Thursday, February 25, 2010

Belly Laughs

One of the very first people I told I was expecting (after E and my mom), was my dear friend Heather. Being the fabulous friend she is, shortly after I told her my big news, I received a care package in the mail. The package included a cute make-up bag, some foot lotion and the book, Belly Laughs by Jenny McCarthy.

I have to admit that I was a little skeptical at first about reading anything written by Jenny McCarthy, but Heather had tucked a note inside that she had heard the book was hilarious, and I trust her judgement, so I started reading. And she was right, it was hilarious! I laughed through much of the book.

Besides being so funny, it was also a great book to read at a time when I wasn't ready to share the news with many people. There were already a lot of changes happening with my body, and I was a little freaked out. Belly Laughs helped me relax and realize that the things happening to me were very normal.

Last night I picked up the book again to finish it up. Early in my pregnancy I avoided anything that had to do with actually giving birth to the baby. I didn't think I needed to get myself worked up about that part until much later. I was reminded how much I enjoyed the book, and read Jenny's no-no list for husbands to E again (just to refresh his memory).

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is expecting. I'm trying to get my hands on a copy of Baby Laughs now to prepare myself for the first year with baby.

Friday, February 12, 2010

34 Weeks

I can't believe I'm already to 34 weeks! At first it felt like each week lasted a really long time, but now they're flying by.

Not a whole lot to report as far as baby goes right now. She still seems to be doing well, even after I took a little fall in the parking lot earlier this week. I think I probably looked like a cartoon character. One second standing totally up, the next flat on my back. I guess I'll have to be more careful until all the snow and ice melt.

In non-baby related news, my principal told me that my teaching position is being cut for next school year, so I have a lot to think about with that situation. There's not a lot I can do as far as finding a new job for the next couple months, so (after a very emotional Tuesday night) I'm trying to stay calm. Lucky for me, I have a wonderful husband who brought home flowers to cheer me up!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Love and...

I am now 32 (actually, now up to 34) weeks pregnant. Only 8 weeks until I reach the magical 40 weeks and (hopefully) get to meet the little lady.

There are some things I absolutely LOVE about being pregnant, and other things that, well, I don't love so much. But, to focus on the positive...

My absolute FAVORITE thing is feeling baby girl kick. When I first started feeling her move back in October, I wasn't quite sure what I was feeling, but now there is absolutely no doubt. She is a dancing queen. Anytime I eat, sit down, relax, try to sleep or do a variety of other activities, I can feel her squirming around in her cramped little space.

Another wonderful part is sharing the experience with E. Every Wednesday night I get out my copy of What to Expect and we read the little excerpt about baby girl's growth for the week. It's such a fun thing to look forward to each week!

If you know me, you know that I like pink. A lot. And you might expect me to take advantage of the fact that I'm having a girl to get a pink room in my house. But, I did not paint my nursery pink. Baby girl's nursery has a jungle theme. And it has been incrediably fun to decorate the nursery for her (more on that later).

I also like not worrying about weight (well, not as much). I've been trying to keep my weight gain reasonable, and to continue exercising throughout the pregnancy. I have not, however, restricted my intake of sweets. And, as an added perk, nobody really comments on how much I eat. People suggest more sweets, not less, and I'm not one to argue with that!

Friday, February 5, 2010

33 Weeks

It's hard to believe I'm already 33 weeks along. Only 7 more until baby arrives!

I had an appointment with the doctor yesterday, and everything's still looking good. My belly is measuring a little small according to doc, but I feel like it's huge. I have a hard time imagining it getting even bigger over the next (almost) 2 months! I'm still feeling sick some mornings, but at least it's not an every day thing.

I think we're in pretty good shape with the nursery but we still have much to do to get ready for BGS. As of now, she would still be spending most of her time naked or swimming in big clothes. I got a whole bunch of super cute stuff at my baby shower last weekend, but mostly things for her to wear a few months down the road.