Jason and I haven't really had too many dates. He left me 3 weeks after we met to come to Alaska, and has pretty much been here ever since. We have had a worst date though. I came up here and lived last January for three months, so I was here for Valentine's Day. I had already told him not to get me anything because I didn't have a job and couldn't afford to get him anything, so we had already decided we weren't doing anything special for stupid Valentine's Day. Well, he had been gone the whole week before, and got home on Valentine's Day. I had been stuck in the house all week, and wanted to get out, and I told him that. So I got up super early--like 8 a.m., which is super early for me--and took a shower, so OBVIOUSLY I was planning on getting out of the house. I finish getting ready and the chode is asleep in the recliner!!! I was already hormonal, and missing my family--so pretty much an emotional wreck. I locked myself in the spare bedroom for the rest of the day and cried. I was so mad at him for going to sleep because I had been stuck in the house all week and needed to get out.
Well I was already in a bad mood, and then he comes in and after pretty much BEGGING, convinces me to go to the movies and dinner with him. Turns out, we are going to the movies to meet up with a guy that he works with and his wife, and I don't find out about this until we get out of the truck and see them walking towards us!!!! I was so mad, because he KNEW I was in a horrible mood, and I just couldn't get rid of it like that. So I had to be around this couple that I barely knew, and put on a pretty face and pretend to be happy when I was the farthest thing from happy. Anyways, I put on my happy face towards them, but continued to let Jason know with glares behind their backs that I was PISSED. I got over it, and knew that we would get some alone time after the movie.
NOT! We are walking out of the movie and Jason's friend is like "so where do ya'll want to eat??" I'm thinking "SERIOUSLY??????" So needless to say, we spent another hour with them, another hour that I had to put on a happy face when I was FUMING inside.
Jason now knows that 1. When I'm in a bad mood--do not put me in a situation like that and 2. IF you are going to take me out on Valentine's Day, do NOT take me on a double date. Poor thing--that was the first time I think I really blew up on him, and he didn't know WHAT to do :o)
So that was our worst date...not terrible, but I was not a happy camper!
She's finally here! I know everyone probably knew that already, sorry I've been a slacker and haven't posted since...Wednesday...I think? My days are so mixed up now, I don't know one day from another so let me try to get this right.
Last time I posted I think was Wednesday night, after we had gotten back from the hospital and were supposed to go back at ten for another dose of the Cytotec. Funny thing--I just looked back and it WAS Wednesday night, and my post was titled 'No News'. I posted at 8:24 pm, and said nothing was going on. I must have been eating my dinner at that point and watching American Idol. After I finished eating, I got up, busted a couple of dance moves like the nurse told me to do, and five minutes later got up to take a shower and felt a 'POP' and my water broke! This was at 8:45. True Story :o) After my water broke I noticed my bloody show and mucus plug, and knew that my water had broken FOR SURE, so I had Jason call the hospital and let them know and I took a shower. By the time I got out of the shower I had gone from not feeling my contractions to being in full blown labor. My contractions were about 3 minutes apart and were lasting 60 to 90 seconds. I tried to get ready, I really did. I wanted to put my makeup on and at least blow dry my hair so I would look decent for a couple of pictures when we got to the hospital--that didn't happen. I managed to get my hair up in a ponytail and my clothes on and at that point was ready to go. I remember having to stop every few minutes and call Jason in to hug me during my contractions while I tried to breath through them. By the time we were ready to go, Jason was asking if I wanted to bring the laptop and I screamed at him and told him I didn't care to just HURRY UP!!! :o) Sorry Jason :o)
So we drove to the hospital, got there and got back into my beautiful hospital gown and I started hounding them for drugs. I didn't want to throwup--I am terrified of throwup and they told me that I needed to pretty much get over that--evidently most women throwup when they are in labor. We had to wait for Dr. Todd to come in and check me, but I remember the nurse told me that by looking at my contractions I was probably dilated about 4-7 cm. I was excited to hear that but also scared because I knew that there was a point that would be too late for drugs, and I NEEDED drugs. ASAP. So finally the Dr. came in and checked and I was only 2.5 cm, so I told her I wanted medicine so I wouldn't throw up and I wanted something for the pain. She gave me Phenergan (sp?) for nausea, but wanted to wait on pain medicine until I was at least 4 cm, because it could slow things down. So we waited for maybe an hour (this is coming from Jason at this point, I can only remember a few details), and I was begging for pain medicine so they got the Dr. to come in and check again and she told them I could have some Demerol. Let me tell ya'll, that mess didn't do CRAP for me. Jason says he thinks that it toned my contractions down a little, but I don't think so. Those things HURT like the devil. People always told me that contractions feel like really bad menstrual cramps. I don't agree-they feel like the devil crawled in your stomach and is twisting your insides. Ugh. I'm in pain just thinking about them. That's what I dread the most about having another child--the contractions!
So from what I can calculate, I got the Demerol around midnight. I think I dosed on and off for a little while there, waking up for every contraction which was every few minutes. I know somewhere in there I wanted to take a bath, so I went in the bathroom and they put a chair in the shower and I just sat there spraying the hot water on my stomach, which seemed to make me feel a tiny bit better. At this point I was dilating about 1 cm per hour. Around 3 am the Dr. came in to check and said I could finally get my spinal tap, which is similar to an epidural except that it doesn't last as long, and doesn't numb you. She injected morphine into my spinal area--thats as detailed as that gets because I don't really understand much about that stuff. What I do know is that mess made me feel MUCH better. It seemed to have gotten rid of the contractions all together, but I could still feel the pressure. I was able to get a little sleep after this and so was Jason. The nurses kept coming in and checking on us, and told me to let her know when I started feeling like I needed to push.
