Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Often I send Amanda outside with Tony in the afternoons for a little play time. He came up with the idea of making an obstacle course the other day when he was out there. This afternoon, he spent a good three hours shoveling and icing a course. He had his bike out and was intending to try it out with that.
About the time he was ready to come in, I finally had dressed Amanda and sent her out. He happily went back out and ran her around the course for another 1/2 hour. She had a great time and fussed more when she dropped her little ice chunk than when he tipped her over in the snow bank. It was between 7-5 degrees out there. Big brothers' are awesome!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Then I read a forum discussion about taking Evening Primrose oil to prepare for child birth. It was also recommended as a massage oil by a midwife I spoke to. The discussion advised to be sure to wait until 36 weeks before you begin taking the primrose oil because it is meant to get you ready for labor.
So, at about 36 weeks, I began taking it and using it as a massage oil. Right about the same time, my contractions and pelvic pain calmed down significantly. I'm also less nauseous and can lay on my sides again. So, interestingly enough, my last month of pregnancy might be my most comfortable. How odd. I am thankful. I am experiencing swelling and tingling in my hands and feet bit that's better if I stay out of the potato chips.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
The bad news is that every one else freaks her out. I mean, she smiles at Amanda, Daddy and the boys as long as Mama is nearby. But if she wakes up and Mama's not around, she is a little worried.
This could be a problem.
Here's hoping for a speedy delivery, recovery and trip back home between the hours of 8 pm and 7 am.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Christiana's rash is looking so much better.
When my doctor looked at my chart on Friday she said, "What is going on with your blood pressure?! Oh, that's your weight. No problem."
The baby is head down.
I picked up newborn diapers at the store yesterday as well as other postpartum supplies.
I had been looking forward to Labor Day; to having a natural, intervention-free labor on my own terms. However, yesterday I realized that there's no way around this, it's going to hurt.
I have a new appreciation for our daughters' birth moms. They made such a sacrifice to give our girls life.
I still need to pack a hospital bag and make plans for who will be caring for our kids. My biggest concern is Christiana. She is such a mama's girl but is easy to care for if you know the routine. Our doctor said we could bring her with us to the hospital which I've considered but she is just so much better if she sleeps well at home.
We still don't have any baby boy clothes or blankets. If I don't get to my cousin's to pick out some things, she is threatening to send all eight bins of her son's clothes.
I'm really tired of being nauseous all the time but I'm really not ready to give birth yet.
I haven't taken any six month pictures for Christiana. I better get on that.
I've been getting goofy anonymous comments on my blog. Some are about Russian brides, some are about financial investments, but the funniest one came last week. It said something like, "Your blog just keeps getting better and better. Your older articles aren't as well-written as your newer ones, but you're showing real talent." What a joke! I have a hard time believing my occasional pregnancy brain postings are some how better than when I could actually form cohesive thoughts! Oh well, it made me laugh.
Friday, January 1, 2010
Elizabeth had been given watercolor paints for her birthday and it was the perfect opportunity to pull out our set of water colors. This was the first time Amanda had painted. She was so serious and careful and but very delighted with the activity. I have such fond memories of painting with my cousins and my grandma's house, too.
Elizabeth is hoping we have another girl. My sister's son, who also came to play, is hoping we have another boy so that the boys will continue to dominate. So far, there are nine boys and six girls.
Grammy's doing great! She was able to climb up and down the stairs with help. When she was here at Thanksgiving, Mike needed to help my mom carry her up and down the stairs in her wheelchair. She's quite a tenacious woman!