Friday, July 30, 2010

32 Weeks!

In 5 weeks, I am full term.
I am also larger than other women that are already full term.
Either this baby is going to be huuuuge, I'm eating a LOT of crappy foods, or I am just one of those few lucky people who gets super fat during pregnancy. If it's the latter, I am hoping that post-baby, I am also one of those few lucky people who ends up even thinner than they were pre-pregnancy. I'm fairly confident that that will happen.

It had BETTER happen!

I'm getting used to people asking me when I'm due. I've learned to respond with "September" (instead of my exact due date), because it gets less of the normal response of "WOW, you STILL have 2 months to GO??" In other words, if you read between the lines, they mean to say "WOW, you are HUGE for only 7 months!"

Thanks, a-holes.

So here I am at 32 weeks. The fact that I am fully aware that I'm supposed to get even more super huge in the next few weeks is scary. Partly because I don't want my stomach by my knees, and partly because I am terrified my doctor is going to tell me I'm having a 15 lb baby.


On a brighter note, we got our diaper bag!! And how adorable are these shoes???
She had BETTER come out a girl!!



Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Loooooong Day

So I went to the hospital this morning at about 11:30am and now it's 6pm and I just got home. I'm sooooooooooooooo tired!

Last night at 12:30am I woke up with a strong pain in my right back side. It came and went and I basically didn't sleep all night. When I got up at 7am, the pain just got worse. I tried eating, and the pain was even worse - and it made me nauseous to eat. Anyways, I then called my doctor and they wanted me to go to the hospital just to make sure it's nothing too serious.

They hooked me up to a fetal monitor and Aryn was going CRAZY. I mean, seriously - the nurse said she's "too active" at the time. She was just going nuts. So they checked my heart rate (normal) and my blood pressure (normal) and then I waited for the doctor to come in.

Anyways, they were worried I was going into labour. The pain is pretty high and where my kidneys should be so they were worried it was either a kidney infection, kidney stones, or a UTI (urinary tract infection). I had some pee tested, and then the doctor came in, assessed the pain, and basically if it's kidney stones, there's nothing they can do (being pregnant I can't get an x-ray). If the pain gets worse, I am supposed to go RIGHT back in, but in the meantime a Tylenol will work just fine until the pain passes.

Then, right before I left they did an internal check and it turns out my cervix was cause for alarm (they never did tell me WHY). Anyways, they told me to go walk around for 2 hours, come back and I'd get re-checked. If my cervix was further along, then I'd have to be admitted to stop the labour but if it's the same, it's going to be written in my chart and monitored for the rest of my pregnancy. Anyways, it was all fine and the same after 2 hours. I'll have to be continually checked throughout the rest of the pregnancy but as of right now - we're good to go. Hopefully this means it'll be a VERY easy labour!

So all in all, I don't actually have any results. All I know is that as of right now, there's nothing we can do other than wait for it to get worse! But it's most likely just a kidney stone or it's my ribs being uncomfortable. Nothing too exciting.


Friday, July 23, 2010

31 Weeks!

31 weeks. WOW. I can't believe it.


So what has happened this week pregnancy-wise? Well, I walk by the baby room about a million times a day and just stare at it. That's all - just staring. I can't go into a store without buying something and the room is quickly filling up. The drawers are full of cloth diapers (FuzziBunz! Yay!) and I'm super excited to prove to my husband that they were money well spent (haha).

I'm exhausted, and somehow Bauer has decided he needs to go for at least 2 walks a day (I blame my parents for that one). And he seems to want to go every time I just want to lay down on the couch and have a nap!! What a dog!! (he's going to have a real wake-up when the baby comes!!)

What else..... you know, not much! Only ~9 weeks to go!!! It's going by soooo fast!!

Friday, July 16, 2010


2 posts in 1 day! Aren't you all lucky! (those of you who read this blog...)

First of all, on Monday we were graced with a crazy tornado (that never touched ground, thank God!) and this is what ended it... just a slight reminder that God exists:

Genesis 9:16
Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.



And then today, we set up the crib. Actually, we started setting up the crib yesterday but the crib came to us with a broken box, some scratched up pieces, and a missing instruction manual. One email to Storkcraft and a little wood glue later, and we were ready to take on the crib again today. It was quite a feat, and it is currently sitting on its side in the nursery with old Sears catalogues stacked on it to keep the new coat of wood glue together and sticking.

First... Bauer didn't like that our attention was on something other than him. But here's the first photo of Bauer and Aryn together. They're going to be best buds, I can already tell.


This is how the crib began: in a million pieces.


Daddy is quite the craftsman. He refused to let me help - I was only allowed to watch and be the apprentice. He needed an Allen Key, I gave him the Allen key. He needed the Phillips screwdriver - I gave him the Philips screwdriver. He needed me to get the dogs out of the way... well... I tried (unsuccessfully).


This is a picture of Daddy happily setting up your crib:


This is a picture of Daddy annoyed with mommy taking so many photos instead of being a good apprentice.


4 hours later, and the crib looked like this! (the damn change table took FOREVER!)




Bauer couldn't resist a good photo op.


I love your name.


Thursday, July 15, 2010

30 Weeks!!!

Wow..... 30 weeks.... only 10 to go.... in 7 weeks I could have the baby and she would be full term. 7 weeks. That's.... nothing!!!

I can't seem to wrap my mind around the fact that we're going to have a baby. A human life. A child. A responsibility. Bauer will no longer be our #1 worry. (although, he'll still be a worry - he's my first baby!)

