Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Baby Watch -- Week 37

I hope everyone had a great Christmas! Our Christmas was nice and relaxing. My parents came over on the 23rd to celebrate with us and boy were we spoiled! Even Baby Frye got lots of presents.

I was a major procrastinator this year with shopping so I spent several hours on the 22nd and 23rd finishing up my shopping. Then, in a lapse of better judgment I took Hoss to Kroger on Christmas Eve. It wasn't horrible, but it was a tiresome trip.

Christmas day Hoss woke up coughing at 6:15 a.m., so we got an early start to our day. After medicating the kiddo, we opened gifts and then I made breakfast. Around lunchtime we went to my in-laws and celebrated Christmas with them.

We had a great time. That is until I sprained my ankle leaving my in-laws' house. I did NOT fall, but somehow my ankle rolled when I was walking to the car. I can't explain how it happened, but I know I felt popping. My poor husband had to deal with my freak out at this point. I have a tendency to over-react when I get hurt. Especially when there is instant pain and swelling. So I immediately began to feel light headed and hot, but once I got in the car, I calmed down; however, my ankle was a nice swollen mess by the time we got home.

The injury gave me an excuse to do nothing else the rest of Christmas! I sat on the couch with my ankle propped with a bag of ice. The swelling did not get any worse and I was able to hobble around the house fairly well. The next morning there was minor bruising, but otherwise I have survived the injury just fine.

I had my 37 week check up yesterday and everything looked good. Still have a big baby who the doctor said appears to be "nice and comfortable." He hasn't dropped and I am still not dilated, so he likely is waiting for his 1/11/11 birthday.

I've noticed a little less movement from him in recent days. I think this is because of his size as he doesn't have much room to move. I'm trying not to freak myself out about it and definitely am mindful of every time he moves.

This week I am planning to get the Christmas decorations put away and start moving baby items from their hiding places into the living areas of the home to get ready. Only 14 days to go!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Baby Watch -- Week 36

Don't panic, all is well. I thought I set this to auto post, but something must not have worked. So here it is!

Oh my word...this baby is large and in charge! He is hurting me all over. In my sides, back and well, ya know.

I had my 36 week appointment yesterday and he is no longer breech; however, he is still HUGE, so we are sticking with our 1/11/11 c-section. Now, if he decides to come earlier then we will see what happens, but if he's not here by the 11th, he'll be getting some help to enter the world. I was not dialated, so he doesn't seem to be in too much of a hurry.

Which is fine, I'm not quite ready for him. I keep telling myself I'm waiting until after Christmas to get serious about getting ready. The nesting is starting to kick in slightly, but I have so many other things going on I don't have time to nest.

Even though my house may not be ready for him, my body is definitely ready. The pain is starting to be a bit much; however, after this week of Christmas festivities, I'm hoping life will settle down a bit and I'll be able to get some rest. Although, my plans to nest may not allow much resting.

I had an extremely busy weekend, which may be part of the cause of the pains. We had our children's Christmas program Sunday evening and somehow I volunteered to head up the 1st grade and up performance. Yeah, I definitely was not 36 weeks pregnant when I agreed to do that. Needless to say, I was busy Saturday with dress rehearsal and then Sunday with the last minute preparations and performance. But everything went great and I'm beyond relieved that it is over!

Plus, Saturday evening the hubby and I went to a UK basketball game. My husband won the tickets at work Friday and even though we had a busy weekend, I will NEVER turn down an opportunity to see the Wildcats in action live! Hoss was able to spend the night with the grandparents that night since it was a late game. However, even though I got to sleep in (slightly -- does 8a.m. count as sleeping in?), staying up until after midnight doesn't fare well for a 3rd trimester Momma.

So, the summary of week 36 is this -- I'm tired, sore, achy and busy. However, I'm very excited for Baby Boy's arrival and I'm counting down the days -- 21 left!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Baby Watch -- Week 35

I have one complaint this week and it has little to do with pregnancy -- SNOW! We received 4-5 inches of snow over the past couple days.

My dear Hoss isn't a fan either, but my issues venture more toward safety. I'm not real great with balance -- pregnant or not -- and all the snow and slippery weather we have had the past couple weeks is not helping! Luckily, I have not experienced any falls -- yet!

I fell twice with Hoss, the last time 2 days before I had him and I landed right on my stomach. That experience is still traumatic to me. Even though it appears it didn't cause harm to Hoss -- I spent that entire day in the hospital being monitored -- I still worry. I don't want to fall.

So, this weather is not helping. Trust me, I am taking is slowly, taking small steps, and watching for ice or slick areas. I used to always make fun of my mom about her fear of falling in slick weather -- mostly I would make fun of the fact that she would always grab on to my arm to help balance when I'm more likely the one who would fall. Now I need to apologize to my mom for making fun of her because I'm the one who is terrified of falling!

Other than the fear of falling, everything else is going well. I keep "forgeting" (not really) I'm pregnant and do too much standing on my feet. This past Saturday I spent the afternoon baking Christmas goodies. By the time I was done I could barely stand any longer -- my back and hips ached horribly. I definitely can feel it when I overdo it.

Although, I'm starting to experience pains after sitting too long as well. And even WHILE sitting. One interesting thing I never experienced while pregnant with Hoss, is feeling the baby kick/hit my pelvic bones. Hoss never dropped low and was stuck very high up, so this is a new experience for me. It's an interesting experience.

We'll just leave it at that! :)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Baby Watch -- Week 34

We are another week closer to the arrival of Baby Frye! And I sure am glad!

I had another doctor's appointment yesterday and all was well. Baby is still big, but the doctor thought he might have turned around and is no longer breech. That was her guess, but we there is no definite proof of that. Unless you count the horrific pain I've experienced over the last week as the little one turning.

