Monday, April 26, 2010

Good Things Are Happening

Lately things have been going really well. Jonathan is enjoying his new job, the pregnancy is going well, and our little girl is due in less than 30 days!! I had a prenatal today and everything is perfect - my midwife said I'm a textbook case right now. The baby has started to drop, she's in a great position, and her heart tones were good. Next week I get my belly painted at my prenatal. I'm really excited for that!

Our friends Chris and Rachel had their second, a boy, on the 10th of April and I've been enjoying cuddling him. I can't wait until my little one is here, but it's fun to get some of my newborn cravings satisfied.

I thought I would be bored out of my wits by now and ready to head back to work, but I am loving the down time. I'm actually quite busy, busier than I thought I would be, but it stops me from obsessing about when the baby will arrive. She will get here when she gets here and I'm pretty sure she is going to be late.

Life doesn't always go smoothly, but when it does I'm trying to take the time to enjoy and appreciate how good things are. Tonight the Blazers play game #5 in the playoff series. If they win this game life will be fantastic!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

4 Days Left

I only have four work days left! It's hard to believe my time at the bookstore is almost up. I've loved my time there and I don't think I will ever have another opportunity to work with such fabulous people. Unless I go back after a few months off. Right now I'm confident that is not going to happen, but I am also a fickle, fickle person. (Just ask my husband about gliders in the nursery).

Next Sunday I will officially be a stay at home mom. For now that means laying around, wearing very little clothing since nothing fits anymore, and eating tons of cupcakes because I can't have chocolate and cupcakes have been the next best thing. And continuing my walking and exercise routines because I want this baby to come before June.

I have a feeling these last few weeks are going to be hard on the bank account. I went to Fred Meyer today to buy a couple things. Somehow my purchases went from four things to nearly $100.00. I headed for the pharmacy aisle to buy sunscreen only to find myself in the baby section buying bibs and socks. I aimed my cart for the produce section only to find myself in the men's clothing section buying a large t-shirt because I can't fit in a lot of my maternity clothes anymore. And the husband is no help because he is not a large man. His shirts stopped fitting over my belly at the sixth month mark and I wasn't able to get his pants over my hips before I got pregnant.

Now that I will be home all the time I'm afraid I'll just end up buying more stuff. The other night I went a little crazy online buying last minute things we MUST have for the baby. Despite my desire to be rational and think about what we really need for the baby I find myself wanting every baby thing I see these days. Add in the constant cravings and hunger and I just may spend our daughter's college fund before she's born.

In all seriousness, I will miss work a lot. Right now when I'm at work all I can think about is being home. Everything hurts and I'm tired and cranky most of the time. However, after a week home I bet I'll be tired of afternoon naps, unplanned trips to Target and walks with the dog. My initial plan was to work on the nursery, but my super organized, must have everything ready way in advance self, almost has the nursery finished. I wanted to be done by May 1st, but as of now we only have one project left to complete.

And so, starting next Sunday I will wait. I will be 35 weeks pregnant then. It's hard to believe, but this baby will come out and pretty soon we're going to have a little girl. I can't wait to meet her, but those last 5 weeks are going to be tough.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Almost 34 weeks

On Friday I will hit 34 weeks and I cannot wait. Time has really started to drag lately and I haven't even quit working yet! April 17th is my last day of work and I'm not sure what I'm going to do with my time after that. I think I will enjoy being lazy for a little while. And I'm going to love staying in sweats all day since my pants aren't fitting so well anymore.

When I was first pregnant I couldn't quite grasp the concept that I would be hugely pregnant at some point. I woke up on day 1 of week 33 and realized my days of being huge had begun. Right now I'm at the point where I don't know how much bigger I can get, and I don't know how my baby will fit inside of me if she gets much bigger. Now I know why everyone hopes for an early delivery date.

I'm tired and grumpy and I have a constant headache. I cannot wait to put on non-maternity clothes. As soon as I can get back into pre-pregnancy jeans I am boxing up the maternity clothes and hiding them in the attic. The other day Jonathan asked me when I wanted to have our second baby. I didn't know if I should hit him or throw up. When a woman is 8 months pregnant you don't ask her when she may want to become pregnant again. It's just not a good idea.

Throughout the pregnancy I've had trouble eating and gaining weight, but that has been no problem these past couple weeks. I put on 8 pounds in a month and I'm sure when I have my next appointment on Monday I'll have gained a bit more. I'm craving salt and cheese constantly right now. Hopefully Jonathan will remember to bring home some potato chips after racquetball tonight!

So I'm growing, baby is growing and we're all getting ready for her to arrive. I'll post some more pictures on Facebook in a few days when I've come to grips with just how huge I am now. On the positive side of things I have great genes and have thus far avoided stretch marks!

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