Monday, October 27, 2008

Drumroll Please

IT'S A BOY!!!!!!!! We are super excited! We found out last Thursday at the ultrasound which, by the way, was probably the most amazing thing I've seen! I actually got to see my baby move, watch his heartbeat, watch him suck his thumb - precious! We have the most adorable pictures and I'm hoping to post them soon. We did find out that the baby has a cyst in his brain where the cerebra-spinal fluid is produced. It was very scary to hear, but 99% of the time, it clears up with no complications by about the 28th week. My doctor wants me to have a more in depth ultrasound this week to just make sure since the baby is also measuring about 2 weeks small. It is hard not to get worked up about what is going on because it was just so unexpected to hear - I don't think anyone would expect to hear something like that. But I do have Jason who keeps reminding me that everything will be ok, and my mom (who's a nurse) who is helping me every step of the way. I didn't want to look up anything about the cyst on the internet because all I would find is worst case scenarios. So my mom did for me and if I ever need to know more, she will know what to tell me.

It's been so amazing to be pregnant. It has been incredibly hard, but definitely amazing! It's so awesome to think that Jason and I are going to be parents. To raise our baby the way we want. To have someone who is a complete reflection of us. I can't imagine doing this without Jason - he's always been the person I've needed to lean on.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

It's Tomorrow!

It's finally here! The BIG day!!! Well, one of many in my lifetime, lol... Jason and I get to learn if the next 18 years will be about football and cars or dance class and flowers. I can't believe how fast four weeks went by! I saw my midwife today and things are going well. The baby's heartbeat is about 150 bpm so little one is doing great also! And my water intake was perfect!! For the first time since I've been seeing my midwife so we were sooo excited! I can't believe that tomorrow I will know if I'm going to have a son or a daughter - crazy!!

Just wanted to share my excitement with everyone - YAY!!!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Why I am so crazy!

These past couple weeks have been insane for me. Jason starting a new job, reaching the half way point in my pregnancy, landlord in the hospital, pig roast with my family - so much to do!

Jason is really enjoying his new job... sometimes, lol. He enjoys the fact that he is taking steps to get where he wants to be, but dealing with cranky, old people is not his favorite thing. He deals with it though, gets through the day, goes to school, and finally lands on the couch at about 9 at night. 6 in the morning to 9 at night - I do not envy him! Not to mention that when he comes home he still does the dishes and takes care of me. I am so glad that I have been blessed with such a hard worker for a husband.

20 weeks tomorrow - holy crap!! It is so surreal! I'm half way to being someone's mommy. Now that I am a mere week and a half from finding out the baby's sex, it is becoming more and more real. I've been buying things here and there (depending on the deals I find on Craigslist), but now Jason and I will be taking an even bigger hit financially as I buy all the cute baby clothes I've been dying over these past 20-ish weeks, lol. Too exciting!

So while my landlord's been in the hospital, Jason and I have been staying in here house and it is weird! This big, old mansion and just Jason and I... it takes some getting used to for sure! It's nice on the weekends when we can sleep in b/c the sun doesn't shine right into our windows. Our landlord has Congestive Heart Failure and has been in the hospital for almost a week and a half and they're not sure when she'll be able to come home. They're trying to regulate her heartbeat and see if she has an infection somewhere. Like I said, we have to stay in her house while she's away, so it made last weekend a bit of a challenge. Friday we had to take my car to the shop out in Warrenton and since we had to drive all that way, we decided to take the day off work and go to our favorite Mexican restaurant - Dos Primos! Then we went to my parents' house to help get things ready for the pig roast. But, rather than staying the night like we had planned, we had to drive all the way back home (over an hour) just to sleep in the big, creepy house. Then we drove back out to mom and dad's the next morning and back home again. But we did have an awesome time at the pig roast! Jason and I have been looking forward to it for awhile so we were super excited to go!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Christmasing and stuff

I don't know why, but all week (by week, I mean Monday to Monday), I've been soooooo excited for Christmas!!! Jason and I went to Hobby Lobby because they had their 40% off coupons and bought Christmas lights and more ornaments. Jason and I decided that every year we would buy a special ornament for our tree. After looking at Hobby Lobby, we decided to get the ornament we go and cut down our tree (Jason is very adamant about cutting down our own fresh tree). We have also listened to Trans-Siberian Orchestra almost everyday we're at work together. We are so excited to go to their concert next month!!!!

So, aside from Christmas before Halloween, there's actually a lot going on. Jason got offered a job at the nursing home so he's no longer volunteering - yay!!!! And I am very fond of how they determine over time - anything over 8 hours in one shift is considered overtime. So awesome! I definitely miss working with him everyday, but it makes coming home that much sweeter!

I also had to go to the ER on Saturday. For about 2 months, I've had sores popping up all over my legs. I went to the hospital when it first started but there was nothing for them to culture, so they gave me antibiotics and sent me home. I had another sore come over last week and it ruptured Saturday so Jason and I went to the ER where they were finally able to culture it - yay!!! It hurt soooo bad, but it's totally worth it! I found out today that it's MRSA and they were able to give me the right antibiotics. They did give me another prescription on Saturday, but it was just broad-spectrum, so the odds of it actually taking care of the problem were slim to none. So they adjusted the meds today and I can pick them up tomorrow - so excited! I am ready for this to go away!!!!!

So, I'm almost half way through pregnancy!! And still not really showing! I've gotten so many compliments. I couldn't wait to start showing when I first got pregnant, but now, I realize that not showing yet means I'm not only keeping a good eye on my weight, but that (contrary to popular belief) I'm not going to have a huge baby, lol. Which is very reassuring b/c Jason was a big baby! We are so excited! We're just enjoying being very happily married before making the transition into parenthood, though. I hate it when people find out they're preggo and then all they talk about is mommy, mommy, mommy! I'm obviously so excited, but I will have the rest of my life to coo over this baby... so I'm spending all my time with my wonderful husband!
Throughout my late adolescense and adulthood, I have had many positions (professionally and volunteer basis) that have helped me develop skills necessary to serve as a liaison to the community on behalf of a professional organization. I have spent many years in various organizations which have helped me grow skills such as public speaking, note taking, and scheduling. I am proficient in organization and mediation – always keeping the mindset of finding middle ground and while meeting the needs of those involved. I excel in the area of community outreach and thrive in situations where I am given reign to be creative and managerial. I am committed to achieving the best outcome and feel I have many fantastic qualities to contribute to any organization.