Aug 21, 2012

T- 3 Days!

Yikes!  Baby Sister's arrival is coming up quickly!  I'm home on maternity leave now and am just waiting to go.  Had my final doctor's appointment on Friday and was told that I'm dilated to 2 cms which is farther than I ever got with LP, even after being induced.   The doctor said they'd see me Friday morning as scheduled or earlier!  Of course, now every time I feel any sort of twinge I wonder if I'm about to go into labor.  I'd be more than happy if she decided to arrive a little early but Paul is pretty stressed with work lately and prefers that I stick to the schedule.  So we'll see!  Either way, she'll be here by Friday morning at the latest!

I've pretty much gotten everything done that I wanted to.  I still have a little cleaning to do (I can't leave the house for a few days without vacuuming, cleaning the bathrooms, and mopping the floor)- even though I know nothing will be as clean as I left it when I get back anyway.  But my bag is packed and everything is ready and now I sort of feel like I'm just sitting around twiddling my thumbs.  LP has been in day care as usual this week which has given me a little time to myself and I've managed to not do much of anything except for a few small odds and ends.  Tomorrow he and I will have our last "just us" day together so I'm planning a few special things (Friendly's for lunch and a trip to the pet store to look at the fish- his favorites!).  Thursday morning I report to the hospital for some pre-op labwork and then Friday morning is go time!

Here's some of what we've been up to:

Our office/playroom was rearranged.  Now there's space for LP:

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And space for Baby Sister:

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LP is pretty excited about it.

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We made s'mores one day after lunch.  LP had been begging for s'mores since he saw them on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  Turns out, he doesn't really like them- they're too sticky.  

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We've been spending time coloring on the couch in our underwear (at least, one of us has):

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I finished up a few more cloth diapers:

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And LP decorated a wooden shark:

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And practiced his swing:

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I whipped up a quick baby blanket with some doggy flannel and some soft minky fabric:

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I actually bought this flannel YEARS ago, back when Paul and I were newly engaged, waiting for the day when we had a little girl.  While finding fabric with Dachshunds on it is fairly easy, finding fabric with Springer Spaniels is pretty tough.  And this flannel has both!

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Yesterday I finally got around to making over the mobile for the crib in the nursery.  In LP's nursery it was red, green and blue soft baby blocks with letters on them (purchased on clearance from Pottery Barn I think).   To update it I just slipcovered the blocks with random fabrics from my stash and tied the slipcovers on with some pink ribbons.  

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I also used my Silhouette SD to finish up the "Big Brother" and "Baby Sister" t-shirts I want LP and Baby Sister to wear the day we bring her home.  Since LP is so into sea creatures lately I went with a whale theme:

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And I took a couple of not-so-flattering self-portraits.  I haven't mastered the self-portrait yet (probably because I can't really be bothered to put time and effort into it) but at least these were taken with my real camera and not my phone.

Here I am today, 2 days shy of 39 weeks:

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We've been crossing off our countdown every day.  I added pictures of things for LP so that he'd know what was going on every day (i.e. there are pictures of his day care provider on the days he has day care).  

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And one final glamour shot of Baby Sister from our last ultrasound two weeks ago!

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As nervous and excited as I am, I'm definitely feeling pretty prepared and much more ready to have this baby than I was with LP.  I always say that I had the "shortest full-term pregnancy" with LP as I had him at 37 weeks and magically skipped 4 weeks of pregnancy that I didn't know about at the beginning.   So I really only felt pregnant for 33 weeks of the usual 40 with him.  This time around we knew almost immediately because of all the infertility stuff and now I'm at almost 39 weeks.  It feels like the longest pregnancy ever even though I know plenty of women who have gone past 40.  

Anyway, if I don't post later this week then I'll be back next week some time with a new baby update!

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