Monday, June 30, 2008

Can I Just Blame It On the Pregnancy Brain?

According to "Pregnancy brain is a condition that affects expectant mothers... Sometimes known as placenta brain or baby brain drain, the condition is usually characterized by short-term memory loss or forgetfulness. ...It's understandable that women's emotional levels vary greatly during pregnancy. Hormonal surges, combined with the fact that pregnant women must eat for two and may be getting less sleep, are contributory. A great deal of the mother's time is taken up with thoughts of the baby, so a little forgetfulness is expected."

That being said...

This evening I was preparing a delicious dinner care package of baby back ribs and corn on the cob (from Mr. E's grandmother). I pre-heated the oven, peeked at the ribs to see what was in store for my dinner and started gathering neccessary materials needed to heat up the other side dishes I decided I would make.

When I felt that the oven was appropriately pre-heated I threw the container of ribs into the oven and got to work! I knew they didn't have to be in the oven too long, just enough to get warm. I set the table, put a pot of beans on the stove and started heating up the corn. About 10 minutes later I thought I'd check to see how the ribs were doing since everything else was almost done.

I put on my oven mitts. I opened the stove. I tried to pull out the container with the ribs but it seemed really flimsy. More flimsy than when I put it in the oven. So, I try with two hands. Uh-oh, whats that white stringy stuff coming from underneath??? Yeah, that would be PLASTIC!!!
I don't know HOW I didn't notice that the container holding the ribs was 100% PLASTIC!!

Ahhhhhhhh! That's right, I melted an entire plastic container all over my oven. Yuck! I yelled, and cursed. Mr. E got worried and jumped up, ran into the kitchen to see what happened. He helped me clean it all up - rather, he cleaned it up while I watched him scrape plastic off the oven rack.

Well, we salvaged the ribs - there was NO plastic on them. And I threw them onto a regular cookie sheet to get a little hotter. Mmmmmmmmmm They were DELICIOUS!

Looking back at this little kitchen mishap, can't I just blame it on the pregnancy brain?

Sunday, June 29, 2008

How I spent my Friday night.

Friday started off normal - Mr. E and I were going to take a trip down to Ikea to peruse the merchandies, and stop for a bite to eat. As we were driving down my headache, which I had for most of the day, started getting worse. I thought, I was tired or just hungry. Therefore, we decided to change plans, and eat first.

We ate dinner - and may I add it was exactly the dinner I wanted, sooooo delicious and enjoyable -- about 30 min later I (still with my headache) am feeling very, very queasy. We were heading across the street to Target (we abandoned the Ikea trip) and as soon as Mr. E parks I jump out to vomit in the parking lot. Oh yeah, it was wonderful. So, I get slightly concerned because my entire Monday had consisted of vomiting and not keeping down foods.

We continue into Target to pick up a few items we need - and I'm just feeling more and more lousy. Headache is continuing to worsen (how much worse can it get at this point??), I'm getting dizzy and feeling feverish. I decide lets to go my moms (just 5 min away) for a few minutes. Well, we can't get there fast enough because I jump out of the car and get sick again (a lot), on my moms lawn. (SORRY MOM!!!!)

As I mentioned earlier, I was really sick like this on Monday and the Doctor told me it's probably nothing more than a stomach bug and wait to see what happens. Well, now that its 4 days later and starting again, I'm concerned. So we decide to call the answering service at the OB/GYN to see what they say. The doctor is concerned that it could be either a dehydration issue or preeclampsia (less likely this early in my pregnancy, but still something to check). Sooo, he sent me shuffling off to the Labor & Delivery Triage at the hospital.

Well, the ride was about an hour from my mom's (Yes, there are closer hospitals but this one was closer to my house and its where my doctors deal with so we thought we'd go there)...
I was sick the ENTIRE RIDE. Yes, vomiting the whole trip. It was a nightmare.

