Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
I went to the doctor last Thursday, hoping for good news, and I got it....kind of. :) When I was pregnant with Hendrix, the farthest I got on my own was 1 and 1/2 cm dilated. As of Thursday I was at 3 cm! Dr. Leggat stated the my cervix was soft, but that it had not effaced really at all, and that the baby had not yet dropped. Grr. BUT, that's definitely movement in the right direction!!! He asked me if I wanted to try to go into labor on my own, or if we still wanted to schedule induction for Friday the 24th. As much as I'd love to go into labor on my own, I decided to go ahead and schedule the induction. My mom already has the day off to come and take care of Hendrix, and I'm so incredibly TIRED of being pregnant and hurting. Let's do this. :) So, induction is scheduled for Friday morning and I'm so excited! I go back to the doctor Thursday at 4, and providing nothing has changed significantly, we'll go in early Friday morning to start the Pitocin. Yay!
Baby development at 39 weeks: Baby gets hiccups frequently at this point in the pregnancy, as the amniotic fluid gets into his windpipe. Lanugo has mostly disappeared. The color of his skin is changing from a pinkish hue to a more white, normal looking color. Most babies at this point are around 19-20 inches long and weigh somewhere around 7 lbs.
Tomorrow is my last day of work. As of right now, I have about 11 hours of work separating me from maternity leave and I can't wait!!! I"m only working 7-1 tomorrow, then using those 2 hours of freedom to run any last minute errands I need to do. I plan on spending Thursday on the couch, relaxing, watching TV and movies, because life is about to get quite hectic as of Friday evening!!! My mom is coming Thursday evening so she can watch Hendrix while we are in the hospital.
All the plans are in place, I'm just waiting for Friday. This is the hardest part!
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Here are some reasons I'm looking forward to no longer being pregnant!!!
1) To be able to snuggle my little baby boy, of course!
2) Having a somewhat normal body back - and being able to work on getting at least a little bit of sexy back!
3) Beginning the adjustment to life as the new "normal."
4) Going to the eye doctor - I can't see anything!
5) Buying all new lingerie (after I get through the post-partum period of time of course).
6) Sewing myself some new clothes. I can't wait to make myself some new skirts and dresses.
7) Enjoying the simplicity of a simple glass of wine, or a cold beer!
8) Having a bit more energy.
9) No more sciatic and/or back pain!
Ahhhh, it's all within reach. Only 9 days until induction - praying HARD that Jameson decides to come on his own before then........
Monday, June 13, 2011
IF all else fails, there are only 11 days until June 24th! I go back to the doctor on Thursday, and I'm going to tell him let's go ahead and plan on induction on the 24th, since my mom already has the day off work. I also let my job know that my last day will be the 22nd, and don't really want to change that. I'm so ready for a break from that place......
Baby development this week: Plenty of poo (meconium) has built up in baby's intestines, and will be expelled shortly after birth. His fingernails have grown past the ends of his fingers, and he may scratch his face in the womb. Lungs and brain continue to develop, and will continue to do so into the teenage years. On average, babies at this point weigh about 6 and 1/2 lbs and are between 19 and 20 inches long.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Here's what's going on with Jameson this week: his growth slows down dramatically this week (thank goodness), though his bones are still very soft and pliable - they'll solidify after birth. He is spending his time in the womb practicing for life outside of it: sucking, breathing, sleeping, gazing, and peeing. Though all babies are different at this point, most weigh approximately 6 lbs, and are between 19 and 20 inches long.
Monday, June 6, 2011
For the past four weeks, we've been doing what is referred to as "The Supernanny Method," and that is to just repeatedly put the child back in bed. The first night we did it, it took about 50 minutes. After four weeks, it was still taking us around 35 minutes. From everything I had read online, this "method" should have solved the problem within a week or two. Very frustrating.
So, after much debate and thought, we decided to try just ignoring him completely. We put the baby gate in his bedroom door so he can't get out and get into any of the other bedrooms. We also removed all toys and books from his room so he can't just play. Friday evening was our first night of this method. Matt and I both stayed in his room and kissed him goodnight, and told him (more than once) that he was to stay in his bed and go night-night. We then walked out, went downstairs, and ignored his cried. He stood at his bedroom door and cried (hard) for about 40 minutes. It was brutal. I had planned on not going back up there no matter what, but I think he had Matt just as upset and I, because after about 30 minutes, Matt suggested I go up and just try to calm him down a bit. So I did. I gently ushered him back to bed, covered him up, and told him again that he was to stay in bed and go night-night. He screamed harder when I left, and I immediately regretted going up there, but after about 10 more minutes, he was finally out. *sigh*
Saturday evening, we did the same thing, and he only cried for about 7 minutes!! Matt and I did a celebratory dance in the living room!!
Last evening (Sunday - night #3), I wasn't quite sure what to expect. There was a lot going on at bedtime. Our upstairs - even with our new central air - is at least 15 degrees warmer than downstairs, so Matt put in a window unit in the office and we were using 2 fans to circulate air upstairs, so it was kind of loud. Also, the second we walked downstairs, the neighbor girls rang the doorbell. So I thought for sure we'd have WWIII on our hands. However, much to my sup rise and pleasure, I'll be darned if that little boy didn't even cry for 30 seconds!!!!! He did get out of bed, grab his sippy cup, and take it to bed with him, but that (surprisingly) didn't bother me. He was asleep in his bed with almost no fight! WOW!
I'm hoping we continue like this and he'll get the point and just not fight it at all. Matt and I have our evenings back! YAY!
We've been talking for a long time now about tearing down our current deck and re-building. We've started talking more seriously about it recently, and Saturday, late afternoon, as we were talking about it, Matt got out his sledge hammer and the cro-bar, and started removing the top of the lower tier. Exciting!! He has the lower tier 1/2 removed, and plans on continuing at it this week. Here are pics of his progress so far:
Sunday, we went to church (I am teaching Jr. Church last week and this coming week), then came home and napped for about an hour. After nap, I let Hendrix play in the hose for a few minutes - he loved it! Then, I started sewing cushion slip-covers for a glider rocker I picked up for free off the side of the road. :) I've got the back cushion covered, just need to sew the cover for the seat cushion. I used some plain tan fabric we already had, so it didn't cost me a thing - and we'll have another rocker for upstairs within a day or two - sweet deal!
Overall, it was a really great weekend. If it's not miserable this coming weekend, I'd like to take Hendrix to the zoo again before he becomes a big brother. And if it is miserable, we'll settle for the Grand Rapids swimming pool!!
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
As much as I love to crochet, I just don't have time for it right now! This morning, I packed up all the yarn I had upstairs in the guest bedroom, and gave it to a co-worker who crochets. All that yarn was just taking up space in a storage compartment that I have, and I can use the storage for my sewing supplies now.
Speaking of sewing - that's my newest crazy obsession. :o) So far I've made that pair of pajama pants, a very pretty skirt, and as of last night, I just finished a BosomBuddy/HooterHider/Breast Feeding Cover. It's very cute. I bought discount fabric that I really wasn't in love with, but it turned out very nice, and I'm looking forward to using it (hopefully very soon) with Mr. Jameson! I've included pictures of it below:
You can see the neckline contains something called "boning" which allows the neck to stick out and you can still see the baby, and what you're doing.