Friday, August 29, 2014


Today I am 36 weeks and 6 days pregnant.

Today I went to the doctor. I left my very very wonderful sister in law with our combined 6 kids. 8 years, 2-6 years, 3 years, and 13 months and 11 months aged kids. The 11 month old was almost ready for a nap. The older 3 and sometimes 4 disappear into their own little worlds of play.

So I had yet another non stress test. This was test #3 and test #4 is next week.

By blood pressure was fine. It was totally normal. If it had been elevated I am sure the doctor would have been admitting me. (so your prayers worked M!). I peaked with my high blood pressure last year at 36 weeks 5 days with Kaje).

And for everyone out there whose been jealous of my previous pregnancy weight gains I have something to tell you. I have gained more weight this pregnancy then the other 3 pregnancies combined. I have also lost my feet for the very first time. I can not see my size 11 feet when I walk.

I now have all my paperwork from my doctors office. My hospital bag is overrun with paper that I was told to bring with me. The required booklet. The proof that I have paid lots of money. The doctors reports.

Up next a very busy weekend. And in true fashion because we will be trying to get the master bathroom done (because we don't want to share one bathroom with my parents when they come to visit after the baby is born)---they are calling for rain and flooding this weekend. Thankfully all the tile is in.

It is a 3 day weekend this weekend.

Thursday afternoon I have another doctors appointment (that's the 4th) because of the holiday weekend (my doctor sees OB patients regularly on Monday afternoon and Friday morning) all appointments were booked on Friday.

Friday is Kaje's 1st birthday.

Saturday is our wedding anniversary.

Then the baby can come :)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Prepared to Argue

Heads up. I am prepared to argue. I don't particularly like arguing. I don't particularly like being right either. I can be corrected.

However, when it comes to money and medical bills. It is worth arguing over. Yes, I will make sure I have my t's crossed and my i's dotted. 

You I spent more time then I care to admit sitting at my home computer. Logging in. Printing off. Highlighting. Making a spread sheet. Adding  numbers. Subtracting numbers. You know making sure....I am as close to right as I can get based on my given information.

I packed those numbers and spread sheets into my hospital bag. You see nearly 6 weeks after I registered at the hospital I still have not heard from them on what I will owe. You see I went in and asked them 2 weeks ago today for my number. I was ready to pay my co-pay. I know what my insurance says. I know there is a co-pay and a deductible. I know what my doctor has charged me. I know what other fees I have paid. Albeit I have been on weekly appointments lately and I may not have all of the information yet but I am pretty close with the given information.

Two weeks ago the lady told me "I will have to call you tomorrow" and her excuse was "Well when I call your insurance they want to keep me on hold for over an hour!" My thoughts are "This IS YOUR JOB!" I have been on hold when at work too. I have been on hold trying to get answers regarding lots of things in my life. Many times I wasn't getting "paid" for it because it wasn't a job but it was my job to know what was expected. How to deal with whatever. Etc.

So in my bag.....I have prepared to "fight" because they aren't holding up their end of the bargain. :)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Parade Day

Every year. Every year. There was a rodeo parade in my hometown. The parade was always on a Wednesday. The Wednesday before the rodeo began. The Rodeo Queen and The Rodeo Princess (added in the last 20 years) are towards the front.

Sometimes there are a few local high school bands. Other years there are more floats. None the less for us it was a day out of school. It was parade day. The parade began mid-morning. So one year the new Superintendent of schools decided Rodeo parade day wasn't anything to let out for. Um, yeah it cost the district money that day.

You see without the band kids marching. Without the queen and princess (yeah they are still in school). Without the kids there are no spectators. No cheerleaders to ride on the firetrucks. No one to watch the floats as they go by.

This is the 10th year in a row I have missed the rodeo parade. Sure it isn't much really. It is maybe 30 entries. But it is our town. It is tradition.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

First Time

Yesterday was the first time we got to see our unborn sons face. I am within the final month of pregnancy and finally we got a peek at the face. Cuteness.

Now, that said all is well in the world of baby growth. The doctors tend to worry with high blood pressure and baby development growth. If something happens it is usually better for the baby to be on the outside. We are good.

I haven't had a high blood pressure reading since 16 weeks-- that is until yesterday. Don't like spike readings at all. But I admit I was a little stressed yesterday. It takes me about 40 minutes to get to the doctors office in light traffic. Yesterday, first day of school. Yesterday appointment time during school zone times. Road construction and destruction in every corner of my world and roads I would drive to/from the doctors office. And my husband wasn't home yet. I called him. He was going to cut it too close for my liking. I jumped into the car and met him about 4 miles away which literally translates to a 20 minute savings (him driving 10 minutes home and us driving 10 minutes back). So, back to being a little stressed. You can not be late for doctor appointments. They either charge you extra or they cancel your appointment.