Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Online Class

No big deal...BUT I'm finished with my online class!!! For all the busy work anyway. I still have to do the final, but the final isn't due until the 17th and the busy work is due Friday.

So Woohoo! Go me! :)

Monday, November 29, 2010

23 Weeks!!

How your baby's growing:

Turn on the radio and sway to the music. With her sense of movement well developed by now, your baby can feel you dance. And now that she's more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound (about as much as a large mango), you may be able to see her squirm underneath your clothes. Blood vessels in her lungs are developing to prepare for breathing, and the sounds that your baby's increasingly keen ears pick up are preparing her for entry into the outside world. Loud noises that become familiar now — such as your dog barking or the roar of the vacuum cleaner — probably won't faze her when she hears them outside the womb.

How your life's changing:

You may notice that your ankles and feet start to swell a bit in the coming weeks or months, especially at the end of the day or during the heat of summer. Sluggish circulation in your legs — coupled with changes in your blood chemistry that may cause some water retention — may result in swelling, also known as edema. Your body will get rid of the extra fluid after you have your baby, which is why you'll pee frequently and sweat a lot for a few days after delivery. In the meantime, lie on your left side or put your feet up when you can, stretch out your legs when you sit, and avoid sitting — or standing — in one place for long periods. Also, try to exercise regularly to increase circulation, and wear support stockings (put them on first thing in the morning) and roomy, comfortable shoes. You may be tempted to skimp on liquids to combat swelling, but you need to drink plenty of water because staying hydrated actually helps prevent fluid retention. While a certain amount of edema in your lower extremities is normal during pregnancy, excessive swelling may be a sign of a serious condition called preeclampsia. Be sure to call your midwife or doctor if you have severe or sudden swelling of your feet or ankles, more than slight swelling of your hands, swelling in your face, or puffiness around your eyes.

So this is kind of a boring week! :)

Nothing is new. I am still feeling this baby move a TON and now we can even start to see her move from just watching my belly. My feet aren't swelling or anything but I'm still tired a lot. I took a LONG nap on Saturday (although I guess that could've been from being up all night Friday night) and I've been sluggish in general lately.

I know it's only going to get worse, so I've been doing some Christmas shopping online to avoid walking at malls and such. All in all, everything is still perfect! No complaints.

Happy 23 weeks Baby Girl!!

Upcoming Appointments:
December 7, 9am - Dr appointment
December 7, 10:30 am - Ultrasound


There are a LOT of posts coming up...sorry in advance!


So I'm starting to get worried about where we live....

I've never worried about living in St. Louis, even though it's gotten "Most Dangerous City in America" like 5 times now. But lately...I'm nervous.

My car has been broken into twice now in the last 4-5 months-ish. Our lawn mower got stolen out of our backyard, (that was probably a LOT more our fault for leaving it out and not putting it away, but it was still in OUR yard). And now this morning I got a text from my neighbor.

"We had a large male knock on our door at 5:15 am this morning. When he saw my husband he said 'wrong house' and left in white SUV. husband called cops...yikes!".

She said he didn't look like he just had "the wrong house" and it worried her. They were calling our district rep too because of all the stuff that's been going on around our street. It really worried me too, because what if they knocked on my door and Nick wasn't home?! I wouldn't answer the door (especially at 5:15 in the morning) and we have an alarm system so I would definitely know if someone broke in, but it still has me nervous...

I don't like going to bed worrying if someone will break into my car. And I don't like the idea of someone knocking on my door at 5:15 in the morning looking for who knows what...

Nick told me that we have an alarm system and no one has ever tried to get in our house or confront us at night or anything scary. There is crime everywhere. I just need to make sure that nothing is in my car that is visible and we always set the alarm. I guess so...but I still have this fear.

Tree Lighting

Every year at Francis Park, they do a tree lighting. They light the biggest tree in the park and there is a little festival of sorts that goes on there. They have cookies and kettle corn and hot chocolate and coffee. They have carriage rides and there is singing of Christmas carols. And it's all FREE.

We decided to have my parents and Nick's mom over for dinner and then go to the Tree Lighting. Well my Dad got sick, so it was just me, Nick, my mom and his mom. But we had fun!

We had a delicious dinner, if I may say so myself, of grass fed steaks (yummy!), corn flake potatoes, salad, and green beans.

After dinner, we loaded up into the car and drove to the park.

It was PACKED. And Santa and Fredbird came too. What a party. ;-)

Here are a few pictures from the event:

After we saw the tree light up (and it's a whole countdown to the lighting and everything), we left. It was getting chilly and it was really crowded.

We walked back to the car and drove around and looked at some Christmas lights. Some houses are REALLY decorated already!! After doing that for a bit, we headed back to our house and had dessert. We ate pumpkin pie cake, one of the dishes I made at Time For Dinner in October. It was delicious!!

After dessert, Nick took his mom home and my mom drove home. I put Dominick to bed and then did the dishes and cleaned up the dining room and kitchen. Then I went downstairs and did some laundry...I was nesting a bit last night. Nick hopes that stays for a LONG time!!

And that was our night!! Well, Nick and Mike worked on the bathroom some more and I bored Nicole with watching football....and that was really our night. :)

It was a great night!

My little Grown Up

Just a quick post to say how big my little boy is getting!!! He's acting so big and grown up and I'm so proud of him all the time. :)

We went out to eat for both Lunch and Dinner on Saturday and he was an angel!!

Saturday we met up with some of my friends (Jim, Leslie, Ashley, Luke (and Will), Lauren and Brian) and had lunch at Highland Brewing Company in Kirkwood. Dominick was so good! He got a little antsy at the end but for the most part, he sat and ate his food and played with his books! I was so proud of him.

Then Saturday night, we went to Syberg's in Chesterfield with a few of Nick's friends that we haven't seen in years! Dominick was even better there! He ate his food and colored and when he got antsy, he moved to my lap and just cuddled. At one point he looked up at me and said, "Home peas?". So we obliged him and we left. How big is he?!?! He's so smart and grown up and I can hardly stand it!!

I love my little man!

Christmas Tree Cutting!

It's that time of year again!! Christmas tree time!!

We've made it a tradition that every year, we go and cut down our own Christmas tree. This is our third year doing it and we always have such a blast!

This year we went back to Meert Christmas Tree Farm off highway 55. We got there at the perfect time. We went the day after Thanksgiving (also a tradition) and got there about 9:15 am. This was their first day open for the season and they opened at 9 am. We were one of the first ones there.

We got up and got Dom dressed and ready (all bundled up!!) and got in our cars. Yes plural. We were picking up Angela, Andrew and Cecilia and then on to get Nathan and Annie. We took our truck - to load the three trees and take two adults - and the Durango - to take the two kiddos and the remaining 4 adults.

We got to Angela and Andrew's around 8:15 ish. We loaded them up and headed over to Nathan and Annie's. We picked them up and stopped for gas (thanks Nathan and Annie!!) and were on our way!

When you get there, they give you a hand saw and a tag. Then you load a wagon

and they drive you out to the various locations and you pick your tree. There are ribbons on each tree that tell you how much each tree costs. The prices are REALLY reasonable!!

