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Friday, October 29, 2010

Today's Sonogram

I had my long awaited sonogram today, and it turns out that I don't have excess fluid afterall! So no polyhydramnios here! Woohoo! We'll check for it again if I end up growing more than I'm supposed to, but for now I'm good. I'm just so relieved that my doctor didn't see any need to take the baby early. He was actually discouraging me from it, and I was like, 'Yeah, no problem here, that's what I want, too.'

So at almost 30 weeks our little monkey was estimated to weigh 4lbs 10oz, and his length is 16.7in. That's about the size a 35 week baby should be. My belly is still measuring at 7 weeks ahead of schedule, but that's just because he's big. My amniotic fluid is measuring on the high end, but not too high. The fluid index is considered high when it's more than 20cm, and mine is 19cm right now. So that's not bad. I had 36cm with Levi, and that was pretty miserable considering I was measuring 9 weeks ahead with him.

Anyway, all that to say I'm pretty happy with where we're at with that, and I'm hoping I don't go into premature labor so that I can hold out until January to have this little guy. I can't wait to meet him! During our sonogram today he was moving around a ton and trying to put his toes in his mouth. He's going to be such a handful; I can tell. :)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Interesting Things My Kids Did Today

I'll start with Levi...Today we were at Walmart spending their money that they get when they do chores. Each night they have to do four chores (clear the table, pick up the toys in the living room, pick up the toys in their bedroom, and pick up the clothes in the bathroom), and they get a quarter right on the spot for the completion of each chore. We weren't going to include Levi in on this little experiment, but he jumped right in with more enthusiasm than Samuel! He really busts it and is excited to clean up.

So he picked out some Hot Wheels cars to buy, and we went to the checkout. He put his cars up on the conveyor belt, and I told him that he needed to give his quarters to the lady if he wanted to take the cars home. He was extremely opposed to this concept because he didn't want to part with his quarters. We asked him several times, "Do you want the cars or the quarters?" And every time he chose the quarters. So we walked away and told the lady to cancel the transaction.

This reminded me of what Dave Ramsey says about spending cash. He cites a Dun and Bradstreet study that states that your brain registers actual emotion pain when you spend in cash as opposed to credit (and even debit to a slighter degree). I guess that's what was happening with Levi. Haha! I hope that lasts; I'm totally fine with him being a saver!

Now on to Samuel's story...So this evening Samuel was taking a shower, and he was taking a really long time in there because he was playing with toys and dilly-dallying. Michael caught him pouring all the body wash into one of the bath cups so that he could make bubbles. I came in there and told him that until he could show us that he wouldn't waste the soap anymore that we would have to put the soap on his washcloth/bath ball ourselves. His "privilege" was taken away because he wasn't mature enough to handle it.

Then a while later after he had finished his shower he told me that he didn't want to pray tonight because I was mad at him for wasting the soap. I told him that I wasn't mad, just a little disappointed that he wasted the soap but that it wasn't a big deal. I said that if he wanted to feel better he could say he was sorry to me and that I would reassure him that I forgave him already and that it wasn't that big of a deal. He didn't want to do that either, and he didn't join me, Michael, and Levi in our bedtime prayers.

I was sad that he felt that way, but I thought it was such an astounding picture of how our sin separates us from God. He didn't want to pray because he did something wrong (moreso in his own eyes than anything - he was sad mostly that he disappointed me even though I assured him it wasn't a big deal). And all he had to do was ask for forgiveness from me to feel better (for his benefit more than my own), but he refused for some reason, keeping him from wanting to talk to God.

I love the honesty in which kids express their thoughts and emotions. It makes grown-up thoughts and emotions more simple when you see a kid exhibiting them. I'm sure that Samuel will come around tomorrow, but I thought it was a good thing to let him feel those feelings tonight so that after he slept on it we could make sense of them together tomorrow.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Belly Update & OMG Moment

So just as a little update, I'm not freaking out anymore about my fluid issue.  I was a little scared at first, but now I'm thinking rationally.  You know how it is...your doctor tells you something is not normal or routine, and you start to go down the worst-case-scenario list and consulting Dr. Google.  So anyway, I'm trusting my normal doctor and waiting and seeing what the sonogram says in two weeks.  On the other hand, we are preparing ourselves for the idea of possibly having the baby a month early.  It just seems like the practical thing to do so that we're not caught blindside, especially with Michael's project at work.  

Okay, so my OMG moment of the month...Michael and I had marriage counseling today, and we stopped at the Starbucks in Southlake afterward for a drink and a bite to eat.  So we both ordered drinks and sandwiches, and I ordered a piece of low-fat banana cake.  The total was $20 and change.  I give her my debit card...denied.  "Let's try that again," she says.  Denied again!  OMG!  What??  There were like 7 people in line after us.  I had like $3 cash and no other cards to call upon.

