Wednesday, May 30, 2012

35 Weeks

We had another trip to L&D this week, thus the two pictures.  I'll detail in another post.  

We were in L&D the day I was 35 weeks so we had to improvise with the picture.  And I think the dress on the right makes me look HUGE! 
Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 35 weeks
Size of baby: honeydew melon
Gender: BOY...Carter Ryan!
Weight gain: guessing 20-21 pounds...didn't make my appointment this week
Movement: not so much real movement anymore, but more stretching I guess you can say.  He's definitely squished in there and pushing with his legs on my right ribs constantly. 
Sleep: off and on.  I've learned to sleep when I can. 
Symptoms: insomnia, itching, shortness of breath, leg cramps and general uncomfortableness
Cravings: anything sweet
What I miss: Diet Coke and eating a full meal...I can only eat a little at a time now without feeling sick
Best moment this week: getting my cerclage out!! 
Best husband moment/quote: Matt was so sweet in L&D all week sleeping on that little couch and fetching every small thing I needed.  He was very concerned with all the medicine they were pumping me full of and kept asking all the nurses if everything was safe for baby.  
Belly-button watch: still more in than out, but I catch it every once in awhile sticking out 
Notes: we made some serious progress this week getting the house and nursery ready.  When I'm ready I'll post nursery pics! 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Since tomorrow is our 35/35 milestone (35 weeks pregnant, 35 days to go) I'd thought I should update my To Do List Before Baby.  I started this when we had 100 days left and we've made quite a bit of progress!  I'm hoping a lot of the remaining items will get done, but I've also reached a place where I know things will happen when they happen and everything I NEED is really taken care of.
  • Nursery furniture
  • Bedding
  • Call Aetna
  • Register at MHKH and Methodist
  • Complete pre-registration at MHKH in person
  • Schedule childbirth classes
  • Register for breastfeeding classes and hospital tour
  • Outfit for baby shower
  • Hostess gifts
  • Start baby registry
  • Schedule newborn photos
  • Outfits for newborn photos
  • Call HR about bedrest and maternity leave
  • Work on pregnancy scrapbook (ongoing) 
  • Nursing bras/tanks/dresses
  • Finalize will
  • Clean out bathroom cabinets
  • Clean out bookshelf
  • Sell old books
  • Re-arrange kitchen cabinets Thanks Mom! 
  • Paint nursery
  • Assemble nursery furniture
  • Decide on a baby name!!!
  • Wall decals/curtains/rug for nursery
  • Glider for nursery
  • Select pediatrician
  • Wash baby clothes
  • Hospital bag
  • Complete registry "must-haves"- will do after last shower on Sunday
  • Birth announcements- I've picked these out but can't really finalize until Monkey is here
  • Addresses and stamps for birth announcements
  • Put bassinet and changing station back on pack-n-play
  • Take Cooper to groomer
  • Thank you notes for 3rd shower- Sunday 
  • Freezer meals
  • Install car seat and bases- delivered on Wednesday
  • Touch-up paint spots on walls
  • Clean out closets/guest room/ junk
  • Get KCM to come do a pick-up of stuff we've cleaned out
  • Clean out classroom?? (Not sure if they will let me on campus or if I really need to worry about this, but I'd rather not do it after Monkey is here)
  • Buy video camera
  • Meet with financial planner
  • List of who to call from the hospital
  • Mani/pedi
  • Baby book
  • Date night with Matty
  • Gift for Matt?
Please let me know if you think of anything else that should be added! 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

34 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 34 weeks
Size of baby: craving this week! 
Gender: BOY...Carter Ryan!
Weight gain19 pounds still
Movement: I swear this boy is going to come out as one of those body builders.  He moves so much and so often it HURTS.  But a good hurt, of course :)
Sleep: not really sleeping a whole lot
Symptoms: insomnia, itching and leg cramps
Cravings: fruit
What I miss: Diet Coke
Best moment this week: my baby shower on Sunday and reaching 34 weeks!! Now our goal is 36 weeks! 
Best husband moment/quote: This weeks gem comes from a customer at Chick-fil-A.  We had lunch there before my appointment yesterday and as I was waiting by the door he looked at me and said, "You due tomorrow?"  In my head I had a few choice words but I just smiled and said, "No, still have about 6 weeks" with a big smile on my face.  Really dude?!?
Belly-button watch: it's out and in, which is weird.  I'm not sure what causes it to change, but sometimes I look and it's visibly sticking out, and others it's completely flat. 
Notes: Contractions are more frequent and more painful, just not frequent enough to do anything about.  Hard to believe I've been putting up with these for 12 weeks now!  Guess I'm just "lucky" 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Baby Shower!!

