Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Week.14.Questions


How far along: 14 Weeks
Total weight gain: I don't know specifically... I don't weigh myself.. the doc told me last week!
Maternity clothes: Still no maternity clothes. I may graduate to the rubber band trick soon. 
Stretch marks: I found one... not on my tummy, but the boob. classic.
Sleep: Still getting up to pee. I have been having CRAZY nightmares!
Best moment of this week: visiting the cabin and relaxing with the Dorsey Family
Miss anything: I still miss my energy and productiveness. 
Movement: Still nothing. I sometimes think I feel something, but John thinks I am crazy. 
Food cravings: Not a craving, but today I enjoyed a PB&J and that doesn't happen often. 
Anything making you queasy or sick: the nausea has subsided a bit.. but around 5pm, it returns... just in time for dinner. 
Have you started to show yet: I think you can tell. My sister in law said I look GOOD! I appreciated it. 
Gender: no idea.
Labor signs: NO!
Belly button in or out: In.
Wedding rings on or off: On. 
Happy or moody most of the time: Still pretty happy. I am back to being a bit tired lately. 
Looking forward to: A long weekend at home and seeing my daddio!


*Columbus Clippers- Ring Your Bell!*

Crazy Dreams and Nightmares

Well week thirteen brought a few strange dreams and a few nightmares. I had a dream that I was Ludacris's driver... really... Ludacris?! Where does that come from. Michelle was there too. She was actually driving and got us lost in Martins Ferry. We ended up in Wheeling and someone pulled a knife on Ludacris (I was with him, Michelle was somewhere looking for an ATM) and he pulled a bigger knife and made fun of the guy for being a wanna-be! HAHA Then I woke up.

The next night was not a good night. I woke up to a nightmare of a man first trying to rip me off at a gas station (thanks Facebook for all your scary posts) and then I told him to stop or I will get my gun (that was in my glove compartment) <on a side note... I do not own a gun>. I went to the Dorsey's house after getting my gas because he left me alone... and walking passed the security camera's, I saw his car drive in the driveway, and I couldn't find him. Good thing Alex was home, he got his gun. He took care of it. All I could think about was where should I hide?!  The next day, I asked Karmon where I could hide in her house in case of emergency. I have it all cleared up and squared away. No fear!

Regardless, these were the two that I really remember. There have definitely been more. I have no idea what the deal is, but pregnancy dreams I hear are crazy. I can't imagine them getting worse. Until I like spit out my baby or something along those lines. I have a few more weeks to go... I am not looking forward to the craziness!


And then... we all know that these crazy dreams and the constant peeing is only prepping me for the joy that is to come of my new baby waking me up every couple hours... I am nervous about my ability to maintain my composure. Good thing John is good at being kind with little sleep... me, it is a work in progress!


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Week.13.Questions.


How far along: 13 Weeks
Total weight gain: 3 lbs
Maternity clothes: none yet... I can still wear my clothes! Whew!
Stretch marks: No stretch marks yet... Any prevention tips?
Sleep: Getting up nightly to pee, and I have had some leg cramps at night and they are painful!
Best moment of this week: Hearing little baby Edmonds' heartbeat! <3
Miss anything: I  miss my energy and productiveness and non sick days
Movement: No movements that I can feel, but I have a feeling little baby Edmonds is going to be wiggly!
Food cravings: Nothing specific. I can eat if I am feeling well enough. I do wish I had chips as I am typing this!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Just nausea... nothing that triggers it unless being awake counts?
Have you started to show yet: a little bit. You can tell if I pull my shirt tight and if I show you my tummy with no shirt. 
Gender: no idea.
Labor signs: NO! Let's keep it that way! 
Belly button in or out: In.
Wedding rings on or off: On. (I don't look forward to not wearing them. I love them!)
Happy or moody most of the time: Eh. It depends on how I am feeling. If it is a good day, I am pretty happy. The dogs do get on my nerves at night and I can get a bit testy.. hehe
Looking forward to: Feeling better. I look forward to waking up, feeling better, and enjoying the day. 
Belly from Above
(notice Stella's baby feet<3)
Tune in Next Week for Week Fourteen Updates! :) 
-Alexis

Week 13- Doctor's Visit

My appointment was at 4:15. I got there early to talk to the office staff about my insurance (long story-not worth it) Anyway... I was proud of myself for being on time. They called me back... ON TIME! Whew.. it was going to be GREAT!

