Thursday, October 23, 2008

October Doctor's Appointment.

Had another doctor's appointment today.
I love my doctor. Not in a freaky obsessive sort of love, but in a way that I trust her and know that she will take care of me and the baby.
She's just the nicest lady and very informative, holding back on technical terms and telling me like it is.
So yes, anywho, I had another doctor's appointment today.
For those of you that don't know we are having a little boy. Everything about him looks strong and healthy and he has got a very powerful heartbeat. Yay!
I haven't felt him moving yet and she said that is very common because the placenta is at the front of my uterus (sorry if I just grossed you out) so its serving as a kind of pillow that takes the brunt of the baby's kicks.
I should be able to feel him in one to two more weeks!
What else...
He has very long little legs, and so far he's very normal in terms of size.
I'm carrying him low which is why I've probably popped out so much so soon!
My doctor told me she is still keeping my due date of St. Patty's day, but that I probably could deliver any time between March 11 and the 17.
Everyone keep your fingers crossed for the 17!
And that is the latest baby update news!! Woo woo !

Bump Update

There's a little boy somewhere in there!

This is me at 18 weeks. I am currently now at 19 weeks and two days, so I'm falling a little behind.

Everything is good- as you might be able to see, I'm carrying low, which is why so many people thought it would be a boy! Hmmm I wonder if it will be the same if we have a girl?

I'm doing pretty good, taking lots of Epson salt baths to ease my aching back and hips and wanting Mexican food like craaaaazy!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Its A Little Griz Fan!

As I sit here typing this blog I am currently eating the medium hot fudge sundae that Jeff had to buy for me today.
And if I haven't told you about the bet Jeff and I have, I shall tell you now. Jeff and I had a running bet about what the sex of our baby is going to be. If I win, he buys me ice cream. If he wins, I buy him Taco Bell.
So, obviously, I WON! 
We are having....dun dun dun a little boy!
Yay! I knew it all along! 
The ultrasound today was just the sweetest thing in the whole world!
He's very long and doesn't like to be poked or moved! He has big feet and ears- he has Jeff's ears! They are so big and so cute!
He kept his hands up in front of his mouth like he was sucking on them!
It took us three tries to figure out what sex he was because he kept his little long legs crossed like a little gentleman! He was not going to uncross them at all and then the lady had me turn over on my side and he immediately uncrossed them to reveal his man parts!
I think Jeff was absolutely shocked, because he was so sure we were going to have a girl.
We are so so so excited! 
His name is going to be Caderyn James Windmueller. Caderyn is Welsh/Scottish and it means "Battle Ruler" and James is after my dad. 
One of the best days ever!

Drum Roll Please...

In exactly an hour and a half Jeff and I will find out if we are having a boy or a girl . Eeeeeee!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Woman Gives Birth to Worlds Largest Baby

Aaaaaand that's pretty much how I feel right now. I am seriously wondering if I'm having twins and the doctor/ultrasound lady just for some reason can't see the other one or find that extra heartbeat.
I know, I know, every woman is different but seriously!
I'm not eating any different really- I mean I had to give up a lot of my weight watcher diet stuff but that's just because I didn't think it was healthy to be eating- like the processed cheese. But I'm still eating fruit, drinking lots of milk, eating healthy, hearty meals. I'm not all that into sweets either.
I'm working out too! Not as hard as I once did when I wasn't pregnant, but I'm swimming and weight lifting and doing cardio...what's the deal!
I'm getting huge! I was in full on maternity gear in my 4th month and now I'm nearly bigger than a lady who is now 8 months pregnant. Aaaaaah!
I feel like I'm going to be this over-stretched bloated unattractive cow by the time my 9th month rolls around.
I don't know what I will do if this baby weighs more than 10 pounds. OUCH!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Mysterious Mr. Hitchcock

