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Sun, Mar. 13th, 2011, 10:59 am
We're Safe!

For my LJ friends that I don't have on facebook, we are safe after the earthquakes/tsunami. We are in Misawa, Japan, and are a few hours North of Sendai, where most of the devastation occurred. Although we're only 3 miles from the coast, our area experienced little damaga and the tsunami was much smaller than in other places and didn't come as far inland. We finally got power back last night and the city is saying that our water is ok to drink now. Please pray for the whole country, there is a lot of devastation further South.


Mon, May. 10th, 2010, 05:34 pm

breakfast: bowl of life cereal
snack: cheese
lunch: cheeseburger and fries, didn't eat all of either, plus shared them with Annelise

exercise: 30 minutes on the elliptical

Thu, Dec. 11th, 2008, 03:43 pm
Annelise Marie

Well, I've been really busy the last couple of weeks so this post is a little late...  My sweet baby girl, Annelise Marie is here!  She was born on November 26 and is now just over 2 weeks old.  She was 21 inches long and 8 pounds, 1 ounce.  We go back to the doctor next week, I can't wait to find out how much she weighs now.  She lost almost a pound before my milk came in, so it will be interesting to see what she's been up to.  I ended up having a c-section but am healing well .  We're in Las Vegas now, John's graduation is on Saturday.  I'm still not driving or lifting anything heavier than Annelise, but am getting around really well.  She slept almost the entire flight, which was really 2 flights since we flew on Southwest.  She's an amazing, beautiful baby and I will post pictures eventually.  Not sure when, but eventually.  

(I'm considering switching over to blogspot or something because we're moving to Japan next month and I will be expected to make regular entries full of pictures.  I've got to do some experimenting with picture uploads on the different sites, including LJ.)

We're so excited to finally be together as a family.  John got to the hospital at 7:30 and she was born at 9:30, and he got to stay until Sunday morning.  I'm so grateful that he was there for those few days, he really helped out a lot.  He's an amazing dad and Annelise adores him.  Now we get to start our family life together (although we'll still be living with my parents for a month) and we can't wait to get into a new home in Japan and start our adventure there!!  

Fri, Nov. 21st, 2008, 04:55 pm

i'm a lot calmer now than i was yesterday or even this morning.  john and i talked about it and he in no uncertain terms told me to not worry about making annelise get out just to go to vegas.  even though we both want me there, i'm coming to terms with the fact that i'm just meant to miss some of the most important events in his air force career.  i missed his graduation/commissioning, which has made me feel guilty for the last 4 years.  john hasn't done or said anything to make me feel guilty, i just do.

so yeah, i'm 90% sure that i'll be refusing an induction when i go in on wednesday.  i'm going to walk and do squats and hip circles and other stuff to try to help her descend, but otherwise i'm going to let nature take it's course and see what happens.

surprisingly, my braxton-hicks contractions have gotten more frequent and more intense today.  hopefully that's a sign of things to come...

Fri, Nov. 21st, 2008, 07:40 am

Well, I've been having a great pregnancy so far.  I had morning sickness, but nothing horrible.  I haven't gained a bunch of weight that I'll have to struggle to lose later.  My baby is very active, she loves doing flips and turns.  I predicted that since I was having such an easy pregnancy, something crazy would happen mid-October.  It took one more month before the crazy stuff started happening.

John's being told by TMO that my move to Texas was unauthorized.  Thank you, Cannon AFB.  He struggled at the beginning of this phase of school, although he is doing better now and just completed the phase.  Annelise is still very active and healthy, but she does not want to come out.

I'll be 40 weeks tomorrow and am not dilated in the slightest.  Annelise is not engaging her head into my pelvis.  My doctor told me yesterday that, given how far along I am and that Annelise is not descending into my pelvis, I only have a 10% chance of having a normal vaginal birth.  Do the math and that means I have a 90% chance of hacing a c-section.  We talked yesterday and she's willing to induce me next Friday, as long as my body gives her something to work with.  John will get to town on Wednesday night, so he would be able to be here for the birth.

If I end up having a c-section, that's abdominal surgery.  I'd be in the hospital for several days and would have a very long recovery at home.  I would probably not be up to going to Vegas for John's graduation (although it would be VERY hard to stop me).  Annelise would be at risk for all kinds of complications because of the surgical extraction.  A c-section is just not a good idea.

