Saturday, February 28, 2009

31 Weeks Development

How your baby's growing:

This week, your baby measures over 16 inches long. She weighs about 3.3 pounds (try carrying four navel oranges) and is heading into a growth spurt. She can turn her head from side to side, and her arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath her skin. She's probably moving a lot, too, so you may have trouble sleeping because your baby's kicks and somersaults keep you up. Take comfort: All this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Baby Movement Video

Addison has been moving ALOT lately. I was able to capture a little bit of it on video. It's like she knows I'm waiting to video it because she'll move and kick and as soon as I grab the camera to record it she stops. If I put the camera down she starts up again...haha! I'll try and record more videos.

Notice how close my belly button is to being flat-Yikes!!


video

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Addison loves music

A couple times a week I try to let Addison listen to music by placing headphones on my belly. I use a classical CD that has Mozart, Beethoven, etc on it. A couple weeks ago I was playing the CD and for some reason I thought there was 9 tracks on it. At one point Addison started moving around alot and I glanced at the CD player and it said track 7. After a few minutes I noticed she was still moving and kicking and it was still on track 7. I then took the headphones off my belly to see what song she liked so much and realized that the CD wasn't playing anymore...what I thought was a CD with 9 tracks only had 7, so once the music had stopped playing she was moving around as to say "More music Mom"






Tuesday, February 24, 2009

New Blog

I decided to start a new blog that is set to private for many reasons but mainly I am making the new blog private because once Addison is born I don't want her pictures just floating out in cyberspace for anyone to have access to.

I love the fact that blogger allowed me to import all my posts from my old blog to this new one...so easy!! I tried to use a background template from off the web but for some reason it kept giving me an error message so I'm stuck with one of the few generic templates that blogger offers. If anyone knows how to use a template off the web without getting an error message when trying to implement please let me know!!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Vet Day

Today I'm taking Gizmo to the vet. He has to have his 6 month heartworm check (blood draw) in order to get his heartworm prescription renewed and he also has to get a booster shot. He's not going to be a happy camper today. I always feel so bad because on the way there he's so excited to be in the car and on a ride and then as soon as we walk through the door at the clinic he knows where he is and he starts shaking and hides under the chair. Poor Guy!! Here's a pic from a couple weeks ago when it was really cold here and I put on his Husker sweater. Yes, he is spoiled :-)


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Tasty Tuesday

Gnocchi with Zucchini Ribbons and Parsley Brown Butter





Ingredients



1 pound(s) fresh or frozen gnocchi
2 tablespoon(s) butter
2 medium shallots, chopped
1 pound(s) zucchini (about 3 small), very thinly sliced lengthwise
1 pound(s) cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
1/4 teaspoon(s) grated nutmeg
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
1/2 cup(s) grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup(s) chopped fresh parsley




Directions



1. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Cook gnocchi according to package instructions until they float, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain.



2. Meanwhile, melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook until the butter is beginning to brown, about 2 minutes. Add shallots and zucchini and cook, stirring often, until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add cherry tomatoes, salt, nutmeg and pepper and continue cooking, stirring often, until the tomatoes are just starting to break down, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in Parmesan and parsley. Add gnocchi and toss to coat. Serve immediately.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

29 Weeks Development

How your baby's growing:

Your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 pounds (like a butternut squash) and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. Her muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and her head is growing bigger to make room for her developing brain. To meet her increasing nutritional demands, you'll need plenty of protein, vitamins C, folic acid, and iron. And because her bones are soaking up lots of calcium, be sure to drink your milk (or find another good source of calcium, such as cheese, yogurt, or enriched orange juice). This trimester, about 250 milligrams of calcium are deposited in your baby's hardening skeleton each day.



Thursday, February 12, 2009

Baby Sports Apparel

I found these online and they are soooooo cute I had to share. Of course, Brian thinks the onesie is the best ever. What can I say...I LOVE to shop!!





Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Tasty Tuesday

I got this recipe from a friend last week. I haven't tried it yet but it seems very simple.


