Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 Resolutions RECAP :)

25 resolutions was A HUGE undertaking, and since finding out I was pregnant in July, I pretty much crapped the bed on just about every last thing and barely tried at all.  But hey, I definitely put in a valiant effort from January to July :) 

# 1 : My #1 most important goal for 2011 is to finish reading the Bible cover to cover. According to my YouVersion App, I'm not done.  :( Fail.  The only book I know for SURE I have not read is Revelation all the way through but I've read about 85% of it. 

# 2 : Spend more time with my husband and getting to know how better and growing closer to him. I love him <3

# 3 : Get to my goal weight!!  This one will have to be put off but for really good reason.  I did do weight watchers this year and lose 15 lbs!  But pregnancy has definitely changed that haha.

# 4 : Quit biting my nails. :)

#5 : Get pregnant. DONE!  See here.

# 6 : Personally lead at least 1 person to know Christ as their personal savior. Done! See here.

# 7 : Spend more time growing my friendships.  I think the people that I have grown the closest to this year are my sister in law, my mom and my husband.

# 8 : Join some kind of a small group. I did some classes at church for a little while there, but Jack and I STILL haven't joined a small group. :(

# 9 : Get more involved with our church. We went on a Couple's Retreat and Couple's Date Night, and attempted to start an Infertility Ministry.

# 10 : Become members at our church. January 23rd!

# 11 : Finish at least 10 quilts. (For me!) Nope! Not even close.  I did ONE baby quilt. 

# 12 : Read at least 75 books.   Check out my progress at my Master List!  I think I finished 55ish.  :/ fail.

# 13 : Keep my house cleaner! yeah. I think I've done a pretty good job considering how sick I've been in the last 6 months haha.

# 14 : Get to know my neighbors better.  fail.

# 15 : Sing in front of my church congregation. Nope

# 16 : Save $.  We didn't meet this goal.  We got to about halfway to where we were aiming.

# 17: Pray for my family and friends daily. Yup.

# 18: Finish reading the Bible through the first time  and read it a second time all the way through. Didn't finish 1 complete trip through it. Big fail.

# 19: Rely on God for the big things and the little things.  This is a daily goal lol.

# 20: Share my faith with at least 1 new person a week.  I don't think I did that well with this one, but mostly because I was pretty antisocial all year.

# 21: Find a person to bless each week.  I really concentrated on Jack.  I was much better about this when I was working around other people and stuff.

# 22: No Fast Food and No Pop. We did pretty good with this for about 6 months.  We are definitely doing this again.

# 23: Paint my 2nd Bedroom. Done!! I wish I had remembered the date, but I think it was in March or April.

# 24: Learn something new. I've learned a lot of new things :)

# 25: Take a vacation. We went on lots of vacations in May!! I'm hoping we will have one more this fall but I don't know if I will be up to it. 

So - Overall.... I think I did really well on my resolutions... I don't think I'm going to be quite so ambitious in 2012.  But this was a fun challenge!! And I think my favorite resolution was leading at least one person to Christ.  That was an amazing experience that I hope to have over and over and over again in my life!! 

29 Weeks / HAPPY NEW YEAR!

How far along:  28 weeks 1 day
How big is baby: 
(from TheBump)

You’re probably already getting a little preview of baby’s personality, the more your feel him move. You might get some playful kicks and jabs, and start to feel little hiccups, too! At 29 weeks, he’s not just moving a lot, he’s also plumping up. And as he continues to put pressure on your digestive system, you’re going to feel the effects: hemorrhoids, heartburn, pelvic pain and frequent urination are all common at this stage in the game. Week 29 is a good time to start finalizing stuff, like stocking the nursery with baby care essentials and checking out a few potential day cares. You’ll also want to start packing a few things you know you’ll want with you at the hospital at baby’s birth. Leave it by the door, so you can add stuff you think of along the way -- and so you can grab it at a moment’s notice.
Your baby's the size of a squash!
Baby already measures about 15.2 to 16.7 inches long. Right now, we weighs about 2.5 to 3.8 pounds but he's still got a ways to go -- can you believe he'll triple in weight before birth?

your baby at 29 weeks
  • He's getting a little cramped in there, since he's growing so fast. But you probably already realize that, since you're getting all those jabs and kicks.
  • He's growing white fat deposits under his skin, and his energy is surging because of it.
  • Feel a subtle twitch? It might be baby hiccupping.

pregnancy symptoms at 29 weeks
  • Lots of kicks! (All that crowding.)
  • Headaches and/or lightheadedness, possibly due to difficulty sleeping, but it could be from low blood sugar too, so make sure you're eating at regular intervals.
  • Itchy belly. Your skin is stretching thinner, making it more sensitive.
  • Back, leg or pelvic pain.
  • Hemorrhoids. Baby's putting pressure on your digestive system, and hormones may be relaxing your intestinal muscles. Eat plenty of fiber.
  • Constipation. This isn't really helping the hemorrhoid situation, is it?
  • Trouble sleeping -- still!
  • Gotta pee -- again! The more your uterus expands, the more you'll probably have to hit the restroom.
  • Varicose veins. Don't worry! These should fade after delivery.

