Monday, March 30, 2009
So why am I so serious about spending $50+ on a trendy gown? Working in a hospital, I see the nasty things those hospital gowns go through....Bodily fluids you don't want to hear about (urine, stool, vomit, bile, blood, sputum...yeah that is what being a nurse is really all about!). Lately I have noticed linen coming back from the laundry room soiled and stained (I bet they switched detergents to be more cost effective). And I know it will be just my luck that I get the hospital gown that the elderly incontinent patient with c-diff demolished before putting it in the dirty linen hamper....
So please don't call me a princess if my L&D pics show I am wearing an overprized ridiculous designer gown....It is solely for hygiene reasons (okay, maybe part of me wants to look a little cute for my post delivery pics)!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
This pregnancy is making the hard nights at work almost impossible. I just need to be more comfortable admitting I need more help and not be super nurse. And hopefully I don't have too many more stressful nights like these before I deliver....goodness knows I don't need any more stress or complications. At least I am happy to say that I did not go into preterm labor today, and the irregular contractions have stopped.
Part of me thinks it might be in my best interest to slow down at work. Cut back hours or something like my midwives always recommended if I felt too overwhelmed. But I also want to conserve my vacation and short term disability days until the baby is here. I want to have the entire summer with her. Plus, I want to be able to work a little extra now while I can and save for the future. I guess I shouldn't make any rash decisions based on just one unbearable night. But after last night, I think I am ready for D-Day to be here and now! Working while under the influence of pregnancy can be dangerous afterall!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Luckily, there is one in Fairport that we will be able to swtich to. Plus, for the inconvinence, the owner is throwing in 10 weeks free this summer! Chris is pissed because it means he will have to get up 20 minutes earlier on Saturday, but for 10 free weeks, I am not going to complain! So damn you economy...but thanks for sucking so Braeden can get the summer at the Little Gym for free!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Well, we were driving home by 3:35pm.....No ultrasound (they never scheduled one). We met with an NP and MD who both had no new news for us. The NP took a brief medical history. The MD listened to Ashlyn's fetal heart tones...nice and strong HR. They never measured my fundal height like my midwives always would do at this point in pregnancy (I know I know...it is not the most scientific measurement out there...but it is better than nothing). My BP was elevated 161/88, but no proteins in my urine. They are having me do a 24 hour urine screen just to get a baseline in case the high BP starts causing problems. I also will have to do the 3 hour glucose tolerance test, but the NP said that a BG of 157 on the 1 hour is "not too bad."
The next ultrasound we have will not be until April 13th....that feels like forever away.....Oh well, back to the waiting game....
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I kind of just want to tell the doctors (I see them tomorrow) that I will go on the diabetes diet and check my blood glucose readings religiously....just don't make me do the 3 hour screen! I know GD is nothing to fool around with so I would rather treat it prematurely than wait around for more results. After all, already have dealt with so much, what is one more issue to add to this pregnancy. I feel so unprepared for this though...I always skip the pregnancy book diabetes sections thinking it will not apply to me. After talking to my mom though, it turns out quite a few family members have experience GD....Now I know! I don't feel like typing out all the information regarding GD....here is a link though for anyone interested: http://www.diabetes.org/gestational-diabetes.jsp
On a lighter note....check out this video clip of Lewis Black in which he talks about diabetes (toward the middle of the clip)....my title for this post will make much more sense! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mCDZMWVWuc
In other news of multiple mommies....the season finale of Jon and Kate Plus 8 was on. The previews hyped up the finale....alluding to divorce bells? But after 55 minutes of constant reminders that Jon's mother was injured and needed him to briefly abandon his family to help her out, it turns out that Jon is not convinced there will be a Season 5 because he can't be Jon...he has to always be Jon and Kate Plus 8. He wants his privacy....I guess he doesn't like to be called out on his immature behavior. Did his mom really need his help by playing beer pong with college girls?
Well, Jon, this is the simple truth....you are living a pretty good life because of the show. That new million dollar house is not too bad.....You got free hair plugs....Your wife got plastic surgery and a nice makeover.....The kids get too go on tons of free vacations....Not too shabby life you got. And surprisingly the kids seem pretty well adjusted for being in the public eye. But what it all boils down to is who wears the pants in that family (Katezilla!)....rest assured there will be a Season 5.
Finally, there is a new multiple family on the TLC block....Table for 12 premiered last night. They have an extra set of twins...take that Gosselin family! I actually like this family for some reason....not sure why exactly. I only watched the first 10 minutes because it was on at 10pm...but I will finish the rest of the episode today if it doesn't interfere with naptime.... One of the children has cerebral palsy so I definitely give those parents credit not just for raising 10 children...but for raising a special needs child. I guess the fact that they have a disabled child hits close to home considering we are not sure how Ashlyn will be developmental because of her condition.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
With Braeden, I never really experienced edema. I did take off my rings and wore them on a necklace, but that was only because I was paranoid and everyone likes to tell first time moms horror stories including the one where every pregnant lady inevitably will swell up twice their normal size (total lie...usually).
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Part of me is secretly excited....to be honest I am "Super" excited!! Come on....a Walmart in walking distance from my house is pretty convenient. Plus, then I will not have to travel to the "ghetto" to shop at the Hudson Titus SuperWalmart where the employees act like it is an inconvinence to check out your purchases or God forbid actually assist you in anyway (come on....be grateful to actually have a job in this economy!). I often will travel all the way to Macedon to visit the new Walmart....that store is pretty nice for being Walmart and the workers have always been "Super" pleasant!
