Saturday, May 30, 2009

So We Had A Bit Of A Scare Yesterday.....

I had been having braxton hicks contractions for a while now & thought nothing about it but on Thursday I was feeling them a bit more often so I started to get a bit worried but Brayden was moving as normal so I just figured that I would rest on Thursday night & feel better Friday morning....well I couldn't sleep on Friday night because I couldn't get comfortable & I was worried about Brayden & the damn braxton hicks contractions. So, I woke up at 3 on Friday morning & just decided to get ready & go into work....I hadn't really felt much movement & was still having what I thought were braxton hicks contractions pretty often but drank some water & seemed to feel better! As the day went on I was getting more & more worried so I called the doctor & they said that I should come in just to be on the safe side but they thought that everything was going to be fine. I got to the doctor's office & did the normal pee in a cup routine & then waited so very impatiently for the nurse to call me back. Once she did she did the normal weight, blood pressure & temp & then I was getting ready to follow her to a room BUT she said "come over here & lets hook you up & monitor that baby boy of yours" so my stomach dropped a bit & I got really nervous but she hooked me up to this machine that monitored Brayden's heartbeat & any contractions that I might have as well & then I had to click this button to do my fetal kick counts.....IT WAS SUCH A RELIEF TO HERE HIS HEARTBEAT!! His heartbeat was normal & was the best sound I had ever heard but I was having REAL contractions not braxton hicks so after being monitored for about 45 minutes the doctor came in & said that we needed to check my cervix & see if I am in pre-term labor. My thoughts & mind went crazy....was this really happening?? Was Brayden going to be born 8.5 weeks premature?? Was he going to alright if he really was coming right then?? I manage to walk into the room & get undressed & just sat there waiting for the doctor for what seemed like an hour but she came in & checked & I was not dilated at all & he was at -3 station so everything was good with him & he was NOT going to be born yesterday. The doctor wanted to give me a shot to stop the contractions & I was hooked back up to the monitor to make sure that they really did stop. THANK GOD they did stop & we are doing better today......NO CONTRACTIONS at all last night or today! The doctor is running some tests to see what the issue is but says that it could have been all because I was the hell am I dehydrated?? All I drink is water & milk & I drink a ton of it every single day!!

Anyway, we are fine & that is all that matters....our baby boy is healthy!! Thank you god for watching our us yesterday....thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Only 2 More Months.....

We have so much to do & I now feel like so little time to get it done in! We are waiting to buy a bunch of stuff that we still need until after the couples shower that my boss is throwing for us on June 27th...but it is really getting hard to wait!! I want to get our stroller & car seat so that I can get it in the car & checked by the fire department; I want to get some more of our bedding but we have registered for that as well.....I know that it is best to wait so that we can spend the money on the things that we really need but it is getting harder & harder to do so.

In non-Brayden related news - I am so happy that it is Friday; it has only been a 4 day work week but it has been a long one. I am finding that it is harder to concentrate at work & I really need to buckle down because I have to get everything ready to go for while I am out on maternity leave. I have to type out every singe thing that I do & as I am starting to do it I am realizing how much I really do & how I haven't received a raise in 2 years because of the economic issues (that's another post for another day though!!)! We did meet yesterday to talk about having daycare here at the office which would be very ideal for Lance & I since Lance doesn't want the baby in a "real" daycare until he is older..........SO if the at work daycare doesn't work out then I have to talk to my bosses about them letting me work from home until Brayden gets older & I just hope that they go for it because if they don't I will have to resign & I don't want that as I am sure they don't either!! I have a ton of research to do this weekend about at work day care (if anyone knows anything about this your help & input would be very appreciated) not to mention the fact that my weekends have become very busy in general trying to get everything ready for Brayden's arrival so looks like I am going to have another busy & tiring weekend. Thank god that Brayden is in there kicking the crap out of me reminding that everything that I am doing is COMPLETELY WORTH IT!!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Pasta Is The Devil.....

I brought pasta for lunch today & it was so yummy but I have been so sleepy since I ate it!! WTF was I thinking eating something that I know is going to make me sleepy when I am already soooo tired?? I will not repeat this mistake again!!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Brayden's Dresser Is In Stock......

it has been ordered & should be shipped to us within 2 days!! I hope that this one arrives with no issues or damage...but the UPS lady is mad at us so we will have to call the office again to double check that nothing happens to the dresser because of her. I had previously posted that the UPS lady that dropped the damaged dresser off (we think that she damaged it because she could not lift it off her truck) at our house left a note on our door requesting that we be there when she comes to pick it up because she needed our help getting it back on her truck.....1st of all that is not our responsibility to help her do her job, 2nd we work between the hours of 11-3 & 3rd if she can not lift heavy packages with out damaging them the why is she working for UPS?? Anyway, we left the damaged dresser on the porch as the note said to do & Lance had already called the UPS office & told them that we would not be there so please make sure that the person coming to pick it up knew that & brought help.....she apparently did not get the message or if she did disregarded our attempt to warn her because we had a note on our door from her that said "THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE & FOR YOUR HELP!!!".....we were pissed off to say the least about this nasty note so again we had to call UPS & they are going to talk to her about it; BUT as I am sure anyone would be, we are afraid that she will mess up the dresser that we just re ordered this morning!! I am keeping my fingers crossed that it arrives with no damage & that she has help that day on her delivery route!

