Friday, June 28, 2013

Braxton HIcks or real labor

Well here's the deal... Unless you are hooked up to a machine those consistent clockwork contractions I am having will be called braxton hicks even if they aren't.  After 12 hours of these getting slightly more intense as they radiate from my back forward I break down and call the nurse once again.

This nurse tells me exactly what the other one has.  She runs down the list of guidelines used to judge if you should come in or not.

1.  At 32 weeks, 6 contractions within one hour.
       I am having 2 every hour.  one on the hour and one on the half hour.  They aren't progressively getting closer together but they are getting slightly more intense the longer this goes on.  Enough to wake me from a half asleep state.

2. You are leaking fluid and/or your water has broken.
       Aside from using the facilities a ton more from the mass amount of water I have been drinking I don't have this "symptom."  At least not yet anyway.

3. Bleeding like that of a period.  More than just spotting.
        I thankfully don't have this and really don't want to ever have to deal with this while pregnant.

4. After drinking a cold drink I am instructed to lay down on my left side and do kick counts.  Anything less than 5 in an hour could be reason to come in.
       At this point he moves in more of a pattern.  I think he has his time when he sleep (when I am more active) and times when he is awake (when I am less active).  These contractions haven't seemed to effect him as he is still moving around but I honestly couldn't say if it was more or less than normal as these contractions have been going on for half a day.


SO basically I fulfill nothing on this list to warrant me to go in and get checked out.  Nothing except the concern of thinking that having contractions this long isn't good.  At least not this rhythmically long.  I could almost set my watch by it.  They are coming every hour on the hour (give or take a minute) and every half an hour on the half an hour (give or take a minute).  They last in duration about 45 seconds each and started from just the front of my uterus contracting to it starting in my lower back and radiating forward.

24 hours of this later and I am still at home monitoring the situation.  Still reluctant to go in.  I don't want to be the first time pregnant woman who cried labor.  However at 24 hours and contractions not getting any closer together or showing any signs of stopping I have to question my choice of not going in.  All the what if start running through my mind.

What if this is real labor and I am dilating without knowing it?  What if I have this baby at 32 weeks and my pride stopped me from going in to stop it?  Granted I want hubby home for the birth but not like this!  Hubby says follow the doctors orders, but he is in the military and told not question "orders."


36 hours later and the Contractions are still going on.

48 hours comes and goes and they are still ever present.  This is the time limit I gave me self that if they didn't go away by now then I should go in.  I give a call in to the nurse only to be spoon fed the exact same response as was given to me every other time I have called.  I decide to wait it out another 12 hours  until the morning and see where I am at then.

It isn't until right around 62 hours of these consistent 30 minute apart contractions start to lessen in strength.  The next contractions over the following hours continue to weaken.

Finally at around 65 hours in the distance between the contractions starts to lengthen.  I am not having one every hour but they are happening randomly with the hour.  The next several hours continue just like this.  I then get two hours of 3 contractions each however they are random in duration and time in between.    I once again don't meet the minimum requirement to go in.

Now at 72 hours since this whole thing started I am only having 1 contraction every other hour or so.  Nothing consistent.

Thankfully I feel like I made it though this.  I however will not let myself go this long without being checked out.  Especially knowing that my appointment isn't until 34 weeks.  So I have another 2 weeks until I see the over booked post doctor.  Hopefully this won't happen again but if it does you can bet your butt I won't wait it out like I did this time.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Bump Update #19 - 32 weeks


Bump Update



How far along: 32 weeks, 1 day

Due Date:  August 18, 2013

Baby’s Size:   The baby is somewhere between the size of a head of lettuce (19in, 3.9lbs) and the size of a squash (15.2in, 2.5lbs).   I can't believe how big from week to week the baby is getting!  





Total weight gain:  
As of today I am up a total of 7lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight.  

Sleep:  I really wish that I had that first trimester endless ability to sleep.  

Best Moment this week:  Finishing the nursery!   Well I'm not sure it ever really will be finished because I feel like every time I walk in there I rearrange or organize something.   

Worst Moment this week:  Realizing how little time I have left with hubby before this deployment. 

Miss anything:  I miss sleep.  I also miss not having heartburn.  I don't remember having this before pregnancy.

Food Cravings:  I was craving Boeuf Bourguignon so that's exactly what I made for dinner.  I was also craving root beer pulled pork so we made that as well.  Needless to say we have a ton of leftovers.  




