Friday, February 22, 2008

Shortest Workweek Ever!

We woke up this morning to our world covered in Snow. It started around 3AM, and lasted until 10ish. We got about four inches, and its suppose to start sleeting for the rest of the day into tomorrow morning. Then even more snow is suppose to fall!

Even though my work is only about 20 minutes away from my house, I called out. I didn’t want to take any chances with this little guy I’m carrying around. From what I’ve been told, the other teachers who did venture in had a long and scary drive, plus only two of my toddlers (out of 11) showed up – one being the daughter of a fellow teacher at my school. I felt bad a little bit, but its better to be safe than sorry.

I did get to take Maverick out twice to play in the snow. He’s so funny to watch. I took some pictures, of course. They are pretty cute, I’ll post a couple. It’s amazing to me that I “posed” for my 7 month picture on Monday and it was warm outside, now I look out and all I see is a blanket of white! Crazy that this has all been part of one 5 day work week! Can’t beat having another three-day weekend though!

I went for my monthly OB appointment. My glucose test came back normal, which was a relief. I never want to have to drink that stuff again. I’m going to start seeing the OB every two weeks now…all that means is that its getting closer to my time to pop! The little mister has been pushing against the upper part of my abdomen. It can get a bit painful at times, but its really funny to watch him moving about. Tony talks to my belly and the baby responds. It’s really sweet. Started having some back aches too, which the Doc says is normal in petite women who carry “all belly.” I’m grateful no real problems have arisen though…two more months (ish) to go!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Gotta Love A Three Day Weekend

I wish we always had three day weekends. Its so nice to be able to take a day and do nothing at all.

This weekend was suppose to be my sorority reunion up at Immaculata. I was really looking forward to spending some time with my friends and seeing my alma mater, but once again - I got sick. I ended up with the Flu & it was No fun. It lasted part of Saturday and all of Sunday, so I wasn't able to go to the reunion. I hope the girls who went had a good time. I sat here and bugged Tony with my sulking! :)

A couple people have asked for information about the hospital where we will be delivering our little guy, so I posted up directions way in advance for when the time comes. I'll keep them there (look to the right) so that whenever the time Finally gets here to meet our little one, the directions will be there!

I did manage to start a little project of mine this weekend. I wanted to make a couple of personalized onesies. Here's an example of one that I made. It's the green apple for The Beatles. I am also making a few other "band" onesies, including two with STYX logos on them! They are turning out really cute and I can't wait to see my little guy in them.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Gag and A Screech!

What a day!!

My day started by having to do the Glucose screening test. You can’t eat or drink anything past midnight the night before the test, so you’re starving when you get there. The test starts with the nurses giving you a orange colored drink about 2/3 the size of a normal bottle of water, and telling you to drink the stuff down in 5 minutes. So you open it and taste it. The first taste is deceiving. You think “oh this isn’t so bad.” Then you take another swig and another then realize this ubber sugary orange kool-aid wanna-be has to go down in 5 minutes. The best thing to do is chug it down and try to ignore the gritty feel of all that sugar as it pours down your throat (It’s hard not to gag). Then they make you wait an hour. In that hour your stomach starts to churn because this is the only thing you’ve had in your belly since last night. I started to feel a little faint (lack of food will do that to us preggers), then I felt sick to my stomach like I was going to vomit – the stuff is seriously that gross. Lastly when you’re hour is up they take a couple vials of blood and send you on your merry way. Sheesh – what a way to start off a day.

Thankfully when I got to school I had a smaller size (some of my kids were out sick today), so Ms. Jenn and I combined our classes. We had a blast doing a joint art project with paints and sponges. The kids really enjoy working with paint so it was a big part of our day to let them explore their creativity.

