Wednesday, August 29, 2012

16 weeks and doctor's appointment update

16 weeks...wow wow wow!!!

Babe is the size of an avocado these days!

Felt some flutters the past few days...can't wait to feel more!!

We found out yesterday that our hospital in town didn't renew our doctor's contract with them effective in February. Awesome...

Today we had another doctor's appointment and we discussed him leaving the hospital. Luckily, he has an office in the next town over and if need be we can deliver in the next town over's hospital. No big deal...what a relief!! I love our doctor and I would be devastated if I had to switch.

In other news, we got to hear baby B's little heartbeat again...165 bpm!! Perfect!!!

We scheduled our ultrasound for September 19th!! Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeek!!!!!!! We cannot wait!!!!

Keep growing baby!!! Mommy and Daddy love you so much, little Lovebug!!!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Show and Tell Monday Link Up: Wedding Bells Ringing

 

Once again, thanks to my fellow Hoosier blogger, Becky for hosting!!


Are you married? If so when did you get married, and tell us about your special day. If not?
Yes, I married my wonderful husband Jon on July 25, 2009.

We got married at a church in our town with 250 of our friends and family watching. And we had an amazing and fun reception at a reception hall in our town!

I loved everything about our wedding day! It was perfect!

How would you describe your dream wedding?

I loved ours!! So so much!!

Show us some wedding pictures. Either yours or of some that you love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


How about the engagement? Tell us your story. If not engaged, what's your dream proposal?

Jon proposed to me on July 3, 2007. He actually wanted to wait until July 4th because we were going downtown to watch the fireworks and go to dinner with my girlfriends, but he was afraid with the crowd and the noise from the fireworks that I wouldn't be able to hear what he wanted to say to me.

Cliff's notes version:
After making dinner at my apartment and doing dishes, Jon said he wanted to talk to me. I swore he was going to break up with me. Instead he got down on his knees and spoke the sweetest words to me before asking me to marry him. :) It was perfect-I, of course, said yes, and ran out screaming to my roommate.
Show us your wedding rings or an engagement photo! If not engaged/married ... show us your "dream" ring.

Tell us why you think marriage doesn't work out for so many? What can we do to make it last?

I'm a firm believer in marriage. I love everything about being married. Jon is honestly my best friend in the world. Whenever anything happens to me, good or bad, I call Jon. (Then my mom duh.) I love that we can stay home and do nothing and I go to bed just as smitten and in love as I would if he took me out on the town for the night.

And then there's the whole family thing....starting a family was a decision we didn't take lightly. Once we were ready to jump in with both feet, the obstacles we went through made our marriage a million times stronger. And guys...you should see him with me now. He rubs on my belly, doesn't say one word about the insane number of times we've ate pizza in the last four months. He always asks me if I'm okay when I run to the bathroom. He's at every doctor's appointment. He's just...he's wonderful. I can't say that enough.

So why do I think some people's marriages don't last? I think there are a blue million reasons. I think sometimes people do fall out of love with someone. But I don't think that you wake up one morning, look at your spouse and say,"Nah...over it." I think that sometimes you can try to work on the marriage and keep that spark and that love alive. Date your spouse for crying out loud. Jon and I have date nights. Sometimes date night is dinner and a game night while watching a movie. Tomorrow, we're packing a picnic and eating at the park then going to play putt putt together. Nothing fancy, but it's going to be so fun!

I also think sometimes people get married for the wrong reasons. There. I said it. I know someone who got married because they have kids with their spouse. When you ask them why they married that person their only answer is the kids. I'm not getting into it any more than that because it irks me but yeah...if you're not married for LOVE, I don't see if lasting. I'm sorry, but I don't.

I don't think people communicate and trust each other, either. I don't look through Jon's phone when it rings and he's in the shower. I don't care who it is. I know he's not doing anything. I don't check his email, none of that. Nor does he mine. I don't ever think about doing it. If we're mad at one another...we're mad. We talk about it...and that's that. We don't always agree or get along 100% of the time..but we love and respect each other 100% of the time.

And finally, not going into much detail, I'm sorry but I find intimacy an important part of marriage...physical intimacy and emotional intimacy. If those two aren't satisfied..I think sometimes people look to other sources for that intimacy that they are lacking.

*steps off soap box*

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

15 Weeks-How are we already 15 weeks?!


-Babe is the size of a naval orange.
-Still having waves of nausea but it's much better...please don't show me chocolate though!
-Feel like we're popping out now :)
-Exhausted still
-Able to cook more now
-Next appointment is a week from today! Finally! Four weeks is too long to not see/hear our little one!!
-5 more weeks until we know the gender!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Show and Tell Monday

Linking up with fellow Hoosier blogger Becky at FMTM for her Show and Tell Monday!!


