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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Week 36: The SHOULD HAVE KNOCKED ON WOOD Week 5.19 - 5.25

Don't worry about the title, nothing too terrible happened to me this week.  It is really  just in reference to my last weeks title The FINGERS CROSSED Week.  I was really hoping that I would continue to have easy, breezy (if that is what you can call a normal 3rd trimester week) weeks until I go into labor.  But, my luck, this week wasn't like last.  

#1 Eli came down with some crazy, spring virus that caused him to have a fever, goopy eyes, and open sores on his tonsils.  Poor baby!  

#2 Shortly after Eli passed his sickness to me and Mike!  Yuk!  I feel awful: fever, sore throat, body aches, etc.  

#3 Pelvic Pain is back -- really wanting to visit my Chiro again but it is getting pricey!  

#4 Anxiety is setting in as I think about giving birth and recovery.  I actually had some heart palpitations along with a racing heart beat -- which I have never had in my life -- on Friday.  

So, yes, when I wrote last week's post wishing for a "normal" pregnancy from here on out -- I should have found some wood and put my knuckles to it a few times.  (I am not really superstitious -- just so you know).

Baby Milestones these Weeks: 
Week 36:



  • Ellie's getting closer and closer to being able to breathe on her own.
  • Her skin is getting smooth and soft and her gums are rigid.
  • Her liver and kidneys are in working order.
  • Circulation and immune systems are basically good to go, too.



  • Best Moment(S) of the Week: My BFF since 4th grade had her baby boy on Friday morning!  I cried when I saw her text and FB announcement!  I can't believe she is a mommy and I love her little boy already!  I can't wait to meet him!  Congratulations to Katrina and Rufus!


    Had on OB appt this week (and will have one each week from here on out!) and she said I was measuring perfect and baby's heart beat sounded great.  She also checked my cervix and I am already 1 cm dilated at 35.5 weeks and Ellie's head is at a station -3.  I think Eli's head was at a -4 when we started pushing last time so I am thankful she has started her descent a little early!  I do NOT want to push for nearly 3 hours again!

    Also, Eli has been giving me lots of kisses with out me asking!  He just runs up to me and puckers up!  It is the cutest thing ever and melts my heart!  Can't wait to kiss baby girl!

    Obsession of the Week:  To-do lists.  

    Symptoms of the Week:  The ones I stated above.  Plus, and this may be TMI but I think have mostly female readers: lots of swelling "down there."  Doctor examined me and said it was semi-normal for this point in pregnancy but she could definitely see it (the swelling) and prescribed sitz baths to help with the discomfort.  


    Other than that, heart burn is regular but not too terrible -- thank you God!  

    And, I make 4-5 pee trips each night -- fun! NOT!

    Oh and I've been super weepy this week!  Talk about emotional!

    Epiphany of the Week: Eli has been waking up during the middle of the night this week because he is sick.  I've been asking Mike to go get him and then I will nurse him and put him back.  Mike has been VERY grumpy about this (and I've been playing the 36 weeks pregnant card!).  Uh Oh!  What is going to happen when we bring home our little girl and are waking constantly through out the night?!?! (Oh, how I DREAD this!)  We fought a lot about who was going to go get Eli once I went back to work and he was still waking through out the night.  I'm sure this will happen again but I am praying, praying that God blesses us with a sleeper this time!

    What I'm looking forward to most next week:  Reaching full term!  Yay!  


    What is different this time around? Last time I was worried about making substitute plans for 12 weeks.  This time it is much harder trying to keep up with a 20 month old all day -- meaning, lesson plans seam like a piece of cake to me now!  Being super pregnant with a toddler is hard!  I miss the days when I could nap whenever I wanted! (PS I know its going to get 10x worse when little girl arrives).

    To do list: (red is new)

    Time to PRIORITIZE!