I asked Donnie if he remembers me complaining about pain with Hoss and he chuckled. It's amazing how we mothers can block out all the bad stuff from one pregnancy to the next. He said he remembers me sitting with my hugely swollen feet (so glad I don't have those this time...yet!) propped up and complaining about how "this child is sitting right on top of me." Meaning, he was so high up (and so huge), it was like he was sitting on my chest.

This time I'm complaining about side, back and lower abdominal pain from "this child." He's sitting much lower (but is still huge!) and is enjoying punching, kicking and pushing forcefully, which is not pleasant when you have a full bladder!

In other pregnancy news, I was thinking about what cravings I've had with this pregnancy and I can't think of any. I'm just excited about eating food -- all food (and the scales are telling that tale loud and clear). I have enjoyed sweets, mostly chocolate; however, I wouldn't say I'm craving them. The most I could come up with craving-wise is spicy foods, especially Mexican. But that gives me a little bit of heartburn, so I'm avoid those. Otherwise, I'm just enjoying eating!

And on that note, I'm off to eat some lunch...or something like that!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Baby Watch -- Week 33

We had a great Thanksgiving as we visited with family! We traveled to my parents' home to celebrate. Hoss and I were able to stay a few extra days, but Donnie had to return home due to work responsibilities.

We celebrated my niece and nephew's birthdays and also had a family baby shower for me on Thursday evening. The shower was wonderful and I have some very gracious, giving family members! (Now we just need to organize/assemble everything!)

I had some pregnancy hallucinations and went to Wal-Mart at midnight on Black Friday. 8 months pregnant, fighting crowds for a few good deals and standing in line for over 30 minutes -- it definitely was not worth it. My dad was my chauffeur and if I had gone alone it would have been horrible with the snow and parking situation.

We were in and out in an hour, mostly due to my pure exhaustion. I completely overdid it and Baby Boy was letting me know. I went home and slept, only to go back out later on Black Friday -- then I went back home and napped!

The rest of my weekend was rather busy as well. Hoss and I traveled home on Saturday and when I got home my wonderful husband had pulled out the Christmas decorations and set up some of them. Since my husband is a bit of a grinch when it comes to Christmas, I knew he really was going out of his way to do this. And I really appreciated it! I spent Saturday evening finishing up the Christmas decorating. Sunday was busy with church, going to see the movie "Tangled" (which was very cute!) and then my nephew's 6th birthday party. I was happy to return to work on Monday just so I could rest a bit!

I feel tired from all the activities and things going on around me, but I have a mental to-do list a mile long that needs to happen in the next 5 to 6 weeks, plus all the holiday activities. I'm tired just thinking about it! But, it will all get done, it always does and I will try to rest in between!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Baby Watch -- Week 32

Apparently this little boy thinks he needs to compete with his big brother in the weight category. Hoss was 10lb 5oz at birth. This little one is not so little it seems. My ultrasound yesterday showed that my 32 week baby is measuring 35 1/2 weeks and is weighing in just over 6 pounds. People, my niece weighed less than that at birth! Heaven help me!

Since this baby is growing so quickly and does not appear to be stopping, we scheduled a c-section yesterday. So, 7 weeks from today, on January 11th, this baby boy will be born...that is if my body can hold in another huge baby that long. (I got to pick the day and I chose 1/11/11 purposefully! My c-section is scheduled for noon. I'm secretly hoping we get a late start and he is born at 1:11p.m. However, he is NOT allowed to weigh 11 lb 11oz).

Despite being big, Baby Boy is also breech, like his brother. He must really like his big brother because he sure is following his lead.

I've decided that being 5 years older and having another large baby is not working out for me. I don't remember the aches and pains in my hips when I was pregnant with Hoss as I am experiencing now. Other than that I don't have many complaints.

Well, except for the fact that my face looks like a 14 year old boy's as the acne is OUT OF CONTROL! I guess my hormones are on overload as my body is growing this HUGE child.

However, I am very thankful I have a growing, healthy baby (with chubby cheeks and fuzzy hair!). I would suffer through the pains and annoyances a million times over to get to be a Mommy!

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving this week!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Baby Watch -- Week 31

The 3rd trimester is definitely here and I can feel it. This week I have experienced heartburn (so glad it has waited this long! It was horrible with Hoss.), fatigue (or more like a complete lack of energy), and aches and pains (mostly when I'm attempting to sleep which may explain some of the fatigue).

Oh, and I'm HOT all the time! Yesterday morning the temperature was 28 degrees when I left the house. I grabbed a sweater on my way out the door and actually thought -- this isn't that cold. I stopped and got a hot chocolate at the convenience store on my way to work (all sizes are 99 cents on Mondays!). As I drank that hot chocolate I just got hotter and hotter -- I almost started sweating! So glad it is cooler outside, otherwise I'd be a miserable mess right now!

I am starting to believe my doctor about the "big baby" diagnosis. This boy is growing like a weed, thus my belly is growing just the same. Again, this may be the cause for the above troubles. I'm anxiously anticipating my ultrasound next Monday which will determine just how big this kiddo is and help us to determine the birth plan. That c-section is starting to look more appealing.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Baby Watch -- Week 30

I've been sentimental this week, reminiscing about the days of Baby Hoss. I am excited to get to relive the adorable chubby fat rolls and all the 1st again -- 1st steps, 1st words, 1st solid foods, and on and on....

This got me wondering who Hoss looks more like and what this Baby Boy (who will be arriving in 10 weeks!) will look like. I think Hoss is a pretty good combination of my husband and me. He has my husband's eyes -- color and shape, but a lot of my facial features, like my nose, mouth, etc. Although, after looking at the pictures below I think he looks a lot more like my husband.

What do you think?




Look at all 3 of us showing off our 2 bottom teeth! :)

In other news, my 30 week appointment showed that Baby Boy is trying to give Hoss a run for his money in the weight category. My belly measured 34 1/2 weeks. Um, I should only be 30 weeks! YIKES! I have an ultrasound on the 22nd at my next appointment to see just how big this kiddo is. That VBAC is not looking so promising now.

