Sunday, October 30, 2011

poor pups

on wednesday, our zoe-girl got hurt at doggie-daycare.  i hadn't taken her in quite a while, and she was THRILLED to be dropped off that morning. 

around 9:30am, i received a call at work that she had somehow injured her neck or back, had a very swollen neck, couldn't move her head or body, and they were very concerned about her.  needless to say, i had a mini-meltdown at work, then rushed to the daycare to be with her until the hubs got there.

they don't know how it happened, just that she was chasing a ball around, then wouldn't come out from under some stairs.  they think she chased her ball under the stairs and somehow tweaked her neck/back in the process.

x-rays can't determine if she has a slipped disk, if the injury is more muscle related, or if it's entirely more serious, but in the few days since she was injured, it's been heartbreaking to watch her go from a silly frenchie to a dog that is lifeless and stays completely frozen because every movement causes her pain to the point where she starts shaking uncontrollably and yelps.

she has to be carried outside when needed, she won't drink water or eat food from her bowls because that movement hurts too much, and is on pain killers, muscle relaxers and anti-inflammatory meds.  for the next 2-6 weeks she'll have to be kept in her pen, with completely restricted movement, and for the rest of her life, she won't be allowed to jump on/off anything, climb stairs or play rough to prevent permanent spinal injury.  she'll also only be able to be on a harness rather than a lease.

we found out through this process that frenchies, while they are stocky and may appear to be very 'solid' and strong, actually have very weak necks and backs. 

watching her in pain and unable to communicate what's wrong has been heart-breaking.  i know she's not a child, and i can only imagine how much more difficult it would be to watch your child in pain and suffering.  but right now, she IS our baby and has been for the last 3 years.  we're praying she heals quickly. 

right now, she's in pain -

but we're hoping that she'll soon be back to her old self -

the dog that sometimes shares her kiddie pool with her friends

the dog that loves tennis balls, even though they don't come close to fitting in her mouth

and the dog that will stare down a 2-year old for food - any food!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

cute baby boy clothes DO exist!

we all know women have more and better clothing options than men do, and it definitely begins with baby clothes.  i LOVE looking at baby girl clothes and have always enjoyed buying them in the past.  but i can't remember ever being excited about baby boy clothes, even now, which is probably the reason i haven't purchased a single article of clothing for my little guy yet. 

oh, but then i discovered 'naartjtie'.  just check these out...

and this little number, which has already been purchased for baby boy isaccson by a dear friend!  i couldn't help but buy the matching hoodie.  :)

the clothes are so fun, so whimsical - i'm in love! unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, there isn't a store terribly close by, so for now, i'll just be drooling over them online.  just good to know that cute baby boy clothes do in fact exist.   :)

Saturday, October 15, 2011

27 weeks - now that's flexible!

this was a busy week for baby-related matters!

wednesday morning we had a doctor's appt where we saw baby again.  cannot believe how much he's changed since the last ultrasound, biggest change being his size and how 'squished' he appears to be in his little home.  there really isn't any more room for him, so i guess the only other option is that i'll be getting bigger - yikes!

found out he's in breech position and currently folded in half with his feet up around his face - now that's flexible!  maybe we have a future romo gymnast on our hands...

and isn't that cutest little face you've ever seen?!  being able to see him is such a blessing and miracle each time - it's building the anticipation until i can actually meet my little guy in person.

also had my glucose screening test at wednesday's appt - not going to lie, i was pretty freaked out about this, mostly b/c i was scared of not passing the test, being diagnosed with gestational diabetes, etc.  i LOVE sweets, and haven't been the best about eliminating them from my pregnancy diet, plus my history with elevated insulin levels.  well, i hadn't heard anything by yesterday so i called the nurse, and was told that i passed with a score of 105!!!  i had to be under 140, and would've taken 139. what a relief!!! 

so i celebrated with some ice-cream last night.

