The pictures are really neat, you guys look so happy!



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NOTABOUTHEFACE 11/26/2011 9:32AM

    I almost wee'd at the one with him pulling the pumpkin baby out! SOOO funny! Here's uh...hoping you get laid off! LOL

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SARAHJ19 11/26/2011 9:15AM

    Great pictures! I love the one where your hubby had the pumpkin in his shirt! Haha! I am sending you "lay Kristina off vibes!!!" emoticon

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WISLNDR 11/26/2011 8:59AM

    Fun photos!! Don't worry about the double-chin, you can give it to baby when she's ready!!

Regarding turkey in February: I have a friend who lives in Fargo, North Dakota and keeps a turkey with all the trimmings on hand, his "Blizzard Turkey." When the blizzard hits (and it certainly does) he invites all the neighbors over (who also keep things on hand) and they feast! I love that tradition. (Although not enough to want to live in North Dakota.)



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ZENNITH 11/26/2011 8:47AM

    I love the pics, you look so happy!
Hope the ultrasound goes well on tuesday and I'll be sending you plenty of 'lay kristina off vibes' emoticon

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Getting Closer...

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Me at 32 weeks:



Everything is starting to feel a lot more real now. I went to a newborn care and CPR class on Sunday and met some of the most uptight moms imaginable! They looked as though every decision they made was going to be life or death. They shot me and my cup of coffee daggers. Oh well, haters gonna hate. I'm going to a childbirth class next weekend.

The instructor was good though. It was reassuring to know that a lot of it was instinctive and we would find out what was best for us as we went along. Despite that, we got some good pointers and the class was worth it.

I finally realized today that I can't eat whatever I want without repurcussions. I had a gyro for lunch and the heartburn is KILLING me right now. Tums, crackers, nothing is working. Ah well, I had to realize that this whole pregnancy wouldn't be smooth sailing. I'm starting to get super tired very easily and getting up from a chair and walking up stairs isn't as easy as it used to be.

At my OB appointment yesterday, they asked me about the baby's movement again and I burst into tears. I don't know where that came from. I told them that I feel like the lack of symptoms during my pregnancy and not really feeling those baby movements that all the moms I know talk about has made me disconnected from this pregnancy. I confessed that I felt guilty.

So I'm trying to connect as best as I can. I want to talk to her more (now that she can hear!) and sing too.

They told me that my tummy was measuring 2-3 weeks ahead of schedule again so they're going to send me for an ultrasound at 36 weeks (on my birthday!). I was measuring exact until the last appointment (when I finally feel like I popped to noticibly pregnant!) I'm excited to be able to peek at lil' K again (I didn't think I'd be getting any more ultrasounds due to being such a normal pregnancy) but I'm also nervous. I hope they don't say she's too big and start pushing for an induction or c-section. I know my mind is racing and speculating, but that's what I'm thinking! Of course, it could just mean that this is a growth spurt. My weight gain hasn't been great, but I've been hiding it really well! LOL. Everyone tells me how great it is that I haven't gained much weight, and I just smile and nod.... hehe.

This weekend we will put together the office and treadmill room! And then we can finally start focusing on the nursery! I need to get a bag packed too.... Ahhh, it's coming oh so quickly.

Thanks for all of the positive comments on my "nut up" blog. The job that I want to quit doesn't provide maternity/sick/disability leave. It's a temp job. I've been fortunate enough in this rough economy to find a steady string of contract attorney jobs since January 2008. I know others have not been as lucky. By living frugally and having the help of family, it's allowed me to pay down a chunk of student loans and buy a rental property. I'm thankful that I get health insurance through my husband's employer. But I can't see paying the extraordinary child care costs in Massachusetts (about $500 a week) to stay at a job I hate while my baby is with strangers. If I had any respect, benefits, or possibility of upward mobility or education, then I totally would. But that's not the case. I opened my own practice in May 2009 and found Sparkpeople a month later. I had a huge entrepreneurial and self-betterment spirit back then, but I still needed the economic stability that the temp jobs provided so the solo practice became a side project. I pick up a few cases a year, but I really need to focus solely on that if I'm going to have any success. So the plan is to stay home with lil' K and relaunch the business for the first few months and then either that will work or I'll find another job. And I want to FINISH the book and the screenplay I am writing.

