Saturday, April 12, 2014

25 Weeks Tomorrow

Hard to believe that the time is flying by so fast.  J and I have been on the road trip east for well over a week.

Thursday night we made a detour to NY state to visit his folks over the Palm Sunday weekend.  We'll take a day or two and visit with my folks in NC next.  We are pretty much just waiting for my dad to get out of the ICU.  Yes he is that sick again.

Bugsy has been traveling quite well and is at this moment getting used to J's brother's dog Mason.  Both are afraid of one another.

I'll do a better update on things once we get more settled but for now we are still "homeless" in the process of moving.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

On the Road to the East

First chance I've had to let all of you know that J, Bugsy and I are doing well.  Baby Hiccup is making herself quite known to my bladder on the road trip too.

Tonight we are stopped on the border of Idaho and Utah.  Hopefully we'll get to the Wyoming/Nebraska border before dark tomorrow.  I'm being careful and J does set his stop watch to make sure I'm out and walking around in under two hour increments.  Although most of the time we stop around after 80 minutes of driving he just told me.

Though I brought my scale with me I haven't taken it out of the car.  I'm almost afraid of what I'll weigh after a week to 10 days of eating on the road.  Everything is so darn high in sodium!  I'm making sure to drink water and eat less since I'm less active.

Tomorrow I hit 24 weeks pregnant!  Yay!  I finally made it to viability.

Well that is all I have for now.  Hope everyone is well out there.  I'll catch up on your blogs when I get the chance in a few weeks.




Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Scaredy Cat

Having a few issues with Bugsy since yesterday.

The movers have come and gone and with them went all the furniture.  I did keep out Bugsy's toys, litter box, blankets and cage but for him it just isn't enough.

Last night J and I had to set up the master bedroom as a safe space for the cat.  We had to do this when we found that he decided he wanted to hide in our pantry.

Today we tried to open up the other rooms to the cat but he just doesn't like it and will walk around with his tail down between his legs.  The house is echoing a lot and sounds that didn't sound like much before now are just too loud and frightening for him.

Hopefully by the time we turn in the keys on Friday, if the house passes inspection, Bugsy will be better adjusted.  He'll have to get used to it because Friday we hit the road and hope to make the Washington/Idaho border by nightfall.

Now for some pregnancy news.

23 weeks 2 days.  Alas I haven't been taking photos. No real bump to notice since the one I posted before. I had an OB appt. today.

Weight: -1.6 pounds since the 12th
BP: 129/68
Fundal Height: 24 CM
Fetal Heart rate: 140's and doing well

Baby Hiccup has been balling up a bit which I just found out can be a concern.  I'll have to keep a bottle of water at my bedside from now on  to help with uterine cramping.  With all the other pains I'm used to being in I don't really notice this as being a pain.  But the odd part is that she likes to ball up when I lie down on either side.  Figure that one out for me please.

My maternity clothes need suspenders.  Had I known for sure I wouldn't have had a big bump, but who knew when they were having a 70% off sale when I was 10 weeks along, then I would have bought one size smaller than my actual size of 16 bottom and 18 tops.  Hoping my two piece full coverage swim suit will stay up.  If it seems like it is too loose I'll take needle and thread to the bottoms and put in some darts.  Yes, I packed a sewing kit in my bags...not the cheap sewing kit either.  I packed pin cushion, needles, full sized scissors and all.

I got an "I hate you" from a female patient at the RE office when I was saying good bye to them.  They are next door to the OB/GYN at Madigan.  The gal had her 10 month old son with her and said that at 20 weeks she was "out to there" (picture looking near full term) with her first pregnancy.  She said the above as she wiped the snot off her son's face with her sleeve.  Note that tissues, face masks and hand sanitizer are within reach of the desk at the RE clinic.

The COB doctor, Dr. Renfro, explained to J and I that I have a few reasons why I'm not showing yet at 23 weeks.  1) I've lost weight.  2) I have a wide pelvis.  3) I'm tall.  Just like my mom who also didn't show much at all.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Maniac Movers

Now supposedly the moving company that was hired to move us is quite reputable but I'm having my doubts.  One gal that showed up to pack us up yesterday was rude and inconsiderate about my condition.  She blocked in all power outlets and cut down the walk space through door ways with her box walls.  If I had a big belly at nearly 23 weeks I'd be shit out of luck with trying to get to the kitchen.

Unfortunately they sent the same wench back today.  She is working alone.  I don't like how she labeled the boxes.  I don't like her methods of packing.  I heard her drop a few glass items to the cement floor behind the bar.  I can only imagine how they'll be when they arrive. 

She was rude enough to tell me I shouldn't be sitting at my own dining room  table reading my book I'm trying to finish while she is in the kitchen, open floor concept, packing up my china.  She said I was watching her.  Well I beg to differ and the nearly 200 pages I read yesterday in my book would prove to her I was indeed reading but I have my doubts this creature even ever cracked the spine of a book except to throw it as a weapon.

She propped up a mirror box containing an antique dresser mirror against another box.  It fell over in the middle of the night flat on its face.  So yeah we are going to have some issue when we unpack.  I won't be forgetting her name any time soon as she has the same first name as a relative of mine.  Usually women packers are a bit more careful.

I've had very little sleep in the past five days.  Breathing is getting to be more difficult with the growing uterus.  I now have stretch marks on my upper abdomen where I had none before.  I don't care about the stretch marks but it does show that the uterus is intruding into the lung cavity area making it the reason for my breathlessness.

