Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween, Manor Care style! I dress up for Halloween every year at work... I've been a flapper, Wilma Flinestone, and a scarecrow.  This year, my original thought was to be a pregnant nun, but that outfit didn't pan I opted to go as "Mother Earth."  Pretty good for a thrown-together-night-before, under $15 costume, don't you think?!

Phil was a good sport and woke up extra early today to paint my belly!  And, good thing he did-- I ended up winning the costume contest at work!  In the past, the winner has received a $100 gas gift card... however, this year, beacuse of all the cut backs, it was downsized to a Manor Care bag and giant sack of candy (most of which I have already consumed). 

Baby has been extra active today-- a direct result of all of the sugar I have consumed--  and I've been joking that the Earth's plates are moving.  EARTHQUAKE!!!   

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Pumpkins and Petting Zoos

We joined the Jones' family for a day at the petting zoo and pumpkin patch!  It was such a kid-friendly place, although I'm pretty sure Phil enjoyed the animals as much (if not more) than most of the kids there...  our favorite animals were the Zorse (cross between a zebra and horse) and the peacocks.  The farm offered a ton of activities: pony rides, train rides, hay rides, face painting, etc.  but Brooklyn didn't want to do any of that.  She was content just petting the goats and rolling the pumpkins! 

Saturday, October 29, 2011

World Series Champs!

Cards win! And I actually stayed up to watch game 7!

Pictures by Fox Sports:

Thursday, October 27, 2011

36 weeks

Welcome to the 9th month!  Only four weeks, or 28 days, left until our due date and only 1 week left until our baby is officially "full term."  Pretty exciting!

We didn't have a doctor's appt this week, but I'm POSITIVE our baby is still breech. I constantly feel him kicking down low with no sign of wanting to flip.  He's pretty stubborn (I have no idea where he got that from-  ha).  I have tried almost all of the home remedy tricks from last post (yes, even the crawling) and he hasn't moved a lick.  The countdown is on--  he has less than one week to flip or it's time to schedule a C-section....

This past week we have been busy interviewing nannies for when I go back to work (part time) in March.   We joined a nanny site that completes comprehensive criminal background checks and drug screening, etc. on everyone applying for a job.   I have been fairly impressed with our candidates so far, which has helped ease my anxiety about leaving our man with a "stranger."... of course, the nanny cam system we are planning to buy has helped some, too.  ;)   We still have a few more interviews, but I'm feeling pretty good about this decision so far... Daycare just wasn't for us.  Plus, whoever we hire will be home to take care of the dogs and help out with light housekeeping duties and meal prep!  SCORE!

Last Thursday, Phil's employees pulled a surprise on him-- showering Baby Z again with even more gifts!  I feel like a broken record-- but we can't thank everyone enough!  We are beyond grateful for all the generosity.  He might just be the best dressed baby boy EVER.

We still have a few things we still have to get before baby comes, so we are planning a big trip to Babies-R-Us to finish up our "must have" shopping list.... but looks like that will have to wait another week, as this weekend we are celebrating our 3rd wedding anniversary (which technically isn't until November 2).   Phil is taking me somewhere as a surprise and I couldn't be more thrilled!!   I can't wait to spend some final time with him before our family of 2 becomes a family of 3! 

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

35 weeks: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Five weeks, or 35 DAYS, to go! says, "At about 20 inches and five and a half pounds, most of your baby's growth over the next month or so before you meet will be in weight, not height (baby's pretty much reached the in utero limit in that department). Accordingly, fat continues to accumulate at a rapid pace these days (on baby, not just on your hips). Back in the middle of your pregnancy, your baby's weight was made up of only two percent fat; now, that percentage has soared to closer to 15 percent (and will increase to 30 percent at term). Which means your baby's once skinny arms and legs are now quite plump…and irresistibly, squeezably soft.

Also continuing to grow at an amazing pace is your baby's brain power. Luckily, the part that surrounds that amazing brain — the skull — remains soft. And for good reason: A soft skull will allow your baby to squeeze more easily through the birth canal."

I had another doctor's appointment yesterday...  

Let's start with the good news--  I am right on track with weight gain (up 28 lbs).  Baby's heartbeat is strong, he is measuring "perfect," and the shooting pains I've been having on my left side abs the past few days are completely "normal."  

