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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

if you go hard you gotta get on the floor if you're a party freak then step on the floor if you're an animal then tear up the floor

It's the start of Week 26. Time is flying by - as long as I only think about what week I am in, not how much time is left until March.

Tomorrow is the first of the month, so that means grocery shopping for the month. I hate grocery shopping, and I'm starting to hate it even more while pregnant. I'm slow moving and too much walking around hurts my stomach. Of course, once I stop moving and take a break the pain pretty much goes away. So for that reason, I guess I can't complain too much. Because I don't want to have to grocery shop more than once, our meals for the entire month are planned out before I go grocery shopping. I only buy what we need to make those meals (and work lunches for my fiancé). If there's still money left in the budget after that, we get the snack stuff. And so that I don't get bored and want to go out to eat all the time, I try to make a variety of meals that includes both staples that I know we like and a 3-4 new meals that we haven't tried before. Plus, a lot of times, I end up making a meal that is way too big for us, but I can then portion it into another meal (or two) that can be frozen for up to three months. That means one less day to cook in the future!

::sigh:: The preceding paragraph makes me feel like someone's mom, lol. Not the 20something I am. Oh, well...I guess technically, I'm already someone's mom and being budget friendly isn't the worst thing in the world.

Last week, for Thanksgiving, we went to visit my family in Michigan. Also, because it was decided that we should cut costs and go down to one vehicle, we "gave" my car to my 16 year old brother. He does have to pay for it, but not too much because before too long he's going to need to replace the tires with new ones. But it has brand new brakes on it and my fiancé did an oil change recently, too. So it's not like we took it up to MI for him in crappy condition. Clean, maintained and in pretty decent (maybe even good) working order. I don't actually know about the working condition of my Cavalier because I haven't driven it since October 15th. I drove the S10 to MI for our Thanksgiving visit. Let me just say, I still hate driving anything bigger than a small car, lol.

And sorry, there still isn't a baby bump picture this week. While we have taken the pictures each week, they're still not on my computer, so I can't upload them. Maybe once they're on my computer, I'll make a post that includes the missing weeks. Or maybe side-by-side progression from Week 14 to whatever week I'm in when I get around to that post, lol.

now I'm in the fast lane going 98 by now I know she can smooth operate me I know now she's no goody two shoes but hey I got myself nothin' to lose

Day 30: Best song you've been introduced to on this challenge
I haven't been introduced to any new [to me] songs on this challenge. So...I'm just going to pick a song I like. It's currently the one playing on Pandora. :)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Monday, November 28, 2011

I'm a Barbie girl, in the Barbie world life in plastic, it's fantastic!

Day 28: A song that can be thought of as cheesy clue. Isn't that a very subjective adjective? Anyway, my choice is...

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Guess this means you're sorry You're standing at my door Guess this means you take back All you said before Like how much you wanted Anyone but me Said you'd never come back But here you are again

Day 27: A song you play when getting ready for work
Umm...I'm an unemployed mother-to-be. I don't get ready for work and haven't in six months at this time (I'm counting getting ready for school). But usually there was no specific song, just whatever was on the radio as I was getting ready.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

but you gave away the things you loved and one of them was me I had some dreams, they were clouds in my coffee clouds in my coffee, and...

Day 26: A song your parents played when you were a kid that you liked
I don't really remember anything specific that my parents played because I have very similar tastes in music to my mother, so she's almost always had a radio station playing that I would pick out as well (plus, the rule in her car was that the kid in the front seat got to pick the radio station). My dad, the same thing, I have very similar musical tastes to him. So...that really only leaves my step parents. My stepdad, while I think he plays "old man" music, I like a lot of the stuff played on his favorite radio station (one of the classic rock stations). My [former] stepmom would mostly play crap that I don't like. ::shrug:: So...I guess she's my best option for this challenge. I'll go with this song...

