Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Thirty Nine Weeks Today :)

Today I am Thirty Nine weeks! Here is what is happening this week courtesy of What To Expect!

Your Baby in Week 39 of Pregnancy

Coming down to the wire, your baby weighs around seven to eight pounds and measures 19 to 21 inches. Those measurements won't change much from now on, but her brain is still growing at an astonishing rate, a pace that will continue for the first three years of life. Her pink skin has now turned whitish (even babies who'll eventually have darker skin appear whitish now — they haven't yet developed pigment). Her head may have dropped into your pelvis by now, which makes your breathing easier but walking harder.

Your Body in Week 39 of Pregnancy

The end (and a whole new beginning!) is in sight, so watch for the signs that your body is ready to get the show on the road. These include Braxton Hicks contractions; the rupture of the membranes (water breaking) that contain your amniotic fluid; the loss of the mucous plug (the “cork” of mucus that seals the opening of the uterus); and the bloody show (your capillaries rupture from the dilation and effacement of your cervix, causing any discharge to appear pink or red-tinged). Labor could be close (but no cigar — yet!).

Week 39 Pregnancy Symptoms

More frequent Braxton Hicks contractions: If you’ve been experiencing these practice contractions, they may be getting stronger now. But if you haven’t had a contraction yet, don’t worry. Braxton Hicks contractions are more common in second (and subsequent) pregnancies.
Slowdown in fetal activity: As her living quarters become more cramped, you may notice a slowdown in fetal movement. Your baby’s coordination has improved and he’s less likely to make involuntary jabs (even if he had the room).
Heartburn or indigestion: Your heartburn may be at its peak now. Don’t worry, relief is around the corner when you deliver. For relief now, drink liquids before or after meals instead of during.
Bloody show or loss of mucous plug: The discharge from your vagina might be tinged with blood (either pinkish or brownish) as the blood vessels in the cervix rupture. Don’t worry — it’s a sign that your cervix is dilating, or opening up, and that’s a good thing. Another event that may occur this week: The mucous plug may fall out (and into the toilet). Losing it isn’t a sign that childbirth is hours away, but it does mean it’s around the corner.
Rupture of membranes (possibly): Another sign that labor may be near — if your amniotic sac breaks and gushes out fluid. But don’t worry about causing a flood while you’re standing in the grocery checkout line. Despite what you’ve seen in movies, most women are in labor (and in the hospital) by the time their water breaks. If yours does break, call your practitioner.
Diarrhea or nausea: As your body gets ready for childbirth, the muscles may loosen in your rectum, resulting in loose bowel movements. You may also suffer some nausea. It’s important to keep drinking water to avoid dehydration.
Hemorrhoids: If you’re experiencing diarrhea, your hemorrhoids may actually be less painful now since you’re not straining to move your bowels the way you did when you were constipated. Just be aware that pushing during labor can aggravate hemorrhoids, so stock up on all the soothers that brought you relief.
Pelvic pressure and discomfort: Your baby’s head is putting pressure on your pelvis, making you feel uncomfortable. Other symptoms of discomfort could include menstrual-like cramps and indigestion, which can also be signs of early contractions.
Backaches: Your backaches could be worse now as you count down the final weeks. You can soothe a sore back by getting into the shower and letting the warm water pulse onto your back.

Going into the hospital tonight to induce! Wish me luck! I'll prob be outta touch for a while! :)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Thirty Eight Weeks :)

Today I am Thirty Eight Weeks! Here is what is going on this week courtesy of What To Expect.

Week 38 of Pregnancy

Your baby is producing surfactant, which will help him take those first breaths while you're producing colostrum, the precursor to breast milk.

Your Baby in Week 38 of Pregnancy

Hey, your little one isn't so little anymore, weighing close to seven pounds and measuring 20 inches long. Fetal development is nearly complete as your baby tends to a few last-minute details like shedding the skin-protecting vernix and lanugo. He's also producing more surfactant, a substance that prevents the air sacs in his lungs from sticking to one another once he starts to breathe. Most of the changes this week are small but important: He’s continuing to add fat (so he can take advantage of all those photo ops by sporting a round, cute baby look!) and fine-tuning his brain and nervous system (so he can deal with all the stimulation that awaits him once he makes his entrance into the world).

