Thursday, December 30, 2010

Back from Hiatus

Whew!  Time has flown by!  It flies by every day, month, year and yet I'm still not used to that.  The holidays are almost over (our last Christmas celebration is this weekend) and New Years is in two days!  I'm going to really try to keep everyone up to date on what's going on in the Wolf household by blogging more.  If I can't keep it up now with the craziness of work, travel, holidays, and errands - then there's no hope of keeping it up when you add peanut into the mix.  And lil' peanut is scheduled to rock our world in just 10 weeks!  70 days!

So here's our latest update...and our 100th post!

How Far Along?  30 Weeks!  Crazy!  It doesn't seem like we're this far along already.  This is our last week where we can say we have "double digits" left.  After this, it's 9 weeks, 8 weeks, etc and that sounds so much closer!

Weight Gain?  Weight is on track..."great" according to Dr. C.  Still no stretch marks!!!

Maternity Clothes?  100%

Symptoms?  Still stuffy, I blow my nose multiple times a day.  I can tell my face is a little fuller but no puffiness or bloating with my feet or hands.  So it's really nice I can still wear my heels to work and wear my wedding ring.  I am waking more during the night, not sure why.  I'm not running to the bathroom more than once or twice a night.  For example, tonight I was so exhausted I'm surprised I could walk myself to bed at 9:30pm.  But up at 3am and wasn't ever able to fall back asleep (should make for an interesting day)

Movement?  Yes!  You can tell Peanut is getting bigger because I don't feel as many jabs or sudden movements out of nowhere.  Instead it's like he's stretching and trying to make more room.  Still big movements, but not fast and quick.  He is waging war with my right side of ribs.  Everyday for the past week he has tried to move them out of his way.  Yesterday, he tried so hard it made me wince and gasp.  I had someone in my office at work at the time and he looked alarmed and asked if everything was ok.  I just had to laugh, "someone thinks I should have a few less ribs than what I do"

Sleep?  I love sleep, so I always wish I could get some more.  But I'm fine with my sleep patterns right now.  In a couple months, I'll have to adjust to a different sleep schedule anyways.  I find it comforting that this is my new that weird?

Food Cravings?  Still sweets.  Cookies, ice cream, etc.  But I've always had a sweet tooth.

Best Moment of the Week?  Hmmmm....too many to choose from.

What I Miss?  Tim, myself, and the boys were in Nebraska visiting my family over Christmas. We had to come back on Sunday.  I miss my family.

What I'm Looking Forward To?  Life calming down after the hustle and bustle of the holidays.  Then Tim and I can finish the nursery.  Things have completely stalled since November.  We are starting to pick the pace back up though.  With all the SIDS research, we're putting a fan in the nursery.  Tim got it up the day after it was delivered...
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I ordered a rocker/glider at BRU yesterday but am having reservations about it.  Here is what has been ordered...Newco Jayden Upholstered Recliner - Chocolate Chenille - NEW Corp  - Babies"R"Us

This is what I was wanting...
 Newco Sunny Swivel Reclining Glider - Beige Micro Suede - NEW Corp  - Babies"R"Us

Both are rockers/gliders that recline, which was big for us.  Plus they look as if we'll be able to use them after the nursery too.  The difference, the cream one swivels and is cream.  I'm worried the chocolate colored one will make the nursery too dark.  But with my coupon, I couldn't justify cream and swivel for an additional $150.  Maybe I should just rethink how to paint the nursery and lighten the room up that way?

Weekly Wisdom?  Pregnancy doesn't make you wise every week :)

Appointments?  Another check up in 2 more weeks

Baby Size?  Around 16 inches long and about 3 pounds!

