Monday, January 26, 2009

Draggin

Back from Vegas. Back to Work.
So exhausted. Feet still swollen.
Will update later. Once I've gotten some sleep!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Only 8 more weeks to go...

It's official, we are out of the apartment and into our new house!
I love it!
Jeff's wonderful parents came on Sunday and helped us put a huge dent in the house. I was having some slight contractions so that pretty much prevented me from doing anything but his mom and dad charged right in here and got furniture arranged and put together and boxes emptied. I know we both feel so lucky to have such wonderful family close by.

So now we are in a house and readily welcome anyone who wants to stop by for a visit!!!

We had another monthly doctor's appointment yesterday. This is the last monthly one we have and we now go down to every two weeks and then eventually every week! Wow! I can't believe how quickly everything has gone! Only 8 weeks from today is my due date- that doesn't seem like a whole heck of a lot of time!
But, back to the appointment- everything went very well. She did do a test to see if I was leaking any amniotic fluid because of the fact that I'd been having contractions most of the week. Thank heavens the test came back negative- if there had been fluid leaking they would have had to delivered the baby ASAP to prevent life threatening infections (for all of you that didn't know that). I'm measuring right on task for 32 weeks and the baby is already head down. Hooray. His head is down by my hip bones with his back along the left side of my tummy, his butt is by my left rib cage and his feetsies are by my right rib cage.

I'm amazed at how much my body has changed in just a few short weeks.
Here are just a few of the fabulous (please insert sarcastic tone here) changes I've been experiencing:
1. My fingers are swollen beyond belief today and hurt like heck! No matter how much water I'm drinking they won't go down! Same thing with the ankles- more like kankles now. Gross.
2. Heartburn and Acid Reflux: Ouch, ouch and another ouch is all I have to say about this. There's nothing like the taste of vomit in your mouth followed by an intense burning sensation in your throat that lasts for hours on end. I thought that ended after the third month when the morning sickness passed, apparently, I was wrong.
3. Sleepless nights. Now I know those of you that read this are probably going, "But she's having a baby, she'll never sleep through the night again." Yes, I know that's probably true. But what I mean are the endless trips to the bathroom or the fact that I usually wake up at 3 or 4 am on the dot in so much pain from low back spasms or hip and leg pain that I actually wake the dog up to take her outside just so I can walk around a little bit (it feels better when I do that). The dog is not waking me up, I am waking her up.
4. Gas. I don't need to elaborate on this one...
5. Forgetfulness: For a woman who claims to have one of the best memories in the neighborhood, I've sure been forgetting a heck of a lot lately.

This pregnancy experience has been wonderful so far. I find it funny all of the changes my body has been going through. I say I will be glad when the inconvenient ones like swelling and gas go away- but who knows- I may miss them (well, not the gas...).
I am excited to meet this little guy and love every movement he does inside of me which is by far one of the most amazing things in the whole wide world! I love the cravings and despite the odd changes, I love the way my body looks.
Its hard to believe that in just 8 short weeks everything will dramatically change!!!!

Friday, January 16, 2009

On moving, birth classes and baby dreams

Wouldn't it be nice if you could just snap your fingers and have a huge job done in the blink of an eye??
We are currently on Day 6 of moving. The apartment is looking a little more bare, but now the house is just getting messier and messier. Today is the day I think we will officially get the heck out of that apartment. Thank the good Lord!

My wonderful Grandparents from Great Falls have offered us their amazing cleaning services today. They should be here sometime around 11:00 a.m. The only payment they wanted was to spend time with our puppy Lucy and make sure she gave them lots of kisses. I don't know if I should feel dejected or honored over this :0)

Jeff and I weren't able to put too much of a dent in the moving last night as he had to cover two basketball games out of town and I went to our Childbirth classes alone.
The night started off with some excitement as one of the ladies who was in the class went into labor and had to get herself upstairs to the birthing ward or whatever its called.
Last night we learned about the different stages of labor, what mothers can expect to feel and what the coaches should be doing. I found myself groaning internally quite a few times as I thought this class would have been very beneficial for Jeff to attend since I'm a little worried he won't know what to expect.

With all of this knowledge flooding my mind, I returned to our cluttered house and crawled into bed only to be plagued by dreams of labor.
I had a dream I went into labor on March 8 and was very upset about this because it was much too early. I recall being in pain and getting an epidural and then walking around like nothing was wrong. Oh and then they discovered that I was carrying twins. Ha!
I wonder if these dreams will tell me anything. They are getting more and more crazy.
The first baby dream I had that I can remember involved me giving birth to a little girl on my birthday in March. Obviously that doesn't say much since we're having a boy.
Another baby dream I can remember is the one where I gave birth to a multi-racial little boy and how everyone on both sides of the family was just furious with me because they'd thought I'd cheated on Jeff. I remember no one would look at me and they were all ignoring me as I yelled that there wasn't any possible way it could be anyone else's baby!
Then I had that dream last night.

I'm sure I've had hundreds of baby dreams over the past few months, but these seem to be the three I remember the most.

Well, I must run and start the moving process again for the day.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Don't Move When You're Pregnant.

So Jeff and I are in the process of moving into a rental home.
We are going from a small, one bedroom apartment to a huge two bedroom home. We're looking around and find that we're amazed our stuff actually fits in the space without complaint!
We started moving some stuff over on Sunday and then Jeff's dad, bless his heart, came with his truck and they started moving all of the heavy furniture.
I did my best to assist them, but soon discovered that being 7 months pregnant and trying to help carry stuff does not jive. I found myself sitting and directing more than helping which was really hard for me because I felt lazy and useless.

