Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Arrival Date Coming Soon

Here's the lowdown on today's 37 week check up:
  • Blood Pressure-120/80
  • Dilation-4cm
  • Contractions-thinking I may be experiencing some, but not in labor by any means.
  • Induction date set-August 7th (if she hasn't already come on her own)

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Get It Out!

If you've birthed a child, you KNOW what I'm talking about.  

Here I am today, sitting at 36.5 weeks (supposedly) by the doctor's measurements.  I would say based on my cycle that I am now 37.5-38 weeks.  Let's just say I'm feeling over-baked.  Not looking as swollen as with Caleb, but miserable in other ways.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

BP Update

I have been praying for my BP reading this morning to be truly indicative of what's going on with my body and that if it was high God would give the doctor the wisdom to make the decision God would have for him to make.  Sorry for the super-long sentence.  

That said, my BP reading this morning was 120/75, which is down quite a bit from Tuesday's 138/88.  So, we'll be waiting at least another week, which will be great for Sarah.  Praise God!  

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

McAlister's FREE Tea Day

Tomorrow, July 23rd is FREE Tea Day at McAlister's Deli.  Go get you some.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Up In The Air

Things are a little up in the air toward the end of this pregnancy.  

My blood pressure remained normal until about 34 weeks this time, but has continued to rise pretty quickly over the last two weeks.  At 34 weeks it was roughly 120/78.  At 35 weeks it was 140/78.  This week it was about 138/88.  I have gotten readings at home as high as 150/100.  

With Caleb's pregnancy, the doctor decided to induce when my blood pressure was at 140/90; that was at 38 weeks.  This time around he is still wanting to monitor things closely, so I will go back for a blood pressure check on Thursday.  He said he may order blood work on Thursday if my blood pressure is still high.  He will also be considering when it's best to get this baby out :-)

In other news, I am dilated to 3 cm.  This is consistent with Caleb's pregnancy as I walked around for a few weeks at a 3 and then a 4.

Please continue to pray for my health and well-being as well as Sarah's.

Will Sarah be a July baby?

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Caleb's First ER Visit

...and it was a complete waste of time and an ER copay.

Literally 2 minutes before I was going to get Caleb ready for bed on Tuesday night, he decided to stand up on the couch...and then he face planted into the glass-covered coffee table.  

I was home alone (Jadie had  gone to the driving range) and I immediately entered a state of shock.  I wasn't paralyzed; you should have seen me scoop him up and carry him to the bathroom to inspect his head for glass.  There were tiny slivers in a small cut above his right eyebrow.  I wasn't sure how I should get them out...try to use tweezers?  Try to use a washcloth?  Try to run water over the cut?  As I tried to decide, I had my brightest idea yet.  Call Jadie.  That's when I lost it.  The tears came and the rational train of thought was gone.

Jadie and I met up at the hospital and tried to decide whether or not this injury merited waiting 3-4 hours in the ER.  We decided to go ahead since we were also concerned about the fact that he hit his head hard enough to shatter the glass.  The waiting room wait wasn't so bad...only about an hour and a half.  But the waiting time in the patient room was about two hours.  

Come to find out, he had none of the signs of head trauma (vomiting, drowsiness, inability to make sense, amnesia about the event, slurred speech, etc.) and we were annoyed to watch the nurse wipe away the tiny slivers of glass.  We could have done that ourselves!  I do take comfort in knowing that we took every precaution and that we probably wouldn't have known to wake him up to check him during the night, but it was a frustrating evening nonetheless.

Here's Caleb's $75 Band-aid and the broken glass from coffee table:

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Sarah's Room

I have been waiting a while for this debut...
THANK YOU Mom and Kristin!!!!!

Green Walls/Cloth Border/Curtain Kristin Made

Bassinet From My Childhood/Caleb's Crib Painted White

Curtain Kristin Made/Toy & Book Shelf

Dresser/Changing Table
What do I love most about this room, besides how beautiful it is?  
Paint for Walls-$25
Paint for Crib-$25
Cloth for Curtains-$27
Cloth for Border-$16
Total Room Makeover-$93

Help from Mom and Kristin-Priceless :-)

Monday, July 13, 2009

Do You Love Some Mocha?

Love it even more when it's free?

July 13, July 20, July 27, and August 3rd, stop by your local McDonald's and request a FREE Iced or Hot Mocha McCafe.  We enjoyed one today!  Go get yours!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Caleb Will Hate Me Someday

Hilarious story...and evidence that nothing is off limits when it comes to sharing a good story.

I usually take my shower while Caleb plays in our bedroom.  I have not had any serious trouble with this arrangement yet.  

