Hot Undies Run 2012

July 3rd, 2012

My friend Cassie and I (along with our husbands) did a fun 2 mile run in our undies this past weekend. It was definitely interesting.

I decided beforehand to run 5 miles which was a big terrible mess. It was hot, I was running in capri compression pants (in 100 degree weather) and did I mention it was hot? I finished in horrible timing I’m sure. It might have been under an hour.

I only had a GU for breakfast before running 2 miles, after running 5. Not a big deal except, I drank a beer, had another beer and by the time it was time to run back to the next bar I was blah. We walked the last mile. We are such over-achievers.  Also it is VERY hard running with your butt hanging out and nothing to cover it. I’m very sorry for the person behind me. Luckily, it was Dylan.

I should also mention the goal of this race was to benefit MDA and Undies For Everyone. It wasn’t timed. Just run a mile, drink beer at a pub, run back to original pub and drink more.

It was lots of fun. We definitely enjoyed ourselves and saw lots of 6 packs. Not beer if you’re wondering. Also, Cassie by far had the best costume ever. It could be because she had a real Aerosmith tattoo on her back to complete the rocker look!

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So what’s next for me? Tomorrow (July 4th) I have a 5k. I don’t really have a goal in mind. I’m hoping for a sub 33 but I’m hoping just to have fun with it. I took yesterday off from Crossfit because I was still sore and not feeling 100% from a hard week at Crossfit.

Saturday I hope to run at least 7 miles. And I’m hoping I don’t run into any rats. I’ll explain more about the rodents later.

I leave you with my outfit for the day today. The bed isn’t bad but its a nice progress picture.

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How this all got started

June 27th, 2012

So where do I even begin?

I have neglected  my blog. I also neglected my body for a long time. I had Olivia in September of 2010 and she became my everything. My life revolved around her. I also went back to work in December of 2010 and my life had a very boring routine.  Get up, get dressed, get Olivia dressed, grab lunches, take Olivia to daycare, work, pick Olivia up, get home, cook a fast dinner, get Olivia to bed, watch TV, rinse and repeat.

I never took care of myself. I was always so busy taking care of Olivia and the house I never thought about myself. Fast forward to June of 2011. Weighing in at 200 + I realized I wasn’t a good role model to Olivia. I wasn’t healthy. I ate what ever I wanted because I was a nursing mom and thought I could.

I decided I was going to make a change. I signed up for a Triathlon.  I got my first bike and when Olivia went to bed, I biked, I ran, I swam.

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I successfully completed my first Tri. Well almost. See in Houston there was a drought in 2011 and well there was no water to swim in. So the Tri became a Du and we ran, bike, ran. But I finished. That’s all that mattered! And two weeks later I decided to officially sign up to do another Tri. And I completed it!

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After training for a while, I realized I needed things to train for. I had a couple of friends training for a half marathon and I thought, why not? I’m going for it! There were a lot of, how can I make it to 13.1 miles? I can’t even make 5. I can’t do this. I finally got tired of saying I can’t, and started saying, I can and WILL!

In December of 2011 I completed my first half marathon! It was a lot of fun but I was a little upset. I wasn’t fast. I was mad that I was with the walkers when I didn’t stop for one second. But I finished.

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After my half I decided I was going to get faster and train harder. There was a half marathon coming up in February and I wanted a sub 2:30 half marathon. And a sub 2:30 I got!

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I was ecstatic! And I have never felt so amazing. (Thank you Krisite for helping pace me!) I also made a New Years resolution to myself. I would run one race a month for 12 months. 12 in 2012. And I’ve stuck to it.

Since June of 2011, I’ve lost 35 lbs and have went from a size 16 to 10. I’ve gotten faster and most of all I feel amazing. It wasn’t easy. There are no easy tricks. No pills, no easy diets, no surgery, just lots of running, and watching what I eat. I work out 6 days a week. My friend (Kristie again!) let me borrow her bodybugg and it was an eye opener to see how many calories a day I burn. Its amazing to see my body and its transformation. I also recently started Crossfit and can’t wait to see what it has in store for me.

One thing I get asked the most is how do you find time? Well I make time. I work out in the morning or after Olivia goes to sleep at night. Its not easy. I gave up watching TV for the most part. I gave up things to add more time to my life. I wake up on Saturdays at the ass crack of dawn to get in an early morning long run.

I want Olivia to see her mom being active. I want her to know Saturdays are running or race days for momma. I want to make Olivia proud. I do this for her. She is my motivation.

Some before and afters of my transformation.

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September 2011

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January 2012 - First race of 2012

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October 2011  - April 2012 

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March 2012

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May 2012 - No Label Triathlon

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June 2012

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June 2012

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My Journey - August 14, 2011 - June 16, 2012

First Halloween!

November 3rd, 2010

So Olivia had her first Halloween this year. She was super excited about it!

She even went to visit Dewberry Farms for the first time! She slept through most of it but we did get a pumpkin! And she had her first wagon ride!

She decided she just wanted to hand out candy! She lasted a full 5 minutes before she got fussy and wanted to go to sleep! Here are some photos from the event!

 

Our little ‘Kaspar the Friendly Ghost’

Thank goodness my mom was here! While I handed out candy my mom rocked her to sleep and got her in her pjs! She passed out from all the excitement!

Livster also voted for the first time with me! Well she didn’t really vote but she sure did come along. She was a trooper! It was hard work making such hard decisions!

And for fun! Some smiles!

I can’t believe she is 7 weeks already. I seriously feel like yesterday we were going to the hospital. Its going by so fast. Before I know it I will have to go back to work. I’m going to miss her alot but I also know I’m not going back full time so I can hang out with her more during the week. I don’t know how Dylan goes to work every day. She’s getting to be so much fun to hang out with. I’m not even going to start thinking about leaving her yet. Its too hard for mom!

Houston.. we have a smiler and a cooer!

October 27th, 2010

Olivia recently has been smiling and cooing alot lately, especially in the mornings. I love it. It brings such joy to my life. I love it

Here’s the proof!


How could that NOT make your day? I love it! Olivia also recently has been sleeping longer stretches at night. Knock on wood. We are getting anywhere between 4-5 hours for the first stretch and then a 2-3 after that. This does NOT include feeding time. This is strictly sleep time which is awesome!She does have some gas issues every morning at about 4-5 and I’m not too sure if she just wants to be up to say bye to daddy in the morning or if she is just groany-moany.

Recently I have also realized Olivia loves to GROAN when she is hungry before she cries. Its cute but yet sometimes I don’t know why she just doesn’t let out a huge cry because I get it confused with her gas!

Right now Olivia is working on her tummy time especially since she has Wry Neck. She is such a daddy’s girl and loves to hang out in her swing and stare at her mobile. I love that she is becoming more independent. She still loves to sleep on mommy’s tummy but I dont mind at all. Eventually I’m going to miss these cuddles so Im enjoying them now!

Currently she is taking a nap right now while mommy updates the blog. I love it and I wouldn’t trade this for anything.

While the first couple of weeks were rough on me I’m starting to finally enjoy this. While its still super hard, its also very rewarding. I love seeing her every day and spending time with her. I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings! Hopefully lots of sleep!

One month already! And lots of firsts

October 17th, 2010

So I’m pretty sure as you know its been ridiculously hectic with a newborn. And when I’m not holding her, feeding her, consoling her, I am catching up on my sleep. Poor little Miss Olivia hasn’t really been sleeping that well. For the first couple of weeks I’m not going to lie it was horrible. From 2-5 am every morning little one just wanted attention and to be held and would not go to sleep. We also realized she would not sleep in her crib at all or anywhere flat. Come to find out she has reflux. We know have her on some medicine and things seem to be going very well now. KNOCK ON WOOD. Liv slept for 5 hours straight last night and I feel like a rockstar!

I’m not going to lie, I love being a mother but its been rough. It isn’t easy. Nothing could have prepared me for this. The lack of sleep, the exhaustion, the not knowing why your newborn is crying/ screaming. Overall though little Miss Liv is a very good baby. Yes she has her moments where I have no idea why she is screaming but normally if you put her in your arms she is totally fine.

I’m so lucky to have an awesome husband. I look forward every day for him to come home for work, not just to see him, but to see him interact with Miss Olivia. He is so in love with makes me more in love with him. She already is tied around his finger. If it wasn’t for him I would have lost it already. Being a mom is the hardest job I have ever done in my life and at the same time the most rewarding. Seeing her look at me with her pretty eyes and knowing one of these days I’m going to get a smile is amazing.

