Friday, February 25, 2011

Appointment Update

I had my regular every-other-week OB appointment this afternoon.  Aniston's heart rate was in the 140s and she measured right on track.  That's the good news.

Here's the bad news: My hands have been swelling for awhile now, and I haven't worn my rings in weeks.  My ankles and feet don't really look like feet anymore.  Think elephant--and I'm not joking.  The swelling has reached a ridiculous point this week.  My blood pressure today was much higher than it had been at previous appointments and I've gained more weight than usual in the past two weeks.  Given all these things, Dr. H is pretty concerned.  As he was talking to me about his concerns, I was really afraid he was going to put me on bed rest.  He didn't go that far, but did give me strict instructions to go to work and then go straight home to put my feet up--not much else.  Basically, I'm supposed to let everything else go.  If Bradley doesn't do it, then it's not going to get done.  Of course, he also told me to drink a lot of water and watch my salt intake.  I should have one more every-other-week appointment before reaching the weekly appointment mark, but Dr. H went ahead and moved me to weekly appointments starting next Thursday. 

This is already hard for me.  Not the salt and water thing, but the doing nothing.  I'm not much of a stay-at-home kind of girl.  I like to go and do.  Not only that, but this is coming at a time when I desperately need to work on the nursery.  I'm less than two hours into it, and it's already hard.

But I'm going to listen to what Dr. H said, of course.  I'll do anything to get Aniston here safely.  Hopefully we'll see some improvement at next week's appointment.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Can You Believe It?!

I know that time is passing quickly.  I know that February is nearly over.  I know that I am 33 weeks pregnant and have 48 days until Aniston's due date.  I know, I know, I know.  

Somehow, though, I didn't really process the amount of time I have left before the due date. 

That all ended today as I was filling out paperwork for my maternity leave.  Now, I talked to our benefits specialist weeks ago about how many days I had, what my options were, etc.  She emailed me the paperwork, and, honestly, I printed it, put it in a folder, and stuck it on my shelf.  Today I pulled it out and actually looked at it.  Up at the top, in bold letters, were instructions to submit the paperwork at least thirty working days before the anticipated absence.  Out of curiosity, I flipped my calendar open to April and started counting back to find out exactly how many working days are between now and the due date. 

Uh, try thirty-tree.  Thirty-three!  

I about died.  I couldn't believe it.  I made a (semi) frantic call to the OB coordinator at my doctor's office and faxed her the FMLA paperwork.  She laughed when I said, "I just didn't know it was so soon!"  She's a really sweet lady, and she assured me that it would be filled out and waiting for me to pick up at tomorrow's appointment.

Thirty-three days of work before Aniston's due date.  Can you believe it?!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Busy, Busy, Busy!

This week has been an absolute whirlwind!  As I sit and write tonight, I'm absolutely exhausted but so happy and content!  Along with work and our regular day-to-day stuff, we've had a lot going on. 

Monday was our first of four childbirth classes.  Wow!  What an eye-opening experience!  I had been so consumed with worrying about something happening during the pregnancy that I hadn't even really thought about actually having the baby.  After that class, I'm definitely thinking about it now!  Haha! The instructor (a labor and delivery nurse with 30 years experience) also went over typical third trimester complaints and problems.  Bradley has been much nicer since then!  I think he finally realized that I wasn't just being whiny and making things up! 

Bradley has continued working on refinishing the nursery furniture this week.  It's definitely been a job, but the end is in sight!  Right now the nursery is piled full of gifts waiting to be organized.  I'm hoping to get everything together in the next couple of weeks.  We're down to less than eight weeks from her due date (!), and I want everything finished just in case she's early.  Also, I want to hurry and get the nursery finished while I still actually feel like doing something.  Which leads me to....

I think I've reached the "uncomfortable" stage of pregnancy.  Everything is so much harder and takes so much more effort now.  Tying my shoes leaves me breathless, as does bending over to shave my legs.  My toes haven't been painted in weeks.  Aniston's favorite spot lately is right under my ribs, and that makes it so difficult to breathe.  I'm tired all the time and my back hurts constantly.  My hands and feet are constantly swollen and look gross.  The sleep I enjoyed for the last part of the second trimester is long gone.  I constantly tell Bradley that I'm not complaining, I'm just telling him how it is.  I know how lucky I am to finally be able to experience this miracle.  I wouldn't trade a minute of it for all the sleep and deep breaths in the world. One day I'll be able to sleep again.  And be able to tie my shoes without nearly dying.  And have nicely shaved legs and painted toes.  And a little girl to show for all my trouble.  That definitely makes it all worthwhile.  :)

On Thursday, my grade level at work hosted a baby shower for me!  When you work in a place with mostly women, showers are a constant.  I can't tell you the number I've sat through over the last three years wondering if I would ever be lucky enough to have a baby shower of my own.  It was wonderful.  I'm blessed to work in a school with such caring people! 

Today Kesha and I went shopping and out to lunch.  It was a beautiful day!  After such a busy week, it was fun to catch up with her.  I am so incredibly thankful for her friendship! 

