Friday, May 30, 2008
Step 1 - Elevate your feet. This is accomplished at work with an upside down trashcan under my desk and can only be done for 30 minutes at a time cause I can't stand to do it longer :P At home, a large stack of pillows on the couch is accomplishing this purpose.... it gets painful though after awhile.
Step 2 - Don't sit down, stand up, or walk for too long. I have a somewhat regimented get up and walk schedule to break up the elevation of feet.
Step 3 - Drink copious amounts of water. Drink as much as you think you can handle and then.... drink more. I have a certain number of ounces I have to drink each hour.
Step 4 - Go to the bathroom... ALOT. This is not so much a technique as a result of chugging water non-stop.
Step 5 - Use stretches and ankle rolls to promote circulation
Step 6 - Avoid salty food...... I don't like this one. I REALLY don't like this one.
Step 7 - Foot massages... this one makes up for Step 6 :)
Step 8 - Go to the pool as much as possible and do water aerobics.
Keeping up with my de-poofifying efforts is my second full time job and when I throw in carefully monitoring my diet to ensure proper calcium and protein intake, I have pretty much exhausted my mental capacity for keeping track of stuff :)
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Micah is ranked 126th among boys names for 2007, which is fine and dandy with me. It means he has a normal name that isn't too overly popular. I always find it amusing though the names that come in ahead of him. On this year's list, more people in the US named their boys Angel, Julian, Wyatt, Sebastian and Josiah than chose Micah. In addition, three different spellings of Aiden were higher on the list than Micah. I am gratified that Micah managed to stay ahead of Giovanni by a few spots, but I have to admit that I was slightly dumbfounded to see Stephen at number 172.
Anyhoo, just thought I'd give a quick shout out to Abigail way up at number 8 on the girls list. My parents were WAY ahead of their time. The year that they gave me my name, it was only 151st on the list.... it didn't get too popular til about 2000 or so. Way to go Mom and Dad :)
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Whoa baby :) The above pic is my 31 week picture and as of today, I am 32 weeks pregnant!! Gosh, that's scary :P Right now I am just hoping that Micah holds on until at least July 1st as that is our last birthing class. I'm learning so much each week that I can't imagine going through labor without completing the program first. Now, it is unlikely that Micah will show up before maybe July 9th and very unlikely that it'll be before July 2nd, so I'm not worried :)
How big is your baby?
Your baby is anywhere from 15 to 17 inches long and weighs between 4 and 4 1/2 pounds.
What is happening with your baby?
Your baby is continuing to grow. His toenails and fingernails have formed. The lungs are continuing to mature but will not reach full maturity for several more weeks. Your baby's skeleton has completely formed, but his bones are very soft and pliable.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
I had the distinct pleasure of spending time every day this weekend with a different group of people that I hadn't seen in awhile. It was great getting to see old and new friends that we just haven't had any face time with during the vacation/ moving / family in town portion of this year :) The main topic of conversation? Pregnancy. People love to talk about it! The most fun is to talk about it with girls who have never been pregnant. I'll admit, it's like this big secret that nobody fully tells you about before you get there. I mean, sure... I knew that swollen feet happened.... did I know that I would spend my whole third trimester in flip flops? (or at least I hope I will... they are getting tight, so people at work may have to be ok with me showing up in slippers soon :P) not so much :) The funny thing is, I'm used to it.. all of it now. And when something new comes up, I just add it to my new normal list and move on... it hardly fazes me anymore.
My new hobby is answering non-preggers' questions about pregnancy and watching their jaws drop and their faces fill with horror. I think the constant change and barrage of weird stuff going on in your body during pregnancy just prepares you for being a mother. I mean, think about it.... what is parenthood if not unpredictable and full of amazing joys as well as very unpleasant situations. You get through the unpleasantness because you love your kids, and you put up with pregnancy for the same reasons.... the reward is so much greater than the sacrifice could ever be.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Pretty much my whole life I have tended towards recurring dreams. The earliest one I remember involves me, in a mall obstacle course.....with Richie Rich. He cheated in order to win (like he needed the prize money, puh-lease!!!) and then for some reason I accompanied him to Radio Shack where we obtained a copious amount of nuts, bolts, and screws. I can't even tell you how many times I had that dream over a span of at least 3 years.... craziness.
