Monday, December 28, 2009

The saddest little dog there ever was....and a lesson

I didn't want to mention in the previous, happy post that our sweet little Ringo had an accident over the holiday. We aren't sure what happened because Nicholas and I were eating breakfast at the time and Ringo was outside with my parents' dogs, but the diagnosis was a torn foot pad and a broken meta-carpal bone in his front left paw. This happened on the 23rd. Needless to say, Ringo had a very bad Christmas. He ended up staying for two nights in the emergency hospital in Louisville where they put a firm splint on his leg (that resembles a cast) and sedated him. He stayed two nights because he is going to have to be crated for the next eight weeks to give his bone time to heal. (We didn't bring his crate because we NEVER use it. He hates it.) He's been a brave little pup.

When we got home tonight, Ringo was very upset to be in his crate. We're sure he was looking forward to some freedom after being cooped up in a small run for the past two days. Ringo howled and cried and whined and cried. Perhaps obviously, I cried. Actually, I bawled. Nicholas had to give me a pep talk. We are all going to make it through this...and be better for it. We'll let this be a lesson to us...that parenting is hard. I just wish that I could explain to him that we are doing this for his own good.

We eventually got everyone calmed down, and I read from "Little House in the Big Woods" to the baby and to Ringo. Ringo fell asleep, and now I am going to go do the same.

Christmas Catch-up

Over Christmas, we spent two and a half days with my parents and family, two and a half days with Nicholas's mom Jane, and one day with Nicholas's dad Bill and his wife Tamara. Here are some pictures:

Nicholas reading with Craig (Stephanie's son) and Xavier (my cousin Laura's son) on Tuesday last. He's going to be great at the dad thing!

My niece Madeline and nephew Christopher at Aunt Vicky's Christmas get-together (in the tradition of Grandma Mae) on Wednesday last. It was great to have everyone together!

Thursday, Christmas Eve, my family got together for brunch and presents at Mom and Dad's house. It was great!

Nicholas's grandma Jean and he on Christmas Eve. We ordered Chinese take-out and were really relaxed.

Christmas day, Jane had lots of family in to her condo, and everyone had fun! That was the day I couldn't deny that I was sick, though, and although Jane and I wanted to shop for a bassinet on Saturday, I ended up staying in bed all day Saturday with a cough, congestion, sore throat, and a humidifier! Thanks, Jane, for letting me recuperate! I hope you aren't sick!

Even though we weren't there to witness, here is a picture of Abby on Christmas morning. Mom and Stephanie painted her room to look like a barn since Abby is so into horses! What a sweetheart!

Sunday, before heading to Bill's (Nicholas's dad's) Jane and I went to Babies 'R Us and found the Pack 'N Play that gets the number one safety rating on Consumer Reports right now. (Nicholas and I got a membership for the sole purpose of scoping out all things baby!) This Pack 'N Play has a bassinet, so we are going to multi-purpose!

We had fun with Bill and Tamara on Sunday night, too! Dinner, a beautiful cookie party, snow, and presents!

Thanks everyone for the loads of presents! Stephanie gave us loads (like three huge boxes!) of Abby's clothes from 0-18 months and said there is more for when the baby gets older! Wow!!! She also helped me register because it is so hard to know which lotion and which clipper to ask for. Wilson and Beki got us a huge basket of blankets and onsies and diapers and wipes and more! Charlie got us a baby jogger stroller--he even put it all together!! Jane got us the Pack 'N Play. Nicholas and I ordered the baby's crib and mattress over the holiday, so the baby gear is certainly coming! I left some out, but I think most everything is in the picture!!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

We're having a girl!!!

