Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year! This shoud be interesting...

Tonight's the final party night of the year...at least for the Holiday Season. I am relieved that this is it... It's hard going thru the Holidays with friends and family and watching them all have a glass (or 5) of wine or a couple beers, sitting back and relaxing and not being able to enjoy in the 'taste' with them. I haven't had an issue with alcohol since I have known that I am pregnant and I don't mind the 'not being able' to drink it, because after all, it is for a good cause. However, it would be nice to indulge in it for one night, even if it is just to take the edge off. It is rather entertaining to watch people throughout the night diminish into blubbering fools and know that 'it could be me', but on the other hand... it gets to be quite annoying by the end of the night. I can't tell you how many conversations I have had to listen to 4 or 5 times over...all in the same night. And the speech of the person carrying on the conversation usually slows to a turtle's sneeze so I feel like I have to pull teeth to finish the conversation for them (which is easy to do since I have already heard it 3 or 4 times at this point). The best part of that is: they all think I am a genius because I 'know exactly what they are going to say next'! Wonder why that is?

Oh well, I guess I will just have to pull up my skirt for one more night and watch all our friends trip, slip and slur and be thankful that I was lucky enough to be given the gift of this little bundle of slippery, prune skinned, soon-to-be in my arms baby and know that I have the friends I have to enjoy bringing in the new year with. Life is good.

Be safe and welcome to the new year. To those of you who will be sober, as I said to a friend of mine the other day whom just informed me she is having twins... "at midnight lift your glass of sparkling apple cider high, I will do the same and we can toast to one another".



Happy New Year to everyone!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

31 1/2 weeks & feeling the 3rd Trimester fatigue

Well, we are hitting the 8th month marker, crazy to think! I guess I should get started on the nursery. :)



I have succomed to the 'I can't do everything' anymore. Fatigue is setting in a lot sooner now just doing random chores (like putting on my socks). I think it's funny to Dave that I get winded just walking up the stairs, but I think he does like the fact that I am at least slowing down... some! I should probably give myself one last pedicure before I can't see my toes anymore. Maybe tomorrow... or the next day!

Monday, December 22, 2008

The wonders of a Tape Measure...

A little bit about me: I am an arranger and then a re-arranger...I've been known to be (slightly) anal retentive. I get in moods where I get bored with the look of a room, or the layout of the room, so therefore I have to re-arrange the room. Moving furniture, rugs, tables, etc., with the occasional bumping into walls, windows and other inanimate objects. No big deal, it just creates a different look... sometimes I like it, sometimes not. With that being said, it's really nothing out of the ordinary for me to think that the baby has the same traits...and I sit here and wonder how will he/she be when they grow up? Will he/she be so anal retentive that they do the same things that mom does? Now, I know what you're thinking, is 'she already worrying about their future?' That's not the case here, I am simply wondering what kind of furniture he/she has already acquired.

The real reason for this post is this: As I sit here, watching a little boob tube, making sure I got all the Christmas presents bought and wrapped, I am feeling what seems to be a coffee table and a love seat being swapped around from one end of the pool to the other.

Letter to baby:
I understand that you are slightly uncoordinated yet and/or maybe you are in a hurry trying to get everything done in one night. I mean really, you have 65 (or so) days left... there's still time. SLOW DOWN. I know that patience will come in time and you will learn to take your time to make sure things fit before you get then all the way to the other end of the pool. Your dad has one of those things that, in our world, they call a tape measure (he doesn't know how to use it either), but when you join us... my promise to you is: I will show you how they work. It will make your little 'project' much easier... and much less painful for me. You must have your bedroom up underneath my ribcage because I have noticed that you spend quite a bit of time up there. I also know where you practice your 'Turbos'... and I know that because that's where mommy keeps her water cooler (my bladder) and it seems like you are constantly knocking the jar of water over because I am spending more and more time in the little girls room. However, I do have to tell you, I do enjoy watching you move the furniture and it does make me happy to feel you practicing your 'turbos'...(just like mommy taught you). It puts a calm over my heart to see you so active and it makes me think you may just be a 'bob/bob-ett the builder' when you're all grow-d up... either that or a Professional Furniture mover! Now... PUT DOWN THE COFFEE TABLE AND GO TO BED!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Glucose Screening & The Sweetest Little Angel

I had another appointment at Mayo on Friday and got the joys of drinking the oh so famous 'syrup' for my Glucose screening and in all reality it wasn't that bad. Now, I'm sure I won't run out and purchase the ingredients to 'make my own' so I will just stick to the I can now say - I did it-. After waiting for an hour they took my blood and then off to my doctor's appointment. He said that he hadn't gotten the results back just yet but said that I "should hear something today (Friday) if there was an issue with it". I suppose I should wait until tomorrow to actually rule it out, but time will tell, I'm really not too concerned about it (even after all the peanut M&M's). Dave got to meet the doctor for the first time today, and he really like him. I really like him... he is very informative and patient, an overall genuine human. The baby was a movin' like mad when the doc was asking me all kind of questions and I was in return answering them and asking some of my own. So when it was time to hear the heartbeat and get measured, I popped up on the table, laid back and lifted my shirt up over my belly. My belly looked like a lopsided easter egg. Apparently the baby had 'landed' on the right side, I started laughing at how 'crooked' my belly was. The doc, put his hands on both sides of my belly and shifted it slightly... all better. Then listened for the heartbeat... at 140 BPM he/she still has a healthy heartbeat and I measured right at 30 weeks so we are right on target (other then not pin pointing our due date). So all went well, and back in 4 weeks to find out (or make sure, I should say) that the little bugger is head down... please be head down, please be head down.

I did have the cutest little girl come up to me in the lab when I was getting my blood drawn for my Glucose Screening, she must have been about 4. She came from around the corner, stood right in front of me and said 'do you have a baby in your belly?' She was so cute and sweet. I, of course, said yes and then she asked me what they were doing to me (with the needle in my arm)... I told her they were taking some blood out of my arm to test. She said "they did the same thing to me", and she lifted up her right sleeve and showed me the bandage wrap, then pulled it down and pulled up the sleeve on her left arm ...there... low and behold... was another bandage wrap :( I told her she was more brave then I if she had to have it taken out of both arms, she just smiled and said 'I didn't even cry' and then she asked if she could touch my baby. I happily obliged and almost shed a tear because she was so sweet and then it dawned on me, I will soon have one of her... or her brother. :) She said Merry Christmas to me and all the ladies in the lab and then left with her mom. The gal 'sticking' me said that she had to have an IV to take her blood, after stabbing both arms they couldn't find a vein. Poor little thing... I think Santa will be good to her this year!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Turbo

I forgot to write earlier about 'our' little episode lastnight. If any of you do CycleBox or KickBoxing you will know what I mean by this.

The baby has been getting more and more active lately, and it's fun to see my belly bounce and feel him/her wiggling around inside. It makes me feel content knowing the baby is active so I don't have the worries about hearing the heartbeat as often. I was sound asleep and was awoke by a thud, smack, whack... repeat... in my belly. It wasn't painful, it was however slightly uncomfortable... almost strange feeling. But then it went again and again one more time. Then it subsided. I found myself laughing at 3:21AM about the Turbo that had just occurred in my belly at wee hours of the morning. Apparently the 3 times a week that I am doing CycleBox isn't enough for him/her, he/she wants more! Anyway, it made me smile so I thought I would share.

Fugly!

I am hoping that I have just had a bad couple of days, cause the last few I have felt nothing but flubbery & blubbery. I think it's so frustrating for me since I am still able to work out and keep my cardio up, sure Yoga is getting difficult with all the twisting, but CycleBox is still comfortable for me to do... and hopefully it will continue to stay that way for awhile. Plus, there is always walking on the treadmill. I hope it's just a temporary feeling at this point, but I fear it is only going to get worse in the next couple of months. I drink water like it's going out of style. Dave almost passed out the other day when he went to replace the Culligan water (again) and saw we only have 2 full ones (out of 8) left. Sure hope the water man comes soon! Maybe my Peanut M&M's are finally catching up with me, but I fear to step on the scale at the docs office on Friday. Ugh, other than staring at my belly and loving watching it move, I dread to even come near a mirror. A friend once told me that she carried both her babies in her butt, I laughed when she said that, but now... I know exactly what she is talking about. :( Another friend referred to it today as the "pregnancy ass and there is nothing you can do about it". It's like the energizer bunny, it just keeps going and going and going and... It's not so much in my arse that is getting the best of me because 'thankfully' I can still wear my regular jeans, but my arms... Holy BaJesus. Have you ever seen the movie 'The Sweetest Thing' with Cameron Diaz and Christina Appelgate? The scene where they are in the dressing room changing into their super sexy grandma outfits? Then Christina does the slapping of the flab on the arm and say 'What is this, what is this?' Well, that is exactly how I feel, what the hell is this? {I hope it's just a bad day, I hope it's just a bad day!}

