Monday, January 12, 2009

Update

We had a wonderful weekend! Jory's aunt Jane and his cousins Meredith and Elizabeth threw us a delightful shower! I really enjoyed every minute of it! Most of Jory's family was there and it was so nice to visit with them. And my college roommate's mom, Kathy, who I just adore drove up from Houston! She spent the night with us and I loved getting to spend time with her.

We also got a lot of wonderful gifts! We will take pictures this week, but we have a busy week so it may be a few days. I feel like we are pretty much set on baby items. There are a few things we still need to get (we ordered another changing table today), but for the most part we are good to go. We have been so blessed by everyone! Jory's dad and step-mom bought us the Jogging Stroller that Jory so desperately wanted. I already knew that we would be purchasing this Jeep All Terrain Stroller if we were not gifted it and I really didn't think anyone would buy it for us. He is so, so, so excited. I'm excited, too, because now Little One can go on Daddy's daily runs and I can have a little work out time of my own!
We also got the Boppy and the Bumbo which I understand are absolute necessities. And we received a convertible car seat which is a HUGE blessing! It was a Christmas present from Jory's Dad and Wendy.
I'll also have to take a picture of the SOFT blanket that Jory's Dad bought Little One for Christmas. I LOVE it! I think Grandad might be getting excited!

Ann came this weekend with her precious girls who just keep growing and growing. They are so sweet! We LOVE our bedding. I can't wait to put pictures on the blog so you can see it. It is very, very cute and it will look great for either a boy or a girl. The room is starting to come together. We need to hang the curtains and do some little things, but it's definitely functional and looking like an actual nursery.

I'm 33 weeks pregnant today and I can't believe I have seven more weeks. I am feeling like I should be done with pregnancy by now. Seven weeks seems like a long time. Especially with this rib issue. There is absolutely no doubt that I have two bruised ribs. They hurt constantly, but the pain becomes excruciating if I cough, sneeze or bend in anyway that puts the weight of the baby on my ribs. I spend half of my time wincing in pain. But that's nothing compared to what happened at 4 this morning when Little One had a kicking fit that directly targeted the two bruised ribs. I laid in bed with tears in my eyes begging the child to "Please stop. Please stop it." Isn't that pitiful? I am vowing to stop complaining about the ribs after this post. I must remember that I have had an abnormally easy pregnancy. I am also thinking that labor may not seem so bad if I can keep in mind that it will end the rib assault.

As far as looking forward to meeting Little One, I am very, very excited to hold him or her in my arms. But I am starting to get nervous about caring for a newborn. I am blessed to have MANY reassuring friends who have made it through and try to convince me that I will do great. One of them wrote this to me today:

I was a nervous wreck…completely normal. I was scared I wouldn’t know how to hold them…or I would squish them or something….It’s weird….as soon as they hand them to you, you will know what to do….and all of that uncertainty and fear will completely go away. You will still be a little nervous with the first bath…and the first couple of diapers, but by day 2 or 3, you’re a pro. It’s amazing how fast it will happen, but after about a week, you will know the best way to feed, burp, change a diaper, how to comfort…no one will be able to do it as good as you. It’s wonderful!!! And you will be great!!!! The pediatrician will help tons during the first year. They will tell you when to switch to solids, or start feeding rice, how to transition to formula, etc….and ask if the baby is holding head up, or trying to roll over. You won’t have a lot of time to read books once the baby comes, so the pedi will be a huge source of information. I’m so excited for you!

That was helpful and Kathy was very helpful this weekend and very encouraging. I am extremely blessed with a wonderful support system.

That's pretty much it. We have our second birthing class tonight and we'll see how Jory does with the Birthing Video. That should give us an idea of how essential a backup coach will be!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

All the gifts are wonderful! Super stroller. I have used Doug's and Mindy's down at the lake and it's great for terrain like that. The "equipment" available to your generation is incredible. Your dad's and my life would have been much easier with all these options.
I'm so glad you're having such fun parties and am thankful for the caring support given you.
I'm sorry about the ribs. For you to have tears in your eyes from the pain means the kicks are really, really, REALLY hurting because your pain threshold is very high. That concerns me.
Love you much. Will pray that baby shifts.
Ohio mom

Melissa and Sean said...

I'm glad I read what your friend wrote...it made me feel better too. I am so nervous about baths for some reason. Sounds silly I know, but it is true. Very overwhelming, bath time with twins. YIKES!!! You will be a great mom and everything will come so natural!

Katie said...

We have that Jeep stroller and LOVE it!!