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Christmas tree!

My husband and I have been staying in central KY (about 90 miles away from home), for the last two months. We had not been home since my water broke in October. Thankfully our mothers have been taking care of our house and our fur children so we could devote all of our time to our baby boy (who is doing wonderfully, just in case you were wondering). However we had to go home for a few days to take care of some things that only we could do– a very hard thing to do because it meant not seeing our baby for 48hours, but it was a necessary trip.

We made good use of those house while we were home. While my hubby was taking care of insurance and tax documents on his computer— I was getting our house ready for Christmas! Even if our son isn’t home for ‘christmas’– We’re doing Christmas when he comes home! Christmas in July? Sounds like fun to me!

I put up our first full sized tree, wrapped the presents I had ordered during cyber monday, and stocked up on the limited edition gingerbread cookie mix. 😉 When our baby comes home, he’s coming home to to some holiday cheer!

**ALSO! I will be doing a ‘house tour’ very soon! My amazing mother in law has decorated our house for us, and I can’t wait to show some amazing before and after pictures! Remember how our house used to look?! If you don’t, take a peek here to help your memory!

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Crazy Long Update!

The last few weeks have been crazy busy. I haven’t really had a chance to update about more than the pregnancy, but I think it’s just as important for me to look back not just at my pregnancy, but all of the things that were happening in conjunction with my pregnancy.**I warn you this post is long and boring and mostly for my personal recollection.

Pregnancy Update

After our appointment (where my weight gain was 9 pounds, my BP was elevated, my feet were swollen, and my braxton hicks contracts were painful and regular) a lot has changed! I’ve stayed hydrated, and now my braxton hicks are no longer painful or coming as regular as they were. I notice if I get behind in my water intake they start right back up, so I’m having to drink 10-12 cups of water a day. The water intake is making my nights very difficult because I’m up about every 2 hours to pee, but I know it’s for the good of our baby. My swelling has went down and hasn’t been back. We also changed our eating habits around the house and as of this morning I had not gained any more weight in the last 5 days.

So to put it short: everything is looking A LOT better than it was 5 days ago.

House Update

The house is still being worked on, so on top of that and the change in location— I’ve been having a hard time adjusting. I am so happy to finally be living in the same home as my husband, but there are several key elements to the house that were not done (and some still are not done) that made the transition that much harder.

The kitchen only had a refrigerator and a microwave. The gas line wasn’t done, so the stove wasn’t useable until just yesterday. We had the cabinets installed, but the countertop still hasn’t been installed so that means no kitchen sink. (The granite was purchased, but the installer went AWAL. Luckily we might have found someone who should be in contact with us this week!) Hubby did manage to give me ‘makeshift’ countertops in the mean time and I’m very grateful for that.

Not having the sink is hard on me to wash the dishes bent over the bathtub (I’m washing them in a plastic tub, in the bathtub.) Thankfully, hubby has been helping with that. Before the stove was hooked up we were eating a lot of microwave friendly meals, and fast food. After my last doctors appointment I put my foot down and said no more fast food— and we did good without the stove at first, but I am so happy to have it. It feels good to cook again.

Also, until today we didn’t have our washer and dryer hooked up. Luckily I have the worlds most fantastic mother in law, and she has been gracious enough to let us use hers. It works as a double positive because not only do we get out of the house and spend time with her (which I love!), but we also get our laundry done. Now that they are hooked up it’s going to be a lot easier. The laundry room is still being built, but I can deal with that.

We still have a lot of unpacking to do, but without all of the furniture in the house (because we are restoring some pieces and shopping for others) we don’t have places to unpack some of it. We’re making slow and steady progress though.

Emotional Update

I have mentioned before that I’ve never lived in a city with a population less than 300K, and we now live in a town with less than 3K. I never really saw the charm that people associated with “small town living”. I’m not enthused about running into people I know, or living in a place where if they don’t know you personally they know of you. I’m also not a fan of the amount of cigarette smoke that is in this town— even if the building is ‘smoke free’ people don’t really think it’s rude to stand right outside and smoke.

My husband and I also happen to be pretty liberal people, and I feel like I have to bite my tongue whenever anyone is talking because my views are ‘radical’— And it wouldn’t spark a healthy debate, it would put a black cloud over my head that the entire town would see and judge. I don’t have any girlfriends here, so I’ve been clinging to my friends in central Ky via text and social media. I’ve also made several dates to go see them in the city.

