Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

birth class

last night charlie and i went to our first of 6 birth classes with our
dula, Amanda Moore.
We talked about exercise, diet, diaper changing, etc.
She also gave us a breakdown of how a woman gains weight during pregnancy
Amanda compared giving birth to learning how to swim or driving a car.
When we first try something new, we have support people around to guide us along the way.
No parent tells their child as they are learning to swim,
"this is going to extremely difficult for you and you may drown."
The messages are always positive, i.e.
"i'm here if you need me"
"the side of the pool is over here"
"i'll help you through the deep end"
Amanda also said labor and birth can be kind and will speak to us in progressive stages...
"i'm coming"
"i'm coming"
"i'm coming"
"i'm coming"
it's helpful to know there is a process to brith and it will probably be a gradual one
We really like the 4 other couples in the class with us and are looking forward
to the next couple of weeks!

Friday, March 16, 2012

No One Else...

one of my sweet co-workers emailed this to me
and i got all teary eyed at my desk!
i just LOVE this!

Friday, March 9, 2012

fun board books!

I am digging these classic board books as new additions for the
bebe's library.
I am already having a great time reading to him before bedtime.
Unfortunately, my cough gets worse at night and I think it makes my voice sounds raspy...
Kind of like the smoking sisters from The Simpsons.
Ah well, smoking voice or not, at least the baby's brain is hearing lots
of stories and music during these last few weeks!

Monday, March 5, 2012

my bearded husband...

i love him...
[just do it]
oh yes, i do
i love it when he gently pats my belly and sweetly says to the baby,
"good job. 
good job for just being"

favorite baby book to date...

I received this precious, heart-warming, honest
baby book on Saturday from my brother-in-law's cousin.
She is so incredibly sweet and gave us this awesome basket full of
baby booty i.e. "gear"
I literally bawled my eyes out the first three times I read it and so
I just have to share a few lines with you:
I am your parent, you are my child,
I am your quiet place, you are my wild.

I am your calm face, you are my giggle,
I am your wait, you are my wiggle.

I am your dinner, you are my chocolate cake,
I am your bedtime, you are my wide awake.

I am your lullaby, you are my peek-a-boo,
I am your good night kiss, you are my I LOVE YOU.

...I have been reading this sweet book to baby Lloyd every night when he really gets to kickin'
and boy does he like to kick and stretch!

a whopper!

So today I went to my second appointment with the midwives at St. Luke's.
I took my glucose test to see if I have gestational diabetes and to double check for anemia.
Also, on the list of discoveries...I have gained 6 lbs IN A MONTH!!
That's --almost-- as much as I've gained the entire first 6 months.
After a few checks, I finally came to grips with the fact that I have gained 15lbs on my 5' frame.
When the midwife asked me,
in not so many words,
"what in the world have you been eating..."
I simply replied...
"well, you see.  we went on vacation and i've been getting over a killer cold."
She smiled and said she didn't need to hear any more
'nuff said.
Between enjoying myself on our California trip
and not being able to work out as well as I usually do,
given the cold, I managed to nearly double my pregnancy weight gain.
So who hit the gym in a slightly more than serious manner this evening...your's truly.
Of course I'm not trying to loose weight, per say, just maintain.
The midwive, Theodora, said that Bebe Lloyd is head down and the pefect size for his age.
Looks like our little one is gearin' up to be born!