Monday, April 21, 2014

37 Weeks




How far along: 37 Weeks-Officially considered "early term" by the new guidelines. We are definitely aiming for "full term" around here (39/40). Little Man and I have daily talks about this.
How big is the baby: Baby boy is the length of rhubarb-about 19.2 inches. I asked my OB to guess at his size today (even though it is generally totally inaccurate) and she guessed he was already about 7 pounds!
Weight gain: As of yesterday 38 pounds. Down 2 from last week somehow? Even though I was walking less and my belly is ginormous. 
Rings: Still able to wear one ring. 
Belly Button: I don't know if "innie" is technically the correct word any more. More like flat-ish with tendency towards innie.
Doctor/Medical/Body Stuff: Appointment today was great. 2 cm dilated, 70% effaced, and station -2 (low!). My OB says that once labor starts she thinks I will progress quickly! His little butt is sticking out the front of my belly. My OB said if we didn't have the quick ultrasound last week, she would be concerned because his butt feels like a head! I've been trying to sleep with my feet elevated every night. I have major elephant feet and ankles off and on. They were pretty unpleasant this weekend and they are today too. Oh, and Wednesday I lost something. It can mean labor is coming soon or mean nothing at all. If you don't know what I'm talking about, you don't want to know!
Sleep: Last night I was up 13 times to use the facilities. That's way too many!
Movement: He keeps trying to exit stage right, feet first. I keep telling him that is not an option!
Food/Aversions: I've been really working on eating my protein in preparation for delivery. Thank goodness cheese is such a great source of protein!
What I miss: Sleep!
What I am looking forward to: Putting the car seat base in the car. We meant to have it done by a week ago...but that just didn't happen. Hopefully this week! I love looking at that little car seat in the family room. I can't believe soon there will be a baby to put in it!
Baby Projects: TONS got done this week! I kicked it into high gear after Wednesday. My lessons for school are all planned between today and the end of the year. I have pages upon pages of notes in a binder for the sub in addition to a detailed schedule. My end of the year reports are all completed and printed too! Updating IEP goals is my last big thing. Mom came over Friday (Good Friday) and Saturday and helped me a TON, getting ready for Easter and doing baby stuff. (I apparently thought it was a good idea to host Easter for 25 people 3 weeks before my due date! It was truly a lovely day. And made possible because of my amazing mom!) I finished sewing and hanging the blackout liner for the curtains and am almost done with my last batch of cloth wipes. Right before everyone arrived for Easter my dad and Adam helped hang the pictures in the nursery. I love seeing it look almost complete! Well, except for the crib that is now THREE weeks late. 
Pearls from the Preschool: I don't have a good quote, but they keep asking how big the baby is, and when I show them, they are awfully confused about he is in my belly. I then have to act out being all squished in the fetal position. We have this conversation at least once a day!
Oh! And This:  I also had wanted my hospital bag packed by last week. But it is not. I think subconsciously I think if the bag isn't packed, he can't come! Don't get me wrong...I am SO excited to meet him! I am just a little neurotic and like things to happen on schedule! Oh, and I finished little gifts for the nurses that take care of us. Obviously much more important than the hospital bag. ;) 

Doing a labor rehearsal at Bradley class. We all started joking about taking selfies during labor. So this is me in the squatting position pretending to take a selfie during a contraction.

Sneak peek!! I'm SO excited about the vinyl decals I made for the walls!!!

