Nov 30, 2009

Pregnancy Progression

I don't know what the deal is with this picture, but when I try to enlarge it it looks all pixalated so you'll have to click on it if you want a bigger version. I missed a few weeks here and there but overall I did a pretty good job of taking pictures weekly. I'm still going to add another couple of weeks (40 and 41 if I make it that long) and also I want to add some postpartum pics to see how the shrinking comes along the first month or so.

The sciatica is feeling better. Not gone totally, but not nearly as bad. I've been having a lot more braxton hicks contractions. Last night I was having them every 5-10 minutes for hours. They were around a minute long each time too, so I'm thinking something promising is going on even though they tapered off by morning. On the non promising end of things, my stomach doesn't look lower to me anymore. It's very strange, can a baby un-drop?

Nov 29, 2009

Thanksgiving

We normally spend Thanksgiving with Tim's family here in SLC and then head over to my parents for the weekend and a slightly late Thanksgiving there. This year we skipped the trip to visit my parents since I'm getting so close to the due date I figured being a few hours from our hospital of choice wouldn't be a great idea. My parents did happen to be in town the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, and it was nice to spend some time hanging out with them here even though my pre-Thanksgiving meal of grilled cheese and very burned tomato soup was sorta lacking.

I made pecan pies and a few other easier pies for Tim's family's Thanksgiving. I'd never made pecan pie but my mom's is delicious and she gave me the recipe which turned out to be really easy to make. All who tried it were very impressed. Tim's family provided a huge meal of ham, turkey, and all of the side dishes you could want.

I drilled Tim's sisters about their labors and all of the sisters were agreeing that one sister's 11 hour labor was soooo long. 11 hours total. From first contraction to birth. Uhhh... yeah, I will sign up for that right NOW. I'm so jealous of their talent at birthing children. I sure hope I find out I'm talented that way too. I'm a little scared because on my dad's side of the family the children had enormous heads and needed to be born by c-section. Then on my mom's side the babies weren't positioned right, we were transverse, and had to be born via c-section. Now lets add in the frightening manner in which my skin is displaying it's total inability to stretch at all and thus is shredding apart around my stomach. That sure doesn't bode well for my nether regions ability to stretch. I keep imagining ending up with a vagass. I'd say that's definitely my number one fear of birth. Ooohhh... I'm shuddering in horror right now. Lets change the subject. Oh yeah, Thanksgiving. Why am I talking about a vagass instead of Thanksgiving? Terrible decision. I apologize. New paragraph needed.

Ahhh. Much better. After eating we played games and had a lot of fun doing that. One game was really hilarious and had us all laughing most of the time. Next we played Rummycube, which Tim and I had to play again the next day and probably will play again today because we're hooked.

Nov 28, 2009

Week 39 - Progress?

Monday night I started having some menstrual type cramps that went on for about 7 hours. When that was happening Zoey got more active than she has ever been. I was joking around that she was in her aerobics class. She was moving so much that Tim the calm one of the two of us got worried something was going wrong in there and busted out the stethoscope to make sure her heart rate sounded normal, which it did. I was feeling confident that I was either in very early labor or about to experience explosive diarrhea. When the cramping and the aerobics class finally wound down I got some sleep and woke up the next day with a belly that appeared noticeably lower than the previous day. At my appointment a couple of days later my stomach measured lower and the midwife checked me out and said that Zoey is at a lower station than before (a -1 for the record), just meaning that her head dropped some into my pelvis. An average I've heard a lot is that with a first time pregnancy labor often happens about two weeks after the baby drops, which would put me a little under a week overdue. That also fits pretty well with the average first time pregnancy lasting about a week longer than 40 weeks. We're predicting she will arrive December 8th or 9th, I had to write it down here so we can get psychic credit if she does arrive one of those days. Tim's wager is on the 8th, mine on the 9th. Anyway, I'm happy that something different has happened, it makes me feel more confident that the proper things are going on and that I won't have to worry about weather to induce or not if she is going on two weeks late.

