Monday, August 31, 2009

Eviction Date Has Been Set!

So after talking to Mr. H about his work schedule, we decided it was best to call the doctor's office this morning to see about scheduling an induction. It was to be scheduled regardless, but finding out today would have been better for us than waiting until Wednesday to find out. Finding out earlier made it easier for Mr. H to figure out when he could be off of work, instead of having the possibility of not being able to take off at all.
I called the doc's office, and they called me back to ask me if Wednesday night would work good for us. Of course! So Wednesday I will go to my regular appointment time to get checked, and that is when they will tell me exactly what time I need to be at the hospital that evening. They will admit me that night and start me on pitocin Thursday morning! So Mason's eviction date is set! :) Let's hope that the labor and delivery process goes smoothly, and we'll be able to meet our little man on Thursday!
As far as visitors go Thursday, I will take that as it comes. We'll keep everyone updated on what is going on throughout the day and what kind of progress I am making. You never know how the labor process will be, and I'd honestly rather not having visitors hanging around all day long if I am sick, tired, or in pain. So we will definitely keep everyone informed, and let everyone know when I'm ready for some visitors!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends

Since my pregnancy is inevitably drawing to a close, I thought it would be appropriate to give a thank you post. A thank you post to all of the people that have helped Mason and I throughout this pregnancy.

Mom and Phil, thanks so much for everything you've done. You've kept me sane on my crazy days when I've just needed to get out of the house. You've provided me with chocolate/caramel craving fixes from Phil's candy stash. You let me vent about how pregnancy sucks a lot of the times, and given me positive advice on how this will all be beautiful in the end. You have given Mason and I a lot of nice things that will be so very helpful and needed after his arrival. I can't complain about the foot massages either. I appreciate all the wonderful things you've done to support me being a big, fat, pregnant lady.

Steph, you rock. You are so excited about Mason's arrival, and it's nice to have someone I can sit and talk with about all of the wonderful things he will bring to my life. You too have kept me very sane throughout this pregnancy. From the moment I found out, when you rushed to my house with my very specific demand of Diet Coke WITH ice, you have been there every step of the way. You've let me bitch, whine, gripe, and complain. You and Mom hosted such a wonderful baby shower and I really appreciated that as well. And Mason will love his pack n' play too! It'll make my life so much easier, but he will be surrounded by people and love all the time.

Mr. H. "YOU DID THIS TO ME". Kidding. I'm not really sure how you handled the news of baby Mason, but thinking it was a cruel joke was pretty funny. You've helped me more than you know, but there is still a lot to be done to prepare for the munchkin. Thanks for all of the foot rubs, sweet messages, "you're beautiful"s, and dinner when I didn't feel like making it. Thanks for all the macho man stuff that I could no longer do, and doing the simple things, like getting me a glass of water just because you know it's easier for you to do than me. I'm so excited to meet our little man, and I know you are too. It won't be long!

To everyone else (because I could make this post a really long one if I continue)...thank you for the gifts, support, kind words, and encouragement throughout my entire pregancy. Mr, H. and I have a world full of so many wonderful people, and Mason will be a lucky little guy to have that world too.

From Mason and Mom, we both say Thank You.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

39 Week Dr's Appointment - GOOD NEWS!

How far along? 39 weeks!
Total weight gain: 40 whopping pounds.
Maternity clothes? Nothing else.
Sleep: My sleep is coming much easier now. It's just having to get up 10+ times to go to the bathroom throughout the night, and trying to roll my big pregnant belly out of the bed just once is painful enough.
Best moment this week: My wonderful friend Steph bought Baby Mason a wonderful Pack N Play that was well needed, and very much appreciated!
Movement: He hasn't stopped. I had a cup of coffee this morning, and he has been rolling around like crazy.
Gender: Little Handsome.
Labor Signs: Contractions here and there. Around 10-15 minutes apart. Nothing that will lead up to anything.
Belly Button in or out? Halfway flat, halfway out.
What I miss: Patience.
What I am looking forward to: Having this child. My next doctor's appointment.
Weekly Wisdom: Enjoy being pregnant. It goes by way too fast. Blog the experience to look back on when your little one isn't so little anymore.
Milestones: Making progress! Made it to 39 weeks!

