Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The First NST

The NST's weren't bad at all yesterday. Doug and I showed up to the hospital, and everyone we dealt with was super nice, and very helpful. They did an ultrasound to measure the fluid, and we even got to see his little arms resting up by his face, as if he was trying to play peek-a-boo or something. Afterwards, they hooked me up to a couple monitors and monitored the baby's heart rate and my contractions. They wanted to see how he reacted to the contractions I was having. They said everything looked really good, and they'd see us on Friday. I guess we need to go TWICE a week, and not just once. I feel better about twice a week (even though it's about a half hour drive,) since it means he's more closely monitored.
I spent the rest of the afternoon on the couch with an ice pack, changing its location from the itchiest spot to the next itchiest spot the rest of the night. I was having a lot of contractions after dinner last night, and they were even 5 minutes apart for about 45 minutes, but still weren't super painful. Most of them were uncomfortable, and on the verge of painful, but apparently nothing to get worked up about. But... does this mean he's coming soon? Let's hope so! The RN we talked to at the hospital yesterday said that if I were to go into labor now, they wouldn't stop it. I'll be 37 weeks Friday, so it's still a bit early, but we should be in the safe zone now. Doug and I quickly went over our hospital checklist before we went to bed, just in case we had any excitement last night. I guess we should be prepared at any time now!

Monday, October 29, 2007

36 Week Doctor Appointment

Today was my 36-week check-up with my doctor. As some of you know, I have just been super itchy on mostly my stomach the last couple weeks, with a rash appearing, then disappearing, then reappearing, since I started the third trimester. Because of this, I have seen my OB, my family doctor, and a dermatologist. I have been recommended several different medications, with nothing prevailing thus far. My OB recommended a blood test last week to check to see if I had cholestasis of pregnancy. This is a liver disease that goes away within the first few days after delivery. She didn't test me for this awhile ago because a rash isn't normally associated with this.
She got the test results back, and told me that I do have cholestasis of pregnancy. At first, I just thought, "Great. Well I'll just keeping getting itchier and itchier until I deliver... it could be worse." But then, she told me that there are risks with this, including stillbirths. Of course, then I started freaking out. I didn't want to break down in her office, so I was on the verge of tears the rest of the appointment.
Because of this, I have to go have NST's (nonstress tests) at the hospital every week now. They'll do ultrasounds to measure the amniotic fluid, and will monitor the baby's heart rate. I will most likely be induced now, too. Having an induction before 40 weeks will obviously be better for the baby, as the longer he's inside me, the more risks he has of his own liver not functioning properly, and having complications. The only relief I've found for all this itching is with anti-itch creams and oatmeal baths, and the rash has spread to my back, chest, and is now starting on my arms.
I go to the hospital for the first NST tomorrow at 1:30, so we'll see how that goes. It sounds like I just have to lie there for 30-45 minutes while they monitor, so it shouldn't be too bad. We'll see how it goes!

New Nursery Additions

Well, since I couldn't find a decent airplane picture for cheaper than like $65 or $70, I decided to make my own. I went to JoAnn's fabric store this weekend to get some material to make Jack's stocking, and stumbled onto an idea. I found this airplane iron-on, some matting, some scrapbook paper, and a frame, all for about $25 total.

And here are the painted letters I posted earlier, all hung above his dresser. We're all ready for you now, Jack!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The Crib

Our crib came yesterday, and we set it up last night! (actually, Doug set it up while I supervised.) I'm excited with the way it turned out. Thanks so much, Gwen and Cassidy!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

35 1/2 Weeks

I had a check-up at the OB yesterday, she said the baby's measuring just a little small, but it didn't sound like anything to be concerned about. She also checked to see if I was dilated at all yet, which I'm not. I have been gaining more weight than I know what to do with now. How does someone gain 8 pounds in two weeks? How embarrassing! I guess eating something every couple hours will do that to you. Let's hope the weight comes off just as fast as it has accumulated. And, since the baby is measuring a little small, I can't blame the weight gain on him. Darn!
Doug and I have been busy just trying to prepare for the baby's arrival. I almost have our hospital bag packed, and we spent about twenty minutes this past weekend figuring out how to install the car seat bases in the cars. It's amazing how many new things come along with a baby. I've also been looking around both online and in stores for some cute airplane decor for the nursery, since that's the theme in there. It's a lot harder to find vintage plane stuff than I thought! So if you see something somewhere, let me know about it!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Back View Pics & Nursery Decor

This was taken a few nights ago on a clear evening.

