*Warning: Long Post, proceed with caution*
I've decided I haven't been all that great at documenting this blessed event of pregnancy. So for the last three weeks I vow to do better. I read blogs of people and their week to week updates and baby chatter and I think it's a really neat thing that they've been able to note down every detail of their pregnancy. As I look back over the last 8 months things have been very exciting in that we will be parents and my 5 year wait for a baby will soon be over and we will soon be enjoying a little one in our home. Excitement over our new baby aside (not that that isn't HUGE, because it definitely is. I couldn't be happier about having this little one squirming around inside of me day after day, it really is wonderful and a complete miracle to me) but I've been reading other blogs and hear these crazy stories of things happening, and all the drama and scary things that could happen, and my pregnancy has been basically normal, if not mundane. He has basically been a perfect little angel. (Notice I said basically) Nothing too crazy to report. Everything has been going along how it's supposed to, no falls, no breach baby, no super bad or bizarre cravings, basically just your average run of the mill pregnancy. I've been feeling like a bad mother in not documenting every little event, but there really hasn't been too much to write about as far as pregnancy goes. So I guess I haven't been to big of a slacker in not telling you that on week 27, things were pretty much the same as they were at week 26. I do however remember some exciting things that have taken place over the last couple of weeks and months that I would like to share.
We found out we were having a boy on April 15, 2008 at our 17 week appointment.
The first time I felt him move for sure was at week 20, on May 5, 2008. Cinco de Mayo. That was exciting. Now after knowing what it feels like to have a baby inside me I’m pretty sure I felt him a lot sooner, but I knew for sure on this date.
We had our big check up with the x-ray tech on May 13, 2008 at our 21 week appointment. The tech confirmed that we were definitely having a boy. We also got his 3D photos done that day. They are kind of freaky looking. I hope he fattens up soon, but he is still a little cutie. A face only a mother could love, kidding, the pictures are just weird. We’ll see how accurate they are soon enough.
I had my first shower given by my cute sister-in-law Chelsea on July 22. This shower was for Darrik’s side of the family. She did such a great job. Thanks Chels! I got a bunch of cute things. Mostly clothes. My little guy will be well dressed for a long time. Thanks to everyone who came.
My roommates from college also threw me a shower on August 14. They are so sweet and I am so lucky to have them. We went to Macaroni Grill and had dinner. It was a really fun night reminiscing and catching up. I love you girls! Thanks again.
Laura, Whitney, Darbee, Me (Darbee had her baby a couple of weeks ago. Congrats Darb!)
Those of you who have kept up with my never updated blog, know that I have been struggling making decisions. I picked out the crib and changing table a long time ago and I love how it turned out.
The changing table is currently the diaper cake holder. I still have to get a changing pad and cover.
It also took me several weeks to decide on which glider I wanted. My mother in law bought our glider for us, thanks mom.
Also the source of many ulcers, the decision of bedding. Also happy to report that I’ve made a decision there as well. I’ve always liked blues, greens, brown and tan and I’ve found bedding that has all of those colors in it. I’ve gone back and forth through all of the colors of the rainbow, having loved orange for quite sometime, and then going through a red phase, but finally landing on this option and we both love it. It looks really good with our crib. More nursery photos will be added when we get the entire room done.
One thing that I should mention for the record. I have had terribly bad swollen feet. That started at week 35. It mostly gets bad when I’m on them for long periods of time. I can get them to look almost normal if I soak them in cool water and elevate. But I’ve had to purchase new comfortable shoes to make walking easier. I didn't really have to, but it seemed like the best thing to do. Besides, who doesn't love a new pair of shoes.
Another thing I need to remember for today’s update is our last appointment. I was 36 weeks and 3 days when I went in. They tested me for strep and also for dilation and thinning. Sad to say I am dilated to a 0. My doctor told me he could be generous and say .5, but basically I’m not dilated at all. However, I’m 50% effaced, or thinned for those who don’t know what effaced means, I didn’t. So that is good there. Darrik wants him to come next week on the 10th. I’ve been in some pain lately. Some contractions and nerve pain have been bothering me the last 2 weeks, but nothing major. I would like him to wait until his due date so I can finish getting things put together, but if he came early I would be thrilled. I’ve mentioned before, my mom will be out of town the 15-20 of this month, so hopefully he graces us with his presence when she is home, but if not I’m sure everything will be just fine.
All in all, we are very excited for our new little guy to be here. We are truly blessed.