Friday, September 30, 2011

Beach Day

This week, while I was stuck at work, my sisters were super busy showing my niece, Allison, around Tampa.   She packed a lot in her 4 days in Florida, including several pool/beach days, her first trip to the zoo, and a day of luxury at the Sandpearl resort  on Clearwater Beach (our good friend, Eric, is General Manager and totally pampered us for the day... a girl could get used to that!).

Our private cabana for the day!

Enjoying a snack break

Molls and Allison on Clearwater Beach

My friend, Kelly, and her two boys joined us for the day

Brody.... not happy about having his picture taken

Checking out the beach toys

Sand Monster... he loved it!

Beckett playing in the sand

Pool Time


Thursday, September 29, 2011

32 weeks!

8 more weeks to go!  YESSSS!  Nothing too exciting happens this week--  baby is fattening up and so is mama. I'm up 25.5 lbs... and counting.

I am experiencing 24 hour reflux.  Reflux.  Reflux.  Reflux.  Morning.  Noon.  Night.  It even made me throw up a couple of times the other night....  and believe me, the food tasted much better going down!    I kinda hoped that I was done with the whole vomitting thing... that doesn't appear to be the case.

 Back pain is pretty constant these days, especially in the afternoon/evening.  I'm doing my best to stay active; however, our nightly walks with the dogs are getting a little shorter and a lot slower. 

Sleep is.... a joke.  I am lucky to get 2 hours consecutive sleep and/or more than 5 hours total a night.  No wonder I'm a little more cranky than usual.... The pregnancy body pillow is wonderful to help relieve back pain and really does make me sleep better.   I highly recommend it!

"Pregnancy brain" is in full effect.  Yes, according to my doctor, it is a REAL thing.  Apparently, it has something to do with the lack of oxygen I am getting to my brain, since baby is comprimising my lung space.  But, no fear, our little guy is getting a full oxygen supply from the placenta....   I, however, may not survive these last 8 weeks.  I am so forgetful, this week I not only locked my keys in the car, but I also left work without clocking out (twice) and left work with a continuing education webinar playing on the computer.   Apparently, I got up to go to the bathroom, forgot that I was in "class," and walked out of the building! My co-workers thought it was so funny they went ahead and finished the course and took my test for me!  ha.  Opps! 

Despite how this post sounds, I am actually enjoying most of pregnany.  Our little man is a mover and a shaker.  We are getting so excited to meet him in (hopefully) less than two months! 

Sunday, September 25, 2011


Heeeeellllo to my favorite season, FALL!

Unfortunately, fall weather doesn't really start in Florida until November. So, we are still enjoying the warm sunshine (and temps) of summertime.

My lil sister, Cait, has been visiting me for the past week to help me out and de-compress from her return from Africa. We've had so much fun doing girly things that Phil just doesn't do with me-- scrapbooking, watching chick flicks, eating "skinny cows," shopping, etc. And, yesterday, we did one of my favorite things... lounging here...

In other news-- hubby completed his first round of GM training in Atlanta. While there, one of his good friends, Kevin, flew down from Philly to join him in some weekend fun....

They stayed in an awesome hotel downtown...

... and went to see the EAGLES take on the falcons(good game, but not the best outcome for Philly fans)...

He is now off for round two of training in New Hampshire (which I'm sure is GORGEOUS this time of year). Although Phil has spent a lot of time away from home recently, don't feel too bad for him... he managed to find time to squeeze in a 4 hour fishing charter before his 2nd training begins!

Cait will be in town for another week, AND we just got word of a nice surprise-- my older sister, Molly, and her daughter, Allison, will be joining us for the week! They are flying down from KY tomorrow and I'm super excited for Miss Allison's first trip to the BEACH!

Hubby returns on Wed. Then my in-laws and brother-in-law are flying in Thursday to help with the nursery. Looks like we will have a packed house for a few days!! I just wish work wasn't getting in the way with all my fun...

