Trying to get some rest tonight…

But I’m either in very early labor or false labor. About a half hour after my parents walked through our door, I felt the urge to go to the bathroom, as if I was really backed up or had bad gas. So I did, and thought that was it, blaming it on the Docusate I took earlier today for constipation. But the feeling kept returning, and for the last 3 hours, I’ve had what appears to be real contractions that are occurring maybe every 5-10 minutes, but lasting no more than 20-30 seconds. I showered and felt a little better, then tried to lay down and get some rest, but of course they keep waking me up. So here I am, blogging about it, because what else can I do?? Now I’m really kicking myself for not getting a nap in earlier today! I made hubby go to bed since at least one of us should try to get some sleep tonight!

Update after last prenatal visit today

Still no big symptoms other than Braxton-Hicks, which tend to be more frequent in the evening. My OB, his nurse, and just about everybody in clinic was shocked to see me still pregnant today. We finally did a cervix check and I’m 70-80% effaced with no dilation. He was able to feel her head but it was still pretty high up. Baby girl still looks great on ultrasound, estimated weight of 7 lbs, and she remains active as ever. With my due date being tomorrow, and risks of early placental deterioration with gestational diabetes, we talked about scheduling induction, which is tricky since next Friday is also our wedding anniversary. My blood pressure was a bit high today, but I was also talking the whole time and had no protein in my urine. We’ll see how the blood pressure holds up once my parents (specifically my mom) arrive tonight 😛 So here is the scheduled plan, which all goes out the window of course if baby girl decides she will come out on her own – which would obviously be preferred!!

  • Have my first non-stress test this Friday morning. If everything still looks good, I get sent home. If not, then start induction immediately afterwards.
  • Scheduled for induction next Tuesday at noon. I would’ve preferred first thing in the morning but they already had 2 others scheduled. I can call and see if anybody ends up delivering before then.

So while I would obviously like to avoid induction if at all possible, it’s a relief to know that we’ll be meeting baby girl by a week from today! We can’t wait!!

Passing the time

Still just getting irregular Braxton-Hicks contractions, so have been trying to while away the time in a somewhat productive manner, without expending too much energy. I think hubby is bored, since he’s been home for 6 days already. He’ll be back to work tomorrow unless this baby decides otherwise…

I finally took many friends’ advice to heart, and started taking naps since my night-time insomnia is screwing me over in terms of total sleep. I figured out I’m getting 2-3 hour spurts before I wake up, which must be my body’s sick way of preparing me for actual baby. It’d been tough getting naps in between the nesting and making sure I’m eating/blood sugar testing at the right times, but yesterday I finally took a nap successfully! And was able to repeat that today. Hurray!

My 7-year-old HP laptop has been trying to die on me for the last year, but I really didn’t want to fork over more money for a new laptop. Fortunately hubby was able to brush the cobwebs off his 5-year-old Macbook a few months ago, and I finally started using it yesterday. I grew up with Macs, but switched to PCs during college, and never looked back. So after more than 15 years away from not using a Mac regularly, it was a bit of a learning curve. I finally have it set up where I’m used to it, and it certainly runs a lot faster than my HP! This should make it easier to keep up with family, since most have iPhones or iPads, and we can then use Facetime

Hubby and I watched the Jon Favreau movie “Chef” on Netflix, and we HIGHLY recommend it! Only problem was, I was salivating the whole time, and it just made my carb cravings worse, lol. We also started the series “Chef’s Table” last night, which was interesting, and I’ll definitely continue on with more episodes.

I started gathering addresses for thank you’s and birth announcements last night, and looks like I have everything ready to start working on those! I definitely need to get a move on with thank you’s since it’s been 2 months since the shower… I found a Groupon deal for birth announcement cards through Mixbook (highly recommend searching deal sites for stuff like this, can save you a lot!), and we picked out a template today:

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I filled in as much information as I could, but of course it’s up to baby girl and our newborn photos to fill in the blanks. CAN’T. WAIT!!!

