Monday, December 5, 2011

My Amazing Daughter is here!

Sorry I haven't posted in such a long time. Chloe ended up coming almost a week late and I have been extremely busy trying to take care of her with zero sleep and still recovering myself. She was born on November 18th which is pretty cool since that was my Grandma's birthday and I like to think that is a special way to honor her memory. She was 8 pounds, 12 inches and 20.5 inches long.

I love to stare at her daily and try to take it all in. The wonder, the love, so much love. Everyone told me that the love you feel for a child is in a whole different realm and wow they were right. I feel like my heart will burst sometimes because I am so overcome with emotion. Everything makes Joe and I emotional and cry now a days. She gives us so much joy and happiness. She only really smiles in her sleep and she sleeps A LOT, she also cries, VERY LOUDLY A LOT, but all babies do. I love her and thank God so much that she is healthy and happy! She is amazing, incredible, a beautiful miracle sent straight from heaven







Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Just when you thought things were going alright...

Yesterday morning I looked up at our ceiling in the kitchen and made the horrific discovery that once again the pipes have been leaking and there was a huge wet spot outlining the drywall that we just paid to have repaired before the baby shower. I really feel like this couldn't come at a worse time and I am so very angry and feeling quite defeated and depressed about the situation at this point. If my loyal readers remember this issue started because our toliet overflowed and we thought that was what was causing the leaking in the kitchen. So after spending all this money to get a brand new toliet and have it recaulked, we find out we didn't need to pay for that cause it would have been covered by the home warranty. So we then we discover there is more leaking so now we have the home warranty people come out and they "assess" the situation and tell us that we need to have our tub recaulked and that it isn't the pipes. I knew that couldn't be right, but we didn't really have a choice but to go along with what they told us. So we shelled out even more money to have the tub resurfaced and recaulked. Then one of our nice neighbors had someone he works with come out and patch the hole in our ceiling just in time for us to have our baby shower the next day. We thought that we were in the clear, that we had "taken care of" that problem. Well now we know that it is most definitely the pipes, we have to cut another hole in the ceiling and the home warranty company was wrong and owes us a ton of money for paying for all of that work to be done, just to end up back at square one.

I know that I shouldn't give into negativity or blow this out of proportion but I am feeling a little jealous of my former renting self right now. I debated for so long if buying a house was the wisest and most economical choice for the long haul. I wanted to own a home now that we are having a child and starting a family. I told myself our mortgage payment won't go up it will stay the same so it will be a good investment for the extended future. But honestly, home ownership is scary and expensive. I think I am just exhausted and overwhelmed in these final days of pregnancy. I am sooo glad that Friday is my last day of work. I really can't take waking up early in the morning and sitting in that terrible, awful, no good traffic for what is turning into a two hour commute when it should only be one hour!

I just want things at the house to be okay because who knows when I may go into labor? It could be next week when they are there working on the situation. And that would NOT be okay people!!! I know that we will get it figured out and taken care of and what is most important and that we are all healthy and okay.

Its good to be able to write about your problems and worries on your blog, it does make you feel better! :)

I know I haven't been good about posting too often but I am REALLY, REALLY looking forward to posting picture after picture soon of my new baby girl. Can't wait!!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

TMI Pregnancy Post: The Final Days!

This post is going to be pretty gross and may be disturbing to some viewers. I debated about whether or not I should post all about my physical woes and discomforts and at first I thought, I probably shouldn't, but then I thought, what the hell, most of my readers have been through it or are very nice and understanding and will laugh along with me through this tough time.

Earlier on I complained about sore boobs, nausea, feeling tired, etc. Now I have a whole new slew of problems to contend with everyday. My sister recommended that I buy this book "Belly Laughs" by Jenny McCarthy where she describes in detail all about her pregnancy adventures and it is really funny. So in that spirit I will share with you what has been going on and I will try not to be too graphic or maybe I will!

The HAM HOCKS I have already previously complained about the swollen feet but now they have become such an issue that I can only wear flip flops to work. I ordered some comfy Crocs clogs that I thought would be perfect for my last month in October. I have since worn them to the office twice I think. Even the flip flops swish the swollen dogs. They also have this pinkish purplish hue that is looks like it isn't healthy.

MS. FAT FINGERS - My hands and wrists hurt so much. Pregnancy causes ALL of your joints in your entire body to suffer, wait until I go off about my hips! My fingers are also swollen and I haven't worn my wedding ring in MONTHS. My husband teased me that I look like an "easy" or "loose" woman who is walking around without a husband and as-big-as-a-house pregnant. Great! Strangers must see my left hand and go home feeling sorry for the poor pregnant girl with the stinky flip flops on!

BIG THICK RED STRETCH MARKS  - Ok I know that most women get stretch marks during pregnancy but for me, I have always had stretch marks and they are hereditary and I knew they were coming.  Growing up I had them EVERY WHERE, on my boobs, hips, inner thighs and even on my stomach, waaaaayyyyy before I even thought about getting pregnant. So you can just imagine what my belly looks like. Like a whole gang of purplish red worms are breeding and stuck to my enorumous belly.

PELVIC FLOOR PAIN This is due to my pelvis moving (I hope!) in preparation for birth. The pain is strongest where my legs meet my hips. Just turning from side to side in bed can be very painful and slow process, with lots of noises, grunting and energy exerted. I have to sleep with my pregnancy body pillow every night and can not allow myself to sleep on my back at all because it is bad for the baby and my back and can cause....my other problem, HEMORROIDS or should I call them HORROR-ROIDS.

