Sunday, November 28, 2010

Back in the hospital...

I have a LOT to write about so let me start by explaining that the reason I have time to sit and ramble on so much about what happened this week is because 1) the baby's still in NICU and 2) I was re-admitted into the hospital yesterday. If you follow along with the next several entries I do you're sure to be in for some entertainment.

I had always planned on writing a "birth story" entry once BabyG got here. I was going to sit down and write it from home while my angel napped next to me. That's not working out this week so I have a totally different plan. I'm going to have to break this down into several entries because posting my birth story in ONE entry would be so long it'd make the interwebz explode and then we'd all be sad. I'd hate to make anyone sad so I'm going to go through and do my best to describe the events (and my emotions regarding those events of course) of each day.

Let's get started, shall we?


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Baby G is here!!!!

It's a BOY!!!!!!!!

Baby G made his entrance into the world on November 19th, 2010. He weighed 7lbs 9oz and was 20 inches long!

It has been a bit of a bumpy road this week. He has spent every day of his sweet little life in the NICU. I will post about his birth story another time.

Just wanted to stop in and say Happy Thanksgiving. I can't even express how thankful I am to have my husband to hold me together this past week. He has taken care of me and is even more of an amazing man than I knew him to be before all of this happened. I will update with a story soon. Here are some pictures :)







Wednesday, November 17, 2010

No baby yet

Being past my due date is one thing. Being past my due date while sitting at home all by myself is totally different. If I were still at work at least I'd be distracted by obnoxious middle schoolers and other crap. Here I'm sitting at home... waiting... wishing something would happen... getting countless texts and phonecalls (from people who would clearly know if the baby was here by now). I'm just bored and lonely. I love the dogs but they're not very exciting companions right now.

So... here's a picture for you. We took this on Sunday I think so that's 40w2d


Up until today I haven't been uncomfortable at all. Today I've got a LOT of pressure (I've had pressure but this is way more than before) but still nothing eventful on the contraction front.

My next appointment isn't until Friday. I really don't want to but I'm going to talk about induction. My dad has a plane ticket for Thanksgiving day (a week from tomorrow!!) and I don't want to be pregnant nor do I want to be in the hospital when he comes down for that. Mom was planning on driving down whenever I went into labor and has been waiting for that phonecall but sadly hasn't gotten it yet!

So... Happy Wednesday?

Friday, November 12, 2010

I've got nothin'.

I've spent the day being a lazy bum and doing absolutely nothing today. Well that's a lie. I played online, bounced on my yoga ball and took a nice long bath. Some people consider that nothing. I consider it awesome. :)

Keep watching for that picture. I did my hair & makeup today cause I want to have a due date picture - now I just need my husband to come home and take it so it's a decent one and not just belly.

Happy Due Date Friday!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Still here. Still huge.

::bounces on yoga ball::

My next doctor appointment is tomorrow morning. We'll see what my midwife says and figure out how long she'll let me go over. I really don't want to be induced because I really REALLY don't want a c-section so I'm willing to be patient and wait for BabyG to come on his/her own.

I'm starting to get the phone calls and text messages asking if I've had the baby yet/how I'm feeling/asking if I'm having any signs (to which I want to say "YES! My mucus plug is coming out!!" to get people to lay off). I feel great. I'm not waddling TOO badly. The baby is wiggling all the time and is still really low. I'm sure this kid will be just like me - a procrastinator. I'm coming to terms with this and convincing myself that I'll see 41 weeks before the little one decides to show up.

Then I get a phone call from my husband.

A girl he works with (due 2 weeks or so after me) went into labor last night. They just had her baby shower on Monday.

Maybe I should go for a jog around the block...
or two...

Monday, November 8, 2010

::drums fingers on desk::

See? This what I was trying to avoid by working as long as possible. I have a few things to get done around here but nothing major so I'm sitting here, playing on Facebook and over analyzing every little twinge I feel, wondering (hoping) that it's baby time.

I'm thinking naps are going to be my best option to pass time. Naps and cleaning... but right now it's lunch time.

P.S. I'm still working on that picture. I promise. We're going to dinner tonight so I'll have MrG take one before we go (when I look presentable).

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Hello there!!!!

I'm still here and still pregnant! 39 weeks + 1 day now. I used to update from school on my planning when I had a second but school blocked that little feature on my Google page so I've been a failure at updating once again :(

I have been feeling GREAT! Hardly any complaints at all! I've had some seriously bad heartburn this past week and my feet have been swelling a lot but other than that I'm totally fine! I've been blessed with an easy pregnancy and have enjoyed every moment of it.

I had my weekly appointment yesterday. I've had several appointments where my blood pressure has been high (imagine that! Teaching middle school all day then going to my midwife appointment and my BP is up! Amazing right?!). It was up again yesterday (144/98 - yikes) so she wanted to run some tests to see how/if it was affecting the baby. She knew I didn't have pre-eclampsia because I don't have any headaches and my urine and blood tests have been fine.

So... I had a non-stress test. They hook up external fetal monitors and check the baby's heart rate and see if I'm having contractions. They also give you a little button to push to click whenever you feel the baby move. Everything looked fine so it was off to an ultrasound.

The ultrasound was to see baby's size, fluid level and to make sure my high blood pressure wasn't constricting blood flow to the placenta. Everything was fine there too. Baby's weighing between 7 1/2-8lbs. I freaked out a little when the head measured 41 weeks (thanks Mr. G - he had a HUGE head when he was born).

I'm only 1cm dilated and 50% effaced. I'm not getting too excited about that cause I could walk around like that for weeks but it's better than nothing I guess!

The MW diagnosed me as having Gestational Hypertension and took me off of work. I had originally wanted to work as long as I could so I'd be home WITH the baby during leave instead of being home waiting for the baby to come. I'm bummed about being off early so I keep trying to tell myself it's best for both of us this way.

