Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Today is a horribly sad day. 

I just found out that one of my good friends, who was due just 2 weeks after me, lost her baby.  I am utterly and completely heartbroken for her.  I don't think they know what happened yet.  She is being induced today.

And it makes me feel so horrible for complaining about my aches and pains, and wishing that this pregnancy would just be over already.

Oh my goodness, what would I do if I lost my precious little girl??? I will gladly go through whatever else this pregnancy throws my way, and I will cherish this little being.

Please pray for my friend and her husband.  They have 2 little girls and were expecting their 3rd.


MaryBeth-I'm not sure what's going on with the comments. I do know that I haven't been getting any so maybe it's because it's messed up? I don't know how to fix it. :-(

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

7 months

Today marks the beginning of my 7th month of pregnancy.  Is it just me, or does it feel like I've been pregnant for eons???

This is what I look like... My belly isn't that huge but I've gained weight everywhere. So my arms, legs, booty, face... all bigger than usual.

My back is giving me massive problems.  Since I haven't been able to do pool therapy I've noticed a HUGE decline in the health of my back.  It gives out and hurts all. the. time.  To the point that I feel nauseated.  I'm really not sure how I'm going to make it these last 11 weeks, as the baby gets bigger and pulls even more on my back.

I fear that I'll need a wheelchair!!!  Maybe something like this:

Ha ha! ;-)

I'm doing well otherwise.  I can tell I'm in the home stretch, and I've started getting sick more often and needing insane amounts of sleep.  Two nights ago I slept from 6pm to 8:30am and still could barely drag myself out of bed.  And by 7 that night I couldn't keep my eyes open.  CRAZY!!!!!

I am getting so excited to meet this little girl, even though I am having a serious hard time bonding with her.  It's the whole name thing. We do have a name, but Josh loves it way more than I do.  So I'm having a hard time identifying with her, because the name just doesn't seem to fit perfectly.  Oh well, I'm sure once she's here and I can see her, hold her, kiss her everything will fall into place.

We're working on building shelves in Kate's bedroom for the baby's clothes, and will be setting up the crib in the next few weeks, as soon as we get it back from the friends we loaned it to.  My nesting instinct is in high gear, which makes cleaning and organizing fun, so that's a huge blessing. ;-)

I hope you're all doing well!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

28 weeks...and back to square one

Hi all,
Sorry that my posting has slowed way down.  I feel like there isn't too much to say; not much going on.

Today I am 28 weeks, but for the last few weeks I've been getting sick every day.  The nausea and fatigue are back in full swing.  I could literally sleep 18 hours a day. 

Coffee is making me sick again, which is no bueno since I'm so tired! One of my other pregnant friends takes something called Super Food or something like that; it's basically a green drink chock full of good stuff that gives you energy.  So I'm going to ask her about that and try it.

I feel very, very heavy these days.  My back and hips are killing me, there's pressure when I walk, etc... I have definitely gained the most weight that I ever have in pregnancy... and I still have 12 weeks to go. :-O It freaks me out a little bit, but then I just have to let it go because I'm not going to diet while pregnant.  I may try to cut out carbs and focus more on lean protein, fruits and veggies.  Spring has yet to arrive in my corner of the world; we actually had SNOW yesterday.

I can't wait for the warmer weather, and all the farmer's markets to start selling fresh fruits and vegetables.  I'm hoping that I'll naturally drop a few pounds once I can eat more of those things. 

I have an OB appointment today so we'll see what my stomach is measuring and if I'm really as huge as I feel. ;-) I already totally waddle around, holding my back. Basically, I look like this:

And with that lovely image, I'll bid you adieu. ;-)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Hello Third Trimester

Today is the first day of the third trimester for me.  The beginning of the end.  It feels like time is slowly dragging by... these middle weeks go so slow!!  I think once I hit 30 weeks it'll go a little faster, simply because I'll have more frequent doctor's appointments and also because 30 feels so much closer to 40 than 20 does.  If that makes sense??

I had a super lovely weekend away at a women's retreat.  I enjoyed it immensely, but am paying for it now. I've been sick since I got home, and the time change is kicking this pregnant woman's booty!! Twice this week it's been a mad scramble to get Kate to school on time, and today I woke up 10 minutes before school started, so she was late. 

I don't ever remember being this tired in pregnancy, even when I had 2 small babies and was expecting my 3rd.  It's like the life has been sucked out of me and all I want to do is stay in my gloriously warm, comfortable bed.  My bed is, hands down, my favorite place to be these days. :-D

There are 5 other women who are pregnant right now and we're ALL having a hard time coming up with names! Although, we have finally decided once and for all.  I asked Josh if he could choose any name, right now, what he would choose.  And his answer surprised me.  It's a name that I like, but felt like I had pressured him into.  So we're all set now with a name, FINALLY! :-P

MaryBeth- Josh got laid off a couple of weeks ago, so we lost our insurance.  But the state is giving us benefits, and since I'm pregnant we're totally covered. ;-)  It was a complete shock and totally out of the blue, but in the end it's been a good thing.  Josh is working part time for his dad, so between that and the state benefits we'll be just fine.

