September 15, 2014

Ridiculous Things My Husband Says During My Pregnancy: Part 4

Let me set the scene for this one. We're sitting in the triage room at the hospital waiting for my non-stress test to be finished. The doctors just told us that the bleeding I've been having isn't anything to worry about, and Steve is texting our family members to let them know Cai and I are okay. I think this one wins for most ridiculous.

Steve: I should find a picture of a premature baby and text it to everyone.

Me: THAT WOULD BE HORRIBLE!

Steve; It would be hilarious!

In his defense, I think he was overcome with relief and had taken leave of his senses. I tattled on him to his mom. She was not amused. He giggled and said, "That would have been funny."

September 14, 2014

Pregnancy Update: 30 Weeks {And a Hospital Visit}

Warning: For some of you, this post is a little TMI, but again, when I'm googling things because I'm freaking out, this is the kind of honest stuff I want to read.

Today started off with quite a bit of excitement, not the good kind. I woke up at 2:30 this morning and discovered that I was bleeding lightly. I immediately panicked and woke Steve up. We were both dressed and ready to go to the ER before I got in touch with my doctor. Because it wasn't heavy, and I wasn't in pain, she told me to just wait until my appointment on Monday, unless it became worse.

Of course I couldn't sleep then, so I watched TV on the couch for an hour or two before I finally fell asleep. We had planned to visit a church this morning, and I was really looking forward to it because many of my coworkers attend there, but when I started to get ready for church, I discovered I had passed some clots, though none of this was bright red. I called my mom first, and she agreed that I should call the doctor again. 

This time the doctor told me to go to labor and delivery and that she would call ahead. So we did. All this time I was in no pain and could still feel Cai moving quite regularly.

Basically, they discovered that I have a polyp on my cervix. They don't know why it started bleeding because I couldn't think of anything I had done that would have started it, except maybe that I had started some of the Bradley method exercises the day or two before. I didn't know I had a polyp on my cervix which was another surprise; usually that's something that would have been discovered before. My doctor later told the resident doctor that she's had several pregnant women over the years who have them just appear then disappear during labor. They were relieved to find out that the polyp seemed to be external and was not protruding from inside my cervix which could have indicated that I was beginning to dilate. The resident told me that the nice thing about having one during pregnancy is that it will probably fall off during labor and I won't have to have it removed.

They did a non-stress test, and everything was fine. Cai was so active that sometimes his heart beat would become super quite because he was moving from one side of my belly to the other. It was kind of neat for Steve to be able to hear every time Cai kicked. 

It was a nerve-wracking couple of hours, but praise the Lord, everything is fine. We're very thankful for the people who were praying for us.  It was a relief to be told we were okay and a relief to know that there was an explainable reason for the bleeding.

It was also really nice to get some experience with the hospital. A friend of our family's who I haven't seen in a long time is one of the nurses there, and it was wonderful to see her. Both doctors I saw were nice as well as the triage nurse and the ladies at the front desk. It was comforting to know that that's where I'll be in less than two months.

How far along: 30 weeks! 7 to go until I'm full term, 10 until I'm a full 40 weeks

Showing: I'm huge.



Weight Gain: I'll find out for sure tomorrow. I  have a feeling I'm around 18 now. I want all the food.

Maternity Clothes: Yes. Bought some new jeans and a tshirt today, and Steve bought me some gym shorts so I'll stop stealing his.

Food I'm Eating/Craving: Pumpkin. Sweets (the opposite of my first two trimesters). White grape juice.

Things that Make me Sick: Morning sickness. Threw up once this week. 

Other symptoms: Back pain. Fatigue. Soreness in my belly if I walk too much (I bought one of those support bands, and it has a rice bag that fits inside it so you can put hot or cool packs on your back! It should arrive tomorrow).  Restless Leg Syndrom. Falling asleep the past three or four nights has been very difficult because every time I drift off I feel the need to kick or scratch my legs. It's yucky.

Pregnancy Brain: Nothing major this week. My sister and I are quite a pair, between my preggo brain and her fuzzy Lyme disease brain. 

Miss anything? Sleeping on my stomach or back. Energy.

Best moment: Feeling Cai kick at 2:30 this morning after I discovered I was bleeding. It was so reassuring.

Movement:  Constantly. Some days more than others, but even then it's most of the time. I compared him to an octopus earlier this week. He is definitely his father's son. I'm pretty sure he's drumming and playing football in there.

Gender: It's a boy! Cai Alexander.

Happy or moody most of the time?: Not as many mood swings this week. Some stress over getting the house into shape before my shower. I also had one day where I seemed to have the Restless Leg Syndrom all over my body. I felt like I couldn't sit still. 

Getting Ready for Cai: Things are starting to be put back together with little thanks to me. Katie has done most of the work. Her new bedroom is finished and put back together. Cai's room is empty and should be finished by Tuesday. Wednesday we plan to have a general cleaning day and get the house put back together. I'm so ready to not be living in a mess. Finn's hair is taking over the house!

Still no bump picture. I figure I'll want to share tomorrow's ultrasound pics, so I'll just post a belly picture then. 

