Thursday, February 26, 2009

Baby Update...

I was sitting here on the computer and started feeling the baby move. He moves pretty much all the time. Anyways, I also started having a contraction (which isn't a rare occurance either) and thought I'd update you all on how things are going in my pregnancy world...Well, as you all know, I've had issues with kidney stones. Well, as a result of my last episode of them I've started having some pretty significant contractions. It all started the morning the stones started acting up and hasn't really stopped. That is one reason I was in the hospital for so long this last time. They just kept wanting to monitor me and my contractions. Anyways, I've been having them so much that I was put on some medication that stops them. I actually have only taken it a couple times though because it makes me feel like I'm going to explode! It makes me sooo jittery and my heart races a mile a minute. It's just too much. I hate it. So, I just deal with it or sit down and rest and that helps. My doctor also had me come in and do a stress test a couple days ago, on monday. I haven't heard back, so I'm guessing things went well. The nurse that did it though said that I was contracting and it was more than they should be seeing at 32 weeks. She said she may want me to come in every week and do them. We'll see. All I know is that I can't wait for this to be over! I don't remember feeling this way with the other two kids. This pregnancy is making me rethink a 4th one, like we had always planned on having. And to make me rethink this more is the fact that my urologist (the kidney stone doc) told me when I had my follow-up that the stones I have are "pregnancy stones". They tested mine and they were made of things that are different than a non-pregnant woman's. There are a variety of them...Anyways, I'm a little worried of having them again while prego. But, on the other hand, it's a small price to pay for a child. So, that's the low-down. Only about 7 weeks left!!! I'm hoping a little less. But, not too many less.

Monday, February 23, 2009

My New Ride

Sounds like some really cool car...well, it is cool, but in a different way. It's cool because now we can have three kids in our car without tying one down on the roof or something crazy thing like that! This weekend we finally buckled down and made the trip to the car dealer. We found this great looking minivan online for a great price and thought we better take a look. I can't say that I fell in love with it, but I was pleased and we decided it was the one for us. It's in great shape, both inside and out, so it wasn't that, it's just the fact that it's a van...I just wasn't sure about me driving a van. BUT, we ended up getting it - a used 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. Now, I've been driving this pretty nice 2005 Jetta for the past 4 years, so going from a brand new (well, new when we bought it) little car to this used, what seemed like a bus, minivan was quite a change. I admit, I was a little sad to get rid of our car, but it wasn't really practical for a family of 5. I mean, you literally CANNOT fit 3 carseats in the back of a Jetta. It's impossible. We debated on keeping the Jetta, just to have as an extra car to have around, but changed our mind. We decided a car payment wasn't in our budget. SAD!!! So, out with the old and in with the new. I'm an official minivan driver! Never thought I'd be, but I am. Goodbye my Jetta! I'll hopefully have you again someday!
Our long gone Jetta!

The new minivan!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

I know the day is almost done, but I'm just now getting to this.  Today turned out to be a little crazy.  It kinda reminds me of every other holiday we've had these past few months...Thanksgiving -I got kidney stones a few days before...Christmas- I got kidney stones a few days before, along with a ton of snow, which made it hard to get around...New Year's- EVERYONE was sick, except me (for once!).  I did get thrown up on though!  Now Valentine's Day...I wake up on thursday morning around 2 a.m. and by 4 a.m. I knew it was back.  I knew I had the stones...AGAIN!  It was probably more pain though, than the other two instances recently.  By 7 a.m. I was on my way to the hospital and admitted until this afternoon around 3.  I got another stent put in and feel like crap again.  It stinks, majorly.  It turned out I had at least one stone on each side.  They thought I had two on my right, through the ultrasound, but only found one when  they got in there.  SO, I may be having another "episode" in the next few weeks. Who knows?!  They did get the right one out, but the left is still in place.  Me being pregnant is the reason they can't get the left one yet.  It's still lodged in my kidney and you can't do any lazor treatment with a baby in there. 

So, another memorable holiday.  I feel bad because I wanted to make today fun for the kids, but didn't get a chance to.  Jeremy did go out and get the kids something and my mother-in-law brought them stuff and also stayed and made cookies and cards with them...They had fun, just without me!  Jer and I didn't really have any plans, so we didn't really miss out with that one.  I guess just feeling healthy and happy would've been nice though!

I hope everyone had a great Valentine's Day!  Hopefully you could all enjoy it with the ones you love :) 

Jeremy, I just wanted to thank you for all you have done for me this week and always.  You're wonderful!  These past few days have been rough, but you stayed strong and got everything done.  You really amaze me!  We're so lucky to have you as a Dad and Husband.  Thank you!  I love you!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Sewing 101

As some of you know, I'm in desperate need of a hobby. I've been talking about it for a couple weeks now and still can't figure out what I want to do or what I'm actually good at. Sure, I've played around with a few things in the past, but never have found something I'm absolutely passionate for and want to keep doing over and over again. To try to figure out what my talents are and what I want my new hobby to be I thought I'd just try a few things. My first step in figuring this out was to try my hand at sewing. Since I have this sewing machine that I've owned for 10 years and used maybe 5 times, I thought I should actually use it. One of my very best friends, Heidi, is talented in many ways, including sewing. Something she makes every year for her kids with the flannel that she gets at Joann's for way cheap on Black Friday is pajamas. Well, this year she offered to help me learn how to sew some for Samantha. We decided today was a good day and I headed on over to her house with my machine and instruction manual (I couldn't remember how to thread my bobbin and also figured I'd need it at one point since I hardly know how to work it!) this morning. It took pretty much all day, but I did it! I made Sam a new nightgown all by myself! Heidi did guide me, but I did all the sewing and even made the ruffle all on my own. I came home and did the elastic without any help and it actually turned out ok. Samantha loves it, despite the imperfections, so that's all that matters. Right? It's not perfect, but I'd say it turned out pretty darn good for a first-timer...My next sewing expedition will be a quilt. I've never done it, but it looks fun! Just part of my quest for a new talent/hobby!