Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2008 Year-End Review

For Christmas in 2001 my dad bought me an awesome gift. It's a leather journal that has a spot to write something for each day over a 10 year period. I did really really well keeping up with it until 2006. For some reason in 2006 I started totally slacking and now I have some sporadic entries spread out over the past couple of years. I really should start keeping up with it again but I don't feel as guilty about it since I started blogging! Plus I take so many pictures all the time I'm pretty sure I won't forget much of what's happened in my life haha!

One really neat thing about the journal is that it has a spot to write goals for each year then a spot to write a year-end review beside those goals to see how I did. I thought since I'm not doing such a great job writing in the actual journal that I'd do my 2008 review here instead (as well as make my goals for 2009 tomorrow!).

Here are the goals I wrote for myself a year ago, lets see how I did:

  1. Write in my journal daily: obviously didn't happen. I think I wrote it in like 10 times the whole year.
  2. Catch up any old journal entries: Also didn't happen!
  3. Have a regular work-out routine: This did happen until I got pregnant. I actually weighed about the same last November as I did this November while being pregnant so I did a pretty good job losing weight before we conceived
  4. Look as good as I did at our wedding: Um I'm huge right now. But it's for a good reason...this will have the be a goal for next year haha
  5. Learn more about the Bible: I did this! Yay! I got more involved in Bible Studies at church and I do feel like I'm much more knowledgeable on God's Word than I was last year.
  6. Help Zach make it to the NFL: We tried and I think I did a great job being there for him and being supportive when it did cost us money and the time it took to do everything he could to get him there. Honestly, it wasn't in God's plan and I'm so glad it worked out how it did! He got offers to play in the AFL (some new football thing) and thank the Lord he didn't because now with the economy that league will never take off! Plus look at Arena Football now!
  7. Be healthy and enjoy the process of getting pregnant: We really didn't want to stress over making a baby and we didn't! Of course getting pregnant the first try does help the process be enjoyable haha
  8. Choose the best time to start trying: I think we did this too. We'll have the baby just in time for our maternity benefit to cover the cost!
  9. Open an Ebay Store: I did do this but then found out it wasn't cost effective. But I need to get back into Ebay this year especially with all the baby stuff we'll have to sell!
  10. Complete at least one scrapbook: Okay, I feel like I haven't done hardly anything I planned on doing this year...BUT I am READY to start scrapbooking again! I even have pictures printed out, I just need to take the time to do it.
  11. Teach Levi not to bark: We've done our part with this, Levi needs to get better and we need to buy taller trees to cover the stupid windows by our front door.
  12. Keep the house "company ready": I've done better with this as well! We may have to straighten some before someone comes over but our house is typically clean.
  13. Learn Photoshop and use it: I'm no master but I can do red eye and fix blemishes! And I use it!
  14. Be happy with myself regardless of the opinions others may have of me: Yay! I did this one for sure! I am totally over caring about some of the stupidity that goes on with some of the girl's here and can honestly say I don't give a crap what they think about me anymore! I'm finally able to be more like Zach and say that the main cause of their "hatred" is just pure jealousy!
  15. Be a great friend to Katie and new friends: This is tough to judge myself on...but I hope I've been a good friend! We have added Ashley to the mix and I've tried my best throughout my pregnancy to still make time for both Ashley and Katie and to still be there for them as they have been there for me.
  16. Learn to share Jesus with people: I suck at this! I feel so awkward talking about the Lord which is so sad and pathetic. He has done SO much for me why do I clam up when it comes to sharing His love with others? This one needs more work but I'm hoping with the knowledge I've gained on the Bible that it will help me in this area.
  17. Don't remind Zach so often to do stuff, let him remember on his own: Zach isn't going to remember on his own! Somethings he may but for the most part he won't! What we found works is instead of me telling him a thousand times I just write it down and hand him a list! The only problem here is if I don't put something on the list it risks not getting done (and I get told "well it wasn't on the list!"). But hey it's a good system that I think works for both of us so far!
  18. Exercise Levi regularly: This was written in the old ("ghetto") house. I think Levi gets much more exercise now and I do take him and Sadie both on many more walks!
  19. Send bday and thank you cards promptly: I didn't do the bday cards. Oh well! I did improve significantly on my thank you card writing though!
  20. Be more active at church: I think this one has happened but I want to be even more involved. I really think our church needs a mommy day out or something. I want to get to know other young mothers at our church because all I know now are the college kids at the student center and the elderly ladies at the Tuesday morning Bible Study!
  21. Learn how to stress less: I worry WAY WAY less than I used to. During my pregnancy ZACH has been more worried than I have been! I really do think my stress levels have gone down big time.
  22. Manage money for our future: Being Zach's first full calendar year working it was tough because he's paid off commission so you can't really have a solid budget. I'm looking forward to getting the 1099 info from Aflac that will go over how much he made this year so we can create the proper budget for next year and start saving some money each month. I am proud of us for upping the amount we pay the Lord each week (we used to only give 5%) and we did that consistently each month. I feel He has blessed us for this and will continue to do so!
  23. Vacation as much as possible: Let's see we went to: Virginia, Mexico, North Carolina, Tennessee, California, Alabama, Atlanta, and Florida multiple times so I'd say we kept our vacationing goal for sure!
Overall, I did okay keeping up with my goals. Pregnancy changed somethings a bit and I can't even imagine what 2009 will be like with a baby! I'll bet half the goals I make for next year don't get accomplished either!!!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Infant CPR Class

Today was a busy busy day. I had a million errands to run and it wore me OUT. I did several Christmas returns and lucked out and found two cute "baby's first Christmas" outfits for next year on awesome sale :) It felt so nice to get to buy somethings for the baby, since we don't know the sex I haven't gotten to buy hardly anything!

