Friday, June 11, 2010

Week 39

8 days until the due date!!

I think Sofia officially 'dropped' this week.  I feel like there is a lot more room to breathe today and my belly does seem to hang lower.  She moves a lot and gets some sort of hiccups at times, specially in the morning.

This week the waxy vernix and the fine hair lanugo will go away though some may remain after birth.  She will also concentrate on getting antibodies from the placenta.

I went to the doctor yesterday and everything is progressing as it should.  Her heartbeat was 131 and my blood pressure 93/64.  So we'll keep waiting :)

This week has been a mix between feeling great some days and hurting others.  Today started off pretty good but it's quickly declining.  I do have a lot to do at work which keeps my mind occupied and my legs moving all day.  Walking helps quite a bit.

On Monday it was our 2 year anniversary.  We celebrated at home.  Thomas got me my favorite flowers and cooked the crab ravioli that I love.

Today Lilian and Gabriel will be visiting from Mexico, can't wait to see them! :)  Mary Ann will also be here on Saturday and will stay with us until Sofia is born.  So we'll have a full house which we love.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Week 38

The due date is 17 days away.  I really wonder when she will come, early? late?  Everyone seems to be thinking early, but the doctor thinks late.  Either way I'm ok with it, though earlier than later would be nicer so I can finally see her :)

So far the back ache has gone away and the BH contractions have stopped.  I haven't got any since probably about last Thursday.  My feet are not even swollen anymore.  Maybe this is the calm before the storm?

Thomas and I are reading "The baby whisperer" and I must say I like this book.  It reinforces a lot of the things I think so it tells me my instincts have been sort of right.  It says to treat the baby like a person from day one.  I always liked to talk to Sofia as such, and that's why I've referred to her by her name always.  It also talks about how a baby will not have any bad habits for at least the first few months.  So when the baby cries they have to be tended to and given the confidence that the parents will be there to bring a bottle, warmth, a clean diaper, etc.  So we shouldn't let the baby cry for long.  To me, if the baby goes into a full blown cry, that's too long.  We'll keep reading, we're only to chapter two, but I'm really liking it.  We still have a few books to read and I'd really like to get through them before she's here.

This past weekend we made a quick run to Babies R Us and got all we need.  We are set now.  That was my nesting instinct kicking into overdrive :)  We also went to the beach on Monday and took our dog Reese.  She kept trying to rescue us and drag us to shore, it was funny to watch.  She got so worked up when Thomas went in deep.  We got some video, I'm sure Thomas will post it sometime.  We had a very good, relaxing time.

So now we just sit and wait.  She has been kicking a lot, I bet if I could see inside me, my ribs are bruised, at least that's what they feel like.  I can tell her movements are getting slower, she's probably running out of room. She will be here soon... :)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Week 37

We are moving right along, 23 days to go.  For those of you who have not seen Sofia's latest ultrasound here it is.  She weighed in at 5 lb 14 oz.  Her head measured 31 cm in circumference and her pulse was 142.

This past weekend we got a few more things that we needed for her and got the nursery further along.  The crib has a mattress and it's dressed up and the drawers are stocked with diapers.  It is looking great now.

I have been getting a lot of Braxton Hicks contractions.  They happen about every 3 minutes and last about 10 seconds, so I know they are not the real thing.  They do hurt though!  My back has been hurting a lot too the past two days and I have been getting a lot of cramps.  My feet have not been as swollen though.  This last three weeks will be interesting :)

I read an interesting fact, the uterus is now 1,000 times it's original size!  That's amazing.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Week 36 - She is done!

Sofia is officially "complete" by the end of this week.  All systems are in place and ready to go.  From now on it will just be adding a few pounds before the big day view.  I have started to get Braxton Hicks contractions and I'm keeping a record just to make sure they are not the real thing.  They kind of hurt!  but they also don't last too long.

