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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.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Our day in pictures.

What a great mama-Norah day. :) 








It was nothing.

After my last post, I tried to go back to bed around 4:45am. I was able to get back to sleep, which was good, because I was exhausted. I ended up sleeping until about 7:30, then I got up and made cinnamon rolls. :) Not another contraction in sight. 

So today, I am going to try and finish the rest of the things that I want to finish around the house. I need to clean the kitchen, and organize the baby's closet. I also want to finish putting my bedroom together. Other than that, there's not much else that I need to do. 

Today is the last day of May, which is really great. I have been hoping I'll go into labor lately, but I've also been hoping not to because I really really really want a June birthday for our baby boy. I really think June 5th-ish would be a great day because of my school system's calendar. I hope they'll never go to school that late into June. Right now we go from the tail end of July to the end end end of May. Next year I think teachers actually go to June 2nd. Eck. 

I think I am going to take Norah to the fountains today. I am sitting in the sunroom and it is looking like it's going to rain, which kind of stinks. I may have to look into some indoor fun for her today. I am loving being home with her again. I do wish I didn't find it impossible to do so much with her. I'm just soooo big! 


Teasing body.

I'm fairly certain that my body is teasing me right now. It is 4:35am. I haven't been able to sleep since 3am. I thought for sure that I was having real, timable contractions as I was laying there, unable to sleep... but now I think maybe it was just a side effect from eating Baja Burrito tonight. :) I am definitely having Braxton Hicks contractions tonight, but I'm really not sure they are the real thing. They are slightly painful, but not crazy painful. If they don't go away in another hour, I am going to try and time them.

All of these BH did get me thinking though about our labor process... I know that I would like to labor at home for a while. I don't want to be one of those people who labor until the last minute at home, mainly because I have no clue how long it's going to take me to get to 10cm. I don't want to wait too long and risk having the baby in the car. I am hoping that I'll get a chance to take a shower before heading to the hospital. Once you're in that bed, you're there, and I want to feel as clean as possible. I need to have Norah taken care of. If I go into labor today, it will be no problem getting her taken care of by Crystal or Rachel. After this week though, it's going to be a bit more challenging.

There's so much on my mind right now... I'm rambling. I am going to take a benedryl and try and go back to sleep.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

38 Week appointment update

I had my 38 week appointment today. It was fairly uneventful. My goodness they were busy! Baby's heartrate was 125, so that's good. He is still head down (thank goodness!), and I am measuring 38 weeks with my fundal height. Wahoo! I somehow gained 3lbs in a week, which made me about have a heart attack. That still puts me at an overall gain of 14lbs...not too bad, but more than my 13 with my daughter!

I did get an internal today. I am 2 1/2 cm dilated and 70% effaced. I almost wish I didn't get the internal done because now my hopes are slightly raised that I will go into labor soon. I have a feeling though, that this baby is staying put for a while. I hope not. I am really really ready to go into labor.

My guesses though:
Birthday: June 12th @ 10:18pm
Weight: 8lbs 6oz
Length: 20in

We'll see how close I get. :)

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Done for the School Year!

Today was my last day of work for the 2012-2013 school year! I think it went fairly well, considering I opened a brand new, 900 student school and I was pregnant since September! I am so excited to be done for the summer though. Those last few weeks were really hard! My classroom is on the 2nd floor of the school, and nearly all the way down the hallway. The stairs were a non-issue in the beginning of my pregnancy, but since about 34 weeks or so, I've been huffing and puffing up the stairs. I am 38w1d today, so the stairs were especially hard, not to mention the going all over the school for everything under the sun.

So now that I'm out of school,  we wait. I have most everything ready for his arrival, and anything that isn't done yet is no big deal if it doesn't get done. Here's my list:

-make the mobile that will go over the changing table
-finish packing my hospital bag
-get his diaper bag embroidered with his name
-make another changing pad cover
-last minute cleaning around the house

I think that is all on my list. I'm ready...

We went for a long walk today at Opry Mills Mall in hopes that it would jump start something...nothing so far. I was just really tired afterwards. Tomorrow is my 38 week appointment with my OB. She is going to do my first internal, so we'll see if anything is going on. Not so much looking forward to the internal, but I am looking forward to seeing if my body realizes that it is getting close to time to get this baby out!

Monday, May 27, 2013

38 weeks!

Well, I have never written a post titled, "38 Weeks" before... Probably because I have never been 38 weeks pregnant before! I had Norah at 37weeks 3 days, and I am currently exactly 38 weeks pregnant today. I have never been this pregnant, and I never thought that a few extra days of pregnancy could be so draining, but oh my goodness, it is!