My feet were seriously killing me all day and I kept breaking out in a sweat because I got so hot. In JcPenney I sat in this Homedics Shiatsu massager chair thingy for about 20 min (yes, people did stop and ask me questions about it haha). It felt AWESOME and when I got home I told Zach about it and he said he had thought about getting it for Valentine's Day for me but for me to go ahead and order it since I can use it now! Yay!

After such a long day I really didn't feel like going to the Infant CPR class. Zach has mentioned that this is one class he knows we don't need because we took CPR in college together and learned all about what to do with babies during that, but I wanted to get a refresher. Luckily, it only lasted about 20 minutes and it really did help remind me of what to do if (God forbid) something like that actually happens.


A few new things I learned include:

  • If CPR is needed I do it for two minutes, with four sets of 30 chest compressions followed by 2 breaths.
  • When pushing down on the chest, I need to allow it to rise fully again before pushing back down.
  • If the baby starts breathing again I need to put it on its side incase it vomits.
  • The things babies most commonly choke on include: hotdogs, grapes, and cherry tomatoes.
  • I should never do a blind sweep (the fish hook method we learned in CPR) if I think the baby is choking because it will push the item further back in their throat. Instead I only do it if I see an object and if that happens I tilt the baby's head to the side and sweep with my little pinky finger.
  • We need to tie up all the blind cords so the baby won't accidently get caught up with them and we need to be very careful about the dog food on the floor because once Clover is crawling she said babies love to eat dog food!
  • To prevent sids Clover's room should be kept between 72-76 degrees
Learning CPR as a pregnant woman was much different than when I learned it in college. It made me so nervous to be holding that fake baby and I kept thinking about how much I'll be panicing if I ever have to use any of this stuff on my own child! Not a fun thought!
Zach and I are both more excited about the classes next week than we were this one. Even though they are 2 hours long on two nights in a row (so 4 hours total!) we will get a lot more out of them because they are the Prepared Childbirth Classes which covers labor and delivery! Should probably make me good and scared about what is going to happen to me in the near future!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Christmas 2008

This Christmas was a very busy one! We spent the day of the 24th relaxing at home and loading the car for the drive to Melbourne the next day. At 6 we all met up at Little Mama's for dinner and to play Guesstures as a family. We then had to drive all the way back to our house to let the dogs out because they were going to have to be locked up for over 12 hours since we stayed at Mrs. Charlotte's house for Christmas morning!

To help them get out their energy we opened all their gifts! We hooked the dogs up this year because I plan on saving lots of their presents for when Clover gets here (I hear it helps with the adjustment if the dogs have some new toys and such). Our dogs really get the concept of Christmas! Sadie literally opened a present with her teeth!





We didn't get to Mrs. Charlotte's until close to 11! I was so tired but (due to some drama) I felt so bad for Mrs. Charlotte so Zach, Casey and I stayed up to decorate gingerbread houses. Mine was so awesome and should have won! I think it was rigged because Mr. Rusty judged them the next morning and said mine came in third! Whatever...


No one got any sleep (well Casey may have...but she'd be the only one) that night! I couldn't sleep because the bed was uncomfortable and because we were in the room next to the baby and I could hear him crying a lot. Courtney, Brad, Mr. Rusty, and Mrs. Charlotte all didn't sleep because Brad had to go to the emergency room! He couldn't breathe and thought he was having a heart attack...luckily it was just something to do with his chest wall being swollen or something.

We ended up calling it a night at about 5:30 am and went out to see if Santa came. It's Colt's first Christmas and he was so cute! Although I may change my mind next year, I don't see us buying nearly as many presents as he had! He opened about three of them then played with this bow and then fell asleep the rest of the morning.

My big gift was the navy blue Vera Bradley baby bag I wanted! Yay!

The funniest thing Mr. Rusty has ever done. He bought Mrs. Charlotte a pair of shoes but when she opened the box only ONE shoe was in there. I cracked up which made Zach crack up because it's just such a typical man thing to do. To grab the box and not even check and make sure that both shoes were there! This laughter lasted for quite awhile then we went on with opening and a little bit later Mrs. Charlotte opened another gift and it was the other shoe! So funny because Mr. Rusty really had us fooled!

