Friday, October 9, 2009

Braxton Hicks Suck!!!!

Excuse my whining but wowsers.

I have been stuck in some sort of braxton hicks holding pattern since yesterday. It's kinda weird. I have heard some women describe labor as some form of hell. If labor is hell like in any sort of way then braxton hicks land is purgatory.

They don't hurt per say but I mean they don't burn or make you feel like your muscles are being torn apart but they do take your bath away. Not in because of the pain but the squeezing. Baby TJ doesn't like it too much either because he immediately tries to find a more comfy spot which is usually closer to my ribs which makes breathing difficult.

Then you have the intense tightening of an already crowded space. Ouch. I really didn't think I could feel more full than I do now and then I had a braxton hick and thought I was going to lose my lunch. When they last for a long time anything more than 2 minutes, I get on my hands and knees and allow gravity to help fight the tightening.

The worse part of braxton hicks is my son's rebuttal. As soon as it begins to give, he insists on reminding both the hicks and myself that he is king of the uterine castle. He begins to kick and push like there is no tomorrow. I guess he does it until he believes he has submitted the hick and is once again comfortable. In the mean time my ribs take a beating. More so than anything, I am left wondering if he could possibly be this stubborn and feisty in real life. Scary.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

10 weeks to go and so much to do.

So I have been so consumed by everything. I mean, sorting through shower gifts, putting things away deciding what clothes to pack up until later, changing sizes so they correspond with the know that kind of stuff. I also had a million and one thank you notes to write and send off. Oh yeah and of course I have been harassing my husband to put together the baby furniture and make more progress on the many projects we have undertaken to get this room done. It doesn't look like it but we have made a lot of progress.

The room a month or so ago.

We still needed to deconstruct our closet and move our stuff.

We removed our headboard to find damage to the wall from old shelving.

But at least we had the changing table together.

Not so much an after but more so of a what it looks like now.

This was after the storm of shower gifts hit the room.

So we moved some things around and shoved shower gifts onto the changing table. Put the crib and glider together. Then we dealt with the nightmare of a storage scenario we have with our things. Baby TJ can have unlimited belongings but we will be yard selling most of our things by the end of the month. I figure my clothes will be outdated by next winter season and I will be 28 and some one's mom, so most of it can go to someone else. However, I am not letting go of my shoes.

Anywho,in the next month we will be focused on getting the house ready, that means our new room (in the loft), the baby's room (in our old room)and the kitchen which I am sure he will take over with the various bottles, pump accessories and whatever else. We also have to do the whole education deal breastfeeding, childbirth and new parent classes. Then there is the fun but essential stuff such as belly pictures, belly cast and plenty of rest and relaxation. I am not sure how we will fit it all into 10 weeks but as long as we don't skimp on the fun stuff, I am pretty sure we will be fine.

I have been making soups and other hearty dishes to put in the freezer. We have also found some great low sodium, low fat prepared foods from Trader Joe's which will make life easy for us as well. I have written a birth plan, started packing the hospital bag and set up an interview with a pediatrician. Another important task is to find a Christmas outfit for TJ. Random I know.

Forgot to add my most important a haircut.

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