Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Recent pictures of Samantha and family members!


Samantha with Great Grandma Vogtmann and cousin Emily!


Samantha and Emily, first time together!


Of course there is multiple pictures of them together!


Samantha in her "Grandma and Grandpa's first grandchild" shirt that we made for them and gave them last Christmas!


My sweet baby girl!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

6 week, 7 week and other cute pics


Samantha and Daddy 6 weeks old


With her Ducky bib!


Samantha with her Teddy Bear!


7 weeks old wearing the sweater and bonnet mommy made!


Had to lose the bonnet


6 weeks

6 weeks


6 weeks


All full of smiles, about 7 1/2 weeks old

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Loving the Little Red Dress!




Samantha in her little red dress from Uncle Jeremy and Aunt Holly! We love the red dress and sweater with cherries on it!

Samantha is being such a good baby! She is adjusting to the soy formula and having less gas troubles, it's easier for her to release the gas now. She's going to be 4 weeks old tomorrow, man how time flies!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Samantha's Home!

Baby Samantha is home! Chad and I are both excited, yet exhausted! Samantha is sleeping and daddy was going to try to. I tried earlier, but couldn't, so will try again, at least lay down and get my feet up. I have been sitting with my feet up. Trying to behave myself!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Samantha Michelle Bennett

Our first family picture!

Daddy and Samantha!


Mommy and Samantha!


Samantha Michelle Bennett!
Isn't she precious!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Baby Girl Bennett







Baby Girl Bennett
DOB 07/30/2010
Time 4:56pm
Weight 5 pounds 15 ounces
Length ~19 inches

First two pictures are from 7/30/2010, the rest are from 7/31/2010
We will decide on her name very soon!



















It's a Girl!

Chad and I have a daughter, and she is oh so cute and precious. She decided to cause mommy lots of pain with back labor and constant contractions once my water broke on Friday. We had a scheduled c-section for Tuesday, August 3rd. I didn't like labor, I cried, screamed, yelled, during it while waiting for the spinal, the nurse kept calling the anesthesiologist. We were all waiting on him to begin. Our little girl may be an only child, since I don't think I want to do this pregnancy or labor thing again.

However, I am bouncing back rather quickly, and our daughter seems to be progressing well, she's off from oxygen and this crazy thing that they had in her nose,which she constantly tried to pull it out, they wrapped her arms down with a blanket, looked like a mini straight jacket. She is slightly anemic, and they aren't sure why, and are searching for the cause. We haven't been able to hold her yet. She has lines in her belly button, since she fought them so hard when they tried to put in an iv. I hate leaving her up there in RNICU, but going to go up soon to see my little pumpkin. She is amazing, and nameless still, Chad and I have it narrowed down to two names, and hopefully by tomorrow we'll decide. We worry about shortening of names, one has an option, but the other we would rather not.

So I finished my dinner and now waiting for my next dose of motrin for pain and then I'll go back and spend sometime with my little girl one on one.

I wish my brother could have been able to see her, but only parents, me and Chad and grandparents, so our parents. They won't even let great grandparents in. Oh well, hopefully we'll go home together on Monday or Tuesday at the latest.

I'll post some pictures too!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

I'm So Ready To Meet Baby Bennett

I am so ready to meet this baby I am carrying. Thought it was going to happen yesterday, thought my water might have broken sometime between 2:30am and 3:30am, so I got up checked the pregnancy books, I don't know what is going on, this is a first for me. I woke up Chad and he decided it was better to go to the hospital and get it checked out rather than stay home. I was on the fence about it, since I didn't want to be embarrassed if it hadn't broke. Well it hadn't broke, and I was sent home. I have been having contractions off and on, never really any closer than an hour apart. But on the ride to the hospital they were like 12 minutes apart, and when they hooked me up to the monitor I could see that what I felt was really a contraction. My cervix is thinning, but is still closed. Baby's head is where it's suppose to be. The exam was brutal, man did that hurt and all day long. Chad is happy to be a boy!

