Monday, May 23, 2011

Dr appointment update

3 posts in a 24 hour period!...Look at me go!!!  LOL

I'm on a roll.   I think that I am becoming more comfortable in posting all this stuff.  At first I wasn't really sure about it, but lately I will start thinking of things and be like "Oh, that's going in the blog!"  LOL. 

So since I am up with heartburn again.  Well partially that and partially the fact that its so hot in my house right now I can't sleep, I figured that I would update you with my Dr. appt from this afternoon before I forget.

Richard came with me to this appointment, I wanted him to come to at least one of the later ones, so he picked this one when I told him about it.   I hoped all the way there that it wouldn't be that crowded and that I would be able to get in right away like I did last time.  No such luck of course.  We still waited in the waiting room for about an hour before we were called back.    At least we didn't have to wait too long for the doctor to come in.

So he comes in and measures me and listens to her heartbeat.  I'm measuring 32 centimeters which is up 2 centimeters from my last appointment.  He said that's a good thing.  That I'm consistently getting bigger, not too fast and not too slow.   He said her heartbeat looked really good (although sometimes where he places the doppler I swear he is listening to my heartbeat and not hers, but what do I know, I'm not a doctor LOL)

I mentioned to him about the problem that I had when I tried to pre-register at my last appointment.  He said that he had recently found out that they changed the policy without telling any of the doctors.  But he also informed us that he is the Chief of Obstetric medicine at our hospital and that they have a meeting in the morning and he would bring it up (yay for me picking a big wig as my doc!  LOL) I was shocked.  I didn't know he was so important in the hospital, and he says that he doesn't like to advertise it.   For some reason that made me even more relaxed with him.  I don't know why, maybe because if something goes wrong I know he may take care of things.  I guess I feel even more like I'm in good hands.  Its weird. 

He also said that at our next appointment we get to see her again!  WOOHOOO!!!   I figured that our 18 week appointment would be the last time that we got to see her before her birthday, so I am SUPER stoked about that.  I of course asked why thinking that maybe something was wrong that he wasn't telling me, but he said that he liked to see how she was growing.  I asked about insurance and all that stuff and he said that normally insurance would only pay for one, but since I have had underlying blood pressure issues early on in my pregnancy, that he wants to check her again and make sure that she is still "cooking on schedule"   This makes me super happy and now that I know that the tech can tell how big she is and how much she weighs, I am totally going to ask more questions and get more information about her.   I can't wait!!!  June 8th!  :D

Hospital bag must haves (maybe)

 Here is my list.  I'm not really sure where I got it from, some website, but I don't remember which one.  Feel free to add anything to it, or to tell me to delete it.  I don't mind.  I haven't ever packed a bag like this before, so I have really no clue what I will need and what I won't.   Also any suggestions as to what to bring for the baby and for Richard would be appreciated too.   ;)   Thanks.
[ ] Insurance cards, hospital forms and birth plan (if you have one)
[ ] 2-3 pairs of warm, nonskid socks that can get ruined (for walking the halls before and after labor)
[ ] A warm robe or sweater you don’t mind sacrificing to the cause
[ ] 2 maternity bras -- no underwire -- and nursing pads (whether or not you plan to nurse, you’ll appreciate the support and leak-protection)
[ ] Lip balm (hospitals are very dry)
[ ] Toiletries and personal items -- hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, face wash, makeup (as if), shampoo, conditioner, lotion, contact lens case and solution (remember, travel-sized products are your friends)
[ ] Eyeglasses
[ ] Headband or ponytail holder (avoid clips -- they’ll probably poke you)
[ ] Sugar-free hard candy or lozenges to keep your mouth moist during labor (candy with sugar will make you thirsty)
[ ] Pen and paper
[ ] Lots of change for the vending machines and non-perishable snacks (you’ll probably be hungry after labor, and the hospital cafeteria could be closed)
[ ] Cell phone and charger, phone numbers of people to call after birth, prepaid calling card (if your hospital doesn’t allow cell phones)
[ ] Camera, film or extra memory card, battery or charger
[ ] A gym bag packed with a change of clothes and basic hygiene products for your partner  
Hospital Bag Extras
[ ] Extra pillow (with a case that can get ruined, in a pattern distinguishable from hospital white)
[ ] Comfortable going-home clothes in six-month maternity size and flat shoes (or, just wear the clothes you came in… sorry, but they’ll probably still fit)
[ ] Bath towel (the hospital will likely supply a small, very thin one)
[ ] Hairdryer
[ ] Your favorite brand of soap, shampoo and heavy flow sanitary pads (the hospital supplies these things, but bring your own if you’re picky)
[ ] A few pairs of maternity underwear that can get ruined (the hospital will have disposable pairs, which some women find handy and others find gross)
[ ] A ruin-able nightgown (you can use those lovely hospital gowns, but your own might help you feel more human)
[ ] Breast pump, if you plan to use one
[ ] Slippers that can get dirty
[ ] Very light reading (think mags and newspapers, not War and Peace)
[ ] Your MP3 (loaded with your favorite tunes, of course)
[ ] Massage oil and tools like rolling pins or tennis balls, and lucky or inspirational objects (honestly, we doubt you'll use 'em…but feel free to prove us wrong!)
What to Bring For Baby
[ ] Approved car seat
[ ] Warm blankets (for the ride home) and for the dogs too get used to her scent
[ ] Going home outfit in a couple of sizes