CROCKPOT CHICKEN SALSA


4 frozen chix breasts
Packet taco seasoning
Salsa (3/4 of tall jar)
8 oz cream cheese
can black beans


Crock pot on low for about 6-8 hours. Top with cheddar & sour cream

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Pregnancy Questions Answered

Since being pregnant people always ask lots of questions out of curiosity and some people may think it's annoying to be asked over and over-what's your due date, how are you feeling, etc...I'm not annoyed by these questions at all. I LOVE being pregnant, therefore I LOVE to answer all these questions. I feel very fortunate to be able to have children and want to share as much as my experience as possible with others via talking about it and sharing belly pics :-) Here's some common questions I get asked on a regular basis that I did my best to answer.

1. Was the pregnancy planned?
Yes

2. Were you married at the time of the pregnancy?

Yes

3. How old were you when you got pregnant?
30

4. Did you want a boy or girl?
Honestly we didn't care either way. At our first dr. appt the dr. asked us what
gender we preferred and we both said "Just a healthy baby" He was shocked and
said almost every couple has their mind set on a boy or girl.

5. What are you having?
Girl

6. Do you have a name picked out?
Yes, her name will be Addison Marie

7. What is your due date?
May 2, 2009

8. What's the first item you bought for the baby?
Cothes. As soon as we found out she was a girl we went shopping and bought
lots of cute pink clothes.

9. How has the pregnancy been going?
Perfectly...besides all the bloodwork and low iron

10. Any cravings?
The first trimester my cravings changed weekly. One week I could only eat
spaghetti O's, one week veggie subs/wraps, one week burritos, etc. I couldn't
eat any meat for the first 13-14 weeks. The thought of meat made my stomach
turn. I love salt and vinegar chips on wheat bread with mayo, which my sweet
hubby makes for me :-)
Wheat crackers with cream cheese
Salad
BBQ Pork

11. How much time are you taking off for maternity leave?
I'm planning on taking 2 months off

12. Are you having a shower?
Yes-it'll be in March. The hostess will be sending the invitations out soon.

13. Where are you registered at?
Babies R Us and Target

14. Is the nursery done?
We are fortunate to have a very large master bedroom so we will be keeping
Addison in our room for the first nine months or so before moving her into her
own room. We want to cherish as much time as possible with her. We painted
one wall of our room to a light green so it'll be "Addison's Space"
As far as nursery furniture we have everything!! We have a bassinet, 4-n-1
convertible crib, changing table, glider and ottoman and my mom will be
bringing the dresser I used as a child this summer when she comes to visit.

15. Are you going to Breastfeed or Bottle feed?
I'm undecided at this point. At first I just wanted to bottle feed since I'm
returning to work and don't want to deal with pumping during the work day, but
every time I talk to my mom she further convinces me to breastfeed for the 2
months I'll be home with Addison then deciding after that whether or not I
want to continue breastfeeding or go to bottle feeding.

16. Have you been keeping a pregnancy journal?
Yes, I write in it at least once a week. I can't wait to give it to Addison one day
when she's old enough to appreciate it.

17. What's your favorite thing(s) about being pregnant?
Feeling her move and kick
Extra pampering from Brian
The end result!!!

18. What's your least favorite thing(s) about being pregnant?
Daily Nosebleeds
Blood work

19. What have you done to pamper yourself during the pregnancy?
Got a pregnancy massage
Taken lots of naps
Bought a Kate Spade Diaper Bag

20. Have you had the crazy pregnany hormones or has anything out of
the ordinary made you cry?
When watching movies or certain TV shows I'll tear up easier than I would've
previously.
I've had a few crying moments for no real reason.

21. Will you have a natural or medicated birth?
Hard to say at this point. Although I hate needles I'm open to having an
epidural. I believe once the epidural blocks the pain of the contractions I'll be
able to enjoy the labor process more comfortably.

22. Have you had any cases of pregnancy brain?
Yes, several small instances but one absolutely hilarious one...

23. Are you going to attend childbirth/lamaze classes?
Yes, we will start our childbirth classes in March.

24. Do you want more kids?
We'll see how labor and delivery goes...but more than likely, Yes.


Saturday, February 7, 2009

28 Weeks Development

How your baby's growing:

By this week, your baby weighs two and a quarter pounds (like a chinese cabbage) and measures 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels. She can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With her eyesight developing, she may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. She's also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.


