Thursday, June 21, 2012

Girl's Gone Child: 24 Weeks

How far along? 24 weeks! Is time flying and dragging at the same time or what?!
Total weight gain: -13 lbs

Maternity clothes? All my pants are getting very uncomfortable, even my beloved sweats.

Stretch marks? around my belly button.

Sleep: Awful! I am so tired I can’t believe I am even writing this post! Anyways, for those of you who know me, know I have an extremely weak bladder as it is and LOVE LOVE LOVE to drink lots of water. That leaves me going to the bathroom every 10-25 minutes and baby has been using my bladder as a trampoline until about 3 am every night this week.

Best moment this week: Really feeling his kicks become stronger than just feeling like a “poke” from outsiders. Matt’s favorite thing to do is lay his head on my belly and have him kick his head. Haha!

Miss Anything? Sleep and alcohol.

Movement: constant.

Food cravings: Arby’s roast beef!! I had it after craving it for a week and it actually did not satisfy! L  

Anything making you queasy or sick: Ever since I had my gallbladder out I’ve only puked once. They are thinking maybe that’s the reason I had been continuously sick sooo hopefully it helps!
Gender: BOY!!

Labor Signs: None.

Symptoms: tired! peeing while laughing, sneezing, puking, etc. TMI?

Belly Button in or out? INNY

Wedding rings on or off? on

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy for the most part! A bit stressed since Matt's little pickup broke down the other day. It's pretty old and was about to die anyways but the thought of buying a car, missing work for surgery and having a newborn on the way is stressing me out! This is why it's important I finish school and get a damn good job! I don't want to struggle forever.

Looking forward to: seeing everyone at the baby shower and just having a good time! J

People keep asking me if I will "PAH-LEASE" tell them the name we chose but I'm sticking to my word and proving my mother-in-law wrong. We can keep it a secret!
Instead I'll show you what my cousin is making us for the nursery!
How adorable, right!?

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Girl's Gone Child: 23 Weeks + Surgery

What a whirlwind of a week already! As many of you know I had my gallbladder taken out on Friday. I was released from the hospital yesterday after 3 days and 2 nights staying on the OB floor. I was their only patient most of the time and I was bummed because I wanted to see some babies in the nursery windows!

Anyways, Thursday morning I woke up with an awful pain in my upper right side and I didn’t know what the heck it was. I went to work and tried to ignore the pain but it was so awful it was like leaving me a little breathless. A lady I work with convinced me to call my OB and of course, he was home recovering from his own surgery. He has a wonderful staff though and they encouraged me to go see my family doctor and keep them updated.

So, I went to my family doctor and she, of course, thought it was my gallbladder since it was so tender in that area. I was then directed to the surgeon on call and he thought it was my gallbladder too so after about 5 hours of just doctor visits I was admitted to the hospital.

They took me to ultrasound soon after I arrived and looked at all my beautiful organs and then did a full OB ultrasound. I literally was there for 2 hours doing my ultrasound. Why did it take so long? Well, as the ultrasound tech stated we have a squirmer on our hands making it hard for him to get good pictures of all the baby organs as well. We had 3 people call the room asking if we were done yet because they needed to get some more lab work from me and the radiologist came in waiting to read the results. Haha!

The baby literally goes crazy when anyone presses on his territory. He kicked the nurse when she was trying to measure his heart rate and kicked my friend Adrienne when she pressed on my belly during her visit. He’s currently kicking my sore areas and I’m glad he only weighs a little more than a pound so it’s not too painful.

Anyways, after the ultrasound they were ready to start my IV and get some fluids in me since I was severely dehydrated. It literally took the nurse 10 minutes to get the IV in because my vein kept rolling to the side when she tried to get it in and I was laughing so hard I was almost in tears. Matt and my Mom were like, “you haven’t had any pain meds yet so why are you acting so goofy!?” and I said, “remember on Major Payne when the guys leg is like blown off at the beginning of the movie and he’s like ‘want me to take yo mind off that painnnn?’ and so then he breaks the guys finger!? That’s how I feel! It’s taking my mind off my side for a bit!” . . . Maybe you had to be there?