I like to consider myself somewhat of a movie buff.
I love watching movies.
My main preference is comedy and mystery and I tend to avoid the gore and shriekfests that some movie companies put out there.
If you were to ask me what my favorite movie is, I honestly don't think I could tell you.
I love Gone With the Wind and Forrest Gump and Pirates of the Carribean and 300 and pretty much any movie Disney has made in the last 50 plus years.
But, if I had to narrow it down to one movie that is close to my all-time favorite, I would have to go with Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window.
I love everything about this movie. Jimmy Stuart, Grace Kelly and the overall concept of a bored, bedridden photographer spying on his neighbors and ultimately uncovering a murder.
Its just a winner all around.
Recently, we got NetFlix at the house. In the excitement of this new rental and returning without any late fees I have been trying to rent almost every single Alfred Hitchcock movie that I can. Rear Window was first, then Vertigo, North by Northwest and now my latest one was Suspicion.
As I lay on the couch yesterday trying to sleep off the second cold that has attacked me so far this Fall, I found myself completely enamored with the movie...up until the very end that is.

So the plot for the movie is basically this:
A spinster like heiress named Lina (played by the lovely Joan Fontaine) meets supposedly wealthy playboy John Aysgarthe (Cary Grant). She falls head over heels in love with him and they end up eloping. She soon finds out that he's kind of a loser who can't keep a job and always, always owes tons of money to people. He's also a pathological liar and a thief.
So the movie goes on and she soon begins to believe that her husband is plotting murder against her and one of his own friends.
Well John's friend does end up being murdered and Lina thinks she's next and she ends up freaking out.
So anyways throughout the whole movie you totally think John is guilty and your really worried about Lina because she's so stupidly in love with him that she fails to try and believe it. Trust me, the second a husband of mine would have sold priceless family heirloom chairs that my father gave me as a wedding gift just so he could gamble at the racetracks, I would have been out the door.
So after the freak out Lina is trying to leave to go and live with her mother and the scene unfolds where it looks like John tries to push her out of the car and over a cliff.
Pretty intense. Oh and did I mention that John has an infatuation with poisons, especially ones that are untraceable.
But then the mood changes, when Lina for some reason thinks a light bulb goes off and sees that perhaps she was wrong and that he wasn't trying to kill her at all but rather save her and kill himself with poison.
Yeah, I thought this made absolutely no sense and really just wanted to smack her across the face.
So, in conclusion. I am very confused by this movie and how it ended. I think Alfred Hitchcock is amazing at how he is able to rope his audience in to the movie, as you can see some decades later its still getting to me, but I am absolutely in a fog over this movie.
I honestly don't know how she could think that he wasn't trying to kill her. THE SIGNS WERE ALL THERE!
Why in God's name did she get back in that car with him and then drive off happily as though nothing were ever wrong.

Has anyone else seen this movie that can help me? I am utterly perplexed.
Usually I love the way Hitchcock ends his movies be they happy or sad. With this one though I am just left depressed and intensely confused.

Why I Love My Dog

Not only is she the cutest and most intelligent puppy around. She looks dang good in her Halloween costume. Please ignore the hateful glare on her face, and perhaps the fact that after putting the costume on her and taking this picture she decided to shred a whole roll of toilet paper.

Now, when Jeff and I leave the house, we tell her she'd better behave or we'll make her wear her costume.

I'm sure she puts in on right when we leave though and turns into....Luzilla. Dun dun dun!!!!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Baby Bump

The bump at 16 weeks (this was last week)

In the spirit of Halloween

So for those of you that don't know it, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.
My favorite holidays, in the exact order in which I like them are: Christmas, Halloween, my birthday (yes, its a holiday) and the 4th of July.
But, yes, Halloween is my second most favorite holiday and I DO have the apartment decorated and I try to add a little bit to my collection every year. When Jeff and I one day have a house, I intend to go all out and spook out the front yard. 

As I sit here on the couch writing this right now, I am watching "America's Most Haunted Places" on the Travel Channel. Pretty freaky. 
Although I do love Halloween, I'm not a fan of being scared. 
I don't know if I believe in ghosts (Jeff does BTW) and I am not a fan of going to haunted houses or scary movies to get my adrenaline going. 
Now, to counter that statement, I do believe that true evil does exist in the world. Being raised Catholic and meant to fear evil and the devil, I honestly do believe there is an evil that exists. To me, this can be seen through the actions of murders, rapists, terrorists etc. 
The idea of these existing in the world truly do scare me. 
But, like I said, I don't really believe in ghosts.
So I wonder, why the heck do I like Halloween so much? 