We went out to the lot and looked at the different trees. We found a perfect one and Nick got down on the ground and started cutting. But not before a few pictures first!

After Nick cut it down, he (with Dom's help) dragged it to the tree area where the wagon picks up the cut trees. Then we waited for Nathan and Annie and Angela and Andrew to pick out their trees. After all the trees were cut and brought to the area, we loaded back into the wagon and headed back to the main house of the tree farm.

We went back into the main area and looked at the trains and sat on the rocking chairs. Then we loaded back into the cars to head back home.

This is becoming such a great tradition for us. We love picking out our tree and cutting it down ourselves and then stopping at Cracker Barrel on the way home. It's the perfect ending to a perfect morning!

Here is a picture of our tree at the house. Not decorated yet, but we'll get there!!

Thanksgiving Recap


Thanksgiving was (as usual) a BUSY day! But also (as usual) a great day.

We started off by going to Glen Echo Country Club for brunch with my Dad's side of the family. We've gone there for Thanksgiving and Easter for as long as I can remember. And the food is AmAzInG!

We got there at 11:00 and went into our "room" (we've also had the same room for as long as I can remember). We all ordered drinks and grabbed our chairs. When everyone got there, we headed to the buffet.

There was SO much delicious stuff on the buffet! It was heaven! Corn chowder, salad, cheese and fruit station. Then for the main meal there was asparagus, fish, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, chicken fingers, and more that I can't remember. They had a carving station with turkey and beef tenderloin. Then for dessert!?! Cheesecake, pecan pie, pumpkin pie, pumpkin pie cheesecake, cherry pie, double chocolate cake, white sponge cake and ice cream and cookies.

Ahhh heaven.

We got a few family pictures in, since everyone was so dressed up, and then we called it a morning.

Nick and I headed home and Dom fell asleep in the car. We got him home for a nap (which was, for the most part, unsuccessful) and then we reorganized ourselves. At 3:30, we headed back out to my Grandma's house.

We alternate whose family to see on these holidays and this year was my family for everything for Thanksgiving (we do Thanksgiving with Nick's family every other year).

So we left about 3:30 and headed north. We got to my Grandma's about 4:00 and the party was in full swing. Unfortunately for Dom, the only first cousin he has on my side, for the moment, is Cecilia and I knew they weren't coming to Thanksgiving. But I have three younger (but still much older than Dom) first cousins on my Mom's side. So I wasn't sure if he'd really have anyone to play with. But my three cousins, Zoe, George and John were up to the task! They played with him all night and were so good with him!

Again, we had a great meal! Turkey and stuffing and mashed potatoes and all the good Thanksgiving stuff!

After dinner and the dishes were done (by the men! woohoo!), we played a quick game of Left Right Center. When that was over, Nick and I watched the end of the Dallas football game and then we headed home. We were beat...

It was such a long but great day. We needed to get home and rest. We were going to have a big morning the next morning (next post). :)

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!!!

Can you believe Christmas is just a few short weeks away??

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Longest Night Ever...

Last night was a LONG rough night....

It started off as a great day. We got up early Friday morning and drove to get our Christmas tree (that's another post when I can post pictures). And we picked out a good one. We came home and I went with Leslie to look at wedding dresses. She looked gorgeous!! And she made a final decision! So exciting!!

Then I came home and hung out with Nick and Dom. I got home around 4:20 I think and Dom was up and playing. Nick ran to Home Depot to get some stuff for the bathroom and picked up some McDonald's for dinner. Not the healthiest but we didn't have much in the house. So we had McDonald's.

Around 7ish, we headed over to my sister's to just hang out for a bit. We played Jeopardy on their Wii (which was fun!) and stayed until about 10ish. Then we headed home. Then the long night began...

We got Dom to bed around 10:30 which is VERY late for him, but he wouldn't sleep at my sister's and was wide awake. Nick and I went to bed as well.

At 3:15 am we had a very rude awakening. My car alarm was going off. We knew what that meant...Someone either tried or succeeded in breaking into my car. I ran to the window and looked to see if I saw anyone and Nick ran downstairs to turn the alarm off and re-lock the car. We didn't see anyone, but didn't go check to see if they got anything in case someone was hanging around.

We went back to bed. But I couldn't sleep. I was racking my brain. Did I leave something valuable in my car? Checkbooks? Credit Card?? My iPod? My Kindle?? I couldn't sleep at all.

Dominick started screaming around 3:30...I ran in there and his eyes were still closed but he was screaming. I picked him up and he started gagging. I ran him to the bathroom and he stopped but started screaming more. I took him back into his room and started rocking him. Nick came in and took his temperature. No fever.

So I told Nick to go back to bed and I'd be in soon. I rocked Dom for a bit and then asked him if he wanted to lay back down. He told me yes. So I laid him back down and told him to yell if he needed me. He said ok.

I went back to bed. About 4:15 ish, Dom started screaming again. I told Nick it was his turn because I didn't think anything was really wrong. Nick went in to get him and I heard Dom scream even more. I ran in there and Dom was throwing up onto a towel. Poor baby.

I picked him up and cleaned him off and put him in new pajamas. He cuddled to me was crying softly and wouldn't let go. I brought him into our room and put him in bed with us. He laid there for awhile, just holding on, but wasn't really comfortable. He kept moving and looking around. His eyes were wide open. After a bit, Nick asked him if he wanted to go back to his crib. Dominick said yes and held his hands up for Nick to take him. Nick brought him back to bed. We laid back down around 4:50ish and this time I actually did fall asleep for a bit.

At 5:30 Dominick started screaming again. Nick was quick this time and beat me into his room. He got him up and leaned him over and he was throwing up again. I felt awful. There's no worse feeling than knowing your child is in pain and you can't fix it. And Dominick is so young, you can't explain it to him. He doesn't understand that he'll feel better soon and it will be ok. You just have to comfort him and try to make him feel better. It was awful. I felt so bad.

After this episode, he went to bed for good. He slept until about 8:00 too.

Nick and I got up at 7:15 ish. I went outside to check my car. Nothing was taken. I don't even think that they got in. They tried to pry the door handle off the driver's side and partially succeeded in that. I looked in my car...the ONLY things in my car were a bag of chips and my book bag (which is an open bag so you can clearly see the only things in the bag are books). So what were they trying to take??? Unless they wanted the whole car!?

After I saw nothing was taken, I called the police and filed a report.

Then Dom got up and we were up for the day...with very little sleep.

What a night!?!

PS - In case you were wondering, Dominick didn't throw up again and was great the rest of the weekend. No more throwing up. No more acting differently at all actually. He was back to his happy, normal self.

PPS - And I had nothing valuable in my car...no credit cards, no check books, no iPod, and no Kindle. :)

Monday, November 22, 2010

22 Weeks!!

How your baby's growing:

At 11 inches (the length of a spaghetti squash) and almost 1 pound, your baby is starting to look like a miniature newborn. His lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and he's even developing tiny tooth buds beneath his gums. His eyes have formed, but his irises (the colored part of the eye) still lack pigment. If you could see inside your womb, you'd be able to spot the fine hair (lanugo) that covers his body and the deep wrinkles on his skin, which he'll sport until he adds a padding of fat to fill them in. Inside his belly, his pancreas — essential for the production of some important hormones — is developing steadily.

