Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas 2008

Roy and I opened our gifts on the Sunday before Christmas. I know this is a terrible pic, but each year Roy and I always take a pic of ourselves, so it's kind of a tradition. Cleo got her present first!
Roy gave me some great gifts and stocking stuffers. See all those bath fizzie balls? Those will be really nice and relaxing in the next few months, assuming I can actually get out of the tub once I am in it!
I gave Roy a French press and a coffee bean grinder, along with some other things (like the scotch - when he opened it, his first words were, "I can take this to the hospital with me." LOL)
On Sunday night, we met with a group of friends we hadn't seen in a long time. I forgot my camera, of course, so no pics, but it was wonderful to catch up with their lives, laugh together, eat too much, and play with the kids. When one friend (Justin) saw my belly, he said, "Now that's a side of you I never thought I would see!" David was gracious and told me I am not very big at all. I LOVED that! We sure missed our friends from CO and AR being there though... We love you Yocums and Fortners!
On Monday we left for OK. On our way, we stopped in Waxahachie to see my college roommate and her dog Pickles. It was great to chat and to watch our dogs play. On Tuesday, I received a special treat: my mom, niece, and I all got pedicures!
My mom gave me some pajamas for Christmas. I just love them, but look at my belly!!! It has really grown these last few weeks. I suppose the polka dots don't flatter.
Here's another pic of the baby bump ... I love black! It truly doesn't show the enormousness of my belly! In reference to my belly, my sister said, "It's not gigantic." Hmm, that doesn't sound like a compliment to me, though she swore it was! Another lady told me, "You're getting fat" about three times. I just love people! LOL
Cleo enjoyed opening her gifts from the family, too!
I just love my niece and nephew! They are both growing up so fast, and it makes me feel old. Aren't they cuties? We also had a great time with Roy's family. We were able to see Sumer, his sister whom we had not seen in a couple of years; she has grown up to be a beautiful young lady. I am so glad she is back home, so Warren can know his Aunt Sumer.
Seeing Cristy and Keara is always a highlight of our trip. Roy taught Keara to say "coconut/banana butt" - what are uncles for, anyway?
On Sunday, I had my first baby shower! I received many nice gifts and was so excited to see my friends and family and enjoy my special day with them. My mom and I got a pic together at the shower. I think it was our only pic together the whole trip. (By the way, the shirt I have on in this pic buttoned up last week, but it was too tight to button this week, so I took my mom's suggestion and just proudly let the belly hang out.) We came back home yesterday, the 29th, and today Roy is at work and I am supposed to be cleaning the house. Ha! I did put away all the baby gifts I received, so it hasn't been a total loss. We are having company over for dinner tonight, so I really need to get motivated. I still have to go to the grocery store...
To all of you - Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

12 Things My Girlfriends Never Told Me About Being Pregnant

1. You have to turn your foot sideways to get socks or pantyhose on.
2. You have to spread your legs wide when you try to get into the car, so your belly has a place to go.
3. You can no longer cross your legs because your belly is too hard and too big.
4. You have a consistent worry about the cord getting wrapped around the baby's neck, so you poke and prod your belly daily to be sure the baby is still moving.
5. You have an immediate camaraderie with any woman that is pregnant.
6. You can no longer safely trim your pubic hair - ouch!
7. The feeling of the baby being inside of you is so amazing, you are willing to have twelve children just to feel this way again.
8. Your breasts can leak during pregnancy, not just while breastfeeding.
9. Your private parts don't look normal anymore.
10. You can no longer take a bath without having trouble getting up out of the tub.
11. Your belly becomes a handy armrest.
12. People look at your belly instead of your face.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Xmas Spirit Is Here!

