Monday, August 25, 2008

Why Only One?

Hi, ladies!

Welcome to the week 32 edition of "man, I'm getting uncomfortable", hosted by your favorite pregnant lady, Future Mommy! For updated belly pics, click here!

I seriously feel like I'm going to pop. I had no tummy prior to Bunny. None. No extra skin to spare. But somehow, I've managed to spare an extra SIXTEEN inches so far around my tummy. That's right - my tummy is up to 40 inches. YE GODS! One of my coworkers looked at me last Thursday and offered the opinion that she thought I only had 1 month to go instead of potentially 2. Yes, thank you. I'm big. Got it! :-)

Ok, ladies. How are your ankles doing? I know that it's a "common" pregnancy issue to have swelling in ankles. Back in June, while doing a lot of back to back travel and rushing to PA besides, my ankles were, well, scary. But since then, not really much of an issue.

Except now...but it's only one side! My right ankle is most definitely swollen; left ankle? Just fine. Interestingly enough, after several weeks of no leg cramps, they've come back, too. But only on one side. That's right - only my LEFT leg is cramping. I mean, seriously. Could we try to coordinate efforts here on sides??? :-) I still have a numbness problem going on (have I mentioned that before? Can't remember.) where my left arm will randomly start hurting above the elbow and go numb below. The OB/GYN was mildly concerned over that when I complained at my appointment...could have pinched something potentially. If it is still happening at next appointment, apparently I'll get a referral to have it checked out.

I'm just so amused that all of these random issues are on one side only. Not that I'm wishing for extra problems by going bilateral, mind you! But just seems funny!

Bunny's in a mood these days. She spends her time contorted more often than not. But more on that later! And HEY! Go visit my new parenting blog - 0 to Mom!!

Happy Monday, ya'll!



Sunday, August 24, 2008

New Blog is UP!

Hey, ya'll!

Remember the hinting around I've done about starting (another) new blog?'s UP! With a few foundational posts (About, Disclosure Policy, Usage Policy) and the first "real" post posing a time management question, it's now open for business.

Called "0 to Mom" (playing, of course, on my love for NASCAR), its tagline is "Parenting at the speed of life."

Go check it out when you have a chance!

Friday, August 22, 2008

32 Week Update

Well, we're plugging right along. I had check-ups this week with both the perinatologist and the obstetrician, and Bunny is doing very, very well. The peri's U/S tech decided to give us a treat and switched over to 3D/4D during the scan and Bunny is just so very precious. And, of course, I'm thankful that we got for free what many others pay beaucoup bucks for!

Bunny had her legs bent at her waist, crossed over one another, and had one foot on either side of her face. What a little monkey! Her arms, in turn, were straight down at her sides. She actually used her foot to scratch her cheek at one point! She continues to grow a bit ahead (in the peri's words, "we're just going to go ahead and say you're at 32 weeks now...your next U/S will be your last most likely before we see you at the hospital") and is strong as can be. So if he wants to call Wednesday 32 weeks, that puts us now at 1.5 weeks ahead. For simplicity sake, I ain't changing my ticker. At Wednesday's appointment, she was just a tad under 4 pounds and if she were to go to full term, she'd be around 8 pounds. Yikes! Have we seen my skinny hips? Thank God we're not aiming for 40 weeks! But even at 38 weeks, she'd be around 7 pounds - that's a full half-pound more than I was, and I was born late!

A few of my coworkers threw a surprise shower for me at work this week, which was really nice and totally unexpected. My team is having a little party for both me and my boss next week - called Arrivals and Departures since I've got Bunny coming and he's departing to take a promotion - but this was primarily folks from other teams that I just work with quite often. In addition, FD's sergeant sent him home with another load of hand-me-downs from their triplets last night. There's not much else we yet need - it's amazing. With some of the newest things we've gotten, I can stop worrying about getting stuff off my registry and use that money to finish stocking up on cloth diapers - yahoo!

That's all for us...I'm growing more and more uncomfortable. Like always, Bunny is pointed head down...and sometimes the pressure of her head is just incredible. Not sleeping that great - can't really get comfy - but for Bunny, I'd gladly walk to the ends of the earth. And besides...we're in the homestretch now. Hard to believe that there's really only just a few weeks to go!!

Love to everyone,


Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Hic! Hic! Hic!

Sometimes, I'm clueless.

For about the last three weeks now, I've been feeling rhythmic little thumps from Bunny. Actually, I think the first time I felt it was when I was trying to use music to get her to unclench a bit so I could fall asleep. I thought she was kicking along.

Ever since, usually once or twice a day, the rhythmic thumping would begin. But then...she started actually kicking AND thumping at the same time.

So that's when silly Future Mommy finally realized that this is probably Bunny having the hiccups! Hahahaha! People have been asking me for weeks if she's had the hiccups yet, and I've always said "no!" Looks like I was wrong!

Love you, Bunny! Even your hiccups are precious!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

6 Un-Spectacular Things About Me

I was tagged by Nicole, Hannah's Mom, to participate in this MeMe.

The rules:
1. Link the person who tagged you.
2. Mention the rules on your blog.
3. Tell about 6 unspectacular quirks of yours.
4. Tag 6 following bloggers by linking them.
5. Leave a comment on each of the tagged blogger’s blogs letting them know they’ve been tagged.

I'll start off by telling you that I'm breaking rules #4 and #5...I'm still trying to catch back up with life at this point, so instead of tagging individual other bloggers, simply consider yourself tagged if you read this post and feel like participating!