I guess it was around 6am, I started feeling a TON of pressure--like I needed to take a poop. I told the nurse and she went and got the Dr., who came in and checked me. I was almost fully dilated so at this point everyone just stayed in the room and started getting things ready. I remember I kept telling them that I really needed to take a crap, and they kept telling me that it was okay, they would just push it out of the way if I did. That didn't sound like a game plan to me. I tried to get over the idea of pooping all over the bed, in front of a bunch of strangers, and I just couldn't deal, so I finally asked them if I could just go try to poop. First, the nurse wanted to sit in there and watch me--that wasn't cool. Finally she let Jason come in to sit with me, so I sat there and tried and tried--but nothing. Jason said he kept looking down there to make sure I wasn't pooping out a baby, ha! So with no luck pooping, we went back to the bed. When I laid back down Dr. Todd finally told me that I could start pushing. I started pushing at 7am, pushing about 3-4 times every time I had a contraction. Everyone always told me you just push like you are taking the biggest crap ever, but I didn't really think I would be pushing like that, I thought I would push with my stomach. Nope. You literally push like you are pushing out a crap that will NOT come out. And you push and push and push. So I pushed and pushed and pushed, and finally they started saying they could see her head so I kept pushing and pushing. From here everything happened so quick I don't even really know what happened, I just know that Dr. Todd wanted to cut me and she gave me a shot to numb me, which hurt, but not any worse than pushing a baby out. Then I could feel her snipping away, UGH, but that didn't hurt. So I pushed out her head, that hurt but not as bad as the contractions and I remember there being a panic about her shoulders being a little wide so they got the suction and put it on her and had the nurses push my belly to help bring her on out. And there it was! My little 'crap' was out! Well, actually it wasn't. I STILL had the urge to take a big crap! Eventually, Dr. Todd told me to push one more time, and I pushed one little push and PLOP! Out came the placenta--thats what it felt like, another gush of relief, and THEN my 'crap' was out :o)
They whisked her away from me and cleaned her up, she wasn't crying at first so they didn't put her on my chest, and I was sad because I wanted to see her :o( I do remember asking if she had five fingers and five toes, they said no, but she has ten fingers and ten toes, ha! Yeah, I was a little out of it--the rest of the day was a blur...
Sorry if that is more detailed than ya'll would like, but people have been asking for details so there ya have em!
Well, we have been at the hospital almost all day, and I still don't have much news.
We got there at 8 this morning, and she checked my cervix--no change. She gave me another Cytotec, made us sit for 2 hours, and then let us go home until 2. We came home and took a short nap and went back to the hospital so she could check me again. This time we had a little progress, and my cervix is now ALMOST completely thinned out. She gave me another one, hoping for the same progress, but none this time. So she sent us home, told me to walk around, relax, eat and come back at 10. She will check when we go back and decide from there whether or not she wants to try one more, and let us spend the night so we can actually get some rest tonight, or if she wants to go ahead and start pitocin!
So that's all I really have for now--hopefully some exciting news to report in the morning :o) My mama will be here tomorrow afternoon, I can't wait to see her!!!!!
It's 6:30am--10:30am EST--and I am about to take a shower and get ready to go BACK to the hospital. We went in last night at 10 for another dose of cytotec, which worked its magic and got things going pretty good (as far as I can FEEL, anyways). We stayed for a few hours to wait and make sure I didn't go into full blown labor, and eventually left around 2am. My contractions were about 3 minutes apart, but I still wasn't in a lot of pain so the nurse wanted us to come home and get some rest. We are supposed to be back around 8 for another dose of cytotec, unless I get there and they check my cervix and I am dilated and my contractions are what they want to see--then we will just continue on with labor!
I have been in a little pain since we got home. I say 'little' only because I don't know how bad it can really get, but from what I have heard it can get excruciating, and since my pain isn't close to excruciating yet, I will say little. But I'm very uncomfortable and have been all night, meaning about 1 hour of sleep for me-yay! Luckily Jason is getting his rest, because I need him to be rested up so he can support me :o)
So that's it for now! Hopefully we will see some progress and this will be the last dose of cytotec and we won't get sent home to 'wait it out' anymore :o) Paislee is almost ready to make her debut!
Prayers for a quick and safe delivery and a healthy baby GREATLY appreciated!!
Well folks, I hope I'm not jinxing myself by saying--I THINK THIS IS IT!
We went to the Dr. today, and my blood pressure was still up. Other than that everything looked okay, but she seemed to be really concerned about it and said that she didn't like it at all. So she sent me to the hospital for another non-stress test--for those who don't know what that is, they just hook you up to monitors for half an hour and monitor the baby's movement and heartbeat, and also any contractions that you may or may not be having. It places no stress on the baby, it just checks on her to make sure that SHE is okay. Anyways, she said the baby looked good, but wanted to try another dose of Cytotec to try and ripen my cervix. The last dose that I got on Thursday hadn't done anything, so she said we would try again, and then I could come in tomorrow morning for another dose. At this point with my blood pressure on the rise, she doesn't want to risk any complications or risk me having to be airlifted to Anchorage for an emergency. SO, she wants to induce, but doesn't want to start Pitocin which will bring on contractions, without my cervix being on the same level and ready to go.
