Tuesday, December 21, 2010

36 weeks and aaaaaalls weeeeeell

Great job I've been doing keeping everyone up to date with this pregnancy, huh?

Weeeeell, today was my 36 week check up. I went in for an ultrasound to check on my placenta (with my initial scan at 9 weeks they told me it had implanted low). They needed to make sure that it had moved up and would not be blocking my cervix for delivery (otherwise I would need to schedule a c-section). All is good! It has definitley moved up and my little man is head down and ready to party! ...Well not really.
Dr also checked to see if I was dialating or effacing. Not so much! He's snug as a bug in a rug, and by the looks of it, tends to stay that way for a few more weeks. Fine by me! (although getting a tax break in there for this year, AND not having to go back to work after the holidays would have been nice!)
I'm getting bigger by the minute (and unforch I have the stretch marks to prove it), but I'm feeling good! Which is a gooood thing, because I have a feeling I might still be pregnant come February. I did the math and if I go two weeks over due there is a good chance that could be the case! Let's hope not. I don't want to give birth to a toddler here.
There's only 3 more days till Christmas, and only 1 more day of work (whoooooooo!)
I can't wait! It is hard to believe that I could have this kid any day now. I can't believe I am going to be a mom. I have always wanted to be a mom and I am SO excited. I know I will miss being pregnant- it is just so fascinating interacting with your baby while they are inside of you. I never realized how truly miraculous and awe inspiring it is to create life.
I guess you never really understand until you go through it yourself.
Sometimes I wish Brandon could be pregnant for just a day or two. Not to torture him or anything, but I think he misses out on all the wonderful little things that go along with pregnancy. It is so cool to feel your baby move. I love giving him little pokes or rubbing his little butt when it sticks out and seeing how he responds. I probably annoy the hell out of him, but hey!, he kicks me in the ribs so I figure we're square.
I'm looking forward to Christmas, but mostly to the vacation from work! Boy oh boy will it be hard to drag my butt back in there on January 4th! I've already done all of my shopping -well MOST of it at least- so I can just kick back and relax and enjoy the season!
Weather man is calling for SNOW on Christmas day (well actually RAIN with a chance of SNOW, but I'm going to just go ahead and say snow since it makes me feel better)!
I have another appointment on the 29th and will continue to go in weekly until this little bambino decides to make his debut. It feels so surreal! I know we can't possibly have all of the things we need to prepare for bringing a baby home, but I actually feel pretty good about our stock. I honestly couldn't tell you if it is lacking!
I have been meaning to put together a hospital bag just in case, but really I just don't think this baby is going to come any time soon. I guess if I was having any signs of labor I would feel a little more urgent about this. I've gone ahead and picked up some things I know I will need (overnight pads, chapstick, etc.) but I have yet to put them in a bag, or even in the same place for that matter. I guess I should make a list.... Lists are good for these sorts of things right? Shmeh. I'm sure I'll just throw things pell mell into a duffle when the time comes.
So there's your update! Sorry to be a bit rambly, not to mention here, there, and everywhere, but I can't be bothered to go back and revise, so you'll have to deal with it! :D

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Cloth Diapers??

I want to cloth diaper my child. I was raised changing cloth diapers and I feel this is the responsible ecological thing to do (Not to mention economical).

Yesterday Brandon and I ventured to Target to "register". We have no delusions that we will be able to afford everything that we need. We diligently went up and down every isle scanning items that we thought we would need (and yes, some items that we just liked), and when we got to the end (the diaper isle) we couldn't find any cloth diapers. NONE!

At this point a Target employee happened to be walking by. We asked her if maybe we were looking in the wrong spot. She appeared confused at our request and kept repeating "Cloth diapers?" as if she had heard us wrong. Finally after wandering around lost for 45 minutes (ok seconds) she flagged another employee who after repeating "cloth diapers?" several more times, whipped out his walkee talkee and radioed for help. We were led back a few aisles where we found a cloth diaper.
No I do not exaggerate here. ONE cloth diaper. No they were not sold out. They simply only offer one option. There weren't even diaper pins. Or rubber pants! Unfortunately, this isn't just frustrating for me. It further compounds my husbands belief that formula feeding and disposable diapers are okay. Well no they are not! At least not for me. I know everyone parents differently but I feel so adamant about these two topics. I feel more lenient about the diaper issue, but I don't need some corporation dictating how I parent, and especially not influencing my husband!

