We're at 40+1weeks today! One week from today and half of US babies have been born by then (those who are healthy, and mother's aren't induced by impatient doctors). One week, six days from today, and half of babies world wide have been born by then. Three weeks from today and the vast majority of all first, singleton, babies have been born by then (not sure if that is world wide, or just for the US). I really thought our baby would have been here shortly after it was safe for her to come out at 37 weeks (considering she has a very impatient father who wants everything NOW), but it looks like that's not going to happen.
I have only two things left to do before I am as ready for her as I'm going to be.... I need to steralize the receiving blankets, and clean out the car and figure out how to get the carseat installed so Trevor cant come along and move it more than the 2" it is allowed to move! Oh, and I also need to pick the house up once more.... It stays clean all four days that Trevor works, but for some reason, by Thursday nights it is a disaster! I wonder why that is.... :)
We watched the Happiest Baby on the Block DVD the other day. Pretty much, the steps to quieting a baby are: 1)Swaddle 2)On the side 3) Jiggle 4)Shhhhhhhhhhhh 5) Uh oh...I forgot! Guess I'll have to look that one up! I also looked into the Dunstan Baby Language. Apparently babies tell us exactly what they need when they cry: A hungry cry sounds like NEH; Tired is OWH; needing to burp is EH; having gas is EAIRH; and just uncomfy is HEH. I am beginning to be able to distingush between some of them when I listen to them on YouTube, so hopefully I'll be able to tell what the baby needs without too much frustration! Trevor thinks our baby wont make the same noises, but we'll see!
Here's some pictures for you!
Sucking my tummy in! Cant do that for very long so Trevor has to be quick taking the picture!
I finally got around to checking my email this evening. I had one email and a bunch of junk and some forwards. The email was from my sister telling me how bored she is and that I need to update daily what the baby has been up to. Soooooo.......
We have a 20+ year old Full sized bed that we've been sleeping on and will continue to until we've purchased a house. We've already picked out the bed we'll be getting. It cost $3000. Quite a sizeable chunk of money. Money we'd like in our savings account until after the purchase of a house and anticipated repairs are made. So, until then, we squish ourselves. I've been sleeping ON TOP of pillows. I call it my belly nest. :) Some nights, if I dont get the pillows situated quite right, I toss and turn all night and wake up with a sore upper back. This happend one too many times and I decided we were getting a mattress topper. I thought I remembered Bed, Bath & Beyond having Temperpedic mattress toppers for about $100. Having just moved to the city, we dont know where one is, so we punch it into the handy dandy GPS. There are two that come up. One is 8 miles (about 30 minutes) and the other is 180 miles away. We select the 8 mile one and off we go. The highway is backed up, and we end up taking side streets. Finally arriving at our destination, we go in search of the bedding section. Of course, we walk the wrong way around the store! The mattress toppers are Therapedic and cost abou $200 for a FULL. The TWINS are cheaper though... only $180! I decide I'll just do a better job arranging my belly nest every night.... Knowing my luck, we'd buy the $200 topper, get it home and on the bed and have the baby before we even crawled in for the night! How many more nights will she stay in there now? Well, I'm afraid several more weeks! Grrr....
