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I am a 29 year old teacher of fourth grade. My husband and I began TTC in March of 2008. We conceived our first month, but unfortunately it only ended in an early miscarriage. 8 months later we finally conceived again, and she was our take-home baby! Norah Jane was born on July 16, 2009. 7lbs 0oz 19" long and amazing. We recently had our sweet baby boy, Miles! He was born on June 12, 2013 at 3:37pm, weighing in at 8lbs 4oz, 20 inches long, and PERFECT! We are loving every minute of parenthood (even the frustrating minutes!). This blog is an attempt to chronicle the baby steps, foot steps, leaps, bounds, and milestones of this journey.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

4 Months!

I am absolutely floored that Norah is four months old. I know people say that time flies, but seriously, it does... we aren't using figurative language here! So yesterday was her four month appt, and here is the run down:

13 lbs 4 oz 43rd percentile :)
23.5 inches 24th percentile :) Short baby.
42cm head 76TH PERCENTILE. Wow! She's got daddy's head!

She also has ANOTHER stinking ear infection. This makes #3 in four months. Her first two were double ear infections. The pedi said that if she has three more before July, then we've got to seriously discuss tubes. :( Poor baby.

Overall she looks perfect. The Pedi checked her over, and aside of her ears, there were no problems. Her doctor told me that she had incredible trunk control for four months, so that made me happy. She also said that we should start solids in about two weeks. She told us to start on cereal first of course... What's funny is that she said, "Ok so you will need to mix three tablespoons of cereal with a tablespoon and a half of your formula there." The she pointed to the bottle that H was feeding Norah. I said, "Oh, that's not formula, that's breastmilk." She dropped her papers in her lap and said emphatically, "That's breastmilk?!!?" I said yes and she said, "That is the thickest, creamiest, breastmilk I've ever seen! No wonder she is gaining weight like she is supposed to!" I blushed and said, "Um, thank you?" Lol... it was funny.

So, our baby sweetness is just as perfect as we think she is. I just wish she didn't have another ear infection. We'll just monitor things and see how it goes.

I'll edit this and post her four month pics later.

Friday, October 16, 2009

3 months old today!

Ok, I'm a mom... I have no time to write in a blog!! :) Seriously, I have been so busy, it is unreal. From the time I get up in the morning, until the time I go to bed, to all through the night, I am always doing something. So, the blogging had to be on the back burner. I'd like to give a quick update of my sweetness now though since I am on Fall Break as of today.

Norah is three months old today!! (I tried to take a picture, but by the time I got to the camera, she'd fallen asleep...I'll take pictures tomorrow)

Sleeping through the night you ask? HAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAAA...no. Still waking at least twice a night. We've got it down to where I usually get the first shift and H gets the second, so it's not terribly bad. I still cannot wait until it happens though.

Eating well? Oh yeah! She was 11 lbs 11oz at her last appt, which was a week ago exactly. She had an appt because her double ear infection never fully healed and came back... poor baby looked and acted so pitiful.

Rolling over you ask? YES! She rolled over for the first time a week ago. It was awesome! I had her doing tummy time on her activity gym mat and I noticed that she was shaking her booty like crazy. I looked at H and my sister and said, "Um, guys, Norah is about to roll over." We all watched, and within 30 seconds she rolled over! I thought it was a fluke, so I put her on her belly two more times, and two more times she rolled! She's done it several times since, too! It is adorable. She gives this look like, "What the HECK just happened?!" :)

Head control? She's almost got complete head control! She holds that thing up like crazy. It is so cute!

Anything else fun? Yes, of course. She JUST started playing in the bathtub as of yesterday. I had her in her infant tub, which is dark blue, then I put a rubber ducky in the water. She stared at it, followed it with her eyes, and kicked it! Then she followed it with her eyes and kicked it again, then again and again. It was great! She also did the same thing tonight!

Norah is just amazing. She is obviously changing week to week, and subtly changing day to day. I wish she'd stop growing so fast... she's my sweet sweet baby girl, and I love her like crazy. H is also amazing. He's the most incredible father... he loves her like crazy, which makes me love him even more. :)

Friday, September 18, 2009

H1N1 and a newborn

I found out today that three of my students are out because they've been diagnosed with H1N1... freaking fantastic. I cannot begin to understand why they aren't shutting down the school. We have over 6 cases in our school alone. Re freaking diculous. What the heck am I supposed to do? If she catches it, she could die... there's no way her little body could handle it. I am so mad at the school system right now.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

2 Months!

I can't believe I have a two month old... in fact, she is nine weeks today! I can't get over how much I totally and utterly and in love with this girl, it is like no feeling I've ever had before. :)
I especially love this girl from what she did last night. She... wait for it... slept almost six straight hours! Yes! Not kidding! We put her to bed around 9:30ish, and she didn't wake up until almost 3:30! Then she ate, then fell back asleep, woke up at 5:30, then fell back asleep again until 7:10, which is after I left for work. I ended up getting around 5 1/2 to 6 hours of sleep... amazing!! :)

So her 2 month appt was awful, but I'll talk about that later. Her stats at two months are:

10 lbs 7oz (up from 7lbs at birth)
22 inches (up from 19 at birth)
head is measuring on track
She's meeting all of her milestones right now
She's gorgeous! (ok, so that wasn't in the exam, but still!)

That's all I have time for right now.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Sleep doesn't come easily

Our baby girl is the most incredible person in the world-- she's the best thing that has ever happened to us, and I love every minute I get to be with her, hold her, squeeze her and hug her... BUT she has one little problem...she won't sleep past 4:30am! She goes to bed usually around 8:30pm, then wakes around 11ish, then wakes again around 2-2:30ish, then wakes again at 4:30ish... then doesn't go back to sleep for more than ten minutes until around noon.

It.is.hard.
This morning was especially rough. I was exhausted... totally and completely exhausted. I got up each time during the night because H is a youth minister and teaches on Sunday morning, so I wanted him to get as much sleep as he could. When she wouldn't go back to sleep I actually cried a little. I am just so tired. Thankfully though, I got a nice 2 1/2 hour nap this afternoon, so I feel much better!
So here's the thing about getting up at night. I thought, and I feared, that I would dread it every evening and begin to resent Norah for making me get up... well, I don't at all. I am tired and groggy when I first hear her on the monitor, but once I get in there and hold her, I love the time I spend with her. She's my baby-- I can't get enough of her.

It is going to be so hard going back to work on the 14th. I am dreading it so much. I'm not ready. She's only 6 1/2 weeks old... she'll be 8 1/2 weeks when I go back, but I still don't think I'll be ready. I love being her all day with her. Ugh.. I don't want to think about it right now.

Here's a recent picture. This was taken yesterday when I tried a headband on her for the first time. It was so adorable... she looks like she's working out!




Thursday, August 20, 2009

We're surviving


Having a newborn is so very easy at first...those first few days are deceptively easy, but then they stop sleeping 22 hours a day, and they are a bit more challenging, but only a bit. Norah is doing very well for the most part. She is gaining weight like crazy... we went to the doc because of what I *thought* was a rash... turns out it is baby acne and will go away completely by three months. She was weighed at the docs, and she weighed in at 8lbs 14oz...almost two full pounds up from her birthweight... wow! The pedi said she was gaining perfectly on track.


She's, for the most part, a happy baby. She is content most of the time, and even smiles occassionally, which is absolutely amazing. She smiled at me for the first time on her one month birthday... I melted. :) She does get fussy though. She fusses when she's hungry, wet, uncomfortable, or too tired. We, thankfully, are able to stop the crying fairly quickly. The last two days though, she's been especially fussy, but that's because she's had some bad digestive problems. Yesterday I had to call the pedi because she hadn't pooped in almost 48 hours... this down from her usually 6-8 movements a day! You could just see in her poor little face that she was in so much pain. It broke my heart like you wouldn't believe. The pedi said that we could give her a glycerin suppository. We did, and it worked! She was a completely different baby after she pooped 4 times! Today she was pretty backed up until around 2pm. We ended up taking her temp to see if she'd poop... she didn't at first, but we waited about a minute longer, and there it was! I never thought I'd be so excited about poop!


