Sunday, December 28, 2008


I woke up this morning, only to check my normal websites & found the new Target ad advertising Wii Fits on sale!  I called right away & they had 10 in stock, so obviously I ran right over.  I got one for myself & one for my in-laws.  I was so so so excited!  This was one Christmas gift that I really wanted for myself & didn't get.  I got to Target & sure enough, there were a few left.  I quickly came home & spent 72 minutes playing Wii Fit.  I love it.  It is perfect for 8 months pregnant Kirsten & will be perfect for postpartum Mommy Kirsten who is stuck in the house for a few weeks/months until Baby Fleisch is ready to take some nice long walks at Valley Forge Park.  Granted, I don't like the Wii Fitness assessment that tells me that I am obese, but they don't have a "pregnant" option on there.  Tomorrow starts my last full week of vacation to myself.  I am hoping to get some light workouts in, some cleaning, some baby prep & maybe lunch with some girlfriends.  Other than that, I intend to catch every episode of Rachel Ray & maybe get myself a little pedicure.  My poor toes have been abandon since I can barely reach them anymore!    

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve 2008

Well here we are, quite possibly our last holiday without Baby Fleischman.  Every major & minor event that happen lately, I can't help but think "What will this be like next time/next year?"  So far this Christmas eve day Cameron & I have spent a majority of our day playing Guitar Hero World Tour.  Daddy was amused to come home to us still in our Pjs (me in my pink gingerbread nightgown, white tights & my new paisley ugg boots & Cam in his Hulk pjs).  Next year....I think not :)   I am getting very anxious & hopefully once I go back to school in January, time will fly by.  I am not only anxious to meet our little person, but to get back to working out.  It just isn't comfortable right now.  Today I walked into the baby's room, just to be there.  It is such a neat feeling.  Unfortunately, there really isn't much I can do in there now until he/she gets here.

My mom booked our first family trip to Florida for Easter.  Believe it or not, Matt, Cameron & I have never all flown anywhere together.  I have flown with both of them by myself, but never the 3 of us & Matt has never flown with Cam.  It should be interesting & hopefully fun at the same time.  For some reason flying & 2 month old, just don't bring the word "fun" to mind...but we shall see.  Right now I am hell-bent on taking the baby for his/her first trip to Disney World.  As if he/she will have any clue what is going on, but I really want to.  I will probably change my mind, but we will see.  I obviously have no clue what we are in for, so everything will be on a day to day basis.    I do know that Matt & I will be going out on at least one date night while we are there.  I think we will be ready for a kid-free few hours alone together...not that I can't wait to be a family together, bc it is one thing that I have always looked forward to.  For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to get married & have children.  I am so blessed to have both become real for me.  

Well, time to get ready for the Sitko family Christmas Eve festivities, one of my favorite nights of the year :)  Oh...very quickly, Matt & I decided to do limited presents for eachother this year & I told him that he has already given me the 2 most amazing presents ever in May...our wedding day & creating the life of our son/daughter.  Other than all of our health, I don't need anything else this year, or any other for that matter. 

Monday, December 22, 2008

Everything looks good!

Today I had my 31-32 week appointment.  I had my last one 3 weeks ago & my next 2 weeks from now.  Time is really flying by!  I only gained 2 lbs & this was after a week of eating Christmas cookies & our annual Sitko family pierogi making last night.   The doctor said my weight looks good, bp looks good, I am measuring at 31.5 weeks & the baby is still head-up.  She then proceeded to tell me the 4 instances when I need to call the doctor right away...which honestly made me a little paranoid.  In my mind I am thinking I am not going to "need" to call the doctor for another 8-9 weeks.  Our fingers are crossed.  