It is sad that we have to worry like this especially since all we are asking of the UPS delivery service is for them to do there job!!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Memorial Day Weekend Review....

Our weekend was nice but not really that eventful.....Friday night I got home & was so sleepy so I just relaxed & did some laundry while I waited for Lance to get home & then he had to work on Saturday as usual so I did the normal stuff; cleaned the house (which seems to take forever now because I have to deep clean everything & I mean everything) & I also ran errands so by the time I was done it was about 5 in the evening so I jumped in the shower & when Lance got home we went to dinner.....Kani House!! All I can say about this place is yummy; it is the best Japanese hibachi place that we have found!! Then we went home & watched the UFC fights on pay per view; these fights are brutal but we love it & WOO HOO Matt Hughes won!!! Anyway so we watched that & then I fell asleep on the sofa & Lance left me there because he said that I looked comfy....not the case at all I woke up at 3 (on a Sunday no less) with a crick in my neck & my back killing me so needless to say I was up for the day. I started to watch the weather channel hoping that Sunday would be beautiful & we could get out on the lake but it was saying that there were going to be thunderstorms all day so we decide that we will drive up to Helen that afternoon & see Lance's dad & step mom & have dinner with them.....on the drive up at about 12:30 the sun was shining & we were pissed!!

Let me back track a bit to Sunday mornings incident; I woke up early & wasn't in the best of moods but I was also having a really emotional morning as well & then while I was making breakfast Lance said something about the eggs that I was cooking & I just lost it! I had to walk away from him & go & take a bath to try to calm down....I was crying that hard! Lance is a wonderful husband & there is no way that he could help the fact that he had to work a lot of late nights last week, but I felt lonely, ugly, sad....& whatever else you can think of, so when he turned his nose up at my eggs it just all came out. I stormed off & he stormed out of the house so then I cried even more it was crazy. When he got back to the house he didn't really say much to me he just started shaving & getting ready so that we could get on the road to Helen....I didn't even want to go at that point so I just sat on the sofa & watched TV. He came out from getting ready & sat beside me & just held me & said he was sorry....he just held me & I just cried & cried & told him everything I was feeling & to actually get all my stresses & fears out was really great & I felt a lot better; I just can't believe that it all came out like that! Anyway after my breakdown we make sexy time & all was good; especially since it had been sooooo long!!

So we had dinner with his dad, step mom, sister & her family & while we were driving home we started talking about needing more room that my 4 Runner had to offer. We have 2 dogs that need a bunch of room & then Brayden & all of his stuff.....we just needed a bigger vehicle so we started going over our options. We talked about a Tahoe, expedition, mini van (BOO), & the Flex. I decided to go with the Flex because the other cars are like driving tanks to me. I do have to say it is awesome having family in the car business because we got the Ford Flex on Monday & I love it!!

We got up Monday morning & again checked the weather & it said it was going to be a crappy day again (& it was actually raining outside so we thought NO LAKE) so Lance went to work for his Monday morning meeting & I got in the shower so we could go test drive some cars. We decided to go to Ford & see his mom & dad & see what was available & of course about an hour after we are there the sun starts to shine & it turns out to be a really beautiful day.....damn weather!! Anyway, I drove the flex & fell in love with it but of course buying a car isn't that easy so then it was the decision of what features do we want...what color outside & inside should we choose..BLAH, BLAH, BLAH. We finally made our decision & they found a one that we loved & just had to go pick it up so here it is.....

It has everything that I could ever want in it!! leather, sync, the back opens with the touch of a button (so I can just throw the stroller in it & go), 3 rows of seating, heated is so awesome & I love it, love it, love it!!!

31 Weeks Along.....

Holy Cow only 9 more weeks until our expected due date.....I think I just had a panic attack!!

All About Baby Brayden This Week.....
Baby Brayden now weighs approximately 3.5 pounds, measures just over 16 inches from head to heel, and is getting used to the world of light and dark by opening and closing his eyes. Hiss facial muscles continue to strengthen, and Brayden can make different expressions. His lungs are nearly mature; however, these last few weeks are crucial to healthy and complete lung development. Some of the amniotic fluid has to be removed at this point to make room for the growing baby so in essence that would mean you have about half as much fluid as you did about a month ago. Less fluid means less cushion and so you are likely to feel Brayden’s kicks and movements more intensely. However Brayden’s movements are going to be less drastic and dramatic from this point on. Brayden is rehearsing at intervals by breathing in amniotic fluid and expelling it. You can tell that bones and muscles are continuing to grow along with his organs and brain. If you haven't already been talking to your baby, now is the time to start. Until now, he interpreted sounds as vibrations. But this week he can hear actual sounds and will begin to recognize your voice or the music you play.

