Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Dudes (Dudettes), i'm going CRAZY!

Who knew registering for a baby could be THIS hard? Seriously. My eyes are about to start bleeding after reading review after review. Some negative, some positive. WHO DO YOU BELIEVE!?! I've been seriously stalking YouTube for the past 3 hours in search for a stroller. My sister-in-law got me all nervous because she got one of the regular Graco's...and HATES it. It's way too heavy and takes up %99.99999 of room in her trunk. She had to end up buying the snap-and-go separate and my nephew is only 7 months, and already grew out of the car seat...and they recently got him ANOTHER stroller since the Graco was ridiculously HEAVY!  Another expense. It's better to spend the money up front...then have to buy a $300 stroller at first, and then have to buy a separate $70 accessories to make it lighter, then the child grows out of it and then you end up buying a WHOLE entire new lightweight stroller +CAR seat. When you add that all up...you're spending way over $700! So, I've decided to do my homework. Thank god i still have 18 weeks left. HOLY CRAP! Did i just say that!?! 18 weeks left? Doesn't sound that long! I have lots of homework to do.

Any of you ladies having the same issue? Any advice?
Registering for a baby is NOT as fun as registering for a wedding :'(

I've been looking at light weight strollers/travel systems...that will hold the baby from infant to 40 lbs (around 4 years old). I need help! :(

Anyone have any helpful tips? I could really use it. :)

(I live on the second floor, so i really want something light weight. I've been looking at the Peg Perego Pliko Switch.....anyone have any negative/positive feedback! pleaseeeeeeee. :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

What i miss most.

I was thinking about what I'm going to miss the most about being pregnant, when I'm NOT pregnant...as in...feeling the little kicks...and watching my belly expand to fit him inside of me. :'( I think when this is all over, I'll miss all of it. But for now...I miss a lot of things about NOT being pregnant.

1. I miss NOT having to pee every 20 minutes...and uninterrupted sleep...where i wake up in the middle of the night and i have to RUN (not walk) to the bathroom. :( Ahh, it's going to be a while (even after little C is born), that i will have uninterrupted sleep (sigh)

2. I miss having energy. I miss being able to go up a flight of stairs (our bedrooms are UPSTAIRS) and not feel like i just ran a marathon. I hate forgetting things upstairs. I will do absolutely ANYTHING to NOT take the trip. It's THAT bad.

3. Sleeping on my stomach/back....self explanatory. I just miss it.

4. I'm NOT a big drinker, but i do like a cold beer with hubby once in a while...after work, especially in the summer...when it's hot out. Or, for our 6 year (together, not married) anniversary last night, i couldn't order my usual wine..."Water with lemon please!"

5. SUSHI. OK, this should've been #1!!!! I miss eating sushi, SO MUCH. I wont go to a sushi place to even tempt myself...because i get nervous that they use the knives to cut the sushi with the raw sushi...and it makes me cringe. :( Oh sushi, i miss you. If any of my friends are reading this...I WANT TO PLACE AN ORDER FOR MY FAVORITE SUSHI (Kelman Roll)....THE DAY HE IS BORN...NO...SERIOUSLY...WITHIN THE HOUR. I expect you to obey my wishes!! :)

6. Being heartburn/gas free. I never had morning sickness (thank god), but seriously...the gas pains are NO JOKE. I cannot wait until my stomach and intestines go to their respective places and i can eat, like a normal person.

7.  Swollen feet. I miss my toes. They used to be really cute. :(

How about any of you ladies? Anything you miss about being Pregnant/Not pregnant.  I don't mind BEING pregnant...but i do miss some of the things i was able to do (Eat)...and not worry...but...anything for a healthy baby in the end!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

6 Years.

I don't know if we'll ever really celebrate this day anymore, since we now have our wedding date...but, 6 years ago today...my hubby asked me to be his girlfriend...and we've been together ever since. I was 20 and he was 18 (i like them young! Haha!!)... So much has changed, so much has happened...and my love for him has grown into something indescribable. He's my best friend, my everything and I am so happy we're still together, and i can't believe that next year, we will have a new addition to our little family. I don't think i've ever been this happy...and i'm so happy that i have someone to share everything with.