We left the Parker's at 9, picked up the dogs, and hit the road. We made it to Melbourne, dropped off the dogs, then drove another 45 min to Vero Beach to have Christmas with my family at my aunt's house. It meant a lot to me that Zach was willing to drive to Melbourne again after we had just gone that past weekend! But I hated the idea of my mom being alone on Christmas and wanted to be at the big family gathering to be with Nana.

Here she is "acting" dramatic with her new sunglasses and scarf. So funny! I feel like the picture should have one of those word bubbles saying "Hello Dawwwwling"

I love my Nana and am so glad I got to be with her on Christmas day! We gave her a framed picture of Clover so she can always see our little baby :)

A lot of our family couldn't be there but it was still a fun time together. Zach was so cute with Aiden! Aiden warmed right up to him and even, at one point, jumped in his lap to give him a kiss! It was adorable and made me so excited for my husband to be a DADDY!


This was a VERY VERY busy Christmas and I can't imagine how we'll do it all next year with a nine month old (and two dogs!)! I know we'll make it work somehow though and I can't wait to be a Mommy for Christmas day instead of being a huge blimp!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

It's a....GIRL!

Yup, it's a little GIRL!



...did I trick anyone? I'm not talking about Clover, I'm talking about Courtney and Brad's newest baby! They had Colt, a boy, in May and are pregnant again (already) with a little girl!

She got lucky it's a girl because that's what she really wanted (so they are officially done having children after this one!), they already have a name (Payton), and she pretty much refused to look at boy stuff!

I'm glad too for them because I know how badly they wanted one of each and how much Courtney really needs to be done having children with her Lupus and everything. Also for our sake, if they had two boys then Clover is a boy that would be kinda crappy since they are all less than a year apart! Can you imagine? This way our baby will only have one cousin the same sex, either way! Plus if Clover is a girl there is a good chance they won't be so competitive because two girls are less likely to like the same things (hopefully if Clover is a girl she will be a girl like her mommy and be a girly-girl and since Courtney is super sporty and so is Brad their girl will probably be a little athlete!). And if Clover is a boy Colt will be in a different school year and will be 10 months older so they won't be so close in age (whereas Payton is due in May so she and Clover will only be maybe 2 months apart!).

I know it's a very Merry Christmas present for Courtney and Brad! I wish we would have known sooner so we could have gotten some little girl gifts!

Rush Rush Rush

Yesterday was a VERY busy day!

We had our hair done at 8:30 then rushed from there to our doctor's appointment. I am not quite sure why they have me come every two weeks now...it seems kind of stupid because every appointment is just "let's hear the heart" then we leave! What's the point?

The heart did sounds good though and Stacey really liked our 4d ultrasound pictures! We did talk about a couple of things too:
  • She told me the whole you-shouldn't-raise-your-hands-above-your-head-thing is a wive's tale and that it won't do anything to the baby
  • Also she said it is true that I need to be sleeping on my left side. This is so annoying because now that my back hurts so much I really want to be sleeping on my back rather than my side and I wake up a thousand times a night on my back. She said I'm waking up during the night because I am on my back and it's my body's way of telling me to roll over. The reason to sleep on the left side? Something to do with a nerve or something that the uterus is putting pressure on if I lay on my back and it can create a problem for the baby to get oxygen!
  • We also talked a little about breastfeeding. I've been dying for a Greek salad this whole time but I'm not allowed to eat Feta. She said I shouldn't eat it while breastfeeding either. AND she told me that I will probably have to cut back on my milk drinking once I'm breastfeeding because a lot of the time a mom who eats/drinks a ton of dairy (which I have a glass of milk at just about every meal) will have a collicy baby...and we don't want that! She did say I can wait and see how it goes first which is good :)

After the appointment we went to Victoria's Secret at the mall (a nightmare with all the last minute shoppers!) to do a return from a gift Zach got me. Then we went to the UPS store to ship off a package and I had my first pregnancy nose bleed! It wasn't gushing blood but it was enough to where I put some napkin up my nose! So gross!

Then we rushed home, ate lunch, changed clothes and went out to Little Mama's house for the "annual" Parker football game. Not my favorite tradtion as I just SIT there which is boring but Zach enjoys it. And it's part of the 3 day Parker Christmas Extravaganza haha. We rushed from there to get home and get showered and ready then went to church to participate in the Parker Dinner.

They have it every year on the eve of Christmas Eve. EVERYONE with the last name Parker or Parker blood gets together for a big meal. They have like 100 people there! I made the cutest cookies this year, I'm so proud of them!

The best part of the whole Parker dinner thing is that it's the ONLY time we get to see Travis! He moved to Canada on us and we miss him so much! I made him get a picture because I know we won't see him again for at least a year!


Usually we go back out to Little Mama's after the dinner and "camp out" (or at least sit by the fire with the whole family). This year Zach said he didn't feel like going! Fine by me as I had a busy enough day and still have two days left of all this craziness!!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Sedgley Family Christmas

Our "usual" tradition is to do Christmas with the Parker's then drive to Melbourne and actual Christmas Day becomes Christmas Eve for my mom and we wake up on the 26th and have our Christmas morning! This year things are switched up a bit as Brandon is going with Chrissy to see her family in California for Christmas so we had to push Mom's Christmas forward and celebrate it a little early!

