Tuesday, September 28, 2010

29 weeks

Baby Troy is now the size of a squash! Very appropriate for the fall, don't you think? When I first saw this picture I thought it was a small pumpkin, which I guess, technically, is what a squash is. Anyways, in this same email I received, it reminded me he is going to TRIPLE in size between now and the end of pregnancy. TRIPLE?! That just seems like an awful lot of baby in a very short period of time!

I'm feeling okay this week, but definitely not as good as I was feeling a few weeks ago. Sitting for long periods is getting more uncomfortable, and even though I'm still sleeping great (thank you, Jesus!) it does take me some extra time to get comfortable before I can fall asleep. Unfortunately I think Mike isn't sleeping quite as well as he used to thanks to my new sleeping tendencies; he kindly mentioned yesterday that I have taken up snoring, as well as more than 3/4 of the bed with all my pillows and stuff. What a good guy :) I also notice being hungry and thirsty much more, though I think I'm eating less than I was in the beginning/middle of pregnancy. I just can't eat as much in one sitting as I'm used to and have to space it out a little bit, otherwise I just don't feel good afterwards.

Next week I have my last monthly midwife appointment- the appointments after that will be every 2 weeks, and then later, every week towards the end. I better make sure I have plenty of reading material stocked up for all that time in the waiting room. Speaking of which, I'm pretty much out of good books to read... anyone have any recommendations? They don't have to be pregnancy/baby related ones either :)

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Fall weather

Tonight marked the first night I had to pull on a jacket! And I just have to ask, ladies, what do you do once it gets so cold you need to button/zip up?? I felt all cute tonight with my belly popping out of my jacket, but the truth is, there was NO way that jacket was coming close to buttoned. Hopefully I can avoid buying a "maternity coat" for what will be like 10 weeks (or less!), so I'm open to some creative ideas!!

Also, thank you to the lovely ladies that met up with me for dinner tonight. Thanks for the great company AND for giving me a reason to stay in "real" clothes (NOT sweatpants) past 7pm :)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

28 weeks

It's about time I post a weekly update and try to get back on doing that for these next few months. For some reason, realizing there's only twelve weeks left seemed like not a whole lot to me today.  The last few days, I've been talking about how I have to start a google doc of my list of things to do before baby arrives. Last Thursday at work I became consumed with thinking about how badly closets needed to be cleaned out in these next few weeks, something we do about 4 times a year but haven't done at all recently. If we pass up this opportunity, we may never get the chance again! (or so my backwards brain thinks....)

We had the thrill of taking our first childbirth class tonight. All of you recent moms and dads who have gone through the Carle class weren't lying about Paula. Anyone who announces she'll be bringing her "pushing clothes" to the last class to demonstrate on the ground is indeed special. I did thoroughly enjoy the relaxation/ breathing techniques practice part of the class, getting a nice little back massage for a minute from Mike. I think we'll be practicing that very often in the weeks to come!

I've been feeling okay the last week or so... definitely more "pregnant", as strangers and acquaintances seem to keep pointing out. I had a sweet lady at church who I see every day just chuckle as she watched me fill up my water glass today... I asked her what was up and she said, "every day, you're just a little bigger!" My not so sweet remark was, "Yep, that's how I hear its supposed to work!" as I turned to walk back to my office. I mean, really, is it a surprise to anyone that, yes, my child and thus, my belly, are growing!? I'm back into going to deep water aerobics class at least once (ideally twice) a week in the evenings. Typically, I feel great for 2 days or so afterwards, and last night, not so much. The actually exercise itself felt great but by the time I got home and started to relax I realized my back still hurt :( Oh well.

And Troy is doing well (at least I assume) by all the kicking and growing and stretching he does. I think he's flipping around a lot these days. Sometimes I feel him up really high near my ribs and other times I feel him kicking in his "normal" place which is the lower right side of my belly. Once in the middle of the night, he was laying in such a funny position that I could actually see my misshapen belly... by morning he had flipped around and wasn't so distorted anymore. I just pray he settles into the right position before he runs out of room to keep flipping in there!

Yes, our dog is spoiled

Clarification: this picture was posed. The way she posed behind the empty table before dinner was too perfect to pass up. We have such a good dog to NOT go for the pound of meat in front of her while her annoying parents grab the camera.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Happy Day

Last weekend we had some awesome and powerful worship at church. Here's one of my absolute favorite songs that I just had to share from this past weekend. If you have time, I highly recommend checking out several of the videos on our youtube channel; there's some great stuff on there!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Office Photo Shoot

In preparation for an upcoming billboard campaign we're working on at work, a number of people have been coming in to have their portraits taken. During some down time Friday afternoon, a number of us stepped in front of the screen to have our own pictures taken. I was not at all looking ready for a professional photo, but nonetheless, here's me at 27 1/2 weeks pregnant. Kudos to my photographer boss, John Ciciora, for taking the photo. Mike and I are hoping to get some time with him in the next few weeks to take some photos of us together before this belly gets any larger :)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Happiest Baby

So at least a month ago now, I read a book called 'The Happiest Baby on the Block". When I checked it out at the library, the older librarian lady chuckled at the title. I asked her what she thought was funny and she just said, "Honey, some babies are happy, and some aren't. You can't do anything about it if yours isn't." So then I responded, "Should I not check out this book then?" And she got really quiet while she finished checking me out :)

I read the book over the course of a week or so, and decided there were a few good takeaways from it that I wanted Mike to read. Then I remembered one of my friends told me awhile back there was a short DVD of the same title that she watched with her husband after reading the book (thanks, Emily!) so I got in the queue for that at the library (have I mentioned how great our libraries are here in town?!)