This week Roy and I went out Christmas shopping two nights in a row! Then last night I got home late from school, and when I did Roy left to go buy MY presents. A few minutes after that, I got in the car and drove up to the liquor store to get him some stocking-sized scotch. He had run out a while back, and he kept teasing me saying that I should just give him a good bottle of scotch for Xmas. I told him I had already bought all of his gifts except for his stocking, and I was not going to spend $60 on a bottle of scotch to put in his stocking.
Well... I got to the store and they had the perfect stocking stuffer - three small bottles of scotch, each a different kind, in a cute little box. It was only $25, so I snatched it up. After that, I went to Sonic and got an extra long cheese coney, rings, and a strawberry malt (all for Warren, of course), and went back home all proud of myself.
I spent a couple hours wrapping all of the gifts we had bought this week, including Roy's stocking gifts. An hour or so later he came home with my gifts and ... yep, you guessed it - a bottle of scotch!!!! Ugh! He said he deserved it for getting all A's this semester. I agreed that he did and just left it at that. I didn't give away my surprise. I guess it will make it all the more humorous when we open gifts.
Oh ya, I am trying to get him to have our Xmas tonight, since we have a party tomorrow and we're leaving Mon. morning for Ponca. Xmas spirit is here! Finally!
Since I didn't put up a tree this year, we just put our gifts for family under the piano...

and our gifts to each other (and one for Cleo!) in Warren's cradle.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

No Motivation

Roy told me this week that I have thrown him for a loop. He had just realized that I had not yet bought any Christmas gifts for his side of the family, and that I hadn't been bugging him incessantly to go and buy my gifts and let me open them early. In fact, he said I don't seem to even have any Christmas spirit - I haven't even put up the Christmas tree or any decorations! My response? I told him we still have plenty of time to shop - one week! It's crazy for me, I know. I am usually obsessed and driven crazy by the anticipation of opening gifts. I guess Warren is making me unmotivated or less stressed. Hormones. Anyway, we went out tonight and did some Christmas shopping. It was fun. Perhaps my Christmas spirit wasn't gone, just delayed.

Last weekend Roy put up the new curtain rods and valances in Warren's room. I moved the crib in the corner, and I like it a lot this way.
I just love the puppies!

A couple of weeks ago I found these outfits for Warren. Too cute to pass up.

I can't believe I am almost in my third trimester. Where has the time gone? I am having my first baby shower on the 28th. It is in Ponca with my family. I am excited! In fact, I should go and take a peek at my online registries to see if I can find out what I will be getting! (See, that gift-getting obsession hasn't really left me!)

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Week of Woes and other Random Thoughts

This has just not been my week! Sunday my neck/shoulder muscle threw a fit and my ribs on the right side were killing me ... I got meds for the muscle and it and the ribs are better.

Yesterday, however.... I chipped a tooth on a piece of garlic toast at school!!!! It was my back molar on the bottom right. Thankfully there was no pain, and I was able to go to the dentist today. It only took 30mins and $50 to build up the tooth, so I was happy about that, but still ... this has not been my week! Have I mentioned that the a/c compressor went out on my Kia two weeks ago? Oh ya, it's only $875 to fix!
So let's calculate: $875 car + $50 tooth + $25 muscle relaxers + $300 in missed work = TOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would say, "What else can go wrong?" but perhaps I should take my mom's advice and not even go there! LOL
Sometimes the old "S*** Happens" bumper stickers are really true. I guess it's how we respond to those happenings that's most important. You would think that I would be depressed about all of this, but I'm not. I am just laughing about it all. Perhaps having this wonderful baby boy growing inside of me and moving and kicking is just what I need right now to keep my sanity.

Some good news, though, is that Roy will be working part time for RCS over the winter break. That's the great company he worked for before he got into Baylor for the Ph.D program.

Can you believe I only have a little more than 3.5mths before I hold my baby?! Where is the time going? My belly is really growing these days. Some days I can actually feel my skin stretching, and I just wonder if I will pop. I am now bumping into things (and people!) with my belly, and my students are bumping into my belly, too. Everyday someone says, "Look at that growing belly, Mrs. Garton," as if I can't see it myself. One teacher actually told me I was growing wider! Now that's what every pregnant woman wants to hear! LOL

I can no longer groom my pubic hair because I can't really see it. Guess I will have to get a mirror, cause there is no way I am trusting my husband with a razor down there!!!! My toes look terrible because I can't sit scrunched up to paint them, and I have to turn my leg sideways to get my socks on now because my belly is too big and tight to lift my leg up straight in front of me. I am even having to get into my car differently because I just can't fold up like I used to. I can see inside of my belly button, though it hasn't yet become an outie, and I am pleased to see that it is clean and rather perfectly shaped, if I do say so myself. LOL My breasts are still growing and leaking, so much so that I am now wearing nursing pads during the day. Roy still thinks it's gross, but he is dealing well with the leakage.