Zach and I drove down to Melbourne Saturday morning (we had Christmas with his Mema the night before). I'm glad we went down early because it was nice just all of us being at the house and hanging out together all day! Mom made four times the amount of Christmas Cookies as usual and we had a blast decorating them (at least I had a blast...I was told I was a control freak on how they looked but whatever! It's my FAVORITE Christmas tradition so I'm pretty hardcore about it!)

We each have one person to decorate and one stocking...but the G.T.B (gramma-to-be) made an extra stocking for her little Clover! I got to decorate it :) So cute!


Our Christmas Eve tradition is to order pizza for dinner then leave it out for Santa...we ordered two larges and were so hungry they were both gone! I'm glad we also added in going to look at Christmas lights as there is an ~awesome~ street in Satellite Beach that every house is decked out and Zach hadn't ever gotten to see it until this year!

Christmas Eve we also exchange our Tacky PJ Presents. It's a new tradition we added last year when Zach joined the family as we wanted to have something we all do together! I love this tradition! We draw names at Thanksgiving then find our person the tackiest pj's that we can and they have to wear them Christmas morning!

Here's our typical "act surprised" picture when we are first allowed to see the tree and all the presents!

I am loving the self-timer on the camera! A great family shot in all our tacky pj glory...Mom drew Brandon and got his outfit at Goodwill, I got Chrissy and since she's a hardcore Gator of course I made her wear FSU gear, Brandon drew Mom and bought her an oriental looking outfit, and Chrissy drew Zach and got him this sexy "cougar" snow leapord get-up (and yes, he thought it was super comfy haha). Zach drew me...and he bought me a ONE piece outfit and wrote on the lines a bunch of attributes about himself. It said something like "my husband is: sexy, good speller, great driver, good listener, better looking than Brad Pitt...etc. " Such a typical Zach thing to do...but it was mega comfortable! I actually think I'll wear it again (although it was a pain to go to the bathroom...)

Opening gifts was so fun, as usual, and took us around 4 hours! The last gift of the morning was one Zach and Brandon had to open together...Mom and I got them each golf lessons at Sea Island and a round of golf to play together and we're planning a family vacation (our first since we went to Tennessee when we were in like elementary school!) for this summer! I can't wait and I know how excited the guys are too!!!

Zach and I brought each other a couple gifts to open while we were there (his part of the golf trip was from me). He went a little overboard and got me a beautiful pink freshwater pearl jewelry set and a Coach jacket!

Mom did awesome with gift buying this year, again as usual, and even while pregnant everything fit me! I was so pumped and I have so many cute clothes to wear now as well as somethings to look forward to wearing once I don't have the belly anymore!

She got Clover a bassinet to sleep in once she/he is born! We were pumped to put it together and it's already set up in our bedroom! It's right next to my side of the bed and I can't wait to have a little baby in there (we tried putting Levi in it, but he didn't like it too much!)


It was SUCH a fun weekend! We had to leave Sunday night since Zach had work on Monday but even though it was only about 24 hours it was a great time and a very happy Christmas :)

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Welcome to the Third Trimester!

Today I am officially starting my 7th month of pregnancy! Week 28 and I'm in the third trimester! Pretty exciting because it means there are 12 weeks until my due date :) Also not exciting because it means I'm entering the toughest phase of pregnancy.

Zach mentioned recently that he's glad we want to spread out our children because he doesn't know how he'd handle me being pregnant again anytime soon! haha! Poor guy thinks it's been tough so far...he doesn't realize what's in store these last 3 months!

I honestly feel like I'm a little further along than my due date reflects and I think I've been showing some symptoms of the third trimester for a couple weeks now.

Some changes I've noticed in my pregnancy include:

  • On Tuesday my left breast joined my right one in the leaking! My right one has really been leaking a lot to where it'll go through a bra and shirt so I have to wear nursing bra pads already. Also I tried to squeeze the right one and now stuff will come out (this grossed Zach out so I didn't try the left one!)
  • My upper back KILLS me when I sit at the computer too long and my lower back hurts just about every night.
  • It has become very, very difficult for me to fall asleep. I toss and turn and can't get comfortable. Once I do fall asleep I wake up very easily (Zeke, our cat, drives me insane because he will wake me up a thousand times a night. It's gotten so bad I've kicked him out of the room sometimes!).
  • I need to start eating smaller meals throughout the day because my stomach hurts after I eat, especially at dinner. It looks SO big and feels SO full and becomes SO uncomfortable that I usually end up being done for the night and have to lay down.
  • My belly button is not sticking all the way out like thought it would but the top part of the belly button is about level with the rest of my belly...so it's not an "innie" or "outie" it's an "equalie"
  • I like my tummy! I think it's cute and I am enjoying rubbing it more often especially since Clover moves so so so so much!
  • I cannot STAND my chest. It looks gross and it feels gross. I hate how my breasts touch the top of my stomach. I hate how huge my nipples are. I hate the blue veins that are dark and run through my chest. I hate how they are ALWAYS warm! My chest is my least favorite part of pregnancy!
  • It is neat to know that Clover's head is below my belly button and she/he is curved around my stomach with the feet near my chest! This make so much sense because Clover will kick and it will hurt my ribs!
Here are some freshly taken pictures of the tummy! I look SO much more pregnant when I lift up my shirt! I did talk to a girl today at Victoria's Secret who told me she thought I might be pregnant but didn't want to ask just in case I wasn't. I guess that's better than saying I don't look pregnant at all!!! We're improving! Maybe by the due date some strangers will start asking me how far along I am!