However, if I go to the full 42 weeks that most doctors allow before pushing for an induction and still need a c-section, that makes everything even harder.  I would definitely not be able to go to Vegas, Annelise would definitely be too young to fly, and we'd still be facing the possible complications of the surgery.

So I'm going to walk a lot and do some squats (recommended online, who knows if that works) and maybe even eat Amy Gallemore's 'put you into labor' meal that sounds absolutely disgusting to me.  And I'm going to pray a lot.  All we need is a little dilation and for Annelise to move down some.  If that happens then I can be induced and let the drugs help me get her out.

This is totally not what I wanted.  Here I was, ready to go all natural, and now I'm facing the HUGE possibility of a c-section.  It's not fair and I don't like it.  I've watched my food and caffeine intake, I've bargain shopped for her stuff, I've had good blood pressure and such at every appointment.  I did everything the way I was supposed to, so why can't my baby just come out the way that she's supposed to?  I'm very close to bribing her, even though I know Annelise can't understand words and even if she did it probably wouldn't help.  I really want to stomp around and scream a lot and throw things, but stress will not help anything and will actually slow any dilation I've got happening.  Being a grown-up sucks.

Wed, Nov. 5th, 2008, 02:40 pm

Well, we've got just a few more weeks till Annelise's due date!!  Everything is going well, she is healthy and happy.  I don't think she's ready to come out anytime soon, but I can live with that.  I'm trying to sit back and enjoy these last few weeks of being pregnant before Annelise is born and my life completely changes.

On Saturday we went to Canton and got some fun stuff.  I bought a few things for the baby room and have gotten a few more things since then.  Saturday was also Carsyn Rebekah's second birthday and we had her party on Sunday.  After lots of frustration, I finally gave up on putting the top on her Cozy Coupe and loaded it in my car only partially finished.  We made Trent finish putting it together, which he did with ease.  The birthday party was lots of fun and Carsyn adores her new car! 

Dianna, Melisa, and I are going shopping this weekend to get the rest of the stuff I need for Annelise.  We'll get her carseat/stroller, baby monitor, and Chrismas dress, among other things.  I also need to look for something to wear for Christmas, something that doesn't interfere with breastfeeding and won't cling too closely to my post-pregnancy body.  We'll see how that goes, since I can't really try anything on!

My parents' house is coming along, we'll hopefully be in before Christmas.  Dianna and Melisa are doing well, too, I'm so happy that things are working out for them.  I really miss John, I can't wait till he's done with school and we can be a family together.  Thank goodness for cell phones, talking to him every morning really helps.

Thu, Oct. 30th, 2008, 10:45 am

Now I know why dads hate complicated gifts, they're the ones who have to put them together.  I consider myself a capable person, I can put together a prefab desk or bookshelf just fine.  Putting together Carsyn's Cozy Coupe, however, is a whole other story.  There are things you have to hammer together where the one on one end won't go on straight, but the one on the other end will.  The poor car looks ok but I'm worried she'll manage to pinch herself somehow; she's a very smart kid and will figure out any and all ways to injure herself with this car.  I'm mostly done, I just have to get the top on and put on the rest of the decals.  It's a good thing I don't need the car until Sunday, otherwise she'd be getting a convertible! 

Tue, Oct. 21st, 2008, 05:03 pm
Another 'first' for Annelise

Well, I'm due a month from tomorrow (and SUPER HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Annan tomorrow!!) and today was another first for Annelise!  My dad has some cows in the pasture, we generally don't even notice they're there.  I've come home a few times to find the black calf hanging out in the yard and a few weeks ago I caught the black calf and its mommy hanging out near the road.  Well today I came home to see one of the electricians chasing a couple of calves back through the fence that separates the new house from the rest of the pasture.  They told me that the bull hadn't gone back through yet but they'd keep an eye on him.  I called Dad to let him know and as we were hanging up I saw the bull nosing around the fence trying to find his way back through.  He came over by the current house and was hanging out in the back yard so I opened up the gate to the pasture.  It didn't take him long to realize the gate was open and I chased him through it.  The electricians were all set to help out, I think they were worried about the pregnant lady in the red shirt dealing with a bull.  Everything worked out just fine and I got the gate closed again.  So Annelise has now 'herded' a cow, something she'll probably never do again.  It's very rare that any of us girls have to help in any way with Dad's farm work, it's usually the husbands/boyfriends that get roped into that.  John's going to be jealous that he didn't get to help out, he loves doing stuff on the farm with Dad.

