Chubby Cheeks

I had my doctors appointment today and was hoping for an "it's getting close!" but got no information about labor at all. However!! I got the cutest picture of our baby. I don't even care if I'm close to labor because I'm so excited about the sonogram. My mom and the girls came with me today so they got to see the baby too. It has big 'ol chubby cheeks like mine. Sorry Tj. :-) The picture isn't near as good as what you could see on the screen. It was sucking and moving it's lips and cheeks. It was so neat.

The picture is just of the face. The arm is covering up the right side. The dark circles are it's eyes, the nose right in between, the big white circle is the left cheek. Don't feel bad if you can't see it, I think only 3 people can? :-)

I've been having a lot of back pain and a lot of stomach cramps (not to mention hot flashes, shortness of breath, fatigue...the list goes on) but the nurse thought all that sounded normal. Dr. Sohaie will be back on Monday so they told me to schedule my appointment for the first of next week and Dr. Sohaie will check me to see if I'm dialated at all. I am looking forward to a weekend full of rest and hopefully be geared back up for work Monday.


A ton of bricks!

I feel like I've been hit with a ton of bricks the last 5 or 6 days. Just two short weekends ago, I felt great. No complaints at all. We went to a graduation party, went to a Crawfish boil, went to Elk City lake...sat outside, visited, ate dinner, would've went on the boat if it was in the water...just felt great. At some point over Memorial Day weekend, I finally started feeling pregnant. Damn the luck, huh? Almost 38 weeks pregnant and I'm finally feeling yucky. :-)
List of my complaints:
Not sleeping
Can't roll over
Back hurts (upper, not lower)
Clothes are tight (including T-shirts, mesh shorts, and sweats)
Feet Swelling
Rings are tight

I guess that isn't too bad. I thought I had more. I'm sure everything is fine but we are down to the last couple weeks and I've been having some cramps and pains in my belly. They did go away after I laid down tonight but it's starting to make me anxious!!


When, oh, when?

Email me or post a comment and I'll add it to the list.
Erin: Boy, 7 lbs 2 oz, June 2nd
Sandra: Boy, 9 lbs 3 oz, June 3rd
Chelsea: Boy, 7 lbs 8 oz, June 6th
Kerri: Girl, 8 lbs 9 oz, June 8th
Jill: Girl, 8 lbs 4 oz, June 8th
Kelly D: Boy, 7 lbs 12 oz, June 9th
Kinzi: Boy, 8 lbs 7 oz, June 10th
Rebecca: Boy, 6 lbs, 12 oz, June 10th
Chelse: Boy, 6 lbs 14 oz, June 12th
Cathy: Boy, 7 lbs 4 oz, June 12th
Megan: Boy, 7 lbs 10 oz, June 12th
Allen: Boy, 5 lbs 5 oz, June 12th
Lindsey: Boy, 7 lbs 13 oz, June 13th
Nanny: Boy, 8 lbs, June 15th
Tj: Boy, 7 lbs, June 15th
Bubby: Boy, 7 lbs, 10 oz, June 17th
Mom: Boy, 6 lbs 12 oz, June 17th
Jennifer: Girl, 6 lbs 8 oz, June 17th
Patsy: Boy, 8 lbs 13 oz, June 17th
Genia: Girl, 6 lbs 12 oz, June 18th
Nathan: Boy, 7 lbs 4 oz, June 20th
Braylee: Girl, 10 lbs, June 30th (Pick a # btw 1-10, 1-16, 1-30)
Brecca: Boy, 1 lb 5 oz, July 1st (Pick a # btw 1-10, 1-16, 1-30)


No Disrespect

3 weeks until I deliver and my doctor goes on vacation for 2 of 'em. I was a little annoyed when she told me that last week but what can I do? The selfish part of me wishes she would've told me that in September when I started going to her and I possibly would've switched doctors. It sucks to develop a relationship with someone for 9 months, assume they are going to deliver your baby and help you through the most important day of your life, only to have them leave you hanging and have someone you've never met there for support. The logical part of me realizes that it must suck to be an OB doctor because there is never a good time to take off. Whatever week you decide to take vacation, you will always, always leave mothers-to-be in the hands of someone else. She needs a break too.

With that said, I saw Dr. Boise yesterday and was pleasantly suprised. If I knew he existed, I may've went to him from the get-go. That is a huge statement because I truly LOVE Dr. Sohaie. I'm just a "man" person. I'd rather have a man boss, a man teacher, a man doctor...ect. It's okay to say that since I am a woman, right? If someone told me that a man teacher was better or more respected...I would argue with them. :-) But when it comes down to it, that's just my personal preference.

