Thursday, December 22, 2011

5 Days Left until BABY!

As I'm sure you understand, I didn't do much of a countdown for Christmas this year. I will celebrate the birth of Christ, but as far as getting excited about presents and eating obnoxious amounts of food with family, I could care less.

CUZ I'M COUNTING DOWN TO THE BIRTH OF BABY LO!!!!!!!!

My induction is scheduled in 5 days. Tuesday, the 27th I will get to hold my precious baby boy, unless he decides to make an appearance on his own before then.

To entertain you with the last of my pregnancy annoyance stories, here are the best I've received lately.

Obnoxious Coworker to me yesterday:
OC stops dramatically in the parking lot and says, "Do you feel that??? The ground is shaking!"
Me: Confused look.
OC: "Oh, nevermind, that's just you walking."

Another Coworker yesterday:
Cue hysterical laughing. "OH MY GOSH! YOU ARE SO BIG!"
Cue sad Jamie face. "Oh, I thought I looked pretty good and mostly belly."
"Oh no, I think you're even bigger than 2 days ago! HAHAHA."
Blank Stare.
"I noticed too that your face is getting puffy and swollen."
"Huh, I really thought I was looking pretty good for 38 weeks pregnant. My ankles aren't swollen and my eyes aren't even squinty."
"Oh well, I just know how miserable it is when you're this far along. You look ready."
"Actually, I feel pretty good. I'm not even waddling."
"Oh well, I didn't mean anything by it."
Readers. The lesson here is that no matter if someone is pregnant or not, they don't want to be told they are big, puffy, swollen, etc. Those terms are associated with being unattractive, and pregnant women still have feelings about their appearance.

Coworker #3 this morning:
Cue laughing again. "OH MY GOODNESS! You are about to POP! I don't think you could get much bigger!"
Me: Blank stare. Walk away without responding.

Now for some POSITIVE comments I received from complete strangers over the weekend.
At the car dealership:
Nice lady walks in as the gentlemen working on our transaction had left the room.
"Hi! Since the guys aren't in here, I just wanted to tell you how adorable you are. You are absolutely glowing. Is this your first baby?"
"Yes! Thank you so much. That is so nice to hear."
"When are you due?"
"Two weeks."
"Oh, you are so blessed. I had my baby 2 months early and didn't get to experience the sweet belly and carry my son to term. Congratulations!"

At a restaurant waitress to me as I'm being walked to my table:
"You are so CUTE!"
"THANK YOU!"

Life will be very different in 5 days. Mr. Lo's and my lives are changing, and it will never be the same. I'm filled with emotions of excitement, anticipation, anxious about the future and what kind of parents we'll be, and pretty much every other emotion possible. I can't wait to document and tell all of my expecint mom friends on here about the experience.

Merry Christmas everyone!

~Mama Lo~

Monday, December 12, 2011

37 Weeks

Yesterday marked 37 weeks in my pregnancy. Our baby is *officially* full term now! If he were born today, he would "thrive" and we'd all live happily ever after. So with that said, COME ON OUT little boy!! Mama's ready for you.

This week's symptoms:
1. I am pretty sure I'm carrying a bowling ball in my pelvic area. And it hurts.
2. Rolling over in bed has become a true chore. To the point where I honestly debate for a few minutes about whether it is worse to have a numb hip or shoulder rather than enduring the pain of rolling over.
3. Pants. Pants are the worst things in the world to try to put on. While I do appreciate being pregnant when it's cool outside because of the internal heater I have, I would love to just throw on a sun dress and head to work every day. (Picture a sumo wrestler preparing for a match and you are envisioning me put my my pants on every morning.)
4. Stretch marks. Yep, I have them now. And they make me incredibly depressed. I am vain enough to say that if they don't go away, I have located and plan on meeting with someone to do some laser treatments down the road.
5. I was so incredibly lucky not to have really bad morning sickness in my first trimester. Beware ladies, if you had it easy then, the third trimester may not be so nice to you.
6. I'm tired all the time, and I can't sleep in.
7. I've lost my mind. The pregnancy brain thing is true. Last week at work, I was going through my normal routine. I picked up my water mug, my oatmeal packet, and my coffee mug to head out to the kitchen. Except, instead of the coffee mug, I grabbed my computer mouse and just about ripped my entire computer off my desk.
8. My legs literally look like tree trunks. It feels really good to stretch and go for a walk, but I don't walk far because of the almost immediate fatigue.
9. I also don't walk far because I have to pee after walking about 25 feet due to the weight of the baby on my bladder.

