Archive for the ‘Pregnancy’ Category

What?  You’re Missing Your Watermelon?  Nope, Haven’t Seen it.

Filed under: Photos,Pregnancy — Amy @ 10:17 am

Good grief.  I’m quite sure that this is how I looked at 8.5 months pregnant last time.  Can you believe it’s only been a little over 6 months?



Pregnancy Through the Eyes of a 2 Year Old

Filed under: Kaelin,Kid Quotes,Pregnancy — Amy @ 6:22 pm

Kaelin: (gripping her tummy) I have a baby.
Mama: You do?
Kaelin: I have a baby in my tummy.
Mama: You have a baby in your tummy?
Kaelin: No.  I don’t.  I opened the door and let him out.

If only it were that easy.

Snips and Snails

Filed under: Baby Names,Pregnancy — Amy @ 11:34 am

I haven’t talked a whole lot about this pregnancy.  Somewhat because it’s been relatively uneventful (a good thing) and somewhat because it’s hard for me to really wrap my mind around a child entering this house until I know its gender.  Which I know would have made pregnancy very difficult for me 20 years ago.  But I can’t envision a genderless baby, so I usually don’t try.

Anyway, we found out yesterday.  Looks like we’re having a BOY.  I can finally start planning the nursery.

Let the Great Name Debate of 2008 commence.

And now I’m totally wishing that I had one of those blogs that 500 people read and comment on so I could start asking for name suggestions.  See, J and I struggle with names, especially boy names.  Until yesterday, I didn’t have a single one that I even liked.  And when I do come up with some that I like, J is sure to hate them.  So I need plenty of backups.

We both agree that we don’t like common names.  I grew up as an Amy, which meant being one of six in every class.  I will not do that to my child.  We both have a fondness for Gaelic names, and (it seems) names that end in “N.”  Due to our last name, we really shouldn’t pick a first name that ends in “L.”

Anybody wanna play?

No Doubt About It

Filed under: Pregnancy — Amy @ 7:22 am

Well, it’s official – we’re having a BOY!

The sonographer told us that if this one turns out to be a girl, then she’s going to have to start flipping burgers or something – because there’s no mistaking it.

I’d post the sonogram picture, but I think I’ll just save it with the tub and potty training pictures to mortify him with when he brings a girl to the house.

And now, the Great Name Debate of 2008 shall commence…

A New Year

Filed under: Holidays,Kaelin,Pregnancy — Amy @ 10:22 am

The holidays are over.  Thank God.

Not that we didn’t have fun.  Kaelin is 2 this year, so we were able to tell her about Santa.  We baked him cookies and hung up the stockings.  She learned several Christmas carols and the importance of Baby Jesus.  She now thanks God for Jesus during her bedtime prayer “because he’s so nice.”

We just finished opening her Christmas presents.  She likes to play with everything when she opens it and we saw no reason to rush her through just to get to the next gift.  She’ll do that on her own in a few years.  So we opened one or two presents each day until we made it through the lot.

She received a myriad of thoughtful gifts from many friends and family, and she has enjoyed each and every one.  I am thankful to have Jens’ parents staying with us, as I have already memorized every book she received – and am more than willing to share the task of reading them “Again!”

My pregnancy exhaustion continued right up to Christmas Eve, when I accidentally skipped my prenatal vitamin for 2 days.  Oddly, I felt quite a bit more like myself on those two days, which made for a much more enjoyable Christmas.  The next morning, I took the vitamin again.  After feeling nauseous and exhausted all day, that night I threw up for 8 hours straight.  It is not an exaggeration to say that in my entire life put together, I have not puked as much as I did that night.

Fun times.

At that point, it became apparent that I needed to switch vitamins.  I have found a different one and have had no nausea or exhaustion since.

Lesson learned:  A pretty bottle is not sufficient criteria for selecting a prenatal vitamin.

I have a doctor appointment Monday.  First one in a while, as I totally skipped my December appointment.  Spaced it,  thought it was a different week.  So much for all that testing they were supposed to do between the 11th and 13th week or whatever.  December was a difficult month.  I think I actually growled at the receptionist when I called to reschedule and she informed me it had taken me a long time to get around to it.

So it’s January already.  Wow.  2008 promises to be a busy year, and I’m looking forward to it.  Especially now that I’ve gotten my vitamin levels … level.  Now if everybody else would just get well, life could return to normal.  I think my father-in-law was the only person I know who didn’t get sick over the holidays.

