Archive for : September, 2015
Please excuse the tired look. It ain’t a look – I’m just plain tired. Being on week 3 of shingles is starting to wear this Mama down!
Percentage Cooked: 68%
Baby Size: Longer than a foot long and 2 pounds!
Countdown to Baby: Less than 13 weeks! We have a c-section scheduled for 5 days prior to my due date. Unreal that we already have this scheduled-ahhh!
Symptoms: My #1 symptom right now is shingles pain, which happens to be on my upper right side of my belly. Think: the worst sunburn you’ve ever had x 10 for over 2 weeks. On a location that happens to be pulling and stretching because of a sweet baby growing inside of you. It hurts more when I sit and is best when I lay. Mornings aren’t too bad, but then it progressively gets worse throughout the day. Sharp, stabbing pain comes in waves without warning. Ugh – it’s terrible. Luckily, I did NOT get the rash/lesions. I am very thankful for that! Bad news is that it could last for many more weeks or MONTHS! :(
My feet hurt at night and it’s getting harder and harder to get up from sitting and laying positions without assistance. Also, the leaking has commenced with the twins upstairs. Great timing, lemme tell you!
Cravings/Aversions: SWEETS still. Fruit, sweet tea, La Croix, Max’s fruit snacks, ice cream, cupcakes, Starburst Candy, and vanilla frosting! Nachos are my salty craving. I like cheese with my cheese, but that’s not pregnancy-related ;)
Weight Gain: I was up 19 pounds at my appointment last Tuesday. I’m right on par with last pregnancy. Hopefully I can stay a little closer to 30 than 40 pounds this time (I gained 38 with Maxie Boo!). I’m not giving myself a hard time about this, though. Honestly – I’m not too worried about it. LEAST of my worries, at the moment!
What I’m Missing: Red wine. It’s gotten a little cooler (some 60s at night) and red wine sounds soooo gooood.
Sleep: Sleep has been horrible. I blame it on the shingles, of course. I’m hot and in pain…even taking all of the medication. And the peeing. I have been drinking so much iced cold water… I cannot get enough. So lots of potty breaks throughout the night. Oh well.
Related Purchases: This is where I can quit being so negative…We bought Max’s big boy bed and the baby’s bedding. Yay!!! We bought 2 paint samples yesterday to try out today; we got 7 or 8 swatches (or whatever you call them) last weekend and narrowed it down to 2 different grays. I also went to the beloved bi-annual consignment sale, Charleston Repeats, and spent $140ish on mostly clothes for both of the boys. Ahem: 3 pairs of Christmas jammies for each boy. I’m a sucker for Christmas apparel. I’m starting to feel like we’re getting somewhere!
A rare occasion: letting Max watch a show on Scott’s phone while we put the crib together in baby brother’s room.
What a BIG BOY!
Nursery: The nursery is cleaned out of spare room and office materials. Now if we could just sell the remaining items, we would be extremely excited! We still need to buy a dresser and bookcase, as well as many odds and ends for both rooms. My mom is going to make some curtains, a bed skirt, and a pillow for the nursery. I’m excited!
We are actually going to start a registry at Target, even though we are not having a shower (or expecting gifts!). We got a coupon in the mail saying that if we open a new baby registry at Target, then we’ll get a $20 gift card. Alrighty then – we’ll take the 20 bucks!
Fear of the Week: That these medications that I’m taking are hurting the baby. This is a HUGE fear :( Also, that this baby will come early and we won’t be ready for him. I still need to complete my glucose test. We had to put it off for a few weeks because of all of the meds I’m on. Also, all of my measurements appear to be on target (great news!) so, at this point, we will NOT have another ultrasound. Goo! We were able to check in so much more with Max because of our SUA! I really would love to see this baby boy one more time before he’s born! Lots of fears right now…
Relief of the Week: The 3rd trimester is so close, I can taste it!!! Most days, this baby is extremely active – which I love. Also, we signed up for the hospital tour, breastfeeding, and infant CPR classes taking place in the coming months. Things are starting to get REAL!
