Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Hopefully the only disappointing day I'll have...

I woke up this morning and my hands were extremely swollen and I ached all over. The aching part is something I've gotten used to- mornings have been bad for the past 2 months but the swollen hands were a new development. I checked my feet and they weren't too bad. I called into work and asked to take my lunch hour first thing so that I could try and get up and figure out what was going on. My fingers hurt so bad I could barely hold my toothbrush!! I have been super careful about sodium intake lately, so I was a little baffled. I ended up calling into work- something I HATE to do. I was making a serious concerted effort not to miss a single day up until I went into labor. I called my doctor and she asked me to go get my blood pressure taken so I threw some clothes on and headed out the door. 120/73 and heart rate at 100---she said she no need to worry just to take it easy drink lots of water and not get off of the couch....translation even though you already feel like crap I'm going to need you to sit on your butt all day and not be able to do anything as to make yourself more miserable than you already are....
I can't stand being still all day, and I can't stand being unproductive. Not to mention that horrible Restless Legs Syndrome I have is TOTALLY triggered by inactivity. I laid on the couch looking at the laundry I could have been folding, dishes I could have been doing, and knowing that a LOT was going on at work that I needed to be there for. Once again, miserable. Nothing was on TV and with my almost nightly lack of sleep I was too scared to nap for fear of another night sitting up awake. Morris wasn't that great of company, either. He just laid around all day like it was the good life, he didn't try and entertain me at all.
After hours and hours of not moving I decided to make a WalMart trip around 5pm- we needed groceries, and I am making fruit salad for some of the guests at the Ronald McDonald house in Augusta this week. Plus, I knew that if I didn't exercise my legs at least a little bit that my RLS was going to drive me bonkers tonight. Chad came to the store with me so I didn't do any heavy lifting or maneuvering, and when I got home I had 4 packages on my doorstep! I love packages! We've started getting our fluff mail to add to the nice stash of cloth diapers that Noah received at my recent baby shower! Our stash is growing and it makes me so happy! I finally have enough to start washing and pre-treating them and I made a cleaning/care instruction sheet for our laundry room until we get it down to a science, and of course for the days when Chad feels like helping out! We also got the best gift- a total surprise from my in-laws - Noah's pack'n'play! She is one lucky girl and she doesn't even know it yet! I'm glad to say the end of my day has been better than the beginning. I can't WAIT to go to work tomorrow. Un-swollen fingers crossed that I don't ever have to have a "rest day" again before Noah comes, because I am not cut out for it. I seriously feel for the poor women who get put on bed rest.
In the big scheme of things life is great, my baby girl is healthy (I know because she doesn't stop moving) and I can move my hands again! Plus, I'm surrounded by amazing friends and family who I love more than anything! Now I'm going to go SIT and cut up enough fruit to feed 30 people tomorrow! Have an awesome night! Love, Layne

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A lot of nonsense....

