Thursday, February 28, 2013

Meet my BFF...

I have been dealing with "Morning" Sickness (really all day sickness) since before I found out I was pregnant.  I have dealt with it to the best of my ability thus far.  Some days are obviously better than others but I did not think it was normal to get sick at least twice a day everyday.  At my 15 week appointment yesterday the nurse suggested medicine.  The doctor disagreed.  She didn't think it was hindering anything considering I am a stay at home wife.  She told me to eat small meals throughout the day and to not eat after 7pm.  At my next appointment (in 4 weeks) if I feel the same she would re-evaluate me for the medicine.

Um... Thanks for telling me to do what I have been basically been trying to do since day one.  I say trying to do because lets face it, I am eating when I can and however much I can throughout the afternoon when I am feeling at my best.  The mornings and evenings I try to limit the quantity and stick to things my body won't reject.  This is on a good day.  I in no way think that this is a good thing.  Yeah it lets me know that the baby is doing ok but a day or two break wouldn't hurt.

Ugh ....  hopefully this 16 week relief I keep hearing about will swing on by to give me a break.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Whatever happended to...

those tops that were loose and more babydoll style?  Try as I might it is almost impossible to find anything close to those tops maternity or not.  When did it become all about showing off the bump?  I mean what about those who would prefer to be a bit more modest in the first two trimesters?  Sure you can show it off when it becomes far to difficult to hid.  I even then will probably opt for form fitting clothing.  Until then though I'd like to stick with something that is a bit less "look at this growing belly I have" attire.  It's probably a good thing that I don't live in a location that is anything close to high fashion.  or even remotely fashionable for that matter.  I quick walk around post would show that jeans and an old tshirt are safe choices.  Encouraged even.  Now to find a mall to search for clothing.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Wishing I was working again

Today I got a letter in the mail notifying me that my teaching certification in New York extension is almost up.  In addition a letter I received a week ago stated that if I don't complete my Masters Degree by the end of 2013 I will have to take a whole new set of certification tests that will soon be required to complete both my degree and certification.  None of which I plan to do at the moment.

The big problem is that I have not worked in a classroom since 2010.   I also haven't finished my Master's degree which is half complete.  You see, I left my job and Grad School behind to go live with my fiance in Alabama.  I packed up my life in New York and didn't look back.  I don't regret it for a minute.  I knew exactly what I was getting myself into when I made the decisions I did.

I however can not help but miss working.  Miss feeling like the old me.  The one who had more on my plate then I knew what to do with.  Call me crazy but I like being super busy.  Before I left I was working full time at a school, going to Grad School at night, babysitting to make extra money when I could, working out in my spare time and traveling to see my Husband (then boyfriend) whenever I could.  I was productive.  Far more than I feel like I am now.  Sure my house is clean, my husband is happy, the tiny human I am incubating is growing as expected and the dogs are well taken care of but I'm sorry that does not feel like enough for me.

Maybe once the baby gets here things will be different.  I will have a focus.  I will be busy again.  The feeling that I have done something more than the bare minimum. Finally I can use some aspect of that expensive college degree I earned. Even if it is only with my child.

Monday, February 25, 2013

What's in a name...

We spent all of 10 minutes trying to decide on a gender neutral nickname for the baby.  We didn't feel right calling the baby an "it" or "he/she."  We wanted something that would mean something to us.  Then we stumbled on it.


Those of you from Louisiana or even the deep south may know them better as crawfish or crawdads.  Yup those mini sort of lobster looking things that people trap and eat is what we are affectionately calling our unborn baby.

I am pretty sure once he or she is born that the name might stick around I'm sure.  I have even been tying to find a cute cartoon pic of a crawfish to hang up somewhere in our house.  I doubt it will ever be in the nursery.

image found from google search

Image found from google search

Friday, February 22, 2013

Bump Update #2

Bump Update

How far along: 14 weeks, 5 Days

Due Date:  August 18, 2013.  I meant to mention this in the first bump update but they changed my original due date from August 10th to August 18th.  I was a bit freaked out at first but whatever.  As long as I don't go past August 18th I think it won't be an concern that they got the date wrong. 

Baby’s Size: my apps are frustrating me.  They can never agree with each other. That being again.  The baby is somewhere between a lemon and navel orange.   