He said everything looked great. No disrespect to Dr. Sohaie but I asked him for a second opinion on my swelling. He told me it was 100% normal and he wasn't worried about it at all. He said, "You might lay down and put your feet up when you get home from work but everything looks fine as long as you feel okay." That is more along the lines of what I was expecting to hear. Who doesn't swell when they are 36.5 weeks pregant? I have a sonogram scheduled for next week to make sure the baby is still in position. Then we are just playing the waiting game! Dr. Sohaie's nurse did tell me that she might induce since Tj is on the road and gone for days at a time but said I needed to discuss that with her when she gets back. I don't think I'll take her up on that but it's good to know it's an option. I'm really looking foward to the excitement of going into labor naturally, my water breaking, and calling all my family to tell them that I'm in labor!! We'll see how I feel about that in 2 more weeks. Right now, I don't have that, "Get this baby out of me" feeling at all.


36 Weeks

Maybe I'm dropping? I look smaller?!


3 More Mondays!

I count stuff down in weird ways but according to my calculations, I only have 3 Mondays left at work before Baby Trollope arrives! I just dread Mondays and to think that there is only 3, possibly 4 more (because I'm due on a Sunday) makes things seem so close! It's just so strange to think about things that way. I went to Wal-mart on Sunday and whenever I bought Tj the 8 pack of soap, I thought to myself, "This will be the last time I buy soap before the baby is born." Haha. Like I said in my previous post, I'm being 100% honest.

I just realized that I never posted the coming home outfits. I also realized that it's a blessing that we didn't find out the sex because everyone reading knows every last detail about this baby and it hasn't even entered the world yet. If we would've found out the sex, I'm sure I would've revealed the name...so how exciting would it have been when I actually delivered? At least this way there are 2 more BIG suprises to come!


Um, I don't think so!

I feel like I've been hit with a ton of bricks the last few days. A week ago, the second I woke up in the morning I honestly didn't know I was pregnant. It took a few (just a few) seconds for me to remember. Not only have I not slept good the past couple nights, I definately know that I'm pregnant when I wake up in the morning. Usually because it is something pregnancy related that has awaken me. Either the baby is kicking, the heartburn is horrible, I'm sleeping in a pile of sweat, or my back hurts so flipping bad that I've already been awake for a couple of hours. Maybe it's just been a couple of bad days in a row and I'll snap out of it. Probably not.

Tj and I went to the doctor yesterday and I showed her the swelling in my ankle. She immediately told me that I was to stop working. Um, I don't think so! She gave us this 10 minute speech on "stage 2 mumbo-jumbo" and then said, "Is that okay?" We both quickly said, "Not really." We talked her into 4 hours a day and then talked her back into full-time. She said she agreed to this only because she trusted me. Ha. She is giving me one week to get it under control. I think she is a very cautious doctor and is has the better safe than sorry attitude. I definately don't think I'm even close to not being able to work. I mean, isn't swelling normal in the last 4 weeks of pregnancy? The swelling just started last Wednesday and my face and hands are fine. It's just my right ankle.

I'm definatley not blowing this off and acting like it isn't a big deal. I know it is. It was just that I hadn't even been trying. I mean, after I got home from work I would lay on the couch for 30 minutes before cooking dinner and then head back to the couch but as far as work goes, I wasn't even trying. Actually, as far as life goes, I wasn't even trying. I went to Tulsa last Wednesday after work, Owasso last Saturday, Wichita this past Tuesday and to the doctor on Friday. I worked in my garden one night after work and worked in the baby's room one night. Definately not trying. I had no reason to try though, I felt fine!! This was definately a huge wake-up call and I promise the doctor and everyone reading, I will take it easy from here on out. I promise. :-)


35 Weeks

I don't have a whole lot to say but wanted to post my 35 week picture. I dug through my old pictures and found all of the pics of me in this outfit. It's quite entertaining watching me grow. It'll be over soon enough. I looked down tonight and my ankle is so swolen. It is actually bigger than my calf. It's only one ankle. My other foot is fine along with both hands. I'm still feeling great. Getting out of bed is getting harder but I'm still sleeping great in between bathroom breaks. I go to the doctor on Friday and am anxious to see what she says. Only 4 more appointments! Geesh!
19 Weeks

22 Weeks

27 Weeks

33 Weeks

35 Weeks


Calling All Mom's

I started packing my hospital bag tonight and have no idea what else I need! The things to the left are currently in the bag. Tj will be able to come home to shower but we will be about 30 miles away so it won't be convenient to run home. I will need to grab my Chi and my makeup (stupid acne) on the way out the door but those aren't really important right away. Do I need baby items such as blankets and burp rags? Any more suggestions?


