Tuesday, August 31, 2010

37

Congratulations to me for making it to full term :)

But this is how we're all feeling around here:



Dilated to a 4 and 90% effaced. One would think it would be any day, but I'm starting to wonder if I'll have to be induced....

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

36 Week update

Have you seen that show on Discovery Health called "I didn't know I was pregnant?" I really can't believe girls can go nine months without knowing they're pregnant! I mean look at me! And this baby rolls around in my stomach turning it into odd shapes where you can make out a foot, a leg, a bum.... pretty cool.




It's funny to me that even though I'm measuring right on, I'll see other women who are carrying so differently. Our skin is pretty amazing. And how does gravity not just pull me right over?!

I wasn't sure I really wanted to post an almost going into labor picture, but I didn't take very many of myself when I was pregnant with Madeline and I guess baby boy weed might be nicer to me if he saw how big I was :) Yesterday, a woman stopped me all excited, asking when my due date was, what I was having, etc. She also asked if I was having twins. (this isn't a new comment) and then topped it off by mentioning that she had been pregnant with twins and "didn't get even close to that big" It didn't come across as mean. She was cute and excited for me. I just laughed and said, this is how I carry - right out in front! Still, I would never ask someone if they're having twins...or really make any comments about their size AT ALL.

I had a doctor's appointment yesterday. Not much has changed - 4 cm dilated and 80% effaced. Doesn't that sound like a walking time bomb? I'm feeling much more relaxed than last week. Everything on my list is pretty much done except for the name, but I'm not feeling worried about that. I only worry about not getting to the hospital on time if my water breaks since I'm already so far along, but I guess we'll figure it out if it happens!

My doctor said making it to 36 weeks greatly increased the chances of baby coming home with us after he is born, so I'm feeling good about being this far and am hoping for a few more days (but not too many) :)


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Four...

...is the number that has been running through my mind all night. I had a doctor's appointment yesterday. He said I was dilated four centimeters. I'm 35 weeks (unless I'm more like 36 - can they really use a paper calendar to pinpoint a due date when every woman's calendar is slightly different?) Anyway, he didn't seem too worried about it, although when I was leaving he said, "I'll see you next week unless I see you sooner." Ok... And then the baby's heart rate was high, so I had to spend and hour and a half in labor an delivery while they monitored the baby. Everything looked great, so no worries there - just some anxiety of being in labor and delivery again.

Matt informed me that one of the definitions of "active labor" is being dilated to a four. So I'm feeling a little anxiety, especially since I don't feel ready AT ALL. I haven't read my baby books from cover to cover. Will I remember how to take care of a newborn and breastfeed successfully?! We don't have diapers, boy blankets, boy newborn clothes, etc. I'm not nervous about the actual delivery, I'm afraid I won't have that clear sign that I should go to the hospital. Once my water breaks, it goes fast for me, so I'm worried about not making it to the hospital on time, especially if I am delivering a preemie. My mom informed me that even with her fourth baby she had the same fears and it will work out just fine. I suppose she's right. I also have a bit of a pit in my stomach because we've hardly talked about names. Discussing names with Matt is not one of my favorite activities...

Here are a few of the things on my to do list for this week:

-Pack a hospital bag.
-Pack Madeline a bag.
-Finish making burp cloths and receiving blankets
-go to Target and buy all the newborn necessities - diapers, wipes, nursing pads, sleepers, bath stuff, etc.
-set up the cradle
-pull out the car seat and clean it.
-Take it easy and not overdo it so I can last a couple of more weeks :)

Oh boy! But I am really excited to see his little face - hopefully in a week or two just to be safe :)

When Matt walked out the door this morning, he called back, "Call me if you're going to have the baby today." haha. At least he works at the hospital so it will be easy to find him and I have my grandparents next door who are ready to take Madeline day or night.

Wish us luck.


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Really?


I went to the DMV to get my new Washington driver's license this morning. The lady made me put down my CURRENT weight - my eight and a half month, pregnant body weight. Seriously?! So for five years, I get to carry around an extra 30 pounds. How mean is that?! :)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A Future Rock Climber?

Matt took Madeline to the park last night after dinner. He came home all excited about how awesome she was at the playground: she wanted to try the hard things, wanted to do things by herself, didn't shy away if other kids were playing too and he was amazed at how that girl can CLIMB! She really does love to climb and I was impressed at how a 2 year old could look like a natural on the climbing wall...



Way to go, Madeline!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Before and Afters

Since I haven't been able to do much on bed rest, I have LOTS of time to think about how to decorate, create, repaint, etc. (Pojects make me happy)

Here are some of the projects I've been working on -

1. I got this tin from a friend several years ago. It went from this


to this

to this





2. We got a couch for free when we got married. I can only guess it is about 20 years old. It's definitely worn and not my first choice of fabric, but it's a solid Ethan Allen couch. So my very talented mom and sister got to work and helped me recover it! Thanks guys!




Before:


After:
I love ticking fabric!


Now I need to pick some fun, bright fabric for pillows. Stay tuned...

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Little Book Worm


Matt's aunt gave us The Read Aloud Handbook when Madeline was born. In this book, Jim Trelease talks about the benefits, rewards and importance of reading aloud to children. He describes proven techniques and strategies backed up with the latest research for helping children discover the joys of reading while helping them become avid lifelong readers and learners. In the back, it also gives suggestions for books by age.

We have read to Madeline every day since we brought her home from the hospital, but after reading parts of this book, we were reminded of how important it is and made a commitment to read to her at least a half an hour a day. We also decided to include some time where we could each have independent reading time, so she can see us enjoying books, too.

As a result of this process, Madeline has really grown to love books. She loves going to the library and she asks to read her books many times a day. She recognizes letters on the pages and memorizes phrases from her favorites. It makes me excited to see her learning. PART of me is excited for her to go to school, just so she can soak up everything :) The other part is terrified of that day!

Here is Madeline enjoying two of her favorite books.

Reading Madeline with Mom


Speed Reading Angus Lost