Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Owen Hunter Salotti

I had my follow up ultrasound today to check the baby's heart and see if he has Downs Syndrome. My blood work from last week came back normal and did not show any sign of downs. At the appointment today the doctor could not see any reason to think that he has Downs or any other conditions that we should worry about. He wants to see me back at the end of October just to do a follow up ultrasound to make 100% sure things are fine.


The ultrasound was GREAT! It started off as a 2D ultrasound that was extra clear. The doctor spent a long time measuring the baby and looking at each specific part of his body. He confirmed for me that it is DEFINITELY a boy! Towards the end he switched from doing a 2D ultrasound to a 4D ultrasound which was amazing! I got to really see the structures of this adorable little boy.

Below is a picture from the ultrasound.





I think he has my nose and Johns lips! What do you guys think? It was so cute, he kept putting his thumb in his mouth.... which made it hard to get a good picture! :)
Welcome our lives Owen Hunter Salotti. We can't wait to meet you!!!!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Baby's First Camo

Our good friends Sarah and Keith got our baby his first camo! HOW CUTE!!! haha. John is fully aware that the house rule is the baby must be 12 before he is allowed to hunt, but he can play dress up all he wants!





Sunday, September 28, 2008

17 Week Belly Shot

Ok tons of people have been asking to see what my belly looks like now that I am 4.5 months along! Sorry for the fuzzy picture, but John is not home right now to take the photo for me :)



I really honestly was not showing much until this week. It probably has something to do with the fact that I consumed 3 packs of Scooby Snacks, a rice bowl, a granola bar, and 2 bottles of water all in the last 2 hours! :)

Week 16 and week 17 baby sizes


I forgot to post this last week!!!

Watch what you say... tiny bones forming in baby's ears mean the little one can now pick up your voice. Eyebrows, lashes and hair are starting to fill in, and taste buds are forming. And, if you're interested, an ultrasound might be able to determine gender.



WEEK 17 which begins tomorrow:

Baby's skeleton is hardening, changing from rubbery cartilage to bone, and fat is finally accumulating around it. The umbilical cord is getting thicker and stronger, and those little fingers and toes are now topped by one-of-a-kind prints.

Our 16 week ultrasound picture

Here is the only real picture that turned out well from our 16 week ultrasound. HOW CUTE IS HE??? I expect to have more pictures (that should be clearer) to post after the ultrasound on Tuesday. I think it might be a 3D ultrasound! :)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Baby Boy Salotti

On our ultrasound last week a little problem showed up. It appears that the baby could possibly have a heart problem. They are sending me to a specialist on Tuesday to have another ultrasound done (I am losing count, but this will be my 8th or 9th)to look at the heart a little closer to see if there is actually a problem.

Some information suggests that when a child has this, they are at higher risk for Downs Syndrome. I was also tested for this on Wednesday and should have the results soon.

Here is a link to information about the little condition that showed up :

http://www.medfriendly.com/echogeniccardiacfoci.html

Please just keep baby in your prayers. I am sure everything will turn out just fine, but prayers always help!

A couple of pictures

Here are a couple of pictures of my best friend Erin and I last week. I was right at 16 weeks and Erin was at 21 weeks. Pardon my bangs in the first pic. And my doggies rear end! :)




Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Friday, September 19, 2008

Week 15 Fun

Well I am 1/2 way through my 15th week of pregnancy. This one has been fun filled with another ER trip, my 7th ultrasound, 2 bags of fluids, narcotics, and lots of throwing up. The good news is that the baby is fine, and the placenta seems to be moving up a bit! Now it is not full previa but more marginal/low lying. DEFINITELY ENCOURAGING NEWS!!!

In other news, the babys heartrate has been declining each time we have it checked. On Wednesday it was 137bmp. The old wives tale says the lower the heartrate, it is a boy. So I am now convinced even more than I was in the beginning that this will be a Mr. Salotti inside of me.

I have an appointment with my doctor in Texas on Wednesday. I will have my 8th ultrasound there and then speak with the doctor. I will be 16 1/2 weeks along for that ultrasound so I am hoping to find out the sex in less than a week!!!!! I CAN'T wait! I just want to know and start to personalize this whole thing a little bit more.