Nicholas and I told the ultrasound technician that we wanted to know the gender of the baby, and right away, we saw our little one spread eagle on the screen! Without a doubt, we're having a girl!! But even better, all her little organs and parts look like they are developing well. We saw the four chambers of the heart, her kidneys, her bladder, her eyes and lips, her little hands and little feet, each part of her brain, and they measured her femur and her head. The femur measurement put me at 21 weeks, 2 days yesterday, which was 6 days past where I was (20 weeks, 3 days), and the head measurement was right on 20 weeks, 3 days. They aren't changing my due date, but we might be having a big/tall little girl! Just like her momma for the former, just like her daddy for the latter!! Right now she weighs 13 ounces and has a heartbeat of 157 beats per minute. I had gained 4 pounds in the past three weeks, but my doctor was happy about it since my net gain since pre-pregnancy is 6 pounds...right in the norm of 5-8 pounds for 20 weeks. Nicholas and I are so thrilled as we have both been secretly hoping for a girl! We are in Indiana now, and we were greeted by boxes and boxes of Abby's clothes: 0-18 months...and there is more where that came from! I've posted the ultrasound below for all interested!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

We are officially "those people"

Nicholas and I have been meaning to buy a car for a while now to replace my 1998 Subaru Forester. Today, we did. A van. Yes, we are "those people"--people whose child is not yet born, and yet they buy a van. Oh, well! My image is shot anyway! Here is the photo:

It is a 2010 Toyota Sienna, but we bought it used, so it was quite a deal. We were able to pay for it out right so that we don't have a payment to deal with. It has power everything, all kinds of safety features that my Subaru didn't have, it drives very smoothly, room for eight, but the third row folds down easily (I did it at the dealership), and perhaps what sold me was the fact that the middle seat in the second row rolls and locks forward so that you can reach around to it from the front seat. Nice for baby. Yes, yes, I know it is a van....but I kind of love it. I never thought that I would be one of "those people" who treat their dog like a baby, either, but what can I say? I surprise me!

Also note how big I am getting! I think that I have gained 3-4 pounds since my last doctor's visit (we'll see on Monday when we go for the ultrasound). I am feeling the baby kick regularly now, and today, for the first time, Nicholas was able to feel the baby kick. I was taking a bath, which feels awesome due to how light it makes my belly feel. The baby was really active, and kicked me three times in a row. I called Nicholas and he felt the baby kick twice. Pretty amazing!!!

No complaining this week. I've felt really good, really happy, and really excited! I can't believe we are half way through! (Is that very Pollyanna and annoying for me to write?) My mom and my nurse did both tell me that I should ask to have my iron levels checked, though. They think that my fatigue might be due to that. I would love to be able to take a pill and fix that!

We are headed to IN right after our appointment on Monday, but I will try to blog and post the movie of the ultrasound and any updates before we go.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

So...when it comes to pregnancy, I am a baby!

You hear of women who love being pregnant, who say that they never felt so good in all their lives as when they were pregnant. In case you are wondering, I am NOT one of those women. With that said, as Stephanie reminds me and I try to remind myself everyday, I am keeping my eye on the prize. With every little baby movement (I feel them a couple of times a day. I haven't had caffeine since last Tuesday...), with every glance into the "baby room", with every notice of my blossoming belly, I do feel renewed excitement for our little one. However, to make this an honest recording of the pregnancy, I will list my grievances lately:

  1. I am SO tired! I WISH I could nap everyday. I used to easily be able to get up at 5:15, walk the dogs two miles, make lunches, get ready for work, leave the house for work at 7, work from 7:30 to 4:30 (maybe do yoga at lunch), come home at 5, make dinner, walk the dogs two miles after dinner, relax or do housework for an hour, and go to bed by 9. Now the dogs are lucky to get two walks a day. Usually one is about a mile and a half and the other is the full two miles. I definitely nap on the weekends, and it takes me a full day to clean the house the way I like it. Actually, it has been common for me, about once a week, to come home from work and go to sleep at 5:30....and sleep through the night except for the usual wake-ups (see below).
  2. Heartburn....need I say more. It sucks and it seems ever present.
  3. Spider veins....and I am worried about varicose veins. I hate wearing pantyhose, but I will!
  4. Waking up several times during the night....due to hunger, bathroom trips, and being uncomfortable.
  5. Back aches. I am confused about how someone feels when she gains 30 lbs, when my back hurts now and I've only gained three. Hopefully the yoga will help.
  6. Aching legs after standing for a while. I love to bake around this time of year, but I think I am going to have to sit down while stirring!
  7. Lower abdominal pressure. I feel like the baby is getting noticeably bigger all the time, and pushing my abdomen down and out to accommodate. Perhaps this is true.
  8. Clothes that don't fit. My pre-pregnancy clothes are too tight, and my maternity clothes (especially the pants) are too loose.

