Monday, December 31, 2012

Bumpdate at 40 Weeks 3 Days

Y'all.. I so didn't want to be blogging today! I want to be IN LABOR! I have been saying since the beginning "I think it would be so fun to have a New Year's Eve birthday!" .. yeah, shouldn't have done that. Having a date in your head is comparable to self torture when said day comes & there is no sign of baby coming. I know each day he is still in the belly is good and all. I know that. It's just a little difficult to be ok with!

I've been sick for two weeks now. I thought it was just a cold and kept waiting for it to get better, but instead I kept getting worse. I finally went to the doctor on Friday and it turns out I have an upper respiratory infection & I needed antibiotics! I feel a million times better already, just trying to get back to 100% though. 

Here's a funny story .. I'm one of those people where nothing is ever simple and things turn out crazy so I figure I'll share for the sake of a good laugh :)  I had to stop in my OBGYN office Friday morning to show my TB test was negative. When I got there, I asked if I could quickly see a doctor because I've had this cough for two weeks and nothing is helping. (I thought that would be easier than trying to sit through urgent care, etc.) The MA told me to take Robitussin, I said "I've been taking that for two weeks...". Then she went in the back for five minutes, came back out and told me to take Benedryl and use cough drops, to which I replied I've been also using those for two weeks. I need something else. Apparently no doctors were in the office yet, so she told me to just go to Labor & Delivery at the hospital and someone there should be able to help me. I said, "the hospital? like where I'm going to deliver?" she said "yep! Since you're due tomorrow just go there and they'll help you." So off I went. Well imagine the look on the receptionist's face when I check into Labor & Delivery for a cough. I think it was all she could do to hold back laughter. Its not my fault that's where the OB office sent me though!! Well, I really should have just gone to urgent care, but I was trying to listen to the medical assistant's advice. Once you check into L&D, they're required to monitor the baby for 30 minutes. So here I am, in a birthing room none-the-less, hooked up to two monitors to hear Bennett's heartbeat, all the while everyone who comes in the room says, "sooo... you're here for a cough??" I just kept repeating "My OB office sent me here!!" Ugh. I was so embarrassed.  Oh well. Got my antibiotics and I'm on the road to recovery. Now when I check in for labor I get to be the girl who was here last week for a cough. Lucky me :)

My mom flew in yesterday morning, she and my sister are up here with me waiting for labor. We got about 2-3 inches of snow over the weekend, which means our roads are a sheet of ice. So we're "snowed in" ;-)

Also, been watching Lie To Me on Netflix, anyone else watch it? I love psychology and this show is so good the way he figures out truth and lies just based on body language and facial expression! Not sure how scientifically accurate it is, but fascinating none-the-less!
Here are some snapshots from the last couple days..
Zach put together the Rock n Play. I ordered it on a whim because everywhere I look I read how awesome they are. I hope he likes it!

My mom made these adorable booties for baby Bennett. I want his feet in them now! She made him a matching hat at Thanksgiving. He's gonna be so cute and snuggly!

This girl. Giving the stare of death. Personally, I think this means she gets the midnight diaper duty. Dontcha think??

How Far Along: 40 weeks, 3 days.
Size of the Baby: He got measured at 38 weeks and was looking about 6lbs 9oz, which is 27th percentile. And I've heard they always guess bigger, so he's gonna be a teeny little guy! I'm ok with that :)
Stretch marks: Yeah, on my stomach and hips. Hard for me to see.
Sleep: Well, I've been sick for two weeks so that's not helping. Otherwise I've been sleeping well.
Best Moment of the Week: Well it was two weeks ago, but seeing him on the ultrasound was so cool. We could see what he looks like! It's amazing there's a full size human baby inside of me. Mindblowing, seriously!
Movement: Lots of movement, lots of hiccups, and it feels like he is trying to climb out the top sometimes. When he does that, I push down really hard on my stomach - trying to tell him, "wrong way baby!"
Gender: boy!
Belly Button in or out: It's still just flat! Looks like it won't be a popper.
General Thoughts:  Trying to be patient. I know he's healthy and getting everything he needs right now. It's hard to wait though :) I'm antsy to meet him, and also to not be pregnant anymore! I'm covered in hives all over my stomach and arms, which I'm told will go away shortly after delivery, so the itching isn't helping my patience level. I know I need to appreciate these last few days of freedom. But honestly, I've been growing this baby for 10 months and I'm ready to hold him and care for him.
Labor Signs: None. NONE! Grrrrr
Wedding ring on or off: off :( 
What I miss: I so miss wearing my wedding rings. Not wearing them for three months has made me fall in love with them again though! I'm looking forward to wearing them again. 
What I am looking forward to: Wine! Holding Bennett in my arms, baby snuggles, seeing Zach become a dad and watching my dad meet Bennett for the first time. I can't wait to see both of their faces.
Nursery: Adorable. Quickly becoming my favorite room in the house. I'm so excited about how cute it turned out! And after receiving the Silhouette Cameo for Christmas, I can't wait to add more details!!
Emotions: Cray cray. That's all!

get this baby outta me!!!!!!!!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Hey, I Like Free Glasses

I've worn glasses for so long, and this year I realized I always buy the same style of frame. When Firmoo contacted me about receiving a free pair, I decided to try something new! 

Firmoo's website has tons of styles to choose from, and you can search by size, material, shape, etc. I had fun browsing through all their frames and even using their virtual try-on feature which was super easy. 

Do you like the frames I chose? My face is SO puffy right now, so I'm excited to see what they look like on my non-water-retaining face ;-) Now that I'm on maternity leave, I have been wearing my glasses a lot more (opposed to putting in my contacts) and I have been really happy with these ones! 

