Saturday, September 29, 2012

Five Question "Friday" - 9/29/2012

So, maybe I'm a little (read, 20 hours) late for Five Question Friday. But, I like the questions and I feel like writing, so I'm doing them anyway.

1. Do you prefer to drive to your vacation spot or fly?

All things being equal (specifically cost), I prefer flying. But driving also has it's advantages - i.e. for those of us not light packers, the ability to pack 15 pairs of shoes for a weekend without paying extra charges for luggage. But for long trips like to Alabama, it is so nice to get there in 2 hours instead of 15.  However, the other advantage to driving, is once you're there, you have your car. No renting a car or being at the mercy of friends and family.

This is clearly a very complex issue for me. :) 
2. If you could live any where in the world, where would you go and why?


If I could pick up my whole life and transplant it all (friends, family, church, etc.) I would love to live somewhere without the pesky winters we have.  But I'd rather live in Michigan than leave all the things mentioned above.  I'd also love to live somewhere with beautiful architecture and stuff like Paris.  But I think I'd really miss the USA if I moved there.
3. Should grown women wear leggings?

As long as they are wearing a sweater/shirt that completely covers the booty - I don't think anyone  (grown women or not) should wear leggings instead of pants.
4. If you could change your name to any other name, would you? And what would it be?

I used to not like my name when I was young because I didn't know any other "Deannas" and it wasn't on any of the personalized pencils, etc.  But, I don't think I'd change now.
5. What magazines do you have subscriptions to?


None. In the past, I've had Self, but I unsubscribed when they were constantly putting down my beliefs.  I decided not to give my money to a magazine that does that.  I also used to have Glamour and Allure, but I never read them. So I decided it was best to cancel. I only read them at the gym, and there they have them waiting for me! 

I do like reading those at the gym, as well as People and Readers Digest. Sometimes Sports Illustrated, Women's Health, and a few others.

Fall Swap!

Neely at A Complete Waste of Makeup, Erin with Everything According to Erin, and Tracy with Then I Got to Thinking hosted a fall swap! I was paired with the lovely Jen. She blogs at "That's What She Read."

Jen sent me a great package full of fall goodies! As you can see, there is a cinnamon candle, chai apple cider tea, Starbucks Via coffee, Softlips Chai lip balm, and pumpkin cheesecake mix! So far I've only tried the Softlips (again, lip balm/gloss addiction) and it's fabulous! I'll be trying the rest really, really soon!

In fact, I think I want some apple cider chai tea right now! 


Thanks, Jen!

21 Weeks!


We are 21 weeks along! Approximately 19 weeks til baby!

How big is baby? 
He is about the size of a pomegranate!

Total weight gain/loss:
I gained 2 pounds back last week and then lost 1 of them again. So 6 pounds. :)

Sleep: 
Still waking up most nights. Often having to go to the bathroom. And the crazy dreams haven't stopped.

Movement:
He likes to move around. It's still not a super consistent schedule, but I feel him daily.

Symptoms:
My growing stomach. :)  Tired a lot. Having to go to the bathroom a lot.  A lot of pressure and pain in my lower stomach.

Food cravings: 
Protein still seems to be my main craving.

Food aversions: 
At different times, different things will gross me out. But nothing consistent this week.

Gender: 
BOY

Belly Button in or out?
 In

What I miss:
Being comfortable while sleeping. Coffee. :)

What I am looking forward to: 
We have a fetal echocardiogram to double check on baby in about a week and a half. 

Milestones: 
First trip to Labor and Delivery

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Sigh - Hospital Again

You know, I'm really getting sick of the hospital.

Don't get me wrong. It's a nice place. The staff is friendly. They all seem efficient. It's clean, organized, etc. It's not a bad place.  In fact, I've signed up to go there a few extra times - birthplace tours, nursing classes, etc.  So it's not the hospital itself I hate.

It's the fear. It's being sent their by your doctor because they think something is wrong with you, your baby, or both.

This was my experience once again.

Starting on Saturday, I started having a lot of pain in my abdomen.  I rested as much as possible, tried keeping my feet up, etc.  But nothing really seemed to help.  Sunday, the pain got worse, but I also had a day where I had to do a charity walk for work so I thought maybe I overdid. So, back to resting as much as possible. Monday, stayed about the same as Sunday. It wasn't even as much pain as pressure in my whole stomach with the occasional stabbing pain.

