Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Christmas and Baby Showers!

Hoping everyone had a wonderful Christmas! Things went well here. Eric and I hosted Christmas Eve dinner at our house and we went to Eric's parents' house on Christmas Day.



On Sunday, I had Baby Shower Round 3! My sister hosted my family and friends for a beautiful baby shower!

The beautiful spread!

Opening presents!

The onesies- every one decorated one for me to take home! Such a cute idea!

Things are going well here- we went to the Doctor on Monday and he told us that this baby will likely be larger than 8 or 9 lbs since it is close to 6 lbs already and we still have a month to go! He did also say that even though it's early, if I went into labor at this point, that he would not stop it... so needless to say, I went home and packed my bag right away, just in case! Knowing me and my stubborn husband, I'm sure this baby will need to be coaxed out by induction, but we'll see! Next week, I get an ultrasound, so hopefully I'll have cool pictures to post!



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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Time for an update....

32 Week Summary

How am I feeling?
I feel great during the day. At about 7:00 I start to peter out. I get tired and my ankles start to swell. I've increased my water intake, so I'm hoping this helps! Thank goodness it's pant weather!

How do I look? HUGE!!! (can you see my nasty stretch mark???)

Milestones
Watching my entire stomach move from left to right... and back again.

What am I craving?
Just food in general!

Aversions?
Not really!

What do I miss?
Being able to be completely independent... carrying things... walking up and down stairs without being winded... not needing to ask for help.

What am I looking forward to?
Meeting him/her for the first time! Maybe childbirth class this weekend also- only parts of it though!

Weight gain :
+29 lbs.

Discovery of the week?

Shaving is REALLY difficult when you're pregnant! I can't bend over that far to get to my legs!





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58 Days?!?!?!

Are you kidding me? That can't be all. It seems so soon when you say 58 days! Time is flying by!

I will have an update soon- I promise!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Yes, I AM alive!

Who knew I would take almost a one-month blogging hiatus? Sorry for letting you down, anyway! Here are some pictures from my last ultrasound!


Baby Fig's Face


A foot!



More face shots!



Another foot!


Here's a video of the baby smiling!!!!

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I feel good- but I'm getting VERY big! Starting to feel a bit uncomfortable if I'm very busy... but I guess that's to be expected. We go the Dr. again on Monday and I'll probably have another update post after that!!!
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Sunday, November 8, 2009

(Un)Prepared

I feel VERY unprepared about this baby. There's some kind of instinct inside that's pushing this, but I don't really know why. I know that at my 4- yes FOUR showers (one for work, one for me second job, and one for both my and my in-law's side of the family) that I will get MORE than enough stuff- but there's something that I still feel like I have to do. The thought that the only think I have in my house right now is a crib is just frightening.

I know- I've done it all, registered for the crap, even received two presents (that I haven't yet opened) and I even have the bedding already, but I still feel like I'm forgetting or skipping something. What could it be?

In other news- several of my friends are preggo- which I'm very happy about, because I know some of them have been trying for quite some time! :) Congratulations to them!

So really- what AM I missing (besides my brain of course!)
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

25 Weeks Already?!?!!

25 Week Summary

How am I feeling?
I feel good- even though I've been sick for awhile!

How do I look? Cow kinda describes it!


Milestones
The baby is very active and always moving all over the place!

What am I craving?
Junk! Candy, brownies, anything sweet!

Aversions?
None

What do I miss?
Sleeping the entire night through.

What am I looking forward to?
Finding out if it's a boy or a girl! 15 more weeks!

Weight gain :
+14 lbs.

Discovery of the week?

We're almost there! There's really not that much time left! I've registered and the showers are planned. Now, we just wait!




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Friday, October 23, 2009

Time Is Flying!

I can't believe how quickly time is flying. There are just over 100 days until Baby Fig is here! That is exciting, but scary too! We are frantically saving money, trying to get the necessary things in order and trying to make the guest room look like a baby's room! I will be sure to post pictures of my progress!

I have a Dr's appointment next Wednesday, so I'm sure I'll have more to post after that. Sorry about the no belly shots- but I couldn't find the battery to my camera for a long time! Anyway, I'll make sure to get that done this weekend too!

TGIF!!! School has been busy- but good.... I can't believe how fast life is flying by right now!!!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Ultrasound Update

So, I went on Monday morning for my ultrasound as part of the fetal growth study. Here's some of the pictures/video I got!!!

