30 weeks

How your baby’s growing:

Your baby’s about 15.7 inches long now, and she weighs almost 3 pounds. A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds her, but that volume will decrease as she gets bigger and takes up more room in your uterus. Her eyesight continues to develop, though it’s not very keen; even after she’s born, she’ll keep her eyes closed for a good part of the day. When she does open them, she’ll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision — which means she can only make out objects a few inches from her face. (Normal adult vision is 20/20.)


so having nightly heartburn isn’t a new thing, but having heartburn so bad that the meds dont fix it is. soo that means i either dont fall asleep until like 2am, or i fall asleep sitting up. went to the doc yesterday, glucose test passed and iron count was fine, so my exhaustion is normal and not a result of anemia. i’ve really hit the too big to move phase full on and getting up and down off things is difficult. mom, paul, lucas, and i did peekabelly on saturday, so below are pix of miss arianna! i’ll still have one more regular ultrasound in the coming month. i finally got some over-the-belly maternity jeans at kohls today. braxton hicks contractions seem to have decreased, but i guess she is getting too big for her house because her kicking has become stronger, of the uncomfortable variety as she attempts to rearrange my organs from the inside. overall, though, i still feel like this pregnancy has been easier than the last one. i don’t know if it is because i’ve done it before so i’ve come to expect all the ucky feelings, or if they are just less this time around.




it’s really hard being a mom at christmas

kohl’s is having a 2 day sale on toys and a bunch of stuff, so lucas and i went there specifically to get maternity clothes and this toy i’ve been wanting to get lucas:

well we get there and they have the stack of fisher price toys on display on the floor in front of the maternity clothes i was shopping for; so while i was looking for my jeans, lucas was pulling out and looking at all the little people sets. he decided he really wanted the Discovering Vehicles at the Garage (basically a car wash). so i tried showing him the santa one next to it and asked him to choose one, but he still wanted the car wash.

talk about dilemma. i didn’t want to be like, “no you cant have the one you really want because mommy wants this one.” i couldn’t just say no he couldn’t have any, because i’d already told him before hand that we were getting one. i couldn’t buy both the same day in front of him. i couldn’t buy the car wash in front of him and then just not give it to him until xmas. soo i ended up just buying the car wash for him and not the santa set. i felt so ridiculous buying him a new toy to have and play with a few weeks before christmas and frustrated about the whole dilemma with the santa set. i think im still going to buy a santa set next week (i actually even found a better one on amazon for $7 more).

it’s really hard being a mom at christmas. i just want to buy him everything, esp since everything is on sale. and because im addicted to Little People. theyre sooo cute!


29 weeks

“How your baby’s growing:

Your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 pounds 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.”

As of last week I’m in the third trimester. I changed doctors last week, too. I don’t remember if I already posted about my old doc, but they had moved their office into Kennestone hospital which was a *pain in the ass* to go to all the time so that is why i switched. so far i  really like the new doctor and nurses i’ve seen, altho i did have to be at the doc + lab (for diabetes test) from 10a -2pm. the doc assuaged my fears of having the baby on my birthday. the current plan is: next doc appt at 30 weeks, ultrasound at 32, and sometime around 32 or 34 weeks we will schedule my c-section to be around 38-39 weeks. i’m hoping they will let me pick the date b/c i want it to be 2/2/12.

biggest symptoms right now are the nightly heartburn, a new thing of extreme exhaustion where i want to sleep allll the time, not so comfy kicking and stomach hardenings (braxton hicks i assume – could someone tell my uterus that i won’t be delivering that way so it can skip the practice contractions?), and an inability to bend over b/c my tummy gets in the way. i’ve also started weaning myself off my zoloft, which is not going so well and i’m definitely not looking forward to going off completely since i’m only at half dose and am already having increased anxiety issues.

this week we are going to get the paint and start painting the nursery. i’ve decided i want pearlescent ivory. mom and i are going to start the sewing probably this week, too.


