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Months 5-7

Well…let’s just call a spade a spade and say that I SUCK at blogging now that I’m a mommy!  It’s not that I don’t think about it at times, because I do, it’s just that I have WAY too much on my plate right now to make this a priority.  I really hope I can do better, but I’m not going to make any promises.  Life is very busy right now and I don’t see that changing anytime in the near future.  I suppose you may be interested in a few updates?

On the house front, we’ve made HUGE progress and are currently under contract to have someone buy our home!  The last several months have been difficult with the house- trying to keep it clean for showings/having to leave the house with the baby and two dogs anytime someone wants to see the house/having repairs done/looking for a new home/etc.  This added a LOT of stress and work to my plate, but now I can see a light at the end of the tunnel.  We close on the house on October 10th- I can’t wait!  I’m actually going to Fayetteville tomorrow to look at several houses (some to buy/some to rent), so we’ll see what I think.  At this point, we are thinking we will have to rent for a few months while we find the perfect home to buy.  I hate to move twice, but I also don’t want to rush into anything…so we’ll see.  Either way, very excited.

On the work front, things are going well (business/number-wise) and I actually have four new items hitting 2,500 Wal-Mart stores this week/next week.  Business is good, but the stress of trying to keep up with everything (while being home with Fin) is really starting to take a toll on me.  I’m use to being on top of everything…and knowing my business by heart…and always having the answers….and now I feel like I”m falling behind.  I have a friend coming twice a week to help with Fin while I work (she’s amazing and Fin loves her and this has literally saved my sanity), but I’m hoping when I get to Fayetteville I can find someone else to come another couple of afternoons a week or something.  I really need at least 20 hours of non-baby time to dedicate to work if I can.  Or maybe 16 hours…somewhere along there.  Definitely not 8.  The short of it is that I need more help and I believe that after we get moved I’ll figure it out.  Until then, it’s lots of late night and weekend work I suppose.

On the home front….well…besides the selling of the house and things related to that….and work and things related to that…it’s all about Finley Claire!  OMG she’s a hot mess.  You guys, seriously…this girl is live wire (as her Gram says)!  You know that precious bundle of joy you envision just cuddling with and staring into her eyes and talking to?  That little baby you peacefully bath and then rub lotion all over and snuggle goodnight to?  That sweet angel that just nurses and looks at you with total love and adoration?  Well…send her my way, cause I didn’t get any of that shit!  LOL!  This girl is busy busy busy….the most active baby I’ve ever been around, by far.  You’d think I smoked crack or at least drank caffeine (for the record, I don’t)!  Where do I even start?  I guess I’ll do the main milestones since I last caught you up and go from there:

  • At 5 months, Finley started sitting up on her own.  At 5 1/2 months we started her off on rice cereal once a day since she was staring at our food all of the time.  She immediately LOVED it!  Also at 5 1/2 months she started the army crawl/scoot.  It wasn’t really a crawl because her belly never left the floor, but she’d use her arms to pull and her feet to push and she’d get across the room like that.  Before 6 months old, we tried several foods very gradually (introduced one new thing ever 4 days as per doctor’s orders)- green beans, sweet potatoes, peas, carrots and squash were introduced by 6 months.
  • 5 months close up model 5 months great smile
  • At 6 months old, we started Fin on oatmeal cereal instead of rice cereal…this immediately helped her have bowel movements more regularly (everyday now).  We also introduced the following foods: spinach, avocado, apples, prunes, potatoes, peaches, pumpkin, broccoli and blueberries.  Finley started using sippy cup around this age too, just with meals (and just with water).  She hasn’t figured out how to tip it back and drink out of it on her own, but she does well if you hold it for her.  It was right after her 6 month bday that she started pulling herself up.  At first she’d just pull up on this activity cube that we have, but shortly after that she started pulling up on a few other things.  This caused us to have to change bathtime, because once she could pull up, all she wanted to do in the baby bathtub was pull herself up and stand.  So we ditched the baby bathtub and now she’s in a hamper in the big bathtub and likes that a lot more.  She still stands up, but it’s less dangerous.  =)  The day before she turned  6 months she started crawling ‘regularly,’ and has just gotten faster and faster…and she also figured out how to go from sitting to crawling and then back to sitting.  Month 6 was big month for Fin- her gaining some independence and mobility has really made her a happy baby.
  • 6 months close up 6 months eating dog
  • We are currently in month 7 and have added the following foods so far this month: corn, pears, zucchini, bananas, chicken and cherries.  Finley is a crawling machine, getting from one room to another in no time flat.  She follows me everywhere and is in to everything.  She pulls up on anything she can get ahold of (chairs/your legs/couch/walls/dogs), and has even just stood up (no hands) twice that I’ve seen (she didn’t stay up for long, but she’s already testing it).  She’s very vocal, but not saying any words at this point.  She likes to play and explore and she likes to put anything/everything in her mouth.  She’s a very funny, happy girl…as long as she’s getting what she wants.  She’s a bit of a diva, which I hope goes away.  Example- she won’t eat her veggies unless they are heated.  Like straight up refuses/spits them out/chokes.  No joke.  In other big news this month, tonight I saw her FIRST TOOTH!  I’m pretty sure it popped through yesterday (I told Chris I saw it but he didn’t see it)…and it sure does explain the bad sleeping last week and the horrible diaper rash she got all of a sudden a couple of days go.  I can tell she’s feeling better now, thankfully.  I was happy to see the tooth and know there was a reason she’d been ‘off’….but it also made me kinda sad to see that she’s this big already.  Time is flying.
  • Fin on play box 7 months close up 7 months with Suka

