The (Unfinished) Nursery

So I figured I’d put up a few pictures of the nursery, even though it’s nowhere near finished yet.  For the most part we’ve got most of what we need already, I just really slacked off and didn’t get any of the decorating done that I wanted.  There’s pretty much NOTHING on the walls yet.  And I don’t expect it to get done before he’s here, so it is what it is right now!  I don’t think he’s going to mind one bit either way. 😉

 

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So that’s it!  I had a vision in my head of what I wanted to do very early on.  I just haven’t gotten around to finishing that vision lol.  I’m happy with my color scheme though and I plan to put his name above his crib once he’s here (still between Mason and Chace…we’ll know once we meet him!).

Another thing I wanted to show off is the high chair that my uncle made for the baby!  He gave it to us on Christmas and I am in love with it!  Not only is it one of a kind, but it is adorable and will be able to be passed down and used for many years.  I love special gifts like this so much!

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35 weeks 3 days

I have been majorly lacking on my updates lately.  The last update I did was at 32 weeks! 😦  These past few weeks have proved to be my most difficult.

I feel like I am getting bigger and bigger every day.  I’m uncomfortable.  I can’t sleep at all at night.  I cannot control my bladder and usually carry a fresh pair of panties with me everywhere I go.  Did I mention I’m huge??  I feel like a beached whale most days.  I’ve really packed on some pounds the last few weeks.  Ugh.  I’m just miserable.  (But a happy miserable 😉 )

Starting Monday I am only working half days at work for the remainder of my pregnancy.  It’s getting SO difficult to be on my feet for 8 straight hours a day, so I finally had Dr. L write me that note he promised.  So for the next few weeks I’m down to half days/20-25 hr work weeks.  Yay for me but not so yay for our finances. :/  I cannot physically continue to work like I have been though, so it is a necessary evil right now.  Money is going to be tight until I go back to work from maternity leave sometime next year (because it is not paid).

At my last appointment we discussed possibly inducing a few days early if everything looks good to go by that point.  My due date is January 1st.  We would like for him to be here before the first of the year for financial reasons, among other things.  Plus, I really want Dr. L to deliver and he will be out of town on New Year’s.  Dr. L said he could induce me anytime between December 26th – 30th, as long as my cervix cooperated and was doing what it should.  I know there’s a lot of controversy about inducing, and most women want to avoid it if at all possible.  But I’m comfortable with our plan right now.  We don’t even know if I’ll be “Ready” to induce by then anyway, so it’s basically a wait and see game.  I have a funny feeling that he may come earlier than that anyhow.  But really, I’ve never done this before, so what do I know?

I’ve been having a LOT of Braxton Hicks contractions the last few weeks, and 2, possibly 3 REAL contractions.  All were on different days, but they were real and painful and I had to breath through them, so I’m saying they were legit.  Dr. L told me that if I have 6 in an hour that I have to breath through, that’s when I need to call.  So I haven’t panicked yet.  It’s just weird and a little scary preview of what’s to come I suppose.

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and I feel like I swallowed a whole turkey all by myself (even though I don’t even eat turkey)!  I feel like I’ve done nothing but eat for 2 days straight, which does not help the fact that I’ve been feeling rather HUGE lately.  I stepped on the scale this morning and I am officially up 15lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight.  It feels like a lot more.  And I have a feeling at my appointment on Tuesday Dr. L’s scale will tell me I’ve gained a lot more, because it always does.  Oh, well.  Back to Thanksgiving.  I had a pretty good holiday.  I love my family and the times we get to spend together.  And I love my granny and aunt’s cooking.  I was dreading this year because my mom and I got into it last weekend (family drama ahead!!!) because she was planning to bring her new husband to dinner on Thursday.  When I say new, I mean they’ve been married a few weeks.  And I’ve never met him.  And I wasn’t excited to meet him on Thanksgiving day.  Plus, she left it up to me to inform my dad that he couldn’t come to dinner because she was bringing her new husband and it would be “uncomfortable”.  (We have dinner at my mom’s family every year, and even though my mom and dad have been separated for a couple years now, they still get along and my dad has still attended family dinners…until this year I guess.)  It was a big mess.  Mom and I had a long sit down and there was a lot of crying.  At the end of the day my dad ended up not attending (he had his own family dinner that day as well, but he usually goes to both) and I had to be polite to my mother’s new husband.  I foresee more drama in the weeks ahead with Christmas dinner and the eventual delivery of my baby.   Mom even asked if she was going to be able to bring new husband to the hospital when I deliver.  Well, dad will be there.  If its too uncomfortable for everyone to have a meal together, how would it be comfortable for you all to be in the same hospital room together?? Ugh.  Not looking forward to dealing with that.  Luckily I have hubby to deal with it for me at that point, as I’ll be a little busy.

