Friday, January 30, 2009

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice? OR Snips and Snails and Puppy dog's Tails?

I didn't get an ounce of sleep last night thinking and thinking about our ultrasound appointment today. I don't know why, I would have been happy with any news that we received, but for some reason it was keeping me up all night!

So I will spare you the long drawn out version and just give it to you straight.

We are blessed with a little GIRL!!!
(here's a rump shot and we see "nothing" between the legs)

Doc said everything looked great and that he couldn't see any abnormalities. The heart, spine and other organs looked fine. Placenta and umbilical cord were good. My cervical length is measuring at 3.5cm. They are looking for it to stay 2.5cm or above. I go back at 22 weeks and 24 weeks for additional measurements just to make sure that it stays the same.

Here is our wee little one posing for her first picture!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Pregnancy Update: Week 20

I'm officially at the half-way mark. And to that I say I can't believe I am already halfway there, but I can't believe that I still have halfway to go.

Everything has been going really well. Fingers crossed. I feel good. Other than that fact that my boobs have grown to enormous proportions and the glimpse of my butt that I accidentally caught in the mirror the other day was enough to give me a heart attack, I feel relatively pregnancy "symptom-free."

I have gotten 4 injections of progesterone so far and all I have to show for it is a sore rear end. Every time I see my doctor she has a new story of a patient that has been getting those shots due to a previous pre-term delivery that has made it so much further along this time. So, we are hoping for good results as well. Baby has started to move and kick around a whole lot more. I think that he/she will end up being just as active as Kaiden was.

Thanks to all that have voted on whether we will be seeing pink or blue for the next 18 years. I loved reading all your comments about your individual pregnancies. I think with all of that information we can finally put those old wives tales to rest! Everyone had such different experiences and nothing seemed to prove any of them correct!

Here I am at week 20. Growing and growing and growing...
Come back tomorrow afternoon for the big reveal!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Cast your vote! Boy or Girl?

I had a dream last night. But, not just any dream. The dream. The one where the sex of the baby is revealed to you. I had it with Kaiden. A week before our ultrasound I dreamed that I had a little boy and a week later they told us that we were going to have a boy. A friend of mine had a dream that she was having a girl. And birth day came...she had a girl. So, last night I had a dream that I had a girl. I was shocked this morning and still don't know if I should "trust" my dream or not. But, gosh darn it, the suspense is just killing me. I only have to wait till Friday to find out, and thank goodness that this week is super busy for us cause it seems to be going at lightening speed.

So, I wanted to get a little vote going here. What do you all think it will be? My Mom and I were having a chat the other day about some of the wives tales of pregnancy that can "predict" what the sex is. Scientific? I think not. But heck, it's fun to guess anyways. So, let me give you some facts about the pregnancy and you can leave me a comment and let me know what your guess would be. Whoever gets it right, will get a prize. Well, the prize is that you got it right and bragging rights. How about that for a prize?!?!?

Can you base your vote on these facts and get it right?

  • I didn't have hardly any morning sickness this time. With Kaiden I had it for the first 10 weeks. But this time, I would get some nausea off and on for like 5 minutes at a time. I only threw up once.
  • The baby's heart rate has consistently been in around 150 beats/min.
  • I am carrying pretty much all in front. A basketball sort of belly. Same way as I did with Kaiden.
  • The only thing that has begun to spread east to west is my butt. I also caught a glimpse of it the other day in the mirror and I am pretty sure I saw it starting to head south as well. It's not pretty. Believe me. My Mom is convinced that your butt usually gets bigger when you are pregnant with girls.
  • I have been having some major break outs. I have had problems with my skin since I moved to AZ in 2003. But with Kaiden my face miraculously cleared up for the whole pregnancy. This time I have felt like a 13 year old going through puberty again.
  • My boobs are enormous. Well as enormous as a former 34A cup can get. And they hurt like the Dickens. With my first pregnancy they hardly grew at all and weren't sore at all. Not this time. Hubs has been thanking the boobie gods for blessing me in that way this time around.
  • With Kaiden my hair started falling out in clumps in the shower during my pregnancy. Not too worry. If you have felt or seen my hair, believe me, I have been blessed with 9 times that of an average head of hair. But this time around it seems to be holding steady and I haven't really lost any at all.
  • This baby seems to be very active so far. It is still early to feel the forceful kicks and punches, but he/she moves a lot. Kaiden moved all. the. time. All the time.
  • It feels like I am carrying pretty low.
  • I crave sweets. Salty and sugary sweets. Mostly chips and milkshakes.
  • I am super moody. With Kaiden I was an emotional train wreck. I cried a lot. My poor husband. This time around I feel extremely agitated. Like if I don't control myself someone will surely get a butt chewing. Again, my poor husband.