Thursday, September 22, 2011

31 weeks says, "Weighing in at three-plus pounds and measuring 18 + inches long, your baby is quickly approaching his birth length — though he's got to pack on another three to five pounds before D-day. Also developing at an impressive clip: your baby's brain connections.  He's now processing information, tracking light, and perceiving signals from all five senses. He's also putting in longer stretches of sleep, which is why you're probably noticing more defined patterns of wakefulness (movement) and rest."

"Chances are your diaphragm is feeling a little cramped these days. Okay, a lot cramped. That's because your uterus is pushing up against it (and all the other organs in there), crowding your lungs and making it more difficult for them to expand fully. The result: Your body is spare on air and will be until your baby drops near the end of pregnancy in preparation for birth. But don’t worry: Your baby is as happy as a clam because he’s getting his oxygen from the placenta."

This is totally true.  I've noticed that it is very hard for me to breath at times!  I become very short of breath with just a little exertion.

Today, we had our 3-D ultrasound!   It was SOOO fun to see his little face!  Apparently, our little guy already weighs 3 lbs, 6 oz. and has a full head of hair.  He was breech right now, but they said not to worry about that too much, because he has plenty of time to flip....

These are not the 3-D images, but they do show his cute little profile... 

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Escape Artist: Digger Phelps Strikes Again

After a fairly uneventful week without hubs, I had a little panic attack last night, thanks to this little lady....

I had plans to meet friends for a 7 o'clock dinner, so I started getting ready around 6.  I let the dogs out in the backyard (which is fenced) to run around and go potty while I got changed and fixed my hair/makeup.  This is a very routine thing for us, as they both enjoy time spent outside. 

A few minutes later, I went to let them back inside.  Lochte pranced right in, as usual, but Phelps was MIA.  After a few seconds of calling and no response, I stepped outside to see where she was. 

About 2 seconds later I saw Phelps zoom by at 100 MPH... on the other side of the fence, and dangerously close to falling in the canal.  Then, I heard a very large HISSING/shrieking sound and saw our neighbors' cat run back the other way, with Phelps very close on her tail. 

This back and forth action continued for about 10 minutes.  In the meanwhile, I (who is a good 30 weeks pregnant and not able to chase anything faster than a turtle), was trying frantically to lure Phelps back to our yard so I could grab her.   I was throwing Pupperoni, her favorite treat, calling her name, and shaking her food bowl.... NOTHING.   I even tried to corner her by running through my neighbors' backyards, patios, etc.   What a sight that must have been...

As I was running around, I was also calling everyone I can think of to help.   Thankfully, my friends Dan and Joey were close by and were very willing to help me with my emergency.  At this point, I had given up catching her on my own and just wanted to keep my eye on her until my backup arrived. 

Then, she headed over to our crazy neighbors' house and was trying to go out front (thankfully, that didn't happen.... otherwise, she would have been a goner).  I ran to his front door and rang the doorbell....about 30 times.   I knew he was home-- cars in the garage, tv and inside lights were on... but no answer.  His front door was open, with just a screen door in place, so I decided to open it and yell out for him...  he eventually heard me and came out from the bedroom area.  I begged him for help, which he gladly did.  He walked out back, clapped his hands a few times, and Phelps ran right to him.  Literally, RIGHT to him.  After me chasing her for a good 30 minutes, she came right to him after 10 seconds...

She was soo exhausted from her cat hunt, I basically had to carry her home. 

After locking her inside with Lochte, who had been watching all of this from the window, I finally saw how she escaped.  She must have seen the cat, and, in a desperate attempt to catch it, dug a small hole and squeezed under the fence.... looks like I will need to keep my eye on this little escape artist!


Thursday, September 15, 2011

30 weeks

We are 3/4 the way there!   Which means we only have 10 more of these pregnancy posts before our little guy gets here!  (Assuming he is prompt like his mama).  This week, he is the size of a head of cabbage and now weighs over 3 lbs! 

Phil and I finished up our last baby class last Saturday.  Now, we are officially baby experts... just ask us anything. hah.  Not quite, but we did get a fancy diploma! 

