Three Weeks

So being a mom is pretty awesome. Our son is twenty kinds of adorable. I even get excited about changing poopy diapers because I can record a poop and many poops means he’s getting enough food. It’s like points in a game. Plus, the cloth diapers are awesome. We were having crazy leak problems with disposables, but none so far with cloth. Btw, breastfed baby poop actually smells pleasant.

Breastfeeding is simultaneously the best and worst part of taking care a newborn. He sucks, we bond, he makes cute noises, he’s comforted and gets all the nutrients he needs. But then he flails around and hits me and tries to grab my nipple and then he screams if he loses the latch and he doesn’t latch good, so ouch. And, oh yeah, sleep deprivation. Then there’s the part where I spent $200 on a lactation consultant and $500 to get his tongue tie, which may or may not have been a thing, taken care of. But he’s gaining weight and pooping – win.

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Currently his favorite activities include feeding, walking in the carrier and sleeping on mommy and daddy.

Meet Owen Edward

I started having contractions after my Dr appointment Monday afternoon where I was not dilated at all. They kept getting more intense until the point I woke up at 4am and couldn’t get back to sleep again. Tuesday night, I was in a lot of pain and the contractions were  close together, but irregular. I called the doctor to ask what I should do and she said it didn’t sound like I was in labor, wait 30 minutes and go to the hospital if I felt it necessary. The contractions became less frequent, so I waited.

Wednesday, I was in pain all day and the contractions were coming at least every 8 minutes, but still irregular. By 4:30, they were pretty bad so we went to the hospital.

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Waiting

Ha ha, three years ago today. I had fun reading that post. It’s comforting to know I’ve since addressed all of my concerns about having kids. One of the comments suggested I wait until I’m 29 :)

Baby can come any day now. Just waiting. Been extra hormonal lately. Hard to sleep because there’s just no room in there for anything besides baby. Haven’t gained much weight the last couple of weeks, probably because there’s no where for it to go… Otherwise, still feeling good. No swelling, no extreme discomfort. Still exercising, though forward bends and squats aren’t really happening anymore.

Nursery is almost done. Still need to hang stuff on the wall, but otherwise it’s fully functional.

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I heard some very happy news today from one of my friends :D Next year, my Facebook news feed is just going to be swarming with babies and it’s going to be awesome :D

And some photos from my friend shower which I didn’t get a chance to post before:

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He’s Full Term Now!

I was going to post my 36 week picture, but we never took one. Here’s one from my work shower instead.

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Ishrat insisted everyone touch my belly, which was as awkward as it looks. I’ll post pictures from the friends shower once Julia posts them :) Everyone has been very generous. I can’t believe I was worried about people not buying stuff off our registry. I did the registry completion on Amazon and Babies R Us, the cash gifts we received were enough to cover everything left. I haven’t had to spend any of our own money on this kid so far and he has so much stuff!

Pretty much the only stuff we didn’t get was anything related to cloth diapering, lol. OK, I get it, you don’t think we’ll stick with it. Challenge accepted! I’ve done so much research on cloth diapers, there’s no way I’m not putting some effort into this. Plus, look at dem! I’ve bought all different kinds to see what we like best.

Baby was head down as of our last ultrasound. Hopefully he stays that way. I met the third doctor in the practice at my last appointment. She giggled a lot, “he’s as big as you are!” I mentioned the sharp pains I’ve felt in my pelvis when he moves. She says he’s moving down. He’s definitely dropped some. I thought I might get off stretch mark free, no such luck. I guess he stretched my lower belly because as of a few days ago, I have a stretch splotch down there. I can only see it if I look in the mirror though :D My lower belly really itches too. On the bright side, he can’t reach my ribs anymore.

All in all, this pregnancy thing, not too bad. Actually I’ve enjoyed it quite a bit. Sure I could have done without the nausea, fatigue, gas and being asked the same damn questions every single day, but otherwise it’s been pretty fun. Feeling him move around in there, shopping for baby things and perfectly clear skin have been my favorite perks :) Glad I haven’t experienced much back pain, heartburn or mood swings. No swelling, constipation or sciatica. I’d do it again. Well, let’s see how this whole labor and raising a child thing goes first.

More Baby Updates

We had an ultrasound a couple weeks ago. Doctor was afraid baby was small, but he was actually on the big side. Also, he has a lot of hair. And he was breech. Since then, we’ve been trying to figure out if he’s turned or not. You’d think it’d be easy to tell. Mysterious large bumps will emerge on different areas of my tummy. Kicks and hiccups are felt everywhere. I have no idea which way he’s facing.

Meanwhile, I received a summons for jury duty, three days after my due date. Needless to say I requested a postponement. I know of three other pregnant women this has happened to. It’s like they do it on purpose.

Tomorrow is Bryan’s birthday party, though it looks like we may have just a couple of guests. More ice cream for us. Probably in part because most of my friends are coming to my shower on Sunday. Then I have the work shower on Wednesday. I see my doctor on Tuesday and we have an interview with a pediatrician on Friday. Busy week!

34 weeks

I get asked these same questions on a daily basis:
How are you feeling? – still pretty good!
When is the baby due again? – September 27th
Boy or girl? – Boy
Do you have any names picked out? – …

So, we had a girl name that we liked. We decided on that years ago. Boys names are harder. Most boy names are either common and boring or weird and will get him beat up in school. There have been several times we decided we liked a name, only to change our minds weeks later. Bryan never liked my top two names :P

My primary criteria: my son will not share a name with anyone I went to high school with. And although we considered several character’s names from our favorite works of fiction, we decided against all of those too.

