Monday, January 28, 2013
As usual, I'm way behind in writing on here. We first heard in late November and later had confirmation in December that we're having a girl. We're now 25 weeks along and everything is going well. We were a bit concerned on Christmas Eve when some tests revealed that we had a high risk for a really bad birth defect, but additional testing confirmed that everything is fine.
Our due date was May 13th, but as of our last visit they said it's looking more like May 9th. Right now she weighs just over a pound and a half. It's amazing how life starts off so small, and we've been more fortunate than most couples, getting a glimpse every 2-3 weeks from embryo until birth.
We're frantically making all the preparations. May will be here before we know it. Miraculously, I'm still finding time to work out. I've gotten back into the habit of going to the gym twice a week. I'm eating better as well. I don't really trust the numbers, but the scale says I lost 6 pounds in my first week back at it. If only that really happened every week! Heck, that's about four 25 week babies!
Monday, December 10, 2012
I was doing well. I could jog a mile. I worked out twice a week. I ate healthier. I drank lots of water. I lost 50 pounds. I bought smaller clothes. I got compliments. Then, it all fell apart.
I haven't jogged in a while. I work out once a week, on a good week. I make poor food choices. I drink about half the amount of water I should. I've gained back about 10 pounds. My smaller clothes are a bit more snug. The compliments have stopped. I'm not happy about any of this.
Why? I've had a lot going on. Between the pregnancy, November birthdays, holiday festivities, and more. But that should NOT be an excuse. I want working out to be a priority. I don't want everything else to get in the way, but it does. I no longer have a workout partner, so I'm on my own. My wife isn't as supportive of my efforts as I wish she was. She sometimes gives me grief about going the gym because I'm busy and she wants or needs me for other things instead.
I know people with larger families and busier lives than me, yet they spend many hours a week running and working out. I just don't understand how it's possible. I don't think I will ever be at that level, and I'm not sure that I would want to. At least they're consistent. I think that's the key. As soon as I slack off for a week or two, it easily becomes a pattern. I feel like no one understands that. Hearing "we've got a lot going on, just come home tonight" more than a couple of times in a row really throws me off.
I don't mean to blame others, but when you're married and working two jobs to support a family, you really need support. I wish I could do it all by myself, but it just doesn't seem to happen that way.
So, what do I do now? Do I enjoy the holidays and get a fresh start in the new year? Or do I try to be good, get busy and eat the holiday goodies, then get disappointed that I'm still not getting anywhere?
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
That's the question that everyone has been asking and the answer that we're anxiously awaiting. We're now 16.5 weeks along. This is about the earliest you can sometimes find out, and we had an ultrasound Monday. So what's the answer? We think we know, but I'm not sharing it just yet.
During the ultrasound, the baby was not in an optimal viewing position. The umblical cord was also in the way. The ultrasound tech gave us her best guess, but said she was not sure. As she continued looking, she became more and more confident with her answer. We shows the pictures to a nurse and to the nurse practicioner. They both agreed with the tech's assessment. The next ultrasound is December 10th. That's when we're hoping for a definite confirmation. In the meantime, let's have some fun! Channel your best psychic abilities and make your prediction. Will it be a boy or a girl?
Saturday, November 03, 2012
I've had quite an eventful week, so I figured I would take a moment to share all the fun and excitement.
First, there was hurricane Sandy. Luckily my area didn't get hit too hard. There was lots of rain, wind, and flooding in some spots. My office opened late and then closed three hours later during some of the worst weather.
Since we were a bit stir crazy being stuck at home during the storm, we decided to share our news on Facebook. My wife posted an ultrasound photo on Facebook, and immediately the comments started to pour in. It's been exciting and relieving to finally be able to let everone in on the good news.
On Wednesday there was a Halloween costume contest at work. I wasn't going to participate, but my wife convinced me to wear my dracula costume, When I got to work, my boss and co-workers convinced me to go out and get some makeup to complete the look. I ended up winning first place and $100!
Thursday was my birthday. I got some nice gifts from my wife, and a winning lottery ticket from a co-worker. It was only a dollar, but a winner is a winner!
On Friday, it was announced that my walking team at work had the most steps for the week. We each won a 2lb pilates ball - which I have no clue what to do with!
There has been lots of celebrating thrown in too. My wife and I had lunch out on my birthday and she cooked one of my favorite dinners that night. Last night we went out with my family, and tonight the wife and I are going to see the symphony thanks to the tickets she bought for our anniversary. Tomorrow night, there's one more party with her side of the family. This week has been great, but I'm looking forward to settling back into a normal routine next week.
I'll write more about the pregnancy later, but for now I'll just tell you that all is still going well. Oh, and did someone say they wanted to see ultrasound pics??
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
As usual, it's been way too long since I my last entry. After this weekend, I won't have many weddings booked until next Spring. Hopefully that gives me more time to blog, and more imporantly more time to work out.
Before I get to the main subject of this entry (as indicated in the title), I want to talk about my office's walking challenge. I've created a team of four people, and we're competing against the other teams to see who has the highest number of steps each week for the next month. There are monthly prizes and an overall prize as well. I don't think we'll win, but at least it will be good motivation for me to put in some extra effort. We did this a couple of years ago, and my teammates were big slackers. This year I've assembled a much more serious team, and so far they are showing me up! I've really got to get on the ball. I'm not sure if we have much of a chance of winning since there are some serious runners on some of the other teams - and the rules state running, elliptical machine, etc counts too. If we don't win, that's okay. I'm just glad to get the extra exercise.
In other news, the pregnancy is going well and we're 12 weeks along. We feel pretty confident that this time we will be successful. So far, only mom, my boss and my teammates at work, and my wife's immediate family know that we're pregnant. We're getting to the point that we feel comfortable sharing the news with everyone, and we're planning out just how to do that. We'll probaby make the announcement next week, perhaps on Halloween. We're thinking about carving it into a pumpkin.
We're taking my grandma out for dinner tomorrow night to share the news with her. We would've told her sooner, but we were afraid she might let it slip out to others before we were ready. My wife has come up with a creative way to tell her - and a creative new hobby. She printed an iron-on transfer and put it on a onesie. It says "I Love My Great Grandma". It came out so well that she's made a couple more too - "I Love My Daddy" and "Don't look at me, that smell came from Daddy!". We saw one that said that selling somewhere for $8. The plain white onesies were $1 each at the dollar store, and a friend gave us the printable iron-on transfers for free. I think she could turn this into a business!
By the way, anyone want to see some ultrasound pics??
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