Anyways, after lying in the hospital for 2 hours waiting for the Cytotec to dissolve, the nurse came in and said that I had been having contractions that were less than five minutes apart, but I hadn't been feeling anything. She called my doctor, who said to send me home and if I have any signs of labor to come back in--if not, come back tonight at 10 for another dose of Cytotec.
Sorry that's just a quick and probably confusing run through of what is going on, but I wanted to post this so if anyone has any questions about what has happened up to this point, I can send them here, since its a lot to try to explain through a text :o) The nurse said at this point they hope to see a baby within 48 hours! Fingers crossed and prayers greatly appreciated!
Last night Jason and I went into a cleaning frenzy and by the time we were finished my back and feet were killing me and I was give out! So I retired to the living room and planted my butt in the chair for the night. When it was time for dessert-- something we never miss in this house-- Jason decided HE was going to fix it and I was not to get up...
We had strawberry shortcake-- with Jason's special touch. Isn't he just the cutest? :0) He's too sweet!
Dr.'s appointment today-- I'll update later, hopefully from my phone while laying in a hospital bed ;0)
Happy Tuesday!! It's almost hump day which means it's almost the weekend!!!
Ohhh man. This is an embarrassing one. This weeks 'Married Mondays' topic is about pooting :o) Who 'tooted' first?
Now if you know me, I mean REALLY know me--you know that I'm not too embarrassed to poot in front of people--ONCE I get to know them. I have never understood the gals that couldn't poot in front of their boyfriends or husbands. I mean yeah, I usually wait a few months until I'm comfortable around them, but I could never marry someone that I couldn't poot in front of. That was always one thing I had to have in a man: one that accepted my poots, ha! If they didn't, I would blow up!
Well, there is no question as to who pooted first--obviously it was him. It just wasn't a big deal--you know, guys fart all the time--so unfortunately there is no funny story to go along with it. So I will tell you about the first time I pooted in front of him--the night I met him :o)
From the time we all got to Jason's friends house, Jason was CONSTANTLY burping. And I mean burping like I have never heard before. LOUD and CONSTANT. And not just because he was drinking--he burps like that ALL THE TIME. I was trying to get Jason to teach me how since I CANNOT burp--it just doesn't happen, ask anyone. Anyways, I guess the 'friend' that I was with that night thought it would be funny to try to embarrass me and tell everyone that even though I couldn't burp, I could "fart on command". Too bad for her, and lucky for me--I didn't care. I wasn't trying to impress these guys and didn't really care what they thought of me. Sadly, they thought it sounded pretty cool and wanted to see for themselves. Here is a little history on this "farting on command" thing--when I was little, and complained about a stomach ache, my mom always said it was gas. She said that if I would put my butt up in the air, I would poot and feel better since gas rises! Ha! Yes she was full of it, but guess what? It works! Everyone should try it next time they have gas pains! ha!!!! Ughh, this is embarrassing. Anyways....
The guys wanted to see this "farting on command". I told them I would only do it if someone else would do it with me. So of course, gassy Jason agreed. We were outside so someone had to give me their flip flops to put my knees on, and Jason and I got down on the ground and into position. Before everyone knew it, I farted and they were all dying. They thought it was hilarious, and honestly--it was :o)
So that's the story. Jason swears thats what made him realize that he had to have me and that I was the one for him--think he is lying?? On another note, the first time he came to my apartment I walked in my bedroom (my bathroom was in my bedroom) and he was in the bathroom, sitting on the toilet, door wide open, reading a Cosmopolitan. That makes me feel better :o) That's why we work so well together, we're not shy at all.
Hope you enjoyed my pooting story--don't judge me! :o)
Thursday night Jason and I had planned to do a date night, since it will probably be a while before we get a chance to have another one. With all of our hospital/high blood pressure drama--date night got cancelled :o(
Friday, we had plans to go to a guy's house that Jason works with for dinner, but we ended up having to cancel because I felt HORRIBLE all day, and was in tears for most of it.
Finally, I woke up yesterday morning feeling fabulous (as fabulous as I can feel at this point) and had TONS of energy (again, as much energy as I can have at this point). So I told Jason that we needed to get OUT of the house and do something. Around noon we got out, went to the post office and to our favorite restaurant in Valdez, The Harbor Cafe, and had lunch. We decided to come BACK to The Harbor Cafe that night for dinner. We have never been for dinner, but had heard that it is a MUST and the best meal you will have in Valdez. So after lunch we wasted time and went walking down on the docks at the harbor, and then we went and watched 'Valentine's Day' at the civic center, and then went back to The Harbor Cafe for dinner. I had the Filet Mignon, which was covered in a creamy mushroom sauce--and it was HEAVENLY. Jason had the crab stuffed halibut--I didn't try it because I don't like seafood, but it looked good!
After our 'romantic dinner' we came home, miserable, and sat around for the rest of the night. I was convinced that we were going to get some action--for sure. But nothing. And today--nothing. I'm starting to wonder if she will ever come out on her own, or if Dr. Todd will have to evict her. Either way, I'm ready and so is Jason. We had our last date night, now it's time for baby to come. COME ON PAISLEE!!!!!!!!
I loooove to travel, and I married the perfect man to do it with! Being in the Coast Guard, it looks like we will see a lot of the country, and hopefully every single state. So far I have only been to a few states:
I have been to other states, but just in airports, so I'm not counting them. We will travel through quite a few states I haven't been to on our cross-country road trip this summer as well. I hope to see every single state before I die!
