The first of the ladies due after me has just given birth. It could be any day now!
Let’s play “Guess the Birthday!”
When do you think baby girl will come out? Emberly was born at 42 weeks. My “official” estimated due date is May 17th.
-Richard and I both took Friday off of work and we headed to the aquarium with Emberly. It’s always a hit!
-On Saturday we went to the hospital for a “Siblings are Special” class and we ended up being the only ones there… even though it was free. The lady was great and Emberly got a lot of one-on-one attention (obviously). She practiced how to hold a baby, read books about being a big sister, and we even got to take a trip over to the nursery so that she could see the newborn babies!
-Sunday was spent with my family and we did a little Easter egg hunt at my parents’ house. No egg dying because I didn’t feel like cleaning up the mess (*mom of the year award*)
-I have so many pictures to share but my laptop is dying/can’t hold a charge. So they are being held captive until I can find the right cable to connect the memory card to Richard’s computer.
-The app on my phone is messing up too so basically all I can do is “like” your lovely posts. I’ll try to reply to messages whenever I get onto a computer (hopefully soon).
-I only have 3 weeks left of work! I’m kicking myself for saying that I would stay until 39 weeks. I’m so done and ready to be home, alone with my thoughts, and preparing for another baby. Richard watched Emberly for an hour while I laid down yesterday and it was wonderful. It had me thinking… when was the last time I did this? I’m always busy. Getting ready for work, driving, working, cooking dinner, talking to Richard, playing with Emberly, or sleeping. I never have time to be alone with my thoughts, so I’m selfishly hoping that this baby is (just a little) late, if only to have some relaxing time off of work.
-And last but not least, I’m about to make some phone calls regarding placenta encapsulation right now!
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35 weeks (+4 days)Getting closer! This weekend while I was bending over while vacuuming out my car I felt a “pop” in my lower back and had instant pain shooting down my leg. The baby must have moved and pinched my sciatic nerve or something but I could barely walk or move after that. Luckily, Richard rubbed all the right spots that night and it’s pretty much gone now. Thank goodness! There is no way that I could have functioned for 5 more weeks with that kind of pain.
After this week, I’ll only have 3 weeks of work left! That realization was kind of scary. It doesn’t seem like enough time to finish all the things that I need to do, and even less time if the baby comes early. So now I feel like I need to wrap everything up ASAP. Then once I get everything done I probably won’t have the baby until 42 weeks and I’ll go crazy with boredom again… at least I’ll be prepared?
I still need to do those important things like packing my hospital bag & installing the infant car seat base.
We are taking Emberly to a “Siblings are Special” class at the hospital on Saturday so she can learn what being a big sister is all about. She seems to have a pretty good grasp on everything already and she is very excited to see her new sister, so hopefully this can only help! I can’t wait to see how she will react when they meet for the first time, it’s one of the things that I daydream about the most :)
When I was pregnant with Emberly, I read every baby website and message board that I could find. There were dozens (if not hundreds) of articles on how to tactfully tell people that you want to be left alone when you have a new baby.
Articles dealing with mother-in-laws who wouldn’t stop “helping”, how to get people to leave the hospital room, you name it, there was a listicle about it. I was so prepared to fight everyone off… but no one came…
In the hospital, our visitors were my parents & sister, my best friend, and one other couple. My parents brought us dinner the night we came home from the hospital, but that was it. No one came to cook, clean, hold the baby, visit, nothing. I wasn’t really expecting the help, but even just visitors would have been nice. People to talk to, a way to remember that the world was still functioning normally.
Now I wonder if I said things that caused no one to visit? Or did no one come because they assume that all new mothers want to be left alone?
I would love to have visitors this time around, assuming that everything goes smoothly. Do I need to tell people that it’s okay to come visit? Is there a way to say that without making them feel obligated to bring a gift or help clean? I would really just love the company!
Speaking of company… has anyone ever done a “Meet the Baby” party? I want to have people over after 2 or 3 weeks, nothing formal. Just maybe a backyard BBQ where people can come/leave as they please.
Q:Does Emberly watch TV/movies?
Every so often
We both work during the day and her daycare doesn’t do TV, so maybe once or twice a week at home? We also don’t have cable (just Netflix & Amazon Prime) so she only really watches episodes of The Backyardigans and has recently started watching VeggieTales. I know that my dad records some Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and she watches that at my parents’ house if they are babysitting (which is how she knows who Minnie is).
We did attempt to watch her very first movie a couple of weeks ago… Frozen! It was mostly because I wanted to see it, but she wasn’t interested and went to play with her toys after about 15 minutes… so I don’t think that she is ready for movies yet.
Emberly’s First Time at Gymnastics
She had so much fun that she has been asking to go back all week! She was a little shy at first, she has never really been great around people she doesn’t know, but it didn’t take her long to warm up and let the instructors help her with things rather than Richard or I.
She went through the obstacle course multiple times, walked on the balance beam, jumped on the trampolines, played in the ball pit, and held onto the rings (while saying “don’t let go, Dada”).
This gym is great, they have activities for every age group and the entire floor is super springy, I don’t think that you could get hurt if you tried! They also allow the parents to be inside & participate, so we’re all excited to go back on Saturday.