Friday, November 25, 2011

it's been a long time since I rock and rolled, it's been a long time since I did the stroll ooh, let me get it back, let me get it back, let me get it back, baby, where I come from

Day 25: Song from an artist/band you'd like to turn your kids on to
Woo! I'm actually going to have a kid to fulfill this challenge, lol. But honestly, I have no idea what kind of music I want my son to like. I just know, I don't want him to like something too horrendous. I can tolerate a lot of different music, but some I just can't. So...I think a band that I want him to like is...

Thursday, November 24, 2011

I can make your bed rock I can make your bed rock girl Kane is in the building nigga I can make your bed rock I can make your bed rock

Day 24: Memorable song from a vacation
Well...I guess it's a good thing that the only vacations that are coming to mind are ones that I went on with my fiancé. Too bad I can't remember any of the music listened to, just the fun. Oh! Wait, I just remembered a song. I don't like this song, but I don't dislike it either. I just remember us finding it funny that the radio stations in Northern Michigan were playing the song with how heavily they edited it, lol.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

don’t ever laugh when a hearse goes by you just might be the next to die they’ll wrap you in a big white sheet from your head down to your feet

Day 23: Great song for a Halloween party
Okay, so this challenge day is a little late seeing how Halloween was nearly a month ago. But I couldn't stand to listen to Christmas music (challenge days 15 and 16) before Halloween. It's bad enough that stores, radio, etc. feel the need to play Christmas music starting November 1st.
But anyway, best Halloween song is this one. Creepy, yet campy.

I can't take it, take it, take no more never felt like, felt like this before come on get me, get me on the floor DJ what you, what you waiting for?

Not much has changed since Week 24, but it's now Week 25. I had my monthly prenatal check-up yesterday and tomorrow is Thanksgiving.

At yesterday's appointment, we heard Baby S.'s heartbeat. It sounded like normal. I learned that in three weeks I will have my glucose tolerance test. Here's hoping I pass it! And then after that, every two weeks. Depending on when that appointment is scheduled, we will get to see our baby on the ultrasound just before 2011 ends or just after 2012 begins. :)

A couple of days ago, our cat Socks ran into the laundry room (he's not supposed to be in there) and I swear that kitten knows that I'm not able to bend down as well to pick him up. He ran into the corner, between the wall and the washer, behind the broom and crouched as low to the ground as he could. I was like, 'really? you little turd.' Lol, but of course, as soon as I picked him up, he started purring. The only reason he's no longer allowed in the laundry room is that he likes to bunch up the rug and make it all but impossible to open the garage door. So for our safety when trying to come back in the house, he's no longer allowed in there.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

and I'm gonna keep on lovin' you 'cause it's the only thing I wanna do I don't wanna sleep I just wanna keep on lovin' you

Day 22: Favourite song from a movie
Hmm...I have quite a few soundtracks, but when I think of movie songs my mind automatically goes to Disney movies, lol. But after thinking about this for a few minutes, I realized that my favorite movie song is probably from the the movie Drive Me Crazy (1999). While it's not my favorite song from the group, it is a song I like a lot. Or at least, it's my favorite at the moment. :)

Monday, November 21, 2011

well I'm going home, back to the place where I belong, and where your love has always been enough for me I'm not running from

Just having a little bit of homesickness and using humor to get over it. One of my facebook friends posted this and it made me laugh. :)

Michigan, according to Jeff Foxworthy:
.:. If your local Dairy Queen is closed from September through May, you may live in Michigan.
.:. If someone in a Home Depot store offers you assistance and they don't even work there, you may live in Michigan.
.:. If you've worn shorts and a jacket at the same time, you may live in Michigan.
.:. If you've had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number, you may live in Michigan.
.:. If "vacation" means going anywhere North of Grand Rapids for the weekend, you may live in Michigan.
.:. If you measure distance in hours, you may live in Michigan.
.:. If you know several people who have hit a deer more than once, you may live in Michigan.
.:. If you have switched from 'heat' to 'A/C' in the same day and back again, you may live in Michigan.
.:. If you can drive 75 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard without flinching, you may live in Michigan.
.:. If you install security lights on your house and garage, but leave both doors unlocked, you may live in Michigan.
.:. If you carry jumpers in your car and your wife knows how to use them, you may live in Michigan.
.:. If you design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit, you may live in Michigan.
.:. If the speed limit on the highway is 70 mph -you're going 80 and everybody is passing you, you may live in Michigan.
.:. If driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow, you may live in Michigan.
.:. If you know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter and road construction, you may live in Michigan.
.:. If you have more miles on your snow blower than your car, you may live in Michigan.
.:. If you find 10 degrees "a little chilly", you may live in Michigan.
.:. If you actually understand these jokes, repost this so all of your Michigan friends and others can see, you definitely do live - or have lived - in Michigan