Wednesday, December 17, 2008

4d Ultrasound

Today was the day Zach and I have been waiting for!!! We got to have our 4d ultrasound and see our baby! Supposedly these things are so accurate that the baby really will look like these pictures when she/he is born!

I was nervous about the appointment for two reasons: one, I was nervous the pictures wouldn't turn out well for whatever reason and two, I was worried they'd accidently show us the sex of the baby (Mrs. Charlotte and Mr. Rusty are pros at reading ultrasounds after going through it with Courtney so one slip up and they could tell!).

Mom drove 4 hours to be here for the big appointment and we also invided Zach's parents. We all walked into this tiny waiting room and noticed the sign that said "due to small space we request only one guest per patient." I had 4 guests! Oh well!

When we went in the room (which was truly tiny!) the lady was so so sweet who did the ultrasound and I think she even enjoyed it. She was very careful not to show us the gender and she was only supposed to give us a cd of 32 images and have a session of about 15 minutes and our session lasted 45 minutes and the cd has 74 images on it! So awesome :)

This is a good one to see the fingers! We decided Clover has my eyes and nose and Zach lips!


This one looks like Clover is worried about something! Unfortunatly the black area on the head is NOT hair. But she did show us (on the regular type ultrasound) the little hair growing in and said that in our 32 week regular ultrasound we should be able to see it!


I love the open mouth! You can REALLY tell Clover has Daddy's great lips!


Another good one of the fingers and lips! In some of them the nose looks really wide, but that's just the distortion of the image and not the actual nose. When Courtney had hers Colts nose looked HUGE and FLAT but it wasn't that way when he was born, so no worries :) Also the blob on the side is not some growth, it's the wall around the baby! Isn't it sad how squished it is in there?


A little smile and what looks like a dimple!

Elbow shot!

We got really really lucky because Clover moved her/his foot into her/his face so we got to see the toes! I didn't think we'd get to see the feet at all because they are too close to the private parts!
I think this one is my favorite. I swear I'm not going to be one of those mothers who swears their kid is the cutest baby ever but if our baby looks anything like these pictures I think we just may have the most beautiful child! Unfortunatly I doubt the head will stay this perfect after going through the trama of labor haha!


I think it was worth Mom's drive! I just wish she didn't have to turn around and drive all the way home right after! But it was so so so great for me to have her there to see my baby with me for the first time!


Mr. Rusty was so excited and I'm pretty sure HE would have been the one to bribe the lady to show him the gender so I'm glad we didn't risk it!

It was such an amazing day and made me so much more excited to become a Mommy! I told Mom that I think the pregnancy will start to go SO much slower now that I've seen Clover because I'm so much more excited to get to see her/him for REAL. It's so amazing that Zach and I made this little thing and that it is inside me right now! I highly recommend the 4d ultrasound to anyone who is pregnant...totally worth every penny :)

Nursery

I've been waiting to put these up for awhile now but I wanted Mom to get a chance to see it in person before seeing it online!

If you've ever glanced at this blog before then you know we are going to be surprised at the sex of our baby! Zach has been very picky with what to do for the nursery and I really wanted to do something we'd both love so we decided to match the contemporary feel of the rest of our house with dots as the pattern.

I'm not a HUGE dots fan so we also incorporated animals!

Here's the crib (I LOVE our crib) It's missing the bedding which won't be in until late Jan. We also are going to be hanging two white frames above the crib with pictures of each of us when we were babies in them. Plus we don't have the mobile yet either.

The birds are wall stickers so cool!

We ended up doing the same red curtains that we have in the rest of our house but the matched so why not? And it looks good from the outside of the house with the blinds open because they match the dining room blinds too! Plus it get SO bright in this room that I like how I'll be able to pull them shut and keep out the sun if I want to.


We LOVE our chair! It glides, rocks, and reclines! The ottoman also glides too! It's so awesome and I can't wait to nurse Clover in it :) Zach already sits in there as much as he can! We also both love the big stuffed elephant we got on our recent Ikea trip and the giraffee is, I think, Zach's favorite of the wall stickers.


We painted these frames to match the stripe on the wall (which my AMAZING husband did an awesome job of making sure was PERFECT!) I love the touch lamp too!


My favorite wall sticker is the monkey...and it looks like he's turning on or off the light switch :) This lower dresser will be the changing table once we get the pad and cover for it.



