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Long Over Due… For a REAL update

Ok, so since I had that Halloween update sitting in my phone and didn’t hit publish until dang on near Christmas, I figured it only proper to give you all a REAL update on things over here at the CNC headquarters…

Baby C turned 9 months yesterday!!!! I know… We can’t believe it either!!!

Updates on Baby C:

  • She’s a crawling maniac
  • She has 2 bottom incisors and the top are presently coming in
  • She says: Ut oh, Go Go Go, ahbye (bye bye), and hey
  • Her favorite shows are: The Chica Show, Super WHY! and Tree Fu Tom
  • She also enjoys Barney and Calliou
  • She’s cruising and she takes the daring chance of letting go every now and again
  • And we are beginning to introduce her to more solids… I suppose you can say we are going baby led weaning
  • I now have 3 kids enrolled in my daycare and I’ve begun crocheting more… Orders are pouring in for hats and scarfs and I’m thinking of investing in a sewing machine and teaching myself how to make cloth diapers…

    C is doing awesome! She recently got a promotion at work and things are moving along smoothly…

    But on important piece of our journey that I would like to share is…

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    That’s RIGHT! We are expecting Baby #2!!! We are becoming a family of four… But, I’m on the opposite side of the belly this go round!!! With this exciting news, I plan to update more often… So, another update soon comes because I don’t want to make this entry too long.

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    Throwing in the Towel?

    I am trying desperately to work up until the 22nd of March or at least until I go into labor if it is to happen before then but this morning was just hard. I don’t know if it was because of daylight savings time, the fact that I slept for majority of yesterday or the bathroom run EVERY HOUR last night but I was EXHAUSTED when I woke up this morning. I rolled out of bed, got dressed, made a pot of coffee for C and packed my lunch but before I actually left for work, C and I talked about how I was feeling and the reality that I’m approaching 39 weeks and just may need to throw in the towel as far as work is concerned. Feeling bad for choosing to stay home, I called my job and requested an FMLA day. My mind and body were telling me to stay home and rest but I felt so guilty… Why must I be such a committed and dedicated person?

    The birth pool is still going and so far, my grandmother has been knocked out of the race. Her guess was March 3rd. C and I walked a huge mega mall on Saturday hoping to speed up things and I’ve been drinking red raspberry leaf tea with fresh cinnamon sticks daily. I’m not sure how true these induction techniques are but I’m already convinced that this little girl will come on her own time. I’ve made peace with it. But I would be lying if I said that I’m not anxious to meet her. The next round of guesses say March 13th… I admit that 3/13/13 would be an AWESOME birthday but we shall see. 

    I have of course progressed to weekly appointments and I was praying REALLY hard that I would have dilated a little when I went in last week… No such luck. Baby C is, however, in position and dropped down. We go back on Wednesday and I’m praying for some progression on the dilation/effacement front, although I know it means nothing if I haven’t yet. Some women dilate early and stay that way for weeks or months… All in all, I wanna meet my baby girl but who wouldn’t after being pregnant for 10 months.

    So, for today, I will rest up and watch all of the baby oriented shows on TLC.

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    Baby Shower, Babymoon and Ballooning

    Well, here we are at 34 weeks plus a few days and things seem to be steadily moving along. C and I can hardly believe that in 19 days I will be at full term and our due date is 40 days away! It seems like this pregnancy has flown by. Although, I still have some days where I’m just ready for her to be out of my womb and in our arms. I’m getting tired. Like on the verge of tears if I don’t take a nap tired. Not to mention, my ankles have began to swell. My wrist too. Carpal tunnel is hell but try carpal tunnel in conjunction with pregnancy swelling. It makes simple tasks hard to complete but I’ve been pressing on. Prilosec, extra strength Tylenol and my wrist brace have been my saving graces. Unfortunately, I had to end my relationships with Tums and Zantac.

    C and I are finally coming down off of the high and excitement from our baby shower and Babymoon. We are still in utter amazement at all of the love and gifts that we were showered with… and the gifts are still coming in! We had our shower about 2 weeks ago and then the Babymoon last weekend. It finally feels great to have all of the gifts put away, the nursery organized and ready, the car seat bases installed in both cars and the hospital bags packed. I finally feel like we are ready for Baby C’s arrival.

