Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Everyone knows that when a woman gets pregnant she has cravings, pickles and ice cream, pickles and peanut butter, chips and whatever. I have been getting these cravings, Chinese food, french fries, tater tots, chocolate cake, you know, the "good stuff!"Well, I have also been having cravings for other things besides food. I don't know if it is because everyone I know has been going on vacation or these hormones of mine, but I have had the weirdest craving to go on vacation! I didn't care where I went or for how long, I just wanted to get away! I wanted to pack, go somewhere different, and then come back! Well, much to my dismay, Chris was able to go on vacations... WITHOUT me!!! He had to travel for work to Washington, DC and it was a last minute thing, so I couldn't come with him! I was so upset, I think I cried a little! Of course, Chris doesn't know this because I have to keep a brave face in front of him! Chris left on Friday morning and was supposed to come back Sunday morning. Well, much to my surprise, I got a call Saturday night on my way home from work and Chris asked me if I was working for the next couple of days! I wasn't, since the economy kinda sucks right now, so I had 5 days off. Chris was working on a machine and they needed another part for it, which was back here in Atlanta. They were going to overnight it, but it wouldn't get to him until Monday afternoon so my WONDERFUL husband suggested that I was off and I could bring it up to him! So, I got home from work and immediately started looking for flights. Fortunately, Chris told them that he was going to need to stay until Tuesday to make sure the part was working and so that I didn't have to fly up for a couple of hours. So that's how I was able to take my vacation!
Well, I did have to do a little work in order for the company to pay for my trip. I first had to go pick up the part that Chris needed which was in Norcross... now, I'm sure that you don't know it, but I live in Stockbridge which is like 45 minutes south of Norcross... also, which is where I I have to meet a guy at 11pm to get the part and I start driving up there in the pouring rain... and Tornado watch! Well, I met the guy, got the piece, and started back home. I finally made it back at about 1am and still hadn't started to pack yet! I threw some clothes in a bag and tried to go to sleep. I then woke up at 4 and headed to the airport! I probably should also mention that this part that I had to bring weighs like 15 pounds and didn't fit in a suitcase! So I had to put it in a hanging bag carrier and then packed my clothes into my laptop case, which I also used as my purse.
Anyway, long story, but I got the part to Chris, he was able to fix the machine... temporarily, and I had the opportunity to sight-see a little bit. I literally ran through the city and stopped only to take pictures! I am happy to be back so I can relax and try to recover! Fortunately, baby Peanut and I had a little talk before we left and he was very good to me. I still had pains in my back and my leg and got tired VERY easily, but didn't feel nauseous. We got back yesterday about 4 and I came home and went straight to bed. I watched tv for a while and fell asleep around 7! At least I fulfilled one of my cravings! Now me and Peanut are happy!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Oh Baby!

Since my last post the baby and I have had a good heart-to-heart! I told him/her that if they moved off my sciatic nerve I would buy them whatever they wanted for the rest of their life! I'm sure that they are going to be spoiled anyway, so I don't think I'm losing anything here... except the pain! Well, it kind of worked! I am still having sharp pains throughout my side and left leg, but it is not half as bad as it was before I went to the doctor! It seems to bee fine and then I get up or try to sit down and it catches and feels like someone is stabbing me! I keep asking my mom with all my symptoms, "this baby is going to be worth it... right?" Well, she keeps saying yes, and I'm sure she's right! I just can't wait to see my baby and hold him/her and then, God willing, all of these pains will be behind me!
Yesterday a good friend of mine went to the doctor for her prenatal check-up; I should probably preface this by saying that she is due 2 days after me, so I couldn't wait to see how big our babies are this week! I haven't seen the picture yet, but she told me that her baby liked to stick out its tongue and even did flips for them! I almost started crying because the babies are just growing so much! I can't wait to see my baby again and it is even killing me that I have another 2 weeks before I can! I keep hoping that Chris will come home with a ultrasound machine so I can monitor my baby and hear its heartbeat again! Oh well, I'm sure that the next couple of weeks will go by quickly and I will be looking forward to the next time I can see him/her! I think I am just counting down the days until Oct 2 so I can watch my baby grow right in front of my eyes!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Baby Pains