Jeff and his dad got nearly all of our large, heavy furniture over to the new house on Monday and shortly after that Jeff and I collapsed into our bed that is currently sitting on the floor (we have been too tired to hook it up). Tuesday consisted of Jeff and I loading up crates and taking a bunch of stuff over there and that same thing will happen again today.

I wouldn't necessarily recommend that anyone move when they are pregnant- especially in their 7, 8 or 9 month. It hurts! All the bending to get stuff out of boxes and the standing. Ouchie!

We are slowly but surely getting moved in there though and once everything is out of the old apartment things will be so much better!


**Also** Jeff's computer has been broken for nearly two months and we haven't had any time to get it in and fix it. That's why there haven't been many picture updates. The camera program is loaded onto his computer. The program stuff got buried in the move so I can't find it just yet to upload it on mine. Once we do find that stuff though we will have pictures galore!!!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Oh the Joys of Childbirth Classes

This past week, Jeff and I started our first ever childbirth classes.
Its a total of 8 classes that runs until the end of Feb.
I was excited to go and see all the other pregnant couples there (maybe we'd know someone!!), I don't know how excited Jeff was- especially since the BCS Championship was on during the class- but he went without a fuss.
The class actually had quite a few more people in it that I expected! About 12-15 pregnant couples and then the occasional single mom-to-be.
This was the class where the ladies got to talk about all the aches and pains they've been having and then we discussed ways we could alleviate these problems through stretching/ diet or through the help of our significant other.
I learned quite a few things and am very happy we discussed this.
For example: My legs and hips just ache at night. Not when I go to sleep, but I wake up usually at 2 or 3am in pain. I have to get up and walk around for a little bit to make the cramping stop. Although getting up is tough now too because my back spasms when I try to get up at that time. All odds are against me! But we learned some really great stretches that helps make the cramping go away faster and the back spasms less intense.
Also learned that the Braxton Hicks contractions I've been having are probably due to the fact that I deprive myself of water during the day at work. I just hate having to pee every five minutes. However, I have since changed that when I found out not only is this bad for you and the baby but it can lead to some serious bladder infections. Yikes.
Which reminds me... I need to go and get some water.
Hmmm, lets see, what else did we learn. We practiced some breathing routines that were very nice! Jeff has been using them against me now though- when I get mad or frustrated he stops me and makes me breathe in, two, three, four and then out, two, three, four with him. Makes me want to smack him!

Another interesting thing we took from the class was the variety of people that were in there. There were a lot of young couples just like Jeff and I who were experiencing their first child together.
But, then of course you always get a few wild cards.
There was a lady in the class who was on her third child. Everything the nurse would talk about she would loudly announce she already knew since she WAS on her third child. Jeff and I both agree that if you're on your third child already- there's really no need for you to go to the classes unless you're willing to keep your mouth shut and only share the experiences you've had when asked. It was quite annoying! Plus- she'd never even experienced REAL childbirth because she'd opted for C-sections the other two times and was having another one with her third. In my opinion this lady should just LEAVE!

Then there was the white-trash mother-to-be. I know, that sounds cruel, but its true. She was there with her 12 year old sister because Lord knows who the father was and the woman's mother refused to come with her. This was the lady who complained that her face, feet and hands were SO swollen (which she was extremely puffy looking) and couldn't figure out why. She then proceeded to eat a whole bag of Salt N' Vinegar chips through the whole class. Hmmmmmmm I wonder why you are SOOOO puffy? Could it be water retention? This was the girl- she was only 19 or 20 who had no clue what was good or what was bad during pregnancy. Everything the nurse told her she was fascinated with and would raise her hand to exclaim that she'd experienced that problem too or she had absolutely no idea she couldn't eat fish while pregnant. I believe the nurse gave her a few books when the class was over!

Then, of course, we had the 15-year-old mom- to- be who was there with her mother and what looked like a 12-year-old baby daddy. Abstinence, Abstinence, Abstinence is all I have to say about that!

We have our next class this Thursday and I'm very much looking forward to it!!!! Hopefully there will be some more good stories in the weeks to come!

Monday, January 5, 2009

2009 is off to a very busy start

Happy 2009 everyone!

I was on a bit of a hiatus for awhile as our little family packed up the Subaru and headed to sunny Arizona for the holiday break.

We left on Dec. 23 and got to Phoenix around 2:30 a.m. on Dec. 24. Needless to say, we were pooped. I think the trip would have gone a lot quicker if Idaho hadn't been a frickin sheet of ice! Yuck!
But we made it safe and sound. The days were never dull! We hiked nearly every day, I got in lots of fun shopping. We went to ZooLights and had pizza at my F-A-V-O-R-I-T-E place Oreganos. We saw some movies and even got to go to a Phoenix Suns game (thank you very much Miss Novak). My mom threw me a surprise baby shower (I'm still in shock).
Jeff got to go to a hockey game and golfed quite a bit.

It was really hard to climb into the car on Saturday and leave the good company of my parents house and the sunny weather of Phoenix for the cold, icy home that we live in up north.
We made it back yesterday and are both back at work.
We are moving into a house sometime next week and we're also getting into that final stretch of the pregnancy.

2009 is already shaping up to be a very, very busy and eventful year.
As for those resolutions we always make I have 2.
My first one is to not text or talk on the phone in the car. I can only talk if I have my headset in (but that would mean I'd have to find where I put it!)
My second one is kind of a year long resolution. Once the baby is born, my get fit goal is to start training for the Griz Triathlon in April 2010. Wish me luck!