OMG!!! Week 30!!!!!

Today I am 30 weeks and 1 day.


I am to the point where I am going out of my mind.  LOL.  Things have completely changed in my way of thinking.  I've gone from being laid back about everything, and being very mellow and cool about it all, to becoming and emotional basketcase (can ya tell from my last post?).  Everything now makes me cry, or makes me mad. 

I couldn't stand it any longer and we didn't have much more room, so I decided to take Leigha's clothes and hang them up in her closet.  Until now I had them in a box in order of size with the smallest items on the top.   As I start putting them on the hangers, I'm noticing that the clothes are getting bigger as the sizes go up (duh! LOL) I start crying thinking that my tiny little baby is getting bigger!  SHE'S NOT EVEN HERE YET!!!!

I went to Walmart this morning for the sole purpose of getting more hangers.  Sadly by hubby and I drop hangers on the floor when we get dressed in the morning, and we both end up stepping on them and breaking them, so we go through hangers pretty quickly.  Well $50 later, I walk out of the store with no hangers.  yup, I got so mad at myself.  Its as if all the stores that sell hangers were closing and never going to sell them again LOL. 

OMG, I'm nuts!!!

On a good note though, her room is 70% painted.  I have one wall that I still need to paint yellow, and I am debating on putting another coat on the pink walls.  On her yellow wall, I am going to get lots of different artists acrylics and paint bubbles all over it, but that's not really something that HAS to be done for the room to be ready ya know.  I can do that after she is here, that kind of thing.  Other than that I think that furniture wise her room will be pretty much ready to go.  I have taken down the queen bed in that room, the head and footboard of that still need to go in the attic and the mattresses need to be thrown away (right now they are making a pretty awesome dog bed as now I can find Espn and Allie in there all the time sleeping away on them.)    But we have a crib, a night stand, a small dresser, a bookcase and a rocker.  All that will be going in her room, with the only thing that we have to put together is her crib. 

Other than that, not much is going on.  I have a doctor's appointment this afternoon, I don't expect much out of it.  I am going to give him my birth plan to read over and see if he sees anything on there that isn't possible or that I need to add.  I figure he has seen enough births to know whats realistic and whats not.  And I have started getting travel sized lotions and things of that nature to put in my hospital bag.   I'm probably gonna start adding to the bag slowly because I still have 10 weeks (give or take) to go, and I don't have that many summer items that I can afford to "lose".  I do have a list though that I will use to pack my bag.  I'll post it in another post in a moment.  I would appreciate it if you add a comment and let me know of something that you needed that you didn't pack and no one suggested that you pack or vice versa.   I've never done this before, and I want to make sure that I don't over or under pack anything.


Friday, May 20, 2011


Yeah.  I have 10 more weeks to go, and I'm just going to get bigger.  I have always had a bigger stomach, I don't like it, I never have and never will.  I take after my Granny, that just happens to be where I gain most of my weight.  I wish I could suck it in, and when I'm around you I constantly try to suck it in, or hold it in so you don't see it and get repulsed.  I know you don't like looking at it and honestly I don't either, but jeesh, do you have to make me feel like complete crap by telling everyone and me how "huge" I am?  And of course I can't help but smile and laugh it off so no one can see how much it hurts, so I guess its partially my fault, its like I'm egging you on.  I'm making you think that those comments don't bother me, but they do, and I wish you'd stop.  I tell you its not nice, that there's a reason I look like this, it won't be forever, and I know you know that.  Doesn't help though.  God I wish I would grow some thicker skin, or that you would get a clue. 

