Sunday, January 31, 2010

26 weeks and Braxton Hicks' contractions!!!!!

Well, I don't have a belly picture for today b/c I have been in the bed ALL day long! Last night I started having some contractions. It was really late and it woke me up. It was a little painful and in my lower abdomen. The pains lasted about a minute and then stopped for a few minutes then came back. I am guessing I had around 8 of them before I fell back asleep. Each time I told myself I would wake Todd up if I had one more, but then fell back asleep after the last one. So I told him this morning and we were both concerned. I called my doctor's office and the doctor on call called me back. She told me it sounded like braxton hicks' contractions and that they can start as early as 22 weeks. She told me to drink TONS of water today and to take it easy by putting my feet up!

It is hard to drink so much water when it makes you have to get up a million times to tinkle :D Todd has been amazing!!! He brought me breakfast in bed and has waited on me all day!! We had plans of going to church and then going to my parents house for lunch. As soon as my parents heard why we couldn't come they made us some yummy lunch and brought it over to the house. They are AMAZING!!! And they brought us some goodies for Noah too! A super cute piggie bank, some socks, a blanky, and an enormous box of wipes!!! I just love them sooo much!!!Thanks again Momma and Daddy, y'all are the best!!

I honestly do not know how women that are on bedrest for a long period of time make it! I am so ready to get out of this bed and my legs already feel like jello! Thankfully, there has a been a marathon of comedians on the comedy channel today. It has kept me laughing up a storm, which usually makes me have to go tinkle..hehehe. Oh and I have to report the most important thing..Noah has been very active today. And his momma is so thankful!!!! That was another thing the doc asked...is if he had been active. He has been letting me know he is okay and I am so glad!!

Today is 26 weeks down and I am starting to realize that I better slow things down a bit and just enjoy every second left of this pregnancy! It is amazing how much you wish time by in the beginning and then out of nowhere it starts of to fly by! So far this week I have made tums my new best friend and have been eating healthier! YAY!!! I had been eating poptarts for bkfast with milk every morning, but that has gotten old so I have replaced it with Cheerios and orange juice and loving it. Next week we have an appt. with the OB to do my gestational diabetes test and I am looking forward to hearing Noah's hb again. And of course hoping that I pass that test!!!! And if my math is correct I am in my third trimester now! WOW!!! PRAISE GOD!!!!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Double digits!!!

I cannot believe it, but today we are in DoUbLe DiGiTs!!!!! 99 more days to go!!! YAY!!!!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Trying to have a Tidy Thursday!!!

I am realizing that doing normal things are getting harder to do!!! For example, my plan today was to wash the bedding. Well, I had to chunk it over the stairs b/c there was no way I could carry it down the stairs. Then I had to take a million trips carrying it to the laundry room piece by piece. We use an old comforter and I wash it with all the bedding. It is super soft and it is kinda my "blanky" haha!! So there is a lot of bedding to carry. After I carried it all and finally shooved the comforter into the washing machine, my sciatic nerve started yelling!! I started the washer and proceeded to sit and chill. Now I am on the couch and my heartburn is kicking!!!

How do you get heartburn from a banana?? I guess pregnancy does that to you. And wouldn't you know that as soon as I started typing this post the washer stopped, so now I have to get up off my big bum and put the comforter in the dryer. Have you ever pulled a comforter that is wet out of the washer?? It is a task and a half!!! And the oven is preheated and ready for me to put some cornbread in. I missed lunch b/c of my heartburn...I didn't really want to eat, so I am eating an early dinner. Leftover collards and mashed potatoes..and the cornbread. If I ever get up to cook it! Unfortunately all the chicken is gone! Todd really liked it and he is working his 14 hour today so I insisted that he take the leftover chicken with him to work.

Well, I am off to do some work! What am I gonna in a few weeks, I am going to be worthless!!!!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Eating Healthy!