I have felt like crap lately, especially today. Actually, yesterday I felt ok. I woke up feeling fine, and then today I woke up feeling like the world was being carried on my back. The back pain that I have had over today has been miserable, but I will manage for a few more weeks... Hopefully I will have is baby super soon though. I would LOVE it if I went into labor tonight. :)

Those last two paragraphs were actually written last night at about 1:30 in the morning. I couldn't sleep, and I've gotten really into this show on Netflix called, "Call the Midwife." It's fantastic. Anyway, all day yesterday I felt awful, today I feel pretty bad, too. The back pain isn't nearly as bad as yesterday, but the hip pain is still present. The worst part is though that I am so so so nauseated. I was nauseous last night, too. I actually ended up throwing up once around 12:30am. Today, I haven't thrown up, but I've had a bit of diarrhea, and a whole lot of nausea.

I want to think that the nausea is a sign of impending labor, but I think that for the next 2+ weeks, I am going to question everything being a sign of labor. Sigh. I know I am only 38 weeks, and I know that technically he would be considered 2 weeks early if I had him today, but that doesn't stop me from being anxious to meet him and anxious to have pregnancy over with.

I really know that I am going to be kicking  myself for not enjoying these last few weeks of pregnancy, especially considering that this will hopefully be my last pregnancy. I am not in the business of wanting anymore babies after this. I am going to try and enjoy it, but I still can't wait to meet him. :)

Today is Memorial Day. Daniel is home, which is wonderful, and of course, Norah is home. We went geocaching this morning, which was a lot of fun. I wanted to go to a park, but then I started feeling sick, so we had to go home. Daniel is getting the hot tub all washed and cleaned out for Norah to swim in today. I am so excited. I can't wait to sit in it and cool my pregnant self down...obviously we don't turn the heat on in the summertime. :)



Friday, May 24, 2013

We're Ready.

I am officially ready for baby boy to get here. I had a baby shower at work thrown for me yesterday...which was amazing, by the way. Tonight we went out, armed with our $185.00 in Target gift cards, and we bought all of the remaining things that we needed for the baby. Little things add up, let me tell you!

Today was my last day with the kids at school. It was bliss when they all left. :) There's just nothing like hearing that last bus called to make you smile on the last day of school! 5 years down, only 40 more until I can retire. :)

While I was at work, I made sure that I got everything done that I really needed to get done, just in case I couldn't come back Tuesday. Technically Tuesday is our last day of work as teachers, but on my way to work this morning I thought that there was a possibility that I wouldn't make it to Tuesday. Why? Well, because I've had contractions all day long. They are slightly painful Braxton Hicks, I think, but either way, they made me very uneasy... to the point where I called my nurse's line at 10:30 just to ask what I should do. She told me to sit, drink water, put my feet up, and if they didn't go away, then to come in. Fortunately, they went away-- I wasn't ready at that time...too much paperwork to do. :)

But everything is done at work, and most everything is done at home. We've gotten the last little bit of stuff that we need, so we are ready any time! Come on, baby!!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Nursery Pictures!

Well, they are blurry because all I have is my iphone right now, but I LOVE the way the nursery has turned out!

Keep in mind that the swing won't stay in there-- it's only in there until he comes, then it's going in the sunroom, which is where we spend a lot of our time.


I recovered the glider cushions, but I'm thinking about recovering them again in a dark gray instead of the blue.



All of these pictures where FREE off of several sites I found via pinterest.

The printer will not stay either. It's there until I can get my H to move it downstairs.



Without the bright light.


My wonderful husband made two of these bookshelves for our baby boy, and we put them at the perfect toddler height. I love them!

Monday, May 20, 2013

FULL TERM! 37 Weeks!

Today I am 37 Weeks pregnant. I am still in disbelief about it because I just didn't think getting pregnant would happen as quickly as it did for us this time around. With Norah it took us nine cycles. With this little boy, it only took 2, and now, here I am full-term and feeling like I am ready to pop. I am sure that it is going to take me a while to actually have this baby-- probably another three weeks, but I'm full term, and that's awesome.

So, am I ready? Well, I am and I'm not. I am ready at home, I think. His nursery is FINALLY done (well, about 95% done), and I am comfortable with bringing him home. I'd still like to have time to get some extra cleaning and organizing done at the house before he comes, but overall, we're good. Work-wise though, I am not ready. I went ahead and finished my grading, my report cards, my purple folder business, and most of my other odds and ends. I still have quite a bit to do, especially if my principal moves me to another classroom like she just told me TODAY that she might have to do, but I have one big issue with him coming in the next week-- I really want him to have a summer birthday, not a school year one. I want to be out of school whenever his birthday comes around each year so that I don't have to go through the panic of trying to have a birthday party during the same time that the school year is ending. If I had my choice, I'd have him born on June 5th. We'll see though. :)

My next prenatal appointment is tomorrow. I am a little worried because my blood pressure was high at my last appointment, and if it is high tomorrow, they might look into inducing or talking about c-section.... both of which I REALLY do not want. I am curious about how my fluid is doing, but also not curious enough to really want to know since I don't want them to induce me for that either. I just don't want to be induced this time. Even though it went perfectly, without a hitch, I just don't want to be in the hospital again for as long as I was. I was in there from 2pm on the 15th, until 12noon on the 18th...long time.

