Insomnia

I thought I had had a bad night sleep before, that was until last night/this morning.  I woke up at 3:00AM and it is now 5:37AM and seeing as I have resorted to blogging it is clear that I never fell back asleep.  Talk about brutal.  I felt bad for staying in bed because I knew I was keeping Andrew up by tossing, turning, sighing and pinning on my very bright phone.  So with a rumbling tummy I rolled out of bed at 5:00, brushed my teeth and grabbed a bag of pretzels.  I am in serious need of some sleep, but apparently my brain just isn’t in the mood to relax.  I wasn’t even thinking about anything important, just couldn’t turn my brain off or couldn’t get comfortable, I dunno which, maybe both.  Here are some things I thought about/tried to do to fall back asleep.

-Pam once told me to go through the alphabet and assign a Bible character to each letter. I got to Naomi and grew bored.

-I have been a crazy person about turning the air conditioning on.  I keep telling people, if the pregnant person can tolerate the heat, so can you.  I caved at 4:00 when Andrew got up.  I had the windows open and had developed a sore throat and stuffy nose.  I assumed it was due to allergies and wanted to shut the house back up and condition the now allergen infested air.  That turned out to be pointless.

– At some point I started thinking about my prenatal appointments and I realized I’m going to miss my 28 week appointment due to a trip to Boston.  I have no clue how I’m going to reschedule that, considering it’s a 2 hour appointment and my doctor is impossible to get into!  That just threw me into a tizzy that I couldn’t relax from.

-My mind wandered to the lottery and I thought to myself that it was kind of a bummer that we didn’t win.  On the one hand it would have changed our lives in some ways that are undesirable, but on the other hand we would have had a lot of fun blessing people in need.  The conversation Andrew and I had over and over again was how we could stay in our house and keep our kids safe once people knew we had all this money.  We basically came to the conclusion that we couldn’t and my parents suggested we give our house to someone who needed one and move to a more secure neighborhood.  That would be fun to do, give someone your house, no strings attached!  I hope someone who will do amazing things wins the money.

-I would blame this on Ellery, but honestly she’s been a perfect little angel and has slept through the night as far as I can tell (and blaming your kids is probably a bad parenting practice anyway).  The sleeplessness has to be a pregnancy thing because this has never happened before, but I didn’t feel all that uncomfortable and since I wasn’t a back sleeper before I haven’t really had to change my sleeping habits much.  However when they tell you not to sleep on your back that becomes the most appealing sleep position.  I tried the wedge, I tried sleeping on my tummy (doctor says this is totally fine) I flipped, I flopped and I failed.

-Then of course as always I just get mad that I’m awake.  I try to reason with my brain/body.  Hello body, don’t you know it’s Hudson’s big day tomorrow?  He’s turning 3, we’re having a big party in the morning and I need my sleep!

And now, my friends, I have successfully made my eye lids really heavy so I’m going to head back to bed, I don’t have to be up for another 2 and 1/2 hours.  Wish me luck!

Idle Song

Last night I realized Andrew has two go to songs. One is when we have Italian food and the other is his idle song. It’s the song he whistles when his mind goes blank. The Italian food song is something most of you probably know, I have no idea what it’s called, but typically Andrew just says da da da da da da da, or fills in using whatever food we are eating like lasagna or spaghetti. The idle song is something most of you probably forget about 11 months out of the year an even in the 12th month probably don’t sing it too often. The song he whistles when his mind goes blank is always Good King Wenceslas. That’s a challenging song to whistle and honestly he’s pretty spot on. I love that my man is quirky, it makes me seem more normal than I really am!

Double Standard

I realized I have a double standard.  When a friend is pregnant that blogs or has facebook I EXPECT them to post weekly bump pictures.  I take a weekly bump picture, but do I ever post them? NOPE!  I am halfway there so I thought I’d show you what I’m looking like these days.  Some days I think I look huge and other days I think I could disguise my belly if I tried hard enough.  I thought I’d answer a couple of the questions people have asked me.

How do you feel?  Ok. Not great, and not terrible.  My body has begun the achy all the time phase so I’m starting to get used to it, but the realization that my back really can hurt all day long and so can my hips has been an adjustment.  Mentally I’m ok, I think knowing that we are having a girl and naming her made things a lot better, it’s as if now I have a purpose for feeling sad and it’ll be a happy ending, so I can push forward.

What have been your pregnancy cravings?  Over the entire pregnancy they’ve changed, but here is a comprehensive list.  Spaghettios, sloppy joes, lemon, vinegar, cottage cheese and anything gummy i.e. fruit snacks, gummy worms, dots, etc.

How is the nursery coming along?  Good.  We bought the fabric yesterday and have all the furniture in the room except a chair.  I have my bumper picked out, but trying to decide if I should spend the money on it. (and before you comment, I know that you aren’t supposed to use bumpers anymore, so no need to tell me your thoughts on that).  I’m really liking the direction it’s going and I’ll take pictures as soon as there is something to take pictures of!

And last, but not least a picture, yeah I know my bump is large for 20 weeks, no need to tell me!

Fantastic

If you are in our small group do not read this post, it’ll spoil Wednesday.

Steph left this morning at 6:00 AM. Sad day! We had a fantastic weekend. I realized over and over this weekend that friends like her are hard to come by! Thursday we went to Uncle Billy’s on the lake for dinner and a sunset and then we stayed up WAY too late chatting. Friday we went shopping (oh how I miss having a shopping buddy) and then we got ready for the gender reveal cookout.
That night my family all came over and found out that we are having a…girl!!! Intelligender pee test was wrong, and it was fun to shock everyone. Ellery Wynn Campbell will be making her debut sometime in August and we are so excited. I’ll explain the name in a future post.
After the cookout we went and saw the Hunger Games. I must say the movie was the best translation of a book I’ve ever seen. It should win an award for best adapted screen play. So you guessed it, we had another really late night!
Saturday we ran around all day long garage sales, shopping, etc. Then we decided to tackle my kitchen and reorganize the pantry and cabinets, oh my word the results are amazing. Wishing I had a picture! Only a best friend flies all the way to Texas to organize my pantry and do dishes :). Another late night was inevitable and we enjoyed every moment we had together. I’m really looking forward to my trip home in June. Now it’s time to close my very tired eyes and attempt to catch up from this very full weekend.