We are having one of Roy's professors and his family over for dinner on Saturday. I am making baby back ribs, cheesy bacon potatoes, bacon wrapped green beans, and cherry dump cake. Gotta impress the prof, ya know. :)

We have not yet finished our Xmas shopping, and I haven't even put up our tree this year. We will be in Oklahoma with our families from the 22-29th, and then back home for a few days before school starts up again for me.

Talk about a book! This is way too long of a blog post...

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Major Pains!

Okay, this is just a "poor me" post...

I have had a very painful day today. My right neck/shoulder muscle went nuts today and starting hurting so severely I could barely move w/o losing my breath. It was so bad I was actually crying. Roy got me set up with the heating pad, and I have been off and on it for hours. Thankfully, the muscle has relaxed somewhat and the pain is not so bad... in my neck/shoulder, that is... Now on to my next severe pain - my ribs!!! For the past couple of weeks, I have had a bruising feeling in my ribs on the right side, but today, I began to have severe pain there. Sneezing is practically unbearable. I have looked it up on a community baby site for pregnant moms, and it seems I am not alone with this rib pain. I had mentioned it to my OB last week, and he said it was normal due to all my organs having to move up to make room for Warren. I read about a stretching exercise that could help, so I am going to try that before bed tonight. Anyone have any other suggestions for me aside from "grin and bear it." I suppose it's good practice for labor pains... Roy reminded me tonight that I have no tolerance for pain. I told him I never really had to deal with physical pain in my life (unlike my sister who had pain from arthritis since she was 12, and now is the Incredible Hulkette of pain tolerance) except for stomach pain off and on as a kid, so I guess my body just doesn't know how to react to it. I am so glad for the option of an epidural in four months!

...I am editing this post on Monday to say that my neck did not get better overnight. Ugh. I nearly passed out from the pain twice this morning, so Roy talked me into staying home from work by reminding me how bad it would be if I passed out in my classroom. I called my OB and he called in a muscle relaxer (Flexerall, or something like that), and Roy is at the pharmacy right now picking it up for me. I am sitting on the couch leaning on a heating pad and checking email. My hope is that I will be knocked out by the muscle relaxer. Roy is staying with me, so I am being well taken care of. Sweet man of mine.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

22 Weeks Dr. Appt.

I had my doctor's appointment today, and once again, everything looked good. My blood pressure was 112/70, and I have gained a total of 13lbs, six of which have been in the last four weeks! Yikes! I heard the baby's heartbeat again, which was great, but it was cool because he kicked while we were listening. Oh, and also, I was having a contraction in the doctor's office, even though I didn't know it. My doctor felt it and was explaining it all to me. He measured my belly this time, though I forgot to ask how big it was, and we went ahead and set all my appointments through 36weeks. He told me I will likely deliver in our new hospital, which he said is very nice and the rooms are large. He said I will have the blood sugar test at 28weeks. My next appointment is Jan. 2.
I feel like it's already Christmas for Warren. Today I got his puppy bedding, the matching valances, and his stroller in the mail. I got the bedding from for $40 less than what I had originally paid at, plus they gave me a free stroller! The funny part was trying to figure out how to get the stroller unfolded. We finally did, but I must admit, I couldn't get it to collapse again, so it is staying open for a while!

I just couldn't wait to see the cute puppy bedding! I put it on the crib immediately, and I love it! The puppies are a different texture, too, which will be great when Warren can recognize textures.

