Thursday, February 18, 2010

38 Weeks...

2 more weeks... 14 days... I can totally do this. But I got a bit frustrated today... at nothing?

I had my doctor appt this morning. It was the first appointment Seth hasn't been able to go with me. Which is totally fine, today was his 2nd day of work!! I didn't expect him to ask for time off already :). My blood pressure was high, 146/109. I hadn't taken my meds yet - I hadn't eaten anything yet so I was waiting for breakfast after the appt. Anyway, the doc of course goes to say "We'll induce you today if your blood pressure doesn't go down during your Non stress test (I had my weekly NST scheduled for 10am, right after the doc appt). They'll monitor you there and if it's still high they'll take you to labor &delivery and monitor you for 2 hours." Whatever. Everything he said went though one ear and out the other. I don't have pre-eclampsia. Yes, my chances of having it are "3 fold" more than usual. But I don't have any of the symptoms... no swelling, no headaches, no blurred vision, no right side pain, and no high blood pressure over a five min period of time. So... my doc appt was very fast - he wanted to get me over for the NST. He checked me... MAYBE 50% effaced, not even 1 cm dilated. What a joke. This really frustrated me.

NST went great. She was going crazy. Fluid 23. BP was 138/85 and then 115/68. And off to work I went...

For many reasons, this is all a good thing, I don't know why I was frustrated. We strongly want a March baby. It's fantastic I don't have pre-eclampsia when the docs all thought I would. I feel amazing, really. I still enjoy all of this, I can totally be patient. It is frustrating that my body isn't doing much yet, and I am due soon.

While Seth was at class tonight I went and took some baby things back to trade them in for other things we need Or things I just wanted. It totally took my frustration away. I got her some more mittens, a super cute hooded towel with matching wash clothes, a baby bath tub, a super cute summer hat, and things I'll need for the hospital. Tomorrow night we're going to Ikea to look around for baby room decor. Saturday is my big day to do more laundry, put my bag all together, and organize her room with final touches. I'm excited for that. But it will be a busy day! Anyway, after tonight's shopping/errands it put me in a fantastic mood with renewed energy to take advantage of the time I have left to make awesome preparations for her. PLUS - I can enjoy more time with it being just Seth and I. Because it will be a very, very long time before it is just the two of us again.

Seth LOVES his job. His big first day was yesterday. He is very excited about working there. They took him out to Goodwood for lunch - jealous! He brags about the wholesale vending machines (30 cent M&M's), unlimited snacks like fruit/cup of noodles and pop. Cousin Mary works across the street at UVU's culinary school so he can go over there and get cheap lunch and run into her. He loves the people, job description, perks, etc. It's really fantastic to have a happy husband :).

He's been doing very well with school too. He had a 10 page paper due tonight and presented it to the class with a power point. His paper was about why he will make a good counselor. I really enjoyed reading it and helping him think of experiences to add so he could get the full LONG 10 pages. He IS going to be a fantastic counselor. He really loves the program so far at University of Phoenix. So proud of him for all that he has taken on AND accomplished in the last month. Within a month - New full time employment, new full time school, and soon to be a new full time brand new daddy. Go Seth, Go!!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Today was a GREAT day

I've completely slacked at blogging. But I have photos to share this time! First thing is first, I cannot be MORE happy. and cannot be MORE proud of my Seth.
A Gtalk conversation today:

Seth had his first interview with Adobe (Used to be Omniture - Adobe bought omniture a few months ago?) early-mid January. Then he had his second and third interview with Adobe a week later. Then they asked for his consent to do a background check. And after two weeks of not hearing anything either way (except the background check people calling and asking for proof of employment that he had listed on his resume, some of which were from high school years) - they called today and offered him a job!!!

We were driving around doing some errands this evening and got a call from the local office. (Most of Seth's correspondence has been with the Adobe headquarters in California) They gave him more details about the job offer and ever since then we've been floating on clouds. It's a serious career job! The guy who called him just kept saying how impressed they were with Seth and the interviews, and how excited they were to have him join "the team", etc. etc. I'm SO proud of Seth. This is such a huge blessing.

He starts next Tuesday! Benefits start day 1! YAY!!!! for double coverage for the baby's delivery, with just two weeks to spare. He'll work 9-5 - YAY For normal hours! Seth asked about a few days off for when the baby is born/we're in the hospital... and they're so flexible - said that wouldn't be a problem at all. Maybe they'd have to give him some reading material to read while he is out for those few days - but they're totally supportive of him being with us and they offer two weeks maternity leave for spouses. He may not get to take the full 2 weeks straight up - but they'll let him get away as much as possible. Anyway - we went out for Cafe Rio to celebrate. :) We are incredibly blessed. (**last night I had one of my little 'stress' moments about the current situation. Seth prayed specifically he would get a job, and specifically said "tomorrow". Right on.**)

SO what else has been going on!?!

Doc Appts: weekly, going just great! Blood Pressure hasn't acted up. Doc checked me last week and I was 25% effaced, not quite a finger dilated. Cervix is moving to the middle - he was happy about it all considering it's my first.

