Friday, September 26, 2008

Our Newest Addition!

Our Baby Boy!!
Hunter Theodore Schwartze
Born September 25, 2008
5lbs 7oz 18 inches long

Me and Hunter are still in the hospital but we should be home soon!!

Monday, September 22, 2008

36 Week Appointment!

Last Wednesday I had another doctor’s appointment. I really enjoyed this appointment, because usually the nurse takes care of ¾ the appointment and then the doctor comes in to finish it off. But on this occasion, the nurse had been on hold on the phone for a long time, so Dr. Lynn came in to perform the whole appointment. His heart rate was good at 134bpm. She measured my stomach and determined me to be 3cm small for my stage of the pregnancy. Which could mean he is not growing, or that the amniotic fluid is low, or just that he has dropped really low. In result, she ordered me another ultrasound. I am anxious to find out how big he is at this point and to get another sneak peak of him. She asked me if I wanted to be checked again and I said yes since I had a busy weekend, I was curious to see if all the dancing I did at Tommy and Alissa’s wedding paid off. And…It did! I am now dilated between 2.5 and 3cm and 70% effaced! Sweet!

Weekend Recap!

Friday: Andy and I headed over to Darryl and Paula’s for a fish fry. We hadn’t been to one of them in awhile, so it was good to get my fix.

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

Tour of Missouri

On Friday, the Tour of Missouri made its way through our little town of Vienna. I had never seen anything like it, but it turned out to be pretty neat. I avoided the huge crowds in Vienna and made my way out of town closer to my house to get a better view of the cyclist. Here are a few of the pictures I took of the race. If you want more details on the Tour of Missouri, here is a link!

Here is the first group coming through. You may notice all the cars that follow them. They are their sponsers and pit crew!

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

Prenatal Message!

Last night I cashed in my gift certificate for a one hour message (compliments of Donnie & Shanda for my birthday) at River Stone Therapeutic Message in Vienna. All I can say is…Damn! I walked out of there needing a cigarette! It was wonderful! I have never had a professional message before, so I was pretty nervous on what to expect. But once she got started, I didn’t have a care in the world.

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



35 Week Appointment!

Yesterday I had my 35 week doctor’s appointment. All went well as usual, but I have officially hit the 30lb weight gain! YUCK! While I there they ran the Group B Strep test (this is routine), which I should get the results of those at my next appointment. If I test positive for this, it just means that when I am in labor they will hook me up to an IV to run antibiotics through it, so the baby doesn’t catch anything as he is being born.

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

ABB is at it AGAIN!

Andy has been working at ABB for nearly ten years, but the latest layoffs in the past few months has really got me scared. While the layoffs are chosen in order of seniority, they keep inching closer and closer to Andy losing his job! The next round may be all it takes for us to be living with one income. It has got me so nervous and scared about what our future holds. Not only would the income loss be a problem, but we are reliant on his health insurance.

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

Emotional Roller Coaster!

I have always thought of myself as a semi-emotional person. I always cry at stupid things such as movies, commercials or someone winning a lot of money on Deal or No Deal. What can I say; I have a soft heart that is eager to tear up! I even cry when I get really mad, which completely ruins my ability to win a fight when I am wiping tears and gasping for air as I try to vent.

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

Weekend Recap!

Friday Night: Andy and I went over and raided Kevin and Kelly’s house. We got a lot of play time in with Aubrey. She is so cute and extremely fun to play with at this age. I found myself watching Andy play with her, and it always reminds me of what a great father he is going to be. We ended up watching the movie, What Happens in Vegas. It was really funny and cute. After leaving there, Andy and I headed to Koeltztown to pick up the car that he accidently left there. (Long, boring story that is not worth telling)

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

Wee Wee Toppers?????

Squirt Stoppers?

Pee Pee Covers?
Who thinks of this stuff? Someone has actually created a cloth "cone" to place over a little boy's "package" while you are changing them so you don't get rained on during the process. Whatever happened to just throwing a cloth or wipe over it. People actually pay money for this?

I don't even know how I came across these, but they stopped me in my tracks. I found them on one of my new favorite websites, It is similiar to E-Bay, but it consist of crafts and homemade items. You should check it out sometime!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Busy Weekend Recap!

Thursday Evening: Andy and I went to the fair for him to pull his tractor. We got it all loaded and took it to the fair grounds for us to find out that he didn’t qualify to pull. Apparently there was a whole list of rules and regulations (that were not listed on the online list) that prevented Andy from pulling. So pretty well all the local people that brought out their tractors to pull “for fun,” weren’t allowed to even try. Oh well, it has just sparked a fire for people to bring back the tractor pull in Argyle. The festivities at the fair ended pretty early because of a huge thunderstorm that came thru at around. 9pm.

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

Antique Tractor Pull!