How far along? 31 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: gained 27 lbs
Maternity clothes? is there anything else at this point?
Stretch marks? none yet & I am keeping my fingers crossed that none pop up!
Sleep: I am having such a hard time getting a good nights sleep; i have tried different sleep positions & even tried to sleep on the sofa but no matter where I am I can't sleep more than 3-4 hours & then I am wide awake!!
Best moment this week: Filling out our pre-admission forms for the hospital....he is going to be here so soon!!
Movement: I feel him so often & his movements are getting stronger!
Food cravings: chocolate...chocolate...chocolate.
Gender: BOY
Labor Signs: braxton hicks
Belly Button in or out? half out - half in..the weirdest thing to look at!
What I miss: sleep
What I am looking forward to: picking up my new mommy mobile on Wednesday!!
Weekly Wisdom: Don't wish away the moments you have with your baby right now....they are so precious!
Milestones: buying a new family car with enough room for Brayden & the pups!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Why Am I Awake At 5:30 On A Sunday Morning???

That would be because I woke up thirsty as hell.....we went to dinner last night & had Japanese hibachi which is so good but loaded with salt & I am paying for it now. We are supposed to head up to the lake today if the weather is nice so I need to guzzle some water & hope this swelling goes down a bit!! What was I thinking??

Friday, May 22, 2009

30 Weeks Appt. Today

Today Brayden & I had our 30 week check up & I didn't realize that it was such a big appointment; there was no ultrasound & we didn't find anything major out but we got all kinds of paperwork to fill out & go over for his impending birth & that made me so happy. I have filled out our Pre-Admission Form for the hospital & faxed it over to them so I should be receiving a letter in the mail soon letting me know that we are all set & then my mid-wife let me know that it is not time to bring in our birth plan so that we can go over it in great detail & make sure that everyone is on the same page & so that they can get it over to the hospital as well. Today was a very wonderful appointment for me & it just made me feel very comfortable & safe with my midwife & the hospital; it was all just very exciting & oh my goodness Brayden will be here soon & we are not ready at weekend to do list just got even longer. I did get to hear his little heartbeat & I have to say that it is such a wonderful makes me cry every time!!

Here are pictures of me from today....we are having the slowest day at work & I got bored!!

Thank God It Is Friday.....

I am feeling better today but that is only because I went home early from work yesterday & actually rested, but now I feel like I have wasted so much time.....I mean I could have been cleaning & doing laundry NOT just laying around being lazy. I never really get sick & am an "on the go" woman so not doing something productive really drives me crazy. The good thing is that we have a 3 day weekend so I have plenty of time to get home today & make up for my "sick" time. I know that we are going to head up to the lake on Sunday & Monday if the weather permits us too so that just leaves me tonight & tomorrow to get my whole To Do List done; I know that it can be done but I don't want to push myself & start feeling bad again.........I guess I am going to have to learn to slow down one of these days; maybe next week I will learn that lesson!

****REAL QUICK VENT**** When I got home yesterday afternoon I noticed that there was a UPS sticker on the door & I was happy about that because that ment we would know when they would come back again to pick up the damaged dresser they delivered the other day from BRU. I took the sticker off the door & walked into the house & then noticed there was a note on it saying "someone needs to be here at the next attempt to help put box back on truck"....ARE THEY KIDDING ME?? First of all they got it off the truck just fine & they are going to get it back on the truck without the help of Lance or I. How ballsy of them to request something like that; not to mention we both have to work & if I was there I couldn't help lift a damn heavy box anyway & also, it is not our fault that they (UPS) damaged the damn thing in the first place. All I have to say is they are coming next Tuesday to pick it up & it will be sitting on our front porch where they left it before & they better take it even though we aren't there!!

Brayden & I have our 30 week check up today (Lance has to work so he can't make the appointment) & I can't wait to hear his heartbeat; I was sitting in his room talking to him last night & he was kicking & moving around in there like he understood me. It was a wonderful moment!! Anyway, I have a ton of questions for the doctor today since we are getting closer & also because I have been under the weather. I have written them down so I don't forget anything but lets hope that I don't forget the list on my desk when I leave to go!! Brayden doesn't even know how I worry about him & I hope that when he finally arrives that I can hide that from him just a bit because I am sure that I will NEVER stop worrying about our precious little miracle!!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

My Summer Cold.....

So, I went to the doctor yesterday afternoon (my regular doctor) to get my throat & ear looked at and thankfully it is just a summer cold that has made my throat & ear sore & ache, both hurt pretty badly this morning but will hopefully start feeling better now that i have my "Magic Mouthwash". That's right I was given a prescription for "Magic Mouthwash" & it is supposed to help with the pain & kill the bacteria/germs that are in my throat making it sore. It has a really nasty taste & makes me almost throw up but it is all that I can have to help so I am gargling with it 4-6 times a day & am praying that I feel better before the 3 days weekend arrives.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

What I Love About Southern Women....

I am not feeling well today (started yesterday with a sore throat & ear ache & was worse when I woke up this morning) so I called the advise nurse at Kaiser just to be on the safe side & see if they thought I needed to come in & the nurse that called me back was so sweet!! She was "sweetie" this & "honey" that & "baby doll I think that it would be best for you & that precious little one if you come in today ...just to be on the safe side"; she made me want to just find her & have her take care of me today :) Anyway I have to go in this afternoon for them to check & make sure that it is just a cold & not something more; hopefully the prescription will just be rest & sleep....which I would love to do right now!!


Lance got home & started to take open the box the dresser was in & he said that he had a feeling it was going to be messed up & GUESS is!! So we called customer service & they have to schedule UPS to come pick up this huge box in my living room (& they don't know when that will be) & then it has to be reordered....& guess what it is not in stock again so lord knows how long it will take to get here this time!! This is so frustrating; I guess the good thing is that I got Brayden's room cleaned up & as organized as I could while I was waiting for Lance to get home last night so he could put it in there; I just hope it doesn't take another 2 months to get here!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

It's Here, It's Here.....

It is finally here!! I was pulling in our driveway this evening & noticed a big box sitting by or front is Brayden's dresser; after 2 months it is finally here & I am so excited. I tried to see if I could scoot it in the house but it was a no go, so I text Lance to let him know that it was here & he calls me right away & says "Mitzi, I know that you are NOT going to try to move it right??". He knows me so well!! I have just finished cleaning up the whole room & now I am just wait for Lance to get home so that he can bring it in!!! I am so excited that it is finally here & his bedroom suite is finally we can really get down to business & finish decorating!!

I Love My Husband SO Much.....

Every week I send Lance (as well as the rest of the family) the update on Baby Brayden via email so that they know what is new for the upcoming week & this is the email that Lance sent back to Brayden & I. It brought tears to my eyes!!

This is what I sent to everyone......Brayden now weighs around 3 pounds and is about 16 inches from head to heel. An ultrasound image may show Brayden yawning or even sucking his thumb, and you may also notice that Brayden does not move at all during your Braxton Hicks contractions. This is because your muscles tighten and constrict his movement. By now Brayden is probably more used to Braxton Hicks than you are! Your little one is starting to look more like a chubby little baby, growing plumper and cuter every day. His hair is growing thicker on the scalp, and those lashes are lengthening. The hands and feet are now fully formed and baby's head and body are closer to normal proportions. Overall, Brayden is beginning to look similar to how he will look at birth--just tinier. To prepare for his big entrance, Brayden is now starting to control his own body temperature! Brayden's eyelids are now open; its eyelashes and eyebrows are visible as well.

This is Lance's response............
That made a tear come to my eye knowing that you are growing so rapidly and ready to come home. Buddy have mommy read this to you its from Daddy. Mommy really enjoyed me writing her stuff so this is what I am feeling in my heart at this moment. We both can't wait to meet you.

I am not going to be the best,
I am not going to be the worst.
I'll love you even after my time is up,
I will look upon you and your mother with God.
I'll always try to block the pain and sorrow this
ole world can bear. I'll be both your and your mothers protector and provider.
When its your time to become that man, I'll teach you all I know and learned.
We will even learn new things together. This I promise to you Brayden.
I am not going to be the best,I am not going to be the worst.
But I will be the best friend you'll ever know.

I can't wait to meet you son I love you.


I love you baby doll I will call u in a bit.


30 Weeks Along......DAMN!!

I am getting more & more excited/nervous with each day that passes & with each woman on the Bump that goes into labor, makes it to their scheduled c-section date or gets induced. It is so amazing to be able to be apart of so many new little lives being brought into the world. Well today I am 30 weeks along & I feel as though Brayden is growing by the minute & I LOVE IT!!

All About Baby Brayden This Week.....
Brayden now weighs around 3 pounds and is about 16 inches from head to heel. An ultrasound image may show Brayden yawning or even sucking his thumb, and you may also notice that Brayden does not move at all during your Braxton Hicks contractions. This is because your muscles tighten and constrict his movement. By now Brayden is probably more used to Braxton Hicks than you are! Your little one is starting to look more like a chubby little baby, growing plumper and cuter every day. His hair is growing thicker on the scalp, and those lashes are lengthening. The hands and feet are now fully formed and baby's head and body are closer to normal proportions. Overall, Brayden is beginning to look similar to how he will look at birth--just tinier. To prepare for his big entrance, Brayden is now starting to control his own body temperature! Brayden's eyelids are now open; its eyelashes and eyebrows are visible as well.

