Tuesday, March 25, 2008

o hai!

DSC00035, originally uploaded by a-chan.

O Hai!

No baby news. I’m walking, I’m working and I’m drinking a lot of water. The only other thing I know of to get the baby moving would be very uncomfortable right now.

The picture was taken on my lunch walk. I walked by it yesterday and thought of taking a picture, but I just kept walking. Today, I decided SOMEONE needed to take the picture.

I almost couldn’t get out of bed this morning to go to work. I wasn’t planning on working until I go into labor, but my last day is set for April 11. If I stop working now that labor is immanent and then I don’t actually have her for another week or two, well, I would be out of that money. I’m just hoping my water doesn’t break at work because I’m not bringing a change of clothes to work every day and it would take Richard 30 minutes to get here.

Every little pain, twinge, strain and weird feeling makes me stop and think to myself “is this it?” But it’s not and life goes on. I really didn’t think I’d get to the point of wanting to be done with being pregnant... and I’m not really. I’m just so anxious for her to be here. They were teasing me when they said it would be in the next two weeks... well, I do have one week of the two left, so I guess it could happen.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Baby update - March Baby?

So, I went to my appointment today and had my first "check" to see where I am and apparently I'm 90% effaced and 2 cm dilated and her head is in the 0 position... For those of you that don't know what that means, well, I'm getting ready to pop, a month early (of course, you can't predict that sort of thing, but it will be sooner rather than later). I definitely won't see my due date.... and it will probably be in March (for a reminder, I'm due April 18th)

I was told that a lot of women might be mad at me because they would have been in a lot more discomfort than me if they were about ready. I wasn't all that surprised, I knew something was going on down there, but I really didn't think I was that far along.

Maybe the next baby update will be when she's born!

I was looking for a picture of me, but we still don't have a good one that shows off the belly. All the pictures from the baby shower are of me sitting down unwrapping presents... and I look like a whale... okay, maybe not that bad, but with my dark pants, it looks like my lower body is a big blob! So instead, you get a picture of some happy onion rings:


Friday, March 14, 2008

One whole month!

So I just went to see when my last post was... Feb. 14th and today is March 14th. I should probably do a baby update and then share my FOs (yes, I've been cranking things out since my last post).

Baby update:
A few weeks ago I was woken up by a call from Kaiser saying that the "specialist" had reviewed my last ultrasound and had ordered up some non-stress tests... Twice a week till the end of my pregnancy. For those of you that don't know what a non-stress test is: They make me go in and strap me into the baby monitors (same ones used in the labor rooms) to monitor the baby's heartbeat (both at rest and when she's active) and any contractions. I'm not sure if this next part is normal, but they did a short little ultrasound to check on the amniotic fluid levels. Of course this news freaked my mom out (a nurse) and she almost canceled her trip to Disneyland. Good thing that the first test was before she left because I "passed" with flying colors and Mom agreed to go to Disneyland. I would have felt really guilty if she had stayed home for no reason.

The second test wasn't so good. Baby Banana didn't want to wake up and stay awake. It was kind of stressful because they weren't really saying out loud what was going on. They used this buzzer thing to try and wake her up... imagine a vibrator that makes a buzzing noise like a game show's buzzer. That test took an hour and a half instead of 20 minutes... but in the end everything was okay.

The third test was just as good as the first one and I met with my normal lady afterwards and she said I didn't need to go for those tests any more! I was excited because the $20 co-pay twice a week would have added up to a good chunk of change.

I haven't been in since then, but my next appointment is Monday. I think I've finally made it to the uncomfortable faze. I'm having a harder time sleeping at night, I've finally started having some Braxton-hicks contractions (I actually thought I might have needed to make a trip to labor and delivery last night, but they stopped), and I'm feeling just a bit off. This pregnacy has been such a mild one, that I didn't think I'd ever reach the point where I'd want out (or, I'd want Baby Banana out.. hehe). Oh, I might add, I'm at 35 weeks now, two more weeks till full term, 5 weeks until due date. I'm hoping for sooner than later. She should be about 5.25 lbs now.

And for the FOs:


Ravelry project page
Pattern: Baby sweater on two needles - The Knitters Almanac (Elizabeth Zimmermann)
Yarn: Socks that Rock - Mediumweight (mill end)
Needles: US 5 / 3.75 mm
Mods: I decided on only 3 button holes, all three in the garter stitch section. The first time I knit this I didn't like how many button holes I ended up with in the end.


Ravelry project page
Pattern: Daisy from knitty - Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Yarn: Manos del Uruguay Cotton Stria (two skeins)
Needles: US 5 / 3.75 mm
Mods: Went down two needles sizes hoping for a bit of a smaller sweater for a coming home outfit, but it still looks kinda big.
Things I would do differently: I don't like sewing up seams, so I think I would try to figure out how to do it with out having to sew the seams, should be easy...