We have had alot of firsts throughout this week

We had our first blowout

We watched our first LSU game

We sat in our swing and look at the mobile for the first time

We sat in our bumbo and held our head up

We had our first bath

We went on our first night out to eat

We had our first pediatrician visit

We had our first trip to Target

We had our first bottle

We had our first mohawk

Overall things are going pretty well. I’m enjoying every minute of this. Its a rollercoaster but its so much fun!

Pepper’s Here! I mean Olivia Clare!

September 23rd, 2010

Olivia Clare made her debut into this world on September 15, 2010 at 5:32 PM. She weighed 7lbs 8.5 oz 19 1/4th inches long. She has the cutest dimple and lots of hair! I can’t begin to tell you how lucky and blessed we are to have such a beautiful little girl. She is gorgeous. My birth story is very interesting and eye opening. I’m so lucky to have such a great doctor and little Miss Liv is also.

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It all started on Tuesday, September 14, 2010. I had my 38 week doctor appointment with my awesome doctor. I had been on bedrest for the last couple of weeks and was dying to get off of bedrest. Let me tell you, what I would do to have that back =) Anyways, when we go in I get checked and he said I was 25-50% effaced and 1-1.5 cm dilated. I was actually  excited about that progress. For the longest time I was no where and I was REALLY worried I wouldn’t dilate at all on my own because of previous cryotherapy. I wanted nothing more than to have a vaginal birth. My doctor let me know we were on the schedule for that night to have an induction and if I wanted it to go in at 10pm. I didn’t really know what to do to be honest. I went back and forth on it in the room with Dylan. Thinking how a failed induction = csection but I really wanted to meet our little girl and she was measuring on the bigger size and who knows if I could push out a 9lb baby. While we were talking it over my doctor let me know he was going to strip my membranes. Ouch. I swear I was going to pee on the guy. It wasn’t so bad painful just I swear he was stripping my bladder! He then told me how he didn’t do mine that much and sometimes he does it and breaks women’s waters and that he could have done more for me. We then decide to see what happens with this membrane stripping. I figured I would be having contractions frequently and by the end of the day ready to have her out and I would have made my decision. We told the receptionist I would call back with our decision.

We go home and we talk it over and I’m about 75% leaning towards the induction 25% leaning towards waiting on more week. Well little did I know my decision would be made for me. Dylan decides to go to the office and I realized I’m soaking up panty liners with blood. I knew I was suppose to bleed but there was alot of bleeding. I call into the doctors office and my doctor said why don’t you just go into labor and delivery and we can see what is going on. We then decide might as well start this induction early.

I call Dylan he comes home and I tell him we need to go get new phones. Yes before I went to the hospital I made sure I checked one more thing off my list. We went to Verizon to get new phones. See I have had a crappy go phone for the last 5 years. I have never upgraded. My phone can’t take pictures, get on the internet, etc and I felt like this was important. My bleeding had subsided so I felt like it was okay for the time being. And how long could that REALLY take?

We get 2 new phones.. YAY! And we are off to the hospital. Let me tell you though, that phone saved me during labor. I was talking to people constantly keeping my mind off of the contractions etc.  It was VERY worth it. We get Wendy’s before we get to the hospital because I know if I dont eat I won’t get food for a while.  I get a chicken sandwich and try to eat as much as I can. I’m a little nervous and eating was difficult.

Well we get to the hospital and I go into labor and delivery and the nurses there ask me why I am there. They have a full house and I’m not on the list to be induced tonight. But I do have my paper work told them about my bleeding and they got me into a triage room.  I was admitted at 6 and finished eating my dinner and we started Cyotec to help ripen my cervix.  I was having some pretty constant contractions but nothing too painful and I was getting a repeat dosage every 3 hours.I was also pretty upset I didnt eat more at dinner time. I was already starving and it was only 10! I lost my mucus plug at about 10 pm. I’m not going to lie I told myself pretty soon I would be in pain and my hunger pains would be nothing compared to the contractions! My doctor came in and chatted a bit with us and I told him how he started all of this by stripping my membranes. On a side note I can’t believe how much those guys work. He was there at all hours of the day.