Total weight gain:  As of yesterday morning I am up one pound.  I will admit that it makes me nervous and slightly happy at the same time.  I have been super bad morning sickness since basically day one of this pregnancy.  On the flip side I try to eat as healthy as possible so that I don't gain too much weight during this pregnancy.  My Dr.  recommended no more than 30lbs total gain.  If I go over that it's fine with me as long as the baby is healthy.  I however think that eating right will be doing a lot in keeping me from packing on too many pounds.  

Maternity Clothes:  I bought some maternity clothes but haven't worn any yet.  I have a post coming up on maternity clothes.  Moms I need some advice here.

Sleep:  I really need to just suck it up and buy the boppy pregnancy pillow I have been eyeing.  My sleep has been horrible.  Between going to the bathroom 3-4 times a night and my hips killing me I am getting the worst sleep of my life.  Warm baths before bed help with my hip pain for about half the night.  I think it's time to buy the dang pillow. 

Best Moment this week:  Having the baby furniture assembled and set up in the room.  I ran a vacuum through the room but there will be much more cleaning in there to come I am sure.  

Worst Moment this week:  Realizing that this "morning Sickness" may in fact last all pregnancy.  So much for that second trimester break people talk about.    

Miss anything:  Sleep, alcohol, and spicy food.  oh and not remembering what it was like to not have heartburn.    

Food Cravings/Aversion:  I am loving salad lately!  I can't get enough of them.  I am avoiding anything spicy because this baby hates it.  

Movement:  I would say nothing but I think I may have felt some fluttering at night when I lay down in bed.  It is always in the same location they seem to find the baby on ultrasound.  It could totally just be my imagination though.  Or maybe just gas lol.   

Gender: I'm hoping to find out at about 18 weeks

Looking forward to: My appointment next week.  I will be just over 15 weeks for the appointment and I am hoping to finally get to hear the heartbeat.  Don't get me wrong I love ultrasounds of the baby but I haven't gotten to actually hear the heartbeat as opposed to just seeing it on the screen.  

This week’s Baby Task:  Trying to plan for an ultrasound out in town for when hubby is done with whatever training is coming up.  I am thinking of going somewhere around 18-19 weeks to determine gender and to do a 2D/3D/4D ultrasound.  This may even be before my doctor is willing to try to find out but I don't think a single ultrasound I can trust.  I need the two to agree before I can believe it. 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

It's not home yet

We have been here for two weeks and it doesn't feel like home yet.  Within two weeks it felt like we had the whole house in order.  Here, not so much.  Sure we only finished moving everything over Saturday, but I still feel like more should be done.

The house is about 70% done.  We attempted to move items for its location and then put them back together at the new house.  For the most part this worked out well.  The we just wanted to get it done.  so we boxed things up and put in the correct room, but never unpacked it.  Then we ran out of boxes and bins, so we put stuff in plastic bags.  Yeah lets just say that I never want to move myself again.  NEVER.

Really it is just the time to get moving and put things away.  I started yesterday with my makeup cabinet.  See where my priorities are.  I finish putting away my makeup and started in on my closet.  Today i won't be so productive in getting this house put back together.  There is a heaping pile of laundry today with my name on it.  If I am feeling super productive then i might organize the pantry so I can finally see what we have in there.

Ok I'm off to do laundry.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Dreaming of an overseas post

I would love the opportunity to live overseas.  Europe mainly, but I am not opposed to Hawaii living.  Can you tell that I am sick to death of the southern posts?  Don't get me wrong I LOVE the south.  It feels like home to me.  Yes, the New Yorker just said the deep south feels like home.  Shocking I know.  As much as I am loving it here I am ready to see something else.  Go somewhere else.

Image from google search

I am the type of person that doesn't like to stay in one place too long.  That's why I love the military lifestyle. Moving every few years suits me.  It has given us the opportunity to live anywhere the Army sees fit.  So far that has only been Alabama and Louisiana.  I am praying that Hunter gets to go to the school he wants next and then hopefully we get to go to OCONUS (that basically is military lingo for outside the continental US).

For us the only choices would be Hawaii, Germany, and South Korea.  As much as I would love to live in Italy or Alaska it just won't work for Hunter.  I also wouldn't mind another obscure post somewhere OCONUS of course.  Kind of like the random post we got dropped in in Alabama.  While it's all possible it's left up to the Army to really decide where we live.  We can write down what we would prefer but at the end of the day they decide.  Not us.

For now I will wait out the year and a half we have left here and look forward to the new family addition.  All while dreaming of living overseas of course ;-)  A girl can dream right?

Friday, February 15, 2013

Bump Update #1

Bump Update

How far along: 13 weeks, 5 Days

Due Date:  August 18, 2013

Baby’s Size: According to my Apps, the baby is somewhere between the size of a peach and a lemon.  I'll let you decide which is right.

