Friday, April 18, 2014

Five for Friday, vol 119

1. You know I want toasted ravioli even when I don't know it.

2. "Where's a good old fashioned box lid full of Chinese food when you need it?"

3. Your new cologne makes me all swoony.

4. Epic back rubs.

5. You won't admit it, but you know you love the Melting Pot as much as I do.

I love you.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bumpdate: 39 weeks

Baby is the size of a: mini watermelon

Feeling:  Kenny asked me how I was feeling the other day, and I answered by sending him this photo.

Pretty much sums it up.

Symptoms: Much puffy. Many cranky. I'm running out of shoe options (flip flops, soft moccasins, and one pair of ballet flats). No position is comfortable for longer than a few minutes. And contractions too! And absolutely everything gets on my nerves!  I am so pleasant to be around! As much as I've enjoyed this process, I am fast approaching the "get this baby out" phase.  I'm starting to have issues with maternity clothes as well as my shoes. Most of my third trimester items are very wintery - lots of sweaters and long sleeves. As spring is quickly approaching, and I've got the oven on high heat to finish baking this baby, I am constantly overheated.

Happenings: I've been having prodromal labor (false labor) for about a week now and let me tell you, that is for the birds. Lots of pressure and discomfort with no result. I feel like a water balloon about to pop, just to have it stop as soon as I change position.  I've tried timing things, but since they vary so much, it doesn't tell me anything.  I was disappointingly the same dilation and percent effaced as my 38-week appointment, which was a bit discouraging. I was convinced that the contractions I've been having would have meant something was happening!

My OB brought up the possibility of induction and I have to admit that it completely took me by surprise.  She has been super pro-natural and pro-spontaneous labor until now, and I'm not even at my due date, but she wanted to lay out my options.  The baby has been measuring completely average up until week 36, and suddenly took a jump, especially based on fundal height.  Doc is concerned about his size presenting issues if we wait too long, so going until week 42 is officially off the table.  She offered induction as early as next week (40 weeks, 3 days) but that feels way too soon for me.  I'm still really hoping to have a low-intervention birth, and inducing too early brings in way too many risks for me to be ok with it.  I am much more comfortable with giving it a little more time to see if I go into labor on my own with a big baby.  That means that we will most likely have an induction scheduled on the 30th (41 weeks, 3 days) if nothing happens between now and then.  My hope is that having more time after my due date will mean that my body will be more receptive to the process and there will be less chance for a failed induction/surgery. 

I have had very little anxiety about labor and delivery up until this point, and now I am definitely nervous.  Induction is super common and I suppose I should have been better prepared for the possibility, but I'm still a little taken aback.  I guess this is why you should never get too attached to a vision/plan of how you want things to go.  It's just too unpredictable.  There's nothing to do now but wait and see, and hopefully let nature take it's course.  It's a long time until the 30th and anything could happen between now and then.  I'll be over hear bouncing on my yoga ball, eating dates, chugging raspberry leaf tea, taking walks, and hoping like hell I make some progress by next week.  As it turns out, this is something of a family tradition for first-borns.  My grandma went two weeks overdue with my dad, my mom almost three with my sister.  Even my mother-in-law was overdue with Kenny.  What fun!

In the meantime, my boss offered me the opportunity to work from home while I'm in this super uncomfortable time.  It took me awhile to decide to take her up on it. The flexibility is awesome but there's a big part of me that still feels like I need to be a brave little toaster and buck up. I'm not a workaholic by a long shot, but I hate staying home when I don't have to.  Still, it's wonderful not to worry about my long-ish commute or what the heck I'm going to wear that's even remotely office-appropriate.  My team took me out to lunch on my last day at the office, and I had the chance to get my desk in tip top shape, and I'm still able to take care of work from the comfort of my aforementioned yoga ball.  Sitting at a desk wasn't helping the insane swelling in my feet and ankles, so it's probably a good thing health-wise too.  I just hope that the baby comes sooner as opposed to later, or I might get a little stir crazy.

I guess I wasn't destined to have a full moon baby after all!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Nursery

I absolutely love how the baby's nursery has turned out!

When we first started the process, I knew I didn't want it to be too overdone or themey - just a cozy, comfortable space for our little one to get started. Originally, I wanted to paint the room light blue, but Kenny disagreed. We had painted this color (Olympus smokey emerald) when we moved in, and decided to keep it. As it turns out, he was totally right.