Okay, all you experienced moms, you can laugh now! I am a baby! And you are all thinking, just wait until the baby comes! You will not have time to worry about yourself. Well, that may be true, but for now, I have discovered that I am not as tough as I thought I was.

And speaking of dogs, and to let you know that the strands of popcorn and cranberries on our artificial Christmas tree are real, here is a picture (note the muddy paw prints leading up to the tree) of what I came home to today. Yes, Ringo ate the popcorn, but decidedly disliked the cranberries:

Heidi, here is a pic of where we moved the piano. Ringo was in the middle of a yawn; this was the eighth picture in a row trying to get a good stance from him.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Just a little "flick" and other developments!

On Monday when I spoke with Dr. Chwe, he asked if I had felt the baby move. I said that I wasn't sure if I had felt the baby move or if I was just feeling digestion. He suggested that if I was anxious to feel it, I could drink a little caffeine and then pay attention. Tuesday, I did that. And I felt the baby kick! It felt, to me, like a little flick from the inside. It happened once, and then again and again for about an hour. It was amazing!!!

Nicholas turned 30 on Saturday, and (brother) Wilson, his wife Beki, and their three kids Christopher, Madeline, and Wilson stopped to visit. Here are some pictures.

Also, I picked up the rest of the slipcovers for the dining room on Monday. Love them!

And, last, but not least, we put up our Christmas tree--the artificial one that I bought on Black Friday morning!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

17 week, 3 day doctor's visit

Just a quick update. We had our 17 week 3 day doctor's visit yesterday. I am up three pounds from the last visit, which makes me 2 pounds up from my pre-pregnancy weight. Dr. Chwe was happy with that weight gain. My uterus is now just below my belly button. The baby's heartbeat was loud and clear at 157 beats per minute.

I had a list of questions for him--from finding a pediatrician, to signing up for birth classes, to blood cord banking, to spider veins (I am going to have to start wearing panty hose!! Yuck!), to writing a birth plan, to weight gain. Dr. Chwe is very reassuring and answered all my questions patiently even though I know he was busy. His staff is awesome, too, and the tech who found the heartbeat told me that if I ever needed to be reassured, I could drop in between visits and she would let me listen to the heartbeat.

Our next appointment--the one we have an ultrasound and hopefully find out the baby's gender--is December 21! Hooray! In time for Christmas!!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thanksgiving for two!

Our last Thanksgiving just the two of us... I said that I wasn't going to cook much, but I ended up making a turkey breast, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, squash, cranberry sauce, gravy, and pumpkin pie. I took a picture. We are having slip covers made for the rest of the chairs in a plain linen color. The dining room is a little "busy" now!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Elastic waistbands are awesome!!!

Nicholas's PhD adviser, Brian, is in town and brought us a fun new toy for the baby!

We all went out to dinner, and I wanted to wear slacks, but all of mine are getting super tight. I checked out the maternity wear Erin and Steph sent and found a pair of elastic waistband khakis. Relief!! Ahhh!! I love them! I think they are going to be my every day work pants for a while.

We had a beautiful day here yesterday, and Ringo, Puck, and I ate the last of the raspberries from our little garden. My camelias in the back are blooming. Here is a photo of the one outside our bedroom window. It has white and pick flowers!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

By popular demand...

I don't have much news, but I have had several belly photo requests...because I am telling people how huge I am getting! We've done photos in the same position at 7, 9, 11, and 14 weeks on the Sunday after my Friday rollover date. (I haven't posted the 14 week one yet. I was waiting for a series.) Since this one is mid-week, I don't mind that it is a ridiculous one done by me with a mirror. Here it is!! I've gained one pound so far, so weight must be readjusting on my body because that is noticeable!! (Of course, this is at its biggest: the end of the day after a walk.)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The beginnings of a nursery!