What are the stats and what does the doctor say?

We haven’t been to the doctor since Fin’s 4 month shots (and don’t go back til 9 months), so no idea on her stats.  I’m guessing she’s around 19ish lbs, but just a guess.  She’s healthy as a horse…knock on wood….this girl hasn’t been sick a day of her life.  Makes me feel good that I’ve continued to breastfeed and that I’m able to have her home right now.  That can change any day, so counting my blessings so far (some days not much of a blessing, lol)

What is Fin eating?

I’m still breastfeeding….about 4-5 times a day.  She gets baby food and/or cereal 2-3 times a day and ‘real food’ at dinner when Mom and Dad are eating.  Fin LOVES her some corn on the cob and apple slices ! I love watching her eat/try new things.  So far she’s eaten everything we’ve given her except for avocado

When does she sleep?

Sleep was off for a couple of weeks, but I think we are back to normal now.  For the past several days she’s gone down between 7:30 – 8 and then gotten up around 5:30 or 6 to nurse (and goes right back to sleep) and then up for the day around 7 or 7:30.  I love this schedule and will be happy for her to do it as long as she needs to…so much better than nursing her around midnight as well!  We’ve always rocked Finley to sleep at night (and for all naps), and about a week ago we decided to stop (because she’d been getting up at night and having to be rocked back to sleep) and do some sleep training so that she can soothe herself.  We did the CIO (cry it out) method where you put her down awake…wait 3 minutes and then go in and soothe her (without picking her up)…leave and wait 5 minutes and go back in and soothe if needed….leave and wait 10 minutes and go back in and soothe if needed….and it worked wonderfully.  Night one it only took her 30 minutes to put herself to sleep.  Night two it was 15 minutes.  Night three it was less than 5 and every night since then has been less than 5 AND she’s not getting us up at night.  It’s been great.

What do your routines look like?

We are in the process of dropping a nap so the routine is tweaking as we speak.  It’s mostly like this:

  • Wake for the day around 7:30 and nurse and then change diaper/get dressed
  • Finley will bounce her in bouncer for about 30 minutes while I eat breakfast/get her breakfast ready
  • Around 8:15 I put Finley down on the floor with her toys and she’ll crawl around while I do some work
  • Breakfast for Fin (cereal/fruit) is around 9, followed by more playtime
  • 9:45/10- goes down for a nap and sleeps til 11 or 11:30
  • playtime following nap
  • 12:30- lunch (veggies)
  • Afternoon is what is changing right now. At this point I am trying to keep Fin awake til around 3, which can be difficult.  She use to go down around 1 and then again around 4, but now she doesn’t need both naps so going down around 3 would be idea….we are transitioning now.  If I can get her to play after lunch til 3, then she’d nap at 3 and get up at 4 or 4:30 and play some more
  • Nurse at 5pm, then play
  • Dinner at 6pm- veggies and cereal (and maybe some adult food depending on what we are eating)
  • Bath at 7pm
  • Nurse/Bedtime around 7:30/7:45

What size clothes and diapers are you wearing?

6-9 month clothing and still doing cloth diapers (one size).  We had to use disposables for 2 days while you had a bad rash (they were size 2) and we HATE them.  You never have blowouts/leaks when we do cloth, and we had issues every day in disposables.

What are some things you love?

You probably love your mommy more than anything…you have been very attached lately, and if I leave the room or run an errand you are SO excited when I come back.  It’s very sweet.  You love crawling around….you love standing on anything…you love to ‘rough house’….you love the outdoors….you love drinking water from cups/sippy cups….you love this little microphone stand-up toy that your Aunt LeLe passed on to you….you love mommy carrying you around in the Ergo…you love to help vaccum…you love to be tickled…you like to go places and be out and about….you are a happy baby!

What are some things you don’t like?

You don’t like mommy to walk through the room and not talk to you.  You don’t like ANYTHING when you are really sleepy.  You don’t like cold food.  You don’t like it when I won’t pick you up if I have my hands full.

What are some thing you can do?

You are so so so talented!  You can sit…crawl…pull up…cruise….give kisses….play peek-a-boo..knock over towers….I know I’m forgetting stuff!

What are we looking forward to in the next month?

I’m having my first weekend away from Fin at the end of the month.  I’m super excited to go to Dallas and see one of my best friends, but I’m super anxious to be away for two full days.  It’ll be challenging.  I know I’ll be ok, I just hope she does well for my in-laws while we are gone.  At least they are coming to stay at our house and keep her on routine, so that should help.  We’ll also be moving within the next month, which I’m looking forward to being in a new place, but dreading the moving part.  I’m also hoping to do better at keeping up the blogging after we get moved…it’s important to me to keep track of everything Fin is doing!

Fin on play box 2

 

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Some good news…and WK 28

So I’ve been dreading this trip to Texas for a while, but it has ended up being great so far. It’s my last pre-baby work trip, so I’ve been looking forward to getting it over with!  It usually takes me about 6.5 hours to make the trip, but this time it took me about a full hour longer because I had to stop and pee so many times.  And I wasn’t even drinking b/c I knew it’d make it worse!  Oh well, I made it.

I got to the office this morning, and the comments from people have just been so sweet and positive.  This is the first time I’ve been here since I really LOOK pregnant, and people are really taking notice.  I have felt like I’ve gotten huge, but I’ve had comments such as “you are tiny” and “you are all belly” which just has me grinning from ear to ear like a lunatic.  These people probably say this to everyone (it’s like when someone gets a hair cut and you say oh, I like your hair cut….when you may not), but to someone who hasn’t been around a lot of people lately it’s sure nice to hear that I may not look at big as I feel!

I met with the HR director this morning to get the forms that I’ll need to fax in once the baby arrives…and I got the best news ever.  Several months ago, I was incredibly bummed when I met with her and found out that our company policy doesn’t provide for any maternity leave at 100% paid.  I was told I could take up to 6-8 weeks (depending on delivery method) and use whatever sick leave/vacation time I had (which would be 6 weeks at the beginning of the year) during that time in order to not miss any checks, but that was it.  It wasn’t the end of the world, but I was bummed.  I took our CFO to lunch that week and we talked about it…he’s a very sweet older man, and he seemed pretty bummed about the deal as well.  Fast forward a few months to today, and my HR director tells me that my CFO has gotten our company policy changed so that non-exempt, salaried employees (of which I am the ONLY female)…as of January 1st 2014….will get 6-8 weeks (depending on delivery method) of paid time off for maternity leave.  I can then use any vacation and sick leave I have on top of this if I want…meaning I can take 11-13 weeks at 100% pay.  Wow, that’s a lot of details.  I am so relieved…and blessed!  I’ve been stressing about this for a while, so now I can relax about it.  It’s been a good morning.

We had our second 3D scan (since the first one was a bust with Miss Hott being uncooperative) last Friday, and it was much better.  It was confirmed AGAIN (for the 4th time, lol) that she is a girl, so I’m feeling good about that.  =)  And everything looks good/healthy/right on track.  It was a little hard to see her super clearly because she had her feet up by her head and the umbilical cord was floating in front of her face a lot, but we did get a few pics, which I will post below.  She looks like any other baby, really…..but at least she looks like a baby now!  Yay!!

And now, your weekly update:

eggplant

Baby is the size of an eggplant! At week 28, he is putting on layers
of fat and still weighs somewhere between 1.5 and 2.2 pounds. He measures
around 13.6 to 14.8 inches. His skin has a smoother and less wrinkled
appearance too. And his lungs are mature enough that he could probably breathe
on his own if he were born prematurely. Plus, his eyes, which can now open and
close, can sense changes to light as well. The groundwork for his vision has been
laid, but baby’s sight will actually continue to develop during infancy after
he’s born. Still, those blinking peepers are something to get excited
over!

