Saturday, February 21, 2009

New Blog

Since I'm no longer pregnant we need a change of venue. Check out the happenings of Brielle, Ben, the furkids and I at our new blog: OMG! We're Parents!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


Please welcome to the world Brielle Marie. She made her arrival on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at 5:09pm. She weighs 7 pounds 12 ounces and is 20 inches long. We are completely in love!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Older Siblings

I know I've mentioned them before but I thought I would share some pictures of Brielle's older "siblings".






Saturday, February 7, 2009

A few more thank yous

I want to take a minute to tell everyone, again, about my awesome friends! Last weekend while I was worrying about Kita and the arrival of Brielle my friends were busy doing good deeds.

First on Saturday my best friend, Lori, came over to help me clean my house. Boy did it need it too! I had baby stuff all over the place! Lori helped me organize the items, get laundry done, dust and vacuum! My house was my own again when she was done! On top of that she spent the day sitting around talking to me. It was just the distraction I needed.

Later that night 4 other friends joined the group. Jennifer, Dan, Shane and Kelly all came over to help pitch in. Shane helped Ben get the chair rail and door trim up in Bri's room. Everyone else painted our upstairs hallway! Wow! With 4 people working on the painting there was no room for me. I sat in awe at the work everyone was doing. Not to mention I kept reminding myself how lucky Ben and I are to have the most awesome friends in the world. We're beyond lucky!

After a hard day of cleaning and painting our group went out for some dinner. We all managed to eat and laugh too much! I personally ate so much that I couldn't sleep! Once I did fall asleep I was out.

I wish I would have got myself out of bed because my friend Erin dropped off a gift for Brielle's room. She made a plaque with Bri's initials. It's beautiful and you'll be seeing it hanging in her room soon.

Thank you to everyone who has helped us out. If I missed thanking you on here I apologize. It doesn't mean we don't appreciate what you've done, it just means I have baby brain!

Friday, February 6, 2009

The End Is Near

Less then a week till my due date. Wow! It's hard to believe that I've managed to get through a pregnancy. It wasn't nearly as hard as I thought it would be....but then again, I haven't gone through labor yet.

The last few weeks have been crazy! First off Kita has been ill. We thought she had a digestive track blockage. Well we got things "moving" in her and she still wasn't right. Last weekend things got worse. My girl who always greets visitors with a bark wouldn't even lift up her head to look at anyone. No playing. No waggles. No eating. Just sleeping. After thinking of all of the horrible things that could be wrong with her and crying a whole day, Monday finally arrived! As soon as I could I took Kita to the vet. We talked about what could be wrong and all of them were not good news. The doctor decided to do a complete workup on her. I agreed and left with instructions to come back for Kita in an hour. I managed to waste time hanging out at Panera, sipping hot chocolate. That had to be the longest hour ever!!

I got back to the vet's an hour after I left. The put me in the consultation room were the doctor, thankfully, did not leave me waiting for long. After a sigh he told me that the blood work showed that Kita was diabetic!! I could have kissed that man! LOL! My reaction of "that's it!" was greeted with a laugh by the doctor. Yes, it sounds crazy that I'm happy my dog is diabetic. You have to understand that this is something we can control. We honestly thought she was going to have cancer or something else we wouldn't be able to do anything about. After talking about her blood work numbers we talked about treatment - Two insulin shots a day. No problem! Thank goodness I took that diabetes class back in the summer. Giving the shots to Kita is VERY similar to giving a shot to a person.

So with Kita feeling better (within an hour of her first insulin shot she was outside chasing squirrels again) it was time to concentrate on me.

On Monday before I took Kita to the vet I went for my last ultrasound. Brielle is doing great! She's still in the 50ish percentile for size, my placenta is holding up and the umbilical cord is doing it's job!

On Tuesday I went to my regular doctor (Dr. K). They took my blood pressure and it was a little high. The nurse then hooked me up for my weekly non-stress test (NST). After the required 20 minutes Dr. K came in. We talked about how the NST looked fine. Then I asked if she had the ultrasound report. She hadn't seen it yet. So she flip through my chart. Then she stops and looks at me with a sad expression. Then the word I never thought I would hear came out of her mouth: "We have to induce you". I was shocked, scared and disappointed.

