Monday, June 28, 2010

Are Wii Fit Yet?

So, to help increase my activity and exercise more, Jason bought me a Wii and Wii Fit Plus. We've been very good about doing it every day too! It's fun to play and sometimes I REALLY get moving! :) I've lost a few pounds according to it, but will be excited when I have the baby and step on the scale the first time after! ;-) It'll think I'm really awesome! So far we have the Wii Fit Plus game, and it came with Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort. We borrowed a game from PMC that is a sports game too, to see if we like it. We like the activity games and aren't real fans of shooting or other types of games, so I don't know that we'll ever invest in any other ones. There are even a few games that we've played that I can beat Jason at! :-O

Thursday we went to my OB appointment. We told the doctor that we do NOT want to induce at 38w (or any other time) and he seemed OK with it. It's hard to tell right now because we aren't there yet. So please say prayers for us that the baby comes on his/her own before the doc might want to induce! He did say that because we aren't looking at induction, now we get to have non-stress tests every week. Oh joy. :-| Well, I guess of the two, I'll take the non-stress test. They hook you up to monitors to measure your heart rate and the baby's heart rate to make sure there is no stress. They are also monitoring contractions during this so that'll at least be interesting. Hopefully the baby will still stay in the "normal" size category so the doctor doesn't try to push an induction. **well, more hopefully the baby comes on his or her own! Fully cooked of course! ;-)**

We had a great weekend together! Jason let me sleep in (both days!) and on Saturday we played games and ate a late breakfast. Then Jason went outside to start some manual labor in the yard. Pulling out the sprinkler so that he can check it all and get it back down before we plant seed in the fall. Some of it was where it should be, and other places it was barely covered with dirt. He got one section done, which was pretty good considering he started AFTER it got ridiculously hot out! After he got cleaned up we went to Mass in Las Animas, as he had to read and serve, and then had dinner with his parents and sister at Bent's Fort Inn.

Jason had a tooth pulled last Monday and it was a doozy. It took about an hour and a half to get it all out. Well, on Friday, as he noticed his tongue was still bothering him, he looked in his mouth and saw a piece of bone or tooth sticking up. :( Either there is still some tooth there, or it's part of the jaw bone. We're back to the dentist today to see what it is and what we need to do. Prayers that he doesn't get infected or have any other problems would be appreciated! :)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Finally, a Decent Answer...

...so, I woke up this morning with cramping/contractions again. I decided that I was going to call PMC and see if I came in to L&D there if they'd check me and if I'd be able to leave. But, of course, the contractions stopped. I haven't had any since I went back to sleep this morning when Jason left. But, I decided calling them would still be a good idea because then if I'm having contractions, I don't have to worry about anything and can just go in and get checked. Well, I finally got a response that was worth hearing!!! Thanks to Lynn at PMC's New Beginnings, I feel comfortable. She did tell me that I'm probably having braxton hicks and that you CAN have them like I've been having them (read: CONSTANTLY), and that they're working on preparing you for delivery. She said if they seem to increase or stay consistent, that I could come in and they'd put me on the monitors and check me. She also said that depending on where I am in labor (if I were in labor) I could still leave. Of course, she also said "are you sure you don't want to deliver here? We'd love to have you!" ;-) I think they'd love to have Jason's baby in there! :) I told her that while our plan is to deliver in Garden City, if my water breaks, I'm not making the drive to KS, we'll head to PMC. That made her happy! ;-) So it was a win/win conversation....I feel IMMENSELY better about everything now!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Very Long Day

Today was not a good day for me. I had an 8:00am dentist appointment scheduled, so before heading to Mass, I decided to remote in to my computer at work to set an Out Of Office notification up. This was about 6:30am. When I remoted in to my computer, I noticed I couldn't get on to the Exchange server. I figured it just needed to be restarted, so Jeanine and I headed over to PMC. Unfortunately I discovered one of our 48 port switches in our main communications rack was fried! I had to tell Jeanine (who was patiently waiting in the car for me) to go ahead without me to Church. It took me nearly an hour to fix the problem by putting two 24 port switches in place of the burnt up one. I should say I thought I had the problem fixed. I had Jeanine pick me up and bring me to the dentist's office. This was supposed to be a simple filling, but long story short, turned into a two hour extraction with the tooth needing to be cut into three pieces. All the while my phone was ringing with more problem calls that my secretary/wife was so good to take care of. I didn't get home until around 10:00pm after making two trips home to bring some of my equipment to work to help fix the problem.

