I think it is safe to say that blogging is not my thing. As much as I wanted to identify myself as a blogger, it is just not happening for me. Who knew that growing a baby was so exhausting and time consuming? The month of April was a busy one for Jacob and me. Between the baby showers, baby classes, and home improvement, I can’t tell you the last time we had a weekend where we got to sit around and do absolutely nothing. I assume this is suppose to forewarn us of our future weekends when Briggs arrives. With the nursery done and practically all of our registry items purchased, I feel as ready as we are going to be for him to make his debut. And by ready, I mean as prepared as any first time mother should feel-anxious, nervous, excited, terrified, emotional, nervous, anxious, did I mention emotional. More on that later. I am extremely appreciative to know so many women in the baby making stage of life right now. It is so comforting knowing I have so many contacts to reach out to if I have any questions or concerns regarding pregnancy, breastfeeding, labor, etc. It is crazy to think I will be one of those knowledgeable mothers in roughly seven weeks. My knowledge will consist of making mistakes and learning as I go. I have read practically every book I can, but in all honestly all it does is confuse me. There are so many different methods and opinions out there on how to raise a child. I simply relish in the fact that most of my friends having babies right now were all raised similarly to me and plan on raising their children the same. My parents and Jacob’s parents did a pretty good job too so it is nice to know they have our back as well. Anyway, on to all the excitement that came with April.
On April 6th, Jacob and I took our Babycare class at the hospital. The first part was a basic CPR training and I am really glad that this was included. The second half was dedicated to bathing techniques, diaper changes, breastfeeding, swaddling, and other basics for newborns. The class was boring at times, but overall worth it to just feel a little more secure in what I pretty much already knew. My only complaint was that there wasn’t a whole lot of time to interact with the other couples and my main reason for signing us up was to meet some other expecting parents that live close to us. I am sorry, but knowing that I am about to be working from home, I want to have lots of mommy/baby play dates to get out of the house. Oh side note, I am starting a new job working from home in July but right now I want to get through this blog focused on baby topics. More on the job in another post (Ha, if I ever get around to it). Anyway, in the socializing department, that class failed. I still recommend signing up for one.
My first baby shower was Sunday April 21st. My mother, cousin Julia, best friend Hayley, Aunt Karyn, and dear family friend Nora, all hosted the fun soiree at Times Ten Cellar in Dallas. My mother really helped pull everything off. She has been amazing since day one. Did I ever tell you guys the story of how scared I was to tell my parents we were expecting? I guess that too is for another post, another day. Anyway, I had such a great turnout and feel so blessed by all the gifts my family received. Brigham is one lucky baby boy! My “mustache bash” theme turned out so darn cute. I will share some images below. I love when my vision for an event gets put into effect. My next shower is this Sunday on Cinco de Mayo. I can’t wait to see what my mother in law, sister in law, and pseudo aunts have put together!
This past Saturday on the 27th, Jacob and I had our Prepared Childbirth class. This is the one I was most looking forward to because it included a tour of the Labor and Delivery hospital. This class was especially boring because it seemed to just involve a slideshow and lecture. Again, not a whole lot of interaction. The teacher was pretty entertaining so I guess it wasn’t all that bad. We did watch two videos of actual labor and I must admit, I was not prepared for that. Maybe there should be a class called Preparing for Prepared Childbirth Class. I must have been absent when this video was shown during health class in school. Jacob says he had seen one before, but I embarrassingly have not and I now know why. I have come to terms of what is going to happen to me and my body during labor, but I will be totally fine not witnessing someone else going through it any time soon. After the videos, we took the hospital tour. I was really impressed with the labor rooms. I plan on requesting one with the jetted tub. I hear a warm bath during early labor is invaluable. Now the post-partum rooms were a different story. Of course, they showed us the largest room first that for only $200 extra a night you can enjoy. The rooms kept getting smaller as we walked around. Looks like I have some sweet talking to Jacob to do. For two nights in the hospital with more space for visitors, etc. I think it would be well worth it.
Overall, this pregnancy has gotten a lot better since my first trimester. My only battles right now are pretty manageable-sleep is so so, I continue to take Zantac and Tums for indigestion, and the leg cramps come and go. I am not experiencing any swelling yet and as far as I am aware I haven’t felt any Braxton Hicks-common minor cramps preparing your body for labor. The only thing I can’t seem to get under control are my emotions. Commercials, TV Shows, sappy facebook posts, baby pictures, you name it and I am shedding a tear over it. I even wrote a letter to Brigham 2 weeks ago when all the bombing and explosion events were taking place, and every time I read it, I end up crying and rubbing my belly. I have always been a pretty sensitive person but I was not ready for this hormonal surge. I hope I can get it together soon because I know my first few weeks after he is born will be rough and a cry every now and then is pretty common. Another thing I wish I had control over was his movement. I have one very crazy little man inside me. He is all over the place. I even emailed my doctor the other day asking how common it is that he has hiccups multiple times daily. I want to love all the kicks and stretches while he is still in there but I can’t help but get annoyed now and then. I know some of my new mom friends will read this and think cherish it while you can, so to that I say, I am trying.
I think this sums up about as much as I can remember since my last post. That is why I need to attempt to do these more frequently. Until next time…
A few pregnancy details:
*weight gain so far-22 lbs
*Brigham weighs 5lbs and is roughly the size of a Pineapple (who knows how accurate that is)
*Next appt. May 10th-after this appt we start going weekly!