Thursday, August 28, 2008

1st Time Parents: Week 33

So Brock has been insanely active in the last few weeks! Last night, Spike and I were finally able to capture some baby movements on video (video below)!

Brock is running out of room in there, so his movements are much more pronounced and kinda hurt! Some take my breath away, and some stop me right in my tracks. At least once a night, I tell Spike that I think Brock is trying to push his way out of my belly! Its crazy!

My mom came over last night and brought us some Halloween garb that she bought Brock. She got him the cutest little Halloween socks and slippers along with a little knit hat! God! I can't wait to see our baby!! I have such vivid dreams about what he's going to look like. I'm anxious to see if I'm close or not!!

Here's a look at the baby moving in my belly (turn down your volume because I was right in front of the TV and it was LOUD):

Here is the most recent picture of me (so about 3 weeks ago):

1st Time Parents: Grown up Stuff - Wills, Life Insurance, etc.

Sorry we haven't posted in a while... We've been pretty busy around here getting all of our "grown-up" stuff put in order.

Last Friday, Spike and I met with our Financial Advisor and an Attorney to put our Living Wills, Life Insurance, and Trust in place for our future. WHOA! Talk about stressful! It was very hard to make the decisions we made, but they are necessary and I'm glad its over with now. I feel better that this is one less thing we'll have to worry about after baby Brock gets here!

If anyone (locally) is interested in getting assistance with their finances or with their "grown-up" stuff, let me know and I'll get you in contact with our financial advisor. He's amazing!!!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

1st Time Parents: 32 week appointment

So I had my 32 week check up today. The doctor said that my belly was measuring a little big today, but she mentioned that the baby was all over the place because she felt his legs up really high. She said I was measuring at 33 weeks, but she wasn't concerned because today I am technically 32 weeks and 5 days pregnant. I will be 33 weeks on Saturday.

My blood pressure was within normal limits, so thats good :-) I start seeing the Dr. every 2 weeks now! Yikes! That means we're getting closer to meeting baby Brock :-)

She also told me that if I go into labor for whatever reason at 34 weeks, they will not stop the labor. They will let me have the baby. So please pray that this little stinker stays in there until I'm at LEAST 37 weeks. That's when I'll be considered full term!

She wants me to take it easy for the next two weeks, but then when I hit 34 weeks she wants me to start walking again. I was walking 2 miles a day, but I was having a lot of contractions when I got home, so I stopped.

I also asked about this strange noise I've been hearing sometimes when the baby moves. Its like a popping or cracking noise, like when you crack your knuckles.

My Dr. said that she's never heard anything like that before. No one has ever mentioned it to her. She told me not to worry about it. Her ideas of what it could be were:

- a hip click in the baby (which she said isn't audible on the outside)
- a joint cracking (like when we crack our knuckles)

She said she was going to talk to her partners about it and see if they might know, so I'll follow-up at my next appt. in 2 weeks.

She did tell me to make sure I tell the pediatrician about it after I have the baby, because after you deliver they run a Range of Motion test where they usually identify hip dysplasia - which she did say was more common in baby girls.

So that's that for now!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

1st Time Parents: Installing the car seat!

So here I sit blogging, while Spike is sitting on the couch reading the installation manual for the car seat! I'm so excited!!! Yeah we still have 8 weeks to go, but at least this way installing the car seat is one less thing we have to do when the time comes!

Here's a quick look at our car seat (and lots of gifts from our baby shower that we have yet to put away!) The car seat is the Chicco Keyfit 30. LOVE IT! We have the matching stroller for it too!!

Check out this link for installation info: The Car Seat Lady

Sunday, August 17, 2008

1st Time Parents: Nesting mode is in full gear!

I would have to say that I started nesting *a little* at about 26 weeks or so. I had a good 2 weeks where got a good amount of cleaning done. Once week 31 hit, I started getting a little crazy! I'm just starting week 32 and Spike (my husband) told me today that I'm killing him!! I haven't seen my house so clean since we moved in 2 yrs. ago!

I still have to organize my closets and cabinets and hope I can get them done in the next 8 weeks!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

1st Time Parents

Welcome to our blog on being 1st time parents! We hope this site becomes a helpful tool for many 1st time parents. Please follow our journey through pregnancy, the birth of our first child, and the many ups and downs we will face as 1st time parents!