So... I peed in the cup, got weighed and then headed to the room. Where I waited... and waited... and waited. I'm talking 40 minutes. At one point I almost went into the hallway because I thought they had left for the day. Then I heard talking and was ok. So... in walks the doctor and it was a pretty simple appointment. I got to ask a few questions, she told me that my weight gain (3 lbs) was great and then it was time to listen to little baby Edmonds' heartbeat!

So... I guess it isn't as easy as it is on TV. As I laid there... for maybe a minute... the doctor searched and searched for the heartbeat. THAT was the most excruciating minute of my life!! But, little baby Edmonds has a great heartbeat and I mentioned that it was a lot slower than last time. The doctor didn't seem concerned and she even said, "What does a slower heartbeat mean?" She knows me all too well. Well... a slower heartbeat indicates baby boy. So... little baby Edmonds is sending mixed signals.

Doctor said we will find out the sex of the baby in about 6 weeks. So...

Next Doctor's Appointment: September 17th.

Gender Appointment: TBD

-Alexis

Stella Meets Baby

Well, Stella and I get to spend a lot of time together. I talked to her about a baby being in my belly. She now points to the baby and says, "baybeeeee" It is adorable. I thought I would share some pictures and of course a sweet video of my favorite little girl loving on little baby Edmonds.

 

Stella loves to "pat" aka HIT the baby. It is funny. I am so excited to see little baby Edmonds kick her back! It is going to warrant another post! I will be sure to share!


-Alexis



I Spoke/Typed Too Soon!

Well... I was feeling GREAT!

On Thursday I fell asleep at 7pm. When I woke up to go upstairs, my routine is take my medicine and pre-natal and then head straight to bed. Well because I had been feeling great, I didn't take my nausea medicine. Simple suggestion: DON'T SKIP IT!

The next morning I woke up not feeling too great so I took my morning pill and headed to nanny. I drank my Sunny D on the way to work, and still didn't feel great. The feeling lingered ALL day. No vomit, but yuck. It is such a hard feeling to describe and I feel bad that I can't because John is usually sympathetic, but he can't understand how I feel. It is a big bummer on both ends. He wants to help... and I want help. So... still feeling sick, John came to work after school and just ate the chili that Karmon had been cooking all day. I took one bite. It was good... but my stomach was not having it!

We came home, John promptly fell asleep on the couch and I was awake trying to figure out my stomach. 

I decided to try and go sleep it off. I head upstairs, TAKE all my medicine and pre-natal, and I can't leave the sink. My body wouldn't let me. 

-IF YOU GET SICK... STOP HERE!-

And so it begins... 

I just start puking all over the sink. That one bite of chili really screwed me. When I puke... I puke. My eyes are watering, face red, out of breath... hot mess. The whole time.. John is still snoozing about 3 feet away. How does one clean puke from a sink? I asked John and he mumbled something and fell back asleep. I decided I would cover my face, not breathe, and spray scrubbing bubbles. I run out of the bathroom, wait for a few minutes, head back in and pray that it just rinses away... If only life were that easy. It didn't just rinse away... So... in my hour (seconds) of need, I decided just wipe it out and go to bed. Exhausted had hit. I just told John, "Don't use the blue towel," and went to sleep. He gets up before me and he didn't use the towel. WHEW! 

Disclaimer: He apologized and I am in no way upset with him about sleeping. He was tired. I did the same thing the night before. I can't expect him to clean my vomit out of the sink. He is going to be a great daddy... sleep through it all... I in turn will be the same mother.. maybe our kid is doomed?


-Alexis

School Bells are Ringing!