My first question - Why? The high risk doctor doesn't want me to go over 39 weeks (yesterday). After telling her I don't want to be induced she agrees to check my progress. There was no real change in a couple of weeks. So we talk more about an induction. Dr. K is torn on what to do. So we come to an agreement. I'll do a 24 hour urine collection to check for preeclampsia. The doctor's office will schedule the induction for Monday (go in Sunday night). I have to come back on Friday (today) for another blood pressure check and to see how I'm feeling.

So on Tuesday night, Wednesday and Thursday I did everything I could think of to induce labor. I woke up this morning feeling like Bri was sitting a little lower. I went and had my hair trimmed and then headed to my doctor's appointment. My blood pressure was still a little high. After consulting with a doctor in the office the nurse agreed to ask Dr. K to put off the induction for me. While I was talking to her about other things (namely Kita and her dogs) the nurse asks me "how long have you had those contractions?" Come to find out she could see my abdomen contracting! She was the second person in 24 hours to tell me they could see the contractions. So things are moving along.

This afternoon I received a call that Dr. K was not changing her mind about inducing me. So I have to head to the hospital Sunday night and will get the full on induction Monday morning. I'm hoping that the contractions I've had along with the feeling that Bri is sitting lower and the cramping is signs that I'll go into labor on my own. My dad is SOOO hoping I have her on his birthday....tomorrow! We'll see though.

I'm pretty sad that I may not have the birth experience I wanted. I'm trying to move things along and I've even thought of excuses to not go in on Sunday. After talking with Ben though I think I just need to make peace with the induction. I'm working on it but I flip back and forth on being o.k. and being sad. I guess that's to be expected. Just about everyone else around me is excited. I'm getting on the bandwagon slowly but surely. The fact remains that I'll get to see and hold my daughter sometime on Monday at the latest!! How awesome is that?!?!!

So I may not have another post until after Bri's arrival. I will be sure to post pictures of her here as soon as I can. Yes I know I still owe everyone pictures of the nursery. It's still not done though! Bri will be "bunking" in our room for a week or so. As soon as I can I'll get those pictures up too.

I'll take any and all labor vibes and wishes I can get! I'll admit I'm greedy and want to do this my way! LOL!

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Things are moving along. Won't be too much longer

I've been busy nesting this week. My dad and I have Brielle's room painted. Ben is working on getting the chair rail and door trim up. The carpet will be another week or so before we have money to buy it and have it installed. Today our friends Kelly and Shane are coming over to help with painting our upstairs hall. Lori is coming over to help me with whatever I need done. I've been up since 6:30 this morning getting things in order. I may not have Bri's room completely ready but I'm not going to bring her home to a dirty house. See.....nesting instinct in overdrive! LOL!

I've had cramping on and off for about a week. Yesterday the cramping was pretty steady and I lost my "plug" (sorry if that's TMI). Not to mention the nesting took on a whole new level yesterday. Yes, I don't think Brielle will be waiting too much longer to make her arrival.

Monday we have our final ultrasound. After that the next time we see Bri will be when she makes her big debut. I'm excited, nervous and scared all at once. Of course those feelings pretty much sum up my whole pregnancy.

I took some time last night to spend time with a group of girls from a chat board I'm on. What a great time we had! There was so much yummy food! I drooled over the bottles of wine and the great looking cocktails. Not too much longer until I can indulge.

This entry is pretty choppy. That's how my brain is functioning right now though. Small, short, efficient clip. Gets the job done and you can move on. Later I have to write another post to brag about my awesome friends some more! Until then, be well!

