Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Baby W Update - 15 1/2 Weeks

We had our monthly appointment and an ultrasound yesterday!  We told the technician right off the bat we didn't want to know the gender yet and that we had an envelope for her.  She turned off the monitor in front of us and looked for herself.  She said the very first thing she saw was the baby's legs spread wide open so there was NO guessing!  Chris was a little disturbed by this and now hopes it's a boy.
After she took some pictures and wrote down the gender she turned the screen back on for us.  It was awesome.  I had a pepsi on the way to the hospital and it really worked!  The baby was moving all over the place.  It was so surreal.  It doesn't seem like there's enough room in there for all that!  It actually looked like a baby.  Last time we saw it in May it looked like a butter bean.
After the ultrasound the doctor met with us and listened to the heart.  Baby has a good, strong heart beat and everything seems to be going swimmingly (so to speak).

I haven't really done any "bumpdates" and I'm ashamed that I haven't taken more pictures!  To look at me there really hasn't been many changes and I'm still waiting to get that nice, little round belly.  But here is the first official update!

Weight Gain: Five pounds.  I'm shocked it's not 10-15 with as much as I've been eating.

Clothes: Shirts are good but pants are getting a little snug around the middle! I’ve been doing the rubber band trick on my jeans to make them a little more comfortable.

Symptoms: Headaches. Sometimes I wake up with them and when you wake up with a headache those suckers stick around ALL DAY. Tylenol Extra Strength is pretty much useless against them.
Back pain.  Like a shooting pain in the lower left back that takes my breath away sometimes.  The doc said it was most likely the sciatic nerve and it's just par for the course and to use icy hot or ask about a chiropractor if it gets too painful.

Cravings: I FINALLY started craving something, ANYTHING healthy! One day lima beans smacked me in the face and I started wanting cooked veggies. Lima beans, black eyed peas, squash, okra. What I HAVEN’T been wanting is meat. That’s not usually like me. It’s not that the thought of it makes me sick or anything. I just…don’t want it. And then of course there’s Taco Bell…

Sleep: Sleep is getting more difficult at night. I’m ALWAYS tired but I toss and turn all night and wake up several times. And not even because I have to hit the bathroom. Quite frustrating.  Sleep is my favorite and I know once baby gets here that pretty much goes out the window.

Stretch Marks: Nope. If anyone has any good suggestions for stuff to rub on your belly and be proactive, shoot!

Missing: Almost daily tuna fish sandwiches (now it’s every couple of weeks), and coffee whenever I want (Doc said I could have two servings of caffeine a day but I’m being super safe about caffeine).

Nursery: Currently it's kind of the catch all room.  There's a treadmill, an old book shelf I use as a drying rack, and a few boxes of random stuff we don't use.  Currently it's powder blue (the same color as the guest room) and has a nice white chair rail.  After this weekend we can start cleaning it out and getting ready to decorate and (maybe) paint!

Stay tuned for gender predictions!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Ten on Tuesday - Reading List, High School and a Big Day!

 one. I didn’t get that lovely energy spike this weekend I got last Saturday. Just enough for a load of dishes and two loads of laundry. Not enough to say grace over.

two. But more importantly, we have a doctors appointment today with an ultrasound!!!! We will leave the hospital today with an envelope that will contain a piece of paper with either “boy” or “girl” written on it that WILL remain sealed until Saturday. It will remain sealed because it will be LOCKED in Dad’s glove compartment. I’m so excited to finally put a name to Baby W.

three. I’m back on the reading train! I went home Friday with two borrowed books. One Danielle Steel novel and Be Our Guest, a book about Disney’s excellent customer service. REALLY excited about that one. But first I must finish Allegiant! I can’t start one book without finishing what I was reading first. It’s like having an affair…

four. Went into my first maternity story. Mother of pearl, maternity crap is expensive. I think I'll be sticking to Target.

five. GAME OF THRONES SPOILERS HERE!! Yay!! Jofferey finally died! He was bleeding out of his face and turning grotesquely purple and Chris and I were fist pumping with joy. Now if Cerci would kick the bucket I would be happy.

