Tuesday, May 17, 2011

27 weeks

We are 27 weeks pregnant this week. I went to the doctor this morning for a glucola test and a check up. Everyone has warned me how nasty the glucola drink is, so I've dreaded this day for awhile. However, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. My doctor's office let me choose between fruit punch and orange flavored solutions, and fruit punch is the way to go. It tasted just like Hawaiian Punch. We'll know the results from that test next week.

I feel kind of boring when I go to the doctor. We really don't have any questions for the doctor, and we haven't had any problems other than the nausea to discuss. My blood pressure has been perfect every visit....always around 92/62. I haven't had any swelling or cramps. I feel the baby move everyday. I don't want to jinx myself, but I really feel like I've had a great pregnancy. I still have 12 weeks left, and I've heard the last few weeks are the worst.

The only concern the doctor has is that I haven't gained any weight. I weigh the exact same as the day we got pregnant. I've always thought that I would be one of those people that got pregnant and gained 65 pounds, but for the most part, I've only gotten bigger right in my stomach area. Dr. Carney is going to do an extra ultrasound for us in two weeks just to check the fetal weight. She said that most people that don't gain weight go on to have healthy 7+ pound babies, but she wants to make sure that Norah is gaining the appropriate amount of weight just to be safe. We also have our 3D/4D ultrasound on the 31st. We are very excited to see our baby's little sweet face!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

BBQ Festival 2011

Michael and his friends have been participating in the Memphis in May BBQ festival for the past few years. The festival consumes Michael's life for one entire week because there is so much to do. By the end of the week he always comes home with swollen feet and sore all over, but he LOVES it! This year was no different. The boys started planning for BBQ fest a few months ago. Then the floods came, and the BBQ fest was moved to Tiger Lane at the last minute because Tom Lee Park in downtown Memphis was literally underwater. I actually enjoyed it being at Tiger Lane better because parking was closer, the tents weren't as crowded, and the layout was better for the masses of people that come down to eat and party. I'm sure it will be moved back to Tom Lee Park next year because of the history of the Memphis in May month long celebration being downtown, but it was convenient for one year.

In the end, Airpork Pilots took 7th place for their ribs! The boys made a lot of great food to share with everyone that came. I even made my contribution. I made almost 20 pounds of potato salad. I made 10 pounds for Thursday night, and it got eaten up before I left. So I made another 10 pound batch to last Friday and Saturday. I also made a huge batch of extra chocolatey brownies. If someone came to the BBQ fest and left hungry, it was their own fault.

Michael setting out the food

Airpork Pilots celebration cake

Reid and Michael:
The brains behind the operation

The Airpork Pilot BBQ group

Being silly and cutting the cake like a wedding cake

Gelena and Jamie came down to celebrate with Michael.

BBQ fest isn't my cup of tea since I'm pregnant and a vegetarian,
but I wanted to support Michael.

It's a family affair.

Gelena and Michael dancing

G & Jamie

Thursday, May 5, 2011

School Shower 5-4-11

I had a shower this week at school. It was a lot of fun, and we got a lot of much needed supplies for baby Norah. I was very excited that my school friends could share in this special event in our lives because they truly are like family to me. I knew that Arlington was a special place when I started working there, and I've made lifelong friends since I've been there. My 5th grade friends did a great job planning and preparing the details for the shower. It was a very special day.

Delicious cake with Norah's initials

This food was A-Maz-ing!

This party is all for the little bump in my belly.

The advice table.....we'll need it all!

Stanko is a real man!
He came to a baby shower, and he bought Norah her first set of diapers.

My team mates

My 5th grade team

Norah got a lot of much needed supplies!

She already has little ballet shoes! :o)

So many cute things!!!

I can't wait for Norah to be here to use all of this new stuff!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

25 Weeks

Today marks our 25th week of pregnancy. It's amazing to think that Norah could be born today and actually survive, with a lot of help from the hospital. Of course we want her to stay in and cook for at least another 12 weeks. She's been pretty active lately. Especially when I'm starting to wind down from the day around 10 pm. I hope that's not a sign of things to come. However, I can't help but to smile and touch my belly when she's moving around. I did learn this past week that my oversized belly does not do well in the "tornado" position. While we were stuck in the hallway at school, the baby didn't enjoy being squished for hours!

People keep telling me that I'm really not big for 25 weeks, but I'm starting to feel huge. I wonder how much bigger my belly will get?!

We finally decided on bedding for Norah's room. Michael and I don't really like pastel colors, which makes picking out baby bedding very difficult. I was randomly scanning the internet for baby bedding when we can across the bedding below. We both love the turquoise and brown, and I really liked the pattern for baby pictures.

This is the sample from the online ad.
Norah's room is still weeks away from looking anything like this.

Fun Weekend

Other than trying to avoid storms, I've had a pretty fun and exciting weekend. I started the weekend by attending a dance show with Yolanda Friday night. It was fun to have a girl's night out. It's funny how our girl's night out went from staying out all night and dancing downtown a few years ago to attending a dance production and being at home in the bed by 11. It was a good thing that we didn't stay out all night because we had an important morning planned for Saturday. Two of the little girls that attend the same dance studio I danced at and substitute teach at have had struggles with childhood cancer, so Miss Beth hosted a Dance-a-thon for St. Jude. We donated money to take classes from a variety of dance teachers. I started the morning with African dance, then moved to hip hop, and finished the day with a little ballroom. I was interested to see if I could make it through the day since I haven't danced in a few months and I have a baby in my belly now, but I made it through surprising well. It was a lot of fun, and the Beth Cross Centre of Dance and Voice Studio raised $3,200 for St. Jude.

After a morning full of dance, Michael and I visited the Arlington in April celebration. It was a beautiful day! We stopped by Dr. Leath's booth, our chiropractor, to say hi, and Michael wound up trying acupuncture. It must have felt good because he scheduled an appointment to have it done again this week.

Rain, Rain, Go Away

Memphis and the surrounding areas have had a lot of bad weather luck lately...tornados, excessive rain, flooding....you name it, we've had it. And we're still getting it! Shelby County is predicted to see major flooding over the next 10 days. Several people have had to evacuate their homes. Luckily for Michael and I, we live on higher ground, so the flooding shouldn't affect our house. All of Shelby County has been told to be prepared to evacuate because we will be getting flooding in residential and business areas. It's expected to get so bad that the city is looking for a new venue for the Memphis in May BBQ Festival. I hope they decide on a place soon because Michael and his team are about ready to start setting up.

These are drains on our street after todays downpour.

They're looking pretty full already.
I'm not sure they can take much more.

These are pictures from the storm earlier in the week.
Dave Brown showing the "bad" storms around Arlington.
The screen looked like this for hours and hours.

Big hail.

And this is what the land next to our house looked like the day after.