Thursday, October 27, 2011

Boring Day in the Making

I have been neglecting some of my school work. Not anything that has to be graded just studying, so that is what today is supposed to be for. As soon as I finish my breakfast I am going to hit the books. I'll take a few breaks because lets face it- there is only so much health I can take after having the class so many times in life already. The same with my Spanish. At least I'm not totally procrastinating and not doing anything until its due. I have too much to do now-a-days to do that.

This week has not been such a good week. I have lost two friends. One to a car accident and the other I believe is job related (he was a Marine). They were both really good guys and will be missed greatly. Please keep their families in your prayers.

Anyway onto other subjects of a happier note. At the baby shower in Tennessee Addison got a really cute piggy bank (its not a pig- its a Cinderella carrage so is it still a piggy bank?). They opened it up and passed it around for everyone to put their change into. Tommy and I got super curious and counted it all. There was a grand total of $67! Holy cow! She is spoiled already and she isn't even born yet! We have decided that we are going to replace the money with one hundred dollar bills (when it reaches that point) because the poor thing is small and pretty much full. At least she will have money toward a car or college, we haven't decided yet.

Well, time for school work. :(

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Thirty Two Weeks Today :)

Today I am officially EIGHT MONTHS! She will be here soon! Here is what is happening this week:

Courtesy of What To Expect!

Week 32 of Pregnancy
Your baby is practicing survival skills like sucking and breathing, while your uterus is practicing some Braxton Hicks contractions.

Your Baby in Week 32 of Pregnancy
What's up with your baby? She's starting to get ready for her big debut, tipping the scales at almost four pounds and topping out at just about 19 inches. In these past few weeks, it's all about practice, practice, practice as she hones the skills she'll need to thrive outside the womb — from swallowing and breathing to kicking and sucking. And speaking of sucking, your little one has been able to suck her thumb for a while now. Something else to note: As more and more fat accumulates under your baby's skin, she's becoming less transparent and more opaque.

Learn more about your baby in week 32 and a baby's position in the womb.

Your Body in Week 32 of Pregnancy
This week, your body may start prepping for delivery day by flexing its muscles — literally. If you feel your uterus bunching or hardening periodically, those are practice contractions, otherwise known as Braxton Hicks. These rehearsals (typically experienced earlier and with more intensity in women who've been pregnant before) feel like a tightening sensation that begins at the top of your uterus and then spreads downward, lasting from 15 to 30 seconds (though they can sometimes last two minutes or more). How do you know these contractions aren't the real thing? They’ll stop if you change position (try getting up if you’re lying down or walking if you've been sitting).

Learn more about your body in week 32 and Braxton Hicks contractions.

Week 32 Pregnancy Symptoms
Flatulence: To minimize that gassy feeling, aim for eating six small meals a day (versus three large ones) so that you don’t strain your digestive system (which is being taxed enough by your growing belly bearing down on it).

Bloating: Your slower metabolism (which has slowed down to give the food you eat more time to enter the bloodstream and nourish your baby) can cause bloating. Stick to your pregnancy diet and drink plenty of water to avoid constipation (see below), which aggravates bloating.

Constipation: Your growing uterus is cramping your bowels, making them sluggish and irregular. Get some regular exercise (anything helps, from brisk walks to prenatal yoga), and drink up!

Occasional faintness or dizziness: Feeling faint or light-headed can be a result of any number of things, including low blood sugar. Don’t forget to carry a protein-and-carb-rich snack in your bag to munch on when you feel dizzy. Granola bars, trail mix, or soy chips are a great choice, and may keep light-headedness at bay.

Hemorrhoids: Hemorrhoids, which are actually varicose veins in the rectum, can be a pain in the rear (literally!), especially if you spend a lot of time sitting. Ice packs or witch hazel can soothe, as can warm baths.

Leg cramps: Just as you’re ready to drift off to dreamland you may feel a painful spasm in your calves — though no one is quite sure what causes the pain (or why it’s worse at night). One theory: a lack of calcium and magnesium in your diet. Ask your practitioner if taking an extra calcium supplement is a good idea, and be certain you’re devouring your dose of daily dairy (bring on the cheese and yogurt!).

