Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Matchy matchy

Syd coming home from the hospital

Nora coming home from the hospital

Nora 4 days old

Syd 10 days old

Monday, February 27, 2012

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Nora Corinne Schmalz

I just looked at the clock and realized that at this time last night I was screaming like an amazon woman, wow, talk about primal. Birth story to come later, promise;) Here is a teaser. When we arrived at the hospital at 5:05 I was at 6 cm, she was born at 7:20. You do the math.

Nora Corinne Schmalz (middle name after Neil's sister) was born Feb 24, 2012 at 7:20 PM
6 lbs 14 oz 20 inches long


She is perfect.
We are all doing great. Syd is having the time of her life shopping with Grandma and Auntie Andrea. She is not too sure about her baby sister. Good thing they have the rest of their lives to get acquainted! We will head home in the morning and grandma is staying all week:) Yay! Then Neil is taking the next week off, yaaaaay! He has the nicest bosses who insisted he take a week off, soooo happy:)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

CPA -w-e-s-o-m-e!!


Okay you have to picture me spelling awesome out like a cheerleader. I have been waiting to do this post for a month! Look what came in the mail today...


Good job Neil! Here is what he had to do in order to become a Certified Public Accountant-
*Get a Masters Degree in Accounting

*Work for a public accounting firm for two years

*Pass all four very difficult sections of the CPA exam within 18 months. These tests take about 4 hours each and require a lot of studying.

*Do 1000 hours of audit work

*Pass an ethics exam. This one was tough for him ;)

Then he filled out an application and the Nevada State Board met to review it. I am so proud of him! I try to not get too mushy on this blog, but seriously he has worked so hard the last few years to get this accomplished and I think he is amazing! Go Neil! (I would do a high kick but my belly gets in the way).

Monday, February 20, 2012

No pictures, just words, feel free to skip.

Okay fine here is a picture. This is what Sydney and I did while we waiting anxiously to go to the doctor:)

So I was super anxious all weekend wondering what the doctor would say about my blood sugar. I felt generally horrible all weekend because it was so low. I got an earlier appointment today so I could hear what he had to say. I think I really expected him to tell me I would be induced this week, which I didn't want at first but after how crappy I felt all weekend had warmed up to. Nope. He said my numbers were fine. So I said "okay, but I feel sooo awful, what can I do?" He said I could eat more. Great! Then he said "but only fats and protein". Um, so butter and meat. Joy. He said "just put more peanut butter on your toast in the morning" I would have told him that I already probably put a 1/4 cup of peanut butter on bread 3 times a day but I would have burst into tears so I kept it to myself. So I will just keep going. Eating cheese, peanut butter and nuts. I can't have yogurt, beans, hummus or other types of proteins because they all have carbs. I did eat a steak on Saturday night at the Cheesecake Factory and it was yummy, thanks mom:) But pretty sure I can't spend 25 bucks on dinner for myself every night. Anyway after I got home and stopped crying I figured I can do anything for a few more weeks. I think I had just got my hopes up that it would be over this week. And every pregnancy is hard at the end, even if you are healthy, you just feel like junk for the last two weeks. On Saturday my mom and Andrea came for a visit. We went shopping and my mom bought me cute pajamas and two robes for after the baby is born:) I can't wait to sit on my couch with my cute new baby in my cute new pjs eating a cute giant piece of chocolate cake:)

