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  1. I'm a creature of habit so I'd have a hard time going... BUT it sounds like an amazing opportunity and Julie is right, now is the perfect time to go.. besides you already know what it's like to live in a hotel in a strange place (remember CA!). When I moved to CA from WI my mantra was, "I can always come home"... now CA IS my home and has been for 11 years. (yeesh!) You never know where this may take you... AND you have your online support so until you find local mommy and "football" friends you'll have us.
  2. Santa Barbara is gorgeous (I live in Ventura county, close by) I'm glad everything worked out for you.
  3. We had a private welcome dinner at Portofino for our 40 guests. The additional charge is to cover costs for the wait staff and setup. Our mexican buffet setup was really beautiful and we asked them to set up tequila shots for us. You won't be able to just "show up" at one of the restaurants and expect to sit together. If there's just a few of you, it shouldn't be a problem (under 10).
  4. Thomas did our engagement photos. We chose another photographer for the wedding but were did get some great photos and he's SUPER hard working. The man was running everywhere. Many of the poses he had us try were really not us (little cheesy) so it came across as uncomfortable in some of the photos. It was our first time with professional photos and needed alot of direction, which he was good at. Many of the photos were soft focus.. I guess it's more about the style of photos you're looking for. We wanted more artsy/detail shots. I'm not familiar with the other photographers but I know Dreams recommended Thomas when we were planning.
  5. Tammy, Those photos of Connor are so great!
  6. Those are so great! Looks like catalog pics! Great job Tammy.
  7. Stay strong as to what you want as a couple and be glad your man doesn't give into his mom's demands.. it only gets worse if he lets her continue to manipulate him. His mom will be there to see her son get married and if she isn't then there's bigger reasons than location. Try not to get in between the two of them. He should be able to handle her.. after all, he's had to do it his entire life and I'm sure this isn't coming as a big surprise.
  8. Quote: Originally Posted by Jacilynda I have to agree on dr predictions, was your dr always measuring a big baby? My doctor said ours would be around 7 lbs and probably 19-20 inches, and she was 8lbs 11oz and 22.5 inches.... Maddie is still on the inside. No predictions from my Dr.. and I'm glad because it would just be one more thing keeping me up at night! I always thought a good indicator is if big babies run in the family. I was small and so was my husband (we still are, height-wise anyhow!)
  9. Hey Martha! Noah is going to born on Maddie's Due date! Yay! I always thought Dr predictions about weight/size were usually unreliable this late in your pregnancy. Was he always measuring a big baby? Well regardless, you're going to be just fine. I too would much rather be scheduled than labor forever and have to have an unscheduled one (my biggest fear). I can't wait to hear about little Noah's big debut into the world. I'm very excited for you and Jay... and your little miracle baby. All the girls are right.. move around as soon as they let you and when they offer you drugs for recovery, inform them you'll be breast feeding (if you are) so they make sure they're safe, but take them!
  10. Erica I can't WAIT to hear all about it! I've been thinking about you and so excited for you to get back. Enjoy being a MRS.!!
  11. Quote: Originally Posted by Tlseege Hi Carissa! I live in Wisconsin.. between Green Bay and Milwaukee... pretty close to the lake So if there is ANYTHING I can do for you from here just let me know. I have priced out a few places around here for a reception after our destination wedding so if you'd like to talk about that just send me a PM! As for the wedding... from the stand point of someone who lives in Wisconsin... RUN! To Punta Cana!!!! Actually I would say it really depends what YOU want. Weddings aren't cheap no matter where you go. Let me know if you'd like any help or just want to talk about possible wedding locations here in Wisconsin! I agree! I grew up in Wisconsin and my family loved making the trip to Cabo for our wedding.. any excuse to get out of the cold and they've never traveled out of the country before so while they were probably a little nervous, they had a great time (including both grandmas).
  12. Quote: Originally Posted by LisaG Martha - Noah is way comfy in there.... I just got back from my appt. It all went well. I gained 4 pounds, heartbeat was 156, bloob pressure 120/76. He also did the GSB test today. He said they like to do it between 33-35 weeks - whatever, it was just a week early. They said they don't like to chance me going into labor early and not knowing. He also said my cervix was still closed and he felt a little hand when he was in there. o.k., so that's a little freaky girls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He felt his hand with his fingers. WTF!?!? What happens when we have sex. A peepee is bigger than a finger!! What? How could he feel a hand if your cervix was closed? Isn't that between your canal and the baby? Are you sure he wasn't joking?
  13. We stopped trying to not be pregnant while in Mexico.
  14. A great resource while TTC or just wanting to learn about your body in general is the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility (TCOYF). Amazon.com: Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health (Revised Edition): Toni Weschler: Books I learned so much about my cycles and discharge (sorry TMI) that I never knew was 'normal' and how changes in your fluid help you determine where you are at in your cycle. I have long cycles (40 days traditionally) and thought TTC was going to take a lot longer but with this book's help I learned how to track my temps and we luckily got pregnant on my 1st full cycle of charting. Now we didn't really try before this but I felt much better being proactive. I also highly recommend pre-seed. I learned that other lubricants can actually hurt your chances of conceiving. Pre-Seed with 2 Free Pregnancy Tests and Free Shipping (this is also a good site if you're interested in buying test strips for ovulating and pregnancy, both of which can be very pricey if you're buying month after month at a drugstore.) Ovulation Calendar and Ovulation Chart - FertilityFriend.com is a great resource for temping and you can actually join for a month for free. What I did was print out a chart from TCOYF and penciled in the information for my first half month.. then I joined and filled in the information for that month and my next to compare. The monthly fee isn't high and it's great that you can save your charts and look for patterns. Best of luck to everyone who's trying. FYI: The book can be used as a non-TTC tactic also by making you aware of your most fertile days and when you're more likely to conceive. Although, backup is always a good idea.
