Friday, March 28, 2014

24 Weeks and...

VIABILITY!!!!
What that means is that if Girl was born today she would have a chance at life.  A small chance, but its there.  Obviously Girl, you don't need to get any ideas.  Stay put.

And yes, I realize that I missed 3 weeks.  Its been rather crazy around these parts.  We had my parents come up to help us repair the hole in the wall in Girl's room (from the lovely leak in our roof earlier this year).  So that weekend was crazy busy.  Then last weekend I worked 3 days in a row with quick turnarounds on each shift.  Its just been crazy, things have been stressful and well, I just can't do it all.

Maternity Clothes:  My hips are starting to get bigger (dammit), so my maternity scrubs that I spent a fortune on are getting tight, just around the hips (the part that isn't stretchy).  I'm hoping my some stretch of a miracle I can make them last the next 3 months.

Stretch Marks: Neg.

Sleep:  For a while there when things were crazy busy, I added a 2nd cup of coffee in the afternoon.  Well that backfired, because I was having wicked insomnia and unable to fall asleep.

Best Pregnancy Moment: Today Jack and I went to a children's museum with BFF T & A and they had a big chalkboard wall where the kids could practice writing their names.  I wrote our Girl's name for the first time, and I love it even more in writing :)

Movement: She definitely has her moments.  I've also noticed that if I don't have enough to drink during the day, she doesn't move as much.  Which is a swift kick in the ass for me to start chugging more liquids.

Food Cravings: donuts.  This is not going to end well.  Specifically jelly donuts, and Mizzle's cinnamon sugar brioche buns from work.  OMG they are to die for.

Gender: Baby GIRLSee our gender reveal here.

Names: Decided!  And written on a museum chalkboard wall somewhere...

Symptoms: This isn't really a symptom, but more of an update.  Last appt (23 weeks), my BP was 138/75, which is fine.  However, I told my doc about 2 weeks ago when I had a splitting headache all day and was seeing floaters.  I figured out after the fact it was dehydration, and its definitely happened a few other times when I've been dry.  She thinks that I likely have some sort of background chronic hypertension (I tend to agree with her, my family is all over hypertension like white on rice).  I have to do a 24 hour urine collection for protein (moreso to get a baseline) at some point before my next appointment.  She also took me out of teaching the emergency medicine class that I teach in the summers (I was going to be teaching every Thursday in May & June), because she said that is thinking she might take me out of work early.  Wait, what?????  Yeah, not cool.  We definitely can't afford that.  She also said there is a chance that I'd be induced at 38 weeks, which is fine as long as its after July 1.  So yeah.  Just a little stressful.

What I Miss: being able to drink caffeine non-stop and not having to worry about getting dehydrated.

What I'm Looking Forward To: having this weekend AND next weekend off :)

And here's a bump pic...took this one late in the day, so its looking a little large and in charge.  Oh and look!  The new shelves are in our closet, and my room is clean!!!




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Monday, March 10, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Kid Craft Round-Up


Looking for something fun and creative to do with your preschooler this year for St. Patrick's Day?  Look no further because I've found some awesome ideas for you!

Rainbow Handprint Art - no link, just a trusty Google image search :)
Tissue Paper Shamrock
Wine Cork Shamrocks (yes, you'll have to drink the wine first...darn...)
Rainbow Chain
Four Leaf Clover Magnets

Check out my Pinterest board for more fun St. Patrick's Day ideas!
Follow Shannon's board Luck O' the Irish on Pinterest.



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Friday, March 7, 2014

21 Weeks

Wow, 2 weeks in a row!  I'm on a roll here :P

Maternity Clothes:  can't get away with regular clothes anymore, at all.  Not even tank tops or pajama pants.  Tanks are too short, and pj pants cut into the bottom of my belly and hurt.

Stretch Marks: Neg.

Sleep:  Apparently I'm snoring.  So attractive.

Best Pregnancy Moment: More movement this week!

Movement: See above.  Girlie seems to be a morning person.  She must be her father's daughter, because that morning shit does not fly with me.

Food Cravings: nothing specific again.  Though now when I get an idea for something to eat in my head, it has to happen or else bad things will occur.

Gender: Baby GIRLSee our gender reveal here.

Names: Decided!  But keeping them secret just to drive you nuts.

Symptoms: The dreaded melasma is back.  God how I hate it.  It takes for.ev.er to fade.  And this isn't really a symptom, but my blood pressure is doing that labile roller coaster thing again.  At my 18 week appt I saw Dr. E (she delivered Jack and is taking over for my prior OB who is stopping OB in May) and she was a little concerned.  Which honestly I'm happy about, because I was concerned about it all along with Jack, and I'm sure its going to be worse this time around since I'm definitely more stressed out.  She did basic bloodwork (CBC, LFTs) and it was all ok.  However, if its still borderline or elevated at my next appt, then I'll have to pee in a jug for 24 hours.  No Jack, that is NOT apple juice.

Exercise: You know what I'm exercising?  My middle finger to this question.  It's out next week!

What I Miss: warm weather.  Totally not pregnancy related, but who cares.

What I'm Looking Forward To: my family comes up in 2 weeks to help us start on the nursery!

Bump pic!  Is it possible that I think I'm smaller??


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