How your life's changing:

At this point, you may find your belly becoming a hand magnet. It's perfectly okay to tell folks who touch your tummy that you'd rather they didn't. And if people are telling you that you look smaller or bigger than you should at this point, remember that each woman grows — and shows — at her own rate. What's important is that you see your practitioner for regular visits so she can make sure your baby's growth is on track.

You may start to notice stretch marks on your abdomen as it expands to accommodate your growing baby. At least half of all pregnant women will develop stretch marks by the time they give birth. These small streaks of differently textured skin can range from pink to dark brown (depending on your skin color). Although they most commonly appear on your tummy, stretch marks may also show up on your buttocks, thighs, hips, and breasts. There's no proof that lotion helps prevent stretch marks, but keeping your skin moisturized may help with any itching.

22 Weeks!! Woohoo! I have to say, with Dominick, I was THRILLED to be pregnant but didn't really enjoy my pregnancy. I was nervous a lot, and sick a lot, and had horrible back pain, etc. I just didn't like it too much. But I loved the outcome and was willing to "put up" with pregnancy a few more times to build our family. This time is COMPLETELY different! I'm enjoying almost all of it!

Obviously I would do without the getting up to pee 5 times a night and this heartburn/acid reflux is no joke, but for the most part, it's great this time around! I'm feeling the baby move a LOT and I love it. Nick has been able to feel her a few times but nothing really strong yet, but we can both see her move if we just stare at my belly. :) I love it.

Ha, the stretch marks paragraph makes me laugh. I had full blown stretch marks at about 14 weeks with Dominick. And I only gained about 12 pounds with him. My doctor told me it was genetic and he was sorry but there wasn't much I could do about them. And there wasn't. No matter how much cream I used, I still got 'em. This time I don't have any New ones. My old ones were faded and are still pretty faded but are becoming a bit more pronounced the later I get in this pregnancy. And that's ok. I'm ok with this. For a healthy boy and a healthy baby girl, I'll take these stretch marks. Gladly.

Happy 22 weeks baby girl!

New Bathroom

For awhile now Nick and I have hated our first floor bathroom. We're very lucky at our house to have 2-1/2 baths, one bathroom on each floor. But we've really disliked the main floor bathroom. It was the original peach tile and the tub was awful and the closet was awful (nasty wood, etc.). I think I would have actually been ok if the tile was still peach and wasn't touched at all... but it was painted white, and not painted very well. It was chipping and you could see the peach through the white in most places and it was just plain awful.

A few weeks ago, we decided to redo the whole thing. Nick started tearing stuff out and breaking the tile off the walls. He took the sink out and turned the exhaust fan on because it was starting to smell a bit from all the work he was doing.

A few days later we noticed that smell wasn't in the bathroom anymore but had moved into our bedroom and the basement. Curious....

We had Roger coming today at 6:30 a.m. so Nick had a lot of work to do yesterday. I took Dommie and left to give him some space. I can't lift anything right now and he doesn't want me breathing in the dust so I'm really just in the way. And Dominick only wants Nick lately so that's not helpful either. So we left.

Before we left Nick and I were discussing a few things. He said he wasn't going to mess with the exhaust fan since it was already set up and venting outside. He would keep it in the same place. But we changed a few other things.

He worked all day moving stuff out of that bathroom (along with Mike's help) and got everything out. When I got home, I took a peek. All the walls were gone and the toilet, tub, and sink were on our deck! They worked hard. Nick asked me to look at the exhaust fan. It wasn't connected to anything!!!! It was sucking the air and instead of VENTING it outside (like they are supposed to) it was just sucking everything into our walls!! AND it wasn't connected correctly (I've lived with an electrician my whole life). It was spliced and there were LIVE wires hanging off it!! Thank GOD we decided to redo it!!

One more thing about the tub, sink, etc. Nick and Mike put them out in the alley (today is bulk pick up on our street). Within 15 minutes, the tub and the sink were gone. The only thing left was the toilet. And that will be picked up today. Gotta love the city and the dumpster divers!!

So today Nick and Roger are working hard. Nick is putting up new lights. We'll have three LED lights in the ceiling. We'll have a new light over the vanity. Nick is getting the tub today/tomorrow. We are getting a new toilet, new vanity and putting up cultured marble around the inside of the shower. I know this all won't be done this week, but it will be a start!! I'm hoping to have the whole bathroom done by Christmas!

Slowly but surely, this house is becoming my dream home!

Christmas Shopping Update!

I convinced Michelle to go shopping with me yesterday at the Mills Mall, and was able to knock two more people off my list! :)

Kailey and Addison, you are done!

Now I just need to find the time to get the other 20 people done....hmmm.

One step at a time! More shopping this week/weekend I'm sure!

Thursday, November 18, 2010


So has anyone looked at a calendar recently????

ONE WEEK from today is THANKSGIVING!!!!


TWO MONTHS from this past Tuesday is DOMINICK'S SECOND BIRTHDAY!!!!!

Are you kidding me???

Where in the heck does time go?

I guess I better get on the Christmas shopping!!


For those of you who know me, you know that sometimes my philosophical side gets the best of me. I like to question EVERYTHING sometimes. I also thrive on being stressed (usually). I'm almost always stressed about something (not healthy; totally aware of this). Mike actually commented to me last week that he thinks I HAVE to be stressed about something at all times. It's just my nature. And he's kind of right. I'm rarely so stressed that I'm sick about something, but I'm also always thinking about the next thing I have to do.

That's why this morning was rough. I put the two together. I started getting (not stressed....but anxious) about the future and the unknown.

Have you ever listened to the words of Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen??? I did this morning. Holy cow...

Here are some of the lyrics:

Mama, just killed a man
Put a gun against his head
Pulled my trigger, now he's dead
Mama, life had just begun
But now I've gone and thrown it all away
Mama, ooo
Didn't mean to make you cry
If I'm not back again this time tomorrow
Carry on, carry on, as if nothing really matters

Too late, my time has come
Sends shivers down my spine
Body's aching all the time
Goodbye everybody - I've got to go
Gotta leave you all behind and face the truth
Mama, ooo - (anyway the wind blows)
I don't want to die
I sometimes wish I'd never been born at all

Are you kidding me?? If you really listen to these words, this is INCREDIBLY sad. I started thinking about this song from that mother's perspective.

What would you do if your son came up to you and told you he just killed a man and was now going to jail? I wanted to cry listening to this (no, I'm not hormonal at all...ha!).

I've been watching season 6 of Nip/Tuck and in this season Matt, the main character's son, goes to jail because he started robbing convenience stores. The parents kept protecting him and helping him escape justice and then they realized they couldn't help him anymore. They needed him to pay for what he did and maybe that would help him become a better and stronger person. He called his dad to help him (he had been shot and had stitches) and his dad called the police. The police showed up and arrested him and now he's getting beat up in prison...

