March 30, 2011

29 Weeks, how did that happen!?

  • Weighty Issues: As far as I know I'm still up 21lbs, next weigh-in is in one week at my next appt.
  • Stretch Marks: Nothing new to report.
  • Sleep: Getting more and more difficult.
  • Best Moment this week: V and I were laying on the sofa the other night (my head on his lap) watching a movie, I had the belly out in all it's glory and little guy was kicking, I whispered to V to look and pointed and suddenly little guy gave a super hard kick, it was like a good inch of my belly popped out.  We both laughed so hard and I cried a few happy tears.
  • Food: Umm I'm really digging Doritos lately, I hope I haven't indulged too often this week, that and I really love coca!
  • Clothes: Maternity, period. I have my dresses for both of my showers, I'm so excited!
  • Labor signs: God forbid! Unfortunately I had my first Braxton Hicks contractions a couple weeks ago, hopefully I never have more!
  • Belly Button: Is pretty much out, you can even see it though my shirts, LOL!  I totally thought I'd be all self conscience about it and put a band aid over it but I don't really care.
  • What I miss: Not that much really, although I would love to sleep through the night, I imagine I'll feel that way for several more months ;)
  • What I’m looking forward too: Next week; I'm getting a hair cut (Monday), a Mani/Pedi (Thursday) and my first shower is Saturday!
  • Weekly Wisdom: I'm sticking with my favorite "everyday is a miracle, treat it that way!" this is especially true this week. And Chiros help!
  • Weekly WTF: I got nothing this week.
  • Nesting: Is in progress!! I have moments where I'm cleaning something random and I really can't's weird!
  • Milestones: Today is 3/29 and I'm exactly 29 weeks pregnant.  Each day is another day I get to spend growing him and keeping him safe, it's so special to me.  He's currently about 2.5 lbs and roughly 15 inches *melts*
  • For more on the development of a 29 week old baby click HERE.

March 24, 2011

Snap and Crack Fixes the Ouch!

So I've been having some back pain.  Honestly I've been having it for weeks, it comes and goes and had been super managable (just annoying).  Up until Sunday (aka 5 days ago) it just got progressively worse.  Cue me being exactly 28 weeks pregnant and it suddenly got so bad I couldn't handle it.  It pretty much felt like someone had taken a baseball bat to my left butt cheek.  The pain would randomly shoot up and down this 6 or so inch portion of my lower back/left butt cheek.  Not fun!  You should have seen the look on V's face, poor guy felt so helpless.  Thankfully he talked me out of my stubborn-ness, at least momentarily, and convinced me to call a Chiropractor. 
I wasn't a big fan of Chiroprators, actually I had taken V to one about 6mo into our marriage after he had an accident at work.  That particular Chiro was a quack and did not help my husband, in fact I'm sure he simply used up V's workman's comp insurance claim (and what our insurance would cover) with seeminly little interest in my husbands long term pain (he's still in pain to this day).  I still greatly dislike that man.  But at V's request and feeling rather helpless myself (I just kept thinking "I can't do this for 3 more months." and cried).  First I called my Dr to make sure that seeing a Chiro was his recommnedation (it was) and called around to see if I could get into anyone.  Unfortunately no one was answering their phones at 9:30am.  Really?!  Thankfully my coworker overheard me and recommned his Chiro, in my despriation I called and they had a cancellation, I could come in right then!  Wow!
I scurred over to their office, luckily just a few blocks from my work (double yay).  Before I knew it I was speaking with a very tall but kind man.  I really liked that he empahised that he wanted to make sure he could help me and there wasn't another problem causing my pain.  (And thankfully he didn't want to do X-rays, that worried me!).  Once he assessed the he felt he could help me (with just a few visits) I was shown to a odd room with some crazy looking tables.  I had to lay all sorts of funny to protect the belly while he adjusted each part of my back.  Oh the noises it made, YIKES!  Snap, Crack! The best part was I felt some immediate relief!  Wow!  He warned me I'd likely get a little sore that night, asked me to go for a walk after work to keep things from getting too stiff, then ice my back (no heating pads) and come back tomorrow for another adjustment.  A-ok with me!
I did as he asked and had V take our dogger on a walk with me then spent the evening relaxing and icing my back off and on.  I enjoyed a few girly shows (V was downstairs playing video games).  Just after I washed my face and made myself some sleepy-time tea I got a phone call from a number I didn't know.  Normally I wouldn't answer but it was 9pm so I figured it was either important or a wrong number.  Nope, it was my Chiro calling to check on me! How nice! I've never heard of this happening before.  I told him I was feeling much better but not completely free of pain, confirmed I had done as he asked and agreed that I would see him the next day.  I'm still impressed!
So the moral of the story?  Well stop being so darn stubborn, ask for help and don't be such a skeptic.  I'm so thankful for the relief I've already recieved and really looking forward to another adjustment today.  I never thought I'd say that, especially 7 months pregnant (of course I had some irrational fears about being adjusted while pregnant) but I can honestly say I will do it again and I recommend it to others, just find a good quality Chiro that you trust!

