Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Her Room...

I love how it turned out.  At first I thought it was a bit 'over the top girlie' but why not?  Plus I'm so proud that we hardly spent more than $45 dollars on the whole thing.  I redid the dressers and already had the misquito net.  I'm pretty proud and love to just sit in there and imagine.  Now I just need a little munchkin in there.

I realize this net won't last much past 5 months because she'll tear it down - but it's cute to start out with.
That's what I've been working on lately.  So I went to the doctor this morning and he said I was dilated to a solid 3.  I had him strip my membranes too.  I then came home and walked a mile in 20 minutes on the tread mill and have been bouncing on a yoga ball.  So I think that's about all I can do to get this baby to come in August.  I guess she's just not ready.  That's okay little lady, you can come whenever you feel like it.  We're just excited to meet you.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Almost 38 Weeks Pregnant!

38 weeks feels like it should be 40 this time around.  Today at church I got too many comments saying, "Wow!!  You've really popped this week."  Or "Wow!!  You must be ready to go!"  I suppose I should probably stick to wearing only black.  Maybe it was the dress.  I'm thinking not because I feel the same way they all are saying it.  I often walk around singing, "I want a hippopotamus for Christmas!!"  That's how I feel.  Anyway... I don't want to moan and complain throughout this whole post.

On an up note... the baby's room is 99% done!  All we need to do is refinish the light and it's done!!  That shouldn't take more than 15 minutes to do - but it's not likely to get done until Mason is taking a break with me and the baby from school because I just don't feel like doing it.  But as long as the suns up there is light in there and it's CUTE!!!!  Really, really cute.  I'll take pictures tomorrow (when the sun is up) and post them next!  Here I am in all my 37 1/2 week glory!!

37 Weeks
Boone is feeling the pregnancy pains too.
38 Week Stats:
  • Total Weight Gained: 35 pounds.  I'm pretty happy about this being last time I know I was well over 40 by this time and not caring one single bit.  I'm actually at the point where I don't care one single bit anymore.  But I've only got two weeks to go so how much damage can I really do there??
  • Baby Update:  19.75 inches long and 6.8 pounds.  The vegetable she resembles is the leek.  I honestly hope she's not bigger than this...  Boonie was 7.10 so I'm hoping my girl will be smaller.
  • Cravings:  This week I was craving bagels and yummy flavored cream cheese.  Oooo... so yummy.  I think I may go make another one right now.  Blueberry bagels with mixed berry cream cheese........  Also, last night I was craving sugar cookies - but only my homemade kind that is so extremely delicious and so extremely messy to make.  So we ended up making these that I saw on pinterest and I've basically eaten the whole pan.  Ok... but atleast half.  Drool.

  • Weird Pregnancy Symptoms:  This morning I had a dull ache kinda like cramps all morning and well into church.  I thought that perhaps it may be the beginning of labor - but I didn't remember labor feeling like that at all so I didn't have my hopes too far up.  Then tonight i had some really sharp stabbing pains at the bottom of my uterus.  But that eased up after a while too.  So now I feel nothing.  Boo.  I'm so ready for this little girl!  
  • Labor Update:  So when I went in at 36 weeks I was dilated to a 2 and the doctor was really surprised and said, "You won't make it to your due date.  It could be any day now."  That week I burst into tears because I wasn't sure if I was really, truly, honestly, sincerely ready to have another baby.  Plus I was a little scared.  This past week at 37 weeks I was dilated to 2 3/4.  I suppose that's possible.  I've just been saying a 3.  So atleast I progressed some.  But now if he said that I were going to have the baby tomorrow I'd be totally ready.  Sign me up!!  So here's the plan.  I've decided that I really want this little lady to make her appearance in August so that 1) she can have her own birthday month 2) so that I don't have to plan two birthday parties super close to each other and 3) it's a 3 day weekend so that's one day less Mason has to take off.  I can see the eye rolling now... but these are the things I think about!!! So my next doctor appt. is on Wednesday.  I'm going to have him strip my membranes and see if that gets anything going.  I had my membranes stripped with Boonie and it didn't do anything.  I've been reading up online about it and it says that if you woman is ready to go into labor it will help her to go into labor, and if she isn't then it won't do a thing - like me last time.  So we'll give it a go this week and if it doesn't work then we'll just ride it out to the end!!
That's about it!  My days are pretty useless and involve a ton of sitting.  Boonie is sick and tired of his boring ol' lazy mom.  But we survive the days.