So there you have it. I think that is enough information to cast your vote. I will give you the final outcome on Friday after the ultrasound! Stay tuned...

Monday, January 26, 2009

Planning a Trip

We are planning a trip. A real, honest to goodness long weekend away from Arizona and from the kid. A weekend amongst ourselves in peace and quiet. I can't wait. I can already hear my muscles breathing a sigh of relief.

My Mom and Dad offered to plan a trip to Arizona to visit in February to watch Kaiden while hubs and I ventured off on what could be our last get-away before baby #2 arrives in June. You see February 14th is our 2 year anniversary. *collective oooo's and ahhhh's come from the crowd* And now that I think about it, with all that has happened the past two years, I can't believe that it has only been two glorious years of marriage. We were engaged in May of 2006, married February 2007, pregnant with kid #1 in March 2007 (there went our theory of we better start "trying" cause we don't know how long it will take), birth of kid #1 in October 2007, hospital becomes second home while kid spends 6 weeks there, quit my job in January 2008 after going back for a week and a half to become a stay-at-home mom, kid #1 turns one in October 2008, find out we are pregnant with kid #2 in October 2008 (apparently we are very fertile)...and now here we are 2 years later. Phew. I'm tired just thinking about it.

So anyways, with only 4 days to vacation, we wanted to go somewhere close so that we didn't have to waste two whole days for traveling there and back. We settled on Park City, UT. Never been, always wanted to go. Plus, what better place to kick back and relax while it is a million degrees below zero outside. Hubs was going to try skiing one day while I spent a day at the spa and the rest of the time we didn't want to feel like we were tourists and had to do anything specific other than relax.

A couple of weeks ago at my 16 week OB appointment I had to meet with the Nurse Practitioner since my doc was all booked up. I mentioned the vacation and she didn't see a problem with it as long as my two cervical length checks come back ok in the next couple weeks. At my OB appointment this past Friday I decided to mention it again to my real doctor just to be safe. Glad I did.

Me: "Hubs and I are still planning a trip over the weekend of February 14th. Is that still okay?"
Doc: "Well, it should be. Just as long as you check out okay at your cervical length checks. You aren't going somewhere that is a high altitude, are you?"
Me: "Well, we are going to UT. It's high altitude, but I'm not sure how high."
Doc: "Ooooo. I really don't want you going somewhere over 5000 ft."

Note to self: Always check with regular doctor regarding vacations rather than Nurse Practitioner.

Luckily we booked our flights on Southwest so we can change our flight and even use them within the next year. We canceled our hotel reservations, car rental, dinner reservations, etc. and had to come up with plan B.

After much deliberation we came up with San Diego. Which is fine, but we have been there many times before. We were trying to go somewhere new. Plus, San Diego is harder to just sit around and relax. You almost feel like you have to do the touristy thing. But at least we will be getting away together to enjoy our last hurrah for awhile.

I hope everything checks out okay because we don't have a plan C.

On a completely different note, here is our new toy. Now I don't have to compete with hubs for computer time or be confined to the office when I waste my days blogging or surfing the net conduct my important business on the computer. Can I get an Amen?!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Thankful Thursday



Another week, another Thankful Thursday. My how time does fly. Today is a simple Thankful Thursday for me. As I realize everyday, but especially yesterday, I am so thankful for the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom. It seriously is the hardest darn thing I have ever done. Buuuttt, definitely has turned out to be the most rewarding and blessed job on the planet.

Kaiden seems to grow and change and discover new things each and every day. I really have been enjoying watching him at this curious age where he is in awe of everything. Flowers on the bushes, dead flies on the ground, new children to look at, trucks, cars, animals, etc. It is all so new and exciting for him and he seems to take it all in.

He also hasn't been feeling well the past few days. I am hoping it is not something that lingers on for him....poor baby. But I just feel blessed to be able to be here with him to take care of him or run him to the doctors whenever we need to.

For more Thankful Thursday visit here!

