Howdy Interwebs!

Haven’t been online all that much lately. I prefer not to be downstairs all that much, it’s dark, dank and smells vaguely of cat pee all the time. Plus, Chloe only lets me stay on the computer for so long before she starts nagging me to go upstairs or outside.

Things are going well for the most part. I have had some headaches on and off and I did have a problem with UTI/kidney infection last week, but other than that I’ve been feeling pretty good. Today is officially 16 weeks of being pregnant. I have to get more blood tests next week for the final down syndrome / spina biffida tests. Hopefully they’ll go well and I’ll get the results when I see the doctor on the 19th. In 2-4 weeks I’ll get my next ultrasound and be able to find out the sex of the baby… really looking forward to that.

Things are going well at work for R. He finds the classes a bit boring and tedious, but it’s all for a good cause and he seems to enjoy his fellow interns.

Collard Greens and Broccoli Sprouts

Collard Greens and Broccoli Sprouts

The garden has been started indoors and we have some seedlings already. Still need to mulch the leaves outside and rototill the garden boxes. We bought fencing to extend the fence on both sides of the house, need to do that in the next few weeks.

Scheduled the pool to be opened on May 14th, it’s been blisteringly hot here the past week, but finally cooled off today. It should not be over 90 degrees in early April, that’s just wrong.

R and I are going to a Phillies game next week. I made him buy me a “Future Phillies Fan” t-shirt to wear under my regular team shirt. Can’t wait to go to the game. I think this summer will be all about the Phillies and the garden for me.

I feel a little badly about how little I am bothered by being unemployed. I know I paid into the unemployment and not working now is best for both my health and the baby’s, but I still feel like I should feel a little more guilty than I do.

That’s about it. Oh, Mom and Dad put their house in NJ on ther market on Monday and had an offer by Wednesday… they might be down here much sooner than they planned. They haven’t started the renovations to the PA house yet, so things should be interesting.

Hope everyone is doing well.

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Lucy, you got some splainin’ to do…..

So, I haven’t been on the blog in a while because I have been trying to wrap my head around my new situation. About 30 minutes after my last blog post, I was let go from my job. It seemed out of the blue to me, in hindsight, I think it was the migraines. I was in a bit of shock at first, but not what I would call upset. If my unemployment goes through, I honestly won’t care in the least. Sure, I will miss the salary, but the stress just wasn’t worth it. I was worried my parents would be upset about it, but they agreed that it was probably best for my health and the baby’s and have been tremendously supportive. R has been great about the whole thing too, very understanding about this sudden shift in our roles with him back at work and me playing homemaker.

So, what else is new… It’s been a while. I felt great the first week, but did have a migraine on Friday the 5th and Sunday the 7th. Other than that, I’ve felt mostly great. I was a bit crampy for a little while which made me nervous, but that’s gone away now.

I was able to hit the dog park on the 8th and 9th with an unemployed dog park friend and another one who had off because she worked the weekend.

20100311 Ultrasound

20100311 Ultrasound

The ultrasound on the 11th went well… the baby was really active and I got to hear the heartbeat. I got the nucol translucency tests done including the blood work and should get the results when I see my doctor on the 18th. I changed the appointment so R could go.

R leaves for Ohio on Sunday and comes home Friday. I hate him being away, but at least we found out that he won’t have to do away for the month’s long training until next year.

I plan on being on here more often and rambling about more random things now that I have plenty of time. I might even link this blog off my FB page since I don’t have to worry about job stuff anymore. Feels weird that this will be the last entry I tag with “Work”, but I’m ok with that. I’m looking forward to a summer preparing to be a mommy and enjoying myself.

Can I please trade heads with somebody?

I woke up with what I thought was a nasty sinus headache yesterday, but what was a migraine in disguise. It wouldn’t have been a big deal if I could have taken something, but the nausea has gotten to a point lately where I’m fine to eat (though not too much), but I can’t even THINK about taking a pill of any kind. I did try to take some acetaminophen at work around 11am, but I wound up spitting it out and then spending 2 minutes concentrating on not puking into my garbage can. Good times.

I sat at my desk for my lunch hour with my eyes closed willing my headache to go away before admitting defeat and heading home. I sat in bed rocking and crying since I was still in such pain but unable to take anything or eat anything. R came home around 6pm and I had him run to CVS and get me some liquid acetaminophen. I swear, within 15¬† minutes of taking it, I started feeling better. I just stayed in bed and was able to lie down finally and not feel so horrible. I feel “eh” today. head doesn’t hurt, but I do have that “a headache could come back at any time” feeling. Stomach is a little queasy, but I’ve been able to eat… which is good because I did lose 2 pounds since the last time I saw my OB (which isn’t bad, but not a trend that should necessarily continue for next visit).

I just scheduled my nuchal translucency ultrasound for March 11th to make sure the baby doesn’t have Down’s Syndrome. It’s the non-invasive alternative to amniocentesis when you’re worried about miscarrying. My appointment is at 8am, which means R probably won’t be able to go, but they don’t have any evening appointments at this place, so he was gonna be screwed no matter what. I also have my next OB appointment when he’s away in Ohio next month. Crap… what can you do?