    *Pull out infant car seat and install it. -- Still needs to get done -- #1 on our list!!!
    *Pack hospital bags!  -- Still needs to be done :(  #2 on our list!
    *Pull out swing and pack and play from basement storage.
    *Look into maternity and newborn photography -- did this (contacted a few neighbors) -- pricey!  But, we are scheduled for Friday the 31st!  I hope I am still pregnant!
    *Freeze a couple of meals for when she comes

    *Buy:
    nursing tanks -- I got some good recommendations from the BF support group ladies and I think I am going to go with Bravado -- get a few and see what I think, they are expensive but I think it will be worth it!  :)
    *Decorate the nursery -- we are 90% there.  Mike put the wall decor up this weekend!  Just a few finishing touches!
    *Buy a new cover for our glider -- I contacted a alterationist from our neighborhood, hope the price is right!
    *Hire a cleaning service and carpet cleaning service for when we are in the hospital
    * Organize the garage -- this really needs to be done because it is driving Mike and I crazy!  But, it is a BIG chore and I'm not so sure we are going to have the time!  
    * Get the car detailed but not too soon! 
    * Have a little weekend getaway (in KC) with Mike. -- Will use my friends' wedding this Saturday as a GREAT excuse to have Eli sleep over at gma and gpas!

    We crossed off A LOT this week!  


    36 Week Belly Pics:



    Couldn't resist snapping a picture at the wedding -- it was SO beautiful!!!



    With Eli -- August 2011


    Xo, Ali

    Friday, May 24, 2013

    Week 35: The FINGERS CROSSED Week

    I'm calling this week the Fingers Crossed week because I am hoping that the rest of my pregnancy goes just like this week did: normal.  No extraordinary highs or lows.  No crazy pregnancy symptoms.  And, best of all -- NO PAIN!

    I stayed busy this week, especially with Eli.  We really enjoyed a little trip to my sister's house and Mike's work picnic.  I've been terrible at taking pictures of our outings though -- I feel bad that his next "update" post will be so bare.

    1st cousins playing together.  So cute!


    My father was admitted to the hospital on Thursday for severe back and groin pain.  I felt so terrible for him as the weekend before I was feeling severe pain and in the hospital.  After many tests (u/s, x-ray, CT and MRI) the doctors concluded that he had a terrible muscle spasm, bone spurs and edema of the bone marrow.  He was given lots of pain medications but still suffered.  On Saturday he was released and each day since then has been a little better -- thank God!

    Baby Milestones these Weeks:   Week 35: From now on, Ellie's growth is mostly in the plumping up department -- though she won't get much longer, she'll put on a pound or more of baby fat before birth. (She's about 15 percent right now and will be about 30 percent by full-term.) 

    Best Moment of the Week: I am glad I just had a "normal" week.

    Obsession of the Week: Salt and Vinegar chips. 


    Symptoms this Week: Just normal 3rd trimester stuff -- never quite comfortable, waking to pee umpteen times a night, etc.

    Epiphany this Week: It is the middle of May.  Four months ago I wrote a post about how time isn't on my side; back when the thought of the SCH ending this pregnancy plagued my each and every thought.  A portion of it:

    We are about to hit the 20th week of our pregnancy.  Time is dragging along.  Minute after minute, hour after  hour.  Okay, I'll stop before this turns into a rap song.  :)  Anyways, now -- instead of wanting to embrace each day of this pregnancy -- I just want to press the fast forward button.  I want so badly for it to by June 22nd.  Heck, I'd even take the middle of May!  I just want to be holding my sweet baby girl in my arms and know that she is perfect and healthy. 

    Less than two weeks and I will be considered full term?!?!?!  I am still in awe of how far we made it.  Baby girl is already showing how strong she is!  May all the glory be given to God!  

    What I'm looking forward to most next week:  Our friend's Matt and Ashley are saying "I do" on Saturday.  I look forward to witnessing the ceremony, getting dressed up (maybe I won't feel so "pregnant" and actually feel pretty for a change, and my mom and dad are taking Eli for the night!  Mike and I get to sleep in!  Yay!

    What is different this time around? Last time at 35 weeks I was having some serious rib pain from Eli kicking them constantly.  Not at all this time.  Baby girl is much lower -- and lets hope smaller than Eli!

    To do list: (red is new)

    Time to PRIORITIZE!

