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***Cece's Birth Lodge (trying18)***

Happy 36 weeks! Welcome to your lodge. Now give us all the scoop!

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welcome to your lodge!!!

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Welcome to your lodge! I am looking forward to your journey.

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Welcome to your lodge, I look forward to following your story!

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Yea another December mommie! Welcome to your lodge, I can't wait for your story.

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Congrats Cece! Can't wait to follow your homestretch. I love your blog. Wink

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Welcome to your lodge!

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Hurrah! Lodge time for me!!!! And I'm slow today at work..... so here it goes!

My DH and I met in a pretty funny way. Both of us had been in rather crappy relationships, and had sworn off dating. We had friends who were doing yahoo dating - and they posted our profiles. I wasn't all that keen on the whole online dating thing - but I saw Aaron's profile - and he looked so cute... plus met all this insane critera that I was now using (didn't live at home, had his own car, college grad, had a job, didn't smoke, athletic). But the best part for me - is that he rode a motorcycle! After emailing back and forth for a long time - we finally decided to meet in person. He picked me up on his motorcycle, and we basically clicked right away. We were only going out for ice cream, and ended up hanging out until 11 PM at night (he picked me up at 1 in the afternoon).

We were pretty cautious in the beginning (since we had both been burned so badly in the past). We started dating in June, and both kind of had it in our heads that this was a fun summer fling. In October, we kind of realized it was more than a fling, and ended up moving in together in December. That was in 2001 - and it's been an awesome ride ever since. Aaron taught me how to ride a motorcycle (something I always wanted to do, but was told that girls don't ride motorcycles) and for a while, we had our own 'gang' (I'll post pictures of that!). When we first met, he was into triathlons, and convinced me to try them too (I'm a long distance open water swimmer who likes to ride bicycles, so it wasn't a stretch - but I hate running). We both trained together for Ironman Florida and completed it in 2003.

We also got engaged in 2003 - and married in May of 2004. It was a wonderful wedding in our Aunt and Uncle's backyard - in the same town we ended up buying our house! We bought a house about a year after we got married, and decided it was time to start trying for babies. I always knew I wanted kids, and Aaron actually volunteers time coaching a boys under 12 soccer team. We love kids. I went off the pill in April of 2005. After year, and no pregnancy - I went to my doc. They did loads of tests on me, and found nothing wrong. Then we tested Aaron. Nothing wrong there. Although glad we didn't find any health problems - unexplained infertilty is pretty damn frustrating to say the least. So we decided to see a reproductive endoconoligist (RE). This guy was kind of a jerk - I'm overweight and have been my whole life. But I'm very active (hello, completed an ironman triathlon when I weighed over 200 lbs!!!). He brought up my weight, and I point blank asked him if that was the reason I wasn't getting pregnant. He said no - if that was the reason, I would have tested abnormally on my hormone levels, which I didn't. So - we started with clomid and IUIs. After 3 months of that, the plan was to move onto injectables and IUI (there is a protocol you need to follow for insurance to cover this). In the month between the clomid and the injectables, I found out I was pregnant!

We were so excited, I can't even explain. I was over the moon. After trying for 18 months, I finally managed to get pregnant. I was due in June, and I was picturing my wonderful summer maternity leave with my beautiful baby. I was already thinking of names. We went for the 6 week u/s - and found that it was ectopic. I went from probably the happiest I've even been to such a low, I can't explain. It was horrible. After that, we took 3 months off trying, because of the shot they give you to terminate an ectopic pregnancy is a cancer drug that stops cells from doubling - so even if I could have handled it emotionally (which I don't think I could have) there is a high chance of birth defects.

When we went back to the doc for next steps (now we are in April of 2007) he was always talking about my wieght, and that I should lose weight to do IVF. And I asked why - he never had a reason - but he was really making me feel bad about myself. Like not only was I a failure at baby making - but a fat failure to boot. Aaron finally got pissed with him and the way he made me feel, we decided to switch docs. Best decision ever.

