Monday, June 30, 2008

"Blah! Blah! Blah!"



This is the coolest toy. We're not quite sure if it's a dinosaur or a dragon (my money is on dragon), but when you squeeze his belly, he goes, "Blah!" (If I was tech savvier, I'd post an audio clip, but you're going to have to just take my word for it.) He is part of a line that is supposed to teach kids animal sounds: Pig goes oink, cow goes moo, etc. Dragon goes "Blah!" It makes perfect sense.

But the toy has greatly been shortening conversations between Ray and me at home:

Bethany: "We need to clean the house."
Ray, pushing Dragon guy: "Blah!"

Ray: "What do you want for dinner? Hot dogs?"
Bethany, pushing Dragon guy: "Blah!"

Bethany: "I want to go to the mall."
Ray, pushing Dragon guy: "Blah!"

But now I have found the reason for Dragon guy's existence: He is the PERFECT response for the following questions and/or statements:
"Are you still here?"
"Haven't you had that baby yet?"
"When do you think you'll go into labor? Anytime soon, I hope?"
"Wow, you don't even look like you've dropped yet."

"Blah! Blah! Blah!!!"

Anyhow, I'm still here. Yes, today is my due date. No, I don't think the baby is coming today or anytime soon. You never know, though, someday you might check this site and find a baby picture! (Of course, I could have tired of waiting for my own and just posted some random kid's picture.)

We figure she can't stay in there forever, even if the thought of two more weeks seems like forever. Hopefully, she'll come sometime this week; myself, I'm personally voting for anytime before Thursday because I really don't want to do the court reports at work this week -- there's going to be a ton. But, she'll come when she's ready.

We have another doctor's appointment Wednesday, so I'll post after that, if nothing happens before then.

Happy Due Date Day.
- Bethany :)

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

No progress...again

Whoever said no news is good news wasn't nine months pregnant.

Yep, I'm still "all closed up" in the words of my doctor. (I think she was afraid I was going to cry or scream or something. She seemed to take a step or two backwards before giving me the news.) While reminding me that I still haven't reached my due date yet, she did say that if I don't show any progress by 41 weeks we will talk about other options. Of course, that is still two weeks away. Two weeks. I can't even imagine.

On the plus side, I might get to see the Fourth of July fireworks display after all.

- Bethany :)

Monday, June 23, 2008

39 weeks...

No change here. We're still very much pregnant.

We spent the weekend walking, taking advantage of the state park in our backyard. We didn't get a baby out of it, as we kind of hoped, but I did get lots of mosquito bites and picked up just as many ticks. (Whoever came up with the rule about pregnant women not being allowed to use DEET didn't live in Bemidji.)

So, we spent the weekend walking, cleaning the house "just in case," watching movies and trying to coax Baby out. But she wasn't buying it. In fact, instead of dropping, I swear she moved further upward.

Ray is convinced she is either coming Wednesday (our third wedding anniversary) or on the Fourth of July. We shall see. I go back to the doctor on Wednesday, so maybe we will hear something encouraging.

- Bethany :)

Friday, June 20, 2008

10, 9, 8...

Tomorrow (Saturday), we officially hit the single digits in the countdown to June 30. (Although I still argue that my due date is actually June 29, due to Leap Year, but since my doctor is thinking early July right now, I guess it doesn't really matter at this point.) It was just a couple of months ago that I was told that I was measuring big and was on pace to have either an early baby or a large baby. I think I just got mid-June stuck in my head and now we're trying to re-educate ourselves and focus, again, on our due date and the very real possibility of a July baby.

So, in the meantime, as we continue to wait, we've been trying to focus on the positives of not having the baby here yet:

-- It's still "just the two of us" for the time-being. Since we don't expect to have a lot of alone time in the future once Baby arrives, we're trying to make the most of our time now. Of course, our quality time together now seems to consist of me moaning about being uncomfortable and large, and Ray begging Baby to "please come out so Mommy can get back to normal again."

-- I'm still get lots of bubble bath time. Of course, the problem is that the water basically covers my feet and backside and the rest of me is just cold. Picture a beached whale. Literally. That's me. But it's still the most relaxing time of my day.

-- I can still eat whatever I want. Sigh. I'm going to miss my Pop Tarts and Spaghettios, so I'm enjoying them while I can! I did just read something about Spaghettios having a full serving of veggies which gave me a glimmer of hope, but I think that was for 4-year-olds... So, we'll probably go back to eating more grown-up foods once Baby comes.