Monday night, it got even worse. I got 2 hours of sleep all of Monday night.  I couldn't get comfortable. I was in a lot of pain.  In addition to my stomach, I was having crazy back pain. Around 3 a.m., I decided to sleep on the couch. I thought a different position might help. For once, it didn't.

Work yesterday was miserable (what I was there for). I could barely get anything done.  I couldn't move at times without wanting to cry. Even sitting still, I was in pain. My breaking point though came when I started bleeding as well.  (With my placenta issues, this could be an indicator of something majorly going wrong.)

I called my doctor's office, and as I was worried they might, they sent me to the hospital.  The plus side is, at this point, I'm far enough along to go straight to Labor and Delivery, and not sit in the ER for hours waiting for an ER general doctor to confer with my doctor, etc. The OB on call would see me. (The one who was at the hospital today for general patients was actually from my doctor's office as well, so that made me feel better too.)

They got me into the room, changed, etc.  Then they hooked me up to contraction monitors, etc. The nurse took 7 tries to find the heartbeat..... which almost left me in panic. Then she found that sweet sound.

After tests and exams and monitoring, it turns out that my tiny pre-pregnancy fibroids that have been steadily growing from the lovely pregnancy hormones are most likely outgrowing their blood supply.  This causes a lot of pain, but the baby is fine.  It's also much better for it to be that than a placenta problem.  What can they do about it? Nothing really. Watch them. They might start shrinking without the blood supply (um, one of them is currently as big as the baby!).  They might go away altogether.  They said this pain might not leave until I have the baby (what a comforting thought) or it might go away sooner if they do resolve themselves.  In the meantime, rest when I can, don't lift anything, and take Tylenol.

They also think there might be a minor infection, but there was no reason to keep me in the hospital for two days while they try to find out. (The initial test came back with mixed results, so they are sending it out for another test.)

I have to say, it's much easier to deal with the pain itself now that I know the baby is fine. But at the same time, any prayers would be much appreciated. :)

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Sunday Social 9/23



1. What is something you have wanted to do but are afraid of?
It's not super specific, but I really wish I was more confident doing public speeches. Even just a few people standing in a group can intimidate me. So I think I'd do more of this if I wasn't scared/nervous.

 
2. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Probably still working the same place I am now, probably living where I am now. In addition to our son on the way, maybe we'll have one other child by then as well.
 
3. What are you looking forward to before the end of 2012?
I love the holiday season (which officially starts with Black Friday....lol) so I am looking forward to that.  I also am looking forward to getting our nursery ready. :)
 
4. What are your hopes for your blog?
My main hope is to continue to enjoy it and continue to make blogging friends. That's really all there is.
 
5. Do you always see yourself living in your current town/city?
If not right here, somewhere near here (metro Detroit area).  Not necessarily right where we're living now, but I don't see us moving out to the country or anything.

6. What is your morning routine?
Step 1: Glare at the alarm
Step 2: Hit snooze eighteen times once or twice.
Step 3: Bathroom stuff - teeth, shower, etc.
Step 4: Do hair
Step 5: Feed cats who act like the 12 hours between meals is killing them
Step 6: Eat breakfast.
Step 7: Daydream about going back to bed.
Step 8: Do makeup
Step 9: Get dressed
Step 10: Kiss my husband goodbye and go to work.

You can probably repeat Step 7 a few more times in there.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

20 Weeks


Ladies and gentlemen, we are at 20 weeks! The halfway mark! 


How big is baby? 
He is as long as a banana!

Total weight gain/loss:
I've actually lost weight being sick the last 2 weeks. As of now, a net gain of 5 pounds.

Sleep: 
Still waking up most nights. Often having to go to the bathroom. :) 

Movement:
He likes to move around. He's a morning person like his dad! That's when he's the most active. I still don't feel him super consistently, but I do feel him every day.

Symptoms:
Stomach is growing by the day it seems. :)  My appetite is not growing, but is shrinking (I think the baby is pushing my stomach to make it smaller).  I'm tired a lot still.

Food cravings: 
Protein seems to be my main craving.

Food aversions: 
Still strangely salad at times.

Gender: 
BOY

Belly Button in or out?
 In

What I miss:
Being comfortable while sleeping. Taking strong cold medicine.

