39 Weeks!

March 29, 2012 by gwendolyn | 8 Comments

Yes, the title of this one is thirty-nine weeks! It’s officially the end of the road. My doctor has my due date as April 2nd in her files so that would mean I am a few days away from full term. I have been going with the April 5th since my first ultrasound. I know, it’s all pretty much the same. However, a week sounds a lot longer than a few days when you are this close!

At my appointment today the doctor said I am pretty much as far along as I was last week — great! She decided to strip my membranes. Sorry if this is TMI for some of you, I have heard that some folks think it is. I don’t and get these questions ALL the time, so I figure plenty of you are interested. For those of you who don’t know, when this happens naturally it usually means labor is a few days away. In my case, it might encourage labor (yay!)…we will see!

I also learned my doctor doesn’t like to let ladies go much past their due date, which is a relief for me. If I haven’t delivered this next week she will schedule an induction, and I am totally cool with that. I will be 40+ weeks and even more ready than I am while I am writing this.

Can’t wait to share the good news with everyone. I’ll keep you posted and you keep on reading!

39 Weeks! (The best I could do by myself, not really in focus but you can still see the important belly part.)

Sick in My Third Trimester

March 26, 2012 by gwendolyn | Comments Off on Sick in My Third Trimester

I have been putting off writing this post to see when I was going to get over being sick. Unfortunately, I have learned that getting back to 100% is most likely not going to happen. I have heard many pregnant ladies say that they were sick for 2 whole months! Luckily that wasn’t me, nor could it have been considering I didn’t get sick until I was 35 weeks.

It all started with my husband coming home with something from the office. I thought that he was getting over it and I missed catching it, until after my baby shower. There were a few sick people there and I was on-the-go the entire week with visitors from out-of-town. Somewhere in-between I got a cough, and not just any cough, the kind that I had when I was a kid and couldn’t ever sleep because of the harsh fits of coughs. It got so bad that the hubs would rub my back during a fit to try to calm me down. (Do you remember how that used to be the best thing your Mom could do for you when you were sick?) He started counting how often I would cough. In one hour the count was within a minute of each cough, until I finally made it to 7 minutes, then back to the minute, eventually I got to 25 minutes and he thought we were in luck for me to get some sleep, BUT then I went back to the minute one…what a wonderful time those nights were!

If that wasn’t stressful enough, I started to get tension headaches for a few minutes when I would cough in the back of my head. Plus, my stomach muscles were aching and I would get sharp pains each time I would cough on both sides of my belly. Man did I feel like I was a mess.

Attempted Medicine

Let’s move onto the doctor charade experience. The first time I was there with the cough I was told to just use Breathe Right strips to help breath at night. Which I took as a blow off, because it didn’t address the big problem, the cough. This was a Thursday and I was thinking that I was beginning to get better, it had been 4-5 days, so I was still hopeful. Then, once Sunday rolled around I couldn’t take it anymore. Both my husband and I weren’t sleeping, and I was certain we were just passing around germs because our symptoms were bouncing around the both of us.

Since it was Sunday I knew my chances were slim to get any kind of medical service, but I had to do SOMETHING! We had already tried Robitussin DM and cough drops (both approved from Web MD), hot presses (wash cloth) on my chest and neck, and my head over a bowl of boiled water breathing steam (with a towel over my head). Oh, and we tried rubbing Vick’s Vapo Rub on my feet, wearing socks after application. So, I called my OB and got a message saying to call back during office hours or contact the on-call doctor. Instead of calling the on call doctor I thought it might be a better idea to call my insurance; they have a 24/7 nurse line, why not? The nurse was very nice, dealing with me coughing through the whole conversation every few statements. She gave me numbers and address’ for Urgent Care Facilities and I was off to get some medical care. Little did I know that they wouldn’t touch me because I was 36 weeks pregnant and none of them have OB’s or Pediatricians to feel comfortable with me coming in. So, back to my doctor it was and I dialed the on-call number. First, I was told I shouldn’t be calling them because it wasn’t a true emergency (even though, they said to call 911 if that was the case in the voice message). Reluctantly, he took my information because I sounded so awful and said he would give the doctor a message to call me—and she did! However, she couldn’t get off the phone fast enough (pouty face). What she did do was give me a new list of medicines I could take to try to get some sleep. This would be my second list and I was sure something would work for me.

Here’s what she suggested:

Tylenol PM



Teas – Regular Lipton, Black, Green

Cough Losenges

Pasteurized Honey

Off went the dutiful husband to get me some Tylenol PM (to knock me out, according to the on-call OB). I was armed and ready for sleep after that, BUT it didn’t work. I was still up most of the night, coughing.

By the time Tuesday rolled around I wasn’t better, so I called my OB office, again. Got another list (third one) of meds and told to wait until Thursday for my regular appointment.

