Sunday, January 24, 2010

Wrestling Tourny & 34 wk check up

Friends. This is an update on our busy, busy weekend. Friday early afternoon we rode down to Richfield with Aunt Heather and cousin Andra and friend Reagan. In Richfield we helped out at The Beehive Brawl - a huge wrestling tournament for kids 6-15 yrs old. My Uncle Andy hosts this huge and growing event, this year almost 900 kids were signed up! And it was a huge success, we got done last night at 6:00pm!!! That is amazing. We left the arena about 8pm.

Friday we sold shirts most of the time, handed out coaches meal tickets and coaches passes for parents, etc. to be down on the mats with their wrestlers. Saturday Seth and I each worked a computer covering two mats (entering in scores/updating brackets). My mats were 12 & 15 yr olds wrestling, Seth got to see the little guys wrestle at his. Brought back lots of memories watching my brothers wrestle and going to their meets. My mats had all the drama - I saw a ref get ejected, and a ref eject 3 coaches... tempers were raging, faces were fuming blood red, I was just waiting to see who the first one would be to throw a fist... luckily it didn't go that far though.

It was a fun time! However I felt a bit (incredibly) uncomfortable by the end of each night. I slept SO good Friday night, and was refreshed for the big day Saturday but could barely move as we walked out of the place. Baby girl enjoyed the entire day, I'm sure she wanted to know what the heck was going on!! It was SO loud all day, lots of buzzers, yelling, whistle blowing. She never calmed down, I felt sore getting up and walking around just because of her constantly moving. It was so fun though, so glad she's so active. It's my favorite thing, to feel her move. I've had an extremely lazy Sunday. Slept in as long as I could, pulled my hair back/no make up for church... ate left overs for dinner. and slept. Oh, and the best - a jetted hot bath and reading my book. Doesn't get better.

My 34 week OB check up was last Monday. She's measuring a tad big, sounds fabulous, and there's no complications! What a blessing. Because of before pregnancy high blood pressure, which has been well controlled with meds this whole time, they are still watching me closely and doing all the pre-cautions possible to assure a good delivery and healthy baby. So my doctor will now see me for weekly visits and I'm doing weekly non-stress tests at the hospital. No need to worry, all pre-cautionary. Which is fabulous. My doc did say he will not let me go past my due date. If a non-stress test ever shows concern he'll probably just induce me before putting me on bed rest. This concerned me a little, but he said he feels completely confident in inducing me any day after my 34 wk mark so no need to worry. After 37 weeks, maybe he'll just have us pick an induction date. This makes me happy/excited... but nervous too- because that is so soon!! So we'll see what happens!!!

Our first non-stress test was Wednesday. We had to wait an hour before getting started. I had a lot of my questions answered. It worries me that a non-stress test is only 20 minutes during an entire day, and an entire week. What if baby girl is doing perfect for those 20 minutes but then something happens and she gets 'sick' right after that and we don't find out in time before the next non stress test? For me they are worried about preeclampsia. I'm grateful there are a number of symptoms to look for before something bad could happen. But super grateful I haven't had any of those symptoms! Tomorrow is my weekly doc appt, Wed is my 2nd non stress test, and Thurs is my 35 wk mark!! I'm SO close to being full term, this all has absolutely FLOWN by. The nursery preparations are in the works, I'm working on a rag quilt for her (brown/light green/ purple colors). Seth and I will be welcoming home our baby girl in no time! Totally excited!!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

About baby...

Today I am 33 weeks along. I really love it, all! I think I'm getting pretty big, I'm feeling big - as in I appreciate Seth putting socks on my feet for me when he is around when I need them to be on. :)

Baby girl is pretty active... I read online about doing recommended counts of fetal movements during the baby's most active time of the day, and that there should be at least 10 every 4 hours... um try 10 every 4 minutes, at least. She has her days when she isn't as active as usual, of course I worry. I'll drink something cold or jab myself a bunch. Usually doesn't help - and then she'll decide to let me know all is well. I've tried to get a few videos of her being so active - you can see my shirt move lots, etc. but the videos never come out well enough to post. Maybe in a few weeks... I am carrying her pretty much right in the middle... some say they carry their child very low, or very high. Maybe she's a little on the high side, but pretty much right in the middle.