Monday, November 8, 2010


I can't pass up a good contest to win something, so I wanted to share about the Christmas Giveaway going on at 5 Minutes for Mom. The contest begins today and goes through Nov. 30th.

I hate that Christmas sneaks up so quickly and commercialism always seems to want to skip the Thanksgiving season, but I'm starting to get into the gift giving spirit (plus, the stroller up for grabs in today's giveaway is enticing me!).

You can go enter as well, just click on the button or visit 5 Minutes for Mom.


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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Tiny Trio Forest Christmas Card
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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Baby Watch -- Week 29

The hormones have lessened, slightly. I'm trying to rein them in, but as we all know, that can be very difficult. I don't like feeling as if I don't have control and these hormones are making me feel as if I'm losing control.

Otherwise, life is treking on. Baby Boy is growing and growing. I have noticed a change in the belly region over the past few weeks and I am finally looking pregnant instead of just fat! :) Hopefully I will get a good belly shot this week and post that for you all next week.

My mom came over this past weekend and helped clean around my house. She did all those chores I hate doing, like cleaning the blinds and cleaning the carpets! I am so grateful for her help! Now I just need to do some major cleaning in the kitchen and organizing the baby items and we will be set.

A great friend very kindly purchased us a stroller and car seat combo at a local Goodwill. It is this one and he paid 90% less than the retail price. It is only a year old and in great condition! I was thrilled! We just need to get a second carseat base and we will be set!

So, thanks to great friends and family, we have been very blessed this week!

My favorite Christmas cards!

I have always enjoyed sending Christmas cards and showing off my adorable red headed kiddo to my friends and family. Since having Hoss I have opted for photo Christmas cards. I have purchased the cards in which you put a photo on the front, I have included photos inside traditional Christmas cards and I have made photo cards.

By far, I prefer the photo cards. I enjoy designing these cards from the options available at the websites online. My favorite photo gift and card design website is Shutterfly.

I am planning on using this card for our family cards this year. It meets my main requirement for Christmas cards -- it says "Merry Christmas!" Plus, I can choose multiple pictures of Hoss through the year and possibly include an ultrasound picture of our newest family member. There are numerous other cards, both the flat photo cards and traditional folded photo cards. Check them all out here and here. You never know, I may be using one of these announcements for Christmas cards instead -- that is if this little one decides to come as an early Christmas gift!

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Baby Watch -- Week 28

One word about this week -- HORMONES!

My mood is really starting to be affected and I can't stand it. It is as if I am permanently experiencing the worst PMS ever. One second I am fight back tears, the next I am madder than a hornet! And my brain is constantly saying, "Stop! Don't act like that!" But, I can't stop. I spew from the mouth horrible things, I shed the tears over silly things. I can't stand it.

Yesterday morning started off poorly. Hoss is fighting a cold, which has spread to a cough and is mostly in his chest. He isn't running a fever and appears okay, but he is having trouble sleeping. He had nightmares the night prior and did not get a good night's sleep, so he definitely was not ready to get out of bed when it was time which put us behind and put me in a horrible mood as I was barking orders to everyone in the house to hurry up.

Hoss also had a small performance at his daycare yesterday in which he had to wear a white shirt. I went to Wal-Mart Sunday evening to purchase a white shirt since he didn't have one and spent money that was budgeted for something else.

Hoss wore his brand new white shirt to daycare yesterday morning and before the performance, it is ruined. He spilled yogurt all over it during breakfast, thus he had to wear his blue basketball "spare" shirt. Not the white shirt like everyone else in his class. All of that effort for nothing. The hormones did not do well with that.

I was upset that Hoss would once again be different than everyone else, as if he needs to stands out any more, so the tears welled up in my eyes. Then I was mad. Mad at my 5 year old for being clumsy and spilling something. That just led to me being mad at myself for even considering being mad at Hoss....he's just being 5, it really isn't his fault. Plus I was mad that I was so emotional over something so silly like spilled yogurt.

I quickly gathered myself together and settled in for the performance. However, when Hoss spotted me in the crowd, he grinned ear to ear and was obviously thrilled just to see me. Naturally, the tears came again. Good grief!

Then, last night as I was telling my husband about the performance as he was watching the video I took, I began to cry again. Just recalling the emotions I had earlier in the day did me in again.

So, needless to say, the hormones are flairing up. And I'm done with them. DONE!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Baby Watch -- Week 27

This week has been a productive one. We have the crib together and I have organized some of the baby items. It is odd that my home is starting to look like a baby is living there. I haven't seen baby things around my home in a long time. It's exciting and also a little scary. This is really happening, in 12 1/2 weeks or less (hopefully not more!).

Hoss is starting to recognize the changes around the house too. We have had a discussion about the crib being for his baby brother, not for him, although I still half expect to find him in it one day. Hoss will be getting new bunk beds in a week or so courtesy of his Gigi and Grandpa. Hopefully this will dissuade his desire to scale the crib.

Although, sharing his closet with baby brother's stuff is sparking some concern. The other day Hoss came downstairs dressed in a pair of 3-6 month shorts. I'm not sure how he actually managed to get them on his body, but he looked as if he was wearing a pair of speedos. Hoss is used to everything kid related in our home being only his. I think he's in for a rude awakening.

On another note, the pregnancy clumsiness set in this week. My ankle rolled on Monday and caused me to fall to my knee. I was holding Hoss's hand and pulled him down with me, but we were otherwise fine. I barely scraped my knee and felt there was no reason for concern. Plus baby is as active as ever. Let's hope this is the last fall I experience with this one. I don't need the scary falls I had with Hoss.

We have finalized a name. I think. Ok, so it is final. A few compromises were made, but it is good. Hoss is aware of his baby brother's name and is happy with it. I'll announce his name here when he is born.

