June 25, 2010

Pre-Op Appointment

So close, so close! 38 weeks and 5 days...only three more days to go. I can't believe it.

Yesterday, I had my pre-op appointment. FINALLY. I answered three million questions, gave them blood, etc. My doctor told me that the nurses at Tanner are great and are very helpful with breastfeeding. She also told me that they won't use staples during the surgery, just stiches, which is awesome, because I remember getting those taken out, and it was NOT fun. I have to be at the hospital Monday morning at 6 15. As long as we stay on schedule, Parker will be debuting around 7 30 am. Shane will be back there with me during the c-section, and my mom and sisters plan on arriving around 7 30 to wait and meet Parker when we head to recovery. I'm really trying to stay positive and not get too freaked out about the procedure. I think I've gotten giving blood down pat, although I have to go Sunday and give them blood in case I need a blood transfusion. I'm hoping I don't pass out for that. But I'm nervous of the IV, the spinal epidural, and of course, the c-section itself. I'm such a baby when it comes to pain. It's all worth it though...we can't wait to meet our little boy!

My must haves for the hospital
~Comfy gown
~Nursing top/bra
~Lanolin cream (from what my friends tell me, I'll be needing this!)
~Nursing pads (I didn't have any last time, and I didn't even nurse, and it was still...an issue!)
~Boppy pillow
~Extra pillows
~Camera and video camera
~Going home outfits for myself and baby

Lily is spending the night with family Sunday night. She'll hopefully get to meet Parker Monday afternoon once things settle down. I've been spending all my time with her this week-we've been watching lots of movies, we went to the free movies in Hiram on Tuesday, been swimming, eating junk food, and we've been to Target for Barbies more than once! I've been spoiling her rotten, but I have really enjoyed it as well! I think she is starting to get really excited. Every day she asks me how many more days.

We will have to stay two nights at the hospital, which means we'll get to bring our little guy home Wednesday. Shane has taken the entire week off work, so hopefully we'll get to have lots of family time and rest.

I've cleaned the house top to bottom, I've gotten everything ready in his room, I have Lily's bag packed, and mine is almost packed. I've bathed the dog, swept the garage, organized all the bills. Tomorrow I'm cleaning out the car and putting Parker's car seat in. Sunday we have to do a big grocery shopping. And then it's go time!!

I'm sure there will be Facebook posts and updates long before I post anything on this blog, but I look forward to posting Parker's birth story soon!

I've leaving you with a few pictures from Parker's room. I'm still waiting on my big print from art.com (http://www.art.com/products/p13931284-sa-i2804906/erica-j-vess-treetop-owls-ii.htm?sorig=cat&sorigid=0&dimvals=0&ui=eae17b956e454ffcade908bf3f59162b). But you get the idea...!

June 18, 2010

37 Weeks, 5 Days

What a great week-full term, feeling good, and getting things done!

~First things first: I went to the doctor yesterday. I waited FOREVER, and I felt pretty emotional by the end of it. I just can't stand waiting so long; I feel like I may go crazy. My OB FINALLY came in and checked me (still 1 cm), good heart rate for Parker, etc. Then she called over to Tanner so that I could start my pre-op appointment. But I wasn't on the schedule...so I got RESCHEDULED to do the pre-op next Thursday. No sweat...no sweat. Worse news, I wasn't on the schedule for the 29th for my c-section. WHAT?! My OB promised to call me today, and I left, feeling quite hysterical. I have had 6-29-10 implanted on my brain for MONTHS. That was my baby's birthday! Luckily, I got a call less than an hour later, and turns out, my c-section is going to be Monday the 28th. So one day early! It's tenatively scheduled for 7 30 in the morning, and I'm actually only staying two nights at the hospital. I'll have plenty more to say after my pre-op next week, I'm sure. I'm very very very ready, and we are so close!

Other than obsessing over Parker's arrival, I have been getting alot done around the house. Next week, I'm going to try to do some fun things with Lily and finish up last minute to do lists and projects. Shane needs to put up Parker's curtains, and we're still waiting on the arrival of his glider. Shane and I will hopefully get to take one more date night...last Sunday, we went and saw Get Him to the Greek (it was alright, pretty funny) and grabbed a bite to eat. Before you know it, we won't be going to many places without kids (at least until I learn how to pump!)

I'm leaving with a few pictures from my baby shower at Britney Scotts...

June 10, 2010

36 Weeks, 4 Days

The countdown continues!

I'm feeling much better than I have the last few weeks. I have more energy and I think I've been alot nicer. I went to the doctor two weeks ago, and they told me my blood pressure was elevated and that I was really swollen. After worrying for two weeks, I went again today, and my blood pressure is still the same, which is good news, they say. I'm still swollen, but they seem to think I'm doing good. I also lost a few pounds, which was ODD, especially for me. I can't even believe how much weight I have gained this pregnancy. I'm already 10 pounds more than I gained total with Lily.

I start going back weekly now. I'll have my pre-op appointment on the 24th, where I'll find out the juicy details, like what time I need to be there and how I can't wear makeup. And I'm even dialated one centimeter. That didn't happen with Lily until she was well over a week late. She simply didn't want to come out. Maybe Parker does? Only 19 days to go.

Which means I've GOT to get cracking. His room looks great, and I am planning a Target/Babies R Us shopping trip for Saturday. I'm trying to stay on top of laundry and housework just in case Parker wants to come early. Lily and I had a very busy week. My sister Lacey stayed with us for a few days, and we have been doing lots of closet cleaning and garage cleaning around here. Next week, we're going to indulge in getting our nails done and seeing a movie. We are also going to try to do some last minute visits with friends.

I had a wonderful second baby shower at my friend Britney Scott's new home. It was a beautiful shower-her house looked great, the food spread was amazing, and I got to see many friends who I don't get to often see. It was great! Parker got many an adorable outfit, a Bumbo seat, and his Moby wrap to name a few! Megan and Britney were wonderful hostessess! I can't wait to show some pictures.

Til next time...

How far along? 36 weeks 4 days
How big is baby? He feels pretty big!
Weight gain? I have already gained close to 50 pounds (it looks a lot worse when I stare at that sentence on the computer screen), but I lost 4 pounds in two weeks. Strange...
Maternity clothes? I can't wait to burn them. Well, even though I'm too practical for that, I am seriously tired of looking at them
Stretchmarks? I have a new one! Parker hangs out on my right side, and I think that exclusive spot has finally caused an ugly stretchmark underneath and to the right of my belly button. Grr...
Sleep? Not so good. I even had insomnia last night.
Best moment this week? Getting his room super organized and looking cute
Movement? lots of rolling, and some hiccups!
Food cravings? sweets per usual
Bellybutton? in, but stretched a bit
Labor signs? some cramps, and 1 cm dialted. but that's about it.
What I miss? moving quickly...or at least, at a normal pace. Lily could lap me at the mall any day.
What I am looking forward to? meeting our son!!
Weekly wisdom? Rest more, and try not to stress as much. Oh, who am I kidding?
Milestones? entering my 9th month!