It's been quite a while since I've blogged. A lot has been going on, but at the same time, nothing too exciting. I'll try to make this quick and painless. (:
I'm sure some of you read my status yesterday about my friend. We were in our childbirth classes together. She was due this coming Saturday, the 15th, and lost her baby yesterday, the 12th. We got some additional information late yesterday: apparently she delivered the baby around 11am yesterday morning and the umbilical cord was wrapped around Kyndal's neck 3 times. From the emails we got, it looks like they knew the baby was gone before she delivered her, but obviously she had to deliver her anyway, and then they discovered the cord. So sad. She was a terrific girl and they have a little 2 or 3 year old girl at home already. It's hard having to tell a child that young that the baby they thought was coming home went to heaven instead. Praying for my friend and her family.
In other pregnancy news, not to be callous, but I'm about 26 weeks along now. Tomorrow we're in double digit days until my due date. Woohoo! Things have been going well. I'm exercising usually 6-7 days per week. I left weights 2x/week and try to do the elliptical or walk the other days. Usually on the weekends we do a nice family stroll around the neighborhood. During the week I workout in the gym at my office after work. I'm on the early shift these days, so it's not bad. I took a few pictures of my belly to share, even though it's still a little awkward for me to do so. They're both self-taken shots, so they're not the greatest. They're both from the past 2ish weeks, so it's a pretty accurate measure of how I look now. I'm wearing clothes in the second one, you just can't see it because of my big belly. (:
Nutrition has been pretty good too. I'm slightly anemic, so I've been trying to eat lots of iron-rich foods. Hard to do sometimes, but I manage. Also for my childbirth classes, we use the Brewer diet, so I've been trying to stick to that too. It's hard, but I'm doing okay. I'm spot on with weight and measurements, so my doctor is pleased. I actually got a new doctor last week and it's been a blessing so far. We liked our other doctor but didn't love her, but I love this new one. She is onboard for our all-natural, non-medicated, non-assisted birth. She's actually just as excited as we are (or at least she pretends to be)! DSS's birthday was at the beginning of this month. He turned four. Scary he's so big now... Other than his cake, I've been really good with not over-indulging too much. (:
The past few weeks I have been frieking out because we are not prepared for this baby. We're still trying to sell our house, which means we haven't bought a new one yet, so we aren't buying anything for the baby. Just more stuff to move, so we're waiting until we have a place to actually put everything. Right now the baby has 3 outfits I think, one blanket, and 6 diapers. At least it can make it through the first couple of days if nothing else, haha! I went crazy yesterday and bought the baby two more diapers (for my total of 6). Hubby said only one per week, but I couldn't decide and they were both great deals, so I bought them both. For less than $30. Not bad at all. I also bought a wetbag for the baby's room that will match the theme of the room: brown and white with a little bit of light/lime green on it. So cute! I wish I had a picture of that, but it's being shipped to me as we speak with my two new diapers so you'll have to wait. Sad, I know.. (: This is the first diaper we bought the baby:
It's precious. Does anyone here cloth diaper? We're venturing out into the CD world and so far I'm loving it. With DSS we spent at least $40 a month on diapers, and we only diapered him for 2 years. That's already almost $500. Imagine having to pay twice that to diaper a child from birth to potty trained. No thanks! We're halfway done with our stash and we've spent around $100 only. Our goal is less than $300 for everything we need: covers, liners/soakers, cloth wipes, wetbags, and our first 6 months of detergent. We're totally going to make it. Which means our child will be diapered for less than $300 birth to potty training. And so will any subsequent children (plus the cost of laundry soap, obviously, and any new liners/soakers needed). Then, when we're done, we'll sell what we have to make back some of our money. It's a great plan. Really, people should be jealous of our mad money-saving skills with the baby. (:
Lots going on in the next few weeks. This weekend we're headed to my parents' house for a baby shower for my older sister at her in-laws. And hopefully my oldest sister will go into labor sometime between now and Sunday so I can meet my nephew. Next weekend we're going to Austin on Friday night, then we are attending a marriage seminar at church Saturday night. The following weekend we're back in Austin for my nephew's 1st birthday party, followed by a concert in Conroe the next day. Halloween is the next day (I'm making DSS's costume this weekend...he's going to be a white chicken), then we're already in November. My baby shower is the 3rd weekend in November, I think, and then Thanksgiving and all those festivities. Then we're practically in December already. This year is flying by! Yikes!!
Anyway, I said I'd make it short, so I'll wrap it up. Hope everyone is doing well. I try to keep up with everyone as much as I can, but it's hard. Keep going strong, friends. You all inspire me!!