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Clumsy

I think it's safe to say that the I can blame running into walls and almost tipping over (for no good reason) on pregnancy. Either that, or magically, the doorways in our house have suddenly gotten smaller. Now, my only fear is... will the stairs get smaller in the next 10 weeks? :( {HOLY S**T... 10 WEEKS????}

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Crib

Wow, that was fast. So much for the crib taking 10-12 weeks, it ended up being more like 3-4 weeks (which is just fine by me). However, I guess I should wait to speak since we have yet to get word if the 2 dressers and the glider are in yet. I'll have to call tomorrow to see, I'd hate to make more then one trip up to the cities to pick it all up and find out that only the crib is in. But, on the good side... at least if the baby should be born tomorrow it would have a place to call home. I still feel like I have a lot to do and maybe one of these days when my husband is painting (I know he's thrilled) I will snag the moms, and/or some friends to help me make a list of some of the things that we will need. I have been looking online, which is great because it is so convenient, but you just can't tell the quality of things by a photo. I like to bend, fold, chew, lick and touch things before I buy them (imagine how much Dave loves to car shop with me... maybe that is why I don't get a say in the matter). Things will get done, I'm not worried about that... but I will be thankful when the madness of the holidays are done and I can concentrate solely on getting things in order for the baby... and for us. It's not the holiday season that I dislike, it's the mob of people I feel that I have to fight everywhere that I go just to look at a couple bottles and diapers. I am anxiously awaiting the slow retail sales of January to fill our nursery with all the necessities, so until then... our home will look like a home... ah... only without the sign of a baby on the way!

Babies

Do you think a baby can get sick inside the womb? I'm not sure what made me think of this, or why I am even questioning it because I am sure that if the baby were to get 'really' sick, it would be telling me (my body) that it was time to come out.

I am sitting here on the couch with my husband (who happens to be flipping thru channels like a man who's hands have turrets - why must they have the remote glued to their paws 24/7?), he's been sick the last couple days with a head cold (that I have yet to catch {knock on wood}) and I remember thinking yesterday how little the baby had been moving. Not the case today, he/she's been a maniac, barely resting at all. I don't mind the movement, I actually welcome it, but it makes me wonder if maybe the baby could not be feeling well. After all, when a baby doesn't feel well they don't hesitate to make it known that 'something's just not right'. It's all one big mystery to me how this baby lives, grows and works inside the womb and one that I am sure I will never understand, but I will continue to try. Never-the-less, it makes me wonder if the baby is sad and wanting to cuddle if that's why he/she's restless. In due time, in due time.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Mmmmmm M&M's

We had an ultra sound the other day so I wanted to post a photo of what our baby 'looks' like. Since I have consumed nothing but peanut M&M's the last few days, the results weren't really that much of a surprise to me. Dave on the other hand had to be calmed down for the first 2 hours after we saw the first image of the baby. However, once I assured him that I have not strayed and have devoted myself to him entirely, he has since calmed. He is anxious to meet our newest addition, but he still is unsure if he will feed the baby or eat the baby.



Isn't this just the most adorable creature you have ever seen? I just want to gobble him/her up... oh wait, I already did and his/her sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles and even each one of their milkman's! Sorry bout that!!! Yum!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Dear Baby Tangren

Dear Baby Tangren,
I do love you so, and I can't wait until you are fully blossomed to join us out here in the 'breathing oxygen' world. Daddy is super excited to nap {... I mean snuggle...} with you, and I am even more excited to hold you in my arms for the first time. While you are prepping your internal organs and strengthening your muscles as they grow... could you do your best to not kick mommy in the ribs... so hard? I don't mind the occasional poke, push or prod... but tonight you have been a karate maniac and mommy can't get any work done, or rest for that matter. I have tried to lay flat, roll to the other side, stand up and even tried to push on my belly (slightly) to get you to move (sorry for that if it caused you to hit your precious little head on the other end of the pool). You must be able to hear me typing cause the stabbing has slightly subsided... oh wait, nevermind :)

But, as always, I understand that it's important for you to be moving around and making sure that I know you are happy, healthy and preparing yourself for your journey in a few months, so I will most definitely survive in the meantime. We anticipate your arrival and are excited for you to nestle in tight with us and build your new life outside mommy's 'fun little playground'! Until then, can you do me one favor...? Wait to start playing baseball...or softball (or for that matter, any sport that requires a 'club') until you have already made your journey thru the birth canal? Thank you!

We both love you and can't wait to meet you!

Mommy & Daddy

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

3rd Trimester & a "Promise of a New Day"

Well, I guess today marks the beginning of the 3rd Trimester and boy what a drag today has been. I guess it is true what they say, the 2nd is the only one you typically get to enjoy!

I still feel it necessary to keep me and the baby in shape so I headed to the Y for class. CylceBox was tough, either it was just that much more of a class today or I am really starting to drag ass (I am going with the latter of the two). After CycleBox I headed to Yoga to do a little relaxing and some stretching (I secretly think my Yoga instructor is trying to kill me... or so it seems, but I do love Brooke for that). Yoga has always been one of my favorite classes, it keeps me flexible, tone (sure sounds good :) ) and still works my heart rate up the scale a bit to actually constitute it for a workout! Not to mention, after every single class for the last 3 years I am sore, so that is always a good sign. :) Today, however, I think the baby was mad at me. He/she wouldn't let me do half the things that normally I can do, pushing down so hard and applying unbelievable pressure to my lower abdomen, not to mention he/she is getting bigger so the twisting moves are definitely out of the question. But, it's all good and I am just going with the flow. We had family out to the house tonight for dinner so after class I wanted to get a few things cleaned up, but no way on earth was the baby going to make that easy on me. My back hurt, my hip hurt, my head hurt and did I mention if I sat down I think I could have fallen asleep? Ugh, what a day. And...I did nothing out of the ordinary... honestly! Not to mention the fact that I am an emotional wreck today! :( I have shed tears today, tears that haven't even thought about peeking out for weeks (which is good for me) and for legitimate reasons (or so I think at the time)! Here I sit in bed...alone, (husband's thoroughly annoyed with me...as I am with myself), hoping it's just hormones and that they might actually be back in order tomorrow! I have the angst of a migraine coming on... have actually had for the past 2 hours... so I think for once, I might try really hard to get to bed before midnight... (as I look at the clock and see that it's already after 11pm... I don't think that's going to happen)! :(

All in all, it was a good thing that we had family out tonight, or I fear the whole day would have been a downer. At least we had good food, good company and they had good alcoholic beverages! :)

I hope to wake up revived and refreshed in hopes that tomorrow will be wiped clean of the 'downers' of today. One can only hope... Now I understand what the song "Promise of a New Day" by Paula Abdul is really all about!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Baby Talk

I can't decide if our little bun is trying to tell me something... he/she has been bouncing, kicking, punching, poking and swimming all over. Just crazy movement today. I have been working on the computer for a little bit...sitting, I guess the baby doesn't like that cause that is when he/she is the most active! Wow! It's crazy how things can change from day to day or even hour to hour but I still love it, I love the movement, I love the feeling and I love knowing that this little 'creature' is living and growing inside of me. mmmmmmmm, I love it!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

27 week Appointment with Mom!

I had my appointment at Mayo on Friday, and although it was a long day it was very informative and well worth the wait. My mom came with since Dave was busy and I am thankful for that. They pulled in the Ultra Sound machine and my mom finally got to see the baby and the heartbeat (which I still find amazing). I think she may even have teared up a bit! Below is the image the doctor printed off for us... take a good look, you can tell this is definitely Dave's baby! Look at the chubby cheeks. The baby was talking to us and the doc got a perfect picture mid-gaga! :)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving

So I am slightly worried. It seems as though now-a-days it only takes a peanut to fill me up, how am I going to eat all that turkey tomorrow? ....oh, I think I will manage! :) I might need to be pushed home though!

Balance & Mobility

"You may see stretch marks as your uterus continues to expand. Most women have gained about 16 (7.3kg) to 22 pounds (10kg) by now. Balance and mobility also may be changing as you grow larger." <--- This would explain why I can't do anything in Yoga now-a-days! :(

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Fred & Bob



Thought I should post a photo of the newest additions to our family. Fred, the giraffe and Bob the crocodile.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Have to Laugh!

I (all by myself) messed up my website so I have been trying to fix it (with no luck I might add). I am sitting here, in bed, with my laptop resting on a pillow on my lap (hence the laptop :) ) and the very edge of the laptop tipped down on my belly so I can type... As I was working away, the little bugger kicked so hard it made the laptop bounce. :) I moved my laptop quick to see what was going on, and I pushed down on my belly where I felt the movement... almost like a shark scoping out a surfer, the baby s-l-o-w-l-y swam across my abdomen. I just laughed... oh, I am still laughing too! :)

By far, the greatest part of this pregnancy...(even better then Ice Cream)... thus far!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Full of Ice Cream

I think the baby has had it's fill of ice cream, and I hope that I never see another pint (or gallon) again! I had the craving, one of few that I have had this whole pregnancy... and the craving has now subsided, thank goodness... However, on the flip side... at least the baby got an overdose of Calcium today! Now tomorrow, I think I might work on Protein, Vitamin B, C, A, Iron, ...

