Week 35

It’s a monumental week: we hit November 9, which means that we are down to less than a month to go! (Assuming my son is a timely fellow!) It’s exciting and terrifying all at once!

My doctor’s appointment was nice and uneventful. Shane had a ton of questions after our hospital tour last week, so we got those taken care of. Most interesting among his interrogation were the cord clamping policy (how much of a delay…this practice’s policy is 30 seconds…some do 60 but she said there’s not much benefit since the blood that’s being cut off in the cord is fetal blood and he will need to process that out anyway) and cord blood banking (not much benefit to private banking because the perks of private can be had with public – and public is free). It’s going to be strange not having constant doctor’s appointments after Eugene arrives. I’m sure I’ll have plenty to occupy my mind and won’t be concerned with that but from this side of things – it’s weird! We’ve had constant appointments for about a year and a half, with the exception of the break we took last November and December, so to think that we only have three more to go…it’s good! But it’s definitely strange.

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Week 34

This was easily one of the longest weeks I’ve had in a while. From issues with the remodel to baby furniture debacles, to just a really long school week – I’m thankful that it’s over!

We started the week with our family pumpkin carving day at Emily and Chris’ house. We had good stuff to eat and good fun working on our masterpieces. Chris came behind each of us and cleaned up our designs – you can see way below what we actually came up with – not too shabby!

Ghost = Emily; Witch = Tonia; Big Owl = Chris; Scary Tree = Shane; Little Owl = Alison

We elected to not carve the Eugene or Sadie pumpkins so they’re just nice accents to the big ones!

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Week 33

Busy busy week!

We spent almost all of it either preparing for the painters or living in a construction zone while the painters worked from Monday morning until late Thursday. We picked a light gray for almost everything (SW Repose Gray) and a slightly deeper gray for the kitchen and bathrooms (SW Dorian Grey). They also painted all of the doors and trim and ceilings and holy moly it’s amazing how good it looks! Once the house is put back together I’ll post some pictures.

We had a doctor’s appointment on Wednesday and everything is looking good. I’ve gained about 35 pounds…way more than I intended to, but still not too bad. My blood pressure was also much better this time – 132/78! For someone who has dealt with hypertension – and white coat hypertension – and freak yourself out and raise your BP hypertension – I’ll take any good reading! When we left, Shane again complimented me on how well I’m/we’re doing. It’s been a pretty hellish 8 months in general so I’ll take whatever I can get. Thankfully, I’m ultimately feeling good. The foot swelling is uncomfortable and hurts a lot. I’m not a fan of how tired I am or that I need help standing. But otherwise, I feel great!

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Week 32

This week I’m feeling thankful…it was Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day on Sunday and my heart just ached for my friends and family who have suffered in that way. Being pregnant after struggling so long should feel like a relief, but knowing that others are still on the road is heart breaking. Some days, each kick is a reminder that I have friends who have not yet realized their dreams and I’m so very sad for them…and so thankful for Eugene. This week is also a good reminder of how much of a fighter my dad is – from the beginning, the deck was stacked against him. He was born early at 4 pounds! It amazes me that in 1951, the doctors and nurses were able to keep him going at that size! That size, by the way, is right on par with Eugene. Stay in, little guy! We aren’t done baking!

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Week 31

I had a rough start to the week…I was still sick from whatever that cold thing was/is…probably should have started home again on Monday but I soldiered through and by Thursday I was feeling pretty human-like again!

We saw Dr. Fisher on Tuesday and everything is still looking good – including Mama losing three pounds! 🙌 I didn’t set out to lose but we have been making a concerted effort to make better choices so I was glad it’s paying off. She told us that we are doing a good job. Darn right we are! (I’m not sure what we are doing so I’m just going to take the compliment and keep plugging along!)

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Week 30

This has been quite the week.

We started with our baby shower on Saturday. Got lots and lots of amazingly generous gifts… Like I’ve said so many times, this baby is already so loved and we are so fortunate. We got pretty much everything we need at this point… furniture, diapers, bottles, a pack & play, more clothes than he will ever be able to wear, and so many books! We did the completely unoriginal thing and asked that people bring books instead of cards and got so many! I still have a few of my own childhood favorites to buy but he definitely has an established library!

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Baby Shower Day!

Our baby shower was absolutely beautiful. We decided, during one of our marathon hospital conversations with Dad, that it would be really nice to have it at Blue Canyon, our favorite “special occasion” restaurant. We knew it would be pricey, but Dad agreed to split it with us so we figured it would probably cost about the same as the other “DIY” showers we’ve had in the past. It would also be far less work! The setting is gorgeous, as you can see below, and required very little in the way of decorations. Shane and I purchased some decor for Eugene’s nursery that fit the theme of both the shower and the room, so we brought that along, Aunt Emily brought some of the goodies that she’s purchased for the nursery, along with wish and Bingo cards, and Aunt Tonia brought beautiful flowers – all wonderful, and all significantly less work than we’ve done in the past – #winning!

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