lunabee34baby: (mate for life by smelltheflowers)
I hear that Prince William and Kate are also having a girl. They better keep their mitts off Fiona; a British colleague tells me it's a very posh name by English standards, and what could be be posher than Princess Fiona? LOL

We are going to Ikea tomorrow to get the first round of furniture. I am so excited. My friend J has already made her trip to get two cribs for her impending twins. I went over today to see them put together; they're much lower to the ground than the cribs they used to make (probably because the formerly-ubiquitous drop side is now illegal), but I think I actually like that. You don't have to awkwardly reach over with a railing pressing into your boobs when you lift the baby out, and when the baby is ready for a toddler bed, you just take the side completely off, and it's a fancy little toddler daybed. The only downside is that you cannot store anything under the crib. I find that a bit annoying but not a deal-breaker. I will get some photos up once we make progress on putting the furniture together. I'll post some of Emma's room as well. We moved some furniture from the guest room into Emma's room and took down the nursery border that's been in there since we moved in. It looks really nice.

I am so excited about getting ready for the baby. Josh has been so good about indulging all my little projects: let's clean out from under the beds! let's move this furniture! Even though we're not making a true nursery, I'm thrilled to be turning Fiona's room into a room with grown-up furniture. LOL

J also had a really bad experience with trying to breastfeed, but I think she's decided to try exclusively pumping as well. I think we'll be able to help and support each other, which is really crucial with breastfeeding. I could just strangle every medical professional who dealt with me during my pregnancy and the aftermath who gave me no help or advice with breastfeeding. It's so clear in retrospect exactly what went wrong on the first go-round, and the problems I had were so easily avoidable. I'm going to order Exclusively Pumping on Amazon and continue doing research, and I think I will be able to successfully feed Fiona breast milk (hopefully until it's time to wean her). It's not so much all the quasi-divine properties associated with breast milk that interest me (after all, Emma only got breast milk for five weeks, and she is pretty much the smartest, most awesomest kid of ever IMHO); it's more that breast milk is freeeeeeeeeeeeeee and formula is expensive, and if I can, I want to feed Fiona free food! LOL If I give it an honest go, and I can't breastfeed, I'm not going to beat myself up about it though. I know that feeding babies formula doesn't make them stupid or sick, and I will wash my hands instantly of any guilt, anxiety, or regret.

I have my schedule for the fall, and I am so grateful to my supervisors for working with me and giving me basically the best schedule I could have asked for. I will be teaching two full-session online classes and two session two classes that start at midterm. The session two classes meet every day for an hour and fifteen minutes at 12:30 and 2:00. This means I won't have to put Fiona in daycare until October, and it also means that she won't have to go full days except on rare occasions, and I won't have to get up at ass o'clock in the morning to take her to daycare and then teach an 8:00. I don't know how my office hours will work for the first half of the semester; I know I will probably need to be available during late registration, and obviously to attend any committee meetings, etc., but I hope that I can conduct office hours exclusively online for the first half of the semester since I'll only be teaching online and then start keeping face to face office hours at midterm when the second session courses start. I am so happy that I don't have to take any maternity leave.
lunabee34baby: (cats by fromthewind)
Trashboat has a real people name! We're calling her Fiona Elizabeth.

I have been nesting. It's kind of awesome. I was so sick and worn out with Emma that I didn't really do any of the classic preggo things. I got Josh to rearrange a buttload of furniture and wrote out a list of tasks to accomplish, what we already have, what's on loan from my sister-in-law, and what we still need to buy before Fiona arrives. You'll notice the missing tasks that indicate just how much we were able to do today. Yay! (Any suggestions for what should be on this list but isn't? I don't really have clothes on the list because that won't be a problem; I just put a couple specific items that I want to be certain we get.)