I’ve become a regular contributor on Charleston Moms Blog, blogging there twice a month. So.much.fun! Most posts are about Mom stuff, which is a huge part of my life and what I talk about here. Duh :) Charleston-specific topics are also regularly on the agenda. Check out what I’ve written so far…
No Quotes this Week! We’ve been all business around here, apparently. Just trying to get through. Either that or my memory stinks. Or both – ha!
Thanks for sticking around…I know things have been pretty quiet over here! I have about 7 blog posts started that I need to finish. Love you all! xoxo
A compromised immune system
hello, Celiac Disease and [happily] sharing your body with a growing baby
hello, pregnancy and work
The perfect storm…of MISERY!
But if only it were that simple.
A joke, obviously!
How to Lose Your Mind in 10 Easy Steps
Step 1: Be sure that your symptoms become unbearable on day 1 of a 3-day holiday weekend. That way EVERYONE’s available and you will have NO ISSUES getting proper care.
Step 2: Convince the urgent care office that, just because you are 25 weeks pregnant, you do not need to go to the ER. The pain is on your belly, but it is not pregnancy related so please HELP ME!
Step 3: Absolutely agree with the urgent care doctor when he says that the anti-viral medication will be enough. You can deal with the pain. You ARE, in fact, superwoman.
Step 4: Cry a lot for 2 days, don’t sleep, and encourage your boobs that it’s the PERFECT time to start leaking. Just perfect. (Sorry – TMI, but you shouldn’t be surprised!) Especially because it hurts to wear a bra and/or a shirt. Air movement from the fan hurts. Shower drops? You got it. HURTS! Knives of stabbing pain. Good times. Conclusion? Not superwoman.
Step 5: Suffer for 3 solid days, and in turn, make your poor sweet family suffer, too. Cancel fun weekend plans and don’t do anything productive around the house or in general as a wife/mother.
Step 6: Decide enough is enough and ask doctors for help/relief/more medication. But which one? Call your primary first and then OB. Sob uncontrollably and feel like no one’s caring or taking you seriously (yes – I’m CERTAIN it’s not heartburn, ya jerk). Wait for return calls.
Step 7: Wait hours upon hours for anyone to call you back. Call them again, and get voicemails. Try not to hit your head against the wall when a recording indicates that one of the doctor offices closes for two hours for lunch. TWO HOURS?! Are they personally going to the farm to hand pick the veggies for their salads, preparing and eating said salads, and then taking mid-afternoon naps before heading back to work? TWO HOURS?!
Step 8: Deal with this situation for 12 hours. Make, literally, 18 phone calls between 2 different doctor’s offices and the pharmacy to end the night with only 50% success. Have 1 out of 2 new medications in hand by 8:00pm and feel like the entire medical system has completely failed you. Lose faith in people and their word.
Step 9: Have another horrible night’s sleep, because the past 4 nights were so enjoyable you can’t get enough of that fun.
Step 10: Finally secure the last medication by noon the next day. Laugh (the scary on-the-edge kinda laugh that scares people) when you hear that the issue all along was that something was wrong with the phone system/voicemail at the pharmacy. Take the last what-dreams-are-made-of medication and feel much better. Oh, wait. Don’t do that. Feel worse! Think about making another doctor appointment tomorrow because maybe this isn’t actually shingles. Or it’s shingles and something else. Crawl into a ball.
And that, my friends, is How to Lose Your Mind in 10 Easy Steps!
To be continued…
These things have been on my mind. I figured that it’s time for a brain dump!
I’d like to call it – What the…Wednesday?!
1. Why oh WHY do people not use their blinkers? It maddens me to the core. Communicate, friends. It’s called simple communication!!!
p.s. When you’re done with it, TURN IT OFF!
2. Every single time I attempt to type “don’t” in a text message, my iPhone autocorrects to “Donny.” Really? Donny? The only Donny I know is Donnie Wahlberg and we barely know each other ;)
And apparently, I say “don’t” A LOT. What does that say about me?!
In related news…has anyone every seen the show “Donnie Loves Jenny?” I just discovered it on the A&E app and actually think these two are pretty cute.