Six Unspectacular Quirks of Future Mommy
1. I count everything I do. Compulsively.
2. I don't walk on cracks. Obsessively. Think "As Good As It Gets."
3. I talk to my cats. And dogs. Sometimes they answer.
4. I hate having people come into my house when it's less than spotless.
5. I compulsively pray the Rosary (sans beads) every time I'm on a plane that's getting ready to take off. Since I work for an airline, this happens often. Landing doesn't worry me nearly as much. I've never gotten over nightmares after TWA800 and I think that's the cause of my take-off paranoia.
6. I believe that everything should have a other words, whenever something is part of a group, it should be arranged/named/ordered the same as every other member of that group. Another obsession. My child is doomed!

Now it's your turn - leave me a note if you participate, and I'll come visit.



30w5d: Back to Life

Anyone remember that song from the 80s that had the line "back to life...back to reality..."?

That's what I'm trying to do right's my second day back in Texas from PA and I'm trying desperately to get back to life...getting caught up with work at my full-time job, getting caught up with what's going on with my writing, catching up on blogging...and oh, yeah, about a zillion comments, emails and cards to respond to, offering condolences for Dad. I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed right now. But working through it!

On my end, my weight is holding fairly steady. We're at +37 pounds right now (I again suspect that I may have lost a pound or two while in PA) and my waist size is +14.5 inches over pre-baby measurements.

Baby did NOT have a good time in PA. I think she most likely channeled my stress, but she just stiffened herself up so many times and so painfully that her Mama did not feel well or sleep most of the time. I'm hesitant to call what she did Braxton Hicks contractions...because when she'd stiffen up and subsequently my whole belly would go hard and my own back/hips/anything near there would stiffen, it would last for literally hours on end. Not a little contraction then a release. We're talking 6 hours. Once or twice daily. I'm sorry, Bunny...I'm trying to stay as calm and low key as possible, but you've gotta work with me, little one!

Random cute note: our female cat has claimed the pack-n-play.

So bear with me over the next few days as I continue to catch up with life. I still owe you a wrap-up on the baby shower, plus I'll be writing about Dad over at Breakfast at Tiffany's - kind of a wrap up of how things went. I also still have my new blog to launch...I think you'll like it when it's ready but until it is, can't tell you much more! Oh, and I posted a new belly shot from actually makes me look smaller...different angle and backdrop than usual since we weren't at home.

So that's all from me...hope all is well with everyone!!!



Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Blog Hiatus

Hi, everyone.

How to Have a Baby will be on hiatus until next week; my father passed away this evening (8/5) and we'll be leaving tomorrow morning (8/6) to be with my family in Pennsylvania. Depending on when final arrangements are made, we'll be back in Texas any time between Sunday and Tuesday of next week.

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.


Monday, August 4, 2008

29w2d: UPDATES!

Hi, everyone!

Just thought I'd post a little update on Bunny and I as we rapidly approach 30 weeks - or 75% of a "full" pregnancy!

First, from the insane baby to-do list. I never updated ya'll when our niece left after her four week visit early last week...but we made TREMENDOUS progress while she was here! Our list started with 108 items and swelled to 114...and honestly, it's probably nearer to 125 at this point, but I stopped adding items. In any case, of the 114, here's where we are:

Achieved: 81
In progress: 24
Remaining: 9

Of those in progress, most are of the organizing sort, and I simply haven't had time to return to them in the past week or so. Of those remaining, none are critical pre-baby. We'd still like them all done at the soonest possible date...but ALL critical items have been accomplished.

For our tile floors upstairs, we still have to put the sealant down, but that's a fast project...hopefully to be accomplished this week.

YAHOO for accomplishments!

Second, from my check-up this week. We did our gestational diabetes test today and boy was that liquid hard to drink! I have an awful gag reflex...taking pills kills me, which sucks since I have to take like 5 every night. And sicky sweet tastes...yeah, I was shoving a fist in my mouth to keep from throwing up, reminding myself that if I puked, I'd have to start all over again. For some reason, I thought I'd get results from this test right away, but the bloodwork won't be back for a day or two. Drinking the liquid made me instantly shaky. I'm not sure if that's good or bad, but I actually shook most of the time I was at the doctor today, as if I had the chills. Sitting here at work on my lunch break, I'm still a bit shaky.

We got an instantaneous and strong heartbeat today with the hunting around for baby this time! She's been a violent bugger the past week...moving constantly and actually causing pain. Yeesh! I love feeling her move...but doubling over just isn't much fun.

Had my first internal exam in several visits and everything looks well on that front, although the expression on my husband's face was priceless. He'd never admit it, but he doesn't do so well with medical stuff. Had to get up and walk away when I had blood drawn...for me, that's old hat, since I have blood drawn at least once a month and have experienced needles at least that often for years. I can't wait to see him in the delivery room. Three years ago, when my ovarian cysts burst and I was in the ER, he paced frantically and routinely demanded that nurses and doctors get into my room now to check on me.

We also signed various consent forms today, as a precaution. They were for cord blood banking (we're not doing), delivery by natural birth and delivery by Ceasarian birth. The doctor likes to have these on file so that if we find ourselves at L&D far ahead of schedule, we won't have to worry about paperwork then. I've indicated natural birth as my preference (aided by pain meds, thank you very much) but consented to surgical intervention if the situation deems that the only logical and feasible option.

That's about all, house wise and baby wise, on our front! We took a new picture last night and I'll post it shortly. I still need to tell ya'll about my baby shower - I haven't forgotten; it's just been a busy few days.

For more updates outside of house and baby stuff, check out my MASSIVE UPDATE over at Breakfast at Tiffany's.

Have a great day!