We will need to purchase zero big ticket baby items. Whooooooooooo! In fact, the major purchasing we're going to be doing is to furnish the baby's room. We could go the cheapy route and get some used furniture, but I'm tired of our guest room looking like a college student's apartment with everything all mismatched and no headboard on the bed. We may as well invest in nice furniture that all matches. I'm hoping that the grandparents and possibly the great-aunts and -uncles will be willing to go in with us for the furniture since we don't need any big ticket baby items. If not, though, we're still getting the furniture. We might stagger the purchases--get the crib and a couple of the dressers first and then purchase the headboard and other pieces a month or so later.

My sister-in-law is loaning me a breast pump, but I think it's a single pump (she's emailing me the specs later), and if so, I will take it for traveling, but for my day to day pumping, I think I'll probably rent a hospital grade electric double pump from the medical supply or the hospital.

Any recommendations on diaper bags?

I am starting to get super excited, y'all. I think I'm going to enjoy getting the house ready for Fiona. We're not doing a nursery or really any decorating for her room beyond the new furniture, but I'm stoked to get everything all arranged how I want it. :)
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I had my 20 week visit on Monday. Everything was perfect. I've gained 2.5 lbs (one pound of which is Trashboat). My blood pressure was 136/73, so no signs of preeclampsia. Trashboat had no apparent physical defects or other problems, and she's measuring at a little more than 21 weeks, so she will probably be a big baby!

I'm a little astonished that I've only gained 2.5 lbs, but it's clearly not a problem as Trashboat's measurements are perfectly fine and she weighs just what she should.

The ultrasound was fascinating. That technology has really come a long way since I was pregnant with Emma. It was much easier for me to discern the image than it was ten years ago. The second the technician put the device on my belly, she said, "We have a girl!" as Trashboat was very considerately flashing us her lady bits. :) Trashboat was kicking her legs and waving her arms, and at one point, she looked like she was sucking her thumb.

I started being able to feel little flutters of movement around 18 weeks, maybe a little before, but watching her go to town on the ultrasound made it quite apparent just how much movement she's making that I don't feel. It seems that every day, though, I feel movement more frequently and strongly; I'm sure I'll be quite tired of that pretty quick like here.

My mood has kinda taken a hit recently. I've noticed that I've been irritable the past few days, and I'm not sure if that's because I spent the weekend staying up past my bedtime and going too long in between meals or a hormone surge or what. LOL

Basically, Trashboat progresses along in textbook health (as do I), and now all we have to do is agree on her name which is proving a little more difficult than I had anticipated, but we do have time to decide. :)

ETA: I put the ultrasound pictures in a private post because I just realized they have my full name splashed all across them. *headdesk* I'll see if I can edit that out.
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I will get around to posting about the big reveal to the folks . . . eventually. LOL

I have been having headaches a lot that mostly begin when I lay down but don't go away when I get up. I have a doctor's appt this Friday, so I will check to be sure my blood pressure isn't acting up. It's probably just the hormones. I don't remember having headaches like this with Emma, but then, I don't remember what I had for dinner two nights ago, so that's not saying much. LOL

It's hard to believe there's something the size of a fig growing inside me. My lower belly has gotten a little bigger (it definitely FEELS different), but I can't really feel anything when I press down on my stomach, and the baby isn't big enough yet to feel it moving from the inside.

Apparently, William and Kate are also pregnant. They're just copying us. *sniff* LOL I don't think she's as far along as I am, so our baby will probably be born first. I just hope we don't hit on the same name for the baby. For a short while, everyone assumed we'd named Emma after Ross and Rachel's baby, and um no. No we did not. LOL

Nothing new to report. I really need to go talk to my supervisor and to HR about my maternity plans for the summer/fall and to get daycare squared away. I really wish we knew someone who keeps babies in their house. I might float out a few feelers and see if any of the faculty wives know anyone (or might be interested themselves since a lot of them have kids who are pre-k and up age now and might not mind some extra income). I have absolutely no issues with daycare at all, but Emma was a little over one and a half before we put her in; I think it will be harder for me to put a teensy tiny baby in daycare. But, hey, you do what you have to.
lunabee34baby: (cats by fromthewind)
This is clearly the least important consideration at this juncture, but I can't help myself.

So far, the only names we can agree on for girls are )

and for boys are )

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