And last but not least:
10. I JUST WANT TO HOLD AND KISS AND SQUEEZE MY BABY!!!!!

I also thought I would mention that I've lost weight since last week, and I'm not seeing my normal doctor who scolds me today. Go figure.

Everyone please say some baby prayers for me! I would love to go into labor this week so we can have baby home and settled before Christmas. Now, let's find out what God's plans are. :)

~Mama Lo~

(Google Images)

Friday, December 9, 2011

#WEverb11 - Learn

I think it is pretty obvious that I'm at a point in my life where I'm doing  lot of reflecting and preparing for my future with Mr. Lo and BabyLo.

#3: Learn
What lesson did you learn in 2011 from “The School of Life” rather than a classroom?

I learned a lot of lessons this year as I've going through pregnancy and other life changing events. The most important thing I've learned from the school of life are some of the things that REALLY matter and some of the things that DON'T.

You may recall that I lost my uncle this year, and I was there for a week just before he died and there when he took his last breath. 3 days short of being 57 years old, my uncle lost his life. I began living mine when this happened. I learned the importance of letting go of all things that take precious minutes that could be used on happiness away from your life. And in the process, I've created some parameters to qualify what determines cause for letting go.

1. If it is damaging to your health, heart, mind, soul, or causes you to lose sleep because of worry, you should let go.

2. If an individual purposely hurts you, gives you the silent treatment or cold shoulder, exhibits behaviors of being mad at you but won't tell you why, it is time to let go.

3. If there is an issue that you thought was important enough to hold a grudge against someone or keep a wall up, ask yourself one question. Will this issue matter if this person were to die tomorrow?

If the answer is yes, you would still be upset with them, it's time to let the PERSON go.

If the answer is no, in the grand scheme of things you would feel tremendous guilt for holding the grudge and wasting precious time in your relationship, it is time to let the ISSUE go.

4. If you awake each day and find it is hard to face yourself in the mirror, it is time to let your behaviors go. YOU have the power to change who you see in the mirror every morning.

~Mama Lo~

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

You can't BUY beauty like THIS

Some of my favorite maternity pictures for your viewing pleasure. :) I thought it was imperative that I had these done when I did, because I thought gosh, I'm just going to get fatter and these will look like crap. Wouldn't you know in the last few weeks my arms and face have thinned out and most of my weight has shifted to my belly? Whatevs, these are still amazing pictures because they involve MY baby.











I also had a doctor's appointment today and saw my normal doctor. He scolded me AGAIN about my weight gain. I've only gained 3 lbs in 5 weeks and THANKSGIVING was in that 5 weeks. I don't know what this man expects from me.

Monday, December 5, 2011

36 Weeks

We are 36 weeks pregnant now! I could pop any day now and the baby would be fine. :) I dropped the Friday after Thanksgiving. Wow, that was painful! I went from bragging about feeling good and having an easy pregnancy to having to hold my belly anytime I stand up LITERALLY over night. BUT hearing the baby has dropped is excellent news as that is one of the signs that labor is coming. Everyone is different, but on average women go into labor 2 to 4 weeks after the baby drops.

I have also developed a bit of 3rd trimester morning sickness. I was very sick on Friday night, and I'll spare you the details. I will tell you however, movie theater popcorn loaded in butter and a huge bottle of water may not be the best idea.

I spent all weekend inside. Once I walked in the door on Friday night, I didn't leave until it was time to come to work this morning. Saturday I spent the day on the couch. I finally did something productive Saturday night. I can't WAIT to share the project I started Saturday night with you. I made a photo book that uses our engagement, wedding and maternity photos to show how our love and family has grown. I'm so excited to get the final product!!

Yesterday, I spent the day in bed until about 4:00. I still wasn't feeling well, and I went downstairs to eat and read a book for just a couple hours before I went back to bed. Today, I am so happy I took the weekend to rest. My body really needed it.

I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow, so hopefully he will check to see if I have dilated or made anymore progress. Just 3 weeks until we induce if I don't go into labor earlier!! I can't wait to meet Baby Lo.

Oh, PSA real quick- Papa Murphy's Stuffed Chicken, Bacon and Tomato pizza is amazing. However, after eating my feet swelled so bad I couldn't bend my toes. I literally had Princess Fiona's feet. HELLO SODIUM!! 

How are all of my fellow preggo sauces feeling??

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Meditation for Pregnancy - A Review

I purchased Meditation for Pregnancy - Guided Meditations with David Harshada Wagner from iTunes last night.



There are 3 meditations.

