Thursday, February 26, 2009

22 Weeks!

We'll be working on the nursery some more this weekend! I'm hoping to get the crib all put together. Finding bedding is proving to be a very hard thing, nothing out there is really meeting my "vision", it's all too... babyish... I know that sounds dumb, but I'm not really a fan of baby blue.

I picked up a copy of The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth yesterday and started it today while DH was in the dentist chair. I cannot put it down! It's so informative! I know you can't plan for everything, but I'm really hoping that by doing this research now, DH and I will be able to have the birth that we want. I was also hit with the realization today that this baby is coming... der, I know... but I just thought that I'd have more time to get used to the idea. A friend of mine, who is a week ahead of me, has already scheduled birthing classes and Daddy Boot Camp for her DH. I feel like I've really dropped the ball here! I'd better get cracking!

Here are this weeks' Belly Pics: Lakers Edition

**The PG hair is crazy, I don't think it's ever grown the fast! Lovfing it!

I found this at Target and had to have it. DH being the Gear Head that he is, I'm sure our little dude will be a car guru just like his daddy : )

Monday, February 23, 2009

Nursery is under way!

It's a VERY blue room right now, but worry not, I totally have a plan ; )
The view from the door
North Wall
West Wall
South Wall
The Border! We'll be painting a red horizontal stripe around the middle of the room (chair rail height) and will be placing the border over that. It should give it a little more oomph : )
The Cutest Valance in the World! I LOVF the checkers! It's actually about two inches too short for the window, but I'm gonna get red panels to go on either side to make up the difference.
AND the tires kill me every time. So cute!
Night light. Perfect no?
Wall hanging. There are three other ones that go with this set, but I can't find them right now. The search continues!
I'm so psyched to have this started and cannot wait to have it all put together. Once everything is painted we're gonna put the crib together. Right now though, this is the crib...
And this is my big cushy rocker/recliner. It is so comfortable! I can't wait to rock BabyLovf in this!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

21 weeks!

Y'all got a pretty good post yesterday (I think), but I couldn't just let my weekly milestone pass me by!

I texted all of our friends to let them know the news and I get into an exchange with one of our really good guy friends. He wanted to know when we're due, where we're registered, and when the shower will be. Well, no one has really offered to throw it yet. **Of course, it's kind of early so I'm still holding out hope.** Get this... he offered to throw it for us!! Unless one of my girlfriends or family members offeres later; in which case, he's really hoping that it'll be co-ed. This is one of those macho, perpetually single (but always has some random chick on his arm), party animal type of guys, so it's an understatement to say that I was surprised. He's totally excited for this baby, and that makes my heart happy!

MyLovf took me out to celebrate our little boy last night. Oh, how I lovf Olive Garden. I got to wear my cute new polka-dot dress and favorite peep-toe heels! I looked rockin' if I do say so myself ; )

I was really surprised at how packed it was for a Wednesday night. I got my first stranger comment there too. The waitress came by to see if we were done with our appetizer, but there was one bruschetta piece left and I told her we weren't done and reached for the piece at the same time. She kind of smiled and said, "Gotta let mama eat!" Normally, such a comment would be met with a blank stare, but instead I started cracking up. Then, DH added "Yeah, better watch your fingers!" And I died. It was the most hilarious thing I'd ever heard. NOTHING could get me down or annoyed yesterday. It was just the best day ever!

Cramp update: They're gone! Hallelujah!

And... the 21 week belleh

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

It's a...

The u/s went great, BabyLovf is perfect and his measurements are right where they're supposed to be. We saw all four chambers of the little heart and watched him swallow and wiggle around. It was so exciting!!!

Here he is waving at us:

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His little foot:
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And...the money shot:
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No doubting that one, huh? LOL

Monday, February 16, 2009

Cramp Update

I took the day off Friday and had a follow up with my doc, who said pretty much the same thing that the OB nurse said. Normal cramping and that I don't have anything to worry about as long as I'm not spotting too (which I'm not). DH thinks it's Braxton Hicks, but never having experienced anything like this before, I really have no idea if he's correct.

