Sunday, November 14, 2010

An Arm Full

Lil, today you grabbed a toy and shook it all by yourself. You really enjoyed the sound it made. So much so that it made you laugh.

It is hard to hear everyone tell me how big you are getting and if I have to hear "she is quite an arm full" one more time, I am going to scream. Where did my tiny baby go? However, I am so proud that you have such wonderful coordination and entertained yourself. If you HAVE to grow up, I am glad you are so cute and so smart while you do so.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Weight Loss

I have really been trying to lose the pregnancy weight, and I guess most would say I have had great success, but it is not the success I thought I would have.

At the end of my pregnancy, I was only 5 lbs. heavier than before I got pregnant. Yesterday, I weighed myself on the wii fit and weighed in at 21.5 lbs. less than when I got pregnant. However, today, I weighed again and I am up to 6 lbs.. Is that even possible?

I am thinking that because I weighed myself first thing in the AM today, the baby had not eaten very much and maybe because I was full to capacity of milk, I weighed more???? Yikes I hope so!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Your Christening

Today, Daddy and I had you Baptized. You were welcomed into the Catholic church in front of all of your family and friends. Mimi & Pop spent the night and we all woke up bright and early. We had breakfast and coffee and then we got dressed. You really did not like getting into your beautiful white gown, but you were so gorgeous. Mimi bought you a sweater that was for a 1 year old. You were swimming in it but it was possibly the cutest thing ever. I put your in your car seat and off we went to the church. You fell asleep on the way, as usual. We got tothe church, the first family there, and the ceremony began. The deacon spoke beautifully and you were quiet/sleeping the entire time. Until it was time for you to be baptized in the fountain. You did not like the holy water over your head at all. It sent you into a crying fit that Daddy & I could not get you out of. So after the holy water, we were to stand up on the altar with your Godparents, Tia B and Uncle Scotty, while the others were being baptized. You SCREAMED the entire time. Not a fuss, not a whimper...screaming. Odly enough, the moment the deacon was done with mass, you stopped.

Afterwards when we got home, and your belly was full, you were the celebrity of the party. Everyone kept saying how gorgeous you were (they always do). Puppa called you her celebrity all day. You were really good for the rest of the afternoon, really allowing everyone to pass you around and stare at you. You are so beautiful my little angel!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

One Month

Dear Lilly,

Today you are one month old.

"You are the best thing that's ever been mine"

This past month has been an amazing combination of smiles, tears, sleepless nights and a few of the best moments of my life. You have gone from this pudgy faced peanut who slept all day, to this mini person who smiles up at me. I really enjoy your company. I love how hard you make me work to see you smile. The time we spend cuddling throughout the day is absolutely priceless because I know it wont last forever. The way your little hand has been grasping around my one finger bring tears of happiness to my eyes. More and more when I look at you, I realize how much you look just like I did when I was that little. It makes me so proud to have someone so special remind me of myself.

I don't know if I will ever be able to love someone as much as I love you. You have completely stolen my heart, and I am more than willing to let you keep it forever.

Nicknames - Squeaker, Lil, Lilly Bug, Lilly Girl
Weight - 10 lbs
Length - 22 in

Monday, September 20, 2010


This weekend we left for your first vacation. We packed up your suitcase and got in the car for a three and a half hour road trip to Wildwood, NJ. We are meeting up with Mimi & Pop for Pop's fireman's convention. You, Daddy and I said goodbye to the pooches and piled in the car. We got down to Tia B's college and picked her up. From there on we hit a ton of traffic and a horrendous storm. You were so good in the car! We stopped once for gas and to feed you and continued on our way.

Friday we woke up and you had your first restaurant experience. You, daddy and i along with mimi and pop went to breakfast in the hotel. Again, you did great. Later we went shopping in Cape May. Mimi bought you a shirt and purple sunglasses. You looked like a little rock star! When we got back to the hotel, we went down to the pool. You looked so sweet in your teeny bikini! That night we went out to dinner and to the boardwalk. You did not seem to mind the noise or the fireworks.

Saturday, the three of us slept in, we really needed it. When we got up, we went down to the beach. You put your toes in the sand for the very first time. We spent another afternoon by the pool and another evening at the boardwalk.

On Sunday, we went out to breakfast at the Vegas Diner. Something I always used to do with my Pop. After that, we went to Mimi & Pops house in NJ. There, Mom Mom and some of your great Aunts came to visit. It was a nice way to end the weekend.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

A first

Today you peed in my hand! You hate to be naked. Daddy says "lets keep it that way". So when we wash you down, it is a screaming match. We find that if one of us holds you, you take it better. Well, I was holding you and daddy was washing. I guess you got a little chilly because you peed right in my hand and all over the carpet... my little pee monster!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

First Doctor's Appointment

We had your first doctors appointment today. You really did not like it at all. As a matter of fact, you peed on his table! You gained 2 ozs. which puts you up to 8 lbs.

