Wednesday, June 30, 2010
So far she has been a great sleeper and eater. Sometimes we have to wake her up to feed her because she sleeps so well. She does let us know though when she's hungry too. She lost her umbilical cord last night, so I am going to try one of the cloth diapers on her later today. A friend of mine from high school makes them and gave me 3 of her new newborn diapers to test. I plan to take pics and will post those when I get a chance.
We head back to Red Wing tomorrow for discharge class. They will weigh Clara, check her skin, and answer any questions I might have.
We have been relatively good at taking pictures, but getting them on the computer has been the challenge - hopefully more soon!
Our first family pic, taken Saturday, June 26th
Monday, June 28, 2010
We are now home and getting adjusted. So far she has been a great sleeper, but we know this may be short lived. Feeding is going OK - the lactation consultant gave me a great arsenal of tips and tricks, so we should be able to get it down.
All for now - I'll be back soon with more!
Monday, June 21, 2010
Baby blanket for friend that is expecting a little girl!
Total weight gain/loss: -26
Next appointment: Friday – June 25th
Maternity Clothes: I am actually wearing all pre-preg clothes today... funny, since today is my due date. Pants are these AWESOME lane bryant stretchy ones... top is stretchy too... I actually look dressed up, but I am SOOO comfortable!
Stretch Marks: Ones on the top of my belly are a little darker.
Sleep: Woke up this morning at 5am with contractions... didn't turn into anything, but I missed out on 2 hours of sleep!
Belly button in/out: In
Movement: lots of squirming.
Food cravings: Not much, although I am hungry which is a sensation I had kind of forgotten about...
Contractions: yes - Braxton-Hicks contractions are a cruel joke when they show up on your due date...
Best moment of the week: celebrating Father's Day with Paul. We got a ton more "nesting" accomplished... I can't wait to see him with our son or daughter!
What I miss: not sure this week, but one thing I will NOT miss about being pregnant is people constantly asking, "you're still here?"
What I am looking forward to: Real Labor
Milestones: Hello Due Date!
June 21st... let's see what you have in store...
Thursday, June 17, 2010
I am also growing more and more anxious everyday to meet the little person that I feel like I know so well already. Will we be welcoming a new son or a daughter? What will they look like? All questions I am ready to have answered!
As much as all the unknowns of delivery freak me out - I am ready to be freaked out. I am OK with not being in control, because I know God IS in control. It will all be according to His Will.
Are you listening Baby L? We are ready to meet you!
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Next appointment: Friday – June 18th.
Maternity Clothes: I am going to take this opportunity to gripe about maternity pants… They are comfy until you get huge. Then they just ride up and give you a wedgie and make you look like you are waiting for a flood. …rant over…
Stretch Marks: I actually found a few that I don’t think were there before! Oh well, I’m not really much of a bikini wearer… so it doesn’t bother me!
Sleep: The last 2 nights have been AMAZING!! I didn’t even get up to pee!
Belly button in/out: In
Movement: lots of squirming.
Food cravings: This morning I totally wanted a doughnut with chocolate frosting…
Contractions: yep – but nothing to write home to mom about…
Best moment of the week: having my parents help us get everything organized this past weekend. I feel so much more prepared!
What I miss: being able to roll over without making a huge production out of it.
What I am looking forward to: Meeting this little person!
Milestones: 6 days until due date…!!!
Monday, June 14, 2010
Friday I went to see the Doctor once again – still no progress. My parents came over in the afternoon and we got a TON accomplished! So many little odd jobs that we had been putting off were finished. We arranged and cleaned the living room/nursery, organized clothes/blankets/etc, took everything we won’t need for a while upstairs for storage, got the bassinet, put the feet on our couch and chair, and hung up a shelf in the kitchen! For supper we headed to the Zumbro Falls Golf Course for some very yummy food – it tasted great after all the hard work we put in!
