Friday, February 29, 2008


Seriously, does anyone have anything for me to do? Our Governor issued a hiring freeze last week and since then my work is gone. There are some agencies that are not included, but of course, the one I recruit for is not one of those. I am sitting here at my desk taking care of things as they pop up, which is not much and doesn't happen often anyway. I have been playing a lot of Free Cell on the computer. I'm trying to find something else to do. I need to order some pics for our guest room (which is now completed by the way). The floors look so good. We have a new desk in there too which takes up so much less space than the other one. It's so clean and bright in the room now. I need to get some pics of that up at some point. Tonight will consist of organizing the bookcase and computer plus all the files we have to hold on to. You really don't realize how much crap you have until you move everything out of the room.

Spring Training is on the game plan for this weekend. They are having $1 days at Surprise Stadium (our favorite, and the closest) both Saturday and Sunday. I will definitely be going Saturday. I don't know if John has decided to go Sunday, but I'm not going to be able to make it both days. That's a bit much for me. That stadium is the home of the Royals and Rangers, but I'm not sure who will be playing on Saturday.

The baby is still doing well. Moving around and kicking up a storm, per usual. She had a foot or something underneath my ribs on the right side the other day and it didn't feel good. I think I finally pushed enough and she moved. The SPD that I have is doing much better since I have stopped going to the gym. I still try to get out for walks in the neighborhood as often as I can, but the resting has made the pain go away for the most part. I can still feel it in the mornings when I try to roll myself out of bed, but other than that I'm feeling good. Knock on wood!

Alright, I think I dragged out as much as I could for now. Have a nice weekend!

P.S. It's going to be about 80 here today. Ahhh, spring in Arizona. Too bad it doesn't last that long.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Spring Training opens TODAY!!

The baseball pre-season will be officially underway here in Arizona in a little over an hour. John and I are very excited, although he is much better at going and sitting at games than I am. I can take maybe one a weekend. He could go everyday if he had the opportunity. The link below is to the Cactus League website in case anyone is interested:

Erin, Ryan, and Ryan's brother are coming out on March 10 for a few days. They'll go to some baseball games and then we'll take them to a hockey game on the 11th. Erin always has to make sure that she makes it out to see her Cubs play.

The countdown is on for my friend Emily. She is officially due today, and the last I heard from her was yesterday. She was still working and not feeling any contractions, though she was dilated to 3 cm. I can't wait to hear when she has the baby!


Tuesday, February 26, 2008


I have noticed several things over the last month or so - really since we found out what we're having. What is the deal with all the country songs out right now about fathers/daughters, daughters getting married, etc.? For example, Carrie Underwood has a song out called All-American Girl, there is another one about stealing Cinderella or something, then there's the song about a dad welcoming his daughter's date into the house and telling him that he'll probably be up all night cleaning his gun. That is something John would do. I laughed when I heard it the first time. I just find it all very strange that all of sudden I am noticing all these songs.

I also mentioned to John this weekend, when it hit me like a brick, that we're going to have to pay for a wedding one day. He said that it wouldn't be for probably 30 or 35 years so we were okay. Apparently our daughter is not going to be allowed to date at least until after she graduates from college. News to me. We'll see how well that goes over 14 or 15 years from now.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Called out

Kelley called me out yesterday because I said I'd post my 24 week pics over the weekend and I didn't do it. As I told her, I am just lazy, so that's why they didn't get posted. So here is one:

But now, as of today, I am 25 weeks, so I thought I should get those out here too:

These don't look as big as week 24 for some reason. Probably the clothes. The shirt I'm wearing is not a maternity shirt so it's a little short. She's kicking the crap out of me most days so that's kind of nice. She is very active to say the least. I can now see the movement from the outside. It usually occurs when I'm sitting down and I can see it up near my ribs. Our next doctor's appointment is March 14. I will have to do the glucose test for gestational diabetes at that one so it'll be a little bit longer than all the others. After that, since it is the 28 week appointment, I will start seeing the doctor every two weeks.

