Sunday, May 31, 2009

1/2 way there

Yep, 20 weeks today.  I seriously cannot believe it.  Time is flying by but I guess it does when you have a wild man running after you and begging to be held and demanding my full undivided attention!  ;-)  According to the weekly email, "little peanut" is now the length of a banana and weighing in at a whopping 10.5 oz.  Growing big and strong!  The email also had a section on sleeping issues that may have recently arisen:

1) snoring- CHECK!  Unfortunately started around 18 weeks, just in time for the beach! sorry peeps!
2)Heartburn and indigestion- knock on wood, so far not as bad as it was with Zachary but I have had a night or two where it kept me up and BURNED like the dickins!
3)leg cramps- OUCH!  get these at least a couple nights a week, guess I need to be eating some of those bananas with Zachary! :)
4) sleep position- again, not as bad as with Zach but maybe this time I am more used to the side sleeping than I was before!  Still not into the snoogle, the extra pillow is working just fine!

And tomorrow is the big day....3pm!  I am anxious to see my little one after so long and hopefully be able to put a name to this baby soon!  The jury is pretty mixed on what this one is so I guess we will just have to wait for the real deal!

Friday, May 29, 2009


Thankfully I survived the week....even though I am tired as HECK!  I just could not seem to catch up from the lack of sleep from the weekend.  Usually I wake up around 5am....and this week I was pushing 6am every day!  YIKES.  Thankfully, the traffic has slowed down and the commute was pretty good every day.  I MUST get sleep this weekend and get back on track!

So Monday is the big day.  I am excited and anxious all at the same time!  I haven't seen Little Peanut since 9 weeks and I will be very excited to see how he/she has grown and know that everything is okay.  And on that subject, I think it is a little boy.  Which I am actually excited about!  Of course, I want a girl for my own relationship, but I always wanted a sister and same-gender siblings always seem closer, so I think a brother for Zachary would be GREAT!  So...we shall see what we see on Monday.  Appointment is not until 3pm so you may not know until Tuesday! ;-)

Not much else new going on.  Was looking at a calendar this afternoon thinking I had no plans and then all of a sudden it is like we are booked up!  Where does the time go?  We have all these plans and events and I didn't really even realize it until now until I saw it on paper. Which is good but means that it is going to make the summer go by so very quickly.....and then all of a sudden, it will be baby time!  Holy Smokes!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

too tired

I am still so pooped from the weekend that my creative juices are not flowing at all! we had a great time at our annual Beach Bash and I will eventually post some pics of the Z Man from there but not quite yet.

The countdown is on for the big ultrasound next week. Monday is the big day and I am anxious to know what this critter is so I can start shopping and planning! I have no idea either way, I really don't. How about you? Any gut feelings?

OK, i will type more tomorrow when I am mot so tired!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Check up and Loads of Toys!

Our 15 month appointment went well!  We were the first appointment so didn't have to wait too long.  I had brought some of Zach's cars with him and they kept him entertained so that helped. All and all, appointment went well.  Tubes looking good, height/weight good. etc.  I had been mildly concerned about his lack of words (momma, dadda, ball, and uhoh), but doc reassured me that we were fine and more than likely will hear a bunch of new words over the next couple of months! So we shall see!  Let's see...the stats:

Height- 33inches (75-90%)
Weight- 25lbs (50%)
Head- 19 1/4inches (75-90%)
We had to get one shot but Z did just fine.  Note to self, morning appointments do very well for us, he was actually smiling the whole appointment except for the shot! :)

The annual beach bash trip is this weekend so my folks will be watching Zachary Friday night to Sunday afternoon.  My parents are so sweet, they usually just come to our house when we get together since all of Zach's gear is at our place , so they do not have much at their house besides baby stuff! They always buy him new toys and bring them to our place!!  Anywho...I went on a toy spree and got all KINDS of good loot to leave at Grandma and Grandpa's house!  We hit the resale store first and for $58--->I got 3 cars, a popper, a vacuum, pretend grill, a big box of leggos, and 2 Doug & Mary puzzles!  Zach had fun looking at everything too!  Next we made a quick stop at Toys R Us for a ride on and of course a few other things Z couuldn't live with out!  I think we are good to go! :)  It will be nice to not have to pack up TOYS for every time now! :)

Sunday, May 17, 2009

15 months, 18 weeks, and 2 days!

