Sunday, September 30, 2007
Here is his room. You can get the general idea from the shot, but all humility aside, I have to say, it is just a gorgeous room, especially after 3 pm, when the western sunlight spills in the room.... It just makes me so happy to be able to sit in here and dream of our son.
Thank you to the following people for helping inspire and bring to life this nusery: Rachael Ray, for featuring the wonders of acrylic gel medium on your TV show. To Hobby Lobby, for selling scrapbooking paper cheap enough to let me make affordable wall hangings (and to MaryBeth for keeping me company for the hour and a half it took to pick out said paper). To our parents for their generous contributions to this room -- his crib and the glider and ottoman. To Jerry, whose days at Kraft resulted in the weiner bus that got me comfortable with the thought of orange in this room. To my Grandma Soldano, for remaining my favorite seamstress ever and cranking out those perfect drapes. He will know he is loved by so, so many from the moment we bring him home.
My "carrot" chair is here!!!! (Jim calls it that, and I can't argue, as that is the official fabric color.) Isn't it fabulous? (Click on the photo to enlarge -- the detail in the fabric is wonderful!)
Sprout says "thank you so much, Gramp-e and Grandma!!!!" I know that Jim and I will both spend many precious hours in this chair, feeding, rocking, reading to, and merely loving on The Nameless One.
We couldn't be happier with this final furniture addition to the room (and it will be the last piece of furniture, as you can see in the post above that the room is full with a capital F). Now for all the fun stuff -- the onesies and books and toys and blankets that will come in the next several weeks. We already feel so blessed with the layette that has lovingly been started; thanks to Jerry and Nikki for Sprout's first gifts -- they've just kept coming since then!
Friday, September 28, 2007
In other news, this mommy has been down for the count for about a week and a half now. What I thought was a cold a couple weeks ago just wouldn't go away, so at the firm prompting of those near and dear, I called the dr. Imagine my dismay and disappointment when Dr. Gibbs' office said pneumonia!!! Thankfully, after a visit to my primary care physician, I received a diagnosis of "just bronchitis." Dr. Fisher is a little concerned that the pain in my back (piercing when I cough or sneeze) may be more than a muscle strain, and is keeping an eye on me to make sure that I haven't developed a clot near my lungs. (Would that just be fitting?)
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
PS -- You might not want to click on this at work, if you have sensitive security. Just a heads-up.
I knew that I did not want to strip (to its original finish) nor paint over the dresser, so I began making plans to upholster the drawer fronts in fabric that matched the crib sheets. Call me chicken, call me lazy, but the more I thought about it, the more intimidated I got. So, when a recent trip to Meijer uncovered an adorably patterned contact paper (for $6!), I knew I had to try this first.
The pictures aren't the best, as plaids never show up well in a photo, but you get the gist. It's a wide plaid in two shades of blue and a shade of green. Jim just came home for lunch and gave it his stamp of approval (which means only one of us is going "hmm...I just don't know." With that said, I'm open to opinions and comments (be nice, though, please!)
And I promise, I think the only other nursery progress pictures you'll have to endure are once the curtains are up; the chair and ottoman delivered; and pictures and knicknacks are hung. Thanks for indulging my excitement!
Saturday, September 15, 2007
My appointment with Dr. Gibbs on Friday was relatively normal. Each week that I see him, I thank God for bringing me to such an incredible, sensitive physician. And he's cute and funny, too! What more could a girl ask for? But, I digress.
I have gained a total of 4 pounds during this pregnancy, and have started to be (mildly) concerned about how tiny I seem to look (although is you ask my Grandma Soldano, she'll tell you I look plenty pregnant!). But Dr. Gibbs measured my belly (nothing fancy, just a regular ol' tape measure) and said I'm on track, just carrying in such a way that I'm not "huge." My nurse, Jo, just laughed and said, "Be careful what you wish for; it'll come!"