Sun, Oct. 19th, 2008, 09:03 pm
The Baby Shower

Our baby shower was today and it was truly amazing.  'Amazing' is one of those words that is over-used, but this time I am definitely using it correctly.  The room was full of friends and family from all over Texas and Annelise and I were surrounded by love.  I had high school friends, college friends, Air Force friends, and tons of family.  My great-aunt (who is in her 80s) even dug up the courage to drive from Arlington to Ennis for the shower!  That includes driving on I-20 and I-45.  So yeah, if you were stuck behind an old lady driving REALLY slowly, that was Aunt Gayle and it was for a very good cause.  We got so many of the things that I registered for and quite a few of the things that I didn't expect people to spend the money on.  We are so, so blessed!

My favorite gifts are the bathrobe with the tiara sewn on the hood (so when you put it on it looks like you're wearing the tiara, I want one of these for myself!!), the books, the Aggie outfits, and the entire gift from the Kok family.  Jessica is so talented and thoughtful, I know we'll treasure those items forever. 

Dianna, Melisa, and the girls did a great job of putting everything together.  The food was delicious and everyone had a good time.  I'm not so fond of the 'guess the baby food' game, but at least they didn't make me play.  Annelise is very lucky to have such wonderful friends and family, I guess the good karma I built up is really paying off.  Granted, I have plenty of bad karma built up too, but I'm pretty sure that will kick in when Annelise is a teenager.

Carleigh came home with us tonight, Carla's at the New Kids concert.  Yes, I'm jealous.  Yes, I know I would be exhausted and would want to leave halfway through.  Yes, Jon Knight is still my favorite; I think he's even better looking now than when they were together the first time.  We had fun playing with Carleigh, my dad is so adorable with her.  I can't wait till Annelise is old enough to enjoy her granddaddy.

Ok, time for bed.  It's been a long day that started with Annelise throwing a party during Mass and I think she's gearing up for another one right now.

Tue, Oct. 14th, 2008, 05:11 pm

Canastapallooza was a blast, it was great to see Aunt Faye and Norma Jean one more time before we move to Japan.  It's going to be sad to miss it for the next few years.  NJ and her daughter Tina gave Annelise a baby gift, they're such sweethearts!  I didn't play any games since Skip-Bo was left at home and I'm the only one that likes Phase 10, but I got some knitting done and got lots of rest.  It's a good thing I made 2 packages of cookies, we ate them all.

I finished my childbirth class last night, I'm apparently ready to have a baby.  My next appointment is Thursday and I'm going to run lots of errands that day.   I'm working on cleaning my room so that Dad can hopefully set up the crib this weekend.  We're planning a trip to Babies-r-us in a few weeks to buy the carseat/stroller and after that will techically be ready for Annelise's arrival.

They're making progress on my parents' house, the framing is almost done.  They would have finished that today but there was a short rain shower that slowed them down.  I peeked in the windows (well, window-holes) and everything seems so much smaller than the plans show.  I know that's the point of this house, it's just weird to see.  We'll hopefully get windows and doors in in the next week and then get the brick on.  Now that the framing's almost done, we can start having more than one contractor in at a time.  They can do plumbing and electrical while the bricker is working, and once that's done we can get the insulation and drywall in.  After that it's just putting on the roof, staining the floors, and putting in cabinets and appliances.  I can't believe how fast everything is going to go!  We're praying that we're in by Christmas, it would be nice to put up the Christmas tree for the last time with my family.  Mom's getting a Christmas tree closet so we don't have to take everything down every year, we can just roll it into the closet.  So the first Christmas in the new house will be the last time we put up the tree for a long time.

John's doing well, he's about to start the most difficult phase of the class so I've got to get used to not talking to him as much.  He's almost done with his paper and I'm confident that he'll do well during this phase.  He continually amazes me with how smart he is and how well he is doing at school.  They place a lot of demands on these guys and John keeps figuring out how to deal with them.  I feel very lucky to be married to a man like that, it's nice to know I can always depend on him to help me figure things out.

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