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Friday, April 30, 2010

The Air "Purifier"

This is the mega-effective machine that enables our boss to oblige us to work out of our office. There is basically a constant stream of carbon monoxide and God only knows what else vented directly into our one little room from the attached mechanic's shop that services 18-wheelers. My doctor wrote a note saying that she didn't want me in there until this situation got resolved so my boss bought a high-end air purifier.....its a joke. One small purifier isn't going to do anything about a constant stream of poisinous fumes. But, there we sit. I've used the baby thing to limit my office time to just a few hours a day in the afternoons when the windows can be opened to air things out. Boss man isn't satisfied but I don't care. Nothin is more important than my little man.
Best part is that it is constantly flashing red indicating the worst possible air quality. I think he should return the darn thing and let us work from home.
Check it :

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Thirty-One weeks 4.24.2010

Wow, 31 weeks. Crazy. Sorry I missed the 30 week post. You didn't miss much other than the usual 30-week-freak-out. I survived it though and have moved onto acceptance.

Baby Updates:

This kid's movements have gone into overdrive. I'm sitting here writing this and having difficulty breathing as I do believe he has kicked a rib out of place. It is pain but I hear it's all worth it. And he's still a squash. He's basically all formed except for further development in the brain (which we all know doesn't end when he's born) and his lungs. Yay! That means that I don't have to feel as guilty for feeling ready for this pregnancy thing to be over. I'm ready to meet him and tackle the next phase. That one, at least, I know I can handle.



He's laying sideways right now and pushing outward with extreme force. The bump looks like a point. Probably not the most ideal shirt for this pic. I'm highly concerned for my innards as I don't think they will ever be able to recover from this current position he's in.

I realized I don't have many more weeks left to finish the pile of nursery projects I've assigned myself. I have now become extremely motivated. I plan on finishing a minimum of two of them on my evenings this week. Totally excited! Unfortunately, that means no one is allowed in my nursery between now and the unveiling when everything is all done. I need to get some caution tape, just to be clear. I'm itching to get all of the clothes and blankets washed that I got at my shower yesterday but I decided I might as well wait until after my second shower which is next Saturday. I'm sure I will get more clothes at that shower.

This shower yielded some incredible gifts!!! We got our full stroller, base and carseat unit!!! I'm so in love with it. I sat staring at it for the better part of the after-party and even more when I got home. Also, TWO diaper cakes! Incredible! My mom and m-i-l made this monstrosity so we're pretty much set on all baby gadgets! We also got the diaper bag, blankets (including one very special blanket that would take several paragraphs to explain so I'll just say it's a 10 on the special scale), clothes, bouncers, high-chairs, ... I could go on and on. Let's just say, we're set! And, I still have two more showers and a sprinkle to go! I think the sprinkle is more of a day-out for the mommy. I will post more about it when we go because its mostly a surprise so I don't know much. The girls throwing it are incredibly creative and a blast so I'm VERY excited!!!!!

  • How far along? 31 weeks and 1 day
  • Total Weight gain? 8 lbs
  • stretch marks? none yet. and I'd appreciate it if you'd stop trying to jinx it.
  • movement? to the point of pain.....but that means healthy, right?
  • food cravings? still tomatoes but increasing chocolate cravings thrown in
  • belly button- in our out? officially an outie
  • maternity clothes? currently sporting a maternity top, bra, sweatpants and a size up on underwear, THANK YOU VERY MUCH
  • annoying tidbits? I guess the word has gotten out and people have begun laying low. We'll see how long it lasts. *smiles*

Baby Shower # 1

I am the most blessed person in the entire world.... END of story





Click on the picture below to see the entire album. It's not that big, I promise.

Shower # 2 is next Saturday. More pics to come!!!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Twenty-Nine Weeks 4.14.2010

Wow, people. I've hit a whole new food item this week!!!

This is The Bump's comparison picture for the baby's size from weeks 29-32.



And this is what they had to say about baby's development for this time period:
Baby’s energy is surging, thanks to the formation of white fat deposits beneath the skin. (Have those kicks and jabs to the ribs tipped you off yet?) Baby is also settling into sleep and waking cycles, though -- as you’ve also probably noticed -- they don’t necessarily coincide with your own. Also this month, all five senses are finally functional, and the brain and nervous system are going through major developments.
As baby's skin smoothes out, his brain just keeps getting more wrinkled. All those grooves and indentations increase surface area, meaning more room for that oh-so-essential brain tissue. He's also adding some brawn -- his grip is now strong enough to grasp a finger. Crazy, right?

