26 June 2013

Time flys when your busy!

So my lovely followers and friends who are still hanging with me...my baby girl is now 15 weeks old!!! can you believe it?! Here is a little cuteness to brighten up your day...

She is great and wonderfully chunky and happy as can be!!

So let me fill you in on how myself and Phylis (lap band) have been. My end of pregnancy weight was 293lbs...YIKES!! Well I am now at 271lbs So far 22lbs lost post par tum and a total of 80lbs lost from my highest weight of 350. I work out 6 days a week for at least a half hour and I am counting calories again.
Yesterday I had my first official band appt since April 2012. I had seen the band doctor here during my pregnancy after the move but they would only do an unfil until they could get in there and take a look at her after I had my baby.
Let me introduce you all to Phylis:

Phylis might look like she is being a good girl...but she is not. I had my first look at her in 2 1/2years. Before and during the beginning of my pregnancy she was working great and I hit my 100lb mark and life was great. Yesterday I found out that due to the fact that everything compressed during the pregnancy she has slipped her mark. So now I am playing a waiting game. I am waiting for more in depth records from my old surgeon to make it to my new surgeon so we can discuss the next step. Right now he left what fluid I have in my band where it is and I am just crossing my fingers that the further out from my pregnancy I get the more things will shift back into place on there own and I wont have to go through surgery of any kind. If I do have to go under the knife Phylis will be removed and repair of any possible holes from placement fixed and I will be given an option to pursue a different type of bariatric surgery if desired. That's all I have for now.

I have been reading up on people here and there but have not left comments due to not having the time. I love reading all the support that goes around out there! keep it up my lovelies!

18 April 2013

Holy Baby Time Fly's!

Hey all!
I am so so so sorry it has been so long since I have posted. Life has been busy since I started my maternity leave. I started it 2 weeks before I had my baby so I know I should have posted but between prepping and house guests and 3 days of contractions time just got away from me.

Lets get the nity gritty out of the way first:

pre-prego weight: 257lbs
end of pregnancy weight: 293lbs
5 weeks postpartum weight : 279lbs

I am breast feeding, counting calories and have started from the bottom of the workout charts (walking) and am slowly working my way up. Right now I am 79lbs to goal weight.

Now to my wonderful little bundle of joy! Alora Nicole was born on March 19 at 3:05 am after 3 pushes and one contraction. She was 7lbs 4.6oz and 19.5 inches long. I was having contractions for 3 days before she showed up tp the party :) Here she is, my little miracle baby:

In the hospital just a couple hours old
milk coma!
I can't believe how big she is getting so fast! 

20 February 2013

Oops I Forgot :/

38 Weeks
Pre prego weight: 257lbs
Last weeks weight: 286lbs
Today's Weight: 293lbs
total gain: 36lbs :(

Craving: salty foods 

I just realized this morning that I forgot to post last week! I am so sorry ya'll!
This is my last week of work. I was going to work up until I pop this little one out but the state is changing their disability paperwork a week before I am due. So I am done this week so I don't have to submit and wait another 3 weeks for approval.  

I have been so hungry!!! I feel like I have been stuffing my face and the weight above reflects it too. My unfill is doing its job a little to well. I am not doing my job well enough. I can still feel a Little restriction though.  

I have been doing everything in my power (naturally) to get this child out! I have been going on walks and doing the horizontal mambo with my baby daddy. Plus eating spicy chili. I had a dream last night that I was at a specialty appointment and my BP was high. My doctor said "I see in your chart that you are being induced on Friday". Me "umm no I'm not" I was ignored and she said "but since your BP is so high and your full term we are going to induce you today", Me "umm no your not!"
Fingers crossed that this dream means that I will have her on Friday :)

I don't know were last week went! I had my baby shower this weekend and it was so awesome! I have some good friends out here and feel so blessed that I got to celebrate my first child with them. So I did have the babys room all done and now I have to find room for the rest of the stuff we got. At work today they are having my good luck and farewell (for now) party. I love the people that I work with and I feel blessed that they will miss me. I work with doctor and they have bought me some really nice things for my little princess. I can't say enough how blessed I feel. I have different friends that live in a few places around the world that have been prego at the same time as me and they both had there babies this week. Both had little boys.
I was supposed to take a 38 week picture for my mother this morning but we woke up to no power and it's hard to take a good picture when it's still dark outside and you have no lights.
So next week (if I'm still prego) I will put up a picture up. Fingers crossed that I'm not :)

Hope you guys have a great week and a happy hump day.

