Saturday, August 11, 2007

Not yet...

No baby post-utero yet...but we're getting closer! I DID have some contractions yesterday, but nothing regular. Every minute he waits to start labor we're preparing for him. Today we plan on going to a breastfeeding seminar at Babies R Us with our friends who are pregnant. This will also be an opportunity to get some shopping and exchanges done! We still need sheets for the co-sleeper and a few other things I'd like, i.e. baby sunblock (since my hubby has such sentitive skin I'm sure it will be genetic!), a changing pad (and covers), a diaper stacker and toy bag, etc. They're mostly things we can get after Jr. comes, but why wait?!

A couple of things of prep in the past couple days:

A girlfriend at work volunteered to give us their old high chair! God is such an awesome provider! She had talked about it previously. It's from a company, like Royal Prestige, that invites people in with incentives to sell them on their product. According to our friend, this chair does not tip over, even at 18 inches off the ground. Also, it stops the baby from playing the game of throwing things down to watch mommy and daddy pick it up. It's got wheels and may look big, but has the same footprint as other chairs. I'm not sure where we'll put it until the baby's ready, but sounds like a great thing to have!

Yesterday we got a few more gifts that were mailed to my parents' address: the Bjorn Baby Sitter (which WILL work for infants), some onesies and the KidCo Natural Feeding System. My mom also let me know yesterday night that they got sent the pumpkin set, too! (Thank you family!)

Last night I actually went grocery shopping by myself (yes, I was a little scared my water would break and I'd be alone, but we needed food and I didn't want to wake Big Red) and made enchiladas to freeze. Yeah! We'll have food for a while (with us, that should last like 2 days). I also picked up some frozen burritos for Big Red's lunch for when I'm "recovering".

Today I cleared out the co-sleeper (it's become storage) and Big Red secured it to the bed. Hopefully it will stay cleared out (for the most part!) until Jr. comes to use it! (Note: I'm the one who keeps putting clothes and blankets and such in it - it's just too convenient!)

One more thing I'd like to do is use our gift certificate and sign up for our Costco membership. THEN we can get frozen food for cheap (along with other stuff)! Having room for it all may be a different story...anyone wanna split stuff?


It's getting closer! Soon we'll have to keep track of Jr.! No more just feeding my face, I'll get to feed his. I'm SO looking forward to it. I'll also be staying home and hopefully be able to get dinner on the table for my husband instead of coming home together and wondering what we'll eat. It'll be so nice having time to plan meals and being able to shop for deals. I love being frugal and efficient! As it is, we buy stuff and forget to use it before it goes bad. What a waste!

I'll keep ya'all posted on any progress!

Friday, August 10, 2007

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Character is what you have left when you've lost everything you can lose. - Evan Esar

Prego Update

Just a few things I see as milestones...

We got our co-sleeper yesterday! I had the honor of taking apart the crib (meaning Big Red didn't stop me once I started) and we both helped set it up the co-sleeper (meaning he secured the sleeping pad when I gave up). One more step!

I've leaked colostrum a couple times. My milk machines are starting to work! Once was a few weeks ago and the other last week, but I failed to mention that earlier in my posts.

Last, but not least (this may be TMI, but is a sign the baby's coming) - A huge part of my mucus plug came out yesterday! Some was out a few days ago but I didn't think anything of it because of the primrose pills. My midwife had said part of the capsule may come out and, even though it was the first time that had happened and I've been doing those pills for well over a couple weeks, I thought it might be attributed to that, but I hadn't taken the night before yesterday and I leaked a LOT. I've heard labor could be coming in a couple days or up to 3 weeks away. We'll see!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

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The price of freedom of religion, or of speech, or of the press, is that we must put up with a good deal of rubbish.
- Robert Jackson

Showers, Dr. Appointment, & Co-sleepers

Busy times! This weekend we had two baby showers (one was thrown by my church and the other by my mother) and yesterday was our doctor appointment. The shower also set us off on cleaning, organizing, and buying what else we needed...

