Thursday, May 28, 2009
I am feeling a "normal" number of braxton hicks contractions, although sometimes it's hard for me to distinguish when I'm actually feeling my uterus tighten or if things just feel tight because Kayla has wormed herself into a position that's uncomfortable for me. I'm leaning towards the latter since in the last day or two she seems to have found a new affinity for pushing her little feet against my ribs on my right side. I can not wait until this child drops in a few more weeks. I barely remember what it's like to take a flight of stairs without getting all out of breath!
So it seems that things are progressing normally; my next appointment on 6/8 will include the swab test for Group B Strep... yippee! SO not looking forward to that one. But from then on out my appointments will be weekly as the big day gets closer and closer.
Holy crap. Only 44 days till my due date. Wow.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
The stupidest things are starting to get to me. I want my body back; not just from the horrific weight gain either. I wanted a Corona in the worst way this weekend. It was so hot out and it would have been so refreshing... *sigh* Just a second ago I was sitting here and discovered a hole in the elbow of my sweater. For a brief moment, I thought that was going to cause an epic meltdown. Not only is that embarassing, but I've had this sweater forever and I love it. I don't know if it can be saved. I'm certainly going to try though.
I know this is what I signed up for (giving up my vices, mood swings, the aches and pains, weight gain and discomfort). I know it's temporary. I even feel guilty complaining knowing how many women out there would give anything to feel like this for the reasons I do. But seriously, can we just fast forward now?
Monday, May 18, 2009
Saturday morning brought much more of the same. We got up and had breakfast at Starbuck’s, then did some more shopping to kill time before we had to be at Women and Babies for our class. We finally stopped into two little shops here in Lititz; I am probably going to go back to Spoiled Silly and look around some more soon. Then we went to Barnes and Nobel where we bought some of the classic stories to read to Kayla, plus a set of learning books for infants called the Begin Smart series. After that we drove back into Lancaster to check out BellaBoo. What a cool store. I finally found my Moby and muslin swaddlers here, but ended up not purchasing either one. Go figure. I do anticipate going back for the swaddlers after all since amazingly enough, I can’t seem to find a better price online.
After grabbing a bite for lunch, we got to Women and Babies for day one of birthing class. That was eye-opening. Although a lot of the information given to us wasn’t totally new to me (I am a researcher by nature) there were some things that surprised me. All of a sudden I find myself wondering about some of the points in my birth philosophy that I was pretty certain about before, especially in regards to pain management and pain relief. It seems I have more than I thought to think about in the next few weeks. We also signed up to take part in a Penn State led study on new moms and their babies. I’ll have to speak with someone over the phone prior to delivery, about a month after delivery, and then every 6 months until Kayla is 3 years old. Seems simple enough, and we get a gift card for every phone interview we complete.
Sunday was pretty much a repeat; we met Shaun’s mom at Babies R Us before lunch; she purchased our pack and play for us (THANK YOU!!) and thankfully it worked out that we could all go together so Shaun was there to do the heavy lifting. After lunch and a Home Depot stop, it was time for day two of class. Thankfully this one wasn’t quite as intense, although I did find myself getting a little bit anxious during discussions of c-sections and episiotomies. The tour of labor and delivery was very cool; I have visited friends who’ve had babies there, but that was my first glimpse of an actual delivery room.
I know I have no way of knowing what actually lays ahead of me in all of this, but I’m hopeful that it’s going to be manageable.
Following all of that excitement, it was nice to lay around a bit last night. It’s incredible now to sit or lay on the couch and watch the little waves of movement go across my belly. I am sometimes able to identify a knee here or a foot there, but I’m still never really sure. She moves tons though, which is awesome. I absolutely adore it, even when I get a foot in the ribs or a seemingly never ending case of the hiccups. It’s always reassuring to feel something, just so I know she’s OK.
So here we are now with less than 8 weeks remaining until my due date. It literally seems like yesterday that we were at my confirmation appointment and there were still 8 months to go, yet so much has changed since then. Wow. As terrified as I am at moments, I am still so ready for her to be here and to hold her for the first time. I just hope she can feel how much her mommy already loves her.
Monday, May 11, 2009
My blood pressure is still normal, and I only gained a pound or so since my last appointment. Kayla's little heart is beating away at 140 BPM and she is still head down. My fundal height measurement was right on at 31 centimeters.
It seems that all is well and I'm good to go for two more weeks!
I've updated the photobucket account with lots of pics from the shower and the nursery with all the great stuff in it! Clicky for Pictures!
31W 2 D
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Here are a few pictures from the event (thanks Jenelle!):
(I am not in pain - I am astounded... my grandmother made this amazing quilt for Kayla. The amount of love for this little girl is just incredible.)
The absolutely delicious cake. I am so looking forward to another piece of this when I get home from my appointment tonight.
PS - I am working diligently to update the Photobucket account with pictures from the shower and the newly organized nursery as I get them from our friends and family/actually get organized. Check back often to see what appears!
We had a nice mother's day, even though we gave our moms their gifts at the shower. Gabriel, Beamer, Tinsel and Kayla (AKA Shaun) got me a really sweet card and another Willow Tree figurine. This time it was Angel of Mine. We spent the morning sorting, unboxing, assembling, washing and organizing all the shower gifts. Once that was done, we went out for lunch and then to WalMart to pick up some more of the basic items I was itching to buy. We got some newborn size onesies for her, some plain white onesies in 0 - 3 and 3 - 6 month sizes, some socks, bibs and burp cloths. I now feel like we're a lot more prepared. We still need a few things, but we're getting there. I'm really looking forward to our trip to Babies R Us next weekend before our birthing class.
I have an appointment with a CNS tomorrow, so I think that will be just an informational/sit and chat kind of appointment; it may or may not be update worthy. I need to take my birth plan and my FMLA paperwork with me so I can figure out what I'm doing in those areas. Perhaps they'll be able to squeeze me in with a midwife for a quick heartbeat/measurement check. I am pretty sure all is well, but I've been extra vigilant since Kayla had a quiet night last Thursday. I don't need any more of those thank you very much. I'm already in total "Mom mode" worrying myself half sick about her all the time.
In any case, things are really starting to get exciting now... we have our birthing class next Saturday and Sunday, then it's Memorial Day weekend already. Under 9 weeks to go now - 2 months till my due date!
Sunday, May 3, 2009
So here we are now, just past the 30 week mark. Hard to believe that the little lettuce head is now anywhere from 8 - 12 weeks from making her appearance (hopefully more in that 8 to 10 week range). Although I still don't feel ready, I know next weekend will help with that. I am so looking forward to having our friends and families together for a few hours. The fact that it's a party in little Kayla's honor is just icing on the cake. Here's hoping for nice weather since I couldn't find a cardigan to go over my shower dress!
I don't think we have anything major going on this week, no appointments or anything, so it will be more of the daily grind from here until the weekend again. I am hoping to get down to the shops on Main Street for second Friday so we can check out Spoiled Silly and Madison B for the first time. We need to find a time to get into downtown Lancaster to check out Bellaboo too. Maybe the first weekend in June... I think that's the next time we have a free weekend. Hard to belive how fast the time is going now, and how it's only going to continue to fly.