Sunday, November 23, 2008

More Preparations. . .

Not too much exciting to report, but our baby preparations continue.  Today we went to my parents' house, where they gave us a futon that they wanted to get rid of because it took up too much room.  This allows us to have a place for visitors to sleep when you come to visit!  So all around, everyone benefited.  :)  We also got the swing moved to our house, but are still waiting to get those darned stripes painted on the wall.  Soon, I think.

I got a couple of newborn outfits, which I'm told are very different than the birth-three size, so these are contenders for the all-important 'coming home' outfit.  

I am definitely noticing a difference in my stamina these days, so I'm not quite as efficient as I was just a few short weeks ago. I'm told that just comes with all the aches and pains of the 3rd trimester.  3rd Trimester--yes, it's true!  I'm 30 weeks pregnant.  Hard to believe.  Roughly 65 days left until we hit our due date.  Next doctor appointment is Wednesday, so I'll try to update any important details then.


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A long-awaited update. . .

Gah!  Time has gotten away from me again.  You'll have to forgive a pregnant person's forgetfulness. . .

All is well with Baby M.  He's growing on schedule, I don't have gestational diabetes (hooray!) and generally we both seem to be in good health.  Chris and I have started our childbirth preparation classes, which are quite informative.  It's nice to have something in this pregnancy in which we can both participate.  Turns out that it's meaningful quality time together for Chris and I and brings a whole new sense of reality to the situation.  It's somewhat disconcerting to be reading & watching videos regarding childbirth and realize there's no way of avoiding THAT happening to my body!  Turns out this baby has to come out at some point, and it's gonna hurt!

Other developments:  the nursery is painted!  Well, except for the stripes on one way, but it's come a long way in the past few weeks.  Stephanie came over on Sunday and helped quite a bit with organization.  We got everything out of packages, de-tagged, sorted into sizes, bottles put into the kitchen--it was  a relief to see some real progress.  My friends, LJ, Heather and Deana hosted a shower at Camp Carter a week and a half ago, so there was quite a bit to put away.  It is quite humbling to receive such generous gifts from friends and family.  I have also started going to the doctor every 2 weeks instead of once a month.  Definitely another sign that we are getting ever closer to meeting Baby M.  I will have one last ultrasound on December 22 to check the placenta, amount of amniotic fluid and position of the baby.  At the anatomy ultrasound, he was still breech, but through palpation at the last appointment Dr. White said he had finally moved head-down.  Let's hope he stays that way!

Totally Baby M unrelated--my sister completed a full marathon on Sunday!  I am so proud of her.  She is not a natural runner, as many assume, and this was an act of dedication, perserverance and honor to a close friend's father, who lost his life to cancer several years ago.