Thursday, April 24, 2008

Just 6 weeks to go!

I promised pictures in my last post, so here are a couple that should keep you coming back until I can load the rest of them on my computer. Today we took maternity portraits at a studio close to downtown. Since I've been taking some courses in photography lately, I was extremely picky about choosing the right photographer. I think I made a good choice, but we'll see in a couple weeks when we go back to look at the proofs of the pictures. We cant wait to see them! I always said I wouldnt be one of those moms who gets sucked into the constant photo sessions with the baby, but after today I can totally see how people do that! Good thing I'm getting better at photography - it will certainly be cheaper if I can do them on my own!

In other news, I hit 33 weeks yesterday! It's coming so fast! I know I keep saying that, but I'm continued to be amazed by the speed of life at the moment. I guess that's how it goes when you stay this busy. We haven't had a weekend without a big event or project planned in...I really dont remember - it's been forever! This weekend we are taking an all day parenting class at the hospital to learn baby CPR and other helpful parenting things. Sunday we are planning a trip to Lowes to buy our flowers for this season to plant in our gardens. Actually, Frank will do most of the planting. I was promoted to senior management of the gardens after the fabulous job I did last year.

Well it's late so I'm off to bed. My team at work is taking the afternoon to go bowling tomorrow and I need to be well rested so I can keep my score up! They are all betting that I cant bowl at this stage in pregnancy, and I'm not one to turn down a challenge. (Yes, I will be careful!)

Thursday, April 17, 2008


Here's a little update on the pregnancy, for those of you still hanging around to read this blog! I hit the 32 week mark yesterday. Time is going so fast! I cant believe that in just 7 weeks I'll have her in my arms. For those of you doing the math, you are correct, that would put me at 39 weeks. We are being induced on June 5th for a lot of reasons not worth mentioning here. We are very excited about that decision, and yes, we've heard all the warnings and precautions from all concerned parties (*ahem* Mom!).

Yesterday I also had an appointment with my OB. At my check-up I was told that my pregnancy couldnt be more "textbook". I've been hearing that a lot from them, but I guess that's a good thing. The last thing we want is a big surprise, right?
- My tummy is measuring exactly 32cm (which is perfect since the cm's are supposed to correspond to number of weeks along I am)
- I'm average in weight gain
- Baby girl's heart rate (138) is right where it should be, too.

I've been so lucky to not have to deal with any swelling yet, so I can still wear all my rings! I'm also still sporting heels to work every day. My only complaint is that I hate sleeping on my sides, which is now the only option I have left. I would even settle for some time on my back, but she is heavy enough now that I cant breathe in that position. Ok, one more complaint - she is still breech, and she is lodged up under my right rib cage. It's getting pretty sore, and even feels bruised at times. My OB told me that 96% of babies move into the birthing position by 36 weeks, so maybe this complaint will be resolved soon!

That's about it for now. Stay tuned for some pictures and more updates later!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Best First Time Dad Gift Ever

diaper kit As a soon-to-be-dad (roughly 7 weeks to go!), Kristin's Aunt Susan decided to properly equip me for my first-ever diaper changing experience.  This has to be the coolest shower gift for a first-time dad.  

For those male friends of mine who are soon-to-be-dad's, don't worry - I've got you covered. Yours will be in the mail shortly. HazMat suits are getting to be kind of expensive, so this will definitely come in handy. 

The picture's pretty small, so I'll list off a few of the cool features:

  1. Safety goggles (apparently infants can blow at any moment, so better safe than sorry), a clothespin for my nose, and tongs to transport the nuclear fallout dirty diaper to the diaper genie. 
  2. Boudreaux's Butt Paste, which besides having an awesome name is apparently the best thing in the world for diaper rash, and it's only the best for my little girl!
  3. Pink Pacifier to distract my little girl during the procedure
  4. Yes, those are Stanley brand rubber gloves.  Much more manly than the ones that say "Palmolive" on them.

From what Dave tells me, the color and consistency of poo will soon be normal dinnertable topics, so I'll keep you posted on how the kit performs under fire.