March 22, 2011

Hello 3rd Trimester!

  • Weighty Issues: As far as I know I'm still up 21lbs, next weigh-in is in two weeks at my next appt.
  • Stretch Marks: My belly is still cute and stretch mark free (hopefully I didn't just jinx myself!)
  • Sleep: I"m offically uncomfortable at night, that along with waking up every 3 hours (almost exactly) to pee makes for an interesting night.  Oh and baby loves to practice Karate at 4am, I enjoy his kicks so much that I just lay there feeling them with my hand on my belly (if V's isn't already in the way) then can't fall back asleep! :)
  • Best Moment this week: I got to see my beautiful baby shower invites this weekend (hand made by my bestie) and work on the nursery, it's all really coming together!  And a little one-year-old girl in the nursery at church (where I volunteer on Sunday nights) pointed to my belly and said "baby". *melts*
  • Food: Nothing too new, I still like the same things (today that is doritos, pineapple, and cucumbers, LOL!).  And after passing the 3hr GD test I don't have to modifiy my diet, thank you Lord!
  • Clothes: Maternity, period. I treated myself to a new Spring outfit this weekend (ordred it online) I can't wait to wear it, hopefully the weather just keeps getting better!
  • Labor signs: God forbid! Unfortunately I had my first Braxton Hicks contractions a couple weeks ago, hopefully I never have more!
  • Belly Button: Is offically out, well about half of it is (the upper half)!  And you can see it through my shirts!!
  • What I miss: Nothing is worth missing.  Ok...but I do really miss sleeping on my stomach. :)
  • What I’m looking forward too: I've decided to stop looking forward and just enjoy where I am, happily pregnant.  (this is true but I'm really starting to long to hold my baby in my arms!)
  • Weekly Wisdom: I'm sticking with my favorite "everyday is a miracle, treat it that way!" this is especially true this week.  And sleep with lots of pillows, it's worth it!
  • Weekly WTF: WTF siatica!  OUCH!  Although I have to admit it's just my body's way of saying to slow down!  (and it makes V baby me, which I enjoy!)
  • Nesting: Is in progress!!  I'm always cleaning something up, asking V to help me or working on something.  I've even started a list of bigger things I'd like to get done before baby comes!
  • Milestones: OMG I'm in the third trimester, how did that happen!?!?!
For more on the development of a 28 week old baby click HERE.

March 21, 2011

What I'm loving right now

Every once in a while I post one of these, it keeps me positive and upbeat.  So here is another edition of what I'm loving.
  • Easter Candy:  Especially these, my all time favorite candy, unfortunately chocolate gives me heart burn so I only eat one or two at a time.  I can't resist them!
  • Weekends:  Yesterday I got to spend some quality time with my bestie, had a lovely lunch and ran errands together.  Afterwards I came home and got some work done on Baby's baby-book.  Feels good to be productive.  (today I got some work done on the nursery!)
  • Spring Clothes:  I treated myself to a new outfit (using a 30% off coupon!) for Spring!  I ordered it online and can't wait to get it, hopefully by then the warm temps will be here to stay!
  • Green Tea:  Nothing says Spring and Summer more to be than a Venti Iced Unsweetened Green Tea from Starbucks!  (p.s. I tried their new "cake bites" yesterday, thank you God I don't have Gestational Diabetes!)

So tell me what are you loving right now?

March 20, 2011

I should have played it cool....

You should know I don't have a all.  Want to know what I'm thinking or feeling just look me in the eyes.  This can be a good or bad thing depending on the situation, this weekend it turned against me.