I went to my new doc, and within a month, we did our first IVF cycle. It was crazy scary for me and super emotional - and I did end up pregnant. But my 1st HCG beta - was 37 - not a promising number. It continued to double and double... but ended in a M/C on Dec 21st. I had a D&C the next day.

I was pretty upset about that - but I had this feeling, you know? So I wasn't AS knocked back as I was with the ectopic. I was spotting with this pregnancy pretty much from the day of my first pregnancy test - so I knew somethingw was probably wrong. I didn't know what next steps I wanted to take - but my awesome doc just took over, and told us we would try right away with my next cycle. And we did. And I went in with a lot of hope and a really positive outlook - and we had success! We transfered two embroyos on St Patties day - and got a positive pregnancy test on April Fools day. We had the first ultrasound, where we saw the heartbeat, on Earth day - and I was joking this was my 'Minor Holiday Baby'.

After all that drama - this pregancy has been awesome. Besides a stressful first trimester - which was totally self inflicted - I was just so nervous of another m/c, I've have an incident free pregnancy. I never had morning sickness, been able to continue working out thought the whole pregancy, passed the GD test with flying colors, and at 36 weeks, I'm only up 20 pounds. And I feel great. I love feeling my LO kick, and am totally ready for this next step that my life is taking!

This is already crazy long - I'll get into the whole 'why natural' question next time.

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Wonderful intro! Triatholons! That is amazing.

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Yay! december lodge! we are almost there.

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Welcome to your lodge! What a great into, I can't wait to follow the rest of your story.

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Well, up early on a Saturday to go to prenatal yoga. I have a friend on my street who is due 5 days ahead of me - so we've been going to yoga together. It's fun to have a buddy 4 houses down going through the same thing you are. Although - she is 4'6" and I'm 5'10" - so she is bit more uncomforatable with the whole 'human growing in small space" bit of pregancy, lol.

Anyway - when I finally accepted I would be giving birth (that took until about week 20 of pregnancy) - I started looking into birthing options. Since I'm an active person - I couldn't really imagine just laying there all numb and missing this amazing event. I also have a HUGE tolarance for pain. I've run 16 miles of a marathon on a broken ankle (is was a small break - and trust me, if I'd known, I wouldn't have done it - but still!). After that incident, but doc said that if ANYTHING was hurting - to come in. Because if it was hurting me, it was probably a big deal.

I also realyl want to get some trust back in my own body. In general, my body has been able to do whatever it is I have asked of it.... except getting pregnant. I'm not saying that I'm hingin my mental heath on a natrual birth... but it would be a great ending to the pregnancy story, I think.

Last bit? I'm been throwing artifical hormones into my body for 3 years. I'm sick of the needles and the medications and feeling like CRAP!

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Welcome to your lodge! I was so excited to read your lodge. You ae awesome!

I am *thinking* about doing the Austin Danskin Triathalon next June, but it will be only 4 months after LO comes so it is a big gamble at this point! I am also overweight and need to do something to focus on getting my health back. :confused: Let me know if you have any great tips for getting started.

I can't wait to read more of your story- Keep it coming Biggrin

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Welcome to your lodge, Cece! I'm sorry for your losses. Congrats on making it to this point! I hope you get your natural birth!

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Congratulations on your lodge, I'm so glad we're into December lodges! Great intro story, I think you just have to trust your body and your instincts and you'll be fine.
That's so exciting that you've done an Ironman - it's one of my life goals to complete one. I was a competetive swimmer for 15 years, and I've been running for a few years now, I've completed a half marathon so far, but not the full one. I just have to start cycling now!

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Welcome to your lodge. I have to say the start of the December lodges is a bit emotional for me. I don't know if you will remember me (probably not it was a while ago everyone got their BFP's), but I was originally on the December BB when I m/c at 5 weeks. I lurk there often as it helps me heal. Following all your December lodges is honestly the best medicine for me. I'm so sorry you had to suffer such loss too. I'm so glad this had been such an eventful free pregnancy. I agree what better way for the ending of the story to be "I went med-free". :woohoo: Can't wait for the pics.

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I love your intro! Our m/c happened about at the same time...it SUCKS! I'm so glad we are both pg now and doing so good.

