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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

36 Weeks

It's finally September!

36 weeks: Your baby is gaining about an ounce a day. She now weighs almost 6 pounds (like a crenshaw melon) and is more than 18 1/2 inches long. She's shedding most of the downy hair that covered her body, as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that protected her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath. Next week, your baby will be considered full-term. Most likely she's in a head-down position
You may have less heartburn and have an easier time breathing when your baby starts to "drop" down into your pelvis. This process — called lightening — often happens a few weeks before labor if this is your first baby. If your baby is very low, you may feel lots of vaginal pressure and discomfort as well. Some women say it feels as though they're carrying a bowling ball between their legs! Feeling absent-minded? Forgetfulness is normal during the last trimester. You may be overwhelmed or just plain distracted by the huge life changes you're about to experience, as well as exhausted if you're having trouble getting a good night's sleep.

I am doing good, I feel like an elephant, hippo, or something HUGE, but all in all I am doing good. I think it has helped that I started taking the prenatal vitamins at bedtime, and the weather while still warm it is not as unbearable lately, which is a nice change of pace...even got out a few mornings for a short walk!
Last night I showed Luke the list of the last minute things to pack for the hospital, and he informed me that when it is "time" he is going to freak out! I asked why, and he said he just is! I think this is a lot of hype from media etc about the "I'm in labor" phone call, because when you are in labor it is usually a long road before any rushing around needs to happen! Hopefully he does okay, I envision myself being very calm (I want to keep my body as calm and peaceful during the process as possible) So hopefully I can help keep him sane ;)
Going to the doctor this afternoon, then dinner with the most beautiful ladies in my life...Will post updates tomorrow!

obsessed with checks!

Anyone who knows me knows I love lists, and checking things off of lists! This weekend we got a lot crossed off our to do's and hunni do's! ~ Boomer groomed and shaved and ready to meet his brother: Check! and here is the handsome little man enjoying some time outside with his daddy Sunday.
~Car seat bases installed in both cars, need to get inspected but they are pretty idiot proof: Check!
~ Spent some time with friends at two pools, two things we will not get to do for a while, hang out with friends and go to the pool, Saturday was a great day: Check!
~ Cleaned house, did laundry: Check!
~ Swept up basement, swept our garage and organized a little: Check!
~ Luke did some yard work, in my mind not a necessity but it is one of his biggest pet peeves: Check!
~ Started packing for hospital, got most of my things I could together and started a list of last minute things to grab: Check!
~ As of today, all thank you notes are out for all gifts we have received: Check!

~ took TWO naps on Sunday, a morning and afternoon nap, just what this lady needed: Check!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Nursery fit for a Prince!

The nursery is finished! It has been a work in progress for quite sometime and it is so nice to have it all completed! All we need now is a baby! View of William's nursery
Closet, changing table/dresser

I love his bed!!!!!! Cant wait to see a sweet sleeping little baby boy in there!

Wall with windows and chest of drawers. Frames are not all filled in yet, waiting for those precious first pictures!

Reading and feeding corner!

Forth wall!
Hope you like your room Will and cant wait for you to meet us and see how excited we are for you!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

What time was Luke's appointment?

Tooth Hurty!

Ahhh ha ha! Well poor Mr. Luke has had a pretty bad tooth ache, he doesn't have dental insurance but all of his insurance is getting switched over to mine since we will soon be on a family plan, so he will have dental along with a much better health plan starting on September first. Well he just couldn't take it any longer so he went this morning to an emergency appointment and got it taken care of, he will probably have to go back again for more work, But hopefully he is feeling better soon.

This summer has been a whirlwind of trips, weddings, showers, and more! We have enjoyed it but who isn't looking forward to fall!?!?

The past two days it is about 70 degrees in the morning it is such a nice change of pace from the hot sticky humid weather I have been dealing with! It is just awesome out, and I have high hopes that it will stay, whadda think!?

This weekend also marks the first weekend since May or June that we do not have planned obligations! (Of course this is when Luke gets a toothache!) Saturday we are both getting physicals to get approved for life insurance, then it will be spent with two different groups of friends at two pool parties, so hopefully some fun in the sun and nice relaxing and hanging out time.