On Saturday Paul and I headed to a graduation for some 4-Hers and then went to Rochester to pick up a few things. We were able to return a few baby items and picked up a diaper pail and shower caddy as well as some stuff we needed for the chickens. It was super relaxing and we realized it would probably be our last big shopping trip without a baby, carseat, diaper bag, etc…
Saturday night was NOT relaxing, it was awful... couldn't get comfortable in bed, so moved to the couch at about 11:30, then woke up at midnight with painful contractions, moved back to the bed, more contractions, starting timing at about 1am, threw up at 2am, moved back to the couch, contractions got to about 8-9 minutes apart, moved back to bed, debated waking up Paul, fell asleep around 3:30am, woke up at 5:30, hips hurt, tried to roll over, fell back asleep until about 9:30am… It was a LONG night!
On Sunday, Paul had to water at work, so we drove to Rochester and dropped him off, then I headed to Old Navy to try and find another shirt to wear in the hospital since the one I ordered didn’t work. I found some pretty good deals on clearance and got a BIG bag of stuff for about $40. I even found a few things for Paul! Then I went to JoAnn Fabrics to get some material to make a few wetbags. I found what I was looking for, but had to wait FOREVER in line… they never have enough staff there! Paul spent the afternoon working outside and I spent it sewing. I headed to bed early after my sleepless night on Saturday.
When Paul came to bed he put his hand on my tummy and was able to feel Baby L moving around - he couldn’t get enough and kept smiling and giggling every time baby would roll or give him a shove. It really was too cute.
The crib (full of stuff) and bookshelf.
The shelf were clothes will go,
Paul's "office" corner of the room,
Changing table. That door goes into our bedroom.
...and that's it! I told you we don't have any room...
A crazy-busy weekend – but got so much done! Yeah!
Thursday, June 10, 2010
The U has hired an interim coordinator to do my job until I return after Labor Day. She will sit at my desk, so I cleaned out all my "crap" and "de-mamiefied" the space a little. Everyday I leave with things in order, just in case I don't come back!
The waiting game continues! I have another appointment tomorrow, so we'll see if any progress has been made!
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
My hospital bag is pretty much packed except for a few tops that I am waiting to arrive from Old Navy. Paul has nothing packed, but I think I might throw in a few pairs of underwear for him and his toothbrush just in case. I also have a list of all the last minute things on the fridge. The diaper bag is packed and the carseat is in the car. We should be good to go, right?
The house is still unorganized, but I have quit fighting the battle with Paul about it. He will get it done in his own time, and until then, I will continue to walk around the boxes. He reorganized the changing table, so I need to put it back to the way I wanted it.
I am definitely getting ready for the sleep deprivation - last night I slept about 4 hours. I woke up at 1:30am and basically went back and forth between the couch and the bed before finally falling back asleep at aroun 5:30am, only to be woken by my alarm at 6:30am. It was a long night.
So the waiting will continue... we'll keep you posted!
Friday, June 4, 2010
Next Appointment: next Friday
Maternity Clothes: same as before
Stretch marks: nothing new
Sleep: Can't sleep on my right side anymore - too painful. Naps after work are great, but make it hard to sleep at night.
Movement: Lots - and hiccups almost daily. Always makes me giggle.
Food Cravings: milk
Best moment of the week: seeing Baby L on the ultrasound last week
What I am looking forward to: even though I really feel great, I am looking forward to seeing my feet again!
Milestones: carseat is installed!
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
It was a busy weekend. I was a personal attendant in a wedding on Saturday, which meant a long day on my feet that I definitely felt the next day. I had found a super comfy cotton-knit maxi dress to wear and I was just that - super comfy. The wedding was beautiful and it was fun to be a part of it.
Paul had to work on Monday so I spent the day with my mom and dad, doing odd jobs around the house and going to Rochester to pick up a few things. We also loaded up the stroller/carseat to bring home so Paul can assemble it on Wednesday or Thursday when he has off.
Week 37 is here!