Monday, March 28, 2011

Week Thirty-Four

Week thirty-four did not bring the news from the Dr. that I was hoping to hear. I had hoped that we would hear that Lilly had disengaged and was floating again. But instead he said she is a tad farther down and I am starting to soften. With news like that I of course want to know exactly when we can expect her, but I guess it is still not an exact science and there is no way of knowing. I have 5 more weeks of class and I desperately want to finish. In the meantime I spent the rest of the week on my left side preparing anything and everything that I might need in case Lilly does come early. My exams are written, lectures are done, back-up plans are made, etc.. At this point if I do have any signs of labor the Dr. is prepared to stall it as long as possible, but at week thirty-five he will let nature take its course, so we will see what happens. As good as I have been at my rest, we did sneak out for an hour to see Matt's good friend Davy play in a reunion concert of Sweet Japonic. We didn't stay too long, only enough to see few songs, but we did get a chance to see Davy and his fiance Jamie before the concert started, they are one of the fantastic couples getting married this Summer and we are thoroughly looking forward to their posh Chicago wedding. I do have to say being pregnant and in a bar does tend to draw quite the looks, but on the plus side I got cuts in the bathroom Over the weekend of week thirty-four my mom and her friend Linda came up for a Saturday visit while the boys were at the State Final basketball games. It was a delight to have some company and it was great because I didn't have to lift a finger. They worked on the valances in Lilly's room which will coordinate with her quilt and bedding, did some laundry and ironing for me and brought lots of food to snack on. I am stocked up on homemade Mac and Cheese and Rice Pudding for the rest of the week. I guess if there is a bright side to having to lay on your left side it is letting other people help out! Next week is going to be a really busy week on campus so this week has been a perfect week of preparation.

34 weeks: Baby weighs as much as a cantaloupe
Your baby has bulked up like the average cantaloupe -- to about 4 3/4 pounds. (Length: almost 18 inches, head to heel.)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Week Thirty-Three

Week thirty-three has been full of learning. We found a great local resource called BabyBeloved that focuses on natural childbirth and breastfeeding and we took a breastfeeding class through them. The class was really interesting and gave us a good education on the topic, as well as, on pumping and supplies. We are planning to make a trip back there as their pumps and supplies are WAY less expensive than at the big box stores, plus they do a lot of consulting and fittings to make sure it is the best system for your needs. After we were fully educated on breastfeeding we spent some time at the hospital learning about their check-in system and took a tour of the Maternity floor. I can't say that the day made me more or less excited, but it did make it seem more real. On the belly front week thirty-three is the first official week that my waist size is larger than Matt's. Out of curiosity the other day we measured the largest part of my belly to find that it is a whopping 36.5 inches, a mere 12.5 inches larger than my usual size. We had to laugh as we are sure it is going to continue to grow a ton over the next six weeks. We are now going to make that a weekly activity to at least insight some belly laughs. On a side note: Matt has hidden all of his jeans so that I don't try to wear them with my 4 inch heels...

In a previous post I mentioned that Matt was working to get the kitchen floor completed and it is done! Here is a before and after shot. Notice that the original tile is a dark green that had dirty spots built into the design. It just made the whole kitchen look dark and dated, so Matt put down a oil based floor paint to temporarily improve the look. I think that it made a huge improvement and for $20 bucks it will make the kitchen more bearable for the months to come.

33 weeks: Baby weighs as much as a pineapple
Your baby is proportioned like a pineapple when it comes to weight -- a little over 4 pounds. (Length: more than 17 inches, head to heel.)

Monday, March 14, 2011

Week Thirty-Two

Week thirty-two has been an interesting Spring Break week. We had planned to spend some time in Chicago with friends followed by eating out every night. However, after our thirty-two week appointment we had a change of plans. It appears that Miss Lilly is a planner like her mom and she is already head down and engaged. We are believing that she just needs more room in my short torso and that she is not going to get excited and come early. While we wait to see what occurs I am spending lots of time on the couch on my left side - I am truly giving this new couch a thorough quality assurance test. I am back to work when school starts up again, but I am supposed to stay off my feet as much as possible and lay on my left side when I am home. We hope at our next check up there is no change and I can slowly return to normal activity. We did splurge one night after I had been resting for several days and went out to dinner with our friends Amanda and Max to celebrate their engagement - it is becoming the Summer of weddings, so far including Erin's wedding we have five to attend, one of them in Chicago and another in Madison. Lilly is going to become quite the seasoned traveler.

32 weeks: Baby weighs as much as a jicama
Your baby is taking up more and more space in your uterus and weighs as much as a large jicama -- about 3 3/4 pounds. (Length: about 16 3/4 inches, head to heel.)

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Week Thirty-One

Week thirty-one has been focused on finishing up a few small projects around the house. When we moved in we really took our time unpacking and making things organized. Part of our laziness was due to my lack of wanting to use toxic chemicals and lift heavy objects. But, we have finally got almost all of the need-to-do-now items checked off our list. We spent quite a few hours in the office organizing paperwork and unidentifiable bins, followed by several hours in the bathroom making it more enjoyable. If you remember from an earlier post, we are planning to gut the main bathroom at some point in the future, but we wanted to do something now to make it better. First up we painted the walls Dolphin Fin followed by touching up the cabinet, mirror and countertop. Matt built me a new shelf to go under the countertop and we added window coverings and a crown molding valance. We thought we would need to re-grout everything due to the fact that the grout was tan in color and it should have been white... but after several hours with some grout cleaner and an electric toothbrush the grout is now bright white again and it was about half the hard work. I have to say the bathroom is far from new and spectacular, but at least the Tomasoski's can visit again and I don't have to apologize for the sub-par conditions. It feels good to have some personal touches in the house, although my internal battle with my type A, I want it done now personality, has almost gotten the best of me and I still want a few more things done now! The last few tasks that we really want to tackle before Lilly gets here include the kitchen floor, the hot water heater and some problem plumbing in the main floor bathroom.

31 weeks: Baby weighs as much as four oranges
Your baby now weighs as much as four navel oranges. (Length: over 16 inches, head to heel.)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Week Thirty

Week thirty means we have ten weeks left, oh. my. gosh. ten weeks left. It seems like the time is flying by, which is always the case during the Winter semester. I think that it has something to do with the days getting longer and the students starting to dress more and more Spring like. But specifically this year it is hard to believe that Lilly will be with us in only ten more weeks. This past week we gave Lilly her first taste of corporate culture when we attended a dinner and Jazz concert with some select X-rite employees. Matt was chosen based on his awesome systems engineering skills to attend this posh event with the CEO, VP of HR and others. The dinner was delicious and the concert was interesting
( ... the singer is well known to those in the know, but for us commoners she was the one who sang The Nanny theme song. Lilly continues to love music and danced around a ton during some of the more upbeat Jazz songs. We also had a brief check-up with the Dr. to go over the results of my glucose test, measure my growing belly and take my blood pressure. Things continue to look great and we don't need to go back until week thirty-two. Until then we have lots of activities including Spring Break to enjoy.

30 weeks: Baby weighs as much as a large cabbage
Your baby rivals a good-size cabbage in weight, tipping the scales this week at 3 pounds. (Length: about 15 3/4 inches, head to heel.)