Friday, September 26, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Saturday: Andy and I attended our Childbirth Preparation Class offered by the hospital. It was an all day ordeal, but it was very informative and kept our attention. I think Andy learned a lot, which is what I was really wanting. I didn’t want him to go into the delivery room completely blind-sided and I think going to this class really helped.
After being dismissed from class, Andy and I headed to Columbia to go to Sam’s. This was a last attempt a stocking up the pantry before Hunter’s arrival. We spent a ton of money, and I don’t feel like we really got anything. We did get enough bleach, razors, batteries, etc to last us a year. But what we didn’t walk away with a lot of was food. While they had things there that we needed, I didn’t find it necessary to buy a gallon tub of Ranch dressing. Maybe next time! Sam’s is going to be very handy when it comes to diapers, wipes and formula!
After spending practically all of our money, we spent the rest of it at HuHots! It was a bad weekend to be in Columbia because of the football and game (plus it was parent’s weekend). So everywhere was packed. But like always, it was worth the wait at HuHots!
Sunday: I cleaned around the house for most of the day while watching Dr. 90210 off and on. Kelly and Aubrey came by for a visit while Andy and Kevin were out hunting.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
This is the second group making their way around the corner. There was nearly 100 of them in this group.
This is the second group again.
This rider had to have a tire changed. It was neat to watch!
Friday, September 12, 2008
Being pregnant puts a damper on the experience, because you are limited on how you can lay down on the table as well as where she can message because there are parts on the body that if rubbed can actually cause contractions. So we didn’t want that to happen.
My favorite part had to be the hot stones. It was a weird burning sensation without the pain. All in all, it was a wonderful experience that went by way too fast. I plan to go back after the baby is born so I can enjoy the whole experience. I defiantly recommend anyone to go give it a try!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
She also checked me, and found that he is head down and “very low.” I am also dilated 1.5cm and I am 50% effaced. WOW! I wasn’t expecting that with still a month to go! I will take any progress now, than having to wait for it while I am in labor.
I told Andy all of this when I got home, and I think I officially scared the crap out of him. His has been on me for the last few weeks about getting my bags packed for the hospital, and I have just blown him off. But this new news has just fueled his fire on getting me to start packing.
Here is a more skin-exposed 35 week prego picture!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
I pray that the economy will make a turn around for the sake of all the ABB employees and their families. This election year could be a huge deciding factor for many factories around the country.
Here a an article that the New Tribune published about the current layoff at ABB:
ABB Inc. will lay off 75-80 employees at its
Jefferson City facility, effective Sept. 19.
“Overall the company is doing well,” said Human Resource Manager Matt Boyle. “It's just that the items we make at this facility are so dependent on the housing market and it's continuing to struggle.”
He added: “When housing starts decrease, you don't see the small commercial development take place. We're talking about strip malls, restaurants and gas stations being built. The distribution transformers we make are for these type of developments.”
In June, the company laid off 47 workers at the plant, citing a slow economy as the reason for that move.
“The economic conditions haven't improved enough since that time,” said Boyle. “Non-residential construction starts continue to decline. We don't expect things to recover in the near term.
”With this latest move, the Jefferson City plant will go down to a total work force of around 730. At the start of the year, more than 900 people worked at the plant.
Boyle said the company has contacted the Missouri Department of Economic Development' Division of Workforce Development to try and help the workers who will be affected.
“They have a Rapid Response Team who will be holding meetings with the workers to help them in their job searches.
”Under the collective bargaining agreement with the UAW Local 2379 in Jefferson City, which represents the workers at the plant, employees have re-hire rights for five years.
Union officials issued a statement saying, “The union is sorry to see our valued members laid off. We hope the economy will improve soon and all members will be called back to work.”
Boyle has said that the areas ABB is seeing growth in is in the wind power business and large construction sector.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
So I figured being pregnant was going to completely throw me over the edge. But to my surprise, I have been pretty mellow. That was until lately I can’t seem to cope with any bump in the road. Everything has me on edge and ready to cry. I think too much about things, care too much about what people think, and worry too much about not pleasing everyone. These are all juvenile issues that I vow to GET OVER and put my attention to what matters most….My husband and son!
There is light at the end of the tunnel, so maybe these hormones will balance themselves out before I make a complete ass of myself. Which wouldn’t be the first time!
Monday, September 8, 2008
Saturday: I asked Kelly to go along with me to a trip to the Lake of the Ozarks. There were some last minute things I needed to buy prior to Hunter being born (aka nursing bras and supplies). And since she is recently experienced in this department, I knew she would be able to help me and answer all of my questions. First of all, nursing supplies is EXPENSIVE! Who knew an additional clasp on a bra or shirt could cause the price to sky rocket! Oh well, the price you have to pay for convenience!
While we were at the Motherhood store, they measured me to get the correct bra size. And while I was aware of my increasing bust, I was unaware of the actual bra size I now was. 36D!!!!!! HOLY SHIT!!!!! That’s right…..”D” as in Damn! I am still shock if you can’t tell! Anyway, I spent a lot of money, but I believe I am prepared to feed my child!
Saturday Night: We went over to Sean’s house for a fish fry. It was good to hang out with him and Paula since we don’t get to see them very much. After stuffing ourselves, we headed over to Kevin and Kelly’s for a card party. The men were downstairs, the women upstairs and the children ran frantic around the whole house. All in all, it was a successful party.
Sunday: I did a lot of chores around the house. Laundry, dishes, organizing…I even cleaned the inside of the Jeep out. I hope this productive “nesting” stage I have got going on continues quite a bit longer, I like coming home to an already clean house! To finish off the day, I cooked a roast with potatoes and onions and a side of corn. I know the meal is good when Andy fills his plate three times! Dinner was a success!