Okay, so now for my anticipated doctor's update. Blood pressure is back to normal! Yahooo! Also, Mason's heartbeat was good and strong, and she seems to think he'll be somewhere in between 8.5-9.5 pounds. I still have yet to dilate at all, but I am 50% effaced.
*For those of you who may not know what effacement is, it means that the cervix must thin out as well as dilate in order for you to begin the birthing process. So mine is halfway to where it needs to be, which is a good sign of progress!
She could definitely feel his head this time, so that's good that he is head down and engaged.
Here's the kicker. If I don't have Mason naturally by my next doctor's appointment, we will be scheduling an induction date. Being induced is not something that most people prefer to do. But my doctor knows what is best, and I know that I will probably not make any real progress (as far as dilation goes) on my own. So, we can expect to have Mason sometime between September 3rd to September 7th (Labor Day. Hmmm.)
Of course I will blog between now and my next appointment, but by next Wednesday, Mason's birthday will be set!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Check It Out

This guy has an amazing voice.
I'm in love.

My Favs

Nothing beats riding in my car, with the sunroof open, the windows down, and my cd player blaring The Beatles. And what adds to it? The smell of fresh cut grass.
Never fails to put me in a good mood.
Love it.

I'm Still Pregnant

Reasons I am beyond ready to have Mason here now:
1). I want to meet him.
2). I want to hold him.
3). I want to sleep on my stomach.
4). I would really like for my hips to stop hurting. It's the newest and cruelest pain I have.
5). I'm ready to say hello to my regular feet again.
6). I'm ready to use all of the cute stuff we've spent money on.
7). I'm tired of people asking me every day when I'm due, or when I'm going to have this kid.
8). I'm sick of having contractions that don't turn into anything.
9). I hate waddling. It's not very flattering.
10). I would like a nice cold beer.
11). I would like to have two ice cold beers.

But mostly, I'm just ready to meet my son. The anticipation is really getting to me. It's frustrating at this point to know that he could come at any day, but to keep telling myself that I still have over a week until my due date. I know "he'll come when he's ready". I get sick of hearing that too. It's like people forget that I've been pregnant since December, and I don't know anything about this entire pregnancy process or how a child is born. C'mon. The majority of times, they do come when they are ready. However sometimes they do need a little assistance. Ya never know.

My next doctor's appointment is tomorrow morning. I'll get to find out if I've made any progress, and hopefully she'll be able to feel his head this time. If not, then I get to have another ultrasound to determine what exactly he is doing in there. I'm hoping my blood pressure isn't through the roof this time either. Last week it wasn't good, and I have been as much of a couch potato as I possible could this week. So I'm hoping the pure boredom I've experienced all week long will pay off.
I will definitely update tomorrow as soon as I know something. My appointment is the first of the day (7:50am, woohoo!).

My doctor's office is great. When you are this far along in your pregnancy they let you get first pick of appointment times, instead of just giving you random times throughout the day. The receptionist knows I like to be the first or second appointment each time, just so I can get in and out quickly. So it shouldn't be a long appointment. I'll keep my fingers crossed. They know that us full term pregnant ladies don't really want to be sitting for hours in a doctor's office for a 5-10 minute appointment. And everyone else should keep their fingers crossed that I either 1). Find out something good or 2). Have made some progress!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Rainy Day = Pedicure

Being on some sort of modified bed rest basically sucks. I'm already sick of being in the house constantly, but at least I had cleaning to do, laundry to do, and just randomness that needed to be taken care of around the house.

Now? I can't do any of that, and I absolutely hate watching television. May sound strange, but you should try being unemployed for 5 months and see if you ever want to watch television after just a few weeks of it.

So that means I resort to getting my piggies done. It got me out of the house for about an hour, and it was very enjoyable. Massage chairs are great, and having your fat, swollen, pregnant feet and ankles rubbed is even more enjoyable. I almost felt bad for the lady who had to give me the pedicure, since my pregnant feet are revolting. What the hell, it's her job, she gets paid.

