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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Little critters...

Back in pre-Bailey days, our little scavenger Lucky used to bring us "presents" all the time, pretty much on a daily basis and sometimes multiple times a day. The thing that amazes me is how she catches all these little critters with no front claws, not to mention she still climbs trees. We have had everything under the sun in our house except a squirrel...they are way too quick for her! Just to give you an idea, the usual suspects are moles and chipmunks but we have had birds, all sorts of bugs and even bats & snakes! I can't tell you the number of animals we have had to save & help get out of our house...the scariest by far was the bat...it kept flying around in our 2 story foyer & we would have to duck out of the way but still try to coax it out the door...it was crazy! So yesterday Justin took a 1/2 day off to go to the doctor...it turns out his cold had turned into a bacterial infection. Well he had napped on the couch for awhile & when he got up to get ready & walked in the bedroom, a little mole walked right across the carpet in front him. Usually if Lucky brings in something & loses it in the house such as under a closet door, she will hang out around the door for hours until she can get in to get it. Who knows how long our little friend was hanging out in our room...

P.S. Amy, Addy & I had a BLAST at the beach & I was sad to come back to 30 degree weather when it was mid 70's down there! I'll hopefully have some pics up as soon as my wonderful friends send them to me...I never took a purse out big enough to hold my camera.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Update

The Luckster is back!! She shockingly came in last night at her usual time around 9:30 or so. She's so funny b/c she comes in the dog door which is in the kitchen and if someone is in there (which I was) then she struts around in circles with her back arched waiting on you to pet her or pay attention to her...she is so not your typical cat & thinks she is a human sometimes! She's such a sweetheart & I would absolutely DIE if something happened to her. Well, she is back in jail now or I'm sure that is what she is thinking it is & her sore actually looks better...the hole seems to be getting smaller thank goodness.

So Justin will be flying out of the B'ham airport here shortly to go to West Virginia to cheer on our Auburn Tigers tomorrow night. He is going up there with a bunch of his buddies & they are staying the w/e in Pittsburgh...I'm sure they'll have a blast & hopefully pull us through to a victory...we sure do need it! I actually felt a little gloomy when he was leaving today since I won't see him until Sunday...I guess those pregnancy hormones are getting to me. We are just always together & he's been so sweet the past 3 mornings cooking me breakfast before I head to work & getting some things done around the house since he has been off work. But, I am headed to the beach tomorrow for a girl's w/e of fun in the sun & I can't wait to be down there!! I have a pedicure appt. right after work too which will be nice & relaxing...I always know how to keep myself busy. :)

Oh and just an update on the baby...things haven't changed much. I really just forget I'm prego half the time b/c there is barely anything there. I am supposed to be able to feel the baby now or sometime soon which I think I've felt he/she but not actually sure. It is supposed to be kind of like a flutter like a butterfly or kind of twitching...I felt something last week while I was lying on the couch almost like a little flutter that felt like I was nervous & my stomach was twitching. This week I've felt slight things here and there but nothing big & I have to be lying still for a little while to feel anything. I'm ready for this baby to be moving & shaking! :)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Escapee!!

Well we have had a few animal issues over the last week or so. We started training Bailey on her electric fence this past week which was harder on me than I thought it was going to be. She is 7 mos. old now and I was planning on starting to train her at 6 mos. but you have to walk her around the flags 3 times a day for a straight week & with football season & us being out of town pretty much every w/e, we hadn't been able to do it until now. Usually Justin & I have both been out there with her b/c you have to give her lots of treats & play with her in the yard so she doesn't get afraid of the actual yard. The hard part for me is watching her get shocked...I didn't like the feeling of the shock through a thick glove, so the thought of it shocking her poor little neck just makes me cringe. Plus to hear her yelp and jump in the air is just terrible, but she has to learn & she'll love having the freedom to run in the yard soon enough. And don't think she has been shocked a bunch...she isn't allowed more than 2 shocks a session...she has been shocked maybe 6 times total so far. We are in week two of the training, so now she goes out with us still but w/o a leash and we think she is getting the hang of it.

Onto the next pet, Miss Lucky Loo, (I need to put pics up) who is our beloved cat over Tigger, who is enjoying urinating & pooping wherever he darn well pleases & I just want to strangle him!! He is about to be relocated to the garage! Anyhow I noticed our little Lucky was rather mopey on Th. so I checked her out & realized she had a swollen area on her back left behind by her tail. Of course she wouldn't let me touch it or get near it, so I just kept an eye on her and made sure she was eating/drinking etc. She was being completely normal the next day, outside playing just as she always does most of the time. Well come Sat., I just wanted to check it out and see if the swelling had gone down which it had but then I saw that she had a gash up under her hair that was basically a hole the size of a dime or maybe a penny! It was nasty looking! I mean it literally was like a hole in her skin & it looked like you could see her muscle or something...gross!! Of course I call the vet & they closed at 12 (it was 1) so we had to wait til Mon. to take her since she seemed fine & it wasn't necessarily an emergency. (We already spent over $750 back in Jan. when she got real sick & had to go to the emergency vet so we were hoping to avoid another one of those instances.) Justin is off work all week so he got to take her in and the vet said it was abscess, supposedly no big deal, gave her a few shots and said to keep her inside ALL week...poor Lucky! She is a majority outside cat and kept walking around the house meowing and pawing at the doors to go out all day yesterday...she was hating being trapped in the house! Well today I come home at lunch and go to the bathroom and notice the window was open & the screen was missing. We open the window when we shower since we don't have an exhaust fan in there so that it stays ventilated. Justin has been doing some things around the house since he took the week off, so I wasn't sure if he had removed the screen for some reason & then I realized...Lucky had escaped!!! I called him and sure enough that was the case...the window to our bathroom is a good 7 or 8 feet from the ground and so she had to have pushed pretty hard to pop the screen out and then jumped down. We probably won't be seeing her for awhile...