Friday I go for the one hour glucose test. I'm hoping to pass with flying colors. I'm trying to get through this pregnancy with as little drama as possible!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Baby Watch -- Week 26

Whew! I had an interesting past couple days. I have been experiencing pain in my left side off and on. It seemed to be related to what I was eating and I believe it is colon related. Well, last night it reached the worst point. I could hardly stand the pain and it was continuing to escalate and worsen.

I still thought it was colon related and possibly due to eating greasier and higher fiber foods. The pain stayed put and never moved so I didn't think it was anything pregnancy related. I suffered through the night, tossing and turning and when I woke this morning the pain and all was gone.

I have made sure to eat lighter foods today to prevent another attack tonight, but I will definitely be discussing this with my OB next week to see if it could be anything else. Hopefully I won't experience it again.

Otherwise all is well. I have lots of plans in my head to get organized for this baby, now I just have to actually start doing it. I have things strung all around my house and now they need to be organized and assembled. After all, I only have 14 weeks left!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Baby Watch -- Week 25

Not much new is going on this week. I am continuing to enjoy feeling Little Man moving around a lot. I made a big crock pot of taco soup this week and have been eating it for lunch every day. About 10 minutes after I am done eating somersaults and movements begin in my belly. I guess all that spicy stuff is energizing the little one.

I had my 25 week appointment last Friday. All was well (other than my continued weight gain); we had a healthy heartbeat. I return in a couple weeks for another check up and glucose testing. Yippee! :)

I was recently looking back at my blog archives. I have been blogging since January 2007, when Hoss was 15 months old. The pictures and stories are sweet. I can't wait to experience all those fun times again with this little boy.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Happy 5th Birthday Hoss!

Dear Hoss,

Today you turn 5. I don't know where the time went or where my adorable pudgy little red-headed baby boy went. Now you are very tall for your age. Everyone always guesses you are at least 6. I tell them to hush. I'm not ready for you to grow up!

You have a very sweet demeanor. You are always asking me to "love" you or "cuddle" you, meaning you want hugs. You don't hug back that much, but I adore squeezing you tight. You ask for giant hugs so I squeeze you extra tight for those.

Despite being so sweet with Mommy, you are still all boy. You love to "fight" with Daddy. You love when Daddy will put you in wrestling moves and give you body slams. The other day I watched as you tried to do Kung Fu moves, kicking your legs and waving your arms. You didn't know I was watching and I chuckled to myself as I watched your "hi-ya" movements.

Still the timid, shy little boy you have always been, you have been pushed out of your comfort zone this year as you have begun to attend daycare. We are hoping this will help you be more prepared for Kindergarten next year. Your preschool teachers at Early Start tell me they see improvements as you are the first one to answer the questions about the letters and numbers. Mommy and Daddy still worry about you from time to time, but we are confident you will be a great person.

Your smile and laugh are so contagious. Mommy and Daddy are so blessed to get to see and hear them all the time. I simply can't stand how adorable you are whenever we sing "Happy Birthday" to you. You grin ear to ear and get so excited! We plan to sing it as many times as we can today!

This coming year you will be getting to accomplish a lot of firsts. You will be a big brother in January and you are continuously telling me every time you hear someone say "brother." You are becoming very interested in the little brother in Mommy's belly. Then you ask me what is in your belly. We always name all the food you ate that day and you laugh. I can't wait to see how much you love your little brother.

Happy 5th Birthday Hoss! We love you more than you know! You are the light in our lives.

Love, Mommy and Daddy

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Baby Watch -- Week 24

Wow! 24 weeks! That means only 16 weeks (or less) left. I'm not sure I'm ready for this. So many changes are coming with this addition, but I know the little bundle will bring us so much joy!

Right now, this little bundle is loving to do somersaults in my belly. He is very active, much more active than his big brother was, as I can recall. I sit and try to remember my pregnancy with Hoss, 5 years ago, and I have trouble remembering all the details. I remember having a very big, pregnant belly and being very tired at the end of the pregnancy. Plus I remember swelling a lot.

Luckily, all swelling has subsided since last week. I think the heat and not drinking enough water were the culprits. I am trying to make sure I drink a lot of water and with the much cooler temperatures we are experiencing this week, I am not experiencing swelling. Let's hope I can keep this up for the next 16 weeks.

I have my next doctor's appointment this Friday. I expect it to be a simple, quick appointment; however, I anticipate I may have to do the glucose test. Hopefully I can pass it this time and not have to do the 3 hour test as I did with Hoss!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Baby Watch -- Week 23

Fortunately the pains I complained about last week have decreased. I typically only have pain now after I have been sitting for awhile (like at work, at my desk) and then get up to walk. It feels like Baby Boy must lie in a certain position and those muscles and bones hurt initially when I stand; however, I can typically "walk it off."

Occassionally I will also have pain at night still and I am still finding it difficult to sleep soundly. This might have to do with the Big Brother sharing the bed as well. That needs to end soon! Hopefully with the addition of his new bunk bed he is getting for his birthday it will!

A new pregnancy side effect I began experiencing over the past week or so is swelling. My ankles and lower legs swell the most. I have minimal swelling anywhere else and my BP was great when I checked it at the Wal-Mart machine this weekend. I feel fine otherwise, just retaining some fluid. I have drank 4 bottles of water so far today, but I am still holding fluid. I'm trying to stay away from salty foods as I notice more swelling after eating those things. I had horrible swelling and fluid retention with Hoss and I am not looking forward to repeating that this time.

I just realized the other day that I am not religiously checking my Pregnancy Week by Week book like I did with Hoss. I am probably about 3 to 4 weeks behind right now. I know with Hoss I would read it immediately the day I changed from one week to the next. Plus, I would check out all the websites that told me similar information.

I guess this is just a part of having a 2nd child, those things just don't seem to be so important this time. I've done this before and I (kinda) know what's going on. Plus, this baby boy is very active and likes to let me know he is there, so no worries with that. And he is growing a lot, making maternity clothing a desperate need -- another way this pregnancy is different.

