Saturday, August 30, 2008

31w

FIGHTING... THE URGE... TO ITCH....

I'm slathered up in belly butter, but it's still taking over! I just keep thinking... less itching, less stretch marks!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

30w3d

Stretch marks HURT!!


Well I guess it's the actual stretching of the skin that is what hurts... but you know what I mean.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

30w

Guess what...

It's a girl!!

I know, I know, we weren't going to find out, but I have a confession to make... when we got our 24wk anatomy ultrasound done at the Naval Hospital, even though we told the tech we didn't want to know, she said "he" and "his" a few times-and since I thought it was a boy all along, we were pretty convinced that that's what it was. We just figured that since we were pretty sure-from our own intuition (which SUCKS I guess! haha!) and what the ultrasound tech "slipped" and said-it would be pointless to pretend we didn't know and we'd get it confirmed at today's 3D/4D appointment. We've been buying boy clothes for the past 6 weeks and we even have 2 names we were in love with that we were going to choose from at birth-so you can imagine our COMPLETE shock when she said nope, that is DEFINITELY a girl! WOW! Both of us are still completely in shock, thinking it was a boy... I guess it's better a shock now than later, haha!... but she looked nice and healthy in there.

Her cord was in front of her face the whole time, so we couldn't get any completely clear pictures... which doesn't surprise me because she was miss acrobat ALL day yesterday and ALL night last night, so she was too lazy to swat the cord away. But here's a few pictures of her, minus the really invasive ones of her little parts, haha-she has my nose and chin for sure, possibly has Patrick's shoulder dimples, has a little hair on her head, and makes cute scrunchy faces. Womb's Window was awesome-they scanned me for 45 minutes (longer than normal) trying to get her to move the cord, and we have the video of the whole scan which I am about to go watch in complete bliss. So... after I finish uploading all of these pictures, I have to go through all the boy stuff we bought, pack up what we want to save for future babies, and go exchange the rest!








Friday, August 22, 2008

29w6d

I was right. I AM stretching. I got my first little baby-related stretch mark yesterday-it's only about an inch long but it's there! Oh well-it's not like I don't have them anyway. The itching has been driving me mad, and I have been seriously been slathering the belly butter stuff on like I'm a greased pig. Patrick doesn't like it because it's a bit sticky, but it's way better than lotion.

I am entering nesting mode, too. I've been itching to wash the baby clothes and get them put away (the things that are on hangers already are there, but the folded stuff is all in a box) but I haven't gotten any detergent yet. I read in the Baby Bargains book that Dreft is pretty much a rip, there are a lot of other detergents out there that are a lot cheaper-and I'm all about a deal, especially when we'll be washing so many loads of baby stuff-so investigating that is my next project.

AND.

We have yet to decide on a dresser.

We've been bouncing back and forth a couple of different ideas. One, we could get a dresser. Easy as pie. I have one on overstock.com that I am in love with. On the other hand, Patrick's Sgt did this for her little girl:


















On the opposing wall she has another one of these shelves that's a little bigger with hmm... 12 or 16 cubbies in it? I really like this, but I'm not sure of the practicality of it-on one hand it seems (note, seems, as I am naive and don't have any kiddos yet so I have no clue) like it would be great later on for toys, but would the kiddo tear into it? I'm all for any honest opinions... we aren't leaning one way or the other at all, we just don't know what would be best.

Tomorrow is the 3D/4D ultrasound... we're spending a lot of the day out in Wilmington with the Flaggs so we won't be back right after, but keep an eye out tomorrow night for pictures and a video if I can load it on!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

29w3d

I am GROWING like crazy!

My belly has been uncontrollably itching for a few days now... it's starting to stretch... depending on how the baby is sitting, my belly button is half-innie and half-outie. I've done pretty well and resisted the urge to itch it-I just grease myself up with some belly butter.