blow nose milk

we’re driving home and lucas in the back seat says “lucas blow nose milk” which of course didn’t make sense so i figured it was more of his random babbles

then a minute later he says it again and i look back at him…he has his straw up his nostril and was blowing out through it causing his milk to bubble up in the cup! my eyes were welling up with tears i was trying so hard not to laugh at him and further encourage it.

we got donuts at DD and he wanted mine that had the sprinkles on top, so i gave him that one. later i discovered hed eaten the donut from the top down – eating off the chocolate topping off and leaving the bottom half. he used to eat pizza sideways until i taught him that you from the point.

lately when he asks a question and we answer him, he replies with “ohh, yeah” as if he was saying “oh of course i see it now”

you don’t realize how many street signs there are along the road until your son discovers them and points out every…single..one

i was holding the radio remote in my hand when i scratched my ear and lucas said “mommy talkin remote nana” (mommy is talking to nana on the remote like it is a phone)



brown boot on chastain road in front of mccollum airport


25 weeks

how do things go missing after a move?  i absolutely can’t find the pitcher to make juice, some lawn tool of paul’s, a couple of dolls (altho there are a couple of boxes of fragile items i haven’t opened yet that they could be in), and there have been maybe one or two other things over the months but i can’t think of them now. but logically, you pack stuff up, arrive in the new place, and put your hands on every item you own as you unpack. so it’s not like “oh i haven’t seen that in years, who knows where it went” b/c i would have seen every single thing we owned recently. maybe that is the problem, having seen too much at once. but really, it’s not like i would have gone and stuck a pitcher in a hall closet when unpacking. there would only be one logical place to have put it.

i’m totally addicted to a new series called Strange Angels. I can’t put them down!

lucas said a 5 word sentence the other day, “now, put it in there” in referring to pouring oatmeal from a measuring cup into a bowl. he also said a sentence to paul containing two different ideas when he asked paul to 1. go upstairs and 2. open the door because he wanted to get into the locked bedroom where i was sleeping, “dada upstairs, open door?”

my family is nuts. where is my video camera when i need one.

i sold a virtual (WoW) item for 110 real dollars. i love capitalism.

pregnancy updates:

“How your baby’s growing: Head to heels, your baby now measures about 13 1/2 inches, but she’s beginning to exchange her long, lean look for some baby fat. As she does, her wrinkled skin will begin to smooth out and she’ll start to look more and more like a newborn. She’s also growing more hair — and if you could see it, you’d now be able to discern its color and texture.”

week 25 and i think the nausea is finally receding. i’ve stopped having to take pills on a daily basis. i officially cant breath as of this week, which comes a week too soon since i have to hike all over TN this weekend and i don’t know how im going to make it anywhere. i feel her moving a lot, and the kicks are significantly harder. i can also see them from the outside (that started may be 1-2 weeks ago?) ive started occasionally having heartburn and an increase in anxiety for some reason (or maybe it’s just b/c i can’t breathe). i get restless leg syndrome frequently at night, which is earlier than i remember it starting to occur before (thought it was a 3rd trimester thing) but it hasn’t been too bad yet so i can usually fall asleep.

mmm frosty

so im watching Mentalist and a random guy on it says “stay frosty” or something like that. so of course i had to pause and drive down to wendy’s and buy a frosty. only i hadn’t been out of the house today so i was still in my nightie. i grabbed paul’s bando sweatshirt and pulled that over the top. we decided i needed pants, too, but mine were in the wash, so i went with my sparkly aqua pj pants. i grabbed my slipons (that i recently came across a mention of in my *2005* blog entry) and was ready to go.

paul looked at me and told me that i looked like the clothing monster threw up on me. he also told me not to let anyone see me or they would think i was homeless.


