Instead of a bullet point post, I’m going to do 4 mini-posts in one. I know you are excited!
NestingThe nesting has begun. We cleaned out the “scrapping” room to make way for the baby furniture we bought. I still have to clear out half of the closet but we are well on our way to having a real nursery. We even installed some shelves in the closet. The lady at work that had her baby girl 7 weeks early gave me a box full of clothes that her little one has outgrown. I can’t believe that I have baby clothes in my house. We brought the crib and dresser home and set them up in her room. I fought tears a couple of times because I was just so overcome with joy and love and disbelief that this is happening for us. BJ didn’t see the tears. He went down to the neighbor’s house for a little while and I took that time to hang out in baby girl’s room and have a talk with her and God. Of course the flood gates opened up at that point. We had put her bedding in her crib to get an idea of if we liked it (we love it) and to see what color(s) we want to pull from the bedding in order to paint. I kept looking at the empty crib in awe. There’s finally going to be a baby in our house (hopefully) and it’s so emotionally overwhelming that sometimes I just cry. I pulled myself together and by the time BJ got home I was fresh faced again. He doesn’t like it when I get over emotional like that so I try to keep it all to myself until I’m alone. It makes him uncomfortable and he knows there’s nothing he can do to prevent the tears so I try to protect him from feeling like he can’t protect me…confusing, yes, but it works. We also started clearing out the basement. We have a huge load of stuff to take to the thrift store this weekend. Once we do that he will have room to work down there whenever he feels like working. It will be nice to get started on the basement finally. I really need my scrapping space back. :-)
We started a baby registry when we picked up the crib and dresser. We picked out the bigger ticket items that we’d both need to agree on and then added some smaller things here and there. It was so fun to watch BJ with the scanner…he walked passed a teddy bear and scanned it and looked at me with a sly smile on his face and said, “she needs a big bear”. There are some things that I still need to research to make sure we didn’t pick something that got bad reviews. There are many, many small things that still need to be added. BJ said that he was fine with whatever I picked as far as bottles and breast pump and stuff like that go. I don’t blame him for opting out of another big visit to the store. It’s so overwhelming to have to choose what we want. So here’s my question…I plan on nursing but know that I still need bottles. What kind of bottles did you moms out there love or hate? I want to make sure that baby girl isn’t getting too much air and that she’s getting a bottle that is as close to the breast as possible. Also, are there things that you really couldn’t live without in the first several months? What did you get that you had no use for? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
MeltingSo you all heard about BJ feeling baby girl for the first time and now you get to hear about the Little Guy’s first experience. We ordered pizza from Dom.ino’s on Sunday because we were so worn out from working in the basement we didn’t feel like cooking. Anyway, I had 2 and half slices of pizza and the boys had pizza and wings and then we all crashed on the couch. The LG always sits between us while we watch TV. Baby girl started kicking and wiggling away in there. I thought I’d take a chance and told the LG to give me his hand. I lifted my shirt and gently placed his hand on my stomach. I told him to be very still and concentrate. Sure enough she kicked! I asked him if he felt it and he said he did. AWESOME! Then she did it again. Then BJ wanted a turn. His hand is so much bigger and he knows what he’s expecting and he could feel her rolling around. Then the LG wanted to try again. He felt a very small kick and then couldn’t feel any more. She was moving around a lot so she either liked the pizza or didn’t like the pizza. Then the LG said to me, “it seems like she’s never going to get here.” Awwwww…so sweet. I assured him that she will be here before he knows it.
WorryingI had my regular OB check up yesterday. Now is the time she’ll start measuring me from the outside and I was very excited about that. She showed me where my uterus was and how to feel for it myself. I thought that was very cool since I had been unable to detect it up until that point. Baby girl’s heart beat was between 147 and 152 bpm, which was perfect. When she measured me, however, I’m only measuring 21cm, which is basically 21 weeks. I was 22 week and 5 days yesterday. She said that at this stage it’s nothing to worry about as long as I’m within 2 week either way. I scheduled my glucose test, my flu shot and my pertussis shot and was out the door. Then the worry set in. I did a little googling and decided that I wasn’t going to stress about it. But of course that is easier said than done. We had our anatomy scan less than 3 weeks ago and she measured exactly with her due date. How is it possible that now I’m almost a full 2 weeks behind? Then I started to worry about the amniotic fluid. I know baby girl is fine, I feel her kicking and dancing and cartwheeling in there all the time…but what about the uterus? Is it too small for her? Will I go into pre-term labor and lose her? Oh my gosh I’m tearing up just thinking about that. Then the cashier in our cafeteria was amazed at how small I am for 5 months. I almost started crying right there as she was giving me my change. BJ has been trying to reassure me that everything is fine. He even looked up pictures of 5 month pregnant women on his phone while at work to see how I compare with them. He told me we have nothing to worry about right now. We’ll see what happens at the next appointment before we start to worry about anything. Yeah, easy for him to say. So I will just have to pull out my mantra of “baby’s fine, baby’s fine, baby’s fine” to get me through the next 4 weeks. As I’m typing my baby girl is doing flips and spins to let me know she’s ok. It’s not her I’m worried about right now. It’s the uterus in which she calls home. Anyone else have this experience that can set my mind at ease, at least a little?