Recently, I have been feeling a little internal pressure to get EVERYTHING that I can imagine that we will possibly need for when our little one arrives, hopefully in about 8.5 weeks.  Today I got some clothes for myself for the hospital, a case of baby wipes & I exchanged our baby monitor.  Daddy decided we should have a video monitor & convinced me that this is a good idea...mind you they are $150 MORE than the one I would have been content with.  We bought one on Saturday & it made this hideous buzzing noise, so I exchanged it for a different one today.  We will see what tech-Daddy thinks.  I do like the idea of being able to just look at the monitor when I hear a little "peep" as opposed to going up & checking on the baby in his/her room & possibly disturbing him/her.  

Monday, December 15, 2008

Baby Gear Pile Up

Well, as Matt put it yesterday...we have no room left for the baby! We added yet another piece of baby gear to the baby's room...the travel system (aka car seat & stroller combo). The baby's room is now piled high with boxes of gear for dear Daddy to put together once Christmas is over. This purchase is one of the most exciting for me. I am not sure why, but I can't wait to use it. It is a Chicco Cortiva travel system & it is awesome. Of course, we had one in mind, but opted for the more expensive one b/c it seemed easier to use. ...make that more baby gear, my friend Jen just delivered an early Christmas gift to me, 4 cute little baby sleepers!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Baby Shower!

On Sunday, my cousin, Denise & Mom hosted our baby shower. It was such a beautiful day with so many of our friends & family. I was so excited to see everyone there...especially my husband :) He missed my bridal shower b/c he was on tour at the time, so it was very nice to have him present for this special day. The theme was "Story time" & each guest brought along a book for our baby that is special to them & wrote a little message inside of the book. Each book will be such a special keepsake for our baby as he/she grows up. Cameron read one of the books (Gingerbread Baby) to the baby (aka me) last night. I can't wait for him to actually get to be a big brother! Some special details of the shower included a story book cake that read "Twinkle, twinkle little star, how we wonder what you are," a baby Christmas tree, Moon/Star favors accompanied by a personalized tea bag & a book mark with a very personal touch, delicious food (my favorite is always the home made tandy cakes), a baby clothes pin game, baby dolls all over the house (some scarier than others), very nice decorations, a baby food tasting game (I was 6 for 7 & Matt was 4 for 7!) & amazing gifts! A few of my personal favorites are a shirt that reads "Made in America with Polish & Irish parts," my Coach diaper bag, Matt's "diaper dude" diaper bag, baby uggs & the 2 gifts that made me cry were my baby blanket that my Babci made for me & I came home from the hospital in & a pin that my Godmother, Ciocci Loraine, gave me for my Christening day. They are so special & I can't wait to hand them down to our baby.
All in all the day was a major success! So much so that I had to take a "sick" day from work to organize everything & put it away the following day! It is amazing how everything is coming together so nicely & so quickly! I am 30 weeks pregnant today! Only 10 more weeks until we meet our sweet little baby!!!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Baby Class

Matt & I attended our first baby class last night at Paoli Hospital. It made things a little more "real" in making us think about the fact that in a few short weeks, our sweet baby will be coming into this world. We both learned alot during the class & it felt really nice to just be together doing something so important. We got a tour of the maternity ward & met some other couples who are expecting around the same time as us. 

Once again, Matt reminded me why I married him. Before I was pregnant, when we would go out to dinner/a party/a bar, occassionally when we left he would tell me that I was still the most beautiful person in the room to him & that I would still be the first one to catch his eye, even if I wasn't his wife. When we left baby class last night he said "Ki, you were by far the most beautiful woman there tonight." Mind you, I have a big ol belly, a little extra everywhere else & tummy panel jeans on...but he still finds me to be the most beautiful. He is the best & I can't wait to be a Mommy & Daddy together. 

We are looking forward to the upcoming holidays, although I must admit, I am seriously distracted this year. I guess that happens when you have constant reminders of the major life change that is about to happen. I will be 30 weeks prego on Tuesday, only 10 more weeks until our due date. I can't wait to meet this little peanut!

