It’s taking way too long to come up with a catchy way of starting this since it’s my first time…..well, I just puked that out, and now I’m typing. This is easier than I thought. Type. Type. Type. I’ve been keeping track of some of the things we’ve done while Katie has been pregnant, and figured this would be a great place to put it. Kate has done an awesome job on this blog so far and even though I see her everyday, I love reading all of her entries! So here is my version of how things have gone since we found out we are going to be parents….
June 25, 2011 – Amazing wife. Amazing wedding. Amazing family. Amazing friends. So far, the best day of my life.
June 27 – July 9, 2011 – Absolute blast on our honeymoon in St. Lucia. Could write so much about it, but rather than focusing on the beaches, parties, zip-lining, and insects, the focus here is on our souveneir.
July 16, 2011 – The day started early with golf at Butler GC with some of my buddies, and we had plans to goto cousin Jerry’s 30th surprise party at Penn Brewery on the North Shore that evening. Of course I got home from golf and was tired from all that winning and didn’t feel like going out, but I knew Katie really wanted to go (I was excited to go drink some good beers with FO, the Moore’s, and the Moschetta’s though). Mary threw a great suprise party, and 1 thing to note……new Mrs. Baucco only drank ginger ale and was not too sly about it 🙂
July 23, 2011 – At some point during the week, Katie took a pregnancy test because she “had a feeling”, but it came back negative to our dismay. Balls. We were both pretty excited. Anyway, my friend Jeanette from KPMG was getting married in Allentown, PA on Saturday, so we packed our jive and hitched a ride with our friends Mike and Nici Sweeney. The roadtrip was a great time, the wedding was beautiful, and the reception was a blast. So much fun that I drank. So much fun that Katie drank. Alcohol that is. We spent a lot of time leading up to the trip talking about the negative test and that it would be cool for Kate to drink at the reception, so she had 1 or 6 Jack and Gingers and we danced the night away.
July 25, 2011 – Dinner at the OG with FO, Sharon, and the Moore’s. Madi was stinking cute like usual, and Katie Marie spent most of dinner not feeling well, nibbling on breadsticks (which have by my account gone way downhill over the years), and drinking ginger ale (no Jack this time). This is also the meal where BMoore got an entire glass of iced tea poured down his back. Just want to make sure I keep this historically accurate, sorry Doc! Now I had been bugging Katie to take another test all day, but she thought she was just coming down with something. Cold/flu in the middle of the summer. Maybe, maybe not. I wanted her to take another test, dammit, but wasn’t going to push it.
July 26, 2011 – By my account we already had a box of preggo tests in the house, so my badgering Kate to take another test finally paid off. I was installing our new cable box (since we were moving out of the Stone Age and got DVR) when Katie walked down the stairs with a big smile on her face. She timidly (<— not a good word here, but it’s how a remember it) and very excitedly said something to the effect of “we’re gonna have a baby”. Hugging her standing on the steps had to be one of the best feelings I’ve ever had, but I honestly didn’t know what to do. No jumping. No high-fives. It was kind of surreal, so we hugged for a couple minutes, talked about how excited we were, and I went back to installing the new cable box. Life as DINKS (dual-income-no-kids) was only 9 months long for us….if you don’t count the 8 years we were together previously.
July 27, 2011 – Now we didn’t know who to tell, what to do, blah blah blah, but we decided on one thing. We were going to tell our families as soon as possible in ways as fun as we could think of. We drove to Washington on Wednesday night to surprise Nona and Pap. Katie did a good job lying to Nona on our way down. She told her we were just getting to our house in Mt. Lebo as we walked through their kitchen door. Nona knew something was up, and Katie blurted out she was pregnant immediately. We stayed for dinner and spent most of the night talking gender and fun baby planning.
July 29, 2011 – The 3 of us journeyed to Cleveland for Maria’s wedding shower. We went to Noni’s house on Friday night and gave her a card thanking her for everything she did for us for our wedding. The card was signed, “Love, Danny, Katie, and Baby B”. She was so happy for us, but no discussions about boy or girl, she claims she knew baby was a boy. We’ll see how much she really knows in a few months! We shared tons of honeymoon pictures over dinner and had a fun night. On to Nic and Maria’s…
July 30, 2011 – The shower started around noon for the girls at StoneWater GC. Boring, I know. The guys teed off on the golf course at 10. 3 foursomes of average (at best) golfers on a private course. Not good. We had a blast playing, (let the record show I shot a 91 with a 42 on the back) and became the talk of the course by the 10th hole as we slowed the entire course down to a snails pace. 12 guys hitting balls at houses and each other doesn’t always go over well. Maria’s bachelorette party was that night and I’m sure Katie can fill in the details, but it’s safe to say all the guys and all the girls had a great day. Howevvvvvvvver, we still hadn’t told Nic and Maria our secret…..