    *Pull out infant car seat and install it. -- Still needs to get done -- #1 on our list!!!
    *Pack hospital bags!  -- Still needs to be done :(  #2 on our list!
    *Pull out swing and pack and play from basement storage.
    *Look into maternity and newborn photography -- did this (contacted a few neighbors) -- pricey!  But, I still really want to do it!
    *Freeze a couple of meals for when she comes

    *Buy:
    nursing tanks -- I got some good recommendations from the BF support group ladies and I think I am going to go with Bravado -- get a few and see what I think, they are expensive but I think it will be worth it!  :)
    pacifiers, diapers, etc
    Ergo baby carrier
    *Decorate the nursery -- we are 90% there.  Mike put the wall decor up this weekend!  Just a few finishing touches!
    *Organize nursery, wash clothes, etc  -- again off to a good start!
    *Buy a new cover for our glider -- I contacted a alterationist from our neighborhood, hope the price is right!
    *Hire a cleaning service and carpet cleaning service for when we are in the hospital
    * Organize the garage -- this really needs to be done because it is driving Mike and I crazy!  But, it is a BIG chore and I'm not so sure we are going to have the time!  
    * Get the car detailed but not too soon! 
    * Have a little weekend getaway (in KC) with Mike. -- Will use my friends' wedding this Saturday as a GREAT excuse to have Eli sleep over at gma and gpas!






    35 Week Belly Pics:

    Eli's first gift to his little sister -- a dandelion!  So sweet!   


    With Eli -- August 2011

    We are getting closer and closer!  I am so excited to meet my little girl!  

    Love, Ali

    Tuesday, May 14, 2013

    Week 34: The GRADUAL INCLINING Week - 5.5 - 5.11

    So glad that this week ended better than it started.  To catch up read last week's post here.

    Once we reached the ER, a nurse gave me an IV and took some blood to run for tests.  We saw the doctor pretty quickly who said that my urine didn't "scream" infection but after a quick examination she felt that the pain was probably kidney related.  FINALLY I got some pain meds through my IV.  It only took 30 seconds or so and I felt relief for the first time in 6+ hours (but felt like much longer).  I looked over at Mike and he could tell that I was feeling the pain melt away.
    Thank God for modern medicine -- the IV meds kept me sane during our two day stay at the hospital!
    I got about 30 minutes of rest and relief before the pain started up again.  I was surprised how quickly the pain came back.  We let the nurse know and he gave me an oral pain reliever -- did nothing, so again I was miserable!  Once the tests came back the doctor decided to send us to the medical/surgery unit for pain management until we could see a urologist in the morning.  I think it was around 2 am when we got settled into our room -- (TMI, that is when the puking began and lasted all through the night, poor Mike and the nurses who had to take care of it).  The nurse asked me what my pain level was and I told her it was very comparable to labor.  After speaking with the doctor the nurse was finally able to give me some more IV meds -- fentanyl.  Again the relief was amazing and again it wore off way too quick.  I explained how uncomfortable I was and the nurse talked with the doctor again and it was decided that I could get a smaller dose of the fentanyl every six minutes through a self administration button.  After a few pushes, I felt the pain slowly stop and was able to get some rest. THANK GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I should mention that Mike stayed up with me through all of this!  He was an angel at the hospital -- love him!

    The next morning -- Cinco de Mayo -- I was glad to still be feeling relief.   However, I had to keep up on my fentanyl pushes or the pain would be back.  I was pretty much in and out of sleep all morning while Mike worked next to me on his computer.  I wasn't at all hungry.  At some point in the morning we saw the urologist who examined me and told us that most signs pointed towards a kidney stone or some other obstruction.  He told us our options: lay on my left side and wait for relief, get an x-ray to see if they could find the cause of the obstruction and then schedule a surgery to either put in a stent from my kidney to my bladder through my ureter or have a nephrostomy tube placed into my kidney to drain it directly to a bag outside my body.  We chose to schedule the x-ray and then we could make a more informed decision.  Around 2pm I was wheeled down to the radiology unit.  They said I couldn't have any pain meds because they didn't want the fentanyl to interfere with the IVP or iodine contrast.  The whole process took about 1.5 hrs and I was MISERABLE!  Was in terrible pain and threw up twice.  I was so glad when it was over -- the fentanyl button never looked so go when I got back to my room!

    Later, the urologist called and said the my x-rays showed a definite obstruction and severe hydronophrosis.




