Friday, November 30, 2007

Julia's First Bath

Adam gave Julia her first bath today... it was wonderful fun!

Here are a few pictures:

Just undressed...
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I'm hungry....!!! I think I'll eat my blanket...!
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Ooh... soothing hair wash... I am DEFINITELY my mama's girl... I LOVE this kind of treatment!
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Isn't my hair CURLY???
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And... just a cute 'burp' picture. :)
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Hugs to you all!
Adam, Erin, & Julia!

Homeward Bound!


We received news this morning from the doctor that we were going to be able to go home TODAY! What wonderful news!

Julia's doctor decided that with the possibility of bad weather tomorrow combined with the fact that she is doing so well that we should go home later today. He said that for patient safety, they might have felt obligated to keep us until Sunday if the weather were to be bad tomorrow, so he cancelled the midnight antibiotic (he said that basically her 4 PM treatment would be good for 12 to 18 hours as it is, so not having the last one would not be an issue) and has written orders for us to be discharged today. WOOHOO!

We are ALL looking forward to being home, especially mom and dad! Of course, I'm sure mom and dad will learn quickly how to be parents WITHOUT nurses to help out!

One of these days I will have to post all of the hidden blessings that I have experienced while being here in NICU... and believe me, the nurses are a BIG part of that!

Have a glorious day / weekend! "See you" back in Pella!


Thursday, November 29, 2007

Julia says, I am 5 days old today!

Good afternoon, everyone!

I thought I'd post a few pictures of Julia during our 'morning chat'.

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Of course, during the course of my pregnancy, Julia got used to mom's chattering... enough such that it would put her to sleep. Apparently that (along with some breast milk) worked well this morning too. :)

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Grandma Sue comes for a visit!

Yesterday my mom (Grandma Sue) was in Des Moines to visit Julia. She drove down with her friend Mary, and they did a few things for us in Pella and came to visit Julia at Blank yesterday. They came bearing gifts (cutes stuff!) and a desire to see and hold dear Julia.

Here's a picture of a proud grandma with her newest granddaughter:
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Thank you, mom, for visiting!
(Thank you, grandma! Love you!!!)

Hugs & Kisses,
Erin & Julia

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Baby Bear Beer Label

Some people pass out cigars... and then there is Adam. :)

Adam brewed a winter spice beer earlier this fall for the arrival of our daughter, Julia. He also designed labels for the beer, printed them out, and pasted the labels on bottles, which are available to anyone who has a hankerin' for a cold brew.

Here is the label he designed... I would have to say it is QUITE cute! :)

Slogan: "Papa's beer tasted too bitter, Mama's beer tasted to roasty, but baby's beer..."

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The Rest of the Story…

Ha, ha, so this is not for the faint of heart. Well, don’t worry, it won’t be that bad, but you might end up thinking I’m crazy in the end. (So what’s new…?)

So you all have heard that Julia was born via C-section last Saturday morning, but not many people have heard how we got to that point. So here you go…

Let me start out by saying, the previous weekend (Nov 16 – 18), Adam had three ‘gigs’… so, I joked that we would have the baby that weekend. But, no baby. So, Sunday (the 18th), I said to Adam, I am totally planning out next weekend in hope that Murphy’s Law takes over.

Tuesday (the 20th) I saw my doctor, and he basically told me that there wasn’t much of a chance of me having the baby Thanksgiving weekend. He said he even expected that I’d be at my next appointment (which would have been the 29th… which would be tomorrow!), and we’d start talking induction for the first week of December.

So… I planned a Thanksgiving meal for Adam and me for Thursday… the whole works. (Yes, Jason, the cooking WAS as much fun as the eating! I loved making pie, rolls, and other goodies from scratch! It was much fun!) I planned to decorate the Christmas tree and put up the Christmas decorations on Friday… and I planned to clean the house on Saturday. Who knew what I would wind up doing Sunday.

Wednesday, the day after my appointment, I had contractions on and off throughout the day. It was kind of wild, as I hadn’t felt any prior to Wednesday. Wednesday night I timed them between 6 and 20 minutes apart, and when I went to bed, I had no problem falling asleep.

During the day on Thursday, as I cooked and prepped for Thanksgiving dinner, I felt a few contractions, but nothing serious. We watched the Packers beat the Lions (WOOHOO!), and at 6:30 PM, we sat down to a scrumptious turkey dinner, with potatoes, dressing, corn, rolls, and pie. We watched movies that night and were in bed by 10PM.