I took a quick self portrait, incase you wanted a visual. Sorry about the Tighty Whitey's (they seem to be the only thing that fits me now-a-days)...well, and the mullet, guess I need a haircut! :)


Excuse me for now, I have to go make out with the porcelain goddess...{that's how full I feel!} Ugh a mug!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Active & eventful couple of days!

The last couple days have been pretty interesting. Yesterday I traveled down to Waterloo, IA for a Gold Key tour with my dad, brother and sister-in-law. For those of you non-hillbillies, a Gold Key tour is a pretty big deal that John Deere, Co. does for farmers that invest their hard earned dollars in their new machinery. And since this is one of 2 brand new tractors that my dad has ever purchased, he was offered the Gold Key and since it is most likely the last brand new tractor my dad will ever purchase, he thought it might be cool to see. We all agreed, of course. Basically what happens at a Gold Key is the buyer gets 'so many' tickets to go onto the manufacturing floor and watch your tractor being built, which I might add (as a chick), it's pretty neat to see. At the end of the assembly line, the buyer actually gets to start the tractor and drive it off the line. Pretty exciting for a farmer to do this... However, in order to get to Waterloo at 6:45am, we had to leave Wed. morning at the crack of a monkey's butt, and I don't mean just the top of the monkey's butt, the whole butt crack! :( Never-the-less, with all of us being pretty tired, we had a good time...including the baby. We were only on the manufacturing floor for about 45 minutes before the little bugger went bonkers in my belly. Granted the floor was fairly loud, we had been walking for awhile and we had yet to get our complimentary donut... can you believe that, they made us wait until 9am to eat. Craziness! :) Either way, when I told my husband about the baby going bazurk, he insisted that it was a boy... excited about the tractor. Oh the joys of the debate! :)

Now today, we both had a full schedule as well. We had a list of things to do in the cities before sending Dave off for a fun filled, LONG, weekend in Arizona with friends, to drink many alcoholic beverages. (Now he says they are going to be playing golf, but we all know it's just a cover up). As our travels began, we didn't get very far before I about jumped out of my seat...well, not too far out of my seat, since the seatbelt doesn't let me get too far. The baby was, obviously, awake and practicing karate again cause he/she black belted me right in my ribs. This was the first time I have felt the baby that far up, and this active... wowzer! Many times during our 1 1/2 hour drive to the cities I got chopped, hi-ya-ed and side-kicked in the ribs... Now, remember in yesterdays events? Dave was insistent that the baby is a boy because HE was soooo excited to see Grandpa Tom's new tractor? Well, from the events of the ride up, one can only assume that the baby was soooo excited to go shopping that SHE could barely sit still the whole ride up :) <---Dave loved that comments. But any who, you should have seem my husband when we were shopping for Nursery Furniture! Every crib we looked at, he would "pretend" pick up a baby out of the crib and see if it felt right. Then every Glider that he sat in, he held his arms up like he was holding the baby... even when he reclined to make sure he wouldn't drop the baby. :) It put a big 'ol smile on my face and melted my heart! I know he doesn't care the sex of the baby and I know he is going to be a wonderful dad no matter the sex, but we all know that Dad's secretly pray for a baby boy and Mom's secretly pray for a baby girl. Either way, we will BOTH be thankful that the baby is healthy, no matter if they have an inny or an outty!

To sum up the day, we got our Nursery furniture purchased (thank goodness cause it takes 10-12 weeks before it's available... geez... sure hope we don't have an early baby!) and we got Dave off to AZ with Scotty-2-Hotty for a lot of beer and a little bit of golf! All-in-all, it was a very productive (and tiring) day!

Oh, I forgot, the very first thing Dave picked out in the Baby Store, was a gigantic giraffe to go with our Jungle theme. Then when we went to the Mall of America to have a late lunch at the Rainforest Cafe, he couldn't leave until we bought the largest stuffed animal they had, which happened to be a Crocodile (just what he was looking for). He tried to eat people with it on the way back to the car... he put a lot of smiles on peoples faces as we left. :)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

That doesn't really read 'double digits' does it?

I just looked at my baby ticker in the banner and it says that I have 99 days left in my pregnancy, or at least for our 'expected' due date! Where did the time go?

Monday, November 17, 2008

My Baby Picture... as promised!

Finally, here it is Nan...My first ever photo taken... Personally, I dig the mohawk! I know, not nearly as adorable as my husband, but it'll have to do. :)

THE LAW IS THE LAW

I got this in an email today and agree with it, so I thought I would post it:

"So if the US government determines that it is against the law for the words "under God" to be on our money, then, so be it.

And if that same government decides that the "Ten Commandments" are not to be used in or on a government installation, then, so be it.

I say, "so be it," because I would like to be a law abiding US citizen.

I say, "so be it," because I would like to think that smarter people than I are in positions to make good decisions.

I would like to think that those people have the American public's best interests at heart.

BUT, YOU KNOW WHAT ELSE I'D LIKE?

Since we can't pray to God, can't Trust in God and cannot post His Commandments in Government buildings, I don't believe the Government and its employees should participate in the Easter and Christmas celebrations which honor the God that our government is eliminating from many facets of American life.

I'd like my mail delivered on Christmas, Good Friday, Thanksgiving & Easter. After all, it's just another day.

I'd like the " US Supreme Court to be in session on Christmas, Good Friday, Thanksgiving & Easter as well as Sundays." After all, it's just another day.

I'd like the Senate and the House of Representatives to not have to worry about getting home for the "Christmas Break." After all it's just another day.

I'm thinking that a lot of my taxpayer dollars could be saved, if all government offices & services would work on Christmas, Good Friday & Easter. It shouldn't cost any overtime since those would be just like any other day of the week to a government that is trying to be "politically correct."

In fact...I think that our government should work on Sundays (initially set aside for worshipping God...) because, after all, our government says that it should be just another day."

Sunday, November 16, 2008

It is possible to have fun WITHOUT alcohol...

Since my husband is now [mostly] done with field work he thought this weekend would be a good weekend to spend out on the town. So we did, which was just fine with me cause we spent time with friends we hadn't seen in awhile and had quite a great time and many bellies full of laughs. And, it seems until this weekend, I never realized how much I didn't miss being able to drink a beer. Alcohol seems to take the edge off for me and make conversations go a bit smoother (or so it seems) :) Don't get me wrong, I can't wait to be able to drink that glass (or bottle) of my favorite wine, but for now... I don't seem to mind it sitting in the liquor cabinet staring at me. I am 'finally' emotionally growing into my physical changes and embracing my ever growing belly (amongst other body parts) and I am excited about the changes that are taking place and anticipating the next few months. So cheers to you with your alcohol in hand, I tip to you my crystal clear glass packed full of a Blue Dophin (heavy on the rocks) and join in on the giggles and the slurs and still remember it all in the morning... when the rest of you can't. :)

Sunday, November 9, 2008

I predict a Night Owl!

Also, I have a prediction; I am anticipating a night owl for our baby...so he/she will take after mommy in that respect. It seems I feel the most movement between the hours of 8pm and 11pm, but then it could be that during the day I am so active that I don't realize our little bun moving around in the oven. Either way, I am just glad that I feel movement... it always puts a smile on my face & a calm over my heart.

Week 24 of Pregnancy: Pilates Power

"Everybody (and their pregnant neighbor) is doing it — but is Pilates the right exercise for you? Absolutely — and it's not a stretch! This mind-body discipline focuses on strengthening your core and elongating your muscles, increasing tone, strength, and flexibility — making it perfect when you're exercising for two. Choose a pregnancy Pilates class if you can, or let your instructor know you're expecting so she can modify or eliminate any inappropriate positions or movements." courtesy of 'WhatToExpect.com'

This answers quite a few questions that I have had about keeping up with my Pilates, especially considering the hernia issues and the 'popping' feeling that I have with certain exercises... however, I guess I have to do only what my body allows and go from there. But I definitely want to keep 'fit' during this pregnancy...at least to the best of my ability. Now, if this week wasn't so crazy busy, I might actually be able to do that! :)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Happy... then Sad!

Happy -
I love, love, love it when I can feel the baby moving around. I love it even more when I can see my belly movin' and a groovin' with his/her kicks and punches. :)

...then Sad -
However, it makes me sad that I am the only one 'awake' or maybe I should say 'functionable' when it happens. Maybe he'll be there to catch the baby when it comes out, oh wait, we are talking about Sir Passes-out-a-lot... nevermind!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

6 months!

Holy crap... I realized today when I ran into some friends at Target that I am 6 months pregnant!!!! Where did the time go? Now if this belly would just go 'POP' :)

I also read today that I should be ...soon... feeling the baby hiccup... oh how excited I am to feel that!!! After months of not really 'feeling' the pregnancy in full, I am finally starting to get excited with the shape that my body is taking (except for the widening of the hips :( ), the feelings that I am having and the excitement of what is yet to come. I do have to admit though, lastnight I was on Baby's R Us and Target looking at things that I need to register for and buy and I was most definitely (to say the least) ...completely overwhelmed. So much to do, buy and prepare for, will I get the right things, am I doing all the right things for our little bundle. Ahhh, the joys of the unexpected and the unknown. It will all work out though... right?

