Thursday, October 25, 2007

Butternut Squash

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. His muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and his head is growing bigger to make room for his developing brain. To meet his increasing nutritional demands, you'll need plenty of protein, vitamins C, folic acid, and iron. And because his bones are soaking up lots of calcium, be sure to drink your milk. This trimester, about 250 milligrams of calcium are deposited in your baby's hardening skeleton each day.

How my life is changing:

Your baby's very active now. Your practitioner may ask you to spend some time each day counting kicks and will give you specific instructions on how to do this. Let her know if you ever notice a decrease in activity. The pregnancy hormone progesterone relaxes smooth muscle tissue throughout your body, including your gastrointestinal tract. This relaxation, coupled with the crowding in your abdomen, slows digestion, which in turn can cause gas and heartburn — especially after a big meal — and contribute to constipation as well.

Your growing uterus may also be contributing to hemorrhoids. These swollen blood vessels in your rectal area are common during pregnancy and usually clear up in the weeks after giving birth. If they're itchy or painful, try soaking in a sitz bath or applying cold compresses medicated with witch hazel to the affected area. Also avoid sitting or standing for long stretches. Talk with your practitioner before using any over-the counter remedies during pregnancy, and let her know if you have any rectal bleeding. To prevent constipation, eat a high-fiber diet, drink plenty of water, and get some regular exercise.

Some women get something called "supine hypotensive syndrome" during pregnancy, where laying flat on your back causes a change in heart rate and blood pressure that makes you feel dizzy until you change position. You might note that you feel lightheaded if you stand up too quickly, too. To avoid "the spins" lie on your side rather than your back, and move slowly as you go from lying down to sitting and then standing.

Being pregnant sounds fun...doesn't it? Reason 4,325 Kacey :)

Happy Halloween this weekend! We're off to "Trailer Trash Days" at the Vosberg's. Being pregnant fits right in!!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Week 29...Tomorrow

I just got back from Dr and thought I would post a quick blog. I am VERY happy to report that I only gained 3.5 lbs!! So my Dr didn't yell at me...which was very nice! He said I am now right on track, so that was good news.

The baby is doing well, heartbeat is still in the 150's. My uterus is measuring at 28 cm which is right on track (it goes along with your weeks!!).

Dr did say I have some trace amounts of protein in my urine which isn't that out of the ordinary. I guess this means they watch your blood pressure more closely. I've always had pretty low blood pressure, so I thought that was odd, but they did say it's going up slightly. So anyways, they will just watch that more closely from here on out.

My next appt is at 32 weeks, then I go every 2 weeks! yeah!! I'm getting closer. I also checked no cervical exams until 36 weeks unless they see a need to do them earlier.

Kory and I had our birthing class on Saturday...we survived!! Kory didn't even pass out during the graphic birthing videos :)

Okay, I think that's all for now. Hospital tour is this coming Sunday. Nothing else too exciting.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Mikaiya Goes to Sea World

Cori and Jeff took Mikaiya to San Antonio for a trip to Sea World! What a lucky little girl. I haven't posted pics of her in a while, so thought I would. Not only is she my adorable niece who I miss to pieces, but she's also my god-daughter! I am so lucky to have her in my life. Can't wait for her to meet her little cousin.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

End of Week 27

Here's me and Baby M.

As you can see...Baby M is getting quite large!!!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Why we love our dog!!!

For those of you that don't know, Otis is the BEST dog on the planet. He is just such a special dog to Kory and I...yeah...I know Bonnie and Kacey are just laughing as they read this...but really! Otis is a 'special' more way than one :) HA HA

So last night, Kory and I were sitting around eating ice cream and watching TV (our usual Sunday night ritual!!). Otis was throwing his bone around the room. He likes to entertain himself by throwing his bone up in the air and then he goes and gets it, and does it all over again. So we weren't really paying attention to him throwing his bone around.

After a few minutes, Kory takes a drink out of his big glass...he always drinks out of the old Country Thunder mugs...regular glasses are just TOO small for him!!! So then I realize Otis can't find his bone. I'm like hmm...and while I'm processing all this, Kory is drinking out of his glass...all of a sudden I put two and two together...Otis had thrown his bone right in Kory's glass!!! OH MY GOSH!!! I have never laughed so hard. You know those big belly laughs where you can't stop? Oh geez! I thought for sure I was going to go into labor right then and there.

Kory was sitting there practically vomiting realizing that he had just dranken his water that had Otis bone and dog spit in!! HA HA It was a riot. I had to get his permission to share this with everyone! Be careful when you get a kiss from never know where his mouth has been!!

Love you honey! Thanks for always making me laugh!!! You too Otis!!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Grandma & Grandpa's 80th Birthday Party

Well I promised to upload pictures when I got them from Kristen. So here are a few shots from Grandma & Grandpa's 80th birthday party in Indiana last weekend:

Here is the whole family that was at the party (L to R, F to B): Bonnie, Grandma, Grandpa, Tom, Tony, Kacey, Me, Kory, Kristen & Liz

Here is a cute pic of Grandma and Grandpa:

Here is a self portrait of the sisters!! Aren't we cute? If only I had skin as beautiful as those Marion girls!!!

Here is one of Tony, Kory and Uncle Jim. What a handsome bunch!!

Here is Kory and I with Grandma and Grandpa. We love you guys!