Monday, November 24, 2008


I spent practically the whole weekend laid-up on the couch. This is time #2 of being sick during this pregnancy. I guess I should consider myself lucky b/c some people are sick for the whole first 3 months. I have a cold this time around. Last time it was a stomach-bug. Being sick & pregnant is worse than being just normal & pregnant b/c #1 I can't just take any/every kind of medicine all day long & #2 I worry all day everyday, until I am not sick any more that this poor little baby feels half as crappy as I do. But, the doctor says the baby is fine, so I am sure he/she is. 

Before feeling 110% awful on Saturday, Matt & I made a trip to Babies R Us to get the baby a coming-home outfit. I eyed one up on Thursday afternoon that I just couldn't stop thinking about. I literally lost sleep on Thursday night thinking about how I should have gotten it. So luckily they had it at the one at Exton & Daddy picked out the little girl outfit. Needless to say, our baby will be quite stylish for his/her first appearance in the real world. Mommy wouldn't have it any other way. I can't wait to know the sex, just for the pure fact that I want to go to H&M baby & get some fabulously stylish baby clothes!

While I was laying on the couch all weekend, Daddy finished up some loose ends in the nursery. He hung the blinds, curtains, hooks & 2 canvas's that our friend Jen painted for the baby. It looks great now with the little details. Now we just need the cross-stitch that Grandma Sitko is making & once the baby is born I want to paint letters with his/her name on them & hang them above the crib.

Other than that, life is moving along swiftly. I remember when we first found out that we were pregnant saying "Oh it will be here before we know it...first Thanksgiving, then Christmas, then the baby!" And here we are, only a few days away from Thanksgiving! 
I feel so grateful this year. Maybe more-so from in the years past b/c everything is so concrete now. I have a beautiful house that Matt, Cameron & I have made into our home, I have an amazingly loving & supportive husband who I fall asleep & wake up next to EVERY morning, I have a stepson who is just growing in every way, every day to be a more & more amazing little boy, I have a sweet puppy who drives me crazy sometimes, but makes me smile & laugh numerous times a day, parents who love & support all 3.5 of us in every way, and a sweet little baby inside of me who reminds me in his/her own way every day that I am his/her Mommy & taking care of him/her in helping him/her grow to be a healty, happy little person & something alot of people do not have right now, financial stability. Matt & I are so so so fortunate to have GREAT jobs, which really makes a difference in our everyday lives.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Be sure to take some time to reflect on how lucky you are for everything that you may have. I have so much & I truly cannot say that I do not have anything that I want/need at this point in my life.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Baby Fleischman Names

Well sure enough, eventually this little baby will have a name. We have had a girls name (Cambria) set in stone since sometime in July or so. Well we all know that means we are bound to have a baby boy. We have thrown around so many names & none seem to stick with either one or both of us. Right now on the table we have Rowen (we both like, but I think it is becoming too popular), Tolan (Matt likes, I am not 100% sold on) & I came up with Connolly this past weekend. Matt thinks 3 syllables is too many, so I found Conley, which is similar, but shorter. I haven't asked his opinion of it yet, but we shall see. 
It is a pretty important job to name your child. The kid has to live with that name all day everyday forever! That is pretty serious, not much has to be dealt with all day, everyday, forever!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Baby Fleischman has a room!

After lots of painting, a little bit of shopping & some hard work, our baby has a room.  Matt & Cameron spent 2 weekends ago painting & I spent today putting together the crib & organizing things.  It turned out so perfect.  We all love it.  

Baby Fleischman is growing every day & very active.  You can now see him/her moving around from the outside.  I think this baby is going to be alot like Daddy & I...we can't sit still for long & always need to be doing something.  

Little Miss Layla has been acting out a bit lately.  She ate one of my favorite Reef flip flops the other night & the following night, she was attempting to rip the couch apart.  I think she knows something is up.  She doesn't like change & us painting & bringing in new furniture for the baby's room has thrown her for a loop.  Whenever we can we show her the baby's stuff & made her kiss it.  Today she was staring at the froggy blanket for the baby & I could see by the look in her eyes that she just wanted to rip that froggy's head off & make it her own.  