  15. Quote: Originally Posted by LisaG Martha - just feel lucky you are not having BH - they aren't fun and I've heard everyone does not get them. The birth classes are fun for us too. We take our last one next week. I feel so much better about everything now and so does James. o.k., girls - my pants were not fitting very well yesterday. The waist band was not staying up and kept rolling down more than normal so I decided to take another pic (which i'm going to do every week now) and I'm pretty sure I've dropped AND I've grown SO much in the last week - holy crap!! Martha, I'm almost 37 weeks and I haven't had any contractions and haven't dropped yet either. We're all so different so try not to compare your pregancy with Lisa's. It will just make you worry that something is wrong. Regarding your Strep B testing.. Yes, they normally test between 35-37 weeks and I'm not sure what your doctor's reasoning might be behind the early testing (that might be a good question). Apparently the bacteria can come and go so just tell him at your next appointment you'd like to have another test for it. You're (or your insurance) is paying for it so he shouldn't have any objections. If he makes you feel stupid for asking, just tell him it's causing you stress and you'd like to have it re-done regardless. Your doctor shouldn't be causing you additional stress. You don't have to show him print outs.. it's commonly known that testing is done late in the pregnancy (35-37 weeks) as standard practice. All three agencies (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) agree. Lisa, you look awesome and your belly does look lower! I feel bad for you ladies with all the pressure down below.. although I have the pressure up above so it's hard to sit for any amount of time. We're almost there!!!
  16. Tammy, I'm sure you tried this but did you check on the 89 code trick? It definitely won't be as good as an employee discount but might save you some money. Add an item to your shopping cart. There it will list the item number. Copy the item number and do a search at the top of the page. Enter that item number but change the first two numbers to 89. Bunch of different numbers work including "9-" in front of the item number when you do your search. Sorry if this info has been posted before. I wish I new someone that worked there when we bought our kitchen/living room stuff.. open up a cc if you don't have one. They had a promotion going when I did my big order and I got like $150 worth of free stuff...
  17. I've never heard of an officiant doing any of those things? I always thought they just had a set rate and then worked with you on what to include in your ceremony to make it about you and your husband to be. Not an a'la carte menu with additional costs. Can you have a friend read the blessing and sand ceremony. Matt's sister did it and it was so much more special because she was apart of our ceremony. What next, 50 cents per wafer at communion or per blessing? Have you been to any friend's weddings that you enjoyed the officiant? Does your officiant work for your wedding ceremony location, I'm sorry I don't know the details but sounds like you're getting married at a hotel? You can hire a judge to perform the ceremony for usually a very small fee.. Do you have a coordinator that can deal with this for you?
  18. I bet if any photographers chime in, they will say to please no fake tan.. it doesn't look good in photos AND it isn't you. I remember Juan Carlos telling us all how horrible it shows in photos, even if it looks ok in person. I know what you mean about being pale.. I'm super pale too but that's me.. that's how I look 365 days a year (well except when I miss a spot with the SPF and I'm red!) why would I want my wedding photos to make me look like someone I'm not? If you are having something done I would do it before you leave for the wedding. Can you imagine how horrible it would be to have a bad job done while down there? There's no time to fix and it would probably be something you'd regret forever. That's just my opinion anyhow.
  19. I stayed in "vacation mode" for a looooong time after we got back from Mexico. All-inclusive drinks and food spoiled me. I need to get back on the "wedding diet" after the baby.
  20. No way! That's way too long. The most I've ever heard designers taking is 6-8 months.. what does the dress shop say? I ordered a sample dress so I only waited a week or so but 9 months is crazy!
  21. I haven't read the other responses but sounds like you need to choose your family.. either you'll continue torturing yourself trying to please your parents or choose your new family.. you and Marc. Your husband will need you to make a decision.. What happens if you have kids and they treat your kids that way? I would suggest reading the book by Dr. Laura "Ten Stupid Things Couples do to Mess up Their Relationships".. might help you get over your issues with your family and have a happy life with your new hubby without the guilt.
  22. Welcome to the forum! I joined in November 2006 and wasn't asked until December. This forum is a great resource for ideas and contacts.. you just don't want to make the mistake that some girls make.. by start buying stuff thinking you're saving money by finding a good deal but then end up having items that don't fit your completed vision. Better to just store ideas in a Word document on your desktop. That will also save you from having to search for something you found and loved at one point but didn't think to save.
  23. My first thought was if their work is that good, why the 3.5 hour pitch? I would be leary of the great "deal" you're getting. ($6,000 is allot of money!) Just be sure to check all your other options before signing a contract. Have you found other brides that have used their services for a destination wedding? Seen samples of full weddings and not just the great photos? Video can be either really good or really bad depending on the editing.. be sure to see several samples. Best of luck!
  24. What! I had no idea it was starting tonight.. I guess I don't watch much CBS. I'll have to set the DVR, thanks!
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