Maternity clothes: yup definitely.
Sleep: Still not sleeping well.  I think this is just a permanent fixture :)
Best moment of the week: Seeing my sister and her getting to feel AJ kick!!
Food aversions: Nothing really.
Food cravings: Nothing really.
Symptoms: Throwing up wasn't too bad this week but I definitely did a few times, lots of nausea, back aches, leg cramps, sore belly
Movement:  All sorts of movement every day!
What I’m looking forward to: Both of my Baby Showers are in the next 14 days!!! I am SOOOOOOO ExCiTED!
Next appt: This week!  I get to meet a Natural Birth Friendly doctor in the practice and I can't wait to talk to her about a birth plan!! :0)

Sunday, December 25, 2011

28 Weeks Pregnant / Merry Christmas!!

How far along:  28 weeks 1 day
How big is baby: 
(from What to Expect)

Your Baby in Week 29 of Pregnancy

29 weeks pregnant
How big is your baby this week? She weighs nearly three pounds now and measures about 17 inches. Though she's getting pretty close to her birth length, she still has to chub out a bit. In fact, over the next 11 weeks, she'll more than double — or even come close to tripling — her weight. And as she grows and the room in your womb gets tighter, you'll be less likely to feel those big kicks and more likely to get poked by an elbow or jabbed by a knee.
Learn more about your baby in week 29 and baby fat.

Your Body in Week 29 of Pregnancy

Unsightly yet harmless, varicose veins are simply swollen blood vessels that often surface on your body for the first time during pregnancy, especially if your mom or grandma had them. You may have a mild case (minor achiness and swelling) or you may be unlucky enough to experience real pain and bulging blue veins, usually from the ankle to the upper thigh. There are things you can do to alleviate this veiny situation, including watching your weight, keeping your blood flowing, and avoiding heavy lifting.
Learn more about your body in week 29 and varicose veins during pregnancy.

Week 29 Pregnancy Tip: Counting Baby's Kicks

Have you counted your baby's kicks today? Once you've passed week 28, you should be counting them every day. To make sure that you do — and to make sure that everything's A-OK in your belly — make a habit of counting your baby's kicks twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. Best to do your counting lying down (since babies are more likely to kick up when Mom's lying down — a pattern they tend to continue after they're born). If you can't lie down, sit. Count any and all movements (even swishes and rolls) until you hit ten. If you haven't reached ten within an hour (your little Rockette may just be on her break right now), have a light snack and try again — that blood-sugar rush is likely to get baby on the move again. Just remember that fewer than ten movements within two hours warrants a call to your practitioner. Chances are everything's fine, but it's always better to be safe than sorry.

Week 29 Pregnancy Symptoms

Constipation: Pregnancy hormones cause your muscles (including those in your bowel) to relax, which can cause your system to get backed up. One way to get on track is to eat yogurt with the probiotic acidophilus (look for yogurt brands that contain “live active cultures”) since these beneficial bacteria can aid in digestion and help get things moving.
Occasional headaches: When a headache (even a migraine) hits, alleviate pain by lying down in a quiet, dark room with a cold compress on your neck or forehead.
Hemorrhoids: If the veins in your rectum have begun to bulge and pop out (as a result of increased pressure and blood flow to the pelvic area), reduce discomfort and irritation by using gentle wipes or warm water on soft toilet paper after bowel movements and, of course, drinking lots of fluids so your stool isn't hard.
Forgetfulness: No wonder your brain feels especially foggy these days — hormones are wreaking havoc on your memory and your brain-cell volume actually decreases during the third trimester. Try not to take this temporary pregnancy symptom to heart — stressing about it will only cloud your pregnancy brain even more.
Itchy abdomen: Your stretched-out belly can cause your skin to become dry and itchy. Apply moisturizer regularly and consider soaking in a warm oatmeal bath to ease the itch.
Skin, hair, and nail changes: Even though your nails may be growing faster than ever, pregnancy hormones may also cause them to become dry and brittle. Trim them regularly.
Difficulty sleeping: If heartburn is keeping you up at night, avoid eating too much and chowing down too close to bedtime. Also, avoid coffee or chocolate in the evening since these energizers will make it harder for you to get to sleep. 

