Monday, January 28, 2008


There are very few things that sound good to eat/drink to me lately. The one drink that had been a staple in my daily diet was Simply Apple. Not anymore. It now gives me horrendous heartburn, heck, just looking at it gives me heartburn! Tanner really isn’t a juice kid, but he will sometimes ask for it so hopefully the last bottle won’t go to waste. I am totally bummed though. The only other beverage that sounds good to me is skim milk and decaf iced tea, but I have been choking down water with lemon.

On a positive, I can tell I am picking up some energy. Shhhh, don’t tell Scott. It has been nice to be lazy and use my pregnancy as an excuse. :o) My arms no longer feel like they are concrete and I can keep my eyes open all day, yet I am still in bed by 8:00. We have a good system though, while Daddy is up doing homework Tanner will lay in bed with me, quietly watch a movie and is sleeping not long after me.

We have nothing exciting to report until our level 2 ultrasound and that won’t be until sometime in March. It seems sooooooooo far away! I have been dying to know what we are having and the wait is killing me. I need to look up all of those old wives tales on how to determine the sex of your baby. I did my Chinese calendar, which was right on Tanner being a boy, and it says this one is a girl. We still have ZERO girl names so I am betting we are having a girl, although we only had “Tanner” for a name the first time around, luckily he was a boy!

Thursday, January 24, 2008


I have decided that Tice #2 is a genius before s/he is even out of the womb. I believe our unborn second child has been making me so sick and miserable for the following reasons:

1. S/he has decided that if s/he makes me miserable enough, that in turn, it will make Daddy miserable enough to change his mind about wanting a 3rd child therefor this child will not have to be the "middle child."

2. With their only being 2 children in our family his/her portion of whatever inheritance we decide to leave our children (If any because we plan on spending every single penny WE have made on OUR retirement!) will be a larger cut with only having to split with one sibling.

Child of ours, you have 18 years to torture us, why start in the womb???

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

My name is Chilly Jilly, AH-E-AH-CHOO! (Bonus Points if you remember Chilly Willy.)

The cold I have been suffering from has officially made me delirious. Exhausted pregnant woman with a horrific cold + wild 3 year old with a runny schnoz + overworked, working on his Master’s Degree, Daddy = a miserable Casa de Tice. Thankfully, Daddy has stepped up as Mr. Mom and nurse and we appreciate it. Also, thank you to the Grandparents for taking Tanner when I was too sick to take care of him while Dad was at work or school.

For the record, being tired is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better than dry heaving. I had a nice bout of that and I will take tired ANY DAY! I am hoping it is not here to stay. Who ever heard of nausea starting in the 2nd trimester?!?!?

We had our first regular OB appointment on Monday and all is going well. We found out that I will have a scheduled c-section (our doctor is old school and Scott and I are too conservative to take any chances with a VBAC) on July 21st if I do not go into labor sooner. A bigger topic of conversation was diet. My doctor wants my caloric intake to be between 1800-2000 calories a day which has been difficult considering nothing has sounded good to me especially with this cold.

On an EXCITING front, twins seem to be in the air! Maria is set to deliver her twin girls any week now…I am still rooting for January 31st! And we just found out our friends Mark (who was in our wedding) and Christina are expecting twins July 23rd! I could beat them for waiting so long to tell us but excited to have a pregnancy buddy with a due date so close to mine.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

A little warming up

I am definitely not talking about our weather! BRRRR! I told Scott I was pregnant at the wrong time! I need to be 9 months in the winter instead of the summer.

Believe it or not, I think Tanner may be warming up to the idea of a baby in the house. Dare I type this in fear of jinxing the situation? Last week I broke down and bought the baby bedding I have been eyeing for a year now, Wendy Bellissimo’s Honey Bee. It is gender neutral and since no matter what we have Tanner and the new baby will be sharing a room (We really need an upstairs playroom and Tanner’s current room will be perfect!) I figured I could make it half Honey Bees and half Transformer Bumblebee since that seems to be Tanner’s new favorite. We have promised him new Bumblebee bedding and he is geeked.

Back to the story. So we get the bedding home and Tanner is desperate to take it out and look at it. I explained to him that is was for the new baby hoping he wasn’t going to get too upset that it wasn’t a present for him. Surprisingly he was telling me how the blankie was for the baby to cover up with and the “pillows” (bumper pads) were for the baby’s head and we were going to put it in the crib. PLEASE let this attitude stick long after the baby comes home.

I have been trying to hype him up letting him know that he would have someone to play with and boss around. :o) Maybe it is working. He always wants to hold puppies so I have been pumping him up about holding the baby too, so far he is unenthused with that portion of being a big brother and more excited about chasing the baby with a monster truck. Oh yeah, and he still calls it a “Baby Goil.”

I am still not even close to up to speed but hoping that will all change next week when I hit 13 weeks and my second trimester. I laughed when I read how I was “living for 13 weeks” in Tanner’s pregnancy journal because I was so sick. Now I am living for 13 weeks so that I may have some energy! I have decided the lack of energy is worse than the nausea because being so tired if I get a wave of sickness it literally knocks anything I had left in me (which isn’t much) right out and I am down for the count!

Friday, January 11, 2008

What was THAT????

My stomach has been rumbling and grumbling. That hasn't happened since I have been banded. I am all of a sudden hungry all the time and if I don't eat I get really light-headed, yet nothing sounds good to me.

I went through a phase in my first couple of weeks where all I wanted was Pizza Hut personal pan pizza's. Tanner and I would share a cheese one. Then it was guacamole, then hot & sour soup, then grape juice, then "Simply Apple" apple juice. Now, NOTHING! It has been hard to plan meals when nothing sounds good to me, yet I have been watching more and more of the Food Channel and those crazy Travel Channel food shows.

I am still tired and have had no real nausea. Every once in a while I get a lovely session of the dry-heaves but nothing regular. Once again, I cannot feed the dogs, that will put me down for the day/night. Just the sight of their food sends me running to the bathroom. I basically have to close my eyes and cover my nose on the nights that Scott gets home late. Thankfully he will pre-measure it out for me in the morning, but I think it is about time Tanner learns to feed the dogs. :o)

Monday, January 7, 2008

Week 11: Still pooped!

I think I promised an update two weeks ago. Sorry ‘bout that. Normally we run, run, run, and now all I want to do is sleep, sleep, sleep. Thank goodness for a 3 year old who still takes a 2-3 hour nap!

I am excited to report that I get released from the RE this week and will finally be down to once a month appointments with my regular OB/GYN. Not that I didn’t enjoy the ultrasounds, but having to get up at 5:30 a.m. each week to get to my appointment was becoming very draining on me even if it was just one day a week.

Pretty much everything/everyone is suffering right now, although Scott (bless his heart) did all of our laundry this weekend. I am dreading putting our Christmas decorations away but promised myself it would get done this week along with taking more pics of Tanner (and actually downloading them onto the computer!) and writing a fun journal entry about him for the website. It may not sound like a lot, but it looks like a mountain to me. :o) Oh, yeah, and I may get our Christmas thank-you cards done, but if I don’t, please know that we appreciated everything we received! :o(

It has been so long since I was pregnant…when do I start feeling better? I gave away my What To Expect When You Are Expecting book to our neighbors.