HORROR-ROIDS - My sister told me a long time ago that her friend had experienced "golf ball" sized hemorroids during pregnancy. I was very afraid of just that THOUGHT. I was hoping that I could make it thorough without having them or at least keep them to an acceptable size. Well there I was the day before one of my baby showers that I was having at my house and I discovered something giant protruding from my rectal region. I was in a panic! NO!! This was too early! I still had almost 2 months before I had my daughter. All I wanted them to do was to GO AWAY and fast. So I went into action. After telling my mother and getting some much needed advice, I went to various stores and purchased a Sitz bath, Tucks pads and started with my daily preparation H regimin (I already had 2 tubes of Prep H on hand because I have had these nasty buggers before!) I also purchased a "butt pillow" - oval donut type for my car and office chair. At first I tried to conceal it in one of my bags, now I just don't care and I carry it with pride from the car into the builidng, on the long elevator ride with other people who work here ( the ones thinking oh, no, there goes that skanky girl who has no husband and I guess she has to sit on an embarassing butt pillow too! Poor girl, I will be praying for her!) Yeah that is right, there is no shame in pregnancy. Its all out there just like the horror-roids!! Preparation H also causes another very embarrasing predicament. After I generously apply it to my nether region, it gets on my underwear and then makes a spot on whatever pants I happen to be wearing. So I have been wearing a LOT of black pants lately, but I don't have 5 pairs of black pants. So I live in constant paranoia that I have a big grease spot on my pants while I am walking around. As the days pass, though starting to care less and less!

Those are all the heavy hitters but we can't leave out the constant fatigue, absent mindedness, forgetfulness, back pain and a very large healthy baby girl who is constantly kicking and moving and putting a ton of pressure on my poor bladder.

While all of these things have caused me a lot of grief and strife, I am still so grateful that I am healthy and that my baby girl will be here very, very soon, only about 36 days to go! We can't wait to meet her and hold her and kiss her. I just want her to be on the outside now!

I did get to feel her have the hiccups a few times this past week. That was something I always thought would be so fascinating and amazing to experience as a pregnant mother and it was and then it went on and on and on and I waas like okay that is enough now!

I hope that most of you found this funny and entertaining and not just a bunch of gross complaining!

Friday, September 9, 2011

One more Hurricane and I might LOSE MY MIND!

So here is a quick update of all the drama and disaster that has been plaguing us in Maryland. We managed to get our storage room cleaned up and even though the rain continued to come down and never cease, miraculously the flow of water seemed to stop coming in the house after awhile. So we had a fan on it and it dried up pretty good. The stench from the wet cement floor is gross and I am trying to take care of that as it continues to dry out. There is still a big hole in my kitchen ceiling and that will hopefully be repaired by the time I have my friends over on the 18th for a baby shower. Now there is talk on the news of the other two hurricanes heading our way, Hurricane Maria and Nate. My mind can't really deal with MORE RAIN and MORE FLOODING. I am at my wits end, I haven't seen the sun in many days and its becoming depressing and exhausting!!
The area surrounding my husband's business was completely flooded, streets covered in what looked like a river. My husband's business which has already been struggling to stay open in this economy has flooded and there was about 17 inches of standing water inside the showroom. It is an office furniture business and all of the furniture is ruined and has water damage. Thank God they have flood insurance, but the time and money it will take to clean up, get rid of everything and re-order everything might prove to be too much for the business. The business really can't handle one more crisis and they just got handed a HUGE one. I will contine praying and hoping they all keep their sanity and take one day at a time to recover from this amount of flooding. And I will keep praying with GUSTO that these other two hurricanes don't cause the extensive damage that this one has.
After so much stress and negativity, I must say that I am so grateful and THANKFUL that Joe and I and the baby are ok. Our house will be fine. We will get through all of this. My heart goes out to all the people who have flooded homes and whose cars were totalled as a result of the floods. The next town over from us Ellicott City was completey under water and as I said much of Baltimore and surrounding areas were as well. I will be VERY HAPPY to see the beautiful Sun shine in the next few days and to begin to dry out and feel better!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

What could be NEXT?!! HELP!!

So I hope all of you blogger readers don't think that I live in some fantasy world where everything is roses and diamonds and being in love, yes that was my last post but just like everyone else, we have problems too. And after our romantic anniversary, they begun...
First I noticed there was something funny about our upstairs toilet and so the next then I know Joe is screaming get some towels STAT there is water everywhere! So that was the beginning of it all, a flooded toliet. I found some old towels and he started furiously cleaning up the water. Then later I waddled downstairs and he had the next bad news surprise for me - our ceiling was leaking in the kitchen. So I took a deep breath and started seeing dollar signs and how much this was going to cost us. We worked so hard to finally become home owners but THIS is what I was so afraid of !! Before we would just promptly call our landlord or maintenance man or management company and it instantly became their problem at their expense. Well now we OWN this house and today I am really freaking out. I am trying very hard not to stress out since I am 7+ months pregnant, but the story CONTINUES!!..
So there we are trying to assess the problems. Should we call a plumber? Do we need someone to come out and fix the ceiling. That was Sunday. Today is Wednesday, last night Joe cut a piece of the drywall out to see if there was mold and water damage, it seemed ok so we decided to have a guy come out on Thursday to look at it and see how much it would cost to be repaired. So we were feeling better since the toliet was flushing fine and everything seemed like it was going to be okay...
Then this morning, I left the house to be greeted by a very dense and thick FOG, that caused anxiety during the first part of the commute and there was immediate back ups/gridlock. Then the next PHASE was the torrential downpours. We are experiencing now the effects of Hurricane Lee. I was so happy we made it through the earthquake and the "first" Hurricane fairly unscathed, but little did I know what lay ahead!
So I crawled all the way to Silver Spring and stopped at Starbucks. I am now an hour into my commute and I should be at work, I am only half way there. Joe calls and tells me that the ceiling is leaking again and he is calling a plumber. I want to scream and stomp and pull my hair out. Again I am seeing dollar signs and how much this is going to cost. I tell him, okay we have to stop the source of the water, so let's deal with one problem at a time. I got a tea and needed a travel mug so I got one of those too.
The barista woman at Starbucks didn't wring up the travel mug so that is the one GOOD thing and highlight of my crappiest day! I got back on the road and it took another full hour to get to work, totalling a whopping 2 hours which is completley unacceptable. It felt like I should have just stayed home, but home is where all the problems would grow and grow.
So then I speak to Joe after the plumber comes and he tells me that we need a new toliet and the plumber is going to reseal the floor where the toliet goes. So I take in the cost and say okay that is fine. So then I am trying to get back to normal at work. Meanwhile, the thunderstorms are raging outside. No end in sight for all this rain. Joe calls me again, but I can tell this time there is panic and A LOT of anger in his voice. And he says, I don't want you to stress you out with more bad news but the mud room is flooding and all of the carpet tiles are soaking wet. Joe recently spent days and hours meticulously cutting out carpet tiles and laying them down in our storage/mud room cause the floor in there is cement and he wanted it to be nicer for us to walk on.
So now he is spending his entire day at our house on his hands and knees UNDOING all that hard work and lifting up all the carpet tiles. The problem is we don't know how we are going to stop the flooding because it is going to rain and rain and KEEP ON RAINING for the NEXT FIVE DAYS! I really want to pull all my hair out. I am exasperated and overwhelmed. Poor, poor Joe. I feel so helpless here at the office. Oh and he just checked our home owner's policy and there is zero flood coverage. Of course. So we are some screwed ass DUDES!!
So I thought I would include some pictures to express how I am feeling today. The first one is from a very hilarious movie called Super Troopers - if you haven't seen it (especially just the beginning scene I HIGHLY recommend it!!)
Joe is trying to tell me I need to stop all my cursing like a sailor so I will vent on my blog. In my head I am screaming, "FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUCCK!!!! WHYY??!! MOTHER SUCKER FUCKER! HELP!!! SHIT!!! THIS SUCKS!!! OOOHHH NOO!!! THIS IS A BITCH AND I WANT TO DAMN IT ALL TO HELLL!!!!!! Did I mention FFFFFUCCCKK Fuckity fuck fuck!! NOOO!! HELLLLPPP!!!