(Sorry, I just didn't know where else I could just let this out to just get my emotions out in the open.)   

Saturday, May 14, 2011

28 down, 11 to go!!! My 28 week update!

Tomorrow I turn 29 weeks.

Of course, I can't believe that it has gone by so fast.  So much stuff has happened this week, both baby related and not, so I am doing another weekly update....GO ME!!!!  LOL

I got a call on Wednesday from my doctor's office.  Of course when I saw the missed call, my heart sank.  I just KNEW that I would fail that glucose test.  So I called back not really wanting to hear the words and when the nurse answered, she said "YOU PASSED!!!"  LOL.  WOOHOOO!  I was so ecstatically happy, I even think I started tearing up a bit.   She apologized for scaring me with that too LOL.  Although she did have one piece of bad news,  apparently I'm anemic, so I have to take an extra iron supplement.  Not a biggie in the grand scheme of things considering what I could have had to do.  So I have my new bottle of iron pills, and I'm good to go, now I just have to remember to take them every day.....I am so bad about that.

I got a rather large box from a friend today.  She had told me that she was going to send me some of her maternity clothes that she won't use anymore.  She told me she had a couple shirts, couple pants, and a dress.  I open the box and there were like 5-6 shirts, 4-5 pants and a really cute dress!  I am so blessed to have friends like the ones that I have.  I can't hardly wait to go out this evening to a party for a friend of ours that just got back from Iraq.

I had my first stranger pregnancy encounter.  It was from a checker at Walmart.  She didn't try to touch my belly, I haven't had that happen yet from strangers, but she did ask me all about my baby and names, and told me it will be the hardest job that I will ever have and a whole bunch of things, that I don't really remember.   She also said that she approved of our name choice.  Weird comment, but whatever LOL.  

Weight Gain:  The last time I went to the doctor I noticed that I have gained a total of 12 pounds.  Not bad, given the amount of food that I eat on a daily basis :)

Symptoms:  I can't breath sometimes.  I have a feeling that its because there are 2 little hands (or feet) that are practicing her cheer leading moves, just because of where the pressure is at.  Thankfully she doesn't do it all the time yet, but I know its coming.  I also can't sleep all the way through the night, but on the plus side, I have gotten so used to getting up going to the bathroom and coming back to bed that now I don't even have to turn on any lights in either room, and I can usually fall asleep fairly quickly. 

Cravings: Milk and chicken.  Yup, my milk craving is back...and with a VENGEANCE!  I wasn't craving this much a while back.  I think next time I go to the doctor, I am going to ask him about taking calcium supplements so I don't feel like I need to drink a gallon a day.....yes I can easily drink ONE WHOLE GALLON a day.  Its sad really LOL.  The chicken craving was always kind of on the back burner so to speak, but lately if I want food, its chicken.  That's all that I seem to buy at the store too LOL.   Oh and it has to be grilled...its weird.
I am loving: That almost everything is falling into place.  I have a new job that will allow me to work from home once she is born!  its what I have always wanted since we started talking about having kids.  We knew that we wanted to raise them.  We didn't want to put them in daycare.  It was more of a money decision for us.  Especially now. 

I am looking forward to:  My baby showers.  One is gonna be at the end of May on the 29th and the other will be at the end of June  The 25th to be exact.  That part is coming up fast and I am getting really excited about it and check my registries daily, there has even been a couple things that have been bought from them.  I'm so excited!  :) 

I'm spazzing that:  My husband has made himself a baby-do-list.  He brought it home the other day and I saw it sitting on the table.    I know that its not a general to-do list because its stuff that I can't do because its all too big.  That makes me happy.  ALSO he told me he's starting to get excited.   He says he has his moments where if he hears something he didn't know about, something that's kind of gross or whatever, he says he stops getting so excited.  This is HUGE!  If you know my husband, and his personality, this has worried me from the get go.  He has never really been a fan of small children.  He has no interest in them and for years, because of this, I would jokingly tell our friends that I would be a married single mother.  But he is actually starting to get more and more involved, and I couldn't be happier.

Milestones:  I'm officially in the 3rd trimester....2/3 's down and 1/3 to go......almost 3/4 of the way done (or I will be next week).  And I think that I can feel the difference between her head and the rest of her.  She spends most of the time with her back facing my stomach, or on her left side I believe.  I mainly feel kicks on my right side up high, or down low.  Does that make sense? 

