Friday, September 30, 2011

BUY NOW! The Corgi Butts & Friends Calendar now available!

Two options:

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$19.99
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$23.00
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$1 per calendar will go to  Corgi Pals!
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BUY NOW! The 2012 Corgis (with blogs) Calendar now available!

The printed calendar is now ready to order (digital version coming very soon)!

Two options:

Cafepress
$19.99
click here to buy!

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$22.90
click here to buy!

100% of the profits of both of these will go to the Lakeshore Corgi Rescue!
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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Bumpdate: 34 Weeks

Only 6 weeks to go!


I've been feeling pretty good for the most part!  Leg cramps are not as frequent and I've been sleeping a little better.  Nausea has decided to return though :(  It's just mildly annoying though.  Nothing like the first trimester :)    I'm still able to move around pretty well, so Gibson is still getting his 1.5-2 mile morning walks in!   As for eating, I mainly want veggies, fruit and chocolate :)  Anything spicy or fatty gives me horrible heartburn/acid reflux.   That supposedly means my baby will have a full head of hair when she's born, but I doubt it.

Gibson has barked at 3 babies this summer.  The third one being yesterday (which I guess isn't summer anymore..but you get the point).  I think they just totally freak him out cause they are so small!  It's not a mean bark.. more like a "whoa! Who are you and why are you so small and quiet and not moving much?  Why don't you want to love me??"  He just doesn't get it :-/   I am hoping hoping hoping that he'll get used to Baby H quickly and then never bark at a baby again...

I mentioned that I had my first baby shower a few weeks ago and I finally got a few photos to share :)   It was an awesome shower! My mom and best friend threw it for me and did an awesome job.  It was owl themed to match the nursery!

Look at the awesome cupcakes my bff made!!



There were also jars made to look like owls (which I don't have a good photo of) filled with "puppy chow" for the favors and the centerpieces were bowls filled w/candy and chocolate covered pretzels w/little owls on them.   So cute!

I also got a bunch of owl gifts :)



My family and friends were so generous that we received most of the things we needed! And I have another shower in a few weeks, which my friends here in town are sweetly throwing me :)  I feel so lucky to have such great family and friends!!!

The nursery is still coming along and is more crowded than ever ;)   We built Baby H a little closet  and I made a curtain for it last weekend.  Turned out pretty well if I do say so myself.   I also hung a decal over her crib, but I will keep that a secret for now... mainly because it keeps falling off so I'm not sure it will stay there ;)  

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Oh and if you are interested.. here's more of the bathroom progress...

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It's almost done.. just a few finishing touches that need to be completed before the 'Big Reveal' ;)

That's it for now. Have a good day!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

An end in sight..

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Gibson's scratching and licking has been almost non-existant the past few days, I am so excited :)  He's been more of his funny little self lately too.  I love it.  Last night, I let him out and gave him his allergy pill/treat and went back to the living room to watch tv.  He didn't come out of the kitchen for awhile and I wondered where he was.. well he came strolling out w/the measuring cup from  his bag of food over his nose lol.   I guess he had to show us that he found it on the floor (I dropped it and bending over isn't easy nowadays so I left it on the floor) and proceeded to lick it clean.   I found it hilarious ;)

Anyways, I think we faired pretty well this year in terms of Gibson looking non-ugly!   No bald spots on his head and he only had a few scabbies.   His eyeliner is a little faded, but not non-existant like it's been in years past.   He didn't scratch off any whiskers and his snout never got puffy and red :)

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His feet became red, but they are looking better now.  Only a hint of pink through his fur.
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The biggest casualty is probably his armpits, which are still dark red and painful looking :(  Poor dude.DSC_3041

But overall, not bad!

Oh and check out our sweet new travel system!   I love it.  Gibson ran around barking at it last night.  I figured we should leave it out where he is all day so he gets used to seeing it!!

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That's it for now.  How are you all fairing w/allergies???

Thursday, September 15, 2011

What's been up

Sorry for the deadness around here this week...  I've been busy this week training my replacement at work!  Quite a weird experience.  On one hand, I'm excited to start a new chapter in my life... but on the other, I am jealous that this other person will be doing MY job and sitting in MY desk and using MY computer.  Ah well. What can ya do? :)

Gibson seems to be slowly getting over his allergies.  I think the cold weather that we've been having has been killing all the ragweed and whatever else he's allergic to.  He's itching and licking less, for sure.  He's also been sleeping in places other than our bed!  We had been kicking him off of it when his scratching would shake us awake at night.  I brought up his dog bed and one night he used my body pillow (which I decided I didn't like) and has loved it!  I find him sleeping on it when I come home from work some days :)    He also sometimes randomly sleeps all the way downstairs.  By  himself!  Crazy town.

Besides his allergies, he seems to be doing quite well on the enzymes I've put him on.  His poop has been nice and solid since we've been adding it to his food :)   I am thinking about changing the flavor of his food (Wellness Core) to the ocean variety, since that's supposed to be better for sensitive tummies.  Too bad it's the priciest of all the flavors :-P

In baby news.. My first baby shower was last weekend!  I promise to share more about it once I get photos from everyone who was there (Ben had our camera in New York.  So I had to be relaxed pregnant lady and let everyone else worry about it).  The nursery is full of so many goodies!

In house  news.. Our new bathroom is almost complete!  Stay tuned for lots of photos of that too!

OH and I'm still waiting for Cafepress to release their 2012 calendars so we can get the Corgi Butts & Friends and Corgis (with blogs) Calendars up for sale!  Hopefully that should happen soon!!!