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

2nd Wedding Anniversary

So this post is dedicated to my gorgeous and loving husband, Joseph. We went out on Saturday night to Iron Bridge Wine Company and had a great time. The food was out of this world delicious and Joe raved about it for days. He had the scallops on top of risotto for an appetizer and I had the calamari. Then for our entrees, he had the short rib and I had the potato gnocchi. It was melt in your mouth, so good! The sauces, the flavors. These chefs are top notch and they never disappoint! We even got a piece chocolate truffle cake to take home and enjoy and talk about decadent! WOW!
I posted some mushy sentences about how much I love Joe on my facebook page and the pictures of my gifts. He surprised me with roses and a diamond heart shaped necklace. I was blown away. He has been so amazing lately. He has taken on every home improvement project for the house with a great drive and passion to make our new house as nice as possible. He done so much work and I am so grateful to him for that. He even painted the bathroom this weekend, among the other 20 things we managed to accomplish. He makes me so happy in so many ways. He is thoughtful, kind, funny and so loving. I tell him all the time how much I love him and appreciate him because I don't want him to ever feel like I am taking my time with him for granted. This is the person I have waited for, this is the love I have dreamed of all my life. The unconditional love that everyone deserves and needs. I am so blessed and I thank God for the love of my life and for the little girl growing strong inside of me everyday. I have such a full life and a truly blessed life. I really never thought I would have all of this ( a husband, a house and a child) and now I do and I have realized that yes, I can be happy and secure and whole. You have to believe it will happen and have the courage to ask what you want for and then when you receive it, cherish it and be present and enjoy the joy! Thank you Joseph for loving me, for being who you are, thank you for giving me someone to be so in love with and for being such an incredible Daddy already when you talk to our daughter and read to her and tell her how much you love her. I know you will be the greatest father in the world and I am so blessed to have you in that regard as well. Happy 2nd anniversary to me and my husband and to many, many more happy days together!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Hurricane Irene and Latest Check Up

I want to start off my saying a special thank you to George over at www.timeisaidsomething.blogspot.com for his concern about me getting through the Hurricane. Also thanks to Tracy and Sherilin for giving updates that I was okay. I have the BEST blogger friends, thanks guys for being so wonderful!
 I must say two natural disasters (an earthquake and a hurricane) in the same week was pretty stressful for a pregnant lady! I am normally someone who likes to be prepared, some might say I am sometimes overly prepared. Well, not this time. Joe and I attempted to go out and get some food in case we lost power for many days, we ended up with a few cans of fruit, canned chicken, trail mix, water and beef jerky which Joe promptly ate before the storm even began! We don't have a gas stove so if we had to throw away most of the stuff in our fridge we would have been screwed dudes. Next was my search for D batteries for our 2  larger flashlights. Not one store had any. I saw a man standing there in Target with some in his hand but I had already scoured the entire store and there were none so I really don't know where he got them, and I was really tempted to knock him down and take them. That is terrible. But I didn't. I just went home and hoped and prayed that we didn't lose power and thank you God, we didn't. Our friends and family surely did and some didn't have power for days and days, which I have lived through in the past so I know how hard it is. I am glad that is all behind us now. We were actually out there today still doing clean up of all the branches and leaves that are covering our parking lot, roof and yards.
In other news, I had a doctor's check up today, they are now every 2 weeks, so I feel like I am always there. I am happy to report that my blood pressure was great and the baby's heart beat was strong and sounded good. Everything is looking good. And only 68 days to go after today, that isn't long at all but its already so hard to get around and get comfortable at night that it does feel like a long time to me. I am very happy that the weather is so gorgeous and mild and that I don't have to battle the extreme heat anymore. 
I am really looking forward to celebrating my 2nd wedding anniversary on Saturday. We are going to Iron Bridge Wine Company our favorite place to enjoy some delicious food. I won't be able to have wine which will be hard but I am so used to it by now. I will have to post again and let you know about our weekend. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

"The East Coast Quake"