So other than her not feeling well, we're all doing pretty well. We're tired, that's for sure. I let H sleep most of the time that I get up since he's not on maternity leave. :) Norah wakes up about every 1 1/2-2 hours... I wish she'd at least go three hours. We're making it though. I am anxious for the days that she'll STTN. A long time off I'm sure!


Sunday, August 16, 2009

One month old!

I cannot believe that my little baby girl is already a month old. It's wild... I honestly feel like I brought her home 2 or 3 days ago. Everyone always says that the time flies, and they aren't kidding. I really am making an effort to enjoy every moment though. I want to remember these days for the rest of my life.

I didn't get a picture of her with a sign that says, "one month today!" but I did get a picture of her in daddy's office at church this morning. She had the prettiest little plum colored dress on. We got it at one of our showers, and she hasn't been big enough to wear it until now. I hate that she's only going to be able to wear it for a few more weeks...if that. This girl is growing!




Sleeping soundly... yes, she's wearing infant shoes. Honestly, I think infant shoes are ridiculous. These were a gift though, so I figured she should wear them before she grows out of them, which will be soon!


Stretching.... it is so adorable when she stretches... she grunts so loudly and looks completely satisfied when she is done. I love it!

I wish I knew her one month stats. For some reason the pedi didn't want us to come back in until she is 2 months old. I would love to know what she weighs. I'm assuming around 8lbs. Who knows?

So, big news for today: SHE SMILED AT ME!!! I've been trying to get her to smile now for a couple of days, with no avail. Apparently she smiled at my H, but I choose not to believe it. :) Well, today, after I changed her diaper, I picked her up, said, "hey beautiful!" and right there, like she'd been doing it forever, a huge, toothless, open mouth, smile... she used her eyes and everything. I was so shocked, all I could do was jump up and down. It was the most amazing thing I'd ever seen! It made everything that I've done for her and sacraficed for her completely and totally worth it! She did it one more time a little bit later. I can't wait until she does it all the time!

Friday, August 14, 2009

It's been a long time! And this is a LONG post! (Labor Story)

Ok, so a month and two days without a post is acceptable when you have a newborn, right? :) Honestly, whenever I get a minute to write in my blog, I just don't feel like it. I really don't feel like it now, but I wanted to make sure I got things written down before I forgot things.

So, my last post was about my very late baby shower. I was 37w 1d at my last baby shower. I told H prior to the shower that after the shower, we were going to Target and buying everything else that we needed before the baby comes "just in case." Good thing we did.

At my 38 week appt, which was July 14th (I was 37w 3d), everything seemed normal. My BP was fine, urine fine, weight gain a total of 13 lbs overall, baby's HR was good... all things normal. I totally expected my OB to say, "ok, see you in a week!" Well, at the end of my appt, as she always does, she said, "is the baby moving ok?" I responded, "Well, I've only felt her once this morning, but otherwise, yes." Now, I didn't think this was going to be a huge deal because it was only 9am, but she was concerned, so she said, "ok, well, we're going to send you down for an ultrasound just to be sure everything is ok." I was excited... I hadn't seen her since 19weeks, and I really felt everything was ok, so I happily obliged.

I went down for the ultrasound, and after about 15 minutes, they called me back. The tech was super nice. She did the ultrasound, took the measurements, all with a smile on her face. The u/s itself was totally disappointing. Because the baby was so big, you could hardly tell what anything was at all. She even switched over to 4D and I couldn't see anything really. So, nothing negative during the u/s.

I went back up to my OBs office, waited for a bit, and got called back again to discuss the u/s. I fully expected her to come in and say, "Well, everything was good. See you on Tuesday!" So, she comes in in kind of a panic... she says, "J, have you worked a lot lately or worked out a lot?" I said, "No, I've just been relaxing." So she proceeds to tell me that my amniotic fluid was very low (3.4 instead of the 20 it should be), and that she wanted to send me to the hospital to see if my water broke or not. She said that if it did, I would be induced immediately, and if it didn't, then they'd see if my body was ripe enough for delivery. So, me and my stunned self went to the hospital, met H there, freaked out, got tested, and it came back negative. So I was sent home.

The next day, July 15th, I called the OB because I was panicked. I didn't understand why we weren't more worried about the low low fluid. All I could think of was cord compression and my baby dying. When she got on the phone she told me that she was going to call me anyway that day to find out how I was feeling about the situation. She said that if I was stressed out in any way, then we needed to go ahead and induce. Um, hello, who wouldn't be?? So, we made the decision to induce that night. She had me come in at 2pm (talk about my husband being shocked beyond belief!) to start cytotec.
Fast forward through my panicking, freaking out, and hyperventillating...
H and I before the pain started. :)

We get to the hospital at 2, they FINALLY give me the cytotec at 6pm. This was to ripen things so my body would be ready for labor. The cytotec created mild, irregular contractions during the first dose. By 6am (3rd dose) the next day, they were regular (10-12min apart) and getting slightly painful. They checked me two or three times during that 12 hours, and I was stuck at 1-1 1/2 cm... no good. At 8am, my doc came in and checked me and I was at 2. It was so painful when she checked me too... but not as painful as when she broke my water. Apparently they have to hold you open or something to break it... so painful. I actually screamed out loud. Immediately after she broke my water she started pitocin, and the contractions started becomming faster (3-5min) and way more painful... I def couldn't talk through them. I did that for about 45 minutes before I decided to get the epidural... best decision ever. It was bliss.
Me totally knocked out during a major contaction. Thanks epi!

So... they progressively checked me every hour after 8:30amish, and I was progressing consistently and quickly. By 3:30pm I was 10cm, which was fantastic. They let me hang out at 10cm for about half an hour while they got all prepped, and at around 4pm I started to push. On July 16th, 2009, at 4:17pm, Norah came into the world wailing her beautiful head off. She was incredibly beautiful.

First family photo... I look raggedy.

I instantly started crying... I was so in love with this beautiful little girl. H cried too... that girl was wrapped around his finger instantly. It was so wonderful. H cut the cord, then they put her on my chest and I got to hold her for about 15 minutes before they took her. She was 7lbs 0oz, 19inches long, and had a head full of dark beautiful hair. Amazing.
We were in the hospital for 2 days following since I was GBS positive. I was surprised that my delivery was so easy... approximately 7 hours of labor, 15 minutes of pushing, no tearing or episiotomy... I was so lucky. :)
Life since the hospital has been wonderful, stressful, tiring, and perfect, but more on that later.

Norah Jane B. will be a month old on Sunday, and she is already learning and doing so much. We love this beautiful girl!

Beautiful girl and mama... :)

And here she is today!


Sunday, July 12, 2009

Baby Shower #3, Done!

My church threw me a shower today, and being that my H is the youth minister, I think they went crazy! Holy cow, I have never seen so many gifts in my life! It seemed like they never stopped coming, it was amazing! We got so much of everything, especially clothes! What is funny is that I looked like I was having twins when we were all finished. There were two of so many things, two of the same high chair, two of the same bouncer, two monitor sets, all kinds of stuff. Kind of funny. :) We got so much though. We even got the crazy expensive car seat that she'll use after she outgrows the infant one. I never thought anyone would buy it, but they did!

After the shower H and I went to Target and bought everything else we needed for her arrival. We didn't pay a penny. We had $280 in gift cards, $72 of which we haven't spent yet. I still have to take back one of the high chairs, so we've got at least $175 in Target cards left. Wow. We are so so thankful for this church family. The stuff we got at Target after the shower was really random. They were things that were little, but they added up. We got an extra sheet for the crib (now we have 4), rectal thermometer and covers, a diaper genie II elite and refills (worth the extra $15 for the elite version in my opinion), LOTS of batteries (we must have spent $30 just in batteries!), a few hooded towels, some plain jane onesies that we didn't get, burp cloths (gerber cloth diapers), pacifier clips, and a few other things I can't remember. Not bad if you ask me. The only things I have left to buy are some sort of moby wrap type thing and a Piddle Pad for the carseat...neither of which Target sells. I'll go to BRU for them.

