Tuesday, March 31, 2009
The only new thing is that I'm starting to feel Jackson a little more frequently. He's stingy though!! He'll kick and I'll put my hand there and then he'll stop. He especially likes to do that when Justin tries to feel him. He just isn't having it. SOOOOO.... with that said, if you haven't felt him move, don't take it personally. I usually don't even let people touch my stomach because there's no point. He doesn't like to be touched yet I guess. When I notice that he's more regular, and when Justin has actually had more of a chance to feel him as I think HE should have the first dibs on that one seeing as Jackson is HIS son, I'll start letting people feel. Until then, hold your horses. I'll let you know when he's ready to share! For now, this is my time to enjoy him. It's just starting to get more frequent so I haven't had much time myself to even experience it yet. And I'd like to have a little something to myself before I share... and I'd especially like to have Justin get some one on one time before the rest of the world does.
That's all for now. Maybe more later (seeing as it's only 11:48 am and I still have the whole day to go through). We are planning on finally visiting Rob, Sharon, and Baby Lucas tonight so I'll update on that as well!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Side shot (and trying to cover some new and very UN-exciting stretch marks)
Carlin wanted to give Jackson some lovin'.
The bedding set.
A couple stuffed animals and a stuffed book of nursery rhymes that grandma made for Jackson (my mom).
And the GIANT elephant that i just HAD to have... but it didn't end up being as giant as I thought. ha ha. He's still cute though.
The armoir and the lamp and diaper stacker that match the bedding set!
... and already full of clothes and blankets.
The rocking chair!!! I LOVE it. Hanging over it is a soft mickey mouse blanket that Justin loved and wanted for Jackson. And next to the rocking chair is the rocking horse that I posted about before.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
So now, full force ahead for the next half of the semester: Pediatric Nursing!
More update tomorrow.... and maybe some pictures. I'm tooo tooo tired now!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
But I promise.... pictures SOON!!! I've been told some people are anxiously awaiting them :)
Oh... and just three more days until I start counting down from 100 days :) Craziness.
And finally... wish me luck on my make up psychiatric nursing final tomorrow!!! YIKES!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
On my way home today, I gave Justin a call and he told me that he and Jared would be going to pick up the crib tonight instead of tomorrow. This of course made me happy. So we made our way to babies r us and now the crib is sitting in the box in the baby's room waiting for some free hands and tools to set it up :) Julie and i plan on doing that sometime this week. While we were out, though, we stopped at Walmart to return some things and I decided to look at their jewelry. We had talked about getting me a "fake" bling ring to wear in place of my engagement ring and wedding band because they're getting kind of tight and I'd hate to have a swelling incident where my rings would have to be cut off. So, I found a very pretty three stone ring for about $50 and we decided to get it. It was definitely worth it. My finger can now breathe and it still looks pretty.
Other than all of that, today makes 25 weeks. And, as of now we've had 4 babies born and doing as well as can be expected on the July 2009 birth board. It's really scary to know that women about as far along as I am are already having their babies, but it's comforting to know that these babies have a fighting chance and are indeed being little fighters. Despite this small comfort, I still pray for each day to come and go with ease and each week is still a victory. The more time Jackson has to grow right where he's at, the better for him and us. I'm eager to meet this little guy and see what exactly we've been preparing for, but I'm just as eager to make it to 30 weeks and beyond. As for being 25 weeks today, I have not yet taken a picture. I hurried to get ready today and get out of the house and I'm just too tired and look too tired to smile at the acmera today. SO, when I do take that picture, I'll post it. I'll also post pictures of the baby's room as soon as the crib is up. I can't wait, but I have to, so you will have to also :)
Saturday, March 21, 2009
The 3 pieces that we do have together look great and I can't wait to organize it all. Thanks a bunch to Justin and Wayne for working so hard today (and to Justin's dad for getting some things to the dump for us today). What a productive... tiring day.
On the school front, my group is ALMOST done our group paper (14 pages later). We're still waiting on a small part from each person, but now the light at the end of the tunnel (for just THIS paper) is visible. I still have two minor papers to do by tuesday, but they shouldn't take too long... maybe the better part of Sunday afternoon! I'm sooooo ready for the middle of may to get here, and FAST!!!
I am glad, however, that Spring is finally here. Now if only we had Spring temperatures. :) Oh boy I can't wait!!
And to end the weekend, we plan to maybe visit Sharon, Rob, and Baby Lucas tomorrow after church. We're both healthy again (although I still have a cough that made me sick a little today, but I think that's here to stay for awhile, no virus attached) so we won't be spreading our germs to the family. We're very excited to meet him and to congratulate the new parents in person.
Well.. that's all for now... I'm pooped. So maybe a quick nap before lunch/dinner and work (Booo work!!!) Enjoy the weekend.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
At this point of the visit, the doctor usually checks fundal height by pressing on my expanding belly. This time he whipped out the measuring tape though, which was a little exciting. Usually around 22 weeks or so, they can start measuring you with tape. The distance in cm from your pubic bone to the top of the uterus should correspond to how far along you are, so at 24 weeks I should measure 24 cm. The doc didn't give me a number, which I assume means I'm right on.
