27 weeks 3 days
Here are a couple of tummy shots taken last night...
And a ticker experiment I'll be using once Punkin is born - how cute is that!
Yesterday was a productive yet TIRING day. Washed all bedsheets - I usually stagger this chore, don't do them all at once. We cleaned our whole basement (full, finished) and it took us most of the day. (I did get through all my old baby clothes and got things out of storage for Punkin - pack-n-play, car seat, infant tub, etc.) THEN we moved on to the pool area and the garage.
I was in pain with stiff hips by the end. Could barely walk. But a hot shower and a couple of extra-strength Tylenol helped a little, and we enjoyed a nice barbecue in the evening over at SIL's house. Good ending to a busy weekend.
Our goal is to have the house in tip-top shape before our trip to Florida this weekend. The planning for which is coming along nicely. (I'm always the planner and itinerary maker.) I have most of the days full of fun activities, yet time to bum around at the beach and by the pool. Looking forward to it! Friday's the day!
DH finally felt Punkin move last night!
We all had a big discussion about names again too: DH, his mother, and I. We can't agree on anything. Even after my wonderful list. There's one name both he and I like but she doesn't, and there's one name both she and I like but he doesn't. The rest of the names don't "click" with EITHER of them.
I'm the most agreeable and flexible one of the bunch... how frustrating, I just want this DECIDED and chapter closed!
28 weeks 1 day
I cannot believe how much Punkin has been moving the past couple of days... it seems CONSTANT! Don't know what's going on with her! Ah but I love it, enjoying every minute.
29 weeks 1 day
We’re back from our vacation!
We had a great time, had a lot of rain and thunderstorms every afternoon before clearing up for some beautiful evenings and sunsets. Friday we went to Adventure Island (water park) in Tampa and the rides were shut down when we first got there due to lightning. In the evening we went to the local beach until sunset. Saturday we went to Busch Gardens and it was really crowded, and hot in the morning. The lines for the rides were LONG. When the afternoon showers hit, the rides were again shut down for a while. We also got kinda soaked. DS2 cried at the loud thunder. Spent the evening in the hotel pool. Sunday went to the beach in Clearwater, went on a great pirate ship cruise (of course delayed a bit due to STORMS lol), then back to the beach and up onto the nearby pier until dark. The kids did "bungee jumping" (on trampolines) there. Monday drove to Orlando to our favorite outlet mall, mainly to do DH's clothes shopping for the next couple of years (he buys almost all his better clothes from this place... good shops. We always pick up some Polos for the boys as well.) And I made sure to hit OshKosh. Then back to the Tampa airport.
It was us 5, plus SIL and her two boys - so you can imagine the meal costs and the logistics, what with airplanes and hotels and luggage, and keeping everyone together so as not to get lost. Yikes! But it all worked out.
Got a lot of video, but I don't know about pictures because my disposable cameras got wet (of course) and I have to see if the pics actually turn out.
When I read back over this, it doesn't sound like such a good time - at least from an adult's perspective. But the kids all had the time of their lives. And Saturday night after everyone was in bed, DH and I went to a little Cuban restaurant/night club and had some alone time, so that was nice.
All in all, a GREAT time! An escape from reality for a few days! Now a second wind to move on in life. My last big fling before this baby arrives and I am officially homebound from traveling for a while. Not many trips in my near future with FOUR children! DH teases that he'll travel without me while I'm stuck with the kids, which he knows ticks me off .
Another note... I was so surprised how much my poor round tummy got BUMPED in the crowds! Partly due to my miscalculations, and partly due to the rudeness of others (it's not ALL my fault!) LOL!
Anyway, I'm back in the swing of things now.
~~~~~~~~~~ Appointment update ~~~~~~~~~~
Last Thursday at my 28-wk appt (which was fine and uneventful) I had my 1-hr glucose test... which I ended up FAILING! This had never happened to me in my previous pregnancies!
So yesterday I did the 3-hr test. Blah! Nervous, didn't really want to join the “GD club” on the Oct 2005 board (no offense to those ladies )!
But I just called for the results this morning, and everything is OK. Now I can breathe a sigh of relief! All's well that ends well.
Down to every two weeks now, 30-wk, then 32-wk (with u/s, yay!)... wow, I just can't believe it.