Friday, February 17, 2012

This shirt just keeps getting smaller and smaller

37 weeks
Can't see my feet

Oh wait, there's one!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

37 weeks tomorrow

We'll see if I feel like uploading a picture tomorrow. I guess we will go to the library for story/music time so I will have to get dressed and I may as well take a picture. My blood sugar has been on the low side the last few days, low all day with a few crashes here and there. Today I went to the doctor and he said that sometimes the placenta starts to deteriorate early when you have GD because of the stress on your body and the hormones and the extra work it has to do. Also my fluid was low which goes hand in hand with the placental deterioration. Worst case scenario would be early induction. I really really don't want to be induced but of course I will do whatever I have to for the health of the baby. I am slightly freaking out. I washed all of the baby blankets today, that was the last thing on my list. Also, did you know that when your blood sugar is low you reaaaally crave sugar? The donuts at the grocery store about made me crazy today. I really have been fine so far, as long as I don't get too hungry I am okay without the sugar but the last few days it's all I can think about. Speaking of the grocery store. After my appointment today Syd and I stopped for a few things. She was wearing the cutest outfit, it was a big crowd pleaser, I should have taken a photo. Anyway she was wearing these shoes
Everyone at the store oohed and ahhed. We walked past some apples and she reached to get one and said "I want an apple mom!" I said "no, not today". Then a man near by looked over and said "Well, she does have the ruby slippers...." haha so funny:) Speaking of Syd her new favorite thing is to wake up at 5 am and then not take a nap. It's darling.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Valentines Day

We had a great day:) We had some friends over to play in the morning and we took down all of the balloons from the baby shower (finally). Can I just say something here. The cute dress she is wearing is a 3T. Look how short it is! Why am I obsessed with the length of my children's legs? I will have to get back to you on that one.




Mostly she just wanted to feed her "catty" that Neil gave her for Valentines.

Neil has been working his tail off this tax season, seriously, but he came home early tonight, yaaaaaay!

Present time

For me. Flowers, diabetic approved chocolate and bath and body works:) And in the background is my cute husband cooking dinner.

Give me a little kiss:)



Neil cooked an amazing dinner:)

Salmon, asparagus and rice. On the fine china. Food tastes better on fancy dishes, don't you think? And yes, those are baby shower napkins.
For dessert we had sugar free jello with cool whip. Served in crystal sherbert glasses. Again, fancy dishes, yum:)
She thought she was done. Apparently not.

Wheeeeee!

Monday, February 13, 2012

36 Weeks

36 Weeks people. Whew. That's a lot of baby in there! Now that I know she has such long legs I try to not get so mad when she pokes her knee 5 inches out of my belly, ouch!

In other news. Sydney's lip is all better.

Before
After

I could not get a real good view. But you really can't tell it was even split open anymore.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Baby Shower

My friend and I threw a baby shower last night for our cute friend Jenny who is having her first baby. It was fun. It was fun to decorate, it was fun to have people over, it was fun to only eat veggies at the party. Oh. Wait. That part was not fun. Don't worry I put some cream puffs and cake balls in the freezer. 36 weeks tomorrow!

All of the cute clothes she got:)
The game
The food
The decor. I love pinterest. All of my ideas game from there. See the "shower" hahaha
I had everyone write advice on a diaper
Went to the Dr. today and had a big ultrasound. 36 weeks tomorrow. The baby is measuring a little big, but nothing to be worried about. EXCEPT (thank you Neil) her head is measuring 38 weeks 2 days. And her legs are suuuuper long. I think he femur measured almost 38 weeks. But Syd had a big head too. I didn't have many ultrasounds with her, so for all I know she was measuring the same as this baby. I texted Neil and said "This baby has a big head and looooong legs" he replied "I wonder where she got that from? :) " ha. Anyway. I love love love my Dr. he is great. I had a whole list of questions to ask him today and he answered every single one to my satisfaction.
Yay!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Latest Garbage Finds

Water Table- Which may become a sand table. We'll see.
Today we went for a walk after Church. Down the street we saw this cute doll bed. Coincidentally it is the exact same bed we almost bought for Christmas, but opted for the trike instead. There were no garbage cans by it, so we were not 100% sure if it was really free for the taking. Plus, it looked brand new, were they really getting rid of it? So I walked up and knocked on their front door:) They were indeed getting rid of it. We snatched it up, hosed it down to get some dog hair off...and....