Contractions, expensive day, and some more home decor & organization pictures

I officially started trying to kick start labor yesterday. I saw my acupuncturist, who targeted some stimulating points, and it was crazy, but I could actually feel baby girl dropping lower during and after the session. I followed that up with a 30-minute steep neighborhood walk with the dogs in the evening. Afterwards, I started experiencing some longer, more frequent contractions, but they still didn’t feel like anything more than just tightening and never became regular. I went to bed relatively early, and they went away. It was great to sleep almost 8 hours, even if it was interrupted.

The repairman came out this morning to look at our dryer, which has been burning and melting our stuff off and on over the last few weeks. Unfortunately it needs the drum completely replaced, and on a 30+ year old dryer, that is impossible to find. So we ended up going online to research, and found a reasonably priced, well-rated LG washer/dryer combo – thank goodness for Memorial Day sales! Technically our washer still works, but it doesn’t wash very well, and the new one is a high-efficiency top-loader, so it’ll use less water and detergent, definitely a big plus with the drought nowadays.

Oh yes! Here is our reorganized linen closet, pantry, and kitchen closet. I also attached hooks to the inside of the pantry door to hang my pump accessories and bottle cooler that will be traveling to work with me. It makes me so happy to be able to see where everything is so easily now. If I get a chance, I’ll be adding labels too.

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I decided to use my HomeGoods gift card today to finish up decorating parts of the house. We’ve lived here almost 3 years, but it finally feels more homey, and ready to welcome home our baby girl! ❤

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Lactation cookies and master bedroom setup

We had to say goodbye to baby girl’s godmother this morning, but she’ll hopefully have a chance to come back next month to visit after she’s born!

I’d been hunting on Pinterest for good lactation cookie recipes, after seeing ones by Milkboosters selling for over $2 a cookie!! I made two different lactation cookie recipes this morning:

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The top ones are flourless peanut butter honey oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, and the bottom ones are chocolate almond no-bake cookies. Both contain milk-boosting ingredients of brewers yeast, oatmeal, almonds, and flaxseed. I like both, the first ones are definitely more of a traditional chewy cookie. The bottom ones are really tasty straight from the freezer, and are almost more like a nougat. In any case, I made plenty and hopefully they do help!

After a thorough dusting and deep cleaning, I set everything up in our bedroom that we’ll need for baby girl’s first couple months. Looks like we’re finally ready for her! Now if only our dryer wasn’t acting up and burning some of our stuff…

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39-week update

How far along: 39 weeks – now truly full-term!

Meds: all taken daily – prenatal vitamins, vitamin D, DHA, probiotic, Levothyroxine 100 mcg

Gestational diabetes: Blood sugars seem to be back in range. Everybody seems surprised that I managed to stay off insulin, though I will admit sticking to the diet has been tougher lately. I am really missing my carbs 😦

Baby is the size of: a mini watermelon

Belly pictures: She’s definitely dropping some more, though I still don’t feel much pelvic pressure, just a more frequent need to pee.

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Total weight gain: Totally don’t understand my body – down a pound from last week, so just over 14 pounds up from pre-fertility treatment. Granted, my pre-fertility weight was about 5 pounds more than my previous steady weight when I exercised quite a bit, but I still feel a little weird looking at that number. Again, baby girl seems to be growing just fine, so I try not to stress about it.

Stretch marks: Nada!

Sleep: I’m able to get back to sleep after the 5am bathroom trip, but it’s fitful and I keep waking up every hour after that. Hoping for better sleep now that I feel like the house is pretty much ready. Hubby and I are also switching our usual sides for the first time tonight, to accommodate the location of the pack & play. Hopefully I settle easily with this!

Symptoms/Feeling: Still with constipation, I went ahead and took a Docusate tonight. And today was the first day where my back and hips bothered me all day without any break. I was extremely productive this week with my continuing education, renewing my professional license, and cleaning around the house, so I’m finally feeling like I’m ready for her to come, whenever she decides that will be! Also noticed some foot swelling today, my usually comfy soft flats were squishing my feet at dinner today. Guess I’m sticking to flip flops from here on out!

