Monday, June 30, 2008

Whoppers are not just at BK anymore!

I am carrying one in my belly! No, I didn’t make a BK run nor is it on my list of things that I am craving, heck, could I even get a whole Whopper to pass through my lap band? Let’s get focused here…

Josie is weighing in at a hefty 6 pounds 15 ounces and measuring a week and a half ahead as of today’s growth scan. No wonder I am super uncomfortable. If you remember waaaaaaaaay back when Tanner was born he was 37 weeks and 6 pounds 15 ounces on the day of his birth. Based on this calculation we are expecting her to weigh any where from 8½-9 pounds on the 21st. Good thing we didn’t get very many newborn sized clothes!

Other than that fun news, I remembered today that I was officially on bed rest by now when I was pregnant with Tanner, now if I can just make it past 37 weeks! :o)

3 weeks and 5 more appointments left…

Friday, June 27, 2008

Ice, Ice, Baby!

Do you have that song in your head now? :o)

My latest and greatest craving. ICE! I cannot get enough ice water, the emphasis on “ice.” Remember earlier in my pregnancy when I told you I was having to choke it down with a lemon? How things have changed!

I was on a mission to find the perfect ice and I believe it has been found. Sam’s Club Fountain Drink ice. Please do not email me or comment about fecal matter being found in ice machines, I don’t need to hear it. :o) Sam’s Club has the most perfect round little nuggets of ice. Perfection in my book. Rumor has it the Pilot gas station in town offers the same kind, I need to investigate as I could go there every day to satisfy my craving verses a bi-weekly trip to Sam’s.

I am down to 3 BPP appointments and 3 OB appointments. 3 weeks! Guess what? Nothing has been taken off of our list that needs to be done, it if Friday, and we have a full weekend of family events. I promised Scott I would at least get my hospital bag packed and set aside just in case anything were to happen.

Are you still singing, “Ice, Ice, Baby?”

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

YAHTZEE!

I really should have bought a lottery ticket yesterday; the moons were all in aligning in my world.

First off, I have to give a big shout out to two friends of mine who recently found out that they are expecting their first child and I am pretty sure their due dates are only a day apart! Yea to Alison and Mel! Congratulations, girls! I am overjoyed for both of you!!!

Yesterday’s BPP appointment started out on a sour note. They were running behind and I had things to do and people to see and was in no “8 month pregnant” mood to be waiting. They finally got me in and strapped to the monitors when my lovely ultrasound tech explained that they were testing a new ultrasound machine that they were thinking of purchasing and she wanted to know if it was OK if they tried it out on me. I was already 40 minutes behind so I told her that would be fine. Little did I know that decision would TOTALLY make up for them running so far behind in my book.

Before I go on to the good stuff I have to tell you that I almost passed out on the table. Literally, people. I was lying on my back and they were looking at Josie when I started getting really sweaty, nauseated and blurry vision. I was freaking out internally trying to decide if I would say anything (DUH on my part!) when I finally said, “Ummmm, excuse me, but I totally feel like I am going to pass out!” They quickly turned me on my left side and I immediately felt better. I was telling them how embarrassed I was and they said it happens all the time at this stage of pregnancy and I could only be embarrassed if I didn’t say anything and was passed out on the floor. :o)

Now that that little story is out of the way, they continued on showing the tech all of the new and updated features. One of the features was that the machine could make a CD of the images and video that it saved. The tech said she had never done that for someone before and the consultant said we could try it out now. The thought of the images on a CD alone made me giddy until she then turned on the 4D ultrasound!!!! HOLY MOLEY PEOPLE! There was Josie right in my face in 4D! We were all in awe and if I wouldn’t have already been embarrassed by my “almost fainting” incident I would have bawled in front of them.

Josie is ALL PROKUP from the images! Once again, will my dream be right? Remember the story of Tanner at 16 and me holding Josie and thinking she looked like me? She has the chubbiest cheeks, biggest lips and a “Prokup Nose.” I have included the images below. I also got the added bonus of a video where she is moving her little mouth. Good Lord, I still feel like I won a million dollars!