With Hoss, I was so thrilled to get to wear maternity clothing, doing so far before I really needed to; however, with this kiddo, I am dreading it. Mostly due to the cost. I no longer have the clothing I wore with Hoss' pregnancy, plus it likely would have been too big. Luckily I have some clothing from pre-weight loss so I have been able to wear those items, but this belly is quickly outgrowing some of those. It will all work out, I only have 17 weeks left (or less)!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Baby Watch -- Week 22

I have always heard that each pregnancy is different. I have to say, I am starting to believe this is true.

Hoss was a large baby who liked to hang out very high up in utero, around my ribs and lungs. Trust me, this did not make for easy breathing, but it was tolerable. Also with Hoss, I don't recall problems sleeping. Actually, I recall being able to do little else other than sleep. I would crawl home from work and collapse. I didn't cook dinner or do 4 loads of laundry. I only slept.

This Little Man has different preferences than Hoss. This one likes to hang out really low in my pelvis. He likes to make my back hurt and my hips hurt and he keeps me up half the night due to these lovely pains. Just this morning, the pain decided to stick around and I am waddling around as my lower back and hips are aching. Or maybe all the pain is just because I'm older. Either way, this pain is for the birds!

I am also finding I must push through the tiredness this time. If I am tired, I don't get a choice. I must cook dinner, do the 4 loads of laundry, bathe Hoss, get him in bed and eventually collapse into bed myself. (Along with the help of Hubs!) Plus, I am getting up hours earlier than I did when pregnant with Hoss, since I have to get him to school on time.

This pregnancy is different, but I'm happy to be experiencing it all. It is worth it!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Baby Watch -- Week 21

Week 21 has been good in the pregnancy world. We are debating on a name for our baby boy. I thought we had a name ready, but second thoughts have come up and Hoss despises the name and screams that the baby is NOT _____. (I don't want to say the name in case we end up deciding on it anyway. I'd hate for the baby to read my blog in 20 years -- will they still even exist then?-- and see that his brother hated his name).

So we are back to square one. Hubby has convinced Hoss that the baby's name should be something else that I'm not a huge fan of...let the debates begin.

Otherwise all is well with Baby Boy. He's not causing me too many problems, which is a huge blessing!

We registered this weekend. I know it is a bit taboo to have baby showers for the 2nd, but since we have nothing leftover from Hoss, due to thinking this baby may never happen and for space issues, I'm hoping a few kind friends and/or family will check out the registries.

I have consignment sales on my to-do list every weekend in September, hoping to get some great deals on a few of those non-essentials, but things that would be great to have. Plus, clothes!

And, let's just say I need to stop "window shopping" on Etsy because there are some of the cutest things in the world there!

Like this monkey hat. OH MY WORD! ADORABLE!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Baby Watch -- Week 20

We had the big, important ultrasound and it's a........................................


We are excited to be adding another boy to our family. Hopefully we can convince Hoss a brother is great, since he has been determined to have a sister. He told us the other day that a family is a Mommy, Daddy, boy and girl. I think he believes a girl must be added to make our family. :)

Here are some of the pics from our ultrasound today.

Definitely a boy!

Front of face

Waving hello (see hand on right side)

Side profile of face

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Baby Watch -- Week 19

This week has been the week of growth.

Everything is growing, especially Baby. I can see a difference in my abdomen and enjoy feeling Baby moving around.

I don't have a cute baby bump, so no picture. I'm sure people who have not heard I am expecting just think I am gaining all my weight back. And I might be gaining some of the weight back, but I am hoping to start walking again on my lunch break today. This summer has been so HOT that the mere thought of stepping outside, was overwhelming. Luckily the weather is cooler this week and I need to get my rear moving!

I am getting excited about next Tuesday. We have our 20 week ultrasound then and are hoping Baby will cooperate and tell us if it is a boy or a girl. Hoss is convinced he is having a sister. I think this may be due to both of his boy cousins have younger sisters. I hope he gets his wish and isn't disappointed if he ends up with a brother. Either way, we are ready. We have names tentatively planned and I am excited to start buying baby clothes at the local children's consignment sales in September.

I'll be back next Tuesday to share the big news!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Baby Watch -- Week 18

Week 18 has been uneventful, thankfully! I have been busy with work and don't have time to deal with any pregnancy woes.

Baby is still moving around and I am feeling it more often during the day. This morning was Hoss's first day of Early Start (next year he'll head to Kindergarten, ACK!), and the baby was moving around all morning. I told Hoss it was because the baby was excited he was going back to school.

Speaking of Hoss, I have been trying to figure out the best way to prepare him for this baby. He will be 5 in October and has spent the last 5 years being spoiled and dotted on without having to share the spotlight with anyone. Plus, Hoss has some developmental delays that can lead to him being more anxious and nervous about changes. We have been talking about the baby for months and will be able to put a name to the baby by September (hopefully!) and I think that will make it seem more real to all of us.

I am looking for books or ideas on how to help Hoss see this baby is a good thing and won't be too jealous. I plan to buy a baby doll or use a toy Hoss already has and show him how we hold the baby and be gentle with it, but otherwise, I'm not sure what else to do.

I am also considering having a gift the baby will give to Hoss at the hospital. Any suggestions on a good gift? The baby will be coming soon after Christmas, so I am sure Hoss will have numerous new toys, but I want to give him something he will equally enjoy from the baby.

Hoss is quite a momma's boy as well and I know I won't be able to do as much for him when the baby comes as I do now. We are trying to start changing that gradually now as Daddy is doing more of the things Mommy used to, but I can see Hoss climbing all over me, wanting to sit in my lap after the baby is born.

Any suggestions from you experienced mothers on how to ease Hoss into the transition? I need all the advice I can get!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Baby Watch -- Week 17

I had my regular monthly check up last Friday. All was good, with a healthy heartbeat of 149 and then 153. I am scheduled for the big, exciting ultrasound on August 31st! Hopefully baby will cooperate and we will figure out if we will be parents of a girl or boy.

