Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Week: 28! 
Baby Size: Almost 16 inches and 2.5 pounds. 

Sleep: The bird has decided to pick a different vent to break into, but I can still hear him/her pecking away pre-7:00.  We bought a screen to put up, but haven't gotten around to it yet since I am back at work.  I'm really out for this thing now! 

Diet and Exercise:  I totally slacked off this week (as expected) with the holiday!  I have managed to work out everyday this week, but I am paying for taking the time off.  I walked on the treadmill yesterday, and spent the rest of the day with severe groin pain.  It was fine once I got up and moving, but the getting up and moving was torture!  I think I'll have to cut the incline some.  The yoga DVDs definitely help though, and I'm so thankful to have them!
Movement: Still tons, although not while my family was here!  She actually turned around so that she was kicking internally instead of externally for a few days!  I feel so bad--I know my mom and sister wanted to feel her moving, but the only one feeling anything was me.  She flipped back around right after they left.  She is my daughter! 

What I Miss: I want some grease.  I think I got spoiled by all the awesome food last week, and I just want it to continue! 

What I'm Looking Forward to: Classes being over!  We have 2 more weeks of instruction, and then 2 days of finals and I am done!   

Best Moment this Week: Seeing all of the family for Thanksgiving.  It was great seeing Brian's parents and uncle and my parents and sister.  Brian cooked a fantastic meal, and we all ate to bursting.  It was such a treat to have everyone come to us and to not have to travel!

Pregnancy Body-New and Exciting!..maybe:
  Except for the increase in hip and groin pain from the treadmill, not much to report.  We did get some really cute shots of the family over Thanksgiving, but they are on Brian's camera so I have to wait until he gets them off for me (his camera scares me).   

Baby Milestones:
Jacquizza's got a new skill--blinking!  She's also now experiencing REM sleep and probably having dreams.  Her lungs are nearly fully mature, as are most other organ systems.  From this point on, it's grow, baby, grow!  Her brain is also starting to develop grooves and indentations instead of being smooth as it has been--the better to out-think us!     

Food Cravings: Grease.  I think I'm skipping the healthy(ish) Subway tonight and going straight for unhealthy(er) fast food! 

How's Dad?: Still really well.  He worked his tail off cooking for the house full of people, but didn't complain.  After everyone had gone back to their homes, he did mention that it felt strange not having anything to paint, but he kept himself busy by doing yard work and finishing hooking up the TV for me in front of the treadmill.  We watched a ton of football this past weekend, and enjoyed just hanging out without impending housework!


Tid Bits:  I got an offer to teach a class at University of Phoenix starting Jan. 24 and running through February.  I of course turned it down, since that's when Jacquizza will be making her appearance, but it's odd to think that it's close enough that schools are planning for instructors!  I do start a UOP class on Dec 6, which is just at the tail end of the semesters at the community colleges and will make a nice transition from being crazy busy to doing nothing until the baby is born.  

We are going to start looking at cars this weekend too I think, and hopefully buying one before the drive to LA for Christmas.  It's not a whole lot of time (and Brian doesn't do fast decisions), so I'm a bit nervous that we'll still be car shopping in January when I'm huge!  I'm hoping we can agree on something and get a good deal.  I'll miss the Saturn, but it'll be nice to have something new.  We're actually going to be keeping the Saturn at Brian's parents' condo so that if they decide to fly up, they'll have a car to drive around while they're here.  I think it's working out nicely!

I promise to post some pictures in the next post!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Week: 27--third trimester!  I can't believe I'm 2/3 of the way through.  It seems like just yesterday I was announcing the pregnancy to everyone.  I am so not ready yet! 
Baby Size: 15 inches, and more than 2 pounds.  The large jump in length is due to the fact that she is now officially measured from head to toe, instead of from head to rump as she has been until now. 

Sleep: Much better this week, now that the cold seems to have run it's course.  I still wake up, but now I don't stay awake for very long.  The biggest problem is the bird that seems determined to get into our attic.  7:00 every morning.  I'm ready to sit outside with a BB gun. 

