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2012 July » The Adventures of Noah and Lia
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Jul 232012
 

So, exciting stuff around here lately. We have an end date now…July 31 if my blood pressure holds out. Little girl is following in her big bros footsteps and messing with my BP so we’ve set an induction date and I’m on bp watch. It started after my 37 week appt when the doc said I needed to stop working. I convinced her that I can work from home and relax and she agreed. I’m a bit of a bad patient because I did work in the office the rest of the week but I did plant my butt firmly at my desk with minimal up and moving around so I hope that helped.

The BP is not super high, just higher than it should be and way higher than my normal (i’m usually 112/60ish…i’m up to about 135/85 ish). I should have known I was in trouble when the nurse re inflated the cuff 4 times in a row to try to get an accurate reading. Plus I’m super swollen so I really should not have been a surprise. It’s a little trippy, even the second time around, to know when your end date it. Really kicked my butt in to gear getting things ready around here (and it tipped off the purge, clean, organize part of my nesting instinct).

How far along are you? 38 weeks

Total Weight gain/loss? 2 lbs this week for a total of 169 lbs. Still under 30 for the entire pregnancy and considering today was my last appt before my induction I’m going with that.

Stretch marks? Sames ones as before plus I think a new one around my belly button. Poor belly:(

Baby Movement? She’s still grooving around in there which is uncomfortable to put it nicely. I thought she’d dropped some because my heartburn relented but it’s back again. Not terrible like before but still there. Maybe it’s that she’s just that big now there’s no avoiding it. Regardless, I’ll be happy when she’s out and I can eat normally again.

Best moment this week? Calling it done on the nursery.

Food Cravings? Nothing really. Eating is a chore still (although I see to have no problem packing it in)

Belly button in or out? flat with an outtie lip.

Labor Signs 1+, super soft and about 60% effaced and lots of braxton hicks. I think there may have even been a real contraction in there too. Not bad. They’re not even making me come in the night before my induction for cervadil. We’re just going straight to the good stuff (although I’m hoping like heck she decides to come out on her own…).

Milestones? Set an induction date. I’m a little disappointed to have to do this again but my BP is just not cooperating. I’m trying to talk her into coming on her own but I’m not holding out hope. Maybe I just need to make huge plans for this weekend….

I’ll get a picture tomorrow…

38 weeks with Noah

Jul 222012
 

So, part of the silence on this blog is because I’ve been working like crazy trying to get her nursery together. Thanks to Pinterest I had kinds of crazy projects lined up and while they took forever, I’m sooo soo happy with how things turned out.

I started with the neutral taupe wall that was in the here already because DH didn’t want to repaint the room (you’ll see why when you see the pics…it would have been a PIA!!). He said that I could add color in another other way I wanted to outside of painting the walls…little did he know:)

We set out to use the furniture that we already had with the exception of the dresser. I had planned on using my childhood dresser and painting it however when my parents pulled it out of storage it need more than a little bit of work. So, on to plan B – craigslist! I was looking for another dresser to refinish and actually found something even better.

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I love it! It’s the color and style I was hoping for with my own dresser and that it came with a mirror was a bonus. It did change our plans a little bit (the mirror) but I’m so happy with it!!! I think it make the room.

On the other side we have her crib and changing table in the same arrangement we did with Noah’s room. It works well like that in there. Over the crib are three canvases I did thanks to Pinterest:) They were actually the first things I did after I found out she was a girl.

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As you look closer you can see yet another Pinterest inspiration with the ruffled bed skirt. That was a labor of love for both my momma and I. We had two sewing machines going at times to get it all done. Had my ruffle foot actually worked it may have been faster. Who knows….I do know that I love it. I’m a tad disappointed that you can’t see all the ruffles but that will change as we drop the crib mattress.

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The green frame is just temporary until I find another I’m happier with. It works for now. It houses a piece of a quilt that was done by my great grandma (I think…or was it great great..). Anywho, the quilt was moth eaten but my mom salvaged pieces of it and had them matted and framed for all the girls in our family. Mine was purple because my room was purple at the time. It think it works well here in the green frame. I have to get it hung on the wall but on the dresser works for now.

The silver bowl is a Goodwill find. I love the pattern on it..kind of shabby chic-ish. The silver frame is also a Goodwill find. I got two. I left this one as is and dismantled the other in hopes of turning it into something. Right now it sits painted pink and in pieces on my craft table. Maybe I’ll get around to it later.
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In this corner is the glider we used for Noah. It’s modeling the quilt that I made for her earlier. Yes, another labor of love:) And I’m totally head over heels for it. I actually bought fabric to do one for Noah now too!!