I have been feeling movement on a daily basis, which is marvelous! Typically I feel the movement in the evening when I am lying down or sitting very still. Occassionally I felt movement during the day, but it is only if I am still.

I have been very tired this week, which is odd. Aren't you supposed to regain energy in the 2nd trimester? I think the tiredness is related to having a sinus headache. ALL WEEK! The heat and humidity are bothering me as well. I just need a huge storm to come through and hopefully wipe away the sinus headache.

My hair and nails are growing very nicely. I typically never have fingernails as they break and don't grow well. I think I might take Folic Acid supplements for the rest of my life if the side effect is to have such pretty finger nails. :)

So, week 17 is going well. Counting down the days until August 31st!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Baby Watch -- Week 16

Week 16 has been much better than Week 15.

The mouth sores are all gone. I am not having nearly as many hotflashes, despite the 100 degree temperatures. And I have begun to feel Baby Frye move.

The first movement I felt was Monday night and again on Tuesday and a couple small ones yesterday. I was uncertain at first if it was really the baby, but it continued off and on and I decided it probably wasn't just gas. :)

Otherwise Week 16 has been good. A very busy week, but a good one. I have my next check-up tomorrow when I turn 17 weeks. Hopefully all will be well with that.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Baby Watch -- Week 15

Oh, week 15. How I long for you to be over.

Actually, I can't wait for the treats you have brought me to be over. The hot flashes are absurd. I'm hot, then I'm cold, then I'm hot...it is a never ending cycle and I'm done with it.

However, believe it or not, Week 15 has brought me far worse than just hot flashes. I am not sure if it is due to pregnancy hormones or an infection, but my mouth is entirely covered in mouth sores. No exaggerating, I have about 12 to 15 mouth sores. And boy, does that put a damper on eating all my favorite foods!

I went to urgent care yesterday, per the recommendation of my OB, and the strep test was negative. My throat looks just as bad, if not worse than my mouth, but it doesn't hurt as bad. I am on antibiotics and I am hoping it will do something for the horrific mouth sores, but I'm not entirely optimistic about that.

For now, I'm covering my mouth with numbing gel about every 5 minutes and popping a few Tylenol here and there in order to alleviate the pain just enough so I can chew and swallow a few bites of food. Oh, and brush my teeth.

Week 16, I hope you have pity on me! I need it.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Baby Watch -- Week 14

Week 14 has been uneventful so far.

Of course, as happens about 2 to 3 weeks after every doctor's appointment, the nervous worry begins of fearing something happening to the baby. I'm just plagued with these fears during this pregnancy and I can't wait until this baby is born and here so I can start worrying about something else. Because I'll just find something else to worry about then.

I have another 2 weeks until my next doctor's appointment so I'm hoping I can push the fears aside and not have a complete nervous breakdown before then. As long as I hear the heartbeat and am reassured everything is fine, I'll be okay. For another couple weeks at least. I can't wait until I can feel the baby moving. I will have reassurance every day from then on that my baby is breathing.

Other than fear and worry, I've noticed being more out of breath. This should not be happening yet, I don't think. I'm afraid it is a combination of my poor eating recently and my lack of exercising, not the fact that I'm pregnant. Maybe I just shouldn't run up the stairs at home quite as quickly and slow it down a bit. Yeah, that's it!

And that is Week 14.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Baby Watch -- Week 13

FYI -- This is my 600th blog post. Wow!

I am officially on week 13 and now a member of the 2nd trimester club. I have more energy and am not quite as sleepy. Well, except for the insomnia I am suffering. I despise not getting my sleep and I am a bit of a grump, to say the least.

Otherwise this pregnancy is going well. I had no morning sickness and other than a minor scare early on, I have had a marvelous pregnancy so far. And I am definitely recognizing that miracle and counting my blessings.

I did experience some swelling on my lower legs and ankles yesterday. I had not drank as much water as I should have and had eaten some food high is sodium, so I am going to try to drink a lot more water today and make sure I'm making better food choices. I had excessive swelling and the beginning of pre-eclampsia with Hoss and I don't want any of that on this go around.

And I can't forget to point out that I turned 30 this past Friday. I started Perty by Thirty a year and a half ago and I had no idea I would be pregnant when I actually turned 30. I am thrilled to be pregnant and feel as if my Perty by Thirty goal was met, even if I did not hit the numbers I wanted.

One of the main goals, which I never spoke about publicly, in my weight loss journey was to loose weight so I could have another child. Even though I was heavier when I conceived Hoss, I knew that my weight (and ever increasing age) were not in my favor to conceive again. My weight loss changed my life in ways I could never imagine and I am so happy I am going to have the ultimate reward of another child.

So, all the effort I put in (and will continue to put in after this pregnancy) working toward Perty by Thirty has definitely paid off!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Baby Watch -- Week 12

I'm not sure why I worry so much. I mentioned yesterday that I was worried about my ultrasound today. I never remember being so nervous going to the OB when I was pregnant with Hoss as I do with this baby.

I'm assuming this worry is because I am older and much more aware of the possible dangers that can occur while pregnant. I literally hold my breath until I see or hear the heartbeat with this baby. Luckily, I have heard and seen it every time. Including today.

Here are the first pictures of Baby Frye.

This baby is a bit stubborn. It was lying on its side and refused to move. They wanted to get a picture of the back of the baby and get more measurement, but no matter how much I coughed, moved or we pushed around the baby, it refused to flip over. It waved at us, as if it was playing games with us (and obviously winning), but never cooperated. I will definitely be drinking caffeine before the next ultrasound at 20 weeks when I hope to find out if this baby is a he or a she.

I'm pretty confident it is a she. The heart rate was 167, indicating it might be a girl, even my OB said so. The ultrasound tech (who was also the tech for Hoss) noted that the stubbornness of this baby could indicate it's a girl.

