TTUT-April Photo Challenge

Terri: [handing Quinn pregnancy supplements] Take three times a day, or your baby will be ugly. –Glee

It’s time for another:

I’m linking up with Impulsive Addict and Seriously Shawn.

So unfortunately this past Friday I woke up to a pretty good amount of bleeding, which was scary as hell. I went to the doctor and was put back on pelvic rest/modified activity. It looks like everything is just fine with Roo (I got to see my little cutie on the ultrasound, and he/she hiccuped for me, so cute!) but for some reason my hoo-ha is spotting. What the h-e-double hockey stick?! They think it’s due to too much activity, so I’m back to putting my feet up on the couch and wearing my trusty chastity belt (BOOOOO!).

With all this extra free time, I decided to take part in the Paper Coterie April photo challenge. I’m not going to do them once a day, but I think I’ll check in once a week and share them with you. Hopefully I can keep it up. It’s a pretty lofty challenge! It’ll be a welcome break from the online shopping I have been doing. I’m looking for a father’s day gift for Match. I’m thinking a nice tactical luminox 3051 watch would be pretty cool. But anytangent, back to the challenge!

April 1-3rd:

1. My Home:

We updated the plants in the front yard, and we’d like to do some more work soon. Eventually we’ll paint the house too. We want to do a dark charcoal grey with white trim.

2. My handwriting:

When I concentrate, my handwriting is decent. When I’m in a hurry it’s really messy. Here’s a little excerpt from my pregnancy book.

3. My smile:

I like my smile-thanks to years of painful orthodontist work. I do wish I had whiter teeth, but no one’s perfect!

Talk to Us Tuesday-The One Where Match Passes Out

[As a joke on Kevin, Ed and Eddy announce a booster shot for the school. Upon hearing this and seeing some of Eddy’s mind games, Kevin collapses]
Jimmy: KEVIN FAINTED!!
Nazz [to Kevin]: Dude, are you okay? –Ed, Edd, ‘n Eddy

I’m linking up with Impulsive Addict and Seriously Shawn.

This past Wednesday I was doing my usual thing: puttering around the house, doing some laundry, blogging, tidying up the house, when Match called. He had been at a conference for work, so I assumed he was calling during the lunch break.

DG: “Hey sweetie what’s up?”

Match: “I’m in an ambulance. I’m on my way to the hospital right now.”

DG: blood running cold. “What happened? Oh my god are you okay?”

Match: “Yeah, I’m fine I guess I just passed out. They’re taking me to the hospital to run some tests. Don’t worry, I’m sure it’s fine.”

Yeah right don’t worry. Was he kidding? He insisted that I didn’t need to drive to the hospital to meet him, and that he would call me back when he knew more. I immediately got dressed and headed out the door, trying my best not to overreact. I called his coworker, who told me that they had been sitting in a lecture, and then were walking to lunch when Match said he felt like he was going to pass out, and the next thing he knew, he was on the ground. He tried to sound reassuring but I was pretty shook up.

I called my Pops who talked me down and said not to think the worst. He said he probably just had low blood sugar and that it wasn’t a big deal. I called Match again and told him I was on my way to the hospital. He insisted that I don’t drive all the way there (40 minutes) and that there was no reason to worry. So instead I ran errands, rather than sitting at home pacing. I tried to keep busy but I kept checking my phone every few minutes.

What felt like hours later he called me back to let me know that he was going back to work, and that his vitals were fine. He had low blood pressure, and a low heart rate, but they said this was because he is in excellent shape. They were as stumped as he was by what had happened.

When Match got home that night I grabbed him in a bear hug and cried into his chest for a good five minutes. I was so relieved that he was okay, but I was worried too. What the heck would cause an extremely healthy 28 year old, whose blood sugar turned out to be fine, to just randomly pass out? He told me more details after I’d calmed down. He said when he woke up he had no idea where he was, and he didn’t recognize any of his coworkers. He was a little freaked out too, and he agreed that we should follow up with his regular doctor.

He went in for tests on Friday, and the results were that he is as healthy as a professional marathon runner. While it’s great news, it’s frustrating to not know the cause of the fainting, and his dizziness and headaches. He’s getting a cat scan done, mostly to appease me because I worry. Hopefully it was all just a freak experience. I’m just so relieved it didn’t happen while he was working in the jail. Can you imagine? I’m so grateful he wasn’t there where he could have banged his head on the deputy roll top desks or worse…in a cell alone with an inmate. The idea sends a chill up my spine.

Now that we know he’s probably just fine, we can laugh about it. I teased him that he’s having hysterical pregnancy symptoms and trying to steal my limelight. 😉

4 Months

Sam: And now, since I drank five sodas before we started tonight, I must go pee.
Carly: Sam!
Sam: You want my bladder to explode live on the internet?
Carly: Ew, no. –iCarly

How Far Along: 4 months  (16 weeks)

Size of Baby: avocado

Weight Gain: I’ve gained a total of 4 pounds since the beginning. I know that number will skyrocket eventually. I sure feel heavier! The bump is growing every day and I’m starting to feel more pregnant.

Movement: I’ve been feeling these little flutters since around week 11. My tech said I would feel them early because of the tilt of my uterus. Whenever I feel them I stop what I’m doing and try to concentrate, but they usually disappear. I can’t wait until they are full on kicks that Match and I will both be able to feel.

Cravings: fruit! I blame it on the warm weather. All I want is refreshing fruit, the sweeter the better.

Food Aversions:
Nothing really. I have a healthy appetite! One problem is I can’t seem to make up my mind. Everything sounds good.