2. Eventually live (very) close to a beach
When I lived in NC I was only a short hour or so from the beach. Now Jason has dragged me to a place I never thought I would see, and honestly, never cared to see. I HATE cold weather, and it seems like Jason LOVES it. Jason wanted to spend another year here, and I absolutely did not, so we compromised. Go somewhere else that he can hunt--so to Maine it is! After our 2 years in Maine, I am hoping to be back in NC, and living VERY close to a beach--which won't be hard since he is in the COAST guard :o) Or even better...HAWAII!!!! I have a few friends living there now, and just seeing pictures from their everyday life makes me SO JEALOUS. It seems like everyday is a vacation! What a perfect few years that would be! I would even be happy with Florida-anywhere really with a beach and warm weather would make me a happy girl :o)
3. Design and build our dream house
Since we will be moving around every few years for the next 15 years (or so), it will be a while before we can really settle down somewhere permanent and build our dream house. I am fine with that--I knew what this life would be like when I married Jason, and like I said, I love to travel so I don't mind. When we DO finally get somewhere permanent, I want to design our dream house from the bottom up--and have it built. Until then, we will have fun looking at all of our different options, and figuring out EXACTLY what we want when the time finally comes to design our dream house :o)
4. Have this BABY!
Okay, I know this shouldn't count, but I'm running out of ideas. All I really ever wanted in life was to get married to the perfect man (check) and have a little family! Sadly, my career goals have always been to be a housewife--cook, clean, take care of my man and children, have dinner on the table, etc. Anyways, since this is relavent and (hopefully) good news, I thought I would throw this little bit of info in here! When I went to the Dr. Tuesday my blood pressure was a little higher than usual and I had some protein in my urine. My Dr. told me to monitor my BP and that if it got above 140/90 to call or come in. So Jason went and bought a BP monitor, and we have been keeping track of it for the past few days. We noticed a few spikes that were over 140/90, so we decided to call the Dr. yesterday afternoon (or my mom told me I needed to). So we called and they wanted us to come in so they could check on everything. After seeing me, my Dr. decided to do an ultrasound and a non-stress test, just to make sure the baby was okay. The baby was fine--wild as ever, and looking to be right at 8lbs :o) Since we ARE in the middle of nowhere, and my Dr. wants as few complications as possible, she decided that she wanted to prepare my cervix, so if she decided to induce due to my high blood pressure, everything would be ready to go. So she gave me a dose of some pill--cytotec--and made me lay there for 2 hours while it dissolved in my cervix. She said that this could bring on labor, or it could do nothing but ripen my cervix. Soooo...we are hoping it brings on labor. Either way, I think we will be having a baby sooner, rather than later--we hope so!
5. Be the best Mom & Wife that I can be
I don't know if this really qualifies as 'bucket list material' but I'm putting it up here anyways. I know that raising children is the hardest job that I will ever have, but I am so excited and cannot WAIT to get started. I want to raise well-behaved children (who doesn't?) with good values, good manners and fun, loving personalities. I want to be the mom that decorates the house for all of the holidays, sends packed lunches with notes and sandwiches cut with cookie cutters that coordinate with special days of the week or holidays. I want to make breakfast every morning, and have dinner ready every night. I want to start and keep family traditions, and teach my children how important your family is. I want to give my children everything they need, and a lot of things that they want, but also teach them how important it is to give to others. I want to teach my children what my mama taught me, and be as good as a mom to them as she was to me. I also want to be the mom that my kids can come to for anything, and tell anything. I also want to be this kind of wife to Jason because he deserves that and I know he will be the best husband and father to my children that I could have ever asked for :o) And that's as mushy as I'm going to get.
So there is my bucket list! I know, kind of boring but it's the simple things in life that mean the most :o)
Happy Friday! Hopefully there will be a baby post to follow very soon....
Hello! I know, I've been slacking in the blogging department this week! Is it sad that I feel guilty when I go a day without blogging? I'm sure that finding something to blog about will get much easier when I have a screaming baby around--but then when will I find the time?? Oh man, my life is about to change in a big way.
--I went to the Doctor for my weekly checkup on Tuesday, and although there was no change in my cervix, the baby has finally DROPPED! I knew she had, this feeling that I have adopted this week CANNOT be a normal feeling. I thought I was waddling before--now its more like I'm pushing myself from one foot...to the other..back...and forth, side to side. I'm sure it's pretty entertaining to watch but dang it HURTS!
--I woke up this morning with a stuffy nose--which has become a normal thing for the past 9 months, did anyone else suffer from a stuffy nose throughout their WHOLE pregnancy? I've read that it's normal, but I hope it doesn't come back with my next pregnancy. Anyways, aside from a stuffy nose, I also have a runny nose. How does that happen? And I can't stop sneezing. I swear if I have to change my underwear one more time, I'm going to scream! Ha!
--Tonight Jason and I are going on what will probably be our last date for a very long time. We are going to the civic center here in Valdez for their weekly movie--Valentine's Day! I'm excited! :o)
--Last night for dinner we had Mexican--Jason made the comment that this would probably be the last time we had to have Mexican Night without Margaritas--whoo hoo!
--Might I add that last night was the first meal in 2 days that didn't consist of bacon, lettuce, tomatoes and miracle whip? We have been on a major BLT kick in this house--Jason suggested them the other night for dinner and I have been HOOKED ever since. We have been through a head of lettuce, a pack of bacon, about 10 tomatoes (Jason likes lots of tomatoes on his BLT) half of a huge jar of Miracle Whip and TWO loaves of bread this week. And I'm STILL excited for him to get home for lunch today so we can make BLT's for lunch :o)
--Did anyone ever get a steak dinner in the hospital after they had their children--especially you Valdez ladies. When Jason and I went to pre-register at the hospital, they said that after I have the baby we will get a nice steak dinner. My mom said she has heard of a lot of places that do that--but not me! I don't remember my sister ever telling me about that, and I think she would have told me about a steak dinner! My question is--will it be worth a crap? Come on, we all know how bad hospital food is--can they really pull off a good steak dinner or am I going to have to call for backup??