Your Body in Week 38 of Pregnancy

Just as your baby is preparing for life outside the womb, your body is tending to its own final touches before the big day, one of which is getting that milk machine up and running. Part of the process is producing colostrums, a thin yellowish liquid that's the precursor to breast milk. Colostrum is full of antibodies that protect your newborn, and it has more protein and less fat and milk sugar (the better to digest it) than the breast milk that arrives later. Chances are you're leaking colostrum so you might want to break out those nursing pads now. If you're not leaking but you are curious about this miracle substance, you can gently squeeze your areola to express a few drops.

Week 38 Pregnancy Symptoms

More frequent urination: If you’re going to the bathroom a lot these days, it’s likely that your baby’s head is in your pelvis, and it’s making less room for your bladder. You may want to skip caffeine and any other diuretic drinks now. Just don’t skip liquids altogether — you need fluids now so you can stay hydrated as you get closer to delivering.
Increased vaginal discharge: You may be experiencing more discharge now, and you may even pass the mucous plug — a clear glob of mucus that’s been corking your cervix throughout your pregnancy — as your cervix dilates. Does this mean that labor is imminent? Maybe. But it could be days, or even weeks, away.
Bloody show: The vaginal discharge can also be tinged a pinkish or brownish color as the blood vessels in the cervix rupture during dilation and effacement. Once your underwear (or toilet paper) is tinged pink or brown, it could mean that you’ll be face-to-face with your baby sooner rather than later.
Diarrhea: Loose bowel movements are nature’s way to make enough room for the baby to emerge, so if you’re having diarrhea this week it may mean that labor is imminent (yay!). Drink lots of water and eat lightly — broth, toast, and iced fruit pops are the way to go now. Skip fatty foods or anything that’s fiber-rich.
Itchy abdomen: One way to soothe an itchy belly? Slather on the vitamin E oil. In fact, you might want to stock up on an extra bottle of vitamin E capsules — it’s also great for sore nipples, which are in your near future if you’re planning to breastfeed.
Increased swelling of ankles and feet: If swollen ankles and feet are getting you down, now’s the time for some support — hose, that is. Make sure the tops aren’t too tight if you’re going for knee- or thigh-high hose. Put them on in the morning before the daily swelling starts.
Difficulty sleeping: Your mind is racing so much you can’t sleep. Don’t turn on the computer to get on the message boards or search for info on labor and delivery. That will just keep you up longer when you do go to bed. Instead, grab something low-tech &mdsh; a book or a magazine — and read for a bit. That will soothe you to sleep faster.
Fatigue or extra energy: A change in energy levels is pretty common this week. You may be increasingly exhausted or you may get a burst of energy (also known as the nesting instinct) as you try to organize and clean the house before the baby comes. Go ahead and clean, but don’t wear yourself out. Save that energy for childbirth instead of squandering it on a clean closet.
Enlarged breasts and colostrum: Your breasts may be bigger than they’ve ever been (though they will get even bigger!) and leaking colostrum. If they’re not leaky or bigger, don’t worry. Neither is a sign that you’ll have difficulty breastfeeding (if that’s what you plan to do).
Braxton Hicks contractions: These practice contractions may be getting more intense now. This is a good time to practice your breathing and visualization techniques. If your partner is around, make him practice along.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Out of Touch

Sorry I have been out of touch for a little while. I have been super busy with Christmas decorating and finals. 
I am FINALLY done with my finals! :) 
Now I can concentrate on getting things ready for Addison and not stressing that she will come before and cause me to fail. (My GPA couldn't take that!) :)
So far I have the bassinet in our room and all the preemie clothes along with sleepers and a full changing station. 
Still not sure how I am going to manage to organize the swaddling blankets, spitup/ burp cloths and the bassinet sheets but I'm working on it. That is my project for tonight and tomorrow. 
I really need a reason to get out of the house for the next two days. I am thinking about going to Burlington but that leaves one day for me to do nothing. :( Any ideas??

Happy Tuesday! 

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Thirty Seven Weeks :)

Today I am Thirty Seven Weeks! Here is what is going on this week courtesy of What To Expect.

Week 37 of Pregnancy
Your doctor may check for labor signs, while your baby prepares for birth by sucking, turning, and breathing in the womb.

