Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Welp, that’s never happened before!!

So I noticed in the last week or so that I have a leaky boob…just one. This sign was definitely a reality check that I am about to be a momma. Not that I didn’t know this before obviously, but it is a strange occurrence that I wasn’t completely prepared for – something the “girls” (I suppose “girl” in this case) have never done before. I guess that means we are getting closer to meeting Rylee!! I still can’t believe we are only about 7 weeks away!

Our house is starting to feel like a baby lives there more and more, especially after the shower. John put together Rylee’s strollers. She has a big one with actual (small) bike wheels for walks/runs – this was a necessity according to John since he goes to Lake Zorinsky with Maggie often, and a small one for the mall or whatever. The big stroller also came with a carrier, so that’s ready to go to, hanging play toys and all. I also put together her bouncer, which I think is probably the cutest baby item yet. It’s called the “My little lamb bouncer,” complete with ears and all. I can’t wait to use all of these fun items!!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Couple’s Baby Shower…aka Baby Party!!

This last Saturday, my Dad and stepmom threw John and I a couple’s baby shower. Most of you reading this were probably there, so THANK YOU for coming and we had an awesome time (hopefully you did too). The weather cooperated and we were all able to enjoy a great night in my dad’s backyard. It was nice to have John be able to partake in a “shower” and I didn’t have to be at it by myself. For anyone not there, it was pretty much a get together of family and friends to eat, drink, socialize, and bring a baby gift. Speaking of gifts, Rylee is already getting spoiled (for anyone that doesn’t know yet, we have pretty much settled on that name!!). Her room is looking more complete, and momma’s anxiety of her not having any clothes to wear has diminished because she now has a closet full. John had a conversation with Rylee on the way to my dad’s house about how she should feel pretty special that she get’s a party and gifts before anyone has even met her. The night ended successfully as John had too much to drink, I had too much to eat, and Rylee got spoiled with gifts!

Ok, now that I have spoiled her name, I will explain the story behind it. When my little brother, Kirby, was born (I was 10 years old), his gender was a surprise until he was delivered. Everyone was convinced he was a girl and his name was going to be Rylee (not sure on the spelling). For whatever reason, the name has stuck with me for 16 years! I had mentioned the name to John once or twice even before I was pregnant, and he had always liked the name too! However, when we found out we were having a girl, I wanted to make sure I was 100% on the name we were choosing, so we tried to come up with other names. We tossed around a few, but none of them seemed to work. John started to call her Rylee, and it just stuck. Now for the spelling. After a quick internet search, I seriously found about 7 or 8 spelling variations on the name. I wrote them all down, and then after a day or two, I decided on the one I liked. I then gave the list to John for him to pick out the spelling he liked the best. Coincidently (and thankfully!), we picked the same one. So it is not a secret anymore…you can now call my belly Rylee :)

Here's a few pics from the party:

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

I'm on a roll!

I have a few more things on my baby “to do” list that I can check off. At my last stop at Babies “R” Us, I bought a breast pump. I also bought the mattress for the crib online at Babies “R” Us. I think that might be more comfortable for her than the metal bottom of a crib! I also told John that he would have to make sure the breast pump works well before I try it out, and I’m pretty sure he halfway looked at me like I was serious. He should probably not get too close to me when I use it, there may be an incidence of me suctioning one to his arm! After Babies “R” Us, I went to the mall for some much needed maternity jeans. Finally at 7 months, my prebaby jeans and the belly band were just not cutting it anymore. Although I feel like an 80 year old wearing the dang jeans past my belly button, comfort is becoming a higher priority than fashion. I guess they really don’t look that bad, they just feel a little awkward.

My stress level is also slowly coming down about finding a babysitter. We “interviewed” one last Saturday, and it went really well. Although it will be scary to leave this baby with anyone but family, I think we at least have one good one that we can trust. She has been doing in-home daycare for 14 years, and was a nanny for 10 years previous to that. We still have to meet with a few more just to be sure, but I’m feeling a little better about the situation.

I have always heard that prego ladies have the hardiest time sleeping. Up to this point, I was doing pretty good, but just in the past couple of nights, I keep waking up after about 6 hours with a horrible back ache. I have encountered this stupid pain even before being pregnant when I would sleep on a mattress that wasn’t firm, but now it won’t go away by just putting a pillow between my legs. Last night I actually got on the floor and slept with the dog! I’m pretty sure this is going to become the norm. I guess when I get up for my midsleep bathroom break, I will also be curling up with Maggie. At least she is nice and soft to cuddle with!

I think I have a previous post about my niece Samantha and her noticing my growing belly. Well being a three year old and having no sense of what is appropriate to say, she now just tells me straight up that I have a big belly (she also makes her eyes really big to emphasize). On the other hand, my nephew, Brady, who is usually ornery as ever, loves to give my belly hugs and tell the baby hi. It is seriously the cutest thing ever. He gives us a hug and pats my belly. I think it might have something to do with me telling him when he is screaming about something that this baby is going to be scarred of him when she comes out. Maybe he thinks he can make up for his screaming by giving her a hug! Whatever the case my be, it’s still cute.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Almost to single digits!!

I can’t even believe that I only have 10 weeks left, well on Friday! I feel like I have so much to do and so little time. I am starting to gather names for in-home, part time daycares, so say a prayer we will find a good one. Besides slacking on finding a daycare, I do feel like I have accomplished a few things. Last weekend John and I completed the overwhelming task of registering. Going into it, I figured it couldn’t be that bad, well I was wrong. I hated registering for our wedding, and I didn’t really find this fun either. I found it really hard to register for things I knew nothing about. For instance, how in the heck am I supposed to know which bottles are the best if I have never used them??? After I got home, I was able to go onto babiesrus’ website and compare products and ratings for the stuff we choose, so I changed a few things, and feel a little more confident in the items on the registry. Now that it’s done, I am getting excited to try everything out and get the baby’s room put together! My stepmom and her neighbor ladies are throwing us a couple’s shower, so hopefully I registered for enough items. Other than being the only one not drinking at the shower, (because my dad doesn’t do anything without a Coors Light on the weekends) it should be a lot of fun!

I also think I picked the hospital I want to deliver at (my doctor delivers at Lakeside, Methodist, and one other one I can’t remember). It was between Lakeside – convenient to our house, and Methodist – the brand new one on 190th and Dodge. I ended up picking Methodist because I have heard really good things about them from other momma’s who delivered there. I didn’t know much about Lakeside, so it may not be bad, but I went for the place that had good reviews! Methodist also has a better NICU. Hopefully we won’t be using it, but it makes me feel better knowing that they have a good one just in case. Along with choosing a hospital, I will also be registering for a childbirth class for John and I – John was quite thrilled with this idea. I am not looking forward to practicing breathing techniques, but I am sure John and I will learn something we can put to good use. I also registered for a breastfeeding class, which I am sure will be helpful (John lucked out on this one because he has to work)!

Lastly, I am starting to read a book called, “On Becoming Babywise.” From what I have heard, this book is a miracle from God! Supposedly, the techniques described in the book can get your baby to sleep through the night in 6-8 weeks. I was a little skeptical at first, but everyone that I have talked to says it works like a charm! We will soon see if John and I can master the book, but for our own sanity, I am praying that we can.