Finally, we're at the hospital - approx 10:30 pm. I get taken immediately, and they take my blood pressure (very good, low in fact) , temperature (also normal) and listen for the baby's heartrate. Everything seemed good - I just couldn't stop vomiting or suffering from the excruciating headache. Then someone came to draw blood so they could run some labs. In the meantime, I'm not vomiting as much but it still hasn't stopped altogether.

A while later, not sure what time though - the nurse gave me a pill (Zofran) for the nausea and starts to hook me up to an IV so I can get fluids. Within 30 min, I'm sick again - nausea pill and all. So, the nurse waits until I settle back down and puts the medication for nausea right into the IV. Then, the nurse tells me I will have to stay overnight so that I can get hydrated and monitored for the nausea. So, Mr. E decided that since my mom is there he'll run home, grab some stuff for the night and be back shortly.

More time goes by, I'm feeling slightly better- mainly because my mom and I are spending time eavesdropping on the bed next to mine. - The woman was almost in labor - so there was some very interesting stuff going on over there!

After a while the doctor comes to see me - all tests, labs etc are normal. Its NOT preeclampsia nor was dehydration really concern enough to keep me overnight. So, I got to go home!! It was 2:30 a.m. but I was going to my own bed!

The doctor thinks I just have/had a virus that kicked my butt - and wants me to lay low, eat bland and hopefully it will run its course. I still don't feel fantastic, but I've kept food down the last 2 days. Very boring, bland foods but I won't complain. I have a fabulous looking bruise from the IV - but all in all - I'm ok and Baby E is ok. So, I can deal with the boring foods and bruising for a few days.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

My loves

Just a few of the things that make my heart beat a little faster as they come near:

The Sweet 'N Sour Sauce is for dipping the deliciously bad for you French Fries....

And now, for the Piece De Resistance...for which I would not survive this pregnancy without it...

(and yes, I am drinking a Sweet Tea as we speak)

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Please Kick Your Father...

Ok, Wait!! I don't really want anyone to go run off to kick their fathers. I just want Baby E to kick his father. Everytime he's bouncing and moving about in there (which is quickly becoming a more and more frequent activity) it's never when Mr. E is able to feel it!

The other night we were laying down watching TV and Baby E kept kicking and moving all about. I had my hand on the outer part of my tummy and I could feel the small bumps with my hand. As soon as I grabbed Mr. E's hand and placed it on the very same spot - NOTHING. No movement. He laid there, and laid there, waiting....waiting for the next kick from his son but he had no luck. So, Mr. E went back to minding his business and watched TV - well, what do you think happened? Of course! Baby E started moving all around again!

Mr. E and I tried the whole hand switch trick (not "letting" Baby E realize my hand and his dad's hand were trading places) but he's too smart for us! Of course he stopped moving again!

This morning (at 5 a.m.) I woke up to such a round of belly kicks, if I didn't know better I'd think there was a kickboxing tournament going on in there. It lasted longer than any of his movement sessions ever have before, in fact I had trouble falling back to sleep because of the commotion. I finally felt him settling down and started to doze off - well, who decided to act up again!?!?

Now, why can't he just do this when Mr. E is eagerly awaiting the first physical contact with his son? I know we still have 3 months, and I shouldn't wish this time away because it really is just the beginning of our interactions with him.

But, just this once, Baby E can you PLEASE kick your father???

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Getting The Room Together

The Baby's Room!!!

The baby's room is officially in its transformation stages. A room that once held the boxes Mr. E and I had no place for now holds baby furniture! It's very exciting to see the progression - and a little scary. It's a GIANT dose of reality to see his crib in our room.

Our FABULOUS glider -
(thanks to Grandpa F & Name-Yet-To-Be Determined S)

And You must also check out our comfy rug and (yay!) Baby Boy E's crib!! (Thanks Grandma & Grandpa T)

Monday, June 23, 2008

Burping, Farting and Tums OH MY!

Oh my is right. These 3 things have become a regular part of my daily life. In fact, I would probably worry if an entire day passed without a single burp, fart, or dose of Tums.
I have actually taken to carrying an entire bottle of those precious antacids in my purse.
All in all, if you're near me and have heartburn -- not to worry I can help you out. And if you've got to burp or fart, don't sweat it cuz I probably beat ya to it!

