Monday, November 30, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Mindi and I are keeping ourselves busy in an effort to keep our minds off of the baby. Wednesday, we went to pick up those little dressers from IKEA. Today, I asked Mindi to sacrifice some of her brain cells and stain some of the dresser pieces for me. I think she did a great job! We are going to be painting the drawer fronts, and so I will do those tomorrow using our FreshAir paint that I picked up today. I also purchased the paint for Harris' bedroom.
Today I worked a little bit on Harris' Hanukkah gifts. We are sticking with the tradition of 8 small gifts, 1 for each night of Hanukkah. My main goal was to give him things that are all homemade by me or another artisan, with only 1 or 2 exceptions. :)
Thursday, November 26, 2009
I am also thankful that I did not go into labor today, because, honestly, I would have felt AWFUL pulling 3 midwives, a doula, and a good friend away from their Thanksgiving celebrations!!! Thanks for waiting little one!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Thanks again for all the lurkers popping up with their lovely comments on my deserted post! I appreciate it!!
Tomorrow I am taking my wife hostage and forcing her to come with Harris and I to our Little Gym class. Well, I am hardly forcing her... We are going to take advantage of the fact that we will be directly across the street from IKEA, and we will pop in there to (hopefully) pick up 2 little RAST dressers to use in the kids' closet renovation!
I actually feel as if "4 days away" has kind of snuck up on me, despite my bitching about being uncomfortable... Luckily, I have managed to keep my mind off the birth with thoughts and plans for our new house.
Most of my readers already know that we had a Fantastic Home Birth with our son, Harris. For those of you that have recently joined up, we are also planning a home birth with this little one. We are using the same main midwife and the same fantastic doula. Our house will be a bit fuller, however, this time, with the addition of 1 student midwife, 1 "seasoned" new midwife (returning to the calling) and 1 close friend to help with Harris control. I am very excited to have so many fantastic people surrounding us! Neither my mother, nor Mindi's mother were too thrilled to hear about the repeat "dangerous birth choice". I basically told them both, very nicely "I hear your opinion, thanks for sharing, don't share again". Much to my pleasant surprise, neither of them has shared again! I am grateful for that, I tell you. Nothing sucked as much as fighting with my MIL tooth and nail over my stance during my pregnancy with Harris. From 17 weeks until the veeeeeeery end, she tried to convince me that I was being irresponsible. That rawked. This time, I have not had to argue a single point about it.
Well, this was a fairly disjointed post, and I am not sure how it should end, so I will leave it at this:
we are 4 days away from our due date. I am still pregnant. Everyone is on high alert. I have every intention to blog as soon as something happens!!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Mindi and I also managed to hammer out our "Home Improvement Checklist". First things up for December and January are:
new entry door
installation of garage door openers
Main bath remodel (done mostly by us/me/us)
Harris' room remodel
The first 2 things on the list are hire-outs. I do not trust my own skills enough to install an exterior entry door, and I have never installed a garage door opener, and I don't care to learn!
Thanks, everyone for commenting on my 'Deserted' post- there is nothing like a little guilt trip to get people talking lol. *wink*
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Well, I am officially 39weeks today. 1 more week until the estimated due date. I think the baby will come on Wednesday or so. Don't quote me on that.
Right now I am wading through paint swatches for the Main bathroom and laundry room. I just ordered some tile samples, and I am planning the interior of Harris' closet. We removed some U-G-L-Y fiberglass bi fold doors, and I replaced them with some awesome curtains. I will post some pics when the room is painted!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
On another topic, I have been trying to satisfy my need to plan and decorate, despite my pregnant size. Currently, Harris sleeps on a full sized mattress on the floor. He has never slept in a crib, and we left the mattress on the floor for the obvious reason of keeping him safe from a tumble off of a high bed. Now that he is almost 2, and has mastered (thus far) staying on his mattress while sleeping, we wanted to get him a platform bed frame. My problem, however, lies in the combination of price, quality, and style. It seems as though I really like the style of the platforms beds at IKEA, but I am not keen at all on the material they use to construct their furniture. When looking around at other furniture stores, I run across the same problem of lousy construction and finishes, or exorbitant prices for VERY SIMPLE pieces. In the end, I realized that if I wanted it done right, I would have to do it myself...
