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34 weeks only 6 to go!

I can't believe that in six weeks I'll be a MOM! It's so exciting! What is even crazier is that sometime during this week while Courtney was pregnant that she delivered Colt. It's hard to believe that if I did go into labor that little Clover could be 100% fine! Hopefully that won't happen but still it's neat to think about that! Here are the latest pictures of me :) I'm trying to take new ones every two weeks as my tummy is getting bigger and bigger and bigger... When Mom brought me my baby album to pick out a baby picture of me for Clover's room I noticed a couple pictures of her from her eighth month of pregnancy. I saved them to put up here as a comparison once I got to the eighth month marker! Do we even compare? No! She looks awesome and so so so tan. It makes me wish it was summer right now so I could be that tan, but then again who wants to be pregnant through a Valdosta summer (especially when I don't have access to a pool)? I had my

Proud Wife

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

We got back pretty late Sunday night and totally forgot that we'd have to be turning around and driving to Columbus Monday morning (a 2.5 hour drive)! While it was tough being in the car that long, it was also sad for me because that Columbus drive is the last time I'll be driving that far away until the baby is born...not a big deal to most but how will I SURVIVE being stuck in Valdosta this long??? Anyway we went to Columbus for the Aflac State Kick-Off Meeting. I really enjoyed this meeting last year as they do a great job getting you pumped about Aflac and motivated to do great work (not that I work...but I guess they motivate me to be supportive of Zach's work!). This year's meeting was even better than last year because now that Zach has been with the company a full year he actually got some (well a LOT) of recognition! I am so so so proud of my husband and the incredible first year he has had in the working world. He had to get up on the stage ELEVEN tim

Family Shower for Clover

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

This past weekend Zach, Ashley, and I went to Melbourne for my family baby shower! It was such a great time as Ashley has never been to Melbourne before and it was fun for me to get to share some of MY childhood and have her meet MY family since everyone here knows all about Zach and his family! I think she had a good time and I know we did...she made the weekend even more fun than it would have normally been! The clubhouse looked awesome! I had to include this pic of me because seriously it's actually GOOD and that's rare right now haha I know Mom is such a proud grandma-to-be and she put a lot of work into making this shower a special one for her grandbaby! I LOVED the decorations and the pretty diaper cake she made for us! And yes, those are chocolate bars with the shower info on them...so cute! Ashley had NEVER been to a shower of any kind before so she was pretty pumped...it was the weekend of eating (seriously the three of us pretty much pigged out all weekend) so I

Spa Day #1

Friday, January 23, 2009

For my birthday back in November I was lucky enough to get two spa certificates! Since the one Dad sent me expired first I decided to book it for Wednesday of this week since I'm getting deep into the third trimester and I knew I'd be tired after the long car ride back and forth to Gatlinburg then the long day of an Aflac meeting (from 9-5!) in Waycross. It really was perfect timing! I showed up at 9:00 and they told me that it's a good thing I made my appointment when I did because they are closing their doors this Saturday! Whew! I did not leave there until 1:30!!! My first hour or so included an awesome massage. I was always curious how prenatal massages worked but they gave me a big body pillow and I layed on my side as she massaged one part of my back then I'd lay on the other side while she did the other. It felt so good! I am hardcore about being SILENT during a massage because how can you really relax when you are talking the whole time? But I realize being p

New Member of the Sedgley Family!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Along with everything else going on Monday (our long drive home plus rushing to get ready for the TLC class) I also got an exciting phone call! I was unpacking my stuff from the trip and Brandon called me and told me he and Chrissy are engaged!!! We all knew it was coming pretty soon since they have been together for about a year and half now and they already live together. I don't know the details of the engagement story yet as I was talking to Brandon and, typical guy, he just said "We're Engaged!" and I had to drag what info I did get out of him! I know they went to St. Augustine for the day (they live in Gainesville, Fl) and that he called their favorite restaurant ahead of time and had flowers on the table. And then I know he proposed and that the ring is from Zales! That's it haha and I do know she said YES (obviously) but that they don't plan on setting a date for awhile. I stole these pictures from their online album...the ring is so pretty and I ca