And so the story begins: V's grandparents always do corned beef and cabbage for St Patrick's Day, for many years V and I have gone over to their house (along with V's parents, siblings, aunts, uncles cousins and cousin's children).  It's always a full house and I always chuckle a little because of those among us I'm the only one with even the slightest bit of Irish blood, they are almost entirely Norwegian.  This year V was pretty tired and wanted to skip out but I wanted to go, we don't see a ton of his grandparents who are well into their 70s at least.  Off we journey, to their house ten minutes away....

We all enjoyed a nice meal and chatted, afterwards we moved to the living room so the children (cousin's kids about 3 and 5 years old) could be playful.  I sat on the sofa, mom-in-law sat next to me (hoping to feel the baby kick) and V sat next to her.  V's dad and brother were across the room chatting and everyone else was more near the kitchen.  Apparently I was rubbing my belly (I'm always rubbing it, I'm that pregnant girl who always rubs her belly).  I caught V looking at me with a grin and I said "what?" he replies "are you trying to get [baby's first name] to kick?"  Insert me flashing him a look of utter shock on my face and me saying V's full name in shock.  Mom-in-law looked at me in shock, "what?!?"  It was too late they had heard the name we have chosen, and use at home, for our son.  I swore mom--in-law, dad-in-law and bro-in-law to secrecy, here's hoping they abide by our wishes.  I was quite clear telling them "I love you but I will be incredibly upset for a very long time if you tell anyone!"
I can relate to this guy! (image car of google)
In hindsight I should have played it cool and pretended it was just another name V was using.  After all baby has had a billion nicknames thus far but I reacted and it was far too late.  Part of me hopes that they will forget but I'm guessing that is nto something you would forget, darn!!!

So you are probably wondering what baby's name is, sorry folks still keeping it in as much as possible.  Only about 12 more weeks and he'll be here.  All I can say is thank goodness V didn't say his middle name too, all hope would be lost!

March 19, 2011

For Funsies

I know, I know these are nerdy but I LOVE them!  This one is rather long but fun.  So steal it and post it on your blog! :) Pretty Please?


1. What was the highlight of your week? Getting so much quality time with friends with week!

2. Whose car were you in last? Mine

3. When is the next time you will kiss someone? Probably about 6:30pm tonight or so after I get home from yoga and V gets home from work.

4. What color shirt are you wearing? I'm wearing a navy sundress that has blue, green and while flowers on it with a black tank under and black leggings (and a cardigan).

5. How long is your hair? to my colar bone, feels like it hasn't been this long in forever, I wonder how long before I get sick of it and chop it again....

6. Are you good looking? Well someone married me so I must not be too bad ;)

7. Last movie you watched? Rango in the theather (it was HORRIBLE don't waste your $$)

8. Who were you with? My Hubbly

9. Last thing you ate? A bite of banana

10. Last thing you drank? Water

11. When was the last time you had your heart broken? I dunno, I'm pretty emotional these days.....

12. Who came over last? My father-in-law

13. Are you happy right now? Yes (also a bit nervous)

14. What did you say last? I can't recall exactly, I was talking to my co-worker about maternity leave.

15. Where is your phone? On my desk in front of me....waiting to hear from the dr (about my 3hr Gestational Diabetes test results).

16. What color are your eyes? Brown

17. Are you left-handed? I wish!

18. Spell your name without vowels: Jnnfr

19. Do you have any pets? My dogger and husband (sometimes it feels like he's a pet too!)

20. Favorite Vacation? I really enjoyed our trips to Oregon (Oct of 2008 and Summer of 2009)

21. What do you dislike currently? Worry, Fear....laziness in general.

22. What are you listening to? Lady Gaga "Bad Romance" and the TV in the background....oh the joys of working for a cable provider, the TV is always on.

23. If you could have one thing right now what would it be? Health for my baby.

24. What is your favorite scent? Sweet Pea anything (lotion etc), or lilacs in the Spring

25. Who makes you happiest? It depends on the day, My husband and my bestie are pretty amazing, my baby makes me smile daily too!

