Friday, August 27, 2010

26 Weeks



Okay, so technically today is 26 weeks & 2 days, but who's counting?

I realized that we hadn't taken a belly picture in a while & I noticed that I was getting much bigger, so I felt like an updated one was certainly in order. David wanted to include our lovely giraffe wall decor in the photo, so here I am... bigger than a giraffe. Thanks, honey.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Oh, Thursday, How I Love You!

Recently, I have become very fond of my Thursdays. I usually work 9 hour long shifts at work, so 4 days of that doesn't quite hit my 40 hours/week mark, so I'll work 3-4 hours on Thursdays to make up for it. And I've always loved my Thursdays! Up until recently, I would usually work 10am - 1pm & pick David up from work at 2pm. Since we've had a significant staffing change at work, I've picked up a 3pm - 7pm shift instead. At first, I wasn't too thrilled since it would mean that I wouldn't see David all day (like most days). But I've changed my tune now. Since needing more sleep has become a big part of my life right now, I'm loving the opportunity to sleep in twice a week, rather than just once! And when I go into work, I feel rejuvenated & ready to accomplish whatever I need to without sleepiness taking over my brain. It's quite lovely.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Our Baby Package

Mom sent us a wonderful package of baby goodies, which we received on Saturday. Mom insisted that we videotape it, so that's what this is. It's pretty much just me talking on the phone to my mom & opening her package/gift. The first few seconds does show off my growing bump, but everything after that is much less interesting. :)


video

Friday, August 20, 2010

Sleep

I. Need. Sleep.

I'm guessing that this is just another one of those pregnancy things that everyone has to deal with, but I've never had issues with sleeping before. I've always slept pretty soundly. When David & I got married, I did have a little issue adjusting with sleeping next to him since I thought my tossing & turning might end up kicking him right out of bed, but I adjusted to that easily enough. Now I'm on to a whole new set of challenges.

1.) No More Tummy Sleeping :: This part makes me want to cry. I absolutely love sleeping on my tummy! It's so comfy. Well, it was until about a month ago. Even before then I was scared to lay on it too much as it might flatten my baby boy or something, but I could still get away with doing it. Not anymore. Now I have to mostly sleep on one of my sides & it always hurts my shoulder after a while, even if I use extra pillows for support. This leads me into my second point...

2.) Tossing & Turning :: Now, I move around at night even more because of my aching shoulders, hips & whatnot because I can't sleep on my tummy. This isn't me just moving around in my sleep. My aching will wake me up & beg for me to adjust my position because I'm either in pain or one of my limbs has seriously fallen asleep. And when I do adjust, it pulls really hard on my sensitive baby-holding muscles down there. And it really hurts.

3.) Getting Up to Pee :: I usually never got up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, but now, it happens at least once a night; sometimes twice. It wouldn't bother me so much if I was able to simply crawl back into bed & fall asleep again. Not so much. If I get up, it'll usually take me 2 - 3 hours to fall back asleep completely. If it's after 4am when I get up, I can kiss any chance of more good sleep for the night goodbye. I'll still lay there resting, but I'll be much more alert than I should be, which causes me to think about stuff, which is the last thing I want to do. I just want more sleep!

I guess I'm just being prepared for the sleepless nights ahead. But at least then, I'll have a husband to help & it won't feel like I don't have any control over my own body. I haven't experienced that sort of sleeplessness yet, but at least I'll have more time to catch a nap here & there. Now, I'm getting little good sleep & then have to get up for a 10 hour work day. Blech.

Sorry to be complainy. No sleep does that to me.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Stress Relief - Finally!

I usually try not to blog about the specific happenings of my job too often. Rants about inconsiderate customers? Sure. But I try to keep "work stories" to a minimum since a) my blog is public & someone I work with could read it & b) I don't want it to feel like my work is overtaking my blog like I feel like it overtakes my life most of the time. But I do have an encouraging story for today.

For the past couple of months, work has been a beast. Once I hit about 15 or 16 weeks pregnant, I started to feel the physical affects of my job. Photographing (ie, running around & being on my feet) for 9 hours a day for 2 - 3 days a week was getting very tiring & was making me very sore. After a little while, I started to feel like it was affecting the quality of my work. I brought this to the attention of both of my bosses - the general manager & the company owner - & found that I actually ended up gaining more shooting time each week rather than having my burdened eased since a replacement wasn't found on time for an employee who quit around the same time that I was starting to need to slow down. How awesome.

