Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Anyway, all went great with the doctor. I gained four pounds, so that brings me to 20. My blood pressure was good, the baby's heart beat was good. We got signed up for our birthing class, which seems like a smart thing to do. Really there wasn't much to it. They made our appointment for three weeks from now and we were out the door. I keep thinking he might offer us another ultrasound since we haven't had one since 18 weeks, but no such luck. I guess we might have to wait nine and a half more weeks to actually see this little baby again!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Another picture of the blossoms...just because they are pretty.
Friday, March 27, 2009
I was pretty pleased! I mean, sure, it's tight, but I can TOTALLY still wear my cute little t-shirt! I am OBVIOUSLY not as large as I feel! I start working on the house...take out the garbage, take out the recycling...normal cleaning stuff. I then go into the bathroom to clean up in there. And I look in the mirror for the first time. I see this...
Right. I had NO IDEA that I my shirt didn't go all the way down to my jeans! Totally and completely clueless. And now a little closer.
The sad part is, I seriously thought this shirt was fine. CUTE even. This is how serious fashion mistakes occur. A poor woman looks down and thinks "I thought this was sorta small, but I can TOTALLY pull this off!" Smiles to self about fitting into smaller clothes and runs out the door. Never looking in the mirror to see the truth. This is a valuable life lesson.
**For the record, after I took the pictures and started writing this post, it reminded me of the post of my belly when I was painting the nursery. I thought about scrapping it all together, seeing as how they are sorta similar, but effort had been put in...and I am way to lazy to just let some sort of effort go to waste! I figured you all wouldn't mind having MORE pictures of my belly hanging out of my clothes. How could you ever get enough of that??**
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Now that I think about it, the book said the bedtime routine will help other people get the baby to sleep when we are away. I really look forward watching Nick teach the babysitters the Thriller bedtime song and dance...
Monday, March 23, 2009
Yesterday things slowed down more. I only felt a couple kicks over the entire day, then I ate something and laid down to really get the baby moving before I went to bed and maybe got seven kicks. Enough to put me over ten for the day, but I wasn't satisfied. I woke up this morning and had my apple juice. It usually gets things going. Nothing. Not a kick. I ate breakfast...went to work...nothing. NOTHING. I though things were fine, but maybe I should call. That's when the emotions took over. As soon as the nurse got on the phone I broke down. BROKE DOWN, PEOPLE.
Of course, what with the hysterical pregnant girl on the phone, they told me to come right in. I had Nick meet me there...because of all the new terror. Deep down I really thought it was fine, but every minute after the call that passed without any movement freaked me out more and more. They put me on the non-stress test monitor and it took her two years (maybe a minute) to find the heart beat. At which time I once again burst into tears. This time out of relief. I was then ready to hop up and head back to work, but they wanted to monitor me for a while. They kept coming back in to see if I had felt movement, and I still hadn't. Finally the doctor got out the little tape measure, put it against my stomach and pulled it really hard. Making an extremely loud noise. Which REALLY made the baby mad. The sweet little heart rate jumped up from the 140's to the 170's and was followed by several VISIBLE kicks right into the meter that basically made it clear that the baby was saying, "WHAT THE HELL MOM! I WAS SLEEPING!!!!!" Right. Sorry sweet baby. Mama is just a little neurotic and emotional these days. Go back to sleep...
The doctor assured me I did the right thing. That they always want to know if there is a change like that. To not think I over reacted. Better safe than sorry. All good things to hear. She said that the new pressure and the decreased movement is most likely from the baby moving down some. She said as the baby gets bigger this can happen, but they want to keep an eye on it and to call back if things feel off to me again. Of course now I have felt the baby move about a million times over the rest of the day. At least they won't have another hysterical phone call...for a few days at least...
Saturday, March 21, 2009
When I started writing we were not trying for a family yet. As I think back I am not even positive what I talked about, but then I go and read and it was really similar to what I write about now. Just day to day life. Random events that I thought were funny. Nothing moving or meaningful, just random life. Eventually we entered the second stage of Bio Girl as I told you all that we were trying for a family. At this point the blog took a turn to a little more personal with discussions of my endometriosis. In some ways it stayed the same around here, but it has an undertone of discouragement. Still, it wasn't something that was mentioned a lot and mainly I just rambled.
