Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Time to be Daderrific

So, it has been about a bajillion years since I have written a blog post.  Actually, I don't think I have written one this entire year so far, which is totally unfair to Laura, although she did have way more things, thoughts, perspectives to talk about since being pregnant.  I mean let's be honest.  The dude just kind of keeps on being himself through out this whole process while the wife is transforming into a baby machine.  But anyway, I thought I'd share what's been going on from a "guys" point of view through out the whole pregnancy process in light of a recent Father's day and Lucy's soon arrival.

So way back in October, Laura ran into the kitchen and told me that she was pregnant.  After confirming for myself through visual inspection of the pregnancy test, I agreed.  Then, I just kind of froze.  Any dudes out there fixing to find out if they are having a baby...don't do that. Even if you're freaked out of your mind, somehow demonstrate excitement in your non-verbals.  Maybe a hug and a smile while you think to yourself  "what in the world just happened and what is going to happen!!"  It will make her feel better.  So after what seemed to Laura like an eternity of frozen demeanor (I think it was just a few seconds) she asked, "Jason, aren't you excited?"  Cue to say, "yes honey, this is totally amazing!  I'm so excited!"  But that is not what was uttered out of my mouth.  I say to her with concern, "You better start taking at least 400mg folic acid right now.  I hope you have been taking some already because the neural tube is one of the first things to develop!"  Mistake numero dos.  Despite the truth in that statement, that is not what a newly pregnant woman wants to hear from her life long companion.  Haha, sometimes I can be so dense, I wonder why Laura married me.  Well despite my epic failures initially, after sometime to process this radical life change, I was happy and glad.

Now, over the past 9 months, we have had a lot of hilarious adventures.  From going to the county fair when Laura was freaked out the tilt-a-whirl was going to detach Lucy from the uterine wall to the filming of our video announcement which was super fun and awesome.  I think that project is what really made me excited and what made the fact that we were having an offspring a reality.  So while Laura was building a baby, I was still in my final semester of PT school on clinical.  It was really fun and early this year I could finally see the light at the end of a very long educational tunnel.  However, it dawned on me that in a few months, I would be done with school and a having a baby.  Cue job searching.  If you ever want some motivation to look for a job, have a baby and pregnant wife.  I promise you, you will diligently search for a job.  So I began that process through the early months of this year and spent most of my April spring break on job interviews.  Much good came out the diligence thanks nothing to me, but only the goodness of God.  And I was able to land a job in Augusta at Doctor's Hospital Outpatient Rehab Health Center.  So with a job on the horizon, it was finally time to graduate...again.  I hope I don't have to graduate again.  But it was fun and rewarding.  Family came in from Mississippi, Houston, and Atlanta to support me for which I was so thankful.  And then in the course of a few days, and some really weird graduation attire, the educational journey was complete.  I'm done!  Although, the celebration was slightly tainted by the fact that I still have the board exam to pass which I have been studying for the last several weeks (10 days left before exam and fingers crossed!).  Oh ironically, Baby Lucy is due the day before my board exam which was one of my freak out moments earlier this year.  But if she is anything like her momma, I got a couple of days cushion ;)


So after graduation, I was able to start studying for boards and working part time at my new job all while Laura continued to progress with pregnancy.  And this is where I have been.  My life consists of preparing for the exam and finally providing some extra money to our budget for which Laura is definitely thankful!  Because we definitely used it to create a living space for Lucy.  Which is another point for dudes...the urge for a nursery is strong in a woman and it is something that we will never understand.  And after too much questioning, cross examination, and tears of anger and frustration from my bride, I finally discovered that it is indeed not for Lucy (my motto is "Baby don't care!") but for Mom.  So just do it...like Nike.  In the end she will be much happier!  Oh and also, pregnancy brain is real...don't tell her it isn't, and don't tell her she's moving slow...that'll earn you the dog house!  Fun memories for us to laugh at later, I'm sure.


With the parenting fast on the horizon, Laura and I knew that we had to cram as much fun in the precious weeks before our life alters.  So for much May and early June we went to community events like Thunder over Augusta to see a jaw dropping pyrotechnic show, visited with family, went to the lake - for memorial day (in which Laura was gracious and let me put on a mini firework show since we will be out of commission for the 4th!) - and with friends, and to local baseball games.

And now, here I am.  Ten days away from my board exam, and 10 days away from Lucy's arrival.  I can honestly say that I am excited.  I'm excited to meet her.  I'm excited to read books that have finger puppets in them to her.  I'm excited to see her peacefully dreaming.  I'm excited to teach her music.  And I'm excited for Laura to change all of her dirty diapers and feed her in the middle of the night (just kidding hon).  I think it takes guys about 9 months to finally be totally amped, but it does happen ladies, so be patient.  I often take a break from studying and just laugh that I have to now take care of this child because I literally have no idea what I'm doing...at all.  Some may say that is scary, I think it's comical.  But with the help of great models of parenting on both sides, great friends, and the power of Christ, I'm sure that I'll make it.

