Archive for February, 2013

Oh the burn!

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Oh the heartburn!! I remember having this same problem when I was pregnant with Nathan, and it is not fun! It feels like I have a small bonfire growing in my chest. Like I’m going to be talking to someone and at the most unexpected moment, flames are going to shoot out of my mouth & burn their eyebrows off. It’s mostly exacerbated by foods like pizza & spaghetti, but even seemingly innocuous foods like turkey sandwiches will bring it on. And I can’t bend over. Not only because of my bulging belly, but even trying to bend over gives me major heartburn.

Oh yeah, that reminds me. I totally split my pants down the middle while at the gym on Tuesday. And I don’t even know how long they were like that. AND I had to walk from the second floor to the locker room on the first floor with a hole in the seam! Fortunately, it could only be seen if I bent over, which I don’t do, so I doubt anyone noticed. But I digress. Back to my heartburn discussion…

What seriously sucks is that I can’t take Tums or other antacids this pregnancy because they make me nauseous. As in first-trimester-like nausea. About an hour or so after I take them, I end up throwing up. Projectile. Very uncool. I don’t have this problem when I’m not pregnant, and I didn’t have this issue when I was pregnant with Nathan. But apparently, this baby does NOT like antacids.

So that pretty much leaves me with either avoiding all foods entirely (YEAH RIGHT!) or coming up with another option. I tried milk and that was a big fail. Made it worse! So… I’ve found a pretty decent substitute for Tums… FRUIT!! No kidding! Well, not just any fruit. I’ve noticed that some fruit even gives me heartburn. But grapes, strawberries, and especially green apples really help! And it’s really nice that it’s, well, fruit. Natural. Delicious. Succulant. And good for me!

By the way, have you ever heard that silly old wives tale that having heartburn while pregnant means your baby will have a headfull of hair? LIES!! It was pretty bad with Nathan and the kid was born bald & stayed that way until he was a toddler. He didn’t get his first haircut until after his third birthday. Old wives tales really irritate the dickens out of me. But then again, many things do right now. Thw third trimester is no joke!

And now I’m off to find some delicious fruit to gorge on…

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Pooptooth…

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Conversations between me and Nathan tend to go downhill rather quickly. It will usually start out innocently enough with Nathan asking a little question, but then he’ll play off that question and turn the conversation into something it totally was not! The following is a prime example…

Nathan: What’s that on your ear, Mom?
Me: That’s my Bluetooth earpiece.
Nathan: No, Purpletooth.
Me: Ha! Well, technically it IS purple, but the device itself is called a Bluetooth earpiece.
Nathan: No, it’s a Pooptooth earpiece.
Me: (in my Mommy voice) That’s not nice, Nathan. It’s called a Bluetooth earpiece.
Nathan: It’s poop on your ear!
Me: …

How do kids come up with this stuff??

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Road trip!

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Well, my cold finally went away. It only took FOREVER. When Nathan had it (because he pretty much is the first to catch all the illnesses we come down with, then he gives them to me, then I give them to Paul) it only lasted two days. Two! I caught it a couple days later, and then Paul caught it right after I did. Paul was also over it in a couple days. Normally, I’m the same way… but not while pregnant! Oh no. I catch a cold and the cold totally kicks my ass. I’m a snotting, coughing, sneezing mess… and when you’re pregnant, there’s only a few medications you can take so I end up being miserable for the duration of the illness. I mentioned in my last post that a pregnant woman’s immune system is lower than normal. Yeah, that sucks!

Well it sure does make me appreciate being well, I tell ya! So while I was sick, I went to Chattanooga, TN to visit my brother. I was on the very tail-end of the cold, and I’d been planning this trip for awhile… and I wasn’t about to cancel since I’m only getting MORE pregnant and more uncomfortable! And I plan to visit him again after the baby’s born, but since I’ll be breastfeeding, it will be about six month postpartum before I can really leave the baby. And even then, I’ll have to pump every few hours. So this was the only chance I was going to be able to see him for a while.

We had a great time! I spent a weekend with him. He took me to some of his favorite restaurants (and let me tell you, I really enjoyed that food!), sightseeing, his favorite hangouts, and we walked around downtown while he told me about a lot of Chattanooga’s history and different things that are going on around there. We laughed and laughed, and then when we thought we were all laughed out, we then laughed some more. We tend to crack each other up since we have a similar sense of humor. And of course, seeing him laugh makes me laugh and vice versa… soon it becomes a laughing cycle. (Good thing I wasn’t in my third trimester yet- I might have ended up peeing on myself!)

It seemed like time just flew by- we didn’t have time to do everything we wanted to do. I miss my brother so much. We used to spend pretty much every day together, and then he moved a few years ago. I’m super happy for him because he’s really thriving and doing this thing we call Life so well, but I really do miss him. I’m really glad it worked out that I was finally able to go visit him before the baby arrives, and I am already eagerly looking forward to our next visit!

It was freezing up there! But look at how beautiful it is!

It was freezing up there! But look at how beautiful it is!

Me and my brother on Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, Tn

Me and my brother on Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, Tn

In other news, I am Really Pregnant. I’m definitely in the uncomfortable phase right now- my belly prevents me from bending over, I’m peeing a lot, my back aches, my lungs are squished… all the typical pregnancy woes. But still. It’s nothing like it was when I was pregnant with Nathan! That was rough!! I attribute my current well-being to continuing to work out 3-4x a week. TOTALLY WORTH IT!! It feels good to feel semi-human this time around! In retrospect, I can’t believe I did that to myself last time- the whole not working out thing. The difference is incredible. I mean, I don’t feel fabulous by any means, but I don’t feel like death warmed over either. I know things are subject to change in the three months I have left to go, but I don’t plan on discontinuing my workout so I’m sure that will help. Oh how I can’t wait to meet this new little man, and I bet Nathan is going to be a wonderful big brother.

I still can’t believe that soon I will be a mommy to two precious little boys!!

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Go away, cold virus!

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Ahhhhh. Guess what I have? A cold. You might be saying, “So what? What’s the big deal about a cold?” Well, when you’re pregnant and you’re limited to a handful of remedies to alleviate symptoms, that’s a big deal. Nasal spray, gargling with salt water, using a netti pot, taking Tylonol… nothing is helping and I feel all whiny and miserable and pathetic right now. My sinuses are throbbing and whenever I roll over onto my side, I feel like my sinuses are about to explode. And now my jaw is aching, my head hurts, my throat hurts, and I’m coughing and sneezing.

Oh joy.

So I just had to get all that out. Because when you’re pregnant, apparently you get sick a lot. I didn’t really get colds or illnesses when I was pregnant with Nathan, but now it’s different because Mr. Nathan gets sick from other kids. And a pregnant woman’s immune system is lowered during pregnancy so her body doesn’t reject the baby. Unfortunately, our bodies don’t reject as many cold viruses either. So Nathan shares his colds and germs with me.

Nathan was sick Sunday night and Monday, but he was over it pretty quickly, within a couple days. Fingers crossed that this cold I have won’t last much longer!

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