26. What were you doing at midnight last night? Sleeping, it's likely I was up to go pee though...

27. When is your birthday? 4/18

28. Who has the same phone as you? I dunno, it was the cheap one so I bet lots of people do.

29. Last time you went swimming in a pool? I think I went to the pool last summer.

30. Do you read your horoscope? Nope.

31. Where was the last place you bought something? I bought a salad the other night on the way home from Papa Murphys

32. How do you feel about your hair right now? I enjoy it enough

33. Do you bite your nails? Nope.

34. Do you have any expensive jewelery? My Engagement and Wedding rings

35. Do you have any expensive jewelery? Didn't I just answer this?

36. Myspace or facebook? Facebook

37. How fast have you driven a car? I try to do the speed limit

38. Have you ever smoked? Yes in High School, barf!

39. What was or is your favorite subject in school? Consumer Behavior, Nutrition, Social Psychology

40. Do you have Verizon? Unfortunately

41. What type of boy or girl do you usually fall for? Hmmmm, funny and down to earth is what I married ;)

42. Do you have any hidden talents? Not that I can think of, I can apparently grow people :)

43. Favorite Song? Depends on the day

44. Do you like to sing at all? yes too bad I suck at it :)

45. Dream Job? Deititian/Personal Trainer

46. Where does most of your family live? In the city I live in

47. Are you an only child or do you have siblings? that is too complicated to answer here.

48. Would you consider yourself to be spoiled? In many ways, yes!

49. What was the first thing you thought when you woke up? "Oh no I'm not ready for that!"

50. Do you drink? Water? All the time.  Booze, nope haven't in years.

51. Know any other languages? Ha, no I tried to learn Spanish, fail!

52. Ever write a coded message? Probably back in the day.

53. Have you ever been IN a wedding? Yes!

54. Do you have any children? Yes, he's due in June :)

55. Did you take a nap today? God! I wish!

56. Who has the same birthday as you? Lots of people, Conan O'Brian, Melissa Joan Hart, Joss Stone....I know there are more (including 2 kids I grew up with).

57. Ever met anyone famous before? I don't think so

58. Do you want to be famous one day? Nope!!!

59. Any Pet Peeves? Laziness is the top of the list.

60. Are you multitasking right now? Kinda

61. Do you like Britany Spears? No thanks.

62. What is your least favorite chore? Dishes

63. Last place you drove your car? To work

64. Ever been out of the country? Yep

65. Where were you born? About 2 hours from where I live now.

66. Could you handle being in the military? I bet I could, I wanted to be in the Air Force, damn  you Asthma!

67. What is your average cell phone bill? Too much!

68. Who are you thinking about right now? My child.

69. When was the last time you laughed REALLY hard? Hmmm I know it's been recently, I think I was with the hubby!

70. How many pairs of shoes do you own? Not too many, I only wear like 3 pairs right now though.

71. Are your toes always painted? They used to be, sadly it's way too hard to do them now.

72. How many piercings do you have? The only ones I have rings in are in my ears (3 total)

73. What are you doing today? Work, Yoga, hanging with the hubby (probably watching a movie at home)!

74. Have you ever been gambling? Yep, kinda.  After working in a Casino for a semester in College I'll never gamble another dollar!

75. When is the last time you cried? JUST NOW!  I found out I passed my 3hr GD test!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

76. Do you like rollercoasters? I don't mind them!

77. Have you ever been to disneyland or world? I ineterned at Disney World!

78. Do you have a favorite cartoon character? I like Snoopy

79. Last thing you cooked? Turkey Burger Tacos last night!

80. How's the weather? Cold and grey

81. Do you e-mail? Ugh so much (mostly because of work)

82. What's the stupidest thing you ever did with your cell phone? I spilled bug spray on my favorite phone after having it a week. Booo!  (note to self DET will not only kill you it will eat your phone to the point you can't use it, hence I use Berts Bee's bug spray now!)

83. Last time you were sick? Monday night I was so sick I slept 12 hrs!

84. What states have you lived in?  Sorry Peeps that reveals a little too much about me, but since I told you I interened at Walt Disney World you know I lived in FL for a while. :)

85. Do you wish you could move? So much but I want my baby raised around my in-laws so.....

86. Do you take a shower every day? Yep, someitmes twice on days I work out.

87. What is your dream car? My Dodge Caliber!

88. Have you ever wanted someone you cant have? Who hasn't...?

89. If you could be anywhere right now where would it be? I'd really like to be home or on a mini-vaca in OR with my hubby!

90. Are you happy with your life? Yes

March 17, 2011

Diabetes...the Gestational kind

March 15th was my wedding anniversary (3 years!), side thougth I should have blogged about that, whoops.  Anyway it was also the day of my 27 week dr appointment (which you probably already read about) and my 1hr Gestational Diabetes test.....which I failed.  Bummer! 