Friday, December 17, 2010

The Greatest Husband Ever

I'm not sure if all pregnant, or wanting to be pregnant, ladies add this to their wish list - but I know I had it on mine.  (insert bashful, shy face here)

You always see tons of pregnant ladies when you're not pregnant.  They seem to be everywhere!  And you see all kinds of ways to carry your pregnancy.  Some have the cute little basketball babies, where it looks like the lady is just hiding a basketball under her shirt.  You see the woman who carries it in her belly...and her behind.  You see the lady whose face plumps up so much you barely recognize her when she comes back from maternity leave.  And so on, and so on.  I would always wonder if I ever got pregnant, how would I look.  I completely understand that in the whole grand scheme of things, how I carry is at the bottom of my important priorities!  But it was up a lil higher on my petty priority list.  (insert another blushing, bashful face here)

So when I was getting ready for work this morning, half dressed and all - Tim walks in with a goofy grin on his face.  So I had to ask what was going on.
Tim: "It's funny to see you pregnant." 
Me: "Funny, how?" 
Tim: "Funny that you look normal all over but then you have all your baby weight right in your belly" 
Me:  all smiles

Don't I have the greatest husband ever?!?!?!

and another thing checked off my petty wish list

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Hello...My Name is 3rd Trimester

How Far Along? 28 weeks YAY!  Officially in the third trimester!!  I actually can't believe that it is already here.

Weight Gain? More than I prefer :)  We'll say 25ish.... but the better question is Stretch Marks?  No!  (at least none yet)

Maternity Clothes? Yes please!  They feel so much better that trying to make regular clothes work with a belly band.  But I am still able to fit into some of my pre-pregnancy clothes.
Symptoms? Congested, I blow my nose at least 5 times a day.  I've had one event of sciatic nerve pain, but thankfully that's all so far.   Sleep is getting a little more tricky...I've started waking up for a couple hours in the middle of the night again.
Movement? LOTS!  Sometimes its so much that it makes my stomach sore, but I am in love with it.

Sleep? Besides the couple hours I'm wide awake playing solitaire on my phone...still good!
Food Cravings? Sweets and desserts...but that's nothing new.  Thank you peppermint ice cream...all of Deb's cookies she made...Starbucks decaf peppermint mochas......yummmmm
Best Moment of the Week?  Finalizing our pediatrician and daycare.  That took a lot off my mind!  Thanks to the recommendation of some dear dear friends, we found our pediatrician who is very down to earth.  They have an EXCELLENT set up close to our house and a 24 hr nurse line staffed by the nurses in their office that we'll come to know!  Plus, Dr. Bob had lil Elmo's securing his can kids not love that?!?!?  They'll fit you in same day, or even in couple hours, if you call with a sick kid.  We felt very comfortable.  Our daycare is a facility...which we were kind of thinking in-home initially.  But with Tim and my work schedule, this place is exactly what we need.  They are always there, they don't take a week or two off for vacation.  They are great with drop-off and pick-up times.  Their staff has been there for awhile and is very consistent for the kids.  I could keep going on and on, we liked it a lot.
Gender? still our baby boy
What I Miss? Nothing...I'm loving this pregnancy.
What I'm Looking Forward To? Our Drs Appt this morning, hopefully I can sweet talk him into an extra ultrasound.  If he shoots me down, then I'm looking forward to seeing more family.  Christmas with Caren is this weekend at our house.  We love it when people come stay with us!
Weekly Wisdom? Appreciate everything, the good and the bad.  Yesterday I had made a to do list for work and a to do list for home.  I didn't make as much progress as I would have liked on either, so in my middle of the night tossing and turning I started thinking/worrying about it all.  I'm so busy.  How's this all going to get done?  After this to do list, then we'll have X event come and then A,B,C needs to be done.  Blah, Blah, Blah.  I didn't like the words coming out of my I'm changing them.  I made a conscious effort to change them and it's already made a big difference in my stress level...I can just feel it.  I'm lucky to have such a long to do list...and that I'll be able to get it all done.  And I will, one way or another.  This list represents all that I have.  Gifts to buy loved ones - thank god I can afford to show others how much they mean to me, even if wrapped in a little package.  Food and meals to plan for family gatherings - thank god I still have a lot of family still around and that our schedules allow for us to meet up.  Laundry - thank god our washer didn't go out a month ago when we thought it had, that saved us a lot of money.  And so on.....just appreciate life.

Appointments? Today!  And then another in two weeks.
Baby Size?  Over 2 1/4 pounds....around 15 inches long.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

A week in review

My week in's been a jammed packed one!  I wish I could squeeze more hours out of each day.  Then I could get so much more done, including more posting.

This past week at work, we had helpers brought in from other campuses.  So Monday was spent meeting with them and going over obstacles that I would love their help on removing.  So far so good...home office sent us really good helpers!

