February 24, 2011

Eviction Notice!!!

I found this and thought I would share -- it is more like 27 days for Evie, but still.

To Whom it May Concern;

I am issuing 30 day notice for EVICTION. Tenant will have 30 days in which she can either gather her belongings and promptly vacate the premises, or wait until the final day. After which, she will be physically removed from the property.

She's being evicted due to breech of contract and destruction of property. Expansions only to the FRONT of the house, within reasonable limits, were discussed. Not only have these limits been exceeded, but additions to the back of the house were also made!

Remodeling and gutting of the home was never approved, nor was changing the initial layout and base structure. And due to property damage, there are now leaks in both the upper AND lower levels of the home. On top of which, the landlord has received numerous complaints about nightly disturbances.

30 days noncompliance with this notice, from this day, will result in immediate and forceful removal at my discretion.



36 Weeks...

Evie was 36 weeks yesterday! I am very grateful to have gotten to this point! Evie should be the size of a crenshaw melon. I have no idea what a crenshaw melon is, but here is what it looks like:

According to averages, Evie should weigh about six lbs. According to my OB, we can expect a 6-7 lb baby girl at birth, so Evie is somewhere below average. That is however, ok. Yesterday at our 36 week appointment Dr. Martin said that they would NOT be changing my due date, because Evie has such small parents. She actually said for parents our size she would be somewhere around average. Not that small women can't have big babies -- just ask my Aunt Kissy about her 7 & 8 pound twin boys and her 10 pound singleton. Yeah. That sounds fun.

Evie is doing very well and is still in the head down position. She has dropped some (but for first time mom's this usually happens weeks before delivery) and I am still waiting on some relief from the heartburn. I hope it goes away very quickly after delivery and my stomach is back to "normal". Her heartbeat is strong and perfect. However, I did get a little bit of disappointing news, I am 0% dilated and 0% effaced. I know this is normal, and we are really at least a week or two (or four) from her delivery, but for someone who has been having contractions since week 31, it's pretty devastating. I was hoping for SOME NEWS that indicated that my body thinks that it can pull this off. And it seems like everyone I talk to tells me their story of how they were dilated and effaced and their baby came early and blah blah blah. I just don't want to hear it. Period.

I'll be hoping for much better news next week, when Evie is full term. Also, for the record, I know this will all be worth it once I hold my little girl. So don't tell me again. If you think I don't already know that in my bones, then you must be brain dead. Sorry, but I am so sick of hearing that. I swear I will never say that to a pregnant woman. EVER. At 36 weeks all the well meaning, knowing, good natured and chuckling UNSOLICITED advice is starting to get a bit annoying. More than a bit, actually. Especially from men. I may punch the next person who offers a little tid bit of "just you wait" advice or parenting info in the face.

Anyhow, this weekend Chris and I are going on a date night to Bonefish grill (mmm fish) and maybe to a movie after if I am feeling up to it. Saturday I am getting my hair keratin treated (think four hours of sitting that result in beautiful non frizzy hair) and Chris is going to finish the nursery shelves. Sunday, I may have to work a little but will mostly be at home, cleaning and catching up on laundry. This weeks goal: wash doors and base boards.

Hopefully the next time I update I will be in a better mood. For now, here is what Evie Bug looks like all squished in Momma's belly:

Also, just so you know this is what a crenshaw melon is:

A Crenshaw melon is a hybrid melon with very sweet, juicy orange flesh. Crenshaws are among the sweetest of melons when they are well cultivated, making them a popular melon during their peak season between July and September. Many markets and greengrocers carry Crenshaw melons in the summertime, along with an assortment of other refreshing summer fruits.

When ripe, Crenshaw melons are roughly ovoid, with a greenish-yellow, slightly ribbed skin. Inside, the melons are a rich salmon pink, with a large seeded area in the center portion of the melon. To select a good Crenshaw melon in the store, look for a melon which feels heavy for its size, and yields slightly at the end of the melon where the flower once was. Keep the melon under refrigeration for up to three days before using.

36 weeks down! 4 to go!

February 22, 2011

Late Bloomer

It appears that a lot of the pregnancy symptoms that I have managed to avoid have decided to show up late in the third trimester.

1) Quack! Quack! There is no denying the pregnancy waddle at this point. I've been waddling on and off for a few weeks now, but in the past few days it is like the only way I can comfortably walk is to waddle. Chris calls me the waddler. He is lucky I love him so much, and I know his commentary on my oh so sexy strut is only because he is beyond excited for this little girl.

2) Swelling! Ugh! Seriously, with the non-stop puking for nine months straight and acid reflux that feels like Satan himself is pouring hell fire down my throat I can't get a break from the swollen feet and hands? Really? This symptom waited until Sunday to show up. Well played preggo hormones, well played.