Movement:  Yup, of course.  She even kicked me once yesterday so hard that I actually said ouch.  That hasn't happened before, and with 12 weeks or so to go, I know it will only get worse.
It's a...: GIRL!!!!!

Exercise: Not so much.  I now get REALLY out of breath whenever I walk anywhere.  I know I should still be exercising, but its hard when I walk from one end of the house to the other a couple times and I can't hardly breathe.
Name:  Leigha Summer.  Its official...posted on facebook and everything.   Spelling has been agreed upon, family and friends have been told.  My daughter's name is going to be Leigha.

Coming up: I know that there are things that I have told you about that I said I was going to post more about, so I am going to go back and figure out what they are, and if they are still things that are relevant, I'm going to create a blog post about them.  (I really need to use the save draft feature more LOL)

Monday, May 9, 2011

Glucose tolerance test, or something like that.

Today I had my 28 week appointment, and either the glucose screening, or glucose tolerance test, I never know which is which and to be honest, I don't really care LOL.  It was the one hour test.

I got to the office and opened the door to what I expected was to be a completely packed super hot waiting room like it usually is.  Nope, completely deserted, I probably could have gotten in and out in less than an hour if it weren't for that silly test! LOL.  

They took me back right away and gave me a choice of fruit punch or orange flavored drink (thank goodness it wasn't coke flavored like I feared)  and surprisingly enough it wasn't all that bad.  Everything that I have read online said that it was thick and syrup like and super super sweet.  But heck I've had sweet tea that was sweeter than this stuff, and it was kind of a little fizzyish even though it said on the bottle that there was no carbonation.  they wouldn't let me sit in the comfy waiting room chairs, nope, she had me sit in the "lab" and drink that stuff, all the while I had the crazy US tech sitting across watching me drink the stuff.    Well I get done, see the doc who tells me that I have homework.  Before my next appointment I need to

1) Find, or at least be looking for a pediatrician.   
2) Pre-register for the delivery.
3) Sign up for a birthing class if I am going to take one.

Should be interesting.  We aren't going to take a class for the birth, I know we need to, it would probably be pretty informative, but I am sure that somewhere in this vast internet, I can find a video or outline of a class and research and make up my own for a heck of a lot cheaper than it costs at this hospital, so that's one less thing to do, and my doc doesn't care one way or the other if I do, so that's good. 

How in the world do you hire a pediatrician?  Is hire even the right word?  Doubtful, but I'm using it anyways LOL.  I have no idea what to ask this person, as long as he or she takes good care of my daughter, and is nice and will consult with me on her care rather than do this, this, and this with no other options, I'm ok with it. 

And last but not least, register.  Since I was in and out of the office pretty quickly, I decided that I would head downstairs to the admitting department to register for the delivery and get that out of the way since I was there already with time to kill before having them draw my blood.  So I get to admitting and walk in the door and OMG I would have sworn I had just walked into a sauna!  It was SUPER hot and humid and yucky.  So I'm standing there waiting and finally someone comes to the front desk and I tell them that I need to register for delivery.  She looks at me and in a very unpleasant tone asks when the due date is.  I tell her its the 31st of July.  She says July, ok, well come back at the beginning of June because the registrations only stay in the system for 30 days.  Hmmm ok, well lets think about this for a moment shall we?  June has 30 days in it, and July has 31....So there are about 60 days from the time she told me to come in to the time I will deliver.....I don't think the girl could count, either that or she didn't want to deal with me.  Either way I am calling in the morning to ask someone else when I could come in to register for my delivery. LOL 

It seems rather odd that there are signs literally all over my doctor's office telling me to register at the 20 week mark, and my doc tells me to register when I am 28 weeks, but they won't take me this early.  Sounds kinda fishy and like she wanted to get off work at a decent hour to me.  :)

But now my test is over with and I am PRAYING that they don't call within the next 2 weeks to tell me that I failed the test.  But to be honest, this office really seems to want money so I bet they call.   it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be.

Oh!  I forgot to tell you the kicker of my day.....I officially have stretchmarks.  :( 

Friday, May 6, 2011

Update or random stuff, you pick

Yeah, I have no idea what this is going to be about LOL.  Just bear with me. I have these moments sometimes.  ;)

Things are going well this week.  Nothing major has happened unless you count the fact that I am now in 2 week appointments which is freaking me out.  My doctor laughed at me when I told him he seriously needed to turn back time, oh about 4 months.  Then maybe I will feel like I can get everything done. 