on wednesday night, we attended our first child-birth prep class.  it definitely felt like being back in school, which i miss, but better because it's all subject matter i actually really care to learn about!  :)  after intros and all that not-so-fun ice-breaker stuff, the main focus of class was on signs of labor, the various stages of labor, etc. 

realized everyone in the class has a name picked out for their baby - EXCEPT US!
realized we're definitely near the older end of the spectrum when it comes to the other couples in our class, 'near' being the key word.

some of the key things we took away -

only about 10% of labors begin with the water breaking (so NOT the way it's portrayed in the movies!)

differences between pre-labor contractions and true labor contractions

waiting until 5-1-1 to go to the hospital for labor- contractions are 5 min apart, 1 min long for 1 hour (this sounds great in theory, but we'll see about reality!  apparently the hospital has no problem sending you home if they need to, so good thing we're literally a 2 minute drive from our hospital!)

just seeing the visual diagrams of what's happening with my insides as the baby continues to grow was amazing!  the way everything moves up and shifts around to make room for baby is unreal!  you wouldn't think it was possible, and no wonder pregnancy women get heartburn, shortness of breath, etc.  everything is packed and condensed in there!!

here's what's new with baby this week -

  • the size of a cauliflower - about 14.5 inches long with legs extended. 
  • per the ultrasound tech this week, he weighs 2.1 lbs and is measuring exactly on his due date- Jan 8
  • he's sleeping and waking at regular intervals, opening and closing his eyes - i can say i've definitely detected a sleeping pattern.  every morning between 5:30 and 6am i can feel him moving around quite strongly - that's about as long as i can sleep in nowadays.  :)
  • brain is very active
  • lungs are still immature but would be capable of functioning if baby were to be born now.  crazy.

everything else -
  • registries were finished this week - woohoo!!! 
  • still trying to figure out the logistics for a maternity photo shoot - something VERY low key that will be shot by one of reid's friends who also happens to be an amazing photographer on the side - biggest obstacle right now is the weather...
  • nursery prep has reached a standstill - the crib and dresser have been assembled, but that's it.  also, reid managed to snap an amazing deal on a glider rocker and ottoman on craigslist ($50!!)
    • now, figuring out how to arrange and decorate the room is proving to be a bit more challenging.  using pinterest and the help of a dear sister who's MUCH more creatively inclined and crafty when it comes to these sort of things will be very helpful.  wish she could come here for a few days and figure it all out for me.  :)  i can find pictures of a million nurseries i LOVE like the ones below.  but having all these choices makes it even more difficult to know where to being.  choices aren't always a good thing.

here's what our nursery looks like now - brown cushions on the glider have got to go!

and here's what i eventually want it to look like - any of these will do!  :)

Saturday, October 8, 2011

26 weeks - yikes!

times been flying by at a breakneck pace (i feel like i say that all the time!) and i can hardly believe i'm about to enter week 27 of pregnancy.  just one more week until i enter my third trimester - just saying that is completely surreal.

this is baby boy now -

  • the size of an english hothouse cucumber - about 14 in. long and weights 1.75 lbs
  • his lungs and brain are much more developed and he can likely detect light and dark through the optic nerve.  he can also hear outside voices more, like his daddy's voice, for instance.  :)
  • since week 22 when i felt him move for the first time (still BY FAR the best thing about pregnancy!), i've felt him sporadically.  some weeks, especially when we were in maui (week 24), i felt him move constantly.  in the couple of weeks since we've been back, it's been much more rare.  the only thing that makes sense is that i was SO much more relaxed while on vacation, and not so much since being back.  even in the evenings when i lay down and expect him to start moving around right away, doesn't always happen.  i feel little flutters here and there throughout my days, but i think the fact that i've been going non-stop since we've been back probably best explains his lack of action.  baby boy must be lulled to sleep by my constant movement.

me at 26 weeks -
  • the tummy's definitely getting bigger!  mainly wearing maternity tops at this point.  i only have one true pair of maternity pants (which i wear a ton b/c they're so much more comfy!) and a few pars of jeans that i bought in a larger size and 'make work'
  • it's definitely harder to bend over and tie my shoes
  • started using palmer's cocoa butter this week- wasn't going to, but after talking to a couple of women who swear by it, decided it wouldn't hurt to try.  if i still get stretch marks, i can blame it on genetics.  :)

