Thursday, October 29, 2009

Hello 9 months!

I will officially be 9 months on Saturday, but wanted to make sure I got in an approximate 9 month belly shot so we took some tonight. You can tell how much he has dropped, and every morning he drops more and more it seems. Even though I am quite large, I still absolutely LOVE having a baby bump. I'm going to miss it. So far, I've made it with NO stretch marks!! I pretty much slide into bed with the amount of lotion I lather on. Well, I'm off to help Rich hang the last few things in Reese's nursery. When his comforter gets back (I had it monogrammed prior to it being stuffed and finished off), I'll post some pictures of the nursery!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

36 Week Appointment

I went in for our 36 week appointment today. I am about 36 weeks now. My due date is VERY tentative so who knows for sure. We miscarried twins in January and although I had some "spotting" on Feb. 21st, my doctor has decided it would be best to gage MY due date based on the size of the baby instead of the last menstral date. Anyone with a brain knows that the baby's size can change within a day so long story short, I am just a different case that doesn't have a "set" due date. I have a wonderful doctor though that has kept SUCH a close eye on everything. We feel so blessed that we have gotten to see this little one (via ultrasound) so much due to my doctor being so thorough with us. Anyways, I will be "approximately" 36 weeks on Saturday.

I got to my appointment, and they did the usual... weight, blood pressure, etc then took me back to our room. My feet have been swollen the last few days, and I just thought it was because I am on them ALL day long teaching. Well my doctor walked in and said, "Do you have a sub lined up?" I told him that they are in the process of getting someone, and interviewed someone today. He said that he is sending me for an ultrasound next Tuesday because my belly isn't growing as much as he would like. Everyone kept saying that I didn't look like I had gained much, and I haven't, but I'm eating as much as I can. He said that sometimes when you are on the petite side that your ribs won't expand as much which pushes the baby down really quickly. He basically said that I would be lucky to make it another week without my water breaking because of all of the pressure. To say Reese has dropped would be an understatement! He is LOW! I've also started having contractions like crazy. They are monitoring these as well. His concern is the amount of stress that Reese is putting on my body. If my amniotic fluid is low (in the slightest) or my blood pressure is up at all next Tuesday he is going to either induse (sp?) me or for sure put me on bed rest for a week. Needless to say, we are excited/nervous about it all. If we have him next Tuesday/Wednesday he would be about 3 and half weeks early. My doctor said that Reese is absolutely fine, and that he delivers babies at 34 weeks all the time that don't even have to stay in the hospital for extra time. He is just worried about the stress that the baby is putting on my body, and he wants me nice and healthy for the delivery. I'll keep you all posted! Keep us in your prayers.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Any day now!

It is hard to believe that Reese will be here "any day now." I have started having contractions, but they are very sporatic. I'll have one, then another 15 minutes later, then it will be 30-45 minutes before I have another one. I rested most of the day on Saturday and only had a few that night. They seem to be worse after working all day then running errands after work. I have been VERY natious this past week though. I barely have an appetite and have actually lost 4-5 lbs this past week. I have one friend that has been quite negative about my entire pregnancy... almost like a pregnancy natzi. One of those people that tells you every negative thing that is going to happen and tries to correct every little thing that you say. She would tell me, "just wait until the last two months, you'll gain a ton." Another instance in which I just needed to listen to my doctor and realize that EVERY pregnancy is SO different. I'm so sick at this point that I literally am making myself eat just so that Reese gets his nutrients. There is no more room in this belly for anything else! I am still loving being pregnant. It is the most beautiful experience that I have encountered in life. I love feeling Reese move and getting to buy him things. I love the fact that he is with me all the time. Every time I look down and see my growing belly, I can't help but to thank God for this precious miracle growing inside of me. We are now finished with all 3 of our showers. My mom's friends threw me a shower, our Church Saturday Class threw us a shower, and my teachers at my school threw me a shower just this past Thursday. It is amazing how many people are already so in love with Reese, and they haven't even been able to meet him. We have been blessed with anything that this little boy could ever need! He has more Polo shirts than Rich and I have combined lol! He is going to be just a little spoiled! He is coming home in a baby blue Polo onesie, white booties, and a white tabogon with his initials monogrammed on it. Our bags are packed, the car seat is installed, we picked a pediatrician, and Reese's bag is packed. His bedding and drapes are hung, and I LOVE the way it turned out! We still have a few things to hang on the walls, and his nursery will finally be complete. I am headed to get his frames fixed (the backs need to be put on them) tomorrow, and after they get returned everything should be ready to go. I have been "nesting" like crazy! All of our pictures had been just thrown in a box, and we had accumulated over 6 years worth of pictures. Over fall break, I organized all of our pictures (in chronological order) in photo albums. We are decorating the house for Christmas this week so that once Reese gets here, all we have to do is is take care of him and enjoy our sweet bundle of joy! Here are some recent pictures! We had an ultrasound at 32 weeks, and Reese is now head down, face down!

The gang at our Diaper Shower!

Heart beat = 148

Rich STILL gets them to check at EVERY ultrasound to make sure that it Reese is still a boy lol!

Profiling! Rich says he has my lips and nose.

Our doctor is VERY thorough and has them check his spine at every appointment. Perfect spine!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Maternity Pictures

My sister-in-law took all of our maternity pictures for us. She did a really good job, and I LOVE them! I am going next week to get them framed and put up in Reese's room and a few for our living room. Here are a few of my favorites.

8 months!

I am 33 weeks and things are starting to FLY by. My doctor asked me at one of my last appointments if my bags were packed. My reply was "no they aren't packed, my thank you cards aren't even finished!" Everything is coming together though. We have even decided on a name. Reese William Hall is what we have decided on! I love the name and have already started getting his diaper bag monogrammed. I still need to find some pants to go with his "Heaven sent" onsie and blue cashmere cardigan to wear home from the hospital. Rich and I made a deal that he gets to pick out what Reese will wear in the nursery, and I get to pick out what he wears home from the hospital. Of course, Rich has picked a KY onsie and beanie for him. I couldn't say no though. He was so excited about getting Reese all dressed up in KY gear and to show him off. The nursery is almost finished, and I love it! We still have to hang the chandelier and get the lamp shades to go on it, and our bedding is almost finished. My mom's sweet friend is doing our bedding and drapes. We did a silk silvery color with cream for his bedding. I LOVE the fabric!!! We are also still waiting on our ottoman to arrive and to hang a few things on the walls. Other than that though, it's finished!!! I have been busy doing thank you cards and having showers and have had 3 evaluations this past month. I will officially be tenured at the beginning of next year! I have a pediatrician interview on Monday. Hopefully we will like her. I hear that she is very open to not having babies vaccinated, and we have chosen to not have Reese get the hepatitus vaccine at the hospital. I am on Fall Break right now. I have NEEDED a few days to just get caught up on rest. I only have two more small loads and all of Reese's clothes, blankets, burp clothes, socks, beanies, etc will be finished. I'm in the process of getting his cabinet cleaned out so we have somewhere to put all of his sterilized bottles, etc. Rich is getting his travel system put together, and we are planning on having our bags packed by the end of next week. Wow, he will be here before we know it. Hard to believe that two weeks from now, my doctor won't stop my labor! Here are some pictures of our first beautiful shower!

My grandmother and mom are at the far right.
I was so thankful that mawmaw got to come in town for the shower.
Some friends that got to come

Getting BIG! I love having a baby bump!

Rich's favorite gift. Thank you Rosemary!

Nana...a.k.a My mom!

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