06 February 2013

Icky Sicky still and Restriction

36 Weeks
Pre prego weight: 257lbs
Last weeks weight: 280lbs
Today's Weight: 286lbs
total gain: 29lbs 
Craving: Milk!

I can't believe I am in the home stretch of squeezing this little baby out! I have my 36 week appointment tomorrow afternoon. I am hoping I will be told my girly parts are prepping and going to kick her out in a week or two! I am getting tired and I am having trouble breathing. I am trying to keep trucking and take the dog for walks a couple of days a week, he usually just goes outside and does his business and barks at everything that moves.

The last month we have been a sick household. First hubby was sick with a URI thing then a GI thing and got me sick. Now I was starting to get better and he got worse again. His doctor thinks its pneumonia. Now I was up again coughing last night and my cough has gotten worse today as well. We just can't shake the bugs around us. I am going to have disinfect the whole house so we can get rid of this crap before baby girl gets here.

I have some finishing stuff to do for her room and I need to clean out a spot from our closet to fit the cradle in our room. (the closet is right next to my bed and we have a small room, so no I am not just going to shut her in the closet all night).

I posted last week that I had fluid taken out of my band. I can't believe what a difference taking out 1.5cc makes. I am in uncharted territory for me. I have had to really focus on what I am eating again. I feel like a baby bandster with no restriction. I do know that I have a little but I can't wait to get more fluid put in 4 weeks after she's born. It's easy to follow the rules when you have god restriction and your not starving all the time. I am going to have to focus on my rules again. It is nice to eat chicken again though :)

For those of you that aren't hooked up with me on facebook here is a 36 week belly shot:

31 January 2013

I feel like a pin cushion!

I finally got my unfill today!!!
It was lunch time when I was done and all I had to eat in the morning was a banana protein smoothie. So I was hungry and shaky and almost passed out while I was being poked. Not a fun experience. For lunch I got chicken and re fried beans and had no problem at all with the chicken! It's been a long time since I have been able to say that, even when I had a good fill level.

I am not quite sure what the title of the lady who tried to stick my port first but she was horrible! She wanted to numb my port area first. I told her that she didn't need to. In retrospect I should have let her do it, I had no clue it would be so difficult. She poked me about 7 times and then went to get a surgeon. He had to poke me a few times as well before he was finally able to get the port just right. The pressure from them pushing and prodding was the worst part. I could tell that this is just a general surgery place and not a specialized place like my last surgeon just from her first couple of tries.  I will have a bruise in the morning if not later tonight. We decided that 1.5cc was a good amount to take out with being to over zealous about loosening things up.

They want to see me back 4 weeks after the baby is born so I can do a barium swallow and get some labs drawn so they know where we need to go from here, since I am a new patient for them. Sounded good to me.
I will leave you with what my port area looks like after the whole thing. I have never seen it look like this. You can already see the bruising start.

29 January 2013

I feel like death :(

35 Weeks
Pre prego weight: 257lbs
Last weeks weight: 279lbs
Today's Weight: 280
total gain: 23lbs 
Craving: The ability to breath normal

I will be 35 weeks tomorrow, but I am home from work today so I figured I would post today instead. The reason I am home from work today is because I feel like I look and I look like this:
 I have been fighting this since friday. Sunday I finally called and asked what I could take to help the symptoms and told them that among the handful of things wrong was that I was having trouble breathing too. They told me to go to the ER if I continued having breathing issues. So yesterday while we were supposed to be at baby boot camp I gave in and had hubby drive me to the ER. I was given an albuteral breathing treatment and told to get lots of rest. So I am home today and like my title says...I feel like death!  Better then yesterday but still crappy.

I also have my band appointment on Thursday. I will finally be able to get some relief with my eating. I think since I have been doing a lot of thick liquids such as smoothies and soups and.....ice creams,  that I have put on more weight with this pregnancy then if I had proper restriction all the way through. I am be no means upset with my weight thus far. It gives me experience and guidance for the next pregnancy,at least a few years from now.