I don't go back for another month, but I did get my lab form to take my 1 hour glucose test, which means I get to not eat all morning, go in and drink some really sweet, nasty orange stuff and wait an hour to have my blood drawn to see if I have gestational diabetes. YUM!!! I will probably go in two weeks to do that. When I go back to see the doctor, it will be for my 28 week visit and will be more of the usual. After that, I don't think I go back until I'm 32 weeks and then I start to go every two weeks until I think I'm 37 weeks maybe, and then I believe I go once a week.
Now, while it seems like things are going pretty quickly, it doesn't feel that way at all. In fact, all day I've been extremely irritated, seemingly for no reason at all. I think it's mostly due to the crappy weather that we've had... makes for a heck of a spring break. It's also due to the school work I have to do. I'm beyond irritated with this, because of this stupid stupid group paper I have that is going NOWHERE and is due tuesday. I'm so tired of stupid busy work that takes up way too much time and causes way too much stress.. and for what.. TWO lousy credits. It's complete BS and I'm so irritated that I can barely focus on the paper. I've gotten nothing done all day. And when I have school work that's NOT getting done, that means I have house work that is ALSO NOT getting done. Laundry piling up, hair balls growing in the corners. I can't possibly do that when I have school work, so I get nowhere at all!!! ARGH!!!
Seeing how irritated I've been today, it has made me completely bored/tired of being pregnant. Sounds bad, I know!!! But it's been six months.. nothing really goes on for another 2 months... I can't really do anything until we get our furniture in and by that time I probably won't have time to because of school! There's a lot of things I can't do and things just seem to be drawing out!! I know this is common, but it still makes me feel bad that I feel this way. I'm PRAYING for a sunny day tomorrow so I can get back to normal! It really makes me miss going tanning. It used to be that if I was having a crappy, rainy, gloomy day I would go tanning and it would make me feel A LOT better. But of course I haven't been able to do that! That would make me feel a ton better.
Really.. I just need a spring break that's really a break. No school work, sunny warm weather!!! But, for me spring break is over. Group project tomorrow, work saturday and sunday and back to school on monday. AND I still have to make up my final. I wish school would just end already. I'm so so tired of it!!!! I feel like I've been going to school forever (because I have). I have no clue how I'm going to make it through another 2 months of this crap!
That was my vent for today.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
But I happened to stroll over to babycenter.com onto my July birth board to find that the first of our July mommies-to-be had her baby this morning! She was 24 weeks 5 days (so, now, just 4 days past me) and she had been told around 21 weeks that she had almost no amniotic fluid left. She's been in and out of the hospital for weeks and the doctors told her they wouldn't be able to do anything until she was 24 weeks. Maybe a week or two ago they told her she had absolutely NO fluid left and the baby's chances were slim to none! Well this past friday marked her 24 week day and she started steroids to help the baby develop... and she held on until this morning. But... this morning she had her baby boy Christian via C-section. He weighed 1 lb 5 oz! AND... he's got a 70% chance of survival!!! He's currently in the NICU and doing well!
Just a little miracle I thought was worth sharing!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
I figure also since it's a pretty big day, I'll update with what babycenter says about this week:
How your baby's growing:Your baby's growing steadily, having gained about 4 ounces since last week. That puts him at just over a pound. Since he's almost a foot long (picture an ear of corn), he cuts a pretty lean figure at this point, but his body is filling out proportionally and he'll soon start to plump up. His brain is also growing quickly now, and his taste buds are continuing to develop. His lungs are developing "branches" of the respiratory "tree" as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help his air sacs inflate once he hits the outside world. His skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon.See what your baby looks like this week. (Or see what fraternal twins look like in the womb this week.)Note: Every baby develops a little differently — even in the womb. Our information is designed to give you a general idea of your baby's development.
How your life's changing:In the past few weeks, the top of your uterus has risen above your belly button and is now about the size of a soccer ball.Most women have a glucose screening test (also called a glucose challenge test or GCT) between now and 28 weeks. This test checks for gestational diabetes, a pregnancy-related high-blood-sugar condition. Untreated diabetes increases your risk of having a difficult vaginal delivery or needing a cesarean section because it causes your baby to grow too large, especially in his upper body. It also raises your baby's odds for other complications like low blood sugar right after birth. A positive result on your GCT doesn't mean you have gestational diabetes, but it does mean that you'll need to take the glucose tolerance test (GTT) to find out for sure.Finally, if you don't already know how to spot the signs of preterm labor, now's the time to learn. Contact your caregiver immediately if you notice any of the signs mentioned below.