Our friends that were due 2 days before us delivered 2 days ago, so I’m now officially the last one standing out of 4 of us that were due this month (the other 2 delivered in April). I really do feel like a ticking bomb now, and have to remember to carry my phone with me even if I’m just walking the dogs near home.

Best moment of this week: Finishing the nursery, for sure! Closely followed by having baby girl’s godmother stay with us – we completed all the big to-do’s I had on my list, and it was so good to see her again. Now if baby girl will arrive in 2 days on her godmother’s birthday, that would thrill all of us!

Miss anything: Good sleep. And still a big hunk of French bread, raw tuna, and I think I finally settled on what I want to eat post-delivery – a generous slice of chocolate dobash cake from a local bakery!

Movement: Lots of stretching and hiccups, she’s definitely out of room!

Food cravings: See above. It’s been hard eating full meals lately, I get full way too quickly!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not this week!

Labor signs: Just the more frequent Braxton-Hicks, though they definitely correlate more with when I’m physically active with the cleaning and nesting. Otherwise, nothing different so far.

Belly button in or out: Currently flat with a bit of indentation, other times it pops out more.

Wedding rings on or off: They’re on and still pretty loose.

Happy or moody most of the time: Mostly happy, though the moodiness creeps in when I’m due to eat or my back is really bothering me.

Purchases/preparations for baby: I can’t believe people are still sending clothes for her – agggghhhh! Going to be making some returns tomorrow again. Otherwise, it looks like we are finally all set, after I rearranged our bedroom to get the pack & play situated next to me. Pump parts are sterilized or cleaned and ready for use, and I may test it out this weekend to see if I can stimulate labor if I don’t start on my own by then. The house is also de-cluttered and organized for the first time since we moved in almost 3 years ago, with the last bit of craziness restricted to essentially a giant walk-in closet now. We’ll see if I feel like dealing with that tomorrow, in between baking myself lactation cookies. Hubby did finally pack his hospital bag over the weekend as well, so now we just wait…

Looking forward to: MEETING BABY GIRL!!! 😀

Productive day, or why our baby’s godmother is awesome

We started off the day at the OB’s. I had thought I would be getting a cervical check, but after discussion with my OB about lack of any labor signs, and risks of infection with frequent cervical checks, we both agreed to hold off today. Baby girl continues to look great, though definitely running out of room. He estimated she’s at 7 lbs today, so right on track, though again who really knows.

I’m scheduled to see him again next Wednesday, which is the day before baby girl is due. He did give me a heads up that if I hadn’t delivered by then, at the end of that visit we would be scheduling my induction by 41 weeks. Given the gestational diabetes, I’m totally on board with this. I know the risks of going past that especially if she puts on a lot more weight, and would much rather try to encourage her arrival soon after 40 weeks. I forgot to mention that I’ve been seeing my acupuncturist again starting at 37 weeks, and she will definitely start more aggressive treatments at 39 weeks to encourage the process along, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed! I am still sticking to my gut prediction of delivering this coming weekend – we shall see.

After the visit, I drove to the airport to pick up baby girl’s godmother, who generously offered to stay with us this week to help me take care of any loose ends and errands. She accompanied me as I made a return at a store that’s 45 minutes away – where I wouldn’t be willing to drive on my own at this point. We enjoyed a delicious lunch, then made our way home. And all in one afternoon, she helped me with 5 big to-do’s around the house, which freed me up to focus on folding laundry, which I was able to do while also completing some online continuing education.

There’s still quite a few items on my to-do list to tackle, but she definitely gives me hope that we can complete most, if not all of them! Not to mention it’s nice to have the company, and it keeps me more on task as well. Having her here as opposed to my parents is just so much less stressful right now as we wait for baby girl to make her appearance!

