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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Hawaiian Ice

Growing up I remember my mom taking my brother and I to these little Hawaiian Ice Shacks in local grocery store parking lots. My brother would get this cream kind called Wedding Cake and I would always get something that would spark a conversation among my friends the following day such as Tiger's Blood, Ninja Turtle, Margarita. My mom dealt with all the running syrup and ice staining our t-shirts and shorts. She felt like it was a fun little outing that we would always remember. She was right. We did always remember. Then I moved to Kansas and these people have never even heard of a Hawaiian Ice! So since 2004 I have no I had one, until last night! We found one of those little shacks and we took Julia (Char was at a sleepover). Julia got Tiger's Blood and bragged that she was drinking real tiger's blood. I got Margarita. Jess got a cherry limeade. Oh my gosh it was sooooo good. Just like I remembered. Julia's syrup dripped down her very nice sweatshirt and all I did was wipe off the excess juice and tell her to have fun. Jess suggested we do this every Saturday night during the summer. WOOOOHOOOO I am so excited. And my peanut likes Hawaiian Ice too!

And update on my mom. I finally called her back yesterday and we had a very tearful conversation. She said that this pregnancy is brining up a lot for her because her mother died 9 years before I was ever born and she had no family support. I explained that she is all I have and it saddens me that she lives so far away and it doesn't feel like she's totally on board for this pregnancy. We just basically came to the conclusion to cut each other some slack, she's going to be more "motherly" and I'm going to let her off the hook about being so far away and unable to be here throughout the stages of pregnancy except the birth. :) She will be here for that.

On the puppy front, yesterday while sitting in the living room a little chipmunk came up to our back glass sliding doors and started scratching on them and squeaking. This little guy was trying to get my dogs attention. Once Max figured out what it was they chased each other and stared at each other through the glass. It was definitely a sight to see. Then later in the afternoon the chipmunk came back and did the same thing again. Who knew chipmunks were so social. :)

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Parental Support

My parents have been extremely supportive in my plight as a gay woman. Other than my first girlfriend, they have liked all of them. My mom has especially been supportive and loving over the past year. However over the past two months my mother has been less than supportive of my pregnancy. Yes she's offered to buy the crib, but doesn't ever ask. She keeps telling me not to get my hopes up because I could lose the baby. I'm just not sure as to why she can't just be happy or at least supportive in a positive way. Just a little down about that right now.

Last night our kiddos has a Vacation Bible School performance. i think it might have been the cutest performance ever! They were little surfers..surfing through the scriptures. You had to be there to truly appreciate it but to see our six year old get clobbered by the kid standing behind her on the risers while he was trying to dance and then watching our 11 year old pretend she was on a surf board surfing the was just hilarious.

Today I ripped up the carpet in the master bathroom and so far i've ripped up a fourth of the carpet in the kitchen! (who the heck puts carpet in a kitchen?!) Jess asked if I could do those two rooms while i was home today with no kids. We'll see how far I get on the kitchen. It's much more difficult than the bathroom was.

3 days till my sonogram that tells me if everything is okay. I'm getting rather nervous. I just hope peanut is happy and healthy and growing in there.

Friday, June 27, 2008

What's up with the sleeping issues?

Last night I couldn't get to sleep until after midnight after laying in bed for 2 hours and then I woke up at around 430 a.m. I am flippin exhausted today obviously. I have no idea why I've been having so many problems sleeping so early in my pregnancy. I'm prepared to have sleeping issues when I"m in my third trimester but not at 9 weeks! :(

Some good news, over the last few days I have pretty much given up chewing on my finger nails. I have no idea why I'm not chewing on them anymore but I actually have nails that are decently long right now. Let's just hope this horrible habit has disappeared.

I will try and post some pictures of our puppies this weekend. They just got their summer hair cuts. Joey looks like he has pigtails. They wouldn't get out of their kennel for me to take pictures, but i did get some cute ones nonetheless.

4 days till my sonogram that tells me if the progesterone worked and that everything is progressing properly. Still no spotting so all seems like a good sign. 10 days till my second prenatal appointment.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Just a little updating...

So now I've been taking progesterone suppositories for 8 days now. Mann that stuff makes me ill!! I guess if it's keeping Peanut in my uterus safe and sound it's worth the nausea. Our little peanut doesn't have a tail anymore. WOO HOO!!! Makes me very happy. We go in 6 days for our sonogram to determine if the pregnancy is developing normally. I haven't had any spotting so that's a good sign.

