Saturday, June 30, 2012

28 Weeks

That's right, people I'm in my 3rd trimester! I'm beyond excited! I'm SOOOO close to getting (a) to meet my baby and (b) to no longer sharing my belly!

Ok so I had a Dr. visit on the 28th and Seth's heart rate was in the 150's. He's still breech, but has plenty of time to flip. Dr. did say if at 34 or 35 weeks he hasn't flipped then we will start going over the options, but I'm sure he'll flip and if he doesn't that's fine too. God has it in his hands. I also at this appointment had my GD 1 hour testing (they said they would call if there was a problem and that no news is good news) They said I would more than likely hear from them the next day and so far I haven't heard anything.
Now since they were already taking blood they took a little bit extra to check my thyroid because I've been losing lots of hair instead of getting the nice thick hair, but as I said so far I haven't heard anything from them so more than likely everything is fine. And if it isn't my thyroid than she said it's just the way my body is reacting to the pregnancy and more than likely I won't lose more hair after giving birth. By the way, so no one thinks I'm going bald or anything my hair is still super thick and full so I'm doing good.  

It's been super hot here recently so I'm back to swelling up a lot. Heartburn still hasn't been bugging me that much. I've got plenty of back pain (upper back and shoulders not lower back) Breathing is a little hard at times. The heat is even more unbearable than before (I've never done well with heat). Getting up from bed, recliners, the sectional, the car, etc. is becoming even more difficult (Go figure)

I've been working on my registries :) After all I'm getting down to the final stretch on this pregnancy and I'll need to have the registries ready for the Baby Shower. Hopefully everyone will remember to remove things from the registry that they've bought.
Mom and I have been discussing the Baby Shower and picking out dates, she's going to contact someone about the location, I've picked out the colors I want to use for decor, we've discussed food, etc. Still haven't talked about games or such things, but I'm hoping not to take up a lot of time from people's day. So hopefully we can get a few fun, simple, quick games maybe a guessing game.. while everyone is doing the games I could eat and then while everyone is eating maybe I'll open gifts and then cake, which we can all enjoy together! I think that sounds pretty good. I want everyone to have a good time, but not feel like we're taking up hours of their busy day.

Baby Center says:

How your baby's growing:

By this week, your baby weighs two and a quarter pounds (like a Chinese cabbage) and measures 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels. She can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With her eyesight developing, she may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. She's also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.

How your life's changing:

You're in the home stretch! The third and final trimester starts this week. If you're like most women, you'll gain about 11 pounds this trimester.
At this point, you'll likely visit your doctor or midwifeevery two weeks. Then, at 36 weeks, you'll switch to weekly visits. Depending on your risk factors, your practitioner may recommend repeating blood tests for HIV and syphilis now, as well as doing cultures for chlamydia and gonorrhea, to be certain of your status before delivery. Also, if your glucose screening testresult was high and you haven't yet had follow-up testing, you'll soon be given the 3-hour glucose tolerance test.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Dr. Appointment

Tomorrow I have an appointment. It will be a regular check up + the 1 hour testing. I'm really hoping that the "drink" doesn't make me sick, that I can get it all down in time, and that it doesn't make me feel sick the rest of the day like I've heard it does to some women.
On the plus side my mom is taking me so if I do feel sick I won't be driving and I won't have to be there for an hour alone and bored.
I'm unsure, but since they will call this my 28 week check up (even though I won't really be 28 weeks until Saturday) if they'll be... I'll just say "checking me" again or not? I know 28 weeks starts the 3rd trimester so I assume they would just to see where I am?
I'm also unsure, but I think that my Dr.'s Appointments will be coming more frequently here soon?

Any answers would be appreciated :)

Car Problems.. Again/Still

My husbands's car is in the shop. So we are down to one vehicle and with him working in Lafayette that is a REAL PAIN!
Today I had to work in the morning so I had to get up at 4:50a.m. and ride to Lafayette with Hubby and then drive back. Instead of just coming back home I decided to go to work and then come back home.
I was hoping to maybe fall asleep, but so far that's not happening. We'll see if I can get some more sleep. God knows I need it!
They've had the car since first thing Monday morning and they can't figure out what is wrong. Due to his vehicle being confusing and sometimes turning on, sometimes not, sometimes parts working, sometimes not, etc. So hopefully we'll get a call from them today letting us know what's wrong and how much it will cost to fix! I'd like to know if we will be able to fix it (for an acceptable amount of money) or if we'll be buying a new (new to us) vehicle. Either way we need a second vehicle and we need it fast!