Big changes.

  
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BELLALUCIA 11/23/2011 1:01PM

    Good luck with everything, Mama2be!

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_TRIXIE_ 11/22/2011 9:29AM

    Just catching up on blogs and wanted to stop by to let you know that I can't wait to see what this next year is going to be like for you and your new family. Everyone will have advice or comments and everyone will share them with you. I wish there was some way to change our society, but alas, it's impossible. Sorry, babe. :)

But I love the progress pics. And I'm sorry you burst into tears at the OB. I have no advice, contrary to what I just said above about how everyone has some. :) I wish you calm, restful days until it's baby time!

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ONCEUPONADREAM 11/18/2011 10:41AM

   
You are so cute!! :)

Measuring ahead at this stage generally isn't a big deal. Could be due to babies position when measuring, or could be due to actually being a week or so ahead of schedule. Biggest thing here to remember is that ultrasound measurements are not an exact science. It can be up to two pounds off in either direction, and if they suggest induction or a c-section for a big baby based on this alone, you can say no (if you don't have GD or sugar issues).

They told me my son was going to be huge which is why my OB wanted to induce right on my due date. They said ten pounds and he was 8 pounds 2oz. By the same token, my daughter was almost two weeks late.. and they said she was measuring 2 weeks behind . She was 8 pounds 3 oz.. and born a few days later. lol.

Have you tried sitting down in a quiet room and talking to the baby? Sounds kinda silly, but it may help with the disconnect? :)

You are doing great mama!

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ELYMWX 11/15/2011 10:25PM

    I only give people two pieces of advice regarding childbirth:

1. Keep calm. There will be things that happen you don't expect (hopefully only little things) and the calmer you are the easier you'll be able to deal with them.
2. Tell the Dad that there are two ways to get from the hospital to your home: the quick way and the easy way. Take the easy way when you go home, because you'll be brain dead. Trust me on this.

And the only other piece of advice is this:

For the first six months, when they are immobile in the infant carrier, GET OUT. Go out to dinner. Go out for walks. Go out as a family on dates. Once they're older and mobile you will have a much harder time fitting that in - enjoy that precious time.

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FREES1 11/15/2011 8:47AM

    keep the faith - you have a good head on your shoulders and you will do right by Lil K and you and your hubby with your natural gifts. and I'm a thinkin' you'll be a danged fine mom!
I wish you well relaunching your solo practice - and I am glad you have decided to take some time to be with that new treasure.... hang in there!
love your new wallpaper too!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 11/14/2011 5:18PM

    You make me smile...love seeing your beautiful beaming face, girlie!!! You and the baby are doing great!!!!! It's not long now...EEEEEK! Good times are headed your way!

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SAMSPARK1 11/14/2011 2:01PM

    Love to hear the news!

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WORKINGSTIFF 11/14/2011 8:42AM

    Get ready for the world of competitive parenting...some people have nothing better to do than to compare how they parent with how other people do it. It's annoying. Stay stress free (as you can). Enjoy your coffee!

I'm sure the childcare/work thing will work itself out. Just keep a positive mindset and know that whatever you do will probably be best for you and your new little one.

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AHEALTHIERJESS 11/13/2011 10:30AM

    You look radiant! I hope everything goes well the rest of your pregnancy and that you have a smooth and healthy delivery!

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TIGERJANE 11/12/2011 9:00AM

    This picture is so cute! Love your expression :)

On the issue of coffee, I was told 200mg of caffeine a day is perfectly fine, which is equal to 12oz of coffee. My OB recommended caffeine for headaches, in fact. I can't stand other judgemental pregnant women - ugh. You're doing great, & I agree stress is a much bigger issue than a lil coffee.

And what an awesome birthday present!!!!!

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LUEYGIRL 11/11/2011 2:33PM

    Ok, this is not to squelch any dreams, but just to tell you to relax and take one thing at a time. No matter what they tell you, having a baby is a change you really can't imagine until it happens.

My daughter has changed my life in so many ways and honestly, sometimes there's some frustration along with that - but I can't describe the LOVE that will grow more and more every day with this little creature who came out of your body (My daughter is 4 now and everyday is still an adventure)!