as an aside, Wendys burgers are disgusting

he shoots, he scores

lucas is getting good at basketball. both yesterday and today paul and he were in the garage shooting hoops. i don’t know how he did yesterday, but i was sitting out there with them today, and he got two hoops in a row! the hoop is 5ft off the ground, so about level with my face.

i spent quite a bit of time today trying to transfer my domain name to a new registrar so that i can use it with this blog. it was registered in 2004 and had an email addy from back then, so it took me a bit to figure out how to get access.

i ordered a crib from kmart. http://www.kmart.com/shc/s/p_10151_10104_024W034674940001P?vName=Baby&cName=Furniture&sName=Cribs&sid=KDx20070926x00003a&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=024W034674940001P

“23 weeks, How your baby’s growing:

Turn on the radio and sway to the music. With her sense of movement well developed by now, your baby can feel you dance. And now that she’s more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound, you may be able to see her squirm underneath your clothes. Blood vessels in her lungs are developing to prepare for breathing, and the sounds that your baby’s increasingly keen ears pick up are preparing her for entry into the outside world. ”

i’m still having daily nausea. as long as i take a pill when i feel it coming on, i’m fine, though. she has been kicking up quite a storm today, and i’m starting to feel mini bladder punches. i often have trouble sleeping at night either for leg cramps or nausea or who knows what else, and it is only the 2nd trimester, so i wonder how bad it’ll be in the 3rd trimester 😛

so my sister is officially engaged. unfortunately the custom ring she is having made isn’t ready yet, so i still don’t get to see it (and more importantly, she doesn’t get to wear it). i just want to gloat a little over how my sister that i originally had a disagreement with over her even *having* a ring at all is now getting a custom ring made. i can’t wait to see it, though. i’m sooo excited for her and ross.

i think i just stole someone’s cat

so there is a post on our community forums about someone missing a cat (but no picture). i see a cat that looks as described out by the playground so i nabbed it in case it is the missing cat. only now im really regretting it, and not just because it clawed up my face when i tried to carry it back to the house. now im all worried that it isn’t the right cat and i stole someone else’s cat. i only planned to keep it for a day and if the lady hasn’t contacted me back by then, letting it go again. a) it has a green collar on and the ad didn’t mention a collar. b) im not really comfortable keeping a strange cat in my house. it is currently locked in the guest room away from my other cats, but that could still cause all kinds of problems. c) the person’s facebook account doesn’t look frequently used, so how do i even know if she’ll get my msg anytime soon? so now i’m thinking i should just go ahead and let it go. it probably isn’t even the missing cat, i’ll probably not hear back from her for a week, and itll probably cause a bunch of issues in my house. BUT what if if i go ahead and let it go and tomorrow she is all like “omg that is my cat! you found it!”

update: paul took pix of the cat down to the house of the person, and they weren’t home. i also noticed when taking pix that the color was slightly off and so were the markings ( i didn’t see any white on its face). so, i decided it wasn’t the missing cat and released it back into the wild.

update 2: so when i tried to heard the not-missing-but-stolen cat out the backdoor, apparently Booda escaped the house. he didn’t come when i fed him at night or come out any of the times i called him. i tried looking around for him outside, but by this time it was dark. i thought abby would be able to locate him, but there was a neighborhood cat in our front yard so i couldn’t tell if booda was around as well. i finally had to give up and went to bed. this morning booda was still missing. paul suggested that i look for him with abby inside. so i went looking around the house and found him curled up in the very back corner under our front porch. as soon as he saw me he started creeping towards me, looking all around for dogs or other stray cats. he let me carry him back into the house and the second i opened the back door he lept from my arms like “omg im home!”

convo with mom

i was clearing out old emails, and i found where i had emailed myself a funny. don’t know that i ever posted it, so i’ll post it here. it looks like we were probably in Tennessee at the time based on the date and subject.


Sent: Monday, April 11, 2011 4:01 PM
Me: where is Bristol Caverns?
Mom: in Bristol
Me: pretend I didn’t just ask that