I am now exhausted, and have so much to do tomorrow... :(

I typed this on my phone... so... please forgive any spelling / gramar errors. :)

Is THIS Labor?!

As I near the end of my pregnancy, I can't help but wonder...pretty much every day, sometimes several times a day, or ALL day. I'm certain my doctor's office wants to block my number! ;-) When you haven't gone through labor, it's hard to know what it will feel like, despite reading everything you can on it. And believe me, I HAVE read everything I can find! :) Every back ache, contraction, pressure makes you wonder if this "is it". It's mostly annoying...but I'm sure frustrating to those who have to listen to it! ;-) (sorry Jason!)

And if one more person tells me "you'll know when it happens..." I might throttle them! I HOPE I'll know, I mean, women have been having babies for a lot longer than I know, and without the aid of books OR the internet. But, I figure, oftentimes they didn't think about what was happening to their body, so they'd just wake up one morning and be like "oh, time to give birth". I mean they probably didn't think about every single feeling and wonder if they were in labor.  Ahhh, information is a wonderful thing, right? :-|

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Wow, I'm Tired!

Almost done with the 34th week of pregnancy, and it has been a doozy! Starting on Tuesday I've had some huge increases in pelvic pressure and braxton hicks contractions. Well, the contractions have not stopped since Tuesday. Not with rest and increased fluid. I mean, it's not CONSTANT, but I've had them continuously, sporadically since Tuesday. So, I went to see the doctor today. He checked and they must just be braxton hicks as I'm not dilating at all. Though, the baby IS super low! I had slightly higher blood pressure today, and apparently it's going up with every visit. :( My blood sugars seem to be getting a little higher as well, especially the fasting ones, and I think that's because I've been awful lethargic lately. Well, it's hard to be motivated to walk when you feel like the kumquat's going to fall out!!!

So, another thing we did today was an ultra sound to see how big the baby is getting and check on amniotic fluid. The kumquat is in about the 60-64th percentile (have NO idea what THAT means), and weighs approximately 5lbs 11oz. He or she is measuring perfectly for a 35 week old baby. Considering I'm technically 34 weeks and 5 days, I'm not really worried about that part. The doctor wants to see me every week, despite my protestations that a 4 hour drive every week is REALLY hard. :( We don't have a whole lot of options on that because the Dr here in Lamar doesn't want to see me if I keep my main care in Garden City. *Sigh* Why do doctors have to be so difficult?!

Last night I asked Jason to turn the fan in the living room on for me, and when he reached up to do it, the chain broke. Fixing that turned into a slightly bigger ordeal than anticipated and we had to get a new switch. Thankfully Jason knows how to do all that stuff! :) Once he got it fixed it was pretty much time for this tired, pregnant girl to go to bed. At 2AM Jason's phone went off, it woke me up but I don't think I connected that the noise meant he had a text message until AFTER I went to the restroom. I told him his phone went off and he checked it and answered it, turns out the guy was trying to get someone else, but didn't put his glasses on. :-@ <--yeah, that's right, that's my angry face!! It's a big enough bummer when Jason has to be on call anyway, but for some person (who was from the hospital) to accidentally text him in the middle of the night?! Oh, if I see that guy, he might just get a piece of my mind! ;-)

Did I mention I'm tired?!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Life, Love, and a Little in Between

I stole the title of this post from my niece, Nicole, she used it as a title for a photo album on Facebook! ;-) But it really seems to fit this weekend! Jason had some work to do Friday night, fixing the Church's computer and working on some stuff he hadn't quite got finished at work during the week. So it was a pretty low key Friday. On Saturday, Jason let me sleep in (he's SO sweet!) and even stayed in bed until I woke up! :-o I'm sure it was super hard on him! Well, once we were both up, he got started on updating his Ubuntu hard drive, and while that was updating I put him to work! ;-) I've been wanting to clean the bathrooms...like REALLY clean them...all week, but I was so tired/swollen/hot/wore out that I just didn't. So, on Friday Jason made the mistake of volunteering to do it for me if I just told him what I wanted done. He's pretty awesome! He SCRUBBED the shower, I'm pretty sure I've never had it so clean! :) Maybe he has more elbow grease than I do?! While he was cleaning the shower, I cleaned the sink, mirrors, and swept. It was wonderful team work!

After he was done, Jason had to take the computer back to the Church, and then he said he had to go in to do something specific at work so he'd be back in a while. Well, after he got home, it was time to start our Romantic Local "Get Away" weekend! :-D During the fundraising fury for Relay for Life, they held a silent auction at the golf tournament Jason and I were helping at and one of the items was a 1 night stay at the new Holiday Inn Express, 2 free combos and drinks at Mission Villanueva, and 2 movie tickets. We "won" it with a bid of $50. This weekend we were going to use at least the hotel and the restaurant!