Well, one bowl of cereal just isn't doing it for me so I'm going to get another bowl and then possibly fall back asleep. Hope you all have a great day!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

27 Weeks

Last week of the Second Trimester! Less than 3 months until my due date!

I cannot wait to have this baby and get my belly back. Sorry I don't like sharing my belly. And btw there's nothing beautiful or even cute about a pregnant woman's belly. It's gross! I cannot wait to have my stomach back to at least somewhat normal.

I'm still getting kicked in the ribs a lot, my belly is feeling heavy, a lot of weird feelings going on in my belly, a little less heartburn than before, way more backpain (which I expected given the extra weight), my belly button that was once an inny (that I loved very much) is now a flatty with a little bit of a flap at the top, I'm tired all the time, I haven't been swelling as much, etc.

Obviously I still really dislike being pregnant. It's not fun or enjoyable. But I am very thankful for the opportunity to have a child of my own.

At this time I'd say that I don't want to do this again, but there's a possibility that in a couple of years I might change my mind. I really want a girl and if the ultrasound is right and this is a boy then I wouldn't want to just give up on having a girl. Now on the other hand if the ultrasound is wrong and this is a girl I'd have no problem saying I'm done!
Hubby on the other hand will probably still want his second child. He's kinda stuck on 2. I'm saying he's lucky that I even wanted 1. But once again we'll see. I'm definitely going to get used to having this baby and give it some time before I for sure say that I do or don't want another.

Baby Center says:
 How your baby's growing:
This week, your baby weighs almost 2 pounds (like a head of cauliflower) and is about 14 1/2 inches long with her legs extended. She's sleeping and waking at regular intervals, opening and closing her eyes, and perhaps even sucking her fingers. With more brain tissue developing, your baby's brain is very active now. While her lungs are still immature, they would be capable of functioning — with a lot of medical help — if she were to be born now. Chalk up any tiny rhythmic movements you may be feeling to a case of baby hiccups, which may be common from now on. Each episode usually lasts only a few moments, and they don't bother her, so just relax and enjoy the tickle.

How your life's changing:

The second trimester is drawing to a close, but as your body gears up for the final lap, you may start noticing some new symptoms. Along with an aching back, for example, you may find that your leg muscles cramp up now and then. They're carrying extra weight, after all, and your expanding uterus is putting pressure on the veins that return blood from your legs to your heart as well as on the nerves leading from your trunk to your legs.
Unfortunately, the cramps may get worse as your pregnancy progresses. Leg cramps are more common at night but can also happen during the day. When a cramp strikes, stretching the calf muscle should give you some relief.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Scott & Jaclyn's Wedding

I don't know about you, but I just love weddings! And this weekend my husband was a Groomsman in the wedding of one of our friends. I wasn't in the wedding party, but I was so glad to be there to experience their wedding and to help out in what ways I could.
The wedding was beautiful! And it didn't even have to be extravagant to be beautiful. It had wonderful floral arrangements, nice colors, and most importantly the love that Scott & Jaclyn share for each other.
The reception was in a nice place with some good catered food and we even witnessed some dancing. There were some beautiful toasts and singing and it was as well nicely decorated.
Hubby and I had a great time being there and experiencing them uniting their families, but we are extremely glad to be home now!
So congratulations to Scott & Jaclyn! I hope you have a wonderful life together and a great honeymoon!  

These pictures were taken with my phone so they aren't                   the best in the world, but you get the picture :P Literally! LOL

Monday, June 18, 2012

Father's Day!

I hope all the Fathers had a wonderful Father's Day yesterday!

We are having a tough time right now financially so we couldn't do anything for Father's Day for any of the dads. Matter a fact we didn't even see any of them yesterday. We made sure to text the dads that have texting, but other than that no contact. Which I guess made it better than one of us seeing our family and the other one not.

