Friday, September 22, 2006

7 lb 10 ounces

That is what the ultrasound we had Wednesday estimates her weight to be right now. But ultrasounds are not always accurate, so she could be a pound smaller or a pound bigger, and I am thinking (and hoping) for the smaller. Oh and yes she is still a girl! Since it has been almost 20 weeks since our last ultrasound, I was still a little nervous that they might have gotten it wrong the first time. But all is good and I will not be having to make any returns!

The ultrasound was so nice, I really enjoyed seeing her again and seeing how big she has gotten. The tech took measurements of her head, heart, arms and legs, and averaged those to get her estimated weight. Next Wednesday is my 38 week appointment and she will check to see if I have progress any and see where we want to go from there.

So for the next couple of weeks we are still playing the waiting game. I hope they go by quick but I am guessing they won’t. And I know I promised updated nursery pictures and I should get around to posting them this weekend, as I plan to be at home all weekend!

I was too lazy to post last week, so I didn’t get to give you my picks for the upcoming football weekend, so here are this weekend’s picks:

Alabama @ Arkansas
2 Auburn vs. Buffalo
Kentucky @ 5 Florida
9 Georgia vs. Colorado
10 LSU vs. Tulane
15 Tennessee vs. Marshall
South Carolina vs. Florida Atlantic
Vanderbilt vs. Tennessee State
Mississippi State @ UAB
Ole Miss vs. Wake Forest

The only really big match up this weekend is Alabama and Arkansas, which will be the first real game for Alabama this season. And the only SEC I am picking against(other than the ones playing other SEC teams) is Miss State, pretty much b/c they haven't won a game all year...

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

You can come out now...

Well I am 37 weeks today and I am considered to be full term. This kid now has my full permission to exit (even though she really had it a couple of weeks ago). Many of you might want to just skip over this post, because it is going to consist of me mostly complaining and telling you how much I was this baby out of me. This so much more worse than waiting for my wedding day, at least I knew the exact day and time that it was going to happen, this is literally a waiting game, a very cruel one.

This is a game where there is no such thing as sleep. I can’t even sleep when I am tired and there is no possible way to get comfortable with a 6 lb baby all wadded up in your belly. And even if I could get comfortable and fall asleep it wouldn’t matter, because about that time you reach the best sleep you have ever had you have to get up to pee. And then spend another hour or so trying to get comfortable again, only to have to pee again. This process generally repeats itself at least 3 times a night.

Ever wondered why pregnant women seem to waddle or have trouble crossing their legs? I did and now I know why. Because they have this little baby’s head pushing down on everything down there and everything is softening up for this little baby’s head to come out of an opening that is way too little for it and it causes this incredible pain, that feels like somebody is stabbing you everytime you walk, try to cross your legs, or just move your legs. This is one thing that nobody ever told me would happen when I got pregnant. I feel like I have been hit in the crotch with a baseball bat. Why have I never heard of this before, why do you not ever hear anybody complain about this??

Ok so that is all the major things I have to complain about, everything else is pretty minor compared to those.

I have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow at 8:00 am and we are getting an ultrasound to check size. So maybe I will have some progress to report then. Other than that, the nursery is almost finished and I will post some pictures soon. And tonight is our last childbirth class. I remember when I registered for these and couldn’t believe I would be 37 weeks at the last class, but here it is.

And finally I would love to hear any suggestions on how to get this baby out. Please feel free to leave those in the comments section.

Friday, September 08, 2006

TGIF

I know this has been a short week for everyone, since most people had Monday off work for Labor Day, but it has taken forever for Friday to get here and it’s the start of another busy weekend for us. I guess that’s what we get for having a baby during football season—football season in Alabama.

Here is a preview of our upcoming weekend (and some highlights from last weekend):

After work we will make the drive to Crossville to watch my youngest brother play, this will be the first time we have seen him play this year, b/c some genius scheduled their first game (last week) on a Saturday at the same time as Alabama’s opener. I am really excited to see him play tonight, this is the first year he has started and he is supposedly one of the biggest guys on the team, he really grew up a lot this summer!

