Mommy Update: I am so blessed to have so many wonderful friends! I had my first shower this week with friends from my old teaching job. It was so fantastic to spend a wonderful afternoon with everyone! Last Monday we toured the hospital and things are definitely starting to be very real (although when I catch my reflection in the mirror I am still sometimes like – woah – my belly is really that big?!?). The rooms are really nice and quiet and I am just so happy with all of the progressive things the hospital allows. I thought I was going to have to argue for clear liquids besides water (like vitamin water or juice), immediate skin-to-skin contact (even with a cesarean), and intermittent monitoring (because who wants to be tethered to a machine the whole time like a laboring marionette doll?). However, all of these (and some stuff I didn’t even think to ask about) are totally standard operating procedure! Life has been really busy so, like every other week, I am promising that this week I will actually slow down. I have been waking up more during the night again and so I’ve started taking occasional naps. I also have been eating smaller portions (when I can help myself) and even had heartburn when I laid down a couple of times. Truly minor stuff, but good reminders for me to s-l-o-w down.
Daddy Update: N is really excited with our most recent baby purchase – the new car. We picked up our new Forester this week and N was really excited to drive it in the pounding rain. He was also excited to tour the hospital. N was pretty surprised by how quiet it was – he (and I) kind of expected to see or hear at least one pregnant person, but nope – not a one. Although our nurse said that it was really busy the previous week with the full moon, so maybe it was a little slower than normal. Teachers and nurses are the only people I know that truly believe there is something behind a full moon.
Baby Update: Bug is still getting bigger! This week we are in bok choy and squash territory. In standard measurement that translates to 4 lbs and 16 – 17 inches. I can tell bug is getting a lot bigger because punches have turned into stretches and I’ve even felt hiccups a few times. Average children are getting into the head-down position this week, but not our early achiever – he’s been in the head down position for at least a month and a half. I wonder if that is something that should be mentioned on applications for preschools and Kindergarten? Never too early to start planning these things.
Missing Most/ Looking Forward To: I am really missing being able to pick something up off the ground without thinking “do I really need that?” The answer is typically still “yes” but I can see the importance of things on the floor decreasing drastically over the next few weeks. It’s also nearly impossible to stand up from sitting on the floor without either N helping me up or the use of a large crane. I am looking forward to finishing the stripes on the nursery wall. (we are doing one wall of tone-on-tone stripes) I am not sure which is more fun – wandering around Venice, jet lagged and lost (because that city doesn’t ‘believe’ in street names) or trying to tape off 8 1/2 inch horizontal stripes in an almost 70-year-old home. At least Venice had wine…