Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Rylee Ann is here!!

Rylee Ann Zucchelli made her appearance on September 13th, 2010 at 7:42am weighing 6lbs 3oz and 18.5in long. She is healthy as can be and as cute as ever! I still can’t believe she is here and that John and I have a daughter, but I can’t picture our lives without her now. Every complaint during the pregnancy was totally worth it in the end. There is so much I could say I don’t even know where to begin, so I will start with going to the hospital. The csection was scheduled for 7:15am and we had to be at Methodist at 5:45am. It was definitely an early morning waking up at 4:30. I surprising slept decently. After arriving at the hospital, we were immediately escorted to my pre-op room and I put on the hospital gown. I was hooked up to an IV and then mostly waited for 7:15 to roll around. I actually walked to the OR with the help of the nurse. It was a little scary when we got to the room, pretty much like the movies. It was freezing, big lights above, nurses and my doctors scuffling around, and “the table.” Once I got there, my anesthesiologist got things going pretty quick (he was awesome through the whole thing since he was the one at my head letting me know everything was going good). I sat on the table, he administered my spinal block, and my body was numb from waist down in a matter of minutes. I thought the spinal block was going to be painful (they were inserting a needle into my spine!) but I actually only felt the poke of the first needle that administered a numbing agent so the big needle didn’t hurt (I won’t let John tell me how big the needle actually was!).

Once the procedure got started, Rylee was out in probably 5-10 mins and then it took another 30 mins or so to stitch me back up. I thought the procedure was going to be a lot worse than it was, but I think since Rylee came out so fast, I had something to preoccupy my mind. John and I immediately broke down the minute we heard her cry, it was an amazing moment. John did awesome through the whole thing holding my hand and making sure not to give me ANY details…that is until my doctor suddenly says, “Wow, look at her uterus.” She said it in an interesting way not in a scary way so I wasn’t alarmed, but apparently I have a deformed uterus. When my uterus was developing in my mom's belly, one half of it didn’t develop all the way, so I pretty much only have half a uterus-crazy that God still allowed us to have a healthy 6lb baby!

After the procedure was over, we went back to the pre-op room, I guess it then became the recovery room, for about an hour or so. Rylee got a shot of vitamin K and the start of her hepatitis B vaccine right away, and they tested her blood sugar levels. Her blood sugar was a little low, so they tried to get me to nurse, but she wouldn’t latch on (and I was still a little out of it AND still numb from about the waist down). She drank a little formula and that brought her sugar levels right up. Not too much later, we were then taken up to our regular room where we spent the next 3 days.

To make it quick, our hospital stay was as good as it could be. The hospital had more of a hotel feel and we loved our day and night nurses (minus my last day nurse). We had the same nurses the entire time which helped to feel more comfortable. I suppose I did get one male (and very gay) student nurse, but he wasn’t too bad. I am just not incredibly comfortable with a guy looking at my lady parts – however, he didn’t do much of that, mostly just took my temp and blood pressure. My last day nurse (which should have also been my last nurse) was a freakin idiot. She was super nice, but also super dingy. I think she was even pissing off the other nurses. And lucky us, she was also the one to discharge us. To make a long story short, my doctor came in at 8am Wednesday morning and said I could be discharged that evening. This stupid nurse had until 7pm (when her shift was over) to get us out of there. I’m pretty sure she waited until 6:55pm to get the discharge process started. We finally made it out of the hospital at about 9pm (Rylee had been patiently waiting in her car seat since about 7:30)!

Since leaving the hosptial, I have recovered surprising well. I had the csection on Monday morning, and on Friday, John and I went for a walk at Lake Zorinsky with Rylee and the dog. Rylee is a little jaundice, so I figured a little sunlight would be good for her. I think me staying active the whole pregnancy has helped in my recovery. My doctor said my muscles looked really good and that I should heal quickly. Yesterdy, I was even able to do a 2 mile walk and then I came home and pulled weeds! I can honeslty say I am not a bit sad I missed out on the normal birthing process. I had a worse experience (and definitely more painful experience) when I had my wisdome teeth pulled. So not that I am endorsing having a csection, but there will be no complaints from my end if my next child is born that way again!

Here’s a few pictures of miss Rylee when she was 7 days old (Kirsten Masker did an amazing job!):

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Nursery Pictures

As of yesterday at our doctor's appointment, Rylee is still breech, so we are still set to meet her bright and early Monday morning!! The house is clean and ready to bring her home. John and I also thought we would make the most of this pregnancy, so we devised a plan before he went to work on Friday night that I would call and say I was going into labor. The plan worked! John got to leave early from work and we got to spend our last Friday night together. I finally opened my breast pump and sanatized all the parts. I would highly recommend getting the sanatizer bags that you pop in the microwave - way easier than boiling all the parts in water. You can also use the bags for bottles and pacifiers. Well, not much more "new" news, but here are some pictures of Rylee's room:

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

3 more days of work!!

I think we are all set to bring this little one home. After a long Labor Day weekend, I was able to get everything checked off of my “to do” list. Friday night, I bought the rest of our needed registry items at babiesrus. We got a 15% off coupon to buy anything not bought off the registry, so that was saved us a little bit. Both of the car seat bases are installed in the cars. And lastly, I packed our hospital bags – Rylee and mine that is, John’s will probably get packed at 5am next Monday morning before we are headed to the hospital knowing him! This weekend I was also on the hunt for the baby head bands with the big flowers on them – which I finally found at this super cute store call the “Chick Market.” I am super excited to use them all! During my “hunt,” I started to also look at Halloween costumes – how could I not, they were so darn cute in infant sizes. We are going to have a little ladybug on our hands this Halloween. I ended up getting the costume at Target because it was the only place I could find one that I think is small enough. Target actually even had newborn sizes, but I bought the next size up since she better weigh more than 8lbs by Halloween. The last purchase of the weekend was a new camcorder. I am not much of a camera woman, so John will be in charge of this new toy. Oh, and I am quite proud of myself for getting her scrap book started. I got a few pages done last night, I just need to print off some pictures from the showers. Once those pages are done, it should be up-to-date (we’ll see how well that goes after Rylee gets here).

