Friday, September 26, 2008

Beginning to feel like a watched pot that never boils...

Yeah, that pretty much sums it up.

Oh - I fixed it so anyone can leave comments. Sorry, I'm new to having a blog. Feel free to leave us comments now!!

Took a 38 week pic of the belly this week... thare she blows!

Technically, she's still got 3 weeks to make her appearance, but I've only got about an ounce of patience left. :-) No, no, it's not really that bad. Though it is much harder to not think about it all the time. The first 2 weeks of maternity leave were nice, quiet, calm, and relaxing. I got so much cleaning done, I got all the clothes washed, the room set up. I cleaned the kitchen every day, made dinner at night, and did it all again the next day.

Slowly as time goes by it's harder to keep up with the chores. I'm more tired than I was even a week ago. My body is just done.

But, there are definitely times when I know I will miss being pregnant. I will miss when her kicks and punches aren't our little secret anymore. I will miss the conversations I have with her when it's 3 am and I can't sleep. I'll miss saying, "Sorry, Baby!" when I accidentally bump my belly on the counter or with the refrigerator door...

Listening to my affirmations last night, one jumped out at me. My job right now is to just relax. I need to really work on that. Just relax. Take it one hour at a time. Don't rush this. Don't feel pressured to do anything that my body and my baby isn't ready to do. She will come when the time is right for her to be born.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Practice, practice..

Now, I hesitate to put all this out there in the universe b/c I don't want anyone to get all frantic and hopeful. So, don't go all crazy, it's just the joy that is the uncertainty of pregnancy.

Last night around 6, after a big dinner, I started having back pain and ctx (contractions). These ctx were like nothing I'd EVER felt before. I actually had to breathe through them, and use my natural childbirth hypnosis techniques to get through them. They were about 5-8 min apart and I could do nothing but lie down.

Anyway, I checked my cervix after 2 hours of these ctx and was more dilated than I was a week ago so I was all types of excited - until I looked at my hand and realized I had some bleeding. Kinda scary, but exciting! So I paged my midwife who called me right back, and told me to go right to bed. She told me that if I slept through the night it was most likely not labor, but to keep her posted if I had ctx that woke me up.

I had a few that did wake me up around 12:30 am, and again at 4 am, but they definitely were petering out. At 7 am, I told Chris it was fine if he went to the gym as planned. I got up myself, showered, and didn't feel many ctx at all.

I did a Hypnobabies script, fell asleep. Had a few more painful ctx while lying down. Chris got home from the gym around 10 am. He was going to run out and get some things from the store (last night during the ctx I was dying for some of those ice pops that break in half, and since it was Sunday night nothing was open so he couldn't go out and get me anything) but since things were slowing down for me I decided to go with him. We went to the liquor store for wine for me (just to have it on hand for when real labor begins) and to the food store. I didn't have many ctx while we were out, and the ones I did have were definitely just BH (braxton hicks); not the "real thing"...

So we continue to wait. Practice, practice...

It's tough trying to stay patient now. Since we got back I've just been sitting on my birth ball, drinking pregnancy tea, and trying not to feel frustrated.

Come on, little girl, Mommy and Daddy really want to meet you!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Welcome to our blog!

Christopher and I decided that with our baby's due date fast approaching, we needed to start a blog. This will be a place where we can share all our thoughts, feelings, and of course, our pictures, with all our family and friends.

As of tomorrow, I will be 38 weeks pregnant! It has been a long and arduous journey since last January, but as the weather gets cooler and we realize that October is just a little over a week away, we cannot believe how quickly time has gone by.

This pregnancy hasn't been devoid of some drama, but thankfully everything is fine with the baby and since starting my maternity leave early, I am also feeling pretty good! We are so anxious to meet our baby and get to know her.

We have been very busy working on our house and preparing the baby's room for her arrival.

And of course, the kitties think this whole room is for them, so...

Until next time...