Friday, August 24, 2007

Friday, August 24th, 2007

In case you haven't guessed - Peyton has decided to hang out a little longer. Unfortunately I haven't made much progress from a week and a half ago. So, looks like we are in this for the long haul. I will continue to have twice weekly stress tests and have another dr's appt scheduled for next Thursday. If I make it to that appt then the doc will schedule an induction - probably right after Labor Day weekend as she will be out of town. Will keep you posted!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007 - Due Date!!!!

So today is our due date! Since it has arrived and Peyton hasn't we are now counting down to 9/6/07 - as that is how long the doc said she would let me go over my due date before thinking about inducing me.

As of today our baby girl is no longer going to be a Leo. Now, she moves into the sign of Virgo. A little bit about Virgos....

Modest and shy

Meticulous and reliable

Practical and diligent

Intelligent and analytical

Fussy and a worrier

Overcritical and harsh

Perfectionist and conservative

Virgo is the only zodiacal sign represented by a female. It is sometimes thought of as a potentially creative girl, delicately lovely; sometimes as a somewhat older woman, intelligent but rather pedantic and spinsterish. The latter impression is sometimes confirmed by the Virgoan preciseness, refinement, fastidious love of cleanliness, hygiene and good order, conventionality and aristocratic attitude of reserve. They are usually observant, shrewd, critically inclined, judicious, patient, practical supporters of the status quo, and tend toward conservatism in all departments of life. On the surface they are emotionally cold, and sometimes this goes deeper, for their habit of suppressing their natural kindness may in the end cause it to atrophy, with the result that they shrink from committing themselves to friendship, make few relationships, and those they do make they are careful to keep superficial.
But the outward lack of feeling may, in some individuals born under this sign, conceal too much emotion, to which they are afraid of giving way because they do not trust others, nor do they have confidence in themselves and their judgments. This is because they are conscious of certain shortcomings in themselves of worldliness, of practicality, of sophistication and of outgoingness. So they bring the art of self concealment to a high pitch, hiding their apprehensiveness about themselves and their often considerable sympathy with other people under a mantle of matter-of-factness and undemonstrative, quiet reserve. They are still waters that run deep. Yet in their unassuming, outwardly cheerful and agreeable fashion, they can be sensible, discreet, well spoken, wise and witty, with a good understanding of other people's problems which they can tackle with a practicality not always evident in their own personal relationships.
Both sexes have considerable charm and dignity, which make some male Virgoans appear effeminate when they are not. In marriage they can be genuinely affectionate, making good spouses and parents, but their love making is a perfection of technique rather than the expression of desire, and they must be careful not to mate with a partner whose
sex drive requires a passion they cannot match. They are intellectually enquiring, methodical and logical, studious and teachable. They combine mental ingenuity with the ability to produce a clear analysis of the most complicated problems. They have an excellent eye for detail but they may be so meticulous that they neglect larger issues. Also, although they are realists, they may slow down projects by being too exact. They are practical with their hands, good technicians and have genuine inventive talents, Thoroughness, hard work and conscientiousness are their hallmarks, and they are such perfectionists that, if things go wrong, they are easily discouraged. Because of their ability to see every angle of a many-sided question, they are unhappy with abstract theorizing. Appreciating the many different points of view as they do, they find philosophical concepts difficult, and they vacillate and have no confidence in any conclusions at which they arrive. With these qualities, they are better as subordinates than leaders. Responsibility irks them and they often lack the breadth of strategic vision that a leader needs Virgoans are essentially tacticians, admirable in the attainment of limited objectives. Their self distrust is something they project on to other people and tends to make them exacting employers, though in the demands they make on those under them they temper this attitude with justice. They have potential abilities in the arts, sciences and languages. Language especially they use correctly, clearly, consciously and formally, as grammarians and etymologists rather than for literary interests, yet they are likely to have a good memory for apt quotations. Although they are well suited for careers in machine drawing, surveying and similar occupations, they are better fitted for a job in a library or office than a workshop.
Their minds are such that they need the stimulus of practical problems to be solved rather than the mere routine or working to set specifications that need no thought. They are careful with money and their interest in statistics makes them excellent bookkeepers and accountants. They also make good editors, physicists and analytical chemists. They may also find success as welfare workers, ministering to those less fortunate than themselves. They can be doctors, nurses,
psychologists, teachers, confidential secretaries, technologists, inspectors, musicians, critics, public speakers and writers especially of reference works such as dictionaries and encyclopedias. Both sexes have a deep interest in history, a feature recognized by astrological authorities for at least two hundred years. If they go in for a business career their shrewdness and analytical ingenuity could tempt them into dishonesty, though they usually have enough moral sense to resist temptation. Female Virgoans may find a career in fashion, for they have a flair for dress, in which they can be trend setters. In any profession they choose the natives of this sign readily assimilate new ideas, but always with caution, conserving what they consider worth keeping from the past. They love country life but are unlikely to make good farmers, unless they can contrive to carry out their work without outraging their sense of hygiene and cleanliness. Their faults, as is usual with all zodiacal types, are the extremes of their virtues. Fastidious reticence and modesty become old-maidishness and persnicketiness; balanced criticism becomes carping and nagging; and concern for detail becomes overspecialization. Virgoans are liable to indecision in wider issues and this can become chronic, turning molehills of minor difficulties into Himalayas of crisis. Their prudence can become guile and their carefulness, turned in on themselves, can produce worriers and hypochondriacs.

Health foods

Hazards to health
Anything sordid
Sloppy workers
Being uncertain

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

The bags are packed....

The crib is ready....

We're stocked on diapers and wipes...

The belly is at maximum capacity......

We just need a baby!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

Okay so this is my first experience with my own blog! Don't know what I am doing but I will learn. I think this will be the best way to update all of our family and friends about what is going on in our lives here in Elk Grove. Can't wait until we have pictures to share of Peyton.

So my due date is 8/23. Unfortunately I don't think I will be having Peyton any time soon. I am now having weekly dr's visits and twice weekly stress tests. My next dr's appointment and stress test is on Thursday so I'll make sure to update you all after that.

The stress test on Monday Peyton was apparently not in the mood to cooperate. She didn't move during the entire 30 minutes they were monitoring me. Since my doc was out of town, the prenatal nurse sent me on to Methodist Hopsital to have additional monitoring done. After a shot of apple juice she perked right up and they went ahead and released me. (She loves apple juice just like her Aunt Kristin!)

Will post some pictures later of the curent baby bump - although it is less a bump and more a mountain at this point.

Travis and the boys are doing fine. Travis has some meetings on Thursday he would like to get out of so if I could just get P to go along with the plan and have her in the next day or two that would work best for him. Aunt Kristin said after the 24th would fit in best with her schedule. Grandma and Grandpa Smith are coming out after Labor Day so they are hoping she is born before then. As I keep telling everyone, Peyton is the one calling the shots at this point and I don't think she is taking requests.

Will keep everyone updated! Love, the Smith Family (Travis, Tracy, Henry, Chili & Peyton)