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Nursery is essentially finished! No more stuff to buy; just waiting on the rest of the loaners from my SIL.

I popped my knee again while getting into the pool yesterday; fortunately, it has not been as big of an issue as when I did it a few months ago. It's got an arthritisy ache to it, but it didn't swell, it's not tender, and I can walk on it. Whew! I think being weightless in the pool for a couple hours afterwards probably helped with that.

Doctor's visit today: BP 119/75, 16 lbs gained, some protein in urine (but not a big deal as no other signs of preeclampsia). They did a finger stick to check my iron and the Group B strep swab. I opted out of the cervix check. Whoooo!

A couple months ago, I developed this blemish directly on my bottom lip; after some internet research I assumed it was a zit as apparently you can get those ON YOUR LIPS OMG when you are pregnant. I kept expecting it to go away, and it keeps not going away. Acne cream seemed to have little effect on it. It's really pissing me off because it's noticeable and ON MY FACE LOL, and I want it to go away. When I went to the dentist yesterday, he seemed a little concerned, and said that it might be this blood vessel tumor thing (benign). I asked the OB today, and he concurred that it looked like that. He said those tumors often grow during pregnancy and then diminish in a couple months postpartum. I'm going to get a dermatologist consult to be sure, but I feel much better now. If it doesn't go away after the baby's born, I can get a plan in place to get this shit off my face. LOL
lunabee34baby: (pregnant sillo by cru5h)
Everything is still going great. I've gained 14 pounds, my blood pressure is good, and no signs of preeclampsia. Whoooooooo!

He checked my cervix and not much going on down there. LOL Boy, is it not fun having your cervix checked. I've been all crampy and contractiony ever since.

In the last week and a half, I suddenly feel terribly uncomfortable. I cannot breathe. I have indigestion and possibly heartburn (it's hard to say as I have never had heartburn before, and this isn't so much a burny sensation as a feeling that I have a constant burp in my throat and am so full, if that makes any sense). I am as exhausted as I was in the first trimester. I have slowed waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay down. I am a waddler. LOL I don't remember any of this from being pregnant with Emma. I think Ems was a much smaller baby, though, and as I was on bedrest at this point in that pregnancy, I guess I didn't really have much opportunity for waddling.

I can wear my swimsuit from last summer! I am so stoked. I am about to hit the pool and stay in it until Fiona is born. My enormous belly will brown in the sunlight. It will be glorious.

The nursery is so close, so close--just piddly shit left to get ready really (a shelf to put up, art to hang on the walls. No biggie.). I feel this overwhelming urge to GET THE ROOM PERFECTLY READY OMG! and then I go in there and just kinda stand around all indecisively. LOL

Next appt in two weeks.
lunabee34baby: (breakfast by saltwaterblood)
I went to the doctor again this Tuesday and saw my actual doctor instead of the nurse practitioner. My next appointment is in three weeks, and I'm super pleased. I felt like the NP was being a bit hyper-vigilant by having me come in so often, and I'm glad he eased up the schedule of my visits.

My blood pressure was fine with no protein in my urine. Whoooo!

Every other time I've been to the doctor it's been in the morning and I haven't eaten. This doctor's visit was directly after I went to the lab to do the one hour glucose test and I had just eaten a pretty big lunch because I was starving. So I feel like my weight is a bit off this visit because of that LOL but according to their measurements, I've gained 13 lbs at this point which is still really great.

We got another bookshelf and I was able to clean out some things from the closet in Fiona's room. The last major hurdle in there is to get the closet functional, and that will happen when Mom and Dad come to visit in April.

Fiona is super active. She's pretty much constantly kicking and squirming and rolling around. It feels deeply weird and sometimes horrible. LOL I don't remember Ems being this active, but that was roughly a million years ago, so who knows? At least she doesn't do it at night; she doesn't keep me awake with her movement, so that's a good thing.

Other than that, nothing much else to report. :)
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.

Got milk?

Feb. 17th, 2013 03:48 pm
lunabee34baby: (pregnant sillo by cru5h)
Anybody have any recommendations for good books on breastfeeding? I'm planning to pump rather than breastfeed directly, but I think any good breastfeeding book should include sections on that as well as nutritional and other kinds of info about how to go about successfully breastfeeding.

We've decided to go with soft purple and green for the baby/guest room. We're not really doing a nursery per se, so I don't anticipate lots of cutesy baby decorations, but we did buy some purple curtains, and we put the green matelasse coverlet mom gave us for Christmas on the bed. I want to get a purple lamp to go in there, and once we get the new furniture, we'll need to go through our stack of things that need to be framed and get some stuff up on the walls. We have three beautiful watercolors of birds that I think would be great in there. I'll be sure to post pictures once we get the room done up; probably a few months from now. I'll take some of Ems's room as well since we'll be doing some redecorating in there.
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. :)
lunabee34baby: (mate for life by smelltheflowers)
Things to do:

1. Go to daycare and pay confirmation fee; once I have my fall schedule, set a day for daycare to begin

2. Add a new dependent to our life insurance

3. Add new dependent to any documents for work/tax purposes

4. Add new dependent to wills

20. Better way to store my sheets and my table linens.

Already have:

1. Front/back baby carrier
2. Baby journal
3. 2816 wipes
4. one box + 132 newborn diapers; 224 size 1 diapers
5. safety kit containing thermometer and covers, aspirator, medicine dispenser, infant gum/toothbrush
6. three pacifiers
7. two pacifier holders
10. countless cloth bibs
11. 2 gowns and a sleep sack
12. silicone bib
13. diaper rash cream
14. baby wash, shampoo, etc.
15. mittens
16. diaper genie
17. mylicon drops, infant tylenol
18. four crib sheets
19. Boppy J
20. co-sleeper/bassinet J
21. bumbo seat and tray J
22. infant car seat with two bases and cover J
23. more clothes than one child can ever wear LOL J
24. bottle tray and brush J
25. one waterproof mattress pad J
26. breastpump and accoutrement J
27. breastfeeding cover J
28. play mat J
29. bottle brush
30. 50 milk storage bags
31. lansinoh cream
33. 3 bottles
34. noise machine
35. 3 nursing bras
36. nightlight
37. bathtub J
38. bouncer seat J
39. exasaucer J
40. car sunshade
41. stroller J

blankets
burp cloths

Need to purchase
Headboard (Hemnes full 179)
waterproof mattress covers
High Chair (http://www.diapers.com/p/fisher-price-mocha-butterfly-space-saver-high-chair-154484)
comb or brush
nail clippers
child view mirror
Breast pump (double; possibly on loan from hospital)
Bottles
baby monitor

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