Diet and Exercise:  I did my yoga DVD 2 days this week, and would have done more, but I had a doctor's appointment on Thursday, and glucose test on Friday.  I really love that DVD, since it gives me some really nice stretches, and makes me feel like I'm doing something that's really going to help me out with delivery.  Brian and I moved rooms around, and emptied out the baby's room to paint (see below), so the treadmill is hooked up, but the TV is not.  Since I don't read on the treadmill very well, I think I'll just be doing yoga until Brian gets the TV moved over and hooked up.  I'd do it myself, but I'd probably break something.  I do miss walking, and I need to get back to it.  We're planning to go to Hearst Castle as part of our babymoon, and that's going to be a full day of walking.  I'd love to have some stamina built up before then!
Movement: Um, yeah; my little rabid mongoose is still twisting and turning in there!  She has her more quiet days (when she is supposedly growing), and her more active days.  It's pretty cool to feel.  She manages to kick the same spot on my left side repeatedly, which has made that particular spot pretty tender.  She actually doubled me over in pain a couple of times this last week by digging in there!  Otherwise, she seems to be missing my vital internal organs (except occasionally my bladder), and I feel pretty lucky that I'm not having breathing or digestive problems because of her! 

What I Miss: Not a whole lot again.  I'm super excited for Thanksgiving this week, since it means a whole day of eating everything I possibly can! 

What I'm Looking Forward to: Thanksgiving!  Brian's parents are already here, his uncle comes in tomorrow, and my parents and sister on Tuesday.  It'll be a full house, but really fun to see everything and hang out and eat.  I'm really excited!   

Best Moment this Week: Getting the baby's room painted and all of the furniture ordered.  It's really been stressing me out not doing anything to the room, especially since we now have about 3 months left before she is here.  We really did need to get the bathroom upstairs done and the front room as well, but it felt really weird not doing anything to the room at all.  It's such a relief to be actively preparing her place in the house!

Pregnancy Body-New and Exciting!..maybe:  I have definitely popped!  I met one of the other faculty members at the community college this week, and the first thing she said was "oh, a little one!"  It was a big change from a few weeks ago when one of my colleagues told me I was hiding it well!  Here's a picture from Thursday (self-taken, so headless):

There she is!  And yes, I'm pretty much all belly.

I also had another doctor's appointment this week.  I'm measuring a bit small--about 23 centimeters (should be 27), and I've only gained 11 pounds total this pregnancy.  My doctor didn't seem too concerned, so I'm not either.  I'm actually thinking that the cold a couple of weeks ago made me eat less (even though I tried to eat as much as I had been), and that kept the weight down.  Jacquizza's heart rate was 148 and really strong, and as I said, she's certainly moving around a lot, so I figure everything must be all right in there.  I won't know how my glucose test went until early next week, but I'm hoping well so that it doesn't ruin my Thanksgiving!  Although, as the phlebotomist said, I still have to eat at Thanksgiving, no matter how the test turns out!  I'm also now at every 2 weeks for doctor's appointments instead of every 4 weeks, another milestone reached. 

Baby Milestones:
Jacquizza's eyes are opening and closing now, and her taste buds are certainly getting a workout.  She actually has more now than at any other point in her life.  She can certainly tell what I'm eating, and is getting an idea of the environment that exists out here.  I hope I'm giving her some reassurance that she's coming out into a world of lots of different tastes and textures!     

Food Cravings: All I can think about is the yummy Thanksgiving fare coming my way; and the chili that is currently cooking for dinner tonight. 

How's Dad?: Doing great!  As I mentioned, he and I painted Jacquizza's room a
nice lavender color this weekend, and I finished up the trim today.  He's also working on the bench for the front room, and just doing the last minute stuff that is needed to put the house in order for company.  He was great about doing the prep work for the baby's room this week so that all we had to do was sand and paint.  I think now that we have furniture officially coming and the room painted, it's becoming more real for him.

Tid Bits:  I'm thrilled with the short week this week in my classes.  My Tuesday/Thursday class is off all week, and I gave my Monday, Wednesday, Friday class Wednesday off as well.  I told them they could come in and pick up their tests (which we're taking tomorrow) that day, but that we weren't going to have a lecture or anything that night.  I'm hoping they all come in early and get the heck out of there early!  I do have to give some make-up tests, but that's not going to be too bad.  I can't believe that after Thanksgiving, I only have 2 more weeks of class and then finals.  This semester has gone by so quickly!  I also have no idea what I'm going to do with all of that free time!

That's all for this week.  I'm waiting on posting pictures of our front room until the bench is back in and the rug for the living area comes in.  That way, you get the full and complete room.  I'll also post pictures of the baby's room when I the furniture comes in there, again to get the full picture.  It's going well, though!

I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

In which there is much less whining (I promise!)

Week: 26. 
Baby Size: 9 inches. She's weighing in at 2 whole pounds! 