Next appointment is Thursday! I'll post a picture tomorrow after church. I keep forgetting to have MrG take a new one because by the time I get through the door I'm taking off my real clothes and putting on sweats/PJs within 5 minutes :)

Sorry it's been so long. I'm thinking I'll get back into the groove of writing this week since I'll be home resting, cleaning and driving myself crazy with the waiting game.

Happy weekend and Happy "Fall Back" time change!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

What an AWESOME day!!

Today was absolutely WONDERFUL. We spent the entire day visiting with my friend and her adorable son. Later in the afternoon we did the maternity photo shoot and had a BLAST. :) My friend is so talented and fun. We feel like dorks trying for natural pics but she was incredible.

We had planned on trying the Cheesecake Factory for dinner but by the time MrG and I got back into the hotel room we ended up watching a movie on HBO and changing into our PJs instead. We ordered room service and enjoyed the rest of the evening in our room.

Sleeping in a little in the morning and driving back home after another delicious breakfast at the hotel.

I'm just so happy and so blessed to have such a wonderful husband and amazing friend. :) I needed this weekend for sure. Now I'm ready to enjoy the rest of my fall break! Absolutely perfect.

Friday, October 1, 2010

I'm having a baby NEXT MONTH!

Today I can say "I'm having a baby next month" Holy. Cow. 34 weeks today. A month and a half-ish to go and I still don't believe it.

Yesterday was one of those days that makes you laugh when you look back on it.

It started out wild when it was "Hat Day" at school for homecoming. Homecoming week is wild anyway - when you have to be at school supervising kids before the sun comes up it makes it a little bit worse. On top of homecoming spirit week, they brought the drug dogs in to sniff the kids' lockers. Luckily I had 6th graders at the time and they had no idea what was going on in the hallway.

I had a doctor appointment and tons of errands to run after school. Everything looked great. I know I'm pregnant but stepping on that scale made me cringe a little this time. I hate the number game.

Everything else looked good. My blood pressure was GREAT (hallelujah!) and BabyG's heartbeat was 136-ish. I was measuring right on track but the midwife said at my next appointment she might have me go for a growth ultrasound depending on how I measured that day.

By the time I was finished going all over creation after the doctor I was wiped out. I told MrG he was in charge of dinner so he made chicken nuggets & french fries (his apparent specialty?). Whatever. I was too tired to care and my ankles were somewhere between the size of golf balls and baseballs.

We packed and cleaned up a little for our trip. MrG went to feed the dogs and then we had a conversation that went something like this:

MrG: "Bring me a flip flop. QUICK"
Me: "Uh... ok?" ::looks around for one::
MrG: "RIGHT THERE!"

So I grab his flip flop and kinda toss it to him because at this point I figure he has found a spider.

MrG ::WHACK::

::whack::whack::whack::whack::whack::whack::whack::whack::whack::whack::whack::whack::whack::whack::whack::whack::whack::whack::whack::whack::whack::whack::whack::whack::whack::

Me: What the crap are you doing?!?!
MrG: IT HAD BABIES ON IT!!!

If I hadn't been on the other side of the room I would've freaked so I just sat there watching him with my eyes bugging (ha) out of my head. Awesome. Glad he found it (them?) and not me!

Happy Friday. Today is worse than yesterday (so far). Crazy hair day the last day before fall break wasn't the best idea. Why didn't the do something more calm like "Wear matching shoes day" or "Keep your shirt tucked in like you're supposed to day"?

6 hours till freedom. I can make it.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Slow motion...

I'm totally wiped out today. I feel like everything around me is going in slow motion and I can't stop yawning. This week is busy - I've been doing something every night. In addition to that, I've got early bus duty (which means I'm here, standing in the gym at 6:30am) and it's homecoming week so the kids are WILD.

Friday can come and go a little quicker. I'd like to get to Saturday right now. Please and thank you.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Reason #928,174 why I love my husband

This summer I had planned on taking a weekend trip to meet a friend of mine. It was going to be a double bonus trip - I'd get to meet her and visit with her AND she has her own photography business and was going to take maternity pictures of us. Sadly, the plans fell through as summer ended quickly and I was sick for the first half of July.

I can't remember if I posted about my meltdown a few weeks ago over childbirth classes or not. I procrastinated (imagine that) on signing up for all the different classes I wanted to take from the hospital and we were coming down to the wire for childbirth class. I signed up for two Saturday classes at the beginning of October (the 2nd and the 9th). When I told MrG he panicked and said we couldn't do it. Now we're doing one once a week for all of October. That puts our last class 2 weeks before the baby's due. YIKES. I freaked out about it. It was ugly. He told me to trust him that we couldn't do the October 2nd class, not to ask any questions and just to LOVE that we couldn't do that class. Not exactly comforting words for a pregnant woman's ears but... ok.

My friend mentioned above and MrG have been friends on FB for probably over a year now (due to a shared Fish World addiction). I found out yesterday that she and MrG have been planning a weekend trip to meet up in Alabama for MONTHS and both of them have kept it a secret from me! We're going to meet her and get maternity pics done this weekend!!! SO CRAZY!!

I'm really really excited!! He was going to wait until Wednesday to tell me but told me yesterday instead. I'm glad he did because now I'm trying to figure out what to wear! Normally this would be an easy task for women married to men who don't care about what they wear. MrG is very "metro" and has an opinion on... well... everything from fashion to our wedding plans to the nursery so we'll be going around and around about what we're wearing this week before we leave.

Now I have the perfect way to kick off fall break next week by spending the weekend with my amazing husband and super sweet (super SNEAKY!) friend. :) Perfect.

Monday, September 27, 2010

WHOA!! What was THAT!?!?