What would you do?? Would you call the police on your own son?

I know these questions are silly and irrelevant right now, but it got me thinking about the unknown. I have no idea who Dominick will become and I have no control over that.

I know how I want him to grow up. I want him to be a good kid. Obey rules (like curfew, ha!). Get a good education. Go to college. Get his degree. Maybe get his masters or go to medical school. Get a job that can support him. Find a nice girl. Get married (not too young). And have kids. And still see me and Nick. But most of all, I want him to be HAPPY. That's what matters the most.

I often think about my parents and their situation. I never understood why they couldn't "write off" my brother and just let him go. He made it fairly clear that he was choosing his wife and kids over us (even though we never asked him to choose). And I could forget I had a brother. He's not in any of my wedding pictures since he decided to go to a reunion that weekend instead of my wedding. Nick has only met him once. I could forget him. It would be too easy. Why couldn't my parents?

Well now I know. I'm a parent. And I would be devastated if Dominick ever did to me what my brother is doing to my parents. And I would never write him off. As far as he drifts, and as harsh as he is. If he would come back to me and apologize, I would welcome him back with open arms. Because he is my son. I made him. I carried him for 9 months. I gave birth to him. And I gave everything I had to him.

I guess as a parent you never stop worrying. Sometimes you worry about "real" things, like what grade they will get on THIS test, or will they drive safe to THIS event. But most of the time you just worry about the Unknown.

And that Unknown terrifies me...

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Chicka Chicka

Have you read any of these books? Well Dominick got "Chicka Chicka A B C" for his 1st Birthday (thanks Dave and Colleen!) and he LOVES it. Nick and I sing the words to him and point to each letter so he can see what each letter looks like.

The words are:

A told B, and B told C.
I'll meet you at the top of the coconut tree.

"Whee!" said D, to E F G.
I'll beat you to the top of the coconut tree.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!
Will there be enough room?
Here comes H up the coconut tree.

And I. And J. And tag along K.
All on their way up the coconut tree.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!
Will there be enough room!
Look who's coming! L M N O P!

And Q R S. And T U V.
Still more, W X Y and Z.
The whole alphabet up the...Oh no!

Chicka Chicka BOOM BOOM!

Then on the last page it shows the tree bent over and the whole alphabet is now on the ground. They were too heavy for the tree.

Anyway, Dominick loves this book. Since we sing it, he loves for us to read it to him. He will go from me to Nick and back again ten times just reading this same book. Luckily it's not a really long book (like some of the Dr. Seuss books) and it isn't really annoying, so we don't mind reading it.

Last night Nick was helping our friend, Mike, do some demo on his house so it was Dommie and Mommy night. Dominick grabbed that book and sat on his chair and started reading it out loud. It was adorable!! I tried getting a video with my phone but it didn't work out too well. Here's the video though, in case you wanted to see it!

Warning: I don't know what the volume will be doing so beware when watching it!!

Dominick is really good at A B and C. So he repeats those a lot. He does say Coconut tree a lot in there. And he's really good at Uh oh! And Boom boom boom! at the end. :)

One thing that I thought was adorable during all this (he must have read it to himself about 5 times or so) was at the end each time he would say, "Again?" "Yup!" to himself and then start all over again.

I love my Dommie Salami!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Fall Classes

So, remember when I posted about my online class? And talked about how there were NO deadlines and NO structure in this class? About how everything was just due on December 3??

Well, if you remember all that, you probably remember that I created my own little time line for getting everything done in time. No stress. No worries. Just follow the time line and you'll be fine, Meg. Right?!?!


So here I am, with less than 3 weeks to go in this class and I'm caught up to my October 18th deadline...so I'm a few weeks behind...no big deal.


So here I am, in the beginnings of my full out panic mode, trying to get everything done. It isn't TOO bad, is what I keep telling myself.

As of right now, I need to do 7 more chapter tests (20 questions each), and 14 more biography posts....and my 200 point final.

I have 2-1/2 weeks to do it in...I can do it. No problem. I can do it.

This week is my catch up week. I don't have another lab practical or take home exam in AP for a few more weeks. I have Thanksgiving break to study for AP if I have to. This week I am catching up in HGD.

Wish me luck!

Monday, November 15, 2010

21 Weeks!!

How your baby's growing:

Your baby now weighs about three-quarters of a pound and is approximately 10 1/2 inches long — the length of a carrot. You may soon feel like she's practicing martial arts as her initial fluttering movements turn into full-fledged kicks and nudges. You may also discover a pattern to her activity as you get to know her better. In other developments, your baby's eyebrows and lids are present now, and if you're having a girl, her vagina has begun to form as well.

How your life's changing:

You're probably feeling pretty comfortable these days. You're not too big yet, and the usual discomforts associated with early pregnancy are, for the most part, gone. If you're feeling good, relax and enjoy it while you can — the third trimester may bring with it a new crop of complaints.

That's not to say you won't have some minor glitches to deal with now. For example, increased oil production may contribute to the development (or worsening) of acne. If that's the case, be diligent about washing well with a gentle soap or cleanser twice a day, and make sure that any moisturizer or make-up you use is oil-free. Don't take any oral acne medications — some are very hazardous during pregnancy — or use any topical acne products without first checking with your practitioner.

You're also more prone to varicose veins now. As your pregnancy progresses, there's increasing pressure on the veins in your legs; higher progesterone levels, which may cause the walls of your veins to relax, can make the problem worse. You're more likely to get varicose veins if other family members have them. Also, they tend to get worse with each successive pregnancy and as you age. To help prevent or minimize varicose veins, exercise daily, prop up your feet and legs whenever possible, sleep on your left side, and wear maternity support hose.

You may also notice so-called spider veins (a group of tiny blood vessels near the surface of your skin), particularly on your ankles, legs, or face. They may have a spider- or sunburst-like pattern with little branches radiating out from the center, they may look like the branches of a tree, or they may be a group of separate thin lines with no particular pattern. Though they may be a bit unsightly, spider veins don't cause discomfort and usually disappear after delivery.

21 weeks? More than halfway there! I'm still feeling OK, but I'm already uncomfortable. I know I'm not huge, but something about carrying this extra weight in front is a little tough! Nick and I went to the movies on Saturday night and I had to keep moving. I couldn't get comfy for a lot of the movie. But the movie was VERY good so that made it worth it (Unstoppable, in case you were wondering!).

Last night I had the worst heartburn/acid indigestion I've ever had. I could feel the acid in my throat and it made me feel awful. I didn't get much sleep because of the heartburn. Nick says she'll have a full head of hair because of it!

She's definitely a mover!! I can feel her every day and pretty often. I love feeling her move. It's so reassuring. Right now it's just movements. I can't wait to feel little feet and arms and knees! :)

So far everything is still going great. We are both thrilled about a baby girl and can't wait until the next ultrasound to get to see her again!

Happy 21 weeks Baby girl!!

