Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Nursery Pictures!

The nursery is coming right along, so I thought I might post some pics of what it's looking like these days.  Chris and I have both worked really hard to get things arranged in there, and much credit goes to my dad for painting--especially the stripes!

The view of the wall where the door is.  This is a futon with the GREAT cover my parents gave us from my birthday!

This is the far wall opposite the door and at a 90 degree angle to the futon.  This (obviously) is the changing table and the cloth diapers on the second shelf and diapers and such on the bottom. We need to get the turtle print framed and hung.

This is opposite side of the window from the changing table: 

The dresser again. . . and the closet door.  The shelf at the end of the crib holds hats, socks, burp cloths, bibs and such.

The crib!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

How are you feeling?

Sorry it's been so long since I updated! The day after my birthday I woke up terribly sick! It took until mid-week this week to start feeling better. Yuck.  So it's hard to believe I'm now 34 weeks pregnant. . . 40 days and counting until we hit D-day. That's due day. . . Scary. Here's a run-down on how Elliott and I are doing these days, as the title of this post is the most often asked question these days:
Generally, I feel tired. I am not miserable. . . yet. My heartburn/acid reflux has increased and sleeping is becoming more and more of a challenge. My doctor has cleared me to use Benadryl to help me sleep, which also helps my allergies. I wake up around 3 times/night to use the restroom and it is TOUGH to get comfortable in bed! Turning over is quite a process. I typically wake up between 3 and 4 am and just feel wide awake, despite knowing how tired my body is! I am still getting stuff done around the house, just not as much at one time as I was a few weeks ago. That is okay, though.  
Emotionally, I vascillate between terrified and extremely excited. I have a whole sense of unreality (I don't even know that this is a word. . .). Intellectually, I know that I am having a baby, that I have to give birth, that my whole life will change, I'll be off work, etc. BUT emotionally, I can't seem to process it. I feel my little man moving a lot, but I can't get to the point where I realize that I'll bring him home, that i have to push him out, etc. It is really hard to explain. I think a lot of this is because i know I still have lots to do to prepare for his arrival, so it's like my mind can't go there for the emotional part quite yet.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Happy Birthday to me!

This year puts a birthday into a whole new perspective.  Not to sound too trite, but I find that 'things' for me become much less important than time with the people I love and necessities for Baby M.  I truly could not think of anything I wanted for my birthday, as I have in years past.  While low-key, this has been one of the best birthdays on record for me. . . The best parts:
1.  A relaxing lunch with my office-mates from the yummy taqueria!
2.  A beautiful, delicious birthday cake brought to me (with the taqueria yummies) by my dear friend, Tonya.
3.  A phone call from my godson, Jackson, with the best rendition of "Happy Birthday" ever.
4.  Dinner with my parents, the Schwantners and Chris at PF Chang's.  Tasty food and some of my favorite people in the world.  Too bad Amanda & Ben couldn't join us. :(

And some things to look forward to:
*Pizza and Pajamas tomorrow night at Deana's with Deana, LJ and Heather!  Don't worry--we'll have cake and ice cream, too!
*The Nutcracker on Friday night.  A perfect date night with my wonderful husband--we rarely take the time for such outings, but always enjoy them when we do!

Everything with Baby M seems to be going well. Chris can't believe how strong some of his kicks and stretches have become of late.  We 'graduated' from our childbirth preparation classes this week--complete with diploma.  Not sure where this diploma will come in handy, but graduate we did. Our next appointment is Friday morning, so I'll try to update again on any important details. We are feeling more prepared for Baby M's arrival all the time, especially after the HUGE shower Saturday.  Our families and friends are extremely generous and we now have all but a very few essentials!