Wednesday, March 24, 2010

21 weeks and A LOT going on...

The Stone...
Well I know it has been a while since I have updated, but we have been super busy. Spring Break was last week and I really enjoyed having some time off to just enjoy resting. Everyone tells me that before long, there won't be much time for resting. Jason took off work to be with me Tuesday - Friday. Spring Break started off great but toward the end of the week, got HORRIBLE! Here is a summary of what went on:

Monday: did a little housework and took a nap :)
Tuesday: had massages and registered for Baby Garrett at Target and Babies R Us
Wednesday: rested at home while Jason went to work...on his day off :(
Thursday: rested at home and had lunch with Jason :)
Friday: drove to Selmer, TN with Jason to check on a pool job that he designed, went to Shiloh military park and had lunch by the river - very beautiful, then drove to Starkville to spend the night to go to the basketball game Saturday morning.
Friday night: ate at one of our favorite Starkville restaurants - Harvey's
Late Friday night - Early Saturday morning: woke up with TERRIBLE pains in my back - started throwing up because of the pain - went to the emergency room in Starkville - found out I was experiencing my very first kidney stone while being pregnant....NOT FUN!!!!!

So needless to say, Jason and did not get to go to the game in Starkville. (I hope the nurse's husband enjoyed those tickets we gave her.) The only place we went from the hospital was back on 45 headed home, then to Walgreen's to fill the pain pill prescription, and to the bed where I spent the next 2 days. My sweet Moma, who came in town to help take care of me, and Jason did everything they could to try to make me comfortable, but nothing worked. The pain meds they gave me in the emergency room only last 2 hours and then I was in excruciating pain again. I don't think any of us got any sleep. Monday I decided to call my OB doctor and see what she could do for me. I went in, they did an ultrasound of my kidney and also comfirmed that it was a kidney stone which she said was common in pregnancy and said I had two options: 1.Go home with stronger pain medication, which she assured me was fine for the baby and drink LOTS of fluids to try to get the stone to pass, or admitted into the hospital and have an IV pump me full of fluids to get the stone to pass. I chose option 1. I figured I might be more comfortable at home. We went home, got the new prescription filled, and I slept like a baby the next four hours. (so did my Moma and Jason) :) When I woke up the meds were starting to wear off so I took another dose and about an hour later...I passed it!!!!!! I literally felt like I had given birth to my first child. :) I wanted to keep it and show everyone. I will spare my blog readers and not post any pictures. :) I told my Moma and Jason that I know that I am ready for labor now. I mean...I might even have Garrett naturally. :)(haha) I have been sore the past two days which the doctor said was normal and I will be glad to be returning back to work tomorrow. I really hope this is the only major event I will have in the next 4-5 months before Garrett makes his arrival.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Snips and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails!

After much anticipation...We learned we're having a sweet baby boy. His name will be Garrett Adren! We had the ultrasound today and everything looked great. His heart, brain, spine, and kidneys were all perfect. He was a very active little boy (probably because of all the sweet tea I drank today!) and didn't have any problems showing his little boy parts to the world. :) The ultrasound tech said there is not doubting he is a boy! His daddy was just absolutely beside himself. I don't think I have ever seen Jason so happy before - he was just giddy. :) We are both already in love and can't wait to hold sweet little Garrett in 5 months. (I have already warned Jason that he is going to be a moma's boy, at least while he's little). I will have to add the pictures later. We are too busy showing them off right now. :)
What's Going on with Baby Garrett:
Garrett's sensory development is exploding! His brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that hemay be able to hear our voices now. He weighs about 11 ounces and measures 10 inches, head to bottom (about the length of a banana). His arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of his body now. His kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on his scalp is sprouting.
Pregnancy Update:
How Far Along: 19 weeks
Total Weight Gained/Loss: 9 lbs.
Maternity Clothes: yes, love them!
Sleep: a little better this week, but not getting congested because of our crazy MS weather
Best Moment of the Week: getting to know that we are having a boy and seeing his little heart, spine, brain, kidneys, and bladder :) They all look great!
Movement: Yes - he is very active, but I am not feeling every moment just yet
Food Craving: a strawberry sundae with nuts :)
Food Aversions: anything fried gives me acid reflux
Gender: A BOY!! Oh Boy!! :)
Labor Signs: none
Belly Button: is still there
What I Miss: being able to bend over without feeling like I am squishing a person :)
What I'm looking forward to: shopping for boy clothes now
Milestones: getting to see Baby Garrett and knowing that he is growing perfectly

Monday, March 1, 2010

One week to go before we know!! :)

How Far Along: 18 weeks

Total Weight Gained/Loss: I have gained 5 lbs. total
Maternity Clothes: yes, love them!
Sleep: not much
Best Moment of the Week: getting the nursery furniture put together and in place. :)
Movement: lots of little bubbles Saturday. :)
Food Craving: at this very moment - a Snicker's sounds very good!
Food Aversions: anything fried gives me acid reflux :(
Gender: don't know yet - we will find out in 7 days!!!!
Labor Signs: none
Belly Button: is still there
What I Miss: getting a good night's sleep - I cannot get comfortable at night due to my aching hips. Does anyone have any pointers???
What I'm looking forward to: our next appointment :)
Milestones: starting to show more and getting the nursery ready

The baby is 5 1/2 inches - head to bottom - (about the size of a bell pepper) and weighs almost 7 inches. He/she busy flexing his/her arms and legs. His/her blood vessels are visible through his/her thin skin, and his/her ears are now in their final position, although they're still standing out from his/her head a bit. A protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around the nerves, a process that will continue for a year after birth. If we're having a girl, her uterus and fallopian tubes are formed and in place. If we're having a boy, his genitals are noticeable now, but he may hide them from you during an ultrasound. Little Baby D, please be cooperative next Monday so we can know if you are a boy or a girl! :)