Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Just a few minutes ago, I checked out an old friends blog to see if there was an update, there was. She had to have a c-section today, at 19 weeks pregnant because her baby boy was not developing properly and he would not survive.

October 15th was Pregnancy and Infant Loss Rememberance Day.  

I just finished uploading all the blog posts that I have written since finding out I was pregnant. I am very excited to start this journey and share it with all my friends and family but I also want to show my love and support to all who have lost a baby or infant.

I want everyone to take a moment and say a prayer for all the families who have lost a little one!

Shameless Publicity 10.16.2012

Shouting from the roof tops 10.11.2012

I’M PREGNANT….there I said it, ha. Mark and I have told a few people along the way but mostly kept it to ourselves/family. As of today we are officially “spreading the good news.”
Only “problem” is I am a little uncomfortable actually telling people. I am not a big fan of being the center of attention and so it seems strange to tell people, when during the conversation do you bring it up? How do you bring it up? Do I call all of my friends? What do I do.

There are definitely a group of people that I would love to share the news with and I think I have figured out a way, mass email. Even when I write it, it sounds bad. But if I come up with a cute email, I think it won’t be too tacky. I am just not a huge fan of making an announcement via FB because I have friends, acquaintances and then FB friends. I want my friends to hear it from me directly (or directly via email).

I didn’t have to worry about telling my family, my parents covered that and I am thankful!

12 Week update 10.10.2012

I was 12 weeks on Saturday and we had a visit yesterday and got to hear the HEART BEAT! It was really neat. My next appointment is on November 8, 2012 to have my first gestational diabetes sugar test, I hope I pass!

Baby Blues 10.7.2012

Mark and I had tickets to the Panthers game but decided around 10am that we were going to stay home and watch. Since its cold and wet here today we decided that it was better off for me to watch in the comfort of the indoors then outside and risk getting sick, BOO! I am sure there are meds that you can take when pregnant and not feeling better but from my “research” they really don’t recommend it and I really don’t want to get sick.

On a much brighter note, my house is clean, laundry done, groceries bought, chili in the crock pot. Even though we did not get to go to the game we (Mark, Opie, Jax and myself) have had a great day together and I am enjoying writing this while watching the Seahawks turn over the ball- GO PANTHERS!

Thanks for listening!

Race for the Cure 10.6.2012

Each year, the Lake Norman ZTA Alumnae sponsor a team in the Charlotte Race for the Cure.  Through the years, our small chapter has raised thousands of dollars to help educate women about their risks, and to hopefully find a cure for breast cancer.

This year, breast cancer hit a little too close to home, one of our member's best friends, Meg, was diagnosed with breast cancer at the young age of 38 - while she was also pregnant with her 3rd child.  She had to have multiple procedures, ending in a single mastectomy & chemotherapy - all while she was still pregnant.  Although she is still a new survivor, she has already done so much for the cause - including serving as the Honorary Survivor in the Valdosta, GA "Relay for Life"!  Cancer patients looked to Meg as a symbol of hope - waiting for her AND her child to survive.  I'm happy to say that mommy AND 6 week old baby Isabella "Hope" Booth are both surviving and doing well!
Sadly I could not kick my nausea and vomiting this morning until about 1130ish and was unable to walking in the Race for the Cure with the rest of the LKN ZTA Alum, Meg and Hope. I enjoy the race because it is thousands of people getting together for the same cause: men, woman, children, dogs, etc. My favorite part of the day is watching survivors cross the finish line.

Thank you to everyone who donated: Uncle Louis and Aunt Carolyn, Mom and Dad, Kel and Mike, Kate, Rosie, Jenna, Meredith and Zach, Chris and Charlie, and one anonymous donation.

I just read that 17,000 people participated in yesterday’s race, that is amazing!

Does pregnancy make my butt look fat? 9.27.2012

My ass is growing at an alarming rate. I have not gained any weight but I can tell because I have a constant wedgie. I wear boy shorts and bought about 8 new pairs 6 months ago.  They now roll down from the top, because my stomach is so big they can’t stay up and then they don’t fit in the butt anymore, help!

Woe is me 9.25.2012

I have had really bad heartburn for the last 6+ years, I have taken a daily pill every morning, some days I still got heartburn but most was contained if I took the pill first thing. Heaven for bid, I forgot to take the meds I would be trying to rip my esophagus out by 9:00am.

I also had a hard time getting to sleep due to an overactive bladder, especially at night (I’m 90, I know). Some people say they “can’t turn their minds off”; I wasn’t able to “turn my bladder off”. I took a daily Trazadone each night before bed, this helped my bladder rest and I would be able to sleep through the night.

