Hey Rachel, sounds like you're doing great. I finished the shopping for your shower, so we're all ready to go! The weight thing is really weird - I was very concerned and yet gained 40 pounds anyway. I was insatiable during the last 2 months. That is when the baby is putting on fat. Try to think of it as that the baby really needs you to not be concerned with weight, but only his health right now. A big baby will be less apt to have colic and he will have more "stuff" to get him through the lean week where your breasts are making colostrum rather than fatty milk. Cloth diapers: I really like them and am kind of obsessed with them. Be careful about buying too many! He will change size quickley in the beginning and you have to wash every other day or so anyway because they smell bad. Yes, even with breast milk poop. We had about 3 dozen prefolds for newborn size and it was too many and then had to change up at 3 months anyway. Now we have 2 dozen, plus a few fitted and a few Fuzzies for nighttime. 3-4 covers are plenty and I HIGHLY recommend the ProWraps. They are cheap and super durable w/ double gussets at legs to prevent leakage. Too bad they really only come in white. Okay. I'm off to my internship. Glad you are feeling well!
One more thing on cloth diapers (I told you I'm obsessed with them). My friend did all all-in-ones and bought them brand new on Ebay for like $6/per. An amzing price. They were the Kooshies which are the least expensive AOI's I've ever seen. Not sold in US. I don't use AOI's personally - I like the flexibility of changing the diaper and not the cover. I really like the fitted diapers. Kissaluvs were not very absorbant, but I have 3 Snappie ones now that are great! If I were rich, I would do all fitted.
Yesterday was my baby shower! Thanks so much to Jennie for organizing it! My friends Mary, Jennie, Paul, Chris, John, Debbie, Andrea, and Katie were there (I hope I didn't forget anyone!) I was going to bring in the list of gifts we got but Christopher and I could not find it this morning.
The biggest thing we got was a car seat from John and Andrea. I don't know if they realize how much that means to me and Christopher. We don't exactly have alot of money to spend on anything and getting something as important as the car seat for us is a real relief. I almost started crying as I opened it. On top of the car seat John and Andrea also gave us a Boppy and a Snuggle carrier and a bunch of other great stuff.
Paul and Jennie gave us cloth diapers! I am so excited to find out more about them. They are so cute.
Mary gave us a vibrating bouncy seat for Elias. We put it together last night and then put one of the stuffed animals that Debbie gave us in the seat. And then of course we had to put the hat that Scott and Annie-Karene gave us on the animal. It's so cute.
Katie and Debbie both gave us books, which we are so excited about. We want Elias to really appreciate learning and reading. Debbie also gave us clothes for Elias. He will have some new outfits every 3 months for the first year of his life. It will be so neat to pull a new outfit for him out of the closet every couple of months. Debbie also gave us a posable giraffe that was so neat. I think everyone at the party wanted one!
Chris, Scott, and Sage gave us a really neat fishy teething ring and clothes and a gift certificate to Target! Hmmm, shopping!
That's all that I can remember from the top of my head so I will just describe the games because they were fun. The first game we played was to decorate t's and Onesies with fabric paint. Then we judged all of them. Some of them were soooo cute. Mary made one that had chemistry stuff all over it, Debbie's had a frog, John's was an upside down face. I put a chicken on my and wrote Little Chicken (Elias' nickname) across it. They had to dry so Paul and Jennie are going to bring them down the next time they are in Tucson. Then we played a word scramble game that was really hard! I tied Mary for the most words out of 20 to unscramble - 13! The last game we played was guess how bit around Rachel is. Everyone cut a piece of ribbon that they thought would go around my waist. Debbie and I tied for that one Jennie and Katie had like 2 extra feet of ribbon - thanks girls!!!
Jennie had put together some great food - nachos, ice cream, and veggies. All of my favorites. I especially liked the ice cream and probably ate too much.
When I got home from the shower I showed all of the stuff to Christopher and we played with all of it. He was really excited and since we got a car seat, I think he wants to get a play pen. I think in his head he already had money for a car seat ear marked. I don't know about the play pen. We'll have to look at them and decide later. So, the only big thing that we really need is a stroller now. What a relief.
I had better end this now. Tomorrow I can try to give more of an update on the Phoenix Bouldering Comp. I had a good time but I have real work to do now.
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So, the PBC aka PBB aka the rock climbing competition I went to on Saturday was really fun. I stayed the night at John's house on Friday night. Russ came over on Saturday morning and we took off. Friday I had noticed that John's tire was a little low on air so we stopped to fill it up. It turns out that the tire had a nail in it but we decided to risk it and drove out to the competition anyway. The sucky thing was that they were charging spectators $10 to watch the comp. $10 was all I had!! We paid the man and drove up the parking area. There was supposed to be a bus pick us up in 15 minutes. We waited much longer than that. So long that I eventually had to pee (of course). So, I walked as far away from everyone as I could and then hoped that none of them would look my way as I went. I felt much better afterwards and I don't think anyone noticed because they were all looking for the bus. Anyway, the bus finally came and we all piled on. There was a couple on the bus with a little boy and the mom was pregnant. I talked to the mom for a little bit, she was due a month behind me.