Have a Thankful week!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Random Thoughts

I have some randomness swirling around in my head today since I haven't been able to post in a few days. I thought I would get it all out there on the table so maybe my brain won't have to work overtime today.
  • Kaiden woke up today with his first ever fever. 15 months and no fever till this point. I think that is pretty good. But I guess I knew something was coming since the past two/three days he has just been really cranky and clingy. Ugh. Next I have to google some info on children and fevers since I am new to this.
  • My mother-in-law just left this morning. She was here for 10 days. How spoiled were we to have some extra hands around here for a bit?!?! My goodness! She put Kaiden to bed pretty much every night, took care of him so that hubs and I could enjoy a date one night and go to our bible study (kid free) last night. She also helped me cook, clean up and allowed me some more relaxing time. Ahhhh....I'll miss that.
  • We got our new mattress a week ago tomorrow. I'll have to do a separate post about it later. The verdict is still out if I will like it or not. I am being very optimistic, though. Fingers crossed.
  • I think I am addicted to this new show in the afternoon called "A Haunting" on the Discovery channel. Oh my gosh. I watched two episodes yesterday and I was freaked out the rest of the day. Crazy stuff.
  • I totally have to get my butt in gear and get these pictures off my computer and get them printed. Seriously. You are all probably tired of me saying this, but it is a on going, never ending project. I finally printed some of them, but then I turn around and have more to print. I just have this fear of my computer crashing and losing all those pics. Most of them are of Kaiden that would be devastating to lose.
  • Hubs thinks that he may have been caught by that stupid photo radar on the 51. Driving my car none-the-less. You all know how I feel about that blasted thing. We were on the 51 and it must have turned from 65 miles/hour to 55 miles/hour (seriously for all of a mile). Of course they put the radar right there cause it's the easiest way to trick people and give them a ticket. He thinks he saw it flash. So we are awaiting another ticket in the mail. Grrrr....
  • I woke up at 3 am to the sound of coyotes, I believe, having a feast fest or something. It really sounded like a pack of hyenas were outside our back yard, but since we don't have hyenas in AZ I am assuming it was coyotes. It was so loud. Loud enough I even heard them even with my ear plugs in. They will kill any animal they can get their teeth on. Rabbits, dogs, cats, etc. Hopefully they never mistake our little Paco as a feast. Yikes.
  • This kid is making my insides feel like a punching bag. Starting at 4 in the morning. He/she is so active already. I can only wait until they grow a bit and those legs and arms make the punching feel stronger. Yikes! It's fun, though. It makes me laugh outloud at times.

Alrighty then...I have much to accomplish today so I better get off my butt and get going. Toodles!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Fly Eagles, Fly!

This is me bringing my football potty mouth in support of my Filthadelphia birds as they trample (hopefully) the Arizona Cardinals on their road to the Superbowl. Who's scared of a Cardinal for heaven's sake?! I can almost smell the sweet smell of victory. Don't let me down. E.A.G.L.E.S.....Eagles! Awwww yeaaahhhhh!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Thankful Thursday

I know, I know. I haven't been keeping up with my weekly Thankful Thursday thankfulness lately. But, it's a new year and I have made a new resolution to stay more on top of my blogging. Especially the most important day of posting my thankful list.

Today I am thankful for:
  • This incredible Arizona weather. This is why we live here. The past two weeks have been in the low 70's, sunny, warm and gorgeous! I have been able to take Kaiden out to meet up with friends at the park practically everyday. Not much is getting done around the house, but hey, we need to enjoy this while it lasts. All too soon the brutal Phoenix summer will be upon us. Ugh.
  • My mother-in-law's help. She is here visiting. This gives me a chance to relax a bit while she helps with Kaiden. He loves playing with his Grandma!
  • Date nights. Thanks to MIL, hubs and I have a chance to go out tomorrow. All. By. Ourselves!
  • Leftovers. I have Bunco tonight so those leftovers will help feed my hungry family while I am out...hopefully winning everyone's money from them!
  • Baby kicks. I can already tell this one is going to probably be just as active as Kaiden was. He/she has begun to make mommy their punching bag. But I love that feeling!
  • American Idol. Need I say more?

So there you have it. Quite a Thankful Thursday it is! If you want to participate or check out more Thankful Thursday lists, stop by here.