On the chair is another canvas that i have yet to hang (it will go over the changing table). You are my sunshine was always a favorite song of mine growing up. I did take a little liberty and change “only” to “tiny” because, well, she’s not my only sunshine:) Gotta be fair!

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This happy little lamp was originally tan and white. It worked with the bedding that was in the room before but not now. It’s amazing what a little spray paint and some fabric can do (and some hot glue).

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The rail covers were something I did for Noah’s room too. It gave me the opportunity to add more of the fun paisley fabric to the room. This time I went with the satin ribbon instead of making ties….sooo much faster!!

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These last two are for your enjoyment. Me and my big old bellah…I missed my 37 week picture so this will have to do. I’ll take my 38 week one tomorrow.

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And here’s her diaper stash! I went a little overboard. I saved most of Noah’s diapers (we had to toss about 8 because the PUL was shot) but I added a bunch of covers and prefolds for when she’s smaller. Plus I got a few Rumparooz newborns just because I couldn’t help myself. They’re so tiny!

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Anyways, I think I can call myself done with the nursery once we get that list picture hung. Although, I have a few other projects up my sleeve that I have to work on. As I work thru them I’ll post I promise.

Here’s a list of the patterns/ideas/tutorials I used for the things in the room…enjoy:)

Bedskirt – Positively Splendid
Crib Rail – Baby Rabies
Canvases – I can’t seem to find the origin…just a Pinterest pin.
Quilt – Katie Did , The Cottage Home

Jul 172012
 

Gosh, we have so much going on over here but I can only manage to get these weekly posts out. We’ve made great progress on her nursery and I have to do a post on that soon! Plus Noah’s just amazing us daily with what he knows and learns…I can’t believe what a little man he’s turned into in the last 2 or 3 months. Potty training is on the up and up, 2 year molars are on their way in etc….Maybe someday I’ll get all of it documented:)

For now, here’s the weekly…

How far along are you? 37 weeks – full term baby!!!

Total Weight gain/loss? Last week I was up another 4! Gulp..that was alot! Sitting at 168 now and I’m still under 30 but I have three weeks to go. (ETA: at the docs today I’d lost 1lb…so either her scale was crazy or the water weight is fluctuating. …167 on her scale)

Stretch marks? Found another around the top of my belly button where my belly ring used to be so that makes 4 little ones. Still buttering up but man, it’s stretched to the max. I can feel my skin groan every time she stretches, ouch.

Baby Movement? I think…I think she’s dropped some. My heartburn has been better the last two days (and my groin feels like I spent all day on a horse…). Her movements are painful with her pointy little heels/knees and what not running across the top of my belly (and I guess her elbows down low?)

Best moment this week? I got to see her for a brief few at our last dr’s appt. Doc thought she flipped breech because he couldn’t feel her (she was really high) so he did a quick sono to check out position. No worries tho, she’s heads down and still a ‘she’:) She has lots of fluid which is why he thinks she’s still floating really high.

Food Cravings? Nothing really. Eating is a chore still (although I see to have no problem packing it in)

Belly button in or out? flat with an outtie lip.

Labor Signs 1cm but still very long at my last appt (another appt tomorrow). I’ve been having a bunch of braxton hicks and even a few real contrax I think but nothing to speak of really. I hope that some of that is helping with progress. Coupled with the fact that I think she’s dropped some, maybe we’re on our way to an on time baby. One can hope anyways.

Milestones? Full term baby! She can arrive any time from now on. Hopefully sooner than later please…I’ve been done for weeks but now it’s just down right painful. Did you know that the relaxin hormone that stretches your ligaments out to accommodate the growing babe also relax the ligaments in your feet? Yea…hurts like hell! My feet are too fat to put into really good structured shoes but flip flops provide no support and make my feet scream! I’ve been wearing crocs and just not caring how ridiculous I look but even those are getting tight. Yup…time to be done already.

Plusalso..My hands are also going numb again like with Noah. I wake up at night and their asleep and it takes a while for them to wake up. I’m trying not to lay on them but it’s hard:) I bump the carpel tunnel space (the spot on the underside of your wrist just at the bottom of your palm) and my fingers go numb for a sec…it’s a fun game to play when i’m bored in a meeting haha.