We went over the results of my Sept. 5 u/s, and I was so happy to hear that Sprout is still "perfect." He continues to present right on track with weight, measurements, movements, position, etc. Way to go, baby boy! (Now just tell us your name, and we'll be all set!) The clot which resulted from the abruption in June is all but gone -- if not gone in its entirety, it is no longer visible, and the separation has "scabbed" over. This is still a vulnerable spot for the placenta, and of course, with its weakness comes a risk of another separation, but for now, there is no reason to anticipate that happening.
Dr. Gibbs has ordered that I continue to take the progesterone suppositories (hormones) through the remainder of this dose (8 more days) and one more refill. That will take us up to exactly 30w, at which point he said I'm free to discontinue the drug, as we'll be "ready" to welcome the baby. (Yea! That an extra $90 back in our pocket!)
Now. For the post title. I can't very well explain the complication that they found with my uterine artery when I was in the hospital last month. But I know that, unfortunately, it was not a fluke, and I am still presenting "notching" in my uterine artery scans. I have found 2 websites that (kinda) of explain the problem: one is a British site, and a little in-depth; the other is found at fetal.com (and please ignore that the article heading refers to Down Syndrome; in my case, they are not linked).
Here is the schedule of events going forward as we head into the third trimester on the 30th (happy birthday to me!):
Renal u/s - Sept 21
Dental check up - Sept 27
Flw-up with urologist - Oct 2
1-hour gestational diabetes test - Oct 2
Fetal growth u/s - Oct 3
Dr. Gibbs - Oct 12
In the meantime, I'm loving this cooler weather, although finding warmer clothes to fit over the belly bump is proving harder. Jim and I went shopping last night, and while I found a really classy shirt to wear to an alumni reception next month, the "casual" fall wear I was drawn to (at this particular store) is pricey!! I can't justify $90 for a sweater I'm only going to wear a handful of times, no matter how cute it is. Oh well. There is always Old Navy. =)
Another accomplishment of the week was the first foray into child care centers. I met with the director at two separate Children's Discovery Center locations. The one I'm most drawn to is the Franklin Park location. Not only is it close to our home, but the director was phenomenal, the staff was impressive, and the children were a true testimony of the quality of care I feel this center would offer. There would be "pros" to choosing the downtown location (namely, its proximity to my office), but I just didn't get the same vibe.....We are going to look into several other facilities, but I have a good feeling about the FP CDC, and feel blessed that the Lord opened the right door to make this decision just a little bit easier for this new momma.
It doesn't look like I'll have too many "serious" issues to update on in the next few weeks, but I'll try to keep you entertained with random entries as the mood strikes. Until next time....
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Jim, in typical guys fashion, is so proud of this first shot. =) Every u/s we have confirms that we are indeed having a boy, but now we have the photo to prove it. The tech was so helpful to draw an arrow at his "parts," just in case we couldn't decipher the anatomy.
In this one, his mouth was going nuts - you could tell he was sucking/swallowing, so I'm not sure if he was aiming his fist at his mouth or what, but it was so, so sweet.
As for how the rest of the appointment went with the specialist on Wednesday.... I wasn't actually slotted to see Dr. Sundjeri, and the tech was not at liberty to go over the ultrasound results, so, I know very little more than I knew before the appointment. I did ask the technician what she had been ordered to look for, and she was able to tell me they were checking on the following: baby's weight, height, and overall measurements (all good, by the way -- he was 1 lb 5 oz); the size and or/presence of the blood clot discovered in July (we're hoping it's 100% gone); and the blood flow between the uterine artery and the placenta (I had abnormal results when I was in the hospital in early August).
The next appointment is this coming Friday (9/14) with Dr. Gibbs, and I'm hopeful for all good news.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
After about 10 hours, a LOT of blue tape, and some sore muscles, Sprout's nursery is that much closer to being DONE!
We've chosen Behr's Ocean Tropic (bottom) and Enchanting (top) with 1" and 2" white stripes in between. I am now a HUGE fan of acrylic gel medium, the wonder product that gave me the razor-sharp lines that eluded me in the in dining and living rooms last year. Spread a little of the white gel (it dries clear) over the seam of the tape, and voila! Up it comes with no spots, no drips -- leaving only beautiful, white lines. Now, onto setting up the crib and sewing the curtains!