In the next stage of the life of Bio Girl I started infertility treatment. This is when lots of you all started reading, or at least this is how you found me. It was definitely the darkest side of Bio Girl. I don't even like reading lots of those posts now because they have so much heart break in them. I used the blog as a spring board for all my thoughts and emotions. This is the time that the blog was my source of therapy. I remember at this point thinking, "WHAT did I used to talk about on here? What was there before infertility??" I truly thought the blog might die if I ever got pregnant. I just didn't see that it would be something I would write about in the same way, or something you all would want to come back and keep reading about. Now I have no idea why I thought this, but I do know it happens to a lot of infertility blogs. They stop writing when they stop treatments. I am so glad I kept going.
The forth stage of Bio Girl has obviously been pregnancy. I can honestly say I was SHOCKED when I continued to pick up new readers as a pregnancy blog. I thought I would drop a lot of the infertility readers and nobody else would be able to find me in the long list of pregnancy blogs. I wasn't hurt by the fact that it is hard for other infertile girls to keep reading once the good news hits. I know how hard it is to be in the trenches of the fight, so I never want to make things harder. I just expected to lose a lot of readers and go back to mainly family reading. That is not what happened. This blog just keeps growing! You all keep coming and reading about things like weekly belly pictures and me having heart burn or us getting our home ready for the baby, or really just our overall excitement. You have been more supportive and loving than I expected. Amazing how I underestimate you all even after how much you were there for me with the IVF. I have learned that I love to share things with you all. The funny, the heart breaking, the boring. I just want to tell you. Really because you all have become my friends. My blogging family. And I love to share things with my family.
I guess eleven weeks from now we will enter a fifth and permanent stage for Bio Girl. The Mommy blog. In my head I wonder if I will have time to write. If I will have things to write about that you all want to read. Then I remember that I have thought that in each life stage of the blog, and I have never stopped writing, and you all have never stopped reading and commenting. I know things will change, and I will look back and wonder what in the heck I talked about everyday without pictures of the BAAAAABY, but I think I have been at this long enough now to still be able to hold on to what started Bio Girl in the first place. Random stories about our lives. Thank you guys for reading and for sticking around. You make it fun to share our memories. I can't wait to meet our sweet baby, and now that this blog is such a part of my life, I cannot wait for you all to meet him or her either!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
PS. If you need a reminder of all the belly pictures, take a look here.
PSS. If your guess is "I have no freaking clue...you should have found out at your 20 week ultrasound like a normal person" I am actually okay with that. Any comment on the matter will be tallied in the final count!
PSSS. I may or may not make a nice graph of the data once I am convinced nobody else is voting...because I like graphs...because I am a huge math nerd.
PSSSS For extra credit feel free to take a guess at the baby's birthday! Official due date is June 4th. If you get it right along with the sex, I will give you a super amazing prize!!*
*prize may or may not really exist. By the time I know if you are right, I will have a new BABY and so I fully reserve the right to "forget" about the so called prize...but I will try really hard to at least point out on here that you are a baby predicting genius...which counts for something...I think.
Monday, March 16, 2009
It has forever been on the list of things I would like to change, but it is how it is. No need to obsess. Still, when I got pregnant I knew I had an issue. I wanted to only work four days a week. I wasn't exactly sure how to swing it. I would stay in the weekend rotation somehow, but I wanted all Mondays off. I started talking to the lab about it early on in the pregnancy and I have been so lucky with how easy they took to my plans! We decided to change up the schedule so that Justin and I now split every weekend. I work Tuesday-Saturday, he works Sunday-Thursday. Just like that I work five days with two days off just like a normal person! My Saturdays are half days still, so I am working nine hour weekdays. I know I am giving up my Saturday mornings, but oh how it is worth it. This is the second weekend of the new schedule and it feels to good to be true to actually be off work today! and I was off yesterday! And now, I only work a measly five days before I GET TWO DAYS OFF AGAIN!
To make my life even better, we just got word that they are letting us hire a part time student to help out because we are so busy. Let me tell you, this is needed. BAD. Especially with my up coming maternity leave. But here is the key. The magical key. This part time person...is going to work weekends! So...once we get them trained, I will be working four ten hour days, then EVERY WEEKEND WILL BE THREE DAYS OFF! AMAZING. I know ten hour days are long, but I am just planning to come in an hour earlier, and then not take my hour lunch. Just pack something and eat in like fifteen to twenty minutes. I have tried it out and it really isn't bad. Not bad at all. Especially when the result works out so perfectly for me and the baby. I am so excited about it! Now I should go so I can be productive with my day off. I am going to take a nap...then watch Harry Potter three on dvd. It's a hard life.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Here is the group that was able to make it, minus Morgan who took the picture for us. I didn't really think about the fact that I might want to take pictures when I wore the baby arrow shirt...I guess when I look back I will always be POSITIVE I was pregnant at this little gatheringCarter was pretty tired when he first got there, but eventually he woke up and decided he loved the idea of all of our attention on his dance moves. Oh how I love him...Here are my two sisters and my cousin. I was pretty jealous of this picture, so decided to jump in...Notice how I don't even look that pregnant in this picture...but then...I took a picture with Morgan. Which is all sorts of adorable...but the belly...right. Clearly this baby is going to be gigantic. 12 more weeks people!Here is me and Liz, who was sweet enough to bring a caramel coffee cake. It. was. heaven. And finally me and an awake Carter. Notice how interested Ellie is with him..she has learned that where Carter is, there is usually also food that falls to the ground. She is just checking his face for crumbs.