  • trying to get in as many walks as possible - not nearly as enjoyable now that the weather has changed to cold and wet, but it's amazing what a big difference in energy level a quick walk makes
  • eating - could be better, could be worse.  i'm long past my cravings for carb-rich comfort foods (think mac-n-cheese and pizza), but have not been able to eliminate my LOVE of and constant craving for sweets.  there are weeks where i'm determined to eliminate refined sugars, which lasts about 2 days at best, then i'm right back off the bandwagon.  try to keep it in check as much as possible, but really difficult when there's a 7 lb. costco chocolate cake staring me in the face for a week (work potluck - long story!)

  • the realization that i'm about to enter my 3rd trimester has had me on a mission to get as much done as possible before i get there.  from everything i've heard the 2nd trimester is when most pregnant women feel their best and aren't quite at their biggest yet, so i've been trying to cram in as much of the baby prep stuff as possible.  it's just mind-boggling how much there is to do!  maybe it's just me and my type-A personality, but working full time and commuting 2 hours a day also doesn't leave a ton of time left to work on baby stuff.  the evenings are full and so are the weekends, and it just seems like there's never enough time!
everything else!  -
  • my baby shower is in 4 weeks!  very excited about that, and furiously trying to finish up my registries which is no easy feat since i've registered at target, babies r us and  i'm now wondering if that was over-kill but i found it difficult to just stick with one place.
    • Target - didn't know this until i had a reason to baby register with them, but their website is just AWFUL!  i was shocked at how slow it was, not at all user-friendly, just beyond frustrating.  the worse part is their selection of in-store baby items is very limited; their online selection is much more robust, but even then, most of the brands i was interested in (boon, dwell studio) were sold out online.  i know people love target, and i always have too, but i would never recommend them for a baby registry.
    • Babies R Us - ok, i swore i would never register here!  i've always found the store to be completely overwhelming and nearly impossible to navigate.  HOWEVER, when it came time to register for myself and with the help of a dear friend, i found the experience much better than anticipated.  also, they have EVERYTHING you could possibly need (and much more that you don't), both in-store and online.  i pretty much didn't have a choice.  also, their website is SO MUCH BETTER than target's.
    • - if it were up to me, i would only have this registry.  everything you need at your fingertips and the best part -  you can have a 'universal registry', which means you can link items from other websites to your amazon registry.  how great is that?!  for instance, there's so much i love at IKEA, but you can't create a registry thru them, so i linked those items to my amazon registry.  same with some Costco products.  but the reality is, most people still like to go to a brick and mortar store and see things in person.  then there are people who either aren't web savvy or comfortable buying online.  plus, many ppl wait until last minute to shop for the shower so buying online doesn't really work at that point.
  • working on the nursery - the crib has been assembled (i came home to that lovely surprise from the hubs one evening last week), and the dresser has been purchased.  it was an IKEA purchase (as was the crib), so it'll take a while to put together.  i'm pretty sure that's on the hub's list for this weekend.  i'm keeping my fingers crossed! 

  • we're still undecided on a name (or i should say, HUBS is still undecided.)  nothing new there, but we're no closer than we were weeks ago.  let me know if you have any 'R' name recommendations - we need all the help we can get at this point!
  • i've been trying to learn to relax - not really what i do best, but i'm also very much aware of the baby and how my stress level could affect him.  some of the things i've started doing in the last few weeks
    • taking epsom salt baths - maybe once or twice a week, and primarily to unwind after a long day, but also for the magnesium benefits
    • reading in the evenings instead of watching TV
    • trying to slow down in general, even if everything doesn't get crossed off my to-do list - still learning how to do this.  :)
  • most importantly - praying for a healthy and strong baby boy.  we already love him so much, it's hard to put into words.