Walking down the hall and suddenly I got this HORRIBLE sharp and fast pain up inside the girlie bits. What was that!? I thought I'd been kicked in the cervix before but OMG that was TERRIBLE! It happened while a student was talking to me and I verbally said "YOW!!!" when it happened because it killed and took me by surprise.

::side-eye::

BabyG, you need to stay in there and cook a little longer. I'd love to meet you but give it several more weeks ok?

Good grief!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Well then... that'll help a little :)

My Friday just got a little more tolerable. MrG and I will get to have a (very nice) date night tomorrow! The best part? It won't cost us a dime!!

I was already getting complimentary tickets to the symphony for tomorrow night. Going to the symphony in our town is not as glamorous as it sounds. People wear anything from furs (in the winter time - not the 95* fall weather) to blue jeans and short sleeved button up plaid shirts. This town's not exactly the mecca of class and culture to put it lightly.

Anyway so I was getting tickets for that which had been donated to our school and MrG sent me a picture message with a $50 gift card to a new restaurant in town! He got it for something at work - hasn't told me why yet - but who cares!? I'm so excited now.

We'll dress up and I'll post my 33 week picture when I look cute for our sweet date tomorrow night.

Happy Friday! :)

Five more days.

Fall break can not come soon enough. Seriously. I probably should've taken a personal day several weeks ago because I'm burning out fast. I know that maternity leave in November will bring a whole new realm of tired but I'm almost certain it will be a *different* kind of tired.

The tired I have right now makes me want to cry when I'm driving home from school every day.

Five (school) days until fall break.

49 days until my due date.

I can make it... right?

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Dear Starbucks Lady,

Thank you for making me the best Pumpkin Spice Latte I've ever had. It's the first day of fall and the high today in this hole in the USA is 96°. For obvious reasons I couldn't stop and enjoy a PSL after school (like I'd be a fiery inferno of hot cranky teacher) but that's ok! This PSL was better than the one the college kid after school would've made anyway. :)

Love always,
MrsG

I love love LOVE Starbucks but MrG doesn't understand my passion (and neither does my debit card) so I haven't been to Starbucks since MAY. For real. It's sad. A dear friend got me a mommy gift for my shower - a $10 Starbucks card - so I treated myself to breakfast this morning.

Good stuff.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tastes like chicken...?

Is it just me or is it totally wrong for the cafeteria ladies to claim that their prepared selections are one thing when they are indeed something different?

Today's example? We had tacos at lunch (with all the taco fixin's out). The meat was labeled "Chicken for Tacos". It was shredded meat and some of it was chicken... but I can guarantee you that there was left over shredded BBQ (turkey or pork? I don't know which) mixed in with that taco "chicken".

You're not fooling anyone... and that's nasty.

Today has been one of those days from the start.

The outfit I was planning on wearing wouldn't work because there was a hole in the shirt.

I was running late getting ready and doing my hair. I got to BK for breakfast (a result of the running late) and my order wasn't very good. Burnt Cini-Minis and iced mocha w/o the mocha part doesn't please me.

Got to school and left my water jug in the car.

Find out that there's a team of people from the board of education observing teachers today during classes. I'm not sure if they're going to everyone but if they are they just missed my best 4 classes and will be subjected to watching my blood pressure go up with the 8th grade classes.

I have the glorious honor of lunch duty where I stand in the cafeteria and watch those same 8th graders talk with their mouths full and share all of the contents with everyone as they chew.

Tonight is the gLee premiere. Where will I be? Not snuggled up in my jammies on the couch watching it! I'll be sitting at school... at a PTO meeting.

::sigh:: Can it be October yet?

Eight 5am alarms and I'm on fall break. PLEASE HURRY!!!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Footloose

Every morning instead of having bells sound to tell students to get to class we have music played over the intercom. It can range from Chris Brown songs (yes even after THE incident) to the Mamas and the Papas depending on who's in the office to play it. I thought I was going to be homicidal the day Surfin' Bird came on and I threatened the chorus teacher (who picked that selection that day) with his life if he ever played that again. I don't know about you but that's not a song I want to hear at 7:15am.

Today's selection was Footloose.

BabyG was rockin' out to it.

Meanwhile, MamaG could barely waddle down the hallway to get her coffee without falling asleep half way there.

At least one of us is awake! Maybe I'll let the baby teach this morning...

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Volume. Control.

I teach 6th-8th grade. They get here at about 6:30am. I normally don't see or deal with them until 7am unless I have early bus duty where I stand in the gym and babysit the students until they go to breakfast.

The thing is - I don't remember EVER being this loud at 7am. Ever. Why does anyone want to talk so much (let alone, scream, sing, chant, and or fight) so early in the morning?

I mean... I'm sure they stay up way later than me too! What is going on inside a middle school brain/body that would have them behave this way?

I just don't get it.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Urrrrrrgh...

30 weeks today! :) It's been a stressful week but I'm surviving. This morning I'm moving super slow because I had to work the concession stand for my students' football game last night. I was pulling into the garage at the time I'm usually getting into bed. Makes for a rough morning - even though it IS Friday!

We're leaving for "home" tonight and I don't have a single thing packed. Awesome. I'll have to bust it when I get home from school then sleep in the car I guess. My mother in law, father in law and of course MrG are all going. They're driving so that'll be good for me. MIL wanted to go halfway tonight then get in to town earlier tomorrow to have more time with my family - to which I did NOT object.

My shower is on Sunday. I'm really excited to see my family and a couple friends who are coming. One of them is making the cake and it's going to be AMAZING. The other is driving down (4 hour trip). I haven't seen her since her wedding last year so I'm THRILLED that she's coming. She's actually staying the night on Sunday to spend more time with us! :)

It's going to be a GREAT weekend (as long as I can survive the school day today!).