    Here are a few pics of my 34 week bump, baby shower gifts and our lovely view from our lake side room at Rocky Gap Resort. It was the most relaxing Babymoon ever!

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    So, about those Tums…

    First and foremost, two blog entries in one day is a world renowned record for me so feel free to applaud very loudly. Now, back to the ginormous bottle of Tums that I said you should keep next to your bed during pregnancy, if your pregnancy is anything like mine you can now toss them in the trash. They are now equivalent to Tic Tacs covered in chalk! I’ve now graduated to Zantac Maximum Strength. 1 pill twice a day and on some days that doesn’t even work.

    Why am I telling you this now? Because I just had to make myself vomit for some relieve from this Demon spawn sized heartburn that I’ve been plagued with. I despise vomiting so for me to have to inflict this horrid action on myself is just… *sigh* Not to mention that I had to vomit in the sink because with every gag inflicted episode of torture I would pee on myself.

    I honestly love being pregnant but I would be lying if I said I’m enjoying the heartburn that accompanies these last few weeks. If you know like I know, you need to pray to the digestive track god or simply God above that he spares you from heartburn.

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    The McRib is Back…

    and yet this post has not one dang on thing to do with McDonald’s… more so about the little girl who has found my ribs, particularly the ones on the right side of my body, and has decided to lodge her way there regardless of how uncomfortable it makes me. That’s right folks, I’ll be 32 weeks this coming Thursday and Little Miss C is getting bigger and rolling around a whole lot more! Or maybe it’s just the fact that she’s getting bigger and her movements are much more pronounced. Between her taking up residence in my ribs and Braxton Hicks contractions, this mommy has been feeling bouts of uncomfort here lately. I can only imagine what the next 8 weeks will bring.

    With 32 weeks approaching, we have now entered the world of bi-weekly OB appointments. *gasp* Weekly appointments are swiftly around the corner. How can time move so fast yet simultaneously seem to be moving so slow. We have our baby shower this weekend, maternity shoot and then the Babymoon the weekend following so we have a few things to look forward to before baby girl arrives. My hospital bag has been packed and we are just in cruise control for the most part. I’ll come back later this week and post a 32 week bump pic and maybe a few shots from the shower.

     

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    Pregnancy Stinks…

    Well, not really, but you just may. Hormones. Change. Drastically. and if no one has told you this, I am telling you right now. No one forewarned me that along with the cute little baby bump would come such musky and horrid body odor… Ok, maybe horrid isn’t the correct word but just know that you may go through a period of changing hygiene products. Long gone are the days of skipping a shower and simply freshening up… as if I’m the only person that does this… Any who… I’m thinking it was around 5-6 months when C really noticed it. I tried to tell her that my body odor was changing or rather that I was hot ALL OF THE TIME and I had began to sweat more. I suppose she thought I was over exaggerating until that one fateful day… It was a Sunday morning and I decided that I wanted to get all cutesy for church and wear a pair of my old high heeled boots… mind you, they weren’t easy to walk in when I WASN’T pregnant… but that’s neither here nor there. So, I got dressed in a cute little rayon blend, I think it was rayon, either way, it wasn’t a very forgiving or breathable fabric, dress that C bought me, beat my face real good with my make up and put on my heels. We headed out to church and I prayed that this was a day that the pastor decided not to do an altar call or have us standing for long periods of time. Boy, was I wrong! He called us to the altar. While he was talking and praying I was shifting all of my pregnant baby weight from one foot to the other trying to save face and pretend like my feet weren’t screaming. Meanwhile, sweat was steadily pouring. I knew this wouldn’t end well. By the end of service I knew I needed a shower. On the car ride home, C exclaimed that something smelled like onions, and I had to hold my head in shame and admit that it was me.

    So, for the people who won’t tell you, I will, pregnancy can make YOU stink. I ultimately had to switch from Dove to Dial and cross over to Secret Clinical strength deodorant. This combination is working for me so far.