The only different thing going on other than the dropping is that yesterday I started getting what I assume is sciatic pain on one side, which would be consistent with the baby dropping. It was so bad that I had to hobble around leaning back really far if I wanted to avoid very sharp pain shooting down my butt. It isn't a very productive way to walk around if you're wondering. Today it feels a little bit better so maybe I just slept weird the night before or pulled something.

I've got lots of newborn onesies now thanks to Monica and Sammy! Thanks so much to both of you!

Nov 19, 2009

37 Weeks



I think this must officially be what mountain mama refers to as the Shamu the Killer Whale stage of pregnancy. I'm not feeling any more uncomfortable now than when I wrote that whiny post a week or so ago, I'm hoping this means the discomfort has leveled out. I looked my pregnancy counter thing on this blog yesterday and saw that it said 17 days. 17 days seems so soon! Even though my money is on her being late. I'm thinking about a week late. Just late enough that I'll start panicking over whether or not to be induced, but then I think she will come before I have to be. Are you listening Zoey?

Nov 17, 2009

Baby room complete

No wall hangings or mural yet, but the things I really wanted done are. I even washed all of the baby blankets and clothes and put them away in the dresser. I found out that I only have 3 newborn onesies. For some reason I thought I had a whole lot. I do have a lot of 0-3 month old clothes, but it looks like I need to do a little shopping on the newborn clothes front. Hopefully I can find someone selling used stuff that looks brand new like I did with the other clothes I bought. That was awesome.
Here is Tim working away on the dresser. Let me just say he didn't label the bin over his head. I just needed to clear the air there. The dresser started out white with dark green drawers, not my ideal color combo, but then again it did cost only $25.
Here it is after he finished. It kind of looks black here, but it is the same color as the crib, a dark brown.


Here's a very professional video so you can see a better perspective. It was hard to get much in the pictures at the same time because the room is so small.

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This room is normally kept closed so I don't have to vaccuum dog hair and now that it's open Howard is so curious. He keeps cautiously sniffing things and then leaping out of the danger zone if I move something. He is way too curious to stay away even though his better judgement is screaming that he needs to. Howard has really been extra cute lately in general. I always hear how dogs sense something is different when you're pregnant and never noticed any changes in my dogs, but Howard has been awfully clingy lately. If there isn't enough space for him on my side of the couch when Tim and I are watching TV he will stand next to me pathetically eyeing me until I give him room to come up. Even if there is only one foot of space available he will go for it, wedging himself in, so relieved that he has made it up. He does always love to be next to me on the couch, but not usually to the point where he will spend more than a minute or two asking to come up. Now he gets OCD about it and acts like he just cannot possibly lay on the floor instead like he normally would.

Nov 16, 2009

Maternity Leave

I'm on maternity leave now. I started it a little early because my back hates to sit for long periods of time. Plus the extra time to get everything ready and relax some is going to be really nice. I'm going to get in lots of reading while I can.

Friday my department got me a cake and the VP announced that they had to throw me this little get together "even though you're coming back, RIIIIIGGGHHHHTTT?" Apparently he suspects that I will not be. I haven't decided for sure, but I do think odds are I won't. I don't want to close the door just yet though, I plan to just see how it's going when my 12 weeks are up. Construction isn't exactly booming and it would be nice to be able to be on a group health insurance plan through my work. It was really sweet that they got me a cake though and I felt all warm and fuzzy.

Tim is almost done refinishing a cheapo dresser/changing table we scored for $25 off of KSL. He's doing a great job and I think it's going to look perfect. Then I can wash all of the cute 'lil teeny tiny baby clothes and get them all put away. After that the nursery is basically ready to go. We haven't painted the mural I planned yet, but if that slips through the cracks I won't mind, at least everything functional that I can think of is ready.

I'll post my 37 week picture soon. The last couple of weeks my weight gain seems to have leveled off, which is nice because I'm just 4 pounds shy of a 30 pound gain and that's more than I thought I would gain. That doesn't mean my tummy isn't still growing though, just that apparently a big baby decreases the appetite. From what I've read, Zoey is probably gaining around half a pound every week this month.