I love him!
Happy 6 years my love...here's to the next! May this one be the best one yet.
6 years ago.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

re-cap of the last few weeks:

Again, sorry for not posting like i am suppose to.  It's really hot in NY and I'm in no mood to sit in front of a computer. Not to mention, i was on Furlough for 2 weeks from my job...and sitting in front of a computer was THE LAST THING i wanted to do (since i pretty much do it at work all the time)! Instead, i caught up on all my MTV teeny booper shows (Teen Mom, Awkward, Jersey Shore, etc etc) and some RHNJ & NY...and some much needed, rest and relaxation.  And i did some cleaning...and organizing too.

OH, did i tell you we got our washer and dryer installed? So yea, i did LOTS of laundry! The only bad thing is that we had it installed in the basement...and we have to go up/down 2 flights of stairs...so my preggy body isn't doing so well with lifting the basket up and down....that's what Hubby's are for though!! (LOL) Either way, it's a great start...and we're loving the machine. We purchased the Samsung washer (WF419AAW/XAA) and matching steam dryer...that has AWESOME REVIEWS...and if i do say so myself...they are pretty darn awesome. So quiet, and they also have awesome features such as the steam one, and the sanitary setting (which gets REALLY HOT to kill any bacteria, etc etc.).---Yea, i just said AWESOME like 4 times in a row. I will probably wash all the baby bedding and clothes in the sanitary setting! Oh man, i just LOVE them! It's crazy how I'm super excited about something that washes my clothes. This is a bigggg step for hubs and I...we wont have to waste a whole day at a laundry mat...and break our backs with 6-7 laundry bags...Not to mention all the MONEY we spent to wash...sometimes even $6 or $7 per load!!!  They are also really efficient as far as the laundry detergent goes...i only use 1/2 a cap for a wash...and 1/2 a cap of softner, and everything comes out smelling AMAZING. When we used to wash in the commercial machines...we would use about 3 full caps for soap, and 3 full caps for softner. ($AVING LOTS OF MONEY THIS WAY!!!)

Yes, i drew a creepy pic of me (with my retarded looking baby bump) with my new washer & dryer.

OK, so this may be really stupid...but i was really confused the other day, about where your organs go-when you're pregnant. I watched a c-section birth (while obviously bored out of my mind), and let me tell you...it was NOT pretty. Well, neither was the regular birth...but...i guess it was a little more "natural" looking. No offence to anyone who's had a c-section (who knows if my birth plan doesn't work out the way i want it to, i might have to get one done also), but I've saw serious ORGANS...on the outside of a body...that just freaked me out.  I saw real life intestines! Eeeeeeeew. So, it got me thinking about where my baby is...and if he is in front or behind my stomach, bladder, intestines, etc. It really is mind boggling to me...how it works...so obviously i went to my main man G (google).

Sorry if i should pretty much KNOW this by now...you know, since I'm PREGNANT and all...but it is a little crazy how a baby grows inside of you...and how your body just 'knows' what to do. It's like...WE WERE REALLY MADE FOR THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How crazy. Anywho...i found this website that is a Museum in Chicago (and if i lived there, i would SOOOOO GO CHECK IT OUT)...and it had such awesome (there i go again with the word awesome) exhibits! Wish i could go!!!! :(  Check out this link of how the body changes for your growing baby. I thought it was pretty insightful and amazing.  Let me know what you think! Have any of you ever been to this museum? If so, i want FEEDBACK!

OK, so onto BIGGER...and more important things, like the baby-bump. Last time i posted i was 17 weeks...and now...I'm 20. A WHOLE LOT HAS CHANGED. A WHOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLEEEEEEEEEEE LOT. I actually feel him kicking, and just this last week it's becoming more frequent....and yes, it's amazing. It's actually...one of the best feelings in my entire life (it's up there with getting engaged, walking down the aisle and getting my first car---you know---the important things in life).

Every time he kicks, i look down...and stare at my stomach. Up until a few weeks ago i did not FEEL pregnant. I mean, i knew i was...but i didn't feeeeeeeeeeeel  it. I just felt BLOATED. Like, i felt like i was at that awkward stage where people would wonder if i was pregnant, but not say anything. People would stare...and I'd stare back. Yea, i just felt really fat....like BEER BELLY FAT. NOW, I'm like, LEGIT pregnant. Like 100%...here i am...PREGNANT!!!   Which is great....but scary...since...i can't believe I'm 1/2 way there...and i still have NO IDEA what his nursery is going to look like...and its starting to freak me out, how unprepared i am for this. I mean, i know I'm going to be a great Mom...no doubt in my head...but sometimes i feel like I'm losing patience a lot easier/faster....and how am i going to handle a baby, crying in the middle of the night? Or...idk...just things that scare me. Since I've been reading a WHOLE LOT...about post postpartum depression...and how i will take to this new "THING" (yes, i called my child a THING). I'm just, getting a little nervous of the change.