Maternity clothes: yup definitely.
Sleep: still not sleeping well.  My belly is cumbersome and last night I started to get mini charlie horses :( I guess that means I need to drink MORE water
Best moment of the week:  Today is Christmas :) thinking about next Christmas :)))  Also, I passed my Glucose Tolerance Test, no Gestational Diabetes for me :D And the test wasn't anywhere close to as miserable as I thought it would be with my severe morning sickness.  I only came close to throwing up in the first 45 minutes or so but I had to do a 2 hour.  The worst part was getting 3 blood draws and being bored for 2 hours.
Food aversions: pretty much everything
Food cravings: Nothing really.
Symptoms: Throwing up wasn't too bad this week, lots of nausea, back aches, leg cramps, sore belly
Movement:  All sorts of movement every day!
What I’m looking forward to: Christmas today :0) and my baby showers and then Jack's birthday and then my birthday and then Valentine's Day and then AJ's due date :))))) it's going to go by SO fast!!
Next appt: in 2 weeks!!! I'm already down to the every 2 weeks appointments!! This is just craziness.

Monday, December 19, 2011

27 Weeks Pregnant

How far along:  27 weeks 2 days.
How big is baby: big? Lol
Maternity clothes:  yep. Although today I'm wearing Jack's sweater.
Sleep: snoogle pillow is not for me. I'm just learning to fall back to sleep quickly!
Best moment of the week:  um, I'm really not sure. Kicks are getting stronger and stronger.
Food aversions:  sweets
Food cravings: Steak. This one is super strange since I hardly ever eat red meat. I am a chicken eater mainly. But I wanted Steak really bad and went to a steakhouse yesterday and I had the most delicious steak with veggies.
Symptoms:  Still throwing up and lots of nausea.
Movement:  All sorts of movement every day!
What I’m looking forward to: Christmas this weekend and baby showers in a couple weeks!!
What I miss:  Nothing, it's definitely worth it.
Next appt:  This week is my glucose test.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


I haven't had much to do lately... and all I have wanted to do was go shopping and get every single thing ready and prepared for AJ when he comes.  Jack has to keep reminding me to stop shopping so that there is at least *something* left on the registry for our showers.  As it is right now, since we prepared so much for babies when we got licensed to be Foster Parents... there really isn't very much on our registry.  We have already purchased a lot of the "big" items and our nursery is completely done. 

I went through clothes that I have been saving (that you saw in my last post) the other day and did an inventory of sizes. 

I am also scouring pinterest (If you don't know what Pinterest is by now, first of all... come on out from under that rock, I know it's scary out here... but present day isn't that bad... and second, check it out.) for organizing solutions and ideas for a baby/kid's closet.  I haven't decided yet if I want to hang or fold his clothes.  Jack says who am I kidding and the clothes won't ever come out of the laundry basket... but whatever.  When Caleb was here, his clothes were washed and folded and put away... in drawers.  So actually, I think I really liked that system.

As far as the big things we are waiting and hoping to get if not at the shower, right after because I am too impatient to wait...
This pack'n'play will go in our room, next to my side of the bed so AJ can be close by for nighttime nursing.  I'm super excited to rearrange our bedroom (and get those dang dog cages out of there again) so that we can fit AJ in better and have everything look good too.  

This swing I am in love with.  I love the pattern... and honestly, the only thing that could make it better is if it were elephants on the mobile instead of turtles ;) Maybe that's something I could sew!  Plus this swing is a plug in swing... so no batteries!! And, the swing is also a bouncer seat combo... so it's a 2-in-1 kinda deal :)
Most of the other things on our registries are odds and ends and then we have an entire registry dedicated to cloth diapering.  I am very very excited to cloth diaper.  I've been slowly purchasing cloth diaper odds and ends here and there as I go along, so hopefully we will have a full stash after our shower!

I bought this adorable set of onesies in just about every size there was... along with some matching pants.  My friend Lindsey sent me this adorable blanket right when we found out I was pregnant that matches the outlined zoo animals one and then after I found out it was a boy, I went back and bought as many pieces and different outfits from the set as I could find.  I LOVE this set.

 I found this gem on Pinterest... I am in love with this onesie... and I will have to have one somehow for my little mister.