I will have to update with a belly picture later. I was in a huge rush this morning and didn't take one. My parents came into town this weekend, and they wanted to take Norah with them to deliver these toys to an orphanage in Arkansas (5.5 hours away), so this morning I was rushing around to make sure that they got off easily enough. I'm so worried about her being on the road for that long. She's usually good on car trips, but this is a looooong one. They are coming back tonight, so it's 11 hours in the car. She's never done that before. Sigh... I can't wait to see her tonight.





Wednesday, May 15, 2013

36 Weeks!

36 weeks 2 days to be exact.

So here I sit, 9 months pregnant, and not wanting to write a blog post. I need to write though because I haven't in a bunch of days. I really do want to keep this up until the very end. I am just so stinking tired.

I am going to whine a bit...
I am tired, and I am sore. I never had this problem with Norah's pregnancy, but I am SO sore on my hips nearly all of the time--especially when I get up from either sitting, laying, or being still. I need to sit a lot, so this is a challenge.
I am having a difficult time sitting as well. I really do feel like I have a basketball in my belly, and it is getting increasingly more difficult to move around, bend over, tie my shoes, etc.
I am getting a bit more cranky these days. Ollie, our dog, has been following me around even more so than he usually does, which is a pain in the butt. He is under my feet when I walk anywhere in the house. Very frustrating, and I constantly feel like I am going to trip over him.
Working up until I am 38w 1d is hard. I am 36w2d right now, and the idea that I am working for nearly two MORE weeks almost makes me want to cry. Although to that I will say two things: #1 I am SO thankful for my job. #2 I am so thankful that I don't have to work after 38w1d like a lot of people have to do.


Ok, I'm done whining.

Speaking of school stuff: my school year is coming to a close (yay!). This is my 5th year teaching, and I still love doing it, so hopefully I'm in this for the long-haul. The end of the school year is always a little difficult because there is so much to do. Soooo much paperwork, folders to fill out, things to turn in, forms to complete, etc. On top of that, we had an AWESOME field trip to Publix yesterday, and we've got another field trip to the middle school tomorrow.... I really wish I could skip tomorrow's field trip. On Friday, we've got field day... crazy week. Next week, there's our picnic, our awards day, and I think that's it. Busy, busy time. I am so worried that I am going to go into labor before school gets out, so I am trying SO hard to get everything that I can get done, done as quickly as possible. Today I did all of my reading folders, and that took forever, but I am so glad they are done. Tomorrow I'll be trying to get done even more.

The nursery is finally starting to come together. We hung up a bunch of stuff last night, and with the things on the walls, it really does make me feel better about things. We still need to hang up the bookshelves Daniel made, the coat rack (for his backpack and such), and the name letters over his crib. I need to purchase a rug, and cover the glider cushions... I also want to make a mobile. Once these things are done, I'm good to go on the nursery! It's precious though-- so serene.

My 36 week appointment on Monday of this week went well. I am at weekly appointments now, so that should be fun. :) I got my GBS test done. I really really hope that I am negative for it this time. I was positive last time and had to have penicillin the entire time I was in labor. Let's just say that anti-biotics give me a nasty side-effect that I was NOT loving right after having a baby.

The boy's heartbeat was 131bpm, and he is head down and ready to go. I measured right on track, gained almost 2 lbs (which puts me at a total of 10lbs), and my urine checked out fine. The only thing was that I had slightly high blood pressure, which is SO not like me. Normally my blood pressure is textbook perfect. It was elevated, so they'll monitor that. When I got home from school yesterday, I took my blood pressure with an iHealth cuff my sister let me borrow. It also said that my blood pressure was elevated. I hope this isn't something that would cause me to be induced, but I went ahead and started packing my hospital bag anyway. Better safe than having Daniel run home to get me everything I forgot.

Well, that's it for now. I've got to get some sleep. 9:45 and I am exhausted! Here's my 36 week belly shot that I took tonight. Not too huge, no matter what some of the people at school say!




Friday, May 10, 2013

One Month.

