The Baby I Dreamt Of...

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The Baby I Dreamt Of...

30wks, 4days~

Okay, so it looks like the journal system has changed a bit - I knew something was going on when there were no new entries on the "old" pregancy.org site. If you're new here and want to read journal entries on my previous 29 weeks of pregnancy you can do so at the old website - I'm not inclined to rewrite them all here, sorry.

But here's the basics: I'm 30 yrs old and expecting my first born baby boy, whom we've named Christopher James, at the end of June. My DH is a firefighter for the city of Oakland and we've been together for a total of 7 years and married for 3yrs. We were TTC for 3 months when I finally got a BFP!!! We're a little bit nervous and very excited about the day our BabyLove arrives!

Speaking of the day our BabyLove arrives - Because my DH is still on probation (which lasts a year and is taken very seriously by the department - you're not allowed to take an unscheduled day off or call in sick for any reason without risk of being "let go") - there's a good chance that he'll actually miss the birth! I try not to think about it too much because the thought of giving birth without him there not only terrifies me but it makes me super sad too - but I'm trying to be rational and understanding about it all and I hope that the fire dept. will at least let him take off work for a couple of hours at the point where Christopher is only a few good pushes away from entering the world.

Well, my tummy keeps getting bigger and bigger - I don't know how much longer I'm going to be able to keep working - I have my next OBGYN appointment on the 28th (I think I'm going to have my doctor fill out the paper work for disability at that appointmen) and then my disability will hopefully begin at the beginning of June.

My baby shower is in 2 weeks, and I have nothing to wear!! I also have a bridal shower and a wedding to attend! - and I have nothing to wear! I ordered a couple of dresses online - they arrived last Friday - I tried them on they look horrible! They're definitely going back! And I guess I'll keep looking for an outfit that doesn't make me look like a float in the Thanksgiving Day parade! Sheesh!

No more progress on the nusery - still waiting on my mom to make the window valences and we're still waiting on the arrival of one more piece of furniture.

DH and I are taking a Newborn care class this Thursday - I can't wait! I hope they teach us basic stuff and give us lots of good tips and advice - we'll see!

That's all for now!
~Kare Bear

Joined: 03/16/15
Posts: 53852

31wks today~

Wow by next Friday I'll be 8 months! Time is really starting to fly by now. Well, DH and I went to the newborn care class last night - it was fairly interesting but it left much to be desired. They went over sleep positions for newborns (on the back is the only one you should use), breastfeeding tips (I'm planning on bottle feeding), how to bathe a baby (very carefully--well duh), and that was about it! The class was 2 hours long! They could have spent less time on breastfeeding and hammering home the "baby sleeps on it's back" deal, and they should have covered baby CPR, how to soothe a crying baby, sticking to a schedule, proper installation of car seats, etc. Guess I'll have to start reading all those books I bought so I can learn more usefull stuff. Geesh!

I'm planning on going shopping this weekend for something to wear to my baby shower and to my friend's wedding in June. Lord I hope I find something soon!! - this whole clothes thing is starting to really depress me.

I have my next doctor's appointment on Monday and then next Sunday is my Baby Shower - yay!

Well, nothing else new to report.

Have a great weekend!
~Kare Bear

Joined: 03/16/15
Posts: 53852

32wks today, I'm officially 8 months pregnant and Christopher is due in just 9 weeks!

Wow! What a week it's been! I'm sooo happy it's finally Friday! To start off with I had a dr. appointment on Monday, I'm still measuring one week ahead but apparently that's normal. The doctor filled out my maternity leave/disability papers and as of now my last day of work will be May 23rd (5 wks prior to my due date??) I didn't notice this till I got home from my appointment, so either she made a mistake or for some reason has given me an extra week (you're supposed to get 4wks prior and 6wks after) - which means I have to get this straightened out at my next appointment on May 12th cuz my boss isn't really thrilled with me taking 4wks prior as it is, let alone 5wks - when she had her baby she only took 2wks off prior to giving birth, WHATEVER!

My MIL had major surgery yesterday - she went in to have a non-cancerous tumor on her adrenal gland removed, but when they opened her up they realized it was more serious than they originally thought, so they ended up taking out her adrenal gland, her right kidney, 1/2 her liver, and they replaced her inferior vena cave (a major vein) with a gortex vein! She was in surgery for 10 hours! Apparently she's doing really well this morning, although she's still unable to talk due to a tube down her throat, so far so good.

My parents wedding anniversary was this week on Wednesday - they've been married 37 years!! Wow!! I hope I can say that someday. My sis and I arranged to have dinner delivered to their house that night along with a bottle of wine and some dessert - which worked out to be the perfect gift - cuz what do you get your parents as a gift after 37 years of marriage anyway??

I've had super bad heartburn the last 2 days - although I think I finally figured out why, here's my theory...my stomach is being squished by the baby and as a result there's less room for digestion - so my thinking is the key to preventing heartburn is by eating Super Small baby-bird-sized meals, that way your stomach isn't trying to digest more food than there's room for and therefore heartburn wont ensue. So I'm gonna try that!

I have a bridal shower tomorrow and my baby shower is on Sunday - so my weekend is already completely booked up, albeit with good things - I just hope I have time for nesting and cleaning this weekend (suddenly that's become my new favorite passtime).

Okay, that's all for now...I'll write more after the shower.

Have a great weekend everybody!
~Kare Bear

Joined: 03/16/15
Posts: 53852

32wks, 3days~

Wow did I have a crazy weekend!! And I'm soooo tired today because of it, I think maybe I did too much! Saturday was my friends bridal shower, that was lots of fun, but a long day, and then Saturday night DH and I went out to dinner with some friends and didn't get home till late.

