Friday, April 29, 2011

Monday, April 25, 2011

Week Thirty-Eight

Week thirty-eight has been somewhat adventurous and full of activity. Now that we have hit all the right marks for development and timing I am free to go back to a normal lifestyle again, yea that has been fun. To start off the week we had a great time with our friends the Oostings, who were in town visiting from Chicago. Asher, his dad Jason and Matt played some nail biting innings of baseball in the family room and Sheri and I had a good time with girl talk. By the middle of the week I treated myself to a prenatal massage and it was delightful. I wish, I was able to have done a massage once a week the whole third-trimester, but we didn't want to risk inducing labor too soon. The therapist was great and worked on my lower back and some acupressure points that hopefully with prepare my body for a "gentle" birth. Depending on when Lilly decides to make her appearance I might make another appointment for the end of this week, just to appease my Taurus personality. We also had our weekly check-up and no surprise Lilly has continued to move towards delivery I am now fully effaced and dilated to 3, it seems that it won't be too much longer now. I have been having regular contractions for hours at a time, but nothing to visit the hospital over. We are hoping that all this practice and movement will help ease me into labor, if that is possible. The last major event of the week involved having my family up for Easter dinner, I believe this is the first time that we have not had this event at my mom's house, so it was a delightful change. Everyone arrived early and helped my prepare the meal and then we all sat back and enjoyed the nice day. We even found time to do a little yard work and go for a walk around the neighborhood. It has been delightful to see the flowers bloom at the new house, I am excited to see what else comes up this Summer and then make a plan to plant for the Fall.

38 weeks: Baby is as long as a leek
Your baby, now as long as a leek, weighs nearly 7 pounds. (Length: more than 19 1/2 inches, head to heel.)

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Week Thirty-Seven

Week 37 has left me excited for the end of the semester. I finished up all important lectures and have handed out all the remaining project packets, now if Lilly decides to come it should be easier to be gone from the last few classes. I also completed my last major day of meetings for the year and have helped to encourage the last group of high-school recruits to attend GVSU and major in business. It is so fun to be on campus these last few weeks, the excitement from the students just fills the air and with the sunshine and daffodils out, you can't help but feel good. Speaking of feeling good, I have been enjoying the last few weeks and I am somewhat sad to know that my pregnancy is almost over, sure I have had my fair share of ups and down, bed rest, aches and pains, etc.. but overall I feel really blessed to have been able to stay comfortable and energetic throughout. I finally got around to taking some pictures of Lilly's room after many people have asked me to post them, for the most part the room is all set, however we are still waiting on our rocking chair to go in the corner next to the nightstand and Matt is finishing a bookcase to go where the bassinet is temporarily placed. The goal of the bassinet is to have it in our room or on the first floor depending on how it is needed.

37 weeks: Baby is as long as a stalk of Swiss chard
Your baby is as lofty as a stalk of Swiss chard and weighs 6 1/3 pounds. (Length: a bit over 19 inches, head to heel.)

Friday, April 15, 2011

Maternity Photographs

We had such a great experience a few weeks ago with super cool photographer Tricia Brummel of Frame by Frame Photography and now we get to see some of her excellent work. Matt and I are so amazed by her creativity and her willingness to find just the perfect shots. Above is a sample of our photo shoot and you can see more pictures on her Facebook page.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Week Thirty-Six

Week thirty-six was my mom's Spring Break so she spent a few days of it with us, it was great to have her in town and we (she) was able to get lots of lingering tasks around the house completed. We now have extra clean windows, sparkling bathroom floors and frozen meals to enjoy in the weeks to come. It has started to get a little boring resting so much when I am not teaching, so above and beyond all the success around the house, it was nice to have someone around during the day to make fun of daytime television with. We saw the Dr. towards the middle of the week and he was not surprised to report that Lilly has moved farther down and that I am now about fingertip dilated. I am still hoping that I will make it through the last two weeks of class, but I guess we will see.

36 weeks: Baby is the size of a crenshaw melon
Your baby, almost 6 pounds and still packing on the pounds at a rate of about an ounce a day, is comparable to a crenshaw melon in size. (Length: more than 18 1/2 inches, head to heel.)

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Week Thirty-Five

Week thirty-five, wow, what a week! The week brought everything from a baby shower, to the culmination of six months of planning at our Careers in Management Event and somewhere in between we managed to get some maternity photos taken. The week started with the generosity of my colleagues who threw me a delightful baby shower on campus, it was a great afternoon filled with great food, delicious cake and some great advice from some very loving parents. Everyone was so kind and spoiled us with wonderful gifts and the ability to go out and purchase all the odds and ends that we still may need. Matt and I are looking forward to that trip, however I was just too tired this week to make it happen. Instead, I focused my energy on our Careers in Management Event which I have been helping to plan for the last six months. The event focused on 20ish corporate partners, a discussion panel, private reception and keynote speaker ... who knew my prior involvement in conference planning would come in handy again. The event was the first of its kind and we worked extra hard to make it a success and we were so happy to see that our hard work paid off. We ended up with three times more students that we had originally planned on and our corporate partners are already interested in participating next year. Outside of all the hard work to make the event a success it has been extra fun to plan with my friend Teresa who also is pregnant, very quickly our meetings moved to the lunch hour and ALWAYS involved lots of food. Our last major event of the week involved Matt and I getting some maternity photos taken. We had originally planned this for later in April, but with Lilly getting so excited to join us we felt the need to push the date up several weeks. Although we had hoped to have pictures with spring blooming all around us we actually got really lucky and had a sunny, balmy day. It will take about two weeks to get the proofs online and we are very excited to see how they turn out.

35 weeks: Baby weighs as much as a honeydew melon
Your baby, now as hefty as a honeydew melon at 5 1/4 pounds, doesn't have much room to maneuver in your belly. (Length: more than 18 inches, head
to heel.)