I was so excited when I was leaving work. We have a brand new kitchen set for my classroom, which comes with pots that “boil”, a microwave that “beeps” and all sorts of bells and whistles. I also turned in my lesson plans for the entire month of April. I’m trying to get May & June’s done as well so that everything will be set for when I am out on Maternity Leave (though I’m not yet sure when I’ll go out). So I left work and started my short journey home. I was thinking about what I wanted to bring in for my kids – tomorrow we’re having a little V-Day party. I stopped at this red light when suddenly I heard the screeching of tires to my left. Apparently, someone who was trying to turn left following traffic going the opposing direction began to hydroplane. The hydroplaning truck ended up spinning into the red SUV just to the front and left side of me. The red SUV in turn smashed into the grey car directly in front of me. The still spinning truck then headed my way. Luckily it only “tapped” me. It hardly even left a mark! But it was a seriously intense 20 seconds of thinking “OMG this guy’s going to kill us.” It was one of those surreal moments where everything seems to happen slowly. I felt a complete loss of control as I watched the truck get closer and closer to my drivers side door. The scariest thing is that if he hadn’t hit the red SUV first, he would have hit my drivers side door with full force instead of just tapping me. Thankfully I had a chance to sit and calm myself down a little bit while waiting for the police to get there so I could give my statement. I wasn’t hurt at all, but I did tense up waiting for the impact to happen. It was more emotionally intense than anything else, but I went straight over to my OB’s office anyway to make sure the baby was okay. I figure its better to be safe than sorry. The plus is that I got to hear my little man’s heart beat. My blood pressure was understandably elevated, my back and neck are stiff and sore, and I have a killer headache, but compared to what could have been I feel VERY VERY lucky. I’ve been mentally sending a couple of thank you prayers up to the heavens to thank the Big Man for keeping us safe today.

I am not the kind of person who celebrates Valentines Day. I actually detest the “holiday” (too commercialized and ridiculous), but in light of the scare I had, I think I’ll wear my red tomorrow and encourage my toddlers to celebrate! Afterall, as I’ve been reminded this afternoon, every day and every moment in this life should be treasured – even Valentines Day. I’m going to share the love!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Finally A Minute To Breathe...

We’ve been keeping pretty busy lately. I feel like I haven't had a chance to sit down and write on my blog in a while.

Last Tuesday my girlfriend Malinda and I attended a seminar on breast feeding. I’ve been having the internal argument with myself about breast feeding, and recently had a bad experience with someone who was so Pro-BF that it scared the heck out of me. I’ve never really felt comfortable with the whole concept so I attended the seminar just to get a little more information and perhaps a different perspective (the seminar is part of a bunch of free ones that Babies R Us offers for expectant parents). Unfortunately, now I’m even less thrilled with the idea than I was previously. The seminar was good – very informative. I got some wonderful information on pumping, but the video they had us watch about breastfeeding just helped in my final decision that breast feeding is just not for me. Instead, I hope to pump. I figure, at least this way the baby will still get the nutrition he needs, just without that physical aspect.

Tony and I are attending another seminar tomorrow night. This one is about infant care. I take care of toddlers all day long, so I’m pretty confident on some of the basics & on how to change a diaper, but I don’t think it’ll hurt to hear about what to expect when my little guy comes home from the hospital. It’ll be something fun that Tony and I get to do together too, so that’s nice. The poor men get left out of so much when if comes to having a baby. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that they give you coupons and free stuff when you attend these seminars!

Tony finished Part 1 of the baby’s room, and it looks fantastic!! We went with this lovely Key Lime Green color for the walls, and painted the ceiling a crisp white. Once we got the furniture in there and looked at the lovely colors that will be in the bedding set we want, it really looked great. I wanted to help paint the baby’s room so badly!!! But once he popped the top open on the paint can, the smell immediately made me feel sick, so I was outta there! My sister-in-law Diana who is a mural artist in Philadelphia (very very talented) is going to get started on Part 2 of the room within the next couple of weeks. She’s going to do a lovely scrolled writing on the walls with the poem “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” then do something with some of the stars and moon shapes in the bedding set. It’s going to look wonderful when she’s done. I’m so lucky to have her to help the room really look unique. Last we’ll have to figure out what to do with the floors then we’ll be all set! I can’t wait to see it all done!

Wednesday morning I go for the dreaded Glucose Test. I’ve heard the texture of this stuff I have to drink is aweful!! I’m just looking forward to it being overwith! Then Thursday morning I’ll wake up and officially be 7 months pregnant! I can’t believe how fast the time is flying by. It’s getting harder to get comfortable in order to sit or rest, forget about bending over lol, and even sleeping has become a slight issue (I snore really badly now lol). I guess its not too easy to carry a bowling ball sized belly around haha. I just keep telling myself it’ll all be over in a couple of months and my sweet baby boy will be in my arms. Makes it all seem pretty worth it (almost).

Here is a picture of Part I of the baby's room - completed. The picture doesn't do the color justice, its soo pretty!