Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Ok so I am a sucky blogger

It is just soo hard to find time to blog when I am constantly playing and taking care of my little monkey...I have some time this morning so I will post a quick blog before Josh wakes up. My little man is 3 months old (OMG). And he just woke up.....So much for writing a blog before he is ready to start his day. We have a pretty good routine going, and he is growing lots and learning new things all the time. His giggles and sounds amuse me, and his smile would melt anyones heart. I have a photo to post too. I am going to try and update again soon...

Sunday, July 19, 2009

A serious post.

I want to take some time to discuss Post-partum Depression.....because I haz it. Well at any rate I am dealing with it, with medication and a very attentive and observant husband who watches my mood closely. I must say that I am doing much better than I was a week or two ago.

Backstory: Shortly after Josh was born I developed an infection in my incision. I began treatment twice a day with home nursing, and visits to my doctors at least once a week. Unfortunately the infection is taking a while to clear up, and while I am now using a V.A.C. (Vacuum assisted closure- a machine using negative pressure to clean and stimulate growth in my wound) the whole experience has been overwhelming.

No one expects that things are going to be so difficult, and while my depression is less depressed and sad feelings and more stress and anxiety about my performance as a mother, it is nonetheless scary and frustrating. I want to post this because everyone, including myself, says oh I will never have PPD. I honestly never thought that I would be the one to have to deal with all this. And I know I have done nothing wrong...I am doing my utmost to take care of my child and myself.

Please, please, if you are a new mom and you have overwhelming feelings of any kind....talk to your doctor. No one should have to feel as if there is not help.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Someone I want you to meet!

Here he is!!! Joshua Curtis Jr. arrived via c-section on June 12,2009 (my original due date). He weighed 8lbs 11oz and I would do everything over again in a heartbeat to have him. I am one-handed typing so this will be short...but I promise to do another update soon!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

40+ weeks, maybe a picture later.

Ok little monkey, we are really really excited for you to come, (Even though I am scared out of my mind for labor and delivery) so you can make your hasty escape at any time now. We even have a hat for you to wear when the redwings win the Stanley Cup on Thursday. So bring it on little one.....the eviction is friday by force, but we would LOVE to see you early. Really really love it. Like a way lot.
Anyway, not much going on, I am just waiting. Perhaps if I can swing it I will get a picture up. My last few appointments have been painful and disappointing, very little progress, and a decision to start inducing on Thursday if I do not go into labor before then. I was really hoping to deliver on Thursday but it probably will not happen. Josh's birthday is Thursday and he would absolutely love to have his son in his arms that day, but we will see. It would get me out of buying him a birthday gift too. LMAO.
I will probably not post much until after he is here, but I promise to post a pic and story when I get the chance!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

39 weeks, probably not posting a picture...haha

I am tired, sore, and ready to have this baby. We are trying everything....I really wanted my doc to be there, but we have had no progress this week either. I go back tomorrow for another NST, BPP, and she will probably check me one last time, but then thats it. After that I will probably just wait him out....haha. Today would be the perfect day....It is Josh's birth month, my birth day (April 3) and when you add them together it equals the year. I think this was my day I really wanted. Who knows what will happen, but I am not going to be too sad if he doesn't make his appearance quite yet. I get to go baby clothes shopping tomorrow if I am not in labor by then....this makes a world of difference to my attitude...haha
Anyway, I am just (not really) patiently waiting for Joshua Jr. to decide he is ready to be an outside baby. I tell him every day to hurry it along, cause lots of people are waiting to meet him.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

We got our Pack & Play.

So I had my heart set on the pack & play that matched the travel system that we received (it was awesome I will have to say) but just a little too expensive...even with our discount coupons and rewards checks and whatnot. Sooo I started looking at other ones. I had picked out one that I could deal with, had almost all the features I wanted and was a heck of a lot cheaper. I finally get Josh on board to get one, we go to Babies R Us and look at it, and of course he starts wandering around looking at the one next to the p&p we were looking at. OMG it was perfect. Slightly more expensive than the one I picked out, but it has a music and vibration thing with MP3 hook up, you can record a ten second snippet of your voice to the thing and it has multiple music options for pre set sounds....sleepy music, playing music, and nature sounds. It also has a canopy with a mobile, a changing table and an organizer to hold diapers and wipes and what not. The techie in Josh sold him on this new pack& play the minute he started pushing the buttons, and I was sold when I noticed that the mobile had monkeys on it, and was green, brown and white.....the colors we did the nursery in.
Unfortunately as we started looking around for the box, to take one home.....they were sold out. I asked someone if they had any more and she told me that they did not, and would not have them for a while but I could be put on the request list, and if they received any in shipment they would call me. Or I could try online...(Of which you cannot find this collection of baby gear yet). So I put my name on the list...but being impatient and hopefully not pregnant for very much longer, I did not want to wait...haha. I decided to call Babies R Us in Ann Arbor. They had 6 in stock, and so yesterday I asked them to hold one for Josh, and he ran over there after work and bought it. He came home and we had a hell of a time getting it put together, but managed finally (with only one outburst from Josh that had me nearly in tears) and I took some pictures for you all to see.

