Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Sounds way to fishy to me!

I just watched this link http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2008/07/29/dnt.ok.puppy.kills.baby.cnn on CNN. This story just doesn't sit right with me, why on earth was this baby left unattended? How could a 6 week old puppy maul the infant to death without an adult hearing it?

This breaks my heart that an innocent baby and puppy had to die because of some other people's neglect!

31 weeks *updated*

Well we've made it 31 weeks now, we're down to single digits in weeks left, only 9 until the due date and 6 until Grace if full term. I can't believe we're almost to the finish line and what's even crazy is that we are actually ready for her! We have our birth class Saturday, I really don't want to go, but I think Cole could benefit from it and I'm sure I could use a refresher.

*updated* So I thought I'd add a picture from this weekend, 30 weeks 4 days. For some reason I look really short in this picture, I think it's just the angle. Also my belly looks really pointy, I guess Grace was sticking a foot or an arm out for the picture.

What's Happening this week:
"Your not-so-little-one is just a bit closer to their birth weight and height at around 4 pounds and 17 inches. With each added layer of baby fat, your baby's skin starts to look more and more like it will when they finally get to see the light of day. The heavy news: you can expect your miracle-gro muffin to gain about a half a pound of weight per week from now until about two weeks before birth. Great. That's just what you needed. Even more weight to carry around!" Well there's really nothing new to report. I'm still just one grumpy pregnant woman: I'm tired, achy, nauseous, my sciatic is acting up, I pee all the time, and I can't sleep anymore. Other than the usual pregnancy complains I'm doing well, I just want to hibernate in the house until Grace comes. The thought of getting ready and venturing out into the hot world just does not appeal to me at all! Grace is doing well, at the doctor's Friday she was measuring 32 weeks, which means she's measuring a week and a half ahead, which is good. We have another doctor's appointment next Friday and hopefully we'll schedule a growth ultrasound while we're there.

As far as updates on Cole's dad, we still don't really know anything. The results of the mass they removed came back that the tumor was not cancerous, it was a disease called BOOP. The BOOP doesn't sound so bad, the bad thing is that they didn't find the cancer. They know there is cancer someone in his body, they just have to find it now. So, it more testing and waiting while they try to figure out what is making him so sick. Until then we just have to keep waiting and hoping.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

30 weeks!

Wow, here we are at 30 weeks, can you believe it? I can't! Only 10 more weeks until our due date and 7 weeks until Grace is full term. So far this pregnancy is flying by! I just can't wait to meet our little girl, I can't believe the end is near. Well, here's a picture of my view looking down at 29 weeks 5 days. I officially can no longer see my toes when looking down.
What's happening this week:
"At this point you can almost see the finish line and your little darling is getting chubbier every day. Right now they're a little over 15.5 inches in length and nearing 3 pound! You might be feeling a bit clumsy as pregnancy hormones have loosened your joints."

Well, I certainly am feeling clumsy and stupid, it's like I no longer have a brain. In fact, yesterday trying to leave the house I went outside to what I thought was our car and Cole was like "Kristen, that's not our car." and I look at it and I'm like "it's not? you sure?" Cole just laughed at me, the only thing this car had similar to our car was the color, that's it! I really hope I get my mind back after Grace is born. I have also reached that "I'm so uncomfortable" stage of pregnancy, my body hurts all over, I can barely walk and I get tired so easily. I also no longer sleep at all, I spend all night trying to get comfortable and peeing. Of course I'm still getting sick, that goes without being said, I actually lost another 3 pounds this week. I'm just getting anxious to meet our little one. We have a doctor's appointment Friday and then we start going every 2 weeks until 36 weeks and then every week after that. I can't wait for our next ultrasound, I'm dying to see what she looks like now, it's been so long since our last one, hopefully we'll have one in the next few weeks. Well, I guess that's it for now, no other news to report yet.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Baby Shower (part 2: The aftermath)

We got lots of great gifts from our shower. Here's some photos of some of our things and the nursery all put together. Enjoy!

The Grace blanket
The pack n' play set-up in our bedroom
cute boots from Auntie Cassie
The clothing explosion
The glider

Bookcase

Crib
Changing Table
Top drawer

The yummy cookie we got!
The diaper bag
Towels
The closet (just the 0-6 months clothes, the bigger sizes we put away for now)
Bottom drawer

I still can't believe how much stuff we got! Now we just need the baby, only a few more weeks! September will be here before we know it, hopefully!

Baby Shower (part 1)

Well, we had our baby shower Saturday, yea! It was so amazing! Gracie's Auntie did such a great job! We got so much stuff, Grace is loved my many many people!
Some added pictures of the day:

Me before
Gracie's Auntie and Grandma
Cole and I
the awesome favors!
Me and the girls!
The beautiful tables
The best cake!
Our devoted note taker Jackson helping us open "the big one." He was so excited about it, I don't know what he thought it was
Cole and I goofily (is that a word?) cutting the cake

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

29 Weeks *updated*

*updated* I thought I'd update the blog and add a picture from this week. I usually take photos of the view looking down, put thought I'd switch it up and do the view from below. Got to love those stretch marks!

Well, here we are...another week closer to meeting our baby girl! 29 weeks down only 11 more until our due date and 8 more until Grace is full term. I'm starting to get really anxious about meeting her, I can't wait! Although, I will wait at least the 8 weeks until she's full term, after that she is welcome any time.

Nothing new to update you on as far as Grace and I go. Grace is still moving like crazy, she loves getting cozy under my ribs, I on the other hand hate it! I love feeling her move, just wish she would pick a different spot to settle into. I'm so curious how much she weighs, although we probably won't find out until our next ultrasound, which won't be until 32 weeks or so. The usual still goes with me: sick, tired,etc. but I'm hanging in there. I'm just trying to enjoy this time that I have with Grace all to myself, I'm so not ready to share her, and will probably be quite the baby hog, just to warn you all now!