How your life's changing:


You're in the home stretch! The third and final trimester starts this week. If you're like most women, you'll gain about 11 pounds this trimester.
At this point, you'll likely visit your doctor or midwife every two weeks. Then, at 36 weeks, you'll switch to weekly visits. Depending on your risk factors, your practitioner may recommend repeating blood tests for HIV and syphilis now, as well as doing cultures for chlamydia and gonorrhea, to be certain of your status before delivery. Also, if your glucose screening test result was high and you haven't yet had follow-up testing, you'll soon be given the 3-hour glucose tolerance test. And if the blood work done at your first prenatal visit showed that you're Rh negative, you'll get an injection of Rh immunoglobulin to prevent your body from developing antibodies that could attack your baby's blood. (If your baby is Rh positive, you'll receive another shot of Rh immunoglobulin after you give birth.) Around this time, some women feel an unpleasant "creepy-crawly" sensation in their lower legs and an irresistible urge to move them while trying to relax or sleep. If this sensation is at least temporarily relieved when you move, you may have what's known as restless legs syndrome (RLS). No one knows for sure what causes RLS, but it's relatively common among expectant mothers. Try stretching or massaging your legs, and cut down on caffeine, which can make the symptoms worse. Ask your caregiver if you should try iron supplements, which can sometimes relieve RLS.


Thursday, February 5, 2009

The Results are In...

The nurse called this afternoon and said that I passed the gestational diabetes test!! She said my sugar levels were good. But...my iron levels are still low (totally saw that coming-I've been anemic since childhood) so I have to go to the pharmacy and get Hemocyte. She stated it isn't a prescription but it's usually kept behind the counter so I have to request it from the pharmacist. She said to start taking one pill a day. She also stated that the Doctor hasn't seen the test results yet, but once he does look at them he may decide to increase my iron to two pills a day.

Basically low iron during pregnancy can lead to excess bleeding during delivery which can lead to having to have a blood transfusion. The doctor's office had me fill out a consent form for a blood transfusion if needed-they also had me fill out the transfusion consent form for the hopsital as well already. Keeping my fingers crossed that I won't need a transfusion after delivery!!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Ewww...Bloodwork

So I went in today for my glucose screening test (gestational diabetes) and for them to check my iron levels...so I thought. I arrive at the lab and the receptionist says not only did the dr. order the glucose test but also a full panel (all the same bloodwork as the 1st trimester). I said-that can't be, I've already had that done. She said that's what the orders on my lab slip said. So I called the dr.'s office and they confirmed saying they do the original bloodwork over again at 27 weeks when the glucose test is done!! OMG...my biggest phobia is needles and having blood drawn so I went in thinking I was going to have maybe 2 vials drawn and I believe they drew 5 or 6. Thank goodness Brian went because I was so so faint afterwards-even after laying down when the blood was drawn. I went home afterwards and laid down for about 30 minutes before coming into work. I feel much better now but I definitely hope I don't have to have anymore bloodwork done until I enter the hospital for delivery. Please pray that I've passed the glucose test, if not I will have to go back for more bloodwork.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Movie Weekend

Saturday afternoon I went to the movies with a friend of mine and we saw "Taken." It was action packed and very suspenseful. There is so much suspense it's like your holding your breath and then at the end of the movie your finally able to breath again. I thought it was great!!




Yesterday we rented a couple movies-Fireproof and Righteous Kill. We watched Fireproof yesterday and it had horrible acting and was very "faith based" but the message of the movie was good. When we rented it the lady at Blockbuster said "Alot of people from area churches have been coming in and renting this"...from the previews that were on TV all weekend you wouldn't guess it would be a "faith based" movie but after watching it, it definitely is. Not saying that's a bad thing, but totally unexpected from the previews.




Since the SuperBowl was on we didn't get a chance to watch Righteous Kill. We will probably watch that tonight.



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