I went from a 1-2 at about midnight. It was going slowly but that was okay for me. At 3 am I woke up and told Dylan I think my water broke. He said, are you sure you didn’t pee on yourself. Well when your water breaks like it did for me you know your water broke. There was no holding it in. I got up to walk to the bathroom and I was just leaking everywhere. Because my water broke spontaneously I couldn’t get anymore medication vaginally so off to Pictoin it was. We had to have this baby within the next 24 hours. EXCITING!So at 4 AM we started the Pictocin. I knew that these contractions are contractions from hell but I was also determined to get the epidural when I was at least 4 cm dilated. I didn’t want to get it too early because I knew it would slow down the process which was already slow in my opinion. The nurse also told me to be aware when you ask for the epidural you don’t get it then and there. You have to get tons of fluids in you before you get it and it takes about an hour to an hour and a half for that.  I definitely kept that in mind. At about 7 I decided the pains were pretty bad. They asked me what my pain level was 1-10 and I said 6-7. Dylan says, umm you take the epi when you are at a 10. Well buddy in about an hour or two I will be at a 10 and it will be too late. I couldn’t have asked for it at a perfect time! I labored for about 3-4 hours without the epidural and it was rough there at the end. I was dilated to at about a 3 or 4 at this time. When I was checked at 11AM I was at a 5. I was finally getting SOMEWHERE! At 1:30 I was at a 6 and at 2:30 I was at an 8! I think alot of my progress was due to my awesome nurse Jenifer I had. Every time she checked me she stretched and massaged my cervix because she knew I had cryotherapy. She was such an awesome nurse. At 3 I was at a 9.5 and it was about time to push. Go figure the epidural would wear off by now and I could feel alot of pressure in my groin and back. Major Back Labor! I couldn’t get more medicine because then I couldn’t feel my contractions and know when to push. I figured I could handle it.

We started pushing at 3:30ish right after I threw up. I guess thats the sign its time to push?  This is the photo Dylan took RIGHT before I started pushing. Notice my phone. See it was VERY important I get that phone.

Once we started pushing I thought she was NEVER going to come out. I pushed for 2 hours straight. It was rough. I could feel everything with every push I had pain in my right groin and nerve pain because she was hanging out on my nerve and there was nothing anyone could do for it.  We decided to have me push on my side. It was a VERY awkward laboring position but it was the only way I felt some sort of relief. After about 2 hours of pushing my doctor came in and it was go time.

There is a funny part in this story… I had a labor music. I had a song I wanted to be played while I was pushing and I told Dylan about it. It was more a joke but we played it from our phones and all the nurses came in wondering what the hell I was doing. Yes I was pushing to the song by Salt N Pepper … Push It. With every push I laughed. Nurses were coming in wondering why rap music was blaring. All the nurses were saying when they have their babies they are totally going to push to that song.I told Dylan and the nurses how my doctor was going to come in and think WTH is this chick doing. The nurses said nah he will like it. He comes in and and I’m pretty sure he was singing or dancing away. I’m sure now he thinks Im a nut. Pure awesome. It definitely lighten the mood.

After a couple of pushes everyone says they can see her head and she is almost out. Then I hear the nurse say, “She didn’t show any signs of this. If she had we wouldn’t have had her labor”. Yep the cord was wrapped around my daughters neck and tight. Little Olivia didn’t ONCE show any signs of distress. At all. Her heartrate was perfect throughout the entire laboring process. Amazing.

As I’m waiting for her to cry, I hear my doctor say, “There is something you want to do right” to Dylan and Dylan cuts the cord. Then I heard the most awesome sound ever. Her crying. It was amazing. Then this is where things went downhill FAST!

Dylan walked over to look at Miss Olivia because I couldn’t see her or hold her because the doctor was working on me. I knew I needed to deliver the placenta but had no idea there were complications. Pretty much the cord ruptured and I was hemorrhaging.  My doctor is elbow deep into my uterus trying to get out residual placenta and I hear him say, we need to get her to the OR ASAP and she needs a blood transfusion. She has lost ALOT of blood. I’m like huh? I just want to see my daughter. Dylan comes over with her before they rush me out and I see her and she is perfect. I’m in alot of pain because 1. the epidural as worn off and 2. my doctor is trying to find the rest of the placenta since the cord ruptured and ouch it was WORSE than labor pains.

The nurse gave me a shot of demerol and I was out. I was fainting and told everyone and off to the OR I went. I meant to tell Dylan I loved him before they wheeled me out but I was gone. I remember getting to the OR and saying oh I feel alot better. It was super cold in there and helped me come to it.