By this time it was almost 10 o’clock at night and we had no idea how the ultrasound looked or if I needed surgery. So I went to sleep and woke up to the doctor telling me we’d be doing surgery at 1 and the OB would be in soon. That’s when shit got real…

The OB doctor came in and basically they have to tell you all the risks with surgery + all the risks of surgery while pregnant. She wasn’t very comforting at first when I asked how big the risks were and if there was a percentage she could give me to help ease my mind. All she said was that she couldn’t give me a percentage and they don’t do surgery on a lot of pregnant women but it isn’t uncommon either. She went on to explain that since I was only 23 weeks and 1 day that ICU doesn’t get involved until 24 weeks if something happened during surgery I’d be basically be shit out of luck.

So at this point I’m crying so hard I can’t even talk and my mom takes over asking if there’s something I could do to not have surgery. There wasn’t and I could tell the doctor felt awful about scaring the shit out of me as she rubbed my leg saying she’s sure everything would be fine.

I cried most of the morning just because I am so attached to our little guy already and I was scared out of my snake skin boots. I said I would literally die if I woke up and his heart beat wasn’t there anymore. So many people prayed for us and I am so grateful! Everything turned out fine and I am just sore. My hemoglobin was still an 8.2 when I left so we have to recheck it on Wednesday to make sure it’s raised or else it’s blood transfusion time.

Matt trying to get my mind off of things…

How far along? 23 weeks and 3 days.

Total weight gain: I haven’t weighed myself but since I didn’t eat for almost 2 days and have been living on water and soup I’m sure it’s even less than -10.  

Maternity clothes? Grandma nightgowns for now…don’t judge me.

Stretch marks? Some more are starting to develop around my belly button.

Sleep: Not too good now that I can hardly move.

Best moment this week: Waking up to the baby’s heartbeat after surgery.

Miss Anything? Being independent..I like to be waited on but I do feel bad asking Matt and my Mom to bring me water, popsicles, Tylenol, turn on my movie, help me get comfortable, etc. I am pretty helpless normally but now it’s on a whole new level.

Movement: Baby never stops moving…and I’m not kidding.

Food cravings: I woke up from surgery craving everything in the entire world. I hadn’t ate or drank anything in over 35 hours. I hadn’t even had ice chips or a sip of water because they didn’t know when I’d be having surgery.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not really! They are thinking maybe this is why I’ve been so sick and sensitive to foods. We’ll see.

Gender: BOY!!

Labor Signs: None.

Symptoms: sore!

Belly Button in or out? INNY

Wedding rings on or off? on

Happy or Moody most of the time: feeling mostly blessed lately so I guess HAPPY. I never thought I’d be a good mom and I NEVER wanted kids but this is like the most amazing experience of my life. Like my mom has said having a child is like a whole new level of love. She’s right because my baby is going to be a mix of Matthew (whom I love more than anything) and me! I CANNOT WAIT UNTIL HE’S HERE!

Looking forward to: feeling better! 

Again, thank you to everyone who sent me texts, Facebook messages/posts, phone calls, came to visit, prayers! I love you all!

***Also, Happy Father’s day! I love both of the dads God blessed me with!

 & to Matthew: you are truly going to be the best father. You have always been a person who likes to take care of little animals and other helpless creatures (me..ha). You are truly wonderful and I wish there were words to describe how blessed I feel to have you in my life! Love ya!  

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Girl's Gone Child: 22 Weeks

Our little guys new bedding compliments of Bass Pro Shop.

The outfit I bought to bring baby lenzen home in! Custom made by Mary Ellen Watermelon on Etsy. This outfit literally makes me die everytime I see it. It's SO tiny in person. If you're looking for custom sewing work I highly suggest Mary Ellen! This outfit is completely perfect.  

How far along? 22 weeks (23 in 2 days)
Total weight gain: -10 lbs

Maternity clothes? No"maternity" clothes but definitely rocking the yoga pants and maxi dresses like a mother…ha, literally.
Stretch marks? Some more are starting to develop around my belly button. Shit. Oh and Matt told me it looks like my hips are getting wider. Thanks hunny! Just what I needed.

