THiS iS iT

•June 20, 2010 • 2 Comments

ONE DAY SHY OF THE 40 WEEK MARK AND OUR BABY ZAYNE ENTERED THE WORLD.  FOR THIS POST, BECAUSE I’M MISS WATERWORKS IF I GET SERIOUS, I’M GOING TO LEAVE IT AT THIS…

*Jenny Martell Photography

39 Weeks

•June 17, 2010 • 2 Comments

ANYTIME NOW THIS LITTLE BOY WILL BE ENTERING THE WORLD TO CHANGE US FOREVER.

AND I’M KEEPING MYSELF ENTERTAINED.

ME AND 3 OF MY FRIENDS WORKOUT TOGETHER AND HAD PLOTTED TO SURPRISE OR SHOCK THE TRAINER AT OUR GYM.  DURING THE LAST FEW WEEKS HE HAS BEEN NERVOUS ABOUT ME DOING TOO MUCH, JUST IN CASE BUT ALSO ENCOURAGES ME TO GET THE BALL ROLLING FOR DELIVERY SO IT’S BEEN EXTRA CARDIO LATELY.  SO WE THOUGHT WE’D MAKE SURE HIS BLOOD PRESSURE AND PARENTING INSTINCTS ARE STILL KEEN.  WHILE DOING AB (WHAT ABS I CAN) EXERCISES, I SPILLED SOME WATER ON THE MAT AND WAITED FOR HIM TO COME AROUND.  3 OF THE 4 OF US WERE THERE AND THEY WERE READY TO ACT.  FINALLY, HE CAME INTO THE ROOM WE WERE IN AND I JUMPED UP AS HEATHER SAID, “JOSH, HER WATER BROKE!” AND I TOLD HIM THE CARDIO HAD WORKED.  HIS EYES GOT HUGE AND HIS EXPRESSION STALE.  HEATHER WAS ALL SMILES AND HE SOON REALIZED IT WAS A JOKE.  AFTER OUR WORKOUT WAS OVER THE SCENE CALMED BUT JOSH STILL HADN’T.  AS A FATHER OF 4 HIS HANDS STILL TREMBLED SEVERAL MINUTES LATER BUT I THINK THE BLOOD PRESSURE SPIKE SUBSIDED.  AT LEAST HE’LL ALWAYS REMEMBER IT.

TO PASS THE TIME DURING THE 39TH WEEK, WE TOOK SOME LAST FEW SHOTS OF MY FIRST PREGNANCY.

WONDERING IF I COULD STILL PHOTOGRAPH MY TOES, I TRIED.  AND IF THIS SHOT DOESN’T MAKE YOU LAUGH…

JUNE 17TH FINALLY CAME AROUND AND I MADE IT TO WORK FOR THE MORNING WAITING IMPATIENTLY FOR MY NEXT APPOINTMENT.  I WAS TOLD I WAS DILATED TO JUST A LITTLE MORE THAN A 3 AND AFTER THE EXAM, SHOULD EXPECT SOME CONTRACTIONS.  I WAS PUMPED!  COUNTING DOWN THE HOURS LEFT FOR THIS LITTLE GUY TO ARRIVE, I JUMPED ON THE TREADCLIMBER AND GOT THINGS MOVING!  FEW HOURS LATER, THE BACK CRAMPS STARTED AND I KNEW I MIGHT HAVE BEEN ON THE RIGHT TRACK.  9 HOURS LEFT FOR MY BOY TO MAKE HIS APPEARANCE ON THE 17TH AND JASON AND I WENT TO A STORE FOR SOME PAIN COPING AIDS.  I NEEDED A HEATING PAD AND I PICKED UP A CHAIR MASSAGER.  NOTICING THE CRAMPING COMING IN WAVES, I BEGAN TO SEE A PATTERN AND IT WAS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE I WOULD BE TIMING.  WE ATE DINNER TOGETHER AND I SLOWLY MADE IT THROUGH MY DINNER SALAD WHILE BREATHING THROUGH WHAT DIDN’T QUITE SEEM TO BE REAL CONTRACTIONS.  WE PLANNED TO SEE A MOVIE BUT THE PATTERN HAD ORGANIZED AND CONTRACITONS, ALTHOUGH ALL IN MY BACK, WERE STILL IN WAVES COMING EVERY 5-6 MINS APART SO WE STAYED HOME.