July 31, 2011 – Nic, Maria, and I all woke up Sunday morning feeling like absolute crap. Katie, on the other hand woke up feeling great! Throughout the morning, some of the girls from the party the night before came over and were talking about how much fun Kate was and how she was up dancing and screaming all night. And how drunk she was! Little did they know….they were drunk, she was sober and fun 🙂 Nic and Maria were getting dressed to go to breakfast and I quick threw a bag of Orlando’s buns into their oven. I told Maria there was a surprise hidden in their kitchen which then took quite a bit of time to find. She finally opened the oven and pulled out the buns clearly not understanding our joke. Her first reaction was, “oven buns? buns in the oven? OHMYGOSH!”. Nic was not so quick to pick it up though. He went right for the oven, but had no clue. After a few perplexed guesses, he blurted out, “Maria’s pregant?!” Fail. Thanks for playing though. It was a fun morning followed by breakfast at Dino’s where unfortunately I didn’t eat anything, but rather sat in the parking, half hanging out the driver side door, barfing my brains out. Now I’m sure this will be frowned upon, but I want to make sure that this timeline is as accurate as possible. We met Grandpa, Gigi, Aunt Meg, and Uncle Matt for lunch at the Willoughby Brewing Company that afternoon and surprised them all with thank you cards from the new family. Aunt Meg flipped out and was soooo excited while Uncle Matt was still trying to process exactly what the card said. Again, everyone was so excited for us and we couldn’t be happier to share our news with our family.
August 6, 2011 – We spent the evening at a picnic for Kip Peter’s 30th birthday with FO, Sharon, the Moore’s, and a bunch of nice peeps from WashPA. The Doc and I had a nice run on the beer pong table, and Preggo McGee enjoyed some BBQ and a Sprite. Carbonation was definitely helping out with her nausea since she seemed to be feeling morning sickness all day.
August 13, 2011 – Uncle Hoss, Uncle Brian, and I spent the day Bachelor Partying Uncle Hoss in preparation of his upcoming wedding to Auntie J on Sept. 2. I am legally not allowed to divulge all details of this day, but I can say that we spent a good amount of time eating ribs, wings, fries, and beers at DJ’s in Weirton, and then we moved on to Identity Fest at Star Lake. Disco Biscuits headlined and we got down with the flow listening to some rave music and playing ladder ball. Katie and Auntie J agreed to come pick us up from the concert since they’re sweet like that.
August 18, 2011 – Our first OB appointment! Katie made this appointment a few weeks back and we had been counting down the days until we went to the doc and they “made it official”. False. Nice try though, suckers. They didn’t make anything official, and basically said, “Did you take a test? Ya, ok. Did it come back positive? Ya, ok. Whelp, you’re pregnant.” We did ask a bunch of questions and got to know Dr. Avacoda (or Alvarado depending on who you’re asking) and were excited to make our next appointment.
August 19, 2011– Auntie J and Uncle Hoss came to Pitt to celebrate Auntie J’s 28th bday and her wedding shower on Saturday. Friday night was pretty chill and we all hung out and talked about the baby growing in Kate’s belly. If memory serves me, I believe Hoss, BMoore, and me played crush ball in the driveway at Flip’s for a while. Don’t ask because it didn’t end well.
August 20, 2011– I have absolutely no idea what happened at Jenny’s shower/bachelorette party other than mad strippers at our house!! FO, BMoore, Hoss and I went to the Pirates game and then down to WashPA to get out of that scene. From what I hear, all the girls had a blast.
August 22, 2011– I had a fantasy football draft at 9pm. Nothing really baby related here, but I crushed the draft.
