Friday, December 19, 2008

Week 6

I found this rather entertaining and very true.

While you won't be able to find out the gender of your baby for several more weeks, the version you'll give birth to is being determined right now. Of course, your mother-in-law already knows it'll be a boy. And your sister is sure that it's a girl. And the medical expert that is your 5-year-old nephew says it's absolutely a boy (and if it's a girl, he doesn't want anything to do with it). Isn't it wonderful how clairvoyant people are?

Wondering what's up with your body, your baby and your life this week?

What You're Thinking: "If I put my head in my hands and stare down at my desk, it'll look like I'm working really hard and nobody will know I'm actually sleeping."

*(This has definitely gone through my head several times! Too bad that the 19 kids in my class watch my every move!)

Your Body
You may be feeling super-tired or nauseous (or super-tired and nauseous-lucky you!) and your boobs are most likely killing you. *(Definitely killing me!) This is due to the myriad of hormones raging through your body at levels rivaling a teenage boy's.

If you can't stay awake for the second half of Grey's Anatomy, blame it on the baby. Extreme exhaustion is often one of the first signs of pregnancy, and while your body will probably regain some of its strength by the time you enter your second trimester, you might find yourself nodding off during Dr. McDreamy's love scenes ... or worse, yours!

Your Baby
This week starts a period of rapid cellular development for your baby-to-be, who looks like a mini tadpole, with a tiny head and tail. His or her eyes, ears and mouth have begun to form (though they're a little more Discovery Channel "creatures of the sea" documentary than Gerber Baby at this point).

Other exciting milestones include:

Your baby's heart is now beating to a regular beat, although it's still too faint to hear.

His or her arm buds are just beginning to, well, bud. They look like teensy swollen bumps at this point. In a few days, they'll resemble itsy-bitsy flippers.

Your baby has grown to ⅛ inch long-about the size of one of the chocolate sprinkles on your last cupcake (and your last ice cream cone, and your last sundae and your last giant cookie ... maybe there is something to those rumors about pregnancy cravings!).

*(No lie about the sweets. The "Double Doozie" I had on Monday probably wasn't a good idea, but the baby wanted it! J)

On another note, I had my belly touched for the first time by a co-worker today. How annoying! She's a good friend of mine, so it really didn't bother me. I just told her that it's just the fat that was there before! For all of the women out there...if I have ever touched your belly before you started to show, I'm so sorry!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Ode to My Little Sister on Her Birthday (tomorrow)!

Where do I even begin? We've loved and hated each other our entire lives, but that's what being a sibling is all about. Here are just a few things that I recall that make me laugh so hard I could cry and other memories that just stick out in my mind:

~You had a few nicknames that crack me up to this day….Dingy Spice and Tina Turner ring a bell?

~Playing Uno Attack at Mamo's and saying you were “sitting on threads and needles!” Ouch! Bet those threads really hurt!

~Walking into the Bocktoberfest and hearing a “Frank” Williams song being played.

~When Jaace was a baby, I threw a plastic strainer at you and hit him. He got a bloody nose all over the carpet, but you agreed to lie to Mom with me and said he did it himself.

~Our bicycle crash. I can't remember who was the cause of it. I was passing you or vice versa. One front tire and one back tire interlocked and down we went. You ended up with a fractured arm and blood everywhere. I was fine. Luckily, Dad's fatherly instincts kicked in and he rescued us. I have no idea what I would have done with you!

~You were always the runner of the family. Me, I only ran when I ABSOLUTELY had to. On our way from Mamo's to CCD one night, a large black dog started chasing us. I was behind you, yelling at you to run. Something came over me and I started running REALLY fast and blew past you as the dog was at your heels. Sorry for not being a very good big sister and staying behind you.

~At my bachelorette party, you took care of me and kept me from getting kicked out of Scooter's when I spilled my EXTREMELY large “jug” of trash can punch on the wood floors. You also kept putting my crown and veil back on my head when I would dance and it would fall off. You also let me pass out on you when we were coming back home.

~You and Jamie helped me up the stairs when I had a “spiker” stuck in my foot.

~I crack up at our wedding video every time we watch it. You caught the bouquet and we had a hilarious celebration afterwards. Instead of paying attention to Nick and I, you watched Thomas throughout the entire ceremony! I forgive you for that since he's now you're man and hopeful husband.

