Saturday, May 29, 2010

Baby Steps to June 16th

Slowly but surely, we're getting there.

After my 36 week check, with a report of "almost 2cm, 50% effaced," I started to get a little excited, like maybe, just maybe, I'd break the pattern and have this baby even slightly before my due date. However, this past week at the 37 week check, no further progress had been made, and she said that I'm likely headed toward my due date, or thereabouts.

Truth be told, I'm not quite ready yet anyway, so that's fine. I've got some appointments and plan for this week, and my little part time job has been Blowin' Up, so I could use a little more time. But I'm huge, uncomfortable, and hot, so I would certainly welcome the baby anytime he wants to make his arrival.

I was also starting to wonder how we were going to arrange the room so the baby can share with us for a while until we figure out where he should sleep long term. Our bedroom in this house is probably half the size of our attic suite in the old place, so it was going to require some creative arrangement. But I went out to run errands during naptime today, and I came home to find this: a little corner-of-our-room-turned-nursery! (that mirror was a recent garage sale find. Pretty, isn't it?)

It doesn't look like much, but this required some major closet-emptying in order to put Brian's dresser in the closet, along with moving five other pieces of furniture. All during one nap!

On Monday, we're going to meet up with my grandparents and borrow a dresser for the baby. THEN I'll be able to put away the clothes I've washed and we're in serious business.

Meanwhile, it turned to summer! Another step toward June!

Another major hurdle of the week was figuring out what to do about the broken washing machine. We've had to shell out quite a load of cash lately for home improvements, so we debated about getting a used washer to get by. But after pondering the amount of laundry that a family of five could potentially produce in upcoming years, we decided to do some research and purchase a decent quality machine. Brian did a lot of legwork, and today we ordered our new fancy front-loader (any advice?). The only downfall is that it won't be delivered until Friday, so that will be a total of 16 days without laundry facilities. Thank goodness for the generosity of friends. (And yes, one more reason I'm fine not to deliver this week)

As for names, I think we have it narrowed down to 5? Well, 5 first names and 3 middle names, which is really 15 possibilities. Getting there...


bluedaisy said...

It looks like you are doing great with baby prep! I think it just makes things easier if you have the basics set before baby's arrival. That's a perfect corner of the room for night time feedings, etc. Very, very excited for you guys & YES, the new machine is the way to go with a family of 5 (one of whom is a newborn). Let me know how you like your new one and what you got--we need to invest in a new machine soon! Hope these last few weeks are easy for you :)

Pamela said...

Hey there woman, I can only imagine how much more lax you get with baby number three in preparing for the homecoming. That little corner looks perfect and what a nice surprise from Brian.
You can always use my washer & dryer - you know that.x

Oma Froehle said...

The mini nursery looks great! I'm IMPRESSED, Brian!

I sewed the swim suit cover-ups yesterday. I was planning to bring them when the baby comes. Hope they fit.


Anonymous said...

I have been thinking about you so much these days. Our #3 (another girl!) came on May 18. It has been crazy, to say the least, but also not as hard as I would have expected (in some ways) (though not today, when Ruth was barfing on the basement steps, and Martha was trying to bite me while saying "funny! funny!", and Miriam was screaming her head off ... all at the same time).

You will be AWESOME. I am hoping for a really uneventful remainder of your pregnancy and a beautiful, healthy baby to be born soon! Keep us posted! (And I can't wait to hear the names!)

Take care,