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Thursday, August 31, 2006

37 Weeks

Only three weeks to go! Your pregnancy is now considered full-term and your baby probably weighs a little over 6 pounds and is a tad over 19 inches long. You may notice end-of-pregnancy changes soon like more frequent and intense Braxton Hicks contractions (preludes to the real thing). Worried your water will break in public? This statistic may ease your fears: Spontaneous rupture of membranes before labor happens in only 15 percent of pregnancies.

We went to the doctor yesterday, everything is fine. The only thing that upset me was when the nurse weighed me and said that I had gained 4 pounds! In two weeks! I was so worried that the doctor was going to yell at me, but he didn't. Instead he said he doesn't feel that I've gained that much, he thinks that it is from fluid retention. My feet are huge and so are my legs, and he saw it. He told me that after every meal he wants me to lay in bed for 2 hours to reduce the swelling. Riiiiiiight! Like I have that kind of time to waste! I know it helps when I lay on the couch for a while though, I see and feel the swelling go down. Too much to do. Anyway, I am measuring at exactly 37 weeks, and the baby is moving into position. She is at -3 station right now, and I am 25% effacted, but not dialated at all yet. And yes, he said she is right on my bladder. Thanks hunny, appreciate it! I go back again next week on Wednesday. Oh, J also asked him how big he thinks she is and he said if he had to guess he'd say around 7 pounds, but she could be a 6 pounder and just surrounded by a lot of amniotic fluid. I'll take the second one, thank you very much! He also said that he is sticking to the original due date of the 20th, but it doesn't mean that I couldn't have her this weekend! Ugh, I hate this waiting and guessing!

I can't believe that I only have 3 weeks to go, it blows my mind. I told J the other night that I know I am tired of this whole thing and that 9 months is too long, but I also feel weird about not feeling her move inside me anymore. So many emotions...

J has finished painting the ceiling in the baby's room and bathroom, tomorrow he is going to paint both rooms. Then the molding will be cut, painted, and put in. Then I think that is it! Well, then everything will have to be cleaned up upstairs.

Got a call from K's soccer coach tonight, someone different this year. Practice starts this coming Tuesday and their first game is the 10th. Sounds like practices will be Wednesday or Thursday this year, which is a lot better then Saturday like last year! The only thing bad is that they won't have their new uniforms until after the first game, which I don't understand why because we signed her up and paid for it back in June I think.

So much going on in September. Saturday my aunt is having her annual Labor Day picnic. Sunday is J poo's 30th b-day! Wednesday is my dad's b-day. School starts for K on Thursday. Then the 10th is mine and J's 1 year wedding anniversary! My friend Jaimie's b-day is the 16th, and the baby is due on the 20th. Plus soccer games will be every Sunday until the end of October, and Girl Scouts will be starting again and that is every Tuesday night.

That's all I can think of right now, better go put my flintstone feet up.

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Sunday, August 27, 2006

36 Weeks

At the end of this week, you're going to reach an important pregnancy milestone: Your baby will be considered full term! That means you could give birth very soon. Put any unnecessary travel plans on hold now in case you go into labor early. Many airlines won't let pregnant women fly close to their due dates for this reason. It's also time to start wrapping up projects at work, get an infant car seat if you haven't already done so (you won't be allowed to leave the hospital without one), and put finishing touches on the nursery. Your baby who now weighs about 6 pounds and is almost 19 inches long will continue to gain about an ounce a day until he makes his debut.

I'm so behind on these updates, sorry. I am having a heck of a week. She is definately getting ready to make her entrance, I can feel her in places I couldn't feel her before! There are new types of pains now, and I am so exhausted after doing simple things like put the dishes away or do a load of laundry. Very, very hard to get up from the couch or bed, I have to sit on the edge of the chair to feel at all comfortable. My feet are permanently swollen now, sigh. She is still moving around all the time, and I am grossing people out when I have them feel my rib and how she has made her home under it! She is the dancing queen! I am making my home in the bathroom now, not getting sick so that is good! Still gagging my head off though. It is getting very hard to drive now too, my mom has been a big help and has driven me around a couple of times. She took K and I to finish up some school shopping, I am getting nervous that the baby will come early so I am trying to get that done asap! We only need a couple more things, but if she doesn't get them it is no biggie right now, K has the essentials and plenty of new clothes.