And about the uptight moms, I'm right there with you. My baby was breach pretty-much throughout the second half of my pregnancy. The doctor told me early on that there was a chance I might have to have a c-section if she didn't turn around. So, in my birthing class, I asked a question about c-sections. I got 20+ evil eyes my way and the instructor told me, "We don't recommend a scheduled c-section" with an air of contempt. They didn't even know my situation!!!

My hubby and I laughed afterwards, but how inappropriate!

So, enjoy the next few weeks, get the baby's room set up, take the birth as it goes (and it almost NEVER goes as you would expect) and enjoy your time with your baby. Priorities change and it sounds like you're right on track.

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TREESA57 11/10/2011 7:35AM

    You go girl, good luck with this baby. I had 4 very healthy little men(who are now all grown men) I drank coffee with all of them. they all have at least a bachelors degree. guess I didnt hurt em. I also had 2 natural deliveires and the twins by c section. do not fret either. the doctors do what ever is safest for baby and you. Good luck...... cant wait to see pictures...

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LOTUSFLOWER 11/9/2011 2:24PM

    You are quite possibly the cutest mama to be I've ever seen!!! I didn't feel a lot of baby movements either, especially with my first. Try not to worry, you are doing everything right. So excited for you!!!

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JENN26POINT2 11/9/2011 12:29PM

    What a cute belly! Sorry you're not feeling so connected. Not everyone bonds during pregnancy. Sometimes you don't bond until the baby is born... and then sometimes you don't even bond then until the baby is older. It'll happen when it's supposed to happen.



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MBSHAZZER 11/9/2011 9:33AM

    Kristina, you look great! I love your hair! And you are rocking that baby belly! I love your relaxed attitude. I think about the smoking and drinking and no-seatbelt wearing and fish eating that my parents and friends' parents did with us back in the '70's - we all turned out fine! I think being uptight is WORSE for the baby!

Anyway, good stuff on the work front. I am so over corporate america and not having a life anymore so that my corporate overlord can have more millions. Good luck with everything... sometimes I think people are too afraid to take chances! Your attitude, as always, is refreshing!

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JBMT08 11/9/2011 7:59AM

    aww! You have such an upbeat attitude! Do what works best for you, and try not to worry much about what the drs are saying....they are trying to do what is best for your and little K! xoxo

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BOOTS1221 11/9/2011 7:52AM

    Girrrrl you look amazing... you are giving me a serious case of baby FEVAH! Your attitude about the pregnancy is SO refreshing. I can't stand being around women who are so uptight about everything. My sister has 2 kids and used to get death glares while ordering her morning coffee @ Dunks when she was preg! It's crazy!! Keep us updated if you get to see the lil lady! Have you decided on a name? Wasn't sure if K was really the first initial or if she was just already your "mini-me" - lil K! :)

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CHICAT63 11/9/2011 7:50AM

    Radiant and Healthy !!!!!! Don't fret about the growth spurt; I am sure everything is fine. Lil'K may want to come out and meet Jon & her Maman before xmas that's all:) Prends-soin mon amie, ne laisse pas le stress te ronger. Bisous, Josée

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DAISYBELL6 11/9/2011 7:40AM

    I agree with WISLNDR....You look absolutely beautiful!

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WISLNDR 11/9/2011 5:12AM

    You have that "glow", you're looking beautiful!

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KITHKINCAID 11/9/2011 12:43AM

    You look great mama! So excited for you!

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IMSMILEY88 11/8/2011 10:43PM

    I am excited for you, too. I can hear you glowing!

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ROOT4HOME 11/8/2011 10:40PM

    Oh my gosh, you are glowing!!! How exciting! Yes, get your bag ready! I had my 1st 6wks early and 2nd one a month early, so you can never be too ready!! Wishing you all the best!! :)

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PAPER_WINGS18 11/8/2011 10:01PM

    You have such great things on the horizon girl ! Cannot wait to keep hearing all about em. Love ya!! Xoxoxoxo

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GETFIT2LIVE 11/8/2011 9:21PM

    I am just SO excited for you, Kristina! Don't worry about feeling 'connected' with the baby now; one look when they put her in your arms will be all it takes to fall in love in a way you didn't know was possible. Stay healthy and take care of yourself and your little one; you'd BETTER quit that temp job by the time she arrives, you deserve better!