Speaking of... I think I hear voices coming down the hall. And off we go!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

As promised :)

29 weeks
Answers to the questions I keep getting
1) Yes, I'm only 29 weeks.
2) No, it's not twins.
3) Yes I'm sure it's not twins.
4) Yes, I know it's summer and yes I'm hot.

:)

Friday, August 27, 2010

29 weeks

I keep promising belly pictures but by the time I get home in the afternoon my shoes come off, my school clothes come off and I throw on my comfy jammies and lounge around the house. I will do my best to get one taken and posted this weekend when I look cute when MrG is home with me :)

BabyG is getting very strong these days. All morning long I feel like I've been getting one roundhouse kick after another to the cervix/bladder/pooper area. It's not time yet, little one. Chill out in there. I haven't been kicked in the ribs yet but I'm starting to debate on what would be worse - feeling like the bottom's about to drop out/I'm going to pee myself or getting knocked in the ribs. I'll let you know when s/he decides to test the rib action.

I have had a great pregnancy this far. I'm totally shocked that (knock on wood) my belly button is still in tact, I don't have stretch marks (I was SURE those would come early and be horrid - benefit of being a fat girl I guess?), I don't have the linea nigra and haven't had hemorrhoids either! I feel really good with the exception of some rough pelvic pain especially at the end of the day. I couldn't ask for anything more.

At my doctor's appointment on Monday they told me my blood pressure was up again for the second appointment in a row. I keep trying to tell them that I'm 99% sure my BP is up because I'm coming to them straight from school. Teaching 6th-8th grade isn't exactly a cakewalk kind of job! I'm on my feet all day, I'm getting bigger and they're stressful little boogers so it's no wonder my BP is high lately.

They are being extra cautious and testing me for preeclampsia. Sunday I get the joy of collecting ALL of my pee for 24 hours so they can test it for proteins. Freaking. Awesome. I can't wait. I've got my little red jug with my name written on it in permanent marker and I've already told MrG that Sunday we aren't doing ANYTHING but sitting around the house and waiting for me to pee. It's going to be SO fun. I have to keep it refrigerated too so I'll have to bring it in a cooler to school on Monday to take with me to my appointment that afternoon. Good times.

I will update this weekend with a picture - FOR REAL this time!! :)

Happy Friday!!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

School Daze...

I'm not sure what's going to happen when I'm up with a newborn all night long but I am EXHAUSTED right now. School's going well I'm just really tired dragging myself here at the buttcrack of dawn every day. I don't know who thought it was a good idea for middle and high schoolers to have to start their school day at 7:15 am but it's ridiculous & they don't function that early (neither do I!).

I'll enter 3rd trimester on Friday! Everything's going really well. I always thought I'd blog about pregnancy more than this but apparently not! I think I'm still in denial that this is real in the first place. I keep reminding myself that there IS a baby in there and it has to come out somehow. It feels like a fantasy or something.

We've made a lot of progress on the nursery but I'm not going to post any pictures until we're finished with it. Curtains went up today and we're *almost* done with the other decorations. The walls are painted a fun shade of green - it took me a while but I love it now. MrG is awesome and is working really hard on it. I'm helping where I can but it's rough on me being on my feet all day and still doing stuff at night (ever heard of lightning crotch? It's real and it's terrible).

We've got several busy weekends in a row including going home for a shower on Labor Day weekend. I feel like time is flying by but at the same time I feel like I have a long way to go.

I'm thinking about changing my blog address but I'll have to figure that out at home.

I promise a belly pic and some nursery pics very soon. I'm such a blogging failure. If any of you are still reading - I'm sorry for neglecting you. :)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

This one time... at band camp...

I've been so busy (and so tired) the last two weeks!! I've been teaching at a band camp where my friend is now the head director and I'm EXHAUSTED! I went from being a slug and doing nothing all day to working 8am-5pm in and out of the heat (I was really careful!) and teaching kids music. They're doing a Journey show so I think BabyG will come out singing Journey songs from hearing them all day every day! :)

I'm back to school tomorrow. No kids until Monday but teachers have meetings tomorrow and Friday. In some (most) ways I'm SO not ready but others I know that once I get the school year started time will fly between now and November.

We had an ultrasound at 20 weeks and the baby's kidneys were slightly dilated (but still within "normal"/don't worry too much range). On Monday we had another ultrasound to check on them again and they were still dilated - one had gone up a little even. My midwife (LOVE HER!!!) wants to see me in 2 weeks and do another ultrasound. If they're not getting smaller by then she's sending me to the perinatal ultrasound department with the higher powered ultrasound to see what's going on in there. I'm refusing to worry until we get to that point because the ultrasound tech and the MW both insist that this happens all the time. I'm glad they want to keep an eye on it and more ultrasounds are always good for me!

So that's a quick update. MrG is making me dinner right now then I'm hitting the shower and watching Big Brother with my sweet husband. After that? Probably bed!


Monday, July 12, 2010

Almost normal

Man it's taking me FOREVER to kick this!! Sheesh! I'm just now starting to really feel better today. I ended up going BACK to the clinic on Thursday because I still wasn't feeling better. I have been taking antibiotics orally now and they prescribed me an inhaler. I'm still coughing today and my throat hurts a LITTLE bit but it's nowhere near as bad as it has been!

22 weeks this week. I didn't take a picture because I felt like poo and my parents were here for a visit. We had a nice time. Just long enough before I got TOO irritated with them. We went to a minor league baseball game Saturday night and MrG and both of my parents saw my belly jump a couple times while we were there. :) I was more excited about the fireworks after the game than the game itself but it was a fun night anyway.

