Thursday, January 31, 2008

Woo - I made it!!!

Sitting in the Buffalo airport yesterday afternoon, I swore my flight was going to be cancelled. The wind on the runway was brutal - I watched the parked airplanes rock in the wind as they sat at the gates. At times, there were white out conditions outside - you couldn't even see those same planes. But sure enough, the good folks at Southwest got us out of Buffalo and into Phoenix with less than an hour delay. I can't even complain about that.

It's cold here this morning - in the mid-30s as I type this. But it's supposed to be a sunny, HOT 60 degrees today, and my chilled Buffalo bones are going to love every minute of it!!!

Now, the fun begins. Today, I have a fitting for tomorrow morning's fashion show. The mall where the fittings are taking place is about 5 minutes away. I'm on a mission to fit my ever-growing belly into a smashing outfit, so we'll see what we can come up with.

Later on tonight, we have a private reception at Tiffany & Co. Yes, that Tiffany's!!! Maybe I can scope out an early Valentine's day gift! Ryan gets in tonight around 8, so we'll meet up after the reception and start enjoying the Super Bowl atmosphere of Phoenix. Talk to you later!!!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Arizona, here I come!!! Wait, maybe not...

I'm in "wait and see" mode right about now. We've been experiencing nasty weather here in Buffalo - wind gusts as high as 60+ mph, snow, etc. Most flights in and out of Buffalo were cancelled this morning. My flight isn't scheduled to leave until 4:50 this evening, so there is hope that I'll make it out of here tonight. I've got my fingers crossed!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

21 Weeks


Here's a picture of me at 21 weeks - we're beginning to see the beginnings of a baby bump. Crazy enough, since this picture was taken just a couple of days ago, I feel like I've expanded even more! I've had a lot of round ligament pain - I can literally feel the area around my uterus stretching. It's not the best feeling in the world. But Bean obviously needs more room for all the moving around he or she is doing. I've finally pulled out the maternity jeans and have been in expanding waistband heaven ever since!

Friday, January 25, 2008

A shout out!

My friend Ebonne gave our fashion show a shout out on her blog! Check it out!

http://tinyurl.com/2mfdo7

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Crunch time...


We're just a couple of weeks away from the annual Off the Field fashion show held every year in conjunction with the Super Bowl. This exciting fashion show features NFL players' wives modeling the latest fashions on the runway. It's actually a really neat event - the wives spend so much time cheering their husbands on from the sidelines that it's fun to see our husbands sitting in the audience cheering us on for a change.

I'm on the planning committee this year and anyone who has done event production knows how hectic and crazy crunch time can be. I have no doubt though that this year's event will be our best yet (but I'm biased).

A couple of people have asked if I'll still be working the runway this year. You bet - belly and all. And I'll make sure I'm sporting some heels too!

If anyone is interested in tickets or sponsorship information, visit www.offthefieldpwa.com.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

A little more information...

I had my regularly scheduled OB appointment (20 weeks) this morning and had a chance to talk to my doctor a bit more about my condition. There is some hope that the placenta will correct itself. Right now, the placenta is covering the cervix. However, the entire placenta isn't sitting right on top of the cervix - it's actually on the side of the uterus a bit and a little out of the way. It's definitely possible for the placenta to clear the cervix as the uterus continues to grow. This is my prayer. Had the placenta been sitting right on top of the cervix, in my doctor's words, I'd be screwed. We'll just have to monitor and keep an eye on it. I have a high-risk ultrasound scheduled for February 6th, so we'll see then if there's been any movement.

Friday, January 11, 2008

So much for a stress-free, blissful pregnancy...

My obstetrician called this morning. You never, ever want to see your OB's number on your call waiting after a test - they only call if something is wrong. I immediately knew something was wrong.