What I am looking forward to: 
Nothing particular right now

Milestones: 
We have a crib! :) Baby won't have to sleep on the floor. ;)

P.S. Any typos courtesy of Leia who keeps trying to "help" me blog.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sunday Social - Random Questions






1. 5 items you can't live without on a daily basis(water, food, shelter, and clothes dont count) 
1) Lip gloss/chapstick of some kind. I can't stand the dry lip feeling. It makes me feel like I'm going  crazy!
2) Hand lotion - same type of thing - I can't stand when my hands get dry and scratchy.
3) Cell phone-  I mean, obviously I could live without it, but I hate when I forget it at home. I don't like feeling disconnected.
4) My car - I like being able to go where I want when I want.
5) Music - I love listening to music - getting ready, driving, relaxing, whenever.

2. All time favorite book? Why?
My all-time favorite book is the Bible for somewhat obvious reasons- I believe it is one of the ways God speaks to us and is His written words to us.  
Other than the Bible, it depends so much on my mood.  Probably any of the Dee Henderson O'Malley Series. Okay, not any of them. I didn't like "The Rescuer" as much as the others. But these books have them all - suspense, mystery, romance, etc.

3. Something you'd like to accomplish before the end of 2012.
I'd love to have our nursery and main baby prep done just in case. Also, remember how we moved last November? Um, I'd like to finish unpacking. Sigh. Yes, I'm still not finished.

4. If you could go back and relive any year of your life which year would it be?
2011. Yes, it was just a year ago, but so much happened! Engaged, married, bought a house. I'd like to relive it both to enjoy it again and to do some minor things differently. Nothing major - things like doing programs for the wedding earlier so the last week wasn't so busy.  And a few pictures that got missed would be taken.

5. What do you wish people knew about you without you having to tell them?
That I'm quiet at times not because I'm snobby but because I'm naturally pretty shy.  I don't feel right just talking to people at times and some people interpret this wrong.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

19 Weeks!


19 Weeks!


My baby is the size of a mango!

A week away from being officially halfway through this pregnancy! I can hardly believe it! I'm ready to meet the little MAN but also like "Wow, time to get moving on stuff!"

How far along:
19 weeks. 

Maternity Clothes:
Oh yes.  With the exception of my dresses, it's pretty much all maternity. I can wear some of my normal shirts but even those are mostly too short to cover the maternity band of the pants.

Sleep:
I haven't gotten as much this week due to a horrific cold and ear infection that makes me unable to breathe. 

Best Moment:
Telling everyone about my little boy!!!

Food Cravings:
I haven't been eating almost anything this week. So food in general didn't really sound good.  (The infection caused my throat to swell slightly so I kept choking when I'd try to eat. Pleasant sounding, isn't it?)

Gender:
It's a BOY!

What I Miss
Nyquil.  :)  Oh and nasal spray.  I guess just the cold medicine that works well for me. :)  Also, this week is the first one where I can't really lay on my stomach to sleep. I miss that a little.

What I'm Looking Forward To
Doing a little shopping for my little man.

Weekly Wisdom
Um..... my head is too stuffy to have any wisdom to come out.

Milestones
Baby boy is now working on developing nerve endings for all 5 senses!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

It's..... A.........

Boy!

Yes, forget the old wives' tales. Forget what most of my family and friends guessed. We are being blessed with a wonderful, sweet baby boy.

My husband is the last male in his family. It's nice to know he will be able to pass on his name to another generation. (I mean, obviously a girl would have his name as well, but with the boy it tends to get passed down.) 

We told my parents Monday night and then announced it to the rest of our family and friends.  We told them by baking a cake with blue food coloring, so when they took a piece, they saw the blue. They were surprised as they thought we were finding out next week.

We are very, very excited.  Let the shopping begin! 

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Sunday Social - Blogging!


Today's Sunday Social is about blogging.


1. What is the name of your blog and how did you come up with it?? 
The name of my blog is (currently) Deanna's Musings.  I'm not a huge fan of it which is why I'm considering changing. I came up with it because I liked the blog address "mymusings" but that was it.  Now I don't really like that either. I'm bad at naming things.

2. What do you love the most about blogging?? 
My blogging friends.  I love interacting with people on my blog. I also love reading my real-life friends and family members' blogs.

3. What are your 2 favorite posts you've written?




4. What is something you'd want to tell someone just starting out in blog world? 

Just do it. Write because you like it. Not because you want readers. Don't be envious of bloggers with a large following - just enjoy writing and reading.  You don't need to have lots of followers to enjoy blogging.

Oh, and the way to get followers is not to comment on a bunch of blogs when it's obvious that you haven't read the blog at all. :)

5. Biggest blogging learning experience you've had? 

Blog for yourself, but remember that other people WILL see it. Some thoughts are best left in draft form.

