Wednesday, May 27, 2009

week 14

Doctor's appointment yesterday. Baby bird and I are growing right on bird is about 3 1/2 inches long now, and has developed all its body parts...even unique fingerprints! Baby's heart rate is 162 bpm, which is normal, but seems so fast. I'm now in my second trimester, so I should (hopefully) start to feel less tired in the next few weeks.

We are mostly done with rearranging our rooms and clearing out a room for the nursery. I'm hoping to get the nursery all cleaned out within the next few weeks so we can start decorating. We're planning to paint the crib wall brown, and the other three walls pink if its a girl, and blue if it is a boy.

I scheduled an ultrasound with Ultrasona at Polaris--we will find out the gender on June 5th! Appointment is at 4:30 that day. Apparently they have a 50" plasma screen to view the ultrasound on, and seating for up to 18 people! So if you'd like to attend, let me know :)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

week 13

Not much to report this week. Baby bird is supposedly the size of a plum, about 2 1/2 inches long. I'm almost out of the first trimester, so hopefully sometime soon I won't be nearly as tired as I have been lately.

In other news, our new washer and dryer arrive on Thursday morning and I can't wait! It's been almost 3 weeks since our basement flooded and we haven't done laundry at home since. We got this washer and dryer, using the insurance money plus some....and taking advantage of a great sale at Best Buy combined with Lowes price match guarantee. We're going to be doing a LOT more laundry soon, especially with using cloth diapers----since we needed to replace our set anyway, we though we might as well upgrade a bit.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mothers Day!

Despite being away from home for 12 hours, 5 of those being at work, and getting wine spilled all over my pretty dress, it was a nice day.

We had brunch for my mom at Jason's house...egg casserole, fresh fruit, baked french toast--yum! Jason even somehow knew that I loooove pomegranate lemonade, and had that as a drink selection :)

Work was slow, which makes it feel longer, but it was a nice change for a Sunday. After work, dinner at Polaris Grill which was tasty as always.

Camera batteries are charged, so here are some pictures of the "baby bump". Sometimes I think that I am showing a bit, and sometimes I don't. I think it depends on the angle and what I'm wearing.

Friday, May 8, 2009

first meeting with the midwives

We had our first consultation with the midwives at CHOICE on Wednesday night. They are able to refer us for an ultrasound, which my only reason to keep seeing my OB for now, so I think I am going to switch to seeing the midwives exclusively. I still have an appointment at my OB's on May 26, so I may just keep that appointment and explain the situation to him at my visit.

Our midwives are Abby and Audra. Audra lives about 2 blocks from us, which will be really convenient when it comes time to have the baby. Abby is one of the founders of the organization, and has been practicing for nearly 40 years! As it turns out, she is the midwife who attended the births of 3 of the 5 Curtis girls (my friend Anna, and her sisters Lauren and Jessica), as well as the birth of their older sister's daughter. Between Audra and Abby, they have seen over 1000 births!

More good news--I called my insurance company today, and midwife-attended homebirth is covered! If the office accepts Anthem, it will be covered at the in-network rate. If they don't, it will still be covered at the out of network rate. That is good enough for me, as we were bracing ourselves for paying it all out of pocket.

I found my battery charger, and the camera batteries are charging now, so I will post some progress pics tomorrow night after work. A patron at the library asked me "Is this your first?" last night, so I must be starting to show a bit. I can't really tell, but of course, I see me every day....

Monday, May 4, 2009

I need a weekend off to recover from my weekend off...

Here's how my weekend went....

Friday night: home from work around 6:30. Big headache, super tired, and it was storming all night, so just vegged out on the couch and went to bed around 11:30.

Saturday morning: got up around 8:30 to get ready for a shopping trip with my mom. Went downstairs to get clothes out of dryer, found standing water in entire basement up to 3" deep depending on location. Spent an hour on the phone with Mom, insurance company, water extraction company, etc.

Servpro (Water extraction company) people came and installed 6 industrial sized fans in basement. Roto Rooter came to replace faulty sump pump.

Saturday evening: intermission from chaos; fun hanging out with our friend Brian and yummy dinner at Villa Nova

Sunday morning: Tim goes into garage for something and sees that garage door has a broken extension spring and can no longer be opened, so will now need to be repaired.

Sunday afternoon: spent well over an hour at David's Bridal in what should have been a 20 minute trip to exchange my dress for Amy and Bob's wedding. Was told by David's Bridal employees that they only allow exchanges within 90 days of the items leaving the store. Since they told us to order by late September, the items had been picked up 6 months ago. I told them that if I had known in October that I would be 16 weeks pregnant in mid-June, I would have exchanged the dress then.

They finally let me exchange the dress for a new one, but the new one was less money. Great, a refund! Nope. They don't do store credit, so in order to exchange the dress, I had to buy something else to make it equal or greater. So I went ahead and bought my shoes. Great to get that out of the way, but I was in a hurry and not planning on doing that yesterday.

Today: Servpro wanted to come back to do a dry check of the basement, and was hassling me into doing it mid-day even though I told them I was at work. Wanted to come at 2:30--right in the middle of our monthly department meeting. I finally arranged for them to come at noon so I took a 2 hour lunch break and went home to let them in. They determined basement was dry, and removed all the fans.

20 minutes later: on the way back to work, Allstate rep calls to get an idea of our damaged items. When I mention the down comforter, he says Servpro was supposed to take any linens and have them dry cleaned for us. He calls Servpro to have them come pick up items.

10 minutes later: just got back to work, Servpro calls to see if I can go back home to let them pick up the wet linens. I explain that I've already left work once today and it needs to wait at least a few hours. They counter by saying that those things really need cleaned as soon as possible. Which of course makes sense---which is why I was surprised they hadn't already taken them for cleaning. I finally arrange to leave work at 4 so they can come at 4:30. Time gets pushed back, so I leave work at the normal time. Time gets pushed back again, so he will now be here at 7:15. (After they pitched a mini-fit that I couldn't drop everything and come back home at 2:30.)

Tomorrow: back up sump pump gets installed

Thursday: garage door gets fixed, automatic opener installed.

Also happening this week: washer and dryer get inspected for water damage, furnace gets inspected for water damage, and meet with Choice midwives Wednesday night at 8.

I would be exhausted from all this if I wasn't pregnant, but since I am, I feel like I could go to bed and not wake up until Friday.

(In addition to all this mess, I got the camera out last night for Tim to take progress pics of my belly, and the batteries are dead. Not to mention I can't find either of the battery chargers. So once I find one and charge the batteries, there will be pictures up, but it might be a day or two....)