Fortunately Kaelin’s illness was minor and short-lived, but she’s developed a certain anxiety about going to bed now, which I can only attribute to a nightmare she had over a week ago.  Or perhaps it was a reaction to Mama and Grandmommy and Ana being sick, I don’t know.  The bedtime routine has been adjusted and lengthened by necessity.  It seems to be getting better, so hopefully we’ll be back on schedule soon.

At any rate, I wish you all a happy New Year and hope you’re staying warm!

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Filed under: Pregnancy — Amy @ 10:20 pm

So I had some pictures taken a week ago. First pics in a really long time that didn’t include Kaelin.

Though I’d like to say I went with the black and white for nostalgic quality, it was really just because I didn’t have a choice. This particular photographer was a little scarce on available options…


Knock Me Out and Wake Me Up When It's Over

Filed under: Pregnancy,Travel — Amy @ 8:58 pm

Well, we’re in countdown mode toward The Trip. I have never in my life been so apprehensive about a plane flight. You can tell I’m serious about this because I just accidentally typed “plane fright.”

Fortunately, it appears that the seat between us is still vacant and we’re hoping it will stay that way because, frankly, Kaelin isn’t going to be thrilled about having to sit in our laps the entire 4.5 hours.

I hope she’ll take a nap during the flight…but I’m fearful of her nap time because getting her to just go to sleep in my lap is probably going to be pretty difficult. Babies get into their routines and this plane flight isn’t exactly going to cater to them.

I’m even more concerned about the flight back, as we’ll be traveling in the middle of the night. Kaelin has developed a complete inability to sleep at night, anywhere but in her crib with the music box playing. You can bet we’ll be bringing that music box.

Speaking of her crib, I had to remove the bumper last night when I walked in to find it completely covering her head. She apparently discovered it yesterday when J was playing with her in the crib and has decided that there is nothing more fun than wedging her face between the bumper and the crib slats. Go figure.

Anyway, I’m making a mental list of all the junk we’ll be hauling around for this trip and it’s getting a bit daunting: car seat, pack ‘n’ play, toys, large diaper bag, suitcase/s, stroller, and – oh yeah – baby.

Not. Enough. Hands.

Tick Tock

Filed under: Body Issues,Pregnancy — Amy @ 8:11 pm

Sometimes I swear this kid is trying to come out via my belly button. She doesn’t seem to have any intention of actually coming out any time soon via the right direction. But she sure has become active during the day and has recently been experimenting with attempting the splits. OUCH.

The good news, I guess, is that the gymnastics seem to be during the day, as opposed to at night. But I’m getting a little battered and more than a little ready to be done.

Looking forward to the day when people can come up with something to say to me besides comments about how enormous my belly is. Like the greeter at church that just laughs when she sees me coming through the door.


Fortunately, my doctor has agreed to an induction on the 17th if baby hasn’t come by then. At least I know I won’t be going past that date. Still seems like a lifetime away from now though…

Catching a Breath

Filed under: Pregnancy,Such is Life,Weather,Work — Amy @ 9:14 pm

I know, I know, I’m getting dangerously close to Tequila Mockingbird status, seeing that it’s been almost a month since the last posting.

But they say no news is good news, which is really the case here. Fact is, our little company is starting to really take off and the new increased business is seriously cutting into my normal blog time…hence the fact that I’m blogging on a Friday night, instead of a weekday afternoon. And no, I don’t want to hear about what that says about my social life.

In short, life has been fast and furious, and frankly I have been enjoying it that way.

Going to the doctor for weekly checkups now, as we’re nearing the end. So far, baby has moved down “into position” and I’m 1 cm dialated. I don’t think that really means anything other than “yes, I am actually going to have this baby some day.” But for now, we’ll take it.

I have informed my doctor that I am simply not interested in getting any bigger, and made it very clear to this child that if she has any desire to come before the due date, we will welcome her with open arms. Can’t wait to see my toes again. Had to inform J the other day that I simply cannot do any more dishes on account of being unable to get close enough to the sink to reach adequately.

Aw shucks.

Methinks the bosses are getting slightly anxious that I will decide to be a SAHM and not come back to work. I’m currently making very little effort to put their minds at ease. Not that I’m planning to go away, but the fact is, I want a new computer at work and have no moral objection to making them sweat a little bit in hopes that buying the computer will keep me around. Will let you know if it works.
There are three of us at the office now, since we hired Lisa to take over for me while I’m gone. That part is working out very well, and Lisa is going to be a great asset to the company. But things are growing so fast, the three of us are already constantly busy and Lisa is having to work close to full time, despite her orignal intentions of being part-time. They may have to hire somebody else to lighten the load while I’m gone. Can’t complain about success though!