Monday, October 08, 2007

How to add a comment

I have had a lot of people saying they can't add can! Just click on the comment link and this box will appear.

Where it says choose an identity--select 'other'. Then the box will change and look like this:

Then you can just type in your comment and your name and click save. You don't have to sign up to google or anything.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

That's 70's Show

Kory and I had a great weekend. We just got back a few hours ago from our trip to Indiana.

Friday night I went out for Matt Reel's 30th Birthday bash planned by his fiance, Brenda. It was a blast!!! A big group of close friends met in Deerfield and got on the rented limo bus. We were all dressed in our 'Born in the 70's' attire. It was a riot!!!! Then we went to Matt & Brenda's house to pick up the birthday boy. All Matt knew was that he was going out with some friends for his birthday tonight. So Brenda took him out to dinner beforehand and then had him open his birthday gift...what he opened was a white leisure suit with all the accessories to look "70's". Matt was told to put it on and not ask any questions. So eventually the bus pulled up and Matt and Brenda came out of the house and boarded the bus. Matt was happy to see all of us not only there to party with him, but also dressed in silly outfits!!! Matt and Brenda looked AWESOME!!!
Here is a group shot of everyone:

Then we headed to Matt's parents for birthday cake and then bar hopped through Fort. I got off the bus around 10pm. So I only have pictures from the first half of the night. I hear it got pretty crazy by the end of the night!!! So click here if you want to check out the photos:
On Saturday morning, Kory got home about 6am and we headed to pick up Kacey and Tony--who were actually ready--though a little hungover from Matt's party!!! We headed to Indiana for the weekend. We had Grandma & Grandpa's 80th birthday party. The WHOLE town was invited..the whole town of Goodland, Indiana that is! It was lots of fun, though exhausting!! Bonnie and her sisters put on a great party and I think Grandma and Grandpa had a good time, so that's good. I don't have pictures to post from Indiana, but Kristen took lots of pics and PROMISED me that she would send them to me when she got home!! Hope you are having a safe flight Kristen! Miss you already!!

Hope everyone else had a good weekend too!!

Friday, October 05, 2007

Week 26

So I thought all along that week 26 was the start of my third trimester...silly's week 28. So still two more weeks in the second trimester. I thought I read it somewhere, but I was wrong. Anyway, here is a another photo. The ones from week 25 don't really do the big belly any justice!!

I went to the Dr on Tuesday and everything looks good still. He listened to the heartbeat and said it's 150 bpm!! So we all know what that means, right? It's a boy!!! Well...not so quick! He actually said it's a 50/50 chance based on the heartbeat...doesn't get us any closer to knowing if it's a boy or a girl! HA HA The Dr is also not so happy with my weight gain. I have gained 12 lbs so far and he only wants me to gain 15 - 20 lbs during the entire pregnancy. So yesterday I met with a nutrionist to help me. She was pretty nice and wants me to focus more on getting exercise and worry less about what I am eating, so that was good to hear! I also had my glucose test yesterday to check for gestational diabetes, but I haven't got the results yet. Everyone said how bad the 'orange' drink was, but I didn't think it was too bad. Tasted like orange gatorade to me!

People have been asking me if I've had any baby dreams yet, and I haven't...until last night. I had my first baby dream! wasn't a good one, but it was a baby dream and baby M was a girl. Auntie CeCe was helping me and the baby was pooping all over the place and we couldn't get it in the diaper, so we put the baby in the was quite a strange dream!! Just thought I would share :)

Well it's Happy Friday! Hope everyone has a great weekend. Kory and I are heading down to Indiana with his family to celebrate Grandma and Grandpa's 80th birthdays.

Monday, October 01, 2007

New Belly Shots

Here are a few belly shots Kory took this morning. I am 25 weeks pregnant. This is my last week of being 6 months pregnant. On Thursday, I will be 26 weeks pregnant--which means the start of my 7th month and my THIRD trimester!! I can't believe how fast it's going. I go to the dr tomorrow, so I will post later this week if anything comes up!

We've gotten so much done around the house the last few months, it's unbelievable. I posted a few posts down the page showing the work so far--so check them out. I will post more basement pics as we get it further completed. We just have some cleaning up and organizing to do.

In the midst of all the remodeling and new baby coming, Daddy bought a new semi!! So I hope to have pics of that soon too.

Enjoy the pics....

New Sofas Upstairs

To create the new living room downstairs, we needed to get new couches upstairs...oh darn!! We decided to get black leather sofas to help with the amount of dog hair in this house. Now we can just brush it off the sofas. So feel free to start wearing black again when you come visit!!

We added more seating, yet the room looks bigger--so that's pretty cool.

Basement Peek

Well the basement is still a little under the weather, but I wanted to post a peek of the new living room:

Yes!! That is the exact same corner!! Can you believe it? I will have more before and afters coming soon.

Nursery Project Update

Well we finally got some work done on the nursery. The 'nursery' used to be Kory's office, so we had a lot of work to do to move everything out. Then this weekend we painted it to get it ready for the new baby. It looks awesome!! We also picked up our crib and dresser. So right now the room is a little empty, but thought we'd post pics. Thanks to Auntie Kacey for helping us pick out the cool green color! We love it!!

Here is the paint color alongside the polka dotted sheets:

Here is the crib:

Here is the dresser:

Here is another shot: