Well nothing has changed at all since last week. Well, last week I wasn't dilated and this week I'm dilated 1/2 a centimeter. Big whoop. At our doctor appointment we had our sonogram and she estimates that she was around 7 pounds 4 ounces at that time. That is not large enough to discuss an induction at this time. :( Sooooo, we play the waiting game some more. I don't feel any closer to having her than I did 3 weeks ago. I have gotten a little bit more freaked out about the whole birthing process recently but I imagine that those feelings will just keep growing stronger as the big day approaches. I have been sleeping about half of the night on a wedge pillow and that is helping me a little bit with sleeping and acid reflux. We got some gifts from some great friends including our jogging stroller that is also a travel system! It is so neat! Such smooth turning and has an mp3 hookup and speakers! Hooper is really excited. Speaking of gifts, yesterday was Christmas and Finley made out like a bandit!!!!!!!!! Anna has already spoiled her so much! She already has more shoes than I have and has some of the cutest outfits I have EVER seen. She will be the best dressed baby around for a while I have no doubt. My mom and dad got her lots of great goodies too. I just can't wait until she is here and I can dress her in these outfits! Anna says that I have to take her everywhere or at least take her picture every day with all of her outfits! :) Today we have really been nesting. Hooper and I have been working really hard at putting all of her clothes away and arranging her closet and drawers to what makes the most sense to us. That was really hard to decide what goes where and what is considered hangable and what should just be folded. We've been doing lots of laundry also. I also swept the kitchen with my new broom that I love so much. Hahaha. And Hoop hung up some photo frames and we are planning the layout of our photo gallery in the living room. I think today has been very successful in the nesting department. I wonder if I'll have a 39 weeks post or a 40 weeks post. Heck, I might even have a 41 and 42! Ay yay yay! Below is today's picture. I do think that I look bigger than last week.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Well we are getting closer and closer to the due date! I have reached a point where I am not sleeping well at all. I wake up usually around 11:30, 1:30, 4:00 and 5:30. This morning I had such bad pains in my stomach that I had to get Hooper up to help me get out of bed. (They were just gas pains.) Every time I rolled over or had to use the restroom in the night I was in such bad pain. I can't wait for tomorrow when we get our sonogram and then talk to the doctor again. I am really hoping that she'll set an induction date! After we go to our appointment we are going to finish up our Christmas shopping. Other than feeling gas pains sometimes and not sleeping, my indigestion is still kicking and I'm having pains in other areas that will remain nameless. Finley is still moving around a lot and I still feel like she's really high. But remember, the doctor said she's really low. That makes me think she might be really long! I just can't wait for our sonogram to find out! Anyway, here is my photo from Sunday. And below are some of our favorites from our maternity session we had Sunday! Anna took the photos and edited them! We LOVE them! Don't forget to see our website for more photo details. www.aandcphotos.com
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Yesterday we had an appointment with the doctor and it was the first of my weekly appointments. We felt like it was a really good appointment because we got a lot of questions answered. (Probably because Hooper came with me and I wasn't just shy and silent the whole time by myself.) This is also the point when she starts "checking" me. So far I am not dilated but I am 50% effaced. When she checked me she said, "Whoa, she's really low" which surprised me a little. I mean, I know I feel her on my bladder but I was thinking she was still pretty high up. I also asked her if she could tell if she was head down and she said yes, she's head down. That surprised me too. I've been thinking I've been feeling her head but I guess it's been her bottom for the past couple of weeks. (Don't tell Finley I confused the two.) I'm glad that she's low and head down because that means she's just in position to make her grand entrance. Or exit I suppose. Toward the end of the appointment I asked her about how big she thinks that she is right now. She guessed that she's about 6 1/2 pounds. At that point I reminded her that my brother was 11 pounds and they took me two weeks early because I was so big and I still weighed 9 1/2 pounds. Hooper weighed 5 pounds but he was 6 weeks premature. She was a little bit shocked at all of the big baby news and she said we need to do a sonogram at the next visit and check how big she is. She had previously told us that she would not induce any earlier than one week unless there were medical reasons to do so. After talking about the big baby syndrome, she did say that if Finley is big then that is a reason to induce earlier. (We are really hoping to have her before 2011 for multiple reasons. 