H put together the bouncer and diaper genie tonight... he's so handy. :) I finally got her room back to its organized self. We are totally ready for her when she's ready to be here. Now, she has two choices: She can either come Tuesday or she has to wait until the 25th. H has church camp from the 20-24th, and being the youth minister, he's running it. Oh let's hope I don't go into labor during that time. He'll only be 1 1/2 hours away, but I'd still like it to be overwith before she comes so he doesn't have the extra stress.

I still haven't taken my 37 week belly shot. I am one day late on that now, but I'll have to take it tomorrow. For now, here are some baby shower photos. It was awesome!


This is a picture of the aftermath-- all of the gifts had been opened, but you can't even see them all. It was nuts!


This is me opening one of the gifts-- bassinet and crib sheets! Woot!

They wanted a shot of me from the side. I'm not going to use this as my belly shot because I've got a pretty weird face going on here! Belly is still pretty darn big though!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

37 Week Appt

I had my 37 week appt today, and I got to meet the last doc in the practice. So far my hopes are this: My doc preferrably, then the one I met today, then either of the other two. I wasn't impressed with the other two. The one from today delivered my niece and two nephews, and she's super nice. I just feel more comfortable with my doc. She said she delivers 85% of her patients, so hopefully I'll be in that percentage.

Norah is doing really well. It took the doc a long while to find her heartbeat, which worried me like crazy, but she found it and everything was good with that. She is head down, which is awesome! I am trying to avoid a c-section, so hearing that she wasn't breech was awesome. I am measuring completely on time, and internals will start next week. I stepped on the scale and didn't gain a single pound. That still keeps me at 11lb gain overall... not bad, but seriously, I didn't do a thing to help that. I ate anything and everything I wanted, pretty much whenever I wanted. I've got to remember not to do that once I'm not pregnant. :)

Speaking of not pregnant, I can't wait for her to be here. I hope these last three and a half weeks fly by. I am so anxious to meet her. Nursery is done, everything is washed, bags are packed...we're essentially ready. We have another baby shower on Sunday, which should be rather large actually since it is being thrown by the church and my H is the youth minister there. I'm looking forward to it, but also wondering how I'm going to go through everything!

I'm still thinking that August 3rd is the day. I have had that feeling for quite a while now. We'll see. That'll put me 2 days overdue. Secretly I'm hoping to go at 38 weeks... if she's all good and ready. :)

36w 3d

Monday, July 6, 2009

36 Weeks

Well, I was 36 weeks on Saturday, and I took a picture, but my house has been without internet, so I haven't been able to post the picture. So here it is:

Woah... big belly girl, coming through!

So last night I packed the hospital bag. I totally thought I'd pack a lot more, but I didn't, and I got everything on the list in the bag. Norah's bag is packed too. I just put hers in her diaper bag. I also made a list of things for H to grab as soon as I go into labor and put it on the fridge. I told him to make sure he grabbed everything on the list. I really hope he doesn't forget something seriously important...like the camera.

It is mildly surreal that the hospital bag is packed and we are ready to go. H put her closet doors back up last night, and I have washed all of her clothes/blankets/etc. Aside from a bit of tidying up, we're ready. I also made a list of stuff we still need to buy...actually two lists: one for "Jiff went into labor before the last baby shower, so go out and get this BEFORE we bring Norah home" and one that we could wait a few days to get. Those are on the fridge too.

Speaking of shower, my last baby shower is on Sunday, and I am excited about it. I do wish it wasn't so late in my pregnancy, but everything should be alright. I am convinced she won't be here until August 3rd, so I've still got time. Nevertheless, H and I are going shopping immediately following the shower to buy everything we still need.

Well, that's it for now. She can seriously come out any time after Saturday (full term baby day!). Can't wait to meet you, Norah!

36w 2d

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Pack N Play!

H and I decided to go ahead and buy Norah's PNP a week and a half before our last shower. We did this because honestly, who is going to spend $160 on one for us, and mostly because we had a 15% off coupon that expired today and a $100 gift card to Babies R Us. So we went to breakfast, then went to BRU, and found one we loved. I asked the nest moms, and they said that one with a Newborn Napper on it was awesome, so that's what I told H to look for.

Well, when we got there, I was very disappointed to see that they didn't have one with a Napper on it. So I kept looking at all of the other ones thinking, "yeah, I like this music player on the side, yes, I want one that holds diapers and wipes...we def need one that has a strong changing table... hopefully we'll find a cute one..." Well, none of the ones on display had all of the things I was wanting. UNTIL... I looked down on the end, and there was a model that didn't have a display set up. I read the box and it had EVERYTHING I wanted, including the Newborn Napper! Woot! Then I realized that it didn't have a display because it was moved to the main display area in the front of the store since they were promoing that model.

I can't wait to put her in it! We are going to keep it in the living room for a while, and H will take it with him when he has to pick her up from daycare if she's sick or something. So, here it is. The Graco PNP something or other. (Picture is blurry since it is a camera phone pic).

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

36 Week Appointment

Today was my 36 week appointment. It was fairly uneventful, but I am getting closer, and that became apparent today. First off, I tested Group B Strep +, which sucks, but it is not a big deal at all. My doc said that 40% of women test positive for it, and of those 40%, if there wasn't any antibiotics administered, less than 1% of those babies would contract anything bad during labor. She said that they'll give me a bag of antibiotic in my IV at the hospital, and everything will be fine. I asked her how I contracted it and she told me that it isn't something that you contract... it is something that is already there really. She said that it is part of my "vaginal cultures." Gross terminology. So, nothing to worry about.

She did the doppler. Norah's HR was in the 150s, which is always nice. My fundal height is 36, which is actually bigger than it is supposed to be by a few days, so that's great. I'm honestly not sure how I am going to get any bigger. My uterus is literally up to my ribcage. I told her that I had had 7-8 contractions yesterday. She just wants me to watch them and make sure they don't become a pattern, but they would still not stop labor at this point. She gave me a copy of my records and told me to make sure I bring them to the hospital and give them to my labor nurse... got to remember to put that in the hospital bag! My blood pressure was "perfect" as the nurse said, and I gained a whopping 1/2 lb! I am up a total of 10 1/2 lbs. The nurse, my doctor, and the nurse practioner commented on how amazing my weight gain has been. I sheepishly said thank you, because really, what have I done to make sure I didn't gain too much? Nothing! I have eaten what I wanted, whenever I wanted sooo.... not too difficult really. :) In fact, I'm totally about to go get a bowl of ice cream in a moment.

And now my appointments are every week... every Tuesday until I deliver. Crazy. Once you get to those weekly appointments, that means you are getting close! I should have no more than 4 appointments before she is here. I can't wait!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Starting to get uncomfortable.

Well, I'm at that point where I am starting to get really uncomfortable. Norah is CONSTANTLY up in my rib cage, and it hurts...badly. Last night she was up so high in my ribs and I had really bad heartburn and indigestion, so I cried. H made me feel better and did what he could, but I am getting to the point where I'd like to be done with pregnancy. I hope she comes earlier than my due date, but def after 37 weeks... I really want her to be full term and healthy.

Something that has made me more comfortable though is the amazing chair and a half and ottoman set that H said I could buy! I say said that I could buy because we make joint decisions on things that cost a lot of money. He was totally up for it, and I even found him sitting in it this evening. :) I got it off of craigslist. I had been looking for one for weeks. Finally I found one that I loved, contacted the lady, and she told me I could buy it... a day later she sold it. :( So I kept looking and looking, and found another one. It was awesome. I contacted the lady and bought it yesterday! What's crazy is that she said she had over 40 emails about it and that some people were even offering her $50 more for the set. She, thankfully, said no that she wasn't that type of person. How happy I was to hear that. Now, I am sitting in my amazing chair, loving every minute of it. It is awesome, and it is going to be wonderful for breastfeeding and just laying with the baby. Here's the wonder-chair!


