Things are going well. I'm still having significant back/hip pain and it can be hard to walk, but it's all worth it. Baby has been very active and my belly is moving all over the place. If you push on him, he'll push back. I hadn't really gained much weight in the 3rd tri until this week when the scale said I gained 2.5 lbs. Baby is gaining a 1/2 lb a week, so I guess I have to claim the other 2. I told Kerry it must of been all the left over cake and chocolate I've been eating from the shower. When I opened my blog, my pg ticker at the bottom updated with "Mommy is gaining a pound a week. Lay off the cake woman! You're not REALLY eating for two.". Kerry and I laughed so hard. The ticker is psychic!
We had our 3rd childbirth class. We went over pain management options, epidurals, induction, forceps/vacuum, c-sections, pushing techniques and met the anesthesiologist. I told Kerry that I think I'm underestimating how painful this event could actually be. I'm blown away by the amount of prep taken (reading books, childbirth classes, practicing techniques, needing a support person) all for about a 1 day event. It's like we're preparing for a triathalon. I think I'm in for a big wake up call, but I'm happy to answer that call.
My 1st baby shower was amazing! We had it at our house which meant all of our projects we had started in about every room of the house had to be completed. We're talking drywall repair, caulking, painting, etc etc. We worked around the clock all week and finished right before the shower. We were exhausted but it is soooo nice to have it all done. It meant not a lot got done in the nursery and all our guests who were excited to see it didn't get to see much, but oh well, at least they were able to maneuver around our house without tripping over tools. Now we can focus all our attention on the nursery.
I thought I would share one of my non-nursery projects, a cherry tree wall decal. This project took me 4 days as I had to transfer each blossom onto the wall individually. It really brightened up the dining room.
So back to the shower. My hosts Eden and Kal did such an amazing job! They made me a memory board that made me cry, several times. It took me forever to read it all because it was so emotional for me. Every time I attempted to read, I had to walk away. While I have survived infertility and made every effort to regain a normal life, I will never forget the painful journey.
Cute brown and blue giraffe balloons:
The coolest party favors, home made chocolate 7's!!!
Vases filled with some of my syringes/vials from treatment: