Oh man you guys, it’s been a bit nutso for us lately. Our life went from 0 to 60 in a blink of an eye and now it really feels like it’s all happening. At once.
So aside from work, which has been busy with all the Holiday mini-sessions I’ve been shooting, we’re now seriously house hunting. We’re working with a Realtor and we’ve been squeezing in open houses during weekends. Ideally we’d like to find something by the end of November, close escrow in January, and move in February before Christopher starts pilot season. We’re slowly beginning to pack up my office and put things in storage since I now work on the couch (sitting comfortably at a desk is impossible for me at this point). My office will transition into a guest room for my in-laws when they come to stay with us in January to help with Baby Boy.
My current office situation. Baby stuff has officially taken over. #reallife #nofilter
Since we’re in limbo right now with our living situation, we haven’t even thought about the nursery. I wish we were going to have a cute nursery to welcome our son home to but there’s no point in setting one up now. He’ll be sleeping with us in our room in a bassinet and by the time we move and able to put his room together, we can transition him to a crib (hopefully) so in a way it all works out. But mom guilt…man, it’s no joke. I see all these adorable nurseries and feel so bad. But I know he’ll have his own space soon in our new home wherever that may be.
Going to miss this view when we move.
We also started our prenatal classes at Kaiser which are once a week for 4 weeks. We went to our first one this past Wednesday and found it very informative. And eye-opening. And scary. Our first class was about what to expect during a “normal” labor and delivery. Next week’s class is about all the problems that can happen during L&D and they’ll cover pain medication options, c-sections, inductions, and other fun stuff. Our hospital tour is in a few weeks, as well, and we’ll be meeting with our doula soon to put our birth plan together to submit to Dr. K and the staff at Kaiser.
Oh, speaking of which…a quick update on my gestational diabetes. I met with Dr. K last week and after reviewing my blood sugar levels over a 2 week period, I won’t need any insulin or meds and can continue managing it with just diet and exercise. He was happy with my numbers and told me to keep doing what I’m doing. The baby is measuring on target – not too big and not too small – and I haven’t gained weight since my last appointment which is a good sign. But the best news? He doesn’t feel I’ll need to be induced early anymore and will let things happen naturally up until 41 weeks. He really wants to avoid induction or a c-section and feels it’s better for me and the baby to have a natural birth which I am so grateful for. So as of now, things are looking good again!
Did I mention anything about our 3D ultrasounds? I don’t think I have… Well, we went for a 3D ultrasound and it was…anti-climatic. At our first appointment Baby Boy refused to how his face. He had his back turned the entire time and was sleeping. I tried everything – drinking cold water and orange juice, eating candy and chocolate, walking around – but no he was content sleeping and staying put. At our 2nd appointment he showed us glimpses of his face but kept playing peek-a-boo by hiding behind the placenta or his arms and legs. Again, we got nothing after an hour. I even had a Coke hoping the sugar and caffeine would make him move around more. Nope. Nada. Zilch. We’re going back again this weekend for a 3rd and final try. Our appointment this time is in the late afternoon when he’s usually awake and moving a lot so we’ll see if we finally get to see him.
Btw, Baby Boy is now head down and we’re hoping he stays that way until his due date. At our ultrasound with Dr. K last week, we saw him position his foot near the top of my uterus and placenta and then kick. Dr. K even found that hilarious. I wasn’t surprised though — this kid has been kicking up a storm and feels like he’s moving around more and more everyday. Except during 3D ultrasounds, apparently.
Guess what’s happening this weekend? Our baby shower! Can you believe it? I can’t. It’s just amazing to me that we’ve gotten this far in our pregnancy. It’s been a bit emotional, too, because I had a hard time believing we’d ever reach this point in any pregnancy. But we’re so excited to celebrate Baby Boy with our loved ones who have been there for us in our journey and who were really there when we needed them. I know my girlfriends have worked so hard putting everything together and Christopher and I are incredibly touched and grateful. I can’t wait to share photos with you next week.
I can’t believe we’re 9 weeks away from meeting our son. We’re definitely getting antsy and more excited by the day. I am so looking forward to Dec. 1st when my maternity leave begins and when I’ll finally be able to have some quiet moments to really prepare and reflect on everything. I’ll finally be able to fully focus on my son and really enjoy being one with him for a few more weeks. I’m not going to lie, there are times when I freak out about delivery and I look at Christopher like I can’t do this. I’m hoping once I have time to prepare for it more, I’ll feel more confident. This should help me feel better, right? Right??
Ok, no time to freak out now. I need to tend to my to-do list and get a million things accomplished today. Hope you have a wonderful and fun weekend! xoxo