So this week I will only be working 2 days because of Monday I took off because I was supposed to be in that class, being sick and then my appointment on Thursday. O well, they have to get used to working without me soon any way for at least a little while.
I leave you with my 35 weeks belly shots :)
I hope your week has been a less miserable then mine and that you are all in good health.

23 January 2013

I educated my doc :)

34 Weeks
Pre prego weight: 257lbs
Last weeks weight: 279lbs
Today's Weight: unsure?
total gain: 22lbs Craving: milk and hot chocolate

As you can see I don't have a weight listed today. I am currently out of my home for the fumigating until later tonight. I didn't have access to a scale since Sunday morning but I was still at 279 that morning. I have minimized the sweets and have been feeling a lot better overall. Last nights dinner was a yummy chicken salad with fresh mushrooms and cucumbers.

I was able to get all of baby girls clothes washed this weekend before we had to vacate the house. Conclusion is that I have about 50 outfits that she will never wear. I have been given so many newborn clothes from a friend of mine that I will have to box them up before they get used. I don't think she will come out as small as everyone is saying she will be. I could be wrong but I don't think she will be small.

Like I had told you last week I had my 33 weeks OB appointment. Everything is going good. They aren't to happy with my weight but I still say I am doing ok. It didn't help that there scale weighed me in at 5lbs heavier then the weight I got that morning. I guess all the water I drink during the day makes that much of a difference. I had to educate my mid wife on my lap band. My port can be felt very clearly now and she thought it was a foot pressing really hard. So I told her what it was and answered her questions. It's always nice to spread knowledge about my band. I think she was less worried about my weight after that as well. She understood more about me and my experiences I think.
Her movements are getting so strong and painful. Apparently that is normal. So I am going to be fit for a belly band. I don't know how that will help but apparently she thinks it will.
Not a ton going on still. Just prepping for the baby's arrival and I think I will get the hospital bags ready this week. I know I still have about 6 weeks but everything I am reading says to do it early because you never know.

Well I hope you all are having a good week. For those of you that are being assaulted by the cold I am sending warm wishes your way!

16 January 2013

No Title...To tired to Think!

Pre prego weight: 257lbs
Last weeks weight: 281lbs
Today's Weight: 279lbs
total gain: just going with 22lbs
Craving: A cold glass of milk with cookies.

7 weeks! Holy crap, time is flying by! I can't wait to hold my little girl :) I hope my hormones balance back out after that. I have been so quick to get overwhelmingly angry! It's scary, I didn't even know I could have such intense anger like that. I just want to hit someone. I think the fatigue has a good amount to do with it too. Still so tired all the time. Sleep is becoming more and more evasive too. Getting up at 5:30 in the morning is getting increasingly difficult.

I am cutting back on my sweets. This last week I have gotten way out of control. My hubby even said something to me about my consumption. It is so easy to fall back into old habits. Over the weekend I made mini banana muffins. Monday I made milk chocolate and white chocolate chip cookies. Over the weekend I also bought and ate, with very little help from hubby, a whole pack of double stuffed Oreos. Last night after making a wonderfully healthy dinner we went and got frozen yogurt. So it's time to cut back.

Dinner last night was a Brussels sprout hash with an over easy egg and roasted mushrooms. O so very yummy and healthy :) Let me know if you want to hash recipe.

Not much is going on around here, it's nice! Hubby did take me out to a nice dinner on Friday. We were able to watch the sun set over the ocean from our table. So beautiful. As we get closer to B day it's nice to have all this time to spend together. I feel like we are getting closer together these last couple weeks. That's how it should be. We are going into such a life changing time it's nice going into it knowing we are so strong as a couple.

I have an OB appointment on Friday. I will let you all know how that goes.
Update on the band appointment: The soonest they can see me is the 31rst of Jan. Not that I am not used to figuring the eating thing out at this point. It took 4 hours to eat 3/4 of my mini pizza the other night. (We like to make our own at home). Frustrating!

Well I guess I should get back to work. At this point that entails me vigorously trying not to fall asleep at my desk!
Have a great week everyone! Get some good sleep for me!

11 January 2013

Is that my tooth?

32 weeks
Pre prego weight: 257lbs
Last weeks weight: 272lbs
Today's Weight: 281lbs
total gain: just going with 24lbs   :(
Craving: A cold glass of milk.

