Monday, January 28, 2008

Yea for God's blessings.

Sorry I haven't posted in quite a while. Another New Year's Resolution down the drain, I guess. No, just kidding. I've actually been doing quite well with my resolutions. My laundry is not piling up, I'm eating 4 healthy meals every day (and I've only gained 4 pounds - at 17 weeks pregnant I think that's pretty good!), and I am playing with Lucy more. Chad ended up beating Guitar Hero III before me. Which is ok, considering he had to stay up until about 3:00 a.m. every night. I'd rather have my sleep. Oh, and my closets... well, haven't gotten to that yet. And we haven't sold the house. But those last 3 things are things that can happen anytime. So I'm happy.

The next doctor's appointment is February 7th. Chad will be in Jacksonville, Florida, meeting with some of his new coworkers, so I need to recruit someone to go with me. I don't want another scare like last time!

And yes, Chad has NEW coworkers. Or he WILL, by February 25th. He got a new JOB!!! In medical sales! This is what he has been trying to do for the last 9 months. It has been a very long and trying road for him, because the interview process for these jobs is very long and tedious, and he has to go through recruiters instead of regular human resources people, which makes the process even more annoying. On a couple of jobs, he got down to the VERY LAST interview and ended up not getting the job. So when this opening showed up, we were hopeful but not overly optimistic. Well, the Lord just worked everything out and Chad has accepted a job with a company called Covidien. He will be a "soft tissue repair" rep - selling hernia repair mesh, sutures, and a few other things. It's a great company and we are so excited! And this job means I will more than likely get to be a stay-at-home Mom! Which is the best and greatest thing about it! Chad wanted me to be able to stay at home, and so far it looks like that is going to work out great. We'll see! We are just thanking our precious Lord!

This past weekend we went to look for a new car. I have a leased car and when it runs out we are going to get me something a little bigger and safer for me and the baby. We are looking at Tahoes right now. I never really liked them until I drove a couple this past weekend. I felt pretty safe... don't know how I'll feel about the gas money, but I guess that's a necessary evil. I'd rather be spending more money on gas and feel 100% safe on the road with my child than drive a tiny car and regret it one day.

These posts are way too long. I will try to shorten them. I need to update more often.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

SCARY.

So my appointment Thursday was probably the scariest moment of this pregnancy to date. I waited FOREVER, as usual, to see the doctor. He came in and asked the usual questions, then said, "Well, we should be able to hear the heartbeat today!" Then he left the room to go get the little doppler machine. When he returned he began going over my stomach with the little wand thing. A minute passed by. Then another minute. Then another minute. Then before I knew it, about 10 minutes had passed, still no audible heartbeat from the machine. At this point I was getting extremely nervous, but I somehow managed to stay calm. I noticed my doctor's ears turning bright red. Finally, he said, "Well, this is embarassing. I usually don't have any trouble." Then he said he'd try one more time, and he did, and still nothing. So he told me he was sending me for another ultrasound to make sure things are okay. He said, "Just give them this form and they should be able to get you right in." I glanced at the small green piece of the paper on the way down to the ultrasound waiting area, and it read in all capital letters, "CAN'T FIND FETAL HEART RATE ON DOPPLER." That's when it hit me. All of a sudden I had tears pouring out of my eyes and I couldn't help it. I got to the desk and the lady told me to sign in and have a seat... with the other hundred people waiting in the waiting area. And I kid you not, I waited AN ENTIRE HOUR for them to call my name. The whole time I sat there just hysterically crying because I couldn't figure out why it was happening. I kept thinking of all the things I'd done over the past few weeks, trying to narrow it down... I thought to myself, "I knew I shouldn't have had caffeine! I am so stupid!" Seriously! I know that sounds crazy but when you are in that situation all sorts of things go through your head! And what was worse is that I had told Chad not to come with me to this appointment, because I knew it wasn't supposed to be anything special, just a normal appointment. So I was completely ALONE. It was terrible.
So finally they called my name and took me back, and it was the same ultrasound girl I'd had for my 10-week appointment. She's super nice, and she was really calm and reassuring. She started the scan and not even a minute into it she told me she could see the heart beating plain as day. She turned the screen so that I could see it, and I've never been so happy to see that little flutter! It was amazing. Then she said, "Well look right here!" And wouldn't you know, my baby was laying on its side, both hands behind its head, and feet crossed up in the air. JUST RELAXING! Meanwhile, I am having a minor HEART ATTACK for nearly half the morning! It was funny and cute, but MAN! That little monkey! Gave me the scare of my life.

I told Chad he was coming to EVERY appointment from now on... no questions asked.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Second trimester sickness.... shouldn't I be over this by now?

I've been feeling really weak the last few days. Sunday night I had horrific abdominal pain nearly all through the night, and I freaked out. But it turned out to be nothing. And all week long I've been just weak. I am trying to eat better - well, eat MORE, I should say, because nothing ever sounds good to me, and it's all too easy just to skip breakfast, then skip lunch, and eat only a snack and dinner. So I've basically been forcing myself to eat about 4 small meals a day. I think it's helping, or I think it will help, as soon as I get over this weak phase. I go to the doctor on Thursday and I am going to request more bloodwork to see if I am anemic yet. I sure feel like it.

In other news, I have found some baby bedding that I love! I actually ordered the boy bedding, so I already have it. The girl bedding my Mom is going to make... then we will just sell it if we end up having a boy. Or keep it for the next go 'round. Who knows. Either way, looking for nursery stuff is keeping me occupied and not so focused on how terrible I've been feeling! Ugh!
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Monday, January 7, 2008

Weekend

So this past weekend Mom and Dad came into town and it was fabulous. We were kind of rushed during Christmas with everything we had to do and all the places we had to go, and I didn't feel like I'd had ANY time with my parents by the time it was all said and done, so needless to say I was looking forward to seeing them again.