Food Aversion:  This week It has been cool ranch Doritos.  I tried them and they just didn't sit right with me.

Belly Picture:  In the red Shirt I am 32 weeks, 2 days.... in the blue shirt I was 29 weeks, 3 days.  Oh how the belly is growing!



Belly Button in or out:  Thankfully my belly button is still in.  It's almost flush with the belly now and I have said this before but I know its only a matter of time before it pops.

Signs of Labor:  Oh boy.  I had two very strong contractions within 15 minutes of each other.  I panicked and called the Labor and Delivery Nurse.  She tells me to do the opposite of whatever I was doing when the contractions happened.  I was walking when it happened to so I laid down.  She also told me to drink 2 big glasses of water and call her back if they didn't stop.  They did which means they were only Braxton Hicks Contractions but they still freaked me out.  The nurse added at the end of the convo that the general rule for coming in is 4 contractions in an hour, soaking a pad within an hour (fluid not blood), bleeding that's more than spotting, and water breaking.  That I should call on the way if any of those things happen.  Yeah I might not have been 

Baby / Parenting Book I am Currently Reading:  Right now I am not reading anything.  I do however need to load up my nook with some easy reads for when I get bored nursing baby A.  Anyone read anything good lately?

Looking forward to:  I am excited for the next doctors appointment.  Its not until 34 weeks but I am hoping for some answers at this appointment.  I need a no crap answer as to whether or not she thinks I will be delivering early or late.  I have limited help since hubby will be deployed and I can't ask my MIL to be here for a month while I wait to deliver this little guy.  That just won't do.  I am hoping that she will be willing to induce based off of the situation we are dealing with if needed.  Who knows though.  

This week’s Baby Task:  
I have ONE load of laundry left to do for baby A (AKA Mudbug).  Then I need to start packing the hospital bags.  I know you all are reading this like I am nuts for doing it this early but if crap hits the fan I have no one to come here and pack it for me.  

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

the one where I vent

Lately it feels like everything is setting me off or putting me in a bad mood.  It's not so much the big things but the little things that are getting to me.  The pet peeves you could say.

1. Since when did becoming pregnant become a licence for you to tell me what I should or shouldn't be eating.  This is to you Starbucks lady with my small black coffee.  No I don't want decaf.   Oh and too you sushi waitress.  It's cooked sushi rolls you moron I can eat those!

2.  Cutting in front of someone in line at the supermarket is rude.  It's even worse when you cut in front of a pregnant women knocking into her belly and causing her to drop the items she is carrying.  Saying you're sorry here is appropriate when you are the one who messed up.  "oh dear"  doesn't count.

3.  Dear 13 year old who felt the need to comment of my poorly done home pedicure.  I too agree that I should have left it to the professionals.  The thought of spending another 5 minutes in a awkward position to attempt to remove the polish just seemed unbearable.  I'll get to it one of these days.

4. oh my pretty cuddly puppies.  I love snuggling with you on the floor.  In fact it's sadly some of the best sleep I get.  However could you please pretty please not hurl your 65lb/75lb bodies at me when you lay down.  The baby and I greatly appreciate it.

5.  Since when is kim kardashian's and kate middleton's babies held in the same regard.  Call me whatever you want but a future king/queen and the baby of someone "famous" for having her homemade porno leaked should not be compared.  They are from two different worlds!  And to add I am ok with people calling Kim fat while she is pregnant.  I strongly think that if she dressed her bump better people wouldn't feel the need to comment on her weight so much.

6.  People around here really need to learn how to drive.  A turning lane is there for a reason.  blinker help people know which direction you plan on turning.  Stop Signs are not a suggestion and for crying out loud learn how to merge into traffic!

7.  Dear OBGYN nurse.  I get that my blood pressure is slightly high.  You can't ask a 30 week pregnant women to walk down a hall, get weighed(on a scale that is incredibly far off from reality), walk back down another hall and then immediately take her BP.  It will be slightly high.  The shock and concern on your face isn't going to make me relax any either.

and finally....

8.  Telling a pregnant person she looks like she is about to pop when she really isn't will only make her more self conscience than she already was.  Thanks but I have another 9 weeks to go.