Note to all pregnant or soon-to-be pregnant women out there, it is probably not a good idea to go on a 3 mile walk when you are 38 plus weeks pregnant. John and I took Maggie for a walk at Lake Zorinsky and I thought I wouldn’t have a problem. I take Maggie for 2 mile walks by myself, it was pretty cool outside, and there were no hills. I honestly didn’t feel too bad, but my hands started to swell like crazy. By the time we got to the end, my fingers looked like fat sausages. They were actually so bad, I couldn’t even make a fist. They went down after we got home, but it was definitely a weird feeling. Thankfully I didn’t have my ring on, or my ring finger would probably have started to turn blue!

AND for the most exciting news (at least for me), I only have 3 more days of work…AND…John and I get to meet the newest member of our family in LESS THAN A WEEK!!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

One more thing

I almost forgot, but as of Monday, my wedding ring will no longer fit. I think I could force it on if I really wanted to, but Sunday night I had to break out the soap to get it off. I think if it were cooler and less humid, I might be okay, but because we aren't in the middle of December, I will have to live without my ring for a few days.

The waiting game…

We had another doctor’s appointment last Friday, and much to my surprise, I didn’t have to have my cervix checked since I will be having a csection! I was quite thrilled by this news. I guess there are a few perks to having a csection. I have now started counting down the days I have left of work – 4 ½ days in the office and 1 work at home day at this moment. The chances are slimming that I would have to use my standby driver at work who would have to drive me from Lincoln to Omaha in case something happened. After the last shower, I finally finished Rylee’s laundry, so her clothes are clean and ready for her. I need to finish packing Rylee’s bag and my bag for the hospital, as well as get the car seat ready to go this weekend, and we will be set for the 13th!! Because of the wonderful invention of facebook, there were several other ladies who were/are due around the same time as me, and I learned this morning that we had our first arrival. I am definitely blaming it on prego hormones, but I honestly almost started tearing up at work when I learned the news because it made me so excited to meet our little one and see what she looks like. John gives me an updated countdown every day, and it’s crazy how close we are to meeting her. I have a breastfeeding class on Thursday night, which I am not necessary looking forward to, but I am sure I will learn something! Only 12 more days – come on belly skin, I don’t have any stretch marks yet, so I would appreciate it if you didn’t make an appearance (my skin is just a little red on my hips when I get out of the shower - I assume some form of stretch marks but nothing dramatic)!!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Baby CrAzY weekend

As I already said in my last post, Friday we had a doctor’s appointment and found out we will be having a csection on Sept. 13, unless Rylee decides to flip around. After I got home, I got a sudden burst of energy to get some of the stuff done that I have been putting off, like getting her room organized. I think her room is pretty much complete…pictures to come :) Oh, I also forgot to mention in the last post, getting your cervix checked is not a pleasant experience. Things are a little more “sensitive” down there. Not that I ever thought it would be a pleasant or fun experience, but it’s definitely an uncomfortable procedure.

Then on Saturday, John and I had the “joy” of attending an all day childbirth class (8:15am – 4:30pm!). It wasn’t actually too bad, it just got a little long towards the end. We learned some relaxation techniques, and some “positions” to get into to help during contractions. Being that I will likely be having a csection, I tried to stay interested, but my attention span was getting very low. We also got a little better understanding of what to expect during labor (regular and csection), we learned hospital procedures and what to expect during our stay, as well as a hospital tour. The hospital was awesome, it actually didn’t even look like a hospital inside. This was a very good thing for me because hospitals make me very anxious. I used to not even be able to walk into a hospital without feeling like I was going to pass out! I have got better, but it was definitely nice to know I would be staying at a pretty nice place during my stay. Needless to say, I was pretty much exhausted by the time we made it home.

Sunday also ended with more baby time, but it was a little more fun than the previous two days. My friends threw me and Rylee another baby shower. It was small and relaxed – just what Rylee and I needed to end our weekend. She accumulated even more needed items and clothes, and momma once again got to eat good food – another successful shower!

Friday, August 20, 2010

1st weekly doctor’s appointment

I just got back from my 1st weekly doctor’s appointment and we found out that little miss Rylee is breeched (her butt is down). Soooo, I am scheduled for a csection bright and early on September 13, unless she decides to turn on her own. My doctor asked if I wanted to have her try to turn the baby, but she wasn’t very confident that it would even work because my amniotic fluid is a little low (which makes it harder for the procedure to work). I have heard that this is not a pleasant experience, so I opted to schedule the csection. I am not thrilled about this idea, but as long as Rylee makes it into this world safe, I guess I will do what I have to do! I can’t believe we will be meeting this little one in about 3 weeks! Oh, and I am about 2 cm dialated and 50% effaced (the area between my cervix and uterus is shortening for those who don’t know what effacement means).

I would be lying if I said I am not a little happy that she will be making her appearance sooner than her due date because I am starting to get exhausted. I would suggest not trying to have a conversation with me past about 4pm or you might run the risk of listening to jibberish! Between “pregnancy brain” and being ridiculously tired, I know there have been times John has looked at me a little funny questioning my reasoning!!

Rylee also had a rude awakening one morning this week. There was a spider in the bathroom as I was getting ready for work and it was too high up for me to reach, so I needed to get a fly swatter. As I made my way from our bedroom to the kitchen in the pitch black, I mistakenly turned a corner too soon and ran right into the wall. Being that my belly sticks out quite a bit farther than the rest of me, Rylee took most of the impact. My face was spared, but I don’t think Rylee appreciated it too much! Another shower for Rylee this weekend, so something to look forward too!!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Randomness at work...