Well, as we all know by now, pregnancy = craziness, so why should it not also come with it's very own recurring dream? I have to warn you, this dream is a little stranger than the Richie Rich dream... I think. But then again, Richie and I go way back :) Here is the plot line-> Basically every time I have this dream, it is the day before a doctors appointment. In the dream, I go to the doctor, I sit in the waiting room forever (it's very realistic :) and then I go into the back for my appointment. As a part of the "routine" check-up, my doctor removes Micah and gives him the once over just to make sure he's developing like he should. She declares him "not ready yet" and places him back inside me. Kinda like I'm an oven or something :)
Anyways, me and my bun (in the oven) are going in for another appointment tomorrow (they are now every two weeks) so I may have a very familiar night tonight :)
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
I'm particularly excited because, although it teaches you about your options, she seems to pack the class full of information to help you avoid an episiodomy, c-section, or induction while also teaching you how to go sans epidural if you want to. I want to avoid all of these things, so I am looking forward to learning more!! She kept telling us last night that we will really need to rely on God's strength to give birth naturally... no kidding!! I am fully aware of my inability to get through that on my own strength and am looking forward to growing in dependence on God through the process. Anyways.... growth chart :)
Today (depending on whose calendar you follow) I am 31 weeks pregnant~
What is happening with your baby?
Your baby is continuing to develop a layer of fat under his skin. This is in preparation for his arrival into the world and gives the baby more of a newborn appearance. During the next several weeks your baby will really begin to put on the weight. Remember the average size of a newborn is about 7 1/2 pounds and 19 to 21 inches long.
How big is your baby?
Your baby is continuing to grow and has reached 15 inches in length and weighs anywhere from 3 1/2 to 4 pounds.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
In other news.... we got our counter tops installed yesterday!!! They are so pretty and such an improvement! I'm looking forward to actually being able to use them tomorrow night and maybe even getting my kitchen into somewhat put away and working order :)
Monday, May 19, 2008
I don't have any pics as I am waiting for them to be uploaded by the sweet girls who had cameras, but I have to give some props..... Sheri, the cake was beautiful! Leslie, the diaper cake was so cute! It is on my table right now because I can't bear to disassemble it quite yet :) and most importantly to Leslie and Jen, you guys are both so busy with life and I was blown away by the time and effort you put into planning this. Thank you so much!
Friday, May 16, 2008
The headline- "Man Dressed as Darth Vader Spared Jail for Attack on Founder of Britain's Jedi Church"
The story- Basically there is actually a church founded in the UK for people who want to follow the ways of the Jedi.... as in Star Wars. As a matter of fact, "In the 2001 United Kingdom census, 390,000 — 0.7 percent of the population — listed Jedi as their religion." A man dressed as Darth Vader came into the church and attacked the founder. Why, you ask? "Hughes claimed he couldn't remember the incident, having drunk the better part of a 2 1/2-gallon box of wine beforehand." Well, that clears it up :P
The nab- But how was Drunk Darth captured? "Unfortunately for Hughes, his March attack was recorded on a video camera that the cousins had set up to film themselves in a light saber battle."
Ok, so these grown up guys were in their "church" filming themselves in a faux light saber battle when Darth Vader came in drunk and attacked one of them with a metal crutch? The mental picture is fabulous :)
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Your baby has now grown to be 14 3/4 inches long and weighs about 3 pounds.
As your baby continues to grow, he takes up a larger portion of your uterus. You may not feel that your body can handle your growing baby, but it will compensate by allowing your uterus to extend underneath your rib cage.
