Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Here are this weeks stats:
-Up 1 pound from last week for a total weight gain of 28 pounds. I have completely lost my appetite the last 2-3 weeks and I think its because I feel so full all time and just have no room for food.
-Cervix is now 3 cm dilated (up from 2 cm last week) and still 50% effaced.
I also had my growth ultra sound today and little lady is not big!! YAY! She was measuring exactly 7 pounds today and everything looked perfect. They said she could gain anywhere from 6-10oz. between now and birth (depending on when I deliver) and I feel comfortable with that. No more fears of a c-section! Man I swear the C word has been chasing me the last 2 months but it cant catch me : P
So now we wait.
I am really really really hoping that she comes this week, because Kay goes back to school on Monday. It would be nice to have a few days to bond as a family and not have to worry about who's going to get her to school, pick her up, etc.
So send that labor dust my way : )
Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
First, my grandmother and mom both work for a major airline and with all the cancelled flights and bad weather on the east coast, they have been on mandated over time and working non stop. So they have to work...which means no ones there to cook!
Secondly, I am on the verge of popping! Instead of loading up all the gifts and going there, and then loading up all the gifts and heading home they figured they would make it easy and come to me. Which is how it always should be in my opinion ; ) Usually on the way home, we are literally stuffed in the car like sardines with all of Kay's gifts bursting at the seems. I mean you can barely find the kid with all the toys and gifts in the car!
Take this photo from Christmas Eve circa 2007 when my parents bought Kay a HUGE talking, singing Dora doll. We had to make room for another passenger!
Oh and then she wanted to sleep with gigantic Dora when we got home that night...
(Okay lets pause for a second and talk about how scary this doll actually is. I mean this thing has scared the shit out of me for the past 2 years. Every time I walk into Kay's room I get startled thinking there was someone else in the room with her. Then if she starts singing when you walk by...forget about it!! I mean, this doll is around 4 feet tall with more hair on her head than me. Finally a few months ago, I put that monstrosity away in the closet!!)
So that means tonight 9 of my crazy family members will be heading to my house to feast, exchange our secret Santa gifts, and let Kay open they're gifts for her. Its going to be different, but I am excited to host our first Christmas dinner at my house!
Oh and P.S.
If your thinking well hosting and cooking for that many people is just as hard...I took some help and I am doing things super simple. This years menu is as follows:
For appetizers I have:
-Stuffed mushrooms and stuffed shrimp that my dad is making
-A veggie tray from the grocery store
-My friend Mya's super yummy and super easy cheese dip
And for the main course:
- Roasted turkey breast stuffed with cranberry stuffing topped with an orange glaze from Costco (this is where I took help)!
- Corn on the cob
-Sweet baby peas
-Mashed potatoes and gravy
-One of my big beautiful salads with baby greens, avocado, red onions, cucumbers, and tomatoes
And for dessert (all from the grocery store or Costco):
-A glazed cranberry cream cheese loaf
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
- I lost 3 pounds, so the freak out over gaining 4 pounds in a week at my last appointment was for nothing.
-No progress with the cervix, still 2cm dilated and 50% effaced.
Baby is now measuring at 40 weeks, so 3 weeks ahead. My Dr. decided that at my next appointment they will do a growth u/s to determine her size, and schedule an induction at 39 weeks (if she doenst come sooner). Depending on her size, we may schedule a c-section being that Kay was only 7lbs. 3oz. and I pushed for 3 hours to get her out. And I mean I barely got her out!! I don't think my body could handle a baby much bigger that that.
So hopefully she isn't too big because like I have said before I would really like to avoid having a c-section.
I'll know more next week! That is unless of course she decides she wants to come on her own before then ; )
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Lets start with the before pics. It was a small guest room with light celery green walls. Believe it or not we had a queen size bed in this room!
We decided to do a complete overhaul and replace the fixtures, touch up the dry wall, replace the carpet, and re paint. Here we are (well Kay and our house helper) trying to decide on which gray to use.
And in case anyone is curious...
Hope you like it!
Monday, December 14, 2009
- Weight gain: 4 POUNDS!! Since last week!! How on earth is that possible? I have even been eating less because I haven't had a big appetite. I guess it was catch up time since I did not gain any the last 2 appointments.
- 2 cm dilated now (was 1 cm last week)
-50% effaced (no effacement last week)
So we are making some progress!
Saturday, December 12, 2009
How far along? 36 weeks
Total weight gain/loss? No weight gain at my last appt. so I think I am at 25 pounds total.
Maternity cloths? Yes, and am outgrowing those. Even my maternity shirts are getting too short. I only have about 3-4 shirts I can wear.