Friday, October 17, 2008

Dear Diary...

Well I'm addicted already!! Who knew this could be so much fun! I seriously feel like I should be writing "Dear Diary" at the top of each entry but I guess I'll get past that at some point. :) So today has been a slow, boring day for me at work & the weather outside is not making things any better. I am thrilled that AU is off this w/e & we aren't going to be out of town like we have been for the past 2 months it seems. Justin & I are both nursing colds right now which has been no fun but it was a great excuse on Tues. when I had my 16 week appt. to why I was going to the doctor. I have been awaiting my yearly review from my boss which was due Oct. 10 before I spill the beans about being pregnant. I figure I don't want my pregnancy hindering me from getting a promotion or nice raise since there is a possibility I won't be back after the baby is born. He mentioned a few days before it was due something about getting it done in the next few days but then he said "b/c I promised you I'd have it done in Oct." which made me realize he would probably drag it out to Oct. 31 which is normally how he does things around here...everything is last minute. But then earlier this week the review was mentioned again & that it would be done this week...well it is 4:00 on Friday & I don't see it happening within the next hour so, so much for that! So by the time I do finally get my review then I can tell them that "I am halfway through my pregnancy and I am having a ___!" That'll be interesting I'm sure!!! Happy Friday to all!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

16 Week Appointment

We just had our 16 week appt. on Oct. 14...no sonogram pics this time. We did get to hear the heart beat through the doplar & we found out that the test results came back normal from the last appt. where they drew 5 or 6 vials of blood...yuck! This whole process will def. help me get over my fear of needles, blood, etc. They drew another vial of blood at this appt. to run the 2nd set of abnormal testing, this time for things like spina bifida. She also told me that since my blood type is A- that makes me Rh- & I will have to get a shot at 28 weeks and possibly one more after the baby is born depending on what type of blood type he/she has. I had read a little about this Rh- issue previously but didn't realize it pertained to me...woohoo more needles! It is actually a prevention for future pregnancies and really has nothing to do with my current pregnancy which is reassuring & good to know. The doctor also said that I should def. be showing & in maternity clothes by the next appt. at 20 weeks. She didn't seem concerned that I hadn't gained any weight yet or that I'm really not showing...no wonder my work still doesn't know I'm prego. :) The baby is supposed to be about the size of an avocado weighing 3 1/2 ounces & measuring 4 1/2 inches long & is supposed to double in size over the next few weeks. I'm ready to be showing and not just have this little pooch/bloated look going on! At the next appt. we get to find out if we are having a boy or a girl & I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

12 Week Appointment


And here are the sonogram pics from our 12 week appt. on Sept. 16 which are much better than the "blob" ones at 8 weeks...it is amazing how fast they grow!!! You can see the head down to the right & the body to the upper left. and some arms inbetween. The bottom one is in a frame on my bedside table. :) I was exactly 12 weeks that day but the baby was measuring 13 weeks and a day and if I remember correctly had a strong heart rate of 168...it was 172 at our first appt. It was so real now & I was just happy that we made it to that point in our pregnancy...we are so blessed!

First Sonogram Pics

So here are our first sonogram pics...sorry they are so small but this is the first time for me to use our scanner at the house - the one at work only scans them to a PDF instead of picture format. These were taken at our first appt. on August 18. This appt. felt like it took years to finally get here! Here is the background to the "finding out I was pregnant" story...I had just gotten off birth control a month earlier than we were planning on starting to try since I had been on it for so long I figured it would be good to have a month off to let my body get "back to normal" or whatever. Well Tuesday, July 22 rolls around when I used to always start on BC and I didn't start...no big deal, maybe I'm not a 28-day cycle. Well come Wed. my good friend Laura at work is determined I am prego & says she has a test at home & is going to get it at lunch & then we can do it in the bathroom that afternoon. I thought she was crazy but agreed. Well around 2:30 we head to the bathroom & take the test. I bring it out & haven't a clue how to read it except to look for a + sign. Well the vertical line was very prominent & had shown up immediately & the horizontal was sort of faint so both of us were unsure if that was considered a + or not...then we compared it to the little insert that comes with it & the vertical line is the one you are supposed to be looking for the whole time. Of course there were some cheerful screams at that point & OMG I'm pregnant!!! It is the strangest feeling to be not pregnant one minute & then pregnant the next...it is indescribable. I had a conference call scheduled at 3 which I don't think I remember or listened to a single thing on that call. I called Justin after that & we bought another test after work to do together which this time we got a digital one that says "pregnant" or "not pregnant"...much easier to read. :) So after all that fun & excitement I called the doctor the next day to schedule my appt. & she said I couldn't come in until 8 weeks! I was like I have to wait a whole month before I can even come in!!! That was by far the longest 4 weeks EVER!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Blogging here we come!

Well after much recommendation and pressure from a bunch of our friends, I have finally set up the Flurry family blog. I was going to wait until after our little one was born, but I guess it will be fun putting up sonogram pics, writing about my thoughts/feelings etc., and I'm sure it'll just get me that much more excited about our soon-to-be new addition! Plus, I'm sure some animal pics will show up on here sometime especially our favorite little puppy Bailey who we can't get enough of and I know this will be a great way for our friends and family to keep up with us. So here goes...