Yesterday, Chris and I woke up, went to church, then out to breakfast! The day had started so well, but then I started to get a little sick, so we went home to relax and take a nap. Well, again, all was going well until I woke up from my nap! I had this nagging pain in my lower back but continued through the day like normal. We went to Sam's and then came home and I made spaghetti sauce! Chris and I then watched tv all night and went to bed. I then woke up in the middle of the night to turn over and thought I was going to die in pain! This pesky little pain had turned into an unbearable agonizing pain! Chris woke up with all my grunting and told me to lay flat on my back and remove my pillows... trying to get my back straight. Well, then my body decided it had to go to the bathroom! I was dreading getting up, but alas, I had to. Let me tell you, I again thought I was going to die... and thought I was going to kill myself! The pain was so bad and was now shooting down my right leg! It was so bad that I couldn't even sit on the toilet... and once I did make it down I was having stabbing pains throughout my leg and back. I then made it back to bed and tried to lay as flat as I could but the pain was so bad I started crying! Chris again woke up and was trying to be helpful, but said there was nothing he could do. So I laid there for about an hour and then finally fell asleep. I decided to call a doctor when I woke up to see if there was anything that they could do. I know I can't take many medicines, but I didn't know if there was anything else possible.
So I go to the doctor, sit in the waiting room for 2 and a 1/2  hours and then go back to see the doctor. I was there for about 20 minutes before the doctor came into the room and he told me he wanted to take an x-ray of my back to which I then replied I was pregnant and he said well, there was nothing he could do, and I was pretty much screwed! He said he wanted me to start physical therapy and take some Tylenol to help ease the pain. He also told me to call my OBGYN to see if he would prescribe anything stronger for me to take. So, after I left... and was highly upset... I called my doctor and talked to the nurse. She said that it sounded like my baby had shifted to my Sciatic Nerve and it was completely normal. I could take some Extra-Strength Tylenol, but that was about it. I am about at the 12 week mark, so I could then put a heating pad on it, but she wants me to wait until I hit the 12 weeks to make sure that no miscarriages occur.
I then called my mom, and she said karma is a bitch.. apparently when she was pregnant with me, I liked to camp out on her sciatic nerve and she still has problems with her nerves to this day! She was thankful I was her last child, because she didn't know if she could handle it again! I am now looking forward to what the future holds! Hopefully, it will not be that bad, and at least I have Tylenol to get me through it! Until next time...

Saturday, March 19, 2011

A Call From the Dr.

Yesterday I was taking a nap and was quite oblivious to my phone ringing. Well, as you can guess, it was my Dr.'s office calling. They had the results back from me and Chris' blood tests. Everything was fine, except that I am Rh Negative and Chris is Rh Positive so after the baby is born I have to be vaccinated or something. The Dr. explained it like this: "It's like getting the flu for the first time. You get really sick and it's very ailing. However, the next time you are exposed to the virus you don't know because your body has created a defense to it." Sounds great, except when it comes to my baby! Apparently this child will be fine, but come future pregnancies we will have to take precautions and I have to get shots! I tell you... I apparently forgot to ask Chris what blood type he was when we were dating! I think this could have been relevant information for me to know! Anyway, it's apparently no big deal, happens all the time, but it still makes me scared a little bit! I was so worried about this baby and trying to do everything so I don't miscarry, but what about the next one? My body is going to try to kill it because it thinks it's an invader or something! I'm sure that next time I go to the Dr. I will get more information or at least ask a whole lot more questions about it! I don't go back to the Dr. until April 8, so I am sure that I will make a list of questions for him! I also am counting down the days until I get to see my baby again! I can't wait to see how big he/she is now!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Grocery Adventure