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As I calmed down from the experience I was waiting for the doctor to come in and talk to me I decided to check our home voicemail to see if we had a message saying Tanner’s glasses were in, they were, Bonus #2. On our voicemail was a message from my regular doctor’s office saying they needed to talk to me but it wasn’t anything urgent or bad. You have to love how they told me it wasn’t anything bad. They obviously know me too well! :o) I called them back and they were letting me know that my c-section is officially scheduled for July 21st at 7:30 a.m. The first on the books! Bonus #3!

Could the news get any better at this point? Well, yes it could! Then I talked to my mom because my sister was hosting dinner that night as my nephews are home from Rhode Island and I asked her what she was making, she told me Fort’s (My Brother-In-Law who loves me enough to bring me the Gondola a couple of weeks ago.) Spaghetti. BONUS #4! You may wonder why this is Bonus #4. I literally just told Scott how I was craving Fort’s spaghetti and wondered if he would make me a batch. Fort is officially my favorite Brother-In-Law, I cannot deny it!

Saying Monday was a “good day” is an understatement! I think karma is making up for the car accident and all of the headaches that have followed. :o) I still have a big cheesy grin on my face!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

What’s the story, Wishbone? (Props if you know what show that song belongs to.)

My crotch is killing me. There, I finally said it. KILLING ME! I told Scott I feel like a wishbone being pulled apart. Also, the reason why I have to pee as soon as I stand up is that Josie’s big ol’ melon (I have ultrasound confirmation that she does, indeed, have a big ol’ melon like her Daddy and brother!) is messing with my bladder. :o)

But on a positive note, I am hoping our luck is on its way back to “good.” All signs are pointing that way.

So this has been our last week: car accident, (Lemme tell ya, dealing with insurance has caused me more than one headache in this past week!), possibility of gall bladder issues and the on-set of pre-eclampsia again, then our beautiful gazebo that Daddy worked so hard on to have ready for our Father's Day cook-out taking flight and busting before we could even use it, Aunt Lori and Uncle Jeff getting a flat tire outside our house and Grammie Patsy missing our last step and falling on the concrete. The last 3 incidents were ALL on Father’s Day. I told Scotty that we were jinxed and everyone needs to run away, FAST!

Well, things are finally looking up. Knock on wood. Grammie was fine, we can order parts for the gazebo and fix it, insurance seems to be getting easier to deal with even though we won’t take the car in to be fixed until after the baby is born. Heck, I won’t be going anywhere so it is perfect timing! I am not sure about the tire but I am going to assume that is fine too.

The best news of all though is THANKFULLY, there is nothing wrong with my gall bladder that they could see via my blood work and all of my pre-eclampsia tests came back normal. Can you believe something associated with me is “normal?” They are going to attribute the swelling to it being so hot and humid and the fact that I am pretty darn far along in this pregnancy. I may actually make it past 37 weeks this time!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

You REALLY know you are consuming way too many Tums when…

…Your 3½ year old son reminds you to “Bring your Tums!” as you are walking out the door.

QUADRUPLE SNORT! The kid cracks me up!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

A Perfect 10!

Something is finally going right again at ol’ Casa de Tice! Although, I shouldn’t speak too soon because I do not have the results back from my blood work or my 24 hour urine catch so let’s all knock on wood at this moment. Sure I could call to see if they are in but I have another appointment on Thursday and well, I am just being plain chicken.

As much as I was dreading (and annoyed by) the BPP appointments it was so relaxing and I got an ultrasound so you will hear no complaints from me for the next 4 appointments. Plus, I got the bonus of having the most lovely lady perform the tests and she explained EVERYTHING while it was going on. No more waving the wand all over my belly a million times, looking in the same spot, and causing my blood pressure to go through the roof due to thinking something is wrong.

I had no clue what to expect so when I was taken to a room with a big old comfy recliner and asked to sit down and put my feet up I was quite surprised. I was hooked up to two monitors, one that measured Josie’s heartbeat and the other her movement and asked to sit there for 20-30 minutes. I could have easily fallen asleep and may just do that next time. Just when I thought the appointment was over my technician said, “Now it is time for the fun part, the ultrasound!” I was practically skipping down the hall!