These entries are getting shorter and shorter because you require 100% of my time - and I love every moment!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Daddy's Girl

Seeing you with daddy absolutely melts my heart. In all the years I have loved your Daddy, the words "I love you" never really said enough for me. I have been head over heels for him for many many years. Seeing how he holds you, kisses you and cuddles you with such care has me falling in love all over again. You were instantly Daddy's little girl, which is a relationship I wanted for you so badly. The two of you will definitely have your ups and downs over the years, but ultimately, he will be one of your best friends and someone you will always turn to. I love you both dearly.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Birth Story

On Tuesday, August 31, we had sonogram of you, Lilly Girl. The technician told us that you were 9 lbs, 7 ozs. When my doctor found out how big you were, she took me aside and told me of the complications that could arise from delivering such a large baby but that it was definitely doable. After many tears and a long discussion between Daddy & I, we decided to go ahead and have you delivered normally. If something were to happen, they could always do a c-section. They Re-set my induction date from the 6th of September to the 2nd of September, just two days away. That morning, I woke up early and spent the day with Mimi. We had lunch in Warwick, walked around town and bought cute stuff for ya. I called in at 3 as I was told to do to make sure there was a bed ready for us that night. They said to come in around 6 and that they would be ready for us.

I drove home from the lake house and hopped in the shower. It was the most anxious shower I have ever taken, knowing that I would shortly be meeting my angel. I got out of the shower, sat down at the dinner table and had a BLT. I did not want to eat but knew I would not be eating for quite some time. The drive to the hospital was nerve wracking and I was so scared. Knowing all the complications, I was worried that we had made the wrong decision in not scheduling a c-section.

Daddy parked the car and together, we walked to the maternity ward. They brought us right to our room and hooked me up to monitors. Right away, the nurse found your strong little heart beat. Unfortunately, and for an unknown reason, your heart rate was fast. This meant that they could not start the induction for a while. Meanwhile, my doctor never sent over my charts so they needed to do a whole new history workup and blood work. Through this, they found out that the wrong type of blood was down on my chart. Big mistake by my doctor in NC. My Doctor came in to check on your heart rate and discuss the induction. While she was in, she began discussing should distortion with me. She said that there was a good chance that you could have shoulder problems due to your size. Daddy and I did not know what to do. I really wanted to have you naturally but the thought that you could be injured during birth really killed me. We both cried and called our parents and asked for adivce. After lots of tears and talking to a few nurses, we opted to have a c-section. It was scheduled for six the following morning. We set an alarm for 5:15 am so that we could be up and prepared. Mimi and Pop and Mia and Papa planned on being around to say good luck around 5:30am. Daddy and I lay in bed and looked out the window. Our view was of the Mid-Hudson Valley Bridge. It had lights on it that changed colors. We were mesmerized as we both prayed for the following day.

Our alarm went off at 5:15am. When the nurse came in, she informed us that there was an emergency c-section occurring and we would be bumped to 8am. Around 5:45, the grandparents began to file in. They sat with us while we waitied to hear when i would be taken into surgery. When the nurse came in again around 7:45am, she said there was another emergency and we would be taken in around 9. The grandparents went down to go get breakfast and coffee, as Daddy and I sat and waited. Finally around 8:45, they came to take me to surgery. Daddy had to dress up in this white jumpsuit and they gave me a very funny hat. They took me into the room first, alone, and made Daddy wait in the hallway until they gave me medicine to not feel pain at 9:07. The room was really cold and I was very nervous. After getting a spinal block and being laid down, Daddy was allowed back into the room. I was completely numb but still felt tugging and lots of pressure. At times it was hard to breathe, but Daddy held my hand, spoke softly to me and kept me focused. At 9:36, I heard my angel cry for the first time. You had a serious set of lungs on you from the start!! Daddy was asked to go over and look at you, take pictures and hold you. He brought you over to my and I kiss your cheek and snuggled against you. It was absolute love at first sight!!! Daddy and I both cried. I could not hold you because my arms were strapped down. Daddy was able to hold you next to me for a while, then you were taken away to the nursery to get a bath. On your way there, you got to see your anxiously waiting grandparents who were in the waiting room.

