Monday, March 31, 2008

A very productive weekend...

So with the news that the baby will be here in just a couple of short weeks I decided it was probably time to pull out some of the baby stuff and get it ready. I pulled out the bassinet and washed all the linens for it and then put it together. I took apart the big Graco stroller and washed the pad, canopy and basket. I pulled out the old trusty Boppy and washed it as well as the cover I bought for it. I cleaned the car seat a couple of months ago so it is set and ready to be put in the car some time in the next couple of weeks. I even had Derek pull the baby swing out of the storage shed and washed the cover for it as well. I wanted Audrey to get used to the baby stuff before the baby comes and I think it was a good idea. She has had her baby doll sleeping in the bassinet all day yesterday and today so far. I am hoping the novelty of all the items wears off in time. I even made my list of stuff I want to pack in my hospital bag and a list of stuff for Audrey for while we are in the hospital. I plan on packing those bags this week. Overall, I had a fairly productive weekend. Now if I could just get up some motivation to do the rest of the housework that is needed.....

Here is a picture of Audrey's baby dolls in the bassinet. She is even sharing her favorite kitty blanket and Dora blanket with them, I am hoping that's a good sign that she will be willing to share with Brianna.

Friday, March 28, 2008

A new addition...

Well it looks like we are going to be having a baby in 2-3 weeks. It is a little shocking and I can't quite wrap my head around it but there it is. There are several reasons for this decision. One being that the baby is measuring approximately a pound bigger than Audrey and that is a lot for my body size. Also, she is currently laying on a cyst that I have on my left ovary and it is pretty constant pain. Lastly, I have had pretty bad sciatic nerve pain since about week 20. So it has been quite an uncomfortable last month or so. When I had my MRI last week they did find gall stones but apparently that is pretty common among pregnant women because of the extra hormones and if you aren't having any pain then there is nothing to worry about. Dr. Quimby said that if I hadn't had the MRI I probably would have never known. So I will be induced at either 37 or 38 weeks. It will depend on how favorable my cervix looks at 37 weeks. It is going to be weird not going through those last couple of weeks of pregnancy. Plus she is going to be smaller than Audrey since we are taking her early and that is going to be weird too.

I really didn't want to be induced, I wanted to see what would happen if I went on my own but I am so uncomfortable all the time that I don't see the point in waiting out the last two weeks just so that she can be a little chubbier and I can say that I made it to the end. I feel like I am "quitting" on the pregnancy and I am NOT a quitter... no matter how miserable my circumstances have been in the past (bad jobs, etc) I have never quit just because I didn't like the situation I was in. So this is a little hard for me. Also, I am all of a sudden terrified at having another baby. Not the actual process, that's old news :), but having another being dependent on me. Also, I am concerned about how Audrey is going to handle it. She has been my baby and my world since I got pregnant with her almost 3 years ago. Now I have to split my attention and I feel a little guilty about it. I know that it is silly and that it will all be fine but I guess since I am not actually worried about giving birth this time I had to find something new to worry about. :) So for those of you interested I will be having a baby in less than a month!!! Can't wait to see her and see if she looks just like Audrey or completely different. It is a very emotional time for me. Lots of ups and downs...

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Koala Bears and Crocodiles

So today we went to the mall to pick up Audrey's Easter pictures and had a good time. The mall has been a scary place for me since they took out the "Mickey Store" but Audrey has accepted it pretty well. She still asks me to go there but when I remind her that it isn't there she concedes that the "Mickey store is all done, gone." So today we went and we were sitting having a snack near one of the trees they have inside the mall, which always fascinate Audrey. She goes up to it and tells me she wants to climb it. I tell her she can't. So she comes and sits by me and tells me that koala bears climb trees. "Yes, that's true, koala bears do climb tress." Her knowledge of animals continues to fascinate me. Then we are walking around the mall and she is pretending that she sees crocodiles and has to keep away from them. I couldn't figure out why she was doing this but she thought it was great fun! Then we were watching her Dora the Explorer video and there was an episode where they were running from crocodiles and that is where she got it from. I honestly think she might do something with animals some day. Even if she doesn't she cracks me up constantly and I just love that. A cute thing she said one day last week was to the baby actually. She came over to my belly and said, "Come out and see me, Bee-baa." I just about cried it was so cute.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Now what?