I have so much pressure and discomfort that I am not enjoying this anymore. I am ready to meet this baby. Tuesday marks 38 weeks, and one week from my scheduled c-section. It's scheduled for August 3rd at 5pm. Will I make it to then? No one knows. I asked the doctor at the hospital on her opinion on whether I'll make it to the 3rd, and she said if not your baby will just have a different birthday. I am not picky on the birthday, I picked the 3rd mainly because it was the first day they gave me, plus I like then number 3, and it was a Tuesday. This baby was conceived on a Tuesday.

Now we are back to waiting! And hoping for not another embarrassing trip to the hospital to just get sent home. Those beds in maternity triage are the most uncomfortable beds, I hurt just from laying on that for 3 hours.

When oh when will Baby Bennett come, when oh when will that be?

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Vogtmann/Furst Shower Pictures - June 19th, 2010


Chad and I with our cake, he must have really wanted cake, he's imagining about how good it will taste!


This is the bear my mom made for baby's room, isn't it just so cute!


This is our adorable cake, Hello Mommy...GoodBye Tummy! Gotta love it!


This was the cutest basket with winnie the pooh and friends stuffed rattles, with the wonderful polka dotted balloons, made by very close family friend Julie! Thank you so very much! The wind kept catching it!


Another great decoration for the shower, this diaper cake was so beautiful, some thought it was a real cake. My Aunt Jenette made this for our shower, amazing work! Thank you so very much!


Chad and I after all was cleaned up and getting ready to head for home!


Us with a belly to belly shot, gosh whose is bigger, I have him beat now.


I look really huge in this picture, but still decided to post it.

Home stretch!

Well we are on the home stretch so to speak, and it's not all the enjoyable with the heat, humidity and not being able to do what I want when I want. I am trying to take it easy, when I do, I feel better, but then I get that got to be productive in my head and do to much. It's amazing how tired you get so fast now.

I'll be 36 weeks pregnant on Tuesday, and we are trying to schedule the c-section on August 3rd. Though my parents think baby might come early. I think because they have a 2 hour drive to get here. And since we have a plan for them to bring down the motor home and stay here on the property for a bit to help out, which works when you know the day. If baby comes early they'll bring the car down and then go back to get the motor home. I am just trying to keep baby safe and sound inside for as long as possible.

We had both our baby showers, both were a great success, and we have pretty much all we need to bring baby home, and then some. I can't get over how generous everyone was. I felt so loved, it was amazing! Granted both were very hot, but it didn't rain. And had to have a few days of recovery after wards. Learned to drink a lot more water at the second one, since I didn't during the first one.

We couldn't fit all the gifts in my car at the one up north, I have a big family and we have lots of friends, so we brought my parents truck back. Talk about a blessing in disguise, turns out my car had some major problems I was unaware of, we don't drive it that often, more so now since Chad's car needs work, but he's off for the summer. My wonderful parents fixed the problems so we have a safe car for us and baby. It's old and I've had it for 8.5 years, and don't plan on getting a different anytime in the near future. I have the greatest parents out there!

Now Chad needs to go work on his car up there, it's not normal for us to take our cars up there and leave them to be worked on, that usually don't fly, we are usually always there to help under my dad's guidance. This time with mine was special and probably a once in a lifetime thing. So Chad will go and work on his car with dad's help, get the ready before baby comes too.

The nursery is pretty much done, need to find window coverings, or blinds without cords/strings, and paint the doors and put them back on. But if baby came we'd be ok. We have the crib on order for site to store pick up at the Walmart by my doctor's office so hopefully at the next visit we'll be able to pick it up, if not the next week's appointment.

So that is my update for now! I am going to try and add some of the pictures from the shower. The cake from up north was funny, "hello mommy, goodbye tummy" Plus Chad doesn't look that good in the pictures, he takes good photos when he's not aware they are being taken, just those posed ones seem not to turn out. Plus we were hot and tired.

Friday, June 11, 2010

A day of Rest!