 My heart has been aching a little bit lately for Boonie.  I love our days together.  I know he loves his mommy and I'm worried that he won't feel as loved being I'll be sharing my time with someone else.  Boonie, you are my world and I'll love you forever.  Thank you for being mine and thank you for the past two years we've had together.  This is just the beginning of another adventure.  You're going to be getting a new best friend.  I'll always love you no matter what.

Monday, August 13, 2012

35 1/2 Weeks Pregnant!

Guess what!?  I'm 35 1/2 weeks pregnant!!  That means 4 1/2 more weeks to go!  My actual due date is exactly one month from today - I CAN DO THIS!!!  Do I feel 35 weeks pregnant?  No, more like 243 weeks pregnant, but 4 weeks doesn't sound too bad (although ask me tomorrow morning as I'm chasing around LBL and perhaps I'll have a different story).

My mind has started thinking about my birth plan this time around.  Last time was so crazy and didn't go at all how I had imagined or planned - but let's be honest - it was my first time and I had no idea what to expect or what I SHOULD expect so now I feel as though I can have a more educated plan.  Last time I did the whole natural thing and it was amazing.  It wasn't what I had planned even though I wanted to, but it turned out being that way.  It was also a crazy long 36 hour birth that I do not plan on repeating along with 3 hours of pushing from a lunatic doctor who I promptly switched from afterwards.  They say each labor is cut in half - I'll take 18 hours I suppose, but I'd much rather have a 3-4 hour labor like I hear these superwomen telling me about.

My ideal birth situation:

I’d quietly go into labor on my own a week before my due date, at which point my husband (who of course, would have been reading every natural birthing book imaginable) would calmly drive me, while gently coaching me with the skill of an Olympic trainer through my contractions, to a birthing center connected to a hospital (so I’m a gurney ride away from an ER or NICU incase of some disaster) where I’d meet up with a birthing team of a doula, midwife, and hypnobirthing specialist. The birthing team would have prepared a room with soothing music, dim lighting, and of course a warm birthing tub, where I would then proceed to have one of those enlightened euphoric births.

What is probably going to happen?

I'll go into labor on my own (because I'm all about my babies choosing their own birthdates - this being said without watching my due date come and go).  I'd like to stay at home as long as possible - perhaps until my water breaks.  We drive to the hospital where I get a little bit of an epidural - just enough to take the edge off so I can actually enjoy this birth.  Wah-lah!  We have a baby after 3 pushes like everyone tells me is normal - NOT 3 HOURS.  So there you have it - come on baby girl... let's do this!!!

32 Weeks
We've been preparing and I think it's safe to say we are officially ready minus the name.  That will come with time - hopefully.  Boonie has been wondering what we've been doing with all this new stuff that's arriving.  He even tested out her car seat to make sure it was safe.

I often wonder how Boonie will react to a new little sister.  He' so use to being the only child.  He loves babies so hopefully he will love his own.  He just doesn't love sharing his mommy's time.  I'm  a little nervous, but I guess we'll see.

35 week stats:
  • Total weight gained: 30 lbs.
  • Baby Update: Babycenter says she's 18 inches long and 5 1/4 lbs (the size of a honeydew melon)—but I’m thinking wondering if she's running on the bigger size being I feel so huge and am getting stretch marks that I didn't get before.
  • Cravings: My appetite has slowed down a bit.  Sometimes I don't even have an appetite at all and have to force myself to eat being I just feel so gross.
  • Weird Pregnancy Symptoms: My bellybutton is herniated which means there is something trying to come out my belly button whether that be my stomach or just some old fat glob lying around.  The doctor doesn't think it's anything to worry about (or didn't atleast two weeks ago) but boy does it hurt!!  Plus that's where the stretch marks are - just right around my belly button even though they are tiny and white.  I can't believe how comfortable i am sharing about my stretch marks, but you are all my close friends, so there you have it.
  • Crazy Pregnant Lady:  Yes that's me right about now.  I feel like a bad mom sometimes because I am just so exhausted and don't want to do anything but moan around the house.  Boonie doesn't like me sitting in a chair alone so always squeezes in beside me but quickly gets bored and insists we do something else.  I honestly am hoping he puts me in to labor early.  I'm much more active this time around because of him.
  • Tomorrow is my first doctors appt where they will check to see if I'm progressing towards labor.  I'm hoping yes, but trying not to get my hopes up at the same time.  :)