Saturday, May 30, 2009
She sent me lots of pictures but I just put a couple on here to show what it looks like.
Thanks, Walter and Carol!! Brandon will love it!! =)
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
One thing I haven't mentioned in my updates is my weight loss. I was up to 25 lbs at one point in the pregnancy. As of today, I have gained a total of 11.5 lbs! It's easy to assume that the gestational diabetes diet has caused me to lose weight, but, honestly, over the fast few weeks I haven't been as disciplined in staying on that diet plan. I am still keeping up with my blood sugar count and monitoring to make sure it doesn't get too high, but I am getting my fix of ice cream and chocolate milk!! Brandon has continued to gain weight...he is a little piggie, eating everything he can!! =) As of last week, he weighed 8 lbs so I guess I am literally ALL BABY!! That's ok with me as long as he is healthy.
I have finished all my projects...we are ready for him to come home!! Here are the final pictures-
My good friend, Jonie, was so kind in giving us the baby bed!! It's so nice and it looks great in the baby room. She also gave us a pack-n-play that she didn't need anymore. I have set that up in the living room/dining area and someone thinks it's his new bed...
I am continuing to patiently wait. Even after the months of bedrest and partial bedrest/limited activity, this is definitely the hardest part...the waiting!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
We started our day by going to lunch at Buckhead Mountain Grill (http://eatatbuckheads.com/). I had been there when I worked in downtown Louisville but Nathan had never been. We were a little rushed for time because we had plans with our friends, Kevin and Lindsey, afterwards but it was great and we will definitely have to go back.
Kevin and Lindsey are moving at the end of this month as Kevin has accepted a lead pastor position at a church in Tennessee. We are so excited for them and the great things ahead but they will be missed!
They have sold their house and they are in the process of packing everything up so they can close on it next week. In an effort to help with everything, Nathan and I went over to their house after lunch yesterday. Anna Kate is their eight month old and one of the cutest baby girls ever!! Since I am mego preggo, I am not able to help with boxes or anything but I was able to help keep Anna Kate occupied for a while so Lindsey would be free to pack.
We got home late yesterday afternoon and I wasn't feeling too good. Lately, I have been feeling nauseas. I definitely think it's just part of the pregnancy, so I just go on and accept that's just how it is, but yesterday it kept me down for a few hours. I hated feeling that way on Nathan's day off work but he was very gracious in letting me rest.
Two nights ago we started walking. Because of my blood pressure issues, I haven't been able to exercise much at all. Since my appointment on Tuesday when Dr. Link said everything looked great, I have kept an eye on my blood pressure and we have made it a point to walk a mile at night. I don't think Brandon is in any hurry to come see me since my contractions are still far apart and not very strong. I will continue being patient, but I will do whatever I can to move the process along! =)
Five more days until my next appointment. These weeks seem to be getting longer and longer as I anxiously await Brandon's birthday. It's only a matter of time.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Before the ultrasound tech and doctor would tell me any stats, the ultrasound tech said, "You haven't bought any newborn clothes have you?" The doctor added to that, "If you have then you might want to find another place for them." Brandon is weighing eight pounds right now. Four weeks away from his delivery date and at 96th percentile!! These last four weeks are the biggest growth spurt so I was comforted (notice the sarcasm) to know that in four weeks he could easily weigh ten pounds.
I love this picture!!! You can see his face and he is holding his hand up to his forehead. Look at those cheeks - hahahaha I just want to squeeze 'em! =)
I am going back next week for another check-up. Then, if I haven't had him in two weeks, then I am going for another check-up and ultrasound. At that point, I will be 38-weeks. Depending on his size, we will discuss my delivery options.
I washed all of his clothes yesterday and I have picked out what I want him to wear at the hospital. I am ready for him to be here, but I am trying to be patient. I want him to be as healthy as he needs to be and if that means I carry him 40-weeks then so be it...I say that now, but I might be singing a different tune in two weeks!!
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Toward the end of the night my friend, Heather, mentioned that she had brought some baby stuff over to see if I wanted any of it. She has two boys (ages 7 and 3) and she was trying to get rid of some of their stuff. Nathan went out to her car and helped bring stuff in and oh my goodness!! She had two huge tubs of nothing but clothes, blankets, socks, bedding, etc. What a blessing!!!
I sorted through everything and this is what I ended up with...
While I was in Brandon's room, I took a picture of the letters that I painted and hung above his crib.
The blanket hanging on his crib is the one that Mrs. Laura from work made him.
I only kept her for a few hours but it was lots of fun and baby Laine told me how excited she is about meeting baby Brandon! =) Of course, I had to take pictures of this cute little girl. I LOVE baby laughs and she gave me lots of 'em.
This ball could keep her entertained longer than anything. It's amazing what can keep our attention at that age!
What a cute cake!! (Sara is having a girl)
My co-worker, Laura, made Brandon the cutest blanket that is now hanging on his crib. How thoughtful!! Thanks, Laura!!
Up to this point, the only thing I definitely needed but didn't have was the car seat/stroller travel system. Nathan's mom gave us a car seat a while back that we have put in Nathan's car so we would have had it if we needed it. I got gift cards that were more than enough for me to get a nice travel system. So, NOW he can come anytime he wants! =)
Thanks, y'all, for a great shower!!!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Starting this past Sunday, I started having minor backpains and abdominal cramps. Based on everything I have read and heard, I was experiencing contractions. They were bearably painful, so I have tolerated it. They have been consistent over the past week but nothing to worry about. However, I have been looking forward to today's appointment, because I knew the doctor would be able to tell me if anything was going on.
I am almost 36 weeks preggo and everything is great. Brandon's little heartbeat is strong and he is in position to make his grand appearance! =) I am going for a check-up and ultrasound next week. The doctor wants to do a baby physical to check Brandon's fluid levels and weight. I love ultrasounds!! =)
I will keep you posted.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Love y'all and hope you had a great Mother's Day!!
Thursday, May 7, 2009
In the last post, I mentioned that my goal for the day was to get curtains hung in Brandon's room. Well, I did it!! In fact, I have gotten a lot done this week but still have a few more things to do before his room is finished.
I took time this week to paint the letters that will be hanging above his crib. Now, I just have to hang them.
The bedding that I registered for has been discontinued so I am having to shop around for something else. I'm not in a HUGE hurry because he will be sleeping in a bassinet in our room for the first few weeks.
Brandon's little corner in our bedroom
We are registered for three prenatal classes that will take place over the next week. We had our first class last night and it was very informative. We have another one tonight and then one next week. We are on the 40 day countdown until Brandon's arrival!!
Monday, May 4, 2009
This is what was behind closed doors.
The walls are still bare, because I haven't gotten the wall decor yet, but I am hoping to get started on that this week. Apart from decorations, Brandon's room is complete!! All clothes have been hung (still need washing) and all baby items are in their proper place.
The first books on his bookshelf!! =) Thanks, Mrs. Sheila!
There is still lots to be done, but I am excited!!! I could go out today and buy the last few things I need, but I won't. I have to remember that my doctor wants to me limit my activity. Going on a shopping spree probably isn't what he considers "taking it easy." So, the project of the day is...curtains.
I will be 34-weeks preggo tomorrow. In just a few short weeks, baby Brandon William will be here!! I can't wait to finally meet the little man!!