Saturday, December 29, 2007

Crib and Appointment Update

We had a very good appointment yesterday. I went in by myself while Andrew went to pick up his aunt's cell phone at the airport. The midwife said everything looks good. The baby's head is still down. Ouch, that hurts when she feels for that. My blood pressure is fine, etc. I asked her about the mild cramps that I've been having (mainly at night). She said she thought it was just ligaments stretching or perhaps the baby's head pressing on something already. She said she wasn't concerned about it unless the cramps didn't stop. They usually go away within 30 seconds or so, so no need to be concerned.

We then headed over to Babies R Us to get a crib and a rocker. The crib wasn't in stock on the warehouse, so they had to order it. It should be in by our next appointment, which will work out nicely. We got a rocker and have it already set up in the baby's room. It's very nice and I spent some time reading in it yesterday. I'm excited for the crib to come in so we can start getting the room rearranged and put together!!!

I started "packing" a little for the hospital. So, the baby has 3 items packed and that's it. I'll just keep working on it slowly. There are several things I don't have yet and several items I can't really pack until it's time. I wear all of my maternity clothes, so I can't really pack something to wear home yet, as I will be wearing it up until that time. It's amazing how fast the time has gone. I have almost hit the 35 week mark. Just one more month of work and then my maternity leave starts! Unbelieveable!

I'm off to do something else! Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to everyone! My day was filled with wonderful food, games, movies, gifts, etc. Andrew has to work today, so I'm home alone at the moment. I have already enjoyed laying in bed and reading this morning. I'd like to spend a little time cleaning up the house, perhaps cleaning out my car (which desperately needs it), and perhaps packing a bag for the hospital! :) A lot of things I have read recommend doing it at 34 weeks, which I hit yesterday. I'm one that always likes to be prepared! :)

I'm very excited for Friday. After my midwife appointment, Andrew and I are going baby shopping at Babies R Us. We are (hopefully) going to get a crib and rocking chair. Yeah! The baby's room will start to look pulled together now.

I've been feeling pretty good, except some lower abdominal cramps occasionally. I have no idea what they are or what is causing them. I felt them each time I got up last night to go to the bathroom and I feel some minor ones now. I'm going to ask the midwife about them on Friday. It could just be stretching ligaments. Ok, I'm off to have a relaxing bath now. I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Another Blog

I just came across this blog: http://www.naturemoms.com/blog/ and I have found it very interesting already. I am challenged to live a healthier life, even though it seems hard right now. My first step is to eat an apple for a snack right now, instead of some cheese crackers! :)

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

My Favorite Things . . .

  • Google Reader! I just discovered Google Reader yesterday and I'm already in heaven! I entered all of the blogs that I regularly read and it lets me know when they have been updated. It is such a time saver (don't have to open each blog), yet I can still get all of the new updates read. Maybe it's time to look for some new blogs to read! :)
  • Getting my to-do list done last night! I tend to be overly ambitious but last night I planned out how long I thought each job would take me and I was finished WITH EVERYTHING by 9:30 pm! This included cleaning (decluttering, dust, and vacuuming) two rooms, some painting, laundry, folding clothes, supper, dishes, etc. Tonight's list looks just as long but since I have most of next week off (until Jan 2) I don't want to have to clean my house!!
  • My job! Ok, sometimes things and people can be crazy here, but the people are loving, appreciative, and generous.
  • My new bedroom! The master bedroom is HUGE! Andrew and I were joking last night that we could fit several more beds in there, if needed!

Monday, December 17, 2007

We've moved upstairs!

We got everything moved upstairs last night and slept up there for the first time. Besides being a bit on the chilly side it was nice. I am still blogging from work so no pictures yet. We are hosting our small group party on Thursday and this is good motivation to get the house clean, so I'll try to take pictures and post the progress. We'll be working all week! I've been avoiding pregnancy pictures of myself, but I suppose I will miss not having them, so I'm going to get Andrew to take some soon. The last one was taken at 24 weeks! I'm almost 33 so, needless to say, thing have grown since then! :)

The baby continues to be just fine. I am feeling fine, except for the daily hip/back ache. Usually sitting up straight and/or putting heat on it helps to relieve the pain. I purchased a few supplies to make some rice bags, so I'll have to do that soon so I can use them!!

I'm so excited because Andrew has told me that his Christmas gift to me this year will be to finish the tile in the upstairs bathroom shower! I am SOOOOOOOOOO excited!!!! I am going to do everything I can (like clean the rest of the house) so he can concentrate on that project. I can't wait to relax in a nice deep bath!

Ok, I'd better keep plugging away here at work. I hope to get enough stuff done that I don't have to work the whole day on Christmas Eve. We'll see how far I get!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Until then. . .

Until I get motivated to download pictures of our new beautiful carpet, onto the computer and post them here, I leave you with a wonderful blog to read. Seriously, whenever she writes something, I am challenged. Enjoy!

http://thesimplefamily.com/?p=72#comments

Monday, December 10, 2007

Carpet!

We are having carpet installed upstairs tomorrow! Yeah!! A and his dad worked so hard all weekend to get the baseboard put in. They are almost finished. Andrew will be able to finish up the hall tonight. There is still so much to be done. I worked (too long) last night on painting the ceilings. They all needed a second coat or majorly touched up. I am glad to say that I think we're done rolling painting on the ceilings. We still need to do a bunch of trim work on the paint, and I am wanting to get the caulk done on the corners (inside and out) of the baseboard before the carpet goes in, so it doesn't get all over. I hope we can make significant progress tonight. It's not the end of the world if we don't get it done. We can put down some drop cloths to do the trim work later. I will definitely be glad to get this all done. It is still a horrible feeling to know that all of this needs done but be unable to do most of it . . . physically!
I also spent a lot of my weekend cooking or baking! I made a cheesecake and some cookies for A graduation party. The cheesecake was Friday night and the cookies were on Saturday. Then yesterday, I spent some of my afternoon making a meal to take to our friends who just had a baby. I'll drop it off after work. I'm excited about meeting their new little boy!
I'll be sure to take pictures of the carpet. I'm very excited to move upstairs and spread out a little bit!

Thursday, December 06, 2007

61 days

So we're not really counting on our due date being the day but my blog counter says 61 days until my due date! Ah! It seems like such little time for so much to get done. I've been calling around getting carpet quote meetings set up, so hopefully that will happen next week.

Right now, I can hardly think because I'm SO hungry! I have a slightly scratchy throat, so I hope with all my might that I am not getting a cold! Ugh! I'm going to sleep as much as my body will let me tonight! I could use a big meal and a nap!

61 days! Ah! :)

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Ped Appointment

Our Pediatrician appointment went well. We mainly went to have him sign a consent form for the Family Beginnings Birth Center. We did have an interesting discussion about eye drops, vaccines, and the Vitamin K shot. If you want more details, ask us and we'd be glad to share!

We experienced our first snow here today. It is lovely and hasn't frozen to ice or anything nasty like that, so I'm enjoying it. I especially enjoyed sleeping just a little longer this morning since it made no sense for me to drive all the way over here, in the snow, to work for an hour before leaving for our appointment.

Last night while I was out to dinner with the girls of the family, A finished painting our dresser upstairs. Yes! One more thing I can check off my list! I would like to do a little painting this evening. It is so strange that my mind wants to get all these things accomplished but just working full-time is beginning to make me very tired (let alone doing other things), so I'm trying to just do what I can. My plan is to rest a bit tonight and then to try tackling the baby's room ceiling. One more coat and we're done painting that room!!

Perhaps I'll feel more peppy tomorrow if I try and get more sleep tonight! Unfortunately, I'm reading a very good book (more on that later)! Sorry these posts are so boring! Hopefully it will be interesting and exciting when we have some baby pictures to put on here! :)

Monday, December 03, 2007

Slowing Down

Weren't we supposed to start slowing down our schedule in December? I certainly don't feel like this is so . . . yet. I felt like we had a very busy weekend. I've got to try and get most of the house cleaning done on the weekdays, so I can have some time to relax and Christmas shop on Saturdays. I am still giving a voice lesson for the next two mondays, in order to close the loop with a student. It will be nice to have Tuesday free, however.

Otherwise, just the usual stuff is going on . . . working on our upstairs. We had some great help from Maggie yesterday and so the master bedroom ceiling is painted. I put three coats of paint on the downstairs ceilings so I'm sure the upstairs will all need another coat. I'm going to try and do that this week, so I don't have to think about it any more!! I also got our dresser painted (black) and it looks great. It also needs another coat, but that won't take very long.

In other news, we have a meeting with the pediatrian on Wednesday morning. We just want to ask a few questions about newborn procedures, vaccinations, etc. It will be nice to have this all lined up for when the baby comes.

Well, I'd better get to work. It's been very busy around here. I feel like I will never catch up!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Christmas Time

Andrew surprised me last night by getting our Christmas tree from Grandma's barn. It was so exciting to put it up and to decorate it. We both compromised a little bit on the decorations. Yes, it has colored lights, but I got things that I wanted too. It looks very nice (especially for a free tree!!). We still want a tree topper, so I am going to run over to Hobby Lobby at lunch to get one. Our nativity set looks great on the piano and I have a few other little things that will go around the house. We also rearranged our living room, so tonight my goal is to get that room all set up, then I will move on as time allows.

This is the first year we have put up a tree or any kind of decorations. We felt like it wasn't necessary in the past because we weren't actually going to be at our house for Christmas, but we are this year. I have taken some pictures and will post them soon.

