Wednesday, November 29

36 week appointment

Nothing to report, really. We did a group B strep test and I'm not sure when I'll find out those results! If I'm positive, that just means I'll be given a couple of rounds of antibiotics when I go into labor. He also did a pelvic exam and discovered he couldn't feel if I had dialated at all since my cervix is still high- meaning nothing really since some women don't have a change in their cervix until a few hours before labor. It just means that I have to wait to know if anything is really happening! He guessed, by feeling my stomach, that the baby is about 6-6.5 lbs right now, meaning we're looking at having a 7-7.5 lb baby. That was good news to me! Of course, things always change and I'm not counting on anything to actually happen as predicted. I don't want to set myself up for disappointment in anyway, so I don't have too many expectations. :-) I've only gained 1 lb in the past week and a half- more good news to me. I was complaining about my aches and pains and Dr. Strong said, and I quote, "Around this time in pregnancy it's not uncommon for women to be fairly miserable." HA! Miserable might be an understatement.

DH and I are both sick right now, we both have scratchy, irritated throats and I'm coughing a lot. I'm willing to bet it's a combination of eating poorly (since we've been between homes), lack of adequate rest, and stress. And maybe exposure to sick kids over Thanksgiving. I thought it was allergies but then DH developed the same symptoms a couple of days after me, so I'm pretty sure we both just have colds. We're going to *try* to take it easy this weekend, although our cul-de-sac is having a block party on Saturday all day long. How quaint is that? And good timing, too, since we just moved in and now get to meet our neighbors! According to one neighbor I've met, there are no kids over the age of elementary school on our street. Crazy.

Monday, November 27

New Pictures of House

Pictures of the house...living room and kitchen pictures, as well as a sort of bad shot of the baby's room. Just about all of our furniture is still from college, new furniture will slowly make an appearance throughout the house (hopefully!).


Thanksgiving and Moving Recap

DH and I visited my family in Austin for Thanksgiving, since it would be my last time to "travel" before Bethany is born. I'm not supposed to go anywhere anymore since I'm so far along. Anyways, we had a very nice time, nothing terribly exciting to report. I did do a bit of shopping on Black Friday, but I wasn't in the mood since shopping= walking and walking isn't fun for me anymore. So I went for the company, basically. :-)

We drove back to Houston on Friday night and did one last cram session of packing. Saturday morning we were up early getting things ready to go- luckily we had lots of help! With a total of three trucks, an SUV, a U-Haul trailer and my little car we got *most* everything to the house by around 2:00 on Saturday. A few things are still left at our apartment but DH and I have until the 30th to empty it out and get it back into a clean condition. Basically, I'll be cleaning and DH will have to paint all of the rooms white again... Horrible, but it has to be done or else they'll charge us an arm and a leg!

The house looks amazing! I would say that it is comfortable- all of our furniture fits in quite nicely and there's only a bit of bare space in our bedroom and the kitchen. I'm very happy with the way all of the paint turned out, and Beth's room is going to be *the* most adorable baby room. We had the fridge delivered and it's up and running- kind of a tight fit but it does the job. DH and I still have to pick out a washing machine and dryer. That'll probably happen next month. We have some other things left to buy, like a dresser/changing table for Beth, but I think the rest of the stuff we want will have to wait for a bit. Like, we tossed out our ugly entertainment center, so now the TV is on a coffee table. We don't really have any bedroom furniture, but luckily the closet is big. And I'm pretty sure I *need* an island in the kitchen- after beginning to unpack stuff in there there's NO WAY it's all going to fit. I wanted a big kitchen and I got lots of square footage, but I'm not joking when I say there's hardly any cabinet or counter top space. As someone who likes to cook often, that's high on my priority list right now.

Saturday night we had dinner at my grandmother's house- she lives 9 minutes away now. I'm so happy I'll be able to visit her and my grandfather (who is in a nursing home nearby) more now. My parents and siblings typically stay over at her house when they visit, too, so it's just another convinence for us!

Sunday was more unpacking and settling. It's going to take a bit of time, but we expected that. I can't stand up for more than 15-30 minutes at a time at this point and DH is doing a lot of hard labor stuff so we both were pretty exhausted last night. We're going to save some things to unpack until we have a bit more furniture, so we most likely won't have everything done before the baby is born. But we're both okay with that because we have a hall closet and a guest bedroom closet with LOTS of storage space for boxes. :-)

My commute to work this morning was exactly 50 minutes from the driveway to the parking lot. It didn't feel that bad though since I was going at least 60 the whole way, luckily my job starts at 9 instead of 8 so I can avoid the nasty I-45 rush hour traffic. Going home at 5 when the whole world gets off of work, might be a different story... I only have 15 days of doing this though, as my last day is planned for December 15. Hopefully I won't make it that long though, and I'll have this baby before then!