So, we sold the weight bench, and we bought a rug from Pottery Barn (on clearance about two months ago). It came on Monday, and Nicholas and I were stoked to put it in the "baby room" as we now refer to it.

I love it! The chair is one of our wicker chairs from IKEA that I had outside. It may or may not make the final cut. We still have my desks and a bookcase left in the baby those have to make their way out as we get closer.

Nicholas and I have decided to have a look at cribs around Christmas time. We are going to (perhaps) replace my Subaru with a newer car over Thanksgiving. I love old Betty White (my car), but she is a 1998, has 155K miles, and doesn't have the latest safety features, which Nicholas insists that the baby and I need.

Other happenings:

  • You might notice in the background that the desk is filling up with more baby stuff. Steph sent a duck towel, wash cloths, and wash mitt for my birthday. They are awesome! Nicholas bought a 'Bama receiving blanket, onsie, and Bear Bryant Teddy bear for my birthday. Love them!

  • More books! Jane (Nicholas's mom) sent The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding and Baby 411. Juliet sent Caring for Your Baby and Young Child. I'm happy to have all the help I can get!

  • I'm mostly feeling well now. I have lots more energy than just a few weeks ago. My nausea is only mild now, and is usually avoided if I eat frequent small meals.

  • I split the zipper on my skirt on Monday. I guess it is time to quit wearing clothes that are too small! I am still hovering around pre-pregnancy weight, though. One day I will be one pound under and the next I will be a pound over. It is amazing to me that my body is changing so significantly, and yet I weigh about the same.

  • The baby is about four inches long (crown to rump) now! Yet it will be a while before I am able to feel him/her move around...maybe not until 20 weeks, which is about five weeks away.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

The last day of my 20's (and week 14!!)

Well, tomorrow I turn 30! Heidi already sent me her gift...two handmade hats, which I love and I have modeled below!

Mom and Dad sent a card with their gift that made me cry. Here is the poem on it:

From the moment
you were born,
you've made my life
so happy
just by being you.
Watching you grow
has been
a lifelong adventure...

Your caring,
generous spirit
the hearts of those
who know you --
especially mine...

On your birthday
and always
I want you to know,
your life has changed the world,
and your love
makes all the difference.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Into the second trimester....

The past week has been pretty uneventful in a good way. I haven't vomited since Thursday, and although I was premature in thinking that the nausea was over, at least it has subsided. I've only heaved a few times. The evenings are still the worst for me as far as nausea goes. But, I am back to cooking and Nicholas and I are eating better again.

Other things I haven't yet written about:
1. My fingernails and toenails are super strong and grow even more quickly now than pre-pregnancy.
2. My hair seems to fall out just as normal. I was expecting thicker, luscious hair (since that's what the books say), but it seems pretty normal to me; the same amount is in the drain at the end of a shower.
3. My complexion is worse than pre-pregnancy. I've heard about and read about women who "glow" with radiance. I've just broken out and gotten more oily. That's in the books, too, but people (at least I) tend to skip that part.
4. I am mostly in maternity (or empire-waist) tops at work, even though I am still just under or at (depending on the day) my pre-pregnancy weight. My work pants are more fitted, and thus need to be unbuttoned (requiring the longer top to cover). I can still wear regular tops with my jeans, though, since they sit lower.
5. At the end of my evening dog walk, my belly looks really big to me. I think the gravity from the day and the slight pounding from the walk makes me feel really heavy and swollen. I've noticed my ankles a little swollen after walking, but it goes away if I put my feet up for about 15 minutes when I get back.
6. I am still pretty tired. I am trying not to take a nap after work since the time change makes dusk so early, and now I walk the dogs in the dark in the morning and at night. So, my bedtime is very early! Actually, I think I am past it now!!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The 12 week 5 day doctor's visit...