So my doctor's office calls me this afternoon to tell me what the doctor thinks of my MRI results. The cyst is the same size and doesn't appear to be twisted or in any danger. That's good news, just means I have to deal with the discomfort until the baby comes. However, I do have gallstones. The nurse said that it is actually a fairly common thing for pregnant women because of all the extra estrogen. They are similar to kidney stones but if they aren't causing you pain they don't have to do anything about them. Well I don't think mine are causing any pain, at least not from what I read a gall bladder attack should feel like. The nurse said that the doctor will talk to me more about it all on Thursday at my appointment. I am sure that if they are too bad then she will probably suggest a c-section to get everything out all at once: gallbladder, cyst and baby. Otherwise I might be looking at a laproscopic surgery afterwards to take care of the cyst and maybe the gall bladder. We will see what she has to say on Thursday. Who knew my third trimester would be so exciting? :)

Easter went well, busy, but well. We went to church yesterday morning in the pouring rain and had our traditional Easter service. I was uncomfortable for most of it so I don't know how much I actually absorbed. Then the kids had their Easter egg hunt which had to be inside due to the aforementioned rain. Audrey got a lot of eggs and therefore a lot of candy, which mom and dad are rationing out so she isn't bouncing off of the walls continually. Then we headed over to my mom's for lunch. It was really good and Audrey ate a LOT!! She loves her veggies and had two helpings of both corn and green beans. She wouldn't take a nap, maybe the jelly beans after lunch had something to do with it, so we headed out to our second stop - the Wheatons! They just moved at the beginning of the month and we had yet to see their new house. So we headed out there praying Audrey would behave since she hadn't had a nap, only the 2nd time in her entire life. She was great. She ate, played and would have fallen asleep if she would allow herself to sit still for more than 30 seconds. We had a great visit there and ended up home about a quarter to eight last night. It was a fun, tiring, day filled with family, friends and food.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Kangaroo Kapers and MRI update

So today we took Audrey to a class at the hospital designed for preparing kids for becoming a big sister/brother. There were about 10 kids in the class and most of them were about 2. That was good because my daughter chose today to act completely 2. Her favorite part, and about the only time she stopped moving, was snack time. But it was free and she got to see the hospital. We went on a tour of the maternity ward and even got to see a baby that had been born about 24 hours before. She really wasn't naughty, just not very interested. I hope she will at least recognize the hospital so that when she comes it won't be new and intimidating. And all that could be happening any time in the next 6 weeks. I can't believe that is all the time I have left in this pregnancy. It is just so surreal.

And for those if you who were wondering my MRI went it was... okay. I took a vicodin about an hour before and was quite relaxed by the time we started. I just closed my eyes and tried to breath and relax. I had a few moments of mounting panic but I was able to calm down and by the time we were done, AN HOUR LATER, it wasn't such a big deal going in and out of the tube. It was only supposed to take about 20 minutes. However, since I am pregnant they had to do two sets of "pictures" because they wanted to make sure that they got anything the doctor might want to see and you never can tell where the baby is going to push everything. The worst part was laying on my back with my sciatic nerve issue. Even with the vicodin laying on my back on a table with little padding was excruciating. By the time we were done I was sweating from the pain and I literally couldn't get off of the table. The tech had to help me up and I could barely walk back to the bathroom where my normal pants (not the 3XL scrub pants they gave me to wear) were waiting for me. All in all it wasn't a horrible experience. Unfortuantely they couldn't tell me anything. I will have to wait until my OBGYN takes a look at the pictures on Monday and finds the time to call me and tell me what she thinks. I will keep you all updated. Thanks for thinking of me.

Friday, March 21, 2008

A big tube???

So I called my doctor Wednesday afternoon to let her know that the pain from my cyst had increased. She was in surgery both Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning. So I finally heard from her nurse yesterday afternoon, Thursday. She wants me to have an MRI... I don't even know what that entails. So I have an appointment for 6:00 this evening to get it done. I am nervous because I have never had anything like this done and, like I said, I don't know what it entails. I am slightly claustrophobic so I am a little nervous that they might stick me in a big tube and I will freak out. As long as it isn't 2 inches from my face and the air in their isn't hot and humid I should be okay. I am also a little nervous as to what they are going to find. I am betting that I won't find out any information until Monday since I am having it done so late tonight and Dr. Quimby probably won't even see the results until Monday. I guess we will just have to wait and see.