Ready?? Here we go!

1. If you were searching for a home now, tell me what would be on your "MUST" list. Man--well first of all, I really want to build a home. I want a good size laundry room, mud room, a basement full of our sports stuff, and 2 full bathrooms and a half bathroom. Oh and a fenced in back yard. I don't need much!!

2. Show me your favorite room in a home {either your home, or any home, i.e. kitchen}.


I love our game room--which this picture is old...these walls are FULL now!! Full of Colts, Pacers, and Reds memorabilia. I love it!

3. If you could have any room redone, tell me which one would it be and what would you like done?

Our spare room is next on the list to be redone....into the nursery of course!!! 

4. Tell me where your favorite stores are to shop for home decor.

Target, TJ Maxx, Home Goods, IKEA, The Container Store 

5. Show me your dream home {it can be your home, if you already have your dream home}
I'm a dork but...


I love Dawson's house. It's so sweet and cute. And it's by the water which is nice...oh and did I mention it's not even 10 minutes from the ocean? Oh yeah, there's that plus side too!


Thanks for hosting the link up, Becky!!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

My Meal Plan for me and Love Bug

First of all I want to say that this is what the nutritionist suggested for ME based on my weight, BMI, and amount of weight they want me to gain in this pregnancy. I highly suggest going to a nutrition class to get your own personalized meal plan/caloric intake advice.

Let's get this party started, shall we?

They want me to gain 20-25 lbs in this pregnancy. Last time I weighed myself, I'm still down .5 pounds. Hopefully that's changed since last week.

Suggested Weight Gain:
First Trimester-0-5 lbs total
Second and Third Trimesters-1 lb weekly

Daily Caloric Goal:
First Trimester-1600
Second and Third Trimesters-1800

Expected Meals:
First Trimester-
Breakfast-1 choice
Lunch-1 Plate
Dinner-1 Plate
Snack-1

Second and Third Trimesters-
Breakfast-1 choice
Lunch-1 Plate
Dinner-1 Plate
Snack-2

What is a "Plate"??

According to ChooseMyPlate.gov, a "plate" should look like this:

(source)

Now...say you ate spaghetti with meat balls for dinner. Your entree should cover the half of the plate that contains "grains and protein".


Next up...Ideas for meals:

Breakfast: (300 calories)


(1, 2, 3)

1 small Apple or Banana
1 tbsp peanut butter
1 cup skim milk (uh, no.)


1 scrambled egg
1 slice whole wheat toast
1 tsp margarine
Fruit serving


1 toasted English muffin
1 slice cheese
Fruit serving

Snack Ideas (100-150 calories)


(1,2,3)

1/2 c. lowfat cottage cheese
1 fruit serving

1 string cheese
4 whole wheat crackers

12 tortilla chips
1/4 c. salsa


Finally I was also given a 5 day sample menu. I have two menus-one for first trimester and one for second and third trimesters....since they are fairly long, I will only go over the second/third trimester meal plan. If you want a copy of my first trimester, just email me and I'll be more than happy to share!

Remember, the second and third trimester suggests an 1800 calorie day.

 

1 egg
1 slice of toast w/1 tsp margarine
6 oz yogurt
orange



Ham sandwich (2 oz ham, 1 slice cheese, 2 slices bread, lettuce, tomato, and 2 tsp mayo & mustard)
Raw broccoli
Small pear
15 baked chips




4 oz chicken breasts
1 cup pasta w/mushrooms, zucchini, pepper, and 1 tsp olive oil
Green salad w/2 tbsp low fat dressing
1 roll or 1 slice of bread
17 small grapes



3 graham cracker squares and 1 cup milk
3 cups lite popcorn (100 calorie package)

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1 oz ham or 1 egg
4 inch waffle with 2 tbsp sugar free syrup
1 cup fresh berries
1 cup milk




Bean salad w/1/4 grated cheese, 1 c beans, tomato, onion, carrots, lettuce, cucumbers, 2 tbsp salad dressing, and salsa
15 baked chips
Small banana






4 oz roast beef
1 cup potatoes
1 roll with 1 tsp margarine
Steamed carrots and cauliflower
Tossed salad w/2 tbsp low fat dressing
1 cup melon cubes




6 saltine crackers and 1 cup milk
Small apple
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1 oz ham
1/2 c oatmeal with 1 tsp margarine and sugar substitute
1 cup milk
1/2 grapefruit




Grilled chicken Caesar salad (romaine lettuce, 3 oz skinless chicken breasts, mushrooms, peppers, 2 tbsp Caesar dressing, 1/2 c croutons, 1 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese)
1 cup chicken noodle soup with 6 saltine crackers
Small pear