I was closed up and sent to a recovery room at 10:23am. I slept there for a while and then Daddy came in. We sat and talked about how beautiful you were and how excited everyone was to see you. (Mimi cried). While in recovery, I anxiously awaited your return to me. When I got you back about forty minutes later, I could not have been more in love. Daddy and I snuggled in with you as we waited for our room to be ready. After 5 hours in recovery, we headed to our room. Daddy wheeled you in your little koozie, and I was pushed by a nurse. There, your four grandparents and Tia B were waiting to see you and I once again. There was a mini war over who was going to hold you first. It was so nice to see how loved you were already! We spent the rest of the day cuddling and our first night together was much easier than I ever thought it would be. It was the most fantastic day of my life!!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Little girl - it is called due date for a reason

She's late. Today was my 40 week appointment. The doctor that I saw today was so complacent. She didn't even want to do an internal. I wasn't having it and spoke to the manager there. All the other doctors I have seen at the short time I have been at this practice have been wonderful - except this boob!

She eventually did an internal and I was nowhere. I had nothin. On my due date - no effacement, no dilation. I am devastated. I have an appointment scheduled for 41 weeks but hoping I will not need it!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

I have lost all patience..

Not that I have many to begin with... I am half Italian. I know she is not due for another week, but I have already tried doing all of those "Labor Inducing" tricks. We walk like crazy with the boys, eat eggplant, zucchini, even labor cookies. I have had spicy Mexican food and spicy salsa. Nothing.

We are just so ready for our outside baby girl. My belly is ginourmous, I can no longer sleep, I have LOST my appetite and I cant really take it much longer. If this baby is late, she is in so much trouble!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Another Wonderful Shower

Yesterday was my NY shower. It was another surprise shower. Another interesting story of course! I was at my parents house in NJ taking care of my sister after her surgery. On my was home I hit an inordinate amount of traffic - redic! Then, just as I was going to turn on to my street, a deer ran out of the woods and hit a car. (yes, it ran into the car, not the other way around.

It was clearly dead from the impact. It was so sad and traumatizing. I started shaking as I pulled onto my road and then the tears started. As I walked into the house, my knees pretty much buckled as everyone yelled "Surprise!".

Never a dull moment!

The party was so nice. My mother in-law is a crazy cook and had made so many delicious dishes. Just about everyone from DH's family was there, including his cousins from LI - havn't seen them since the wedding. We got so many wonderful gifts that our one year old niece kindly helped me open. It was a great day!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Big Move

This past month, DH and I packed up our home and moved back to our old apartment in my in-laws basement. Yes a move from home sweet home in North Carolina to ol' New York.

We are pretty devastated. We love everything about NC - everything except that we have NO family here and our little one will be here very shortly. So, now we live back in our old apartment and still pay a mortgage on a beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath back in NC that we could not sell. DEVASTATED.

Hopefully this house sells soon so we can purchase a new one up here in NY. Until then, we live with my in-laws in their basement apartment and pray that the St. Joesph in the ground back in NC does his magic!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Baby Shower!!!

Yesterday was my NJ shower. My Mom and sister threw a great party and it was a total surprise. I thought I was going down there for a dinner for my sister. DH dropped me off at my parent's lake house in NY where my Dad was. He was going to drive me to their house in Colts Neck. Little did I know that his car has no AC.

Dear Daddy,
I am 8 months pregnant and on my way to
a really nice dinner. Now that I am 600
degrees and a sweaty mess, I am going to look
like crap for dinner - which actually turned out
to be my shower. STOP BEING CHEAP AND
Love, Anastasia

So when I got there with frizz all over my head and makeup running down my face, I was REALLY surprised. It was all of my Mom's family and my Dad's Mom as well. My mom made little chocolates and a really beautiful pink cake. She also made one of those oversized cupcakes for the Daddy. DH couldn't make it because of work so she sent me home with a nice treat for him.

We played a bunch of games including "Which candy does this dirty diaper smell like" eeww. My nose still has prego super sense so I won 3/4.

I could not eat most of the food. My very silly Mama had mini cold cut sandwiches, lobster salad and eggplant parm. The cake was delish though. I will post pics when I get them!!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

L & D

First trip to L & D today. Not scary at all 0_0. They thought that I was leaking fluids so I went in and they hooked me all up and monitored me all morning. After a while I was told that while I was leaking fluid, it was a small tear that healed itself and that all would (should) be good from here on out. Only a month and a half left baby girl. Stay in there and stay safe!!

On a side note, being in there made being pregnant feel even more real. Soon I will be in there for real, really having our little girl. Squeeeee!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Oopsie Ditty!

One of the most amazing products for babies I have seen recently is the Oopsie Ditty. It is a diaper bag that is small enough to fit and carry on your wrist. All of those short trips you head out on; out to dinner, one errand, quick car trip, there is no reason to lug a ginormous diaper bag around.

