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September 29, 2006
Up until then, I had still been walking every night with Daniel and Bear, pet sitting for my regular customer, going out shopping like usual and doing chores around the house with no problems. But a few days ago I sort of hit a point where things started to get pretty difficult. I've been having some awfully strong Braxton Hicks contractions lately that have been lasting 6-8 minutes at a time. From time to time I feel like I have the flu and then it goes away. For example, I woke up at 4:30 this morning feeling very sick to my stomach, sweating and feeling like my body was 150 degrees. But when I got up later, I felt better. My appetite is decreasing while my pickiness for certain foods is increasing. It's getting harder to move around, go up and down stairs, get in and out of the car, turn over in bed, get up off the couch, etc. I'm not pet sitting anymore at this point. My doctor has also given the veto to my walking every night because of the unusually long contractions I've been having. And my abdomen is really starting to ache, especially if Baby's positioned funny.
All in all, I've been having a great pregnancy since about 20 weeks, but I think I'm ready for him to be born. I'm looking forward to meeting the little guy that's been kicking me from the inside. And I can't wait for Daddy to meet him and hold him for the first time!
We'll keep everyone up to date and announce when Baby Lindsley is born. Until then, I'll be sitting here resting. :)
September 26, 2006
I've had a bit of blogger's block lately. Hopefully that will change soon.
As has been my routine, more pictures of Moriah!
September 18, 2006
September 5, 2006
First, clumsily take off day-time clothes and trip over yourself while trying to bend over to put on pajama shorts. Brace yourself against the wall so as not to lose your balance and fall over. After the shorts are on, stretch the pajama shirt over your protruding belly. Go potty again, because it's been a full 15 minutes since the last time you went.
Next, while brushing and flossing teeth, remember to give your large belly enough room when bending over to rinse your mouth so as not to crush Baby against the sink. Concede to the fact that you WILL either drip toothpaste down your pajama shirt or get water all over it after bending over the edge of the sink. It is unavoidable, so get used to it if you aren't already. You should realize by now that it'll be worse when Baby comes anyway. You'll not only have toothpaste and water all over your shirt, but you can add breastmilk, spit-up, drool and your own spilled food to that list as well.
It's now time to begin the getting-in-bed process, but first you must make sure your pile of pillows is moved to Daddy's side of the bed in order to make room for you. They will be rearranged after you've successfully made it from a standing to a laying position. Now, carefully, crawl onto the bed on all fours and slowly ease yourself onto your side. Easy now, not too fast or you'll strain a muscle! When you're settled on your side, have Daddy help you arrange your pile of pillows to fully support your body: one under your head, a small pillow or wedge under your bulging belly to keep the weight from straining your back, a nice cushy pillow between your knees to align your hips and perhaps one behind the small of your back, which does not exactly feel "small" anymore.
As soon as the pillows are arranged, the lights have been turned off and Daddy has gotten settled into bed and is near dreamland, you feel a terrible burning sensation in your stomach and throat. Oh yes, the pregnancy acid reflux. You know you won't be able to sleep unless you take something, but you're all arranged in your pile of pillows and don't want to have to attempt the whole getting-out-of-bed process to get the papaya enzyme (or Tums, if you prefer). What to do? "Dear? Can I please have some papaya enzyme? My stomach is really burning." Daddy, now pulled out of his near-sleep, graciously gets out of bed, retrieves what you need, helps you sit up to take it, props all your pillows around you once you've laid back down and crashes back into bed.
Okay, now you're all set...or so you think. You suddenly realize, this side is not comfortable! You need to turn over onto your other side or you'll never get any sleep. Begin the turning process. Trying not to disturb Daddy too much, you pull each individual pillow over to your opposite side before you actually move your body. But just as you go to turn onto your back, a Braxton Hicks contraction begins. You feel your whole abdomen tighten into a hard knot and you practice the breathing techniques you learned to help prepare for the real contractions. The contraction eases and you slowly turn onto your back so you don't strain your stretched ab muscles. It now feels like you have a watermelon in your belly and it pushes on your lower back as you turn. You try to hurry the turn to your other side, but as you push against the bed with your foot (which you're using to turn over, since you can't use your ab muscles to pull your body), you feel a major charlie horse creep up your calf. You must stop your turn and flex your foot to release the muscle or you won't be able to walk in the morning. Once you have the charlie horse under control, you finish turning to your other side. You rearrange your pile of pillows the best you can, shift your heavy body around a few times to get in just the right position, take a deep relaxing breath and begin to fall asle...
Wait, what was that? Oh no, Baby decides it's time to do a little gymnastics in your tummy. Mommy didn't really want to sleep, did she? You feel him moving around, kicking and squirming, and try your best to enjoy it yet ignore it so you can actually get some sleep. But after a few minutes, all his moving around has put lots of pressure on your bladder. "Oh no," you realize, "I have to go potty again..."
September 3, 2006
We've been preparing the best we can to get all the basics ready for when he arrives home. We now have: a dresser, some clothes and blankets, a pack 'n play for him to sleep in, a stroller, a car seat, a few toys from family, a couple books to start out with and some small odds and ends. We even picked up our first bag of Seventh Generation Diapers from Whole Foods this past week, which was really weird. It certainly made it seem all the more real!
Last weekend, we bought the stroller and car seat at Babies 'R Us and took them home in the Saturn. That was a hilarious trial in itself. Even though the back seat in the Saturn folds down, we still couldn't fit the two boxes in the car. We had to actually take the car seat out of its box in the middle of the parking lot, break down the box, put the car seat in the trunk and scrunch the car seat box on top of it just to get both items home! We had quite the laugh over that dilemma.
Today, we tested the stroller and car seat in the Civic. The car seat fits great. We have the LATCH system in the Civic, so that made it easy to install the car seat base. And it's pretty easy to put the seat into the base and pull it out. The problem arose with the stroller. Daniel brought it downstairs to the car with it still folded up. I attempted to put it in the trunk of the Civic, only to manage to fit it halfway in. After some major maneuvering we were able to pop it into the trunk, but it takes up the whole thing. Needless to say, we're going to have to get a small umbrella stroller for most small trips we take, such as to the store. We'll use the jogger stroller more for home use when we take our nightly walks, or for trips during which we'll be doing a lot of walking. I see why families have to buy larger vehicles in order to fit everything they need, but I'm trying to avoid ever having to get a soccer-mom-taxi. (shudders) I'd rather get a station wagon or a hatchback first.
We have two more baby preparation classes this month: Baby Care Basics 101 on Sept. 17th, and Breastfeeding on Sept. 19th. We're looking forward to those since we have so much to learn yet!
I've been feeling pretty good since we got back from Wisconsin, though this past week I have been very tired. On days that I don't have pet sitting, I've been sleeping in until noon and I still don't even feel refreshed. Hopefully, I'll be able to get enough rest for labor and delivery. I'm still planning on going through it completely naturally. I really hate the idea of receiving drugs, especially because they can affect the baby. Of course, what's right for me may not be what's right for someone else. That's the beauty of being able to choose what kind of labor and delivery you want to have.
I'll be posting some more pictures of my "growth" shortly, now that I'm 34 weeks along. Until then, adieu!
From the RU blog:
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Some interesting facts:
- 160 total man hours
- 40 hours to design and create HTML
- 2,861 lines of code (Python)
- 60 distinct webpages
- XHTML 1.0, CSS 2.0 and Section 508 compliant
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I had a lot of fun building it and learned a lot about Django in the process. I suppose this is the part where I pimp the free 30-day trial. :D