Since I have been pregnant, my heartburn is out of control. Morning/all day nausea if magnetized because I constantly have a burning throat and uneasy feeling in my stomach.
I am still taking my daily Omeprazole and have actually started taking two, I am also eating Tums like they are going out of business.

I had to stop the Trazadone, bummer. I have no problems getting to sleep but I cannot stay asleep, I am up at least 4 times every night to pee and then it takes me a while to fall asleep after. Last night I went to bed at 10:00pm and saw the clock at 1212am, 132am 334am and 520am.

I’m miserable. Any suggestions of what I can and should take?

I am not clever today 9.22.2012

Over the last few weeks I have had multiple conversations with a lot of different friends about baby/pregnancy related “getting ready” for those next steps and probably just think I am being curious. Little do they know…

Sweet relief 9.20.2012

Mark and I searched the internet to find suggestions of fun ways to tell our family and friends. We decided on a picture frame to put the ultrasound in with the caption “Coming Soon” we bought one for my parents and one for his parents.

My parents headed to Utah on the 13th and got back on the 18th. We wanted to tell them (and my siblings) once they got back so I suggested dinner at one of our favorite spots for Tuesday night. My mom told me she thought they would be too tired after traveling all day to do dinner, so then I suggested we pick up pizza and meet at their house for dinner once they get it, she agreed to that. Tuesday night, Mark and I picked up 3 large pizzas and headed to my parents, Mike, his roommate Chris (honorary family member) and Kate met us there. We gave my dad the wrapped picture frame when we came in and told him it was part of his birthday present, just wasn’t ready last week. Everyone was hungry so dug right in. While we were cleaning up from dinner, Kate said “Dad, why don’t you open your gift?” he agreed and went to the island to pick it up. Mark and I both watched as he opened it and since he did not have his glasses on my mom was able to figure it out before he did. My mom admitted before we got there she told Kate she thought maybe we had something to tell them since I was strangely persistent about dinner, especially since we had all gotten together one week earlier. We called Kelly and Mike and filled them in too! My family was ecstatic. Anyone remember my dad mentioning he couldn’t wait to be a grandfather 4 years ago during his speech at my wedding?

When Mark invited his parents over for dinner, they agreed but his mom asked, “What’s the occasion?” Either way they agreed and Wednesday night we had them over for dinner. While everything was cooking, Mark presented his mom with the wrapped picture frame, he told her it was for all the help they had given us in the last few weeks with the car (we have had major car issues). She opened it and I thought Erin, Brad and Ashley could hear her excitement all the way from SC. Mark’s mom has been even more talkative about us starting a family than even my dad! Judy also said on her way over she told Dick she thought something was up. I guess Mark and I really need to make dinner plans with our parents more often. We called the Jacksons and told them the news and Ashley is very excited about having a cousin.

It was so great to share the news with our families. We have decided to keep the news within the family until after our ultrasound scheduled for October 10th. I think Judy and my dad are sad that couldn’t take out a 30 second commercial during tonight’s game to spread the news but they will live.

Blue Moon 9.16.2012

Dear the Blue Moon Brewmaster-

Please make a non-alcoholic version of Blue Moon.

Andrea (currently 9 weeks and 1 day pregnant)

It just got REAL 9.14.2012

We saw the doctor, had an ultrasound, confirmed what the internet told us would be our due date and got a TON of prenatal vitamin samples and information. I have read through all most of the information received yesterday from the doctor and for some reason still feel like I should be asking more questions, learning more, etc. I think I have determined pregnancy doesn’t scare me. I think too much reading/research into pregnancy will just scare me because there are so many things that could happen, I don’t think I want to know about those things until I need to and that is if they happen to me. As long as I know the, “don’ts” I think, I’m good.

What scares me is what happens once I have the baby, maybe I should focus my research on what to do once the baby comes. But if I read it now will I remember in April?

I can’t decide if the “symptoms” they tell me I may be experiences are to make me feel better or if they are scientifically proven to me pregnancy related? Current symptoms: feeling so fat I can barely stand it, not able to suck in, so uncomfortable in any clothing except elastic waist lounge pants, HEARTBURN, nausea, vomiting, itchy, no energy, forgetful, tire easily, peeing all the time, and I wake up at least 3-5 times a night and have trouble falling back asleep, I am able to fall asleep but I cannot stay asleep.

B’s birthday 9.11.2012

Tonight was my dad’s birthday, I would have loved to surprise him with the news on his birthday, but, we have decided to see the doctor first. Only two more days!