We are still working hard to finishing our upstairs. It hard on me not to be able to do more physically! I just like to accomplish things. My hips/back were painful last night, just after decorating the tree. I will definitely have to take it easy painting this weekend. I hope we can get most of this done on Saturday. We want to have our carpet in by the 14th (have I said that before?) because we're hosting a Christmas party. We also want to move upstairs into our nice big room!!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Has my time come?

No, I'm not talking about the baby coming! I'm just not sure I can paint anymore. After my lessons, I headed upstairs to put a second coat of paint on the baby's room walls. After I finished and cleaned the supplies, I felt like I could hardly walk! This same back pain got me up about three times in the night (it causes my legs to cramp). There is still stuff to be painted up there, so I hope that if I stretch before and perhaps just do a shorter amount of time, then I can keep painting (yes, I see a chiropractor regularly). The main reason I want to be able to keep painting, is that I want A to spend his time on other projects . . . like tiling the shower!! He also has to put up baseboard before the carpet goes in.

We're hoping to be able to put the carpet in upstairs by December 14th. That is out goal. We are both very excited about moving up there. The master bedroom is huge compared to what we've been living in, and it will just be nice to have that extra space.

I also really want to put up some Christmas decorations this weekend. That also means that A will have to go get our tree from Grandma's barn and carry some of the heavy rubbermaids to the main floor of the house (they are upstairs and in the basement).

Well, I'd better get to work. Our copier is currently broken (yes, actually broken) so I'm backed up on a couple of things. Oh, the copier also happens to be my printer!! :)

Monday, November 26, 2007

Kansas Trip

We had such a good time on our trip to Kansas. The journey out there was very pleasant. It was nice to stay overnight on the road, instead of drive it all in one day. We had a great time visiting my family, playing games, eating (of course), watching movies, talking, and opening Christmas presents, since we won't be able to travel out there for Christmas this year. Perhaps I will be ambitious next week and put some pictures on here. We also got to see quite a bit of snow for the first time this year. Thankfully we just had to drive in rain on the way home and no snow.

The journey back seemed to really wipe me out, even though we did stop for the night again. I feel sort of dazed this morning and could certainly use a long nap!

This week is busy! The vocal recital is Friday night and so I have "dress" rehearsal tonight and tomorrow night. I hope all my students are ready to go. I am looking forward to the recital and I really do love teaching voice but I must admit that I will be very glad to have a rest. I'm tired! A and I have been looking forward to December and January for some time now, as we don't have any extra stuff going on, except for work. Our birth class ended last night (it was so good!) and lessons will be over this week. I'm looking forward to decorating our house and just enjoying some down time!

I'd better get started on work!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Midwife Appointment

I had my 28 week (7 month) midwife appointment today. It was the first time for me at this new practice. I was glad that A got to go with me. Anyway, I was impressed with the staff and felt comfortable there. Everyone was friendly. There is not really much to report, except my appointments have now gone to every two weeks. Anyway, we just did the usual stuff in my appointment, family health history, my history, measured my belly, and listened to the baby's heartbeat. She had to stick the dopplar right into my belly button to find the heartbeat! :) I then had my Rh- injection. I didn't even really feel it.

I should have prepared some questions for the midwife, but I already felt like I was in good hands because of they deliver at the birth center, and are some of the only ones to do water births. We talked a little bit about that. I told her that I had never thought about having one before but had wanted to keep my options open, just in case, and she thought that would be a good idea. I have no idea how I will feel that day. We also talked a little bit about what happens if I have to go to the regular L&D floor. She said that she has still witnessed some wonderful natural births in the L&D floor. The nursing care is different, but they still have to follow your signed birth plan, and the practitioners are the same.

She encouraged me to stay in the Brewer diet (high protein) but also encouraged me to add in more vegetables (yes, I don't eat many). She also said to make a goal of drinking 1 gallon of water per day. I'm not getting anywhere near that, so I'll have to make more of an effort in that area.

A and I navigated a little easier around this massive hospital this time, which also puts my mind at ease for when we go there for the birth.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Last week

Sorry it has been so long since I posted. I have just been very busy at work! My job here is so interesting. Some weeks I could only work part-time and be ok, but there are others where 40 hours just doesn't cover everything I need to do. Those weeks are increasing in number! I'm beginning to feel a little backed up against my maternity leave and I just have to remember that I still have January (December is too busy) left to prepare stuff for a sub.

I have felt pretty good this week. That means that I also got quite a bit done. Besides the usual voice lessons, cooking, cleaning, and working on Monday and Tuesday, I also got some detailed cleaning done, like the stove and the sink. If only they would stay clean. Then on Wednesday night, I actually got the whole master bedroom ceiling primed. In an effort not to get overly tired, I decided to set a timer and only work for one hour. Well, I wasn't even rushing and got it done in an hour. I'm ready to get done with the upstairs, so I'm sure I will do more painting this weekend. All the ceilings either need paint, touch-up, or a second coat. The baby's room needs a second coat of paint on the walls. It's starting to look pretty nice up there. Then last night, A and I went to see Camelot in Cincinnati. It was very good and we really enjoyed going out together. A's mom got us the tickets (for free) to that made it especially nice!!! :)

I think the only thing going on tonight is dinner and a movie. I feel like I should be painting something, but perhaps I will just take a day off. I told you that I find the work/rest balance thing very difficult. It seems to be all or nothing. I'm looking forward to getting some rest during our trip to Kansas for Thanksgiving.

Anyway, I have a midwife/doctor's appointment on Monday, so I'm sure I will update about that!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

I passed

I feel like I just passed an exam in college or something. I passed my glucose test with flying colors. I "scored" a 113 and anything below 135 (I've read 140) is considered "normal". I also had good results on my other blood work (no anemia, blood counts look good etc). I'm so thankful to be healthy!

Early to Bed

We were all cozy watching a movie last night, and I just couldn't concentrate on it. My feet were cold and I just felt uncomfortable. So, I decided to take a bath and go to bed. The funny thing was that this was at 8:00 pm!! I didn't actually fall asleep until 9:00 pm, but still that's CRAZY!! 9 hours of sleep (I get up around 6:15 am)! I do feel very good today. Hmm, perhaps I need to do this more often, even though I like to stay up later.

Tonight is our last night of small group until after the holidays. :( I like getting together with my friends but I will enjoy being a bit less busy.

My goal for Saturday is to paint something! I have procrastinated way too long. The dresser/changing table needs one more coat of paint and new hardware, the upstairs bedroom needs painted, and now I have another great dresser that I'm going to paint (and new hardware). I feel like I need to do something! The most important is probably the upstairs painting, so I'll try to do some of that. Unfortunately, the ceiling needs primed and that's why I'm procrastinating! I'm not a fan of ceiling painting. I think I can motivate myself to do it if I set a time limit, say 30 minutes of ceiling painting only. I could easily get it done in a few days, if I did this.

I really am enjoying this sleep thing today. I feel like I have so much energy and I've been very productive at work. I can concentrate! I'd better enjoy it and sleep while I can! :) :) :)

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Test

My test went just fine. I haven't gotten the results yet but I will tomorrow or Friday.

I actually had to have blood drawn twice! I was up and ready to leave when the nurse called me back again and said she forgot to draw enough for a second Rh factor test. It was fine really. The tape seemed to hurt worse than the needle prick. I've never had skin reactions before but that tape really irritated and now my deodorant (natural stuff) has irritated my skin. Pregnancy does weird things!!!

I can't believe there are only two weeks until Thanksgiving. I'm really looking forward to seeing my family!

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

I agree

I completely agree with this blogger's post about the TV strike! It probably won't make much of a difference to us. The only TV I really watch it Dancing with the Stars and I usually miss 1/2 of each episode due to voice lessons. I try to catch what I missed online (full episodes are available).

http://thesimplefamily.com/?p=47

I've been prepping for my test today (I want to pass this SOOOO bad). I had a high protein supper, lots of water, and eggs and turkey bacon for breafast. I brought two hard boiled eggs and cheese with me to work, which I will eat right before I drink the dreaded drink.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Punching

My ribs have suddenly become a punching bag for our girl (we're calling her Toddweina for now, it's a long story). Most of the time it is just ticklish for me but there beginning to hurt a bit. The funny thing is, I love it! I just have to stretch out a little more, so she can have more room!

In other baby news, I have my glucose test tomorrow. Since I'm not a fan of having my blood drawn, I'm not looking forward to this. Yuck! Oh well, better to get it over with. We have our next appointment in two weeks from today. I'm looking forward to meeting the people in this new practice since they came to highly recommended.

I can't believe that we're headed to Kansas to see my family in just two weeks!! Yeah!!

Ok, I'd better start on these piles on my desk. We have so many new projects in November and December. I hope I can get everything done!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Being Noticed!

I had my first pregnancy comment (by a total stranger) today. The Target checkout lady asked me when I was due. I was a little shocked, since I'd never been asked before. :) I feel like I'm showing but I feel like I'm still in that stage where people will look at me and think "hmm, is she pregnant or just really fat?" Perhaps that is why no one has asked or mentioned it before. He he! They're just not sure! :) I'm glad to hopefully be moving into the "pregnant-looking" stage!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

98 days!

I do my best not to count down to things because it just seems to make the time go by more slowly! However, when I get excited about something, I just can't help myself! So yes, there are only 98 days until my due date! We have so much yet to do to fix up our house! I recently purchased some Charlie's soap. It's supposed to be the cleanest rinsing laundry soap available.

