Thursday, August 28, 2008

A Good Day

After our rather depressing trip to the doctor yesterday afternoon in which we had ZERO progress, I was mentally drained. I hadn't slept the night before (my hips have started KILLing me at night and I'm constantly switching sides). I could absolutely NOT picture being pregnant for even one more day, let alone 16 days! Up until the last couple days, I had really not minded being pregnant, it's been so easy... All that changed a couple days ago and last night on the drive home, I was M-I-S-E-R-A-B-L-E. I wanted to just cry. I'm going to be pregnant FOREVER I thought.

I told Chris when he got home from work that today was a good pregnant day. Thanks to a little Tylenol PM last night (yes, it's ok during pregnancy).

I woke up this morning restored (and drooling). I couldn't believe how wonderful I felt! The sun was shining (it's usually overcast in the mornings here) and I immediately set out for starbucks (decaf, don't worry) and read a book while basking in the beautiful weather for a couple hours. I then called Chris and he agreed to a lunch date... after which I decided to plant a few flowers... then, to top it all off, I had my hair done by a new friend of mine (who happens to be due TOMORROW!) I'm so glad to have met her (we met in a class at the hospital); they don't know if they're having a boy or girl, but Chloe will either have a boyfriend or a best friend in the next few days. Anyway - I spent the afternoon getting my hair done and chatting about all things pregnancy related. I can't wait for the babies to come so we can stop asking each other in the mornings if we're able to do something or if we're busy having our babies!

I'm not sure why this day was so particularly great, but for some reason I just took the time today for myself, and every minute of the day was just thankful to be who I am and where I am in life. Today I took the time to appreciate every (polite) jab by Chloe and just savored every quiet moment with my baby girl. Today, I didn't mind being pregnant. In fact, I loved it. More so than any other day in this pregnancy, I think. If she wants to wait 16 more days, I hope they're all like today. In fact, I kind of hope for just a couple more days just like today. Perhaps I can coax her out on labor day. Silly.

If you're still with us, thanks for listening... it's been fun.

Here's a random wedding rehearsal picture of me and my favorite lunch buddy...

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

No Progress

Just an update :) It'll be a while evidently...

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Completely Appropriate Pregnancy Humor.

Haha. Couldn't help it.

Yup. We're still here. I have a doctors appointment tomorrow at 4, I'll post if anything exciting happens... don't get your hopes up, my doctor has already told me to expect to go past my due date (average 1st pregnancy is 40 weeks 8 days).

No biggie, I'm still generally enjoying being pregnant, Chris wants her out so that he can get some time off work, and I wouldn't mind getting her out so that I can breathe again (and tie my own shoes, things like that)... then again I have had such a fabulous, easy pregnancy that I'm not sure I want it to end... I know what comes between now and my big prize and it ain't pretty!

However, it is weird to wake up everyday wondering, "Could today be the day?"

Monday, August 25, 2008

Posh Baby...

So I've been wanting to buy Fifi a fabulous baby blanket... I'm not qualified to actually knit her one so I decided the second best thing would be to get her the best money could buy. Haha. My quest involved all sorts of high-end baby stores, not to mention Nordstrom, etc. I couldn't find anything that I loved !
So anyway, today I was at TJ Maxx and just happened to notice something fluffy tucked in behind a bunch of (generally crummy) things... Of course I immediately dropped everything and start digging for it (because the best things are always a lot of work at those stores)... and what do you know, out comes a GORGEOUS Petunia Picklebottom blanket.
Seriously? You have to be kidding me, I'm thinking.

I honestly looked around to see if I was on some kind of hidden camera show.

At this point, I didn't really care what it cost... but when I looked at the tag, well let's just say I got it for well over 70% off...!! I don't know why today was my lucky day, maybe the pregnancy gods have taken pity on me and the fact that I may be pregnant FOREVER. Anyway, isn't it cute?? I've never felt ANYTHING so soft.

In other news, despite what our ticker at the top says, we're only 8 days away from our due date. I didn't realize we were that close until someone asked me how much longer I had and I said a week. I went to correct myself (maybe I'm in denial, but I thought we had 2 more weeks)...Either way, my doctor said he won't let me go more than 10 days past due so she's comin' out before the 12th.

So... we're still here... No braxton hicks, no contractions, no nothing. Luckily I am not miserable yet. Don't get me wrong, I'm uncomfortable a good chunk of the day, but rarely am I miserable, despite the fact that nighttime sleep has become a thing of the past - but I'm great at sleeping during the day!

By the way, I'm sorry I'm an awful phone call returner. Just putting it out there. I am sorry if I fail to call you back in a timely fashion. It doesn't mean we're in the hospital in labor. I'm much better at email. Don't know why. Just how it is.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Houston, We Have A Glider!