Yesterday was one of those days that I call the "bad" days. I didn't sleep at all the night before, so I was completely exhausted when the dogs made me get up at 7am. Fortunately, I was on-call for work, and they did not use me so I made it a point to stay in bed for as long as possible! I have to thank the puppies for making this possible. After the first time of going out and getting fed, they let me stay in bed until about 2pm. I got to catch up on all my tv, and took a nap! I then got up at 2 and realized I was being a bum! I was going to call Chris to ask him to stop and get something for dinner, but then I realized, I can go to the store. We had nothing in the house, but I was just going to buy enough to get by! Enough for dinner and breakfast, and maybe a snack or two.
Well, I leaned 2 things whilst at the grocery store! First, I should never going to the store when I am either hungry, sick, or irritated! As I had eaten a bowl of soup before I left, apparently I was still starving! Everything seemed to jump into my cart and I just wanted to eat it right then and there! However, I am still battling food aversions, so whatever didn't make it into the cart, made me want to throw up! There were just some aisles that I had to avoid because I knew there was going to be one thing on that aisle that was going to make me sick! This, along with my not feeling well all day, led me to being irritable. I was doing ok, or so I thought, until I wanted to buy one thing which needed a coupon that was available at the front of the store, but I couldn't seem to find it anywhere! I then asked someone that worked there and he looked at me like I was crazy! He then had to ask 3 people about it and finally the last person was able to help me! The coupon was hidden in the cash registers! That's a great place for customer's to be able to find it! By this time I was willing to pay the extra dollar just so I could be on my way! It was not that big of a deal, but I tried to remain calm and everything was fine. I then picked up my last few items and hopped into line. A line that looked the shortest, with only 1 person in front of me. No no no, that was not the case! The cashier was a elderly, and was taking her sweet time ringing and bagging the 20 different cans of food the gentleman was buying! OMG, I though it would never end! But then it was my turn to start putting my groceries on the conveyer belt, and everything was going my way. Except, the gentleman then decided to pay with a check, which he didn't even start filling out until everything was bagged and in his cart. Then he had to find his driver's license and give it to the nice elderly lady who had to stare at it for a minute before processing it. One would think this was as bad as it could get, but no... There was a mother/daughter who came up right behind me and started putting their items on the belt, not a problem, but then the daughter decided that she wanted a Snicker's Bar, which just happened to be right where I was standing! So she got her Snickers, and in the process kept hitting me and pushing me so that she could get it. Now, this child was a good 5-6 years old, so she should've known better! And mommy was no better... completely oblivious to what was going on. I finally had to say something when she kept hitting my butt! The kicker was, the little girl kept complaining that she didn't have any room because she was smushed between her cart and me! Hello, mother! Please watch your child! All I could think was I would never let my child behave like that! I try so hard to be courteous of others that my child will most likely will be by my side the whole time! Anyway, so then it was my turn to check out and everything was fine! I was just happy to be out of Publix and on my way home to go back to bed! It had been an exhausting trip!
The second thing I learned was that I am probably going to have a baby girl! Everything that jumped into the cart seemed to be all of my grandma's favorite foods. Twix bars, which she always kept in her house for when we came over, Donuts, but not just any donuts, the chocolate Entertainman's (or whatever they are called)! She always kept those in the freezer, and I have to say, I would usually help myself to those when I was there, too! This is mainly coming on because Chris and I have been discussing names, and we decided that the firstborn should be named after someone special to us. Well, we are not for-sure on a boys name, but I know that if we have a girl, her name will be Allison June. Allison, or Allie, was my best friend in high school that died in a car accident right before my senior year! I have a tattoo on my ankle that reminds me of her, it's the Chinese symbol for heaven and her initials right under it. It helps me realize that life is short and not guaranteed. June was my grandmother's name. She was the most godly, spiritual woman I ever knew, and I regret everyday that I did not get to know her better. I've heard a lot of stories about her since her death in 2002 (just 2 months after Allie died) and I know that she loved me so much. My aunt Linda moved into her house and found several boxes of brownies in the cabinet because we would bake brownies together, because she knew it was my favorite thing to do with her! We are going to call Allison June AJ because Chris likes to go by CJ, and I think it would be nice to have an AJ. I can already see her now, a little tom-boy but dressed in purples and pinks because it's moms favorite!
I can't decide if I hope it's a girl since I already have her named picked out or just because I want one, but I am excited for whatever we end up with! I am starting to agree with Chris now. I just want him/her here now so that we can play with them... and dress them up! Sorry this was so long, I was not intending it to be, but I guess I just have a lot on my mind right now!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Happy Monday

