Monday, November 26, 2012

Bed Rest Fun!

So, I am currently on Day 4 (of 4 it seems.... yay!) of bed rest. I am bored!  So I thought I'd right about why I'm on bed rest.

I've had high blood pressure at 3 different doctor appointments at 3 different doctors over the last 4 weeks.  So on Tuesday, I noticed the swelling in my legs and feet, but especially on the left, was much, much worse than it had been. My left leg was so swollen that my calf was rock hard.  (No, my legs aren't usually that hard unfortunately.)  I also just felt like something was "off." I'd been having terrible headaches, which is something else I was supposed to watch for.

So Wednesday, I had my 3 hour glucose test at the hospital's outpatient lab.  I thought that maybe while I was there, I would have my blood pressure taken.  Well, they didn't take my blood pressure.  I decided to call the nurse at my doctor's office. I was really hoping that they might let me stop in just to have a medical assistant or nurse check my blood pressure, maybe do a quick urine sample.  I also thought there was a chance they'd tell me that I was overreacting and to stop being paranoid.

Instead, they asked me to come in and see the doctor. They said with 3 repeated high blood pressure, bad swelling, and headaches, they would rather have me come in and be on the safe side. Sure enough, when they took my blood pressure it was 165 over 94.  They had me lie down and then re-took it - it went down.  However, my doctor said that with all my symptoms, but mainly the repeated high blood pressures, he believes that I have the beginning stages of pre-eclampsia.  He wanted to send me to L&D to have some labs done as well as some monitoring. He also put me on a week's bed rest, but then changed it to just through the weekend pending the test results.

At L&D, my blood pressure was fine.  (It seems to not be a problem as long as I'm laying down.)  My blood work also showed that if it is pre-eclampsia, it hasn't evolved into anything worse - such as HELPP.  I was sent home on bed rest and to do a 24 hour urine collection.

So Black Friday shopping only happened online.  I've been home all weekend except a few brief excursions (such as dropping off my "sample" at the hospital, Thanksgiving at my mom's, etc.).

Tomorrow I will go back to work at least until Wednesday, my next doctor's appointment. 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sunday Social - 4s!


Linking up with Ashley and Neely for Sunday Social!  The theme this week is fours: four things for each question.

1. Name 4 jobs you’ve had in your life.

Four jobs - I've worked at McDonalds, as a teacher, a volleyball coach, and in finance.

2. Name 4 movies you would watch over and over.

If I like a movie, I will easily watch it over and over and over. I'm the same for books and tv shows.  I'll rewatch, re-read, etc.  So 4 movies that I will watch over and over are The Star Wars movies (yes, I'm counting all 6 of them as one. Deal with it.), Pride and Prejudice (the BBC version, NOT the Keira Knightley version), Elf (Christmas movie time!), and 27 Dresses (really, insert an assortment of random chick flicks here).
 
3. Name 4 places you have lived.

Hmmm.... I've lived exactly four places! I guess I don't move around a lot.  The house my family lived in from my birth to age 6, my childhood home/my parents' current home, my condo, and now our house.

4. Name 4 of your favorite foods.

Chocolate, ice cream, spaghetti, and steak.

5. Name 4 things you always carry with you.

Cell phone, lip gloss, keys, and water bottle.  I will get nervous/paranoid if I forget any of these. Especially my cell phone.  It drives me crazy!

6. Name 4 places you have been on vacation.
Singapore, the Bahamas, Paris, and San Francisco.  I love travelling!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Fab Friday! - November 23, 2012


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Linking up with Laura for Fab Friday!
 
Fabulous things that have happened this last week....
 
-Thanksgiving was nice.  Online shopping, then time with family, then relaxing with my husband - it was a great, low-key day. Oh, and when you're on bedrest? You have a "get out of helping with dinner" free card. ;)
 
-I have finished most of my Christmas shopping and got some fantastic Black Friday deals - while in PJs and on the couch.
 
-We saw the movie Lincoln and it was really, really good.
 
-I also got some baby items for great prices during the sales!
 
-My mom and dad are coming to help me since John has to work tomorrow. She's going to help me get some projects I wanted to do this weekend done (since I haven't been able to do any).
 
-It's officially Christmas season and I LOVE Christmas season! The fun gatherings, the Christmas music, decorations - all of it!
 
Link up with Laura if you want to share what's fabulous with you lately!




29 Weeks!

How big is baby? 
He is about the size of an acorn squash!