Happy Mothers Day!

I am trying to be as real and honest and I can be on this blog. Mostly because I am looking forward to reading back in a few months and remembering my emotions and seeing how they've changed. I'm looking forward to reading about the birth and how I thought things would go. I'm looking forward to reading about the outfits that I was so excited to buy that probably won't fit and won't matter 10 minutes after we get home from the hospital. I'm looking forward to reading about my aches and pains and complaints and realizing that I had no idea what pain was until I was in labor. :-) However, I am also anxious to look back on Baby #1's blog while I'm pregnant with Baby #2 and see how different I feel the second go-around. And lastly, I think of how neat it would be if I had a "pregnancy diary" of my Mom's to look at while she was pregnant with me and to read about how she felt when she found out she was pregnant all the way to the story of my birth and first day home from the hospital.

That being said...Holy Crap! In the next 30 days, we will have a baby!! It still hasn't completely sunk in yet and I'm beginning to wonder if it ever will. Whenever I go into labor, I anticipate that I will still have that, "Is this really happening?" feeling and everything will be a blur. I thought it would sink in when I started showing or when we found out the sex. Then I thought maybe it would sink in when I started feeling it move. Then I thought when I hit 30 weeks and then maybe after the shower. Nope nothing. Until today that is. I was almost finished getting around for the day and I got a really bad cramp in my stomach. I laid down for awhile and it went away. I finished getting around and went to Wal-mart not thinking much about it. Sure enough, midway through Wal-mart, I got another pain. At that point, it sunk it. Haha. I grabbed my phone to double checked the time so I could keep track of how far apart these "pains" were. It was 10:22am. I obviously don't know what a contraction feels like but I was unsure enough about it to check the time. I hobbled around Wal-mart for awhile and then realized that it had went away without me noticing. I never had another weird pain but have been having cramps and aches that aren't familiar. I assume it is just my body adjusting and possibly the baby dropping. All of these things are normal at 35 weeks and I'm not thinking I'm about to go into labor or that anything is wrong. However, when I grabbed my phone out of my pocket and checked the time, it finally sunk in. It finally sunk in that that is a real-case scenario that could possibly happen anyday now. It could've happened today at Wal-mart, it could happen tonight, or it could possibly not happen until June 15th. All of the sudden when I looked at that clock, I experienced the realization, excitement, readiness, anticipation, and chills about the reality of all this and that it really is sooooo close.


Growing Up...

Good thing I grew up. No offense to any Nicole's, Lacey's, or Emily's but my tastes in baby names have definatley changed. :-) My sister and I wrote these when we were little and put them in Nanny's Bible at the farm. I remember when the farm house burned down and we were worried about the Bible and about the "notes in the bathroom." (Long story. Ha.) Somehow, both sets of notes survived the fire and we still have them to treasure and look back on all those great memories at the farm.


100% Ready

We are 100% ready for Baby Trollope to arrive. My carseat/stroller came this weekend and I heard through the grapevine that our friends ordered us a swing. It should be here anyday. :-) Those are the last two essentials that I was anxious about getting. I need to get a couple of nursing items but am planning on getting them this weekend. I can definately do without those if the baby comes early. They are more for Mama than Baby.

I had another great doctors appointment today! I was anticipating them doing the Strep B test today but she said they would do it at 35 weeks. I see her in 10 days and then weekly after that. She usually starts patients weekly at 34-35 weeks but since I'm doing so great and she sees no signs of early labor, she said we'll go 10 days this time and then see how I feel. I am 34 weeks and 3 days pregnant and painted my toenails Sunday. I don't think I have anything to complain about! I am a little more tired, my back aches in the evening, and my heartburn is unruly. Swolen? Nope. Sleeping? Yep. Waddling? Nope.


The Perfect Delivery

Assuming everything goes as planned, I am so excited about my delivery and the plans for announcing the sex of the baby. I know that things probably won't work this way...but I sure hope they do. Several variables have to be in place such as delivering during the day while the girls are awake, delivering naturally and not by C-section, and that me and the baby are in perfect health. The plan is to have the nurse get Brecca and Braylee to come in and see baby first. At this point they will put on their shirts and we will let everyone else in the room. We'll see if any of that happens but either way, we made the shirts and had fun doing it. :-)



The nursery is perfect! It's still really plain but I guess that's what you get when you don't find out the sex of your baby. I have lots of plans for after I deliver and I'll continue to update as I do more stuff. However, the "Dream" on the wall turned out awesome! I love the crib and changing table and can't wait to get bedding and some more decorations. I'm sure I'll have plenty of time to get everything perfect after I deliver but before the baby ever steps foot in the nursery.