Night Owl

I used to be a night owl and then I got pregnant. Yes I was more tired, but honestly I just made the decision to go to bed around 10 when Andrew goes to bed. I used to hit the pillow and be out in 5 minutes or less and sleep soundly through the night. Then I started crawling in bed at 10 thinking I was exhausted, lay awake for an hour and then toss and turn all night. We have a busy week ahead with small group dinner at our house tonight, Steph’s arrival tomorrow, a gender reveal on Friday and then my parents staying for a week. I had a bunch I wanted/ needed to get done so I pushed through last night and retired around 1:00 in the morning. I woke up today expecting to feel like I got hit by a Mack truck, but I have felt the exact opposite. I have been more rested and happier than I’ve felt in a long time. I hit the pillow and was out after 5 minutes and from what I can tell there was no tossing and turning, just a great night of sound sleep. I know eventually sleeping 6 hours a night would catch up with me and I have no intention of keeping this late night habit up, but it’s been nice to feel like myself today after weeks of being sad and down right nasty sometimes! Next time I’m in a funk I guess I’ll prescribe myself some late night baking and laundry 🙂

It’s a…

drum roll please……healthy baby.  Sorry I can’t tell you what we are having until next weekend.  We are telling our families next Friday and then I can make it public.  This might be killing some of you, I know it is absolutely killing my brother Bryan, he called me very frustrated that I wouldn’t tell him.  Here are some things I can tell you.

I am exactly 19 weeks today.

I have officially gained weight now, I’m up 2 pounds.  I’m on track for my 22 pound weight gain.  I just need to start watching my food intake now, I’ve been eating pretty much whatever I felt like, but I made a deal with myself that when I first gained weight I would make sure to eat healthier!

Sonograms can tell you a lot more than I thought.  The guy that did ours was amazing.  From what he can tell the baby has an awesome heart, great brain, no signs of down’s, and does not have cleft palate.  Today certainly eased this mama’s mind!

I think it’s weird that people post pictures of the inside of their uterus, but honestly this picture is too cute to not post so, I apologize if this is weird!

Last, but not least I want to know what everyone thinks we are having.  Please VOTE!!! Ok I’ve done my best to insert a poll into the blog and I’m just not that talented so just leave a comment! We will let you know next week.

 

Thank Google

I was baking some Amish friendship bread last night. I started baking around 11 PM and midway through I realized I didn’t have any baking powder. There was no way I was going out that late so I opened up trusty old google and guess what there are substitutes for baking powder that work perfectly. I used two parts cream of tartar to one part baking soda and the bread came out delicious, a little too delicious if you know what I mean! What did people do prior to the Internet?

How Does it Come Out?

The other day I was babysitting my 4 and 2 year old and I made one little mistake.  I told them that in a couple weeks we were going to find out if our baby was a boy or a girl.  Then they looked at me kind of funny and I realized they probably thought I meant I was going to have a baby in a couple weeks.  I then explained that I wouldn’t be having the baby, the doctor was just going to be telling me if it was a boy or a girl, then the conversation went something like this.  We’ll call the 4 year old J.

J: Well how will they know if it’s a boy or a girl if you aren’t going to have the baby?

Me: Well they use a tool that can see inside my belly.

J:  But babies don’t have hair yet so how can they tell if it’s a boy or a girl?

Me: Umm, well, let’s see uh do you think boys and girls are made the same way, that we have ALL the same parts? (J has a puzzled look on his face at this point) Ok how about this, let’s get the book Amazing You and we’ll talk about it.  I proceed to explain in the technical terms what different parts girls and boys have and tell him the doctor will be able to see the different parts.

Ok well unfortunately when we got this book out he asked if I would read the WHOLE book.  I didn’t realize this, but mom skips over some of the parts and he really wants to know all the stuff in the book.

We get to the part about how babies are made and I’m hoping he doesn’t ask me any questions about this.  I have no real problem talking about it, but I refuse to talk to kids about it when I am not their parent!

We get to the part about when babies come out and then here it comes…

J: So how does the baby come out?

Me: Well you see that hole down there? It gets REALLY big for just one day and the baby comes out and then the hole gets small again.

J: (wide eyed) OH

And then I tried to change the subject quickly and move on.

Later I told the mom and dad about this conversation and they just laughed about it.  I’m sure I really shocked him because up until that day he had been told that the doctor takes the baby out!  This got me thinking…OH MY WORD THIS CHILD HAS TO COME OUT!!!

Not Really Better Late Than Never

We were supposed to fall back on November 2nd of last year. We did on all clocks except our bathroom clock because it requires the use of a step stool to change. The rule in our house now that I’m carry another human being is if my feet leave the floor I can’t do the chore. So I asked Andrew to change the clock and he did about a week ago. It wasn’t more than a day later that we found out this weekend we spring forward! I wish you could have been there when I told him. We’ll see how long it takes to change it this time. Looking forward to more light at night!!

Water Works

Pretty much every single one of the GE commercials make me cry these days. The aviation one, the one where the lady says GE gave her a chance after her factory shut down after 30 years. This is ONLY because I’m pregnant, commercials never make me cry! Andrew laughs at me every single time.