I am not one that loves Mondays, but today was not such a bad day! The weather was absolutely perfect, and even though I had to work, it was nice. People were very friendly today, and only 1 needy customer! I have to say, I don't know if it is the hormones or me just working with stupid customers, but my patience has been so low lately! At least once a day there is that customer that makes me just want to yell at them and tell them off, and then say, "I'm pregnant, you can't say anything about me!" However, I do appreciate my job, so I have not done this yet! I have also been more emotional lately, which I can pretty much blame just on the hormones because I am not a super emotional person. Every time I look at a picture of my baby it makes me want to cry. I will just sit and stare at it for awhile and just be amazed as to how much he/she has grown in just 2 weeks. Chris keeps saying we need to rent a home ultrasound machine and at first I laughed at him, now I just want to look at my baby and see how big he is growing!
On a sadder note, I read something today that made me almost want to cry. I read that at 11 weeks old, a baby can feel pain. Which means that I can't figure out why our government thinks it's ok to "terminate" pregnancies up to 18 weeks old. I can't even imagine what position a woman must be in to terminate the pregnancy and know everything that I know. I hate to be on a soapbox, and I don't mean to judge, but after seeing my baby, I can't imagine doing anything to harm him! I'm scared to death that I am going to do something accidentally or that I might miscarry and be devastated!
On a lighter note now, one of my friends I used to work with had been trying to have children for awhile and couldn't so they started the adoption process. About 4-5 years later they finally made it to the point where they could be selected to be parents. On Monday of last week, they found out that they had been chosen to be parents but the mother had until Friday to change her mind. Well, they brought home little baby Sam to their house today, and they are now the new proud parents! I am so excited for them because I know that they have wanted a baby for a long time. I know that God has a reason for everything, and now that baby Sam is their's I am sure that they will be the best parents!
I'm sure you can see the pattern of this post, and that  is that I am so freaking happy I can't contain myself sometimes! I know I let my emotions get the best of me sometimes, but that makes me who I am!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Our 2nd Baby Photo

Chris and I went to the doctor yesterday and we got to see our little baby again! I just love looking at him! I am fascinated by how much he has grown and how he looks so much like a little person and he is only a little over an inch long! I have to say, I keep using the word "him" but we don't know if that's true. I just don't like saying it or he/she, so therefore, he it is! Anyway, his birthday has changed a little bit... he is now due October 2 instead of the 8! He apparently is a big boy! He was also moving like crazy! He looked like he was practicing his ninja moves... and I swear, one picture looks like he is dancing! He is already starting to look like his daddy! We were also able to hear the baby's heartbeat, to which I cried! It was so amazing hearing the heartbeat beating so fast! The doctor said that everything was looking great with me and the baby! We do not go back to the doctor until April 8, so no more baby pics until then! :-(

This picture looks like the baby is practicing his punch and ninja moves! 
 This picture reminds me of Chris! He looks like he is dancing and doing the jig!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

I just figured out how to use our scanner, so I was able to upload our baby's first ultrasound. This was taken Feb 22, as you will see, and we were 81/2-9 weeks preggers. We are going back on Fri for the next ultrasound so that the Dr. can date our baby and give us an exact due date. He said that he doesn't trust these machines all that much, so we are going in for the long ultrasound... where you drink the stuff and it's external (this ultrasound was an internal picture!). 

I also started making Chris take pictures of me so that we can see the baby bump forming. I know it seems early, but I feel like I can see one forming already, but I think I might be seeing things (Chris too, cause he was the first to mention my bump!). 

This picture was taken on February 11, 2011 (I think... I could be a week or so off!)
Canela wanted to take the picture with me! Isn't she so cute! 
I see a little baby bump growing... I swear, I was not pushing out my tummy either! 
And me with the doggies... they are just so cute, I had to add them! 

Baby Olive

So I am now 10 weeks pregnant, and supposedly my baby is the size of an olive. I can't believe that something that small is killing me! Yesterday I stayed in bed all day (with the exception of getting up to go to the bathroom like 100 times, and then letting the dogs out) and tried to sleep. I felt so nauseous and sick, I never threw up though, which I think was a bad thing... I feel like I might have felt better if I had. I kept feeling that if I ate something I would feel better... not so much! I tried goldfish, corn pops, and fruit, and all of them left me feeling nothing but more sick! Chris finally went to the store and bought me some PowerAde and that seemed to sit well! At least I got some fluids in me, which according to the doctor, the most important thing! Fortunately enough, I haven't been working that much, due to the "off season," so I did get to sleep all day.
I woke up this morning, feeling the same as I do most every morning, my tummy growling, either because it is upset or hungry. So, I took the dogs out and got a bowl of cereal and it stayed down and didn't make me too sick; again, a little nauseated, but nothing I'm not used to by now! Chris then invited me to lunch, which I was iffy about, but we went and had a good time. I had a salad and bowl of chili (only ate half of each) and then split an ice cream cone afterwards. I then came home and felt kind of sick, so I took a nap, and woke up feeling refreshed and good. Chris came home and we took the dogs for a walk around the neighborhood (about a 3 mile walk) and then came home and I finished my lunch. I feel great right now! So I'm not sure if this is a morning/afternoon sickness or if I just ate something bad. I'm also trying different prenatal vitamins, so that could be a factor too!
Chris and I go to the doctor on Friday, so I will be sure to ask him if these symptoms are normal, or if I am just being a hypochondriac. We will also get to see our little baby and hear the heartbeat, so I am very excited! We are then going to stop by Pottery Barn Kids and buy our crib, so it is making it all so real! I will post more after the visit and hope to have pictures up by then!
Thanks y'all!
(I've been watching Paula Dean lately! )