Sunday, October 26, 2008

All-in-All

I'm gonna stop my piss'n & moan'n... I am feeling good and everything is going smoothly! I am getting snuggles from both my princess (Dakota) and my husband! And...our little bundle is practicing karate again!!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

I think it's fair to post things that make me smile!

This reminds me of me fighting with my brother(s) when I was little. I would always win, of course! :)

Questioning if the doctor I am seeing is the right one for me!

We had supper with good friends lastnight and into our conversation, of course, we got talking about doctors appointments. I was asked if I had gotten my flu shot yet? When I said no, my friend looked at me surprised... like 'what? that's a must when you're pregnant!' As we got talking more, I realized that my doctor is not very informative. I have never had a baby before, I have no idea if things are progressing normally, nor did I have any idea that I should be getting a flu shot. I have had the flu shot only once in my life, and it was mandatory for work, so it never crossed my mind that I should be getting one. When I asked why I needed one, the reasoning was obvious and concerning at the same time. Why did my doctor not mention this? If I get sick, I can't take any meds, if the baby gets the virus... never good. What else is he not telling me? It'd be different if this was my 3rd baby and I knew the routine, la di da... but I have no idea. So, as you can imagine, we are considering switching doctors. We have been on the fence about it since we found out that we were having a baby, but now, for the welfare of our baby... I truly think we have to make a decision! :( I like the doctor that I have at the AMC, but I have often wondered why our appointments are a max of 3 minutes... Also found out lastnight, that the measurements that the doc takes at the appointment are related to how far along we are, in weeks. For example: If I measured at 20", then I am 20 weeks along... relatively. Hmmm, good thing I have a friend that just had a baby and is full of knowledge, maybe she could be my doctor since I have learned more from her then I have my doctor. This is knowledge that I feel I should be getting along the way from my doctor, the one I pay for, the one who went to college for years on end, the one who I trust to keep me informed. Frustration set in lastnight, then anger, now... 'what to do?'

The Point (one might ask) - To me, it's not the point that I haven't had the flu shot, it's the point that no one told me about it and the reasons why they recommend pregnant women get the flu shot. I think we all turned out 'normal' (some more then others) and I am sure my mom never had the flu shot, I know my mom didn't have an ultra sound every month to make sure that everything was okay, I'm sure my mom ate things back then that they don't 'recommend' a pregnant woman eat now, my mom milked cattle when she was pregnant with all of us kids, not to mention she lifted, pulled, yanked and on top of it all, worked a full time job with all of us, and we all turned out just fine. I am frustrated because I wasn't informed of this along with other things I learned lastnight, and it makes me wonder, what else am I not being told about and why not? All I have to say is, thank god for the internet, which is where I am finding most of my information and reassurance!

Fun thoughts for the day!

"The best vitamin for making friends..... B1!"


"You lie the loudest when you lie to yourself. If you lack the courage to start, you have already finished. One thing you can't recycle is wasted time."

Friday, October 17, 2008

Heartbeat & Hernia

Heartbeat:
Today I went in for my appointment (thank God) and everything went well, good heartbeat and measurements were right on. The doc had to keep moving around my abdomen to chase the heartbeat cause the little bugger wouldn't sit still, but the more active, the more relieved I feel. Once again, he is mixed about my due date (weird I know), my u/s put me at Feb 26th and judging from the measurements, that date sounds good...all except for the 'crown to rump' measurement, which is the biggest of the measurements and he thinks from that measurement we might be closer to the March 6 due date. Beings that we were not really expecting to get pregnant so soon after I went off the pill, I wasn't really keeping track of dates, etc. so this is what is causing all the confusion. But, since it is really only 8 days between the dates, he isn't too worried about it, therefore, I am not worried about it.

Hernia:
And... I found out that the 'golf ball with an arm', looks to be a hernia or maybe sists on the ligaments that are moving and making room for the baby. But, after some PAINFUL pushing and a man physical {I literally had to turn my head and cough, of course he wasn't holding my 'berries' [which are non-existent] he was pushing on my lower abdomen - where I was feeling the pain}. All-the-while I thought I was going to throw up it hurt so bad! Now, of course, a bazillion things are running thru my head and the one thing on the top of that mountain is: 'Will I be able to have a vaginal delivery?' :( Not exactly the worst thing that could happen, considering that things could be worse, but still, a bit discouraging at this time. I guess only time will tell. He wants to avoid doing elective surgery at this point, for obvious reasons (me too). I just hope that the pain stays, almost, as dormant as it has been. 'Good little hernia, good girl'. I guess this means I have to be a little more careful with the things that I do, lift, push, throw, shove (oops sorry, got off track there), & especially careful in my Pilates & CycleBox classes. :( Thank goodness for Yoga!

Today!

I never thought that I would be this anxious for an OB appointment. But I am, and today's the day, and I am sure the hours will TICK by...

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

"Mommy, stop worrying!"

:) As I finished the last post and was reading thru it, I think my baby sensed that I was worrying because he/she just swatted me in the belly button 'twice' to make sure I knew he/she was okay! :)

Anxious for Appointment on Friday!

It's been almost 5 weeks since my last doctors appointment (sorry Bonnie, I was off) and I am starting to get anxious, nervous and impatient! All good emotions to have if I were anticipating jumping out of an airplane! :( But, since this is for an OB appointment these emotions are rather overwhelming because I have questions for the doctor and I am REALLY wanting to hear the heartbeat. I doubt that I am the only mother-to-be wanting to hear the heartbeat 'all the time', but it seems to be the only 'security blanket' that I have since the movements that I have been feeling are so few and far between, and half the time I am unsure if they are the baby or just my body a movin' around.

A while back when I was getting ready to go to Yoga, I lifted my leg to put my pants on and felt this... for lack of better way to describe it...golf ball in my lower left abdomen... attached to a muscle or ligament. Didn't really think much of it because I just figured it was the baby or part of the baby that needed to be adjusted. As time went on, I would feel it here and there so I just let it go figuring it was just another perk of being pregnant. However, the other night it was really 'irritating' and when I went to lay down, flat, on our bed, it felt almost swollen... my whole lower abdomen. Not where the baby should be, but lower, almost just above my pubic bone. So of course, I became a little concerned and beings that this is my first pregnancy, I really have nothing to compare it to or know if it is normal. So the next day I called the Patient Advisory Nurse, told her and she recommended that I call my Doctor's nurse since my doctor was on-call. I talked to her and explained what I was feeling. She asked if I was in any pain, or bleeding and I have had neither of those two things, she was puzzled, but said she would talk to my doctor and if he thought it was anything serious that he would call me to come in. Also, since my appointment is coming up on Friday she thought I'd be alright until then and we can talk about it at that time. I haven't heard from my doctor, so I am assuming that it was nothing serious... so that is a relief. But, I am curious to know if it is normal...sooo, if any of you ladies that have had babies know what I am talking about or have had the same 'feeling', any advice would be helpful. I have been trying to research it online, but I can't seem to find any information on a "golf ball with an arm in lower abdomen during pregnancy" :)

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Pain in the ass...literally!

Lately, it seems as though I haven't had many issues with my sciatic nerve... until today! Since the day was gorgeous, and I didn't have to work, I took full advantage of it. I put all my yard tools, pots, hoses and extra chairs away, cleaned windows, house, laundry, etc. I was bending over doing alot vacuuming and as I was almost finished and stood up, holy pain in the boot-aye! This was by far the worst that my sciatic has felt, and hoped it wouldn't last long. A couple of minutes passed, and no change...so I decided to do a little Yoga stretching. I know, it sounds funny when I use Yoga terms, but Pigeon is one of the best poses (that I have found thus far) that really does the trick! After a couple minutes easing into the pose, I headed back off to get some more work done, with eased pain of course. I was thinking that I nice warm bath would feel good, maybe to rub out some of the achiness... and then I realized, we don't have a bathtub 'available' to do that in. :( One day, I will get this house back into working order, one day!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

20 weeks & a Kind Jesture!

Today we hit the 20 weeks mark and are officially half way home! However, I have yet to feel the baby moving around at all today, and it bugs me. I am sure that everything is fine, it's just the thought of the uncertain that gets the best of me. :(

However, on a good note, my husband and I got to spend (MUCH NEEDED) QT together. We headed over to Rochester to do a little shopping and as it turns out, he bought more then me... weird I know? :) And of course, he managed to get a brand spanking new PINK collar for Dakota (our youngest of our 3 dogs, who's still a puppy...and did I mention a little princess?) The collar is one that replaced a fairly new collar (I think he thought the pink was faded) and I mentioned to Dave that Jake, one of the boys, doesn't even have a collar. ???? Do it, I dare you, tell me he isn't going to spoil our kids... especially if they happen to be little princesses!!! Then to finish off our already great evening, we headed for drinks (Dave had tasty beers and I got the refreshing taste of a Blue Dolphin, YUMMY!) and an excellent supper at our most favorite place... you guessed it, the Outback.