    He suggested we schedule a stent to be put in the next morning so I obliged -- I knew I needed relief.  However, I tried the rest of the day to stay on my left side and see if maybe I would feel better in the morning.  I tried to eat but wasn't very hungry.  By late afternoon I was able to get some more rest and by evening Mike and I were both ready to watch some TV.  We watched a few shows and Mike was ready to go to bed, I on the other hand was wide awake because I pretty much slept on and off the whole day.  Around midnight I was able to go to sleep.  I didn't get the best sleep because I was worried about my procedure in the morning.  But, I slept.

    The next morning when I woke up I noticed I had slept  for about two hours with NO pain meds and wasn't in terrible pain.  I decided not to pump any more meds until I absolutely had to in order to see if sleep on my left side worked and I could be released with out having to go through the stent surgery.  I also decided to do a little research of my own about stents during pregnancy.  I found that (and the doctor warned us of this too) stents during pregnancy can be very uncomfortable and that most women need to be on oral narcotics for the duration that the stent was in place.  Since I was feeling better -- not completely but a fair amount -- I was re-thinking our previous days decision to have the stent put in.  I told the nurse that I wanted to talk to my OB and the urologist (again) before going through with it.

    To make a long story (as if I am not boring you with the details already) shorter.  After speaking to my OB and the urologist -- we decided against the stent.  Mainly, because I was feeling some relief with out meds.  My OB wanted me to stay in the hospital until that evening to make sure I could handle the pain with oral narcs and do some walking around.  She also wanted to do a non-stress test for the baby.  So, we followed her orders and I was happy to be released around 5pm.

    During the 48 hours we were in the hospital my mom stayed with Eli the whole time.  GOD BLESS HER!  It was my first night and second night away from him EVER!  Didn't think I would spend those nights in the hospital!!!  My mom is an angel and I never once worried about Eli, more so I worried for her sanity because I know how demanding he can be!  She took care of him like a rock star and I think when I returned he thought she was "mom."  I'll never forget the sacrifices my parents made during this pregnancy and I owe them big time!!!

    Special bond between grandma and grandson!
    I guess the hydronephrosis will probably stick around until after I give birth as it is most likely my uterus pressing up against my ureter that is causing the obstruction.  I will try to lay on my left side as much as possible to relieve it.  I've also been told that some days are good and some are bad but thankfully for me so far I haven't yet (it has been a week) experienced anything like the first episode.  Thank you God!

    Here is some more information on maternal hydronephrosis:

    http://www.fertilityfactor.com/hydronephrosis-of-pregnancy.html

    The rest of the week I stayed low, rested on my left side and was taken good care of by my mother and husband.  The oral narcotics really helped when the pain was there but I was able to completely wean myself at the end of the week.  I did have an OB appt (reg) on Wednesday with the only male doctor in the practice -- just a meet and greet so that if I happened to have him for Ellie's birth I would have met him.  He was nice and explained 34 weeks is a big milestone because that is when they do not try to stop labor.  He then explained what to look for in "real" labor: painful contraction 5 mins apart, fluid consistently leaking from my vagina, blood, etc.  That is when to go to labor and delivery.  Since I've never gone into labor naturally it was a good refresher.  

    I also visited the Chiropractor on Wednesday and Thursday and wonder if the adjustments had anything to do with my recovery??

    By the weekend I felt much better and Mike and I were able to do some shopping for Ellie's nursery!  Yay!  

    Baby Milestones these Weeks: Week 34:  Ellie can recognize and react to simple songs...so sweet to think that when I sing to Eli at night she can hear me too! In fact, she will recognize frequently sung tunes after birth and probably find them soothing. Less cute news: she now urinates about one pint per day. Get the diapers ready!  

    Best Moment of the Week:  Probably the moment I first felt the pain relief in the ER.

    Obsession of the Week:  Resting on my left side.  :)

    Symptoms this Week: Lack of sleep for sure.  I am just beginning to notice shortness of breath, besides this just normal 3rd trimester woes.  

    Epiphany this Week: *** I am keeping the same epiphany from when I was pregnant with Eli at 34 weeks because it is still true.  I noticed this much earlier this time but it couldn't be any more true!  Just replace Eli with Ellie. 


     I think Sammie must know I'm pregnant.  She follows me everywhere and constantly wants to be next to me -- even when Mike is around.  Usually, she prefers to snuggle with Mike but not anymore.  I know dogs can sense things and I wonder if this is what is happening with Sam.  She must already love Eli.  I can't wait to see how the interact together when he gets a little older!