This week I really need to get some things done since I got behind from doing nothing last week. This is my last official week of summer break. Next week I start marching band camp from 8-5. It goes for two weeks (Monday - Friday) and the 29th and 30th I go back to school for inservice. I have students Monday after that! The second half of summer has FLOWN by. I thought it was dragging a little in the beginning (not that going slow was a bad thing) but now that it's over I feel like I missed part of it!

Working around the house today - hope everyone has a great week!! :)

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Bummed.

Yesterday morning I woke up with a really really sore throat. I immediately assumed it was allergies as I had been dusting and vacuuming the day before and MrG had just mowed the lawn. It was sore all day long and the longer the day went on the worse I felt.

By the time I was ready to go to bed I felt terrible. Achey all over, nasty sinus drainage (gag), tenderness on either side of my neck, stiff joints, all that fun stuff.

I'm usually pretty hardheaded about going to the doctor but after a terrible night's sleep and feeling horrible this morning too I just got up and went when MrG suggested it.

I tried to go to the clinic that's supposed to hope at 8am only to find that they were closed for the holiday weekend. Fantastic. The other clinics didn't open until 9am so I had to burn an hour. I finally got into the room and the nurse practitioner came in.

I have strep. :( I HATE getting strep. I'm confused as to HOW I got it since I haven't been out of the house much at all the past week or so. Sucks.

She gave me two options for my penicillin - either a shot or the pills. I'm a big girl and the thought of swallowing pills at that moment made me cry. With all of the IF stuff we went through I was used to having shots all the time so let's go with that. Over with right away, it'll work faster. No big deal.

I waited and waited and waited for someone to come in and give me the shot. It was strangely warm in the room and I started to feel really thirsty and a little lightheaded. The lady FINALLY came in. As she was giving me the injection I asked her if they had any bottled water up front (they have coffee, cappuccinos, a slush puppy machine all this cool stuff for patients - no bottled water. What the crap?). The shot HURT and she kept looking at me weird as she was telling me where the water fountain was and pushing the meds that I never thought would end. She told me to get up on the table and lay down. I almost passed out. LOL I donate blood, I lost my fear of needles YEARS ago and I almost passed out from her giving me the injection. How embarrassing.

She brought me a cup of ice water and had me lay there for a minute and sit in the room to make sure I didn't have a reaction to the medicine then I was free to go. She was really sweet about it and I kept telling her I'm usually not like that. I'm such a goober.

MrG and I were supposed to go out to my IL's for the 4th of July cookout tonight. We were going to go swimming this afternoon, too.

But no. Here I am.

Sitting in the chair trying not to move and I wouldn't want to go even if I did feel better because I'd hate to pass it on to someone else. MrG has been really sweet and made me a bowl of soup. Guess I'll just sit here and sulk as I eat it because I don't get to have any fun today. :(

Happy 4th of July Everyone! May your weekend be better than mine!

Friday, July 2, 2010

A quick post and a pretty picture :)

I wanted to post and say that I LOVED the midwife on Monday!! We told the other clinic we were transferring and I feel a bajillion times better. I really think the MW will help make this natural birth work and it makes me even more confident that I can do this. :)

We were surprised to have an ultrasound that day to do the 20w fetal assessment too! I was glad to be able to see the baby and also glad that I didn't have time to worry about the ultrasound and something being wrong.
There are a few things they want to keep an eye on - a calcification on the heart and just barely dilated kidneys. We were told that both things happen often and are usually nothing but it's something they want to monitor.

Here's one of the images we got. We're going Team Green and not finding out if it's a boy or girl but it sure does look like I've got a real live baby in there! :)

Baby G - 20w 3d

I love this one too :)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Oh I need to update.

I've been busy doing nothing but enjoying my summer and keep forgetting to get on here and update! I thought I'd be on here all the time but I keep distracting myself with other things and it slips my mind! Sorry guys! (if anyone's still with me) I've had a wonderful time this summer. MrG and I took a weekend trip and had a great time seeing friends. We've had a garage sale and made pretty good money from it! We got nursery furniture and are trying to plan the nursery.
I'm 19 weeks 5 days right now - Friday will be HALF WAY!! I am torn between thinking the first half FLEW by and by realizing that I still have 20 weeks left. Somedays I feel like it's going really fast, others can't wait until it's October where the due date is right around the corner.

I've been feeling the baby every day now. It's so amazing. I can't even describe how exciting this is. I never thought I'd be here so every time s/he rolls or kicks me I'm just smitten. I can't feel it from the outside (probably from my layers on layers of padding right? LOL) but the movements are getting stronger and more frequent so that's great.

We're going Team Green!! I really wanted to NOT find out the sex of the baby and MrG agreed after I hooked him in with the fact that he'd get to go into the waiting room and announce to everyone "It's a Boy!!" or "It's a Girl!!". He fell in love with that idea. Plus it keeps us from getting a bunch of girly crap or a whole lot of boy stuff. :) It seems to be driving everyone but us crazy but that's too bad for them because I just don't care! LOL

We have been seeing the OB that I was with before going to the RE. At my last appointment about 2 weeks ago I asked about what happens whenever the big day comes. Only one OB is on call so more than likely he would NOT be doing the birth. That seemed weird to me (even though it's common practice for many clinics I suppose). Then the OB mentioned that they try to work out their schedule so they ARE at the birth of their patients. That seemed totally weird to me too - how can you schedule when women will go into labor? After that he said they'd probably induce me early because of my thyroid. Excuse me?

Now I'm not the best at researching and finding information but I'm definitely not one to roll over and take whatever my doctor says just because he/she's a doctor. I've been looking into this and have found NOTHING saying that hypothyroidism is sole reason for early induction. I've asked around and haven't heard from anyone with hypothyroidism who had to be induced early. As much as I love this OB as a person I've given him the side eye before (wanting to do Clomid w/o monitoring before the RE and not diagnosing my PCOS) so I've been looking around for other options.