Am I a hermit? 9.7.2012

Since becoming pregnant I feel like I have become a hermit. Don’t get me wrong, I leave the house everyday and go to work, but I have bailed on some of the extra curricular activities. I don’t know if it’s because I am too tired or because I don’t feel like coming up with an excuse as to why I’m not drinking or both. Wow that makes me sound like an alcoholic, hmmm.

Curiosity killed the ? 9.3.2012

I cracked. I know nothing about being pregnant or having children, that became apparent after my internet exploring. I went to a website that allowed me to enter the first day of my last period (which I will tell you took a lot of thinking and looking back at my phone calendar trying to figure it out) and came up with my due date (April 20, 2013), how far along I am (7 weeks and 2 days).

The only thing I can say with complete confidence after all the "research" is: people who post on baby websites are CRAZY.

To anyone reading who has kids or is pregnant: should I be reading and learning? Are you? Or should I just stay away from the internet/books and ask people who have actually had kids my questions.

I think my biggest dilemma is...I don’t really know what I need to know.  I just assume since I am pregnant and starting a whole new phase of life, I should be learning. Where do I start? What do I "need" to know? What do I want to know?

Secrets, secrets are no fun 9.1.2012

Since finding out we were pregnant we got to hang out with my best friend who doesn’t live here, we had friends over for dinner and last night we went out to a friend’s cookout. It has been so hard to keep this to ourselves.  What’s been even harder…staying up past 10pm, ha

An apple a day 8.23.2012

I called the doctor today and made the appointment…it’s about to get real! We will see the doctor on Thursday September 13th. That seems so far away, 20 days to be exact. 20 days of not knowing, I am really not sure what I don’t know but I think I will feel better once I see the doctor. I have been staying away from google since finding out but I think I will crack before September 13th. Isn’t there something I should be doing? Should I do anything before I see the doctor? Ah…..

Shock and Awe 8.20.2012

Yesterday Mark and I found out we are pregnant! Wow. I stopped taking birth control in March and we have been using other forms of protection since. July was the first month we have thrown caution to the wind and said “let’s chance it!”

I wanted to give my body a break before “trying”, after being on the pill for 12 years, I didn’t know what to expect. Since being off the pill my period has surprised me each month (probably right on time) but since I did not have a little blue pill to take in the morning it was hard for me to remember when it should come. I got a little nauseous on Saturday morning while standing in line at security before my flight home. On Sunday I got up and went to the grocery store and while perusing the store I had to run to the rest room because I was sick. After that I tried to remember when my period was supposed to come, had I missed it? I thought I was supposed to get it the following Thursday the 23rd so when I walked through the aisle of pregnancy tests I picked one that reported “can tell you 5 days before your missed period”. I came home, unloaded the groceries, dusted and vacuumed by room, cleaned our bathroom and organized our bathroom drawers. When I was done I decided to take a test…it was positive, I took another one…it was positive.

I sat on the floor of my bathroom and thought of all the “un-pregnant” things I had done in the last month...then I cried a little. In the last month I had drank more days that not, holy shit! I am pretty sure I had eaten sushi, taken a bite of swordfish, and definitely eaten caesar salad. Ah on Saturday on the way home from the airport, I stopped at and got a sub from Subway and my meat was not steamed, am I the worst person ever?

I pulled myself together, relaxed for the remainder of the afternoon and waited for mark to get home from work; it was the longest 5 hours in a long time! When he came home I wasted no time in telling him, needless to saw it was “shock and awe!” I think we were both surprised that it happened so fast and scared that it was finally here. We have been talking about having a baby and were getting used to the idea of “trying” in the next few months but here we were just one month into it and we are pregnant.

Sunday, October 7, 2012


Plate before kiln

Plate after kiln

What the F is up with my face?

I have never had an issue with allergies to products or acne, but right now my face it JACKED up! Last week I bought Target brand make up wipes, I used them daily before showering and washing my face with face wash because I never feel like face wash gets all the mascara off. Starting on Wednesday I noticed my face was a little bumpier that usual and I had a weird numbness around my eyes, Thursday I had bumps across my forehead and around both eyes, Friday the same but worse and by Saturday I had bright red, dry, itchy patches all across my forehead and around both eyes and covering my eyelids. I also had three brand new huge pimples on my chin. I stopped using the wipes on Wednesday and as of yesterday I was using prescription strength lotion I got from my doctor when I had a dry spot on my wedding ring finger a few years ago on my eyes and forehead, today I bought some acne stuff to put on my face also.

I have never felt so ugly and uncomfortable. Mark says I am being ridiculous and I’m sure he is right but right now I cannot see beyond the grossness that is my face!