Pictures lately have looked pretty similar, but I think it's just because I have been growing in such a steady pattern... I'm interested in seeing what Saturday's 30 week picture will look like. WOW... 30 weeks already!

Speaking of Saturday, I am closing off the Expect Net poll that day. So anyone who wants to make a guess who hasn't better do it soon-go ahead, whether you know me or not, the more the merrier! I'll do it that morning... so make your guesses before then.

I've been getting stares in the stores and such. I'm not sure if my madness came last night because I was so tired and felt like crap when we went to the store or what, but when we were walking across the parking lot to our car I saw these two girls in their car staring at me and laughing and talking... I had to resist my urge to throw something at them. YES girls, I feel like a cow, I can hardly fit into Patrick's old t-shirts... go ahead and make fun and see how much better that makes me feel. Or what it does to your face. Haha just kidding... kind of. :)

Saturday, August 16, 2008

29w

Yesterday Kas threw me a surprise baby shower!

It was supposed to be a "lunch" for her going away... so I come walking in with a big bowl of apple snicker salad and to my surprise... a bunch of my Jacksonville friends are all sitting around Kas's cutely decorated living room!


(And I have a feeling this is going to be a long post because of all the pictures. Oops!)

They all gave me the most amazing gifts... a ton of bottles, onesies, Trina made me a diaper cake... lots and lots of wonderful stuff for baby! (Excuse the tardo facial expressions... I don't do well with posed pictures nowadays, let alone candids! haha!)

(no kidding... I have a pink hat for me JUST like that!! Ohhh this is so my child)
Here are all the lovely ladies involved :)



THANK YOU KAS for a WONDERFUL day!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

28w5d

Hello sciatic nerve pain and leg cramps.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

28w4d

Last night held a record for most sleep in one stretch since I've been pregnant! 4 HOURS!

That's been my first and most consistent pregnancy thing-I'm up every hour or two at the most to use the bathroom... so I'm sure you can understand my surprise when I woke up at 6am and realized that the last time I woke up was 2! So I mentally threw myself a party, went to the bathroom, and went back to bed. And this was after drinking a slushie after dinner, which usually lessens the time in between trips.... so happy!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

28w3d

Today I went to the Budgeting for Baby class on base-it's sponsored by the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, and it was pretty common sense information to me since we go by a budget and I am a pretty smart, frugal shopper (thank you Grama)... but at the end of it we got this awesome layette, all Gerber stuff and an afghan hand crocheted by one of the ladies in their crocheting/knitting club! Super neat! It was definitely worth going to, even if just for this (AND there is a current priced out list of diaper costs at different places in Jacksonville... score)!





Sunday, August 10, 2008

28w1d

I had a dream last night that I was wearing an opal ring... October baby, perhaps?

Saturday, August 9, 2008

28w



















This is how I look today, with something other than my tank top on. No that bump isn't my belly button-it's just a wrinkle in a clever place. We were at the Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival-which proved to be something that completely exhausted me for the rest of the day. In fact, now that I think of it, it's time for more Tylenol.

Interesting happening, too-the linea nigra has shown up, only not as a line down my belly-mine is a circle around my belly button. It's only light purple for now, but I'm sure it will darken. I noticed it yesterday.

9 weeks till full term... and my dream of a 37 week delivery. Come on baby.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

27w3d

Went for a checkup today... gained more weight, 5 more pounds since the last time I was weighed, which brings me to a grand total of 19 pounds so far. I'm hoping this good, steady increase will continue for the last 12 weeks! I found an interesting chart in one of the books I am reading as to what the weight gain includes:

Baby-------------7.5 pounds
Placenta----------1.5 pounds
Amniotic Fluid----2.0 pounds
Breast tissue------1.0 pounds
Uterus------------2.5 pounds
Blood-------------3.5 pounds
Other fluid--------2.75 pounds
Other-------------3.25 pounds + or -