Deep Relaxation for Mom
Connecting with your Baby
Perfect Birth Visualization

I did Deep Relaxation for Mom and part of Connecting with your Baby when I went to bed last night. Meditation could be considered exercise for the mind, and as with any exercise it takes practice. But, I did enjoy the pieces I did. My biggest struggle was turning off my brain and truly focusing on the meditation. I apologize now for sounding like "Eat, Pray, Love." I'm going to try to do this most nights before bed, or when I have the house to myself after work just to get used to relaxing.

Isn't that crazy? We have to WORK to RELAX.

I was pretty sleepy by the time I did Connecting with your Baby and for some reason I was having trouble breathing. So I took out the headphones, rolled over, and went to sleep. I'll listen to Perfect Birth Visualization in the next few days and provide a review. If I like it, I'll take it to the hospital to help me through contractions. My biggest fear is freaking out early on, and you REALLY need to stay calm when you are going through labor. Otherwise, you're in for a long day.

What do you do to relax? How do you turn your mind off when you are trying to relax or sleep?

~Mama Lo~

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

iTunes purge and my Weekly Update

We got a new computer, and with that computer I had to back up all of my old music on some flash drives. Long story, external hard drive wouldn't work with old computer. Anyway, I downloaded iTunes on the new computer tonight, which gives me the opportunity to start fresh with my iTunes. Ahhhh how refreshing! I had so much JUNK in my old library. I'd do the thing where I just uploaded an entire CD or downloaded an entire album, all the while only liking one or two songs.

This evening I downloaded T.H.E. by will.i.am, the new Drake album, TUPAC's greatest hits, and most importantly, a guided meditation CD for pregnancy.

In our childbirth prep class we ended the last session with a relaxation exercise, which was guided meditation. If you've ever done any yoga or Pilate's, it is basically a longer version of the relaxation exercise they do at the end. Hopefully this pregnancy relaxation CD isn't too cheesy, but I could definitely use it. I will post a review tomorrow.

I am just 5 weeks away from having my baby now. Holy moly. 5 weeks. That isn't far at all. There is a good chance this child may come sooner than 5 weeks too. My feelings are mixed. OBVIOUSLY I'm happy, but I'm also taken over by a bit of numbness that I can't explain. I'm not overly excited, I'm not emotional, I'm not nervous, I'm just kind of going through the motions of each day, waiting to get home and rest. So I suppose this is the calm before the storm, the time when I'm very tired and struggling to complete simple tasks. Hopefully sooner than later the nesting stage kicks in. You know, the stage where I'm moving furniture to vacuum (when I shouldn't) and combing the carpet. Until then, I get anxiety about my lack of....well....feelings.

I had a doctor's appointment this morning. It was my last 2 week appointment, and now I start the weekly appointments. Whoo hoo! I didn't gain any more weight, I measured well, Baby Lo's heartbeat sounded good, everything is progressing smoothly.

Alright, off to listen to my relaxation meditation.

Watch for my post on our awesome Diapers n' Beer party!

~Mama Lo~

Tupac Love

Yes, I was born in Iowa in a very small farm town. I was raised in the suburbs of Kansas City. But I still love this man. Much to my mother's dismay in middle school. :)

Holla!

Anyway, I'm talking about 2Pac because the brilliant Miss Bitch Cakes posted this quote on her blog today, and it explains perfectly the approach I'm taking with my life this year. I take this approach for 2 main reasons.

First, my uncle died way too young, and I learned how precious life is. Quit wasting it.
Second, I'm having a baby, and he needs a strong mother with her head on straight.

"You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks or even months over-analyzing a situation; trying to put the pieces together, justifying what could've, would've happened...or you can just leave the pieces on the floor and move the fuck on."-Tupac

Word.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Human Behavior

Why is it that humans question one another's actions by talking to everyone else about them? By the time they are finished, they have often made assumptions and created a villain out of the person being questioned. All the while, the truth lies in that person and that person alone, but they were never asked. Human relationships are so interesting.
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This is my thought for the morning.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Prenatal massage

I went for a massage tonight, and it kind of sucked. I can't decide if she was scared she would put me into labor, just one that doesn't apply a lot of pressure, or if my pain tolerance is really high right now. Whatever the deal was, it just felt like she applied lotion a majority of the time. She did hit a few spots on my hands and legs, but didn't do anything for my hips. Ooh the hips, how I was looking forward to some relief. I also wrote down I had pain in the feet. I sound like a whiney brat. Back to the real world now where I'm grateful to live in a country that even has luxuries like massages. How is everyone's week going?