How far along? 28 weeks.  Doesn’t sound that impressive, but when I say I only have 12 weeks left, that blows my mind!  12 weeks!  That goes soooo fast.  Seriously.  Where has the time gone?!?

Total weight gain: I still haven’t weighed myself, but I have an appointment next week…so we shall see. I’m guessing I’ll be up a total of 7 to 10 pounds.  I really feel like I’ve grown a lot recently.

Maternity clothes? Yes, anytime I’m in public.

Stretch marks? No new ones.

Sleep: Not well, which is my only complaint.  I go to bed around 11 and get up probably 3 times to pee before I get up for the day.  In between that, I wake up about every hour or hour and half to roll over.  I’ll start on one side, but then my hip starts aching and wakes me up and I have to switch sides. This goes on and on all night.  At least my hands are not falling asleep anymore since I have been wearing the carpal tunnel wrist braces!

Best moment this week: Had a 3D scan on Friday, and Baby Hott was very active this time….so cool to get to see her.  She looks just like any other baby to me, but it’s still cool to see the actual human form in my belly.  Some pics below.  Also, got the closet in the nursery all set-up as far as shelves go, so excited to start organizing that.  And the news about my maternity leave was huge….so happy about that.

Miss Anything? Solid sleep

Movement: At least every couple of hours.  I actually got really stressed out last Saturday because I hadn’t felt her move all day/evening….but then she woke me up around 2 am with a few swift kicks to the vagina.  Yes, that’s a thing.  And yes, it doesn’t feel good.  BUT….I was so relieved to feel her at that point that I didn’t mind.

Food cravings: All things sweet.  Guilty confession of the week- on the drive to Tyler, TX yesterday I bought some of those Little Debbie ‘Donut Sticks’ at a gas station.  So so so bad for me…but OMG they were delicious.

Anything making you queasy or sick: I’ve realized that any fast food chicken kinda grosses me out.  I tried some chicken strips from Arby’s early on in the pregnancy and spit those out.   I got some chicken nuggets from Wendy’s the other day (which I love) and thought I was gonna puke before I could spit those out as well.  Weird, I know.  So, I’m just avoiding all fast food chicken.  Not a bad thing, really. At least the chicken on the salads at Zaxby’s still sits well….

Gender prediction: Baby Girl!  OMG, one of my pregnant friends that I email with (we found each other on an infertility site when we each had IUIs within a day of each other) just found out….at 28 weeks…that her girl is a BOY!  I feel so bad for her.  Not because it’s a boy, because he’ll be great and she’ll love him just as much, but because she was told it was  girl for months and it changed.  I can’t imagine.  =(

Labor Signs: None

Symptoms: Fatigue, frequent urination, sciatic nerve pain (think that is my issue with my hips at night) and heartburn at night when I lay down.

Belly Button in or out? In, but definitely shallow.  I have a feeling it’ll end up popping out, which I didn’t think it would since I’ve always had a chunky belly.  We shall see…

Wedding rings on or off? They fit, but I can tell they are tighter.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Annoyingly happy, I’m sure.

Looking forward to: Hopefully finishing the nursery in November…baby showers in November…and my next ultrasound in November.

Next appointment: Next Tuesday, for the rH shot.  Ugh.

 

Finley 3D Oct

Finley 3D Oct 2

This one is of her legs crossed- such a lady.  Wonder where she gets that?

Finley 3D Oct legs

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I’m an A student

I got the call on Friday- my blood work came back normal! Whoo hoo!! What a relief. I would have been soooo depressed if I’d had to be on some sort of meal tracking plan for the next several months.  Thanks for all the kind comments and texts thinking about me….I was stressing out!

