Monday, January 30, 2012

Weekend Glimpse

  • This weekend from 9:30a-12:30p, we had our first childbirthing class, at the clinic. Unfortunately Jason wasn't able to go with me because he was on call but I wasn't about to let that stop me from going. The class was really informative but I'm not sure how well I responded to all the information that was being thrown my direction. We went over the different stages of labor, breathing techniques, relaxation poses and different aspects of pregnancy. At one point we split into two groups, men and women, and we made lists of what we like and what we dislike about pregnancy. I had to take a picture of the men's list..gotta love their honesty.
  • I was finally able to get Amelia's curtains ironed and hung up in her room this weekend. I'm definitely not the person that irons in the family but with Jason being on call, I figured it wouldn't hurt to give the whole ironing thing a try. I actually did pretty good...I surprised myself at how easy it was to iron them.
  • We got our rocker/recliner for the living room this weekend and after some rearranging, we found the best setup for our living room. The boys love the chair, especially when they have a comfy blanket to lay on.
  • Muzzy was being all lovey dovey this weekend...he loves his little sister!

Even though Jason was on night call all weekend, I feel like we made the most out of our time and got a few big things marked off our list. The steady bout of contractions that I had on Friday night really seemed to get me motivated to mark a few more things off! Don't worry though..for as much as I did on Saturday and Sunday, I made sure to rest when I got too tired!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

House Tour

After three months, I figured it was a good time to show you the place that we call home. A few rooms aren't exactly how we want them but we're updating them when we can...owning and decorating a home is definitely more expensive than we thought it would be.
Anyway...what we have is ours and it is such a good feeling to be in a place of our own for once. Here ya go...the Conway home!Right when you walk into our front door, you can go upstairs or downstairs. If you go downstairs, then you have a large seating room, the soon-to-be man cave. The sectional couch and the large ottoman were given to us shortly after we moved in. We're hoping to refabric the ottoman to match the couch in the near future. We still need to get a TV for the basement so we can enjoy the large, comfy couch but for now that hasn't been a priority. The other side of the room has become home to the furniture that doesn't have a home. The wooden rocking horse was being given away by our neighbor and after we inspected it and found nothing wrong with it, we brought it home for Amelia. I think this will be a great playroom for Amelia once she gets a little older. The washer/dryer room is also downstairs but it wasn't clean so I left out that picture. Heading back upstairs, the first room to be seen is the living room. We just got our recliner/rocking chair so we had to rearrange our furniture this weekend so everything fit. Eventually we would like to mount our TV on the wall and get rid of the TV console, but that one is still on list. Right across from the living room is the kitchen/dining area. The kitchen wasn't as clean as I would have liked but I just washed the vacuum cleaner parts and they needed to stay on the counter to dry. Our table is in the same room...notice the high chair already assembled and sitting by the table. Behind the curtain is our back deck and back yard. With the windows in the dining area and in the living room, the house gets a lot of natural light, which we really like. After leaving the kitchen area, the hallway takes you to the guest bathroom and the bedrooms. The guest bathroom is the first room down the hall--it's a full bathroom, which has become my best friend over the past few weeks. I love taking baths in the evening to help relax before bed. The three bedrooms are all at the end of the hallway. The guest bedroom has been totally neglected since we moved in. We brought a king size bed with us because we thought we might use it in the master bedroom but we love how comfy our bed is so we put the big bed in the guest room. Unfortunately, the room isn't very big and the bed takes up the whole room. Eventually, we would like to make this an office with a daybed so there will be more room. Since we want to change up the room, then we haven't bought any bedding or curtains for the room. Having a bed for our guests is nice so we'll keep the big bed until we can get it fixed up. On the other side of the guest bedroom is the master bedroom and bathroom. We love our bedroom...it's so comfy! The master bathroom is a half bathroom...the bathroom is also my best friend throughout the night! Sometimes it's the littlest things that makes this mama happy! The other room is the nursery, which is by far my favorite room in the house. We didn't go with a theme for the nursery...we went with fun, girlie colors. I'm going to do a nursery reveal post with more details but here's a peek until then.
We love our house!! We couldn't be more thankful for the opportunity that we were given to purchase it and to be able to furnish it. Of course, there are things we want to change and update but it's a perfect first home for this family!! We can't wait to raise our family in it over the next few years!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Bump Updates: Week 36