I must say I really have no complaints about being pregnant, though I am experiencing some of the aches and pains of growing: My rib cage often feels like it is badly bruised, like someone has tried to pry it apart with a crowbar; I don't fit in between places like I used to due to my belly; I seem to spill stuff on my belly daily; my breasts are leaky faucets at night; and I have no motivation to clean house. ... wait, take that last one off - it has nothing to do with being pregnant; I just hate housecleaning! LOL

Monday, December 1, 2008

Random Posting

My parents have gone home, and life is back to its normal routine. The kids at school today were crazy. They had horrible attitudes and made me ask, "Is it legal to strangle my students?" LOL I know it's just because they have been at home for 5 days w/o any structure or discipline, but still, it was a draining day.
Before my parents left, I was able to get some pics of them:
My daddy next to the cradle he made for Warren. (See those blankets? My Mom made those!)

My parents, obviously.

Mom and I spent lots of time talking about Warren, and she got to feel him move a few times, too. (Please ignore my hat head and pale face in this pic! We had been shopping all day.)

I told Daddy that at Christmastime, we will have to take a pic belly to belly - I bet mine will still be smaller, though it feels massive to me right now.

My mom helped me make curtains for our bathrooms while she was here. She is a talented seamstress, but I, on the other hand, am just a lazy wannabe. She kept trying to get me to do things the right way, and I kept trying to talk her out of wasting my time doing it right. LOL It was quite funny - esp. when my lines were all crooked and, as you can see in the pic, my hems were not even either. Anyway, the curtains are complete and I am happy - that's all that matters, right? Keep the pregnant woman happy.

On Saturday, after Mom and Dad left, I made some white pecan pralines. They are super easy and taste so yummy - Warren seems to like them, too!
I am feeling Warren move more often these days. Normally during the school day I only feel him move when I sit down and lean forward to type, but today I felt him about four times just while I was walking around the classroom. Being pregnant is such a cool experience. I told Roy I can understand why some people (not mentioning any names, Yocums and Seiferts!) have so many kids it seems they are trying to repopulate the earth - it just feels awesome to have a baby inside of you! I could do this pregnancy thing more than twice, for sure - but according to Roy, that's not going to happen! LOL

Thursday, November 27, 2008


Grandma is here and we went shopping for Warren ... that's all I need to say. The pictures speak for themselves; needless to say, I was exhausted at the end of the day, but what fun it was!
I bought the set below just from mommy and daddy.

This is Warren's going home outfit. I just LOVE the puppies! Look at those tiny shoe socks!
This is the crib - covered with only half of what Grandma bought!
This is the dresser/changing table - with the other half of what Grandma and a couple other people have bought.
It's amazing that Warren is only 5mths in utero and yet he has all of these cute clothes! Grandmas are so awesome!

Thanks, Grandma and Grandpa!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

It's a ...

(see the wanger pointing? It is marked by two white plus signs in the middle of the pic)

My ultrasound went great today! We were actually able to get it on DVD, which was awesome! The doctor said everything looks perfectly normal. Warren's heartbeat was 156bpm. The ultrasound tech pointed out the four chambers of the heart, the kidneys, and so on. Warren was very wiggley (perhaps due to the Dr. Pepper I drank before my visit!), and he kept moving his arms like he was boxing the air. He was probably wishing he was boxing the ultrasound tech cause he was waking him up! It was just awesome to watch and know that the baby is actually inside ME!!! At one point he even opened his mouth like he was chewing something. I love the profile pic and his sweet face. I turned to Roy during the ultrasound and told him, "Look at that big nose; he gets that from YOU, not me." LOL

This is my 21.5 weeks belly shot. I looked back at my pics from 5weeks to now, and there is a definite difference, to say the least. My belly is getting bigger every day, and I must admit that I am starting to feel fat, but it is all for a good cause, so I try to tell myself it's okay. When I am in public, people look at me then look down at my belly... ugh.

My parents came into town today. My mom was able to see my ultrasound, too, which was cool because not only was it her grandbaby, but she had never seen an ultrasound before. The above pic was me walking in on my surprise - a cradle handmade by my daddy! It is beautiful, and I was totally surprised! The cool thing is daddy signed it on the bottom, so the baby will always know who made it.

Cleo got a present, too. It's a ball with a weasel attached that moves all over the place by itself and vibrates. She loved it! Warren may be getting lots of attention right now, but Cleo still knows she's the baby!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Cleo Wakes the Baby

I was sitting on the couch earlier reading a magazine, and the baby had not moved since earlier this morning, but Cleo started barking at something and all of a sudden the baby came alive!! After both Cleo and the baby were quiet and still again, I didn't think anything of it until ... yep, Cleo started barking again, and what happened? The baby started moving again! It was really quite cool, and I had to laugh (and blog, of course) about it.