I have finally washed all of the baby clothes, blankets, etc. so I don't have to worry about that now. My mom helped me take the tags off of everything, she enjoyed it! I also washed the cradle, just need to get a pad for it now. Still need to go pick up the crib and dresser/changing table, need to borrow dad's truck for that.

Dad had the week off so he and mom were over here all week. He and J Poo worked upstairs all week, the bathroom now has been primed, the floor is down, the tub is in and the sink/vanity is in. Now they just need to paint, put the toilet in, and put the molding in and it is done! K picked out fabric for me to make curtains in her new bathroom, bright pink of course! As for the baby's room, the only thing that needs to be done now is paint the ceiling, paint the walls, and put the molding in. Plus, everything will have to be cleaned up before the furniture and such goes in. It's getting close to being done now.

J has to have an edoscopy tomorrow morning. He just had an MRI of his liver too. I hope everything comes back ok. Tuesday is our last lamaze class, we didn't go to the last one. Wednesday we go to the doctor again, and will every week until the baby is here. I wonder what he will say this week? I wonder if I really have dropped? I know I thought I did a few weeks back, but I'm pretty sure I have now. I wonder if he will tell me that it will be soon? I am so ready, mainly phisically. I hate feeling so frustrated and useless because I can't help do anything! I started to pack up my hospital bag yesterday, I am excited, nervous, and just plain tired and ready.

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Friday, August 18, 2006

35 Weeks

Your baby's getting big. He weighs a tad over 5 pounds and is just over 18 inches long. Because it's so snug in your womb, he isn't likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times he kicks should remain about the same. His kidneys are fully developed now, and his liver can process some waste products. Most of his basic physical development is now complete he'll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.

My baby must not go by the standard norm. She is flipping and flopping and moving ALL the time. To the point where it is making me sick! It amazes me that there is enough room in there for her to do these things. Seriously, I have feet and elbows and knees and whatever else sticking out of me all the time. It has gotten pretty uncomfortable at this point, but if she doesn't move after a while I get worried. She has also found a permanent home for her feet right under my left rib. And she likes to headbang against my bladder.

We had a doctor appt on Monday, everything is fine. I gained 2 more pounds, I think I'm up to 24 total now? One pound a week the doctor told me, and I have a little less then 5 weeks to go. My knees hurt when I get up now, and bending over is impossible but I still find myself trying. So, at the appt J and K went in with me and the doctor put their hands on my belly and had them feel where the head and the baby's butt was! They both got a big kick out of that, you should have seen their faces! We also got to hear the heartbeat again, which was fine. The doctor measured me and I am right on target, but he says I may go a week early! Yeay! As long as she is healthy, I am ready! The doctor also told J and I to practice the first gear of breathing, that it was the most important out of the three because I/we would be doing it for the longest amount of time. Deep cleansing breath, smaller shallow breaths and then another deep cleansing breath, for 60 seconds every 3 minutes (figure for about 7-8 hours), yeay.

We also had lamaze again Tuesday night, but we got to go to the maternity ward this time. It was very nice, three labor/delivery rooms that looked like actual bedrooms, I had no idea. There is a CD/Stereo system in each room that we can use, and nice walk in showers with benches too. The only equipment that you see is the monitor that shows the baby's heartbeat and my contractions, and the warming table that they put the baby on. Everything else is hidden behind picture frames on the wall! I thought that was neat. There are 2 kitchenette areas with fridges and microwaves, etc. Then we got to see the postpartum rooms, which were nice but I still hope to get a private room, or at least a room without a roomie. We also got to see the nursery, which had 3 babies in it! Two boys and one girl, and the girl was not happy! She was also a chunker, 8 pounds 9 oz. I will probably be blessed with a baby that big too, ugh. I was excited but also started to get nervous again. We went back to the classroom and started talking about giving birth and it freaked me out a little. I think we are skipping next week, they are showing the video and I don't know if I can handle that right now.