Personally I wish we could just not celebrate Mother's and Father's Day. There are enough holidays and holidays stress me out. Have to buy gifts, see both sides of the family, spend time with both sides of the family, etc. It'd be so much easier to treat it like any other day. I'm such a downer, eh? Lol.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

26 Weeks

Around 14 more weeks to go.. give or take. Still not really any changes, which kinda makes blogging about it boring, but oh well. He's still kicking away (and I'm still totally against people touching my belly) Not as if he'll move for anyone else anyways so what's the point.

 I keep hearing of these women having their baby early as in at 25 weeks or 32 weeks and there have been quite a few of them. It makes me wonder if I should just go ahead and pack my bag now just in case. These women and their doctors have no clue why they went into early labor, but for some reason they did. On the plus side, to my knowledge, each child has been fine.

The nursery still isn't done or really even started on, but hey that's what happens when the person you want to paint it is a really busy person. Lol. Oh well, my mom is one of the most picky people I know, which means she's really good at painting so I know it will be done right. Also the plus of my mom doing it is I don't have to have any people I don't know in the house or have people over for a long period of time that I don't really get along with. If you haven't learned by now I'm not much of a people person so I really only have a few people that I like to see on a regular basis. Proud Loner right here, that's right. It's not that I don't like some people I just prefer to be alone.. well alone or spending time with my hubby or my mom. This is so not about Seth or my pregnancy.. oh well.

The closer we get to my due date the more nervous I get. Reason(s):
I'm afraid that some people will want to be over involved and/or at the hospital all the time. I'm all for people visiting and coming to see my baby (by mine I of course mean mine and my hubby's), but I want to have time for hubby, myself, and our new little one and I want to be able to rest, which I won't be able to do with people coming in and out a lot (at least the hospital will have visiting hours so I know I'm promised a break at some point in time).
And I can tell you right now I'm not going to want people at our house when we get home or probably anytime soon there after. And by soon I may mean days or weeks.
And I definitely won't want any family or friends in the room (besides hubby) if I'm breastfeeding. I know it's a natural thing and honestly if you've seen one boob you've seen them all (besides slight differences), but to me it's just a no no.
Of course I'm nervous about giving birth. But I'm not nervous about having a baby. Sure he won't come with a manual, but I'll learn as I go. And luckily with 12 nephews and nieces I know some of the stuff already and if I don't I can always ask my mom and/or my siblings. That's right I'm having lucky #13, it's a good thing I like the #13.

What Baby Center has to say:

How your baby's growing:

The network of nerves in your baby's ears is better developed and more sensitive than before. He may now be able to hear both your voice and your partner's as you chat with each other. He's inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid, which is essential for the development of his lungs. These so-called breathing movements are also good practice for when he's born and takes that first gulp of air. And he's continuing to put on baby fat. He now weighs about a pound and two-thirds and measures 14 inches (an English hothouse cucumber) from head to heel. If you're having a boy, his testicles are beginning to descend into his scrotum — a trip that will take about two to three days.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Car Troubles

Yesterday was an interesting day. First, my husband's car wouldn't start for him so he had to push his vehicle out of the drive to take my vehicle to work. Well, we'd hoped that it would start when it was time for me to go to work when I woke up. No such luck.

So I called my step-dad and he took me to work and brought me back home. When we arrived back home he took a look at the car and tried to start it and it still wouldn't start. He said it was a problem with some part of the engine from what he heard. And said he would call some people for me and see if anyone could come to our house and take a look at it and possibly fix the problem. After a little while he called me and said that someone we know will come over as soon as he can, but that this person was working so he didn't know when that would be. Fine with me.

After a few hours this person came and looked at the car, tried to start it, and still nothing. I was inside the house so I really don't know what all he did, but another man ended up coming over (Not sure if he was called or what) and so they both looked at the car, still nothing.

