Sunday, July 13, 2014

18 weeks ... Time is flying by!

We have now made it to 18 weeks which is an awesome feeling and crazy to think that in two weeks we will already be half way done with the pregnancy!  Time is really flying by.  I am so thankful that I have been feeling so well or I am sure it wouldn't feel like it is going by so fast.  I sure do hope that when the baby comes that time slows down a bit though!  :)

There is a lot of news to report in the baby department from the last two weeks!  I have spent a lot of time reading a book called "Baby Bargains" that I got from my sister.  After reading this book and doing some other research of my own, Ryan and I have made decisions on a car seat, stroller, pack and play, high chair, and crib mattress -- all those big ticket items!  The book is really helpful and has also given me a lot of insight into diapers, maternity clothes, bedding etc.  Basically, don't spend the big money if it is not necessary!  I am fine with that.  Much of buying baby items is a huge gimmick -- I am not falling for it!

During week 17 I did the maternal chromosomal screening.  The blood test screens my blood for the likelihood that the baby would have any chromosomal abnormalities such as Down Syndrome or Trisomy 18.  The results were normal meaning that the likelihood that baby has a chromosomal disorder is very, very low.  I was quite nervous, but after hearing the results our minds were put at ease, even though we know there are no guarentees. 

So the big news... we found daycare!!  This is what I have been concerned about since we got pregnant.  There are about 40 daycare providers in the Belle Plaine area and my goodness, it was TOUGH to find daycare.  I think our biggest problem was the hours that we needed daycare.  Many are only open 7-5 which doesn't really help the people who work longer hours than that or have commute time.  We found one last week and she definitely put our feelings at ease.  Her name is Cristi and she was wonderful.  She runs a small home daycare and has a son that is the same age as my niece, Alaina.  We were very impressed with everything she had to offer and we were able to meet her son and husband as well.  I have been very surprised and frustrated with many of the judgmental comments that I received while on my quest for daycare.  Sending our child to daycare will not make Ryan and I bad parents.  Will it be hard?  Of course!  The time that we do spend with our child will be extremely valuable.  Everyone does what is best for their own family and shouldn't have to feel guilty for sending their child to daycare or not.  Rant over.  :)

We also have our names picked out!  One girl name and one boy name and both middle names are picked out as well.  This wasn't a hard decision for us at all.  My niece Bailey is just dyyyyyying to know what the names are.  I told her that if she can guess what it is, I will tell her, but she can't tell anyone else.  So far she has been unsuccessful!  :)

Size of baby: a bell pepper

Movement: Nothing yet, but 4th of July weekend I was having a lot of ligament stretching.  I attributed it to playing bags all day! 

Sleep: Still good!

What I miss:  Not being so absentminded!

Cravings: Still nothing I can really pinpoint.

Symptoms: Emotional and absentminded.  Can I say it again?  Emotional and absentminded.  Here is a story that contains them both.  Last night Ryan and I were making supper.  He went out to start the grill and I was working on peeling the potatoes.  Right before he walked in the patio door I started crying and as he walked in I weeped, "But I didn't mean to peel the potatoes!"  It is true, we weren't planning on having peeled potatoes, but somehow in the 1 minute after we had talked about that, I forgot.  And really, crying over peeled potatoes?  Wow, this is going to be an interesting last 5 months for Ryan!  :)

Maternity Clothes: None yet, but I am doing the rubber band trick with my jean shorts and my scrubs get tighter every week.

Best moment this week:  My husband.  I honestly don't know what I would do without him.  I read an article (and out loud to him) titled, "20 things no one tells you about Postpartum."  It scared me and worried me and I got a little emotional (see above).  He consoled me and told me everything would be okay and he would be there to help me the whole way.  I have also been asking him for the past 10 weeks or so if he thinks the baby is a boy or a girl and he would never say one way or the other.  I asked him yesterday and he said, "I think he has a weiner."  :)  Of course it made me giggle and it was neat to know that he thinks it may be a boy!  I on the other hand still have no clue or inklings.  I've had no dreams or anything and when people ask me I can never come up with an answer.  I just want a baby.  I just want my baby. :)

That is all for now!  Stay tuned!  If you have been keeping up with the posts you know that we will be finding out the sex of the baby on my birthday!! :)  

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Food baby... or Baby?! ... Week 16

On Saturday we officially hit week 16 (which I was able to spend talking to two other pregnant mommies which was helpful to hear what they were feeling as well)!  Things are coming along so smoothly which is such a relief.  Many times I forget that I even have a baby growing inside me!  Often times, other people are the ones reminding me about it, which gives me a little excited feeling in my heart.  