We got the second room a bit more organized and set up so we can start making it her room. We got a crib two days ago!! We scored from an ad on KSL classified's. This was a whopping $40! I love that it is solid/sturdy wood, and not the spoke-like slats. I plan on painting it if the weather permits a warmer sunny day sometime soon. I just really don't like light wood. Don't worry, I've done some research on what paints are safe, etc.
Seth went to pick up the crib while I was at work. I loved the excitement in his voice when he told me he got it. He feels her so much now, it's not just kicks it's all the movements that can be felt now. Seth thinks she especially enjoys it when he shakes my belly up and down, side to side like you would if you're mixing kool-aid in a sealed pitcher. That's not just her going up and down, side to side - but all of my insides too. So he doesn't get away with doing that for too long. Sometimes he'll give her kisses, or pat her on the bum, or talk to her - cheesy, sorry! But I love it.

I've been SO blessed to feel so amazing, at least so far, with this whole adventure. I really don't feel very different than I did before the pregnancy. Sometimes I forget I'm pregnant, and then she'll remind me :) I'm still wearing my wedding ring, I have days when my feet will swell some. I'm grateful my blood pressure is doing well, and that she doesn't hurt me if she kicks my ribs. I've heard that's painful. I'm grateful tums cures my heartburn right away! I've had heartburn for the last few months, some foods give me more heartburn than others - but if I am burpy (which feels like all the time) I have heartburn.

But what I am the most grateful for is.... I sleep SO GOOD! :) I've always been able to fall asleep wherever I am, and so quickly. No matter how many times I have to get up to pee, or what time it is, I can fall right back to sleep. Biggest Blessing Ever. Only "complaint - my hips don't work so well right when I get up, I think of it as being a 70 yr old German shepherd who's hips don't work anymore. A pillow between the legs while sleeping helps, some.

ANYWAY - our birthing/hospital class is this Saturday, we're going to the 6 hour-all-in-one-chunk class at Utah Valley, where I'll be delivering at. My next appointment is next Monday, and after that I'll be going in every 2 weeks. It's coming down to the wire! I'm trying to let it sink in completely, and convince myself this is very real and time to put the room together, checking off a shopping list. But parts of me are still in denial, really. I feel like a part of me is still afraid to be attached, or accept this is going to happen and everything is going to be just fine.I don't let that stop me from getting completely excited and daydream about what it will be like as a new mom, what she'll be like, what our family will be like.

So... here's to 33 weeks! That countdown on the side that says 49 days to go - is more crazy b/c it says "231 days so far". Wow...oh - and of course the famous question everyone asks... "What will her name be?" Well, we will definitely not decide anything until we see her. And we haven't officially looked over a name book. We're very open to suggestions. But we both love "Kayla" and "Scarlet" - and they are so different than each other. We will just need to see her.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

blog following

Help... I'm trying to set up my blog following stuff... and I seem to have added to my own list - that I follow my own blog. duh. how do I take that off? Thanks...

Friday, January 8, 2010

What am I going to do...

With these two?

Seth got a new game for Christmas, Forza III, he likes the racing ones. Raja always comes to sit on his lap so he has a hand rest/warmer. Seriously. The other photo is of Raja giving him kisses while he is playing... they're best buds. I'm jealous of their friendship. The only time I get that kind of attention from Raja is in the middle of the night when she is starving and HAS to have food before we wake up. She knows I'm the only one who will get out of bed to fulfill her wishes. And she will not leave me alone until she gets food. (I'm learning though... feed her once a day, just before we go to sleep).

I need to blog about our Christmas and the vacation we had in Michigan over the holidays. It's just going to be such a lame post because we DIDN'T TAKE A SINGLE PHOTO!!! The ENTIRE time. I really need to stop telling myself, "Oh good, so-and-so has their camera and taking lots of good photos right now. I should be taking some too but I'll just borrow their memory card later and add them to the laptop. Or have them email me the good ones." A new year's goal of mine is to take more photos.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Go Hawkeyes!!

We won the Orange Bowl Tonight... So proud of my hometown team!! I have much more to blog about, but for now... Way to be Hawks!