Have a Thankful Thursday!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

100th Post: The Things I Have Learned

I made it. My 100th post. And on this most memorable day, according to blogging tradition, (of course I don't know if this is written in stone anywhere, but hey) I am supposed to do a list of 100 little facts about myself. Well, guess what? I already did that. And because of a lack of 100 more random facts about myself, I thought I would do something a little different.

In my *cough* 30 years (about to be *cough* 31 years in a month or so) here on this earth I would like to think that I learned a thing or two about a thing or two. Ya know...life lessons. Things that I can pass along to my children. And my children's children and so on. So, I thought, why the heck not pass them along to all of you as well. I would hate to leave you out. Well then, here it goes. My list of my 51 (because, again, I am an overachiever) "Life Lessons I Have Learned."

  1. Men really are from Mars.
  2. Sleep deprivation is not fun.
  3. It's better to have a few "true" friends then a whole lot of "acquaintances."
  4. Always use spell check.
  5. Hover over public restroom toilets. Then use the paper towel to open the door.
  6. The hardest job in the world is being a Mom.
  7. Brownies with ice cream and fudge make any day better.
  8. Happiness is a choice.
  9. Assume that you have to do things yourself.
  10. It's better to spend the extra money for a really great restaurant then to settle for a mediocre meal.
  11. $100.00 doesn't go as far as it once did.
  12. Silence really is golden.
  13. People google strange things.
  14. Laugh often. Even at yourself.
  15. Don't worry. You're not in control anyway.
  16. Technology will make your life easier. It will also make it a whole lot more complicated.
  17. Simple is better.
  18. Photo radar sucks.
  19. Time flies.
  20. Respect your husband.
  21. Love your kids. But be their parent first, not their friend.
  22. Keep your promises.
  23. Believe in love at first sight.
  24. It feels better to give than to receive.
  25. God will never give you anything that you can't handle.
  26. Take chances.
  27. Splurge. It's sometimes so worth it.
  28. Be on time. Someone is counting on you to be there when you say you will.
  29. If you are admitted to a hospital, check your humility and modesty at the door.
  30. Labor hurts. Don't try and be a "hero." Take the epidural as soon as you can.
  31. Get to know someone before you judge them.
  32. You can't stop bad things from happening. They are a learning experience and an opportunity for you to grow in yourself and in your faith.
  33. There is always someone that has it worse than you.
  34. Acne isn't always just for teenagers.
  35. Marriage is hard work. Work at it everyday.
  36. Take lots of pictures. Someday you'll be really glad that you did.
  37. Everyone has an opinion.
  38. Act like a kid. Life is more fun that way.
  39. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
  40. Take direct flights whenever possible. It's better to get there quicker than cheaper.
  41. You never know when your time is up. Get busy living.
  42. Check your pockets before you do the laundry.
  43. People just want to be heard and appreciated.
  44. Older doesn't always mean wiser.
  45. Sometimes a dirty house can wait. Play with your kids or enjoy a great day outside.
  46. Dogs are the most loyal.
  47. Buy a waffle maker. Homemade waffles taste sooo much better than the frozen ones.
  48. Work hard but remember that your job isn't everything.
  49. Never write anything in an email that you don't want anyone else to see.
  50. Count to 10 before you react.
  51. Cellulite is a fact of life. Deal with it.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Superbowl, Here We Come

My Dearest "Filth"-adelphia Eagles,

I must first begin by fully admitting that I was skeptical of your ability to pull out another win over the Giants today that would land you in the last round of the playoffs. I must admit that when I heard rumors of this being McNabb and Reid's last year with the Eagles I secretly rejoiced. I must admit that I even turned off a few games before they were finished because you made me sick to my stomach to be a fan.

But today, my dear friends, I take it back. I take it all back. Yesterday I saw a passion in your eyes that I have never seen before. I saw a shiver of victory in your spine. Or maybe that was the shiver of 30 degree weather chilling your bones cause dang, it looked friggin' cold there. At any rate, you did it. You proved them all wrong. And for that, you make me proud to call myself a fan.

As you travel to the warmth of Arizona, just here in my backyard, don't fret. I won't go against my peeps. I will route for you. I will stand behind you. I will cheer you on. I will proudly wear my Eagles t-shirt in support. But, only if I can fit it over my fat belly.

Just don't screw it up.

All my love,
Tracey

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Trip To The Dentist

Today was Kaiden's first dentist appointment. I know what your all thinking. I'm crazy for taking him this soon, right? Well, actually, when I called to find out when you should start taking kiddos to the dentist they told me the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that they start by the time they are one. I thought that she was the crazy one at first by telling me that, but I looked it up online and there it was. I am actually really glad that we started this early.