Also hoping for this weekend...

- bags packed for the hospital

- Car seat bases installed in both cars and inspected at fire station

- Lots of laundry and cleaning around the house

- Boomer gets shaved and groomed tomorrow, getting all ready and pretty to meet his little brother!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Jessie's Wedding, last one while expecting!

THIS momma can still get down!
Jess with her dad, so precious!

Yup, the last wedding while expecting!

The stunning bride and I

Saturday one of my best friends got married, we have been through SO much together and so much to lead her to this point in her life. Honestly at some points I didnt know if she was ever going to find Mr. Right, just one of those girls that did not have the best luck in that department, but she did and he is great!
I read the scripture in her wedding and can not think of a better way to show her how I care, I am so glad I got to be a part of their day, everything was perfect....Their wedding was straight out of a fairy tale and she looked just that, like a princess! The best part? Jessie does not want to wait long to make lots of friends for William!

35 Weeks....35 Days!!!!

I am at the magic 35-35!
Your baby doesn't have much room to maneuver now that he's over 18 inches long and tips the scales at 5 1/4 pounds (pick up a honeydew). Because it's so snug in your womb, he isn't likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times he kicks should remain about the same. His kidneys are fully developed now, and his liver can process some waste products. Most of his basic physical development is now complete — he'll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.

Your uterus — which was entirely tucked away inside your pelvis when you conceived — now reaches up under your rib cage. If you could peek inside your womb, you'd see that there's more baby than amniotic fluid in there now. Your ballooning uterus is crowding your other internal organs, too, which is why you probably have to urinate more often and may be dealing with heartburn and other gastrointestinal distress.

I had my first weekly internal exam yesterday, I had been feeling nauseous but didn't think much of it till I was sprinting to the bathroom at work, I am not going to go into detail but it was NOT pretty, it was actually one of the most disgusting things ever. I called the doc to try and reschedule so I could just go home, I seriously needed to brush my teeth and lay down. Being sick is never fun but especially when you have a huge stomach, are at work, and it is hot out.
The scheduling just didn't seem to work so into the doctor I went, they were very nice and got me in and out right away, offered me mints etc. The doctor thinks the prenatals are just getting too strong for me, I am going to try taking them at dinner or at bedtime, she also suggested Pepcid because with how high up he is all the acid could be making me sick, or she said I can stop taking them all together and take Flintstones instead, but she does not like that I am getting sick, it is not good for Will or I.
She did my culture for the Group B strep test, then the exam. My cervix is still closed, I asked her when it would open, and of course she does not know. But she did say it is soft and making progress and if she had to give me an educated guess she said I would go ON MY OWN, right around 40 weeks or a little before. Not sure how good this guess is but it gave me something to think about for a week till the next appointment!

I am trying to be extremely healthy, because I was not too healthy over the weekend and now I think that may be contributing to the sickness. Also the doctor said once again, NO sodium, this is mainly because of the feet and hands. She wanted me to go see a hand specialist but I told her I wanted to wait, she bargained with me but said if any pains throughout the day I need to go.

This Friday is my dads birthday and exactly one month till my due date, and next appt is Wed the 1st!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Tired and cranky Mommy.