So I work for the federal government, and for those who have heard me talk about some of the people I work with, there are quite a few interesting characters. Just some background information, I had to go through an extensive background check, but I never had to have a formal interview (and neither did anyone else I work with). In other words, everyone that I work with was hired based on their resume and having a clean criminal history (for the most part). Because no one had to go through the interview process, A LOT of my fellow employees either have no social skills, or their social skills are slightly “off.” Now to my story…I was just getting to work and walking to our break room to put my lunch in the refrigerator, when I walk by and older guy and a lady having a conversation in the hallway. I have seen both of them before, but I didn’t know either one of them. Right as I go to pass them, the guys say, “that lady is with child.” My reaction, WTF!!!!! I was going to stop, but I thought I might say something I shouldn’t, so I just kept walking and acted like I didn’t hear anything. Honestly, who the f$*k says something like that out loud!!! Maybe I am just getting irritable, but seriously, nothing ceases to amaze me about the people I work with anymore…

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Perks to being Pregnant

It seems like most (not all, but most) women complain about numerous things while pregnant ranging from the aches and pains to the numerous bathroom breaks. I have definitely done my fair share of complaining, but I thought I would share a few of the perks that I have experienced being prego:

- I tan a lot faster (pregnant women have more melanin in their skin than
- My hair and nails are super strong and grow way faster
- For whatever reason, while the hair on my head grows faster, the hair on my
legs grows way slower, which equals a lot less shaving
- The “girls” have grown a cup size
- I have a legitimate excuse to consume more calories
- I get out of having to do manual labor like yard work
- I get more back rubs than normal
- I have a legitimate excuse to buy new clothes
- People at work are always letting me know when there is yummy food around
- I get front row parking at certain places (even at work :) for expectant mothers
- I get to take a long “vacation” from work

Although I would not consider myself one of those ladies that just loves being pregnant, I try to remind myself of these positives when I find myself wanting this baby out!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Check….and check again!!

I love getting things checked off my “baby to-do list”!! It makes me much less anxious and just more excited to meet Rylee. We signed a contract with our babysitter (the one discussed in a previous post) and we picked our pediatrician. My friend Franny (who was also featured in a previous post because of her wedding :) started her residency as a pediatrician and visits the clinic where our pediatrician is at. Hopefully on one of our many doctor visits, Rylee will also get to see her!! Although we haven’t met him yet, if anyone is looking for a pediatrician, his name is Dr. Francis Harrison.

Up to last Friday, the only piece of bedding we had for Rylee’s crib was the bumper. So last Friday, I made a trip to Babies R Us and bought a set of sheets, a mattress pad, and a sheet saver (basically a soft piece of material that Rylee will lay on in the crib, and if she has an accident, only the sheet saver will have to be washed – in theory at least). I had a bunch of 20% off coupons, so I splurged and bought her pack and play too! I have since washed all of her bedding and new clothes she received from the shower. They are all now hanging in her closet and ready to be worn. I also put her crib together with the new bedding, so that is ready for her also. I swear putting the sheet on a crib mattress is ten times harder than on a normal bed! I also took a few things back to target from the shower, and together with the gift cards we received from target, I bought Rylee a bath tub and a bumbo! Her bathtub can fit into the kitchen sink, which I am sure her first bath will be quite the experience for John and I. During this fun baby buying spree of mine, I forgot to mention it was also 95 degrees outside with the humidity through the roof. Needless to say I was a hot mess. I also stopped at Walmart on my way home, and I’m pretty sure my warmer than usual pregnancy temperature has kicked in because I could not stop sweating walking through the store. I definitely looked like your typical prego lady standing in the baby isle fanning myself off so I at least wasn’t dripping sweat!

This is completely unrelated, but I just wanted to make a quick “shout out” to John. I realized at my last doctor’s appointment (also last Friday), that he has gone to every single one. I was kind of waiting for him to say at some point that it wasn’t necessary for him to be there, especially after the gazilenth one and all they do is measure my belly and record the baby’s heartbeat. He, however, has surprised me and hasn’t once made an excuse to not go. I just tell him when the appointment is and he jumps in the car and takes momma and Rylee. Maybe it’s because we usually go out to lunch afterwards…. :o)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Welp, that’s never happened before!!

So I noticed in the last week or so that I have a leaky boob…just one. This sign was definitely a reality check that I am about to be a momma. Not that I didn’t know this before obviously, but it is a strange occurrence that I wasn’t completely prepared for – something the “girls” (I suppose “girl” in this case) have never done before. I guess that means we are getting closer to meeting Rylee!! I still can’t believe we are only about 7 weeks away!

Our house is starting to feel like a baby lives there more and more, especially after the shower. John put together Rylee’s strollers. She has a big one with actual (small) bike wheels for walks/runs – this was a necessity according to John since he goes to Lake Zorinsky with Maggie often, and a small one for the mall or whatever. The big stroller also came with a carrier, so that’s ready to go to, hanging play toys and all. I also put together her bouncer, which I think is probably the cutest baby item yet. It’s called the “My little lamb bouncer,” complete with ears and all. I can’t wait to use all of these fun items!!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Couple’s Baby Shower…aka Baby Party!!

This last Saturday, my Dad and stepmom threw John and I a couple’s baby shower. Most of you reading this were probably there, so THANK YOU for coming and we had an awesome time (hopefully you did too). The weather cooperated and we were all able to enjoy a great night in my dad’s backyard. It was nice to have John be able to partake in a “shower” and I didn’t have to be at it by myself. For anyone not there, it was pretty much a get together of family and friends to eat, drink, socialize, and bring a baby gift. Speaking of gifts, Rylee is already getting spoiled (for anyone that doesn’t know yet, we have pretty much settled on that name!!). Her room is looking more complete, and momma’s anxiety of her not having any clothes to wear has diminished because she now has a closet full. John had a conversation with Rylee on the way to my dad’s house about how she should feel pretty special that she get’s a party and gifts before anyone has even met her. The night ended successfully as John had too much to drink, I had too much to eat, and Rylee got spoiled with gifts!