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LALAFLOWERS 11/8/2011 8:32PM

    Good for you. And don't worry about not connecting.. when the little bundle is put on you.. you'll fall in love, HARD! Enjoy the nesting.

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TIME4AFITME 11/8/2011 8:30PM

    So exciting!! Everything will be great.

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CUTIECAT1 11/8/2011 8:30PM

    Kristina, these days are so exciting and i am excited for you!! (i remember those waddly last days :-) ). you will be busy when the baby first comes home, but you will fall into a routine everyday. Give yourself the time to fall into the routine; that will give you the chance to focus on your practice and your book/screenplay (which i cant wait to read!)

Best of luck and you look adorable! emoticon emoticon

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Nut Up in November

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

This isn't about health and fitness or nutrition. But it certainly can be.

I have come to a conclusion.

I need to be braver.

I need to stop worrying about other's expectations of what I should and could be. Once upon a time, I could say I wanted to be wildly successful in my profession and extremely in love with my partner and ready to start a family.

Well guess what, Kristina. One out of the two ain't bad.

But you can do better.

I've been at this crappy temp job since Jan 2008. I've tried to get out at times and during others I haven't tried very hard. I let people convince me that going to work and garnering a paycheck was good enough. I should also be the perfect daughter, granddaughter, and devote all my spare time looking after my family's needs.

And I know I've written about this before but I deserve better for myself. I deserve my own brand of happiness. If this doesn't conform to whatever standard you think fits my life?

BFD.

I gotta nut up in November.

My birthday is on November 30. If I haven't quit by then, I give you all permission to send me the scary clown goodie with messages reminding me to remember that I need to practice what I preach and nut up.

This girl set her mind to running a 5K and ended up running a half marathon.

I gotta believe this girl can apply that tenacity to the rest of her life, yes?

I believe you can live on your terms too, if that's what tickles your fancy.

Screw cowardice. Damn expectations. Life is too effin' short.

  
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FLORIDASUN 11/6/2011 3:47PM

    So here's the way I see it. First of all you are remarkable. Smart, sassy, funny, determined and on and on and on..compliments that is! emoticonWe all being the fantastical women that we are make others the high priority. I'm saying while you have this little window before that beautiful little miracle of yours emerges...be selfish...I mean it...really self centered! You will never have this opportunity for you...and YOU only once that little darling becomes your true and focused compass.

SO NUT up...BIG time...only do Kristina and be diligent about it. Do what your fancy tells you, go where your fancy points you to go and trust YOU...you are in PERFECTLY capable hands! Love you sweet one! emoticon emoticon

aha...ask and ye shall receive...came by this link on a friends page...check it outhttp://www.meditationsforwomen.c
om/meditations/?p=1749 kinda cool and very timely don't ya think? emoticon

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LOOKY-LOU 11/6/2011 11:20AM

    I agree, work is just one slice of life's very large pie, and I am pretty darn sure it's hold on you is about to slip away when your tiny running partner enters the picture!

Not that you don't deserve a job that satisfies you...just that for the next year or so, you are not going to care! So if you can get any maternity benefits from this crappy job...I'd take them! Hate to put a wrench into what seems to be a plan, but honestly at 30 some weeks pregnant...finding a new job is not going to be easy!

Just my opinion, but in these economic times....at least give it some thought!

Tina

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TIGERJANE 11/6/2011 9:55AM

    I like this new perspective of yours, and with the baby coming it's great timing. Time to create your OWN definition of happiness - yea!

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LAURIETAIT 11/3/2011 6:43PM

    I wish you the courage to do what it takes to fulfill your dreams.
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ITSHOWYOULIVE 11/3/2011 1:11AM

    I know you will do what is right for you and your blossoming family. I absolutely hate that creepy clown and have to wonder why Spark would put a pedophile in the goodies, so I would really HATE to have to send you that particular goodie...I know I won't be though...I'll be sending something fun instead :).

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 11/2/2011 9:59PM

    Preach sister! I know I'm stuck in the same rut and I'm ready to make some waves and live with intention. It's not too late to put another awesome check off under your belt. And I can't wait to hear about it. Do you!