Your Baby in Week 37 of Pregnancy
Congratulations! You've got what is officially considered a full-term baby, even with three weeks to go. That doesn't mean he's finished growing — in fact, he's still packing on about a half pound a week (at this age, the average fetus weighs about 6.5 pounds). That makes it a little crowded in your uterus, so he’s probably not kicking as much, though he’s probably stretching, rolling a bit, and wiggling (all of which you’ll be able to feel!). Right now, your little superstar is busy rehearsing for his big debut, inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid (to get the lungs ready for that first breath), sucking his thumb (to prepare for that first suckle of milk), blinking, and turning from side to side.

Your Body in Week 37 of Pregnancy
Your body is going through its own preparations for childbirth as your practitioner starts looking for signs of labor. On the checklist: the baby's position in relation to your pelvis (engagement) and whether effacement (thinning of the cervix) and dilation (opening of the cervix) have begun. Your practitioner may also determine whether your cervix has begun to soften and move to the front of the vagina, another indication that labor is getting closer. Keep in mind that these processes can occur gradually (over a period of weeks or even a month or more in some women) or overnight. So while they're clues that you're indeed progressing, they're far from sure bets when it comes to pinpointing the actual start of labor.

Week 37 Pregnancy Symptoms
Changes in fetal activity: By the time your baby’s head is engaged in your pelvis, he’ll have a lot less room for any more than a twist or squirm. What’s important is that you feel some movement every day. Remember, though, that your baby is behaving like a newborn now and has interludes of deep sleep, when he barely moves at all.

Heartburn or indigestion: If your heartburn is getting worse these days, try eating a handful of almonds. Other home remedies that may banish the burn: a tablespoon of honey in warm milk or some dried papaya.

Cervical dilation or effacement: To get ready for labor, your cervix will dilate (open up) and efface (get thinner). For some women, the two take place gradually, over a period of weeks or months. Others can efface and dilate overnight. You won’t be able to feel it, but your practitioner will be able to tell during an internal exam.

Bloody show: A pink- or brown-tinged mucus discharge means that the blood vessels in the cervix are rupturing as the cervix dilates in preparation for labor and delivery (it won’t be long now!).

Varicose veins: If the veins in your legs are acting up now, try sleeping on your left side, which is the best position for optimum circulation. Also try elevating your legs by putting a pillow under your feet. Both positions will keep the blood flowing.

Pelvic pressure and discomfort: If your baby’s head is pressing into your pelvis, hips, and bladder, you’ll feel more pressure as the week wears on. If you feel really uncomfortable, invest in a belly sling that will support the weight of your belly and take pressure off your back (see below) and pelvis.

Leg cramps: If leg cramps are making a misery of your nights, try drinking more fluids during the day and make sure you’re eating enough calcium (those almonds you’re munching for the heartburn come in handy again!) and magnesium. All three can help with leg cramps.

Stretch marks: With your boobs and belly (and possibly butt) as big as they’ve ever been, you’ve probably noticed those classic marks of maternity by now. Don’t worry, they’ll fade into silvery lines and turn into a badge of pride (or at least motherhood!) a few months after childbirth.

Protruding parts: Your innie probably became an outie weeks ago, but you may notice that your nipples are also popping now — all the better for a newborn to latch on when nursing.

Forgetfulness: There are so many things to keep track of now (Is the camera charged and packed? Do you have a baby outfit washed and ready to bring to the hospital? How many dinners are stocked in the freezer?) that it’s no wonder you’re walking around in a fog. Post reminders around the house and on your computer so you won’t forget appointments.

Difficulty sleeping: You’ve heard that pregnancy insomnia is Mother Nature’s way to prepare you for the sleepless nights ahead, but try to squeeze in some shut-eye so you have enough energy for childbirth and beyond. Sleep in a little longer, nap when you come home after work or on weekends, and give yourself a relaxing routine when it’s time for bed.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Thanksgiving Week

I am so glad it is over! I was dreading the week but I had no idea it would be as bad as it was!
I'm not going to go into detail because it would take WAY too long to explain everything! However, I will say that 90% of my frustration comes from my grandmother and 5% comes from other family members. The other 5% comes from the everyday stuff I had to deal with on top of the holiday bs!

Tommy has a doctor's appointment tomorrow! :( My sister accidentally hit him in his man area (really hard) with a tennis ball and he has been having some problems. He went to the doctor Monday (and stayed out of work- a FIRST)  and they referred him to the ultrasound people. We have to be there at 10 in the morning. I have to admit, I'm a little nervous at what could be wrong. I haven't voiced my worries to him though, I figure its best to keep that to myself- at least for the moment.