Before we knew the sex, I had already picked out grey and white elephant-themed bedding from Pottery Barn Kids, and that got the ball rolling. It is SO EASY to find elephant things for baby, so I had to restrain myself before it turned into a paciderm parade in there.  I prefer a more ecclectic style, but still coordinated.  I planned to add coral and mint for a girl, but if course we went with navy blue and mint for our boy.  We opted for the dark furniture really early on as well - a convertible crib, chest of drawers, and dresser that doubles as a changer until later. We don't plan on buying this kid furniture again! We had an awesome experience with Goodnight Rooms in Ballwin and would recommend them to anyone in the St Louis area!

One of my showers had a book theme and the cheesetot already has a very nice library, but we didn't have room for bookshelves. Thanks to Pinterest, I ordered a set if spice racks from IKEA, Kenny painted them grey, and tucked them behind the door to use an otherwise limited space.

Curtains with blackout liners - Target. Flying elephant mobile - PB Kids (obsessed - seriosuly the cutest thing). Clyde the Clydesdale - Aunt Katie. Chevron quilt and blankie - handmade by a friend if my mom. Shadow boxes - Target (which had been collecting dust in a closet since we moved here and almost went to Goodwill). 

The chevron footstool was one of the first things we bought (Target), but I had the glider for almost a year before getting pregnant. It was my grandma's before she moved to an assisted living facility, and I could not care less that it doesn't really match. A new slipcover from Amazon gave it a little facelift and I love it. Tucker does too - he's not going to be happy when he finds someone else in my lap there!

The shadow boxes over the crib are my favorite project, and are completely tapping my limited DIY craft skills. They will have his initials in them, so they aren't completely ready to hang up just yet.  I was inspired by a couple different things on Pinterest (like yarn-wrapped letters, a colorful paper cut-out collage, and "locally-grown" art) and it's been a lot of fun to put them together.  I'm really looking forward to seeing all three finished and hung up soon.
 I love how the first two have turned out! Elephant parade! Bow ties!

The dresser is a pretty cool little piece of furniture. It's a "flip" style, meaning when we're done with diapers, we can turn the whole thing upside down, drawers included, and it will be a regular flat-top dresser. No changing hardware or worrying about a separate changer-tray scratching the surface.

Absolutely love the elephant bumper from PB, even though it won't stay in the crib once the baby is sleeping in there.  We have navy and white sheets also from PB Kids' Harper collection, including chevron and polka for crib sheets, changing pad cover, basket liners, a striped lamp, and lots of storage containers. PB was my splurge, for sure, but they make it so easy to match things!

I ordered all three prints from Etsy and had them framed at Michael's. We have just a couple more things to add to the walls (with his name on them) and it's finished!  Last but not least, one more touch of elephant is currently waiting to find it's place on the wall...

It was a labor of love to put together, but so much fun! We have some little sentimental things like Kenny's pound puppy and my Jemima Puddleduck music box, plus the little doggy-shaped piggy bank we bought on a whim the weekend before I took my first positive pregnancy test.  Lots of elephants, but not too many (I hope).  I'm thrilled with ohow easily it came together, considering it really was somewhat random.  It feels put-together but still comfortable - exactly what I hoped for! 

Now we just need a kiddo to put in it!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Bumpdate: Week 38

Baby is the length of a: leek

Feeling: Everything I am feeling is completely normal for an almost-full-term pregnancy.  I'm tired, swollen, cranky.  None of this is a surprise.  I'm doing my best to look on the bright side and enjoy the time I have left with the baby all to myself.  The end is near.

Symptoms:  I'm starting to get the "have you had the baby yet?" messages and there are few things that annoy me more.  I'm not really having rational reactions to things, but I still can't understand this question.  I try not to be an over-sharer, but seriously?  Don't you think I would have said something if the baby had been born?  I am equally annoyed by things like "oh he's ready!" Um, if he was ready, I would be in labor!  Chill out, people!  Don't even get me started on the other completely random and oddball things people have said to me in recent weeks.  It's not even a full moon. 

Happenings:  We wrapped up our last bit of baby shopping over the weekend - a new car!  We traded Kenny's crossover for a Toyota Highlander.  Gotta love that third row seating.  As the salesman said, it's the SUV for people who don't want to drive a minivan, which is exactly who I am.  I'm very excited to bring the baby home in a brand new ride!

The nursery is just about as complete as it's going to be as well.  The back-ordered crib bedding has arrived.  The shadowboxes with his initials are done. I have two more small things to frame and hang, and that's it!  Ready for the occupant!

Speaking of readiness, I've had my hospital bag packed for quite some time now.  It was actually a relief to get it done, just in case.  Now I find myself staring at it wondering when I'll get to use it.  I hope to only have a short hospital stay, but in the (hopefully unlikely) event of a c-section, and because it's how I roll, I've over-packed.  No one should be surprised by this.