Well, I still had to go to work so when my husband showed up I took my vehicle and went to work, I was very late. Good thing my job has flexible hours. As I was signing out from work I text my husband to let him know I was getting ready to leave and asked him about the car. They had got it started! YAY! I asked him what was wrong and he told me he'd tell me when I got home. So I get home and he says, "You know how sometimes on our vehicles we've had to use that engine starting spray (no clue what it's actually called or what he called it)?" And of course I did so I said yes. And he says, "That's what they did and it started up." I guess he didn't have time before work to try the spray to see if it would work. But I really wish he would have had time so we wouldn't have wasted peoples time.

BTW if any of you have read this thank you so much for coming to our house and solving our car problem!

Today the car has an appointment to get an oil change. So I need to go get ready! Have a great day!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Mailbox Update

So what we did with the mailbox was buy some Krylon Dual Paint and Primer (made for metal, wood, & more) in our desired color being Cherry Red (made for indoor or outdoor use)

Hubby spray painted a couple of coats on (dries in 25 min, but you should wait 2 hours before applying each coat) Obviously I wasn't going to use any type of paint while being pregnant so hubby got to help out on this DIY.

After letting it dry at getting all the coats on this is what it looks like

I'm so upset because I couldn't get a good picture. Maybe tomorrow I'll have some better lighting...
And just so you know I plan to do more to our mailbox, but for the time being I can live with it just having a nice paint job. I haven't bought the other supplies yet and I most definitely will not be sharing any hints on what will be coming up next for it. I just hope it looks as good in real life as it does in my head when it's done!

DIY Mailbox

This is our mailbox. It came with the house and honestly I think it's ugly... at least for now. I know that it has potential, but it NEEDS some TLC. 

It's an ugly brown, it's a little rusted, and it's pretty old (at least from the looks of it) Wouldn't surprise me if it was the original mailbox (maybe an over exaggeration) . Our house was built in 1915 so it'd be pretty old. Actually I saw a mailbox on The Wonder Years that looked exactly like ours except for the color and of course there was no rust. 

Anyways we will be doing some DIY on our mailbox and I'll post pictures when my hubby gets the first part finished *BIG smile* 

What Baby Center Says (25 weeks)

Ok, so now that I'm feeling even better I thought I'd post what Baby Center says about week 25. 

How your baby's growing

Head to heels, your baby now measures about 13 1/2 inches. His weight — a pound and a half — isn't much more than an average rutabaga, but he's beginning to exchange his long, lean look for some baby fat. As he does, his wrinkled skin will begin to smooth out and he'll start to look more and more like a newborn. He's also growing more hair — and if you could see it, you'd now be able to discern its color and texture.

How your life's changing

Your baby's not the only one with more hair — your locks may look more full and lustrous than ever. It's not that you're growing more hair, but thanks to hormonal changes, the hair that you'd normally shed is sticking around longer than usual. Enjoy the fullness while you can — the extra hair will fall out after you give birth.
You may also notice that you can't move around as gracefully as before. Unless your caregiver has advised you otherwise, it's fine to continue to exercise, but follow a few safety rules: Don't work out when you're feeling overly tired and stop if you feel any pain, dizziness, or shortness of breath. Don't lie flat on your back and avoid contact sports as well as any exercise where you're apt to lose your balance. Be sure to drink plenty of water, and make time for both warm-up and cool-down periods. When you have your glucose-screening test at 24 to 28 weeks, a second tube of blood may be taken at the same time to check for anemia. If blood tests show that you have iron-deficiency anemia (the most common type of anemia), your caregiver will probably recommend that you take an iron supplement.
Have you started thinking about baby names yet? Choosing a name is an important decision, but it should be a fun one, too. You may want to consider family history (Great Grandpa Zeb), favorite locations (Venice, where you honeymooned), or cherished literary or film characters (Greta, Meg, or Atticus, for example). Check out a couple of baby-name books to help you brainstorm, too.

Monday, June 11, 2012

25 weeks

Seth has been moving even more. Hubby actually got to feel him kicking quite a bit today.

As posted before I was very sick yesterday, which scared me quite a bit (because of Seth), but he's just been kicking away so he's ok.

I haven't seen much change recently. I don't think I've gotten any bigger or anything.