Cheeseburger (3 oz beef, 1 slice cheese, hamburger bun, onion, lettuce, tomato, 1 tsp mayo, mustard)
Green beans
Large kiwi
15 baked chips



3/4 c  wheat flakes cereal with 1 cup milk
Small banana

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1 slice cheese
1 English muffin with 1 tsp margarine
1/2 c unsweetened apple sauce



Roast beef sandwich (3 oz roast beef, 2 slices of bread, lettuce, tomato, 1 tsp mayo)
Celery with ranch dressing
Small banana with sugar free Jello
8 animal crackers



4 oz broiled fish
8 inch corn on the cob
Steamed broccoli
Tossed salad with 2 tbsp low fat salad dressing
Nectarine with 1 cup milk



2 rice cakes with 1 cup milk
1/2 pears canned in juice

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Veggie omelet (1 egg, onion, mushroom, pepper, nonfat cooking spray)
1 slice toast with 1 tsp margarine
1 cup milk
Orange



Tuna salad (3 oz tuna in water, celery, onions, dill pickle, 2 tsp mayo)
Baby carrots and romaine lettuce
12 saltine crackers or 2 slices bread
Small apple
1/2 cup sugar free, fat free pudding



Chicken fajitas (4 oz skinless chicken breasts, 2 six inch tortillas, grilled onions, peppers, and tomatoes, 2 tbsp sour cream, salsa)
2/3 c rice
Green salad with 1 tbsp low fat dressing



8 animal crackers and 1 cup of milk
Medium peach or 1/2 cup peach slices canned in juice

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack)

This meal plan is based on daily having:

8 servings of protein
14 servings of carbs
3+ servings of nonstarchy vegetables
5 servings of fat
"Free foods" (mustard, salsa, dill pickles)

My thoughts are:

This is a great starting point but there's no way in hell I'll be touching a tomato..nor a bean salad. Blech blech blech.

I have been incorporating more fruit and veggies in my meals though and I feel soo much better!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Are you ready..I mean ready...ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?

Yeah yeah Hank doesn't do that song anymore. Whatevs.

Annnyways....

Where do I even want to start? I have a blue million things I want to talk about on this topic.

Why don't we start with this guy:



Now first of all...let me preface by saying I was stupidly listening to the radio Sunday morning and heard, "This kid is not Peyton.He will never be Peyton." Well no shit. Thanks. 

After the game it's a different story. "Ohhh he did PHENOMENAL! And that, my friends, is why he was the number 1 draft pick!" Oh PUH-LEASE. You guys flip flop more than politicians.

And I'd also like to add that the next stupid sports writer/other person that says "The preseason game is just that. Preseason. That does not mean he'll do well in regular season. And for crying out loud they played THE RAMS." 

Oh really?

Funny-because I'm sure if instead of 10/16 he went 2/16 (Irony there. GET IT?!) that they would be all,"Oh this kid is NOT gonna cut it in the NFL."

Yes, we played the Rams. But I'm not sure if ya'll saw last season..but we got beat by the damn Browns. THE BROWNS for crying out loud. And I don't expect to win more than a handful of games this season strictly because we're rebuilding. I'm not delusional. That doesn't mean I don't believe in the team-I just know where we're at in the building processing.


And MIGHT I ADD, Manning's rookie season? Oh yeah we won three games that season. No one remembers that. But half of the Colts "fans" can't tell you the name of the quarterback before Peyton. But I digress. There is a reason we were voted the #1 fair weather fans in the NFL. All I'm sayin. Not this girl however. I may have been cussing like a sailor every week last season but I didn't miss a game. 


I was going to write my thoughts on other teams but basically we'll just do a Cliff's Notes:


-Anthony Spencer of the Cowboys is a badass. And a sweet heart. Rest of the Cowboys I can take or leave. And I don't beware of D Ware thanks.
-Bengals will be good this year. Better than the Ravens. There. I said it. 
-I still don't like the Patriots. But my hatred for them lessens by the season. 
-My hatred for the Chargers grows by the season. For someone who has never even made it to a Super Bowl, Philip Rivers needs to shut his mouth and worry about his 23894730257 children. I was at the game where he flipped off Colts fans. I still am bitter about that. Take your millions of dollars and keep on trucking, ass. 
-I have no respect for the Saints. Zero. Zilch. Peyton's neck issues really started after that Super Bowl. All I'm saying. Ask Sean Payton how welcoming Indianapolis was to him for the Super Bowl this year. We were nice to Mr. Brees (BOILER UP!) but not Payton. No no he can fly a kite. I'm not Kenny Chesney and you're not my boy of fall. And you knew about the shit that was going down. Enjoy your time off.  
-My Super Bowl prediction right now: Houston Texans and Chicago Bears. I can already hear the Chicago fans now. "Where are the Colts? Not in the Super Bowl this year." Oh can it. We beat you in the Super Bowl. I could care less if you beat us in the first game at Lucas Oil. We have our rings and they're pretty. Thank you have a nice day! My phone will be off the whole week before the Super Bowl if the Bears go-I assure you.
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Sorry-took a Chinese food time out. Now me and Love Bug are happy and full. 