Monday, November 14, 2011

Weekly update and something I'm pondering

Holy balls, I'm 33 weeks pregnant. Can this be possible? This means I will definitely have a baby in 4 to 7 weeks. I have a few short weeks left of cooking the baby, and then it is a crap shoot on when this baby arrives.

The weekend was spent 100% with my husband. Friday night we went to dinner at Mr. Lo's request and picked up some red box movies. Dinner was at Outback Steakhouse where I enjoyed tilapia topped with crabmeat and a side of sweet potatoes. We also enjoyed terrible service, which caused us to miss our original plan of seeing "Immortals" in the theater. It was nice to cozy up on the couch and watch "The Lincoln Lawyer" and "Fast 5" though.

Saturday I spent most of the day relaxing on the couch and even took a nap. I watched another red box, "Limitless", and various other shows. Mr. Lo wanted to try and catch a movie again, so we took my ring to be cleaned, ate dinner at applebees and enjoyed even worse service, and managed to catch a movie a little after 8:00. We saw "Jack and Jill", which is hilarious. I love Adam Sandler, and he did not disappoint.

The best part about these two date nights was that they were suggested by my husband. He is making an effort to enjoy our last few weeks of just the two of us and taking me on dates. I couldn't feel more loved than I do by him. He's pretty amazing. Ladies, when you get towards the end of your pregnancy, don't feel bad if you get anxiety about losing a little bit of the freedom you have with your husband or significant other. It is a huge change, and it is normal to kind of mourne the loss of the endless fun you get to have with your husband. From what I hear though, it is all worth it, and life with your husband after baby becomes even more fun. I promise to let you know how it turns out for me.

Yesterday we went to the chiefs vs.broncos game. It was my goal game, and last of the season. I have to say, all of the walking, stair climbing and excitement of the games really do wear me out. I was so tired and exhausted that I took a vacation day today and slept in a bit. I was physically worn out. Sadly, the chiefs were terrible, and I have a feeling the rest of the season won't go well. Our QB is out for the rest of the season. Not that I'm a big Cassel (aka Casshole) fan, but that doesn't help our team much.

I am starting to get a few stretch marks. Mostly on my sides, and they are fairly small. I noticed a decent sized one on the under side of my belly today though, and I pray I don't get much more. I do put lotion on my belly, but honestly any of the products you buy won't prevent stretch marks. They don't come from dry skin. They come from your belly growing at fast rates and holding a lot of weight. Hopefully what I do get goes away.

This leads me to my last topic, the one I'm pondering. My scale's batteries are currently dead, and I'm considering not replacing them for a year. Here's why.

1. I don't want to fall into an unhealthy obsession about my weight right after the baby is born. I have a history of putting too much pressure on myself and expecting too much too fast.

2. I read Bethenny Frankel's "Naturally Thin" when I lost weight earlier this year. I vowed to myself I would never diet again, and I would never obsess about my weight again. I really want to hold to it by focusing on listening to what nutrients my body wants and beginning a healthy fitness program again.

3. My coworker passed on something her doctor said to her years ago, and the thought has stuck with me. He said, "your body didn't get like this overnight, it took 9 months to get here. So give yourself 9 months to get back to where you were before you were pregnant." I love this, and I think it is fair.

This is why I won't replace my batteries in the scale for 1 year. Every fall, we have our health screening at work to get a discount for our health insurance. At this screening they weigh us. At that time, I will allow myself to find out what I weigh. I imagine I will be weighed when I leave the hospital, so that gives me 9 months to try and lose weight in a healthy way.

What do you think about this readers? Crazy idea? Great idea? How did those of you with children approach weight loss after your baby?

~Mama Lo~

Friday, November 11, 2011

Babies R Us and a Maternity Shoot

A couple of Sundays ago, I forced my mom to join me for a trip to Babies R Us to get what I hope is the last of everything I need. For now, that is. I am sure when Baby Lo arrives we will find out what we like, don't like and still need. But, there were some things on my registry I still needed, so off we went.

Now let me say one thing about Babies R Us. They have great products, and the prices are higher than some, but they have a lot to choose from. Their customer service stinks. I've never had a smooth and pleasant experience in there. This trip was no exception.