My weight is horrible. I don't know how I jump almost 10lbs in a week. All I can say is I am talking to my doctor about this at my next visit. I have been doing so well up till now. I am still being told that the weight gain I have still isn't bad for pregnancy. I feel like I am failing both myself and my little girl though. I know it doesn't make sense to feel that way, but I do. I think not having been down to goal weight when I got pregnant had a lot to do with it. I was still in that weight loss mentality and that any gain was a reason to retrace all my foodie steps. It is a mental struggle to not feel horrible about my body because of the number on the scale.

My hormones have been turning me into a crazy person. I have been getting insanely pissed off at the most mundane things. On Monday night I was literally crying and laughing at the same time all while being pissed off and frustrated. I didn't know it was possible to feel all those emotions at the same time. I literally felt like I as going crazy! Not a good feeling.

Quick little back story note: I hate popcorn!
On Sunday I got a craving for popcorn and decided why not have some. I ended up biting down on a popcorn kernel really hard. I spit it out of my mouth and I see a piece of silver! Is that my tooth? Yep that was my tooth. I broke a crown in half. My dentist wont fix it till after my pregnancy. Thankfully the tooth it came off doesn't have any nerves in it anymore. So it doesn't hurt. O the things I get to look forward to.

My Christmas tree is still up. I planned on taking it down this past weekend but that obviously didn't happen.
This weekend I plan on taking it down. I also bought a lot of food to make and vacuum seal so we have healthy microwave meals after the baby gets here so I don't feel like I have to cook all the time too. A couple of the recipes are my own wonderful high protein stand-bys and I have gathered other from various places including The world according to Eggface. I also got my supplies for making my bath bombs in. So I plan on making a few of those tonight so I can soke in the tub after a day of cooking and food saving tomorrow.

We had a labor and delivery class this week. We watched a live birth video. I have seen this type of video many times before having been in a pediatric environment for most of my medical career. Let me tell you, that s@$t is a lot more frightening when you know its going to be happening to you in a couple of weeks!

I will leave you with a picture of my belly at 32wks:
well I would have liked to leave you with a picture but the computer that I am on is not cooperating.
Have a good weekend :)

02 January 2013

Single Digits!

31 weeks
Pre prego weight: 257lbs
Last weeks weight: 268lbs
Today's Weight: 272lbs
total gain: just going with 15lbs
Craving ice cream! This spells trouble!

You might remember that I was having trouble earlier in the pregnancy with my band (it corrected mostly with going back to better water drinking habits) and what I could or couldn't eat. Now it takes me at least an hour to eat about 3/4 to 1 cup of food. Some times it takes longer depending on what I'm eating. I even am having a little difficulty with thicker soups or chunkier soups. Example: For lunch which I started at 11:45am I am eating very moist ground turkey nacho pasta. I have only been able to eat half of it so far and I am still working on it at 1:53pm. Two mornings ago I felt a little bit of a problem when I drank some water first thing after waking up. SSssssoooo I have called my doctors office and am waiting to get a call back from a nurse....to get a referral...then wait for approval....to make an appointment....to drive an hour or more on a day I have to take off from work....to see a surgeon to talk about getting an unfill if they decide not to do it on the spot (if not I have to take a whole other day off work). Jeesh, I like that my insurance covers so much but this is such a long process just to do something that (if I had the right needle) I could do myself. It's frustrating. I hope that me being pregnant and having trouble eating will speed things along a bit.

In other news only 9 weeks to go (fingers crossed) until little girl makes her appearance!

I live on base and we have been notified by our housing that on 21Jan they will be fumigating all the houses on our street. It's a thing that they do every couple of years. So we have to vacate the house with all 3 animals for 2 days and go through all the crap that it entails and have to take all of the baby's stuff with us because I don't feel comfortable with it being exposed to those chemicals even though I am going to wash it all. All I keep thinking is that I don't have time for this nonsense.

We had a very nice calm New Years eve. Watched a couple of movies and I had a glass of sparkling cider. If you have been following me for a while you might remember that I don't drink carbonated beverages any more because I learned early on that they are just one of those things that screw with my band and make my stomach hurt. But I drank it in small sips over a long amount of time and did just fine. No, that is not why I had trouble with my water. The sparkling was the same day but much later. But it was a nice night.

I hope you all had a great new years eve and day and that 2013 brings you as much joy as I am expecting from my 2013!