I can't wait to see your pictures!

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Great story, and I love what you said about NCB. I sort of feel the same way, with my losses. It would be such an accomplishment for my body to finally be able to do something right with regards to pregnancy. Smile Looking forward to more!

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Thanks for the great intro, I can't wait to see your little miracle and read your birth story. Are you going to an ob or midwife? Do you plan to deliver at a hospital or elsewhere? It's nice to "meet" you!

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Wow - to everyone! Thanks for the great welcome! This was a really great weekend. And yeah - I have to agree with a bunch of you all the losses and stuff I went through sucked, but in a weird way - I did learn a lot about myself and what is imporant to me though the crap. Speaking of crap - my FIL had a massive stroke about a month ago. It was very very very difficult for us to go through - he is only 61 - and it was SO massive that the docs said that only 90% of people with a stroke that massive surivive. Add onto the fact that my DH and my FIL are very close.... it was rough there for a while. It's taken a long time for us to get some sort of sembalance of order... and I think this weekend got us to some sort of return to that.

Saturday I did yoga and when I got home, Aaron and I visited my FIL - who was looking well. We even got him into a wheelchair and walked him around outside - which he seems to enjoy. He doesn't have any movement on his right hand side, and he can't speak - so it's frustrating for him to try and communicate. Then - the rest of the weekend, I worked on Christmas presents (I'm a knitter - and have this long list of stuff that I want done before the baby comes!), and just relaxed. I also dug through a huge pile of handmedown stuff for the baby - and I think we now have everything I need except for a stroller! Hurrah!

Ok - and the few things I forgot to mention. Our plan is to birth with a doula (who is a close family friend - so that is AWESOME) at a hospital. It's a local hospital who really is great with natural births. I am seeing an OB - and I really like them a lot. They haven't pushed me to do anything I haven't wanted to do. We opted out of all the prenatal testing, except for the 20 week anatomy u/s, the GD test and the Group b test.

It's funny - I'm somewhat excited it's Monday, because I have a short week at work ahead of me. I work for a bank, so I have tomorrow off, and then I'm taking Friday off for a weekend away with girlfriends.

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A weekend away with the girls! That should be a ton of fun!

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I'm so sorry to hear about FIL. A weekend away with the girls sounds like fun. Enjoy!!!

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Congrats and welcome to your lodge!!

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I had a really fun day today! I spent the morning doing a few errands, and then the afternoon working on the bumper for the crib and a few other sewing projects. Growing up, I went to private schools - so didn't get all the federal holiday's off. So - now that I work for a bank, it's still (after 8 years!) a fun surprise to get days like Columbus and Veteren's day off.

The new thing that people are doing to me (including my doula!) is to call and tell me that I can't go into labor until 'x' is past. My mom just ordered a new dog bed for her puppy - and it won't arrive for 7 - 10 days. She is going to be driving up to spend 2 weeks with me once I go into labor, so she has deemed that I can't go into labor until the dog bed arrives. My doula then calls tonight, and tells me that she needs to have some minor surgery on next Weds... so if I could wait to go into labor until after next Weds - she would like that. Lol

It cracks me up that people are telling me stuff like that - you know, because I have so much control over when I go into labor! I'm still not ready, anyway. I want to have the nursery set up, and the crib still hasn't arrived. I know, I know - I don't need a crib on day one (we are planning on using an Amby Baby bed for a while) - but I'd just like the room done - you know?

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I totally know how you feel about having the room done. I bugged my dh for months to work on the room for this baby and I finally got my wish and we finished it in September. Sometimes you just need to have some things ready.

Hopefully you don't get anyone else telling you when to not have the baby.

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congrats on your lodge...all you december mama's are making me sentimental...(my daughter was a dec 06 baby...)

have a fabulous girls weekend...

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I also have a December '06 baby, and I'm enjoying these lodges popin' up:) It's too funny that people even bother to call and tell you things like don't have your baby on this day, what do think you have some control over the situation? Your day sounds like it was lots of fun, and it's nice that you get days off, I'd love a day off once in a while!

