Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
So, besides the entire nearly hitting the floor due to hunger, our Thanksgiving was perfect. We made it to Nick's dads house around three, and were there spending time with the family (playing Rock Band, which was very enjoyable) until late in the night. We did lots of talking about Twilight (my SIL is currently reading the series) and looking at Christmas ads. It was relaxing and wonderful family time. We have one more family dinner on Sunday, and I can't wait! Now I am off to do dinner and a movie with my childhood best friend who is in town for the holiday. So excited!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
So, in case you are wondering what is number one on the "things to be thankful for" list it is this sweet baby C (shocking). We are now officially in the second trimester and all sorts of thrilled about it. The baby is now the size of a peach (I think we are going to be in the fruit analogies for a long time...) and is rapidly growing everyday. Lots of very interesting (to me) biology stuff is rolling with the baby, like there are villi in the intestines which have now migrated into the body (they are formed in the umbilical cord) and the baby's voice box is formed, along with the gallbladder which is now producing bile! I assume these little facts don't amaze you like they do me, but I will go ahead and share them anyways! Basically everyday that passes the baby is becoming more and more of a little person!
As for me, I am great! I may have put a pound back on, but I can't tell for sure. My scale keeps giving it to me, then taking it back. I have decided to just let my doctor keep track of my official weight gain, which will have my start weight at my ten week appointment. At that point I had lost the five pounds of the IVF weight, so it seems like a good starting point. I realized at Thanksgiving yesterday that I no longer have the nausea like I might die if I over eat, and can totally gorge myself of whatever I want. Good to know with the holidays here! (also, maybe not the best thing to know...) Apparently my uterus is on a growing spurt and has now filled my pelvis and has moved up into my abdomen. I think that's about it. I am thrilled to be in the second trimester because it is closer to having out baby, and the chances of miscarriages drop down once again. I am so lucky that I feel so great, and honestly am just so, so Thankful!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
**I did just seriously burn some pasta (who burns pasta??) while I was catching up on google reader on my lunch, but you can't win them all! Nothing is getting me into a funk today!**
Monday, November 24, 2008
My Thanksgiving starts on Wednesday, so I am sure that will cheer me up! Until then I just need to keep in mind on the family time, the time off work, and the turkey and the pumpkin pie! Hope you all are having a better start to the week than me. Is it really only Monday??
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Now I have a couple questions sparked by this odd lady. First, how young do you have to look for it to be SHOCKING that you are pregnant?? Like she didn't seem a little surprised, or just curious. She seemed SHOCKED. Second, do I really look THAT young? I really don't think I look younger than my actual age (and yes, I was inline to see Twilight, but so was she! And there were LOTS of people that were clearly adults!) I think it is odd that this is the second time strangers have been shocked to learn I am pregnant or married in the last year. Third, who thinks it is okay to touch a strangers leg in a movie theater?? Finally, I think it is incredibly rude to ask someone their age in a shocked tone because you see they are pregnant (or married). What if I was super young? Now you have made me feel terrible about it!
Okay, so anyway, here is my spoiler free opinion on the Twilight movie. I actually really really liked it. It isn't as good as the book (of course) but they stay really true to the story and the characters. If you haven't read the book, I think you should read it first. I really don't know how good the movie would be without all the back story because it seemed to move a little fast. There are a couple of scenes I thought were a little overdone, but all in all I thought the acting was really great. Bella and Edward were both PERFECT which I was surprised by a little. I really didn't think I would like Bella, but Kristen Stweart was amazing. Some of my favorite scenes in the book are cut down, not out, but down, and that made me sad. I know they can't fit everything, but I wished there was more! I wish there were more of the rest of the Cullens too, but I guess you don't really get to know everyone until the later books. Honestly, it was a great start to the series and I can't wait for New Moon to come out. I am sure after the success of this one they will have a much larger budget to work with on it, which they will need for some serious special effects! (this one only had a budget of $35 million, and in the opening weekend brought in over $70...not a bad return!)
Friday, November 21, 2008
With the Cullens....
PS. I got the T4 results back and they look perfectly normal! They said I don't need medication and they will just continue to monitor it the rest of the pregnancy!! YAY! Now I can watch Twilight in peace...
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Maybe not noticeable to a stranger, but there is something going on there...And the actual belly. Totally making changes!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I asked if I my levels are at a point that I should be concerned about miscarriage and she told me that a Thyroid condition is totally treatable with medication and once I get on that there will be no need to worry at all. BUT I AM NOT ON MEDICATION. I know that everything could be fine and I shouldn't panic, but it is just so frustrating!
