Friday, September 30, 2011

Belly Updates- 34 Weeks & a trip to L&D

Yesterday started out as a normal day until about 6:30 PM.  Mark's mom rode the train in from Philly last night and we were scheduled to pick her up at the train station.  When we arrived, I got out to hug flip flop caught the side of the curb and I fell directly on my stomach.  Needless to say we were all extremely concerned and headed directly to the hospital.  When we got there, they hooked me up to the monitors and baby girl's heartbeat was looking great.  However, I was having contractions one minute apart which really concerned the Dr. and nurses.  They started an IV and got me in for a sonogram.  The sonogram showed that she is doing good, her head is down, she is measuring one week ahead and she weighs almost 5.5 lbs!  From there, they took me back up to labor and delivery to keep monitoring my contractions.  They continued for about another hour getting longer and stronger.  They decided it would be best to administer Procardia to stop my contractions.  After 3 doses in an body had enough.  I had a severe reaction to the medication.  My BP pulse went through the roof and I was shaking uncontrollably while I was burning up.  It was a scary for a little while.  The medication didn't stop the contractions, so the Dr. wanted to keep my overnight for observation.  After some tears, they moved us to a regular room for the night, but informed us that no visitors could spend the night.  I cried for a good while and then tried to get some rest.  I slept for maybe 1 hour while Mark slept in his car.  He didn't want to leave me and I definitely did not want him to leave!  This morning they hooked me back up to the monitors and thankfully my contractions had stopped and once the Dr. came to check on me we were free to go home.  I don't have any restrictions except I'm not allowed to wear flip flops anymore!  Now I am just completely exhausted, but so thankful that the baby is OK and that I am feeling better.  Now onto the weekly update...

How far along:  34 weeks, 2 days
Size of Baby: 5.5 lbs!  Approx. 19-20 inches long
Symptoms:  Still occasional contractions...a little round ligament pain and lots of heartburn (the ultrasound showed that she has a lot of hair...perhaps that is the reason for all this heartburn!)
Movement:  Lots of rolling and lots of hiccups
Cravings:  Nothing really
Milestones:  Making it through the last night and day have been the biggest milestone of this week.  So thankful everything checked out OK.  

Blog Friend Bible Study- Wk 1

My friend, Abigail, who is also a fellow Army wife came up with the great idea to do a Bible study through the blog world.  Since I currently have 1 friend in the entire state, no Church home yet and no real way to connect or fellowship with other believers I thought this would be a fun idea to join in on.  If you want to join in too, you can go to Abligail's Blog and read the instructions and get started.  Don't worry about it if you missed Week can catch up next week.

This week I read the entire book of Philippians (it is only 4 chapters) and basically just came up with an overview of the topics and details of the book.  As the weeks go by we will be breaking down the book into chapters. it goes...

Notes on Philippians:
Who wrote the book?  Paul
When?  He wrote the book from prison!!!
Audience?  Church of Philippi, but it is also for all of us!

Main themes:
-Joy!  This guy was full of joy...even from prison!  I'm not thinking that would be my #1 emotion if I was locked up.
-Paul was in chains for the gospel.  Basically, his suffering was being used for the greater good for the kingdom.
-Did this guy enjoy suffering?  I think he actually did.
- I think I can learn a lot from Paul's character just from Chapter 1.  More to come on Ch. 1 next week!
-Do nothing selfishly, but in humility for others!  Doesn't this sound like it is quite the opposite of what sounds pleasant and normal in our society?  Most things I do are probably more selfish than they are for others.  Don't get me wrong...I love doing things for others, but that verse said do NOTHING selfishly.  Hmmm...
-Do everything without complaining or arguing!  I whine a that complaining?  And...I like to be often I might argue my point. apparently I have a lot to learn from Ch. 2 as well.
-Rejoice!  Again Paul is just so joyful from prison!
-Forget what is behind and strain toward what is ahead.  This is a good one for this week as I am trying to encourage loved ones as they go through tough times.
Ch. 4
-Rejoice!  Again....
-My favorite verse ever!!!  Phil. 4:6-7  Do not be anxious about ANYTHING, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
-Learning to be content in your situation....whether poor, rich, happy, sad....this is a big one for me living so far away from home without family.  I really try to find the good in my situation, but I would be lying if I said I don't on the rare occasion feel a wee bit sorry for myself.
-Another favorite verse.  Phil. 4:13  I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

So...those are my general thoughts, but as the weeks go on and I begin to really pick apart each chapter and verse apart I will go more in depth.  Click Here to read what Abigail's thoughts are on Philippians. 

