Monday, December 29, 2008


I first felt my baby move/kick a week ago last Friday. After that, I felt him move every other day. But as of yesterday, my baby has been moving quite a bit : ) He's still not kicking hard enough for his daddy to feel the kick, but it shouldn't be too long now : )

Sunday, December 28, 2008

I Think I Overdid It...

Last night was Game Night, so I was cleaning and getting ready for it all day. I took two half hour breaks due to the pain in my back and feet. The breaks helped enough for me to continue with the work. When people arrived and we played games, I was ok as long as I was sitting. Whenever I had to get up, my back ached. I felt like an old woman. My husband and I picked up after everyone left around 1 am. Then I sat down for a bit and fell asleep on the couch. A couple hours later I woke up with Joseph working on his computer. I decided it was time for me to go to bed. I got up and almost fell over. Joseph came over quickly and had me grab onto his shoulders as I scooted behind him to bed. I prayed that I would be better when I woke up, but I didn't have much hope of that. Thankfully I am better today. I am able to walk all on my own : )

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

You've Gotta Be Kidding...

Ok. I get pregnant and find out quickly that ones bb get larger during pregnancy. Alright, I start out as a C, shortly after getting pregnant I have to wear a D. Not too bad. I can handle that. Then a couple weeks later, I have to buy DD. Ok. Ok. I'm not too happy about that, but I'll deal. Not two weeks later, the bras are too small. I gave up. I bought XL sports bras. I decided to stick with those until around 8 months. Well, I'm at the end of my 5th month and I realize I should have bought XXL. But I'm still determined to make the XL bras work.

Well, today my honey takes me shopping for a New Years Eve dress. No surprise, I don't have any dresses at home that fit : ) Picture this. I'm trying on dresses, but remember I only have sports bras. After about 1 1/2 hours, I decide I'll take the dress that can only be described as the best of the evils. Obviously, I need a new bra. So that takes about another 1/2 hour. The one thing that was nice about getting a regular bra that fits is that the dress looks nice. I now am a proud owner of an F. No, that was not a typo. All I can say is, I now understand why women with biggins' more often than not have major cleavage showing.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

More Kicking

I didn't feel the baby kick at all yesterday, but I used the baby heartbeat monitor and others were able to here his heartbeat : ) One of my young nephews told me how much he enjoyed that. It was cool.

This morning while laying in bed snuggling with my honey, the baby started kicking away. I finally asked Joseph if he could feel it. He couldn't, but it probably won't be too much longer before he does feel our little one moving around : )

Friday, December 19, 2008

First Kick

I was praying for a friend after reading her email when my baby kicked. He kicked twice. Then I pressed on my belly and he kicked again. That time I felt the kick on my fingers. Yeah : )

My mom told me the other day that my brother and I only moved once a day. Who knows, maybe that's what my baby will do. As long as he's healthy, I can deal with whatever comes my way.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Dr. Appt Today

I'm doing well. I haven't had swelling in my legs since Friday. Yeah : ) My doctor's not worried. He said if there is swelling in my hands and face, that calls for concern. He figures it might have been my eating Thanksgiving ham that caused the swelling. Ham has LOTS of salt. I guess I never thought of it before but it makes sense.

I finally succumbed to buying a donut today. I have yet to use it, but it'll probably help with my tailbone pain. I can hear my students talking to their parents about my donut habit. Oooh. Maybe I'll get donuts for Christmas : ) No, I don't need those. I already gained way too much weight over the Thanksgiving holiday. Ugh!!! What's up with this pregnancy thing?! Before being pregnant, I was really good about limiting my sugar intake. Now I can't seem to get enough sugar.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

A Little More about the Swelling

So I've been dealing with water weight in my legs for a few days now. It turns out it could be more serious than I expected. The water weight gain isn't scary in itself. It happens to a lot of pregnant women but later in pregnancy. Since mine has occured really early in my pregnancy, it has raised concern in many people. Some have mentioned toxemia. Others have mentioned blood clots.

On Thursday, my left leg was in a great amount of pain. So I called my doctor. The nurse practitioner asked me many questions and told me what to do. She didn't seem too concerned at that point; however, if the pain got worse, I needed to go to the hospital right away. Thankfully it did not get worse. That night I was told to elevate my legs above my heart, not to eat salt, nor cross my legs. She also wanted me to sleep on my right side to try to move the baby toward that side to even things out. Oh and no leg massages. When I told my husband about the no leg massages, he got really excited until I told him that it was ok for me to still get foot massages.

The next morning the swelling had gone down a bit to show a slight difference between my calfs and ankles. But later that morning, the swelling was back and possibly worse. Some teacher friends told me I should get my blood pressure taken just in case. I did and it was normal. But the nurse said she'll take my blood pressure twice a week just to keep an eye on it. I think that's a good idea. Last night I lay with my legs elevated for a couple hours. Then ate and played games with a friend and her husband. After they went home, I lay with my legs elevated for a couple more hours. This morning I looked at my ankles. They were back. I have ankles again : ) Of course I am still laying with my legs elevated, but at least there's hope : )

I'll see my doctor Tuesday. We'll see what he says then.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Weight Gain

I know that pregnant women gain weight. It's natural. Water weight gain is something different. I took my wedding band off about a month ago as it was fitting snuggly on my finger. No big deal, my fingers swell when I'm hot. I expected that. But the other day, I was wearing my socks. What was so odd and saddening about this was that those socks left a very pronounced indentation in my leg. What's up with that?! To top it all off, I asked my husband for a foot massage today. As I was picking up my feet, I realized I had all of the sudden misplaced my ankles. Yes, my ankles. I'm a little concerned, seeing as I am only 19 weeks. What's next? No more knees, elbows, what!!! Yah and this is not without pain. Ah, the aches and pains of pregnancy. And I wouldn't trade it for the world.

