Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Name Game- The Final Round

No one has gotten even close to figuring out this baby girl's name. 

I'm not surprised. 1) It's an unusual name to begin with and 2) I'm spelling it differently because I'm a sadist like that... and I grew up with the name Amanda, which is boring... so this little girl is having a fun name!

My students, however, DID figure out the name, so I am going to give y'all (I'm such a Mainer but I LOVE using "y'all" for some reason) the same clues I gave them and see if you can figure it out... and if you can't? Well, I guess you're not Smarter than a 5th grader... cause the 5th graders figured it out. 

Here goes:

1) Still 9 letters, though her nick name is just the first 4 letters of that.
2) _ y _ _ _ e i g _ 
3) Her nickname is most often heard as a boy's name, just spelled differently
4) Her nickname is the name of a guy in a tv show that is pretty popular right now.

So good luck. These 4 clues were enough for my kids to figure it out, let's see if any of my readers can! 

Saturday, May 26, 2012

33 Weeks

How far along: 33 weeks

How big is baby?: The size of a honeydew, about 19 inches and 4.5 pounds

Total weight gain: I actually lost almost half a pound this week, weird. So my total weight gain is 24 pounds.

Maternity clothes: Longer shirts, maternity pants and some non-maternity skirts that fit under my belly. 

Best moment of the week:
 I was sitting at my desk Friday morning when she started dancing around. I didn't think much of it until a couple of my students started freaking out and asking what it was... when I told them it was the baby, they were a little freaked out... hilARious!

Food cravings: I'm actually over the Cheerios now, so weird. Had major cravings for Cap'n Crunch this week... so random. Still loving sweets but not much that I really crave. 

Food aversions: Nothing really.

Symptoms: I keep saying tired... but each week I feel like I'm progressively more and more tired. I also just ache. I don't think my body is meant for pregnancy! My hips hurt like hell. Last night I sneezed and something in my right hip popped. The rest of the night whenever I moved it felt like I was being stabbed. In my sleep last night I moved funny and felt a huge pop and then it felt better. I'm going to the chiropracter Tuesday to work on better aligning my hips.

Movement: She moves a lot whenever I sit down. This week she's had the hiccups a lot, it's so weird because when she has them my whole belly pops over and over again. 

Gender: My daughter, it still thrills me to know I'm having a little girl. 

What I'm looking forward to: My baby shower this afternoon! So excited to see so many people I haven't seen in awhile and to celebrate this little girl. 

What I miss: Sleeping through the night. Granted, I'm blessed that I'm not up 5 times a night to pee (knock on wood) like some other preggers I know, but the not being able to sleep really sucks.  

Next appointment: June 5th will be 34 weeks. 

Friday, May 25, 2012

Conversation with my OB

Monday, at my 32 week check up:

Dr: I think it's time we talk about birth control.

Me: (looks down at belly) I think it may be a little too late for that one

Monday, May 21, 2012

Sorry, I don't have that kind of job

After taking half the day off to go to my OB, I was told I need to go see a chiropractor because my hip is really messed up right now and that's what's causing most of my pain right now.

Sweet, more appointments. Like I don't live in the doctor's office right now as it is.

I call to set up an appointment. I dunno, maybe this woman had a really bad day or something, but she was REALLY exasperated with me. I explained to her that I wouldn't be able to make an appointment before 3pm because I have to work. She asked whether I could leave early. Sorry, I can't do that. Could I come during my lunch break? I'm lucky if I get 15 minutes to scarf down food, that's not even long enough to get to the appointment. Go in before work? Well, that depends on what time you open. 9 am? Nope, sorry I've been at work for almost 2 hours at that point.

She sighs at me. One of those "you're really pissing me off, knock it off sighs" and then tells me that I'm being rather difficult. Seriously?!?! So sorry that I don't have the type of job where I can have flexible hours. I'm there from 7:20 to 3 every day. I can't just leave assume my work can wait or someone else can cover. Teaching isn't like that.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

32 Weeks


How far along: 32 weeks, 8 month mark baby! 

How big is baby?: About 19 inches and 3.9 pounds according to my app, but I think she's a little smaller since she was only 3.25 pounds last Friday. 

Total weight gain: I gained another pound this week, so I'm up to 24 pounds gained total right now. With 8 weeks to go I'm cool with that. 