In the area I live my options are EXTREMELY limited. Everyone goes with the flow, same ole' same ole', do whatever the doctor says without asking questions... blah blah blah. I've always wanted natural birth and I feel very nervous being in the care of OBs whom I don't know and trusting them to follow my birth plan. While MY OB may be willing to cooperate and agree to a med free birth, I can't be sure that whoever the oncall doctor is when I go in to have BabyG will be the same way.

I've been looking into midwives and had a rollercoaster ride figuring out if there were any I could go to in the area. MrG is hesitant but agreed that we could do it however I wanted as long as insurance would cover it. I found that if a midwife works within an OB practice the office will bill the insurance simply as the doctors' office and not specify that a midwife is giving the care. This is a standard procedure that forms a perfect loophole for use to take advantage of! I have an appointment with the midwife to ask her questions and see what she's all about on Monday morning! I was relieved that she is relatively new to the practice and was able to take me at almost 20 weeks! In addition, I have several friends who are nurses who went with the OBs in this particular clinic in town so I feel confident that if something happened and I needed doctor intervention (highly unlikely) the doctors there are great.

I made it over that big hurdle now I'm trying to convince MrG that it'd be awesome if we could hire a doula. I've found a girl who's still training (making her extremely reasonably priced! Not gonna lie - she's a steal!). She lives an hour away but said she's very interested and willing to be a doula for us. I think (hope) once MrG meets with the midwife and can ask her questions she'll explain how helpful a doula can be. I'm continuing to explain what they do as best I can and trying to get him on board with that. I think it'd be a great experience and she'd be really helpful.

Anyway this is getting HUGE so I'll stop and post my belly pic from last week. I should have a cuter one this week because we're going to a wedding on Saturday. I WILL update more often. I've totally fallen off the wagon but I'm crawling back on :)

Here ya go. This was last Friday - 19 weeks!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

It's my birthday!! :)

And I can't sleep in anymore!! BAH!! It's NOT because I'm getting old... it's because of my work schedule, going to sleep the same time MrG does and because I'm only supposed to sleep on my sides now. Not the most fun but I can deal with it - the reward in the end is way better than sleeping well. :)

I hope everyone has a great weekend. :) Regular blogging will resume - I PROMISE (again)!!!

I hit 16 weeks yesterday. Here's the picture I took.


Friday, May 21, 2010

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!!

It's the day that we all look forward to (and any teacher that says they DON'T look forward to it is a big fat liar). It's also the day that you think will never come.

BUT IT'S HERE!!! YAY!!!!

I hope I don't have many kids today. The ones I DO have I plan on putting to work for me to get everything packed up and stored for summer. Middle schoolers are so eager to help all the time (so are elementary kids for that matter). They love feeling needed and important. I'm going to make them feel both today and then I'll give them candy as an extra benefit to their emotional satisfaction. :)

Turning in your keys is like finally turning in that research paper in college you stayed up all night long working on because you waited until the last minute to work on it. (Don't act like you never did that too.) That feeling and then walking out is pure awesome.

15 weeks today, anniversary tomorrow, and my birthday next week. :) I love May.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

You might be pregnant if...

(a post title I never thought I'd make).

seeing a scene from a movie set in Texas with a mariachi band makes you crave Mexican food. Now that's pretty embarrassing right there.

I triple duper promise I will be back in the blogging action starting say... this weekend-ish. Today and Friday are my last two days of school with students which is ridiculous. Why not let the teacher work day be on Friday so the kids don't have to come back? I have no idea. It's silly. What's more silly is that Friday is report card day but it's a FULL DAY. BAH!

So I can practically TASTE summer break but I have a few more days to live through.

I will be 15 weeks on Friday and I have a doctor appointment this afternoon. I won't have an ultrasound this time but I'm hoping for one next month.

Also since I've been gone I finally got MrG to agree to go Team Green (waiting to find the gender when the baby is born). YAY!!!!!!

Also, I was in a car accident last week. I hit a deer but I'm fine. My car should (hopefully) be fixed by the end of the week.

I'll go into detail on all of that and post a belly pic soon. :)

Friday, May 7, 2010

Skittles at 7:43 am

What? They're fruit(y) and the baby wants them! :)

I have this one co-irker who has been driving me more crazy than the children have the past 3 weeks or so. He has driven me insane all through the play I helped him with, his concert I sold tickets for last night and now... today.

He is taking his kids (along with my friend another teacher) on a field trip. They've been planning this for a while now. When you're going to be out you have to find your own sub. Wanna guess when he started looking for one? LAST NIGHT. Not only is it next to impossible to find a sub the night before but there's a huge festival one town over that a lot of teachers take off for (or the subs go to themselves).

7:00 am he walks down the hall and asks if I've gotten his note. Um... No? He "couldn't find a sub" so he needs me, the art teacher and the dance teacher to take his kids!! HE waited until the last minute so WE have to save his rear by taking on additional students (besides our own) for him all day long.

::deep breath::

9 more days... 9 more days...

On MUCH happier news - today I'm 13 weeks along!! That means I'm starting 2nd Trimester. I can't even believe I'm typing this. I never thought I'd get a BFP let alone be in 2nd Trimester.

So on top of my great day with BabyG I have a craptastic co-irker. I think I need ice cream after school... or Starbucks... or both. ;)

Friday, April 30, 2010

In case you didn't know...

middle schoolers are not an effective form of headache relief.

Just wanted to let you know that.

I promise I'll be back to blogging soon. I haven't been around here because I'm helping with a musical (that is a disaster). I didn't want to write because I'm sure every entry would be complaining about the insanity that I deal with 3 days a week after school.

I will be back soon!

::searches for Tylenol::

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Um... WHAT?!

