Since I became pregnant I’ve been participating in the babycenter.com community message boards. I’ve found a lot of nice people in the May 2012 First Time Moms message board. It’s been really helpful to be able to communicate with other women who are also going through this for the first time. We’ve shared funny stories, offered emotional support, been sounding boards for each other. It has been a really good experience.
One of the topics that is going around the message board this week is nesting. I’m not sure when exactly the nesting phase is supposed to come into play during a pregnancy, usually towards the end of the pregnancy from what I have read thus far. However, this past weekend I believe I was bitten by the nesting bug. I have made a list of stuff that needs to be done in every room of the house. I also have a list of things that need to be done that are baby specific before the baby arrives. I have a list for packing for the hospital, a list for making sure I have everything needed at the house before baby comes home, a list of everything that needs to be in a baby’s first aid kit, and a list for packing a diaper bag. This is all in additional to the everyday to do lists that I have. I have gone list crazy!
So the nesting has begun. I have started cleaning on the house doing a little at a time. Hubby has been enlisted to help with things that I just cannot do myself. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m pretty sure getting on my knees and scrubbing the bath tub is going to be impossible for me with this growing belly.
Sometime this week we are planning on ordering the crib. Baby showers are beginning to be planned and will take place in the next couple of months. And then I’ll know what’s left on my need for baby list and can work on that. So much to do, and time is starting to dwindle away. May is going to be here before I know it.
I had my 24 week check up yesterday. Everything went very good. I am measuring on schedule. Baby’s heartbeat was in the 150s bpm, nice and strong. I’m finally caught up on my weight gain. Never thought I would see the day when I went to a scale hoping to have gained weight. There is just something about that that feels wrong. All of my questions were answered and I got to see a 1 week old baby boy…..oh my goodness he was so tiny! Now, instead of getting the “I want one” feeling, I got impatient. I’m ready to be able to hold my little one!
We got me scheduled for my 28 week appointment at the end of February. I’ll start having appointments every 2 weeks after that one. Also at the next appointment I will be doing a 1 hour glucose screening test to check for gestational diabetes. My OB said she does this test at week 28 for all her patients. So it’s not that there is a concern that I might have developed diabetes, it’s just something I have to go through. Fun. I did some research on it…the internet is a lovely thing.
I’ll have to drink a sugar solution that has 50 grams of glucose in it when I get to the office for my appointment. I’ll see my OB, schedule my next appointment (in two weeks) and then go wait at the lab. After an hour they will do a blood draw to check my blood sugar level to see how efficiently my body processed the sugar. Years of pop drinking have prepared me for this! If the reading is too high (which is not likely at all) I’ll have to come back and do a 3 hour glucose tolerance test to see if there is actually diabetes. That test does not sound fun at all! 3 hours, twice as much sugar stuff to drink, and 4 blood draws…..no thank you! The odds of my having gestational diabetes are very small, so I am not worried about this.
In other news, it looks like we are going to order the crib next week. I’m so excited about it. The baby room will finally start to feel like a baby room once we get the crib put together. It will be really exciting to see the room after the baby showers and we pick up the extra needed items and get everything decorated.
I started a project for the nursery door. Here’s what I have done so far…
This past weekend hubby and I were able to take a tour of the Women’s Center at the hospital where I will be delivering our baby. The hospital is fairly new, it just opened late last year, so everything is still shiny and new. We were really impressed with the size of the rooms. I’ll have a private room where I will labor, deliver, and recover. The room has all the equipment needed for delivery.
The baby will never leave my sight, they have the warmer bed and everything already in the room. We’ll get to keep her in the room over night with us as well. I don’t know why that makes me feel better, but it does. Everyone on the staff has been doing labor and delivery jobs for multiple years, so they are a well seasoned staff….no newbies. The Women’s Center has its own operating rooms in case of emergency c-sections, you never know what will happen – I’m trying to keep that in my mind.
All in all it was a good tour. It helped to alleviate some of my nerves about the hospital visit to deliver the baby. Everyone seemed real nice and knowledgeable. I think I will be comfortable giving birth there. Now all I have to do is get past some of the birth stories I’ve been reading. It’s real easy to freak yourself out reading stuff on the internet. But the one thing that everyone seems to agree on is once you have that baby in your arms you won’t care or remember what you just went through.
I just finished reading this new YA book this past week. The book is Divergent by Veronica Roth. Apparently she is a fairly new author on the young adult book scene, and I must say she is very highly talented. I really enjoyed reading the book. While it is another dystopian era type book, it’s unlike any other I have read thus far. In Divergent society has divided itself into five factions, each extolling a specific virtue (honesty, Selflessness, Bravery, Peacefulness, and Intelligence). At the age of 16 every member of society must choose one of the factions to dedicate the rest of their lives to. Once the decision is made the kids leave their homes to go through an initiation period to join the faction as a full member, whether it be the faction they were born into or another faction. We follow Beatrice (Tris) as she makes her decision and shocks everyone.
I found Divergent very hard to put down. It kept my attention from the first page to the last. I will definitely be following Veronica Roth’s literary career. I cannot wait for the second book to come out in this series. I highly recommend reading Divergent to anyone who enjoys the dystopian era books. You will not be disappointed!
I’m nearing the end of the second trimester here in a week or so, I can’t believe time has gone by this quickly. Those first two trimesters just flew by! Thankfully I’ve had a pretty easy pregnancy so far. My hope is that an easy pregnancy equals an easy delivery.
Now that the third trimester is looming upon me, I’m starting to feel the pressure of a deadline. Granted I don’t have a firm date on the deadline we are facing….it’s just an estimate. There is so much to do to prepare for this little one. Every time I think I have my to do list complete, I find something else that needs to be added. Moving targets are so much fun. For the next couple of weeks my focus is going to be getting all of the storage stuff cleared out of the baby room and get it ready to be turned into the nursery. I’m just glad that the walls will not need to be painted!
We have the crib picked out. It’s beautiful! It comes with the changing table attached to it and it’s one of those convertible ones. I can’t wait to get it ordered and put together in the nursery.
I’ve already picked the theme…Winnie the Pooh. I found a lot of cute pooh bedding items at babies r us that I put on the registry. I decided to separately register for the bedding items I wanted instead of registering for the whole set. I will not be using a crib bumper and do not see the need of paying the extra money for a set that comes with one. I’ve been doing a lot of reading here lately about baby safety and apparently crib bumpers can suffocate and cause breathing problems for babies. If the baby faces the bumper she won’t be getting enough oxygen. The bumper may be cute, but I won’t be using it!
It will be exciting to see the nursery come together. My goal is to be ready for the crib by next month and have it all set up before or by March. We’ll see how it goes. There’s lots of stuff to do between now and then. Wish me luck!
2011 went by way to quickly, and it went out with a bang! 2012 holds lots of exciting new things for us. For starters I will become a new mommy in May. I am 23 weeks along today and trust me when I say the freaking out has been eventful. I have a long list of to do items to get crossed off prior to May and every day that passes I feel like there is less and less time to get everything done. Fortunately, I have an awesome family that is helping me remain semi-calm. I’m still working full-time and will continue to work up to the birth (boy I hope I don’t go into labor in my cube!). Between work and this growing baby, I don’t have much energy to get stuff done in the evenings; so I rely on my weekends to try to accomplish things in the baby room.
There are a lot of things in store for us this year. I’m exciting to be on this new adventure. I’m also looking forward to blogging about my experiences as a new mommy.