Here is the bump update for week 36....
How far along? 36 weeks and 3 days (Saturday, January 28, 2012)
How big is the baby? The size of a crenshaw melon
Sleep? Sleep isn't going the greatest right now. If I remember to take some Tylenol before I go to bed, then I can sleep a little more sound. I feel like I'm either tossing and turning or going to the bathroom. I guess this is just preparing me for those nights of little to no sleep once she arrives.
Food Cravings? Raisin Bran with extra milk and toast with butter.
Gender? It's a GIRL...Amelia Jean
Best moment this week? Starting weekly appointments with the doctor. I love getting checked out weekly so I can keep an eye on my progress.
Development? Amelia's bones, except for her skull, have fully hardened and they are ready to take on the world. Her Ulnar grasp is perfected and she is ready to squeeze her daddy's fingers! Amelia is weighing in about 6 pounds and she is about 20 inches tall. She is almost ready to make her appearance and we couldn't be more excited.
Noteables? I had about a 40 minute time period where the contractions were consistent and painful. If they would have lasted 20 more minutes, we would have been making a call to the labor and delivery office. It freaked us out quite a bit...we realized we have a few things that we need to get finished before little one makes her arrival. We got a call this week from the furniture store and our rocker/recliner had arrived and was ready to be picked up. This morning Jason went and picked up the chair and put it in the living room. I also went to the first child birthing class this morning. The class is a three week series but class #1 was informative! It's crazy to think that when the series is over, it will be SOOO close to having our little girl here.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Productivity....Never Felt So Good!

  • Saturday morning, after we played out in the snow, we decided to get out and find a rocking chair/recliner for the house. We've been putting it off because we couldn't make up our mind on what style we wanted for the house and because Jason's schedule has been so crazy on the weekends that any time we had off we didn't want to be out shopping. We picked the perfect day to go furniture shopping because the snow kept a lot of people at home and we had the sales associate's undivided attention. After some haggling over the price, we finally were able to get the chair for a reasonable price! The estimated delivery date is February 13th...hope it comes on time or even a little early so we can make sure it's ready when we bring Amelia home.
  • Saturday evening, after many hours of discussion, we decided to hire a nanny/babysitter for Amelia. I think the term 'babysitter' is slowly disappearing and the term 'nanny' is being used more frequently. Either way...Ms. Raina will be coming over to our house and watching our sweet little girl for us while we are working. I've gotten the approval from my supervisor to have 8 weeks off and then we are going to discuss a more flexible schedule once I return. We have such a peace about this and just knowing that Amelia can be in the comfort of her own home for awhile is so nice. Did I mention that Ms. Raina is also a doula and that she loves everything that deals with childbirth, as well as the child. We are getting together to go over some materials and videos and hopefully put my mind at ease with the labor and delivery process.
  • Tickets to go back to Missouri in March have been bought and we couldn't be more excited. Jason's last vacation week is in March and we both wanted to get home and show off Amelia before summer started and he started his second year of residency. My mom, my sister and a few friends are planning a 'sip and see', which is similar to a baby shower (just with the baby) so I can get together with all my friends from back home!
  • The boys' vet visit has been made and it is tomorrow evening when I get off work. Muzzy needs his seizure medicine refilled and Bazzle needs to be seen so he can get a refill for his heartworm prevention medicine. I'm going to try and get the vet to give me multiple months of their medicine so that's one less thing I have to worry about!
  • I finally got around to printing off the blog book for 2011! We love adding each year's book to our shelf and this year seeing our book on our front doorstep was an awesome feeling!
  • I've updated Amelia's baby book with all the information that I could until she arrives. Sitting down, writing out feelings and seeing how far I've come in the pregnancy still seems unreal sometimes.