I'm still not feeling the best so for the time being there won't be a picture posted... I'll try to get one on here at a later date. Also since I'm on my cell phone I cannot add what baby center has to say about this week at this time.

If I have any new things happen I'll update you, but for the time being this is all I've got.

Worst Sickness Ever (for me)

Yesterday I was very sick with a fever and vomiting. My fever got up to 101.3 and I couldn't even hold down water. I finally around 6 or 7 p.m. took a lukewarm bath which helped my fever and I was eating icecubes to stay hydrated. By the end of the night I had stopped throwing up and my fever was gone. I'd starting vomiting at 2 a.m. and continued to throw up every few hours until 5ish. I didn't eat anything at all yesterday.

Today the fever is still gone and I haven't thrown up. I have a headache and I'm exhausted, but I at least still feel better then yesterday. Thank God! I seriously thought I was going to be in the E.R. by the end of the night, but I managed to get the fever down with God's help. Today I was able to go to work and I've been resting the rest of the day.

Seth btw has been kicking up a storm so he's just fine.

Have a great day!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Traditional Baby Shower..

As we all know the traditional baby shower goes games, cake, opening gifts, and fellowship. And there's nothing wrong with that if that's what you like, but I don't like traditional baby showers.

More than likely I'll have the traditional baby shower, but honestly if it could go how I want it to go it would be games, cake, fellowship, and thanking everyone for coming and for their gifts. I know some people think it's rude to not open the gifts there, but for one I'm shy and I'd be more comfortable not opening them in front of everyone, two I could open them with my husband, and three I wouldn't be taking up 2 or 3 hours of everyone's day. It's not that I don't appreciate the gifts, the money spent, and the time they took out for me and my baby, I really do. I just wish people would get off the traditional and see that some people would be more comfortable doing things differently.

I hate opening gifts in front of people. I'm a slow gift opener. And now I'll be huge, which will slow me down even more... Oy!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Soon To Be Another Painted Room!

3 months and 16 days left until my EDD! The nursery hasn't been painted yet, but it'll be getting painted soon. Then we just need to get everything put where it's going and buy a few things (or get them from the Baby Shower/family) It's not like he'll be sleeping in the nursery for a few months anyways so it's not like there's a huge rush, but I would like to have it all done just so it's finished when he needs it.

I'm so excited to know that another room in the house will be painted and furnished. And by furnished I mean not just a hodge podge of stuff in the room. Hopefully the next room to get painted will be the Dining Room, which we have the paint for so I'm pretty sure it will be next. It's not like we want to have kids back to back so I shouldn't have to paint the reading room to be a nursery for a couple of years.

Yes, that's right my kids will have different rooms, even if they are the same gender. If you have an "extra" room than your kids should have their own rooms. If that room was made into example: an office, well I suggest you find somewhere else to put all your office stuff. Kids need to have their own rooms. They can drag toys into each others rooms if they want to play so a Play Room isn't needed. I always played in my room and I think that's where kids should play. Now if you live somewhere that doesn't have that extra room than I completely understand, but I know of people where that isn't the case. Now if the kids want to share a room fine, but even then I think that at a certain age they should be separated that way they don't become to dependent on each other and they learn to live their own lives and be their own person. A place of their own for alone time and to express their creativity.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Career :/

I mentioned in a previous post about money being tight around our home and yes, it's still tight. Anyways, the money issues have really made me wish that I would have spent some time building a career. You know at least having college done before having a baby. 

I know, I know it's never to late to go to college especially now that they have online classes. Which I've thought about many times, but it never seemed like the right time and I didn't want to spend the money on college especially when I have NO clue what I'd want to go for. 

I mean I know of a few things that interest me, but I want to be realistic. I don't want to get a degree in something where I'd be waiting forever for a job or that is totally against my personality. Or worse something that I'd start college for and then realize that I can't memorize everything that I need to know. So some interests: Psychology (but that deals with people and I'm not very good at talking to people), Pets (I love pets, but I could never be a Vet. to much to remember and I couldn't give shots or "put down" an animal), Writing (I really love to write and quite often I get the need to write, but don't always know what to write about. I'm not sure I would have the creativity I need to really write books or anything like that), etc. So there's a few. 
My safest bet would probably be writing, EXCEPT for the fact that I'm not really that great at English like the subject where they teach punctuation and such. But it's perfect because I can write from home, which means being able to stay home with my baby and do housework and such. 
Psychology is great because I really do love to help people, I've been helping people (or at least trying to) since I was 12. I have a real passion for teens (13-20's) and I know that Psychology would be a great help for what my real passion is. 
Well, and Vet. is already out due to the above mentioned reasons. I could however go for maybe an assistant. 