Belly pic TBD

37 weeks with Noah

Jul 102012
 

How far along are you? 36 weeks

Total Weight gain/loss? Dr’s appt isn’t until Thursday and I’m hoping for only a pound or two. The swelling has gone down quite a bit so maybe I’ll even out.

Stretch marks? Three little ones around my belly button:( Since then I’ve been buttering up every day, twice a day even to try to keep more from appearing.

Baby Movement? She’s running out of room but still finds a way to move and make me uncomfortable. She was pretty quite yesterday thru the day which of course made me worry but picked up her shenanigans while I tried to sleep.

Best moment this week? Last night I was laying down in bed and DH got down and talked to my belly. She responded and moving and kicking all over for him. He was so happy:) To this point he’s felt her but not like that.

Food Cravings? Nothing really. Anything I eat (or dont eat) results in horrible heartburn so I’m inclined to only eat what I must to stave off hunger.

Belly button in or out? flat with an outtie lip.

Milestones? 4 weeks or less! Not so much milestones but I had my first episode of choking on stomach acid the other night. It was lots of fun lemme tell you. I woke up choking and gagging and trying not to throw up. I spent the rest of the night nearly upright and trying to sleep. This is that part I dislike the most about the end of pregnancy….

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36 weeks with Noah

Jul 022012
 

How far along are you? 35 weeks (and 35 days to go!)

Total Weight gain/loss? My appt is tomorrow, i’ll update this then:) ETA: up to 164 which I think puts me up 3 lbs since last appt which is on track at 1 lbs/week number you see at the end. Overall I’m up 23lbs which is a far cry from the 35 that I was at with Noah around this point. Nurse wasn’t worried and given the water that was hanging out in my ankles I think alot of it is the edema that’s setting in. This last few days with the high heat has been rough.

Stretch marks? Boo..I found my first stretchie this weekend. Just to the right below my belly button. It’s still pretty light but it’s there and I’m sad. Babygirl is just taking up so much room that my belly can’t keep up. Such is life…

Baby Movement?Most of her movements are uncomfy these days. I get sharp little appendages pushing at odd angles and full body rolls that push my poor belly to the max. It’s safe to say we’re to the uncomfy stage.

Best moment this week? Oh where to start, there’s probably a whole post in this saga. Nothing with me and the babe, it all circled around the lovely storms that hit Friday and took our power until last night. 50ish hours of no electric or AC when it was about 100 degrees outside. Day 1 was bearable, day 2 no so much, even with a generator for the fridge and fans (thanks mom and dad!:). We gave up and moved in with my in-laws for the day until the power came back. We came home to find the in our heat induced delirium we switched off the AC so the house was no cooler than we left it – ooops… Thankfully as of this post we’re cooling down (upstairs is a cool 84 degrees and down here is a frigid 80 degrees…).

Despite the horrible situation we (well, hubs and my dad) got the baby’s room started. They picked up the most adorable dresser from a lady who restores them (i’m so in love with this dresser) and got the crib set up not to mention all the furniture that was in the way moved to it’s final resting places (at least for now). All in an upstairs that was pushing 90 most of the afternoon. I have to move the rocker in there and get the closet system in plus get her bed skirt made but it’s progress:) I’m so happy to at least have it started.

Food Cravings?Anything clean and crisp if that makes any sense….

Belly button in or out? As hubs would say, “the turkey timer has popped” (but only at the end of the day or when she’s in a certain position.

Milestones? 35 days left…

Belly pic TBD..we didn’t get back until after dark today.

35 weeks with Noah

Jul 012012
 

I was never much of a jewelry person but as I’ve worked longer in an office I’ve needed to find ways to dress up outfits or at least add variety. And then I found the clearance racks at Khols:) I’ve scored a bunch of new necklaces for a song!! ($4 down from $20!). Anyways, now that I have more dangly stuff, I’ve found that I have no place to put them (that’s also safe from Noah). So, off to Pinterest I went for ideas.

There were lots of ideas so I kind of picked a few of them and ran with it. I got the wood plaque at Michaels and the glass knobs at Target. I modge podged some scrapbook paper on to the main part of the board and then sanded it down.

A quick hanger and voila. I have it hung from the center right now which won’t work long term but I just wanted to get it on the wall.

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Seeing it up I may need to paint around the outside wood but I want to pick a color that coordinates with our room which is in question right now so I’m leaving it natural. We’ll see….

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