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Baby Shower

I had my baby shower yesterday. It was fun and really very exhausting. Then again, a lot of things are very exhausting for me lately. My friends, Genn and Kim and my mother-in-law, Bobi, really outdid themselves. Everything was beautiful and delicious. Even though I unknowingly gave them quite a few challenges. Heh. They had to go with neutral colors since I do not know if we are having a boy or a girl. I also told them that I was looking for owl-related items for the baby. I didn’t realize this would be the theme of the party. Cutesy owl decorations are pretty hard to find. Genn’s 13-year-old daughter made my cake:

I think it is a pretty amazing cake. She made the top layer with Splenda instead of sugar, so I would also be able to enjoy it with only a little guilt at the carb intake. She based the owls on the owls that had been used for the invitations. She is so incredibly talented. I really think that she has found her calling as a pastry chef and I believe she will do very well in that field.

The fruit platters were also incredible. They were created by my mother-in-law:

I received a ton of wonderful gifts and gift cards. There are only a few more items that I really need which I did not receive. The hubby and I are pleased and touched by our friends’ and family’s generosity.

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4 1/2 weeks left…

Well, give or take a week or two. I am feeling it. I feel so tired all the time and nothing I do feels comfortable: sitting, standing, walking, laying on my left side, laying on my right side, and forget about trying to lay on my back. When I am laying on my sides, the baby will kick the crap out of whichever side is down. Not comfortable at all.

I have my baby shower on October 24th! I am excited. It sounds like there will be some fun games and I am hoping to see a lot of my friends. I know everyone can’t make it, but I am looking forward to seeing those who can.

I guess that is it for now. I thought I had more stuff to write about.

7 Weeks to Go

A month and a half left. Where did this pregnancy time go? My baby shower will be held in 3 weeks time. I still feel pretty unprepared. Then again, I don’t think that anyone ever really feels ready to welcome a new person into this life. If they say they are prepared, they are lying. Even with getting the baby stuff organized, there are so many other things that are impossible to organize: when the new baby wakes up and wants food, when the parents can sleep… Yeah. I am dreading the sleepless nights, but I know they will not be forever and I know that I can handle them. Maybe this is why people say the first kid is the hardest and the 2nd/3rd/4th/etc. are easier. The parent(s) now have an idea as to what to expect.

I think the hardest thing that I am having to deal with is the fact that I have so very very little in the way of baby gear. We’ve moved so much and had to get rid of so much. My son is 5 and we just had no reason or space to keep all of the baby stuff. My mom bought me a new crib. I haven’t been able to put it together, yet. I want to clear out the crib space, first. It is going to have to go in Sol’s room, for now. It will be nice when we can get our own house and each kid can have his/her own room. Sol is being a good sport about it, but I think that he has been acting out about the big change in his own way. He has been whiney and crying about small things. I am working with him on it. Having a new addition to the family is a huge change for the entire family.
I am purchasing what baby gear I can find at yard/garage sales, but I have also become very picky about certain items. Like strollers. I just KNOW what I want to get out of a stroller. I want a good reach with the handles. I want a cup holder. I want it to fold up nicely. I want it to be light and easy to handle. I haven’t found the stroller I want at a yard sale, yet, but I have purchased a Pak ‘n Play and a high chair. The high chair is actually an extra chair as a friend has given me her old one. I figured one of them could live at a grandparent’s house.

On the subject of blood:

I have had some strange bleeding issues lately.

I had some spotting, nothing serious. I did report it to my doctor and was told that if it started up again, I would need to come in. It didn’t. Phew.

The other issue happened yesterday. I was driving my son to meet with his aunt and uncle. It is about a 10 minute drive. Before I got out of our neighborhood, I felt something weird on my chest. I wiped at it with my hand and my hand came up seriously bloody. At first I thought it was a bloody nose, which is common in our area at this time of year. No… my nose was not bleeding. It was a little dot on my chin. This little dot (which I have not recollection of scratching) was gushing out a waterfall of blood. I bled the entire way to our destination. I soaked 2 tissues (the only 2 in my car) and 2 random papers I found in my car. I had blood all down my neck and chest and covering my hands. I looked like I was dressing early for Halloween or an accident victim. It freaked me out not only a little bit. I haven’t had any other issues like this. I have to prick my fingers a few times a day for glucose tests. They definitely do not gush like this. I will be seeing my doc this week and will be bringing this up to him.

Other than this, baby seems to be doing great.  Baby is moving constantly. I have been able, thus far, to control my blood sugar with diet. My dietician was very pleased with my progress. I was worried because I had lost 4 lbs, but was told this is normal in the beginning of a new diet plan. I have mostly cut out sugar and cut waaaaay down on carbs. I make sure not to have any fruit or fruit juice with breakfast. I eat a lot more protein-packed foods.

I will be relieved when the gestational diabetes is gone. This will also make me work harder to be in better shape. I have no desire to regain diabetes at a later date. I have mentioned before that I will be restarting the C25K program in Feb. I have already mapped out a weekly routine with some form of exercise everyday. For now, I am walking. I am starting to have problems walking too much, so the walking is just for a few blocks. More than that gives me a very uncomfortable stitch in my side.

Overdue for an update.

All has been going very well. My doc was pleased at my last appointment and gave me the go-ahead to continue with my weekly hiking trip up a small mountain here in town. I was very happy about that. It is one of those things that I really look forward to. The hike is about 5 miles and somewhat steadily uphill with a few steeper hikes added in here and there. I love the view from the top.

Baby has been moving a lot lately. Gabe even felt him/her a couple of days ago. It reminded me of the first time he felt Sol kick through my belly. In just a little bit I will be able to play with the baby with an ice-cube. The books say I could play with the baby with a flashlight now, but something about that seems a little harsh to me. As if extreme cold isn’t…

Sol is in FL with the grandparents, and is, of course, sick. My poor baby. He seems to get ill every time he goes there without us. I really miss my little guy and wish I could cuddle with him til he feels better.

Tummy Flutters

I’ve been feeling little flutters lately and REALLY started feeling them today 🙂 This is my favorite part of pregnancy. I can’t wait until I can start to actually see the baby moving. With my son, I used to come home from work, prop up my legs on a bunch of pillows, pull my shirt over my belly, and watch the ripples. It was pretty good entertainment for at least an hour.

Writing this blog made me start to think about the good things about being pregnant. A lot of people dwell on the terrible things and the horror stories of giving birth. I think people should remember the good things too. Here are 10 of my favorite things (in no particular order):

1. Tummy Flutters (as mentioned above)
2. Watching the ripples (also mentioned above)
3. People are more willing to do things for you – vacuuming, moving furniture, yard work
4. Using the belly as a table and no one thinks twice about it.
5. Researching names and their meanings.
6. Window shopping for baby clothes and toys.
7. Getting a space ready for the new addition.
8. Filling in a baby book.
9. A good report on the ultrasound.
10. Holding that little baby as soon as she/he comes into this world.

I figured I would write these down now, so I can look back at them when I start to complain about my swelling feet, itchy stretch marks, and that darn baby weight that refuses to come off after the baby is born 😉

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