So maybe I could go for writing and once I've paid off schooling and earned some money go for Psychology, which could help with (a) my writing and (b) my passion. Sounds like a great plan, eh? Now if only I can get myself to go through with it!

Or maybe I should look for something a little more realistic? I don't know I REALLY want to be able to stay at home. So whatever I choose will have to be something that I can do from home so I can be with my baby and keep up with the housework. 

Any ideas? I'd love to hear them. Just leave me a comment on here. 

24 Weeks

Ok so the picture isn't that great, but at least I posted one.
24 weeks, which according to my baby sites that means there's only around 16 more weeks left! That seems like such a short amount of time! (Which may explain why I in my dream Seth was born already.)

I've started swelling up more and more in my feet and occasionally in my hands. My heartburn has been pretty intense no matter what I eat or when I eat it. Thank God for Tums! My doctor did say if I get heartburn a lot and Tums doesn't work I can take something like Prevacid, but I'll just stick with Tums for now.

My next doctors appointment is in around 4 weeks and I'll be doing the Gestational Diabetes Testing (1 hr.) hopefully I'll pass. It's going to be a little difficult on me since I don't drink very fast or very much and now I know I'll have to. And hopefully I won't get sick!

Seth has been kicking more and more. And yesterday for the first time he kicked hard enough that I could see it from the outside. That was pretty interesting. He's kicking up in my ribs.. not comfy! Luckily he doesn't kick there a lot and so far not very hard. He still refuses to move for other people. Miles has been the only one able to actually feel him kick, which is driving my mom nuts. Lol.

Ok I pretty much just woke up so lets see what Baby Center has to say about this week.

How your baby's growing:

Your baby's growing steadily, having gained about 4 ounces since last week. That puts him at just over a pound. Since he's almost a foot long (picture an ear of corn), he cuts a pretty lean figure at this point, but his body is filling out proportionally and he'll soon start to plump up. His brain is also growing quickly now, and his taste buds are continuing to develop. His lungs are developing "branches" of the respiratory "tree" as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help his air sacs inflate once he hits the outside world. His skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon. 
How your life's changing:
In the past few weeks, the top of your uterus has risen above your belly button and is now about the size of a soccer ball. Most women have a glucose screening test (also called a glucose challenge test or GCT) between now and 28 weeks. This test checks for gestational diabetes, a pregnancy-related high-blood-sugar condition. Untreated diabetes increases your risk of having a difficult vaginal delivery or needing a cesarean section because it causes your baby to grow too large, especially in his upper body. It also raises your baby's odds for other complications like low blood sugar right after birth. A positive result on your GCT doesn't mean you have gestational diabetes, but it does mean that you'll need to take the glucose tolerance test (GTT) to find out for sure.
Finally, if you don't already know how to spot the signs of preterm labor, now's the time to learn. 

Friday, June 1, 2012

Video Games (For The Guys)

Ok let's get real. Guy like video games. (Some girls do to ,but that's not on topic) I'm just five with guys liking to play video games... Until they start yelling and screaming because they can't win against some computer team (or whatever)

Listen to me guys... Ready? It is seriously unattractive when you yell and get all mad at a video game. Talk about a mood killer. Sure you're probably thinking "I wouldn't be playing if she was in the mood" right? But what about when you don't know she is? Yeah, think about that one. You're sitting there yelling at a game when you could be doing something that you, me, and the rest of the world know you'd rather be doing.
If you feel that you need to play this annoying game play it when your spouse is away. It's a very very simple solution.
P.s. even if there is no mood at the time her seeing you so unattractively yelling at a game could ruin a future mood.
Oh yeah, it just got real up in here. LOL