Sunday, September 27, 2009

Week 34-Dreams

I have lots of dreams these days. You may be thinking I am dreaming of Baby L and what he will look like, how life will be after he arrives, what kind of man he will be, what he will love, what he won't enjoy, the adventures we will share, etc. Yes, of course I dream of all these things. But right now, during these last 6 weeks I have more simple and bizarre dreams.

The simple dreams are things like...dreaming I could sleep on my back or better yet on my stomach. Dreaming that I could roll over with ease in bed or take a nice big deep breath. Dreaming that I could sleep for longer than two hours at night without having to use the restroom. Maybe going for a run, or getting dressed up in a really nice outfit, having a martini and going dancing; even simpler splitting a bottle of wine on the deck with Drew.

The bizarre dreams are coming more frequently at night. As I stumble to the bathroom every two hours and try not to trip over the dogs on the way, I remember bits and portions of the dreams I have just had. They are vivid and very bizarre. One I do remember from this week: Whitney Houston was President of the United States...not "crack is whack" Whitney but the mid 1980's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" Whitney. She was a dancing, singing president and for some reason I was explaining to Baby L why entertainers make great presidents and, after all, she does have one of the best renditions of the Star Spangled Banner (according to Drew). Seriously...what is wrong with my head??? Any dream experts out there, what could this possibly mean?

So, other than dreaming of days with Baby L, life after pregnancy and Whitney Houston as president all is good. Everything is still right on track with Baby L and going well. Still hoping for that late October birthday!

The pictures posted are courtesy of Bethany Good, the next big thing in photographic journalism! She took the Jayhawk picture at the latest KU tailgate (our 4-0 Jayhawks!) and the second at our Book Club on Thursday evening. I am the bump on the far left, followed by Brooke and Asia's bumps. All three of us are due the beginning half of November and Baby L will be lucky to have two baby girlfriends just his size at our next book club meeting the beginning of December!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Week 33-At least I am not an elephant

So...40 weeks is a LONG time. The first 30 weeks for some reason flew by in a flash. The last 3 weeks have felt like 3 months. BOOO!!! I guess I anticipated this, but I am starting to feel like this baby will be living in my belly for the rest of my life! Slightly dramatic, yes, but it is how I feel. What I remind myself of daily is that at least I was not born an elephant, because their gestational period is approximately 655 days compared to the 266 days of the human. So, for that I am grateful!

This week I have just been tired, more uncomfortable, time is crawling and I feel and look like a house. After having a rough week I was not at all pleased when I picked up my FMLA and disability paperwork from my OB on Friday only to discover she wrote down my expected due date as November 9th...WHAT!!!! If you are anything like Drew you may be thinking, wait, haven't you been saying all along that your due date is November 7th...that's only two days later...its practically the same, no big deal! NO BIG DEAL....HA, spoken only by someone that doesn't have a baby punching them in the bladder every 30 seconds! I don't know where this November 9th business came from but I am not accepting it. Every ultrasound I have had since late March has indicated November 7th. Clearly my OB can't read numbers because this baby needs to come out before November 9th! In fact, Baby L and I have been having some heart to hearts about how fun a late October birthday would be! I hope he is listening to his mother!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Week 32-Control?

I like to be in control. It isn't that I am a "control freak" but I feel better when I know what to expect and what the expectations are for me etc. Pregnancy has definitely helped me learn that I don't have control over every aspect of my life and I have learned a lot about letting go. That being said, today we went to Birthing Class. I went with the idea that knowledge is power. I felt that by attending Birthing Class I would be better equipped with what to expect from labor and delivery and ultimately this would help me feel more at ease and comfortable with the process and day. Hmm...WRONG! Don't get me wrong...I am happy we went, but do I feel at ease and prepared?...not so much. Initially, as we learned about the stages of labor, what to do at home when first in labor, when to go to the hospital, various relaxation techniques etc, I started to think "hey, this isn't so bad...I can totally do this, I might even be able to do it without the epidural! I can relax and think positively and look ahead to the great final product of labor and delivery...our son!" Then, we started to actually talk about delivery and pushing, and we watched MORE videos (I believe a few weeks back I wrote that I would never watch a live birth much for that idea) and the anxiety began to return. Delivery moved on to intervention techniques and then talk about the postpartum days and weeks. As we left the class Drew said that if he didn't know for certain that we all got here somehow and that women do this everyday, he wouldn't believe that anyone would possibly go through what we learned about today! I am glad that we have the information and I do know that it will be beneficial when the time arrives, but I can't say I feel any less anxious about the process. Fortunately, billions of women have done this and I can't possibly be the biggest baby of them all...I like to think I am probably tougher than at least half of the women of the world!

This weekend we had a wedding for a good college friend. At dinner Drew and I sat with several other couples that have recently had kids and they were sharing their labor and delivery stories and they literally had me laughing hysterically! So, if nothing else, a few months from now Drew and I will have stories about our experience that just may provide some comic relief for our friends! :)

The truth is that regardless of how the labor and delivery goes and despite the fact that we have no idea what to expect or when things will happen, we are so excited! We are so ready for Baby L to enter our lives in person, but in the mean time we are also loving our last days of freedom and time together as a couple.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Week 31-Rock Chalk Jayhawk Baby!

Today is Baby L's first KU football game! I just know he is going to love it! In honor of this special day I picked up a little KU outfit for when Baby L makes his grand entrance into the world...hard to imagine that sometime in the next 2 months our little guy will be rockin' this KU gear! We cannot wait! It is crazy to think that sometime in the next 6-9 weeks we are going to be full fledged parents!

We are totally ready with all the gear. nursery etc. My goal was to have everything ready to go by week 32 and I completed everything yesterday! The only thing we still need to do is finish getting some pictures framed for the nursery! As soon as we have that finished I will post pictures of the nursery!

I am not a big fan of this bump shot...but I guess the reality is that this is what I ACTUALLY look like! I can't blame it on Drew's poor camera work anymore! I am still feeling pretty good overall. I definitely wear out more easily, but I am still plugging right away! My first day of maternity leave is October 16th (5 weeks, 6 days from now-but who's counting?) I am so fortunate that Pfizer has amazing maternity benefits. I am allowed to take 3 weeks prior to my due date off at full pay. It will be so nice to have that time to relax and rest...but you never know Baby L might just wanna come out early so he can watch the KU vs. OU game on Oct. 24th!

One of the most exciting parts of this week was getting our new bedroom furniture and mattress! We have been sleeping so well in our new king size bed! Both Drew and I woke up after the first night fully rested, without our shoulders and back hurting...the only question we had was why on earth did we wait so long to replace our mattress!

This weekend Baby L's Aunt Jenny is in town and we are planning a great weekend at the lake (after the game today of course!) with friends and family! Should be a great close to the summer.