I am 34 weeks today, yay!! Only 6 weeks until my due date and only 3 weeks until I am full term! :o I hope that we don't have to get induced early but at least if we do I don't think it will be before 37 weeks. I will post the results when I know more. If you could think of me around 6 pm tonight that would be great. THANKS!! We are off to get Audrey's picture taken with the Easter bunny. Wal-mart has free pictures today and tomorrow!! YAY!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

How do I explain it all???

Sometimes I don't know what I should explain to Audrey about religious holidays or if I should wait until she is a little older to try. We tried talking to her about baby Jesus at Christmas time and with Easter this weekend I have been trying to think of a way to talk to her about what this time means. Well death isn't something that you really talk to your kids about much anyway. So trying to talk to my 2 year old about death and resurrection has been... interesting and I am pretty sure 99.9% of it has gone over her head. She did make this cute little craft in the nursery while I was in Bible Study this Tuesday.



We have to put the Jesus (she picked pink for her Jesus) in the tomb on Friday and put the rock in front of it. Then on Sunday morning we can roll the rock away and let Jesus out. I don't know if she is absorbing anymore of the idea this way but it is probably more effective than anything I have done so far.
This is her Jesus:

Monday, March 17, 2008

Small update

So my OBGYN called me today. She has had a chance to look at my ultrasound results and wanted to let me know the course of action. She said the baby looks great, which is great. However, as I mentioned in my previous blog, she wasn't able to get a look at the cyst or the ovary. I have to keep tabs on the discomfort/pain it is causing me and let her know. If the pain gets worse I will probably be looking at an MRI to determine the state of the cyst/ovary. We are hoping to wait things out, as far as removal of the cyst, until the baby can be delivered. The pain was the same until this evening when it started to hurt worse. Of course it started to hurt worse because I just told her on the phone that it hadn't gotten any worse. I don't have another appointment until the 28th but at this rate I will probably be in by the end of the week to talk to her about the pain, unless it miraculously goes away. I do have the vicodin but I am hesitant to take it in case Audrey wakes up in the middle of the night. I have never had it before and I don't know how I would react to it. So now it is just a waiting game. I am disappointed because I really wanted to see what a natural labor (not induced) would be like this time but it really doesn't look like I will be able to hold out until my due date. Now I just have to pray that I won't have to have a c-section, or that if I do it goes well. I guess we will just have to see. As long as she is doing well that is really all I can ask for. But I will definitely keep you all updated.

On an up note Audrey has started doing this really cute "monkey face" and I was able to catch it on camera yesterday. Enjoy!!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Possible Early Eviction Notice

So I saw my OBGYN today for my 33 week check-up, yes that's right 7 weeks and counting. So I told her about my sciatic nerve not getting any better and about the new and latest development with this pregnancy..... pain and tenderness from the dermoid cyst that is currently on my left ovary. This just started this week but it is quite uncomfortable. She was concerned and told me that term is in four weeks and we would see how the cyst is doing (meaning an "emergency" ultrasound today) and most likely take her early (meaning an induction at 37, 38 weeks). So I went in for an ultrasound this afternoon right after my appointment. I guess it was serious enough to get me in immediately. She also wanted the size of the baby checked since I am measuring several weeks ahead and she doesn't want a baby bigger than about 8.5 pounds coming out of my 5 foot 1 inch frame.

The baby is almost 5 pounds already and is definitely a girl, even I could tell. That was a nice reassurance especially since the tech who did our ultrasound in December didn't sound 100% sure. She is measuring at least half a week ahead on all measurements, and 3 weeks ahead on a couple. She is in the 57th percentile. She didn't get a good look at my cyst because everything is so squished in there right now and where it is located it is just too hard. I am not sure what that is going to mean to Dr. Quimby. However, at this point it looks like our little girl might be making her debut in April instead of May. Part of me is really excited to be almost done and part of me can't believe that in little over a month I could be holding my second child. It is very surreal at this point. Now I just have to wait for my next doctor's appointment (2 weeks) or for Dr. Quimby to call if she is concerned. Meanwhile I have a prescription for Vicodin if things get too out of control. I can't believe how different two pregnancies can be.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Dancing.... in my belly?

So I know that sometime around now in my pregnancy there is a growth spurt. I also know that when there is a growth spurt there is a decrease in movement. I didn't notice that there had been that decrease in the last couple of days until last night, when movement resumed - in FULL force. Derek and I went to bed around 10 like we usually do. I turned on the television and put the heating pad on my back like normal and that's when it started. The baby started moving ALL over. She must have been doing flips and rolls and turns of all sorts. It was so crazy. My belly was moving all over. Derek and I just watched it for about 5 minutes. Then Derek rolled over to go to sleep. She continued in this manner for another 25 minutes or so and then she got hiccups. As I was getting very sleepy by this point the cuteness of it all started to wear off and I was getting annoyed at the interuption of sleep.