When you create a baby registry at Babies R Us, they allow you to discount 10% off everything on your registry that you did not receive. Sunday was the day to do this, because quite frankly nesting is kicking in. I'm getting anxious. I know how quickly 7 weeks fly by, especially with the holidays sneaking up on us. Here's the catch, they will send you a certificate 2 weeks before your due date that you can use one time up until 2 weeks after your due date. Who on earth feels like waddling through a store for hours with swollen ankles and a field mouse's bladder 2 weeks before they give birth? And in my case, if they think I want to make a big shopping trip with a newborn in cold Missouri January to buy all this stuff, they're nuts. So the manager did agree to let me use my 10%, but it will close out my registry. Totally fine, I've had both of my showers and if someone wants to get us something else, they can buy what they'd like. :) I was relieved that they were going to allow me to do this, until I got to the check out process. As I should have expected, the manager didn't communicate this with the cashiers. I told the cashier my situation, and she questioned me like a murder victim while pointing to every associate who walked by. "Is that who you talked to? Was she short? Dark hair? Tall?" My response, "Ma'am, that was an hour ago, I spoke to her briefly, and given that I'm short myself, I don't pay much attention to height. I think she was closer to my size?" She tracked down the manager, who rolled her eyes at the cashier and told her she can manually plug in the 10% coupon, etc. My ankles were swelling by the minute. My mom was also using a 20% off coupon on the baby monitor, and found out AFTER she paid that the cashier she saw didn't apply the coupon. He said it wasn't valid until the following week. What the ding dong didn't look at was that this is a flyer with 4 different coupons, one of those being the coupon for the current week. Mom had to go back inside and get some money back, all while signing her life away that the store wasn't giving her something for free. It was worth it though, we got $60 back!

At the end of the day, I was relieved and walked out with some very important items. One is a baby monitor that reaches 400 ft. The monitor has a camera and screen so I can actually look at Baby Lo and see what he's doing. I purchased sheet and mattress protectors, the rest of the room's decor, bottles, a baby carrier, and of course some adorable clothes and sleep gowns. I know I'm forgetting other items, but those are the ones I was most concerned about. The only thing we still need is a stroller and a car seat. We will probably rent an infant seat from the hospital since he will only be in it a short time. The stroller I'm getting is a running stroller, and I'm getting it from the new store in town, Buy Buy Baby. Buy Buy Baby is a WONDERFUL store, and had it been open when I created my registry, I would have gone there in a heartbeat.

Last Saturday, my good friend came out and did our maternity photos. I haven't seen them all yet, but she did post a sneak peek. Out of respect for her and her business, I'll only post one here, because I don't own these photos yet. Kara is an amazing photographer, and I am blessed enough she did these photos as my shower gift. She is also doing all of the newborn pictures and milestone pictures until Baby Lo is 4.



~Mama Lo~

Thursday, November 10, 2011

I Forgot How Good it Feels

So I'm a few days in on eating healthier; no pop, no sweet tea, and no fast food. I forgot how much better good, nutritious food really does taste! What the what? Last night's dinner was grilled chicken (which I over seasoned but corrected with some BBQ sauce) and some Green Giant Steamed Veggies in sauce. I've been gorging myself with sandwiches and fries, and I felt so much more satisfied on 5 oz. of chicken and a cup of veggies.

I've also upped my water intake while cutting out any soda or tea, and that feels amazing too!!

Tuesday: 160oz while at work
Wednesday: 96 oz while at work
Today: 96 oz while at work with a little less than 3 hours to go. I'll probably get in 128 oz.

The only thing that hasn't gone away completely is my sweet tooth, and I don't expect it to. I've allowed myself a brownie a day. It satisfies my chocolate craving, and I'm not over doing it.

I also found some frozen grapes in my freezer. Seriously, I don't think there are many things as satisfying as frozen grapes. Especially if you are thirsty and water alone isn't doing the trick.

Now I know that if the doctor says anything about my weight at my next appointment, I'm doing everything I can on my end. I also know that I'll be just fine in losing the weight after the baby is born.

~Mama Lo~

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

BabyFit.com

Yesterday I had a doctor's appointment, and he addressed the weight issue.

I must confess, I have not been a good girl during this pregnancy. First trimester, grilled chicken made me gag, lettuce hurt my tummy, and basically anything but carbs made me queasy. I've blogged about attempting to run a 5k while pregnant, and my body just didn't agree with running while pregnant. More so, my heart didn't agree with running while pregnant. I was also one of those paranoid 1st trimester women who wouldn't excercise and eat any lunch meat, fish, etc., because I was so afraid of miscarriage.