I have felt the overwhelming urge to write since yesterday morning and just have not had any sense of direction or purpose as to what I wanted to say. I still really don't know where I'm going with this but y'all can bear with me because I feel like I need a good therapeutic blogging session.
My life over the past two weeks has consisted of work, a baby shower, planning for what else we need before Noah arrives, continuing to research all birth-related topics as to perfect my birth plan, more work, researching the best deals on the things we need before Noah arrives, trying to rest, more work, and ordering all of the things we need before Noah arrives. Work is going really well, some days it doesn't even feel like work- more like hanging out with people I like and accomplishing something productive simultaneously. For any of you who have ever had a job you didn't like, then you know how good it is to have one that you do like. It's great and has helped the weeks fly by up until this point. We have one of our busiest weeks of the year next week, so with the 110 heat index and serious work load in front of me I can definitely see early labor happening! (I'm half-joking) (Sort of) At home I've been trying to put my feet up a bit, although that is way easier said than done. It's second nature to want to come home and immediately be in the kitchen fixing dinner for Chad and me- it's not a chore, it's something most nights I love doing, and I really don't like not doing it. However, my legs and feet have been swelling more severely in the past week so I'm trying to not be up and moving too much once I get home from 9 hours at work. The other night my feet were so swollen I considered calling the doctor, Chad had them propped up on something like 6 pillows holding an ice pack on them (even though I was squirming and telling him I was frost bitten) I couldn't bend my toes the were so big- it was painful, but it hasn't gotten anywhere close to being that bad since then. I've been really mindful of my sodium intake and like I said making an effort to take it easy. While I've been "taking it easy" I've spent more time online doing baby-bargain shopping than I think I have spent sleeping. I've become a legit bargain shopping pro- you want tips, I'm your girl. I made Amazon a very happy company this week, and by signing up for Amazon-mom I qualified for free 2-day shipping on everything we ordered including Noah's dresser!! I can only imagine what shipping for a dresser would normally cost. Now I'm waiting on about 10 different deliveries before Thursday and a LOT of them are fluff mail!! I have been so excited about all the fluff coming in for Noah! I just picture her little butt in those diapers and it makes me all warm and tingly!
I feel like for months time has been flying by, but now the days are so slow and I can't imagine how long another 5 weeks is going to feel like until my due date. An eternity, I'm sure.
I've gotten a little more easily offended by people's opinions on my birth plan and cloth diapering this past week or two. Pretty much the entire pregnancy I've been able to let the naysayer's comments roll off my back, or even put a positive spin on things and educate them on some of the things I'm interested in. Lately, though, I've gotten so irritated by some of the truly stupid stuff people will say. I was thrilled to get a message the other night from a family member who told me she and her husband had decided to cloth diaper. I think I may have overwhelmed her with my essay-length response about the great retailers and mommy blogs she needed to look into. I came across this article today and it made me smile ---it's exactly how I feel about the cloth diaper world, and more than that- the entire family of mommy-bloggers and readers out there who 99% of the time even with differing opinions all love and support each other and respect that everyone is different.
Today, my birth plan is pretty much finalized. I've decided to try and labor at home as long as possible before going to the hospital in order to give Noah and I the best shot at a natural, intervention-free labor. With the help of Chad and Chris (my doula) I'm going to try and work through labor and delivery drug free, and given my druthers (and both of us being healthy) have a vaginal delivery. That being said I am also very much at peace with the fact that this is my first baby and the experience may be scary for me and I may not feel strong enough to endure without an epidural- but the plan it to try my hardest. I've done a lot of reading and watched a lot of birthing videos and there is nothing I want more than the insane high of being as "present" and involved as possible in bringing my daughter into the world the way God intended it to happen. I believe a doctor in a movie I watched called the intense hormones and chemical reactions that happen from a vaginal birth an "intense love cocktail" and a very important bond between the mother and child. I pray that I get that experience. Ultimately I know, however, that no matter what way Noah gets here the bottom line is that she is healthy and that we finally get to meet her and hold her, and snuggle with her! (how am I going to last 5 more weeks)
Now I need to go rest, take a bath and get in bed, I've been trying to go to bed earlier and earlier hoping to catch a few hours of sleep here and there. The no sleep thing has actual become easier to deal with- I figure it's just prepping me for what's to come! I love you guys! Hope everyone is having a great summer, staying cool and hydrating! Some wise words were said once: Moderation and Hydration!! (this was in regards to some people having a long weekend of partying, but I think it applies to any situation)
My best, Layne

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Nursery Sneak Peak

We still have a long way to go with the nursery, but here is a sneak peak at some of our first wall art, the crib, and this precious end table to sit next to our glider when we get it!

So these are 12x12 cherry wood frames with different patterns of scrap book paper with adorable butterfly cut outs! Thanks to sis-in-law, Nicole, for cutting the butterflies as I am not coordinated enough to work scissors that skillfully! I have a lot of the paper left over and I'm trying to decide what to do with it....I know I want her name or at least initials somewhere in the room, maybe I can modge podge the paper on some wooden letter blocks and spell out Noah Layne.....hmmm decisions decision!