~Pottery Barn. Need I say more? One thing I miss the most about living with you in San Marcos was our DAILY trip to Pottery Barn. After all of our shopping, we'd convince ourselves that Dad would probably want us to go out to eat….his treat, as usual. This went on for quite some time. I'm sure he's glad that we are not living in the same town anymore.

Well, Jilly, this is all I can write due to the lack of time. Thank you for being an awesome little sister. You will always be “our little ray of sunshine!” Have a wonderful 24th birthday (tomorrow)! Love ya!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The belly

Last night I was reading Nick a book in bed that I bought the baby on Monday. It's called "The Night That You Were Born." I fell in love with it and can't wait to read it everyday to our baby. As we lay in bed we noticed how my lower abdomen is pooching (more than normal) but a rounded pooch. The time is already flying by to quickly.
One of my friends called me on and said she had a dream that we were having twins. She woke up and then had a nightmare. We had a set of one year old twins and were pregnant with another set of twins. Ahhh!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Ode to My Husband on His Birthday!

I can hardly remember the days that you weren't in my life. It's as if we've known each other forever. You do so many things that make me happy every single day. Here are a few things that make me smile:

~Your good night and good morning snuggles and kisses make me warm inside.

~You tell me you love me over and over and over again.

~You tell me how beautiful I am every chance you get.

~You tell “Our Munchkin” that you love “him.” ;)

~When I had morning sickness, you held my hair!

~I drag you around shopping, and you hold the bags.

~Whenever my tummy hurts, you always know ice cream makes it better!

~You tell me “No” when I want something, but you always end up letting me have it!

~When we planned our wedding, you were wonderful, helpful, and supportive. You continue to tell me what a great job I did.

~You plan surprise weekends to San Marcos, plays, shopping, etc.

~You switched jobs because it wasn't fitting our lifestyle and I wasn't getting enough of you.

~You love my family and want to be around them as much as I do.

~You MAKE me drive your tractors and nothing good ever comes out of it. Either I nearly run you over, get them “stuck,” or do the gears wrong. You know not to yell at me or I will get off. It's always a mistake to ask me, but I think you do it just to get a good laugh.

~Same goes with cows…I run them into an open cotton field and you continue to ask for my help.

~You saved my life when we went scuba-diving in St. Lucia. I was so scared because we were with the “pros.” Thank God you knew to turn on the oxygen tank before I jumped in!

~Even though you'd rather eat somewhere else, you are ok with my weekly (or more) trips to Los Cucos.

~When we found out we were going to have a baby you laughed with me and hugged me.

~After we told your parents they were going to be grandparents, you told me that you were ready for this baby to come out immediately.

~You call my parents “Mom and Pop.”

The list goes on and on, but I only had a few minutes. Thank you for making my life beautiful. You are a wonderful, wonderful person and best of all, you're all mine. I hope you have a wonderful birthday, my love!


Jen and baby

Monday, December 15, 2008

One Down...

Our first appointment was a little nerve-racking. It all started on the way to Houston. We were early until we got to Sugar Land and the traffic was stopped due to a wreck. We sat there for about 30 minutes….and I was stressing! How terrible it will look to be late to our 1st appointment? Traffic finally starts moving (slowly) at about 1:00. Our appointment was at 1:30 in the Medical Center. We were next to Memorial Hermann at 1:30. I called the hospital to let them know we would be running late and they were very nice about it. We finally got to Texas Women's at about 1:40. We checked in and wait in Dr. Cone's office to meet with him. He walked in and I was a little nervous because he was kind of short with us. He immediately redeemed himself and was very friendly. After a short little meeting we went back to wait for the ultrasound. All of the nurses were very friendly every time they walked by. They called us in for the ultrasound and my hands start sweating like crazy. Lying on that table is soooo uncomfortable, but I'd imagine I'll be getting over that rather quickly. Dr. Cone walked in and starts “the procedure.” I was looking at Nick and doing everything I can not to laugh at him. I think he looked more uncomfortable than me. Dr. Cone said that we are definitely pregnant and then says, “Hummm.” Not what you want to hear! He continues to look around and not say anything. At this point I'm wondering if it's in the right place. He finishes up his business and tells me to sit up. He says that the baby is in the right place. Thank God! But according to my calculations (guesses) on dates we should be 6 ½ weeks pregnant, but the sack is measuring only 5 ½ weeks. He explained to us that it could possibly be an abnormal pregnancy and miscarriage would happen if our dates were correct. If our dates were off, the pregnancy is great and progressing well. He told us to come back on the 22nd for another ultrasound. When we were walking out of the hospital we started really thinking about my last menstrual cycle. We came to the conclusion that it was at the beginning of November which put us at exactly 5 ½ weeks pregnant. A ton of weight was lifted off of our shoulders. At the next appointment we should be 7 weeks and a heartbeat should be detected.

