July, 2009

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Cold Pack for Baby Boo-boos

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Okay, I am not normally one to purchase plastic silliness, but these little “Peas Cold Therapy” packs actually sound like a legitimately useful item to have on hand with a little kiddo.   I’ll have to watch for them to be on sale at CVS.

Stack N’ Smile Photo Blocks

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Just another idea for something I want to remember.

I have this paranoia that our child, while very young, will not know his/her grandparents, aunt & uncle, cousins and extended family back in IL upon sight.  So when I saw an ad for these “stack n smile photo blocks” I thought what a perfect idea is might be to have something like that for our kiddo.

Having this soft little block the baby can safely slobber on, chew on, and look at to remember what my parents look like sounds pretty cool!

Portable Placemat

Friday, July 31st, 2009

I’ve been pouring through the zillion baby related magazines that have flooded our home during the past nine months.  They came from all sorts of sources and have some neat ideas, but where on earth do you keep track of an idea you might have for a future use without clogging your house with paper…yup, our blog, cuz it has a cool, easy to use category function!!

So every once and a while I’m going to post about something on here that I either thought was a good idea, a neat product to purchase in the future or just something I want to remember.  And hey, it might be useful info for someone else too.

I found this ad for a portable placemat that I thought was pretty neat.  Not necessarily something I want to buy, but maybe something to try sewing down the road.  I always watch infants take those paper placemats at restaurants and with one hand whoosh the food and fragile placemat onto the floor.  So the thought of having something more substantial, washable and potentially less likely to end up on the floor sounds good. Plus, I’m all for reusable, washable stuff!

Great Ultrasound Results

Friday, July 31st, 2009

We went to the ultrasound appointment yesterday and the baby is doing great, got a perfect score in fact.  So that gave me a one week reprieve to go into labor on my own.  I need to have the baby by next Wednesday or that is when the midwife wants to have a final induction/c-section conversation.

Prayers…prayers…prayers!!  (no pressure or anything…)

40+ Weeks

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

All right…we need prayers.  The baby and my body have made absolutely no progress toward labor whatsoever.  Labor is, for whatever reason, not spontaneously happening on its own and it is starting to concern my midwife (and thus me!).

Tomorrow morning I’ve got an appointment for an ultrasound and non-stress test to find out if the baby is still doing well and just is camping out for a longer than normal period.  We’ll also find out approximately how big the baby is too!  This is actually a concern of the midwife’s, that the baby is really, really big and is not engaging in the pelvis…potentially because it can’t.  In the medical world that means c-section.  EEK!

So please say a prayer for this labor to begin, for the baby to be like 7 pounds and for things to progress naturally, albeit quickly!

Things Are Quiet

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

My now five night ritual of contractions continued last night.  Dave hasn’t gotten much sleep the past two nights because of me tossing and turning trying to get comfortable through contractions and then of course he’s wondering if it is real labor starting.  I’m not sleeping much at night, but at least I can sleep during the day whenever a nap feels like a good idea.

Last night my dad called and said, “so the calendar says here that a baby is due today”.  Yup, I’m just part of the 95% of gals who do not deliver on their due date.

So me and the incredible movable baby belly are just hanging out again today.

No Baby News, Yet. Sorry I’ve Been Gone Lately!

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

So I’ve been really bad about updating the blog lately due to fatigue and general impatience with a computer that was behaving slowly.  The computer is fine now, but I’m still fatigued so updates will probably remain pretty random until after the baby is born and things settle down.

In baby news, there really isn’t any.  Baby is doing great.  I’m still doing fine.  Due date is TOMORROW!!  I have been having contractions, but they are either far apart or stop after a couple of hours.   Let me put it this way, we’ll have a baby by August 9th because that is probably the last day my midwife would let me go past my due date.

Today Dave and I are actually taking a day at home to ourselves!!  Probably one of our last for a long time.  We’ve been busy running baby errands or generally getting ready for weeks now.  I think our work has paid off though and we’re pretty ready…or as ready as you can be for a first baby!

Prayers are totally appreciated these days.  Especially for a safe, natural and healthy delivery of a healthy, happy baby!

