Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
Here's a picture of Allison and I from back in April when I went back to visit my old school. Can you believe there are actully 5 of us in this picture! :)
So, on the Mia baby news front, Zeus and I went to the doctor today for our weekly check up and I am (from what I remember) 75% effaced and Mia's head down (good girl!) and at station -3 which means not very low yet. Crumb-cakes!!! In the good news department, I now have an end-date for my waiting, aching, crowded body. If nothing happens by next Tuesday, we will be checking into the hospital on the 29th at 7pm to get ready to be induced the next morning. So, one way or another - barring a labor longer than 24 hours (please NO!) - Mia's birth date will be June 30th!!!
Hmmm... I'll have to ask my mom how that works with insurance and if we'll have to pay the insurance premiums on her for the whole month of June if she comes on the last DAY of June. That would be crummy, but so worth it to have her FINALLY in our arms!!!
We are praying that she comes naturally on her own and/or that things go good with the induction and that we don't end up having to have a c-section, but we'll see. (Being induced ups the risk/chance for the need for a C-section, I learned this week at the hospital tour and also had re-iterated at the doctor appointment today.) That would definitely NOT be a worse case scenario, but we'd like to try and have her "regular" so that it doesn't makes for an easier (hopefully) recovery for mom. Also, hopefully it won't take me as long to heal internally before we start trying for baby number two. :) Now, don't get me wrong! There are no plans in the work as of yet for baby number two, especially in the immediate future, but we'd definitely like to have at least two kiddlets before we hit 40 if possible and would like to leave our "spacing options" as open as possible.
With Mia's birth rapidly approaching, mommy has joined a few groups on babycenter.com and is reading voraciously in order to be as prepared as possible in every area. :) I currently belong to three different groups - Cleft Lip and Palate (great info if anyone is interested in reading up on clefting), Exclusive Pumpers (since Mia most likely won't be able to nurse), and June 2010 birth club. It's been fun and very informative, as well as comforting to be able to have a support group to share feelings with and ask questions of who have gone, are going, or who will be going through the same things with their little ones.
Bring on the contractions!!!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Zeus worked until 6 pm and then met us at Mish's for pizza before picking my mom and I up to head over to the hospital. No, unfortunately it was NOT in order to deliver Mia, but to tour the hospital maternity ward where Mia will be born. Nurse Ed who was the tour guide was awesome and amazingly informative as well as humerus. We got to walk through the entire process of labor, delivery and recovery as well as see where everything was and the different options for delivery and pain management, etc. I'm so glad we were able to make it! When I called a week and a half ago to see if they had any tours coming up, I was bummed when it was so far out. Part of me hoped Mia would wait so that we could make it, and the other half was hoping she would NOT take that long to get here! :)
In other breaking news.... I HAVE A RENTER FOR MY UTAH HOUSE FINALLY!!! WHOOOOOOOOOO RRRRRRRRRRAH!!! Okay, so it IS a month-to-month renter who may or may NOT be there very long, but there's at least a month or two of double mortgages that we will NOT have to pay. Hallelujah! Also, a fellow is going today to look at the house who seems interested in buying it. He doesn't mind that there's a renter because he won't be able to move in for 3 or more months. We are SO crossing our fingers that something happens with that! It would be SUCH a blessing to have that over and done with. Cross your fingers, send positive thoughts our way, and pray like crazy for us!!! :)
In gross pregnancy news, my body is finally working on letting go so that my baby girl can arrive. I won't share the icky details, but stuff's definitely happening that points to labor any time... of course, those same signs can also take up to two weeks to manifest itself into labor, but the nurse says it means I shouldn't have to be induced since my body is kicking into gear. Hooray!!!
Friday, June 11, 2010
Here are two SHORT videos of our little kick-boxer! Can't wait to see those moves on the outside!
Uhm, sorry about the bare tummy shots! :)
So, I keep telling Mia that there's MUCH more room out here on the outside to try and entice her out! :)
Of course, I did feel bad not mentioning that she'd have to be squashed by contractions in order to do that and then squeezed out an orifice that is currently the size of a garden hose. Uhm, hoping the LAST part of that conversation doesn't convince her that she wants to stay in there forever!