We will find out at the beginning of September. For now I am just waiting until the next appointment on August 6th. We are moving into the 2nd trimester and it is so very exciting!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Baby Watch -- Week 11

This week the hormones are attacking my skin. My face looks like a 13 year old's as the acne is taking over.

I'm pretty much done with these hormones.

I'm excited to be going to the doctor again tomorrow where I will have another ultrasound. I hope to come away with pictures this time. I do have to admit that I am a little bit nervous for this ultrasound. I have no reason to be as my pregnancy has been healthy since the early scare; however, I just have that nervous, butterflies in my stomach kind of feeling.

Hopefully that will all be gone by tomorrow morning.

We are throwing around names for this baby. I have decided it is a girl. Call it the motherly instinct, but I just feel it. Now, if this baby is a boy I will be thrilled as well, but will have to second guess that mother's intuition in the future. Either way, we are working on names for both a boy and a girl.

Be expecting a Week 12 post a bit earlier than usual with pictures!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Baby Watch -- Week 10

Apparently I will be posting on Thursdays, that seems to be the trend so far.

So, week 10 has been all about the hormones. Oh my word, the tears. I have fought them all week, but unfortunately had a small incident today when I couldn't hold them back anymore.

Hate the hormones. My hormones have always been very sensitive and this baby is kicking them into high gear. UGH!

Oh well, hopefully it will subside. I just hope I can handle postpartum without problems (see, the hormones have me worrying about something months down the road).

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Baby Watch -- 9 Weeks

I better write this today because I will be 10 weeks tomorrow! You really didn't think I would post every Monday, like I said did you? Sorry if I disappointed you!

Maybe it is for the better though because if I wrote this blog on Sunday I would have told you I was not having any symptoms of being pregnant at all (which did worry me a bit). I was very busy all weekend and never felt tired. I was actually full of energy.

However, Tuesday hit and boy have I been tired! Being tired has been about my only symptom of pregnancy so far, except for a little bit of breast tenderness. I am lucky that I have not had to deal with any illness. I notice being slightly nauseous when I get hungry. I must eat every 2 to 3 hours or else that odd feeling hits me. Which, eating every 2 to 3 hours isn't too hard, it is making sure I eat healthy that is hard.

I am off to go for a walk before it gets too warm out today. An occasional walk seems to be boost my energy level (sometimes) and make me feel like I'm being healthy. And I need to feel healthy because those Little Debbie Fudge Rounds I may eat after I walk sure won't make me feel that way.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Perty by Thirty Hiatus

I've made it Facebook official, now it's time to make it blog official.

Perty by Thirty is going to be taking a hiatus and possible name change to Perty by 31 1/2 because (drum roll please).....


I am due to have baby #2 on January 14, 2011. A bit of a belated 30th birthday present (since my birthday is next month), but I am beyond thrilled!

My plan is to post here weekly about my pregnancy progress as I was (kinda) doing with Perty by Thirty. However, we will call it Baby Watch 2011 (watch, I'll have this baby on 12/31/10...which is fine, it will be a tax write off and will share my grandmother's birthday!).

So, for my first edition of Baby Watch 2011.

I'm 8 weeks along and so far have not been free from pregnancy drama. My pregnancy with Hoss was relatively uneventful except for a couple falls and borderline gestational diabetes (left untreated). His birth began the fun with his breach 10 pound body requiring a c-section and the fun hasn't stopped yet.

I'm hoping being 100 pounds lighter will give me a benefit to prevent another c-section and 10 pound baby. That is my goal so far!

My first lab work test showed low Hcg levels. After 3 more tests and an ultrasound, my body has finally decided to do what it is supposed to -- correctly. Other than a small blood clot behind the placenta, which my body is supposed to absorb itself, all is well.

I got to see my cute little alien baby at 7 weeks and its healthy heart beating strongly. I am scheduled for another ultrasound on July 2nd at 12 weeks.

I've had to be cautious with how much I do with this pregnancy. That is so odd. I had no restrictions with Hoss, but I have noticed I have cramping and mild spotting if I even stand on my feet for an hour. That has lessened a lot, but it is enough to keep me sitting still more often. Plus, I kinda like the excuse to be lazy! :)

Our faith has kept our hopes alive that we will get to be parents of another baby one day and our faith is helping us to believe and pray this baby will be perfect, just like our Hoss.

We are so excited to be starting this journey again!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

A new 'do

A few weeks ago I decided I needed a new "do." It had been over a year since I had had my last haircut. Needless to say, I was definintely overdue for a trim.

I wish I had taken a before picture, but I did not. Imagine hair about 2 inches below the shoulders that was frizzball central. It was curly and not cooperating.

So, here is the after picture.

Ok, I'm just kidding. This was a trial I did a couple weeks ago on a Saturday to see what the short hair would look like curly. A little wild, eh?

Here is the real hairdo.

Please don't look at the nose, I know it is huge!

My hair in this style takes a bit more time as I have to straighten my hair everyday since it is naturally curly. But, regardless of the time, I love it.

So, what do you think?

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Perty by Thirty -- Week 69

Well, I accomplished the goal I had set for myself -- to hit 100 pounds again by this week.

I did it! I lost exactly 2.4 pounds to bring my total back to 100 pounds.

I'm hoping and am going to strive to not fall under that 100 pounds again. Although, I have some temptations and challenges coming up in the next week or so, but I'm determined to stay in the triple digits this time!

My next goal -- to be at 105 pounds and finally earn another 5 pound star at my Weight Watcher meeting by Memorial Day, May 31st. There will not be my regular meeting that day, but I will weigh sometime that week and get my 5 pound star one way or another!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Perty by Thirty Week 68

Look! I'm back! Two days in a row! It's like a miracle is happening. :)

Quite honestly, I probably would not be back here posting if I didn't have good news, right?

Well, you're right, I do have good news. To the tune of 3 pounds.

This brings my total weight loss back up to 97.6. The math had gotten off somewhere along the way, and was .2lb too high, so it looks like I only lost 2.8, but it's okay. I know in my heart I lost 3 pounds.