It is about time!!! I cooked tonight and made something very healthy. I was inspired by rach. ray! I used her recipe for figure friendly collards and figure friendly baked chicken. The recipe seemed easy enough, but ended up being a bit harder than I expected. I used onions, garlic, and a smoked turkey drum stick to season the collards. And the chicken is super easy!!! I bought already trimmed ck tenders, beat them flat, then ran them through dijon mustard then italian breadcrumbs. The trick on baking them is to use a baking rack. I did not have one, but used something like that in my toaster oven..haha It helps b/c it allows the chicken to get crispy on both sides. Then of course, I just cooked some potatoes and mashed them up...YUM!!! And for dessert I ate some canned pears. I am feeling very healthy right now!!!! Go me!!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Noah's Nursery So Far

The curtains and the newly painted walls :D Ignore the glare from the dresser mirrors.
A side view of the curtains, we had to cut them to make them fit, and you would never know the difference!! We is be c-r-a-f-t-y!!
A close up of the curtains...they are soo cute with the doggies on them!
Da crib..haha and a better view of the beautiful baby blue walls.

Both windows :D
My grandfather's dresser that we are using for Noah's room!

And the hanging basket thingy I found that makes me feel super organized!!! YAY!!

Todd and are super excited about starting the nursery! Can't wait to get more done, but for now we have to let it air out and get all of the paint fumes out of there!

Monday, January 25, 2010

25 weeks!!!

Belly picture @ 25 wks!


okay is it just me or is my bottom expanding too..ugg!!


Up close belly!


25 wks 1 day picture from this morning!!
25 weeks!!! I still cannot believe it each time we get closer and closer to D-DAY!! This past week I have found that getting up to tinkle is just a part of my night! I am getting up atleast twice a night to tinkle and the other night I actually ran into the wall! Thankfully, I walk with my hands out to protect the goods (aka Noah)! I woke up with a bruise on my hand, but it is worth it so that Noah doesn't get hurt. Now I have started leaving the closet light on so I can see where I am going. And while we are talking about sleep....it is so hard for me to get comfy. Sleeping on my side sucks majorly!! My arm doesn't want to lay right when I try to lay on my left side and then all night I am flip flopping b/c my side gets sore. Plus, Miss Maggie sleeps on me so I have to move her everytime I move. I am kinda wishing she would sleep on her daddy instead...just for now.
Other than the sleep I am doing great :D Noah's nursery is getting painted as I am typing and I am hoping Todd can paint the changing table and glider today or tomorrow. If the weather permits. I am also getting organized. On Sunday I spent the day with my Momma...which was so great. We haven't spent the day just us in a while. So we got lunch together and did some shopping. Which is where I was going on the organized topic. I found a hanging organizational thingy at wally world. It fits perfectly in Noah's dresser. I am gonna post pics later when the nursery is painted. I also bought a bunch of baskets for the changing table and the closet.
I guess when I post for 26 weeks I will be officially in my 3rd trimester. WOW!!!! And soon I will be in double digits on the countdown. WOW...this is crazy!!!



Saturday, January 23, 2010

V-DAY!!!

I am so excited to say that we have made it to Viabilty Day! And b/c it has taken me so long to post about it we are almost to the next week :D I can remember seeing V-day on the bump and wondering what the heck it was. All I could think was it had something to do with valentine's day. I finally found out that it meant that if Noah is born now he has a better chance of making it (with doctor's help). I guess he is developed enough to survive, of course with medical help. So YAY....Happy V-Day for us!!!! I still cannot believe we have made it this far. It always seems so surreal when I look down and see this growing belly!!!!

I am really feeling pregnant these days. I have had heartburn even if I haven't eaten anything. Milk and zantac are now my best friends..oh and an elevated pillow!!! My muscles are achy and they are still cramping up every now and then...which I hate..it hurts!! I have decided that maybe I need more water and I am going to try to eat more bananas to help with all the muscle cramping. And my hunger is up and down lately. There are days when I am a bottomless pit and then there are days like today where I haven't been hungry at all!!! Go figure!