Yesterday was the third Thursday of the month, and there was supposed to be a Carseat Inspection at the Jeep dealership. I found them off a national website, searched by state and city. We find the dealership, and apparently they haven't done them in years...and then they were put on by the police department. We're told to just go to a firestation. I'm skeptical of this, as Trevor is a firefighter and is not certified to inspect carseats, nor does he know any who are! So, we have a baby comming soon, and between the two of us cant seem to get it snuggly installed in my car. I thought I had it installed, but when Trevor tested it, it moved around alot more than 2 inches! So much for LATCH! Or maybe Trevor is just too strong for our own sanity? :)
Baby: On to the more interesting information (notice I saved this for last so you'd have to read about our adventures from yesterday?). Baby was very active yesterday, and is taking a rest today. She is still in LOP, and actually had herself turned completely Posterior the other day. She needs to be Anterior for birth. I have had no signs or symptoms that she'll be born anytime in the next two weeks, unless you want to count our uninstalled carseat and that the water will be shut off for most of the day Tuesday while the city repairs the water main. If I were betting, I think I'd have to agree with Trevor's guess of when the baby will be born. Tuesday. While we have no water to fill the pool. While we have no water to bathe. While we have no water to do laundry. She'll either come Tuesday. While we have NO WATER! Or in three weeks. :(
Anniversary Celebration: We celebrated our anniversary yesterday. I cant believe it has been a year already! We spent the majority of our honeymoon in Cannon Beach. We stayed at this little Inn for several days and fell IN LOVE with the town. I would love to have a home there, right on the beach so I could look out and see the ocean every day, as well as catch the probably not so occasional storm! Back to the anniversary: Trevor had to work on our actual anniversary, so we had decided to celebrate Tuesday instead (Trevor's 1st of three days off). Unfortunately, the forecast was for rain. As was Wednesdays. But NOT Thursday! So off we went to Cannon Beach... we did get rained on on the way over, but not too much. The beach was cloudy and warm. We walked all the way down to the most photographed rock (in probably all of the world!), on the beach, then back through town after we enjoyed a nice lunch/dinner at Doogers (we had eaten here while on our honeymoon - they even seated us in the same seat!). Trevor had the Admirals Platter - a sort of seafood sampler, and I had the Alfredo Linguine with Shrimp. Really Yummy!
Sweet Dreams, Little One: During one of the downpours we experienced on Tuesday, Trevor decided it was time to put the bassinet together. Please excuse the mess in the background... as you can see I still have unpacking to do!
Here is the finished product in it's new home. Still waiting for the changing pad to arrive, which will go on top of the dresser.
I was just browsing around on the internet and found Virtual Labor. I did it several times, each time was different. It was pretty interesting to see the effects of the choices I made. Hopefully I'll make good choices in Real Labor too!
I've also included a link to the right under "Fun and Games."
Alright... I thought I'd post the bump pictures first because I know that's what you've all been waiting for! haha
Been feeling uncomfy for the last couple of weeks or so, but I still don't feel like it is time yet... I feel like my tummy should feel huge, and even though it looks like it...it doesn't feel like it.
To Do before Baby
Finish Unpacking House
Order Emergency Birth Supplies
Shepherds Purse Tincture
Postnatal Sitz Bath
Steralize Birth Supplies (done in the oven - similar to an Autoclave)
Swap Washingmachines (the one in our new apartment has been leaving rust stains on the white clothes and doesn't do a very good job, so we brought up our washer and will use it)
Set up the Baby Area
Put bassinett together (Trevor's Job)
Stock up on easy to fix meals
Wash cloth diapers (requires me to purchase diaper safe laundry detergent)
Find the connector to hook the hose up to the sink to fill the pool
Purchase extra batteries
Keep cell phones and camera batteries charged
Clean the Bathroom :(
I'm sure there is much, much more I still need to do, but that's all I can think of for now! Better get busy!
The baby can come anytime now! It is safe. She will be able to breath all by herself without assistance! Whan an accomplishment for her! I'm hoping she comes sooner rather than later... Trevor is taking time off starting Oct. 1st, and we really dont want him sitting home with no baby! He had a chat with her this morning and told her to come out today! I told her to stay in a little longer because I have a very messy house (we cleaned out the garage and brought everything inside that needed to be...I just have to finish unpacking it all), I need to find the connector to fill the birth pool, and we have some tinctures to get yet (Trevor's only hesitation about a home birth was that he wouldn't have access to his drugs...so I did some research and found some herbs that will do the same things as his drugs will do...stop excessive bleeding, etc.). Last night I had lots of Braxton Hicks... four of them in about twenty minutes, then the peetered out and this morning I'm still having them once in a while.... So I think we're getting close!!! I'm guessing three weeks. She is still up pretty high, needs to rotate a little to the right as she is still in LOP position.
Today we are going to pick out a birthday outfit for her. I have an outfit that, if it fits (it is for up to 3 months), will work really nice if SHE is actually a HE. :) But we dont have anything that looks like girl. And since Trevor is being so agreeable today (he put a hualt to my baby clothes buying about 3 weeks ago), I figured today is as good a day as any. Maybe I can talk him into a back up boy outfit in a smaller size!
I'll update tomorrow with some bump pictures! Have a great day!