I wouldn’t say I’m depressed to be here, but I am adjusting slowly— A lot slower than I thought I would.

Misc Updates 

Our westie is recovering from his late in life neuter (he’ll be 3 on February 1st, and we finally made the decision to neuter him.) He was really only sad looking for a day or two, and he still wanted to run around and play ball— We had to keep him relaxed to help him heal. I’m happy to report that a week later and he’s nearly back to his old self 100%.

We ordered our living room furniture, and the rocking chair for the nursery. They arrived quickly, and are very comfortable. It was great to have a place other than the master bedroom to hangout and watch TV. We were getting stir crazy stuffed in that one room.

We haven’t had a chance to go to IKEA because of some crazy storms we’ve had here for the past week. We’re taking his truck so we can transport our own stuff home, but we can’t do that if it’s raining. We’re on the lookout for a clear day. Once we do that and get the rest of the nursery furniture put together— I can really start to nest. All I’ve been able to do as of now is open up some of the gadgets we’ve got and play with them.

I’m going into the city tomorrow to run some errands and hang out with my best friend, and then she is spending the night with us on Thursday night to work on baby shower stuff. I love that she is letting me help out. It gives me something to focus on. I’m also super type-a, and love the organization aspect of throwing parties.

Saturday hubby and I have our all day natural birthing class. With our crazy schedule we weren’t able to take any classes over a period of time, but this class is called ‘Laboring the Natural Way’ and it is from 930am-430pm. I hope it will give us the tools we need to succeed in our natural birth plan.

Sunday is the baby shower. My family is driving in from WV, and some of my close friends are also coming. I’m excited to get a chance to see everyone, and see this shower that K has been planing.

The next week i’ve got a date with my other friend to go see the new Nicholas Sparks movie in the city.

I hope that all of these trips to the city is okay on me. I know I get uncomfortable in the car, but they are the things I’ve got on the horizon to look forward to.

** I know things are only going to speed up in the remaining days of our pregnancy, but wow!– It’s been hard to keep up already.

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Week 19 and the Anatomy Scan!

How crazy is it that we are days away from being halfway there?! It’s insane. It’s absolutely mind boggling, nerve wracking, and so very exciting. We were looking at our positive test less than 4 months ago, and I thought this entire process would drag on, but with all of the excitement going on in our lives at the moment it has been flying by at warp speed. Right after we found out I graduated nursing school, we went on vacation, the renovations for the house went full swing, we discovered the gender (gender = shopping!), and I’ve been studying and peeping for my NCLEX that is about 4 days away!

As of today I am 19 weeks and 5 days. Yesterday they did the big anatomy scan and we got the fantastic news that everything looked great and on track. Our baby boy weighs 12 ounces by their calculations, which is nearly 2 ounces heavier than all of the information I’ve been reading. The midwife showed no concern for that and I saw the growth charts and he is measuring perfectly in the middle.

We’ve been so spoiled because this was our third chance to see our son. We won’t see him again until we have our 3D/4D ultrasound. Yesterday he was very active and she was able to easily get all of her measurements, until it came time to get his profile. He kept keeping his hands in front of his face. It was beautiful to see him move, and the ultrasound technician was so nice and took time to explain to us what exactly we were seeing.

C teared up when you could see our son opening his mouth. I teared up when I saw him kicking and flexing all of his limbs. It’s always such an emotional experience feeling that much closer to our son.

On the pregnancy front my biggest symptoms would be my continued (TMI) gas/bloat, headaches, and the aching back. My back is awful! I can’t hardly walk around the store without getting uncomfortable. C came into town for the ultrasound and he was so sweet about rubbing my back without even asking. My (temporary) midwife showed me a stretch to use to help ease the sciatica, and she said I can continue to use heating pad on low. I also found out that my midwife will be back in time for my next appointment! She had a baby boy and both are doing great according to the office. How exciting!

My appetite is growing, and it showed at the office. I was up 2.8 pounds from my last appointment, and I’m still about 3 pounds away from their highest recorded weight. I’ve been craving the same things: typically pickles, and home cooked meals, with the occasional desire for cold sweets (popsicles, etc).

So far I have not had any swelling, and fetal movement is only a MAYBE. I really thought I felt him at one point, but since I haven’t felt him since I can’t be sure. They told me at the ultrasound that my placenta has attached anteriorly, or in the front. This shouldn’t really impact my baby in any way, because the cervix is not blocked, but I haven’t done much more research on it. The only thing it might do is make it harder for me to feel him move. So that makes me feel better that I’m not feeling movements for sure, just yet!