So one other really cute thing is going on today...right as I am typing this blog. Josh is currently attending Daddy Boot Camp at the hospital right now. I really have no idea what he is doing but I do hope it involves teaching him how to change a diaper, and how to swaddle...haha. Though I do think the only reason he actually went was the promise of free swag. Namely a backpack, a can koozie, and "other miscellaneous gifts". I mean really who can go wrong with a class that offers that kind of incentive to attend??? Its like actually getting punch and pie when it is promised to you. LOL. So we shall see what he thinks of the boot camp and I will get back to you on what he learns.

Friday, May 29, 2009

One more thing about being pregnant...

Just FYI, do not stand too close to your ever loving stove while making Ramen. If you are showing, you will invariably burn your tummy at some point on the stove. Just keep this in mind. I wish I had been warned.

I have three very lovely red burn marks on my tummy from the stove....kick ass.


Well after I failed my BPP (J2 just did NOT want to move around at all) they hook me up to the NST, and by the skin of my teeth get three accellerations during the last few minutes of the test. I just barely passed that part. So I am on edge a little bit, but really wondering whats going on, and if I am making progress. After waiting forever for the doctor to come in she checks me (OMFG, that was so not cool) she tells me I am maybe a fingertip but that my cervix is way curled up behind my pubic bone....so as of this point, little progress is made.

They did do a growth U/S and he is estimated at 7lbs 15 oz, but who really knows. That is the 77%ile though. I just wish I had more progress...I am getting tired of being pregnant...LOL

Oh, then, they figure out I have no more appointments scheduled, and they should have done this weeks ago. There was no way in knowing when I will go into labor, they should have been scheduled and then cancelled if I didnt need to go in. So I have Mondays appointment scheduled, but Thursday I will probably end up sitting around all morning waiting to be fit in for the ultrasound part of my NST. They are booked solid all morning. I told them do not be surprised if I order in pizza for myself..haha

It has been quite a morning, so to calm me down, DH, MIL and I went for some retail therapy. I helped MIL pick out a baby shower gift, and we bought a couple small odds and ends for the baby...some of those clingy window shade things for the car, some hooks for the back of the stroller, and some batteries for the bouncer and travel swing.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Itty bitty alligators and a diaper cover...

Squee!!! I cannot tell you how excited I was when I went to my mothers house the other day, and my aunt had stopped by with some outfits and side snap shirts for me. My aunt is just a great woman, and is always thinking about others. I loved this little outfit so much that I really had to take a couple of pictures of it for you all to see. That diaper cover was just too much! It also came with a little onesie that was striped and had the same alligator on it, soo adorable. I know its not monkeys...but Josh jr. has plenty of monkey outfits to last a while! I am getting super duper anxious about the arrival of our son. I just really want to see him finally. It has been a long 9 (10) months, and the third trimester has seemed never-ending. Heck I am still in it....
Lately walking has become really uncomfortable. People always say its like walking around with a bowling ball between your legs or something, and it is exactly how I feel. Between that and my swelling in my legs and feet. Whoady. But I know it is all worth it. Well I think that is all for now, tomorrow is another big day at the doctors office, a growth ultrasound, bpp, nst, and my first exam to see if I am making any progress to getting to see this little boy! I am sure I will have lots to say tomorrow! Until then...happy reading.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

38 weeks.

This is not the best picture I guess...but I thought I should put one up since I was a huge slacker and never did a 37 week pic. Oh well...I am getting down to the end, and my head is just not working right...I had an NST in the labor and delivery department at St. V's and things went fantastically. I even saw a teeny braxton hicks contraction on the tracing...which I haven't seen before. That was too exciting.
Today Josh has a very big big training going on at work that he has to be at for the day, but after today we are on the "get this baby out" bandwagon....I would prefer to go early by myself than to be induced next week. If nothing happens and I go into the week of my actual due date, well I will be sad but it will be ok. My OB will be going on vacation. Probably mentioned that, but it makes me sad that the doctor that I have seen almost every appointment since before I got pregnant may not be the person who will deliver our baby. I know I know, I should have known that would happen, but it still makes me kind of sad...haha
I found a pack and play that I LOVE, and of course, it is not available at Babies R Us. I put my name in for one when they get more in a shipment, but of course, they have no idea when they will get more in.....so frustrating. It will be nice to have a small baby station in the downstairs for when the weather is really hot, because the lower level of our house is much much cooler than the upper level.
Anyway, that is all for now, I will be sure to keep everyone updated on whats going on, as we wind down and get ready to welcome Joshua Jr!!!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

37 weeks....no picture yet.