We bought the thing on the right to hang in the nursery but there wasn't room so it still looks good in the closet! It will come in handy for stuffed animal, blanket, and other toy storage! The cube thing was sooo expensive but I really really wanted one! I plan on using the top three for a hamper, a "pack away" tub of clothes that don't fit but that we want to keep, and a "get rid of tub" of clothes that don't fit that we don't want to keep! That way I can get rid of stuff easier and stay organized (I know it's probably wishful thinking on my part...)



We've been buying diapers everytime we go to Walmart. These are just the newborn and size ones we have! We stored the twos and up in the garage! We also had to already get a bookshelf (thanks Ikea!) because Clover already has so many books which is a great thing!


Doing the nursery really made Zach and I realize something about how our relationship works. We do best if I stick to planning and he sticks to implementing the plans! I tried to help but everything I did I pretty much screwed up haha! I hemmed the curtains and he had to go back and do them again because I did it wrong! So from now on I think we'll stick to how to works best! I'm proud of how the whole room turned out though and I honestly think it fits perfectly for a girl or boy and isn't too babyish! I think Clover could stay in this room until she/he is three and still love it!
We also made a video of the nursery because pictures of a room are just hard to capture! Enjoy and I'll post more once it's 100% complete but this is the best it'll be probably until right before Clover gets here :)

video

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Breastfeeing Basics Class

Breastfeeding is my #1 fear about becoming a Mom (with how the animals, especially Levi, will respond to Clover coming in a close 2nd). Pretty much everyone I know has either not tried breastfeeding or has had such a hard time with it that they switched to formula soon after their babies were born.

For me, I never was really hardcore one way or the other about it but Zach was. He really wanted me to breastfeed and then, the more I looked into it, I decided it's what I really want too. Last night was our Breastfeeding Basics class and it was so informative!

We learned so much including: how my body produces milk, the different types of milk, the benefits of breast feeding, the myths of breastfeeding, the different positions for feeding, how to get the baby to latch on (and de-latch), and how to use a pump.



Luckily, the lady gave us hand-outs to take home for reference but I took crazy notes too because I'm so nervous that once Clover gets here I'll totally freak out! Here are some of the things I learned:
  • It's totally normal for one breast to produce more milk than the other, so my right one leaking right now is normal and doesn't mean something is wrong with the left one!
  • Once the milk "comes in" I'll be making between 25 and 30 oz per day!
  • When feeding, I should be comfortable as well as Clover and need to make sure I bring the baby to me and don't slouch down to reach the baby.
  • Breastfeeding should never hurt! I may feel mild discomfort for the first couple of days but shouldn't feel any pain after that and if I do, it's probably because Clover isn't latched on properly. My nipples should always look normal as well. Pumping should never hurt either!
  • Shouldn't use a pacifier for about a month, shouldn't use a bottle for 2-3 weeks
  • While Clover is feeding, we should only hear a swallowing sound not sucking.
  • Clover will probably take both breasts at each feeding. Once the baby is done with one, we should burp her/him, then let her/him take the second breast.
  • If in doubt, nurse more. The more I nurse the more it will help with engorgement and the more milk I will produce
  • The first week home, Clover should have the same number of dirty diapers as she/he is days old and will feed between 8 and 12 times per day.
  • Once my milk comes in I can start pumping and should add in the "pumping feeding" in the morning because that's when it will be the easiest. I should also bring the pump with us to the hospital just in case so if I need to use it while we are there I can get used to using my own pump rather than the hospitals.
  • Pumped breastmilk can stay good in the fridge for 8 days, freezer for 3-4 months
Probably the coolest thing we learned though is about something they call skin-to-skin. It's where you take the baby's clothes off (but leave on their diaper) and I take off my top and bra then lay Clover between my chest. After a few minutes the baby will find the nipple! It sounds kinda gross but it's so neat how God made babies with the instinct to breasfeed! Just like puppies, kittens and other mammal babies! The whole presentation really made me think about how awesome God is and how everything is so well planned out in our bodies. I mean how cool is it that not only did Zach and I make a baby, but I am carrying the baby and bringing it into the world, and then I can FEED the baby when it's here too!
Zach asked a great question during the class and the answer made me feel much better about the whole thing. The teacher lady said that with the right attitude and the motivation to do it that pretty much anyone can breastfeed! So hopefully we can stay positive about it and know that even when it gets tough we can get through it!!! Zach already said he'd help me and make sure Clover latches on correctly and that I remember all the positions of feeding so at least I don't feel like I'm doing it alone! I'm so lucky to have him :)

Monday, December 15, 2008

So I Guess I'm Officially Pregnant...

Tonight on our way walking from the parking lot of the hospital to our breastfeeding class some random guy stopped Zach to ask about football. We were running late so I kept walking because this is a common occurance and didn't really need my attention! haha. The guy said to Zach "who's that with you?" and Zach said "My wife" and the guy said "when are you due?"

SO some RANDOM typical hey-your-zach-parker-blah-blah-blah-football-guy was the first stranger to EVER notice that I'm pregnant!

Isn't that so typically me???

And no, I didn't hug him. I kept walking. I will hug the first person but I'm pretending like he wasn't it.

