Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Hunter (my absolute fav so far)
Giacomo (our Italian landlord's grandson's name, I LOVED it!!! Pronounced "Jack co mo" with an Italian "J")
I'm 6 weeks tomorrow so I thought I'd go ahead and post.
Monday, April 28, 2008
My next appt is with the nurse on May 7th to get my medical history and do bloodwork (YUK!!!). Then the next appt will be approx 2 wks after that and will include a small ultrasound so I'm hoping to make it for a Friday afternoon so Ben can come. Thats another bonus for using this clinic instead of Parkhill-its close enough that Ben can come to appts with me:)
You are 5 Weeks Pregnant!
WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH YOU
Your body is working overtime to produce a special new life. You may feel exhausted and unusually cranky. Of course, running to the bathroom every few minutes doesn't help. This is due to your increased metabolism and growing uterus. Your breasts may be particularly tender now and you may find that sleeping in a sports bra helps. Don't worry, breast growth will slow within the next three weeks.
WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH YOUR BABY
During the next few days, your baby's heart will start early contractions, which later become distinct beats. By the end of the third week of gestation (five weeks in menstrual age) the length of the embryo is about 1.5 to 2 millimeters long. All of your baby's major organs are under development, and facial features, such as ears and eyes, begin to form. The neural tube, which will later be referred to as the spinal cord, will fuse this week. And buds appear that will soon be the arms and legs. No wonder you are so tired!
I can definitely attest to the increase in bathroom trips, exhaustion and sore and swollen boobs. I'm finding that wearing my old nursing bras are much more comfortable. My jeans are too uncomfy yet but I can tell a difference in the waist.
My first OB appt is this afternoon. I'll be meeting Dr. Ford for the first time. I've decided to go with Pinnacle Women's Health and deliver at Willow Creek. I'd LOVE to have Dr. Gorman again but the drive was killer when I was preggo with Bella and gas prices have gotten to high to even consider it BUT we will use Willow Creek again for delivery since Dr. Ford has delivery privileges there and I feel much more comfortable there. I've already heard enough horror stories about the new hospital to make me avoid it for L&D even tho I was really excited about it being so close and having a NICU. I just love the security they have in place at Willow Creek and the fact that they specialize in delivering babies, and its a place we know and were so happy with when we had Bella. Not many places let you have more than one person in the OR with you for a C-Section:)
I really think Bella knows something is up-its like the same 6th sense that pets have when someone is pregnant. She has been uber clingy and having major separation anxiety over the past few weeks-something I'm not use to so I had just chalked it up to the fact that she never really had bad separation anxiety as a baby so maybe it was just kicking in during her toddler years. Its gotten better over the past day or so but she is still clingier than normal. Poor lil punkin has a world of hurt coming for her in December-she HATES it when I hold babies LOL I guess its something we can work on for 9 months:) She LOVES to hold baby dolls and play mama to them. I think she is gonna be an awesome big sister once she gets past the jealousy. She loves to help (child is a NEAT freak!!!!) and I've even seen her in the baby room at school helping the teachers. We'll see-it'll be a HUGE adjustment for her but I think we'll survive and she'll do good.
We are planning on moving our room into the computer/game room, turning our old room into Bella's room and leaving the nursery for the baby. Bella is ready for a big girl bed so its good timing. I think we are gonna work on that the weekend of Ben's bday since we'll have some extra muscle here to help out. We were gonna either convert the garage into the master with a master bath and leave the computer/game room as is with a utility room but with a new roof and now having to get a new septic, it ain't gonna happen. So we'll just put a door on the computer room and be done with it. This house WILL be painted before the baby arrives!!!!!
The septic guys come out tomorrow afternoon. I'm sure they'll have to dig up the whole damn backyard which is fine with me (as long as they leave my apple tree alone!!) cuz then the rocks will magically disappear and we can grow a REAL yard!!!!!!!!! YAY for me and Bella having a backyard:) (Daddy can have fun taking care of it LOL) k outta here to get Bean outta bed (she never fell asleep today just read and talked to her animals) so she can go play at Grma's while I go to the OB:)
Friday, April 25, 2008
Bella is gonna have a HUGE (ok hopefully not HUGE LOL) Christmas present this year-a little brother or sister!!!! We found out this morning-well I found out this morning in the WalMart bathroom and surprised Ben when he got home this afternoon. I have my first appointment on Monday afternoon to confirm. The due date is Christmas Eve!!!! I really think this is Nana's way of making the first Christmas a more joyous one. She would have LOOOOOVED a Christmas baby!!
I'm going to make a separate blog for the pregnancy so I don't flood Bella's blog. I'll post the link in a bit.
As a looooovely reminder of the WHALE status I got to when I was pregnant with Bella-NOT gonna happen with her lil bro/sis!!!!
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
The Race was at a new location this year to celebrate the Ozark affiliate's 10th anniversary. It was held at the new Arvest Ballpark and was beautiful!! The weather was perfect even tho it was a bit chilly in the beginning. With it being new location, there were quite a few logistical nightmares-there were over 16,000 people and only 6 buses to shuttle people to the Ballpark!!! The Race started about 45 minutes late but we still had fun. In all the chaos, I wasn't able to take many pictures. Ok so I only took one LOL.....