I secured our pediatrician today! Her name is Dr. Ragsdale, and she came HIGHLY recommended. I'm excited because not only is she apparently amazing, but she also is only about 5 miles from our house. H is going to take her to the doctor most of the time since I will be at school, and it is only about 3 miles from where he works. I am so excited he has such a flexible schedule! Such a blessing!

So, as for things left on my to do list, I need to go to the daycare and finalize all of that, I need to finalize all of the maternity leave stuff (which I'm doing tomorrow), and I have a few more things that I need to buy... unfortunately our last shower isn't for another two weeks, so I don't know what else we are going to need until then. We'll see. I have my 36 week appt tomorrow, so I'll update after that.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

35/35!

For those of you bloggers who don't know what 35/35 means, it means that I am 35 weeks today, and I have 35 days to go until my due date. I'm so excited! I can't believe I have so little time left, but really, it seems like a ton of time too. I can't wait to meet this girl. I'll update more later, but here's my 35 week belly shot. Not sure if I'm getting any bigger right now.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Wake UP!!

I got a nice little wake up call today. A wake up call that said, "You are actually having a baby in the very near future!" So, I've had three spotting incidents over the last week, and one incident with a slight leakage of fluid, so this morning, after the third spotting incident, I decided to call the doc. She told me to come in and get checked, so I did.

After a very uncomfortable examination, she let me know that the leakage incident was part of my mucus plug (no matter how many times I hear those words it still sounds so gross), and the spotting was due to the fact that I was 1cm dilated. Wow. I AM going to have a baby. She also told me that my cervix was softening, which is apparently something that happens in preparation for birth.

So, this all came as quite a shock to me. I mean, I know that I could walk around for 4 weeks being 1cm dilated, and nothing happening, but yesterday I was sitting there thinking, "How does your body just know to go into labor? What if my body doesn't realize it and misses the whole idea of getting the baby out of me?" So to know that my body is actually doing what it is supposed to do was comforting and shocking at the same time. Another thing that was quite shocking was when she said, "Well, if you went into labor at this point, we would not try to stop it." Holy crap, I'm going to have a baby.

So, this week is going to include a whole lot of prep stuff. I am determined to get the daycare stuff finalized, get the pediatrician finalized, and get all of my maternity leave stuff finalized. I should also pack my hospital bag this week. I really hope I make it to my last baby shower. I'll be 37w 1d, and I need to know what I still need to buy. I am going to make H go shopping with me that night after the shower to make sure we get everything we still need. It's going to be a crazy week.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Stroller and Carseat are here!

We got our Travel System in the mail today and I am in love with it! We "test drove" it in Target, and I loved how smooth it turned and moved, plus I liked the design, and it got the third highest safety rating on Consumer Reports, not to mention 55 4 1/2 star or better ratings on Target.com. So, we picked out this one! It is the Graco Snugride Passage Travel System in Melbourne. My parents bought it for us as a gift. So great!

H put it together as soon as he got home. It was actually a breeze to put together, and the one we got is just as smooth as the one that was in the store. Here it is: (excuse the papers on the ground).

Taking it out of the box. That was the hardest part actually.

Proud H after he put it together! So I can't say that it is fantastic or anything since I haven't actually had to use it, but from the structure and mobility, I can say it rocks!

Monday, June 22, 2009

34 Weeks

Now I am 34 weeks, and I am getting antsy. I feel like time is crawling by. It would go faster if I was working right now, but because school is out, I'm not teaching of course. It is nice to be able to prepare and stay off of my feet all day, but seriously, I feel like I am twiddling my thumbs until she gets here.

So, six weeks left until my little one is here... 7 at the most. I was happy to find out that my doctor schedules inductions after 1 week overdue. I am not above an induction. If I go to August, I will be hot, miserable, and ready, so there's no need to delay if she is healthy. Honestly, I would love it if I went into labor at 37 or 38 weeks. She'd be full term, and as long as she was doing well, I'd be happy.

I'm not sure if I put a 34 week appt update. Here it is:
Blood pressure-good
FHR- 150s-- good!
Fundal Height- 33, which is normal since I was 33weeks and 3 days
Weight gain- +2lbs, which puts me at +9 for the whole pregnancy so far.

Well, that seems to be it for now. Here's my 34 week belly pic. H finished building the closet shelves in Norah's room, so I am going to go organize like crazy today. I really need to get some baby-safe laundry detergent so I can wash her onesies, clothes, sheets, etc.

The belly doesn't really look bigger than 33 weeks, but it certainly feels bigger. It is getting really uncomfortable to sit for a while, sleep, stand, etc. H commented last night that I had grown two inches just in one day... thanks, really! :) He means well.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

An Overdue Update

Wow. I am the worst updater ever lately! Last weekend we went to my parent's house in S.C., and this weekend they came up here to T.N., along with my sister from Michigan, so we were super busy... in a good way.

Let's start with my VERY LATE belly shot. I don't know what to call this one. I missed the 32 week one because I was out of town, and my 33 week should have been done on Saturday, but I was busy then too. So this was taken today... 33 weeks 3 days. I am getting a LOT bigger! Check out the comparison photos on the side bar. Wow!


Lots of exciting stuff going on! I had my family/friends shower this past weekend, and it was just incredible. My SILs threw it for me, and I was just blown away. I have never in my life seen so much creativity, and there were so many presents too! We got a lot from our registry, and I've determined (after looking through several pregnancy books), that we only need 4 more items before she comes... everything else we could buy later.
We still need:
Our Stroller/travel system (which my parents are getting us very soon)
Diaper Genie
Baby Monitors
*Crap* I forgot the last one! I have to go back and look again.

Anyway, the baby shower was so much fun. It wasn't awkward like many showers are. We had a ton of fun and the food and decorations were just incredible. The cake was the best cake I've ever had in my life. It looked and tasted better than my wedding cake! I was so blown away by the generosity of my SILs! Here's some pics:




Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Nursery is Finished!!!

The nursery is finished, except for a few minor touches, and I am in love with it! It turned out so well. I WISH the pictures did it justice, but they don't. I used decals from lewasdesigns.com, and they were awesome, although a little difficult at first since it was such a detailed decal. I love it though, it looks great I think!

Here's the room from the door. The main thing I have left to do is put something over the crib. I just haven't found what I want up there yet. I was thinking a monogram wall decal, but I'm not sure.

This is the left side wall and front wall. I love my changing table and glider. They are really big too, they just don't look it in the photos. There is a dandelion wall decal over the changing table.


This is a close up of the dandelion over the changing table. Love it! The stuffed animals aren't staying there.
I love how the birds turned out. I bought a set of 4 and just cut them apart. Such a strange shaped window, which is why I am not sure what window treatment to do.


I should have taken the picture without the light on. This is a really cute area. I still need to stain the birdhouse and put the ultrasound pic in the frame. The frame says, "A miracle waiting to be seen." I know you can't see it, but beside the stuffed bird is a bird nest with two feather chicks in it. There's a 3rd feather chick on the opposite side of the frame. Everything in the room, furniture included cost less than $500 total. We had nothing to start with, but thanks to some AWESOME sales on things, and deals on the glider and changing table from craigslist, and the dresser from Salvation Army (I repainted it and changed the hardware),
we did this so inexpensively!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

32 Weeks

Well, I've made it to 32 weeks, but no picture this week. I'm in South Carolina visiting my family, and I forgot my camera. Oh well. I'll just look that much bigger next Saturday.

So pregnancy has hit hard this week. I am getting uncomfortable. I feel really big, although I'm not really big yet, I am having a hard time getting up from certain positions, and getting in and out of the car. Worst though, is the terrible indigestion that I've had for the past two days. It has been really painful. At night it is the worst... I have gotten no sleep for the past two days, and I am so ready for a long, restful nap. I cannot begin to understand why I thought it was a good idea to make an 8 hour road trip from TN to SC while 32 weeks pregnant...it was totally uncomfortable, and at one point I actually thought I was having contractions because I was in so much pain.