That's it, I'm tired, I'm just plain tired. I am trying not to complain about anything, because it is such a miracle I have this amazing baby growing inside of me healthy and strong. My pregnancy has been mostly easy and uneventful and I love having William inside of me, I love it when he kicks me, I love when Luke laughs watching him roll around under my skin, and I love being the cute preggo lady... i do.
But I must have way underestimated how hard the last two months are. Before I got pregnant I vowed to not be one of those people that were like "get this kid out of me!" I never understood it, things, sleep, pain, etc were just going to be that much worse once baby is here I thought. But now I get it...
I don't sleep anymore, first it was because of the carpal tunnel, which they totally need a new name for, I will re-name it for you, "breaking of your wrists and every bone in your hand syndrome" is more what it feels like. I went and got braces for my wrists but it is hard to sleep with them on all night.
Last night I made a new record up to pee 500 times I think.
Work has been extremely crazy, and with my on going crankiness it has me questioning everything here, everything. So my hobby for the middle of the night is now to check emails and then lay in bed and think about work. I wish I could say this will stop while I am on maternity leave but I highly doubt it.
I cant get off the couch with out Luke pulling me up, or me trying to get myself up which is quite a show considering I cant use my wrists to hoist myself up.
And my feet are boats, literally boats, I don't care about this still, but they are so big they look weird, people stare at them and think ohh poor pregnant lady which I hate.
As long as we are complaining, I am a little tired of the same 3 dresses, 4 shirts, and 2 capris that fit, I have one pair of jeans that still fits but most days that sounds like torture.
I understand that a lot of this stems for the fact that it has been a million degrees my entire pregnancy, but I am not going to be able to keep my mouth shut much longer when people tell me I timed this bad. Of course we were responsible till we were ready but I believe that God gives you a baby when he knows it is time for one, and that is why he decided to make us perfect sweet little William Lucas right when he did.

I got a sweet email from Luke today I have to brag and share with you.... my previous email may or may not have told him how much I wish I could go home and have some drinks with him (so glad this week is finally over!)
"i know that would be fun, but I keeping thinking about how awesome our new baby boy is going to be and how much joy he is going to bring for us it makes everything worth it. Ash, I really think even if he is crying and wont be quiet that I wont care because I will love him so much. I want to be the best father there is, and do anything and everything to help. If I could make anything you wanted for dinner tonight, what would it be? Even if I have to go to the store?"
Brings tears to my eyes too... sniff sniff.

I feel and see so much incredible love for this little guy and he is not even here yet, I know at any given moment of his life I would go through hell and back to make sure he doesn't feel even one single ounce of pain. So I know in just a little over a month this will all be completely worth it, now how do I speed up time for the next 38 days? not that were counting....

side note: In case you do not know me AT ALL, there were quite a few sarcastic points in the post.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Changing station set up on the main floor, this way I am not constantly running steps! The nice pack and play is another great thing from my cousins. Even has the bassinet and diaper stacker. While Luke was shampooing carpets Sunday (another huge check) this momma put it together all by herself...OK not ALL by myself, but mostly! ;)
We sure are getting excited for you Mr. Will!

Mobile Blogging

So I have figured out how to post to the blog from my phone (pretty tech savvy I know) except, I cant get it to post pictures to the blog... I am thinking it is because they are too big and I need to resize them before doing so....
This would be the main point of mobile blogging because it would be so much easier when just wanted to add a picture or two...

Anyone have any helpful suggestions for me?

Monday, August 16, 2010

34 weeks and bump pics

My perfect cantaloupe baby!
It is a love/hate relationship, but I think I will miss my bump.

34 weeks: Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (like your average cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. Her fat layers — which she'll need to regulate her body temperature once she's born — are filling her out, making her rounder. Her skin is also smoother than ever. Her central nervous system is maturing and her lungs are continuing to mature as well. If you've been nervous about preterm labor, you'll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine.
By this week, fatigue has probably set in again, though maybe not with the same coma-like intensity of your first trimester. Your tiredness is perfectly understandable, given the physical strain you're under and the restless nights of frequent pee breaks and tossing and turning, while trying to get comfortable. Now's the time to slow down and save up your energy for labor day (and beyond).
Boy, they aren't kidding about the fatigue! I sure am feeling it these days, by the time I get home, as much as I want to just lay down for a minute I have to keep going and stay busy till about 9 so I can attempt to get a full nights rest.... which I am lucky if I get! The wrist pain is still pretty bad, but still mostly at night so that is good I guess!

Shower with my favorite Girls!

This past Saturday some of my best girlfriends threw me my last and final baby shower. Everything was so perfect, from the handmade (AMAZING TASTING) cake from my friend Michelle, to the decorations, and all the laughs that were had. It was a day I will remember for a long time. I am so blessed to have them in my life, they are always there for me whether it be to bitch and moan about a problem, or to celebrate an exciting day we are all family and I love that.

