May 26, 2010

37 Weeks

Finally I am full-term!! It's pretty unbelievable that there is a full size newborn in my stomach right now. We went to the doctor yesterday and I am now 80% effaced and 1cm dialated. I was really hoping I had started to dialate, so I am happy. I hope I progress a lot this week. There is a full moon tomorrow, and I keep hearing that induces labor, so we are crossing our fingers that it will. I know I am probably being overly anxious, because I technically have 3 weeks to go, but we are sooo ready to meet our little man. Last night I didn't get a very restful nights sleep becasue I was having a lot of crampiness in my lower back and stomach. I just couldn't get comfortable, and today I am pretty wiped out. I am trying to stay busy though, and get out everyday. Today I ran a few errands, then picked up a subway and then my friend Terah and her baby came by for a visit. Tomorrow I'm meeting my mom and my cousin's girlfriend for some mexican food for lunch, I am hoping some spicy food will help things along also, ha! Then tomorrow night Chad has a softball game, so I will try to go to that. I've been a bad wife lately and been staying home b/c I am so exhausted at night. I'm looking forward to a relaxing weekend laying in my parents newly remodeled pool! I will keep everyone posted if anything should happen this weekend... keep us in your thoughts and prayers and cross your fingers that we get to meet our little boy very soon!


Week 37 of Pregnancy

Your doctor may check for labor signs, while your baby prepares for birth by sucking, turning, and breathing in the womb.
Your Baby in Week 37 of Pregnancy
Congratulations! You've got what is officially considered a full-term baby, even with three weeks to go. That doesn't mean he's finished growing — in fact, he's still packing on about a half pound a week (at this age, the average fetus weighs about 6.5 pounds). That makes it a little crowded in your uterus, so he’s probably not kicking as much, though he’s probably stretching, rolling a bit, and wiggling (all of which you’ll be able to feel!). Right now, your little superstar is busy rehearsing for his big debut, inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid (to get the lungs ready for that first breath), sucking his thumb (to prepare for that first suckle of milk), blinking, and turning from side to side.
Learn more about your full-term baby in week 37.

May 24, 2010

Busy Weekend

Well, we had a great but busy weekend yet again. Friday night some wonderful girls from our life group at church threw me a diaper dinner! I was so touched that they took the time to shower us with many diapers, wipes, bath items and much more! We had yummy mexican food and bluebell sundaes for dessert... yumm!!! Thanks again to everyone who could attend, we are truly blessed to have found such a great life group and we can't wait for many more fun times and all the babies that will be joining it this year!

Saturday, my mom and I and baby Charlotte went to Sugarland for a sweet friends baby shower. My sister was one of the hostesses and everything was so beautiful and cute! I forgot my camera again so I have no pictures, but we hope Liz and baby Isabella got everything they needed and more. Liz is due a few weeks after me with a girl. Can't wait until she arrives, she will be one beautiful baby! After the shower, we drove back to my parents and Chad met us there since he had been golfing in the neigborhood. We ate takeout from Mel's and peach cobbler, so good. Then we all watched "The Blindside", such a good movie. I don't know what it is about Saturday nights, but all during the movie I was having some pretty strong braxton hicks. My mom started timing them and I think was getting pretty antsy thinking it might be the real thing! We went home that night and I slept pretty good considering.

Sunday we went to church and then to Cafe Express for lunch, I was craving a club sandwich and sweet potato fries. We went home and relaxed in the pool then went to Chad's parents to celebrate his Momma's birthday. I again had lots of braxton hicks and my feet were sooo swollen yesterday and haven't really improved much since. I am getting pretty uncomfortable and I am getting more and more ready for Graham to arrive, and so is everyone else!

I definitely have everyone on pins and needles, when I called my sister yesterday she answered with "Are you in labor?!" and today I called my mom and the first thing she asked was "Is everything ok?" Ha! I hope Graham doesn't keep us on our toes too much longer. There is a full moon on Thursday, so we are wondering if that will put me into labor. We shall see! I go to my weekly doctor's appointment tomorrow and I am really hoping I have started to dialate. We are ready when you are baby Graham!

May 21, 2010

Seriously?!

Yesterday, I had quite an awful afternoon. I decided to go on a hunt for a cute 4th of July outfit for Graham. Chad had gotten him a cute one and gave it to me for Mother's Day but we both agreed it was would be way too hot for him (it was a onesie with long pants) and he said he just got it because there were no other cute ones in his size. So, I took it back and decided to go the outlet mall and check out the baby stores there.