Upcoming Appointments:
December 7, 9:00 am - Dr. Appointment
December 7, 10:30 am - Ultrasound


Yay! We had the reveal party!! :)

All in all, it was a perfect success. Well, almost perfect. Christy and Lisa couldn't be there so it made is less than perfect, but it was a good party.

I left work about 3:15 and headed over to my parents to make sure everything was ready. It was a good thing I got there early. I was working from 3:40 until 6 when people started showing up! I didn't realize we still had a lot to do! But we got our work done (Mom, Dad and myself) and we got dressed and ready.

Mom and I had most of the food set up early. We had Cugino's Salad, a pickle and olive tray, a fruit salad, a bowl of chips, a bowl of dinner rolls, and Cugino's Chicken Milano Pasta all set up. We had the cake (still in its box so no one could sneak a peak) on another table, ready to go. I didn't take any pictures of that food...But then Nick showed up with the sandwich from Psghetti's and I took a picture of that! It was so neat!

I love that you can order sandwiches in shapes from there. I got this idea from my friend, Abbie, who had a housewarming party and her sandwich was in the shape of a house!

Anyway, we had QUITE the spread of food. When everyone was there, people started eating. I was going to do the cake first so no one would wait in suspense, but people started eating on their own. And that was fine by me. I actually started to get nervous!

The kids were all having a blast, running all over the place and just having a ball! Dominick and Jilly played so well together! It was adorable. I couldn't get a picture of them playing together, so you'll have to take my word for it. But they were all so cute.

How cute was he???!!

Around 7:20 or so, I was getting up to go and get Nick and see if he wanted to do the cake when he rounded up two of his brothers (Rob and Dave) and went to take his other brother, John's, rental car (it was a new Challenger, I think...??) for a spin (boys and their toys, I swear).

So Nick left....and we waited...and we waited...and we waited. He claims he was only gone for about 15 minutes, maybe 20 but I felt like it was a LOT longer than that!

At one point Nick's mom came over and told me she was ready for dessert. I told her I was too, but Nick would kill me if we cut the cake without him!!

I talked to Jim, one of my best friends and our new baby's Godfather, and asked him if he was still hoping for a boy. He told me No, that he had "changed his tune". I asked him "Why?" and he told me he wanted to be overprotective!! I find that so sweet!

Nick finally got back and we pulled the cake of it's box...

Everyone gathered around to get a good look and we had all the cameras ready. My mom handed me a knife and I made the first cut.

John yelled at me to stop, because he wanted to have his wife, Lisa, on the phone. So we waited. While we were waiting, Nick said to me, "I see pink..." but I thought he was kidding. When John had Lisa on the phone, we made another cut...and pulled out the piece of cake.

PINK! It was pink!! I think my hand started shaking about right then, because even though for the longest time I thought it was a girl (and even wore my pink shirt because I was so sure), I was thinking I would be wrong. That last ultrasound threw me off.

Of course we are THRILLED. Just look at our happy faces:

But we were both shocked. Nick in STILL in shock. He keeps telling me, "I really thought it was a boy...". I figured he'd be right.

We are both a little nervous. We know what to expect with a boy. We have a boy. We have a lot of boy toys. We have a LOT of boys clothes. What the heck are we going to do with a baby girl?!?!

But we are THRILLED. Some people want both sexes and have 5+ kids trying for that boy or girl. And we'll already have one of each with just two kids.

And I can't help it. I already can't wait to buy those cute little dresses....like this one:

Oh, shopping will be fun! And my daughter (EEK) and my sister's daughter will be just 7 weeks apart! That will be fun for them.

I think everyone had a great time. I HOPE everyone had a great time. I'm so happy we decided to find out in this manner. It was a huge SURPRISE and that's what I wanted. A big surprise.

Here are a few pictures from people just hanging out and having fun.

Yay for the Big Reveal!! We can't wait to welcome our BABY GIRL in March!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Poll is closed and party preparation

So GIRL wins by a vote of 8-7 over BOY and 3 people (myself included) just have NO IDEA.

Nick and I went over to my parents house last night to do some last minute things and the house looks great. As great as a house can look mid-construction. They did an awesome job of getting it ready despite all they have to do right now. I'm really excited about tonight.

Mom and I made a fruit salad last night, and it's in the fridge (minus the fruits that go bad quickly and those will be added tonight). We bought some beer and it's chilling. Nick, his mom, and his brother Rob are picking up the sandwich on their way over. Either me or my mom is picking up the Pasta and Salad and/or Cake. And we already have all the plates, napkins, etc.

I think we're ready!! I'm still going over there straight from work, so I'll be there in plenty of time to set up, etc. Nick took a truckload of stuff over to my parents this morning (at 5:30 - what a trooper!) like firewood for the fire pit and a folding table for the kitchen (still no cabinets/counter tops). So I really think that's it.

I'll evaluate the diet soda situation when I get over there and run to the store one last time, but then we're done. And we can simply enjoy ourselves.

11 hours to go until we know! :)

Nick's definitely thinking boy now.
Mom's gut is telling her boy and her heart is telling her girl (her words, not mine).
And I'm sticking with girl. I had a dream last night that it was a girl.

Only time will tell!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Poll is closer!

There are 7 votes for a BOY, 7 votes for a GIRL, and 3 votes for NO IDEA!

I have to admit, I was a GIRL vote for the longest time and after that ultrasound yesterday, I switched my vote to a NO IDEA! :)

I'm really excited to find out. My friend Ashley called me this morning and asked if I opened the envelope yet. Of course I hadn't. And honestly, I didn't even think about it! But now it's on my mind!!!

Luckily tonight we're going over to my parents house to finish getting ready. Nick and Dad (and Dominick!) are finishing some stuff in the kitchen, and Mom and I are going to Schnucks. So I'll be occupied tonight...and then tomorrow at work I'll go nuts I'm sure! But we'll make it.

We're cutting the cake around 7 pm....I can wait that long!

It's only like 29 more hours right??? :)


I love Costco...absolutely love it. Nick and I got a membership a few years ago and used it every now and then. We used it enough to pay for it, but not too much. I started to wonder if we'd ever really use it.

Well we're using it!

We went to Costco last night to get some stuff for Dom. More wipes, specifically, but to look at their clothes and such too. Well we got a TON. When we usually go to Costco, we spend at least $150.00. Every time. And I'm ok with this. You're getting enough dish soap to last almost a year, so it's probably going to cost a little more. (And yes, the last time we bought dish soap from Costco, it lasted us approximately 7 months...and we don't have a dishwasher and wash everything by hand).

We started off just looking at stuff for Dom and us, and remembered the Reveal Party tomorrow night. I'm supposed to go with my mom to Schnucks tonight to get the last minute things, but I figured why not get some of them at Costco?

