Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Being Pregnant Sucks!

Sometimes being pregnant really blows! Hence why there is a post at 5 AM, because I can't sleep!!! This is incredibly frustrating! I wish my bladder would do me a favor a grow a little so that way I don't wake up at ridiculous hours and then have trouble falling back asleep. I mean seriously do you know the places a pregnant ladies mind can wander if left unattended awake in a bed for too long? Not good places! So yeah, sometimes being pregnant is NO FUN at all!

Monday, August 23, 2010

God is SSSOOO Good!

Let me just begin this by praising our God who knows all our worries and all our fears and provides for us!

Ever since we found out we were pregnant in February and went to the doctor we have been worried about our insurance deductible. In our first nurses visit we got our benefit quotes and stuff all checked out and told a round about number of what we would owe. We were then greatly discouraged to find out that we fell into a a school year calendar for our benefit period (starts over at the beginning of September and ends at the end of August) instead of a regular calendar year (from January 1- December 31). This posed somewhat of a problem seeing as that our baby is due in October, hence we would have just met our deductible (a rather high deductible) a month earlier but it wouldn't have mattered because of when our benefit period started (everyone still following?).

Well today I called the insurance to figure out if there was anything we could do since we would have met our deductible so close. The poor guy that had to deal with me! I do not like dealing with this stuff because I do not understand a lot of what is going on and what they are saying, but it had to be done! So we talked and right before we got off the phone I asked how much of our deductible we had met so far and said "Not that it matters because it changes in like 7 days anyway." He said "I think there is some confusion" and proceeded to tell me that we had a CALENDAR year benefit period, not a school year benefit period! This is a major thing because we will have met our deductible and not have to meet it again one month later! Hallelujah!

I know that this is not a whole lot to get too excited over, but it really has been a constant worry in the back of my mind since February. So this is a welcome relief that is for sure! We still have other worries with money, who doesn't, but at least this one has subsided!

Friday, August 20, 2010

31 Week Pregnancy Highlights. . . And Some Other Stuff

31 Week Pregnancy Highlights
How far along: 31 Weeks and growing all around!
How big is baby: Going off of my app again he is still as big as a head of lettuce just at 3.9 pounds now. He is also around 19 inches long.
Weight gain/loss: I believe we are around either 25 or 30 pounds of weight gain. I need to ask the doctor next time I go.
Maternity clothes: Still in them and outgrowing some. . . Thanks to my mom though I have 3 wonderful new outfits that will also work for when I am as big as a house.
Stretch marks: Still none that I have yet to notice, I am praying for a miracle to happen and that I will come out of this thing mark free!
Sleep: It's alright. The third trimester insomnia is getting to me. It is getting harder and harder to fall asleep and then to stay asleep. I keep just thinking and thinking and thinking lol.
Best Moment of the Week: Taping the crazy baby in my belly trying to escape one night this week. I did it to show mom that yes he really does move, just not around her.
Movement: Very strong!
Food Cravings: Obviously I am becoming an "ice snob" according to Mark because I base where I want to eat on whether or not they have good ice.
Gender: Still a boy :-)
Labor Signs: Nothing again. Still ok with that.
Belly button in or out: A little bit of both, and very stretched out lol.
Daddy: He is still doing great. He is going to be at our Tyler baby shower this Saturday which will be fun for me for sure. I can't wait to see how he handles getting all this baby stuff that he doesn't know how to use or what it is for. I bet it sets in just a little bit more again.

Also let me take the time to say how much I love my family! I have the best family in the entire world!!! My mom took me yesterday and bought me outfits so I would have something to wear to my showers. I kept telling her she didn't have to, but she didn't listen lol. I love her so much, and I know I will definitely be relying on her especially in the coming months after the baby is here. I don't know if she knows it or not, but she really is super mom. I couldn't ask for a better one at all, God has truly blessed me. I hope I can and will be as loving and a devoted a mother to Reid as she was to me and Adam.

Friday, August 13, 2010

30 Week Pregnancy Highlights

30 Week Pregnancy Highlights
How far along: 30 Weeks and steadily getting bigger.
How big is baby: According to the app on my phone he is as big as a head of lettuce which is approximately 18 inches and 3.2 pounds :-)
Weight gain/loss: Not sure, I go to the doctor on Tuesday and I am expecting a much bigger number than 2 ounces.
Maternity clothes: All I wear!
Stretch marks: None that I have noticed, but I am starting to put more and more coco butter on!
Sleep: Prilosec OTC samples are now my new BFF!!! Seriously I am starting to sleep through the night again which is a wonderful alternative to waking up in pain every two hours!
Best Moment of the Week: Showing Mark how crazily my belly moves. He can now see my stomach become a shape shifter which is crazy!
Movement: Stronger and everywhere!
Food Cravings: Nothing really, just liking my food!
Gender: Still a boy :-)
Labor Signs: Nothing at all, which is what we want as of right now. Give me another 9 weeks and you will begin to read differently.
Belly button in or out: A little bit of both, if that is even possible!
Daddy: Doing well still. He is getting more anxious and more excited I think the closer we get. He was talking to me and saying something about how he could possibly be here in a month and a half, which according to him is "Stinkin' Close!"