Besides that my entire work world just turned upside down and I am in complete shock. This has been a rough week. Thank you all so much for the comments and prayers! They mean so much to me. I will hopefully have a real Thyroid update tomorrow!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
So Saturday I was Christmas shopping at an outlet mall with my sisters. While shopping I wanted to get a new bra. I wear this wonderful Playtex bra. I wore Victoria Secret forever, and they just NEVER fit me right. Then one day I wandered in and tried on Playtex and they were a dream come true. The outlet mall has a Playtex outlet store, and since the pregnancy I have been having boob issues (you saw the reunion pictures, which was actually me bra-less, but shows things have been changing around here), so a new bra was high on the list of wants. I go in and right away just ask for a measurement. I have no idea what size I need, but clearly my 32B isn't cutting it.
Now, here is where, in my opinion, this situation gets odd. The lady takes me in the dressing room and I take off my sweater. I have on a little tank top under it so I leave that on. She measure me and says that I need...a 38 A. There is nothing wrong with a 38 A. I was an A for many years. I just...don't see how THESE are a 38 A when I am busting out of my 32 B. She runs out to bring me some 38A's and some 36 B's (which I asked for and she seemed iffy on getting me) and she comes back with both. Neither in the actual style of bra I requested. Then, THEN she says "You don't mind if I just stay in here with you while you try these on, right? I really need a break and sitting down feels wonderful." I stare at her. Thinking these seems like a really rude request. I mean, I am not trying on shirts here, I am trying on BRA'S. That means I am TOPLESS. And my body is changing and although I am a really REALLY open person who never really minds people seeing me, I am not totally comfortable in my own skin, much less trying on Bra's that seem to be to totally be the wrong size!
I stare at her, and she says, "Oh don't worry, I will just turn my head. I REALLY need the rest". And I say fine. I don't know why I didn't want to seem rude when SHE was so incredibly rude to ask such a thing, but I figured I really didn't care, and she is some sort of a professional I guess... I go for the 36B and (shocking) it is way to big around the middle and still really small in the cups. She takes a look and informs me that that wont work, and goes to get me a 34C. Yet again in the wrong style. She comes back and I try it on. It is much to big in the cups. She informs me that there is no bra for me, and that I should just keep what I have and come back in a month.
Once she leaves the dressing room my sisters come in (which is TOTALLY normal. I have no issues trying on bra's with THEM) and I am just so frustrated and confused. I am embarrassed to go out and try more things on because the lady told me that nothing would work, but I don't WANT to leave here without a bra. I go out and get the actual bra I want in a 34B and a 34 C and I see her watching and she seems annoyed. How is this her business?? The 34 B fit fine. I may need a different bra in a few months, but that is few months down the road. Once I was along I was able to make a decision in about five minutes. I just needed to be ALONE (with my sisters...they don't count). And to try on the actual bra size/style I needed. NOT a 38 A.
SO, that's it. Just an annoying story that I thought I would share, because seriously, Who asks if they can sit in your dressing room to hide from work while you try on bra's?? WHO??
**For the record, this wasn't like a scarring situation. I don't feel violated or anything, it just seems so ODD...and rude**
**Also, shopping was wonderful, but a heads up that Gap outlets no longer carry maternity. It was depressing..**
Sunday, November 16, 2008
I was also woken up to Christmas music being played in the house. Did I ever tell you that Nick LOVES Christmas. LOVES IT. He said he was cleaning out the attic yesterday (damn he is always working on something) and decided to go ahead and get the Christmas decorations down. He put them in the garage...except the tree. He went ahead and put that in the living room. Right. He said we would wait to decorate it until Thanksgiving weekend...but...I don't want to wait NOW. NOW that we have the tree, I want to put lights on it! and ornaments! and light a fire in the fire place! and watch "It's a Wonderful Life" ! AND...have it be CHRISTMAS!
Does it make it any better that when we woke up this morning we had this on our cars...
That's snow people. Once it snows it is all fair in holiday decorating! Okay....we will keep our window closed until Thanksgiving so nobody sees we are the people that put a tree up early...*shame* (then laughs and starts to sing "We wish you a merry Christmas" unpacking the Christmas presents bought yesterday)
* We do not have a stuffed polar bear as our tree topper. That is one of Ellie's Christmas toys. Also, look at Nick in the kitchen...he is celebrating me saying the tree can stay. I do love him so.
Friday, November 14, 2008
There is even more to it, which I will photograph for you later (this was of course a sneak picture...couldn't let them SEE me photographing this for the blog). There are candy canes that line the sidewalk and reindeer with heads that move (FREAKED my cousin Liz out when she lived here with us). All packed into the smallest front yard imaginable. Their dedication is sorta impressive...