A few of my "scary stories:" 

I avoid haunted houses and scary movies like the plague. Jeff will occasionally rope me into watching a scary movie with him, in which case I will more than likely try to make myself fall asleep. He once rented Saw for us to watch and me, trying to impress him, bravely tried to watch it. I was absolutely horrified and terrified with what I saw (probably the effect they were going for) and as I stated above, made myself fall asleep. A few hours after the movie ended and Jeff himself had also fallen asleep I was deep into a dream that involved me being a victim of Saw. I was tied down in a room that was completely black except for where I was. Each limb was extended and tied down individually and I couldn't see where my hands or feet were because they extended into the darkness. My mouth was pried open by some tool and I could not close it and there was a string extending from the darkness into my open mouth. Huge black spiders were crawling down this string into my mouth. 
Did I mention that weird and freaky dreams run in my family?!
I woke up from that dream screaming with my hands in my mouth as if I were trying to dig the spiders out and then flinging them at the wall. I put a dent in the wall and scared poor Jeff to death!!
He won't let me watch any of the Saw movies with him anymore. 
I do think however, that Jeff enjoys the dreams I have after he's forced me to watch movies like Saw. I would hope he'd be concern about the vivid and awful dreams I have, but I don't really think thats the case. 
We rented an Unsolved Mysteries: Serial Killers one night. I don't think I was as terrified as I was when we were watching Saw, but somehow I again fell asleep during this show (this seems to be continuing pattern). My mind began to play tricks on me and I soon found myself being chased by a blood covered serial killer. Obviously these dreams have terrified me so much that I still remember them- in fact I can recall bad dreams I've had all the way back to the fourth grade where I had a dream someone shot me in the head and I woke up screaming- my poor mother. 

I always seem to get myself into trouble with scary stuff if I'm trying to impress someone. 
A first date I had with someone in college was going to see The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. It was awful. Not the date in general, but having to sit through that movie and trying to be brave. I was sweating like a pig and thought I would seriously pass out! A word of advice- don't go to a scary movie on a first date. 
Another date, with that same guy, was going to the corn maze outside of Missoula. The second you set foot into that corn maze a crazy guy is running at you with a chainsaw. Yeah, I about pushed my date at the chainsaw guy and ran right back out the entrance. 

So, to get back on track, why do I like Halloween?
Well, for one thing, I love dressing up. The past two years have been downers in terms of dressing up. Last year there was no way I was going to go out and do anything because I started my job the next morning. 
But, I always remember the anticipation and excitement of dressing up in your costume. I have a pretty good memory of all my costumes past: a bunny, a witch, a ballerina, a Hawaiian princess, a genie, Selena (from the Archie comics), a spanish senorita, a Minnesota Vikings fan, a cowgirl, a hobo, a nurse, a mile high captain and a firewoman. Pretty good huh!
I loved going out, shouting "Trick or Treat" and getting my reward of candy. I do believe I went trick or treating up until my senior year of high school and then insisted on taking my cousins out trick or treating when I went to Missoula for college. 
I'm also a big advocate of pumpkin carving, my family always had a pumpkin carving night and I most certainly intend to have one again this year! We did one last year when my brother came into town. I carved a pirate pumpkin that was later smashed on the street. I was nearly heartbroken. 
Although I am not a fan of being scared, I do love the spooky decorations that go up and this time of year. 

So, looking over this slight ramble of a blog, I've come to a realization.
While most people SHOULD like Halloween because they enjoy the adrenaline rush of being scared and all of the "hauntings" that occur at this time of the year, I seem to enjoy Halloween for the material reasons. The costumes, the candy, the display of decorations.
For someone who avoids being scared like the plague, I have to say, in this sense, being materialistic isn't a bad thing. I'm contributing to the happiness of not only myself, but hopefully making someones Halloween a little richer and enjoyable. 

Plus, you can't deny that the abundance of candy corn on the shelves in the grocery stores is THOROUGHLY enjoyable. 