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Bump Update #18 - 31 weeks


Bump Update



How far along: 31 weeks, 2 day

Due Date:  August 18, 2013

Baby’s Size:   The baby is somewhere between the size of a head of lettuce (18in, 3.2lbs) and the size of a pineapple (15.2in, 2.5lbs).  I am hoping at the next doctors appointment that they will do more than just a tape measure to my belly and monitor the heart rate of the baby.



Total weight gain:
   As of this morning I am currently 5lbs over my pre-pregnancy weight.  The doctor thinks this is fine so that's good enough for me.


Sleep:   This is something I am struggling with.  I sleep horribly!  In fact the only time it feels like I get any decent sleep is when I am laying on the floor curled up with the puppies.  Try as I might I just can't seem to duplicate that sleeping position when I try to fall asleep in bed.  I know it has everything to do with the physical position I am I'm when laying on the floor.  I have no trouble breathing. my sinuses don't bother me, and my hips don't hurt.  All of these things seem to get to me at night in bed.  



Best Moment this week:  Helping hubby record bedtime stories on camera for Baby A.  He is so sweet when he does it.  We have a had so many good laughs while working on this.  It really is a memory I will treasure forever.

Worst Moment this week:  Finding out that I will in fact be delivering this baby without Hubby.  "Word came in" and he will be deployed for the birth.  We are about 99% sure he won't be here.  I know that I am not the first one to deliver while their hubby is deployed and I know I won't be the last.  However, I ask that you all please pray as we have one last shot at hubby being home.  Its a small shot but it's the best that we have right now.  


Miss anything:  Sleep.  Runny eggs. Cold deli sandwiches. Being able to move gracefully.  I could keep going but I'll stop here.   

Food Cravings: Nothing that stands out this week.

Food Aversion:  Onions but this is nothing new.  I hated them before pregnancy only now they make me gag.  

Labor Pains:  Nothing real.  Thankfully.

Movement:  Tons.  I am starting to notice a pattern a bit in his sleep and awake times.  

Belly Picture:  once again I forgot to do this.  I may snap a pic later today and update this but we shall see.

Belly Button in or out:  in but its getting closer and closer to popping out.

Baby / Parenting Book I am Currently Reading:  I just finished up the happiest baby on the block.  I had some interesting points.  so that I will take into consideration.

Looking forward to:  The next appointment.  Although that isn't until the second week in July.    

This week’s Baby Task: Finish helping hubby record the bedtime stories.  Clean up the odds and ends around the nursery that need to find a home.  I also need the bouncer put together.  Then hubby wants my hospital bag packed and ready to go before he leaves.  I know its crazy early but it makes sense since I will be without assistance for the most part.  Fingers crossed it won't be needed.


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

I blame the cupcakes!!

I didn't know that one could barely fail the Glucose test.  Excuse me for being naive here but I thought either you passed or you failed.  I didn't think it really mattered if you failed by 1 point or 200 points.  Failing is failing.  Its turns out I am both right and wrong.

I went in to take my 1 hour glucose test on a Friday directly after my OB appointment.  I was prepared and bought a book will me and told hubby to do the same.  If he was going to come to the appointment with me he would have to also suffer thought the 1 hour wait for my glucose test.  He agreed and so after the appointment we went down to the Lab.

I was given a choice of two flavors and went with lemon lime.  I had 5 minutes to drink it but I chugged it rather quickly.  It was gross but nothing too terrible.  For me it tasted like a super sweet flat sierra mist.  Not terrible but nothing I would want to drink again.  I waited one hour without any problems.  Got my blood drawn and was told no news is good news.  That if I passed they would likely just talk to me about it briefly at my next appointment.

While out running errand the phone rings.  Sure enough its the OB nurse telling me I need to schedule the 3 hour glucose test.  That I had just barely failed the 1 hour and that my doctor wanted to be on the safe side and have me take the 3 hour test one day the following week.

I was floored.  How could I not pass that.  I have been eating really well.  Heck the doctor didn't even seem that concerned about it at the appointment.  In fact she joked that it was just a matter of getting the passed test results back because I have shown no signs of Gestational Diabetes.

I schedule the appointment for the following Monday.  Just three days to avoid sweets, drink tons of water and eat healthy decent meals so that I can pass the stupid test.  My plan was to mainly avoid sweets as all the rest I had basically been doing already.