TLC Class

We are officially experts on all things baby and parenting! haha...well at least we should be after the completion of allll these classes we've taken! After a long drive back from Gatlinburg (Zach keeps saying we went to North Carolina...random) we had to get ready and go to the TLC class the same night! I was one of the only two pregnant women who attended the class. Our largest class was the epidural one and the smallest was the one on actually caring for the baby! Kinda ironic! While we didn't enjoy the postpartum class so much this one was MUCH more beneficial and I'm glad it was the last class as it covered more of the fun aspects of parenting instead of so much gross-ness. Things we learned in this class included: The bulb syringe needs to be pushed in before placing it in the baby's cheeks and nose then release it to get the gunk out. We need to sterlize the syringe every 24 hours by putting it in boiling water. There shouldn't be any blankets or s

Babymoon Trip to Gatlinburg

Monday, January 19, 2009

When we told people we were going on a "Babymoon" I had several people say I made that up for an excuse to go on a vacation...but google it...it's legit! (As is a "push-present" :) ). We decided to go up to Gatlinburg because we got a great deal through the timeshare deals I get all the time. Once we arrived we found out they upgraded us to an actual timeshare instead of just a hotel room! It had 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a full kitchen, and these lovely stairs that were SO fun to climb up and down over and over! My new thing when we go on trips is to visit www.tripadvisor.com and find the top rated restaurants in that area. So far it's made all our vacations even better because we get to enjoy AWESOME food! The Italian place we ate at the first night had some killer rolls and a calzone bigger than my head (and I have a huge head) I had a pregnancy moment at breakfast when I realized my shirt was on backwards haha! Zach had never been to a Bubba Gum

Postpartum Class

Friday, January 16, 2009

For once we showed up a couple minutes early for one of these classes...walked in the room at 6:25 to see the sign saying the class didn't start until 7! I thought it was total placenta brain again but I checked my hospital class schedule and it said the class was from 6:30 until 8:30! SO annoying...so we chilled at the hospital (have I mentioned before that I cannot STAND hospitals?) for 30 min for no reason! It kind of set me up to not enjoy the class very much. She did a powerpoint for 30 minutes then showed a 30 minute video and that was it. Not a TON of info was discussed but here are some things I learned (if you're reading this and delivering at SGMC this should be enough info to cover the whole class, I'd skip this one!): I'll have afterbirth pains (oh the wonderful things people fail to mention before you get pregnant haha) for 3-4 days after giving birth and mine will hurt worse due to breastfeeding. The hardcore period I'll experience is technically

The Bradley Method

Thursday, January 15, 2009

I have been sick all week! I'm trying to feel better before we leave tomorrow for our babymoon so I've been doing a lot of couch laying combined with tv watching. On Tuesday I was watching A Baby Story and this lady had the most awesome delivery (well 2nd to water birth of course). She was so calm, didn't use drugs, and had a husband who seemed to know exactly what to do and say. During the episode she mentioned something called The Bradley Method. You know me...a lot of googling took place after! It's frustrating because I've never even heard of this!!! Basically it sounds PERFECT for what Zach and I have been wanting this entire pregnancy. From Day One Zach said he was worried about feeling helpless and having to watch me go through pain. I, from Day One, planned on an epidural (b/c what idiot doesn't get one???) but as pregnancy has progressed I've changed my mind. We both loved the concept of water birth and even discussed having the baby at home! This

32 Weeks...8 more to go!

Today I am officially starting my eighth month of pregnancy! Pre-pregnant life I thought people were pregnant for 9 months so I'd be pumped right now thinking it's almost over! Don't think so fast...the way the calculate all this junk now means I still have 8 weeks (2 months) left to go and I am STARTING my eighth month, the baby is born at the END of the 9th! Anyways...Here are some of the latest belly pictures (taken this morning) Here are the changes I've been noticing: I don't know if it's just because I've been sick this week but I wake up in the morning with really sore legs. Like I ran a marathon while sleeping or something. I've heard of the night leg cramps and I have woken up to some of these before but I'm not sure if that's why they are sore in the mornings or not! I can feel a lot of movement. I can distinguish between hiccups (which feel like a heartbeat to me) and kicks (which feel more like punches honestly) I've gained