Saturday was our church shower. It was rather quick but we hung out after. It started right on time with a couple games, one of which Big Red got to participate in. He came out with a balloon under his shirt that said how much he weighed when he was born. Yes, I got it on camera! I'll have to post the pictures when I get home (I'm at work). The games were followed by opening presents.

The first gift we opened was from our good friend, Daja. She made me a birthing bracelet with 15 beads, each representing an hour of labor (as first babies usually are 15 hours). It came with a pack of 15 cards. Each card had a Bible verse and something to remember about labor, like it's okay to vocalize. So, for every hour of labor I'll have a verse to meditate on and a little reminder of how to handle labor. (She should TOTALLY market this idea!)

We also got a rainforest bouncer, little girl outfit (from pastor's mom, who is prophesying a girl), a Hooter Hider, bath tub (and sponge), diaper pail (which I registered for because someone commented it was good for cloth), sippy cups, snack cups, color changing spoons (if too hot!), blankets, and the church ladies are going to be getting us a diaper service.

After the gifts, Diana opened the floor for advice. Here are a few things that I remember:
  • Accept help.
  • If you have a choice of laughing or crying - LAUGH!
  • When the kids grow up they won't remember how clean the house it, but they'll remember the time you spent with them.
  • Take the time to simply look at your kids and wonder - at who they are, who God made them, etc.
  • We're not expected to raise perfect kids.
  • Make sure to create a relationship with your kids that give them the security to come to you and confess, no matter how bad it is.
  • Watch your words - speak positive things into your kids' lives.
We were also given Is. 40:11 and Prov. 3:5.

That night Big Red's parents took us and my parents out to dinner. Good food, good company...what more could you ask for? We also hung out with his parents on Sunday. They went to church with us, then we had lunch, and they came over to check out our apartment and see what all we have for the baby (they had only seen our apartment before we got married - full of boxes!).

My mom's shower is more what I'm used to. It started at 3 with fellowship (for the small amount who were on time - mostly those helping out) and then we started games some time after 3:30. It was neat to have time where people "ooh'd" over my belly - how big it is and that they can't believe I'm pregnant. People I didn't know (my mom's friends) even rubbed my belly.

My girlfriend, Kristin (who is also pregnant!), set up most of the games. We played some typical shower games, like unscrambling words and naming and finishing nursery rhymes and stories (where I got to keep the book they came from). We put a twist on an old game. I came out with a tray of baby stuff and went around. We told people they were supposed to remember what was on the tray. After I'd left they found out they were supposed to write down what I was wearing. My mom, who we told about this game, made the comment that she didn't like it, which I found humorous! Another few games they had going was a pool ($1 a guess - yes, it would seem we had gambling) for when the baby comes and guessing how many candies were in a bottle and q-tips in a jar (which my mom didn't count ahead of time - hilarious!).

After my mom released everyone for cake she tried to round them up to watch me open presents. We got a TON of stuff! There were 38 onesies (different sizes), 4 gowns, 3 pants, a couple outfits with footsies, 11 burp cloths, 8 blankets (one said "Jesus Loves Me" - awe!), 7 hooded towels, 18 wash cloths, 2 robes, 8 bibs, hand-sewn (from my mom) jumper and jacket, color changing spoons, a breast pump, teethers, toys, a Costco membership, fuzzi bunz, a crib bedding set, Boppy (and cover), booster seat, diaper bag, Johnson & Johnson travel pack, Playtex bottle and drop-ins, and shopping cart cover/play mat. There was more, but you get the idea...

By the end of the shower I realized I hadn't eaten anything while there as I was so busy! It was so nice to see all these people who love us and some who don't even know us. Some of our friends stayed even past 8pm to talk!

On Monday picked up some Dreft from Target and got almost everything washed and organized (which is when I did my counting).

Thank you to everyone who came to either shower - for your presents and presence! It meant a lot to all 3 of us and we definitely feel more prepared for the baby to come out! I can't wait to see him in all the little outfits and be able to use all gifts as they're intended. Please feel free to visit and welcome our little one!