How far along? 30 weeks today
Total weight gain/loss: I have gained 23 lbs
Maternity clothes? yep
Stretch marks? none yet
Sleep: I am sleeping less & less the bigger I get
Best moment this week: We picked out Brayden's bedding & can't wait to see his room come together
Movement: all the time
Food cravings: they have kind of gone away.....I just want to eat whatever is in front of my face
Gender: BOY
Labor Signs: braxton hicks
Belly Button in or out? half in & half poking out
What I miss: sex with my wonderful husband
What I am looking forward to: I have a doctors appt. this Friday & am excited to hear Brayden's heartbeat!!
Weekly Wisdom: take everything one day at a time.....everything will come together so there is no need to stress
Milestones: picking out Brayden's took us forever to decide what we were going to do in the nursery

Monday, May 18, 2009

29 Week Photos & Weekend Review

So these pictures have made me realize the fact that my face is getting bigger....fatter....I just love it!!
We had a really nice weekend over all. Lance was off Friday, Saturday & Sunday & that only happens once a month so I always love it. Friday we just relaxed at home with dinner & movies; Lance made tacos (YUMMY..) & we watched "Taken" & the beginning of "Benjamin Button" but by the time we were half way through the 2nd movie I was sleeping so we finished it on Saturday afternoon. Lance had to go get his allergy shot Saturday morning so I went out & ran errands. When we both got back to the house we just relaxed & took a nap & then had to get ready for our friends 41st birthday was a lot of fun.

Then on Sunday we ran errands, went to the mall & then picked up Brayden's mattress, changing table pad & decided on his crib bedding. Hope fully his dresser will arrive this week & when it does I will be able to clean up his room & take pictures of his room almost all done....HOPEFULLY!! Sunday night we had dinner with my MIL & Mr. & Mrs. Paul & I had the best Salmon that I have had in quite a while & we ate at Longhorn.....I usually eat steak but have not really been in the mood for red meat; especially when I would have to eat it well done & I like my filet to be medium rare. It was a wonderful day, Lance & I laughed & giggled all day & we haven't had a day like that in quite some time! Hopefully the up coming holiday weekend will be nice & sunny & we can go enjoy the lake...God knows I need some sun on this pale body!!

I Hate Mondays.....

I am soooo very tired...very, very tired & I don't really know what the deal is. Yes I am pregnant but we took it easy this weekend so I thought that I would feel better today & I actually feel worse. I know that I didn't get a good nights sleep last night but that is nothing new & I haven't eaten anything with too much salt or anything that was too heavy so WHY do I feel this way??

*****sidenote*****I did this silly website thing that shows what Brayden is going to look like!! See what you think......

Friday, May 15, 2009

Happy The Weekend Is Finally Here....

I am so happy that it is Friday & that Lance is off all weekend....he gets one 3 day weekend a month & it is nice to see him when I am actually coherent, usually he gets home around 8:30pm & I am either sleeping or half asleep waiting for him. He says that he is going to get the shelves hung in Brayden's room today & also get some stuff to help organize our bathroom with Brayden's bathing stuff.....he says that he is going to get this stuff done today while I am working & I hope that he does....I love to walk in to the house & see new stuff for our little boy. I am still struggling with the crying stuff & am hoping that it will soon pass & my mood will improve, although watching shows like Grey's Anatomy last night didn't help much at all.

Our weekend agenda looks to be pretty relaxing so far, we have a friends birthday party tomorrow night & then hopefully we can have a relaxing day at the lake on Sunday if the weather holds.....this pale body really needs some sun :)

Thursday, May 14, 2009

More Baby Shower Pictures

Here are a few more pictures from my wonderful baby shower this past weekend!!

My Mom, sisters & I the night they got into town!
My SIL & MIL had these wonderful magnets & favors made for the shower!
I loved the cake & took home the part with the baby to freeze it & I will use it again for Brayden's 1st Birthday.
This is me!!

Emotional Rollercoaster.....

I have had a tearful past few days & really just want my emotions to get under control...I know that won't be happening any time soon but a girl can dream can't she?? Actually I guess I can't even dream if I am not getting any good sleep....I was up a 3am this is getting earlier & earlier every darn day! I think that everything is finally hitting me about Brayden's birth & my impending motherhood & I am really nervous, scared, excited & so many other emotions & I need Lance to be there for me through all of these emotions & lately he just hasn't been. His work is going through some major crap (he works for Chrysler, so enough said)....but still. I just need him right now & he is not there for me; he didn't even ask about Brayden once yesterday & that really got to me. He asked how I was feeling since I had the worst nights sleep so far the night before but never once asked about his son. I am trying not to over react about the whole situation since I know the stress of his job is really high right now but (especially today) but why is he not doing the same for me?? I know that he can tell that I have been down the past few days but he just can't seem to get over his own inner stress to console his pregnant wife......blah, blah, blah!! Anyway, I am just going to hope that the news announcement from Chrysler today doesn't affect his job & that we can have a great weekend together since he is off Friday, Saturday & Sunday which only happens once a month!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

What To Do....