While, I understand the controversy with Walmart and would prefer to shop American whenever possible, I have a family to raise and would like to budget my money in a responsible way. I got a huge amount of groceries this week plus other non-grocery purchases and spent $130...my previous Wegmans shopping bill for just groceries was well over $200! I must admit, I love a bargain! Just don't tell Chris his wife shops at *gasp* Walmart! Damn, Wegmans loyalist! Why should I support Danny's tacky suit jacket and alleged blow habits anyway?! Seriously though, I do respect the Wegmans family and their business....I just need shopping options!
Friday, March 20, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Cats: Braeden loves cats. He loves to stalk Ginger Pumpkin whenever we visit my parents. Back in December while Christmas shopping at Kohls, he said his first "real" word...CAT (we had been looking at Cat in the Hat stuffed animals). If he sees a picture of a cat, his face will light up....Cats definitely make Braeden happy. We are still waiting for the day that daddy (who is terrified of cats...what a p*ssy...pun intended!!) caves and lets us get a kitten....
Birds: Apparently Braeden loves birds. At the park last week, forget the swings and slides....All Braeden was interested in were the damn sea gulls and pigeons...or "rats with wings" as I like to say. He kept pointing at them and watching them fly away. He also enjoys checking out the birds at Petco...he just doesn't like when they get squawking too loudly.
Fish: Of course, Braeden loves fish! After all, his "big brother" is our goldfish, Dwight. Our fish tank is covered in fingerprints because Braeden is always touching the glass and waving to Dwight. Whenever we go the doctor's office, we have to check out the tropical fish tank on the way out. We had fish centerpieces for his pirate party because I knew how much he loves fish. Here is a picture of him checking out a tank of fish at a restaurant we recently visited:
I think this past weekend was overwhelming and tiring for Braeden....he fell asleep at 7pm tonight (he tends to be more of a night owl....bedtime is usually after 9pm).
Since Braeden went to bed early tonight, he missed his official birthday at 8:05pm. Chris and I were on the couch cuddling and watching tv (first time in a long time we have had that luxury!) when I glanced at the clock and noticed the time...8:05pm! I pointed the time out to Chris and tears proceeded to well up in my eyes. Before I knew it, I was bawling like a baby...with happy tears of course.
The past year flashed before my eyes, and I took a moment to think about how truly blessed my life is now. I cannot even put in words the emotions I felt tonight....What a bad blogger I am! All I can say is that this past year has flown by, but I know that the years to come will bring us even more joy!
Sunday, March 15, 2009
I have decided that children's birthday parties are way too stressful for the mommies involved! The party preparation was ridiculous, and I know I spent way more money than I should have. We had goldfish for centerpieces, and Braeden wore a Halloween costume for goodness sakes! I felt like I was planning my wedding again...not a 1 year old's birthday party. But seriously...you turn one only once (an argument I will surely make for each one of my babies birthday celebrations) so I needed to go above and beyond.
For the last couple of months, I have been planning, Braeden's Pirate Party (a theme daddy picked out when he was about 2 days old!)...I think all the planning was worth it as the party was a success! Family and friends came and celebrated at Powder Mills Park (what a risk having a March party at a park lodge...but it actually was a sunny and mild day!) with us from 1-4pm. There was lots of yummy food to eat (my pita platter was a hit...and Chris scoffed at the idea of having pitas and pizza!) and an overabundant amount of gifts for Braeden to "open" (ie, caress while mommy or daddy did the actual unwrapping). The "cake demolition" was great until Braeden managed to shove a handful of frosting up my nose causing me to inhale some....all I need...aspiration pneumonia!
I have a ton of pictures that I need to go through, but I will be sure to post them when I get around to it...give me time, I need to recuperate from all this party hoopla!
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Another Baby Einstein moment today....At the doctors, there was a picture with kittens on it. I pointed it out and said "look at the kitties Braeden." 10 minutes later after the doctor came and went, he looked at the picture, pointed, and said "kitty." Braeden's first real word back in December was "cat," and he always follows Ginger Pumpkin around when we are visiting Meme and Papa. I really think we need to get him a kitten....Unfortunately, Chris is not convinced and has an irrational fear of felines.
1) Car keys.....In particular, my car keys because he has discovered that when he pushes the lock button that the horn beeps. Our neighbors must love it when he pushes the button for 15 minutes straight!
2) Remote Controlls....Typical guy always hogging the remote. Luckily, he isn't tuning the tv to ESPN 24/7. In fact, we have discovered some interesting channels we never knew existed before!
3) Cellphones....From birth, Braeden has been fascinated with cellphones. He has done some pretty interesting things with it too....He has taken a picture of mommy's foot, added a # (like the actual # symbol) to my contact list, and enabled bluetooth mode all on his own! Next thing you know, he will be calling China and texting my ex-boyfriends. Allowing a baby to play with your cellphone is almost as bad as drunk dialing I think...4) Wii Controller....When Daddy plays Wii, Braeden will grab the other controller and pretend he is the one playing. So cute....but heaven forbid if a second person wants to play!
My husband yet again left the house with a bare ring finger....Give him the benefit of the doubt you say. He is allowed to forget every once and awhile. Well, unfortunately, this is a nearly daily occurrence. This leads us to the rest of our evidence....
The aforementioned post it note has been hanging right next to the bathroom mirror kindly (well....playfully?) reminding my baby daddy to wear his ring...after all it is a symbol of our love and commitment! What did I expect from someone who requested we invest in flesh colored wedding bands!