Hi readers! I am sorry that I haven’t been on to update. Honestly, its not because of the baby. He is WONDERFUL and a very good baby. He sleeps, and eats. Thats it. He doesn’t cry or fuss. Right now, I am feeling a little low. Makes no sense I know. I have the most wonderful family and friends and two beautiful boys. Unfortunately we all know that I battle anxiety and depression. 98 % of the time I am fine, but if there is ever a time when I have a hormone imbalance then I begin to suffer. Obviously my hormones are out of wack right now and I am suffering a bit. I don’t want to write on here while I am feeling this way because I have too many wondeful things to share. I will post some pictures soon though. Please say a little prayer for me and my family- and all the other women out there suffering from postpartum depression…..the statistics are crazy. There are more than we think!
You will all receive a more formal “Announcement” in the mail soon, and another blog entry with lots of details, but this is all I can come up with for now. We just got home from the hospital today and I am very tired and very sore. I wanted to help ease your curiosity though. He is PERFECT!
OK, OK I KNOW I’ve been slacking this past week. To my faithful readers (Robyn and Jack for sure), I am so sorry. The two words in the title are pretty much all I’ve been doing since I wrote last. It hasn’t helped that B and I have been without a car since last Monday. Mike has been working 3rd shift (10pm-8am) and then would sleep all day. BUT, he is now officially off work for 1 month! That’s right, no shifts, no getting 4 hours sleep and then having to work off duty (although he won’t be getting much more than 3 hours at a time- unless I am really nice and let HIM sleep all day for once). He is home with his family for 1 whole month! I am so excited and so happy. I haven’t really been out and about doing much. I’ve cleaned and organized the entire house- more than once (also known as “nesting” when you are pregnant) and took a lot of naps. I did have some time to lay in the sun and get a little color so I am not the sick, pale looking lady in the hospital…..TOMORROW! Even Braeden succumbed to his boredom a few days and took a nap too. We really did save a lot of money though. It amazing how much $ you can waste just because you are bored or because its more convenient to run through McDonalds drive-through for a Happy Meal for lunch instead of making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich at home. We saved $60 in gas (two weeks in a row) that it usually takes to fill up the truck. At over $3 a gallon, I may tell the shop to just keep the truck. We were supposed to get it back on Friday, but of course it won’t be ready until tomorrow.
Mike did have some time off over the weekend and we were able to do a few fun things. Friday night we went to a baseball game. The weather was beautiful and we had good seats. Too good I guess, because at one point during the game (actually I think it was before it had even started), they sling-shot t-shirts into the stands for you to try and CATCH! Well, obtain a shirt I did, catch I did not…..it came right at me, hit me hard in the forehead, knocked my hat off and bounced to the man in front of me. I guess he felt sorry for me because he threw it back to me (usually its a get-on-the-ground-battle for those shirts). Braeden thought I was a hero getting HIM a shirt, Mike pretended not to know me, and I was just embarrassed and in a little pain. I didn’t bruise or swell or anything, but I did feel a little pain underneath the skin Sat and Sun. The funniest part was one of the park employees running up to me making sure I was OK (which embarrassed me even more). It was a fun night and I enjoyed my hotdog, french fries, gatorade, half of Braeden’s cheeseburger and boiled peanuts. I LOVE ballpark food, and hey, I AM still pregnant!
My parents are on their way to town now and I am really looking forward to seeing them. My parents, Braeden and Mike’s parents will be at the hospital tomorrow for the birth. Of course only Mike can go into the operating room with me, but they should be able to get a good glimpse of the baby as he’s being taken to the nursery. It all seems so unreal to me. I guess because with most babies, everything is a surprise, and more natural. You don’t know when you are going into labor much less when your baby will be born. Its a tad freaky knowing that tomorrow morning I am not only having a baby, but major surgery to do so. I wouldn’t be me if I wasn’t scared (I am terrified to have a needle in my mouth at the dentist), but I am really excited and anxious too.
I guess I won’t write again until I get home from the hospital. By then most of you will already know all the details of the birth, but I will probably repeat them on here too. I may remember more while typing than when I talk to you since by the time I type, I won’t be feeling “nice” on all the medications .
Here is one cute cute thing Braeden said over the weekend- We went to Chilis on Sat because we had a free coupon for an awesome dessert. Well, after we’d all already stuffed our faces with dinner, they brought out the dessert. We devoured it. There was one bite left and little B scooped it up and then looked at Mike and I so sweetly and said, “does anyone want the last bite?” Of course we let HIM have the last bite (even though Mike and I were both about ready to fight for it).