Sleep: I'm sleeping like a baby :)

Best moment this week: Registering for baby stuff. It was exhausting, overwhelming but awesome to soak in the reality that we are actually going to be parents. Did I mention I'm scared out of my snake skin boots to be a mother?? 
Miss Anything? Al-co-hol.

Movement: We felt our first movement from the OUTside tonight!! :) It kinda hurts though. haha.

Food cravings: Not really.. I get asked this question a lot but my stomach has hurt so badly I can't eat after 3pm or I get extremely sick. I stick to mostly breads like sandwiches and crackers.  
Anything making you queasy or sick: the smell of bird shit which is very prevalent at our house.
Gender: BOY!! 

Labor Signs: None.

Symptoms: nauseous, tired, CRANKY, etc.
Belly Button in or out? INNY

Wedding rings on or off? on

Happy or Moody most of the time: MOODY! for sure!! I feel bad because Matt is so sweet and always likes to be next to me or holding hands and I just want to rip his (or anybody..) head off!! :) Gotta love hormones.
Looking forward to: meeting our lil man!! it's "a ways to go" as some would say but I'm over half done and the time has literally flown!!

in other randomness..

I am wondering if any of you have/have used this little mini-straightener by Conair. I found it at Target for $14 and was going to buy it but I'm trying to be as frugal as possible these days and ended up changing my mind. I thought it was so neat though! It's not longer my hand extended and has a 4 star review! I feel like it'd be the perfect thing to have in my purse for "emergencies."

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Girl's Gone Child: 21 Weeks


I had an unbelievable response to “Things I’m Afraid toTell You” – like, it was overwhelming amazing!! I received so many texts, emails, Facebook messages/posts, etc. I was so happy you didn’t think I was a FREAK and it was so sweet of you to share your secrets with me too! It was actually interesting and refreshing to see how the fears I had, you guys had. They truly were common fears! It just proves we’re all more alike than we sometimes think and that was just an awesome reminder.  

Anyways, I feel like SO much has gone on since the last time I posted! And I am SO sorry! I have been so busy with mandatory 2 hour overtime per day at work and going balls to the walls with my medical transcription school so I can *hopefully* work from home after maternity leave.  

Now for the week 21 baby questions! (Week 22 will be up soon since I am actually 22 weeks today! I’m a little behind okay) 

How far along? 21weeks! 
Total weight gain:-13 lbs

Maternity clothes? No"maternity" clothes but definitely rocking the yoga pants and maxi dresses like a mother…ha, literally.

Stretch marks? None that weren’t there before!

Sleep: Well, let’s see…The days I don’t work I go to bed at 9 or 10. I’ll wake up at around 9 and then nap from 1-5 or 6. REPEAT. I get so tired I can’t even keep my eyes open.

Best moment this week: Finding out he/she is a HE!!!!!!

Miss Anything? Rum + Coke.

Movement: The ultrasound tech. and the doctors say they haven’t seen a baby move like ‘this’ in a long time. I pray that doesn’t mean adhd or a baby who doesn’t like to cuddle.
Food cravings: I dreamt about crinkle cut fries on Sunday night and was jonesin’ for some. It was Memorial Day though and no place was open. And I would kill someone for an Arby’s roast beef sandwich right now.

Anything making you queasy or sick: cigarettes, burnt maple bacon (oops), Matt if he hasn’t showered, seeing bird shit everywhere. UGH.
Gender: BOY!! (I pray our next one is a girl and then we can be D-O-N-E!)

Labor Signs: None.

Symptoms: Tired but other than that, I feel super good!

Belly Button in or out? INNY
Wedding rings on or off? on

Happy or Moody most of the time: Depends on when/where you catch me ;) it could be a smile one minute and bite-your-bloody-head off the next.

Looking forward to: The baby shower!! Lumberjack themed (because themed parties are more fun) Sunday, July 29th…invites will be mailed soon! I hope to see your smiling mustaches there ;)