I still have a few things that I need to do but I'm slowly marking things off the list. Here is what I hope to accomplish before Amelia gets here:

  • Organize and label the storage containers in the garage.
  • Get carseats installed at the firehouse and get certification letter (hospital requires)
  • Iron Amelia's curtains and get them hung up
  • Touch up paint around the trim, ceilings and walls
  • Shampoo carpets--upstairs and downstairs
  • Finish packing hospital bag for Jason and myself
  • Make and freeze some meals
  • Print off pictures to add to Amelia's baby book
  • Find a pediatrician

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Snow, Snow Everywhere!

Snow. Something about it makes me smile. I turn into a five-year old little kid that wants to put on her snow boots and run around like a crazy in the white powder. We had been hearing about a snow storm that was suppose to blow through this area Friday evening drop about 2-4 inches of 'winter precipitation'.
Saturday morning around 4:30am I was up during one of my many bathroom breaks and I peeked outside the window. Snow was everywhere...and lots of it! I could barely contain my excitement. I rushed back to bed, gently nudged Jason and told him about the snow. From that second on, we were up, giddy and waiting for the smallest bit of sunlight to peek out from the clouds so we could go outside. Did I mention Jason worked until midnight and didn't fall asleep until 2am?
Finally, we got up around 7am, dressed in our warmest clothes, grabbed the snow shovel and we were out in the 5-6 inches of fresh powder.
I'm sure our neighbors were pleased to hear the scraping of the shovel on our driveway at 7am on a Saturday morning but we didn't care, we couldn't wait any longer!
The snow was so light, fluffy and beautiful on all the trees and shrubs.
When we had to go back outside for shoveling part 2, our neighbor came over and let us borrow his snow blower. Needless to say, Jason was in heaven! We'll definitely be on the search for a snow blower at the end of the winter season!
Funny story about the snow blower...or at least it is funny now. When Jason started cleaning off the sidewalk, he started blowing the snow in our yard but when he turned around, the snow was blowing on the section that he already cleaned off so he changed the blower head to blow out in the street. Well it wasn't ten minutes later and we had an older gentleman from a few houses down that wasn't happy. He proceeded to tell us that what we were doing was illegal and we could get arrested if the police were called. He didn't know where we came from but we should know better than to blow the snow out...no one else was allowed to do it and neither were we.
Seriously?! This hormonal mama apologized profusely and proceeded to go and grab the shovel to clean up as much of the snow in the street as possible. Doesn't anyone have any sort of kindness towards a new neighbor that just so happens to be as big as a house?! Oh well, I guess I should consider ourselves lucky that he didn't go back and call the cops and have us arrested. Next time I take the dogs out for a walk, I might just forget to use the doggy poo bags in front of his house. HA...only joking!
We tried to make a snowman but the snow wasn't very good at packing together so we just enjoyed the view from inside with a cup of hot cocoa! We LOVE snow!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Bump Updates: Week 35