Total weight gain/loss:
Gain of about 15 pounds so far.

Sleep: 
Still waking up once or twice a night. Having trouble falling back asleep about half of the time.  I've also been really tired so sometimes I fall asleep anywhere.

Movement:
He moves a lot. We have to do fetal kick counts now, and he has no problem passing those (10 kicks in one hour).
Symptoms:
Well, unfortunately, they are pretty sure that I have the beginnings of pre-eclampsia which is definitely a pregnancy thing.  Then I also have nausea, swelling (though that goes along with the pre-eclampsia), and trouble sleeping.

Food cravings: 
I don't think I've craved anything this week.

Food aversions: 
I'm not hungry much, but it's not any one food that I feel "eh" about. It's general food.

Gender: 
BOY

Belly Button in or out?
 In but getting kind of shallow!

What I miss:
I miss Black Friday shopping. Long story, but I'm on bedrest for the weekend.

What I am looking forward to: 
Meeting my little man. :)

Milestones: 
Another trip to labor and delivery - this time to monitor the pre-eclampsia symptoms.  Other than that, I took my 3 hour glucose test (yuck). For the baby himself, he's growing a lot - putting on lots of fat and growing now. He's currently about 16 inches long!

He is still measuring big - about a week and a half ahead. Since they almost moved my due date at my first ultrasound, there is a good chance that he really is just about a week ahead of what we had originally thought (meaning I'm more like 30 weeks pregnant)!  They're going to keep an eye on it, especially now with the pre-eclampsia.

Here is a picture of me and John from Thanksgiving. I have to say, I'm starting to understand why just about every week at church somebody feels the need to describe me as "huge." ;)




 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Poll

I'm stealing these questions from Veronica's blog which can be found here.  But, I'm editing this to add, they are actually from this link-up.

1. Turkey-love it or leave it? White meat or dark? What's your favorite thing to make using leftover turkey?

Eh, I could easily leave it. I don't hate it or anything. I just don't really like it all that much.  But definitely white meat; I won't eat dark at all. It always seems greasy to me!  With leftovers, if I had to eat them, probably I would try to make turkey and wild rice soup.  I'll also eat a turkey sandwich, but I don't really like it much.


2. Gotta burn off all those carbs the day after a holiday feast so which would you rather do-run a 10K or climb a mountain?

Not a huge fan of running, but I really don't like heights. So I'd say run the 10k..... er, with frequent walk breaks.

3. Do you feel like social networking has made your relationships better or worse? Explain.

Better. It is much easier to keep in touch with friends and family who live all over the world. Of course, I've also seen it hurt a lot of relationships. But overall, I think it helps more than it hurts.

4. How do you find and express gratitude for the hard things in your life?

This is hard to do. But I try to focus on my blessings and even the blessings that come from the hard situations - whether it is a lesson learned or a silver lining in a cloud or something else.  I ask God to help me with this as well.  And then I pray and thank Him for my blessings.


5. In the US, the day after Thanksgiving has been dubbed 'Black Friday'. Is most of your holiday shopping done live and in person, or is it done more through the magic of the Internet? How do you feel about stores opening at midnight Thanksgiving night? Will you be out amongst the masses on Friday?

My holiday shopping is about 50-50.  Especially this year, with my doctor wanting me to stay off my feet, I will be doing more online shopping.  I like stores opening at midnight, though 5 a.m. was fine with me too. It's the one day of the year I willingly get up early.  I will be amongst the masses Thursday night!!! I love it all - the hustle, the bustle, the excitement in the crowd. I've only run into a couple crabby people while Black Friday shopping in all the time I've been doing it.

6. Speaking of the color black-which black item in your wardrobe would you say is your favorite?

Hmm......  tough one. I have a black and red dress that I love when I'm not hugely pregnant.  But that is out for right now.  Right now, I'd have to say my black dress maternity pants. I'm wearing them right now. They're very comfy and look nice for work. 

7. What do you appreciate about your life today?

So much. My baby, my family, my husband, and so much more. (And a 4 day weekend!)
 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Birth Class

So today, we had our birthing class at the hospital.  It was a long day. You see, we had signed up for an all-day Saturday class instead of an evening class due to John's work schedule at the time. There was no way he would have been able to do 4 evening classes, but we thought maybe he could do one Saturday class. Well, now that his schedule has changed, it probably would have been preferable to break it up into 4 sessions instead of one LLLOOOONNNNGGGG eight hour class! But what was done was done.