Hi all, we have been very busy working around the house this week. Chad was done with school on Monday and I've worked him every day. We did get the sheds cleaned out and most of the things that resided in baby's room that go into the sheds are now there. The room isn't empty by no means, we still have stuff to shuffle about the house. Sure we'll find homes for it all, I hope. But after so much work I am not feeling that great today, and since Chad is working at the gallery all day I am resting, and feeling better for it. I hate that I've become a girlie girl, I can't lift heavy things, I can't work for long periods of time, I can't reach things really high or down low. So Chad has been pretty wonderful for the most part at helping me out. And trying to make me feel better about not being able to do things like I used to. I don't like asking for help, it's very hard for me.

We have a very packed June, two open houses this weekend, then our baby showers the next two Saturdays and we need to throw in there Father's day and Chad's birthday. And I can't say I look forward to all the busyness. I hope the weather cooperates for our showers. And I hope people show up. Oh well can't control either of them.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Ramblings from a Pregnant Woman

Happy June 1st! I am 30 weeks pregnant, and only 10 to go, well for me 9 since we will be having a pre-scheduled c-section in the 39th week. Unless some of the people in my life are right and baby will be born earlier, most are thinking it will be a July baby instead of August. Your guess is as good as mine.

Having a crazy day, or should I say weird. Chad forgot to set the alarm, yet I woke up at 5:34am and was able to get us up and going. Well sort of, I noticed that my right foot was swollen and the left wasn't. And it appeared to be the right leg was swollen too, and the left wasn't and I had this weird tenderness on the right side above the hip. This is new! Seemed to take me longer to get things done this morning. For awhile I couldn't remember what I did from the time Chad left for work till 7:30am, when I was getting a bowl of corn flakes and dumped it all over the kitchen floor, oh what fun, I had to clean it up before trying for another bowl. Wishing Teddy was here then, he'd clean it up for me, that is my parent's dog. Then I laid down with my right foot and leg elevated on pillows, figured when I broke my foot a few years back I had to elevate it to reduce swelling, well I fell asleep, but when I woke up the swelling was gone, both feet were the same size. Yippy!

After that I showered, got the pool filter going, checked the chemicals, started laundry, and some came on the computer. So since the nap I seem to have better control and haven't dumped anything.

We had a productive weekend, I was busy working on getting stuff from the baby's future room done and out of there, along with getting the pool opened, from Friday on, then Monday came and I hit the wall, I felt like crap, slept in till noon, then was up till 3pm, took a nap till 6:30pm, and then stayed up till 9:30pm and went to bed for the night. I had energy for three days. We have a better idea of what is in the room that needs a new home, and pretty much an idea of where that home will be, once we clean/re-arrange the sheds. I have to wait a week to have Chad, this is his last week of school and a weekend of grading. Then we can work hard of getting the stuff moved to sheds, and he can start working on the baby's room. Ripping up the carpet, painting the walls, laying new carpet, and then we'll have our baby showers, so the room will soon fill back up I'm sure. He has his dresser to re-finish and that's going into the baby's room.

I have the urge to get going on this room. I never got my pole barn to move the stuff out too, so it has to go into sheds or be gone. Granted we already hauled away one car load of donations. And working on a second one. Plus the amount of trash that is going out to the road each week, is amazing. And we are having fun getting rid of stuff. Both of us are, we are liking this less is more attitude.

For now I am working on rolling yarn so it fits neatly into an under the bed storage container, and house work, mainly laundry today. So we'll see what gets done and what doesn't and go from there. I would like to spend sometime in that room today, only time will tell, and how I feel.

Thanks for listening!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

To Hot Hot Hot for Me

I am not liking this hot weather. Granted being pregnant seems to make me tolerate it less than normal. I am however beginning to fill my pool, then comes the huge process of opening it, balancing the water, getting it clean and then being able to swim in it. I think this year it will be well worth it.

The air conditioning in both Chad's car and mine aren't working, so it sucks to go anywhere. At least we have the window air conditioner in the house, we did that when my parents were down a couple of weekends ago to help us out. My floor is beautiful, it looks better than I even imagined. We put laminate floor in the living room and hallway. My mom weeded flower beds, mowed the lawn, whatever she could to help when not needed on helping put the floor in. Got my shed leveled to that weekend. And my brother came out and we went bowling, I had to sit out, but still enjoyed watching my family bowl.