The bad news is: our little man is still breech...  I am very disappointed (although this comes as no surprise to me-- I constantly feel him kicking down low).

Now, the ugly news--  because he is getting so big,  he only has 2 weeks left to flip.  If he has NOT flipped in two weeks, we will most likely have to schedule a C-Section.... BOOOOOO!!!!  Our other, although significantly less popular, option would be to try external version (where the doctor manually trys to turn the baby).   Apparently it is very painful for mom and has less than a 30% success rate.  MEANING, that after undergoing the procedure, we would STILL most likely have to have a C-Section... not to mention there are some risk factors and complications that sometimes arise that can cause pre-mature labor...

I asked the doctor if there was anything I could be doing to make him flip.  And the answer was, "NO."  Medically, nothing has been proven; however, she encouraged me to google home remedies and try them out...  afterall, it can't hurt! 

So, over the next two weeks, I will be trying out (some of) the following techniques...

Cold at the Top of the Uterus
Using something cold at the top of the uterus, you can encourage your baby to move away from it. Since babies want to be warm, they will often move away from the cold sensation. A bag of frozen peas works well. 

Heat or Music at the Pubic Bone
A positive spin on getting the baby to move, is to play music or have your partner sing at your pubic bone, or even shine a flash light. Babies have been reported to move towards the sound or light.

Breech Tilt Exercise
The breech tilt exercise is simply taking your hips above your heart. Some women do this with pillows stacked under their hips. It's probably easier and more stable to actually lean an ironing board on your couch and lay with your head towards the floor. This works by encouraging your baby to leave the pelvis and flip. Remember, babies want to be head down. It's all physics.

Crawling on All Fours
Yes, you read it right.  Crawl like a baby for about ten minutes.  Then, bring yourself from kneeling on all fours to the knee to chest position by leaning forward from your hip joints and lowering your head down to the floor (AKA Child's pose for all you yoga nuts).  Spread your knees slightly further apart and  allow your elbows to bend until one cheek and both forearms rest on the floor.  Your hands should be flat next to your head, and your elbows in line with your shoulders, which allows your back to widen.

Hopefully one, or all, of these will work and baby Z will be head down and ready to go!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

World Series

I grew up with a die-hard St. Louis Cardinals' fan as a father.  He knows every stat of every player in the history of the team.  Personally, I don't get it.  I love and enjoy sports, but have very little use for remembering things like that.... it must be a guy thing. 

So, although I have officially been converted by hubs into a Philadelphia Phillies fan, I still have a soft spot for my dad's team...  and, I'm happy to see at least one of my favorite guys' teams make it to the WORLD SERIES!  

The Phillies won it all right before we got married in 2008, and I'm hoping that the Cards win it all in 2011-- right before we have our baby! 


Monday, October 17, 2011

FL Baby Shower

Wow.  Saturday night we had our 3rd baby shower in less than two weeks!  Can I say blessed??  We are so appreciative of all of our friends and family and all of the support we have received! 

This one was hosted by our friend, Leanne.  It was an intimate co-ed shower with about 15 of our closest friends from Florida... and ONE special guest from TEXAS!!!   One of my first (and best) friends from Florida, Kerri, flew in from her new home in the Lone Star state and surprised us!  She snuck up on me after everyone made me watch a video message from her telling me she wished she could be there! 

Here are a few pictures from the night--  there are a ton more from Joey's camera, he just hasn't sent them to me yet...   I will post them when he does! 

Mom and Dad to be!
Eric and Kelly
Jamie and Tracy, who is expecting boy #2 in March! 
Baby Carriage
Me with the hosts!
Kerri and Dan
Diaper cake by Michelle


Funny Bedtime Story-- Go the F to Sleep!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

34 weeks

34 weeks (238 days) down, 6 weeks (42 DAYS) to go! says, "Your baby is clocking in at five pounds and could be as tall as 20 inches by now, and the vernix (the white coating protecting your baby’s skin) is getting thicker. This week, a boy's testicles start making their way down from his abdomen to their final destination: his scrotum (look out below!)."  hahahah.   

