Wednesday, May 30, 2012

34 Weeks and Post #500!

Did you just ever have one of those days or even weeks where you are ready for it to be over?  Yep. That's me this week. We had a great Memorial Day weekend {and of course no pictures} with new friends and family. Lots of beach time, sunburn, burgers and hot dogs and time to nap.
So here I am mostly through Week 34 and just getting around to blogging about it. Better late then never, I suppose!!

And HELLO?! 500 blog posts! Crazy I tell ya!

Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (like your average cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. Her fat layers — which will help regulate her body temperature once she's born — are filling her out, making her rounder. Her skin is also smoother than ever. Her central nervous system is maturing and her lungs are continuing to mature as well. If you've been nervous about preterm labor, you'll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies.                          

Sleep habits: Sleep?! Not going well.  When I finally do fall asleep, I have to wake up to tinkle. Rinse and repeat.

Maternity clothes: They are getting snug. And I refuse to buy more. H.B.Nanna is still being a helper and pulls my shirt down when it creeps up.

Food cravings: Sweets. And lots of them. I could really go for a cold beer too.

Symptoms: Everything went well at my last doctors visit. The doctor ordered some blood work to check my sugar but since I haven't heard from them, we'll go with the no news is good news motto. The doctor told me to listen to my body and if something doesn't seem right, I need to call.  I think they are concerned that the pre-e could start at any time.
I have a lot of pressure down below and sometimes it is really painful. I also have quite a few Braxton Hicks contractions lately or at least that is what I think they are.  Only a few have made m stop in my tracks. Yikes!
Oh and my belly has definitely dropped.

Gender: Boy

Movement: Oh my goodness!  I think Baby Boy is trying to escape. It is now normal to see knees or feet shooting out my side.

Nursery: I ordered the hanging lanterns last week and they arrived yesterday.  I can't wait to get them hung in the nursery this weekend.
I have some more clothes to wash and a few things to get and other then that we are in good shape.

Next Appointment:  Ultrasound at MFM on Friday morning and weekly doctors appointment Friday afternoon.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Big Girls Use Big Girl Slides!

On a side note...I am 3 blog posts away from 500.  Oh my goodness!!
I started this blog when I was pregnant with H.B.Nanna as a way to keep in touch with family.
What a long way I have come.
Thanks for coming along for the ride!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Mr. Beaver

The thing about pre-school or any grade in school for that matter, is that your child will learn things that you aren't ready for.

In my case it is about Mr. Beaver...I mean Mr. Bieber. 

Really?!  She is 3. Okay almost 3 and half. But still.

Thank you friend Lexi for introducing this boy to my baby girl.

And thank you for teaching her the correct words that she sings over and over and over again.

And because I can't get the dang song out of my head...

For your listening pleasure!


Monday, May 21, 2012

Help Me Not Feel Like A Dummy...

So I've taken the plunge....something I have been wanting to do for sometime and
well it's a yucky rainy day and I don't really feel like folding laundry...

Kelli Belli Jelli has joined Facebook.

I know...I am like 5 years behind on this.

So help me out and like my page so I don't feel like a dummy.

You Rock!

Text Books from CampusBookRentals

We all remember our college days.  All night study sessions.  Keg parties. Ramen Noodles. Expensive school books.

{Well mine was a little different...I went to culinary school so we had wine tastings and yummy food but that's not the point!}

If I had known then what I know now {how many times have you said that?!} I could have saved myself so much money by renting text books. CampusBookRentals is a great site designed to allow you to rent books, highlight through them and then return them when you are done.

How great is that?!

Renting text books from CampusBookRentals gives you the following perks:

- you save 40 to 90% off bookstore prices
- free shipping {both ways}
- you can highlight and write in the margins
- your rental period is flexible {with a 15 day grace period}
- if you decide you don't need the book - return it with 30 days and there is no charge
- there are no membership fees

And one of the coolest perks about renting from CampusBookRentals is that with each text book rented, a donation is made to Operation Smile. Operation Smile performs cleft lip surgeries on those children whose parents are not able to otherwise afford it. CampusBookRentals has committed to donating enough to cover 1,000 surgeries..if not more.

So lets go over rent your text book cheaper then you could get it at the book store.  You mark all over it and send it back...for free.  And just buy doing this you are helping children in need.

What are you waiting for?!  If you aren't in college but know someone who is, let them know about CampusBookRentals. They'll love you forever for saving them money!

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33 Weeks

This week your baby weighs a little over 4 pounds (heft a pineapple) and has passed the 17-inch mark. He's rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and his skeleton is hardening. The bones in his skull aren't fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for him to fit through the birth canal. (The pressure on the head during birth is so intense that many babies are born with a conehead-like appearance.) These bones don't entirely fuse until early adulthood, so they can grow as his brain and other tissue expands during infancy and childhood.