Well that's all my baby thoughts for now...
I guess I should find something else to do.... maybe I'll go dust something lol.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

26 Weeks Pregnant!

How far along:  26 weeks! 98 days to go!! Yesterday I hit double digits!! Amazing considering I started 250+ days ago :)
How big is baby: He's still growing in the 13.6- to 14.8-inch and 1.5- to 2.5-pound range, and developing his senses, features and talents!
Maternity clothes:  Yup. I got some new ones in the mail that I ordered from Old Navy last week and I love them :) Yay for Old Navy not sucking!!
Sleep:  I can't sleep.  (Now if someone tells me I should get used to it, I will slap them... so... be warned.  Grumpy, uncomfortable pregnant lady here.)
Best moment of the week:  Still feeling Arie kicking and my best friend online FINALLY got her BFP!!! IVF#1 was a success and she is "exceptionally pregnant" ... please head over to Megan's blog to congratulate her!!!!!
Food aversions:  Ehhh... I really don't like sweets.  I think I've been saying that a lot lately, but I really really don't.  They make me feel sick.  
Food cravings: None really.  I ate some pickles this week and felt like a quintessential pregnant lady :) 
Symptoms:  Still throwing up, my joints are all losing their power and my knee keeps threatening to go out just about every time I put weight on it.  My back is also out, but I haven't made it to a prenatal chiropractor yet... and when I stretch my legs in bed, they are constantly threatening to cramp and charlie horse right up, but they don't.  So thankfully I've avoided the dreaded leg cramping :)
Movement:  All sorts of movement every day!! I think the most surprising thing to me about the movement is how much he kicks and WHERE he's kicking.  This little man can kick all the way up into my ribs!! Only a couple weeks ago the only place he was kicking was below my belly button!
What I’m looking forward to: According to my Pregnancy Day by Day, I'm in my 3rd trimester.  So, I'm going with it.  I'm starting my 27th week (26 weeks, 1 day is the 27th week) and that is close enough for me.  I am really really looking forward to my baby showers :) I know we have 99% of everything that we need and one quick trip to the store will really have us squared away since we bought so much for our foster kids, we have it all... but I am really just looking forward to getting together and celebrating with my loved ones and friends!!
What I miss:  Nothing, it's definitely worth it.
Next appt:  Right before Christmas. 

 This is the only sex specific outfit that we bought since November 2007... Jack picked it out... and it has waited and waited in a box for our son!
 This is the first outfit that we bought when we started trying.  I'm thinking it was probably January or February of 2008.  Hard to believe that it will be over 4 years later that our little muchkin gets to finally wear my favorite outfit that I've ever bought.
 This is the pile of clothes that we have saved for Arie since we started trying (give or take a few onesies that I have bought in the last 3 months) ... The sign says it all.

This is me trying on a maternity coat at Target.  While the coat seemed like it would be comfy and there would be lots of room to grow... my mom laughing at me and insisting she take my picture to send it to my sister (who later replied that I looked "immense") leads me to believe that a maternity coat is not going to be the most flattering choice for warmth this winter.  I'm thinking that I will just stick with wearing Jack's coats.  I felt like the size of a house wearing this crazy coat!! I am not that big yet, I swear.

Monday, December 5, 2011

First Dream About Arie

I have always had very vivid dreams and usually remember them at least once a week... and since I've been pregnant, I have had all sorts of dreams relating to the baby.  I had a couple dreams in the first trimester where the baby was a girl...

One I can specifically think of was of me at the grocery store and needing to go nurse, so I left my cart outside the bathroom with her car seat in the basket (which I would never do, I plan to baby wear, so there would be no car seat coming in to the store with me) and grabbed a blanket and walked down the little hallway to the bathroom.  Before walking into the bathroom, I turned around one last time to check on the cart with the baby's car seat and diaper bag in it and noticed this fellow that I went to school with since Elementary school running off with it.  So, naturally, I did what any mother of a 5 day old baby would do... I tossed that baby aside (literally - tossed, like a doll) and chased after the person with my cart.  Then people all around (because suddenly, I was no longer in the quiet secluded hall by the bathroom, I was completely out in the open in front of dozens of customers) began to gasp in horror at what I had just done.  In embarrassment, not even out of concern for my baby, I pick the baby back up and carry her with me as I am chasing after this fool who stole my cart with my belongings!  I never got the cart back.

And for the years that we were trying to conceive, I would occasionally have dreams about babies, and all of those babies were boys.  I would have dreams of what their names would be (Elijah - Eli for short, is the only name I can remember that really really stuck with me.) or holding them or being out in public with them, that sort of thing.