6. Give us 3 blogs we NEED to be following that you love. 

Randomness with Rachel Rachel is not only hilarious but she is also my blogging twin. :)  So if you stop by her blog, tell her her twin sent you. 

I Might Be the Problem Mel is another hilarious blogger that you need to read!

The Other Side of Me Not only is she talented, sweet, and kind, but she's also my awesome cousin. Follow her. :)

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Old Wives' Tales

So..... there are about 100 Old Wives' Tales related to pregnancy (okay, maybe not 100, but a lot!).  Specifically, how it relates to the baby's gender.  I read a lot of these to try to guess the gender of the baby. So, prior to revealing our baby's gender, I thought I would list some of the ones I found. (I don't really have much faith in these, but it's fun to play along.)

Bad morning sickness: This is supposed to be a sign of a girl.  Well, given the hospital trip, constant nausea for 13 weeks, and the prescription I needed to function some days, I'll say this one points to girl.

Skin: If you have a beautiful glow, it's a sign for a boy. Crazy breakouts is a sign for girls.  I have to say, I have the worst acne of my life.  So this on would be a sign for a girl.

Weight Gain: If you're gaining weight all over, girl.  Just your stomach, boy.  Hmmm.... this one is mostly just stomach, so I'll say boy.

Sweet or Sour Food Cravings: Sweet cravings indicate girl; sour indicates boy.  I definitely crave sweets way more than sour foods. Another one for girl.

Baby's Heartbeat:  Heartbeat of 140 or above is for girl. Heartbeat below 140 is for boy. My heartbeats when measured have ranged from 156 - 179.  So this one for girl.

Face - getting rounder?:  If yes, it points to girl.  My face is definitely rounder, so girl.

Chinese Gender Chart: This is based on the mother's age at conception and the month of conception.  According to the chart, it's a girl.  Supposedly, this one is 90% accurate.

Moodiness: Apparently, the extra female hormones make you moody if you are having a girl. I'm sad to say, I have been moodier.  Girl.

What Side Do You Sleep On: Laying on your left side, boy. Laying on your right side, girl. I tend to prefer sleeping on my right side. Girl.

Mother's Intuition: Mother's are supposed to have a special intuition about this. My initial thoughts have been boy, boy, boy. So... boy.

Cold Feet: Your feet are colder if you're having a boy.  If they're the same as usual, girl.  My feet have been fine. So girl.

Headaches: Headaches are supposed to indicate boy.  I've had lots (almost daily!) headaches. Boy!

According to these, I have a 9 out of 12 (or 75%) chance of having a girl! We'll see if it's right. :)

Friday, September 7, 2012

18 Weeks!


My baby is the size of an sweet potato!

P.S. If you haven't voted on my poll on the left, please let me know if you think it's a girl or a boy by voting! Just a few more days to vote!

How far along:
18 weeks

Maternity Clothes:
Maternity pants if I'm not wearing dresses.  And my longer shirts.

Sleep:
Very tired so sleeping more with weird dreams still. Not much has changed.

Best Moment:
Getting the ultrasound showing the baby is fine. :)

Food Cravings:
None that I remember. Oh wait. I craved a doughnut the other day. :)

Gender
No comment. ;)

What I Miss
Clothes fitting right.... being able to sleep on my stomach.  Minor inconveniences is all these are though.

What I'm Looking Forward To
Revealing the gender!

Weekly Wisdom
Keep snacks handy. :) I've been hungry all week!

Milestones
A healthy baby. :)  I did however find out at that appointment that I have a placenta previa, so I'm praying it moves so I can have a safe, natural delivery!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The (Good!!!) News

I just had my ultrasound and meeting with the specialist. As promised, I am updating you all. :)

Baby is fine.  Apparently, the marker on the screening that came back abnormal was for Down Syndrome.  But in the ultrasound, there were absolutely no markers for Downs or any other abnormality.  The only way to rule it out 100% is through an amniocentesis, but given the results today, we aren't doing that.  It's invasive and can harm the baby.

You see, the normal odds for my age is 1 in 265.  The blood test just showed odds of 1 in 115.  Now, with our ultrasound, the odds are practically back to 1 in 265.

Thank you so much to all who prayed and/or sent encouragement!!!

P.S. Don't forget to vote in the poll on the right!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Blogstar: Hi, I'm Deanna @ Musings!



Mrs. Monologues

Linking up with Mrs. Monologues for September's Blog Star.