Our Christmas

Zach and I started a tradition on our second Christmas together (4 years ago omg!) that we'd take a trip before Christmas and open our gifts from each other. Typically, we go skiing but last year we did it at Disney (because we knew I'd be pregnant this year and I've always wanted to do Disney at Christmas time!) and this year, since I can't ski, we went to his parent's condo in Pigeon Forge.

We have a little tree and bring all our gifts for each other (except a couple to open at the other Christmases). We also each pick out special wrapping paper so all our presents match! Here I am with my pretty-presents for Zach:


And Zach with his for me! Isn't it awesome that I have a husband who likes to make his presents look so great? He's so thoughtful!


We opened cards first and Zach was soo soo sweet and bought me a card from the baby!!! He wrote: "Mommy, thank you so much for carrying me! I love being inside you and sleeping to the sound of your heart! Thank you for the yummy peanut butter you feed me. I am so sorry I kick so much but I am trying to get Daddy to shut up. Opps sorry for the bad word. Thank you for all the love you give me I am so glad you are my mommy. Love, Clover" Of course he added some of his personality to it but wasn't that so precious? It really meant a lot to me!


We always get a picture of all our presents after we're done opening them! Zach did a great job buying for me, especially seeing as a pregnant chick is pretty tough to buy for! Some of my favorites that he got me include a red Coach purse, Victoria's Secret and Gap pjs, necklace from Steel's, and a Vera Bradley bottle carrier. He also bought me a jacket and a bicycle (yes, a bike! we plan to take family bike rides someday...we bought this thing to attach to a bike for the baby from a garage sale but didn't have any bikes to attach it to!) but they aren't in the picture!


Zach SPOILED me on my birthday so Christmas was my time to pay him back :) I had so much fun shopping for him and a couple of his favorites included: the YMCA membership, Sanuk shoes, Express clothes and Wii games.

Vacations are always a time that Zach and I reconnect. It's just something about that special time together that makes us feel closer. It was nice that we got to use the condo for free so we could not worry as much about money when we ate out! I researched tripadvisor before we left and we ate at all the top rated places...Bullfish was awesome if anyone ever goes up there!

One of my favorite things that we did while in Pigeon Forge was take a HUGE bath together! They have a jacuzzi tub in the condo, one of those corner ones, and we overloaded it with bubbles. Seriously there were so many we couldn't even see each other through them!



We also decided to remember this Christmas as our "Redneck Christmas" because Pigeon Forge is Redneck Country! It was hilarious! Zach always says that "the south" ends north of Tifton, GA but this trip proved him wrong! We had a hard time finding things to do (since we aren't really the redneck type...Dollywood didn't really appeal to us...especially not for $50 a person!) but we did LOVE the As Seen on TV Stores! I fall for those commercials everytime! haha!



It may not have been as awesome as skiing is, but it was still a fun trip and I am so glad that we started this tradition together. It means so much to me now and I know that it will only be more important as we have children. Christmas really is all about kids and the fact that we'll always have this get-away trip around the holidays to focus on each other and give each other our presents will be so great! I just can't wait to be rid of this tummy and go skiing down the mountain in Banner Elk next year! :)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Epidural Class

On the way to the epidural class last night I felt Clover hiccup for the first time! Yay! This was a very active child yesterday for sure!

We timed our trip to the hospital from our house and it will take us around 10 minutes to get there which is good to know because I hope to labor at home for as long as I can stand it.

When we got to the class I pulled a typical Emily-Student move and sat near the front. About a second after we sat down I heard "Emily, Emily." Turn around and Kecia and her husband Ryan were sitting right behind us! I was so glad to see them!

It's so neat that Kecia and I are due so close together. She's due March 10th and I'm due the 12th! I love getting together with her and comparing notes on our pregnancies. Wouldn't it be neat if we had them the same day? It's funny because she starting showing a lot sooner than I did but I think I've caught up to her now!

The class was quick but I did learn a few things:

  • They can administer an epidural as long as I am between 3 and 4 centimeters dialated
  • They can't do it if I'm 8 cm or more
  • We could miss the window of opportunity for an epidural because if they have an emergency or some kind or a c-section they come first priority
  • Once I get to the hospital and am in labor they won't let me eat or drink anything until after the baby is born
Not to knock South Georgia Medical Center but they are a pretty crappy hospital! haha! It seems like everything is some kind of protection from them being sued. They don't let you video tape the delivery because they don't want anything on tape, they don't let anyone but the patient and one nurse in the room when giving the epidural, they don't give any birthing options other than the standard one. It's annoying.

At the end of the class he gave us the opportunity to look at the needle and I wasn't going to do it but then Zach saw it and said it wasn't half as bad as he was expecting so I thought I should! And it really wasn't that big of deal! We both were expecting something the size (length and diameter) of a pencil or McDonald's straw!


The needle he said he usually uses was even smaller than this! SO not that big of a deal. Plus they administer an IV of demerol before and numb the skin where they put the needle in so I think I can survive it!