So here I sat yesterday in my cubicle tired and a little bored after lunch. I felt the floor start to shake and it felt like someone was running up and down through the office. Then the shaking didn't stop but it definitely got stronger! My co-workers started asking "what is that?" "what is going on" and I had to reply with the only answer I could make sense of "Its an earthquake!" The thing that I will remember the most is one of my bosses having a concerned and scared look on his face and NOTHING gets to this guy, so I knew something was wrong. And one very funny co-worker kept screaming out, "I am leaving! I am going home!!" the entire time it was shaking. I remained as calm as possible even though my heart was racing a little bit. I stood waited until most of the major rumbling and shaking had stopped and went around my cubicle to find some of my co-workers with all their stuff ready to run. Ok, keep in mind that I am on the 8th floor of a high rise near Washington DC and also don't forget I am WITH CHILD! In my head I was screaming, "oh please everyone just save the pregnant lady!!!"
Another man came from a different office and told us we needed to go down the stairs and away from the building. So I grabbed my badge, my phone and my water and headed for the long trip down the concrete steps. When we got outside, I realized very quickly that I was not going to be able to talk to my husband for quite some time. Verizon's message said the network was too busy. I remembered that same sick feeling I got on 9/11 when I couldn't reach any of my friends in New York City. So we all stood outside for awhile and talking about our reactions to what just happended and then we were told the building was being closed and we would need to go back and get our stuff and go home. The actual earthquake was frightening enough but trying to get out of this place all at once was a nightmare. They just recently installed a new system for getting in and out of our parking garage and you have to have a little electronic device to get in and out of the gate. So instead of doing what would make sense and putting the gate up so that we could all leave since it was an actual emergency, we all had to sit there for like 40 mintues trying to get out of our stupid garage one by one. Then when I finally got out of there, traffic was really awful and it took me a very long time to get home. But the wonderful thing about this "natural disaster" was that it wasn't serious and no one got hurt. We are so lucky. I will definitely have a story to tell my daughter in the future about what happened when I was pregnant with her.
And a big shout out to my good friend M.D. who texted me to check on me. That was really nice and thoughtful. My Dad left me a message and said "so....did you think that was the baby kicking?" I mean really? If I haven't already mentioned it, my Dad is the corniest man on earth. Also when I was driving home, on Jack FM, a Baltimore radio station, they were playing "I feel the earth move under my feet" by Carly Simon and "All Shook Up" by Elvis, and "Rock me like a Hurricane" by Scorpion because we are going to experience the wrath of Hurricane Irene this weekend. So I will strap on my seatbelt, and go find my flashlights and candles.
One really cool thing was the reports from the National Zoo, you can go to their site and read about all the reactions of the animals right BEFORE the earthquake struck. I think that is so fascinating!! I wonder what tells them its coming, how do they know? I guess they are just that in tune with the earth and their instincts which I think is pretty awesome.
Stay safe everyone!
And if you want, let me know if you felt it at all

Monday, August 22, 2011

New House PICTURES!

As promised, we finally got the rooms ready enough for a few pictures. Joe did such a wonderful job of painting both the nursery and the living room. We just hung up the Pooh wall hangings and the art yesterday. So here they are...









Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Make Room for Baby Girl

Things are going really well, we are still very busy and I don't really have too much time between getting the house ready, working and just trying to stay awake through all of the day's activitites. Now that I have left the second trimester and entered the third, I am back to feeling soooo tired when I wake up and wanting to take a nap in the afternoons, or well anytime!
We had our first baby shower with Joe's side of the family. It was really nice and Joe's aunt had a great activity of making bibs for the baby.  Everyone was so generous and it helped us out tremendously!! I am having another one at work and one at my new house for friends, so when all is said and done I hope that we are fully prepared for her!
Joe and his co-worker/friend worked tirelessly last Friday and painted the living room and the nursery. They both look fantastic! He also assembled the crib all by himself. The room looks awesome. It is a pastel pink - called "Ballet slippers" and all the furniture is white. I am so excited to put the pictures and the Winnie the Pooh wall hangings up, but I have to wait until all the furniture is in and together. I promise to post pictures when everything is finished.
We went to the doctor's this week and they measured her and they said her head is a little big but her abdomen is in the normal and average range and that is how they judge if she is going to be huge or not. My family has unusually large babies so this has been a concern of mine for most of the pregnancy. She still has quite a ways to grow and to go so we will just have to wait and see.
She is definitely healthy and strong and I wonder if she is training for some kind of kicking competition when she enters this world. It can be so strong sometimes! Wow! And sometimes it feels like a mini earthquake inside there, I am not sure if that is her flipping all the way from one side to the other or what but it is definitely surreal.
I am trying to be "lovingly patient" but I am really excited to meet her and hold her and of course dress her up in all these cute clothes!!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Home Ownership and Beginning the 3rd and Final Trimester