We met with our baby's pediatrician this week too, he is very nice and answered all of our questions before we could even ask them! He's been doing this for 19 years, he works with 4 other pediatricians and one of them is always on call. They also have a special "phone room" with at least one nurse on the phones at all times answering questions. It was a relief to hear all of this, I was wondering if we would always be able to get a hold of someone or not. We are supposed to call his office the day we get home with the baby and set up an appointment for the following week. I asked if he would be coming to the hospital and he said no, there would be an on call pediatrician there. He said if there was a problem or they weren't answering our questions or helping, then to call him and he would come out.

So, guess who called K this week? Yup, her mom. It's been a month and a half since they talked on the phone last, and two months since they've seen each other. Don't even understand why she called other than to fight with K. We had K answer because we thought it would be a nice talk, thought her mom would ask her about her summer and such. Nope, just argued about the same thing and made K feel bad again. We felt terrible for making her answer the phone after that. We go back to court next week, so I'm figuring that is why she called.

J's company picnic was this past Saturday. It was nice out all day, and was a great time as usual. His boss is so generous to his employees. He had huge slabs of meat, and shrimp, and any drink you could possibly want. The employees always bring in the side dishes and desserts. And they always have games for the kids to play, and they had live music, a bouncy for the kids, and a sno cone machine too! We stayed for about 5 hours.

J and my dad are still chugging along upstairs. J painted K's bathroom last night, but it needs another coat still. Tomorrow they are ripping out a doorway and taking a bunch of stuff to the dump. We have one dump day every month where we live, so we can bring stuff to the town barn for free. My dad has to work tomorrow, so they will do more on Sunday. I think tomorrow evening we are going to go look for the crib and dresser/changing table!

My best friends b-day was Tuesday, so I just want to say Happy Birthday Kimmy! And also, my other friends b-day was on the 4th of this month and I totally FORGOT and just sent a card today. Forgive me, my brain is mush! So, I'M SORRY Kelly! Happy Belated Birthday!!!

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Friday, August 11, 2006

34 Weeks

Good news! If your baby were born today his chances of surviving and thriving in the long run would be excellent. By this week he weighs about 4 3/4 pounds and is almost 18 inches long. His skin is smooth and he's layering on the fat he needs to control his body temperature when he enters the world. You may be fatigued from lack of sleep, especially from having to run to the bathroom at night as your uterus keeps the pressure on your bladder.

I feel like such a whiner. I just went back and read some of my posts, and I feel like such a butt. I need to remind myself that there are people out there who can't have kids, and that I am lucky. Sorry everyone, I just wish that I could enjoy this experience more.

I still have the heartburn, some days not so bad as others. I tried the papaya, ewwww. Helped a little, but was kinda yucky and affected my body in other ways that I won't talk about. I am so hungry and thirsty all the time, but don't know what to eat or drink half the time because I want this heartburn to go away, plus I have to watch my sugar, plus I have to watch what I eat because of my gallbladder. I have gotten bigger just within this past week, like unbelievably big! J is going to take a picture, we have been for the last week or so, so I will post those so you can see the progression! It is amazing! It is really hard to bend now, almost impossible. I think I have dropped too, I am feeling pains that I haven't felt before. J and I think I will go early, like beginning of September. Last week was really rough, I had no energy and could barely do anything, this week too. I don't have time to be laid up in bed, I need to get things ready for this baby, and keep the house in order, and do school shopping.

K got her top braces on, she did good! They made a mold of her mouth again because they are ordering permanent headgear to be fitted inside her mouth. Poor thing, I had the headgear that you would wear at night and then take out in the morning, but this will be put in the roof of her mouth and will be there all the time. Headgear hurts!!!!!!!!

