Thursday, July 31, 2008

31 Weeks...Good News...and Start of Classes

Just heard from my OB's nurse.  All came back normal from yesterday's 3-hour glucose test.  Can you hear my sigh of relief?!  The test was not as bad as I expected, although I came away with four holes in my arm I would rather not have. :)

Not much else to report.  Things are moving right along.  I'm at 31 weeks now and continuing to grow.  The little one moves almost constantly now.  Last night in bed Eric and I watched her do some sort of flip or something.  My whole belly looked like waves in the ocean! It's getting easier to imagine her in there taking up so much room.  We did find out at our last appointment (on Monday) that she's head-down.  That means her feet are up and doing a lot of kicking where I can actually see it...but thankfully she's not made it up into my ribs yet.

On Monday we also started our series of classes at the hospital.  Women's Hospital here in Greensboro actually has a wonderful education center specifically for these classes.  Monday was the Infant CPR class.  It was good to feel prepared for protecting baby girl, but also neat to meet several other young couples who are expecting around the same time.  Next Monday evening begins 5 weeks of birthing classes.  I'll let you all know how those go.  Even though he won't admit it, I think Eric's nervous to watch the birthing video - so pray for him! :)  More coming soon...

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Last Vacation As a Family of Two

We are spending this week at the beach...our last vacation as a family of two. We had planned to go to New York City, but found out at the last minute that the apartment we were going to use (a friend of Eric's) does not have air conditioning. Not a good plan for a 7-month pregnant woman who needs naps and cooling off periodically. So, we made some last minute arrangements and have had a VERY relaxing time at North Myrtle Beach. So far, we've had some great meals, some great alone time, some great walks on the beach...and I've had some GREAT naps. :) The little chickie has been moving a bunch, so I can only assume she can tell how relaxed mommy is. I've posted a picture taken on our balcony...30 weeks TODAY!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Glucose Screening

Well, I had my one-hour glucose screening during Monday's appointment - and found out today that I failed it by ONE point!  So, I'm going back on July 30 for a three-hour screening that can actually determine Gestational Diabetes.  I don't have any of the symptoms that indicate any problem, have not gained much weight respectively, and have been feeling good, so we're keeping our fingers crossed for a good result.  I'd appreciate your prayers.  To be safe, I guess this means no cheesecake while we're in NYC next week.  Oh well.  :)

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Holy Third Trimester, Baby!

Ok, so just this minute I realized by looking at a pregnancy calendar that we just entered the third trimester.  Can I just say HOLY COW?!   I'm feeling a little bit overwhelmed all of a sudden at how much there is left to do.  We don't even have the crib purchased yet!  Where has the time gone?  It seems like just yesterday that we were telling our parents the good news. 

I must say, though, that I think my body certainly believes it's the last trimester.  I'm starting to have a little bit of a hard time heaving myself out of bed, feeling a bit larger every day, and the wish for a mid-day nap time is creeping back from how I felt the first several weeks.  And, can I just say among friends, that the stretch marks on my belly will now and forever be not so fondly referred to as my "momma battle scars."  But don't fret, baby girl, I wear them proudly.

Now, despite the panic over my to-do list and the changes going on in this alien body of mine, I can't describe the amazing realization that in just about 13-14 weeks we will have our little girl with us!  God willing all will go smoothly and we will all be healthy, but we will actually get to MEET her.  No more, "I wonder what she'll look like" and "I can't wait to get to know her."  

I have so much enjoyed having her all to myself during this pregnancy.  Me and momma's girl.  I better savor that while I've got it.  I have a feeling once she's here she'll be all daddy's. :)  *Sigh.*  And so it begins, the parent's mantra, "Where has the time gone?"