My parent's got me this little onsie for Lucy that says, "I love daddy" for Father's day and although I don't know if she will love me, I know that I already love her.  So it's time to be Daderrific!

 

Monday, June 18, 2012

Featured On: Monday's Mama-to-Be!

Hi Everyone! 

Today is a first for me! My blog is being featured on one of my favorite mom blogs - called "Double the Fun." Check out my Guest Blog Post Here - you might even find some sneak peaks of our nursery (full post coming soon...)! While you're on Aliya's blog - you should definitely check out other posts in her "Monday's Mama-to-Be" series - they are so much fun to read & make my Mondays much more enjoyable! 


Yesterday marked 38 weeks of pregnancy - so we only have 2 more to go! We are getting so excited! 



Will be back soon with another post! Happy Monday Everyone!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

My how things can change in 9 months!

 

6 Weeks! Just found out 

37 Weeks - Full Term!



How Far Along? 37 Weeks and 3 days! Only 3 weeks to go! I can't hardly wait! 


Total Weight Gain/Loss: +24ish 


Baby Related Purchases: We have been "showered" beyond belief by many wonderful friends and family members. I think that we have everything we need! I'm sure that we will discover more things after the birth, but after some returns of duplicate shower gifts, we are pretty set! Yay! 


Here are some pics of stuff from a shower my mom's friends threw for me in Atlanta. It was themed "I Love Lucy" and was super cute! 
 Adorable mirror - already hanging in the room! 
 Cute romper 

 Piano from grandparents! 
 Cute Easter dress from Jason's parents

 With my mom and grandma 
 The perfect hostesses with matching "I Love Lucy" aprons!  
 Almost too pretty to eat! 


Jason and I have purchased a few last minute items, including this pic for her nursery - look for a "Nursery Reveal" post soon! We also bought some pink and white flowers and a vase from Michaels.  
Stretch marks: Crossing my fingers that this isn't an issue - because I have been too lazy to use any stretch mark cream! 


Sleep: Getting a little worse - but still only up about 2-3 times a night and can fall back asleep. 


Movement: Kicking is getting a lot stronger. It was fun to have an ultrasound this week an find out what limb was what. Now I know that kicks on my right side are her legs! 


What I miss: Wearing my old clothes! I'm down to just a few outfits these days. 


Cravings: Luigi's Italian Ice - love those things! 


Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope! Thankful for this! 


Gender: Girl! 


Labor Signs: No - but I did have a Doctor's appointment at 36 and 37 weeks and today they told me I am between 1-2 cm dilated! Woo-Hoo! 


Symptoms: Back still hurts towards the end of the night, also having some heartburn, and weird muscle soreness at random times. But other than that - I can't complain! Energy level is still not too bad. 


Belly Button In or Out? Partially "out"  - this is why I am avoiding tight shirts! 


Happy or Moody most of the time: We have had an eventful two weeks! Mostly good things with a shower in Atlanta and Lake House weekend with friends. I'm really looking forward to our first weekend in Augusta in quite some time - Jason will be studying for his boards for most of it. 


Worries: Praise Jesus that my ultrasound went well at 36 weeks and she measured at 6 lbs, +/- 6 oz. which was about 50% for that week. Today my doctor said that even though I am measuring a bit small (stomach wise), the baby is normal and her head is down - all good news! 


Best moments this week: Since these are my only blog posts these days, I have a lot to say in this section! 
We had a lot of fun in Atlanta when we went to visit for the shower. On Friday night, we got to visit with my parents, then on Saturday we had a jam-packed day - visiting with Jason's family, running errands, lunch with my mom and Jason's mom, the shower, dinner with Jason's parents, etc. Here's Jason and me opening some gifts from the Baareman's and some of their Starkville friends: 




Last weekend, we went to the lake house with some friends - we had a great time and the weather was perfect! I even got tanned/burned for the first time this year! As you can probably tell, we have been trying to fit in as much fun time as possible before this baby is born and it has been kind of exhausting! I think we will be laying low in Augusta until Lucy makes her appearance! 


In other news- one of our friends Lesley-Anne offered to give us a maternity photo session - what a great gift - especially since they turned out so great! Here are some of our favorite pics from the session that we will hopefully frame! 








Looking forward to: This baby being born - I am so curious when she will be born, how the birth will go, what she will look like, etc. etc. etc. - I have always been a curious/inpatient person, so I'm about done waiting! 


Size of Baby: Your baby is now considered "full term," even though your due date is three weeks away. If you go into labor now, his lungs will likely be mature enough to fully adjust to life outside the womb. (Some babies need a bit more time, though. So if you're planning to have a repeat c-section, for example, your practitioner will schedule it for no earlier than 39 weeks unless there's a medical reason to intervene earlier.) Your baby weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel (like a stalk of Swiss chard). Many babies have a full head of hair at birth, with locks from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches long. But don't be surprised if your baby's hair isn't the same color as yours. Dark-haired couples are sometimes thrown for a loop when their children come out as blonds or redheads, and fair-haired couples have been surprised by Elvis look-alikes. And then, of course, some babies sport only peach fuzz.

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