I know I’ve been missing in action, but the last three weeks seem like yesterday – they have flown!

The long weekend at the beach in Port Aransas with the folks was beyond wonderful.  Good food, good company, had such a great time.  Mom and I mostly parked ourselves in beach chairs just where the surf flowed up over the sand.  Our chairs would sink to the perfect level.  If I close my eyes, I can still feel the warm sun, the soft sand, the breeze … ahhhhh.  Dad and Troy took a day trip out to deep sea fish.  Dad caught four fish.  The 13-year old with his dad on his first fishing trip caught 2 fish.  Every woman on the trip caught a fish, including the old lady propped up in her walker.  And Troy – with is deep and overwhelming passion for fishing – caught none.  Zero.  Poor guy.  After 8 hours, it was a major coup in the fish vs. Troy war.  As usual. 🙂

I’ll post lots of pics soon.  They’re all sittin’ in my digital camera, just waitin’ to show themselves off to y’all.

The next week I had my 16 week check up, and the baby looks great.  Still wigglin’, great heartbeat, growing bigger.  I, on the other hand, was still struggling mightily with nausea, vomiting and reflux.  In fact, the doc had to call in an emergency script for phenegrin right before the trip.  Phenegrin is a miracle at stopping the vomiting – and at putting me to sleep.  So I slept through a lot of the beach trip, but I only threw up once.  I can live with that.

In answer to prayer, in the weeks after the beach trip the nausea and vomiting slowly began to lessen.  Even now at 18 weeks, I still have bouts of it, especially early in the morning and again around 5-6 in the afternoon (did you know it’s actually possible – though not advisable – to drive and puke at the same time?  I gotz some skillz, y’all.).  But it’s become far, far more manageable.  Sadly, as the nausea has ebbed, the reflux has become a nightmare.  The reflux alone causes nausea and vomiting.  It keeps me up ’til 3 or 4 in the morning.  I can’t eat more than a handful of animal crackers and a little bit of water at a time.  The OB has set me up for an appointment with a GI doc that takes pregnant patients, but since he can’t get me in for 3 more weeks, they’ve given me a Prilosec script that I take twice a day.  As long as I’m careful about what I eat and how much I eat at a time, it really helps.  I’ve finally been able to get some good sleep the last few days, and although I do love me some animal crackers, it’s been nice to vary up the diet a little.  Overall, I’d have to say I’m actually feelin’ pretty good (quick, someone knock on wood!).  I still haven’t felt the baby move yet.  I want to feel it so badly!

Friday November 5th at 10am is the big anatomy scan!  I’ll be 21 weeks then.  Even though I don’t want to know the gender, I’m still so excited to see the baby and to count fingers and toes!  I’ve invited both sets of grandparents to come, although they’re not allowed to ask any questions – no fishing for gender clues! 😉 My dad has never seen a baby on an ultrasound before.  I’m so excited he’s going to get to be there.

In other dad news, my dad has been feeling some pressure in his chest recently.  About six or siven years ago, just before I met Troy, Dad had 3 stints put in his heart.  They’ve been watching a fourth vessels all these years, and it turns out that now is the time.  This Friday he goes to Houston for heart cath and stint.  The last one was rough and we almost lost him, but those were more complicated vessels and there were more of them.  This one is straight and easy to access, the doc promises a smooth procedure, but I want to be there.  I think my brother and his wife are going to go, too.

As soon as we got back from the beach, we started house-hunting with a passion.  Found an awesome real estate agent who helped us search and find the right house.  Although we focused the most on Cedar Park (the suburb of Austin where we live now), the taxes and the cost of living have gone up so drastically in the last two years we just couldn’t find what we wanted.  We considered long and hard buying the house we’re in now, but we were finally able to admit to ourselves that as much as we love this house, it’s not the one we want to own.  Good thing, since it turns out we wouldn’t get a great rate right now, anyways (we consolidated debt 3 years ago, and it hasn’t been long enough yet to get a good interest rate).

We ended up finding a house we really like in Hutto.  It’s a little farther out from Austin than we wanted to go, but we just couldn’t beat the cost of housing there.  The house is gorgeous, and has plenty of room for us to grow into over the next two years (longer if they don’t raise the rent too much after two years).    Hutto has a wonderful small-town community feel.  We can’t wait to get moved in!  We get the keys Thursday night, right before we leave for Houston.

Our landlord here in Cedar Park, Bill, has been seriously stressing about us moving out.  I’m really surprised – the house really needs a lot of work to sell quickly and I would think he’d want us out so he could get the work done.  The house officially goes on the market this weekend, and the big open house is Saturday. But although he has lots of ideas about what we should be doing to help him get ready for the big open house, he has only shown up ONCE and all he did was drain the pond – I mean, the pool.  That’s IT!!!  There’s tile work that needs to be done, and tons of painting – things he promised to finish when we moved in but never got around to.

