Friday, March 28, 2008

Pregnancy Induced Stupidity. Cont....

I'm telling you....the further along I get in the pregnancy the more things I forget! I managed to remember to go to class this morning, so that's not what I forgot.... I forgot to give a shout out to Will!!!! Happy 1st Birthday young man! I was thrown off a tad because we actually celebrated his birthday on Saturday afternoon and his birthday was Weds, the 26th. With family in town it also completely slipped my mind.... My apologies to lil Will...or Bill (depends who's reading this. He had and awesome 1st birthday party and did so well entertaining his guests. He got soo many fun toys and didn't cry at all when Big Bill aka Dad
"gently" laid his face into his 1st Birthday cake.
I wish I had more pictures to share, but my batteries died right as he was diving into his cake. Anyway, Happy Birthday Slick Willy! Auntie Mae didn't forget, your cousin Helga is just sucking her brain cells.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Pregnancy-Induced Stupidity

Supposibly a growing baby is supposed to suck the mom's brains cells and I didn't really believe it til this morning. I woke up at 5 am to get ready for a class I have to take for work. Get to work to only find out that my class is tomorrow morning. Sucks! Oh well, I'll have today off then I guess! Works out nice then I can spend it with the boys! Brett's family...Jamey, Mike, and Jamey's buddy are in town til Sunday.

I had my doctor appt yesterday. Good news was that my glucose test was negative and that I do not have Diabetes! Yeah! I can eat sweets guilt free! Sucky news is that I got another "warning" from my Doc to take it easy. I've been contracting...the normal braxton hicks that are supposed to be okay, but the past few weeks I have noticed them actually hurting a tad, which normally I don't get any pain or discomfort with the contractions. Long story short, My doctor ran a few tests and said I was still okay to work and do things without restrictions, but that I was to take it easy or I would really have restrictions. I have a feeling he's gonna make me cut down my hours at work, but knows that I really don't want to so thats why he hasn't insisted that yet. He's wanting to see me very 2 weeks now til my last month, then I'll go every week. So that's the latest. 31 weeks came up soo quickly! Still feel good and not like an umpa-lumpa...although I do have to roll out of the bed like I am a umpa lumpa. I don't have any pictures to include with this entry. They'll come soon. Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Bigger and Bigger

I just had to take another picture to share with everyone because I am just so amazed that I grew so much in just 2 days. This picture is from Friday night which would be 30 wks and 2 days. Crazy! I love it...still. 10 more weeks to go! I did a lil bit of self pampering today. After spending 3 hours at the Lab getting my blood drawn...4 seperate sticks!....I figured I deserved a lil bit of pampering. I went to the salon and spa to get my hair cut and have a maternity massage. My hair has gotten the longest that I can ever recall...thanks to pregnancy that was no problem so I cut 2 inches off and it is still way long. I took a risk and got some "bangs" as you can see in the picture. We'll see how long I tolerate those in my face before constantly pinning them back. Then I did my pregnancy massage and savoured every single moment of my 60 minute massage! It was heaven. I'm so glad I did that now because I don't think I would have enjoyed it any later in this pregnancy the bigger I get. I felt like I was going to fall off that massage table with how far out my belly stuck laying on my side. It was perfect timing to hit all those sore muscles from this expanding belly. Then I shopped a tad, but didn't get too much....I wanted to get a few tops, but I haven't been getting any "maternity" ones anymore, just a few things that I can wear now and also this summer after the baby is here. I figure I only have 10 more weeks and most of my time is spent in scrubs and pj's! I still can't believe I am 3/4 of the way there! When I got home I had fun cleaning and organizing more of our house! I tried to pamper myself a lil more and do a self pedicure...that sucked. I managed to get my toes painted, but realized that I will have to fork out the money to have it done professionally next time. I was barely reaching my toes. It wasn't the most comfy. So now I am about to head to bed and cuddle with Deucer who's already in bed. Brett is still out of town...I talked to him a lil bit ago and it sounds like he's having fun at the poker tables. He'll be home from Vegas tomorrow night! I'm pretty sure he'll be quick to comment about how the baby and my belly have grown alot since he's been gone....3 days!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

30 weeks and still loving it!

This is the latest expansive belly picture that I have to share! She's growing and I still feel good. Well, with the exception of my upset stomach last night, but we got past that. I guess the garlic cheese bread that I sooo wanted and got last night didn't really sit to well. I was nauseated and crampy all night. Good news is that I woke up fine. Baby Helga didn't like it either she tossed and turned all evening and night. Anyway, Brett leaves this weekend for his annual Boys Vegas trip. He'll be home this saturday so we'll still be able to have part of the weekend together. I have plenty of things to keep myself occupied this weekend....more nesting organizing and cleaning! So fun, and I am not kidding. I also have Will's 1st birthday Tonka Truck Party this saturday afternoon also. I have my 3 hour glucose test..wahoo! And I have my LAST and final real estate class! All things to help me actually procrastinate studying for the exam!