After a long night volunteering for the home for abused and neglected children where I have volunteered for years, I was far too tired to get up early enough to cook.  So we stopped for a nice, relaxing breakfast on the way to the hospital. Which meant, getting up at 6:30 after a long day the day before that was non-stop from work at 8:30 to getting home at 11:30.  Tired was an understatement.

After that, we headed to class. It was..... interesting.  We learned a lot. Some information probably we could have gone without knowing. ;)  Some pictures that were seen cannot be unseen. 

We started by going around the room and introducing ourselves, telling due date, gender, our favorite part of pregnancy, and something we could live without.  The 5 ladies who went before me are either total Pollyannas or are having the best pregnancy luck ever. Seriously. "My favorite part is everything and I don't have anything I could possibly list as something I could live without."  I like to think I was a little more honest. :)  But all I said was I didn't like the swollen ankles. :)

At one point, I left the room for a bathroom break (7 months pregnant - HELLO!) and they showed a C-section video. When I got back, my incredulous husband said "THEY HAD TO CUT INTO HER STOMACH! THROUGH MUSCLES AND EVERYTHING!!!"  I explained, "Yes, that's what they do." 

Overall, it wasn't too bad. The chairs were uncomfortable which made me extra tired.  But we learned some labor positions, relaxation techniques, infant care, and that we never want to do another birthing class. It also reconfirmed for me that I do not want an epidural AT ALL.

It gave me some things to think about as well - a birth plan... relaxation music.... positive thoughts to write and take with me.  Anyone have any advice for me on these items? Tips? Things that helped you?

Oh, and if you have a video of your labor and delivery, please don't share it with me. ;)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sunday Social - Thankful

 Linking up with Neely for Sunday Social. Instead of a list of questions, today we are listing things we are thankful for.

I have many, many, many things to be thankful for. So, in no particular order....

I'm thankful for God and my relationship with Him.  The ability to talk to Him through prayer is amazing and I know He hears and answers me.

I'm thankful for this wonderful guy....



He's caring, loving, kind, and supportive.  He is affectionate, sweet, and can make me laugh.  He also does a lot of the housework, especially right now. :) I love him and am very thankful for him!

I'm thankful for all my family, but especially these two.  They are both incredibly giving, caring, and selfless.  The things they do to help me really can't all be listed, but for starters, they help around the house, drive me to the dr. when I'm sick, listen when I have a bad day, and so much more.  I can't wait to see them interact with their new grandson in a few months!



I am thankful for my and my husband's jobs. They aren't always fun but they are good jobs. They allow us to live in a nice house and pay our bills and all that grown-up jazz. :)

I'm thankful for my very first pets, Leo and Leia.  They keep my company, provide me with laughs, give me snuggles and cuddles, and more.  I am so glad we adopted them!  I can't imagine if they were still living in the shelters.

 
As has been mentioned many, many times on this blog, I'm thankful for my little one on the way. I'm extremely thankful that he is doing fine and growing big.  With every health concern there has been, I'm thankful for every day that he is in me growing and getting stronger and stronger.
 



I'm thankful for the ability to travel and go places - I love seeing new places or revisiting favorites. This year, we've been able to go to Niagara Falls, Alabama, up North, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.  It's been special sharing all these places with my husband.
 
 
I'm thankful for my family. I don't see most of them often enough as they're scattered around the world.  I miss them, but I'm thankful for them.
 
I'm thankful for my church.  My church has some of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet at it.
 
 
I wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving!  


Saturday, November 17, 2012

28 Weeks!

How big is baby? 
He is about the size of an eggplant!

Total weight gain/loss:
I weighed at the doctor, where I'd actually lost a pound since my 24 week appointment. So total gain of 14 pounds so far.

Sleep: 
Waking up A LOT.  Usually to go to the bathroom. And often with a lot of pain in my hip on whichever side I slept on.  I also have trouble getting comfortable to fall asleep, especially after John leaves at 6:00 a.m.  As a result of not sleeping, I'm tired a lot!

Movement:
He moves a lot. Primarily at night and early morning and primarily on my right side.
Symptoms:
Braxton Hicks contractions A LOT. Nausea a lot as well.  Swollen ankles and calves. 

Food cravings: 
I don't think I've craved anything this week.

Food aversions: 
I'm not hungry much, but it's not any one food that I feel "eh" about. It's general food.

Gender: 
BOY

Belly Button in or out?
 In but getting kind of shallow!