Total weight gain:  This has be thrown for a loop.  I have gained as much as 4lb but currently I am down 1lb.  That is all according to my own scale.  Which I think is far more accurate than the one they use at the women's clinic on Post.  I mean come on you told me to hold my purse while you weighted me.  Seriously?!?!?! Get it together.

Maternity Clothes:  Not yet but my I have had to rig my pants in the evenings when we go out.  However during the day it doesn't seem to be an issue.

Sleep:  I long for the days in the first trimester where I would sleep for hours at a stretch.  Now, if I'm not getting up to go to the bathroom, I'm changing position because something hurts.

Best Moment this week:  Putting together the baby furniture.  It makes it all seem so real now.  I also found out that a friend of mine is exactly expecting about a month after me!

Worst Moment this week:  Ugh I'm not even going here yet as I am sure I will post about this at some point but it's too upsetting now to even discuss.

Miss anything:  we had Ruben hot dogs the other day and all I wanted was to wash it down with a cold beer.  clearly that isn't happening anytime soon.  

Food Cravings/Aversion:  My cravings have been pretty mild thus far.  Some pasta, garden salad, and Chicken salad sandwiches.  Nothing too extreme.  Aversions is another story all together.  This baby clearly knows what he/she likes and doesn't for the most part.  I can take one bite for something and know its not going to work.  On the rare occasion I can eat almost the entire thing and then boom the baby says "no way" leaving me running for the bathroom.  Apparently quesadillas, shake and bake BBQ chicken and turkey bacon are on the don't eat again list until after the birth.  What can I say I am gun shy now.   

Movement:  Nothing yet

Gender:  It will be a few more weeks for this one, but I am dying to know!

Looking forward to:  My next appointment at the end of February.  I am also ready to be down with moving!  I want all our things in one place!  Thankfully this weekend we will be done with all of that!

This week’s Baby Task: Right now there is little that can be done other then trying to make this place feel more like home.  It's not really baby related but because we don't know the gender yet it's hard to do anything at this point. 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day Thoughts

Call me a Valentine's Day "Grinch" because that's what I am.  It's not for any of the reasons people think.  I don't like this holiday because I don't think that someone should be forced to shower a person with "Love" and or gifts because it's expected.  Or that they feel that's what they are supposed to do.

To me it means so much more when it happens at random throughout the year.  It's the small things to me that show me that my husband cares.  Like doing the dishes after dinner or moving the laundry from the washer to the dryer without ever having to ask.  I know you might be thinking that he should be doing those things anyway.  Hear me out though.  How often is it that you feel you have tell your spouse or significant other to help out around the house?  It's those times when I really need the help that he is ready and willing to pitch in.  Often without asking.  For me that means more than the bouquet of flowers brought home on Feb 14th.  Don't get me wrong I would appreciate them fully if he did.

Flowers, Candy, Cards and Stuffed Bears are all commercial items.  Why would I want my husband to pay an arm and a leg for flowers that only a week earlier cost $20 less for the same exact items.  It's wasteful in my opinion.  When did every holiday become all about how much money you spend?  I won't even get started on the girls that will be crying tonight because they aren't with someone special.

Can we focus on just being more kind and caring to those we know and love?  I mean really evaluate the way we treat our spouses and loved ones on a daily basis.  There will always be one or two little things that you can change.  It could be as simple as actually listening when your wife is talking about her day and responding to what she is saying.  Or thinking twice about nagging your husband about all the clothes not making it into the hamper.  Maybe it's just finding something nice to say to the person.  Like complementing them on the dinner they made verses complaining about the mess you know you will have to clean up.

I honestly believe it's the little things we need to try to focus on rather than the big grand gestures.

I have no idea what we will be doing to "celebrate" Valentine's day.  Hunter could come home with an arms full of flowers and chocolates or he could come home and act like it's any other day.  I will be grateful for either scenario.  For me though I will try to do or say something small and unexpected that doesn't cost any money.

Happy Valentine's Day Everyone!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

I've been holding back from you

As you may have already guessed... I am Pregnant. 13 weeks and a few days to be exact.

We are incredibly excited and nervous for our August arrival.

2013 will be a very good year.

Now I can finally start posting all the stuff I have been writing over the past few months.  

Barbie Hair Fixes Part 1

Let's jump right on into it.   Every doll hair fix tutorial I could find started with brushing out the dolls hair.  It may look worse...