Monday, February 9, 2009

Second trimester!

Yay! The worst is over. That is, until labor hits.

The nausea has subsided quite nicely... I still get a little nauseated from time to time, but a little snack usually fixes that pretty quick. I have more energy, although I'm still having to rest during Julia's naps.

It feels so good to hit the 14 week mark! My weekly prego update email says the baby is now 3.5 inches long, crown to rump. Can you believe that? Wow. 6 months till my due date, craaazyyy!!!

The latest funnies in Julia-ville: A few nights ago, after reading Julia a book, we started to sing her bedtime song and not 2 seconds into it, she jumps off the couch and makes a beeline for her bedroom. It was hilarious. We were like, YES!

Then today, I was changing putting the mattress pad back on Julia's crib after washing it, only to turn around and see her naked, holding her onesie in front of her with the diaper inside. She's outsmarted the snap-crotch! I've seen her get her arms out of the sleeves before, but getting it completely down and off her body was definitely a new thing. To top it off, the diaper was full of poop! So I had to very carefully disassemble the onesie and diaper without getting poop everywhere, and then get Julia wiped up before she got it everywhere! It was an interesting few minutes, to say the least!

Alrighty well the crock pot just beeped (yummy tortilla soup, here I come!) so I better get the bowls and everything out so we can dig in when Riley gets here!

Friday, February 6, 2009

a burst of energy

so i've been pretty bummed lately. what with growing important body parts in my tummy and all, i haven't had much energy left for anything else. so if you looked around my apartment, you'd see toys, shoes, papers, food, etc. all over the living room floor; pans, food, toys, etc. all over the kitchen floor; clothes all over the bedroom floor, bed unmade; 3 hampers full of clothes; both sinks, dishwasher, stove and drying rack full of dishes; the carpet barely visible in julia's room; the bathrooms filthy; bottomless stacks of paper everywhere; trashcans overflowing; less than half of the dining table available for use... you get the picture.

all this has been making me feel really terrible. i mean, i already felt terrible enough, but it became this vicious cycle of feeling like crap --> not getting anything clean --> feeling like crap. i've just been waiting and hoping for it to end, to get the 2nd trimester feeling of well-being. i was actually starting to wonder if i would ever realize it had hit, or if i would be so stuck in my routine, or lack thereof, that i would never get my head above water again.

but alas, yesterday at 3:40 i got a burst of energy! i felt like not only could i get the dishes done, but the whole kitchen cleaned, laundry folded, declutter the whole house and oodles more. well i know myself well enough to know that when that happens i better get to it because the feeling is so often a fleeting one!

i worked for almost 3 hours straight, and then realized i needed to make some dinner for julia and myself. riley went to band practice after work so we had the whole evening to ourselves. anyway, dinner was a nice break. i was starting to feel tired and sick but i didn't want to stop because once i get going i can get a lot done!

so after julia went to bed (before 8, yay! she's been staying up way too late recently) i watched the rest of ellen (my fave talk show btw) and then got started on paperwork. there was a huge stack on the table and desk and filing box. so i worked on that an hour or so and by that time i was ready for bed!

i went to bed with a really bad headache but i'm better now and i can't tell you how good it feels to have my home back! it's not perfect by any means but i'm so much happier when everything isn't a mess. maybe now i can at least maintain some order and cleanliness from here on out. assuming my energy level stays up of course.

riley totally noticed what a big difference had been made so that made me feel even better. thanks for being patient sweetie! i hope you didn't think we'd be living like pigs forever! ;)

the funny part is, i called riley and told him i was gonna go to bed unless he was already on his way home. he asked if the dishes and floor were clean (which was weird) so i said yes. he told me if they weren't he was gonna tell me to go ahead and go to bed and he'd do them when he got here because he was feeling generous! isn't that sweet? of course it was already done, so i asked for a raincheck. he said no, but i'm sure he'll get that generous feeling again when i really need it!

more good news today:

i went to walmart and saved $9 by using competitors ads (tom thumb, albertsons... you can also use kroger and a few others). i tried to do this a long time ago but walmart's prices were still lower than the others' ads, except for produce, but at the time, julia was ready to be done by the time i got to the produce section at the end of the trip, so i didn't bother.

anyway, so i started doing it again because walmart's prices started going up a couple months ago. and this way, i can get everybody's best price on the stuff we need. yay! we always tend to overspend on food (albeit mostly from eating out) so i'm pretty excited about saving money this way. keep those ads comin'!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


My poor baby girl has been coughing since last Thursday. I was just giving her some leftover medicine that her Dr. prescribed for another cold a while back, but it didn't really help and then Sunday night it got so bad that Julia threw up! She also has had a fever off and on.

So we decided to take her in. Her Dr. wasn't available so we saw another guy, who said that she was in fact wheezing (When I told the nurse that over the phone she thought that was a medical emergency and convinced me that Julia was not wheezing because that would include not being able to breathe, holding her stomach and pulling at her shirt). Anyway, so then he said she would need to do breathing treatments with a nebulizer. They showed us how to do it and then gave us a machine to take home. The prescriptions for it were pretty expensive (but thankfully much less with insurance!) but really I just want my little sweetie to feel better! She's still coughing and threw up again yesterday, but no fever and has stayed in a pretty good mood all this time.

A friend of mine's baby had this same thing last year and it was horrible! So at least I know someone who's been through it (not that I'm glad anybody else had to suffer through this). I don't know a whole lot about it but basically she needs to get out of her lungs/stomach all the mucus (hence the throwing up since she doesn't know how to hock a loogie yet!) and she has to be on antibiotics, mucinex and 2 prescriptions mixed into the thingy that turns them into mist for her to breathe, twice a day for 15 minutes. All that for 10-14 days.

Yuck. On top of that, I've been feeling not so great too (but at least I was spared until my nausea faded) but I'm getting better and only one week left in the first trimester WOOHOO! I'm so looking forward to having energy again. And so is Riley! ;)

Alright I better stop now and get Julia down from the stack of boxes she's climbed up. ;)