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A foot!



Thumb sucker!


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Update!

21 Week Summary

How am I feeling?
Still feeling pretty good- but tired after working all day!


How do I look? I definitely look pregnant now! There's a belly for sure!


Milestones
In the last two weeks, I really started to feel the baby kick. It was slow at first, but now, it's whenever I'm sitting down or laying in bed at night!

What am I craving?
Anything I can fit in my mouth!

Aversions?
Not really!

What do I miss?
I miss laying on my stomach!

What am I looking forward to?
Starting on the nursery!

Weight gain :
Who knows? I go to the dr next week. I think I'll probably be up about 7 or 8 lbs overall.

Discovery of the week?

I REALLY need to get a body pillow!!!!


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Sunday, September 20, 2009

I'm Still Alive!

I know, I know... I'm in trouble with my bloggers. Sorry! If you're not a teacher, remember what the beginning of the school year is like?!!?!? Absolute CHAOS! My class is great- but it has been a LOT of work. I moved classrooms yet AGAIN and have taken on a whole bunch of extras. This is all okay, but working two jobs and being pregnant don't really help.

The beginning of the school year went off without a hitch, back to school night went great, my parents were really supportive of my pregnancy (which I was a little leary about), and I'm taking 6 credits this fall (working toward that Master's +30 raise!). So, needless to say, breathing time is at a minimum.

I wrote a grant last year for a SMART board. If you're not familiar, they are interactive whiteboards. The kids absolutely LOVE using it in class. I'm sure the novelty will wear off soon, but it's a really great resource for classrooms. Not only can you interact with the board, but you can save, print and add web resources all in one place! It pretty much takes away the need for an LCD projector, TV and overhead! The hard part is that it requires a lot of prep outside of the school day. Your lessons have to be completely planned which can sometimes be hours of work (but are worth it if your kids are sucking in the knowledge!)

So, not much else is new... working on getting my 20 week update done for you! I promise I will not go astray for awhile- I have to MAKE blogging time! Give me until Tuesday for an update (I have class tomorrow night!)

Enjoy the beautiful fall weather!
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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

17 Week Update

17 Week Summary

How am I feeling?
Still feeling pretty good, but I really have to pace myself when I eat!


How do I look? Starting to look more and more pregnant every day. I think I've popped! I only have one pair of non-maternity shorts that I can still squeeze into!




Milestones
I'm hoping to feel the baby kick soon- the baby books say possibly in the next couple of weeks!

What am I craving?
Spaghettio's, Spaghettio's and more Spaghettio's

Aversions?
Nothing really.

What do I miss?
ALCOHOL!

What am I looking forward to?
Finding out the sex (although we will have to wait at least another 20 weeks!)

Weight gain I dropped 1.5 lbs at my dr's appt... this means I'm back to 3.5lbs. I have a feeling the scale will continue to rise at my next appt though!

Discovery of the week?

Trying to dress for work in the few maternity clothes I own really sucks!

My 20 week ultrasound is tonight. Eric cannot go because he can't get out of work, so I'm taking my mom! Hopefully I'll come home with some pictures! We'll have to remind the ultrasound tech that we're not finding out the sex!
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Sunday, August 16, 2009

15 Weeks!

15 Week Summary

How am I feeling?
I feel great most days, although yesterday I felt very dizzy and tired. Thank goodness I woke up feeling better today!


How do I look? I feel just fat right now! Here's my 15 week picture:




Milestones
I'm hoping to feel the baby kick soon- the baby books say possibly in the next couple of weeks!

What am I craving?
Today all I wanted was soup- of course on one of the hottest days of the year!

Aversions?
Mexican food, anything with a strong scent.

What do I miss?
A beer now and then!

What am I looking forward to?
Looking pregnant!

Weight gain 4.0 lbs.

Discovery of the week?

I better buy some more maternity shirts or I may never have ANYTHING to wear!

I have an ultrasound tomorrow for my fetal growth study participation. Maybe we'll get another movie!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Video Update!

So I think I mentioned before that I agreed to this research study. The study is to re-evaluate the Fetal Growth Charts. They haven't been updated in 30 years! 3,000 women across the country are participating. The study gets you 6 extra FREE ultrasounds. I was tempted to say yes, but then when they told me that they pay you to come, it was a no brainer! Sure! Here are the videos they took from today's visit!

