Thursday, June 30, 2011

Stressed - [VENT] (06/30/11)

The stress my job is giving me right now is unbelieveable and I'm sure it's not good for the baby. I work with 2 very irresponsible girls, both young and still in their party age. One shows up late daily and attends online college at work. The other just doesn't give a damn and does absolutely nothing. My boss refuses to say or do anything about it because he walks around with his tail between his legs. I'm the only one that works around here doing my job and training for my promotion as well as pick up the other 2 girls slack because they're not getting much done. Mind you, I'm 21w6d pregnant. I'm grumpy, exhausted, have a horrible backache, achey all over, uncomfortable, crampy and irritated. I'm not sure I can handle much more before things get ugly. I'm so afraid I'll blow up on one of the girls or my boss and I really don't want to do that. I want to be civil with the girls and not get on my boss' bad side. I hope and pray that I keep my mouth shut because since becoming pregnant I tend to speak my mind and not hold back.

Twelve more weeks. That's the count down until my building closes down for good and I'll get laid off. I must admit that I'm excited. At first I was scared because I found out I was pregnant and due a couple of months after the time my building was closing. But it actually works out perfectly! I get laid off in September, assuming I'm staying until they close. Once I get laid off I'll attempt collecting unemployment until January and look for another job if we can't swing me being a stay at home Mom.

I woke up this morning thinking it was Friday. I took my new weekly bump picture and even typed out a 22 week post. What is wrong with me? I guess I really need that 3-day weekend!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

First Purchase for Baby! (06/28/11)

I don't know why I was so hesitant to make my first few purchases for Sophia. I kind of feel like I'm still too early and I'll jinx it. However, I'm not too early by any means. I'm more than halfway through the pregnancy for God sakes! I got her monthly baby onsie stickers and closet dividers. I'm also a crochet beginner and a baby booties addict so I bought these patterns: ruffled mary janes, spider slippers and ankle boots. You bet your butt I'll making these in all different colors and sizes! I also wanted to get these and these but I had to stop myself before I spent too much money on those adorable baby booties!

I was feeling a lot of movement a few days ago and now I hardly felt any movement yesterday and this morning. It's comforting to me to feel her toss n' turn, kicking, hiccupping and's kind of like 'I'm here Mom and I'm doing ok.' I guess I'm just a crazy worry-wart (thanks, Mom!)

I'm off on the 4th of July so I'll have a 3-day weekend! I figured I would start doing some cleaning and clearing out where Sophia's space will be. I really want to dig into her closet and clear out the corner where the door is. Those are the messiest areas of the room. Then after that it's pretty much smooth sailing then we can slowly start to rip up the carpet and put pergo flooring down. I'm so excited!

We finished up our registry. I have to refrain myself from continuing to research baby gear and all or else I'll end up from scratch with a whole new registry. I think DH and I did well though. Everything that we registered for was gender neutral, safe and had great ratings...can't ask for anything better than that!

Friday, June 24, 2011

21 Weeks! (06/24/11)

As of today I'm 21 weeks. As you can see the baby is roughly the size of a banana. The baby is about 10.5" tall and weighs 12.7 oz.

Baby's digestive system is busy creating meconium (a tarry black substance made of swallowed amniotic fluid, digestive secretion, and dead cells), which will fill the first diaper after birth. And, if baby is a girl, her womb is now stocked up with her lifetime supply of six million eggs (the number will drop to around one million by birth).

So you hear stories about pregnant women who go to work or school in mismatching shoes because they can't see their feet, right? Well my embarassing story would be yesterday I went to work sporting a pair of maternity pants that had a split going all the way down my ass. No one was nice enough to tell me either. How horrifying! Word of advice: always check out your own ass in the mirror before leaving the house and in the bathroom after every potty break! I'm not sure if they had the split all day or if it split during the day.

Current symptoms? My lower back is killing me to the point where I'm kind of sitting and walking funny. I woke up feeling kind of nauseated this morning...stay away M/S! You're not welcome! I've been sleeping pretty crappy. I just can't seem to get comfortable and once I do fall asleep I seem to wake myself up often to see if I'm on my side or not. If I'm not on my side I kind of freak myself out and it's hard to go back to sleep. Right now I'm not sure if it's allergies or a cold but my nose wont stop running, I'm pretty stuffy, I can't stop sneezing and feel like I got hit by a mac truck. Awesome. Just so you know - sneeze attacks are not for a pregnant woman. One word - sniss.

I hope everyone enjoys their weekend! I plan on resting up, watching some movies and working on my registry.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Registry fun! (06/22/11)

Ahhh! I love's become an addiction and all I think about. I woke up in the middle of the night last night thinking about travel systems. Crazy, huh? Is it sad that I'm almost done with our registry? I registered at Babies R Us and Target but mostly Babies R Us. Our local Target has crap for babies and it always looks empty so there's not much to register for over there. All I have to register for now is a nursery set, a crib matress, bedding, a travel system and a convertible car seat. Is that bouncer to the left not the cutest thing you've ever seen?! It seems pretty comfortable, it plays music and vibrates and has a toy bar. My favorite is the giraffe print and little giraffe ears where Sophia's head will go. We also registered for the matching swing.

DH and I have some work to do before we can get started on the baby's space/nursery. We've like to get our carpets ripped up and put pergo floors down and get a nice area rug. I want to re-do the closet organization in there before we actually start registering/purchasing stuff for the nursery. DH and I are having a hard time agreeing on the furniture and bedding. DH hates pink and would love to get her everything in blue. God bless his heart. Does he not know his wife's favorite color is pink?