This weekend will be a busy one of trying to get as much done when it comes to flooring as we can. I made a trip to the opposite side of town (Scottsdale) on Wednesday to pick up more flooring since all the Sam's on our side of town don't carry it anymore. It took a lot of time to get there, pick it up, and get it home, but we figured it's better than spending $250 to have it shipped to us. Right now we are more than a third of the way through with the guest room. We will get it done this weekend and then move on to the nursery. We will also be going to Ikea this weekend to pick up a new desk and some storage/organizational units.

Spring Training starts in about 5 days and John and I are so excited! Yay for baseball season! The baby received her first pair of shoes, courtesy of my parents, and I think they are appropriate both for us as a couple and for the coming sports season:

How cute are they! She also got some monkey themed onesies from me. Actually I gave them to John as part of his Valentine's Day gift because I thought he'd appreciate them. I went into the store for one and came out with four. Oh well.

We're going to a hockey game tonight and on Sunday. Tonight we're meeting my friend and former college teammate, Andi, and one of her friends. Then on Sunday we are meeting one of the guys we were interns with in Memphis. Apparently he's been working for the Diamondbacks since 2004 and we just found out about a month ago. I don't think we've seen him since the end of the baseball season in 2000, so it's definitely been a while. It'll be fun to see him again.

Friday, February 15, 2008


Has anyone ever heard of this? Because I have it, and it's not fun! It's caused by the increase in the hormone Relaxin that all women get during pregnancy.

Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction

The symptoms of SPD vary from person to person, but almost all women who have it experience substantial pubic pain. Tenderness and pain down low in the front is common, but often this pain feels as if it's inside. The pubic area is generally very tender to the touch; many moms find it painful when the doctor or midwife pushes down on the pubic bone while measuring the uterus (fundal height).

Any activity that involves lifting one leg at a time or parting the legs tends to be particularly painful. Lifting the leg to put on clothes, getting out of a car, bending over, sitting down or getting up, walking up stairs, standing on one leg, lifting heavy objects, and walking in general tend to be difficult at times. Many women report that moving or turning over in bed is especially excruciating. One woman wrote, "There were days that I didn't think I was going to be able to get out of bed and actually had to roll out of bed and onto the floor to be able to do so!"

Many movements become difficult when the pubic symphysis area is affected. Although the greatest pain is associated with movements of lifting one leg or parting the legs, some women experience a 'freezing', where they get up out of bed and find it hard to get their bodies moving right away--the hip bone seems stuck in place and won't move at first. Or they describe having to wait for it to 'pop into place' before being able to walk. The range of hip movement is usually affected, and abduction of the hips especially painful.

Many women also report sciatica (pain that shoots down the buttocks and leg) when pubic pain is present. SPD can also also be associated with bladder dysfunction, especially when going from lying down (or squatting) to a standing position. Some women also feel a 'clicking' when they walk or shift just 'so', or lots of pressure down low near the pubic area.

Many women with SPD also report very strong round ligament pain (pulling or tearing feelings in the abdomen when rolling over, moving suddenly, sneezing, coughing, getting up, etc.). Some chiropractors feel that round ligament pain can be an early symptom of SPD problems, and indicate the need for adjustments. Other providers consider round ligament pain normal, part of the body adjusting to the growing uterus. If experienced with pubic and/or low back pain, it probably is associated with the SPD.

The doctor said to rest for a couple of weeks - meaning don't go to the gym - and see what happens. It seems, for me at least, to be aggravated by activity. I have many of the symptoms listed above although my case seems to be mild. I have pain, but am not tender to the touch and I don't have bladder dysfunction (thank goodness), but the stuff I do have is enough to make it difficult to move at times. I'm surprised I don't wake John up at night when I whimper as I turn over in bed. The doctor said it's like any other nagging injury, when it acts up it needs some rest. I can take Tylenol, and that's it because things like Advil and Aleve are not approved for use during pregnancy. Unfortunately they would help me more than Tylenol, but I'm S.O.L. in that case.