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CREATINGAMANDA 11/2/2011 1:19PM

    I know you can do this - you have it in you. Believe it, then do it!

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MBSHAZZER 11/2/2011 1:00PM

    I need some of your nuts! :D

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WISLNDR 11/2/2011 5:11AM

    Work is just one slice of the pie; why not create the most delectable slice that's possible? (A variation on your "Kit Kat" blog! Reread that one and replace the candy references with work references and see if that doesn't give you a new view on your work situation!!))

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RUSSELLORAMA 11/1/2011 10:54PM

    As my grandmother would say, "Ain't nothin' to it but to do it!" You are so much braver than you realize!

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NIELSENSLADY 11/1/2011 9:54PM

    I hear ya sista!

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RUNNINGNP2B 11/1/2011 7:17PM

    You got this.

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CHICAT63 11/1/2011 4:26PM

    Ok, Sista practice what you preach. We will be watching you !!!! Oh, by the way no one is perfect so there that's out of the way, finish-up your temp work. Baby will be here soon enough from there on you can do anything. emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHYASHLEY 11/1/2011 4:12PM

    That has kept me at jobs too and it isn't a good enough reason to stay. I know you have the power to do something better.

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_TRIXIE_ 11/1/2011 4:10PM

    You and me, babe. We'll "nut up" in Nov and compare notes on Dec 1. You have to stick around until then, k? ;)

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KARVY09 11/1/2011 3:49PM

    Money has been the issue too, but I think a part of nutting up forme is realizing that I have a creative mind and that I need to use it to make money for myself. I have my own office and a pretty good knack for writing. If I can force myself to use those skills rather than using the fallback option, at least I'll know I fought the good fight.

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PAPER_WINGS18 11/1/2011 3:42PM

    You got this girlie! :) You can do anything you set your mind too(proven!) so I know you'll do this too.

Speaking of nuts, your little peanut is almost here!! :D

love ya! Text me if you need to Nut Up!

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JENN26POINT2 11/1/2011 3:42PM

    Good luck to you. Working a job you hate sucks... but I can only imagine that being umemployed sucks worse - which is why I prefer cowardice and sit where I am. Some day, I will figure out what my dream job is and I'll go get it... until then, I have bills to pay. You're lucky that you can take such a leap and I wish you the best of luck with it.

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KITHKINCAID 11/1/2011 3:29PM

    Can't wait to follow how you do it. I need some of those nuts myself right now. And not the mixed variety that I consumed a whole can of this weekend because I was trying to AVOID being nutty. DO IT!

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LALAFLOWERS 11/1/2011 3:23PM

    You're gonna have someone who will be watching your every step. You'll need to show him/her that going for your dreams is ok. It's hard, but it can be done. I know that the person who has made all the changes in her life that you have is in there. And, you know that your hubby loves you. Those two facts make be believe that you can do anything that you set your heart on. Keep us informed. Cause, I'll be watching to see where you go from her.



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CJABOTTS 11/1/2011 3:23PM

    I'm right there with you girl! Stuck in a job I don't like- where politics and sexism bowled me over. I know what I want and I need to be working towards it- simple as that. Don't know why I have been avoiding it so long. emoticon

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STORMTMB 11/1/2011 3:03PM

    In March, I quit my job (of 13 years) because I refused to work for an a%& in a position that was not at all right for me. I asked them to respect me and not force me into something that wasn't right for me. The Execs "knew" they were right and I was wrong. They had no idea that I would quit. They lost a valuable resource. I've never looked back. Lots of people asked me if I really didn't have a job lined up - in "this" economy. I really didn't. I decided to move 1100 miles away and start a new life. I couldn't be happier. BTW - I'm 44, not an age where you do such things. You can do it. You have the brains and drive to do and be whatever you want. Dream BIG and go for it.

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You know you love the Kit Kat blog...

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!
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RUSSELLORAMA 11/1/2011 10:51PM

    I admit to a love of the Kit Kat, but if I'm going to burn the calories, I would rather do it with some really, really good chocolate instead of that stuff.

