A Gracious Place

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

See how far we've come

A onesie from a lady at church who had no idea what these three words would mean to us.

At Thanksgiving, when I thought I was really starting to show.

And a shot taken last week.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Baby Blanket

Last Wednesday, Uncle Marty took us out for steak. He was in town for a Pastor's conf. When we met him (and his Creative Arts Associate) at Saltgrass, a giant gift bag was waiting for us. Its contents? A gorgeous afghan for the baby, chrocheted by Aunt Ruthann. Thank you so much!

Monday, February 19, 2007

Counting Down, Getting Ready

We had a shower at Baylor with Dan's co-workers. I went up there on a Friday night and we had pizza and presents in the lounge. They were so kind! they gave us the stroller and car seat we registered for, as well as a beautiful cover for the car seat, nursing pillow, and homemade hooded bath towel.

Today I had my 36-week checkup. All is well! Praise the Lord for a smooth 3rd trimester so far. I am feeling big, but can still put my socks on so no complaints. Although, Dan would tell you have a creative way of doing it! I no longer have any room for her to grow up, her little boney bottom is right up against my sternum. She will just have to grow out from now on! I go to the doctor now once a week for the next three weeks. I have a feeling this last month is going to just fly by!!! There is a lot to do yet. However, I did wash some baby clothes, as you can see, and have started packing our bags.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Learning Labor in a Day

We went to our “Learn Labor in a Day” class on Saturday from 9am-4pm. I have never seen so many pregnant ladies in one place before! It was a neat experience. We learned what to expect in the different phases of labor and when to go to the hospital. I think there was an audible gasp from all of the ladies when she said “It’s time to go to the hospital when your contractions are 5 minutes apart, lasting 1 minute, for 1 hour.” I don’t know how I missed this fact in all of the reading I have done. Personally, thought I should probably be there by the time they are 10 minutes apart. I certainly thought I would be comfy cozy in the hospital with my epidural already pumping feel-good medicine through my body by the time they were 5 minutes apart! Dan feels better now knowing where to take me when said contractions are 5 minutes apart. We also learned positions for increased comfort and breathing techniques. When she taught one breathing technique, the running breathing pace, I was taken back to my soccer conditioning days… I had an in-in-out breathing pattern and would sing in my head with each breath we-ee-will, we-ee-will, rock-you-pause, rock-you-pause. I’m sure that will pop up at least once during labor…and I hope it does!

We also went on a tour. The reality of it all began to sink in during the tour. My favorite part was standing at the admission nursery window watching a nurse poke and prod a newly born baby girl. I could have stood there for hours watching this chubby, pink, screaming stranger. I wonder what it will be like to see my own.

I think all of that practice breathing and positioning gave our baby girl some fancy ideas, because Sunday I woke up cramping and running to the bathroom every ten minutes. I also had some unusual lower back pain. I lied in bed and keep track of my Braxton-hicks for the next three hours. I was having about 8 or 9 per hour. I called the on-call doc and she said to take some Imodium and rest, and if I had any painful contractions to call her back. I didn’t have any painful ones, but the BR ones kept up pretty steady until bedtime.

Monday, I went to the doc and had a fetal monitor on for about 40 min. All is well! It did make me think I better get my bag packed. You never know! We are just glad it wasn’t more serious. I wouldn’t want to be put on bed rest at this point, not to mention, have this baby yet! AHHHHH! I am not ready in so many ways!!!! But it is comforting to know that if she was to come now she would most likely be perfectly healthy. Only 6 more weeks until the expected due date!

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Beyond the Ultimate

Matt has an interesting post about the faith of the coaches who recently faced off in the Super Bowl.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Thirty-Three Weeks

Monday, February 05, 2007