** Just a cute side note: Dave and I always sit up at the bar, we just like the atmosphere better... well, for now, until we can't sit there :( So, as usual, there was no place to sit at the bar, so Dave weaseled in to get himself a beer and I just kind of stood off... waiting. After waiting for only a couple minutes, he got his beer and a couple seats opened up. As we were walking to the seats, this little old man grabbed me by the arm and says, "Here sweetheart, why don't you sit here. My wife and I were just about to get up..." awe, how cute is he??? I politely mentioned that we had just gotten seats, but thanked him for being so generous! He must have saw my belly popping out underneath my shirt... Anyway, he made me smile... how cute he was!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

19 weeks 6 days! Almost Half Way...

Tomorrow marks our half way point, and I can hardly believe it. Even though I have been feeling the baby moving around, I still have that anxious feeling since I haven't heard the babies heartbeat in 4 weeks. :( I am half tempted to buy one of those dopplars, but then I have the feeling that I won't remove it from my belly :)

I have noticed that it's getting harder for me to roll out of bed when I have to stroll to the little girls room in the middle of the night. I'm a little more tender and have the feeling that I can't get my legs up (to flip out of bed) like I used to. Don't get me wrong, it's a good thing that these things are changing, but it's all so weird yet. Now, if my darn complextion would just clear up, I'd be good to go. Ugh, it seems to be getting worse. I have read that it is normally the worst around the 4th and 5th month, I am in the 5th, so hopefully soon!

And... I finally put up a current photo of my baby bump for those of you that have been asking. I was in that uncomfortable, feeling fat stage, still am a little, but I decided to be brave and just do it. So... I hope you're all happy! :)

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Finally... felt the baby!

I figured after the start of the harvest it might help our little one to get in the mood to let mom know that he/she was still there...and growing. So, as I sit in the combine with Pappa and wait for him to fill up my truck so I can take it to the elevator, minding my own business (really I was watching for rocks), and just like that, he/she wiggles just enough to let me know that he/she is still there. ---Like I could forget anyway---

It was pretty amazing tho, I've been anticipating this feeling for a long time. I thought earlier this week that I felt it, but beings that I am not sure what I am waiting to feel... I was and still am unsure if it was the baby. But after today, I am sure that it was the baby tickling around in my belly, almost grabbing at my belly button trying to tickle me. I can't wait until I can 'spoon' my husband and have the baby kick him thru my belly... since he doesn't get to feel the REAL thing, it will be the closest he can get to the real, amazing feeling of this little bundle of goodness all snuggled in my 'getting fatter' belly! :)

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Yoga?... after midnight!!?

What a beautiful day it was yesterday, and of course we took full advantage of it...inviting a few friends out. So from about 3pm until midnight, I spent the majority of it sitting in one of our patio chairs. Come about 11pm, I realized what a mistake that was. My issues with my sciatic nerve started kicking in. I had to get up and stand, like moron for the rest of the night, mostly. And of course then when I tried to sleep that made it even worse. I was up at 2:30 am doing Yoga poses to try to make the aching pain stop, that didn't work. Usually if I can lay on my left side, the pain subsides and I can get back to sleep, but lastnight, of course... that wasn't working. Nothing was working! So I am up today, tired and getting to do it all over again. If I could just sleep standing up, I'd be good to go. I am going to have to talk to my doctor when I go in next and see if there is anything that I can do about this. However, if I do recall from the last time I had issues with my sciatic nerve, I don't think there is a whole lot I can do. Maybe a massage, but that may be a little difficult to do on my stomach. :) I just hope this doesn't get worse the farther along in my pregnancy I get. :(

Friday, September 26, 2008

Baby's in the way!

I skipped class yesterday morning due to some running around so I thought I would hit up Spin at 4:30 and then stretch it out with Yoga afterwards. I was in the process of putting on my workout pants when I felt something, almost like a softball in the left side of my lower abdomen (which I am sure is the baby) when I lifted my left leg up... it was the strangest feeling, almost like I pulled some ligaments or something. So I took it easy and figured the baby just needed some adjusting. On to class I go, and had a hard time in Spin, I had to sit up straight (hands off the handle bars) the whole time in class, which, normally is fine, but it's harder to get the momentum and the strength that I need, especially during sprints. So I decided today, to not go to my CycleBox class and stick with Yoga...I still get my heart rate up and burn almost as many calories so I should be just fine. Plus, the Yoga instructor today is also pregnant so I can watch her for modifications. Which is VERY nice, since in some of the other classes is hard to know what to do when I know that I cannot do all the excercises, especially those that are on my stomach. It's all good tho, they say that Yoga is one of the best things you can do when you're pregnant so, the least I can do is still take care of myself and make sure that I am not hurting the baby.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Sleep

I am super excited! I slept from (about) midnight to 6:30 am, straight thru, without getting up to tinkle! That's the most sleep I have gotten in weeks. How excited am I? So excited I might just pee my pants! :)

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Kick

Oh my gosh, I think I just felt the baby kick! No wait... that was my husband kicking me. :(

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

I have no fears of leaving my kids with grandma!

Sorry mom... but I had to do it because I am proud of you. Love you!

Photo by Lee Bonorden

"Rose Creek — Like it or not, Rita Hanegraaf is a hero.

Wayne Robinson, too, but because Wayne assisted Rita, Hanegraaf earned the hero’s label Wednesday.

The TV reporter called her that in an interview.

Officials from the Mower County chapter of the American Red Cross were there to certify her for nomination for the prestigious “Certificate of Merit” honor.

Only one other Mower Countian has ever received the award: Mike Silvis, an assistant manager at HyVee Food Store in Austin.

Hanegraaf will be the next.

“I was just lucky enough to be there and know what to do,” Hanegraaf said of her actions Tuesday, Sept. 9.

There’s a 73-year-old Rose Creek woman who, everyone agrees, owes her life to Hanegraaf.

Rita Hanegraaf and Wayne Robinson pose in front of the voting machines at the Rose Creek-Windom Township Hall, where the pair helped revive a woman suffering an apparent heart attack on Sept. 9.

Photo by Lee Bonorden

Rita Hanegraaf and Wayne Robinson pose in front of the voting machines at the Rose Creek-Windom Township Hall, where the pair helped revive a woman suffering an apparent heart attack on Sept. 9.

The story unfolded thusly:

The 2008 State Primary Election was being held Sept. 9. Voters in Windom Township and the city of Rose Creek went to the polls to cast ballots at the nearly-new Windom Township Hall and Rose Creek City Hall.

Eight voting judges watched over the voting machines for the township and eight others for the city.

According to Hanegraaf, she was sitting next to an elderly women who appeared to be in some distress. “I said ‘OmiGod, she’s choking’,” Hanegraaf recalled.

First, she attempted the Heimlich maneuver and asked the victim, “Are you choking.” The woman replied “No.”

She shouted for someone to call emergency 9-1-1. The woman was still in obvious distress and unable to communicate. With Robinson’s assistance, they laid her to the floor and began Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) on the victim both mouth-to-mouth and chest compressions.

While other horrified election judges watched, Hanegraaf with assistance from Robinson tried to revive the victim.

Seconds, then minutes, ticked away.

Robinson , a retired long-time volunteer Rose Creek firefighter, raced to the township and city fire trucks parked in the multi-purpose emergency services building for an oxygen mask.

None of the trucks, nor the township and city hall offices, were equipped with the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) equipment to revive heart attack victims.

Mower County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived at the scene with the AED equipment in their squad cars.

The victim was gasping for breath, but had a pulse. The deputies were able to revive her.

An ambulance was called and the victim was rushed -- alive -- to a hospital for treatment.

Rita Hanegraaf is the office manager for Northern Country Co-op at Rose Creek.

Married, she and her husband, Tom, former dairy farmers, have a son Jim, Austin, daughter Sheila (Mrs. David) Tangren, Elkton, and another son, Jeff, Austin, plus three grandchildren.

Hanegraaf is also the Windom Township treasurer.

And, most importantly in this instance, she has completed CPR and other life-saving training with the Mower County chapter of the American Red Cross.

“All I could say after she was revived was ‘Thank God’,” she said. “I was really calm while I was giving her CPR, but afterwards I just lost it and was very emotional.”

Hanegraaf deflected the suggestion that she was a hero, saying only she was “lucky to be there and to know what to do.”

She has participated in Red Cross training and re-training, including a mock disaster at the Southland Elementary School in Rose Creek. Once she assisted another elderly woman who fell at a farmers’ market and inured herself.

But, saving a life? Never before.

“I was just thankful to be here when she needed me,” Hanegraaf said. “I’m not a hero. I’m just somebody who was there.”

The incident occurred on the morning of primary election day. Later that same day, Hanegraaaf returned to continue her election judge duties and remained until the polls closed and ballots were counted.