August 31, 2011– What a rollercoaster day. I got to work around 7 and had a 2-hour meeting that started at 8. I was walking to the printer around 7:30 and felt my phone start buzzing in my pocket. I figured it was a text message, but as I looked at my phone I saw it was Katie calling me. I knew something was up because she usually doesn’t even get up for work until 7:30ish (snooze button 5 times….). As I answered she was crying so hysterically that I coulnd’t understand what she was saying at all. Finally she calmed down enough to tell me she was bleeding and didn’t know what to do. I ran back to my office, packed my bag, told a co-worker I was out and would be in touch, and then ran to the train. I probably said 9,000 prayers on the way home. The train stopped at Mt. Lebo and I ran all the way home and hugged Kate tight as soon as I walked in the door. We talked about a lot of different stuff, but decided to stay positive until we knew exactly what was going on. We had a 10am appointment with the OB. Dr. Stern saw us that morning and said that things felt fine to him, but it was probably just some old ______ and ______ and maybe ________ (removed due to graphic nature). He wrote us a prescription for an ultrasound and we made an appointment for 2pm that day. We went and got lunch at Aladdin’s and talked about every “what-if” you could think of, and guessed at what we may/may not see on the ultrasound. 2:00 took forever to come around! We got to the ultrasound and went right into the room. Kate slowly got onto the table and the nurse lathered her up with some goo nice and good. As soon as the little radar thing hit her belly you could see this little peanut shaped object with a tiny spot in the middle that was moving really fast (which made it very blurry). The technician said, “There’s your baby’s heart beat.” Better words have never been spoken. Katie was crying tears of joy. I was so happy. All the struggles of the day melted away. That was our baby. Healthy. Strong. Happy. All the measurements were normal and after Kate hugged the tech, we were on our way. Parents without a care in the world other than our new family.
September 1, 2011 – Jenny and Hoss’ wedding weekend extravaganza is now upon us. Thursday night Hoss’ family flew in and we had spaghetti and meatballs (Hoss’ request) and FO and Sharon’s followed by ladder ball and other fun outside. Flip, Katie and I spent a while setting up the chairs, tables, and decorations outside and were really excited for Jen and Chris. Kate was feeling pretty good, but still quesy since she was only about 8 weeks preggo at this point. We didn’t tell any of our extended family our secret, and it was especially hard this weekend since they were all in town. After a small ceremony on Friday night, we all went to the Grand Concourse in Station Square for the reception. The food was fantastic and we had a great time with the bride and groom and their families. As the night ended, Brian and Summer and the Baucco’s went back to the honeymoon sweet to keep partying with the newlyweds. We had a few drinks and congratulated them again before calling it a night. Saturday was a huge BBQ at Flip and Sharon’s to celebrate the wedding with all of the family. It was seriously about 90 degrees that labor day weekend. The party was great and we spent a ton of time laughing and catching up with the family.
September 12, 2011– We had our second doctor appointment and this was the first time that we got to hear the Baby Peanut’s heartbeat. Only a couple short weeks ago, I saw one of the best sights ever on the ultrasound screen, and today I heard one of the best sounds a person will ever hear. That heartbeat was so fast and so strong. I was surprised that it had such a wooooshing sound and didn’t exactly sound like the normal thump thump thump I normally associated with a heartbeat. Either way, I was on top of the world when we left this appointment. Katie was feeling great and nearing the end of the first trimester. For a couple weeks now we had been comparing the baby to fruits and veggies based on what a website was telling us….it was pretty crazy to know there was now an orange in Kate’s belly.
September 23, 2011 – this weekend was Uncle Nic’s bachelor party. Details, again, cannot be released, but it was an awesome time at a cabin in the middle of the woods. Lots of cornhole, crush ball, frisbee, football, basketball, and other “games”.
October 6-8, 2011 – Uncle Nic and Aunt Maria’s wedding weekend is now upon us. Katie and I had 9 weddings during the spring/summer/fall of 2011. Crazy, I know, but we’re pretty much done now. We arrived in Cleveland Thursday night and stayed at Nic and Maria’s house helping tie up any loose ends and talking about their upcoming honeymoon to Italy. Friday all the guys golfed at Manakiki while the girls got their nails did, what what. After the rehearsal we went to Mario Fazio’s for dinner. The food and company were outstanding. We had such a good time and Preggo Katie looked amazing all weekend. I’m honored Nic and Maria asked me to be a part of their big day, and it’s something I’ll always remember. The ceremony and reception flew by. I honestly don’t think Katie and I left the dance floor for more than 10 minutes all night, other than to go to the photobooth. Awesome night to cap off an awesome weekend.