The girls are in Vacation Bible School this week. I love watching my kiddos without them knowing because you get to see how they really act and who they really are...without them knowing the watchful eye of Mama is on them...well today I got to VBS early...just in time to watch our youngest run away from her teacher and her class. Fun times!

So it is an interesting life we live. We have two children in VERY different developmental and social stages. We have the 11 year old that is encountering peer pressure to talk about and do things that are beyond her age (such as "hand jobs"). Yep that's right...she knows that term because her "best friend" told her and also told her that she needs to start doing that no later than 12! For crying out loud, are we friggin serious about that crap?! Yeah well she's not spending the night at that child's house ever again.
Our youngest is trying to learn how to read, how to add and subtract, and how to relate to other people appropriately. She is learning positive attention and negative attention. She is just having fun being a little kid.
Then there's peanut who is just growing in my uterus. Oh the joys of parenthood!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Jess' Birthday

So today is Jess' birthday! She is __ years old. She's not really letting me telling you how old she is. But shhhhhhh she's 32!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This morning we went to IHOP for breakfast, I took Beanie to ecology camp, and then Jess went and got the massage I bought for her. :) It was her first ever massage. She enjoyed herself in her hour of relaxation. Then for lunch we went to Tomfooleries and met her mom. She gave her a little pottery thing to hang on the wall. After lunch we went to this neighborhood wide garage sale. We got lots of onesies, some books for Char, some beanie babies for Juli, some shoes for both of them, and clothes for both girls. I also got some homework stuff for Juli...gotta love me and teaching those kids some things.

On to the pregnancy. A stupid nurse from my dr's office called frantic Tuesday telling me my progesterone was low, I had to come right away to get progesterone suppositories, and that I need to schedule a sonogram for July 1st to make sure I still had the pregnancy. Was she friggin serious!? Had she never spoken to a pregnant woman before!? So I did exactly what she said and then the next day we called and asked another nurse more pointed questions. Apparently they don't like to see progesterone levels less than 25 and mine is 24.6. So panic averted. Borderline is still cause for concern, but it is not necessarily something to panic about. It is still very possible that I will carry this pregnancy to term with no complications.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Just a normal Wednesday

So yesterday Julia was swimming the community center pool and ran into the wall. I have no idea how that could possibly happen, but if any kid were able to swim into a wall it would be her. She knocked her other front baby tooth out in the process. So fun times! Now she has no front teeth and she's so darn cute I want to squeeze her!

Today we got up, went and picked up the kids, took Jess' ex husband to work because his car is in the shop, came back home, got redressed into mom's house clothes :), went to deposit a check at the bank, went to Old Navy to get Sophie (a best friend's daughter) her 2 year old birthday present outfit, came back to the house so that Jess could take Charlotte to voice lesson while I hang out with Juli, when they return we are going to Pizza Shoppe for lunch, then to Mr Magorium's Wonder Emporium movie, then grocery shopping, then I'll take Juli to hip hop class while Jess cooks dinner, then we'll all finally get to shower and go to sleep! Oh my goodness Wednesday's are packed full of activity.

I am not having many signs of morning sickness anymore. I really get nauseated around 7 or 8 at night. Especially if I don't take a nap during the day. Who knows what the heck that is all about. Peanut is growing...I can't wait to hear peanut's heartbeat on the dopler. I think Jess is really thinking about purchasing a dopler for us to use at home. I can't say I'm upset about that. I like constant reassurance that Peanut is doing well inside there.

Our doctor is fantastic. She's pretty young, just got out of residency last year. She seems to really be able to work with my personality. I'm slightly high strung and worried about pretty much everything and she is great at calming those nerves. There is a midwife in the office if Jess and I decide that we would rather use a midwife instead of an OB. Right now I have not quite decided which direction would be best for me.