We’re scheduled to get another big snow storm tonight into tomorrow, should make things fun. I am NOT going to try to get into the office on 6 inches of snow, I can tell you that right now. I have an early meeting available on Gotomeeting and there’s no work I need to do tomorrow that can’t be done from home. The poor dogs though… they’ll probably miss the park again this weekend. Sigh.

Hope the rest of the week goes well for everyone.

Been a while…

Things have been quiet for the most part since I last wrote. Last Friday was a standard work day and I didn’t do anything special that evening. Saturday I attempted to go to the dog park, but when I was almost there another regular called me and said that even though the park was open, the dog park was still locked due to “safety concerns”. I met up with another regular there and we decided to head¬† to another area park where we could let the dogs run off leash. I called a few other regulars to tell them not to bother coming to the park. So, I went to Quaker Penn and had the dogs run around with 2 other dogs for a while. The snow was really deep and it made them running and me walking very difficult. I was fairly exhausted by the time I got home and feel asleep for a while in front of the heater during the afternoon.

Sunday was Valentine’s Day and I decided to play it by ear before heading off to the dog park and being disappointed again. I decided to make R a nice breakfast while I waited to hear if anyone could get into the park. Eventually it was decided that it still seemed closed and we were going to give up on going for the weekend. I was having some problems with cramping and pooing around 11am, so I laid down for a little while and before I knew it, it was several hours later. R and I just hung around and watched TV for the rest of Sunday.

Monday was R’s final day of freedom before starting his new job and a rare day off for me. He kept working on some projects while I caught up on some email. My folks called about some tree branches being down in the yard at the new house, so we went over to see what was going on. The branches were too big for us to do anything about so R just helped my Dad bring some boxes in and I visited with my Mom a little and wished her a happy birthday in person for the day before. We took off from their place around noon and hit the grocery store on the way home.

When we got home, the dog sitter was just leaving. She thinks things are going well and leaves us a journal of how the visits are going each day when she shows up to let them out around 1pm. After she left and we brought the groceries in, R put another coat of stain on his baseball stand and then went to shower while I chilled on the couch.

I had my ultrasound scheduled for 4 pm. We went for the ultrasound and things were much better this time. The technician estimated that I was 8 weeks and 3 days along and we were able to see the baby’s heart beat. It was such a relief. I have an appointment with my doctor on Monday, but he’ll probably just review the ultrasound with me and see how I’m feeling. They never called back about my blood tests or pap smear, so they must have all been fine. After the ultrasound, R and I stopped off for some mexican food and then headed home. We called both sets of parents to let them know the ultrasound went well and then watched TV until bed time.

Neither of us slept very well Monday night, R had asked me to get him up at 5:30am for work since I have an alarm (which I never use) and his clock had died a while ago. So, we both slept like crap and I never got back to sleep after I woke him up. He took off for work around 7am and had a long, tedious, walk-filled day. Work was fairly quiet for me on Tuesday, though I did get a new PC at work.

Last night was quiet and R and I just watched some Bones off the DVR and Lost and went to bed at a decent hour again. We ate some leftover delivery food which has been giving him no end of trouble this morning. He had me take out some chicken before I left for work so we can have a decent dinner tonight.

I’m supposed to see my best friend S on Thursday, she’s going to come down this way and probably have some maternity clothes with her that she got from a friend of ours who got them from a friend.

Not much else going on. Very much looking forward to the weekend and hoping that the dog park is open.

Here comes the snow again

So it sounds like we’re about to get hit with a bunch of snow for the second time in less than a week. As of right now, the snow is scheduled to start anywhere from 6pm to midnight and we’re supposed to get 10-18 inches again. I can tell you right now I have no plans whatsoever of coming into the office tomorrow. If for some reason the owner can’t see fit to close the offices out of concern for employee safety, I’m going to work from home to protect myself and the baby.

It’s quiet at work today. My boss was in a meeting until a few minutes ago and then he had to take off for another meeting. We went back and forth a bit last night on some final updates to the new design and I think it’s about ready to be handed off to Creative Services but I would like to talk to my boss first to confirm.

R has nothing planned today and I have no idea what he’s going to do. He’s trying to mentally prepare himself to start working again, that I’m sure of. I know he’s been busy trying to find a dog sitter we can have come by around lunchtime every day to let Chloe and Mo out to go to the bathroom once we’re both working again. Worst case scenario, this will only be for 7 months anyway and if he winds up telecommuting and/or working 4 day weeks, we’ll only need someone to come by 2-4 days a week.

Nothing else of interest going on at the moment. Not sure if I’ll be seeing my mom for her birthday Sunday or not. I think I want to get her a new birthday card because the one R chose is the same one we got my Dad last year. Whoopsie. Still have to get a card/cards for R, nothing like procrastinating. Actually, I’m waiting until after the ultrasound Thursday and if it goes well I’ll get him a card for an expectant father if they have them.