There are only 43 days until A is DONE with school completely. He just finished his last regular class and has to finish a six week seminar. If I am feeling this excited for him to be done with school, I can't imagine how he is feeling. He has been in school for 1/2 of our married life (almost) and the whole time we've lived in Ohio! He started the day before we moved here. I wonder what it will be like.

I had such a vivid (and terrible) dream last night that people at work were upset with me about not being here enough! I guess I'm just sensitive to trying to do a good job here and especially while I'm pregnant. I'm starting to feel the pressure of the holidays and of my impending maternity leave! Must get stuff done!

The hardest thing for me in this pregnancy so far is finding a balance between work/activity and rest. I tend to work work work until I can't anymore. I have never had so many colds in my life as I have had in the last four months. As yet another sore throat started last night, I thought to myself that perhaps I need to rest more and not worry about the rest (laundry, dishes, dusting, vaccuming, cooking, painting upstairs, painting baby's cabinet, painting trim, work, lessons, organizing, volunteering, etc). All of these things aren't as important as staying healthy but they are always nagging at my mind when I am resting! So, if you come to my house in the next few weeks, please remember that I'm trying to find a balance between work and rest so if you see dishes and dust (you're probably used to that already) excuse it for the time being. :) I'm trying not to get another cold!!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Our visit to Dayton

A and I went to visit the Birth Center last night. Wow! We were very impressed. From some of the things I had heard, I expected it to be more "downtown" ish but the hospital and the birth facility were both very nice! The birth center promotes and encourages everything we thought we would have to ask for (perhaps fight for) at our current practice and in a regular L&D setting. They promote eating and drinking in labor for hydration and only IV's if necessary; limited fetal monitoring with a doppler only; hydrotherapy, relaxation, birthing balls, and movement for pain management; the parents only attending baby for 2 hours after birth; immediate breastfeeding; etc. We were so impressed. She kept saying, "We expect the parents to be ready to care for the baby after birth" (no nursey), and we kept saying, "That's what we want!"

The facility is really great, too. They have a kitchen and living room common area and then three birthing "suites". Each suite has a queen sized bed (for both the mom and dad to use, no cots for the dad!), rocking chair, bassinet, flat screen TV, changing table, and hidden in the closet is any necessary medical equipment. Now, let me tell you about the bathroom! This place has my dream bathtub . . . in all three suites! It is about as deep as our upstairs bathtub, but is at least twice as wide and has jets! I must admit that I was daydreaming about it last night, because I love to take baths. The staff at the birth center will do anything you need them too. The nurse explained that they bake bread for the family, after the birth, will do any laundry you have, wash all the dishes, clean your rooms, etc.

The only drawbacks that we could see from choosing this place to deliver, is that you have to "qualify" to go there. In other words, you have to have a low-risk pregnancy (which I have been very low-risk, so far anyway) and you have to deliver between 37 and 42 weeks. If these things don't happen, then we will be taken to the regular L&D rooms in this hospital. I was nervous about this because I had heard that they weren't very good about natural birth there, but the nurse who gave us our tour said that if we let them know we were planning on the birth center or were transferred from the birth center, they really do everything they can to create a similar atmosphere. Also, we would still be attended by our doctor/midwives in either place. Also, the NICU is right around the corner, if needed.

So, I made an appointment with one of the recommended practices in Dayton that was one doctor and two midwives. I'm not that thrilled about driving up there for my appointments, but I guess I don't really have that many left! :) In the mean time, I'll still be doing my glucose and Rh- testing with my current clinic. When I'm done with that, then I will send all my info to my new practice. I'm so glad to have made this decision. We both LOVED the atmosphere and the confidence of the people in the birth center. I love that they will be there for additional support and I am so thankful that our insurance covers all of this! We truly are VERY blessed!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Choices!

Tomorrow night we're heading to Dayton to visit a birthing center (the only accredited one in Ohio). If we like it, then we'll choose a practitioner (probably a midwife) to see. I'm excited to find out what it's like. If I don't like it, I've got another doctor (recommended by our Bradley teacher) and a hospital in mind. I just hope he's accepting new patients.

I'm recovering from yet another cold. Thankfully, this one is pretty mild (not like the last one). I did take a sick day yesterday, just to rest and recover even though I did feel like doing a few things around the house (I washed our sheets and got caught up on the dishes). I feel like I'm on the mend now!

We are getting so close to being done with stuff!! I miss having time to just sit and read, without feeling like I need to be doing something else. Andrew has a week left in his current class and then he has another six weeks of graduate seminar, where he will review papers he has already written, and write one more to complete the coursework. I'm so excited for him to be done. I can't believe he made it through building a house, working, and homework at the same time! At least we're in our house now (still needs work upstairs!). Also in December, I will be done with voice lessons, our Bible study will take a break, and our birthing class will be over. I absolutely LOVE doing all of these things, but just having more time to take care of myself and the house will be a welcome relief for the brief two months before our girl arrives.

I'm off to have lunch now!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Appointment Update

Our six month check-up yesterday brought our some interesting things. The baby is doing just fine. I measured just right for the week I'm in (24 by the way), my blood pressure was 113/60 (average for me), and we heard the strong heartbeat of our girl. We decided to ask our doctor/practice some questions to see if they would be open to us having a unmedicated birth. Well, let's just say that they are not open to that!

The question and answer period did not start off well because the doctor opened with the statement that the baby's health was the most important thing here (implying that we weren't concerned with that at all, but just wanted things our way). We assured him that the health of the baby is our #1 priority. I asked if I could drink water during labor. He said NO and that I wouldn't feel like it. I felt like asking him when the last time was that he had a baby, but I held my tongue. I was just shocked that you could be refused something so simple as water. He said that I could have ice chips and perhaps some of those would melt so I could have water. Ok then!

I went on to ask about monitoring and IV's during labor. According to him, I must be monitored at all times and have an IV (I'm agreeing to a heplock, so if I am in need of an IV, they can just hook up the tubes). So, I won't be able to move around or use a shower or bath for pain relief. I was also uncomfortable with this practice because they have six doctors and two midwives and you can get anyone of them for your labor/birth, so it's like getting a doctor you may have seen once.

Needless to say, we talked about it last night and think it is in our family's best interest to switch practices. I have been busy looking into some different options. We have received recommendations from our Bradley instructor, so we are looking into those. This is a scary move for me. I feel the need to do this soon, as we have several things coming up, such as our glucose testing and my Rh- injection.

I'm so thankful to have a very (very) supportive husband and family. My mom has even been busy looking up other options for me. I told Andrew last night how great it is to have a family that is so supportive. It would really stink for me to be telling my mom all about this and have her say "Are you crazy? You can't do that." So . . . thanks Mom and everyone else for the wonderful support in these decisions! It really does make all this doable! :)

Monday, October 15, 2007

Pictures . . . Finally!

Ok, I know that ultrasound pictures are usually only exciting and emotional for the parents, but I thought I'd post them anyway. It's just an amazing experience to have that ultrasound wand on your belly and then see these images on the screen. We're pretty sure (Andrew's words) that he both saw and felt the baby move last night. It was so obvious to me, because the kicks were so hard. We'll count it! :)

Alien Baby! A picture of the head and part of the body.





Little Foot (unless she inherits Andrew's foot size, then she'll be big foot)


I'm a GIRL! Ok, I did post this on the internet! :) You can see her little legs and feet angleing off to the left and girl parts where the legs meet!


Less Alien looking shot of the whole baby!
I have my six month OB appointment tomorrow. It will be interesting. I have all of my "natural birth" questions prepared to ask. If they don't answer the way that we feel is best for us, we'll be looking for a more natural friendly doctor (or midwife)! Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Yeah!

I finally slept last night. I only woke up once, which is still weird for me, but I'll take it! :)

I'm busy at work, preparing an office manual for my sub during maternity leave. It's becoming quite extensive! I hope it doesn't make me easily replaceable! :)

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Sleep!

My baby has been keeping me awake at night! I'm not talking about the little one pound baby in my tummy but my big baby that sleeps next to me every night. Andrew has always had a difficult time sleeping. So far in our married lives, this has rarely bothered me. I'm a pretty heavy sleeper so I can sleep through him coming to bed late, tossing and turning, etc, but the last two nights have been different. I feel as if I am barely getting to sleep, or just hovering right under sleep! Perhaps my body is training me to be a lighter sleeper for when the baby comes but it sure is annoying right now! I still keep waking up every time Andrew moves, even if he moves in his sleep! If you have any tips on getting a very nice deep sleep during pregnancy, let me know!

*Poor Andrew does feel bad that he's keeping me awake, but it's not his fault. He's just sleeping like he always does but it's affecting me differently for some reason.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Confidence!

I have briefly mentioned before that Andrew and I have been going to childbirth class on Sunday night (a 12 week course). I would like to explain a little more about what this is. We're planning to have a natural Bradley method birth. Of course, we realize that the health and safety of the baby is the most important thing and if all goes well, we feel this is the best way to do this. Fortunately, the Bradley method is not about who can stand the most pain (if so, I would not be a good candidate) but it's about giving the mother adequate time and pain management tools to prepare for the birth. This means that I'm doing exercises (and exercising) every day, following a specific nutritional plan, and will be learning lots of breathing, relaxation, and position techniques to be used to manage labor pain. The main thing that this Bradley class has given me so far is the confidence to realize that I can do this, especially since I have time to prepare myself for it (that's one thing I'm good at . . . planning ahead).