not long ago you found the answers were so crystal clear within a day you find yourself living in constant fear can you look at yourself now can you look at yourself you can't win this fight

Day 21: Favourite song from a genre you don't usually listen to
Most often, I listen to Pop (e.g., Britney Spears, Katy Perry, etc.) and Country (e.g., Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, etc.). So even though I like other genres equally well, I listen to the Britney Spears and Carrie Underwood stations on my Pandora account the most often. I'm using that as an excuse choose my favorite Rock song. :)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

I thought if I could touch this place or feel it this brokenness inside me might start healing out here it's like I'm someone else, I thought that maybe I could find myself if I could just come in I swear I'll leave won't take nothing but a memory from the house that built me

Day 20: A song that perfectly matches the video
I don't really watch music videos. So this is hard one. I had to think about it and watch a lot of music videos. Took me a couple days to complete this challenge day (yes, that means most posts were done long before the date posted). After spending almost an hour the second day, I finally gave up and just went with a video that followed the lyrics pretty well.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

that I dug my key into the side of his pretty little souped up 4 wheel drive, carved my name into his leather seats... I took a Louisville slugger to both headlights, slashed a hole in all 4 tires...

Day 19: Your favourite karaoke song
Hahaha!! I can almost guarantee that I will never get up and sing karaoke (remember this post from song challenge #2). But...if I did, I'd have to pick something easy and that I knew the words to. Because it's a sure bet that I am beyond drunk if I agreed to karaoke. :)

This go around, I will pick this easy song...

Friday, November 18, 2011

we got too complicated it's all way over-rated I like the old and out-dated way of life

Day 18: A song that reminds you of a happy occasion.
Hmm...after some thought, I decided to use a song that I don't actually like. But I can remember it being a song my friend really liked and it's from when I hung out with my friends the most. And that was a very happy time in my life. :)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

I wanted love, I needed love, most of all, most of all someone said true love was dead and I'm bound to fall, bound to fall for you but what can I do?

Day 17: A song from a band that was recommended to you this year.
I'm cheating for this post. I asked people on facebook to leave me a comment recommending a band. I got a few interesting responses and decided that The Black Keys were the best choice. They sounded the best.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

there he is my little man I'm sure he'll get in trouble every now and then and I pray to God that when he does I'll be just as understanding as my father was 'cause the last thing that I want to do is let him down so instead of being angry I'm gonna throw my arms around him and I'll say

Yay!! Next big pregnancy milestone has been met! Today is the start of Week 24, which means that Baby S. is now considered viable. Thankfully, the hospital that I'm supposed to deliver at has a Level III NICU, so if something happens and Baby S. decides to come too early, he'll have the best chance. :) Only 112 days until March 7, 2012.

In less than a week, I have my next prenatal check up. I hope to get some answers to questions I keep forgetting to ask. But I started writing them down, so hopefully, I remember to take my notebook with me, lol. More than likely I will have a glucose test scheduled to test for gestational diabetes. There aren't really any telltale symptoms, so I'm hoping that I pass the darn test! I'm having a hard enough time with the restrictions I already have, I don't want the added restrictions of GD. If I'm lucky, I'll have my next ultrasound scheduled at my next appointment, too. Since that will be just about 29 Weeks and my doctor wants to do a follow-up u/s around 30 Weeks. My hope is that she'll do it prior to 30 Weeks as opposed to after. But oh, well. Either way, just before Christmas or just after New Year's, I'll be having another u/s to check out Baby S.'s kidneys. Just to make sure they're un-dilating on their own instead of being a problem for him after he's born.