So here's what we ended up with, approximately:

3 Carter's sleepers for Dom (all 3T since my son is so tall - 38" at 21 1/2 months!)
600 napkins
360 pieces of plastic cutlery (120 knives, 120 spoons and 120 forks - we have 20 people coming tomorrow but they'll eventually get used!)
32 cans of coke
60 dinner plates and dessert plates
12 Honeycrisp Apples (we LOVE apples at our house)
2 HUGE bottles of body wash
3 bottles of contact solution
1 large pumpkin pie (I love pumpkin pie and this one is gigantic!)
3 bottles of whipped cream (they came together - I don't necessarily need 3 bottles for this pie)
1000 baby wipes
100 golf balls for Nick
60 Dinner rolls
6 pairs of work socks for Nick
1 box of Honey Nut Cheerios (which is actually like 3 boxes worth in one box)
1 HUGE thing of Laundry Detergent (the "free" kind)

So I was literally expecting our bill to be about $300-350, no joke. I always cringe when we get our total at Costco. Not that we aren't using the stuff we buy. We only buy the bulk food of foods we know we'll eat quickly (or get canned food), and usually cleaning supplies, but I still hate spending that much money at once. The lady announces our total and it's $209.04. Are you kidding me?? We did awesome!!

All that for 200 bucks. We'll definitely use the plates. The rest of the napkins and cutlery can come to my work since I eat in every day and need them. The coke can go to my mom's work since Nick and I don't drink regular soda but her work does. And the rest of the stuff we are going to use or have already started using. I really can't believe we got all that for just $200.

I love Costco.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

20 week ultrasound!

So I had my big 20 week ultrasound this morning.

The morning started off good, well except Dommie was a stinker. But that happens half the time in the morning, so that's nothing new really. I dropped Dom off at 7:30 and then stopped at Burger King for some OJ (I've heard you should have some to wake the baby up!) and then headed out to St. John's.

My appointment was at 8:30 but I got there by 8:10. There was no traffic. I signed in but told them to wait until 8:30 because my husband was on his way. I sat down in the waiting room and started working on my Anatomy take home test (due Saturday) but didn't get far. Nick got there right at 8:30 and they called me back at 8:35.

I had a student in the room (which I'm perfectly ok with) but it tends to make things go a bit slower since they do everything twice. First they had to check my cervix. This was the NOT so fun part of the ultrasound. I've had two surgeries on my cervix and we need to make sure I won't go into labor early, so they check my cervix a few times during the pregnancy. They check this with the wand ultrasound...yeah, NOT fun.

But my cervix is great. So whew.

Then onto the fun part of the ultrasound. The baby was ROCKING out this morning! I guess the OJ worked! She could hardly get the measurements she needed since the baby was moving so much. But we got all the measurements we needed. The heart rate was perfect - down to 123 bpm, which is still healthy, and I'm measuring right on track.

I found that part interesting. With Dominick I was ALWAYS measuring ahead. Sometimes by as much as 2 weeks. I wonder if that was because of the diabetes the whole time. I didn't take the diabetes test until I was 26-28 weeks along last time but he was measuring ahead by 20 weeks and continued to measure ahead right up until he was born. This time I'm measuring just 1 day ahead, so hardly at all, and so far I don't have diabetes...I wonder if that has anything to do with it?

Anyway, the ultrasound went great. At first, the baby was in a breech position and not showing off any privates. The u/s tech told us that we'd have to get the baby to move first. She poked and prodded and got the baby to move I guess because all of a sudden she said, "I got everything I need", and she started to clean me off. I asked her if she was able to see the gender (I had a momentary freak out that she couldn't see it and we'd have no gender and no cake and just a bunch of people at my parent's and a lot of food and no baby reveal!) and she replied, "Oh I have a pretty good idea".

Hmmm...I hope that "pretty good idea" IS a pretty good idea, although how funny would it be to have a big reveal and then find out later it was wrong?! I would probably laugh. :)

We had the u/s tech write the gender on two envelopes. One to give to the bakery and one for us to keep. I want to have one for the baby book, and I wanted to double check the results after eating the cake...what if the bakery loses the envelope and just picks pink or blue?? I need to "confirm" it. ;-) The only problem with this is that I now have an envelope staring at me with the results, begging me to open it....But I won't. I'll be strong!!!

Doesn't it look like it's just begging to be opened??!!

After the ultrasound, I dropped off the bakery envelope at the bakery and they were waiting and anxious to see the result! I wouldn't let them open it in front of me, so I don't have any idea at all.

I'm starting to switch my train of thought and think BOY though...mainly because we saw her get to the gender "area" and Nick and I turned away and she knew right away. It took her less than 5 seconds to look there and move the wand. So if she knew that quickly, I think there had to be something obvious to see...but maybe I'm crazy!

So we'll see....two more days!

Upcoming Appointments/Events:
Friday, November 12 - REVEAL PARTY
Tuesday, December 7:
9 am - 24 week Dr. appointment
10:30 am - 24 week Ultrasound

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Say WHAT?!?!?!

So yesterday I kept waiting and waiting and waiting to hear from my doctor. When I left work and hadn't heard anything, I went ahead and called them. I left a nice message and told them that they could call me back tomorrow (which is today) if they couldn't get back to me today (yesterday). I really wasn't expecting a call back yesterday at all. Nick and I were in our bedroom looking at our fantasy football teams on the laptop (yes, we're nerds), when I heard my cell phone ring downstairs. I RAN down the stairs to get the phone and it was my doctor...

They called to tell me that I DON'T have gestational diabetes!?! What!?!

My blood draw had to be under 130 and mine was 123. I will still have to be tested again at 26 weeks but for the next 6 weeks, I don't have to worry about it!!

Don't worry, I won't go crazy, but I don't have to count carbs or anything!


Monday, November 8, 2010

20 Weeks!!

How your baby's growing:

Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. He's also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel — the length of a banana. (For the first 20 weeks, when a baby's legs are curled up against his torso and hard to measure, measurements are taken from the top of his head to his bottom — the "crown to rump" measurement. After 20 weeks, he's measured from head to toe.)

He's swallowing more these days, which is good practice for his digestive system. He's also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion. This gooey substance will accumulate in his bowels, and you'll see it in his first soiled diaper (some babies pass meconium in the womb or during delivery).

How your life's changing:

Congratulations! You've hit the halfway mark in your pregnancy. The top of your uterus is about level with your belly button, and you've likely gained around 10 pounds. Expect to gain another pound or so each week from now on. (If you started your pregnancy underweight, you may need to gain a bit more; if you were overweight, perhaps a bit less.) Make sure you're getting enough iron, a mineral that's used primarily to make hemoglobin (the part of your red blood cells that carries oxygen). During pregnancy, your body needs more iron to keep up with your expanding blood volume, as well as for your growing baby and the placenta. Red meat is one of the best sources of iron for pregnant women. Poultry (especially the dark meat) and shellfish also contain iron. Some common non-meat sources of iron include legumes, soy-based products, spinach, prune juice, raisins, and iron-fortified cereals.

If you haven't already signed up for a childbirth education class, you may want to look into one, especially if you're a first-timer. A structured class will help prepare you and your partner for the rigors of labor and delivery. Most hospitals and birth centers offer classes, either as weekly meetings or as a single intensive, one-day session. Many communities have independent instructors as well. Ask your friends, family members, or caregiver for recommendations.