And that's it for pictures. It turned out to be such a great and easy night. Something I will definitely do again soon! Now I need to find out how I am filling the rest of my days with Nick gone...most likely with lots of food and TV...
Friday, March 13, 2009
Since he was away, I somehow found myself falling into an old habit last night. A really old habit. For years now Nick as been very anti-ER. Not the place, the show. I have no idea why the hate runs so deep, but he HAAAAATES it. Every commercial for it send him into a "Stupid ER...Why are you still on the air...'Best Show Ever' my ass..." For years I defended it. I LOOOOOVED ER. I had watched it religiously since it started when I was in high school (or middle school...how old is that show??) I even taped it on a VCR when I was going to miss it...I was so ahead of the DVR curve. Still, eventually I let it go. It was getting silly, and all the people I loved were gone. I began to mock it with Nick. A show past it's time. Dead to me now.
The thing is...deep down...DEEEEEEP down. The previews still slightly intrigued me. Not enough to add it to the DVR, but enough to remind me that I really used to like the show. A flicker of a feeling for a lost friend. Then it happened. The last season. And they started bringing people back! My old friends!! I hadn't caved...they hadn't brought back anybody good enough to pull me back in...until last night. I was home alone, flipping threw the channels...and who did I see...DOCTOR DOUG ROSS! (aka George Clooney) Yes! There he was! Oh and him and Nurse Hathaway are still together! OF COURSE THEY ARE!! THE LOVE!! And then, LOOK! It's Benton!! AND CARTER!! TOGETHER! Just like old times!!
I. WAS. HOOKED. I sat there are watched the entire episode, hoping somehow, something would bring them all back to finish out the last season. I knew it wouldn't happen. But I could hope. When it was over I was actually pretty happy it left everyone where they were. First off, the last thing I needed was another show to be addicted to. Second, how would I tell Nick that in the one weekend he left me alone, I rejoined the dark side and now LOVE ER AGAIN. No, it is better this way. What luck that this was the episode that came on when he was out of town!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Next thing you know it is like three o'clock and you still haven't showered, and that is just ridiculous. You jump in and get clean, then start tossing anything you can see into the washing machine so you can at least say you got ONE thing done on the list. You are in a tissy, because you are calculating the time it will take you to get to the grocery store and back and so you aren't paying attention...and you toss the jeans you had on this morning into the wash...because they were on your dirty self before the shower. And then you start clipping the coupons, not a care in the world.
About ten minutes later it hits you. Where is your cell phone? No. You are sure you must have gotten it out of the pocket of your jeans. You could not have just washed it. No. NOOOOOO. You run the the machine and start pulling ever item out until you find the jeans. And they are buzzing. This doesn't seem good. You grab for the pocket and pull out the cell. There are bubbles under the screen. Damn it. You pull out the battery. You attempt to dry it off. You put the entire phone in rice because you think you heard somewhere that it will draw out the water. it only gets stuck in the inner workings of the phone and you are now unable to even close the phone all the way. You wait several hours to put the battery back in. It starts buzzing again. No picture under the bubble screen. You yell at the phone to stop buzzing...but then it does. And now it won't do anything. And it is your only connection to the outside world. And you miss it. And you feel bad for yelling at it. But it is gone. And no apologizing it will bring it back. You are phoneless. And you didn't realize how much you loved your phone until now.
You accept that it's gone and get online to file an insurance claim to get it replaced. They give you a number to call. If you had a PHONE to call the number, you wouldn't have a problem! You are annoyed...mainly with yourself. Because you are a total idiot. Maybe you should just give up on laundry all together. Deep down you think this is really all the washing machines fault. It has always had it in for the cell phone. It knew the cell was your favorite of all the electronics. Stupid washer.