Anyway, so I'm without hubbie this weekend and I am sure he'll just have tons of fun without me and with the boys! I'm jealous, wish I could get away for the weekend. I know I can fly and travel thru my 32 wk...and some doctors even say longer, but I am too paranoid. I'm okay being here in Queen-Tucky. It's far enough from the hospital as it is.

And this is a lil message to Mitch Katz- This blog is revenge for the 7 years it did take Brett! How'd you know?! :-) Have Fun this weekend boys!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Birthday Girl!

Happy 1st Birthday Miss Amaya! We hope you are enjoying your very first bday cake and all your fun presents! Hope you don't get too tuckered out! Enjoy your wonderful day! My how time flies huh Becky?!?!
One Year Ago:

About 1 year later!:

Friday, March 14, 2008

Shopping Problem

It's so hard to not shop for this baby! I can't wait til she actually comes that way my free time is taken up with her and then maybe I won't shop as much. I was shopping for a few presents that I actually needed to go and get and then I ended up at Gymboree where they were having a sweet sale on baby clothes. Hard to resist. I want to give this baby girl everything, but I know I have to draw the line somewhere. But see what I ended up getting....such cute things! The shirts on the left match the lil cute sailor shorts. How can I resist?! I did end up getting the presents that I needed to actually get and went shopping for to begin with....hopefully I there won't be a need for me to go shopping anymore and I can stay away from getting anymore things for our baby!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

3rd trimester, 29 weeks!

I have been having nightmares lately that our Baby Girl is really a Boy. I've been hearing stories about how people find out the gender and totally prepare for that and then towards the end of the pregnancy they find out they are in fact have the other gender. That would stink!!! Especially for us since out nursery is practically done and that we have gotten soo many "girl" things for Baby Stephenson! Anyway, I was venting to the ultrasound tech at work about it and asking her how often the ultrasounds are wrong, which she say she has been wrong 3 times in the 18 yrs she has done ultrasounds so she offered to scan me and triple check that we have a Mini Mae and not a Mini Brett. We indeed in fact have our selves a Mini Mae. I got a quick glimpse of the baby and yet one more confirmation that it was a girl. Brett was bummed that I got to see her and he didn't, but that's one of the perks of working as a nurse I guess! I can breath a lil least the best I can now a days since the Baby is pushing up on my lungs now! I can keep her nursery the way it is and still shop for cute girly things! See her wardrobe collection already?! I love it....such cute things for lil baby girls! I don't think that I can ever not work or go part time at work forever just so I can continue's a flaw of mine my hubbie just loves :-)
I still haven't washed everything and taken the tags off of everything, but we're getting there! It's amazing how much she has already! I love going into the nursery and just organizing and checking out her growing wardrobe! Other news is that I have to go in for a 3 hour fasting blood sugar test next week. SUCKS! I didn't quite "pass" the 1 hour test...which the more I think of it doesn't surprise me considering the amt of sweets I eat. Anyway, it's a test to rule out gestational diabetes. It happens to a lot of pregos out there. I was bummed at first, but truly looking at the overall big picture I can have a lot of worse issues and I consider myself blessed that I don't have in regards to this pregnancy. That's NICU nurse Mae coming out. I have been having a pretty lucky and overall feel as though it's been a smooth 7 months thus far! If I do end up having to cut the sweets from my diet the next 10 -11 weeks then so be it! It'll be worth it! I'll have my sweet baby girl at the end! My blood levels are also a lil low, which isn't abnormal for me so I have to supplement with Iron vitamins now and eat more red meat! I guess it's just steaks at the Stephenson household....lucky Brett...and Deuce. So at first I was bummed to find out that my pregnancy now has it's flaws with the abnormal labs (with the exception of my contraction scare a few weeks ago), but now I've accepted it. It hasn't changed how I feel! I really love being pregnant. I feel great, I still don't feel like a umpa lumpa, which being five ft zero and having a beachball belly feeling like an umpa lumpa shouldn't be that difficult! I can still work. I get around just fine. I can still sleep well I still manage to wear my pre-prego jeans, with the help of the best invention out there, the Belly Band! Here is the picture of a belly band in use for those of you who don't know what it is. It's great and it holds up my pre-prego jeans without me having to button them! I still enjoy looking at my growing belly. Don't get me wrong, I still feel the minor aches and pains and I'm not exactly the same gal I was pre pregnancy, but it's all worth it! Life is good! So there is my 29 week update! I entered my 3rd trimester last week and we've begun the home stretch! Before you know it we'll have Baby Stephenson's pictures and updates posted all on this blog!