    What I'm looking forward to most next week:  Being one month away from my due date!!!!  Mother's day and my sister's birthday!  Yay!


    What is different this time around?  Last time I obviously didn't have hydronephrosis -- but Eli did!  So it went from being fetal hydronephrosis to maternal hydronephrosis.  I am glad it was me and not her.  I remember asking the perinatologist if it hurt Eli and he said no, I sure hope that is true because good golly this was the worst pain I've ever had.  Our nurse said it is even worse the labor because with labor at least you get a break from the contraction.    


    To do list: (red is new)

    *Buy:
    nursing tanks -- I got some good recommendations from the BF support group ladies and I think I am going to go with Bravado -- get a few and see what I think, they are expensive but I think it will be worth it!  :)
    pacifiers, diapers, etc
    Ergo baby carrier
    *Decorate the nursery -- got off to a good start, hopefully will finish this weekend!
    *Organize nursery, wash clothes, etc  -- again off to a good start!
    *Buy a new cover for our glider
    *Look into maternity and newborn photography -- need to do this ASAP
    * Organize the garage -- Not sure if this is really realistic with Mike's work schedule lately.  
    * Get the car detailed but not too soon! 
    *Pull out infant car seat and install it. -- we are doing it weekend
    * Have a little weekend getaway (in KC) with Mike.  It will probably only be one night but we need it! Scheduled for 5/10 - 5/12  YAY!!! Thank you mom and dad for allowing Mike and I some "us" time!  We DIDN'T get to do this due to my hydronephrosis -- maybe I can convince my mom and dad to take him one night before the end of May???  Pretty please!
    *Pack hospital bags!  -- another chore to accomplish this weekend!

    34 Week Belly Pics:

    This is from the bottom of by belly looking up.  Can we say HUGE?!?!  I did notice my second stretch mark making an appearance too this week!  Urgh!  I got one with Eli (on my side) and hopefully this will be the only one with Ellie -- which is on the opposite side -- but I have 5 more weeks to go so I kinda doubt it!  Boo!

    No comparison pic this week.

    Thanks for all of your love an support!  I really felt the prayers and loved the encouraging FB posts and text messages! XOXO to all!

    Love,

    Ali





    Saturday, May 11, 2013

    Week 33: The GRADUAL DECLINING Week -- 4.28 - 5.4

    As you can tell from the title of this post week 33 started off fairly normal and ended pretty terribly.  Mike and I started off the week with our tour of St. Luke's East Maternity Unit.  I really, really like what they have to offer, especially in terms of their baby 1st program -- in which the baby stays with the mother at all times unless there is some medical complication.  Mike liked the fact that his sleeping arrangements would be much more pleasant this time around.  (He found out just how comfortable at the end of the week during our two day hospital stay there.)  Middle of the week was fun for Eli -- we went to Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead in KS and Paradise Park for the PaT event.

    Eli feeding the baby goats a bottle at Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead -- notice we are in shorts, YAY for spring!!!


    Then on Thursday, I woke up feeling a lot of pelvic pressure as well as the typical uti symptoms (not being able to pee a lot yet constantly feeling like I have to go).  We had an ultrasound early that morning and baby looked great!  However, when I met with the doctor she said that I had blood in my urine and that they would be sending a culture out and to expect the results in 48 hours -- or Monday.  The pressure continued throughout Thursday and Friday and I tried to ignore it on Saturday because Mike and I wanted to dedicate the weekend to Eli but on Saturday night when we went to my parents for dinner I was miserable to say the least.  I even took a bath there to see if that would relieve some of my symptoms but to no avail.  After dinner I started having some fairly uncomfortable pain in my right mid back.  Immediately I thought that it could be my kidney but Mike thought I had just strained a muscle in my back while maneuvering myself in the bath.  The pain continued to get worse so we left for home and it was a very uncomfortable car ride to say the least.  Finally around 9:30 the pain was so bad that I told Mike we needed to go the hospital.  I called my dear, dear neighbor, Jennifer, and she came to our house to watch over things while Eli slept until my mother got there.  Bless her heart and bless my mother's too (who ended up staying with Eli for two nights).

