Thursday, September 27, 2012

Thursday Confessions #1

I'm going to start doing random confessions once a week. Things that I'd like to say on Facebook, but don't feel like getting all the crap for it. Yes, I'll be posting this link on my profile, but only people who care will click it. So, here it goes.

-Every day, I look at whose birthday it is on my Facebook. If I don't know who the person is, I delete them instead of wishing them a happy birthday. Oops. 

-I buy the long sticks of cookie dough and eat them slowly throughout the week. I can't control myself. 

-I eat frosting out of the jar. 

-I am actually not that scared of deployment. I'm tired of people telling me that I'll be fine. I know, it's not going to kill me so stop acting like I'm going to die. 

That's all for this week.
God Bless ♥ Vi

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Talking About Deployment

With this deployment coming closer and closer, I'm being forced to think and talk about it more every day. Some days are easier than others, but the milestone days (6 months, 3/2/1 months, 3/2/1 weeks, and then of course the daily countdown) are pretty rough. Not having an exact date makes it rough because I like to count, even though it makes me anxious. I like knowing exactly how much time I have left. I will do the same for homecoming as well though. I've actually got a few countdown ideas that I'll be posting as the time goes by (the numbers I post will not be current, I have to protect my husband and his unit).
I find that the hardest part about an upcoming deployment isn't thinking/talking about when my husband is gone. It's thinking/talking about when he leaves. I'm horrible with goodbyes, worse than most people. I definitely cry like a little baby. I think that this time will be worse than the others I've been through for a few reasons: 1) It will be for longer than any of the others I've been through 2) My husband will be saying goodbye to our baby girl and me 3) My helper will leaving (I love you baby) 4) It's my first deployment and I'm nervous. I do surprisingly well talking about while he's gone. I've got a lot to look forward to between trips home and all of Adalin's first holidays. I really think that this deployment will go fast. I know that the first 8 weeks of Adalin's life have flown by faster than I ever imagined they would. I think that if I count weeks instead of days or months, I'll be amazed how fast it goes.
Honestly, I think the hardest part is going to be experiencing all of Adalin's milestones without my husband. When she first starts to crawl, walk, or talk, all I'm going to want to do is call Jimmy into the living room so he can watch. I'm praying daily that we will have at least somewhat decent communication while he's away. Even if it's only a phone call every other week, or emails, I just am hoping to keep him informed and involved.
Throughout the next few weeks I'll be posting things that we're doing to prepare for deployment and what I think is helping and making things earlier. For the next year or so, this blog will definitely reflect my life as an Army wife.
God Bless ♥ Vi

Friday, September 21, 2012

Things You Don't Need During Pregnancy

What did I find completely unnecessary during pregnancy? A lot of things. Here are a few I thought are the most common purchases that don't need to happen.

  1. Belly Band: Though I did wear one for support for a little while, the belly bands for fashion (covering your unzipped zipper) are not necessary.  I just wore long tank tops and that worked fine. If you really feel compelled to buy some, don't spend a ton because you'll only be wearing them for a few months. 
  2. Maternity Underwear: Really? No. My underwear did get a little bit tight towards the end of pregnancy, but just buying a bigger size was fine. They don't tell you that your butt gets bigger too during pregnancy; it's not just your belly. Retailers will try to convince you that these are the only way to go, but they really aren't. Hanes cotton bikinis did just fine for me. 
  3. Belly Buds: Three words: use normal headphones. Shoot, don't use headphones at all. I just played music on my computer or through the tv loud enough for Adalin to hear through my belly. She still jumped around and kicked like crazy. If you don't want to listen to music along with your baby, hook some normal headphones up and stick a little masking tape over them if you don't want to hold them. 
  4. Maternity Swimwear: Be bold, and wear a bikini! If you're not comfortable with it, then just buy a normal tankini in a bigger size (trust me, your boobs will thank you). It's really just another scam to get pregnant hormonal women to spend extra money. 
  5. Home Ultrasound Machine: I feel like I shouldn't even have to explain this. I did invest in a cheap doppler so I could hear Adalin's heartbeat whenever I wanted though. I got mine for around $30. If you are going to buy a doppler, don't get a "heart listener" because all those are is a microphone you put on your belly. You want to get an actual fetal doppler. The ultrasound machines, though nice, are extremely expensive and just not worth it. 
  6. Grocery Delivering Service: To be honest, I'd never even heard of this during pregnancy until today when I was looking to see what other sites were saying about pregnancy must-haves. All I have to say about this is that you need to get off your fat behind and go buy some food. Unless you're on bed rest, there is no reason you can't walk around the grocery store and shop. Obviously don't go around picking up 40lbs bags of dog food, ask for help. You can definitely pick up pretty much everything else you'll need though. Don't waste your money on this. 
That tops off my list. If you have any other additions, please feel free to comment! I'd love to hear your experiences as well. 