BUT having said all of that, I am so thankful for this pregnancy and for Norah. I can't wait to meet this girl and hold her. :)

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Doc appointment update

I had my 32 week appt today, and things are right on track.

Measuring 31 weeks (makes sense since I'm only 31w 3d)

Her HR was 163, which seemed high to me, but doc wasn't concerned

No protein or sugar in urine

She is head-down

And my weight? Ready for this? ONE freaking pound. That puts me at 7lb overall weight-gain.
I asked her if that was ok, and she said, "Oh yeah, I wish more people were like you."

So, everything is good right now. I've got another appt in 2 weeks, then I think I start getting internals at my 36 week appt, which is 4 weeks from today. Craziness.

Time to go decorate the bedroom now!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

A Pregnancy Survey 2

When did you find out you were pregnant?
November 19th, 2008-- 11dpo

Was it planned?
Oh yes! H and I tried for 9 unsuccessful months before getting pregnant.

What was your first reaction?
I wish that evaporation line would be a real second line! Wait, it's not going away... holy...wait, is that another line?! Is it?! Holy crap! It is!!

Who was with you when you found out?
H was asleep about 15 feet away. When I realized it was a second line for real, he wasn't asleep much longer! All of the cutesy ideas I had for telling him when we were pregnant went out the window! I was screaming at him.

Who was the first person you told?
H of course.

How did your parents react?
They were so happy, but also very wary at first. They'd been through this before when we miscarried back in April 2008.

What was your first symptom?
I don't recall any symptoms that didn't feel like my period coming. I was crampy, but that was normal.

How much weight have you gained?
As of my last appointment (30 Weeks), I had gained 6 pounds, but I'm sure that at my appt this Tuesday, the weight will certainly go up.

Do you have stretch marks?
None from pregnancy yet

Natural or medicated birth?
I'll go natural as long as I can, but I will be medicated I am sure.

Who will be in the delivery room with you?
Well, definitely my husband, the doc, nurses, etc. But, I really really want a picture of when I very first see her, and I only trust my SIL to get that photo well since she's a pro. BUT, if I let her in, I feel like I will have to let everyone and their mama in... I don't know what to do. I'm not comfortable having everyone in there.

Will you breastfeed?
I will most definitely try. I have decided that I will do everything that I can to breastfeed, but if it doesn't work, I will not beat myself up for it.

Do you think you'll need a c-section?
At this point, no. I don't know what the actual delivery holds, of course. I honestly hope I do not have to have one.

Will you cry when you hold the baby for the first time?
Probably so.

What's the first thing you might say to him/her?
We'll see when the time comes.

Would you let someone videotape the birth?
No, I think that is something I won't really want to see again, and I definitely don't want other people seeing it.

Are you excited about the birth, or scared?
A little of both. It is an overwhelming thought.

How much does your baby weigh right now?
According to the websites, around 4lbs.

What do you think she will look like?
Obviously I don't know, but I really hope she has a lot of hair and H's lips and nose.

What do you want to do that you couldn’t do throughout pregnancy?
Lay on my belly.

What will you miss about pregnancy?
A lot of things. I love feeling her move, and I know I'll miss that, but I'll also miss having her all to myself whenever I want to.

What will you not miss about pregnancy?
Only being able to sleep in certain positions, being oddly unemotional towards things that typically make me really emotional, obviously the first trimester sickness, and maternity clothes.

What is different about this pregnancy than your last?
This one stuck thank God.

What is the same as your last pregnancy?


Any cravings?
I've eaten a whole lot of Cocoa Pebbles, sushi, and mustard. I have an even greater love of popsicles than I did before I got pregnant.

Who do you think is next to get pregnant out of the people you know?
Hmm.. this is a good question. One I really have no idea how to answer.

How many kids do you want?
When I'm done I'm hoping to have 3, but honestly, with our career choices (youth minister and teacher), I'm not sure we'll be able to afford to have that many! Lol...we'll see.

When will you try to have another baby?
Well, we talked about this the other day, and I think we will probably start trying when she is 3 years old. That way, since I still have to work regardless, we can have only one child in daycare since Norah will be in preschool where I work.

What are you most excited about?
Meeting her for the first time, then being her mom forever.

Where will this baby be born?
Nashville, TN

What do you think your baby will weigh and measure at birth?
I'm guessing around 7lbs. I don't think she'll be a really big baby.

Poking is fun

Last night I had a blast with Norah... she is going to be so mad at me when she arrives. I kept moving her around in my belly, and she kept moving like crazy right back. I'd poke one side, she'd move to the other. I've never seen her move so much. Then H got in on the action. He took an LED flashlight that he has and pressed it against my belly and moved it around. She went nuts! She moved around like crazy, almost like she was following the light. It was awesome! I read somewhere that babies around 31 weeks can see light from the outside. I'm so glad we tried it. I just love feeling her move!

31w 1d

Saturday, May 30, 2009

31 Weeks

31 Weeks now, and feeling pretty good. I took my picture today like I do every Saturday, and I swear I am not getting any bigger. I'm sure I am, but I can't see it very easily in my photos. Oh well. I know I'll get a whole lot bigger soon. I have my 32 week doc appointment this Tuesday, which means another weigh-in. I am hoping that I have gone up no more than 4 lbs, which will be 2lbs a week like I am hoping for. I've said it before, but if I go up 2lbs a week from my last appt to my 40 week appt, then I will have only gained a healthy 26 lbs.

So we've got 9 weeks left. I have a whole lot to do. We are going to SC next weekend to see my family, which is about 9 hours away. I am praying nothing goes wrong while I'm down there. When I go into labor, I want to be at MY hospital, not one that I'm not familiar with. We'll only be down there for four days though, so everything should be fine.

So my main frustration this week has been finding maternity clothes. It is impossible. I have looked everywhere. Old Navy, Target, Dillards, and Macy's all have NOTHING. Well, I take that back, Dillards and Macy's literally have not a single piece of maternity clothing, but while Target and Old Navy do, they only have maybe 2 racks, and they are all frumpy and gross-looking. Or, if I do find something, they NEVER have it in my size. They usually only have XS and XL... nothing inbetween. I also went to Motherhood Maternity, and they have some things, but most of everything is either baggy and huge or not in my size. So frustrating. I am convinced that I am going to have to spend my last 9 weeks in the same two pairs of shorts and the same three tank tops. Ahh...

Ok, that's it for now. Here is my 31 week photo. Sorry if it looks like I am holding my boob up. I was trying to not show off anything!


31w 0d
9w to go

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Updates

Not much baby news to report. Norah's been active as ever. I have an appointment next week, so I'll get to hear her sweet little heartbeat again. :) I am eating like a machine lately. Not a whole LOT really, just small amounts very often. Hopefully my weight won't go up too much. I really don't want to gain more than 2lbs every week from here on out. If I only gain 2lbs a week, then by 40weeks I'll be up 26lbs over the whole pregnancy, which is a very healthy weight.

Overall I am feeling pretty good. Rings are still on too, which is shocking! I thought for sure that I'd swell up by now and need to take them off. They only get uncomfotable when we are outside for an extended period of time. The heat swells my hands pretty badly. Belly is getting bigger of course. Today I thought for sure that I could actually feel it stretching. Norah was also putting a lot of pressure low down on my pelvis, so that wasn't too comfortable. But oh well, anything for this chick!

In school news, school is out now... yay! Today I went back to the school though to try to finish up my classroom. I worked for about 5 1/2 hours and got so so so much done. I even did my bulletin boards for next year! Everything is organized and easy to find, which is a must since there will be a sub in there for the first month and a half. I need to start writing my lesson plans for next year, which reminds me, I really need to grab my teaching textbooks when I go back tomorrow. I still have about an hour of work to do tomorrow, so I'll go back in the morning and just be done with it. I'm excited, but nervous that I won't be able to get back in there to set everything up before she's born. I need to set things up, but if I can't, then hopefully my sub will be able to do it, even though she won't get paid the extra money for it.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Another scary episode

Yesterday we had a bit of a scare. Went to the restroom, and saw bright red blood. No good. It was just like it was when I had a bleeding episode at 12 weeks. Only that blood is a little bit more scary the closer you get to the end. I didn't panic, but I called the on-call doc, and she told me to go to Labor and Delivery at the hospital. We went, got put into a room immediately, and the very nice nurse came in and hooked me up to the monitors.

