Friday, September 24, 2010

16 Weeks!! And my first give away!

How far along? 16 Weeks! Or, 4 months!

Total Weight Gain? 5lbs. I think either the baby is growing, or it's all the puppy chow I've been eating the last couple weeks....

Symptoms? My mom keeps telling me that I'm supposed to have lots of energy in the 2nd trimester, but I'm not seeing it yet. I have to go to the bathroom each and every time I stand up, which makes for an interesting teaching day, since I can't stand for more than 10 minutes or so without having to sit, but then every time I stand, I have to run down to the bathroom. Thank goodness I have a good class and good coworkers.

Stretch Marks? Still just the two, except on my thighs, where all the new ones are poppping up, which is still weird.

Sleep? I usually have to get up at least once to go to the bathroom, and I wake up every time I need to turn over. I'm also having problems getting comfortable, since I used to sleep on my stomach. And for some reason on Tuesday night, I clenched my right arm all night. Every time I woke up that night, my arm was asleep. I woke up Wednesday morning and my arm was so tired I could barely lift it. I felt like I'd been lifting weights all night.

Best Moment Last Week? I had 3 people ask me when I was due, without me telling them I was pregnant! Also, getting a bag full of baby clothes, and a pack and play for $45 dollars.

Movement? Not sure. I think I felt something Tuesday afternoon when I laid down for my nap, but it could've just been gas or muscle twitches...I have no clue.

Food Cravings? puppy chow and cheese. But not together. That's disgusting.

What I miss? Nothing, thanks. I'm good.

What I am looking forward to? Feeling movement and my appointment next week. I'm really really really hoping to find out what we're having.

Milestones? I made it to four months!

How is Daddy? Being a butthead. Someone needs to beat him up for me. He teases me every time he catches me looking in the mirror at my belly.

Allrighty, now for the giveaway!

When Jeff and I first started TTC, I got a fortune from a cookie at some buffet. It was an actual fortune, and I liked it so much, I kept it on my dresser. I even managed not to lose it during the move last summer. Then, a month before our successful dIUI, I got another one that I liked so much I kept it in my wallet. While I don't actually believe in fortunes, it's nice to look at these and know they came true. So, I figure it's time for me to pass them on to someone who's still TTC. But don't worry, you're not getting to worn out little strips of paper. Oh no, you're getting one of these! Giant fortune cookies!!!!! Yes!

"Oh Julie," I can hear you asking, "What do I have to do to get one of those awesome fortune cookies?" Well, that's easy. All you have to do is leave a comment and guess whether I'm having a boy or a girl. :) That's it! I'll compile all the guesses once I find out and draw a winner. All I ask is that if you win, but you've already gotten your wish, you pass the fortunes on to someone who needs them.

Are you excited? Cause I sure am!!!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Thanks Jackie for tagging me! I love these things!

Basically, I get to answer the 8 questions Jackie asked, then tag 8 people and ask them 8 of my own questions. Fun!

1. What would your college major be if you could go back to school and choose one (make one up if you want) without having to worry about finding a job in the field?
Can I also say if money were no object? Because mine would never pay for itself! If I could get my master's in anything, it would be museum studies. I *love* history and old things, and I think it would be paradise to get to research, set up exhibits, and give tours at a history museum. In order to do that, I'd keep my major of history, which is what my degree is in.

2. What was the most embarrassing trend you followed during your high school days?
Ugh. I was so not a cool kid, and didn't follow most of the trends, but I do remember that when it was considered really cool to wear candy necklaces to school (yes, in high school), I did.

3. Describe the house where you grew up. Would you live there again if it came up for sale?
This question makes me smile and cry at the same time. I loved the house I grew up in, and I know it's not loved now like it was then. It was L-shaped and had blue carpet. Mostly what I loved about it are silly little things. My dad built all the cabinets in the kitchen. The wallpaper border in the dining room was crooked on one wall, massively, b/c my dad could only see out of one eye at a time. We had a weeping willow in the front yard. I had a playhouse and a candy-striped swing set, both built by my dad. My name and my little brother's can be found in every sidewalk. It was out in the country, where I was the only girl in the neighborhood for the first 10 years of my life. In high school, I could wake up, walk to the bathroom, pee, and shower all without opening my eyes. I miss being that comfortable in my house.

4. Are you a city person, a country person, a suburb person, or a small town person? Which one describes you the least?
I think it depends on what day you ask me. There are days where I would give almost anything to live in Chicago. I think it's the perfect city. There are days where I long to be the only house in sight. There are days where I really miss the sense of community my small town had, and I really want my children to have that growing up. I think the least I am a suburb person, which of course is where I'm living now.

5. What concert would you love to see? What's the best one you've ever seen?
I would love to see Meatloaf in concert. I think he's too old now though. I think the best concert I've ever seen was Weird Al. I'd also love to see him again.

6. You're going on a 1-week vacation, but you can't take anyone with you. Where do you go, and what do you do there? Or do you give up the trip?
Oh, I go! (Sorry Jeff). I've always wondered what it would be like to travel somewhere by myself, since I've never done it. I think I would either go to Germany or Ireland, look up ancestors, and wander around aimlessly in old castles.

7. Did you have an imaginary friend as a child?
Yes. According to my mom, it was a dinosaur (dragon? don't remember) that I carried around in my hand. I fed it rocks. And I admit, I still talk to people that aren't actually here. If you saw me in my car driving down the road, I'm sure to be talking away to someone, even though I'm the only one there.

8. What is your favorite slurpee flavor? If you have never had one, what's your favorite candy bar?
I don't like frozen drinks at all, even frozen margaritas. I just think they're too much trouble to drink. Favorite candy (I'm counting it as a candy bar, since it's on the candy bar aisle) is Sixlets. They are hard to find, and barely anyone likes them, but I love them.

