Sunday, March 30, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
We spent Easter Sunday at the annual Poxleitner Easter dinner. After eating like champs, there was an Easter egg hunt, a lively game of croquet (the rules became quite complicated after a bit), and some live music. On the clip, you can see Joe strumming the banjo (which he only plays when he is in Lewiston...but I thought he did a great job), Steve on the washtub bass that Joe built (and a musician friend helped tweak), and Fred on the mandolin.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Our class was actually pretty helpful and made me feel better about the whole birthing process. We practiced some breathing and relaxation and Joe was an amazing coach. Our teacher was impressed with how relaxed I was able to get, even with a clothespin stuck to my finger (it was supposed to simulate a contraction...something makes me think the actual contraction will be a lot more annoying). Little does she know we practice deep breathing while Joe massages my back and legs every night...that's why we're pros!
I had my one hour glucose tolerance test on Monday (a little behind schedule at almost 31 weeks, but oh, well) and it was abnormal (as in high). So, now I have to have the 3 hour test to check for gestational diabetes next Friday.
So, right now, my fabulous husband has been researching what a gestational diabetic diet consists of and has been helping with meal preparation. I have also restarted walking and lifting some light free weights to help increase my insulin sensitivity. All this in the effort to prevent having a baby who is too big to fit out...
Wish me luck!
Friday, March 14, 2008
Here are the rules...
1. Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
1. I really, really like to tweeze my eyebrows...or even my leg hair. In high school, when I used to fight with my boyfriends, I would tweeze and it would be such a stress reliever. Of course, this has changed since I got pregnant because who has energy for this?? And, of course, I *never, ever* get mad at my darling husband. :)
2. LOVE sleep. After having a crappy night's sleep previously due to back and hip pain, I loaded up on Tylenol and Benadryl last night and only woke up 3 times. My NP friend says my baby is going to be born with horns or something because I take so many medications, but I say it's better than having a psychotic pregnant woman roaming the earth.
3. I haven't really felt pretty since I got pregnant...I feel fat, hungry, hormonal, and puffy. But yesterday helped. I got my hair highlighted, cut, and the wonderful woman straightened it for me, so I no longer feel like a shaggy dog. I also broke down and bought some bigger shoes (flats...I hate flats, but my back loves them). And, my mom-friend, LeAnne, spoiled me with some new maternity shirts and a nightie!
4. So, my office manager's son and daughter-in-law recently had a little girl and brought her into the office for show and tell. All the nurses said, "Doesn't that just make you excited to have your own?" I said, "Oh, yeah", but secretly was thinking, "No, not really. She looks like a regular newborn." Now, when I saw the new puppy at Joe's office, I instantly wanted to go out and buy a puppy. Still not convinced this line of thinking will make me a bad mother.
5. Whenever I eat a lollipop, I'm always determined to not bite it. Then I bite it.
6. I wish I were about 6 inches taller. Really. Then it wouldn't matter that I'm gaining so much weight...well, it wouldn't matter as much. And, maybe I wouldn't have cankles right now
7. My dog, Schatzi, talks to me every day when I get home. And, if you talk back to her, she'll keep the "conversation" going. (No, I'm not crazy. She's not actually talking like a person...she yodels like a Brittany. Although a few nights ago, when I only got 3 hours of sleep, her yodels started to sound like words....hhhhmmm.)
Do I know 7 bloggers to tag? Most of the blogs I peruse are ones Deanna also peruses and has subsequently tagged...I'll do my best.
Rae, my fun friend from nursing school who is an awesome nurse, has a funny husband, and a great dog. She's always up for an adventure!
Mandy C. , my friend who used to live in Idaho Falls and then moved away right after we moved here (ok, ok...I can take the hint! :)
Elizabeth, my college roomie in the dorms
Laura, Amy's roomie in Mexico who became my friend (because she loves animals, her mom is a great cook, and is an all around nice person), too.
Gus and Jen, met them through Amy's med school. They're new parents so I read their blog frequently to get a peek into what my life will soon be like. Jen even sent me a copy of her birth plan!
Amy, my sista...ok, I know Deanna tagged Kevin, but you could post a random blog post, too and just not tag anyone, ok?
and...Mandy Meyers, you need to get a blog. You, too, Anne!
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Last night, Schatzi was chewing on one of those raw bones and started waving her head around, pawing at her face, and gagging. She ran in and out of the dog door several times before we could get her to jump on the bed so we could see what was going on. She wouldn't let us touch her at first, but finally, I got her to open her mouth and saw the problem: a bone shard was wedged between her teeth, across the roof of her mouth.
I tried to pry it out a few times and, of course, Schatzi would freak out in between attempts, but that thing was wedged in there. Finally, just when I was thinking we'd have to call the vet, I was able to wedge my finger in there and pop it out.
After that, she laid on the bed and just looked sheepish. She wouldn't even move to the foot of the bed, but just laid next to my lap.
Not sure I'm giving them raw bones any more. Ever. Again.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Have you been to a LLL meeting or interacted with anyone from this group, though? In general, they tend to have a very natural view about childbirth and childrearing and since I was the only first-time pregnant woman at the meeting, everyone had a lot of unsolicited advice about my birth experience. I started to realize there was a sort of cultural divide when I mentioned I wished I could deliver at a birthing center with a midwife, but since there's no birthing center and only one midwife in Idaho Falls, I was planning to have a hospital delivery. Several "interesting" points were shared:
1. There a quite a few midwives in the area. (I guess I should have clarified I really only count NURSE midwives as midwives).