Tomorrow we have another baby shower!  I can't wait! 

Monday, February 14, 2011

Dear Aniston-Happy Valentine's Day

Dear Aniston,
  Today is Valentine's Day!  Growing up, I always got a present from my parents on Valentine's Day, and I can't wait to do the same for you next year.  I am looking forward to so many "firsts" with you, and with every passing holiday that excitement increases a little more.
  Your daddy and I are celebrating Valentine's Day in a funny way this year--our first childbirth class is tonight!  No romantic dinner out for us!  We'll be spending our entire evening at the hospital.  Even though we've laughed about this year's Valentine's Day plans, we wouldn't want it any other way.  These classes mean that we're getting closer to meeting you, and we can't wait!  We love you so much already, little Valentine! 


Saturday, February 12, 2011

What. a. Week.

Oh, what a week it's been.  What. a. week.

Bradley has been sick since last Friday.  He (gasp!) even went to the doctor on Wednesday.  He isn't a huge fan of going to the doctor, and only goes if he's fairly certain he's dying, so I was kind of concerned at that point.  The doctor told him it was viral, gave him Mucinex and nasal spray, and assured him he was already on the way to getting better.  Problem was, he seemed to get worse after Wednesday.  Finally, on Friday afternoon, the doctor decided he may have missed something and prescribed a Z-Pak.  He seems to be a little better today after starting the antibiotic last night, and I'm incredibly thankful for that because, let me tell you, I'm about tired of this.  I love Bradley to death, but, bless him, when he's sick he's so whiny.  Usually I tolerate it pretty well, and he doesn't get sick very often, but my patience is wearing a little thin these days.  I haven't been very sympathetic.

We had Saturday school today to make up one of the snow days from January.  Saturday and school just don't mix.  Not to mention that I'm exhausted all the time anyway, and working six days this week didn't help matters at all.

Today we got a letter in the mail saying our homeowner's insurance had been canceled.  What?!  I knew Bradley had paid it.  Turns out, the insurance company had credited our payment to our car insurance policy (which wasn't even due!) instead of our homeowner's insurance policy.  Good grief.  What a mess to deal with on Monday.

The bright spot this week was my ob/gyn appointment on Friday.  Aniston is still doing great!  So, even though it's been a long, long, long week with lots of hassles, I'm counting my blessings.  (And trying really hard not to complain too much.  Ha!)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Excited....and Overwhelmed

I am excitedThrilled.  After years of waiting, we're expecting a baby.  And she has a face.  With cute little chubby cheeks.  And a tiny nose.  She has precious little hands with teeny, tiny fingers.  She's no longer just a black and white image to us.  Not saying that the black and white images didn't just thrill my heart, because they did.  But last Wednesday's ultrasound gave us so much more.  She's real.  Perfectly, fabulously real.  

The idea that we'll meet this little girl in less than ten weeks is just incredible.  That's if she's on time. I know that she could be late, but there's the possibility that she could be early.  Early! 

And that possibility brings us to this latest development:

Bradley is flipping out.  It started a couple weeks ago as just a statement of everything that had to be done before Aniston's arrival.   Now, though, it's spiraled into a full-fledged panic.  Honestly, I thought he was going to have a panic attack over paint on Saturday morning.  Paint.  And furniture. 

Now, here's the funny part.  Typically, these roles are reversed.  Bradley is usually the one who doesn't get overwhelmed or in a panic.  That's usually me.  I always have a plan and I always want everything to be perfect, or as close to perfect as I can possibly get.

This, though, is different.  Where Bradley is panicking about the nursery not being ready, I'm just glad we have to put a nursery together.  Where he's worried about our home not being ready for Aniston, I'm thinking that our hearts are already fully prepared for her.  I have no doubt that everything will be ready before she arrives.  The nursery will be decorated and all the little projects Bradley has going on will be finished.

But you know what?  If the nursery isn't ready, if there are projects that are left unfinished, it doesn't matter.  It doesn't matter to me one little bit.  Because that doesn't change the fact that we're having a baby!  A precious, beautiful baby.  

Oh, how blessed we are!

Friday, February 4, 2011

4D Ultrasound

On Wednesday we went for a 4D ultrasound.  What an amazing experience!  The place we went to was wonderful.  When I made the appointment, the receptionist encouraged us to invite family and friends.  My parents and grandparents went with us, along with Bradley's parents.  One of my best friends, Kesha, and Eric's girlfriend, Chelsea, also were there.  The ultrasound in itself was wonderful, but being able to share it with our family and friends was so special.  My grandparents especially were in awe seeing their great-granddaughter in 4D.

Seeing our daughter's face for the first time was indescribable.  I just don't have any words for it.  I have looked through our CD of pictures and watched the DVD of the session countless times.  I can't stay away from them.

Aniston slept through most of the ultrasound.  When she did wake up a bit, she rubbed her eyes and then did this:

Too cute!  I'm so in love with this little girl and her personality already!