Ok, now that I have spoiled her name, I will explain the story behind it. When my little brother, Kirby, was born (I was 10 years old), his gender was a surprise until he was delivered. Everyone was convinced he was a girl and his name was going to be Rylee (not sure on the spelling). For whatever reason, the name has stuck with me for 16 years! I had mentioned the name to John once or twice even before I was pregnant, and he had always liked the name too! However, when we found out we were having a girl, I wanted to make sure I was 100% on the name we were choosing, so we tried to come up with other names. We tossed around a few, but none of them seemed to work. John started to call her Rylee, and it just stuck. Now for the spelling. After a quick internet search, I seriously found about 7 or 8 spelling variations on the name. I wrote them all down, and then after a day or two, I decided on the one I liked. I then gave the list to John for him to pick out the spelling he liked the best. Coincidently (and thankfully!), we picked the same one. So it is not a secret anymore…you can now call my belly Rylee :)

Here's a few pics from the party:

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

I'm on a roll!

I have a few more things on my baby “to do” list that I can check off. At my last stop at Babies “R” Us, I bought a breast pump. I also bought the mattress for the crib online at Babies “R” Us. I think that might be more comfortable for her than the metal bottom of a crib! I also told John that he would have to make sure the breast pump works well before I try it out, and I’m pretty sure he halfway looked at me like I was serious. He should probably not get too close to me when I use it, there may be an incidence of me suctioning one to his arm! After Babies “R” Us, I went to the mall for some much needed maternity jeans. Finally at 7 months, my prebaby jeans and the belly band were just not cutting it anymore. Although I feel like an 80 year old wearing the dang jeans past my belly button, comfort is becoming a higher priority than fashion. I guess they really don’t look that bad, they just feel a little awkward.

My stress level is also slowly coming down about finding a babysitter. We “interviewed” one last Saturday, and it went really well. Although it will be scary to leave this baby with anyone but family, I think we at least have one good one that we can trust. She has been doing in-home daycare for 14 years, and was a nanny for 10 years previous to that. We still have to meet with a few more just to be sure, but I’m feeling a little better about the situation.

I have always heard that prego ladies have the hardiest time sleeping. Up to this point, I was doing pretty good, but just in the past couple of nights, I keep waking up after about 6 hours with a horrible back ache. I have encountered this stupid pain even before being pregnant when I would sleep on a mattress that wasn’t firm, but now it won’t go away by just putting a pillow between my legs. Last night I actually got on the floor and slept with the dog! I’m pretty sure this is going to become the norm. I guess when I get up for my midsleep bathroom break, I will also be curling up with Maggie. At least she is nice and soft to cuddle with!

I think I have a previous post about my niece Samantha and her noticing my growing belly. Well being a three year old and having no sense of what is appropriate to say, she now just tells me straight up that I have a big belly (she also makes her eyes really big to emphasize). On the other hand, my nephew, Brady, who is usually ornery as ever, loves to give my belly hugs and tell the baby hi. It is seriously the cutest thing ever. He gives us a hug and pats my belly. I think it might have something to do with me telling him when he is screaming about something that this baby is going to be scarred of him when she comes out. Maybe he thinks he can make up for his screaming by giving her a hug! Whatever the case my be, it’s still cute.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Almost to single digits!!

I can’t even believe that I only have 10 weeks left, well on Friday! I feel like I have so much to do and so little time. I am starting to gather names for in-home, part time daycares, so say a prayer we will find a good one. Besides slacking on finding a daycare, I do feel like I have accomplished a few things. Last weekend John and I completed the overwhelming task of registering. Going into it, I figured it couldn’t be that bad, well I was wrong. I hated registering for our wedding, and I didn’t really find this fun either. I found it really hard to register for things I knew nothing about. For instance, how in the heck am I supposed to know which bottles are the best if I have never used them??? After I got home, I was able to go onto babiesrus’ website and compare products and ratings for the stuff we choose, so I changed a few things, and feel a little more confident in the items on the registry. Now that it’s done, I am getting excited to try everything out and get the baby’s room put together! My stepmom and her neighbor ladies are throwing us a couple’s shower, so hopefully I registered for enough items. Other than being the only one not drinking at the shower, (because my dad doesn’t do anything without a Coors Light on the weekends) it should be a lot of fun!

I also think I picked the hospital I want to deliver at (my doctor delivers at Lakeside, Methodist, and one other one I can’t remember). It was between Lakeside – convenient to our house, and Methodist – the brand new one on 190th and Dodge. I ended up picking Methodist because I have heard really good things about them from other momma’s who delivered there. I didn’t know much about Lakeside, so it may not be bad, but I went for the place that had good reviews! Methodist also has a better NICU. Hopefully we won’t be using it, but it makes me feel better knowing that they have a good one just in case. Along with choosing a hospital, I will also be registering for a childbirth class for John and I – John was quite thrilled with this idea. I am not looking forward to practicing breathing techniques, but I am sure John and I will learn something we can put to good use. I also registered for a breastfeeding class, which I am sure will be helpful (John lucked out on this one because he has to work)!

Lastly, I am starting to read a book called, “On Becoming Babywise.” From what I have heard, this book is a miracle from God! Supposedly, the techniques described in the book can get your baby to sleep through the night in 6-8 weeks. I was a little skeptical at first, but everyone that I have talked to says it works like a charm! We will soon see if John and I can master the book, but for our own sanity, I am praying that we can.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Mr. and Mrs. Brent McCall weekend

Another long, but definitely fun weekend for this very pregnant lady – now in my LAST trimester. Kellie Ryan is now officially Kellie McCall! The wedding festivities began for me on Friday night in Onawa, IA (about an hour north of Omaha), for the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. I chose comfort over gas money, so John and I drove home Friday night – I would otherwise have had to probably sleep three to a bed. Slumber parties are fun, but not when you need 5 pillows to get comfortable in your own bed! Saturday was an early start with a hair appointment at 8am in Omaha, then a rush home and back up to Onawa. Being that I drive to Lincoln for work, the drive was really pretty quick. My seamstress lady worked a miracle on my dress because she even gave me a little extra breathing room – a much needed comfort being that my lungs are already becoming smushed. I went for flats this time around, and was very happy with that decision. I didn’t have to worry about having to take an “injury time out” half way down the isle! Now that my posture is all out of whack, my back wasn’t able to handle as much dancing as bridesmaids are known for, but I think I still did my fair share because I was definitely wiped out on Sunday.