I was clueless as to what I was missing out on this entire pregnancy. Now I know. Pedicures. Cute, painted, girly toes are all it takes to make you feel like a normal person again. Who would've thunk it?

So I leave you with a picture of my wonderfully painted and manicured tootsies, and to recommend any pregnant chick to indulge herself frequently in the simple bliss of a pedicure on a rainy day.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Doctor's Appointment

I just got in from my doctor's appointment, and no real news to report. Still no progress, and she actually couldn't feel the babies head. Does that mean he flipped? Not necessarily. But, it does mean that he might not be in the "right position" just yet, so if he is still not head down next week, then we get to have another ultrasound.
Mason's heartbeat was good, and my blood pressure was BAD. I've never had high blood pressure before, and she said it was common for it to go up slightly in the last few weeks of pregnancy. Since there was no signs of protein in my urine, I am not pre-eclamptic. However, if I don't watch my blood pressure, it could be that I do become pre-eclamptic. So, she wants me to be a "couch potato". This isn't really true bedrest, but she does want me to be off my feet as much as possible, and to avoid any strenuous activities period. So no more housecleaning, or nursery decorating, or anything like that.
So that pretty much sums up my appointment. I'm so ready for Mason to get here, my doctor's appointments are more annoying than exciting. I feel like this last home stretch has lasted more than the entire length of my pregnancy. Yeah, not possible, but every day goes by slower and slower than the day before. Ugh. I think he's going to be a due date baby or even possibly afterwards. We shall see! My next appointment is a week from today. Maybe by then things will have changed.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Weekend Recap

Let's see, let's see. What did I do this weekend? Well, Friday night was the typical stay-at-home-and-do-nothing-evening. Typical, but enjoyable, as usual.
Saturday the gang ventured to Dalton to attend Uncle Frank's Tribute at the Blues Train. It was a lot of fun! Most of the bunch was amazed that a full-term pregnant lady would actually be in a bar, let alone travel out of town to sit around in a bar full of loud music and drunks. Drunks are funny when you're sober, so that was comedic, and the music was good. The food was awesome too!
It was great seeing Aunt Jean, Uncle Red, Cathy, Chuck, and the whole family. Mom and Phil had a good time. We celebrated Frank's life, and Phil's birthday! Even though we only stayed for about 2 and a half/3 hours, it was still a good time.
Sunday I did the usual Mom and Phil visit. It's always nice to get out of the house for a day, and spend time with them. Sippin' on coffee, chatting about Mason's upcoming arrival and such, and just good family time!
So my weekend went by fast, but it was rather enjoyable. Here are a few pictures from Saturday night!
Steph and I before we headed out

Ami, Cathy, and Mom - having wayyyy to much fun!

Mom and the Birthday Boy
I really don't think they were expecting me to take the picture. But I love it.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Naturally Inducing Labor

Here are some things that are supposed to naturally induce labor:

Castor oil
A glass of wine
Spicy Foods
House work
Eggplant Parmesean?
Yard Work

So here is what I've tried, and so far, no Mason yet.
A glass of wine: FAIL
Spicy foods: FAIL
House work: FAIL
Pineapple: FAIL

Massage? I give Mr. H back rubs all the time, but so far he hasn't returned the favor.
Yard work? I leave that to Mr. H.
Eggplant Parmesean? Pass.
Castor Oil? Gag. I'd rather not.

Looks like Mason will come when he is ready, or when the doctor says "Well, he looks mighty comfortable in there, I think we may have to induce."
Whatever. I'm SO over being pregnant.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Impending Labor Signs? Hmmm.