It's here! It's finally here!! Chloe, you can come out now! We're not waiting for anything else but you... *hint, hint*

I am so very excited... It's so comfy... Gosh I can't wait to rock the little lady in this!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Slightly Peeved. So Long, I'm sorry!

Sooo I know I've posted about our fabulous glider before... But here's yet another one. Keep in mind that my husband thought I was ridiculous to buy this thing and every step of this process I've been just waiting for him to turn around and say "I told you so" which would certainly put me over the edge and make me cry. Thank god he hasn't done that... I think he understands how much I wanted this. Yes. A chair. Silly, I know...

Anyway, Background:

We ordered our fabulous glider from the most respected childrens store in the area (called Johnsons, Ironically)...Something like a DECADE ago now (ok, 16 weeks ago)... Anyway, it was supposted to arrive within 6 -9 weeks (I assumed 10 because I understand it's furniture, etc.) but after getting a call the beginning of July they let us know that it was delayed due to some fabric issue with another persons order (I dont know HOW that has to do with ours, but whatever).

No big deal, I'm cool, that's why we ordered it SOO early...
However, they called us the first week of August to let us know that the chair had arrived damaged. SERIOUSLY!? Why me!?? They promised a new one would ship out within the following week and we'd have it by them middle of August. What could I do other than say Ok?? All I could do was think about what a pushover I am. They totally went from a 6 week delivery date to 16 weeks! That's almost 3x as long as it should have been. How is that good business practice? I let them know that I wasn't happy and asked that they deliver it since there's no way I could help Chris carry that huge chair.
Sooo FINALLY they call today and the chair is in. And it's not damaged. Thank God. Now i'm just praying it's the right chair and fabric. Ugh. Last time I order something EVER.
So then I ask the girl when they can deliver it... the girl first pretends she doesn't know that they've agreed to deliver it, then when I explain to her what happened and that it's noted on our ticket, she said she'd call me right back (that was over 3 hours ago)... so I called her back just now and she said she was on the other line working out a time and she'd call me RIGHT back. (that's now been 30 minutes and I've decided to fill my waiting time with blogging about how crappy they are). I am really a cranky pregnant lady now!

Update: Ok. Sooo I just got off the phone with them. They are delivering it tomorrow but they don't take it upstairs. Ok. Breathe Jen, Breathe. It's ironic how being pregnant affects the way I react to certain things. I no longer have the tolerance for this kind of stuff.

I'm just going to be glad to have it. So glad. It's the one thing I've been DYING to have and everytime I pass by her room, I see the empty spot where her chair should be and it makes me sad... *Sigh*

I'll post pictures as soon as I can, although I'm not quite sure how we'll get it up the stairs. Hopefully Chris will be patient and let me help him carry it up the stairs... Gosh, why is a chair such a big deal... Can you tell I'm getting hormonal? Geez.

Still, just knowing it's in is a great 38 week present to me! I was really hoping the chair would be in her room before she is...

If you made it this far, thanks for listening... sorry to unload, but I feel SO much better.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Random Updates.

Well, obviously we're still here. No big surprise there. Don't worry...I promise we'll update as soon as we go into labor, but that could still be a good 3 weeks from now!

In other news, I can no longer tie my shoes. Yes. Chris had to actually tie them for me yesterday. When he's not around I'm going to have to wear slip-ons, flip flops or go ask a neighbor to tie them! (Just kidding).

Had a nice weekend, I had a huge milestone and actually installed the car seat yesterday. It's so weird driving around with it now. Too bad it's still empty. I finally made it to the pool yesterday too, it was the first time it wasn't jam packed with splashy, loud kids (kinda made me wonder why there werent 1000 kids in it on such a beautiful, warm day)... Swiming in the pool has NEVER EVER felt sooooo good. I never wanted to get out. It was the perfect temperature...

My project for the day involves selling all of Chris's school books online... who knew there was such a huge market for crummy textbooks?? :) So far I've sold 6 in 2 hours! What in the heck!!

Have a great day!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Good, Bad and the Frizzy.

Behold the joy of carrying a watermelon!

Please forgive the hair frizz; it seems to be a permanent guest for the time being.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Full Term?!

Woohoo! We're officially 37 Weeks and Full Term today!!

I just got back from my doctors appointment and everything looks great... Her head is still down and she was in fighting shape as the doctor tried to listen to her heartbeat... not only did she have the hiccups (AGAIN), but she kept kicking the doppler. Silly Girl!! I hate that Chris misses out on hearing her at my appointments. My doctor always asks if I want to call him so he can hear... Lol... I just laugh, I dont think he understands that he is on base most of the time while I'm at my appointments and can't be reached. Don't worry, I have an emergency line in case we go into labor...

...Yeah, fat chance.

They had me schedule my next 3 appointments today... they're obviously not concerned with me missing my 40 week 1 day appointment. At which I will probably have to resort to begging someone to pull her out. She's getting so huge and uncomfortable!
So... For those of you wondering...