Baby Friendly

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Last night we finally got to spend some time with Seth and Crissy! It's been forever since we've seen them, but not for lack of trying...Crissy and I can never get our schedules worked out. It's so nice being around people who have a baby (and who are having ANOTHER one in July!). Crissy breastfeeds Stevie and I appreciate all her help especially since I don't really have anyone else to go to about that subject! She's actually the one who recommended that I see Stacey too and I'm soooo thankful for that! One of the best things of the night was that our dogs got to experience being around a baby! Stevie will be a year old the end of March so she is crawling and exploring (which was adorable and made both Zach and I so eager for Clover to be here!). We put Levi out when they first got here, not really so much because of Stevie but because he flips out whenever anyone comes over that he doesn't know very well. We left Sadie in and, of course, she did aweso

First Outfits

First I must update about my earlier blog entry this morning: One detail I forgot to leave out (blame that placenta brain!) was the reason I woke up to begin with...my panities were too tight! They were seriously digging into me hardcore. Up until now I've been wearing my size small panties (and yes, I still rock a thong all day everyday but wear the panties at night) but I realized it's time to invest in some mediums! Thankfully Victoria's Secret is still having that Semi-Annual Sale! Due to the panty issue, it does make me thing dropping has occurred! Also the movement I feel is still feet up and hiccups down (thank the Lord) but the feet movement is more a little above the belly button rather than in my ribs. I'm not going to say FOR SURE that Clover has dropped until I hear it from the ultrasound girl on Thur but I think that is what has happened! Now back to current blogging... Did you know that the hospital actually takes the baby's first picture? I wa

Dropped? Breach?

Zach and I had such a fun time last night (or should I say tonight?). We stayed up until 12:30 making up floorplans on this website he found for our next home! It was sooo much fun and while we obviously aren't moving for at least a couple of years, it's good to have in mind what we want since it'll be our first time building. While in the process of all the fun I felt something different. I felt more pressure in my lower abdomin and it made me a little concerned that maybe the baby has moved somehow? When we finally went to bed I slept AWESOME. However, I woke up about 30 minutes ago (around 5:30 so yeah...4 hours of sleep) and can't go back to sleep. Things just feel different... Some "symptoms" I'm having: No back pain: First night in what feels like a million years that my back isn't hurting while laying down. I'm not tossing and turning. Every position feels comfortable! Not hot: Every night I battle with the thermostat to make it

Toe Dilemma

Friday, January 9, 2009

I'm DONE attempting to paint my toe nails until after this belly is GONE. I tried, and did my best, yesterday but how painful! Poor Clover was all smushed up as I attempted to lean over to reach my toes...She/He was uncomfortable which made ME uncomfortable! I did use the new pretty color Brandon and Chrissy got me for Christmas and we'll see how long it lasts! Thankfully I have two pedicure gift cards and two spa days which both include pedicures :)

Gotta love the every two week check-ups

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Zach and I both agree that it's so dumb that they have me come in every two weeks now! We wait forever then get in the room, hear the heartbeat, and Stacey asks if we have any questions (I always do and she said I'm the only one who writes them down...how else do people remember?) then we leave. Today, however, I'm so glad we had the appointment!!! During the class last night I thought up several questions to ask Stacey and the great thing about her is that she is so upfront and honest! I love that! Some things we discussed: She told me her birth story (she just had a son in October) and she had a tough experience. She stayed 4 cm for 8 hours! She didn't want an epidural but ended up having one and didn't want a c-section but ended up having one. She told me that when the time comes she will make sure I can get in touch with HER directly and she will come in whether or not she's on call!!!! (is that not so awesome???) She also said that she will avoid havi