More importantly, I feel much more informed on some of the big decisions that we had to make to complete our "birth plan."  Phil and I've decided that natural (without epidural) is the way to go for us.... as long as it is safe and realistic possibility.   We saw a very graphic video of a C-Section and it looks about 100,000 times worse than the natural childbirth that we saw, so I'm praying that I am able to deliver without surgery or other major complication. 

I have been practicing visualization techniques (I thought it was corny at first, but have had several friends tell me that it will help mentally prepare me for delivery, so I'm trying it).  I've also been diligent about doing my exercises and stretches, which I know will help. 

For me, this pregnancy has seemed to drag on and on, but now it is suddenly moving very quickly... almost too quickly!  I feel good about the progress we are making and I even crossed off a couple more things in our "to do" list--  I found a pediatrician, completed the "birth plan" and will be touring the hospital labor and delivery unit, NICU and room suites this Saturday.   I'm super excited to see where I will be delivering and find out exactly what I need to bring and what the hospital will be provide for us.

I'm also super excited about my upcoming visitor!   My sister, Caitlin, who returned safely to the US last Saturday, will be coming to sunny Florida for a 1-2 week "vacation" AKA to help her big, fat, pregnant sister who can no longer do many of the things that DESPERATELY need to be done around the house!  hahah!  Let's just say, I can't wait for her arrival on Monday! :)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

29 weeks says, "How big is your baby this week? He weighs nearly three pounds now and measures about 17 inches. Though he's getting pretty close to his birth length, he still has to chub out a bit. In fact, over the next 11 weeks, he'll more than double-- or triple-- his weight. And as he grows and the room in your womb gets tighter, you'll be less likely to feel those big kicks and more likely to get poked by an elbow or jabbed by a knee."

Good news--  I passed the glucose test and my iron levels are right on track (last round of bloodwork I was slightly anemic, but still within normal range)!  What a relief!  Now, I don't have to feel too guilty about all the ice cream I've been consuming in recent weeks...

Phil was very sweet this week and bought me some fun pregnancy toys-  AKA a body pillow and birthing ball.  Now I can sleep a little more comfortably and am able to practice all my hip, pelvic, & abdominal exercises to get ready for labor....  And I'm not the only one who is enjoying the body pillow.... it has quickly become one of Lochte's favorite things, as well! 

In other, non-pregnancy news--  this week is a very exciting one for my family... 

Sisters!  From Left: Me, Caitlin, Molly

My younger sister, Caitlin, who has been living in Mali, Africa working with the peace corps the past 2+ years, is returning back to the states and will be arriving home on September 10th!  Please pray for safe travels for her as many of her travel situations are far less than first class..... 

My older sister, Molly, is turning the big 3-0 on Sept 11.   She isn't doing much to celebrate these days, except for studying for her pathology boards, which take place at the end of the month.   Apparently vet school wasn't hard enough for her.... she has to pick the toughest specialty and master that, too! 

And, hubby, who started a new job with a new company a few months ago, will be starting 3 weeks of very intensive trainings on Sept 12.  But, before his trainings start, he will get to have a little fun...  one of his best friends, Dianna, and her husband, Jay, are coming for a quick weekend get-a-way to Tampa! 

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


Every month, my work does a potluck to celebrate the month's birthdays.  I have been there over 4 years, and have always made a different dish to share, most of which were family recepies.  But, as of last month, I've finally run out of easy potluck recipes and don't want to recycle.  So, I've searched and found a few new dishes that look easy and delicious...  can't wait to try them out!  
Jalapeno Popper Dip via My Baking Addiction

Chili Cheese Dip via How To Simplify

Warm and Creamy Bacon Dip via Southern Living Magazine and Daisy Brand

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Caramel Frosting via The Girl Who Ate Everything

Monday, September 5, 2011

Birthdays and BBQs!

What a fun holiday weekend with friends! 

Saturday, Phil and I spent the majority of the day in baby class.  This weeks' topic:  CHILDBIRTH.  He was totally traumatized after that class... haha!  I'm still up in the air about my birth plan.  I go back in forth so much about natural vs. epidural.  I've heard horror stories about epidurals, and I like the idea of natural birth (after all, women have been doing it forever....), but am not 100% commited to the idea either because, well, frankly, I am nervous about the pain.  Figuring out the birth plan specifics is next on my to-do list!