Monday, August 11, 2008

The Great Pediatrician Hunt

So it seems that the one thing I probably should have done a long time ago but just didn't is find a pediatrician. What a daunting task!! Let me just say this has been a huge stress weighing on my mind. I mean, it's more important than finding a doctor for myself. This person will take care of my BABY! Yikes. It seems like everyone is saying you have to interview (yes, interview!) a bunch of pediatricians and then decide which one you want. Gosh, whatever happened to just picking a doctor and switching if it didn't work?? Motherhood happened evidently.

Finding the perfect obstetrician was a cake walk, I had lots of great recommendations from my fellow coworkers who had worked with all of the the OB docs where I'd be delivering.

However, finding a pediatrician is NOT easy.
At all.
I don't know many people with kids and I know even less people who have any knowledge of pediatricians in Santa Maria. I would like for her doctor to be in town (not in San Luis where we'll be delivering) in case we do need to get in for an appointment last minute or she gets sick, etc.
There was only one pediatrician that had been recommended to us as being great but they are too far away AND don't take our insurance. Back to the drawing board.
Long story short, Chris and I actually went into our primary care doctors office today and ended up asking the girls at the front desk who they recommend... they were full of advice! (Seriously - the best recommendations always come from people in the medical field; they *gasp* gossip!!).

Turns out I'd heard of one of the doctors they recommended, so we may end up going with him. We can always change if it doesn't work out, but I feel so much better just having solidified a couple good recommendations from people. It's hard just picking a name from an available list of docs, hearing people say they like them is so much nicer...

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Woah! Slow Down there Turbo!!

Soo it appears that time has gone into some kind of weird warp-speed. (Yes, Perhaps I have watched too much Star Trek or whatever it is that Chris watches)...

I can't believe we have less than 4 weeks till her due date! This week my doctors appointments switched to weekly. I NEVER actually thought I'd get to that point... It's so surreal.

I'm being careful to appreciate every day and make sure I enjoy the silence, enjoy time with Chris, enjoy just doing whatever I darn well please... I know it'll be a good 18 years before I can put myself first again... probably not even then, who knows. The one thing that I haven't figured out how to do quite yet is sleep past 7 am. I'm working on it though, probably right around the time Chloe gets here I'll be able to do it. Haha. Ironic.

I've been putting off finishing Chloe's room and packing my hospital bags... I'm not entirely sure why I am doing this, but I think part of me thinks that if I'm unprepared, she might come early (reverse psychology at work??)... However... I think the other part of me is waiting because (as my doctor kindly reminded me) that most first babies are late. LATE?! Argh. I'm not that patient! In any event, if she is late... it will give me something to do while I'm waiting (impatiently) for her arrival...

What exactly HAVE I been doing with myself other than simply pawing at baby items you might ask?? That's a good question. I've been loving having the time to myself to do basically whatever I want, getting things taken care of around the house, etc. although the days seem to go by so fast... I have a hard time explaining what I've done all day... but our house has been getting more organized!! Not to mention my car got a nice detail inside and out. Nesting is so cleansing.

I've also found a game that might be more addicting than Soduko... (Mom, plug your ears. You dont want to get hooked on this one). Anyway, the new game is called Kakuro. I won't get into the details but it is so addicting!

I've also gone back to reading obsessively. If I can't sleep past 7 at least I can curl up in bed with a book still! It reminds me of when I was younger and would just curl up in bed for hours on end reading a book well into the early morning hours. I'd look at the clock, rub my eyes and see it was midnight. Then I'd look at my book and see I was only 150 pages from the end and at that point I knew I wouldn't be able to put it down until I was done... I'm not sure my parents knew just how many of those late nights I had. I guess I've always been a bookworm at heart, I loved reading in the hammock out back in the summertime...

Anyway, if anyone has any good suggestions on books to read, let me know... although, if you know me, you'll know that I don't do history or geography. Haha. I'm more into the summer reads (no, I do not mean romance novels with Fabio on the cover)...

Well... This week Chloe is 36 weeks along. Evidently at this point she is gaining an ounce per day. She weighs about 6 lbs and is 18.5'' long. At my appointment the doctor said everything looked great and that she was head down! Woohoo! He also said that at this point, whenever she decided she wanted to come out, they'd let her. That was an interesting concept to grasp... but so exciting!!

Oh ... Yes... I have a new little friend, also. I was reading at Starbucks the other day when a little girl came in with her mom. She pointed at me and I looked up and saw that her mom was also pregnant (she's about a month behind me). Well, turns out my 4 year old friend's name is Avery and she has a fascination with my pregnant belly that was evidently quite huge underneath my shirt (which she thought was VERY pretty) haha. In any case, Avery thought it would be nice to rub Chloe and talk to her. So she did. For like 10 minutes... Pretty much one of the cutest things ever... but also sorta weird. At least it wasn't an 80 year old man, right?? :)

Have a good week...See you next week!