Later that night it dawns on me why I didn't pass the stupid one hour test.  You see eating 4 cupcakes the day prior probably isn't good for anyone.  I over indulged for sure.  Not something I normally do ever!  one maybe two on a special occasion but not 4 in one day.  No i did not sit down and eat 4 at once but I do recall eating two right before bed.  Clearly this isn't something that is going help me pass the glucose test.  Looking back I could kick myself!  I blame the yummy cupcakes!  Needless to say when I got home the cupcakes got tossed.  I did not want to be tempted by them.

Monday morning rolls around and I wake up hungry and thirsty like normal.  I was told not to eat or drink anything after midnight and to be at the Hospital Lab checking in no later that 8AM for the 3 hour glucose test.  Since I hadn't eaten or drank anything since 7:30PM the night before I needed something to drink or I would have been sick to my stomach before ever making it to the hospital.  Heartburn is really bad for me in first thing in the morning so I sipped on water the whole way to the hospital keep me from getting sick and needed to reschedule only to have the same thing happen all over again.

When I get in there I obviously lie and say I at or drank nothing right before they take my pre drink blood sample.  40 minutes later they come back and tell me that I am cleared to take the test and drink the horrible drink.  I picked orange this time knowing it was going to be twice as sweet.  I hate orange soda and that really did taste like a flat orange soda to me.  Sickeningly sweet.  I am told no food, drink, candy, gum, nothing until after the last blood it drawn at 3 hours post drink.


Hubby decided to be nice and join me in the terribly long wait.  We had the ipad on us loaded with a couple of movies to watch while we waited.  Hour one passed and I get my blood drawn without any signs of a problem on my end.  A touch thirsty but nothing I hadn't felt before.   Hour two want by pretty much the same way.  Blood drawn and one final hour to wait.  With one movie down I decide to read for a bit.  Hubby left to run some errands and that was back in plenty of time before I needed to go in for the last blood draw.

With the final one done they say to call the nurse in about 2 hours for my results.

Two hours on the dot later I call 2 different nurses and get the same result.  I Passed!

The OB nurse did give me more info that I didn't know.  First off you must pass 3 out of the 4 blood draws and one of those include the pre drink.  Without passing the pre drink you can't even take the test so this seemed fairly obvious.  At the 1 hour mark I failed.  At the 2 hour mark I barely pass by 2-3 points.  At the 3 hour mark I pass.  Meaning I passed 3 out of 4.  She said that as of right now my doctor will talk to me about this is further detail at my appointment next month but She might want to possibly have me retake the test later on.

Um.... to that I say... HELL NO!  I need more proof than just a "eh lets test her again just to see" for me to sit for 4 more hours and get stuck in the arm 4 more times by incompetent people is not going to happen. Especially not without any extra signs like rapid weight gain, excessive swelling, high blood pressure, or even just that the baby is reading larger than they thought and sure I'll take it again.  I will not however take it just to be a lab rat.  I need more proof.  I haven't shown any of there being anything wrong an I don't think they will just appear out of no where now.

Fingers crossed when I go back to the doctor next month that everything remains to be good.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Bump Update #17 - 30 weeks


Bump Update



How far along:  30 weeks, 1 day

Due Date:  August 18, 2013

Baby’s Size:   The baby is somewhere between the size of a Butternut Squash (17in, 3.1lbs)  and a cucumber (15.2in, 2.5lbs).  Oh boy!  I am scared to see how much bigger my belly is going to get!  Clearly it can't stretch that much further????  



Total weight gain:
   I am up 6 lbs total.  Let me just say I am thankful the baby is healthy with such a little weight gain.  I was scared that I would Blow up and while there is still room for that I thought it would have been far worse than it is.

Sleep:   This is one that is getting worse and worse for me.  I have terrible heartburn at night added with the sinus problems so I sleep horribly.  

Best Moment this week:  We had some fun making the art for the baby's room.  I'll be doing a short post on it later this week. 

Worst Moment this week:  Hubby's block leave is over.  We had a great time while he was off and got a lot of needed things done. 

Miss anything:  Sleep for one thing.  I also miss being agile.  

Food Cravings:  I have been craving milk like crazy!  Oh and anything BBQed.  Just not the two together.


Food Aversion:  Nothing I can think of lately.

Labor Pains:  No thankfully.  This little guy needs to bake for a bit longer!

Movement:  He is moving around like crazy!  

Belly Picture:  Sorry I don't have one this week.  I should probably keep up on this as it gets closer to the end of this pregnancy.

Belly Button in or out:  In still thank you!  Praying it stays this way!