Tuesday was our last monthly doctors appointment.  Dr C let us know that we would now be switching to every two weeks.  Which sounds super exciting!  I can't believe we're already on the cusp of being in the third trimester!  Next time we see him, we will be officially in that elusive third trimester!  Everything is still looking good and sounding good on the doppler but no ultrasound.  I asked when our next one would be and it's not until 36 weeks!!!  I was in shock!  That's ten weeks away!  Our last ultrasound was October 19th at the specialist, almost 5 weeks earlier.  That will be over 3months in between ultrasounds!!!  I feel as if I'm going through withdrawal.  This is the longest I've gone without an ultrasound since this crazy let's-have-a-baby science experiment started!  Is this what normal pregnancies do?  We've had 26 ultrasounds to date, through all the testing and trying and succeeding.  I LOVE having a "normal" pregnancy and that our little peanut is healthy......but I'm not sure I like being so normal that I don't get to peek in there to check in on him.  Oh God!   I'm already that overbearing, suffocating, too involved mother in my son's life!  :)

Wednesday I was at an all day training session at work and left a smidge early because we went to Carrie Underwood's concert!  It was such a good time!  There was a lot of great music...loud music, and I think baby boy loved it.  He was either having the best time and dancing up a storm OR mad at all the noise and throwing the biggest tantrum ever.  He was moving all over!!!  He was kicking high up in my abdomen, lower in my stomach, and both on my right and left sides.  He was all over the place.  It was really fun to feel him move so much!  We didn't get home and in bed till after midnight.  It's been a long time since I remember being awake that late.  It was worth it though.

Thursday I went out to Kansas City for the day for more training for work.  Drove 3 hours out in the morning, did an afternoon session of training, and then drove 3 hours back after dinner.  A 12 hour day, but better than our usual of having to go to Chicago for training.  I was pretty exhausted when I got home.

Friday I had the morning off, since I'm working my half day in the afternoon and then another half day Saturday.  I made sure to get the most out of my morning.  Dentist appointment, then eye doctor appointment, then ran errands at Target, got to the lab and completed my glucose test and was still at work by 12:30pm!!!!  Yay me for getting a ton off my to do list!  The glucose test was just a 1 hour and it was no where near as bad as I've heard.  It was like drinking an orange soda with a couple extra spoonfuls of sugar in it.  Not syrupy, but it did give me a headache.  Fingers crossed that I passed!  We should find out Monday or Tuesday.  When I got to work at 12:30pm, my advisor who just successfully completed training turn in his resignation.  Dang it!!  Not the best way to start my work day.  I just can't seem to catch a break at work lately. 

Saturday was a whirlwind as well.  I was so tired and did not want to get out of bed to go into work.  I managed to drag myself out of bed and worked 9-1pm.  Tim and I had made a pact to get some of our Christmas shopping done Saturday.  So I came home and switched into jeans and headed right back out the door.  First we were looking for maternity black work pants and newer, nicer jeans for me.  He felt my frustration because there just isn't much out there.  All our lives, you are told to only buy it if you love it.  If you don't love it in the store, you won't wear it at home.  I don't think that advice carries over to maternity clothes, there is such a limited selection.  Maternity clothes advice should be "if it kinda-sorta fits, buy it".  We went to the mall, target, and samsclub all before church.  After church we refueled with dinner out and then hit up walmart.  Finally got back home after 8pm.  Found black work slacks for $7, most Christmas presents purchased, and even some grocery shopping done!  Another long day but another day of getting lots off my to do list!  At least these busy days help me sleep better.  No more waking up for a couple hours in the middle of the night.

Now it's Sunday.  A week since my last post and hopefully you can see why there was no time and/or energy to get one out.  Today I'll still be busy.  Trying to get somethings done around the house, but have to go back out to a different mall to search for those elusive maternity jeans and hopefully something cute for Tim's work party.  I don't understand how hard it is to make a jean in maternity size that is dark blue and not bleached all over!?!?!  It's also the time of year to get our wedding rings checked and I want to look at watches for Tim for Christmas.  Then partnering up with some of the ladies at church to shop for our adopted family and afterwards dinner with friends.  Hopefully I can squeeze in getting Christmas cards done today too...if not there's always tomorrow! 

Enough typing...I'm off to tackle more of my to do list!