So this past Friday was our 3D scan of Baby Hott- I was so excited!  For my first big ultrasound (the gender reveal one), I had a little caffeine before the appointment (which I gave up when I got pregnant) to make sure she’d move around and let us see her body parts, and she moved around like crazy the whole time.  For the second major ultrasound (where they confirmed gender again AND checked the heart/other organs/etc), I had some chocolate milk on the way to wake her up and that did the trick…she moved around like crazy again.  Before this appointment, Chris told me not to do either because we might not get good picture with her moving so much.  BIG MISTAKE.  The little stinker slept through the whole appointment…cuddled up RIGHT next to my placenta with her arm pretty much covering her face.  I moved around and layed on different sides, but nothing worked to get her to rouse.  We got little glimpses of her, but not much.  We got one picture that SORT OF shows her face (look at those cheeks!)….and note that the weirdness covering her mouth/half of face is her arm curled up…and I’m not sure what the thing is to the right, but it’s not her ear (otherwise I’d be having a Shrek baby!):

 

Finley 3D

This ultrasound was an elective one (we went to BabyFaces in Bentonville- they also did our gender reveal) that only cost $100.  The tech was so sweet- since we had such a hard time seeing her on Friday, she’s going to do the scan again (for free) this coming up Friday!  WHOO HOO!!!  Another scan!  And this time I’m not listening to my husband- I’m having a little soda on the way to wake this baby up.  At this point in pregnancy, the books say that babies have distinct routines developed now….and I’m pretty sure Baby Hott sleeps from about 11 to 4 or so every day.  She’s in for a surprise on Friday!  LOL.

Got a busy few weeks coming up- have a big meeting this Wednesday (that my CEO is coming in to attend with me…joy)….going out of town to visit the in-laws this weekend….and will be out of town all next week for work.  Time is flying by.

As of tomorrow I’ll be 27 weeks- which means a 90% chance of Baby Hott surviving if she comes early.  What a relief.

XOXO

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Week 26 quote from DH: “She’s not even out of the womb, and she’s already kick my ass!”

This week has just flown by!  I have a feeling that the next several weeks are going to do that.  I’ve got a big meeting at my largest customer next week, so most of my week will be dedicated to kicking ass at that meeting.  The following week I’ll be out of town for work (last trip, yay!) for the week.  The week after that is a doctor’s appointment/Halloween/home Auburn game….and the week after that is already into November!  It’s flying, seriously.  I wanted this pregnancy to speed up for sooooo long, mainly so that I would feel ‘safer’ and stop worrying so much, but now that I’m relatively stress fee I want things to slow down a bit!

I had my 3 hour Glucose Test yesterday…and it sucked.  I arrived at 8am and gave blood (took the nurse two veins to get it).  After that, I drank the nasty, orange-flavored sugar water as quickly as possible.  You HAVE to down it within 5 minutes, and I barely finished.  Within the hour, I was in the bathroom puking.  That stuff was so gross and made me feel nauseous within 10 minutes of drinking it.  I felt a little better after puking.  At 9:30 I gave blood (one stick this time)….at 10:30 I gave blood (two sticks again)….and at 11:30 I gave blood for the last time.  Lady had to take it from my wrist the last time, as my other veins were just done.  Yes, I look like a meth addict today from the bruises.  Anyway, test is all done and now I just have to wait on the results….I’ll know within a week for sure, but really hoping to hear back tomorrow or Monday.  Fingers crossed.

In non-baby related news, I’ve been working from home all week for the first full week…..and I love it.  Who else loves it?  My beautiful fur-babies, Barley and Suka:

Dogs in bed in office

This is them laying on the new bed that is in the room with my office set-up….happy pups.  They have definitely been testing my patience with the in/out game while I’ve been home, but that’s ok….I need to learn more patience anyways I suppose.  =)

I took a couple of pictures of the office/nursery with my iPhone now that I’ve made more progress.  Office is done, but nursery still has a ways to go (bedding/hanging stuff on walls/doing the closet/etc):

room view of office Desk New bed

Nursery Changing table and chairNursery Entry

Coming along, slowly but surely.  And now…on to the normal update for the week!

lettuce

Week 26:

Baby is the size of a head of lettuce! He is still growing in the 13.6- to 14.8-inch and 1.5- to 2.5-pound range, and while his eyes are still forming during week 26, they’ll open soon. Hello, baby! His eyelashes have grown in, too, and he’s getting his immune system ready for the outside world by getting antibodies from you. Plus, baby’s little lungs are starting to produce surfactant, the fatty substance that coats the inside lining of the lungs’ tiny air sacs, helping them to expand during breathing. And his skin has developed its color as well, because his body is now making melanin.

How far along? 26 weeks

Total weight gain: +3lbs at last appointment, but I’m thinking I’ve at least put on a few more already….we’ll see at the end of the month!  I’m trying not to obsess over weight gain, so I’m just weighing-in at appointments.

Maternity clothes? Pretty much anytime I leave the house I’m in maternity clothes…they are comfy and make me look better (in my opinion).  At home I’m in non-maternity yoga pants/pj pants/shorts most of the time.