Last evening I met up with friends I used to work with Ashley and Sarah for dinner, and to show off my baby bump. Wasn't showing that much on our last dinner out. It was just so much fun catching up. I miss them. We are going to try and get together more now that school is out.

My wonderful hubby is at his parents helping them out with computer issues and then he's going to meet up with his brothers for dinner at Jason's house. So I won't see him much today, I am missing him, but I can share him a little bit now and again. Probably until baby comes then I think I'll really need him. Starting a family is a little bit scary now. Soon we'll have this little bitty baby to take care of. Granted it's what we wanted for so very long, but we have nothing ready for baby. I have bottles, diapers, and clothes for the beginning. That's it so far. It's room is still a storage room. We go the laminate floor out of there and installed. And with the shed leveled, and Chad sealed some holes Monday night, we might be able to start moving more of the stuff from Baby's room to the shed, along with poison for the mice. These are my indoor christmas decorations we are talking about. Camping stuff too. Then comes going through who knows how many vhs tapes we have stored in there. I am sure we have dvds for some of them, and then we need to figure out what ones we'd really want to have on dvd and find them, and what ones we can live without. And do we hold onto some of them. Plus Chad has a disney vhs collection, what to do with those. Plus there is craft stuff in there. Only 6 more days of school for Chad and then he's off for the summer so I am sure we'll work on baby's room, and getting the camaro up for sale.

So much to do and it's just so hot outside. But I need to go out and stuff off the hose and let my well pump rest a bit. Then stand in the kitchen where the air unit is and cool down. I can't get over how hot I get. I don't want to cook my kid.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mom's Day

Well I am going north to see my wonderful mommy today, who is always there for me! Next year she'll have to share the day with me, and I know she doesn't mind.

I'm going north solo again, my husband has to work a gallery shift, which I am really tired of him doing, but hopefully this will be the last one, we decided to pull his art from there, one small piece has sold in 6 months, and I hate spending $50 a month and having him going usually on his only available weekends. So since he's working there, we are splitting mother's day, which I don't think we have done. It's ok by me. I get to spend more time with my family. I have been seeing them plenty lately, except my brother, so it will be nice to see him. And no hugs, since my family aren't huggers and I like that.

I really miss my family, more so since being pregnant. I so wish we lived closer to them, they are the ones who always help us out, would do anything for us, and have dropped what they were doing for us. I have great parents, who drive 2 hours to work hard. I am blessed! That is why going home today and celebrating my mom is so important to me! She's sewed the baby some very cute night gowns, and revamped some of my old pants with stretch panels and cut them off for shorts I can wear around the house this summer. And when I was really down about maternity clothes, she went online, ordered and sent them to my house this winter, at that key cross over from my clothes don't fit anymore and can't find plus sizes in the stores. She doesn't make me do things I don't want. And she respects me enough not to hug me. That is a really big deal to this pregnant woman.

There is no one like my mom, she is truly wonderful!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Baby Fine, I need to slow down a bit!

Yesterday we went to the doctors, and met one of the partners, which could be the one to deliver our baby, she was so nice, I really liked her. I was kind of in a goofy mood, not sure why, maybe it was just getting out of the house. My wonderful husband was able to meet me there, even he thought I was really goofy acting. We have fun, I asked about bug spray, in my mind I shouldn't use anything with DEET in it, and I was right. I explained that I slowed down this week and feeling better, no cramping until the day before when I was doing the hokey pokey in my kitchen while cleaning it. The doctor laughed and asked what goes on at our house. I dance while I clean, and I was in pain after wards, no more dancing while I clean, and not suppose to weed my flower beds if it too causes pain. Which it does, I think it's because I just sit on my butt in one spot and try to reach as many weeds as possible before I try to get up and move. My husband apparently was worried about me that if I kept going the way I was I'd end up on bed rest. Which the two days of it after the embryo transfer about killed me. He admitted this to me once I said I think I need to slow down.