Big Ultra Sound Appointment

We went to the doctor's for an ultra sound Monday. This is the first time Joseph got to see our baby. He was good. He held my hand the whole time. He even made me laugh, but that's not a good thing when having an ultra sound : ) The baby kept hiding his face. He did give us a thumbs up which showed us he is Joseph's child; the thumb went back a little further than most people's thumbs.

The doctor did notice that the cord only had two strands instead of three. He has an artery and a vein strand instead of two arteries and a vein strand. The doc said not to worry. He'll give the information to my ob/gyn and if there are any concerns they'll make another follow up appointment. They say it's not uncommon. A friend at work reminded me the other day that God is in control. I'll leave the worrying to the worriers. Thank the Lord I am not one of them, but I need to make sure I keep it that way. Worrying really isn't a help anyway : )

That night I sent out a text message to some friends and family. It read as follows:

It's official. It's a...
(after scrolling down a bit, they read)
baby : ) We haven't changed our minds. We're still waiting.

I was called a tease. Can you believe that?! : )

Oh. One more thing. According to my due date, I was 8 weeks 4 days. According to the size of my baby I was 9 weeks 2 days. That's not a big deal as long as the dates are within 10 days of each other in either direction. The baby was measured to be 9 oz.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

A Bump

I have been waiting for quite some time to feel a kick or a flutter or something. Well, this morning I turned and laid on my back. Something seemed different, so I felt my belly. There was a bump towards the right side. I got so excited, but I waited a few seconds thinking it would disappear soon. It didn't. Then I told Joseph to give me his hand. He was half asleep, so he just raised his hand. I told him again to give me his hand. He put it closer to me. Then finally he lifted his head and I told him to put his hand on my belly. By that time, the bump was REALLY hard to feel. So basically he missed it.

Ok. Now I know there is something inside of me; however, I am still looking forward to the kick. But I'm wondering if Joseph will ever get excited. He doesn't seem to care. I know he cares, but he just doesn't show excitement. He talks to the baby. He even puts his ear up to my belly to see if he hears anything. I'm not sure if he is doing that just for my benefit or if he is really wanting to hear something. In either case, I'm glad he does it. Tomorrow we go for the big ultra sound. We're going to wait on finding out the baby's sex, but we'll still get to see the baby. Maybe that will get him excited even though he's only going because I want him there. Well, I guess we'll see.

Saturday, November 29, 2008


Blogging is definitely harder than I thought it would be. I actually have to think of something interesting to say. Well, hopefully I'll get the hang of it. It does make it easier seeing a friend's blog. She's great at it. Thanks, Carrie : )

Monday, November 24, 2008

Ups and Downs

Well, today I totally broke down, but just for a few minutes. I called my husband at work after I had been dealing with a lot of uncertainties. He was concerned at my phone call and asked if something was wrong. I said, "No, I'm just frustrated." Then I told him that our bills aren't getting paid. After many tears and Joseph weeding through everything I said, he realized I was losing it over $34. He told me that he was going to lunch now and he'd take care of it then. I thanked him and told him I loved him. Then we said goodbye. It's amazing how he can calm my nerves so easily even when he's not physically with me. In any case, I realized within a couple seconds after my phone call that I was completely over reacting and nuts. It's not like me to freak out over little things even a bunch of little things. And I thought the only thing that pregnancy had on me was weight gain. Boy was I wrong : )

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Days Go By

As a child, it seemed we'd never get older. Highschool and College seemed to pass at a decent rate, but you couldn't wait to turn 21. Then the next thing you know you're 30 something and all of your cousins you thought of as soooo young are 20 something. What's worse is all your friends' babies grew up before your eyes. You start thinking about your own children or the ones you are going to have. You want time to slow down. What happened?! How is time so slow as a child and then speeds up as an adult?

I've been told to enjoy every day. It's special. Enjoy being single. There are many things you can do and many worries you don't have as a single person. When you get married without children, enjoy those days. There are many things you won't be able to do and many more worries after you have children. Things aren't better. They're just different.

When I found out I was pregnant, I thought I would have about 9 more months of sleep and no worries. Boy was I wrong. I think your body is trying to get you ready for the sleepless nights to come. And worries.... You've got to be kidding me. Am I eating the right stuff and amount for my baby? Can I lift this without harming my baby? Should I sing to, read to, talk to my baby? What do I need to do to help my baby grow big and strong? Is my baby's heartbeat still beating in there? You get the picture.

I look forward to my baby kicking, so I won't have the worry, "Is my baby's heartbeat still beating?" I keep reminding myself to enjoy this time, but it's hard when the only time you know your baby is still kicking is when you go to your monthly appointment and see or hear the heartbeat. I'm 17 1/2 weeks. People tell me by week 19, I should feel the baby kicking. Right now 1 1/2 weeks seems forever. I feel like a child waiting for Christmas. When I really think about when I saw two lines, I realize it was just yesterday. 12 1/2 weeks passed so quickly. Then I pray for time to slow down.