Well... school is back in session in Central Ohio. I was not fortunate to get a teaching job this school year and know that God has a plan... I wish I were more patient with his plan. I know that I have the talent and determination to be a teacher but it doesn't seem to be in the cards. Moving on. I don't want to dwell. John headed back to school and that means so did the kids that I nanny. John has a good year this year. Only TWO preps... I will never forget the year he had about FIVE preps. Whew! I am looking forward to him taking the two weeks off for paternity leave. EEK! It is so surreal. This baby is also being born during baseball season. I am excited to take little baby Edmonds to the games.

Because school has started my nannying load has dwindled by 50%! I love spending the day with Stella and just hanging out and relaxing. We get to do different fun activities that we couldn't do with big brothers and sister roaming around. Hudson gets to be with us a few days a week when he isn't in kindergarten. I am looking forward to working with him on some kindergarten skills while Stella is asleep!

John and I have found a great church to join and enjoy attending. It is full of young families that are working to serve the Lord. Our two pastors have decided to each take a sabbatical to take time away from the church and focus on other things for a few months. With that comes a shift in preaching. John was asked to preach one week and he willingly accepted. WHEW! This happened the weekend that school started. Talk about getting it all out in one week. That same weekend, on Saturday, I helped plan and organize the church picnic.

The church picnic went wonderfully! Everyone had fun and the food was delicious. I am glad that I was working with a team to pull it together. Right after we started planning, I found out about being pregnant and then the onslaught of nausea. I wasn't very helpful, to say the least. It all came together and the church got to relax, have fun, and enjoy a day together.

John and Stella Playing on the Playground

Just some FRIENDLY balloon toss! LHC Style!

As for John preaching... he was nervous. I was nervous. I don't know why... I knew it would be great. We chose the songs for worship that night and I am proud of the team we make! He was nervous, but you couldn't tell. I am so proud of him and the Godly man he is. I am so excited for him to share his faith and love of the Lord with our little. I know that we will lead by example and pray for our child daily (we already do).  Here is a link to John's sermon that he preached if you would like to listen. I must say... I think he rocked it!

 http://libertyhillchurch.org/resources/sermons/romans/

 He is READY! :) 

In ACTION! <3

After John preaching, I was approached to help with the kids at church. This has been on my heart for a few months and I know that I love to teach and I am hoping that I can move it along in a way that grows the hearts of our young. I have a few things in my head and I have been trying to figure out how to lay it all out. So... keep me in your prayers for a successful transition for the kids in our church.

-Alexis

Nausea Update.

Well, the nausea has been pretty tame lately since I have been taking the Diclegis. I must say, it has helped a lot!

I still at times get a large lump in my throat. I looked it up, and apparently, it is not out of the normal for pregnancy. It is quite frustration when you feel like you have a huge chunk of yuck in your throat. I know that is gross, but whew it is gross.

I have only puked once... and that is because I thought I would be brave (eh hem... don't do it ladies) and I tried to get the phlegm out of my throat. Well, needless to say, that stirred a retching in my stomach and lost my lunch... and breakfast... and dinner.

I will keep you updated. I have learned what not to do! So... here is to smooth sailing into the second trimester. I can only hope it starts to trail off and I start feeling better!

-Alexis

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Spilling the BEANS!

Well, now that we have official proof, we felt comfortable to spread the news to family and close friends. Not facebook official yet.

So here is a quick run down of how we told the family... There are a lot, so bear with me!

Karmon:
Well... Karmon is the mother of the family that I nanny. We are friends too. I am so glad that they are part of my life. Well... after three and a half years of working with the family, she was on to me. She knew that I was pregnant when she texted and I was napping... two days in a row. Alex was beyond excited and pumped too!

Jamie:
Well... Jamie and I talk on a regular basis. She is a friend who I have grown very close to in the past two years. (Oh baseball.. thank you for a friend) I decided I had to tell her! She was my only hope at getting the nursery done because I knew she would want to help... AND it is impossible to try to talk to her and not say anything... So... she came over one night and I showed her the nursery with the crib and dresser. She was at first confused (because she knows I could have easily just bought it to have... hahaha I am so predictable) She said... "Really?" I said YUP! and the excitement ensued. Then I put her to work! She was just glad that I had been avoiding her because I didn't want to spill the beans and not because I was maybe mad at her. Whew!