This week I had my monthly OB appointment at the new Women's Center at Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital.  It opened about a month ago and it is absolutely beautiful!  When you come out of the elevators onto the 5th floor it just opens up to a wall of windows and you can look out into the twin cities.  Very cool!  Even cooler?  I will be delivering at Methodist Hospital in their new Family Birth Center that is only 3 months old.  We are very excited to tour it!

My appointment was absolutely wonderful.  The doctor said baby is progressing well and I was able to hear Baby Kuenzel's heartbeat for the first time.  I have been waiting to hear a heartbeat since my last pregnancy and boy, it was worth the wait!  What a wonderful sound and a perfect feeling!  This time I think I was smiling more than anything, but a tear did roll down my cheek.  It was proof to me that my baby was still okay in there!  I was able to record it and when Ryan came home from work, I let him listen.  He loved it too!

We scheduled our 20 week ultrasound for the day of my birthday.  My birthday present will be seeing Baby Kuenzel and yes, we will be finding out if he or she ... is a he or a she!  Well, we hope to anyways.  We all know that it doesn't always work!  Maybe if you're nice we will tell you what we find out! :) 

Week 16 Pregnancy Stats:

Size of baby: an avocado

Movement: movement?  I don't feel anything!  I really hope to soon though!

Sleep: Great, but not enough!

What I miss: Not worrying about if my normal clothes fit or not

Cravings: Lots of people have asked me this.  I don't think I have specific cravings as much as I think of something or see something and I HAVE to have it!  This has happened many times:  cheez-its, skittles, spaghetti, Noodles & Co., Champs fries and seasoned sour cream, ice cream cone, Deli chicken dinner from Coborns, and pizza.  Most recently we had to make a  trip to MOA to go to Bubba Gumps so that I could get the jumbalya! :)  The list goes on and on. 

Symptoms: Headaches, although they have gotten a little better, so I am thankful!  I can tell a little ligament stretching is definitely going on.

Maternity Clothes: None yet, but I haven't put on a pair of jeans for over a month.  Clothes are starting to get snugger, but I don't really feel that pregnant, just fat.  My scrub tops are definitely giving me the most trouble. I started using the rubberband trick on my jean shorts this weekend thanks to my sister. :)

Best moment this week:  While I was at work this week I got a text from Ryan that said he couldn't wait for the pregnancy to be over because 6 months was just too long to wait to see the baby.  He wants it to be now.  It really melted my heart.  Every once in a while he makes comments like that that let me know that he has been longing for this baby just as much as me.  It's a wonderful feeling and he is going to be such an amazing daddy.

Beware: this could just be a food baby, I did have Bubba Gumps the night before! :) 

With each day and each week that passes by, we talk about thankful we are that everything is going well.  We pray for this baby and pregnancy each and every day and appreciate your prayers as well.  Many people are saying that it probably won't be long and I will be feeling Baby Kuenzel kick -- I can't wait!!  Stay tuned! :)

Oh and I've had quite a few people ask me already... Yes, I have started a pregnancy scrapbook album already! Are you surprised? :) 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Are you ready for a Baby Kuenzel?

By now, many of you have heard that Ryan and I are expecting a baby!  On Wednesday, I will officially be 15 weeks along and my due date is December 13, 2014.  If you're one that gets into the hype about cool dates... this is one of them -- 12/13/14!  For some reason, I have a hard time believing Baby Kuenzel will make his/her appearance on that day.  I tend to run early and Ryan just does what I say, so I have a feeling that Baby Kuenzel will be born before that date.  But I do think that would make a cool birth date, especially because it is the last sequential calendar date of this century!  That is putting a lot of pressure on the baby (or me!) and he/she's not even born yet! :)

Ryan and I officially found out we were pregnant the very end of April.  Many of you are aware of our previous pregnancy struggle (I'll talk about that another time) and know how ready and excited we were to have a child.  I had a really hard time after what happened last time and I went a long time without taking a pregnancy test even though we were fairly certain that I was pregnant.  All the signs were there so I took all necessary precautions and kept the thought in the back of my head.  It ultimately kept the fear of what happened last time, that could definitely happen again this time, at bay.  When we finally decided to test and got two positives -- we were over the moon excited and scared all in one!  We had faith that this pregnancy would go great.