Ok, that's it for now.  Hope everyone is having a great week!!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Scout

I really don't dress Gibson up much, but I occasionally like to make him wear a bandana for a day.  When I do this, I magically have a brand new dog.  His name is Scout.

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Doesn't he just look like a Scout?

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And I am serious.  I go around calling him Scout all day long.  It just comes naturally.  I  can't look at him w/o thinking "Scout".   I guess it's Gibson's alter-ego.

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Although, I wish his alter-ego was less itchy than Gibson!  Go away, stupid allergies!!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Bumpdate: Week 32

Guess what? I'm huge!



I'm 32 weeks along now.. only 8ish weeks to go!  Isn't that crazy??  It seems to be going so fast, but maybe I'll change my tune when there is only 2 or 3 weeks to go and want this baby OUT :)

The uncomfortable-ness has begun to set in.  It's hard to move around by the end of the day, and sleeping is a chore.  I've changed up my workout routine a bit and now stick to walking, strength training and prenatal yoga.  Any sort of jogging in place/moving too fast was getting too uncomfortable.

Other than that, everything seems to be going great!

The nursery is coming along.  We were sent a glider and changing table from Ben's sweet sister, grandma and aunts and put them together this past weekend.  So, we really just need some stuff on the walls and this place will be good to go!

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So, time for some big news..  October 14th will be my last day of work.  I'm going to be a self-employed stay at home mom! I am super scared about this, but I think it is best for our family.   Wish me luck!

Hmm, I think that's it.  Hope you aren't getting too sick of these non-corgi related updates! :)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Calendar Corgi of the Month: Simon!

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on the wall

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on my screen

Mr. September

Name: Simon
Blog: Cardigan Complex
Corgi Mom: Shep


Simon Cuteness:






September Calendar Ideas
(it's a great time to take those photos for next year's calendar!)

- End of Summer
- Back to School
- Picnics
- Camping
- Leaves
- Apple Orchards



Note: Every month I'll be featuring the corgi of the month on the "Corgis (with blogs) Calendar" and giving tips on the types of photos I'll be looking for for the current month next year.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Is it over yet?

One of my favorite things about having a blog is that it documents things that I can go back and see for years to come.  This comes in handy for times when Gibson isn't feeling too hot.  For instance, if Gibson gets sick,  I can go to the archives and see if it is a trend that happens at the same time every year or if it's just some fluke sickness.  I've done this to check on when his  late summer allergies usually start, which has been pretty consistant every year.  Only problem is that I never seem to post when his allergies END.  

When the heck to do they end???!    It's only been about 2 weeks, but Gibson, Ben and I have all had enough of them.  I have been giving Gibson Benadryl twice  a day since they started, but he still scratches, licks and bites himself all day long.  Well, he does in-between his long drug-induced naps anyways.

Sleeping has been really fun.  Usually between 3 & 4am, he wakes up and scratches for the rest of the night.  I brought his dog bed up and put it in our room, so we can kick him off the bed when he starts.. but sometimes that even gets annoying.  One night, I  locked him out so I could get some peace and quiet!  Did you know it's kind of hard to sleep when you're a big 'ol pregnant lady as it is?   Between the leg cramps, trying to find a somewhat comfortable position and having to pee all the time.. it's not a walk in the park.  Throw in a dog w/crazy allergies and sleep is pretty much a rare occurance.  Last night I felt lucky because it was a cramp in my calf that woke me up instead of my scratching dog. hah.

Anyways, as bad as it sounds, he seems to be doing a bit better than the last few years.   I think the fact that I started him on allergy medicine as soon as I saw the first symptoms and have been giving him baths at least once a week has helped.

Here's how he's looking, 2 weeks into his allergies:

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He still has some eyeliner which is nice! And he hasn't lost too much fur on his head yet.  His nose isn't bright bred and his snout isn't puffy.   But his paws are all fairly pink and his armpits are looking pretty raw :(  

I hope the end is almost here.  I was looking through flickr photos and saw that he looked back to his old self around September 20th of last year.. That's not too far off.. I suppose....   I think next year, I may break down and get him the allergy shot at the vet :(

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Corgis (with blogs) 2012 Calendar WINNERS!


After almost 500 votes have been tallied (only 150 people voted last year!), it is time to announce the winners of the 2012 Corgis (with blogs) Calendar Contest!!

I think we all liked the voting system better this year than last year, am I right?  Made things easier for everyone and kept things private so less feelings were hurt.

Anyways, I wanted to thank everyone again who submitted photos this year.   After starting off kind of slow w/entries, there ended up being an abundance of quality photos!  It was hard for me to see a few that didn't quite make the cut that I thought were shoe-ins.    If your photo didn't win this year, I hope you try again next year!

And now (finally), here is your 2012 Corgis (with blogs) Calendar!!





Mr. Januarys

Simon and Caleb of Cardigan Complex


Mr. February

Ninja of Ninja the Pembroke Welsh Corgi


Mr. March

Gimli of Corgified Candy


Miss April

Sookie of Make Way for Cupcakes


Miss May

Mollie of Mollie the Corgi


Mr. June

Bender of Bender's Adventure Dog Blog


Miss July

Whiskey of All That Jazz


Mr. August

Maestro of Maestro's Magical Misadventures


Mr. September

Bailey of Bailey the Corgi


Mr. October

Gibson of Corgi Butts


Miss Novembers

Darby and Pumpkin of Darby & Pumpkin's Daily


Mr. December

Bryson of The Senakams: Corgi + 3






Congratulations, all!!!  I will be contacting you soon w/a  link to your free digital calendar!   Printed calendars will be available for purchase in the coming weeks.  Stay tuned!!!
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