In other news, our friends Meagan and Weston had their beautiful baby boy yesterday afternoon! All of my pregnant friends are quickly becoming un-pregnant! I am ready for my turn!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

That's What Mom's Are Good For

So instead of cleaning the kitchen like I should be doing, I am deciding to blog instead. Today I am a whopping 30 weeks:0) Which means only 10 weeks or less to go (and believe me I would be ok with a little less, like 2 weeks less lol)! Eek! I can't believe we are almost at the end of this thing, it is becoming a little more real now!

Which is why I had a breakdown in the car with Mark the other night, coming home from Shreveport. The pregnancy hormone stars aligned that night and I just had a super cry moment coming from the unknown and the uncertainty of all that is about to happen and change. I was telling him "What if I'm not good enough, what if I don't like it, what if we made the wrong decision for me to stay home? What if, what if, what if!" I was telling him that I wanted to be as excited as everyone else wanted me to be, but I was too scared to be. He was VERY understanding, comforting me, saying it is ok, telling me to trust in God, trust him, trust myself. So yeah I felt a little bit better and it was good to know his feelings too, that he is nervous as well (just handling it better than me).

So this brings us to yesterday when I was relaying this catastrophic breakdown to my mom and telling her how funny it must have been. I was laughing about how much I had been freaking out, and about what all I said to Mark, but at the same time I also started crying too (thank you pregnancy hormones once again) because I was still scared and unsure. So my mom, laughing with me, begin to talk to me and dispel my fears. She reminded me that I have never liked the unknown, and that is a bunch of what this is. She told me she believed in me, that I can do this, and keep a kid alive (which yes is a fear of mine, that I wont know what to do).

And for the first time this pregnancy really I began to feel ok with being pregnant. I haven't really liked it at all, and I think a major reason was because I was so scared, that I just dealt with it like it was no big deal. Um hello, have I seen my stomach, this IS a big deal! I told her I felt guilty about not liking it, and how I wanted to be more excited and couldn't, (all while laughing and crying lol), and how I just don't like it! She laughs and said, "yes but you like him, right" talking about baby Reid. I said, "Yes, but I am scared of him" and start laughing again! It was great! But for the first time it felt good to let go, to say I am scared, and to have someone say "You can do this, you're going to be great, and it will be ok!" So yeah, she definitely fulfilled her mom duty that day and helped me to feel much much better. For the first time I feel really good about being pregnant, and excited about this upcoming change in life.

So yeah, hopefully crazy pregnant lady crying and laughing spells are behind us and we can just look forward to having our precious baby boy!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Definitely Beginning to Feel Pregnant!

So at a little over 29 weeks, I am definitely beginning to feel more and more pregnant! Seriously I haven't really "felt" pregnant before now. . . I just went about my normal day and did everything that I would've done had I not been pregnant. I traveled to Wyoming for goodness sake! Granted I wasn't as far along then as I am now, it is just crazy how much can change, how much your BODY can change in 3-4 weeks!

We went to Oklahoma for camp, and it was so much fun! I thought I would do just fine because I had done SO well on the way to Wyoming. Seriously, I didn't feel a thing the whole way up north or back. This was NOT the case for Oklahoma. When we got there I could feel my that my feet were slightly swollen, that walking was more cumbersome, and I was more tired. After a week spent there at camp, we headed back. If the trip up there was slightly uncomfortable, then the one back was VERY uncomfortable. By the time we got to Dallas my feet were very swollen, and my ribs were hurting because he liked to get up under there and just stay. Needless to say, I made it. . .

We rested on Saturday and then we went with my family to Smackover, Arkansas to attend my childhood friend's wedding reception! We had a great time, but it was another 3 hour ride up there and then a 3 hour ride back. The same thing happened with the swollen feet and being very tired by the end of the day. I got home and declared to Mark I was not going anywhere over 3 hours away until after the baby is born! It was fun, but man it begins to take a toll. I am wondering how I am going to get any bigger! I know I am and I know it is coming, I am not naive, I just feel like I am running out of room now! Oh well, we are on the downward slope of this thing, only 10 more weeks (or less) to go!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

29 Week Pregnancy Highlights

29 Week Pregnancy Highlights
How far along: 29 Weeks and yes still growing. He is becoming extremely active, something that is painful at times when he finds a rib with a foot!
How big is baby: They said today that he was slightly around or over 2 1/2 pounds. Getting bigger!
Weight gain/loss: I've only gained 2 ounces since our last visit! Kinda nice!
Maternity clothes: Still there. They are starting to fit better in the belly area lol!
Stretch marks: Still none! I'm praying it stays that way!
Sleep: Beginning to become a pain. Heartburn has been waking me up every 2-3 hours for the past couple of nights! Ready to get some good nights under my belt!
Best Moment of the Week: Seeing Reid on the ultrasound machine today. He was lying across my belly "just relaxing" according to the doctor. Also letting Mark feel him have the hiccups last night, or the time last week when Reid kicked Mark in the head. Twice. That was great!
Movement: Much stronger now!
Food Cravings: Figured out I like coconut snocones. . . I have always hated coconut!
Gender: Still a boy :-)
Labor Signs: Nothing at all, which is what we want as of right now. Give me another 10 weeks and you will begin to read differently.
Belly button in or out: Stretched sideways, but in still! Its a rather funny sight!
Daddy: Still wonderful! He helps me out so much, notices when I am beginning to tire out, and tells me to go sit down. He picks up the heavy stuff and helps out so much! Can't ask for much more than that!