Everything went well today. I had a net gain of one pound exactly in the past four weeks. (I was down two already when I went for the ultrasound, I lost two more, and then I gained three back.) Nicholas and I heard the little baby's heartbeat again, but this time with the little wand that they wave over your lower abdomen...165 beats per minute, which is normal. I asked about sleeping on my stomach since I am trying to stay off of it, but tend to wake up on it. Dr. Chwe was very reassuring, and said it didn't matter at all right now and that my body and my baby will make sure that I stay off of it when it does matter. I asked when that would be. He said about 26 weeks, but by then my belly will a big enough bump that I won't be able to sleep on it. I also asked about yoga and if it was safe to do headstands and back bends. He said that as long as I was not in danger of falling, I can do whatever.

Our next appointment is November 30 and we will be 17 weeks then--too early for the next ultrasound. I was hoping to have the ultrasound where we find out gender before Christmas, but it looks like it might be after! Well, January is usually a let down after the holidays, so this will be something to look forward to!!

No related pictures, but I'll add one of the color on our red maples in the front yard:

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Could the nausea be over?

The latter part of the week was pretty good. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday I was able to eat at every meal. I only threw up three times on Friday morning, so if we start from Friday noon, I almost feel normal again! Which is a good thing since Nicholas's brother Charlie and his crew came in for the Alabama vs. Tennessee game. Here's a picture of us in front of the stadium before the game. From back left, that's Gus, Matt King, Charlie, and Nicholas. Marcy, Charlie's girlfriend is in the front next to me. Thanks, Chuck, for the hounds tooth scarf!

Marcy and I went back to the house and carved pumpkins, and I must say that we did an awesome job! (The best I've ever done, at least!!)

As for the pregnancy, Charlie was pretty excited about our coming addition. I have the feeling that he is rooting for a boy, though! We'll see! I am sure he will be a great Uncle Chuck!

The baby is about 2.5 inches long now, and my uterus is beginning to move above my pelvic bones. I can definitely tell a tightening around my waist. I've gained back two of the four pounds I've lost, so hopefully the other two will be back soon. I am not into maternity clothes yet, but sometimes I appreciate those empire waist tops that cover the top of my pants so that I can unbutton my dress pants! Here are pictures at 7, 9, and 11 weeks, respectively:

Monday, October 19, 2009

The goods, the bad, and the haircut...

So week 11 had good points and bad ones. My mom and Grandma Clara came to visit Sunday the 11th. We visited about all their ten births! Whoa! Mom had all of us natural...and we were all about 10 lbs. (I was 10 lbs 1 ounce.) Incredible, Mom!! Their stay was short and they left the next morning, after dropping off "the goods."

Erin (friend from grade school, whose family and mine are have been friends for all my memory) sent a boat load of maternity clothes! Thanks, Erin!! I should have ironed first, but I am behind on my regular ironing, already. Winter coat, check. Dresses, check. Shirts, shorts, pants, check! Check out the closet! I might not have to buy anything except leggings! (I added those two green blouses, Erin. The only things I've brought!)

And Stephanie sent a shipment, too! Thanks, Steph! I love the books and the toys!! Check out the goods:

Stacey couldn't resist and sent me the cutest little onesies, which I love! Look at the message:

And, a couple things Nicholas and/or I picked up. We bought the sweet little toy in Kauai, the onesie at the Gap (isn't it perfect for the child of a computer scientist!), the over-the-shoulder-baby-holder for $2 at a yard sale, and the "utter cover" for free online:

That's all of the goods for now. Except that we did get rid of the home gym that had been in the baby room this week. Now, we just have to move my computer and desk out.

The bad was more of the same nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. I ended up calling the doctor this week. He said I can take Imodium AD and also gave me a prescription for phenergan. I hate that phenergan, though. It knocks me out. I am taking as little of it as possible.