29 weeks 2 days
I read today that Punkin now weighs almost three pounds and is about 15 1/2 inches long. She has a 90% chance of survival if born now.
Over the past week I have begun to feel BH contractions here and there. The memories are flooding back in! LOL... I never had BH with #1 and #2, but a lot with #3.
On the Oct ’05 board there was a discussion about transitioning from one child to two, and how that might be difficult… especially balancing attention, love, etc.
Anyone else scared about making the jump from one to two? My girlfried was here today with her three month old and she cried all day long. My son got upset listening to the baby and he started crying. I wanted to cry. How bad is it really in the beginning?I"ve been worrying aobut this too lately. I'm so excited to be having another baby, but on the other hand I've really been feeling kinda sad for Audrey. She's so happy and fun all the time, and I'm worried about her because she just has no idea how much things are going to change around here in a few months. I don't ever want her to feel like she's loved any less just because there's another baby on the way, but she's so young I'm not sure how to make her understand everything. I had a complete breakdown over this very issue just the other night!I'm nervous too! Ds still needs so much attention as an 18 month old. He loves to see babies and give them hugs and kisses though, but sometimes he gets upset if I'm holding the baby. I don't think he will be mean to the baby, but I'm afraid that he will be upset about not getting as much mommy time.I worried so much over whether I could love another baby as much as I loved my first. And I had lots of nightmares where I forgot my first dd or left her somewhere..all kinds of "I'm abandoning my baby" dreams. After .... [my 2nd dd] ... was born, it wasn't nearly as awful as I thought it was going to be. Like Andie said, potty-trained toddlers/preschoolers will sometimes have lots of accidents, which is trying on you, the new mommy.On those same lines, when I myself was moving from one to two, I just couldn't imagine how I could love another like I loved my little girl. It seemed impossible. Now I can see that I have inexplicable, unlimited, swelling love for each of them for all of the special things they alone possess. It sounds sooo cliche, but you really don't love one more than the other - just each of them in a different way. It's really true!The thing that I'm struggling with the most is that DS has really been the perfect child. He's so sweet and funny and, just everything I could have imagined in a child of mine and more. I don't want to compare the two but I'm having a difficult time imagining how any other child can be as awesome as he is.
Now my kids have always had quite large age gaps, and this is the first time I will have two so close together (2 yrs 5 mos - for ME that's close!). I'm kind of nervous about that, especially since my little one has special needs and takes a lot of my time and attention. He knows what a baby is, but he has no idea in this whole world that one is on her way to OUR house, and he won't know until she shows up. But hopefully with whatever skills I've gained up until now, I will be able to pull it off!
There are a lot of us on the Oct ’05 board in the same boat with the same worries and concerns. But I think we'll all be FINE.
29 weeks 6 days
Over the weekend, I presented to DH the idea of "catching" the baby during delivery (once the head is delivered by the doctor, DH would assist in helping the rest of the baby out). He thought it was a great idea! (I didn't think he'd agree!) So I'll write that into my birth plan, and also talk to my primary doctor about it when I see her in two weeks.
Today I mailed off my registration to donate the baby's umbilical cord (placental) blood. It will be collected and stored for the purpose of providing a source of stem cells for stem cell transplantation and gene therapy, and can be used for a large amount of help to others.
A concern of mine in the beginning had been, what if these cells are used for cloning or something? Which I'm against. But this particular blood bank has stated that they do NOT participate in any activities that are designed to promote human cloning or the creation of human embryos for the specific purpose of producing embryonic stem cells for research.
Regarding the name game? Still undecided!
10 weeks to go, so tomorrow I will officially be in single-digit weeks!
OK, back to the name game one last time! It was finally resolved last night! Thank God! What is the name? Can't tell you now! Hint: It was DH's original choice. MIL finally agreed to it. After that, it was easy to come up with a middle name.
So CASE CLOSED, no more name discussion or I will have a heart attack!
OK get this... now that we have decided on a name, I feel a lot differently about Punkin. Before she was literally nameless, like it wasn't really happening. Now she is a real person, with a name, and I think of her as a person, and therefore I am getting anxious to meet her! It's hard to think about and have feelings for someone you still have to wait 2 months to officially meet!
So now, for me, the impatience has begun - the impatience that I had NONE of before. Remember I said I was in no hurry for her to arrive? Now it's slowly changing, I can feel it! It's gonna be rough.