Monday is my 1 hour glucose test.  My doc's office calls it Glucola, I certainly hope that it doesn't refer to this stuff that I am going to have to drink tasting like a super sweetened coke, because I have heard that it is nasty anyways, and I don't know that I can handle that.  Please pray that I pass is.  I don't want to do the 3 hours test.  That would be torture!!!

Richard felt her kick on Easter.  He had been freaking out about that whole feeling her kick thing and really didn't want to feel it, but I told him that he had to feel her once.  Well she was kicking up a storm, so I grabbed his hand, put it on my stomach and of course she stopped.  He was bound set and determined that he was going to pull his hand away, but I guess i had a good grip because it wasn't too long after he tried to move that she kicked.  Guess what?  He DIDN'T freak out!!!  He said it wasnt how he expected it to be.  He said it felt like when he has muscle spasms.  Of course this comment has made me grab his hand more than once after that to get him to feel her again.  Hey, I can go back on my promise, I'm a woman after all, and a pregnant one at that.

I have been making lists lately.  Maybe it my way of "pre" nesting, who knows, but I have made lists of what I want on my birth plan, things left to do before she comes (ie, cooking meals to freeze for after, shampooing all carpets in the house, things like that)  shower lists of things that I can cook, and people to invite, things to go in my hospital bag, Leigha's hospital bag (aka diaper bag) and Richard's bag.  Yes, I know we literally live 10 minutes from it, and he can and will go home at least once, but hey, I don't want to not be prepared and have him leave me for something when I really need him so he gets a bag too.

I lost my job again.  This one was only for 2 weeks.  It was supposed to be for a month, but apparently I'm just that fast LOL.  I sure do wish that I was typing faster than they expected me to, I would have taken my time.

And I got a new job the same day LOL.  Its doing transcription, from home.  Its my ideal job for staying at home with Leigha, and I'm not going to do anything to screw this up.  I am super stoked about it.  I have to do some upgrading to the computer like upgrading from Word 2000 to Word 2003 or 2007, (huh?)  adding some more RAM to it (double huh???)  and getting long distance on my phone.  I should start in like a couple weeks maybe.  (Keep your fingers crossed.  I am going to look into getting all this done this weekend.  The sooner I start the sooner I can start rolling in the moolah.    Oh and does anyone know exactly how I can do that upgrade for Word?  I tried to go to Microsoft's website, but they say I have to pay.  Is that true, or is Bill Gates just trying to get more of my money?

I am just about ready to start painting her room.  Its going to be pink with a yellow wall and on the yellow wall I am going to paint different colored bubbles.  Because you know, thats her theme ;)  I have patched holes and sanded and just a few minutes ago I washed all the walls.  So I think that I will start painting all that I can.  I will probably just edge the room out for now until Richard can get that bed moved out.  I think we may have to have a garage sale next weekend though because we seriously have no other place to put it.  He of course wants to keep it in case we have to move to Kentucky this winter, but I don't know where we would keep it.  (But thats a whole other ball game, and HUGE IF)

And the biggie that I keep considering lately.  NATURAL CHILDBIRTH.  No one knows about this thought of mine.  I know Richard would freak out if I were to tell him about it, he despises all things gross (I spit cherry coke out in the sink last night because it tasted gross, and he thought that I was puking, and was froze in place because he didn't know whether to run or pass out LOL) I can't talk to my family or friends about because they will all tell me to get the drugs.  Especially with my back.  I had surgery almost 10 years ago where they put rods and hooks and screws in my spine to straighten it.  Its some major hard core stuff, and because of all that the possibility of me having back labor is very high, and I have heard that's the worst.  But I still am all of a sudden considering doing this naturally because I don't want to "medicate" the baby.  All the reading that I have done lately says that its better for me, its better for her, and promotes breastfeeding (which I am planning on doing by the way)  I just have no idea where to start.  For years I have said, give me drugs, give me drugs whenever the topic would come up, and I don't know why I am changing my mind.  Its kinda freaking me out a little, but I don't know what to do, what to look up, what to rent, what books to get, who to talk to.  I am lost, confused and a little panicked about the whole idea.  So please if you are reading this and have given birth naturally before, or at least researched it, please help me out, what do I need to do.  I'm so confused............I think this needs a whole post devoted to it, if i can ever get my thoughts in order about it all.