Cameron is doing well.  He is excited to be a big brother.  He has been involved in gymnastics & boy scouts since the beginning of the school year.  He really enjoys both.  He has been doing very well in school as well.  His reading & writing is really coming along.  He is learning about counting money in math, that has proven to be a little struggle, but he is progressing. 

Oh...exciting news.  He was chosen by his music teacher to perform a solo in the school holiday concert.  He is his father's son!  We are so proud of him.  His birthday is coming up soon.  It is actually on Thanksgiving this year.  We got him a Wii & I can't wait to put it to good use.  I think I want it for myself just as much as I wanted it for him, if not more.  

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Mommy-to-be is TIRED!

As of today, I am 10 weeks & 2 days pregnant. Yesterday Layla & I went to visit Daddy in Maryland. It was the first day that Daddy said "I love you" to baby Fleischman. We are some lucky ladies...assuming that this little baby is a girl, which Matt & I do. We are pretty solid on a girls name & we both love it. We are going to keep it a secret for now, b/c who knows how many times we will change our mind. Matt likes the name Rory for a boy, but I say it is too mumbly to say (sounds like I have marbles in my mouth when I say it). I also at one point said "It has too many "r's" in it. 

Today was the first day I actually felt 110% exhausted all day long...must be making some pretty important organs today! I woke up at 8, fell asleep around 11, woke up at 1, fell asleep at 4, woke up at 6 & am now trying to make the evening somewhat productive. But as my mom reminded me, I have the next 18 years to be productive everyday, whether I want to or not. Tuesday was the first reality check of the fact that I will not be fitting in my regular clothes for much longer...I tried on a few pairs of pants for work at Iron Hill before settling on the most comfortable pair I could find...worn unbuttoned. :) 

Other than that, all is well & day by day we are getting used to the idea of having a sweet little baby around in a few months. Now to just get Layla & Cam used to the idea!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

He/She is really in there!?!!!!!

So it is finally official...there is a baby in my belly!  I had our first baby appointment today & saw the baby & his/her heartbeat on the ultrasound.   It is so much more real now.  So back to the beginning, we have known that we are pregnant for about 5 weeks now, before we left for our honeymoon.  Yep...if you do the math, we got pregnant right after the wedding!  I've taken 6, yes 6, pregnancy tests.  It seemed too good to be true, but we are definitely blessed with being able to conceive so quickly.  Matt is on tour right now, so my mom came with me to the appointment since she was here on business.  It was so nice for her to be there to see her first grandbaby for the first time.  It was very special.  I can't wait until Matt sees him/her.  I sent him pictures today from the ultrasound.  The baby looks like a little teddy bear in there.  When we got home, my mom gave me our first baby gift.  Baby Fleisch got "my first friend" (a teddy bear) some onesies & pj's.  I got a little pregnancy journal to keep updated.  I've been feeling good so morning sickness.  My mom didn't have it either, so hopefully it's genetic & I won't get it either.  I haven't had any crazy cravings, but I did make a trip to the grocery store earlier this week & I got mac/cheese, cheese & crackers & cheesecake bars.  Weird.  We are waiting to tell all of our parents in person, which will be next week while we are in Florida to tell my dad & the last week in July to tell Matt's parents when he is on tour locally.  We are really itching to tell people.  So that's about it for now...our due date is February 20, 2009 as of right now.  Baby Fleisch will be almost exactly one year younger than his/her future girlfriend, Mabel Jane Shiffer (one of our best friend's (Stacy & Caleb's) daughter).   It is all just so exciting...I get to be a first time mommy, Matt gets to be a daddy again & Cameron & Layla get a little brother/sister.  Life doesn't get any better than this!