Now I know. I know I'm old fashioned. But really people??? I can't conscience forking out thousands of dollars for disposables when I can simply reuse a cloth diaper. Oh my god BABY POOP. For reals folks. I've dealt with worse.

Okay so I figured I would "google" diaper covers. What I found were new fangled reusable diaper "systems". Don't get me wrong these systems are neat. But WHOA $100 for a starter kit? Maybe I'm just cheap (and apparently a little bit delusional), but why can't I just buy rubber pants and some safety pins?

Fortunately for me I'm a bit more resourceful and I found these:

and this little gem:

Fine world! You won't give me my rubber pants?? I'll make my own thank. you. very. much.
Now all I am worried about is my lack of a sewing machine. Hmmmm....

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Sock Monkey!

Okay, so I think there is an eesny weensy tiny possibility that I just might be nesting. SO! I have decided to make a sock monkey.

I don't have a sewing machinge (well I do, several actually, but not a one of them made it on the cross country trip to Hicksville) so I will be making it the old fashioned way!

I am SOOOOOO excited!!

I also found a pattern (I almost said recipe, oops!) for a sock ELEPHANT. Cute!
So now all I have to do is destroy some socks (and maybe a pillow for stuffing!) and voila! a comfort object for the nursery!

We find out on Monday if the little tyke is a boy or a girl, and I can't wait to start getting things ready. People keep asking me what our "theme" is going to be. (Babies come with themes??) I want it to be DINOSAURS. My husband is skeptical of this. He thinks that girls don't like dinosaurs. But I do! I guess I don't count.

<--- This little bugger begs to differ!

I am already toying with the idea of a sockosaurii experiment. I think I'll try my hand at the Monkey just to get the hang of it. Who knows, may be IU (Identity Unknown) will have a sock baby collection. HA! I like the idea of it...

Monday, July 26, 2010

Is there a such thing as Partum Depression?

Alrighty. So I feel sad today. I've felt sad for several days. I'm struggling with getting up in the mornings and quite frankly with DOING anything at all. Sometimes I feel like I'm not ready to be a mom. Wouldn't it just be easier if I wasn't pregnant? Then I just feel like a bad person, and I feel even worse for even thinking that.

I keep having nightmares (and daymares) that there is something horrifically wrong with the baby. I can't sleep. Most days I don't even feel pregnant. I'm not showing yet, so then I wonder if the baby is growing like it is supposed to be.

A few weeks ago I was following a pregnancy board and I though how absurd it was that all of these women were buying dopplers so that they could hear the baby's heart beat whenever they wanted too. I felt so sure that everything was fine and everything would continue to be fine. I don't know what changed! Now I cannot wait until my appointment next week. I'm so afraid that I will go for my next ultrasound and find that the baby has stopped growing.

I've been trying not to break down every five minutes because all I really feel like doing is crying. In fact I did have a total break down this weekend. Lucky for me I have the best husband who knows how to deal with me when I'm a complete wreck. He's pretty good at telling me everything is going to be okay, and letting me cry it out.

I hate to say that I'm feeling antagonistic towards the baby, because that's not the right word. I don't feel anything. I haven't felt it move yet. I just feel sick and tired and afraid. I know my hormones are completely on overdrive right now, and I noticed it was a full moon this weekend, which never helps my optimism, but I wish I would start feeling better already! I am so sad. I'm tired of feeling sad. People always talk about how pregnancy is such a miracle, and how everything is worth it, and it should be the happiest time of your life! They fail to mention the part where you wonder if you can do it at all.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Beware: This might be an overshare!