Blood pressure was good, and I'm measuring right on target (well measuring at 28w but what's a few days' difference) and the heart rate was in the 150-160 range. I go back in 4 weeks for my next checkup, and after that they will be every other week. It was a little nuts going in today because I was given my pre-admission packet to fill out and then a packet on all of the 3rd trimester goodness-which includes a birth plan. It's a bit intimidating, because there is a lot I don't know... the only things I really DO know are that YES I would love an epidural and NO we don't want the kiddo to have a pacifier and NO I don't want anyone there when I give birth except for Patrick and NO I can't nurse, we are going to formula feed. That's it. As far as the rest of the page goes about what positions I want to lay in and how I want to relax... I have no clue! Start up lamaze classes again and maybe I'll know a little more. Time to get reading labor books, I suppose. And I get to start kick counts now too... fun... it's not going to be a hard task for me at all with how much this little one likes to move around!

I also had my glucose tolerance test this morning... YUCK! Of course by the time my appointment got over and we went all the way across town to the Naval Hospital it was after 10... so by the time I had to get my blood drawn I was feeling icky. Not as bad as when I had my 6 hour fasting test done a couple of years ago, but still not the greatest feeling in the world. Apparently the results are read pretty quickly-today-so if there is a problem I will be getting a call pretty soon to schedule a 3 hour little sucker. Lets just hope and pray that's not the case and that my hypoglycemia stayed being hypoglycemia.

Monday, August 4, 2008

27w2d

Last night I had a terrible, terrible dream and now I can't stop thinking about it.

It was that the baby came early. When it was born, it was 2lbs2oz... and just sitting there. All I knew was that I did something terribly wrong and it was my fault, and all I could do was cry and cry because I wanted the baby to make it and just be fine and not have to be in an incubator for 3 months...


It was eerily accurate with the whole "3 months left" thing, and with the gender that I think it is, and not necessarily with the Naval Hospital itself because I've never seen L&D there before... but in the dream it weighed less than I know it weighs now (baby was at 1lb7oz a few weeks ago) and I could fit it into my hand (and its done the whole "here's my head poking out of one side, here's my butt poking out the other" so I can estimate length and its not that tiny) ...boo, pregnancy dreams are so wacky. Keep trucking, little baby, you are doing just fine...

Saturday, August 2, 2008

27w

Hello, third trimester! Only 13 weeks to go, and only 10 weeks to term-WOW!

Since the baby registry is (finally after a couple of months of research) pretty much done, as far as necessities go anyway, my next project is finding a baby book. This is going to prove difficult because I want it to be perfect-no dumb, pointless questions, no repetition, one that is unique. I am completely in love with my Belly Book (see picture below) which is my sole reasoning for taking belly shots every week, versus every month or so-it's such a great book and it will be so fun to look back on in the years to come-so I looked to see if that author made a baby book too (because I'm sure it would be fantastic) and nope. She has a Birthday Book which I do think I'll invest in, but nothing specifically for the first year or so. Patrick found one that was pretty neat at Barnes & Noble, but I'm not 100% sold on it. I guess it's not being picky... it's just not wasting our money on something I am not completely in love with. So the great search 2008 is on...



















(See? Isn't it cute? There are lots more different pages for recording cravings, just random questions in general, ultrasound, prenatal appointments...)

Tuesday is my glucose test... which I am NOT looking for. Since I'm hypoglycemic anyway that sugar crap that they make you drink makes me so sick... Patrick WILL have the morning off to take me to it or I'll have words. I'm nervous about the outcome, I won't lie. But I've known for a couple of years now that I'm more at risk for it when I am pregnant, so we'll just have to see.

Umm... not much else going on. The baby is getting good at lodging itself right underneath my right rib so I can't bend over sometimes. It favors the right side in general-I took a picture the other day where it was all smooshed over and my belly was completely lopsided looking down on it.

Only 3 more weeks till my 3D/4D ultrasound... woohoo!