Okay where was I??

Oh yeah...my other most favorite part of fall/winter.

Fantasy Football!!!

Ohhhhhhhhhh  Myyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy Lllllllllllllllllllllllllanta!!!

I do love me some Fantasy Football. 

I'm in two leagues-one with my Nestie Besties and one with a group of our friends..which I'm the only girl. 

I recently found a blog recently that I love because well-I can respect any girl who's blog name is "Love, Fun, and Football". And she's from Cincinnati which is only an hour from me which is pretty damn awesome. 


Here are directions copied from Erin's blog:

  • Go to the ESPN Group Directory HERE.
  • Search for our group, it's called: Blogger Challenge
  • You'll need a password to join, ours is: BLOG2012
  • From there, you pick your team-- just be sure you don't go over the $50M salary cap!

Sign up, and share on your blog!! 


I don't get into many things in life...but football. Football I definitely do. I posted before when Peyton got released the I bawled like a baby...I mean...I was a little upset.

Kenny Chesney was in town a few weeks ago. The following Monday people were calling into the radio station complaining about how Kenny was rude to them. And several said they asked him if he was happy to be in Indianapolis. He answer was I could take it or leave it...to every fan who asked. Then several asked how he felt about Luck and the Colts now and he said,"Peyton's gone." 

SAY WHAATT??

I...I didn't know that Peyton left? Let's straighten a few things out Kenny. First of all, let's talk about how you screw us over every year when we're the big "last stop" on your tour. When Denver was the last stop-you surprised them with Tim McGraw. When Nashville was your last stop-they got GEORGE. STRAIGHT. When Indianapolis is your last stop? We get Uncle Kracker. Are you serious? He makes my ears bleed. Second of all-don't talk to us about Peyton leaving. It will put grown men in tears around these parts. We lost our quarterback because our owner is a liar and a moron. We lost someone who built a chldren's hospital, bought pretty much every one who lived downtown a round at some point in their life (myself included), and genuinely loves every thing about this city. He was straight bawling when he had his press conference. I'm pretty sure he misses us just as much as we miss him. I assure you if I ever am lucky enough to see him one day. I will shake his hand, probably cry, and thank him for every single thing he did for our city.

 So if you don't like Indianapolis, that's fine. I won't waste my money to come see you then. No skin off my back. I'm tired of seeing you play the same songs year after year anyways. I'll save my money and see people who seem to actually like our city.

I'm off my big major soap box!

Happy Fantasy Football && Happy Football Season!!

Yell...Scream...GO HORSE!!!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

14 weeks-"Legit Pregnant" and Pregnancy Nutrition Class

First of all, thank you all so much from the bottom of my heart for every comment and email!! 

Jon and I are over the moon excited and we feel so blessed at how much love Baby B is already being given!

So thank you, thank you, thank you!!
 

Jon came home from a weekend in Chicago (butthead!) and said,"Whoa!! You look like..LEGIT pregnant!

As opposed to illegit? Is that even a word? Non legit? 

Ah hell..I'm too legit to quit now!
(Sorry, I had to.)

14 weeks and a little rouunnder than last week I feel like. The bump seems to be..I don't know growing upwards?


This week I had my pregnancy nutrition class. My friend Sam went to it and she said she didn't really get much out of it. Therefore, I wasn't expecting too much. Boy, was I wrong!

They gave us a personalized eating plan based out how much weight we should gain throughout the pregnancy...along with plenty of food ideas that would fit within our given caloric intake. When I say food ideas I'm not talking,"Two egg whites and a piece of plain whole wheat toast" for breakfast. I'm talking frozen waffles with butter and syrup. You don't say, doc? That's what I had the other day!

So now I have a good idea of things that are great for me and the babe to have. 

Honestly, not a whole lot will change. I don't eat a whole lot of sweets right now-unless you count fruit.

I don't. Neither does the nutritionist. 

I don't drink caffeine. 

I'd like to try eating more vegetables but little Love Bug has been showing the middle finger to vegetables with the exception of potatoes and corn on the cob..do those even count?!