They graciously gave us the drinks for free since they already started making mine, and we embarrassingly left the two sandwiches and cake on the counter.  We had to stand there and wait for them to finish making Michael's drink for what felt like an eternity while we made eye contact with no one.

While we were talking to the cashier we remembered that our bank was switching from Mastercard to Visa debit cards and that they had sent us the new cards in the mail telling us that the old ones would no longer work as of yesterday.  Well, yeah, we forgot.  And we hadn't activated our new cards yet or put them in our wallets yet.  We went straight from there to home to get our cards and then to the bank to activate them.  (We didn't do it over the phone because we wanted to change our pins, in case you were wondering.)

The three things that made it better were knowing that we had the money in the bank, getting the drinks for free, AND knowing that it would have been WAY worse if the kids were with us and we made them put back their chocolate milks that they usually get there.  That would NOT have been pretty.  

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Polyhydramnios

I went for my first biweekly OB appointment yesterday.  As my doctor was measuring my belly, he was kind of surprised.  I am now 27 weeks, but I measured at 34 - yikes!  That's almost 2 months ahead!  I hadn't measured ahead until now (unless I'm remembering incorrectly).  The most likely reason for this is polyhydramnios, or excess amniotic fluid.  Yes, I do also have big babies, but even with as big as Samuel was (10lbs 13oz), I never measured ahead of schedule.  With Levi, however, he was much smaller (9lbs 8oz), but I began measuring ahead of schedule in my third trimester.  So to measure SO FAR ahead of schedule in my second trimester kind of worries me.

My sister-in-law Sharon suggested that I get them to take the baby early because of this, and at first I didn't think I wanted to do that because having a premie really scares me, but now I'm kind of thinking that's a good idea.  Since it will be my third C-section the risk of a uterine rupture kind of scares me.  It's really SOOO rare (and usually only happens during labor, which I likely won't be in), and I shouldn't be scared, but the thought of my uterus stretching so much so early on concerns me.  If my doctor is concerned that I would go into preterm labor, then he may suggest taking the baby early.  So we'll see.  I guess bedrest might be another possibility (I really don't know), but I can't even think of that right now.  :-P

I'm having another sonogram in two weeks, and they'll assess how much amniotic fluid I have.  There are several birth defects that Isaac could have that would cause excess fluid, but I'm trying to stay positive that it's just a fluke like it was with Levi since he ended up being fine.  Most of the causes have to do with the inability to swallow.  At this point he should be drinking and peeing the amniotic fluid, keeping the fluid in balance.  But if there were a problem with him swallowing (like pyloric stenosis), then this could cause polyhydramnios.  There are also more severe causes, but I'm optimistic that it's not any of those.  I did take a Quad-screen test and was cleared.  And my glucose test was yesterday, so hopefully I'll be cleared from that, too.  

**Sigh**  Well, for now I just have to wait 15 days for my next sonogram (hopefully they'll do a 3-D), and try not to think of worst-case scenarios.  At least I have a valid excuse for my crazy amount of back pain, round ligament pain, and shortness of breath!  :)  So if you think about it, please say a little pray for little Isaac and me.  Thanks!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Me?? Hot-tempered??

So I was trying to get onto the highway today when this guy wouldn’t let me over to get onto said highway while I was clearly ahead of him.  I have many pet peeves while driving, but I think that one is my biggest one.  I don’t understand why certain people feel the need to speed up and purposely not let someone else over.  It makes NO sense.  It wasn’t going to make him late or ruin his day to let me over.  I clearly needed over since my lane was ending, but he wouldn’t let me.  There was NO reason.  I was so mad, so I started tailgating him.  Smart, I know.  But I was pissed!  So then I was like, ‘Why am I letting some jackass in a Lexus steal my peace?’  (And why state that he was in a Lexus?  I don’t know, but it makes my point more valid, right?  J/K, don't leave a comment about how unfair that is or I'll just delete it.)  I had just had a great afternoon with my family, and then just like that I was angry.


So then I got to thinking that maybe I complain too much.  (I can see you shaking your heads in agreement.)  Whatever.  I’ll add it to my list of things to fix.  ;)  Can you tell I'm a bit moody today.  **sigh**  Let's hear it for hormones!  

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Decluttering My Mind

I was thinking that I felt like blogging, but I didn’t have a main topic to write about, so I thought I’d unload some of my random thoughts.  Here you go.  :)


NETI POT
I love the neti pot. I have had really crummy allergies this season, and it has helped tremendously.  I’m a believer!  I only wish I could do it for Mr. Snotty-Nose Levi!  Even just doing the nasal spray on him is like torture for both of us.  