I think it is amazing that the baby can hear what's going on around me and that it is 10" from head to heel already! I still can't figure out how that much baby is inside of my belly. I am showing, but I'm not that big yet.

Incidentally, my pregnant friend at school is still bigger than I am, even though she's not due until after me. Well, I may be jealous now, but when we are nine months along and I still have the smaller tummy, who's going to be jealous then, huh Kelly!!!!! LOL

Friday, November 14, 2008

From Baby Garton

This week I beat up my mommy! That's right folks; I showed her who was boss - me! It all started when mommy went to bed and started poking on her belly, trying to get me to move. I didn't want to disappoint her, so I moved a little bit to make her happy. Well, that was the wrong thing to do because it just got her more excited, and she started poking and pushing me until I just couldn't take it anymore. I starting kicking her with all my might for about five whole seconds, and what does she do? She starts laughing at me!!! So I kicked her some more, but she just kept laughing! Then she told daddy on me! I was so mad I decided to get her back, so I moved to the back of her tummy where she couldn't reach me anymore. Ha! That worked! She stopped poking me and just went to sleep. I told myself that when I am born, I will really get her back by giving her the messiest diaper she's ever seen!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

18 Weeks Appointment

I got to hear the baby's heartbeat again today. I just love going to my appointments! I have only gained 7lbs total, and the top of my uterus is now at my belly button. My doctor said everything looks perfect. He recommends I get a flu shot at my next visit, so I guess I will do what he says. We opted out of the alpha protein blood test, and feel very comfortable about our decision. I have only two weeks and two days until my ultrasound!

I said in my last post that I thought I was going to have a growth spurt soon, and boy did I! I am now about as big as I looked in those pajamas in my last post (remember I said that the pic made me look bigger than I was? That was even confirmed by a friend, so I guess it wasn't just me.) My breasts are so big that I just keep bumping into them all the time! How do people actually live with these things all the time? LOL

Sunday, November 2, 2008

"The Human Body Is Just Gross!"

That is what Roy told me this afternoon after I showed him the clear liquid leaking out of my nipples! I thought my breasts had gotten a bit bigger again in the last few days, and apparently there is lots of stuff going on inside them that I can't see, because they have been leaking off and on this weekend. Tonight I was sitting watching TV and felt cold/wet on my chest. I looked down and noticed wet on my shirt on both nipples! It may seem gross to Roy, but to me, it's actually kind of cool. I guess because it is another sign that I really am pregnant and things are working like they should be. I have also noticed that I am off balance a little bit this weekend, and my belly is a little bigger. It sure is crazy how changes seem to happen overnight! My OB appointment is Thurs. I can't wait to tell my doctor I'm leaking!!!! Isn't pregnancy synonymous with nuttiness? LOL

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

17 Weeks Pic and My New PJs!!!

Look at what I bought just for me!!!! Sleepers with feet in them, just like I had when I was a kid! It has been so cold here (today it was in the 60s), that as I was walking through Target tonight and spotted these sleepers, I just had to have them! They are fleece and super comfy, and I love that I don't have to wear socks with them. Cleo keeps chasing my feet though; I guess she thinks I am playing with her by having my feet covered. It's too funny.

I am officially beginning my fifth month. I am 17 weeks and 2 days, and feel like I am not progressing much. (Though I must admit that my belly looks pretty big in the above pic; it's not normally that noticeable.) I haven't felt the baby in a few days, and I don't seem to be getting much larger. I do think a change is coming soon though - or at least I'm hoping! My next appt. is next week, I think, so I will get to hear the heartbeat, which is always a relief and an excitement at the same time.

I picked out the bedding for the baby - one for a boy and one for a girl. I just love the puppies! I think I am going to paint the room a light sage green.

My parents bought us the crib and dresser/changing table that we wanted. They are both espresso color, and the pics don't do them justice. They came in last week, and are now in the baby's room on the floor in pieces, just waiting to be put together.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Yes, I'm jealous; Is that wrong?

