Saturday, August 20, 2011

34 Weeks

I think a belly picture in the midst of our moving chaos appropriately documents this pregnancy.  

How far along: 34 weeks, 4 days

Total weight gain: 21 pounds

Maternity clothes:  Yes.  Definitely.

Feeling: Pretty good!  No complaints really.  Sometimes I catch myself waddling and try to straighten up and walk like a normal person again.  Bending over to pick something off the floor isn't so easy anymore.  

Sleep: Getting a little more difficult.  It takes awhile to get comfortable, I wake up at least once a night, and often find myself flipped over on my back when I wake up, which hurts sometimes.  Then I struggle a bit like a turtle to flip back over.  

Food cravings or aversions: Muffins are my new thing, and my love for potatoes is still going strong.

Appointment Update:
My 32 and 34 week appointments both went well.  I saw a midwife at 32 weeks just to try one out at the practice, and waited for an hour and 15 minutes to see her.  She did take more time with me, but I'm going back to the doctor group.  At my next appointment I was in and out in 15 minutes.  Yes, I'll take efficient over chatty any day.  The midwife thinks the baby is vertex, and I do too based on much stronger movement up at my ribs than down low.  I'll make sure they check again at 36 weeks, but right now we're on track for a regular old delivery.  Blood pressure's good, the baby's measuring right on track, etc. - uneventful, which is good!!  I've been given no weight estimates and there are no more ultrasounds planned, which is fine with me.

Movement: Consistent movement every day and it seems to be slowing down a bit.  Makes sense to me, since there isn't as much room in there anymore!  

Gender: Final prediction - boy.  The cup of crystals I peed into this week confirmed this.  (It was some gender prediction kit that Lana bought me as a joke.)

Labor Signs: occasional cramping and maybe a contraction or two (not that I would know what they feel like), but nothing that needs timed.  Probably just Braxton Hicks.

What I miss: Being as active as I would like.  Being at home with my friends and family.  The distance seems really far to me now that I am confined here for the next however many months and can't/shouldn't travel very far.

What I'm nervous about:
 Having enough time to prepare everything for the baby before it arrives.  The crib is still in pieces in our garage, and will need some time to dry and off-gas before we put it together.  I know that the crib isn't necessary at first, but I would like to get the nursery painted/put together before I have the baby.  We'll get there!  I keep saying, "Just give me three more weeks and then let's get this whole labor and delivery thing out of the way!".  We could have a baby in two weeks or six+ weeks, so maybe I'll end up with plenty of time for everything!

I'm also nervous about what we'll do with Bonnie if I have to go to the hospital in the middle of the night.  We now live pretty far from our hospital and are only able to drop her off at our usual boarding place between 7 and 7, if they have room for her.  I really don't feel like I know anyone well enough here to ask them to deal with my dog, and don't want Brent to leave me at the hospital while I'm in labor to run home to take Bonnie somewhere.  I'm trying to work this all out and like so many other things, it just depends on when the baby comes.

What I'm looking forward to: Maternity pictures tomorrow and getting the nursery finished.

Milestones and new this week: The baby weighs about 5.5 pounds and is working on gaining weight and getting those lungs ready.    


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Luckiest

I very regretfully missed my friend Mel's wedding in Ft. Wayne this past weekend because after our last hectic travel experience a few weeks ago I was concerned that I might drop this baby on the airport floor at 34 weeks (and no one wants to see that).  I heard that she and Andy danced to "The Luckiest" by Ben Folds.  This is a personal favorite of mine and was nearly our first dance song until I gave in to Brent's suggestion since I get my way with most everything else.  He's a good man.

There's no other way to describe how I feel after my wonderful weekend of baby showers in Indianapolis other than, "I am The Luckiest".  I was truly overwhelmed with the number of people who attended my showers and how nice everything was for Lima Bean.  So without further ado, here are pictures - lots and lots of them:

Friday night, July 29th - ex-BKD Girls' Club Shower

The sacred cupcakes - reserved especially for our showers.

Sweet little treat bags

These ladies really outdid themselves.  They went together and bought us our high chair, pack and play, and lots of books!  I had such a nice time catching up with them; what a great little shower!!  A big thanks to Christi and Jay for having us stay with them that night as well, since our belongings were packed into a semi that afternoon:

Saturday, July 30th - Lunch at the Propylaeum

Mom threw a wonderful shower for Lima Bean at a tea room downtown, and everything was fantastic, down to the smallest detail.

 We had the whole Carriage House to ourselves.  It was a perfect venue for our crowd!

College friends making Play-Doh babies.  Alli was the winner, but sadly I did not get a picture of her swaddled purple baby with the fresh flower on her hat.  Other games were "Come Up with a Girl Name for Lindsey" and Baby Bottle lottery tickets.  As luck would have it, the lottery ticket at my seat had the baby bottle.

Emma, Cake Baker Extraordinaire and the very delicious white shower cake. 

Loved the polka dot ribbon

With MBA friends Jana and Betsy

With Rachel and her twins, who are almost half baked now!!  Unbelievable. 

DFAS friends - Alli, Lori, Christa, and Megan

Ashley and our matching belly button sweat marks.  It was hot in there for two very pregnant ladies. 

College friends - Becca, Ashley, Laura, Mel, Emma, Emily, and 4 future MC babies waiting to be born 

With Ashley, new mommy to Jack - not pictured, but you can almost see his carseat.  Such a good baby!

The woman who made it all happen (the shower, not the baby)- my favorite Mommy, Big Lou

MaMa and Grandma Pillers

With my gorgeous cousins Baleigh and Megan

With my gorgeous aunts, too! 

All our loot in Mom and Dad's living room.  We are seriously so lucky.

The men-folk, celebrating the baby in their own way on Sunday - with a Rib Fest in the garage.

Thank you so much to everyone who showered our baby with so much love and so many gifts!  It was beyond wonderful to see everyone and I hated to leave. 


Sunday, August 14, 2011

Technical Difficulties

Something's wrong with our computer, where all of my pictures are stored, and I can't blog about the wonderful baby showers thrown recently in Indianapolis. I know that I'm getting behind, but it's not's Comcast. Right now the only piece of technology I can get to work is my iPad, as long as it's not trying to use Adobe Flash.

Just wanted to let you know I'm still here, still alive (barely), and that the baby's still baking. I hope to have connectivity again to do a 34 Week post in a few days!