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Saturday, August 1, 2009

13 Weeks

Well, I'm just about out of the first trimester!!!

13w Summary

How am I feeling?
I feel pretty good, although I was super dehydrated yesterday!


How do I look? Clothes are starting to get tight.... here's the 13 week picture:




Milestones
First real craving this last week- CHOCOLATE milk! I must need the Calcium!

What am I craving?
See above!

Aversions?
Ummm.... "heavy" foods.... I don't know if I can eat a real dinner yet.

What do I miss?
Fitting in anything in my closet! I just want to look pregnant at this point (okay not huge, but big enough that I don't need to explain myself!)

What am I looking forward to?
Feeling the baby move!

Weight gain 2 lbs so far.... looks like WAY more than that!

Discovery of the week?

I can't do it all anymore.... I've got to rely on other to help.... how did that take 25 years to learn?

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Ultrasound Update

Here are some photos from my ultrasound today.... 13 weeks!






Baby Fig was very active today.... jumping all over the place!!  The ultrasound tech said everything looked great, and that no news is good news, so hopefully we're all finished with that!

While I was there, a research student came in and asked me to participate in a fetal growth study.  The study involves tracking, height, weight, mood and baby's measurements via ultrasounds.  This means that I get 5 extra ultrasounds for FREE!!!  As if that wasn't good enough, they pay you to come in!  So, of course I said yes.  My first appt. is next week.  We'll see how it goes.... now that I'm in the second trimester, I'm hoping some of my energy comes back soon! 

Hope everyone else is well.... I haven't heard from my blogger friends in awhile.... everything okay?

Beach Post!


Sunday, we left for the beach for a couple of days. It was a nice anniversary getaway! We forgot our cake- so we had to compromise with regular dessert after dinner. :( Anyway, Monday was not a very good beach day, so we went to the Ocean City Boardwalk and spent the day there. It was very fun! I felt like a little kid again! On Monday night, we met Eric's parents in Atlantic City for some shopping and dinner. It was nice to see them (we don't get to see them that much during the summer) and get some great back to school shopping done at the outlets (considering NOTHING will fit!)

Tuesday, we spent most of our morning here.....



It was SO relaxing! We had to leave on the earlier side because I had to come back to a meeting and prepare for classwork due on Wednesday, but after napping at the house, I took some pictures of the view before heading home!

View from my parents balcony:
That's the bay right there! We really wanted to kayak, but we just didn't have enough time! So, it'll be the top of our agenda for our next visit, which hopefully isn't too long away!

Busy day today, meeting with financial planner, tutoring, and then an ultrasound to see Little Fig today! I'll be sure to let you know how it goes!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Beach Bound!

We drove to the beach last night after work for our anniversary. We'll be here only until tomorrow, but two nights away in the summer is a lot for a golf pro! So, we went out to dinner at a yummy Italian restaurant. This morning, we're getting ready to go to breakfast at Eric's favorite place, Brian's Waffle House. Tonight, we'll meet up with Eric's parents in Atlantic City to shop at the outlets and then have dinner together. I'm sure Eric will sneak in a little gambling too! Anyway, I hope to get down to the beach to take some nice photos to post later.... I hear that we had a horrible storm without power last night... crazy!

Hope all is well. I'll get my 12 week photo up soon as well!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Belly Pictures... Ugh!

So here are the long awaited belly pics.... I'm waited on posting them because I'm still not a huge fan of the way they look yet.... more like fat and not so much like a baby is in there! A couple more weeks.... Anyway... here's you're 11 week photo from last week!
I am feeling a ton better.... the energy is not 100% yet, but I can eat most anything. I think I'm over the hump! I go next Wednesday for my first trimester ultrasound to make sure there's nothing majorly wrong in there!

I'm finishing up my second week of a 6-credit grad course which has gone really well. I've been able to accomplish a lot of work in Science (the subject which I like the least!) We're almost finished and after work on Sunday, we're going to head to the beach for our anniversary... can you believe it's been a year already? It's time to bust that freezer-burnt cake out!

Monday, July 13, 2009

I'm Back!

I know I promised pictures the next day.... sorry! I had to work a ton last week, because I was gone all weekend to be in a wedding in Connecticut! I'll post about that next! Anyway, here are the ultrasound pictures!