First of all, I was already feeling quite huge yesterday and as I said with all the pressure I'm feeling its not very easy to walk around a bunch, plus it was HOT yesterday. Anyway, I ended up not finding anything and went into one last store before I left and as I walked in this older hispanic lady was walking out pushing two kids. She looked and me and immediately asked "One or two?" I was like "Huh?" and She said "Uno or dos?,One or two, Uno or dos??" I finally realized that she was asking if I was having twins, and when I said "Oh, one" She gave me this look and said "OOOH...." Already feeling self conscious, I made it half way to my car when I started crying. Of course, I called my Mom and Chad to tell them what happened. To make matters worse, that was the SECOND time this week a person has asked me that! I am just so shocked at peoples ability to spit out whatever pops into their heads! I felt like I never wanted to leave our apartment again until I have this baby to avoid strangers rude remarks. Here I am 9 months pregnant, minding my own business and some total stranger has the nerve to be so rude as to make me cry! Needless to say, I am getting more and more ready by the day to have this baby so I am not a public spectacle any longer....

May 19, 2010

36 Weeks

I am now 9 months pregnant and we are fast approaching the arrival of Graham! It really doesn't seem real that we will have a baby in 4 weeks or less. Yesterday we had our now weekly doctor's appointment. We found out the Strep B test was negative and I am still not dialated. He did say my cervix was thinner than last week, and the baby has definitely moved down, so I am for sure making progress. He said that I have no restrictions though, and it looks like the baby will come on his own but not anytime real soon. I have been having lots of pressure and last night my hips were really sore, and it was hard to walk. Chad has been taking good care of me and helping me out with anything and everything I need. What a good hubby I have :) Today it isn't nearly as hard to get around as it was last night. Next week I will be full term and hopefully I will have made even more progress by then!

Week 36 of Pregnancy

Your baby's bones may be ready to rock and roll, but yours may be aching something awful right now.
Your Baby in Week 36 of Pregnancy
Forget your aching back (and everything else!) by trying to focus on your baby, who is now about six pounds and 20 inches long, with soft bones and cartilage to allow a safer journey through the exit door. Most of her systems (from circulatory to musculoskeletal) are ready for prime time, though her digestion system — which has done only practice runs so far — will kick into gear as she takes her first suckle at the breast or bottle.
Learn more about your baby in week 36 and fetal development.
Your Body in Week 36 of Pregnancy
It's a good thing your baby's almost done cooking, since your body may feel pretty "done" by now as well. For one thing, you're doing the full-term pregnancy waddle, the result of the hormone-triggered loosening and softening of your connective tissue. This is your body's way of getting ready to squeeze a big baby out of a small space. Unfortunately, those loose joints can lead to some pretty serious hip and pelvic pain — but hang in there!

May 16, 2010

False Alarm

Well, this weekend ended up being pretty eventful. We went to a get-together that just happened to be a few doors down from my parents house on Saturday evening. While we were there, I continued to have lots of braxton hicks and pressure, then started to have a lower back ache. We ended up going over to my parents house so I could lay down and relax. When the contractions/pressure/back ache got worse and was coming and going, everyone decided I should call the doctor. The on-call doctor said I should go to labor and delivery at the hospital and get checked out just in case.

Chad and I headed over to the hospital, I was pretty nervous, but Chad was so excited he was bouncing off the walls. The contractions were about 5 minutes apart at this point.

We got to the hospital, and headed up to L&D and they had me fill out some paperwork, then took us to a room where I changed into a gown, got a monitor strapped on me, checked to see if I was dialated and monitored me for awhile. I ended up not being dialated still, but she said I was 60% effaced. I had a couple of real contractions while I was being monitored but most of them she said weren't the real thing. She actually showed us a comparison of what I was feeling and what a real contraction is (when the woman was 9cm) and mine were teeny tiny compared to hers, which were off the charts. Not looking forward to feeling a real contraction. They sent us home with two ambien so I could get some sleep.

I am glad that he is staying put for now, but I feel like now the time will drag on until he's born. We are defnitely prepared for it to happen anytime though. We have the bags packed, the carseat installed, and I've washed the blankets, bedding, and some of his clothes and pajamas. We go to the doctor tomorrow afternoon, so I am anxious to see if I have made anymore progress. I am hoping that I have because I am just so excited to meet him.

May 11, 2010

35 Weeks & Dr. Appointment

So I am now 35 weeks! We had a doctor's appointment today, and from now on we will be going every week. Today they gave me the Strep B test and checked to see if I was dialated at all. We found out I am not dialated yet, but my cervix has thinned out a lot.The doctor said it doesn't mean he will be early for sure, but it is a pretty good indicator, which really surprised me! Apparently I have been having contractions that I have been unaware of. I have also been having quite a bit of swelling in my hands, feet, ankles and legs. It was really bad Sunday night. My doctor didn't seem too concerned about it yet. I am anxious to see if I make any more progress by our appointment next week. Chad seems to think I will for sure be a couple of weeks early at least. We will see! We are going to get the hospital bags packed and ready this week and make sure the carseat is installed correctly. For some reason I have a nagging feeling I am forgetting something huge in preparation for Graham's arrival, I just don't know what! I have been pretty bad about doing my weekly belly pictures, so here is me and Graham at 35 weeks...