Thursday, October 2, 2008

There's Just Something Not Right

Okay. Now I don't think I'm a very political person.

I have my viewpoints, but I don't go around spouting them off to everyone and their great-grandmother. If asked, I will tell you how I feel about certain things.

Since this is an election season, I want to point out a few things I think should be or that should have been important and are just kind of irking me a lot.

On the Obama/Biden issue:

I honestly don't know Biden that well, but I do know that a lot of people out there don't like him- including my mother.

What I want to know is why did Obama choose Biden when he could have chosen Hillary Clinton or Condoleezza Rice to serve as his VP? Now, maybe he asked them and they refused- but I think if Obama would have chosen Hillary he would be very far ahead in the polls instead of neck and neck with McCain.

Now, if he'd have chosen Condie (yes, I'm on a nickname basis with her) I think that would have just sealed the deal even more and that would have been a very powerful match.From what I've read about her and what I've seen her doing around the world, she is well liked. Personally, I think she would have been the best choice for VP and she seems extremely competent enough to possibly be President of the United States.

On the McCain/Palin issue:

I, like I think many other people, don't know very much about Palin.

However, in watching the interviews she has done with Katie Couric on CBS, I find myself painfully horrified as she tries to answer.

When asked what magazines she reads to keep up to date on current affairs, she replies, "Whatever's in front of me." Katie then asks her for any specific ones that she reads, to which Palin responds, "All of them." Okay, she could have at least said People or US Magazine and not looked as stupid as she did then.

Then, in another interview, Katie is asking her about Roe v. Wade Palin gives a fairly good statement on why she thinks the state's should be the one to make the ultimate decision on abortion, because they know their people better than the Federal Government. Okay, that was a pretty good answer.

Then Katie goes on to ask her if there are any other Supreme Court decisions that Palin disagrees with. Palin skirts around the question a little bit and is then cornered again by Katie who asks if there are any specific ones. OMG She can't name a single one and looks completely lost. L'example.

I was cringing just watching this.

There's something wrong in today's world if the possible VP of the United States can't give a straight answer on anything that has to do with the government.

This seriously makes me think. Although there are some things I like about McCain, he is quite old. Would four years in office kill him? Do we really want to risk that?

I'm not saying I completely support Obama either, because there are some things I don't support about his platform either.

But seriously. What are they thinking people? What has happened to the sure choice for Presidency, the one candidate to emerges as the BEST?

Can't we just bring George Washington back from the dead?

There's a Bun in my Oven!

The belly is getting bigger!
Yes, folks, you can definitely tell that there's something cooking in my oven.
I am actually surprised that I am showing so prominently so soon!
I thought because I'm tall and in relatively good shape that it would take a good five months before something popped out!
But no, shortly after I got back from my Philadelphia trip in early Sept with my dad the bump arrived!
It wasn't too terribly prominent, some days it was smaller and some days it was bigger, but now its just there and its not going away!

I have ten things I can't live without these pregnant days I'm living now, so, I think I will share them with everyone. Kind of a maternal David Letterman "Top 10 List" thing.

1. Stretchy clothes (i.e. maternity clothes): It took awhile to get over the mortification of maternity clothes, but now that I can see and feel how stylish and comfy they actually are I can't get out of them! While I can still and wiggle and stretch my way into one of two pairs of regular pants/capris that I own (unfortunately no longer my prized size of 8), it doesn't come without the fact that I have to wear a "Tummy Sleeve." The tummy sleeve looks like a tube top that you wear around your belly and its supposed to help you fit into your regular clothes longer. While it does help keep my clothing bill down for now, I will say it can be rather uncomfortable. It tends to roll up unexpectedly and I have this weird thing where I get goosebumps and the shivers if something is entirely uncomfortable around my waist. So, I wear the tummy sleeve maybe once or twice a week, but for now, I'd much rather wear me some comfy stretchy clothes.