Lunch was super yummy! We both ordered something we don't normally get because, hey, it was paid for! ;-) Mid meal we realized that neither of us carry cash, so we actually had to write a check for the tip! Unfortunately there was some obnoxious guy at the restaurant that was seriously yelling and making weird noises. It was really odd. Thankfully, it was close to the end of our meal.

So, after lunch we ran home and got our bag to head to the hotel. Well, we got to the room, and lo and behold...there was a bunch of flowers and a sweet card waiting for me! :-D Jason's special "job" in the morning was to get this and take it to the hotel to be there when we got there! Can I just say again how awesome he is and how blessed I am to have him for my husband?! We decided to go for a swim before Mass, and that was so awesome! We were the only ones in the pool and let me tell ya, swimming is awesome for pregnancy! You feel so light and there's no immense weight on your back or anything! It's fantastic. We swam the length, raced, and Jason carried me around the pool (easy IN the water, not so much OUT of the water! ;-)). Jason sat in the hot tub while I just put my legs in so the baby didn't get too hot. We got back to the room and showered and headed to Mass. Going to Mass together is one of those things that really strengthens our marriage, and I'm so thankful that we get to do it.

We stopped at Safeway before heading back to get some snacks and drinks, and one of Jason's coworkers was kind enough to let us go ahead of him. Unfortunately we had a dingy clerk and he didn't "cash out" or give us a receipt, and apparently we paid for the other guy's groceries too! What a ding bat! That got resolved though! :) We enjoyed some SpongeBob and I got to take a bubble bath...it was sooo nice! The tub at home is hard to get in and out of and there's a hose that was full of dirt still sitting in it from the sewer fiasco, so I haven't gotten to do this at home, but it really was nice! Sunday was lazy, and we slept all the way til 7AM and then got up for the Continental breakfast where I found some yummy carb-less choices and Jason got all the carb-alicious food! :) We went swimming again and then we played Cribbage (and yes, Jason kicked my butt AGAIN!!!) before checking out! It was so fun to be "away" and on a little mini vacation, and enjoying each other's company. Jason even had his phone shut off for several hours!!! :-D

Friday, June 11, 2010

As Fit As A Fiddle!

Well... a slightly out of tune fiddle...

With a broken string. :(

I went through the PMC Employee (make that Team Member) Health Fair, and my results could be better.  My Cholesterol was a little elevated (218mg/dl) and my AHDL was a little low (35 mg/dl).

On the CBC side of things, my Red Blood Count was a little high, with my White Blood Count being fine.  Other indicators point to an iron deficiency.

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I guess my days of eating what I want, when I want are finally over.  Old age has officially set in. Boo!!! :(

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Doctors and Dreadfully Hot Days!

So, the doctor's visit went pretty well on Tuesday. The baby's heart rate was 130 (when the doctor finally found it, he/she was hiding from the doc AGAIN! Must take after Jason! ;-)), and I measured normally. Well, that last part is an assumption, he didn't tell me this time, so we'll just go with normal! :) He forgot to do the ultrasound, and we didn't remind him, but I think we'll want to do it next time because then we can get an idea of how big the kumquat is getting and hopefully avoid an induction. He sounded as though we'd talk more seriously about that at the next appointment. :-s I've been having lots of downward pressure, and a significant amount of Braxton Hicks contractions, so the doctor decided to do an internal exam. But I'm not dilating, or otherwise getting ready to go into labor. Well, I wasn't on Tuesday anyway! ;-) He said he felt the baby's head and it moved, so he/she is not engaged yet. Very weird that he can feel the baby's head! :-o He was also very happy with my last two weeks of blood sugars, so that's a good thing. Back in two weeks and then I fear we'll go to weekly visits. Dun, dun, dun.

On Tuesday evening we also had our Baptism class at St. Francis de Sales/Our Lady of Guadalupe. Deacon Medina was teaching it, and it seemed like he was a little uncomfortable with the material, but he still did a good job. Once the little kumquat makes his/her arrival, we just have to get them a copy of his/her birth certificate and then choose the day. :-D I think that succeeded in making Jason and I way more excited for the end of July!

