Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Worth the Wait

As our "due" date gets closer, I'm thinking about some of the things I'll looking forward to doing after our arrival. Although I know I'll be totally distracted by this new little face in our lives, I still am anxious to:

  • eat a Subway sandwich (it's recommended that pregnant women don't eat lunchmeat/coldcuts)
  • zip up my pants (all the pants I wear these days have elastic waistbands or belly panels)
  • sleep on my stomach (which has been avoided for for obvious reasons)
  • snowboard (thought I'd throw that one in there to see if you're paying attention -- seriously though, I'd like to learn how to snowboard!)

But on a more serious note, I've really grown used to having this little stranger in my belly. It's been a unique experience that I won't ever forget and have enjoyed more than I ever thought I would. I'm thinking the enjoyablity may waiver a bit once labor starts : )

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Getting Geared Up

Each day we know we have to be "ready" to become parents -- "ready" meaning that we know it could happen any time now. We were wondering if we'd possibly have our little one early, but then why the heck would it want to come into the world right now with these unbearable wind chills? Smart baby : )

That said, when it does arrive it's got lots of stuff to wear, play with, look at and sleep/eat/poo/pee in. The gadgets and gear are especially fun. Everything rocks and/or makes sounds, so everything needs batteries. And of course, they don't all need the same type of batteries, but all different types of batteries. Good thing we just joined Sam's Club!

Of course, we've tested everything out, especially the baby monitor with the video screen. Ella's been our guinea pug for that. She's been adapting well to the minor changes around the house so far. While she's been good around babies who have been visitors to our house, it'll be interesting to see how she deals with one that is here to stay. And I know what you're thinking. It'll be interesting to see how Jay and I deal with that reality too.

I see many a sleep-deprived post in our future ...

Monday, January 7, 2008

Posts from the Past

Here are some pregnancy thoughts I had jotted down elsewhere. These remind me how quickly these nine months have flown by.

Sunday, September 30, 2007
Arrivals and Departures
It's disappearing bit by bit. My belly button that is. I never paid much attention to it in the past. But now that it's not what it used to be, I've taken notice. Don't get me wrong, I shed no tears over this change. It's a small thing that represents something much bigger -- things in my life that I've taken for granted pre-baby. The arrival of my bump of a belly has been welcome. Somewhat surprising that a girl who used to be proud of her flat tummy is now even more proud of it in it's new protruding state. Things in my life which will never be the same again. Sure, Mr. Belly Button will return, but it won't be the same. And I'm OK with that : )

Wednesday, November 14, 2007
In Full Swing
I sat down in my car (in the garage) and started sobbing for no reason. We'll not for no reason ... I had a tummy ache, I didn't sleep well, was ornery with Jay (or he was ornery with me, I can't remember), there was something wrong with our clothes dryer, I broke a bowl, I put on the wrong glasses and I forgot to give the pug a goodbye pet. Then in mid-cry (and mid-commute to work) I started to get even more upset because I was worried that it was a sign of things to come postpartum. But I started to calm down. I'm 28 weeks along and this is the first serious mood swing I've had. I realize that I'd gotten used to not being in control of what's happening to my body, but I forgot what it's like to not be in total control of my emotions. Guess I better get use to it : )

Sunday, December 9, 2007
On It's Way Outy
So, this week I realized that growth was occuring while I was at work. In the morning my belly was as it had been for a month or so. When I took a shower that night I saw I was transforming into the owner of an outy. This was also the day I almost ate a paperclip -- I mistook it for a yogurt covered raisin. They look so much alike! So at my last appointment the OB said I was "all baby" which I am assuming means that I'm not gaining weight that I'm not supposed to : ) So bring on the Culvers! She also checked out my ankles for a minute and briefly asked if they were swelling and then realized they weren't. I had to explain to her that I have abnormally large calves for my size.This weekend I realized I'm on the brink on uncomfortablilty and moodiness. Being sociable with people who are drinking is fine. Hanging out with people after they are drunk makes me cranky. Also, the kicks into my ribs are becoming less cute. They are not annoying yet, but just lost the "awww" factor. The beginning of the end ...

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Baby Edenborg

Since the little one is due to arrive in less than a month we thought we'd start getting used to updating everyone on how things are going. We've moved somewhat past the anxious stage and are now excited to meet this little stranger.

If it's anything like its parents it'll be late coming in to the world. Seems like it's having fun in there, squirming around and bouncing on my bladder, so I can understand if it wants to hang out in my belly a bit longer.

It'll be worth the wait : )