The kid I'm testing this week is on the English as a Second Language list. That's why he is getting one-on-one testing with me - you know in case he doesn't know a word or doesn't know how to pronounce something.

I just found out that English is the ONLY language he speaks!!! He doesn't even speak Spanish and for some reason the central office thinks he does!!

WHAT THE CRAP!?

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Stir Crazy

As a student, standardized testing is stupid (sometimes hard) and really boring. As a teacher? Eleventy billion times worse. This year I'm only testing one kid. He's an English as a Second Language student and I really have no idea why he needs the accommodation. He never asks me questions about any word on the test. He finishes in time and from what I can tell he's really reading and answering the questions so I just sit there.

What's worse is I'm not allowed to DO anything while I sit there. I couldn't even make a grocery list or a to do list if I wanted to because it's considered a "breach of security" - in case someone wanted to cheat and write test questions down.

Two days down, two more to go. It takes everything in me to stay awake while I sit there and stare at him.

::sigh::

Saturday, April 10, 2010

I love this stuff!

It's Saturday morning. MrG is at work and it's my last few days of spring break. It didn't fly by this time (which was nice)! That's probably because I didn't do ANYTHING (which was also very very nice!).

Today I'm doing some house work and other things I've neglected to do all week and just having a fun day. I can't wait for MrG to get home so to pass the time I've played online as usual.

I stumbled across some stuff that is just awesome. First of all is this way better alternative to a sign in book at a baby shower. In their example they're using it as a wedding guest book but I think it would be PERFECT for a baby shower and then to frame it and hang it in the nursery!
It's similar to what my brother and SIL did for their wedding "guestbook" but instead of thumb prints they had little leaf stickers in red and blue to match the wedding colors. I saw this and loved it. It's so personal and cute and not the average book where people sign in and then it stays in a box forever. Just so cool. :)

Then I saw this super cute chore chart thing. I love it but why in the heck is it so expensive!? I think it'd be better when (hopefully) have more than one kid and they're older and helping with chores but some days I think we need something like it for the two of us!

I mean how stinking cute is that!? Maybe if I start now I'll figure out a way to make it by the time I want one to hang up in my house. That'll give me a few years to figure it out. :)

Ok I'm off to unload the dishwasher and start putting laundry away. I hope everyone has a wonderful, restful, and gorgeous weekend!!

ETA!
I just found this one! Cheaper but I still think I could make one for even less. I'll have to start looking at Hobby Lobby to see what kind of pieces I can find :)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Ultrasound #2

We had our 2nd ultrasound today with the OBGYN. He said everything looks amazing - couldn't ask for any better. By the calendar days since my last period I'm 8 weeks and 5 days. BabyG is measuring 8 weeks 3 days but he said it's just fine. We got to HEAR the heartbeat (which doesn't always happen this early - you can see it but sometimes can't hear it). It was pumping strong at 188 beats per minute!!

Our next appointment (the "official" New Pregnancy Marathon Appointment = 3 hours long) is in a couple weeks. So here you go!


It's hard to tell with the scanned pic but the baby has grown a LOT since the last one 2 weeks ago. Before it looked like a little peanut that was almost the same size as the yolk sack. Now you can see the head and the body (and little arm/leg buds when we saw the baby in person) and the sac is way smaller than the baby.

This is all so unreal still. I'm just amazed and thank God for every day He gives me with this little one.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Spring break is amazing.

Our spring break started on Friday and I have all of this week off. It's going to be SO nice. Yesterday after church we cleaned the house and gave 3 dogs baths before my ILs came for dinner. It was warm and very nice out so we didn't have the traditional Easter-y dinner we cooked burgers and hotdogs on the grill. Still very good.
I was exhausted today so I've been a little on the lazy side. I don't plan on doing this every day because there are rooms in the house that need some serious attention but today was a little break. Wednesday I have an ultrasound and an appointment with my OBGYN. Thankfully the RE that we saw a couple weeks ago said we could go to the OB (since he was closer) for the growth u/s to see how BabyG is doing. I keep telling myself everything will be fine but I still worry.
Today I'm 8 weeks and 4 days along. This past week I've had some rough nausea during the evenings. I have a weird food aversion to things like chicken (which is really really sad). I can think about eating McDonald's chicken nuggets but anything else makes my stomach turn. The food that's been the best for me so far has been fruit. I can eat fruit without feeling sick so I've been sticking with that for now as my go-to food.

Some friends have been bugging me for a picture. I was supposed to do it Friday but I kept procrastinating (who? Me?!? NEVER!). So here it is - in my awesome shirt that was marked $10(something) and I got it for $3.74. I love Target.

Mostly bloat and belly fat (and lunch) but there you go.
My first one.


Saturday, March 27, 2010

Little things that make me ridiculously happy.

It's Saturday - that's awesome in itself
The weather is GORGEOUS

Staying in bed later than you should
Cuddling with MrG :)

Finding a cute shirt on clearance
Having said shirt ring up $3.74 when it's marked $10.48

Offering me apple pie at the Popeye's drive thru
I couldn't resist!!!
(Awesome apple pie might I add)

Popeye's chicken strips meal (This is totally SP's fault and omg YUM!)
Got home and found two extra strips in the box!!

Going to the ballet tonight with my favorite person
For free.

Friday, March 26, 2010

7 weeks

So far I haven't had "morning" sickness in full swing but I'm feeling a little off today. I've been exhausted the past 2 days and last night I had a TERRIBLE headache that came back this morning after I was up for a while. I haven't taken any belly pics yet. I feel like you can't see anything. I just look like I did before I lost the 15 lbs from my diet - maybe a little bigger and more bloated and fat in the middle. Nothing impressive enough to take a picture of just yet. :)

I forgot lunch money but I brought a few things so I'll just have my South Beach meal bar, pear and yogurt for lunch. I think that'll be fine anyway because food doesn't sound appetizing at all right now anyway.