Now for the fun stuff!! Noah has been so active lately and I am loving every minute of it. Todd has felt him several times and I just love it when he can feel Noah too. Maggie was even on my lap one day when Noah kicked, but she didn't seem to even notice :D hehe The other day Todd and I drove almost 2 hours to a BRU that had the stroller we wanted. It is the chicco travel system in the sahara pattern. It has been discontinued and so we called all the BRUs around us and found one at this store. When we got there we wanted to make sure we wanted it and so we cked out each and every travel system and then ended up getting it. It is so hard to know what to get when you have never used a stroller or carseat before. What finally sold me was that the car seat is ranked #1 and I want Noah to be completely safe while we are out driving! Plus, the pattern is super cute!!! It is brown and has a little bit of orange lining. I am thinking it will be great for Noah and hopefully the next child we have :D Here is a pic of it:
We have already put the stroller together and I love looking at it everyday! I plan on getting Todd to put the car seat in my car very soon b/c it will be amazing to see a car seat in my car FINALLY!!!

Tomorrow is 25 weeks and it seems that time is going by faster! Now the next milestone for me is 30 weeks b/c that is the time we have a 3D u/s scheduled and I cannot wait to see Noah again!!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Feeling better!!

I am happy to say that I did get up off of the couch!!! I just started doing the dishes and then that led to doing the laundry and then that led to cooking dinner!! All of which made me feel like a new person! I always feel better once I get up and do something!!! I was so glad to feel better for Noah's sake!!!

Then tonight I got to take my friend out for a birthday dinner. I have known her since diapers and we always get together for dinner on our birthdays! We ate and caught up for like 3 hours! It was nice to get out of the house and be social. This month has been a very social month for me.
Last wkend I went to a baby shower...the first one where I didn't want to jump off of a bridge afterwards...due to IF. Then I was able to get lunch earlier this week with two friends and then tonight I got to hang with another friend!! And this wkend two of my friends from grad school are coming to hang!! I feel like a social butterfly!!!! It always seems to happen this way though. For a while you are super busy and then all of a sudden it just stops and you have NOTHING to do! So I am going to enjoy getting to be busy for a while. I am sure once Noah gets here it will be hard at first to keep up with everyone, so I am soaking it all up now!!

And I think I am starting to be okay with my wt gain! I won't say how much I have gained, but lets just say it upset me!! Many ppl have told me not to fret and my doctor even said she wasn't concerned. So that is my new attitude! I am going with it and I will worry about it after Noah gets here! I am going to try my darndest to breastfeed, not only for Noah, but for me too :D And I plan on working out again as soon as the dr. gives me the okay. I am not sure how working out will look like with Noah with me, but I am sure I will figure it out. Even if I just get on the eliptical here at home while Noah is napping! I kinda picture him in his bouncy seat just chilling while I am working up a sweat on the eliptical. I am sure it won't go exactly like that..HA!!!

I am excited about Sunday b/c it will be V-day for us! VIABILITY DAY!!!!!!! This means if Noah comes after this he has a better chance of survival with medical help! But Noah, you have to stay for a lot longer young man!!!! I still can't believe we are here!!! We scheduled a 3-D u/s for March when I will be 30 weeks and I scheduled a breastfeeding class for Todd and I (hehe) for next month. Todd isn't super excited about the class b/c he doesn't want to be the only guy in the class, but it is offered from 6-9 pm so I don't want to be out at that time by myself...so he kinda has to go with me!! I also asked my dr. if there was a lactation specialist at the hospital and she said yes...so I know I will be asking for her help after Noah is here! I think she teaches the breastfeeding class so I will be sure to introduce myself to her! Well that is it for now!!!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Winter blues!!

I have really been feeling the "winter blues" lately! I just feel so alone lately...when Todd is at work. I know that I have a lot of family and friends that love me and are there for me, but I just cannot seem to find the motivation to get out of this house!!! I guess you could say this is one of the down falls of not working. Although there are MANY upsides to being able to stay at home too!! So I am not complaining, just having a hard time getting myself in gear!