Tomorrow morning we will be getting up at some ungodly hour and head down to Tuscaloosa for Alabama’s SEC opener against Vandy. I have listed the games and my picks (with some input from Jeremy) for all of the SEC Teams for this week:

SEC Games for Week 2
(picks in bold)

Vanderbilt @ Alabama
Arkansas vs. Utah State
4 Auburn @ Mississippi State
8 LSU vs. Arizona State
11 Tennessee vs. Air Force
7 Florida vs. Central Florida
Ole Miss vs. Missouri
Kentucky vs. Texas State
12 Georgia @ South Carolina

Looks like the SEC should have no problem this week, with the exception of Vandy, Miss St., and South Carolina, who play other SEC teams.

We will be coming back to Huntsville after the game Saturday and going back to Crossville on Sunday for our baby shower. I am really looking forward to shower and hoping that most of friends from high school will get to be there, I haven’t seen some of them in forever, and also my cousin Heather will be bringing her new baby boy, Luke, who will be almost 2 weeks old.

Sunday evening after we get home, we will start putting together the crib! I am so excited, now I can finally get the nursery put together and organized (and post pictures!).

And as promised here are some highlights from last weekend. We went to Alabama’s opener vs. Hawaii, it was the first game played in the newly renovated Bryant-Denny Stadium. Picture credits go to Alison and Jeremy (I was to lazy to pick up the camera).

















Tuesday, September 05, 2006

It's a Baby Shower!

I know I am slackin' on updates, but it's been a busy couple of weeks. Here are some pictures from my baby shower on August 27th. It was perfect!






















Friday, August 25, 2006

Just a quick update...

It’s been a busy week and the weekend is only going to be busier, so I just wanted to do a quick check in. I had a doctor’s appointment last Wednesday and met with one of the other doctor’s in the practice, Dr. Reidy, in case she is the one on call when I go in to labor. All went well at the appointment, which was fairly quick, I basically go pee in cup, get weighed, blood pressure check, baby’s heartbeat check, and get my stomach measured and I am out the door.

Sunday is my first baby shower and I couldn’t be more excited! My fabulous sister-in-law is hosting it at her house and has everything planned to a tee (I swear she needs to do this for a living, hint, hint!). All of Jeremy’s aunts, his sister, and his cousins are helping out with hosting duties as well, and if you know them, then you know that the food will be delicious and everything will be beautiful! (Yes I know I am incredibly lucky!)

Also I want to say a big THANK YOU to our wonderful neighbors! They all got together and gave us gift last weekend. They gave us tons of diapers and wipes and our diaper disposal. We were so surprised!

Thank yall so much!!

On a side note: My cousin, Heather, will be a mom soon! I just found out yesterday that she will be going in to the hospital on Sunday and induced Monday(which just happens to be her due date). So hopefully sometime (earlier rather than later for Heather's sake) Monday, Lucas Townson Latham will make his entrance in to the world!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Prepared Childbirth 101

Our first childbirth class was last night, and it was actually not too bad. We have a pretty large class and fabulous instructor, who also just happens to be a girl that Jeremy went to middle & high school with, so that was a really nice surprise. And if it wasn’t for her, I don’t think the class would have been near as fun as it was.

The class started with getting to know everybody. She started off by saying how she knows in every couple there is the talker and the non-talker, and she wanted the talker to introduce their selves, give their due date, tell if it was a boy or girl (if they knew), the baby’s name (if they knew, which many didn’t), and the name of your doctor. Now we all know without a doubt who the talker in our relationship is, but some how I wound up doing our introduction, and I am happy to say I made it through, no problem! :)

After all the introductions, we find out that we are furtherest along than any of the other couples, except for one, who is due 3 days before us. So I guess we are kind of getting a late start, but at least it will be fresh in our minds when the time comes.

I’m not going to go in to detail of the entire class, but let me just it say it was very informative for me, which surprised me because I have been doing so much reading online and in books, that I thought I pretty much had it down.

For the last half hour, we practiced relaxation techniques. We got down on our mats; she dimmed the lights, and put on some music (with a little Barry White mixed in :) We practiced ways to relieve tension in the back and shoulders. It was very relaxing, or so I heard. Did I forget to mention that the dads got to do all the relaxing? Yep, it was really messed up, a room full of 15 pregnant women rubbing and massaging their husbands necks, shoulders, and backs. And as if Jeremy doesn’t get enough of that at home already! But that’s ok; it will be all about the moms next week.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Pop Tarts Presents......