Maternity clothes: Longer shirts, maternity pants and some non-maternity skirts that fit under my belly. 

Best moment of the week:
 Wednesday night I was sitting on the couch and she was going bananas. Bouncing around from side to side. I put my hand on my belly and she started bumping into it. Like rolling across my belly, hitting my hand, backing up, then bumping me again. It was so cute and really felt like she was trying to play with me. Then when I poked her she bumped around and kept kicking back. So much fun and funny to watch. 

Food cravings: I think I might be over the Cheerios... I didn't have any at all this week. I've been craving a lot of sweets this week, and REALLY want a Milky Way candy bar. 

Food aversions: Nothing really.

Symptoms: Tired, achy. My hip hurts really bad this week. I haven't had as many Braxton-Hicks contractions this week which makes me feel better. 

Movement: She's been pretty busy this week, lots of rolling, punching and squirming. Fewer actual kicks, but a lot of movement overall. 

Gender: Sweet little baby girl. 

What I'm looking forward to: Next Saturday, which is my first baby shower. So excited, but now I need to figure out what the heck I'm going to wear! 

What I miss: Laying on my belly. Sometimes it just feels good to lay on my front, but i can't I just can't wait to have her in my arms and out of my belly. 

Next appointment: Monday is my 32 week appointment. 

Friday, May 18, 2012


Just some things I've been wondering about lately:

  1. Why do people feel it's appropriate to say "wow, she's looking REALLY pregnant" while they walk by someone pregnant... worse is that they're not even saying it TO the pregnant person... just within earshot
  2. Who cleans up roadkill? Is it the town? animal control? creepers?
  3. How is it possible that I clean the kitchen every day... yet it's always a mess? I truly don't get this. 
  4. If a narwhal and a horse have a baby... will it be a unicorn?
  5. Am I huge? Because this week alone I had one woman ask if I was having twins... and was shocked when I said no. I then had another woman reach out her arms and tell me that she was worried the baby was going to pop out as I walked down the hall. Seriously? This baby has 8 more weeks to bake! 
  6. On the same note, I was told yesterday that I must be having a huge baby if I have 8 weeks to go and my belly is so big. Um... thanks? So sorry that I'm 5 ft 2 so this baby has no place to go but out. I'm not one of those tall, skinny people who carry their babies under their ribs... She's not huge, she's just sticking out quite a bit.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

My Nest

Unless you've ignored my last, I dunno, 20 posts, (and I wouldn't blame you if you had... I've been pretty whiny) you know that I've had some serious sleep issues lately. As in I look like a zombie most the time now cause I don't sleep. 

Well, I have a semi-successful solution. Meet my nest:

Okay, so you can't really tell from the picture, but this is my bedroom floor between my bed and the wall littered with like 12 pillows, two blankets and a dog bone hidden in there. Besides the dog bone**, this has created a lovely little nest for me. Where I have slept the past three nights. I know, weird. BUT it kinda works. As in I sleep about twice as much each night as I do in my big comfy bed. I don't know if it's because the bed is too soft, or too full (kinda hard to sprawl with the hubby and the puppy in a queen size bed) but I just can't get comfortable and I feel really guilty having a zillion pillows taking up most of Drew's space. Not to mention that I feel awful that my constant tossing and turning wake Drew and Zoey up... Drew grumbles and Zoey sighs these huge, exasperated sighs that basically say "screw you Mama".

While not ideal, the nest allows me to have all the pillows I want, the blankets I want and I can use the side of the bed and/or the wall as back supports. Overall, it's pretty sweet, I still sleep like crap, but at least I sleep a little longer.

**The dog bone is complements of Miss Zo, who is afraid her daddy is going to steal it, so she hides it in my nest. Can't blame the girl, I'd hide my stuff from him too. 

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Yeah, he's a lush

Meet Tyler:

Tyler is the tick that Drew found on his arm this afternoon. I got to pull him. Then we had to drown him. No rubbing alcohol, so vodka will have to do. If drowning in it doesn't kill him, maybe his blood alcohol will get so high that he'll croak. Either way, he's contained. 

Saturday, May 12, 2012

31 Weeks


How far along: 31 weeks

How big is baby?: The size of a head of lettuce: 18 inches and 3.2 pounds. Usually I just go by what my pregnancy app says, but THIS week, I actually know! We had a surprise ultrasound yesterday due to some concerns my OB had. Little girl is 3lbs, 4 oz as of yesterday! 