I am home, I feel like it's my job to take care of the house, and yard and whatever else needs to be done. I just can't do it anymore. And I it is killing me, I so want to take care of the yard. The house work I can still do most of it, finding with each week certain things are getting really hard to do, like pulling clothes out of the washer that are in the back, but I still get them. I have to ask my husband to put coffee cups away from the dishwasher, I can't reach the top shelf anymore. So how to I stop feeling bad for not doing something at all times of the day? I think I have come up with a plan to not work so hard, or do to much in any given day by spreading it out, I just like having all the cleaning done in one day, and the laundry done in one day. Things are changing, and I guess it will be good practice since I am sure once this precious little one is born I won't be able to do it all in one day.

So for the baby, I will be good! Not like when I broke my foot a couple of summers ago, didn't really let that stop me nor slow me down. But now another life depends on it. Which is moving around so much. I can see my belly move from the outside, which is just weird. I've only gained 5.3 pounds since January, and they gave me only 11 pounds to gain for the pregnancy. So I am doing good there, granted I am so much bigger now, and hard to believe it's only 5.3 pounds that did it. Baby's heart rate was 154. All is well. Just no more hokey pokey! Though I am coming up to the start of my third trimester, so I guess slowing down isn't so bad. I can create more things for baby. Life goes on!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Tae Bo Baby

Well over the last few days Baby Bennett has been very active, it must be laying sideways, because I feel those kicks and jabs on both sides of my belly button. It's so strange to be sitting and see my belly move. Chad can now feel them too!

I just don't know how to describe the feeling. I used to lay down and hope the baby would wake up and move so I could feel it. Now it's moving pretty much through out the day, so baby on cat naps?

I am getting ready to drink the stuff for my gestational glucose tolerance test, oh what fun, figure I should just get it over with. If you are on glucophage xr for pcos, can you develop gestational diabetes, just wondering? Well I'm off the drink the stuff and start the wait for the one hour mark, the instructions say to get to the lab about 15 minutes before your one hour mark and let them know when you need to be drawn in case they are busy.

Then my doctor's appointment is tomorrow at 3:15pm, with one of the other doctors at the practice I go to. Get to hear the heart beat again. I can hear it at home, but that doppler one is so cool!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Baby flipping!

Started Friday evening, I felt the baby start moving, like really moving, and it wasn't stopping. We've seen he/she move on the ultrasounds, so we know he/she is an active baby. Now I can feel it. It feels like he/she is constantly flipping in there. Kind of like when you drive down a hill and your tummy flips, and you go weeeeeeee! Well baby is going weeeeeeeee! I don't have to be relaxed and laying down to feel it anymore. It happens throughout the day. Makes me smile every time! I can't feel it on the outside yet, so haven't grabbed Chad's hand to feel baby move, I am sure it will be soon.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

That's my Baby!

Baby Bennett's little foot, isn't it cute!


That's my Baby! 23 weeks and 1 day, Baby Bennett!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Good and The Bad

The good for the day: We got another peek at baby, the ultrasound went just fine, the baby's heart is fine, they couldn't get a few measurements on the last one that was at 18 weeks, so we went back today. Baby is laying side to side, with it's head on the right. It's feet are by it's head. We got three new pictures, one of a foot and two profile picks with a fist. So all it looking good! The heart rate was 154.

The bad for the day: Trying to register for baby stuff, plan was to register at Walmart, we already registered at Babies R Us, at the first Walmart the girl told us we could only print out at that store, you couldn't register, had to go to a different store. So we drove to another Walmart, where the guy tells us, you can only register online, not in the store. I was pretty pissy now, I had it all planned out what to register where. And I'm sorry the crib I like at the Walmart store isn't online at all, and what's in the store doesn't match what's online. So we left there, me ranting and raving how stupid that all was all the way out the store. We then went to Target, where we got to go around the store and scan the items we wanted. Granted many of the things I wanted, that were wrote on my list for Walmart aren't carried at Target, but I got to add them to the Babies R Us registry online, we looked at them in the store when we were there, but wanted to register at more than one place, give people options. Hopefully I am done with it. I didn't find it all that fun. One baby things cost way to much, come on now. But I doubt I can get away with a buy me used stuff for my baby shower gifts, it's cheaper.