Monday, September 26, 2011

Home Invaders- From Nature

There are many reasons why I consider myself an "indoor" girl, but reason number 1 is that wildlife and I don't get along.  I've had run-ins with chipmunks, peacocks, geckos...and that is just to name a few.  I like being inside away from the danger of pesky critters that are supposed to live outside.

About a week ago, I started noticing these nasty bugs appearing on the outside of our windows...
The Stink Bug!

I didn't think much of it, because they were outside and I was happily inside.  Everything changed today....In the past 6 hours I have killed 6 of these bugs!!!!  Want to know how I killed them....?  I smashed them with a shoe.  Great idea, right?!  NOT SO MUCH!  I have spent the last hour researching how to best rid your home of these pests and the #1 No No is to smash them.  When you smash the bug it lets off an odor that invites its friends to come!  Seriously?????  I am now on high alert to seek these things out before one lands on me!  As of today...I have screamed multiple times (they fly at you when you swat them)...I have scared the dog....tripped over the dog and stubbed my toe on the couch!  These bugs have ruined my day and I fully intend to end their lives!  And...the good news is...they like to invade homes in the fall and hang around until thousands of these things in my house?!  I think not!!!!  Well, I'm off to search the room for more bugs...wish me luck!  

Friday, September 23, 2011

Belly Updates- 33 Weeks

How Far Along: 33 Weeks, 2 Days
Size of Baby: Pineapple (19 in., 4.9 lbs.)
Symptoms:  The round ligament pain has definitely lessened from last week, but it is still there.  Bathroom breaks in the night have increased and sleep is getting harder.  
Movement:  Her movements are slower and stronger.  I feel a lot more rolling around and not very many kicks.  She is still getting the hiccups multiple times per day.  
Cravings:  Nothing really.  Some food don't sound good at all, but there is nothing that sounds extra great.
Milestones:  Almost all baby prep is complete.  We have just started thinking about what to pack for the hospital and the things we will need immediately after she is born.  I still have some baby laundry to do and a few more to do's on my pre-baby list.  Also, I'm trying to decide if I want to stock the freezer with meals or if I'm going to wing it.  

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Childbirth 101

So, after much debate over whether it was necessary, we decided to sign up for a Lamaze class.  Mark lovingly gave up an entire day of football to be there with me.  Thank goodness for DVR!  However, we had to put our phones away so we weren't tempted to check scores or see any facebook posts about any of the games.  It turned out to be a worthwhile decision and we both came out of it very glad that we went!

We met some really great people, learned a lot, I got lots of massages and we shared a lot of laughs!  Everyone in the class was a first time mom and the majority of the class was military.  We also met a fellow Texan who is from Fort Worth and has a dog walking service.

The majority of the class we spent working on relaxation, breathing techniques, and different positions for labor.  We also covered the stages of labor, did some role playing of different scenarios, and talked about different options for medical interventions (i.e. pain meds, an epidural or a c-section).  We both went into the class with an open mind on childbirth and all of our options.  I think we left class feeling very optimistic about natural childbirth, but of course we will be listening to our Dr.'s and following their guidance if there is any type of emergency.  Overall, it was a really great experience and whether you are planning on a natural childbirth or not, I would recommend going to a class so you at least know how it all goes down!

Now we are settled in for a long night of college football!  