Friday morning, I got up, showered, and dug into the Christmas decorations. It took me almost 4 hours to put together the tree… I was excited to do it, but also tired very easily. After all, it was my due date and I was carrying around a full-term baby! Bending over, reaching up, and fluffing Christmas tree branches aren’t exactly ‘restful’. I also hung the wreathes in the windows and outside, but did not hang up the lights outside, knowing that would require climbing on a chair, and that my neighbor would probably have a heart attack if he saw me climbing outside to hang lights.

Friday morning rolled into Friday afternoon… and then I was starting to wonder if my water was leaking. (Don’t ask my how or why… just know that I had a legitimate reason to wonder.) I finished with the Christmas decorations (only put up about ¼ of what I normally do)… put away the boxes… hung out with Adam for a while. Around 4 PM, I decided I should make pizza dough so we could have homemade pizza for lunch on Saturday. So, I told Adam I was going to the store, and he said he’d come with. We finished up some Christmas shopping (where we ran into a friend of mine and we talked about me still being pregnant…!) and then went to Hyvee to pick up a few things.

On the way home, I mentioned to Adam that I thought my water was leaking. He said that I should call the hospital and see what they thought. But, we figured we better eat some dinner first. (Ha, my last meal before having Julia was two hot dogs. How silly is that?) Then I called the hospital, and they said I should come in to be checked. I got my sweater on (seeing as how I didn’t have a coat that fit) and was ready to go and Adam said, don’t you think we should grab your bag just in case? I’m like sure, but they will just send us home anyway. But, we finished packing the bag and off we went.

The first test said that nope, my water hadn’t broken. I was prepared to be sent home. But, the gal who was monitoring me said, hmm, didn’t you feel that? I said, what? She said, you are having a contraction. And sure enough, I was, and they were 5 – 6 minutes apart.

And… wouldn’t you know, my doctor was right across the hall delivering a baby! So, the nurse said she’d get my doctor and see what he thought should happen. He came in to talk to us, and decided we should do a full work up to determine if my water was actually leaking or not. Adam and I were still pretty sure we were going home that night and talked about what type of movie we’d watch.

And then the test results came back… and my doctor came back… and what he said had both Adam and I in a state of minor shock… he said we were having a baby that night! WOW! Adam said, wow, to think we will be parents in less than 24 hours! And the doctor says, nope, more like 12 because of when Erin’s water broke! Aiy!

So… we were admitted to the hospital, and I was started on an antibiotic that I needed. Around 8:20, the doctor completely broke my water, and the contractions kind of took over from there. I did have pitocin administered for about 20 minutes, however, the nurse ended up shutting it off because my contractions were regular and I was progressing on my own.

Throughout the night, Adam proved to be an awesome coach. Long ago, we had determined that we would try for a natural childbirth; i.e., no pain medications, etc. Adam was my strength through the contractions, even when I wouldn’t let him touch me (LOL!). And… I kept remembering what our goal was and what we had decided we wanted together, and I pushed through without drugs. My nurse, Valerie, was also amazing in that she never once tried to push anything on me. She also proved to be invaluable throughout the experience.

Around 3:30 AM, I decided I just couldn’t do it anymore, and Valerie talked about where we could go from there… but after she got me to describe WHY I thought I couldn’t do it anymore (aiy, the pressure!), she decided to check me and I was a good 7 – 8 cm dilated. She said I should hang in there and try different positions. Sure enough, 20 minutes later she said I was almost there, and at 4 AM she called my doctor to come to the hospital. He arrived at 4:15 AM, and he determined by 4:30 AM that I was ready to push.

And push we did! For 45 minutes we (because I had ‘help’ from Adam, the nurses, and the doctor) pushed and pushed. At 5:15 AM, the doctor said that he thought she was stuck and that her head was turned wrong, and he really felt that a C-section was the best option. We discussed it for a few minutes, pushed a bit more, and then agreed that was the next best thing.

Ha. THEN I had to NOT push for an hour. Okay… NOT cool. My thoughts during this time basically translated to, “KILL ME NOW!!!” Pushing is easy. NOT pushing is NOT easy. Again… kudos to Adam for hanging in there with me. And kudos to my nurse for NOT forcing me into the wheelchair… LOL, I still remember her bringing a wheelchair in for me to get into so they could take me to the OR, and I just started crying like a child and said, “Please don’t make me get in that chair!” So… they wheeled me off to the OR in my bed, transferred me over to the operating table, and an angel administered a spinal for me… and I was in heaven.

