Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Any Day Now...

Hello Everyone,
Here we are less than ten days away from the projected due date (launch date)!  I've been very up front about how truly amazing my pregnancy symptoms have been (like unfairly minor).  Overall this trend continues...with just minor things that are to be expected.  The bump is so large and in charge that it pushes on my ribs/lungs and makes me short of breath when I lay down.  This is easily resolved by building a pillow nest and sleeping at an angle on the couch.  My little tootsies have also started to swell when I'm up too much.  Tomorrow is a 12hr clinical shift...so I'm expecting feet to be like sausages.  OMG...I'm pregnant!

I'm so very fortunate that I've been able to remain fully functional....which means continuing to get "nesting" projects checked off our ongoing to do list.  One more half room and all the carpets will be steam cleaned, car seats are in, most of clothes are sorted by age and boxed up, the nursery actually has stuff in it AND DIY dry erase labels on each drawer (because I didn't want me and HB to be playing scavenger hunt through the drawers...and we'll keep changing the contents as baby grows).  I refuse to say "we're ready" because then baby will take that as an invitation....but when the time comes we are in good shape.

The one thing that seems hard for me to do is pack the hospital bag (I know...I'm already like 5 weeks late on this).  I think the problem is that in all of my major traveling I always pack the night before...but I don't know when the night before is :o)  I can't wait for the outcome of this hospital visit...but it will be my first admission to a hospital ever...not excited about that part.  And my final excuse is that I keep wearing a lot of the stuff that I'll be packing.  Enough excuses?  I have a little corner that I've tossed some stuff in.  And I've pinned several lists of what to include in a hospital bag (that counts right?).

What it's like to have big boobs?  Firstly, I'm  not very endowed in the boob department...and even as pregnancy has helped out...everything is relative to the giant bump...so still minimally endowed (not complaining because this will be a bonus in old age when everything goes south).  BUT recently I've felt the stares from others on almost all public outings.  They look me in the eyes...and then directly down to the bump.  So I guess this is what women feel like who do have big boobs? LOL

The final random thing I wanted to share is my "best pregnancy purchase".  And it's probably not what anyone would guess.  My best purchase has been a five pack of men's white undershirts in a size larger than needed (yep...you can even get them at Wal-Mart).  I have worn these shirts around the house during my entire pregnancy and have loved them.  The second I get home I put one one!  They are long enough to cover the bump and big enough to grow in to.  And they are super soft.  Then when I drop food and drink particles onto the bump (a very frequent occurrence)  I don't care because I can just bleach the shirt out.  Also...I don't worry about the frequent coco butter lotion applications staining my real clothes.

So thats where were at....just waiting for our launch date...and we can not wait!!!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Updates Galore! BaBy-Q & U/S

Things here are going well.  We had our BaBy Q two Saturdays ago and it was wonderful....and exhausting but we really had so much fun.  The exhausting part was cleaning our house for two days and then planning and executing a party for 25 people.  We had multiple check lists and my Dad was making fun of me that I was walking around with my checklists and clipboard.

For the party I made a bulletin board of pictures of Baby starting at 5 day blastocyst.  We decorated "on a budget" with onesies and bump pictures.  In honor of our journey, I put together a bulletin board together showing the u/s pics from day 5 blastocyst to the 3D u/s at 31 wks.  Served hamburgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers with sides and all of the fixings.  We even got macaroni and cheese from my favorite place...which of course is NOT on the gluten free diet but it WAS on Saturday.  Since so many friends have little kids we set a little kiddie pool and had corn hole in the back yard.  We're still working on getting the house put back together.

We had a growth scan U/S last Thursday.  Our OB offered it after our elective 3D scan at 31wks still showed the echogenic cardiac focus (a normal variant).  Needless to say I jumped at the offer because people keep telling me how "small" I look for being so pregnant...it's giving me a complex.  The OB is very happy with my weight gain (up to 25lb on our home scale yesterday).  Maybe people are used to seeing women who have actually gained too much weight....I don't know.  Or perhaps the "but you're so small" is meant to be a compliment?  Regardless...it was starting to freak me out.  BUT...Baby estimated weight is right at the 50th percentile mark at 5lbs 12oz!  OMG!  I can't believe it!

We still have so many things that we want to get done before the birth (mostly cleaning and organizing).  I'm trying to get our "nest" as together as it can be.  I've definitely noticed the extra challenge involved in doing house chores with the extra weight and projectile tummy!

Our nursery is closer to done.  It's still empty of "baby stuff"....some of which we got at the shower and still need to move in there.  This is the cleanest it will probably ever look (see pic).  The pictures are hand done drawings from a relative of HBs that used to work for Disney.  The rocker was my great grandmothers and the baby rocker was HB's grandmothers when she was a child!  I love functional family heirlooms! 
In funny news I was showing some co-workers the nursery from our web-cam based nursery monitor.  Meanwhile HB was putting together a mountain of baby stuff (stroller/car seat, swing, bouncer, bassinet).  When all of a sudden I hear his voice over the web cam from the next room over, cursing about an allen wrench.  LOL!!!  The audio works--Check.  It's odd to have a web-cam...very big brother like but it will also be great for monitoring when the time comes.