In recalling the incident, Hanegraaf said she remembered telling Robinson, who traded doing chest compressions with her, “I have a pulse.” That was a turning point in the emergency.

Hanegraaf said she is most satisfied, “I did the right thing, and I did it right.”

As far as her Red Cross training went, Hanegraaf said, “If I hadn’t had the training, I don’t know what might have happened.

Penny Bartech and Aaron Stewart were present to interview Hanegraaf for the nomination for the organization’s Certificate of Merit award.

Both added their praise to that of onlookers at Wednesday’s ceremonies.

The victim, who asked to remain anonymous, was scheduled to be released from the hospital Wednesday.

When she is released, she will go into an area nursing home for recovery.

Plans are already being made to hold a fundraiser to purchase AED equipment for the firefighters’, city’s and township’s use in life saving incidents such as the primary election day one.

Guess who will be first in line to take the training?"


This story was written in the Austin Daily Herald:

Chocolate Eyes

Look at those chocolate eyes! I promise, to post one of my baby pictures too... but you'll have to settle for just my cute husband's for now...isn't he adorable.

Sciatic Nerve

On a 'not-so-pleasant-note', this issue of what I believe to be my sciatic nerve is starting to really bother me. I was a busy beaver all day yesterday, cleaning and watering our Maples and landscaping... so basically, I didn't sit much. Finally about 6pm, I sat down to do some work on my computer, I did that for about an hour until my mom came over to help me on a few things. I got up and I could feel it numbing my backside and tingle all the way down to my toes. I had a hard time sleeping last night, always tossing and turning trying to find a comfortable position when it would ache. Ugh, will it just go away already! Between that and the constant peeing, I am starting to wonder if I will ever get any sleep before the baby comes. :( I was told too, by a friend, that the constant peeing in the middle of the night (or should I say 24/7) is your body preparing you for feedings when the baby arrives. If that's the case, I'm in for a LONG ride. Cause as of now, since I have a bladder the size of a walnut, I am in the bathroom tinkling every 3 minutes... goodness, what is going to happen when I am 9 months pregnant?! :( Might just as well hook me to a catheter!

Family

I woke up this morning and realized how excited I am to start my own family. To snuggle this amazing creature in my arms and give him/her kisses all the time. To have them snuggle into me when they aren't feeling well or maybe scared and know that they look to my husband and I for security. To start our own family and know that the things they learn from us will shape the adults they become. And, I still can't believe how this little thing is growing inside of me, sloshing around in my belly, 'eating' my leftovers and breathing fluid and once it's all 'grow-ed' up and ready to meet mom and dad, he/she will just pop out and suddenly 'breathe' the air that the rest of the world breathes. It's all so crazy to me, it really makes you realize what a true miracle it is.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Cleaning, cleaning, cleaning!

I have been a machine today, just cleaning...everything! I have cleaned out almost all of our closets today... man my husband has a lot of 'stuff'. I even skipped my CycleBox class today... I am sure I am burning just as many calories today as I would if I had gone to class, plus I am getting a lot done. I figure I better get it done now before Harvest starts and I will be busy helping my dad (which by the way, should be interesting this year since I am pregnant)!

And, this landscaping... (holy smoly bajoly)...sure takes a lot of baby-ing! I have been watering it all day... it better appreciate all the TLC that I am giving it.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

157 Days to go and finally I found 'fat pants'!

oh and today?...what a beautiful day it was! Other than the emotional roller coaster I was on, it couldn't have been better. But at least I finally have a couple pairs of 'fat pants' I can wear :) FYI-for anyone looking for LONG maternity jeans, shop at A Pea in the Pod... they carry jeans that come in long inseams! Thank goodness!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Ultrasound & Baby Activity

Today we had our first 'big' ultrasound! Talk about amazing...! They tell you to come in with a full bladder, which for me is no problem... considering that I have a bladder the size of a walnut... the problem is 'holding it' for the hour that it takes to do the ultrasound with the tech pushing on your lower abdomen onto the bladder. She had to let me go to the bathroom twice cause my bladder was so full and I was completely uncomfortable, not to mention the baby had hardly any room to move around cause my bladder was pushing into its 'playspace'! Our little one is sure active, it looked like it was dancing the jig when she first started, and by the time she was done it looks as though our little one was taking a nap. I was surprised that I hadn't felt it yet, but she said that my placenta is mainly on top so it might take a bit longer then normal for me to feel the kicking and dancing. We got some good pictures and from the looks of everything, it all seems normal. We heard the heart beat again, and saw it... So that is great news. It turns out too, that our due date has changed...again. Our new due date is February 26. So basically I am 17 weeks pregnant, instead of 16... that was the fastest week ever! :)

Here's our photo's from the day, if you can make any sense of them. Some are easy to see, but a few are kind of tricky!




I call this one my Halloween baby, it looks like he/she is wearing a mask!





Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Mother Nature Request

I have to agree with Julie for the "Mother Nature request for 364 more days like today!" After class and after my 10 deliveries... I finally got home around 4 and spent the rest of the afternoon outside... watering our landscaping and organizing all that I could find... just to stay outside. It was an absolute gorgeous day! I love the fall, the smells, the crisp crackling leaves on the grass, the colors and the air... ahhhh! :)

Yoga & Exercise

I can tell that classes are getting a little more difficult to do. I usually do CycleBox on Mondays & Fridays, Tuesdays and Thursdays are Pilates and Wednesdays I look forward to my Yoga. Now, in the last couple weeks, I have picked up CycleBox before my Yoga class. It's a great workout and I thought it would be a good idea to get one more class of cardio in. I was wiped out after class today, and truly felt like taking a nap. I can also tell that I have something in my lower abdomen...making it difficult to do a few of the moves in Yoga, like sitting forward fold and childs pose... (two of the more simple poses). Also, I find that I have to sit up straight on the bike in cycle class, with my hands off the handle bars, otherwise the top of my thighs bounce into my belly (baby) and make it slightly uncomfortable. Now, I have no intentions of injuring myself or my baby, so if it means that I have to start toning it down in class, so be it. It will be worth it in the end... the extra pounds that I gain, and extra jiggles...all the more that my baby can snuggle into come this winter madness. I just hope that I can get back into shape as fast as my Yoga instructor has, holy smoley... you can't even tell she had a baby 4 or so months ago! But she works hard for it and deserves it!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Funny Pants

On a quick note, lastnight when I got home, I had received a pair of jeans that I ordered off ebay. Nothing fancy with a demi panel. I held them up to check them out and saw my husband staring at them with the look like "you're not really going to wear those are you?" on his face. I said they are maternity pants, so the baby isn't so constricted. It's not like I or any other women finds maternity clothes all that appealing, but it is just another thing that you are expected to do/wear in order to start a family. It's a good thing that boys don't have to have the baby... what ever would they do?!

Nothing like your husband making you feel sexy... all over again! :(

No Ultrasound and not much luck shopping!

Today we were 'supposed' to have our ultrasound, but as it turns out, our doc never scheduled it. Needless to say, we were both... 'disappointed' ?... for a lack of a better word. I was disappointed, for one, because we were of course looking forward to seeing pictures of our baby and anxious to know that everything was going okay...to hear the heartbeat, (we had the dopler done and the heartbeat sounded fine so we were reassured there). Secondly, I was more furious then anything (and I think my husband would agree) that he left work to drive the 40 minute round trip for a 3 minute appointment that was no different then the last time we went in... together! So, now "WE GO BACK" on Thursday for the ultrasound! Grrrrrr! Then I made a friend cry!!

But on a good note, after our appointment my mom and I headed up to the cities to do a little maternity clothes shopping and to check out a few cribs. We found some really nice cribs and will for sure be heading there sometime this winter when my husband isn't jam packed busy to look some more, but I think we have quite a few options with the ones we found today. After the crib session, we maneuvered onto the Galleria to check out a few maternity stores that were highly recommended, one being A Pea in the Pod. This place had some really neat things, and we spent a while in there. The gal that was helping us was WONDERFUL and normally you don't get that kind of 'personal service'. Needless to say, I took full advantage of it. :) I found a few cute things in there and could have easily spent a couple hundred bucks, but beings that I am going to need more stuff come winter, instead of the fall... I pulled out my 'cheap card' and only got a few things instead of splurging.

All in due time right? <-- get it, get???? :) I know, I'm a dork like that...

Now, since my husband was flopping like an in-heat Sea Otter lastnight, I only managed to get about 15 minutes of sleep. On top of the long day and the majority of it (sitting) in a vehicle, my head is throbbing... so off to bed (or the thought of it anyway) I go. Lights out and all Otters aside (I might have to move to another bedroom tonight). Goodnight to all who cares to read my mountain of mumbled words on a page... with a few pictures!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Crappy Skin

Ugh, my skin has gotten horrible... either since I have been off the pill or been pregnant. And it seems like no matter what I use, it's not getting any better. I know that your hormones are supposed to go bonkers when you're pg, but... this is starting be get ridiculous! Oh how I would love to drink my sorrows away tonight! :( But of course, I won't. I suppose I can deal with a BFZ every-now-and-again when the outcome will be so wonderful! What makes it worse, is my husband is looking at me lately like I am the plague. I don't think he realizes all the crap that goes on in your body carrying a baby, and sometimes I don't think he cares to understand. The imperfect skin, the hormone imbalance and the over-all weight gain... :( I suppose when your aren't feeling sexy, it's hard for anyone else to find you sexy! Oh, sometimes, how I wish boys understood and were a little more supportive!