Renovation mayhem has been crazy and expensive, but it’s so exciting. They are going to be installing our central heat and air next week, and the nursery has been painted! I would show a picture, but I really (really, really) want to wait to show the final before and after pictures! I was worried the paint colors we picked out were going to be too crazy, but my fears have been assuaged. After I take my boards I’m going in and we are going shopping for cabinets, and carpet. So thrilling!

Next time I update I will be past the halfway point, and I might be a licensed registered nurse!

 

registered nurse!

 

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Week 17

This week has been very exciting! (So far just about every week has bee very exciting).

On the pregnancy front the nausea is *fingers crossed* — All but gone, and my weight is staying where it was; still down a bunch from pre-pregnancy– but I anticipate it will be coming up soon, my energy is staying up, and sleep is still good. I also think I may have felt our son move for the first time last night (July 3rd, 2014) while we were at a Lexington Legends baseball game. The only negatives this week have been some lower back pain that I think might be (self-diagnoised) sciatica, and my anxiety has been high.

Pre-pregnancy I struggled with anxiety. It wasn’t so bad that I couldn’t preform my day-to-day functions, but it could be very overwhelming at times, and for reasons I couldn’t even identify. This past week I was borderline panic attack for reasons that I know don’t make a lot of sense. Honestly, I can look at what sets me off, and know that it is not that big of a deal– but I can’t just will my heart rate to slow, or my adrenaline to stop pumping. This past week what got me upset was everyone was asking me questions about the house: what should we build the closets out of, what about staining the wainscoting rather than painting, etc. It was overwhelming and I felt put on the spot, and didn’t really know what I wanted.

C was amazing and he took me out of the house, let me cry it out and calm down, before we headed back home. He also has anxiety issues, and completely understands. This was my first ‘freak out’ since the last week of nursing school, which is nice. I feared that with pregnancy hormones swirling around I would be miserable to be around. but that hasn’t been the case. Even C agrees that in general I’ve been a pretty easy pregnant women to be around. **Trust me, he wouldn’t lie.

We have our first childbirth class on Monday. It’s less about teaching us about childbirth, and more about what to expect at our elected hospital: procedures, etc. I’m looking forward to it. C is going, but he isn’t as excited about it as I am. Maybe it’s because I’m the one who will be doing the actual ‘birthing’ — haha.

The renovation mayhem has been crazy busy! The electrician is making quick work as he essentially rewires the entire house and brings it up to code. The contractor redesigned my kitchen in a way that makes me heart swell– I’m going to have a ‘walk-in’ pantry. The master bedroom, that had previously been demoed to the point it didn’t have walls, or a ceiling– now has drywall up, has been mudded and sanded, and has the closet built. Soon it will painted!

We are planning a trip to a warehouse to pick out some closet doors for the nursery, and cabinets for the kitchen, and maybe even the carpet for the bedrooms. Unfortunately, just as the house is really starting to take shape I’ve got to pull back so I can start studying for my NCLEX. I take it in less than 3 weeks and I haven’t done a great job at staying on top of my studying. So– Time to kick it into gear.

 

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More renovation updates!

This has been an exciting few weeks at our new home! Our contractor finished the roof, gutters, soffits, and facial boards. Now the outside of our house looks brand new! Our windows are finally finished being constructed and we just picked them up today– so tomorrow the contractor will start putting them in and building windowsills. Talk about some amazing before and after shots to come!

On top of all of that our appliances we purchased on Memorial Day weekend (thanks to a huge sale) were just delivered. Now– the kitchen doesn’t even look like a kitchen right now; the floor has to be replaced, the walls aren’t ready to be painted, and the electrical hasn’t been updated yet. So we had the men place them in the dining room so that when the time came to move them we wouldn’t have to move them far. We are also going to go ahead and start using the fridge since we’ve been using one that is more suitable for a dorm room.

I’m very pleased with what I’ve seen. I can not wait to cook a meal in my new kitchen in a few weeks!

In other news the master bedroom had some major renovation mayhem happen. We tore out the old closet, and the partial wall. We needed more room for our bedroom suite with that king bed and bedside tables, and I wanted a walk-in closet! So now I will have a huge walk-in closet with a wall of shoe storage. Heck yes!

We are also considering building a closet in the nursery rather than buying two dressers. The room is already really small, but I know in a few years a closet is going to be important to a growing kid. I haven’t measured to figure out the exact figures of it yet, but I will be soon.

