Tuesday, January 31, 2012

And so it begins...

Tomorrow marks Day 1 of the 14 Days of Valentine's Day. To kick things off, I scattered an entire bag of hershey kisses along the walkway and made a sign that said..."Now that I've kissed the ground you walk on, will you be my valentine?" She loved it...her smile was priceless! Oh, and for all of the smartasses out there, she said "yes!"



































Sunday, January 29, 2012

27 week photos (better late than never!)

Avery is the weight of a cauliflower! (2 lbs!)

Mom and Dad came over this afternoon to help hang Avery's name:


It's starting to come together...

23 days later...

It has been 23 days since I last posted and A LOT has changed. I'm not even sure where to begin...

First and foremost, I'd like to acknowledge Meg's unforgettable graduation party! Our closest friends and family traveled in an ice/snow storm to celebrate Meg's amazing feat. I couldn't have done it without their help and the help of my best friend and event planner, Trish! Thank you to everyone who helped make it a special day for Meg!






































On Friday, Meg and I drove in a monsoon to get to our 27 week OB appointment.  Aside from being drenched, everything was great! We met a new doctor and found out that our appointments will now be every 2 weeks! (Scary how close we are getting...87 days!) Also at the OB, Meg finished her glucose test (she said the fruit punch tasted like Kool Aid, so not as bad as everyone hyped it up to be...just really sugary) We have to wait a week for the results, but I'm sure she will be fine...fingers crossed.

As far as Avery goes, the nurse said she was running a race. Her heartbeat was a steady and strong 148. Meg's belly measured 27 inches (exactly where she should be for 27 weeks!) She's gained about 12 lbs (total). Last week she was a rutabaga...sorry I didn't post the pictures sooner!





















After the OB, we went to pick my parents up. The four of us drove down to Philadelphia for Meg's graduation. There, we met up with Meg's parents. Meg graduated Magna Cum Laude from Temple University! We are all so proud of her!


































Following the ceremony, we all went to White Dog Cafe. What was supposed to be a nice late lunch turned into a 3 hour event! (Service was a tad slow, but we all had a great time!)













Yesterday, Trish started (and finished) painting the mural in the nursery. It looks amazing, but you can see for yourself! (Don't let the 30 second video fool you...she worked for almost 8.5 hours!)

video

While she was working, we ordered the crib and glider/ottoman. We also finished our registry (finally). We picked out a dresser/changing table only to find out that it was more ivory than white...so, the search continues.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Countdown to the end of pregnancy brain

Wow! 100 days! The countdown will officially drop into double digits tomorrow...kind of scary!

As we near the third trimester, all is well. Meg's belly continues to get bigger by the day. She looks great, but more importantly, she feels great (aside from twinges here and there).

Of course, as I'm writing this, she's in downward dog, complaining about leg cramps/aches...probably because she did so much cleaning this weekend!!! (She was busy nesting while I cleaned the house for her graduation party)

She'll probably kill me for writing this, but that's never stopped me before...Her pregnancy brain has been taken over by clumsiness. When I went to meet her for lunch, I had to walk over a mess of salt (must've been icy this morning) First thing that came to my mind was..."I hope Meg got into the mall safely!"

Seriously...she broke a glass this afternoon (it slipped out of her hand as she was unloading the dishwasher). Less than an hour later, she knocked over the entire bin of dog kibbles!

She just admitted misspelling a word at her training today...apparently her group had to write out everything before she was allowed to copy it onto the poster! lol

Poor Meg...maybe I'll stand a chance at kicking her ass at Jeopardy tonight!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Anatomy Scan, Veggie Pictures, and First visit to the hospital (25 weeks)

For starters, here are Meg's 24 week photos...people keep telling her she's small or tiny, but I think she looks great! I should mention that it wasn't easy finding corn in January!





















Today I woke up anxious. I don't know if it was Meg's dream (she had a dream last night that Avery turned out to be a boy) or just nerves about the full anatomy scan. Either way, I was a mess all day and counted down the hours until I could pick Meg up at work (I stayed home...I have bronchitis..yuck).

Whether she wants to admit it or not, I think Meg was a little anxious too (her stomach was hurting the entire ride home from her work to my mom's house...she claims it was the frenchbread pizza lol)

We picked Mom up around 1:30 and by 1:40 we were at the hospital. It was beautiful. HUGE. New. Confusing.

We made our way upstairs to maternal fetal medicine. Meg checked in, only to find out that we had to go back downstairs to register at outpatient services...whoops! We walked downstairs, past the cafe  (which has natural foods for me to eat...sweet!) until we finally found registration (all the while ignoring the signs that said "Pitter Patter Mall")  

Unfortunately, it wasn't the right registration booth! We had to go back the other way...when we finally reached the correct desk, they gave Meg a pager. It was like we were waiting to eat at our favorite restaurant, only there wasn't anyone else waiting! Regardless, it was kind of fun to hold onto. When it vibrated, the screen lit up and told us to go into registration room 5.