There have been so many things going on over the past few weeks that I guess I've had trouble coalescing my thoughts into something "blogworthy"-that being said, there has been something that has been bothering me for some time now.

Mainly: that I don't feel like being touched.

More to the point, I don't feel like getting, you know, intimate.

My sweet loving understanding wonderful husband is having a hard time with this. And I don't blame him! His stupid friends have been telling him that he should have known all along: Marriage=No Sexy Time. Or at the least less and less and less sexy time.

I don't want him to think that its him. Because its not! I just don't want to. I know its cliche, but I'm tired and I have a headache. I'm more than willing to cuddle, but mostly I just want to sleep.

To be honest the idea usually makes me a little sick to my stomach. How weird is that?

I feel better in the mornings ("morning sickness" is SUCH a misnomer) but we usually have so much going in that it feels like work to try to fit in a little "us" time.

Plus now it hurts sometimes, and I find myself feeling all protective and mama bear-ish. I know its normal and healthy to have sex when you're pregnant, but I just feel so off all of the time.

It makes me feel so horrible! In fact I'm crying a little bit while I write this (but that's not really news, as I'm pretty much a walking puddle these days).

I just feel so bad for Brandon. It has got to be hard dealing with the crazy woman that I have become. He never (ever) says anything to make me feel bad, but I can just tell that he's disappointed.

Maybe I should buy him some porn?

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

This is for all you people who think we don't need healthcare reform:

Excuse my french but F*** you. Right in the ear.

My deductable for having this baby is $5,000. That's right 5 large. Almost half of my yearly salary. NOT to mention the $186 I pay monthly just to have the insurance. And that doesn't even include ultrasounds, blood work, or lab tests. It doesn't include Brandon, or our unborn child. NO. That's just for ME.

Now Brandon has been paying for his own health insurance through the Reserves. Not much, but enough anyways. And guess what? He hasn't gone to the Doctor once in over two years. And when the going got tough, and we thought we were going to lose our house? Well we payed the most important bills first. (You know like the ones that keep us fed and sheltered?) So the insurance bill got neglected. Irresponsible? Sure. Understandable? Completely.

Except. Except!

That now, because the bill became 30 days past due, NEITHER of us qualify for Tricare insurance. FOR A YEAR.

Tricare. The insurance that would allow us to pay less than I pay for myself a month, for our whole family. Tricare that has no deductables. Tricare that covers all of my ultrasounds and blood work. NOPE. We can't have it because we ran into financial difficulty and did what anyone would have done.

Want to know the real kicker??

We don't qualify for Medicaid. We make too much.

So what do I do now? Quit my job so that I can afford to have my baby? Does anyone else see how ridiculous that is? Because we both work full time, we can't get government assistance??

This is WRONG. This needs to change.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

So much for LOSING weight!

So for the first 8.4285 weeks of my pregnancy I LOST weight.

7.3LBs to be exact.

I was like "WOooooo!"..... Oh wait...?

I think that period is officially OVER.

I kind of can't suck in my "little pooch" as my co-workers so aptly put it.

I can't decide whether I'm just bloated, or if I really am starting to show!?

I think it might be time to start thinking about buying a belly band - (its this sweet little piece of spandex fabric that lets you unbutton your pants so you don't have to buy maternity pants for a while, for those of you not in the know).

I think my little baby thought I wasn't feeling pregnant enough (or the universe wanted to teach me "be careful what you wish for"??)

Either way, I've been feeling decidedly nauseous and icky since the commencement of my 8th week. So much for my NO pregnancy symptoms. Now I get too feel like hurling on top of my blinding headache!

Also my hormones are ALL OVER THE PLACE.

Poor poor Brandon....

He's been really good about it though. He hardly bats an eye anymore when I go from sweet and cuddly to PREGGOSAURUS. And he buys me Pizza and ROOT BEER! Wooooo for Brandon!

Friday, June 4, 2010

The Cat is out of the BAG!