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NIELSENSLADY 11/1/2011 9:54PM

    Omgoodness! Too bad I love both those candies...lol. Keeping it limited though!

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ASUPERCOOLCHICK 11/1/2011 1:25PM

    Love the blog! I agree if your going to splurge make it worth it and indulge in something different... I only ate my frozen hershey squares that I keep in my emergency stash... kept my hands out of my co-workers candy dishes with the exception of the everlasting gobstoppers... Ugh why do I feel if its not chocolate it doesnt count? lol

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_TRIXIE_ 10/31/2011 4:19PM

    Oh
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Gee..

I have such amazing memories of being in the bagel joint in Brooklyn with you that Sat morning and hearing all about this.

Total day maker, right here. Thanks for the memories! :)

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PAPER_WINGS18 10/31/2011 3:45PM

    LOL love this and love you. I remember that blog! Thanks for being such an @$$ kicker!!! :D

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KITHKINCAID 10/31/2011 3:26PM

    Haha - thanks Karvy :) Love it - and needed the reminder.

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CUTIECAT1 10/31/2011 2:01PM

    Ha!!!! i re-liked that blog!!! but thank you for the reminder - i am not a fan of Kit Kats anyway - Snickers or Baby Ruth uh - oh..........look out!

I will remember Karvy/Running Chunky and Lil K telling me it aint worth it!!!

Happy Halloween!!!

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JOPAPGH 10/31/2011 1:25PM

    One Snickers fun size so far today. Don't think Halloween will be a big challenge this year.

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GETFIT2LIVE 10/31/2011 12:20PM

    I DO love the Kit Kat blog! I have a big bag of Halloween candy sitting unopened at home; it gets opened just before the kiddos start arriving, handed out generously, and any leftovers go into the freezer afterward for careful portioning out over the next year . . . teensy tiny pieces that can take care of a deep dark chocolate craving without destroying the calorie budget, by the way. Enjoy your Cadbury's, now THAT'S chocolate worth eating!

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WISLNDR 10/31/2011 12:05PM

    This year, I'll be on the road this afternoon during Trick or Treat time so I DIDN'T BUY ANY CANDY! (Now I just have to get through work tomorrow when everyone brings in their leftovers . . . . . . I'm grateful to you for the reminder!!)

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KARVY09 10/31/2011 11:39AM

    To each his own! ;)

I got some Cadbury's at home I'm gonna eat later. Hahaha.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 10/31/2011 11:20AM

    Thought about it yesterday as I ate yet another piece of Halloween candy...UGH! But thinking about it DID get me to lay off and start a new mindset!!! Look - a year later and it totally sparked me without even reading it again!! THAT ROCKS!!!!

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MBSHAZZER 10/31/2011 11:17AM

    Kristina, I gotta say... to me, a Kit Kat is WORTH IT!! :D Snickers, Milky Way, Heath, whatever, I can pass. But a Kit Kat??? I'm powerless!

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Two More Months

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Wow, definitely starting to feel like the home stretch! Two months from today is my due date.

Well, it finally happened. I woke up on Tuesday and I was like, whoa, everything seems a ton more difficult. 31 weeks in. How lucky am I, huh? My lower back was killing me and walking down the street was a chore. I felt a lot of pressure in my abdomen and had a hard time getting comfortable all day long.

I think lil' K had a growth spurt this past week, because pop goes the belly! Jon put his head on my tummy yesterday and she kicked him in the head!



I visit my OB office every two weeks now and at this last visit they told me my stomach was measuring two weeks ahead, which is a big difference from every other visit where I was "right on schedule." Now that probably means nothing, but if I could wave my magic wand, I would definitely like to have this baby BEFORE Christmas, and barring that, at least in 2011! So fingers crossed even though I know I have absolutely no control over this, LOL.

Work is getting more and more difficult too. Long story short, I got into a confrontation with an employee who used profane language in front of me. Basically, he called all temporary employees at the firm (which of course, includes me) "f-ing animals." Yeah, I know. Well, I escalated it and my supervisors have been more attentive than I thought they would be, so we shall see what happens. Completely unacceptable on so many levels, and the tension between perm employees and temp attorneys has been building and building for months and months. But the environment has become so toxic that I really can't imagine staying there too much longer. They want us to work long hours to get this done, but they won't pay OT, they won't give us real desks, and frankly, they don't give us respect.