My doctor began working on me and I had a d and c to get the remaining placenta. I lost alot of blood so I was very out of it. I do remember telling the doctor I was sorry Push It wasn’t on in the OR room. I also remember shaking SO bad from the epidural and tell my doctor I was sorry it might be hard to work down there with all my shaking. The nurses were also telling my Dylan was worried about me and if I wanted to tell him anything. Oh yeah I did. This is what I wanted to tell him. My nipples hurt. Yes I said, tell him my nipples hurt its so cold in here. He will know I’m fine. After I guess what about was an hour I’m all finished and my doctor finished me up and I was sent to recovery. I see Dylan waiting for me outside and he said so I guess you’re okay but your nipples aren’t? HAHA

I was sent to a room and was able to see my daughter and bond for the first time. The nurses in the nursery were so wonderful. They didn’t bath her give her a bottle or anything. I said I wanted to breastfeed as soon as possible and I didn’t get that hour to bond with her but they realized what I went through and made it happen. I was so happy. Here is our first family photo!

After an hour it was time for mommy to rest. And rest I did. I was so dizzy and just out of it from losing so much blood. I needed a blood transfusion. I got two units of blood the next morning and felt AMAZING. I can’t believe how much blood I had lost. Pretty much half of my blood. I’m so lucky and fortunate to have such a wonderful and talented doctor. It could have been worse better yet I could have died on that table.  I can’t begin to tell you how blessed we are. I kept on telling my doctor thanks for saving my life and he was like Nah, it wasn’t a big deal.

Here are some photos my awesome friend took of us the day after! They are amazing! More are located here

Little Miss Olivia had to stay an extra night in the hospital without her mommy because of some jaundice issues. Theses are all taken care of but let me tell you leaving the hospital with an empty carseat was the hardest thing I have ever had to do. I can’t believe the love I have for my daughter already. Its so amazing.

More on how our first night home was etc later. For now Mommy needs some much needed rest!

35 Weeks, ANOTHER night in L&D, ANOTHER missed baby shower, and Bedrest

August 24th, 2010

From the title of my post you can tell its been fun huh? So when I was 34 weeks on a Friday I called my doctor because I was having a headache that would.not.go.away. It hurt so very very bad. I tried everything. I decided to take my BP since its been going up and low and behold it was up there in the 140s. I decided then to call my doctor normally when resting it never got up that high. The on call doctor asked me to try to get rid of it with caffeine and Tylenol and if it didn’t go away go into the hospital. Don’t worry he said, you won’t stay over night. YEAH RIGHT.

We got in and my BP was in the upper 150s. I blamed nerves. Once I rested and the nurse went out it went down dramatically. They had be start the 24 hour urine collection and did some blood work. I thought I would be discharged and go home. Not the case. The nurse said they wanted to hold me over night and watch me for 24 hours. That meant I would miss my baby shower.. AGAIN. WTF I wanted to cry but I knew there was no use. By now it was just hilarious. Apparently my daughter is shy and hates attention on her.

I called all my friends and the girls hosting the shower to let them know of the news and like great friends they are they were all understanding and considerate. We decided to have people come up to the hospital and eat cake.. YUM!

Overall it was a WONDERFUL shower. I have some wonderful friends who were very considerate and generous. I got released after the shower and told to follow up with my doctor on Monday and continue with the 24 hour urine collection. Oh and bed rest for the weekend.

I checked up with my doctor and my BP is slowly rising and looks like I’m developing Pre-Eclampsia. I know I’m super close to being full term so I’m trying not to worry about this at all but I did have to stop working and got put on bed rest.

While bedrest sounds wonderful for the first hour it sucks. Let me tell you. I know what I am doing is for the best but the nesting urge is ridiculous and I want to do so much but can’t do anything. I can go from bed, couch, bathroom, back to bed, couch. I have one day a week I can go to dinner with Dylan or to a movie but he has to drop me off as close as possible to the entrance and limit my walking.

It looks like my BP is doing okay while I’m resting but if I get up and do anything it goes up to the 140s/80s. My doctor is hopeful I can make it to 37 weeks (FULL TERM!!!) and we can induce. We were planning on inducing anyways because little Pepper (or shall I say BIG) is measuring 3 weeks ahead.

So right now I’m just laying here and playing on the internet. In the past week I have watched so much TV and I feel like a bum. I’m not going to lie I’m envious of those women who can still do things at 35 weeks. I hate that I’m stuck here but I know its for the best for ME and PEPPER. And I also know in a couple of weeks I’m going to be WISHING I could lay on the bed and have nothing to do.