Here is the new list:





Mucinex* (only one on the shelves, nothing behind the counter from the pharmacist)

Cough Drops

*DM/PM versions of any of these

I was armed, again, with the thought that something was going to give me relief and I chose Mucinex this time. I slept a little bit better, but still wasn’t really getting rest because the fits were still happening just as much as before. By now I was almost to Thursday and I knew my state would evoke something from the doctor, it just HAD to.

When I got to the doctor’s office everyone seemed alarmed at how I sounded (cough and voice, I barely had a voice at this point). When my OB came in the exam room she announced she was afraid to touch anything I had touched, so I knew my state had at least made an impression. She didn’t ask to many questions, even though I kept trying to tell her everything. What she did do was prescribe me with an inhaler of  ProAir Albuterol HFA. She was quickly out the door and once again, I was armed with new meds and a new hope!

The first night it helped a little and I kept taking the Mucinex because she said that was the best for a cough. Did you know you can’t get just a cough suppressant anymore? They are now mixed with an expectorant and/or whatever else they think you need. Annoying when you just have  a cough. Even more annoying when you are pregnant and trying not to take medicine unless you really have to.

Onto the good news…eventually this inhaler worked! It took a couple of days, but I was getting a couple of hours of sleep and only waking up one or two times with a coughing fit. Plus, I was feeling better! It was awesome and I stopped being so terrified of going into labor with this horrendous cough.

Now we are at 38 weeks and I only have sinus issues with this little “fake” sounding cough. It’s glorious! I wish I had some great advice for pregnant ladies out there for when they get sick and no one will listen to you that it really is THAT bad and you aren’t getting any sleep. The only thing I can say is to be persistent, call that on-call doctor on the weekends, call your primary physician, keep trying new (approved for pregnancy) medicines, and hopefully, eventually someone will take notice to help you out. It’s frustrating and scary, but you will make it through. On the other side of it you will be comforted that “they” say it’s good for your baby when you get sick and it’s not an infection or something that could hurt the baby. Apparently, it only adds to what your baby can fight off on their own for later on. Now, I’m not a doctor nor do I have ANY medical training, but I’ll take that.

38 Weeks!

March 23, 2012 by gwendolyn | 3 Comments

Here we are, another week behind us. I must say that after my doctor appointment last week I was pretty darn excited to share the news and get the show on the road. Now, I am past the shocked, scarred and excited feelings and ready to produce a little bundle of love and fun.

This week my doctor said I am dilated 2cm, 70% effacement with the head engaged and ready. The difference from last week is the 70% and actual numbers for dilation…so I got the same news as last week: could be anytime this week. Which means momma-to-be is less excited, but daddy-to-be is overjoyed to have the weekend to clean and organize. Isn’t he good? I landed what they call, “a keeper.”

Me, 38 Weeks Pregnant!

The New Baby Office

March 17, 2012 by gwendolyn | 14 Comments

We have several needs that our second bedroom needs to accommodate; an office and place for baby to sleep. I know that there will come a time when she needs her own space, but for now we are maximizing our square footage. Hey, it’s California living and what ya gotta do, yo!

At first we worked pretty hard to make it the perfect office for me, since I work from home. Now we have made it a wonderful spot for two.

Here is an idea of what it looked like as my office:

My Desk with Organization Shelves

Opposite Side with CD's and Chair

Of course we had many other personal items that came in afterwards, but these are all the pictures I could find after we put in the bamboo floors and got all the new office furniture. I was in heaven and loved my grown up space.

When we were becoming three it was apparent that my grown up space was going to be a little smaller. I don’t mind one bit, really didn’t need all that…well, maybe the closet space was nice.

Somewhere along the pregnancy my husband came up with the idea of doing stripes on the wall. I thought it was a great idea, but not too sure how we would pull it off. Aren’t stripes supposed to be difficult? Especially the ones he wanted to do, horizontal. He was sure he wanted to do it (and I thought it was a great idea), so once we decided on the colors it was settled. During the painting he did confess he wished he hadn’t been so ambitious.However, now it looks so AMAZING! He did such a wonderful job and we both love it.

One color on the wall with tape for the rest of the first round of colors.

All the colors on the wall!

Then, we moved onto the furniture and accessories. We haven’t finished everything that we wanted to do with decorating, but decided that we didn’t really need the shelves just to prop up pictures and nicknacks. Those can come at a later date. What we did decide on was to use some of the paper lanterns from our wedding and bells from my childhood. One of them became a light and the other two decoration with the bells. I am in love with them and so happy to have that little piece of my past for our daughter.

Bell Lantern One

Bell Lantern Two (next to to lighted lantern)

Next we have the furniture, which we had initially wanted to be all white. We bought the crib from a neighbor and it is perfect! I decided to weave green tulle (that we didn’t use for the wedding) on the bottom to cover up the drawer and below the mattress. We have some pillows for decoration from our living room and then toys that we acquired at the shower. Aren’t they cute!?

