Sunday, April 25, 2010

2nd Trimester!

Thank GOD! I'm actually kind of amazed that we're already at 14 weeks--it seems to have gone pretty quickly. I'm really hoping my nausea starts to subside a bit. Granted, it hasn't been horrible, but it's noticeable enough to be annoying. And I'm sure my husband would appreciate me not being so picky with what I want for dinner!

Here's the latest belly shot. I'm still amazed when I look at it because it took me until about 20 weeks to have this tummy with Aiden. Less than six weeks until we find out if Aiden's getting a brother or a sister...

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Weekend FAIL & My First Blog Award

We had some big stuff planned for this weekend; Quentin's second birthday party today, and the March for Babies tomorrow. Unfortunately, we've had to scrap both of those.

The story: Aiden had to stay home from school on Monday because he had a 102-degree fever. He kept telling us his mouth hurt, and so we figured he was getting his two-year molars. He was fine Tuesday, and seemed perfectly fine even up until Thursday, when his daycare called to say he had the blisters of hand, foot & mouth disease that has been going around at school. I left work at lunchtime and took him to the pediatrician, who confirmed that he had HF&M, but he hadn't been contagious since his fever left. I asked if this was something Mike & I should worry about getting, but he said that it was a childhood disease, and most kids had it by the time they were 4 years old. I don't ever remember getting it (which I confirmed with my mom). Anyway, Thursday night I went to bed with a really bad headache, and was very disappointed to wake up with the same headache (the kind where it hurts to move your eyes). I took my blood pressure, which was fine, but my pulse was 126! That's HIGH! So of course I got a little nervous & called both my PCP and OB. The PCP said I should take Tylenol & increase fluids, and when I heard back from my OB's office, they said I should go to the Emergency Room to get an EKG. YIKES! After talking to them a bit longer, and taking my temperature with Aiden's temporal thermometer to discover I had a 101-degree fever, they said not to go to the Emergency Room and instead follow the PCP office's advice. Luckily, I started to feel a bit better last night around 6 PM. Right now I'd say I'm back to about 60%, but I don't want to chance getting the birthday boy, or any of the other guests, at Q's party sick, so we're not going.

And the March for Babies? Severe thunderstorms in the forecast, plus an exodus of the rest of my team (which I totally understand--don't think I'm complaining). We're obviously still turning in all the funds we raised, so the money will help babies, and I send my sincere thanks to all those who contributed to our now virtual walk. :)

In happier, illness-free news, I got my first blog award!

I'd like to thank Shannon for thinking of me :) Here are the rules:

1. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
2. List who gave you the award and use a link to her blog.
3. List 10 things that make you happy.
4. Pass the award on to other bloggers and visit their blog to let them know.

Ten Things That Make Me Happy
1. My family. There's nothing better than having such a loving husband and son.
2. The buy one, get one for 25 cents sale on Blizzards at Dairy Queen this week. Needless to say we've been indulging ourselves. :)
3. Today is the last day of my 1st trimester!
4. I've got some pretty kick-a$$ friends. You know who you are, and that I appreciate every second I get to spend with you!
5. The Indians tickets I won through a drawing at work! I got them this week--they're AWESOME! Can't wait to spend an evening with my dad in June.
6. I may complain about it *sometimes*, but my job ultimately makes me happy. I'm doing & learning things I could never have imagined a short year ago, and even though it's challenging, it's worth it.
7. Warm & sunny days. Looking forward to taking Aiden back to the Columbus Zoo soon.
8. Buckeye football. It can't get here soon enough.
9. Five new episodes in a row of NCIS. That show just makes me smile.
10. Growing up & getting new perspectives on things.

I'm passing this on to...
Megan at Life as a Dill. One of 3 really awesome sisters of mine.
Angie at Woody's Journal. My bestie.
Sara at Southern Hospitality. My one and only sister-in-law.
Krystyn at Really, Are You Serious? Because she's just awesome.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

OB Appointment

Well, today I had my OB appointment. It was interesting to say the least! I see my actual doctor every other visit, and today was a visit where I saw the RN. Very nice lady, so I'm totally okay with that. I got a stern look when we discovered I had lost 4 pounds since my last visit, which I shrugged off with "Hey, the same thing happened in my first trimester with Aiden. I'm not worried." But then she told me something that made me sigh--I have low platelets. Again. ARGH. My body is NOT such a fan of being pregnant. Basically, if worst comes to worst, I won't be able to have an epidural, and since I'm planning on a scheduled C-section, they'll have to knock me out completely. Which means I'll fall asleep with a baby in my tummy and wake up with one in my arms. I don't like that. One of my favorite memories is seeing Aiden's bloody, screaming face pop up above that curtain. But I guess it's out of my hands.

After that, the appointment got even more, um, interesting. It took a full 10 minutes for her to find the heartbeat. I tried my best not to freak out as time ticked along and only thing that sounded on the doppler was MY heartbeat. The RN had just said, "Well, we'll try a bit more, and then we'll have to go look on the ultrasound." YIKES! But luckily, with one last swipe, BOOM! There was 2.0, beating away in the 150s. Relieved does not begin to describe how I felt. By that point I was definitely ready to head back to work.

I looked up some old wives' tales on the internet, and apparently heartbeats above 141 mean it's a girl. Which I already think is BS because if I remember right, Aiden was in the 150s as well. But Angie pointed out that I've still got acne, which went away with Aiden, so that means it's a girl. Seven short weeks from today and we'll know for sure. Until then, feel free to vote in the poll to the right; I'm curious as to what you all think. :)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

10 Things I Think I Think, April Edition

10. Seriously slacking on the blogging recently. And it's not because I have nothing to talk about--I'm just having some motivational issues. I promise to try harder, though. Scout's honor.

9. I would probably start giving Aiden a $10-a-week allowance TODAY if he would just sleep later in the morning. This hasn't been a problem until the last few weeks; usually he doesn't wake up until around 7 or 7:30, but it's been 6 and 6:30 now. And today--5:45 AM--was just cruel.

8. I smile really big when I look at my pregnancy ticker now that it's under 200 days. I've obviously still got a LONG way to go, but that 200 marker was a little daunting.

7. Looking forward to my next OB appointment on Thursday--hearing the heartbeat really calms my nerves, especially since we're still in the first trimester.

6. I'm going to guess that I'm not the only one disappointed with American Idol this year. I honestly don't make it a point to watch it anymore, and I didn't know the judges used the save until someone told me the next day. It's just missing some pizazz (and I'm NOT referring to Paula Abdul).

5. THRILLED that the weather is warming up. Sunshine & fresh air does wonders for my mood. :)

4. Nervous for two close folks who got bad news this week. Crossing my fingers that things turn around.

3. I had a lot of fun visiting with a high school friend and her four-week-old newborn on Friday. THAT kid had some hair! So cute though. :)

2. Still freaking out that we don't have a boy name picked out. We don't find out what No. 2 is for another 2 months, but after three dreams that it's going to be a boy and none that it's a girl, I'm concerned. Such is the life of an anal planner.

1. Maybe, since we don't have anything officially planned today, we should go get the mulch for our flowerbeds. Mike mowed for the first time yesterday (the fresh-cut grass smell was HEAVENLY), and now I'm feeling all outdoorsy. We'll see, though; we all could use a nap since Mike was out late for a bachelor party and Aiden got up way early. Sleep is ALWAYS a good idea!