September 09, 2014

Ridiculous Things My Husband Says During My Pregnancy: Part 3

Me: I'm so hungry today. I've been eating like it's my job.

Steve: That is your job right now isn't it?

Me: Sigh. I guess it is.

September 07, 2014

Pregnancy Update: 29 Weeks

How far along: 29 weeks. About 11ish to go 


Showing: Am I ever! My mom keeps saying, "You look like you're ready to go!" Thanks, Mom.



Weight Gain: I think 16 lbs., but I'm not sure.

Maternity Clothes: Yes. I've been wearing Steve's gym shorts often. He doesn't like that. And today I'm wearing a  maternity tank that was mom's. I found it years ago and saved it!

Food I'm Eating/Craving: Chocolate milkshakes. Sweets. Pumpkin spice anything. Everything. I'm hungry all the time.

Things that Make me Sick: I throw up or gag every time I bend over. Getting wash in and out of the dryer is torture. I'm generally sick in the morning too.

Other symptoms: I've got quite a bit of back pain, upper and lower. Sleeping is difficult between getting up to pee and arm/shoulder pain on whatever side I'm sleeping on. I'm tired and nauseous again, like my first trimester. I'm hot constantly. My blood pressure seems to have gone back down to what it was pre-pregnancy which was low, but still normal (it has generally been right around perfect during pregnancy, but even that is higher than normal for me). Still struggling with some anxiety/fidgetiness especially in the evening when my legs get restless. Oh, and I'm convinced that I smell ALL THE TIME. Between being hot and all of the hormones, I feel like I smell as soon as I get out of the shower.

Pregnancy Brain: Let's see; I left the oven on once; I left my purse in the car when I went into Panera; I left my purse at Subway and didn't realize it until I got home. And I keep finding half finished glasses of water all over the house, but I think Katie and Steve have something to do with that too.

Miss anything? Sleeping on my stomach or back. 

Best moment: I honestly can't think of a particular moment right now. I've generally just been content most of the time. 

Movement:  Constantly. I swear this boy is trying to push his way out of my side. Sometimes you can see a lump on my belly from his head or his butt pushing against me. He's quite a stinker. My mom has finally felt him move which made her SUPER happy. Last night he kept kicking my bladder so hard that it hurt significantly. It freaked me out a little bit, but he must have shifted again through the night because not only did he stop hurting me, but I also didn't have to pee as often last night.

Gender: It's a boy! Cai Alexander.

Happy or moody most of the time?: Other than occasionally feeling restless and like I'm going to crawl out of my skin, I have been less moody lately. I'm a little irritable, but have only had one night in the past two weeks when I wanted to (and did) burst into tears.

Getting Ready for Cai: My house is currently ATROCIOUS. There isn't really a clean room in the house. We've got baby stuff and the baby's dresser in the living room. The dining room table is covered with stuff that we have pulled from other places in the house that either needs to find a new home or be donated or trashed. Katie's bedroom (future nursery) is torn apart because she's getting ready to move out of it. The spare bedroom (Katie's future room) is being painted, and she has torn all of the carpet up in order to start putting some hardwood laminate flooring down (that's why there's no belly photo this week. The mirror has moved to an inconvenient spot). Some of the furniture from that room is spilling into the hallway. The bathrooms are tolerable, but haven't been cleaned well because we've been focusing on other things, Same for our bedroom. The basement is getting there. And the laundry room is today's goal. I'm on my third or fourth load of regular laundry today. I've been behind because I spent the past week washing couch covers, curtains, throw pillows/blankets, chair covers, etc. I feel like things are progressing, but it's a little overwhelming how much we need to do to get things back in order. SO thankful for Katie and Steve and Tyler (although he's getting paid), and my mom says she'll help me out later this week. Phew! *Since I first started writing this, Katie has nearly finished the flooring, so we will be moving furniture this week and hopefully beginning to paint Cai's room!*

September 06, 2014

Autumn Roasted Veggie Soup: PCOS Friendly


I'm this close [ ] to being ready for fall. I am, however, fully ready for all things pumpkin. So when I saw this recipe for a savory pumpkin and veggie bisque, I was ready to try it. I almost never follow a recipe exactly though, especially for soup, so mine looked quite a bit different (and still PCOS friendly), and I thought I'd share!

Autumn Roasted Veggie Soup



Ingredients:

  • 4-5 organic carrots, peeled and chopped (mine were pretty skinny)
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped (Okay, here's the truth: One of the "sweet potatoes" that I grabbed was not a sweet potato. It may have been a white sweet potato, but I'm not entirely sure. It had the same look and texture inside and out of a regular sweet potato, but it was white instead. I didn't realize this until I got it home and sliced into it, but it tasted yummy)
  • 1/2 a Vidalia onion, peeled and chopped
  • 3 small cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 1 can of pureed pumpkin
  • 2 cups of organic vegetable broth
  • 2 cups of water
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • approx. 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • approx. 1 tbsp curry powder
  • approx. 1/4 tsp. grated ginger (I buy fresh and keep it in the freezer)
  • approx. 1/8 tsp. grated nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp. raw honey (Note: This is not recommended for pregnant women, but I 1.) wasn't worried because it was being cooked and 2.) like to break the rules.)
  • 1/4 c. organic whole milk (if, like some women with PCOS, you choose not to eat dairy, you could use coconut milk instead)
  • sour cream or Greek yogurt for garnish.