Despite the fact that I was angry & sore all of the time & never ever wanted to go into work again, I just kept trucking along.

I stayed for two reasons:

a) David & I have been working out a good way to save money for when the baby arrives & me quitting my job would only make that harder & possibly start to deplete what we'd saved much sooner than we'd hoped.

b) As the manager of my studio, my work picks up the tab for my health insurance, which has amazing maternity benefits.

So I just kept sucking it up. I tried to take it easy as much as possible & all of my employees have been pretty considerate, but it was hard. It was especially hard having my manager schedule me a full 9-hour shooting day on Friday followed by a full 9-hour shooting day on Saturday, which are our two busiest shooting days of the week most of the time.

So yesterday, my boss calls me so we can make sure that the schedule that she just made for my store would work out with what we've got going on next week. We'd just hired a new photographer & needed to now work her into our schedule. I look at this new schedule & realize that my 30 hours (out of my required 40 for the week) of recently normal shooting time just plummeted down to 5. Five hours for the whole week? That would mean that my other 35 working hours would consist of photo sales & retouching & other such easy, easy things. I told her, "Wow. You must love me!" & explained why I thought so, to which she said, "I don't try to be mean on purpose," in reference to the crazy schedule she'd been giving me. Then she proceeded by saying, "Speaking of the hours you've been working recently..." and went into how grateful she was for how I'd never called in sick, didn't really complain & was consistently doing my job very well despite the fact that I was pregnant & that she knew that this was hard on me. My brain went into slight shock. She's not the world's worst boss by any means, but she isn't the type to roll into an "I'm grateful" speech, either. It was really nice to hear that!

Even though I love shooting more than anything & definitely could handle more than 5 hours of shooting a week, I'm not going to complain one bit about my "vacation" next week. I just hope that more weeks end up this nice!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

25 Weeks & Crazy

Today is my 25 week mark! Hooray! Only 15ish more to go. It feels like it's been going by super slow, but like a have a billion things to do before the baby comes.

David & I both had today off, so we went & did some more baby shopping! I must say that it's really nice to have him come along with me. He always finds things that I don't see & we always seem to find the best deals when we're together. Plus, ever since we found out that we're having a boy, he's been a lot more excited about shopping for baby stuff. :)

We decided to go to Lehi & American Fork - both cities that are about 20 minutes north of Provo - to see what kid/baby stores they had since we'd already canvased everything in this area. We looked up a few places online so that we'd know where to go. We went to Kid to Kid first, which, if you don't know, is a store where people can sell their like-new kid's stuff so I can buy it! We got a couple of things, including a great looking Old Navy jacket for $5.99! We also got a few things at the local Wal-Mart & Costco there, which was nice because it was a different selection than what we have here in Provo/Orem.

We came home for about two hours since I was getting tired of walking & we had an appointment later on this evening. After our appointment, we went for ice cream & then went next door to Shopko to look around for some new shoes for David. (We were both in need, but his need was definitely more immediate than mine.) We'd been on the lookout for a rug for the baby's room for a while & ended up finding a really great 5'x7' blue rug there. Normally, it sold for $120 (yikes!) but was on sale for $38 (score!), so we couldn't resist! And it was much bigger & nicer than what we thought we'd end up with for the amount of money we were willing to spend on a rug. We also ended up finding a great pair of new shoes for each of us as well. And, as an extra bonus, when the gal was ringing us up, it turned out that it was "buy one get one half off" on shoes, so we got a pair for half price! Woo hoo!

Today was all about the great deals!

Sometimes, all of this shopping makes me feel like I'm going crazy with all of this baby stuff. I actually have a big ol' list of everything that we'll need & how much of it we'll want to get before the baby arrives. I know, I sound nuts, but it's the best way I have to keep me from spending all of my money on cute baby clothes in all of the same size & forget to buy something important, like a car seat. It's been really helpful to see what we should be buying so that we don't waste our money.