Sunday, January 25, 2009


Tagged by Sara for this:

My First

1. Who was your FIRST prom date? Myself. I didn't go to Prom with anyone....either time!
2. Do you still talk to your FIRST love? Every now and then but not very often.
3. What was your FIRST alcoholic drink? Do you mean legal alchoholic drink? If so it was a strawberry daquari
4. What was your FIRST job? Line server at Old Country Buffet
5. What was your FIRST car? 1995 Neon.
6. Who was the FIRST person to text you today? No text today.
7. Who is the FIRST person you thought of this morning? Kita. She had to go potty (hey! She's a person!)
8. Who was your FIRST grade teacher? Oh geez! If I think about it long enough I might remember.
9. Where did you go on your FIRST ride on an airplane? Florida
10. Who was your FIRST best friend and are you still friends with them? Nicole O. and Jenny Z. I don't talk to either one nearly enough!
11. What was your FIRST sport played? Softball
12. Where was your FIRST sleep over? Uh....I don't remember.
13. Who was the FIRST person you talked to today? Kita (what can I say, Ben's out of town! LOL)
14. Whose wedding were you in the FIRST time? I was a flower girl in my uncle's wedding years ago!
15. What was the FIRST thing you did this morning? Let Kita out.
16. What was the FIRST concert you ever went to? Firehouse.
17. FIRST tattoo or piercing? I had my ears pierced at 3 months old.
18. FIRST foreign country you went to? Uh.....Canada! LOL!
19. What was your FIRST run in with the law? I got a speeding ticket when I was about 19 or 20 years old.
20. When was your FIRST detention? Bwahahahahahaha! My junior year. That teacher DID NOT like us!
21. What was the FIRST state you lived in? The good ol' Mitten!
22. Who was the FIRST person to break your heart? My first love of course. I should thank him for that!
23. Who was your FIRST roommate? Ben
24. Where did you go on your FIRST limo ride? brother's wedding a few years ago.
25.Who will be the FIRST to repost this? I have no idea.

Tagging: Anyone else who wants to participate

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Beyond thankful!

This last week has made me so incredibly aware of all of the awesome people in my life.

Over the weekend a couple that Ben does some work for every now and then gave us a snow blower. They didn't want any money in exchange. We just had to get it running. We were able to do that so now we have a great snow blower! That will save a TON of time!

On Tuesday a GIANT box full of baby goodies arrived at the house. My friend Sara was so kind to not only allow us to use her car seat since we don't have one but she sent us a bunch of clothes, a play pad and other goodies. We would be completely at a loss without her generosity!

On Thursday I went and picked up a swing from my friend Maribeth. She sold it to us for such a great price! I have a feeling we'll be getting a lot of use out of that swing. To top it off she gave me a bunch of swaddle blankets too!

Friday I as made aware of a stroller that I wanted for sale very, very cheap! After Ben and I looked at pictures of it and talking about if we could afford it we decided that we couldn't afford to pass up the deal. I made arrangements to purchase the stroller and pick it up on Sunday (tomorrow). Today my mom invited me to lunch with her, my grandparents and my uncles. After telling my grandma of my great stroller deal, my Uncle Tom came over and gave me money to buy the stroller. He and Dorothy wanted to get us a gift and they were waiting to find out what we wanted/needed. He felt that a stroller was the perfect gift. I could have cried when he gave me the money. To top it off my Uncle Richard bought my lunch!

If that weren't enough I was on a chat board that I frequent saying how much I wanted a photo screen for Bri's room. Buying one would be a splurge for us but when I went to purchase one it was gone. My friend Kristen was quick to tell me that she had a photo screen that needed a home and she wants to give it to us as a gift to Brielle! Her gift is beyond kind and I'm so grateful that she offered to give us this wonderful gift!

So as you can see I have a ton of amazing friends and family! The kindness of everyone this week has moved me. I don't think I can thank everyone enough. Because of these amazing people preparing for Brielle's arrival has been so much easier! Everyday I am so grateful for my wonderful friends and family. Ben and I are so thankful to each and everyone of you! Thank you for being a part of our lives. Some where done the line we'll find a way to pay you all back!

P.S. Just over two weeks until my due date. I had a doctor's appointment this week and things are moving along! Also painting has started in Bri's room. It should be done in a day or so!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

What a great shower

On Saturday (just a few hours ago) my two best friends and my two sister-in-laws threw me a wonderful baby shower! They served a great brunch complete with fuzzy punch and cake! So. Good.