Here's a little background on our doctor:

Dr. Cone has been with OGA for 11 years. Dr. Cone's patient-friendly practice encourages you to be an active partner in your health care. He and his staff strive to develop and nurture relationships with their patients while offering state-of-the-art technologies and scientifically-proven medical therapies.

Dr. Cone practices obstetrics, gynecology and infertility with a special interest in laparoscopic surgery. In addition to his practice, Dr. Cone is also a clinical instructor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Dr. Cone has a special interest in minimally invasive surgery. He has been a leader at the Woman's Hospital of Texas in developing techniques to perform laparoscopic hysterectomies and laparoscopic repair of pelvic prolapse. He is involved in several clinical trials in conjunction with Baylor College of Medicine in looking at the long term outcomes of these relatively new procedures.

He and his wife reside in Houston with their three children.

Friday, December 12, 2008

1st Appointment

So, today's the day! I'm very excited and nervous. We all HATE “these” appointments. I'm much more at ease with it than normal since Nick will be by my side. However, I'm sure he'll be a little stressed when he sees everything that takes place. He feels better about this appointment since he watched “Knocked Up” at Jake's last weekend while I slept. We cannot wait to see our little pinto bean and hear the heartbeat. I'm sure this appointment will make our pregnancy more “real.” I cannot imagine what it's really going to be like….I'm sooo pumped!

I must evidently have that “glow.” Several people have told me this morning that I've definitely got the glow going on, or really good makeup! ;) I feel like I'm glowing because I've never been happier in my entire life! Nick and I were discussing the baby last night (as usual) and it was just amazing to us that I'm carrying a little person that's a mixture of the both of us. And, boy, is it going to be one awesome person! :)

Tomorrow Nick and I are having a little get together for his birthday. His family and my parents are coming along with Toni and Cody, Garet and Steph, and who knows whom else. Jamie and Jill are busy with other things since it is December. Abby and Tracy…I know it's Emery's birthday party as well, but ya'll can continue the party at our house afterwards.

Have a wonderful weekend and I hope to report back with great news soon!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

More Baby Shopping!

After school Wanda and I are going to look at a few baby things. The plan is to run to Sugar Land and go to Baby's 1st Furniture, Babies R Us, and Right Start. I have a few cribs picked out online that I want to see in person. Nick will be weather-proofing the house this evening so he got out of shopping this time. He knows that Friday, after the doctor's appointment I will drag him to several stores. He's such a trooper and really does enjoy the shopping, but he won't admit that to anyone!

Yesterday I did another Chinese Pregnancy calendar and it said girl. I used all of the exact same information. Again, as long as he/she is healthy, we don't care what the gender is. We've got both names picked out, but the boy's name is not set in stone yet. I think for that reason, it will be a boy. Several people have mentioned twins. It's kind of scary to think about, but it is definitely a possibility since Mom's a twin. I told Jill that the calendar said girl yesterday and she immediately said, “One of each!” One of my Bunco friends has the name of the right Chinese Pregnancy calendar to use, so she should let me know what I'm having soon. ;)

It is snowing here in Wharton!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Lastest Happenings...

This past weekend Nick and I ventured to San Marcos for our annual “Sights and Sounds of Christmas” outing. Before the festivities we went shopping for Baby Popp. I'm not sure how I'll be able to hold out on finding out the gender of our baby. They just have so much cute stuff out there that I want NOW! I figure that we won't be able to find out until the halfway mark anyways, so what's another 20 weeks? Plus, I just imagine Nick going out into the waiting room and announcing the sex and name of our little bundle of joy. We've already been buying things here and there so I'm sure we'll have plenty by the time August gets here. Thursday I bought two super cute Kate Mack bathing suits from Cherish, a cute children's boutique here in Wharton. They were on sale so I couldn't pass them up. Friday night Jill and Thomas came in for the night. When she saw the bathing suits she had to go get a few for herself Saturday morning. We went to the TX State bookstores in search of a cute baby outfit, to no avail. We did leave with one cute little beanie.