Non stress tests: weekly, going great! two tests ago they had to "buzz" her awake. Her reflexes are amazing! she instantly, I mean instantly, jumped at the little buzz sound - and then went right back to sleep :) She was asleep this last time too, but woke up and started going on her own after a bit. however, I think a current nap time is 11:00am. She's always in the same position. head down, face planted toward my back and so we can't see her face. Which is perfect for delivery, but I wish I could see her to make the weekly ultrasound more "worth" it.

we hosted a super Super Bowl Party! We had a lot of people come over for the commercials... maybe a few of us were there for the football? I did enjoy the football... the Saints were pretty clever for a few of those plays, especially the opening kick second half. Anyway - Lots of Food! Lots of Friends! It was a great time. I hope Ali will post or send me the photo she took of the group...

Recliner! I finally settled on a chair that will be for rocking the baby. We had been looking at a number of La-Z boys from RC Willey for a few weeks. La-Z boys are still rock-able when they are reclined (not with the foot rest up though). We were just deciding on leather or microfiber. If we went with leather - our first choice and they had an awesome one on sale in January - we'd have to declaw Raja's front paws. Which would be another few hundred dollars we did not have. But a few weeks ago we stopped by the RC Willey outlet in Provo and found the most perfect tan microfiber recliner - with no stains/scratches/problems. No clue why it was at the super clearance store! We got this $600 chair for $281 including tax!! Which was the perfect price for my Christmas present from mom and dad to almost cover it. So lucky! It's so comfortable! AND on KSL a few days before we discovered the chair - I found this pink ottoman. The lady trying to sell it actually gave it to us for free! It rocks, perfect size for the chair. I want to make a microfiber matching slipcover for it though. I'll be able to relax/sleep so good while rocking the baby. I'm super excited about this chair situation - if you couldn't tell already :) AND that's me 36 wks 3 days prego.... officially 9 mths pregnant!

Car seat and Stroller!! BIG purchases came in the mail last week... Seth put together the stroller, and my No Car Seat nightmares should go away now. We got Graco's 'Melbourne' style travel system (THANK YOU grandma and grandpa Burke! :) ) It was a very exciting moment to put it all together.

Here's a little photo of her closet, it's more organized at the moment though - I worked on her room a lot Saturday.

What else... Our taxes are filed! That's a plus... the return will come just in time for Valentine's Day :) I like that. I kind of want to splurge a little of it toward a pedicure and maybe pregnancy massage? We'll see...

Here are a few pictures of baby girl's room that is still in the works... Still planning to do something with the walls - just can't decide yet. I'm not good at this interior design stuff though. I think I have 5 different shades of purple going. We did get her crib bedding for $25 off KSL - crib bumper, sheets, blanket, quilt, dust ruffle. A total score! It's perfect! Plus we have our guest bed still in her room (it's not going anywhere) but it has the lavender quilt my grandma Hartley hand stitched and gave us as a wedding gift. I Love that quilt! And I love that it fits in baby girl's room perfectly.

The fabric laid out on the bed is my rag quilt in the making... And notice the bassinet turned upside down? Yea... that's because Raja tried to make it her own bed. We've had to yell at her a few times when we catch her in the crib. Sigh... we'll see how this works out. We have baby supplies placed strategically in the bed so she can't sleep in it.

Still open to name suggestions/opinions... We still like: Scarlet/Kayla... more new options would include Nora/Hazel. we'll see what she looks like... and will be taking the name book with us to the hospital.

The evening I super wanted to capture her moving around a ton on video - both cameras' batteries were dead. And still can't find the charger. lame. I get emotional when I really think about how close I am to delivering a baby. I'm incredibly excited to meet her. Nothing keeps me awake at night but when I think about what life will be like with her and the new experiences that lie ahead. I get too excited I can't sleep. Parts of me is nervous/scared that something will go wrong. Parts of me still warns myself to not get more attached. I'm doing so well though. I have frequent braxton hicks. and in the last week I've had some lower abd pain that feels like serious muscle pullage. The Zantac has helped the heartburn a ton - but occasionally I add some tums to get me through the day. I have loved this experience. The good and more challenging parts of it. I feel so blessed, I occasionally reflect on the days I pleaded through prayer that Heavenly Father would bless us with a viable pregnancy. and think about the extreme moments that I felt so much frustration/disappointment/anger,etc. I am grateful I've had those experiences and know I wouldn't have learned some lessons or gained a certain understanding of Heavenly Father's plan of happiness if I had not had those trials and difficulties. Life is good and Seth & I have been so blessed!

Oh! last Tuesday, Groundhog Day, Seth and I celebrated the 4th anniversary of our official last first date. We went to the malt shoppe for a mint oreo shake! ... and dinner. I love this tradition! We will be in Utah for the next 2-3 years to keep it going too... Which reminds me of a weird realization we both had last night. When people ask our daughter in 15 years - "where were you born?" She'll reply, "Provo, UT". weird. That's like birth capitol of America.I hope you all have a wonderful week - and a very enjoyable Valentine's Day 'weekend'!