    I called my doctor and she said that even though my symptoms weren't necessary labor related that to go to Labor and Delivery and get checked out.  So we did and it was awful.  We had to wait in the antepartum room for a long time before anyone came in and the pain was killing me.  The hooked me up to monitor baby who was doing fine and did another urine culture.  Finally around midnight I was wheeled to the ER to investigate what was causing my back pain.

    For the rest of the story read next week's post "The GRADUAL INCLINING Week."  :)

    Baby Milestones this Week: Week 33: Ellie may grow up to a full inch this week alone, and her brain is developing like crazy. Pretty soon, she'll be able to coordinate breathing with sucking and swallowing. Also, her bones are hardening, and she's started to keep her eyes open when she's awake.


    Best Moment of the Week: Definitely seeing Ellie in the belly!  Thursday's u/s is probably our last u/s ever -- it is bittersweet.  (With 2 children, I think we had a total 15 u/s's)  She was moving around, opening and closing her mouth, kicking and punching.  This time you could tell she has some chubby cheeks -- just like her older brother did!  Also, the u/s tech showed us all of the hair she has!  It is amazing -- looks like a little mop on her head!  (What color will her hair be though?  I've been told that both parents have to have the red hair gene and obviously Mike does, but, neither of my parents can think of any red heads in their families, so maybe we will get another blondie like Eli?)  At 32w 5d she weighs 4lb 13 oz -- about 5 days ahead of schedule.  Her older brother weighed 5lb 13oz at 33w 3d, so I am glad she is 1lb smaller than he was and hope she stays that way till birth.  Anything to shorten the pushing/recovery time!  Best of all, all of her organs still look great -- thank you Lord for blessing us with a healthy baby! 

    These frontal pictures are always a little freaky but you can see her chubby cheeks!  Love her!

    This is her foot and hand pressing against my uterus!  

    Obsessions this Week: Cleaning and organizing and a small dabble of decorating.

    Symptoms this Week: Increasing "all-the-time" discomfort.  

    Epiphany this Week: Eli and I were really active this week -- going here and there.  It is hard to travel with one child.  Plus, I am not that organized of a person and am usually frantically putting a snack/drink together for him and praying there are diapers in the bag before we are out the door.  I hope, and pray, that God may give me the motivation to do better with two kids because I know traveling with two isn't going to be any easier than it is with one -- in fact, I know it will be much, much more difficult.  That is my epiphany this week.

    What I'm looking forward to most next week:  Pain relief.
    
    33 Week Belly Pics:
    May and still in a maternity sweater!  Shorts, sweaters, shorts, sweaters -- this explains our spring so far!


    With Eli -- July 2011


    I am so thankful for all of the "internet" support I get from this blog.  I don't get many comments but so many people will ask about how things are going from what they have read in a certain post.  Thank you for taking the time to be a part of our crazy life.  I should be writing week 34 very soon to catch up!

    Hugs and Kisses,

    Ali

    Wednesday, May 1, 2013

    Week 32: The UP ALL NIGHT Week -- 4.21 - 4.27

    As you can guess, I didn't get much sleep this week.  First, pregnancy insomnia hit me head on this week.  Here  is a good article on it:

    http://www.whattoexpect.com/pregnancy/symptoms-and-solutions/insomnia.aspx#

    This compounded with a cold turned sinus infection is making good sleep almost impossible for this mama.  To make matters even worse, Eli is experiencing incredible sleep regression.  He is fighting sleep like no other.  Gone are the days when we could just lay him in his crib at night time and nap time and he would peacefully fall asleep.  He now screams and screams for at least 10 but up 45 minutes before finally giving in.  His night time sleep is much shorter as he is waking earlier in the am.  He is even waking up in the middle of the night and crying out -- which he hasn't done for moths and months!  His refuses a nap unless someone is holding him.  It is EXHAUSTING and STRESSFUL to say the least.  Please, please join me in praying that this kiddo figures it out before his sister arrives.  Mike and I know how sleep deprived parents of newborns can be but I can't even imagine having both a new born and a sleepless and cranky toddler to deal with.  ?!?!