This week it has been SO hot, it's really hard for me in the heat. On Tuesday I didn't do much in the morning but the drive to and from Garden City was enough to make me extremely uncomfortable and swollen, so Wednesday was a very lazy day. Unfortunately, while keeping my feet propped and not doing much helped to keep down swelling, it did not do anything good for my blood sugars. :( I had an extremely high blood sugar after lunch that day. So, the lesser of two evils I suppose is dealing with the swelling. :(

Today and tomorrow of this week I'm covering at both Holly Nursing Home and Juniper Village for the PTA who is on vacation, and also next week! :-o So, I realized just how hard it is to work and "keep house" while 8 months pregnant when it's close to 100 degrees out. It's SUPER hard. When done working, I came home and cooled down for a bit. Then, started the laundry and in hanging the first load got incredibly hot outside AND stepped on a stick that cut my foot. When I got back inside I decided to do the dishes while waiting for the second load of laundry. Well, hot, pregnant girl+hot water=INCREDIBLY hot, pregnant girl. :( On top of that I can't reach the sink because of the big belly, unless I lean over which of course hurts my back. So when I sat down to rest (hot+achey back=NEED A BREAK!), I noticed that my Cankles were incredibly swollen and looking closer noticed that where I'd cut myself on my scar the other night had ripped back open and was bleeding profusely. I hung the last load of laundry and just sat down. :( It was not an easy afternoon for me. I'm soooo thankful for my loving husband, who took pity on me and took me to dinner! :) He also helped bring in and put away the laundry. Yeah, I'm blessed! <3 :-D

An Apple A Day...

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Jeanine just asked for an apple. Good thing I went to slice it for her! I wouldn't have been so fortunate. I normally just bite into mine and eat the core (waste not want not I always say) ;-)
I think this was one apple that would not keep the doctor away...

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Posting From My DROID

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I'm trying out a WordPress app on my Android phone. It should be showing my location, add the miscellaneous category, a couple tags and a picture too. Is this text bold?

Monday, June 7, 2010

Wow, So Much Catching Up to Do!

I'll try not to be too wordy though! ;-) And will try to only talk about important things!

Well, our yard is still in disarray because we can't seem to get rid of the weeds. :( We decided to call some landscaping companies in town to see if we could get some prices on how much they'd charge us to just get it ready to seed. Well, of the three I called, only one showed up to look at the yard, and none of them have called with price quotes so we're on our own I guess. Jason's decided we'll just go for it, so he's going to try to get the sprinkler's fixed this week :) and then we're going to find a weed spray that will hopefully kill the majority of the weeds left. The one landscape guy that showed up DID say that the amount of weeds wasn't really something to be concerned about, and that Bermuda grass will likely choke them out. But, it's a lot of time and money invested and we're just worried that it'll be a waste. So, after we spray again, Jason will level everything off and then we'll seed. And then we'll hope that it takes off! ;-) Everything I've read about Bermuda grass says that you shouldn't plant until it's been consistently above 65 degrees at night and even last week we had a couple of cool nights, so hopefully we still have time. I am sure we can get it done within the month!

This last weekend was Lamar's Relay for Life which Jason is on the committee for, so he spent most of the Saturday day and ALL of Saturday night at Savage stadium. It's a wonderful cause, and Jason is glad to be a part of it. I went over right before opening ceremonies with the mom and the dad and stuck it out until after 10PM! :-O Such a shock!! I only walked the track once, it was an excruciatingly hot day and I was not very motivated to do more than that. After my one round on the track, I went home and went to bed while Jason stayed and did his 1/2 hour on the track for PMC as well as assisting in accounting. I'll let Jason give more details and his opinion of helping out in accounting! ;-)

Tomorrow I have another doctor's appointment, I am 33 weeks pregnant now and totally ready for the kumquat whenever he/she decides to make their appearance! :) We'll have another ultrasound to check out the size of the baby, so the doctor can decide if we're on track or too big. Please pray that we're on track; while I'm ready to not be pregnant anymore I'd rather that happen because the baby is ready to come out, not because the doc decides to induce. I think the baby has dropped, and so does everyone else! ;-) I keep getting that comment anyway, so I'm hoping we're all right and the baby is doing all of his/her prep work!

More updates after the doctor's appointment!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Hosting Company Switch

Well, I finally got my website moved from Network Solutions to Bluehost.  I decided to try the latest/greatest version of WordPress (the program used for this blog) and I've run into a snag with the Theme.  It looks like there is only one available.  Bummer!  I'm going to do some searching to see if there are different ones out there.  You may notice that you'll have to 're-register' to add comments, or they might be held for Administrator approval, but that should only happen the first time or two.

Just an FYI... I'll be testing out the "Post via E-mail" option, so you might see some random stuff popping up.  I'll probably delete most of it later. :)