Monday, June 22, 2009

I'm not exactly surprised....

So I'm sitting here watching the Jon and Kate "Annoucement" episode.

I can't say that I'm surprised, but I am sad for them.

They're apparently going to keep filming the show. Kate sat there crying and looking like the martyr and I could only keep thinking that she made her bed and now she's having to lie in it. Jon just seemed so darned ambivalent about it all.

I would have had much more respect for them had they said that they were going to take a break from filming and that they were going to work on their marriage and take themselves and the children out of the limelight.

I don't know how I would have handled it if I were in their shoes, but above all I would like to think that I'd put my marriage first. My faith has taught me that God comes first and then our spouse and then our children. Something tells me that their faith isn't what they have portrayed to the media or they'd be coming to a different conclusion.

I am sad for the children. As Kate said, they're now another statistic. It didn't have to be that way.

July 7th??????

I just looked up the next full moon and it happens to be on July 7th....Could that be the day??!!??!

Personally, I don't care. I'm not one of those hyper pregnant women who've planned out their birthing experience to the letter. I figure things will go awry and we'll have bumps along the way. I only have three things I'm particular about -
2 - I really don't want to be induced.
3 - I really don't want a C-section.

Other than those three - I'm flexible and willing to go with what the doctor says.

Oh....this weekend we did get the car seat installed...I think. It was a painful process. One that caused many tears and gnashing of teeth. We have a compact car, even though it's a sedan, and the seat barely fits in the backseat and barely allows room for the adult passengers up front. I think Shooter finally figured it out but I think we'll have to be shopping for a bigger replacement car here soon. I vote for a Honda CRV! :-)

I am 37 weeks along today - Parker is considered full-term and can come any day! I'm ready for him to come on the personal, emotional and physical front however not so ready on the professional/work front. I need this week to get things in order and ready to go. We'll see what tomorrow brings. I have another sonogram to confirm that he has migrated heads down (I really think he has) and see how big he is. After that I go see my OB and my guess is we'll create our battle plan depending on where he is and his size.

Whew! Let's get this show on the road!!!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Still waiting....


Have I ever mentioned that I'm not a really patient person? During the 10 months that it took Shooter and I to get pregnant with Parker I was one of the most impatient people ever. Every month I was filled with "whys" and "why nots". Questioning and wondering.

Once we finally got pregnant I was so super excited but impatient for each new milestone in my pregnancy. Now I'm impatient for the arrival of my little boy. I'm anxious to see his face and nibble his little baby toes and kiss on his round baby belly.

Apparently he's not as impatient to see me. Ha!

I'll be 37 weeks on Monday and finally considered full term. He, according to my doctor today, seems to have turned head down and is in position. So now he holds all the cards! It's in God's timing and Parker's need to come visit us.

I'm actually thinking it might be next weekend. Not sure why but I have that in my head for some reason. We'll see, my mother's intuition so far has been pretty spot on.

I'll have to get some photos taken because this baby belly is OUT OF CONTROL!

Also, I owe you more pics of the jungle that my tomato plants have become. It's crazy! I've started harvesting them and oh they're so tasty!!!!!!


Sunday, June 14, 2009

Starting the waiting game!

I know I've been a bad blogger....almost another two weeks has passed without a post from me. I do just seems to me like I don't really have anything new to post. The heartburn remains....the thank yous remain unwritten...the doctors appointments keep is winding down...I'm still tired...blah blah blah. See nothing interesting to write! went and purchased our infant car seat carrier and stroller. We, as in Shooter and I, have been debating the merits of full sized strollers, lightweight strollers, travel systems and such until we just can't take it anymore. Finally we just decided that we'd get a nice lightweight stroller and a separate infant carrier rather than a bulky travel system. We ended up with this:

We decided on getting the Maxi-Cosi Mico Infant Car Seat and the Maxi-Cosi Perle stroller. I have a coworker who has this and she just LOVES it...I can see why...the thing turns on a dime and is lightweight and folds up into nothing. The carrier is not the lightest on the market but it's also way lighter than some others out there.

We have it put together and sitting in Parker's we're just waiting. We need to install the base into my car and then we're all systems go.

I have felt like he's turned and settled down a lot in the last few days. I'm feeling him all out in front of me and his movements are more rolling than the punches and kicks from a few days ago. I feel the little swirls down low and the kick like feelings up high, which leads me to believe that he has decided to head south. I hope so...I DO NOT want a cesearean delivery.

I am having to eat super small meals about 2-3 hours apart because I just have no room in my stomach anymore. Part of it is that I am fighting morning sickness again which is a pain in the butt. I woke up the other night, nauseaous, couldn't go back to sleep and went to the nursery to just sit and sip on a Coke until it passed. I figured it won't be long until I'm doing that but nursing the baby instead of a Coke. :-)

I hope everyone is doing well...I know we're hanging out and just waiting for the "I think it's time" go signal. :-)


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Doctors, jury duty and heartburn.... I'm going to address three things that are conspiring against me these days.

#1 - Heartburn!!!!