Again this weekend Monkey and I were spoiled rotten! (Dr P gave us special permission to get out of the house provided my contractions were at least 15 minutes apart and I sat the entire time.)  Aunt Denese, Aunt Terry and Kendall did such a great job with everything...the food, the decor, the games...everything was just perfect!  I cannot say it enough but I LOVE that my son is so loved by so many people.  Better than any boppy or bumbo or bottle, love is by far the greatest gift I got yesterday, and I'm so thankful for all the special people in our lives that made the day so perfect.

I want to start with my favorite gift of the day.  My mom found this when she was in Georgia a few weeks ago and it's simply perfect.  It says "We loved you before we knew you, even when there was just the hope of you- we loved you."  Tears.

The Guests:
This shower was mainly family, and I didn't realize how long it had been since I had seen so many of them.  Some, since Brooks' shower 2 years ago! 
 Mom, Dad, me, Aunt Sibyl and Aunt Linda

With the hostesses! Aunt Denese, Aunt Terry and Kendall

 Aunt Cathy and Granny

 Mom and Mama Jo...and she's looking at the camera! This is a framer! 

 Aunt Jodi and Aunt Edie

 McDaniel girls! Stephanie, Nana, me and Sara

 Mama K and Daddy J

 Auntie Carol and Mama Jo

Grace and Kendall

The Decor:

Most of the rest of the pictures are of me opening gifts and looking something like this in all of them.  Awkward.  

I have two last pictures I want to post to remember:
 Mason was seriously SO GOOD during the shower.  Hope he gives Carter lessons! 

All the cousins minus Laura and Brooks who were in Dallas for a wedding

Whew! So much fun! Again, a HUGE thanks to Aunt Denese, Aunt Terry and Kendall for such a wonderful day spent celebrating with wonderful people.  Thanks to my parents for picking me up and bringing me (and all the gifts) home and unloading.  Thanks to Steph (again) for helping me unwrap everything and to Grace for taking pictures.  And to Carter for relaxing and not giving Mama contractions all day so you could be spoiled rotten! Love you, baby! 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Surviving Bed Rest 101

So I've been on this bed rest train for almost 3 months now.  Some days it feels like I just started this little "adventure" and other days I think about how long I still have to go and how much I want to just GET OUT and I have to throw a small tantrum, toddler style.

This survival guide has definitely evolved over the past 3 months, especially with me going back and forth between strict and modified bed rest.  Nevertheless, here are my thoughts:

1) Take some time to whine, complain, and stomp your feet
The weekend we came home from L&D and was told I needed to spend the rest of my pregnancy in bed (I was 22 weeks) I cried and cried.  All I could think of was how unfair it all was and I kept telling Matt how I just wanted to be normal.  I mean, we already were in the 20% of couples who faced infertility, and the 20% of couples who lost babies, and now I have to be a part of the 6% of women who experienced a high-risk pregnancy?!?  UNFAIR!  I can't flaunt my baby bump I prayed so long and so hard for? UNFAIR!  I can't spend time piecing together the perfect nursery for my son? UNFAIR! I can't spend hours at Babies R Us perfecting my baby registry? UNFAIR! I can't drive a car, go somewhere besides the doctors office, exercise or do anything resembling a normal day? UNFAIR!

I think it was important for me to go through this process of "grieving" before my bed rest really got going so I could move on.  Yes it's unfair, but what am I really going to do about it?  Ignore my doctors advice and put my baby and body at risk?  I don't think so!  Once I got through that first initial temper tantrum I was able to see bed rest for what it really was...time for me to spend growing my baby boy and being a mama.

2) Create a routine for yourself
Left to my own devices I will start staying up all night and sleep all day- it happens every summer when I don't have to go to work everyday.  I knew if I didn't do something to shorten my days I would go crazy, so I do some variation of the following everyday:
8am: wake up, take medicine, let Cooper out, eat breakfast
8:30- 11am: watch the Today Show and Kathy Lee and Hoda, check email, read blogs, online shopping, other stuff on the computer
11am- take a shower, "get ready"
Noon: eat lunch, move to the living room
Noon- early afternoon: watch DVR shows
Early afternoon- when Matt get home: read
6- bedtime: time with Matt
It's not much, but if I let myself stay in my PJ's all day laying in my bed I just  And I always try to switch up where I'm laying...bed, couch, recliners in various rooms.  It's the little things, people!

3) Learn to let go
This has been SO HARD for me.  Since Matt works so much I do most everything around the house, and I'm particular about HOW I do things.  I put clothes away in specific places, I load the dishwasher in order to get the max number of dishes in each load, and I grocery shop on a certain day.  Matt really had it easy! Now that he is taking care of those things I can't nit-pick at the small things.  Ever heard of the phrase "beggars can't be choosers?"  I know Matt is doing his best at the grocery story, even if he ends up bringing home a different brand of detergent, or washes the dishes when there are 2 plates and a cup in there.  (Ugh!) Big picture, Amanda...your baby boy is still baking and things around the house are taken care of.

