Saturday, January 30, 2010

34 weeks, oh those hormones

Yes, I'm a slacker. I finally got around to taking new pics and posting again--sorry it took me so long. Here's a shot of me at (almost) 34 weeks. Technically my actual 34 week mark is this Monday (2 days away), but close enough. I actually got the motivation after watching The Invention of Lying on DirecTV. The movie and the motivation are entirely unrelated, but if I look a little red around the eyes in the photo it's because i cried like a baby during a couple of parts in the movie. No, it's not really sad at all, and it's also not very moving--although I did enjoy watching it. I'm blaming all those hormones coursing through my body...can't find any other explanation.

Joey and I also went to another baby class today: Newborn Care 101. While I knew much of what was taught (thanks mostly to my nanny gig years ago + all of my fabulous nephews and nieces), it was a nice class and we definitely learned some new stuff. At the very least I now have a lovely handout with color photos depicting the many different shades and consistencies of baby poo. Great tool for banishing any nagging hunger, although it comes with the minor side effect of nausea. We now only have one class left next week on breastfeeding. Then I have a few weeks to finish up work, by which time I'm sure I'll be screaming to get this pregnancy thing over with--at which point I'll realize that I have AT LEAST 2 weeks left. Fun stuff.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Billy Idol Poop Face

Joey and I had the pleasure of attending our first ever childbirth preparation class last Saturday at Ann Arbor's Center for the Childbearing Year. What does this have to do with Billy Idol and poop? I'll get there...

We're taking a condensed version of their 7 week childbirth prep class, and so our version takes place on two Saturdays from 9:30am-1pm, with a third session on 'Negotiating the Medical Setting' (think information about interventions, etc.) the week following. I won't go into detail about what we learned (you can see the website for more details about the class), but lets just say that we learned a lot of good stuff. I'm really enjoying the class so far, am super happy we chose to go with this particular center, and love the instructor, Kate Stroud.

While a lot of what she said stuck with me, one of my favorites was the 'billy idol poop face.' This, she said, is the kind of face one should make while in the final pushing stage of labor. You know what she's talking about: the mouth snarl with one side of your lip raised while simultaneously squeezing your eyes shut as you work really hard. Too graphic? I find it hilarious. The point is to get the mom to laugh, thus lightening the mood when they might otherwise panic. Joey has promised to whisper 'billy idol poop face' to me while we're in the hospital--one of the many reasons I love my husband.

Other recent developments: we made it out to Ikea to get some of the final pieces to our nursery (dresser to use as changing table, rocking chair, ottoman), and I found a sweet video monitor on Craigslist for cheap--we'll be able to watch the baby while he's sleeping from downstairs while simultaneously watching TV. Nice.

Friday, January 8, 2010

On Work...

Sitting in on and participating in meetings becomes slightly more difficult when you're being kicked in the ribs repeatedly from the inside. Additionally, the movements of this kid are now visible from the outside (freaky? Actually yes), meaning that whenever he decides to get all active on me I kind of try to hunch over and put my arms somewhere in front of my stomach. I mean, if you were trying to talk to a pregnant lady at work wouldn't you be distracted by what looks vaguely like an alien attempting to escape from her? I would.

Also, my sister and her husband are traveling to Cabo this weekend. A trip that Joey and I had originally spoken about going on with her and Jason prior to the pregnancy. Not that it's totally off-limits, but my lack of comfort on planes, the thought of getting into a bathing suit now, and having to watch what I eat and drink in Mexico doesn't sound ideal. Getting out of this snowy cold winter does, though, so I'm very jealous.

Monday, January 4, 2010

30 weeks (?!?!)

Happy New Year!! It's hard to believe that this is the year that we'll officially become parents. Hope everyone had a relaxing, fun holiday season--too bad it's time to go back to work now...

As far as the pregnancy goes I've actually been feeling pretty good. A little sleepy, and it's getting harder to do normal things like put socks on and pick things up from the floor, but overall things are good. No real nausea or serious pains, only getting up an average of once per night to pee, and heartburn has been manageable. He's been moving tons and poking various body parts out (elbows? knees? who knows...) He also seems to have gotten the hiccups a lot lately. Now to get through the next 10 weeks in similar shape (yeah, right).

Sorry about the delay in getting pics up. I've got a few fun ones taken tonight at 30 wks--enjoy :)