Apart from wedding news, with this third trimester has also come the dreaded swelling. I was putting on lotion one night, and noticed the inside of my ankles were gone and my feet looked a little more plump than normal. I guess I truly have an excuse now to relax and put my feet up! So far, I haven’t encountered any stretch marks, but I am sure it’s only a matter of time :( For now, I will just keep bathing myself in coco butter.

A few fun notes from the daddy angle, this little one doesn’t like to cooperate in letting John feel her move. The second John puts his hand on my belly, she stops. Well on Father’s day, I was giving John a hug after giving him his 1st Father’s day card, and she kicked him! Being that John has only felt her move a handful of times, it was a pretty funny moment. I guess it was her way of saying Happy Father’s Day. A second funny/cute moment happened in Target. I was in the dressing room trying on some much needed new clothes, and when I came out, John was nowhere in sight. I finally found him searching through baby girl clothes. Once he saw me he turned around with a big grin, holding up a pink onesie, and asked if we could get it. I couldn’t turn him down.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

I think my brain might explode

The crib and dresser/changing table are finally put together and are looking good. It’s pretty crazy to think we will have a baby sleeping in the crib in just 3 short months – exciting but scary at the same time! The baby’s room will be where our current guest bedroom is, and our guest bedroom will move downstairs once it is completed. So for now, the baby’s room is kind of cramped with all the guest bedroom furniture and her furniture. However, since getting everything put together, it has definitely boosted me into the shopping mode. We still need to buy her mattress and bedding…along with about 100 other things! I’m hopping a baby shower might help with some of it. My stepmom and her neighbors want to throw us a couple’s baby shower, so I am definitely looking forward to that. Oh crap, I guess that means I should probably get to babies-r-us to register!!

John FINALLY felt her move. It’s seriously the cutest thing ever to see his face light up when he gets to be apart of this whole experience. Our friend Lerum came over later that day to help with some landscaping and John made sure to do a reenactment of her “kick” for him – picture John doing a karate move and that pretty much sums it up!

A few other thoughts that consume my brain at work revolving around baby stuff: finding a part-time babysitter (#1 stressor), pediatrician, insurance, labor and what it will really be like, what she will look like, her health, her name (we are getting close but not 100% sure yet), how much sleep I won’t be getting very soon, the amount of “baby stuff” that needs to be bought, knowing that I need to register, how uncomfortable my pants are, why in the heck my bra has become my most uncomfortable piece of clothing, breast feeding and having the joy of pumping at work (we have a “pump room,” but still definitely weird), how good a cold alcoholic drink would be, etc, etc, etc. Having a baby is an incredibly exciting time, just mix in a little scared, nervous, and anxious!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Ultrasound Pics

Sorry these are a little late. I was only given pictures when we went and I don't have a scanner so I just took a picture of the pictures with my camera - hence the reason why they aren't very clear.

This is her profile picture with her feet above her head:

This is a picture of her little butt and the bottom of her feet. The arrow is pointing to the area that makes her a girl.

And this is her foot if you can't read the caption.

Orange Drinks and Golfing

Today was the day for my glucose test. Luckily my doctor gave me my "yummy" orange drink during my last appointment, so I just had to down it an hour before my appointment today. I had heard that it tasted horrible, but honestly, coming from a person who gags on cough medicine and alkaseltzer, it really wasn't too bad. I thought it just tasted like orange soda. When I got to the doctor's office, I had to have my blood drawn right away - exactly one hour after drinking the orange tasting concoction. Getting my blood taken again wasn't too bad, minus the fact that it felt like the lady took some aggression out by stabbing me as hard as she could. Later in the day, I got a call from the nurse saying everything came back normal. No diabetes for me!!

I had the day off, so after my appointment, John took me golfing to try out my new golf clubs!! We got to the course a little early to hit some balls at the driving range, little did we know, the golf course didn't have a driving range. Very bad news for me!! After the first hole, I thought it was going to be a llllllooooonnnngggg day, but luckily my golfing abilities came back by the second and third holes. I was pretty happy with how I did. I think with a little more practice, I might have to embarrass John by making him lose to his pregnant wifey. Now that I have a decent set of clubs, golfing might have to be my new past time :)

I never actually carried my clubs, I was just posing for the pic. Golfing at 25 weeks!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Memorial Day weekend fun

We had a great weekend full of wedding festivities, bbqs, and our anniversary – exhausting, but fun! Franny’s wedding festivities started on Thursday night and the wedding was a blast even if I couldn’t drink. The dance floor was always full, which always makes for a very fun reception. However, I did learn that I am going to have to retire the heels, at least until after this baby is born. I only had my heels on for the ceremony, and I thought my calves were going to explode. It kind of felt like right before I get calf cramps in the middle of the night, so in order to avoid actually getting one in the middle of the next wedding I am in, I think I will be opting for flats! I think I will also retire the spanks – much needed to keep my growing butt in place, but the little one probably lost some circulation for a couple hours. I’ll be short, fat, but comfy for the next wedding!

Sunday we had two bbqs to go to, both of which had great food – baby Zucchelli was quite happy with that, and momma too! Maggie got to tag along for the day, which she was pretty happy about since she had to stay home by herself all day on Saturday. Our friends Cara and Steve had one of the bbqs and they also have a dog named Duke that is pretty much a black version of Maggie. They got to play their little doggie hearts out for a good two hours.