Zachary turned 15 months last Monday and we are going for our check up tomorrow! (thanks to Amy since I didn't think we needed to go back until 18 months!)  I think we have to get some shots and just discuss how Z Man is doing these days.  I am sure the lack of words will come up but I honestly am not too worried about it yet.  He babbles a lot and follows some commands so I believe he comprehends, just may be a slow talker! (My fav is I ask him to help me make the bed and he brings me all the pillows, too cute!)  Other than that, hopefully it is just another appointment! :) 

And this is me....18 weeks!  My 1st "belly shot".  Poor little peanut, I was taking pics of my belly with Z before there was even anything to see!  And now the countdown is on...2 weeks until we find out what this baby is!  Any guesses?

My mom's Birthday was today and she and my dad came over to spend the day with us.  We had some yummy Macaroni Grille for lunch!  DELISH!  We had a good afternoon and I am so thankful to have such great parents!  Great parents who will be watching the Z Man this weekend for us!
And only 2 work days this week, WOOHOO!  I am looking forward to our annual Beach weekend.  We are headed to a different beach this year since Hurricane Ike wiped out Crystal Beach but I hope we may be back there again one day!  We are also doing a kiddo day this year!  Usually it is adults only but we have the house a day early so Thursday night/Friday afternoon is FAMILY FUN time!  So we will enjoy the time with Z and then head back to h-town Friday afternoon to drop Zach off at my parents.  Being preggo at the beach weekend will be a little different but others have done it before so I am sure I can handle it too.

Oh, and Operation Low Intercom is going well.  I am sleeping better and I guess Zach is sleeping okay too.  He is still waking up at 6:30-7am every day but I suppose we just have an early riser.  Now if only I could get comfortable at night....then we would really be set! 

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Addicted to the monitor?

Had lunch today with some of the book club aunties and mentioned how the last two weeks since Zach's possessed teething episodes....I have not gotten much or very good sleep! He is just waking through the night and I wake up to every cry/whimper/rustle! Both of them asked if I still have the monitor next to the bed. And yes, I do. Suggestion? Back to good old Ferber! They both said to turn the monitor off or move it outside the bedroom so that I could hear him if he was REALLY crying, but not every noise he makes. He is not sick and obviously old enough to be sleeping though the night....but I think perhaps I spoiled him the week of the teething by going in every little whimper. So, I guess tonight will be Night #1. I will let you know how it goes!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Ferber in the Morning??

You know....Ferber, the Father of the CIO(cry it out) method.....I am about to start "ferberizing Zach" for wake-ups!

Zach goes to sleep great. Even if he is awake when you lay him down, he will play in his crib but most times just rolls onto his tummy, sticks hiney in the air and knows it is time for bed. He may make a peep or two when you leave but it rarely lasts any longer than that and has for awhile.

I have talked about Zach's night terrors which I know partially attribute to the sleep sacks....but lately it seems like we are sleeping less and less soundly at night and waking up earlier and earlier!

We hear of parent's who will keep their kids up a little later on the weekend night so they will sleep longer in the morning. I am mystified and slightly envious of this concept! No matter how late we are up at night, Zach is awake at the latest 7am the next morning. He definitely has an internal alarm clock in him that I need to break!

This morning, he was awake at 5am and frankly, that just isn't going to cut it. He needs more sleep than that! So...this morning as he was crying and Matt was going to get Zach's bottle, I said no. I can tell from the cry, nothing urgent is the matter. He is simply awake and wants us! So I just let him cry...It was a long 20 minutes but he eventually puttered out and whether or not he went back to sleep or not, he was laying down when I went in to get him 30 minutes later. So Ferberize I will if it will teach him NOT to be up before the rooster crows every morning! This momma needs some sleep!!!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

My Stinker

Chromosal/Genetic testing

Since being pregnant with Zachary, I have switched OB/GYN practices in order to deliver somewhere closer to home! I liked my old practice and their office was somewhat convenient to work....but now that we live in the burbs, the thought of being 45 minutes away from the house just was not a good one. Especially with my parents and Zachary being the same 45 min away! So anyway, I moved practices and my new OB is from the Fertility doc's office that we used for Z! And only 10 min from home.