--Strawberries were buy 1 get 1 free at the grocery store yesterday. I know it seems like no big deal, but it's a big deal here and to me. First of all, usually when you see strawberries here in Valdez they are half green/white or half brown/rotten. Second, you know those little plastic containers they come in? $6.29. Yes, OUTRAGEOUS. So you can imagine how happy I was yesterday when we went to the store and I could get TWO of those plastic containers for just $6.29 AND those strawberries are as red and shiny as they get! See what Alaska will do to a person?
--Bags are packed, and ready to go! I have Paislee's outfits with her matching bows--which now I'm worried they will be too big for her sweet little head :o( I have all of my nursing gowns, which look like moo-moo's, and my non-slip socks, ha! I have my toiletries, pregnancy books, and 'after care' items, I'm sure you ladies know what I mean :o). Now we are just waiting for the big day. I haven't had ANY signs of labor really. I have had a few unidentified 'cramps' but I don't think they were contractions of any kind. I HAVE been extremely ill and moody this week--so maybe that's a sign? Doctor did say that we
'could' have a baby this week, but she didn't say that we WOULD. PLEASE oh PLEASE Paislee, don't be late. Both your Mama and Daddy are always on time, so you should be too! Oh, and if you don't come out soon--your daddy might leave me! :-O
Here are the guesses for this week--forgive me if I mess them up, so many people have guessed so many different days, it's all getting clustered in my brain!
Today--Me. ONLY because Grey's Anatomy is a re-run tonight and I am convinced they did that so I wouldn't have to miss it :o) Also, my friend Lauralee that took those pictures for us yesterday..well she is a baby whisperer. She took my friend Ann's pregnancy pictures and the next day Ann went into labor--we are praying for the same results :o)
-March 19--Monica & Jason
-March 20--Ann & Lindsay Jones
-March 21, 8lbs. 2 oz-Lauralee. Lauralee also guessed the day that Ann's little girl would be born. So today or Sunday--Lauralee, I am HOPING you are right! This is also my friend Alex's guess.
-March 22--Due date
-March 23--Stephanie from Marriage Tales
-March 25--Valerie's guess, Alex had guessed this day but changed her mind :o)
-March 26-My Mom's guess
-March 27-Jason's last guess
-March 30-Stephanie Larson
-April 1--my last guess (since I will be induced on this day if we don't have a baby yet!)
Whew! That's a lot to keep up with! Luckily I have this nifty pregnancy journal & organizer to keep it all in!
I have LOVED this thing for the past nine months. A friend bought it for me when I first found out I was pregnant, and I have been documenting EVERYTHING for the past nine months. It has pages you can fill out about first kicks, and other special moments, Dr.'s appointments, weight gain tracker, gifts received, checklists for what to bring to the hospital and what you need for baby, etc. It also has spaces for every day, like a journal, so you can write whatever you want. I have put anything from what I craved that day or ate that day, to how I was feeling, who made me mad, etc. I think its a really neat way to be able to remember everything, and one day I will pass it down to Paislee so she will know what to expect when SHE is expecting. The good, bad and UGLY :o) I recommend everyone get one when you get pregnant, you will be so happy that you did!
Okay, enough blabbing! I'm off for my mid-morning nap :o) Hope everyone has had a great week--it's almost the weekend!!!!
Today my friend Lauralee met Jason and I in town to take some last minute pregnancy/cow photos. Out of the 150 that she took, I found about 10 that I could stand to let other people see. Yeah, it's time to have a baby--like now before I blow my brains out--just kidding. I'm not that kind of person. But seriously, lets get this show on the road. Thank you Lauralee for coming out in the freezing cold today and taking these pictures for us!!
Sadly, I can't really remember a 'first date' that Jason and I had. We never had an official first date. Everytime we went out to eat we were with other people, so I don't really count those as first dates. He did come to Greenville the Friday that we left for our 'beach trip'--remember? The weekend we 'fell in love'?? ha! Anyways, he came to Greenville to get something done to his truck before his big road trip across the country, and we had breakfast at Chick-fil-A ( I didn't eat, I was too nervous), and we had lunch at Arby's--I finally ate, I was starving. Then we went and got my eyebrows waxed--while he watched, pretty embarrassing for me, amusing for him :o) That was the first time we were alone together, so I guess that could count as our first date :o) Nothing special, but we enjoyed ourselves. Obviously :o)
If you see a crazy lady on the side of the road in Valdez, Alaska doing something that looks similar to this...
....It's just me trying to get Paislee to come out! Ha! Unfortunately, there is too much snow for this--but you better believe if the ground wasn't covered, and I could wear something besides flip flops--everyone in town would be in for a real treat!
It's the 14th! That means today and tomorrow we are on 'labor watch' because these are my arrival day guesses! If she isn't here after Monday is over, Jodi will be waiting up to see if her guess is right for Wednesday, although I'm convinced that there is a reason why Grey's Anatomy is a re-run this week--so I won't miss it since I'll be in the hospital! Am I pathetic or WHAT?