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Hmmm... I hope that my lodge isn't super boring - but there really isn't much to report. I'm going through a little bit of nesting - I have been working on Christmas presents, and I've almost got anything handmade that I wanted to make done! And for others, at least a list of things I want to buy. I feel really good about it! I also found these awesome birth annoucements ( http://www.photoaffections.com/christmas-birth-announcements-c-8/holiday-daze-2-p-722?afxid=0a4acf49d336384b773904d2ee6118c0 ) that made me tear up a little when saw them.

I'm starting to not want to read my Dec board - everyone there is talking about how much they want their pregnancies to be over - and I'm one of the more farther along people. Even though I really only have about 3 weeks until my due date... I'm still enjoying my pregnancy! It took me so long to get pregnant, and I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to manage to get pregnant again.... I just want to enjoy the time that I have. I don't know why they are all wishing it away. Of course, I'm not horribly uncomfortable yet - so that surely has something to do with it.

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Oops - sorry I think I'm one of the people on the Dec board wishing for my pregnancy to be over. I didn't realize it was irritating, sorry! I guess I just haven't really enjoyed my pregnancy that much and I have my eyes on the prize at this point LOL!
Don't worry about your lodge being boring...I think mine probably is too...but no news is good news right? It means everything is going well!
I'm pretty crafty too - I love the idea of doing handmade gifts! Although this year I think you could probably get away with not doing gifts - you'll have a great excuse Smile

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I bet you won't get uncomfortable either, the end is hard for many but thankfully you will be able to enjoy it! I was like that with my first - I was dancing 3 days before labour. The announcements are so cute!

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MandyMommy - no worries! I can totally understand why people want to be done being pregnant.... but I've felt so good the whole time, that I'm still enjoying being pregnant!!!

The weekend was awesome. Lots of laughs, lots of fun... lots of reconnecting with friends I only get to see once a year! But - I am feeling SUPER pregnant now. We did a lot of sitting, and my ankles were HUGE by the end of the day. I could feel my toes stretching, lol.

This week coming up is my last week in the office for work - then I'll start working from home. I'm not terrified of going into labor at work - but I would prefer not to be 'that' woman - the one whose water broke in the middle of a meeting, or whatever. OK - back to enjoy the last bit of my weekend!

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I'm glad your still feeling good, that's awesome! Your weekend sounds like it was nice and relaxing. Good luck with your last week of work, I hope it's easy and that working from home goes well for you!

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I have to admit, that last week I just decided to not care anymore about working out. I was so careful to try and get to do SOMETHING active at least 4 times a week - mostly because it made me feel good and sleep well. But last week, I just sat on my butt. And then I starting having swelling in my ankles this weekend. I don't know if it's because I'm furter along in pregnancy or because I wasn't getting my blood flowing - but I went to the gym last night and did the ellipital for 30 minutes, and it felt great.

I'm reluctant to even bring up my MIL here - because she is seriously a major peice of work - she is the mother to 3 boys - all of whom are happily married with (or in our case almost) children. But she expects the boys to call her daily and she expects to be involoved in EVERYTHING. She has called numerous times and yelled at my DH and told him that she doesn't feel 'involved' in my pregnancy. And my DH is like.... how do you want to be 'involved' mom? This is about me and Cece. Sigh. Anyway - when my FIL had the stroke - she came flying in to be by his side. Which may sound nice - but they went through a rather nasty divorce (inititated by HER) 7 years ago - and have barely spoken since then. It was really strange to see her by his bedside, stroking his hand and stuff. When she was here- she was staying in our house, and basically stressing us out beyond belief. She left on a Tuesday, and annouced that she would be back on Saturday to see my FIL again. My DH totally did NOT want this to happen... and pretty much told her so - but it was a fight to make her understand. Thankfully, in the end, she didn't come.