The baby's heartrate was fine, she was moving around fine, but the nurse did say something scary... she said, "we're going to monitor you for a little bit since you did have a contraction just then." Then she pointed to the screen and showed me where it went up on the graph. I hadn't felt it, so it was mild, but still a scary word to hear when you're only 30 weeks.

So they monitored me and Norah, then she came in and did an internal (NOT fun) to make sure I wasn't dilating at all, which I wasn't, thank goodness! They are going to follow up with me this week about some other tests, but after about 1 1/2 hours of monitoring, they said that we were good and that they had no idea why the bleeding happened...just like last time. They told me to come back immediately if it happened again though.

All in all it was a fluke, which I am very happy about, I just wish I knew what in the world was causing that. Norah really needs to stay in there at least 7 more weeks! On a positive note, at the hospital they put us in a birthing room, which is the first time I'd seen one. It was very spacious and comfortable. Nice lighting, well laid-out, and they even have wi-fi...lol.

Well, that's all for now. Time to get some sleep!

30w 2d

Sunday, May 24, 2009

30 Weeks

Wow... 30 weeks seems so close to 40. I read on someone's blog lately that 30 is so much different than 29. It really really is. 29 is still in the 20s, while the 30s can seriously hold the birth of this baby. So exciting!

I'm feeling really well all around. I've been eating fine, and aside of her kicking me really hard occasionally, I am not feeling pain anywhere yet. I'm still sleeping ok, which is wonderful, and I don't feel 100% huge yet. Now, ask me in about 5 weeks, and I might tell you differently. We'll see.

So for now, here is my 30 week belly pic. I'm so glad I kept these up through the pregnancy. I think that they are going to be really great to look back on later on.

Oh, and in great news, school is out!! I am going back on Tuesday and Wednesday for a couple of hours to finish cleaning up my room and setting up for next year, but I have no schedule. Bring on the summer paychecks for nothing!

Friday, May 22, 2009

First Baby Shower!

So, my wonderful team at school decided to throw me a baby shower today, which was so very sweet of them. It was so nice. Most of the teachers came to it, and Norah got some nice gifts. We ended up getting $115 in Target cards and a $30 Babies R Us card (yay!!). We also got an Eddie Bauer Travel Bed, a couple of adorable (and soft!) stuffed bears, the crib blanket that I had previously registered for before I found the bedding that we have now, so I am going to have to take that back, some super cute outfits for her, and an enormous (and gorgeous!) diaper cake! I had no clue that there was a pre-k teacher at our school that had that as a side business. It is fabulous!

So the baby shower was so great. They had a delicious cake there too, which is always a plus! As soon as I get my pics uploaded, I'll post them.

That's it for now. I am totally exhausted. Time to go eat some cake and take a nap!

29w6d


Edit to add picture:

Here's the beautiful diaper cake. It did look a little bit better before being lifted and moved around so much. Still so pretty that I don't want to take it apart!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

30 Week Appt update

Today I had my 30 week appt, even though I'm only 29w4d, and it was uneventful, just as I predicted. She seems to be doing well. Her h/b was 149, I was measuring on time, and I even gained 3 pounds. That puts me at a total gain of 6lbs. I figure if I gain 2 lbs a week from now until the end, I'll only be up 26lbs, which is 1lb over what my doc told me to do. Hopefully I won't gain 2lbs a week every week, but if so, not a huge deal. I'm way to exhausted to write anymore right now, so I'll update more later.

29w4d

P.S. Tomorrow is the last day of school!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Nursery Stuff!

Ok, I bought these a while back and forgot to post them. I bought these for Norah off of Craigslist fo $80... TOTAL! They are such good quality, and they are in perfect condition. I was so happy when I picked them up. The lady even loaded them in the car for me. Sweet deal!

This is the changing table. It is so stable, and awesome! She even gave me the changing pad and baskets! The birdie is mine. :)


And this is the amazing glider! It is so comfortable, and not squeaky at all. The original owners replaced the coushins and put these high quality chenille (sp?) ones on there. The green picks up the green in her bedding so perfectly! Love it!

And just for good measure, here is the crib with her bedding again!

Oh, and in other news, I found out that my shower at work is Friday! Woot! There aren't too many people who work there, so I don't expect much, but honestly, I didn't expect a shower at all there, so I'm pretty excited!

Burn, baby, burn

Had some mega-bad indigestion last night. My body burned from my stomach to my throat. Yuck. Other than that, nothing really new. Norah did do something kind of fun last night. H started playing his guitar, and Norah wasn't moving around at all. So I said, "Norah, daddy is playing a song for you!" Immediately she bounced harder than she ever has, making my stomach jump way out. Now, I know it was probably total coincidence, but it was still really sweet. :)

I have my 30 week appt tomorrow afternoon. That should be uneventful, but I do want to mention to her the number of bruises I've been getting lately. I'm wondering if I am low on iron. 2 1/2 days of school (with the kids) left! Woot!

29w3d

Saturday, May 16, 2009

29 Weeks

29 Weeks! Wahoo! 11 Weeks left. (Insert scared to death face here). Nothing much to report other than news about my baby shower. So, the lady at church (the one who does the showers) came up to me and said that the only day she can do it is July 12th... I am so very thankful for the shower, and so thankful that things will be purchased for us that we don't have to buy, but here's the problem: I'm going to be 38 weeks. 38 Weeks pregnant in the middle of July. Could go into labor... could be swollen to the biggest I've ever been... I'm nervous. I'm thankful for the shower, but I'm nervous.

Anyway, here's my 29 Week belly shot. Finally I'm wearing something other than gray!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Just felt like updating.

I don't know why, but I feel like my husband loves me more these days. I have never once doubted that he loved me more than anything on this planet, but he just shows it and says it more and more lately-- like over the last week and a half. I don't know what it is, but I like it... a lot. :) I am so lucky to have that man, and Norah is so lucky that he is her father. He treats me with so much respect and love... I just love him.

In other news, I cannot get over the season finales of LOST and Hell's Kitchen. LOST I can't even get into right now because of how insane it was. Hell's Kitchen blew my mind, because I totally thought Paula was going to win. I am happy for Danny though. Oh, and even The Office had a nice surprise. I love the fact that Pam is Pregnant! The rest of the episodes from The Office this season sucked in my mind though. I cannot wait until next season! Crazy to think that I'll have my sweet baby girl here before then!

Speaking of my sweet baby girl, she seems to be doing fine. I don't know why she isn't as active as she has been, but every now and again I feel a great big kick or move, so I know she's still ok. Maybe she's just getting big and running out of room. Everyone says I look small for (nearly) 29 weeks, and I really don't think I do. I have plenty of time to get bigger!

Ok, that's all for now.

28w6d
4 1/2 school days left!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Baby belly

Not too much to report really. I am getting bigger, I know that. I look at myself in the mirror every morning and every night now. I can't even really tell a difference between the two anymore. It used to be that I looked really small in the morning, and humongous at night, but now, I just look humongous. :) Actually, no, I really don't. To me I look very big, bigger than I've ever been, obviously, but I have been very blessed SO FAR to have only gained what looks to be baby weight. I have people telling me all the time, "You are ALL baby!" Which are words that make you want to jump up and kiss that person! I've always had this fear of gaining a whole lot of weight when I got pregnant. The kind that changes your entire appearance, like all kinds of weight in your face and legs. Thankfully, that hasn't happened YET. I say yet and so far because I have about 11 weeks to go, and a lot can happen in that amount of time.