(Seriously, again. Laboring eleven hours without drugs and pushing without them was NOT THAT BAD. I actually would do it again! However, the one hour of NOT pushing was NOT fun, and I am VERY thankful that they can ‘knock out’ your body with a spinal. That stopped me feeling the contractions… and EVERYTHING ELSE immediately! It was REALLY cool!)

At 6:34 AM, little Julia Morgan came into the world. I can remember the surgeon saying that we had a beautiful baby and Adam asking what ‘it’ was… “It’s a girl!” I can remember apologizing to him for not giving him a boy, which caused the anesthesiologist to laugh pretty good. I was so excited to finally have this little wonder, this little being, in my life! She is truly a miracle! Who ever could have thought two people could produce something so wonderful!? Adam went with Julia to the nursery while I chatted up NFL (really, we just talked a lot about Brett Favre and the Packers) sports with the OR team as they stitched and cleaned me up. Adam came in and spent time with me in recovery while I warmed up under some warm sheets and blankets and marveled at the fact that I could NOT feel my toes or legs!

And… you can probably guess that the pizza dough was never made and the house was never cleaned this last weekend. :)


Ps. Wouldn’t you know, Adam and I actually remembered to take a 40-week picture of me the morning of November 23rd, my due date. It’s one of the last pictures of me pregnant! Wow!

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I know many of you have been waiting to see more pictures... so here are a few from the last day! I find myself staring at her, talking to her, and otherwise, and then oops, I remember that these are also prime picture taking opportunities.

Hugs to you all!



Daddy & Julia playing peekaboo:
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Daddy & Julia's pinkies:
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Julia and Mommy Chatting:
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Julia and Mommy Chatting #2:
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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Daddy + Mommy + Julia = A Happy Family... FINALLY!

Dear Family and Friends,

It is 10AM on Tuesday, November 27, 2007. I just returned from the third best shower of my life (the best being the first one I had AFTER Julia was born… and the second being the one I had yesterday...). I have about an hour to eat breakfast, take my vitamins, and catch up on ‘life’ before Julia and I go through temperature taking, diaper changing, and feeding… and let me tell you, I am loving it!

Thank you to my darling husband for updating you all on what has been going on the last few days. As you might know, our dear little Julia Morgan entered the world via C-section on Saturday, November 24, 2007, at 6:34 AM. She (with daddy in tow) was whisked away to the nursery, where she spent the day on oxygen. Later Saturday night, she was taken by ambulance to Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines, where she has been since, and will be until at least Saturday. I thank God constantly that she is recovering from her pneumonia quickly, is taken off monitors and things daily, and is eating (and pooping) and sleeping well. She is truly our little angel!

I spent Saturday through Monday recuperating from my natural childbirth turned C-section at the Pella Regional Hospital, where I alternated between happy times and very sad times, missing my little girl and my darling husband. You might not have known, but I never had a chance to hold her before she was taken to Blank… I saw her for about 30 seconds when she was delivered (and gave her precious kisses as Adam held her near my head) and then for an hour as I sat in a wheelchair by her little warmer bed in the Pella nursery. So… you can guess, I was chomping at the bit to get out of the hospital and to be here with her.

Yesterday I was released from the hospital around 12:45 PM, and my dear friend Alecia took work off to pick me up and take me home to repack and grab other essentials so that I could come to Des Moines, as Adam had been staying in Des Moines with Julia since she was moved here. Around 3:15 PM yesterday, we rolled into the parking lot and tears of joy flowed from Adam, Alecia, and I as I saw and held my little girl for the first time since she was born… what SWEET SWEET joy it was!

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Even though I am learning now what Adam went through the first 24 hours with her – being on a ‘schedule’ and wanting to be part of EVERYTHING that is happening with her… which means little sleep – I know I am where I am SUPPOSED to be… where I NEED to be. We were meant to be together. She is a part of us, of me and Adam, and I have never been so satisfied or content in my entire life as I am right now. The beeps, monitors, shunts, C-section scar, bruises, needle holes, and dull hospital room all fade away every time I look at her, touch her, feed her, smell her, or otherwise take her in any part of her.

I have to say a BIG thank you to God for making this possible for me and Adam… for bringing such a joy and sweetness into our lives.