I'm supposed to be drinking a ridiculous amount of water every day. Whether it's allowed or not, I count my little glass of orange juice and my medium glass of milk each day in my water intake. If I didn't count those, too, I'd be doing even worse than I already am. I barely reach the halfway point each day. I'm just not thirsty enough to down the massive amounts of water. When I'm on the ground floor, I keep a water glass on the counter and force myself to take a drink every time I go in the kitchen (or near the kitchen). And then I have a water bottle next to my bed (that takes about a week to empty, and it's only 16 ounces). And when I come upstairs to play on my computer, I bring my water glass with me. That's the time that I can usually drink the most water. I absentmindedly drink it. But honestly, I hate having to drink all this water!! Not because it means I have to pee more - I don't - it just means that I pee more than a trickle. I really think Baby S. is pressing on my bladder all day, because I don't have a UTI. But because my stomach then feels full of liquid and I feel even more squished than I already do. I'm not a very tall person, so there really isn't much room for my organs to be moved around and there really isn't much room for Baby S. He can only go out, so I look farther along than a taller woman would at the same point. And my organs can only go up and back. :(

Since finding out that I'm pregnant, I joined a couple of online parenting communities. Specifically their March 2012 Birth boards. Since joining and seeing the craziness of people, I realized that I have a crap ton less sympathy/empathy than I thought I did. Maybe I just haven't encountered the "right" people, but on quite a few topics, I can't see the other view at all. I've tried and I just get annoyed with the people. And since I want to offend people as little as possible, I refuse to say what those topics are.

chestnuts roasting on an open fire Jack Frost nipping on your nose Yuletide carols being sung by a choir and folks dressed up like Eskimos

Day 16: A Christmas song you can't stand.
There isn't really any Christmas song that I can think of that I cannot stand. Just the overload in general that bothers me. (See yesterday's post.)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I'll be home for Christmas you can count on me please have snow and mistletoe and presents under the tree Christmas Eve will find me where the love light gleams I'll be home for Christmas if only in my dreams

Day 15: Favourite Christmas song.
I'm not a fan of Christmas music. Not really anyway. I like it a little on the day after [U.S.] Thanksgiving and then it's okay on Christmas eve and Christmas day. But the constant stream of Christmas music in stores starting around November 1st drives me insane and makes me kind of a Grinch. That being said, I think my favorite Christmas song is "I'll Be Home for Christmas" because it's one of the few that I have yet to hear a version of it that I don't like.

Monday, November 14, 2011

been so long that you'd forget the way I used to kiss your neck remind me, remind me so on fire so in love way back when we couldn't get enough remind me, remind me

Day 14: Great make out song.
What am I? 13? Lol, umm...yeah... Haha, I'll just pick whatever song was last playing during cuddle time before falling asleep. There's usually some kissing involved in that. :)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

some people aren't lucky like us some people they just give up when the hard times fall the thrill of it all is gone

Day 13: Song from an album you used to hate, but now like.
Hmm...there aren't really any songs that I can think of that fit this challenge. If I hate an album, I don't usually change and like it later. There's a reason, I buy very few albums. I don't want to waste my money on something I don't like. But...there are a few that I don't like a lot, but like a song from. So I'll use one of those.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

no pido que todos los días sean de sol no pido que todos los viernes sean de fiesta tampoco te pido que vuelvas rogando perdón si lloras con los ojos secos y hablando de ella

Day 12: Favourite song in a foreign language.
I ♥ Shakira. This song is one of my favorites by her. My favorite songs by her is sung in English, which is not a foreign language to me since it's my first language. And I guess technically, Spanish isn't a foreign language either as I spent three years taking classes in it and could probably become fluent quickly if I was practicing more. But anyway...