Your baby’s eyes are becoming more mature, and now he can tell the difference between light and dark. Babies at 30 weeks can even follow a light source with their eyes. Once your baby is born, he will spend a great deal of time with his eyes closed. This is completely normal. Newborns only have the ability to focus on objects a few inches from their face. While "normal" adult vision is 20/20, a newborn's vision is 20/400.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
36 days of work left (after today) and counting ya'll. I'm ready for the mommy phase, and as sad as it is to say, I would have missed my job at HNTB.... I DO miss my job there (except of course having to interact with a certain person :P)... but I am not going to miss my job here. I like the people just fine and I'm sure it would have gotten better, but right now I am bored silly by the projects I am being put on and I am getting more and more frustrated that they just don't give EIT's here the type of responsibilities I had at my old job. They are essentially raising up a generation of engineers who will have no idea how to manage a project when it comes time for them to do so. Anyhoo, soapbox. I'm ready to leave though... no regrets. Maybe that was the reason for God's timing :)
Monday, May 12, 2008
~ I only have 8 weeks (including this one) of commuting left before I'm gone on permanent maternity leave
~ Those are summer weeks.... summer= people on vacation = lighter traffic
~ Since this is just a two-month thing, I'm hoping to get my boss to approve a 6-4 day so that I can keep taking advantage of the early morning traffic pattern
For those of you who enjoy moving updates, I thought I'd do a quick overview of where we are on that..... we're in!! The condo is (mostly) empty and has been cleaned so that it will show presentably. The house is in fairly good shape, although some rooms more than others :)
Rooms in perfect condition (everything set up, nothing much left to do)-
~ The nursery
~ The two other upstairs bedrooms
~ All bathrooms, except the master
Rooms in good condition (less than 30 minutes of work left to make them ready to go)
~ Master bedroom and bathroom
~ Dining Room
~ Gameroom / Office
Rooms that need CPR
~ Living Room
Now, the kitchen is getting a cabinet and counter top makeover hence why nothing has been able to be put away yet. The kitchen stuff is all in the Living Room in boxes along with misc. items from other areas of the house. I can't decide tonight whether I want to focus on the good rooms and get them ready to go, or just dive into the beast..... I know you are on the edge of your seat awaiting my decision ;)
Thursday, May 08, 2008
He looked up my registry and very kindly asked what I needed after verifying in fact that I was Abby Ezell. After several repetitions of the address, it seemed that he finally had it down correctly. Well, the address at least. As soon as I told him "Katy, TX" I became "Katy" instead of "Abby". It was a weird sort of out of body experience really. He called me that 4-5 times while telling me something about how I should go into Target and spend more money.... I didn't catch the whole thing, but that was the gist.
Anyhoo, I went online a day later to check that the address had been changed and it in fact had not been. At this point I went into investigator mode and I found a way to switch it online.... I forgive Target for lying to me about having to call in, if only because it gives me something to write about :)
Side Note~ Nate and I move tomorrow!! This means the likelihood of a blog entry is slim to none tomorrow... FYI.
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Your baby now measures 14 1/2 inches and weighs 2 3/4 pounds.
Your baby is rapidly growing at this point. Obviously your baby is continuing to gain weight, and his/her head is also growing. This is due to the rapid brain development that began in week 28. Muscles and lungs are also continuing to develop and mature.
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
This is a pod of 3 whales, a baby, it's mother and a male escort. The new mothers are the only ones still around at this time of year because they have to wait for their calves to be ready to make the journey back to Alaska.
Whale tail :) You will see a whale gliding along several times and then when you see the tail it means they are diving deep and won't be seen for awhile.
Monday, May 05, 2008
.......that is some SERIOUSLY big hair :P Get thee to a country western bar, Ima, get thee to the bar!
Friday, May 02, 2008
Well, we found out yesterday that earlier this week Vicki had been in a car accident ( a fluke, and not her fault). When she and Jeremy went to the doctor the following day, the baby's heartbeat could not be found. They confirmed that the child had died as a result of the minor accident (she was right around 2-3 months pregnant and thus in the highest danger zone) and performed the D&C. Please be praying for Nate's family and in particular Vicki and Jeremy as they begin to heal from this. I cannot even imagine the pain associated with losing a child, even one that you haven't met yet. It makes me that much more thankful for every movement I feel Micah make, and it makes me ache for Vicki.
Thursday, May 01, 2008
More on the road to Hana :)