And here's a picture of what babycenter says our little guy looks like this week:
That's all for this week! Hopefully soon I'll be able to update with a pool table sale and the delivery and set-up of our nursery furniture. Stay tuned.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
As we were pulling out of the driveway, the couple came out and told us they were getting rid of a bunch of other things and asked if we wanted them. So we ended up bringing home a car seat and a pack-n-play which they wouldn't take money for. The car seat will end up being a travel seat for grandmas (if it checks out) and the pack-n-play will be our travel one when we go anywhere. We're still keeping the one we had on our registry as it has the built in bassinet and changing loft and will be awesome to keep downstairs rather than running up and down the steps all day.
All in all, it was a great day and we're glad we made the trip!
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
He looks perfect from the pictures, and we can't wait to meet him (when we're not flu-ridden of course).
Congratulations Rob and Sharon, and welcome baby Lucas!!!!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
AND, I just checked facebook to find that Rob and Sharon are having their baby boy TODAY!!! How exciting. I wish we weren't so sick so we could actually go visit. But we'll wait for pictures instead.
Congratulations Kristen and Tim and good luck Rob and Sharon!!!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Now we're just hoping this doesn't lead to an emergency room/labor and delivery visit. The only thing I can take is extra strength tylenol, robitussin, my ear drops, and throat lozenges. The doc said there's nothing else he can do besides that (since I can't take real meds) but if my temp goes up and won't break I'll have to go to the hospital. :::sigh::: What a fun week of exams!
Justin is still sick as well. He went to the doc today and the doc said no work for the rest of the week OR weekend for him. Justin got the flu shot a while back so he wasn't sure how he got the flu, but the doc said he got a mutated version of it and has since developed a sinus infection. Justin is now wondering what the point of the flu shot is and I tried to explain that they create the vaccine based on the strain that starts in other countries and makes it's way around to us. Unfortunately, going through so many people and places, there's always a chance that the virus can mutate enough to still get people sick, even if they were vaccinated. Yet another reason I don't get the flu shot.
Hopefully this will start to taper off tomorrow so I can study and be ready for my final on Friday. Please oh please!!!!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
In this weeks news (that I haven't already updated): my poor hubby has been sick with what we're thinking is the flu. He'll have a fever of 100 one minute and then like an hour later his temp will be normal at like 98.5 or so. It's definitely frustrating, seeing as he's had to stay home for 2 days already and another day tomorrow so he can go to the doc.
We've been faithfully using hand sanitizer and washed all of our couch blankets today to keep me from getting sick. I even studied at Julie's ALL DAY yesterday partially to stay out of the house... but to no avail! I ended up starting to come down with something today. I have a cough and a sore throat from the cough. And anytime my throat bothers me, my ears start and that's the worst. Unfortunately I also started with some ligament pain in my side late last night that continued into today. So instead of taking robitussin (the only thing I can really take) I opted for ear drops and pain pills that I got the last time I had bone and ligament pain.
In other news, I'm one exam down and three more to go this week. Then 3 papers over spring break. What a JOY. I'm hoping to make it to the ocean at some point over spring break just to relax for a day.
In Jackson news. Julie made lasagna last night and he loved it. He was moving all around and even gave me a painful kick (he kicked me in my sore ligament). AND in the BIG Jackson news. While we were pitifully resting on the couch tonight he started moving around. Usually when Justin tries to feel he stops. BUT this time Justin actually got to feel him :) I was so super excited. It was great. And he's been moving ever since. Unfortunately most of his movements are right on top of my bladder, but I suppose I can deal with that.
This Saturday we will hopefully order our furniture for the room which I'm also excited about.
Beyond that, it's business as usual around here. Work, school, no sleep, lol. But I'm still making it! I haven't taken a picture yet this week, but hopefully I'll feel well enough to do so tomorrow. Until then, happy 23 weeks. Thanks for all thoughts, prayers, and following up until this point and in advance for the next 17 weeks. :)
Sunday, March 8, 2009
This Saturday was our 1 year anniversary of when we tied the knot at the court house. We had planned to have lunch with my parents and dinner with Justin's but we weren't sure when my Aunt Bertha would be laid out. We ended up having lunch with my parents and then Justin seemed really sick so we came home and spent the night in. It definitely seemed like he was getting the flu so he spent the night on the couch with a 101.5 temperature. That's not very fun considering I could possibly get the flu too and that's no good for me and baby.
Anyhow, we found out that my aunt will be laid out today (Sunday) and buried tomorrow, so that changes my studying schedule a bit (as I have an exam tomorrow and tuesday and wednesday and friday, ugh). Justin will be staying home to keep my grandmother from getting sick and I'll be joining my brother for the viewing after I study for exams with some girls from the nursing program.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
This is a picture of Carlin and I taking a nap and Carlin using Jackson as a pillow :)
And this is a picture of Jackson's finished letters. My sister in law Wenke painted them this past weekend with the same colors will be using in the room :)
This is another 21 week 5 days picture. This was taken at Mom Mom Waicker's 80th birthday. It's of Maggie showing Jackson some cousin love!