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40 Week Appointment

We had our 40-week appointment today, and all is well in baby land! I am still 2cm dilated and about 80% effaced (compared to 50% last week), which means my body is making progress and labor is near. Of course, at this point, it has to be near… hahaha! My doctor also stripped my membranes again to try to help encourage my body to start more active labor — we’ll just have to wait and see if it works :).

I am feeling pretty good, but am definitely ready to meet our little boy. As you all know, I am a bit of a control freak, so it’s weird to have so little control over when he will come into the world. More importantly, I don’t want to be induced. Induction reduces your chances of a vaginal delivery, and tends to make labor more painful and longer — two things I would like to avoid!

Here’s hoping for more contractions!

Baby dust to all ๐Ÿ™‚

http://www.justmommies.com/pregnancy/labor-and-childbirth/stripping-membranes

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40 weeks pregnant

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The flu is everywhere :(

39+ weeks pregnant and waiting for our little boy to make his appearance into the world :). On one hand, I want him hear right now — not because I’m uncomfortable, but because I really want to meet him — but on the other hand, I want him to come when he’s ready. After all, he probably knows best :). With all the medical advances made, I would think that doctors would be able to accurately predict when labor will begin, but in the end, it’s up to the baby to get things started when he’s ready.

Other than waiting for Baby W, I am doing everything I can to stay healthy. As you all probably know, the flu is spreading like wildfire and there is also a yucky stomach virus making the rounds. I got my flu shot (and so did hubby), and thankfully, I work from home, so am not around people (or their germs) very often. When I go out and am around people, I wash my hands frequently and use hand sanitizerย  to protect myself from the yuckies. I also clean our house with bleach and do my best to eat healthy and get plenty of rest. So far, it’s working!

I am thankful that so far my stay-healthy-obsession has worked for me, but unfortunately I can’t say the same for everyone around me. My dad is sick — he started to feel sick on Friday, and has pretty much been out of commission since then. He’s not sure if it’s the flu because he won’t go to the doctor, but I certainly hope it’s only a cold that will pass quickly. My doula is also sick. I spoke to her yesterday and she didn’t sound great, and then she called me today and sounded awful. She also thinks she may have the flu :(. She went to the doctor yesterday for lab work and started Tamiflu just in case. At this point, it will be at least 4-5 days before she’ll be able to join us at the hospital.

I am not stressing since there is nothing we can do about our doula being sick. We are very well-prepared for this journey, and will get through it with or without her. Hubby and I have gone to plenty of classes and had a couple of meetings with our doula to review what to do to control pain naturally. We will just have to rely on this training to get us through labor and delivery :). I know we can do it!

Stay healthy everyone!

Baby Dust!!

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More Nursery Pictures

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Sneak Peak of the Nursery

More pics to come, but here’s a cute one of the crib (thanks, Mom and Dad Wible!!!)

 

Crib 1

39 Weeks — 2 cm dilated!

Our baby is 39-weeks old today — yay! He is about the size of watermelon and probably weighs about 8-8.5 pounds :). At my appointment, his heartbeat was in the 130s, he’s still head down, and he’s dropped a little more into my pelvic area. I am also happy to report that I am 1-2cm dilated, which could possibly mean that labor is close. Of course, it could also mean that labor is a week away, but my fingers are crossed for the former. My doctor was happy with my progress, especially since this is our first baby :). I am planning to keep walking since I think that will help me stay strong during labor and will help open my hips for delivery.

As for the nursery, hubby got a ton more work done last night, and so it should be completed very soon! I can’t wait to post pictures — you are all going to love it!

Baby dust!

39 Weeks and a Cold?

I will be 39-weeks tomorrow — woohoo! It’s hard to believe that I am almost done being pregnant, and will actually have my little boy in my arms soon! To say that I am beyond excited is the understatement of the century. Tomorrow, we also have our 39-week check-up. I don’t really feel like anything has changed since last week — I wasn’t dilated, but he had moved further down into my pelvis — but I guess we’ll just wait and see. I am planning to walk some tonight to see if that will help Baby W drop down into position

As for how I feel, I am definitely still tired, but have been getting good sleep when I am sleeping. The most frustrating thing is the almost hourly awakenings to use the bathroom. It’s kind of cruel of mother nature not to allow more sleep at this point :). I also have a little bit of a cold — nothing serious — just a little bit of a sore throat. I am fighting back with hot tea, lots of fluids, rest, and soup, and definitely feel like I am getting better, but it’s annoying since I have been taking good care of myself. My heartburn also seems to be worse, but I think the sore throat is making it feel worse… Ugh

I will also be posting nursery pictures soon. Hubby has done SO much work, and the room looks great! Everything is painted, 2 of the 3 shelves are hung, the bench he built is done, and the changing table has been moved in. It really looks like a baby’s room :). Tonight he is finishing up the crib, hanging the final shelf, and moving everything into place – YAY! I spent some time organizing the house over the weekend to be more baby friendly. Basically just getting little baskets together with diapers and changing supplies to make it easier to change him wherever we are in the house. Also, the bassinet is set up, and I am planning to set up the pack n’ play soon. I also put all of his clothes away in his dresser and closet organized by size. It’s such a relief to have things organized ๐Ÿ™‚

Finally, we made a little tweak to our birth plan. As you know, I am planning for a natural labor and delivery (bring on the pain, haha), and also have asked for immediate skin-to-skin contact to allow Baby W to breastfeed soon after delivery. On top of that, I am requesting Optimal (or delayed) Cord Clamping. Basically, we want the doctor to wait to clamp the cord when it stops pulsing (anywhere from 1.5-3 minutes), which allows for the complete transfer of nutrients and blood from the placenta to the baby. I also discussed this with our doula, and she agrees that it’s what is best for our little boy.