But in the light of day I am greatful for feeling the baby move around so much. I know she is healthy and full of life if she is dancing. She must be really happy with the banana bread I made today too because she started dancing again around noon and hasn't stopped. I can't even sit up right, I have to lean back because there isn't enough room for all her movements otherwise. Only 7.5 more weeks until my due date. And, I know this may be wishful thinking, I have a feeling that she is going to come a little early, not a lot - just a little. I see Dr. Quimby again this Friday and I can't wait until I hear her heartbeat again. Plus I hope she can have some more relief tactics for me for my sciatic nerve pain. Just thought I would share my happy dancing baby with you all! :)

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Ahhh....

So today I indulged myself in something that I usually can't bring myself to spend money on: a massage!!! So for those of you who read my blog, my insurance doesn't cover massage therapy. They cover physical therapy and chiropractic therapy but only with a referral from the doctor. Well I go to the doctor every two weeks now so I thought I would just wait until I see my OB this coming up Friday to ask her what she thought I should do. Well this week was horrible, sciatic nerve wise, and I didn't know if I would live until next Friday (this may be a slight exaggeration). Tuesday I was in so much pain by the end of the day I could hardly walk. Every night I apply a heating pad to the area for at least 30 minutes but apparently it hasn't been enough. So finally Derek insisted that I go a get a massage, even though we would have to pay for it. I looked around and found a massage therapy place in Bremerton that would do a pregnancy massage. Because, you can't just have a regular old massage when you are pregnant it has to be adapted just like most everything else in your life :) Plus it wasn't TOO badly priced, only $65... which is still more than I feel like spending on myself to lay on a table for an hour while a stranger rubs me down.

However, I do have to say the relief I have had today makes it all so worth it. My nerve still bothers me but only about 20% as much at its worst today. Plus the constant discomfort I was having in pretty much any position is gone. Hopefully it will last for at least a few days so that I will feel like it was money well spent. But I figure if I get even ONE good nights sleep out of it, it was a wise investment. Now we just have to pray that my dear darling daughter will sleep through the night, because Murphy's law is that she won't just because I am actually able to. The only thing I would change about today is that I would make it mandatory for massage places to let you nap for 30-45 minutes after your massage because you are finally comfortable after many sleepless/restless nights... but somehow I think they would charge twice as much just to let you lay on the table snoozing for a while. Oh well, maybe some day when I am rich and famous I can have my own personal masseuse who will give me bi-weekly massages and then let me nap... ahhhh the American dream :)

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Oh what a day...

Ever envision your day going one way and then the complete opposite happens? Well that was my day today. I woke up this morning at 7:30, on my own, because that is the time that dear sweet little Audrey has picked as her wake up time this week so far. Well, she wasn't up yet. I did a little dance, in my head because why would I get up? And then I went back to sleep. Well my phone rang at 9:00 when Derek called me on his break like he usually does. I was STILL asleep. It was so nice. I expected Audrey to sleep in a little because she had a runny nose yesterday so I know she is fighting something but I didn't expect 9:00.

So I got up and did my potty run and about 10 minutes later went to check to make sure Audrey was still breathing. She was starting to stir so she heard me and got up. She looked a little out of it but asked to watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse so I figured she was still waking up. I took her and her kitty blanket out to the couch and she laid there watching television for about 45 minutes. That's a little odd, I thought. I gave her a cup of juice because she asked for some and then about 10 minutes afterwards, threw it all up!!!! On my couch and the floor and herself. She was gagging on phlegm and it finally got to her. Well, I cleaned her up and moved her to the other couch. She asked for more juice and animal crackers so I figured she didn't have a stomach ache. Plus, she didn't have a fever. So I gave her some juice, animal crackers and some decongestant in hopes that it would help with the phlegm issue.