1. Dr. Deem will be out of town January 1-3 and that is just scary to me. 2. Blue Cross Blue Shield and Harris are having some disagreements right now and the two might not work together after December 31. 3. Tax cut. and 4. The sooner the better! We can't wait to meet her!) So I am really happy that we discussed the big baby scenario with her because this way we get to have a sonogram that we probably wouldn't have gotten to have otherwise. I can't wait to see her on the screen again! I just need to fatten her up in the next week so that she's considered big and she can come early! :)
Monday, December 13, 2010
I can't believe that I am 36 weeks pregnant. In the beginning, Finley was only the size of a sesame seed and now she is the size of a watermelon! I remember everyone saying, "Just wait until she's the size of a watermelon!" and I felt like it was sooo far away. It's so strange. I know that the holidays are going to make the rest of this time fly by and I am just so excited. I'm getting a little nervous for the actual birthing process, but I'm really elated to see her face and finally meet her. Last night was the first night that I really thought, "Holy moly. I could go into labor at any given moment now." I woke up choking (because of my dang indigestion) and my first thought of waking up in that panic was, "Did my water break?!?!" It made me laugh after I finally realized that I was choking and not going into labor. That is the second time that I have choked in my sleep because of my indigestion and it really stinks. We started finally washing Finley's blankets and washcloths and burp rags. We also started packing our bag for the hospital. We really should have done that a long time ago, but what can I say? I slacked and thankfully it's worked out so far. I don't really feel like she's "dropped" yet because I still feel her in the same spots and one of those spots is relatively high up by my ribs and I'm pretty sure it's her head there. I am ready for her head to be down and for her to be ready to arrive! Tonight I have a sore throat and that is really a bummer. I haven't been sick this whole time and I really don't want to get sick right here at the end. I'm a little bummed that we didn't get a picture for 35 weeks but I also don't feel like I look much different over the past few weeks. However, I could be way off. I do think my face is getting a little bit more swollen and that really stinks but it's all a part of it I suppose. Anyway, I wonder how many more of these posts I'll have before she is here!!!
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
I wasn't able to write a blog Sunday because I was so sick. I should have written one Monday or Tuesday but I got busy and then forgot. :) Saturday night I woke up in the middle of the night and was violently ill. It was sooo not fun. Vomiting is unpleasant enough any normal day in life, but when you have a 5 or 6 pound baby in your belly it is even worse. When I would lay back in bed and try to let my stomach settle, Finley would start moving around. It was so horrible. The only way I can think to describe the feeling in my stomach that night was like those big glass balls that have the lightning in them and when you put your hand on it, then lightning goes to your hand. Do you know what I'm talking about? It felt like there was a lightning storm all over my stomach. Bottom line, it was awful. Sunday morning when I woke up I still felt bad and Hooper called the doctor. I took some medicine and ended up sleeping the day away. The last week has been pretty good considering I'm entering the home stretch. Sometimes I'm uncomfortable and most of the time I'm hot, but it's okay. The main complaint is of course the indigestion. I keep hoping that when Finley moves down it wont be so bad. Oh, I forgot to mention a few weeks ago that I wrecked my car into a pole that appeared out of nowhere. I was parked and then went to pull out and the pole scraped the side of my car pretty deeply. When I told my mom she informed me that when she was pregnant with me she backed into a tree in the yard that had always been there. :) I think she and I are two peas in a pod. We are so alike that it's strange sometimes. I just hope that when Finley is pregnant, she doesn't wreck her car too. Anyway, hopefully I'll get back on schedule and blog again on Sunday. I can't believe that it's almost time!