I realize that this is not the normal way of doing things now (I think we heard that 97% of women in this area get epidurals) but it is something we want to do for the health of our baby, my health and recovery, and because we really want to be in control of the birth. Andrew is already a wonderful coach. He reminds me to do my exercises, he encourages me to eat right, and he is already helping me to relax. Our instructor has mentioned about how the coach needs to be a relaxation expert. I must say that I found that funny since I already think that Andrew is a very good relaxation expert!

I realize that by writing about this I am opening myself up to (intentionally helpful) comments. This is a decision that I have made and thankfully I have a very supportive coach and a supportive family to help me. I realize that I have not yet gone through the birth and therefore I may feel differently later. I realize that there will be significant pain but we believe the benefits will outweigh the pain. I also believe that God made our bodies to go through this process to give the mother and baby everything needed. If you want to know those little details that are so cool, I'd be glad to share what we're learning. We are really enjoying our class (we have a great teacher) and feel like this is the best plan for us and our baby girl (who shall not yet be named!)!

If you would like to read/know more, visit: http://www.bradleybirth.com/.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Hips!

It's been a while since I've written, so forgive me if this is boring. I'm very foggy and achy today. I believe the achy feeling is coming from my hips so I'm thankful that I have a chiro appointment tomorrow!

I also have the impatient feeling that I just want our baby girl to get here! I've read a couple of articles that this lull can come during the middle of this trimester (right where I'm at) so it's good to know that I'm perfectly normal in feeling this way. I definitely don't want her to come right now, as we still have so much to do to get ready but I'm ready to meet her! I was planning to paint a bit upstairs this weekend, so we could get going with that, but after mowing, doing all the laundry, cleaning, and furniture shopping, my weekend was spent. I hope I can get to it this weekend. It's a weird feeling to be so busy (I'm trying to find time to walk a little each day) yet so mentally bored or eager. I'm not sure what the feeling is. I'm certainly enjoying all of my baby books. Right now I'm finishing up "No-fear guide for first-time parents" and just starting "Husband-coached childbirth" which is recommended from our birth class instructor. If you didn't realize it before, I like to be well-prepared for anything!

I've been on this new pregnancy diet (Brewer, for those of you who know natural) and it focuses on protein consumption for building healthy brain and muscle. I'm also adding a bit more calcium to my prenatal vitamin. This morning for breakfast I had two eggs, two pieces of turkey bacon, a 1/2 grapefruit (yummy!), a piece of toast with peanut butter, and a glass of milk. All of this added up to a whopping 30 grams of protein! It was a lot to eat but it will help me to do better if I get a good start like this. We're supposed to get about 100 grams of protein per day. I got into the 90's last week but also had a couple of 40 days. Thankfully one of my favorite treats is a tablespoon of peanut butter and a cup of milk. We've been buying organic on as much stuff as we can lately and still staying within our grocery budget!

Ok, I guess I was able to write a long post, perhaps my Red Raspberry Leaf Tea helped. I'll try to remember to post the ultrasound pictures on here sometime soon.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

News!!

I have held off a few days posting this news on my blog, upon the request of my sister. I got an email from her today saying that I could post the news and that she couldn't wait to read what I write. Yikes! I hope I don't disappoint! Anyway, the big news is that . . .

She is ENGAGED!

I am so excited for her. I believe they are planning on having a wedding in September, which I think will be beautiful! I have to admit that I have been pondering what my baby girl will wear to her auntie's wedding! I've got to watch myself that I don't turn our baby into a little high maintenance/materialistic girl! Congrats to Jenny and Luke!

Monday, September 24, 2007

Baby Girl Update!

Thanks to my 9 1/2 hour of sleep on Saturday night and a 2 hour nap on Sunday afternoon, I had a difficult time sleeping last night. After laying there for over an hour, I decided to get up and read a little bit. That seemed to help. I do believe our baby girl is a night owl! I felt kicks the WHOLE time I was laying there trying to sleep and while reading. That was from about 11:00 pm to 1:30 am! I hope that's not her favorite time of day! :)

We had a very fun "baby" filled weekend. On Saturday, after I got a massage, we drove to look at fabric at a quilt shop and then on to some outlet stores. I do believe we hit every baby clothes store that was there, but I could be wrong. She is going to be one well dressed child! She already got some outfits for the family trip to Hawaii we are planning on in July of next summer. I believe that we found a good "going home" outfit for her (purchased by her Grandma Susan). It is footed pink toile with a matching hat and bib. Seems just right to keep her warm on that February (or January) day. Andrew thinks it look a little big but it is a newborn size so we'll just have to see. Of course, she'll also have a cute pink quilted jacket that I found on sale for about $4 at baby gap. I'm going to stop buying clothes because we have so much else to get (in the way of furniture) and I believe she'll have plenty to wear and plenty of homemade quilts to keep her warm!

Time feels like it is going so slowly and I just wish she would get here but I know when I look back, I will feel like it was just speeding by!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Drumroll please . . . .

In light of the fact that we found out the sex of the baby today, I tried to change my blog color to be appropriate but I'm just not that talented. So, I'll have to wait for Andrew to help me.

In the mean time, we're having a . . . .
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GIRL!!

Yes, and one baby only. I think Andrew may have thought he would be disappointed if it wasn't a boy but he sure looked happy when the tech told us and all the way through checking measurements. It feels weird to know and it feels like it will take some time to get used to, since everyone thought it would be a boy (except me and a few others in the family). Let the pink fest begin! :)

Friday, September 14, 2007

*Update*

My ultrasound just got rescheduled. It is now set for Monday morning at 9:00 am! :) I am so excited to find out what we are having . . . if the baby cooperates!

Game Pictures

I'm posting these before work so I ran out of time to rearrange them. Oh well! Here we are after the game.

Our trusty sports companions after the game.

Sold out crowd!


We were close! Ok, Andrew was using his telephoto lens but they were still great seats!





Large amounts of people screaming and pounding their seats!
We had so much fun! Ok, I've got to go get ready for work!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Last Day

I do believe this is the last day for my high heeled shoes, at least for the next 4 to 5 months. With the back pain I'm already experiencing at 9:10 am, I believe a trip to a shoe store may be in order over my lunch break. I must say that I'm sad. I love my high heeled shoes.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Kicks and Dreams!

I am now officially feeling kicks fairly frequently. The most I have felt was laying in bed after the Bengals game. I guess the baby was still all wound up from the excitement too. I love it when I feel the movement and I wish I knew when it was going to happen so I could be perfectly still and really feel it. I can distinguish that feeling from everything else now and it's so cool!

I am still having very wild and vivid dreams. I had one last night about a friend from church who caught the double flu. It was very gross and very graphic. I won't be telling her about the dream, as it didn't portray her in a very good light, at all! I felt so relieved to wake up from that dream. I really want to dream about babies, so maybe I should read one of those books before I fall asleep! I am now getting up almost every night to use the bathroom. I finally bought a nightlight today so I don't kill myself getting to the bathroom anymore.

The laundry room is getting the second nightlight because, this this morning I found that Dewey had chewed up one of my bras during the night. He sleeps in the laundry room and hasn't chewed on anything like that since he was about 8 or 9 months old, so I think taking walks together and using a nightlight for him is in order. We'll probably keep him in his crate for a while, too. I was pretty mad as I don't have very many good bras!!

Only 7 days 22 hours and 20 minutes until our ultrasound (ok, it took me a while to figure that out, but you get the idea that I'm excited)!!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Who Dey!

About noon yesterday, Andrew calls me and asks how much trouble it would be to cancel my lessons for the evening. I told him it wouldn't be bad, as I only had two of them. He said for me to go ahead and do it since his dad had gotten tickets to the Bengals game! This is especially funny since we had just been talking about how we could get a few tickets to go. Anyway, it was a lot of fun and I must say that I have never seen such dedicated fans (or should I say fanatics!). Anyway, it was a lot of fun and I hope I get to go again someday. I especially enjoyed the Ohio State's marching band at half-time. We had a bit of a walk to get down there so my back is rebelling this morning but it held up amazingly well (thanks to my frequent visits to the chiropractor).

I'm definitely starting to get the itch to buy more baby stuff. Thankfully my husband is reminding me to just wait, since we don't know what gifts we will get. I just like being prepared but I suppose getting things this early is just silly. 9 days until our ultrasound!

Monday, September 10, 2007

Ugh!

Apparently, I'm not one of those pregnant women that gets to stop getting sick at 14 weeks. I got a big whiff of my fridge this morning and it just set me off. Yuck! I hope this goes away after the baby is born (being able to smell the fridge, I mean). Only 10 more days until our ultrasound. I'm very excited (as I've said before)!

Also . . . I'm pretty sure I can feel movement now. It started last week on Thursday when I was laying in bed. I just felt some popping movements that didn't feel like anything else I've ever felt before. I have felt them on and off a few times since then!! Yeah!

Ok, that's all for now. I've got lots to do today, so I'd better get working!

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Resolve

Allergies in Pregnancy
by Marjorie Greenfield, M.D.

Women who suffer from nasal symptoms (allergic rhinitis) may find that they get better, stay the same, or feel even worse in pregnancy--each individual's response is different. Symptoms are not life-threatening but can interfere with a good night's sleep and leave you feeling miserable. If you know what you're allergic to and are pregnant, try to avoid that thing (or things) rather than taking lots of medications. It also helps to decrease exposure to cigarette smoke and other known environmental irritants. It's not unusual for women who did not previously have allergies to suffer with nasal congestion while pregnant, as the hormones of pregnancy can cause swelling of the nasal passages and increased mucus production. In these cases, symptoms typically are worst in the second trimester and resolve within a few days after childbirth.