I am not sure what to do except for me to get going first thing in the morning. I know that has worked in the past. As soon as I get up I just need to have a plan for the day and go ahead and get started. And I am ashamed to say if I don't do that then I will end up on the couch for most of the day and then that makes me feel even worse!!!!

Today has been one of those days! Todd didn't have to go to work til later so we really just bummed around the house this morning and then when he left I couldn't help but start crying!! I just dreaded being alone and being so unproductive! And I am sure if you have never dealt with depression you have no idea what I mean. I have dealt with depression since I was a teenager so it is a part of me and I have had to learn to deal with it. And b/c I chose to come off of my antidepressant while I am pg with Noah..it has been harder! I have always wished I was the kind of person that was super motivated and never stopped going!! However, it seems that I didn't get that gene!!! I think my sister got it!!!

The reason this has been bothering me is I worry about Noah! I worry if it is affecting him now and I worry about the future. I don't want to model this behavior of being unmotivated to him!!! I know that I will get back on my medication when I can and I know that will help..plus I won't have a choice once Noah gets here as to whether or not I will spend the day on the couch. I know that I will be up and taking care of him and I look so forward to that!!! I cannot wait to get up and see his sweet face!! I am even looking forward to changing his diaper! I am looking forward to it ALL!!!! So now I am going to get up off of this couch and try to start doing something!!!!!!! We will see how that goes!!!

Monday, January 11, 2010

23 weeks 1 day!

How far along: 23 weeks 1 day!

Total weight gain/loss: I will find out the scary number tomorrow at the doctor's appt.!!!

Maternity clothes: I bought some new pants and am loving them! They are extra roomy so I am hoping I have room to grow.

Stretch marks: None so far, crossing my fingers, toes and eyes that I don't get any...I already have enough!!!

Sleep: Getting up to tinkle atleast once a night and then my brain turns on and I can't go back to sleep! I am guessing this is getting me ready for all of those late night feedings to come.

Best moment this week: I went to my first baby shower and got to experience it while being pregnant which was totally different than before!!!

Movement: Noah is starting to move and groove!! He is most active at night!!

Food cravings: Sweet tea (I know, I know), Lindt truffles, applejuice, and bagels with philly cream cheese.

Gender: Beautiful bouncing BOY!!!!!

Labor signs: None and they can stay away for a long time!!!

Belly button in or out: Still in and I can't seem to picture it ever being out..but who knows!!

What I miss: Getting comfortable while sleeping, lately my side hurts or falls asleep and then I have to flip...then it happens again...so I am flipping ALL night!!!

What I am looking forward to: Getting to 24 wks (viability) and my next OB appt.!!

Weekly wisdom: Gotta drink more water!!!!!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Spaghetti and Laundry!

The other night my sweet hubby made spaghetti! And he made the sauce from scratch!!! I love it when he cooks italian!! He also makes a mean bruschetta. And I was loving all the garlic, onion, basil, and tomato smells!! The sauce ready to cook!!! I forgot to take a picture of the finished product with noodles and all...I guess I was preoccupied and had to stuff my face :D It was sooo yummy!!! Go Todd!!!
And I had to share these next pics b/c they show how much I am nesting. While Todd was cooking I was washing all of Noah's clothes, blankets, hats, and bibs! Then I put them all in his crib. I also took all the tags off of his stuffed animals. I am still working on getting drawer space so his clothes will be in his crib til I get that worked out!!
These pics don't even do it justice. There are TONS of clothes in there!!! :D
I will post all the 23 week pics and info. later on :D

Delivery Date

I cannot believe that this is the month I would have delivered with our first pregnancy! I can remember stating the due date loud and proud even before we went to have our first u/s! I feel bad saying that I don't remember the exact date now, just that it was in January! I remember after that nightmare day that I wanted to forget that date b/c I knew it would only bring on more pain and at that time I didn't think it was possible to feel any more pain. I mean I even wanted to delete the entire month of January out of my mind completely!!!! That day was horrible and I just remember feeling so out of control. All of this was happening in slow motion and I couldn't do anything to change it. I just kept saying no to God!!