The one thing i can honestly say that has happened the past few weeks is, i think I've fallen head over heels for my husband...and it's weird, because i knew i loved him...and obviously i married the guy...but...my emotions are going BUCKWILD...and I'm just like, GA-GA over him. Like i want to lay with him for as long as possible in the morning...and i want to kiss him when i get home, and i miss him when we're apart. If you know me, I'm NOT that type of girl. I'm Mrs. Independent...and i love being that way, but something CLICKED inside of me. Like, I'm OOZING of love...and i can't get enough of him. OK, so tell me why i just got teary eyed (SWEAR). It's the pregnancy i swear.

So, here i go, with my (tri)WEEKLY (looks like I'm updating every 3 weeks!) preggy update:

Pregnancy Highlights

How Far Along: 20 weeks 5 days
Total Weight Gain/Loss: 11 lbs (doc told me to LAY OFF THE BREAD/PASTA---is that some way of him saying I'm getting FAT?!!!) 
Maternity Clothes: I'm 100% in maternity clothes. And my boobs are HUGE. I've already grown 2 cup sizes (Originally and A---and now a small C). I really hope i go back to my measly A cup after he is born though---i LOVE being small chested...for some weird reason, it's so much easier to find clothes i think....I'm spilling out of all my shirts, in a BAD way. Not cool. I'm not fitting in most of my regular t-shirts anymore, unless they are LONG...because my belly sticks out the bottom :'(
Sleep:  I'm pretty much sleeping pretty good. I do get up to go to the bathroom, but it hasnt' really interrupted my sleep. Hubs and I go to sleep relatively early now...since he's working mostly morning shifts, so I'm getting as much sleep as possible.   
Best Moment this week: I can honestly say it was on Monday (8/8) when hubby felt him kick (his 3rd kick ever). I always put his hand on my stomach...and he immediately stops kicking...and i feel bad...because i wish i could control him kicking....and he always looks so disappointed. This time he gave Daddy a nice 2 kicks...and we both laughed. Also, just falling deeper in love with my husband...this bond is really incredible. I don't think I've ever felt this deep connection with him...and I'm not saying it as a bad thing---like...i obviously LOVE him...and all, but this is on another level of connection.  He's going to be such a great father, and it makes me get all choked up when i think about it. :'(
Gender: It's a boy! We found out on July 1st. We are SUPER EXCITED...I've always wanted a boy first (i love the idea of 'big brothers' because i had one)---yep, same as 17 weeks. We pretty much narrowed down the name...but I'm keeping that one a secret! ;-)
100% movement....at least 2-3 an hour....maybe more, depending on what I'm doing. He usually kicks when i eat food...which is kinda cool...or when I'm relaxing on the couch in the afternoons.
Food Cravings: i don't know if this is a craving, but i ate a whole 4 lbs of nectarines in 4 days.  i wouldn't say i would absolutely DIE if i didn't have it...but they are really darn good. LOL
Food Aversions: Nothing really...
How I'm feeling: My back continues to bother me, and i feel like there is a balloon (check out that link to that museum above) inside of me inflating. Like, just tightness in my abdomen...and I'm getting out of breath a little more, when i do the steps at home.
What I am looking forward to:
Starting the nursery. We've decided that we are going to start in September, and i already have so many ideas!
Our Baby in Veggie/Fruit Terms: 
A Cantaloupe!!! HOLLLLLLLLLY COW!!
Week 20: Cantaloupe
Average size: 6.5 in, 10.6 oz

Boy or girl, genitals are fully formed...
> More on what baby's up to
***At our last apt (last week, 19w5d), baby weighed in at 14 oz....so he's a BIG BOY!***

Weekly Thoughts: I can't believe we are 1/2 way there! This is really freaking insane. Also, i think about how happy i am pregnant (yea, so what if my doctor called me FAT)...I'm loving the experience...and i know that i can do this over and over again (if all pregnancies are like this)...now i don't know about the delivery!!! I'm getting kinda nervous about that. OH And i wanted to add that my nails are kick@$$. Super long and strong!
Here is my 19w5d prego pic (since i look HORRID today!)
i can totally see the little cantaloupe!

and here is the weekly sonogram (taken at last weeks Dr.apt)---he has MY NOSE!!!