I could use many prayers right now that my BP stays low and that Ms. Pepper stays in me until I’m at least 37 weeks. I’m so close I can taste it!

And here is a 34 week photo of my belly. It sucks because now I don’t really get dressed now but I told Dylan I promise to keep up with the photos. This was a photo I took of the dress I was GOING to wear to my shower. Boo! Instead I wore an awesome nursing nightgown.

32 weeks, a visit to L&D and a surprise work shower

August 4th, 2010

Well things are getting pretty hectic and busy in the life of Erica and Dylan. First off we had a wonderful shower in my hometown when I was 30 weeks. We got such great gifts from a pack and play to a little activity mat. We are so blessed. Here are some photos from that shower.I still have about a million thank you letters to write and hopefully by the end of this weekend they will be finished!

 Yum Yum! Best cake ever!

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This passed Friday we had some excitement.. to say the least.

On Friday around lunch time I felt like someone was punching me in the bladder/uterus/ I didn’t know what was going on. I didn’t feel like they were contractions but I couldn’t really walk without hurting REALLY bad. I thought I just had to pee super super bad went to pee and it still hurt. So I’m walking at work and my coworker Sarah is like oh it might be round ligament pain and I said yeah probably so. Call my doctor they said the same thing. Well I went to sit down because thats when it felt better and the pain just got worse so I called my doctor and said I’m heading into L&D. Well this entire time Im trying to contact my husband at work and he is MIA.

Little did I  know he was IN my office for my ‘SURPRISE’ shower and Sarah and my other coworkers were like well we guess we should tell you your shower is today. HAHA. Nice

Then I feel horrible but know something isn’t right so I decided just to go with Dylan.

We get there and I’m really thinking they are going to say, you are a first time mom, its braxton hicks weirdo. Or get out of here its nothing. Well yeah thats not what happened. The nurse was pretty sure I was having a pain from a really bad UTI from my description and the fact that it was constant pain. They take my sample hook me up and low and behold Im having contractions but I dont feel anything because I’m in pain from the UTI so I really didn’t know what was going on.

Anyways they gave me meds for the contractions and the UTI and sent me on my way. I will say my poor bladder was so irratiated and sore but besides that we are all fine and I’m so happy I went in. I really thought I was going to feel stupid and they were going to say its RLP.

Lesson learned: If you think something is wrong, something is probably wrong.

Here are some photos from that shower that I didn’t get to attend but I’m so happy they were able to ‘party it up’ without me. Not only that but they gave us such wonderful gifts! A much needed swing and snap and go! Hopefully later this week, Pepper and I can bake them some goodies to tell them thank you for all they have done for us!

The organizers

The whole gang!

Yum Cake!

Awesome gifts!

After I got discharged from the hospital we had to go back to my office to get some cake, I mean, Dylan’s car. Can you tell I have my priorities in line? We then had to pack up to take the trip to Baton Rouge where Dylan is from for a shower there. I’m not going to lie that drive was miserable. We didn’t even make it out of Houston and I was bawling. It hurt so bad to walk, to pee, to move, to do anything. I wanted to stay home and really should have to rest up but sucked it up and went. 6 1/2 hours later we finally made it. And its only a 4 hour trip. Its good we went to see family and friends, I just wish I wasn’t so miserable. Needless to say I feel wonderful now! We got lots of LSU clothes so she can cheer on her favorite team with her daddy! She definitely won’t be naked! We also got a much needed Bumbo and some hair care stuff. Because we all know she is going to have TONS of hair! Some pictures from that shower.

 Yum Cake!

Me and Anna Catherine. She made us some awesome burp cloths. All sewed by hand

 32 Weeks

We had our 32 week checkup appointment on Tuesday. Everything went well. Good news is I’m only up 13 lbs. For being this far into the game and having weight issues all my life this is amazing to me! What a great feeling. My little Pepper is measuring a wee bit ahead. Wee bit is an understatement. 5 weeks to be exact. Right now that means nothing.  Seriously nothing.  Anything can happen and measurements are just estimates. We are having an ultrasound this Thursday to verify she really is that big and if she is we will just go with the flow. Right now I’m not worrying about it or stressing about it. Not much we can do. My blood pressure for some reason every single time I go to the doctors office is elevated however when I take it at home AND even at the pharmacies its low. So I have a feeling I just get worried and freaked out when I’m there and they are taking it. My doctor said right now I don’t have any of the signs of pre-eclampsia (head aches, seeing dots, swelling, protein in my urine) so it might just be stress when I walk into the office.