2. Many women there had had home births and I would likely be disappointed with my hospital birth experience.
3. One woman felt I wouldn't be able to have a natural childbirth in the hospital "because labor is just too intense" and I hadn't taken any Bradley method classes. (Joe and I are planning to take an 8 hour class in childbirth this Saturday, though).
What is my "birth plan"?
Objective: Get the baby out safely. However. Whenever.
In an ideal world:
1. Try to labor at home as long as possible so I don't feel rushed into any extra interventions.
2. Try to avoid a C-section if possible. (Not looking forward to the post-op recovery or the expense!)
3. Try to avoid an epidural if possible. (I'm not against modern methods of pain control, but I had a spinal headache once and honestly think I would rather have labor pains...but, then again, what do I know? I haven't done this before).
But, again...if things don't go according to plan, refer to the objective.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Tricks is an advanced class, so our dogs participated in this class with a guide dog and an agility dog who put them both to shame.
Schatzi is a quick learner and LOVED tricks class. She loves jumping, barking, and getting wound up on her own, so what better than a class where she gets rewarded for these things? She learns so quickly and can actually focus a bit more as she gets older. Last night, Joe had her heeling off leash, jumping through hoops, crawling, begging, playing dead, and rolling over. She can also jump up to touch your hand (although sometimes she just does this for kicks, even when you don't want her to).
Doc is...well, he's Doc. He gets overwhelmed with new situations and can't focus enough to remember what he is doing. But, I'm so proud of him. After 2 weeks of working with him to crawl under a table, he finally figured it out. He can jump obstacles at home, but can't at dog class. He can do figure eights through your legs as you're walking (albeit SLOWLY), play dead, and crawl. I had to cut out some of his curriculum because he just learns so SLOWLY and it takes him FOREVER to learn anything. But, he did learn! And, our teacher said he was doing a great job. (She remembers that it took us a couple months of training AND private lessons to even get him to sit).
It was the first time Joe and I have ever taken both dogs to class at the same time and we had a lot of fun. Usually, each doggie-owner dyad is on their own, but it was nice to have my husband there to help when it was difficult to get down on the ground to persuade Doc to crawl under tables or jump over my legs.
Monday, March 10, 2008
So, after a few weeks of wearing too tight maternity pants and shirts that barely cover my large bump of a baby, I have embraced my gigantic nature and busted out the last tub of maternity clothes. I remember, in my first trimester, sorting through Amy and Deanna's maternity clothes and sharing a laugh with Joe as I placed a bra on my head (the cup was big enough to wear as a hat), swearing, "I'll never be big enough to need this." Well, I'm eating those words as I wear that bra, those shirts, those pants that I couldn't imagine ever filling out.
I am huge...HUGE! And, there's still 10 weeks left to grow. So, I spent last night ironing all of my "new" maternity clothes, a few random thoughts went through my head:
1. What are the advantages of being a HUGE mama to be? Well, none really. But, I just think about all my fat making good breastmilk for this baby and that helps...a little.
2. Why do they make maternity clothes that need to be ironed at all? Ironing has never been this pregnant woman's idea of fun ever. Thanks, but my swollen ankles and feet have better things to be doing than standing on the cement floor of my laundry room for an hour and half as I iron shirts and slacks (a foot rub and a pedicure sound much better!)!.
3. I'm going through a lightheaded/fainting stage. Neither my doctor, nor my med student sister seem to be overly concerned about it, but it's annoying and a little unsettling. I've always been a fainter (how did I make it through nursing school??), but this is ridiculous!
4. Back to my HUGE size. I'm not sleeping so well because I have to keep reshifting my pillows to better support my large body. Maybe it's time to kick the dogs out of the bed.
More random ramblings later...
Saturday, March 08, 2008
Joe: I couldn't be happier if she were my 4-H project!
(FYI: Joe used to raise 4-H hogs. For those of you who have never raised livestock before, the goal is to get the fastest weight gain for the cheapest amount of feed before fair time. They start with a little piglet that weighs about 50lbs and gains about 200lbs in 100 days. Can you see why I was less than pleased with this comment??)
Thursday, March 06, 2008
But, I've been being more active and actually am fairly comfortable with this large belly (although my feet hurt at the end of the day). We've been painting our living room (pictures to come!), which involves a lot of squatting and quad isometrics; I've been climbing the stairs; and have remade my resolution to walk the dogs daily. I guess that's all I can do. 11 more weeks to go. Hopefully, I won't gain another 24lbs in the NEXT 9 weeks!!
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
We got some screamin' deals at the thrift shop:
1. Bought a bassinet for those early newborn weeks. I priced new ones at $100+ and bought this sturdy, used one for $5. Still need to find a mattress, though...
2. A Thomas the Train suitcase for Noah, Thomas's biggest fan.
3. A brand new range bag for Joe (to take to the rifle range).
4. A baby snow suit for $4.
5. Two pairs of cross-country ski boots for Joe for $10.
6. A new Shel Silverstein book for $1.