Week 36 – Sinus infection, bronchial infection, and Braxton Hicks – oh my!

Yeah, so this past week has majorly sucked on the health front.  Last night was the first night in 5 nights that I actually slept in my own bed.  The previous nights were mixture of sleeping in the glider rocker and/or the couch.  I completely lost my voice for a few days and am gradually getting it back.  They sent me home from work on Thursday and I just went back today (Tuesday).  Thank goodness I’m able to take Sudafed, Mucinex, and a baby-safe antibiotic!

Baby is doing just fine, other than pretty much not sleeping for a few days while I coughed my lungs out.  It got to the point where each bout of coughing would trigger a Braxton Hicks contraction, which would then kick off MORE coughing.  All in all, neither one of us got much sleep for a while.  Both of us are now resting MUCH more comfortably and we’re even getting back into a schedule of activity, albeit a little bit later than I would like.  Ahem, 11PM.

I go to the doctor again on Thursday to get checked out.  This week begins my every-week-until-I-deliver visits and also marks the first exam to see if I’m dilated /effaced.  The baby feels a lot lower and Ben says she looks lower – we’ll have to see if she’s dropped or not.  I also have an ultrasound scheduled for Monday to ascertain her position, weight, and hopefully get us a better understanding of when she’ll finally make her grand entrance.  I have my fingers crossed that it will be soon.

On the home front, the baby’s room is FINALLY done!  Ben got the last of the trim painted last night.  We’re starting to play a fun game called, “What if the baby came tomorrow!?”  It involves me freaking out and getting the baby bag packed; he’ll be installing car seat bases in both vehicles at some time this week.

I haven’t hit total freak out mode yet, but I can see it quickly approaching.  I’ll keep you apprised of when I hit super melt down stage.

Have a great week!

~k

Week 35 – Is it over yet?

I’m one week closer to delivering and feel like complete and utter crap.  Believe it or not but all this cold / sinus / allergy stuff has made me completely forget all of my baby-related discomforts – it’s a blessing and a curse, I s’pose.

The good news is that I was able to talk to my doctor’s nurse practitioner today and she let me know that since I’m so close to delivering and all baby is doing is growing, that I can take most OTC medications to feel better.  I can’t wait to get home and take Mucinex and Sudafed to clear this crap outta my head and chest.  I’ve started the uncomfortable coughing and bringing up unpleasant surprises part of this cold or whatever it is.

Baby is still doing well – movements are less noticeable by other people now that she’s running out of room to kick.  They’re more turning from side to side or moving legs and arms.  Luckily, she’s not keeping me up at night moving. 

Last night I had to sleep in the glider rocker that my sister got us because I couldn’t sleep lying down – otherwise, I couldn’t breathe.  I was treated to an obnoxious Braxton Hicks contraction right before I fell asleep.  Just what I needed, right?  Better right before I fell asleep rather than waking me up at 4AM. 

We did our maternity tour on Sunday and learned some fun stuff about where to park, how they keep the infants safe from being baby-napped, and what to take / not to take with us to Labor & Delivery.  Apparently we’re supposed to save the nice pajamas for the recovery room – otherwise they’ll get ruined in L&D.  We should also keep the infant carrier in the car until the day we’re ready to take her home.  Never would have crossed my mind.

Speaking of which, I should probably get on the ball and get my hospital bag packed, huh?  My friend Allison sent along a great list of stuff to take (a fan, my own TP, etc) so I’ll probably go from her suggestions.  Anything you would add as a must-have?

~k

P.S.  Maybe I’ll get some nursery pictures up this week…. *maybe*

It’s still dark out – this is unfair on a Sunday morning!

You know the drill… up since 5AM, but rolled outta bed at 5:45 when I finally gave up on achieving REM sleep again.  Got up, brushed my teeth, wandered downstairs, chugged a huge glass of water because I feel completely dehydrated, made myself a cup of weak coffee, and finished up the dishes from last night’s dinner.  I figured I could get this week’s money transfers done and finances figured out but Chase is down for major upgrades and I’m outta luck there.

Instead, looks like I’ll throw in a DVD of Criminal Minds (Season 1) and figure out my to-do list for the day.  I’ll give you guys an insight into what I’ll be doing to while away this lazy – yeah, right – Sunday.