Mother's Day!

Mother's day was fun-filled with lots of family time. We spent all of Saturday at my parents just hanging out in the backyard in the pool (everyone's favorite thing to do in the summer) and ate way too much. We grilled burgers and hotdogs for lunch then had pizza for dinner and watched a movie all together. After the movie Chad and I headed home and we went to church in the morning and back to my parents for lunch. We again ate way too much and had grilled chicken, potatoes, corn on the cob, salad and chocolate cake... delicious! Then, Mer and Randall needed to head back to Austin but first stopped by our apartment to check out Graham's nursery.

That evening, we went to Chad's parents for dinner and had a great time with his side. His grandparents, Aunt and Uncle and Kara and David were all there and we again had a delicous meal of chicken spaghetti, his parents even made us a whole batch to take home! Yum!! We had brownies and icecream for dessert and I definitely feel like I gained about 20lbs. this weekend.... oops!

It was so sweet of everyone to include me on the Mother's Day celebrations even though I'm technically still a Mother-to be. Chad brought home a dozen red roses, the sweetest card and an adorable outfit for Graham. My Mom and Dad gave me a sweet card a beautiful plant for our apartment and Mer and Randall gave Graham an adorable teddy bear. Chad's parents gave me a touching card and loaded us up with some more diapers and wipes and bath items. Graham also got some cute socks from Chad's Aunt Jennifer. I also got lots of sweet texts. So nice! Can't wait until next year when I can celebrate with my little boy :) Here are some pictures of our niece Charlotte hanging out in the backyard and the pool. My sister was trying to get a good picture of her for her birthday party invites. I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day!!





May 6, 2010

The Nursery Reveal

We love how Mr. Graham's nursery turned out! We have been working hard on it and it turned out better than we ever imagined. I'm so happy with the theme we chose. Can't wait until there's a little baby in there! Now for the pictures...



























































May 5, 2010

34 Weeks

Week 34 of Pregnancy


A boy baby's testicles descend this week (whoopee!), but Mom should also look out below — and above — as her vision becomes less sharp.
Your Baby in Week 34 of Pregnancy
What's new this week? Your baby is clocking in at five pounds and could be as tall as 20 inches by now, and the vernix (the white coating protecting your baby’s skin) is getting thicker. This week, a boy's testicles start making their way down from his abdomen to their final destination: his scrotum (look out below!). While about three to four percent of boys are born with undescended testicles, it's nothing to worry about — they usually head downtown before junior turns a year old. In other baby-related developments, those tiny fingernails have probably reached the tips of his fingers by now — and getting ready for that first postpartum manicure.
Learn more about your baby in week 34 and baby gender differences.

I am feeling pretty good still, but getting more tired. We have been working hard on the nursery and it's almost completely finished! Chad has been busting his butt setting up all the furniture and hanging all the decorations. He has gotten home from work the past few days and went straight to work on the nursery. He is such a good Daddy already, and has done so much for our little baby. The only thing I have to do is wash the bedding and sheets and exchange the curtains I bought yesterday for longer ones. We love going in the nursery, its the first thing we do in the morning, ha! I will post pictures as soon as the rest of the family sees it in person. I am getting tired easily and still having some trouble sleeping, mainly due to the many bathroom trips I have to make each night. I have also been getting heartburn/indigestion at night, yuck! In the middle of the night last night I woke up feeling sick to my stomach. Not sure what that was about, but I feel better this morning. I finally bought a baby book yesterday, and I'm so excited to start on it. I got it from Target, and it's so cute. I can't wait to fill it all out. I know most baby books get filled out maybe 1/2 way and then get forgotten when Momma gets busy, but I am really going to try and fill out every page. Only 3 weeks until I am considered full-term!!

May 4, 2010

My Baby Shower!!

Saturday was such a great day! It started off wonderful when we realized Chad got some of his commission in! Definitely helping with the financial stress being lifted :) Then I had my wonderful baby shower! It was really the cutest shower I'd ever been to. I couldn't believe all the hard work that went into it. I was overwhelmed by all the people that came to help celebrate our baby. We were spoiled with a ton of wonderful baby supplies and we are so thankful to everyone for their generosity and thoughtfulness.





Adorable and delicious cake!!

Candy Bar for guest favors





Love the starfish

Everyone signed the picture frame and gave us advice cards... such a sweet idea

nothing says boy like pee pee teepees!

the wonderful hostesses!!