Stretch marks? If you remember me saying last week that I *thought* that I might be getting 2 small ones on the under side of my belly, well I was right. They are stretch marks. BUT they are not big, red, purple, or ugly (yet). PRAYING they don't get worse.
Sleep? Not great, but that can be expected at this point.
Best moment last week? Finishing the nursery!! (Yes, pics...I know, I will take some tomorrow I promise!)
Movement? Slowing down. I can tell she is running out of room because its a lot of rolling type movements, or a knee/elbow/ankle sticking out rather that fierce movement.
Food cravings? None really, still cold milk.
Labor signs? Oh yes, or I can at least tell my body is getting closer to labor. My BH contractions are getting painful and I am getting A LOT more of them. I am pretty sure I have lost my mucus plug too (more on that below) So not really "labor" signs, just my body preparing for labor.
Belly button in/out? I don't think it can get more out.
What I miss? Normal cloths.
What I am looking forward to? Meeting my baby!!
Milestones? Her turning and getting head down!
So I just realized that I never updated you all after my OB appointment last week. So here goes.
I got my first internal, and let me tell you my cervix must have been in my throat because her hand was way up there!! Needless to say I was 1 cm dilated, but my cervix was still "thick". She is pretty sure she is head down down now, and that makes sense because everyone has been telling me this last week that I look like she dropped. It also makes me very very happy! No scheduled c-section! I had my group b strep test too (which came back negative)!
Later after my appt. I went to the bathroom and was pretty sure that I lost some of my mucus plug...my Dr. must have really shakin things up in there! Then yesterday I lost more of it. I am pretty sure that's was it. Totally different that my experience with Kay, it came out all at once with her in the toilet about 2 weeks before she was born and I knew exactly what it was. This time, since it came out in pieces I was kind of thrown for a loop.
Also, my BH contractions had me thinking I might be in labor one night this week. They were really strong and painful and lasted an hour and a half before they finally stopped. The only thing was there there was not a consistent pattern. I would get 3 within 10 min. then none for 10, the 1 every 5 min., etc. so I just waited it out. I knew that if it was real labor they would have never gone away. Again, SO different than my last pregnancy. I told a friend that if I was a first time mom this time around I would be at the hospital 3 times a week thinking I was in labor because these contractions are strong and painful now, and I get them a lot.
So I am going to weekly Dr appointments now. I will posting my progress as the end nears!!
Friday, December 11, 2009
Throughout my entire pregnancy I have continued to get my brazilian wax every 4 weeks, my cut/color/and highlight every 5 weeks, and a pedicure about every 6 weeks. I have forgone getting my nails done, just because they are so thick and beautiful while I am pregnant, they don't really need to be done.
I admit, I'm a little high maintenance. Okay...maybe a lot high maintenance to some, but that's me! And these are the things that make me feel good.
So in preparation for the birth of my little lady, I have scheduled all my "finals".
My final brazilian wax (done), my final hair cut/color/highlight (appt. in the am), my final pedicure (going sun. morning), before she is born. I am not sure how hectic life is going to be the first few weeks at home, so I want everything to be in tact ; )
**I am adding a poll to my side bar, so VOTE! I am curious to see what you all think! Only 29 days until my due date people!!**
Saturday, December 5, 2009
In other pregnancy/baby related news:
- I have a OB appt. Monday, I am anxious to see if she is still breech. She still was at my last appt...she doesn't have much longer to turn at this point, so hopefully she has been listening to her mommy and is getting into position!
- In light of my buttering up like a Thanksgiving turkey twice a day for the last 8 months, I *think* I have 2 little stretchmarks on my belly now : ( I only notice them in a certain light, and they are not red or purple...hence my uncertainty. But its not looking too good.
-She still has no middle name.
-Last night DH put together the rest of her things (pack n play, swing, and stroller!).
-I finished washing all of her cloths, blankets, etc. and put those all away. Just to finishing organizing the rest of her nursery and we are DONE!
So we are now officially ready for her arrival!!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
This makes me feel so much better...because I know what an important bonding experience that will be for her and us as a family!!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
And here is another view from the top. You can see how high up she is sitting! Its like she is all balled up at the top to the right. About 4 people now have asked me if I am sure I am not having a boy because "I am carrying so high". Torpedo belly for sure : )
Monday, November 30, 2009
My friend Mya was laughing at me the other day because I still didn't have a car seat for the baby, but yet almost everything else is done. She was like, you know they wont let you leave the hospital without a car seat right? Hahaha, but in my defense I did order one two weeks ago and I was just waiting for it to arrive. I am happy to say that UPS dropped it off today! So now, I can bring my baby home : ) I also called the fire department today to set up an appointment to get it installed. I ended up choosing the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30 in the color pictured to the right (Titanio, which is a silver and black). It wasn't my first choice for car seats, but was the only one compatible with the stroller I wanted...