Alissa:
I moved my doctor's appointment up because I wanted to have pictures for when my cousin Alissa came to visit that weekend (we went to Duck Dynasty--Jase was speaking, it was awesome) and I wanted to tell her by showing her the nursery. I was so excited to have the nursery all put together and looking like a nursery (not completed... a completed tour of pictures will happen later). Well... Alissa wanted to meet at Polaris (the mall) and shop before we went to the show. I have given up trying to talk her into driving to our house first, so I just met her at Hobby Lobby. I did have to buy a frame for my mom (for the ultrasound picture we would give her) so I figured I could tell Alissa then... Well, I was in a grumpy mood and annoyed with how it didn't turn out how I planned, so as soon as Alissa walked into the Hobby Lobby entrance, I laid it on her..."Alissa, I am pregnant.. We need to find a frame for my mom tomorrow." SHE WAS SHOCKED! I feel bad, looking back, about how I told her but I can officially blame it on my nausea and pregnancy. We walked around Hobby Lobby for about an hour and she was still in shock! It was kind of funny and exciting to see how excited she was for me.

(We randomly told Clayton in Limited... I thought John would have told him, but he didn't. He was just as happy for us.)

Wendy:
Wendy is my sister. She is the middle sister and lives closer to me. She was coming to my house that night to stay so she could drive home with us to visit mom. She had no idea that I was pregnant and going home to tell mom at that time... When she came in the house, I told her she has to see what we did upstairs. We updated the back room. When she saw the nursery, she was SO happy! Then, she told Kerrigan (my niece) and we were all excited and talked about it for a while!

Mom (Carol) and Dale:
Well, we decided since school was just around the corner we needed to make a trip home to tell mom and some other people. So... we got up SUPER early... I may not have been functioning at this point, and John drove us all home in time to meet at mom's house and have breakfast! Yum! When we got there, mom was busy cooking so I had John hand her the picture. She saw it and started crying. She is so excited and happy for us! Grandbaby number 4 is on the way! We then headed to church (I did not spill the beans even though I wanted too! I knew that if someone at church heard and somehow told my dad first, I would be upset. So I held it in!)

Tiffany and Tara:
Tiffany and Tara have been my friends for a REALLY long time. We are like sisters. I decided to tell them at lunch at the go to spot, Wen Wu. (Naturally... you go to a hole in the wall Chinese buffet!) Shannon (our other friend) headed to the beach and couldn't join... bummer. So... we were all sitting there eating our plates full of food and I said John, show them that video you have on your phone! He proceeded to show them the ultrasound video! They were speechless. That is saying a LOT! Tara shed a tear and Tiff had no words. I knew they were excited! I am so glad I told them and they got to hear little baby Edmonds' heartbeat!

Dad (Alex) and Barb:
This was tricky and I will come back to them later in the post because I am trying to do this is order so my brain can re-cap! I talked to dad one night about cutting grass at PaPa's (my grandpa) house and asked him if he could do Facetime on their new iPad. My dad lives in Allentown, PA, and I wanted to see his reaction... not just hear it. His response, "I don't do THE FACEBOOK". I had a lot of work to do... I will try again later.

John's ENTIRE family: (That is 4 couples, and 10 nieces and nephews!)
Well, we decided to have a family cookout at our house. We usually host the Baseball All-Star Game, but again, pregnancy strikes, illness ensues and I have no energy to pull it together. SO, I play it off like we want to have everyone over for a Back to School Cookout before everyone heads back to teaching and learning. I don't know how convincing I really am, and I am sure they were on to me... but hey, it was all I had left.  John's family is notorious for telling the family in unique ways! It is a lot of pressure! We have always had the idea to get a ruler that is 24 inches long and write on it that "Our family is growing by two feet!" So, we had them set out and as the troops arrived, they noticed and were immediately excited! Whew! Some had an inkling... but I like to tell myself that we had them fooled!


Dad (Alex) and Barb:
Attempt number two was more successful. Barb was awake and could show my dad how to use the iPad. I Facetimed them and BAM! There they were! They were really excited about the new technology, I was excited to see how they would respond to the news! So, after talking for a while, I decided to show them a picture of the ultrasound. Barb immediately got it. Dad, not so much. He responds, "Sorry, I don't look at ultrasounds very often!" He was a bit choked up, and that just warmed my heart. He then said, do you want to tell Papa or me? I think you should tell Papa.. So that is just what I did. I called Papa after hanging up with dad and that is another story in itself. Dad and Barb are excited and ready to help spoil little baby Edmonds!