Friday, November 11, 2011

I-I-I wanna g-o-o-o-o all the way taking out my freak tonight I-I-I wanna sho-o-o-o-ow all the dirt I got running through my mind whoa

Day 11: A song to play when getting ready for a night out.
Umm...I guess a fun, happy song is a good one. Right now, I don't really have any routine to getting ready for a night out. Maybe once going out at night is a rarity that requires a babysitter, I will have a better idea.

Man, this 30 Day Challenge is harder than I expected when I chose it. Guess, this means, from now on, I read the days a little better before starting it, lol.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

if I die young, bury me in satin lay me down on a bed of roses sink me in the river at dawn send me away with the words of a love song the sharp knife of a short life, well I've had just enough time

Day 10: A song from a band you've recently been introduced to.
I haven't been recently introduced to any bands. Not unless a song that's been on the radio less than a year counts. And I'm not even sure if been less than a year, it might be longer. I don't really listen to the radio, I either listen to my MP3s on my computer or listen to Pandora radio.

this is my temporary home, it's not where I belong windows and rooms that I'm passing through this is just a stop on the way to where I'm going I'm not afraid because I know this is my temporary home

This cartoon pretty much sums up how I feel right now.
I don't actually have any "fat" pants, but still. The only pants that I have that could fall into that category aren't fitting well; and I cannot wear my regular pants. Not as is. And not with a BeBand. But the two pairs of maternity jeans that I have are still slightly too big. Which is a good thing, because it means that more than likely they will continue to fit me as my pregnancy progresses. But still...I'm over this awkward stage in clothing. :P

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

it's hard to feel the rush, to brush the dangerous I'm gonna run right to, to the edge with you where we can both fall far in love

Day 9: A song you listened to over and over after hearing it for the first time.
Umm...pretty much any song that I like a lot, lol. But the most recent would probably be Lady Gaga.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

all the right friends in all the right places so yeah, we're going down they've got all the right moves in all the right faces so yeah, we're going down

::sigh:: For the first time this pregnancy, I called my OB's office about something going on and was told to go to Labor and Delivery if it didn't get any better or got worse. Well...about two and a half hours after they had called me back with my doctor's suggestion, my pain wasn't worse, but it wasn't any better and I had some new sensations to it. Since the combination of those things stressed me to the point of crying over the pain (because, yes, it did hurt me that badly), my wonderful fiancé took me to my hospital's L&D department and sat in the boring hospital with me.

Turns out, I was overreacting. The best guess of the certified nurse midwife on call was that it's round ligament pain. Really? I got worried about a perfectly normal pregnancy symptom for my first doctor call? ::sigh:: That's why I feel like I overreacted. Well, that in combination with the fact that I think I only had two ER visits as a child. I had to be really badly off for my parents to make a special trip, lol. And with the way my worrisome nature is going during this pregnancy, I'm so going to triple that count by the time March gets here.

Unfortunately, unless I can become super active, it's likely to continue and/or get worse. Well...when I walk around too much, the sciatica on my left side flares up. It's bad enough that as opposed to the every 3-5 months it would happen before getting pregnant has turned into every 2-4 weeks while pregnant. I don't need to agitate it more by getting super active. I'm trying to move around the house more and stretch out. I know that I need to start working out with the prenatal yoga DVD so that my body feels less tight. If I can get motivated, then that is my goal for tomorrow: do some prenatal yoga and balance games in WiiFit Plus.

I was slightly annoyed with the CNM because I can't sit up too quickly without excruciating pain right now (it's one of those sciatica days) and she put the bed up so quickly that I had tears in my eyes from the back pain and then of course, couldn't move very well for the next few minutes. And this was after telling her already that lying flat on my back hurts a lot due to the nerve pain. The L&D nurse though was very nice about it. She tried to be gentle and slow so that it was the least amount of discomfort. But unfortunately, you have to lie flat on your back for them to put a fetal monitor on your stomach. Baby S. kept kicking where the monitor was strapped around me. :) It was funny, because every time the fetal monitor gets moved it makes an annoying staticky noise and he kept making it happen.