Stretch marks? No new ones.

Sleep: Decent for like 3 hours at a time, then I have to either flip sides (and rearrange pillow/support for shoulder) or go pee.  It’s frustrating, but I’m getting use to it now I think.

Best moment this week: Had a few.  One was my shower invites going out/getting received….just exciting and so fun.  Another was Chris’s reaction to Finley the other night.  She was really just kicking up a storm, so I told Chris to lay down on the couch and I layed down behind him with my belly pressed up against him.  She continued to go crazy and I just laughed…and Chris said “man, she’s not even out of the womb yet and she’s already kicking my ass!”  Made me laugh more, of course, cause it was literally true.  And the last was just the moment of waking up to my alarm at 8:30 each day (besides glucose test day) and just rolling out of bed for work.  Didn’t realize how much calmer that would make me….

Miss Anything? Sleeping for long durations.

Movement: Lots

Food cravings: Anything sweet.

Anything making you queasy or sick: That dumb glucose test drink!  UGH!  For the record, the 3 hour test drink is WAY different than the 1 hr test drink….

Gender prediction: Va-j-j

Labor Signs: No, thank you.

Symptoms: Fatigue, frequent urination, heartburn when I lay down

Belly Button in or out? In.

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy

Looking forward to: TOMORROW!!!!!  We have our 3D appointment/ultrasound at Babyfaces tomorrow…..and my in-laws are joining us (and are just beside themselves with excitement).  I can’t wait to see Baby Hott!

Next appointment: We have the 3D ultrasound tomorrow, and then I go back at the end of the month (Oct 29th) for the RH shot.

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6 months? Are you serious? WK 23

Did you know that when I hit 22 weeks last week, I also hit my SIXTH month of pregnancy?  Seriously- check out this chart:

chart

It does not seem possible to be in my 6th month.  I remember several weeks just crawling by, but now looking back it seems like it has flown by.  It’s wild.

Not much new happened in week 22.  Baby girl was estimated to be the length of a Barbie Doll, which I found amusing.  As of now, though, I’m at 23 weeks!  Here is this week’s update:

Baby is the size of a grapefruit!  (I wonder how big my uterus is, though, because it feels much bigger).  At 23 weeks, your baby is getting bigger. He’s about 10.5 to 11.8 inches long and weighs 12.7 to 20.8 ounces.  Plus, he’s getting cuter!  Ears start to develop and his face and eyes are forming. He’s more aware, too, and is listening to your voice and your heartbeat, as well as loud sounds, such as cars honking and dogs barking.  You may also feel your baby move when he hears something familiar.

How far along? 23 weeks

Total weight gain: I haven’t checked since my last appointment, so no telling…I assume I’ve gained at least another 2 lbs or so!

Maternity clothes? I am still in my fat jeans, but I’m wearing a couple of maternity shirts.  I think they help me look more like I’m pregnant and less like I’ve just gained some weight…so that’s good.  I’m embracing the belly…bring it on.

Stretch marks?  No new ones

Sleep:  Can’t seem to get enough.  I prefer to sleep on my back, but that’s not good at this point in pregnancy (per the doctor).  The “best” sleeping position is the left side, which allows for optimum blood flow.  When I sleep on that side, though, my hip starts hurting…so I toss and turn back and forth.  Between that, my hands falling asleep and me having to pee at least 2 times during the night, I’m up every few hours

Best moment this week: Got to see some good friends this weekend who I don’t see often…love them.  And lots and lots of baby movement.  =)

Miss Anything? Sleeping through the night.  Cocktails.   Sugar Free Red Bull

Movement:  Yes, and a lot of it….especially at night

Food cravings:  Sweets.  Egg sandwiches.  Pancakes.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope

Gender prediction: GIRL!!!

Labor Signs:  No, thank you.

Symptoms:  Heartburn when laying down, frequent urination, carpal tunnel.

Belly Button in or out?  In.

Wedding rings on or off?  On.

Happy or Moody most of the time:  Happy/Giddy

Looking forward to:  Having a fun weekend in Dallas with the hubs/some friends

Next appointment:  October 1st  – glucose test.