I have never in my life experienced such horrific, terrible, noxious, unbelievable heartburn as I have been experiencing over the last week. One day it'll be fine and then then next it'll be so bad I feel like I'm about to vomit all the time. Last night it was so bad that after downing about 9 tums in a 3 hour period, I had to prop myself up in bed in order to get 4.5 hours of uninterrupted sleep. If this is preparation for sleep deprivation...I'd rather it wait another few weeks until I can get my work life situated, please! It's always nice when your boss comes in, takes a look at you, and says, "Boy, you look tired today." *sigh*

#2 - Jury Duty

I got called in for jury duty in the Superior Court of the county I live in. Can I just say that they are pretty unorganized as far as courts go. I have always been called to serve where you just call a number the night before and find out if you need to go in or if you're dismissed, etc. Well not in my county! They call in all 300 or so of us and then choose 40-50 to go to jury selection then release us - but we have to be back the next day. The next day they call in 40-50 more folks...same process over again. I think anyway....I had been pestering the poor ladies at the court because I had a doctor's appointment yesterday and another one today and would have to be let go early to get to them. They finally took pity on me yesterday and made the executive decision to excuse me for the week. Woo Hoo!

#3 - Doctors I completely freaked out about my regular OB calling me and her being concerned about my amniotic fluid level. Well....turns out that my Perinatologist wasn't concerned at all about my original level number and it was even higher today. Both readings well in the normal range although on the high end. She was not therefore I am not concerned. My perinatologist is amazing and I love her to death. She could say the world was flat and I think I'd believe her. Ha! Anyway, all looks great with Baby Parker. He's about 5 pounds 11 ounces and has peach fuzz on his round little head! He was also breech today, but that could change at any time as he has so much room to wiggle around in. I think my placenta decided to give him a suite. We have a follow up with my perinatologist in three weeks to do another set of measurements and get a fluid level measurement and also check and see where the boy has decided to orient himself in his cozy little home. I do not want to go through the process of trying to turn him so if he's still breech at 37 weeks we'll likely be scheduling a C section delivery of the bubs. Amazing!!!


Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Did a green thumb come along with my pregnancy???

Okay...several weeks ago I wrote THIS BLOG POST talking about mine and Shooter's weekend of gardening. Well, let me show you what's been happening to our tomatoes, basil and petunias since the end of April.

This is one of the window boxes. If you remember, this had three scrawny little plants in it and didn't look like it would ever amount to much. Well, it's proven me wrong. :-)

This is the silver bucket planter that had 6 scrawny plants in it about a month ago. It didn't take this planter long to get full to the max. It's so packed in there with blooms, I can hardly get in there to dead-head the petunias so they keep blooming!!

This planter had two SAD little red cherry tomato plants in it a few weeks ago. We already had to put one cage around them and now we're trying to figure out what to do with the stragglers who are blooming and will likely break off when the tomatoes start coming on if we don't do something about them.

This planter is in the same shape as the other's going BANANAS!!!!!

Here's a close up of just a few of the tomatoes growing on the plants. We're going to be overrun here in about 4-6 weeks.

I just thought a picture of the blooms was pretty....

Oh...and here is the may not look like much now...but this is AFTER it got a pruning....

Here's the first harvest of basil for the year. Now...I just have to find some takers for it.... :-) Actually, I may make a batch of pesto and freeze it. I'll have to do some investigating on uses for basil. :-)


Monday, June 1, 2009

I didn't even realize I was stinky!


Over the Memorial Day weekend my family in Tennessee threw me and Parker a baby shower. It was so fun to be with everyone...and also a good friend of mine from childhood.

The food was spectacular! My Granny's pimento cheese is to die for!!!!

Here I am posing with the plate from the baby shower.

Here is the obscene display of gifts.

My cousin Amanda is so crafty. She made this cute as pie diaper cake for us!

This is my Aunt Jane. She's my Mom's oldest sister and hosted the shower at her house. I cannot thank her enough for all the hard work she put into the event. It was so perfect!

The faces you can see are my Aunt Mary, my Mom's youngest sister, and my Cousin Lori, she's married to one of my cousins. The face you can't see is my, hmmm, well it's my Mom's cousin Jenny, I suppose that makes her my second cousin?

In this shot from left to right is my Aunt Carol, my cousin Paula, Jenny, Mary and Lori.

Here's the other side of the room - my friend Kelly, my cousin Kate, my Aunt Dana, my Mom, and my Granny.

Here's me with the baby bedding.

My cousin Amanda had this cute outfit made for baby Parker. I can't wait to see him in it!!!

Amanda also had this gorgeous diaper bag monogrammed for him too. It's perfect and I can't wait to use it either.

Cousin Lori got Parker this snuggly little bear and the basket that matches the baby bedding. Her son Nick got Parker the piggy bank, it's positively adorable!!

After I had wrecked havoc on the gifts, my cousin Amanda brings out these huge bags for my Mom to open, so Mom will be "the coolest grandma on the block". Amanda is a garage sale queen and picked up all kinds of toys and books for Mom to keep at her house for when Parker comes to visit!

A good time was had by all and I have to thank all my aunts, cousins and my sister-in-law for all the hard work they put into making the shower perfect!