So early this morning I scurried back to the lab to do the 3 hr fasting version of the test.  I hadn't had a bite to eat since maybe 6:30pm the night before or really anything to drink (since I was sleeping) since 8:30pm.  Brutal!  Who does that to a pregnant girl, needless to say I was a bit...ah....moody this morning.  I'm not gonna lie I was not looking forward to drinking this NASTY flat orange-soda-tasting junk.  See photo.

Not my actual drink, this image from Google but it looked identical.
Don't be fooled, it tastes horrible, especially if you don't like soda or juice like myself.  GAG!  Thankfully my bestie has a flexible work schedule and was by my side all dressed up in green for St Patrick's Day! 

The run down went like this:
8:15am blood drawn and chug nasty drink (you have only 5 mins exactly, sounds like a long time, it's not).
9:15am blood draw
10:15am blood draw
11:15am blood draw

After drinking the nasty drink bestie and I went over and registered me for Labor and Delivery (crazy!)  It was a relatively easy process and most of my paperwork was already filled out.  Unfortunately at my hospital you have to agree to the option of med students checking on you etc while in labor.  Thankfully I learned that they have to identify themselves as med students and at that time you can decline them checking you etc.  My bestie wondered why I don't want students checking me etc.  Honestly I dont' have a good answer, I just don't.  I'd like as few people in the room at all times.  Our city is fair enough size and open-minded enough that I'm sure more than enough women will allow the students to watch their births :)  We also went to peek at the babies but there were none, I'm guessing they were being fed or something. 

There was an hour in there where I felt pretty sick and was pretty sure I'm up-chuck the sugary drink and have to start all over on another day but somehow I managed to keep it down.  My bestie kept me entertained and didn't let me over focus on the Gestational Diabetes stuff so that was nice.  There was a bit of time I felt a bit like a zombie so I'm not sure I was all that entertaining for her but I am thankful beyond words that she came with me!  She made the process so much more tolerable, my philobotomist even commented, twice, how nice it was that I had someone to chat with!  I'm a lucky girl!  One couple came in to have something done and brought there dog, it was a sweet old guy who seemed just as at home there as he might anywhere else.  He was a nice distraction as well!

Now the test is over, I'm slowly nibbling on a salad and sipping water, fearful that if I eat too much at once I'll barf.  I'm tired but I think that is mostly due to the lack of nutrition (I'm sure the baby is getting all the good stuff right now and I wouldn't have it any other way!)  I should have my results by the end of the day today or tomorrow morning.  I really hope I don't have it but if I do I'm sure I can manage it with dietary changes and as my bestie pointed out it's not for all that long, you can do anything for 12.5 weeks for that little guy.  So true!

March 16, 2011

9X3 weeks! Woah!

  • Weighty Issues: Zero lbs gained since last appt, I'm up a total of 21 over all
  • Stretch Marks: Still exclusively located on the boobies
  • Sleep: I slept over 12 hrs yesterday, it was amazing!
  • Best Moment this week: My bestie went to the GD test today and got to feel little guy kick for the first time, it was super special!
  • Food: Chocolate gives me insane heartburn, booo! :( Tomorrow I find out if I passed my 1hr GD test, if not I'll have to take the 3hr test and see if I need to change my diet.
  • Clothes: Maternity, period. I'm excited to buy a few spring things this weekend (Old Navy is having "friends and family" go to Old Navy's website and sign up for their emails and you will get the code.
  • Labor signs: God forbid! Unfortunately I had my first Braxton Hicks contractions a couple weeks ago, hopefully I never have more!
  • Belly Button: Is more and more shallow everyday!
  • What I miss: Nothing is worth missing.
  • What I’m looking forward too: I've decided to stop looking forward and just enjoy where I am, happily pregnant.
  • Weekly Wisdom: I'm sticking with my favorite "everyday is a miracle, treat it that way!" this is especially true this week.
  • Weekly WTF: WTF heartburn, I hate you!
  • Nesting: Is in progress, it's all I can do to stop myself from constantly tiding up the house and I'm always asking V to do things I can't.  :)
  • Milestones: This is my last week in the 2nd Trimester (crazy!)
For more on the development of a 27 week old baby click HERE. 