Do you think if I quit feeding her, she would come out looking for food? ha! See the mind set that I am in now? Like I said, Prayers appreciated! :o)
Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend--since Jason was at work all weekend, I spent 98% of mine in the bed :o)
I am taking two online classes this semester--and might I add that these are the last two classes I have to take before I graduate, whoo HOOOO!!!!--anyways, I have a paper due at the end of the semester, luckily it is a group paper. We have to write a paper about Apple's new iPad, talk about WHY it isn't targeted towards 18-24 year olds,and find ways to target the product towards that age group. I know there are a few mac users out there--any ideas??
2. Work on a group project
For my second online class I have another group project due. This one looks like it's going to be a pain in the butt, and I honestly don't even want to think about it now. I have only read over the requirements once, and it gave me such a headache that have decided to put off anything to do with that paper until AFTER Spring Break. Then I will have a screaming baby to deal with and will probably fail the class. Yeah, that's probably how that will work out. Just know that I do have good intentions.
3. Eat everything I can before Paislee comes
For the past few days I have been thinking about how great it has been to be able to eat everything that I have wanted for the last nine months, without feeling guilty about it. That is probably one of the only things I will miss about being pregnant. So I have been thinking about all of the foods that I want to shove down my throat before Paislee gets here, because after that--it's DIET TIME!
4. Pack my hospital bags
My name is Ashley, and I AM a procrastinator. A BIG one. I DO have Paislee's diaper bag packed, and her outfits (and bows) picked out, but I haven't packed my bag yet. I just feel like once I go into labor I will have plenty of time to deal with all of that--but it is on my 'to do' list :o)
5. Have a baby!!!
Woo hoo! Come on Paislee girl! This week my Dr. FINALLY checked me--I was 75% effaced and 2cm. dilated. Only problem--baby girl doesn't want to drop. She is so busy bouncing around in her little personal playground, and doesn't have any plans to come out anytime soon. The Dr. did say when we were leaving " See you next week unless I see you before!"--that kind of got my hopes up. We do have some guesses down on our calendar--anyone want to add their's in??
Jason: March 8--came and went, no baby. So now his guess is March 27th.
Me: March 14th or 15th
Mariah C.: March 16th
Jodi: March 17th--the date of her and John's very first date :o)
Alex &Valerie: March 25th (Alex's Birthday!!)
Mom: March 26th
Jason: March 27th
Andrea: March 28th
My mom also mentioned that a lot of babies come on nights with full moons. Out of curiosity I looked and the next full moon is March 30th--please Lord, NO!!!
Anyone have a guess as to when Miss Paislee will grace the world with her sweet little presence???
Hopefully sooner than later!
Happy Friday! Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend, and I hope I'm right and am in the hospital on Sunday night having a BABY!!!
Well, I'll join in on the Thoughts for Thursday since I have so many random thoughts running through my head :o)
Has anyone seen the Eclipse movie trailer that was released this morning? I wasn't very impressed. I even woke up at one point, remembered it had been released and looked it up on YouTube on my iPhone while laying in bed half asleep. Maybe it wasn't good because I was half asleep, but I don't think so. I definitely expected more. Still can't WAIT to see it when it comes out this summer!
Speaking of movies, I'm extremely upset that all of a sudden they have decided to release not one but TWO Nicholas Sparks movies this year, and all within like--a month of each other. Hello-we do NOT have a movie theatre here. The closest one is 6 hours away. I am extremely impatient and it is driving me crazy that I can't see these movies until they come out on video. Luckily, we have a civic center here that plays ONE movie a week, and usually gets the movie a month or so AFTER it comes out in real theaters. They better get both of these Nicholas Sparks movies or I might have a coronary. The movie 'Valentines Day' is playing here March 18th--if we don't have a baby by then, we will definitely be going to see that--anyone seen it? Thoughts? Worth the $15?
Anyone know who Bradley Cooper is? Google him, he's my new crush. Watch out Jason!
I wonder if cats can sense when labor is about to start? You know, they can sense storms and earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, so it would only make sense that they can sense a baby coming, right? I think so. For the past few months our sweet little kitty Sesi girl has been hatin' on me and Paislee. She has been a total daddy's girl, and wants nothing to do with me unless he is not here. She would barely let me touch her at one point, and you could just see the hate in her eyes when I did catch her and love and kiss on her. Now, all of a sudden, she follows me everywhere, and sleeps in our doorway at night, like she is watching over us! She has never been one to sleep with us in the bed because Jason nipped that in the bud right from the get-go, but now when Jason leaves for work in the mornings, she comes and sleeps with me. I think she knows that something is about to happen. Oh something is about to happen alright, and it's going to rock her happy little world :o)
TMI Alert: Is it sad that lately I have been feeling like I should be watching what I eat, out of fear that I'm going to poop on the table giving birth?? Haha!!!! I warned you.
Back to Sesi--she is the best kitty in the world, she has been such a great addition to our little family and always keeps me company when Jason is gone. I can't wait to see how good of a big sister she is. She LOVES boxes. We have been getting a lot of packages for Paislee lately, and every time we bring a box in, Sesi thinks it's for her, and quickly claims it so we feel bad for throwing it away. Finally we started putting all of her toys in one of the boxes and she gets in there and plays with her toys and brings them out and even puts them back up. Can your cat do that?