Step 6 - take pictorial proof of being a bad mama. :( The horizontal scratch mid stretchmarks is where I whacked my belly and baby girl on the corner of the dresser during the whole drape hanging process. So sad! Luckily she's still inside and had SOME protection and it wasn't her little head making direct contact with the corner of the dresser. If the darn belly didn't stick out so much, I'd have a better idea of where it was and wouldn't keep bonking it on stuff! I know. Bad mama already! :( I promise to be more careful with her when she gets here!!!
CLASSROOM CLEAN OUT PROJECT
Thursday, June 10, 2010
We were finally able to get to see little Mia's face! :) Usually she has her hands and/or feet up in front of her little face, and today was no exception. The last time we went in a month ago, she constantly had her hands in front of her mouth or IN her mouth and would not hold still long enough to get a clear ultrasound picture. Yesterday, however, even though our little acrobat had both her hands and feet up around her face, we were able to get a peek. As expected, she will be born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate.
These are the first pictures we were able to get where we could actually see the clefting, so though it was disheartening to see the actuality and severity of it, it was also reassuring to know what our baby girl will look like when she arrives. I had been having strange pregnancy dreams about her being born with no clefting, and then other dreams where her little lip didn't have any clefting at first but then she smiled and her little lip split open from the stretching of her tiny mouth. As a mom it's hard to have anything wrong with your child and you wish you could take it from them and go through it yourself. Though Zeus and I will not be able to take this from her, we will definitely be there all along the way with all the love and caring and support in the world.
Here are the ultrasound pics. I haven't gotten the scanner set up yet, though I think I finally found all the cords for it as I've gone through more boxes. So, these are some crummy low-resolution ones that we took with our cell phones until I can get the originals scanned.
These are the same photos - from different phones. It shows her little hand and leg/foot up around her face, with her mouth open to try and get those toes in! :)
Again, two photos from different phones. You can see her little hand and foot again up by her face, this was taken right before she realized her foot was close enough to tickle her cheek and before she decided to try and suck on her little toes! :) The white highlight on her lip is where they put the little pointer arrow to show the protrusion from the clefting in her lip.
Can't wait to meet you baby Mia and see how much you actually look like your ultrasound pictures. Your cousins Nathan and Christopher looked similar to their ultrasound pics, but quite different as well, so we can't wait to see you first hand baby girl! We also can't wait to rub that full head of hair and kiss your little face!!!
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
My darling nephew Christopher Austin Rankin was born on Friday and is the most precious thing ever! He's looks so little and smells so fresh and new! He weighed in at 8 lbs. 13 oz. and was just under 22 inches long I believe, so not a teensy baby, but still looks tiny to me! I can't imagine Mia being so tiny and new soon and she'll probably (hopefully!) be even smaller!
Here's Christopher and Mia's first pictures together. I think they're BFF's already! :)
Christopher and Mia hanging out together. Such cuteness snuggled up next to each other! They even look about the same size, don't they!?!? Yikes!!!
Oh my goodness, he could SO totally fit in there - oh me oh my!!! :)
Part 2 - False Alarm
So on Monday I went into work and worked on getting things cleaned out of my classroom. My sister Tiffany and little nephew Nathan came with to help out while Mish and Jeff were in the hospital with baby Christopher. Two good friends from work, Carrie and Stacey also came and helped - THANKS LADIES, YOU ROCK!!! :) We got a ton done and probably have just one more day to finish up. Nathan had fun playing with Stacey's cute boys and was no trouble at all.
Well, after we finished we dropped off Tiff and Nathan to Mish and Christopher at home and then I headed home and vacuumed, did the dishes, swept the kitchen floor, folded and put away laundry, sorted out the junk drawer in the kitchen, and cooked dinner. Yup, totally in the nesting phase.