Here is the bump update for week 35....
How far along? 35 weeks and 3 days (Saturday, January 21, 2012)
How big is the baby? The size of a honeydew melon (I must have messed up on a previous week because she's already been the size of a honeydew melon..oh well)
Sleep? Sleep has been a little bit better this week. My hips don't hurt has much so I'm able to stay on one side for a little bit longer than I had been. This week I've also noticed that I sleep with my mouth wide open. I think very little breathing is taking place through my nose.
Food Cravings? This week was all about the fruit...bananas, Cuties, pineapple
Gender? It's a GIRL...Amelia Jean
Best moment this week? I finally booked our flights home for Jason's March vacation. So exciting to think we are that close to seeing all our friends and family and even more exciting to know that Amelia will be with us!
Development? Amelia's circulatory system is complete and so is the musculoskeletal system. Her brain development is continuing to grow at a fast pace, which means when she comes out she'll be the smartest little girl around. All of her bones are still soft, including her skull, so she is able to make an easy entrance into the world. She has settled head down in the past week...her butt is pushing into my rib cage and making breathing a little more difficult.
Noteables? Walking is getting a little more difficult...I definitely feel like I've got the waddle down to perfection. I'm having a bit of pressure, which I know is my body's way of preparing for her arrival but it can be uncomfortable at times. I also have been waking myself up due to crazy dreams or a pile of drool on my pillow..more times than not it's the drool! I guess I'm so tired that my mouth muscles won't close anymore. Oh goodness! I also submitted my 'Leave of Absence' form into HR today for my maternity leave. It's getting closer!!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Showing Love

This morning, right before my alarm went off, I had to sneak a quick picture of Bazzle showing Amelia some love. Any chance he gets to lay on my belly and show his sissy some love, then he's there! Someone is already in LOVE with his baby sister! So sweet!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Green Scrubs Explanation

At Jason's hospital, green scrubs are used ONLY for the operating rooms and blue scrubs are used everywhere else and throughout the hospital.
Since scrubs, especially in the operating rooms, get covered with everything under the sun, they started a policy where the green scrubs couldn't be worn out of the hospital. If a doctor is caught wearing a pair of green scrubs outside of the hospital, then they get charged a $500 fine!
Jason wears sweatpants or blue scrubs to work and then changes into his green scrubs once he gets to the hospital and then has to make the change again once he heads home. Kind of a pain but it prevents sickness and human goo from getting all in his car, the house, etc.
I'm also glad that he doesn't wear them home because I don't have to wash them...I don't want those things in the same washer as our other clothes!!


Every once and awhile we'll see a doctor pumping gas or grabbing a bite to eat at a restaurant in green scrubs and we can't help but mumble under our breath and wonder how they escaped the hospital without a fine.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Back Off Ladies....

Cause this sexy man is all mine! I rarely see him in green scrubs because he'll get fined if he leaves the hospital in those scrubs so unless I go visit him at the hospital, I don't get to see him in green scrubs. Something about seeing him in action, the green scrubs, the face mask and the surgical cap turn me into a giddy school girl.
I couldn't be more proud...goodness I love that man!


Monday, January 16, 2012

Mumbo Jumbo X2

  • We got some pillows to help us get a better nights sleep called My Pillow but after two nights, we packed them back up and mailed them back. We were hoping that they would help us fall asleep, stay asleep and wake up feeling rested but I think the sales man might have been a little deceiving.
  • I interviewed two babysitters this past weekend from Care.Com. We still have the daycare center on hold but something about having a sitter come to our house and give Amelia one-on-one care seemed too intriguing to not consider. At first using the website was a little intimidating, but I think we found someone that will be a perfect fit for our family. This coming weekend we are hoping to have a lunch/dinner with our significant others to better get to know each other.
  • Speaking of significant others, Jason started a new rotation this month and the schedule is pretty intense. He's in the OR and his schedule is listed as 'swing', which means that he goes in to work and stays until he's released. He could be working 5-6 hours a day or he could be working 12-14 hours a day...each day's work schedule is unknown.
  • I've been loving Cutie mandarins here lately. They are so easy to peel and they do a pretty good job at quenching my sweet tooth.
  • Amelia's curtains should be arriving any day...I search for a box by my front door every night when I pull into our driveway. Once I get those ironed and hung up, then her room will be finished!! I'll be sure to do a nursery post once everything is in place.
  • We're looking into flights to go back to Missouri in March during Jason's last vacation week of his first year of residency. I know it's a little adventurous considering Amelia will be 2-3 weeks old AND we are taking the boys with us BUT we are really looking forward to getting back home and showing off our new family.
  • Our hospital bags are in the process of being packed. Amelia's bag is done and Jason and my bags have everything in them that can be packed right now. We still need to buy a few things but just in case something happens before our bags get totally packed, I have a list made.
  • We need to buy a rocking chair ASAP. We went and looked at chairs a few weeks ago but we couldn't make our minds up so we both agreed this morning that this weekend, a chair is the first thing on the buy list.
  • I need to have a meeting with my boss soon to discuss my maternity leave and my schedule once my leave is over and I'm back in the office. I've been putting it off because delivery seemed to far off to worry about my leave but now, almost a month away, I'm feeling some anxiety about not have talked to it with him yet.
  • Saturday night will be date night for the hubby and myself. I have to work at another Hershey Bears hockey game and he has Saturday off so he's going to go with me. We're both looking forward to a night out, even though I'll be working for part of the game.
  • My weight gain is just starting to get out of control. I try so hard to be good but my body doesn't get full very often, or maybe I should say it doesn't feel full very often. I'm hoping that these last few weeks the scale is nice to me. I start weekly appointments after Monday so maybe it will get better...one can hope right?!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Bump Updates: Week 34