Lance & have been talking about it for a while now & we have decided that me going back to work after Bryaden is born doesn't make too much sense because of the cost of daycare; so I have to talk to my boss about maybe working from home for a while after Brayden's arrival & I am just trying to think of the best way to approach it. My job can be done from home pretty easily & I would come into the office for at least 1 full day a week since Lance has a day off during the week each week. They would just have to set up our home computer with all of the programs that we use here & they would have to hire a receptionist since I took over that position & a few others when we had to make some lay offs & I hope that, that doesn't play too big of a roll in their decision. My plan would be to come in every morning & pick all the new stuff that I have to do & drop off all of the paperwork that I completed the day before........sounds easy enough to me I just hope that they go for it. My only fear is that once I talk to them about it they say no & then don't let me finish out working before he arrives; my bosses (I work for a wonderful married couple) are awesome & I can't see that happening but you never know sometimes what will set people off. I have to get up the nerve to talk to J by next week....say a prayer for me!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

I Forgot Brayden Changed Produce Sizes This Week!

Weeks 29-32 (Month 7): Squash

Baby’s energy is surging, thanks to the formation of white fat deposits beneath the skin. (Have those kicks and jabs to the ribs tipped you off yet?) Baby is also settling into sleep and waking cycles, though -- as you've also probably noticed -- they don’t necessarily coincide with your own. Also this month, all five senses are finally functional, and the brain and nervous system are going through major developments.

29 Weeks Today & Time Is Flying By Now

How far along? 29 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 22 lbs.
Maternity clothes? yep
Stretch marks? far but there is still time!
Sleep: getting harder & harder for me to get comfortable so sleep is becoming more of an issue
Best moment this week: my mom getting to hear Bryaden's heartbeat & my baby shower
Movement: he is very active & loves to play with his little feet
Food cravings: cereal
Gender: BOY
Labor Signs: braxton hicks have begun
Belly Button in or out? half of it is popping sticking out but it still looks like it is going to flatten out completely
What I miss: sushi
What I am looking forward to: going through all of the gifts we received this week & putting them away in his room
Weekly Wisdom: don't wish away the time that you have with your baby now; once they are here time will fly by & they will be grown before you know it!!
Milestones: passed my 1 hour glucose test!!

What is going on with your baby during week 29?
You are now ¾ of the way through your pregnancy and only 11 weeks are left before you meet your newborn. This is of course assuming that you give birth in the target period. You will also be stressed about varicose veins, skin rashes, and hemorrhoids, which are typical in the later months of pregnancy. At this point of pregnancy, your baby's hearing is already keenly developed. Baby may be startled by loud sounds (although there is a gap between the startling noise and your baby's reaction). Some of the sounds your baby is getting accustomed to (since it hears them on a regular basis) and in fact finds them comforting are the pounding of your heart, your digestive system, the rushing of blood. These sounds have been likened to a washing machine or dishwasher at work by scientists. It is no wonder that babies exposed to such 'white noises' can be lulled back to sleep as these sounds are familiar. Your baby is now able to hear your voice and the voices of other family members and even make a distinction. Brayden's full length is 17 & weighs in at 2 lbs 7 ozs. His eyes are becoming more sensitive and might be able to notice when you are sitting in the sun or reading by a bright light. As baby grows, conditions in the uterus become a little cramped, so there isn't quite as much room to kick those tiny legs or wave those teeny arms. Therefore, you may feel a little less movement now, but that's normal.

Mother's Day Weekend Recap

I guess I should start with my doctor's appointment on Thursday went as so well. I am not going to have to have a scheduled c-section because my placenta has moved completely out of the way & that was the best news that I could have received that day but then the appointment got better because we got new pictures of Baby Brayden & I swear from the ultrasound pictures he is going to look just like his daddy. He has his facial features already!!
He apparently loves to play with his little feet; he was doing it the whole time they were checking his lung growth progress & it was so adorable! His lungs & heart look so good that we don't have to go back to the specialist anymore...WOO HOO!!! That night my family came in from Virginia for my 1st baby shower; they got here about 6 that night & we just relaxed & Lance & I made them our famous steak, chicken & shrimp was so nice to have everyone for a visit!

Mom & I got up on Friday morning & went to my normal 28 week check up appointment & she was so excited to hear Brayden's heartbeat; of course she cried which in turn made me cry but it was so awesome to have her there! I also had my 1 hour glucose test that day & past it with flying colors; I am a bit anemic but don't have to take the supplements which I am happy about I just have to eat more iron enriched foods! Also, I didn't gain any weight so the doctor gave me a bit of a funny look about that but I just told her I cut out my snacking since I was given a hard time about too much weight the last time....I mean really make up your damn minds is so frustrating!! Anyway we were going to head to the lake that day but the weather was gross so we just did some running around & watched movies all day.

Saturday was the big day....My 1st Baby Shower!!! I had such a wonderful time & Brayden got soooo much stuff. I do have to say that our house seemed to get really small once we brought everything in from the cars. I have a few pictures posted here but haven't downloaded them all so I will post the more later.

Sunday was mother's day & it was such a wonderful day. I got flowers & cards for my mom & sister & put them in their rooms before they got there so they could enjoy them while they were in town & Lance got me a big balloon, card, flowers & a cute teddy bear for my mommy to be day! I know that some don't really celebrate the day yet but I already feel like a mom to Baby Brayden so I am happy that Lance celebrated that with me.

I got up that morning & made a big breakfast for everyone before they had to get on the road & then once they got packed up & headed up Lance & I got ready & headed up to the lake for a nice relaxing day. It was so beautiful & the lake has filled up so much (the drought last year really affected the lakes water level). We only stayed up there a few hours because we were exhausted from the weekend but it was such a good time! We got home showered & relaxed the rest of the night....of course it was belly picture night so here is what I am looking like these days!!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Doctor's Appt Today & I Am Very Nervous About It!

At 11:00 this morning I have a doctors appointment with Dr. Hamner & I am just praying that all goes well!! On the up side of the appointment I will get to see Brayden again since I have to get an ultrasound today but on the down side Lance won't be able to make it to this appointment because of work & today I will find out if my placenta has moved out of the way or if I have to schedule a c-section. I have been reading about placenta previa & I am so scared that it hasn't moved & my birth plan will be thrown out the window; I mean of course I want to make sure that Brayden arrives into the world safely but I DO NOT want to be cut open at all; plus with Lance not being able to make it to the appointment I will have to hear the news alone....PLEASE GOD LET IT BE GOOD NEWS!! I have prayed about this since they told me I had the issue & all I can do now is hope that my natural childbirth plan is also God's plan......I will update after my appointment.

Here is a summary about placenta previa (just a note my placenta is completly covering my cervix) -
What is placenta previa?
If you have placenta previa, it means that your placenta is lying unusually low in your uterus, next to or covering your cervix. The placenta is the pancake-shaped organ — normally located near the top of the uterus — that supplies your baby with nutrients through the umbilical cord. Placenta previa is not usually a problem early in pregnancy. But if it persists into later pregnancy, it can cause bleeding, which may require you to deliver early and can lead to other complications. If you have placenta previa when it's time to deliver your baby, you'll need to have a c-section. If the placenta covers the cervix completely, it's called a complete or total previa. If it's right on the border of the cervix, it's called a marginal previa. (You may also hear the term "partial previa," which refers to a placenta that covers part of the cervical opening once the cervix starts to dilate.) If the edge of the placenta is within 2 centimeters of the cervix but not bordering it, it's called a low-lying placenta. The location of your placenta will be checked during your midpregnancy ultrasound exam.

On another good note though, my family is arriving today for my baby shower on Saturday & I can't wait to see everyone. I am exhausted from deep cleaning the house for the past week but it is all so worth it to have my mother & sisters at my baby shower on Saturday....& dad is coming too but he will be enjoying some rest time while we are at the shower & Lance is at work on Saturday & hopefully the weather will be nice tomorrow & we can take them up to the lake since they have never been out on our old boat let alone our new one.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Ready For Thursday!!

I know that most people say that they are ready for Friday but my parents & sisters get here on Thursday & I can't wait to see them. They haven't seen me since Christmas so a lot has changed since then. They are coming for my baby shower that my SIL is throwing for me.....I am so excited to celebrate Brayden with all of our family, PLUS who doesn't love presents especially little ones for a precious little boy?? I have been really good & have not checked my registry since the invites went out since I really do want to be surprised but I do have to admit that I have been tempted a few times :)

Yesterday was such a hard day for me; I was emotional & upset about everything that happened all day. It didn't help that Lance is planning a bachelor party for our good friend Matt & the stripper word was mentioned & got me all fired up. I swear I do NOT understand this "right of passage" that men think they deserve to take before they get married. Personally I would never go to my soon to be husband & tell him that I am going to look at naked men before we get married. I am not knocking anyone that did do that, I am just stating my opinion for my relationship. I am not thrilled by the fact that it looks like they are choosing to rent a house boat at the lake for a whole weekend instead of just going out for a night like normal people & then to hear that they might have strippers come to that houseboat makes me really upset.....the girls that come to you house or hotel are a totally different type of "stripper" to me they are hookers because for just a bit more money they do A LOT more. I think that it is very disrespectful of all of these men not just my husband to think that this is alright; maybe some don't want to be a part of the stripper part but who will say that out loud & get hazed by the ones that do.....I don't know. What I do know though is I don't want out hard earned money going towards (pardon me) my husband seeing some strange woman's tits & ass! I have told Lance how I feel about the whole thing & he asked me for a solution & I really don't have one. This is not Lance's bachelor party & Lance didn't bring up getting the strippers another guy that is coming did so what is Lance supposed to say??

I think that certain situations you might put yourself in can only end badly & I think that this is one of those situations for sure! I hate this feeling & just want it to go away...what do I do??

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

28 Weeks Today....

& only 84 days to go....WOW how time is flying by!!

Your Baby This Week

It's official! You're in the last trimester of your pregnancy and you're edging closer to the big day with each passing week. Your baby is growing--and wow--so are you! Your little angel is still little, between 2 and 2.5 pounds (0.9 to 1.1 kg) and 15 to 16 inches (38 to 40 cm) long. Your baby is actually a little "chubbier" than before. That's because the number of fat cells he has is increasing, filling out the skin from underneath. Eyebrows and eyelashes are also growing, and the hair on his head is getting longer. This is also an important time for your baby's brain development.