As far as other stuff, Cole's dad is finally home from the hospital and is recovering well. It will still be awhile before he is back on his feet. We still have no idea what the tumor they removed was, the pathophysiology on it won't be back for another week still. Cole is working his butt off trying to keep he's dad's business running while he's sick and working as many hours at the Beach Comber as possible. God, I love that man! He truly is a hard worker and does his best to keep me, Grace, and Lily happy. I don't think I could ever work as hard and long as he does, and I give him all the credit in the world for that! If it wasn't for him working so hard, then there would be no way I could stay home with Grace after she's born.

Thank you for everything Cole, you're the best husband,father, best friend a girl could ask for!

Just thought I would share our pictures from the park today. We hung out with Jack, while his Mommy and Daddy went to see Jacob again!


I think Cole may be to big for the slide.

Jackson showing us his muscles



Plus an added video of Uncle Cole and Jack on the slide!

video

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Revisit

Well I thought today would be an appropriate day to revisit an early post from Dec. of 07.http://cliffordhousehold.blogspot.com/2007/12/life-is-not-about-surviving-storm.html. Today Cole's dad is having surgery, once again to remove the cancer in his lungs. We are hoping they are able to get it all this time.

Please keep Coley and the family in your thoughts and prayers today.

Hoping for a successful surgery and a speedy recovery!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The bed is fixed!

Cole finally fixed our bed and Lily is loving it!



28 weeks

Wow, only 84 days left, it still feels so surreal, I can't believe that I'm going to be a mommy! Well, only 9 weeks left until Grace is full term and 12 weeks until our due date. I'm hoping she comes somewhere between 9 and 12 weeks and doesn't make me wait any longer then that, I don't think I'll do well if I have to wait until 14 weeks so see her.

As far as updates, I don't really have anything new to share. I haven't gotten a call from my doctor about my glucose test, so I'm assuming that means I passed, she said no news would be good news, so good news it is! Grace is moving around like crazy, in fact this child never sleeps. They say that newborns sleeping patterns are similar to the ones they have in the womb. Man, I am hoping that is so wrong, because her sleeping pattern is to not sleep,EVER! Grace has recently discovered my lungs and rib cage and likes to punch them, which makes me very short or breath, I'm just lying there but panting like I just ran a mile. Grace's punches are getting stronger and she punched Cole extra hard the other day, it even made him jump back. Also Grace has become very aware of Lily lately, and if Lily is lying next to me, Grace insists on kicking her until I move away. Of course, Lily could care less about the kicks, they don't phase her one bit. As far as the usual things they still stand: still vomiting, still feeling like my pelvis is being torn in half, still not sleeping,etc.

Oh, the lovely Braxton Hicks contractions have started the last week, they suck, I'm hoping I won't be having them everyday until delivery, but so far I've had them everyday for the last week. They aren't to painful, more like dull period cramps, just annoying, because I thought I would be cramp free for at least 9 months.

Well, I think that's it for now!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Finally a bump

Maybe? I think I may be finally getting a baby bump, it only took almost 28 weeks to appear. Hopefully it will continue to grow and not disappear on me.
Just a cute picture of Lily to share

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy 4th!

We took Lily to the beach the other night for the first time, I thought I would share the pictures!

Plus some 27 week belly pictures

Lily likes the water, but was afraid of the waves.

video

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

27 Weeks

WooHoo, we've finally made it to the third trimester! I can't believe it, time really it flying now, hopefully it will continue to fly until September. Only 10 more weeks until Grace is considered full term!

We had our monthly doctor's appointment yesterday. I did my dreaded glucose test and it really wasn't as bad as expected, I surprisingly was able to keep the drink down, which was my biggest concern, now we just have to wait for the results. The only thing that sucked about the glucose test, was the actual blood draw itself. I had a new nurse, nothing against new nurses, I've been there myself, but I thought to myself "she's never going to be able to get my blood." You see, I am a very difficult person to draw blood from, but if I have a good nurse who takes her time then it's usually fine. Well, the new nurse tried a million times and couldn't get it and had to have someone else do it who got it their first try, but now I look as though I've been beat up. It looks a lot worse in person, I couldn't get a good picture of it.

The rest of our appointment went well I've lost another 8 pounds since my last appointment a month ago, which makes the total 19 pounds lost. My doctor said that my weight isn't a good indicator where I was overweight to begin with, so how much I lose or gain doesn't really reflect the baby. Just to be safe though my doctor wants us to have at least 2 more ultrasounds before Grace is born to check her weight, she said probably around 32 weeks and again at 36 weeks. I was very excited to hear we would see Gracie again, I thought our last ultrasound was in fact going to be our last ultrasound. Gracie was also being quite the princess at our appointment, the doctor kept trying to listen to her heartbeat and she kept just kicking her away, I couldn't stop laughing. I was like "sorry our daughter is already a princess and doesn't want to be bothered." She was able to finally hear her heartbeat and it sounded good!

No onward to the recent crappy news. Cole's dad's cancer is in fact back, he'll be having surgery next week to try to remove it again, they don't know the extent of it or how much they will have to remove this time around, maybe just a lobe or maybe the whole lung itself. I guess we won't know until they get in there. As of right now, he's surgery is scheduled for next Thursday, the 10th, as long as he is healthy enough for surgery.

Now, Cancer, if you could listen to me for just a minute I would appreciate it. Please leave us alone! One dad at a time is one thing, but both at the same time, is pretty ridiculous! Although I don't wish you on anybody, I do wish you would leave us alone for a while. Thank you!