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Friday Evening: We were out at the fair again. This was the night for the regular truck and tractor pull, and there seemed to be a huge crowd compared to the night before. It was great to see people I haven’t seen in a long time. I always go to the fair to socialize rather than pay attention to the trucks pulling the sled down the track. We didn’t make it home until after 1am and I still had to go to work that next/same morning. This was really late for a fat pregnant lady like myself who depends on her sleep. I am sure it would have ended earlier if there wasn’t a delay on starting the pull because of them repairing the track from the storm the night before. Why they (the fairboard) hadn’t taken care of it during the day was the question that was running thru everyone’s minds as we sat there for a couple hours watching them push the mud around.
Saturday: As I woke up after only a few hours of sleep, I looked down to find that I no longer had ankles. They had swelled to the point of being “cankles!” The late few nights of constant standing had officially caught up with me. I made my way to work where we finished our float for the parade. Have I mentioned the theme was “Git-R-Done” How stupid is that! Way to make Vienna/Maries County sound like a big redneck community. I think they should let the community vote on the theme, because the ones the fairboard had chosen the last couple of years have sucked! We closed the bank an hour early so we could head down town and watch the parade. It was the longest parade we have had in awhile, but it is a major election year so there were a lot of political advertisements.
After the parade, we headed to Andy’s uncle’s house in town for lunch. We all sat around in lawn chairs, stuffed our faces and chatted. Soon thereafter, we went down to my Uncle Larry’s lake house for another dinner. We were so full when we got there, that I just went straight for the dessert. At this point in the day, the swelling in my ankles had spread to my toes to where I was no longer able to bend them. So I told Andy to take me home. As soon as I walked in the door, I plopped on the couch and propped up my feet and took a much needed two hour nap! I woke up feeling refreshed, and while my ankles were still swollen, I was able to freely move my toes! Ah, the pleasures of being pregnant during the summer!!!!
That evening……Surprise……We went back to the fair for the last night. This was when the Demo Derby took place. There is nothing more exciting than watching a bunch of cars smash into each other for fun! The Derby ended pretty early, but we all stuck around for a little while to hang out.
Sunday: We headed down the Osage River. Since the water was really low, we didn’t have a float trip like usual. We all just hung out and ate some BBQ. Andy and I left from the river to go down to Argyle to play some volleyball. Well, Andy played and I was the “line judge.”
Monday (AKA Labor Day): I barely lifted a finger all day. I did some laundry and a few small chores, but other than that I took it easy and enjoyed the day off of work.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
I could not even begin to imagine what this family is going thru. To lose a baby this far into a pregnancy would be unthinkable. Especially after you hear the heartbeat, feel those first kicks, somersaults, hiccups and to see their little face on the ultrasound, you would think you are all in the clear for a healthy pregnancy. God works in mysterious ways, and while I don't understand the reasoning behind taking a child before they have the chance to live their life, I do know that what little time they are here (born or not), they have placed their little footprint on all those around them and everyone's lives will forever be changed.
So I ask you all today to pray along with me for this family and all the other families that have dealt with a similar loss.
Here is Hunter watching the game!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Saturday Evening: Kevin, Kelly, Holly, Andy and I headed to Columbia for some HuHots! You may think we go there a lot…which is true but we make a point to go once a month. And guess what…next week is a whole new month for us to meet our quota. This was Holly’s first trip to HuHots, and it can be pretty overwhelming trying to decide what to put on your plate. But I think she liked it, even after her first plate was too spicy/hot for her to eat. After leaving Columbia we headed back to Jeff City for some Cold Stone!
Sunday: I headed back to Rolla with Shanda and Holly in hopes that my travel system had finally made it to Wal-Mart. And it had! I was soooo excited! As soon as I got home I was tearing through the box so I could put it all together. The pattern is so cute and it was really easy to put together. Hunter will be riding in style. Here are some pictures of what it looks like!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Here is the cake that Beth made!
Dad, Denise, Me & Andy
Denise, Dad & I
Dad, Me, Andy & Mom
Mom, Me & Dad
I knew I couldn't make it through this shower without getting some Camo!
This is the best shower gift ever....Liquor! Thanks Kevin!Andy sitting amongst the women playing the shower games!
Here is the quilt Shanda made! Adorable! And the backing was brown with blue polka-dots!
Here is the afghan mom made!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
The doctor came in and said they detected something in my urine sample. I have no clue what it was called because it was a really long word. I just went with it because I pay them to know what they are talking about! She listed a bunch of symptoms that are associate with this “thing,” none of which I had. She said they wanted another urine sample so they could send it to the lab for further test. Until then, she prescribed me some antibiotics to try to flush it out of my system.
If that wasn’t enough, the doctor wanted to re-measure my stomach because the nurse measured me being too large for this state of my pregnancy. Meaning I could have too much amniotic fluid. But when the doctor measured me, I was right on track. The nurse must just be having an off day!
Since I had given them all I had to give in my first urine sample, I was dry docked! The doc said she would get me a cup of water to help speed up the process. She apologized that the only cup she had to give me water in was the ones used to pee in and assured me it was brand new and sanitary. While that was a concern I was more embarrassed about people seeing me stroll the hallways drinking from a pee cup and waiting for “the urge!” Seeing my point of view, she let me just chug the water and then go have a seat until I was ready! I am not sure when I will hear the results, I guess they will call and let me know if there is any concern.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
(Shown on the screen is him looking thru a gun scope at a Moose!)
I have to admit the game is pretty fun, except when a large Grizzly Bear eats you!