Saturday night, I met up with my co-workers for a surprise bday party at the beach for one of the OT's, Rosa.  We had such a fun night out--  hanging at the beach, followed by a delicious meal at Salt Rock, then over to her condo on the beach for some pre-game drinks and board games, and then to the club for some dancing.  BTW--  you get some strange looks being pregnant at a club!   Even though I didn't hang out super late, I did make it up past midnight (compared to my usual 9pm bedtime).  And, my co-workers were happy to have me as DD for a ride back over the bridge to Tampa as we must have past about 25 cops!  

While I was out with the girls, Phil and his friend, Mario, went boating out on the skiff.  Poor Phil has been in skiff withdrawl because our boat lift has been broken for the past few months and he hasn't been able to take the boat out.   But, thankfully, it's fixed and ready for some fishing! 

Sunday, after a mad cleaning spree, I headed over the the Jones' for a holdiay BBQ and to celebrate a belated 2nd bday to Miss Brooklyn and a belated 29th bday to one of my best friends, Joey!  

Phil was stuck at work  and then came home to do some more work on the lawn and bathroom, which I am very pleased to report is DONE except for the painting (post coming soon).  I am the worlds' worst painter, so I'm pretty glad I get out of painting duty.... one of the few benefits of being preggo.  Painting of the bathroom and nursery will be done by my MIL, FIL and Brother-in-law during their visit at the end of the month! 

Phil and I both had to labor today, on Labor Day....afterall, hospitals/rehabs and hotels don't close.  EVER.  But, the "weekend" fun is not done yet.  Tonight, we heading over to the Waltz's for BBQ #2.  

It's a tough life we live... Hope everyone had a fun and safe holiday weekend!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

28 weeks -- Hello Month 7!!! says, "Your baby is settling into the proper position for birth, with his head facing downward (toward your body's nearest exit!). He is now about 2.5 pounds and almost 16 inches long. He's busy adding new skills such as blinking to an already impressive repertoire of tricks like coughing, sucking, hiccuping, and taking practice breaths. Your baby's sleep now includes the REM (rapid eye movement) phase — and that means he could be dreaming already."

He has been a busy, busy boy this week.  I'm feeling a lot of fetal activity these days, especially at night.  Looks like he is a night owl like his dad.  And, his kicks are getting strong!!  Even though it's getting a little uncomfortable, feeling him move around is still my favorite part of pregnancy.  It never gets old. 

I've started doing a pregnancy yoga video that seems to really help relieve some of the low back pain.  I think the pain is just because I'm carrying him low, and am on my feet most of the day.  It didn't really hurt at all on the weekend when I was able to lay down and rest. 

I went to the doctor yesterday.  She said my weight was great!  I actually weighed in 2 lbs lighter than my home scale (and still slightly under the 20 lb marker), so I was very happy about that!   I also had my glucose screening to test for gestational diabetes.   I don't yet know results (it usually takes about a week),  but the whole experience was a little nerve-racking.   I'm praying that I pass and don't have to go back drink more of that awful, sugary stuff and sit for the 3 HOUR glucose test-  the one hour screen was terrible enough!

I also had a ton of bloodwork drawn (again).  Bloodwork has never bothered me before.  Unlike my sisters--  I am one of those people who actually watches shots being given and blood being drawn without even flinching.  I am surrounded by other people's blood every day at work and it doesn't bother me in the least.   However, since I've been pregnant, I get really queasy every time they draw my blood.  I even fainted on my first visit to Lab Corp (during the first trimester when I was sick and queasy anyways).    Anyways, yesterday, they had to take 4 large viles of blood for the blood glucose test, to check my iron levels, and complete the STD screening.   Needless to say, this was not my favorite doctor visit....

Our next appt is in 3 weeks (a 3-D ULTRASOUND VIDEO!) and then we start our every-other-week appointments until week 35, when we will start to go every week.  The end is in sight!!!   And that makes me very, very happy!