5 1/2 days of school left! T0day next week will be my students' last day of school. I am so excited! I still have to report on the following day, but one day is not that bad. In fact, I'm looking forward to it because of the amount of stuff I need to get done. Yay for me finishing my first year of teaching!!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

28 Weeks- Mother's Day

Technically I am 28w 1d today, but I didn't have a chance to update yesterday. So here I am, at 28 weeks. 12 weeks to go... less than 3 months. Wow... this is going by so fast! I know it is about to slow down though. Once I start getting uncomfortable and hot, the time is going to go by so very slowly. I'm trying to put those days off as long as possible.

So today is Mother's Day, and I am having the hardest time figuring out if I should be celebrating it or not. I am a mother to the wonderful blessing of a baby girl in my ute, but I don't have an outside baby yet. Technically, yes, I am a Mother. But, I haven't had to do "mother" things yet. I haven't had to stay up all night with her, I haven't had to feed her, I haven't had to change her, I haven't had to deal with any of the things that actually makes you a mother. So I think today, I am celebrating Mother's Day .5, not quite there yet, but getting there. I'm reserving the actual thanks for my own mother, who I know put more energy and love into me than I can imagine.

Here's my normal belly shot for the week. 28 weeks and growing!

28 Weeks- Mother's Day


Technically I am 28w 1d today, but I didn't have a chance to update yesterday. So here I am, at 28 weeks. 12 weeks to go... less than 3 months. Wow... this is going by so fast! I know it is about to slow down though. Once I start getting uncomfortable and hot, the time is going to go by so very slowly. I'm trying to put those days off as long as possible.

So today is Mother's Day, and I am having the hardest time figuring out if I should be celebrating it or not. I am a mother to the wonderful blessing of a baby girl in my ute, but I don't have an outside baby yet. Technically, yes, I am a Mother. But, I haven't had to do "mother" things yet. I haven't had to stay up all night with her, I haven't had to feed her, I haven't had to change her, I haven't had to deal with any of the things that actually makes you a mother. So I think today, I am celebrating Mother's Day .5, not quite there yet, but getting there. I'm reserving the actual thanks for my own mother, who I know put more energy and love into me than I can imagine.

Here's my normal belly shot for the week. 28 weeks and growing!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Step on the scale.

How the heck did I LOSE 1/2 a pound since my last appt??? I have gained a total of 3 lbs over this pregnancy, and while I am not complaining in the SLIGHTEST since I've always had a fear of being enormous during pregnancy, I am just shocked at how 3 lbs at almost 28 weeks is possible. Oh well. Doctor says I am doing fine and she is doing fine, so I feel good.

So the appt today was ok. I got there, got the GD drink, drank about 1/2 of it and then they called me back for my regular appt. Norah's hb is 140, I'm measuring at 27 weeks, and that's about it really. After the appt, I finished the drink and waited the hour. The drink wasn't too bad, but sitting there in the waiting room for an hour with this sugar syrup on my stomach made me want to vomit over and over again. It was a difficult hour. Then I went back to the blood draw, and the vampire back there had some sort of grudge against me and hurt me during every step of the blood draw process. From the band to the rubbing of the alcohol, to the bandaid at the end... all of that. I just don't understand why on earth that woman HAS to put the tape/bandaid thing on my arm hair. Oh well.

So I should hear some results in a day or two. If they don't call tomorrow, then I'm going to call the next day. I just want to know if I have to suffer the 3 hour or not.

So that is all for now. I'm glad she is doing well, because I've been kind of worried lately since she hasn't been moving around as much. For now, we're good!

27w 3d

Saturday, May 2, 2009

27 Weeks

I don't think I look much bigger from the last few weeks, but at school and everywhere else, so many people keep telling me that my belly arrived overnight. I don't know what is up. Oh well. Anyway, I updated yesterday, I just wanted to put up my pic from this week.

Here is the belly in all of its glory at 27 weeks. 13 weeks to go. :)


Friday, May 1, 2009

3rd Trimester!

As of today, I am officially in the third trimester-- the last trimester. Holy moly. In approximately 13 weeks, H and I will find our lives changed forever with the presence of a little person that we created. I cannot wait to meet this girl. I feel her kicking and squirming all the time, but I don't feel like I know her yet. I don't have this complete bond with her yet. She is mine, and I love her with all of my heart, but I really can't wait for that moment when I see her, meet her, and hold her for the first time. Makes me smile just thinking about it. :)

So, third tri welcomes me with some new pains. I've had some crampy pains in my ute area, nothing too bad though. I also had that back pain again last night, but on the other side. I know the pains are bound to get much worse too. But, with all of the negatives, comes the positives: I am still wearing my rings! Taking them off is something I've been dreading since even before becoming pregnant. I'm so attached to them. I also don't have swollen feet yet. Woot! I think I've gained probably 7-10 lbs in the last month (we'll see on Tuesday), but I don't look completely enormous. And, most importantly, Norah seems to be growing nicely in there.

I have my 28wk appt on Tuesday. GD testing... I really hope I pass the one hour. I don't want to do the three hour, and I really don't want to take off more time in the last weeks of school. Speaking of school, 14 school days left! So exciting! Three weeks from today, I will be celebrating the beginning of summer vacation, and the completion (and survival) of my first year as a classroom teacher. It is so nice to know that my principal wants me back next year... even with taking the first 6 weeks of school off for maternity leave! It makes me feel like I did a decent job. I feel mildly proud. :)

Ok, enough of that. Welcome to 3rd tri!

26w6d

Thursday, April 30, 2009

I hate calling the on-call doctor

I always feel so bad when I call the on-call doc. I just think about how much it must suck for them to have to get out of bed, answer the phone, go back to bed, etc. But, I guess that is what they are paid the big bucks for. Anyway, I had to call the on-call doc last night because very suddenly I started having some terrible back pain. I could walk and function and everything, but it was centralized on my right side lower back, and I was terrified that it could be a kidney infection or pre-term labor. I called the doc around 10:30 when it didn't go away for a little bit, and she told me to take some Tylenol, give it an hour or so, and if it got worse, then I needed to go to the ER immediately. I did as I was told, and ended up falling asleep in the middle of the hour, so I assumed it couldn't have gotten worse. I woke up at 5am this morning, and my back felt fine. So whew... I'm glad it turned out to be nothing.

So why was I up at 5am?? Oh, because our windows were open and what I thought was a low-tone toddler crying from far away in my dream, was actually happening in real life. I woke up trying to figure out where I was, and what that sound could possibly be. I figured out finally that I was in my bed, and I also figured out that the noise I was hearing was a toddler cry, but it was from pretty far away... I don't know how I heard it, or where I heard it from, but it was very strange, and kind of scary at 5am. It was low, like a soft wail, not like a hard cry... very strange. I shut our windows, and had a very hard time getting back to sleep. When I woke up at 6, I was exhausted, but it was totally time to get up. Oh well, summer vacation comes in 14 days!!

Today is my LAST day of 2nd tri, and as I enter the gates of third tri, I am anxious, nervous, and excited at the same time. I cannot wait to meet Norah, but I don't want her to get here too soon!

26w 5d

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Hic...hiccup!

Ok, I can't be entirely sure, but I think Norah had hiccups two days ago. I went to bed and put my hands on my belly. Norah is always really active at bedtime, so I always fall asleep feeling her kick me. I <3 it. Anyway, I felt these soft type "kicks" but I realized they were very rhythmic and happening at the same time intervals. They were happening about every 6 seconds, and it lasted for a good ten minutes. It was awesome. My doc told me that if I feel rhythmic "kicking" then it is likely her with the hiccups. So, who knows. I'll ask her when she gets here. :)

My belly seemed to blow up over the last two weeks. When I take my belly shot this weekend, I think I am going to be surprised. I had three other teachers come up to me yesterday and ask where in the world my belly came from all of the sudden. Holy moly, it's getting big. I have a doc appt on Tuesday, and because of my recent growth spurt, I am nervous about the scale again. I need to let it go though. I am going to gain weight, there's no getting around that. What I'm nervous about is going OVER what she told me to gain, which was 25lbs.