I woke up this morning at 8:30. Eventually I will see that as sleeping in, but right now, that is getting up at a pretty decent time for me. I ate some Pop Tarts (very nutritious breakfast, but hey, I'm pregnant) and got to cleaning. The kitchen has been cleaned top to bottom already, and I'm going to start on the living room next.
Keep in mind that I just did a big house cleaning not even a week ago. I'm sure it doesn't really need it that bad, but in my nesting mind, it's disgusting.
The laundry has been started and it's going through it's cycles. The trash has been taken out.
I think I've accomplished quite a lot for a 37 week pregnant person in the first three hours of my day.
More than anything, I just want the house to be clean when we come home from the hospital, so that I don't need an army of people to come over and lend a hand. It's one less thing to worry about.
Is nesting really a sign of impending labor? No. I've been nesting for quite awhile now. But I do think it's strange that pregnant women experience this weird, must-clean-everything attitude in the last few weeks of pregnancy. It's not that it "just needs to be done". It is more like preparation. You know every day brings something new, and that something new could be your screaming, crying, new baby. So time to get the house in ship-shape. Or something like that.
I also feel the need to be cleaned and showered at all times. Why? Because who wants to go to the hospital when you are dirty and in your pjs? I know I'll have time to do this, but I just have a feeling that when it is truly "go time", my mind won't be on if I've showered, fixed my hair, and applied makeup.
And lastly, I feel the urge to stay very close to home. My little bubble of a life does not reach far anyway, but I am afraid to venture out anywhere. When the time comes, everything I need is here at home. Very strange.
I don't think these really mean anything. I wish they did. I wish it meant that tomorrow would be the day. I wish that there was a definitive sign that us pregnant ladies get that says "Alright, it's real, it's time, go to the hospital idiot."
If only it was this simple.
Instead we sit and wait on our water to break (which could be one big gush or a constant leak), or contractions to start up. Are they Braxton Hicks or real contractions? Are they 3-4 minutes apart for more than an hour? Are they intensifying in strength and frequency? Who the hell knows.
I think they should just come up with a labor test. Just like the pregnancy test you start with. Within 2-3 minutes you'll know if you are in labor, and just like the first test, will know that your life is drastically about to change.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

C'mon. Do It.

This is the diaper tote that I want. It is called the Skip Hop Studio Tote. It's kid friendly in it's size and compartments, and Mom friendly in it's chic, trendy, fashionista, way.
So buy it for me.
Right now.
Because I don't have $89.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Burp Cloths

A friend of mine had given me cloth diapers at my baby shower to use for burp cloths. So I decided to add some flair to them, and found a great tutorial on how to turn your plain, white, cloth diapers into cute burp cloths!

Mason Kicking

So I took a few videos on my cell phone of Mason rolling around in my belly. The second one is easier to see, since he was trying to knock the remote off of my belly. But if you watch closely in the first one, you can see just how hard he likes to push me around.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Weekend Recap

This weekend was pretty good! Friday night was uneventful. Everyone came over to the house that evening and just chilled out. That was about it.
Saturday I spent the day with Mom, and then we headed back to the house so Mr. H could cook hamburgers for us. Best hamburgers in town. Swear.
My jaw has been killing me all weekend long. Luckily it's gotten slightly better today, but I don't know what the deal is.
Today I am hanging out with Mom again, helping her tidy up her house a bit. Mr. H's Dad's birthday is today, and unfortunately I wasn't able to go to the shindig. I haven't been feeling to well, and I know the trip alone would wear me out.
No big news this weekend.
But in pregnancy news, I have had quite a few contractions since my doctor's appointment on Wednesday. Thursday evening they started out being 10 minutes apart and went down to 4 minutes. But after laying on my side and drinking a few glasses of water...they subsided. Since then I've had them off and on, so I'm sure the good ol' Doc will want to see if I've made any progress at my next appointment. Mason has also been kicking, punching, and rolling around like crazy lately. I think he's getting aggravated at the lack of room. Maybe it'll convince him into coming out in the next week or two.
Tomorrow will be a boring day for me. I'm sure I'll end up cleaning more of the house, and preparing for the little guy. But Tuesday morning I have my doctor's appointment bright and early, and then a trip to get my hair cut! Finally!
I haven't had it cut since February, and the time before that was in August to get it wedding-ready. So twice in a year. Sheesh. It's about time for a cut. At least I'll have something to do to fill some of the day on Tuesday. Being home 24/7 and in your last month of pregnancy makes time drag. It's a waiting game now.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Good Dr's Appointment!