Friday, June 20, 2008

My-a Papaya

At 22 weeks Baby Boy E is the size of a Papaya! According to (my source for the weekly updates):

Watch what you say -- baby is now able to hear outside noise from down in the womb. Studies show that baby finds gentle music and your own voice most soothing. Nipples are starting to sprout, and that little face is fully formed. And, baby's starting to settle into sleep cycles, snoozing about 12 to 14 hours a day. It shouldn't be hard to figure out when -- just pay attention to those kicks as they start and stop.

And... a photo update for you.
Mommy E at 22 weeks pregnant!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

PSA: Mosquito Bites

According to the book What To Expect When You're Expecting:

"Pregnant women are delicious"...
"Scientists have found that pregnant women attract twice as many mosquitoes as nonpregnant women do, possibly because those pesky bugs are fond of carbon dioxide and pregnant women tend to take more frequent breaths, thereby releasing more of this mosquito-friendly gas. Another reason why mosquitoes make a beeline for expectant mothers: they're heat-seeking, and expectant mothers generally have higher body temperatures..."

Well, it seems I have become a lab rat to test this theory - and it holds up true.
Everytime I'm exposed to the night air, its mosquito bite heaven! Those suckers even got me through my stinkin jeans!!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Printing a Retraction

Well, at our Level II Ultra Sound today NOT ONLY did we find out that BABY E is very healthy (thanks to those who sent extra love and good thoughts our way).


The tech on Tues. wasn't sure, but told us to go ahead and announce girl to our friends and families. Well, today the doctor took a peek and stated "THATS NO GIRL!" and as we watched the U/S screen, Mr E and I (who are definately NOT trained in reading ultra sounds) were clearly able to tell the sex of our baby!

The funny thing is, that for WEEKS I was convinced it was a boy. I told my friends and family I was having a boy - and I was convinced. So, when the original declaration of girl was made, I was TRULY TRULY surprised.

Anyway...have another look at Connor Joseph:

I'm Asking for a Handout...

This request for extra good vibes may be for nothing.
In fact, that is most likely the case, but I'm asking anyway!

We are going to see a specialist today, for a Level II ultrasound (just a more detailed ultrasound than regular doctors can provide) to make sure everything is a-ok.

There was a, let's call it, a "blip" in Tuesday's U/S where Baby Girl E's heart is -
So the doctor wants a better look to decipher whether or not it is just a "blip" or something more.

NO matter how much comforting and "It'll be ok" I get - I will be better AFTER our appointment today.

Soooo, in the meantime. I'm asking for a handout --
of extra good vibes & love for Baby Girl E today!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Team Pink!

We are officially members of TEAM PINK!!!!

To all of you who voted GIRL - you got it right!

Funny thing is, my "motherly intuition" was telling me "BOY BOY BOY"... Nope, I was wrong!

I'm just as thrilled knowing that Baby E can now be called

Baby Girl E.

The next step is selecting a name. :)

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Is Baby E a HE or SHE??

Ok...on Tues (June 10) Mr E and Mommy E (thats me!) have our big ultra sound appointment. Of course we will be finding out whether or not everything is growing properly and if Baby E is healthy or not - which is the MOST IMPORTANT part... but........

We should hopefully find out if its a boy or a girl!! *As long as we don't have a stubborn little baby*

What do you think? Cast your vote on the top of the page!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Halfway There!

I have reached 20 weeks! That means, I am halfway there! Yahoo! :)

Little Baby E is growing... s/he is the size of a Cantaloupe! (Image taken from

Some things I have experienced through this 20 weeks:

  • Morning Sickness (luckily that ended by wk 12)
  • Certain food cravings - (SLUSHIES, WATERMELON, ICE CREAM... and any random thing that pops into my head)
  • Tiredness
  • Breakouts! (Oh yeah, love 'em!)
  • HEARTBURN HELL. (Tums are my new lifeblood...)
  • Constant bathroom breaks...I can only imagine what will happen as the baby gets larger and larger!