Then the 2nd trimester came around, and I kept telling myself I would get back on track. Eat healthy, exercise, etc. etc. What did I do? I made excuses. Yes, it was 100 degrees outside, which is too hot for an expecting mother to be working up a sweat. However, inside the gym where I lost 15 pounds earlier this year, it was not too hot. And I always found a reason to skip the treadmill or elliptical. I was inconsistent with my home cooking and healthy eating. Some days I wanted to cook up a storm. Some days I craved salad. MOST days, I grabbed something unhealthy from McDonalds for breakfast, ate out for lunch, and often ate out for dinner. WHO AM I? I hate McDonalds!! But I had quite a few Monopoly pieces this year. (OOPS)

So now that I'm close to the end, I suddenly (with the motivation fo the doctor) got on board with eating a little better. No more sweet tea, no more pop, no more eating out on a regular basis. Sweet husband and I are limiting our dinners out to once a week. I hit up the grocery store last night and got my old staples. And most importantly, I started using the tool I signed up for early in my pregnancy but never used.

For my expecting mother followers, please check out this site! It has some wonderful tools and ideas, and it is the pregnancy version of sparkpeople.com.

www.babyfit.com

FREE, HEALTHY, WONDERFUL.

Best of luck to each of you! I hope you have more self control and less excuses than I have!

~Mama Lo~

Baby Shower #2

As promised, here is a recap of my second baby shower.

This shower was my second and the one for family and closest friends. My AMAZING sister-in-law threw it for me at my house. Ladies, if you have the opportunity, have a baby shower at your own house. It was so nice to just carry the gifts upstairs to Baby Lo's room instead of stuffing them in the car and transporting them to my home.

Cutesie Banner

Diaper Cake (from my first shower)

Bingo! We played one game. I loved it, because I didn't really have to participate. The cards had different baby items on them, and as I opened gifts, the ladies would mark them off. To the left are some adorable Christmas ornaments that my sister-in-law gave as prizes.

ADORABLE cupcakes made by my best friend. Eyes are M&M's, mouths are licorice & sour candies. they were delicious!
Nice spread of food

Strawberries, Chocolate, Oh my!

Pacifier mints - so cute!

My sweet sister-in-law and myself

My mommy and me

My grandma all the way from Iowa!

My BFF
My good friend from high school, who is ALSO my hair stylist. Isn't her hair fabulous!?

My good friend and photographer. I threw her a baby shower in September and she had the little guy right after. 5 weeks early! Thank goodness we threw the shower when we did.

This is a baby scrapbook that my photographer friend above made me. So thoughtful! She did my maternity pictures and will be taking all of the baby pictures. Each page has places for all of the pictures she's going to take. SO EXCITED!!!


A nice baby blanket

Adorable Onesie. This was my husband's football number in high school. He's so excited about this!

This is the face of someone who just got a COACH diaper bag. I don't even own a Coach purse! I received this from my hair dresser friend above.
 
Surrounded by gifts!

Mizzou bib. This came from my BFF who is a big KU fan, so I very much appreciate the pain she endured in purchasing this for our baby.


I can't even begin to really recap how wonderful this day was. I was surrounded by my closest friends and family. I ate really good food, and I finished the evening off with my sweet husband, parents, grandparents, and brother & sister-in-law with a nice dinner. I am so blessed, and I know our son will be surrounded by love. Hormones MAY have something to do with it, but it becomes so hard not to be taken over by emotions on days like these. I thank God for the people in my life, and the blessings He's given me. I don't dare ask for anything more.

~Mama Lo~ 

Monday, November 7, 2011

In Case You Weren't Aware...EARTHQUAKE! -

There was an earthquake in Oklahoma this weekend. (Or a few earthquakes apparently.) Saturday evening, I was lazing around in bed watching DVR'd episodes of Desperate Housewives when I felt my house shaking. I thought for sure the washer had become possessed and started running randomly, thus shaking our top floor like always. I muted the TV, no running washer. Just a shaking house. I was oober creeped out, but thought well, we live near a small, local airport, perhaps there's a helicopter landing nearby? After 30 seconds or so, the shaking stopped and I returned to my brainless TV watching.

Per my usual bedtime routine, I decided to check out good ol' facebook before I entered into slumber. It was then that I saw, "OMGZZZ EARTHQUAKE!" "DUDE, DID ANYONE FEEL THOSE AFTERSHOCKS?" "EARTHQUAKE IN OKLAHOMA!"

Yes, it's true for those who study media, traditional news sites are old news. If you want to know the latest happenings, tune into ditzy girls and grammar lacking fellas via Facebook to find out what's going on. With this new found information, I did a little research, and it was true. Good ol' Missouri was feeling the aftershocks from an earthquake in Oklahoma.

