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Nursery Update

Last weekend, Ed built this beautiful book case for the baby’s room.  After painting it white to match the other furniture, I decorated it with the children’s books that were given to us at the shower, and some moo cow gifts: a singing/moving stuffed animal, a cute lamp, and a humidifier.  Thanks to my family and friends for the presents!

Meanwhile, Ed’s mom continues to work on the mural.  Here are some of her latest additions:

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Going on Leave

Today, after my check-up, the conclusion was that I need to begin maternity leave sooner rather than later.  I’m retaining water, which is not unusual for being 38 weeks pregnant, but I’ve gained 6 lbs since last week and my ankles are pretty swollen.  As Ed told me, 6 lbs of water weight is almost a gallon! It’s scary when you think about it that way.  While my blood pressure is healthy, they’re concerned it will go up if I don’t get more rest.

When the doctor told me that I needed to make tomorrow my last day, I burst into tears.  I think hormones may have been involved…  I felt a combination of sadness (I thought I had one more week!) and relief (I’m exhausted!).

It’s going to be strange not to go to work next week, while my students and colleagues are still there.  It’s not like a regular vacation, and it will feel weird to have life go on there without me.  I’ve never NOT worked.  But I’m sure that I won’t have time to worry about work once the baby makes his appearance.

Everyone tells me that becoming a mother is a life-changing experience, and I suppose leaving work is only a small fraction of that (since, of course, I will go back to work next year!).  It just hit me that it’s so real now, the baby is coming soon, and life will change forever.  I’m really excited for our new adventure into parenthood!

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Nursery Update

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I’m still here!

Just wanted to check in and let everybody know that my absence from the blog over the last couple of days doesn’t mean I’ve had the baby yet! I’ve still got a few weeks to go, and I’ve always believed that he’s going to arrive later than expected.

I had a check up yesterday and all is well, update here.  I had a horrible night’s sleep last night, thanks to heartburn (only the second time I’ve ever had it), frequent bathroom trips, overheating and my sleepwalking/talking husband.  Have I mentioned before that Ed’s a sleepwalker? Well he is, and always has been.  Sometimes it’s funny or sweet, like when I awoke to him standing on the bed unscrewing lightbulbs from the ceiling fixture, or when he pulled me over closer to him to save me from the tree he dreamed was falling.   Sometimes, though, it’s annoying.  A few nights, I awoke to him pulling the blankets off the bed, convinced there was a snake in it.  Or sometimes I’m just getting back to sleep when he wakes me up because he’s talking about work or gets up to turn the light on because he thinks it’s time to get up.  I know Ed tends to sleepwalk more when he’s stressed out, and I would imagine waiting for the baby is a pretty stressful time.

I spent today resting, organizing some of the baby’s clothes and started packing a bag for the hospital.  I even got to take a nap and I’m very happy to be on vacation this week.  I’m planning to continue working until March 5, which my doctors support, but I’m not really sure how realistic that is.  I’m just going to take one day at a time. 

While I can’t yet relate to being sick of being pregnant, I’m sure that’s just around the corner.  For the most part, I’m really enjoying being pregnant.  But I’m also starting to feel ready for this little guy to make his appearance.

UPDATE: I slept really well after writing this post, so all is right in the world now! Sorry for such a whiney post 🙂

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Nursery Update

I spent a big part of today out and about, and came home to this beautiful update to the nursery mural.

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Wilbur the pig in progress

Ed’s mom is coming back tomorrow, and I can’t wait to see what she does next!

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Sneak Peek…

This week, Ed’s mom started working on the mural in the nursery.  No paint yet, all pencil drawings.  Here’s a sneak peek at what she’s done so far.

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Baby Updates

I’ve been kind of quiet about the baby here, since it’s not my goal to turn this into a baby blog.  But, if you would like to hear the details on the baby, head on over to Our Country Baby, where I’ve been journaling throughout my pregnancy.

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