Bust Out The Tissues


Hello followers- my apologies for being MIA but things have been a little crazy in Jennville.  Good crazy but still crazy.

I saw this on Facebook today and had to share it with you all.  I don’t have any stretch marks (yet) but the sentiment of this still rings true.  And no doubt I will have a nice little muffin top and pouch once this baby is born.


I hope you can read it.  If not let me know and I will post it as text.

Since I’m logged on and we are talking bellies here is a peek at mine at 32 1/2 weeks…


He tends to hang out on my right side so I’m often lop-sided…


(please ignore my worn out computer wrist pad lol)

I’m now going to Dr. Hux every 2 weeks.  At last week’s appointment we weren’t able to get any pics because Jax was head down and facing away.  Hopefully next week we will have some cute pics to post.  And as of last week- he was 4 1/2 lbs.  Hux said if he grows at the rate that he should then he will be between 8-9 lbs at birth (my vag hurts just typing that).  He said not to bother taking the tags off of any of the newborn clothes I received.  I’m thinking he will weigh slightly less because I just have a feeling I won’t go full term.  My gut is saying I will go into labor within days of having my cerclage removed (tentatively scheduled for June 26- 2 days shy of 37 weeks).

We have a private hospital tour tonight- we missed the one included in our birthing classes because Mike’s dad was in the hospital.  Next week I’m taking a breastfeeding class on Mon and then we are taking an infant CPR class on Wed.  My mom is taking the class with us since I’m sure she will be the one babysitting the most- thanks Mom!

The nursery is done so I will post pics of that soon as well as the shower pics as soon as the flash drive arrives from Starr.  All else is status quo.




1st come love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in a baby carriage?  OK so maybe that wasn’t originally the correct order for us but we are making up for that this weekend.  Saturday is my baby shower and then later that night is our wedding AKA: Shwedding.  What was originally intended to be a super small, no fuss ceremony at our house is quickly spiraling out of control.  It’s supposed to storm throughout the day so say good-bye to having it outside.  We are doing a Jersey style clam bake so I’m sure the smell of seafood will linger in my house for days lol.   I still have no clue what I’m wearing but I have a few dresses to choose from.  Someone suggested that I don’t wear white lol.  With my huge belly I would hardly be trying to claim my virginity so who cares?   Although my child was created in petri dish so I guess I could still play it like a virgin (albeit the Madonna version).  Other than the fact that we will say “I do” there is nothing traditional about this wedding.  I’m completely calm about the whole thing.  Everyone else seems to be stressing out for me, around me but mostly instead of me.  What?  No wedding cake?  You HAVE TO HAVE a wedding cake!  Um, no I need to have A cake, or at least some sort of dessert sans the tripled price tag because they attach the word “wedding” to it.

Random stressor: “If it rains where are you going to have it?

Me: “Inside”

Random stressor: “yeah but where inside?”

Me: “I don’t know- we’ll figure it out”

Random stressor: “yeah but…”

See what I mean.  I’m sure everything will fall into place.  And if it doesn’t- oh well, we will roll with the punches- we are used to it.  The important thing is WE (Jenn and Mike) will be getting married- anything else is irrelevant.  I’m sure my shower will be a lot more thought out and organized than the wedding.   I’m really looking forward to seeing Starr.  I will be a little awkward because I REALLY don’t like people making a fuss over me but I’m sucking it up for my kid.  Not to mention that I’ve been to 1,000 showers in my 40 years and finally its MY turn!  I hope everyone isn’t going to be touching my belly all day.  My belly button is super sensitive lately.  Yes Starr- of course YOU can touch it!

So tomorrow I’m taking a half day to go adopt a cat (that blog will come later) and run my errands/clean the house/food shop, etc.  My father and his wife are coming today and staying with us until Sunday.  Mike’s mother and step father are coming tomorrow and also staying with us until Sunday.  Starr and her sister are staying with us Saturday night.  Do I have enough guest towels?  Monday I’m taking off to run around changing my last name on everything.  I have a jam-packed crazy weekend but really looking forward to good times- a Shwedding beats a funeral any day!



Happy Happy Joy Joy


Any Ren and Stimpy fans out there?  Well I’m FINALLY posting some good news- YAY!!!!

Went to the OB today.   I’m 29 weeks, 4 days and Jackson is weighing in at 3 lbs, 11 oz and in the 71 percentile.  Doc is guessing he will be 8 lbs something when he is born but he won’t be able to say for sure until another 4-6 weeks.

Here is our little dude…

photo 1

He always seems to have his hand or a foot or an umbilical cord by his face- little monkey.  Apparently he is also a thumb sucker lol

photo 2

Here is my big belly


I’ve only gained 1 lb since my last appointment but then again so has he.  I’m up to 158 lbs- holy crap Batman!  Luckily it seems to be all boob and belly (and a little more butt).  Still no stretch marks but I have plenty of time for them to rear their ugly head.

This child is SUPER active all the time so life should be very “interesting” once he’s born.  Speaking of being born… I asked Dr. Hux today if he could delay removing my stitches until 38 weeks but no such luck- boooooo!  He said he prefers to do it at 36 weeks and is already pushing it to 37 for me.  He doesn’t want to wait until 38 weeks and risk my cervix stretching and ripping my stitches.  That would NOT be fun.  Since I have to be on bed rest for 7-10 after the stitches are removed I was very much hoping to wait until 38 weeks so I could just go out on maternity leave then.  Now I will most likely need to use vacation days for my bed rest and then come back for a week and then go out on maternity leave- double boooo!  My boss did however buy me a new laptop and printer so I can “work from home” while on leave- isn’t that nice of him lol.

I’m still dealing with constant reflux, even from water, and milk is now starting to not help relieve it.  My voice cracks sometimes because my throat is being destroyed from the acid.  Hux said I can try Tums but he doesn’t think that will help- maybe Mylanta?  I also still have the severe hip pains at night.  Its getting worse and now I walk like a cripple when I get out of bed until I’ve been walking for a while.  Now, from time to time, I get shooting pains down my lower back, butt and thighs.  All things I am willing to deal with- trust me- no complaining here.  Other than that all is well in Uterusville.   I love, love, love being pregnant.  While I’m anxious to meet this little dude I will miss the time I’ve had with him all to myself in my belly.  I’m not going to want to share him with the outside world.




We had to say good-bye to our cat PK last night.  She was 18 years old and fighting cancer and bowl disease.  Even though she was skin and bones she held on for so long.  It wasn’t until the last few days that I noticed a change in her eyes- she was exhausted and ready.  I know they say deaths come in 3′s but we were on our 2nd set of 3′s in 1 month so PK was actually the 6th.  I feel like such a Debbie Downer with all my sad posts.  I promise only good things from here on out!  Bring on the summer sunshine and rainbows!

April Showers Bring May Flowers


They say April showers bring May flowers and boy do I hope that is true!  My Grammy passed away last night.  It was expected because she has been in hospice but it’s still not easy.  We’ve mourned 5 deaths this April.  Luckily Gram passed at 10:30 pm on April 30.  Today is May 1st and a new day.  This May is bringing so much to be happy for- our baby shower, our wedding and the countdown to new life.  Bring on the botanical gardens!