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Telling My Mom

Now that my husband knew, I had to tell my mom. I am like the worst person at keeping secrets, especially if they are my own. I know, but I like talking to people and telling them everything. So my mom was planning on coming over for the Super Bowl, but decided last minute to not come. I had it all planned to wrap up a cute set of baby bibs that I had bought that said "Grandma Loves Me" and "Grandma Said I Could." But since she wasn't coming over, I didn't know how to tell her. I knew she wanted to find out in person, but I also knew that she would rather know now instead of a month from now. So I decided to take the same outfit that I used to tell Chris and tell her... except, I added the pregnancy test with it so she would know. So I took a picture and texted it to her and about a minute later I got a text back... Are you trying to tell me something? And then like 2 seconds later I got a call. "Answer the phone, Answer the phone!" she said as I was answering the phone. She then asked if it was for real, and I said yes! And we both were excited and I cried a little. It was a great time! I do enjoy telling people! I can't wait until everyone knows! Right now, only family and some coworkers know, since we are waiting until the 12 week mark to tell everyone else!

Telling My Husband

I found out I was pregnant on Feb 1, 2011, which just so happens to be our 9 month anniversary. So, I decided to go out a buy a baby Falcon's outfit (hence Baby Falcie) and wrap it up for Chris. Chris came home and we were eating dinner when I showed him the gift. He was surprised that I bought him something, but when he opened it, he didn't seem too surprised but the outfit. I kept waiting for him to get happy, but he never did. He said that he thought it was just a joke, something on sale that I bought. I then said that it was not a joke, it was for our baby that was going to arrive in about 8 months. He kept saying "Are you sure, are you kidding me." To which I said, I had another test that was unused, so he followed me to the bathroom and I took the next test, which came out positive again! He was still in shock, but managed to call him mother and tell her, but swear not to tell anyone. We, of course, were not ready for anyone to know, since we were still reeling from the news!

Welcome to Our Baby Blog

My husband and I found out about 3 weeks ago that we were expecting and we are super excited! We went to the doctor last week and saw our little "Peanut" for the first time! I, of course, started crying and Chris was all smiles! He keeps saying that he wants the baby to come now so that he can play with him/her! I told him there wont be much playing anytime soon, but he is still excited. I am so ready to be in the second trimester, but I still have 3 to 4 weeks to endure the "morning"sickness. I use the quotations because my mornings seem to be all day affairs, which I know is normal, but I hate being sick... and I am kind of a baby when it comes to it. I like to be taken care of when I am sick, and Chris has been doing a great job of it, but I feel bad since it's lasted for so long. I am also starting to miss food... The food I want to eat makes me sick, and the rest of the food in the world is making me sick just thinking about it! I seem to be addicted to Chinese food this week, and cupcakes, but even after eating it, I feel sick. It makes me want to avoid eating all together, which I know is not the answer! Anyway, enough with my pity-party, but maybe someone can relate and give me a little sympathy, although, I know I am not the first one to go through this, and hopefully, this will not be the last time for me to go through it, so I better suck it up and get used to it!
Chris and I go back to the doctor next week, on the 11, to get another ultrasound and hear the baby's heartbeat. We will also get an official due date for our baby. As of right now, it is October 8, so we will have ourselves a little Libra. It will also be here for football season, which will be good if we keep calling him Baby Falcie. Chris and I had a stupid bet last year when the Falcons were like 4-2. He said that they were going to the Super Bowl, and I said that if they go to the Super Bowl and win we will name our first baby, Falcon. Well, the Falcon's did not go to the Super Bowl so we have nothing to worry about; however, we kept calling him Baby Faclie so now the name has stuck. So in future posts you will probably see me refer to our baby as Baby Falcie or Peanut (that's what Chris calls it). Until next time, have a good day!