Mike and I watched the video last month to learn about the five "S's" of calming a baby, and then we when we went to Newborn Care Class at our hospital this week, we had the pleasure of watching a good chunk of it again. The doctor that wrote it talks a lot about the "fourth trimester", which is the first three months of a baby's life, when you really can't spoil them in any way, since physiologically they are still like a fetus that needs to have all their physical and emotional needs met by their parents. Then he goes throught he five "S's", which are swaddling, side/stomach position, shushing, swinging and sucking. We'll see how this actually works in practice in a little less than three months, but Mike is already sold on this doctor's "dudu" swaddle wrap :)

Other than that, Newborn Care Class was rather uneventful. Thank you to our teacher nurse for running through a powerpoint of every bizarre skin condition our child could be born with, and for showing us what newborns "really" look like in their first days (no gerber babies here!)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Blog slacker

I've been a bit of a blog slacker this week. I can't even say, oh I've been so busy, or any of a million other excuses... I just haven't blogged. I even missed the "weekly update" for I think the first time this whole pregnancy... oh well. I know you forgive me :)

A few updates around the Cunningham house. There was a lot of fooball excitement around our house this week. For those of you who don't know, Mike is a HUGE college football fan. Every year, on the first college football Saturday we are at home (which this year, happened to be yesterday) we reminisce about the first college football Saturday we hung out during the year we were dating. I looked over at Mike on the couch at around 12 noon, and said, "sooooo this is what you do on college football Saturday?" And he replied simply, "Yes. I don't watch basketball, can't stand baseball and don't even really like the NFL much. But college football... that's my thing!" And as my role as his future wife began to take shape, I quickly learned what my role is on college football Saturdays. Joyfully turn over the remote, keep the snacks coming and indulge in a nap on the couch at some point. Tougher things in life, don't ya think?

Then, the middle of this week, this special delivery arrived from a friend who lives and works at Troy University... Mike jokes that this teeny football jersery is coming in the bag to the hospital and that they (the hospital staff) can just "wipe him off and we've got his first outfit all ready". haha

Another special delivery from this week... I found a crafty lady on Ebay who will make things to go along with your room's theme... things like light switches, ceiling fan blades, wall murals, and about anything else you can think of. Our first order was a set of outlet covers and a light switch, and we've already got a second order in. I highly recommend her if anyone wants her info, I'm happy to share.

And earlier today, Mike and I had a great meeting with a woman we've decided to hire to be our doula for the birth! I'm so excited to be working with Jill and I know she's going to be an amazing support for Mike and I leading up to and at Troy's birth. If you're not familiar with what a doula is, feel free to check out this link to get a real basic overview.

And finally, a picture of Bear that I just snapped while sitting down to blog. She deserves a mention since she had a fun playdate with my friend Michelle's 6 month old baby girl this week, and both Bear and Madelynn got along with each other... baby liked dog and dog liked baby! Next time, Michelle, we need to snap some pics!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Sweet Home Chicago

Just got back from a great weekend back home! (Okay, didn't JUST get back... got back, had a nap, and now I'm blogging!) Mike and I headed up to Mom and Dad's first thing Saturday morning to spend a couple days with the fam. We were able to do a lot in a couple short days...
Saturday we met up with Ed and Blanca at Medieval Times, and brought my cousin Emily with us. These three kiddos were in our wedding together two years ago and it was fun to see them all together. Of course the main reason we went was for the "big kids", Mike and Ed, who had been talking about this earlier in the summer. Maybe someday they aspire to be the knights out there jousting?

And Sunday we had a wedding to go to for a friend of the family, one of the kids Andy and I grew up with. Mom, Dad, Andy, Daria and Mike and I all went, and as Dad pointed out, it was nice to go to a wedding that wasn't for one of his kids, since the last couple weddings have been in our fam :) They had an awesome wedding and it was great to see Eric and his new wife celebrating! I even took one swing around the dance floor with my hubby :)
Pic below is of all of us before we left... I'm going to go ahead and count this as my bump pic for awhile, so here it is, 26 weeks!

It was great to see so many of our family on this trip up and we're looking forward to seeing you again next month... our last visit before baby!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Goooooooo Team Safari!

Troy's room is starting to come together! The drop cloths have been removed and its starting to look more like a baby's room instead of an empty room :) Kudos to Mike for all his hard work in there the last week or so. It looks great, and I cannot wait to start getting some furniture in there and keep decorating!

A close-up of the border we just spent our Friday night hanging up around the room. We spent a long time trying to get it "just right" in the beginning... and then we decided anybody that walks into the room won't be looking up at the ceiling much... they'll be looking at the adorably cute kid hanging out in there :)

The very cute valance to go over the window.
That's what we gave the paint people to match for the walls.

A pretty good shot of much of the room. This will probably be the corner we put the crib in once we get it in the next few weeks.

And of course I had to take a shot of the closet while I was up there! Everything baby-related has been piled in there during the painting; pretty soon I can start to organize it. It's soooo fun to see his little wardrobe grow :)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

The questions

I'll preface this post with the fact that I'm keeping a good sense of humor about it all... the questions about my pregnancy have shifted in recent weeks, from "how far along are you" to "how much longer do you have left". When I share I'm due in December, I quickly get an "ohhhhhhhhh, still awhile". In other words. you're looking BIG and you still have a long way to go!

And then today, I got the ultimate... "are you having twins"?

As I said, thank God for a much better sense of humor than I used to have :)