So, whats been going on the last couple of weeks?
On my 27th birthday we flew to New Orleans to meet two of my childhood best friends and their spouses. Mike and I had such a great time! We got to experience New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lake Verret. We strolled down Bourbon Street, visited the St. Louis Cathedral, saw Mike the Tiger at the LSU Stadium (real tiger!), swam in a lake with hundreds of alligators, and climbed a mountain of sugar -- literally! Most of all, we enjoyed each other's company. Mike and I agree that vacationing with friends is great!
|The gang in New Orleans!|
|Mike and I received our first beads on Bourbon Street! And, no I didn't flash anything to get them! I wonder how many I would have received if I flashed my big belly???|
|Loving on Eli right outside of St. Louis Cathedral.|
|How many 8 month pregnant women can say they climbed a mountain of sugar?|
That same week my mother, bless her heart, came over everyday to help my organize and deep clean! It took us two full days to do just my kitchen. I feel a lot better about Eli's arrival now that my home is clean and organized! Thank you mom!
Friday July, 29th I had an OB appointment. It went well. Low blood pressure, measured well. However, what does not working out combined with eating out all week while your own vacation equate to? It adds FIVE pounds to the scale in two weeks! That is a balance of 4lbs in the last month which is right on schedule. I hope I don't balloon these last two months -- I'm becoming less mobile (yes, I'm waddling) but I also can't eat as much as I used to because I get full right away! So, we'll see what happens.
That Saturday my sisters husband, David, threw Mike a Diaper Dump. He hosted Mike's friends for a night of pizza and poker. In order for the guys to get in on the poker game they had to bring a box of diapers. Lucky us! Mike brought $50.00 for the winner but, according to him, before they got started he told them that he had full intentions of taking it home with him at the end of the night. And, guess what? He did! He won! We received over 700 diapers and lots of wipes, powder and Desitin! Thanks guys!
I went out with some girlfriends that night to Cafe Verona - yum!
On Monday, I went to a really neat breast feeding class with my friend Alyssa and her son Nate at St. Luke's in Lee's Summit. I think I will definitely join the group once Eli comes! I've heard so many personal breast feeding stories since I've been pregnant. For some it comes so easy, for many others it is a tremendous challenge. I think it will help me reach my goal (1 year) if I can surround myself with supportive women who also breast feed.
Baby Milestones these Weeks: Week 32: Ready or not, Eli's getting ready to emerge. He' in the head-down position now, with his bottom facing up. This is the comfiest way for his body to fit in my increasingly cramped womb and will make his eventual exit much easier.
Week 33: Eli may grow up to a full inch this week alone, and his brain is developing like crazy. Pretty soon, he'll be able to coordinate breathing with sucking and swallowing. Also, his bones are hardening, and he's started to keep his eyes open when he's awake.