I am reading Inheritance! OMG, I have waited so long for this book to come out and now I am kinda sad it has. It is the ending to the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. Bittersweet. I am not done yet but I'm getting close. 

I am almost completely done with my schoolwork for the week! I did 97{ish}% of it today. I have all the quizzes to do before Saturday. I figured 22 things was good enough for one day. :)

Happy Tuesday! 

Thirty Six Weeks (Last Wednesday!)

Last Wednesday I was 36 weeks, here is what happened last week courtesy of What To Expect.

Week 36 of Pregnancy

Your baby's bones may be ready to rock and roll, but yours may be aching something awful right now.

Your Baby in Week 36 of Pregnancy

Forget your aching back (and everything else!) by trying to focus on your baby, who is now about six pounds and 20 inches long, with soft bones and cartilage to allow a safer journey through the exit door. Most of her systems (from circulatory to musculoskeletal) are ready for prime time, though her digestion system — which has done only practice runs so far — will kick into gear as she takes her first suckle at the breast or bottle.

Your Body in Week 36 of Pregnancy

It's a good thing your baby's almost done cooking, since your body may feel pretty "done" by now as well. For one thing, you're doing the full-term pregnancy waddle, the result of the hormone-triggered loosening and softening of your connective tissue. This is your body's way of getting ready to squeeze a big baby out of a small space. Unfortunately, those loose joints can lead to some pretty serious hip and pelvic pain — but hang in there!

Week 36 Pregnancy Symptoms

Changes in fetal activity: As your baby’s quarters get more cramped and she has less room to maneuver, expect her movements to change too. You should still feel her moving, but there will be less jabbing and kicking, and a lot more squirming.
Heartburn or indigestion: As your stomach gets pushed up and squeezed by your uterus, you may feel like eating less at mealtimes. That’s not necessarily bad news. Smaller meals are better for your digestive system and may actually control heartburn.
Flatulence: As if heartburn weren’t enough, you’re probably passing gas and burping like a frat boy. This too shall pass (pun intended). In the meantime, go for smaller meals (which will help the heartburn) and try not to rush while eating (you’ll swallow more air).
Constipation: If it’s getting worse, blame your belly again (a convenient scapegoat!). The same mini-meals that will help ease heartburn and flatulence are also a good way to counteract constipation — and for the same reason. They won’t tax your digestive tract as much.
More frequent urination: Your baby might have dropped into your pelvis by now, crowding your bladder. So it’s no wonder you’re going to the bathroom as much as you did during your first two months of pregnancy. Don’t cut back on liquids — your body needs fluids to stay hydrated now more than ever.
Increased vaginal discharge, possibly tinged with blood: The discharge from your vagina may be increasing and getting thicker. Don’t be shocked if you notice the mucus is pinkish, red, or brownish after you’ve had sex or a vaginal examination. That just means that your cervix, which is sensitive now and may be starting to dilate, has been bruised.
Pelvic pressure and discomfort: Feeling pretty heavy down there in the pelvic region? That’s your baby burrowing deep into the pelvis as she prepares for birth, with her head pressing down on your bladder, hips, and pelvis. Try some pelvic tilts, or take a (long) soak in the tub to give yourself a break.
Itchy abdomen: Your belly might be stretched to the breaking point (or at least feel that way). Creams containing cocoa butter or vitamin E can soothe that itchy abdomen and bring some relief. (Better still, get your partner to rub it on your belly and do some bonding with the baby underneath!)
Increased swelling of ankles and feet: Edema (pregnancy swelling) may be getting more noticeable now as your body retains more fluids. So not only will your ankles and feet be swollen, but your face and hands (and fingers) may be too. Keep drinking water and other liquids. All those fluids will help rid your system of excess sodium and other waste products, which will minimize swelling.
Difficulty sleeping: Sleep may be more elusive than ever as you toss this way and that looking for the perfect position. Make sure your room isn’t too stuffy (you’re sure to feel overheated as the night wears on) by opening a window or lowering the thermostat.
Fatigue or extra energy: It’s normal to be tired by the time you hit week 36. But you may also get the burst of extra energy known as the nesting instinct — a need to get organized and ready for the baby. If you do feel energized, take breaks to rest and eat.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Friday Confessional

I confess . . .
I am not looking forward to next week.
I do not want all those people here.
That means I have to clean up after them.

