Helena turns 4 months old this week, and it’s hard to believe how much she has grown and changed already. From rolling over to struggling to sit up, she is just aching to be mobile.
Born on October 23rd at 7:57 a.m.
9 lbs 6 oz
UPDATE (by PhysicsGAL)
Link to picasweb ablum fixed!!!
I woke up last night having some pressure waves (aka contrax) and feeling nauseous, shaky, and a bit panicked. I’m not sure why the intense anxiety came up, but the contractions felt regular enough to warrant a call to the midwife, who suggested I come in and get evaluated. Once there, my bp was up a bit (probably a result of the nervousness) and I had some trouble calming down. But they hooked me up to the fetal monitor and caught some of the contractions — about 5 minutes apart and lasting 40-90 seconds. I think I had low blood sugar last night which caused the panic attacks. They did a check and I’m 100% effaced, 2 cm dilated, and baby’s at -2 station. “Official” labor could start today, tonight, tomorrow…we just don’t know. :) I gotta go get some sleep!
I just want to thank everyone who attended and showed us so much support and love at our baby shower, hosted by PhysicsGal’s friend K. It was really lovely — beautiful day, wonderful food, and fabulous friends. Here’s a shot of PhysicsGal and I outside in the yard.
We’ve made it to 38 weeks! We are so excited to meet our little girl soon.
So at this point I can have our baby and she won’t be considered premature. Which doesn’t mean she’s ready to come out, of course. :) Still, it’s nice to know she could be born any day now…or week. Her due date as calculated by the midwives is October 22nd, while the 19-week ultrasound guessed October 15th. I’d be happy for the latter, but I’m fine with her arriving when she’s good and ready. I’ve been feeling more Braxton Hicks sensations as well as some lower-belly twinges in what I assume is my cervix, though what do I know?
We got a big box of baby stuff from my mom and sister the other day. Yay baby clothes! I’m starting to feel like we have all the basics ready, although the ‘baby alcove’ as we’re calling it is still a wee bit disorganized. I need to wash clothes & diapers, set up the changing area, and organize the closet. I’m also in the market for a rocking chair. We finally got rid of the This End Up sleeper sofa that’s been in our living room; we never really sat in it much so I was not too unhappy to see it go. In its place will (I hope) be a comfy recliner or glider.
I’m debating whether or not to freeze some meals in advance. We don’t have a lot of room in the freezer, and my motivation to cook is, well, not high.
So here’s a 37 week pic:
Can I possibly get any larger? Hmm..don’t answer that question.
So, I’ve been officially unemployed since August 31st. The first weekend was, of course, Labor Day (thank goodness I didn’t go INTO labor that weekend ;-)) and it was nice to have a long weekend and kinda feel like I was on vacation. Since then, it’s been both fun and frustrating to be home, aka not working, aka sans an income. I enjoy having the free time to get our home ready for the baby, and I like being able to nap and eat when I feel like it. With all of the insomnia I’ve been having, my sleep schedule has really gone out the window. I fall asleep around 11 or 12 pm, wake up every hour and a half to go to the bathroom, and eventually get to about 7 or 8 hours of sleep by 10 the next morning.
The not-working thing has been a bit of a head spinner for me. Because I graduated in August and could only work until the end of that month, it seemed daunting to try to find another job that I could start in September as an 8-months-pregnant person. Now, at 35 weeks, I’m having trouble fitting behind the steering wheel of my car. (That doesn’t bode well for going to job interviews. ;-)) At any rate, I want to try to have a few months at home with the babe, so any interviews I attend would have to be qualified by my lack of availability for the next three months. So it seems pointless to apply for anything right now… And of course I worry about money, or lack thereof, and wonder if my pregnancy planning could have been a bit more methodical. (I know, too late now.) I know things will work out, but getting through these next few months will be a financial and personal challenge for us. I really like working and I like the independence of my own paycheck. I’m learning to let go of some of that need for complete autonomy…
PhysicsGal is, of course, still working AND trying to finish her master’s paper. She’s pretty exhausted, I think, and it’s not fun for her to have to try to balance all her obligations but have so little free time to relax. I think she’s looking forward to having a few weeks at home with me & the babe.
So, it’s a mixed bag for us right now. We’re excited about our baby and can’t wait to meet her. We’re also both tired and it feels like the stress level could be lower. I think we need another vacation. :)
…on our Picasa site! (scroll down to the bottom for 31 week pictures taken today :))
So PhysicsGal and I finally made it to the beach. We took off last Thursday & Friday and drove down to the NC beaches. The weather was perfect and the water was ideal for swimming — clear, no seaweed, and moderate waves. We hadn’t been on vacation together for almost two years (!!!) so this was well deserved fun. We stayed at a small-ish resort just a few feet from the beach and steps from all the downtown restaurants.
Photos on our picasa site! http://picasaweb.google.com/4StoryFilms/NCBeachTripAugust08