There are two young teachers at school who are also pregnant. One is due in just 6 weeks, but the other is due only ten days after I am. While it is fun to have someone to talk with about body changes and baby stuff, it is also sparking some jealousy on my part.

First of all, she (the one due in April) already felt her baby move once while she was lying down. After she told me that, I had to go home and lie flat with my arms above my head until I felt the baby move - which I did and it was really awesome. The second is that she is showing the same as me or just a tiny bit less, which is not much! I have been the same size (to me anyway) for weeks now. I am not complaining about having such an easy pregnancy, but I would like to have something to show for all of this! She assured me that she is only that big because it is her second baby, and while I know you get bigger faster with the second, I must say it is not very consoling.

So ya, I am jealous. I want to look pregnant and not just like I ate too much. I want to feel my baby move, so I know that it is okay in there. Is that wrong? The funny thing is, I know I will feel the opposite when I am like the teacher due in 6 weeks - she seems very uncomfortable, and I bet she just wishes she had my tummy right now...

I best go now. I need to go lie flat on the floor, as has become my daily ritual.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Baby Names

Roy and I have actually stuck with the baby names we chose a year ago: Alyssa Mercedes and Warren Van (or Vance - used to be my vote until I read its meaning!). We chose them just because we liked them, but it is always neat to know the origin and meanings, so I thought I'd share what I found:

Alyssa: Germanic origin, means "noble kind; of the noble sort"; in the Greek, it means "logical"
Mercedes: Spanish origin, means "mercies"

Warren: German origin, means "guard, protector, loyal"; in English it means "defender"
Van: Dutch, meaning is equivalent to "de" in the French (which usually means "from")
Vance: English, means "dweller of a bog"; in French it means "marshland"

Roy's dad's name was Vance, but his nickname was Van, so that's why Roy wants the name Van; however, I didn't want to have a Van and a Mercedes if we have a boy and a girl, so I thought we should just stick with Vance. However, after reading the above meanings for Vance, perhaps I should let Roy have his way just this once! LOL Most of our friends have the same first letter or sound for their babies' names, I guess we can be different and just have vehicles for our babies' middle names! If for some crazy reason we have two girls, we could name the second Avalon - that's a car! LOL This is so much fun!!!!!!

By the way, I think I felt the baby move on Thursday night. I was lying flat in bed with my arms over my head, and for once I didn't have gas, so the fluttering I felt must have been the baby! Hurray!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

14 weeks Dr. Appt.

I heard my baby's heartbeat again today! I had been looking forward to it for 4wks now, and I was not disappointed. The doctor said the baby has a strong heartbeat, and it was about 160bpm. He said that's normal for right now and will slow as the baby gets bigger. He felt my stomach and said the baby is right where it should be for 14 weeks and that the next time I see him (18weeks), the baby will be just under my belly button. I have only gained 4lbs total, and everything is normal and "average" so far. Story of my life... average.

He told me to think about whether or not I wanted the prescreening blood test next visit. Roy and I haven't decided for sure, but we are thinking not. Doc said out of 1,000 women who take it, 50 will get a positive, and only 1 out of those 50 will actually have a problem, the others are false positives. If my test was positive, then I would have to decide whether or not to have an amniocentesis... To me, it seems unnecessary since even if the baby did have Downs or something else, we wouldn't do anything but keep it and love it, and prenatal care and infant care is the same no matter what, so why put myself through the possibility of worrying over a likely false positive. I am only 31, so I only have a 1 in 900 chance to have a Downs baby, and no one in my family or Roy's has Downs or any other neural defect. They can also see some signs during the ultra sound, which will be at week 20. Would love to hear your thoughts on this...

Oh ya, I did ask about how come my belly seems to grow overnight so I really look pregnant, and then all of a sudden look 3" smaller... he said that is based on my own bowels and systems shrinking and expanding, and it has nothing to do with the size of the uterus. Makes sense to me.

I got my hair cut yesterday. Super cute, I think. I got 2-3" cut off, so it's just at my shoulders right now, and has long layers, but flips out. Ya, I know, it's just a shorter version of what I always have... call me a creature of habit!