But, there are two positives to the unnecessary L&D trip this afternoon. First, in the last two weeks, I have only gained .4 lbs - which means a few things: Baby S has slowed down his rate of growth (or I lost weight and he's still growing like a weed); and I still haven't broken that evil number yet. And second, I now know where L&D is and might not have to schedule a hospital tour after all.

summer has come and passed the innocent can never last wake me up when September ends

Day 8: A great chill-out song after a night out.
Anything calm is a good I think I'll have to pick...

Monday, November 7, 2011

she's a dwelling place for demons she's a cage for every unclean spirit, every filthy bird and makes us drink the poisoned wine to fornicating with our kings fallen now is Babylon the Great

Day 7: A great driving song.
Hmm...I think this might require me to drive more often than I do, lol. But...on the drive from Detroit to Columbus, I liked listening to some songs better than others. So I'll choose one of those songs. :)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

I've dealt with my ghosts and I've faced all my demons finally content with a past I regret I've found you find strength in your moments of weakness for once I'm at peace with myself I've been burdened with blame, trapped in the past for too long I'm movin' on

It's a sad day. I finally changed my profile picture from my sweet kitten to me. She was the best little kitty ever, so cuddly and lovable. Unfortunately, in January 2011, we had to put her down because of complications from feline leukemia. :'( I cried. And we only had her for a few months, too. I was too attached to that little kitty.

But this August, we adopted two new kittens. One of which, we swear is Fluffy reincarnated. :) Our male kitten, Socks, is like her in so many ways, it's the most awesome thing ever. What's even more awesome is the fact that we didn't choose him, he just showed up in our garage one day and wanted to stay. :D last thing. Come be my friend or subscribe to my posts on facebook! Sorry, I know, it's a shameless plug. :)

'cause I'm just a girl I'd rather not be 'cause they won't let me drive late at night I'm just a girl, guess I'm some kind of freak 'cause they all sit and stare with their eyes

Day 6: The anthem of your misspent adolescence. adolescence wasn't misspent. So...I'm just picking an angsty song from that time frame, lol.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

and it didn't take 'em long to decide that Earl had to die goodbye Earl those black-eyed peas they tasted all right to me Earl

Day 5: A song you hate from a band you really like.
This is a hard one because there aren't really any songs that I can't stand to listen to from bands that I like. It's more like, I have the occasional song I like from a band I hate. So...I'm just going to pick a song that I don't like as much as others. :)

Friday, November 4, 2011

meet me in outerspace we could spend the night, watch the earth come up I've grown tired of that place, won't you come with me we could start again

Day 4: A memorable song from a high school dance.
This is probably the only song that I remember from a high school dance. My friend had asked me to dance, but the next song the DJ chose to play was so not dance material, lol. I remember the Incubus song, but not what he changed it to.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

you are my sunshine, my only sunshine you make me happy when skies are gray you'll never know dear, how much I love you please don't take my sunshine away

Day 3: A memorable song from elementary school
As far as charted music goes, there really isn't anything that stands out for me. But I do remember my kindergarten teacher calling us her "Sunshine kids" and singing "You Are my Sunshine" to us.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

something isn't right I can feel it again, feel it again this isn't the first time that you left me waiting

Day 2: A song from the best concert you've been to
The best concert I've been to was a Good Charlotte concert. Yeah, yeah, I know, lame. But what made it the best was that I was being the "nice" older sister and taking my youngest brother to a concert for his favorite band at the time (he was in eight years old and in 2nd grade). But anyway, there was someone smoking pot in the crowd and he tells me, "it smells like cotton candy." Lol, there was no mistaking the smell for cotton candy and even though I'd never been around someone smoking pot before, I knew it was pot and not cotton candy. (C'mon, I was 19 years old and had been near enough people who smoked, just after the drugs were gone, but the smell lingered. Just like cigarette smoke - the smell lingers on the one lighting up even after the cigarette is gone.)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011