Woohoo! Halfway point! I'm really excited to be halfway there. And I'm even happier to be feeling the baby daily. That is just such a relief to feel him/her and know that he/she is doing ok in there. :)

So far I've gained 5 pounds. I was slightly overweight when I got pregnant (and I mean slightly! I worked my butt off (literally) at weight watchers and my BMI was only 1 point over the "normal" range) so 5 pounds is probably a good weight gain so far. I'm sure the majority of the weight gain will be coming soon.

We are not doing another childbirth class. I think we both remember enough from the last one and I know the nurses and staff at the hospital will help with anything else we need.

I get my diabetes results today...I'm a little nervous about that but no matter what, it will be ok. I know it will. And I went to two birthday parties this past weekend so I got my fill of cake and ice cream for awhile. I'll be fine.

Nick and I are about 90% sure of our girl name and about 75% sure of our boy name so that is progress for us! I guess we'll figure out how close we are to knowing our baby's name this Friday night when we learn if it's a baby boy or a baby girl! Unfortunately for you, blog world, I don't get on the computer at home, so you'll probably have to wait until Monday to learn the results, but I'll try to update it if I can. :)

That's it for this week I think! Happy halfway point baby! I can't wait to meet you!

Upcoming Appointments:
Wednesday, November 10 - Anatomy Ultrasound
Friday, November 12 - REVEAL Party
Tuesday, December 7 - 24 week Dr. Appointment

Friday, November 5, 2010

Study Group

Last night, two girls from my API class and I met up to study. We have a lab practical exam on Saturday about the muscles of the body. We have 54 muscles we have to be able to locate, identify, spell correctly (which is harder than one might think), and say what it does. That's a lot to know. I completely understand WHY I need to know this, but it's a lot to learn. Since it's a "one day a week" class and we are missing a few weeks because of holidays, we have a lab practical once every three weeks. So we've only had two classes to learn these muscles...Not a lot of time.

One of the girls suggested getting a blank piece of paper and just listed as many as we can and see how we do. It didn't start off pretty, but by the end of the night I could identify (and kind of spell correctly) about 51 of the 54 muscles...that's a start!

Just to give you a quick idea of what they are, I'm going to try and name them right now...we'll see how much I remember from last night. Probably not a lot!

Here we go:
Upper body:
1) Frontalis
2) Orbicularis Oculi
3) Orbicularis Oris
4) Masseter
5) Bucceter - way off - Buccinator
6) Sternocleidomastoid
7) Splenus Capitus - spelled wrong - Splenius Capitus
8) External Oblique
9) Internal Oblique
10) Rectus Abdominus - spelled wrong - Rectus Abdominis
11) Transversus Abdominus - spelled wrong - Transversus Abdominis
12) Lattimus Dorsi - spelled wrong - Latissimus Dorsi
13) Deltoid
14) Biceps Brachii
15) Triceps Brachii
16) Brachialis
17) Pectoralis Major
18) Pectoralis Minor
19) External Intercostals
20) Internal Intercostals
21) Diaphragm
22) Trapezius
23) Pronator Teres
24) Supinator
25) Subscapularis
26) Infraspinitus - spelled wrong - Infraspinatus
27) Supraspinitus - spelled wrong - Supraspinatus
28) Teres major
29) Teres Minor
30) Flexor Digitorum Superficialis
31) Extensor Digitorum
32) Serratus Anterior
33) Extensor Carpi Ulnaris

Yeah, and I'm out... I'm not even sure those are right. I'll check them but let me dive right into the lower body, just for fun. There are only 21 lower body muscles:
Lower Body:
1) Psoas Major
2) Illiacus
3) Rectus Femoris
4) Gracilis
5) Adductor Longus
6) Adductor Magnus
7) Vastus Lateralis
8) Vastus Medialis
9) Vastus Intermedius
10) Tensor Fascia Latae
11) Sartorius
12) Gluteus Maximus
13) Gluteus Medius
14) Gastrocnemius
15) Semitendinosus
16) Semimembranous
17) Tibialis Anterior
18) Fibular Longus - wrong name - Fibularis Longus
19) Fibular Brevus - wrong name and spelled wrong - Fibularis Brevis
20) Extensor Digitorum Longus
21) Biceps Femoris

That's right! I remember all the lower. Woot Woot! :)

Now, half of those are probably spelled wrong, but I'm getting there! And that study group really paid off! Now if I can just remember where they are....and what they do.... hmmm....

Ok, after correcting it, I did ok....I still have another 30 hours approximately to study, so I'll get back to it!

Wish me luck! :)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Dr. Appointment

I had a doctor appointment this morning. It was a normal check up and also (dun dun dun) my glucose tolerance test. My appointment was at 9:20, but the receptionist ROCKS and told me if I got there before 9 she would make sure I was the first person the doctor saw. Worked for me!

We had a LAZY morning this morning. I slept in until 7:15 and got up and let the dogs out. Dominick slept in until about 7:30 and was in such a happy mood. We got dressed, got some milk, took our time and headed out the door about 8:10. I dropped Dom off at Stella's and then headed out to St. John's.

I got into the doctor's office at 8:56, perfect timing for my 9:00 appointment. I went to the bathroom, and when I came back they had my glucose drink ready for me...yum.

The only good thing I can say is, at least it was fruit punch flavored this time instead of orange. I'm not a fan of orange drinks. But that's all I can say. It was awful. I felt so sick. I literally thought I was going to get physically ill. But luckily I did not.

I got called back shortly after that and got weighed in (gained 4 lbs since last visit - EEK - but still puts me at only 5 lbs gained so far this pregnancy - YAY), got my blood pressure taken (120/70) and then they used the doppler to hear the baby's heartbeat (143 bpm).

After that it was some waiting for the doc. When he came in, he felt my belly (everything is perfect) and said that this is my "honeymoon" stage. Within a month of two I'm going to get big and tired and uncomfortable. So, things to look forward to, I suppose. ;-)

He told me to be careful of back injuries but I can still pick up Dominick since I am a physically fit person. But be careful while I do it.

I mentioned all the contractions I had the other day and he told me that although it's scary, it's probably completely normal. I'm right at the time when I'll probably start feeling contractions. But if they get really bad and/or regular, that's when he's worried. He told me if they start up again like that to really pay attention to what I'm doing. Have I been lifting too much? Standing too long? Not drinking enough water? And try to fix those things. If things don't get better, then call in. But he told me I'm at a low risk of going into pre-term labor but he'll evaluate me more closely when I get to be a little further along.

So everything is looking great! He's happy I have another u/s coming up. We'll get to see that baby and see how big he/she is getting.

One more week (and a day) until we find out if we are carrying a little boy or a little girl!! I'm still thinking girl, but that heart rate today threw me for a loop...maybe it is a boy? :) Either way will be perfect.

Upcoming appointments:
Wednesday, November 10 - Anatomy Ultrasound
Friday, November 12 - Reveal Party
Tuesday, December 7 - Dr. appointment (24 week check up)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Kick, kick, kick!

So now I'm getting those kicks I've been craving so much!!