I am following doctor's orders and trying to take it easy, but it doesn't seem to be helping much; it's still very painful. Friday I lay on the couch with my feet up and soon discovered that this position only made the cramping worse. So I parked my butt in my new rocker/recliner with the heating pad on my back and didn't leave that spot till about noon Saturday, I even spent the night there. I only got up to pee and get snacks. Yesterday was better, although they started coming back while we were watching the All-Star game on TV. Dummy that I am, I tried laying down again to go to sleep. Didn't work so well. I was in and out of sleep till about 3 o'clock in the morning, at which point I curled my Snoogle into a ball and used it to prop me up into an almost sitting position. Then I had to battle with a snoring DH and a snoring wiener dog to get to sleep. Fun times. I decided to come in to the office today, even though I'm tired as hell and feel like crap. I'd never noticed before just how bumpy and uneven the roads are! Every little jiggle hurt the belly! Now I'm tired, cranky, AND in pain. Not a good combo for the bitches that work on my floor. **Working with numbers all day must do something to people. Almost every chick in my department is a jerk. Makes for a great working environment, lemme tell ya.**

Did I mention that I'm on pelvic rest? Oh I did. But did I mention that it's until I'm term at 36 weeks? That's 16 freakin' weeks! I about cried when doc told me that; I kept asking if he was suuuure I had to wait that long. Yep, he was sure. Total.devastation. Even having to be on top all the time (which is not my favorite position), I lovf me some sex; I'm a horndog. There is a very real possibility that I will go completely insane. No sex, no booby-play, no deep kissing ::sigh:: And having a sexy DH walking around in nothing but his ta-ran-ta-rans does not help matters at all!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

20 weeks (part II)

I guess the day had to be marked in a special way!

It seems that BabyLovf is already giving his/her mama a run for her money. And I have the hospital bracelet to commemorate the day!

I just got out of OB triage for cramps. I was having them all day. At first, I thought it was because I was dehydrated (I have trouble drinking so much water) so I downed two bottles of water before lunch. When they didn't let up, I put in a call to my doctor. An hour later, I get a call from his nurse saying that he wanted me to go to L&D to be monitored. I was totally fine (emotionally) until she said that. I didn't panic or anything, but I did start freaking out. Every little kick from the babe was like a God-send. Half an hour later I was at the hospital. Luckily, they didn't make me wait around before they saw me. I was in the room right away. I changed into a gown, gave a urine sample and was on the monitor a few minutes later. She checked BabyLovf's heartbeat and it was fine; totally normal at 150bpm. Oh the relief!

I was on the monitor for about two hours. I could see every time I had a cramp, and when they didn't stop after about half an hour, she gave me a shot of tributaline (sp?) to see if that would help. It kind of did, the cramps were fewer and further between, but now I'm starting to feel them again. Not as bad as before though, thank goodness. That thing also made my heart rate jump from the mid 80's to the low 100's and it stayed up there for the rest of the visit. I literally felt like I ran a mile, then immediately laid down to try and go to sleep, so crazy.

So now I'm home. My doc put me on pelvic rest and I've been ordered to "take it easy". I don't know how much easier I can take it, all I do is sit at my desk all day and lay on the couch watching TV until we go to bed, but I will try!

Oh, and how could I forget that my mother was totally spazzing out. The whole time I was in the room I was getting text after text after text wanting to know what was going on, and could she please please please come to the hospital to sit with me? I managed to put her off long enough for us to get out of the hospital. BUT, now they're on the way over to the house to make sure I'm ok. At least they're bringing Taco Bell!

Half way done!

And I think I'm having my first official pregnancy-related panic attack, so excuse me for a second. WTH did we get ourselves into!? I'd be lying my ass off if I didn't say that although we talked about at length, tried for, and want this baby so much, I am terrified of what the future will bring. How can I be so totally responsible for someone elses' life?! To have someone else completely dependent on me!? OMG! ::hyperventilating::

I have total faith that we'll be fine and that DH and I can handle this, but looking forward from where we are now, it just seems like it's impossible!

Ok, time to get a grip and breathe!

Whew... I think I'm better now... let's go on...

BabyLovf is kicking harder. DH feels him/her regularly now. He's the only one IRL that knows that the kicks can be felt from the outside. My family has become very handsy, so if they knew about it, I'm sure there would be a hand permanently attached to the belly And since the kicks are all pretty low, I'm sure that would be really awkward. I'd like to keep this just between the two of us for a little while longer.