I'm still suffering from a sore throat, ear popping, and sinus congestion. It just doesn't seem to want to go away. I have had allergies all my life but if they get this bad, they usually resolve within a week or so. I have a few ideas of things to try that are natural, so I will try those before just deciding to stand it! I'm also thankful that I have a chiropractor appointment today as I'm having a hard time taking a deep breath because of a sharp pain in my ribs. I'm pretty sure that something got pulled out of place while we were hiking during our camping trip. I love my dog but he can pull pretty hard when he wants to go somewhere fast!

We had a good time last night attending a Cincinnati Red's game. We had great tickets on the 2nd row right by 3rd base. I'm not so much a sports fan as I am just a fan of the atmosphere of major league sports. Anyway, we had fun even though the Red's didn't have a good game!

Only 15 more days until our ultrasound! I'm so very excited!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Weekend Camping and other stuff

We had a great time camping this weekend. Our camping site wasn't the greatest but now we know to call and ask which sites are good for tents or just know because we've been there before. We had a good time hiking, paddle boating, reading, watching movies (yes, we brought our laptop), and cooking campfire food! :) I've got pictures! If I ever blog from home again, I'll have to put some up. We took Dewey with us. It was a bit annoying when the barked at night but I had a good time with him anyway (I can't speak for Andrew).

I also had my yearly dentist appointment this morning and . . . no cavities. I guess Epic Gum and toothpaste can keep my money (they have a cavity free guarantee). I'm a bit sore from the cleaning because my cleaning person was a bit violent.

Still no official baby movement yet. I have felt a few things that feel like fluttering but I'm not absolutely sure what it was yet, so I'm not going to say it was the baby moving. I'm hoping to feel something very soon! I now officially have one pair of pants that won't button. I took them camping with me, so I was extra dirty wearing some pants twice! I have a few other pair of maternity pants (which I might really need in a few weeks) but I need to get them hemmed. I can do one pair by myself but I'm hesitant to hem my jeans. I might see how much it would cost to have someone else do it.

First day of preschool here today, so lots of work to be done. Lots of crying preschoolers too! :(

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Classes, house, and other stuff

We just got signed up with our local Bradley method instructor. It's a good thing that I called when I did because her next class starts September 16th. If we waited for the one after that, it would be too late. Our baby would already be here. So we are unofficially signed up (I have to send my deposit). It is a 12 week class that meets on Sunday night, which is a good time for us. I'm also getting ready to sign up for classes at the hospital. Because we are taking a Bradley method class, we have decided not to take a Lamaze class through the hospital (it's pretty expensive too). We are going to go to the "curious couples" session to view the birthing unit, and fill out paper work. I'm also going to take a separate session called "Save-A-Baby." Since Andrew already has CPR training, he isn't going to go to this, but I am.

We found out last week that our renter in Sterling has to move out. So, once again, we're left with an empty house. I just skipped the whole rental thing this time and contacted a realtor. I hope we're able to sell it soon. I wish we could keep it, for sentimental reasons, but it is just so hard to manage from here and is becoming a headache. It would be nice to sell it and get a little cash so we could properly finish our upstairs!

For some strange reason, my body has decided to be queasy again (Andrew says, "hm, you must be pregnant"). The past three days, I have strugged with my fridge and with eating breakfast. I'm going to try taking the B vitamins again and see if that helps. I was hoping to be over this by now, and so far I haven't gotten sick, but I have sure felt like it! I'm just thankful that I do feel better by evening, so I can get some things done around the house. Also, by the time 9 pm rolls around, I feel so exhausted! I'm going to try getting lots of sleep tonight and see if it helps this washed out feeling I still have. I am very thankful to be over my cold! Yeah yeah yeah! I've got to work on staying healthy for the rest of this pregnancy, because that was miserable!

Andrew had his yearly dentist appointment this morning. He is cavity free! We've been using the Epic system (gum and toothpaste) and it seems to have lived up to its cavity free guarantee. It uses xylitol instead of fluride (which I've been reading lately how bad this is). I'm about ready to order some more. I have my dentist appointment next week, so hopefully I get the same report, as we don't have dental insurance anymore!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Dreams

I believe I had my first pregnancy dream last night. In my dream, we already had the baby but I was searching high and low and we could not find any diapers or wipes, and we NEEDED them! That's really all I remember about the dream. It's funny because we already have some diapers (since we're planning on using cloth diapers) but I guess it's because we don't have wipes yet.

I'm starting to feel like we're having a girl. I'm not sure what is leading me to these thoughts. Anyway, only 23 more days and we'll know. I just hope the ultrasound isn't wrong!!

Monday, August 27, 2007

Relief!

Yea! I am finally feeling much better. I prayed so hard for God to clear my ears and He did on Sunday morning! I woke up with a clear ear and told Andrew that I felt like having a party! It's been a little sensitive since then but has remained clear and I'm very thankful! I'm still tired but that could be because I didn't get to bed until about 11:30 pm last night and I still had to wake up at 6:15 for work!

I had an experience with tight pants this weekend, so while I was down at tri-county, getting measured for my bridesmaid dress, I stopped by a maternity store. I found a pair of pants and although they're still pretty loose and I have to keep pulling them up, I am in LOVE with how comfortable they are. I just need to do laundry so I can have the pants clean that I know fit me still. From what I've read, the baby will double in size during these next three weeks, so at least I have some pants to fit, just in case things grow faster than I imagine. I'm so very excited for our next prenatal appointment and ultrasound on September 20. I hope the time goes fast!

Andrew and I are finally getting away this weekend for our long awaited camping trip. Some friends of ours are planning on joining us for one night. I've already made a list of things to bring with us. We're planning on taking Dewey, so it should be fun! I'm excited for him to use the doggy door in our tent. I just hope he doesn't bark in the middle of the night due to strange noises. I'm looking forward to relaxing for a few days. The weather is supposed to be pleasant, so I hope the forecast doesn't change.

Thats all for now!

Sunday, August 26, 2007

About Me

Want to know about me? Here it goes . . .

I had a wonderful, loving childhood on a farm in rural Kansas with my parents, sister, brother grandparents, and lots of cats and dogs.

I went to a small private Christian College where I met my hubby. We married the year before I was a senior.

I worked at my alma mater for 1 1/2 years. That's when I began to blog at the prompting of my sister.

In November 2005, we moved to Ohio. In August of 2006, we began the adventure of building our own house.

We completed our house in March of 2007. We got pregnant with the precious baby girl in May of 2007 and I puked a lot! :)

Abigail was born in early February of 2008 and that's my story up until now.

This blog chronicles my life as a working mom just trying to make things run smoothly at home and at work! My relationship with Christ is the most important thing to me. I am also deeply in love with my husband!

My favorite thing to do is to spend time with my husband and daughter. Following in second place are things like reading, taking bubble baths, watching a good movie, blogging (yeah), organizing (I'm a freak, I know), traveling, budgeting (ok, I'm really a freak since I LOVE this) and teaching Sunday School at my church (yeah, grace-chapel.com).

Friday, August 24, 2007

3rd Prenatal Appointment Update

I saw the midwife again today for another routine check-up. I have lost 1/2 pound since my last appointment (yea!), my blood pressure was good, etc. We heard the baby's heartbeat again today and it was nice and strong. She found it right away, as the baby has definitely moved up a bit. I've noticed my pants are tighter! I also asked her about my cold. She said that she has done a lot of research on the immune system during pregnancy and has discovered that it is a bit lowered so the body doesn't attack the baby. So, what takes a person 7 to 10 days to get over, will take a pregnant lady about 14 to 20 days. She said to give my cold another week, and if it doesn't clear up to call them and she would check me out again. The biggest news of the day is that on September 20, 2007, we will find out the sex of our baby!! That is when my 20 week ultrasound and appointment is. We have to go downtown to Christ hospital for it, and I will have to see another doctor in the practice, instead of the midwife, for this appointment. This all seems so surreal to me, like it is happening to someone else (but I'm very glad it's happening to me!!). Perhaps it is just because I'm still living in a tunnel (plugged ear). It has popped a few times today, so I'm taking that as a sign that it is trying to clear up. Andrew issued me a challenge today to try and drink 16 cups of water. A little tea is part of that. I've had about 6 1/2 cups so far, so I've just got to keep pace. It's probably good for me to keep swallowing.

Ok, that's all for now. I can't wait until our next appointment!!!!! :)

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

It's still a battle!

My cold is not clearing up like I thought it would but it could be much worse, so I'm trying to not complain and be too much of a baby but, as usual, I'm failing at that. I did break down today and visit the doctor (gasp!). I have nothing infected (sinuses, ears, lungs, etc) so there is nothing they can give me. I was actually impressed with this doctor because she did not try to force any antibiotics or other drugs on me, just because I came to the office. I didn't need them so I didn't get them and I like that. I also got to spend plenty of time with her. She is a family doctor so perhaps we'll consider listing them as our child's doctor as well! As were still debating the vaccination issue, I wonder what she thinks about it. Anyway, not much else is going on. I'm trying to just lay low (literally, in my bed!!) and let my immune system fight this stuff. It will help not to have voice lessons to give in the evenings! :) I can tell I'm getting a bit better since I am actually thinking about other things such as mowing and cooking. Even though I don't feel like doing them, at least they are being considered. All for now folks!

Monday, August 20, 2007

Yuck!