We finally got to relax a little on Monday and celebrate our 2nd anniversary. It’s great that our anniversary will sometimes fall during Memorial Day weekend. We have now made it an annual tradition to watch our wedding video. Speaking of which, if anybody is in the middle of planning a wedding (ehem…Allison), please do yourself a favor and splurge for a videographer. It is definitely worth it. Oh, and John got me golf clubs (after a few hints from me). We’re trying to stick with the “anniversary present themes” and cotton is the theme for 2nd anniversaries. I argued that the golf bag was made of cotton. I also stuck with the golf theme (and cotton), and bought John a cotton golf shirt, a cotton golf towel, and a gift card to a golf course. I have been told that prego ladies have a great golf swing, so I am going to give it a try on Friday. Being that I haven’t hit a golf ball in like 5 years, let’s hope my prego golfing abilities kick it into gear (and for the safety of all the other golfers on the course)!
(Had to post a pic of from our wedding in celebration of our anniversary)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Growing belly

It’s almost time for the first wedding that I am in this weekend and the dress still fits, barely! I can zip it all the way, but the hook at the top of the zipper is pretty tight. I figure if it’s too tight, I just won’t latch it and call it good. I wish I could say the same about the second bridesmaid dress I have to fit in at the end of June (the one from a previous post that I think I said I might look like a certain vegetable in). I tried it on and the zipper wouldn’t make it. I thought maybe I just couldn’t reach it and John could get it up, but I had no such luck. That zipper wasn’t going anywhere. So I brought it to my wonderful seamstress Karen with desperation that she could do something to the dress so I could fit into it with the thought always in the back of my head that I would have to break down and buy a bigger dress. To my surprise, she thought it wouldn’t be a problem to make it a little bigger!! I was slightly ecstatic to say the least - $30 for alterations versus $135 for another dress. Hopefully this little girl won’t grow too much in the next month!

Speaking of this baby growing, I’m pretty sure she has growth spurts. There are weeks that I swear she all of a sudden gains weight because it feels like my abs (and the rest of my insides) are stretching – think of the feeling when you eat to much. Also, she is moving a heck of a lot more than before, and stronger movements as well. The movements can now be felt on the outside, but I think she goes to into hibernation on the weekends because John still hasn’t felt her. At work, on the other hand, I even saw my belly moving, which was kind of funny and weird at the same time. Hopefully with the long weekend ahead, she will get confused on Monday and let John feel her moving around :)

FYI – I learned from our last dr’s appointment that we have all drank our pee at one point in our lives. Babies drink the amniotic fluid to get used to swallowing, and yes, they also pee in there (I guess it has to go somewhere). Obviously their next gulp isn’t going to only be amniotic fluid. I was assured that our pee is sterile, so if you ever get stuck in the dessert, don’t be afraid to drink your own pee if you get a little thirsty and there isn’t any water around.

P.S. – I now have tan baby bump. I laid out to at least get a little sun for the upcoming wedding, and a tan belly is much better looking than a pale one! No worries, I drank LOTS of water and took many breaks so I wouldn’t get too hot.

Monday, May 17, 2010

It's a girl!!

Well the big day finally came; John and I are having a little girl and could not be happier!! I was completely wrong in guessing, but I am just completely overjoyed that our baby is healthy. The morning of the appointment started off like any other, but it was pretty obvious we were both anxious to get to the doctor’s office to find out what we were having. The ultrasound tech called us back, and off we went to find out what was swimming inside my belly. John asked me one last time what I thought we we’re having, I of course said a boy. John then said, “Well ask me what you think I think we’re having,” (rather than just telling me, I actually had to ask him). He guessed a girl, and a few minutes later, we found out I was very wrong and John was very right!! Even though we didn’t have a 3-D ultrasound, it was still awesome to see. For whatever reason, I guess she felt completely comfortable with her legs all the way above her head, because she never moved from that position. Imagine her looking like she was touching her toes. We also got to see her heart, brain, kidneys, bladder, etc, which was more than I expected. We got the okay that everything was looking good so far, which was a huge relief. The front views of her face were a little scary looking because the picture mostly looked like a skeleton. I always thought people were crazy when they said their baby was cute from the ultrasound pics, but after seeing her profile picture with her legs above her head (even crossed above her head at times), I can honestly say I am now one of those people. She had a little button nose, and it almost looked like she was smiling (maybe nobody else would see that, but I’m her momma, I have to too)! I told Maggie that she was going to have a little sister when we got home, and that girls were officially taking over the house.

Although this is completely unrelated to baby news, it’s kind of funny, so I think it’s worth mentioning. So we are finally getting started on finishing our basement, which I cannot WAIT to have done. My dad is doing most, if not all of it, and John is following instructions. I was upstairs during the first day of “construction,” but I could hear every conversation taking place in our basement. It was mostly, John do this, John do that, but at one point, I heard my dad say, “who measured that one??” Although I couldn’t see what was going on, I assumed John didn’t make the right measurement on a board that needed to be cut. Later on I found out I was right. Apparently he was short on one measurement, but according to John, it wasn’t that big of a deal – let’s hope so! I guess that’s the start to many more Saturday’s of John and father-in-law bonding time.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Zucchelli family = bad news for the U.S.???

Random thought....I was born on Pearl Harbor Day, John and I's dating anniversary was on the day of the Oklahoma City bombing, wouldn't it be a coincident if this baby was born on September 11. Maybe this means the Zucchelli family needs to move out of the country....

Monday, May 10, 2010

My 1st Mother's Day

Welp, I attended my first bachelorette party sober for my good friend Franny. It was a lot of fun, but definitely a different experience going to a gay club pregnant and stone cold sober! Another one of the bridesmaids is pregnant too, so I wasn’t the only one. There was a ton of great food, though, so I made up my beer calories with food calories – I think baby was happy about that! Oh, another fun fact, each bridesmaid was in charge of something for the party, mine ironically was the beer. It was kind of funny walking down the street to the house visibly pregnant with two cases of beer in hand! I have another bachelorette party in June; I might have to bring a six pack of O’Doul’s!

This past weekend I also got to experience my first mother’s day! It didn’t start off so good when John thought it would be funny to tell me, “Happy Mother’s Day even though you’re not really a mom yet.” Ha ha John, not funny, not funny at all. Although I was kind of mad at first, it made me think why I certainly feel like I’m a momma already (and what he is missing out on, and thus why he doesn’t “get it”). Not only do I get to carry this little one for nine months experiencing nausea, back aches, excruciating leg cramps, non-stop hunger, etc…but I also get to feel his/her kicks which are unexplainably awesome. (I probably shouldn’t be typing this at work, because I am definitely tearing up) I may not be holding his/her in my arms, but I’m definitely carrying this little one around with me at all times. I have become aware of my sometimes out-of-control road rage (probably should try to eliminate my f bombs) and lead foot because now I’m not the only one in the car, making sure I load up on nutritious food to start this baby off on the right foot, watching my every step to make sure I don’t fall, and just constantly worrying that this baby is going to be healthy. So here’s a shout out to all mothers, but also a special Happy Momma’s Day to all those anxiously awaiting the arrival of their little one(s) who are sometimes forgotten!