I also want to say THANK YOU to my WONDERFUL husband… he was an EXCELLENT coach during labor (THAT is a whole OTHER story), an EXCELLENT support through the C-section, and he has proven to be the world’s BEST daddy to his little girl. I could not have done this without him; he is my strength.

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Thank you also to friends and family… those of you who have called, emailed (sorry, I haven’t read them all yet and it’ll be a while…!), visited… and otherwise. I know that many of you are ready to visit Julia here in Des Moines with us, and I THANK YOU for your patience…! I really needed to be here with her and experience her and take her completely in without other people being around, and I truly thank you for understanding that. Now that we have had some time to acclimate ourselves to each other, we will gladly accept visitors. We would appreciate you calling us first so we know you are coming… our lives are ‘ruled’ right now on a three-hour clock that involves trying to breastfeed, pumping breast milk, eating from a bottle, changing a diaper, taking a temperature, and anything else that can be done for our little one… oh, and maybe catching a few ZZZ’s here and there… as Adam said to me, the time sure flies by quickly and you don’t even realize it. So thank you… and we are looking forward to seeing you all!

Also... a thank you to the doctors, nurses, and staff at both Pella Regional and Blank Children's Hospitals... they are all truly angels in my eyes... they have all been such a blessing. Especially, I want to thank Dr. Carlstone for being such a wonderful doctor throughout my pregnancy and delivery and afterwards... I am so thankful he is Julia's doctor. I could list names and go on and on and on... wow! And... even though I saw our lives are 'ruled' by the three-hour routine here, they really are not... the nurses here are more than willing to give families a reprieve so that we can sleep, eat, and otherwise... which is also a blessing! (Nurse Rhonda was SO nice to let me sleep through the 5 AM feeding... I woke up, smiled at her, and went right back to sleep... LOL... apparently my body isn't recovering from this C-section as fast as I want it too).

I will keep you updated via the blog this week… it is the best that I can offer at this point. I will try to read and answer emails as I can, and I will take phone calls and talk as I can… please know that I am not trying to shut you out of our lives! Just know that I’ve never been a mom before and WOW, what a new experience this is!!! (One that I wouldn’t trade for ANYTHING!)

Daddy, Mommy, and Julia, together at last:
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Hugs and love to you all! I hope you enjoy the pictures!


Ps. Julia’s ‘stats’…
Born on: November 24, 2007
Time: 6:34 AM
Weight: 7 lbs, 3.7 oz (or 3.5, depending on what piece of paper you look at)
Height: 20 inches

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

Good day to you all and Happy Thanksgiving!

It is Thanksgiving in Pella, and we have had our first snow of the season! If you know me well, you know I am overjoyed by the snow! The only thing that would cause me MORE joy today would be a healthy baby in my arms! :)

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The pie (pumpkin) is in the oven, and soon we'll start watching the Packers vs. Lions football game (GO, PACKERS!). Early this afternoon I'll prep our 11 lbs turkey (yes, just for the two of us) and put it in the oven, and try my hand at home-made crescent rolls. I think it'll be a lot of fun! And who knows, maybe the baby will have other plans and choose to 'ruin' all of that for us and plop us square in the hospital... ha, worse things could happen!

I hope you've figured out by now that we have not had the baby yet and I am not in labor! :)

As you're sitting down at the table today, prepared to dig into your Thanksgiving meal, remember that there is so much to be thankful for... family and friends, a warm home and tasty food...! Take care and know that I'll be sending up thanks for you!


Wednesday, November 21, 2007


Okay... so it isn't snowing MUCH if hardly at all... but there was the tiniest bit of snow on the deck when I went upstairs to make myself a hot chocolate... so I HAD to take a picture!

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I love snow and winter! (You might think I'm nuts... oh, well!)

Oh... and NO baby yet. :)


Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Update... NO BABY YET!

Hi, all!

It's been a few days since I've updated (as I was reminded in a post this morning... thank you! You know who you are... LOL). Nope... I'm not tired of posting... in fact...

.... I meant to post earlier today, but the day has seriously gotten away from me! Whew! It's afternoon already! Holy cats!

So... all that being said...

I had my latest OB appointment this morning... doc wanted to squeeze one in before the 'weekend' (his weekend starts tomorrow).

Again... no changes... no news, really. Baby is seemingly perfectly content on the inside and is making no moves to work its way out yet. And... my uterus is doing nothing to help baby along either. ;)

So... here's my info for the day.