I confess . . . 
My grandmother is getting on my nerves. (Shocker)
She expects everyone (really myself, Tommy and my mom) to do everything for her.
While she does nothing!

I confess . . . 
It gets old really quickly.
I'd rather deal with screaming kids all day than her.

I confess . . .
I am undecided on whether or not I want to work after having Addison.
The good thing is more money. Who doesn't want more money?
The bad thing is I wont be able to breastfeed like I wanted or spend time as a stay-at-home-mom.

I confess . . .
I am really irritated that there is nothing in this house to eat. 
All because of a certain someone. (Hmm I wonder who)

I confess . . .
I don't think I did that great on my Spanish this week.
I had a lot on my mind.
Which rarely equals good work.

I confess . . .
I am not looking forward to today.
I have the house to myself. 
But that means I have only today to clean.

I confess . . .
I think that is one of my motivators to get a job.
I am tired of being the maid.
It sucks.

Hope your Friday looks better than mine. 
Happy Friday.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Autumn Swap: The Package

As you all know I participated in Mamarazzi's Autumn Swap. My awesome partner was VandyJ from The Testosterone Three and Me.

1. A cute Welcome sign
2. 3 decorative kitchen towels
3. An adorable Pumpkin Chalkboard
4. Sweet goodies - taffy, caramel, hard candies, and tea
5. 2 candles
6. Reusable Hydration Bottle 
7. Cute mugs, plate and a flower
8. 2 Pot holders (they match #2)
9. A sweet note telling my Happy Thanksgiving and to enjoy my new bundle coming soon! :)

I LOVE my package! She did an awesome job! I cannot wait to decorate for Thanksgiving using some of my gifts! Getting this package today really made me smile (especially the note)! 

Thank you so much Vandy!

Happy Thursday! 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Thirty Five Weeks Today :)

Today I am Thirty Five weeks! Here is what is going on this week courtesy of What To Expect

Week 35 of Pregnancy

A rapidly growing brain makes your baby's head weigh more and that means more pressure on Mommy's bladder.

Your Baby in Week 35 of Pregnancy

Your baby is standing tall (so to speak) this week at about 20 inches and continues her steady weight gain (she’s about 5.5 pounds). While she won't get much longer, she will continue to pack on the pounds — including large amounts of baby fat — right up 'til delivery day. Something else that's moving at a mind-boggling pace these day: fetal brain development! There’s a lot going on inside that tiny head, which is, by the way, still soft to allow an easier exit through the birth canal.

Your Body in Week 35 of Pregnancy

Now that your baby is head-down in preparation for delivery, chances are your bladder is feeling the squeeze, causing you to leak a little every time you sneeze (or cough or laugh) or making you feel like you have an urgent need to pee all the time. Whatever you do, don’t cut back on fluids! One way to improve your body's holding power instead: Do lots and lots of those pelvic-floor exercises called Kegels. They can help strengthen your pelvic muscles (important now and postpartum).

Week 35 Pregnancy Symptoms

Heartburn or indigestion: Is your heartburn getting worse this week? That’s because your growing baby is taking over your abdominal real estate and pushing your stomach up. Avoid eating while you’re reclining — or lying down after a big meal (no matter how tempted you are to get off your feet).

Occasional headaches: If your head is pounding it could be for a number of reasons, including being overheated or stuck in a stuffy room. Take a break and go out for some air or open the window. Also ask your practitioner which pain reliever is safe (in moderation) during pregnancy. Most doctors will okay acetaminophen, as long as you don’t overdo.

Varicose veins: Have the varicose veins in your legs begun to ache (or itch)? Though support hose probably isn’t the hot-mama look you were trying to cultivate, it can help by giving the veins in your legs a little extra upward push to counteract the downward push your belly is giving them.

Hemorrhoids: Varicose veins can pop up anywhere — and those that appear in your rectum are called hemorrhoids. To soothe them, wipe yourself with warm water and toilet paper. If toilet paper is too harsh, switch to wipes.

Bleeding gums: Your gums may still be bleeding or tender now. To boost gum strength, get plenty of vitamin C. Drink an extra glass of OJ, sprinkle berries on your oatmeal or cereal, and toss tomatoes in your salad.