The next few weeks will be totally busy, but should be fun.  I have work in Dallas this Thursday/Friday, so Chris and I are heading down tomorrow afternoon and staying until Sunday.  We are going to try out strollers at Buy Buy Baby (we don’t have a Babys R Us or Buy Buy Baby in NW Arkansas)…I think I know what I want, but want a second opinion.  We are also going to go to IKEA and pick up the desk I want for my home office (no IKEA close either).  Have I mentioned that my amazing boss is going to let me work 100% from home now?  Exciting, but nervous about that…..will post about that later.  We are also going to do dinner with friends on Friday…..go see some roller derby….will watch the Hog game at a sports bar with some friends…dinner Saturday….etc.  Should be fun!  Chris will drive back solo on Sunday, and I’ll catch a flight to Houston, where I’ll be working for the next week.

In other news, if anyone has any suggestions on registries (what to add/what not to waste time on/etc), feel free to pass them on my way!

XOXO

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June 27th- What do you want to be when you grow up?

June 27th Prompt- When you were younger, what job(s) did you want to have?

The only job I remember wanting when I was little was to be a lawyer.  I’m pretty sure I only wanted to be a lawyer because I felt like they made a lot of money and that was important to me (remember I grew up in a household with NO money, so my focus was not dealing with the same issues/problems).  In high school I was a part of the Mock Trial team, and in college I did debate for several years.  I 100% planned on going to law school….in fact, I majored in English because my advisor told me that it would prepare me well for law school.

What changed?  I fell in love.  Sounds silly, but it’s true.  You see, I am very competitive.  4 siblings (including one on a pedestal just a few years older than me) will do that to a person.  Anyway, when I do something, I not only want to do it well….I want to do it the best.  I graduated High School with a ridiculous GPA (funny I can’t remember it now..something like a 4.3, which in 1999 was super high).  I did the same for my bachelors degree and my masters degrees.  It’s just how I am.  Anyway, when I fell in love all of my priorities changed.  I knew that if I was going to go to law school I wouldn’t have time for anyone or anything besides law school.  And I knew that after law school, if I was going to be the best in my field I would have to be 100% dedicated to my career.  And frankly…after meeting Chris….that wasn’t an option anymore.

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June 14th- First Job

June 14th- What was your first job?

I’ve been working for as long as I can remember.  Seriously!  When I was a young kid, my dad would take me to work with him (he did construction, such as remodeling homes) as his gopher.  I never understood why he called me his gopher until I was older….and it was apparent that I was have to “go- for this and then go-for that” for him.  =)  I was a tool runner, or I’d sweep sawdust and keep the area as clean as possible so that at the end of the day we could get out of there as quickly as possible.  =)  I remember lots of sawdust and listening to the oldies station while we worked.  I hated it at the time, but now I look back and am glad I got that time with my dad.  The only ‘pay’ I got from this job was stopping at Braum’s on the way home for an ice cream cone…but that was worth it to me!

When I was around 13 I started babysitting for some of the local country kids.  That was my first pay job…and I loved it.

I suppose my first ‘real job’….and perhaps my favorite job to date….was working at Rocky Branch Marina.  I started when I was 16 and worked for about 3-4 summers.  My job attire?  A swimsuit, with shorts on top and a tank top.  My work duties?  Mainly helping boats as they came into the marina.  I’d help them dock….pump their gas….run and get them smokes/drinks/ice…and just keep them happy.  With all the drinking done on the lake, you can imagine the tips I made and the offers to go out boating that I received!  It was a lot of fun….and I had the best tan of my life!  Besides those duties, I also dealt with the pontoons that were rented out- I’d gas them up, go get them and drive them to the meeting point, clean them up after the renters were done, etc.  Lots of fun!!!!!

 

 

 

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Beach Brain

Hey, kids…what’s up?  Sorry it’s taken me so long to write another post- things have just been a little hectic coming out of the holidays.  You know how it is!  I feel like I have a lot of hings to catch-up on…yet I feel like I don’t have a lot to say.  Weird.  You know I love a bullet-point list, so let’s update that way today, shall we?