-- Other people pick up after me. This isn't really all that great, although it is kind of funny to see just how many people will rush to my aid when I drop yet another pen on the ground at work or if I drop my clipboard while grocery shopping. Apparently, they think I'll get stuck if I bend down too far. They're probably right.

Well, that's really about all of the positives I can think of. I would mention something about the oh-so-great "pregnancy glow" and the beauty of pregnancy in general But neither Ray nor I think any of that actually exists. As he utters several times a week, "Pregnancy is just gross."

And long, apparently.

Oh well. Enjoy your weekend!
- Bethany :)

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Still here

Full moon theory was a bust.

It was pretty though...
- Bethany :)

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

July baby?

The verdict from the doctor this morning was that I am still "all closed up" -- and she said I am probably going to be late. Which I kind of already thought, based on some of her previous comments. But today she officially said it out loud. Of course, she also said babies have a way of proving doctors wrong, but her best guess at this point is that I will be a few days late.

So, we're still here. I'm quickly losing hope in the full moon theory, but I guess we'll see if anything happens tonight... I'm not holding my breath.

- Bethany :)

Monday, June 16, 2008

OK, any day now...

Well we are officially ready and just waiting for Baby.

While it rained all weekend here (again), we had just enough dry weather early Saturday to get the car vacuumed and the car seat installed. So, we are now "all set" and just waiting for something to happen. The house is clean, the bags are packed and all of our baby stuff is washed and ready to go.

Truthfully, I liked it better when we weren't quite all set. Now I'm anxious and impatient. But it's not as bad for me as it is for Ray. I guess he was really hoping she would be here in time for Father's Day, so he was all disappointed yesterday (just between you and me, though, I would have been a little ticked if Baby decided to give him an extra holiday, so I was OK with her staying inside a bit longer).

So, now we are looking at maybe Wednesday?! Heard something about a full moon, so you never know! We are fine with waiting for a week or two, but we are pretty impatient people. There is really just one date we would like Baby to avoid, if at all possible: June 25 will be our third wedding anniversary and, as Ray put it last night, "I would like to celebrate in ways that don't include princesses, Barbies or butterflies every year."

We've joked for a while now about a Fourth of July baby also, and while that looks like a real possibility so far, I still like the idea of a June baby. Mainly because I'm sick of maternity clothes. Really, the idea of a baby bump at first sounded so cute! Yeah, I'm pretty much over that now. It's summer and I'm ready to wear high heels and cute clothes again. I mean, I'm outgrowing my husband's football T-shirts for crying out loud.

But honestly, in the scheme of things, we're doing well here. I complain a lot, but that's kind of just my nature. My back has actually not been bothering me as much as it was and I'm probably the only person in Minnesota who is completely loving this cool spring/summer so far! My nighttime nausea seems to have dissipated, too, so that's a bonus.

I am, however, still missing my mind. This morning I got out of the shower, put my hair in a towel, made the bed and started to do my makeup before I realized that I never rinsed out the conditioner. Later, I got in my car and drove halfway down the driveway before I realized that I didn't have either my lunch or my purse. Oh well. At least I didn't leave a candle burning or anything...that I know of.

- Bethany :)

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Still waiting

Just a quick update: No baby anytime soon!

That was the message from the doctor this morning. She is guessing that Lola will arrive within seven days of her due date (June 30). Which translates, for me, into at least two more City Council meetings. Or, 19 days... (not that we're counting or anything)

Ray, especially, has started to get rather excited about her arrival and was telling her last night that she should come out now. When I told him what the doctor said, he paused and asked, "Does that mean she's not coming today?"

Pretty much.

Oh well, gives us a bit more time to get the car seat installed!

But, we know that it's best for her to come at her own time, and the longer she stays put, the better for her. So we're totally OK with it. Just getting impatient. You know me -- I have zero patience whatsoever. So this is killing me!

Have a good week!
- Bethany :)

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Final details

I had the entire house to myself Friday night as Ray met some friends for a weekend camping trip (long story, but basically he never got a "bachelor's" camping trip before we got married because he didn't plan anything -- and I guess he decided that three weeks before Baby is due was the ideal time to get away).

So I decided that Friday night would be the perfect opportunity finally pack for the hospital and then watch a chick flick or junk TV. Well, since I learned early in life (read: about 28 years old) that you can only really relax and enjoy yourself once you get all your "chores" done, I decided to pack first, which for me also entails reorganizing one's entire closet. Two hours later, I literally sat down in front of the TV, grabbed a handful of sunflower seeds, turned on "Reba" -- and the power goes out.