Hey Everyone, I know I don't write too much anymore. I have been so busy as you know. Last Wednesday was jam packed. We went to the doctor's, baby is doing great. Then we went to our walk through and immediately to settlement, then to our old house to move! WHEW!! It was so freaking hot! My husband's poor co-workers sweated completely through their shirts AND their pants. We have been experiencing a TERRIBLE heat wave straight from Hades and it has felt like 100+ degrees most days last week with the heat index. As I have already stated many times, pregnancy and extreme heat Do. Not. Mix!!
Before I start talking about anything that could be taken as negative or complaining, I want to say upfront that Joe and I L-O-V-E our new home. We are so lucky and blesssed to finally be home owners and to have found the deal on this house that we did. Our house is so much bigger and nicer then any place we have lived before. So glad to be free from having to answer to a landlord and not be able to paint or change the house or living space the way we want it to be.
Joe and I were so very exhausted that first night, my feet were hurting, his entire self was over-heated and hurting. But we got the AC cranking in our new house and we have worked tirelessly over the past 5 or so days to get everything unpacked and to find a new spot for everything.
We still want to do so much before she is born. We want to paint the living room and the nursery. I have spent a long time researching non VOC, odorless paint that is safe for pregnant women. I won't be doing any of the actual painting but I am trying to avoid having to stay in a hotel for a night or two, but we will do that too if necessary.
One annoying thing that has happened was that our house wasn't wired for Comcast but it was for FIOS. So when Comcast came out they said they would have to run a new line and it would take a few days. So we have not had internet or cable or any tv since last Wednesday. This has made me realize how great my dependence is on tv and the internet. Its baaaad. Its especially bad now too because of my pregnancy insomnia which leads me to rely on the tv to get me through the sleepless hours. Joe and I must have watched every series we have on DVD and random movie we could think of. We have had plenty to do with getting the house ready but I like to watch tv just for a few minutes when I am eating breakfast before work and I like to watch just a few hours after work. PLUS, and most importantly I have missed my favorite shows like Breaking Bad that just started a brand new season and every episode is so intense and leaves you on a major cliffhanger feeling. Last night we missed Master Chef and I also missed Weeds so Joe and I will have some major catching up to do once they come. I pray that they have it fixed by Thursday. Oh please this preggo lady needs her tv and internet!!! I was also unable to work from home this past Monday which was not good since I had to get up early and add more driving wasting my gas all on the fact that my AC is on for one more day this week.
The pregnancy is going ok, I am a little scared of the final trimester, she is kicking my like crazy everyday, a lot in the bladder which isn't fun. Sleeping and getting up for the bathroom trips is getting more and more difficult. The most distrubing recent event has been the ankle and feet swelling and how much my feet hurt if I stand on them too long. I am so lucky and blessed to have a job where I can sit down 90% of the time. I don't know how women do it in jobs where they are on their feet all day. I really couldn't do it. So the heat (again sorry) is also making the swelling worse. I knew my feet and ankles would begin to swell but I didn't think that would happen until my 8th or 9th month. I can remember my sister's feet looking like swollen sausages, really bad. So here is to more praying for a "manageable" 3rd trimester. I will try to check in periodically. Maybe I will have some funny baby shower stories to come.

TO ALL MY 50 something followers and just women in general..

Hey Ladies and Germs, sorry fellas this post is strictly for the ladies, particularly by 50 and over followers. I found this hilarious book on Amazon called "The Murderous Urges of Ordinary Women" and it is about a book club of friends who are in their 50s who plot revenge on people who have wronged them or who are just plain WRONG! haha, Anyways, I had to recommend it, even though I am not even finished yet and I am also 33 yrs. old,  but it is so entertaining and funny, it doesn't matter what age you are! So if you haven't already read it go out and get it, great book!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

There is MUCH goings on..

I am sorry I have been neglecting my blog so badly. I have great excuses, along with being very pregnant and trying to survive the CONTINUING OPPRESIVE HEAT, we are closing on the house in a week and moving. We just got back from the beach yesterday and visiting my family in Delaware. They gave me plenty of presents which Joe and I were so happy to receive, since we haven't had our first baby shower yet and we don't have that much stuff.
A few weeks ago things were rough with the pregnancy. I found out that I was anemic and that I guess was the cause of my rapid heart beating and shortness of breath that I thought was a panic attack or anxiety. I know I have been reporting all about my aches and pains but these were really scary because I thought something may have been wrong with my heart, or breathing or blood pressure. After receiving my blood results, I promptly went out and got an iron supplement and added it to the prenatal vitamins (3 times a day) and calcium, DHA and magnesium supplements I am already taking! My growing belly and ENORMOUS breasts have been a little overwhelming too, my regular clothes are definitely a thing of the past, only a few select items that are very stretchy or long are still able to make it into everyday rotation. And some of my maternity clothes are cute but the belly bands are cumbersome and just make me more hot and sweaty. Its like have a big floppy thick panty hose at the top of your pants.
So I am trying to breathe and make it through the days with my rapidly changing body and my raging hormones.
Right now the house is a sea of boxes and we still have a ton to pack up. I am looking forward to being in our new home, to having our new couch delievered. And to be able to start working on the nursery. 
I have about 4 more months to go until the big day. Counting the weeks of your pregnancy is prettty crazy becaues you are really counting 40 weeks from start to finish which is really more like 10 months and that is a very loooooonnnnngg time!
To all my blogger friends please keep me and Joe and little Chloe Niccole in your prayers we have quite a few weeks to get through. And then for the third and final trimester, DEEEEP BREAAATTHSS!!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

IT'S A GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am so happy and estatic to announce that today Joe and I found out that we are having a baby girl. Joe was growing so impatient in the waiting room. Then we got to go back and she quickly told us all that we would be looking for during the ultrasound. They measured and looked at the brain, the spine, the heart, the amount of amniotic fluid, the head, etc. I am so happy and relieved to say everything looked great! Even the position of the placenta which I learned today can also be problematic and "blocking" the exit for the baby.  Wow, we were blown away it was so amazing and fascinating to see the bones and the organs and then we got to see her in 4D!
I was busy searching for that little scrotum and penis, then came the moment of truth, she got right between the legs and told us we have a GIRL!! Thank God, YES!!! Honestly, we DID just want a healthy baby but we REALLY, REALLY wanted a girl.
So Chloe Niccole is doing really well, she was moving around the entire time and sucking her thumb. I sucked my thumb until I was WAAAAAYYY too old, it was a bit of an out of control obsession more than just a habit. We got many pictures that we can't stop staring at. SHE EVEN SMILED in one!! I didn't think that was possible, but there she is smiling away for the camera. I never thought I could be this happy and so, so, very grateful to God for my many blessings. This is a GREAT DAY!!!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

OUCH! Pregnancy really hurts...