Papa (Alex Sr.- My grandfather):
Papa (puh-puh) is not a man many words. He doesn't even say goodbye when hanging up the phone. No time for that! So let me just type out the conversation (it is too good not too)

P:Hello.
A:Hi Papa, it is Alexis. What are you doing?
P: Talking to you.
A: Right... Well I wanted to tell you something..
P: Well? What is it?
A: Papa, John and I are going to have a baby!
P: Yea?
A: Yup.. the baby is due in February.
P: February is a good month. (He says that because there are NINE birthdays, including little baby Edmonds, in our family in February alone).
A:Yea... we need to add to the birthday list.
P: March would be better.
(long pause)
A: Ok Papa, well I am going to go... I just thought I should let you know! I love you!
P: You take care of yourself. Take care!
((end call))
Oh he is a great man. He just is so sweet and funny. I wish Baba was here to meet little baby Edmonds and cook for us! She is watching down... on all of us!

Last but not least...
GG and GP: (John's grandparents)
So... John's grandparents are 95 and 96 years old. They are blessed with 14 great grandchildren and little Edmonds will be number 15! Well... we headed to visit them and arrived to just GG (grandma) and GP (grandpa) had been taken to the doctor for a continuous bloody nose. We decided to wait it out and just hang out with GG until GP came home. After a little while, he came home, all fixed up and we were ready to spread the news. John and I have big dreams of having a boy so that GG and GP can have their last name continue on. It is up to John or his brother Peter. Peter has two girls... we are looking like the best bet right now. So... after we tell GG and GP and they are so excited we decided to share with them that we are hopeful that it is a boy (they agree) and we told them we will try to let them down easy if it is a girl. We have always known that if it is a boy, the middle name will be named after GP. So.... we decided to ask him which of his names he would like us to use. He didn't give us an answer. So, it will be Charles or Robert. The verdict isn't in yet. I will keep you posted.

I told my friends by sending them a text including the video. I am so glad they all got to hear the heartbeat and enjoy the cute wiggles of little baby Edmonds.

I hope that I didn't miss anyone. There are so many people that are excited about this baby that it is encouraging. We are so blessed and I am more than excited to get this moving along!!

-Alexis





Doctor Appointment- LITTLE BABY EDMONDS

Well... bring on the blood! I am ready!!!

Alexis. When they say your name and you know that they are going to verify your growing a baby in your stomach in about 10 minutes, it is a crazy crazy feeling. Luckily, John joined me for this appointment. Whew! He got to come back immediately.

So, we are sitting in the room, I am putting on my (useless) paper wardrobe as he giggles. In comes the doctor. They meet. And it starts! This is it! As I am sitting there, John chuckles a bit that there are socks on the stirrups. FOCUS! The doctor is excited for us and I am so glad we were able to get pregnant without any intervention from her. My doctor is so amazing. She remembers things I tell her, invests in what I have to say, and genuinely cares. She is just awesome! So... she wastes no time and decides to get started. Well... I knew that I was going to have a regular exam as well (I was about due for my yearly) and she proceeds to tell me to scoot to the edge. At this point John joins me by my head while she just keeps talking and examining me. He was a bit surprised. And to think.... we do this YEARLY! Anyway, she is digging around like normal, and says, "Yup, feels pregnant!" SAY WHAT?! You can feel that? Moving on...

She said because I am only 9 weeks along, we will be doing an internal ultrasound. Good thing I did my research. I had a feeling this would happen and asked others about it. It was not bad at all... I was expecting worse. So she powers up the machine and we are in business. Immediately, we see little baby Edmonds! It is such a surreal moment. You are so focused on what you see, I didn't say a word. John says, "Oh my gosh..." We aren't really criers, we were more in shock of actually seeing it! And it was moving around!!

