Thursday, September 27, 2007

Still Here

You know, Braxton Hicks contractions I can handle because they don't mean a whole lot. But when the contractions are the real thing, you spend an entire evening timing them, you think this is the real thing...and then they stop. I don't know how much more of this I can handle! They were pretty strong yesterday too! I'm going crazy!

I had to convince Corey to go about his schedule today (internship in G.R. a half hour away)- there's no use in two of us sitting around waiting for things to happen!

I plan to go for a walk and then see if I can find something to do to distract me. This baby truly is stubborn!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Doctor's Appointment

Latest update - 100% effaced, a roomy 3cm dilated, and I'm told my baby is just stubborn. My husband thinks that he/she takes after me.:/ Friday I have to go in for an ultrasound to check the amniotic fluid and have a non stress test to make sure baby is happy. I'm really hoping I don't make it to those appointments! I've been having more intense contractions since my appt. Maybe she stirred things up a bit in there!:) I don't want to hope too much, but I can't help it. I'll try to keep you posted! Corey will probably be the first to blog once baby's born - so check his site - it's a link on mine.

It Came and Went

My due date that is...uneventful!:( You know, I've always assumed first babies are late. And that's what I had in my head. But there were a couple babies around me born early and they were firsts. Then there's my midwife - I think I'm silently cursing her. She kept throwing hope out there -"I don't think you'll make it to your due date." ,"3cm, 80% effaced - looking good! This weekend would be good!" AGGHH!!

I was doing o.k. until last night. Last night I felt real emotional and completely hopeless. What good are all the contractions I've been having - they don't materialize into the real thing! I feel right now like this baby is never going to come out. And last night when he/she decided to wake up at 11:30p.m. and stay up until after 1a.m., I wasn't too happy with him either. I felt like I wanted to crawl out of my skin!

Have a doctor's appt. today. I'm sure she'll want to check things out and see how it's going down there. At this point, I'm not sure if I want to know or not! I'm convinced this baby ain't coming out till October!:( And no matter how many new moms tell me to enjoy this time while I have it...I just can't seem to do so. Waiting is difficult!

Monday, September 24, 2007


Saturday, Sept.22, Corey and I took the mile trail through the woods at Hoffmaster State Park. We stopped halfway and sat on a log to eat our lunch. It was a lovely day! The walk was a little exhausting for me, but I think I did o.k. I keep thinking if I walk and walk and do some more walking, maybe baby will take a hint!:) (And for those of you who plan to respond with other suggestions, I've heard 'em all!:))

The trail comes out on the beach, but Corey decided to take the trail back the way we came and see how fast he could do it...without me to slow him down.:) I, on the other hand, enjoyed a leisurely walk on the beach and about 10 min. of just sitting and staring out at the lake, as well as trying to get some pictures of my profile.:)
But, as you know, since you're reading this post, baby has yet to take the hint...:/ We are still waiting on our little one to make an appearance, hopefully this week!

Oh yeah, and even though our dog drives me crazy most of the time, I thought this was a pretty cute picture of him.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Feeling Better!

Yeah!!! My camera battery charger has been found! What a relief! There's no way I wanted to pay $50 for a new one! And to get one cheaper off the internet would have required time - which I may have and I may not.

My dear Phil, the guy that rents a room from us, had been helping me out ever since I told him - on the internet, suggesting stores to call, etc. And he's the one who ended up finding it! Come to find out, it was one of my cleaning raids that put it in a random place.:/

Just thought I'd let you all know.:)


Goodness, I've been crabby lately! I think I need this pregnancy thing to be done! It doesn't help when you keep finding out at doctor's appointments that your body seems to be very much ready for the big day, but that big day does not come!

One cause of my crabbiness has been my camera. Yeah, I know, weird. But my battery went dead the other day and when I went to get my charger, I couldn't find if anywhere! Still can't! How do you lose something like that?! So I'm freaking out, because I could go into labor at any moment and I don't even have a camera to take pictures of my newborn baby! AGGHH!

Perhaps another cause of the frustration I'm feeling is false hope. Last night, I was awake for about 3 hours, experiencing my first real contractions. Oh boy, I thought, I may be having this baby today! But I finally was able to go back to sleep, and when I woke up, nothing was happening!:( Bummer. I did have a few plans today that I didn't want to miss...careful what you wish for I guess!

And it's HOT! The heat has not been too bothersome this summer, but it might be getting to me today.

So my poor husband takes off not long after I come home, saying, "call if you go into labor." Guess I don't want to be around me right now either.

So anyway... hopefully tomorrow will be better!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Going Stir Crazy!

So I didn't think this was possible with me! Whenever people say they're bored, I always laugh and say I don't know the meaning of the word! But I can tell I need a job! I've had the whole summer to get projects done and now that I'm about to have this baby anytime, I'm kind of limited in the projects I can do. I'm ready for baby - I've done about all I can do. I've got 4 meals in my freezer (don't think I have room for more), my laundry's caught up...I'm going crazy! Now I'm looking for things to do. I think I'll change my wardrobe since I'll be in my regular clothes (hopefully!) soon and it's getting cool out. Maybe I'll do some baking. And I'm thinking, if baby still hasn't come, next week I'll clean the house; maybe just one room a day - spread it out and keep me from doing too much.