I also love how excited the girls are about little William! Some of my friends already have kids of their own, and the fact that they are still so excited for us and to meet him makes me feel very special and loved, I tell Will about his cool aunts all the time and I cant wait until he is a little older and really realizes that he has not one, but eight mommies who love him dearly.
Meghan also did a POST about my shower, with some details I may have left out. Some of the girls went in and got ME a gift! I get to have a beautiful robe for the hospital and at home, some comfy slippers and a gift card to get a pedicure, just what this mommy needed! What a great idea they had ;)
Opening Gifts

Will got some Nike shocks! Pretty cool kicks for a kid! I know my sister is eyeing them up because they are Bennett sized so he might get to try them out for a bit till Will is ready!

Froggie hooded towel from pottery barn, too darn cute!

Of course Jim came to my shower, he IS just one of the girls!

Cake and cupcakes made by Michelle, the cake was like 5 layers tall and has some yummy raspberry in between each layer, and Meghan made this awesome diaper cake! SO cute!!!!

The girls.
Crystal, Me, Mom, and Nana

Thursday, August 12, 2010

33 weeks and last 2 weeker

33 weeks pregnant: This week your baby weighs a little over 4 pounds (heft a pineapple) and has passed the 17-inch mark. He's rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and his skeleton is hardening. The bones in his skull aren't fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for him to fit through the birth canal. These bones don't entirely fuse until early adulthood, so they can grow as his brain and other tissue expands during infancy and childhood.

You need more oxygen as your baby grows, but that growing baby is also compressing your lungs and making it more difficult for you to take deep breaths, explains Dr. Pfeifer, an obstetrician at the Mayo Clinic. Occasional or mild shortness of breath is a normal pregnancy symptom, but if you're getting severely winded doing daily tasks or breathing is painful, get help right away.

I had a doctor appointment Wednesday, Gained a pound in the past two weeks which brings me to 21 pounds, also I am at 32.5 cm this is great since last appt (at 31 weeks) I was only at 29, we were hoping he would catch up and he did. My doctor said she wouldn't be surprised if he was a small or average baby, I of course asked what this meant and she said she suspected 7- 7.5 pounds. But when all is said and done you never really can tell and there is a lot that can happen and change in those last few weeks. I go back in a week and a half and that starts my weekly visits and vaginal checks. I cant believe we are to this point already! William seems to be doing good in there and doc loves us because we are such easy patients, I have had a fairly uneventful and easy pregnancy.

I need to watch the pain in my wrists because depending on how persistent it is it could lead to permanent nerve damage. And she just couldn't get over the size of my feet/ankles, I guess I have grown used to them. She gave me some remedies for them, support hoes, go swimming more, feet rubs, limit sodium more. I can try some but I really don't care, they are ugly and limit my shoe options, but ohh well...

It's getting hot in here....

Sorry if my posts have been a little complainy lately, but I am in the home stretch of pregnancy in the dead heat of one of the hottest summers we've had for a while... I'm allowed.

At my work I wear many different hats, one of them being a sales person.
I don't have a lot of accounts just a few, one is a pretty big one.
Today I had a meeting at the big customer. They are only about 5 minutes away so of course my car couldn't completely cool down by the time I got there. It is well over 100 out today including heat index I think it is about 115, tack on over 20 pounds of baby bump and everything seems to be harder to do... even getting in and out of the car. The good thing here is, I don't care what people think of me, nor do I get embarrassed easily, so me looking like a complete fool is a daily happening.

Back to my story:
I go in; I am hot but fine... go to meet with my guy and we go in a conference room with windows all along one wall, it is HOT in there, I don't know if the door was closed and it acted as a sauna or what but it was HOT! He asks if I am going to be ok, of course I say sure, one thing I do not want is special treatment of any kind just for being pregnant.
Half way through our meeting I completely stop listening and talking and all my attention is brought down to my legs which have been crossed.
Humm...Why in the hell are my legs all wet? I felt like I was in a bath tub.... I crossed them the other way to try and figure out what is going on under there (while still pretending to listen and nod).... I am sure you could of heard the swish from my legs moving. With my incredibly shrinking bladder of course the first thing I think is the worst... but thankfully I was dripping from my legs with sweat! I managed through the rest of the meeting agreeing with everything they said, all I could think about was how wet my dress was going to be when I stood up.... or if when I stood up I would stay up because I have a tendency to get light headed these days!
I survived and I am back in my cool office eating lunch, lets just say my underwear has seen drier days.... Is it Fall yet?