A view of the wall that the crib is on, and with the pictures hung! My mother-in-law is making us a valance for the window so that will tie that wall together so nicely!! I'm going to Hobby Lobby to get fabric for it this afternoon!
Lastly, this is my most recent purchase. I got it this morning at a furniture consignment store in Augusta, and it's perfect to sit next to the glider to set things on, burp cloths, a picture frame, lamp, what-have-you! This is a teal painted wood piece and it's got a sweet lemon yellow undercoat showing though where someone has put a distressed finish on it! It matches perfectly and will be a nice relief from the very polished cherry wood of the crib and glider. I love the path I'm on with decorating but it's hard to imagine how it will all pull together!! I know one thing that will make it complete is a sweet little Noah baby!! Love y'all! Layne

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Research, Birth Plans, and Doulas- Oh My!

Tonight Chad and I met with and officially hired our Doula. I am so excited. I feel such a great comfort in knowing I have someone who is my advocate that is medically informed ( she's a midwife, too) that is open minded and who is ready to do 100% whatever I need her to do. She sat with us for over and hour and answered questions, spoke directly to Chad about a lot of things that concerned him and that she thought would be helpful for him to know, gave us great advice, lots of options, and we left feeling really comfortable with our decision to hire her.
With this being my first pregnancy she asked me about what I knew about, what research I had done, what preconceived notions I had and without judgement confirmed some of what I knew, educated me some more on certain procedures and possible birth complications and really let me know that no question was stupid or off-limits between the two of us. We went through my first draft of my birth plan, she gave me some suggestions and prepared me for possible reactions and opinions I may get from my doctor and hospital staff. We talked about symptoms I am already experiencing, possible future symptoms, herbal and at home remedies and natural options for preparing my body for labor and delivery--in addition to the exercising I'm doing already.
I like my OB but she is really intimidating, which is weird for me to say, because I'm a really strong personality and I don't typically have a hard time standing up for myself. However, I'm new to this experience and process and I'm pleased to say that my Doula is going to accompany me to my next appointment and be with me to meet my Doctor, as well as be there when I present her with my birthing plan. The way we left it tonight I am on strict orders to continue my research and educate myself as much as possible between now and delivery. I'm to lessen the amount of exercise I'm doing slightly because I'm experiencing a lot of low pressure already and it's still pretty early...I don't need to go into labor before 4 1/2 more weeks which would put me at 37 weeks and would mean Noah would be more cooked in this oven. I would love to hear about any experiences you mommies out there had with your birth plan- any things you realized too late you left off, or any issues that didn't quite fly with your OB? Also would love some good books or movies I can watch-keep in mind I'm in a small town and our library is limited. So far The Business of Being Born was a great motivation and very empowering, I'm also looking into Born in the USA by Marsden Wagner and Henci Goer's Obstetric Myths vs Research Realities. Another thing I need to look into is feeding/sleeping far I've heard of Babywise-what else should I check out??

Ooooh this mothering thing is exhausting already, but I'm so pumped up about it, and so excited for the ride. I'm thrilled to have a husband who is so supportive of me, and open to things like a Doula- which I know he had never heard of before in his entire life. He sat there mostly silent taking it all in, processing the information, and learning new things. He's willing to do anything in his power to be there for Noah and me riiiiggghht up until the "nastiness" starts to happen, ha-ha! I'm trucking along working in the 110 heat index- insufferable weather, and he's kicking butt and taking names rocking out at State Farm- we're going to have our baby girl in a matter of weeks- could life get any better?? Love, Layne

p.s. If you live in South Carolina email Chad for a competitive insurance quote- the worse thing that could happen is he saves you money! If you don't live in SC-- he can still help you with Life Insurance, Health Insurance and financial planning, saving and investing!!


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Friday, July 8, 2011

Five Question Friday

Rules for 5QF: Copy and paste the following questions to your blog post, answer them, then watch for the linky to appear on Friday morning! And most of all...most importantly...HAVE FUN!!