Looks like we could get some much-needed rain from Rita. Hopefully it will cool things down around here. Best of wishes to those in Houston & Galveston. I can’t imagine what it would have been like to be stuck in that traffic on the way up here.

Time for a little R&R with a good Sherlock Holmes movie. Happy weekend!

Eww, Ow, and Holy Crap

Filed under: Health...or Lack Thereof,My Insides Hate Me,Pregnancy — Amy @ 12:46 pm

This past week has been a hard one, physically.

A week ago, I made the mistake of eating a grilled cheese sandwich with a glass of chocolate milk. Am I pregnant or what?

Anyway, the “mistake” part comes from the fact that I have certain food “sensitivities” which make my intestines react to the combination of certain foods, particularly those containing a lot of dairy products. At the time, it didn’t occur to me at all until I found myself in the bathroom vomiting like I haven’t done since I was five, and then enduring one of the most painful sessions of diarrhea I’ve ever known. Having endured many cases of grumpy intestines, that’s saying a lot. This is the first time it’s actually made me throw up.

The next day, I took a spill in the Chili’s parking lot while trying to run shoeless to a car in a torrential downpour. Again, my fault. But it sounded like a good idea at the time. It sounded like less of a good idea when I found myself on the ground in a river of water with a banged-up ankle. The jury is still out on how I managed to scrape up the top of my ankle (and only the top of my ankle) while falling on my butt.

Yesterday, I went to the doctor with abdominal pressure, cramping, and lower back pain. After checking me for signs of preterm labor, the doctor determined that I have a bladder infection and gave me a prescription for antibiotics.

While filling the prescription, I decided – since infection in general can be bad for babies – that it couldn’t hurt to pick up some Neosporin and band-aids for the ankle wound I had received in the parking lot several days before.

It hurt.

The wound, which I had been washing daily with antibacterial soap, had previously been only slightly swollen around the red area, but had scabbed over and been little more than an inconvenience on the road to recovery. The only real soreness came from the skin pulling on the new scab when I flexed my ankle.

Within four hours of taking my antibiotics and applying the Neosporin, my foot had swelled to the size of a water buffalo and was too painful to walk on. What had been a typical brown scab became yellow and pus-looking, and the redness had spread to a much larger area.

My bladder infection also picked this time to swing into a full-blown, too-painful-to-stand-up-straight, can’t-find-a-position-that-doesn’t-hurt problem.

Today, I am doing the John Merrick hobble around the house trying to find a position to sit or lay in that doesn’t instill misery. Being seven months pregnant, I only have about 3 positions to choose from, and have found each to be more uncomfortable than the other two.

Having never had a bladder infection before, I’m not sure what they’re normally like. But I can tell you that having one with a 3-lb baby sitting on top of it is comparable to having a very tempermental porcupine residing in my abdomen.

Here’s hoping the antibiotics kick in, like, yesterday. And it will be a very long time before I drink another glass of cranberry juice.

Ruffles Make it All Worthwhile

Filed under: Pregnancy,Such is Life — Amy @ 1:55 pm

Ah, the start of another month. A month closer to THE DAY in which our lives change forever. The ever-approaching day which still seems to be removed by at least half a lifetime.

Went to a baby shower the other day (not mine) in which I got a lesson in diapers. And was made futher aware that I know next to nothing about children. Or their bodily functions. Here’s hoping that our child inherrits my intestinal tract so we don’t go through quite as many diapers.

I was also informed that it’s quite practical, and many parents find preferable, to use cloth diapers instead of disposables, because of their recyclable nature and cost-saving abilities. This I do not understand.


As far as the cost factor, yes, I realize that disposable diapers are far more expensive than cloth diapers. But the way I see it, it’s like owning a car instead of a bicycle. Exceedingly more expensive, yes. BUT YOU MAKE IT HAPPEN BECAUSE IT’S WORTH IT. I can eat Ramen.

On another note, I got my Old Navy order in today…and ran around showing off cute little green and yellow baby outfits. It was not actually my intention to go online and order baby clothes, seeing as how I have no baby yet, but I was ordering maternity clothes and got…distracted.

There is nothing cuter than a miniature pair of bluejeans with little ruffles at the bottom. And that’s a fact.

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