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Yesterday was our doctor visit. We stopped in to meet the doctor that our midwife works under. It was out in La Mirada (quite a drive) and turned out to be somewhat entertaining. We got called in twice before the doctor saw us. First was to pee in a cup and be weighed and the the second was to answer some questions that weren't on the form, like how tall Big Red is, etc. The third time we teased if it was for real!
Once in an exam room, the doctor jumped right into measuring my fondus and checking the heart beat and asked us if we had any questions, as that's why we were there. We found out the circumcision, if we have a boy, would be in that office. He asked if I was taking any of the homeopathic pills and I said yes, the red raspberry and evening primrose. He wanted to know if I thought it worked! "My friend thinks it does." He also had to make sure I knew what I was getting myself into - labor hurts. Ya, ya, but women had been having babies since the beginning and never had anything so if they can do it, so can I. Hopefully we won't see him until circumcision!
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After much talking, Big Red and I decided to get a co-sleeper and pack away the crib. I tried to give the crib to my mom, but her friends already offered her a pack-n-play, which they can put out of the way when they don't have the baby.

Our reasoning? As we were registered for a pack-n-play, are short on space in our room, and the crib isn't as stable without the siding (which is how we'd use it to co-sleep), the co-sleeper seemed the better alternative. It can pack up for travel (Mexico) and be used as a pack-n-play. Plus, it's smaller than the crib. Conclusion: We'd have a multi-functional unit (pack-n-play AND crib) that wouldn't take up as much room and is MEANT for the purpose we're using it! If you haven't, check it out here. It is meant to be fixed onto the side of a bed to ease with breastfeeding. Yes, my brilliant husband could have rigged the crib to ensure it was safely secured to our bed, but the crib wasn't quite meant for co-sleeping - as evident by the lack of mattress support when the side is removed.

So, after calling around for pricing and availability, last night we went to Baby & Kids World in San Dimas and ordered an original co-sleeper in the color fern. It was perfect because they were on clearance there for $159.99 instead of $169, $189, and $198 everywhere else. We also ordered the leg extenders as our bed is quite high (yeah for storage!). This place also had the slumber bear and a nursing blanket very similar to the Hooter Hider, along with a LOT of other things.

When we went in we asked if we could see how the co-sleeper is taken apart for travel. It looked a little difficult, but it can be done! The lady was very patient and helpful in showing us the different features. I think she had an idea of how to take it down, but wasn't 100% sure of the exact science of it. I'm sure we'll figure it out!

We still have gift cards for Babies R Us and are planning on going to the Breastfeeding Seminar there this weekend. Oh, the fun of shopping for our baby! I can't wait to meet him!

Monday, August 6, 2007

Prayer Request - Adam

The following is from my cousin, Heather, Adam's sister:

As most of you know, Adam was placed back in the hospital once again. The doctors were saying that his Liver was not functioning as it should.

After a million and one blood test, X-rays, Ultrasounds and Sonograms... They came to find out that his white blood cells were attacking his red... Causeing a back up of billirubin (dead red blood cells) that his liver just can't process fast enough... Thats why he has Jaundice (Yellowing of the skin).

Adam received a transfusion of Platlets (the portion of your blood that allows clotting), about 24 hours later he had severe difficulty in breathing and they gave him a breathing tube & mask. The internests thought that this was a reaction to the Platlet transfusion so they held off on the second transfusion. After another blood test taken, they realized that his platlets were even lower than before at 17,000. (A averege person has between 400,000 & 500,000 platlets).

They removed the breathing tube and came to find that his lungs are covered in mucus. Once they confirmed this they started him on a breathing treatment and Anti-Biotics.

Now it comes down to a Family decision... Adam is too weak to continue with Treatments (Chemo, Radiation etc..), Surgeries or anything else that the doctors want to do just for research.

Adam has fought hard to win, but he just can't anymore. He will be coming home soon, and will not be receiving any further treatment for this cancerous tumor.


Please be praying for my family right now, especially Adam's mom and sister. I used to work with my aunt and she's been taking it hard since they found out he had a brain tumor. They will definitely need strength and comfort.

Update: My aunt called and let me know she spoke to Adam's parents. They're contemplating hospice for him, but he'll be around for a while. She made it sound as if it wasn't as urgent as I thought...