As for the next big projects to come, we have a few:
1. Central heat and air installation and duct work.
2. The entire kitchen, master, and some more work in the nursery.
3. Fencing in some of the back yard for our indoor westie.
4. Electrical updating.
5. Setting up my grandmas home out back. (Septic tank, running water, running electrical, etc.)

It’s a daunting list, but some of these projects can be worked on simultaneously. C is hoping to be move in ready by Labor Day. We’ve all got our fingers and toes crossed!

 

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House update!

So now that I’m out of school I’ve been spending as much time in Eastern Ky as I can. I know I’m not going to be as much help here in a few weeks so I’m putting in my sweat hours while I can. Work really started to get fast and busy on memorial day!

The roofing crew came and have nearly finished the new roof. Once the roof is finished they are going to work on the rest of the outside of the house: new vinyl siding upstairs, gutters, and a bunch of other stuff I don’t fully understand. haha.

The men working on our gas well made a lot of ground– Thanks to this deal we will have lifetime free gas, which is going to save us a ton of money on our heat bill. They are working on laying over 7000ft of line.

Then my mother in law and I painted the downstairs foyer and laid some varnish on the front door. Her husband has nearly finished the tile work in the bathroom. He and C spent a lot of hours cutting tile and cleaning lots of black grout because it’s super messy. haha.

We also hit up Lowes while they were having a memorial day and purchased our appliances, kitchen flooring, and ceiling fans for the living room, kitchen, master, and nursery.

I hope it won’t take too long to finish. The place is going to beautiful!

 

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Update!

Wow! I can’t keep up with everything that has been going on. So I’ll try to keep things brief and simple.

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Gravel as it was being laid.

House: A lot of progress has been made on the house since I last updated. We had a truck lay some gravel on our ‘temporary’ driveway– since it’s up a hill and it’s been rainy the gravel is just going to make it easier to get around. We also put up our mail box! Which took a lot more work than one would think because our mailbox is cast iron— so we had to dig a deep hole, lay cement and support it with rods. Finally– We measured all of the windows. C should be putting in the order for the windows as soon as he is done shopping around for a god deal and energy efficiency.

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Mostly finished ‘temp’ driveway.

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(Left to Right) Jackie and Big. Our beautiful babies.

Dogs: Our female German Shepard had puppies yesterday! She has always had small litters– so there is only 3. I haven’t got to see them personally, but C has been sending me pictures. Love! We plan on getting her fixed after this, which is going to be a feat. The only person I’ve ever seen her warm up to was C’s dad, and since he passed away we’ve been slowing having her warm up to us.

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Jackie, AKA Mama, with her darling puppies.

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Big, the proud Papa. Love this dog more than you can possibly know! He is amazing!

Nursing School: Though technically I’m on spring break I started my final synthesis/practicum today! (There are not enough weeks in the semester to rotate us in without having us work during spring break, but I really don’t mind.) This practicum is my  final 120 hours of clinical where I get the opportunity to follow a nurse and take on her/his patient load. My first day was amazing! I had a fantastic day packed full with awesome learning experiences. I can’t wait until Friday when I do it again! 10 hours down, 110 to go! 🙂 I also have a MedSurg exam on Monday, a Peds HESI the next Monday, and then just 3 days later my Peds Final. BUSY! On top of my Pharmacology quizzes, worksheets, and project. On top of my Peds care plan. On top of tweaking my resume and getting it just right. Thankfully C told me to take some time off work, and thankful I’m PRN so I’m able to do that without hurting my status.  All I have to focus on is SCHOOL– and my life, but that is obviously not as important 😉

TTC: I am 8 DPO (days post obviation) I didn’t buy a predictor kit or anything, I’m just using an app that knows how longmy cycles are and ‘predicts’ my fertile days and ovulation. My period is due to start sometime in the next 6 days. I don’t have any signs or symptoms or anything, so who knows. This was just our first month giving it a try. I do of course hope and wish for a nugget to be growing, but who knows! (:

Odds and ends: I got a new toy! A DSLR– It’s a Canon Rebel, and I’m still learning how to use it. For now it’s mostly being used infully AUTO mode. haha. I shampooed my carpets, which is usually C’s job, but he’s still spending most of his time in eastern Ky. My aunt is visiting Ky from Fl. It’s been almost 5 years since we’ve seen her face-to-face, so that’s exciting.

Whoa.

Okay. This post was all over the place. I tried to organize it. haha.

