Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Today is October 25, my due date.
And there's a very good chance I will be having this baby today since we're hoping to get induced this morning.
A baby. Like a real little human! I can barely wrap my mind around that. I know I've been feeling her wiggle around in there since May, and we got the positive test back in February, but still. I can't believe that we're just hours away from meeting this little one.
I am slightly terrified, but mostly really excited. Excited to meet this baby; excited to be done with pregnancy; excited to start this next chapter; excited to see my husband become a father; excited to bring her home and start our family of five (yes, the dogs are included!).
I am definitely nervous about the birth. I'm worried about bringing her home to two dogs who won't really know what's going on and turning their little worlds upside down. And of course I'm afraid that I won't know what to do with this little person that we've been blessed with.
A dear friend texted me the exact words I needed to hear last night when I was on my 15th tissue of the night, crying my eyes out. She said, " It's overwhelming, to say the least. It's like saying goodbye to one part of your life and opening the door to the most amazing thing you'll ever experience." I think she said it best. I'm so afraid of leaving this old part of me behind. It's who I've been for 28 years. I don't know anything else. But I have to remind myself that my fears are just that, fears. There is something amazing waiting for me...for us...on the other side of those fears.
I have a pretty good feeling that we're going to be a-okay. I know we're in good hands and He is watching over us and this baby He's blessed us with. And we're also surrounded by family and friends who will love and help us at this time.
Hopefully next time I'm updating this blog, I'll be able to tell you that our baby is here!
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Monday, October 22, 2012
Sunday, October 21, 2012
- Saw the doctor Wednesday (38 weeks, 6 days). He stripped my membranes again....but it didn't seem to help. I was 80% effaced and 3cm at this point. He is seeing me again on Wednesday of this week, and Thursday is my due date (Oct 25). He is on call on Thursday and he said he doesn't have a problem inducing me on that day. He said he usually likes to wait till 41 weeks to induce, but because my cervix is so "favorable," he's okay doing it at 40 weeks. So although we didn't set it in stone, I'm really hoping Thursday will be the latest! Hopefully next week at this time she will be here!
- Other great moments: An awesome hike with J and the puppies yesterday. We've walked so much this week and yesterday's hike was so beautiful. The fall weather has been awesome. I will say, I'm glad I'm super pregnant in nice weather. Not too hot or cold. It's perfect!
- I loved Pitch Perfect when I went on a movie date by myself on Friday! It'll probably be a long time before I go to see a movie alone again! I'm glad I went!
Thursday, October 18, 2012
- Watching a million episodes of Parenthood. I've always watched this show on and off, but I've never watched it straight through, and there have been so many episodes that I've missed. I am absolutely loving it. New favorite show on television!!
- Attended another La Leche League meeting. Again, I found it to be so helpful, not just for advice on feeding babies, but listening to all the questions moms had and the conversations revolving around those questions was so helpful. The women in the group I've attended are all so supportive of one another. I was hesitant to go before the birth of our baby, but I'm really glad I've gone.
- Breakfast and lunch dates with friends. I warn them every time that I may cancel at the last minute and be in the hospital instead, but that has yet to happen!
- Buying more baby clothes. I can't help it!
- Eating Tums like it's my job.
- Walking a mile or two each night with J and the puppies. My poor feet hate it, but I know it's good for me and I try to convince myself that it's helping move things along.
- Making cookies and cream pie. I just used the recipe on the back of the Nabsico Oreo crust that I picked up on Monday, and mmmmmmm! It was heavenly. I'm honestly considering making another one this weekend. Because gaining 35 pounds in 9 months just isn't enough. I want to pack on a few more before she gets here.
- I am thinking about going on a movie date by myself tomorrow afternoon to see Pitch Perfect. Have you seen it?
Monday, October 15, 2012
Sunday, October 14, 2012
- Back and rib pain is still here
- Heartburn and indigestion has gotten better
- Feeling the baby move very, very low.
- Swollen and achey feet, hands, fingers. They hurt the most when I wake up in the morning.
- Cramping and some contractions. Nothing is consistent or regular though.
- Saw the doctor Friday, I've progressed a little, but not much. He did strip my membranes, but unlike many of the success stories I've heard from others, I'm still pregnant.
- All the time I'm spending with J and the dogs. I know a lot of our time together will change soon.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
For the past 3 years, I have used Shutterfly to design our Christmas Cards. There are so many great companies out there who have offer personalized holiday cards, but I don't think I could ever go with another company. Shutterfly has the best prices, dozens and dozens of cute designs, and their website is so easy to navigate! They're also always running great deals and specials. I will be a Shutterfly user for life.
Friday, October 12, 2012
- Use VERY little paint. Too much and it bleeds under the stencil and your pattern starts to look gunky. You can always go back and add more paint. Lots of small coats are better than a thick coat of paint.
- Move your brush away from the template, not toward it. If you paint toward it, you risk paint going under it, again making the design look gunky.
- If you get paint on the bottom side of the template, clean it off before moving on to a new section of the furniture.
- I taped off the edges of the top of the dresser. This helped me define how far I wanted the pattern to "go" since the top edges of the dresser are rounded.
- This will take you a LONG time. Stenciling the top of the dresser probably took me about three and half hours. My back was KILLING me by the end.