So for now, I am going to try to relax a bit before it's time to go to sleep, look at the picture of my darling baby, and remember it's for he/she.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Baby kicking

I felt the baby kicking last night around 1:35am, ok one might wonder why I was awake, bathroom run. I laid back in bed and felt the first kick, and thought no way, do it again, and sure enough the baby did it again. Awesome!

I was so tempted to wake up my husband, but knew that wouldn't be so good, especially since when I put my hand on my belly I couldn't feel the kicks with it. So that might be a bummer for him. So I let him sleep. I thought about getting up and blogging about it, or send out a mass email. Instead I stayed in bed enjoying the moment, and fell back asleep.

Once the alarm went off, and my husband had removed his ear plugs, I snore, I told him the exciting news.

Maybe the baby was letting me know it appreciates all my sewing, I made the last of my receiving blankets last night that I had cut out, I have 18 total. Or maybe not.

Happy, Happy, Mama! Growing a baby!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Boppy Wedge

I've had trouble getting comfortable at night, I have a pillow for my legs, and another that works good to line up along my back, but still had troubles getting and staying comfortable. We have taken off our memory foam mattress topper, and I have a board under my side of the bed.

While we were registering at Babies R Us, we came across the boppy wedge. I walked around the store the whole time carrying it. I had hopes that this would be the missing piece to comfort. I was right! I don't toss and turn like I used too. I also don't have pain in my back from just laying down. It's the answer to one of my many prayers. I don't do well without sleep. I know I am going to become sleep deprived very soon, so I figure I need to get all I can now. We are at 23 weeks on Tuesday, so 17 more to go. And during the first trimester I was so sick from 6pm on that I pretty much laid in agony at night, and took very long naps during the day. Sleep has always been very important to me. Only time will tell what will happen when the baby comes. I probably will sleep when baby sleeps.

Heard the baby at home

I got to hear the baby here at home in the comfort of my bed this morning! Awesome! We purchased one of those at home listening things like in February, and I tried and tried to hear the baby. I got a kick of what my insides sound like, so not all was lost.

Today was the day, this morning I thought I am going to try again, and I could hear the baby's heart beat, not anything like the doppler thing at the doctors office, but still very cool. So I started yelling for Chad, so he came down, and I told him I can hear the baby, so I had him take the headphones off my head and listen. It was so cool to see the smile on his face. He can't feel the baby move yet, but now he could hear it.

We have another ultrasound on Wednesday, the last one was just a little early to take a couple of measurements of the heart they need, so we get to see the baby yet again. I went from seeing it every other week, and then had to wait 5 weeks, and that was suppose to be it, but now we get yet another peak at baby, and another picture for our book.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

It's that Time

It's that time again, spring allergies are going strong. I had read in a few of the pregnancy books that pregnancy can make allergies better or worse. Unfortunately mine seem to be worse, though the news said that springtime allergies are going to be bad for all suffers this year.

Not only do I have to deal with the regular allergy symptoms, I have to worry about the food I consume. Lets see a pregnant lady that needs to avoid fresh fruit and vegetables, that doesn't sound right. In my case it is. I had one reaction to food a couple of weeks ago, a dish that I had eaten two weeks prior and had now troubles. Celery, that is the usual suspect, can't eat it at all, anytime of the year, started out being just with springtime allergies, I have what they call Oral Allergy Syndrome. But it's gotten worse and can't consume celery at all. My birch tree allergy causes my body to confuse some fruits and veggies as birch pollen and attacks.

I had to go online to find out the list of what I should be concerned about. The list is apples, carrot, cherry, pear, peach, plum, prune, nectarine, apricot, kiwi fruit, honey, potato, tomato, spinach, celery, parsnips, green pepper, lentils, peas, beans, peanuts, parsley, anise, dill, fennel, caraway, coriander, cumin, wheat, buckwheat, hazelnut, walnut, almond. That is for birch trees. I am also allergic to mugwort, which has a list of celery, carrot, spices, melon, watermelon, apple, chamomile, hazelnut, anise, fennel, coriander, cumin. Then ragweed will follow that one with watermelon, canteloupe, honeydew, chamomile, honey, banana, sunflower seeds, zucchini, and cucumber.