We are enjoying our time in Pennsylvania. It has been great to catch up with friends and family. I am having a hard time with the fact that I just can not do what I used to be able to. Even walking through a store is such a challenge for me. I have to either push a cart or I find a place to sit every few minutes. If not I just get dizzy and feel like I am going to throw up. I also have had a hard time with not being able to eat like I want to. Anyone that knows me knows that I LOVE LOVE LOVE to eat, especially when we are in Philadelphia. I love pizza and sandwiches and fantastic mexican foods! This trip though I have been able to barely hold down foods! Very disappointing. But better for my wallet I guess! :)



Continuing the march towards normal proportions, baby's legs now outmeasure the arms. And, finally, all four limbs have functional joints. Your fetus is squirming and wiggling like crazy down in the womb, though you probably still can't feel the movements.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Taxes

I do not normally post anything political on here, but my husband just sent this to me and I can not help but post!

Subject: Fw: Bar stool economics*

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten
comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go
something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh would pay $7.
The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.

So, that's what they decided to do.
The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the
arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve. "Since you are all
such good customers," he said, "I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily
beer by $20."Drinks for the ten now cost just $80.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the
first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free.
But what about the other six men - the paying customers? How could they
divide the $20 wi ndfall so that everyone would get his 'fair share?'
They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from
everybody's share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up
being paid to drink his beer. So, the bar owner suggested that it would be
fair to reduce each man's bill by roughly the same amount and he proceeded
to work out the amounts each should pay.

And so:

The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).
The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33%savings).
The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28%savings).
The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).
The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).
The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).

Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to
drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare
their savings.

"I only got a dollar out of the $20,"declared the sixth man. He pointed to
the tenth man," but he got $10!"
"Yeah, that's right," exclaimed the fifth man. "I only saved a dollar, too.
It's unfair that he got ten times more than I!"
"That's true!!" shouted the seventh man. "Why should he get $10 back when I
got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!"

"Wait a minute," yelled the first four men in unison. "We didn't get
anything at all. The system exploits the poor!"

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.
The next night the tenth man didn't show up for drinks, so the nine sat
down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they
discovered something important. They didn't have enough money between all
of them for even half of the bill!

And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our tax
system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from
a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they
just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas
where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

David R. Kamerschen, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics
University of Georgia

For those who understand, no explanation is needed. For those who do not
understand, no explanation is possible.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Our Piper Dog

I took the greatest photo of our youngest dog, Piper the other day and I have to post it! She is in desperate need of a hair cut, but I think it makes her adorable.

This is Piper!



She is an 8 month old Airedale Terrier. We absolutely love her, and she drives us completely nuts most of the time. She is quirky and sneaky and really adorable all in one! :)

14 weeks and another ER trip



Your adorable little baby is busy with thumb sucking, toe wiggling, and (not so cute but equally amazing) making urine and breathing amniotic fluid as the liver, kidneys and spleen continue to develop. Lanugo (thin, downy hair) is growing all over the body for warmth.

Well our little baby is 14 weeks along! And I am still quite sick!!! On saturday I had to go to the ER for another spell of bleeding and really horrible cramping. I had my 6th ultrasound. Unfortunately the technician was less than social, and she never let me see the baby on the screen. But they tell me everything is just fine with the baby and my placenta previa just has not moved at all. It started bleeding again, same story.

I was told that if the bleeding happens after 20 weeks, I would be put on strict hospital bed rest. Lets all PRAY that does not happen.

So we are in Pennsylvania and I am trying to fill my lazy days with finding new fun recipes online, thinking about future meal planning, and trying to see some friends. I am still throwing up quite often, and it is getting more violent. I actually gave myself a bloody nose yesterday from it!!

We are just trusting in God that this baby will be fine, that I will be fine, and that in the end this will be 100% worth the sickness of the past few months! We know it will be! :)

In other news, we are thinking about going to Fayetteville this weekend. That is where we will be moving eventually for the military. John has a friend who owns a plane and has offered to go down with us. So depending on how I feel, we may get to see our future new town for a day!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Tag, I am it!

My friend Sarah tagged me in her blog to do a fun task!!! I am going to cut and paste the rules from HER blog.

This tag tells me to write about 6 quirks of mine that I consider 'unsatisfactory', in other words, 6 things I wouldn't want everyone to know about me.

Here are the rules to the tag:
1. Link to the person who tagged you
2. Mention the rules on your blog
3. List 6 unspectacular quirks
4. Tag 6 bloggers by linking to them on your post then commenting them to let them know "there it!"