When I realized that our super classy neighbors (who god bless them, really are sweet, they just LOVE the holidays) already had the Christmas decorations up on November 14th I rolled my eyes in disgust. "Can't they wait until after Thanksgiving!" I say...to myself. I am alone in the car. Then I turn the radio to 94.5 to see if they have started the 24-7 Christmas music yet. They have. Another eye roll...followed by a good two hours of driving around singing to the Christmas songs while I ran errands. I do love Christmas music...
Thursday, November 13, 2008
So the baby, which is always much more interesting that my sinus issues, is now the size of a large lime! I KNOW. That's big, right? Not even just a little lime, but a LARGE lime. My uterus now fills my pelvis, which also seems alarming. The baby has fingers and toes and is now moving all around on his/her own (not that I can feel anything because even a large lime is pretty small). He/she is also now officially a fetus and no longer just an embryo because all organs are formed and all that is left is a whole lot of growing.
As for me, I am great. No morning sickness. No pregnancy related sickness at all. I still have no weight gain, and the little baby bump is about the same size as last week. I am loving a good salad these days...especially one covered in cheese and little crispy sticks and fried chicken...fried chicken helps. Pour on some honey mustard and hot beacon dressing and I am in heaven (and proud because you know, salads are healthy). So that's it! 11 weeks and doing great!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I threw the bottle across the room and yelled something along the lines of "no more devil spray for me" and then sat down to eat my (delicious) twice baked pizza (would have been better if I could taste it). Then....then an amazing thing happened. maybe ten minutes after the devil spray was in my nose, I COULD BREATH! No more running nose, no more sneezing, NO MORE DRAINAGE. I still had the nasty cough, but that was it! And so it was decided, AFRIN IS FROM GOD HIMSELF. So I carefully go and pick up the bottle and apologize to it for being so cruel and judging so quickly. I then feel the sleepiness coming on. The sleep I needed for the past two days was finally going to happen! I laid down and drifted off...only to wake up an hour later with what I will refer to as the Devil Afrin's head ache. IT. WAS. AWFUL. And it never went away. I could numb it with Tylenol (regular strength...because you know...pregnant) and that would give me three hours. Then one hour of waiting in misery for it to be time to take more Tylenol. Then back to sleep.
And so my day went. I only got out of bed for dinner, and then I had to take more devil spray. It allowed me to sleep all night except when the head ache woke me for more Tylenol. I am on the fence about this Afrin...one one side it stopped all sinus issues. One the other side, I question whether it did long term damage to my brain. I guess time will tell...
Monday, November 10, 2008
He wrote me a script for some antibiotics and said he would see us in four weeks. FOUR WEEKS. Seems like forever... He then sent me to get some blood work where the girl also seemed a little under the weather and she sneezed right in the middle of drawing my blood...which was just about the most painful thing imaginable seeing how how her arm jerked with the giant needle in my veins. Good times...
Okay, so baby is perfect. The doc said it was a really strong heart beat and everything looked amazing! Mama-to-be will hopefully be better now that I have some medicine. I am going to see if I might be able to get some sleep...
Saturday, November 8, 2008
It is possible that the sleepiness associated with pregnancy has changed me a touch because when he said this I simply got up, looked at Ellie, decided there was no danger, and went to back to bed. This morning I got up and filled her food bowl and left for work. I got a call from Nick a little later...He was picking up the living room and he thought there was one of Ellie's toys next to her food bowl...until he got close and realized IT WAS A GIANT CHIPMUNK! YES. A GIANT DEAD CHIPMUNK was right next to her food bowl just laying there!!!!
We debated for a bit how I missed seeing it this morning (nick assured me that due to its size, it really did look like a stuffed animal) and how in the hell it got into the house (still no clue). Nick then went to dispose of the poor thing. (thank GOD I work today) He used some Tupperware (which I told him to throw away IMMEDIATELY!) to scoop it up and throw it away. He was walking around back when HE SAW IT TAKE A BREATH!! YES. It was ALIVE!!! He put it in the back year to see if it was about to die or just in shock. He then called me back and said it's little legs are starting to move....I think the little guy might make it! Good for him, as long as he NEVER comes back in my house again!! EEEK.
**Nick is now convinced he has healing powers due to this case and another involving a bird in the back yard that had fallen from a tree he cut down and looked all sorts of mangled and dead. He was overcome with guilt and about to bury it when all of a sudden, it jumped up like nothing had happened, shook out its feathers and flew away. He is calling himself the Animal Healer now...