I'm 39 weeks and 4 days pregnant. I am 'due' this Friday, but could go as long as the week of December 3rd. Yes, we could go that long. (So please don't pester me too much... I'll do everything I can to keep you updated here!)

I gained 2 lbs since last Thursday, but that is attributed to the fact that I was a bit swelled in the ankles this morning, and according to my nurse and my doctor, the baby had quite the growth spurt over the weekend. (They both, separately, took a look at me today and said, WOW, that baby sure has grown over the weekend! And, ha, I can feel it... less and less room in there. So much less that eating, even in small amounts, is no longer a pleasurable activity. Although the enchiladas I made this weekend were pretty scrumptious...!)

The baby's heartbeat was right around 145 bpm today.

No blood pressure or fundal height measurements for you today... we had a second nurse in there today who will be filling in while my regular nurse is on vacation next week, and she didn't let me peek at my chart like my normal nurse does. ;)

So... my next appointment is next Thursday, the 29th.

But no worries, I'll be back on here before then... either with baby news, or with updates regarding what I'm doing with my time! :)

So... to spur Murphy and his Law on, I have planned out our whole weekend. Thursday we'll do Thanksgiving... me, Adam, and a turkey -- a REAL turkey. Don't forget that we'll also have potatoes and pie. As Adam said, we'll be eating off of this meal until we're pregnant with the NEXT baby. I'm going ALL out. Friday I have planned to pull out the Christmas decorations and decorate and put up the tree and whatnot. (No Black Friday shopping for me this week... I pretty much have my Christmas shopping done and I cannot imagine being around so many people... I would probably go insane.) And, Saturday, I'm hoping the cleaning bug hits me good again. :)

I hope you all are having a WONDERFUL week! Happy Thanksgiving to you all!!!


ps. GO, PACKERS! We are also excited about watching our Packers play the Lions on Thanksgiving Day! Should be fun!!!

Friday, November 16, 2007

39 weeks!

Good evening!

Adam snapped my 39 weeks photo today! I thought I would go ahead and post it. :) (LOL... this is about the only shirt I have that actually goes down around my whole belly now, just because it is so long. Well... it's not the only one, but it's my favorite. )

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Tonight starts Adam's 3-gig weekend... he plays with Steel Web tonight (new band), Insane Jane tomorrow night, and at church on Sunday morning. Because of that... we are really hoping the baby doesn't make a surprise appearance this weekend... although I'm still thinking December, so I'm not getting my hopes up. ;)

And... to Shelby... CONGRATULATIONS! Way to tell me about baby #2 through a comment...! Too funny! :) I'm so happy for you!


Thursday, November 15, 2007

8 days and counting (till due date)...

Good morning!

I've returned from my latest OB appointment (38 weeks & 6 days). That's right, folks, I'll be 39 weeks pregnant tomorrow, which means jack squat. ;)

Today's stats...

Weight gain/loss: HA! I LOST a pound!!! Ha, ha!!! I'm down a pound, for a total of 23 lbs gained this pregnancy! How fun is that?!?! :) (Seriously, pregnancy has been the best weight management plan I have EVER been on... LOL.)

Blood Pressure: 110/72

Baby's heartbeat today: 130's - 150's (yah, it was all over the place today)

Fundal height / belly measurement: 41 centimeters

Still not much happening... baby hasn't dropped yet and not much has physically changed.

If I have this baby by or on the 23rd, I'll be surprised... but hey, it's all good. For those of you wondering... no, I'm not swelled, uncomfortable (to any great extent) or otherwise feeling ill-effects from this pregnancy... which probably means the baby will come in December...! (Ha!) It's that whole thing about expectation... if I don't expect an early or on time baby, then I will not be disappointed when baby is late. And if perchance the baby is early, then what a wonderful surprise!!! :)

Happy Thursday to you all!


Monday, November 12, 2007

2008 Pella Area Quilt Guild Raffle Quilt!

On Saturday, November 10, I spent the day with my fellow quilting buddy and friend, Nancy, working on the top for the raffle quilt for the Pella Area Quilt Guild. The raffle quilt is raffled off each year during the Tulip Time Quilt Show.

This year we requested 4” finished (4.5” unfinished) blocks that were a square inside a square, and where the colors should be in the same family for the inner square and outer logs. We wanted to see if it was possible to create a color wash effect of sorts… but we weren’t sure what we would get! :)

After requesting members to scour their stashes and make blocks, we ended up receiving ~300 blocks and were able to create a top that was 17 blocks wide by 20 blocks long. I wanted to post the end result of the top! Now it will be quilted and pictures will be taken so that the quilt can be advertised along with the newsletter.