Figures.

It came back on about an hour later, but it continually went off and on until about 10 p.m., at which time I just gave up and went to bed. Oh well. It was a nice thought.

Today I am working (can you tell?) and finally putting together our Baby Log to track feedings, diaper changes, etc., once Lola is born. Ray comes home Sunday morning before church and then I plan to lock him outside until he installs the car seat. We'll see. That's really the last big thing we have to do. Not that I'm in any big hurry -- seems to me that Baby is quite comfortable where she is. Even if I'm not so much.

Have a good weekend,
- Bethany :)

Thursday, June 5, 2008

A quick update

Well, without going into too many details in case someone is eating lunch while reading this, I had my first super-sized appointment yesterday.

While conducting the exam, I kind of flinched a little bit and the doctor half-laughed at me, "You know a baby is coming out of there, right?" I replied that I would believe it when I see it. But then I learned that since I've been carrying low throughout the pregnancy, that is almost always a good sign that the baby will be able to fit through, well, me.

So, in short, ouch.

More importantly, it doesn't look like Baby is ready to come yet (which is nice, because neither of her parents are ready for her arrival). I am still "all closed up" but soft - so I guess we are making some progress.

I was wrong about one other thing, too -- I thought we only did these exams at 36 weeks and then at 40 weeks, but apparently they do them every week. Joy. Oh well, I guess having more information is always better than the alternative.

That's about it here -- enjoy the rain!
- Bethany :)

Monday, June 2, 2008

Nine months later...

Wow. It's June. That means two things: First, it might finally be safe to remove the mittens and ice scraper from my car; and second, Baby Wesley could be here this month.

Basically, if she takes after her mother, she'll be here next week. If she takes after her father, she'll either be a week late or the doctor will need to induce at 42 weeks.

So, things are finally coming together! Of course I've had some motivation since a dear sister-in-law of mine mentioned that Lola would be born on Wednesday this week if she is as early as her cousin was! OK, I really hope that's not the case -- I'm not THAT ready yet -- but that certainly gave me a shot of adrenaline this weekend.

So, this weekend I was on a mission to Get Ready for Baby. I spent Sunday afternoon sorting, washing and putting away baby stuff. Not that I'm completely unfamiliar with the concept of washing clothing, but I was kind of perplexed. I mean, most people have "whites" and "colors" -- I instead settled on having "pinks" and "other colors." Plus, I wasn't sure if I had to wash all her bibs, blankets, etc., too? And should they be washed separately? Seriously, I finally had to ask Ray for help -- and then remembered the condition of his clothing and went with my gut. I'm happy to report that everything came out clean and in its original color.

My other goals for this weekend were to vacuum the car, install the car seat and pack for the hospital. OK, I didn't get any of that done. I was going to pack, but laundry wore me out. I was going to vacuum the car, but it was hot outside. And I wasn't going to put the car seat in until the car is clean. But I did read the installation booklets for the car seat. Very confusing. It was added to Ray's "to-do" pile.

Ooh, but I did watch "Password" on CBS. Good show.

So, how are we doing? Well, we're actually pretty miserable, to be honest. I'm very uncomfortable and I'm tired of getting tired just walking to the mailbox and back (well, it is one mile, but still - it's only one mile). So, I'm trying to relax more and keep my feet up, but I'm just fatigued a great deal of the time. Working is still good, though, since I sit most of the day -- either at my desk, in my car or at City Hall.

I still haven't seen any signs of an impending arrival, which is good for many reasons -- most importantly because we want her to have strong lungs and develop for a few more weeks. But, there are other reasons also. For those of you who don't know, I don't technically qualify for maternity/FMLA leave until the end of this week. Also, we want a Bemidji baby, not a Fargo baby, so that means she needs to stay inside and "cook" until Sunday, when I officially hit 37 weeks.

She still makes us laugh every day. She likes to play with her daddy in the morning and she goes crazy at night kicking and squirming. We figure either she's running out of room or she's working on her karate. She likes strawberries (always gets her moving around) and she gets the hiccups at least once a day. She likes the left side of my belly the best, but will go hide on the right if I'm lying on my left side. But she gets irritated with that after about 20 minutes and kicks me, hard, until I roll over.

I have a feeling June is going to be an interesting month...
- Bethany :)