Baby Z's room is coming together... but I was over-ambitious by thinking it would be picture ready this week.  Not only have I been fighting a sinus infection since the beginning of Oct, I have also started to slow WAAAAY down.   Third trimester is finally catching up to me and I am exhausted.  I'm now just hoping the nursery will be ready in 42 days...

In the meantime, Phil and I have a joint friends/couples' shower this Saturday, we meet with the pediatrician on Monday and I have another doctor's appointment on Wed...  busy, busy, busy! 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Things at work are a little... stressful.  The lovely government has yet again decided to change the Medicare billing guidelines and reimbursement to rehab facilities and nursing homes (where I work).  Our budget got some major cuts, many employees have been let go, and the therapists caseloads have EXPLODED to the point where we have almost zero downtime and where we are required to do even MORE paperwork.  And, I'm NOT exaggerating.   ZERO downtime. I am scheduled back-to-back with patient appointments from the moment I get there to 15 minutes before I leave (for paperwork).  Who needs to go to the bathroom anyways???

I'm digressing...  anyways, last week, we got a memo from our Director of Rehab (DOR) informing us of a working lunch/inservice with our regional DOR, Jennifer, at 12:30 on 10/12 to discuss our clinical productivity and the ever-changing Medicare guidelines. Wo, hoo... another inservice...

Well, today, I was having one of those, "no one is ready and my efficiency is really going to suck," kinda days.  I was running super late with my last pre-lunch patient, which should have ended at 12:15...  but, finally, at 12:30 I finished his treatment and rushed him back to his room.  As I'm quickly waddling down the hall, my DOR, Renee, looking annoyed, said, "You better hurry up, you are late and Jennifer is waiting for you to start the inservice."  Opps... 

I barely had time to grab my lunch before I was being pushed down the hall to the conference room....

SURPRISE!!!  It wasn't a meeting, but a wonderful baby shower!!  Complete with decorations, a very yummy catered lunch, homemade lemon cake (my favorite) and tons of goodies for our little man! 

(Unfortunately I have no pictures to share... not sure if anyone took any, but if they did, I will post them later... ).

A special thanks to my two speechies, Lisa and Sharon, for organizing and planning the whole event  and to everyone for spoiling our little man ROTTEN.   It was truly a surprise shower! 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

33 weeks

Okay, so these pics aren't taken at exactly 33 weeks, but close enough... they were taken at 32.5 weeks when I was in KY -- my last morning in the beautiful bluegrass state.  I missed the gorgeous fall leaves by about 2 weeks, but still got a taste of the fall weather-- it was pretty chilly for this FL girl! says, "This week your baby may be anywhere between 17 to 19 inches in length and weigh more than four and a half pounds.  Your baby has reached an important milestone about now: The development of his or her own immune system that (along with antibodies from you) will be able to provide protection from mild infections."   

This is a good thing, as I came home to a very sick husband.  I spent 2 days chasing him around with the Lysol can, trying to disinfect everything he touched.  Thankfully, I didn't get his stomach virus....but I did manage to catch a sinus infection.  Unfortunately, there's not too much you can do for that while preggo, so I'm toughing it out and trying to sleep and breathe as much as possible! 

While I was in KY, my in-laws and brother-in-law were in Tampa working hard on our nursery!  They did a ton of painting, got the area rug laid, put together the furniture (except the glider, which is back-ordered), and hung the window curtains!   It was so nice to come home and see that the office was starting to look like a baby room -- and it looks FABULOUS!!  I am planning to do a ton of work in there this weekend, so no pictures yet... hopefully it will be picture-ready by next weeks' post (although this may be a little optimistic)...   

Hope everyone has a great week!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Baby Shower in KY

I flew home for a quick trip to KY for my first baby shower!  We were so blessed with so many wonderful gifts and got to spend some QT with family and friends.  Thanks so much to everyone that could make it, and a special big thanks to my hostess, Molly!  It was a special day for us! 

Me with the food... surprise, surprise!


Wildcat Aquatics girls

My mom and niece


"McGaughey" girls...  my corsage was a presnt from my MIL, which was actually made of a onsie! 

Allison is ready to party

Diaper cake made by my sisters and mom

Grandma Gardner

Chocolate Bar Party Favors

Enjoying the punch!