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Lovin hand me downs!!!

A now full closet thanks to our good friend Jill and my sister Crystal.
Awesome Toys and some other necessities thanks to my cousin Chad and his wife Susan!

William is getting so many great things he needs and better yet from such generous friends and family, score for mom and dad!

Pick 10! Or some....

Ok friends and fellow bloggers time for your help! As if I wasn't already bad enough at making life altering decisions like this, pregnancy brain makes it even harder! ;)

See my post about maternity pictures and tell me what your favorites are! I need to pick ten to include on a cd, but even if you just tell me some of your top picks it would help!

Thanks in advance!

go HERE click on proofing and type in ashley1


It is 3 am and I am suddenly awakened with the shooting mind numbing pain sensation in my wrists and hands. I lay and try to shake it off, I of course go to the restroom, and I keep rolling my wrists and shaking my hands to try to get this horrible pain to go away. It feels like they are broken so moving them is like torture.... I love my bed, I love my sleeping husband, I love the adorable sleeping dog next to me, I want to stay here forever. Please don't let the clock really be saying 4:30 am, that means I have one hour of sleep till the alarm goes off, maybe if I..... nope cant skip the shower, did that yesterday.... I could skip blow drying the (enormously thick) hair.... how many more days till maternity leave?
The alarm clock and narcolepsy are not my friends....

Here is what baby center says:
Symptoms may include numbness, tingling, burning, pain, or a dull ache in the fingers, hand, wrist, and even up the arm to the shoulder. In severe chronic cases, your hand may feel clumsy or weak.Symptoms usually affect both hands and can appear at any time, but they're more likely to begin or worsen in the second half of pregnancy when women tend to retain more fluid. The symptoms usually go away gradually after you give birth, as the swelling from pregnancy subsides.
If your symptoms bother you at night, shift your sleeping position and try to prop up your arm with a pillow or two when you feel the twinges. Avoid sleeping on your hands. If you wake up with pain, try shaking your hands until the pain or numbness goes away.If you have a lot of discomfort at night, try stabilizing your wrist in a neutral position (not bent) with a splint or brace. A neutral position allows the carpal tunnel to be slightly wider.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Hello Monday, please go away...

It is a new week, I am trying to be positive about this, but sometimes we just need ONE more day in that weekend don't we?

We went to Tablerock Lake this weekend again, this time for Luke's mom side of the family. The trip was good and it was good to see some of her relatives again because we haven't seen them since our wedding. But with being sick last week, and the never ending hotness of summer I started feeling pretty sick yesterday. After we finally made it home (that is one long drive and I am too huge to fit any good way in the car to get comfortable) we were supposed to meet up with some family I had in town but had to call it a day.
I felt nauseous all night to the point I was just sitting on the bathroom floor waiting to throw up, that is the worst.

Busy at work since I left work early Friday and feeling better, but trying not to jinx anything.

Thinking of hiring someone or a company to mow and do our yard for us to lighten Luke's load...