We had a late night last night and forgot to take pictures...but I will get one up sometime soon. I found out at my last appointment that my OB will be leaving on vacation the week I am due. So I will have an induction the week prior if I am favorable for induction, and if I don't go before then. My blood pressures have been really great, and my NST's have been going well. This is just a small update I will have more later for sure!

Friday, May 15, 2009

The Nursery, more pictures!!

Just thought you would like to see the nursery now that I have kind of put it more together. It has become a modge podge of available furniture, but I think it works well. It is not my ideal idea for the nursery, but you make it work. No other real news, still uncomfy. LOL I am sure there will be more to talk about next week!!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

36 weeks

So here, on time, are my 36 week pictures!! You can all hold your applause. LOL
I am starting to feel really exhausted and uncomfortable, but I know that we are in the home stretch and soon I will get to see the reward for all the hard work from the past 9 (10) months. Josh Jr. will be here very soon, and Josh and I are feeling pretty excited, overwhelmed, and slightly unprepared.
Monday I had another doctors appointment, NST went well, baby was ridiculously mobile....and has yet to really settle down since (LOL). I also was tested for Group B Strep. Everyone talks about how bad the test is, but seriously it's nothing. I am sure I will find out what the results of that on thursday.
I found out early on that Josh's insurance covered a pump fully, either one personal pump during a lifetime, or covers a rental. I opted for the personal pump going on the idea that more children will be in my future and who knows what time will bring to us....perhaps some job opportunity or going to school, and having a pump at my disposal anytime seemed like the right solution. However, after I received the script from the doctor I took it to a medical supply place, they gave me the run around with it. Today Josh and I went back with the script altered with a diagnosis code by my doctor, armed with the reassurance that it was covered, and no reason why it should not be filled by the med supply place. They tried to give me the run around again, so I told them I spoke to the insurance company and was assured it would be covered, and I could get it before the birth. They were unhappy about having to call and get the info, but they did, and I walked out with an Ameda Purely Yours Double pump with carrying bag. Moral of the story: Know your insurance it can save you money, and be aggressive if you are getting the run-around...Seriously I love it when I am right! Now the hard part, getting the accessories...it is a good pump but not readily sold at most retail places.
I am getting so excited! (did I mention this already?) My mom took me to a resale shop and bought a travel swing for me. I really wanted a full size, but after thinking about it, a travel swing is really much more appropriate for us. We can take it up and down the stairs, and it will fit in the bathroom, allowing for fast showers. There are only a few more things that I would like to get before little Josh gets here, and I am hoping that we will be able to get them. It may take some thinking and scheming, but I am sure it will happen.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

35 weeks

Here finally is a picture for you all.

I had a doctors appointment this morning and my MIL was 15 minutes late picking me up, then there was an accident on 475, and we got stuck in traffic. I was already kind of worked up about that when I went in to my doctors appointment. The ultrasound tech was running behind schedule. So they take me back for my NST. No big deal, I get all set up and the baby does not respond. I had no accellerations in the heartbeat, no really good movement. So they keep me on for another 20 minutes, make me drink loads of ice water and still nothing. By now I am starting to panic just a little. I was going to have a Biophysical Profile anyway, but I had to wait some more for the tech, and my doctor came in to talk with me. She assured me that she thought the NST looked ok, just needed to be sure with the BPP. So I get in finally to do the ultrasound, and he just did not want to move. She saw all the other indicators the practice breathing and stuff, but he just was not for moving. Finally we jiggled my belly where his feet were and he moved enough for me to pass the dang BPP. I was soo worried something was wrong.
She also did a growth check on him, and he weighs 5lbs. 14oz. He seems to be slowing down in the growing department, and I think he will be a long baby.
If you haven't noticed I have said he....and I will finally say it in the blog, that Josh and I are expecting Joshua Jr. I am super excited!
I will post another blog about my shower from last weekend, and lots of cute pictures. Until then, happy reading!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

I am a total slacker.

I know I know there have been very few updates thus far. Its not that I dont want to do them, I am just super busy and always forget to get my picture taken...haha. I am switching my due date ticker to June 9th, so that means I am over 35 weeks as of tuesday. So I will try to get a 35 week picture tonight and post it tomorrow. I also have some really good pictures of my shower on Sunday, and perhaps if I can get things organized, a picture of the nursery more completed. Things are looking good for us. We were able to go out and get some more things that I felt were kind of necessities for the baby. More onesies and sleepers. I would like to get a couple more little outfits, but I am feeling that those things will be secondary until we get a good handle on the basic baby care stuff.
I promise to update again tomorrow, I have another doctors appointment and I will fill in with that stuff too....so look for another update of some sort tomorrow!!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Just a teaser pic!

I thought I would leave you all a quick picture....from Josh's work shower. It is really cute and pretty fun too!

That is all, perhaps some day I will get more pictures from my other shower and put those up for you to spy too!

Monday, April 27, 2009

NST and 34 weeks tomorrow?!