  • Fold sheets from dryer
  • Toss ingredients for beef stew in crock pot for 4 hours (lunches for the week)
  • Another load of baby stuff in washer
  • Dust upstairs (bedroom, baby room, hallway)
  • Vacuum upstairs
  • Maternity Tour @ OSU – 3:30PM (almost forgot about this one!)
  • Bathmats, towels, misc. stuff into washer
  • Sunday finances when Chase gets its stuff together
  • Make TY cards for shower
  • Write TY cards from shower gifts

Busy day, n’est ce que pas?  Too bad I can’t start some of it until after Ben gets up… I think he’d be pretty peeved if I started vacuuming the bedroom while he’s still in bed.  I was even super nice this morning and closed the door before I let the muppets out of their crates.  I should get bonus points for that; I could have let him be ambushed by surprise puppy kisses but didn’t.  That kinda starts his day on the wrong foot and he morphs into Mr. Grumpypants fairly quickly. 

Oh yeah… I think I’m developing seasonal allergies.  The past few days I’ve been full of snot / stuffed up and have been blowing my nose like crazy. My lips are all chapped because I’ve had to breathe through my mouth when I sleep; I’m sure that’s led to some wonderful snoring symphonies for my husband.   Add that on top of being 8 1/2 months pregnant and I’m essentially miserable.  Oh well.

Have a great rest of the weekend!

Top Search Terms

Ok, this makes me laugh… here are the top search terms that people use to find my blog:

  • Kreestee blog (self-explanatory, I s’pose)
  • Ultrasound images (also fairly reasonable)
  • Prominent female genitalia (starting the swerve to the left)
  • I feely everytime sleepy (home run outta the park)

Seriously, “I feely everytime sleepy” directed someone to my blog?  People are weird.

The City of Columbus is desperate for revenue

It’s not enough that the City of Columbus wants to raise taxes, implement a monthly fee for trash pickup (which is supposed to be included in our taxes), and generally nickle and dime the Central Ohio natives, but yesterday it became personally clear to me just how desperate the city is for revenue.

I had a meeting downtown with a client and made sure that I had enough change to feed the meter in front of their building for over an hour.  I fed the meter (it ate two of my dimes, but that’s not why I’m incensed) and went on my merry way to my appointment.  A vendor who met me there asked me if I had change for a dollar because he didn’t have any change on him.  Unfortunately, I had just fed the meter my last few jingles and had none to spare.  He shrugged and pretty much accepted the fact that he would receive a ticket since neither one of us had a dime to spare between us; it was a rental car and he could easily get his company to cover any tickets incurred while traveling in Columbus.

The meeting went better than expected and we were out of there just a smidge over an hour after we entered.  I walk out of the lobby into the beautiful weather and immediately noticed an orange ticket lodged under my windshield wiper flapping in the breeze.  My first assumption was, “How the hell did I get a parking ticket!?”  My second question was, “Why doesn’t Bill’s car have one!?” Yes, I got hit by the parking Nazis but Bill’s rental car was unblemished by orange.  I stomped over to the Explorer, plucked the ticket from underneath the wiper and read the details.  It wasn’t a parking ticket.

It was a ticket for failing to display my car registration sticker while parked in a city meter.  I have a Pittsburgh Steelers license plate cover that prohibited the meter reader from seeing when my tags expire.  Since he / she couldn’t read it, I was technically ‘unregistered’ and got hit with a $45 fine.  If you think I was pissed about getting whacked for a $15 parking fine, I was morally OUTRAGED over this fine technical detail.  Bill was extremely amused as I ranted and raved.  I think it was his favorite part of the trip.

Will I fight it?  Most likely not.  It will be easier to just write the city a check for $45 and be done with it.  I’m having Ben move the license plate cover to the FRONT of the Explorer this weekend though so the view of my tags are never obstructed again. 

I have a suspicion that the meter reader was a Browns fan… sneaky bastards can’t win any other way.

Week 34 Doctor’s Appointment

It’s weird seeing my doctor every 2 weeks now that I’m getting closer to my due date.  I like that I get to see her more frequently and have the opportunity to ask questions, but it’s also a reminder that we’re getting closer and closer to the end of my pregnancy and beginning of the Mom Journey.  Exhilarating and scary all at the same time.

