August 23, 2011

Short, But Sweet Trip

Last Saturday I left for Austin and returned last night. Although it was a short trip, it was really nice to see my family. I hadn't seen them since New Years when Joey and I visited and it was crucial for them to see my expanding belly! It was really fun to see my family's reaction, especially my parents, since this is their first grandchild. The family got a kick out of my figure and hearing the heartbeat on my little fetal heart doppler.

My parents and me, in my dad's garden.

Looking for Baby Wagner's heartbeat. Harder these days that she moves around so much!

Austin's humidity and heat was exhausting during my visit. The heatwave that Minnesota experienced for a couple weeks was bearable compared to the heat in TX. It was average of 103 degrees each day I was there and I couldn't last more than 5 minutes outside. Needless to say we spent a lot of time inside air conditioned spaces. Even though the heat was drying out a lot of grass, my dad's garden was still thriving.

Yes, this is my dad's  beautiful garden! It did it all himself! 

Playing Jenga with my brothers. Not much to do in that nasty heat without cocktails!

It was also fun getting gifts for Baby Wagner, of course. My parents got me some baby essentials which was super generous of them as well as a mini dress form. I had been looking literally everywhere for a miniature dress form that would fit Baby Wagner's tutus, since she has such an extensive collection that is taking up valuable space in her dresser. Everywhere I looked, they were just too big. Also expensive! What do you know, we found the PERFECT one in Austin! So lucky for me, my parents bought it for me and I am so excited about it! Even Joey thinks it is adorable.

This is the dress form, without anything on it. Even cute alone!

Here I'm starting to put her tutus on it...see how many she has! Whew!

Voila! So cute!

Here's some cute stuff Baby Wagner got from my parents!

Cute Polo outfit she got from her uncle Dennis.

Speaking of Joey, Baby Wagner really missed her dad during the trip. Usually at night she hears his voice before bedtime, since he talks to her every night. But since I went on the trip solo, she went daddy-less for a few days. By Sunday night she was kicking and punching me so hard that I was taken aback! She moved around violently, demanding to know where the hell her dad was. I felt bad that he had to miss her first tantrum. It was pretty cool seeing my stomach twist all over! ;)

That's it for now!

August 19, 2011

Baby Update - 27 Weeks

Hello end of the second trimester! I can't believe that another trimester has come and gone! Sometimes I think the whole pregnancy is going by really fast and other days I think it is dragging on forever. I'm sure as I reach the last few weeks it will seem much longer.

A lot has happened since I posted last about Baby Wagner. First off, she is kicking up a storm! Yesterday was the first day that my belly actually moved when she kicked! I just so happened to be staring at my stomach when her kick jolted from beneath my skin! I know that this is normal and will happen frequently now, but since it was the first time, I was beyond excited (and a little mortified at the same time). After it happened I continued staring at my belly until she did it again, 4 times! It was awesome. Her kicks are finally strong enough now that Joey can feel most of them too, although they don't feel as strong to him as they do to me.

Joey has been an excellent husband/caregiver/dad throughout this process, as about 24 weeks I was beyond sick. I'm not really prone to getting sick so of course it would happen while I was pregnant! I was congested with a bad head cold that turned into a nasty cough and with directions from my baby nurse to not take anything (not even nasal spray). I was stuck in the house, on the couch, groaning, moaning and frustrated for a week! Joey was great, taking care of me, although I think he was more concerned about the baby's well being than mine. But that's okay. :)

I also had my gestational diabetes test last week, scoring a 120. Whew! Above 129 would have meant I would have to take another, longer test, and possibly have diabetes but luckily I squeaked by! Thank goodness! Now bring on the desserts!! I was really worried I was going to have to give up my treats.

Last week Joey and I also got to tour Abbott, the hospital we are planning on delivering at. We got to see the whole maternity ward, where we will actually be for labor and delivery as well as the recovery room. While Abbott is a older hospital with fairly small rooms, I think we made the right choice. The people seem very experienced, they have new water birth tubs and God forbid, if anything were to go wrong we would be connected to Children's Hospital. We also got to meet all the Healthpartner midwives which was nice since depending on when I go into labor, my midwife might not be the one delivering my baby...although I have my fingers crossed!

Currently Baby Wagner is 15 inches and weighing 2 lbs! Holy moly! Things are getting serious!

I leave tomorrow to visit my family in Austin, Texas so there will be posts soon after the trip! 

Busy August!

Whew, it's been a really busy August for the Wagner clan so far! Between the two of us we have been incredibly busy and scheduled to the max. We have had baby showers, birthday parties, babysitting nephews/nieces, dinner plans, classes, etc. all month! Joey and I are used to being on our own time and doing things by ear so it's been a tiring month so far. However, I suppose we better get used to it!

We have been spending a lot of time with family lately due to the sad loss of Joey's step mom's mother, Shirley Larkin. She passed away the second week in August after dealing with Alzheimer's. (Similar to my own grandma.) She was a big part of Joey's life, as she wasn't only his step grandmother but also was a teacher to him and is the force behind Larkin Dance Studio, where Joey spent a lot of time growing up and where many of his close friendships stemmed from. It's a sad loss, but we can only pray that she is now in a better place and be thankful she is no longer suffering.

Because of Mrs. Larkin, this past week many of Joey's friends from all over the country have been flying back home, getting together to celebrate her life. Joey has been busy, but happily spending time with his friends that he hasn't seen in a while (some for years).

 Here's Joey with his best friends from the Larkin days: AJ, Jim and Chris.
Mark, Joey, AJ, Jim, Chris & Tony.

More dance! On Saturday the 13th we went to see one of Joey's friends, Ricci Milan's show, Rythmic Circus' "Feet Don't Fail Me Now" which was amazing! Baby Wagner was responding to the music with nice, fat kicks and punches all over my belly! She really enjoyed the show, and now that I know her eardrums and hearing skills are fully developed, I'm sure she was really listening! It will be fun having this little girl...maybe she will follow in her daddy's footsteps and become a dancer!

More soon!
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