Nov 10, 2009

I'm almost back to the car!

I'm really excited to meet Zoey and get going on being a mom, but it seems kind of abstract right now. I can't begin to actually picture it. The fact that I've never been around any babies much probably has something to do with it. But, I'll tell you what I can imagine and find myself craving lately, having mobility back and not feeling physically like a very elderly lady. I daydream about this summer when Zoey ought to be starting to sleep regularly and I can go running in the mornings and hiking on the weekends again without side pain, and with the effect of getting smaller instead of larger. The day when my stomach doesn't constantly feel like I just ate the biggest meal of my life and I might never digest it. I'm starting to get a few stretch marks on my stomach and the skin definitely feels like it looks, like it's splitting apart from the strain. Holding her on the outside is going to be so much more practical. Being able to sleep in different positions than just on my side makes the list of cravings for sure. And of course other stuff done in bed is rather limited position wise right now too so more position options there go on the list. Being able to reach the water handles or soap when I'm washing my hands at the kitchen sink, there's a good one. The counter is at mid tummy level, so I can't lean in very close, damn T rex arms strike again! Standing up from the couch or getting out of the car without noticeable effort, because my stomach hits my thighs before I can lean forward enough to get my center of gravity over my legs. Not having my back hurt when I sit at my desk at work and then hurt the whole night as a result. Fortunately this Friday is my last day at work and then my maternity leave starts. So I may get to knock this one off my list of cravings this Friday I hope. Basically it's just like being on the hike home after a long backpacking trip. You can't stop thinking about how good certain foods and a hot shower are going to be. The anticipation is overwhelming. You vow never to take that shower for granted again. I'm just getting so excited now that I'm getting close to the metaphorical car!! Most of this pregnancy I've felt really comfortable and also just really lucky and glad to be able to be pregnant at all, due to the year it took to get this way in the first place. So I feel a little guilty complaining at all. Overall I'm more comfortable than I thought I'd be in the 9th month. I am still working out on my elliptical almost every day without any problems and I'm really happy I've been able to do that. I can still shave my legs and tie my shoes too, woohoo! I'm uncomfortable in certain instances that are becoming more often, but there are lots of times when she gets the hiccups or starts dancing around that make it so worth it, and I haven't even met her yet.

Nov 6, 2009

Sunset



Last night Tim noticed this sunset. Even though he was distracted and on the phone he thought to bring me over to the window to see it. He doesn't buy flowers or write poetry, but it's little things like this that make me feel warm and fuzzy. I had to take some pictures with the new camera, and they turned out a lot better than they would have on my old camera, which had a tough time with pictures in low light.

Nov 3, 2009

Halloween and a 35 week picture



I finally downloaded some pictures from Halloween at work. As you can see, I should have won the costume contest but some guy won for dressing up as Elvis and second place was a guy dressed as a nurse. Obviously these two fellows paid off the judges. At least I was able to spread joy at work and that's what matters.



We didn't get around to buying pumpkins until Halloween evening. We went to a pumpkin patch and when we walked in a guy had just selected two large pumpkins and was told how much they would cost. We picked out two pumpkins around the same size, and were told they would be two dollars cheaper than the last guy's. We were convinced that we were being favored for some reason. But when we got home and started carving it became apparent that Tim's pumpkin was rotten. Which should have been obvious I guess since its skin was all wrinkly. Tim liked the wrinkly skin, but he did have to pay a price for it smelling rotten pumpkin the whole time he was carving. At least he did use his rotosaw to carve the pumpkins so it was a pretty fast deal. It cracked me up that he used a power tool for the pumpkins, but it was nice to finish them up so fast.



We got such a late start that we didn't even get the pumpkins out on the porch until trick or treaters had been showing up for a good hour.

After the pumpkins were proudly displayed Tim hopped into his baby costume to hand out candy. The kids got a kick out of it and he got quite a few laughs.



After the trick or treaters tapered off we watched some Curb Your Enthusiasm, which I always thought was just so so, but it's grown on me and lately I'm really into it.

Here is my week 35 picture. This is a big belly.

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