The ramblings and musings of author and musician Geoffrey Young Haney.
Much more coherent and loveable fare from his wife, Michelle.

Friday, April 30, 2010

We're Almost There!

36 weeks, 26 days away now! Geoff and I got wonderful news yesterday from the doctor. I'm 2 cm dialated, 50% effaced, Carter has dropped, his head is down, ready to go and they estimated that he'll be 7 1/2-8 pounds at birth.

The nursery is really coming along (pictures to be posted soon), we just need to paint the dresser we got from Aunt Deb and Uncle Phil (thanks again, we LOVE it!) and I think we're ready. It feels good to be able to say that. :D

Geoff is so stoked to be a Dad. I truly can't wait to see my son in his arms, he's going to be an amazing father. You should all see how adorable he is when he talks to my belly. It's truly precious.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Gifts And A Pregnancy Update

Blessings. Geoff and I have received many recently. I had my last baby shower this past Saturday, and it was so wonderful to see all of my friends and family, not to mention to have all the love and support that surrounded me. Thank you everyone for making it wonderful!

Geoff and I aren't 100% set on everything that needs to be done before Carter arrives, but after this weekend, we are certainly closer. We got our Stroller/Car seat "travel system," the changing table assembled and in the nursery (along with totes to store diapers, creams, lotions, etc.), and Geoff proved that he is a true "man's man" and put together our crib without any instructions and without ever seeing it put together before. :D He rocks. The crib is massive! It seriously takes up at least 1/4 of the room. lol. It's beautiful, but whooza! Also, thanks to our extremely generous friends Jen and Bill, we now have a high chair and a Pack and Play (that raises into a bassinet) that match for FREE. It's too much you guys, but Geoff and I appreciate it more than I can express. THANK YOU! We ALSO are going to be getting a cute, square dresser from Geoff's aunt Deb and uncle Phil for Carter's clothes. 36x36 ... I can't wait.

There's still a lot left to do as far as preparation goes, such as organizing the nursery, laundry and unpackaging bottles and kitchen stuff and what not. We also need to pack our hospital bag, but the thing that stinks is a lot of stuff we need to bring to the hospital is stuff we use daily. lol. We'll figure it out. I'm doing my best to pace myself and not get too anxious or worked up, but it's a lot and it's overwhelming.

I'm really starting to feel pregnant, now that I'm 35 weeks and still measuring ahead of time ... I really shouldn't complain because for the most part I've had a wonderful pregnancy and have felt pretty good. However, Carter has already dropped which means sitting, standing, laying ... none of them are comfortable for any period of time. However, I am going to try to help myself out by getting into a regular workout routine to build muscles and stamina for the "big day." My friend Shana loaned me this wonderful pregnancy workout that I did yesterday, and I felt great while doing it, and even better today. (My appetite increased overnight from all the calories I burned though ... so I felt like I kind of defeated the purpose, lol.) Therefore, I'm going to continue to do that every day that I can. There's also a post baby workout as well, so I'm hoping to trim the fat as quickly as possible and hopefully more than just the baby weight!

Geoff and I are trying to enjoy the sunshine as much as possible and are filling up our weekends with friends along with alone time. I'm starting to feel the stress of, "this is the last time we'll be alone!" Or, "this is the last time we can hang out with these friends without stress of a baby sitter fiasco." Silly I know, but we're trying to get the most out of our time as possible.

Thanks for checking in and for listening. :D

Thursday, April 15, 2010

34 Weeks And Other Junk

Spring Break was last week. It was so great to have a whole week off from work. Not so great not making money, but I got lots of things accomplished including many visits with friends, cleaning the house, and getting some things reorganized. However, I must say it feels good to be back at work again. There's something to be said for the daily grind. :D The only negative was that I spent the majority of it with a bad cold, and I ended the week with a bang by getting food poisoning. I've never had that before, and I don't wish it upon anybody. I've never felt so horrible in my entire life.

Moving on ....

Thank God for the internet. I'm so thankful for the Pampers, Huggies, and What to Expect When You're Expecting websites. Their weekly updates and articles have been so incredibly helpful throughout this entire pregnancy to both Geoff and I, I don't know what I'd do without them. Clearly, people have been having children for years without all this info at their fingertips and have gotten by just fine. However, for someone who is a control freak, like me, it's so nice to get any question that pops into my head answered pretty close to immediately. I love it.

I had my 34 week appt. today. I had a 30 minute wait, but then a 45 minute long appt. once I got in there. Now, this was my doing. I had several questions, and I figured, they made me wait, I might as well get all my questions answered dang it! I asked all about how do I know when I'm in labor, what can I expect at the hospital, blah blah blah. Overall, it was really good. My blood pressure was perfect, and I only gained 2 more pounds. Carter's heartbeat was 132, and his head is down and where it should be! In two weeks from today I'll be 36 weeks and we'll do the first internal exam where they can tell if I'm dilating and preform a Strep B test. That hit me kind of hard, because it made me realize that it's really not far away now. Whooza ... that's scary.

I have a baby shower coming up this Saturday. I'm very excited to see everyone! Once again, I know it's going to be overwhelming and humbling, but I love any excuse to get people together!

Geoff and I finally finished painting the changing table and crib! Now all we need is a dresser, rocking chair and a book case for Carter, and we'll be all set. Thank God for my Mom, she's going to keep an eye open for me at garage sales! Geoff and I are picking up the painted furniture this weekend and hope to set up Carter's nursery this weekend! I can't wait to FINALLY get some things in place.

Other than that, Geoff and I are adjusting to some transition slowly with our jobs, the up coming birth amongst other things, but over all I suppose we're hanging in there. Finances are never easy, but our love carries us through. Sounds very cheesy, but it's more true than I can say. There may be times where we're short on cash, but one thing I'm sure we'll never be short on is our love.