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?