June 30, 2005

No baby yet

I know that everyone is concerned since I am merely days away from my due date, but there is no baby yet.

I went to see the OB yesterday afternoon. The good news is that my blood pressure is normal and I am measuring well. The bad news is that I have made no progress since last week's appointment. So, I go back to see the doctor on Wednesday. If I haven't made any progress, she will do some tests to be sure that the baby is fine. If anything is abnormal during those tests, I will be sent to the hospital to be induced as soon as possible. If everything is fine with the tests, I will schedule a date to be induced for the following week, giving my body the opportunity to go into labor on its own during that time.

So, no baby yet. The latest the baby will arrive is July 14. My hope is that the baby comes on its own before July 14.

June 27, 2005

We have a nursery!

I know, some of you will be shocked that I am due on Saturday and we just finished the nursery. Unfortunately, Marc and I are procrastinators. Fortunately, the baby hasn't come yet!

On Sunday, my parents and aunt came over. We cleaned, moved furniture (OK, I didn't move any furniture) and got things in order. We still have some little things to do, but if the baby came tonight, it would have a place to sleep. When I get decorations up, I'll post some pictures.

June 24, 2005

Baby Pool!

So it's a little late, but it's still fun to get all the guesses. I was inspired to do this after one of the WebMD regulars posted hers this afternoon.

Visit here to enter your guess for when the baby will be born, how much the baby will weigh, how long the baby will be and whether the ultrasound was right or wrong!

June 23, 2005

38 week appointment update

I went to see the midwife again today. All is well!

My blood pressure is good. I have gained 28 pounds total. I am about 70% effaced, but not dilated yet. Monique said that she thinks the baby is pretty big--her guess for today was 7 1/2 pounds! The baby has not dropped yet, but is head down (which was confirmed today with a quick ultrasound of my lower belly). I had some weird pains the other day which are normal because of where the baby is resting right now. I have had some contractions, but they aren't coming regularly so as to worry about them.

I go back on Wednesday to see my OB.

June 22, 2005

There are a few things about being pregnant that still amaze me

1. I'm tired ALL the time. Not just late at night, not just when I first get up in the morning--ALL DAY LONG FOR 40 WEEKS! Sure, I had a few weeks in the second trimester when I had a bit more energy, but I'm pretty tired constantly. I am now more exhausted than ever. I yawn from the time I wake up in the morning until the time I hit the pillow at night.

2. When I'm not yawning, I'm going to the bathroom. This has also been very consistent for me. It was actually one of the first pregnancy symptoms I had. Now, of course, it's much worse than it was before, but I haven't slept through the night since October.

3. Even when you are a larger woman, you get a big, pregnant belly! I LOVE my belly. It's really neat. It gets hard, I can feel various parts of the baby, my belly button is almost non-existent right now. It's really cool. I will miss it when the baby comes.

4. Some days, I can't stop eating. Other days, I don't want to eat a thing.

5. Feet and ankles can swell to enormous sizes. They can also expand so that you only have one pair of shoes left that fit. I had two pairs up until about two weeks ago, but they just kept expanding. I really hope that my feet go back to normal after the baby comes.

6. If you get sick while you're pregnant, you might be stuck with a runny nose until you deliver. I hope that delivery makes mine go away.

7. As one of my WebMD "friends" said the other day, almost anything you tell your OB or midwife during pregnancy will be met with the answer "That's common at your stage of pregnancy."

8. I will not dwell on my increased snoring, but I'm sure Marc can tell some tales. It's one of the less "cute" things about pregnancy.

9. Marc walks faster than I do now. Marc is usually a SLOW walker, but I've had to ask him to slow down lately.

10. People are really nice to pregnant women! Women will start talking to you and then start fondly remembering their own pregnancies and you will be chatting about personal things in no time. It's really nice. I'll be one of those advice-givers soon, which still seems so strange to me.

June 18, 2005

Congratulations to Loyal BOAN Reader Mollie Gerhard

Mollie is getting married today!

We're so sorry we can't be in Boston for the festivities, but we wish you and Chris all the best!

June 15, 2005

My Big Belly

Here are two belly shots to show you how much I've grown:

May 29 - 35 weeks, 1 day

June 15 - 37 weeks, 4 days

Why Homeschool? #1

So my kid won't be subjected to the peanut ghetto:

"If children at a neighboring table have peanut butter, we ask them to pick a friend and move to another table," McGuire said. "We don't want to make it feel like a punishment; we just really want them to be aware that their peanut butter actually can be harmful to a student."

In the past few years, the school's cafeteria has stopped serving all products containing peanuts, McGuire said. That includes the old lunchtime standby, the peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

The school even removed the Snickers bars and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups from the vending machines in the teachers' lounge, McGuire said.

Sweet Jesus.

The silver lining in this peanut allergy craze is that Black History Month should be a lot more fun - instead of doing a boring old report on George Washington Carver, the kids can burn him in effigy.

June 14, 2005

Into the Homestretch

I now see my doctor or midwife every week. I went back today to see Monique, the midwife, after a slight scheduling screw-up. I haven't made any progress since Thursday, which, as far as I'm concerned, is just fine! Monique suggested taking Evening Primrose Oil caplets a few times a day to help get my body prepared (but not induce labor). My blood pressure was still a little high, but no other problems (except my swollen feet). I may have dropped a pound or two since my last appointment, but time of day of my appointment probably affected that.

After my appointment, I made a quick run to Motherhood Maternity for another pair of shorts. It's too hot for me to want to wear anything else! If we have any more kids, I'm aiming for April or May due dates!

My cold is still around, though it's getting much better.

June 10, 2005

A Deluge of Gifts, 2 Appointments with the Midwife and One Childbirth Class

It's been an incredibly busy few weeks here as the baby's expected arrival date is less than a month away!

Since my last posting, we have had three (yes, three) more baby showers--2 for me, 1 for Marc! We are really lucky to have so many thoughtful people surrounding us. We will have the best-dressed baby around and the most well-read child in town! On Memorial Day weekend, I had a great time at my shower with all of my high school girlfriends (though I've been friends with most of them for a lot longer than that) and some of our moms. They had a book-themed shower, so in addition to wonderful gifts, we also got some of the best kids' books out there. On the Tuesday following Memorial Day, I had a shower at the office that was really nice, too. The following day, Marc's co-workers threw a shower for him at the library!

I have been to see the midwife twice since my last posting and am happy to report that all is well. I have gained 22 pounds total so far, which isn't too bad (and it seems like almost all of it is belly). The baby is head down (great news!) and the baby's butt is on my right-hand side. When the baby really gets moving, that butt can be pushed right up against me and be very noticeable. My blood pressure was a little high at my appointment yesterday, so I have to keep an eye out for all of those nasty problems I had a few weeks back. I have started effacing (was around 50% yesterday), but still have some progress to make before labor.

Last Saturday, my mom and I went to my childbirth preparation class. We chose to do an all-day class instead of the several weeks that others go through. It was really wonderful. The instructor was great and there were only 6 other couples in the class. I was quite nervous as we watched videos of deliveries, but I don't think there's much I can do about it now!

Unfortunately, I came down with a nasty cold this week. I have been home all week, drinking lots of water, one or two cups of hot tea each day and not taking any medicine. It seems to be getting a little better (and fortunately, I didn't have a fever), but it looks like I will not be doing much of anything this weekend to continue my efforts to shake this cold. I was very lucky this week to have Marc home to take care of me a few days this week. He's going to be a great stay-at-home dad.

Work on the nursery continues. We (OK, Marc) had a lot of things to dismantle and move around to get it into its current state. Finishing that may be our big fun for the weekend. That, and watching more baseball.