Itchy abdomen: That swelling belly is getting itchier and itchier, as the skin stretches and dries out. If slathering on creams and moisturizers doesn't help, try calamine or some other type of anti-itch lotion that soothe more-stubborn cases. Or add oatmeal to your bath and have a soak in warm (not hot) water.

Enlarged breasts and colostrum: As your breasts get bigger in the third trimester, they may also leak a yellowish fluid called colostrum, which is the precursor to breast milk. This liquid, packed with protein and antibodies, is the first milk your baby will get. If the leaks are getting uncomfortable, try wearing nursing pads.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

My Happy List

Addison's room got painted this weekend while we were gone! HAPPY!

The baby shower in Tennessee was AWESOME! HAPPY!

We got WAY more than we ever expected! HAPPY!

I shampooed the carpet yesterday, so now its time to start setting up the nursery! HAPPY!

I also sanded down the rocking chair so it can be painted! HAPPY!

Rocky is dreaming- its so cute! HAPPY!

I also have a HAPPY{ish} story to share but it may take a while {I'll keep it as short as possible}:
Last year Tommy's parents were taking care of their nephew's daughter because neither he nor his girlfriend were capable. Tommy and I were trying to help them {the nephew and girlfriend} get on their feet. {He was addicted to alcohol and she has mental problems that stop her from being 100% capable of taking care of her self much less her daughter and the son that was on the way.} Tommy and I spent a lot of time with the baby {how could you not?} and did what we could to help them out. The nephew and girlfriend never really made time to spend with their own daughter unless it was for outer appearances. She was {almost} one year old and didn't weigh fifteen pounds. She didn't talk {no noises came out of her mouth at all} she didn't crawl much less try to walk. When Tommy's mom took her to the pediatrician, the pediatrician almost called DFCS {Department of Family and Child Services} on her until she explained the situation. In just two months the little girl was talking and crawling, she loved the water {bath time or pool time, she didn't care- until you went to get her out} she recognized people and she loved going to church. Right before her first birthday {which I was in the process of planning} the nephew and girlfriend decided they wanted to take her over to his mom's for dinner {it was around Mother's Day}. They left and never came back. We each saw the little girl a total of one or two times afterwards {and never received a phone call}. She looked miserable. The one time I saw her it looked like the dog{s} used her as their play toy. Tommy's mom and grandma saw her another and it looked like she had been eaten alive by some type of bug {mosquitoes or fleas were our bet}. Everyone was devastated because the very situation we had just spent months trying to help them out of they go right back to {drugs and alcohol} and took her with them. It caused a LOT of problems {especially since Tommy's parents raised the nephew and his brother because they lived in the same, possibly worse, condition as children- with court granted custody}. For almost a year nothing. Last week or so Tommy's parents got a letter in the mail, the little girl and boy {who was unborn at the time} are in DFCS and they wanted to know if Tommy's parents would be interested in getting the children. Immediately his mom calls the case worker and speaks with her. It looks like there is a good possibility they will get them {we are all hoping and praying they can}. If for some reason his parents don't qualify they are supposed to look to Tommy and I next. We are all really HAPPY at the possibility of these precious kids coming back into our lives. Please keep this in your prayers. 

Have a HAPPY Tuesday! 

Monday, October 24, 2011

Busy Monday

So Tommy and I got back LATE last night from our trip. Overall it was fun. The ride there and back not so much. We spent a day in Gatlinburg for our anniversary, spent a day chillin' with family and then we spent a day at the baby shower. The baby shower was great! We got a LOT of things! :) We got way more than we ever expected to get, from all sides of our families! 

Anyway, Addison's room did get painted! :) Now, I have to vacuum and shampoo the carpet. Then I get to set everything up! I also have to finish sanding the rocking chair down so I (probably Tommy) can paint it. I have to wash all her clothes that haven't been washed yet. I also have school work to do! 

Wish me luck on getting everything done! 

Happy Monday!