Thursday, May 29, 2008
I am pretty sure that Mike and I have never spent this much round the clock time together. We have been together in our house for about 2 weeks solid now, a testament to how much I like him, as he really hasn't gotten on my nerves much at all. Figuring out the parenting thing is trying at times, but I really respect and admire him as a father so far. I am really going to miss Mike when he goes back to work on Monday. I am surprised I am not more terribly antsy to get out of the neighborhood, so I guess I am more of a homebody than I thought. We took our fancy BOB stroller out for a walk around the neighborhood yesterday. It corners like it's on wheels (and should). It's pretty slick and I think we'll use it for years of running. Monika and Kristen came over yesterday and were talking about their various training. I can't wait to get out there again, but this time training with my child strapped in. Should be interesting.
This weekend, we are going to be brave and take JM out to the lake house for some additional solitude. Tomorrow the little guy has his 2 week appointment. I am pretty sure we are on the right track with his weight. The little guy is a milk monster all of a sudden. Breastfeeding has thankfully gotten A LOT better. Time is flying by!
AC: Blank angel- hello, dad!
Monday, May 26, 2008
Knock on wood. We've had two really good nights in a row. I feel like we're getting into a good pattern. JM has been kind of cranky this morning, but overall, I really think he is an angel baby. When something is wrong, he lets you know it, but doesn't really cry for no reason. I've learned that the following are keys to successful bfing for us:
1. Mary Beth must be seriously calm, distracted and peaceful. JM can tell when I am stressed. I also cannot watch the clock too much.... Zenlike state of mind.
2. If he has a dirty diaper, is pooping, or has to burp, he will not latch on.
3. If he gets sleepy, we check his diaper, which wakes him up no problem.
I am pretty much obsessed with the amount of poopy and pee diapers that are happening these days. I remember reading one of Z's email chains of the week where he and Ang were emailing about this for Cailyn and that is totally us now. He is a week old now. I want him to stay little forever so that makes me a little sad. I was surprised at how few people came to visit us last week, but now all of a sudden we have many visitors. I think people we know and our neighbors are conscientious of our "new parent" adjusting. We took our first walk around the block this morning. JM was awake and very calm, looking around and seemed content and Bella was extremely docile! Good doggie! We also are trying to take a pic for his birth announcement. I like this one. Thoughts? Good times for us! Happy Memorial Day!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
I'll post more details later, but Michael and I are parents. Water broke yesterday at 3a.m.. Labor went quickly and John Michael came out at 10:30a.m. We are so in love. Lots of visitors yesterday and quiet so far today. He is extremely sweet and chubby and makes cute little noises....
Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Weekly visit with Dr. S. this morning and everything is "textbook." It's great being textbook. Especially since I am a WORRY-wart/possible hypochondriac. Anyhoo, I am 2.5 cm dilated and 60% effaced. Last week, I was 1.5 and 30% effaced, so we have progress. The baby is 7.5 pounds and heartrate is still in the 140s. Sadly, Dr. S. decided not to send any sunshine and rainbows my way and predicted the baby "probably wouldn't show up this week, more like next." But, a girl can dream, right? He is still moving around a lot in there. I on the other hand, am not enjoying the whole sleep experience lately. My hands fall asleep, my sides hurt and trying to get out of bed to go to the bathroom is a pain in the arse. I really can't wait to hold our baby. All I can think about is those little baby feet stretching in my arms. We watched the "Happiest Baby on the Block" video the other night and I can't wait to try out my swaddling technique on an actual human. Right now, our UT frog is swaddled in Peanut's crib. I am the biggest dork, yes, but you gotta practice these things so you are ready for go-time.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Happy belated Mother's Day to all the moms out there. I don't feel like a mom, yet. Mother's Day has never really bothered me because I've never really felt like a mom. Technically I am a mom, but the "act" of motherhood/verb seems like the most important part, so I'll wait til next year to get a blessing at church. Sweet Mike gave me two MD cards yesterday. One from him and one from Peanut. He is a gem. To celebrate my dear mother, the siblings and I went out to Dripping Springs and cooked brunch yesterday. It was a nice day out in the country and I think mom appreciated having her children all together... We floated in their pool and everyone besides me drank beer and enjoyed the gorgeous sunshine. We even fed the horses that live next door. I told Mike that I want a pony. I was kidding (sort of).
I am thankful to still be working... I am one of those people that I think would be going nuts with nothing to do at home except wait. I've finished all my thank you notes and this weekend got my closet organized and put away any maternity clothes that I've outgrown, are out of season or won't wear the next two weeks, so now it's time to be productive with work... Once those projects are done (or at least started), Peanut can come!
Thursday, May 08, 2008
The backstory is that I spent a very long day yesterday sitting in an extremely boring continuing education class. Sometime around 10a.m. as I was doodling options for the baby's going home outfit (for reals), I noticed some pain.... 10 minutes later, I noticed some more. By the time the afternoon came, these pains were coming every five minutes or so and seemingly getting stronger. I tried laying down. They didn't go away. I tried walking. They didn't go away. The man and I consulted a few times, then decided to call the doctor... and they wanted us to come in, just to be safe.