Symptoms:

Last week I had the round ligament pain which was sort of a pulling, achy feeling really low in my stomach. It felt like I had done a bunch of crunches. It was uncomfortable, but not too bad. It was nothing compared to what happened when I thought I might have to go to the ER last week. I can attribute it to my tilted uterus.

Apparently us tilted ladies have to be careful about letting our bladders get too full. I did this on the trip up to Ashland. By the time we got to the hotel I thought my bladder would burst. But I sat down and…nothing. It was the most excruciating pain I’ve ever felt (til labor I’m sure!). I had to walk around, jump up and down, at one point I got down on all fours and just rocked, hoping to move the baby off my bladder. If you’ve ever had the urge to pee but couldn’t, I feel for you. That shit HURTS. Match was beside himself with worry. He said, “I know labor is supposed to hurt, but going pee shouldn’t!” I did a lot of googling, and it turns out this happens to a lot of women, because the way the uterus and baby are positioned by the bladder, and the tilted uterus just gets in the way of everything. The more full my bladder gets, the harder it is to empty it. Crazy huh? So now I go whenever I have to go. Which means I’m in that bathroom constantly. But hey, it’s exercise right?

TTUT-The Hidden Dog Poo

When I was a kid I had a dog named bean. Whenever he made the face you’re making right now, you just knew he’d pooped somewhere in the house. Where’s the poop Robin? -Lily, How I Met Your Mother

I’m linking up with two awesome doggie mamas Impulsive Addict and Seriously Shawn.

Ok guys…you know that look that dogs get when they’ve done something bad? Usually when Monkey makes that face it’s because he’s gotten into the trash again. But the past couple of days I’ve woken up to bad smells in the house and a very guilty looking Monkey. My sweet, house trained, 8 year old dog has started POOPING in my house. The worst of it? He’s hiding it. I’ll sniff, and look around, and I won’t find it, only to stumble on it, or as was the case on Saturday, STEP IN IT, in a random room or corner of the house we rarely go into.

I’ve googled it, and the only reason I can come up with this recent behavior change is him reacting to the pregnancy. I’m not sure what else has changed. I am home with him nearly all day every day. I take him outside multiple times a day, and I walk him on a regular basis. I’m wondering if the walks just aren’t enough.

We usually let him wander around at night, but I think I’m going to have to start crating him. I suspect he’s doing it while I’m asleep, even though I let him out right before bed. Match also lets him out first thing when he gets home in the am. So far he’s done it three times in the last few weeks. He never did this at our old place.

Did your pet start acting strangely or act out when you were pregnant? Any helpful hints or suggestions? I suppose picking up dog poo should prepare me for dirty diapers…but somehow I think it’s just not quite the same. I also cringe to think of my little Roo crawling and accidentally stumbling across a Monkey accident. UGH!

Snow, Belly Bumps, and Family

Hodgins: I always wanted to be a mad scientist! I’m living the dream, baby! [kisses her cheek] Baby! [kisses her belly]
Angela: So what do you want our kid to be, anyway? I mean, if we could decide and make it happen without being those annoying parents that we hate.
Hodgins: Anything I want?
Angela: Anything.
Hodgins: A musician. Hard rock and 50s West Coast jazz. Who is also an astrophysicist specializing in extra terrestrial studies. Who also has a secondary degree, not necessarily a doctorate, in 20th century political theory and its relationship to corporatism. Ooh, who also does killer stand-up on the weekends. What about you? What do you want our baby to be?
Angela: [smiles] A mad scientist sounds good to me. –Bones

We’re back from our mini vacation in Ashland. We had a great time visiting with family. My parents got a hotel room next to ours and our dogs got to play together. My mom said it was really weird to see her baby girl with a baby on the way. I should mention that this week my belly decided to pop. It was the first time I truly looked pregnant and I’m glad I was able to show off my bump.

The first night we spent at my aunt and uncle’s house. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before, but my cousin and his girlfriend are expecting a baby too! She is due two weeks before me. It’s crazy to think that these babies will be so close in age. It makes me happy to know my Roo will have a cousin to buddy up with at family functions.

First thing we had to do was the obligatory belly bump picture. Is it just me or do I look way bigger than her? I guess it’s how we’re carrying. She is taller than me, but still! I think my bump sticks out like a torpedo while hers is wider. Everyone thinks she’s carrying a girl, and now they say I’m carrying a boy. Like carrying has anything to do with gender. It’d be kind of funny if it turned out to be true!

Notice my cousin sticking out his belly. I told him he might be joking now but just wait! Match has started eating right along with me, and I won’t be surprised if he gets a bump if his own. 🙂

The next morning we woke up and peeked out the hotel window to find SNOW! It was so pretty! It’s ironic that when we went to Tahoe we didn’t have any snow, and here it is practically spring and now there is snow. I wanted to play in it!

We wandered around in downtown Ashland and spent some quality time with my parents.

How cute is Monkey in his little jacket? His California blood isn’t used to all this cold weather!

We explored Lithia park. I think it looks like Narnia, all covered in snow.

That night we watched my cousin play in his percussion recital at Southern Oregon University. Some of the music was a little bizarre for our taste, but some of it was awesome. Either way I think my cuz rocked the drums!

When we got home Monkey immediately curled up in his pet crates. How cute is he all snuggled with his turtle? We had such a great visit and I can’t wait to see my family again. My aunt is hoping to make a road trip with my mom to see me for the baby shower. I really hope they can make it!