The next picture on here will be of baby Michael, but here is a picture of what Mike and I woke up to one morning last week……B doesn’t get into any mischief, but he knows where HIS space is and decided to use it ALL this particular morning. That’s what we get for being LAZY!
I love you all!
PS. I got some WONDERFUL news last night. As my pregnancy is about to end…..another one is beginning and I couldn’t be happier. Thank you for making my night last night Robyn. Congratulations to you and Paul! You DESERVE IT!
Sorry for not writing yesterday. It was Mike’s Birthday and we had a busy day. Although Mike’s version of an awesome Birthday would be sitting at home doing nothing all day, I think we had a really great day. I’ll start in the middle of the day so I can explain the picture. Mike has been so amused and amazed by my ever enlarging stomach (did he think a baby was flat) that he’s been wanting to get some pictures of my tummy. Of course whenever we take out the camera, Braeden comes running and wants HIS picture taken. I told him to be patient, let Mike take a few of Mommy and then I would take a “nice” picture of him. Well, as Mike was snapping away, B comes running around the corner out of his room with a clip on tie that my parents got him for Christmas. He said, “Mama, can I wear this tie for the ‘nice’ picture?” He was so serious too and wanted to make sure he smiled really nice (although paying no attention to his un-matching shirt and shorts, his backwards hat or the “Ninja” sword he never puts down). To him, the tie made him “dressed up.” He was about to head to see his cousins baseball game and wanted to wear the tie there……Mike put his foot down. I would have let him. Let me rewind to before Christmas when the whole “tie” thing came into our lives.—–First of all, let me tell you that unlike many of the America’s Funniest Home Video clips, the pictures of Braeden are NOT staged. I do not tell him to do funny things for your entertainment (although I hope it is entertaining to you). These are true snap shots of our every day lives and the “individual” that Braeden is.—–Back to before Christmas, Braeden found a clip on tie in his sock drawer. I have NO idea where it came from. He wore it everyday for over a week. When the clip broke, so did his heart (DARN, said MAMA) Anyway, when he saw my Dad he shared his sad news. My parents knew exactly what to get him for Christmas. He was THRILLED. Now, he has 2 (in case one breaks)……Gotta love the grandparents! Every now and then he will remember about them and just snap it on to his shirt and walk around like its totally cool and a great addition to his outfit for the day. As for the rest of the day yesterday, we went and dropped off our truck to finally get the dents fixed, went to IHOP for breakfast, ran a couple errands and then went to the pool. Last night to celebrate Mike’s Birthday, I took him to our favorite restaurant where we met some of our closest friends and had a great time (child-free). We were talking to a couple as we sat outside on the top deck admiring the gorgeous view and they made a comment on how it would probably be our last “adult” dinner for awhile. They are probably right, although Mike and I’s anniversary is in a month, so I’m sure one of our family memebers will take pity on us and watch the kids for a couple hours. HINT HINT! The very best part of a great day yesterday was when we were putting Braeden to bed. He was so exhausted by the time we picked him up from Mike’s parents house after dinner. He was half asleep in the car and half asleep while we were getting him ready for bed. I covered him up, put his music on (he still listens to the SAME CD he has listened to since he was a baby) and I said goodnight. He could barely get the words “goodnight” out, but as I walked towards the door, he very clearly said, “Mama, can I kiss the baby” something he does throughout the day and ALWAYS at night. He just melts my heart.
Today was a pretty uneventful day (literally). I had my LAST pre-natal appointment today. Nothing has changed since last week. We basically talked about the c-section next week (since it doesn’t appear that he’s planning on coming before he’s scheduled to). Then, we made an appointment for 3 weeks (2 week post-partum check-up) and I couldn’t believe that we’d be bringing the BABY to that appointment. We are so excited. We have a FANTASTIC Dr. who allows allows Braeden to participate wherever he can with the check-ups. Since I stay home with him, and Mike comes to the appointments with me, Braeden comes along as well. She NEVER acts annoyed or frustrated that there is another little body in an already tiny room. He’s been practicing the last couple weeks helping to locate the baby’s heartbeat. Today, she gave him the little machine and told him he could do it on his own. He found the heartbeat RIGHT away and was so proud of himself! Maybe my first little man is gonna be a Dr.?
I hope everyone is having a nice week. Thanks for reading and for your comments. I love hearing from everyone!