Woah Belly!!
Shirt: Liz Lange Shorts: Gap

Sleep habits: Sleep?! No it's not that bad...but it isn't great. The frequent potty breaks seem to help with the hip and back least for a few minutes.

Maternity clothes: Some of them are getting snug but I refuse to buy more.  H.B.Nanna will just keep pulling my shirt down to cover my belly.

Food cravings: Chocolate and salty foods. Still.

Symptoms: No L&D trip this past Friday. Wahoo!  My bp is good.  The doctor I saw Friday doesn't necessarily believe that the protein in my tinkle was a false positive.  He says it could come and go. As of Friday, he did not seem to think I had any signs of pre-e.  Holler!!!  But then he said that it could change quickly. So I asked the you think I will go full term?  {That's only 4 weeks away!!!} His answer...with no signs of pre-e {at this moment} he doesn't necessarily think I will go early. 

I love how he doesn't directly answer the question but then again I didn't think he was a psychic.

Gender: Boy

Movement: I think my chunky monkey is getting snug in there.  Sometimes there is big movements, other times there are little ones {like he is trying to assure me all is well}.

Nursery: Baby Boys name is now hanging on his wall. I don't know why but we are keeping it quite.  I think it is because we don't want feedback from the peanut gallery. I'll post pictures, I promise.

There are still a few things to purchase for the walls but all of the nursery essentials are in place.

Curtains hung - check. Crib ready - check. Clothes washed and hung/folded - check. 

Next Appointment:  Another weekly doctors appointment and ultrasound is Friday.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Monday, May 14, 2012

Week 32

By now, your baby weighs 3.75 pounds (pick up a large jicama) and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in your uterus. You're gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. In fact, she'll gain a third to half of her birth weight during the next 7 weeks as she fattens up for survival outside the womb. She now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz). Her skin is becoming soft and smooth as she plumps up in preparation for birth.

 Week 32 picture.
Not a good one at that!
Tank: Motherhood Shorts: Old Navy

Sleep habits: Last night I was up all night.  Some nights I find it harder to go back to sleep after I use the potty.
Maternity clothes: I went to the store the other day and picked up some large maternity tops.  This is just crazy!

Food cravings: Chocolate and salty foods. Still.

Symptoms: If you read my Y3W - L&D Take Two you know what's going on. I don't want this to become a regular Friday thing!

I am swelling like crazy.  My rings are officially off.  Sometimes my fingers hurt so bad and I can't bend them.  My ankle bones come and go.  Good times!

Gender: Boy

Movement: Baby Boy is going crazy today!  This morning when I was laying in bed, Stephen started talking to my belly and Baby Boy let us know he could hear him.  It was so cute.

Nursery: Stephen did some touch up painting this weekend. The only thing left to do is to find wall decor.  I have so many ideas but I wonder if I am really up to all of these DIY projects I'd like to do.

I saw these on a blog I enjoy reading and I am hoping to order them this week.

I love the way this is done and would love to do something similar. 
The colors are a little different but it gives me an idea.

Next appointment: Friday I have another ultrasound and doctor's appointment and every Friday from here on out.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Y3W - L&D Take Two

This is not going to become my regular Friday thing. 

I won't let it.

Last week while I was at MFM seeing the high risk doctor, she felt that 2 weeks was to long for a headache and that given my history, I need to go to the hospital to be checked out.  Four hours, a bag of fluids and some blood work later, they felt that pre-eclampsia wasn't starting and that it was probably just a migraine.  I was given some medicine and time to rest. I felt better so they sent me home.

Today I went for my weekly ultrasound and doctors visit.  The mid-wife came in and shared the good news that there was protein in my tinkle. Yay.  Anyone with a history of pre-e will know this is not what you want to hear. It wasn't just a trace either, it was a full +1.  So off to the hospital I go for an NST and more blood work.

I got to the hospital and it must have been a slow day because they were waiting for me. Baby Boy passed the NST in 10 minutes so they un-hooked me from the monitors. They took blood and another tinkle sample.  My blood pressure was good. A different mid-wife came in {my doctors office has 3 I think though I see doctor/mid-wife, whomever} and told me everything was good and that I could go home.

Excuse me?!

Yeah there was no protein in the test they did at the hospital. I was the 3rd patient sent from my doctors office today with +1 protein and all had no protein in the tests done at the hospital.  She thinks the test strips they are using at the office must be bad. Really?!