So Wednesday morning Jeremy and I were on our way to work (we carpool to help save the environment from air pollution…ok, we really do it because gas prices are insanely ridiculous, the saving of the environment is just a bonus!) and we were listening to Rick and Bubba. They were giving their review of the American Idol Live Tour that was held the night before in Birmingham and after listening to them for five minutes I told Jeremy that I wish we would have known about it because I would have liked to see it (we were faithful American Idol watchers this season), and he offers up some information that I am sure he immediately regretted—“Well, they are going to be in Nashville tomorrow night.”

So at that moment I decide we are going to go and I would find us tickets as soon as I got to work. Well after a morning of unscheduled meetings and lunch, I finally get a chance to check Ticketmaster for tickets. I pulled up four (knowing we would ask Jeremy’s brother & sister-in-law, Justin & Alison, as they were Idol watchers too) lower level tickets right beside the stage. I email everyone with the ticket and concert information, and everybody is in. So I buy the tickets and we decide to leave Huntsville at 4:30 p.m. for the 7:00 p.m. show.

It’s Thursday, 4:30 p.m. and we are on our way. We decide to stop at the Sonic that is near our house so we can take the route that we think is quickest, because we wouldn’t pass any food places on our way. Well to make a long story short, the route was a bad choice on our part, we past two wrecks and one non-working traffic light. We didn’t get to the interstate till 6:00 p.m. and had 82 miles to go.

We finally get parked and to the concert around 7:45 or so, due to some heavy rain and confusion in the directions (we later find out we missed Mandisa, Ace, and Lisa). As we are walking in Paris and Lisa were finishing up a duet. And then we get to hear Paris’s full set. She did Midnight Train to Georgia (which is my absolute favorite one she did all season on Idol) and Beyonce’s Crazy in Love, and the girl can dance! Next was Bucky, I thought he was better live than on the show. On the last song of his set, Kellie Pickler joined him on You’re the One That I Want from Grease, and it was entertaining. Then it was Pickler’s turn, she sang Melissa Etheridge’s I’m the Only One and a medley of Pasty Cline’s Walking After Midnight and Bonnie Rait’s Something to Talk About. And that led us in to a 30 minute or so intermission.

Opening the second half was Chris Daughtry! He was excellent, definitely lives up to the hype. I didn’t know the first song he sang, but next he did Wanted Dead or Alive in which he played guitar, and then he and Elliot Yamin dueted on Savin’Me, which was probably my favorite performance of the night. Went to the bathroom during Elliot’s performance so don’t have much to say about that. Katharine was next; she did two songs, Black Horse and the Cherry Tree and Somewhere Over the Rainbow. She is good, really good.

Next all the guys came out and did Patience. I loved it and this is why I said the Elliot and Chris duet was probably my favorite, because this one runs a close second! Then Taylor comes out and does what Taylor does. He is very entertaining and fun to watch, and even though I didn’t really like any of the songs he did, he did them very well. His encore was Takin’ it to the Streets and he did his Taylor moves, which is what I was waiting to see and he did not disappoint!

To end the show, everyone but Taylor came out and sang We are the Champions, I didn’t get all excited for that one, but it was good, and Taylor came out and they all did Living in America. All in all it was an entertaining show and I am really glad I got to see it, because some of these kids are going to be really successful in the future.

We got home a little after midnight, which wasn’t too bad. I took pictures, but I don’t think any of them are any good, so I am going to try to get copies from Alison and I will post them when I get a chance.

And not to make this post any longer, but to give an update on baby stuff, we finally bought a dresser for the nursery and rocker/recliner for our bedroom. So I am hoping those along with the crib we ordered over four weeks ago will be in by the end of the month and we can get the nursery finished. Also Jeremy and I visited daycares this week and decided we are going to use La Petite Academy. It is near both of our offices and right on our way to work (so we can still carpool, got to help save the environment, right?). And they have an open door policy, where I can visit her anytime I want.

