35 weeks

Well I’m about 35 weeks now. I made the rounds with all the doctors yesterday to find that I have another (that makes 13) UTI infection and I’m still only dilated to a 1. Yesterday really wasn’t a good day.

I knew I had another infection by the way I was feeling. It’s the usual trend. I get towards the end of a round of antibiotics and I feel pretty decent. I feel like I could handle this a little bit longer. I’ll have energy to do the normal, required things around the house like laundry, dishes, taking care of the kiddos and still have a bit left to do something crafty. But then after a couple of days, I relaspe. I feel feverish, have burning when I pee, my back hurts in the kidney region, and I’m lethargic. Lately, I’ve felt nauseous too. Throw all that on top of the normal “pregnancy sucks and I’m sick of this crap” symptoms and you might get and idea of how I feel. Seeing as this is the 13th infection I’ve had in 35 weeks, I’m getting pretty good at recognizing the symptoms. Needless to say, I wasn’t suprised.

I was disappointed that I hadn’t progressed at all. I know it’s still early but try to put yourself in my shoes. I’m exhausted and I’m tired of feeling like this and I just want some relief. I’ve been having contractions for a while now and some are getting to bring tears to my eyes. I just want it to be over.

I told TJ yesterday that it’s still hard for me to wrap my mind around the fact that a baby is coming from all of this. I can’t seem to grasp it. I feel all the movements and kicks and I know there’s a baby in my belly. But at the same time, it’s all a little surreal.

I think I’ve just been so distracted by the health issues that I haven’t been able to “enjoy” this experience if that’s even possible. None the less, my heart knows there’s a life in all of this even if my mind can’t comprehend it. And I think that’s what helps keep me going each day. Relying on my heart and not the things I know.

Friday, April 16th, 2010 0 Comments | Filed in Family, Kids, Pregnancy

Springtime

I’m still not feeling that great. But I’m trying to do things to keep me distracted and help me maintain my sanity. My mother-in-law made this BEAUTIFUL piece at Christmas out of jewelry pieces she’d gotten from her mother, grandmother, and mother-in-law.

I fell in love with it and decided I wanted to make one. I decided to go with a flower instead so that I could keep it out all year round. I also decided to make it on a smaller scale since it was my first time to make one and I didn’t have quite as many pieces as she did.

Supplies:
Various jewelry pieces and beads (the more color, the better)
Shadowbox Frame
Felt (You could use any color, I used black)
Glue gun
Pliers
Scissors

You start with a shadowbox frame like this one. I got mine at Ikea for $9.99.

I removed the mat and wrapped my felt around the back board tightly and glued. Then I took a piece of paper and laid out my pieces in about the way I wanted to glue them. This can be kinda tricky and you’ll probably have a hard time getting exactly the way you want, but it’ll help you get a general idea of your layout.

Now GET TO WORK! I just began with the center and started gluing the pieces in the basic way I’d laid them out. I noticed more “holes” once I got it onto the black felt so I added some small beads in those places to fill the gaps.

When you’re done gluing, just put the back piece back into the frame and you’ve got a pretty little art piece to display. I think mine turned out pretty good!

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010 1 Comments | Filed in Craftsy

ONE

Well, I went to the OBGYN on Thursday last week and I am dilated to 1. Whoo Hoo!!!

Maybe all this pregnancy madness will end soon. I sure hope so. This is what happened with my other two kiddos. I started to dilate at 34 weeks and then they were born at 36 weeks. Hopefully, the third child will follow suit. I’ve been having some yucky contractions, some where I can’t talk, but nothing regular or consistent yet. We’ll see…

The energy burst that I had pretty much went out the window. I finished up yet another round of antibiotics and was feeling pretty great for a couple of days only to return to feeling yucky  and having no energy. I see my urologist this week (Thursday) and I’m pretty sure the infection is back. They’re pretty confident at this point that I do, in fact, have a kidney stone stuck and it will have to be taken care of after the baby is born. I’m not sure exactly how soon after the baby is born, I’m going to ask at my appointment. Either way, I’m anxious to just feel “normal” again.

I’m also a little anxious about having 3 (THREE!) little ones. It’s always a little scary when you add another member to your family. My mind is constantly racing with different scenarios and what our life will look like being a family of 5. I know that it’ll all be okay. I just hope that I can divide myself into enough parts that everyone can feel just how much I love them – TJ, Lakyn, Holden, and our new addition – and still manage to maintain a part of myself.  It might take a little practice but I’m sure I’ll figure it out.

Monday, April 12th, 2010 0 Comments | Filed in Family, Pregnancy

It’s the little things…

I’m having a pretty crummy day. It’s just been one thing right after another. I was feeling pretty sorry for myself and then I saw this music video on Perez Hilton of Macy Gray’s Beauty in the World. It helped brighten my spirits. Maybe it’ll help make your day a little brighter too.

Friday, April 9th, 2010 0 Comments | Filed in Funky Mood, Random

Hairball!

See this dog?

Sure, he looks cute and innocent but you have no idea. Zapf sheds like no other creature. It’s driving me crazy!! I am constantly sweeping and vacuuming the floors.

We use the “Furminator” on him and while it works wonders, the hair continues to come. Where is it coming from?!?

Thursday, April 8th, 2010 1 Comments | Filed in Pets

Nesting?!?

Though I still am feeling yucky, I can’t explain this need I have to GET THINGS DONE. I can’t really describe it. It’s not so much that I have more energy, it’s just more drive I guess. I’ve washed all of the baby clothes and the various covers for chairs, bassinet and car seat.  I’ve gotten completely caught up on laundry for the rest of the family. Yesterday I actually cleaned and organized the bathroom! Say what???

In the midst of my craziness, I’ve actually been able to do some crafty things. I love to make stuff and be creative. I am often either just too lazy or can’t find the time to make it happen. But I stumbled upon a website - www.homemadebyjill.blogspot.com - and I fell in LOVE! She makes some of the neatest stuff and even had a tutorial on homemade burp cloths.  So I thought I’d try to make some and then I was hooked. I made 16 burp cloths for our baby boy and they turned out awesome! They’re extremely soft and very absorbent. So I made 8 more for my friend who just had a beautiful baby girl!

Then, I found another tutorial on her website for a “car caddy” and I thought it was such an awesome idea. Especially because Holden loves cars so much and we often have to take several with us anywhere we go. I had no other choice but to make one for him. Again, it turned out amazing.

So I re-vamped the idea a little and made a “color caddy” for Lakyn to carry when we go someplace. I think hers turned out great as well and they both love them! They carry them around everywhere.

Lastly, I found a link with an incredible idea for a button flower bouquet. It was pretty easy and only took a couple hours to create from start to finish. It’s nice to have some color that I don’t have to water.

I posted some pics so you could see the finished project but if you’re interested in making any of these things, the links are probably your best bet. They give really great step by step instructions.

Needless to say, I’ve been like the energizer bunny. I can’t explain it except to say that maybe (please!!!) I’m nesting and labor is coming soon. I sure hope so…

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010 0 Comments | Filed in Craftsy, Handy Things, Kids, Play Time, Pregnancy