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Friday, September 28, 2012

Humanities Night

On Wednesday I spoke to History majors about my job at my alma mater for their annual Humanities Night. I did this last year as well, but this year it went even better. The conversation wasn't dominated by one panelist and all three of us got equal opportunity to speak. Plus, I had several students ask me questions afterwards, which was really nice.

UE didn't have anything like this when I was a student so I think it's wonderful that I have the opportunity to tell them about a career that actually utilizes your history degree. Hopefully I'll be invited back next year!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Parenting Fail

So, last night Ewan was up half the night screaming like he was in pain and would only calm down and sleep if Alan or I rubbed his back or held him. He didn't have a fever, but I kept asking him to show mommy where it hurt, but all he did was cry. Finally, he fell asleep and slept until this when I got up to shower.

This morning I noticed that he had all sorts of crusty discharge around his ear and mentioned to Alan on the way to daycare that I'm sure he has an ear infection and I hope that his ear drum didn't burst. I called his pediatrician and got him an appointment this morning and sure enough, he has a double ear infection and his ear drum did, in fact, burst. My poor baby boy!

I feel like such a horrible mom because my little boy was screaming in pain and I kept saying maybe we should take him to the ER because something is obviously wrong. But, since he didn't have a fever, we held out until the morning. I just did what you shouldn't do and Googled. I know that it will most likely heal fine on its own, but there's the possibility that he could have permanent hearing loss or need surgery to get it to heal properly.

My poor baby boy!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Sprinkle Photos

My friend Rachel emailed me the few photos she took from my sprinkle. I've actually had them for a few days, but I've been so exhausted all the time that when I'm not nesting, I'm either asleep or about to pass out on the couch. I really need to be better about photos!




Saturday, September 22, 2012

Last Appointment

I had my weekly appointment scheduled with my now old obgyn the day after I met with my new obgyn and Alan and I both felt it was the right thing to do to meet with her and tell her in person why I was switching doctors. She had also scheduled a growth u/s too, and I wanted to see the baby and make sure she's where she's supposed to be (as of Thursday, she's right where's she's supposed to be!).

However, the u/s estimated her to be 6lbs 13oz at 36 weeks. While I know that 3rd trimester u/s are notoriously inaccurate, all I could think was great. I went through all the trouble to switch and now everyone's going to be freaked out that's she's going to be huge. My old obgyn played the dead baby card of course, since she's apparently huge, which I know freaked Alan out more than he already is about a vbac. While I am a little nervous about attempting a vbac, I know that I'm making the right decision regardless of the risks and that my doctor won't put either of us in any unnecessary danger. Alan wasn't able to go to my appointment on Wednesday, but he's coming with me this week and I'm so glad he is so that my new doctor can reassure him that everything will be ok.

Now I just have to get him to agree to having a doula in the room with us....

Thursday, September 20, 2012

VBAC or not to VBAC?

VBAC!!!!!!

I have never been thrilled with a repeat c-section but have been trying to make the best of it even though deep down I knew it wasn't ok. At almost 36 weeks pregnant, I have followed my gut and my heart and switched providers to one that will allow me to attempt a vbac. Even though some may think I'm crazy (my husband included!), I have been able to make this decision with the support of some great family and friends, as well as the awesome ladies of the Evansville ICAN chapter and the Evansville Birth Network.

While I realize that this may be an unpopular decision for some and that it may ultimately end up with another c-section, I had to do this for my personal well-being. I knew that if I just subjected myself to another c-section without even trying for a vaginal birth, I would never truly be ok again. I am so excited to begin this new journey in my pregnancy!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sprinkle

My good friend Rachel and my sister-in-law Megan threw Alan and I a sprinkle for Baby Girl yesterday. I didn't want a huge deal made since this is our second baby but it was really sweet of them to do this for us. I had only invited immediate family and friends who live in town and since my family couldn't come due to my uncle being in the hospital, it was a really small affair! However, it felt like we were just getting together for lunch and letting the kids play, so it was totally fine. We're using a lot of the baby stuff that Ewan had, so we got a lot of clothes and things that we will really need for Baby Girl. Unfortunately, I totally forgot that my camera was in purse and didn't get any pictures! Rachel took a few and when she sends them to me, I will post them.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Only A Month Later

As promised! My latest u/s images of Baby Girl. We finally got the office unpacked enough to be able to hook up the scanner to the desktop.