    If you are reading this post and do not reside in the KC area, consider yourself lucky because -- you guessed it -- the weather here this week was yet again cruddy!  Rainy, cool, dreary.  Between February, March and April and I think we have have had a week of good weather.  I've been writing about the weather here a lot in my last few posts because I think it is because I am really starting to be affected by it.  I am longing for some sun to arrive and warm my skin - (maybe then I could kick this cold)!  Furthermore, Eli loves to be outside and is tired of indoor activities.  When will spring finally arrive in KC?  I think we may just skip spring and head straight into summer - which I'd take 90+ degree heat over this dreariness any day.   I just looked at the forecast for next week and on Tuesday the high is 82 then -- two days later -- on Thursday it is 37 -- that is a 45 degree drop in 48 hours!  Really?  REALLY??  I guess this roller coaster weather is normal for middle of the country, but come on our thermostat is getting confused!  Okay, rant over.

    Baby Milestones these Weeks: Week 32: Ready or not, Ellie's getting ready to emerge. She's in the head-down position now, with her bottom facing up. This is the comfiest way for her body to fit in my increasingly cramped womb and will make her eventual exit much easier. 


    Best Moment of the Weeks: This was a tough week with a household of sick people.  Mike, Eli and I all had terrible colds -- it was pretty miserable.  However, Mike and I worked really hard to finish the basement and with Mike staying up until the wee hours of the morning on Sunday -- I can officially announce that it is completed!  (At least the main room -- our bathroom trim still needs another coat or so of white paint).  I can't begin to explain the relief I feel now that it is done.  We can finally focus on putting baby girls' room together and organizing her stuff.  We have less than 50 days until I am induced so we need to get going...

    A HUGE thank you to my husband who worked extremely hard to get finish this huge project.  He did this on top of working some incredible hours at work.  Also, a big thanks to both my mom and dad who spent many, many hours either working with us or watching over Eli so we could work with out distraction.  

    Mike and I were chatting that when we decided to do this project in January even though we knew it would be a ton of work and a lot of time we didn't realize the stress it would put on our family.  We are still very glad we did it and are very much looking forward to spending the next SIX weekends doing fun stuff as a family before little girl arrives.  

    *I plan on doing a separate post dedicated just to the remodel -- keep your eyes out for the update if interested!

    Obsessions this Week: Hot tea with honey and lemon -- felt good on my sore throat.

    Symptoms this Week: The most significant is the pregnancy insomnia.  NO FUN.  Otherwise, just the normal stuff.

    Epiphany this Week: Having a sick child sucks.  Having a sick child and being sick yourself sucks even worse.  Having a sick child and being sick yourself and having a sick husband sucks bad.  But, having a sick child and being sick yourself and having a sick husband and being super pregnant is the SUCKIEST!  (Okay, things could be a lot worse and I am over exaggerating a bit but it really isn't any fun at all...)

    What I'm looking forward to most next week:  A glimpse of summer during the beginning of the week...

    and, what I think will be our last u/s on Thursday!  Excited to see Ellie in the Belly!  :)

    What is different this time around?  Last time at 32 weeks, Mike and I were in Louisiana with 2 of my best friends and their hubbies enjoying a little baby-moon vacay.  So, wish I could be saying that we were doing the same this time!  

    With Eli at 32 weeks -- July 2011.


    To do list: (red is new)

    *Buy:
    nursing tanks -- I got some good recommendations from the BF support group ladies and I think I am going to go with Bravado -- get a few and see what I think, they are expensive but I think it will be worth it!  :)
    pacifiers, diapers, etc
    Ergo baby carrier
    *Decorate the nursery
    *Organize nursery, wash clothes, etc
    *Finish basement remodel 
    *Buy a new cover for our glider
    *Look into maternity and newborn photography
    *Schedule a hospital visit for mid-April -- We did this yesterday -- Mike is excited about the full size couch to sleep on!  I really love SLE Baby 1st program!
    * Organize the garage -- Not sure if this is really realistic with Mike's work schedule lately.  
    * Get the car detailed but not too soon! 
    *Pull out infant car seat and install it.
    * Have a little weekend getaway (in KC) with Mike.  It will probably only be one night but we need it! Scheduled for 5/10 - 5/12  YAY!!! Thank you mom and dad for allowing Mike and I some "us" time!
    *Pack hospital bags!

    
    32 Week Belly Pics:


    32 WEEKS!

    XO,

    Ali