Sleep: It was pretty rough this week, with the cold recovery.  Also not helping is that Jacquizza is now so big that she really has a huge effect on my bladder--every time she rolls on then off again, I have to get up and go! 

Diet and Exercise:  Not so much with the exercise this week, since the key to cold recovery is plenty of rest.  Diet wasn't too bad, except for not really being all that hungry.  I made up for it once I started feeling better, but there were a couple of days of not eating that much at all.
Movement: The baby blog I read compared the movements this week to having a rabid mongoose flipping out inside of a burlap sack.  Boy, is she right!  Jacquizza has been all over the place this week!  She is certainly either head up or head down, because I get kicks/punches both high up and lower down now.  Her limbs must be facing left, since that's where I feel limbs pushing into me.  And while I'm on my left side at night, she'll start punching the mattress.  It's really cool, but does make sleeping difficult! 

What I Miss: Again, being able to take medicines when I need them.  I did get through this week with the Netpot and Tylenol, but it would have been so much easier to just pop some Aleve Allergy Sinus and Mucinex!  But hey, I survived! 

What I'm Looking Forward to: I have another doctor's appointment on Thursday, so I'll get to hear her heartbeat again.  I'll also be doing the dreaded gestational diabetes test on Friday (probably), which is much less exciting.  My OB does a 2 hour test with a 12 hour fast beforehand, I think to try to avoid  having to do a 1 hour and then a 3 hour test.  I'm slightly less than pleasant while fasting when I'm not pregnant; I can only imagine how I'll be now!   

Best Moment this Week: Watching Brian poke my belly after he got kicked in his hand.  He just started poking automatically, and then stopped and looked at me like "is this OK?"  I told him she deserved it, with the beating I've been taking from her lately!

Pregnancy Body-New and Exciting!..maybe:  I feel like I've really popped even since the last picture I posted.  I'll have to post another one next week to get your opinions.  Now when I got out in public, I get some very unabashed stares at my middle.  Otherwise, nothing really new to report.  My back and hips so far are OK (although if I lie on one side for too long, that hip starts to talk to me), but I am looking forward to getting back to working out this week to keep everything limbered up.  I vacuumed this morning and was immediately exhausted.  I'm pretty sure that has more to do with the cold than the baby, though!

Baby Milestones:
Jacquizza now has distinct sleep/wake cycles, which I can certainly attest to, and which seemed to be a bit messed up with the end of daylight savings time (just like mine)!  All 5 of her senses have now developed, and her eyes should start opening this week.  She doesn't have a distinctive eye color yet, but that will come.  This is also her last week in the second trimester--third begins at 26 weeks, 6 days!     

Food Cravings: Brian bought some Starbucks hot chocolate mix at Costco.  Heaven in a can. 

How's Dad?: He seems to have managed to avoid the cold, which is a very good thing!  I always feel so guilty when I'm sick and then I give it to him.  He's actually a very good patient and not whiny at all, but it makes me sad to see him feeling poorly.  

On that note, I have to say that I am very lucky to have Brian.  As I've mentioned, I read a message board on the internet regularly, and many posts lately have been about how their husbands are all being major jerks and they are doing nothing but fighting.  Brian has been nothing but sweet and supportive to me this entire time (and before).  Part of me can't understand why these women married these men in the first place, but I guess in most cases they were fine before the pregnancy and not so fine after that positive appeared.  I'm sure a lot of it is that Brian and I were both on the same page about wanting kids, and apparently to some extent these other husbands weren't, but it's not like jerky behavior comes out of nowhere!

Tid Bits:  Classes were OK this week.  I wasn't by any stretch the most effusive teacher, but I seem to have gotten through everything all right.  My students were certainly sympathetic, which made matters easier.  I can't believe I now have less than a month left in the semester!

We have our front room furniture delivered now, and it look amazing!  We are still missing the window treatments and the rug for the living area, but the room looks like a finished space now.  The wall colors look fantastic with the furniture, and I'm so pleased at how everything has come together.  I've already threatened Beau's life if he so much as thinks about using the new couch as his personal litter box (he's prone to doing that), and Zoe's if she tries to use it as a scratching post.  Snowball will be fine!  Once we get everything done, I will absolutely post pictures for you guys to see.  Next step is to get the upstairs rearranged and get started on the baby's room!  I have some things bought already, and will be sure to post as we work.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

In which I whine about my first cold whle pregnant

Week: 25. 
Baby Size: 9 inches. She's weighing in at about 1.5 pounds and is the size of an eggplant. 