One month from today is my due date. I still have so much to do before then, and it is quickly approaching! I thought I'd give an update of how I am feeling these days:

  • First off, heartburn is INSANE. I don't know what happened, but about 5 days ago, I got a terrible case of heartburn at night. Well... it hasn't really gone away at all. At night it is reeeeaaaallly bad. I am not sure what to do about it. I've tried icecream and lots of tums. Not too much is helping, and it sucks. The only thing I can hope for is that I have all of this heartburn because our baby boy has lots of hair.l
  • Walking is getting a bit more difficult. I have been having a lot of hip pain lately, and my belly feels so so big, so it is a little painful to walk. The hardest part is when I first get up from a laying down position-- it hurts.
  • I am big-- I feel like I am one million pounds, but I have only gained between 8 and 12 lbs. I was up 8 at my last appointment 2 weeks ago, so I'm just estimating here. A few people have made comments about how big I am, and some have said that I have hardly gained anything. I feel huge.
  • I always thought it was silly that people had trouble getting their shoes on when they were pregnant. I always thought, "Seriously? You can't bend over to put your shoes on?" Then I realized that I never had to experience any of that when I was pregnant with Norah. I was on summer vacation when I was 30 weeks pregnant on, so I didn't have to worry about wearing tennis shoes. Well, now I am still working at nearly 36 weeks, and I am having to put tennis shoes on occasionally, and it is impossible! I put them on this morning and thought I was going to pass out because of how difficult it was. I got them on though! :)
  • My poison ivy that I got in Altanta is still apparent. It sucks. It woke me up three times two nights in a row because of the itching. I had finally had it, so yesterday, after school, I went to Walgreens and bought this super expensive poison ivy stuff that someone recommended to me, and it helped. Worth the $15.99 for 4oz. I only had to wake up to pee last night, which was a welcome relief.

So my friend, Jennie, who was due 5 days before me, had her babies yesterday. I knew she'd go long before me because she was having twins. She had a boy and a girl. :) I am so excited for them. I can't imagine having twins though. That's got to be difficult.

I suppose that is it for now. I get to call about my free breast pump today! I called months ago, and they told me to call when I was one month away from my due date to get it all set up. I am very curious as to what kind of pump I get for free. I did confirm that it is a double electric. I am happy it's free, but I am SO not looking forward to pumping again...


Monday, May 6, 2013

35/35 and Braves game!

This weekend, Daniel and I went to Atlanta, and it was so much fun! We went for the primary reason of attending a wedding for his cousin, but we figured we'd make a weekend out of it since we won't be able to do that for a while.

I took off Friday, and we drove down to Atlanta after dropping our sweet girl off at daycare. My sister picked her up and kept her all weekend, which was really great. She had so much fun with Jamie and Crystal! So we drove to Atlanta and met up with Daniel's sister at their aunt's million dollar house...it was a gorgeous house.

Almost as soon as we got there, we left to head to Turner Field to go to the Braves game. What's so funny is that when I was buying the tickets for the baseball game,  I kept thinking, "Ugh! I'm going to be 35 weeks pregnant... I'm going to be huge, I'm going to be exhausted, and it is going to be HOTTT!!!" In Atlanta during May, things are usually quite hot. Well, that was soooo not the case! It was 60 degrees when we got to the game, and by the time the game was over, it was around 50! It was so cold! Fortunately, it wasn't too terribly bad, and we all still had a great time. It rained a lot of the time, but it was mostly "misting", and I had purchased the covered seats just for that reason. So glad I did! :) Overall, the game was SO great! The Braves lost, but they beat the crap out of the Mets the next night, so it's all good. :)

On Saturday we went to IKEA, which was AWESOME as usual, and we bought a dresser for the baby. I feel so much better about him getting here now that we have a dresser for some reason. I guess it is since we still have a lot to do, it's one major thing off my list. Daniel put it together last night, and it is great. Perfect for his little room. I even went ahead and put some clothes in it, and I am just so happy with it!

After IKEA we tried to go to this restaurant that I have been trying to go to forever, but Georgia Tech was having their graduation, and it was packed! Plus, we were slightly under-dressed. We went back to the house and got ready for the wedding. The wedding was beautiful, and Laura, his cousin looked drop-dead gorgeous!

The reception was great, too. It was in one of the coolest venues I've ever seen. We had a lot of fun, and the food was wonderful! I was one tired pregnant lady afterwards though! So when Daniel, Ken, and Jessi wanted to go see Iron Man 3, I had to sit out.

Last thing about the weekend, I somehow got a poison ivy rash on my legs! I have no clue how I did it, but it has gotten progressively worse since Saturday. I called my OB today, and they are calling me in a prescription to [hopefully] knock it out. I am so so so allergic to poison ivy!




In pregnancy news, I am 35/35! I am 35 weeks, with 35 days left to go! I am feeling pretty good right now, and I feel like things have actually gotten easier in the last few weeks than they have been. It was pretty rough for a few weeks, but now I feel a little bit better. I can't wait to meet him, but he seriously needs to stay in for at least three more weeks! School gets out three weeks from tomorrow!

So exciting!