Other than the excitement that this "could be it," the situation didn't seem right. Packing up our suitcases and driving in rush hour traffic, we then walked calmly through the ER door and up to the L&D area and got checked in (with some other folks who were calmly checking in, as well). A nurse soon got me hooked up to the monitors and after a lot of questioning, pretty much told me with some unappreciated frankness that the contractions were just minor ones. Thanks, lady. They don't feel "minor" to me! My blood pressure, however was through the roof, so they kept me around for an hour and a half, just to make sure I didn't have pre-eclampsia. My temp was also elevated, so before dismissing me, they pretty much told me that they thought I had a mild virus of sorts and that the cramping was elevated by the fact that I needed to drink more water. BP came down to normal level after minutes of me listening to Peanut's delightful little heart rate on the monitor... and home I was sent.
I like to think I have a pretty high tolerance for pain. Although the nurse was pretty nice, it hurt my pride to feel like a drama queen for being cautious. And, I *hated* having to face the large gathering of my sweet family who were anxiously toasting Peanut's impending arrival at Santa Rita Cafe across the street sans baby afterwards. Not only was it my immediate family, but Art's kids and their babies, too. Everyone was there and witness to our hospital dismissal! I can't tell you how much it pains me to have gotten everyone's hopes up, only to disappoint. I feel like a real schmoe. Hopefully, next time we'll know for sure. I was pretty embarassed to be sent packing. The good news is that as of last night, I am 2cm dilated and 30% effaced. There is progress and hope, but yesterday just wasn't our day!
This week I have felt more exhausted, pooped and unmotivated than usual, so I talked with my boss this morning and he suggested I hang in as long as I can trying to wrap up my projects, work from home when I can and be generally flexible with my hours going forward. I am extremely blessed that they are so good to me. It's also extremely slow around here lately, so that is helping. I am going to try to pull myself together and get everything done and pull the plug on full-time working when I am ready.
AC: Patience.... never have the Angel Cards been more right on!
Monday, May 05, 2008
- 2 weekend date-nights in a row with Mike- check
- car seat installed- check
- cloth diapering 101 class- check
- new dresser delivered and baby clothing inserted- check
- semi annual teeth cleaning- check
- potted plants on porch so it looks pretty for visitors- check
- trip to grocery for bread, milk, eggs, etc.- check
much was accomplished this weekend. mike and i went to see forgetting sarah marshall friday night at the alamo drafthouse. it was cute. if you liked knocked up, you will like it. same combination of baudy humor and sweet story.... oh, and full frontal male nudity, to boot. woah! quite a bit of full frontal, actually!saturday morning we went to cloth diapering 101 at Austin Baby. we are really doing the CD thing. yup, we officially signed up for their diaper service and even got 100 diapers, a pail, Snappi and 3 covers. our class was really helpful, explaining all the different types of diapers out there, how to do it, etc. mike is a total trouper. i really appreciate his enthusiasm for trying out this new/hippyish experience. he asked questions in class, even. how great is that? most of the people in our class seemed like normal folks. the lady in front of us had dreads, but that's normal for austin. another lady did something i don't consider normal, however, and was sitting with a baby in her lap and just whipped out her boob and started breastfeeding in the middle of class. i plan to breastfeed and am all for nursing in public, but i think it's generally accepted that when one does such, a blanket or nursing shawl should be used. no one wants to see full frontal boobage without warning. even for a good purpose like feeding your babe. to each his own, though. maybe she forgot?
we went out to III forks for our anniversary saturday night. for some reason, i was having contractions every 10 minutes or so for most of the evening. but, they went away. it's going to be hard to wait these last 17 days. i think i am driving mike crazy with the contractions. there is so much that's unknown. yes, i am having contractions, but it doesn't mean i am in labor...
anyway, III forks really exceeded my expectations. at most of the other fancy steak places downtown, you have to order separate sides. so even though III forks' prices are a little higher, i was pleased that my steak came with mashed potatoes (and gravy! and gravy! gravy poured from a tea kettle!), creamed corn and sugar snap peas and red peppers. the steak was divine... it was scalding hot outside and perfectly cooked. although we weren't initially thrilled to be seated near the bar, there was an awesome band playing. the lead singer had kind of a Joe Cockerish voice, but quiet jazzy music. it was a great night with my beloved. i am very blessed to be married to someone i both like and love. 2 years have gone by fast.
so we're as ready as we're going to be. i am antsy for peanut to come already. i am REALLY ready to be done with work and trying to savor this time instead of watching the clock and minutes tick down. smart me scheduled an offsite CE class tomorrow and Wed., so that knocks off two more days!
Thursday, May 01, 2008
Hope these guys are done soon! They've been here for 3 hours!
It's May! May Day! May is the month our baby will be born! How I have waited for May to be here. I cannot wait...