Belly Updates- 32 Weeks

How Far Along: 32 Weeks, 3 days
Size of Baby: Honeydew (19 in., 4.5 lbs.)
Symptoms:  I'm still feeling pretty good, but I finally hit the point where I feel very pregnant.  I also have the joy of experiencing round ligament pain.  Every time I stand up to walk I get sharp pains in my lower right abdomen and it extends down my right leg.  It is totally normal, but it could or could not go away. 
Movement:  All the time!  I mostly feel kicks under my ribs, which makes me think her feet are up there and I feel hiccups several times a day down low, so I assume her head is down.  It always makes me laugh when she has the hiccups.
Cravings:  Nothing really.  I'm actually getting less of an appetite.  Nothing really sounds that great and when I do eat I can rarely finish my plate.  I'm getting full really quickly.  
Milestones:  We had our 32 week check up this week and everything still looks good.  Heartbeat was 150 bpm, measuring right on track and my health is also still looking good.  I had a birthday this week and turned 29!  And...we attended Lamaze class today so now we feel like we know a little bit about how this giving birth thing works.  

Thursday, September 15, 2011

It was a great day!

Yesterday I celebrated my last birthday in my 20's and it was a great day!  The morning started with surprise donuts and assorted goodies from my loving husband!

After we finished breakfast, Mark was off to work and I spent the day reading trash magazines to catch up on all the latest celeb gossip.  Through the day I was blessed with goodies from my sweet family members and lots of phone calls from friends and family!  After Mark got home, we went out for a special birthday dinner in Georgetown at Filomena Ristorante.  Click Here to check out their story and see some pictures of this unique Italian restaurant.  We thoroughly enjoyed our meals and even indulged on a piece of homemade cheesecake with strawberries on top!  It was a wonderful day and I'm sure this will be the best year yet!  
(I'm pretty sure this belly gets bigger by the hour!)

On our way I spotted Georgetown Cupcake from the TV show!  I freaked out and insisted on taking a quick pic!  We didn't have time to stop, but next time we will for sure!!!!

Thank you everyone who made my birthday extra special!  

Monday, September 12, 2011

Fresh Bread!

I find it somewhat fitting that I finally decided to try (again) to make home made bread on the day after my Granny's birthday.  One of my favorite things about going to see Granny and Grandad was that she always had a warm loaf of bread fresh out of the bread maker waiting just for me!  I have tried multiple times to make bread, both in the bread maker and in the oven.  Each time I have failed!  Usually it comes out like a hard brick.  Today...I succeeded!  The recipe I used made one large loaf and 2 smaller loaves that I will be freezing until we need them.  That is at least 3 weeks I don't have to buy bread at the grocery store!  Now we are waiting for dinner to come out of the oven and trying to resist eating all of the fresh bread!  

Recipe Review #2

Crispy Chicken with Bowtie Pasta from Jamie Cooks it Up

This was a delicious meal!  Both of us give it an A!  The downside was that it was a little time consuming to make the chicken and a few of my chicken pieces ended up a little burnt on the bottoms.  Also, it made a huge mess!  This dish isn't good for leftovers, unfortunately!  The chicken was soggy and had a weird flavor the next day, but the pasta and sauce were still good.  So...if you have a lot of time and want a delicious dish you should give this a try...because it really was yummy!

Crock Pot Jambalaya from PlainChicken

This satisfied my pregnancy craving for something spicy and tasty!  This was easy and delicious!  I served it with some home made corn bread and it was fantastic!  Make this won't be disappointed!  Makes great leftovers!

Cream Cheese Pound Cake from Elizabeth's Edible Experience

I really love having a little dessert after my dinner and I especially love a good strawberry shortcake.  I usually buy the Sara Lee frozen pound cakes for this, but since I had all the ingredients on hand for this little jewel, I decided to give it a try.  It was scrumptious!  I topped it with strawberries and lite cool whip and it was a fresh and somewhat healthy dessert.  It had fruit, so that makes it healthy, right?!  I had to cook mine for over 2 hours even though the recipe says to cook for 1 hour and 40 minutes.  The bottom got a weird sugary crust on it, so I just cut it off.  It was too sweet and crunchy for my taste.  I will make this again anytime I need a pound cake!

Chicken Corn Chowder from Buns in my Oven

I made this last week while it was rainy and a bit cooler.  I had leftover chicken that I shredded up and I used can corn.  It has a great flavor and resembled the chicken chowder from Duke's in Tacoma.  I really liked it and I still have some leftovers to eat today for lunch.  I whipped up some garlic biscuits to go with it.  Yummy!