As far as the baby goes, I've been feeling great. My stomach is still a little queasy every once in a while, but that's expected since I'm making a baby! We have our fist doctor's appointment this Friday at 1:30pm. Dr. Mark Cone is at Texas Women's in Houston. He was recommended to us by Abby, whose advice I always trust. I've been taking my prenatal vitamins and started DHA supplements a couple days ago. A healthy, smart baby is what we continue to pray for. I'm very excited and nervous about this first visit. We were going to move it until Christmas break, but I really just want it over with. I continue to stress out about the health of Baby Popp. I should really just stop reading stuff on the internet and put the books away, but I can't!

Nick and I have been looking for baby beds, strollers, car seats, and other necessities. I've found a Bumbleride Flyer stroller that's kind of unisex and converts into 4 different types. Any info on Bumblerides or other great strollers, let me know. The bed we have picked out is also convertible. I've also found some cute material for unisex bedding, just need to get it ordered and find someone that can make the style I want.

Nick and I are just ecstatic about this baby. We haven't gotten off of Cloud 9 since we found out that the blood test was positive. Nothing in this world compares to finding out that you are having a baby. It's the most precious thing a woman can do. I cannot wait to be a Mommy!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

TMI this will be to much info for most people, and unfortunately there will probably be lots more of that to come. Sorry if it offends anyone. SO....preggers is very stressful, but I'm trying to let it roll off. Numero uno...all I think about and pray about is having a healthy baby. We are trying to do everything possible to have a healthy baby. Dos...everytime I use the restroom I hope it's all fine. And I've never used the potty so much in my lfe. The they are starting to hurt. Of course I'll take any pain for this Little Munchkin.
Last night, Nick and I made our first Babies R Us run. We bought a Bebe sound machine and two outfits...I Love Mommy and I Love Daddy that are unisex. y
Keep us in your prayers that we are all healthy throughout this pregnancy.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Oh so fun!

In my search to find some cute neutral baby bedding, I've come across some very cute and neat baby sites. I'll be posting these sites for my fellow pregger friends and for myself so I don't forget about them.

How should I be feeling?

~Should I already be having weird cravings? I had some relish the other day. It was so good and sour that I wanted to eat the whole jar! I've been drinking lots of orange juice mixed with 7-Up. It's soooo good and makes you think you're having a Mimosa.

~Should I be emotional already? I feel like I could cry at the drop of a hat! This morning I heard "The best mistake I ever made" and had to turn the station.

~Should I be having weird dreams? So far it's only been one. I was going in for a checkup and the waiting room was filled with pregnant women lying in stretchers eating ice. They were about to deliver at any second, but all the rooms were full. Nick and I walked out and started to look for a new hospital.

Since Sunday I have been feeling wonderful! Every once in a while I get a little queasy but it passes rather quickly. Yesterday I did the Chinese calendar and it says boy. It has a 93% accuracy rate so I'm going with that, which means I need boy name suggestions.

A few other reasons why I think it's a boy is because that's what Nick wants and he ALWAYS gets his way! :) Also, on his side I think it calls for boy. (Kourtney, Kylee, Cayla, Emery...Tate, Brooks, Kelly's baby, Our baby?????) Right Abby?

Monday, December 1, 2008

The Most Thankful Thing!

Nick and I have so many things to be thankful for. First of all, we have families that are out of this world, friends that keep our life fun and interesting, and a cozy home that is ours. Of course we have lots of other things we are thankful for that are going unmentioned. This Thanksgiving was like no other. We are absolutely THRILLED and OVERJOYED since we found out that we are pregnant with our first child.

