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Friday, October 30, 2009

23 Weeks

I’ve only got two more weeks until the magical 25 weeks. That’s when the baby will have a good chance of survival outside the womb.

I’m feeling pretty good. My pelvis pain has subsided significantly, and the morning sickness is gone. I still throw up every once in awhile for no apparent reason, but I don’t have the nausea anymore.

Last week I got some fantastic deals at a consignment sale in Spanish Fork. Since I’m returning to work, I won’t be able to breastfeed like I’d really like to. But, I got a fantastic electric breastpump for $100. I really want to try pumping for as long as I can.

I also got a baby tub for $1, a Baby Bjorn carrier for $10, and a little play floor gym thingy for $7. It was definitely worth my while to go.

Daniel still hasn’t felt Abigail kick. There is this strange phenomenon where she’ll be kicking up a storm and then as soon as he puts his hand on to feel, she stops.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

22 Week Ultrasound

I had my 22 week ultrasound this morning. I’ve got some cool pictures, and It’s really fun to see how much she’s grown over the last 6 weeks. I’ll scan them and put them up later. But, basically, she’s measuring totally normal, and she’s definitely still a girl.

Also... this weekend my sisters and I finished a valance for baby’s room, and some pillows. I haven’t decided if I’m going to put up pictures yet or if I should wait until the room is totally done. I will leave it to your discretion. If you’re dying to see pictures, let me know. If not, then I’ll just wait until the whole nursery is done.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Grandchildren, Great-Grandchildren, and Firsts

Abigail is pretty lucky, she gets to be the first at a lot of things.

She is going to be our first baby and our first girl. (As a first myself, I have to say that having girls first is the best).

She is going to be my parents’ first grandchild and granddaughter. Still not so sure how they feel about it. (I think my mom thinks she’s too young to be a grandma, whatever). Daniel’s parents have 10 grandchildren. (I think... I can’t really remember off the top of my head, and it’s too late to actually count). However, there hasn’t been a girl in a few years.

She will be my grandmother’s first great-granddaughter. There are already two great-grandsons.

And, I read that the baby can probably hear my voice now. I’ve started reading “Great Expectations” to her at nights when she’s most active. I thought about reading small books like Dr. Seuss or something. But, then I realized that she wasn’t going to understand anything I read, so I may as well attempt to infuse some culture. And, maybe she’ll understand young just how good her life is.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Exciting Projects

Because I’m lucky enough to work for the Federal Government, I get Monday off for Columbus Day.

I’m working on a couple projects for Abigail’s room. I spent all last week being nervous about having nothing done for her room. (Not that she cares at all). Yesterday, I spent the afternoon painting furniture. It looks terrible. I was only able to get the first coat on yesterday, so I’ve got to do more on Monday.

I also ordered the cute polka dot fabric online yesterday. I just took the plunge and did it. I spent all day yesterday at fabric stores looking for something like it, and I couldn’t find anything. So, hopefully I get it in the next week or two so I can start buying other things to match it.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Experiment in Domesticity

So, I found this crib bedding online and fell in love with it. But... it’s over $300 for the set, which is more than we can afford. In a stroke of luck, I was able to find the exact same fabric used in that set for $8.50 a yard. So, I’ve decided to try to sew it myself. And by myself I mean that someone has to help me. I can’t even thread my machine.

Also, I think I’m going to go with a different fabric than the paisley... we’ll see.

This weekend I’m going to paint my crib white. And try to get it into the nursery.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Pardon my absence

Sorry I haven’t updated in awhile. It’s been a crazy few weeks and I haven’t had a chance to really sit down and write something. Daniel was diagnosed with brain cancer and was in the hospital for a week. Then we came back and I was tired, and anyway, that’s what happened.

So, we’ve decided on a name for baby girl. Her name is going to be Abigail Claire. I think I explained my reasoning for these names in a previous post, but in case you don’t remember, here is where her name come from.

Abigail is for Abigail Adams. Because she was an amazing woman. I read David McCullough’s book “John Adams” and was totally enthralled. The HBO miniseries was fantastic as well. What an amazing family. And it all worked because Abigail was smart, strong, and caring. People have asked me if we will call her Abby. I said no, because I never heard Abigail Adams referred to as Abby. But, if others want to call her Abby or if she decides when she’s 3 that she is Abby, that is fine. I won’t lose sleep over it.

Claire is for my late great uncle Clarence. He passed away earlier this year. He was a wonderful man. He always cared so much about me and my family. He was really like a grandfather, even though he was more distantly related than that. I thought it would be a nice way to honor his memory. And, his birthday is February 14. Which is only 11 days before my due date, so totally something that could happen. But, either way, it’s the same month.

Also, I’m wearing maternity clothes now. Well, kind of. I’ve got two pairs of pants. I like them, but I don’t think most people can tell I’m pregnant still. And I’m 19 weeks. I’m hoping that this means I’ll get back to pre-pregnancy size easy.

And, perhaps most exciting, Abigail is definitely an active little girl. I can feel her moving pretty much all the time now. It’s really really cool to feel. Daniel hasn’t been able to feel her yet, but that will probably happen in the next 3-4 weeks.

We get another ultrasound on October 21. This will be the ultrasound to take measurements and make sure everything is normal. I’m really excited.