The whole point of this post is about the testing. After talking with the OB, we decided to forgo all the genetic/chromosomal testing. Being as if something is wrong with little peanut, it would not change my decision to carry this child to term, nor would I want to do an amnio or CVS (read too many horror stories). And the hospital I am delivering at has a Level 3 NICU in case something was wrong at delivery, they would be able to handle initially at least.

What have other people done? Last time I just did the nuchal ultrasound and blood work at 12 weeks, nothing past that. Should I do more or rest in my decision and go from there?

Friday, May 8, 2009

raising a nudist??

Well I think a lot of babies/kiddos just love to be naked....but do they DESPISE putting on clothes and diapers like mine does? It is a constant horrible battle most mornings. You would think he was in some sort of HORRIBLE pain by the amount of shrieking that can go on sometimes just to change a diaper and put on clothes. And like Monica from Friends, he is freakishly strong! How a 25lb, 3 foot tall child can exercise so much force in his legs and body I have NO idea! He locks his legs and I can barely move them. Craziness!

Is this just a phase or do we really have a child who has an aversion to clothing? ;-)

Thursday, May 7, 2009

HOT, Darn Hot!!

It's only the middle of May and the humidity is already close to unbearable. This is going to make for a very long summer. I don't like wearing shorts, and even more so being pregnant....this should be interesting....

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The End of the Sleep Sack

It all started with Julia Joy's 1st birthday party...we stayed over late and since Z crashed in the car, I decided not to try to wriggle him into the sack when we got home. Oddly enough, no peeps through the night. I attributed it to the late pajama party he had. The next night, I decided to try peeps until almost time to wake up. Curious! Could it be the sack or coincidence?

So the next night I continued my experiment with him BACK in the sleep sack....and lo and behold, heard him several times in through the night! I did a couple more nights of on and off....and surely enough.......the nights off he slept better and the nights in the sack....the night wakings!! Apparently Zach does NOT share my love of the sleep sack anymore!

I guess I have 2 Large cotton sleep sacks if anyone wants them! ;-)

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

On Brooooadway

Not sure why but I have been totally diggin the Broadway channel on XM lately. I cannot sing very well but somehow I think I missed my calling ;-) And there are so many more shows out there I have yet to see!

This year mom and I decided not to renew our Season Tickets to the Broadway Series. While I am very bummed about losing our fabulous seats (front row center mezzainine).....their season just was not that great this year and the only show I REALLY wanted to see is Mary Poppins which I probably wouldn't even be able to because I will have a newborn baby at home! TUTS season is much better, but again, the whole newborn at home thing kinda makes it out the question this year. A lot of money to pay for something that I am not sure I would be able to use all of. There are some shows I really want to see though so I hope I can make a few of them at least!!!

And speaking of Broadway...I heard today on the channel that they are making a sequel to The Phantom! Wow, I cannot imagine!

Anyway, think I will download a bunch of tunes onto my iPod so I can continue to enjoy the music any time I want!!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Monday! At the zoo!

Today was a good one!  Finally Zach and I both felt better which is much more than I can say for the previous week we have had.  Yesterday I felt like C.R.A.P. all day and ended up calling my mom over.  She came over and took care of me and Zach so Matt could get things done around the house.  It was SO very much appreciated cause there was no way I could have handled running after wild man.  I had constant nausea and headache all day along with achiness...but no fever, so I am sure it wasn't the swine flu!  ;-)  

Anyway, woke up today and feeling MUCH better and Zach's teeth are almost through so he is in a better mood too.  Roxanne had texted us about the zoo and we needed to get out of the house so away we went!  It was a beautiful day outside too.  The kids had fun running around and checking out the animals.  We got to see the sea lion show, which Zach loved!  I thought he was going to dive over the fence when they threw a ball into the water!!  So fun to watch him taking interest and amazement of things!  We also got to see a the Tiger getting fed his lunch which was pretty cool too.  The children's section wasn't too packed either which allowed the kids to run freely.  All and all a good afternoon.  Z took a snooze in the car on the way home and as soon as we got into the house we was wide awake.  We decided to eat lunch and play and he finally crashed from 3:30-5:30 which allowed mommy to take a much needed snooze too!