Questions for Friday, July 8th: (Special thanks to Sandy, Pam,@chickensbees,@kristinascackle, and @my4redheads for their question suggestions! Seriously, thank you! If YOU would like to be linked in a future 5QF, just head over to my community and offer up your best question suggestions, or shout 'em out to me on Twitter [@5crookedhalos] using hashtag #5QF!)

1. Do you think cursive writing is overrated? (Schools in Indiana have now voted to take teaching cursive writing out of their curriculum.)

2. Do you still use a pocket calendar or notepad or do you keep your info on your smart phone?

3. What 3 things would you save if your house was burning down? (family & pets are already safe)

4. Country Mouse or City Mouse, err Person?

5. If you could pick ANY reality show to go on, which would you pick?

1. Do you think cursive writing is overrated? (Schools in Indiana have now voted to take teaching cursive writing out of their curriculum.)
Nope, not at all. But I wouldn't freak out about it being taken out of a curriculum. I love cursive, but don't use it often.
2. Do you still use a pocket calendar or notepad or do you keep your info on
your smart phone?
I have a datebook in my purse, AND I put stuff on my BlackBerry calendar. I'm oober forgetful so it never hurts to double up. Or triple up when I put it on my Outlook calendar....or quadruple when I put it on my hubby's so he can also remind me.
3. What 3 things would you save if your house was burning down? (family & pets are already safe)
My computer, my important file box, and my diddy bag (for non-Southerners its the bag we keep toiletries in)
4. Country Mouse or City Mouse, err Person?
I'm a have fun where I go, but not too far into the country, please, mouse.
5. If you could pick ANY reality show to go on, which would you pick?
If I was qualified then, So You Think You Can Dance, but just as plain ole' me...then Amazing Race. My hubby and I would dominate. We both have a completely different scope of knowledge so we're good compliments to each other, both competitive and in good shape (when I'm not 8 months pregnant).

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Fourth of July weekend and Third Trimester Update

So...I think I'm having Braxton Hicks Contractions. Either that or I have gas. Laugh all you want, but I'm not trying to be funny, I don't feel gassy I've just heard that third trimester you can get bad gas that can result in extreme cramping and discomfort. The pain is coming in waves- completely irregular and I feel fine in between them. It's very bizarre, but I'm not worried about it. Just more frustrated that I had to skip spinning tonight! Regardless I am now addressing you from my couch, my back propped up by several pillows, my feet rested on several pillows- it's like I'm in one of those adjustable beds that they sell in infomercials and I've situated it to put my body in a V-shape. I hope this resting thing helps, I'm not really used to it this early in the evenings. I'm dying to be at spin class. Oh well, hopefully the Kardashians reruns will be just as entertaining.
I had a doctors appointment this morning that went great. Noah is healthy (don't I know it from her incessant womb-gymnastic) and Doc says I'm doing good to. My blood work shows I'm anemic but that's nothing some Iron pills can't fix. I love hearing her heartbeat, and I just need to take some chill pills because I am DYING for her to get here!! So here's the latest belly snapshot- it's going to be the last one until after the baby because I am getting to be a beast of a pregnant lady. Luckily- it's majority belly, which I'm giving all credit to the Spin Gallery and my aggressive diet plan, however, the belly itself it big and projects straight out from my body.

We didn't do much for the Fourth. Chad spent the weekend with his family at the beach while I stayed at home because I had to work on Saturday. He came home Monday evening and we grilled out, caught up, and lit some sparklers. Poor MoMo spent the weekend and Monday living in pure terror because just when he thought thunder was the scariest thing ever, he was introduced to fireworks. If he was hiding his head under my legs on the couch he was cowering in the bathroom. Weirdest thing ever, our master bath and the guest bathroom downstairs have become his hiding place. I have no clue what makes him feel more safe in the bathrooms, but whatever works for him. Here's a snap shot of my pyro-husband with a sparkler on our front porch.

I'm missing my friends. I know that everyone is just as busy as I am, and everyone feels like
there isn't enough time in the day but I still feel sad. Summer makes me remember when the days
were long and there was too much time to even think of enough things to do and we were carefree
and had hours and hours of fun! Childhood was great, no? Ahh. I love y'all. Layne