We start childbirth classes next Tuesday, so maybe I will have some interesting tales from that next week!

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

The past 30 weeks

I guess we're getting a late start on this, but better late than never. We decided it would be a good idea to start a blog to keep family and friends up to date on what's going while we await the birth of our baby. So for the first entry, I decided to bring every one up to date by going back over the past 30 weeks starting with the day we found out I was pregnant. So be prepared, it is lengthy!


January 28, 2006

We're having a baby! I took 2 tests that day and a digital the next morning, all positive. I called the next week and scheduled a doctor's appointment for March 9th, seemed like such a long time to wait to find out if there was really a baby in there.

January 31, 2006

Here I am at 4 weeks.















February 10, 2006

My parents came over to our house tonight to go eat for my mom's birthday and we decided this would be a good time to tell them the news. Before we went to dinner we gave my mom her birthday presents. I had wrapped up a picture frame and in the the frame it said "Picture Coming Soon October 2006". Everyone was really excited. Later when we got back from dinner we called Jeremy's parents to come over and I gave them the same frame. Everyone's reaction was priceless.

Here is the frame we gave our parents.














February 22, 2006

Well morning sickness turned out to be a real problem for me. I got to the point where I couldn't keep anything down. I was scheduled to leave on Sunday for a 11 day work trip, and I was really worried about flying and how it would affect my morning sickness. So I called my OB's office to see if they could see me or prescribe me something to help, they told me to come on in. I thought they would just write me up a prescription, but they did a full prenatal visit, including an ultrasound, which I was not expecting therefore Jeremy didn't come with me. I was really disappointed that he didn't get to see the baby for the first time, but nonetheless it was finally reassuring to know there was a baby in there and it had a strong heartbeat. I was measuring 7 weeks 1 day and was given my due date of October 10th, which is also my brother Matt's birthday!

Dr. Callison wrote me up a few prescriptions and told me it would be fine to travel(which I really needed to hear).

Here is the first ultrasound picture.















March 22, 2006

Today we had our 2nd appointment. We got a nice surprise--another ultrasound! Dr. Callison thought it would be easier to see the heartbeat than try to find it with a doppler. The baby was measuring 11 weeks 6 days and it's heart rate was 155 bpm. It was very active, curling into a ball and then kicking it's legs out. It was funny to see it moving so much and not being able feel a thing.



March 28-May 9, 2006

Not much has happened over the last month. My morning sickness has gotten much better and I have been able to quit taking the Zofran. I officially entered the 2nd trimester on April 11th, and I have heard this is the best time during pregnancy, where you finally get your energy back. And I have to admit I have felt better during the past few weeks.



18 weeks















May 17, 2006

Today is the BIG ultrasound and hopefully we get to find out if it's a boy or a girl. We invited my mom, Jeremy's mom, and Alison, our sister-in-law, to be there with us when we found out and also give them a chance to see the baby. And..............

It's a GIRL!














Our little girl's name is Sara Belle. She is named after both of our maternal grandmothers.














And here is Sara's first gift from her Aunt Alison.














Jeremy sent me a dozen pink roses to work later that afternoon!!





























May 23- June 20, 2006

Halfway there!!(and more) Not much to report on the past month. Everything has been going really well, I have felt good and have been keeping up my walking routine. The second trimester is flying by!!! Here are a couple shots of my growing belly.

20 weeks














23 weeks 5 days














June 30-July 5, 2006

Finally a vacation! We headed to the beach with my family for the 4th of July weekend. We had a great time and ate lots of good food. This is more than likely our last vacation before the baby gets here so we were trying to soak it in, but all I could think about while we were there was how much fun it is going to be next year when we get to bring our baby to the beach for the first time!

Here are some pictures from our trip.





























Alex throwing football with Jeremy.














Working on their sand castle.














26 weeks
















July 17-18, 2006

We finally decided we needed to start getting the nursery ready. We picked out paint and Jeremy and his Pappaw got to work on it. The first coat didn't look exactly like I thought it would, so for the second coat we went and got a shade lighter and I like it much better now!

Here are some pictures of the painted nursery(which we hope to add a chair rail to) and the crib bedding.























































28 weeks














Macy is ready to meet her little sister!