Friday night we went to Longhorn and had steaks, then Saturday the guys played golf and Mom and I decided to go to Storkland Baby Furniture here in Birmingham to shop around for the nursery. I didn't intend on buying anything, but when I saw this glider, I knew I had to have it. So I bought it. It's lime green chenille fabric and it is SOOOOO comfortable. I love it! It will be here in about 4-6 weeks. Hopefully by then we will have a new HOUSE and new NURSERY to put it in! We had an open house yesterday and we've actually had a few people who seemed genuinely interested... so we'll see. The waiting game is TERRIBLE though!

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I have my 14-week appointment this Thursday, so I'll get to hear the heartbeat again and find out more stuff I'm not supposed to do. We'll see how it goes.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

New Year's Resolutions

I don't make New Year's Resolutions, and the ones I do make I usually break within about 2 weeks, but I decided to do it again ANYWAY. So here they are:

1. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Mainly for the baby's sake.
2. Play with Lucy more. Mainly because after the baby gets here, she will be forgotten. (not really)
3. Keep up with my laundry. This has been really difficult the last 6 weeks or so because pregnancy makes your whole body go to sleep. And it's hard to wake your body up from that sleep. I have never been the type to nap, and for the first 4 weeks or so, I would come home from work everyday and just sleep from about 3-5pm. It was amazing. But it did cause me to neglect my household wifely duties. And I HATE when laundry piles up. I despise even having a completely FULL laundry basket, so you can imagine how much I hate having to do more than 2 loads in one day. I was miserable. But not any more. I will keep up with it now, no matter how much or how little energy I have.
4. Sell the house before the baby gets here.
5. Beat Guitar Hero III before my husband does.
6. Get my closets organized and all my old clothes/junk thrown away.
7. Become a sushi expert like my friend Staci.
8. Find time to play piano and sing.

Way behind.

Yes, it's going to be one of those posts. One of those, I-haven't-blogged-in-a-year- so-I-will-now-attempt-to-update-you-on-my-entire-life posts. Sorry, in advance.

First things first, after our little weekend getaway, I realized I had forgotten to keep track of a few things... which led to finding out we were PREGNANT. Yes, it's true. We are going to have a baby. I realized I was "late" one Sunday morning at church while organizing my calendar in my first grade girls class. On the way home from church I stopped at the Dollar Tree and bought 10 pregnancy tests. (I'd heard that the Dollar Tree tests were just as accurate, and they are the ones they use in the ER, but no one really thinks to buy them at the dollar store.) So I bought 10 and went home and locked myself in the bathroom. (Chad had slept in that morning.) I got a positive result not even 15 seconds after I peed on the stick. And another positive. And another positive. I took 3 tests, all the same result. And then I freaked out. Silently. And then later that night, after dinner and a Nickel Creek concert, I told Chad. And I took another test, which was of course positive, and he freaked out too. But then after about 3 weeks he was okay. So here we are now, 13 weeks pregnant. We've had our first ultrasound and everything is perfect so far. We are not going to find out what the sex is, because it's kind of a family tradition on my side. So that makes it extra exciting!


Thanksgiving and Christmas were both very busy and fun, of course. We spent Thanksgiving here in Birmingham. I worked like a horse (because that's what RN's do) and Chad was off for a good 3 days so he got to watch football and shop a little. We ate with his parents and told them about being pregnant the Saturday following Thanksgiving. We gave them a Pottery Barn baby blanket and baby book, and wrote them a note saying the presents were for the new grandbaby (our new nephew Case, born November 16th) and all the future grandbabies... then when they turned the page, it said "Coming soon: July 2008: The Grandbaby. Part 3." They were so excited, and it was really fun to tell them.
We were originally going to wait until Christmas to tell our parents but once I started feeling tired we knew we had to tell them. So we told my parents the weekend of December 10th. We took them to Cracker Barrel for breakfast and I had our waiter bring them a card to the table after we got our food. The card said "Congratulations" on the front, and on the inside it read, "Merry Christmas! Or perhaps we should say, 'Happy Early Birthday!' You're going to be grandparents in JULY!" Mom immediately started crying and Dad was so thrilled, he just kept saying, "Are you SERiouS!!?!" over and over. After we ate, Dad and Chad went to Best Buy and Mom and I went to Target, and I swear 3 people came up to me in Target and said, "Congratulations!!!! I just saw your Dad in Best Buy!" So apparently he's VERY excited to be a grandaddy!
We spent Christmas with both our families; we spent the night in Huntsville at my aunt Vicki's house on December 23rd, along with the rest of the Compound clan, then on to Florence to open gifts with my dad's parents, Lanie and Bubba. Then back to Birmingham (the same night) to open gifts with Chad's parents. All in all, it was great, but we were absolutely exhausted by the end of it all. Next year we will have to make a better game plan, especially since we'll have the baby and all. CRAZY! I was walking through the toy section at Target one day, and thought to myself, "Wow. Next year, I will BE Santa Claus." Insane. Absolutely insane.
We spent New Year's with our Bible study friends Adam and Sara Jonas. We ate dinner at Cocina Superior and then came back to our house and watched a little football, looked at wedding pictures, drank a little wine (them, not me), and watched that daredevil man jump his motorcycle 320 feet right after the ball dropped. It was a great way to ring in the new year. We're so blessed to have our small group! They are all so excited about the baby. I can't believe we have been with these people since May 1st! They have really become some of our closest friends. I look forward to what 2008 brings!
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