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 F.

2. Drizzle olive oil on pan. Place carrots, sweet potatoes, onion, and garlic on pan. Top with another drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle with salt.

Veggies before roasting

3. Roast vegetables for 20-25 minutes, checking and stirring midway.

4. Fill medium pot with vegetable broth, water, and pureed pumpkin and place on stove on low heat.

5. Remove roasted vegetables from oven and add to broth. Add spices (I put the approx. amounts I used, but season to taste), salt, and honey and cook on low-med. heat, uncovered for 15-20 min.

Veggies after roasting

6. Remove from heat. Using a stick blender (you could also use a regular blender), blend soup to desired consistency. Add milk, stirring to blend.

7. Serve with a dollop of Greek yogurt or sour cream as garnish.



September 03, 2014

Removing Stink Bug Stains From Curtains {Or Nesting Part 1}

Well, we officially know that we are not moving. Steve wants me to wait to disclose all of the details, but suffice it to say, we have a peace and excitement about the things coming nest.

This means that I can finally give in to the bits of nesting instincts I've been experiencing. Actually, it means I've gone into overdrive mode in my desire to get everything clean and into place. Unfortunately, I'm feeling like I'm back in my first trimester again with fatigue and nausea. It's very difficult to bend over without vomiting or coming close to it, so that makes things difficult. Thankfully, I've got three things going for me right now; 1. My sister lives with me and actually enjoys working/organizing, especially because some of the work that needs to be done involves her moving to a slightly larger bedroom. 2. We've "hired" my fifteen year old brother for the summer. He does basically anything we ask him to do and is earning himself an Alienware laptop. He's thrilled and is super willing. 3. I know that I can do a little bit at a time, and other than having it done by the time the baby gets here (and some of it by the day of my baby shower, which is at my house), there's no pressure to get it done all at once.

So my goal is to go room by room. Below is my list of things to do. The red are things I want to get done before the shower and the blue are things that can wait until the baby comes. It's hard to feel like I'm accomplishing anything, even when I am, because we have all sorts of extra things in here right now including the baby's dresser and a bunch of baby things.


CleaningLiving Room
Clean couches
wash curtains
Dust ceilings, fans, and vents
Wash pillows and blankets
clean area rug
vacuum
wipe down walls
dust everything
clean out storage chest
get rid of steve's old shoes
put other shoes away
clean out underneath coffee table
clean out underneath couches

clean Finn's crate and bed

Anyway, today I wanted to share how I got these nasty stink bug stains out of my curtains. Where we live we get tons of stink bugs, particularly in the fall. Last year when we were getting the house ready for listing on the market, we were fixing the screen in the sliding door. Steve banged it against the ground a few times to shake any dirt out of the metal frame, and literally hundreds of dead stink bugs fell out. Probably years worth,

Excuse the messiness :/
They like to hang out around our windows, and since we have TONS of them in the living room, sometimes they seem to overwhelm us. They crawl along the curtains and crawl inside the curtain rod pocket (is there another name for that part of the curtain? I can't think of one), and often die there leaving a brown stain. I found about five dead ones when I took down all of the curtains. 




 So I googled stink bugs stains, but couldn't find much about how to get them out of fabric. I did find something that mentioned peroxide, and somebody had suggested it on Facebook when I asked for help, so I tried a mixture. First I pulled all eight curtain panels down. I did this when no one else was around which was good because I got reprimanded by my husband when I put them back up because I was climbing on chairs and the back of the couch. Apparently he wasn't too concerned because he let me finish, although he did help me in some spots. :)

You can even see some of the stains in this shot.
With that many curtain panels, it was difficult to find something to soak them in. At first I tried a large stainless steel bowl until my sister suggested a plastic tote.  
I added a combination of baking soda, peroxide and dish soap, then filled the bucket with enough hot water to cover the curtains. Then I soaked them for about an hour. I didn't do any scrubbing, just soaked. 
After they soaked, I wrung them out and put them in the washer on a "Heavy Duty" cycle. It created a ton of suds, but rinsed clean. I was so happy with the results. I checked each curtain panel for remaining stains and only found one. Luckily, it was small, and you can't even see it once the curtain was hung back up. 

 Overall, I was really pleased with the result and would definitely do it again. In fact, I'll probably have to do  it again because I've already had to remove two stink bugs since washing the curtains. It also inspired me for a way to do one of the other things on my list, cleaning my area rug, but that's a post for another day.

September 02, 2014

Ridiculous Things My Husband Says During My Pregnancy: Part 2

Me: Ouch.

Steve: What's the matter?

Me: He kicked me, and it hurt.

Steve: Tell him to stop. Pats my belly and yells. Hey, you in there, stop kicking your Momma! Cut that out!

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