Thumbs up to the nutrition class!!

Our next appointment is coming up on August 29th!! So excited! At that appointment we'll schedule the big 20 week ultrasound...gender ultrasound!! Do you know what this means?!

I'll be on Pinterest for hours searching for a cute way to reveal Love Bug's gender!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Finding out about our little Love Bug and Bump Pictures

In April, Jon and I decided to actively start trying to have a baby again. My cycle in May started a week earlier than I anticipated so I ended up ovulating while we were on vacation. (Bless you, Myrtle Beach!) I started feeling kind of different around the first of June but I knew it was wayyyy too early to test. On top of that, I didn't want to test early. I promised myself I wouldn't.

The day I was supposed to start came and went with nothing. I had some light cramping but nothing like when AF usually knocks at my door. 

On Friday, June 15th I went home from work around 3:30 sick as a dog. I had never felt so sick in my life. I finally said to myself,"Go buy tests. If you're not pregnant, you need to call the doctor on Monday anyways and be seen for whatever freaking virus has popped up." 

I went to CVS and drank like 2 full bottles of water (I know, you're not supposed to do that.) and waited. I wanted to test before Jon got home because I hadn't told him what I thought was going on yet. He gets off work at 5:00. At like 4:50 I took a test and saw this:


I instantly started crying and praying. The reason I took a digital was for my own peace of mind. Both times before I took the two line tests and the second line was NEVER anything more than a faint line. In my mind, no lines just digital was the way to go. 

Jon got home and I remember him saying hi and me saying,"You forgot to say hi to the baby." He kissed me and we just hugged forever.

The next day, Jon was working out in the shed with one of our guy friends. One of my nestie besties sent me a package with her unused pregnancy tests from when they were trying to conceive. There were plenty of two line tests. My curiosity got the best of me and I took one. I thought I cried hard seeing the word "Pregnant". Imagine my shock when I saw this:



There was no squinting needed to see that line. I ran out and told Jon I needed to talk to him and he came in and I showed him. He kept saying,"Wow....wow...look at that!!!". 

Monday morning came and I called two doctors-one I spoke to back in December and the one I had been seeing previously. My original one blew me off, my new one called me within the hour and requested me to go get a quant done and a progesterone level quant. They set me up with an appointment two days later.

I got my quant result back that afternoon..my numbers were 22,300!!!! 

I cried. Again.

That night I was making dinner, I used the restroom...and I was spotting. 

I said more four letter words then you can even fathom. I was so scared. 

I called the doctor that next morning and they did an ultrasound immediately. They said they didn't think there would be a heart beat yet but they wanted to make sure things seemed to be progressing. 

There was no heart beat but there was a gestational sac and a yolk sac. Doc was pleased with what he saw which instantly put us at ease. He scheduled another ultrasound on the following Monday and basically said,"There should be a heart beat by then..if there isn't...there's a problem..." 

The next five days went by SO slow...

Monday afternoon we go into the ultrasound room. She instantly smiles at me and turns the screen...I started crying (see a pattern?) because if she's turning the screen and smiling it must be good news. Through my tears I see the flicker of the heart beat and Jon just started squeezing my hand. Then she flips the switch and we hear the heart beat. WE HEARD IT.  Heart rate was measuring at 115 bpm and looking GREAT!!! 

Doc came in to see us and apologized for having to run but he had an emergency TRIPLET delivery. He hugged us, high fived us, and said see you in four weeks.

Four weeks thanks to my schedule and their schedule turned into six weeks and we had our last appointment a week ago. I was nervous because I knew they would try a doppler and I prayed we'd hear it. PRAYED.

Finally at the end of the appointment...we heard it. We got to hear our precious love bug moving all around and a strong healthy heart beat. 

There is nothing that beats that feeling...I'm telling you.

As far as how I'm feeling..I'd love to say I'm a glowing pregnant woman but I'd be lying. I'm just now starting to be able to cook on a routine basis. I'm not puking every other day anymore..now it's once a week. I'm starting to get more energy though which is great!! I don't care if I puke every single day until February if we have a healthy baby. I'll take one for the team I don't really care!!

We are finding out the gender at the end of next month!!!! Soo excited!!

I started taking bump pictures at 7 weeks. I notice my bump but when you look at the pictures, it's noticeable to me that I'm starting to pop.






**Sidenote: The reason for the jump is because I went to the doctor at what I thought was 11 weeks and surprise babe is measuring a week ahead so I skipped 11 weeks I guess! hahaha**

Keep growing strong and healthy, BB!! Mommy, Daddy, and Reggie love you SOOOO much already!!!!