I have been hit hard by a terrible summer cold. Ugh! I'm back at work today feeling better but still a bit sluggish and achy (mainly my ear). I am now determined to find a way to keep my immune system boosted so I can stay healthy this winter. This was not much fun. I did recently read that pregnant women have a slightly lowered immune system, in order to protect the baby from the woman's body. So far, Andrew has been fine. I thought he might catch it but since it's been almost a week since I started feeling bad, I think he might be in the clear. I know I need to do better at eating healthy foods and taking regular supplements (besides my prenatal vitamins). The poor baby has probably been rattled a lot, due to my constant coughing! I've also discovered that the things they "allow" a pregnant woman to take for colds during pregnancy don't really have any ingredients in them that work! You can't take the good stuff! I tried some Tylenol cough syrup and about 2 minutes later, my cough was worse. Needless to say, I didn't take that again! So far water has been the best thing: drinking it, hot showers, hot baths, hot towels on my ear, etc! Andrew is getting lots of good experience being a nurse. His best advice, which probably has some truth to it, is to just relax!

I received my Mei Tai carrier! I tried it out with Casey the doll and works great with her! :) Perhaps when I'm feeling better, I'll get Andrew to take some pictures of me and the carrier!

Only 4 more weeks until we find out the sex of the baby!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

I'm so tired I can't think of a good title!

First of all, my car died on me yesterday while I was running an errand. My husband rescued me by picking me up from work, buying a new battery and installing it. The car is fine now! Then I got a terrible sore throat last night. I went to sleep very early (fell asleep around 9pm) but woke up quite a bit because of the fire in my throat. I thought about taking a single Tylenol but I resisted and just gargled with salt water a few times during the night. I slept in this morning and just came in to work late. I felt ok while lying in bed reading but definitely feel worse at work so I am definitely fighting something. That's how it goes, isn't it?! Well, I'm enjoying some decaf tea this afternoon and will see how far I make it into the day!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Family Visit

We had a wonderful weekend visit from my family. We went to the Cincinnati Museum Center on Friday, and to the Creation Museum on Saturday. The rest of the time we spent just hanging out, playing cards, swimming, and talking about babies. It was so much fun and I feel very sad that they are gone, so I can't think about that too much (since I'm at work!). I would especially like to thank my wonderful mother who cleaned out my evil fridge and made it smell as nice as possible. I think she also polished my stove! I appreciate all of them making the long journey to come and visit us and see our house. It was so much fun and I already miss them a lot!

The pregnancy seems to be going fine. I am feeling a bit better. I still have a few moments of nausea and tiredness but it is much much better than it used to be. I feel pretty tired right now but we had a busy weekend. I'll catch up on my rest this week! :) I have been feeling lots of stretching and pulling and my tummy area has definitely gotten bigger but I haven't gained any weight since my last appointment (yeah, yeah, yeah), so I guess that is what is supposed to happen! We have 5 more weeks until we find out the sex of the baby. I feel so nervous and excited for that moment. I have an appointment a week from this Friday and I'll find out then, exactly when that day will be, but I know they do the ultrasound at 20 weeks. I'm 15 weeks tomorrow, so only 5 weeks to go before we know for sure! If any family member is reading this and doesn't want to know the sex of the baby, they had better warn us ahead of time and we'll try our best to keep it a secret from those people.

I ordered a few more cloth diapers today. One of them comes with a cloth diapering guide, which will be useful. I wish I had a real baby that I could test all of this on, but I guess that is coming in the future. My mom left my favorite doll with me, so at least I have a model. We're getting much closer to having enough newborn sized diapers to work for us. I need to start collecting a few more size small, because you never know how long he/she will stay in the newborn size! Could be a week! :) I also bought a Mei Tai carrier. I have done lots of research on carriers and we're both pretty excited about "wearing" our baby rather than using a bulky carrier. There was one I looked at with all these metal bars and stuff and looked horrible! I have been taking advice from someone else who has done a lot of baby wearing, so I feel pretty confident in these choices. I plan to also purchase a Moby carrier (perhaps even after the baby arrives) because these look so secure and comfortable, and maybe a sling carrier for the newborn and very small infant stage. We'll see.

We have not caught or seen any mice or evidence of mice since Thursday morning. I hope this means that they are gone!! I'm going to set a few more traps, just to be sure, but we were seeing fresh poop daily and we haven't seen any since we caught the one in the trap. I'm still a bit scared of going out in the mudroom area or in the trash pantry. I need Andrew to help me clean up that area, as the mouse shredded a few paper items in there and I don't really want to go exploring. I stuffed a few openings with steel wool but I'm about ready to use the expanding foam to really seal them! I HATE mice! I hope I can start to feel comfortable again soon. I might just have to get over things!

Ok, this was a really long update! Have a good day!

Thursday, August 09, 2007

400th post!

I have sad news to bear upon the anniversary of my 400th post. A war to end all wars has erupted at our house because I discovered this morning . . . our house is not mouse free! I actually saw one (the first time EVER) this morning, when I was headed to let Dewey out of the laundry room. Andrew was able to let it out the back door (I was still streaming in the bathroom) and he said it was very small. I cannot express with words the loathing that I feel when it comes to varmits of any kind living in my dwelling! I actually don't even feel like going home tonight! It is horrible horrible! So, we set another trap (I'm going to buy more at lunch, probably way more than the rational mind would conceive as necessary) and will hopefully get rid of them. I'm about to turn out a huge bowl of poison on them, but I am fearful of my dog eating it. Andrew theory (which does make me feel better) is that since I plugged the hole in the garage (where we thought the mice might be coming in) last night, the mouse today couldn't find a way out of the house. I am also going on another hunt today for expanding foam. Soon our house will be sided with expanding foam instead of vinyl siding. Don't put it past me!

This is WAR! I did not put this much time, effort, and money into this house to suddently have it invaded by the most unwelcome guests imaginable!

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

He Came, He Stole, We Conquered!

We finally . . . . finally caught our mouse last night! I had set a "traditional" trap in the garbage pantry floor (we have a food pantry and another pantry where our garbage can is) and we got him. Things didn't work out as perfectly as I had wanted, because I was actually the one to discover the dead mouse this morning, as I was working on my crockpot chili for tonight. I admit that I am still a big baby about mice, so I screamed and ran to get Andrew to throw it away. I am hoping against all hope that this was the only mouse in our house and that we can block the one passage way that I think he used. It certainly was a relief to catch him. Maybe it will now be safe for me to purchase more rubber spatulas without them being nibbled on!
Special thanks: to Wayne who set the first two traps (although they didn't work), to Andrew who set the next four traps (which didn't work) and is brave enough to clean up any dead mouse parts, and to my parents, Grandma Myers, and Andrew's Aunt Anne, who all offered their cats, if we were unable to catch the mouse!
RIP little thief!

Monday, August 06, 2007

Progress!

We made so much progress upstairs this weekend! I painted the bathroom on Saturday night, and the ceiling on Sunday. Then Wayne and Susan came over to help us tile the bathroom floor. Susan also trimmed the "baby's" room, which will also serve as a guest room for my parents this weekend. The tile is down in the bathroom and Andrew will grout it tonight. The toilet and vanity will go in on Tuesday night. We aren't going to worry about doing the shower at this time, although you all know how much I can't wait to use the bathtub, so I might push for that sooner rather than later! I wish I had pictures, but we were lazy and didn't take any, in the midst of painting and tiling. Perhaps I can get a few in tonight. I feel like I'm starving now, so I'll actually go eat my lunch during my lunch break.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Settling Down!

I'm looking forward to settling down into a routine after this baby arrives. I was thinking about our lives these past few years and all the changes we've had. Of course, I realize that we are about to go through one of the biggest life changes possible: a new baby.
2003: Got married and Andrew got a new job.
2004: Went to Europe, I got a new job, and we bought our first house.
2005: We quit our jobs in Sterling, Andrew got a new job, went back to school, and we moved to Ohio.
2006: I got a new job. We bought land and started building our new house.
2007: We finished building our own house and discovered that we're having a baby!
I feel like I've been through plenty of life changes to last a while now!

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Yea, Yea, Yea!

I am beginning to feel a bit more normal. I hope that I'm not jinxing this by mentioning it, but I hope it's the end of the queasiness. I still felt a bit funny this morning but have certainly perked up after lunch and I don't feel like dropping to the middle of the floor for a nap! Hopefully I won't take my new found energy for granted and start to overdue it (I've had visions of me finishing the painting in the baby's room tonight)! :)

Our project for this weekend is the upstairs bathroom. I absolutely cannot wait until this is done and I can use my new, very deep, bathtub! We are hoping to get the tile in, so we can get the toilet in, before my family comes for a visit this weekend. I'm very excited about having them come and visit. It will be the first time that my parents and brother have seen our new house! Too bad it's not finished! Oh well!

I'm beginning to order a few baby things so that we don't have a huge cost all at once. I'm also trying to only buy things that I don't think anyone else will buy! I ordered a few premade cloth diapers and glass bottles (no plastic for us!) this week. I'm excited for them to arrive to finally see how this "type" of cloth diaper works.

Ok, I guess that's it for today. Maybe I'll be really ambitious and take pictures of the upstairs bathroom progress tonight, but I'm not making any promises. My lunch break is about over! Bye for now!

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

It should be going away now!

I am 13 weeks along today. I am waiting for some sign that my morning sickness has passed, but so far, no such luck because I lost my supper last night and well . . . 1/2 of my breakfast this morning. I've also begun having sinus headaches constantly. Some days are worse than others. I've read that this can happen more frequently because of tissue being more inflammed because of Estrogen. Despite all of this, I still feel so thrilled that this is happening to me. Even though this is a common experience for women, I still feel like it is a miracle! I just keep telling myself that the sickness should only last a few more days and that seems to get me through.