I can’t believe how far I am now. I swear just the other day I was peeing on a stick and before you know it she will  be here! While Im excited to meet her she can stay in there as long as needed. I want her to. I’m not ready. And if one more person asks me if I’m ready.. I’m going to lose it =) Are you ever ready?

We really don’t have that much more to do in her nursery. Its all pretty much finished. We just need to hang some stuff up from the ceiling and we are finished! All what is left on my to do list is packing my bag (finishing packing it), making some frozen dinners from dream dinners, get a freezer for the frozen dinners, take a CPR infant class, finish thank you notes, and organize her closet. Oh and get a carseat. We REALLY need to get that.

Sneak Peak at her Nursery

29 Weeks. Holy Crap where did the weeks go?

July 15th, 2010

Seriously this is me now. Where did the time go? How the heck did it get to be July? How the heck did I get this big? How the heck am I going to make it?  Eeek. Is this really happening?

Besides being scared I’m doing great. Well great minus the regular appointment I had with my doctor. Apparently while I was there my Blood Pressure was a little high. Not that high but something to be watched.  As a good girl, and as hard as it is to do nothing and have Dylan do everything, I have been sitting on my butt doing nothing. I don’t know if that is what is causing my Blood Pressure to go down or if that day it was just a fluke but it is nice and low and the way I like it to be. No more scares please.

Pepper kicks all the time. She loves to kick after I eat or in the afternoons. She loves FRUIT. Seriously if I have cake or fruit in front of me, FRUIT IT IS! I love it. All kinds. I’m not partial. She also loves Corn and Peanut Butter. Not together or maybe? I also ate french fries and dipped them in my frosty from Wendy’s and her father had this look of disgust on him. Seriously it was awesome. Sweet and savory. I want some now!

She is also on top of my bladder which means every day and night I have to constantly pee. Seriously I should wear a diaper. Its getting pretty crazy. I think I pee about every 2 hours at nigh. I guess that’s getting me ready for the sleep I’m not going to get right?

I’m beginning to prepare and get ready. I need to get my hospital bag packed and hope to get everything in it and purchased this weekend. Also Pepper’s nursery is really coming along great. We are still waiting on the bedding and Dylan needs to put up a decal and some molding around the decal but its really coming along.  Hopefully next time I post I can have some sort of

Next weekend we have our first shower and I can’t wait! I’m super duper excited! I know she is going to be so spoiled. She already is!

Here is a 29 week photo of us. I can’ t believe how big I am getting. Its nuts!

In honor of the World Cup

June 28th, 2010

Pepper decided to kick the crap out of her dad. It was pretty awesome. I don’t know if it was the vuvezelas she was hearing or just knowing soccer was on TV but she sure did kick him. I’m feeling her every single day all the time now and it is probably the best feeling ever.  She loves to kick after I eat, drink or lay down. She definitely loves to kick when I’m taking a nice bath. I guess she is relaxing also?

Since getting back from Hawaii we have been busy with her nursery. Well I say we, more like Dylan has. We have done alot, but still have more to do. On our list to do is:

Put up crown molding

Get rug

Make curtains

Purchase Mattress 

Bedding is being made as we speak

Put decal above her crib

Make molding around the decal 

Put up poms

We also have a couple of things to do in our house after her nursery is finished. Like I really want to get a big freezer for all the breast milk I will be storing (Crossing fingers here on this one), I want someone to paint the bathroom. I don’t mind helping though. We need to get some new patio furniture and put some frames up in the guest bedroom.

Hopefully these things can be done in the next couple of weeks. If not, oh well it will be fine.

This weekend Dylan and I deep cleaned the floors because our dumb dog Floppy thinks our floor is the backyard and keeps peeing on it. Apparently he knows something is up and knows he is no longer the baby. Well he better get over that fast. My mom also came down and we did some baby shopping and recovered a lampshade with fabric. Lets just say it was  little more difficult than the website showed but we got it!

I’ll give you a couple of sneak peaks into Pepper’s room. She is going to have a pretty awesome room. She’s already so lucky!

Her view from her crib 

Again

The fabric for her bedding being made as we speak! 

View from the door

Also I’ve been bad at having Dylan take my photos. Here is a photo I took myself at 26 weeks. Enjoy!