This is the weekend of the Maries County Fair! I always look forward to going, just because everyone comes out and you get to see people you haven't seen in a long time.

Anyway, tonight is the night of the Antique Tractor Pull and Andy is so excited! He is entering an old Farmall tractor. He has been working on it for the last couple of weeks. I don't know how well it will actually pull, but it will be fun to watch Andy give it a try.

Here is him riding on the tractor he is entering!

A Sad Loss!

I started my blog at around the time I found out I was pregnant. I like to read other women's blogs who are pregnant as well and are due around the same time. I have been reading this one family blog (I am not going to provide a link to their site, for their own privacy) for some time now. Even though when you read blogs, you may not necessarily know who they are, you tend to build an attachment to them and curiosity of what is going on in their lives. This particular blog is of a cute young couple who already has a 2 year old boy and was pregnant with their second child due around 3 weeks after me. I had noticed that there hadn't been any post on their blog for the last couple of weeks. And it wasn't until a little while ago that I found out why. Their second boy had been born prematurely at only 30 weeks and died 4 days later on August 24th. I have been sitting here at my desk unable to work because of the tears rolling down my face. They had even posted pictures of their final moments with their little boy (which I assume are just prior to or just after his death because there are no tubes or medical equipment hooked up to him).

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.

Cardinals Win 5 to 3!

The game was awesome last night! We had such a great time! The game started off slow with us loosing early on, but we rallied back in the eighth inning to take the lead and win the game. It was really intense, but that is what makes for a great ball game. I really liked the seats we had. The section we were in was called the Casino Queen Party Porch. While it was sort-of high up from the field, the environment was unique. There was a huge bar that you could sit at and watch the game from T.V.'s (if you didn't want to sit in your normal seats), there was also a couple of concession stands designated only to this section (so you didn't have to wait in line or fight the normal crowd), there were also numerous T.V.'s above us that showed the Fox footage of the game. That was really neat, because you could watch the replay after seeing it live on the field. All in all, it was a good time had by all and the Nachos were awesome!
Andy & I

Kevin & Kelly

Andy's Birthday message I had put on the scrolling sign!

Here is Hunter watching the game!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Tonights Plans!

We are going to a Cardinals Game!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Weekend Recap!

Saturday: I made a trip to Rolla to do a little shopping. My main reason for going was to pick up some items I had purchased at and had shipped to the store for free. I got confirmation that 3 out of the 5 items I ordered were in. Before heading that way, I checked the status of the other 2 items to see if they would be there as well. The item I was really wanting was the baby travel system (Car seat and stroller) and as I tracked it, it said it was in transit from the St. James distribution center to Rolla. Which made me really excited thinking it would be there for me to pick up. Well I was wrong, but I was able to pick up the other things.

The main highlight of my trip happened as I was pumping my Jeep full of gas. While I was standing there patently waiting as the pump was sucking all of my money, there was a car full of guys driving past hollering and whistling at me. I KNOW....I couldn't believe it either! I must of had myself positioned just right for them not to see the belly. It is the little things in life that can builds one self esteem! Andy didn't find this story as thrilling as I did!

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

Andy's Diaper Bag!

Look what I found on E-Bay! Per Andy's request, he has really been wanting a camo diaper bag, and this one is perfect! It actually says, "Daddy's Lil' Hunter." What could be more perfect than that?

Monday, August 18, 2008

Baby Shower!

The baby shower was on Sunday and it was a huge success! We got so much stuff! And it is going to be so much fun going back through everything and putting it away! There was a large turn out of family and friends that came. And to my surprise, Andy came down to the shower and stayed the whole time! What a great husband and father-to-be. He didn't sit up front with me to open the gifts, but that didn't matter to me. I was just thrilled he was there to share in the excitement! Below are some pictures of the day!

Here is the cake that Beth made!

Andy and I posing with the cake!

Dad, Denise, Me & Andy

Denise, Dad & I

Belly Comparison!

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!


This was a long and overwhelming process trying to find someone that first of all had openings and was good and highly recommended to watch Hunter that was at a convenient location for either Andy or I to pick him up. I am glad to finally check this off of my to-do list!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

View From my Office!

Finally they are replacing our broken sign outside. It has been down for months! In addition they are upgrading us to a scrolling sign so we can be on the same page as the rest of our branches!

31 Week Appointment!

This mornings appointment was far from ordinary. I was first thrown off by not having one of the two nurses that have usually taken care of me. This girl seemed really young and wasn’t very social able! She took my urine sample, blood pressure, measured my stomach, and checked his heart rate, all while not saying a word. So I assumed all was well…not so much!

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.
Good News: The Glucose Test game back perfect!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Andy's Birthday Gift!

I ran to Rolla Monday evening to see if they had the Wii game I was wanting to buy Andy for this Birthday, and they did! I bought the last one! I gave it too him that evening and this is what I get the pleasure of watching at night now!

(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!