So here’s the scoop…

  • Blood pressure is AWESOME.
  • Weight is so-so… I’m under the don’t ask, don’t tell policy about this right now.  Don’t ask me and I won’t tell you to take a long walk off a short pier.
  • Baby is currently measuring at 37 weeks, even though I’m just 34 weeks (3 weeks ahead).  However, this is better than the last appointment when I was measuring at 36 weeks but was only 32 weeks.
  • Heartbeat was chugging along at 140 beats per minute – same as last time.  My doctor had a hard time getting her to stay in one place so that she could listen. 

I have another ultrasound scheduled for Monday, April 6th so we’ll have a much better idea of what she weighs, how she measures out length-wise, and get a better approximation of when we can expect her to arrive.  I’m just praying this isn’t a 10 lb baby!

We have our maternity tour of the hospital scheduled for Sunday.  We’ll also get the paperwork so we can have it all filled out ahead of time.  I like this planning ahead stuff. 

Have a great week!  ~k

Week 34… This isn’t so bad, right?

Week 34 already – where has the time gone?  I remember when I was on pins and needles waiting for week 22 so that we could find out if we were having a boy or a girl.  These last 12 weeks have passed by in a blur!

What’s going on with baby you ask?  Here’s some updates…

  • She’s close to 5 lbs now – maybe more.  I’ll learn more at this week’s doctor’s appointment on Thursday morning.
  • It doesn’t appear that she has much room to ‘float’ anymore – I can feel separate body parts (what we think are her butt, back, and legs) now.  It’s alternately creepy and cool.
  • She gets the hiccups!  She had them late last night and then again in the middle of a client meeting today.

Mom stuff (yeah, it took me a minute to remember I was referencing myself).

  • The pain in my hips is increasing.  I don’t know if it’s the way I’m sleeping or some super secret plot that my hips have to go their own separate ways, but it HURTS.  Not unbearable, but definitely uncomfortable.
  • I’m still averaging 4-6 hours of sleep a night.  No crazy up for 24 hours straight jags recently.  I think my body is still trying to rebound from that one.
  • Starting to feel a little lower back pain; the massage therapist said that it was from my hip flexors.  She worked the crap out of them and now they feel pretty good.  I’m not stopping in pain when I take a step anymore so that’s definitely an improvement.

Ben and I had an eventful weekend.  Saturday I redeemed the best Christmas present ever – a gift card he got me for the spa at our gym.  It was good for a 1 hour pregnancy massage, manicure, and pedicure.  I purposely scheduled it for the day before my baby shower so I’d look good 😉  Needless to say, the massage was wonderful, my toes look awesome (not that I can really see them anymore), and I’m loving the fact that my fingernails match my toes – I’m wearing OPI’s ‘Charmed by a Snake.’

Saturday night a lot of my family traveled in from Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Detroit ahead of the baby shower the next day.  I love being able to spend time with my extended family – the last time I saw some of them was Christmas.

Sunday morning I woke up at 4:30AM and was at Meijer by 5:20 to pick up a few last minute things.  The shower was completely overwhelming.  Over 40 people showed up and I felt bad not being able to entertain everyone at once.  Plus, I hate being on display opening gifts in front of people.  I always feel like I don’t say thank you enough, have a big enough smile, or come across as too fake. I’m so glad that I have such great friends who traveled from Cincinnati – I’m happy that Claire and Allison finally got to meet each other after trading comments on my blog, too.

Ben and the guys in my family loaded everything up in the Explorer and we brought it all home – it filled the entire back bay with the seats down.  My sister came over tonight and we went through all the clothes, washed what we’re keeping, and got them put where I want them – at least temporarily.  I’m sure I’ll change my mind a bizillion times before the baby arrives on what  I want where.

The nursery is almost done!  I’ll have to take pictures and get them posted once Ben hangs the door.  I really like the closet organizer we installed – it’s perfect for all the stuff we need to store in there – both hanging and folded.  We’ll be able to reconfigure it as her needs change.

The only thing we truly ‘need’ to complete the nursery is a changing pad with covers.  I’m not really worried about the other stuff one there since we can do with or without it,  but I’d like to cross the changing pad off the list.

Oh yeah, I’ve eaten a bizillion Peeps (you know, the marshmallow chick thingies) in the past few days.  I’m surprised the baby isn’t on sugar overload.

I’ll try to post more regularly; I feel bad that I’ve been swamped at work and at home.  Posting to my blog has been the last thing on my to do list lately but I’m trying to work it back close to the top.

~k

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