Monday, January 30, 2012

Labor and Delivery / Hospital Tour

We had our Labor and Delivery tour yesterday at the hospital where I am going to deliver! 

I fully intended to take pictures throughout the tour but it was incredibly overwhelming for me.  I was so happy to be touring the hospital and so overwhelmed and shocked that it was actually happening that I couldn't even think to stop squeezing Jack's hands because he very loudly kept asking me, "What's wrong??" as I would give him the fake smile and say nothing as I'm trying not to sob lol.  It was just too much! I can't believe I'm actually going to have a baby in the next 6 1/2 weeks!!! 

This was the only picture I managed to remember to take.  Right before we walked into the entrance.  And for some reason both of us look super tired and like we are in our pajamas... I swear we aren't. 

I guess I did take one more picture:
 I stopped in the bathroom before the tour started ... the picture didn't turn out anything like I had hoped haha. 

There were about 15-20 people on this tour, including one girl who brought her parents and her 2 little sisters.... who were about 5.  It was beyond ridiculous.  And that family walked in the front of the line... um, sorry but little suzie up there does NOT need to hear this information... why is she even here? Whatever!

The hospital itself is amazing and I loved every single part of it.  The fact that the birthing center is separate from the hospital was awesome.  I loved how big the rooms are and how many amazing amenities this place has... I swear it's like a spa and a resort stirred into one.  I really couldn't be happier about their routine policies and procedures. 

For example, there is no central nursery.  Baby stays in the room with mom and if you want, you can ask the nurse to take your baby... and essentially, the nurse babysits.  They take the baby to the nursing station and hold or watch the baby in the basinette until you wake up or your baby needs to eat.  I love that the central nursery has been outdated and proven to be wrong and this hospital definitely is up to date on that and I think that's great. 

There is also a hair salon ... that you can call up and they will come to your room and do your hair and makeup for you!  Of course, I would never do such a thing, but I still think it's awesome that it's there if you want it!

Overall, I am unbelievably happy.  And so overwhelmed.  I can't believe this is really happening.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

33 Weeks Pregnant!

How far along:  33 Weeks Pregnant!!!
How big is baby: 
We’d tell you to take a deep breath and relax, but it’s probably tough to do either of those at 33 weeks. It’s probably tough to be comfortable at all, since you might be feeling overheated on top of your other symptoms, too. But you’re probably getting super excited to meet baby, and we can’t blame you. Week 33 is a good time to make sure you have a safe car seat for baby -- go ahead and install it already. Sure, you might not see baby for another month, but if you have an early surprise arrival, that’s the one thing you really need to have ready.

Your baby's the size of a honeydew!
He weighs about 4.2 to 5.8 pounds and measures about 17.2 to 18.7 inches. And he may grow up to a full inch this week -- amazing.

your baby at 33 weeks
  • He's keeping his eyes open while awake.
  • He's also starting to coordinate breathing with sucking and swallowing.
  • His bones are hardening.
  • And he going through (more) major brain development -- that's one smart baby!

pregnancy symptoms at 33 weeks
  • Hot! Your metabolic rate is through the roof, and that may leave you feeling overheated.
  • Headaches, due to hormone fluctuations, stress or dehydration.
  • Shortness of breath -- though you're probably used to it by now.
  • Forgetfulness and clumsiness, also known as baby brain. This is totally normal.
Maternity clothes: Yep... Even those are getting uncomfortable.  I started buying some nursing tops too so that I'm ready for that!
Sleep: Sleep evades me now.  I would pay large bags of money to be able to get comfortable at night!
Best moment of the week: Maternity photos today!  And really just all the little moments that Jack and I get to steal with each other and just dream together about what our life is going to be like and how things are going to change.
Food aversions:  Nothing really.
Food cravings: Holy cravings week!! Chinese food... chicken fried rice and cupcakes for some reason.... my darn labor buddy Christen and her birthday made that craving uncontrollable!
Symptoms: Really really sore back, sore hips and pelvis.  Still throwing up and nauseous.  HEARTBURN ... Thank God for tums!! No sleep!  And uncomfortable.
Movement:  Lots and lots.  He's started to do this thing where he bulges out of my side and it feels crazy!
What I’m looking forward to: Hospital tour, getting maternity pictures back... and my next big milestone... 35 weeks and 35 days left.
Next appt: This week!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Nursery Tour and Bump Pictures! 33+ weeks