We were in there for about 10 minutes. Meg had to sign over her life and they had to enter all of her information (and mine) into the computer. They gave Meg a hospital bracelet (not sure why) and sent us back upstairs.

By the time we got back upstairs, the waiting room had cleared out. We waited less than 5 minutes before they took us back.

The technician was super sweet and explained EVERYTHING. She confirmed that Avery IS, in fact, a girl! (insert sigh of relief here!) Mom almost missed the heartbeat because she was too busy texting "Avery is still Avery" (lol my dad was so confused..."what the hell does Avery is still Avery mean?")

My favorite part was when we saw Avery swallow (I think she was smiling, but that's just me) and wave. She still had her feet and legs way over her head...as if at any minute she was going to kick the winning goal into Meg's belly! She had her hands on the side of her face, but cooperated throughout the entire scan. 

Get this though...the ultrasound technician offered to try and get us a 3D picture and the little stinker flipped over and tucked her face against Meg's back. Needless to say, we had to settle for this picture:
















The doctor said everything looked great though. Avery is right where she needs to be, weighing in at 1 lb 13 oz...about the size of an average rutabaga...(25 weeks)





















Oh, and in case you were wondering, we DID eventually make our way towards the "Pitter Patter Mall." It looked cute, but very expensive. We've decided to steer clear for the time being! 

Saturday, January 7, 2012

24 week OB appointment and ultrasound drama

Meg and I had our 24 week OB appointment yesterday. I left work 20 minutes early and still almost missed the appointment...who knew that they would take Meg back into the room the minute she set foot in the office?!?! I guess they wanted to get out early seeing that it was a Friday afternoon!!!

Fortunately, Meg begged the doctor to wait to listen to Avery's heartbeat until I got there. Avery's heart sounded perfect! (130-140s) The doc measured Meg's uterus (she took a tape measure and measured from the bottom of Meg's belly to the top). She measured 25 cm and said everything looks great...apparently it should coordinate with the amount of weeks you are pregnant (give or take a cm). Pretty cool, right?

Our next appointment is February 3rd. In addition to our regular checkup, Meg will take the glucose test...she has to drink this sugary juice in a 5 minute timeframe and then have her blood drawn. Meg didn't really seem phased about it, but the receptionists and nurse gave her tips anyway...apparently the fruit punch tastes better than the orange and both are better when cold.

Needless to say, the fruit punch is sitting in our fridge, where it will chill for the next 4 weeks!

There has been some drama recently regarding ultrasounds...you probably remember me telling you that the ultrasound tech couldn't see Avery's spine at our 20 week appointment. I'm sure you also remember that we went back at 21 weeks and the ultrasound tech was really rude and sent us away after 3 minutes (she only took pictures of Avery's neck).

Well...last week, Meg called to reschedule our third ultrasound (to view the rest of the spine) for January 16th (I have off and Meg has a training) They put us in for a 7:30 appointment...we should have known that it was too good to be true because we got a phone call an hour or so later saying that our insurance doesn't cover ultrasounds in the office. The office agreed to absorb the costs (of the first two), since that was their error. BUT,  they said we need to go to the hospital to finish the scan and look at Avery's spine.

Meg said the hospital receptionist was really nice, but was pretty adamant that we come in immediately...apparently Avery is getting too big. As with everything, they have no evening hours, so Meg had to accept a 9 o'clock appointment.

As if that wasn't bad enough, the hospital receptionist said they will have to do another full anatomy scan (which takes at least an hour!) I'm sure it's a liability thing and they can't just trust the ultrasound tech that performed the scan in the office, but it's extremely inconvenient. I mean, had Meg not called to reschedule, we wouldn't have even known. I just wish someone would have caught this problem sooner because we could have went over break.

I have to give Meg credit. She genuinely tried to get out of it. She flat out asked the doctor yesterday if she could just take a quick look, so we could avoid taking more time off of work. Sadly, it didn't happen.

Ready for more drama? The hospital called as we were leaving the doctors to say that the 9 o'clock appointment on Friday the 13th was no longer available...apparently people suck at their jobs and don't schedule you when they say they will...consequently someone else has our appointment.

As it stands now, we are scheduled to go in for a 2 o'clock appointment next Friday. But it just dawned on me, as I was writing this, that Meg and I were originally going to schedule our ultrasound at the doctor's office for February 16th...I know they said Avery is getting too big, but what difference can three days make??? (hopefully not a lot!) Meg's going to call the hospital Monday morning...fingers crossed!

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't excited to see Avery again...I just wish things weren't so complicated.

On a happier note, Avery was kicking like crazy this morning! I tried to videotape Meg's belly jumping, but Avery stopped by the time I had the camera...stubborn, I know! Don't worry, I'll be on the lookout!

24 week photos still to come...