This is large enough to hold a few diapers, some wipes, a bib and maybe some cream. It also comes with a little survival kit. You should really check them out if you get tired of lugging your full diaper bag around!

Sweet & Spicy Girl

Currently, one Momma Blogger is giving one away in a great giveaway! Check it out!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Recent wacky symptoms

Ok.. here is what is going on recently with this pregnant body:

-Belly Button is almost flat
-Left hip does not work anymore
-Feel like I got kicked in the crotch with a steel toed boot
-More stretchies pop up on a daily basis
-No more sleeping on the belly w/ leg propped up
-Barely sleeping more than an hour at a time
-Getting really anxious about having everything for baby girl
-Braxton Hicks

Those are the most recent things. Not happy about them, but happy about the final outcome : )

Friday, June 4, 2010

Bling - Bling

When I was little, I can distinctly remember my moms necklace. It was a gold lace heart that had a pearl that bounced around inside it. I would always pull on it and actually broke the chain twice (so I was told). My mothers remedy to this was to play a game with me. She would put the heart in her mouth and then blow it out at me.

I would make her do it for hours, and when she would stop, I would put it in her mouth for her!! Then I learned that I could put it in MY mouth..big mistake. I almost swallowed it once. That was the end of my mom wearing that necklace.

Babies chew jewelery all the time. They yank on it, gum it and fixate on it. Since I was a child, they came out with wonderful chewable jewelery. It serves a great purpose and yet is still fashionable. There are many brands and makers out there and one of my favs is Smart Mom Jewelry. They have great patterns and designs.

Currently, one of my fav Momma bloggers is giving one away. I hesitantly give you the link because I want one THAT BADLY!!! But I will be nice, here it is:

Thursday, May 27, 2010

27 Weeks

How far along? 27 weeks

Total weight gain/loss:
I GAINED A POUND!!! I am pretty pumped about this!

Maternity clothes?
When I go out of the house, maternity clothes it is. Otherwise, I am sportin a tiny pair of shorts and a sports bra. It is EXTREMELY unattractive but it is about 87 degrees down here daily and I am hott!

Sleep has sucked the past few nights but surprisingly, it is not pregnancy related. I am, however, noticing that it takes much more energy to roll over.

Best moment this week:
Bug put his ear to my belly and heard Munckie's heart beat. Oh, just seeing his face brought tears to my eyes.

Belly Button:
I was never able to see to the "back" of my belly button, but now I definitely can. Gettin shallow!

Attitude: So excited with all of the recent movement. Not so excited about all the recent turns my body has taken. Hello stretchies!!

Food cravings: Still fast food unfortunately. Oh, and fish.. I could really go for some salmon or something.

Food aversions:
Still not a fan of cheese apparently.

Gender: Princess <3

Labor Signs: Just the Braxton Hicks

What I miss: Going up and down stairs without being winded.

What I am looking forward to: Munckie's first NASCAR race this weekend!

Weekly Wisdom: Video tape the movement if you can. I am glad I have it on tape so I can always remember some of her earliest movements.

Milestones: Entered the third trimester this week... yikes!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

26 Weeks

How far along? 26 Weeks

Total weight gain/loss:
Still down 17 lbs. from pre-preggers

Maternity clothes?
Right now I am sportin my maternity swim suit. Owe Owe!!

My Mommie bought me a body pillow. I spend a lot of the night tossing and turning, but it does help me initially fall asleep. After that it winds up on the floor and Mr. Bristol uses it as a pillow.

Best moment this week:
Being told that I was glowing.

Major emotional roller coaster this week!

I have a female Lawerence Tynes in there and she is
killin me!

Belly Button:
I think it is getting a little shallow but it was way to deep from the beginning to pop...I hope.

Frustrated since we are not sure where we will be when she is born and I want to start touring the hospital, working on the nursery..etc.

Food cravings:
Greasy fast food cheeseburgers. My wonderful hubby allowed me to indulge at cook out last night : )

Food aversions:
Milk by itself

Little princess

Labor Signs:
Braxton Hicks have started. Had them twice this past week.

What I miss:
Being able to bend down without sticking my ass in the air

What I am looking forward to:
Bug's parents are being so generous and purchasing the baby furniture. Cant wait to see it!

Weekly Wisdom:
Don't try to do it all. You ARE pregnant and need to take it easy. Don't get discouraged that you can't do it all either.

Began getting Braxton Hicks contractions

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Traveling Baby

At 26 weeks, the baby can still change positions very easily. At our last appointment, she was head down, face down. Perfect position for birth.

Last night, I had my first taste of how it will be when the baby drops. She was really low in my pelvis all afternoon. After dinner, I went to get off of the couch and almost could not walk. It was like my legs had been dislocated because of the shape my pelvis was in.

So to you ladies who have gone through this, how the heck do you deal with that awkward pain? I do not think I would get off the couch if there is nothing to do for the discomfort. I will put myself on bedrest :P

Monday, May 17, 2010

Braxton Hicks

Well HelloooOooooOoo!

I thought I would at least be in the third trimester before these came along but today and Saturday, they are around full force. I was told that unless I get 4 in an hour, not to worry. What I was not told was what to do if I get one that LASTS almost an hour....water helps

At least they are not painful, just a major discomfort. Makes me feel like I am getting closer to meeting our little Munckie.

Best part? I said to bug, "I think I am having contractions." He looked at me like a scared little kid. I think we will have to spend some time talking about the birthing process since my doc said the class was a waste...


This is a wubanub

Red Dog Pacifier

It is a sweet little beanie that holds onto a soothie pacifier. My friends who already have babes swear by them. THey come in all different animals and are machine washable. I am dying to get a few for Munckie. Currently, there is one being given away over at It ends the 24th and I am dying to win one!!!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

"Big" Ultrasound

So Friday we went for our "big" ultrasound. We already knew the sex of the baby, so we were going to check out all the major organs, 10 fingers, 10 toes...etc.

Now, let me say that I am NOT a fan of my obstetricians office. There is only 1 doctor at the office which means every time we see her, she rushes so quickly through everything. Hello? First timer here?! I have questions, comments, concerns! The other person you see at this office is a certified nurse midwife. She does not rush, which is nice, however her and the doctor have two totally different points of view!!! The midwife is all about natural birthing and hypnobirthing, while the doctor is quite the opposite. It is really frustrating to hear that I am not gaining enough weight one week, and then the following month I see the doc and she says I am fine... it sends me fuming out of the office...

AANNYYWAYS.. We had the doctor for our ultrasound. She was in a pissy mood for one reason or another, chewing out a nurse right before she entered our room. They were all out of printer paper, so we did not get any new pics of our little one- this angered me enough - this is the only way our family can see Munckie. She rushed through so fast that I had to slow her down and ask her WTF we were looking at.

All in all, brain looks good, 10 fingers, 10 toes, bladder, kidneys, belly - all good. Munckie was laying face down so in order to see the her, doc was monitoring through her back. She couldnt definitively see four chambers. She said when I go back in two weeks for a glucose test, we could check it again

Bottom line - Munckie is doing great and I can't wait to move so I can get a new OB - hopefully before the little one makes her way into the world!!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I am not dead

I have neglected this blog for the past few months for an array of reasons, but mostly because the morning sickness got the best of me, and then, well, life happened and I am stuck in the fast lane. I feel bad and appreciate the e-mails from those of you who were checking in.

I missed blogging. When I can't rant to my husband, or when my mom is too busy to talk, this was a great place for me to come. I plan on getting back into it, but OHHHH how to update on the last 3 months. I shall do my best.

We decided we are moving back to NY. We rescued an abandoned dog. Found out we are having a girl!!!!

25 Weeks

How far along? 25 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: Down 18 lbs. from pre-pregnancy. Haven't gained a lb. back. Every office visit, I hope to step on the scale and see a little jump (never thought I would say that) but no. The doctor is not concerned, so I am not concerned...too much.

Maternity clothes? I can't fit in any of my normal clothing. The doc said I have a short torso and that is the reason I began showing so early and go big so fast. I can't tell you how many times I have had to say "yes it is just one baby in there." I was lucky to have some hand me down maternity clothes from family because they are damn expensive!! Oh, I bought the cutest maternity bathing suit. Nice little tankini - can't wait for summer!

Sleep: If I "sleep" for 10 hours, it means I really slept for about 8. The constant tossing and turning combined with discomfort from my back kinda sucks. Plus it is HOTT. I have the a/c on and if I turn it down any more, Bug will have icicles hanging from his nostrils. I have a body pillow now, but because our bed is so small, it gets the heave-ho half way through the night. Plus, I am so big now that it takes EFFORT to turn over. Not a pretty sight.

Best moment this week: This past week? Hmm, spending time with both our families. We do not see them often, so this is nice. Plus, baby girls movement is getting SERIOUS! She kicks like she is trying to get out!

Symptoms: Just the most sever back pain ever. Other than that - fabulous.

Movement: When I first felt it back in week 14, it was these soft little flutters. When Bug and I could begin to feel it from the outside at week 20, same thing, sweet little kicks and flutters. In the past 2 weeks, she has gotten so strong. Not only can I feel her kicks and punches, but I can feel her rolling across my stomach.

Belly Button: It is still really deep. I have always had a cave, so it is still deep but beginning to shallow slightly. I no longer have a regular belly button ring in, but one of those preggie rings. It is pretty cool and the tightness is gone.

Attitude: Friday is our "Big Ultrasound". Why my doctor waits this long when everyone else does theirs at 20 weeks is beyond me. Bug and I are both PUMPED but nervous. I think that sums up the whole pregnancy - pumped but nervous.

Food cravings: Everything. I eat everything in sight, that is why I do not understand how I am not gaining weight. Most recent cravings are coffee coolatas and sandwiches from my college cafe.

Food aversions:
There are times when I am in no mood for veggies or meat. Other than that, I will take anything, anytime.

Gender: Feeeeemale

Labor Signs: Started feeling braxton hicks recently

What I miss: Being able to move around with ease

What I am looking forward to: Seeing Munckie on the sonogram tomorrow. Have not seen her since 15 weeks.

Weekly Wisdom: No matter how bad or rough you think it is, it really just gets worse as the time goes on, so embrace it!

Milestones: Just passed V-day. Viability day (24 weeks) is the earliest a baby can survive outside of its mother. God forbid there was an incident, I know she could try her best to survive. However, I am keeping her in there under lock and key till at least mid-August!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

10 Weeks

How far along? 10 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: Down 11 lbs. from pre-pregnancy/Down 2 lbs. from last week.
Maternity clothes? Still utilizing the B-band. A lil bump is there and noticable, but noticeable as chub.
Sleep: When I feel okay before bed, I tend to sleep better, but wake up earlier.
Best moment this week: A stranger asked me when I was due!!
Symptoms: Morning sickness is back.
Movement: I thought I felt something but I am sure it is just gas.

Belly Button: Still a cave. Piercing is beginning to get uncomfortable.
Attitude: Happy that we know all is well from the Doctors appointment, and looking forward to going again next week.
Food cravings: Cereal, cadbury eggs, and Baja Fresh
Food aversions:
Still not liking the entire fridge area..and the coffee my husband makes 700 times a day - eww
Gender: Still thinking boy, Bug and his mom say Girl
Labor Signs: Nope
What I miss: Feeling good in general
What I am looking forward to: Seeing how much Munckie grew from one ultra sound to the other.
Weekly Wisdom: No matter how sick you are, eat anyway. It always makes me feel better.
Milestones: Saw Munckie, saw a heartbeat and saw brain activity - amazing!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

First Visit

Today was our first appointment. It was a Nurse's Meet and Greet, as they called it. We went in expecting paperwork and getting to know you's. We got that, plus we saw the Munckie.

This is my first time ever having a pregnancy visit. I am absolutely clueless. The nurse took me into the office and acted like I was old hat at all of this. I go into the bathroom, pee in a cup (p.s.-which I am horrible at) and bring it out with me. Apparently this is incorrect, the pee pee cup has to go through this little door. Fail numero uno.

We went into the room and sat there while our nurse paced the halls for literally 10 minutes. In correlation with the issues I had last Saturday, I was convinced she was thinking of a way to tell me that we are not pregnant anymore. Well, still pregnant but I got scolded for not drinking enough water. Fail.

Nurse asked all sorts of question and gave us plenty of advice. We got a bag full of goodies, a planner, PNV's, and heat patches for my back pain - Yay!

Then we went to the ultra sound room.

She found the baby quickly and we saw our little Munckie moving it's head and hanging out. Most important; we saw the heartbeat.

After that I had too much blood drawn and was sent home, told to return in 2 weeks. That appointment will be a visit with the doctor. We can't wait. Just happy everything is good in there!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

9 Weeks

How far along? 9 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: Down 9 lbs. from pre-pregnancy/Down 1 lb. from last week.
Maternity clothes? Still utilizing the B-band. A lil bump is there but it just looks like fat.
Sleep: Still waking up every hour or so to go back to my left side which I find the most comfortable.
Best moment this week: Being able to hold down a meal!
Symptoms: Morning sickness is slowly subsiding ::knocks on wood::. Now, the fatigue, gas and increased appetite are the culprits!
Movement: No movement..can't wait though!

Belly Button: Still a cave. Piercing is beginning to get uncomfortable.
Attitude: So excited to head to my doctors appointment and meet our little Munckie! Happier now that the M/S is almost under control.
Food cravings: Oranges, clementines and the salsa bar at a mexican restaurant that is 900 miles away.
Food aversions:
The general refrigerator region
Gender: Still thinking boy, Bug and his mom say Girl
Labor Signs: Nope
What I miss: Kickboxing
What I am looking forward to: Seeing Munckie later today!
Weekly Wisdom: No matter how sick you are, the thought of seeing the lil bean for the first time makes you feel great!
Milestones: All limbs, fingers, and toes are developed!

Monday, January 18, 2010


Someone wanted to know why we called the LO Munckie and why we spell it this way instead of "Monkey".

My answer is pathetically silly. "The Big Bang Theory". Not the actual scientific theory but the television show. I have a minor obsession with Sheldon. I think he is one of the most entertaining actors in a sitcom since Joey Tribbiani. He takes everything too seriously, works too often and this leads to hilarious conversations with his peers.

One night while watching, Sheldon referred to someone has a Homunculus. He goes on to explain that a Homunculus is "a perfect little person". Well, we took that and shortened it to Munckie - our perfect little person, who we love so much, even though we cannot see them.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Don't Want to Jinx It

Today is the first day I feel almost human in about 2 weeks. It got to the point where I could not get off of the couch because any movement at all would send me straight to the bathroom.

This morning, I woke up around 7. I knew that as soon as I lifted my chubby ass out of bed, I was going to get sick. Thankfully, I fell back asleep around 8. When I woke up around 10, I felt pretty good. I EVEN KEPT DOWN BREAKFAST!!!!! So exciting.

It is now mid-afternoon and I feel *ok*. That is miraculous in my book. I even had a salty craving! Ohh, I hope this lasts and the morning sickness is gone for a while. I am so done with spending most of the day in the bathroom.

It is all totally worth it in the end but I would love to enjoy my pregnancy instead of dreading getting up in the morning!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

8 Weeks

How far along? 8 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: Down 8 lbs. from pre-pregnancy
Maternity clothes? Still utilizing the B-band. A lil bump is there but it just looks like fat.
Sleep: I have been tossing and turning a lot. If I wind up on my stomach, I wake up nauseated. Laying on one side for too long, that side will go numb. So glamorous!
Best moment this week: Being able to exercise a little.
Symptoms: Morning sickness!! I have begun to feel faint when I have hot flashes.
Food comes up and out..that is still the only movement
Belly Button: Still a cave and still pierced. BUT, I found the preggie belly rings 1/2 off on a website!
Attitude: Positive attitude, just a little mopey cuz I am sick as Hell
Food cravings: The only thing I can hold down are Yoplait Whips.
Food aversions:
The general refrigerator region
Gender: Still thinking boy, my sister says girl
Labor Signs: Nope
What I miss: Working out 4 times a week & eating
What I am looking forward to: Hearing the heartbeat next week and possibly getting a Rx for nausea
Weekly Wisdom: This is all happening for a reason and will lead to a wonderful result.
Milestones: The baby is flipping around in there, even though I can't feel it yet.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Let us add to the list

Things I can no longer tolerate now that I am pregnant, and why I am down 7 lbs. from when I first got KU:

Chocolate Cake!!
Orange Juice
Anything with tomato
Chicken Parm
Chicken that is attached to a bone
Chocolate Pop tarts
Anything with red wine vinegar
Cheddar cheese
Mashed potatoes
Chocolate chip cookies
Vegetable cream cheese (I know!)

and just about anything in my refrigerator currently because I can't stand the stench. In addition, I cannot feed my dog because the smell of his food pisses the baby off.

I am hoping not to add too much more to the I am running out of things to eat!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Oh, Sweet Junkfood!

When I found out I was pregnant, I completely changed the way I was eating. I filled the house with fruit, veggies, and whole grains. & even though I was eating quite a bit, and pretty frequently, at least it was healthy, right?

--Still going on? Not so much--

Since the morning sickness has kicked in full force, I have not been able to hold much down. Then, I discovered how good french fries make me feel. Heavenlyyyyy!

Since I have been getting sick at night, it is mainly the dinner that I have been "tweaking". The last three days I have managed to keep dinner down. What am I eating? Let's see. Thursday night I had french fries. Last night I had a chicken sandwich and - french fries. Tonight, Mac wrap from Mc'd's. and yep - french fries. They are so good, but I know hold no nutritional value and therefore, I think that makes me a bad mommy.

It is hard to help it.. I tried broccoli and lean meats but good Lord did they come back up quickly.