Monday, March 9, 2009
For the record, I really was going to have Nick put it all together and take a picture of the actual stroller and car seat and not just a box, but we were running around all weekend and we just never had time. So...here is a picture of what it will look like once it is assembled!That works just as well, right? All the amazing ways the Internet lets you be lazy...
*Our weekend was full of many highlights, like grilling out with friends, 70 degree weather, (wearing flip flops!) dinner with Nick's dad, seeing Watchmen...which I didn't really like, but I do always enjoy the movies! bla bla bla. it was a great weekend that officially felt like Spring! Hope you all got the nice weather too!
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Anyway, apparently the third time is really the charm because we found THE crib! It only took a solid thirty minutes of me walking back and forth between two saying, "I am just not sure..." We finally made it official and went to place the order...only to find out that they had THE crib in stock! It was meant to be!! So without further ado...THE crib! So glad we didn't go with the bigger crib because once Nick got this one put together we realized exactly how large a crib actually is...or how small our nursery actually is...either way, this was the perfect choice! For the record, my floors are not always this dirty (thank God). Nick is still patching nail holes in the chair rail and so there is some sanding going on...I would have cleaned it, but he isn't done...so I would just have to clean it again in like two days. Yes, I am that lazy. Anyway, we wanted to test out the crib...but seeing as how we don't have our sweet baby just yet, we had to practice with the other baby... She seemed to like it okay, but that might have been because Nick and I were telling her HOW GREAT she was the entire time...she does love attention. She takes after me. Still, she much prefers her bean bag bed, which I guess is a good thing. The baby has called dibs on this!
***I have a new post up over at Chic Shopper Chic! Take a look if you have time.***
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Okay, speaking of baby, the little guy (or girl) is now a little over two pounds and is 15 inches long. Seriously. According to my resources that is the size of a teddy bear. Awww....The sweet baby can now open and close it's little eyes and is sucking its thumb to sooth itself. It also says the baby can now cry. That's right. The baby can CRY. that breaks my heart a little, but still it is amazing!
As for me, I am doing good. I still feel normal and not overly tired or sore. This week has honestly been so full of great baby stuff, I have loved every second! We registered, we finished the nursery, and I had my doctors appointment. The doctor gave me the big smile and thumbs up once again. Apparently the "correct" amount of weight gain for right now is 16-22 pounds, the official doctors record shows I have gained 16. The doctor seemed extremely pleased. I got to hear that sweet heart beat at the appointment, and then he pulled out the tape measure to see how I was doing! I was wondering when the tape measure came out! The glucose test wasn't that bad. It make my stomach a little off, and sorta gave me a head ache, but nothing unbearable. Now we are just waiting for some results!
Now to the belly pictures!
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Then we cut in the lower boards with brown. Do you all know how long it takes to cut in paneling??? A LONG TIME.Finally we rolled out the last of the paint and added the chair rail and molding, cleaned up and moved in some furniture!See how it's all green on top and brown on bottom...like a tree...because we are doing the nursery in forests...get it...pretty cute, right? We absolutely love it. I actually cannot stop looking in there and smiling. I can't wait to get the crib and the wall hangings and bedding so it really starts to turn into our little forest nursery!
Monday, March 2, 2009
Wow, that was long. I am not even positive any of you remembered that half hearted mention of a Sunday completion picture. Still, now you know. So to the registering. We are done! Our scouting trip sorta failed us because we totally picked a stroller/car seat set that in the end was a large parenting failure. I researched it and decided it was PERFECT. Then we get there and it is GONE. I ask if they will get more in...and they tell me "it has been pulled along with several other sets for safety testing due to the new safety regulations"....right. So we carefully picked the death-trap-stroller/car seat travel system. Awesome. After looking at all of the remaining options we went with the green and gray Chicco...it's know as super safe and wonderfully made, plus Nick and I were totally capable of closing it up and opening it back up without looking like idiots...and we think it is pretty stinking cute (my words not Nicks...he said something like, "it's fine"). I am pretty excited about it!
Besides that we registered for a ton of random crap. I don't even know...things like a high chair, a swing, a tub (it's a baby spa...awesome), a sling (I am excited about this one...)and other random baby junk. We fell in love with this forest bedding set (did I tell you we were doing the nursery in forest stuff??) but of course it isn't at Babies R Us, so we registered for it at a different online store. Isn't it adorable? So I guess the point is that we registered...and we basically finished the nursery. A pretty productive baby weekend if you ask me! We are really proud of ourselves. Hope you all had a good weekend too!