The best news to me of the night was finding out they can give you the epidural up to 8 cm dilated. I really, really want to labor at home for as long as possible and Courtney had told me they can't give the epidural past 6 cm so an extra two cm is awesome!

However, I'm not even sure yet if I will get an epidural or not. Zach and I talked about it and the way I deal with pain and such is that I just want to get it over with as fast as possible. Like if I'm helping him move heavy furniture (pre-pregnancy of course) he'll ask if I want a break and I'm like "no no no just do it." I'd rather it hurt and get it over with than prolong it and I've heard that epidurals can really prolong labor because I could be too numb to feel my body's natural urge to push.

If it was up to me, I'd have an all natural water birth. I think they are awesome and it's so cool how the baby comes out CLEAN. But, again awesome Valdosta, it's not an option. So we'll see how I feel the day of. I'm not against an epidural by any means but I figure I'll stay home as long as I can stand it, get the demerol (which I get knocked out by DAY-quill so I'd imagine it will have a pretty significant effect!), then decide what to do from there.

I know people reading this think I'm nuts for even considering not getting an epidural but I just think it'll be so cool to really experience child birth and feel that natural urge to push my baby out when she or he is ready! I am about 85% sure I'll end up getting the epidural but that 15% might win out who knows!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

I missed Stacey!

Thank the LORD my regular mid-wife, Stacey, was finally back today from her maternity leave! I've been missing her a lot!!!

On the way to the dr. this morning I felt Clover kick for the first time on my left side! Up until now I've only felt movement on the right (which also happens to be the only side I'm leaking on, strange huh?) so it's nice to know that the baby is taking advantage of all the space in there now!

Had the gestational diabetes test done...had to drink some nasty stuff and wait an hour then get blood drawn (which I DREAD). They said my blood pressure looks good and so does my hemoglobin. I will know the results of the diabetes test next visit but Stacey said it should be fine.

She also said my weight looks GREAT. She said she saw the notes in my folder from the last dr. and for me not to worry about that. She said I've gained a great amount overall, it's just that I gained so much of it from one appointment to the next. I love her because she just had a baby so she totally understands where I'm coming from.

Questions answered at this appointment:

  • Milk leaking is totally normal, will only get worse so buy some nursing pads for my bra

  • Swollen hands are totally normal

  • Helped me figure out how to do kegels (I am clueless when it comes to making stuff happen with my own body and I literally needed instruction) and recommended I do 10 a day.

  • Okay to travel up to 35 weeks along but after 35 weeks I shouldn't go more than an hour away from home

  • At 39 weeks I can start doing all the "tricks" to go into labor: they can scrape something down there to help things along, pedicures, exercise like crazy, sex (Zach's favorite option he informed me), etc

  • She'll induce me if I'm 10 days late she doesn't want me to get induced otherwise as it increases the risk for c-section but she said if I'm miserable and am at least 3 cm diliated after 39 weeks that she may just depending.

  • She had to have a c-section for her baby and really, really didn't want one so she assured me that we'll do everything possible to make sure I won't have to have one (planning on having 3 more kids means a c-section for the first one isn't so great)

  • I should be fine to go to Paris in April assuming everything heals up correctly.

  • Heartbeat was good around the 140 range!

Tonight we have the epidural class which is our first of like a million classes! Should be interesting...it may freak me out and make me not want an epidural but we'll see! I'm now going to be visiting the dr. every 2 weeks. Pretty exciting as it means I'm about to hit the third trimester!

Good Times with Great Friends!

Zach and I both realize that bringing a baby into the world will change our lives forever! We are so blessed to have two amazing friends that we know will not only help us through this experience but will be there beside us as we face parenthood!

While we know Katie and Ashley are life-long friends, we still want to spend as much quality time as we can with them before the baby gets here! This past week has been so fun because we've gotten to see each other so often!

After Zach and I got the house decorated for Christmas and the nursery finished (I will post a blog with pics, but I want to wait until after Mom sees it next week in person!) we had Ashley and Katie over for chili and Monopoly. We played the whole game from start to finish...it took 4 hours and of course Zach won!



This past weekend was our only weekend in town for the entire month of December and I'm really glad we decided to spend Saturday with them as well! We all went and at lunch at Locos then saw the movie Four Christmases. It was cute and funny enough that Zach liked it too!

This frosty guy was roaming around Walgreens when we went to buy movie candy...so random! And yes, Ashley I put this up for you so you can save it on your computer and use it as a profile pic for Facebook :)

Then last night we met up at Katie's for our little mini-Christmas together. It was so awesome because Katie made Ceasar Burgers and twiced baked potatoes! It was one of the best meals I've probably ever had my whole life! No joke!

We all exchanged gifts...and we all think alike! Katie and Ashley each got me a pedicure at the same nail place and they each got each other one too! How funny! I'm excited for the three of us to go get two pedicures together! But we're waiting until closer to my due date so I'll not only have pretty toes in delivery but so also maybe it'll help further things along :)


We'll miss Ashley over break since she is going home but we have lots of memories from this week to look back on while she's away and we all four plan on having a fun New Year's together!
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