Here is the bump update for week 34....
How far along? 34 weeks and 3 days (Saturday, January 14, 2012)
How big is the baby? The size of a large cantaloupe
Sleep? Sleep has been a little hit or miss this week. One night Jason and myself were both up from 2:00a-4:45a. We eventually fell back asleep until his alarm went off at 5:15a..ugh! I hope that I go a few more weeks before the 'pregnant insomnia' thing hits because I'm not the nicest person when I'm sleepy.
Food Cravings? Still really enjoying my Raisin Bran with extra milk.
Gender? It's a GIRL...Amelia Jean
Best moment this week? Having the doctor feel around on my stomach and tell me the different body parts. I was able to feel her sweet little feet during the appointment. Since being taught what different body parts feel like, my nightly routine has turned into a "try and figure out which way Amelia is positioned" and I LOVE IT.
Development? Amelia is still growing and adding layers of fat under her skin...such a big girl. Her liver isn't fully formed but it is slowly starting to produce waste. This is the reason that babies born early tend to have a mild form of jaundice because the liver isn't able to breakdown all the bilirubin (a blood by-product). Amelia is definitely developing sleep patterns, which currently tend to be opposite of mommy and daddy's sleep patterns. Her fingernails are also getting extremely long....possibly even to the end of her fingers.
Noteables? My belly button is about even with my stomach. I have a feeling that it will be popping out in the upcoming weeks. I also feel like she is starting to settle down in my pelvic area. This week I've felt a lot of pressure lower than usual...not too much longer!

Friday, January 13, 2012

I've Been Tagged...And You're All It!

I was tagged by Hannah at Dash of Sparkle in this game of random facts and questions. Her blog is super fun and uplifting...definitely go and check her out!

1) Post these rules.
2) You must post 11 random things about yourself.
3) Answer the 11 questions set for you in their post.
4) Create 11 new questions for the 11 people you tag to answer.