Total weight gain: I decided to pony up and step on the scale this morning. No idea how much I gained this week, but my total right now is 23 pounds, which is a lot less than I was thinking, so I'm cool with it. 

Maternity clothes: Mostly maternity clothes, some pre-pregs pants that still fit and a few longer shirts that are working.

Best moment of the week:
 Seeing my little baby again! Yes, I was stressed because my doctor had concerns, but everything looked perfect, and she's beautiful. We got to see her in 3d for a bit and it was amazing to see her little face in such detail. I can't wait for the next 9 weeks to pass so I can see her for real. 

Food cravings: Peanut butter, milk, Cheerios, anything sweet and unhealthy.

Food aversions: Nothing really.

Symptoms: If you read this post in which i detail how I feel, you know what's going on. If you didn't, just know that it's rough, but seeing her yesterday made me realize just how worth it all of this is. 

Movement: Less movement overall, but the movements I have are stronger.

Gender: Girl- we double checked yesterday, she's a girl! 

What I'm looking forward to: The weekend, so I can try to get some sleep. This is my last free weekend before having a month straight of Saturday baby showers, both my own and other's

What I miss: My old body :( I never appreciated just how great it was, I was always too busy harping on my flaws... I miss those flaws.

Next appointment: 2 weeks will be my 32 week appointment, on the 21st.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The post where I complain... cause this stuff is hard

Pregnancy is rough.

I had no illusions that it wouldn't be. I knew all about the symptoms, the pains, the uncomfortableness, especially when you get to the third trimester. I get it, there's a whole human being growing in there, things are going to get messy.

But damn, knowing about it, and experiencing it, two completely different ball games.

Here are my current complaints:
  • I'm tired. As in to the bone, never feel rested, mind-blowing exhausted. You know when you have the flu and you haven't slept for a week and nothing makes you feel better? This is way worse. I don't sleep. Last night I woke up 9 times THAT I REMEMBER. Who knows how many more times I woke up, or half woke up. Going to be earlier doesn't help, napping doesn't help... nothing makes me feel better and each day it feels worse
  • My back hurts. And not the typical achiness, I mean I sometimes can't move it hurts so bad. I had back problems to begin with, so this beast growing out of my gut has just expanded on that pain.
  • My hip hurts. Again, a pre-existing condition exacerbated by pregnancy. My hip feels like it is popping out of the socket. The scariest part? It actually is. Between the ligaments stretching and my other hip issues, my hip bone is literally popping in and out of the socket as I walk and when I move funny
  • I'm huge... like a freaking whale mated with a cow and created this super huge nasty beast. That is me. Again, knew weight gain was a given, but with my inability to exercise (um... did you not just read the last 2 bullets?) and constant feeling that my stomach is eating it's own lining... things have gotten gross around here, and there's not a damn thing I can do about it
  • Oh yeah, speaking of which, I HAVE NO CONTROL!!!! It's not like other things in my life where I can pony up, be a big girl and fix things, I have no say in the things going on in my body, and until July, I can't do a freaking thing to fix them. So. Frustrating.
  • It burnnnnnns!!! My throat that is. Yep, heartburn... it burns. It's this acidic feeling in the back of my throat that comes and goes as it pleases and though I'm popping tums like a smoker pops breath mints... it doesn't do much to help.
  • Contractions. Yup, got those! Braxton Hicks that is, but I get them almost all the time. It's worse at work when I'm on my feet and moving around a lot. In one hour today I have 9 of them... NINE. They don't hurt per say... but they're really uncomfortable and things just feel so tight
  • This may be TMI, but let's just say my boobs are working... and working over time... I think you get my drift
  • Did I mention I'm huge? And that nothing fits. Even some maternity tops are no longer long enough to cover this bump... Dr. says I'm measuring perfectly and that my weight gain is excellent... I think she lies.

I'm going to stop there... I could go on, but I'm tired and my feet hurt, and I need to grab the tums... which are in the other room. On a positive note, while I called the Dr. today to discuss whether my rapidly occurring BH contractions were a concern, they put me on hold. And the song "Amanda", by Boston played... kinda made my day.