Ok, so I have all the books, and I have read them, I actually have 2 "What to Expect When You're Expecting" books. But wow! These past few days have been absolutely brutal and I had to vent about it. I guess I have been so filled with fear and anxiety about the actual birth that I didn't realize the long and painful road that I must travel to get there. On Monday night I had horrible indigestion pains and on top of those I also felt like I had pulled my back out. I am growing ever larger each day and the pressure on my back isn't good. I have tried to take steps to help my back out. I put my feet up whenever I have the chance. I bought a special lumbar support pillow for my chair at work. But Monday night I could barely move the pain was so intense. I couldn't turn over in bed very good, much less get up and down, which is not cool since I have to get up to go the bathroom plenty of times duirng the night. So that was one night of horrible pain and I was forced to stay home from work yesterday because I knew I couldn't come in here feeling like that. But then last night was a whole new set of pains to contend with. There I was in bed with my Boppy pregnancy pillow which supports your body as well as goes between your legs to take some pressure off your poor spine and at 2 am I was woken up by the jabbing, shooting and intense abdominal pains. Thank goodness I have been reading my books that assured me that these were all normal nnd par for the course. But damn they hurt. So I started my deep breathing exercises to try to ease my way through the hour or so that they came and went. I told my co-workers this morning that it feels like there are tiny elves inside my belly with a series of ropes that they pull and yank HARD at random times. It is also very painful if I cough or when I have to bend over or get up out of bed or a chair. WHEW! I know I will get through this but its going to take all the strength in me. I am a very sensitive person and I HATE PAIN. I don't deal well with pain either, obviously. There are other things that make the adventure so interesting and well frankly, terrifying. There is the shortness of breath and rapid heart beat after climbing stairs.There are also random shooting pains runnning through my breasts, I guess in preparation to turn them into milk machines.

 The bottom line is that it is becoming increasingly difficult for me just to function and do the simplest of tasks. I expected that this would happen.....eventually but next week marks the HALF WAY mark through the pregnancy, so I have quite a ways to go! Please pray for me. I am trying so very hard to hang in there.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Another Huge Announcement

Besides my on-going daily experience with my pregnancy, another thing that has been keeping me away from writing my blog has been our search to find a house to buy.  The great news is that our contract has been accepted and we are in the beginning stages of buying our first home!

We started our long and stress-inducing search years ago. We started looking in Pennsylvania because Joe works in MD close to the PA/MD border and the houses are much cheaper than the expensive Columbia. That didn't work out and after that I decided to try to go to Grad school and dropped out and then started my current job, as you all know. So when all of that changing chaos was over, we started looking again last year but didn't find anything we loved in our price range. Single family homes pretty much start around $300 to $400K where we live so those are ALL out of the question because we definitely can't afford that.

Recently, it has been an uphill battle against the current horrendous market and the selection of houses. There are a TON of short sales and sketchy foreclosures that are being sold "as is" and we knew that those two situations weren't ideal for us. Then you have the fact that most people don't want to sell their houses right now because the market is so terrible and they are probably going to get far less than they want.

We felt pressure to buy now because, obviously we have a baby on the way and we know it will be hard to move after we have them and all of their stuff.  Plus, we have wanted to be home owners for years. As much as we love the fact that when something breaks, our landlord will come and fix it, it doesn't feel good to live somewhere and not be able to paint it or change it the way you want to and to not be able to call it your home. There is also the fact that we are in our mid-thirties and we would like to pay off our house by the time we are in our mid-sixties when we will be retiring. Unless by that time, you have to wait until 75 to retire!! (please God let that not happen!)

So this house was the best one that we have seen and we have seen PLENTY of houses. Its a really big townhouse with a totally remodeled kitchen (my favorite part and the most important part in my mind!) and its in a good school district. It is within walking distance of the pool, on of Columbia's 23 pools we can choose from. We are so excited, relieved, happy and PROUD of us!!

There are so many things about our rental house that drive me absolutely insane that I can't wait to say a GOODBYE and GOOD RIDDENS to! Most of all the fact that we can hear EVERYTHING in our bedroom that is going on outside down on the sidewalk. We hear the loud ass birds, the loud ass neighbors, the loud ass kids, the cars, traffic, everything, everything. The kitchen we currently have to deal with is soooo tiny and there is zero counter space and not enough cabinet space. The cabinets are also very old (probably the originals) and they are gross and smelly.

So after all that complaining, I must say that this leads to my unyielding and infinite gratitude. I am SO thankful to God for all of my blessings, my baby inside, my big baby on the outside, and that our dreams are coming true and just in time!! We have a house, we are really homeowners now!!

I knew it required a lot of money and work but WOW, I have a million things I need to locate and fax over to our financing person. So I better get on that. I feel like such a grown-up and even if I feel like I will never really grow-up, this feels really good. To be building the life I have always wanted and creating love and happiness. For so long, I really believed that this wasn't going to happen for me.  That is the amazing beauty of possibility and hope and not giving up so that you can achieve your dreams and goals.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Latest Check up

This morning my husband and I went for our monthly check up for the baby. I did my usual weight, blood pressure, urine and I thought we would be able to see our baby again, but I think it was almost better we heard the heartbeat. The doctor said the baby was moving around a lot in there too which makes me feel good because I can't feel the movements quite yet. She said the heartbeat sounds strong. I have been waiting a long time to hear that beautiful sound, music to my ears...
I can't wait until next month June 22 when we get our sonogram and hopefully, PLEASE don't let the baby be mooning us, find out if its a boy or a girl.
Now I will go back to thinking about my next meal, my world revolves around food, I love it!

I picked this picture because the baby seemed to be saying what I was saying today, "oooohhhhh" like in astonishment.

Joe and I love this little life so much, I pray that I have a continued healthy pregnancy and of course a very healthy and happy baby.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

A Suprise you DON'T want early in the morning!

Ok so there I was getting on Route 29 this morning coming around the exit bend and the sun was very brightly shining in my eyes, so naturally I take down my viser. I merge on to the highway and speed up to the flow of traffic, I calmly look out at the beautiful morning sky and then (cue Horror movie music) I look at my viser that is dangerously close to my face and see a huge, disgusting, yellowish spider staring back at me!! At first I am sure I was in shock and just staring, completely forgetting that I was driving around 60mph with a little baby inside of me. Then the screaming and swerving started. I got control back and then started to panic, should I pull over? Should I just smash the hell out of it? So the next thing I tried was to slam the viser back up to the ceiling then I proceeded to start the punch the viser as hard as I could repeatedly to try to kill him. Imagine how insane I must have looked to my fellow commuters around me!
Then I thought ok I will just grab some napkins out of the glove compartment and retrieve my dead spider, but OH NO!! He WAS NOT DEAD, of course he wasn't. So then, again while driving, I am screaming in terror and trying to get him on the floor with the napkin. He proceeds to run wild around on the floor while I am trying to still drive with one foot and simultaneously smash him where ever he runs with the other foot. It was a complete nightmare!! Its funny how such a tiny creature can cause so much mayhem and havoc!! I am just so thankful to all my angels for protecting me and the baby so that we didn't crash.