So what's in the bag?
  • birth plan
  • 3 nursing tanks
  • 3 nursing bras (2 overnight, 1 regular)
  • breast pads
  • boppy
  • 2 pairs leggings/yoga pants
  • 1 nursing dress/night gown
  • 1 vneck tshirt
  • maxi dress & cardigan (my going home outfit)
  • baby's going home outfit (a newborn and a 3-month size, depending what fits)
  • car seat blanket
  • sport bra for laboring in the tub
  • big ole undies (in case I don't like the hospital-issued meshies)
  • hoodie
  • chargers
  • baby book pages (for footprints!)
  • toiletries & makeup (yes, I plan on putting a face on before visitors come)
  • travel hair dryer & straightener
  • flip flops
  • lotion (for massages during labor)
  • chapstick
  • cash (Kenny has to pay for his meals if he opts for hospital food - which is supposed to be nice since there is a different chef for the maternity ward)
  • couple of Kind bars (if I am allowed to snack during labor)
  • couple of gatorades
  • insurance info
It's a good possibility that I won't even use half of this.  Still, I like knowing it's there.  Give me a few more days, and the bag is just going to stay in my car.  First, so I can't add anything else, and second, because we are on serious baby watch!  Realistically, it could still be weeks.  But I like being ready!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Five for Friday, vol 118

1. I'm glad that the amount of time and effort it takes me to heave off the couch provides you with so much comic relief.

2. "Wait let me rephrase that ... I love you."

3. You bring me cupcakes. Hallelujah.

4. You had to teach me how to make grilled cheese. My mind was completely blown.

5. When the tornado sirens went off in the wee hours of the morning, you sat straight up in bed and demanded if I was in labor and that we had to go to the hospital. No, the basement! Tornado sirens!

I love you.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Bumpdate: Week 37

Baby is the size of a: swiss chard (go ahead and google it, I had to. I'll wait.)

Feeling: Waddlesome, but that's ok considering it means he's dropped a little. I'm nesting quite a bit, and feeling super scattered. Thank god for post-its and iPhone alerts.

People keep asking how I'm doing, and the "oh you're still here" comments have started. And I really do feel good, in spite of all the normal pregnancy discomforts. I'm really looking forward to these last few weeks where I have him all to myself.

Symptoms:Super puffy. My feet definitely show it, but I think my face is starting to look a little rounder too. Weight gain has stayed on track, but a little swelling seems to be par for the course in the final stretch.

Speaking of stretching, my very first stretch mark appeared on my belly this week. I thought I was in the clear. It's part of the process, but boooooo.

Happenings: Baby is now considered "early" term! I don't expect to go before my due date at all. In fact, my gut says I'll go late (I'll be happy if he's here before May), but it's an awesome milestone.

I made some progress since my last doctor's visit, but I'm not dilated at all. It's ok - cheesetot needs to bake a bit longer. But as my doctor put it, he's approaching the runway but the tower hasn't cleared him for take-off.

In the meantime, I'm working on some classic crunchy granola old wives tricks for getting ready for labor. I started evening primrose oil capsules last week (supposed to soften things up and make labor faster) and this week I've added dates to my daily diet (supposed to encourage spontaneous labor and more productive contractions). This baby will come when he is good and ready, but I like feeling like I'm taking an active role.

I've really enjoyed being pregnant so far. Sure, there are discomforts and less-than-glamorous parts, and I've certainly had moments of wanting to just be done already. Overall though, I've had a very positive experience. Cue the cliches.

I can't believe that April is here!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Bumpdate: Week 36

Baby is the length of: a head of romaine lettuce

Feeling: huge! Baby is still very active, though supposedly this will quiet down soon, as he has less room. Still, lots of big belly moves that stop as soon as I try to catch it on camera.

And when I say huge, I mean I've reached the point in pregnancy where people ask me when I'm due and then give me sympathetic side-eye when I say a month. I got a couple double takes waddling off and on the elevator this week too. Pregnancy is so glamorous.

Symptoms: heartburn, lack of appetite, tiiiiiiiired, inconsistent sleep, Braxton Hicks, super puffy feet ... all the fun stuff! My first little stretch mark showed up just below my belly button too. I think this means I am approaching capacity, and fast.

Happenings: And just like that, we have a month left. I've started weekly doctor's visits, the car seats are installed, my hospital bag is packed, the nursery is basically complete. We're playing the waiting game! I had a great check up, although I'm not showing any signs of pending baby. That's okay! Cheesetot has another month to bake!