A Quote That Spoke to Me

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Every once and a while God seems to like to reach out, grab a hold of me by the heartstrings and remind me of something.  So today I’m reading through some blogs I like and came across this quote:

IT is wholly impossible to live according to Divine order, and to make a proper application of heavenly principles, as long as the necessary duties which each day brings seem only like a burden grievous to be borne. Not till we are ready to throw our very life’s love into the troublesome little things can we be really faithful in that which is least and faithful also in much. Every day that dawns brings something to do, which can never be done as well again. We should, therefore, try to do it ungrudgingly and cheerfully. It is the Lord’s own work, which He has given us as surely as He gives us daily bread. We should thank Him for it with all our hearts, as much as for any other gift. It was designed to be our life, our happiness. Instead of shirking it or hurrying over it, we should put our whole heart and soul into it.

— James Reed, Joy and Strength for the Pilgrim’s Day by Mary Wilder Tileston, p. 39 The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

ARGH!  Lately, I’ve been using my tiredness and body aches as an excuse not to keep up with things, especially around the house.  Now, I know better.  But this quote reminded me that even in the everyday stuff I am supposed to do it with excellence and cheerfulness.  Not perfection…only God is capable of that.  But with excellence and cheerfulness because I’m doing the work God wants me to do.

AHHHHHH! The SUN!!

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Okay, I truly am not a summer sun person because I really, really don’t like being hot.  This “summer” has been so horribly rainy with just enough humidity in the air to make it mostly yucky, but with temps that don’t go beyond like maybe 75 on a “hot” day.  So today, I’m actually relishing in the sun and warmth.  I never thought I was one of those folks effected by daylight, but today I even feel better as well has feeling like I have a little pep to my emotional state.

I took a little mini-drive this morning with the sunroof open, came home and even energetically put the final coat of paint on the baby’s dresser/changing table.  The dresser is basking in the sun drying right now.  This is be a happy surprise for Dave when he gets home.  He doesn’t like painting.  And as willing as he is to do things for me to make me happy and keep me from getting too pooped these days, I know he’ll be thankful he doesn’t have to tend to that last coat of paint.

I’ve noticed something new with both of my cats.  Bailey spends almost all his day either in the same room, next to me or sitting on me.  But lately, he has been REALLY attentive and needs picking up all the time.  Riley even has started sitting on my lap.  He is not normally a lap cat.  He’s a walk by for a petting, briefly sit near you for additional petting and then move along to sit elsewhere and sleep type of cat.  Lately, if I sit in Dave’s chair in the living room I will frequently find myself with Bailey draping himself across my belly and Riley sitting along side me.  Dave and I can’t figure out if the cats know “something” is amiss with me or if this is just a new needy phase they both entered at the same time.  It sure will be interesting to see these two guys with the baby.

Well, the sun is still shining (a new 4 hour record!!!) and I am still feeling pretty good so I’m going to go clean my living room and hopefully dining room before my body aches too badly to move.

Almost Ready for Baby

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Dave and I “finished” shopping for baby things over the weekend.  We had some nice Target gift cards so we decided to just go and finish buying everything we could think of, that we knew we absolutely needed.  Other stuff, I’m sure, will come up once the baby is here though.  Today I’m finishing laundering all the new baby things we’ve received and purchased.  On Sunday, Dave finished sanding the dresser/changing table so that it can be painted this week.  The humidity has just been too high around here lately to attempt a painting job, but this week is warmer and less humid so we can maybe finish that task.

I had fun yesterday making the crib up.  We’ll only be using the crib for maybe naps while we’re also in the room using the computer.  For the first several months, the baby will be sleeping in a co-sleeper next to our bed.

Wednesday I’ve got my 37 week appointment with the midwife.  Then in the evening we’ve got another interview with a pediatrician and then a tour of the hospital’s maternity unit.  Big day!

I’m still feeling pretty good.  My lower back, pelvis and hips hurt like the dickens by evening and for most of the night, but those are expected aches & pains of being 9 months pregnant.  Dave’s doing an amazing job of keeping up on our laundry and helping around the house with chores.  He worked and worked for about 6 solid hours on Sunday in the yard and the house.  It is a blessing to have such a supportive husband.

We’ve really only got a few things left to do before the baby comes.

  • Finish and set-up the dresser/changing table
  • Finish baby laundry (which I’m doing today)
  • Pack my bag for the hospital
  • And generally have the house ready for us to go