I STILL HAD TIME FOR ANOTHER PICTURE AND REPRESENTING THE 39TH WEEK IS THE WATERMELON.  I CARRIED A WATERMELON AND CONTRACTED THROUGH THE PICTURES, BREATHING BETWEEN POSES.

THE DAY CAME TO A CLOSE WITH BABY J STILL IN MY BELLY BUT THE PROCESS STARTED ON THE 17TH AND HE’S JUST MAKING ME WAIT!

Nesting

•June 11, 2010 • 3 Comments

TODAY WAS THE DUE DATE FOR SEVERAL MONTHS, SO I THOUGHT I’D UPDATE THE 38TH WEEK.  SEVERAL FRINEDS, INCLUDING MY LITTLE SISTER WERE HOPING BABY J WOULD COME TODAY.  I’M WASN’T FEELING ANY DIFFERENT AND THE DAY WAS COMING TO AN END.  SO I THINK THIS DAY WILL GO BY AND WE’LL BE ON TO THE NEXT DATE.  COME ON 17TH!

MY APPOINTMENT WENT WELL AND I’M STILL PROGRESSING.  AS I WAS IN THE MEDICAL OFFICE, I WAS NOTICING ALL THE BROCHURES AND POSTERS OF LABOR.  BEFORE, I HAD JUST GLANCED AT THEM WITHOUT THOUGHT.  NOW THAT IT’S REALLY ANYTIME, MY ATTENTION WAS CAPTURED.

AT HOME, JASON HAS BEEN FIXING, REPAIRING, SCHEDULING AND CLEANING.  I THINK HE’S THE ONE NESTING.  SO NOW I’M LOOKING FOR HIS CLUES FOR WHEN THIS BABY IS COMING 🙂 A FEW DAYS AGO, I HAD A STRANGE DAY WHERE I WAS EXPERIENCING SOME OF THE SYMPTOMS MY FRIENDS AND COWORKERS HAD THE DAY OF THEIR LABORS. I MADE JASON ANXIOUS ENOUGH TO GO PICK UP HIS SNACKS FOR THE HOSPITAL STAY.  I WASN’T IN THE MOOD FOR DINNER (WHICH IS NOT LIKE ME), I HAD A BURST MODE TO CLEAN AND ORGANIZE PAPER AND MORE OF THE BABY’S ROOM, AND THEN MY UPPER LEGS WERE ACHY WHILE TRYING TO FALL ASLEEP.  MY MIND WAS JUST MESSING WITH ME AND THE NEXT MORNING I FELT COMPLETELY NORMAL, BUT BIGGER…

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

•June 7, 2010 • 6 Comments

TODAY IS THE ANNIVERSARY OF OUR 2ND YEAR OF MARRIAGE.

IT SO FUNNY TO SAY SUCH A SMALL NUMBER WHEN OCTOBER 2010 MARKS 13 YEARS TOGETHER.  ONE YEAR AGO, WE WERE IN OUR FIRST HOME AND HAD JUST CELEBRATED THE ANNIVERSARY WITH A TRIP TO BELIZE.

THE BELIZE TRIP CHANGED US.

THAT TRIP WAS THE FIRST TIME WE TALKED ABOUT STARTING A FAMILY AND THE FALL SEEMED TO BE RIGHT FOR US.  SO WE PRAYED ABOUT IT.  A LOT!  WE PRAYED FOR THE RIGHT TIMING AND FOR THE RIGHT CIRCUMSTANCES.

HERE WE ARE TODAY, ANOTHER YEAR OLDER AND ABOUT TO START A NEW CHAPTER, AGAIN.