Yesterday, when I got out of the shower, Caleb was not in our bedroom, but I could see him in his bedroom, standing at the door, with the door mostly closed (as if hiding behind it).  I asked him what he was doing and then prodded him to come talk to me.  By this time I knew he thought he had done something wrong, which was why he wasn't coming to talk to me.

He reluctantly walked to me, still acting suspicious, holding something behind his back.  I held out my hand and he placed Jadie's silver ring in the palm of my hand.  I sighed and said, "Caleb, this is not big deal.  Just go put it back on the night stand where you got it."  He seemed pleased not to be in trouble and cheerfully announced, "This ring is silly on my penis!"  

Yes, he said penis.  Yes, he was wearing clothes.  Apparently, boys just think about these things...gee, I wonder if...

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Blue Bell Coupons!

This was edited from a post by Hollie at Happy Couponing.  

I was able to print both the $1.00 and the $1.50 coupons.  After you print once, hit the back button on your browser to print a second time.  After that, you will be blocked from further printing.  If you have trouble printing them at all, check the address and use the tips at the very bottom of my blog for converting addresses between browsers (IE, Firefox, Safari).

This will make my hub's day, a $1.50 off coupon from Blue Bell HERE that doesn't expire until September 6th. It is so our luck that I would find this coupon the morning after he bought himself some Blue Bell with only the $1 off coupon HERE. Oh well! If you want this coupon you better hurry and print it now before the print limit is reached. 

The Roof, Again

If you look through the blog archives, you will notice a very similar post from almost exactly a year ago:  July 30th, 2008.  As you may guess, we are looking at roof repairs, again.  

This time, we're unsure of the original source, but the end problem was a massive colony of carpenter ants.  Last week, I noticed a board on the house that appeared to be rotten/spongy.  Turns out, it was over half-eaten by these little guys.  Grrrrrrrrr!
Jadie sprayed to kill them (or as many as possible).  I have spent today at home awaiting representatives from three different roofing companies so we could put together an idea of how much we'd be forking out for this one.  Bummer!

I think I'd like to have a house built out of steel with all brick and somehow figure out how to leave out all wood parts.  Is that even possible?  

Covered Letters

I am at a loss for a creative title, sorry!

I made these scrapbook paper covered letters for Sarah's wall today.  Caleb loved them so much that he insisted we cover his white letters that have been in his room the last 3 years!

Mr. Sandman

This title could be referring to Jadie or Caleb...
At my pleading, Jadie relieved me of my troubled garden by making the sides shorter and turning it into Caleb's new sandbox.  We had previously owned a turtle sandbox, but it's cover was cracked and letting water in.  Besides that, Caleb had really outgrown it anyway.  Thank you, Jadie, for all of your hard work to construct this beautiful new play area for our children!

As you can see, Caleb is excited to have a sandbox again (the turtle version was placed at the curb last summer).  This picture was taken literally 30 seconds after Jadie used a rake to even out the level of the sand.

34 Week Appointment and Errands

I'm not in the mood for an essay, so enjoy the conciseness of bullet points!

OB appointment went pretty well.
  • My blood pressure is on the slow climb: 120/78, up from 100/60 two weeks ago (110/64 is my normal).
  • Weight gain was only one pound in the last two weeks.
  • Kristin accompanied me to the doctor this time.
After the appointment, we went shopping (something we do well)!
  • Bed, Bath, and Beyond: We looked for curtains for Sarah's room.  Nothing I liked, but I got my long-awaited egg slicer for $2.39. :-)
  • Old Navy: Just looking for fun, but found 2 cardigans for Sarah at $0.97 each, a pair of pants for her at $0.97, another set of pants for $1.99, and 3 shirts for Caleb at $3.99 each.  What a steal!
  • Hobby Lobby: We picked up material for Kristin to sew some curtains for Sarah's room and another material for a new border in her room.  Can't wait to see what we can do!

Sunday, July 5, 2009


I am doing pretty swell in terms of trying to remain active and not sit around the house 24/7.  

We went to a 4th of July pool party yesterday.  I was much more comfortable yesterday than I was 3 weeks ago at the lake.  Go figure:  More pregnant=more comfortable.  I'm not sure how that one worked out.  I think it was about less constricting clothing.  This time I wore wind shorts and a tank top.  I was much more mobile.

In other "swell" news, I feel my skin tightening much more frequently now.  My fingers and legs were feeling tight through Sunday school and church this morning.  Thankfully, this is not yet a full-time condition as it was when I was pregnant with Caleb.  This time I seem to swell and return to a mildly swollen state.