I'll put up my 24 week pictures this weekend.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

American Idol

I just want to say that I am not that excited about the top 24. Feel free to disagree with me. I don't know why, but the contestants don't get me going this year. Usually I do feel like there is a strong favorite, or someone that I really like, but not so much this year. Although, I do have to say that I am SOOOOOO glad that Josiah did not make it. I was tired of listening to him talk and seeing him cry and hearing him sing with a British accent. Hello?! You're from Tennessee (or somewhere in the South)!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Registry Issue

Edited - 2/13/08:
It was brought to my attention that the original title, "Problem", could be misconstrued. So I've changed it. I hope it doesn't give anyone else a heart attack. Sorry Kelley!

So John and I went and did our registering this past weekend. We got our crib too (after going to or calling 4 different Target stores)! I will be so happy when we are able to set it up. We have to do the floors first though, so it might be a few weeks before we get to it. But that is not the reason I am writing this. When we were doing our registering at Target I noticed that the store no longer carried the bedding we registered for. I also noticed when I went online that they were out of stock of some of the stuff. I had a weird feeling about this so I called Target's 800-number to find out what was going on. Turns out the stuff has been discontinued! And none of the Target's in my area have any of it left! So now here we are with a room painted green to match the bedding and no bedding to go in it. At least the green can go with pink, purple, or maybe another jungle themed bedding ensemble. We are going to look at one more SuperTarget this week and if they don't have it then we are going to have to come up with a different bedding set. I'm, surprisingly, not concerned about this. I guess I wasn't over the moon about the stuff after all, and I've already started to find some other options that I think I may like better. Hey, I figure, if this is the worst that happens, then we're good.

Other than that, the registration process went pretty well. We are by no means done yet. We have changed our minds on a couple of things and my next step is to go through both registries, see if there are any duplicates, see what we already have and make a list of what we still need to register for. There is so much! It can be really overwhelming. John and I were done for after an hour in each store. He can only take so much even when he gets to use the gun to scan stuff. And I'm getting to where I can't stand and walk around as long as I used to before my back and feet start to hurt.

My mom came up with a great idea for the shower weekend for the guys. The Shell Houston Open is that weekend, so she thought it would be fun for the guys to go to the tournament while the girls were at the shower. I think it would be such a good time for them. John and I have our plane tickets for that weekend and I am getting so excited. I can't wait to see everyone. And we finally get to meet Ellie for the first time!

Speaking of new babies, I would like to say congratulations to my high school friend, Jennifer Olivier Keel, and her husband Ryan. They had their baby boy Logan this Saturday. He was 20.5 inches and 8 lbs. It sounds like everyone is healthy and doing well. Congrats Jenn and Ryan!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008


These pictures were taken at 22 weeks and 4 days along, post workout. I am definitely on my way to getting bigger. She is moving around and kicking up a storm. Most days she is really pretty active, but some days she's pretty calm. John got to feel her moving for the first time last week and it was really cool to see his face when it happened. I think it surprised him. Then he started asking about what it felt like from the inside. It is a little difficult to explain, but I told him it felt like taps, and sometimes like someone was "flicking" me from the inside. It's really fun to feel, although on her more active days I'll lay down to go to bed and she won't stop which then keeps me awake. Oh well. I should be used to not sleeping very well since I toss and turn and then have to get up to go to the bathroom. I know it won't get any better the further I get into this pregnancy or once she gets here.

We are going to be getting our crib this week. We have the changing table and glider on order right now. We are getting a changing table although we're not going to use it as a changing table, but as a storage unit. We're going to use the dresser we already have in there as a changing table after we refinish it. We'll probably put the stereo and storage baskets on the changing table. We're also trying to decide on a day to go out and get our regristries started. John is planning on hitting the gym for the first time in two weeks tomorrow (his back is finally getting better) so it'll probably be Friday night after work. We'd like to try to avoid a Saturday if at all possible.

This whole registry thing is really stressful! It is not nearly as fun as the wedding registry. There is so much to get and so much to think about - safety, functionality, quality, etc. I mean, who knew that there were 4 different types of car seats that we could get? And how many different types of strollers are out there? John thought it better that I stop reading the book because I was getting all flustered and crazy. I'm sure everything will be fine. We've already started getting some clothes from people so at least we have stuff to bring her home in and some onesies for her to hang out in. Plus, my parents got her a new pair of shoes. They have little baseballs on them. So cute and so appropriate.