J is doing really good with the baby's room and K's bathroom. 4 out of 5 windows are in, my dad helped. Then J did all of the electrical, lighting, outlets, etc. He is almost done putting up the drywall, and his mom came over and has been helping to mud and sand. Next will be painting, putting the new bathroom floor down, putting in the new bathroom fixtures (shower, tub, sink, toilet, etc.), then finish the baby's room. We still need to go out and buy a crib and changing table and dresser, we have a cradle to put in our room for the first month or so.

We went to our friends wedding Saturday, it was very nice! Even if it did start over one hour late! It was outside on the shore of a lake, very nice day for it. They had a bagpiper and they let butterflies go at the end. What was cute was that the butterflies landed on their daughter (she's one) and stayed there!

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Friday, August 04, 2006

Badger badger

I should have posted this before I showed the banana phone video, but oh well. Now maybe you will understand the banana phone a little better.

http://www.badgerbadgerbadger.com/

It's the little things in life that make me happy!

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Posted by -=(Scooby)=- @ 2:12 PM

I am so ready

This baby could come anytime now, I'd be fine with that. For the last two days I have had terrible heartburn and acid reflux. Nothing seems to help, I've tried everything. Sleeping propped up, stretching, Tums, not drinking while I eat, eating small bland meals, anything with ginger in it, plain (gag) celery, you name it. At lamaze class the teacher said papaya, that is the one thing I haven't tried and am about to go to the store and get one because I am so desperate. I had heartburn/acid in the beginning for the first 12 weeks, but not like this. My throat hurts and my voice is off now. On top of that, my hips and shoulders hurt when I sleep on one side for too long, which is only an hour at a time now if that. I think the recliner is calling my name, maybe I'll try that tonight.

Does anyone out there have any other ideas for me to try????

She has been so active for the past few weeks. As soon as I lay down to try to sleep, she starts her nightly routine of jazzercising. And of course, if Daddy tells her to calm down and knock it off, she does (if only for a few minutes). I can't wait to see her, even if she is a pain, literally. I wonder all the time what she will look like. I wonder how big she will be. I wonder if everything is ok. I wonder if I will be a good mom. I wonder if she will love me. So much going thru my head about this little one.

I put the stroller together yesterday, it wasn't too hard. And to christen it, I put Fox our cat in it and he fell asleep right away. J is still working on the upstairs, he is going to finish the electrical this weekend, his mom is going to finish the spackling in the bathroom, and he and my dad will start on replacing the windows or doing more drywall. I wish it wasn't so hot out, it's like an oven up there!

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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

A little diddy.....

...for all of you to watch/listen to!
I hope it sticks in your head like it has for me, and you walk around all day screaming "Banana phone!"

http://www.allmedia.com.au/bananana/

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Posted by -=(Scooby)=- @ 6:45 PM

33 Weeks

This week, your baby weighs a little over 4 pounds and is approximately 17.2 inches long. She's rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and her bones are hardening. Her skull, however, will stay soft until after birth, to make it easier to squeeze through the birth canal. You may be waddling a bit now, as your baby fills out even more of your belly. It may be harder to sleep comfortably, too. For relief, try sleeping in a recliner or propping yourself in a semi-upright position in bed.

We had lamaze class again last night, 4 more classes to go. Practiced breathing again, and talked about how to time contractions and such. Talked about the maternity ward and how many rooms they have, 6 rooms and 2 private rooms. You can get a private room for an extra $63, but you have to tell them as soon as you set foot in the hospital and then they put you on a waiting list. J wants me to have one, which would be nice but whatever. There is one other couple in the class that is due the same day we are. We also got to see a picture of a placenta after a baby was born, ugh, gag. I am not good with pictures of things that come from me or movies of live births, etc. I don't want to see it, I don't need to know.

I am so tired and hot. This weather is killing me, mid 90's and humid. I am up every hour at night, can't get comfy, swollen. 7 more weeks to go. I know there is more to say but I can't think right now, sorry.

K had an orthodontist appt yesterday, she will be getting braces put on next week. Omg, braces cost soooo much more then they did when I was a kid. Her teeth are really crowded, but they feel that they can move them to let others grow in without having to pull any, which is good. She is excited about it!

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