Sunday, November 28, 2010
The past two weeks I have felt Finley more and more. She seems to be more active and running out of space to be active! Wednesday night we were in Elkhart at Hooper's dad's house and all of the sudden I started feeling really sick. My stomach felt so sour and Finley was moving all around to top it off. I finally ended up vomiting A LOT and I felt much better afterward. It was really weird though. It all came on so fast and then left so fast. I very rarely in life ever vomit and I have had about 4 different vomiting spells since being pregnant and none of the episodes had anything to do with morning sickness or pregnancy nausea. It's almost like my body is so protective over Finley that if ANYTHING bad enters, my body rejects it very quickly. Although not fun, I think it's kind of neat how that works. Thanksgiving was awesome in Elkhart and we had a great visit with Hooper's family. We took Alice and Lefty with us and they had a blast with Hooper's dad's dogs. They did not, however, have a blast while I was sick. Alice ran out of our room and crawled in bed with Hoop's dad and Cathy! It was funny. She didn't like all the commotion going on while she was trying to get her beauty sleep. It's exciting to know that next year we will have Finley with us when have our Thanksgiving celebration! I can't believe that her due date is only 6 weeks away. We don't have our bag packed yet, but we can work on that this week. Anna and I have been staying super busy with photography sessions so that everyone can get their family pictures done in time for Christmas cards. Today we had 4 sessions, yesterday we had 2 sessions, and tomorrow we have 1 session. It's a lot of fun but it's really hard for me to get up and down off the ground now so I feel like Anna is having to pull all the weight. Today we did a double maternity session for Maggie and Amanda and I kept thinking how funny it looked to passers by that two pregnant ladies were taking photographs of two pregnant ladies. :) I am starting to feel more swollen in my feet and ankles and hands and even sometimes my face. My wedding band and engagement ring still fit but there are days that it's definitely a tight squeeze! I took off my socks today and there was a definite change in the size of my calves from where the socks were and where they weren't! Anyway, this blog was really a lot of rambling, but I hate that I am slacking and having to blog two week's worth these days! Hopefully I'll get better!
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
One of our friends was kind enough to do some 3-d photos of Finley last week and we were so happy to see her sweet little face! She kept her arm up in her face the majority of the time but we were able to get some shots. Fara thinks she measures around 4.4 pounds and she also told us that her head is in the 91st percentile! Her head measures about 2 weeks ahead of her body! Here are some of the photos as well as some photos of Hooper and me when we were little. Who do you think she looks like?
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
I think I've crossed over into the land of uncomfortableness. It's getting more difficult for me to get up, to bend over, to do some every day things that I took for granted. My knees are starting to feel like they could give out. Two weeks ago my knee did go out and I fell in my hallway. It was scary, but I landed ever so gracefully on my bottom and not my tummy. :) Sunday morning I had the worst leg cramp of my life that lasted on and off for over 15 minutes. It hurt so bad that I was trembling and there was nothing I could do to make the paint go away. I would physically pull my foot and toes up towards me with both hands and my foot resisted against the pull and came out the champion in the battle every time. It was crazy and I kept thinking to myself, "this has to be worse than childbirth." I'll let you know after Finley gets here which was worse! :) This past weekend was my baby shower thrown by my best friends and it was incredible! They truly outdid themselves with this one. It was so elegant and cute and had such a great theme - Pickles and Ice Cream! Two of my favorite things! Anna took lots of photos and then that very night made a photo montage that made me cry! (I have included the montage at the very bottom of this post.) I attached some photographs from the shower to show you how creative my friends are if you aren't going to watch the montage. Also, my mom's very dear friend Terre made Finley a quilt out of the fabrics that are in her room and it is GORGEOUS! We got lots and lots of great necessities and some great fun things also! I just can't wait to put all of this stuff to use and for her to be here!
Sunday, November 7, 2010
I failed at writing a blog last week so this one will be a double week filler inner. The past two weeks I have had killer indigestion still. My friend and coworker finished working on the fabric birds for us so we secured them to the branch we found in our backyard with hot glue and hung the branch! This is one of my favorite parts of the whole nursery! I have been looking forward to it ever since I got the idea from someone else's blog! (I'm totally a nursery DIY idea blog thief!) We still have to write on the wall below the birds for that part to be completely done but that'll get done a little later. Hooper's mom got us some storage drawers/cubes for our bench and I really like the way it looks. It is much more practical with the storage cubes in it than without. I was in a wedding this weekend and we had a terrific time hanging out with some of our friends that we don't get to see very often. I wish that we could have taken a lot of photos but there was no way we could have kept up with a camera since Hooper was an usher and I was a bridesmaid. Friday on our way out of town I put my iphone on some rap Pandora and Finley had one of her most active days ever! I think she liked it! She is kind of kicking me in the ribs a little bit now and making me a little bit more uncomfortable. Last night she had the hiccups for a long time as I lay in bed. I didn't sleep very well in our hotel at all. I can't tell if I am now to the point of just not sleeping very comfortably or if it was because I was in a strange bed. Let's hope that it was just the bed issue. Here are some pictures..
Hoop kissing Finley at Cody and Katherine's wedding in the photobooth
Hoop kissing Finley at Cody and Katherine's wedding in the photobooth