What I miss:
Caffeine.  :)  The ability to sit comfortably for hours.  And my pretty, pretty shoes. Swollen ankles don't belong in stilettos!

What I am looking forward to: 
Meeting my little man. :)

Milestones: 
We had another meeting with the specialist this week which meant another ultrasound. He's growing big and strong! And my placenta has moved as we were hoping, so I know longer have an automatic C-section!  Unfortunately, my blood pressure has also been really high, so they're watching that more closely. I have my first non-stress test scheduled.  I also have to start seeing my OB every two weeks.

 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Fab Friday

Linking up with Laura for Fab Friday!





This weekend is going to be fabulous, but busy.  I have a fundraiser I'm helping with tonight for an organization I volunteer at. It's a home for abused and neglected children.  And it's a comedy event, so it's always a lot of fun (but busy for me!).

I got to see my sweet boy on Wednesday on another ultrasound! I don't like having to see the specialist, but getting to see my cutie is worth it.  John thinks he has his nose. 

Tomorrow is birthing class! Yay!

My aunt took us out to dinner at Olive Garden last night. It was definitely a fabulous meal and I had tons of leftovers that I just finished.  Pasta AND not having to pack a lunch? That's a win.

Next week is a 3 day work week - which I might change for me to a 2 day work week.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Our First Anniversary


 
This post is much later than I had intended to post it! I started it about a month and a half ago!  But then it slipped off my radar with the busyness of life.  But I want to write it so I have it to look back on in years to come.
 
We had originally talked about going out of town for our anniversary, but then we decided due to our travels earlier in the year, the pregnancy, and just wanting to stay home to have a "stay-cation" instead.
 
Our anniversary was on September 3rd, but we started the celebration on September 2nd.  We slept in and then exchanged gifts.
 

John got me a beautiful pearl and diamond necklace.  It's hard to see it in the picture.  I got him a bunch of collectibles that he wanted. (You should see his man cave-  so many collectibles.)  I also got him a ring with the Lord's Prayer on it.

After that, we went to breakfast and then the Detroit Institute of Arts.  John had never been, and I'd only been there once.

John posing with "The Thinker"

At the fountain outside (17 weeks pregnant!)
We walked around and looked at a lot of the art.  They have quite the impressive collection - from Rembrandt to Picasso and much more!

After that, we returned home and rested for awhile (all the walking is hard on pregnant feet!) and then went to dinner and a movie.  Our dinner was at Cheeseburger in Paradise! The movie we saw? The ever-romantic 2016. I had wanted to see it and there wasn't much else out to see. It was a good, informative movie, though not completely unbiased, I'll admit.

The next morning we went to a fun local breakfast place, The Breakfast Club.  It's a nice little spot, and when you pay your bill, they give you a chocolate-covered strawberry. Yum!

After that, we went to the zoo.  We had gone there when we were dating.  John loves looking at all the reptiles and amphibians, though that's not my favorite part. :)

It was really, really hot.  So it was pretty tiring, but we saw most of the exhibits we wanted to see.  It's really not the best zoo, but still fun. 


My feet and whole lower legs were so swollen by the time we left that we again went home to get some rest before our evening plans.
John riding a turtle
That night, we got dressed up and went to Canada for dinner. We decided if we weren't going to leave town, we should still leave the country.  :)  We're only about 30 minutes from the Canadian border.  The restaurant we went to, Keg Steakhouse, was a nice treat. It overlooks the Detroit/Windsor riverfront, so we were looking at the Detroit skyline. The food was SOOOOO good. I ate less than half my food and was stuffed!


Then we went out and took pictures by the water.







After that, we went home and watched our wedding video. It was fun to relive it a year later!

The next day, we relaxed around the house, ran errands, and just enjoyed having a low-key day.  That evening, we went to my parents for dinner. 

It was a lovely first anniversary weekend!   

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Sunday Social - Thanksgiving!


Today's Sunday Social topic is Thanksgiving!

Favorite Thanksgiving Memory
My favorite Thanksgiving memories aren't super specific but they were the Thanksgivings we would go to my grandparents' farm house in Indiana.  My mom is one of ten, so it's a big family! Lots of food, lots of cousins, lots of games, and lots of laughter. I really miss those days, as well as my grandparents.

Favorite Thanksgiving Food
I'm not really big into any of the Thanksgiving foods.  However, I do like pumpkin pie!