DH found out that Target had our crib back in stock (and on sale!) so we went on Saturday to pick it up. Then on Monday, while perusing Craigslist for a rocker/recliner and other baby related items; I find what?...yep, you guessed it... our crib! For $40 less than what we paid at the store! Well, of course we can't just let a deal like that pass, so off we go to look at it, and it's still in the box, brand spankin' new! I don't know why the lady never used it, I didn't want to ask; we just paid her for it and left. We took the Target one back the next day, luckily, we'd decided not to put it together until after we got the nursery painted, so it was no problem taking it back. We also picked up a rocker/recliner for $75! It's really nice, only one little tear at the top corner where it probably hit a wall or something, but other than that, is in great condition. It's so comfortable too! I predict many hours of rocking BabyLovf in this chair : )

I find it funny that I'm now having to take the ever expanding belly into account before I move. When I sit down or stand up, I have to make sure my legs are positioned just so. When DH hugs me, he has to bend funny to avoid squishing BabyLovf. I can't just turn around, I have to do it slowly so I don't trip over my own feet. I can just imagine how it'll be when I get bigger! Jeez.

I was having some pretty crappy sleep and had been telling DH about the raves I've read about the Snoogle, so he bought it for me! Let me tell you though, it's not just something you can jump into using. Evidently, it takes a bit of getting used to. The first morning, I felt like I'd been hit by a bus. I was sore and achy, my back hurt and my neck was stiff; not exactly living up to my expectations... The next morning was better, but I did have to wake up at 2 in the morning to turn over. You can't just do that either. So it is getting progressively better; I've given it a week to become fabulous or else I'm taking it back, but at this point I can see that I just might end up keeping it.

Our BIG u/s is next week! I don't know how I'll make it to Wednesday! We're taking the whole day off for it! After the disappointment at the last appt, I'm now doubly anxious for this one. I can't wait to see if my "maternal instincts" are correct. I've thought boy since day one, but DH is convinced that BabyLovf is a girl. I've added a poll to the right side column if you care to venture a guess. I wanted to have the tech put the sex in an envelope to be opened at our belated Valentine's Day dinner, but DH was adamant that he wanted to see it on screen. How can I deny him that? He asks for so little. And he's cute, so he'll be getting his way this time ; )

That's all for now.

Behold, the belly:

Thursday, February 5, 2009

19 weeks!

Don't really have anything new to report on. Belly looks pretty much the same as it did last week. Kicks are felt often. And we're on the hunt for our ever elusive crib. Other than that... I got nothin'

So here's my 19 week (is that right? 19 freakin' weeks?! Holy crap!) belly pic! Enjoy!

Couldn't do the bare belly shot this morning, pants are pre-preg and the hair tie holding them up is not cute.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Super Bowl weekend

My weekend was so much fun! On Saturday, I spent a couple hours at Babies R Us with my mom. I thought it would be a good time to start our registry... Yeah, I ended up so overwhelmed that I only put like six things on there. I never realized the amount of choices they have for everything baby-related! I stood in the middle of the stroller section looking like a deer in the headlights, not knowing what features to look for, what brand is the best quality, whether or not the car seat was comfortable enough; I just chose a Graco with a cute pattern and got the hell out of there! I'm also thinking that maybe it wasn't such a good idea to take my mom along. While she was able to offer some good observations and insight, it got just plain weird when it came to what kind of breast pump to use! OMG.mortifying. I think I need to do a bit more research before I head back through those doors again.

Then we headed off to Target to order the furniture and it was out of stock! Talk about a bummer! I'm trying to find it online and am having the toughest time, I even read somewhere that it was discontinued in the color we want (but I'm hoping that was just a nasty rumor). I'm going to be so upset if we can't get this stuff, we've looked at a million different options, and lovfed this one the best, I'd hate to have to start all over.

On Sunday my family came over to the house to watch the Super Bowl! We were having a grand ol' time till the Cardinals lost. It was a really good game, even though there were some parts of it that made me really mad; but we won't go there. One thing I will say though, is that Harrison should be fined or something for doing what he did to Francisco, totally uncalled for, really unsportsman-like, and sickening to watch.

And here's the video link in case you want to check it out for yourself.