Unfortunately, I am quite new to the blogging world, so do not have 6 blogging friends on here! I have a couple that I will tag. However, I will still admit to the 6 quirks that I will sort of admit to! :)

1. I am an absolute slob. I want to think that I am clean and organized. And each time a person comes to my house and it is in a state of crazy I apologize for 10 minutes and say " I am so sorry, my house is NEVER like this", but truly it is. John and I just are really bad about keeping clutter around (mail, junk, random stuff, etc). Sometimes I go to my friends homes (Sarah Fiacco) and it is so clean and I am incredibly jealous. I am very much looking forward to having more time on my hands to be at home and just keep a clean house.

2. With the slob part of me being said, I absolutely HATE going to bed with dirty dishes in the sink. There is just something that grosses me out about leaving dishes around so dirty. I hate coming downstairs in the morning and smelling the meal from the night before, slightly decomposed! This horrible obsession has gotten even WORSE since I got pregnant and smells make me throw up! Unfortunately with the pregnancy I also am exhausted and I have an inability to stand up for long periods of time. So sometimes I just have to go upstairs and not think about the smell the next morning!

3. I can not sleep if the door is open. I just can not do it. And if there are many doors in the bedroom (like bathroom doors, closet doors, etc) I feel the need to close all the doors, though I am less obsessed with that.

4. I absolutely hate wearing shoes and socks. I would wear flip flops ALL year round if I could. Thankfully we live in Texas right now and it is always 80 degrees and above, so I get to enjoy flip flops. Along with hating shoes and socks I also HATE wearing a coat. I very very rarely will wear a coat even if it is only 30 degrees outside!

5. I am absolutely obsessed with soda. Pre pregnancy I would drink 5-6 a day IF I had soda in the house. I have to now limit myself to only 1 soda a day. I know, pregnant women are not supposed to have soda!!! But I have lost 14lbs so far so I am not so concerned with the calories. And I hardly eat anything, so I figure a little caffeine is ok. Along with a soda obsession, I am also the most unhealthy eater!!!!! I would survive on soda and cheesefries if my husband would let me.

6. I refuse to eat leftovers. Especially if it includes meat. I just can not reheat meat in a microwave. I always feel bad though when I am in a resturant and I do not finish my meal, so I take it home. But then it sits in the fridge for a week and John gets frustrated with me when he finds it later, sometimes slightly larger than it was when I put it in there!!!!

TAGGING

1. The Whitaker Family
I went to High School with these fine folks. They are the couple that has been together the longest from High School, i believe.

2. Jenny
Jenny is a military wife I met on officerfamilies.com like a year and a half ago. We chatted occasionally and now she is moving to Corpus soon. I can't wait to hang out!!!

3. Sarah Fiacco
Sarah is a fellow military spouse that we met at ASBC. We instantly became fantastic friends. We lived together in Enid for a while and now we are both in Texas only a few hours apart.

4. Joy Draper (tagging via facebook)
Joy and I also met on officerfamilies.com and became instant friends! She came to visit me in Enid on her way cross country to Texas. Joy is also pregnany and is a great sounding board for me! She tells me when I should not be worried and when I truly should!

5. Kirsten Trump (tagging via facebook)
Kirstens husband Dan, and my husband John, are the oldest of friends. They hunt together and have for YEARS (since they were like 12)! Therefore Kirsten and I became friends by defalt. Then we both got pregnant and we became friends because we suddenly had a TON in common. We now chat all the time and I had the pleasure of haning out with her just tonight! :)

6. Monica Browning
Monica and I became friends when we were both in Enid and our husbands were going through UPT about 6 months apart. We now keep in touch on this great computer we both are always on! :)

Happy blogging ladies!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Military Humor!


Click on photo to enlarge, it is a bit fuzzy to see here!



I really enjoy Jenny the Military Spouse comics! This one made me laugh today as I think about our upcoming move and how we will get all the stuff we need to our new location in Arkansas!


Monday, September 1, 2008

Week 13

WOW! I can not believe we are at week 13! It is going by slowly, yet fast too. Last week I had another appointment on Thursday. My doctor told me it would be ok to travel to PA for the month, but to be on bed rest as much as I can. I am not good at this at all, but I am trying! I definitely over did it this weekend with the 28 hour drive (broken up into 3 days) and then socializing once we arrived in PA. Tomorrow I know I need to take it easier!



Your fetus is forming teeth and vocal cords... savor this, their non-functional phase. Baby is approaching normal proportions, with a head now only one third the size of the body. Intestines are in the process of moving from the umbilical cord to baby's tummy. (Much more convenient.)