I was about 8 weeks pregnant when we found out and it was NOT easy keeping it from family.  To say the least, many close family members found out right away.  Many people were also very suspicious of me.  The first two nights that we found out we were pregnant we spent with friends at my sister's house and then out for my best friend's birthday.  I don't normally turn down drinks.  Since I've announced, I have heard many "I knew its!" :)

Our first OB appointment was at 13 weeks because I did not have insurance with my new job until June 1.  The appointment was great and the nurse practitioner did an ultrasound.  She wasn't surprised when Baby Kuenzel couldn't fit on the screen and measured only at 11 weeks, 5 days.  She immediately said that we needed to schedule an abdominal ultrasound to figure out the exact dates and size of the baby. 

Just a little peanut! :)

A few days later I had the ultrasound and it was just amazing.  Baby Kuenzel measured at 13 weeks 6 days, 3cm long, and 3oz big!  I still can't begin to explain how amazing these ultrasounds were - especially the second one.  Tears rolled down my cheeks, I cried.  It is beyond wonderful to see your baby's heartbeat and arms moving around after seeing an ultrasound with no movement or heartbeat.  I'll never forget the feeling I had when I saw our baby moving around like that! 

Looks like Ryan, huh? :)

So here we are at almost 15 weeks.  The baby's room work is in full swing.  We've painted, put in new closet shelving, and we've got all the necessary furniture (changing table, crib, recliner chair, dresser, etc.).  My next nemesis is definitely finding a daycare.  Ugh.  I am not enjoying this process already!  I have been feeling great.  My biggest issue is by far headaches, but I'll deal with them knowing I have a little miracle growing inside me -- which is still hard to believe!

12 weeks 

We are so thankful for each and everyone of you who have congratulated us and sent us your prayers after last time and now for this journey.  We sure have a lot to be thankful for and we can't wait to see where this miracle is going to bring us!  Stay tuned! 

Monday, April 7, 2014

2 more layouts to share

Hello all! I hope you had a great weekend, I sure did! This morning I had a THIRD interview for the place that I would LOVE to work. She said that she was very impressed with my experience, our meeting today, as well as what everyone said about me last week... So I am hoping that means good things! She said they will let me know by the end of the week. I can't wait!! Ugh!

Anyways, here are two layouts I did a couple weeks ago!

This layout was from a Creative Scrappers sketch that I never got around to entering! I used a lot of Amy Tan Plus One as well as some of her Sketchbook collection since they go so well together! :) This is a different kind of layout for me, but I really like how it turned out!

I put together this layout very quickly of my husband and my niece. I love to scrap those two! I used papers from the Maggie Holmes Flea Market 6x6 pad and some goodies from my stash. 

Thanks for stopping by! Keep your prayers coming! THANK YOU! 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

2 Layouts to share

The last time I shared on my blog was March 13 -- so I think I am due! So many crazy things have been happening lately -- AGAIN! I can't seem to get out of the rain and thunder, but I have a feeling my rainbow and sunshine are coming soon! I am praying for that anyways!

Here are two layouts that have been waiting to be shared for awhile!

This layout was made with a cut file made by Paige Evans for Studio Calico. I loved it and HAD to get it! I used the Amy Tan Plus One collection! 

A layout from my best friend's wedding! I used a Cameo cut file for the hearts and the "mr. & mrs." and did lots of heat embossing and ink splattering! 

Thanks for stopping by! Its my Saturday off and I am going to go scrapbook!

 Please send good thoughts and prayers my way!  I lost my job almost 2 weeks ago and last week I had to interviews for the same place and I go back on Monday to chat with someone else about it as well. I am SO excited that this is the job for me! :) Thanks!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

You Make My Heart Smile

Here is another layout I completed using Dear Lizzy's Polka Dot Party! I wanted to get as many of these cute pictures of my niece on the page as I could!

I used the February cut files from Two Peas for the "Heart" and lots of the awesome stamp set from Elle's Studio! 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Being 1 is Fun!

I completed this layout about a month ago and I am finally sharing it! I used Dear Lizzy's previous collection and did lots of layering in this grid design. Thanks for looking!