This shows the little one at about 10 weeks... I can't believe you can see the legs already! Everything looked great and the doctor said it should be fine. I went for my first trimester bloodwoork and will go back again in the beginning of August.

I am feeling better, but still sometimes have weird food aversions... it's kinda weird, but it beats being sick.

Will post about the wedding soon!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Better!

I'm starting to feel better. The last three days have been a TON better! It's so funny how much I hated feeling like crap, but of course now that I'm feeling good, I'm nervous that something's wrong! We'll see what the Dr. says on Monday when I have my next ultrasound and checkup! I have to work all weekend, which really stinks, but at least it will be helpful when we're buying baby stuff in the near future!

Hope everyone has a great fourth- I will be sure to post pictures when I get home from the Dr. on Monday!


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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Feeling Pregnant

I'm definitely feeling more signs of pregnancy as I go along.... day after day, usually within an hour of eating, I feel like I could throw up at any given moment.... not a great feeling, but we have to eat, right? I've been sticking to small meals, but I feel sick anyway, so whatever. At least I was smart enough to start taking my vitamin before bed... that was making my day miserable.

But I guess other than that, things are going well.... giving up alcohol is difficult. Not because I like to be drunk, but to have a beer or a glass of wine whenever is a nice treat. Water is just so.... boring sometimes!

Anyway.... all in all, things are good. I go back to the doctor on July 6. Hopefully we'll have some new information then!
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Monday, June 15, 2009

Update...

So, I went back to the doctor today for a followup ultrasound. They just want to make sure everything's okay because of my past history. It was cool to see how much changes in one week. The little blip on the screen looks like a lima bean now and we were able to see a heartbeat! It was pretty cool. No pictures today, but still awesome to see the beating right there on the screen. The doctor also said that usually when you see a heartbeat, the risk of miscarriage drops to less than 5% after that.

I got back to the Doctor on July 8 for my first "real" visit. They'll work up all of my paperwork and get everything in order. Looks like things are good!

Keep your fingers crossed! :)
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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Pictures!




Here are some pictures from my ultrasound on Monday. I am about 5 1/2 weeks, and there was no heartbeat yet, so he's taking me next week to see if we can find it! It's the little white bean looking thing inside of the black circle!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

I Guess It's Time To Tell...


...only because I'm not very good at keeping secrets! I'm pregnant! I'm headed to the doctor tomorrow for an ultrasound just to make sure everything's alright, but so far, everything seems great. I definitely have a lot more symptoms than I had before! Anyway... an update after I get home tomorrow.... think happy thoughts for me!
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Friday, May 22, 2009

A Day Off!

I SO much enjoyed my first day off in seven weeks! Eric happened to have the day off also, so we got to spend it together. I know this is normal for some people, but we usually never have days off in common, so we had to seize the moment. I actually slept until 8:30- I couldn't believe it! After this, I finally woke Eric up around 9:00 and we headed to breakfast. We stopped at the country club to pick up my paycheck and for Eric to say hello to all of his old co-workers.

After breakfast/errands, I got a lot of laundry done, and met Elizabeth for lunch. I got to hang out with her and Reiley, who is getting SO big!

THEN, Eric and I took Sadie to Pet Smart to get a new leash, since she chewed her old one, and some toys. We tried to take her to the dog park, but I didn't realize that it wasn't completely enclose and we were a little leary of letting her go without the leash so close to a highway. On our way home, we stopped at Rita's, which was AWESOME!

I came home, got a pedicure and went grocery shopping- I must say, I was pretty productive!

I have to work the rest of this weekend and I'm not looking forward to it, but hopefully I'll be putting away money for daycare or babysitting services soon!
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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Post for My Sister....

because she says I don't blog enough! Well, here ya go! Anyway, things are great- but busy... my phone died the other night, so I went and bought myself a BlackBerry! The technology geek that I am- I like being connected all the time.

I'm getting back into my exercise routine after my short bout with walking pneumonia. It wasn't that bad, but I did have trouble breathing when I tried to exercise.... so slowly, it's coming back!

I'm headed to a friend's for my bridesmaid dress fitting tonight... I'm pretty excited considering that her mom made it! It's simple and cute, just the way I like it...

Anyway, only 15 days of school left! Wahoo!
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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Mother's Day


Here are some pictures from Mother's Day at my sister's house.... it was really nice to be outside playing with the kids after dinner!