Monday, January 18, 2010

Good-bye short, gross weekend

This past weekend was the first since returning back to work after going to WDW. I was so excited - the weather was supposed to be great and we only had a few things planned. My hopes were high to catch up on some much needed sleep and maybe even taking Libby to the STL Zoo. Imagine my surprise (and disappointment) when I was woken up by my adorable child getting sick at 11pm. And again at 12am. 1am. 2am. etc. You get the point. This continued until 8am when she finally stopped. Obviously we were all exhausted after a horrible night and I definitely couldn't handle anything else gross with my weak stomach right now. After she went a few hours w/o getting sick, I thought we were finally out of the woods and then I began to feel awful. I only got sick a few times but nothing compared to Miss Libby - the trooper. We finally got a little bit of food to stay down and she slept like a rock on Saturday night... and honestly so did we. Sunday was much better but I was still scared to give her much to eat. By mid-day I knew we needed to try to give her normal food or she couldn't go back to school. I just won't send her if she is sick especially if she had been getting sick. She took the food fine and kept it down. So we were finally completely out of the woods. Jim never got sick...I only felt bad on Sat was over.

I still was confused by what caused this. I didn't know if it was food poisoning? a bug? what was it? I talked with one of her teachers this morning and it turns out half of the center had a stomach bug last week. Even her teacher had to go home early because of it on Friday. So, now we know what caused it.

Good-bye weekend. Good-bye gross, gross weekend. Please don't come back!

Friday, January 15, 2010

What's in a name

Our children's names are really important to me. We knew our boy and girl names before we decided to even start trying when we got pregnant with Libby. Now that our girl's name (Elizabeth) is taken, we have to come up with a new one. I have to admit I am struggling with this. I have lots of names I like but none are just standing out as the one. Jim is convinced the baby is a boy anyways so we won't have to worry about a girl's name but I want to have options ready in case it is a girl (which lets face it, we have a 50/50 shot =) ). So any opinions? We want something really classic and not horribly long since, lets face it, our last name is a doozy! These are the ones I am thinking about so far:
  • Annie
  • Cassandra (Would be Cassie for a nickname)
  • Abby
  • Maggie
  • Margaret (call her Maggie)
  • Anna
  • Abigail (call her Abby)
  • Emily
  • Emma
  • Ann
They are in no specific order at all. Opinions?

Oh so tired

I am amazed how tired I am. I never took naps (until the end) with my pregnancy with Libby but with this kiddo I want one every single day. Last night I even fell asleep about 6:30ish on the couch while Jim and Libby were playing in the same room by me. Unfortunately falling asleep near Libby is sometimes dangerous. I was woken up by my darling daughter swinging a flashlight over my head. Doesn't that sound fun?

I'm hoping this is another thing that ends in a few weeks when I am done with the first trimester. It's hard to focus on things in the afternoon if I haven't had a nap because I am just so tired. Even when I wake up from sleeping at night, I am not really rested. Last night I was able to sleep for 6 hours straight...that is the first time in months that I have been able to do that. Normally I am waking up every 2-3 hours to go to the bathroom. I wish I was kidding. I think this is boot camp for when the baby wants to eat every few hours.

So for now I am going to nap when I can and have to majorly find a way to thank my dear husband for picking up the slack while I am worthless asleep on the couch. =) I guess I can't say I am worthless though since I am growing our baby, right? =)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Round 2

You would think I would know what I was doing since this isn't my first rodeo but I don't. This pregnancy is kicking my butt. Maybe I was in such a state of euphoria with Libby that I was oblivious to being run down and nauseous but I don't think so. This baby, who is now 9 weeks old and the size of a grape, is seriously impacting the way I do anything and everything. My poor daughter doesn't know why Mommy can only play with her in the morning because I have no energy by the evening (even with naps which I am totally taking this time and didn't the last). I would say the difference is because I have another child but that isn't true. Jim has picked up most of my responsibilities because I just can't do it right now. Maybe it is because I am a few years older? Maybe. I wouldn't think 3 years would make that much of a difference but I am turning the big three-zero this year. That's when you are supposed to fall apart, right?

Maybe I just forgot what it was like or this time around my body is just reacting differently. I am doing things differently this time.
  • I am not giving into every craving.
  • I switched Drs. I couldn't imagine going through another pregnancy with my old doctor. She was the one that said I was causing my high blood pressure if you remember. This new doctor is fabulous and an added bonus is 15 minutes away from my house. AND we get to deliver the baby at the hospital close to our house. AND we already have a c-section scheduled for 8/11 (assuming no issues that would make me need one earlier). Have I mentioned I love this doctor? She thinks just like me.
  • I am working out. Well, I was before this latest wave of nausea. I hope to pick it back up later this week. I figure once I get the 2nd trimester things will get better (right? baby in my belly, please say yes!).
  • Tracking my blood pressure daily. With my handy dandy iphone app, I can track my blood pressure easier so I don't have to use the old fashion pen/paper that I always lose. =)
  • Salt - I am trying to avoid my good friend Mr. Salt. It helps that everything (and I do mean everything) tastes too salty to me so I don't want to eat it. That's my baby telling me that food is a no-no apparently.
All in all it is a very, very different pregnancy but some things are the same.
  • Went to Florida during my pregnancy with Libby and did it again with this one.
  • Sinus infection got me my first trimester with Libby and it hit me with this one right out of the gate (week 5 or 6).
  • Quickly expanding. I am not getting as big as fast as with the last (due to me not eating everything in sight) but it is still faster than I would like.
  • Enhanced smelling - I guess I forgot how much better you smell with your sniffer when you are preggo but oh my gosh I did not have diapers to deal with the last time! EWWW!! I cannot even stand the smell of the wet diapers on Libby. Poor Jim is having to change her now because I just gag too bad with them.
  • Hormones - I know guys hate this word but yikes. I am sad one minute, happy the next, mad the would be helpful for me to have a roadmap so my poor husband knows what mood I am going to be in the next hour.
  • Drool. Oh the drool. Apparently you drool more when you are pregnant and I definitely fall into that category.
We get to go to the dr tomorrow to hear the heart beat and talk more baby stuff so I am excited. Keep growing little baby!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Happy New Year!

So I am a few days late in wishing everyone a happy new year! Jim, Libby and I took a "tiny" 16.5 hour trip to Disney World over the past week - actually leaving on Jan 1st at 5:30am! We overall had a good is a different experience with a 2 year old so we weren't sure what to expect. Libby's favorite ride was hands down the Mad Hatter's Tea Cups in the Magic Kingdom. And her next favorite thing to do was either meeting Mickey and Minnie at Mickey's house

01.05.10 WDW - Magic Kingdom - Meeting Mickey and Minnie (10)
or eating with Donald, Minnie, and Goofy at Cape May for breakfast!! This girl is truly lucky...I never got to do this!
01.06.10 WDW - Character Breakfast (9)
01.06.10 WDW - Character Breakfast (4)
01.06.10 WDW - Character Breakfast (14)
(and yes, that is her fist bumping Donald Duck who was her favorite of the morning)

Of course I took a million pictures, so I won't bomb you with all of them but I will leave you with the video of Libby meeting Mickey and Minnie for the first time.