Hey faithful readers... I thought I would spoil y'all with some pictures of my ever growing bump and my nursery.  I would say the nursery is about 95% complete and I'm super proud of it.  If you would like to see some of the before pictures, from when the nursery wasn't for any specific child, we had finished it to a certain point for our future foster children.  You can check that out here in one of my old posts.  You can also check to the left side of the blog on the list of top posts on here, Nursery is #3 :)
Emptied out closet... ready to be dismantled.

 Doesn't Jack look like he's ready to work.
 Big sisters coming in to check out the progress.
 Always watching and helping.
 Dixie is keeping guard, Bessie got bored.
 Jack building the closet.
Still building
I plan to frame this and show it to his son... A real man reads the directions ;)
Making progress and making measurements for the rods.
 Bessie keeps a watchful eye on everything.
Almost completely done, one more clothing rod.
Time to install the baskets. Dixie is helping.
 Installing the baskets.
It's not as difficult as it looks in these pictures lol.
Jack has to install the top shelf.  Sometimes 5'3" me needs to default to Mr. 6'2".
Dixie seeing if there is something she can do.  (By the way, that's a werther's wrapper o the floor, not a stain or poo lol)
Finished empty closet.  We are planning to put shelves above the clothing rods eventually. 
Time to hang up the laundry!!
And fold the blankets.
I can't tell what I'm holding, kinda looks like it might be socks lol.
About 1/3 of the laundry put away.
From the doorway.
To your right.  We decided we needed to get rid of that dresser because the drawers fell out when you pulled on them, plus they were SUPER loud and it's about 20 years old.  It just wouldn't make for a seamless, quiet middle of the night diaper change lol.
From the doorway still.
From the door.  The cradle to the right of the crib is the cradle my grandparents brought my parents from Michigan to Texas (on a plane lol... oh how times have changed) for my parents first kid (my older sister) and my grandparents first grandchild.  That crib has held almost every single baby on my Mom's side of the family, so me and my 3 siblings and 4 cousins.
 I reupholstered the rocking chair to match the room.

The dresser didn't really match anyway and it was super beat up and old... so yeah it was a relief to scrap it.
All the cloth diapers that still need to be prepped... 3 1/2 dozen prefolds.
Close up of a picture frame that one of my oldest friends made for us for my baby shower!
All the books we got! 
Changing pad and cloth diapers
All my pocket diapers... BumGenius 4.0's
 Closet getting stuffed

 Receiving blankets, blankets, baby monitors, towels, and my cloth wrap and sling.
All newborn to 3 month sized clothing.
 3-6 months to 6-9 months clothing
 12 month + clothing, we only have 2 things up there.

Little rubber duckies from my sister from our baby shower.
Blankets, afghans and quilts.
Crib sheets in there too and some toys.

The cradle that eventually became the toybox.
Reupholstered chair.
New changing table that replaced the dresser.  We like it way better.  I also got my diaper pail (the tall bucket next to the changing table.) 
Much less crowded room.  Love it.
 My little man's room is ready and waiting. (oh yeah, in all these pictures, you can't really see but off to the side that we hung up some chocolate brown thermal curtains.)
 Closet stuffed.
Top rack of my diapers... on the left is prefolds, middle has snappis and a planetwise wet bag (do you like the flames? I totally got that for Jack for his birthday haha.) And then on the right are my 2 dozen pocket diapers (bum genius 4.0's)
bottom rack - Covers, full size inserts for the BG4.0's, and 3 1/2 dozen cloth diapers in toddler size and the ones folded in half are infant sized that still need to be prepped. 
 The cradle became a toy box... oh and apparently I got my camera strap in the picture too, lovely.  That's quality photography right there.
Arie Jackson. 
(I painted the letters and frame and hung them separately on the wall.) 

This is me at 34 weeks 3 days on January 24th 2012
 Mama, Belly and Dixie.
Mama, Belly and Bessie! 

(I love those two pictures of me and the dogs!! So cute!)