11 Random Things About Myself
1) I love familiarity and routines! I often get stuck in a routine (aka rut) when it comes to my daily activities. I eat the same thing for breakfast every morning, walk the dogs at the same time on the same path, drive the same way to work and go through the same motions every day. Boring, huh?
2) If I'm sitting at my desk, my shoes are off and my feet are wrapped up in my Snuggie. I'm not a big fan of shoes, unless they are flip flops.
3) I'm addicted to Scentsy. I am always changing out my scents and looking for new ones. I love for our house to smell good...I think it makes it feel more homey.
4) Before getting pregnant, I refused to go to the bathroom outside of my house and my work. Public restrooms grossed me out. Now, I'm just thankful that there are gross restrooms around when I need them! Funny how the times change..haha
5) I'm a nervous hair twister and nail biter. Gross with a capital G but so hard to stop.
6) I shattered my growth plate in my left foot when I was younger so I have one foot that is an 8 and one foot that is an 8 1/2.
7) I told my dad at lunch one day when he came to the town that I was attending college that I would marry Jason after only two weeks of dating. I was smitten from the very beginning.
8) I didn't pick out my cake, my flowers, or the wedding colors for our wedding. I walked in to the bakery and said, "white cake, white icing and it needs to feed 200 people", I walked into the florist and said, "here are the colors my bridesmaids will be wearing and no roses", I let my niece pick out the color for her dress that she would want to wear and that became our wedding color. So easy and a lot less stressful on me! Surprisingly, I loved how everything turned out!
9) I love to drink the juice from green olives.
10) I secretly think I'm Martha Stewart. Any chance I get to make a craft, I'm there!
11) I hate plucking my eyebrows so much that I usually just let them get really bad before making an appointment to get them waxed.
11 Questions From Hannah
1) What is your "must have" beauty product?
Undereye concealer! I have the deepest, darkest circles under my eyes and if I don't put on any concealer then I look pretty rough.
2) Who do you most admire and why?
My mom would take this question hands down. She has the biggest heart for others with rarely thinking of herself. She's the best mom that I could ever have asked for and I'm so glad that God decided I would be the one to get her!! I hope that I am as good to Amelia as she is to me!
3) What is your favorite thing to do on the weekend?
Sleep in and go out to breakfast at a cute little cafe by our house. I look forward to this time with Jason because it's so hard to coordinate our schedules that when we have time together, we spend it over a plate of french toast and a cup of hot chocolate.
4) What is your favorite childhood memory?
I loved camping with my grandparents for weeks at a time. We would take our bikes and our swimsuits and just enjoy summer break. I loved spending all day in the river and then riding my bike around the campsite to other friends' camp sites to play. So much fun!
5) Are you a winter or summer kind of gal?
Summer! I love the clothes, the sun, BBQs, swimming, floating, camping and just being outside.
6) What is your favorite movie?
Dirty Dancing...I love Johnny and Baby!
7) What is your favorite item in your closet?
Right now, the items in my closet are fitting tighter than ever and the options are limited. If it fits, then it's definitely a contender for my favorite item.
8) What is the best vacation that you've been on?
I loved our time over in England for Jason's last clinical rotation. I feel like we were able to see so much and really connect during our time there. It was a pretty amazing time!
9) Favorite band/musician?
Hmm..this is a hard one. I like all different styles of music but I would probably say Lady Antebellum is my favorite. They have a lot of songs that I crank up and sing as loud as my lungs will let me.
10) What's your favorite cocktail or mocktail?
I'm not a huge drinker but I do enjoy a nice glass of wine or an ice cold beer occasionally.
11) Best gift you've ever received?
I have multiple so I can't pick just one. First and foremost, the best gift I have received is my salvation. My loving God is so good to me, even when I don't deserve it. My wedding ring, because of what it symbolizes, and my pregnancy, because of how I feel, are also some really amazing gifts that I've received!

I love to read all the random facts about all you bloggers out there so please feel free to play along. I'm going to be lazy and have you answer the 11 questions that Hannah generated!
Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Brother Bear

My boys are definitely my babies, especially Bazzle. Here lately he is all about his mama and I would be lying if I said it didn't make me feel pretty good. He sits on the bath mat when I shower, lays on the bed when I get ready in the morning and needs to be laying on me when I'm on the couch or sitting on the floor. Muzzy is more of his daddy's boy right now so Bazzle has been able to have a little more attention from me.
I snapped a few pictures of my sweet little man these past days and just HAD to post them. He's going to be a great big brother...Amelia already has two of the most protective brothers that a little girl could possibly need. I'm so excited to see how great they will interact with her once she arrives and how she will grow to love them as much as we do!!

Monday, January 9, 2012

You Know You're Pregnant When...

