Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Every week...

That's right.  We go to the doctor every week now!  Just got back from our appointment this week, and our doc informed us that we are now at that stage.  It's crazy to think we are there already!  We are all happy and healthy though.  Well, I would be happier if Princess Long Legs would remove her giant hoof from my ribs, but other than that we are peachy.  Her heartbeat is right on target, and my blood pressure is literally perfect.  So let's hope we keep that up!

We have made some great progress on her room.  This will be the last sneak peek before it's all done. I say that like it's some big surprise, but really I am just trying to be suspenseful for myself and give us a deadline of some sort!  We need to get one more piece of furniture, and we are waiting for our uber glider and ottoman to be shipped.  Then I can FINALLY wash everything, and get it all put away.  

This last weekend we took a childbirth prep class at the hospital.  It was SO educational.  While I had the gist of the whole situation, it was really nice to have everything broken down step by step with pictures, videos, and lists.  Lists make EVERYTHING better.  Really understanding the stages of labor and what to expect will help both D and me when the show gets going.  We even got to tour the hospital, and I loved it.  I am very excited to be delivering there.

We also got to watch a birth video with a natural birth experience. I was supremely grateful for that. Since I was the only one in the class who was aiming for a non-medicated birth I just assumed we would be seeing videos for them.  However, it was good to see someone actually go through the whole experience minus meds, and to see what she did, what worked for her, what didn't, etc.  It was also amazing to see her husband by her side, aiding, supporting, and encouraging the whole way through.  It was obviously such a time of connection for them, and strengthening for their relationship.  Both D and I are excited for that experience too.  It's going to hurt, and I am preparing for that.  But having him there, doing what we are practicing now, and just being supportive will be huge.  I need him there to advocate for me when I can't do it for myself, to make me stick with it when I want to give up, and to see our daughter scream her head off for the first time.  

We have a lot of stuff coming up in the next few weeks.  I am finished with work in eight days (WHOA), we have a breastfeeding class, obviously more check in's with the doc, meeting our pediatrician, meeting the Maternity Care lady at the hospital and fill out things, a marriage counseling session, and a natural birth strategies class.  It's going to be a busy few weeks, but I am happy to have things to do.  I feel like this last month or so is going to DRAG.  

Hopefully, at next week's appointment, we will get an idea of how big the little monster is.  Any guesses??

Monday, February 13, 2012

33 weeks!

Today, I am officially in the 8th month of pregnancy.  I can't believe we are so far along already!  Here we are...

It really just seems to keep flying by.  I only have 15 days of work left, and 49 until Gretel's supposed arrival.  Although, as you can see by the wall in the picture, we are making fabulous progress on her nursery!  Everything is painted, and this weekend my brother and D got the carpet almost completely done.  Casey tried to help, but really she just wanted to lay in the sun.  She is doing a good job of holding the carpet pad in place.
But the final product looks great!  We could not have gotten more lucky with the paint colors and the carpet colors.  We kind of picked stuff from memory hoping it would all work out, and it looks awesome!  
D has to head back to ATL tomorrow, but next weekend they will finish getting all the trim in and then it's time for FURNITURE!  I have been waiting and waiting so that I can finally wash all of her things and get them put away and organized.  Baby steps (no pun intended) but we are getting there!

As I said, D heads back to ATL this week, but fortunately this should be his last trip before Gretel gets here.  I am happy to have him home for awhile so we can try to get more prepared for this insanity.  And tonight we start BABY CLASSES.  Newborn Care is an educational class about feeding, sleeping, CPR, and all things baby that we don't know.  This coming Saturday we have an all day childbirth class.  You know, where we learn all the GOOD stuff.  I am sure it will be quite educational.  We have one more class in the middle of March...Natural Childbirth Strategies.  Lots of education on exercises, birth plans, etc and how to try to have a non-medicated birth.  It's my goal, so I want to learn what I can before she gets here!I started some exercises this week, and already they are helping some of the back discomfort.  So here's hoping that keeps up!

We had a doctor's appointment last week.  Gretel's heartbeat was loud and strong, and my blood pressure is right where it should be.  We go back again next Wednesday, so be on the look out for another update!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

2 months to go!

Well, holy crap.  We are down to only two months until Gretel's guesstimated arrival!  I can't believe it. I feel like I was just in my first trimester, feeling nauseous, and thinking it would never end.  But here we are...31 weeks in, and the end is in sight!

Our neighbors had their little girl last week, and she was about 3 weeks early.  This sent D and I in a bit of a tailspin...we are NOT ready for her to be here yet!  We did finally make some progress on the nursery. It's empty, and I think we figured out our paint colors.  This week/weekend we will be painting.  The carpet is also in, so we just need to go pick it up.  Our house is COVERED in baby paraphernalia.  I mean, COVERED.  The front room is somewhat organized in bins, but the coffee table has disappeared.  So has the dining room table. And it's a good thing we don't have guests anytime soon since you can't even get to the bed in the guest room.  YIKES.  I am excited to keep moving forward so that we can get everything set up and put away.

Last weekend, our fab church folks threw us a couples shower.  It was so much fun!  The theme was Got Milk? accompanied with all desserts and of course, milk.  There were even CINNABONS.  It was such a happy day.  We played Battle of the Sexes - Baby Knowledge.  The girls kicked butt.  There was a diapering contest.  Once again, the girls won.  The best game was between three of the guys.  They had about 1/3 of a bottle of beer in a baby bottle, and it was a race to see who could drink it the fastest.  Of course, the German won.  :)
Gretel also received some more fabulous gifts.  This girl will be ready for ANYTHING.  She has more crap than D and I combined.  Hopefully, we can find places for all of it.  Here are a couple of my favorites.  Her first guitar!!  Another couple at church has this for their son, and it's so stinking cool.  M knew how much I would like it, and she found one for us too.  I am so excited!
She also got her first swimsuit.  Thanks to previous gifts, she has sandals and sunglasses to go with it.  Now we just need to find a pool!  I also hope she is a little chunky...because who doesn't love a chunky baby in a swimsuit?
Next week we head back to the doctor for another check in.  Everything is going great, and it doesn't look like she will make an early appearance.  At least not yet!  I also think I found a pediatrician that is super close to us.  So, I need to start filling out forms! 22 days left of work...I can't believe how quickly it has gone by.  Hopefully, they will hire my replacement soon and I can get cracking on training whoever it is.  I am getting a little stressed about cramming it all in this last month, but I am sure it will work itself out.  Regardless, Gretel will be here soon!