3. Every time I see the Capital One Venture Card commercial with Jennifer Garner, I am immediately saddened. I hate that she and Ben Affleck are Splitsville and even more…I hate when people say “Splitsville.” But honestly…Jennifer Garner is one of my favorites and I hate that no one can stay married in Hollywood anymore!
Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard better NOT be next!
4. This video. A little on the long side but HIL-AR-I-OUS!
Please excuse the lack of centering…I suck
5. I didn’t make it to the beach this past weekend (my boys went without me), but I did with the weekend before. I was quietly complaining about the water starting to cool down. Later on, I saw on the news that the water temperature was 86 degrees! Wow – spoiled!!! I believe the water temperature in Maine is about 60ish right now.
That’s all folks. Well not really, but all I’ll bother you with for this edition of
Percentage Cooked: 60+%
Baby Size: The length of an ear of corn (or anything a foot long!) and over a pound
Countdown to Baby: Less than 16 weeks
Symptoms: Sciatic back pain but it’s random and not constant these days (thankfully), peeing like a boss…once an hour, bloody noses, feet pain, flattened belly button, and running out of breath easily and often.
Looks just like me ;)
Cravings/Aversions: SWEETS all day long! Went to the dentist today, so yes – the sweets are a problem! Fruit, sweet tea, La Croix, Root Beer, Izze (SO good!), Max’s fruit snacks, mint chocolate chip ice cream, and CUPCAKES! Oh and nachos. No aversions.
Weight Gain: I’m up a whopping 16 pounds, per my last Dr.’s appt. And that was 2 weeks ago. Yikes.
What I’m Missing: Seeing below my belly and not feeling like a whale.
Sleep: Sleep has been pretty good…not enough but that’s because of work, not baby boy. I am waking up for potty duties often but going right back to sleep.
Related Purchases: Still nothing, but Max’s big boy bed and some paint samples are HAPPENING over Labor Day weekend!!!
Nursery: See above. (I know – I’m fa-reak-ing out!)
Fear of the Week: Not much – which is so relieving. Yes, the dumb stuff gets to me sometimes. But for the first time in this pregnancy, I am feeling confident and at peace. It’s a good place to be.
Relief of the Week: We have another appointment in 2 weeks that will follow my glucose test. I didn’t mind the test last time and passed it, so I am hoping for the same result this time. I am nearing the 3rd trimester which is both a relief and a fear! I am PUMPED to turn that calendar from August to September…that is for sure!
– The camisoles/tank tops that I wear underneath everything are currently belly shirts. Time to size up! (See ya next summer!)
– This baby is incredibly active…notably when I need to pee, when I’m (finally) relaxing at night, and when I am eating sweets. We say baby brother is doing the “happy dance” when I am cupcak-ing because he seems to be sharing the enjoyment with me. Max loves feeling the movement and it warms my heart to have his growing hand on my growing belly :)
– Braxton Hicks are in full force! I don’t remember having them happen this early or as strongly last time, but there are a lot of things I don’t remember!
– I am obviously pregnant now. I am getting lots of questions and comments from co-workers and strangers and I love it. I’m soaking it up for my second and last time!
– When I was pregnant with Max, my eyes got 3 contact prescriptions WORSE! I just had an eye appointment last week and, with this babe, my eyes got 2 contact prescriptions BETTER! What?! Hormomes are strange.
– Braless. I wish I could be braless…just for the rest of the year. That.is.all.
Quotes of the Week:
1. Scott: When speaking of the grocery list…”You have cupcakes on the list like 10 times!”
Me: “What? I don’t want there to be any mistakes!”
2. Totally unrelated to my pregnancy, but still funny…
Me: “Max, when are you going to poop in the potty?”
Max: “In, like, 7 weeks.” Haha – not soon enough, buddy!
3. Me: “I don’t have a linea nigra yet. Do you remember when I got it with Max?”
Scott: “No, I’m a Sagittarius.” Huh?! Annnnnd…he’s actually an Aquarius ;) Funny guy!
Refusing to open his eyes – stinker!
Have a great week, everyone!!! xoxo