October 11, 2011 – Our third doctor appointment! I can get used to this heartbeat thing!! It is so fulfilling and amazing to hear the fast little heartbeat on the doppler. We asked some more questions and were now almost 15 weeks in….out of the first trimester and schelued our 20 week ultrasound for November 19!
October 14-16, 2011 – Uncle Paul, Aunt Rachel, Jake, and Madison came to visit us for the weekend. We went to the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium (my first trip there) and had a really fun weekend.
October 28-30, 2011 – The Baucco’s, Moore’s, and Flip and Sharon took a trip to Cincy to see Hoss and Jen this weekend. We went to the farmers market, got some banging good Pho (fo sho), watched the Cards win the World Series, the Buckeyes beat Wisconsin on a last second Hail Mary, and Madi dressed up in her blub-blub costume for breakfast on Sunday.
October 31, 2011 – Katie and I went to WashPA to see Madi Ann dressed up for Halloween. She was cute like always and was rubbing Auntie Kate’s belly 🙂
November 8, 2011 – Our fourth doctor appointment was much like the last. Katie progressed very well, weight gain on track, heartbeat was perfect, and she felt pretty good. All in all, it was a good appointment, but we both had something else on our minds……Nov 19 ultrasound!! We had spent a good bit of time discussing who we wanted with us in the room for the ultrasound, and were really stressing about it. We didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, but this was something we really wanted to experience just the 2 of us. We decided to invite Nona, Pap, and Noni to join us in the exam room after the procedure was complete so we still had some time for the 2 of us to take it all in. We thought it was a good plan, but still felt guilty for not inviting all of our brothers and sisters to come as well.
November 12, 2011 – Katie’s friends Mike and Mary got married at Heinz Chapel and then we traveled to the Pittsburgh Aquarium for the reception. Preggo Kate was really excited to hang out with her girlfriends and we all had a really good time. Pretty sure Katie’s favorite part of the night was the Pittsburgh food bar, a.k.a. kielbasa and sauerkraut! At this point, I was basically counting down the hours until next Saturday. Just 5 days of work to get through until seeing our Peanut at the ultrasound.
November 19, 2011 – After all the stressing out about who should come, it was honestly the last thought on my mind this morning when I woke up. My mom drove in from Cleveland and Flip and Sharon met us at the OB office. We all hung out in the empty waiting room for about 15 minutes just talking, but needless to say, my mind was pretty much elsewhere. The tech FINALLY called us, and I think Kate and I probably both jumped up and ran into the room. Katie got up on the bed and the tech lubed up her bump, then BAM!, Peanut’s head was up on the big screen. Seeing that little person was craaaaazy. The tech was awesome and told us every single measurement she was taking and pointed out every single detail on the screen….except for one. We decided not to find out the gender, well….once we found out we were pregnant I wanted to know (and Katie was fine with that), then a couple weeks later I didn’t want to know (and Katie was fine with that), then I’m pretty sure I flip-flopped another time somewhere before the ultrasound (and Katie was fine with that), but come ultrasound day, we weren’t finding out (and Katie was fine with that….ya, she’s cool like that!). About 5 minutes into the procedure, I asked the tech if she knew the gender, and without hesitation she said, “Ohhh yea!”. Now this really piqued my interest. Katie got up to use the bathroom at one point and I knew that was my chance to work the tech into telling me the gender. Kate walked out, I opened my mouth to ask her, but nothing came out. Maybe this was how it’s supposed to be I thought. The only reason I didn’t actually ask is because I pictured Katie in the delivery room being mad because I knew and she didn’t (obviously if I had asked the tech I couldn’t have told anyone). Either way, I think it will be more exciting to hear the doctor say, “IT’S A _____!” So back to the ultrasound, everything measured perfect, the delivery date was intact at April 8, 2012 (Easter Sunday and Kate’s 30th bday), and part of our family got to come in and see the baby on the big screen. After the appointment we all went back to our house and met up with the Meg and Matt (who drove in from Cleveland too) and the Moore’s. We must have watched the DVD of the ultrasound 8 times before going to lunch with everyone. The day was all I had hoped for and more.