March 15, 2011

What might have been

As I was getting ready this morning I thought back to the time before my initial appointment with my Dr (Dr. Wonderful) in October of 2010.  The appointment I had to wait 6 weeks for, the same one that was scheduled as my preliminary infertility testing appointment.  And it got me thinking about what might have been.

What if I hadn't had to wait those 6 weeks... I can only make assumptions based on my limited knowledge of what one could expect.  I won't go too far into the detail of what I think may have happened but I believe my life would be so different.  What I believe would have happened would have been a series of tests and certainly medication to start my period hence I wouldn't have ovulated the egg I did that is now my son.  I can't even fathom thoughts beyond that.  God knew I needed those six weeks, he had a plan for me, for that egg, for my son.  I can't even wrap my head around what might have been.

Then my mind wonders to the actual day (October 5, 2010) of that first appointment, the appointment scheduled to begin my infertility testing, the same one that I showed up having just got a positive pregnancy test.  V couldn't make it, although I no longer recall why, so my bestie came.  I had an ultrasound because it had been four months since my last period no one among us had any idea how far along I was.  The Dr turned on the ultrasound and couldn't fine the baby (not uncommon when you are very early) but did find what he described as a "mass of fluid the size of a large orange near my right ovary".  He thought that my pregnancy was likely ectopic and potentially life threatening.  Everything happened so fast that I was alone (aside from said Dr and a nurse) when he did my ultrasound and told me about the fears he had for me, he gave me specific instructions and restrictions for the next few days and sent me for labs that day and for two days later (to test my beta growth).  I recall vividly going out to my bestie in the waiting room and waiting to get into the hall before telling her what I had just learned, I remember leaning on the wall wanting so badly to just fall and weep in fear but holding it together somehow.  She went with me to have my betas done that day and two days later.  I would have two more ultrasounds in the next few weeks, all of the ultrasounds and blood tests ultimately came back fine and the mystery fluid disappeared.  I'm so thankful that my Dr took slow and cautious steps during those first weeks, he could have jumped the gun and done surgery immediately (this happened to a friend of mine, she later learned her Dr had acted hastily and her pregnancy was not ectopic, she later miscarried that baby). 

All these things wondered through my mind today as I walked that same hall, passed the same spot where I wanted to breakdown, I sat in the same chair as that first appointment (not on purpose actually).  I had my routine appointment and all I could think the whole time was "wow, 27 weeks, I can not believe I'm here!".  After today's appointment, which went very well, I went over to the same lab to have my Gestational Diabetes test done. Again my bestie was by my side, but this time she was just there to keep me company, there was no fear, no reason to worry she just wanted to support me like she has since the beginning of this journey.

There is little reason to ever think about what might have been in my opinion but your mind does wonder there.  In a way it was like God was reminding me to be thankful for the broken road I had to walk to get where I am today.  I'm about to be a mom, I'm about to have a son and while my struggles weren't nearly what they might have been I'm thankful for them because they were just a step on my journey, a journey that has brought those close to me closer.

March 13, 2011

Naming a person is no small task.

Please note this is not actually me.  Thank you Google Images :)
It's kind of a intense task to approach, I mean in theory my son will have this name is entire life (assuming he doesn't hate it so much that he legally changes it at some point).  I've had names I've loved my entire life that are no longer as meaningful or special.  There are names I or V love for a moment or names one of us love and the other detest...even more challenging is naming a person with another person!!  My hubby and I have very different taste in almost everything including names for our child. 

Weeks ago I had a dream about our child, I watching him grow up it was a mix between watching a slide show or movie of it and experiencing it and in this dream he was named this name I really like.  The dream was so real and in it I watched as this beautiful baby boy became a young man and then an adult.  He was handsome and kind, we were at familiar places with family and friends, it still warms my heart to think about that dream. 

So needless to say my heart has been set on that first name since then, V has slowly allowed it to grow on him.  Then there is the issue of a middle name.  I know a lot of people use a middle name to honor someone but honestly I don't really like that idea much, I'm pretty sure that is just a weird cork I have though.  V and I had discussed it but went back and forth.  Since I am the one that has fallen in love with a first name for baby boy I gave V the wheel on the middle name.  Our child could end up with some wacky middle name but I think it's only fair and will be a neat story later.  I'll keep you posted on how that works out.

