Thursday, 26 September 2013

27 days!

27 days left and 2 days left of work. Time is going so fast now!

So much has happened in the past 10 days:

My sister in law was induced and gave birth to a 4lb 3oz little man. He is tinier than I thought he would be but is doing well. His little chest is moving a mile a minute but he is off oxygen and I think he is a fighter.

We had our prenatal photo shoot with our amazing wedding photographer. Here is a sneak peek:

Baby A's nursery is 95% ready. Monitor is set up. Book shelves are up. Diaper genie is assembled. I just need to make some tweaks to the mobile and get the bedding all ironed. 

Next Tuesday I will be getting my test for Strep B and having my first "check".  Then we move to weekly appointments until this little guy decides to arrive. His movements hurt more now and I have been having brutal round ligament pain. I am quite surprised I haven't fallen to the ground yet.

My memory is slipping. I walk into rooms and can't remember what I wanted. I am worse than ever with peoples names and I say the wrong words all the time. Baby brain is a very strange thing. 

Favourite things right now:
  • The Glee Beatles mix. Love it!
  • Long showers
  • Hot cocoa
  • Fresh bread
  • My new lululemon wonder under crops.   

Oh and one last thing. I started drinking raspberry tea yesterday. It is safe after 36 weeks and is said to help tone the uterus for contractions. 

"The specific combination of nutrients in Raspberry Leaf makes it extremely beneficial for the female reproductive system. It strengthens the uterus and pelvic muscles which some midwives say leads to shorter and easier labors." source

Even if it doesn't help, who doesn't enjoy a warm mug of tea on a chilly fall morning??

Sunday, 15 September 2013

38 days

I have two weeks left of work. Two weeks!

The nursery is now 80% complete. We need a chair for nursing and a light/sound machine or at least a lamp. We also bought two new chairs from Target for the living room because we figured visitors after the baby arrives won't be as amenable to sitting on the floor as our other guests have been.

I talked to my mom on Friday night and asked her important questions like "I read I should bring depends to the hospital, is that true?" and "I need to get nipple cream for my hospital bag, what should I get?".   You know those first time, awkward conversations you have with your parents.

I wish my mom was here. I wish my sister was here. To be fair I wish my whole family was here. It hurts my heart that they won't all won't have the same newborn pictures with Baby A that my niece and nephew have.

Things I have noticed in this final stage of pregnancy:

  • I am not hungry. Thirsty yes, but most days I can't be bothered eating. I think this is because my stomach is being compressed to about the size of a peanut. 
  • When I do feel like eating, I have been craving all things pumpkin. I blame this on all the talk about the revival of the pumpkin spice latte.
  • The baby gets the hick-ups about once a day. At work the other day, my colleague and I were at a meeting and I told her to look at my belly because you could see the flick, flick, flick of his baby hick-ups. 
  • My back and shoulders are getting really tight. I was doing forward bends yesterday to stretch my hamstrings and my back hurt more than anything. This is probably something I should work on. 
  • Update on the car: with the seat in the middle back it fits! While we will still need a new car later we will probably put it on the back burner until spring.
  • Time is going so fast now!!
To do's:
  • Pack the baby's hospital bag.
  • Maternity photos are this week!
  • Do a test drive to the hospital in rush hour (just in case)
  • Buy new pyjamas and slippers for my hospital bag. 
  • Figure out what (if any) chair to get for the nursery. 
I feel like I am 5 years old again waiting for Christmas!