I will really miss feeling her move around in my belly, it is one of the neatest things I've ever felt.  Though now it's more of a rolling around.  But I'm also ready to see her!!  33 days to go... though I ready only about 5% of babies make it by their due date.

We were busy this weekend.  We were having a nice calm breakfast at Starbucks while watching the rain when he got a phone call to go to the office.  We had a lot of rain (up to 6 inches in two hours) and the roof in Thomas' office leaked and flooded the whole building.  We spent Saturday morning trying to salvage letters and documentation.

Then on to the house because I got the nesting instinct big time!  We (more like Thomas) decided to live with the paint job and we went ahead and steam-cleaned the carpet and moved all the furniture into the room.  It is a bit crammed in there but it works.   Got all the clothing, diapers, and toys organized.  I still have a little more to do so I'm sure we'll be busy this weekend as well.

Sunday we took it easy.  Had breakfast, then to church, the movies, and a brief trip to the mall.  I am packed for the hospital, though I need a couple more things.  I tried to get all I need without over-packing.  I used a couple of checklists on line but if there was the one thing you definitely used that is not that obvious do share :)

Picture of the wall

Monday, May 10, 2010

Week 35

We are in the homestretch!  The due date is getting closer and closer.  40 days to go...

Last Friday I went to the doctor and she felt around my tummy to check her position.  Sofia is now upside down and ready to go.  I can feel her kicks in my ribs.  She also measured my tummy and said Sofia will probably be on the smaller side, but she ordered an ultrasound for the next visit to make sure.  We'll get measurements then and come up with a good weight estimate.  It will be on the 21st.  From then on we will be going to weekly visits.

My feet are still very swollen but my blood pressure looks great (97/64) so no worries for preeclamsia or anything of the sort.  So not much I can do until she's born.  Other than what I had to do a few days ago: buy size 10 shoes!!!  I really hope that's the end of the growth spurt and that they go back down to at least an 8...I can only hope.  At least Thomas has been great about giving me foot massages when they get really bad and I cannot complain about that :)

This weekend we chose some paint for her room.  Let's just say it didn't turn out the way we thought it would!  Or as Thomas put it: pepto biswall.  We'll have to experiment with some ideas and see what we can come up with.  But for now, it's pepto on top, and a darker pink at the bottom.  It looks like you just walked into Disney's sleeping beauty's quarters.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Week 33

We are well into the third trimester and it's almost go time.  7 weeks and 4 days to go!

I am getting a little nervous about labor.  I know I can do it, so have all the moms in the world... but I know it will hurt.  I also know I will survive it, but the though is still not such a pleasant one, though absolutely a worth it one.  I will definitely go with the epidural, and hope that everything goes well and I have time to have it.  My delivery date is a Saturday, and the day before is my Friday off, so hopefully I won't have any 'accidents" at work since I plan to work right up to the time to go to the hospital.

This week Sofia is working on gaining weight, about 1/2 pound a week.  The pupils of her eyes can now adjust to bright or dim light.   Her lungs continue to develop. The amniotic fluid has now reached the maximum level so as she grows, she's running out of space to move.  I can tell as her kicks are getting stronger and right into my lungs :)  Her immune system is also getting a boost with antibodies flowing from me to her.

I read somewhere that moms pregnant with girls are slightly more forgetful than moms pregnant with boys.  So I'm glad to hear this is the worst of it because this week I forgot my keys and wallet in Austin and my computer at home yesterday :)

The weekend in Dallas was very productive.  Mary Ann and I went shopping for a crib and a dresser and we got them.  Also on Sunday Ruth, Darlene, Andrew and I went shopping for a pack n play and some other gear for Sofia.  We are (almost) ready to go!

And the much awaited Maria is finally here.  She was born on the 14th and is doing very well.  Punky and Miguel are well and walking around like zombies these days :)

I got a special treat this week too as Ruth, Andrew, and Audrey are visiting us in Victoria this week.  I love to have them over and we're having lots of fun.