And the house. Still waiting on them to close up a wall so we can paint the room. Still gotta straighten out the back bedroom after we consolidated furniture so that the baby's room can be JUST the baby's room. Yup, still gotta get everything sorted in the nursery. Oh yeah, there's still a ton of old furniture in my garage that I'm trying to sell/donate. All of my free time is spent on these projects and part of me is like "OMG, HTF am I going to do all this plus care for a needy crying newborn??!" But I am hoping I can get a lot of stuff done before Thanksgiving and that this "setting up house" stage can be sorta kinda mostly complete?

With all this, our little getaway to the White Mountains/Lakes was such a great respite.



What did we do? Um, we drove around, hiked a bit, watched a movie, ate a lot. And napped! Oh, the bed at the B&B was so comfy and I NEVER take naps, but I took a nap every day and it was the most glorious thing ever. I woke up all refreshed and ready for dinner. Miraculous.

Of course, now I'm getting over a nasty cold from last week, so the fatigue has knocked me for a loop again.

OH! And I got a treadmill! It's my birthday/Christmas present. Yes, my birthday is a month away and Christmas is two months away, but they were on a HUGE sale and I had a coupon, so we just went ahead and did it. Yes, it's still the dreadmill. But I know I'm going to need it to get this baby weight off and to get back to running during a long, cold winter.

I just can't wait to hold my little girl!
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4EVERADONEGIRL 10/31/2011 11:23AM

    So happy for everything that is happening in your life!!!! Good job on standing up that d-bag! And so glad you and John got away for some pre-baby time together!!! Sounds like you are on a roll!!

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SWAZY33 10/31/2011 10:27AM

    The mountain getaway sounds heavenly for sure!

Sorry about having to deal with those idiots at work!

But...I'm Soooooo excited for you :)
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SPUNKYDUCKY 10/29/2011 1:21PM

    So happy that you got a treadmill! I also ordered a new exercise machine for my birthday which is Monday. I ordered a Tour De France training bike which actually routes rides via I-Fit Google maps and mimics actual trips including wind resistance etc. It is coming ground shipping though so I won't see it for another 3 weeks. You look fantastic and I am so excited for you!

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AIRPEACH 10/29/2011 11:45AM

    That's so exciting! It's wonderful that you just now feel that things are more difficult.
Happy to hear the supervisors are paying attention. That sounds really bad.
And a final thought, in a joking fashion, a former colleague said a few years back, have the child in December, get a tax break for the whole year.

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HEALTHYASHLEY 10/29/2011 10:24AM

    All of this is so exciting!!!! I hope you have her before Christmas too! My birthday is Dec 18 and it is an interesting time of year to have your birthday!!!

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BIGMAMAT 10/29/2011 10:07AM

    You look wonderful! You have that pregenacy glow going on. Congratulations on your baby on the way! I am sure she'll be beautiful just like her mama. emoticon

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NIELSENSLADY 10/28/2011 5:20PM

    Ha! So I think I got all the answers to my questions that I emailed you. Well some of them anyway. LOL. I feel you on timing. I just don't know what to expect. I want to care for baby, cook, clean and fit in at least three hours of work a day. And I'm terrible with setting up a schedule. Oh well I guess I'll learn. Your pic looks great by the way!

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CHICAT63 10/28/2011 4:49PM

    So sorry to hear about workplace stress, urgh, that is not good for you ! Naps are important start taking them on a regular basis you will need them once she arrives. Awesome deal on the treadmill. Nine weeks is not long and as the saying goes once you start having a burst of energy your time will be a coming soon.

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 10/28/2011 1:51PM

    You look so beautiful!. Sorry to hear about the stress going on. The last trimester is definitely exhausting and difficult. Soon enough she'll be here though!

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SUPERFRAISE 10/28/2011 12:06PM

  Adorable! I just started reading your blogs and they're so inspiring. Hope your Christmas wish comes true. :) Good luck and best wishes.