I have been brushing his teeth (or making my best attempt) twice a day since Kaiden first started getting teeth, so I thought that we were ahead of the game already. I figured that he wouldn't mind too much someone poking and prodding around. He should be used to it, right? Of course Kaiden screamed when they came at him with that electric toothbrush and when the doctor took his instruments and held his mouth open to look all around. Better luck next time, I guess. At least he is getting used to the whole dental experience. I am afraid it doesn't get any better than this, there buddy. 30 years later, I still loathe going to the dentist. But, whatever.

I had some concerns about Kaiden's teeth since he is a thumb sucker. He basically decided at 4-6 month that he didn't like his binky anymore and moved to sucking his thumb. His front tooth looks like it is starting to stick out a bit and I hope that the thumb sucking wasn't making it worse. The doctor assured me that he wasn't concerned at this point and that really we need to get him to stop sucking his thumb by the time he is 3. Another challenge I am not ready to tackle quite yet. So, we'll give that a little more time.

Also, since we have an R.O. system in our house, I was concerned that he wasn't getting enough fluoride. He said that fluoride is more to help the second teeth that are forming and that will eventually come in and didn't want to let that slide without proper care. So the doc prescribed some fluoride drops that we are to add to his water once a day to combat that problem. Simple solution.

I did want to capture this on camera, but with us running out of the house at record speed, I forgot the camera. Oh, well. I'll just get it when we go back in 6 months and pretend that it was his first time.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Pregnancy Update: Week 16.5

So, I am a little late on the posting of my monthly pregnancy update. But you know what they say...better late then never, eh?

I wish I had more exciting news on this pregnancy. I mean, it seems like it is moving along at record speed. Just yesterday I was 12 weeks and now another month has flown by. Probably because of the holidays in addition to the busyness that is created having a 15 month old running (literally) around the house.

Although the whole family passed around a little stomach bug that had me plagued with a severe aversion to food for a couple days, I pulled out of that mess without a scratch and have my old appetite back again. I have begun to feel a little movement from the little goober and wonder if this one will be quite as active as Kaiden was. He moved all the time. All. The. Time. I got a laugh out of my doctor during that pregnancy when she told me to take an hour each night to lay down and count the baby's kicks. "You should be able to feel 10 kicks within an hour," she would say to me. Uh, no problem there, doc. With Kaiden I literally would feel 20 kicks within the first 5 minutes. So, I just wonder if this little one will be just as active.

I started on my progesterone shots yesterday. Luckily, my insurance company called me to let me know that I am eligible to have a nurse come to my house each week for the next 20 weeks (hopefully I make it that far) to give me the injection instead of me having to drive to the office every week to receive it. Phew. Can I get an Amen? That was a relief to hear since my doctor's office is about 25 minutes away. So, yesterday the nurse came bright and early, stuck a needle longer than I have ever seen in my butt, listened to the baby's heartbeat, took my blood pressure and was on her way. See ya next week!!!

I went to my monthly OB appointment this morning and all seems to be going well. She too listened to the heartbeat at 150 beats/minute-normal, blood pressure-normal, urine test-normal, weight 131-down 2 lbs from last time. Not so normal. I started at 130, gained 3 lbs my first trimester (which in itself was a small miracle since I felt like I was eating for an army instead of just 2) But, I attribute the weight loss to three days of forcing myself to eat crackers and chicken noodle soup over Christmas while I then turned around only to throw it up from that dang stomach bug. I am sure the weight thing will catch up with me in no time. No worries.

Other than that, it's all easy-peasy-Japanesey. Just sailing along. We have my second trimester ultrasound on the 30th of January when we will be able to find out if we will be painting the baby's room pink or blue this go around. I don't know why, but I think that we are having another boy. I don't have anything scientific to go on, but I just feel like I am destined to be a mom to all boys. My bathrooms will smell like pee for the next 18 years, but hey, that's okay by me. We will be happy with whatever God gives us! They are also going to start doing a cervical length check on me at week 20, 22 and 24. If I have a shortened cervix this can determine if I will deliver early. Again. So, they are watching me very closely and I feel like I am in good hands.

Here's my 16 week preggo picture:

Stay tuned for the "big reveal" in a few weeks!