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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, 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.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

New Camera Ordered!!

I'm so excited! H gave me the go-ahead to get a new digital camera since mine went missing. Yay!! I just know now that we bought it, we are so going to find the missing one. Honestly though, I think it is a large possibility that one of the youth group kids "accidently" took off with it. We'll see. I told him that if we find it, then it can become the official youth group camera.


This one is nothing crazy special, but it is better than my old one. It is a Samsung SL30. It has a 2.5 LCD screen, a 3x optical zoom, 10.2 mega pixels, image stablization, and auto fix or something. I wasn't looking for anything complex, I just wanted something that would take good pictures of our sweet baby girl in a few months. It was only $89.95 on Buydig.com too. Yay! Free shipping and no tax! Woot! I also added a 4G SD card, so that should hold a few pictures. :) It should arrive in 3-6 business days. I can't wait to use it! Until then, here is a picture of the camera:


Monday, April 6, 2009

Ok... I took a pic with my cell phone

I got so tired of not having a new belly pic that I took a bathroom shot with my cell... my mirror is so freaking gross. So sorry about that, but it is obviously being cleaned in a few moments. So here it is: 23w 2d!
I just can't get over that mirror. Ew. I had to get a shot with my face in it because of the position... I couldn't work it for just the belly, and I couldn't zoom either. I'm totally getting a new camera soon.

I want a refund!

...and I'm getting one! I'm so excited! I finally did our taxes last night. We've been putting them off for forever because we just knew we were going to have to pay. BUT after doing them on Turbo Tax last night, I was very happy to see that we are actually getting back close to $1700 between state and federal. Wahoo! That is so much better than the $1200 we thought we were going to have to pay! And because of this nice surprise, guess who is going to get a new camera?? Me! When H gets back into town we are going to go out and buy one. I'm so excited!

Now, off to my 24 week appt. I am hoping and praying that I didn't gain 15 lbs. :/

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Life is unexpected.

Well, I know things can always be worse, but for about 30 minutes today, I thought I was going to rip my hair out. Here's the rundown...

Our plan was to get the other vehicle and drive both cars to the oil change place down the street so the oil could be changed while H was packing to go to St. Louis. We were going to pick it up, and he was going to get out of here fairly quickly... well, plans change.

We get home from church. I go inside to get the dog so he can ride with us.
I get inside.
Dog has knocked over the trashcan and taken things out of the can and strewn it around the kitchen. He has never done this before.
Dog has also peed on the kitchen tile.
I was fuming.
Grabbed the dog and decided to clean up the pee when I got back since H was on his way to the place.
Got in the car.
Car wouldn't start.
Went to grab my phone to call H and tell him about the car.
Realized I had left my phone in the car that H was driving down the road.
Went to neighbor #1s house. Not home.
Went to neighbor #2's house. Rang bell three times.
On third ring, realized that dog, who was just behind me, was three houses down.
Ran to get dog (in a skirt and pregnant).
Dog was four houses up and sitting on a Chinese man's lap when I finally got to him.
I have never met this Chinese man.
Chinese man didn't speak English.
Got dog and realized neighbor #2 was outside wondering who rang his bell.
Ran back down with dog in my arms.
Asked neighbor if I could borrow his phone.
Called H, who was trying to call me over and over so it kept going straight to voicemail.
Finally got ahold of him on 4th try.
Told situation.
He got home and jumped the car.
Got in the car to take to Auto Zone to get a new battery.
Car died again before we got out of the driveway.
Took battery out and drove other car to Auto Zone.
Bought a battery (who knew they were $75?!).
Installed battery.
Check engine light came on.
Took car to Auto Zone. Dude ran alternator test... alternator is good.
Ran diagnostic test.
O2 sensor is bad. $100 fix in parts...who knows with labor.
Came home and H finally got to pack and go.

I am so very thankful that there isn't anything MAJORLY wrong with the car, I just find it crazy that all of this happened right before he was leaving town. Sheesh... Oh, and because of the new battery, O2 sensor fix, and the 4" memory foam mattress topper that we bought last night, we probably aren't going to be buying a new camera anytime soon. I reeeeeeaaaaalllly hope we find mine.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

It's been a while

I am so upset that we can't find our digital camera. I haven't taken a belly shot since 20w2d, and I feel like I am growing a whole lot during this time that has passed. Oh well... if we don't find it soon, we'll buy one. We found a 10.2 megapixel camera at Target for $99. It is a Samsung. I don't care about all of the fancy features, I just want a camera that I know will take good pictures of Norah.

Speaking of Norah, she's been way less active lately. I am trying not to get too concerned, but it is making me nervous. I have an appointment on Monday afternoon, and the doc will try to find her hb then. I hope and pray everything is ok in there. I am terrified of losing her.

Ok, off to enjoy the day with H. I don't have anything really to update!