2. Comfy shoes: Women don't lie when they tell you to try and avoid heels when you're pregnant. I thought it was just some kind of superstition- not true. Unlike before I was pregnant where if I wore heels for an extended period of time, my feet would only ache for a few hours when I got home and finally took them off. This has now changed completely, if I wear heel when I'm pregnant, I'd better plan on having Jeff waiting at the door when I get home from work with his hands ready to rub them and also a nice hot bath that I can stick my sore and swollen feetsies into. Ouch! Wear heels on Monday when you're pregnant and you won't be able to feel your feet until Wednesday, and then once Wednesday rolls around you'll wish it was Tuesday because you're in so much pain until Sunday! Comfy shoes are a must. I wish I could wear my slippers to work.

3. Eye masks: Yes, just like the spoiled rich brat in the movies, I am now sleeping with an eye mask on. This is no ordinary eye mask though, this is the most amazing and wonderful eye mask that you stick in the fridge/freezer for a few hours and it comes out freezing cold. Since I've been pregnant, I've been getting headaches more and more and more. These aren't little headaches where you can toss back a Tylenol and sleep for an hour to get rid of it. No, these are splitting, I want to tear my brain out of my head before I blackout headaches. If I don't act quickly in recognizing that I'm getting a migraine and quickly take a Tylenol and shut myself off in a dark room with my head under the pillow things can go from bad to worse. Just ask Jeff. He's had to take care of me quite a few nights when I wake up and am completely out of it I'm in so much pain. He stays up with me and rubs my neck, doesn't talk and sits with me on the bathroom floor in case I get sick. I don't remember very much about the night before when I wake up after having one of these headaches, but I know I feel like I was hit by a train. So this eye mask thing evolved one night thanks to Jeff when I was having another massive migraine. He got up and put a cool, wet washcloth on my head. I almost immediately fell asleep and woke up the next morning feeling better after that headache than I think I ever had. So I invested in this cooling eye mask that I now strap across my eyes before I got to sleep. Not only is it refreshingly cool and calming, but it keeps light out. I will honestly say that since I started using that, my headaches have been almost non-existent for more than a month. Knock on wood.

4. Lotion: Your skin dries out and feels like a scaly lizard when you're pregnant. I am putting lotion on every two hours. At least I smell good. Lucy loves it because she goes to town trying to lick it all off.

5. Bananas and cereal: The only two things that I want constantly. I was on a bit of a spicy Spanish rice kick there for awhile, but for now, that has passed. I could seriously be the happiest pregnant lady in the world if I just had bananas and cereal all day. I'm leaning more towards cereals like Cheerios, Kix and Rice Krispies. I do like to splurge on Fruity Pebbles, Lucky Charms, Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Frosted Flakes- but only if they are mixed with the other previously mentioned cereals. I know, weird. Bananas, for some reason, have never tasted better to me.

6. The vacuum: I am obsessed with cleaning. I always have to be doing something. I seem to have turned into my mother who, when she is stressed, breaks out her vacuum cleaner and goes to town. Now, I just want to vacuum all the time- not necessarily because I'm stressed- but because I don't want anything to collect dust or dog hair. I'm really paranoid about it now too. Its a good thing the girl below us isn't there a lot or she would be super annoyed with how much I vacuum. Poor Lucy hates the vacuum cleaner and isn't very happy that I have started vacuum more. She used to hide from it on the couch, but now that she's shedding I am vacuuming the couches every other day and she has now found her happy hiding spot under the bed.

7. The bathroom: It's a fact- pregnant women have to pee ten times more than the average woman.

8. Netflix: Helena is no Missoula. The desire to go out on the weekends dies out quickly when I remember how smoky and sketchy the Helena bars can be. So, Netflix has become my new friend. Friday nights now consist of me watching whatever it is I rented and then happily going to bed around 11:00 p.m.

9. What to Expect When You're Expecting: Hands down, every woman needs to get this book when they're preggers. It goes through nearly everything you are going through and reassures you that everything is normal. I would probably be a nervous wreck if I didn't have this.

10. My husband: He helps me with chores, takes the dog out when I'm too tired and is happy to massage my aching neck and back. He's my support system who makes me laugh tons and will always tell me I look beautiful when I'm feeling like an awkward cow. I couldn't live without him!!!

New pregant photo will come later today after I've uploaded it!