Speaking of packages, I was putting everything on the blog that we have been getting, but that just got too hard as we started getting more and more things. We got 2 packages this week, one from my friend Ann who lived here in Valdez and now lives in Hawaii (lucky dog!) and another from my friend Alex and her mama! Ann sent a bunch of clothes that her sweet Haley had outgrown (Haley is very fashionable might I add), a CUTE little onesie that says "My Daddy is in the Coast Guard--this is Jason's favorite-- and some extra boppy covers and bibs and a blanket--let me just say that I am IN LOVE with this blanket--I love blankets anyways but this blanket is just so pretty and I can't wait to wrap my sweet girl in it! Alex sent lots of goodies too--lots of hooded bath towels and wash cloths, and another blanket--and also a photo album with a beautiful Paisley print on it--Love it! Thank you so much Ann and Alex, and also everyone else that has sent things up here to us, and my friends here in Alaska that have been so helpful as well! I love ya'll!
Okay, one last thing. I have to give my input on American Idol. No one is really 'killer' to me this season. Of the girls, I really like Didi--I know Crystal Bowersox is a big favorite this year (Jodi!) but I just don't like her! I don't know if its the way she looks--I know, that's terrible, but she is just not anything special--in my opinion. She kind of grosses me out. The guys are much better in my opinion. I really like Casey James, and the little Tim guy that is just so cute, but isn't doing much and will probably be sent home tonight. I LOVED Andrew Garcia during Hollywood Week when he did 'Straight Up' and I have been rooting for him ever since, but he is starting to disappoint me--Genie in a bottle??? Come on Andrew, you could've at LEAST done Britney! ;o)
Okay, I'm done, yes finally! Have ya'll noticed that it's almost impossible for me to do a short post? I'm such a talker, and now that I am pretty much confined to our apartment (my choice), I gotta make up for the lack of communication in my life. That's my excuse for now.
I saw this on another blog recently, and thought it would be fun to fill out for the last couple of weeks that we have left. I've been keeping a journal very similar to this throughout my pregnancy--which I plan to give to HER when she gets pregnant, many many years from now! Wish I would have thought to do a weekly update like this on the blog, but it's okay--better late than never!
How Far Along: 38 weeks and 1 day (13 days to go!)
Our Baby's Development: Your baby has really plumped up. She weighs about 6.8 pounds and she's over 19 1/2 inches long (like a leek). She has a firm grasp, which you'll soon be able to test when you hold her hand for the first time! Her organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb.
Wondering what color your baby's eyes will be? You may not be able to tell right away. If she's born with brown eyes, they'll likely stay brown. If she's born with steel gray or dark blue eyes, they may stay gray or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown by the time she's 9 months old. That's because a child's irises (the colored part of the eye) may gain more pigment in the months after she's born, but they usually won't get "lighter" or more blue. (Green, hazel, and brown eyes have more pigment than gray or blue eyes.) Mama: (TMI ALERT!) You're at a milestone: 38 weeks marks full-term pregnancy status! The pain of backaches and leg cramps are swallowed up by excitement about your baby's impending arrival. You may experience false contractions off and on throughout the day. Inside your body, your cervix is readying for delivery. You may notice clear to white vaginal discharge, sometimes streaked with blood, as your cervix thins (or effaces).
Weekly Food Comparison: A mini watermelon
The Good: Heartburn is still nowhere to be found--whoo hoo!!!
The Bad: Lots of pelvic pain & pressure, swollen feet and ankles
The Weird: Seeing my belly 'bulge' more and more everyday, like there is a little alien in there! I love being able to press on her little feet or booty and she will push back :o)
Avoiding: not really avoiding anything--trying to stay away from anything 'too' spicy, just to be on the safe side with the heartburn!
Craving: Water, CHOCOLATE, and pretty much anything I can get my hands on--they say your appetite decreases right before you give birth--looks like it will be a while! ha!
Doctor Updates: We see the Doctor today at 3 p.m.--7p.m. EST--will update later!
Total weight gain/loss: 35 lbs.-Whoah!
Stretch marks? Sadly, yes. They have finally appeared--not that I was excited and waiting for them! None on my big belly, I heard they pop up AFTER you have the baby? I have just a couple on my hips and thighs--nothing dark, they are very light and nothing a bathing suit won't cover! Let's just say--if that's all I get, I will be HAPPY!
Sleep: waking up at least once an hour, more like twice an hour the past two nights--thinking the baby has dropped and is laying on my bladder! No problem going back to sleep though, and since I'm pretty used to waking up throughout the night, it really isn't bothering me since I can sleep as late as I want for now :o)
Movement: Little Miss is a wiggler! She is still moving a lot, and if she isn't I can press on my belly where she is laying and she will push back and reassure me that she's still okay in there!
Labor Signs: A few Braxton Hicks as of last night! I think maybe she has dropped just a 'tad' too!
Belly Button in or out? It's out!
What I miss: A good glass of wine and being able to shave my legs without feeling like I'm going to vomit or pass out.
What I am looking forward to: Seeing my sweet girl and holding her for the first time--and being able to tell Jason: " I TOLD YOU SO!" when she has him wrapped around her little fingers :o)
Ha. How did Jason and I meet? Pure luck, in my opinion. Lets see if I can do a recap without confusing everyone :o)
Oh MySpace. Some guy saw me on my friend's MySpace page, and was 'interested', so he talked to her and she talked to me and we ended up getting each other's numbers and talking. She knew the guy, so it wasn't anything TOO crazy :o) We talked for a few weeks and decided to finally meet up, so me and my friend drove to Kinston to meet him and his friends and go camping with them. Well, luckily--me and the guy did NOT hit it off. But my friend hit it off with one of his friends.
