Belly Dancer

I just spent the last twenty minutes or so watching my belly “dance”. My mom would have killed to have been here for that. She is dying to feel the baby move, but she is always around when I am eating or when I just get off of work, which are usually down times for baby.

I was lying on my back on the couch and when I am on my back, I put my hand on my belly because I know baby will start to move and I’ll feel her. Well I decided that I would lift my shirt and and look down and sure enough my belly ring started moving along with the rest of my stomach. It looked like a little alien stuck in my body trying to get out. Ella, my puppy, even saw it and cocked her head to the side in awe I believe. 🙂 It’s so cool. I’m glad she is okay and getting strong. I can’t wait to meet you baby and hold you in my arms.


Sorry I’ve not been around lately. Busy week last week. I was hit by a 300lb motarized endo cart and pinned to the wall. Baby is fine. I sat in maternal fetal medicine for about 4 hours while they monitored her heartbeat and they did an ultrasound. She is sitting frank breech in there and still keeps her legs closed to see well enough, but they are still saying girl. I have to get back to work now. Enjoy your day and I’ll try and write more.

When You Wish Upon A Star…

Well, things look a little better. I went and got the directory of physicians for the dirt cheap insurance that pays 90% (opposed to my next to dirt cheap plan that will only pay 80% beginning in January). My PCP is covered in that insurance plan as is the hospital I plan to deliver at. So, if nothing in that book changes, I’ll be able to get cheaper insurance and get more paid for. Who would think that the less you pay the more it covers? Weird. So that is my good news for the day. I scanned the pics of the ultrasound from yesterday but fotolog wouldn’t upload them this morning. I’ll try again when I get home.


I’m a bit stressed right now. It seems for every two steps you take forward, you always take one back. I’m stressed about money. The hospital just came out with the new insurance plans. Instead of the I don’t pay anything my HMO pays 100% that I have now, my plan changes to 80%/20%. (me paying 20% with a deductible.) Someone said, it’s just like everyone else who doesn’t have hospital insurance, but I say thats crap. People that generally pay 20% aren’t limited by networks. I’m not going to freak out about this right now. I know in my heart that things will work out. Heh, maybe I should stick a paypal button up “help me deliver my child!” I’ll worry about it when E’s insurance stuff comes out. Maybe if I wish really really hard, one of his plans will pick me up pregnant. One can hope, right?

A highlight of today is that I saw baby. 🙂 It is really slow in the OR so Mel and I went and played on the u/s machine. She’s in there alright, and I’m still saying she because we saw a head, spine, a butt, two legs, two arms, some fingers, and some toes and NO penis. 🙂 She does look a little cramped with those long legs though. She had her feet around her ears. 🙂 And she’s head down. She sucked her thumb and we saw her doing the “mimicking” breathing, which was way cool. When we took the probe and poked it into my tummy, she promptly gave us swift thump right at the probe! When we talked to her, she responded to our voices. It was really great. We printed a lot of pictures but only two are really great. One of her beautiful spine ( I love seeing all those vertabrae!) and one of her head and toes! Those tiny toes! And she has gotten so big since just 6 weeks ago. I fall more in love with her everyday and I just can’t believe it.

Anywho, if you get a moment, send a silent thought our way that things will work out like they are supposed to in January. I’m sincerely scared, and working full time isn’t an option. I’m going to try and babysit once a week and take baby with me. I’m also going to try and get a house to clean biweekly. Hopefully that will pull us through. I just know in my heart that I need to be home with baby, and E doesn’t seem to be as worried about the $$. The thought of having to pay 20% is a bit daunting at this point though. This is boring to you guys, I know. I’m sorry.

I’m going to go fold some baby clothes that a lady I know gave us and set them on the changing table. I think laying them and seeing what I have and need will help. I’ll wash them in December. I’m getting ready to order my clothe dipes pretty soon too. Official nesting has begun I believe. Night night, sweet dreams, and don’t let bed bugs bite.

Guess what I’m doing…

I’m painting the nursery! I’m painting the nursery! I’m painting the nursery! Yaaay! Yaay! I’m painting the nursery! Okay enough of that. 🙂 I got my butt in gear and started finishing the job I started oh a month ago. My mom came at 6:30 and started doing the high trim for me and went back to work to put her timecard in. She’ll be back in about a half hour. 🙂 Then we are going to do the writing/painting on the wall. 🙂 I know some of you don’t do “God” but Erich and I do just not in an over the top way. And remember that the theme is “my friend the moon” (that link goes to a picture of the quilt and bumper I bought.) So the writing on the wall above the rocking chair will say:

I see the moon,

the moon sees me;

God bless the moon,

And God bless me.

It will be cute, I’ll post a pic tonight after Erich gets home. (He has the digital camera yet again.) I’m thrillled! 🙂

I’m alive… barely

I’m here. I have Erichs horrendous cold now. All I want to do is guzzle a bottle of NyQuil, obviously I can’t do that. I have the day off, for now. I was a bit ticked yesterday. Went into work and picked cases for the next day. I saw that Friday was not busy, so I asked for it off (they always put you off if we aren’t busy, so I figured I save myself the hassle of driving in, especially since I feel like crap). Anywho. I asked, it’s always been to my understanding that the first person who asks is the first person who gets it off. Well, I asked and she said she would let me know. I then caught her asking someone else if they wanted it off, they did (who wouldn’t it’s a Friday for crying out loud) and so I asked her, does that mean I can have it off too? She says, ” well I think you can, but call in the morning and see if they need you.” Grr… Didn’t I ask off first? Yup. So I call just now. They don’t need me right now, but please call back around 3 in case anybody calls in. So basically, don’t get to wrapped up in painting the nursery Suzanne because you could still have to go to work. I told Erich it was like if he asked his boss Can I have tomorrow off? And his boss said well, “Anybody else want tomorrow off? No? Okay Erich you can have it off then.” Those people can drive me mad.