The ultrasound was a test and the baby was rated on a scale. The highest and best you could get was a 10 and our little girl did just that. They measured the amniotic fluid around her, her heartbeat and her breathing. All looked fabulous and I was sent on my way.

Easy Peasy! Once again, boring = EXCELLENT! I needed another boring appointment after my last OB appointment.

On another good note, tonight is Daddy’s last class for 8 whole weeks! YEA! We have sooooooo much to do! Once again, I was in a state of panic last night due to the fact that if my tests do not come out well Josie could be here in as little as 3 weeks. Scott promised that we would make a list of what I needed for the hospital this week and go get it to make me feel better and that he can get diapers and bottles while I am in the hospital if it comes down to that.

Our list looks like this as we have done a few things:

1. Move bookshelf and CD/movie racks out of old guest room/new Tanner and Josie room and into upstairs living room or basement living room.

2. Get storage units and install in upstairs playroom so it is no longer a disaster area.

3. Set up crib with bedding. (Although this can wait because she will sleep in the bassinet for the first couple of months.)

4. Haul changing table upstairs.

5. Make sure swing and Papasan are working.

6. Wash clothes, blankets etc.

7. Touch up paint in kid’s room.

8. Make sure carrier is OK and install bases in cars.

9. Buy bottles, diapers and formula.

10. BREATHE! :o)

OK, so I guess we don’t have as much as I was thinking but Scott doesn’t like me to panic so I can get my way faster if I do. :o)

Friday, June 13, 2008

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

I should have picked Target.

Last night I decided to go get a pedicure to cure my “Pre-eclampsia Watch 2008” blues. It was lovely, I can’t deny. I was secretly hoping the massage they give would help reduce some of my swelling, no such luck. I just ended up with outstanding looking puffy feet. :o) There is a nail salon in our town who gives the most amazing pedi I have ever had in my life. It outranks any fancy salon any day! But let’s get back on track.

When I got home Scott discovered the doggies didn’t have enough food for breakfast and asked if I wanted to go to the store with him and Tanner. After some hemming and hawing I decided that I wanted to go. Scott knows that I need some more summer maternity pants/shorts/skirts to get me through these last weeks and suggested we go to Target. I declined saying I would rather just make a quick run to Jewel. So off to Jewel we went.

Happily talking in the car, pulling into the parking lot, when WHAMO! We get hit on my side of the SUV. As bummed as I am that the beautiful SUV now has a crunched front quarter panel, thankfully we were in a big car and not the little one. A teenage kid wasn’t looking when he was at the intersection. The first thing that came out of my mouth to Scott was, “I should have picked Target!”

A lovely witness to the accident stayed, 911 was called, the nicest policeman on the face of the earth showed up along with an ambulance for yours truly. Yeah…that wasn’t embarrassing! (insert sarcasm) Apparently when you are pregnant and involved in an accident, it is protocol. Tanner happily chatted up everyone about the accident while I was being checked out. Who needs a witness when you have a 3½ year old!?!

My blood pressure was high (135/95) but the EMT joked and said that everyone’s blood pressure usually goes up after an accident. He asked how I was feeling and I told him just fine and that I didn’t want to go to the hospital if I didn’t have to. He told me it was up to me but suggested I call my doctor to let him know what happened which I did this morning. My doctor left it up to me whether or not I felt like I needed to come in and I told him Josie was moving around and that I felt fine and would call if anything changed.

Thankfully the only thing hurt was our car and that can be fixed, hopefully soon!

Next time, I am picking Target!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Déjà vu?

Why would I think that the remainder of this pregnancy would actually be easy?!?!?! Today’s OB appointment didn’t go as well as all of the others have.

I was up 5 pounds (in ONE week) and very swollen today. I am trying to think good thoughts and blame it on the heat and humidity. I will now be engaging in yet another 24 hour urine catch to check for signs of protein. I should have just called this post “Pre-eclampsia Watch 2008.” Thankfully my blood pressure was still normal and I have not had any headaches or vision changes.

