Thursday, July 29, 2010

The FINAL Trimester!

27 weeks

So, in case you can't tell... I'M HUGE! (In my defense, I had just eaten supper when this photo was taken.) Today marks 27 weeks and the beginning of the final trimester. We went for our monthly check-up yesterday. Everything is progressing well and I took a routine glucose test, which I passed! I will now start seeing the doctor every 2 weeks until the final month when I have weekly visits. We have chosen a pediatrician and will meet with him in a few weeks to establish care. The reality is really starting to set in--we're actually having a baby!

Lately, George has been kicking up a storm! It seems like he's kicking more than he's not. Also, I've finally found the right configuartion of pillows to keep me comfortable at night. There were a few weeks when I really struggled to fall/stay asleep.

I've also been reading up on natural childbirth, particularly the Bradley Method. My dear college friend, Bethany, is pregnant and is doing Bradley too. In this model, the husband plays a huge coaching role and medication-free approaches to pain relief are practiced. I'm going to do it, assuming there are no complications. The reason I'm interested in this is because I want to be able to move freely during labor and I want to feel everything my body is doing. I figure women have been doing it for ages and I can tolerate extreme pain for a little while. Let's hope it's only for a little while... :) We'll also have a doula helping coach me through the various stages of labor.

In the month of August, we will be attending a ton of classes on childbirth, breastfeeding, safety, CPR/first aid, and relaxation. We're cramming all of our classes into one month since David goes back to school on August 26.  He will be taking 5 courses and teaching 2 this fall!

We also bought a crib and mattress on Craigslist a few weeks ago! It was once a $900 Pottery Barn solid wood crib that we bought for $100! (Actually, my mom bought it for us--thanks, Mom!) The woman is going to sell us a matching dresser/changing table once she gets it out of storage. She only used the crib with one baby so it's still in great condition.
Here is the crib as it was originally advertised:

Here is OUR crib (forgive the iphone photo quality):

Our nursery is pretty bare. We still need to paint, wainscot, pick out art and window dressings. Any ideas on those areas would be appreciated! 

This past Sunday evening was the Mad Men season 4 premiere so we hosted a little party! We made Old Fashioneds and Manhattans a la Don Draper. I made some pretty awesome bacon-wrapped meatloaf, too. Here is the recipe: Mad Men Meatloaf

Until next time... have a lovely weekend!


wendy said...

belly picture! You look beautiful. I also really like your crib. Love and miss you tons

Katie said...

I can't believe you are already in your third trimester! I feel like it is flying by. Do you feel that way? ;)
You look amazing.

Cara said...

The elephants! so fun! I have been looking for art for Duke's room, and have seen some really cute Elephant art on etsy for pretty cheap; you might check it out :)

Joni said...

I love your blog!
Your nursery is so cute! I am a huge fan of the wainscotting! Gray and white will be so clean and cute! If I were doing it, I would do big panels on the windows of thick horizontal stripes of yellow and white. Just to be bright and bring out the yellow a little more. I also found this cute mobile idea from design dazzle. (didn't know if you sewed) but I can't wait to make it for my next baby! I love big monograms on the walls too!


Toria and Kyle said...

You look fantastic and I love the baby bedding! :)

julie stuber said...

you do look really good (still,)and congratulations to david on the newest poem! lovely, as usual.

just wanted to tell you that we did bradley method too, and we were so glad we did. rosie ended up being a c-section (because she was cord-wrapped, i think?) but we was so thankful she came when she wanted to, and that i got to labor for a while. practice, practice, practice your exercises and relaxing--the pain is (amazingly) quite manageable! good luck cramming in all the classes!