I picked up a baby for surgery yesterday that was born at 24 weeks gestation. Born at 1lb 12oz and 12 inches long. That’s where I’m at. Scary to think that that baby came out now, hopeful to think they could be able to save her if she did come out, freaky to think that big of a baby (although he was really tiny) is inside of me! A 12 inch baby inside of me! It boggles my mind. Okay I’m off to nap and then start the nursery. They better not need me at 3 dang it.

**Insert Clever Title Here**

I had a title thought up last night, but for the love of something I can’t remember it. Boo. Work is going well. I’m still REALLy exhausted at the end of the day, but that is expected for anyone who is 6 months pregnant and spend her entire day on her feet. They have announced that there will be no bonus (called Share the Vision, which I refer to as Share the Allusion). It’s gone. Did I mention that I also didn’t get a raise? So if I was planning on staying, which I’m not, I definitely would have changed my mind after that fiasco. But I hear I’m not the only one. **shrugs** They’ve also taken away the call I used to fulfill so all of us are a bit pissed about that. And they shortened our week. PCTS used to work 40 hour weeks, we now work 37.5 (which is the “norm” in healthcare but it still sucks). I heard they are taking away ECMO call also (different form of call). We no longer get bonus time (a incentive to stay and help when they are in a pinch) and if we get any overtime, we are in trouble. Next thing they’ll be saying they are taking away our retention bonus. They have this problem with retention they said. That of 400 nurses they hired last year, they had to replace 350 because of them quitting. Hmmm, so do you think taking away year end bonuses and call and all of the “extra perks” is helping? I don’t think so. Anyways enough about work.

Baby is in there kicking away. A gal I work with always talks to my belly now. She assures me this is so baby will know her when she gets here. heh. I told her yesterday to tell baby to get off Mommys bladder. Baby thinks this is a cool place to hang out while I’m on my feet. So I constantly have the urge to pee when really all I can squeeze out is a few drops. Of course I may not have much in there since everything leaks when I sneeze, cough, or laugh. Oh the joys of pregnancy! I’m starting to have to roll out of bed, E helps a ton with that. Getting up is getting a bit harder by the day and I’m still all belly. (Of course I’ve only gained 6lbs or so so really I am only baby!) I promised you a picture but no one has been here to take one of me. Sorry. I know you are dying to see my beautiful self. 😉

I did cook a lot on Monday. Pot roast, carrots and potatoes in the crock pot and I made green bean casserole and corn casserole. And it must be the baby but I really don’t care for green beans. I’ll eat them on occasion and I REALLY don’t like musherooms. In fact I hate them but guess what. I’ve been eating this green bean casserole and craving it. If you aren’t familiar with green bean casserole, the two main ingredients are green beans and cream of musheroom soup. Go figure. I’ve got to pack my lunch now. PB and jelly sandwich, grapes, and (you guessed it) green bean casserole. Weird. Love to all. More tomorrow. 🙂

My girls

I had my 6th month appointment today. Wow. Where does the time go? I’ll have a belly picture later on today, Erich took the camera with him. One more 4 week appointment then we go to two week appt. 🙂

I measured right on target and I have gained 3lbs since my last appointment. A total of 6lbs has been gained this pregnancy! 🙂 She told me she wanted me to gain 4lbs, but she could live with 3. Baby sounds great, 148 bpm heartrate. I will have to do the GTT 🙁 at 28 weeks and be checked for anemia, but I can live with that. She says my blood sugars look awesome. 🙂


I woke up the other day to discover that “my girls” work. My poor breasts are leaking. Which this “milestone” would explain the many breastfeeding dreams I have had lately. It kinda makes me giddy, because I was worried that for some reason “they” wouldn’t work, but they do. So I’m a bit relieved, though I still don’t know why I was worried. Erich thinks its gross and I think he’ll be staying away from them for a while. heh.

I had a dream last night or the night before that I had boy and girl twins. I think my subconscious wants to know what this baby is! 🙂 Maybe Wednesday we’ll be slow at work and Mel and I can look.

Surgery is as exciting as ever. I love being back at work with the humdrum. It really wears me out though, but I sleep better at night. It’s a lot harder to tote the two of us around that place instead of just me. I think it was the right decision and it fulfilled some much needed companionship. I’ve had a lot of laughs. Melvin keeps coming into the storeroom and sees me picking cases and yells out stuff like “Suzanne is back! 🙂 ” Everybody is laughing and says it’s like I never left, but they said they all missed me. 🙂 That makes me feel special.

I do have the day off today. I have pot roast, potatoes, and carrots in the crock pot. The house is starting to smell really good. It should be ready when my mom comes for dinner. I’m also going to make green bean casserole and corn casserole for the rest of the week. And I may also make some sloppy joe mix for Erich to make sandwiches at night with. Thats about it.

I’ll try and blog more. Since I’m back to my old shift (11a to 6:50p) it’ll take some time to get adjusted again. I promise to try and get blogging back into my schedule so I do it daily. I am keeping up with everyone else though. 🙂