...Or should I say the Baby is out of the bag??
I simply couldn't keep it in any longer!
I'm happy to say that my parents took it better than I anticipated (I'm not sure what exactly I was expecting, but WOOOOOOO! none-the-less!)
It appears that everyone is as excited as I am!

Now I have to tackle the daunting task of telling my BOSS.
How will she take it? I have NO IDEA.
It officially takes me out of the running for one of the two major horse shows that I'm supposed to attend to promote our products. (Not that I'm all that upset about that, but she might be.)

I can't wait to tell my co-workers so they can stop thinking I've been coming in to work hungover for the past three weeks.
Yes I AM tired. Yes my head DOES hurt.
NO. I did NOT have a little too much to drink last night!
Plus then maybe they'll stop clucking like chickens when I have TWO donuts.
No more "I thought you were on a diet..?"
or "Isn't that fattening?"
Whatevs! I'm supposed to gain weight bitches! Jealous???

Oh, I guess I forgot to tell you.
Instead of having a summer BBQ this year, our boss decided she would "surprise" us with a 3 month free subscription to Weight Watchers.
I am officially the only woman in the building NOT on a diet.
I don't care what anyone says.
Pregnancy ROCKS!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


For the past week or so I have felt a little bit, well, UNpregnant.

I haven't really had morning sickness (I know, I'm lucky right?), but to be honest the lack of symptoms kind of freaks me out!

I mean, I should feel pregnant right?!

You know, have that glowy I'm creating a miracle feeling?

Well it occurred to me this morning when I woke up with a headache - yet again - that that IS my pregnancy symptom. I've had a headache daily for nearly two weeks now.

Up until today I had chalked it up to bad work lighting and staring at a computer screen all day.

Well DOY! Maybe my pregnancy brain is setting in frighteningly early folks?

So I guess that's it. Constant headaches. That's my pregnancy symptom.

Which when I think about it isn't all that shocking. I mean, I've always been prone to headaches right?

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Purple Nurple

There I was minding my own business relaxing on the back porch after a long day of slave labor (okay okay. "yard work") when I was attacked!

Brandon decided that my new super sized cha-cha's were just too tempting so he decided to give one of them a playful little pinch. WRONG!

I was so surprised that what happened next can only be explained as frightening. I proceeded to both laugh and cry hysterically. For ten minutes.

All the while Brandon is staring at me with a bemused and slightly terrified look on his face.

I don't think he fully comprehends the sensitivity that is involved with the pregnancy boob.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Whelp, I guess there's a first time for everything!

Okay, here goes nothing.

Since discovering the glorious (read: terrifying) news that I have become a human incubator, I have done what any first time mother-to-be-whom-has-yet-to-tell-anyone-the-glorious-news would do: I scoured the internet for every bit of information about the first trimester of pregnancy.

Many of these websites suggest keeping a pregnancy journal, since many women forget what pregnancy felt like after they have their baby. So... since I have always wanted to start a blog, I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to do so!

I would like to apologize in advance (especially to my mom and sisters) for not telling you the instant I found out, but certain circumstances- including but not limited to- my lack of.. ahem.. a husband... kept me from doing so. I know I know, I'm living in SIN (Sorry Daddy)

So, since I haven't told anyone, and don't plan to until my first Dr's appointment confirms that I do indeed have a healthy little incubatee, I will document my sore breasts, nausea, and exhaustion, so that you all can happily read about it later!

It will be almost like you're right here with me!

Okay so here's the down low, that you'll probably already know by the time you read this, but I'll cover the basics anyway:

  • I am due January 20th-ish
  • I conceived April 23rd-ish
  • I am 6 weeks 4 days pregnant as of today May 28th, 2010
  • According to the Internet I am going to have a girl
  • My boobs are HUGE
  • I'm mildly nauseaus some of the time, but not to the point of tossing my biscuits and it DEFINITELY isn't stopping me from eating
  • I've actually lost a few pounds (maybe because mommy isn't allowed to have beer anymore?)
  • I'm dying, I tell you DYING to tell everyone I know

So there you have it. I'm going to be a Mommy!!