On Sunday, our pastor challenged us to fast from something this week, although not necessarily a food fast, and take that time to quiet our lives down and spend more time praying. So, I decided to give up TV for the week. I generally don't watch all that much TV to begin with (or I didn't think so). Last night, since I didn't turn on the TV, I was able to get some reading done, actually cook supper and fold and put away the laundry. I even felt like I had time to rest and relax as well. Many times I don't feel like I have enough time to get things done, but when I look back on the day, I will have wasted hours watching TV or a movie, not necessarily with a purpose, but just flipping through the channels for a moment and getting hooked on something. It will be interesting to see if I can be more rested this week, just by giving up TV, something that I felt before was "relaxing". Andrew is fasting from playing computer chess this week, which I was thrilled to hear, as that should free up some extensive time in his schedule!!

I'm off to work now!

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Yeah for my mom!

Take a look at what my sweet talented mother is making for us! Diapers! I bought the pattern and materials but took one look at it and realized it was probably beyond me (I might try it later, maybe) so I passed it off to my mom and look what she has already done. Isn't it cute?! I can't wait to use these on our precious baby!


Not sure why she used this doll as a model. We had better looking dolls, I promise!

So Tiny!


P.S. Yes, we are going to give cloth diapering a try (for health and cost savings). But really, isn't the diaper just so cute?! Thanks Mom!

Friday, July 27, 2007

We're in love!

We got to hear the heartbeat this morning! I don't think I have ever heard anything so sweet before in my life. It definitely feels real now. The visit wasn't very long besides that. I discovered I need to do a little better with nutrition and exercise (I've done well for two nights but that's about it) as I had gained more than I thought already. My goal is to stay the same for the next appointment or perhaps even drop a pound or two. We did chat a little bit about the hosital and birthing classes. I did ask her about her thoughts on Natural Childbirth. I'm not going to write much about that decision here, because I don't want to get discouraged from doing what I want by people's comments (although I haven't yet). She said everything sounded great with the heartbeat. The only downer was that Andrew has to have a blood sample drawn to test his blood type. He's not very excited about that. Since my blood type is a negative, we have to check and see if his is a positive or not. If it is, I have to have some sort of injection at 28 weeks to protect the baby from my body making antibodies against it. I'm sure everyone else understands this better than I do. Well, I'd best get back to work. I got so much done this morning that I'm way ahead. Maybe I'll get done early!

P.S. Oh! And if anyone knows how to overcome the exhaustion of 1st trimester pregnancy, let me know. It has decided to finally hit me hard this week. I feel like laying down right now and taking a LONG LONG LONG nap!

Second Appointment

We have our second prenatal appointment today at 11:20 am. I'll let you all know how it goes. I believe we're going to listen to the heartbeat! :)

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Beans?

I finally spilled them! Only two people were in my meeting (the other two weren't here) but I told them anyway. My boss and co-worker were very happy for me. I still feel sort of weird, like a different person! They assumed I was returning after the baby was born (which is my current plan) so that wasn't ackward. Ok, better get back to work. I'm so relieved that everyone (pretty much) knows now.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

It's about time?

We had a great trip to Kansas! It was so much fun to see old college friends, visit with family, and attend our friend's beautiful wedding. We truly did have a great time. I will hopefully post again with pictures soon. I always feel like I'm just catching up on things. My morning sickness is still hitting me hard, but only at home. I was fine while we were in Kansas. Anyway, I feel so nervous today but I think it's about time to tell my boss and co-workers that I'm expecting! Ah! I just wish I could have someone do it for me or just know when the right time is. I feel like I ought to tell them before Friday, because I will be out of the office a bit longer because of my second prenatal appointment. It's right around lunch time, but it may go a little past 1:00 pm. Anyway, my nerves are shot. I just need to get up the guts to walk in there and do it! Ah! I guess I will let you all know how it goes.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Mentally Challenged Mouse?

Ok, I've been seeing evidence of a little rodent invader in our BRAND NEW HOME for a month or so now (we THINK we brought it in with a box). We've had traps set and well, we have a dog, so I thought that would take care of it. I first noticed some poop under the sink and so we set two traps. Then last night the strangest thing happened. We were playing cards with Andrew's cousins and I went to go look for a pen. I opened one of our kitchen drawers only to find one of my pampered chef rubber spatulas had been nibbled on. It definitely happened on Wednesday night as I had put utensils away in this drawer earlier that day and the spatula was still intact. There were shreds of plastic/rubber in the drawer and no poop. It was really torn apart (I wish I had a picture, but I've been short on time). After more careful examination this morning, we discovered that all of our plastic/rubber spatulas in that drawer had been nibbled on (three of them)!! It is sooooooo creepy! I can't stand rodents!!!!!! That is an understatement. I'm not sure why it is not taking our bait in the traps and also it is not eating any food in the house, just plastic/rubber. Weird! It can get in the pantry, so I'm not sure what is going on. Anyway, I'm so freaked out that I wanted to call an exterminator but my husband said no. So, it is now his job to catch and kill whatever it is that is eating my kitchen utensils!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Doubts!

I've had this very weird feeling that is hard to describe since I first discovered my positive pregnancy test. I have felt like it all is a fake. After the first test, I asked Andrew to verify the positive nature of the test, which he did. Upon returning home from camping, I took a second test which was also positive. We took pictures and compared stuff. Yep, positive . . . positive! I was still paranoid, so I preceded to take three more tests (all positive)!! Of course, my husband thought I was nuts but that is nothing new. I continued to progress with nausea, and yes, vomiting, tiredness, irritability, etc. Deep within my heart, I still doubted that this could be happening to us even though my mind said it was true. I suppose this doubt is one not-so-subtle way of reminding me that this is my first time through this process! At the doctor's office I had another test and a blood test. After feeling like I couldn't tell anyone at work, until I was absolutely sure, I called the doctor (midwife actually) today to ask about my blood test results. She told me about all the other tests they had done (and all of them said that I don't have some horrible disease that will affect my baby, I'm not anemic, and my blood type is A-). She finally asked if that was all I wanted. I sheepishly asked if she could just confirm for me that the blood test was also positive. She said, "Oh, this is your first pregnancy, right?" Hmm, yeah, very much so! Anyway, she said both tests run that day (just a yes/no, and also hormone levels) very much indicated that I am, indeed, going to have a baby around February 5th. It's weird that after about 7 weeks of already "knowing" this, it is finally starting to sink in. I feel so nervous right now, as I now have no excuse not to tell my co-workers, which I am about ready to do!

Update: Ah, I chickened out telling my co-worker (the boss is going to wait until next week, as he is gone), perhaps I will later today! Why does this stuff make me so nervous? I need Andrew here to tell everyone, since he is good at that!

Monday, July 16, 2007

Weekend!

I feel so tired that I can hardly remember what we did this past weekend. So, I'd better write it down before I forget! On Saturday, I did my usual job of helping Andrew's uncle clean the church then Andrew and I headed off for a wedding. Andrew was the official photographer. We looked through his photos last night and there are some very good ones. After we finished with the wedding, we went to see a movie. On Sunday, I taught Sunday school, then we headed out to go on a canoeing adventure with some of our friends from church. It took us about 4 hours to go 6 miles in our canoes, but we stopped many times in order to let Andrew (and occasionally other guys) jump off of branches and ropes into the river. Then, there were the times that we got stuck on the bottom of the river. It was occasionally deep (where the rope swings were) but there were plenty of spots that weren't even 1 foot deep. Anyway, there were five canoes and we all stuck together and had a lot of fun. I was so exhausted after that experience that I went home and read for a while and went to bed. I must have pinched a nerve paddling, or something, since my left arm ached all night. It has done this before and I feel an ache in my left shoulder, so they must be related. It feels better now. I got a decent amount of sleep over the weekend but I still feel pretty exhausted today. I think all my jobs are catching up with me. So, after my lessons tonight, it will be early to bed so I can focus more at work tomorrow!

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Luxury Awaits!

This past week my husband and father-in-law have been working on our upstairs bathroom. Andrew got the tub drain finished last night. So, if we were to lug buckets of water upstairs, I could take a bath. The supply is not finished yet. The bathtub is pure luxury compared to the one downstairs (which I like for other reasons) and has a nice sloped back and it is deep! I can't wait to take a bath. Not to long now! :)

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

I thought wrong!

My sickness has returned! Yuck! Needless to say, I'm quite hungry right now, as I lost my breakfast this morning! :( Oh well, I'm feeling a bit better now, and I just have to think that I hopefully only have about 2 or 3 weeks left and that's when most women start to feel better!

Monday, July 09, 2007

Ah! Blogger won't let me add a title! Oh well, I guess it will save at least 5 minutes of me sitting here thinking up one. I thought I was beginning to feel better, however I did not feel good yesterday. I started to perk up in the afternoon, only to be hit by a KILLER sinus headache in the evening hours. I couldn't even read or watch TV. I sort of felt like I was dying about the time Andrew got into bed at 11:00 pm. It cleared up in the middle of the night, because I remember waking up and taking the cold rag off my head because I felt better. Sorry if this whole paragraph doesn't make sense. I feel like if I blink my eyes, they might stay closed for a while. I got 8 hours of sleep last night, and took a nap in the afternoon, but I guess I need more than that! :)

I may have overdone it on Saturday. I cleaned the church, mowed the front yard, cleaned the house some, and then decided to actually paint the nursery upstairs. It may have all been too much! Ok, I'm off to actually concentrate on some work today. It's VBS week! Ah!