4) Set short-term goals for yourself
It's easy for my days to blur together, and it's really easy to sulk about how much longer I still have to be in bed.  I've found that if I just set one or two goals for each day I feel much more accomplished.  Usually my goals are something like "take a shower and write a thank you note" or "read 4 chapters in baby book and work on pregnancy scrapbook."  Some days I feel really productive and others...well, not so much.  The point is just to have something to accomplish so I don't lose my mind.

5) Don't be afraid to ASK people to come see you
I think a lot of people just assume that because you can't leave your bed you are sick and don't want visitors.  That's the funny thing about this whole bed rest thing...physically I feel fine.  But emotionally, most of the time I'm not doing so fine.  I need social interaction.  I need to see my friends in the flesh, not just via text or email.  I've learned that if I just pick up my phone and make a call, 99% of the time people will drop what they are doing and be at your door.  Or bend over backwards to find a time they can be there.  In the end you feel better and they are excited to see you!

6) Take a shower and get "dressed" everyday
This is the biggest thing that has helped me keep my sanity.  Even through strict bed rest you are allowed a shower...TAKE IT!  In the beginning there were days where I thought to myself, "I've been laying in bed for 24 hours, there's no way I need a shower."  I quickly figured out that on the days I didn't take a shower and change out of my PJ's I was more grumpy and depressed.  Even if you change out of one set of PJ's and into another, DO IT! I promise it makes the biggest difference.

That's all for now.  Anyone else on bed rest have anything to add?  I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Happy birthday, Matty!

Happy birthday to my best friend.  Love you, always and forever.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

New job!

It's official! Next year I will not be returning to teaching and will instead stay home with Monkey! This is scary and I honestly cannot imagine what this new chapter in our lives will look like, but I'm very excited.  And so thankful for a hard-working hubby and supportive family to help us transition into this new phase; we are so blessed to be surrounded by such wonderful people.

Here's to lunch with Daddy, playtime with Brooks and Mason, and lots of hugs and kisses from Mama!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

33 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 33 weeks
Size of baby: pineapple
Gender: BOY...Carter Ryan!
Weight gain19 pounds, lost a pound this week
Movement: he is head down so I can feel his hands in my lower left abdomen, his butt on my left, and his feet on my right...mostly in my ribs at night
Sleep: I have good and bad nights, but mainly just catch sleep when I can these days
Symptoms: insomnia, itching and swelling
Cravings: carbs and water
What I miss: being able to cuddle up closely to Matt.  Now I have this huge belly in the way! 
Best moment this week: all the love Carter and I received at the baby shower last Saturday!! 
Best husband moment/quote: I was showing Matt all the gifts from the shower and he looked very confused.  Finally he asked, "Monkey needs ALL of this stuff?"   
Belly-button watch: started poking out, especially when I stand up or laugh
Notes: Looking forward to my second baby shower this weekend! This one is mainly family so I'm excited to see everyone I haven't seen in awhile.
Also, Dr P checked me today and I've started dilating, even with the cerclage in.  She will check me again on Tuesday and if I've still managed to make progress we will have to go ahead and get the cerclage removed.  I'm adding a dose of my medication in the middle of the night (you know, since I'm up anyway) so hopefully that will help with the contractions and keep me from dilating further.  

Mother's Day

I've been feeling good and resting quite a bit so we were able to get out this weekend to celebrate Mother's Day with our families.  Saturday night we went to Perry's with Matt's family and Sunday we went to Pappy's with mine.  I'm cherishing these last few outings we have before baby (and baby's stuff!) takes over.

The best part of the celebrations...these little ones!!

I can't wait for our Mother's Day 2013 pictures! They will look a little different :)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Sock Monkey Baby Shower!

I've started and stopped this post several times now because I just don't have the words to describe this weekend adequately.  The love, the was just...overwhelming.  Saturday was up there with our wedding day and the day we found out we were pregnant as one of the BEST days of my life!

My very dearest friends, Missy, Laura, Stephanie and Emily, threw me and Carter the sweetest baby shower I've ever been to.  There was not a detail overlooked, not a space undecorated, and not a second where I didn't feel like the most special person in the room.  To say "thank you" to these girls for such a wonderful day just doesn't seem like enough, but....THANK YOU!!  I love you all SO very much and Carter is such a lucky boy to have so many lovely aunts in his life!

Since the nursery has sock monkey decor the shower theme was perfect! Everywhere I looked there was little red and brown and monkey cute! I have the most creative friends!  And talk about TALENT...check out the cupcakes and cookies that were HAND-MADE by Stephanie!

We left with a car-full of the sweetest gifts that are now taking over the playroom.  Carter is one blessed little boy! I am so thankful to spend my next few days putting everything away and organizing for this little one (and praying for minimal contractions while I do so!)  Also, everyone brought a book instead of a card so Carter has quite the little library started!

More than anything I'm just so THANKFUL for all the love my monkey will have in his life. :)