Many of my wonderful friends and family came out (in not so wonderful driving conditions) to celebrate the impending arrival of Brielle. Thanks to their generosity we are closer to being ready for my little beauty's arrival. I just wish I had more time to sit and talk with everyone personally. I know not everyone wants to sit around all day chatting away though.

Ben and I spent some time looking over all the lovely gifts we received. The generosity of those we love just blows us away! We still have a lot more to purchase to get ready but boy are we lucky to have the help of those who love us. I managed to keep it together during the shower but let me tell you that tears of joy freely flowed at home. I am amazed and beyond thankful!

Now if I could just sleep! It seems that is escaping me tonight. My darling Bri has taken to making mommy just uncomfortable enough that the slightest noise keeps me awake. Combined that with a kitty (Kira) who thinks breakfast should be served at 3:30am-ish and you end up with a wide awake me! I'm hoping that a warm bath and a gossip magazine will help lull me back to sleep here shortly.

Thank you again to all of those who came out to the shower. I had a wonderful time!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Making up for the last post.

Since the last post was full of complaining I thought I better do something to make up for it. Be warned: this post will make you want to steal my Ella!

A few weeks ago a friend gave us a bouncy seat that her daughter had quickly grown out of. We brought it in the house and the seat was quickly claimed by our youngest kitty Ella (she a year old now). Over the last week or so we've snapped some pictures of her in her new comfy spot. She loves playing with the over head toys and doesn't even mind the vibrate option.


Ella was rudely awakened by her dad taking pictures of her. She looks soooo sleepy!

Just before I snapped this picture she was playing with the over head toys. She's trying her best to play it cool.

Ella's seat was moved over by the slider. This was great fun since she has a good view of the birds and squirrels that hang out in the back yard.

I hope you enjoyed Ella and her bouncy seat. Now I have to make sure the doors are locked so no one tries to come steal her!

Happy Year I become a Mom!!

Yes, I know. I've been slacking on the updates. Truth be told I haven't been the happiest of people. I don't want to complain to others so I just bottle things up. This leads to poor Ben finding a bawling, pregnant wife a few times a week. I've since learned to keep the crying to "business hours" so my poor husband doesn't explode from that extra stress and the stress of life. He seriously has taken on more then any one person should have to. I think his teeth are paying for it with all the grinding he does at night. I remind myself every single day that I am lucky just to have him, not to mention all the other wonderful people in my life.

So yeah. Things are rough. We're running out of money. We have none. Actually we have less then none. Bills are coming in pretty freakin' fast and time is NOT slowing down. We're getting by (barely) but we keep telling ourselves that what is most important is the health of Brielle and ourselves. Everything else has to wait. Unfortunately that means even things for Brielle have to wait. We're short a few items that we need for her but I'm hopeful that some how we'll get them.

Anyway - On to happier things

On Tuesday we got to see Brielle again during our 35 week ultrasound. She is doing great. She's actually beyond great! Usually with gestational diabetes babies are way too big at this point. Not our little Bri though. She's absolutely average! She weighed in at 5 pounds 12 ounces. That's right at the 50th percentile. She's already a little over achiever!

On Wednesday, after a desperate call to my mom to pick me up because my car wouldn't start, I went for my regular OB appointment. I too am doing great. My weight did jump a bit but I think I was really retaining water that day. I'm sure the few sweets I've indulged in recently didn't help either. Other then that my blood pressure is great and my urine is good (they check your urine each appointment for signs of protein and sugar).

So things aren't all dire. We're healthy, we have our house (thank goodness for a wonderfully, understanding mortgage company) and we have awesome family and friends. Things over all are good (that's what I keep telling myself). Before you know it Brielle will be here and everything else really won't matter. It's hard to believe I have less then 5 weeks left! Now I get to worry about labor. Oh joy! LOL! First things first though: remember those great family and friends I mentioned? Well they're throwing me a shower and it's tomorrow! That should help my mood a ton!

Thanks for listening to me complain. I promise to make the next post much more happy!

P.S. Thanks to my friend Jenn I found another water aerobics class to go to!! Oh boy! That really helps with the aches of pregnancy! Thanks Jenn!!