Well, just before Zeus got home at 5 I started having contractions. I started timing them and they were coming at a regular 3-5 minutes apart and lasted between 20 and 60 seconds. So I'm timing them and timing them and timing them and starting to wonder what's going on with my body and wondering if maybe Mia's getting ready to come. I'd had the conversation with her earlier in the day that she needed to come before Friday or after Monday since daddy might be going out of town and we'd hate for him to miss her birth. I was wondering at that point if she'd actually been listening! :)
So, I called my mom and she didn't seem worried and since she's a nurse, Zeus wasn't worried at all either - which was SO not what I needed/wanted from him right then. I'm sitting there having contractions every 3 minutes and starting to freak out because my body's doing all these strange things that it's never done before and I start wondering if baby Mia's thinking about coming. I pulled out the baby book just before we eat dinner and it says that if you're having contractions lasting that long and that close together to go ahead and go in or call the doctor. Zeus had to go take his dad back to the nursing home and was acting like it was no big deal, so I'm starting to get frustrated and irritated and worried. I called the after hours clinic and they paged the nurse to call me back. She called me back after a while and asked me some questions and they says she'll page the doctor on call (which actually happened to be our regular doctor) and call me back. That whole process took about an hour and they said to go ahead and come in. At that point I realize that as excited as I am to become a mom, I perhaps wasn't AS ready as I thought to have her RIGHT this second! :) I still wanted to get so much done - pictures of Zeus and I with the prego belly, cleaning out the guest room for company, etc, etc, etc! :)
So I decided AT LEAST better get a belly pic before we headed in, so here's what we looked like on Monday.
Definitely getting better and more and more ready to make her awaited debut in a few weeks!
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Here's the last wall and her little car seat and closet. The round circle frames to the left of the closet doors are for her hand and foot prints. Can't wait to do them and hang them up there!
Apparently there was one spot in particular that he stood in while he was thoroughly dousing the yard with Round Up - which apparently DOES kill weeds, but also kills everything else that is trying to grow there. lol My poor sweetie was SO incredibly frustrated to see the thorough deadness of most of the lawn. It still makes me shake my head and grin every time I drive up to the house and see the lawn and I can't help but be grateful that it wasn't ME that sprayed it! lol He's a very smart man, and I'm glad that OCCASIONALLY he does something that reassures me that he isn't actually perfect! :)
He was suppose to try and get the day off, but with his job and the time of year it was, he needed to go in for at least part of the day. I, on the other hand, ended up being able to take it off. :) The plan was to sleep in and then go to lunch and a movie since we haven't been on a "date" in a while. Well, I slept in and he went to work. He got home early afternoon and we went to PF Chang's (thus the horse statue). We had a delicious lunch and even got a decadent free dessert for the birthday boy that was bomb-bay delicious! We ended up missing the movie because we had to run to an alternative program graduation that Zeus works with. There were around 60 students from Zeus' campus that were graduating due in part to his hard work. Go baby! One of the student speakers was the first from her family to graduate from Middle OR High School! It was amazing. Good work sweetie!!!
Jessica in her beautiful dress. A family picture without Mia and I. :( Can't wait to take Mia down and show her off to the family there! :)
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Tomorrow marks week 37 of pregnancy, which means there are only 22 more days until my baby girl's scheduled due date!!! This means that Mia COULD show up any time within the next 30 days or so!!! I can't believe that I will officially become a mommy SOME time this month - with a wiggly little baby girl in my arms!!! :) Zeus and I are so excited!!!
I don't think I really look ALL that pregnant from the side.
Also big in my life is that today was the last day of school with the kiddos! Back in February I never would have believed this day would arrive!!! :) The teachers still have another day tomorrow with a morning meeting and classroom clean-out, but can check out at 1pm if ready to go. This job has really been a blessing in so many ways and has made the time until Mia's birth go by so quickly!
That being said, today was one of the most tiring day ever!!! The last day can usually be a crazy one, but I think being in my 9th month of pregnancy made it even more exhausting than normal. I got home a little after 4 pm and decided to lay down for a "short little nap" which lasted until EIGHT PM! Oh my goodness! Can I just say it was wonderful!!! :)
It doesn't help that Mia's big enough now that I'm (just this last week or so, thankfully) started to feel more and more crowed and tired. I definitely have the pregnancy waddle now and my lower back is often achy. Another fun "side effect" of the last crowded month of pregnancy is that my acid reflux has kicked into high gear and I rarely make it through the night without suffering some sort of acid reflux problems. I also have to sleep propped up most nights which is NOT one of my favorite ways of sleeping.
As of tomorrow afternoon, I will have more time to put up my gross swollen pregnancy feet, which just started taking on that "elephant like" appearance this week and I am SO looking forward to putting them up and taking some time to BLOG! :) So much has happened this last month that I've been way to tired to post about.
Bring on summer and most importantly, bring on baby Mia!!! :)