Monday, January 27, 2014
Also, having trouble breathing. Feels like asthma but think I'm just running out of room! Oh, and I'm starving all the time but if I eat more than like an apple sized portion, I have mega heartburn and want to barf.
UP - We went to Buy Buy Baby and purchased a coming-home outfit! It's one of the few outfits we've actually purchased ourselves and it's SO CUTE. We also picked up a few other "necessitites"...like a kit to make a mold of Peanut's foot when he's so tiny...and a few of our favorite books (Goodnight Moon, Brown Bear Brown Bear, Love You Forever, Mother Goose)...a 'first fish tank' with a fabric / plastic bowl and fish and crabs and stuff...you know stuff we NEED.
(Sheesh. We don't even have the car seat yet but this was way more fun! And we're waiting for our completion coupon discount for 15% to buy that, so we're golden. Right?!)
Jeff's mom was an elementary librarian mother, and my mom was, well my mom - we both LOVED books as kids and have a tons of fond memories reading, being read to, looking at books...I guess if we have a propensity to go overboard with something, books are an ok thing to do it with? (Versus video games for a baby???)
DOWN and UP - The weather was GORGEOUS this weekend. I went to my camper like 3 times and opened the door and wished I was out in it all day...I want to ENJOY this weather!!!!!!!!!!
But I'm sure it would be way too hard to sleep in the queen bed and rough it for a weekend at this point. I really want to hike!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But I can barely walk from the parking lot into work without having to pee.
Or getting kicked in the pelvis-ish area. I guess I will just have to wait until May?
Saturday, January 18, 2014
The class covered A LOT. Everything from the physiology of what happens when the body delivers (with videos), to pain management techniques, to expectations in the hospital, to recovery and what to expect, to caring for a newborn while in the hospital, to cord blood banking (I won a Baby Bjorn from the salesperson), to breastfeeding and kangaroo care at the hospital, to a tour of labor and delivery and post-partum rooms............
We left around 3:30PM. Jeff looked at me a bit glassy eyed and said, "Mind blown."
Yeah. It was that good.
In any case, I "feel" more ready, at least for labor and delivery. I'm hoping for a natural childbirth and am ordering Hypnobabies home study to prepare and practice. My doctors and midwives are supportive of both medicated and natural births, and are on board with natural as long as everything is progressing ok. Hopefully Peanut stays on the good growth curve, keeps his head down (it is now), and everything goes well so I can avoid induction, Pitocin, drugs, surgery etc.
We are fully planning to trust my doctors and midwives though. Because WHO KNOWS what will happen, right? At the end of it, we just want a healthy baby and healthy mom!!!
On Sunday, we spent time with our friends who have a 9 month old. She had TONS of baby gear she is lending me - I had no idea she was going to do that, and feel SUPER prepared gear-wise now. She had a baby bassinet for the bedside, a swing, a Rock and Play sleeper, a playmat, and tons of clothes. I'm so, so grateful because although the nursery is about done, we don't have much else ready! We are supposed to get our 'fulfillment coupons' soon but I'm starting to get anxious we don't even have the car seat purchased yet.
And her generosity came just in the nick of time because my car's OH SHIT lights came on (you know, the one that says 'pull over and turn off engine immediately')...a complete head gasket replacements required, and no longer covered by warranty. The warranty on my car ran out 4 months ago, even though it doesn't have 100K miles on it yet (only 60K). It was going to be almost $3000 out of pocket.
I asked the dealership if there was ANYTHING they could do to make it cheaper since we were so close to warranty...looks like our repair will be split with this special program they have and will be around $1200 instead. Still a lot of money, but way better than over double that! They only crappy part is it will be at least a week in the shop to repair it, so we will have to share the Acadia.
Anyway, getting all that baby gear on loan has freed up cash to be able to pay for the car repair. I am a grateful cookie this week.
Anyway, so now we don't have to monitor again via ultrasound for another 4 weeks (36 weeks)...and then I will be almost done...wow, I cannot believe how fast everything is going.
DOWN - I peed myself last night. Just a little, but still! I was reclining in my favorite chair, in jammies, and started coughing from water going down the wrong pipe.
Something about the angle, plus the baby pressure, plus a little bit of needing to go potty...leakage. YUCK. At least I was at home to clean up and change!
UP - we ordered one of the final things (a book rack) for the nursery. I can't wait to hang it and everything else, and load up the bookshelves with cute baby stuff.
We also bought some baby hangers so I can get clothes organized! I have everything loaded up in the dresser but it's not working for me - I can't seem to find anything.
DOWN - It has been FREEZING!!! They even cancelled school one day, for threat of ice / rain. Normally, being so cold is not too bad for me because it's so short lived here in Georgia.
Even so...none of my winter coats button up! I have a tie belt on one of them that is for "fashion" but this week it was for "function". Brrrrr............
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Ups - Yea! Happy New Year! We celebrated with Ryan Seacrest (like always) and I made it until 1AM!
Downs - Boo! Back to work! I love my job but lounging around is better!!
Ups - We finalized a lot of stuff on our registry - we made decisions on a lot of the "gear" we think we will need. We decided to register at Amazon primarily, with duplicates at Babies R Us as a physical store. Amazon has a great registry fulfillment coupon, plus we are planning on joining Amazon Mom (for diapers, etc) which gets even more savings, plus free shipping.
Downs - My shoes are starting to not fit...that kind of sucks. Hopefully my feet go back to normal later.
Ups - I "FINALLY" feel like I have a baby bump like all the time - not just in pregnancy clothes. It's taken me till the 3rd trimester to look pregnant-not-chubby, but hey it happened eventually :)
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Jeff got a new saltwater fish tank probably about 2 years ago and we have been slowly getting the room ready. My mom said - and is right - we should do all of this kind of stuff before the baby comes.
So we have a new sofa, artwork, lamp, and rug...the rug is so soft, Peanut is going to love crawling on it.
I've already taken MANY naps on the sofa. It's great.
And it's so relaxing to have a room to watch the fish. This room is also right next to the office where Jeff spends a lot of time, so we decompress together while I sit on the sofa and he is at the computer desk.
We also FINALLY got a new dining room set, just in time for Christmas dinner!
Our house is almost ready...we still need to purchase some kind of storage / flat top item to put all our downstairs baby stuff (like bath and diapers and clothes). Our main floor has only one closet - the coat closet by the back door - and we have no place to put anything! I think we found something at Target that will work for now, but we are going to keep looking a bit...but you can't argue with Target prices, especially for something you're not sure you will need long-term.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
My mom and sister came to the ultrasound with Jeff and me during Christmas week. I was so glad they were able to share in the excitement!!! Usually having family so far means they miss out on this stuff, so I was really grateful.
Friday, January 3, 2014
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
I'm excited. This year is gonna be awesome. I have been saying that every year for a really long time now, but I believe it every year! And its almost always true :)
I have a tendency to be a bit pessimistic but about short term, specific things. Maybe that's realism. I don't know. Because for long term life stuff, I typically feel like it will all work out like its supposed to! And I just know 2014 will be no exception.
To say goodbye to 2013 and hello to 2014, Jeff and I got dressed up...in jammies. We prepared our traditional chicken and cheese quesedillas, and frosted some cutout cookie snowmen.
We settled in to watch Ryan Seacrest, and flipped back and forth between New Years Rockin Eve and a show about Sturgis bike week on the Travel Channel.
At midnight we clinked our glasses (prosecco for Jeff, Lacroix and OJ for me), kissed, and danced...I'm so lucky to have my best friend share my life.