CONVENTIONAL PRODUCE BLUES
I’m tired of not eating organic. I hate the taste of wax on conventional apples and that film it leaves on your lips after you eat it.  I also hate that conventional grapes never look clean no matter how long you rinse them.  Conventional citrus is just flavorless, too.  Bleh.  


RUDE MAN
Some arrogant a-hole cut right in front of me in line at the customer service counter at the grocery store last night.  There I was, two small boys and very pregnant, and he cuts directly in front of me to buy cigarettes.  I didn’t say anything because I thought surely the lady that worked there would take notice and help me first, but she didn’t.  


HEART ACHES
My heart keeps beating really fast, and it’s hard to get it to come back down somedays.  It makes me feel like I’ve had way too much caffeine or something, but in a bad way.  It’s frustrating.  I can’t do much around the house when I feel like that because I feel overly tired.  I’m going to mention it at my next appointment, although from what I’ve read online, it seems pretty normal.    


BIGGEST LOSER LIFE LESSONS
I LOVE the Biggest Loser.  It’s the most inspiring TV show on right now, not just for health issues but for life in general.  The principles extend to lots of areas of life.  It just proves that if you have the want-to and a fire under you, that a person can do anything they set their mind to (cliche, I know, but I believe it).  It’s just like what Dave Ramsey says about getting out of debt in Financial Peace University.  You have to get mad at it and get fired up.  So if you want something bad enough, you’ll find that passion and fire to get it done.  If not, then I guess you just don’t want it badly enough.  It applies to pretty much anything.  Where there’s a *will* there’s a way.  No will, no way!  


MY CUTE SON
Samuel said something so cute yesterday.  We were at the National Night Out in the park down the street, and they had a bounce house among lots of other stuff for kids to do.  While we were listening to the marching band Samuel was making a plea to go to the bounce house.  He goes, “Mommy, I want to go to the bounce house because they’re bounce dancing in there.”  Bounce dancing.  How could I refuse a child of that?  It sounds like the most amazing thing ever. 


RELATIONSHIPS
When people don’t reciprocate relational fondness, then I don’t feel the need to get all bent out of shape about it anymore like I used to.  I just don’t put any effort into the relationship, either, and let it go where it goes.  If that means it ends, then that’s okay.  There’s no sense in changing for every person that doesn’t like me.  I wouldn’t know myself if I did.  Now, if I’m in the wrong, that’s another thing and something I hope I’d assess.  


MARRIAGE INVESTMENT
My wonderful husband signed us up for lawn service again!  Glory Hallelujah!!!  We had so many fights about the yard while he was cutting it.  Lawn service is an investment in our marriage.  :)  Now the lawn guys can deal with my neurosis instead of my poor husband.  


GREENING UP HALLOWEEN
I bought the boys’ Halloween costumes on eBay this year.  I feel so good about this - to toot my own horn.  ;)  First of all, it’s a green thing to do.  Secondly, I spent the same amount of money on better quality costumes than I would have had they been new (given the budget I had to work with).  Third, winning an eBay auction is pretty fun as long as you stay within your budget.  


FALL BLISS
Autumn is my absolute favorite time of year.  It makes me so happy and energetic about life.  Everything about it is beautiful and contains all of my favorite things: the colors, the leaves, the weather, pumpkins, outdoor events and activities, the seasonal produce, family togetherness, quick breads (zucchini, pumpkin, sweet potato, banana), pumpkin spice candles, beginning of the holiday season, need I go on?  


Alright, I’m done now.  I feel better.  

Monday, October 4, 2010

Baby Mobile on the Cheap

I never had a baby mobile set up in the nursery for Samuel or Levi since we never used the crib, but with the hope of using the crib this time, I thought it would be a good idea to have one.  I had scanned dozens of pics online of baby mobiles and found tons of cute ones on Ohdeedoh, too many to even link to.  My problem was that I didn't want to make the room too theme-y, but I did want to have a woodsy, natural, organic feel to it.  With it being my third and last kid, I know that it won't be a nursery for too long, and it will soon be a kid's room.  So I didn't want to make it a) too expensive, b) too baby, or c) too time-consuming to create.

I finally just went down to Hobby Lobby and browsed around until something caught my eye.  I looked at the Christmas ornaments for a long time and picked out several non-Christmas looking ornaments that would look cool.  But then I went down the Thanksgiving aisle and found something that fit the idea that was in my head perfectly.  This is what I came up with.




The room is not complete yet, but I'll post some pics when it's all put together.  The walls are still a little bare, but I have to work it all out in my head first.  An easy transition into kid-room is important to me, so I still have some more brainstorming to do.

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