Jess and I found a natural baby store that is on our route to visit my parents in Arkansas. They sell BumGenius and other cloth diapers it'll be nice to hold one and look at it and analyze it instead of just relying on pictures online. We are hands on type people. I think we have (meaning I have convinced Jess this is a good option) decided that we are going to buy everything for the nursery and for the baby except the crib and bedding (which gmas have already requested to purchase) so that when we have our baby shower it can be a fun process for our guests. What they bring won't be dictated by a registry. We're only asking them to bring anything and everything organic, green, and eco friendly and to use their imaginations. Therefore we have everything set up and purchased before the holidays since I'll be 35 weeks pregnant the day after Christmas I want everything done by Christmas. So that my last month of pregnancy is not complicated by needing to set up the nursery or put together a swing or go to the store and get this or that for the baby. Now our only problem is trying to find a time that is okay for a baby shower. We can do it early and have it around Thanksgiving or we can do it in the middle of December because the first week is Julia's bday so no baby shower that week and the 4th week is Christmas so no go there either...or we can do it the first or second weekend in January which is fine with me too. Gosh there is so much to think about. I am a a fault sometimes but I like things planned out so that's why I'm thinking about getting all the bayb stuff and planning the time frame for the baby shower and the theme of the shower and blah blah!

Anyway, I hope everyone is having a good week. I must get off here now because my 6 year old is pretending she is a kung fu fighter and i'm afraid she might try to kick a wall or the fireplace or something...

Monday, June 9, 2008

First Sonogram

So here's my first sonogram. We actually got the see the heartbeat today.

Sonogram 6w3d

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Cravings, aversions, fatigue, emotional

Okay so now I am 6 weeks and 1 day pregnant. I have 237 days left until my due date and only 2 days left until my first prenatal appointment. We have no been getting predictions from family and friends about how many babies are in my belly. Our youngest said there are four babies in there and one of them "is a black boy". Our oldest thinks there are boy girl twins in there. A family friend of Jess' believes there are boy girl twins in there and could possibly be a third baby if my "higher self" believes it is safe for me to carry triplets. Jess thinks it's twin boys. I don't really care what combination there is or anything else I just want a healthy happy baby or babies. I would be lying if I said I don't dream of twins or triplets, but I've convinced myself to just accept whatever the sonogram shows Monday with a happy and grateful heart.

I have now craved so weird food combinations. I like Edy's Lemon Ice bars alongside green olives. I like goldfish with slim jims. And right now I'm just been craving lots of chinese food. Especially egg drop soup, but eggs in any other form make me sick to my stomach. I am also really fond of garlic.

I cannot stand being around the smell of ketchup. I can't drink anything with milk in it. I'm not really diggin chocolate at all either. Too bad the kiddos love CHOCOLATE MILK. I am really not liking much fast food right now...the smell of grease makes me nauseated.

I sleep at night, but I only sleep about 2 hours at a time. Sometimes I am able to go back to sleep pretty easily but other times I am not able to go back to sleep for hours or at all. I'm not quite sure what's up with the waking up and problems sleeping but I am so trying to figure out what's up. I have gotten into a routine of taking a nap every afternoon around 1:00 and sleeping until I wake up. This is really helping me make it through the day a much nicer person.

I have been sooo extra emotional lately. The smallest things make me cry and I'm calm with the biggest things. It's all quite weird. I cried at the movie Angels in the Outfield. What in the world is that about?

Anyway just thought I'd also include a picture of our traveling kiddos. This was taken in April when they were in the airport parking lot with me waiting to fly to California.

Travelin' girls

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Cranky Kathy

So yesterday was a REALLY bad day for me. I have no idea why I was so cranky. I could not even deal with anything at all yesterday. I think it was also one of the worst days of nausea I've had. I love being pregnant. I am so looking forward to my first prenatal appointment to meet my little peanut, but this whole exhausted feeling sick thing is for the birds!

I'm also finding a lot of support from blogland even though those women probably don't know that I'm finding support from their blogs. I love reading about other people's adventures in parenting as lesbians. I'm a very traditional person...very it's really nice to see that other lesbian households run similarly to ours.

Jess' birthday is coming up in 17 days and I bought her birthday present Friday. She has never had a professional massage before so I bought her an hour Swedish massage for the morning of her birthday. She's working so hard to support our family so that I can stay home and raise our children. She deserves a relaxing treat.

My mom sent me some money the other day to buy some maternity clothes. I am definitely not showing yet, although without a shirt on you can tell I am expanding in my lower abdomen. I am very very bloated from all the increased hormones running through my body so my regular everyday clothes are super tight or don't fit at all. I've found that maternity pants and shirts are sooooo much more comfortable. So I'm very thankful to my mom for buying them for me.

Anyway I'll keep you updated