Here's the coolest part, YOU can get a free pair of glasses too, all you have to pay is shipping! Firmoo has an awesome First Pair Free program for all new customers. Zach actually ordered two pairs from them a few months ago using this program, and got two frames with prescription lenses including for his astigmatism, and only ended up paying around $60. Their frames are so reasonably priced that he decided to order two, and we only had to pay for one. Cool, huh?

Head over to Firmoo and browse their selection of frames, choose some for yourself, and easily type in your prescription -- that's all you have to do! My glasses arrived very quickly, came in a sturdy case, and even had a cleaning cloth enclosed. My only issue was that my pupilary distance is lower than they make frames for, but the glasses still fit and work fine. 

*all opinions are my own. I was compensated with a free pair of glasses for writing this post*

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Life Lately {life at 9 months pregnant}

Whew. Life at 9 months pregnant is definitely different than any other stage of life I've been in! I get out of breath just trying to stand up from the couch.

I've been meaning to update for awhile, but since getting our iPad (thanks Buddy!) I've neglected my computer all together until today, so I'm just going to do one big fatty post with everything since Thanksgiving.

My parents came down from Seattle which was such a blessing. My sister participated in the Susan G. Komen 3-day walk for breast cancer, and my mom was here that weekend to cheer her on and support her, and Zach and I made it down 2 of the days to see her as well. It was so cool to support her. In 2005, my mom and I signed up for the 3-day because my grandma was fighting breast cancer. She had it previously, was in remission for 17 years, and had been fighting it again for about 3 years. The night before it started, she passed away. Needless to say, it was extremely emotional to walk the next morning. We ended up completing 1 1/2 days before heading north to be with family. In February of this year, we lost my other grandma to complications from Ovarian cancer, so my sister was walking for both of them. I loved getting to cheer her on and be at the closing ceremony with her. Even if I cried like a baby!

Me, mama and Sissy

Cara's flare :)

This is the only picture I could get, but he has pink handcuffs!

Was super cool to see the SD Police show so much support.

After the weekend, my parents headed up to our house, which is a little over an hour from SD. We spent the week doing lots of house projects and baby projects :) It was so helpful to have them here to get stuff done for us!

Mom finishing up the bedding.

Dad and Zach putting together the crib

A little preview :) I'll share more as it comes together!

Thanksgiving ended up just being my mom, dad, sister, and me because Zach went to Georgia to be with his family. His grandmother got really sick and was in the ICU, but thankfully she has recovered really well and is back home! 

Here is a picture of my little family.

Who do you think looks like who?

Me and my pretty mama.

My best friend got engaged on December 1st and I am SO EXCITED for her!!! I can't wait for her wedding in May :) And I'm already loving getting to help plan. Ahh wedding planning is so much more fun when it's not your own haha!
Is her ring not BEAUTIFUL?!

Countdown is on!

Zach and I have been just trying to enjoy eachother before Bennett comes and our world as we know it is competely rocked. We've had some 70 degree days and some snow.. interesting weather living on a mountain in San Diego county!

We got to see our little bear on Monday, I was surprised how well we could see his face since he is facing my butt. He is weighing in at 6lbs 9oz which this mama is very pleased with. 
I asked the sonographer if the picture is distorted or if his cheeks are really that big, she just smiled and said, "he's definitely got some cheeks!" I think he's pretty cute, but I could just be biased ;-)

Also, this little bear has been spoiled with some pretty sweet gifts lately! Thank you to those of you who have taken the time to send him a gift, everytime I go to the post office and there is a gift for him I am blown away by the thoughtfulness and generosity of you guys. Seriously, we are so thankful for each and every gift we've received.
B's super cute little hipster outfit from Julie :)

Aaaand I'll leave you with this belly pic collage, because no blog post at almost 39 weeks pregnant would be complete without a few belly shots!!
Lately, Bennett has been getting the hiccups atleast once a day, if not more, and generally when I'm on the phone with my mom. Something about Mima gives him the hiccups I guess! He is most active after lunch and especially from about 10-11:30pm which I don't appreciate when I'm trying to fall asleep. Zach usually falls asleep with his hand on my belly, which I am pretty sure I am going to miss once he's born! It's a sweet habit we've gotten into :) B definitely stays to the right, and gives me a lopsided tummy. He must know I'm talking about him because he just started moving a TON, like my stomach looks like a wave pool. This is cray cray.

I spend my days resting, trying to keep up with the house, and preparing for the little guy. Oh, and watching endless episodes of How I Met Your Mother :)

Until next time!


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Let's Be Real for a Minute

Okay, I know I can't be the only one with this problem so I figure why not open up and see if any of you lovely readers can enlighten me?

You see, I love sharing photos via instagram (@misskatieh), facebook, emailing, texting, etc. I have over 3,300 pictures on my phone and I've only had my phone for a year! My friends laugh because no matter what the subject, I usually have a photo on my phone to back up my idea :)

Lately, I've wanted to share photos of our new amazing home, but I've found myself having to strategically take the pictures. Why, you ask? Because of the neverending tornado that is our home.

Seriously guys, how do you keep your house from becoming a cluttered mess? Maybe I don't clean enough, but I feel like I am always picking something up (which is not so easy these days, mind you, there is a baby and putting it where it belongs. Somedays, I'll admit, I dont do any picking up and then I understand the mess. But other days, I pick things up all day long and when I go to turn out the lights at night.. all I think is "did I just rearrange this mess?? why is it not clean in here?!"

So please...enlighten me. How in the world do you keep your home tidy?! I have to be missing something here!

And yes, I know I'm 9 months pregnant so I do give myself grace. But I've got to figure this out at some point and I'd rather relish in your tidy-advice now so I can try to implement it as I simultaneously learn to become a mother.

This is a very small snipet of the reality of our house. You should see what's behind the tree ;-)