This weekend is going to be great. MrG got us tickets to the ballet on Saturday (for free) and I'm really excited about that. It's the local youth ballet company and they're doing Cinderella.

Spring break starts next week. I had originally planned on painting the master bedroom over break but I'm not sure if that'll get done now.

That's about it for me! :)
Happy Friday everybody!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Can I just sleep until Saturday?

This week is so busy and I'm exhausted. I have to be at school early (6:30 am - about the time MrG is finally deciding he should roll out of bed and get in the shower) for bus duty and I've been staying after every day (till about 4:30) for either practice for the musical I'm helping with or the faculty meeting.

I need a nap. :P

Monday, March 22, 2010

A few pictures from February and March...

Valentine's Day was very good.


MrG got me this...

and these...

I made some soup...




Got a belated Valentine's gift...


Went north for my "little" brother's wedding...


Grandma and Grandpa (formerly known as Mom and Dad)
looked GREAT :)
We didn't look too bad either.
Met a sweet friend at IKEAShe brought us a EXTRA sweet present but...


I'm not sure if it'll fit just yet.

BabyG 6w3d
Expected to arrive November 12, 2010

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

It's "Friday"!!!!

Flying home for my little brother's wedding tomorrow afternoon! I'm really excited to go home this trip and to have a break from school. At first I was irritated about it being in the middle of March but now I'm thankful because it's dividing up the spring semester (that seems to DRAG BY).

Spring break will be 2 weeks after that so I think I can make it! :)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I'm still alive :)

It's been a busy week or so. I'm helping with the musical at school (huge mistake that I walked into because I'm a newbie here and didn't realize what an unorganized disaster it would be).

I'm ready for spring break to get here in a hurry. I'm really ready for MAY to get here in a hurry but I've gotta take it one step at a time. :)

The wedding's next week so that'll be a little break. We start the last 9 weeks of the year tomorrow. I'm excited to be at the end but I'm anxious to see what my last group of kids are like.

Anyway just wanted to check in and say hi! :)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

A New Routine

I think I'm going to try to get to school just a little early to have a morning devotional time. It's too hard to do that early at home because home is too comfy and I'd fall back asleep and that'd be no good. I don't spend enough time with God, praying, or reading the Bible. I want to worship more every day. If I can get here just 10 minutes early I think it would have a huge impact on my day. I could sit in the quiet before the storm of kids and read and pray - especially for them at that time. I could also turn on Pandora and listen to some music to put me in a better mood. Coffee, the Bible and the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir - can't start a day off much better than that right?

Back on the diet today. Phase 1 for the next 2 weeks to try to fix the mess I put myself in the last 2 weeks! I weighed this morning because I was feeling big and ended up that I was down a pound. I'm at 214 lbs. I think my heaviest weight was 238 lbs at the doctor's office one time. Change is coming. More slowly than I like but it's getting there. I have my determination back to not cheat this time. I resisted a doughnut in the teacher's lounge this morning. Some days it's the little things ;)

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Lazy weekend

I think I need spring weather to come so I can feel more motivated to clean my house and get moving on it. I don't have motivation at all - even though looking around should be motivation enough! This week is has been busy and my first full week of school for a LONG TIME and I was staying after school 3 of the 5 days for different things. So for THIS weekend, I'll blame it on the busy schedule. Next weekend I need to try to not have an excuse.

I'm going back on Phase 1 for the next two weeks before the wedding. Between Valentine's Day and MrG's birthday I have been a dieting failure the past few weeks. I need to get back on track and work out more consistently too. Other times I've dieted and gotten off track I'd just give up and forget about it. I'd eat whatever I wanted and stopped caring. This time is different. I was making progress, people have been telling me that they SEE the progress and I know I can do this!

We are heading to church in a little bit. MrG has to work at job #2 for the first time in over a month. They never give him any hours. He was tired and had a headache so we're going to the later church service instead of the first one that he usually prefers. We were hanging out with some friends last night and were out late. I had a great time though. :)

That's about it for this weekend! I hope everyone has a great week!!

Friday, February 26, 2010

I love you guys.

Thanks for all of the responses in my post about you. I absolutely love it.

I've been a diet failure the past week or so. I think I'll go back on Phase 1 for the next 2 weeks before the wedding so I can fix the damage I've done. It hasn't been much but I haven't lost any either so I need to get back on track.

I'm off to go chaperone a dance at school tonight. I'm sure it'll be a GREAT time. ::eyeroll::


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

My love note to the internet crazies:

While I love 99% of you dearly, there are a few people who have been posting less than appropriate comments on my blog. It's ok. I know people aren't going to agree with everything I say. It's cool. No problem. I can roll with the punches - that's an important trait for a middle school teacher I think.

Last night was weird. I'm not sure why someone would post that a "baby was on the way" and "the baby boy would bring us a lifetime of joy". A little bizarre. More explanation to what the thought process was behind that would be awesome.

Today I found a new special friend. Her name is (taken out to stop searches coming here). Unfortunately she thinks she's funny and hurtful. She's strongly mistaken. She has a very limited vocabulary and she isn't able to do anything but state simple obvious things - like the fact that I'm fat. Thanks. I know that. That's why I'm working on it. Lucky for me, I can change fat. She'll have a tougher time changing her serious issues.

I'm not going to humor her with posting what she wrote to me but I do hope she posts again. She has an interesting take on the lives of other people and I find it quite entertaining - just not for the reasons she thinks she is!

Sweet dreams crazy. Snuggle those dolls tight tonight and watch out for those pins. They might stick ya. "Everything comes around full circle" right?

::smooches::