There isn't much to report for this week other than the food change. I did just have a cute moment I have to tell! I got the hankerin' to get my sectional couch scrubbed and covered until little dude comes. It was covered in 2 years of human and dog wear and tear. All fabric is now scrubbed and better than new!!! Now I just have to keep it covered until our little man comes. The whole process was a ton of work and a rigorous workout. You wouldn't think so but it was. Anyway, I laid there panting on the floor after a particularly exhaustive sprint of work without stopping when I felt some pressure and stretching just below my right ribs. I was laying on my left side so I looked down to see something quite small pushing forcefully outward. My skin was raised by something obviously appenage-like. I watched it until it got particularly sharp so I took my fingertip and tickled the stretched patch of skin. Now, I have pushed his body parts back in before but that was more of a firm pressure to which he responded slowly. This time, his limb recoiled so quickly. It was aDORable!!! I can only guess that it was his foot and that he is ticklish, just like his daddy. It was so cute and special because it seemed like my first real interaction and a glimpse into a personality of sorts. I'm in love!!!

  • How far along? 29 weeks and 6 days (sorry, lost track of time. 30 week's tomorrow!!)
  • Total Weight gain? 6 lbs (as of my last appointment 1 wk ago)
  • stretch marks? none yet. That questions makes them feel inevitable...or maybe I'm that paranoid.
  • movement? that word doesn't cover it. There are times where it feels like seizurses
  • food cravings? still tomatoes but increasing chocolate cravings thrown in
  • belly button- in our out? on it's way out, fo sho
  • maternity clothes? not at the moment. I'm sporting a tank and a pair of Greg's basketball shorts
  • annoying tidbits? people not respecting that I know what I'm talking about when I say I want to do an alternative vaccination schedule. I didn't just decide I didn't like their schedule and I absolutely wouldn't do anything that could harm my child. I've done my research, people. I'm still doing more but I've done enough to know this is what is best for our lives.

Joy

I have said all along that I am too young to be having a person. I am still that little girl playing house. I love my life and outlook. I love who I am! I am a perpetually happy person; or kid might be a better term. It takes a great big load of crap to bring me down even a little. So, here I sit on this sunny day in the ole' STL. I'm in a house that is approaching what I'd call a home (nursery included) with a full belly, two adorable dogs and a bouncing boy inside me. I'd call life pretty awesome! In fact, for a visual, here I sit on my big, red, comfy chair and I'm bouncing. I have my fuzzy slippers on, a goofy grin and my legs just can't help but bounce up and down. Now, while I wouldn't call this typical for a 24 year old pregnant woman, it is extremely typical for me. My body can't contain happiness. I must share or explode. I am here alone and, therefore, can't share. So my legs are releasing the joy and happiness in an attempt to stay the explosion. My parents chose the middle name, Joy, for a good reason. It's defined who I am!

I am partly excited because I just saved $168!!! My couch is a red, microfiber dog-heaven. I realized that it no longer smells new after two years of constant K9 abuse. I definitely want to get this thing refreshed and smelling lovely before little dude comes and it becomes the backdrop for gobs and gobs of pictures! As it is red and microfiber, I was afraid to put the covers through the machine. I am not a fan of pink and if the red faded, I'd be stuck with a giant pink couch. EEeewww. I called around and got bids from several companies on the cost for upholstery cleaning and deodorizing. The cheapest by far was $168. When you are broke, that's a ton of money. I have spot treated it millions of times in the past and even went at it with a steam cleaner to result in a couch that didn't smell of dog but wet dog. Terrible. After tons of internet research, scouring the thing for cleaning instructions and several deep breaths, I deposited the cover from the tiniest cushion into the washer with a deep red towel and pressed start. 27 minutes (and much pacing) later, I pulled out that cover and found the most pleasant smelling, clean, red cover looking brand new!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Dance with me!!! .......Wow, it really doesn't take much to get me totally psyched!


Plus, this view from my back window didn't hurt my day either!.....

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Twenty-Eight Weeks 4.7.2010

28 weeks people! My doc felt the need to point out that I'm in the third trimester when I saw her today. I, of course, already knew this as I've been counting down the minutes to this final leg of the journey. My guess is that she said it to witness the resulting wiggle of excitement. P.S. I absolutely adore my doctor! She is the best!! Keep in mind that this photo was taken at midnight with tons of food added to the person in there. I'm 1/2 that size in the mornings. I think this picture looks huge. Geeze!


Anyway, I had my glucose tolerance test today. That orange stuff was better than I thought it was going to be. The part that made it bad was that you had to drink the syrup in under five minutes with no chasers. 10 oz of orange flavored (kind-of) syrup in under 5 minutes = immediate headache, nausea and lightheadedness. Especially when you are hypoglycemic and have to fast beforehand.