Thursday, April 29, 2010

20 weeks down, 20 more to go!

About a week ago, my friend Shawna was able to make a visit to good ol’ Nebraska and I got to meet her adorable little boy, Dominik. Such a cuttie and quite mellow from the short time I saw him. Hopefully our little one will pick up on those qualities! She also brought me my first baby items: a swaddler (a blanket that folds up tightly around baby for those that have never seen one), a cute story book, and some extra containers for milk – definitely items that will come in handy! She also informed me that they would be making a trip back in September, which also means just in time for baby Zucchelli to arrive!!

Aaaaannnnddddd I think I am finally feeling some movement! The first time I thought I felt something was at a wedding we were at over the weekend. We were waiting for the ceremony to start, when all of a sudden I felt something. It felt very similar to when your stomach grumbles, but there was something a little different about it. I looked at John, and was like, “I think I just felt something!!” A huge smile came over his face, I think it will be a moment I’ll never forget. It will be even more fun when he can feel the baby himself. I was still a little hesitant to say for sure it was actually the baby because my stomach was feeling a little funky that day. But then….we were waiting for church to start the next morning, and there was that same feeling. Since the weekend, the moving has continued, so I think I can officially say baby Zucchelli is on the move in my belly :)

My doctor had informed me that I would probably start feeling movement around 20 weeks, so baby Zucchelli is right on time. What this also means is that we get to find out what we are having in T-minus two weeks (May 14th). To all those who think I should wait (which is usually those over the age of 50), sorry, but it ain’t happening. Also to all those who think I should wait for it to be a surprise, IT IS A SURPRISE, JUST NOT AT DELIVERY TIME. I am far too much of a planner to wait until after my life turns upside down to start buying gender specific items.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Dandelions and Pumpkins...

It’s pretty crazy to believe, but on this past Monday (April 19), John and I have been together for 11 years! It’s funny to think, when we first started dating, I didn’t even have a driver’s license! I guess it was about time to make a baby. Speaking of which, I am getting pretty ancy (sp??) about our next appointment and finding out what we are having. I swear that I am farther along than many other mamas-to-be, yet I am the last to find out. Oh well, our time will come. I am also excited to have another ultrasound, one in which I will actually be able to tell that I have a baby growing inside of me and not just a peanut. I also haven’t felt any movement yet, so hopefully in the next couple of weeks I’ll get to experience that!

Now that it is getting warm, Maggie is a great excuse to go on walks. Hopefully by the time baby Zucchelli arrives, the roles will have reversed (me taking her for walks instead of her taking me for walks). She is getting better though, that is unless she see’s a dandelion…for whatever reason, she eats them like candy! Warm weather also = wedding time! My first wedding shower was last Saturday, and I think we should be through wedding season by the end of June. However, the last wedding that I am in is for my friend Kellie, and she has really cute tangerine colored bridesmaid dresses. I tried on the dress a couple of weeks ago to make sure it still fit, which it did, but it also dawned on me that I would probably look like a pumpkin in the dress by the time the wedding rolls around. At least I will be a cute pumpkin, hopefully!

Monday, April 12, 2010

3rd doctors appointment down, how many more to go??

I actually remembered to pay attention to the baby’s heartbeat this time – 153 bpm. An old wives tell says anything above 140 is a girl; HOWEVER, I also did the pencil test, which says the baby is a boy. For those that don’t know the pencil test, you suspend a pencil above your wrist with a string and if it moves up and down your arm it’s a boy and across your wrist is a girl. I’ve actually heard the pencil test is more accurate than the heartbeat, but I guess we will find out the truth during our next appointment!! I can’t believe we will already be finding out what we are having and that I am already almost half way through. Time is flying by and this baby is going to be here way to fast. Being that I haven’t bought any baby items yet, maybe I should get on top of that!

I think my 3-year-old niece is starting to take an interest in my growing belly. She was sitting on my lap and leaning back, but I had just eaten, so I told her to lean forward because she was squishing me. She turned around to face me, when I think she realized my belly was sticking out more than normal. I told her there was a baby growing in my stomach and if she leans back to far, she would squish it. She then proceeded to ask me how big it was while holding out her hands about 2 feet long! I told her I sure hope not, and that it was more like five inches long while moving her hands closer together. She then lifted my shirt up to make sure I was telling her the truth, but since she couldn’t see it, she poked my belly to see if she could feel it I guess. Definitely a cute moment.

Side note: I finally took out my belly button ring. For probably the past month I just unscrewed the ball that kept the bar in so it didn’t stick out. I thought for sure the bar would just fall out on its own so I didn’t have to do it, but no such luck. I know this sounds weird for all you non-belly-button-ring wearers, but seriously, I had that thing for the past ten years (not to mention the pain I went through to get it done) and I think I was going through a bit of separation anxiety. John told me numerous times that it looked weird and I should just take it out, well I finally did. No more bling on the belly :(

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


A few weeks ago I got to experience (in the middle of the night!) why football players look like they are dying when they get a leg cramp!! The worst part is, the only thing I can do is scream and hold my leg. One morning, Maggie, yes I am a pushover and let the dog sleep with me every once in a while, was sleeping with me and BAM, leg cramp. At first she looked at me like, “why the hell did you wake me up acting like a crazy woman,” but then she thought I was dying. I guess it happens because pregnant ladies have so much more blood in them that the body has to work harder to pump it out of the legs. Bananas are becoming a staple food in my diet (they’re supposed to help)!!