Nursery reveal

Stayed up until 2am, yet still woke up at 7am today. Took care of errands, set up the monitor, and cleaned as best as I could. Finally, here is baby girl’s room!

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This doesn’t look terribly different from before, other than the addition of the pennant and position of the picture. My parents will be staying with us for a month after baby girl is born, so keeping the bed was a must. Not to mention it’ll probably be handy for sleep training later.

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The diaper changing area and crib turned out just how I was envisioning them! The hardest part was placement of all the art, and I’m still a bit nervous about having one hang over the crib, but I’ve double-secured it with a screw and Command picture hangers.

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We kept the bookcase from before. I was able to use some of the baby shower decor above the closet and on the memo board. The dog tail hooks from Ikea below the memo board were a huge pain to install securely, so I’m happy I figured out a good solution. Yes, it involved a power drill and drywall anchors.

So that’s it for now! I’m thinking after my afternoon snack, I’m indulging in a nap before I tackle our giant piles of laundry. Let’s hope my nesting energy holds over for the rest of the house, because we really need it!

Crib and diaper changing area DONE!

Posting these progress pictures now because I don’t think we’ll be quite done until tomorrow, partly because I want to switch out a tray for a couple more boxes on the diaper changing station instead. Still need to hang all the decor and set up the rug.

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I debated pegboard for this, but went with the elfa utility board from Container Store in the end since I was nervous about the more DIY aspect of pegboard. It was so nice to have a couple of hubby’s teammates visit this afternoon – they totally wanted to pitch in, and this was one of the items they completed! The dresser is a vintage find we’ve had for a couple years, and the changing pad is by Keekaroo – I like being able to just wipe and clean a solid surface, rather than deal with washing changing pad covers.

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After a lot of cursing at the provided crappy tools, hubby set up the crib today – hurray!! My parents bought this for us, and it’s surprisingly affordable at <$200, especially since it includes the toddler rail for future toddler bed conversion. Hubby wasn’t a huge fan of the 2-tone, but I feel like it really ties in the rest of the room, rather than being all white or all wood tone. I found the crib skirt on clearance when Naartjie had their closing sale, and the crib sheet is from Zulily, though on a regular basis we’ll probably stick with plain-colored QuickZip sheets for the ease of quick changes.

Other extra items we took care of today – completely set up the high chair with its baby seat, cushion, and tray, and assembled the snap & go. Yes, with all the drama with Target, they finally sent it out yesterday and it arrived today! I attached and detached the car seat on it, and it was much easier to deal with than on the regular stroller, so I think worth it in the end.

Nursery progress!

After a week of late nights and tons of laundry, the nursery is finally coming together! The closet and drawers are stocked, and I was surprised to see we have a good amount of storage left, which is great since I know more stuff will accumulate over time.

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I also set up the diaper cart that’s staying in our bedroom initially. I ended up not lining the tray bottoms because with all the diapers on there, it’s enough to dampen any vibration/sound. The top tray has a wipes dispenser, hand sanitizer, diaper balm, burp cloths, and loose diapers. There’s still room for my water bottle and some snacks (protein bars and granola – whatever I can easily eat with one hand), since it will also be sitting near the glider for feeding sessions. Also filled a tote to use as a diaper caddy downstairs.

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So I think we may finish the nursery tomorrow! Both of us are home all day, and here’s what’s left on the to-do list:

  • hang the new smoke/carbon monoxide detector
  • assemble the crib and make the mattress ready to use, even though it probably won’t be for a couple months other than daytime naps
  • hang the diaper organization unit on the wall over the changer and stock it with essentials
  • set up the baby monitor
  • organize toys and books on the bookshelf
  • hang all the wall art, decor, and a couple hooks

It’s quite a list, but I think we can do it! Looking forward to completing it, so that I can move onto our neglected laundry and scary closets. I love having the time to get organized! I haven’t had any significant time off at home since we moved here almost 3 years ago, and it shows in how haphazard our storage areas look. I certainly won’t have this kind of free time again 🙂