Last night, I had my first dream of what this baby would look like.  He was a brand new baby.  My BFF Ashley and I had gone to some sort of a gym... only it wasn't a normal gym, it was like a virtual gym... so essentially we were playing a big game of Wii.  Ashley wanted to play this weird racket ball game and I had no idea what I was doing.  Apparently, Ashley had left her infant at home (her baby was born over a month ago) and we dropped my baby off in the nursery.  Well, we hit the showers, and I wanted to go get my baby so I could nurse him.  Ashley went with me and we had to sit at the counter like a pharmacy and wait for the baby. 

This place was run by people in scrubs and this woman comes up to tell me about my baby and how he did.  And she was saying that he was the most loved baby in the nursery (naturally) and how one of the nurses finally got him to eat.  At which time, Ashley and I caught each other's eye... he's breastfeeding... they would have zero reason to feed him in the nursery.... So in my dream I was worried that I hadn't made it very clear that I was exclusively breast feeding.  And then she started handing me all of this merchandise that I "needed to buy" to comfort my baby, starting with the scrubs outfit that the nurse who fed him wore that smelled like the nurse who fed him.  And then finally, this group of nurses walked forward all crowded around the one holding my son and handed him to the nurse who was running the window and she handed him to me.

Ashley and I slowly looked for a place to sit down in this now suddenly crowded lobby type area right outside where people were playing their wii games on big screens and I looked for something to cover myself with while breastfeeding.  I just kept staring at this little man's face and for the first time, I could see what he looked like.  Very much like a wrinkly old man.  A la Benjamin Button.   I kid you not.  Ashley was getting annoyed that I wasn't walking and that I was just staring at my kid and I tried to explain to her that this was the first time I had seen him and I just wanted to look at him.
I tried to nurse him and for some reason, I knew and he knew what we were doing... and, the only other small detail that I can remember is that he weighed only 4lbs.  I have no idea why he was such a small baby! 

Even though he looked like a creepy, old man baby... I still loved the crap out of him.  I also remember in my dream feeling like these creepy guys were super curious about what I was doing under my shirt when I was trying to breastfeed him.  I'm pretty sure I had a dream about that because I was just sewing a nursing cover... but still.... weird.  And I loved it anyway.

There's only 103 days until my due date.  That seems so close!!  About 5 weeks until my baby showers.  I was just talking to my dad yesterday about how I feel like I'm having a hard time doing normal nesting because we set up the nursery completely in May before we ever found out that I was pregnant.  It's been painted and prepared and organized for a baby, and I have nothing left to do.  We have made all of the big purchases and we only have a few small purchases left, like a baby tub and a nursing pillow and little odds and ends like that that are on the registry... as well as a cloth diaper registry.  

I think I might be coming down with a cold which makes me super sad, I really did not want to get another cold while I was pregnant but some things are really out of my control... and with my compromised immune system thanks to my growing boy... I guess it's more inevitable.  Jack had a cold all last week and somehow just now I am getting it.  I haven't even kissed my husband in almost a week and I'm feeling a bit run down last night and today. 

Jack and I went to Joann Fabrics last night to pick up a couple things really quick and as we were walking down I just kept being so surprised by my belly that leads the way.  I told Jack that I wasn't used to this idea yet and that I didn't think I would be getting used to it any time soon, and that I was pretty sure that by the time I got used to it, it would be already gone.  How is it that at 25 weeks, I am still so unbelievably shocked and overwhelmed and grateful that we are experiencing this miracle?  I hope that feeling never goes away and that I never forget how huge of a gift and a miracle this baby boy really is to us. 

Saturday, December 3, 2011

25 Weeks Pregnant

How far along:  25 weeks! 
How big is baby: According to the baby websites... almost 2 lbs and 14" from head to toe... that's unbelievable that I have a baby growing that's over a foot long!!!
Maternity clothes:  Yup.
Sleep:  I think I might need a body pillow... or a bed to myself ;)
Best moment of the week:  Jack being able to feel baby kick all week.
Food aversions:  None, but no cravings either.
Symptoms:  Still throwing up, it's not every day though.  I had a big spurt of energy this week and cleaned and cleaned my house.  Man, Jack just does not clean the same way I do :)   
Movement:  All sorts of movement every day!!
What I’m looking forward to: 3rd Trimester!! 2 weeks ... that's just unbelievable.
What I miss:  Nothing, it's definitely worth it.
Next appt:  Right before Christmas.