Friday, August 6, 2010

Maternity Photos

Here are some maternity photos I had taken, she puts 15 one facebook and sent me a link to more, if you want to view them all go HERE click on proofing and type in ashley1
We had set up some packages with my wedding photographer to do Williams newborn shoots and possibly a maternity shoot for me, then an old friend on facebook saw some of my "bump" pics and messaged me telling me she is doing photography but still trying to get her portfolio going, so I went ahead and scheduled a session with her. I figured if they didn't turn out good we could always still do another one, if I get pregnant again who knows if the belly will look this good the second time around ;)
Monday was a crazy day, I felt nauseous in the afternoon at work and ended up throwing up at my desk, I went home shortly after and debated canceling with Jackie but I didn't know when I would reschedule so I had a 1/2 hour (which I was supposed to be doing my hair and makeup) and I layed my head on the couch. Well I passed out and woke up to Boomer barking because Jackie was at the door! I quickly got ready, Luke got home and we got started. About 15 minutes in I had to keep sitting down I was so light headed and the room was spinning (not exactly the maternal nurturing picture setting) Then all of the sudden I had the urge again and was on the bathroom floor, mostly naked. Again I powered through thinking well, these pictures are definitely going to suck but whatever....
I didn't have time to get ready, I am sure I was pale etc from getting sick, it was hot out, I was hungry. But to my surprise they turned out really good, I wish we would of gotten a few more, and I wish Boomer would of cooperated more, but all in all we got some really good ones!
I get to pick ten to have on a cd that I can print from, anyone have any favorites to help me choose these ten?
We were also thinking of doing one for a blank wall in our bathroom, and a small one for William's room.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

They're dropping like flies!

The Bride and Groom finally getting their first drink! As I was posing with the beautiful bride found out that this was the last picture taken before my camera died :(

High school buddies!

This past Saturday I had a batchlorette party to attend for my good friend Jessie, and the wedding of another good friend Jenny! Jenny and I have been "best friends" since the fourth grade, so happy she has found her happliy ever after and cant wait to grow old with her.

They both are beautiful girls inside and out and I am glad I got to be at both events for them! They both had some wedding horror stories for me which makes me glad I am not planning a wedding, it is hard to know how much work and time goes into one day!
A BIG congrats to both of them!

Sunday Luke had a baseball game and he also went with a friend to a Rams training session, I got tons of errands done (got a bookshelf and lamp for William's room) and also fit in a much needed pedicure. It is hard to try and get everything done on the weekends, but I felt very accomplished before the week began, now only if we will ever get to that horrible dirty house of ours... sigh.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Are you a salad girl?

I found this article from cooking light interesting so I thought I would pass along! Often times when I am out and not much strikes my fancy I go for a salad, I might think twice next time after seeing the stats on some of these!
I have also been trying to limit my sodium, there is just too much of it in everything these days. Salt and sodium make you retain fluids which makes your heart work harder than it needs to. I think if you can stay around 1500 mg per day that is pretty good.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

32 weeks

32 weeks: By now, your baby weighs 3.75 pounds (pick up a large jicama) and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in your uterus. You're gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. In fact, she'll gain a third to half of her birth weight during the next 7 weeks as she fattens up for survival outside the womb. She now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz). Her skin is becoming soft and smooth as she plumps up in preparation for birth

To accommodate you and your baby's growing needs, your blood volume has increased 40 to 50 percent since you got pregnant. With your uterus pushing up near your diaphragm and crowding your stomach, the consequences may be shortness of breath and heartburn. To help relieve your discomfort, try sleeping propped up with pillows and eating smaller meals more often.
Assuming it's not preterm labor that's ailing you, you can probably blame your growing uterus and hormonal changes for your aching back. Your expanding uterus shifts your center of gravity and stretches out and weakens your abdominal muscles, changing your posture and putting a strain on your back. Hormonal changes in pregnancy loosen your joints and the ligaments that attach your pelvic bones to your spine. This can make you feel less stable and cause pain when you walk, stand, sit for long periods, roll over in bed, get out of a low chair or the tub, bend, or lift things.

Wow- usually I don't experience the symptoms to the fullest, but I am now! Shortness of breath, heartburn, back pain, and the new one carpal tunnel! Things are not too bad, nothing to complain about, but definitely a lot of symptoms. Also nausea!!! Yesterday I was feeling nauseous for a bit and then didn't even have time to attempt to make it to the bathroom, so I was left losing my lunch at my desk. After I went home from work we were supposed to have a little maternity photo shoot with an old friend of mine, during this I lost my cookies again, just hoping the picures dont turn out with me looking TOO miserable!
Poor mommy and Will have not been feeling so hot lately, but hopefully things will get better soon!