We have officially gotten our crib, and it's in a million pieces on the floor. The wonderful people at Storkcraft did not send us any instructions so it's going to stay that way until we get new instructions. Photos to come. Promise!!

Everything else is going awesome! No new developments, other than the fact that I can REALLY feel her moving now. Sometimes her head sticks out of my stomach. It's uncomfortable, but doesn't hurt so it's just cool to look at. I can't wait until she's here!

So on a friends blog, she posted some Advice for your Teenage Daughter. I read it and I thought it was a wonderful list. So... here it is:

Advice for a Teenage Daughter
  1. Even if you have just been shot with a tranquilizer dart for elephants, don't sleep in your makeup. Or contact lenses.
  2. What separates a professional eyebrow arch from the amateurs is scissor-trimming. This is the least important item on this list, but It took me 38 years to find out, and I have to pass it onto somebody.
  3. Wear the bikini every chance you can, and use the sunscreen.
  4. Every year you can possibly delay having sex will ultimately make sex that much better. Think of it as the difference between spending every allowance on cheap shoes that don't last, or saving up for some really fabulous Jimmy Choos.
  5. As long as you are in your teens, avoid dating anyone more than three years older than you. At your age, a romantic relationship with an older man is actually neither romantic or a relationship.
  6. You look ugly when you gossip.
  7. Throwing up drunk is not a good look for you.
  8. Save this for later: the person you are now is not the way you behaved then.
  9. Someday, a girl who is horrible to you now will request to be your Facebook friend. And though your cursor will linger a long and delicious moment above the "ignore" button, you will click on "accept" instead, and know that you have grown up.
  10. Go to your prom. Wear the corsage. Stand under the arch. Get the pictures. Really.
  11. Don't waste youth and resiliency. Have adventures. It will never be more appropriate for you to be inappropriate, and society will never be more forgiving. But avoid risks that will narrow your future. Skinny-dipping: yes. Filmed skinny-dipping: no.
  12. Most importantly, hang around for womanhood. I promise, the best is yet to come.
Can't wait to meet you, my darling daughter!!

Friday, July 9, 2010

29 Weeks!

First, a photo of what I did to my sweet, sweet Bauer boy:


And now a 29 week photo of yours truly. I feel like a blimp.


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

80 Days

Today marks 80-days-left. That's 80 more nights of no sleep because of painful hips. I slept on 5 pillows last night (I was a good 5 inches higher than Bauer and Ryan!) and it was the first night in a long time I slept for more than 2 hours without being woken up by the shooting pain in my hips.

Yesterday was my 2nd appointment with my pre-natal doctor. I LOVED THIS WOMAN. The first doctor I had in June seemed very pro-c-section, she scared the hell out of me about the heart murmur, she was really worried about all my neck problems, she seemed very quick and wanting things to go bing-bang-boom - in and out, no questions, done and done.

Now, the doctor I had yesterday... she walks in and instantly I liked her. She kinda looked like my mom, only taller... and dressed like a sailor... (seriously - white pants, a navy blue/white striped shirt, and a white jean jacket). She made me laugh, she made me feel comfortable, and she made me feel so much better about everything.

She started things off by telling me that my hip soreness sucks and that the next 12 weeks or so are gonna suck even more - which made me laugh. There's nothing I can do about it but sleep on pillows and if it's REALLY bad, to take 1 Tylenol, if I HAVE to. She checked my hips and everywhere she pressed hurt really bad and although she's surprised at how sensitive they are, she said it's really good and that it may mean they are expanding more than necessary and that childbirth will be a breeze - then she laughed and told me not to get my hopes up.

She also told me that my heart murmur was nothing to be worried about:

There are 2 kinds of heart murmurs: Innocent and Abnormal. In my file, the last doctor wrote that I had an "Abnormal" heart murmur and she was concerned and she even apparently wrote my risk of c-section was raised. This doctor listened to my heart, made me hold my breath, made me lay down, and determined that my heart murmur was Innocent and that it's likely due to the fact that I'm creating a human being. Final Verdict: nothing to be worried about.

She even wrote in huge letters on my file: NATURAL CHILDBIRTH. She assured me that my risk of c-section is not any higher than anyone else. And, IF I needed one, I would be put under and I would only be out for 40 minutes tops and that the baby would be with Ryan the whole time, not with nurses or anyone else. She also told me that because of my allergy to morphine, she'd be concerned about giving me any kind of drug anyway and that she would have tried to tell me that a natural childbirth would be more beneficial to me regardless. So - whewf!! (Because of how similar many of the drugs you can get are to morphine, she's concerned about giving it to me and then in turn me having an allergic reaction to it - that's not good for me OR baby!).

Furthermore, all of my tests came back: no diabetes, no preeclampsia, no nothing!! Woo!! The only thing is that my iron levels are low so I now have to go on an iron supplement - which may also help give me more energy throughout the day. In fact, this doctor told me that if I don't want to take it in pill form, Cream of Wheat porridge is an excellent source of iron - and all natural.

All in all, it was a great appointment. I left feeling a LOT more confident than the last time, and I am adding to my prayer list that she is the lady who delivers my baby!!!

Also, yesterday Ryan and I became an aunt/uncle to a baby BOY!!! Totally a shocker - everyone thought Jamie and Roger were going to have another little girl. So, they gave Veronica a little brother - Joey Gerald. (for the longest time, Veronica has been adamant that she's having a little brother and that his name is Joey... not sure where that came from, but apparently she is a psychic and I think we should start charging people to hear her tell them their futures). I can't wait to meet him, we'll have to get to Lethbridge one of these days. No photos yet either! Booo!!!