Lets catch up on the little Snowman

Alright, I am a little behind here, so lets catch you up on how the little Snowman is doing!

The last time you heard about the little guy was our last ultrasound at week 20. Well, we’ve had 2 appointments since that one.

At week 21 his heartrate was a nice steady beat of 142 and the doctor had no worries. He is growing at the rate he should and was even nice and cooperated with the doctor, ha! Now for this visit I found out something interesting. They don’t start scheduling eviction dates until around week 32 or so. Um, WTH! I think by that time Snowman just like Baby J will be saying “get me the heck out of here!” So, sadly no eviction date set yet, boo hiss!

Now on to week 25 which was our appointment yesterday.

All day long little Snowman was *active* and did not stop moving from the moment he figured I was awake! *groans* He was moving so much that one of my classmates asked me if I was ok when she notice me wince and hold my stomach a few times. This little guy likes to kick, push and roll around my belly button and it feels awfully weird. I keep telling him that he keeps it up he’ll make me puke, but of course he doesn’t listen to me. Sighs.

So, onto the doctors who were extremely busy. My appointment was suppose to be at 1:30 but I wasn’t seen until sometime after 2, whew!

This week his heartrate was much much slower at 130. To me that is very concerning because that’s a big drop from any of the other visits. The doctor wasn’t concerned and was just thinking that maybe he was finally having a nap after being active all day and I want to believe that as well. However, i’m seriously concerned that the stress that happened the last week with people we tried to help and others may have contributed. Jerry was also a bit worried when I told him the heartrate.

Other than that Snowman is doing well and still growing as he should. So I will try not to worry and see what happens when I go back in 2 weeks.

Speaking of 2 weeks at our next appointment. It’s prego sugar test time! And guess what? I’m stuck with, that, damn, annoying, orange, drink, again!

What is up with every pregnancy, every doctor, no matter where I live has that damned annoying nasty orange drink? I mean seriusly there is another flavor out there! It’s a conspiracy I swear!

One good thing is this time I don’t have to starve all day before taking the test. That’s a good thing because I’d be in some serious trouble. Snowman absolutely refuses to give me a warning when he says time to eat. When he says feed me, he means feed me and right now! So, I just need to make sure that I eat something before my doctors appointment because I can’t eat during the test and it can take up to a hour or maybe more.

So, until next time the currently rolling streching Snowman and I say have a great night!

GSD Fire’s arrival

Yay, I finally got that call I’ve been waiting for this week! My lovely shepherd Fire will be here on October 18, 2018. As of today that is 35 days away! Party party party!

lol, I knew when I decided to use the name Fire that everyone would ask if that’s the puppy’s name. It is a cool one I must say, but it is not the name of my GSD. That name will not be released publicly until after we have finished home training. Ha, this keeps me from slipping and saying the actual name before the puppy raiser knows that we have been matched.

Man, I do have to say though knowing information about the puppy ahead of time and finding information about the new fury friend is exciting and damned hard! I’ve had to stop myself several times from asking the puppy raiser for pictures and stories and telling another person that I’ve become friends with that I will have Fire’s sibling.

See, I also know that Fire and I were meant for each other for one important thing. Fire knows Starbucks! Yayayayayaya! Any dog of mine will definitely need to be familiar with Starbucks. It’s a requirement!

For those GEB grads my home trainer is Jim Gardner. At least by phone he seems very nice.

So, countdown time for Thursday sometime in the afternoon/evening October 18, 2018!

GSD Fire, 35 days!

Whew, the wait is nearly over!

Welcome old and new friends to my guide dog journey! It has been a very long and hard one.

In June 2017 I retired my very awesome girl Luna moon who was from Leader Dogs for the Blind. Due to my allergies that got worse and unsafe for me to work her I made that hard decision and thought my heart would break.

During this time I started the process to get a new best pal but this time for a shepherd. I knew the wait would be a while and was some what ok with that. What became hard to deal with was the lack of support from some in the guide dog community when I would voice my thoughts and feelings about how long the wait was especially when it reached winter time. It was my first time dealing with loads of snow and cane travel. Definitely something that I am not a fan of. My hats off to all of those that are comfortable with cane travel and snow, but it’s waaaaay past my comfort level! So, during the wait I stopped talking about the guide dog wait I was going through except to a few people that I felt were supportive and real friends along with family members until the time came that the wait was over.

So, that brings us to the reason for this post, smiles.

On Thursday I finally got the call that my match has been found and in October I will be getting my new four-legged friend! My hopeful GSD will be known as Fire! I will not give more information about it until we have graduated since as all you guide dog users know anything can happen between now and then.

Fire of course is a shepherd and is from Guiding Eyes for the Blind! My trainer will be Jim.

This process will also be different because I will be going through home training and I will discuss the mixed feelings I had about this development along with comparing it to in class training.