Below are a few pics of the wedding jewelry I have made. The bride is looking over them and will let me know which she likes most. Which do you like most?

Monday, October 6, 2008

Shrinking and Crying

Okay, why am I getting smaller? Crazy thing - last week I was so much bigger, but then this weekend it is as if I shrank a few inches! Seriously, I went back to looking like I had one too many Big Macs instead of looking pregnant. My boss's husband is an ob/gyn and I saw him at work today, so I mentioned it. He said it could be that the fluid shifted... but he also said I look pregnant, so I guess that's okay. My doc appt. is this Thurs., so we'll see what he says.

I have to tell you about last night:

I did something really stupid - I watched two delivery videos online! Not only did I feel nauseous after the second one, but I told Roy three things: 1) I am really stupid for watching these videos, 2) Now I definitely want an epidural, and 3) Is it too late to put this one back and just adopt?! LOL I have seen delivery videos before, but they never affected me this way. I guess because I was never pregnant while watching them. It brings a whole new meaning when you know it will be your turn soon!

About ten minutes later I started watching this show with Roy on Discovery Channel. It was about a polar bear who had to swim for days to find food, because all of the ice had melted. By the time he got to land, he was too exhausted to hunt. After a day of sleep, he began hunting these walruses on the beach. He kept trying to grab them by the neck, but they were fighting him off. He got stabbed in his leg/foot with the tusks, and began limping and gave up his hunt. He went over, dug a shallow hole in the sand, and laid in it to die. I was balling!!!!!! I kept saying to the TV, "Why don't you help him instead of just filming him?!" It was terrible. Roy said, "Are you crying at this? Boy, you are an emotional wreck." Yep. All this after last week I cried for 15mins because our neighbor's dog was crying about something - I actually called the police to try to get him help (the neighbor wasn't home). Then I laid in bed crying and praying for that dog, telling God that if He wanted me to open a shelter for dogs then I would... OMG!!!!!!!! I am glad I haven't had morning sickness with this baby, but geez-a-lou; how much more emotional can I get?!!!!!!! LOL

One more thing... this weekend I got inspired, so I moved the furniture out of the upstairs office into the guest bedroom, and rearranged the guest bedroom. I must say it doesn't look half bad, but Roy said I shouldn't have done it. I didn't try to move the treadmill, but I moved the file cabinet, desk, and bed. My doc said I can do anything as long as I don't strain myself.... I was glad I did it. Now when my parents come in Nov., we can paint and get some baby stuff in there!

6mths to go!!!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

13.5 weeks

Over the weekend I majorly grew! I thought it was going to happen because I kept feeling my ligaments stretch, but I didn't realize it would be an overnight growth. Crazy! One of the 8th graders (whom I taught when he was in 5th grade) saw me today and said, "Mrs. Garton, you're getting fat!" LOL Good thing I am a confident person or I would be feeling really bad about myself right now!
I had Roy take the above pics tonight, and Cleo kept begging, so I asked her if she wanted me to take her picture, and she kept posing, so I took one. I guess she thought she needed some of the attention I was getting.
My next doctor's appt. is Thurs. the 9th. I guess it's just a normal appointment - urine test, weighing in, etc. I feel funny because I can't really think of any questions to ask the obgyn except a couple about labor and delivery, but it seems too early to ask about that. I have been reading parenting and baby magazines, and I also get the daily and weekly pregnancy updates, not to mention all of my friends have had babies, so I feel like I know most of the major stuff, and now it's just a matter of experiencing it. I have started registering online with Target and Baby's R Us. That's all kinda fun, but it gets old after a while. I am noticing that with several baby things - like the daily update emails. Even I can only take so much baby talk.

Something exciting other than the fact that we're having a baby (in less than 6mths, by the way!!!) is that I got an order for debbeads ( for a wedding! The bride wants me to make the bridesmaids' jewelry. I am so excited! What a great free advertisement, too. I will be sure and post the pics on my site when I have them finished. I haven't actually made jewelry since summertime because things have been so busy, so it will be fun to get back into it.