Us Mamas doing our thing:) The lil ones did so awesome!!!!!
We call this our "GiGi Apple Tree" now because Nana was so excited to come pick apples and make applesauce for Bella. We've also started a flower bed under the tree that we call "GiGi's flowers". It has caladiums (she grew a caladium that is now older than me and still going strong!!!), stargazer lilies (Ben bought bulbs for me for Valentines knowing stargazers were favorites of Nana and I), and the beautiful tulips Papa gave me for Valentine's Day.
Bella and I visit GiGi's flowers everytime its pretty outside. She loves to just sit there and look at the tree (and dig thru the dirt for worms that she rips in half LOL)
Sweet lil cheeser- I LOVE YOU BEAN!!!!
Again, water normally behind the tree line
Thursday, April 10, 2008
I still miss you Boop, I miss you so much. It hasn't gotten easier but its not as hard-only a griever could make sense of that:) I don't hate every minute of every day that you aren't here anymore, just chunks of time here and there. Its with me every day, I guess cuz you were with me every day so ya might as well be forever huh?
Bella and I planted a flower bed around the apple tree in the backyard. I had always wanted flowers in the back just to have SOME color, but I finally decided it HAD to be by the apple tree because that was YOUR tree. You got so much joy out of watching it bloom and seeing the apples grow, knowing that you would pick them and make apple sauce for my baby that hadn't even been born yet. Last year we had only one apple because of the last freeze. I cannot explain the joy I felt when I noticed it was blooming yesterday-we'll have apples again!!! Everytime I go pick one, I'll think of you. Bella is still eating your apple sauce!! soooo Bella and I planted a flower bed and you were with us. She dug for worms and said in her sweet Bella voice, "weemy weemy" whenever I taught her it was a "wormy". We planted stargazer lilies, caladiums, and the tulips that Papa got me for Valentine's Day. That is going to be our GiGi place. We need to have a place we can go and just be with you. It'll be nice. I took Bella down there this afternoon and said, "See, this is where GiGi's flowers will be." She smiled and giggled and danced around the tree. I hate that she can't run and dance around you anymore, I miss it all the time cuz I know how much it made your heart smile.
I'm trying to hang on to the good memories-I have SOOOO many. Literally my entire lifetime cuz you were there every single step of the way. You were my very first babysitter, my favorite neighbor, and I will never forget how excited I got about sleep overs at Nana's house. We'd snuggle up in your bed, have a "midnight snack" and read our books-and of course, a back scratch with your awesome nails. Nobody could ever compete with your back scratches-you could go for hours and wouldn't stop until I said it was ok:) And then you'd fix me French toast in the morning. When Anthony was older, we'd go on "adventures" and walk to Fairview Park where he'd take us on guided tours of the creek. I guess that was just practice for the tours he loves to give of his City now. I remember you cleaned your house from top to bottom every Saturday. You'd vacuum under the couches and dust everything in sight. I loved the smell of furniture polish cuz of you. I remember spending the night at your house everytime it stormed cuz Daddy worked nights and Mama was scared. And all the nights we all climbed into the tub with a mattress over our heads. Then in high school, I lived with you for a while and came home drunk one morning and you wanted to take me to the hospital for drug testing!!! ooohhh Lordy! Yep, you were ALWAYS there! And I love it! You were right there with me loving every minute of my pregnancy, I loved having someone with me that was as excited as me. And all the OBGYN doctor appointments you went with me, and when I got too big to fit behind the steering wheel, you'd drive me. I know sometimes I acted like your RN-royalty bugged me, but it was so comforting having you there, knowing you would ask all the questions that I'd never think of, and that you'd reassure me when it got scary. I bawl thinking that I'll miss that with the next baby. My expert won't be there to hold my hand and answer my questions. (k pause for a 5 minute cry LOL) You drove me insane when I was in labor, hovering over the monitors, saying, "OMG that was a BIG one!!!" But I wouldn't give it up for the world and Mama, you dang well better put on the most annoying act possible in her place!!!! My favorite image is of you laying on the floor with my tinky baby, just talking to her and singing.
I miss you Nana Banana, soooo much. UGH it still hurts!!! It still sucks and I just want you back. Mama says that she wishes she could have you for just 5 more minutes. 5 minutes just ain't gonna hack it for me. I need ya here forever, for all the rest of the steps. Sometimes I just dunno how its all gonna happen without you here but I know it will. I'm loving showing flowers to Bella now cuz I know you would be doing that this spring. The flowers keep me going.
I love you Boop, forever and ever and always. Thanks for being my Nana. I love being your girl.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Just in case you have forgotten-we are DORKS!!!! Ben got Bella all dressed cute last Sunday with her lil golfer capris and matching hat and her Dora sunglasses. So we are on the way to Papa's for Sunday supper and I look in the rearview mirror and Ben has on Bella's other hat LOL I just happened to have a hat of Nana's in the car so we all donned our goofy hats and sunglasses for a family photo op:) Bella saw a bird