The Shelf

Jodi's Stomach at almost 4 months

As Tom Hanks in CASTAWAY when he finally makes fire and with the gut filled conviction announces it to the world around him – allow me to introduce THE SHELF with the same conviction.

I have produced this awesome, now kicking, living thing and it works as more than a pee reflex or uncomfortable sleeping position giver, it now works as a SHELF.

The wonders of this shelf are endless, the laptop which used to slide all over my legs and belly in bed, now sits up right in position as commanded.

The bowl of grapes or any other fruit I’m craving now has a home within 18 inches of my hungry mouth.

And that pillow Aaron likes to use when laying next to me, yea, is now the shelf.


So I can’t boy cot this forever, and since it was only a dramatic climax to get people to comment … I’ll regress and continue to post – but not now. Now I have a date with that one guy who did that one thing once … he likes the internet and it mostly addicted to it – oh right, my husband. The cute one.

Because I saw a sign for 70% off …

One of my many errands took me to the outlet mall here in Holland today.

As I was driving in there was a sign and some things set up outside. BABY STUFF. It was 70% off, and when you went inside, there were signs for 50% and 30% off. I discovered Carters outlet store.

I happen to be a magnet to anything that states something is money off the lowest ticketed price. But BABY STUFF with money off the lowest ticketed price – HOLY CRAP. This baby is going to be the best dressed 0-3 month old EVER!

I bought the outfit to come home from the hospital in, and some sleepers, and onsies. I did buy 12-18 month onsies too … so I can say I’m prepared past 3 months in some way.

We haven’t really gotten anything for the baby yet on our own, we’ve been given a few things from family but we’ve been waiting to get into a new house before we unleash the baby buying power.

It’s been so hard not to buy baby stuff, most of the time I don’t go to said sections of stores but I want to so bad. And today I broke down and went INSIDE a store that only has baby clothes, games and even rain boots.

Hopefully we’ll have a new house in the next 2 or 3 months so we can register for the necessities and I can have a place to put my new baby clothes on tiny baby hangers in a baby nursery. 🙂

Did I mention we’re having a BABY!!!!!

Baldwin for a boy, Narda for a girl

The new question of choice lately is – do you have names picked out?

Since we’re not finding out the sex, and thats a cruel cruel joke to play on most of the general public; we must have names – so what are they!

Well, as you can see we’re seriously considering Baldwin for a boy. And Narda for a girl.

A few others on the list (boys) are:

Hank – this is an obvious choice.
Richard – Dick for short.
or Lane

A few others on the list (girls) are:

Apple – because seriously Gweneth Paltrow can’t have all the fun.
Polly – we’re hoping she fits in a pocket
or Eliot

There you have it folks. Baldwin Arilies Schaap or Narda Chavelle Schaap.


Now I know I’m going to get bigger in my mid section for the next 5 1/2 – 6 months but I am amazed at how big it already is. Sometimes Aaron and I just look at it and wonder – how am I going to be able to walk?

You see I have all of 4 inches between the bottom of my ribs and the beginning of my hips – I have NO WHERE to put this baby, but out. And to think I’m going to sport 7 pounds baby, 7 pounds amniotic fluid and whatever else – which is 14 pounds just to be clear – on the outside of “the insides” … I’m definitely going to need some kind of walker to keep me from tipping over.

I’m reading a book right now, one of many, called The Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy, Everything Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You; it’s a very good book and I recommend it to all pregnant woman highly. But there’s more than a chapter on how pregnancy isn’t just the belly – the whole body is pregnant. I have to say this is the best advice I’ve gotten to date on this experience because all the hair growing in weird places, the hair growing longer and faster, and my hair getting darker is very foriegn. I was writing down all these questions for my next doctors appointment until I got to that chapter. And thats just my hair. My fingernails are pregnant, my boobs are definitely pregnant, my entire bone structure is moving and making room for the pregnancy in and of itself.

Not one thing isn’t pregnant about me. Well, maybe my nose. But then again, I can smell Aaron’s morning breath before he even wakes up or moves in my general direction.