How far along? 28 weeks today
Total weight gain/loss: I have gained 23 lbs
Maternity clothes? Oh yeah, but have found some non-maternity dresses & long skirts that fit as well & are really comfy!
Stretch marks? none yet & I am keeping my fingers crossed that none pop up
Sleep: I don't really know what this word "sleep" is....
Best moment this week: going shopping this past Sunday with Lance & my MIL...she bought me maternity clothes & it was so sweet.
Movement: he is a very active little boy & I love feeling him; plus we can see him a lot better now
Food cravings: chocolate...chocolate...chocolate. I have to get my sugar craving under control before I blow up like a balloon
Gender: BOY
Labor Signs: NONE
Belly Button in or out? it is flat except for the left side which is sticking out a little bit
What I miss: sleep
What I am looking forward to: I have 2 doctors appointments this week; one on Thursday to check my placenta (which means an ultrasound so we get to see our little love bug) & then my normal check up on Friday & my mom will actually be in town so she will get to hear Brayden's little heartbeat for the first time.
Weekly Wisdom: Don't sweat the small is too short!
Milestones: I guess I would have to say seeing Brayden moving in my belly; it is amazing to watch him go

Monday, May 4, 2009

27 Week Belly Photos

I took this one today at work; this is what I see when I look down at myself....looks so crazy in a picture.

Weekend Review....

Let's see....Friday I left work & had to run home really quick so that I could let the furbabies out before I had to be at the salon to get my hair done at 6 & wow what a difference a few touch up highlights does for a woman. I fell so much better now that that has been done Lance met me there & got a haircut as well & then we went to Chili's for dinner & I swore I was going to have a salad but I in fact had a appetizer sampler which had nothing but yummy fried foods on it.....oh well!

As I said in the previous post Saturday I had my nail & toe appt. at 9:30 which was awesome but then had so many other errands to do that by the time I got home I was exhausted but still did the house work that I needed to get done so GO ME. I have a bunch to do each night this week before my family arrives from VA Beach on Thursday evening but I can do it I am sure of it! Lance & I just had a nice relaxing evening at home that night which is always nice.....again I swore I was going to eat a healthy dinner (chicken salad) but we were sitting there & the door bell rang & it was the Papa John's delivery man; he had the wrong address so we sent him away only to call in our own order & enjoy yummy chicken & cheese pizza & chicken strips. Again, OH WELL!!

Sunday was a great day for me but unfortunately Lance was having a day....they happen to all of us but I hate when they happen to him because I feel helpless. We did run some more errands & went out shopping & to lunch with his momma. We had yummy Chinese food & (**NOTE TO SELF**) for once I did not swell from it & I think it was because I had steamed rice & not fried rice. We got a ceiling fan for our spare bedroom, I got some cute maternity shirts & some more stuff for around the house. We stopped by blockbuster on the way home & got movies & of course candy,got home settled in & watched "The Day The Earth Stood Still" with Keanu Reeves & it was alright but I expected more & then I don't know why I did this to myself but we put in "Marley & Me" & oh my goodness, I cried & cried & cried. It was such an awesome movie....but it made me think about, appreciate & thank God for all of our blessing; especially our wonderful furbabies Bella & Georgia. They really do mean the world to us & we made sure to give them extra love last night before bed!! Lance & I cuddled before bed last night which we hadn't done in such a long time & I have to say that being in his arms has been something I have missed & will not let my snoggle pillow keep me from it or him anymore. We took our Sunday belly pictures last night but I have to upload them from the camera tonight when I get home so to be continued .....

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Errand Day....

So every Saturday is my day to clean the house & run all the errands that I have written down over the past week. So today I have gone to the grocery store, Sam's, got my nails & toes done, to Walmart, Target, the bank & I am now home & really tired! I had another really bad nights sleep; I have the same leg cramp that I had the night before & so now I want to put off the house work & rest a bit......the only thing that sucks about that is my parents & sisters are going to be here on Thursday (my mom & sisters are coming for my baby shower next weekend) & Lance I are real spazs about the way the house looks when we have guests. I know that they are family but our house still has to be is just the way that we are. So I keep trying to decide if I want to just do a good bit of it today or do I just do a little of it each night until they get here?????

What to do....

Friday, May 1, 2009

Thank God It Is Friday...

I had the worst nights sleep so far last night! I kept getting these horrible calf cramps; I would literally shoot up in bed from a dead sleep & then of course once awake I couldn't fall back to sleep right away....but then right when I would start to doze off there would be another one & they were worse than normal. One was so bad that it made my foot cramp & turn funny & it lasted for what seemed like an hour but I guess it was only about 5 minutes. I wish that I could go home & rest after work but I have a hair appt. at 6 & I can't miss it; I have had to reschedule twice already & my roots are awful, plus I love the guy that does my hair so much & can't wait to see him & his assistant. I just hope that I don't fall asleep while I am in his chair...that would be too funny!