Here are some pictures of the moment!
LOOK AT THAT! (for those who see nothing, don't fret. The head is on the right of the screen and the body is on the left. The baby only had nubs for arms and legs so they look like little circles in the correct spots)

They assure me the head will even out... I am skeptical with the size of heads that I have seen born in our family! (hehe)
Funny story about this picture: So, John is taking pictures and I say, "Was I in that?" because I know that I am not going to look at all flattering, and my Vargo chins are going to be showing... John's response "Yea, you and your four chins are in the picture!" To which the doctor responded with a gasp. To anyone who doesn't know us... this is our relationship. That is no way offended me. I thought it was funny. We love each other and are sarcastic with each other all the time. It is just who we are. It did make for a hilarious picture and doctor reaction! 

As we were looking at little baby Edmonds, I remembered seeing something on Pinterest about finding out the sex of the baby at the first ultrasound. So... we look to see what side the placenta is on and it is by the baby's head in the ultrasound (the only reason she knew that was because the umbilical cord was headed that way). So... according to this Pinterest find and study, all roads point to a girl! (well 97% accuracy) This may be devastating news to John's grandparents.... I will keep you posted!

Here is a video of little baby Edmonds... if you listen close, you can hear the heart beat a little bit at the end. If you can see close enough, you can see the heart flickering too! Little Baby Edmonds is right on track according to the doctor!




Next Appointment: August 20th. 

-Alexis

My Nurse Appointment and Michelle

Well I am a ball of nerves walking in the OBGYN's office today, and just sitting and waiting in the waiting room... and waiting... and waiting. What is taking so long? After I have waited 30 minutes, I kindly go to the lady at the desk and she says, "Oh, let me check on that!" Then two minutes later I was being called back! Whew.


So... I meet the nurse in a small little office with a desk and she is armed with a computer. There is a wall of brochures (should I have grabbed those?) and she starts. She is very kind and a warm woman to talk to. Then she starts with the barrage of questions. I mean, I went in knowing this was going to happen (after my research online) but some of the questions truly stumped me. I am not positive of WHY or HOW every single family member of mine that has left us, passed. I was giving her educated guesses. I got through it pretty well I thought!

Then she asks me how I have been feeling. Well, that I could accurately answer! I was feeling awful! I have had a lump in the back of my throat, feel like I am going to puke at all times, and have only puked one time. She said, well we have a new medicine that you can try. It is a level A. (Cue the question marks surrounding my expression) That just means that is it very low in toxicity and safe for baby too! I am game for anything that can help! I filled that RX immediately. This is the medicine... to all those vomiting mommas out there... try it out!


After the barrage of questions, my sweet nurse says, "OK, let's go give them your blood samples." Ummmmmm..... I am not a big fan of giving blood. AT ALL. So, walk into the lab and I see the woman who is about to be a vampire.

Michelle. Her name is Michelle. I told her that my best friend's name is Michelle and she can't ruin that for me. She just smiled and kept talking to me to keep me focused on everything but the needle she was putting in my arm. I think I did well... I didn't cry, flinch, just sat still. Go Me! Then, she says after the first tube, "Hmmm, it just keeps stopping and starting." In my head (and maybe out loud) I say, WHAT? How can it STOP? She decides she needs to try the other arm. Oh joy. After another failed attempt in arm two, she decides she needs a butterfly needle. Well... wouldn't you know, they don't have any in the lab. I quickly tell her I am going to be here tomorrow and she can try again. (I just wanted OUT!) She says she will try to get one and I am about to leave when I see, with my own two eyes, MICHELLE throw my blood away! WHAT?? Was that necessary? (I will deal with her later!)

So... I prep myself all night and the next day for the blood I am about to lose. I am prepared. I can do this! (Plus, my arms make me look as though I am addicted to injecting drugs with the bruises that have formed...)

Until tomorrow's lab with Michelle...

-Alexis


Monday, August 19, 2013

Bring on the Sickness!