  • First off…still not pregnant.  In fact, since we are on a ‘break’ this month due to the horrible failure that was IUI #3 (and going on vaca this month), I still have not ovulated.  Had I been on my Clomid or Letrozole like normal, I would have ovulated around the 4th or 5th of this month and then had my period finishing up about now.  Instead, I’m on day like 30 of not ovulating.  No surprise there.  At least I won’t be on my period next week for the beach since I know I haven’t ovulated yet (I’m testing daily)!  Wonder how long it will take….
  • My New Years trip to Charlotte to see Widespread Panic was AWESOME!!!  Seriously…the travel was easy…the people I was with were great…the show was amazing…no complaints at all
  • Immediately after getting back from NC I got really sick…like went to the doctor during the day and then to the ER that night kinda sick.  It was awful!  I had the worst migraine I had ever experienced…I couldn’t keep my eyes open b/c the light made it worse….I couldn’t sleep due to the pain…after about 12 hours of this I couldn’t stop crying because it was just that bad.  I ended up getting shot up with something like morphine around 11pm at the ER and that finally helped (after they tried other stuff).  truly awful
  • I spent a week traveling for work right after I got somewhat better.  It was uneventful, except that I got my new hire signed off and was able to get her started with the company on the 16th.  Let me tell you- this girl is AMAZING.  She’s smart…she picks things up quickly…shes eager to please…she knows what she is doing…it’s great.  Work has been a little hectic and stressful due to some other issues (for another post, when I have like 5 hours to write, lol), but besides that it’s all good.
  • DH had a birthday while I was out of the blogosphere…he turned 35 on the 15th.  Halfway to 70, right babe?  I love you.
  • This week is almost as bad as the TTC 2ww.  Why, you ask?  Because we leave for Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) on Saturday at 7am.  I.AM.SO.EXCITED.  This week is going to just drag ass, I’m sure, but that’s ok…I need some time to do some last-minute shopping and pack my bags!  Here is what I’m most looking forward to on this trip:  1) Widespread Panic playing four nights of shows 2) My first vacation since I started with this company to NOT take any work with me (due to my awesome new hire I will not have to work on this trip…first vacation in 5 years that I didn’t have to do anything at all while out of the office)!  3)  Time with great people.  I love my husband, obviously, but I also love the other girls going on the trip!  4)  Sunny, warm days  5)  Did I mention Widespread Panic yet?

So that really catches you up to today.  I am going to be so worthless this week at work….I can already tell.  I’m just thinking of sand and sun!  Oh….and fingers crossed I ovulate at the beach.  Wouldn’t that be perfect?

More later.  Xoxo

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Happy Hell-A-Days…

Happy Holidays?  Yeah right….more like Happy Hell-A-Days!  The biggest sales in my company come from one customer…and the biggest months for that customer happen to be November and December…and that customer happens to be one of MY customers.  What does that mean for me?  Constant harassment, constant trouble-shooting, constant manipulation of orders, constant inventory management, constant analysis and constant stress.  Don’t get me wrong, these two months make my entire year (and my bonus), but they are just a TAD bit stressful.  And by tad bit, I mean ginormous amount.  So..if you are wondering why I haven’t posted for a while…there ya go.  It’s possible it may only be a weekly thing for a while…

 

I don’t really have too much to say, but I will update you on a few things going on:

 

  • As of now, I could be pregnant. I can test on Christmas Day, so we’ll see how that goes.  That would be an amazing Christmas gift, but I’m trying not to get my hopes up.  For the first time in a long time, I’m really feeling like I’ll be ok if the results are negative.  Why, you ask?  Because (as previously posted) we (Chris/some friends) are going on vacation at the end of January….and if the test is negative I’m going to tan all month to try to get a ‘base’ before the trip….AND I will drink myself to oblivion while I’m there.  If the test is negative, we’ll take the month of January ‘off’ and then revisit in February and try to decide what next steps are.  I’m leaning towards a little break to just gain some sanity and save some money for IVF, but I would be open to going to a RE to get his/her perspective on next steps.  I’m sure there are more tests/etc we can do before IVF….
  • I stuck to my guns and didn’t put up a single Christmas decoration.  I have some friends who are shocked and appalled at this…and I had several people tell me that I would regret it.  Guess what?  I don’t regret it.  At all.
  • I was SUPER late in doing my Christmas shopping this year, but today I was able to nail down like 95% of it.  I feel good about that….just have 2 little things to buy after today.  I’m planning on wrapping presents tomorrow night…
  • I have been feeling super blessed lately to have the certain people in my life.  Some are old, and some are relatively new…but they all add to my life in different ways.  I love real people….good people…people who accept me for who I am and how I behave.  I’m lucky that I have found so many good ones to surround myself with

 

I DO have one more thing I want to post, but I’m going to do that one on a private post.  I’m more than happy to share my password with most everyone, so just comment to me if you want it or email me and I’ll shoot it over.  I just don’t want to put it out there for anyone/everyone, and there ARE a few people in particular I wouldn’t want seeing it.  Anytime there is a private post and you want to read it, just let me know.  =)

 

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