But she went home on Tuesday - and all of the way until Friday was saying she was coming back. On that SUNDAY I had my surprise shower. She didn't come. She could come off island (she lives on one of the small islands in MA) to see her EX-husband bedridden in a hosptial on Saturday, but couldn't come to a happy occaision like my baby shower that same weekend!?!?! She said she didn't get the invite soon enough. Phew. That still is making me angry. But, the part of the story I'm getting to is that she hasn't given us any present for the baby. She called my DH and now wants to get us something, and of course - almost everything is done on the registry except the really expenisive stroller (that DH is already buying) and a pack-n-play. A pretty specific one, because I want to set it up downstairs as a place to put the baby out of dog reach (I have two boxers who have trouble controling their lickers, Lol ). So Dh told her that is what we want, and sent a link and everything, and she says - no worries - I know exactly what to get! I'm nervous she is going to go get something else now. Sigh.

OK - back to work! First internal check tomorrow - I bet there isn't any 'action' going on...

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Well, went for my check-up today. I know that a lot of you are weary of a OB practice - but mine is awesome. I wasn't going to fight a internal check - but at the same time, don't really see the point. My doc came in, told me I was negative on the Group B (hurrah), and asked if I wanted a check - I said - not really. And he laughed - and said there really isn't any point for them anyway. You can walk around at 3 cm for weeks before you go into labor. I had to sign the consent for the hosiptal on the vaginal birth (with a chance of c-section, vacuum extraction and episiotimy) and he said that since he's been with this practice, he hasn't done an episiotomy - which I found reassuring. He said they prefer a tear.

We also talked about how long they would 'let' me go over - and he said 42 weeks. That 50% of people go before 40 week and 50% go after - so there in no reason to stress about it. They will start offering induction at 41 weeks, but he assumes that if I want a natural birth, that I won't want to be induced.

See why I like this practice? Only thing I was upset about was that in the last 2.5 weeks, I've gained 7 pounds. Ouch. Although I'm swelling now - and ALWAYS hungry. My total weight gain is now at 26 lbs... I'm good with that. Hoping it stops though!

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Oh, hon, you MIL sounds like a piece of work! :eek: I am sorry that she is being difficult. I have similar problems with my MIL and the only thing that helped was trying to be overly reassuring. It totally sucks because you (I) should not have to the one doing all of the accommodating, but if you (I) do not want to have a battle about every little thing, it might be worth it. Or maybe you guys can be stronger and set more firm boundaries and I will just be jealous! I am glad that your DH is standing up for you and your family wishes. Give him a big kiss!

Your doctor sounds awesome! Yahoo That should really help your birth experience since he is already being supportive!

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Your OB sounds fabulous!

And I really hope your MIL gets the right pack n' play.....some MIL's.....it is amazing how they can raise such great sons and then be so wacky.

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Ahhh the MIL! Gotta love them don't you:) Mine actually isn't "that" crazy, but we have our differences that is for sure! It's a little lame that she couldn't make it to your shower, though maybe it's best that way. Your OB sounds fabulous, and very supporive. I hope your day goes well today and that you have some time to relax!

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So - I think maybe a little bit of nesting is occuring? I worked from home yesterday. We have a big living room - we just turned two rooms into the one living room by knocking down a wall. So - there were still boxes of books sitting around and things not put into shelves. We also have been playing Rock Band - and all the bits that you need for Rock Band just sit in the room. We have this closet in the hallway that we NEVER open - it has jackets and vases in it. Jackets and vases we never use. While I was sitting typing on my computer, I just got fed up with it! I took all the vases in to the basement (I'm going to bring flowers as presents when I'm invited to dinner or whatever - and give them a damn vase too) and the jackets went upstairs in the guest room closet. I then put the Rock Band stuff in the closet, and also some games that were sitting on the shelves. I emptied out the book boxes - and now the living room looks much better!

We are planning on having friends over for Thanksgiving dinner - and they have an 18 month old. I wanted to do a bit of baby proofiing before he came, so we didn't have to spend the whole day running around after him - and getting this stuff put away helps.

No exciting baby news. But we did hear from the crazy MIL - she wants us just to buy the pack and play and then she'll write us a check. Nice and personal, huh? I'm not complaining - at least I get the exact one I want!

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That is nice about the pack n' play. Hopefully she gets a nice personal Grandma gift.

