Tuesday, August 24, 2010

as of late....

the wonderful fabulous, genius, beautiful baby Amory and my sister Kristen came to visit.

And if only i didn't look like such a complete loser shlumpadinka who has given up on life these days...there would be more pictures of all of us.

Its getting rough people. I think that "cute pregnant lady" thing ended a few weeks back.
I am starting to really look BAD.

In my defense, i did have a pretty rough couple of days last week.
Some time on thursday at work i started to get this stabbing pain in my back. It kind of wrapped around to my front and ran along side the baby bump all the way to my hip. It hurt, but it wasn't horrible so i chalked it up to growing pains. We went to Pats parents house after work for a little bit and i started to feel nauseasous as it got worse. A few more hours passed by and it was still there and still getting worse so i called the doctor at like 9:30. We scheduled an appointment for the next morning but since i didn't have a fever and i wasn't technically doubled over in pain (yet) i just stayed put at home.

That night I didn't sleep and at one point after a trip to the bathroom I couldn't stop crying i was in so much pain. I went into the doctors frst thing on friday and they were convinced i have a kidney stone. The sent me for a renal ultrasound and did some other tests......my doctor also gave me this reassuring anectdote: "the good news is, you don't have to worry about having a baby now - lots of people say a kidney stone is worse"

wow. thank you?......that really isn't good news. Especially since apparently now i am faced with both situations.

She said that there was no way to tell when this would happen (passing the stone that is). It could happen in an hour, it could happen in a month. i just have to wait

But here is the weird part.... i waited and I really do feel better now. The pain has gone away. I don't know if that just happens or if the whole kidney stone thing is still waiting to happen and i am just getting a break ? My theory is that maybe i just passed a small stone on thursday and/or i have a super human tolerance for pain and i am done with this fiasco? orrrr the scaredy cat part of me thinks that maybe this is just the calm before the storm where i will supposedly be puking all over myself screaming for someone to kill me???

I t is all very unnerving. And yes that is a real description descriptionof the circumstances most people find themselves in when they have a kidney stone)

SO which one is it going to be?
I am scared, but at the same time I am cautiously optimistic that i am out of the woods.

Has anyone else had this problem - where you were told you have a kidney stone but the pain just magically disappears on its one without any monumental torturous experience??

please say yes. please say yes.

the stress of worrying is bad for me.

It also makes me feel like a crazy lunatic when i am at work becasue i just cant seem to stay focused. That whole "pregnancy brain" thing....that is not a myth.

I am having such a hard time keeping all of the details in my life straight. I can't remember so many things that used to be a lot easier tasks to tackle. i would say that i hope that things get easier and i can get back into the swing of things in a few months but that seems pretty unlikely once you add a baby into the mix.

soooo this post could ramble on all day if i don't put a lid on it. I need to close this up and start trying to remember all fo the things that i know i am forgetting to do...and hopefully i can also work on the part where i forget that an imminent attack is coming where my kidney basically explodes and knifes my insides.

happy Tuesday!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


I literally woke up this morning and the first thing that came to mind was "mmmm Meghan's carmel apple Salad" - weird right? You wont think so once you try this. My cousin sent me the recipe today and honest to God, it might be the least healthy recipe i ever post on this here blog.

Regardless.....I can gaurantee you that the calories do in fact translate to full blown deliciousness.....and the main ingredient isn't bad at all - Apples- so really i think you will survive if you do decide to indulge:

Crazy Caramel Apple Salad
-1/2 C Butter/Margarine Melted
-1 C Powdered Sugar
-1 Large Tub Cool Whip...
-1 C Peanuts (I used honey roasted peanuts)
-6 Full-size Snickers Bars - chopped
-6-8 Granny Smith Apples
-1 Can crushed pineapple, drained

Melt 1/2 cup butter in large mixing bowl. Add 1 C powdered sugar and stir. Fold in the Cool Whip and whisk until smooth.

Meanwhile combine peanuts, Snicker's pieces, apples and pineapple in large bowl. Pour the Cool Whip mixture over and stir until evenly coated.Refrigerate overnight and serve. Enjoy :)

it tastes so much better than it even sounds........I might have to stop by the grocery store later.
Oh and please, if you are reading this and feel like commenting, leave me a suggestion for a great workout or a healthier recipe that i can enjoy while preggggggggnant ( i obvi need it).

yeah thanks.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Big Belly....Big Closet

2 Big things going on at Casa de O'Brien:

Huge Katie
Huge waste of a closet.

Yep. Its true.
I have a cribs-worthy ridiculous closet (see it in the background?).....cool right? nope.- it is a total waste of space these days. it bums me out.

The racks are filled with clothing that does not fit me and it is kinda sorta big time depressing.

kinda not though too. The bump is endlessly entertaining. I am turning into more of an alien giant as we speak!

I do like the shelf with all of the cute maternity clothes my sister gave me and I can still wear all of the comfy pajamas and yoga pants that i used to wear too. The bathing suits work also, but HOLY GOD do they look "different"....the rest of it - ummmm useless - anyone need extra storage space in Ohio?

so anyways...i only took this picture in this mirror with the closet in the background because this is a "skinny" mirror in my house (convenient that it is located in my closet huh?) and the lighting tends to be favorable as well ( i need all the help i can get). oh and reason #2 for this shot - i figured i should have one more belly photo on this blog seeing as how this is the only place i am recording them. So here you go - 21 weeks :)
oh and I wasn't trying to brag about the closet. I am not a big enough diva to deserve this space (2 rooms, shoe storage for about 200 pairs of shoes, an island...so not me - i struggle to fill it with my losery clothes) BUT one day, i do plan to add a chandelier, paint the walls, and actually wear some of the clothes contained inside of it without looking like a stuffed sausage....and at that point, i might actually brag.
You have a long time before that can happen though.