Here is the 60 second version of me/my blog.

Currently, my wonderful husband and I are on an exciting journey - the journey to become parents to more than just our two sweet, cute kitties!  Our first baby is due in February 2013! (By the way, it's not too late to vote on whether you think it's a boy or a girl! Poll on the left!)

We just celebrated our first anniversary yesterday!
Last night in Windsor. Definitely looking pregnant now!
Speaking of my kitties, they are Leonardo (Leo for short) and Leia (after Princess Leia of course).  They are hilarious and sweet.  Not to mention cute.

I love traveling, writing, reading, and shopping.  Big fan of movies if they're chick flicks.

I work in finance - long hours. I'm also a children's pastor.  So I keep busy.

My favorite part of blogging is getting to know other bloggers - especially through comments, so please leave one. :)

Monday, September 3, 2012

Happy Anniversary, Baby!

From here.......




To here.....



It's been a wonderful year.

Happy anniversary, baby.  I love you.

The past year has had its ups, its downs, and its seemingly mundane moments. And through them all, we had each other.

We've celebrated holidays.

We've adopted our precious Leonardo and Leia.

We've traveled - Ohio, Niagara Falls, Alabama twice, Northern Michigan.

We've moved from my condo to our home.

We've helped plant a church.

And last, but certainly not least, we've become parents to our precious bundle on the way.

Thank you for being there with me every step of the way.

I love you.

One year down, a lifetime to go!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Sunday Social- Summer Lookback



What was your favorite trip/vacation/activity this summer?
My favorite trip this summer was our trip to Northern Michigan. It was good to get away, spend time with family, and relax. 

Favorite outfit look of the summer/clothing item?
I've been wearing a lot of flowy, loose clothes this summer trying to disguise the baby bloat and now baby bump! So I'll go with long dresses.

What is one thing you wish you had gotten to do this summer?
We had a trip planned last summer to go to Cedar Point that we ended up not doing, and this summer another one that we couldn't do because of the pregnancy.  So I do wish we could have done that.  I also wish I hadn't had work explode this summer where I worked so many Saturdays and such long hours.

Favorite Song of the Summer?
Can't think of one...

Favorite movie/tv show of the summer?
I absolutely loved the Avengers. I can't wait til it comes out on DVD so I can watch it again. :)  I also loved the Olympics.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

The Not-So Happy Post

I've debated and debated putting this on my blog.  But I know many of my family members read this and would like to know, so here it goes.  Also, I know some of my other readers believe in the power of prayer and might be willing to pray for us the next few days.

I got a scary phone call earlier this week.  A call that I needed to see a specialist. A call that one of my tests for the baby came back abnormal.  We did what is called a sequential screen, and the first trimester results came back normal.  So I assumed everything was fine. I didn't even realize they were going to do further tests. Then at my last appointment, they did more blood work for the 2nd trimester portion of the screening.  I was surprised, but went with it.  I'm so used to them taking all manner of bodily fluids every time I go in, so I seriously forgot about it by the next day.

The tests are for chromosomal defects (Downs, Trisomy, etc.), neural tube defects (spina bifida, etc.), and anencephaly (the skull and or brain stop growing at some point during pregnancy).  The nurse was quick to tell me that there is still only a 1 in 100 chance of anything being wrong - so low, but much higher than the 1 in 800 or so I had been told after the first screening. Still an excellent chance that the baby is perfect as we had assumed.

That was a rough day.  Overall, it's been okay though. I have faith.  I have faith that I will have a healthy baby. I have faith that if there is a problem, God is the healer. I have faith that He is able to work everything out for my good.

That night, I started reading a book that I had bought about 2 months ago.  Interestingly enough, the author had these tests done and got the results I did. At her follow-up, a very in depth ultrasound, they found a simple, somewhat common issue with her placenta that doesn't harm the baby but does cause abnormal test results. I really don't believe it was a coincidence that I picked up THAT book THAT day and read.  So I believe everything is fine.

But just like there is a 1% chance things are not fine, there is that 1% of me that flares up from time to time.  "What if....."  What if the baby isn't fine? What if something happens?  What if my baby's brain isn't growing right now? What if...... I'll stop there.

Next steps? This Wednesday, I meet with the specialist. They'll review everything and do a very indepth ultrasound (so on the bright side, there's a chance I'll find out gender sooner?) and then review the probabilities then.  ,

I'll update Wednesday once I hear something. But in the meantime, if you think of it, please pray for us.