During the sleet last night, I saw a ton of deer grazing right behind our house. I thought the flash was going to scare them away, that's why the picture is so dark.

Doug and I spent an hour or so tonight sanding and painting these letters. Not bad nursery decor for under $8 (including paint and brush) right? You can probably guess what the little guy's name will be now...

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Murder Mystery Dinner

Doug and I went to a murder mystery dinner on Saturday night with our friends Ryan and Christy.

Ryan was a magician, and Christy was his assistant. The funny thing was that I was Miss America, and Doug was my bodyguard. Hmm, pregnant Miss America... that'll be the day. We had a lot of fun, and I actually won the prize for guessing the correct murderer! Turns out that it was Ryan. Neither Doug nor I had ever been to one, and it was tons of fun, even though we didn't know anyone but Christy and Ryan. We even talked about doing a murder mystery dinner of our own sometime.

I took this picture on the way to church this morning. It was really beautiful the way the light was shining through the clouds.

Friday, October 12, 2007

34 Weeks

Doug and I had our 3rd anniversary on Tuesday. We had an amazing dinner at this place in Sandy called Carver's. We both had their steaks and shared a side of king crab legs. It was SO delicious! It's too bad crab is such a chore to eat, dumb shells. It was still worth it. Doug worked late Wednesday while I wrote out thank-you cards for my shower, and I took Thursday off (since I still have 3 paid days off before I quit.) We got our blinds installed that afternoon, which has been a nice change. We paid to have a guy come install them since there were 23 to install. Doug and I installed them ourselves in our last house, and it took what seemed like days. And we only had SEVEN windows to do!

No wonder I've been feeling those growing pains in my belly lately, right? Sheesh, even my maternity clothes are starting to be too small. Doug took thispicture for me after dinner tonight. We had rosemary chicken kabobs and baked potatoes.
I found out today that my replacement at work starts on Monday, and I'll be training her starting on Tuesday. It still hasn't sunk in that I won't be working at 1-800 CONTACTS for much longer. That place has been awesome, and I'll miss it. I know, I'll miss my baby more, though, if I don't quit. It hasn't sunk in too much that we'll have a baby around soon, either, even though this ginormous belly isn't getting any smaller. We're both really excited!
My allergies have been awful lately! My eyes still itch so bad, especially when I'm at home. I even use prescription eyedrops twice a day, and they don't seem to totally cure it. That's what I get for living in the mountains, I guess. Due to this website I heard about a couple years ago, I figured out that I have a really bad allergy to sagebrush. You can figure out the pollen you're allergic to by the local pollen count listed here. I'm really hoping that first freeze comes soon to put me out of my misery!

Monday, October 08, 2007

Nursery Pics

The nursery is finally on its way! The cradle will be going in our room eventually, but we don't have our crib yet, so that's our filler for now.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Shower With Friends

My friend Rachel was nice enough to throw me a baby shower last Wednesday with all of my friends. It was so much fun to see everyone I don't get to hang out with very often. We played a few fun games, and she and Brady made some delicious soups, breaksticks, and salad. Rachel told everyone that brought some diapers would get entered into a drawing for a gift card, so I got all stocked up on diapers and wipes. I have some very generous friends. Thanks, guys! You can view the rest of the pictures from the shower in my My Pictures link.

Thursday was well spent relaxing at home as my allergies have kicked into full swing. My eyes get to itchy that I have to get prescription dye drops. I went upstairs to use them for the first time this season, and the bottle was empty! I was so miserable that Doug and I went straight to urgent care so I could get some more. Ahh, a little relief at last!
Yesterday was Doug's great aunt's funeral, Geniel. Geniel was part owner of Echo Resorvoir, and has always been very generous to Doug and his family. She was always very sweet, and will be missed. We got up and got ready to go to the viewing and funeral yesterday, and didn't make it back to our house until a little after 3. We left for urgent care around 5, and then hung out at Doug's grandparent's house until about 8:30 with his uncles that don't live very close. Today and tomorrow will be spent watching general conference. Tomorrow at 12:30, we'll meet Doug's dad's side of the family down in Payson for their traditional conference get-together since it's his grandpa's birthday. I'm glad we have today to just hang out at the house, this pregnancy and allergies are kicking my butt! Not much lightheadedness lately, so that's nice. This guy just keeps trying to dig his way out, and sometimes kicks my rib cage.