November 23, 2011 – BMoore’s birthday fell the day before Thanksgiving, so since Katie and I were going to WashPA for turkey day anyway, we went down Thursday night to celebrate the Doc’s bday. A few drinks, birthday shots, and laughs later, it was Thanksgiving.
November 24, 2011 – Gobble til you wobble. Thanksgiving was in Pittsburgh this year since whoever gets Thanksgiving also gets Christmas day (xmas eve is the big celebration for both of our families). Sharon had to work at 2 on Thanksgiving, so we all got up early and pitched in to have dinner ready by noon or so. The meal was delicious and we ate leftovers throughout the day. Unfortunately I had to work on Friday, so I went home that evening, but Katie stayed in WashPA Thursday night too so she could go Black Friday shopping with her mom and Betsy. Editor’s note: Preggo women love pies. All of them. No really, any pie.
December 2, 2011 – The annual Baucco/Delbrocco family sleepover always falls on the first full weekend in December, so we headed to Cleveland for the festivities. Now this is usually a raucus event at in hotel meeting room where basically 60-100 family members descend and destroy a hotel. There are kids running around everywhere, food all over the place, homemade wine, plenty beer to go around, and many many games being played. This year was a little different though seeing as Katie was preggo. Although we stayed until about 2:30am, neither of us drank or jumped into any card games. We spent most of the night catching up with everyone and talking about Baby Peanut.
December 5, 2011 – Before bed we put our shoes out underneath the Christmas tree since St. Nick was coming that night.
December 6, 2011 – St. Nick brought gifts for Katie and me, and Baby Baucco got some Penn State onesies and a pair of tiny little Penn State booties. Future Nittany Lion? Maybe. Future trips to PSU with our Peanut just for fun? Definitely.
December 13, 2011 – Tonight at 6:30 was our first ever parenting class. Now of course, neither of us are seasoned veterans and this baby jive, but neither of us are rookies either so we decided to take a class that we affectionately referred to in the weeks leading up to it: “How Not to Kill Your Baby”. The class was pretty good, and while there wasn’t a lot of stuff we hadn’t heard before, it was reassuring to get some clarification on things and know that our heads were on straight. One weird thing did happen at class though…..when you walked in the door, you picked up a baby doll and took your seat. Pretty unassuming, I know. The room was divied in half with an aisle down the middle (picture a Church, but with folding chairs instead of pews) and there were 22 couples in class. We sat right on the “aisle” and waited for class to start. The teacher kicked things off with an ice breaker (dammit, I hate these things) going around the room and asking names, due dates, and gender of baby-to-be. Reluctantly everyone spills their story and we come to find out that completely randomly all the parents having girls sat on the left of the aisle and the parents having boys sat on the right side……and then us. The only couple that didn’t find out. The only couple sitting right on the aisle. The left side of the aisle that is. Baby Girl come on down!!
December 22, 2011 – The past few weeks were pretty hectic getting ready for the holidays. We travel quite a bit (not far, just a lot) over Christmas, so there’s a lot we needed to get done leading up to it. Mainly buying xmas gifts for Katie since she always seems to buy the “perfect” gift. We headed back to Cleveland Thursday night and hung out with Nic and Maria talking about babies and other fun stuff.
December 23, 2011 – Katie spent the morning with Great Grandma Jean, Aunt Donna, Aunt Diane and a few others preparing the fish for xmas eve dinner (no meat on xmas eve with my family, and we try to do the 7 fishes tradition). So Katie and the girls made the smetlz and sewed (yes, needle and thread) the stuffed calamari closed. After I dropped Kate off, I ran to finish some shopping, grab a shower, and then picked her back up and taste tested pretty much everything. That afternoon/evening we went bowling on the west side with the DeGrandis clan. The Malloy’s, Garris’, Kelbly’s, Uncle David and mom were all there and we bowled a few games before going back to Uncle David’s for dinner and more games. I will say (historical accuracy prevails again) that Katie beat me at our second game of bowling ONLY because of a lane technicality, bowlers elbow, and the sun shining in my eyes when I threw. We played Catch Phrase after dinner and on top of 16 people playing, there were also 16 people screaming. Topping the night had to be Aunt Ruthie’s clue of, “I’m full of this….”; Katie shouts, “GAS”, followed by me screaming, “BULLSH*T”. Good times with good family.