Sunday was my baby shower, which was fantastic by the way! - I got so much stuff! I feel like I won a gameshow! I think I got 90% of what I registered for, not bad!! And it was so great to see all my friends and family, some of whom drove over an hour to attend - I feel so blessed! The shower was at my parents house so after my dad loaded up the truck and transferred all the loot to my house, I freshened up and then joined DH at a "wedding reception" for some friends of ours that eloped in Hawaii in early April. Again DH and I didn't get home till late and I still had to iron his uniform and do a load of laundry before going to bed. Needless to say this morning I had such a hard time waking up and gettin' my butte outta bed!! I was 15 minutes late to work! Yipes!! Not good considering they just laid-off 7% of the employees here last week...not a good time to be coming into work late.

I wish I was at home today, taking stock of all the wonderful gifts, really looking at all of the wonderful sleepers and onsies and receiving blankets. Baby stuff is so sweet. I'm gonna try to get my Thank-You Cards out as soon as possible, everyone was beyond generous, I still cant' believe it!

Well, I'm gonna try to concentrate on work today and not daydream about being at home playing with all the new baby stuff....

~Kare Bear

Joined: 03/16/15
Posts: 53852

33 weeks today~

Once again I am beyond happy that it's Friday!!! My body is sore and achy and I'm tired of draggin' my butt into work everyday! I can't wait to go out on maternity leave. The only thing that will suck about maternity leave is the fact that I don't have a computer at home - so I guess I'll have to borrow my Mom's in order to post entries into my journal and keep up with everybody else's journal.

On Tuesday I pinched my sciatic nerve (still hurts) and I was so tired and sore when I came home from work that I just sat down on the couch and started crying. DH thought that he had done something wrong and I just blubbered, "No, I just don't feel good."

On Wednesday morning I slipped and fell in the shower and managed to scare my DH half to death. Luckily I landed on my hands and knees and not my belly. So my left knee is black and blue and a little swollen, but other than that I'm fine.

On Thursday I left work early, because I was so tired, and came home and actually went through all of my shower gifts (okay I guess I wasn't that tired - just tired of being at work). I marked off my shower registry what I had received so that hopefully this weekend I can go to Babie's-R-Us and get the rest of what I need.

And today is Friday! DH is off today, Yay!! And it's pay day!! So I'm looking forward to dinner out with DH and maybe a movie (if I can stay awake that long).

I have another doctor's appointment this coming Monday so I'll probably update my journal again then.

Hope ya'll have a great weekend! Happy Mother's day to all the mommies and mommies to be!
~Kare Bear

Joined: 03/16/15
Posts: 53852

34 weeks today~

TGIF!! I tell ya it's getting harder and harder to not only come to work each day but sit at my very uncomfortable desk all day long as well. My official last day of work will be next Friday, May 23rd!! Yahoo!!

I am very much looking forward to maternity leave. I have so much at home that still needs to be done before the baby arrives (and it's not all baby related either). Here's the baby related stuff: pre-wash baby clothes and cut out all clothing tags (apparently it's really important to do this), pre-wash baby bedding (for the same reason), line the dresser drawers, put the baby clothes away, organize the changing table, put an overnight bag together for me for the hospital for when baby decides to arrive. Here's non-baby related stuff: I've got a mountain of laundry to conquer, floors that need washing, windows that need cleaning, and a checkbook screaming to be balanced. I also need to talk DH into making yet another run to the dumps as we have all kinds of things to dispose of and it's taking up a majority of the space in our garage. PHEW!!

Maybe once I get all of my stuff done I'll finally feel completely mentally and physically ready for baby to arrive. Not that I wouldn't love to hold him in my arms this minute, but I just want to have everything else taken care of so that I can concentrate completely on him when he does get here.

My doctor's appointment on Monday went well, nothing new to report. And speaking of doctors... DH and I took a tour of the labor and delivery ward of the hospital I'll be giving birth at. The tour was good and eye opening as we viewed the "labor" room, the postpartum room, and the baby nursery. After the tour DH and I went out to dinner. While at dinner DH asked why I was being so quiet and if anything was wrong - I had to fight back the tears as I told him "well, that fact that I'm going to go through labor and give birth is now a REALITY, no turning back now and I'm just a little scared," (to say the least). Before the tour, I used to daydream about labor and birth and it seemed as far away and fantasy-like as a trip to Europe; but now, after having toured the maternity ward and having seeing where all the action is actually going to take place it's more like walking through the airport gate towards the plane with tickets and luggage in hand....this is actually going to happen... it's not a faraway fantasy anymore and the reality is just a little frightening compared to the fantasy.

So...that's all for now....nothing else new to report.

Have a great weekend!
~Kare Bear

Joined: 03/16/15
Posts: 53852

35 weeks today~

Well, today is my last day here at work and I'm officially on maternity leave. I'll try to post more entries if possible, but I don't have a computer at home so it might be difficult to do so.

In case I don't post anymore entries, I really enjoyed writing this journal and reading all of your journals! I'm really going to miss journaling and being pregnant.

Christopher James is due June 27th - so please wish me lots of luck for any easy labor and pain-free delivery if you happen to think of me on that day. And I in turn will send lots of good Labor Dust your way!

I'm supposed to return from maternity leave on August 25th, so hopefully I'll be able to come back and post a birth story as well as catch up on all of your journals and see whom has had their baby by then.

Take care everyone!!

~Kari