3) Pelvic pain. Some joker decided to name the horomone that relaxes your pelvic joints "relaxin" (real creative buddy, real creative). And, while yes, this is important because it allows the baby to pass through the birth canal, it is also evil. It causes severe pain, kind of like your pelvis and hips are about to split wide open.

4) Sciatica. I had heard rumors of sciatic pain, honestly I put it in the category of "old peoples" problems; it was up there with hip replacements (which I might need after this baby). Jokes on me again, now that Evie has dropped some, she tends to sit directly on my sciatic nerve when I try and lean back and put my feet up. Add four dogs who think mom's lap is the place to be and resting comfortably on the couch is not the easiest thing to do. Consequently, I tend to spend more and more time on my feet to ease the sciatic pain, however, this also contributes to the swelling issue. It's a vicious cycle really.

I know that I will miss this at some point (or so I have been told) but right now I'm ready to have my body back!

February 17, 2011

35 Weeks and the 25 percentile!

Evie is 35 weeks! Hooray! Getting closer and closer all of the time, although this baby seems to be slower than Christmas! :)

At 35 weeks Evie should be about 18 inches long and the size of a honeydew melon!

Right now she should be starting to get cramped and uncomfortable in there! Me too little bit, me too!

Evie should be weighing in at 5 1/4 lbs. This is of course an average, but when Chris and I went in for an unscheduled ultrasound and biophysical profile and nonstress test on Evie on Tuesday (02/15) we found out that Evie is only weighing in at 5 lbs and is measuring at 33 weeks and 5 days. The tests and ultrasound were done at 34 weeks and 6 days. This means she is measuring one week and one day less than she should, and it is nothing to be concerned about. However, because it is one week small they could change my due date back a week(PLEASE PLEASE NO!!!) It also puts Evie in the 25 percentile overall and means that we are having a "small baby". Given the size of Chris and me this comes as little surprise except for the fact that the last ultrasound showed a much bigger baby. I guess we won't really know until she decides to make her appearance. However, the "big baby" news was shocking to me and the "small baby" news was kind of more what I expected. I'm still thinking we will have somewhere around a 6 pounder.

They also discovered the reason that I am measuring so big. I have a huge amount of amniotic fluid. I am right on the upper limits of normal so they won't worry and may not even check me again. This also allows me to feel Evie to move more frequently and more distinctly than most moms at 35 weeks. Which, while sometimes I want a break, is pretty cool! It also means I will probably really really know it when my water breaks. Which is good -- I don't do well with the wait and see stuff.

Chris and I are about 90% ready for baby. Her room is all set up, except we still need a diaper pail, her breathable bumpers and to hang a few more items. All in all about 2 hours work, which will hopefully be finished by Sunday. THEN, I will post pictures of her nursery. We also need to get her closet organized, which won't take me very long. All of her clothes and blankets and other soft items have been washed and are waiting for her arrival. Her diaper bag is packed and ready to go to the hospital. Chris' bag and my bag are packed (except a few personal items I still need to buy). We also have a list of items that we use daily and cannot be packed, BUT we do need or want at the hospital as well as their locations in the house hanging on the fridge. Our "Prepared Parenthood" class is this weekend at the hospital. After all of that we should be ready for the arrival of Evelyn Grace Evans! I can't wait!

35 weeks down, 5 weeks to go!

side note about the percentile: Some people have already gasped their concern and displeasure at a baby in the 25th percentile. That's so small, they will say, aren't you worried? To those people I say, no I am not worried. I am SHORT (in case you missed the memo) and my mom and dad are SHORT. My husband is SHORT. My brother (closest person genetically to me) is not short, but not tall either, and this is only because he took HGH shots from about age 3 until sometime in his teens. The chances of me having a BIG baby were, ummm, slim to none and slim ain't lookin' so good. All the 25 percentile means is that out of 100 babies 75% are bigger than Evie and 24% are smaller. That is it. Hmmmph.

February 9, 2011

34 Weeks!!!

Evie is 34 weeks today! Shew! 99% of babies born at this point go on to have no mental, physical or developmental problems! THAT is a good feeling! However, I'd prefer that little miss stays in there a few more weeks (at least until 37 for her sake). I've got things scheduled up through the 26th of February and then after that -- I'm not scheduling anything else so she is free to come! :)

At 34 weeks Evie should be about 4.75 lbs and be about 18 inches long. She continues to do one thing -- put on the fat. She has plumped out quite a bit at this point, should have hair and should be taking on that beautiful pink baby color. I can't wait to see her beautiful face and look at her eyes! I dream about the way she will smell and sound and move. It is all typical new mom stuff I am sure, but I really can't wait at this point! Evie is starting to get scrunched up in there and is about the size of a cantaloupe!