Ultrasound

Tomorrow we go in for our first big ultrasound. I am excited, anxious and nervous. I'm sure I'm not the only pregnant woman to feel anxiety before a doctors appointment. I mainly have the anxiety because I think about the possibility of no heart beat or that they could find something wrong. So, only one more night to make it through.

We have the option of doing the dreaded 'blood test' tomorrow, which I do believe we have opted out of. We haven't really talked much about it since the day we were told about the test, but I think we have both decided 'silently' to not do the testing. Will definitely be talking about it this afternoon to make sure we are really on the same page, but I am pretty sure we are both feeling the same about it. <--- even if we aren't, I am the one that says 'yes' or 'no' to the blood test. :) Just kidding...

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Heartburn

Holy crap, I am experiencing my first bought of heartburn, and I sure hope I don't go thru this for the next 6 1/2 months... YUCK! Well, at least I think it's heartburn... I've never had anything feel like this before. It feels like someone is stabbing me in the chest with a dull knife, maybe a spoon... Ugh a mug!!! I think I would take a migraine over this.... :(

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Maternity Clothes

I have decided that my legs are too long. I will be making an appointment tomorrow to have the lower extremities amputated. I looked at the ONLY place in Rochester for maternity clothes, mainly jeans, and of course, they do not carry 'longs' in jeans. Weird I know, considering I have a hard enough time trying to find a regular pair of jeans in longs (now you all know why I live in Silvers). I see there are places online that I can order from, but who knows how they will fit and I really don't want to be spending a small fortune in shipping costs just to 'see' if they might fit. :( ugh, I thought this was going to be fun. I may just have to go to the cities. But to hold me over for now, I got a cute shirt and a pair of my Silvers (extremely low cut, so pardon the random butt crack {as Nora in Nemo says 'swim away, swim away'}) ...at least I can wear them for a while. So if you see me in the same pair of jeans and pink shirt for weeks on end, it's not because I can't afford laundry soap, it's because I am banning 'short' pants.

FYI FOR JODI - when you have kids, you should think about the capri, short season before you conceive, cause you think I am having a hard time with long pants... pretty sure they don't make sizes for daddy long legs. :)

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Time for fat pants!

So, I guess I have to break down and buy some maternity clothes. I bought my first pair of jeans on ebay lasntight and am zipping over to Rochester tomorrow to see what I can find. I am excited, I think. But I also think it's too soon... but I guess we are all different, so it really shouldn't matter. Maternity shopping???? I remember going with my sister-in-law 3 1/2 years ago and wondering if I would ever be in her shoes. :) Finally... and I have the perfect man to start a family with.... I couldn't ask for more...well, maybe some ice cream :)

What the hay?

For some reason our little puppy thinks she rules the roost, and since she was in heat the last two weeks we had to keep her separated from our 'small pony', so she spent a little bit of time in the house. I admit, I am at fault for spoiling her. Everytime she would come in she would head right for my lap and snuggle onto my tummy (I swear she knows that I am pregnant).


She could stay there for hours, and would if I let her. My husband, who used to be sooo anti-bringing-her-on-the-bed... now decides he wants her to spend the nights, in bed, with us. Fine, I've been married for over a year now, my husband no longer wants to snuggle with me, so I can handle a little cuddling. We have a king size bed so you would think there wouldn't be an issue with her coming in with us at night....SOOOOOO WRONG. My husband, who normally gets 3/4 of the bed, still gets his 3/4 of the bed and Dakota (our puppy), now think she should get at least that much. She doesn't bother pushing dad over, "why not snuggle into mom" ....MORE! Since I only got an original 1/4 of the bed, I now get an 1/8th, if that. SWEET HUH? Oh and, could our puppy be any more like a human? she snores AND grinds her teeth (I thought I was going to throw up hearing that). Needless to say... she usually ends up getting booted shortly after my husband goes to sleep (which usually only takes about 32 seconds). I have a tendency to stay up and work a little bit and like to watch a bit of the boob tube before I nestle in, so that gives her adequate human, snuggle time. So between the snoring, the ginding of the teeth and the flopping like a croppy...I have a hard time deciphering who the human is. I am wondering what I am going to do when my belly hangs off the only (tiny) part of the bed that I am still allowed? Thank goodness we have two spare bedrooms :) (for my husband, of course)

Monday, September 8, 2008

Ah Ha!

This explains Friday night!

"Dealing with Round Ligament Pain: Another (Good) Excuse to Kick Back

For some women, a possible side effect of uterine growth is what your OB-GYN would call round ligament pain. Basically, these are pregnancy growing pains that feel like achy or sharp pains on one or both sides of the abdomen. These begin to appear around 14 weeks, but they can strike at any time during the second trimester.

Here's why these pains in the abdomen happen during pregnancy: The uterus is supported by thick bands of ligaments that run from the groin up the side of the abdomen (like the lines of that high-cut bikini bottom you've probably had to pack away by now). As your uterus grows, the supporting ligaments stretch and thin out to accommodate the increasing weight. This weight pulls on the ligaments and causes a sharp pain or a dull ache in your lower abdomen.

The pain is often more noticeable when you change positions suddenly or get up from sitting or lying down, or when you cough. The best way to bring relief? Put your feet up and rest in a comfortable position — that should ease the strain, and the pain."

Back Pain

I've noticed the last few days that my lower back has been really sore and almost achey. I figured that I just over did it in Yoga on Saturday, especially since my inner thighs, hips, hamstrings and quads were so sore. I figured it was just from the good class.... After reading some today, I think it might be due to 'relaxin'. Quoted from 3DPregnancy.com 'Just like it sounds, relaxin relaxes the joints and muscles in your body to help your pelvis expand and loosens the joints in your hips to make room for baby to come out. It'll also help you do a wicked downward facing dog, so join a yoga class and relish your new flexibility. Relaxin production peeks at 14 weeks and remains in your system until after baby is born.' Now, I don't know about the 'wicked down-dog', but it all makes sense. It is truly amazing to me that all these 'little' things are taking place in my body, to 'make' a baby. It's still all surreal, but quite beautiful. Now, if I could just get my husband to go get that ice cream for me. :)

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Sunday, not so funday!

Another headache/pre-migraine today, man... I thought I was in the clear since I am finally out of the 1st Tri... So I spent most of the day on and off the couch and in and out of the bedroom. Hopefully I don't endure these the rest of my pregnancy.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Yuck

We went out with some Friends lastnight for supper and a few drinks afterwards (non-alcoholic for me, of course). Starting even before we received our meal, I had horrible pains in my abdomen... and they just wouldn't go away. I thought when they first started that it was the baby moving, which I have yet to feel, but it turns out the 'pings' that I was feeling were just beginning. I was miserable sitting, standing, and (no thanks to my husband on this one) when I finally got to lay down, they even continued then. They eventually passed after a night of barely any sleep and lots of tossing and turning! Ugh, whatever they were, I can do without. I woke up this morning without any pain, so I headed off to Yoga for a little stretching. It must have done the trick, cause no more pains... :)

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Baby Olivia

We welcome baby Olivia to our family of friends... :)


PROUD MAMMA AND PAPPA


LOOK AT THAT FACE :) I laugh every time I see this picture...


COULD SHE BE MORE ADORABLE?! Doubt it!! I just can't get over how 'focused' she is alrady!!!


Quite possibly the sweetest thing! :)

Heavy Heart

I write today with a heavy heart! I promise to keep optimistic for our friends who get to play the waiting game this weekend and I promise to be supportive if the results aren't what we all hope. I understand that God has a reason for everything, I just wish sometimes I understood the reason!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Is that a headache, or maybe it's a headache. No... wait, it's just a headache!!!!

Ugh, will they ever stop? The doctor said to drink lots of water, keep hydrated, that should help! Yah... okay! If I drink anymore water I may just float away! Not to mention that I feel sooo unbelievably bloated that I can hardly stand up straight.

I have also decided to not go by how far along other look during their pregnancy and just go with the way my body is feeling. Since I feel like I am just getting fat, I feel like I need to try to be sucking it in and have realize that that just causes more discomfort. I was looking at pictures the other night of some women and how far along they are and the size of their bellies. As it turns out, some of the women looked bigger (in the belly) at 8 weeks then I am at 12. Then of course, there are those that don't show until 16 weeks or near. I have decided, I am not one of those people.... and it's okay! But I do think it would be funny to get a shirt that reads, "I'm not pregnant, I'm fat", instead of the shirt that reads "I'm not fat, I'm pregnant". :)

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Heartbeat & Triple Blood Test

Today we had our appointment, and after a breath holding 2 minutes, the doctor finally found the heartbeat (yes, only one). But it seemed like it took forever. We have seen and heard the heartbeat in our appointment 4 weeks ago, but as always, it's on my mind. 'What if?' But it all turned out good and we are scheduled to go back Sept 15 for an ultra sound.. exciting.