I debated whether to do my “normal” updates with the fruit and whatnot, but I suppose I’ll throw it in here at the end just for fun.   Hopefully now that I’m not working so much I’ll keep up with these last few weeks a little better.  I’ll try to get some more bump photos and nursery photos up soon as well!

 

Week 33:

Baby’s the size of a durian!  {I have NO IDEA what that is!!}  At week 33, baby weighs about 4.2 to 5.8 pounds and measures about 17.2 to 18.7 inches.  He may even grow up to a full inch this week!  He’s turning into a curious kid who can keep his eyes open while awake, and he’s starting to coordinate his breathing with his sucking and swallowing. Those baby bones are continuing to harden as well.

Week 34:

Baby is the size of a butternut squash!  At less than two months to go, baby weighs in at about 4.2 to 5.8 pounds and measures about 17.2 to 18.7 inches.  By week 34, he’s recognizing and reacting to simple songs, if you’re singing them.  If you’re not singing to him, start…he may find those songs soothing after birth.

Week 35:

Baby is the size of a coconut!  Baby Mason or Chace (still haven’t decided haha!) is about 17.2 to 18.7 inches and around 4.2 to 5.8 pounds.  By week 35, these systems are all a go in baby:  hearing is fully developed, the circulatory and musculoskeletal systems are complete, and his lungs are mature.

How far along? 35 weeks (and 3 days)…not too much longer!

Total weight gain: +15lbs.  At my last appointment, Dr. L’s nurse weighed me in a +18 total lbs, but I’m not going by that.  They always get me higher than my digital scale at home, plus my appointments are always in the afternoon right after lunch.  I weigh myself at home first thing in the morning, so that’s what I’m going by.

Maternity clothes? My scrubs are getting VERY tight.  With only a few weeks to go, I refuse to buy any new ones.  Scrubs are not cheap, people!  Hopefully I won’t completely bust out of them before he gets here.  At home I’m mostly in yoga or pajama pants, and if I go somewhere its my maternity leggings and a long top.

Stretch marks?  No new ones.

Sleep:  Not getting very much of it.  It’s been very rough the last couple weeks.

Best moment this week: Thanksgiving with my family, however awkward it may have been. I also got to see the new Hunger Games movie last weekend and FINALLY got my giant tub of movie theater popcorn!

Miss Anything? Sleeping on my stomach. Sleeping at all.

Movement:  He’s still rolling around in there like crazy, but I can tell he’s running out of room. Sometimes I can feel him stretch out from way down deep in my pelvis all the way up into my ribs! It’s pretty uncomfortable for me, but it’s neat to feel at the same time.  I think I’ll miss feeling him move the most when he’s here.  Oh, we watched Garth Brooks’ Live concert last night, and when he sang ‘Rodeo’ this kid went crazy!  We may have a Garth fan 😉

Food cravings:   A lot of Taco Bell lately.  And still my aunt’s homemade taco pizza that I’ve been begging her to cook for me! She promised she’d make it for me after Thanksgiving! 🙂

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not much.

Gender prediction: Sweet baby boy!

Labor Signs:  A few contractions here and there.

Symptoms:  Fatigue, bloat/gas, VERY frequent urination.  Sciatic nerve pain. Heartburn and indigestion. Shortness of breath.  Dizziness/lightheadedness. Braxton Hicks/actual contractions.

Belly Button in or out?  In, but it looks weird.

Wedding rings on or off?  They fit when I first put them on. After a few hours they get tight.

Happy or Moody most of the time:  Pretty happy! And tired.  And cranky a lot.

Looking forward to:  Working half days and finishing up the nursery.

Next appointment:  December 3rd…36 weeks!

Panicked Pregnant Lady

26 weeks pregnant.  It blows my mind.  And makes me break out in a nervous sweat!

Why?  Because I have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING DONE.

Ok, ok.  The nursery walls are painted.  The crib is put together.  We have a dresser ordered which will be in next Friday.  We have a bassinet for which my granny is furiously sewing new sheets and bedding for.  Oh, and I bought a rug for the nursery.  We do have a rug.

But the list of things we don’t have is endless!  A rocker/glider.  Crib bedding.  A name for this child.  And pretty much anything else baby related.