Also, I feel like I need to clarify before some judgemental meanie feels the need to comment. I in no way regret any of this. I love love love my little girl and appreciate the fact that I am able to experience any of this. We worked so hard to get pregnant, and I don't for a moment regret it...I'm just having a hard time dealing with the end of the road physical pitfalls that come with this journey. In a few short weeks this will all be over and worth it and I can look back and laugh at what a wimp I am... and in a few years I'll be begging Drew to do it all over again. At which time he will probably pull up this post, just to get me to shut up.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

30 Weeks


How far along: 30 weeks. 3/4 done, 10 weeks to go!

How big is baby?:
 Butternut squash: approx 17 inches and 3.1 pounds

 Total weight gain: Too much, enough said.

Maternity clothes: Lots of maternity tops... some of those are having a hard time covering this entire bump! Just have to make my dress clothes last 6 more weeks and then I can wear whatevs for those last four weeks.

Best moment of the week:
 Realizing that my little girl is going to be sassy. The other night she was curled up right under my ribs. It hurt like hell so I told her to move and pushed down on her... she paid me back by rolling and kicking my hip. She must have hit a nerve because it sent a shockwave of pain through my hip. Little brat! 

Food cravings: Dunkin Donuts iced tea... which is no longer 99 cents... I may have cried a little yesterday. Plenty of Cheerios, milk, and peanut butter.

Food aversions: Nothing really. 

Symptoms: Let's just say, it's not fun at this point. Love this little girl here, but she has taken a toll on my body. 

Movement: Sometimes I feel like she'll never stop moving and kicking, other times I suddenly realize that I haven't felt her for awhile and I get a little freaked out. I know that she's just sleeping, but it still makes me worry when I realize it's been awhile. 

Gender: Girl

What I'm looking forward to: Baby showers... it may be a little greedy, but I want to get stuff for her so that I can start to feel more prepared... right now I feel like we're nowhere near ready for her!

What I miss: Sleep! And being able to see my feet when I'm standing up :) 

Next appointment: Thursday.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Why I was crying by 7:30 this morning

Today was a rough day. By 7:30 this morning I was sitting at my desk crying... and maybe feeling like an idiot. Yes, I realize my problems this morning are trivial... but between the hormones and my own craziness... it was just too much to handle.

  1. Went to Dunking Donuts on the way to work with the expectation that it was the last day of 99 cents for any size iced tea... just to learn that the promotion ended yesterday. I had enough cash for a small one, but when you're looking forward all morning to the jumbo size... the small was just depressing
  2. Our school's PTO hired two massage therapists for Monday as part of our Teacher Appreciate week. I was psyched the other day when I got one of the last available openings... this morning, due to a schedule change, I lost my spot. 
  3. Spent about two hours this week working on a form that was due at work today. Just to have my computer crash this morning and lose the form.
Okay, now that I've typed it out, I feel even more stupid for getting upset about it. I know in the grand scheme of things that it was nothing, but they happened over about a 15 minute time frame, so it was just three disappointing things in a row. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Name Game: Part 2

I had a lot of good guesses for my Name Game the other day, but no one has guessed my little girl's name yet. I've given my student 2 letters; so here is your latest hint for figuring out her name:

_ y _ _ _ _ i _ _

I'm sticking with the vowels first. Here are two, there's only one vowel left.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Poor Frog

...and by Frog, I mean my puppy Frog, Zoey.

She had a rough night last night.

It all started because I wanted to swaddle her. Partly because I wanted to practice my swaddling skills, but mostly because she looks so damn cute wrapped up like that. Anyways, while I was swaddling her and rubbing her face, I felt a bump. Eck! It was a tick. So. Freaking. GROSS. 

Of course Drew took her and tried to remove the tick... and ended up breaking it in half. Not gonna lie, we panicked a little. We don't want her to get sick or be in pain... so we Googled it. Half the advice we found told us to get her to the vet, the other half said to try to remove the head... since it was late a night, we went with option 2.

And this happened:

Poor Frog! Drew tried to be as gentle as possible, but it's pretty clear that she lost some fur in the battle and that her poor puppy head was hurt. We felt soooo bad, especially since she just sat there with a pathetic look on her face while we worked on her. She's such a good dog. She never once whined or got upset. Just looked sad... which is pretty much worse. So of course we gave her some frosting last night to make her feel better, and today I bought her some new treats. Cause physical torture can obviously be remedied by food. 
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