Skin changes: If you’ve suddenly got an itchy, bumpy rash on your belly, you could have PUPPP, which stands for “pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy.” The rashes are benign and cause no risk to your baby or to you, but they’re annoying. To soothe the itch, try applying aloe-vera gel after a shower or bath.

Increasing clumsiness: Balancing your body gets harder this week as you waddle toward the finish line (just a few more weeks to go!). Continue to play it safe — if you need to reach for something on a high shelf, ask your partner instead of climbing on a chair to get it.

Forgetfulness: You’re probably getting more absentminded as you count down the weeks. Your brain-cell volume really is shrinking and your bouts of sleeplessness don’t help, either. Expect the fog to lift a few months after your baby is born.

Braxton Hicks contractions: You may be experiencing some contractions as your body gets ready for the real thing during labor. Haven’t felt one yet? First-time moms-to-be may not notice the flexing of their uterine muscles (which feels like your abdomen is tightening).

Had my doctor's appointment today! :) They did the Group B Strep Test (fun, NOT). She is definitely head down and even dropped, just a little. My cervix is not dilated but it it soft, which they said is good for as far along as I am. They also said that after next Wednesday (36 weeks) if I were to go into labor they wouldn't stop it. Which they probably wouldn't stop it now but . . . Now I will make my weekly appearances at the doctor's office until I deliver. :) It is getting so close! I just hope she waits until my finals are over with. :) 

Happy Wednesday! 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

My Happy List

I have a cousin that is getting married the upcoming July and she has hired me to coordinate her wedding! Happy!

I love weddings! They make me so Happy

While trying to find a venue (so we can reserve her date) I may have found myself a job in the wedding coordinating business! HAPPY

I have been looking for a job like that since I started planning my wedding! The best part is I don't have to pay $2000 to become a certified wedding planner! Happy!

There is a small down side to me getting this job, I wont be able to breastfeed exclusively like I wanted. :( However, me working will bring in more money to support (and spoil) her. So, that does make me Happy.

Tommy smiled when I told him, he really likes the idea. Happy!

I am supposed to get a call back today letting me know what they say! Happy

Keep your fingers crossed! 

Happy Tuesday! 

Monday, November 14, 2011

Long Week Ahead

Isn't it funny how you just get the feeling that this week is going to be long, boring and stressful? Tommy is only off two days this week and it makes for a really long, boring and stressful week. I don't really understand why but it does. I plan on getting my health work done early this week so I can study for my test that I have next week. My Spanish shouldn't be too bad (I already know all this, its just a refresher). I only have about 30 assignments to do by Sunday night so if I break down the work load to five a day, everything will be done a day early and can start on the next weeks assignments. 
The only problem with my plan is that it means this week is my grandmother's short week (she only works two days). She is constantly trying to get me to talk to her while I am trying to do school work, and gets mad when I don't. Sorry, but I am more focused on my school work than a conversation that can be had later when I am done. She bought a storage building a few weeks ago and they are supposed to deliver it today. Which is a good thing in a way because it means that we can finally get all the stuff out of the dining room and actually use it as a dining room. However, it has to be painted and set up by Thanksgiving. Apparently, it is my job to pick out the paint and decorate the room. My only issue with that is I have decorated this entire house and she has went behind my back and changed almost everything because she doesn't like it. I understand we have different tastes but don't ask me to do something then go and change it when I'm not around. That really p*sses me off. For example, Tommy and I have a really nice coffee pot that we had set up since we moved in and we have been using it since then. Well, the other day she decided that our coffee pot wasn't good enough anymore so she goes and buys her own. We do not need two coffee pots, what am I supposed to do with ours? We have a very tiny kitchen and no room for extra stuff. Grrrrrr. 
Thanksgiving is going to be h*ll on earth and I am NOT looking forward to it. My grandmother normally does Thanksgiving dinner (lunch really) and this year she doesn't want to do it because (like every other year) people have other places to be at basically the same time (because no one will change the time they do dinner). Now that I have made plans to be elsewhere later that night she has upped and changed her time to that one. (Its my grandpa's- her ex; GO FIGURE). On top of all that I still have no clue what time my dad's side of the family is doing anything or when any of Tommy's family is doing anything. I think I am going to fall ill come Thanksgiving day and be unable to make it out of my bed for anything, except to pee. 
Tommy and I have already talked about Christmas (because of all this nonsense) and have decided that if I have Addison before Christmas we aren't going anywhere, especially on Christmas day. She will be too little to remember it and she can get sick to easily (plus its a load of stress off mommy and daddy!) :) Is that bad? 
I am not even really looking forward to my doctor's appointment this week because I have to do the Group B Strep Test. :( I'm ok with Tommy seeing me- he thinks my stretch marks are cute (and its only because we agreed to call them love lines- it makes me smile instead of cringe)- but I cannot stand to be seen by anyone else. I know its perfectly normal, but my sisters did me in on them really early, before I was able to become comfortable with them. Both of them are rude and don't care if what they say hurts your feelings, they are going to say it anyway. Anyway they have both basically said I'm ugly because of them and it really hurt. What makes it really bad is even though I am almost nine months pregnant they are still saying things about them! It took Tommy a while but I am now ok with walking around the house with my shirt pulled over my stomach or just a bra on (it makes it easier to scratch!). I cannot stand for someone else to try and look at my stomach, especially for someone to touch it. That drives me crazy. I do not want anyone (even family) to touch my stomach, unless its Tommy. He can rub it and kiss it and lay his head on it and talk to her, but if anyone else tries to poke it I want to scream. The worst culprit? The very same sister who said something to begin with. Messed up, huh?