Well, weeks six, seven, eight and nine greeted me with morning/all-day sickness. Let me tell you something: I haven't puked since FIFTH grade. That was a long time ago! I dreaded the day that this came with little baby Edmonds. Well... it is here. I am either sick, sleeping, or trying to sleep. Many of you know that I am a nanny in the summer (and throughout the year, but the number of kids drops because of school). So... I have four kids and my niece this summer. FIVE kids and I feel awful. All I want to do is sleep. Well, needless to say, they aren't tired. So.. I sucked it up and I am trying to do things that are easy to entertain. They will understand at some point. They don't know that I am pregnant yet. I have gagged a few times on my toothbrush and proceeded to the porcelain throne to empty my stomach contents. I immediately looked on pinterest (pretty much my new search engine--who needs google or yahoo when you have pinterest?) for nausea remedies. Many are not very helpful. The one thing that I found to be helpful in alleviating some of the sickness is ginger ale. I thought I would hate it, and it is officially, my new best friend! Saltines made me gag, water made me gag, food was not a priority. Nothing was really sounding good because I was just feeling awful. It wasn't a constant vomiting like some women have the pleasure of dealing with, but it was the feeling that it could happen at any time that haunted me day and night. Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup was a staple at lunch. Whew! I could at least keep it down. 

Once I could gather some energy and not feel too terrible, I tried some things with the kids. I should probably be nanny of the year! They LOVED yoga! I never thought that a child, let alone 4 ranging from 9-1.5 could/would sit and do a yoga we found on netflix! They did the whole thing and it really helped me relax that day. It hasn't been shown since, but they liked it and I loved that half hour!
 -Yoga Poses-

I was having a hard time falling asleep at night because of my nausea. It didn't feel good to lie down, sit up, stand, or just be awake. BUT, sleeping helped so much! Well, I used my Pandora and this was a beautiful song... so relaxing! This helped. 
 Stella and I were both not feeling well these few weeks. The kids were wound up, but wanted to play with each other. Stella was a loner. It was just me and her. She could tell I wasn't feeling well, so we both snuggled. She was asleep about 3 minutes after this picture was taken.
I am looking forward to a date with the doctor.  I meet with the nurse Tuesday, and then the doctor on Wednesday! I hope to get this nausea thing under control so I can pull my life together. There are so many chores that need done, but sleeping sounds so much better!


Just a side note: I read that making a baby in the first trimester is equivalent to running a HALF MARATHON! 13.1 people... I don't run... so... I officially know why I am tired all the time.

-Alexis

Ikea-Love/Hate Relationship

Well... anyone who knows me knows that I have had my nursery planned for the past two years. I have known what crib, colors, and even bought a crib skirt a while ago. I like to plan things in my head and Pinterest only adds to this planning. The good thing is, when the time comes, all I have to do is buy and pull it all together. (I have done this with classrooms, my entire house, and of course our wedding... Our wedding was PLANNED and set in two days-- benefit of planning in your head first!)

So, after the twins birthday, John and I decided to go to Ikea. I wore heels that day because it was a Sunday, we left church, went to the party, and I didn't plan Ikea ahead in my head! So... I suffered throughout Ikea as we walked and walked and walked. I love that place. So many things that inspire you and of course, we were PRAYING that the crib and dresser we had picked out were available. We have found them a while ago and they are never BOTH in stock at the same time... classic. Well, good news is they had BOTH! WOO HOO! Time to get started. We even found a mirror to match. So exciting!

As I hobbled through the rest of Ikea and up and down the aisles to find the crib and everything, I returned to the car with a nursery and many, many blisters in tow.

I am not one to start something and leave it partially done... so we of course started building the next morning!

 Night One- WE HAD TO OPEN IT! DUH!
 DAY TWO: Hard at work... the pups helped a bit...
 DAY TWO: Oh thank you Ikea for your wordless instructions with helpful pictures... NOT!

 DAY TWO: Adi and Aspen LOVE the nursery and enjoy cuddles as we build!
 DAY TWO: Completed dresser (that will be changing table) and the mirror!
 DAY THREE: Opening the crib!

DAY THREE: I didn't take building pictures (I was helping) but it looks great! 

More nursery updates to come... Stay Tuned!

I have to keep the hubby busy on his summer off! Also, if it doesn't get done, it won't get done once he goes back to teaching full time and then baseball. I need to be on top of it! 


-Alexis