God Bless ♥ Vi

Thursday, September 20, 2012

My Pregnancy Must-Haves

What were the most important things I needed during pregnancy? Here's my top 10 (no particular order)! 
  1. Boppy Body PillowThis thing is amazing. I thought a normal body pillow would do it, but I love this thing. It seriously made sleeping a million times easier. I had a pinched nerve in my back so laying on my side hurt like crazy. I would lay with the thick side under my head, and wrap the thinner, longer side around in between my legs. It helped more than you could imagine. Even though it's around $40, it's worth it. 
  2. Netflix: For the days I couldn't sleep, or didn't feel like going out, Netflix was wonderful. I loved watching all sorts of TV series... Brothers & Sisters, Army Wives, Secret Life of the American Teenager, and Make It or Break It was my favorite. The best part? You can pause for pee-breaks. 
  3. Zantac 150: Heartburn was my worst enemy, and I wasn't one of the lucky ones whose heartburn went away after the first trimester. The whole 39 weeks, I couldn't eat tomatoes or chocolate without taking Zantac 150 twice a day. 
  4. Lemon Pudding Cups: This was my worst craving. I didn't go more than three or four days without eating it. It was nice and convenient in the cups. I never actually made a package of lemon pudding though. 
  5. Benadryl: This is safe to take if you need a little help sleeping. I didn't take it all the time, but I did sometimes. There were a few times that I had a cold and couldn't take NyQuil because of the alcohol in it, but Benadryl and Claritin worked just as well. 
  6. Soffe Shorts: Towards the end, these were pretty much all I wore. I was 9 months pregnant in the awful Georgia 100+ heat, so pants were not an option. Maternity shorts, while they are comfortable, are not cheap, and not always cute. I rocked Soffe shorts and tank tops until I popped. 
  7. Herbal Essences Drama Clean Shampoo and Conditioner: This stuff is pretty much the only thing that 1.) got the grease out of my hair and 2.) didn't make my hair greasy an hour after the shower. I had horribly greasy hair all through pregnancy. It was awful, until I started using this stuff. It really does wash out clean. 
  8. Carnation Instant Breakfast: I hate milk. This stuff was the only way that I could get the milk I need to grow a strong and healthy baby. I would drink one almost every morning. I don't like chocolate milk either, but the vanilla ones are definitely good. I always wanted to try the strawberry ones, but nowhere around here sold them. 
  9. Foot Spa: I couldn't find a picture of the exact one that I have, but this is similar. My feet started hurting at about 4 months, but this helped. They never swelled either, and I think it's because I did foot soaks every few days. I would make my hubby give me foot massages and pedicures too. 
  10. Palmer's Cocoa Butter for Stretch Marks: This helped me make it to 36 weeks without stretch marks. I started applying it at least once a day, but usually two or three times a day, at around 4 weeks. It helped with the itching too. I've heard that vitamin E oil works as well, but I never tried it. 
Coming Soon: Things Not to Waste Your Money on During Pregnancy. 

God Bless ♥ Vi

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

I'm Slackin'!

Hey everyone. Wow, I've been seriously slacking on this blog lately. So, here's an update for the past month:
End of August: We met with the surgeon about Adalin's lung surgery. They aren't scheduling it until she gets bigger, but are still thinking around November-December time frame. I'm still hoping that we'll be able to push it until January, but we're not sure if they'll be able to. We had lots of family visit us as well. It was great to see everyone again.
 Early September: I survived the first six weeks! Adalin is now seven weeks old and growing so fast. She's pushing 12 pounds now. Her hair is quite a bit lighter than it was right after birth. It's growing fast too. She's got the chunkiest cheeks ever, perfect for pinching (I swore I wasn't going to be one of "those" people, but I just can't help myself). I feel bad because I am having to supplement with formula because I can't produce quite enough breast milk. We've been having to give her Pedialyte regularly in order to keep her pooping.  She will go almost a week without going, but the doctors say that's normal. We got some pre-deployment pictures done too.
I'm doing surprisingly well with all of this deployment stuff. Considering everything that has been going on hormone wise, I am doing great. I've had a few breakdowns here and there, but that's to be expected. I feel pretty calm about my husband leaving. We've had so much time to prepare for this. It's come to the point that I have just accepted it and am ready to conquer it. I want to get it over with. I'm excited to move on in life after deployment. I'm planning to make quite a few trips home through it as well. I think that being around family will help me tremendously. Here are a bunch of our pre-deployment pictures:
Adalin's face just makes me giggle in this picture. She is one of the happiest babies I've ever seen. Unless she's poopy, wet, or hungry, she doesn't cry enough to say so. She's been a little more fussy lately because she's got a very sensitive stomach. We're learning how to deal with that as we go though.

This is my favorite picture of my husband and Adalin. She is the cutest little baby I've ever seen, but of course I'm biased. Jimmy just looks so happy to be holding her. I love my happy little family.