Hoping that the morning sickness goes away soon so that I can once again make nutritionally sound decisions for me and my Munckie!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

7 Weeks

Pocket O' Pudge

How far along?
7 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: Up 1 lb. total/Down 2 lbs. from last week - Morning sickness
Maternity clothes? Officially wearing the Be-Band with jeans
Sleep: Insomnia is pretty much gone. I even slept till 11 one morning.
Best moment this week: Whichever day I did NOT throw up.
Symptoms: Morning sickness to the extreme!!! Not terribly tired because I rarely leave the couch. Dizziness sets in at times as well.
Food comes up and out..that is the only movement
Belly Button: Still a cave and still pierced.
Attitude: Positive attitude, just a little mopey cuz I am sick as Hell
Food cravings: I want nothing to do with food.
Food aversions:
Just about everything, but especially..ugh, everything
Gender: Still saying boy
Labor Signs: No
What I miss: Uhh..Eating
What I am looking forward to: Hearing the heartbeat, and food that I can keep down
Weekly Wisdom: This week, whatever you put in your mouth, expect to see again.
Milestones: Well, I was scared about my lack of symptoms..look what I wished upon myself.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Apprecaited Sense of Humor

While I am green in the face, running to the bathroom frequently , and barely eating, Bug always tries to make me feel better.

He brings me saltines, runs to the store for anything I think I may remotely be able to hold down, and has done all the housework for more than a week. While this is all amazing, it is his sense of humor that always makes me feel best.

Today he decided that I am nauseated because the baby has its own "Wii" in utero and therefore is bouncin all around. "Probably playing tennis if I would have to guess." says Bug. Thank you God, for an amazingly sensitive and silly hubby!

Vegetable Cream Cheese

I love you! For you are one of the few that does not send me to the porcelain bowl while all of my insides are screaming.


Saturday, January 2, 2010

On to the next level

Last night, the morning sickness went to a whole new level.

Lately, the extreme hunger and morning sickness have been battling it out. I get insanely hungry, eat like a ravaged beast, and then am ridiculously uncomfortable and hate life. The morning sickness kicks in and then I want nothing to do with what I have ALREADY put in my body. I have slowly learned that if I eat slower, I can satisfy my crazed hunger and I will not get so full, thus, keeping the sickness at bay.

Last night I made Bug his Birthday Dinner. Chicken parm, complete with pasta, garlic bread and a salad. I had one piece of chicken, a small amount of pasta, one piece of garlic bread and did not touch my salad. I was able to eat all that and still be comfortable. I felt that I mastered the hunger/morning sickness and found a solution.

An hour later it alllll came back up. It is pretty much the first time I have really gotten sick. I have felt terrible nausea for about a week now, but this is the first time I have actually been greeted by it.

I am not sure why it happened. Maybe because I had eaten less, I had less in my stomach and it got aggravated... ahhh to find a happy medium. I am really over the morning sickness.

Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year's Eve's in Review

New Year's Eve - 2006

I had bronchitis and was also getting over the flu. Regardless, I got silly drunk with my BF (now DH) and a group of friends. We played beer pong in our basement, ate all of the left over food in the house, as we had ridiculous munchies, and did not go to bed till around 7 A.M.. We got up at 9 A.M. because we were hopping on a plane along with his family to go to Disney for the week. Hungover + no sleep = Cranky Bitch Anastasia

New Year's Eve - 2007

Now engaged, my fiance, three of our friends, and myself went out to dinner at an all you can eat sushi bar. We. Took. Advantage! When we got home, we went into the basement and played "Civil War" beer pong. If you have never played, ask me for the rules. It is a sick game and way more intense than regular pong. Later more friends and neighbors came over and we all watched the ball drop together. We stayed up till about 3 A.M. and partied pretty hard.

New Year's Eve - 2008

Still engaged, my fiance, sister and I went to the same restaurant for all you can eat sushi. Again, stuffed myself to beyond capacity. We went to a friend's home after dinner. We played rock band, had entirely too many shots and rang in the New Year all together. Got home around 4, and went to sleep around 5 A.M.. The hangover was immense and I swore I would never drink again.

New Year's Eve - 2009

My first married and knocked up New Year's. Since we have moved, we no longer have Red Ginger for all-you-can-eat sushi. My wonderful husband found a great sushi place. I can only eat the cooked stuff so my menu was limited but I still managed to stuff myself silly. The restaurant was great. Not a chain so it had a very homey feeling. We met the owner and he was hysterical. At one point he came over to us and said to Bug, "You look full, want me to burp you?". I almost projected my nirvana roll all over the table. At around 9 P.M. we headed home. Yes, I went to bed at 9 on New Year's. Egh..Bug was not having that so he grabbed me and dragged me downstairs. Somehow, utilizing toothpicks and crazy glue, I kept my eyes open. For the first time in my life, I could not wait for the ball to drop. After Dick Clark's very sweet, yet screwed up countdown and a very sexy Happy New Year's kiss, we went to bed. I was in bed at 12:07 A.M.. I felt pretty pathetic but apparently this baby has an "Early to bed, early to rise attitude". While I do not agree, all of this is well worth it.

Happy New Year!