My doctor informed me that I have placenta previa. This is a condition in which the placenta is positioned over the cervix. It shouldn't be. More often than not as the pregnancy progresses and the uterus continues to grow, the placenta will hopefully correct itself and move out of the way. If the placenta doesn't move, complications can arise. In order to protect the baby, I'd most likely end up on some sort of bed rest for an extended period of time. If things got worse (i.e. if I start bleeding, etc.), I could be subjected to an extended hospital stay, early delivery, a c-section, etc. Needless to say, I'm going to be hoping and praying the placenta moves on its own.

The good news is that the baby is fine. The bad news is that I've got to alter my life a bit - no exercise or strenuous activities (that includes all strenuous activities - use your imagination - poor Ryan) for the rest of the pregnancy. This will certainly be a time of adjustment for me, so please keep me in your thoughts and prayers.

So let's see - time to start keeping a tally of pregnancy speed bumps this time around...

Strep B - check (will require antibiotics to be administered during labor)
Placenta previa - check (requiring continued monitoring throughout the pregnancy and a drastic lifestyle change)

Let's hope the only phone calls I get from the doc's office from here on are appointment reminders.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Say Cheese...

I'd like to introduce you to our baby... SKELETOR!!!


In case you can't tell, you're looking at a head on picture of the baby's face. I think it looks a little like a skeleton - kind of freaky if you ask me.

Sonogram pictures are such a trip. I had my mid-term sonogram today and here is our baby at 19 weeks. As promised, we've chosen to maintain the anonymity of bean's sex, not that he/she would've revealed its private parts tonight anyways. Bean was curled up in a really tight ball. You might be able to tell from the following picture on the left. The sono technician got Bean's head, hands and feet in the same picture.


Bean weighs about 12 ounces. This sonogram predicted the exact due date as the nuchal translucency sonogram - May 28th! So I'll happily go with that date instead of the June 3rd originally calculated by the nurse. The technician said everything is looking good and that Bean was moving up a storm.

Here are a couple more pics for your curious viewing pleasure...

Bean's head and body...


Bean doing another pose with its arm in the air!

Now wish Will and I luck for the rest of the week. Ryan is home in Texas working on the house, while little man and I have been battling a nasty stomach flu. I was sick earlier in the week and Will came down with the bug today. Not.fun.at.all...

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Baby vibes...

Mothers-to-be are asked the same questions all the time. The first is, "How are you feeling?" After I respond with the usual "I'm feeling okay, just a little tired," the next question is, "Do you know what you're having?" My response is, "Nope, we're not finding out this time." That response is usually followed up with, "Well, do you have any thoughts one way or another? Any vibes on whether it's a girl or a boy?" Up until this morning, the answer was always "no."

I had my first "gender dream" while sleeping this morning. I woke up not remembering much about the dream. What I do remember very clearly was Ryan saying, "It's a boy!" I laid there for a while and just couldn't get back to sleep thinking about the implications of the dream. When I was pregnant with Will, I had two very distinct "boy" dreams before his gender was confirmed by an ultrasound. I'm inclined to take the dream to heart and assume that the bean is giving off baby boy vibes. Of course, since we're not finding out the gender this time, we'll just have to wait until June for confirmation.

I have to be honest with you - having the dream was a little disappointing. Both Ryan and I are hoping for a little girl. Of course, my dream is in no way definitive, but based on past experience, I've gotta pay attention.

We'll see if the boy dreams continue...

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year!!!

The Neufelds rang in the new year in style! I was in sweats and a tank top with my ever growing belly protruding a little bit, and Ryan was in his workout shorts and a white t-shirt. Really glamorous, huh? As soon as we watched the ball drop, we gave each other a smooch and went to bed. We're getting boring and old. Gotta fix that...

My resolutions for 2008 are easier said than done - (1) try to stay within our monthly budget and (2) work out at least three times a week (which was one of my broken resolutions for 2007). We'll see how these go.

Will has his own resolution - he's going to learn to pee on the potty, hopefully sooner rather than later. He spent a good amount of his winter break sitting on his plastic choo choo train potty... with no luck. We'll keep at it though and see how things go.