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Eventful Week!

So this past Monday we had a ‘snow day’– something colleges only give on on really bad occasions. My city got more snow from that storm than I have seen in this city in the 9 years I’ve lived here. So! It was impressive. While many of my classmates were thrilled with extra study time (because we were supposed to have an exam on Monday that was postponed till Thursday)– I was not. I didn’t feel like I would have time to re-review the material. And the exam grades that were posted today reflected that.

Helo enjoying the snow!

I went into nursing school with a 4.0. I was always a straight A student. My last 3 semesters of nursing school have been hard– but totally doable. This semester is killing me; more specifically, pediatrics is killing me. I’m doing fine in MedSurg and Pharm. I’ve never put so much effort into an exam only to not have it reflect on my exam. So I’m taking some time off work, a decision that my wonder C totally supports and encourages, and I’m going to focus on school!

German shepard pup. :)

Progress on the house is ongoing. C is busy tearing down walls and rebuilding them. It was good to go in and see the progress and play with our puppies (by puppies, I mean behemoth german shepherds) this past weekend. Staying with my mother-in-law is like a vacation. Her home is so cozy, and I always leave feeling refreshed. I plan on going in for a few days this weekend too, but not the long weekend I had originally planned. I really need to focus and study as much as I can.

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Today was bridesmaid dress day! Surprisingly enough 3 bridesmaids, and 1 bride all agreed on the same dress in less than an hour– and it was 20% off. Whooo-hoo. Then after we went shoe shopping, and of course none of us bought any shoes. 😉 Now tonight I’m studying and working on a case study for clinical.

Tomorrow is our picture day, and I’m doing my final skill check offs (I’ve already checked off previous semesters, but they want ONE final check off before you start your preceptorship–which I do: NEXT WEEK!) Then after all of that I’m going to put in a few hours of studying Peds with a friend. I can’t say I don’t have support, because that is one thing I’m swimming in.

This is an otherwise boring post. Mostly just an update on the things I have going on.

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Busy, busy, busy, like a really tall bee…

“Busy, busy, busy, like a really tall bee…” Lorelei Gilmore.

This weekend has been super busy, but very productive. I always say that I do my best household cleaning and baking when I have exams on the horizon. That is very true because I have a medical-surgical exam on Monday, and I had a pharmacology quiz today. So my house is all but spit-shinned clean.

Saturday I balanced the check book, updated our monthly budget, ran a few errands, did all of the laundry, and deep cleaned the kitchen. I also studied for both of my exams, and completed some pharmacology worksheets.

This morning I took my online quiz (100%!!), cooked a delicious lunch, studied, and now I’ve got a homemade pineapple upside down cake in the oven.

I have a facetime date with my husband tonight. 90 miles is not that far away, but it seems far when I’m sleeping alone at night. What’s that Brand New song that says something like, “But with nobody in your bed– the night’s hard to get through.” So truthful. My husband and I aren’t even the lovey-dovey types but spending so much time apart is lonely. Clearly the FaceTime date is important.

Obviously I understand that these few short weeks are going to be hard, but I know that it’s important for him to do this for our family. He’s still busy getting his late father’s things cleaned up and organized. He spent much of this weekend cleaning up his dad’s old motorcycle. He promised to take me out this summer for a ride. It’s a 1989 Harley Davis Springer.

Just a small update. Nothing to crazy going on at the moment.

73 Days until my Pinning Ceremony, and 83 days until we move. ***

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Kitchen Design Ideas!

These are just some pictures of ideas I’ve had for the kitchen. I can’t decide on a backsplash idea and that is mostly because I’m not very good at visualizing the final product. I like the idea of tile and the cohesiveness of the paint — So it’s up in the air for now. I will say that my husband likes the idea of the tile.

As for the appliances, cabinets and countertops… I’m 80% sure on those decisions. The appliance package we both love and I found a great deal at BestBuy. Who would have thought that BestBuy would beat out Lowes, Home Depot, HHGreg and Sears on price?

When I’m picturing my kitchen I’ve got a few things in mind– I’m thinking cover of ‘Southern Living’ magazine. I want white cabinets and an island. I’m also wanting some ‘open’ cabinets and/or glass doors on some of the cabinets. I want it to be mostly earth tones, with some soft blue accents. The paint samples I got from Valspar had a beautiful kitchen pictured, and I’m looking for something very similar in style to that kitchen.

For now I’m spending a lot of time on Google and Pinterest trying to find inspiration. 🙂

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