Happy Monday!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Friday Confessional - Veterans Day

I confess . . .
I didn't come up with it but this is how I feel today:
Only Two Defining Forces Have Ever Died For You : Jesus Christ And The American Soldier – 
One Died For Your Soul And The Other Died For Your Freedom.

I confess . . . 
I want to thank ALL who have served in ANY branch of our military.
and Future.

I confess . . .
Days like today are hard for Tommy.
He doesn't know that I know.
But I do and it makes it hard for me too.

I confess . . .
I love my life, the way things have turned out.
This is what God had planned for us.
But sometimes I wish, for Tommy, things had been different with the Navy.

I confess . . .
Sometimes I secretly wish he would go back.
Because I know he wants to.
And I would be ok with that, as long as he was happy.

I confess . . .
I know he is happy with the way things are now.
But being a Sailor was his lifelong dream.
Its sad that it didn't work out.

I confess . . .
Even though we have an awesome life.
Its hard not to imagine 

I confess . . .
I truly am thankful for every veteran in my life.
I should show it more often than I do.
We all should.

Happy Veterans Day!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Thirty Four Weeks Today :)

Today I am Thirty Four Weeks! Here is what is happening this week:

Courtesy of What to Expect.

Your Baby in Week 34 of Pregnancy

What's new this week? Your baby is clocking in at five pounds and could be as tall as 20 inches by now, and the vernix (the white coating protecting your baby’s skin) is getting thicker. This week, a boy's testicles start making their way down from his abdomen to their final destination: his scrotum (look out below!). While about three to four percent of boys are born with undescended testicles, it's nothing to worry about — they usually head downtown before junior turns a year old. In other baby-related developments, those tiny fingernails have probably reached the tips of his fingers by now — and getting ready for that first postpartum manicure.

Your Body in Week 34 of Pregnancy

You're not seeing things — at least not as well as usual. That's because your eyes are yet another part of your body that falls prey to those pesky pregnancy hormones. Not only can your vision seem less sharp these days, but also a decrease in tear production can leave your eyes dry and irritated, especially if you wear contact lenses. Plus, an increase in fluid behind your eyes’ lenses can temporarily change their shape, making some women more nearsighted or farsighted than usual. Happily, these vision changes during pregnancy are all temporary. Things should clear up as your eyes return to normal after delivery (so there's no need to change your prescription just yet).

So I started cleaning the house yesterday. Like, really cleaning. I did the kitchen and part of the living room yesterday. My goal is to get the living room done today and the floors at the very least. I want to get the bedroom done too because my grandmother decided to come home a day early and I wont be able to get anything done with her here at the house. I also have my Spanish midterm to do and my health work. I am going to have a really hard time with her here, you just have no clue. 
Trina found out she is having a boy! :) They are so excited! They are moving back to Georgia in three days so they will be here for Thanksgiving! :) I am super excited! 
We have so much to do in this house before Thanksgiving, especially if my grandmother is planning to do the family thing here. She has to clean out the dining room, paint it, and set it up. On top of all the cooking. I don't think its gonna get done. I love the way I set up the table but I don't think it will hold everyone! Do you?

Happy Wednesday! 
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