Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Little girl kick your dad!

Last week I noticed that the bumps I was feeling on the inside seemed to be getting stronger. Sure enough I notice that if I placed a book on my belly it would get bopped. So I decided to see if I could actually feel my little girl from the outside. While lying (grammar police: is it lying or laying? I can never get those right*) on the couch I put my hand on my belly. Sure enough I got a good thump! The question was did I know it was a thump because I could feel it from the inside too?

On Friday I was POSITIVE that I was feeling the baby from the outside. Excited I hopped into bed and woke Ben up. "Put your hand here and press down" I told him. Of course the party that was going on in my belly ceased to exists. After waiting a while I apologized for waking Ben up and started went to bed. Of course Ben didn't care that I woke him up and said to wake him up again when the party started back up. Just as I was drifting off the sleep it felt like the party was starting back up. I waited a minute or two to make sure there was plenty going on. Of course as soon as I woke Ben up and he put his hand on my belly the party stopped.

The next night was a similar night. This time I was feeling the bops but poor Ben wasn't. It doesn't help that she is most active in the middle of the night! We aimed for Ben to hopefully feel her within the week.

Last night I had some chocolate milk before bed. That usually gets the baby moving within a couple of minutes. It didn't work last night though. So off to bed we went. Ben kissed me goodnight and went to sleep. I watched a little TV. While laughing at Leno the party started in my belly. I pressed my hand to my stomach and promptly got kicked (or punched or perhaps head butted). I waited for a couple more bops to make sure they were nice and strong. They were. I woke Ben up and grabbed his hand. On to my belly I put his hand......nothing! Ugh! Seriously! Come on little girl! Kicky your dad!

After a few minutes of sitting there I told Ben I guess she wasn't going to kick him. Just then there was a nice strong bop and an "Oh yeah!!" coming from Ben. She FINALLY kicked him! Just for good measure she bopped him again.

Needless to say dad went to bed a very happy dad!

*Edit: With the help of this great website I found out that lying was the proper word I was looking for......I think. LOL!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Seeing Baby Girl!

Today we got to see our little girl again! It was a lllloooonnnngggg wait to see her though. When we got to our appointment (15 minutes early) we were told they were "running a little late". Well "a little late" ended up turning into a two hour wait. Ben was starting to get very upset. I had to remind him that if we had an emergency other people would be put off too. He calmed down a tiny bit.

What really calmed Ben down was seeing our little girl. The first image we got to see was of her face and she was "jawing" at us. LOL! She was just "talking" away and waving her arms. So. Cute.

Everything is going very well. Her brain is developing normally, the kidneys are good, her stomach is developed, her bladder is good, she has all 4 chambers of her heart and she's definitely a girl. There was one heart area we couldn't see because of the way she was sitting but Dr. B wasn't overly concerned. We found out she's measuring right on schedule. She weighs about 14 ounces and is 9 inches tall.

I didn't gain that pound they wanted to see. I actually lost 3. But again the doctor wasn't concerned. My blood pressure is excellent and my sugars have been great. The only "concern" that we have is the placenta is sitting a little low but Dr. B says it's moving up so there's no need to change my activity level. All in all it was a great appointment even though we were there for almost 4 hours.

I just wanted to apologize for not updating on the assessment testing. It was a very uneventful hour. I'm still waiting to hear back about the results. They did say it would take a couple of days so I'm hoping to have some news either today or tomorrow. I can't tell you how great it feels to have all the support of my wonderful friends! The notes on my blog, in my emails and on the boards I frequent have been wonderful. I truly am a very lucky girl to have you guys!

Friday, September 19, 2008

No second interview for me....

Instead they're bringing me in for assessment testing!! YAY!! I go in Monday at 8 am. I'll be sure to let you know how it goes (as always).

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Status of Interview

So the interview went really, really well today. I was there for almost 3 hours. I met with 3 people. It was nice to learn more about the company and the position.

I'm excited about the position. It would be a mix of familiar work and new work that would be a challenge.

They're going to be doing call backs sometime next week. Hopefully I'll be on the list!! I'll let you know if I get a call.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

An Interview!

I have an interview tomorrow at a company I really would like to get into. I'll be sure to let you know how it goes!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Buying stuff for Baby Girl!