Which is the 2009 Peg Perego Pliko Switch! This stroller has everything I wanted. If you click on the link, and scroll through the pictures you can see all the different features of this stroller. I LOVE the fact that baby can face you or away from you, that the whole seat comes off and it works like a snap n go with the car seat, and it has a very large basket for all those bags ; )
I took advantage of a great cyber Monday deals and ordered it today, for 75 dollars off retail and free shipping! Very excited about that and I cant wait until it arrives so I can play with it!
And last but most certainly not least is the diaper bag I ended up getting. I bought this Fleurville Lexie Tote in Botanical Azure a few months ago because they had it for an unbelievable price on mamabargains.com for 68.00!!! This bag retails for around 160.00, so even though I would have liked to have the black and white print better...I just could not pass up that deal.
I love the look and functionality of the Fleurville bags, so I cant wait to be carrying this little number around in the near future!
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Option #1: Right up against the wall. This really opens up some of the floor space, in the beginning we thought it made the room look even more narrow...but now we kind of like it.
Option #2: At an angle. This was out first choice, but now after moving it right up against the wall we cant decide!
How far along? 34 weeks...wow!
Total weight gain/loss? 25 pounds up
Maternity cloths? All the time, and even some of them are getting tighter.
Stretch marks? None yet :::::crosses fingers::::::
Sleep? Horrible. It is so hard to get comfortable. Between waking up to switch sides every 30 min. or so because my hips are throbbing, and having to pee, good sleep is nothing but a distant memory.
Best moment last week? Well Thanksgiving of course!
Food cravings? Really really cold milk (which again is weird because I normally don't drink milk)
Gender? Girl : )
Labor signs? Nope, still daily BH contractions though. I have been noticing some more painful like cramps now and then...but I think its just my body getting ready.
Belly button in/out? Out
What I miss? Sleep
What I am looking forward to? Seeing my baby, I am starting to get really excited!
Milestones? Making it this far!! Babies born after 34 weeks usually have no long term side effects and do just as well as full term babies. Not that I want to see her anytime in the next few weeks, its just nice to know if she did need to come her NICU time would be short.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I am thankful for:
My beautiful daughter, she is healthy and happy and is all I could ever ask for!
My husband, he has given me so much to be thankful for.
Being pregnant and getting ready to complete our family!!!
My family, even though they drive me crazy sometimes.
My life! We are all healthy, we are financially secure, and we have each other...what more could a girl ask for?
I hope every one of you has a wonderful Thanksgiving!! Spend time with those you love and be thankful for all the good in your life : )
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
So lots of sex to look forward too!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
What does Christmas mean to you and your family?
Christmas to us is all about family, happiness, giving, and the kids! There is nothing better than than seeing and hearing the excitement in Kay's voice leading up to Christmas. NOTHING! It makes the holiday so much more fun, and honestly I want her to look back on her childhood like I do mine, and have the BEST Christmas memories possible. I love the shopping, the gift wrapping (its a slight obsession), and gift giving. Seeing the look on others faces when they get something they really wanted is priceless. The music that fills the air, the smell of yummy candles burning, the decorations...I love it all!!
Have you got some traditions?
We have lots of traditions! It really starts the day after Thanksgiving. We watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Every year since I was a little girl I have watched that parade on TV. Every single year! So I made sure that every year once I had Kay that I would continue to do that same, and she loves it! We set the tree up the weekend after Thanksgiving..no sooner, no later. Last year, we all dressed up in our finest Christmas attire and went to see the The Nutcracker Ballet downtown and plan to do so every year in December (so this is a new tradition). We always go to my grandmothers house a few weeks before Christmas to bake cookies. We always drive around and look at Christmas lights, and of course we always go see Santa!
Christmas Eve we always spend at my grandparents house, eating, drinking, and being merry! We also exchange gifts. Its nice to have all the cousins, aunts, uncles, and kids together...and at our house, there is never a dull moment!! For example; last year we had italian christmas music blaring and my crazy aunt Julie was dancing around like she was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars! Hilarious!
After we are home, Kay will put a trail of "reindeer food" (oatmeal, sugar, cinnamon, and last year we left some carrots too ; )) leading up to our house so the reindeer's know where to go. She leaves her letter to Santa, cookies and milk out and we read The Night Before Christmas!
Christmas morning is always spent at our house, opening gifts, and hanging out in our jammie's. My parents usually come over, and we just hang out playing with all the new stuff, opening toys, etc. Then we head to the in laws for dinner and gift exchanging with them in the evening.