And, for the haircut. I forgot about it until this post. I thought I would try to grow my hair out because I have this image of a new mom with long hair. But, it drives me crazy. So, I cut it on Tuesday...probably the worst day yet for all the bad pregnancy symptoms. Maybe not a good idea... I look a little like a kid who got a hold of a scissors. Here is a picture of Ringo and me before I gave him a bath on Saturday:

It's a good thing that my hair grows pretty quickly!!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

10 Weeks!

Yesterday marked the end of my tenth week! And I must say that week ten was rough...more vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea than I care to remember. But, as part of the reason for this blog is to help me keep a "diary" of the pregnancy, I'll note that. I left work early Wednesday because of nausea and again yesterday. I hate doing that! But, yesterday I slept from three to seven and then again from nine through the night to seven the next morning. I walked the dogs then, and decided that I would skip yoga because I was still nauseous, my back was killing me, and I thought I could go back to sleep. I did...until almost noon. The nurse said that the baby is getting what it needs, so don't worry. I am down four pounds since pre-pregnancy, but (sister) Stephanie went through the same thing with her first, and my aunt June said that she didn't get back to pre-pregnancy weight until the beginning of her sixth month. So, I am trying not to worry. Despite losing weight, my pants are feeling tighter in the waist, so I guess that is a good sign.

In any case Nicholas and I are super excited. The books say that the baby is the size of a small plum now and we are entering into the "fetal stage," which means that all the wiring is finished and now it is about gaining weight and developing.

My book list now includes:
  1. The Official Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth with Confidence
  2. What to Expect When You're Expecting (courtesy of Stephanie!)
  3. Your Pregnancy: Week by Week (courtesy of Stephanie!)
  4. Becoming a Mother (from the library)
  5. Taking Care of Your Child (from the Baby Yourself program through BCBS)
  6. Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries (the only non-pregnancy one)
I'll have to give a review when I finish each one.

Nicholas is reading The Expectant Father, and seems totally prepared for whatever I do or say lately. (Of course, I am often not prepared!) He's been great about helping not to feel guilty about not cooking; he's picked up my slack when I am too tired to clean or finish the laundry; and he still hasn't been freaked out by my crying jags, which seem to pop up for no reason.

The dogs haven't suffered too much with the pregnancy so far. Mostly, I am able to still walk them for at least two miles in the morning and two miles at night. Below is a photo when I tried to make them share Ringo's bed. I figured that Puck is small enough that he could just spoon with Ringo. They didn't go for it. We bought another bed.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Prenatal Yoga

This is my plug for Yoga Bliss! I went to my first prenatal yoga class yesterday, and it was awesome! I loved yoga before I got pregnant, and particularly loved the Tuesday/Thursday Open classes with Jennifer, where the workout is intense and you leave soaked from sweat. (Check out the class schedule if you are a beginner. There are classes for you, too!) In this prenatal class, Jennifer works with each mom-to-be individually to modify poses for where you are in your pregnancy. I loved it, recommend it, and will be back next Saturday!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The secret's out!

Everyone at work has now seen the blog (whether they wanted to or not!), so it's a free for all! I think Jane is sending an email as we speak to all the Krafts, so we know that soon, there will not be a man, woman, or child not in the know!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

And so we'll be three!

Today was our first ultrasound, and we could not have been more excited! (Of course, I was a little nervous and I cried, but that is what I do...even more now that I am pregnant.) Our little one had a heart rate of 169 beats per minute and looks as healthy as can be. Because my periods had been irregular, they are going with the ultrasound due date of May 7. That makes me 8 weeks and 5 days along today! Hip, hip, hooray!! I feel tired, nauseous most of the time, my back hurts, and I have some of the other early pregnancy symptoms, so we are all reassured. Plus all my labs look good--we repeated the HCG test forty-eight and seventy-two hours apart when I was four weeks along back at the end of August, and all the other levels are good, too, as of the blood work two weeks ago. My doctor, Dr. Chwe, said that my chances of miscarriage at this point are about 1%. That means 99% positive. I'm ecstatic! The ultrasound video is below. The tech let us look at the baby for a good while. When the image jumps when she first finds the heartbeat, that is me crying. I tried to be still so that we could get a better look at the heartbeat. Then she looks around to make sure we are just having one (we are) and that my ovaries look good (they do). So exciting! (No one at my work knows yet, so if we could keep this news off Facebook until I give the go ahead, that would be great. Otherwise, feel free to spread the news!)

Nicholas scanned in the ultrasound photos they gave us, too! Here they are in all their fuzzy glory!