I would also like to remind everyone that tomorrow is Friday the 13th, there will be a full moon on May 17th (next Tuesday). So I guess that was the beginning of my Freaky deeky shit, I hope that is where it ENDS cause that took it all out of me very early in the morning.



Thursday, May 5, 2011

Whats Been Going On..

So I am aware I have been pretty neglectful of my blog lately. Between the fatigue of pregnancy and just trying to make it through the work day and keep my eyes open I haven't had much energy or good ideas for writing topics. But today I think there are a few things I could share to give you some updates about what has been going on

1) FUN 2nd Trimester? All my mom friends have been telling me that I should be feeling better by the 2nd trimester. I was hoping so much so too. I told everyone I hoped to feel much better in May. Well here we are May 5th, Happy Cinco De Mayo by the way and I can't say things are much better. I have heard I will have much more energy and lose the horrible nauseousness and sickness. Well I threw up pretty violently on Tuesday morning and same thing on Wednesday morning. I haven't been actually throwing up so far in the pregnancy just plenty of dry heaving most days. So this scares me into thinking that things may be getting a little worse if that is possible. I have also had some sleeping issues which is not cool cause I need every precious minute of sleep at night that I can get between the constant trips to pee. I have also had the pleasure of enjoying acne breakouts, horrible headaches and increased fatigue this week (which I didn't think could increase!) I am about to start week 14 so I really hope that things start to ease up. Joe and I are going to Virginia this weekend. Last time it didn't work out because my nephew had strep and Lord knows that is the LAST THING this preggo lady needs! I am looking forward to seeing my sister and the kids this weekend.

2) Mother to be Mother's Day My in-laws got me my first Mother's Day - Mother to be - card, it was beautiful and so sweet. They are always so thoughtful and that was really nice. I love this baby so much already and I know they are well on their way but its still hard for me to believe I am really finally going to be  a Mommy!!

3) Funny Short Story As many of you know pregnant ladies have plenty of painful indigestion and with that comes plenty of belching and plenty of VERY stinky farts. The other night while we were sleeping, I let a good one rip and Joe woke up out of his slumber and said, "Huh? What?" and I started to crack up and I said, "I didn't say anything, just farted" and he said sleepily, "I thought you said, "dude" ! HAHAHAHA

4) GRATITUDE As much as I complain about the woes of being pregnant, I am SO THANKFUL for all of my many, MANY blessings. My wonderful husband, who I am so in love with and who is quite gorgeous too. And this miracle of life that is growing inside me everyday. It is so amazing and everytime I see that little head on my refrigerator I say a silent Thank You to God for giving me this incredible blessing. My cup overfloweth!!

I heard the song "Kind and Generous" by Natalie Merchant the other day, some people think its called "thank you", its a beautiful song and she has such a pretty and angelic voice. I would like to dedicate it to all those wonderful people who show me so much love and kindness everyday.
The video has a circus theme to it and it made me think of the GREAT book I just finished recently, "Water for Elephants" its out in the movies now and I can't wait to go see it, we are going the weekend after we get back so I will let you know what I think in a future post.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdG618TMc5E

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Check Up

Had my monthly check up this morning. Baby is doing great, which is great to hear. Saw their little head, heart beating and their tiny fingers! Can't wait until June when we get the first real sonogram and find out if its a boy or a girl!

Spring Pictures

The first 8 pictures are of our beloved Lake Elkhorn 







 Easter Lily Pictures :





Our gorgeous tree in full bloom in our front yard:




Thursday, April 21, 2011

REALLY??!

I haven't been posting too much lately. Just in survival mode with this first trimester of pregnancy, trying to keep my eyes open at work and keep plugging away throught the day still filled with nausea and dizziness and clothes that are far too tight now.
I thought I would post today about a funny (not really) very stinky and smelly situation that happens in my little court in Columbia. There are things in life that happen that you never thought you would have to deal with because they are very out of the ordinary. Well we do live in an area that has a lot of thick woods and creeks and streams and our three lovely (man-made) lakes. With all this lovely nature all around us comes the wildlife that inhabit it. But I never thought I would be doing battle with stinky, nasty old SKUNKS!
Thats right. This happened last Spring and last fall and now they are back again. They apparently like to get into the trash and they aren't really scared of us it seems cause they just wobble along right in the light of day, unafraid and ready to spray their stinky ass STENCH on all of us! So last night, in the middle of the night, this over-powering, beyond comprehension STINKY FUNK is filling my bedroom. In anger, I immediately scream at my poor unsuspecting husband thinking it was one of his famous night time butt explosions. But he acts innocent and shocked, then he says, "It smells like a skunk". And then it hit me. Being so tired and so nauseous, and in bed, I am now lying there in a huge SKUNK FUNK spray!! I figured that it was the victim of a near by car but this morning I didn't spot any recent roadkill. I guess he was crossing our front yard, got scared by something, sprayed just OUR HOUSE and went on his merry little skunk way.
I have had stories of bats, beavers, and deer to tell, but I really never thought that I would be dealing with this many skunks. It makes me just want to scream REALLY??!!
PPPPPPPP TO THE UUUUUUUUU!!!! P! U!!! YOU STINK!



Friday, April 15, 2011

A perfect award for someone like me!!

My fellow blogging friend Sherilin over at laughingmyabsoff.blogspot.com gave me a very funny and smelly award the other day. A Silent but Deadly Fart award! This is the perfect kind of award for someone like me who loves to tell funny fart and poop stories! I am not sure I could top my previous post, "Like a Fart in An Elevator!" but I will try to come up with a gem.
The quiet farts can be the most deadly, indeed. I like to call them Silent but VIOLENT! Especially because it rhymes. As you can see I spent a good part of my youth thinking about funny fart jokes and singing such songs as "When you're sliding into first and you feel something burst! DIARRHEA!! DIARRHEA" - that's right its a classic! And you are a deprived child if you don't know that song. Anyway, back to the gas.