BUT, I have had issues with a “stitch” in my right side. I get it every once in a while and that has earned me a blood draw to check my gallbladder. Criminy!

Not only do I have a weekly BPP but now also a weekly regular OB appointment. GOOD TIMES!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Two Fairy Godmothers

Josie’s Godparents have been picked and we are doing something untraditional. Instead of a Godmother and a Godfather we have picked two Godmothers, my sisters, Barb and Julie. Much like when we got married, they were both my matrons-of-honor. :o)

They have both been extremely supportive of us throughout our journey (and in general) and we are so excited that they have accepted!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Yabba Dabba Do!

After setting up and working our family garage sale this past weekend I was Fred Flintstone from the (c)ankles down! Yep, I officially had “cankles!” My feet were so swollen that even my Crocs were tight! I could have given Papa Bill a run for his money when he was retaining water in his feet last year. What made me think having a family garage sale at almost 33 weeks pregnant was a good idea? (See previous post on how my brain is not functioning properly.) :o)

I will tell you that the garage sale was not only worth it for the money but my all time favorite brother-in-law proved how much he loves me by bringing me a Torpedo from La Gondola! Remember this craving? Yeah, it never went away and he indulged me. I LOVE YOU, FORT!

P.S. HAHAHAHAHAHA! I just read the comment on my pregnancy ticker for this week! I guess I am right on schedule. :o)

Friday, June 6, 2008

How this pregnant woman’s brain works or doesn't work.

I forgot (imagine that!) to tell you yesterday that Josie is head down and her knee and foot are what have been causing everything on the right side of my body to say, “WHAT THE HECK WAS THAT?!?!?!” when she kicks.

My mind has been playing games with me lately. Ridiculous games. I REALLY need to quit watching any kind of crime shows, particularly the ones where a pregnant woman gets followed or set up so someone can kill her and steal her baby. Scott famous line has been used many times, “No wonder you are having nightmares, look at the shows you watch before you go to bed!” I was stopped at a gas station about a month ago by some strange kid who asked if I had any spare change for gas and I was desperately trying to figure out what to knock him out with when he approached me. Since I have been starting to show (which feels like it happened overnight this time) I have been finding myself getting freaked out if a car follows me for too long or if someone in a parking lot walks too closely to me. So freaked out that I can feel my heart start to race and the flight or fight response kicks in. Yes, I am being a freak, but at least I can admit to it. :o)

Between my crazy dreams and irrational fears I am ready for my hormones to level out.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

I would like to thank my previous pre-eclampsia and lap band for this honor…

I think I jinxed myself when I said that I would only have about 6 doctor’s appointments left. Let’s make that 12 appointments now! And just when I thought life couldn’t get any busier. Can I please get 15 more hours in the day?!?!?!?!

I had what I thought would be my last high risk OB appointment and ultrasound today and while everything looked great, due to my previous bout with pre-eclampsia and my lap band I have earned 6 fun filled biophysical profile (BPP) appointments and one more growth scan. YIPPEE! Scott had to remind me that I should be happy that my doctor’s care so much. Think of me every Monday starting on the 16th of this month.

Although the BPP appointment announcement was a bummer everything else was fantastic. Josie is weighing in at 5 pounds and the ultrasound tech said she saw HAIR on her head! With all of the heartburn I have been suffering from, she better be right! And of course, her noggin is measuring in 2 weeks ahead. She and Tanner get that from their Dad! The tech tried to get a good facial picture of her but she had her hand in front of her face. HRMPH!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

LET ME OUT!

I kid you not, Josie is kicking so hard that I actually bent over in pain twice so far today. I swear she is trying to escape early.

The right side of my belly has been jumping out so much that I am super anxious to see which of her body parts is on that side at Thursday's ultrasound.

She could be kicking up a storm but the minute Scott puts his hand on my belly she will stop and be quiet. It cracks us both up. Tanner still won't let me put his hand on my belly but he knows she is in there and tells us that she is getting so big and that my belly is getting big. THANKS, TANNER! :o)