I know I can't consume celery at all, fresh or cooked, nor the spices. I also am allergic to coconut, not on the oral allergy syndrome. Both make my mouth, tongue and throat swell, but first they go numb and tingly, so that is my cue to take two benadryl, and pray. I have had to use an epi pen in the past, not fun. But the dish I ate didn't have celery, it had almonds, crispy orange chicken, carrots, red peppers, broccoli, mushrooms, rice. This time I did spot these green things that looked to me like celery, but my husband tried it and said it was green onion. The waitress assured me that it didn't have celery, and the green things were green onion. So from the big list it could be carrots or almonds. Or I have developed another food allergy. And during ragweed time I have to avoid all melons, otherwise I am popping benadryl.

Funny thing is I have issues with like baked beans in the can, so far the only one I never reacted to was bushes homestyle. Can't have much processed food, like stuffing mixes, or those boxed meals, and frozen dinners, chicken broth in the can or box contain celery. I have to read labels, and avoid anything that just says spices.

So when I explained this to the doctor's office at my prenatal visit, I got the usual, ok that is odd. And to avoid the things that cause it. Which this time is hard, I have eaten carrots, and almonds, but not since the reaction. Everywhere I go I have to ask what is in food. Most times I just avoid food at other peoples places, or gatherings. Both my family and my husbands family try to be careful with the celery allergy, but I still have had reactions, by accident.

Lucky me, I have baby showers to go to as a guest and two of my very own. I'll be the pregnant lady not eating much at her own shower. Unless food is cleared before hand to be celery and coconut free.

It's all part of my goofy life!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Hospital Ickies

Ever since I can remember I don't do well in hospitals, certain other places also give me the ickies. By ickies I mean when I am there I will start sweating, get cold and clammy skin, feel like fainting (I have fainted), and sick to my stomach, where I just need to lay down, let it pass or go outside. My family knows that I am this way, my dad tends to be this way too. It used to be any part of the hospital. But over the years I find it has changed to emergency rooms and recovery rooms.

I was kicked out of Bay Med when my mom was in emergency there, I was feeling icky so I went outside, but I hadn't caught it soon enough, so I thought best to pass out in the hospital where someone will see me, instead of on the sidewalk. I made it back to the room my mom was in, and they put me on the empty bed next to her, put the head down and feet up, gave me a cold, wet cloth for my head, and once I was better told me not to come back in, that I needed to sit in my car and my dad will come out and let me know what was going on, they didn't need to worry about taking care of me too. Also had issues when visiting my mom in recovery after her brain surgery, only then my Aunt Jen was there to catch me, got me to a bathroom, cold water on the face and then she took me outside till I felt better.

I have also had issues at the vet's office, and where I used to work, every once in a great while I'd get like that and have to lay down for a bit.

My husband had sinus surgery on Thursday, April 1st, and I didn't want anyone there with me, I am a big girl I can take care of myself. Though I did think I hope I do well since this is the hospital I am suppose to give birth in, can't get kicked out from there. I did fine waiting with Chad before surgery, and during his surgery, that is until I was finally called back to see him, I wasn't there long before I started sweating, my skin got cold and clammy. I sat on the floor just in case I pass out, I wouldn't have far to fall. The nurses couldn't believe I was sitting on the floor. I also had been sitting in their chairs for hours and they weren't comfortable to be, the hard floor was better. One brought me a coke, which helped, but not for the long haul.

I am pregnant and so I get lightheaded very easily to begin with, and I think that was why it was so hard to shake the ickies. They seemed concerned that I was the one taking him home, but I told them once I'm outside, I'll be just fine. So I helped Chad get dressed and then I went to go get the car. I left that area and entered the main hospital entrance area and I already felt better. I went to the parking garage and got the car, and went where they instructed me to pick him up. All was well in my world again.