Then today I was reading up on the blogs I follow and realized that one of the ladies I read about found out she was pg right when I did and now she is almost ready to deliver! Wow, I would have never imagined back then that I wouldn't still be tied to my bed crying. Instead I am sitting on my couch and Noah is a moving and a grooving!! How different this month has turned out and I am so thankful for Noah! For our sweet miracle!! Noah isn't even here yet and already he is such a healing spirit b/c he has helped heal his momma's broken heart! Thank you Lord for Noah and thank you Noah for U!!!!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A little reminder!!

Sometimes we need a reminder!!! I have always tried to see the world from other ppl's eyes. And be empathetic to why ppl behave a certain way. I firmly believe that if we are more compassionate towards ppl then we are living the way God would want us to live! Jesus said it Himself:

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35

Today a fellow blogger that I am sure many of you know and love reminded me of this!!! I haven't been the best at this lately! And , of course, I thought really hard about Noah! I want Noah to always love others and show compassion. Not just to family and friends, but to everyone! Even people that are not so nice!! And how is he going to do this unless his momma and daddy practice it!! I want Noah to be the kind of man that would give you the shirt off of his back and will always see the good in others! I am so thankful for this little reminder!!!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

22 weeks!!




We have reached 22 weeks and I am starting to understand why shopping for maternity clothes isn't a fun experience. The first time I shopped I had so much fun b/c everything fit me and I bought things in bigger sizes to grow into them!! Well, I have definately grown into them and am in need of some new bigger items! I tried to find some new jeans today b/c the ones I have are starting to cut off my circulation. The jeans I tried on were either too tight or toooooo big! Plus, I don't know if anyone else has this problem, but a certain maternity store..motherhood (hint) the sales lady drives me NUTS!! She follows me around and tries to get me to try on EVERYTHING and then tries to get me to try on sizes that are WAY too small. Then when I want to go up in size she looks at me like I am crazy and says are u sure! YES I AM SURE!!! She is the same lady that did a bra fitting and told me I was two cup sizes smaller than I am and when I tried the bra on and nothing fit..she was still sticking to the size she gave me!!! UGG!!!!

Other than that we have had some great moments this week! Todd felt Noah move again and this time Noah punched him!!! We also finished registering!!! WHEW!!!!

How far along: 22 weeks!
Total weight gain/loss: Do I really have to answer this question?? I haven't decided if I want to use my lowest ever pre pregnancy wt or if I should use the number that makes me look like I haven't gained so much wt..HA!!! I am thinking I have gained about....drum roll please....17 lbs!!! OUCH that hurt!!!
Maternity clothes: Oh yes, and now the ones I started out in are getting snug..so I had to go jean shopping and ended up getting nothing b/c none of them fit right. UGG!!!
Stretch marks: None so far, crossing my fingers, toes and eyes that I don't get any...I already have enough!!!
Sleep: Going good so far, but I am starting to have trouble getting comfortable!!
Best moment this week: Ringing in the new year and knowing that this is the year I will become a MoMmA!!! YAY! Oh and I can't forget that Todd really felt Noah move on Saturday! He has kinda felt him before but this time he REALLY felt a kick or a punch and we were on cloud nine!!! And we finished registering!!!
Movement: Noah is starting to move and groove!! He is most active at night!
Food cravings: Anything bad for me, obviously considering the amount of wt I have gained! Mostly, salty foods!!
Gender: BOY!!!!!
Labor signs: None!
Belly button in or out: Still in and I can't seem to picture it ever being out..but who knows!!
What I miss: Buying cute clothes that fit me!!
What I am looking forward to: Getting to 24 wks (viability) and my next OB appt.!!
Weekly wisdom: Gotta drink more water!!!!!