We do have a name that’s growing on us right now. It bubbled up from my subconscious in the middle of the night one night as all brilliant ideas do. It’s not common, but it’s not weird either. There are several people on the planet with the name and characters in shows, but no one we have any emotional connection with.

However, he will not get a name until he comes out. We still have two months to decide. Also, we don’t want to tell anyone the name until he’s born to avoid the,”oh, you’re naming him that?” Which is a reaction I’ve gotten to several of our reject names. You can’t please everyone.

So yes, we have some ideas for names, but we’re not telling, so don’t ask :P

And a maternity photo because blog posts are always more interesting with pictures.

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Hackathons

Maryam and I decided to participate in two hackathons at work and due to a schedule change, they happened to overlap. There’s this mobilithon that took place over the course of the last two weeks. It sucked because I was the only one with time to work on the app. I did the best I could, but it’s not all that thrilling. It’s extremely unlikely that we’ll win.

The other, was a CDT event that took place over the course of two days last week. We did nothing but work on the app those two days as a team, so it was much more fun. We used a drag and drop tool since some of our team didn’t code, but the thing had its own learning curve. In the end, we had a pretty good idea and a solid app. Unfortunately the judging was done based on a three minute presentation and the team that won, it turns out, bought their template from somewhere? Oh so I’ve been told. Either way, I didn’t think ours was the best, but I was proud of it and our presentation. Oh and it turns out, half our team is pregnant :D and the other half has kids. We should have been “the mommies.”

In between this madness was baby shower #1. We got quite a lot of useful/fun baby gear and had enough food to feed a small army. If I was measuring small, I don’t think I am anymore :p I gained four pounds this last week. Oh those cupcakes! Many thanks to Bryan’s mommy and mine. Lyn is the artist behind the fruit baby.

And my 32 week pic from today.

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Yeah, I’m Cheap

We don’t have termites! We just have ants and not carpenter ants, just pavement ants. That dust by the door is just dirt and ant bodies. Ew.

And our bathroom is done! Even had a local guy do it on the cheap and so glad wee took the risk because it looks great! And the floor doesn’t move anymore, whoot!

Last night, Ellen had a PJ. So enjoyed all the food, especially the sweets. I had been avoiding them all week due to my glucose test Thursday. That is so not how I would ever choose to consume my sugar for the week, but it wasn’t too bad. Hopefully I won’t have to do the three hour test. The screening gives a false positive over half the time. Such BS.

Ellen is a really good cook. Everything she made was delicious and there were veggies too, so guilt free goodies :) We chatted about all sorts of stuff and baby entertained everyone by moving around, lol.

As far as I know, baby and I are doing well. Everything seems to be measuring right and growing as it should. Sleeping is getting harder due to leg cramps and general uncomfyness, but otherwise I still feel good. My shower is in a couple weeks. Been stalking our registry, but there are few items bought so far :( I don’t want to sound spoiled, but there’s an overwhelming amount of stuff we really need. I hope we get some of it as gifts.

Bryan’s parents were kind enough to purchase our nursery furniture :D very excited about that. At least the really big stuff is taken care of!

28 weeks:
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Latest Happenings

My 26 week picture.
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Still feeling alright. My biggest challenge lately is eating. Normally I can fit quite a bit of food in my stomach, and I forget that I have limited space now. I’ve gotten better though. I just have to remind myself to stop eating long before I’m full, take the rest home and have it later. I also found I have much more room earlier in the day, so I have my regular breakfast, split up between before and after my workout and then second breakfast (lunch) at 10:30 :)

I finally ordered a desk and Bryan put it together for me :) I also filled out my work from home agreement, so I’m all set for when I can no longer drive!

We also bought a new sink, toilet, tile and paint for the bathroom downstairs. Really hoping that’s done by the baby shower on he 26th.

Been trying to get an exterminator to come out because we think we may have termites. Yup, it never ends.

Continuing training at work. Real work has been light, so I’ve been involved in these hackathons. I don’t us expect to win anything, just in it for the learning experience.

I’ve written about the not so fun parts of pregnancy, but it’s not all bad. Here are some of the things I’ve been enjoying:

My eating behaviors are socially acceptable. People expect me to be hungry and stuffing my face all the time now. In fact, I’ll often get food shoved in my face. It’s a little awesome. This hasn’t happened yet, but if someone makes something awful, I have an excellent excuse not to eat it: oh, sorry, not loving that right now, must be a pregnancy thing.

Also, I’m not peeing that much more than usual, more like, it’s just more urgent than usual, but people expect me to have to pee a lot now, so I can totally get up in the middle of a meeting to go to the bathroom and not feel weird about it.

I have an excuse to randomly nap during the day. Also, to veg out after work and not do any chores. Didn’t get my 10,000 steps in today? It’s OK, I’m taking it easy today. Don’t want to take the stairs? That’s cool too.

Walk into a meeting and all the chairs are taken, two people offer up their seats and I don’t have to feel guilty about taking one.

Conversations with acquaintances are less awkward. People have something to talk to me about.

My hair looks really good. My skin too. This is the longest I’ve gone without a breakout since being on antibiotics before our wedding.

I don’t freak out when my pants don’t fit.

Shopping for baby clothes. Haven’t bought any yet besides the Disney onesie, but it’s fun to look.

Baby moving – definitely the most fun part. I can sit and watch him bump around in there for the longest time. It’s very relaxing.

In other news – I had a happy birthday filled with a lot of food, friends and family :) My coworkers treated me to lunch at this great pizza place and we had a party yesterday at our house. I made these oreo ice cream cheesecake balls that I didn’t put out because they were too yummy and I want them all to myself.

Saturday, Bryan’s family had a little reunion at Nana’s and there was a giant bar of chocolate.

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