I love to read, but I guess I'm not very good and just sitting down and reading all day. I have to be "productive" first, and then take a break.

Waiting is difficult! I'm starting to wonder if baby's every going to come out and see the world!:)

Friday, September 14, 2007

Baby's Cradle

You don't hear about babies having cradles anymore. Bassinets are what the stores are selling. But my baby will be sleeping in an old-fashioned, handmade, wooden cradle.
My great grandfather made a cradle for me when I was born. The second picture shows the engraving he put on the bottom of the inside of the cradle. My mom said that by the time he finished it and gave it to her, I was already too big to fit in it. So, 27 years later, it will be used for the first time...for real anyway. I'm sure my dolls slept in it through the years.:)
I'm so excited to be able to use such a precious piece of history! I don't know how many people can say they knew their great grandparents, but I had the privilege of knowing them for many years of my life. And they were sweethearts!
The cradle sits by my bedside - no, there's not a lot of room, but it fits there perfectly! And no, I haven't tripped over it getting out of bed at night - figured I'd better practice for a few weeks before my baby is actually sleeping in it!:)
I'm waiting for that cradle to be filled by my precious baby! Not long now!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Getting Ready

My midwife told me last week that she didn't think I'd make it to my due date. Aggghh!! Exciting...scary... 'Course, she can't predict these things 100%, but my cervix is doing all it's supposed to to get ready for the labor and birth process.

I kind of felt frantic after being told this, and made a list of all the things I still need to do.

Saturday, Corey and I finally made it to the hospital for a tour. I always feel more comfortable going into a situation with some familiarity. Walking down those hallways kind of freaked me out - 1) I'm not real fond of hospitals (who is?!), 2) I can't believe that I've come to this point in my life...I'M about to have a baby!

I bought a few more baby supplies yesterday. I just don't want to have to go out and get anything immediately after baby is born or have to send Corey out...:)

Today, I spend all day in the kitchen preparing a couple meals to freeze. I now have 3 meals in the freezer...doesn't sound like much. Maybe I'll get a few more done before contractions start.

Last night at church, the guys started a "pool" (no real money involved - not sure what the "prize" will be) on what day they think baby will be born - cracked me up! I guess every date's been taken from 5 days before to 5 days after. My husband picked the 24th, unknowingly...that's the day exactly 40 weeks after the day we're guessing baby was conceived.:)

I'm feeling ready, as far as getting things done goes. Ready for labor to actually begin...I don't know about that - I'm pretty nervous! I need to do a better job of reading my affirmations on my bathroom mirror!

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Spades - Keeping Me Up At Night

The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.So, here I am 9 months pregnant. Don't pregnant ladies in the last trimester sleep a lot? I was expecting to feel like I did in the first trimester, but I don't. I'm more tired for sure, but I'm not very good at taking naps during the day, and I'm becoming even worse at getting to bed at a decent hour at night!

Corey and I have discovered a new 2-person game! I'm such a big gamer, but our repertoire has been Cribbage and Golf(cards). Corey learned how to play spades a couple weeks ago in the UP, and now I'm staying up till 1:30a.m. playing Spades! Aggghh!! I keep thinking that it'll be really bad if I go into labor after one of these late nights - I really need to work on getting more sleep! 'Cause even after a late night, I still don't sleep in. Although this morning I was in bed till 10a.m.! Whoa, this is LATE for me!

Anyway, I think I'm just eating up every moment of time I can share with Corey alone right now, because it's all about to change!:)

Monday, September 3, 2007

9 Months!

These were taken tonight. Corey is kind of impatient about taking these pictures...for whatever reason. So however they turn out is what I have to show.:)

I was 36 weeks (9months) last week Tuesday, Aug. 28th. I will be 37 weeks tomorrow.

I've always assumed first time pregnancies go late, but I've heard of a few recently that were early, so we shall see. My due date is Sept. 25.

I've been told to enjoy these last few weeks of pregnancy, which I will try to do, but it's not very easy to get comfortable these days.

School Starts Tomorrow

School starts tomorrow. Typically, I'd be dreading going back, dreading my alarm clock going off at 6a.m. It's always been hard for me to go back. I love my 3 months of summer! Corey says I'm one of those people who's too busy to have a job.:) I never run out of things to do around the house.

At the same time, I truly do love my job! I get to work with kids, and I especially enjoy the elementary age group! I love interpreting. I love feeling like I'm making a difference.

But tomorrow, I will not be getting up at 6a.m. I will not be going back to school. For the first time since I graduated 6 1/2 years ago, I do not have a job. And instead of feeling the dread of going back, I'm feeling left out and saddened!

True, I'm pregnant and could have this baby just about anytime now. But it wasn't my choice to not be working right now, and that's what's really tough!

I might shed a tear or two. I definitely won't be able to step foot in the school building tomorrow just to say "hi" and let everyone see the 9 month pregnant lady.

Maybe I'll get over these feelings and frustrations. I don't know. I do know my body needs this time to rest up before my life changes forever! So, I guess I should accept the situation as it is and enjoy this time of rest and relaxation. And I'm sure once baby is born, I won't be missing the school scene too much.:)