So today was good, baby did very well with the NST today. We only had a little problem finding the little monkey this time, had very good movements and very good accelerations. What confused me is that I saw the other doctor in the practice today and while the ultrasound tech tells me that my June 12th EDD is right, the have in my chart June 9th....which would make me 34 weeks tomorrow. Color me confused because now I have no idea what date is the correct one..hahaha So heck I might be closer than I originally thought to the end of this journey...only by a couple of days, but hey those couple of days could make a world of difference.
I had my shower for Josh's side of the family on Sunday, and it was a really good time. We had an assortment of salads and cupcakes. My MIL decorated the room in pretty spring colors, and we played a few games. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, and everyone managed to tell me how much less like shit I looked yesterday compared to Easter...haha. Granted I was pretty exhausted around that time, but I thought I did a dang good job trying to hide the fact that I was run down and tired on Easter. Apparently it didn't work. I must have been told about a dozen times how much better I looked, and how I looked like I wasn't feeling well a few weeks ago. Hahaha
Anyway, This little monkey better like to eat, because I got enough spoons to feed the baby for a very long time...It seemed that every gift included spoons..the little gummy ended ones, some disposable ones, some little plasticky ones. Got lots of blankets too. This is going to be one bundled up Junebug. We also got tons of onsies, and sleepers, and a couple of outfit. We also received a play mat, and diapers and wipes.Everything was just adorable, and we got some really useful things too. I think I blogged about Josh's work shower last time, but I do want to say again how very grateful I am to his coworkers. They are very wonderful to both Josh and I. It's amazing the generosity of others.
So now I am busy starting a few loads of laundry, cleaning up the bedding set so that I can make up the crib and get the nursery looking in top form for the last baby shower, set for next Saturday. I cannot wait, it will kind of be like an open house as well as a shower, as most of my family have never been to my house. Especially since my in-laws have completely moved out. It is sure to be a most excellent day.
I think for now that is all, but perhaps if I have some time I will put up some pictures of the very adorable clothes and things we received this weekend. Thanks for reading!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

33 weeks, and fun times!!

Belly pics right away for ya. I am looking pretty good, though my ankles and feet were swollen to the point of painful at the time these were taken.
Things went well on Thursday, I met with the pediatricians group that I think we will be using. Every doctor I met was very nice and extremely kind to take a little time out to visit with me. I got the tour of the office and all of my questions were answered before I had a chance to ask them. I was quite pleased. To top that all off, the office is directly across the parking lot from my OB office. Very convenient I think.
As for my last U/S and NST. Things went well. Baby did very good again with the biophysical profile, and my fluid levels are measuring well. The baby was doing lots and lots of good practice breathing, and moving around....though I didn't need the tech to tell me that. Before I finished up with the ultrasound I asked the lady to find the location of the heart so I could tell the nurse doing my NST where the best place to get a good heart rhythm would be. It worked. Perfectly. The baby didn't swim away, and we got 20 straight minutes of heart tones without one single blip. I immediately bribed baby with lots of new toys if the behavior continued through the rest of my NST's....so here's to hoping!!
Yesterday I took my last longer trip and spent a day in Ann Arbor, hanging around Josh's work. I am having issues driving comfortably, so spending the day out and about was not really feasible. I did manage to get out to a whole foods and get my free lunch bag I had a coupon for, and some lunch for Josh and I. The primary reason for the trip was a planned shower thrown for us by Josh's coworkers. Let me tell you, it was a fantastic time. Lots of delicious desserts, and some other snacks. They spent a lot of time and effort decorating and making it an enjoyable day. We received a stuffed monkey and a matching blanket to our bedding set...along with a very large gift card to Babies R Us. We were totally astounded by the generosity of the people at his work. I also received some interesting pamphlets from one of the early childhood educators who is on staff with the School District. She organizes things for parents of small children in Washtenaw county and there are lots of resources and booklets on development and things for me to read through. What else was awesome was that Josh's boss, who has been out of work for two weeks for surgery stopped in as a surprise and brought us a gift as well. Two very adorable Detroit Tiger onsies. It was very nice of him, and very thoughtful!
I am sure to have much more to blog about after the weekend, tomorrow is my first family shower, thrown by Josh's mom and her sister. I know it will be a good time! Until then everyone happy reading!!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Doin' well..well sort of.

Alright, I am thinking something has got to give on these NST's. Things go sooo smoothly for like 15 minutes, then this little bugger decides that a new place to chill sounds lovely...and proceeds to move away from the monitors. Thus making my time doing NST's even longer. This in turn makes me frustrated and upset, and even though I know it is not my fault, nor is it this little baby, I cannot help but feel like a burden. I hope these get better, because at this point I am feeling really down about twice weekly NST's.
So todays doctors appointment went well, I saw the other doctor in the office today, who is such a sweetie. Honestly I would be happy to see either doctors face on the day this baby decides to make it's entrance into this world. Things looked well from what the doctor said. Thursday will be fun, get to see the baby again. Always the highlight of the week!
One more little thing, I just want to say congrats to Angi who surprised us all and had her baby very quickly this morning. I cannot wait to meet your little one!

