Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Here are some other things that I find unnecessary. When in labor at the hospital, I will not be able to eat or drink (even water). I will only have ice chips and this doesn't change regardless of the length of my labor. They will, however, insert an IV if I start to dehydrate. I find that incredibly sweet. Now I have read in numerous books that hospitals do not allow eating or drinking during labor so I was prepared for this. However, I have also read that there is absolutely no evidence to suggest that drinking water is harmful to mom or baby even if an emergency surgery were to take place. It's just a rule. A stupid one in my small brain, but anyway. Here's what gets me. Jory and I have been told REPEATEDLY by nurses, in our birthing class, in books, by other people, etc. that it is very important that Jory have snacks and beverages with him during labor because it is absolutely necessary that he keep his strength up. For what? Is he pushing out a baby I don't know about? I can go 24 hours without water, but he's really going to need a Cliff Bar to get through this?
Anyway, Little One has still not received the memo that he or she may drop now. So I'm still not sleeping much. Do you think it's making me cranky?
Finally - two questions I am getting a lot: YES, the story of the Asian woman is true and happened just like that and she was entirely confident in her prediction of a boy. And, YES, there are still dates available in the Baby Pool if you'd like a chance to win some fun money. Of course, all of the available dates are before the due date since NO ONE thinks I am going to have this baby early. Another bit of information that I was fine without, by the way. Lie to me, people. Tell me that babies come early for first time mothers all the time!
Monday, January 26, 2009
As far as practical matters go, the room is ready for Little One! Jory got the changing table together last week and we really have everything we need. The car seats aren't actually in the cars, but they are ready to be installed and will be soon. The hospital bag is packed (at least for me and Little One - I don't think Jory's thought about taking anything for himself), the stroller is put together and the room is full of blankets, stuffed animals and love.
We had to cancel our appointment with the Pain Management Nurse this weekend. Jory made the executive decision that I couldn't handle a drive to and from Dallas and I know he was right because I spent the entire weekend in bed except for going to church! I just got very run down from not sleeping well at night and it is super uncomfortable for me to ride in a car. The nurse has graciously offered to come to Tyler for our appointment! My doctor promises that my uncomfortable state will improve when Little One drops. I tell Little One daily that it is time to drop and he or she stubbornly ignores me. I am afraid that is a sign of things to come.
Friday I was running errands and an Oriental woman came near me and stopped and proceeded to scrutinize my stomach. She then walked slowly around me and then faced me and said, "Boy." I explained that we hadn't found out the gender of the baby. She again said, "Boy." I asked, "You think it's a boy? I think it's a girl." She then placed her hand on my back behind my right ribs and said, "Back of baby's head here. Boy." (She was, by the way, painfully correct about the location of this child's head.) So there you have it!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
As far as the appointment, it was routine and all is very well. My blood pressure is something like 106/64. Just slightly above normal for me. The doctor loves the low blood pressure. I am measuring perfectly for being 34 weeks and the doctor said the baby should drop any day now (YAY!). Little One's heartbeat is 160. I told my husband that means I'm right - this is a girl. However, my father is still stubbornly insisting that I'm wrong. One of us is going to be incorrect and whichever one it is will be genuinely shocked as we are both so sure.
We met Little One's pediatrician yesterday and we loved him! He came HIGHLY recommended and he's an Aggie which is all Jory needed to know. He was great and I feel very comfortable with him. He is also conservative - especially when it comes to medicating - and I really like that.
Monday was our third Child Birthing class. We watched two birth videos. One even had NEEDLES in it and Jory was still completely fine. He's right - he is a rock! I am so glad to know that I will be able to have my husband by my side when I give birth.
Last weekend was a huge nesting weekend for us. Jory worked much harder than I did and the house is definitely ready for baby. The room looks really good. We still have to get the changing table and Jory's mom has some pictures for us to hang, but everything else is done and it has come together beautifully. Jory has also put together strollers, car seats, baby carriers, etc. Not to mention that the garage is FINALLY emptied out from our U-Haul trip a month ago! Whew! It was a big weekend and we both feel really good about what got done.
Saturday we head to Dallas to see the Pain Management nurse again and Monday we have a tour of the hospital and will complete our birthing plan. Yes, we are definitely close!
Update: Our changing table came tonight and it looks like it's going to match! We'll get it together soon and have pictures of the room!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
But my point is not to argue for or against what our new President stands for. My point here is twofold. First, I want to acknowledge the historical significance of this day. Whether you agree with the President's policies or not, it is hard to argue against the significance of the day that a man with dark skin and a Middle Eastern-sounding name was sworn in as President of the United States. It represents the culmination of a monumental change in our country's acceptance of those different than the majority.
Second, the presence of hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of energized, inspired and motivated people attending this event in person cannot be overlooked. In this age of being able to watch everything that happens in the world in real time on sixteen different channels from a multitude of mobile devices, all those people decided that wasn't enough for them. They had to be there in person, to see this for themselves. When was the last time that happened? Has it ever happened? Don't underestimate the power of inspired, energized people to do great things.
I am proud to be an American today. I have a basic, underlying belief that we have the ability to overcome the issues we are facing. That belief has nothing to do with how large or small a role government will play in this. It has nothing to do with what the President will or won't be able to accomplish. It has everything to do with what can be accomplished by an inspired people.
That is the world I want Little One to come into and experience. I hope that all of us who will play a role in shaping Little One's views and opinions will focus on the positive, hopeful and optimistic things in the world around us. I want to shield them from negativity, cynicism, and despair. Those aren't the qualities God wants us to display. I want Little One to have a solid sense of faith, love and hope, regardless of which political party is in office. They are entering a wonderful world that isn't on the way down, but on its way up. Whether you voted for the man or not, today's events demonstrate that in inspiring, energizing terms.
