Sunday, March 18, 2012

Hey.

Alright, it's true, I have been putting off blogging. My only excuse is I'm very lazy after work every day. Sorry.

First item of business, the weather.

It has been amazing. The snow is completely gone. And it's the middle of March! We have seriously had sunny, 60 degree weather for a week. I'm sure there will be a dreary day soon to ruin this beautiful glimmer of spring, but I don't care. I worked Monday through Friday. Every day I parked my car on the roof of the garage and had my lunch there. Absolutely fantastic. Carl has been going on a bike ride almost everyday too! We have a bike trailer, so he's been able to get around town with Ezra too. He's like an ox. Seriously. He'll go downhill to the grocery store and then tote Ezra, 3 gallons of milk and 8 bags of produce and other grocery items back up the hill! I always thought marrying a man with big muscles was a smart idea :)

Second, my 36 week appointment.

WARNING: IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO READ ABOUT MY CERVIX, STOP NOW AND PROCEED TO THE THIRD ITEM OF BUSINESS.

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Ok, so on last Sunday night and through the early morning of Monday, I had consistent contractions that were 5-7 minutes apart lasting about 1 minute each. They weren't very strong and never did intesify, but I called my OB anyway because with Ezra, the first time I felt contractions was when I went into labor. I just ended up staying home and waiting to see if they every got stronger per her direction. I slept a few hours total that night, but while I wasn't sleeping, I finally packed my hospital bag, took a bath or two, bounced on my yoga ball, had carl paint my toes (can't have plain ugly toes for everyone to see :), and read a few encouraging birth stories.

I ended up just going to work that day anyway because my contractions weren't consistent anymore by morning. The rest of the week was full of braxton hicks and uncomfortable pressure with the widening of my hips. At my OB appoint, we talked about all the contractions and pressure, so my doctor offered to check to see if I was dilated at all even though normally OBs don't check until 37 or 38 weeks (dilation and effacement aren't good predictions of the onset of active labor since you could be 0 cm one day and completely dilated and ready to push the next day or be at 4 cm for 3 weeks, etc...). I was curious if the contractions were productive at all, so I agreed- I was surprised to find out I was already 3 cm! Yes. Almost a third of the way done!

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and Third item, St. Patricks Day.

What a wonderful day! I can't remember a St. Patrick's Day that did not include eating corned beef, red potatoes, carrots, and cabbage- kind of a funny holiday my mom chose to stick to since you know, she's Chinese, but I'm so glad she made a traditional St. Patty's dinner every year as far as I can remember. I continued on the tradition and even made traditional Irish soda bread (whoopdeedoo really. it was tasty, but seemed like a giant glorified biscuit in my opinion).

Forgot the carrots. Oops. And the cabbage looks like a glob of slime. It was all tasty at least :)

It was so nice out yesterday, that we drove to the local outdoor mall and strolled around the sidewalks, had frozen yogurt, checked out the apple store to see the iPad 3, which didn't seem that much more amazing than the iPad 2 (no offense, Drew, we still think you are great), and then headed home. Such a relaxing day.



As usual, if you haven't made a prediction yet and want to participate in the contest, leave me a comment or let me know on facebook. Game closes tomorrow, 37 weeks! Details here: http://teamleder.blogspot.com/2012/02/prediction.html

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Snow Day!

I've neglected my audience for almost two weeks now. So here is an update/brain dump:


"Guess what. I have a bunion."

"I thought only old people get those."

"Yeah, me too. I guess 23 is old age."

"Bummer."


This is the conversation I had with myself as I discovered I have a bony prominence literally growing on my right big toe's joint. I noticed a lot of my shoes had been causing me pain the past several weeks, but I ignored it because pregnancy does funny things to feet. But then there was that tiny little bump... and it grew. And now it's just a small bump. Enough to bug the heck out of me if I'm wearing any shoe but the upholstered Dansko clogs my aunt gave me. I have tried on, purchased, and returned more shoes in the last 2 months than ever before in my whole life. All I have to say is LAME. And I'm really going to miss all my stillettos and cute flats that I can't fit anymore.

By the way, bunions aren't crusty and nasty like I thought they were. Old people feet are that way from years of poor fitting shoes and callouses. Not my tender little feet.


Aside from that sour news, this past Saturday night through Monday night included a bout of food poisoning for me, so that was a blur. I recovered fairly quickly, but I have been very weary of leftovers since...

And aside from that sour news too, Wednesday was great because... it was Leap Day! I've always been fascinated with Leap Year- I love that it's every four years! Carl and I were married last leap year (we should have planned it so that it was actually on leap day!) and now, four years later, we are where we could never have imagined. I wanted to make it a special day, but with recovering from food poisoning, I was a little limited on time and resources. Nonetheless, Carl and I wrote Leap Day letters to ourselves, Ezra, and this bun in the oven... to be opened in four years! I'm excited to keep up with this tradition. I love reminiscing and I love letters. Perfect combination for Leap Day 2016.

Work has been great. I love how much I'm learning, though I still feel really dumb a lot of days. I work with such talented and quick thinking people. I feel almost intimidated by how good they are at their job. But I continue to try and absorb as much as I can, asking questions  when I really need to, and try to jump in and gain experience in my weak areas. Like IVs. Some days I do great and start all my IVs on the first try. Other days, I profusely apologize to the patient for poking them twice and failing. oops.

Yesterday the snow came down again. I'm a little tired of this confused winter, but I'm happy that it has been a very mild one. The snow is going to just melt away in a few days.Woot. Today, Ezra finally got a chance to play in the snow (he's walked around snow, just hasn't played in it. You know, snow balls, snow angels, etc.). He's been sick every time it snows the first time and by the time he's recovered, the snow is partway melted already. I even managed to capture the moment!

such a handsome little ham








Wah. My winter coat did not fit this winter.


I love the way freshly fallen snow looks on barren trees. So pretty.

Alrighty, so there you go, an update :)

In case you haven't done so, predict a gender and birthdate for babe #2! See this previous post for more info: http://teamleder.blogspot.com/2012/02/prediction.html