Now I have had procedures and surgeries myself, but I don't remember having these hospital ickies when it was me who was the patient. I had been to the ER there many times, usually for food allergic reactions, which would be another blog post, it's very odd what I have to be careful not to eat. I went had two IVF procedures and I don't remember feeling like this. So what is it?

Chad is doing very good, even though he doesn't feel good, he feels like he has a really bad head cold, which the doc warned us on. I just hope today is better than yesterday for him. I wish I could make it all better for him. Sad thing is I don't feel so well, but mine are allergies, abdominal cramps which are normal for being pregnant, I feel wore out, but I think that was just from worrying so much about him. So we just keep checking on each other.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Plus size maternity clothes

I am a plus size girl, whose in her 6 month of pregnancy. My mom had gotten me some maternity pants and a few shirts to wear, and I picked up a couple too. But I am trying to find plus size maternity shorts, that won't break the bank and the inseam is a little longer than 5 inches.

I honestly didn't think it would be so hard finding plus size maternity clothes, I have shopped around, and what stores actually carry if available in plus size, well I find less than desirable. So I started searching online. Not having much luck there either. I will probably be needing shorts for June, July and August, so will have to have more than one pair. I'll be outside puttering around in my yard and in the pool. Gosh will I be able to find a swimsuit?

I am not sure what I am going to do, maybe I should look for a pattern and make my own maternity shorts. Old Navy has some maternity french terry shorts which I would like but the inseam is 5 inches. Might have to go with these if I can't find something else.

Is there affordable plus size maternity clothing out there?

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Making Baby Things

Well it's Sunday morning, with my first cup of coffee I pick up where I left off on a bootie I started crocheting last night. While watching a movie with my husband, with a really bad headache I finished one white bootie and started the second one. I don't know why but if I sit down in my chair, I go right to crocheting. I've taught myself, and have screw ups to show for it. I have gotten better, not only do I crochet booties, there are baby socks, sweaters, hats, bonnets, and blankets. I also crochet dishcloths and scrubbies. They aren't as fun as the baby stuff.

I am also sewing stuff for my upcoming arrival. I have made burp cloths, and I have cut out the receiving blankets, so much cute material and so many blankets to sew the edges on now. And since we don't know what we are having, all will work with boy or girl. I also have a bib pattern to try, and I bought a pattern to sew those adorable summer hats. I also have my Grandma Fales old flannel night gowns to sew something for baby, she pasted away in 2007. She couldn't wait for me or my brother to have kids. She has seen all her other grandkids' kids, but ours, we took to long finding the mr. and mrs. right for us.

I also have cross stitch bib patterns to do. I have till August to meet this baby, so I guess I'll have plenty of homemade by mommy stuff for him or her.

My mom has made a night gown for baby, so she has a pattern for clothes, so if I run out of things to do from now until then I can borrow the pattern from her and start sewing clothes too!

I am not one who just takes it easy, I have these projects to make sure I don't over due it on a daily basis. Granted I am not sitting all day doing them. But with the warm weather I want to go outside and do yard work. I worked for so long and hard to get pregnant I don't want to screw it up.

Homemade baby things, it's a great thing to do!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

In the beginning

In the beginning...

I am 20 weeks pregnant, I am a stay at home and grow baby, wife. My job wasn't good for me getting pregnant and after many years of trying and turning to IVF and it not working the first time, my husband and I decided it would be best for me to leave my job before round 2, plus we had just one more shot at it.

It worked! We are half way to meeting our little baby. Shh it's a surprise on what we are having! So come August 2010 we'll get the best present in our lives. Found out we were pregnant just before Christmas so that was the best Christmas present ever!

My first trimester was hard, needles, needles and more needles. Needless to say I lost my needle phobia. Dr. Shamma was awesome, he made our dreams come true. I miss going there, when you do IVF you get monitored very closely, and then you graduate back to your regular ob/gyn, which I really like, but I miss the staff at IVF Michigan Ypsilanti office. Sure I'll be back some day when it's time to thaw our little kid-cicle!

So that's were we are for now. Pregnant, and keeping busy at home with the housework, some yard work, crocheting, sewing, and sleeping. Trying to clear out the little bedroom that will someday be a nursery!