Saturday, March 25, 2006

Miles has a cute little face

I've been told by some that they can't tell what is what, and by others that they can see what is there. case you need a bit of help, what you are looking at is Miles facing you, with his hand (on the left) propped under his chin. You can see some of the forearm bones there as well. His forehead is on the far right, and you can see his nose, cheekbone and lips, and his eyes are closed. What might look like some 'bubbles' next to his cheekbone is actually part of the umbilical cord.

Enjoying the calm

I had no clue as to what the last weeks of my pregnancy were going to be like. My ideal picture was that, yes, I would be waddling around the house a bit and moving more slowly, but overall I would be this glowing picture of motherhood, setting up last-minute things in the nursery. Remember, I said ideal. I knew it wouldn't be exactly like that. What I didn't expect was that I have to endure such intense back pain, spend a week in my bed and wake up crying because I just could not sleep.

I'm painting a pretty bad picture here, aren't I? But hopefully every woman knows that pregnancy is not going to be a beautiful experience the entire time -- maybe not at all, for some. And I've been told that the final month is the mean it gets worse than what I just went through? I've also been told by the same women that it is all worth it in the end. And I believe it. Miles is a very active baby, making sure I feel every little point of his elbow or knee, and occasionally jamming a leg into my ribs. I'm already talking to him, telling him to 'stop that!' because wow, does it ever hurt! But the sweetest moments are when Casey and I watch him moving my stomach around, or Casey puts his ear to my belly and Miles kicks his cheek and we laugh and talk about how we can't wait to see him in person, to hold him and learn all about him...all of that already makes up for whatever discomfort I am going through.

Just over a week ago, we were able to find a crib and changing table that we really love and get that all set up, along with a few of the 'classic Winnie the Pooh' decor things we've received at one of our two showers. Everything is just waaaaay too cute, but it is so crazy going in there and seeing a crib and realizing, "Wow, we are going to bring a baby home -- our baby -- and he is going to be here! In person!!" I know it sounds funny, but it's really how I feel. The moment he is handed to us after he is born will most likely be more overwhelming than I can even imagine.

And now for some really great news, although it will start out sounding not so great at the beginning...Thursday night was when Casey and I were signed up to take an infant CPR class at the hospital, one of the two or three we'll be attending. Not long before we had to leave, I was experiencing some of the most intense pain in my back that I'd had in the entire week. I certainly didn't want to go to the class like that, but I rested on the heating pad for a few minutes and we left. All during the class, I kept changing my sitting position, trying to make sure I didn't get stuck in the same spot and make things worse. It really wasn't so bad, but by the time we arrived home my pain was completely gone. No kidding. I kept talking to Casey about it, how incredible it was for that pain to be gone, and then to go to bed feeling so much relief and being able to really breathe -- it was just amazing!

I can only point to God and thank him for answering so many prayers for relief from this pain. I want to give him the glory and also thank my friends and family for praying for me. I am taking things as easy as I can for now, because I know that overdoing it could put me back where I was. But for now I am rejoicing and smiling and have actually been able to get around and do so many things again!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

The way of things

I realize I'm blogging less and less these days, so I thought I'd give an update...

It's been a rough few days, what with having a cold, a flare and lots of back and hip pain. We've learned some new stretches to help with the back, thankfully, and the flare seems a bit better today. I'm taking it as easy as I can and trying not to feel overwhelmed at times with pain, but I'm doing alright. I still laugh in those moments (well, not the worst ones), so I'm making it!

We'll get to see Miles on the ultrasound tomorrow morning, and that is something really worth looking forward to...thanks for coming by, sorry I don't have more to say for now.

Friday, March 10, 2006

'Back' again

I know I haven't written much lately, and I have neglected my photoblog as well (although that has more to do with trouble I'm having with Hello). The past week has been a tough one, as my back pain has become a daily presence as Miles continues his rapid growth. I did manage to add a new album to my dotPhoto collection. Comments are always welcome! Some are there that have been seen on the photoblog, but some will be new to you. I am enjoying creeping my way back into my old photography passion, something I discovered just over eight years ago.

I hope all is well with everyone. Have a wonderful and blessed weekend!

Friday's Feast

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Friday, March 10, 2006 / Feast Eighty-Four


On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how intuitive do you think you are?

Five or six...not sure, maybe less. I had no intuition whatsoever about whether our baby would be a boy or girl before we found out...and I definitely was lacking in intuition that time my roommate and I had carbon monoxide poisoning (but that's a story for another time).


What is your favorite kind of gum?

Trident -- and I usually buy the original, but I loved the strawberry flavor they made forever ago and discontinued it for some reason. My 'guilty pleasure' gum (because it's not sugar-free) is Super Bubble...I love the stuff!


Name a CD you own that you would never get rid of.

I could never get rid of the Spin Doctors' Pocket Full of Kryptonite because it was the first CD I ever bought. There are many more that I wouldn't part with, but this one is pretty significant. Of course...I don't even recall the last time I listened to it.

Main Course

When was the last time you said something you didn't mean?

Oh, come on! You're talking to a lady loaded with pregnancy hormones -- I am struggling to act like a normal person here, but I have slipped quite a bit in both snappy and sappy moments of mine.


What is the sum of the numbers in your birthdate?

1 + 0 + 1 + 2 + 1 + 9 + 7 + 5 = 26

Friday, March 03, 2006

Friday's Feast

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Friday, March 03, 2006 / Feast Eighty-Three


How many pillows and blankets do you sleep with?

I am currently using three pillows to sleep in what Casey has dubbed the 'pillow fort.' Anyone who has been six plus months (maybe even less!) pregnant before is nodding her head right now. I have a sheet and blanket, but I usually have to keep my roasting feet outside the covers at night.


What are you currently "addicted" to?

Something that (sadly) comes to the store just once a year: Zachary marshmallow eggs. They come in colorful egg cartons and cost less than $1 per box. Therefore...I tend to buy about four or five cartons at once and find it very hard to share.


If you could make a small change to your current routine or schedule that would make you just a little bit happier, what would it be?

I think I made that change on February 1, when I started staying at home full-time!

Main Course

Which adjective do you find yourself using often?

-- but not in an 80's type of way.


Have you ever picked up a hitchhiker?

No, and I probably never will...just depends, but I've heard too many scary stories

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Good Day Sunshine...and a baby update

Before I start, I just wanted to include a link to a great post about motherhood. Click here and enjoy!

We had our usual two-week appointment with the doctor this morning, which wouldn't have been a big deal had we not ended up waiting two hours to see him. Still, he was called to labor and delivery in the midst of it all, so I can't really be upset at him. I was tired, though, so tired that everything became funny -- but I'll still give Casey credit for being funny.

Miles' heartbeat sounded good, all is well, and we'll get to see him again at our next appointment. We haven't had an ultrasound since December 17 -- the day we found out we were having a boy! So it's very exciting, just thinking that we'll see him again, this time moving around a lot more, I'm sure. This kid just loves to be-bop around in his mom's belly, no matter the time of day.

Speaking of the day, I can't help but mention what an incredibly gorgeous day it is outside. I am talking 70 degrees, standing-on-the-edge-of-spring beautiful. Casey is loving that it is his day off, and he's already been out for a bike ride and is now out in the yard just enjoying the day. God gives us things like a bright day that can seem so simple and yet can do so much for our wintry hearts. Bring on the sunshine!
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