Alan says he doesn't see it, but I think she looks just like Ewan did as a newborn.

Just under 6 weeks until we see if I'm right!

Say a Prayer

for my uncle Jerry. I haven't posted about this on here or on Facebook, but he's been having some serious health issues for well over a year now and is currently in the hospital for the second time in two months. Long story short, he's been having a lot of internal bleeding from his colon and it is only getting worse. This time, part of his colon was removed but he was still bleeding internally and had a heart attack the night after his surgery due to lack of blood. He's currently stable, but he had to have open abdominal surgery due to previous scar tissue so he's in a lot of pain and pretty weak.

So, if you are of the praying type, please say a prayer for my uncle.


For those of you that don't know, my uncle has basically helped raised me since I was born and is the only father figure I have known. It absolutely breaks my heart to know how sick he is and I hate that I'm 5 hours away. It was all I could do not to jump in the car yesterday morning and go up there. I talked to my aunt and other uncle yesterday and they told me that there isn't anything I could really do if I went up there and that I needed to think of the safety of this little girl. It's my biggest fear that something is going to happen and I'm going to regret not going up there over Labor Day or this weekend for the rest of my life.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

34 Weeks!

I "borrowed" this from my sil's blog

How Far Along? I will be 34 weeks tomorrow
Weigh Gain/Loss? I no longer weigh myself because it depresses me. At my last appointment, I had gained 20 lbs
Maternity Clothes? Been wearing them since about 8-10 weeks!
Stretch Marks? I don't think I have any new ones, at least that I can tell
Sleep? Eh, what's that? If I wake up in the middle of the night to pee, then I have a horrible time getting back to sleep. My mind just keeps racing about everything we still need to do. Plus, we're still co-sleeping with Ewan, so having an almost 2 year old in the bed definitely keeps me up at times. I really hope this little girl is a better sleeper because I don't think I can handle two kids that don't sleep well!
Best Moment This Week? Having a 4 day work week!
Movement? She's still moving around in there, but I can tell she's getting crowded because I feel less kicks and more rolls. But, when she does kick, ouch! I'm also hearing this popping sound a lot, which I think is either her joints popping or ligaments around my belly. No one can give me an actual explanation.
Food Cravings? Lately it's been fresh veggies
Gender? It better be a girl otherwise we have a lot of stuff to take back!
Labor Signs? Whenever I'm on my feet for more than 5-10 minutes or so, I start having contractions. I think they're just Braxton Hicks, but they feel different than they did with Ewan. My doctor isn't worried as long as they go away once I'm off my feet and hydrated. She also said that if I go into labor after 34 weeks then they won't stop it. Well, I'm at 34 weeks...
What I miss? Being able to sleep on my stomach. Actually just being able to move in general. It's so much harder this time around and I'm in a lot of pain most days from spd and sciatica. 
What I am looking forward to? Baby Girl's arrival and getting the c-section out of the way so I can starting feeling better again
Extra Tidbits? Not really, just looking forward to meeting my little girl
Last Thoughts? In five short weeks, I will be the mother to two children...Ahh!!!

Just Wow

So I have the VMA's on right now since there's not really anything else on tv that I would watch at the moment. And, boy do I feel old! I have no idea who half of these people are and of the people that I do know, I don't know the music. I used to be so into this stuff, when did I get so out of touch?!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

What is up

with my immune system?! I used to get one or two colds a year and when I would get sick, I would be knocked on my butt. But now, ever since Ewan was born, I seem to get sick whenever someone the next block over sneezes! It's so incredibly frustrating, especially when I have NO sick or vacation time left at work, so I'm stuck at my desk completely miserable.

If I had to choose being sick now over when this little girl is born, I would choose now. But. Geez!

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