The next weekend, she called me wanting me to go with her to hang out with him and some of his friends. Finally I gave in and went with her. We get there and Stephen is there (the guy my friend liked, and Jason's best friend), and Jason and another guy. We just sat around and hung out, Jason had been drinking for a while at this point and was pretty much hanging out by himself, riding the 4-wheeler, being a loser :o) So the rest of us were hanging out talking for most of the night. Towards the end of the night, I decided I wanted to ride the 4-wheeler, which happened to be Jason's. He wouldn't let me ride without him--he thought I would wreck it or something--so he drove me. Eventually, I wanted to drive so he let me drive. But before he let me drive he told me I had to give him a kiss. I told him no and started to drive off, and he CUT THE 4-WHEELER OFF! After a couple rounds of this BS, I finally gave in and gave him a PECK. Then, every couple hundred feet, he would cut the 4-wheeler off, and make me kiss him again! By this point, we were in a full blown make-out session, ha! (Sorry Mama's for the Too Much Information!!). In case you were wondering, this was obviously a drinking night--I mean look at this boy--I obviously had my beer goggles on that night! HA!!!! No, I'm kidding--he wasn't that bad, his hair was just an afro, and he had hair hiding his pretty face :o) We obviously exchanged numbers when my friend and I left that night, and texted over the course of the next two days. That Sunday, he told me he really didn't like texting and would rather not text anymore. I was a little upset, until I realized that he meant he would rather call me instead :o) We talked alllllll week, for hours and hours every night--and we both knew it wasn't going to go anywhere since he was moving to Alaska in a couple of weeks. He did however tell me all week that I would eventually find a man that treated me good, blah blah blah. We decided to all go to the beach that next weekend--the week after we met--and we stayed at my family's beach house in Swansboro. I like to claim that as the weekend that we fell in love <3.
Here he is at the beach that weekend--a wooly mammoth! :o)
Later that night we were talking on the phone, and I was complaining about how I missed him already and wished he was with me in Greenville. He got off the phone because he was going to go to his friends house for a little while. I was alone at my apartment and about an hour later got a knock on my door and it was HIM. I was so happy, and to make things a million times better, he had SHAVED HIS HEAD and DAYYYYYUMMMM. He was even hotter than when he was a wooly mammoth!
So there is the beginning of our story. I love it, and we still love talking about it to this day--I could talk about it a million times and it makes me laugh and smile and want to cry every time because I know we got so lucky meeting each other. The timing was perfect, the situation was perfect, even though he was moving to Alaska and it didn't seem so perfect at the time--it was :o) I told him that weekend at the beach not to play games with me, if he liked me he needed to be completely open and honest with me, because he was leaving in three weeks and we didn't have time for games. So we got to skip over all of those stupid games people usually play when they are trying to 'catch' a guy or girl.
So who would have thought I would meet the man of my dreams, after dating two of the biggest losers on the face of this earth, and that it would be SO easy?? Certainly not me! It's amazing how the man up stairs works. And WHO would have thought we would spend 3 weeks together and then him move 4,000 miles away, and we would end up married a year later? And WHO woulda thought that I, out of all people, would end up living in ALASKA? I definitely wouldn't be here for anyone other than him, thats for sure :o)
I'm slowly turning dinner duties over to Jason since I'm becoming more miserable as every day goes by. Today we decided to do burgers on the grill and they were delicious! Jason set the grill out in the front yard since it was "nice out" and I had to snap a picture-- from inside of course...
Don't mind the screen
Just thought it was amusing with the plate sitting on the pile of snow with his beer and the grill out in the middle of the snow. Hey, you gotta work with what you've got!
On another note, I've felt pretty crappy today and spent most of the day in the bed. I don't know if Paislee has dropped or if she has decided to lay on top of my bladder but I can't stand up without feeling like I'm going to pee on myself, ha! No really it's not funny but if that's what it takes to get her out then so be it! Jasons prediction for her arrival is March 8th-- tomorrow. Let's hope he's right-- for once :0).
Hope everyone had a great weekend! Prayers for a baby are greatly appreciated!
Since we have a huge road trip coming up in a few months-- driving from Alaska to Maine--and we will be doing it with a new baby and a cat that has never traveled, we decided to get some practice. Lately when we go into town, we put Sesi in her carrier and take her with us so she can get used to her carrier and get used to riding. She doesn't seem to mind so far..
She gets in it from time to time and just sits in it. I wonder if that means she wants to go for a ride?? She's such a good kitty :0)
I found another blog to stalk! This blog does something called 'Friday Fives' every week, and this week it is: 5 things you will never catch me doing. So here are my Friday Fives!
1. You will never, ever in a million years catch me scuba diving.
Yes, I love the beach, Yes, I loooove a nice cruise vacation--but I am TERRIFIED of what lies beneath the surface. Marine life and just the unknown scares the crap out of me and I do not care to see what lives beneath the ocean's surface. Pictures and videos are fine for me, thanks.
2. You will never catch me eating oysters.
Nope, not even try them. I've never tried them, and have no desire to. They stink like crap, they look like crap--God knows they have to taste like crap. All of you that like them--power to you, that's more oysters for you because I will never eat one.
3. You will never catch me in another wedding dress.
One time was enough for me, thanks. If Jason decides to leave me or if the un-thinkable were to happen and I ended up getting re-married I would NOT go through the stress of finding and fitting into another wedding dress. Nooo Thank YOU.
4. You will never catch me dying my hair red.
It just isn't my thing. End of story.
5. You will never catch me driving a Minivan.
SUV's will work for me. I'll be a soccer mom, a ballet mom--an anything you want mom--but I will NOT be a mom that drives around pimpin' a Minivan--I'll leave the Minivan driving for you Jodi :o)