Thursday, April 28, 2011

Change of Birth Plans!

For our friends and family, I wanted to update you on the change of plans regarding the arrival of Little Miss A.

When I went for my last prenatal check up today, it was discovered that the hospital had booked my C-section with a random OB/GYN I have never met in my life, for May 3rd. Of course I panicked and I am not sure why the OB in question hadn't questioned it...

Anyways, I got things re-scheduled for Monday, May 2nd, the day before with MY OB/GYN! So Little Miss A will be here a day earlier!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Lunch and Counting Down

Today the boys and I had a much needed, and anticipated lunch date with my friend Hillary. She has four sons, two of them which are Camden and Ben's age and we have been trying repeatedly to get together before Little Miss A comes.

To say lunch with 4 boys - 2 three year olds and 2 two year olds was a success is an understatement. We actually had a table of business people come up to us and say we both were "mother of the year" for how well our kids acted. Thanks!

Today marks 6 days until baby is here too... Wow!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone! Well at least yesterday! I am a little behind! Yesterday we celebrated in the morning with La La and Na Na, and then in the afternoon with all of my family. Unfortunately in my very pregnant state, I didn't take a ton of pictures.

I did get the kids on their Easter egg hunt in the morning though... they had a blast searching through the back yard for all the eggs that the Easter Bunny left them.

I am hoping to be re-charged shortly after our daughter joins us! I have certainly hit a wall in my pregnancy, especially after nesting again like a mad woman this past Saturday... I can honestly say between Will and I... we got more done in 7 hours than we have in the past month in our house. It felt good, but landed me in bed at 7pm and scrapped the plan of going to my girlfriends bachelorette party. :(

8 days until Little Miss A joins us!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Baby Watch 2011

Taken from my post on Being Pregnant today!

Baby watch 2011! DUN DUN DUN!

Talk about this child giving us a run for our money! After a late night, and early morning full of preparing, rushing, bag packing, and escorting children to their respective babysitters, I was able to go for the final ultrasound of my pregnancy to see if our daughter is packing the pounds on, or if a delivery on April 20th– my husband’s late grandmother’s birthday — would be the end of the line.

To say I wasn’t anxious all day would be an understatement. I was on the edge of my seat, and my nerves certainly have been getting the best of me. My heart was racing driving to my appointment, sitting in the waiting room, and of course the entire ultrasound.

I am sure the tech could tell that, too, since I just kept talking and talking… I chatter when I am nervous.

After what seemed like forever, the measurements of our daughter were confirmed by the last perinatologist I will see this pregnancy… She grew, again, and has made it up to the 26th percentile! From the 9th, to the 17th, and now the 26th! She is packin’ those little pounds on, and estimated to be around 5 pounds 6 ounces these days. We’ll see how accurate the guesstimate was once she finally gets here…

So now we wait…

Do I go into labor on my own between now and May 3rd?

Or do I go in for my scheduled c-section on May 3rd at 39 weeks and change?

Who knows, but I am just glad she won’t be joining us today!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Dear Man in AutoZone

I thought once Will got home I would be able to get out for a little bit, go to the bakery and get some treats, and just be child free for a whole half hour. I get in my car to drive there... as I pull into the parking lot my check engine light goes on... I was torn between crying and KILLING the guy who sold me the car in October.

I kept calm and decided to drive over to the local auto zone to have one of the nice young men plug the little machine in and tell me what it is... There was a line, so like a normal person I patiently waited till it was my turn.

As the guy was ringing out the person ahead of me, another employee walked in and was punching in and this creepy guy FLIES into the place with a windshield wiper blade in his hand... asks me if I am waiting, and I told him yes... then goes up to the guy punching in and totally cuts the line. In front of me and two others that were behind me.

I could feel my BP creeping up!
Then after finding out it was a lose gas cap, I was getting ready to leave and the guy SMILED AT ME!

In which I replied... "Next time you decide to cut in line... don't cut in front of a woman who is 9 months pregnant ready to give birth IN AUTOZONE!" And walked out.

The two people he cut in front of then proceeded to laugh till they were near tears.

I think I should stay in the house until I give birth... Because who knows what I will do next!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Happy 3rd Birthday Jake!

It seems like yesterday my sister Dawn announced she was pregnant with her second child... and at that moment in time we all insisted she was purely insane considering her only child was 11 years old. SHOCK!

Today Jake celebrated his third birthday, although his real birthday was Thursday. The kids had a blast together... and of course the cake and candy were the highlights... Why wouldn't they have been?
Ben playing in the backyard...

The birthday boyCamden and his Toy Story tattoos
Ben doing what he does best... Making a mess

Cake time!
Mr. Cool post cake...

Overall the kids had a blast! Nothing like smiling toddlers playing and getting along to make a nice sunny Sunday afternoon...

Friday, April 15, 2011

37 Week Update

Well on Sunday I will be 37 weeks, and today I had my check up...

If this baby isn't taking after me in my teen years... I don't know who she is taking after!

I am going to try and make my update short and sweet, but I can say I am beyond confused. We all already know neither of my boys ever dropped into my pelvis, and that was the reason for scheduling my c-section this time around for May 3rd...

Well the past couple days, I have had pains and feelings I never got with either boy, but didn't want to worry about it because every pregnancy is different... Today the OB at my practice confirmed that yes, Little Miss A HAS dropped down into my pelvis, and I almost died of shock.