Baby / Parenting Book I am Currently Reading:  I am reading the happiest baby on the block.  So far so good.

Looking forward to:  The next doctors appointment is coming up early next month but I am anxious about this next one as it gets closer to the due date.  I also need to register on post in a few weeks.  Then we are still waiting to find out if hubby will be home for the birth.  Fingers crossed we get good news here Please!    

This week’s Baby Task:  Clean up the baby's room.  There are piles of clothing that needs to be washed and put away.  A box of bedding, changing table pads, boppy covers, and blankets that need to washed as well.  Then there is all the little items that need to find a home.  With limited space this is getting harder and harder to do.  I might need to look at re organizing the closet to add some baskets or something.  



Friday, June 7, 2013

cooking my way out

If you knew me in real life you would know how much Hubby and I enjoy cooking.  We love spending part of a lazy day trying new recipes or attempting to perfect the ones we currently have.  The longer we are together the more I realize that is will never be just mine or just his responsibility to cook dinner for the family on a daily basis.  We both enjoy it too much to let the other one take over the space completely.

That being said though we have fallen into a rut kitchen wise.  We cook the same meals, always doing our designated part to contribute to the meal we are preparing.  It's become routine and neither of us are happy about it.

We decided that if we were going to make boring meals we would at least make them in bulk.  This is in part to help me prepare for deployment and the new baby but also to maybe snap us out of this rut.  It gave us something slightly different to think about.  Sure it's the same old boring chicken tortilla soup but when you make it in a three gallon batch and need a huge paddle to mix it, it at least brings something new to the table.



In two weeks we have managed to almost max out the deep freezer.  Before you ask, because I know it is coming, we use glad and zip lock one quart (written as Large) and 1/2 quart containers (written as small).  The large is enough for just hubby and I without adding anything to it if we don't want.  However we can make them go further by putting it over rice or noodles depending on the item.  This clearly means that the 1/2 quart or small items are single serve unless once again beefed up so to speak.

So here is what we made...

Sauce
  9 large containers
  3 small containers

Chili
  4 large containers
  4 small containers

Italian Chicken Lentil Soup
  6 large containers

Chicken Tortilla Soup (minus Tortillas)
  8 large containers
  7 small containers

Red Beans and rice (without rice)
  2 large containers

Gumbo
  1 large container
  3 small containers

Mystery Meals (meals not labeled and unsure what they are)
  2 large - stew like meals I am guessing


Meatballs (4-6 per package precooked)
  17 packages

Spinach Stuffed Shells (uncooked)
  3 large bags
  9 small bags


Crawfish (cooked)
  12 packages

Chicken (processed)
  1 Single breast
  4 double breasts
  4 chopped

Ground Beef
  10 one pound packages



I also need to pick up 2-3 small whole chickens when they are on sale and I would like to prep 2-3 different types of crockpot meals.  Ones I can prep and defrost for a night I feel like doing some light cooking.  Overall though I am happy with what is there. I have set myself up for eating well after the baby is born and I am on my own because of deployment.

This hasn't totally pulled us out of the kitchen rut but it was beneficial.  By making the bulk meals it has seemed to make us want to try cooking something new.  Even if its just a different type of homemade buffalo wings.  Speaking of which I am being called in to help make sauces for them as I type.  Ok off to cook!


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Bump Update #16 - 29 weeks



Bump Update



How far along: 29 weeks, 1 day - This was Monday but it never posted and I updated some so Today is 29 weeks, 3 days

Due Date:  August 18, 2013

Baby’s Size:   The baby is somewhere between the size of a small cabbage (17in, 2.9lbs) and the size of an acorn squash (15.2in, 2.5lbs).





Total weight gain:
 I am currently up 4lbs as of this morning.  I'll take it!  At this rate I could very well hit my pre pregnancy weight the day I give birth.  Who knows though.  I still have a bunch of growing left to do over the next 11 weeks.  

Sleep:   Sleep was slightly better for me this week.  I was able to have a couple of really good nights rest that have made me feel a million times better this week,

Best Moment this week:  Hearing a strong heartbeat from Mudbug eased a bit of my anxiety since the fall.  Not sure if I mentioned it but I had a fall to which they recommended me to come in and get monitored for several hours.  Thankfully both of us were cleared by the doctor that day with nothing wrong more than a bruise on my hip.  I have been eagerly waiting to hear that his heartbeat to reassure myself that everything was OK.