Lastly another hard part of naming a person is other people's opinions, honestly I just don't want to hear it.  You can't please everyone all the time and this is our child, I don't really care if Uncle So-and-so doesn't like our child's name. Thus V and I long ago agreed not to share our baby names until our child was actually born, part of our thought process is that the name will be a neat surprise (like our friends who don't find out the baby's gender).  Also for those who would have whatever opinion of my child's name will be distracted by the actual baby and since he'll already be named that I believe (hope) that they will be less likely to "share" their opinions.  That is what I keep telling myself anyway!

March 11, 2011

Then something intense happens...

We all get caught up in our own lives don't we?  When something bad happens we get sad/upset/hurt/angry and sometimes we allow ourselves to wallow in that pain/anger etc.  Sometimes we allow ourselves to think that it's the worst thing ever etc.  I'm no exception to this rule, I get caught up in the silliest of things, I get all sad and hurt....then something intense happens, like the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and reality slaps me upside the head.  My problems seem so small because I can not even begin to fathom what the people of Japan are going through right now and will continue to go threw for years to come.  I try to remember to think outside of myself and my life events and remember that worse things are happening to others.  While I still believe my feelings are valid when I'm upset etc, thinking about other's situations allows me to keep some perspective in my life. 
Just thought I'd share.

March 8, 2011

Less than 100 Days Until My Due Date!!!

  • Weighty Issues: I won't be weighed again until my next dr appt (one week from today).  So as far as I know I'm still up 21 lbs.
  • Stretch Marks: None on the belly yet, the boobies on the other hand will never be the same.
  • Sleep: How have I struggled to get enough sleep for so many weeks?! Every time I fill this out I think to myself  "I've gotta go to bed earlier!"  I'm so stubborn!
  • Best Moment this week: Yesterday little boy was a wild man in there! I loved every minute of it, it was like I had a tiny ninja in there!
  • Food: I can't think of anything new and exciting, I'm digging this organic maple/nut oatmeal I found (YUM!)
  • Clothes: Maternity, period. I even had to get a few maternity tanks and capris to wear to the gym.  I don't dress cute for the gym but V's old shirts just weren't cutting it for me!
  • Labor signs: God forbid! Unfortunately I had my first Braxton Hicks contractions a couple weeks ago, hopefully I never have more!
  • Belly Button: This morning V and I were being silly before work and he pointed out that it really comes out of it's hole when I laugh, which only made me laugh more!
  • What I miss: Nothing is worth missing.
  • What I’m looking forward too: I've decided to stop looking forward and just enjoy where I am, happily pregnant.
  • Weekly Wisdom: I'm sticking with my favorite "everyday is a miracle, treat it that way!" this is especially true this week.
  • Weekly WTF: All I got is that I'm seriously starting to wonder where spring is!  (It snowed yesterday and has been threatening to all day today too)
  • Nesting: It's begun! I cleaned my car this weekend (it was beautiful for maybe 12 hrs then it snowed) and vacuumed this morning before work.  When I got home I made dinner and I don't think there is any turning back now!
  • Milestones:  My book says he can hear well enough to hear V and my conversations! I melt!
For more on the development of a 26 week baby go here.

March 5, 2011

Rock and Worship Roadshow 2011

Last night my bestie and I ventured to the Rock and Worship Roadshow, luckily this year it was in our hometown!  Last year it was in the next state over (two states over?), we only had to drive about 3 hours but we ended up lost in the rain, it was hectic but still fun.  This year we were both so excited to get to stay in town, knowing exactly where we were going!  After a quick meal of some "Mexican" fast food we were off to find parking, souvenirs and seats.  We got there about 45 mins early, found parking easily and a short walk later we arrived at the venue with no line! (this concert doesn't sell tickets in advance, it's cash at the door which is pretty easy since it's only $10).  We each purchased a souvenir or two (I bought a lullaby CD by Mercy Me!) and ventured off to find seats.  We just caught the end of the opening act, actually the music Pastor of my church won a contest to open the concert, it was really great to see him doing what he's called to!  We quickly sat down and we were lucky, the Fire Marshall ended up shutting the doors soon after we sat, every single seat was sold! WOW!  This is not a normal occurrence in our town, even fairly big artists don't sell out this venue (it's not huge, I'd say a few thousand seats), the last time it sold out was a few years a go for Elton John! Pretty cool to see a Christan concert sell it out!