    But after you get one situation under control, don’t be surprised if another doesn’t come floating along… Pregnancy and incontinence goes hand in hand. So much so to the point where I vomited and pee’d on myself all at the same time while sitting at my desk at work. Gross, I know. But think of how cute the little baby that is causing all of this chaos and havoc is. Word to the wise, if you feel like you have to pee, find a bathroom. even. if. it. is. only. a. trickle. You will thank me later because we all know you don’t wanna be the chick that pisses her pants in public without a spare pair of dry panties.

    Anyone that says sleep now while you can must’ve never been pregnant. If you’ve made it to the third trimester, congratulations! But, we all know that between peeing just about every hour or two and deadly Charlie horses sleep becomes something of a challenge. Never mind the little person pop locking in your uterus. I’m sure you can sleep through an elbow to the rib… Can’t we all? The heartburn and indigestion is a beast all and of itself. My advice, sleep with a wholesale size bottle of Tums next to your bed. You’ll thank me later.

    But all in all, my pregnancy has been smooth and uneventful. Tomorrow will make 28 weeks and I will more than likely add a bump pic to this post later. Baby girl C is rolling around quite a bit these days with added jabs and punches here and there. Some mornings we play the poking game at 4 am after I’ve come from my second bathroom run and can’t quite fall back asleep. I love being pregnant but some things I wish ladies would be more candid about, hence this blog. I find the changes that your body goes through to be miraculous and comical all in the same breath. God is truly an artist with a sense of humor but at the end of 40 weeks, give or take, you are granted as care giver of the most beautiful of humans. It is so rewarding that I would be lying if I didn’t say that C and I are counting down the days to meet our baby girl.

    And for the record, C has been the most loving and understanding wife through it all. I’m sure everyone thinks that about their wives but she is truly custom made for me and I’m glad that she’s in this journey with me… Even if I blow her at times she knows that eventually once I’m tired of her ignoring me I’ll gather all of my hormonal, crazy pregnant woman hormones together to pout and apologize and ask her to not be upset with me anymore.

    I LOVE YOU C and I thank you for knocking me up with our little bambino! I’ve waited forever for you and this moment!

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    It’s been so long since I’ve last updated that the entire WordPress login screen has changed. I’m pathetic I’m pregnant and I will continue to blame my lack of updates on this. Hey, between pregnancy brain and the sheer lack of motivation to type an entry, what do you expect. I mean, I am updating now so no big deal right? Ok, so… Update…

    The gender reveal party has come and gone. My belly has gotten much bigger and this little girl is realizing that she has arms and legs and isn’t afraid of using either set of them to pummel me from the inside. She’s becoming more and more active as the days grow longer and I’m beginning to notice a pattern in her sleep and wake cycles. I’m sure it will become more pronounced as the weeks go by.

    Speaking of days growing longer, for the first time in my life, I was hit with SAD, seasonal affective disorder. I didn’t think this existed until I realized that it was pitch black dark at like 5pm and all I wanted to do was go to sleep. It made me so sad. Not to mention, C was still in school at the time and she was gone on Monday and Tuesday evenings. Being home alone made it worse. Then came the insomnia, sleep deprivation and dehydration. About a week or two ago, I was dizzy, couldn’t sleep and my stomach was so uneasy. This went on for about 2 days before I told C the totality of it all and she took me to Patient First. My diagnosis: I’m pregnant. No shit. They really did a pregnancy test and wrote this as one of the diagnosis as if this (at the time) 24 week belly wasn’t protruding enough for Ray Charles or Stevie Wonder to notice it. But any who, the doctor said that I was dehydrated and sleep deprived which is a vicious cycle that feeds on itself. He gave me Benadryl to get to sleep, Phenergan for the nausea, and Zofran in case it gets really bad. As much as I didn’t want to pop any pills during this pregnancy, I took 2 Benadryl, 1 Phenergan and slept pretty good that night. I stayed home the next day to rest up and decided that while I was home, I would put away Baby C’s things in her new dresser. Yep, the nursery is just about done. All we need is a rug and a bookshelf. I’ve been doing better in the sleeping department although it was rough getting to sleep last night. For the most part, my anxiety with sleeping isn’t as severe as it was the first few days after my Patient First visit. C assured me that the anxiety attacks that I was experiencing at night fall were normal and would go away once I established a regular habit of falling asleep on my own accord and she was right. I try not to obsess over whether or not I will be able to sleep and simply try to relax. This in combination with C rubbing my back as needed has helped tremendously.