I had a tiny meltdown last weekend because I felt like we were just so unprepared.  We only have 14 weeks left, maybe, unless he decides to come sooner.  14 weeks is plenty of time, but somehow feels like it’s no time at all!

My shower is coming up on November 2nd, and we are waiting to see what all we get before we make any big purchases.  So really, I shouldn’t be panicking just yet.  Except for the fact that I still need to register for this shower.  The thought overwhelms me because while I feel like we don’t have anything, I have no idea where to start and what we DO need!  But, I plan to have the registering done this weekend nonetheless.

I had my 1 hour glucose test on Tuesday.  It wasn’t good (the sugary drink) but I gulped it down like a champ.  I realized yesterday that my doctor’s office hasn’t called me with the results yet.  I’m not sure how long it takes for them to get the results back, but in the past I’ve always gotten a phone call with lab results the next day.  So I’m hoping I passed, but I’m going to call on Monday to find out for sure.

While I was in for my checkup, Dr. L raved about how amazing I’ve done with this pregnancy.  We’ve gotten over hurdle after hurdle, and with all the complications we were afraid we’d be facing due to my history and trouble getting pregnant/staying pregnant in the past, we’ve pretty much had a normal healthy pregnancy so far.  He told me he would see me again in 4 weeks, and by that time I’ll be 30 weeks along and only 9 weeks from delivery time.  After that I’ll see him every 2 weeks until we deliver.  It’s pretty exciting and scary at the same time!

The 2nd trimester has FLOWN by!

Painting the Nursery

Ok.  As usual I’m behind on my updates.  I’ll probably combine my 18 week and 19 week updates sometime this week.  Right now I’m simply too lazy to mess with it.  😉

So this weekend was a big step for me.  BIG.  Since we found out we’re having a boy, I’m been scouring pinterest for nursery ideas and whatnot.  I came up with something pretty quickly that I loved.  I showed it to hubby and he approved.  So this weekend he asks me if that was for sure what I wanted.  I told him yeah, as long as he liked it.  So he suggested we go to Lowe’s Saturday and buy paint.

Of course I was like, wait just a minute!  Are you crazy!?  We can’t just waltz up into Lowe’s and buy paint like it’s no big deal.  What are you thinking, hubby?!  Well, hubby is thinking that we are halfway through this pregnancy and he’s ready to paint a nursery.  My superstitious thoughts are of no importance to him anymore.  I actually suggested we wait until our next ultrasound, just to be sure.  And he argued that I’m always going to wait until the next time.  Which was probably true.

So with that, we went to Lowe’s and bought some paint.

Hubby got started immediately on the room.  My husband is a strange man.  While he takes his time and doesn’t get in a hurry for most things, he’s also very impulsive.  And when he wants something or wants to do something, it has to happen NOW.  And he got it in his head that the nursery needed painting this weekend, and bless his heart he painted it all by himself in a day.

So below are my “inspiration” pictures from pinterest…

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I absolutely love the blues and greens together.  LOVE it!  And the way the white crib and furniture pop against the blue wall had me sold.  Hubby liked it, too, so it was a pretty easy decision.  We already have hardwood floors and it looks really nice so far with the blue color we picked out.  So now, that empty room with plain white walls that I’ve been walking past for 2 1/2 years has a little bit of color.  And hopefully soon some curtains and furniture!

My mom and aunt are having a hard time wrapping their heads around the idea that I’m not doing some sort of “theme” nursery that revolves around a cartoon character or animal or something.  That’s all fine and dandy and if its your cup of tea, I’m sure it’ll turn out great!  But its just not the style I’m going for.  I want something that will transition easily from a baby room into a little boys room, and I’m pretty happy with the direction we’re going so far. 🙂  (I will post pictures of the finished product…right now its just an empty room with blue walls.)

It’s been a little liberating to let my guard down and “plan” without any worry.  The nursery was painted Sunday, and I had my checkup with the OB today and baby’s heart was beating away a mile a minute.  Apparently he doesn’t care that I painted the nursery.  The sky didn’t fall.  Everything is still “perfect” according to Dr. L.  So that’s that.

In other exciting news, I felt my little guy moving around this weekend!  I’ve been feeling little flutters here and there, but they are so subtle its hard to tell if its baby or gas lol.  But this weekend he was rolling around like no one’s business, and I could tell it was definitely baby movement!  Pretty dang exciting! 😀

Alright, I’ll try to be back this week with my updates!