Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Date Set!

We had our weekly doctor's check-up today and got some exciting news. One, my cervix has thinned - not too much, but the doctor seemed happy about it. Two, we scheduled my induction for February 23rd (if she hasn't come by then on her own), which means she'll be born on the 24th! Our anniversary is the 23rd, so that's quite a present for both of us!

She's measuring dead on and we have an ultrasound scheduled for two weeks from now to more accurately determine her size and weight. It's all happening so quickly now!!

Monday, January 26, 2009

35 weeks



Back to basic, somewhat non-notable weeks :) Week 35 provided nothing really new - just a continuously growing, wiggling, kicking and punching little girl! I'm feeling more of the same - bit of an achy back, but otherwise pretty good. I do notice that I've had to slow down quite a bit when I'm out and about, but I'm certainly not unable to do the things I need to do. Work is finally starting to be a little more difficult - just all the up and down and bending, but it's not not doable.

We did our hospital walk-thru this weekend, which was informative, but after having visited some friends who had delivered there, probably not terribly necessary in retrospect. Just something to get us excited. I'm going a little crazy trying to keep straight all that we have left to do. We passed the "one month and counting" mark on Sunday, which felt pretty huge. I alternate between feeling like I've got a ton of time and realizing that I could have 2 weeks just as easily. That's nuts. I've got lists of what we still need for Leta and our hospital bags that I need to pack, and I don't think my mind stops running. I mainly just want her here in my arms - but at the same time am totally not ready. I'm almost ready, but not quite there yet.... Can you see the nuttiness in my brain??

Well, I'm officially stepping into my 9th month. Doctor's appointments are every week now and we're getting into the nitty gritty of actually having this baby. I can't believe it's here already. Time has really gone incredibly, incredibly fast. Our lives are about to change infinitely, and that can happen any day now.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

34 weeks

Week 34, in retrospect...

34 wks

Let's see, what exciting things happened this week? As mentioned, we had our maternity pictures taken by Sarah - check all of them out over at her Brighthouse Photography Blog. We love them, and I think they will be a wonderful keepsake to mark the last few weeks while we were waiting for this little one to arrive. I got all of the baby shower gifts put away in the little miss's room and bought a diaper bag (ie. great yellow, leather handbag from Aldo that should do the job!). The crib came in and we got it all set up with the bedding, although, I need to strip it all and wash it - along with everything else in her room. I ordered her stroller and that should be here within the next week or so. We set up the pack-n-play in our bedroom, which we'll be using as a bassinet. That was pretty crazy, really. Suddenly the reality of the two of us becoming three shot into focus. I actually feel like if she came right now, we'd be able to get through the first couple of weeks for sure. That's a pretty good feeling.

I'm going from doctor's appointments every two weeks (which had been a progression from once a month) to every week starting with my next appointment. This prospect is pretty exciting to me as I think the "once a week's" will make the end of this go really quickly. I've started making lists of what we need to pack in the hospital bag and what we have left over to do before she gets here. While some people feel the urge to clean (nest), I'm feeling the pull to organize! There is still so much left to do, but then again, I'm not sure you're ever fully prepared. You just acclimate and accommodate as the need arises, I suppose.

Leta's getting big these days, weighing in over 5 lbs now. They say she has very little room to move around and that I might notice a decrease in her movements and activities accordingly, but, really, they've stayed the same. Either she's not as big as they're saying she is or she's just really strong and determined! I'm still getting the waterbed belly effect and she's getting into pretty consistent patterns of activity and non-activity. As far as I go, I was told that my iron was on the low side, and am now taking iron supplements to thwart anemia. Hopefully this won't jack up my system, as iron is infamous for. I've been downing dried prunes in hopes of keeping everything at a nice level of normal :) I thought the low iron could be why I've been so ridiculously tired lately, but after taking the supplements for a week now, I think I'm just really tired. She's taking a lot out of me, with all that growing and getting cute. My back is still bothering me off and on - the whole sciatic issue, but it's not everyday. More than anything, I wish I could just sleep away everyday, all day.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Belly pictures!!