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We had a great time on Saturday. When I arrived at 9 AM, Nancy had the blocks laid out on the living room floor and after a little bit of rearranging, we were ready to go. Other than a break to run to the costume shop and then to eat lunch, we worked throughout the day until 5 PM. It sure was a lot of fun!

I also included a picture of Lani sitting on the quilt… Lani loved to ‘help’ us out on Saturday! She is such a sweet dog! I also thought it was neat to have a picture of a black and white dog on the colorful quilt. :)

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Go, Packers!


What Packer fan could resist to make a quick comment about the awesome SHUTOUT from yesterday's game?

Packers: 34
Vikings: BIG FAT ZERO!

LOL, Adam was worried that I would go into labor during that game; we were both having so much fun hooting and hollering and jumping around while watching the game yesterday.

Go, Packers! Who doesn't love a season like this when Favre is playing like a young un' again!? :) 8-1! Woohoo!


Want to make a guess?


Last night, being my nerdy self, I sat down and put together in a spreadsheet all of the 'guesses' that I had received from showers, emails, or otherwise that people are making regarding the baby. These 'guesses' or predictions include gender, date, time, weight, and height.

Since I'm still very pregnant (38 weeks and 3 days today!) and due next Friday (the 23rd), I thought I'd throw out there that if YOU want to make a guess, shoot me an email and I'll add you to the list. It'll be neat to see who 'wins'. After the baby is born, I'll post the winner and then post other neat info that I've been 'calculating' in the spreadsheet.

Make guesses on: Gender, Date of Birth, Time of Birth, Weight of Baby, Height of Baby. Looking forward to hearing from you! :)


Friday, November 9, 2007

38 weeks... and yes, I'm still pregnant!

Some of you might be beginning to wonder if I've had this baby yet... nope! Not yet! Still cookin'! :)

Adam took my 38 week picture today (one of these days I will learn to throw a little makeup on before going in front of the camera... LOL).

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And... I had a treat today... my very first pedicure! Holy addictive! That was WONDERFUL!

I hope you're all doing well... and have a great weekend! I'm sure mine will be full of more mindless cleaning and whatnot... but whatever keeps me content, eh? ;)


Tuesday, November 6, 2007

OB Appointment: November 6

Good morning!

I have returned from my latest OB appointment.

Today I am 37 weeks and 4 days pregnant... just 17 days left until the due date (even though baby could come before or after that).

Today my stats are:

Weight gain: +2 lbs (hmm... those cinnamon rolls I made on Sunday are DEFINITELY the culprint there... ;) ... total of 24 lbs gained)

Blood pressure: 110/70 -- that's right folks... AWESOME! Hee, hee!

Baby's Heartbeat: Right around 155 today

Fundal height/belly measurement: 40 weeks -- we have settled down now and the belly measurement is 'within range'.

My next appointment is NEXT THURSDAY... Dr. says he wants to check me out right before the weekend so he has an idea as to whether he can make plans or not. So... I will be 38 weeks and 6 days pregnant at that point... hard to believe we are so 'close'!

Otherwise... feeling good. Definitely the nesting has set in, at least to a certain extent. I can go a day or two without wanting to do anything, and then suddenly I NEED to clean a whole floor of my house. Also, this last weekend I had the inkling to make homemade cinnamon rolls... okay, by far the BEST rolls I have ever had in my life. They are wicked awesome! And... I have a minor cold, but I don't find that I'm using anymore Kleenex now than before... my nose has been 'dripping' ever since I became pregnant, so it's not much of a hindrance.

Here's to wishing my dad a fun retirement party this coming weekend (I'm sorry I cannot be there)! Also... dad, I hope you're having a great 'first week' at your new job! :)

Hugs to you all!


Friday, November 2, 2007

Another week closer...

Whoever would have thought 6 months ago that today I would be 37 weeks pregnant? Wow! I am shocked! The baby is finally considered 'full-term', seems snug as a rug in there, and it's hard to believe that we could be parents at any time now (and almost 100% sure within the next 5 weeks). Wonderful! I'm am becoming very excited!

Adam took my 37 week picture today. I don't have a good 'straight' on picture... I blinked and my eyes are weird. But here is the other picture that we take each week as well. When I look back at belly pictures, I can actually 'see' myself growing. Otherwise, I don't feel that big! :)

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