Tuesday, October 30, 2007
"You're starting to show!"
"The weight of your belly could be causing your back problems."
"That doesn't look like a very healthy lunch!"
"How are you feeling? Do you feel like a million bucks?"
"You gotta remember, you're eating for two...or three."
"Are you super horny these days?"
"Your hair looks really great lately."
"Your skin is breaking out a little."
And it's only noon.
Monday, October 29, 2007
It went very well. Better than I anticipated, in fact.
I have registed for 91 items that DesvousJunior absolutely can not live without.
I felt great about everything I got accomplished until the hormones and frustration kicked in last night. Now I'm second-guessing myself.
My biggest concern?
Decorating the nursery. I have searched HIGH AND LOW for a decoration theme that I like.
Well...I finally found one. Love at first sight--a crib bumper, quilt, window valance, all that jazz. It's gender neutral, but fun and colorful without ANY smiling animals or cheerful bugs. (My one main criteria--no smiling animals or cheerful bugs.)
I found it alright.
At the Galleria.
Guess how much it cost.
SEVEN. HUNDRED. DOLLARS. for a blanket set that my baby will barf and poop on.
But I love it.
Now I just have to figure out how to GET it.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Baby Ajax' name has changed.
Please refer to the human I'm growing as DesvousJunior from now on.
Thank you, Lauren. You are BRILLIANT.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Please note--Rich was really upset that I had to switch to post-it notes in the background. I'll try to use "pretty paper" again this week!
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
I read that I am in the "itchy stage" of my pregnancy right now, where my blood volume increases by 50%. Therefore my blood vessels, nerves and skin are all agitated. In weird places. The tops of my arms, the insides of my ankles, my hairline and the tops of my thighs. Don't forget my palms and the bottoms of my feet (which I think is mostly from swelling, which has gone down significantly).
No amount of lotion helps because it's not dry skin. It's annoyed skin.
I suggested to my mom that they should put the leeches on me--drain some of this excess off.
She has yet to respond.
In other news, SUCCESS!
Mandi and I went on a shopping mission (from God) this weekend. We found her a new winter coat and me--MATERNITY JEANS!
I was so excited that I "frolicked," according to Mandi, in the store, and as soon as I paid I went back into the fitting room to change and wore them home. I asked the sales girl if she had a lot of women desperate enough to do that. She laughed and said, "Oh, yes. All the time."
Who cares!!? I had no idea how uncomfortable I had been until THAT. VERY. MOMENT.
The best part? Only $17.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
We saw the baby moving around like crazy, sucking its thumb, sticking out its tongue, everything. It was quite the experience. I thought for sure that I would have a million questions, but instead I was so stunned I could hardly say anything!
As we left the appointment, Richard said, "That was the weirdest 20 minutes of my life..."
Rich also insisted that the doctor make sure that the femurs both looked good and strong. (LOL)
One bummer is that the doc AND nurse both referred to the baby as HE, even though we were both very adamant that we don't want to know the baby's sex. I pointed out to Rich that we've been calling it a HE since the day we found out we were having a baby, but still...it was sort of a bummer.
If you're keeping track, baby's heartrate is 134 (so slow!!), which is another sign that it could be a boy. To be honest, I don't put ANY stock in this guessing nonsense. It is what it is, and as Brenda said last night, "You can't change it anyway!"
It was a pretty cool experience to see that little baby flopping around in there and doing baby stuff!
I could go on and on, but let's get to the good stuff. The images here are not NEARLY as clear as they were on the screen, but they give you a pretty good idea of where we're at.
3D image of baby sucking its thumb (or at least attempting to!). This made me happy since I was a thumb sucker for WAAAAY too long. : )
Baby's face. The white part is its nose, the chin is pointing to the right, and its forehead is to the left. Can you see it?
This is my favorite from the appointment. Just a foot. This is the one that makes it a REAL baby to me. The rest of the pics are sort of...creepy.
Profile view of baby.
Its head is far left, the is fist at the top, connected to the forearm and elbow, which is touching the knee.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
In other words, HOLY CRAP!