Monday, March 3, 2008

Busy Week!

We've had quite the busy week since I have gotten back from my Chicago trip that continued thru the weekend so lots of updating! First off, Tuesday I had my monthly check up with the Baby Doctor and all is well with mommy and baby. I'll do my glucose test this week to make sure that I don't have gestational diabetes. That would suck for me because I crave crave crave sweets. Especially fruits. When I was in Chicago we went to my most favorite breakfast place and I had their infamous Apple Pancake....well it was HUGE and I couldn't finish it so I sent the left overs home with my mom since we were on the way to the airport. Now I am kicking myself in the butt for not taking the leftovers with me because that is all I think about! I know my mom won't eat it so I'm sure Hojo is enjoying it. Darn it! Anyway- back to my Doc appt, all is seems to be well. The doctor says I am growing fine and the baby looks to be growing fine. No more ultrasounds at this point unless there is a concern. Then on Thursday my Husband bought me a new car!!!!!! (well he did the wheelin and dealin...i still have to make the payments :-)) It's Gas Guzzler SUV actually, but PERFECT mommy mobile! NOT a Mini Van, but a '08 Nissan Armada. We've been looking and looking and desperate to replace the passat. He finally went on his day off and found the perfect one for me....okay us. It has all the bells and whistles that I would have should see the cup holders! :-) Kay minus the DVD which will go in soon along with changing out the Rims which Brett insists on doing. I'll be driving the other car for work since it's further in distance and truthfully I am scared to drive the Armada thru a parking garage. It takes me a few tries to get it into and out of our garage....even with the rear view camera! Brett laughs and laughs at me. Here's a picture of the's from the internet, not our actual one, but right color though! I'll post actually pics once I get them.

So then on Saturday we had friends over to celebrate Bill's 28th Birthday. Bill is a good friend of ours in case some of you don't know. Wonderful Daddy and Husband, great loyal friend.... Hope you had a wonderful birthday Bill and that your bday wishes come true this year!

The guys wanted to watch the UFC fight on pay per view also on that involved alcohol of course and one late night for us at the casa! I missed my morning Real Estate class on sunday morning since I was up til 2 am with friends...not drinking though!!!! Made it to the Noon class!
After my Class Brett and I made another fun purchase...we went to Babies R Us and got the glider chair and baby matress for the nursery. Here are some updated Nursery pictures.

We were so excited to be able to pick out the chair from the store and pack it up in the Armada and take it home that night! It fit in the SUV like a glove! It's sooo nice finally having a vehicle large enough to haul larger items! So the nursery still has a lil bit of work to do. Bedding and then decorating the walls. I put one thing on the wall that matches the bedding, but that was just to get an idea. I painted the letters of the babies name and hung them on some ribbon for the walls, but that will have to obviously wait to get hung. My mom has agreed to make the window valance since I don't really like the one that comes with the bedding. I just love her nursery and love putting it together. I am just sooo excited for her! Other then my one scare a few weeks ago I really love being pregnant. I don't mind the sore back or waking up to awful leg cramps. I'm still getting around fine and don't feel like an umpa lumpa.....though ask me that in a few weeks :-) It's so worth it especially when I feel her moving around. I finally figured out that she is laying with her feet on my left side. I love laying down to go to bed at night with Brett and having him feel my belly and watching her just move. Unfortunately, I see 27 week babies in the NICU all the time but they are so darn cute and for the most part do well. Of course I want my baby to stay in me for at least another 10 weeks and pray every day for that but if you are a NICU nurse you'll understand....I finally am past those gestational weeks of fear, 23-26 weeks. I pray and I hope that I feel this way the rest of the time of my pregnancy!
Anyway, I realized that I rarely put many pictures of my wonderful hubbie on this blog especially since it's been my growing belly pictures that I want to share so here's a picture taken last night while he was testing out the new chair...of course Deuce wanted to try it out to. I'm pretty sure that'll be the one and only time on the nursery chair.

Alright, and here are the latest giant belly pictures. This was 26 weeks and 6 days: On my way out the door to work.

This next picture is 27 weeks and 3 our kitchen getting ready for our friends to come over Saturday night.

It's finally warming up enough that we have our heat off and I can wear my flip flops and dresses! And it's not hot to the point where we need to have the AC on. I love this time of the year....especially one it comes down to paying the Electric bill and Gas bill (gas for the house....I'll never like the gas for the car bill anymore!) It's about 70's during the day and you have the sun shining right on you! Alright, I hope this finds everyone well! This has gotten rather long, but as you can see I had a lot to share!