Perfect for Our Little Angel

Pillows and Toys

Decked Out Crib With Lanterns

Perfect for a Curtain Tieback (from our diaper cake)

We also have the chest of drawers, which is a piece we had in our garage. You see, when I was a kid my parents thought it was a good idea to get us a nice set of bedroom furniture. We got to pick it out and it was ours keep it once we moved out. I have to say it’s been everywhere with me: Louisville when I was a kid, my parents house outside of Philadelphia, two apartments in Philadelphia right after college, three apartments in San Diego, and now with my husband in our home. I have to agree with my folks, that it was a superb idea – thanks Mom & Dad! It isn’t white and it’s the taste of a 14 year old me, but who cares, I still love it. The sentimental value along with the cost savings outweighs matching white furniture, in my book. Don’t you think?

My Chest of Drawers

Both Pieces of Furniture

All Together with Door Open


That’s that! What do you think?

37 Weeks!

March 15, 2012 by gwendolyn | 12 Comments

Well folks, looks like we are coming up on the end of this journey! We are very excited, even though we are still trying to get over whatever has been ailing us. (I’m working on a post about that one.)

We are now at 37 weeks — are you excited, yet? We are! Today was my weekly visit to the doctor and she started in on those wonderful pelvic exams that you get in the last month. The good news is that the head is in place (all ready) and my cervix is starting to open. Woohoo!! Who would have thought I would ever say that or better yet, blog about!?

According to the doctor she won’t be surprised to see me in labor within the next week, THE NEXT WEEK! I think I went completely blank when she delivered this news. I couldn’t believe it and still can’t. However, it’s starting to sinking in, now that I have had several hours to mull it over. Of course, there isn’t any way to predict when this will happen, but she also said she doesn’t think there is anyway that I will make it to my due date, the first week of April.

Holy cow! I guess I really should say Holy Baby!

trying not to look sick, but it's not working so well…

our little bundle is almost ready

Let it Rain, Candy!

March 8, 2012 by gwendolyn

The hostess made this sweetness.

This past weekend, the loveliest of my lovely friends threw me an amazing baby shower!

It all started with sweet sugary pink goodness and blossomed into a book collection fit for a candy queen and her princess. Among some of my favorite things about this shower was this creative idea; my friend asked all the guests to include a book  of their choice in lieu of a card. It’s got to be one of the best ideas and I urge you to do it for any baby shower you host or suggest it to anyone who might be having a shower. The array of books we received is the most thoughtful and creative I could have imagined.

I had a great time seeing all my friends and felt incredibly loved throughout the entire event. One friend flew out from Pittsburgh, another drive two hours, and the hostess come from 1.5 hours away! Talk about good ‘uns, those are the best! Not to mention all the goods we were given – the loot, ahhh, the LOOT is out of this world!

The whole event went by incredibly too fast for me. I wanted to be able to visit with all my friends for hours more! In my book, that’s a good sign of a successful event. It really was perfect and I had a fantastic time.

I am grateful to my friends who were able to make it and all of those that weren’t, but still managed to surprise me with their generosity. I’m a lucky girl and hope that all the other mom’s-to-be out there get to feel this kind of love.

Yummy sandwiches, we were hungry and already dove in before the shot was taken!

Candy Land Theme - the BEST!
















Flowers from the same girl that did our wedding flowers. She's a talent to be reckoned with.

Candy straws for the pink lemonade!













Candy Queen Hat!

A perfect gift - Silly Sing-a-long's with one of my favorites!












You can almost see all my ladies in this one - they are some of the best people EVER!










The loot! I told ya it was amazing.









Decoration that is also for the Christmas Tree!

Another one for the tree - can't wait to hang these!













Perfect Candy Decorations

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35 Weeks!

March 2, 2012 by gwendolyn

Did someone say 35 weeks? Did I just say 35 weeks!?

Yep! I’m officially at 35 weeks + one day — unbelievable! 

Little girl is moving around all the time, so there isn’t any forgetting that we are about to be parents. It’s an exciting time for us and almost comical when I start to feel like she is playing drums or dancing on my insides. I have to say that I feel miserable quite often, but I am almost used to it, too. Knowing that we are rounding the corner to the end of the journey makes it all worth it and makes me feel like I can make it. It’s a good thing.

Some people have said I don’t look like I am that far along, which is fair, we are all different. However, you all know my doctor has gotten on my case about weight, even since I wrote my original blog post about it. Who really knows what’s normal. What I do know is if we are lucky enough to have another one I am not going to insist on the same doctor. I feel ok about my body and the way I am handling the pregnancy, and that matters much more, to me.

Enjoy the pictures, we meant to take one last week. Hopefully next week we will be more on top of it.

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