So this is a funny story involving the smelliest, most lethal of the silent variety. The dreaded DOG FARTS! I was visiting my sister in Virginia and her fiance (at the time) came over and brought his dog to spend the night. I loved this dog so much. He loved me too probably because I was always petting him and paying attention to him. So I slept on the couch and he slept on the floor right below me. In the morning, to my horror, I smelled something putrid, the stench was overwhelming!! And then there it was again, I didn't want to wake my sister and soon-to-be brother in law but I had to, I just knew that this poor creature needed to be let outside so that he could take care of business. So I reluctantly, said, um...excuse me guys, the dog is letting out some pretty serious farts that are really burning my nose hairs and he might need to be let outside. And my sister and (now) brother-in-law laughed and said, "oh yeah he does it all the time" And then my brother-in-law said something so funny I remember it to this day, even though that was like eight or nine years ago. He said, "Is it like a fart rolling over a turd??" I started cracking up and couldn't stop. For the rest of the morning I kept asking my sister, "where did he get that from, that is hilarious?" She said, he makes stuff up like that all the time. And its description was SPOT ON, because that is exactly what was being expelled from that poor dog's booty!!!



Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Ok, it is NOT always funny in Colum-bubble!

This is a serious subject today. Sorry to bring everyone down with my drama and not have a "funny" story or a humorous story about my clumsiness during pregnancy, forgetfulness or just overall fatigue. Well, here is a tiny funny tid-bit. I lost sleep on Monday night because along with the constant nausea, shooting pains through my boobs, clothes getting way too tight and always feeling tired, sometimes it is hard to get comfortable at night or go back to sleep after getting up to pee (for the 5th time that night). I lost about 2 hours of sleep on Monday night, so that means I was going to be EXTRA STRENGTH tired on Tuesday. I had to run to Target to get a few things and I proceeded to run my car into the bars that keep the carts in the parking lot. Yeah, really smooth, luckily my car is fine and the "bars" or poles or whatever they are, are okay too. I find it hard to do everything that needs to be done in this state. My husband has been wonderful in doing the dishes, making dinner, cleaning up and the grocery shopping. He truly is the best husband, EVER!
So the last funny thing (not funny at the time) was that I need to run into Target and get a few things in a TIMELY FASHIION, quickly and without much fuss. Well I figured a week day would be better than the holy hell that takes place there on the weekends. So I went in and to my horror they were remodeling the ENTIRE STORE, so I didn't know where anything was and it took a very long time.

Ok, now back to the not-so-funny and serious and scary thing that happened later. Around 8:00 last night, there was a loud knock at our door. My husband didn't answer it and went upstairs to look out the window and see who it was. He then mentioned that these 2 young men got into a White Jeep Cherokee that he had seen earlier in our court when he was putting out the recycling. I told him that they were probably just selling stuff. Around this time of year, we get advertisements for services like gutter cleaning, etc. I told him that he shouldn't worry, but he was clearly worried that something not right and shady was going on. I said that I wondered if they had knocked on our neighbors doors as well. So my husband went over to one of the neightbors and asked if she had recently had a knock on the door and did she answer it. The neighbor, a young woman said that the young man had asked if she needed any security system for her house and that there had been a string of robberies in the area. WTF? There have not been a string of robberies in my area. I live in a nice area and we live directly across the street from an elementary school. So now my husband was sure that these men were "casing" our group of houses for future hits to either break in to our cars or houses or both. I was really scared the rest of the night and I am still paranoid and disturbed and I don't need this bullshit when I am pregnant. I have enough on my mind and enough to think about. Worrying is not good for me or the baby.
We also spoke with another neighbor who had opened the door to them and who has a security system already and there are signs in their front yard. Joe then called the police and let them know everything that had taken place and also told two other neighbors about the incident. The police said that they would canvas the area during the upcoming weeks of any suspicious behavior. I wish a police car would just sit in our court all day and all night! To all criminals and wanna-be criminals, theives out there, I hate you and I pray that my family as well as my neighbors are safe in the weeks ahead. I will be watching like a HAWK for these fools! I hope I don't have to write a follow up post about this!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Springtime, a time for babies

Hey Everyone - I sit here still in the throes of nausea and constant "inner turmoil" and I mean my stomach and I am so tired, I feel as if I didn't sleep at all (which of course I did), but I will make it through. I am rapidly approaching the dreaded "week 10" of my pregnancy, according to the information my wonderful (they really are quite fantastic!) sent me the "morning sickness" as I have already told you is all day sickness will reach its peak during week 10 and then will get better after week 12 or 13. I certainly hope so. Everyday is a (1) STRUGGLE to keep my eyes open, and (2) STRUGGLE not to throw up all over my desk or whoever might be in front of me and then repeat 1 and 2 over and over again.

I am happy that it is Springtime and the weather is getting warmer and the sun is coming out more and more. Although, there are way too many violent thunderstorms and too much rain. We even had a tornado warning the other day. Oh boy.

I am excited that Easter is just around the corner and next Easter I will be able to dye eggs and make a little basket for my baby even though they will just stare at it and drool on it. That is okay!! My parents would always make us each a basket and hide them in the house for us to find. I loved it! You got to get the PAAS Easter Egg dye-ing kit, that is my favortie. In my basket, I usually got a stuffed bunny, plenty of chocolate and jelly beans galore and one of my favorite things was the pecan nougat egg. Have you ever had one? They are delicious!! Not a big fan of the Peeps, I just don't think they taste good, they don't taste like regular marshmallows to me and they taste like chemicals to me. Anyway, I also loved getting my Easter Sunday dress and watching all the ladies and little girls with their Easter hats on. It is a time of rebirth, renewal and well the topic on my mind all day, everyday, a time for BABIES!!