What will you cook?
Well in my family, Christmas Eve is all Italian and always has been!! We have a traditional italian meal with spaghetti and meatballs, eggplant parmesan, a huge garden salad, bread...lots of bread, and an assortment of yummy italian cookies and other deserts. Christmas day however, is more of a traditional holiday meal, usually with a ham, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, that sort of thing, and at my in laws we usually have tamales!
Who will you spend it with?
We spend it with most of our families. Christmas eve is with my parents, my brother, my grandparents, cousins, some aunts and uncles. Christmas day is with the in laws; my DH's parents, his brothers and sisters and their kids!
Got a favorite Christmas memory?
That's really tough! I have lots of great Christmas memories...but really every year since Kay has been around has been extra special!
How are you decorating?
Our tree for the last 3 years has been decorated in purple and gold. We will probably stick with that this year and maybe switch it up next year. I haven't been really able to decorate outside much because of our ongoing construction, but I always have a wreath on the door and lots of decorations inside!
Friday, November 13, 2009
- My waist, no matter what size it is!
- Being able to stand for longer than 10 consecutive minutes without feeling like my knees are are going to buckle or my feet are going to explode
- Crossing my legs
- Pants with zippers
- The freedom of being able to play and cuddle with Kay without constantly guarding my belly for the fear that if I don't my unborn baby will have brain damage
- Sitting up or rolling over without having to strategize first
- Putting on socks, or shoes
- Tying said shoes
- My ass not swallowing my underwear
- The power of antacids
- Sex. Mindless, thoughtless, do it any way you like it sex!
- My lung capacity
- And last but certainly not least, being a woman. Getting to experience all these things and the truly amazing, mind blowing capabilities of a woman's body. Such amazing things your body is able to do (all on its own!) to grow and nurture a little precious human being. Absolutely incredible!!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Other than that she looked great and boy has she grown so much! I gained 2 more pounds (I think) for a total weight gain of 23 pounds. I was also able to finally get my H1N1 shot that I have been whole heartily searching for on a daily basis. I swear trying to get this vaccine in my city has been impossible!! My OB's office still has not gotten any in, but knew of another OB/GYN near by that has an ABUNDANT supply. They were taking walk-in's so right after my appointment, I marched my happy pregnant self right on over there like they were giving away free cars or something! Made my whole day!
Oh and P.S. my ticker is now down to 59 days!! Less than 60 days people! WOWZA!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
My BFF Kendra (who is 16 weeks pregnant!!) came out from Los Angeles and really helped with the final preparations of the shower...I don't know what I would do without this girl.
Earlier in the weekend I hurt my left foot really bad. It hurt to walk, much less in shoes so I wore my slippers to the shower location with full intentions of changing into my shoes when guests started to arrive. Well....that didn't happen! I wore my slippers the whole time! It was kinda funny because of the dress I was wearing, no one knew unless I pulled my dress up. It was kinda of a little joke because I wanted to see if anyone noticed : )
To my surprise some of my friends had got together and each brought a onsies that hung from a cloths line. Each had a cute little tag custom made from Kim (the paper queen) that said who it was from. Kim also had matching rhinestoned shirts for Kay and the baby that said "Big Sis" and "Lil Sis" hanging on the line. Such a cute surprise! Thanks girls!!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Until next time... : )
Monday, November 2, 2009
The baby DOES have a name (well a first name, but its a start!), but it didn't come easy! If you remember me and my DH could not come to a middle ground and find a name that we both liked. And actually, he never once suggested anything, only rejected all the ones I picked. I had about 10 names or so, and he didn't like a.single.one! It was really really hard for me to even come up with that 10, and most of them I wasn't "thrilled" with really. His whole take was once we see her "it will just come to us". Ummmm.....yeah right buddy!
So eventually I got sick of her being nameless. I really started to feel like she needed a name for me to be able to start to identify her as a real person, not just the baby. So one day, one of the names on my list just sort of stood out to me. THAT was her name! Its almost like when you find your wedding dress, and you have that ah-ha moment and just know that's the one! DH didn't really like it. He said it was too short...too Italian...too this...too that. And you know what I said..."well you'll get used to it, because that's going to be her name!"
No...not really...but hey what did he expect me to do?
So that's how she got her name : )
I am sure you are all wondering, well what IS IT? And this is the un fair part...I cant tell you. I know, I am mean today right?! The thing is that this is the internet and I don't share Kay's full name (no, its not just Kay if you were wondering!) and I don't feel comfortable posting names and such on the internet for my own protection...there are a lot of weirdos out there!! I hope you understand. It starts with the letter M though : )
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
DH doing his dirty work...