Friday, April 17, 2009

32 weeks, second NST.

Thursday was another rough day at the OB. It took 45 uncomfy minutes to find this little bugger on the NST machine. Then another 20 to finally get the readings the doctor wanted....On the good side?? Baby is doing well based on the Biophysical Profile, and is weighing in at approximately 5 lbs. Only measuring about a week and day ahead.

I seem to have lost two lbs since monday (hahah) and my blood pressure was not too elevated, despite my frustration after the NST. DH and I had a talk with this child about being slightly ornery and hopefully we will have better luck at mondays NST.

Here's a nice little pic of me. My bra's really seem to love the limelight, they always sneak into my pictures...hahaha. What a cute tummy....well I say that right now, sometimes I cannot believe how I look. It is very out of my comfort zone to praise the expansion of my waistline. LOL. It is also hard to imagine that housed inside there is a 5 lb little baby....though I can distinctly feel the kicks and wiggles.

And here you go, a couple of pictures of the nursery, as a bonus. First, my finished curtains and the valance. Looks decent for the first time ever making something like this. I really think the valance is just way too cute. Looking at the picture makes me realize that the left panel is not pushed back as far as the right...but we are not looking for perfection now are we??

Next, a second bit of fabric that I turned under to make a rather large receiving blanket, that could double as a floor mat or play mat. DH loved the fabric when we went to pick up some other things from the fabric store so I picked up a yard (at 2.99/yd. not a bad deal) and just turned under the edges, and used hem tape instead of sewing it. It was my practice item to see if the seams would hold on the valances just using that iron on tape stuff. Worked pretty decently I think.

Well that seems to be all the updates I have today, I hope everyone enjoys reading about all the things going on during the last couple months of my pregnancy. I also want to wish my good friend Angi the best of luck as she will be induced on Monday, and will be seeing her little babycakes surprise very very soon!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Update on my first NST.

I had my first NST or non stress test today. It was an experience let me tell you. First of all the office was crazy busy this morning...as I am sure it is every monday morning, but I got in and they wrapped the little blue and pink belty things around my belly and have my lie back. There was no way they were finding the heartbeat with me in that position...ok thats cool, I can lay on my side for a little while. Finally they zone in on the baby's heartbeat, and its going strong, but after about what seems like two minutes, this baby started kicking right at the monitor and moved away. Every once in a while the heartbeat would get picked up for a bit, but then move away.
After what seemed like an eternity (but was only 20 minutes) they asked the doctor if I had to continue being hooked up. She said yeah she wanted to see a continuous strip. So to spare my numb left hip we moved me to the other side. Once I did that they had a hard time finding the heartbeat again...and eventually I had to hold the monitor at a very precise angle on my tummy so that it would be picked up. Finally they got a full 20 minutes of monitoring and then I finished up with the rest of the appointment.
Things looked well with the NST, I have another one on thursday as well as an ultrasound. I talked with the doctor about her thoughts on cesarean for me as well as possibly not going full term, and on both instances she does not see an immediate need for me to be concerned. Only if an emergent situation arises would we see something like that happen. So that made me feel much better.
I will be updating more often, so that should make things interesting around here...and I will not forget to add my pictures once a week. Thanks for reading everyone!

Friday, April 10, 2009

31 weeks

Oh these are so cute!! If I do say so myself. It was time for a change of scenery, so we took these in another nice spot in our house.
So lately I have been having some major pressure in my pelvis and hips. Its not really pleasant. haha. Also I have noticed an increase in leg cramping and muscle cramping. I am trying to drink more water thinking perhaps that I am getting slightly dehydrated, but who really knows. I have still been trying to walk and do all the things I am supposed to be doing to keep myself as healthy as possible.
One other baby related update,I did attend my first baby related class. A nice one night class on the benefits of breastfeeding. I have done lots of reading on the whole process and really did not learn anything new, but it was helpful to see the videos of the different holds and how the proper latch is achieved. The only issue I had with the class was that I was hoping there would be a little more reassuring information on mothers who want to breastfeed but who have, for any reason, a cesarean section. I know that perseverence is the a key to make nursing work, however I cannot help feeling nervous as the days get closer. I also cannot stop the feeling that I will probably have a cesarean. I just want to keep myself in as realistic a mindset as possible. As an overweight woman who is starting to show signs of high blood pressure, the possibility of that outcome is becoming greater and greater. At the end of the day, whatever is necessary for the healthy delivery of my little monkey is the best decision. I would never want to put my own thoughts or desires ahead of the proper and most beneficial delivery option.
Josh is slightly upset ( as am I) that his Daddy Boot Camp class was cancelled. I was really looking forward to him learning the ins and outs of becoming a dad. I guess he will just have to learn as we go. We still have a long long one day birthing class ahead of ourselves....and we will have to see how that goes...
Anyway, that seems to be all I got for updates this week...Monday starts my twice weekly doctors appointments and I am sure there will be lots and lots to tell after that. Until then, happy reading, and as always, comments are gladly accepted, unless you're a douche...then they are just deleted.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

30 weeks, some other updates too!