IIIIINTERESTING....

The sky isn't falling boys and girls. The ground is. Lord helps us.

In other news, I have some events to share with you soon. Upcoming topics include my second babyshower, my trip to Babies R Us to buy everything I still needed, my MATERNITY Photo shoot, and my latest pregnancy anxiety. Stay tuned.

~Mama Lo~

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Fears About Fitness After Pregnancy

I'm just going to put this out there.

I'm vain sometimes.

I'm a nice person, I love people, I find the best in the world most of the time, but I want to look good while I do those things. I'm almost 32 weeks pregnant, I've gained way more than 35 pounds that one is told to gain altogether, I cry when I see recent photos of myself, and I am in fear of what is going to happen to me after I have the baby.

Beyond my fear about ever being thin again and fitting into normal jeans, do you know what my biggest fear is?

I am deathly afraid of getting on the treadmill and trying to run again.

I am so scared I'll never be able to exercise like I did... That this life of a runner with a healthy self esteem was just a short lived period in my life.

Sounds silly, doesn't it? But I truly have anxiety about getting back on the treadmill for the first time. I can predict the advice I'll receive.

"Start Slow and work your way up." Do you remember Crazy Lo? Crazy Lo doesn't understand slow and easy. Remember the post where I said that I walk with purpose? I can't go for a leisurely walk on a Sunday afternoon just to enjoy nature. I walk to burn calories. So I'm afraid I will hop on the treadmill, start walking at a 4.0 and be completely out of breath after 5 minutes...without ever breaking into a jog. Mostly, I'm afraid of all the sadness and self loathing I will feel knowing I came from being in such amazing shape, to starting all over again.

Wow, that's daunting. I am going to have to start all over again. It took me years to get to the fitness level I was at. YEARS. I don't want to invest years into my exercise again. I want to jump on the treadmill, run a mile in 10 minutes and go about my day.

I'm going to need some major support, pep talks and willpower come February when I can hopefully start a cardio program again.

~Mama Lo~

Friday, October 28, 2011

Who cares about baseball?

When these guys show up like a blast from the past.


I will never grow too old to love this show. Especially when they make fun of Jersey Shore!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Baby Class and a Baby Shower

As promised, here is the low-down on our newborn class last night.

Holy moly, SO informative. I realized I
1. Know nothing about babies. 2. Can't WAIT to play with my own baby. 3. Have the funniest husband alive.

We learned how to change diapers, we learned how to swaddle (or the beauty of a sleep sack if you suck at swaddling), we learned how to feed the baby, we learned how to hold the baby, we even learned how to wake the baby up. We learned babies are now supposed to sleep on their backs. Most of our mothers will fight us on this, but I have a handy dandy brochure that I'm supposed to give the grandma's. (We'll see.) We learned that if you have a fan running in the baby's room, the risk of SIDS is reduced by 75%. We learned how to bathe baby. Sponge bathe until the umbilical cord falls off, then bathe in a small baby tub. We learned what kind of soap, shampoo, and baby lotion is appropriate.

We also learned just a few things about the birthing process at my hospital. The next 3 weeks we'll get into the really fun (bleh) stuff when it comes to child birth, but they told us the services available. One thing I really love about my hospital, is a program where they kick all family members out of the room for an hour after birth besides the parents. This is for skin on skin contact with mom, hopefully a first feeding, and bonding time as a family. The beauty of it is, the hospital requires this. They do the dirty work of kicking parents out. They found that so many times moms didn't get to bond with the newborn because everyone was already passing the new toy around the room. This is so important for mom, dad and baby. I don't even know what I'll do when that hour comes. Probably cry. :)

The class was from 6:30 until about 9:10. Not too bad. As I said above, my husband is HILARIOUS. He can be a quiet guy, but I think the high school class clown came back last night. Just like I remember him. :) He is actually much better at changing the diaper and swaddling at me. But he kind of started playing GI Joe baby after he changed the diaper. He literally started growling and monster walking this fake child at me with it's fresh diaper on. While the instructor was talking. :) I was giggling like a little girl, hoping I didn't get in trouble.

The instructor was excellent. Very experienced, very sweet, very easy to listen to. She had one of those funny speaking quirks though, where she said, "kaaaaay" in her sweet, high pitched voice, after almost every sentence she spoke. It got worse as the class went on and as she grew tired. And my husband started responding, saying, "Ok" after each "kaaaaay." The couple behind us couldn't contain their laughter. I'm pretty sure I had holes in my lips by the time we left trying to hold mine.