Also, our doctor told us that at our next appointment we will be given the option to do the 'triple blood test' (at least I think that is what it's called). It's the test that can detect abnormalities like down syndrome and spinal bifida. However, it can also give a false positive... that could cause worry for no reason. ??? What to do? :( In all honesty, I really don't want to do the test. For one, even if they detect any abnormalities, I will not terminate the pregnancy. Two, if the test comes back positive I will no longer enjoy my pregnancy and I know that the stress it would put me under for the worry would cause more damage. Dave wants me to do it because he said 'we should be prepared', and I agree... to an extent. How can you possibly prepare? I know that if we do take the test and it comes back Negative, it would be a relief, but also, not a guarantee! UGH A MUG!! If anyone has any advice, please share... I am so torn on what to do... :(

Monday, August 11, 2008

Shirt

From the advice of a friend, I have to get a shirt that reads

"I'M NOT FAT, I'M PREGNANT"!

Attack of the Nazi Husband

Okay, today was the beginning of the attack of the Nazi husband.
We've been working on the house and I get the pleasure of trimming out the house (the joys, I know). So I got home from class this afternoon with full intention of finishing it up because of landscapers are coming on Wed and I want to get it done to get out of their way. So, as I was in the process of starting, I suddenly got my butt chewed out by my husband to "get in the house and close the windows". {(I think he may have had a little help from Grandpa Tangren on this one too)} APPARENTLY, the elevator was out and spraying 'bug juice' (kills the critters) on the beans just south of the house.

Since I don't want this little boy/girl coming out with 3 heads and 6 arms, I gladly obliged! However, after sitting inside on such a beautiful day for 2 hours, I couldn't take it any longer and went out to finish the trim. Oh... and I got away with it only because my husband wasn't home...shhhh :)

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Welcome Baby Olivia!

FINALLY... our good friends Andrew and Rachael had their baby yesterday at 9:08am. It has been a long awaited arrival and one that was well worth the wait. Dave and I went up to see her in the hospital;... OH MY GOODNESS...what a precious little angle she is. Even tho we all thought (except her sister), that she was having a baby boy, we were all pleasantly surprised! :) Now, the anticipation grows!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Migraine

It's 10:30 on Friday night, I have barely seen my husband today and now won't see him for 3 days since I am going to Chicago in the morning! I can feel the start of a migraine and can't take my Meds, I feel like barfing, someone keeps calling the house and hanging up, I haven't packed. So all in all, it's been a great night. :) I'm turning off this bright screen and calling it an evening...

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Heartbeat

Today we went to the doctor, after a LONG awaited 3 weeks. I thought our appointment would never come! We got to see and hear the heartbeat today and I have to admit, it was one of the coolest experiences. It was beating so fast... I am very happy that my husband was there today to experience it with me. The doctor had us frieked out for a short period of time though. Dave asked if he could see two, and the doc said 'well yes,' then paused and then said, 'but the one just looks like a yolk sac'. Phew! I thought Dave was going to pass out!! But there is a possibility that there is two roaming around in there... so we will just have to wait and see.



Since we are so early just yet, the doctors really couldn't pin point a due date for us, but gave us a pretty good indication and suggested that we are entering the 9th week. So at least that gives us a small idea of where we are. When we saw doctor our regular doctor about 3 weeks ago he estimated that we were due about a month earlier then this doctor put us at. But, we go back to our regular doctor now on Aug. 20... and with 3 1/2 more weeks down, I would think they will be more accurate come our next appointment.

We are both excited, anxious and nervous. This starts a whole new chapter in our lives, now the question is... 'Will it be a good book?'

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

My very own Jell-O Jiggler commercial

Holy cow! Could I get any jigglier and wigglier??? I sweat like a wild animal in class and half the time I feel like I am doing the modified version of everything. I feel like I did the first time I stepped foot in a gym. I'm sure that is doesn't help that is 1001 degrees outside with 400% humidity, so the humidity trickles into the classroom, but jeepers, I'm going to scare the rest of the class away.

I do have to admit that I pushed CycleBox a little too hard on Monday. I was told to keep my heart rate below 120 BPM and since I don't have a heart rate monitor (yet), I believe I over exerted...mmmm...slightly. I had to skip out real quick towards the end so I didn't yack all over Jodi... (see Jodi, I was only thinking of you)! I just have to learn to set my tension on the bike lower and slack off on the bag (Jodi, I know you'll love me not heaving you into the bikes).

But, I cannot wait until I tighten up a bit and maybe look PG instead of just looking like I ate too many bags of cookies yesterday! :( It's all good and the jiggles and the wiggles will be worth it in the end. :)

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Nursery Ideas

Well, I have been searching around for some ideas for the nursery. (I know I am getting a little ahead of myself, but at least it is helping the time pass a little.) Any comments are welcome!

Here is a picture of the nursery theme that we both really like. Now, we say like, because it is more then likely to change our minds 20 or 30 more times. Isn't that how it is supposed to be? :) Since we don't plan on finding out the sex of the baby, we obviously had to go with a neutral choice.


Baby Easton

Today I had the opportunity of babysitting Tony & Tonya's little guy. Oh my goodness, what a joy. He is the most precious creature ever. It makes me more and more anxious to find out the results on the 30th. I am just excited to find out how far along we are and very anxious to make sure that everything is on track and progressing as it should. At least with us heading off for vacation this weekend, that will help the time pass ...a little... faster.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Patient Education

Yesterday was our patient education meeting with the sweetheart of an RN, Joan. I had no idea what to expect, no clue what it was all about. But it was very informative.... I think my husband was a bit freiked out after hearing the terms vaginal exam, vaginal wand, cervix opening, etc. I think he thought they were going to talk about how big my boobs are going to get the whole time. :)

Since we weren't expecting to get pregnant this soon I wasn't doing a very good job of keeping track of the dates that I should have been so we are ALL (including the doctor) unsure as to when we really conceived. With that being said, I have been stabbed, equally, in each arm, been poked at, pushed on and tinkled on my hand more times then I care to count...all in hopes of peeing in that stupid cup. As of now, we still are in the 'unsure' mode, but best guess tells that we are having a baby in February of '09.

My doctor called me yesterday and wanted me to get in before our scheduled date of Aug. 20... yah right... I got laughed at when I called to reschedule the appointment. Since I am in the transition of finding a new doctor (my current caretaker is leaving at the end of July), I decided to call and see if I can get into 'any' OB/GYN. With the shortage of staff and the unanswered questions, I was willing to be exploited again in a couple weeks to get the answers to our questions. After that appointment, which I got scheduled for July 30 (yippy), we will see our 'new' regular doctor from there on out. It will be nice to have a few questions answered and actually know, for sure, how far along we are.

We can't wait to tell our friends, but beings that we aren't out of the woods just yet...we have to wait. :( With the anticipation of finding out our due date, we have an exciting month ahead of us. Our good friends, Andrew and Rachael, are having a baby coming up here towards the end of July. How excited we are to meet the little tyke and know that 'hopefully' we will have a little playmate for him/her early next year.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

We are having a Baby!!!!

Today we found out the results of the test, and they are positive. Which means... we are having a baby! Unsure as of yet, and will find out more next week, but it sounds like we are about 5 1/2 weeks along.

Oh my goodness, where to start... am I going to be a good mom, am I going to eat, drink, do the right things so that our baby is healthy? So many questions, but we go in on Monday, July 7 to find out the answers to these questions. I am nervous, anxious and excited and Dave feels the same way. He worries he won't be a good father, when in all actuality... our family is pretty lucky because he has the kindest heart and the sweetest soul, there are no doubts in my mind that he is going to be a great father!

It's funny how this all happened too (well I guess we all know 'how' it happened), but we really hadn't been trying. Goodness, I have been on the pill for 16 years, yah that's right I said 16 years. Beings that the decision was made to go off the pill and leave the birth control up to Daveso that my body would get itself so that when Dave was, we essentially were. No way did we figure that it would happen within the first year, so of course, we weren't being too careful and it took all of one month - like Emeril says 'wha bam!'...and here we are.

I was nervous after I took two home pregnancy test and saw that they were both positive. I was scared that Dave wouldn't be happy, that it happened too soon, that he wasn't ready, but he actually caught me off guard and to my surprise, was thrilled when he found out.

Today is July 1, 2008, when you read this it will be an old (written) post...not published right away. I am writing this is 'real time' just not letting you see it...only because we do not want to jinx this and would at least like to make it thru the first tri-mester (which is the most critical) before we let all of our friends and family know. It's going to be hard, but hopefully it will be worth the wait. :)