Thursday, September 20, 2012

40 Weeks, 1 Day and Counting

I was hoping to have exciting news by now, but unfortunately little O likes living in my belly and does not want to come out! I would love to be one of those moms who says, she is patience and not forcing their child into this world, but that’s not me! I have not gone too overboard, only Googled pressure points/acupressure, had a foot massage/pedi, tried eating pineapple and eggplant, walking and bouncing on an exercise ball. Of course I have done all these in moderation. I am praying and trying to trust the Lords timing, but I am so ready to meet this little boy! I am dilated 3 cm and have contractions all the time especially at night, but they end up stopping. Here’s to hoping he comes this week. My new favorite doctor is on call Friday, so maybe he is waiting till then.

A couple more baby topics, the nursery is complete. I really love how it turned out. I wanted something calm and soothing and not super childish. I did have days when I thought should I go crazy with the lime green and dinosaurs, but I opted to wait until he is old enough to design his own room. We repurposed the dresser, night-stand and bookshelf. We bought the crib (Young America) from a local baby furniture store in Charlotte. I fell head over heels with my glider at Bellini. The ladies at Bellini were great to work with and I recommend them for everything… furniture, bedding and adorable accessories. I may add a couple of things once he arrives, like his initials or name to the wall. We are waiting to see him before deciding on a name. Or maybe an ottoman covered with the same fabric from his crib skirt or a shaggy rug for him to roll around on. Here are the photos. If you have any suggestions, let me know.
Crib: Young America Tribute Crib; Glider: Dutailier 171 Series; Dresser: Ethan Allen; Artwork: Susan Bolick

Friday, September 7, 2012

Couting Down!!

We had our 38 week check-up on Tuesday and everything looked on track. I have been going every week since around week 35, so I am getting use to the weekly routine. Last week, I got our flu shot, so little O and I would both be protected going into fall and winter. I was dilated a whole pinky last week and I have graduated to 1 cm this week. We had an ultra sound at week 35 and little O is head down and ready. My placenta is on the lower side, so I will have another ultra sound at week 39.

My stomach is measuring around 37 weeks, but from the ultra sound at 35 weeks, he was measuring a couple days ahead of my due date, almost 6 lbs.,  and was at the 50th percentile. They put me on the fetal heart monitor this week to count kicks, heart rate and contractions. At first little O was sleeping, so they had to wake him up using a buzzer like device. It was funny and soon after he started kicking up a storm, I passed with flying colors based on the Doc. I was also shocked to hear the Dr. say I was having a few contractions, because I honestly didn’t feel anything outside of the normal kick and bulges. So now I am slightly worried that I will not know when I am in labor (crazy first time mom thought). I keep thinking the pain will be close to what a kidney stone feels like. I figure I better start keeping track of my BH so I will know if they are getting closer. Did you know they have an app for that??

The nursery is almost done and I can’t wait to share the photos with everyone. We are waiting on some artwork which should be finished hopefully by this weekend. It’s turned out perfect and I think he will love it!

Speaking of pictures… I have been waffling back and forth trying to decide do I do maternity photos or not. I have not done a great job on taking the weekly bump pictures, although that’s not really my personality. When I have asked Paul to take them, I am either in my pregnancy uniform (which consist of a v-neck white tee and his boxers—I know so stylish, but after you get past a certain point you go with what is comfortable) or I don’t like how I look or how he has taken the picture. I would much rather blame it on his photo skills rather than me having a bad hair/face day. What can I say; no one in their right mind would really post a picture of themselves not looking 100% perfect and Elle worthy, right? I have a couple of bump pictures and they are fun to look back on, so I will be nice and share even though they are in no way Glamour shots.

Also, here is a picture from the ultra sound at 35 weeks – the tech said he was mushed in my stomach and had his hand at his face, so it was hard to get a great shot of his face. We have an eye, nose and a cute little mouth that Paul says looks like mine! Next week I have another us scheduled so I am interested to see how scary he looks now!

Here’s to hoping little man comes sooner rather than later! I told Paul starting on Sunday night I was going to Google pressure points on my feet and start playing with my boobs to start contractions! Twelve days and counting!

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