Speaking of doc appt., this one is the infamous glucose tolerance appointment. They don't give you the drink ahead of time, they make you come in, drink it there, and wait for an hour. I need to remember to bring some papers to grade or something. I am going to be bored out of my mind. Let's just hope that I pass this one and not have to do the three hour... that would S-U-C-K.

Anyway, the students are about to come in. 3 weeks and 2 days until the end of school. I think it is 16 1/2 more school days. I cannot wait!

Oh, and 2 more days until 3rd tri!

26w 4d

Saturday, April 25, 2009

26 Weeks

It is crazy to think that I am in my last week (well, 6 days) of my second trimester. The first trimester went by soooo sllloooooowwwwlllyyy for me, and was pretty much miserable. The constant sickness, the headaches, the feeling queasy, the lack of baby bump, etc. All of that leading up to the second trimester. This trimester has been great for the most part. I have a bump which I like to touch constantly, I am obviously pregnant instead of just chubby looking, since about week 18 I haven't had too many headaches, my appointments have gone smoothly, although they are boring as all get out since the big ultrasound, and I am feeling pretty good. I know third tri brings swelling, crampiness, back aches, stress, fatigue, and all kinds of other pains, but it also brings us Norah... I cannot wait to meet her.

Today has been awesome. It is Saturday, and we've taken advantage of the incredible weather. We went to yard sales, we got breakfast together, we went to Lowes and bought some handles and paint for Norah's dresser, we also got some hanging plants for the front of the house. We got some icecream from McDonald's too, which I have to say was INCREDIBLE. We also got me some Zyrtec, which I am hoping works because this benedryl is making me so tired.

Anyway, without further delay, here is the belly shot.
26 weeks:

Sunday, April 19, 2009

25 Weeks

25 Weeks! Holy crap! I thought I was officially 6 months pregnant at 25 weeks, but I looked on google, and this is what I got:

26 weeks is the last week of the sixth month. The timeline is like this: Month 1 = Weeks 1-4 Month 2 = Weeks 5-8 Month 3 = Weeks 9-13 Month 4 = Weeks 14-17 Month 5 = Weeks 18-21 Month 6 = Weeks 22-26 Month 7 = Weeks 27-30 Month 8 = Weeks 31-35 Month 9 = Weeks 36-40

So I guess I've been in my sixth month, and two weeks from now I will be in my seventh month since I still have to finish the 25th and 26th week. So confusing sometimes. Anyway, I am feeling good, although this cold continues to linger. I am eating nicely and sleeping comfortably. I have had some Braxton Hicks I *think*... not quite sure really. I still feel her move constantly, and what is really awesome is that I can finally tell the difference between her moving and her kicking.

Last night H had his hand on my belly for a long time when we were going to bed. She kicked him up and down and he got to feel her move a bunch of times too. He enjoyed it. :)

We have so much to do baby-wise, but a lot of it involves a lot of the stuff that we need to buy. A lot of which will probably be given to us at the baby shower. I kind of wish that baby showers were earlier in pregnancy so you could know what you still need before you get too far along. Oh well... it will all come together, I'm sure of it.

I only have 5 weeks left of school, which is fantastic. Our state-mandated tests are this week, so things should be smooth-sailing...should is the key word. We get to give them extra recess (read: extra time for the teachers to chill out outside), and they get to have snacks thoughout the day (read: a chance for me to eat snacks throughout the day). :) I am nervous though. This week pretty much tells the school district if I did my job or not. Well, in a way. Some kids are just poor testers, and some kids do poorly on the tests on purpose. Hopefully they won't in my class. I've worked my butt off this year.

Now I leave you with a couple belly shots. I think I'm getting bigger. I am just so thankful that I don't feel like a million pounds yet. I want to push that off for as long as possible.

First, Bare Belly:

Then, covered belly:



Thursday, April 16, 2009

Went to the doc today

I was feeling pretty crappy, as my past posts have stated, so I decided to call the doctor so it didn't get worse. Our state-mandated testing is next week, and I can NOT miss any time because of it. I took a half-day today and went to the doc. She listened to my lungs and said I didn't have an infection (yay!), and that she thinks it was just a really bad cold, but I'm on the downhill slide of it now. She prescribed a perscription cough medicine for nighttime, because that is when it seems to be the worst. She also FINALLY gave me a list of approved over-the-counter medicines. Now I don't have to look up every little thing on the internet. I had heartburn the other night and spent 20 minutes getting contradicting thoughts on whether or not Rolaids were fine.

While I was there she checked Norah's heartrate, and it was a strong and steady 158bpm. I also got weighed and apparently lost a pound. So that puts me at +3 1/2 for the whole pregancy. Crazy. I just know I am going to gain 15-20 lbs in the last month though. Oh, I hope not. That will be so miserable in July!

Saturday I will be 25 weeks, which is 6 months! One step closer to 3rd tri, which I've been told is 26 weeks and 6 days. So soon! And with that, I'm out!

24w 5d

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Still so sick.

This cold will NOT go away. I cannot stop coughing stuff up, I am stuffed up much of the time, and now it is reeeeeaaallly painful in my lower chest. I think I might bite the bullet and go to the doctor tomorrow. This is getting ridiculous.

In baby news, Norah is being active as ever. She's reminding me constantly that she's still in there and feeling a whole lot better than me! She is finally starting to kick a little bit higher, which is kind of nice. Now I don't have to look like I am sticking my hand down my pants to feel her kick. haha... but seriously. My belly has definitely shrunken. I would say it has reduced in stick-outness by at least a few inches. I don't know why. I think maybe she has moved positions again. I would be terribly worried if she didn't kick me all the time. I just look less pregnant now than I did.

That is all for now.
24w4d

Sunday, April 12, 2009

I feel like I am dying of Tuberculosis.

This is my life for the past three days:



I have been miserable. I cannot stop coughing, my throat is closed up, my nose on both sides is closed up, and my ears are stopped up. Stupid Netti Pot hasn't worked for me, despite the 5 times I've used it over the past two days. I have been taking Robitussium since I was given the ok for it, I've been drinking juice, and been coughing up everything you can imagine. Been coughing so hard that I throw up. It has been tough. But, despite how I imagine it to be at 2am when I am coughing up a storm, I WILL get better. And on the positive side, it could always be worse, and thankfully, it is not.

In baby news, H got to feel Norah again yesterday... more than he's ever felt her before. It was adorable. He kept putting his face up to my belly and saying, "Norah... I it's daddy. I love you." Then she'd kick real hard. He's say it again, wait a second, then she'd kick again. Then, in his jerk-manner, he said, "Norah, if you love me more than mommy, kick mommy again." I giggled, and she kicked. It was so sweet. I love them both so much. :)



I also love this guy:



That's Oliver-- our Chiweenie. He's so sweet and loveable.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Norah's Dresser!

I have been looking for a dresser and changing table for the nursery, but I am having a really hard time spending $300-$500 on one that I find online. I just think that that is silly money to spend when you can spend it much more efficiently elsewhere.


I've been looking on craigslist everyday and found very little, so I went to the Salvation Army yesterday to see what they had. Typically their furniture is priced waaaay higher than it should be (think $500 for a sofa. In stores that's fine, in a place where they got it for free, that's ridiculous). I walked around, and this three drawer dresser immediately caught my eye. I just knew I was going to look at the tag and it was going to say $150. Well, it didn't. It said, $47.99. I was so happy! I took the tag off, paid for it, and they even loaded it up for me!


I am going to clean it up, maybe repaint it with a new coat of white, and change the pulls to a stainless steel, and it is going to look awesome. The blue thing on the upper part is the tag. Can't wait to see it finished! I'm quite proud of myself. Now all we need is the changing table and glider!




Friday, April 10, 2009

Camera is here!

I got my camera almost an hour ago, so here is my (almost) 24 Week belly pic... 23w6d is close enough.


I really like the camera, and you can't beat $89!

One more day until Viability Day! I really hope I feel her kicking around like crazy tomorrow.