Monday, April 14, 2014

36 Weeks


How far along: 36 Weeks (WHAT!?!)
How big is the baby: Baby boy is the length of lemon grass-about 18.7 inches 
Weight gain: 40 pounds-I don't know how I gained 5 pounds again. I've been walking SO MUCH! Dr. said today she isn't worried. It is just a whole heck of a lot of water weight!
Rings: I was able to wear my engagement ring all week. 
Belly Button: Still an innie. But I must confess that I tragically discovered stretch marks under my belly this week. It was a rough evening. 
Doctor/Medical/Body Stuff: Appointment today was great. I am 1 cm (almost 2) dilated and his head is very low. After checking that and then feeling something very hard and large up high, the doc was a bit concerned and snuck me in for a quick ultrasound. She wanted to make sure it wasn't butt she felt down low. Nope! He is head down just like he should be (yay Inversion and Webster Method!). It is crazy his head is so low and his butt is as high as can be. Maybe he will be tall like his Auntie Erin?!  I just love the chiropractor I found. I have been going a couple times a week and will continue to do so until Little Man comes to keep things aligned! This weekend a new symptom appeared. Elephant feet! I've noticed my feet slightly swelling this week, but Saturday these elephant feet (and ankles) appeared and they just got worse Sunday. Ergh. Though Monday morning (after sleeping with them on two pillows) they were definitely better. My hips and feet continue to be my biggest bother.
Sleep: Continues to depend on the night. Usually I can fall back asleep. Everything is just so uncomfortable at night. A pregnant woman should get some relief from laying or sitting down! Silly hips.
Movement: He is constantly trying to push his feet out the side of my belly!
Food/Aversions: Same old.
What I miss: My to do list seeming like it had lots of time to complete!
What I am looking forward to: Putting all the books and things on his bookshelves! Today Adam and his dad put up the tree bookshelf and Adam filled it in with wood putty. Tomorrow he will touch up the paint. I think Wednesday it will be done!
Baby Projects: We had two more baby showers this weekend. We are so lucky and loved! My co-workers in the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Program threw me a farm shower on Friday and my sisters-in-law threw me a Little Man shower on Sunday! The other night (from 2:00 to 4:00 am), I finished some signs for the hospital such as a visual birth plan and signs for the room after Little Man arrives. Yes, I am obsessive. No, I don't think everything will work out as planned. Yes, planning makes me feel better and reduces my stress level! It is just a plan. Not a script! And I know what they say about the best laid plans...
Pearls from the Preschool: 
"Miss Stephanie, does your baby have clothes on?"
"Nope"
"Is he naked?"
"Yup"
"YOU GUYS! MISS STEPHANIE'S BABY IS NAKED!"
Oh! And This:  I am in disbelief that there are only 4 weeks left until my due date. I am REALLY hoping Little Man does not decide to come early. I hope that this 1 almost 2 centimeters just hangs out for a while. If I only had stuff at home to work on (finishing nursery, curtains, burp cloths) or work (lesson plans, end of the year reports) I would be fine. But finding time to do both is a little overwhelming! Though...it is what it is!

Everyone kept saying it looks like I've dropped on Tuesday and Wednesday. I think it is when Little Man turned from transverse to up and down!

The bookshelf! I cannot wait for it to be finished!

Little snippet from my Little Man shower

One of my SILs and I at the shower! We are very serious.

Careful! Don't poke them with a pin or they may pop!





Sunday, April 13, 2014

A Little Man Is On The Way Baby Shower

Today my sisters-in-law threw me a lovely Little Man themed baby shower. 

I have to confess....
A year ago I was known to say "I just don't *get* the whole mustache craze!" Well....when we found out we were having a boy, I suddenly found all the baby boy mustache stuff ADORABLE! So fun for our Little Man (who is arriving VERY SOON!).


Cute sign outside the building


Yummy snacks!


Cute clothesline decorations with cloth diapers too!

Each cup had a different mustache. It was hard to pick!

My SIL made this awesome cake and yummy chocolate covered oreos!

Bowties, mustaches, and ties! 
mmmm...now I wish I had some of these at home!

SO funny! Awesome display of fruit and I love that has has a mustache with his pacie!

Punch

Adorable washcloth bowties decorated the tables

Guessing how big around my belly was. WHAT?!?!
The one on the left is my real measurement! 


The two grandmas got us the Mamaroo!
(If you haven't seen one in action, you need to watch the video!)

My SIL Jess and I rockin' the 'staches!

Adam's Aunt Sue!