I was pleasantly surprised.  After all I will be 32 weeks tomorrow and H.B.Nanna was born at 35 weeks 1 Day.  I started with pre-e symptoms around this time during that pregnancy so I was not surprised when they said I had the protein in the office. I was told to rest this weekend to prevent the headache/migraine from coming back. She said quiet is preferred.  I told her I have a 3 year old and that I forget what quiet is.

So for now there is no protein and no pre-e.  I am still packing my hospital bag this weekend.  I need to be prepared. I had no bag last time and sent Stephen home with a list of things to come back with. I want to avoid that this time even though he did do a good job.

Happy Mother's Day weekend!

Thursday, May 10, 2012


Some days the only posts I have time for is just a bunch of random things.  Yeah, today is one of those days.

- H.B.Nanna dressed herself for school today.  It wasn't the worst outfit she picked but it isn't something I would have put together. I didn't argue.  I have come to terms with picking my battles. She was happy and no tears were shed which makes for an awesome morning in my book.  There are some days that I would like to send a note with her to preschool saying she dressed herself.

- I have gotten some inquires about guest posts on the blog. This is so exciting!  If you are interested, please send me an email.

- It is so gorgeous outside today.  I have the windows open {thank goodness it doesn't smell like chickens outside today!} and the dog is running like crazy from one window to the next.  If only she could learn to like being outside.

- Last night we sat as a family and tried to pick a "woobie" for Baby Boy.  H.B.Nanna got a "woobie" before she was born and it is her favorite thing.  She sleeps with it every night, it goes on car rides but it always has to stay in the car when we go some place.  I don't even want to think about not being able to locate it. So of course Baby Boy needs a one as well. Since we have no idea the make or where H.B.Nannas came from, I of course we straight to etsy.  There are many to chose from and we all have opinions as to what we like.  Tags. No tags. Minky. No minky.

Hanna's first choice is one with tags. This is interesting because she has a "back-up woobie" that has satin scallops on it {not tags} and she doesn't like it.  So we have decided to go with no tags.

This one is something I like.  Stephen thinks a pattern will force Baby Boy to like something.

I LOVE the colors of this but it is bigger and more expensive then we'd like.  

I think this is what we are going with {not these colors}.
It is a design your own in the size we want. 
I am going with grays and blues but I think we are going to skip the name.
H.B.Nanna's doesn't have her name and I don't want any jealousy issues. 

- Mother's Day is this weekend.  I can't believe that next year I will have 2 children to celebrate with.  I am looking forward to the weekend.  The weather will be gorgeous and we are planning to spend some time at the beach.  It will be the first time H.B.Nanna and I go with Stephen driving on the beach.  I hope Baby Boy enjoys the bumpy ride!  

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

H.B. Nanna listening to her belly like Mommy

31 Weeks

This week, your baby measures over 16 inches long. He weighs about 3.3 pounds (try carrying four navel oranges) and is heading into a growth spurt. He can turn his head from side to side, and his arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath his skin. He's probably moving a lot, too, so you may have trouble sleeping because your baby's kicks and somersaults keep you up. Take comfort: All this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy.

Better late then never this week I suppose!

Sleep habits: Sleep?! Some nights I get lots. Some nights not so much.

Maternity clothes: Yep. Some of the shirts are getting small and my belly is hanging out.  H.B. Nanna was a helper last tonight and kept pulling it down for me.

Food cravings: Chocolate and salty foods. Yesterday I had to have a tuna fish sandwich which is odd.

Symptoms: I had been dealing with a terrible headache that would not go away with tylenol  or sudafed.  I talked to my OB about it last Monday and he wasn't concerned.  I left in tears because a} I am pregnant and hormonal and b}because who wants to deal with a headache for nearly 2 weeks. On Friday I went to MFM {I am high risk} and when I told the doctor there how I was feeling she sent me straight to L&D. After 4 hours and a good dose of benydryl and some anti-nausea medicine {they find it treats migraines} I was feeling better and discharged. They gave me a script for the anti-nausea medicine in case I start with another headache/migraine.  It was odd because I didn't have my classic migraine symptoms.

Good news was they checked my bp, did some blood work and took a p p sample and all came back good.  They didn't have any reason to think the headache was pre-e related. So hopefully Baby Boy will cook longer then his sister did!

Gender: Boy - confirmed again last week.

Movement: Some days he just does not stop.  Other days I have to try lots of things to get him to move.

Nursery: Stephen has some touch up painting to do and I have some things to finish organizing.  We are not in bad shape should he decide to arrive early.

Next appointment: Friday I have another ultrasound and doctor's appointment.  I see one of the mid-wives and though I am not sold on the mid-wife thing, the one other time I met her she seemed pretty nice.

This is a picture from my sister's bridal shower on Saturday. 

Hello belly!!

For comparison, here is my 31 week belly when I was pregnant with H.B.Nanna.