six. Pastor Chris told us Sunday that in August we’re starting a sermon series that answers the question “Are We Living in the End Times?” Civilian planes are being shot out of the sky. This is only one of the many reasons I think the short answer is “yes”.

seven. This is like something out of a nightmare:

eight. Sleep has not been my friend lately. I've been tossing and turning and waking up several times. But last night I woke up at 1 and couldn't even entertain going back to sleep until 3.

nine. I was listening to an old NOW cd yesterday from senior year.  Naturally I start getting all sentimental about high school and thinking how you could NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS PAY ME ENOUGH TO GO BACK.  SCREW THAT NOISE.  SCREW HIGH SCHOOL.  SCREW BELLS.  SCREW 20 POUND BOOKS.
Story of my high school career:

ten. I hear the dryer going off.  Guess that means it's time to put on some pants and get this party started.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Things This Cheapskate Doesn't Mind Spending Money On

My family likes to joke that I’m cheap. [That taco seasoning is 97 cents?! Get the Publix brand. It’s 20 cents cheaper.] I call it frugal, but whatever. Now with baby on the way we’re really trying to save up.
But even still, as much as I like to save a buck, there are a few things that I never mind spending my money on.

Pepsi in glass bottles: Sure there’s water, tea, coke, milk and OJ in the fridge. But that doesn’t stop me from asking Chris to pick me up a 6-pack every time he goes to the local convenience store. I mean, it just tastes better in a glass bottle. Am I right or am I right?

Going to the Movies: SURE we can rent a movie on demand for $4 or hit up a Red Box for $2…but the red, reclining theater seats, previews and overpriced goodies are part of the fun! Unless I’m craving chicken salad sandwiches, in which case I’ll just smuggle those through in my purse. Seriously though, going to the movies has always been one of our favorite things to do.

Lunch Dates: Again, something I really enjoy doing with Chris on Saturdays. Not EVERY Saturday but a lot. We feel like the good people at McAllister’s are just expecting us to walk through the door at 11:00. Some of the best conversations Chris and I have had have been over a Four Cheese Griller and potato salad.

Fashion Magazines: Fashion magazines, tabloids, whatever you want to call them. Every single time I go through the check-out line I grab the newest Life and Style Weekly or People Style Watch without even thinking about it. I used to read Glamour, Cosmo and InStyle on the regular too but that got ridiculous.

Taco Bell: I mean, this goes without saying. All of our marriage we have been Taco Bell junkies. Now that I think about it, I think one of the first statuses I posted on MySpace after we got married was “Husband’s gone to get Taco Bell! Yummy!” or something along those lines. We might not live to see 90 because of our mild addiction. But whatever. We’ll both die with a gordita in hand.

What do you not mind spending money on?
Have a great weekend!

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Ten on Tuesday - Energy, Fall Plans, and a Vendetta

 one. I'm 14 weeks and got the most energy I've had in two months over the weekend! Saturday Chris was away so I had the house to myself all day. I did laundry, cleaned and decluttered the whole kitchen, picked up and swept in the living room and under the couches, decluttered the furniture in the bedroom, gave the cats their flea meds (I put this off for far too long because it's always an ordeal), and went through all the unopened mail. That's the most I've felt like doing since I got pregnant.

two. Hahaha:

three. Found out over the weekend we're going to get to see some very good friends from Lejeune next week! We're so excited!

four. Sunday at the grocery store while walking down the magazine aisle, if Chris hadn't asked me who was in her underwear on the cover of a magazine I wouldn't have noticed the Gone with the Wind Special 75th Anniversary magazine behind it!  Thank you Chris.  PS.  It was Kate Beckinsale.

five. That energy I had Saturday?  Gone Sunday.  And in another universe Monday.

six. I told you I was already ready for fall and this is why: the clothes.  I'm much better in fall/winter clothes than I am summer.

seven. Speaking of fall, Mom and Dad told us last night they want to plan a long weekend in Gatlinburg in October like we did last year.  Yay!  Something else to look forward to!

eight. Me this morning after getting TERRIBLE sleep and waking up with another headache:

nine. "I want them dead.  I want their children dead.  I want their whole family dead."  -Me telling Chris about the plan to rid the kitchen of german roaches.  Not in my house...

ten. A week and a half until we find out what baby is!

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