Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Pregnancy Update

I am not sure where to start on this post, so I will start with how I am feeling physically. I hear stories about women who are pregnant and miserable, especially in the summertime. But I have to admit that I feel pretty good. I have been having a lot of headaches lately (but I am assuming that is because I am a stress-aholic and worry about everything under the sun), back pain and the inevitable heartburn/indigestion. Overall though, I am feeling really, really good...physically!

Mentally though, I am kind of a wreck. As I just stated above, I am a worry wart. Randy is convinced that the world will stop turning if I stop worrying. He is so laid back though that I tell him I am worrying for the both of us! :) So far in this pregnancy I have had five (5) ultrasounds, the latest being this past Friday and today I had a post ultrasound checkup. This little girl is measuring small. My uterus is measuring 32 weeks and I am almost 36 weeks. Her head is oblong shaped with the width being the smallest part. The doctor is concerned about her fluid levels (she went from 15 cm three weeks ago to 9 cm) and also the fact that she is starting to show signs of IUGR (Intrauterine Growth Restriction). Those of you that are familiar with Addison's birth know that she also had IUGR, so we are being hopeful that this baby girl will be as healthy at birth as Addison was.

Today while I was at my doctor's appointment, he told me that he wanted me to stay and do a Non Stress Test. I find the words non stress test to be a little redundant. I understand that NSTs are used to check the fetus's stress, but they also don't want the mother to stress. HELLO!!! You tell me that there MAY possibly be a problem with my child and THEN you tell me not to stress about it! Yeah, right...not gonna happen! Today's test looked good. She had two big movements within a 6 minute period and that is really good. They want the baby to have at least 1 every 10 minutes. The doctor has prescribed twice weekly non stress tests and another ultrasound for this Friday. He is hoping that the baby will be well enough to last until next Friday (September 3rd) when I am 37 weeks. I am hoping that she will be well enough to last until September 21st which is my scheduled C-Section date.

As I have said, I am a worry wart but I am trying not to be a Debbie Downer. I am trying to think positively and have faith that everything will work out the way it is meant to be (or I guess I should say, the way I want it to be!). I honestly don't care if this baby comes early or if she is small, but I do want her to be the healthy! It is almost crazy to me how I can not even know this little person and care so much about her!

These are some of the pictures that were taken during my last ultrasound. This top picture is almost identical to one that I have of Addison.
Already I am in love with this girl!
While the sonographer was looking at the baby's head circumference she noticed that she has hair! You can't really tell from this picture, but I saw some long strands while I was looking at the monitor.
I call this 3D image the "Fun House Mirror" photo. I am really hoping that this is NOT what she comes out looking like. I am pretty sure that she doesn't have bug eyes judging from the 2D picture above! Oh well, if she does come out having bug eyes, then we'll still love her the same.

I have a feeling that I am forgetting a lot of things that I want to say. I am really hoping that one day I get my brain back!

Friday, August 13, 2010


While I was getting ready this morning, Addison called me into her playroom. She had all but 4 pieces of a 16 piece puzzle put together. She was at the end and starting to get frustrated and wanted my help. Being the fantastic Mom I am, I totally helped her out...by grabbing my camera and recording her!

The fruit of Addison's labor.

Then Addison started getting all silly and putting her hand in the way, so that I wouldn't take a picture of her puzzle just her hand. Both she and I were laughing so hard at her silliness.
More pictures of Addison being silly! I sure do love this girl!!!
Can you tell she is laughing here?
I was dying! She is such a little jokester and pretty darn funny when she wants to be!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Happy Birthday Grandma Jan!

Addison has been anxiously awaiting her Grandma Jan's birthday! We bought these paintable mugs for both of her Grandma's months ago. She painted one for Grandma Beth, but I didn't get any pictures because I didn't have a camera. But we caught the experience this time around! :)

If you click on the images below, you can see how into the painting she was. She was so intent on what she was doing. This girl is a total thinker and takes her tasks very seriously!

Personally, I think she did a fantastic job on the mug!!!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Addison's 3 Year Pictures

My friend Briar took these amazing pictures of Addison for us. Addison decided that she didn't need a nap that day, much to her mothers chagrin.
All I can say is Briar has P.A.T.I.E.N.C.E!!!

Just as a little forewarning. I am totally the mother who thinks their child is amazingly beautiful and loves to gush about her constantly. So if you don't like it, please stop reading now!

Love, love, love the tea party!

She looks like she is making sure her guests are well taken care of!

Don't you love the butterby (butterfly) wings? She was SO excited to put those on!

I love her fake smile! Even when it is fake, I think she is beautiful!

I think this picture is by far my favorite! It reminds me of photos you'd see of kids in the 70's.

Thank you Briar!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

New Camera! YAY!!!

I FINALLY got my new camera! I am so excited. I still need to figure it out, but at least Addison has been a good sport about being my "muse".
I love the color of these day lilies on my front walk. I couldn't resist using my close up option on these beautiful flowers.

Addison was posing for me before church this morning. I absolutely love this beautiful, sweet, kind, loving little girl!

(She has not let go of this cat that her Grandma Jan gave her for Halloween in the past 24 hours. We had an incident last night where we thought it was lost at a friends house and let me tell you there was some major howling and crying involved {from both mother and child}. She even had to take witch cat to church with her this afternoon!)
She thought she would try on some of her silly faces for me!

This is her "What? You want to take my cat?" face.

Addison is looking all around for a flower to pick, since her mean mom won't let her pick the pretty day lilies.

Not sure this is my favorite face, but she has some pretty nostrils doesn't she?
Hopefully now that I have a new camera (or I should say a camera period) I will be motivated to post more often.