It must feel nice to have your living room looking better - I enjoy the need to get the house in order when a baby is on the way. It is one of the few times I am motivated.

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WooHoo for house cleaning! I love working on projects and then seeing the end result:) Are you cooking the whole meal by your self? That sounds like a big day!

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I gained seven with my last appointment too. I think it went all to my face!

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Well. Today is my last day in the office for work. It's kind of crazy! I do plan on working from home as long as I can - I get 12 weeks maternity leave, and I really want to spend it with the baby. I've spent the last few weeks handing things off to other people, so my work load is pretty slow right now anyway - which is great.

Yesterday I went out to spicy indian food. Ouch. I don't think it's going to start anything... but the gas! I can usually eat anything without issues, but this morning I woke up with gas cramps (at least that is what I think it was....) but they went away after about 10 minutes of walking around. I did get a chance to practice my relaxation breathing, though - lol.

I've got a busy weekend coming up. Aaron and I are going shopping Saturday morning to get the final bits for baby (stroller, crib mattress, pack and play, few pumping accessories) and then in the afternoon, we have a friend that is going to come over and take some maternity pictures! I just thought it would be a nice memento to have some good pictures (instead of the ones I've been taking in the bathroom mirror of myself).

Sunday I'm hoping to set up the nursery. Of course - we have one wall that needs to be painted still, and I keep on forgeting to bring the paint can with me to get the right color. Sigh.

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Enjoy your last day in the office. That is wonderful that you have the option to work at home that will make the next few weeks much easier.

Enjoy all your shopping and baby preparations.

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Yay for you last day of commuting! It is great that they are letting you work from home.

You seem to be pretty upbeat. I need to take notes for my last few weeks! Wink

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BTW, I looked at the pic you posted on your blog and you have one nice backside! Maybe I am not supposed to comment on that, but at this point every compliment is golden! Wink

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I hope you have great day!Sounds like a fun weekend to me, hope you can get your paint today. A friend of mine had some pics done with blocks on her belly that spelled the babies name, but it would we super cute with just baby too:) I can't wait to see them, you must share.

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BTW, I looked at the pic you posted on your blog and you have one nice backside! Maybe I am not supposed to comment on that, but at this point every compliment is golden! Wink

Lol I'll take it where I can get it. That is my DH's favorite body part too!

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Well, we went to BRU this morning and got everything else we really needed off the registry. The money shock wasn't that bad - Aaron's office actually gave him a shower yesterday (nice timing) with a VERY generous gift card, and I had another one from my office. We got the stroller, the crib mattress and the pack and play and a few other little things.

So - my new thing is that I'm having shooting pains in the lower part of my belly through my vagina (but maybe not there? Just that area?). This is the first real 'cramping' I've felt... wonder if it means anything! I'd just like to make it through tomorrow, since we are going to finish up the nursery tomorrow....

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Good luck with the nursery today! Congratulations on being done with work! Smile

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Well - I did spend a bunch of time in the nursery today. We got that last wall painted, and I organzied about 1/2 of the gifts and baby stuff. All non-baby things are out of the baby room too! We put down the rug, and put up one of the decals... so things are slowly coming together. It's just hard to really 'finish' anything without the furniture (crib and dresser). I still have bags of things in the living room from the shopping trip - some things to launder and others to put together. But it feels good to have everything in the house, finally.

I have to say the craziest thing about begin pregnant is the whole fact that you just really have NO idea when you are going to go into labor. Pretty much everything else in life, you have a good idea when major life changing events are going to happen - when you are going to get married, when you are going to start a new job, when you are going to buy a new house.... but when will a new baby actually be entering your life? I know it's going to be sometime in the next few weeks - but it's crazy to my to think that even in the next 48 hours I could have a baby (or, on the flip side - in the next 3 weeks..... but I digress....).

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OK - since I'm thinking I have the most boring lodge ever.... thought maybe some pictures would spice things up. Now that I'm working from home - I have more time! Hurrah!

First - a wedding picture of Aaron and I:

And here are my sweet doggies (abby on the left, Henry on the right):

And for the heck of it, a picture of me finishing Ironman Florida:

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