When we got the vedor area we obtained maps from the registration booth and started the long walk up a hill to the climbing area. I had to stop a few times on the way in the shade to rest. It wasn't too bad though. We first looked for our friend in the Road Area, but they weren't there. I noticed that they had changed some of the problems that I had climbed a couple of years before. Then we walked down to the Guppy Wall. On the way I ran into Katy and we talked for a minute. She seemed certain that there was more than one baby in my belly - heh. At the base of Shark wall I ran into Melissa and Rob from Hueco Tanks. I talked to them for a few minutes and then saw Sage so I talked to her. I spotted Debbie and Andrea across the way and made my way to them. I had to crawl over rocks to get there. At the perfect resting spot were Dwayne and Victoria! So, I chatted with them for a few minutes.
Debbie and Andrea were climbing in a really sunny area but promised to move to this shady area soon so I went there and waited for them. I had the perfect vantage point to take pictures of Debbie on one of the climbs from there. Eventually, they did make it to me.
When the comp was over we all hiked out of the canyon. On the way back to the vendor area I ran into Debbie L. and we talked for a bit. It was a good rest. I talked to several other people on the way back too. It made the whole trip easier. By the time I got to the vendor area I was really tired. Everyone was sitting on a rock in the sun eating, but I was searching for shade and cool drinks. I didn't have any money so Dwayne bought me a snowcone (THANKS SOOOOOO MUCH) and then I convinced everyone to move to this rock that was shaded by a tree. After a little bit I felt much better.
I did wander around the vendor area a bit and I watched people play on the slackline. I was wishing I could play too! THe only thing I saw that I would have liked was a bag at the VooDoo tent. It was really cool, but I left it. And, soon we left.
I had a good time but was really tired at the end of the day from all the walking around. John thinks we probably walked 5 miles! I was also very hungry so John and I went to eat at 4Peaks in Tempe. Yummy. We then went and played games at Colby's before I went to bed.
Elias has a new trick. He likes to run his foot along the inside of my belly. I can see it when he does it and it is sort of funny! I think he has turned to a new position but is still likely sideways. He is also making my ribs hurt so bad! I still don't think pregnancy is all that fun.
Sleeping is getting tougher. I get warm at night now and there is not much to be done about. I am not sure if I wake up because I am warm or I wake up because Elias is wiggling. Last night he was really moving around, more than I have ever felt before. It led me to wonder if there is such a thing as moving around too much. It kept me awake for quite a bit. Eventually I started talking to Christopher. He finally figured out that if he rubbed my back I would shut up and go to sleep.
I had the alarm clock set for this morning. I hate getting up in the mornings now. It is so hard. But, this summer I will be working with teachers who will start at 8 am. That means I have to be in at 7:30am to get ready. Even though it will be an adjustment, getting here earlier really is better because then I can go home while it is hot and get in the pool. I will also have more time in the evenings to clean and get things ready for Elias.
I still have so many things to do. We have rooms to paint, tile to put down, blankets to crochet, thank you cards to write, birth announcements to finish, day care to select, pediatrician to select, batism forms to fill out, and the list goes on and on and on. And, all I want to do is sleep! haha. I guess since I have so much to do, I should shut up about being uncomfortable and wanting Elias out and tell him to stay put so I can get some stuff done.
Today was our second ultrasound to check on the cyst in Elias' brain. The greatest news ever is that it is gone! Elias was laying on his left side with his face to my tailbone and he was head down. He was wiggly during the ultrasound. He weighs a little over 3 pounds and is measuring about a week early. I got to see his boy parts 3 times and was sent home with a picture of them.
I heard from my mom today. My sister-in-law who is also pregnant fell down the stairs a few days ago. I knew this. I guess she was having some pain/soreness from the fall and went to the doctor to be sure that everything was ok. They did an ultrasound and found a small hole in the placenta. The doctor wants her to come back in next week just to check on it. No fluid is leaking out and it is expected to heal up. It also was most likely not caused from the fall and they would never have known about it if she had not come in.
Elias likes to stick his foot out really hard. I just push it back in! Hope everyone has a good weekend. Not really sure what I will do this weekend. There is a cactus show in town and we have been invited to a bbq. Some folks from Phoenix will be stopping in for a hike - so I might go to dinner with them. Mostly I will be doing housework. Yippee-not.