More to come tomorrow after my appointment!

37 1/2 Weeks

37+ weeks and feeling good! I can’t believe that my little boy will be here sometime in the next 2 weeks or so – yay! I am beyond excited ๐Ÿ™‚

This week has been good, but it’s getting more difficult to sleep and I am definitely not as hungry. I am still suffering from pretty awful heartburn, but I’ve found a pretty successful combination of Zantac and tums to keep the burning pain at bay. We had our 37-week appointment last Friday, and Baby W is beginning to settle in for his entry into the world. It was funny because the doctor couldn’t tell if he was head down – apparently his bottom is pretty round – so, we got another quick ultrasound to make sure he was in fact still head down. Thankfully, he is head down and ready for labor and delivery!

On Sunday, we had a great meeting with our doula. I really like her and am happy that we chose her to support us throughout our labor. She went over breastfeeding, labor positions, as well as what to expect during labor. As the date nears, I am getting more excited, but also feeling a little more anxious. Since it’s our first baby, labor will be a brand new experience. I know what to expect, but there is no way to fully prepare for it. It’s kind of like practicing for a big competition… There is only so much one can do to be ready before one has to perform. Hubby and I have to set aside this time this week to practice different labor positions and other pain-relieving techniques. This practice will help me to feel more relaxed on the big day. We practiced throughout our birth classes, but as my due date gets closer, it’s important that we’re prepared.

I have also been reading a lot about breastfeeding. Our bodies are truly remarkable! I can’t wait to bond with my baby by feeding him. At our hospital, the medical staff places the baby skin-to-skin immediately after birth and allows him to crawl up your body to nurse. I can’t wait for those first hours together- it will be truly amazing! I also learned that our health insurance covers our breast pump and 6 visits with a lactation consultant. I plan to take full advantage of both.

In other news, hubby is working ferociously to finish up the nursery. The room is painted and he is finishing up the baseboards and trim. It looks beautiful! He is also working on painting the baseball stitches on the wall. The furniture will be up in the room by this weekend, which will give me an opportunity to setup and organize the nursery. I want to put away all of his clothes, sheets, diapers, etc in the nursery and set up his bassinet in our room as well as a small changing station in our room. Finally, I want to set up his pack n’ play downstairs with a changing station, so no matter where we are, I can easily change his diaper and clothes as needed. It will be great to have it all done…

I will post some belly and room pictures soon. Until then, have a great week!

Baby dust.

Baby W at 36 weeks!

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36 Weeks — Baby is ready!

Happy New Year! We had our 36-week check-up today, and Baby W has turned! He is head down and he has descended into the pelvic area. I am so relieved. He’s also measuring perfectly weighing in around 6.5 pounds. If he continues to gain weight at this rate, he’ll weigh between 8-8.5 pounds at delivery — just perfect! He’s also at a very low risk of getting “stuck,” so that’s also good news. Since we are in our last month, we now go to the OB every week — WOO!

In other baby-related news, hubby and I went paint shopping over the weekend, and selected the paint for Baby W’s room. We are going with a sports theme — one wall will be painted to resemble a baseball and the other three walls will be a beautiful blue color. We also purchased an unfinished dresser from Ikea and are going to either paint or stain it. I am leaning towards painting the dresser in a fun way to match the theme of the room… I guess we’ll wait and see. We also picked out curtains — they are red and match the “stitch” in on the baseball wall. I promise to post pictures soon. I honestly can’t wait until it’s done — it’s basically the last thing we need to finish before our little boy arrives.

Also, I am excited to report that our beginning stash of cloth diapers will arrive this week. My parents have been generous enough to buy all the diapers for us — I can’t wait until they arrive. We started with a few of a couple different brands to see what we like and to give us some time to adjust to having a newborn before we fully transition to using only cloth diapers. Once they arrive, I will wash them and get them ready for diaper changes. In preparation, I have been reading a lot about cloth diapering — if you’re interested, here are some great sites to learn more:

http://blog.diapershops.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/The-Busy-Mom-Guide-Sept-2011.pdf

http://www.theclothdiaperreport.com/cloth-diapering-101

http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/2012/04/25/7-tips-for-the-cloth-diapering-newbie-guest-post/

Finally, we had a wonderful holiday season. I had a lot of vacation time to burn (we can’t carry vacation time over, so I had to use it), so had a very restful and much-needed 2 weeks of downtime. We spent the holidays at home, which was a little weird. I definitely missed spending time with family on Christmas. On the bright side, my hubby’s parents, brother, and sister came for a short visit right after Christmas. We had an absolutely lovely time! I made a yummy dinner on Friday night and we opened Christmas presents. I received many wonderful gifts for both me and the baby. On Saturday, the girls did a little shopping (always a lot of fun), and then went into NYC for a show and delicious dinner. On Sunday, we had brunch, and everyone left. It was a short visit, but we had a great time, and I am already looking forward to the next time we see them. I have to say one of the best parts about having a baby (other than having a beautiful little angel to love and take care of) is that family visits happen more often ๐Ÿ™‚ — so happy!

I hope everyone is doing well and had a fabulous holiday season!

Baby dust to all!

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