Sinful Sheet Cake from The Pioneer Woman

Why?!!! Why on earth did I make this?  It is one of the best things I have EVER put to my lips!!!!  My dear husband didn't want any, so there I was left with an entire sheet cake all to myself.  It was oh so tempting....but I listened to my hips and my butt and I resisted!  I ate one piece and maybe a few extra bites and the rest is in the trash!  What a crying shame!!!!  So....don't say I didn't warn you!  Make this with caution and only if you are throwing a huge party and you plan to share the love and calories with your friends!  

Happy Cooking and Baking!

Friday, September 9, 2011

A room for a Princess!

The baby room is just about complete!  We just love it!  It is girly and wonderful and we can't wait for our little princess get here!

Belly Updates- 31 Weeks

These weeks keep going faster and faster!  It seems like I just did my 30 week update yesterday!
How far Along: 31 Weeks, 2 days
Size of Baby:  According to What to Expect, she is the size of a head of lettuce. (19 in., 3.9 lbs.)
Symptoms:  I know why they say "bun in the oven"!  I am always burning up!  We even had to leave church early last week because I was sweating profusely(attractive, right?!) and it felt like all the people were closing in on me.  I need blowing air on me at all times!  Other than that, I am felling great!
Movement:  She is still moving around in there all the time.  Lately she has had hiccups 1-2 times per day.  It is a really funny feeling for sure!
Cravings:  Last week I had the craving for gumbo, so tonight for dinner we had crock pot jambalaya.  It was mighty tasty, but I bet I have serious heartburn tonight.  And...I'm not really a chocolate girl, but I really wanted some sheet cake.  So...I made one!  However, I have nobody to help me eat it!  I've managed to only eat 1 piece, but I really want more.  I should probably throw it away.
Maternity Clothes:  I'm getting to the point where my shirts are getting a little short.  I'm going to try to stretch them for the next 8 weeks or so, because I hate to buy anything this late in the game.  I have 3 fall tops and one pair of jeans.  Hopefully I can make that work.  
Milestones:  The room is just about complete!  There are just a couple of items that we still need, but it is so close!  We just love it!

Fall Wreath

Every year I really want to buy a fall wreath and I had decided that this year was going to be THE year for the wreath purchase.  However, upon seeing wreaths at Hobby Lobby and then seeing the price tags, I decided we really didn't NEED a wreath!  For pete's sake some of them were $200!!!!  Even the cheap ones were around $80!  So, I put my crafty skills to work and made my own.  Wreath-$5, Leaves-$5, Extra fallish items to glue on-$5.  Total wreath cost-$15!!!!  

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Do I have an accent?

I can't believe I am posting this, but I am waiting for the rain storm to pass to go run my errands and I thought it would give y'all a free laugh for today!

The instructions are to say these words:

Aunt, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, Toilet, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught

And answer these questions:

What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball?
What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?
What do you call gym shoes?
What do you say to address a group of people?
What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?
What do you call your grandparents?
What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?
What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?
What is the thing you change the TV channel with?

So, what do you think?  Do I have an accent to you? 

Friday, September 2, 2011

Belly Updates- 30 Weeks

How Far Along:  30 Weeks, 2 Days!  
Size of Baby:  Head of Lettuce (18 in., 3.2 lbs.)
Symptoms:  Nothing really significant...occasional heartburn.
Movement:  This girl has got some moves!  She kicks a lot, but mostly rolls up into a ball and gets up by my ribs.  I'm not sure if that is really what she is doing, but that is what it feels like.  I still love to feel her move!
Cravings:  Milk is still my favorite, and yesterday I was craving gumbo!  Strange!
Milestones:  30 week appointment went smoothly.  She is still right on track according to the Dr.  The room is almost ready.  I'm working on wall letters and waiting on the bedding.  It is all getting real!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

We've Moved!

One of my friends asked me to make these cookies!  She is mailing them out to all of her friends with her new address.  I thought it was a great idea and I was happy to help and to use one of my cookie cutters that I had never used!