Worst Moment this week:  Failing the 1 hour glucose test.  More on this and the   results of my 3 hour later this week.

Miss anything:  Sleeping on my back, running, having energy, and being flexible without this big old belly.

Food Cravings/Aversion:  I have been craving cold cut sandwiches, waffles, Cereal and milk.  Lets just say I haven't denied myself any of these.  Aversions is a slightly afraid to say that I am going to try Penne Alla Betsy with my own pasta.  This is hubby's request as I am avoiding shrimp but I guess I can't with this one.  We shall see how this goes.


Labor Pains:  Thankfully no!  A bit of Braxton Hicks contractions but nothing consistent.

Movement:  Tons! he is moving all the time now.

Belly Picture:  This pic is from Friday but it's the closest to 29 weeks that I have.



Belly Button in or out:  In still!  Fingered and toes crossed it stays this way!

Stretch Marks:  Ummmm... I have stretch marks from this pregnancy but they haven't gotten any worse thankfully.  

Baby / Parenting Book I am Currently Reading:  Nothing currently.  I am gathering a list for books I want to download onto my Nook for when baby A is here.  They don't have to be parenting books per say but there are two I still want to read.  The rest are just fun reads for me.  Something to do when the baby is nursing and I can't do much else.

Looking forward to:  The next appointment and having the nursery feel like it's at a place where I feel the baby could come home to.

This week’s Baby Task: Paint the new canvases I bought for Baby A's room! I also need to put away all the items we got on the Houston trip for the baby.  There are also items that need to be put together too.  


Sunday, June 2, 2013

Bump Update #15 - 28 weeks



Bump Update



How far along: 28 weeks, 1 day

Due Date:  August 18, 2013

Baby’s Size:   This is the only app tht wants to work so I guess the baby is roughly the size of an eggplant.



Total weight gain:
   Total weight gain is 4lbs at this point.  I am sure that will go up as the weeks progress and we get even closer to the end of this pregnancy.

Maternity Clothes:  I can still get away with some pre pregnancy shirts but I need to wear a tank top under it to make up for the gap where the shirt ends and my pants start.  I don't need my belly hanging out for all to see.

Sleep:   Sleep is coming and going.  Some days I sleep amazingly well and other I sleep like crap.  I am just so big and awkward now that it is hard to comfortable.  

Best Moment this week:  This isn't totally baby related but we had a very successful yard sale that will pay for several key items the baby still needs.  

Miss anything:    Wine, beer, and not having to worry about heating deli meats.  Then there is missing being able to do simple tasks with out feeling like I just performed some amazing gymnastics stunt when really all I did was bend over to close the dog crates.  

Food Cravings/Aversion:  Spicy borwn mustard lately hasn't seemed to sit well with me.  I think it may be because I have some terrible acid reflux that is aggrivated by anything with even the slightest amount of spice or acidity to it.  Who am I kidding... A glass of milk could give me heartburn lately. 

Movement:  Tons.  I have downloaded a kick counter app that my doctor recommended.  She would like me to randomly use the counter daily to see how long it takes to get 10 kick out of this little guy.  

Gender:  He is still all boy.

Belly Button in or out: Thankfully it is still in but it is really just a matter of time before it pops out.  Hopefully it doesn't look too strange!

Wedding ring on or off:  Sadly the swelling in the middle of the first trimester is the last time the ring fit me.  I haven't tried it lately but I doubt it will fit especially now.

Labor Pains: Thankfully nothing serious yet.  I get a few Braxton Hicks contractions every once and a while but no real ones. 

Parenting Classes: I need to sign up for 2 of these soon.  I want to take the breastfeeding class and the labor, delivery and after care class.  They aren't required to my knowledge but I figure it couldn't hurt to go.  I just hope hubby can come to them with me.

Belly Picture:  this is not the bet picture but it will do.  I think this shirt is going to be take off the list of things that fit.  Oh well.


Baby / Parenting Book I am Currently Reading:  I am taking a break from reading this week to give my mind a rest.  I feel like after reading about so many baby and parenting theories and practicies that I just need time to digest them and see where my own parenting philosophy is in all of this.

Looking forward to:    I have a doctors appointment next week.  We will also be taking a trip to Texas soon that I am extremely excited for!

This week’s Baby Task:  To find or buy new canvas' so that I can make the dang nursery art.  I am sick of the blank walls!