December 24, 2011 – We woke up early and headed to Noni’s house for an early lunch to get the day started. Meg and Matt met us there and we all exchanged presents before lunch. Katie hooked me up with a bunch of sweet stuff including a much needed pair of new winter boots, and I got her a MacBook so she can make sweet collages and other creative stuff for Baby B. Mom made zupe de pesce for lunch and we hung out until mass at St. Clare at 4:00. After church we went to Aunt Donna and Uncle Rich’s house for Baucco family xmas eve. This is a night I look forward to all year because of the food, family, and general craziness that always ensues. It didn’t disappoint this year, and Katie was sporting a nice baby bump that everyone commented on which made it even more fun. After the party we went back to Nic and Maria’s for some champage, dancing, and xmas music as we celebrated the holiday. Now the “after party” this year was much tamer than many many of the past years, but rightfully so as we’re all growing up, or at least telling people we’re grown ups. Kate and I had spent so much time talking about how once we get through the holidays it’s only 3 short months until the Peanut arrives, and now, WE’RE ALMOST THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS!!! It didn’t really sink in like I thought it would until a couple months later, but we were still at our milestone of “now time will start to fly” (as if it wasn’t already!).
December 25, 2011 – We spent xmas even night at Noni’s house and woke up around 6:30am because we had to hit the road back to Pittsburgh. We ate a quick but delicious breakfast, packed the car, and were on the road again. Sharon had to work xmas day too (eff you hospital that needs an awesome nurse to work both major holidays!), so we wanted to get to WashPA before she left for work around 1:30 and the Moore’s headed to WV to see BMoore’s family around the same time. We got to Washington and hung out with everyone, opened more presents, and then started making sauce and meatballs for dinner. Beaner and Summer came over to celebrate, eat, and play cards all night with us too. We all stayed at Flip and Sharon’s house that night because the next day was Madi’s 2nd bday party.’
December 26, 2011 -Elmo was the wingman to the bday girl at her 2nd bday party, and he was everywhere. Auntie Kate and I got Madi a sweet arts and crafts set and some awesome sticker books that she could use to decorate the house 🙂 The party was a lot of fun, and I love seeing my Goddaughter running around so happy!
December 31, 2011 – After another short work week, we headed back to Cleveland for our annual NYE tradition: celebrating with all our friends at one of their houses with tons of food, music, drinks, and good times. This year we were at Nic and Maria’s house and somehow most of the girls were knocked up for NYE. Brian and Summer came with us this year and we had a blast ringing in the new year with all of our friends and family.
January 1, 2012 – NYE was pretty rough on me again this year (of course my motivation was it’s the last NYE before I’m a dad), but we woke up early to get to Dad and Julia’s house for our “xmas on new year’s day” tradition with them. We exchanged presents (again, I know) and ate a great dinner followed by watching the Browns almost eek out a win over the much hated Steelers.
January 3, 2012 – These appointments were coming so fast now. Even though they were 4 weeks apart, I seriously felt like we were at the doc every other week. I loved it. I remember leaving the OB office each time lookin at my calendar to see what we had happening between then and the next visit, trying to make the time go by faster so I could just hear the Peanut’s heartbeat again. This appointment wasn’t any different. Katie was in her 27th week and looked amazing. Everything measured right on track, yet again, and the OB said everything was great. Such a great feeling! Another great feeling was booking the next appointment 4 weeks out which happened to still be in January. I know it’s dumb, but it’s the mind game I needed to get me through the next month at work (year end close sucks balls. Fact.).
January 10, 2012 – Capping off our remodel of the bathroom, we got the tub refinished so we’d have a nice, clean, white spot to give Baby Baucco baths. Can’t thank Flip enough for the remodel and putting up with all the plumbing issues in our 85 year old house!
January 27, 2012 – From remodeling our bathroom, we moved right into renovating the Peanut’s room. Not nearly as gruesome a project as the bathroom, but we still repainted all the walls, put up crown molding, and re-carpeted the room. I say “we”, but I really mean “Flip” with me as acting laborer/apprentice on the job. Baby B’s room looks amazing as the carpet got installed today. Flip also offered to make a book shelf for the room, so we’re excited to see what he comes up with.