I also finally told the guys at work that I was prego. I sit with 3 guys at lunch for those that don’t know the situation. However, I waited a day to break the news that I am going to need a “designated driver” to get me back to Omaha from Lincoln just in case this baby decides he/she wants to come into this world at work. They all just laughed like I was kidding; little do they know I was completely serious!! I’m praying that situation doesn’t happen, but I have to cover my bases for all possibilities. I think the one who has two kids and has seen his wife in labor would probably be my best choice!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Husker baby

John and I had our second doctor’s appointment and heard the heartbeat! I wish I could say more about the appointment, but honestly, I peed in a cup (I did much better this time if anybody cares), then the doctor listened to the heartbeat and that was it. We were in the waiting room longer than we were with the doctor. I can say, however, that I am now in the second trimester. It’s kind of crazy how fast this has gone so far. In the past week or so, I finally feel like I am starting to show, and that other people might actually be able to notice it too:) Hopefully people who don’t know that I am prego don’t just think I need to hit the gym a little harder. Oh well, I am now to the point that I think I officially have a baby bump.

Now that I am over the “sick” part, I am starting to enjoy this. It’s really neat to read weekly updates on how our little zucchini is growing and what parts are developing. I suppose the only down fall is now that most everybody knows, I am getting a little sick of the “advice.” Not that I don’t appreciate the sincerity, but honestly, every pregnancy is different and just because you craved pickles does not mean that I am going to. Patience was not a virtue I was blessed with. John, on the other hand, has just starting a long-term substitute job as a P.E. teacher for an elementary school, ironically for a lady who is out on maternity leave. Hopefully this baby inherits John’s patience and not mine (or lack thereof). Oh, and for anybody who has trouble remembering dates, and is a husker fan, I am due the day the huskers play Washington. John has already asked if a T.V. would be available. I assured him, that if I happen to go into labor on that day, there would be a T.V. available. I will be sure to bring a husker outfit for the trip home from the hospital!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Well, I finally feel like this pregnancy isn’t taking over my life. I don’t know if I ate something that didn’t agree with me or I had some kind of a bug, but about a week ago I honestly couldn’t get off the couch. I had a super bad headache and my stomach was in knots. Luckily it didn’t last long, only about 3 days or so, but that was more than enough of whatever it was. I haven’t felt nauseas for a while and food is starting to taste like it did before. For whatever stupid reason, foods that I used to eat on a regular basis became the least appetizing. I think at one point, I told John I was “over” being pregnant. I was sick of being sick and I wanted my food to taste good again!

Now that I am approaching the second trimester, I think my hormones are starting to level out and I finally feel like me again, just with a slightly larger belly :) Oh, and now that the pregnancy isn’t a secret, I find it strange to tell people that I am having a baby. Not that I am not excited, but how do you work “I’m pregnant” into a conversation?? I always feel like it comes from left field when I try to tell the big news. Oh well, I guess if I wait long enough, people are going to either start thinking I’ve put on a few pounds or that I’m pregnant…maybe I’ll just leave it up to the imagination!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

John and I made a peanut!!

Our fist doctor’s appointment went well!! It was kind of ironic that we took our puppy to the vet the same day to get spayed. I kept telling her that she gets to go have her baby maker taken out, and I have to go get mine checked out. Anyways, John had his first experience at the “girl” doctor’s office, and I think he handled it pretty well. He was occupied with a Men’s Health magazine and was reading up on acupressure and how to relieve headaches, neck aches, and nausea…yes, we were trying it out while waiting for the doctor.

When the doctor was going through our family history, one of the questions was if we had twins in the family. Well, most of you all probably know John is a twin, but my Grandma LeBlanc also had twins. I was getting a little nervous that there might be two in there, but we had our first ultrasound and there is definitely only one baby!! The ultrasound didn’t show too much, mostly that it looked like I had a peanut inside of me. The ultrasound could already pick up the heartbeat, but it was too faint to actually hear it. I did have to pee in a cup, which I hate, and was informed that I would have the pleasure of doing it EVERYTIME I have an appointment. If anybody has a suggestion on how to not get it all over your hands, I would love to know the secret. For now, I will continue scrubbing my hands down like I am going into surgery.

Some of you probably know my weakness for needles and blood, but I was quite proud of myself for having THREE vials of blood taken and I didn’t pass out! I was quite impressed with myself. I have never had my blood taken so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the nurse was really good. Only one poke and about 45 seconds later and I was done. There was a list of about 25 things they were checking for, but the only one I remember was HIV, so say a little prayer I don’t have AIDS :)

The family was informed of the big news after we were assured everything looked good at the appointment…so the excitement is starting and I think it is finally setting in that our family of three (which includes our dog) will be growing to four on SEPTEMBER 18, 2010.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

8 weeks

Nothing really new since the last update. However, right after I said I wasn’t really nauseous, it definitely hit me. It has subsided now, but it was not too fun for a good week and a half to two weeks. It has got a lot better, but I should probably keep my mouth shut before I jinx myself, though! Oh, and so much for the “healthy” cravings, bring on the French fries!! Being that my pants are starting to get a little snug, I need to revert back to the fruits and veggies. I have my first Dr.’s appointment on Friday (Feb. 12th), so I will let everybody know how that went and when we can officially expect our little zucchini to get here!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

6 weeks

Well, John and I will officially be adding to our family sometime in September!! We got a new yellow lab puppy, Maggie or Maggie Moo as I like to call her, at the beginning of January and found out a couple weeks later that our family would be growing yet again. We are excited, but it definitely hasn’t set in yet. For the most part, I haven’t felt any different, so it’s kind of hard to believe that there is something growing in my belly. I think John needs some proof to believe this is really happening too! Our first Dr. appointment is on Feb. 12th, so that might help to make this whole thing a little bit more real.

The cravings have definitely started. So far, I have been wanting fruits and veggies. Luckily, the cravings are for healthy foods, because I seem to be hungry all the time! Isn’t this baby only the size of a grain of rice or something, how can it be making me so hungry already?? I few days I have felt a little nauseated, but all-in-all, we're doing well. Hopefully, my good luck continues!!