Baby's weight has doubled in the past month and is up to 2.5 lbs. Still an eggplant though. No wonder I feel like I've been expanding at a rapid rate! He may be up to 16 inches long and has begun to blink. He can cough, suck, hiccup, practice taking breaths and he's even getting in some REM sleep. Also, I found a few sites that said he is now having dreams! That is so cute. I hope they're all good! It kills me that all he's ever known is bumps, muffled sounds and muted light and that is enough for him to dream about.

I know this is kind of cheesy but I'm feeling my attachment to Greg growing. As I'm getting more and more insecure with my bodily changes and situation, he is becoming more and more of what I need to feel fixed. When he's around, I feel so much calmer about everything. I guess that is to be expected but given our stressful situation, it wasn't expected right now. I don't really know what I'm trying to say other than its unexplainable.

Ok, so I have been on this high-fat (all-fat is a better term) diet for over 3 whole months now. You want to knwo what I've gained...? 6 pounds. That's all. I truly and honestly expected to hear when I stepped on that scale today (I don't own one) that I had gained 10+ lbs since my last appointment. I feel even more bloated and my pants are fitting my butt and legs again. Nope, only 3 stinkin lbs. I'm actually pleased with this but it makes me a little scared that I'm not gonna hear good news back from my glucose tolerance test. I hear women with gestational diabetes have a hard time gaining pregnancy weight and that the babies are born typically on the larger side. Weird, huh? We'll find out within a week what the results are.

I got a baby shower gift last night! My neighbor can't come to the shower so her and her husband brought the gift over. It is absolutely aDORable!! And extremely geerous! They bought us all 28 recommended newborn sized cloth diapers, a huge jug of the detergent we were told to use on them, onesies with iron-on patches which I will be doing and posting pictures of. You will see! Her and her husband took the time to arrange them all in that basket and wrap them each with ribbon. They are the best!!

In other news, my mom drove me to the doctor today since I wasn't allowed to eat anything before and the whole hypoglycemia thing doesn't make driving the safest for me at those times. After, she took me to mexican food and shopping! I am now the proud owner of two pairs of maternity shorts (my first official maternity bottoms ever purchased), a new shirt and the cutest maternity dress imaginable! It matches one of her gifts for me that will be at the shower so I will be wearing it to that! Also, I've been looking for some newborn size swim trunks for a pool party we have shortly after the baby is born. I know he won't be swimming or even in the sun at all but I thought he would look cute if he could dress for the occasion. We found these today and I can't not giggle when I see them!

Greg's little cousin was born this week!!! Her name is Elise Mackenzie and she is so teeny tiny. 6lbs and a couple ounces on the day we got to go see her. She is on breathing assistance because they pulled her out a couple of weeks early due to pre-eclampsia. :( But she is alright now! Check it...

Anyway, this has been an incredibly long post. Sorry! I'll try to keep it more-to-the-point in the future. That, or you will just have to stop reading when you get bored. So there!

  • How far along? 28 weeks and 4 days
  • Total Weight gain? 6 lbs
  • stretch marks? none yet... she says apprehensively
  • movement? gobs and gobs. I wish he would sleep sometimes. Beckham had better watch out.
  • food cravings? still tomatoes which entails spaghetti, salsa and raw tomatoes eaten like an apple
  • belly button- in our out? is it possible to be half and half? It's in for the first half of the day but then it slowly makes it's way out by the time I go to bed. Weird seeing as how my belly is on the small side of things. But it is very firm and taught.
  • maternity clothes? yup. Just broke down and bought 2 pairs of maternity shorts. They were badly needed. They don't make clothes pins long enough to keep my pants closed anymore.
  • annoying tidbits? people trying to help suggest names. When they hear we haven't decided, they suddenly jump at the chance to be the one to dub the kid. We really want to tackle this on our own. We're very opinionated on the word we will probably say more than any other for the remainder of our lifetime. Plus, people wouldn't suggest a name if they didn't like it and I have yet to hear one that was freely suggested that I don't want to make an "are you serious" face. I don't want to offend anyone but we're doing alright on our own. We've got about 20 we're still mulling over.

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I'm a new wife and an even newer mom. I have a secret dream to be super-mom. I love to craft, cook, dance and fill my life with as many adventures as possible. I'm slightly crunchy granola but enjoy a good steak. I'm right brained and type B (with some type A tendencies). I thrive best when I get to use my creative juices. I dabble in photography and party planning. I play piano and have a dream to learn the cello. I want to make the most of this one, short life I find myself living.

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This blog was originally intended to be a personal journal of my pregnancy journey and all that that entails--shared with only a few close family members. It was a way for me to keep them posted on all things baby and occasionally post a picture of my growing torso so they could see the progress. After several posts, I started to get hooked on other blogs and became motivated to attempt to do more with mine. We'll see how it goes....







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