Wednesday, November 26, 2008

28 Week Progress

With only two and a half months to go, we're starting to make progress on many fronts. Here's where we stand on some baby-related responsibilities.

Baby M's Room - Our crib and crib mattress delivered last week! It's finally starting to look like a baby's room now that the baby actually has a place to sleep. The minute I saw the crib, I had to try out the baby bedding to get an idea of what the big picture is going to look like. Here's the crib and the unsheeted mattress, which still needs to drop down just slightly for the crib bumper to fit properly. So this isn't exactly how it's going to look, but you get the idea!

Also, Jeremy finished painting the dresser and switched out the hardware, but we're waiting to get the carpet cleaned before we officially move it into Baby M's room. The lighting in this picture is not ideal, so the color might look a little more intense than it does in person. He did such a great job!

And here's how the rest of the room is shaping up. Jeremy patched some holes this week, and I went out and bought curtains today. However, I'm not completely convinced that we'll keep the green curtains (hence the reason why they haven't been ironed). I'm thinking that once we move the dresser upstairs, there may be more green than this little room can handle!

Other Baby Items
- A coworker of mine gave me a swing for Baby M, one that she affectionately nicknamed the "crack swing" since her daughter loved it so much. It's been sitting in our dining room for about a week now, and I just love staring at it. It's so cute, and I'm so grateful for her thoughtfulness!

Monthly Checkup
- I had another monthly checkup this week, and I also had to take the routine glucose screening test. I had been dreading this test my entire pregnancy, just based on all the horror stories I've heard about how awful it can be. With visions of me vomiting and/or passing out, I had Jeremy come with me to the appointment, but luckily, I have nothing exciting to report! I just had to drink 10 ounces of a SUPER sugary cola/gatorade-like drink within a 5 minute period and have my blood drawn an hour later to check for the possibility of gestational diabetes. I haven't heard anything from the doctor yet, so I'm assuming no news is good news!

So now that I'm in the third trimester, I start seeing the doctor every two weeks! Baby M's heartbeat checked out just fine (in the 150s), and with mixed emotions I report that I've gained 21 pounds so far. Considering that I should have another 12 weeks to go, I can only imagine what my total weight gain will be. All the books say that most women gain about 35 pounds in a normal pregnancy, but I had convinced myself that I wouldn't be one of THOSE statistics. Nuh-uh, no way ... not even with all the cravings that I've been having for Hostess cupcakes, rootbeer floats and Oreo cheesecake. I never thought I would be in the norm and gain 35 pounds.

Unfortunately, it looks like I'm right on track. Oh well, I might as well embrace it. All the more reason to have seconds on Thanksgiving. Bring on the sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Marking a Milestone

We’re marking a big milestone at the Moorhead house this week! Yes, I’m officially in the third trimester of my pregnancy, but that’s not what we’re celebrating. This week, it’s all about Jeremy turning the big 3-0 today! Today is the day he forever says goodbye to his 20s and enters the more sophisticated 30s, as a daddy-to-be! So, a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my "baby daddy" and to the person who is more than I could ever ask for in a husband and a best friend. We've been together now for a third of his life, and there hasn't been a dull moment yet! If you know Jeremy, you know that things are never boring when he's around!

Happy 30th!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Simply Irresistible

Yep, that's me and Baby M! These days my belly is "simply irresistible" to some people who feel compelled to shower me with rubs, pats and grabs. I can't even begin to tell you how many people touched my baby bump this past weekend and proceeded to tell me about their awful labor and delivery stories. Of course, though, everyone makes sure to end their story with an enthusiastic expression along the lines of "But you'll be fine!" Thanks for the reassurance, now can you take your hand off my stomach!?!?

Things are moving along quickly here at the Moorhead household, as I prepare to enter the third trimester next week. We started our baby registry over the weekend, which was completely overwhelming but fun at the same time, thanks to my mom and sister who accompanied us on our little outing. The crib is set to deliver next week, and we finally picked out a paint color for an old changing table/dresser of mine that will go in Baby M's room. I can't wait for the room to come together ... the nesting bug has definitely hit me already!

Baby M's movements have gotten MUCH stronger these past few weeks. Jeremy can actually see my stomach move when Baby M really gets going, and yesterday I could feel the baby's hiccups while sitting at my desk. It feels like Baby M and Jeremy share the same dancing skills.

Here's a little more about Baby M's development throughout this 26th week. And sadly, there aren't any food or fruit comparisons this week! However, I'm personally feeling a bit cantaloupe-ish, maybe even soccer ball-ish these days.

Week 26 of Pregnancy: Baby's Eyes Open
Your baby's eyes — which have been closed for the past few months — are now beginning to open. Your baby's brain-wave activity is also kicking in at this stage in fetal development, which means your little one can not only hear noises but can now also respond to them.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Get out the Vote

Election Day is finally here! I fulfilled my civic duty this morning and waited in line for 45 minutes to cast my vote, so can this election season FINALLY end?!? Jeremy and I have spent the past two years literally counting down the days to this November 4th, in hopes that our life will return to somewhat normal once this day comes and goes.

Jeremy has done a lot of traveling this election season, and he's spent the past nearly three weeks with the McCain campaign. After two nights of only getting three hours of sleep, Jeremy is eagerly anticipating the end to all this craziness. Here's a pic from the campaign trail. Jeremy is among the press and wearing a goldish/orange shirt. May the best man win ... and win EARLY! None of these too-close-to-call shenanigans!