I am very excited about the plans that I have drawn up. I will use these same plans for a bed for baby #2 (when the time comes) and I will also probably modify the measurements and make a bed frame for our Queen size Mama bed. I know that I will most likely not be able to start the construction of this bed for a little bit, but it feels good to know that I have made headway on the plans. I am at the point where I can take my yellow pad to the lumber store and leave with everything I need. I could have it all in my garage by tomorrow if I wanted.... Man is it tempting...
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
So Mindi and I pick up the Evening Primrose Oil. We are told to take 4 capsules per day- 2 orally and 2 vaginally- fun! So, being the good, obedient girls that we are, 2 went down the hatch, and right before bed, Mindi helped me get 2 up the snatch. (Sorry, I couldn't resist the rhyme). Now, these pills are gel caps, so they melt pretty quickly. A note to anyone who plans on sticking oil-filled capsules up their punani- put your butt on a towel wrapped pillow. We initially neglected to think about either of those, resulting in me doing a crazy yoga pose while yelling to Mindi to "get a towel! Get A Towel! For GODS SAKE GET A TOWEL!!!" ...yeh...
After that excitement (and giggling) was over, we went to bed. All night long, I tossed and turned. Well, actually, a more accurate description of my movements would be "turned like a rotisserie chicken". I honestly turned counter clockwise all night long. Every time I would wake up and move, I would have a contraction- or, I would wake up because I had a contraction, and then had to roll. I don't know which. So, this morning, when I woke up at 7:30am, I was very very "wet". I figured that it was residual oil, but after closer inspection, I realized it was not. I knew that I hadn't peed on myself, so the only other logical thing (to me) was that I was leaking amniotic fluid. I wasn't having any contractions after waking, but I figured I would call the midwife to get her opinion of whether or not I should come in and have the fluid tested using a nitrazine paper.
She said that she was happy to test it if I was really worried, but honestly, I didn't feel like driving there, and she didn't seem too concerned. We both decided that I would wait to see if I started having any contractions, and we hung up. I went about my day, stopping at a good friend's house for a Harris play date, then continuing on to The Little Gym (which I LOVE, BTW) for his little class. I went to the bathroom a few times, feeling extra juicey, and decided to call and stop by the midwife's office on the way home for a quick date with the nitrazine.
Drum roll please!
Nothing. Just juice. Damn it.
The midwife said to me "Well, it seems that you are just ripe and juicey". The funny part about the terminology, is that the juicey comment is just how it sounds, and the ripe comment is actually real midwife speak for a soft cervix. Of course, the 2 put together makes me sound like an organic pear. I guess it could be worse...
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
It sort of feels the way that it did when we had our old house on the market, and I couldn't make any "improvements" or decorate because of that fact.
Sigh. I guess I should just be happy that we will be welcoming the next member into our family! I am feeling bored and antsy. I have reached the pivotal "I am sick and tired of being pregnant" point. I just want the BABY OUT!!! Dare I go back to my old ways???
Saturday, November 14, 2009
And, for shits and giggles, here is a 38 week picture. Please don't pay any attention to my lack of makeup, my unbrushed hair, and, of course, my perpetually hard nipple...I am really starting to feel as though I want this baby out- like, yesterday... Of course, remind me that I said that when I am completely sleep deprived and dreaming of the nights when all I had to deal with were leg cramps, peeing, and night sweats...
Friday, November 13, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
So... this evening, I removed the valance (to be modified and used in a different room) and fixed the track system that the drapes are hanging on. I swear, this house is lovely, but almost everything in it is "a little broken". Like, for example, in the kitchen, they had child safety latches on almost all the cabinet doors, which is great, but only a few of them actually worked. Most were not lined up to function correctly, or were broken, but never removed. The dishwasher is a stainless steel beauty, but has a bum wheel and a melted cap inside... The bathroom towel bars are all hanging on to the wall by a thread, and the sink is missing the drain stopper over the faucet. I could go on and on about the weird little things we keep finding, but I won't. So, back to the drapes!
I have 4 curtains that I need to hem, and they will replace the blue toile ones that are currently hanging. I couldn't be any more excited about these curtain panels than I already am. They were one of those awesome thrift store "Oh my God, I had better pay for these and get out of here QUICK before someone realizes that I am getting away with an AWESOME deal"! These curtains are originally from IKEA, and they were on the pricier side (for IKEA) brand new at $50 for a set of 2 panels. I walked out of the thrift store with 6 panels, in brand new condition for $30 total! Yes, that is $5 per panel! Holy Crap! Of course, at the time, I had no idea what I was going to do with them, but I knew that they would find their place someday! I just have to hem and pleat them, and then they will make our way to our new bedroom!!
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009