Thursday, November 6, 2008
The very factual and scientific place where I get my pregnancy information has told me (and been backed up by my trusty pregnancy journal) that week nine is commonly the peak in peoples morning sickness and that it could be starting to fade around now. This is the point where I wisper that I still have not had a drop of morning sickness and have honestly felt amazing the entire ten weeks (besides the eating associated nausea that was completley solved with constant grazing and unbuttoning of my pants). I know I am a lucky lucky gal and am really hoping the luck holds out and I am one of those freaks who skip the sickness all together!
So what else...the baby is the size of a medium shrimp these days...which I find an odd comparison but it is what the trusty journal gave me. He/she apparently also looks a lot like a (really tiny) baby at this point. Amazing! I am incredibally emotional and have found myself tearing up over songs on the radio (damn country music), tv shows (oh Brothers and Sisters..>I love you, but you are EVIL with the emotions!) and hell, even tv commercials, of course the election, holiday plans, emails...it has been a roller costar, but Nick has been good with me and I really think I am taking it in stride.
Now, here are some new belly shots! I realize that I am only ten weeks and that this is mostly bloating, and maybe you all can't see it, but I can tell there is a change. I am sure the change will be obvious to everyone soon enough! (here is the link to the last pics I posted so you can compare!) (also, for the record, still no weight gain)
Not so noticeable in my t-shirt
but in this one I think I can see that things they are a changing!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
That is one hell of a flat tire...see the way it is totally shredded?? Like some idiot DROVE on it when it was TOTALLY flat because she has NO IDEA what a flat tire feels like...yeah. (all pictures taken with my cell phone, but they came out pretty good!) So what did I do? I called work. There was no way in hell I was going to be able to change this thing on my own.
So, Justin came to my rescue. He drove to meet me and got to work...
I stood back and pretended to be checking the time when I was really taking more pictures on my cell. I mean, I KNEW I was annoying when I am the poor girl from the lab who can't change a tire, but I would be down right OBNOXIOUS if I said, "Lay there in the dirt and let me take your picture for my blog!!" Instead I said things like, "Wow...that looks hard", or "how did you know how to do that??" OR..."you look really sweaty...good thing it isn't the middle of summer, hua??" I am sure those things weren't annoying at all...
For the record, even if I could change a tire, there is NO WAY I would lay on the dirty side of the road! I have on my favorite red t-shirt that I have had for like ten years and is perfectly worn in (okay...I bought it at j. crew last Christmas, but it is PERFECT, and there is NO WAY I would risk it for a tire...)After a little while the KY safety patrol stopped to help out...this picture was also taken on the sly. I find it odd that it is this guys job to drive up and down the interstate and help stranded drivers...but the two of them got the tire changed and I was back on the road in no time! See the way the rubber kinda curled but on the sides and there are big pieces of metal in it?? I think it is kinda pretty...when I got back to the lab the GM asked if we would be able to patch it....Ahhhh hahahaha...no.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
So we started cutting. First thing that had to go were the "let's eat out because I don't feel like cooking" meals. We just can't do it. We did leave a cheap meal out and a nice meal out every pay period, but that's it. The rest we need to eat at home. We still each have our spending money for lunches out if we want them, but that is up to us. We had to reduce the amount we put in savings, readjust the amounts that go into the Christmas and gift accounts, and a few other little things...but the big one, the big money saver, had to come from the grocery store.
We currently spend about $250 every time we go to the store. Then go back and spend another $50 or so over the two week period. This $600 a month needed to be cut down...to $400. This seems like a reasonable amount for a family of two, but at the same time seems IMPOSSIBLE. Still, we were going to try. We made a menu and a list of what we actually needed. I actually clipped coupons! So yesterday we went to the store. And we were worried...worried it was not possible to honestly buy what we needed and keep it at $150. We still bought extras. Ice cream, chips, 100 calorie packs. Things that weren't on the list, but that I knew we wanted and would eat. We got cleaning things we needed and cat litter...it was a regular trip to the grocery. Just a trip with a plan. And the grand total...$149.17. I am really starting to think this might actually be possible!
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Yesterday my sisters came over and Missy helped Nick in the yard while Boo helped me clean out my closet and switch out some clothes. (how did I talk my sisters into such a day?? That doesn't sound like fun for them at all....) After that Nick and I made dinner and just laid around watching The Fifth Element (nerds) some show about the Presidents (even bigger nerds)...a rockin' Saturday night.
Today we are going to the grocery store (with a list!!! and coupons!!! I will let you know what we save...) and then I am heading to my parents for dinner. So...like I said in the title (and supported by the boring post) we have had a perfect lazy weekend. Hope you all are relaxing too!