Once we had the search for the new house done, we immediately started on purging and cleaning the Cedar Park house.  We’ve filled the moving pod, and it helped tremendously to get the big furniture out of the way.  My mom has been the moving angel from heaven and has completely de-greased the kitchen.  That stove and fridge weren’t that clean when we moved in!  She packed the whole kitchen for us, just leaving out the bare essentials.  We’ve packed the entire rest of the house except for the master closet and bathroom, and I’ll be doing those tonight.  Mom is staying with us for the next two days, and we’ll finish packing up the garage and the yard and the shed out back, then we’ll focus on cleaning the rest of the house.  Troy’s man cave is already empty and he has shampooed the carpets.  Troy also vacuumed out the filters in the fridge and the whole A/C unit, and he has emptied out the attic.  That’s my man!

But now we’ll be leaving late Thursday night to be in Houston for dad’s surgery Friday, and we probably won’t get back until late Friday or early Saturday.  I’m supposed to take all the pets to my brother’s house Saturday morning just to get them out during the open house.  Although the inside of the house should be completely clean by then, there’s no way we’re going to get to the garage, which is a nightmare right now.  Oh well, we’ve only had two weeks to pack up an entire house while still working full-time, and Bill has only shown up once, so he’ll just have to go with what we get done, I guess.  I hope he has a really amazing open house and the house sells super fast.  I’d like to go out on a good note, you know?

I’ll be catching up with you all!  Sorry if posting is spotty for the next coupla weeks.


14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kari
    Oct 12, 2010 @ 13:14:43

    Glad to hear you had such a great beach vaca!! Hoping your dad recovers quickly. Good luck with the move and I can’t wait to hear about/see pictures from your ultrasound!!


  2. Amber
    Oct 12, 2010 @ 16:55:55

    I hope everything goes well with your dad. And I’m so excited you’re Team Green! We’re so glad we hung in there and never found out. It was fun the day she arrived to not know yet!


  3. My Bumpy Journey
    Oct 12, 2010 @ 20:47:27

    Phew. i need a nap just reading all that! Glad you found a house you like! Good luck with the move. I will be thinking about your father, and hope all goes well with his surgery.


    • iamstacey
      Oct 13, 2010 @ 14:56:48

      Thanks, we’ll all be so happy when the surgery is successfully behind us and Dad is on the mend! I’m just so glad we’ll be ablet to be there.


  4. wopchr
    Oct 12, 2010 @ 21:13:30

    YAY! I’m so, so glad for an update! EIGHTEEN WEEKS! Go, girl! That seems so fast to me! (I’m sure not to you with all your barfing-I hope that goes away for good really, really soon!) So glad all is well-can’t wait to hear about the anatomy scan and that that baby is healthy! Are you suuuuuure you don’t want to tell US the gender? Some of us want to know!!!! LOL just kidding. And so glad you found a house! DON’T YOU LIFT A THING, MISSY! OK, I’m sounding like a mom or an annoying aunt at this point so I will stop. Yay! Glad to hear from you.


    • iamstacey
      Oct 13, 2010 @ 14:59:27

      Nobody will let me lift anything, I promise! 🙂 And I can’t seem to go more than 2 or 3 hours without a little nap. But slowly but surely we are conquering our crap! All I’ve got left for tonight is the master bathroom! (on the inside. the garage will have to wait ’til after dad’s surgery.)


  5. Aishacs
    Oct 13, 2010 @ 00:14:28

    Nice to hear from you! Its been far too long!


    I want to know.


    Seriously though, soooooooooooooooooooooooo happy for you. So so so happy for you. We’ve been following each other for a while on a very long and painful journey and I can’t wait until you reach your long awaited destination. *hugs*


    • iamstacey
      Oct 13, 2010 @ 15:04:34

      You know I’ve been blogging for almost two years? Craziness! Can’t believe we’ve been chatting that long. 🙂 Your baby boy is just about the prettiest little baby I’ve ever seen! I can’t wait to see my baby, too! 🙂


  6. katery
    Oct 13, 2010 @ 14:16:05

    the first movements i felt were so very slight that they could have easily been mistaken for regular old digestion, but one day when i was sitting in a chair i pulled up my shirt and watched my tummy, sure enough when i felt the little pops my belly jiggled just the tiniest bit, that’s when i knew it was louise! so keep an eye on that tummy, you should be able to feel movement any day now.


    • iamstacey
      Oct 13, 2010 @ 15:05:35

      omg, I can’t wait, I just want to feel it so badly! I lie in bed and try to decide if each twinge is baby movement or gas. 🙂 Hopefully I’ll know for sure soon!


  7. Myndi
    Oct 30, 2010 @ 19:06:14

    Ask your doc for Protonix…it kills my nausea and heartburn. Best stuff ever!


    • iamstacey
      Nov 06, 2010 @ 02:39:05

      I finally saw a GI specialist who ok’d the prescription Prevacid. He was totally blase about it, said it was completely safe. I’m SO relieved – I’m miserable without it! I’ve heard the heartburn gets worse as pregnancy goes on, so if the Prevacid can’t control it, I’ll definitely go back and talk to him about Protonix.


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