Tomorrow we have a dr. appointment, I'll have my Group B Strep test and I'm hoping he'll check to see if I've dialeted or dropped at all. I really feel like I've taken a turn for the worse the past week- it's probably moving stress and baby combined, but I'm just sooooo uncomfortable and get tired so easily. I'm also feeling sick again so I'm really monitoring what I'm eating... And my back hurts... And the baby movements are sometimes uncomfortable... And I can't sleep even though I'm tired... You know, typical stuff I imagine. I know once she's out though that I'll miss the feeling of being able to feel her move. But on the other hand, I can't wait to finally see her! 29 more days until "the" date! By the way, that also means 28 days until Christmas...

Tuesday, November 21

Linea Negra

I forgot to mention a few weeks ago that I have developed a faint linea negra. At first it just looked like a vein but now it's definitely a line! It runs up to about halfway to my sternum, so not all the way up. The old wive's tale is that if it goes to your belly button, it's a girl and if it goes up to your sternum, it's a boy... Just another old wives tale that I've proven wrong!

Monday, November 20

We have a house!

It's amazing! We're officially homeowners. :-) We spent a long weekend of cleaning and painting and the house looks soooooo much better! DH's parents, my dad and brother, and two friends helped us out a LOT this weekend by helping paint, clean floors and cabinets and bathrooms, steam clean carpet, clean the windows, rip out the desk and other random jobs. I did not paint at all, for the record (even though my OB said it was okay if I did!). Now that the house is clean, we have some other odd jobs to do like install some hanging cabinets in the bathrooms and replace a couple of light fixtures, power wash the exterior and build a dog run for our doggie. By the way, Vegas *loves* her new backyard. I mean I've never seen her leap like a deer so much, it's so cute. I tried not to overwork myself, but of course I wound up being a bit stiff after working Friday night, Saturday and Sunday. But nothing I didn't expect, just stiffness in my lower back and hurting, swollen feet. Tonight and Tuesday night DH and I have to finish packing up our apartment stuff before we head to Austin for Thanksgiving with my family. We'll come back Friday night and then the big move on Saturday morning! I think we'll be living at the house starting next Saturday- that's less than a week away! Crazy!

I think at this point I should point out that I have the. best. husband. in the world. He's been taking such good care of me, especially when I'm feeling sick or tired. I felt so bad last night and he just did whatever he thought I needed and took such good care of me. I love him so much!!!

Pics of the new house to come... I'll wait until we have furniture in!

Thursday, November 16

I'm trying to post more...

...as things are wrapping up. Slowly. Well, I'd like to think they're wrapping up!

I'm moving a bit slower these days. I'm so excited that we're *closing* on our new house tomorrow, but I'm afraid I'm going to overdo it. It's hard because I don't know if I've pushed myself too far until after I'm sore or can't breathe or whatever. So I've really got to make a conscious effort to not work too hard. Which, if any of you know me, will be kind of difficult. :-/ But it's okay because we're getting a house! Yay!

I'm feeling more Braxton Hicks contractions now, maybe about 1 a day. The only reason I know I have them is because I feel my stomach a lot, and when I'm having one I've usually just changed positions and put my hand on my belly- and it's rock solid. Harder than steel. And the contour of my stomach changes just a little, too. I wonder what that feels like to her.

No other signs of labor, which is a good thing since I'm only a full 34 weeks. :-)

Tuesday, November 14

Hiccups!

I feel her hiccup at least every other day now. Recently, I felt them twice in one day. I wonder- does she hiccup more now or am I just feeling it more because she's bigger? Either way, it's not uncomfortable. Just very noticable. Now I'm pretty sure she's playing patty-cake with herself. Or doing aerobics. Jumping jacks?

Monday, November 13

Belly Progression


Fun with photoshop!

Packing time!

This weekend was our last weekend at our current apartment in it's former state of glory! It was lovely. We went out on Friday night to celebrate DH's new job, with some friends, and had a really nice time celebrating. Saturday we slept in and spent the day packing, lazily I might add which is soooo much better than rushing around like a chicken with its head cut off. DH watched the A&M game and I napped, then we went out shopping for a few needed items. Sunday we slept in again, more lazy packing and went to mass in the evening. I had no idea we had so much stuff! We have so many boxes that are full of I don't even know what, and we haven't even started in the kitchen yet!

WE CLOSE ON FRIDAY! This weekend we plan on moving some of the smaller items, boxes and maybe a bookshelf or something like that. Mostly we'll be "fixing up" the house- paint, cleaning, repairs, etc. Since I can't be involved in the painting, I'm not sure what my job will be- I guess putting contact paper down in the cabinets! That seems to be my job every time someone moves.

Today is DH's first day at his new job. I haven't heard from him yet but I'm sure he's having a great day- he's been looking forward to this for a loooong time.