  • You are still eating when everyone else has eaten enough to feel 'stuffed'....even eating what leftover food they have on their plate so no take home containers are needed.
  • The zipper on your winter coat doesn't zip due to the fact that you have a watermelon for a stomach so you snap the few buttons around your belly that will hold your coat closed as much as possible.
  • You only wear slip on shoes, regardless of what they look like, because it's too hard to try to reach down to tie your laces.
  • You get out of the shower only to throw back on the pajamas that you just took off..not because you're going back to bed but because you want to be comfortable for a few extra minutes before putting on your work clothes.
  • You've been instructed to 'watch your weight gain' and you can't stop yourself from eating two cookies, a package of peanut butter crackers, 4 pieces of gum and a handful of almonds as a morning snack before lunch.
  • You get exhausted looking for rocking chairs...using your muscles to pull up your body from all the different chairs can be so exhausting on your body.
  • You use so much cocoa butter on your body that by the end of the day, your clothes are stuck to your body and need to be peeled off.
  • You look for the bathroom immediately when walking into a business or restaurant. Running/waddling and a full bladder don't mix.
  • You grin from ear to ear when you feel movement in your belly...sometimes even stopping what you are doing just to watch the action.

I love being pregnant but I know I'm going to love having my little girl in my arms even more...counting down the weeks!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Bump Updates: Week 33

Here is the bump update for week 33....
How far along? 33 weeks and 3 days (Saturday, January 7, 2012)
How big is the baby? The size of a pineapple
Sleep? Sleep this week was AMAZING! I hate to say it but having the whole bed (Jason took a trip back to Missouri for his vacation week) to really spread out and fling my body and arms in any direction that I wanted really made for an awesome week of sleep!
Food Cravings? Raisin Bran with extra milk! I'm still incredibly hungry but trying to be as good as possible. Some days are better than others but every time I see the weight on the scale go up, I always say I'm going to try and do better.
Gender? It's a GIRL...Amelia Jean
Best moment this week? Picking up Jason from the airport and having him immediately reach out and touch my belly. He missed his girls...probably as much as his girls missed him!
Development? Amelia is putting on about 1/2 a pound every week from here on out so she is ready for her debut in a few weeks. My amniotic fluid has maxed out, which means that no more fluid will be added. There is less fluid to cushion all the kicks and pokes so it could start getting uncomfortable when she moves. Antibodies are being passed on from me to Amelia--she is starting to develop her own immune system.
Noteables? Grandpa and Grandma Conway sent Amelia a baby doll and a cute frame for her room. I can't wait to get it all set up in her room! I also got my MOBY wrap this so I can baby wear Amelia when she is small. I practiced tying the wrap around my body and carrying around a Cabbage Patch doll. I'm hoping that I get better at it...it's a little more difficult than it looks. I also attended an epidural/anesthesia class this week and I learned all about the processes that will take place once I go into labor. Only one more class to take...child birthing classes start in two weeks and then I will have gone to all the classes that they recommended attending before Amelia arrives.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Scaredy Cat

With 7 weeks left until Amelia's due date, I've found myself fretting and stressing out over how she will actually make her appearance...like all the time. I know how the birthing process works but now that Amelia is getting bigger and I'm getting more uncomfortable, I'm forced to face the issue of labor and delivery and it SCARES me!
Last night I had an epidural class where the whole process of the epidural/medication part of childbirth was explained and I realized how little I'm prepared mentally for this! I'm not scared or nervous about the epidural but the pain and pressure that the epidural might not totally numb. I know there are different views on medication during delivery, especially in regards to epidurals, but there was never a doubt in my mind. I want to be numb, I don't want to feel the pain that comes with delivery and I want it to fully work...essentially, I want LABOR to be EASY.
For some reason I feel like that is a contradictory statement. Labor is making turning this mama into a scaredy cat, plain and simple.
I know once I see my sweet little girl that the whole process will be worth it!
*I just went back and read this post and realized I'm such a baby! How exactly did I think Amelia was going to make her appearance?!
I want to remember the whole process: good and bad so I'm leaving this whiny post!