DH felt babygirl move for the first time last night. She doesn't move much throughout the day but of course as I settle down for the night in bed she's in there moving around like an acrobat. I told DH she was moving and he rolled over and put his hand on my belly so lightning fast it was funny. Seeing his face light up was amazing. He's so in love and she has him wrapped right around her little itty bitty fingers already.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

It's a... (06/21/11)

GIRL! All that worrying I've been doing with the anatomy scan approaching and it was all for nothing. Baby girl has a healthy heart, brain, spine, kidneys, 10 fingers, 10 toes, etc. It was so amazing laying there watching babygirl kick, toss and turn, doing flips and sucking her fists. I had a tear in my eye the whole time. You couldn't wipe the huge grin off my face even if you tried. This Momma and Daddy is on cloud 9. Babygirl has no idea how much she's loved already. We've decided on Sophia for the first name. We'll probably go with Sophia Marie S------ for her full name. Marie is my Mom's middle name and Ian's Grandma's middle name. My MIL wants the middle name to be Michelle kind of after my Dad's french name but I don't think it flows as well as Sophia Marie. We still have time to play with it.

[VENT]There are a handful of people that are bitching and complaining about our name choice because "it doesn't flow with our last name". News flash! Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't DH and I conceive baby? Aren't I going to carry this baby for 40 weeks (getting shots, blood drawn, countless tests done, etc.)? Isn't this our daughter? Aren't I going to give birth to this beautiful precious human being? Aren't DH and I going to nurture, care and love this baby for the rest of our lives? Aren't we entitled to name our child what we want?! A big suck it to them! Her name will be Sophia so stop suggesting other names because you don't like it![/VENT]

After the anatomy scan we headed over to Babies R Us and started our registry. I've said this before and I'll say it again...registering for a wedding is so much easier than registering for a baby. There's so many options, safety precautions, designs, colors, etc. to choose from. DH and I must have took 1 hour to pick out a freakin' bouncer seat (a freakin' bouncer seat for Gods sake!) that met both of our standards and was gender neutral. I get to the travel system aisle and took a deep breath and immediately got a headache just thinking about it. DH suggested that I do more research and wait to add that so that's what I do. I thought we made a good dent in it until I got the checklist on the goodie bag they gave me. I only got about 1/8 of it done. Yikes!

DH started getting light-headed because he was hungry so we went out to Outback for dinner. I had the most delicious steak w/ sauteed mushroom, loaded baked potato and seasonal veggies. It was so dreamy.

Friday, June 17, 2011

20 Weeks! (06/17/11)

As of today I'm 20 weeks along. As you can see the baby is roughly the size of a cantaloupe. The baby is about 6.5" tall and weighs about 10.6 oz.

Baby gulps down several ounces of amniotic fluid every day, both for nutrition and to practice swallowing and digesting. And, these days, those taste buds actually work! Studies show that after birth, babies respond best to tastes they've already had via amniotic fluid. Meaning, think about what you'd like your future child to eat as you prepare your own lunch.

I better eat those veggies (especially those greens that children typically hate)! I always told myself that I'm going to encourage my children to eat what is on the dinner special meals for them! *Evil laughter*

For the most part I've been feeling pretty good. I just have been extremely tired and achey. I still get nausea spells but they quickly pass. I also noticed that if I let myself get too hungry I still start to feel queasy so I try to keep a baggie of nuts or something with me just in case.

Our anatomy scan is on Monday, the 20th, at 2PM and I could not be more nervous and excited about it. I know, weird combo right? Any pregnant woman on earth would understand. Nervous because there's always that what if. What if there's no heart beat? What is the baby's brain isn't developing like it's suppose to? What if they find an abnormality? I've been feeling the baby move often through out the day so I'm being unreasonable but that doesn't mean that he/she is perfectly healthy. I'm excited to see the beautiful little human DH and I created in there on the big screen monitor in the office while I lay there on the table. I'm excited to see him/her flip and move around while moving those limbs, fingers and toes. I'm excited to see DH's look on his face when he sees him/her. His facial expressions are priceless and he wont admit it but he's soooo in love already. I'm also excited to find out if the baby is a boy or girl! After our anatomy scan we're off to go start our registery followed by a nice dinner! I already made a list of high ticket items that I want to check out that have been sorted by category, price, where it can be purchased and their rating. Not to mention I've been researching non-stop on carseats, cribs, pack n' plays, booster seats, strollers, etc. How sick am I?

Friday, June 3, 2011

18 Weeks! (06/03/11)

As of today I'm 18 weeks. As you can see the baby is roughly the size of a sweet potato. The baby is about 5.6" tall and weighs 6.7 oz.

Baby's become amazingly mobile (compared to you, at least), passing the hours yawning, hiccupping, rolling, twisting, kicking, punching, sucking, and swallowing. And baby is finally big enough that you'll soon be able to feel her movements.

I haven't thrown up in almost 2 weeks. That's a huge milestone for me! I still get nausea spells but they quickly pass. I can't tell you the last time I took a Zofran pill either. Go me! This really excites me. As far as sleep goes, I still have some sleepless nights where I'm tossing and turning, can't get comfortable. Very rarely do I sleep like a rock.

I've been stressing out lately...big time. I'm in the process of getting promoted at my job but in the mean time I'm doing my old job and picking up my co-workers slack because she attends online classes while at work. That makes for a very stressed pregnant lady. I've also been nesting like nobody's business. I'm playing with the idea of DH and I moving into the spare bedroom and making our room the nursery. Before the baby comes we'd like to rip out the carpet and put down new flooring too. That's a lot of work and just thinking about it stresses me out and scares me that we wont be able to get it all done before baby arrives.

Well I hope everyone enjoys their weekend! I know I will. Saturday we have a 1st birthday party to go to. Sunday I'm cleaning my ass off because DH and I are expecting his Sister, her husband and 2 boys (our nephews, one we didn't get to meet yet). Happy Friday everyone!