So technically I am 30 weeks and 1 day, but I am not going to worry about that. I had my last biweekly appointment yesterday, on my birthday, and while my blood pressure was elevated, I am not showing any other symptoms of pre-eclampsia thus far, so doc said I was doing well. We heard the little monkeys heartbeat, going strong at 130 BPM. I also went for a nice walk in the mall, went shopping for a dress for my showers, and had a pretty spiffy birthday in general. I do have pictures, and so I will post a few now.

So DH caught me off guard with the camera on the picture of me in my shower dress....but I absolutely love it. This picture really doesn't do it justice...neither does my white legs and bare feet, but oh well..haha
SO not only did we get a lot of things done yesterday, when we finally made it home from all our running around, the FedEx man had brought our crib mattress....a week early. We ordered it and got an email from the company saying that it was out of stock and back ordered and was not scheduled to ship until next week....but we got it early. and that was soo very exciting! Oh and I have a picture of that too....let me post it here...LOL
Having this makes me feel so much better about everything. I dont know why, but with a mattress, well it just makes it feel so much more like the babys bedroom....a nursery. LOL. Call me weird, but getting this mattress just made my day.
I also went out to the fabric store, I went into a coma and thought that I was Martha and that I could make new cushions for my rocker in there...but the dang foam is soo expensive. LOL. I have to re-think that whole idea too. But while I was there, I found this fabric. It was so inexpensive so I bought a yard of it, and while I think its a little too heavy to make a valance out of, I might just go ahead and make some out of it. Then I will go back later and get another yard to turn under for a receiving blanket.

Squee*** I love this fabric soo very much! Anyway, there was a lot to update this time. Hope you enjoy reading. Please leave comments I love them soo much!!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

29 weeks

I was a little tired last night so I didn't get a chance to update this until this morning but I have not one, but two pictures for you today. They are both cute, minus again the showing of the bra....hahaha

So last night I had some crazy weird dizziness going on but after I took some time to rest and relax, I felt much better. Things around here are starting to come together, we are working on getting the bedroom (our bedroom) moved upstairs next to the nursery. There are still a few things that have to be moved to our in-laws house and so I have been working on cleaning up and getting those things ready to move.
The baby has been crazy busy keeping me from sleeping with the kicks and punches....which is so awesome and so freaky at the same time. I have been really getting excited about the arrival of the baby, and really wanting to get everything ready. Unfortunately supreme sleepiness and exhaustion have really taken a toll on me. I do try to walk and do my daily errands and whatnot. but more and more I have been finding that I will randomly wake up from impromptu naps on the couch, when I was supposed to be cleaning, or grabbing some lunch.
So I think that is about all that has been going on, Next week will be my 30 week update, and a doctor appointment update...then on to Non-stress tests two times a week until this little bundle arrives!

Friday, March 20, 2009

28 weeks

So I am 28 weeks and here is my picture...

I am feeling great, and have lots to update you all on....so this might be another relatively short post, and then a couple more posts later. I had my appointment yesterday with my doctor. We had a growth scan again, and our baby is growing well, and not too fast, so the doctor was pleased with that progress. We also discussed my lab results from the day before. I had my one hour GTT, and passed it. Boy was she surprised by that. To be truthful, so was I. I am also not anemic, and things are going mostly well. I did however voice some concern about being able to feel the baby all the time, because of my size and the anterior placenta. She was concerned about my higher blood pressure. Because of that, I will have one check up in two weeks, as is standard after 28 weeks, but then two weeks after that, starting my 32 week, I will be going twice a week for NST's. The rest of my appointments will be scheduled for me when I go back in two weeks. I am a little nervous about this, I feel somehow like it is a burden on my family, as we do not have a second vehicle right now. I am relying on my MIL and my mom to take me to appointments.

On to my previous post this afternoon. Josh and I decided to work a little more on the nursery since we were able to get to IKEA this week and pick up the shelves and a rug for the nursery. I love the floating shelves, and my husband did a fantastic job putting them up so they wont fall down. The rug was a new item at IKEA, and I had picked out a green fuzzy rug instead, but the one we decided to get instead was about 20 or so dollars cheaper. I was so happy with it when we were in the store and when I got it home I unrolled it, and it seriously looked black with grey instead of brown and tan (like it was in the store). I realized though that it was just the lighting, and because of the green in there, it was distorting the color. I am still not ecstatic about it, but it will grow on me and it will be a lot easier to clean than the other one. I think the nursery is coming together quite well and I will be excited to see it when we get the changing table in there and finish decorating the walls with some homemade artwork, to be debuted after a little while....since it is name related and some of you out there still don't know what we are having....so I will keep that under wraps until the time is right.

One fast update more later!!!

