31 July 2012
28 July 2012
How big is Baby-A: 5.5 lbs and 18.5 inches long.
Best moment of the week: When my swollen feet were no longer swollen...and have stayed that way since!
Food cravings: Chocolate and carbs (oatmeal, cream of wheat, plain pancake, frosted mini wheats, etc.)
Swollen feet - As long as I drink a cup of red raspberry leaf tea about once a day, my feet don't swell up. They look like normal non-prego feet! Soooooo happy.
26 July 2012
To the soldiers still serving overseas, I pray that you will continue to stay strong, be vigilant, and come home safely.
To the families of soldiers deployed overseas, I pray that God gives you the strength needed for each day as you hold down the home front.
And to my soldier overseas...never forget that I love you with all of my heart and know that I think of you and pray for you with each passing moment.
24 July 2012
I'm tired and DONE being pregnant, yet at the same time I'm hoping Baby-A stays inside me as long as possible because I'm not ready to be a mom yet. I'm terrified and overwhelmed at the thought of all that is about to change and take place.
I miss Hubby terribly and just want to have this whole labor and delivery thing started so I can finally see him again, yet I know that our time together after Baby-A is born will be short and I can't see myself going through another goodbye. Not yet at least. I'm still trying to grow a set of balls and get through the lonely nights as is...and it's only been 39 days.
But some of the good things:
I don't freak out anymore about where I'll have to deliver or what doc will be on call.
I am so lucky to be able to spend all this time with family and friends, and have their support and help.
I have enjoyed going shopping for Baby-A. Shopping online is not a pleasant experience for me. It's hard to know what you want.
I love going out shopping...even grocery shopping or just window shopping. If one store doesn't have what I want, I can always find it somewhere else!
I love eating fresh (SOFT) bread that isn't frozen when I first buy it and then having gone bad one week later.
I love being able to bake things without having to kick at the oven to get it to turn on.
I love being able to wash AND dry laundry in under two hours.
I love seeing the American flag hanging everywhere.
I love hearing (most) everyone speak English. I don't have to google translate to order food at a restaurant.
I love being able to plug electronics in without having to find a transformer first.
and to give you all a good laugh, even though I'm being completely honest.....I love being able to fit in the shower. I'm no longer banging my knees, elbows, or belly in our little 2x3 shower in Italy.
23 July 2012
19 July 2012
My niece came over and we watched cartoons and made princess castle cookies.
Rescheduled a few of my upcoming OB appointments. Hoping that since I moved them to the first slot in the morning, or right after lunch, I won't have to wait an hour and a half to be seen for just five minutes!
Watched "Pregnant in Heels." Love that show.
Went to the Cheese Cake Factory with girlfriends. Great time!
18 July 2012
It's hard to get upset at people when they say something stupid, because they meant well and didn't really mean to open-mouth-insert-foot. Today at the OB office, I was asked two separate times when Hubby was going to get in for the birth of Baby-A.
17 July 2012
I'm just crossing my fingers that the dry heaving earlier (sexy right?!) isn't a prediction of how tonight is going to go. At least the bathroom is ready for me just in case. I've had two very good days with no puking...yeah!!!
Last night I lost precious sleep worrying about the Red Cross not accepting and sending the doc's message to Hubby before Baby-A is actually born. Having the baby without Hubby by my side will be bad enough. I don't want to be discharged from the hospital before Hubby even makes it here!
Been watching my feet swell up to scary proportions. There are times that I can literally feel my flip flops getting tighter by the minute. No matter how much water I drink or how long I keep my feet up, they still look three sizes too big.
On a good note, I've found that sitting on the exercise ball that my mom is letting me borrow really helps with the sciatic nerve pain. I struggle trying to walk normal, but at least when sitting on the ball, I get a break from the pain. You take what you can get...right?!
Baby-A is moving like there is no tomorrow while I'm typing. Time to get out Hubby's recorded story book and get this baby girl to calm down.
14 July 2012
10 July 2012
Life isn't bad. I enjoy the times I get to hang out with family, going to the pool, getting Baby-A's nursery stuff done (things I couldn't have accomplished in Italy because the stores just aren't there).
It's just that I miss Hubby so much. No matter how busy I am, or who is with me, nothing fills the void. Every kick and movement from Baby-A makes me think of Hubby...and she kicks ALL THE TIME. Being a wash of pregnant hormones doesn't help either.
I use to have a saying, "No reserves, no retreat, no regrets." It was so much easier to live when my heart wasn't involved. Now that half of my heart is in Italy...I'm at a loss on how to get back to this.
On paper, our decision to send me to the states was the best, but trying to remind myself of this, nearly a million times a day, just isn't cutting it.
Maybe when Baby-A comes, I'll be so wrapped up in taking care of her that I will have less time to think and I'll just run on autopilot. Maybe my labor experience will be so great that I will KNOW this was the perfect decision.
But for now, I'm going to set my motto aside and borrow Dory's from Finding Nemo.
"Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming."
08 July 2012
Had rice for dinner. Since "morning" sickness is back, I'm sticking to plain foods until I can figure out what works and what doesn't. Thankfully I love rice and buttered bread.
What you aren't seeing in pictures (good thing too) is me breaking down early this morning and having a "Florida rains" moment after.... I tried to make toast and the toaster wasn't working, tried to get on the internet and email Hubby some car info he needed and the internet wasn't working, went to watch a favorite show of mine and that show isn't part of the cable package here, started to research baby bottles when the internet came back up again and got internet information overload as well as the internet crashing on me every few minutes, went to get in the shower and two spiders started crawling up my arm...
Hubby called and tried to console me by advising me not to stress the small stuff. I shared with Mom just how awesome he is even though not stressing the small stuff is alot easier said then done. Mom commented on how Hubby is just trying to do everything he can even though he is miles away and can't give me a hug or anything else...and that brought another Florida rains moment. I do miss him soooo much.
So Mom gave me a hug, I helped her finish altering a shirt that she was struggling with, and both of our worlds were put to right for the time being.
Now I'm going to waste the rest of the evening away by watching scandalous reality tv shows until I get tired and go to bed.
07 July 2012
05 July 2012
Watched "Tower Heist" again with Mom. Such a great movie. It doesn't hurt that I love Alan Alda.
Here I thought all the sadness and emotional mood swings that I've been dealing with were just a normal part of being pregnant. Why didn't the Army docs tell me about this side effect of the medication they gave me?!?!
This morning I went with Mom and brother to the O'Fallon 4th of July parade. It was so hot outside that my shirt was soaked with sweat! But the parade was pretty cool. My grandpa was suppose to be in the parade, with the float of the Korean War Veterans, but he was unable to make it. We cheered loudly for the "boys" when they passed.
Got to Facetime with hubby this afternoon. I LOVE talking with hubby. He is my better half, best friend, and love of my life.
Spent the rest of the day taking a nap, watching TV, and relaxing in the AC. I'm in love with two things right now (being 8 months prego in the middle of the summer)...the pool, and air conditioning.
Happy 4th everyone!
03 July 2012
Found 2 sets of full-size sheets that I'm going to make into queen sheets for me, and basinet and crib sheets for Baby-A. Mom found them and I'm so excited! I hope Hubby likes the colors. From the very start, he has been doing most of Baby-A's room, including decorating it. The only thing I wanted to do was the crib linens, mostly because I figured I'd probably have to sew them since no one sold anything I liked.
|Toaster trays for pizza pans.|
Hung up all of Baby-A's clothes today and she already takes up half the closet. This girl has more clothes than me!