Now, I need to be honest for a minute. I was a bit disappointed that I only lost 3 pounds. I know it seems like a dumb thing to say especially since I have been yo yo dieting for the past 3 months, but it's the truth.

See, I did everything right last week. I exercised every day (but one), I ate within my points perfectly. I expected to lose more than 3 pounds. I was hoping for a big 5 pound loss, but that did not happen.

This week I plan to step it up a notch in the exercise department. I need to walk longer and harder and faster. I'm hoping I really can, but the weather is not looking good, so that may not be an option.

I am also going to try to decrease my carbs and sugar a bit. This is going to be the hardest thing for me and it may be a gradual change, but I think it will help.

So that's the plan. Let's hope I stick to it and can come back here next week with something good to report!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Perty by Thirty Weeks 56-67

Has it really been almost 3 months since I last posted here? Man, time flies. Especially when you are falling off the weight loss bandwagon!

On January 28, 2010, the last time I posted here my weight loss total was 101.4. That was the last time I have seen the 100 pound mark.

Currently my weight loss total is 94.8 pounds (that is before tonight's weigh in where I hope to get a big loss).

So in the past 3 months I have spent time fluctuating up and down. So much so, it's embarassing. However, I began this journey publicly and I continue to do so publicly. Since I am using this blog as my weight loss journal, I'm going to post my 3 months of yo yo dieting weigh-ins.

Here goes!

2/1 -- +1.6 = 99.8
2/8 -- +.4 = 99.4
2/15 -- skipped weigh in (yikes!)
2/22 -- +8.2 (yes, it says EIGHT!!!) = 91.2
3/1 -- -1.2 = 92.4 (that 8 pounds scared me!)
3/8 -- -2.6 = 95
3/15 -- -1 = 96
3/22 -- skipped weigh in again, uh oh....
3/29 -- +5.2 = 90.8 (see what skipping a week does to me?)
4/5 -- -.2 = 91
4/12 -- -3.8 = 94.8
4/19 -- 0 = 94.8

The main lesson I have learned from the past 3 months is that I have to face facts. If I did bad one week, don't kid myself into thinking I should skip a Weight Watcher meeting and weigh-in. Because, as we can see above, this does not help me at all. EVER!

I have also learned that facing the facts can be beneficial and often inspiring to me.

I hope to be back tonight or tomorrow with a post about what a fabulous weight loss I had at the scale tonight. I really am hoping for a 5 pound response, especially since I did everything right. I exercised every day (except one) and never went outside of my daily point allowance.

And I feel good! Let's hope the scale thinks so too.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Perty by Thirty Week 55

Despite eating an entire bag of Mikesells Honey Barbeque Potato Chips (my favorite of ALL time!) this weekend I managed to lose 1 pound this week at my weigh in.

That brings me to a total lost of 101.4. This is the highest loss so far. Since I have been yo-yo-ing back and forth over the past 6 weeks, I am proud to finally be able to be at the highest number so far.

I have been working hard since the weigh-in Monday to stay on track this week, hoping I can fight off that bag of chips I ate! So far, so good. I was stress eating a LOT last week and we spoke all about that at the Weight Watchers meeting Monday night. It was as if the subject was designed just for me.

I am attempting to be more active. I completely fell off the exercise bandwagon around November. The cold temperatures have not encouraged me to get out and walk, as I was all summer, and I have just allowed myself to become lazy again.

A friend and I began doing Biggest Loser workouts to a DVD she has last week. The low intensity workout is KICKING MY BUTT! I thought I was "in shape." Apparently I was very wrong. This week I have also been using my Wii Fit a lot more in order to keep moving.

I plan to begin the Couch to 5K program on March 1st, with hopes that I can run (jog) in a 5K this summer. Until then, I need to keep moving. A local gym is running a special to get a free month long membership. I'm considering checking it out, but I just have to stick to my guns and make sure there is no fine print that will commit me to a long-term membership.

So, now I'm off to get moving and to keep cookies and chips out of my mouth! :)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Perty by Thirty Weeks 52, 53, 54

Yes, I am still alive!

I have thought about blogging in the past three weeks, but obviously the words never left my brain and entered the blog page.

Week 52 I chose not to blog. I was very upset about my weight gain and I really was discouraged. It had been an entire year on this weight loss journey and I had gained 7.8 pounds over the previous 3 weeks (4.4 pounds gained on week 52). I was not anticipating such a huge gain and I believe my body has been playing tricks on me. Especially since I lost 8 pounds on Week 53.

Yes, I lost 8 pounds in one week. I am fairly certain I was bloated and constipated on Week 52 when I weighed in. Hey, I'm just trying to keep it real here. Obviously all of that was not 8 pounds worth, at least I don't think so. If it was then I probably have a different problem that needs addressing.

Either way, Week 53 motivated me to keep going. It motivated me and I thought I did well, but I gained .6 pound this past week. It wasn't much and I am going to blame female hormones and the fact that I was wearing heavy jeans that I typically would not have worn to weigh in, but I was off work and they were practically the only pair of pants I had clean (I later did my laundry, so no need to worry about me!).

I'm still motivated to keep going and to keep fighting this battle. I really just need to get over the hump of 105 pounds. I seem to be going back and forth for the past 6 weeks and I need to stop fluctuating and head full steam ahead. I only have 6 months left to lose the remaining 63 pounds in order to hit my Perty by Thirty goal (July 9, 2010). At this rate, that will not happen.

So, I have plans. I am going to attempt to do some type of exercise every day. Since I weigh in on Mondays, I began yesterday (Tuesday) when I "exercised" on the Wii Fit. It doesn't really feel like much exercise, but at least I am moving and not sitting on the couch eating peanut butter as I have been known to do recently.

I'm still pressing on. I still have goals and I know I will accomplish those goals. Hopefully I'll be thrilled to come back next week and post about how Week 55 was very successful!