To all of you - Merry Christmas!
Monday, December 29, 2008
To all of you - Merry Christmas!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
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
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!
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
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
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
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.)
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!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
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!
Thanks, Grandma and Grandpa!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
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
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
Thursday, November 6, 2008
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
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
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
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
Monday, October 6, 2008
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!!!