Prepared Childbirth Class: Night Two

Last night was the last of the series of prepared childbirth classes. While the first night was all about the gory details, last night was about how to DEAL with those details which was so much better for me! Skip the bad parts and focus on how to cope with them! I'm a planner so give me a plan and I'm happy :) Somethings we learned included: A little something personal about my birth! I was "the wrong way" when I was born so they used forceps on me...I now know that the real term for facing the "wrong way" is that I was in the posterior position! And if it happens to our baby they now have a better method of flipping the baby to the proper face down position by use of a vacuum extractor! I will have to have an IV no matter what (dreading it!) If I stay firm on not wanting a c-section and the baby is okay, I can push longer than two hours and they can't make me have a c-section (yay!) However, 1 out of every 5 births does result in a c-section de

Prepared Childbirth Class: Night One

Tonight was night one (of two) of the Prepared Childbirth Class. This is the class. The one with all the intimate details of delivery! We did watch the video showing birth and it wasn't as graphic as I thought it would be...but it doesn't look very pleasant either! Here are some things I learned during this class: We can video tape! Just not the actual delivery but everything else! The staff won't tell anyone anything which is good (we don't want someone finding out the sex until WE tell them!) During labor I need to shift how I am laying and urinate often because sitting in one position too long or holding in my pee will make the process longer We need to make sure to pack plenty of snacks for Zach and to bring a focal point (which is like a picture of the ultrasound or something positive for me to focus on) I can stay home until my water breaks or until my contractions become 3-5 minutes apart During early labor (when contractions are 5-30 min apart) I ne

30 Week Update

I realized the other day that throughout my pregnancy I haven't really had that many "pregnancy symptoms" or at least if I have had them I haven't noticed. Well, those days are over. I'm in the third trimester now and am being hit like crazy with a million different things to deal with here! First here are some updated belly pics. I'm going to try to take these more often because I think there are much more drastic changes in the size of the belly now! I'm 30 weeks and 2 days in these. Here are some of the changes I've been noticing lately: Baby's Movement: Before it was just kicking, and sometimes I'd feel a tough one to the ribs or something but now it's not really kicking it's JABBING. At pretty much any given moment if you felt my tummy you'd be able to find at least one really tight spot where Clover is pressing a foot or hand or something really hard against the wall. I can also feel hiccups (in the lower belly sinc

Fondue New Years

Saturday, January 3, 2009

About three years ago (or maybe even longer) Zach bought me a fondue pot for Christmas because he knew I love chocolate covered strawberries. We used the set once then it got put in our pantry and we never really thought about it again. A couple months ago I was going through early nesting and cleaned everything we don't use out of the house and the fondue pot got sent to the attic! Zach mentioned how we really should use it so we decided to have a mini-fondue party for New Year's! Ashley was in on the plans too but unfortunately she had to stay in Brunswick with family so she couldn't be here for it. Katie still came over and we made a three course meal! Course one: Cheese fondue! Zach LOVED this one Course two: We had pizza haha Course three: Chocolate fondue! Pretty good but so sweet and we were already SO stuffed! Every year my family has always bought "sparkling burgundy" (Welch's Sparkling Grape Juice) to share when bringing in the New Year!

New Years Does Not Equal Sexy

Friday, January 2, 2009

Grrrrr I am so so so sick of pregnancy! New Year's is one of those nights when you are supposed to look HOTT. And you're supposed to FEEL Hott. But do I? HECK NO. I have just spent the last 45 minutes trying to find something to wear. Anything would do at this point. I didn't want to look like a pregnant girl in some maternity clothes. More than that I didn't want to feel like one. I just wanted to feel sexy! Just for tonight. Sure it's only Zach, Katie and I have a little fondue party but still! I think a lot of it has to do with more than just the clothes. I've handled not seeing my dad at Christmas (my first time ever my whole life) very well. I haven't cried. I haven't complained. But there is just something about not being with my dad at New Year's that just doesn't feel right. When my parents got a divorce New Year's became my dad's holiday. We always got super dressed up in new Christmas clothes and ate at this fancy restaurant
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