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    So, now we are at 25 weeks, pushing 26 and roughly 101 days until my due date. I’m secretly pulling for March 17th though. Upcoming events include the dreaded glucose test, our tour of the hospital OB unit and I will be scheduling a lactation class for C and I to attend. C and the rest of the family is also planning a big baby shower for next month.

    Happy Holidays bloggers!

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    Rounding Out During the Holidays

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    Anatomy Scan & Gender Revealing Goodness

    So, of course the best time to update your blog is while you are awaiting the touch down of an impending hurricane and taking a hot bath… Yeah, well, it seems perfectly logical to me… I simply hard rains and high winds right now and I’m dirty and you guys want to know what I’m carrying in my belly… and if you don’t, you can stop reading now. I won’t get mad, I promise.

    Anywho, C and I went in last Wednesday for our big anatomy/anomaly scan. I drank far less water than I did the first time because I didn’t want to pee on the table as the sonographer pressed down on my tummy. We told the tech as soon as we got in her office that we didn’t want to know what the baby was. She responded by saying they only told if we asked. We explained to her that we were having a gender reveal party this weekend and she totally knew what to do. She began the scan and pointed out all of the major organs and such in this little one. It was so amazing to see everything and to know that everything is progressing and functioning normally. We even saw the little lens in the eyes. She did have me to empty my bladder at one point in efforts to get the baby to turn around and voila! It worked like a charm. After almost an hour of scanning and measuring, we were handed a string of sono pics of the little ones profile shoot and the tech proceeded to leave the room. I was a bit nervous thinking she didn’t see the gender but to my surprise so smiled and reassured us that see indeed knew the gender of our baby. She left out and the doctor came in to re assess and she confirmed the sonographer’s findings. We left the genetics center with yet another sealed envelope with the identity of our baby sealed within. We also left knowing that our baby measures on schedule as far as head and waist growth but the arms and legs are measuring almost 2 weeks ahead. C is ecstatic with the thought of a future basketball player!

    And then, we had to wait until Saturday. We weren’t quite sure how the party would turn out but it was a blast! People arrived dressed in pink or blue depending on what they wanted the baby to be. They signed in by TeamPink & TeamBlue. We ate dinner, took an old wives tale quiz and before we knew it, it was time to cut the cake. C and I stood over the cake while all of our family and friends crowded around and cheered “boy” or “girl”. I was nervous, I’m not sure about C but we cut together and what do you know… a pink strawberry cake complete with real strawberry filling! We are having a little GIRL!!!!!! For the first time during this pregnancy, I cried! I’m so excited! I can’t be happier knowing that we have a little princess on the way! Now, I will have two C’s in my life and I couldn’t be more grateful! God has truly blessed us!

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    This kid!

    This is one stubborn Aries baby!!! C and I decided to go to a free standing gender/ultrasound place to find out the kid’s gender. Our official gender scan is next Wednesday but we decided that we wanted a back up plan in case the kid didn’t cooperate and show the goods. So, we headed to Little Bo Peep and paid $75 for a sneak peak ultrasound and all we got was a picture of some feet!!!
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    The baby was facing my back the entire time! The sonographer had me roll from side to side and this kid still wouldn’t budge. When she did get a glimpse of the face, the kid put its arm in the way and dropped the little chin down to the chest to obstruct any possible view. The sonographer was able to see the gender but we didn’t look. We held our eyes tightly shut and C even put her hands over my face. We had her seal it in an envelope and we mailed it to the baker. We are going to find out with everyone else at the gender reveal party next weekend. If it’s a boy, the inside of the cake will be blue. If it’s a girl, the inside of the cake will be pink.

    Until then… Here is my 18 week bump…

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