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ANEPANALIPTI 10/28/2011 11:48AM

    Lovely update. :-D WOOT for the early bday present! UGh to how you were treated at work, I'm so sorry *hugs* Hope u feel bettter soon my darlin! emoticon

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HEALTH-E-CLARE 10/28/2011 11:36AM

    First off, you two are two incredibly cute, I can't wait to see what the little one looks like.

Glad you were able to get a little escape before the winter and baby come.

Sorry work is so tough and you are being disrespected, that's so not fair or professional, I hope they deal with it soon.

Have a fabulous weekend!

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MBSHAZZER 10/28/2011 10:59AM

    You are doing GREAT! And your hubby is so gosh darn CUTE!!! Your daughter is going to be a real looker with such stunning parents! :D

Sorry to hear about the work stress. I can totally relate!

Good luck with everything. Things have a way of working themselves out.

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STEPHK0822 10/28/2011 10:43AM

    Congratulations! I'm right there with you, 31 weeks tomorrow and at my last visit I was measuring 2 weeks ahead as well. My OB is basically contributing it to me having a short torso but we will see what happens. My fingers are crossed for a pre Christmas baby or at least a Pre 2012! Best of luck with the rest of your pregnancy!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 10/28/2011 9:54AM

    You look so great with how far along you are. She is going to be a healthy baby girl that you will be holding very soon!

Can't wait to see pics of your precious bundle of joy!

Sorry about the work stress... something you don't need at this point in your pregnancy. Glad you were able to get away for a while.


Thanks for keeping us posted on how things are going for you. You are almost there......

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RUNJEWELRUN 10/28/2011 9:25AM

    Awww so cute :)

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CRYSBROWN1 10/28/2011 8:44AM

    You're in the home stretch! Definitely make sure to savor these last months of pregancy too! Glad you had fun on your vaca!

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CALLIKIA 10/28/2011 7:21AM

    The last tri with Ethan was just about unbearable. Hoping you get all the things done on your list so you can enjoy the little one when she comes. And I love that you found a deal on a TM!

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WISLNDR 10/28/2011 5:54AM

    I love reading (and seeing) the progress, not much longer now!! I'll lend you my cleaning fairies for a little while, they seem to be on vacation here anyway!!

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KATHLOW 10/28/2011 3:43AM

    You guys look soooo relaxed in that photo (amazing backdrop, too!). Must be so exciting to be counting down!

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NANASAMM 10/28/2011 2:11AM

    Sounds like your getaway weekend was just what you needed after all the stuff going on at work. You look terrific and I love the pic of you and your husband...

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ROOT4HOME 10/28/2011 12:48AM

    So happy for you that everything is going well during your pregnacy!! 2 more months? How fun!! You look positively radiant and your get-a-way trip sounded lovely!

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PAPER_WINGS18 10/27/2011 11:37PM

    You look absolutely beautiful, K! You are absolutely glowing! :D I am so so so happy or you and Jon!

So sorry about the MF at your work, but F them. You deserve much better, and I can't wait for you to say PEACE OUT, dbags. And move on to bigger and better things! I know it's out there for you. But in the mean time....Your little baby will be here so soon! AHH!! Do you guys have a name picked out or a few names? So excited for you!1!!

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JONICACALDWELL 10/27/2011 8:47PM

    Haha, dreadmill. Nice. Great job taking care of yourself. What a holiday present you will have indeed!

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GRACEISENUF 10/27/2011 8:07PM

    I love the pic of you and your hubby. You look fantastic Kristina. Hey maybe your lil girl will get your hubby's curly hair? :)

Your time in the mountains sounds wonderful. I love the mountains...my fav place to be. Hubs and I are heading back to Yosemite area this Sunday for six glorious days! Hiking is our absolute favorite way to spend a day.

Holding your little one for the first time will be a day you will never forget nor can anything compare. She will be here so soon. I can't wait to see a pic of her.

Take care and try not to let work stress get to ya.

Love and hugs,
Judy

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KITHKINCAID 10/27/2011 8:00PM

    I love the baby bump! Hang in there. I'm sending "Before Christmas" baby vibes your way. My birthday is the 23rd, so hopefully that rubs off on her as well.

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IMSMILEY88 10/27/2011 7:48PM

    You are looking terrific! I'm so excited for you. I know you'll be a great mom! And, I'm glad you got some R&R at the B&B! emoticon

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