Baby Girl continues to shock and amaze me with the strength and size of her movements.  She feels WAY bigger than 2 pounds.  Thankfully she is still in the transverse breech position, laying sideways in my belly, so I haven't had the excruciating pain that I had with Owen from him being jammed up in my ribs/lungs/organs.  All her kicks and movements are on the sides of my stomach or down by my bladder.  And I'll totally take that over the other way any day of the week! Then she can flip head down in my 39th week.  Great plan, huh? ;-)

I hope you're all doing well!  Drop me a line and let me know what's up in your corner of the world.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

One to Twenty

1: week til I'm in the third trimester
2: pair of maternity pants that fit me
3: months until I'm due
4: kiddos I'll have in June
5: my ring size
6: pounds I hope this baby weighs when born
7: seats in our van
8: years we've been married
9: days til Kate turns 7
10: toes that need a pedicure
11: days til my next OB appointment
12: months I hope to nurse
13: times I blow my nose during the day, due to this cold I have
14: weeks until I can have a margarita
15: weeks until summer break begins
16: nieces and nephews I'll have by the end of the year
17: dollars for one cloth diaper
18: pounds I've gained
19: outfits Kate will try on in a day
20: times I tell the boys to stop fighting.  In an hour.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Arms and Legs

Howdy, Folks!

We had a good weekend around here, and got Kate's room painted a really soft, pretty light pink.  I'll post pictures once we  have the pictures hung, her bed canopy up and the crib set up. :)

We also had a FANTASTIC day on Sunday; there was no church so Jen and her kiddos came over and we played ALL DAY LONG. It was great!  For dinner I made a recipe that I've seen on Pinterest and Savvy Little Women.  I've made it twice in the last week and a half.  The first time I made it with lime and cilantro Rotel and taco seasoning, and I think I prefer it that way to the ranch and plain rotel.  Anyway, it turned out good and fed a large crowd. :)

Lately I've been trying to think of what I CAN do while pregnant, exercise-wise.  And this is what I've come up with.

Push-ups, except not the traditional way, or even the girl way.  What I do is stand by the wall and plant my feet far enough away so that when I lean forward my arms are at 90 degree angles to the wall.  And guess what? It's actually kinda hard! :-O  Yeah, I am WAY out of shape.  So I plan to do some push-ups like that throughout the day, and hopefully some tricep dips (using a chair) to help define my arms and maybe burn up some fat.

As for my legs, I'm thinking to try to do some squats. I really don't know if I'll be able to do them.  My back has been killing me.  We lost our insurance so I haven't been able to do any pool therapy or physical therapy, and boy can I tell!

So I'm planning to take it slow and easy, but do what I can.  It makes me feel better to at least be doing something.

My kiddos are still out of sorts and I have a horrible cold, so I'm off to drink lots of liquids, blow my nose and try to keep my boys from destroying the house. ;-)

Friday, March 2, 2012

Fridays are hard

I remember when I was working, how excited I got and how much I looked forward to Fridays.

These days, they are one of the hardest days of the week.  Everyone is tired, worn out, grumpy.  It's hard.

Lately my kids are acting... I don't know, like aliens invaded their bodies? They don't hear a word I say, they repeatedly do things they KNOW are wrong.  I'll ask them to do something/NOT to do something like 5 times, and then finally I yell it, and then they react with anger cuz I yelled. UGH.  I'm not really sure what to do with them!

There has been a lot of big changes around here in the last 2 weeks, and I know it's stressful for them too, and they can feel the stress that Josh and I are under, so I'm trying to be patient and understanding. But when Every.Single.Thing is a battle, it just depletes my energy faster than anything.

I spent pretty much all day Wednesday and Thursday crying.  Like, sobbing and weeping and wailing.  I know the majority of it is just my hormones, and I was able to let Josh know that in a reasonable way. ;-)  But I just could NOT stop.  I feel better now, and I think some of those toxic hormones just needed to be flushed out. 

I'm looking forward to the weekend. We don't have any huge plans, besides painting Kate's room, which is something I've been wanting to do for a long time. I'm looking forward to decorating it and it'll be the first time I have a "nursery" for any of my babies.  It won't be a spending-spree, all-out thing, but even just to paint and put up new curtains will make it feel more finished.

I hope you're well! I plan to really just lay low this weekend, maybe take the kids to the library while Josh paints, maybe just rent movies to watch at home. 

Have a great weekend, everyone!