On a whim, I went to Babies R Us today to walk around and get my bearings before it's time to register.
The woman handed me a checklist with over 100 items on it.
I made my way through cribs and furniture making sure we made a wise purchase (yes!), and through the pack n play's, then on to the car seat aisle.
Talk about terrifying.
The options are endless, and the carseat is the one thing, the only thing that I am absolutely not willing to skimp on.
A very kind sales girl seemed to pick up on my fear and asked if I needed help.
"Yes!" I said. "How do I know which carseat will keep my baby...alive?"
She laughed and walked me through all my options. She seemed used to dealing with terrified mothers-to-be.
I admit that I was hesitant to register at BRU, because of their obnoxious commercials, but I have to say that after I was treated (with kindness and respect) today, Babies has my heart.
I was so overwhelmed after the visit that I had to go into Ulta and buy myself a treat. I'm sporting new "gold leaf" eyeshadow now. It's the little things...
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
THE PENCIL TEST.
(Cue creepy music.)
Basically, you put a needle in the eraser of a pencil, and put string through the eye of the needle. Then one of your sinful friends dangles this pencil over your wrist to determine not only the sex of your child, but also how many children you will have.
Supposedly it works on non-pregnant women and will "fortel the future" and tell how many kids you will have or HAVE had.
Sarah SWEARS it worked perfectly on her own mother.
Basically, if the pencil sways one way, you're having a girl, the other, it's a boy.
Turns out, both Lauren and I are each having a girl and then a boy. Cara's having four children, and I think Sarah is having two.
I find it necessary to point out that 4 months ago, THE PENCIL told us that Naomi was having a boy, which, she did NOT.
I went to bed last night praying for my immortal soul.
Voodoo! I'm glad my dad is out of town. He would be horrified! (Probably not.)
Anyhow. A fun and interesting (as always) girls night.
**Please, no lectures on how the "little, harmless things" open the door to evil. I know, I know. Believe me.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Everything seems to be in good shape.
Ajax' heartrate is 140-150.
My blood pressure is 108/64.
Our ultrasound is scheduled for October 15 at 5:00pm. Yay!!!
I'll only be 19 weeks for the ultrasound, but Fern says that's just fine. I can't wait to see pictures of my little one.
Fern answered all of our questions, including my consternation over why I'm not "showing" yet. She said the nicest thing--at least she made me feel a lot better. She said, "Darling, you have the BODY for having babies. Your baby is going to grow UP before it grows OUT, so be thankful for that! Tall girls like you have easy labors and delivery. Don't worry about this anymore!"
So, I won't.
Can't wait to show you pictures of our baby!
Monday, October 8, 2007
Saturday, October 6, 2007
We found a crib and matching changing table / dresser on craigslist. The set was originally $1000 and we got it for only $300! Way to go us!
I'm pretty excited. It's got some dents and dings, but a little Murphy's Oil Soap and we'll be good to go.
I stole these pics from the ad online. Obviously it won't be pink and our daughter's name won't be Zoe, but I wanted to show it. We'll set it up in our nursery as soon as we sell our computer desk. Any takers?
p.s. Is it tacky to tell how much we paid? Sorry. I just love a good bargain.
Here's the desk. Honestly, if you want it, it's yours. I can send measurements to anyone looking.
Friday, October 5, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
I thought, "IhopeIgetbabyhairs! IhopeIgetbabyhairs! IhopeIgetbabyhairs!"
I got them.
Just not at my temples like oh-so-pretty J.Lo.
I look like frickin' Alfalfa (who died at the age of 31 from a shotgun wound to the chest from a friend). Of COURSE this is happening to me.Perhaps we should be calling baby Alfalfa instead of Ajax. Thoughts?
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Still chapped. Couldn't be from all the mouth-breathing I've done this week...
Update on my cramps:
Pretty much gone. I have another appointment on Oct. 8. I am looking forward to the confirmation that everything is fine.
Update on my cold:
Thanks, everybody, for caring so much about my weird pregnancy symptoms!