I got to work this morning and I've eaten a banana and a few pieces of Dom's Halloween candy (I know! Bad me!). And I am getting all kinds of movement.

I love it! Feeling each and every little movement is so special and reassuring. I'll make sure not to eat a lot of candy, I swear, but I'm loving these kicks!

Monday, November 1, 2010

19 Weeks!

How your baby's growing:

Your baby's sensory development is exploding! Her brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that she may be able to hear your voice now, so don't be shy about reading aloud, talking to her, or singing a happy tune if the mood strikes you.

Your baby weighs about 8 1/2 ounces and measures 6 inches, head to bottom — about the size of a large heirloom tomato. Her arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of her body now. Her kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on her scalp is sprouting. A waxy protective coating called the vernix caseosa is forming on her skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid.

How your life's changing:

Think you're big now? You'll start growing even faster in the weeks to come. As a result, you may notice some achiness in your lower abdomen or even an occasional brief, stabbing pain on one or both sides — especially when you shift position or at the end of an active day. Most likely, this is round ligament pain. The ligaments that support your uterus are stretching to accommodate its increasing weight. This is nothing to be alarmed about, but call your practitioner if the pain continues even when you're resting or becomes severe.

You may be noticing some skin changes, too. Are the palms of your hands red? Nothing to worry about — it's from the extra estrogen. You may also have patches of darkened skin caused by a temporary increase in pigment. When these darker patches appear on your upper lip, cheeks, and forehead, they're called chloasma, or the "mask of pregnancy." You may also notice some darkening of your nipples, freckles, scars, underarms, inner thighs, and vulva. That darkened line running from your belly button to your pubic bone is called the linea nigra, or "dark line."

These darkened spots will probably fade shortly after delivery. In the meantime, protect yourself from the sun, which intensifies the pigment changes. Cover up, wear a brimmed hat, and use sunscreen when you're outdoors. And if you're self-conscious about your "mask," a little concealing makeup can work wonders.

19 weeks? My goodness, time flies. This past week has been so busy with Halloween, etc. that it just flew.

I'm definitely getting more movement from the baby. I'm feeling the baby a lot in the evening when we lay down to watch TV. It's still very sporadic, but it's there. I'm looking forward to when I can feel the baby move a LOT. :)

This week is my glucose tolerance test. I'm nervous but I'm ok with the outcome so I guess I shouldn't be nervous...I'll just deal with whatever comes. I guess I shouldn't load up on Dommie's Halloween candy though, huh? haha, just kidding!

12 more days until we find out if it's a boy or a girl! So exciting! We are both really anxious to know. Either way would be fantastic, I just want to start picturing this baby in my head and not knowing if it's a boy or a girl makes it really hard for me for some reason! 12 more days, 12 more days....

That's it I think! Happy 19 weeks Baby!

Upcoming Appointments:
Doctor - Thursday, November 4 (Diabetes Testing)
Ultrasound - Wednesday, November 10 (BIG anatomy scan)
REVEAL PARTY - Friday, November 12

Halloween 2010

Last year we did a lot of running around on Halloween and this year was no different! Nick got up EARLY and drove to Farmington to go golfing with Andrew. He promised he'd be home by 11 or 12 at the absolute latest...he got home at 1:30. :)

At 2:15, we woke Dom up from his nap and got our things together and headed out to Great Grandma's house. Angie and Andrew were meeting us there. Dominick was Elmo and Cecilia was a pumpkin.

We got there about 3:00ish and stayed and played for a bit. Here are a few pictures of the kids with Great Grandma.

Begging for Candy! :)

Getting that Candy

Posing with Great Grandma

Playing with Great Grandma

After we left Great Grandma's house, we went over to my parents house. Dommie was out of his costume by then, so we didn't really trick or treat there. We just visited and read some books and played with a few toys. We stayed there for about 45 minutes and then headed home.

We got home and basically just reorganized. We restocked the diaper bag. We let the dogs back in and fed them (we left them out all morning/afternoon). Then we changed Dommie's diaper and got back into the costume's and headed over to "Uncle" Mike's parents house.

We only stuck our head in there since we had to get out to Nick's sister's house quickly after that, but we were able to stay and chat for a few minutes at least. And of course, get a picture with Elmo and Uncle Mike!

Kind of smiling...not really excited about this whole Halloween thing anymore! :)

After we left there, we headed straight to Nick's sister's house. When we got there, they had already left to go trick or treating. We caught up to them a few houses later and started trick or treating. At first, Dommie didn't like this whole walking from house to house and trick or treating bit... BUT after a few houses, Dom really got the hang of it. He would stick his little bag out and and say "Trick Treat". And people would hold out the bucket of candy. He did really good to only take "one!" like Mommy kept telling him and then put that piece in his bag. I think he had a blast!

And of course, he was polite and always said "Thank you!". :)

After awhile, Dom's bag was almost full and Mommy and Daddy were TIRED. We headed back to Kate and Dave's and settled in for a bit.

Dommie and Jilly started in on the candy and just playing on the porch, while Sophie got some more energy and was ready to head out again. Before she left, we got a few pictures of the kids all in their costumes.

Checking out the pumpkin

One good one before the crying started (Just Dom cried)

Jilly started cheering and jumping up and down and Dom gave up and slid onto the ground.

We also got Dom to try and eat some REAL food, like chicken, cheese, and grapes, but that didn't work too well since there was so much candy around. We got some nutrition in him and let him play for a bit.

After a little while longer, we decided it was time to head home. We got Dom to take a quick picture with Nani before changing his clothes:

and then we changed into PJ's and got a sippy of milk. We headed home and got ready for bed. I don't think we actually got home until almost 9:30 or so...it was a LONG and exhausting day.

We've been lucky. Dominick has been here for two Halloweens. The first was on a Saturday, and the second was this year, on a Sunday. We got to do everything and see everyone we wanted to. I don't know how we're going to do that next year when it's on a Monday...I guess we'll have to visit some people on Sunday! :)

Oh and A funny story:

While we were trick or treating, there was a group of about 7th grade girls coming up to a house we just finished at. One of the girls said,
"Oh my God!! An Elmo!! Can I hug him?? I have to!! He's just SO cute!!"...
I didn't know what to say, so I stuttered and said,
So she bent down and gave Dominick a big hug.
Sophia (my 7 year old niece) said to me,
"So that was pretty weird, right Aunt Meghan?"
I laughed...and I had to agree.
"Yup. That was kind of weird, Soph!"

What a fun night. :-)

My little helper

Dominick likes to help with any thing and EVERYTHING. If you are putting groceries away, he likes to do it too. If he is in the kitchen, he likes to sweep. If you are folding laundry, he thinks you are just pulling clothes out of the basket and laying them on the floor, and let's be honest, that's fun too.

My parents just took on a major reconstruction project. They are remodeling their kitchen. Not just new cabinets. But like "moving entire walls in their house" kind of project. When we were there last Monday night for dinner, Nick and Dad were doing some electrical, and of COURSE, Dommie was helping. :)

Here are a few pictures of my little helper.

Definitely a future helper with all of our at home projects! :)