Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Week 35

Worst case scenario - 30 days to go!

The hospital called to verify the date of the c-section and to confirm insurance information. This is really happening.

We have a plan in place should I go into labor on a week we have the girls. One of their after school teachers is able to take them anytime day or night, until my mom can get down here to retrieve them. That's a huge relief.

There are a few decorative items for the nursery that I'd like to pick up yet, but the room is ready for baby.

We need to add towel hooks in the bathroom, but that's not really baby-related. We've been needing those for some time now.

Sal has been working like crazy on the basement. The insulation is up and two of four walls are studded. He's adding walls for two large closets next. There will be less finished living space than I imagined, but storage is important, and there is room for a tv, couch, and his drumset. That's really all we need.

Baby Development

Your baby has reached an amazing 18 inches and weighs approximately six pounds by this point. Even though most of the development is complete, your baby will continue to plump up and put on weight. His or her liver is functioning and producing waste on its own, and the kidneys are also fully matured. You will continue to feel kicks as the space inside the amniotic sac continues to shrink. The baby’s ears are fully formed and functioning just fine, so talk to him or her as often as possible. The lanugo begins to disappear, but fine vellus hair begins to grow to replace it.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Rocking Chair

We visited the rocking chair this evening.  It looks amazing. The restoration is done, and now it's at the upholsterers. It's a mahogany so there's a slight reddish cast to the wood and it's very pretty. With the lion heads on the arms, it will be perfect in the vintage circus nursery.

I may have mentioned this website in the past, but we cannot recommend Peck's Furniture Restoration enough. I basically chose someone out of the phone book, and we are not disappointed.

Before and afters to come after the chair is delivered. We were told it would be finished and back home within two weeks.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Dodged a Bullet

For some reason, it dawned on me yesterday that since my c-section is scheduled for a Saturday maybe the lactation consultants won't be available. I worked myself into a nice good panic and left a message for them.

In the meantime, I called my mom who gave me a pep talk about how I've successfully nursed in the past and that I'll do just fine, even if I'm on my own. Plus, there are nurses to help as well.

I was quite relieved from Sarah returned my call and informed that she would be at the hospital that day, and that Diane would be available Sunday through Tuesday. Sarah helped me so much with both girls, and I really liked her.

I was prepared to go it alone, but it's nice to know I won't have to.

I also started the process for ordering a breast pump. Since pumps are now covered by insurance there is a process to follow.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Week 34

Well, with the baby's birth date confirmed, I guess it's time to finalize the the To-Do List and start checking things off.

The rocking chair should be going to the upholsterers this week.
I need to ScotchGuard my new diaper bag.
I need to buy a bouncy seat and maybe a stroller.
We also need to finish decorating and preparing the baby's room.

I should also think about packing my hospital bag, and one for Sal too, but we have some time for that. Since I'm having a c-section, there are a lot of items that I won't need.

We plan on having my mom stay with us the night before so that she's there when Sarah and Emmy wake up. She can also take them to swim class, or maybe I can see if their dad can take them that day. Either way, plans are coming together.

Baby's Development:

As your baby continues to grow in length and weight, he or she should weigh close to five pounds and measure between 15 ½ and 17 ½ inches. Most of the organs are almost fully matured, with the exception of the lungs. The facial features are very distinct at this point. As the fat continues to build under the skin, your baby is looking a bit plumper and is taking on his or her mature facial characteristics. He or she will continue to grow as the due date approaches. You may notice too that he or she is still getting the hiccups. This is normal.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Eviction Notice Served

Baby has a birth date, February 21, 2015.

We had an ultrasound this evening. The baby is head down, weighs about 5lbs, 4oz (or so they say), has hair, and has grown normally since the last ultrasound. The placenta has also resolved and moved completely out of the way. The baby's heart rate was 147, and I'm still guessing boy.

38 days and counting.

Monday, January 12, 2015

More Nursery Pictures

The nursery still isn't finished, but we made progress over the weekend.

I went ahead and did baby laundry over the weekend just so I could feel like I accomplished something. 

I need a few more items for the decor, but I have ideas and we should be wrapping this up very soon. Some shelving, book ends and a bunting should round out the room quite nicely.

Here are a couple more sneak peeks.

These curtains came with tie backs, but I'm struggling to find black out curtains to put behind them, so for now they stay closed.

The ruffles add a girly touch, but the color scheme lends itself to a boy. It works.

The crib is waiting. I've had one or two friends offer up their own children if we need to test it out, but I think we're good with waiting.

I can't remember if I mentioned this is a prior post or not, but we went with a  vintage carnival or circus them. Since Sal and I found out we were expecting the morning we went to Disneyland, it seems appropriate that Dumbo be included.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Busy Girls

The winter session of swim class started today. The girls are repeating the same levels they were in last fall. Moving up is based on the Red Cross Certification Program so they have to master certain skills before moving on. Most children repeat these levels multiple times. 

As long as they're in the pool that seems to be good enough for them.

They are also going to start a six week art class in February on Fridays, taught by their school's art teacher. It's held after school for an hour and introduces the kids to new techniques and new mediums. It's an alternative to their usual aftercare routine, which generally includes snack and a movie.

Monday - Choir
Wednesday - Hand bells
Friday - Art Class
Saturday - Swim

With the exception of swim all of their activities are associated with the parish/school and don't require me driving them anywhere. I can't be at school at dismissal anyway so they have these activities to keep them busy. So far it's working well.