In other news, I had my 34 week checkup yesterday. It was supposed to be today but my OB said with my luck there was no way I needed to be driving in this snow we are supposed to get! haha! Evie is doing great! Her heartbeat is very strong and the fact that she hurts be so much means that she is a tough strong little thing! My baby belly is measuring about 3-4 weeks further than I actually am. Meaning, it is somewhere between 37 and 38 cm from my pelvic bone to the top of my uterus. It should be measuring nearer to 34cm. Dr. Martin seems to think that the reason I am measuring so large is because the belly and baby have no room to go up or down and can only go out. Still because of the fact that it is so much bigger, in 2 weeks at our 36 week check up she is going to an ultrasound to check and make sure that my due date doesn't need to be moved up by a week. At this point I would be completely fine with it! At 36 weeks we will also begin our weekly appointments and she will be checking me weekly for dilation and effacement. Oh joy! She told me yesterday that starting in 2 weeks I better get ready to lose my modesty (she knows how modest I am). Oh joy. I'm so not looking forward to that! I try not to think about it and just tell myself to go with the flow and that it is all part of the having a baby process and that I am not the only woman to go through this. At the end, as long as I have a healthy baby girl, it will all be worth it!

34 weeks down!!! 6 to go!!!

February 4, 2011

The Green Monster


I know THREE people who have had their babies in the past FOUR days.

I am so jealous.

I KNOW it is not time for her to come yet, all of these people are very close to their due dates and were at least 37 weeks along.

BUT STILL. I am jealous. I am sick of having her in the belly -- I am ready to meet her.

At this point, it's not about how much I am sick of being pregnant (because believe I am). That part is not so bad. It is about feeling anxious and incomplete in way that I know only having her will fix. I'm ready to hold her and nurse her and change her and stay up all night with her and I'm just ready to BE HER MOM!

I know I know, everyone says to Enjoy this last little bit of time to yourself. But here is the thing, I don't have time to myself, I haven't had time to myself since about July 16th. And especially now, my thoughts are constantly preoccupied with Evie, when is she going to come, what will she look like, will she love me, will she love her Daddy, what if she doesn't want to eat, is she going to be healthy and ON AND ON. I can't enjoy anything in this state.

Truly if I had one wish right now, I would wish to fast forward until labor starts. Totally selfish, but I don't care. Screw world peace and everything else.

I am so ready to meet my little girl.

February 2, 2011

33 Weeks!

This week Evie should weigh in at over 4 lbs (umm didn't we supposedly hit that mark back about 2 weeks ago?) and should be about 17 inches long. This puts her about the weight and length of a pineapple!

From now on she will rapidly begin running out of room as the amniotic fluid continues to decrease and she gains more weight. The average baby gains about 0.5 lbs per week at this point. God help me! Here is what she should look like in there:

I've started to notice that, although she is as active as ever, her movements have changed. I can't remember the last time I felt a distinct single kick. Now I usually feel a series of connected movements that feel like she is alternating pushing with both feet very quickly, while wiggling her booty! The other day she managed to get a foot stuck over in my side. I explained to her that this was a "no can do" for Mommy and pushed it and she moved it back. She is (at this point) quite accomodating about this. She also gets the hiccups multiple times a day. According to my MIL, Pat, Chris also did this the entire third trimester.

Mom is feeling better this week than last (thank goodness as last was miserable). I have been lucky in that only one of my feet (the left) regularly swells and then it usually goes right back down as soon as I walk around a bit or prop it up. However, the battle with acid reflux rages on. Currently I am taking 60mg of Dexilant (my prescription proton pump inhibitor) once daily, and 150 mg of Zantac twice daily as well as rolaids smoothies (750 mg of Calcium Carbonate each) as needed. This baby can't cause an ulcer, at least not until she is 13! Other than that, things continue to become more and more cramped for both her and me. I guess this is just proof we are in the home stretch.

Speaking of the home stretch, this goal for this week is to get my hospital bag packed and Chris' hospital bag packed. I'll also be making a Daddy Binder for Chris. It will contain copies of all pertinent documents (birth certificates, drivers licenses, prescription drug cards, insurance cards etc), list of all the freaking drugs I am allergic to, lists of all close by restaurants that allow carry out orders (Thank God we are having this baby in Germantown instead of Olive Branch) as well as his and my favorites highlighted, and yes, color coded (I figure this way if I am sleeping or he is sleeping or both are sleeping family won't be blind on ordering if needed). It will include a list of all family to call or text so that we don't forget anyone. Also it will include the name of our pediatric group, as well as our specific doctor and his phone number. I am going to put in $1 bills and lots of quarters so he can always grab something from the vending machine and pretty much anything else I determine could be useful will go in there. I know. I am taking anal to a whole new level here. Did you doubt I could do it?

Other Items to Note: Tomorrow marks 2 WHOLE WEEKS with no visits to the hospital!!! Woo hoo! Way to go Evie (and Momma)!

Keep an eye out in the next few weeks for completed nursery pictures! :)