Wow. I wrote a ton. Ok, my turn:
1. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
2. If you could have one magical item granted to you, what would the item be and what would it do? (I ask this to my students. I love the answers!)
3. If you could have dinner with one person from history, who would it be? (And where would you take them?)
4. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
5. If you were only allowed to watch 3 movies for the rest of your life, what would they be?
6. Would you rather be a wizard or a vampire?
7. What is your favorite quote, and who said it?
8. If you were offered a job you knew you would hate every second of, but they offered you a million dollars, would you take it?

All righty, I'm tagging:

Sorry if I tagged you and you've already been tagged. :) Suck it up!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

15 Weeks

How far along? 15 Weeks

Total Weight Gain? 4lbs, but it looks like at least 10!

Symptoms? sooooo tired. Everything else is pretty much settled though. I feel so much better than I did a few weeks ago!

Stretch Marks? Still just the two.

Sleep? Ha. This week I think it's been terrible b/c my dog is sick. Still get up at least a couple of times for the bathroom though.

Best Moment Last Week? buying the crib! Even though it's still sitting in the dining room, and the mattress is in the living room...:)

Movement? no, but I so can't wait.

Food Cravings? still kind of daily cravings. Today the best thing I ate was the shredded cheese I stole from my brother at dinner. :)

What I miss? I'm good, thanks. I'm not even really missing my 12 sodas a day. I just don't want anything.

What I am looking forward to? Feeling movement. I think I should feel something by the end of the month.

Milestones? buying the crib! We bought baby stuff!!

How is Daddy? Excited still. I think the more baby stuff I bring home, the more nervous he'll get.

All right, now check this out. The gray T-shirt picture is from 13 weeks. The white shirt is 14 1/2 weeks. (Sorry it's so blurry. It's my mom's phone!) My belly flat-out exploded!

Friday, September 10, 2010

14 Weeks

How far along? 14 Weeks

Total Weight Gain? back up to 3 lbs

Symptoms? felt pretty great this week, other than tired. Except for today when I nearly passed out after recess duty. Nurse at the doctor's office said it's probably b/c the baby is laying on a major blood vessel. Awesome.

Stretch Marks? Still just the two.

Sleep? my vivid dreams are back. And I wake up, a lot.

Best Moment Last Week? hitting second trimester!

Movement? not yet..

Food Cravings? just kind of random stuff every day. Today I want Spaghetti O's. with meatballs.

What I miss? I having energy. Suppose I better get used to that though....

What I am looking forward to? Feeling movement. I think I should feel something by the end of the month.

Milestones? 2nd Trimester!

How is Daddy? excited, still...A little freaked out that we're supposed to get the crib tomorrow...

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Lots of Little Things

I'm going to give you a bullet post today, since there's a bunch of little things I want to say that seem completely unrelated.

1. Ustoff is officially sitting on my bladder. I have gone to the bathroom at least a dozen times today, and it's only 5pm. I kept thinking to myself that this whole "pregnancy bathroom situation" wasn't as bad as everyone said, since I wasn't going any more than normal. Ha ha.

2. I am sooooooo hungry. And right now, I want potatoes. My mom's potatoes, that she covers in butter and then bakes in the oven for hours till the ones on the outside get all crispy. MMMMMMMMMM!!!

3. My feet smell. That, I'll admit, isn't unusual. What is unusual is that if I could find something that tastes like they smell, I'd eat a couple pounds of it. And that's disgusting, I know.

4. These past few weeks, I have felt really really lousy. And I have felt really really guilty for feeling lousy because a) I'm pregnant and shouldn't complain; and b) My symptoms have really been pretty mild.
I'm just not sure how to handle the guilt.

5. This entire pregnancy, I've been convinced the baby is a boy. Now, I'm thinking Ustoff is a girl. Absolutely nothing has changed, except my entire belly seems to be expanding, instead of just the bump. I literally look like I'm wearing a pillow under my shirts, wrapped around my torso. And I don't think it's weight gain, since the pants that wouldn't even zip on the first week of school not only zipped but buttoned today.

6. I have finally hit the point where I wish no one in the family knew about this blog. No offense, dear family. I love all of you. But there is something I would dearly love to blog about, to get the opinions of people who don't know us, without saying anything that might hurt the family I love so much. Oh well. The best laid plans....

7. I am having anger issues. Severe, lingering anger issues... Like, I would like to hit certain people with my car anger issues. Or maybe a baseball bat....I like my car. For example, while typing this I was thinking of my princiPAL who royally pissed me off almost 2 weeks ago, and my heart is racing and my hands shaking just thinking about it. It's usually really hard to make me this mad (although she deserves it), but harder to keep me this mad. I usually forget what I was mad about, or manage to laugh it off. I think it's the hormones.

Remind me to tell you about what my principal did...It will feel good to bitch about something not pregnancy related....but not today. :)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

13 Weeks!!!

How far along? 13 Weeks

Total Weight Gain? 2 lbs. I managed to lose yet another pound despite the fact that I eat non-stop.

Symptoms? still a bit of nausea.

Stretch Marks? Still just the two.

Sleep? Getting up to go to the bathroom almost every night, and waking up every time I have to turn over.

Best Moment Last Week? Seeing the baby again!

Movement? not yet..

Food Cravings? Not really. I am insanely hungry, but don't really want anything.

What I miss? I think I'm good. My pants miss buttoning though. :)

What I am looking forward to? Feeling movement. I think I should feel something by the end of the month.

Milestones? 2nd Trimester!

How is Daddy? I think he's annoyed with me... I am having some pretty severe anger control issues right now and bad mood swings...he bears the brunt of those. He might be scared for his life...