January 28, 2012 – Hoss and Jenny came to Pitt for the weekend to celebrate Hoss and FO’s bdays, but first Katie and I had lamaze class all day (yes, ALLLLLLL day) Saturday. For as much as I thought it was going to be a dumb class about breathing techniques and there was no way they could get 16 hours of material (ya that’s right, 2 Saturdays for 8 hours) about breathing, it was a really really really good class with a great instructor. The class really helped Katie and me (for what my 2 cents are worth on the subject) shape our birthplan; Kate is amazing though and really took my input to heart in making the birthplan even though she’s going to be the one pooping out a slippery, screaming, coneheaded watermelon. Anyway, after class we stayed downtown and met the rest of the family at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse for the bday dinner. The food was great and the preggo lady had no problems polishing off a petit filet, some broccoli, and pieces and parts of a few desserts. Hey, she’s eating for 2! DON’T JUDGE ME MONKEY!
January 31, 2012 – Baby B’s furniture got delivered today! Woohoo! Something like 10 weeks and thousands of dollars later, and our Peanut FINALLY had a room. No more renovations or remodels, now was time to pull it all together and take care of the small stuff around the house. Kate and I love the furniture, but she is so anxious to get some colors in the room other than gray and white. Luckily she’s patient enough to wait until the Peanut is born, and then she can go wild with boy or girl colors.
February 1, 2012 – Kate really likes the idea of having a nanny/sitter come to the house 1 day a week so she can go back to work 2 days a week (Nona watching Baby B the other day), so we decided to try to find a student at Pitt that was interested in babysitting. FAIL. Tonight was the first interview with anyone from Pitt, and coincidentally the last. She was very nice and polite, but we decided it wouldn’t be a good fit. End.
February 4, 2012 – Lamaze. Day 2. A lot more stretching and rolling around on the floor this Saturday. Again, a lot of good info and techniques until we got to the hand massaging part. 1) I didn’t want that damn lotion on my hands in the first place. 2) Katie’s hands didn’t look like they need massaging, but I was forced into it. 3) I walk up and squirt a “little” lotion in my hand. 4) About half the bottle comes out, so I turn and walk away like nothing happened. 5) See #1 above. 6) I was pissed and figured Katie would get mad thinking I was goofing around. 7) I started massaging her hands (her eyes were closed and the room was silent and dark). 8) My idea was that I could rub it all in before anyone noticed. 9) FAIL. 10) FAIL. 11) Lotion everywhere and Katie and I were laughing uncontrollably. 12) I was wiping in on the floor, my pants, anywhere and everywhere. She’s fun like that, and that’s why I love her!
February 11, 2012 – Today is the baby shower in Pittsburgh for all of Katie’s family. Sharon, Jenny, and Betsy did so much work putting together a “Celebrate the Peanut” themed shower. I only saw a little of what went on, but I heard everyone had a blast, and we got so much nice stuff from so many generous people. Can’t say thank you enough, and it’s overwhelming to know how many people in our lives are going to love Baby B when he/she is born.
February 14, 2012 – Katie and I celebrated Valentine’s Day in one of the more fun ways I can recall us celebrating….we went to NOLA in Market Square for an early dinner and then off to the orchestra. Not that orchestra. Not the lame orchestra. Trey Anastasio was headlining WITH the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The show was awesome. A lot more chill and tame than your typical Phish concert (ask anyone about Phish at Blossom in June 2011), but we had an awesome time together. Today seems like a good day to note that Katie’s belly is rounding out and she looks amazing! Everything about her looks great and I LOVE seeing her pregnant. She is so fluid and natural about everything, and takes any new changes or pains with a grain of salt. I know she’s going to be such a good mama!
February 27, 2012 – Tonight is Baptism class at St. Bernard. Nothing too fancy here, explained significance of oil, water, candle, and garments. Bingo. Bango. Bongo. Goodnight. I’m not shortcutting because this sacrament is not important, but 12 years of Catholic school give you a pretty solid foundation in the sacraments. On another note, we’re going to have a very hard time deciding on godparents…..a lot of great people in our lives. I guess that’s a good problem to have though.
February 28, 2012 – Tonight is Breastfeeding class at Magee. Some people would consider back to back nights of classes the equivalent of back to back NHL games. I was tired, achy, sick of listening, wanted to go home, and I wasn’t even the pregnant one. The class was good and I’m glad we went, but it was a little harder for me to get into this one than it was for me to get involved in the lamaze class. Involved in class or not, I’ll be there to support Katie and the Peanut any way I can even if it means propping an under-boob pillow for some extra support while nursing.