If your hospital offers a newborn class, TAKE IT! So many fears were addressed and relieved. So many uncertainties were answered. I feel much more prepared now. Let's face it, I read for 8 to 10 hours a day at work. I don't want to go home and read boring baby books. I need some hands on learning. This was the perfect setting for me.

Today, some of my work friends threw me an AMAZING baby shower during lunch. I received so many wonderful things for my son, and I smiled for an hour straight. Here are some pictures for proof.


I'm the fat one on the right. Man do pictures know how to make me feel deceived by the mirror.

All the goods!

Diaper cake


Happy and grateful Mama

FOOD!
~Mama Lo~

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

3rd Trimester UPS and Downs

Hello my loves! I am officially 30 weeks and 2 days along now. My goodness time is flying now.

We had a doctor's appointment this morning where he did the standard checkup. Weigh me, check my blood pressure, measure me, and listen to baby's heart beat. He also felt around and it appears BabyLo is being a good little boy and his head is down. We are to the point now where I have an appointment every 2 weeks, and before we know it we'll be having weekly appointments. Holy smokes!!!

My sweet mother-in-law is buying me a prenatal massage. I'm ashamed and saddened that I haven't gotten one yet, but to do so I had to get a note from the doctor allowing me to get a massage. He is so funny, because he does not understand why on earth they want a note to give me a massage. His words were, "it's not like they're getting permission to hurt you. They are helping you!" What a great man. He then asked, "what are they massaging?" I said, "well, it's a full body massage but they avoid the belly and other trigger areas." His reply was, "well my goodness, sign me up!" Needless to say, I'm approved for massages from now until birth with no questions asked. I can't WAIT!

This evening we are starting our first of 4 weeks of classes. Tonight's class is a newborn class. I will have a full report on that tomorrow. Hopefully they cover the changing of diapers, because Daddy Lo and myself have never been around babies. We're really that unprepared. That's right, Miss Plan Everything is not prepared at all. The class is at the hospital from 6:30 until 9:00. Oh my! The next 3 weeks will cover child birth preparation. So of course we'll do Lamaze and watch some gory videos I suppose. I've successfully avoided all videos of childbirth until this moment in my life. On Tuesday, November 1st, 2011, I will officially grow up. I believe we get to tour the hospital's birthing center as well, and I'm SO excited, because I hear the birthing center is fabulous at our hospital.

Last night, we hung BabyLo's name on the wall. I took some block letters, stained the middle, and painted the outside. Turned out rather nicely! They are painted to match the bedding set we registered. Here's a picture of the bedding set.


Source
Unfortunately, given that the Internet has some crazies out there, I'm not completely comfortable sharing our baby's name just yet. I so wish I could show you the block letters though! We took a photo of the name and sent it to our family members. Why did we do it that way? Here's the thing, everyone thinks that their opinion is necessary for some reason. If they don't like a name you like, they feel the need to tell you. The name you thought was the most perfect name in the world can be ruined for you with one crappy look. So after throwing a few names out and having my decision influenced, I decided once we found THE name, I would text it to my family so I didn't see their reaction. This gave them time to get used to it, and then send the proper "I love it!" text messages. My strategy worked perfectly! I have no hurt feelings, and I still believe my son has the best name ever given to man. Next to Jesus of course. :)

So there are a lot of UPS! The only down I'm dealing with now is a bit of 3rd trimester morning sickness. I haven't gotten sick, but I've had migraine like headaches that require me to lie down with my eyes clothes so I don't get sick. I also have to eat first thing when I get out of bed again, much like the first trimester, or I will have a bad fit of the queasies. I seem to have it under control.

That is all for today friends. I owe you a post on newborn class tomorrow.

~Mama Lo~  

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Fall is BEAUTIFUL in Missouri

For your viewing pleasure, I'll share some pictures I've taken with the new camera. I'm still learning and these are unedited, but they are pretty anyway.

This bush blooms in the fall. Absolutely beautiful.

A Scarecrow from my Grandmother

View in the living room

View from the deck

I played at Hobby Lobby today
 I must say, I miss Jess's blog very much, she would be so proud. I bought the seasonal stuff, but I recycled all of the vases and the basket below.






Garland for the fireplace

I love sparkles no matter what the occasion



If you can't tell, I love Fall. The colors this time of year are my favorite, not to mention the beautiful temperatures and changing leaves. I would say I wish it were like fall all year 'round, but then I suppose I wouldn't appreciate it as much.

Happy Saturday all!

~Mama Lo~