Archive for June, 2011

Week 35!

June 30th, 2011

I started this week with a bang! But before I share that lovely story, here’s my Week 35 bump photo!

Ok, now with the story. So on Sunday my sister and I were playing a nice, friendly game of miniature golf at her company’s employee appreciation day. I think we were on about Hole 10 and I got a hole-in-one! So of course I started jumping around (probably not the smartest idea for a pregnant lady.) However, the jumping is not what did me in.

As I was getting off the course I caught my flip flop on the edge and proceeded to fly forward first landing on my knees. I’m assuming that my belly then pulled me forward because I somehow ended up on my forearms. Club and ball went flying. I’m sure I looked like a giant pregnant pancake on the sidewalk there. However a pancake with her ass up in the air. I consciously knew I couldn’t let me belly hit the ground (I even remember checking to make sure it wasn’t touching the pavement when I was laying there) so at least I protected my little one.

Of course I was laughing hysterically at my wonderful ballerina-esque moves until I looked down and noticed I’d torn my pants and I was bleeding pretty badly. Then the tears came. I think I was more upset that I only had a month left of wearing those stupid maternity pants and I’d ruined them. That meant I’d have to go get another pair. Boo.

When I got home my husband took good care of me and bandaged me up. I called the doctor’s office the next day and spoke with a nurse. She assured me that since I’m not bleeding and the baby’s been moving normally that all is well. I’m sure I’ll have to retell the story when I go to my appointment today. So moral of the story: If you’re pregnant and you get a hole-in-one while playing mini golf, watch where you step. And maybe don’t wear flip flops. :)

Anyways, back to week 35 happenings. According the Fit Pregnancy, the baby is apparently the size of a small roasting chicken. Which really means he’s about 5 1/4 pounds and over 18 inches long. Baby’s growing fast. And he could be born any day now and be strong enough to survive!

Everything else has been going pretty smoothly. My Father-in-Law generously offered to buy us a car seat (the last thing we absolutely need before the baby gets here) so we should have that next week sometime. Carpal tunnel is still acting up and I’ve had some lower back pain and groin pain.  My husband tells me it’s my sciatic nerve or something. I’ll ask the doctor. Oh and I’m incapable of sleeping through the night. Between the multiple trips to the bathroom and just not being able to get comfortable, sleep has not been great. But honestly, everything’s really been quite good. Can’t wait to meet the little stinker!

Something Sweet is in the Air!

June 27th, 2011

I told y’all a couple weeks ago about the possibility of Texas passing its own Food Cottage Law. Guess what?

Governor Rick Perry did something right and signed the bill about a week ago! That means its now totally legal to sell baked goods out of a home! If you’re curious to learn more about the bill click here.

I can’t officially start anything until September 1st, per the bill, but I’m working on something sweet!

Just a little preview! Don’t worry I’ll keep you updated when I have more details!

 

Font Fanatic Friday! Vol. 6

June 24th, 2011

This week’s free downloadable font comes to you from UrbanFonts. It’s called Harry P and it actually comes with three fonts when downloaded: Harry P, Lumos and Parsel Tongue!

If you haven’t watched the trailer yet for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II, watch it now! It looks amazing. I’m hoping baby boy will stay in long enough for me to watch this when it comes out in a few weeks!

34 Week Update!

June 23rd, 2011

According to TheBump.com I’ve only got 37 more days until the baby’s due date. Holy crap, where did the time go?

I’ve been trying to do a lot of last minute things to get ready for his arrival. I started packing a hospital bag this week. Of course I had to run to Target to buy some stuff to fill the hospital bag. I bought a comfy new robe and some new lounge-y pants. Here’s what I’ve got so far:

  • 2 pairs lounge-y pants
  • 1 robe
  • 5 pairs of socks
  • 5 pairs of underwear
  • 2 tank tops
  • 1 nursing bra
  • 2 baby outfits – hat, onesie, socks (one 0-3 months and one 3-6 months)
  • 1 baby blanket

I think that’s it so far. I know I’ve got more to add but I’m trying to be realistic about the bag. I mean I’m only gonna be there for a couple days so I don’t need to pack like I’ll be gone for a week. And if I need more the hospital is a 10 minute drive from home so someone can always run home and get me something if I need it.

I also washed our stash of cloth diapers today. I was super nervous that I’d melt them or something but they all survived. Right now we only have 10, 5 of each of two brands. We do plan to buy more but didn’t want to purchase a ton in case it doesn’t work out for some reason.

The baby is the weight of a melon this week – a little under 5 pounds and almost 18 inches long. If he takes after his daddy, I’ve got a hunch he’s even longer.

I go back to the doctor next Thursday for another check-up. This time they’re actually going to do an exam and test me for Strep B. I’m hoping this is the appointment where they’ll be able to estimate the size of the baby too. I’ve also brainstormed a couple questions for the doctor:

  • How far past the due date will I be allowed to go before I get induced?
  • My insurance covers me to stay in the hospital for 48 hours for a vaginal exam and 72 for a c-section. When does that time start? Is it from the time I show up at the hospital or from the time the baby’s born?

Oh I also remembered to give my husband my mom and sister’s phone numbers for when I go into labor and I gave my mom my husband’s number for the same reason. And I ordered some last minute reading on Amazon that I should have later today: Ina May’s Guide to Child Birth, The Happiest Baby on the Block and Secrets of the Baby Whisperer. I’ve only got 5 weeks to read them so wish me luck. Especially if the little bugger comes early!

If y’all can think of anything else I need to be doing, please let me know!

I Wanna Be a Xena:Warrior Princess!

June 20th, 2011

I think.

As I mentioned on Friday, my husband and I had our first child birthing class on Saturday. We spent a majority of the five hours doing introductions and finding out what each couples’ fears are about child birth and parenting. It was very interesting and very eye-opening and definitely comforting to hear that everyone had some fears about this whole baby/parent thing – many of them, the same as ours.

One topic that came up numerous times was the idea of pain management during labor, especially the idea of the epidural. Up until this point I think I just assumed I’d get an epidural. I never really considered not having one an option. I know that sounds dumb, but I just didn’t.

However, after hearing some of the other ladies in the class talk about it and listening to the instructor describe the stages of labor and contractions, I have to admit, the idea of doing it sans epidural seems totally doable. I realize that I will definitely be more aware of the pain (I do think I have a pretty high tolerance for pain though) and that it won’t be easy, but is labor ever easy?

The instructor mentioned how gratifying it can feel to know that you were able to push the baby into life on your own and feel him or her every step of the way. She said women that do it au natural feel empowered to know they had the strength to do it without pain meds. I can’t imagine how satisfying that must feel.

The instructor mentioned the importance of changing positions during labor to help it progress and get the baby into position. I’m worried that with an epidural I’ll be stuck in bed because I won’t be able to walk. I’m also worried that I won’t feel the urge to push. I know the doc will tell me when to push but I feel like my pushing might be more effective if I can actually feel when it’s time to do it.

We also went on a tour of the hospital on Saturday. The guide made sure we knew that if we were even considering an epidural to let them know when we check in. She said that sometimes it can take up to 30 minutes to get one so if you warn them ahead of time that you may want it they’ll be more prepared. I guess I need to keep my options open.

But I totally want to be a Xena: Warrior Princess, of labor anyways. (That’s what my instructor was calling ladies that birthed their babies sans epidural.)

How did y’all decide what to do? Did you get an epidural or are you a Warrior Princess?