Friday, July 06, 2007

Big Projects!

It's a new record! We've lived in our house about 4 1/2 months and we have already started working on it again! Of course, we have somewhat of a deadline, since we need a spot for the new little person that will be living with us in February. We started priming the walls and ceiling in the baby's room last night. I know that some people say not to paint during pregnancy, but I asked my mid-wife and she said it was fine, as long as the room was properly ventilated . . . so we opened the windows. I was also careful not to get any paint on my skin, which if you know me well, you know is a pretty big accomplishment! I also got out of cleaning out the rollers. We got the whole room primed (Andrew did the ceiling) and I went and bought the paint today. It is going to be a cheery yellow. Even though we plan to find out the sex of the baby, I think it sounds annoying to have to repaint that room, if additional children happen to be of the opposite sex! So, we're going with yellow and if it's a boy, the room will have blue accents, and a girl will, obviously, have pink accents. Both colors will look great with yellow.

Our biggest obstacle when trying to finish our upstairs it the cost of carpeting! We want to get the same stuff we have downstairs, since we love it, but it was pretty expensive. I guess I need to actually get a quote before I rule out being able to dig into savings to afford carpet right now. It would be nice to move up there soon! Hopefully the main cost downstairs was running the carpet down the stairs and around our winder step! I think I will go call the carpet guy right now for a quote. I have been talking to several plumbers to see if we can get someone to hook up our tub in the upstairs bathroom. It needs a drain, faucet, and shower run. One guy said $425 which sounds incredibly high! If it is going to be that high, Andrew would do the work himself. It will just save an enormous effort to have someone come in and do that part. The rest of the plumbing should be simpler. I do feel a bit overwhelmed by the thought of priming and painting the master bedroom (which is HUGE) myself, so if you live in the area (hint, hint) and want to help us paint, please let me know, and I'll let you know when we are doing it! :)

Ok, I'm ahead for a usual Friday, probably because I've begun to feel better, but I'd still better get back to work. I still gagged at my fridge and at the church fridge this morning but at least I don't feel nauseated all day! I hope it doesn't return! Happy home improvement!

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Mom-in-training?

I'm not sure if my body is just trying to train me to function with sleepless nights or what, but I feel like I'm in training. I did take a significantly long nap yesterday, but I was so tired in the afternoon I felt like I couldn't walk another step when I got home. So I took a nap. When it came time for bed, I finished reading about midnight. I usually read until I feel like I have to prop my eyes open, which some nights is at 10:00 pm. I laid there (I may have slept a little) until 2:30 am when I fully woke up and couldn't sleep anymore. I went out to the couch, with the idea to pop in a movie (always makes me sleep), but just listened to music on my iPod instead. The fridge noises kept bothering me so I went back to bed about 4:00 am and I seriously don't think I slept much, if any during that time, since I had to keep skipping the fast songs on my iPod. I finally fell asleep (for good) about 4:30 am, only to be awakened by my alarm at 6. Well, I made it and I'm here at work today, and I haven't fallen asleep yet! Still being gagged by the fridge and feeling a bit queasier today than the last few days but I think it is lack of sleep and lack of water. I'm going to go drink some of that now! I don't think my bed has ever sounded so good before!

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Training and Gross Things!

Dewey decided last night that we needed some training in the art of getting up at night. He was in the laundry room, like usual, except he was whining and barking for an extended period of time (we're talking 1/2 hour +, the time was fuzzy since I was half awake)! So, I finally got up and took him outside (in the rain) to pee. He continued to whine about 15 minutes after that, probably just wanting to sleep in our bed. Apparently, I'm a softy, because as soon as Andrew went out to him and just said "no Dewey" in a gruff voice that even scared me, Dewey was quiet for the rest of the night. I guess we're discovering who the disciplinarian might be.

Also, please skip the next part if you don't want to read about gross things!

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I just had the pleasure of getting sick at work today. The worst part is that my nose started to bleed right during the "up chuck." Anyway, no harm done. It quit very quickly afterwards. I thought I was starting to feel better as I have been supplementing with B vitamins (and some say that helps morning sickness) but I guess surprises can still happen! At least I feel better now! So, hopefully this will make for smooth sailing during our staff meeting this afternoon, as I'm just not ready to tell the news yet, although the time may come more quickly than I anticipate! I'm looking forward to the rain they say is coming this afternoon and I'm looking forward to getting a lot of sleep tonight, after last night! :)

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Dreams!

I'm beginning to have very vivid dreams. Two nights ago, I dreamed I was back in the midwife's office. They had me lay down on a table so they could inject my spine with something that would make me sleep. They wanted to record my brain waves. I remember the painful injection and the falling asleep in my dream. Weird!!

I'm already so sleepy today. If I had the guts, I would call in sick (since I still have all my days) and just sleep, but I doubt I can bring myself to do that!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

First Appointment Update!

I had my first appointment yesterday! It went very well. It was really pretty short and simple. I am going to a clinic that has two midwives (I met with one of them yesterday) and about eight doctors. They like for you to have an appointment with everyone before your due date, just in case they are on call for the delivery. This freaked me out a little at first, since I've never been to a man doctor before, but everyone keeps telling me that I absolutely won't care during the birth. I like the place, so I guess I'll just have to overcome this one detail. The midwife set my current official due date as February 5th, 2008. I did the other standard things like pee in a cup and have a few other tests run. I still have to go have my blood work done in the next few days. There are about 12 locations in the area I can do it. I'm probably going to try and get it over with at lunch today. I hate needles and blood, so I was hoping they would do it while I had Andrew there with me, but oh well. She said my next appointment on July 27th would be more extensive. I would get to hear the heartbeat (they only can see it now with an ultrasound) and I would get more information about birth classes, etc. Yikes! Does that mean I actually have to give birth?! :) Anyway, my queasy stomach has just started for the morning, so I'm going to try and eat a healthy breakfast before it gets the best of me. I am going to leave you with a picture I took about four weeks ago, just in case you still had any questions or doubts.




Friday, June 22, 2007

Two Posts! You Guys are Lucky!

To take my mind off of my queasy rolling stomach, I was browsing the good ole' Target for some things.

*Disclaimer: Yes, I know it is very (too) early to be looking at this stuff. Yes, I know I have many months to plan and prepare but I'm not getting any of this (yet), and that's why I'm going slowly . . . one item at a time. But . . . it's fun to think about!

So, what crib do you like better?
Rochester Crib w/ Drawer at Target - $199.99


OR


Aspen Stages Crib with drawer at Target - $369.99

Both seem very acceptable to boy or girl. I just love a dark stain on wood but I'm also open to white (seems like that could be dirty). Ok, well that took about 5 minutes of my time. Perhaps I'll eat a cracker! :)

Plans . . .

My crazy and exciting plans for the evening include . . . . SLEEP! I have never been this tired in my life. Feel like I could sleep sitting up and I can't have a shot of caffeine as a pick-me-up.

Also, the refrigerator and I had another wrestling match this morning. The fridge won! The freezer doesn't have the same effect, weird!

We finally got a much needed soaking rain this morning. Hopefully our patchy grass will grow a bit. I made Dewey go out into the rain this morning to pee. He has been such a good dog lately. I can even let him out into the garage and say "sit" and he stops and sits before exiting the garage (so I can tie him up). He was scared of the thunder.

Perhaps I'd better work, so maybe I can go home early and catch a nap!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

I'm Beginning to Understand!

I was thinking the other day that I really haven't been very hormonal (yet?). Apparently that day has arrived. I'm so glad the church is primarily deserted today, otherwise I might be discovered crying. My functional brain realizes that the things making me upset are very unimportant and would normally not bother me, but not today! Part of this problem may be due to lack of sleep. Normally I get between 6 1/2 to 7 1/2 hours of sleep per night. I've been doing about the same thing lately and it's just not cutting it for me. I actually took a nap during my lunch hour (in the youth room). It's not like I've been doing anything really important. I was mainly waiting to see whether some visitors were coming last night and got caught up in a TV show. I'm beginning to understand what all these books are talking about. My symptoms just show up a few days later than what the books says (so I naively think they aren't going to happen).

Also, the fridge has become my enemy. I promise that we do not have smelly or moldy food in our fridge, however each morning when I go to open the door, I inevitably feel extremely nauseated. It's funny because the trash (in our house and in the garage) does not bother me much. We have been in somewhat of a dilemma what to eat for supper. Andrew has been spending hours finishing up his latest class (which is done with tonight!) and I can't hardly open the fridge to even begin to prepare stuff, so we've primarily been snacking. Thankfully, my main cravings include fruit, so at least it is a healthy snack. On the down side, we're slowly running out of food, so I'm going to have to face the dreaded grocery store soon. The only way I can get through it, is if I stay in the produce section (which isn't bad) or if I bring a mint along for the occasion. That flavor and scent overwhelms all others, and then I'm ok.

Please don't think I am complaining about all of this. The weird thing is, as uncomfortable as I am, I actually like feeling this way, because I know things are going ok! I'm very excited for this and I don't mind feeling a little sick for a while! I am getting very excited about our first appointment next Monday (partly because I took the day off). I just have LOTS of questions about what to do and what not to do, so I hope they can be answered. I even called our insurance today to make sure everything is covered and in network . . . and it is. Beyond the blood test and meeting with the midwife, I have no idea what all is going to happen. I've read that first appointments can be fairly long, so I prepared A for that, so he can tell his boss the appropriate thing.

Ok, I'm feeling better now, so I guess it's back to work!