I am still pretty thick, but starting to dilate.

So I started asking a ton of questions, and what if's...

Basically... I have been given the green light for a trial of labor, if that is what I want when the time comes...

I think I have decided if I go into labor before my scheduled c-section date, I will give it a try for a VBA2C, but if I do not go into labor on my own before May 3rd, I am going to continue with my original plan to have a scheduled c-section...


I have to go for another ultrasound on Wednesday because my fundal height (belly) is only measuring 33 weeks... so if I go on Wednesday and the baby has started to slow in growth again (17th% last time) if she has dropped below the 17th% at all, I am likely going to be delivering Wednesday night... or Thursday. And that will be the end of the road...

I would certainly prefer to deliver on Wednesday though, as that is Will's late Grandmother's birthday, and she was such an amazing woman, and she was a second mother to him. It would really be an amazing day for our little girl to come into the world.

So as much as I have wanted to try and plan this for comfort... Someone else just DOESN'T want us to have any kind of plan in place!

So... here it to winging it from here on out!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Laundry is a Contact Sport

I hate laundry... with a passion. I hate it even more since we moved into the house we live in now over three years ago, because the washer and dryer are in the basement. Meaning I have to brave it down the basement stairs and through the garage to get to the washer and dryer.

Typically it doesn't bother me, but right now I have a basketball under my shirt, and my balance is just slightly off. I feel like every time I waddle down the stairs with a giant basket of laundry I am taking my life into my own hands. Mind you the garage floor is a slab of cement... Not something I want to land on.

The boys laundry has piled up, not to the point where they have nothing to wear, but to the point where I am seriously intimidated by the basket. Just looking at it makes me want to run screaming in the other direction, or hide under my bed.

But alas... I started working on it today and after four loads of laundry, all the trips up and down the stairs, and a huge dent in it... I feel like I am about to drop Little Miss A right out... Of course we all know it isn't going to be that damn easy, but it feels like that!

Oh the joys of being a work at home mom!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The 21 Day Countdown

3 weeks... 21 days... 504 hours...30,240 minutes... Until we are no longer a family of four, but a family of five... and the children sleeping through the night ceases to happen in our house.

I have a laundry list of things that still need to get done before Little Miss A joins our family, and thinking about it now... I want to do a tailspin of panic.

On a positive note this week, I got the full results of the amnio finally, it seems like I have been waiting forever for the results to come in, and the genetics are 100% normal, there is no infection, and they are thinking that she just may be a little girl. I mean, lets face it... it is not like the boys are giants.

What do we still need to do?

  • Install the car seat
  • Finish the nursery
  • Get the co-sleeper out of the attic and wash the bedding
  • Build the swing
  • Build the bouncer
  • Build the cubical storage unit for her bedroom
  • Buy more newborn diapers (because I will not be washing diapers while recovering from a c-section... I cant handle the added laundry and the stairs)
  • Finish my bedroom nesting/cleaning project
  • Find a maid for one day a week
  • Pack my bags
  • Pack the boys bags
Um... Yeah... Panic now!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

My Kids Could Fall Asleep Anywhere...

More proof that my children could fall asleep anywhere? Or really play and play till they can't keep their eyes open anymore?

The past couple days, Ben has really been fighting his nap... Today him and Camden decided an empty girl scout cookie box was a toy. They drove their trucks through it, passed it around, used it as binoculars, clearly showed their imagination...

Then Ben decided to put it on as a form of BabyLegs, or leg warmers to go to sleep...

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Swing Set

Apparently the swing set being assembled turned into a two day project. But alas this evening it was finally finished. Something about crappy directions... I guess that's why so many people opt to pay people to build these things!

After it was finally up, Camden ended up falling asleep in the swing, it was the cutest thing ever!

I hated having to wake him up for dinner and a bath, but him and Ben were incredibly dirty after their boy afternoon digging and playing in the backyard. I am super excited it is finally starting to get warm enough to play outside again without worrying about them getting sick from the cold!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Getting Gorgeous in NYC!

Today I headed to NYC for a blogging event, and just wanted to share a couple pictures... For the full run down of the day, I wrote about it on my site.

Me and my friend Courtney waiting for the train to come!

Riding Metro North into the city!
I look HUGE! Well, I mean, tomorrow I will be 35 weeks! WOW!

Getting Gorgeous!!

Courtney was like the Paparazzi every table I went to... This time she caught me at Weight Watchers talking to them about postpartum weight loss, and points while breastfeeding!

Friday, April 1, 2011

34 weeks 4 days...

Yesterday I was 34 weeks 4 days pregnant, and I took a little bit of time to finally take a couple belly pictures. People have been pestering me about it since I haven't done it since I was in my early second trimester...

But lets be honest here... I feel like a house, so the last thing I want to be doing is showing off my pregnant body!

Although after posting these on facebook, my friends and family made me feel like I look fantastic!

Funny thing about this picture... a woman I know from the birth community that I have talked with a ton in the past couple years left a comment on this picture... Her 9 year old daughter walked by the computer as she was scrolling through the pictures and saw this... and her 9 year old says "Who is that? SHE LOOKS AWESOME!" Talk about an ego boost!

I am still tossing around the idea of getting professional maternity pictures done. I have like... A WEEK to make the decision, but I would love to do some with the kids and Will... plus this is the last time I will have the opportunity since we are done having kids, so that is really weighing heavily on my decision. Hmm!
What do you think?