One happy little girl:) The best part is that since we didn't buy this at Christmas we were thinking of getting it or something similar as a gift for when the baby is born, so Syd can play mommy too. Now we don't have to! $25 saved:)


35 Weeks. Worst picture ever. That is all.

GD update. Things are going pretty good. Last week my numbers were off all week, but I am pretty sure a lot of it was caused by stress. I had two times where my blood sugar dropped really fast because I had such an adrenaline rush. The first was when Syd dropped a cracker on the master bathroom tile and later on we came home to a billion ants. Ahhhhhh!! I hate ants. I don't mind spiders or other bugs but for some reason I can't handle Ants. Luckily they were teeny tiny. I tried to not freak out so Syd would not be scarred for life. I vacuumed them up and mopped. About 10 minutes later I was really shaking so I checked my blood sugar, yep super low. I asked the nurse the next day and she said that an adrenaline rush like that can indeed make my blood sugar drop. Then a few days later Syd fell and cut her lip open. By the time we got home from the park I was super shaky. Luckily the bleeding had stopped and she was doing okay so I could take care of it. Phew. I am so ready to be done with this! I have been feeling super hungry lately. I am on a 2000 calorie a day diet and I don't think it's cutting it anymore. But I can't have more carbs or my blood sugar will skyrocket. So I guess I need more protein. How much nuts and cheese can a person eat, bleh. I am not really a huge meat eater. I need to find some good protein sources, any suggestions?

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Syd's ER visit

Here is a cute little Sydney all ready to go play at a friends house while I go to the doctor. I am SO blessed to have such wonderful friends! I have had so many people helping me out with Syd while I go to so many doctors appointments.

This is her new thing. I call it her version of planking. She does this on every raised surface she can find, chairs, stairs, the bed, the couch. It cracks me up. I think her arms must be pretty strong.
Before Neil and I had kids we always thought it was funny how many kids wore their shoes on the wrong feet. I mean, they have a 50/50 chance of getting it right...right? The other day Syd was insistent on wearing her shoes on the wrong feet. I kept trying to correct her but she would have nothing to do with it. I guess Neil and I were wrong. Some kids just flat out want to wear their shoes on the wrong feet.

Yesterday we went to play at the park and Syd fell while she was climbing up the slide. It gushed blood but then calmed down. I wasn't sure what to do, so I took some pics to send to Andrea for her opinion. She has had a lot of split lips among her kids. Well, I took this pic and looked at it and just decided it needed stitches. I didn't want her to have a horrible horrible scar on her cute little face!


We called Neil and he met us at the Pediatric ER at St. Rose Sienna Hospital. It was packed! I am used to St. George where there are maybe 3 other people in the waiting room. Syd was sure happy to see her dad, she just wouldn't smile for a picture. They got us right back to a curtain room. The Dr. wanted to partially sedate her with Ketamine so that she wouldn't thrash around while he did the stitches. But that meant she couldn't have anything in her System. It was 1:30 and she had eaten lunch at 12:00. He told us we would wait until 3:30 to sedate her. So we waited...
And waited...
And waited. Every time it was our turn a really serious case would come through the door. And keep in mind, this was children only! Luckily there was a tv and they brought us toys and games. Everyone was super nice and helpful and apologetic that we had to wait so long. The hardest part was that she couldn't eat or drink until the sutures were in and she came to, it was a long time for a hungry and thirsty little girl.
Finally around 7 pm it was our turn, yay! They came in with all of the people that are necessary (respiratory therapist, nurses, etc) gave her an IV (which she hated, of course) gave her the Ketamine and about 30 seconds later she was out. Well, her eyes were still open but she was totally out of it, it was weirrrrd. We had to stand back and they covered her face up and injected some numbing stuff in her lip and started stitching. She made a sad moaning sound a few times, it didn't even sound like her:( They were done in about 5 min. She only needed 3 stitches. Neil went to get some food so I wouldn't pass out;) She just laid there on her back and looked around. The nurse said she could probably see 3 of me. After about 40 min she was responsive, if I would ask her questions she would nod. Finally she started to try to sit up and said "I fell off the slide" the nurse thought was so cute and smart (hello, of course she is;) After that she woke up pretty fast. As soon as she could drink some juice they took the IV and all of the monitors off and sent us on our way. She fell asleep in the car and we go home around 8:30 or 9:00. We knew she would be hungry in the morning but put her in bed and she slept hard all night long.

This morning she did not want a picture
Here is one where you can kind of see her little stitches. She seems to be just fine this morning:) Phew!