My sweet friend Sarah is an incredibly talented photographer and TJ and I asked her to take some pics of our little Leta when she's firstborn. Sarah also suggested that we should do some maternity pictures, and we thought, why not? We did our session yesterday at a pretty park in Deerfield Beach. The weather was perfect - bright and blue - and aside from nearly being assaulted by squirrels, we had a great time. This is a little teaser photo that Sarah posted on her blog (see my blog roll - brighthouse photography)....

Can't wait to see the rest of them!!!

belly pic

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

33 weeks

This has been an insanely busy and really all-around great week. First and foremost, Leta's doing terrific. Last doctor's appt. 2 weeks ago she was measuring at 32 1/2 weeks and at today's visit (I'm 34 weeks tomorrow) she's measuring at 35 weeks. I haven't gained a pound in the interim, so it seems that the little girl is growing like crazy! I've gained 17 lbs so far and am feeling really big and round. My stomach is relatively comfortable, but I've been dealing with sciatic problems in my back (my upper butt really). My hips are just constantly achy and I have sharp pains on a pretty regular basis. Bending over is really uncomfortable and I look like an old woman walking at times. Leta moves around all the time and she is my entire stomach. It's absolutely insane looking. I call it my waterbed belly. Big waves of arms, legs, elbows, knees and god knows what else rolling around in there! It's pretty cool to see all in all and it makes me fall in love with this baby more and more everyday. I can feel so much, but I just can't wait to hold her in my arms and touch all of those feet and hands!!


I also had my baby shower this past weekend, put on by all of the lovely women in my and Leta's life. It was simple and nature themed, which was exactly what I was hoping for. The ladies were treated to decadent desserts, rich cheeses, coffee, teas, hot chocolate and champagne punch. I had requested that there be no cheesy baby shower games, which they respected. In the end, the one "game" that was played was pretty neat. A board was set up with my family's baby pictures and TJ's family's baby pictures and a sonogram of Leta. All of the guests had to try to figure out who was who and the winners won some pretty potted flowers. It was very sweet and we got a lot of wonderful and generous gifts to get started with Leta. We're really more than blessed. Here are some pics from the party!






32 weeks

Because of the massive awesomeness of the pictures I had of Leta, I never got around to posting any of myself for the week. So, voila`...



Sunday, January 4, 2009

32 weeks

Our New Year couldn't be off to a more spectacular start! We had a regular ultrasound appointment this week, and were both pretty excited about getting to take a peek at our little girl. We haven't had an ultrasound since week 20, so this has been 3 long months in coming. We were actually a bit curious to see if we were going to be able to get a good look, as she's so much bigger now and all pretzeled in there! We didn't have a great experience last appointment - the tech rushed through what she was doing and gave us one blurry picture at the end of the appointment, so we were determined to get decent pictures this time. We had a good rapport going with the tech this time, and we were getting awesome little pics like this one - straight up her nose with her tongue sticking out ...

32 wks 1

Then she casually says, "Oh, have you guys ever seen the 4D pictures?". When we say no, she pushes a button - this magic button that apparently can just be turned on, and voila` - we got to meet our daughter!

We are very proud to post the first pictures of our beautiful little girl's face.....
(and ps - the knobby thing on her face right where her eye should be in some of the pictures is the umbilical chord - not a googly eye!)

32 wks 7

32 wks 5

32 wks 4

32 wks 3

32 wks 2

Needless to say, my face was tear-soaked by the end of the appointment. She completely has TJ's top lip, which blew us away to be able to see already. We got to see her make all sorts of little faces, stick her tongue out and throw her hand up over her face. She's pretty nuzzled down in my uterus, so we weren't able to get a full-on, face pic, but I was more than happy with these!

I'm so happy and excited that there aren't words to properly express the feelings....