Hopefully my puppy raiser friends from Leader Dogs will still stick around and read even though this adventure won’t be from Leader. To any new puppy raisers that join the adventure, especially those from GEB I hope you enjoy the experience of my adventures!

The next update will be some time during the week of September 10th when we narrow down my training date for October.

Our little mango shows us what he thinks about being woken up

Zzzzzzzzzzzz, nudge nudge, zzzzzzzzzz, nudge, nudge. Swish swish swish swish.

Tech, there’s his heartbeat at 142
Me, are you sure that’s his and not mine? Sounds awfully slow.
Tech, yep, that’s his, I have a good picture of it right here.

Aaaaaaaarrrrrrrrgggggg! There’s that thing again. What’s that my mommy is talkings about? Eeeeep, what, more pictures!!!! Aaaaarrrrrrrrrrgggggg, doesn’t they knows I was sleeping? Sturbs my rest, I’ll fixs them!

Swim swim swim, turn turn turn.

Tech, oh my, um, yes he’s definitely a boy! He just popped it right out there!

Hmph, takes that picture taker persons. Now lets me rest . . . Eeeeeeeep, that’s didn’t works, still poking at me’s. Fines fines fines!

Swim swims, wiggle wiggles, I shall just keeps moving. That will show thems.

Whew, I’s tired, mommy’s are you dones yet? I’ll just curls up now and put my fingers in my mouths and sleeps and maybe if I Ignores them that will make them goes away? Right, maybe? Zzz, mommy’s I’s tireds now k, zzzz.

A few minutes goes by so our brave little baby gets to sleep.

Dr. Stewart, lets have a look.

Nudge nudge nudge

Dr, everything is looking good. Good brain, good spine.

Aaaaaarrrrrrrgggggggg, nots again, there’s another’s one! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaa, takes that you’s peeper!

Dr, um, yes, I agree he’s definitely a boy!

Heheheheeh, our little Snowman clearly wants to make sure that we know he’s a boy and has no problems flashing the camera. I think he’s going to need more watching than his brother, lol.

Be sure to tune in next week for the next installment of Snowman the flasher!

Eeeeeep, my brother stinks

swim swim swim I go. It’s so nice that I can hears things like my mommy and brother and daddy. It was too quiet around here. Snowman, is that’s my name? Cow, my brother calls me cow, hmm! Swim swim swi . . .

What’s that bad bad bad smells? Quick, covers my nose. Help help, what’s that smells, how do I tells them I know like that smells? I can hears them, but they no can hear me yet! Stop stop, make it goes away!

What’s that, mommy says that’s my brother’s stinky diaper! Eeeeeeee, gag, makes it stop mommy, makes it go away! Covers my nose with both hands!

Eeeeeeee, brothers you stinks! Stoooooooooooop, you’s ruining my swimmings!

The elusive Snowman strikes again

You know, I’m really starting to get the feeling that little Snowman here is going to be the quiet and sneaky type, unlike his brother that’s the energizer bunny sneaky type, lol.

Today was our doctors appointment where once again Mr. Kal decided to play peek-a-boo with us again. My doctor spent 10 minutes chasing him around trying to get his heart rate. She didn’t believe me when I said he made us work for it for the ultrasound, hahahah!

Linda, pushes a little on my stomach to make him go in the direction she wanted.
Snowman, ha, I don’t think so doc…stays put
Linda, moves the heart monitor thing where Kal is
Snowman, nope, I don’t think so.moves away!
Linda, wow, he is quite the stubborn one isn’t he? I didn’t believe you about him being a challenge!
Me, haha, told you!

Finally, she caught him I guess while he was taking a breather from swimming around in there and we got his heart rate at 147 for today.

Sadly, still no movements that he lets me feel on a regular basis. If he discovers that I can feel him sticking a body part out he quickly moves away and hides again. Darn him!!!

I will be switching doctors on the 22nd to the one that will actually be doing the c-section.

Linda, I’m going to now switch you over to doctor Clark, she’s very nice.
Me, Ah, so you won’t be my delivery doctor?
Linda, Nope, I don’t do c-sections. They won’t let me have a knife for some reason!
Me, Oh my, ok, her it is then.

So, maybe on the 22nd we can set the eviction date and by then Mr. Snowman will start being more ***cooperative*** I can hope, right?

Oh yes, and I am currently sitting at 159 pounds. Next visit is another ultrasound which checks Snowman’s anademy to make sure everything is growing as it should.

Until next time!

Snowman the sweet potato 2.0

Welcome to the little sweet potato 2.0 and how things are different this time around!

For those that are not aware because you aren’t following me on twitter or facebook, this little sweet potato is also a boy. He is our little Snowman and due in December! His name is Kalvin.

Lol, we played the guess his name game and let me tell you, the names people guessed during 3 rounds was just priceless. No one came close to getting it right until I gave a huge clue, but it was still fun!

So, all about this little guy!

