Monday, January 23, 2012

31 weeks and counting....and the hormones are raging.

You have no idea what it took for me to finally break down and take this picture. 1st of all, I felt like I was 18 snapping a picture in the bathroom mirror like that. 2nd off, this is baby #3 and there is no part of me that feels cute or like documenting anything about this pregnancy. There are honestly only two pictures in existence of me since this pregnancy began.....and I'm perfectly fine with it. I highly doubt this baby grows up resenting me because I didn't take more pictures of myself resembling an elephant.



I have "significantly elevated fluid levels" surrounding the, my docs thought I may have gestational diabetes. Nope. My blood glucose levels were well within the normal range.

It sometimes means there is some sort of birth defect ( most likely in the trachea) and the baby isn't swallowing properly. Nope. This little booger always has a full little tummy and we've actually seen her swallowing. I've been seeing a high risk doctor (on top of my regular OB visits) because I'm prone to premature delivery, so we've had countless high level ultrasounds. So far, we've seen zero evidence of anything being anatomically amiss.

More than likely, I'm just part of that lucky percentage of people that have high levels of fluid and the doctors have no explanation as to why.


I know I sound like a Negative Nora. Trust me, I am beyond grateful that (from what we are seeing) the baby is healthy. The only 'risk' involved with having high fluid levels is that it makes Mama very big and very uncomfortable....and it irritates the cervix causing early contractions. I can handle all of that. I would much rather deal with a little discomfort (I'm pregnant, for goodness sake! Isn't that what I signed up for??!), than have the little peanut in distress. still sucks. By the end of the day, I feel like I can't possibly stretch any further. I look on my phone and physically count the days until my due date....hoping that I may have miscalculated the day before. Can my stomach really continuing expanding and can this baby really continue growing for another NINE WEEKS?! Is she going to be 11 pounds? With my other pregnancies, I was the happy-go-lucky person most women probably wanted to punch in the face. I loved being pregnant.

This pregnancy? Not so much.

But, check back with me tomorrow. I'll probably be planning pregnancy #4. These mood swings are a bitch.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

2nd Annual Roses for Rylan Fundraiser

Aaahhhh, 2012. Welcome. Time to get my CF kickin' booty back into the swing of things. I am bound and determined to make this our biggest fundraising year yet. It's time for Rylan's Renegades to surpass the $10k mark.....the $15k mark....and make it to the $20k mark!! (I've got a healthy little contest going with another CF mama, which definitely is a win-win for everyone!!). There are so many wonderful things happening in the CF world, so now is the time to kick it into high gear.

If a 'cure' is so close (fingers/toes/and every hair on my head crossed), why is it necessary to donate, you ask? THIS is why it's necessary. There are little boys and little girls struggling with the why's and what if's of this ugly disease. There are young husbands and wives being taken too early from this ugly disease. There are people out there struggling just to take a breath. Is that ok with you? Because it's not ok with me. These people are my family and my friends. Our cure is close, but it's not here yet. The momentum is moving forward, but it needs to be BARRELING forward. And don't you want to be a part of that? I know I do. My New Year's resolution is to raise $20k for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Rylan's Renegades. And with your help, we'll get there.

Ok. Exhale.......

.......I'm off my soapbox now.

Our 1st little fundraiser of the year is.....wait for it.....the 2nd Annual Roses for Rylan, Gettin' Crafty for a Cure. I know. Original, huh? Ok.....I'm not claiming to be uber creative....and I definitely didn't do too hot in my marketing class in college. Simply put, our 1st Roses for Rylan fundraiser went great, so why fix something that ain't broke. Brilliant, right?

So, here are the details. For $7 each, or $13 for 2, you get a fun little card that we've put together.
(I got the inspiration from a cute little blog I found via Pinterest, of course! Check out her fun designs here!!)

Each card has a handmade "rose" barrette (for little girls).....

....or a fabric "rose" bobby pin for us big people.

You can choose what the message of the card says.....whether it's for a birthday or just to say hi. And the best part?

ALL proceeds will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (Rylan's Renegades). I'll even throw in a stamped envelope for you, so there's no excuse for you to miss your cousin's next birthday.

What I need from you:
1. How many cards do you want?
2. What do you want each card to say? Options are: Happy Birthday, Missing You, Thinking of You, or Hi Friend.
3. Do you want a bobby pin or barrette attached?
4. What is your address?

Send the above info to and I'll send you payment information.

**DISCLAIMER: No, I'm not a 'pro-scrapbooker' and no, I'm not Hallmark. These cards are just a fun way to raise some money for our cure. Thanks for joining this Mommy on a Mission!!**