Sleep: Even worse this week with the cold referenced in the title.  It's really hard to sleep when you can't breath! 

Diet and Exercise:  I got in 4 days of exercise this week.  I did 2 days on the treadmill, and then 2 days of yoga DVDs.  This week will be much worse, since the sickness will keep me down!
Movement: She was super super active on Tuesday and Wednesday this week (like I was watching my belly jump up and down as she kicked and lurched around), but really slowed down the rest of the week.  I think she's gone from being perpendicular in there to being parallel to my spine, which is, of course, the way she'll be delivered some day.  I can now feel a lump up near my ribs that wasn't there before.  What it is, I have no idea, but it's certainly some baby part! 

What I Miss: Being able to take any medicine I want without thinking about it!  As I mentioned, I have a cold, and my OB has mentioned that Sudafed, while OK, is probably not something I want to take everyday.  I've been avoiding anything besides Tylenol and allergy meds so far, and I did get a Netipot to use (disgusting, but pretty effective), but I think I'll have to take something tomorrow to get me through a lab and lecture.  It's all in the name of keeping baby safe, but it really sucks! 

What I'm Looking Forward to: This cold going away!   

Best Moment this Week: It's hard to focus on the positive this week, but I guess it's how well Brian's been taking care of me.

Pregnancy Body-New and Exciting!..maybe:  Stupid cold.

Baby Milestones:
She now has pink skin instead of translucent, as her blood vessels have grown in and given her that healthy pink glow.  Her air sacs are filling in as well, getting her ready for her first breath sometime soonish.  The nostrils are also opening up now, which lets her practice the mechanics of breathing.  Lastly, her vocal cords are now functioning, the better to keep us up all night with!     

Food Cravings: Again, with the cold!  Everything I eat tastes exactly the same, so it's hard to crave anything. 

How's Dad?: He's doing really well.  He takes good care of me when I'm sick, getting meals and various cold aids for me so that I don't have to move too much and can just concentrate on getting better.  I'm really trying to not give this to him, because I don't want him to feel sick!

Poor guy had to finish the trim and touchups on the front room himself this weekend, and he did very little complaining (much less than I would have done if the situation had been reversed!).  The room looks really good now with the new colors, and will look even better when the furniture gets here on Friday.  I'll be sure to take pictures and post them when we are officially done.  It'll be nice to have something else down.   

Tid Bits:  Not much to say this week, with the cold and all.  I have no idea how I'm going to teach tomorrow with how I feel.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


As promised, here are some pictures of the finished bathroom, and a few more I decided to throw in for the heck of it!

 Before picture (from before we moved in)

 This is a closeup of the floor--I was hesitant about the vinyl, but it looks really good!
And this is the finished product.  You can't see where most of the work went (subfloor), but it looks absolutely fantastic!

And here are some really funny kitty pictures.  First, Zoe "helping" Brian sort loose change:

 She's always very curious when things happen on "her" floor.
He had them all stacked up nice and neat, and she just knocked them all down :)

And here are some of my favorite kitty shots.  First, Snowball and Zoe:

Snowball totally knows the secret to getting behind the fireplace screen in the family room, and is definitely not sharing with Zoe!  Whenever Snowball gets back there, Zoe paces back and forth and looks at her like "how did you get in there?"  And you know Snowball is thinking "Ha ha!"  Too cute!

And here's a shot of the 3 of them all sacked out on the bed.  It's normally just the girls, but apparently Beau was feeling left out!

Lastly, I'll end with a picture of my bump taken today at almost 25 weeks (that's 5.5 months for those of you without kids).  It's a self-portrait, which is why I have no face.  I thought for sure it was wicked obvious that I was pregnant and that I was huge:

Instead, I just look like I ate a big meal!  I'm not complaining--I'm totally going to enjoy being tiny while it lasts!

Until next week everyone!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

In which I paint a lot

Week: 24--viability!  As a note on that, though, the message board I post on for moms due in Feb 2012 had 2 babies born this week!  Both were at 25 weeks, and both were under 2 pounds.  They seem to be doing really well so far, and are certainly fighting, but it's so sad to think that these babies are starting out with such a rough challenge.  They and their families are certainly in my prayers, and I really hope for nothing but the best possible outcome for them!  As my friend commented this week, I really hope hers and my babies decide to stay put until around their due dates!
Baby Size: 8.5 inches. She's weighing in at about 1.25 pounds and is the size of a standard letter envelope--getting bigger all the time! 