1. I don’t feel him move as much as I did with Baby J and that’s taking some getting use too. As tiny as I am I’m use to feeling them fluttering around by the time I reach 3 and a half months! Nope, this time around the layout of inner parts makes it a bit different.
2. 2. He was not shy at all about letting us know he was a boy right out the gate. Thanks to Aira who described our ultrasound picture, hahaha, he’s posing for the whole world to see.
3. 3. I’m still sitting under 160 pounds at 18 weeks. Whereas with peanut I was almost 170.
4. 4. He loves pineapples, eggs ***thank god***, orange juice, corn and string beans mixed together, anything from taco bell, salads and yogurt!
5. 5. Now with this little bugger I get no gentle nudge of hey mommy I’m hungry! Nope, right out the gate it’s hey woman feed me and feed me now!

The most adorable thing is peanut and the baby to be. Lol, he likes poking my belly and saying hi to his little brother. He even gives him a kiss. I can’t wait until the day when Kal kicks him back to see what he does, hahahah.

Our next doctors visit is on Wednesday August 1, 2018. I think at that time is when we will be picking the eviction date for the little Snowman. So until then, have a great night. It’s time to feed the Snowman before he kills me, lol.

Bad mommy and daddy, I said just me

What? My mommy and daddy did, not, listens, too, me! I tolds them no no no no no, I did nots want any brothers or sisters, just me! They did nots listens!

My mommy tells me that there’s a baby in her tummy’s. I likes telling the baby night night and then poking it! Mommy says I should nots do that cause it will kick me back. I just giggles! Baby won’t kicks me, poke poke poke!

Anyways, mommy is trying to teach me to say my little brothers name. She says I sound likes I’m calling him cow, hehehehe! Shhh, I don’t think I was supposes to tells you that part! Ah well, what do I do? I have this baby coming who will takes all my mommy’s attention from me’s! Daddy’s too, but that just can’t happens, no no no no no!

I goes to sleep now. I have school tomorrows!

Night night baby. Remembers, I’s the big brother, k?

Bloodwork vs. Ultrasound, someone can’t read

Wow, this little snowman is full of surprises!

So, today was the first day of loads of days to look forward too, the first ultrasound. This ultrasound was very important because it would let us know how far along we actually are and how the little one is doing so far. Well, we found out and ***what*** a surprise!

Bloodwork vs. Ultrasound

If you read the last entry then you should be caught up and know that it told the doctors and lab people and nurses and then me that we were only between 4 and 7 weeks. Well, for me that just didn’t add up in my mind. There was know way in hell that could have been right, but ah well, whatever! It is what is is. On with the show!

July 24, 2018 at 9:30AM EST we got our answers!

9:15AM, May, come on down, we’re ready to tell you whats behind belly number one!

Amy our lovely funny tech person running the ultrasound was very nice and described all of what she was doing

Squirt squirt squirt goes that warm stinky stuff on your tummy
Baby is looking good
Chase him around to catch the heartbeat which reminded me of little Baby J when we wanted to hear his heart rate and find out if he’d let us see if he was a boy or girl, hahaha. The heart rate at present is 150 and sounded really good. I just love that sound!

Amy, so it looks like you are about 17 weeks pregnant!
May and Jerry, um, huh, what! Wait, what?

That’s right ladies and gentlemen, the ultrasound said we are actually sitting at 17 weeks and 2 days and ***not*** 4 to 7 like the lab people said my bloodwork said.

Who the hell read my lab work? I think they need to get back to lab school and learn to read. I mean holy hell, that’s a ***huge*** difference. 4 to 7 turns into 17, yipes!

So instead of early next year when this awesome unexpected bundle of joy will enter the world it will be around Christmas!

Merry Christmas it’s a

Psst, has anyone paid attention to some little key words I snuck in there? I bet you didn’t! Your task is to go back to the beginning and find out, better read slowly! Ha!

And ***no*** it is not twins!

See you next week!

Mommy, Baby J and Snowman!

Between 4 and 7 weeks

Welcome to new baby entry number 2! This one is pretty short, but still a nice little update.

i had my first brief OB appointment today and got to meet who will be my baby doc for the next several months and bring in the new little snow baby! Her name is Linda who’s last name I couldn’t spell or pronounced if you paid me, lol.

The purpose of todays visit was just to do the blood test to get the approximate guess of how far along I am in this pregnancy. Sadly I couldn’t get the test to find out if we’re having a boy or a girl. That blood work is something to doctors have to order since the labs don’t get that lab work round. I think they should if it’s a prego hospital, but hey, that’s just me! So, it probably won’t be until something in August when we find out.

So, according to the blood work I am sitting between 4 and 7 weeks of pregnancy. Big range I think. Damn blood work should be a lot more closer, lol. Our first ultrasound will be on Tuesday morning where it can get narrowd down some more going by size of the little snow baby that’s swimming around in my belly! If we’re lucky he or she will be nice and we’ll get a heartbeat as well!

So, until Tuesday, have a great night!