Friday, January 16, 2009
My mind (and Sara's) was put at some ease after Monday's class. The video showed all of the different stages of labor. The majority of it was basically this poor woman looking ridiculously uncomfortable and in pain. I felt bad for her, but made it through with stomach intact. Then she got to the hospital. Then she hit "transition" phase, which REALLY looked uncomfortable. Still, I was doing fine. I knew what was coming, though. I was bracing myself as best I could. One shot of the head coming through. Then, "one more good push" and the rest of the body literally popped out and we're done. I couldn't believe it. It was almost done before I realized it had started! I guess I didn't realize how quickly (in relation to the whole labor process) the actual delivery was.
The nurse warned us, though, about the delivery of the placenta. She said a lot of people made it through the delivery of the child just fine, but were unprepared for the delivery of the placenta. This, indeed, was significantly more "gross" than the delivery of the baby, but not that bad. Having had the experience of watching piglets and puppies being born, I had seen that part before.
So, in my best Rocky Balboa impersonation, I stand before you with fists clenched in the air and yelling, "I DID IT!!!" I'm not going to say in my newly-found state of bravado that I am a cord cutter, but we'll see. I am relieved, though, that I may be able to handle the support role which is the main thing I want to do.
I must confess that I felt a surprising amount of emotion during the birth video. Instead of feeling light-headed and dizzy, I felt a lump in my throat and tears well up in my eyes. And I was watching a video of someone I don't even know! I can't imagine the emotions I'll feel when it is my wife giving birth to our child. What an amazing blessing and life event we are about to experience!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
And a close up of the cute little feet!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
This has little deer on the body suit and on the jumper. I think it's just too sweet. It's technically for a boy, but I think it could go either way. If not (and Little One's a girl), I guess I'll just keep it until we have a boy or until someone I know does! I just couldn't resist - especially at the price.
Here are two other things that we got on sale - they came in the mail yesterday:
These are Kissy Kissy newborn sleepers and they are SO soft! And they were super cheap for Kissy Kissy! We have decided to use these as the coming home outfits and we're sending back the bunting we had. I'll have to take pictures of these outfits close up at home so you can see the adorable flowers on the feet of the girl sleeper. The return policy on these is 14 days, so we'll be stuck with one of them - maybe our next baby will be the opposite gender!
Anyway, have a wonderful week!
Monday, January 12, 2009
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!
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!
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Here's the bed that I refused to take a picture of:
BUT, here is what the room looked like by Sunday afternoon:
The baskets in the corner will go on the changing table. We're taking the one we ordered back, so we are at ground zero with that:
Here's the bed!
Here's the closet. Little One has no clothes. When people find out what they're having, they get closets full of clothes. I think everyone is holding off on clothes until Little One is born.
That suitcase is the hospital bag, but it's not packed. At least not with the important stuff. That's on the to do list!
In any case, I've followed all of my instructions. I have NOT, though, taken my 32 week picture which should have been done yesterday and probably won't get done until tomorrow at this point. It's on the list, though.
We got our changing table yesterday, but it's lighter than the other furniture in the room - we knew that was a risk ordering online and we can return it to the local store, but we haven't decided what we're going to do.
We did attend the first child birthing class last night. There were seven couples. The instructor says that number dwindles by the end (the class lasts five Mondays) and there is one couple in the class that is due in less than two weeks(!), so they for sure won't make the whole thing. There are two other women that are due the same week as we are. There are three couples having girls and three having boys. We're the only ones that are making a surprise out of it, though the instructor says that's becoming more common. She also said that birth without drugs is becoming more common - who knew? The class was very basic last night. Next week starts the birth videos. Jory is nervous about those and the instructor didn't help by saying that men have passed out watching them before! Everyone keep him in your thoughts next Monday night.
Jory has a meeting in Dallas tonight so I'll be working around the house and hope to make a little more progress. We should get our bedding this weekend AND Jory's Aunt Jane is giving us a shower this weekend for the Allen family and a few of our friends that live in this area. So, maybe soon Little One's room will start looking like a real live nursery.
And, finally, the most important news: Ole Miss won the Cotton Bowl! Oh my goodness! First of all, Ole Miss WENT to the Cotton Bowl(!), but WINNING it? WOW. That was a highlight of my year that probably won't be overcome until Little One makes an entrance! On a sadder note, the Buckeyes did not fair as well in the Fiesta Bowl. They did, however, have a presentable score at the end which is some kind of victory after the past two years.
Monday, January 5, 2009
We had our doctor's appointment today. We go every other week now. It was routine and there are no problems. I've gained 26 pounds, my blood pressure is good, the baby's measurements are right on track and the heartbeat is in the 150s. All is well! We have been blessed with such an easy pregnancy!
We start our birthing classes tonight. We aren't sure what to expect...but I am excited to be starting them. The doctor told us today that it's time to get serious: Pre-register at the hospital, get a hospital tour, meet with someone to do a birthing plan, pack the hospital bag...I can't believe we are getting that close!
Between Christmas and New Years I did try to get a few things organized in the baby's room. I didn't get very far, but you can see the progress here.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Also speaking of wonderful, Have I mentioned how wonderful Christmas was? Here are some pictures from our Ohio trip:
Here's Jory finally relaxing on the evening of Christmas:
This is Peyton (5) on Christmas Eve in her church clothes. Isn't she so pretty?
This is Dillon (3) with a nerf machine gun. Probably a bad idea on someone's part, but he sure enjoyed it!
Colton (9) in his new Browns jersey on Christmas. What a die-hard fan!
Addy (1) on Christmas Eve. Look at that hair!
I can't wait until 2010 when Little One goes to Ohio for Christmas. We'll be adding a nearly two year old to the festivities! I am already way too excited!!!!!