WOW, LIFE CAN REALLY BE EXCITING!

I MARRIED MY BEST FRIEND OF 12 1/2 YEARS AND HE’S ABOUT TO BE THE DADDY OF OUR FIRST BABY.

EACH MILESTONE WE PASS IS AN ACCOMPLISHMENT TOGETHER.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY BABE!  THANK YOU FOR THE MANY MEMORIES, GOOD TIMES AND MORE TO COME.  I CAN’T IMAGINE LIFE WITHOUT YOU.

IT’S ALWAYS BETTER WHEN WE’RE TOGETHER!

FULL TERM

•May 29, 2010 • 3 Comments

I’VE CROSSED THE FINISH LINE TO GROWTH AND SUSTAINABILITY!  AT THIS POINT, IF BABY J WERE TO ARRIVE, HE’D BE JUST FINE.  WHAT A GREAT FEELING!  I PRAYED FOR A HEALTHY FULL TERM PREGNANCY AND I’VE GOTTEN TO EXPERIENCE THIS.

MY LAST APPOINTMENT WAS A GOOD ONE AND THE BABY IS ESTIMATED TO BE AROUND 5 1/2 POUNDS NOW, WITH PROGRESS BEGINNING.  I’M SHOWING SIGNS OF PROGRESSION TO D-DAY AND IT WAS MENTIONED I MAY NOT MAKE THE JUNE 19TH DUE DATE.  COULD IT BE CLOSER TO THE OTHER D-DATE, JUNE 11TH?  WE’LL SEE.  IF I COULD CHOOSE THE DATE (WITHOUT SCHEDULING IT), I THINK THE 17TH WOULD BE PRETTY COOL.  JASON AND MY ANNIVERSARY IS JUNE 7TH AND AND HIS BIRTHDAY IS JUNE 27TH.  I’M BIG ON DATES AND NUMBERS SO THAT 17TH WOULD FIT JUST PERFECT.

IN WAITING, BUT IN NO HURRY!

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AND WHILE I WAS IN NO HURRY, I TOOK SOME PHOTOS OF HEATHER’S FAMILY AT THIS REALLY COOL PLACE…

IT ALL TOOK PLACE ON MEMORIAL DAY.

THANK YOU TO THE VETERANS WHO SERVED AND TO THE TROOPS FIGHTING FOR OUR FREEDOMS.

36 Weeks

•May 24, 2010 • 4 Comments

I’M ONLY ONE WEEK AWAY FROM FULL TERM STATUS AND I CAN’T BE HAPPIER TO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO MAKE IT THIS FAR WITHOUT ANY COMPLICATIONS.  THE LORD IS GOOD!

I HAD MY LAST WEEKEND IN NORMAN AND GOT TO CATCH UP WITH A FRIEND I HAVEN’T SEEN IN TOO LONG.  THESE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS WILL BE TOUGH STAYING PUT IN F.W. BUT THERE’S STILL SO MUCH TO BE DONE.

A Birthday and an Update

•May 20, 2010 • 3 Comments

IT’S MAZZI’S FOURTH BIRTHDAY!  WE CELEBRATED HER BIRTHDAY AND 35 WEEKS ALONG.

IT’S BEEN TRICKY TO KEEP HER AWAY FROM BABY J’S STUFFED TOYS.  SO TO NOT BRING ON ANYMORE CONFUSION, I GOT HER A BONE UNTIL I CAN FIGURE OUT WHAT TYPE OF TOYS TO GIVE HER.

MACY GOT ONE TOO…

BY NOW BABY J SHOULD BE GETTING CLOSE TO 6 POUNDS AND ALMOST 18 INCHES LONG.  HE’S DEFINITELY USING EVERY BIT OF SPACE HE’S GOT AND CONSTANTLY STRETCHING FOR MORE ROOM.

SPEAKING OF ROOM, THE NURSERY IS DRIED AND ONE PIECE HAS MADE A HOME…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY SWEET LITTLE PUPPY GIRL.