Saturday, July 31, 2010


(32 weeks; measuring 34!)

Well, here it is 1:20 in the morning. Yesterday, I was up from 2-6 am. The night before 3-5 am. What is it about pregnancy that makes it so we CANNOT sleep during that last month or so? I guess between the baby kicking (I've got myself a soccer player) or the acid reflux (that started up last night for the first time ever) or the anxiety attacks (gotta love those, not!) or the inability to find a comfortable position and it's really a wonder that pregnant women get ANY sleep at all!
So what do you do when you can't sleep?
Having 2-4 hours of kid-free time in the middle of the night should be my most productive time. But honestly, I don't want to do anything b/c I am mad that I am not sleeping!
Tonight for instance, I've already: read a book, looked at old pictures, watched Noah's new goldfish swim around in their tank while wondering if fish sleep...(oh yeah, I was gonna google that), mentally packed my hospital bag (wishful thinking, quite ridiculous really, but I can't control my mind at night, it just swirls), tried to wake up Jared to complain about how I can't sleep again (he didn't respond), stared at the wall in bed for about an hour until my body started screaming at me to get up, and now here I am blogging. I felt like I had to talk to SOMEONE, even at the moment that someone is currently noone. Oh well, I know someone will read and hopefully, actually not hopefully, relate to what I am going through.
This has been happening for the last month.
I still have 7 long weeks to go until the baby is born.
Maybe I will talk to the DR. about sleeping pills. It's crossed my mind about 1,000 times.
Until then, if any of my fellow insomniacs have any good 'go to sleep' tidbits, I'm all ears.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Noah's 2nd Birthday Party

Noah's birthday isn't until Tuesday, but we had a b-day party this morning with some of Noah's good friends. As you might notice, Noah was in 2 year old paradise with bubbles, balloons, chalk, popsicles, cupcakes with sprinkles, water balloons, presents, toys, books, candles, superhero capes, and friends! He's been singing "[Happy] Birthday to You" all day. It was really fun for me to plan a day focused on my little guy. He has been really, really happy all day and keeps coming up to me and giving me big hugs with cheesy smiles. It really doesn't get any better than that, now does it? :)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Pregnancy Update #5,324,456

I posted a quick update on Facebook this afternoon about what I found out at my ultrasound yesterday---and so I'll use my blog to add a few details.

So, last week I had an ultrasound to determine if my placenta had moved. I blogged about that and how I was hoping it would have migrated up- then I wrote that it DID move and was considered low lying, and I was off restricted activity. Happy day! During that ultrasound, they also discovered that I had too much amniotic fluid so my doctor ordered another ultrasound for this week to make sure everything was OK with the baby.

Yesterday was that ultrasound. The baby is fine and my levels of amniotic fluid weren't quite as high as they measured last week. The baby's growth is also great- 4 days ahead of schedule. However, the placenta became an issue again. I had told the ultrasound tech that it WAS a previa, but it had moved and she looked at me like, "no, it didn't." She kept saying, "it is really low." She went and got the radiologist, who came back in and confirmed that it was, in fact, still placenta previa. It was a bit confusing because I know the placenta can't move up and then move back down, but he explained that ultrasounds aren't exact sciences and the way the tech held the instrument could've affected the reading. My OB met with the radiologist and I got a phone call yesterday afternoon from my doctor.

My doc put me back on restricted activity. We'll do another ultrasound next month to see if the placenta moves at all. I'm told my odds are not very likely that it will, but there's always a chance. At that point, he might do amniocentesis to see if the baby's lungs are developed enough to be born and I might be having this baby next month! Not prepared for that! We'll just have to see what happens. I'm learning that it is probably better for the baby to be outside a little early then to be sitting on its lifeline on the inside. Makes me nervous!

I cried all day yesterday, ate chocolate, and slept instead of cleaning. But I am better today. I'm at 30 weeks now. Thanks for all of you who are going on this pregnancy rollercoaster with me. I love the comments and support and especially experiences that are similar to mine!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Jared's Rock Garden

Spent the morning in the ER today. On the way to church, Jared started having excruciating pain in his back and side. It got so bad that we ended up at the hospital. Turns out, he had a kidney stone- which apparently is the worst pain a man can experience. The ER doc told us that women say it is worse than labor! Anyways, I have never seen Jared in so much pain; it made me cry. Luckily, they gave him pain meds which helped so much and he passed it through the ureter relatively quickly. They did a cat scan to make sure and we saw it sitting there in his bladder. That's the good news. The bad is that we saw 4 other stones sitting there in his kidney, that could be released at anytime. Maybe this week, maybe next year, maybe never. One of them was 2.5 x bigger than the one from today.
Anyways, Jared's doing fine now and we are counting our blessings that he is better and that we live next to an awesome hospital. Although, I do not want to go back there until Baby Girl comes in September!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Tour My House

We had our house pretty clean the other day and so I took some pictures!
Here is where we spend a great majority of our time. We love it here!!!

Living Room:
Another shot. Love that fireplace. I spent Jan, Feb, and March with morning sickness, laying in front of it. I didn't move for those 3 months.

This room is supposed to be the classy, formal dining room. For us, it is the piano/playroom. It's just too convenient to have Noah's toys out where I can see him playing from the office or living room. He plays in that room for hours! There are a ton of more toys hidden on the right side of the piano.

I think this room looks better in person than in this picture. This is our office. We also have a big black bookshelf that I LOVE that Jared made (couldn't fit it in the picture). Also not pictured are big black frames which are all over the room with pictures, mostly of Jared and I.

Here's a shot of the front entrance to our house. Playroom on left and living room straight ahead. The office is on the right through some french doors.


More kitchen!

Our bedroom. Please ignore the fact that our normal comforter was at the dry cleaner, so we just threw on a random quilt that is meant for a twin size bed. Our comforter is red, which matches the lamp. Not pictured is the dresser on the left, which I stained to match the night stand and also bed frame.

This is a pretty lame picture from the guest room, which we are soon turning into Baby Girl's nursery. I'm excited about that!

Here's the last picture for today. A shot of Noah's room. Not pictured are a rocking chair and the changing table.

Hope everyone is having a great day!!!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Pregnancy Update #2

My placenta moved. Phew! It's still low lying, but since I'm having a C-section anyways, it doesn't really mean anything. Hooray!

New update: I have too much amniotic fluid. No wonder I've been feeling so big! Dr. isn't really too worried about it, but he's doing a "level 2" ultrasound next week just to make sure the baby doesn't have any problems swallowing.

I've gained a lot of weight. I think it's from not moving for 2 months. I'm going to the gym tomorrow.

I saw Baby Girl today in 3D for a little bit. She is so cute and perfect. I'm excited to meet her in September.

Thanks for your prayers. xoxo

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Pregnancy Update

Tomorrow will either be really happy or really sad.

I'm getting an ultrasound that will show us whether or not my placenta has moved up or stayed in the wrong place.

If it's moved, I can have a normal 2 more months of pregnancy, which will include yoga, water aerobics, swimming, walking, movement, vacation, happiness, and a normal schedule.

If it has stayed over the cervix, I will most likely be put on some form of bedrest and I can nix all those fun activities I listed in the previous paragraph. I'll also be worried about delivering early/hemoraghing.

So, when you are saying your prayers tonight, if you could please include me. I'll let y'all know what happens. =) THANKS!