It all started last Monday. I started to feel like I had the flu. Usually when I get sick, its the 24 hour flu. Tuesday came and I was still ill. So ill that we went to Los Cucos and I didn't eat anything but two tortillas and a few chips. We went to the Christmas parade and I was queasy the entire time. We were supposed to go back to Cucos with Stephanie and Garrett for a few beers, but there was no way I could go. Wednesday we didn't have school so I stayed in bed all day while Nick went to his place in Pledger. When he got back home, I told him that we needed to go to the clinic for a blood test since the HPTs were coming back negative. We get to the clinic at 4:15. It took all of about 5 seconds once we got through the signing in. They told us to call them in an hour, but the clinic closed at 5. There was no way that I could go on feeling ill all of Thanksgiving. I needed to know if we were expecting or not so I could take some medicine if it was the latter.

The call:
Nick was just starting to mow and I called him to come to the bench I was sitting on. I called and put it on speaker phone...."just in case." The girl said that she needed to see if the results were back. She gets back on the phone and nonchalantly says, "Oh yeah, they're back.It's positive!" You could have hit us with a brick and we wouldn't have felt it. We started laughing and hugging. It was AMAZING! I've never felt so wonderful in my entire life. I can't imagine what's in store for us.

Telling the parents:
There was no way that we could keep the news in. I wanted to shout it from the rooftop! We are only one month along, but there was no way to wait until Christmas like we thought. That morning we decided that we HAD to tell everyone. We had to have some cute way to tell our parents, but being Thanksgiving all the cute stores in town were closed. I ran to Wal-Mart and bought two shirts and two packages of the iron-on rhinestones. Nick and I ironed "Grandma To Be" on both shirts. We went to his parents house. Nick gave the shirt to his mom and said that I bought her a Thanksgiving shirt. She opened it up, read it, read it again and started screaming! It was hilarious and soooo cool. His dad asked to see it since he didn't know what was going on. His eyes about popped out of his head. Wanda showed it to Grams and she lit up. Being nearly 95 and this being her first great-grandbaby, all she said was, "I will get to play with it for a while and it's going to be so spoiled!" After we talked awhile, we went to Grandma Popp's for Thanksgiving lunch. Wanda wore her shirt in and they were all excited and surprised. According to their data, we should have a girl, but I'm not sure how they figured it. On the way to Shiner we called "Auntie Sarah Beth" to tell her the news. I hated to tell her over the phone, but I had to before Jake could tell her. She squealed with excitement. Then I was talking to Jill on the phone and there was no way I could keep it in. She had already left for Austin so I wasn't going to see her until Friday. She knew that I was sick all week and already thought I was pregnant until I threw her a curveball and texted her a sad face. I asked her what she thought about being an Auntie and she squealed with excitement as well. When we got to my parent's house they were watching the Dallas football game. After a little while we went into the kitchen and I gave Mom her shirt. She was scared to open it because she thought it was a prank and something was going to jump out of it. When she looked at it she didn't believe it. She showed it to Dad and he started laughing. They hugged, kissed, and congratulated us. Jamie came in and saw the shirt and again, more hugs and congrats. We called Jaace in from outside and he read the shirt. He got a big grin on his face and said he wants a boy.

Friday we did the mild version of Black Friday. We left at 6 instead of our usual 3 am and headed to Austin to meet up with Jill. We went to the mall and Jill and I had to check out the baby stuff at Dillards. It took all I had to not buy anything already. I also ran into Janie and Jack and one maternity store to see what I'm doomed to wear in the future. "Uncle Cat" met us at Trudy's for lunch where I had to skip out on the Mexican Martini that he indulged in. We made a quick trip to Lakeline Mall and then hit up a few wedding dress shops where Jamie found a dress. We finally made it home at about 9:30 that night. Several people were at the poolhouse and heard our news. Saturday morning we went to Mamaw and Papa's. Mamaw's jaw dropped and she started laughing when we told them that they were great-grandparents again. On our way out of Shiner we made our way to Mamo's in Sweet Home. She started showing us quilts that she's working on and I told her she's going to have to start making a baby quilt. She looked at me and said, "Well, Jenny, you're pregernt?!?!" We laughed and she hugged us.

On our way home from Sweet Home I called all of my girlfriends and sent out bunches of text messages. Thank you all for all of your love and support. We are still on cloud 9 and are so blessed. If anyone has a good doctor in the Houston/Sugar Land area, pass on the info. Any other suggestions are appreciated as well.

Even though we have a long time, we already can't wait to meet our Little Munchkin.