Hours passed filled with music by the artists: Anthem Lights, The Afters, Thousand Foot Crutch, LaCrea, Jars of Clay and Mercy Me!  The variety was really nice, Thousand Foot Crutch was LOUD but that can be expected as they are what I would call heavy metal christian music, LaCrea I'd never heard of-they were Rap-ish sorta Hip Hop Christian! I can honestly say I've never enjoyed rap or hip hop until last night! It was pretty neat!  Anthem Lights, The Afters, Jars of Clay and Mercy Me are all about the same type of music though I'm not sure how to classify's my style that is for sure!

Ok enough rambling, here are some pics!  I hope if this concert was, is or will be in your area you will go, it's so worth it!

Leon Young (Worship Pastor at my church won a contest to open for the concert!)

Mercy Me

Jars of Clay


Anthem Lights

March 4, 2011

My Second Rock & Worship Roadshow

Last year my bestie and I traveled about 3 hrs way to see our first "Rock and Worship Roadshow"  we had such a blast (aside from getting lost in the rain).  The concert has amazing artists and at $10 who can argue with that?  We stayed in a hotel and the next day did some shopping and all around relaxing.  I remember being in a pretty hard place emotionally last year with our fertility stuff, both V and I had started to wonder if something was "up" with my complete lack of cycles.  I'm so excited to attend this year 6 months pregnant, amazing what God will do with some faith and a little time!

This year it's in our hometown!  This year there is no chance we'll get lost in the raid (perhaps I should say little chance, just in case).  I can not wait, just a few more hours and we'll be signing, dancing and just enjoying some amazing worship music and quality time!  Yay!! 

I've included a photo from last year to this post, this weekend I'll update with current pics!

Bart Millard from Mercy Me

March 2, 2011

Text messages warm my soul

I was in the middle of writing a long rant about something ridiculous when my husband texts me “I love you and [baby’s name], hope you are having a good day”.  And suddenly nothing else matters.  I cannot believe I get to be the lucky girl that not only married him but makes him a daddy.  The baby and I are so lucky!  V and I may not have “it all” by the world’s standard’s but we have more love than this baby could ever need.  I cannot believe I am so overwhelmingly blessed, I feel so humbled!

My hubby isn't the most romantic man and doesn't often express a lot of emotion (and HATES texts messages) hopefully these small details will help you see why my heart over flows at just a simple gesture of love.  (And fear not, I am overly offectionate, baby will be well loved with and without words).

Only 11-15 weeks left (what?!?!)

I had to edit my title, it had said 9-15 weeks left which is untrue, I won't be considered full term until 36 weeks which is 11 weeks away, not nine.  I've never been good at math :P

  • Weighty Issues: Still up a total of 21lbs. 
  • Stretch Marks: I've stopped paying attention to the ones on my breasts, none on the belly.....yet. Yes I apply lotion daily, yes I know lotion can't prevent stretch marks, yes I will continue applying lotion anyway! :)
  • Sleep: I've got to figure out how to fall back asleep after I get up to pee!  Last night I went to bed at 9pm and it was heaven!
  • Best Moment this week: Hmmm it's been uneventful which compared to last week is really nice!  I'm loving all his kicks and when I can feel him rolling around!
  • Food: Same old, same old.  I'm a big veggie fan lately which is good!
  • Clothes: Maternity, period.  I tried to wear a few non-maternity clothes over the last few days and it was just uncomfortable!  I have several (5) maternity dresses I'm dying to wear if Spring ever comes to the Rockies (it snowed 5 inches in town last night, booo)
  • Labor signs: God forbid! Unfortunately I had my first Braxton Hicks contractions a couple weeks ago, hopefully I never have more!
  • Belly Button:  I just checked it the top is starting to come out, I'm surprised it made it this long truthfully.
  • What I miss: Nothing is worth missing.
  • What I’m looking forward too: I've decided to stop looking forward and just enjoy where I am, happily pregnant.
  • Weekly Wisdom: I'm sticking with my favorite "everyday is a miracle, treat it that way!" this is especially true this week.
  • Weekly WTF: WFT husband who used to be way more helpful!?!  I love you but when I was more sick you were way more helpful!  I'm considering coming down with a cold, *cough, cough*
  • Nesting: It's begun!  I made two dinners tonight so I wouldn't have to cook later in the week and I'm researching how to make meals in advance and freeze them!
  • Milestones:  My book says he will flip head down soon and stay there until he's born! What!?!  That is 11-15ish weeks, crazy!
For more on the development of a 25 week baby go here.