So I guess this is a baby blog, so I should add some stuff about the baby. :-) Packing this weekend was only a little difficult for me, I found that I really can't stand up for more than an hour or two without feel reallllly swollen in my legs so I'd gather items and then sit down and put them in boxes. And of course, a random occasional foot massage by DH helped a lot, too. :-) I never thought I would be this huge. I feel so big. And the funny thing is I thought I was big a few weeks ago. I know I still have a few more weeks also- which means I'll be getting even bigger. Good grief. We're starting to take bets within the family about when Bethany will be born. I'm really hoping the second full week in December- in fact, December 14th sound good. That would be 38 full weeks and we'd be in our house and I'd only miss one day of scheduled work (December 15 is my last day). Feel free to chime in with your guess!

Friday, November 10

Small photo



My belly. 33 full weeks. Notice- there's no belly button ring and my belly button has completely popped. It's VERY visible under clothing, so much that strangers comment on it!

Wednesday, November 8

Back and forth on labor and delivery

I would guess this is normal to be feeling this way...

I am so back and forth on labor and delivery. Actually I know I want to try my darndest for an unmedicated birth but some days I feel so empowered and strong and other days I'm scared to death about it. We still haven't hired a doula because we didn't really like the one we met with and I can't find any others that are within our budget. I'm thinking it's not going to happen this time, which I'm okay with now. I can't remember if I posted this before, but meeting with her (the potential doula) actually made me *not* want a doula. I am the kind of person who deals with stress internally, by kind of letting it build up inside of me. I might not actually want anyone else there (besides DH, of course) to hold my hand or get me through it. And DH has been so wonderful to this point about rubbing my feet and keeping me feeling comfortable, that I have no doubt he'll do an excellent job once I'm actually in labor. So this first birth it will probably be just us. And I'll start praying now I have some good labor and delivery nurses!

See, right now I feel really strong. I feel like I can take on the world and handle this pain. But I know tomorrow or the next day, I'll hear or see something about how difficult labor really is or hear about someone's experience and it'll scare me. I'm doing my best to stay positive because I really think that your point of view influences the way you deal with life. I'm not going into this telling myself it'll be horrible and painful, but instead that yeah, it'll hurt, but I am strong and I'll be able to handle it. And I'll have a little baby girl to hold once it's all over. I think that'll help me get through it!

Another thing I've been dealing with is a lot of negativity from people- sometimes complete strangers- about me being a "first time mom." How I have no idea what's coming to me! And I better beware because life will be completely different and I won't adjust without doing X,Y or Z! And DH and I will never have alone time again! It's so frustrating. Even at the baptism class the other day, someone jokingly commented that us first time parents probably didn't know who Simba was because we don't have kids yet so we've never seen a Disney movie... Uhh... ok. I wish people would quit getting down on first time parents. I know what some of it will be like because I have 5 younger siblings, and I remember 4 of their births. I was there for one of them. I've changed diapers. I've babysat plenty. I know how to hold a newborn's head. I've definitely seen my fair share of Disney movies. The Lion King came out when I was 12. I know not all first time parents feel prepared but I'm sick of feeling degraded like that. People should be encouraging of first time parents, not telling them how hard it's going to be!

Today we have a dr. appointment, should be a quick one. I am a full 33 weeks pregnant today. 37 weeks is full term- so in 5 weeks I'll be full term- that's December 6. I know she'll come when she's ready but I'm already hoping she'll be ready a little bit early. I'm tired and I want my old body back! I've outgrown about 80% of my maternity clothes already. Not fun when you have to wear the same thing to work at least twice in one week!

Monday, November 6

Weekend

I had a rough night Thursday night- there was another episode of "morning sickness" at about 4 am. Needless to say, I wasn't feeling to well and didn't make it to work on Friday! The rest of the weekend was kind of rough on me. I just think I'm reaching that point where everything from here on out is going to be challenging. We went to a baptism class on Saturday morning and I'm sorry to say it was one of the most boring things I've ever had to do. DH and I plan to spend a bit of time just reading out of the Catechism and studying a bit on baptism on our own because this class was worthless. We still have to do another one, too! Boring.

Saturday was okay but Sunday I was feeling badly again. I felt like I was going to faint all through mass, so we sat in the back and I just basically sat through mass- I couldn't sing or speak because I was so breathless and standing up and down was making me dizzy. Beth was SO active during mass- my stomach looked so bizarre because it was moving in every which way and direction, all at the same time.

I'm at work today and feeling genuinely uncomfortable. I just need to remind myself to get up and walk around every 15 minutes or so to keep my back from hurting and my legs from cramping. Just a few more weeks until she's here!

Thursday, November 2

Maternity Photos- update

The photographer who took our maternity photos wound up using two of ours on her main website! Kind of nifty. :-) What's funny is that she edited out my belly button ring in one of the photos- the black and white one of our hands on my belly.

http://www.katiejenkinsphotography.com/

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