Two meals of eating take out yesterday and I find that I've gained nearly two pounds of bloat overnight.  It feels like it too.  I really detest being this sodium sensitive.  Yes I still weigh myself daily and am taking my scale on the road with me.  I will be actively trying to find lower sodium food options at fast food restaurants as that is about all we'll be able to afford or have the time to stop at with a cat in the car.  I'd rather not fry Bugsy's brain with having to leave him in the car just because I desire a real sit down meal.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

22 Weeks

I can't believe it is Sunday already.  The time is just flying by as we prepare to move to Georgia.  Church this morning hit a good note with me as the sermon was about something I've been working on in my life...legacy.  No not just having a child but not passing on certain things and learned behaviors from my parents.

No bump photo to show any of you.  Still weighing about the same.  I weigh less today and for the past few days than I did the day I had the embryo transfer.  I doubt the belly button will be popping any time soon.

I did break down and do a little more maternity clothes shopping yesterday.  Since we are moving to a warmer climate I need shorts and a maxi dress.  I went to Kohls only to find out that they don't have maternity clothes in the store, only online.  I went next door to Target and bought a two piece swim suit, two pair of shorts, a maxi dress and a pair of 6 months size jeans for baby girl.

Yesterday I washed all the clothes and packed them in the suitcase.  Tonight J is going to do the pre-pack of the suv to make sure all of what we want to bring with us will fit.  What doesn't fit will have to sorted out by priority and put into the household goods to be packed up.  Movers will be here to pack the house as early as this Thursday.

Next week Monday the movers will be here to pick up the boxes and furniture.  From that day on, 31 March we will be sleeping on an air mattress, a nice air mattress.  We borrowed from a neighbor a card table and folding chairs.  I will be keeping a phone on at the house until the second and turning in the modem and cable box on the 3rd when I have the cleaners show up to clean the inside of the house.  J and I will be cleaning the garage, shed and exterior of the house.

I'll be glad when we hit the road!

The new duty station is still being a bit of a pain in the housing department.  I had to get yet another modification form signed stating that I cannot having carpeting in the house.  I mean sheesh wasn't the first modification form signed by the doctor enough...no they needed it spelled out that with asthma I can't have carpeting.  It is the south and I dread to think of the crap caught in the carpet from the previous tenants even if it is steam cleaned.  Roach droppings, assorted bug poop, animal leavings permeating the padding below the carpet, mold from the padding not drying completely and so on can raise havoc with my allergies and asthma.

On another note, I'll be making mac and cheese tonight to last a few days so what with our busy schedule we don't have to think much about cooking.  J is going to help with the prep work as my right shoulder is acting up and grating the cheese is going to be painful.

Well time to figure out what to eat for lunch besides frozen fruit and frozen veggies.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

11 More Days

Just eleven more days left until I am sleeping on the floor.  Well okay not quite the floor as we purchased a queen sized air bed but still it will be just about the same in the end.

Not sure where the past five and a half years have gone but I know it went some place.  Most of it has been with deployments and infertility treatments.  I can blame the five year blur on that bit.

The flower beds are now all empty except for the rhododendron bush that was there when we moved in.  The house is full of boxes to be filled up with the electronics.  I'm starting to take down the curtains and photos from the walls.  My fridge is almost empty too.  Soon I'll be just buying food for each meal.

The next duty station has already offered us housing for the 12th of April.  Big problem there.  We won't be signed in yet.  We have to be signed in to get the housing.  We don't turn over our keys of our house until the 4th of April when we pass, hopefully, final inspection.  I have hired a cleaning crew to help in the cleaning of the house.  She'll do the inside but we have to do the garage, patio, storage and exterior of the house.  The military allows us ten days to get to the new duty station and I'm going to need most of it to travel that three thousand miles.  Before I was pregnant six days was all we needed.  Now we'll be stopping more and J will be doing all the driving.

With any luck we'll have housing shortly after we arrive at the new duty station.  I realize the choices are slim for two bedroom places on post and we'll most likely end up with an apartment down stairs but such is life.  Even rank doesn't get better housing at the new duty station unless you are above Major or above E-7.  A two bedroom at the new duty station is for a couple with one to two children up to the age of 10 even if a different gender and the housing is much smaller than here at JBLM.

I'll just make do.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Computer Issues

Looks like my NVIDIA card is fried in my desktop computer.  Right now I am using my husband's laptop just to post something today to let all of you know about this past weekend.

Baby Hiccup is kicking me a lot while I'm trying to type up this post.

Baby shower went well.  Had some photos to share but they are on my desktop.  I had just save all other photos the day before my anatomy scan to the external drive.  This means I can't share baby shower photos until I replace the video card.  I talked about that with J, since I don't use my desktop for gaming I can just get a cheap replacement video card before we move in two weeks.  But I do worry that with it going into storage for quite a while that the desktop might become further damaged.  Thinking I'll just wait and hook J's laptop up to my work station after I dismantle the tower for packing.

So for the next few weeks posting to my blog will probably be scant as I begin to take things off of the wall and pre pack them before the movers show up.  I will try to post from the road trip East if I have adequate signal.

I might even have a change to post some baby shower photos before long as a friend was taking photos at the party.  I just need to attach my external drive to J's computer and down load them to there. 

That is if I remember.  Ugh, baby brain is getting so bad.  I have to basically chant to myself or even out loud what I need to do later in the day for appointments.  Yesterday I went to almost a panic thinking it was a week later in the month than it is and that I was already running out of time to get inventory done. 

More later when I get used to J's laptop and get some photos to share.