My wonderful sisters-in-law! 
Everything today was so cute and perfect for our Little Man!


Now that all of our showers are done....we just need to finish putting everything together and away. And figure out what we still need from our registries before Little Man arrives!



On the Farm Baby Shower

On Friday evening, my co-workers in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program (we all teach all around the district) threw me a shower! Unfortunately, I don't have a ton of pictures!! But I did get a few! It is always great to hang out with this group of ladies because we just don't get to see each other enough!


Cute clothesline with all farm onesies!



We played my very favorite baby shower game: Guess what it is in the bag!
They had 10 baby items in brown paper bags and we had to feel them to guess what was inside. It was a hoot. Some were really hard!

Yummy cake!

I got lovely presents! One of the best was a nursing kit my friend Kim who just had a baby in February put together! With a book full of funny pictures and tips and everything!

Somehow I didn't get pictures with anyone except our youngest guest!


Monday, April 07, 2014

35 Weeks



How far along: 35 Weeks
How big is the baby: Baby boy is the length of a daikon (white radish)-about 18.2 inches 
Weight gain: 37.5 pounds (Ergh! 2 pounds this week. Though realistically I know a lot of it is water weight since I am starting to swell.) New goal: go for a 30 minute walk every day. 
Rings: Erm. As of Sunday morning it wasn't so comfortable to put on my rings. I just wore my wedding ring, no problem.
Belly Button: Still an innie. But a very shallow one. 
Doctor/Medical/Body Stuff: Can't really tell which way Little Man is facing, so I will continue to do this every day. My feet are definitely swelling. My boots still fit, but many of my flats don't. Hopefully sandal weather comes fast. When I sit or lay my hips feel like I am a 115 year old woman. When I stand my feet feel like I ran a marathon. So that's fun! I went to the chiropractor for the first time today and she agrees this naughty little dude feels transverse. I am going to see her quite a bit over the next couple weeks. Hopefully it will help my hips and flip this baby! Interesting info about chiropractors and pregnancy here
Sleep: Depends on the night! The Earth Mother Angel Baby calming tea has been good some nights. I have also had the Earth Mother Angel Baby heartburn tea when the heartburn was unbearable and it really helped. A good night still involves getting up to use the facilities 3-5 times, but then being able to fall back asleep right away.
Movement: I feel him all the time. Still mostly on my left side. 
Food/Aversions: I keep on eating my dark leafy greens. I have also been trying to be better about eating more whole grains. And protein. I know getting enough protein is really important the last month of pregnancy. 
What I miss: Walking to work and not needing a nap after.
What I am looking forward to: More baby showers this weekend!
Baby Projects: Yesterday my mom came over and we sorted and put away clothes I washed. We figured out what types of clothes we still need (most of my cutest Little Man outfits were in 3-6 months!). We also opened up and put away most of the baby shower presents! On Saturday Adam and his dad started working on this bookshelf idea I saw on Pinterest. The picture is below: the left is the Pinterest picture and the right is their start!
Pearls from the Preschool: 
"You baby belly?" (This is a frequently asked question)
Oh! And This:  We really enjoyed all of the classes we took last week. The Baby Basics class was a lot of really good information for Adam he said. We weren't sure what to expect out of the car seat class, but it was SUPER informative. I was "up" on the importance of no coats thicker than a windbreaker/hoodie in car seats and proper positioning of the buckle, but I didn't realize that "after market" head support things and BundleMes are not considered safe because they are not crash tested. Anything that puts an extra barrier between the car seat or restraint and baby is not considered safe. Such a little thing that could make a huge difference in a car crash! The hospital tour was also really great. It was great to see everything ahead of time and they answered lots of questions. I was really the only one asking questions and I felt a little awkward, but then decided I will never see them again, so who cares! The hospital we are delivering at is really open to the needs/wants of the family and seems understanding about the needs of a natural birth!

A bathroom selfie at birthing class

The start to the awesomest bookshelf ever!