Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Week 28: Still no results (December 30)

I was waiting on my results from the glucose test to make this post, but I decided this morning that I would forget if I didn't do it.  I am going to call today to see if they came in and they just haven't called me.  I know the holidays can make things a little hectic.

Michael and I had a wonderful Christmas and it isn't over yet!  We spent the morning with his parents and brother and spent the evening at my sister's house with my father's side of my family.  Michael saw his Charlotte relatives on Saturday, but I was not feeling up to all the driving we would have to do so at the last minute we decided I would stay home.  I was sad and lonely, but physically I knew it was the right thing to do.  Tomorrow (January 1) we head to my grandmother Smith's house to celebrate with my mother's side of the family.  We have had a fantastic time visiting with friends and family, giving and receiving presents, and eating! So. Much. Eating.  It was a good way to finish the year.  After this there will be no more traveling in our near future so if you want to see us you will have to head to Raleigh! We have an extra bed, a real one, not inflatable!

We have been slowly acquiring all the necessary things for raising a baby.  They sure are expensive for being so tiny.  Michael has been learning that "easy to assemble, no tools required" is almost always a lie.

In Biscuit news, he has gotten big enough that as long as he isn't right in the middle I know where he is resting.  He will wiggle a little when I rub him and poke back when I poke him.  I have also noticed that he moves more when music is playing or daddy is home and talking.  

For any of you contemplating sending a gift for Biscuit, aside from the registry items, I have found a wonderful new store that rocks my hippy organic socks off.  It is called Sweet Bottoms and they have an online store and a store in Cary.  You can buy gift cards online and send them via mail or email.  It is mom operated and all of the sales staff was very helpful AND wearing their babies, which just made me happy.  They have all sorts of things that I just love.  Cloth diapers and all the essentials for using cloth diapers, a range of different ergonomic baby wearing devices, glass bottles, my favorite brand of bedding (aden + anais), natural remedies and all natural sensitive skin products, the softest leg warmers and leggings, all natural toys that require imagination and don't have all the bells and whistles and batteries...the list could go on and on. Long story short.  This store.  I love it.  

That is all for now.  I may make a mid week update if we get any surprising info from the doctor, but if not you can expect an update around Monday of next week! 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Week 27: The Third Trimester (December 23rd)

We had a very exciting week.  It started off rather slow, with me finding out I wouldn't have to go back to work until the 2nd of January due to vacation and Little Buddy being sick, but it ended quite well!

This weekend Santa came early and brought us all new furniture!  Our old furniture was just that.  Old.  The back was broken on the couch and I got stuck in it quite often.  We are quite happy with everything.

Today I had a doctor visit and all is well except, of course, the silly numbers on the scale.  The doctor and I went over my diet and routine and again I was told there wasn't much else I could do.  He did ask me to change from 2% to skim milk. Yuck.

I had my glucose test which made me sick to my stomach and woozy for a few minutes, but we won't know the results for a week!  I was under the impression results were instantaneous.  Oh well.  Biscuit keeps moving around like a champ.  "Very healthy heart" according to the doctor.  

I didn't get any belly pictures this week, but I did catch this video. Watch closely!

I could not get the video to embed for some reason, but here is the link:

Monday, December 16, 2013

Week 26: Everybody was Kung-Fu fighting! (December 16)

Biscuit has been moving like crazy! My belly jiggles and shakes all the time from his movements, typically when I wake up and right after dinner/before bed.  Sometimes it feels like he is stretching his arms and legs out as far as they will go in every direction.  Other times it feels like he is turning somersaults constantly.  I have a doctor's appointment on the 23rd and I will have to take my glucose test to find out if I've gotten gestational diabetes.  Cross your fingers!

We've been working around the house really hard to get everything in order before Biscuit's birthday.  This weekend Michael's dad came over and helped us install the final ceiling fan.  This one went in to the master bedroom.

I worked on getting stuff put away into storage so it could be tucked away until we get a bigger house.  Molly helped.

And we are slowly getting the nursery in order.  

Biscuit and I are very stylish these days thanks to our supportive parents/grandparents/great grandparents.  Without them we wouldn't be able to leave the house...at least not legally.  

Monday, December 9, 2013

Week 25: The End of the 2nd Trimester

We had a very fun week! Biscuit's godparents visited us and on Friday they helped Michael paint the nursery while I was at work.

They also helped Michael install our anniversary present from his parents in the living room.

I put up our minimalist Christmas decorations because we are hoping to have the carpet cleaned this month and have our new living room furniture. 

Biscuit is still bopping and moving like crazy.  Sometimes it feels like he is stretching in every direction as hard as he can.  His movements are regular and forceful enough that I hope to catch them on camera soon, but we will see.  He still likes to stop moving as soon as he feels the pressure of someone's hand on my belly.  Michael is the only one that has felt him move, but his godmother got to see him dance this weekend.  I can't believe we are almost 2/3 of the way to holding Biscuit in our arms! I will leave you with the only belly picture I took this week.  I was showing off my lovely new maternity/nursing night gown. 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Week 24: The Strangers are Taking Notice

This weekend while shopping I had my very first stranger ask me when I was due...and then another and another.  I guess I've gotten past the "maybe she's just fat or bloated" stage.

We had a doctor visit this week.  All is well.  Heart rate of 150 bpm and I only gained 3 pounds from the last visit, so no lecture about my weight!  We did discuss my overall weight gain and diet and exercise plan (at my request) and we also discussed the possibility of gestational diabetes.  I will have my glucose test done at my next visit on December 23rd.  There is still a very good chance I will have it, but the doctor said at this point there is nothing else I can do.  If I do have gestational diabetes I will go on a VERY strict diet just in time for Christmas! Biscuit is still jumping around a lot, although he hasn't been as active today.  He must be tired from my marathon shopping day with his Grandma Chenoweth yesterday.

I am so thankful for all of the well wishes and gifts that have been sent by friends and family.  I have a cradle full of gifts, goodies, hand me downs, and other wonderful things for Biscuit.  The cradle is on loan from my sister, and it was the cradle built for her by our grandfather.  I feel so loved and special. I know Biscuit does, too!

I am also thankful for having such a wonderful, loving husband that has been taking such good care of me lately.  He has taken on the majority of the chores without any complaints and seems to enjoy pampering me...most of the time.