Sleep: Still spotty.  Some days, I have no problem at all, but others I just can't seem to get back to sleep once I've been awakened by something.  We're having some pretty bad winds today, and the noise woke me up aboou 5:30 this morning, and then I couldn't get back to sleep!  Lecturing is going to be a challenge tonight! 

Diet and Exercise:  I got in 4 days of exercise this week.  I did 2 days on the treadmill, and then 2 days of yoga DVDs.  Diet was great until the weekend.  Brian and I worked on painting our front room, and ended up eating a bunch of fast food in between coats.  Not so good on my part!
Movement: She jumps around in there a ton now!  She's still most active in the morning (or whenever I heed the call of nature) and at night as I'm trying to get to sleep, but gets some good shots in there around mealtimes.  She's started anticipating when I'm going to eat and kicks now ahead of time.  Very cute! 

What I Miss: I'm good again this week! 

What I'm Looking Forward to: Being done with this semester!  I have a little over a month left of teaching, and I'm so looking forward to some time off.  It's been a really good time, and I've learned a lot, but this 5 nights a week thing is hard!  I've already decided that I'm not doing 2 night classes anymore--I'll do 1, 3 days a week at most, and try to make the rest day courses.  I think I've paid my dues and have earned that!   

Best Moment this Week: This is a tough one to answer this week, since it was pretty uneventful.  I did enjoy helping Brian out with the home improvements for a change, even if I did pay for it with soreness/tiredness the next day!

Pregnancy Body-New and Exciting!..maybe:  The belly seems to have expanded over the weekend.  Brian even commented last night that it seems more front and center now, rather than lower like it has been.  I think she went through a growth spurt in there--I've done nothing but eat for the past week and now the belly is larger!  This is when the OB warned me a growth spurt was coming, and I guess we're right on schedule!

Baby Milestones:
Growing and gaining weight is the story of the month it seems!  She's packing on the baby fat and filling out that saggy skin.  She also has eyelashes and eyebrows and some hair on her head.  All the hair is still white, though, since pigment comes in later.     

Food Cravings: Not too bad this week.  Again, I've been good about eating a little of what I want before an actual craving hits. 

How's Dad?: The bathroom is done!  I have pictures, and when I can figure out where the camera cable is, I'll post them.  It turned out really well--Brian did an amazing job!

We've moved on now to the front room, which besides a dining room table, is completely empty.  We ordered some furniture a couple of months ago, and I got a call saying it should be in at the beginning of November!  So now we have to paint and get everything ready in the room before the furniture gets here.  We need to do some touchups and finish the trim this weekend, and then we can move on to the nursery.  As I mentioned earlier, I got to help with this room, since it is quite a bit bigger than the bathroom.  I took frequent breaks, but still managed to exhaust myself by the end!  It was a lot of fun, and it felt good to contribute.   

Tid Bits:  Zoe is doing just fine after her fishhook incident last weekend.  She was up and tearing around like nothing had happened!  It never ceases to amaze me how resilient cats are and how easily they heal from things.  I got a taste of that while doing the ovarectomies on rats--a surgery that would knock us down for weeks barely phased them at all!

The University of Phoenix decided to hire me, and I start my next class with them at the beginning of December.  I get 2 weeks off for Christmas, and will end the class at the end of January.  I think Brian's a little worried that I'm going to have Jacquizza early, since he was asking me if I was sure I wanted to take on the class.  I think it'll be fine--she's given me no indication that she is anything but happy in there and she'll likely make it to February.  The class begins just as my other 2 are ending, so that'll give me something to do for Dec and Jan rather than just sitting around waiting on a baby!

As I said I'm so over teaching 5 evenings a week, and I'm so glad it's almost done!  I get next Friday off (Veteran's Day) and then Thanksgiving, and I'm so looking forward to the break.  On the other hand, I can't believe it's November already!  This semester has really flown by.

On an end note, I probably have a class to teach this upcoming summer!  I was asked by the closer college to teach a intro chem course during the summer from 8:00-12:45 4 days a week.  Nothing is official until I get the contract, but this is a huge weight off of my shoulders.  I was worried that taking the spring semester off would get me off of the radar, and that everyone would forget about me come summer and fall.  I guess I didn't need to worry so much!  It's so nice to know that I'll have a job in the summer, even though that means I need to find a daycare for Jacquizza before then!

Pictures to come of our bathroom and my belly!