We just got back from my 36 week checkup, and good news!
-Mason's heartbeat is 141. Good.
-After having the growth ultrasound we determined that he is HEAD DOWN! Extra good!
-He is actually measuring just a few days ahead, with a weight estimate of 6lbs 8oz. With him gaining around a half pound per week, that means he should be born aronud 8lbs 8oz. We'll see!
So good news all around! I'm very excited that I don't have to have a c-section because of his positioning, or an induction due to his "large" size. Now I just wait and see when he decides he's ready to make his arrival!
I know this means I could be pregnant for another month, but I'd rather be pregnant for another month than have to go through a major surgery and recovery. My fluid levels were a little increased (not much), and she said that I may have been measuring ahead due to that plus the position he was in.
Either way, I was so excited to hear that he's head down now! Definitely made my day!
Now it's time to start the walking, eating spicy foods, and all of the other natural ways to start labor. We'll see how that goes! Ha!
My next appointment is next Tuesday morning, so it will definitely make this week fly by fast.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Parker's Birthday Bash

Mr.H, the Grill Master

Parker, the Birthday Boy!

My Life in Picture

Laundry. Could it get any better?


Obviously I could have Mason any day now naturally, but with the thoughts of having to have a c-section since he may still be transverse, I'm even more anxious that he'll basically have an eviction date.
The latest that my doctor will schedule a c-section is 39 weeks. So I know I won't make it to my due date. Even if he were to come naturally, I don't think he would stick around until the beginning of September. 39 weeks is 3 weeks from now. If she decides that because he is measuring large, we could schedule the c-section earlier, then he could be here in as little as a week and a half.
It's pretty overwhelming to think that either way, I will have a child by the end of this month. Yesterday I spent the day nesting like crazy. I cleaned the heck out of the guest bedroom, mine and Mr. H's bedroom/bathroom, and even washed my car and vacuumed the inside of it. Probably because I realized things could be happening pretty quickly, and I don't need to be sitting around on my pregnant butt waiting for things to magically happen on their own.
The nursery is almost complete. There are a few things that I'd like to get done in there, but they can always wait until after Mason is born.
I'm so ready for this pregnancy to be over with. It's getting harder for me to move around/walk around, and my back is constantly in pain. I am super excited about my appointment tomorrow, so I am hoping that it will be some good news, and if anything, news at all.
Today I am going to be cleaning up the rest of the house, so hopefully I can stay on Mr. H about helping me keep it clean until the baby comes. That way I won't have to do this all over again in a week or two.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Weekend Recap

Friday was pure boredom. Luckily Allison and Steph came over that evening to entertain me! Mr. H decided he wanted to take a 3 hour nap that afternoon, and after spending an entire day at home alone, I was ready to get out of the house.
So Saturday Steph, Chad, Mr. H, and I all headed out to Bennett's for dinner and and then to the movies. We saw The Ugly Truth, and it was pretty hilarious. Good times had by all. It was so nice to get out of the house and do something different, so I really enjoyed myself.
Sunday was my Parker's (my nephew) 2nd birthday, so we went over to my father in law's house for the celebration. It was good seeing everyone, and nice to see my brother and sister in law again. That was the first time we'd seen them since the wedding. I took a few pictures, all of Parker of course, so I will post those later.
My mom is on a flight to Orlando this morning for a three day business trip and was scared of me going into labor while she was gone. It's still way to early for Mason to arrive, so I don't think that will be a problem at all.
And might I add, it was so nice to hear (from a mother of three yesterday) this comment. "You look great! You are carrying so well. Most mother's are so much bigger than you at this stage of pregnancy!".
That's a first. Most people forget that pregnant people are suppose to be big, and in turn comment on how large I am. Nice change from someone who actually knows!
My next appointment is day after tomorrow, where I will have a growth ultrasound and determine Mason's position. I don't think he's changed positions at all since my last appointment, so we'll see. I'm very curious to see what his estimated weight is going to be at 36 weeks.