I just wanted to post a couple of pictures of the nursery since we got a couple more thing done in there. I will post again later with my 28 week pic, an update on the baby and momma from my appointment yesterday, and talk a little more about these pictures too! But I wanted to put them up there for all to see!!! Comments are always welcome...as long as you are nice!

Friday, March 13, 2009

27 weeks

So today I am 27 weeks...that is third trimester, I am getting very excited about the arrival of my baby. We are planning on spending a good part of next week working on spring cleaning and getting some more things finished for the nursery. On the agenda, curtains for the nursery are to be made, putting up a few shelves, find some better foam and fabric for the rocker, Order the crib mattress online, then basic cleaning and organizing the house. Josh is on vacation and is planning on working on the backyard, cleaning up the stick and other such debris that has been in the yard for the winter. There is a lot on our plate, but as this is the only time Josh has off really until the baby comes, we need to make as much of the time we have as we can. Also since the weather is going to be looking better we are hoping to have the in-laws come over and pick up some more stuff from the house, as we are not completely moved yet.

I have been walking as much as possible and rearranging my habits and daily routine to make for a little more every day activity. Doing laundry every day or every other day, just so that it doesn't seem so overwhelming. I think also that I have been experiencing some Braxton-Hicks contractions, which is a very interesting feeling. I have been having more issues with my sciatic nerve....walking for long periods of time gets to be quite uncomfortable. To be quite truthful, I feel as if I have fallen on my bottom and hurt my tailbone. My OB has assured me that that is normal. LOL. Next week I go for my one hour GTT. That will be an experience. I have been testing my blood sugars before breakfast and then at one hour and two hours after I eat....by and large the readings are well within the normal limits. I am cautiously optimistic, however I remain realistic that GD might be something I will have to tackle. My heartburn has subsided for now, but has been replaced by a constantly full feeling. That can be uncomfortable....making me not want to eat but having other symptoms of low blood sugar and knowing that I need nourishment.
The baby movement has increased a bit, but I am still worried that when the time comes for me to start kick counts (next week...AHHH) that I will not be able to feel the baby and that will make me a nervous wreck.
There is soo much to think about and do, it seems like there is not enough time, however I keep being told that I still have so much time. To those people I would like to kindly say "eff off." LOL. Until next time my friends....happy reading!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

26 weeks

Holy moly batman....as today I am 26 weeks and 1 day, I now have like 97 days or so to go. That freaked me out. I had a mini crazy session the other day thinking about all the things left to do. Considering that our house is still rather in a shambles because the in-laws have yet to come get their bed and other large furniture out of the house...I feel very unprepared for what is coming in the next few months. I still have to move our bedroom upstairs, to be closer to the nursery, and get the nursery in tip top shape....but to be truthful, that room is about the best and most prepared for the coming baby than any other room in the house. Oh well, I know it will all work out, but I still cannot help those random moments of frustration and insanity.

I have a picture for you all....and a new outfit to show off as well. As the weather gets warmer the long sleeve shirts and pants that I have that fit will be less and less comfy so I decided to try out a new outfit...minus the showing of my bra in the picture I think it is pretty darn cute.
Pretty sweet huh?? and I must say that I think that I am definitely looking pregnant now...you all might disagree, but well thats ok....you know what they say about opinions.
All is well on the exercising front, I have been walking and doing stretches as often as I can, and spend a good chunk of my weekends walking at the mall and doing other errands. They keep me pretty busy.
It has been a hectic and stressful week, and I am sure glad that it is over. I shall blog again, but for now, it is time to get a little sleep.

Friday, February 27, 2009

25 weeks

Well folks, this one will be short and sweet. Here is my 25 week picture. You all can be the judge. Josh and I are going to take his mom to Ann Arbor tomorrow for the day and do some shopping, and perhaps hit an outlet mall up in Howell, since we didn't get to do that last weekend because of the snow. I am ready to hit the hay, I am seemingly always tired anymore. Perhaps it is my attempt at walking more and exercising more.
Yesterday I did way more than I should have and spent most of the night in pain. I have to keep in mind that there is a very thin line of what is healthy and what is not. It was so bad I took some tylenol before bed, and I try not to take anything if I can help it. Anyhow, I am off to bed. Catch ya all later!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Our crib came!