I'm still unemployed but that won't stop me from preparing for my little girl to get here! This weekend we headed out to do some baby shopping.

First it was off to pick out a light fixture for her room. A local lighting store was having a beat the clock sale. If we bought what we wanted before noon we got 40% off the price. As we strolled around the packed store I tried to convince Ben that our girl needed a chandelier. He wasn't believing me. So I took a different approach and suggested the modern light fixture that was full of crystals.....yeah he wasn't having that either. I can't say I blame him. Once I looked at the price I wasn't having it either (over $1100). We finally decided how on two fixtures that we liked. One we really liked, the other was the "back up". After waiting in line to even talk to a sales person we were able to ask a few questions. We ended up buying our first choice. It's modern and chic and I love it!

After the lighting store we headed off to the baby furniture store. They were having a one day sale. We walked around and contemplated a few cribs that we liked. We also took time to sit in the big comfy chairs they have. After some discussion and debate we picked out a crib. Since we don't have a room to put it in we decided that layaway was the best way to go at this time.

After picking out our crib we headed over the the stroller and car seat area. We played with a few car seats and looked at a few strollers. Then it happened. One complete system caught my eye. I headed over to it and started playing around. The sales girl took plenty of time to tell us about the system. Once I took a look at the name she really didn't have to say much more. I've done enough research to know it is a top of the line system. Ben on the other hand asked plenty of questions. I finally got up the nerve to check out the price. Yep....it was expensive and it was marked down significantly. I knew in that there was no way I would ever be able to have this wonderful chic yet incredibly safe system. Ben freaked out about the mid-priced systems so there was no way he would go for this one.

The sales girl left us to play around with the system. It was at that point that I just about fainted. Not from being sick or pregnant or anything like that. No, I almost fainted because my husband turned to me and said "I want it"! HOLY CRAP! I was shocked beyond belief. Ben's reasoning for wanting the system are very well thought out. Not only do I love it (which I do) but it's super safe, it's light, it's easy to use and it's safe. Yes, I know I said safe twice but that's the biggest selling point to us. The issue is we don't have the money for this system. The discounted price is only good for the floor model. They're coming out with new fabric designs so they're getting rid of floor model. So we left there dreaming. We're hoping it will still be there when we get extra money.

So that was most of our Saturday. We had a good time and started talking about creating a registry soon. It's hard to believe that we're almost to the halfway point. before you know it, I'll be sharing baby pictures!

Monday, September 8, 2008

No worries!

I had a doctor's appointment today. It went very well! Little girl is VERY active. We had a hard time getting her to sit still long enough to get a good listen to her heart. We finally "pinned" her down but it took a good 5 minutes and 2 different dopplers to do it. LOL! I think we're going to have our hands full when she makes her appearance.

Today was work day 2 of being unemployed. I have to say it's not as horrible as I thought it would be. Granted there is NOTHING good to watch on tv during the day but I am getting a few things done around the house. I know if I'm home for too long I'll start getting bored. Thankfully it looks like I may not be home for too long. I've heard a "rumor" that one of the places I sent my resume to on Friday is interested in interviewing me. YES!

So I think I've used all my lemons up! It was suggested that I make lemon bars instead of lemonade.....it uses up the lemons much quicker!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

When life hands you lemons....

make lemonade.

Today life handed me a big bag of lemons. I was let go from my job. I kind of saw it coming hence why I was looking for a job before. For some reason I was hoping that I would be able to make it through this pregnancy with my job. Apparently life had other plans for me.

Everyone goes through these hard times....right? I'm just paying my dues as an adult. I have no room to complain about this set back. Yes I don't have an income. Yes that means our family income has been cut in half. Yes that means I won't have health insurance in a few weeks. Yes that means I may not have the lovely new furniture I wanted for the nursery. But all in all this should be a new start for me. I'll work at temp jobs if I need to. There are plenty of ways to cover having a baby. If I need to I'll take advantage of those government programs I've been paying for for the last 15 years. I'm sure I'll be paying into them for many years to come so I may as well use them if needed.

Yes things will be rough. I will miss the wonderful friends I have made. But there are plenty of ways to keep in touch. When one door shuts another one will open.....eventually. It's scary to think of going through this pregnant but it will work out. Life is funny like that. Just when things seem so dark and horrible there is a light to lead you through it all.