Thursday, January 31, 2008

Week 28 Doctor Visit

A good doctor visit today. I passed my glucose test "with flying colors", I gained a pound and a half since my last visit (rather than the ten pounds I gained between visits last time), the baby moves around a lot but we got her to sit still for hearing her heartbeat (140 today rather than the usual 150, but perfectly normal), and the doctor answered all my questions.

I'm still right on track. Well, at least the baby is.

Week 28, Day 1

From a website I read today...

How your life's changing in your third trimester:
If you're like most women, you'll gain about 11 pounds this trimester.

And that's all I have to say right now.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Week 27, Day 7

Despite all of my doubts, I did manage to get some stuff done last night. I made some progress on the pantry painting and did the dishes. It's not much, but it's something.

On another note, I'm not sure what a Braxton-Hicks contraction feels like, but I think a discernable one happened today. My whole tummy got hard and felt tight. It was weird, but not painful. If that isn't what it was, well then something strange is going on.

I read somewhere that if you eat a lot of sugar while you're pregnant that your child is more likely to eat more sugar. Wouldn't my child be more likely to eat whatever I give her to eat? Well, and in my case, I'd probably have to admit that she will get sugary foods. What the heck. I'm having a Pepsi. And a cookie. (Ok, another cookie.)

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Week 27, Day 6

I had cinnamon french toast at lunch. The baby is all hopped up and bouncing around like a Super Ball, but I'm crashing. That doesn't make me very optimistic that I will complete any pantry painting tonight. And it needs to be done tonight. {Sigh} Oh well, it will just get done when it gets done.

Nothing new to report today. I'm still basking in the glow of the weekend accomplishments. I go into the baby's room about twice a day just to look. It makes me happy. Inspired (to get more stuff done) would be more useful than happy, however.

My next doctor appointment is on Thursday. Because I have two to three hours in the middle of the night to just think of stuff, I've managed to come up with a whole list of questions since my last visit, so the doctor had better be ready!

Monday, January 28, 2008

Progress!!!

I'm feeling much better after our very productive weekend. The room is painted! The bassinet and crib are assembled! We crossed off about ten things off the long list! Yay!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Week 27, Day 3

Yesterday was not a very good day. I think it was the culmination of several things: the loud ticking in my head now that the third trimester has arrived, the lack of sleep (I'm getting 5-6 hours a night instead of the 8 (ok, 9 or 10) that I would like), the very long list of things that I feel I need to do before the baby gets here (I think I'm up to 35 things on the list now), and finally and possibly most significant, serious doses of hormones.

I left work early so that 1) I wouldn't have to put myself into time out, and 2) so I could get something off of the list done and feel better. Overall, I think that was a good idea. We decided to switch the plan for the room that will be the baby's. So we're back to the original plan of clearing out the office to make way for baby. That alone took three things off the list. I started clearing stuff out of that room to get it ready to paint. Then I cleared the stuff back out of the pantry so I can finish that project (I got sick before I could finish painting it and ended up stuffing all the mess back in there). Then I took a short nap. And then I put together the bassinet. Even with the nap, PROGRESS!

I'm headed back into the office now to take off the outlet covers and patch nail holes. Ok, after breakfast, that is.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Week 26, Day 6

We've been a lot more social lately than usual. We didn't discuss going out more, I think we just know the clock is ticking towards the "Hey, have we left the house since we came home from the hospital?" point.

Baby room supply gathering is continuing. Despite all my claims about not creating a baby room, I'm going ahead anyway. I'm sure everyone knew it would happen. Lea helped me pick out a light green for the walls that goes really well with all the other colors. Now I just have to get around to the actual painting part. There are a few other projects that have to come first, so I'd better get in gear!

I've been watching more baby shows. It seems like lots of people (at least the ones they are showing on TV) are being induced for one reason or another... convenience, discomfort, past the due date, the baby's wellbeing, etc. I really hope I don't have to go down that route. I know there are good reasons for inducing, but it seems strange to me somehow to make labor start rather than letting things progress. Talk to me in those last few weeks/days though, and we'll see if I've changed my mind.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Week 26, Day 1

Tick, tock, tick, tock... The clock is counting down to the end of my second trimester. Here are some not so profound things I know now:
  • My belly button is deeper than I thought it was.
  • I can still tie my shoes, but the bow has to be on the side instead of the top.
  • I'm still not above using pregnancy as an excuse. Sometimes a valid excuse, but an excuse nonetheless.
  • Pregnancy is going by faster than I thought it would.
  • It's good to know that the baby kicking inside of you, but it doesn't feel that good.
  • I haven't had as many cravings as I thought I would have.
  • I wake up a lot at night for no apparent reason. Perhaps this is Mother Nature's way of preparing me for our child, perhaps it's just some kind of cruel joke.
  • Right now the best part of my fancy new car is the heated seats.
  • I still don't mind people touching my tummy. It's almost as if my tummy isn't really a part of me right now.
  • Sometimes I feel like crying for no reason at all. I don't necessarily cry, I just feel like I might. If I have a day where this happens often, I go home and watch one of those TLC baby shows that I record and get the crying out of my system.
  • I was sure I would have stretch marks. So far I don't. And of course I realize that doesn't mean that I won't.
  • Holding someone else's baby scared the heck out of me. I wasn't worried I was going to break it or anything, I was just worried that I'll have my own soon.
  • I still don't want to go into a maternity store.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Week 25, Day 7

A friend of mine who had a baby about ten days ago just came into the office. She's doing really well and looking great. The new baby is an adorable, tiny little guy. He only weighs around six pounds. As I was holding him I was thinking, "Wow, I'm not ready for this!" And yes, I know it's too late for that!

I'm sure (I'm hoping at least) that when our baby shows up I'll just figure it out. It's not as if I have a choice, and I know I don't have to figure it all out at once. It's just a whole new world that no book or piece of advice or someone else's baby in your arms can explain. I have days when I'm confident, and then there's today... I'm a million miles from confident. Maybe tomorrow will be a confident day. We'll see...

Monday, January 14, 2008

Buying for baby begins

It's getting to be that time. My friend Lea and I were on a hunt for baby stuff on Saturday. We ventured into the used furniture store and found the perfect piece of furniture to use as a changing table.


It's a lot less contemporary than what I would usually pick, but I just couldn't resist it. Let's hope the ultrasound technician was right about the whole "it's a girl" thing!

Goodbye Christmas

A parting photo as the last of the Christmas decorations finally come down...

Week 25, Day 5

I forgot to mention that the baby was kicking really hard this weekend, so I made Doug feel it. He hadn't felt it since the early days. Honestly, I think it still freaks both of us out that there's a little kicking person in there. He was pretty surprised about the strength of the kicks/punches/body slams... whatever that baby is doing in there. I told him that it feels like a miniature earthquake that only I can feel.

And yes, I DO know that it will only get worse. My least favorite phrase has changed from "It will pass" to "Just wait, it gets worse". (Sorry, Sissy!) :)

Week 25, Day 5

I kept changing my mind about a "look" for the baby's room. (I won't use the word "theme" here because themed rooms scare me.) I've finally settled on birds and nests inspired by a 2008 calendar I bought. Here's a photo:

Friday, January 11, 2008

Week 25, Day 2

Dear Boob Fairy,

Enough already.

Sincerely,
Shelly

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Photos!



The view out the back door early Tuesday morning

Week 24, Day 7

I guess on my ten month pregnancy calendar, I'm officially six months pregnant today! Just two weeks until the glory days of my second trimester are over.

The baby seems to be right on schedule and moves around a lot. Very early this morning the power people and their power trucks got to work on our little power outage problem. All through the night their trucks were beeping as they backed up and rumbling as they went forward, and I think the baby could hear them too because she was kicking and kicking.

Did I mention that I love electricity? When the power came back on (temporarily at first from about 1:30 AM to 2:30 AM and then off again for a few hours), I was somehow comforted by all the little lights in the bedroom that I don't usually notice like the clock on the cable box and the smoke detector network light. All the little lights that quietly announce, "Hey guys, you have electricity!"

On another subject, I finally broke down and ordered some maternity clothes. I had been getting by on all of the clothes that Rosemarie gave me plus some stretchy shirts, yoga pants (which I am lucky enough to be able to wear even to work, but I don't always feel like looking like I just got out of bed), and three pairs "big girl" jeans that I bought one or two sizes larger than my normal size. The main problem is the pants. Very early in my pregnancy, I was wearing maternity pants from Rosemarie. Much earlier than I needed to be wearing maternity clothes, but they fit, and they were comfortable on my uncomfortable belly. (I should mention here that Rosemarie and I are around the same height, but that Rosemarie's weight at the end of her pregnancy was the same as me at the beginning of mine. I try not to think of that too often.) Then I graduated to the "big girl" jeans. Thank goodness they make stretchy denim look attractive these days. Now, at six months, the "big girl" jeans still fit, but I'm either adjusting them all the time when they slide down or they aren't comfortable. SO, I was going to get brave and venture into my first maternity store this past Saturday. Then I chickened out and ordered clothes online that hopefully will fit. In my order are four pairs of full panel pregnancy pants. I think these are exactly the kind of pants I said I didn't want to wear when I got pregnant. Oh well. I got the email notices that the packages are on the way, so I guess I'll have a verdict soon!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Lots going on!

We got about five inches of snow at our house overnight. It's the wet kind that would make a perfect snowman if it weren't going to be 44 degrees this afternoon and melt the whole thing. I decided to work from home for a while this morning until things warmed up, and then the power went out. So, I treked out into the snow and made it to work. Our neighborhood was a pretty big mess. People were getting stuck all over the place. I almost got stuck twice, but at least now I'm warm and toasty at work rather than huddling next to the fireplace at home.

Because of the snow, I couldn't drive my NEW CAR to work today. It's at home safely sitting in the garage away from all the crazies who don't know how to drive in snow. I got to drive my old car to work. We'll have it until next month when the lease runs out.

Photos of snow and the ever-growing baby bump are coming soon!

Friday, January 4, 2008

Week 24, Day 2

This morning I had my glucose test to see if I might have gestational diabetes. At least that's what I think it's for. It seemed to go well. The orange stuff they make you drink didn't taste too bad, I didn't get jittery or queasy, and the blood draw wasn't too painful. This is another one of those no news is good news sort of tests, so I guess I just wait and see.

I had my normal doctor visit also. Everything seems to be going according to schedule. Oh, and I guess this is the part where I mention that I've gained twenty pounds so far. No lectures from the doctor at this point, so I guess I'm within normal tolerances.

My next appointment is in four weeks and then I start the every two weeks appointments. Oh boy!