What is a Thanksgiving Tradition you and your family have
Before each dinner, we go around the table and say something we're thankful for.  I also always go shopping on Black Friday! So I spend Thanksgiving evening planning my route.

Show us a favorite Thanksgiving picture(or 5) from years past
This was a great Thanksgiving. My brother and his family came in the day before Thanksgiving - it was Caleb's first Thanksgiving! Cousins from New York and Pennsylvania came. So much fun!

Andrew's first Thanksgiving too!

Three Generations!

Four guys watching the Lions' game - Thanksgiving tradition (notice the shirts)

My cousin Jeremy and his family

Feeding Caleb

What are you most looking forward to about this Thanksgiving?
We're having a low-key Thanksgiving at my parents - just the 4, maybe 5 (if my grandma comes) of us.  I'm also looking forward to a nice 4 day weekend.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

27 Weeks!

How big is baby? 
He is about the size of a  rutabaga. Unfortunately, I have no idea what one of those looks like for size comparison.

Total weight gain/loss:
Haven't weighed. But I have a dr. appt. (two actually) this week, so I'm sure I'll be "blessed" to weigh this week. 
 
Sleep: 
I have been sleeping a lot.  Two nights, I fell asleep by 9!  Two other nights, I couldn't sleep. (One night was due to the disappointing election results. The other may have been due to caffeine.)

Movement:
He's moving a lot, but especially in the early morning and late night!  He took a temper tantrum Tuesday night in there. I think he agreed with Mommy about the election. He still likes staying mainly on my right side.

Symptoms:
A giant stomach. :)  Contractions. Swollen ankles.  Nausea.  Acne. It's getting "fun."

Food cravings: 
I don't think anything. 
 
Food aversions: 
Food in general some days. Nothing too bad this week.

Gender

BOY

Belly Button in or out?
In but getting kind of shallow!

What I miss:
Energy and some of my clothes. Oh, definitely my heels. With my swollen ankles and lack of balance, I have about two pairs of shoes I can wear.

What I am looking forward to: 
Growth and placenta check ultrasound on Wednesday!

Milestones: 
I failed the one hour glucose test by 5 points, so I have to do the 3 hour. 
He is breathing regularly and has brain activity now!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

26 weeks!

How big is baby? 
He is about the size of a head of lettuce.


Total weight gain/loss:
Between the last two times I weighed, I lost 5 pounds. So far, about 12 pounds gain total.

 
Sleep: 
I didn't sleep well due to bronchitis.  But I've been really tired.
Movement:
He's moving a lot!  He tends to like staying mainly on my right side.
Symptoms:
A giant stomach. :)  Swollen ankles.  
Food cravings: 
I don't think anything.  I haven't been hungry much at all this week. Actually, I craved a bagel the other day. But I think that was the power of suggestion because of a co-worker wanting bagels.

 
Food aversions: 
Chicken, strangely. And at times, salad.

Gender

BOY


Belly Button in or out?
In but getting kind of shallow!

What I miss:
Taking deep breaths. Being able to roll over in bed without an ordeal.


What I am looking forward to: 
Meeting my little man.

Milestones: 
He now has eyelashes. :)

Friday, November 2, 2012

Five Question Friday - 11/2/2012

Linking up for Five Question Friday!

1. What terrifies you the most?
The thought of something happening to one of my loved ones is the thing that terrifies me the most.  Or some natural disaster where I don't know what's happening for them. With all the news from Hurricane Sandy this week, that's been on my mind. What would I do? Would I be prepared?

 2. Favorite fall/winter drink? 
I love peppermint mochas.  Technically, you can get them anytime of the year, but they don't give them the cheesy holiday names the rest of the year. :)
3. Do you and your spouse have the same political views?
Yes. Honestly, I'm so opinionated on politics that I would have probably not been able to marry someone who I didn't agree with at least on the big issues. They're important issues!  

 4. What was the last book you read? Was it any good?
I am on the last chapter of "Decision Points"  and it's really good. It is George W. Bush's memoirs.  You know how I said I'm opinionated on politics. Well, I think he was a great president. Perfect? No. But so different than how the liberal media portrayed him.

 
5. Do you look forward to the snow each winter? Why or why not?
NOOOOOO!!!!!! NOOOOOOOO! In fact, there were flurries this morning. And I hated every second of them.  Why? Why wouldn't I hate snow? It's cold. It's wet. It makes a mess.  It makes driving dangerous.  There really are no redeeming factors other than that it is pretty for approximately 10 minutes before it turns to gray slush.