So its a photo taken from DH's phone, but it will do for right now. The crib came in this afternoon and we decided to run out and pick it up. It was not so hard to put together and I think matches the flooring pretty respectibly. I was soo excited to go out and get it, that I wouldn't even wait until tomorrow after Josh got off work. He was home and I knew my mom wouldn't mind us borrowing the van for a little while. I thought for a minute that the box wasn't going to fit, but it magically slid right in with very little effort.
I really like it, it is simple, but very cute and is a 4 in 1 lifetime crib.
I am sure to have more later about something baby related but I am working on getting back out of the house for my FIL's birthday.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

24 weeks, doctor update, and nursery progress(again)

Ok so I think I look pretty good in this picture. Hahaha. I finally got some new pants so I have more clothing options to choose from. Definite changes going on here, I am starting to feel better, though I still don't like being stared at when I am out walking.
I had my 24 week check-up, and this baby is getting big. Big enough to worry the doctor and suggest more walking and eating better. I don't know how much more I can do. I try to eat well, get my stretching and exercises, who knows what will happen. But the baby was looking good....sleepy, and all curled up, but the baby is 1 lb. 12oz. (whoady big) in the 95%ile. The test results from my last appointment came back well within the normal limits, but now we have a baseline to keep in watch for high blood pressure. I will go for my glucose tolerance test in a few weeks, and we shall see what comes of that.
We also went out and ordered the crib this afternoon, and while I thought we were going to have luck and get it right away, we have to wate 7 to 14 days for it to be shipped to the store. Either way, its great to know that within a couple of weeks we will have a place for baby to sleep. The room is almost painted completely, we just have a couple more places where the paint needs touched up, and the floor needs a going over once or twice, but then we are good to go.
Hopefully soon I will be able to get my sisters and MIL on the same page with planning a baby shower. We shall surely see.

Sunday, February 15, 2009


So pictured above is the before pictures of our nursery. After much trouble, as you have heard, we finally got that border down. I wish I would have gotten pictures of the room empty before the primed walls and the painting...but what I have will have to do. My husband did a great job, well at least I think so. There are a few more touch ups that need to be done, but overall the hard part is done. Here are a couple pictures of the after. It is a little lighter in the pictures than it is on the walls I think, not to mention that both windows were open.

I took the paint swatch to BRU to make sure that the color matched the bedding, and this is one of the best matches that I had. I am still debating about going with a dark wood or a natural...now that I see the painting and the closets, I am leaning towards the natural. I think it will turn out just wonderfully...ooh I am soo excited.

Friday, February 13, 2009

23 weeks

Pardon the messy picture...but the closer shot I look way more than a little jacked up and so I chose to use this picture instead. Again I am definitely losing my little "fat valley" LOL, and an all around more pouchy tummy is emerging. I am done trying to look cute when walking around. my tummy sticks out, I rub my belly, and hold my back when I walk. It makes me feel better. So all you people out there staring at me, I don't give a shit what you think....I am pregnant, and I don't have to wear a shirt telling you so to justify my behavior. I do get a lot of looks and snickers, and I have to really work hard at focusing on my baby and not getting upset. I have always tried so hard to not look like a huge cow when I go out in public. It is hard to walk around in the mall knowing I can no longer suck in my gut to help me "look better" in the eyes of others, but at the end of the day I know my little one will love me no matter what.
Tomorrow is a big day, Josh is going to start priming the walls of the nursery....so goodbye pinky/red walls, hello Western Cactus!!! I am so excited, we got a fantastic deal on paint, and I know Josh will do a fantastic job getting the nursery ready.
So here's to one more week of building a baby!!! My hard work is starting to show I would have to say.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

22 weeks and work on the nursery!

So Josh is working on getting the border of the wall in the nursery, and while it seems to be going well it is hard backbreaking work. A word to the wise, do not put up bulletin board border with wallpaper glue...it does not come off as easily as you would suppose. Because of the chemical smell of the DIF, I am not able to help too much, especially because as of late I have been having pretty yucky dizziness issues. Also by this point, I feel heavy and full in my tummy area all the time. It is kind of uncomfortable. But now I know I am feeling the baby wiggle around in there, and that makes it all much more worth it. It was awesome too that Josh felt the baby moving. One night as we were getting ready to sleep, he turned to hold me and placed his hand in just the right spot and started feeling the movement that I was trying to determine was happening. It was just so awesome that I started to cry, I never thought he would feel the baby this early.
We have all the supplies and paint ready to get started working on painting the nursery, which makes things feel more real. I cannot believe that we are beginning to prepare our baby's nursery. It is just a crazy thought, that some day soon, we are going to have a child, crying, pooping, and hopefully at some point sleeping in that room.
So I have a picture for you all, the thing you probably come to find on my blog....this picture is crazy, I will have to say.

I wouldn't sceam "POP" but I might be inclined to whisper it quietly under my breath. We shall see what the coming weeks have to say about my waistline...haha I do not think anything else is new. So until next time, happy reading!

Saturday, January 31, 2009

21 weeks

Ahh the weekly picture...not really feeling it, but I think this is a very telling picture....this is a very similar outfit to my very first picture I took several weeks ago, and I think it is a bit of a difference from the previous ones I have taken.
Maybe I am starting to look a little pregnant...haha

I got to buy le bebe some cute lil outfits, but to tell you what I bought, might tip you off as to what the sex of the baby is, and I don't want to do that, so you will just have to sit tight until I am ready to divulge the "big secret."

I also think I am starting to feel this baby. For real this time...some really funny swooshing feelings, it is kind of exciting. It is so interesting to feel and see the differences in my body and the miracle that is taking place inside me.