About 25 minutes later she threw up again. I had been watching her because I could still tell she was having a hard time swallowing. She was more upset about it this time and I picked her up, mid-puke, to get her off the "clean couch" and she got it all over me. Sweet! Plus, in doing that I pulled a muscle in my back. So in addition to the severe sciatica I have been dealing with I have a pulled muscle too! After clean-up round 2 was over she went back to watching a movie as I watched her for signs of round 3. At about 11:50, almost 3 hours after getting up, she finally ventured off the couch and started playing. She has been acting normal except for a runny/stuffy nose ever since. I hope that this is the worst that this cold gets and that she is on the mend. I can deal with a lot but puke is not one of the things I handle well.
OH!! And while trying to do laundry from all of this I overloaded the washer with too many throw pillows and towels and slightly flooded my bathroom, soaking one of my pregnancy books, UGH!! So much for my lazy relaxing day. Surprisingly I didn't really get upset, just kind of laughed about it for the most part which is good.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Biggest dinnner ever...

So yesterday was Derek's birthday. I told him that I would make him whatever he wanted for dinner. So what does he request? Fried chicken, mashed potatoes and corn... and biscuits and gravy! That sounds like two meals to me. I tried several times to make sure that he realized that we could make two seperate meals out of that. He did but he still wanted it. I also tried several times to make sure that he realized that he probably couldn't eat all of that in one sitting. He said that he could and that is what he wanted. So I spent an hour and a half yesterday making him this dinner. We loaded (and I mean loaded) our plates up and sat down to dinner. I watched him eat and eat and eat and finally he finished his whole plate, barely. He was so full he almost couldn't eat dessert that I had made him, 3 hours after we finished dinner. He enjoyed it though and said that he had a great birthday. That was the point and made it all worth it. I am glad he had a great birthday dinner. And tonight he's cooking!! Yay!

Monday, March 3, 2008

35 days later....

So thirty-five days ago Derek had the car accident. Thirty-five FULL days of no car, of dealing with insurance and the body shop. But finally, FINALLY, our car was ready to be picked up this evening. I am so happy! My mom and stepdad were so generous and let us use their van for most of the time our car was in the shop. It was nice to have transportation but man the gas mileage was not fun. Especially with gas creeping up to almost $3.50 a gallon!!! However, they needed it back on Saturday and our car wasn't going to be ready until today so we had a rental car. :*( We actually got a really good deal at Enterprise. The funny thing is that without telling them what kind of car we had in the shop they gave us the exact same car, except it was an automatic instead of a manual like ours is. So anyway, we FINALLY have our car back. It is sitting in our driveway as we speak. I am so happy. Although it wasn't fun paying for it and it won't be fun paying it off in the next couple of months at least the whole ordeal is FINALLY over. Have I said finally yet this post? :)



In pregnancy related news I had my 31 week appointment on Friday. Everything is looking great. She is measuring great, blood pressure and weight are fine, and I got a prescription for a massage!!! Now I just have to find out if my insurance covers massage. It doesn't sound like something they would cover but I am definitely going to find out. Anything to help with the sciatic nerve pain would be a welcome relief!

Time flies when you are having fun!

Well we had quite the busy weekend here this weekend! The Schneiders came in from out of town on Friday night to stay with us. They came because this weekend was Derek's surprise birthday party!!! I have never thrown him a surprise party, in fact he has never had one at all. The reason I have never thrown him one is because he has somehow, unintentionally, always ruined the surprises I have for him. Saturday morning the guys took Derek golfing which was perfect because then Delayna, Beth and I went to my mom's house, where the party was being held, and decorated the house and frosted the cake. I don't know how I would have gotten that done if he hadn't had plans with the guys but it all worked out. Well, he swears he had no idea about the party and so it was a huge success. I will probably never do it again because it was hard work and a little stressful but it was worth it.

Now is a little "brag on my daughter" moment. She was so good all weekend. She shared her toys fairly well with Eva. She was patient with me while I carted her from place to place on Saturday. She didn't get mad at me when I wouldn't let her get out of the stroller at the Disney Store because it was SO crowded. She sat and ate lunch well at the mall on Saturday. Then on Sunday when we went to lunch with Derek's dad and the Schneider's she sat at the table, in a chair not a booster, and sat well the whole lunch. She didn't throw her crayons on the floor. Didn't get mad when the food took 45 minutes to come and ate 2 of 3 pancakes and a small pile of fruit. It was such a hectic weekend and went by so fast that she would have had plenty of opportunity to be a pill but she was an angel most of the time.

Overall I would say it was a great weekend. We had wonderful friends come in from out of town. Derek had a great birthday weekend - and made out like a bandit, by the way. His party was a success and Audrey was a good girl all weekend. I give this weekend an A.