Tuesday, October 30, 2012

One Week Ago...

One week ago, just around this time*, I became a Mom.


That moment. That moment of meeting this little, beautiful, sweet person - it will forever turn me into a sentimental mess. Those 9 months of guessing if he was a boy or girl, wondering what he would look like, just trying to imagine who this sweet child was all came together in the most powerful moment I have ever experienced. The only word I can use is "perfect". The moment I met my son was simply perfect.



The birth of our little boy has changed me in ways I have only just begun to understand.

My heart has grown in a way I didn't even know was possible. But I do know that there is a now a place that belongs only to this baby boy. And it will be his forever.

* I attempted to write this post last night - when he was officially one week old - but instead I opted to sit with Mr. Fix-It, holding our baby, and soaking it all in. And crying my eyes out.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

It's a...

BOY!

Our little guy arrived on Monday, October 22 at 8:30pm. Labor and delivery were wonderfully smooth and easy. We have been loving on this sweetie since he arrived. Follow along on instagram or twitter (@thefixits) for updates and lots of pics and I'll be back here soon to post more.


Monday, October 22, 2012

IT'S GO TIME!


It's official - we will be meeting this little one SOON! Any final guesses? All of a sudden I'm convinced this baby is a boy. It will certainly be a surprise! Things may be quiet around here for a couple of days, but we're looking forward to sharing some exciting baby news. Thanks for all of your love and support!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Pregnancy Week by Week: Week 39


My first week of maternity leave wound up being much more exciting than I bargained for! On Monday, I enjoyed myself - lounging around, preparing a few things for baby, but generally laying low. Tuesday morning I had my weekly non-stress test and OB appointment. That's when things got interesting.

During the non-stress test I had two contractions. I noticed some activity on the monitor, but baby kept on moving and its heartbeat was chugging away. I didn't think much of it, but when the nurse came to read the test she took her time looking it over and then left the room. I sat around waiting for a while and was then informed I needed to follow up with a BPP (bio-physical profile). Luckily, Mr. Fix-It had just arrived to meet me for the OB appointment, so I called him to come join me in the antenatal resource center. We had a second ultrasound of the day, and baby cooperated immediately - the tech was able to see what she was looking for (movement, "breathing activity", etc). Everything was just fine. However, during the original non-stress test baby's heart rate was dipping with contractions so they were worried s/he may be in some distress.

We headed downstairs to my OB and she let me know she had just received the results of my test and wanted me to follow up with an extended non-stress test to ensure that everything was truly ok. If the heart rate continued to dip, we would have a conversation about inducing that day, or even a c-section if necessary. Mr. Fix-It and I both simultaneously got goofy grins on our faces and glazed over.

We went down to OB Triage and got hooked up to the fetal monitors. Mr. Fix-It called my Mom to keep her posted, and she was on a flight within an hour. If baby was coming today, she wasn't missing the big event! Baby passed the second test with flying colors, and we were sent home soon after lunch time. It made for quite the eventful morning!

The rest of the week was spent running errands, relaxing, and hanging out with the Grandma-to-be. Everyone is getting REALLY excited about this little one's arrival - on to week 40!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Pregnancy Week by Week: Week 38


Week 38 (October 12 specifically) was a BIG milestone that I've been looking forward to for, well, since August. Week 38 meant the start of maternity leave! I spent the final two weeks of work semi-frantically wrapping up paperwork: client notes, transfer summaries, discharge papers, assessment reports, treatment reviews...the list goes on. Each night I'd review all the tasks I had to complete the next day, feel overwhelmed and anxious, and beg baby to stay put until at least October 13. Thankfully, little one cooperated.

Finishing work also meant no longer having to commute. I'd replayed a few scenarios in my mind of making my way back to the city while in labor. I wasn't entirely worried that I'd be in the situation, but really, you never know. I've had times where it's taken me just about two hours to get home. So I figured it's always best to have a plan. (And don't even get me started on the challenges in bladder holding during that drive). I'm done - amen!

People have started asking if I was feeling that things were "getting close". Physically, I've felt mostly the same. Baby's head is still low, I have occasional cramping, but I don't have any sort of sixth sense that this baby is showing up at any second. I think we're hanging tight for a bit longer. Mentally, though, YES. And no. I have these moments of thinking about how different things are *just* about to be, and then I also realize I'm in some bizarre state of denial. I swear I walk around totally forgetting that there is an actual baby on the way. Seriously, some nights I'll lay in bed and think to myself, "there's not really a baby in there". And then I wake up and have a quick moment of panic and think, "ohmigod, is the baby still there?!", and I check my belly and confirm that I am still, in fact, most likely quite pregnant. I was joking to colleagues that I may need to self-refer for a psych eval.

The reality is, though, getting to this phase of pregnancy just seems so unbelievable. Spending months and months imagining this tiny human in your life as a distant, unreachable thing suddenly shifting to a real, actual thing that IS HAPPENING is just more that I can comprehend. I don't think it will all entirely come together until I actually see this little one and hold him/her in my arms. We are SO CLOSE!


Monday, October 8, 2012

Pregnancy Week by Week: Week 37


This kid cracks me up. Seriously. This week we started our now-weekly non-stress tests. (It's a simple 30 minute test where two monitors are attached to Mom's belly and baby's heart rate, movements, and contractions are monitored.)

(You sit in a chair and look something like this)

So, the funny part is that our baby LOVES to kick and push whenever pressure is placed on my belly. For the entire test our kid had a field day pushing and fighting the monitors. The nurse asked me TWICE to sit still because the belts kept shifting. I had to laugh and blame the baby. Sorry, kid! You're FEISTY!

In other news, my observation of the week is that my food tolerance has shifted. I'm noticing that complex foods sound completely unappealing. As in, the more ingredients in a dish, the less I am interested. An apple? Great. Yogurt with granola? Yum. A savory dish with all sorts of herbs and marinade? I couldn't even take two bites. I vaguely remember reading a reason why this can occur, especially as your body prepares for labor. Of course I'm forgetting now, but I can tell you that if you offered me a bowl of chili I might dry heave a little.

As for this baby's arrival? Your guess is as good as mine. I've been feeling crampy here and there, which supposedly means my body is revving up a little. Now that this munchkin is full term, I'm starting to get antsy. I fully realize, however, that we're not at the finish line just yet and this little one will arrive whenever it is good and ready!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Maternity Photos!



It's so wonderful to have talented friends! A while back fellow Weddingbee blogger, Mrs. Snapdragon, aka Penny, asked if we might "swap" photos. She had an upcoming event that she wanted documented, and in exchange she would shoot a session for me and Mr. Fix-It. While I wasn't available to photograph her event, I still took her up on the offer for a maternity shoot! So, basically, I totally owe her!

A few weekends ago, Mr. Fix-It and I got up on a Saturday morning, showered, and did our best to look pretty. (And yes, my pink accessories and his blue sweater were intentional. He's convinced we're having a boy, and my guess changes like the wind, but that day I was voting girl.)

Here are some of the highlights of our photoshoot by Lake Michigan!







I'm so glad to have these photos! I'm sure in just a few short weeks we'll look back and barely be able to remember when life was just the two of us.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Pregnancy Week by Week: Week 36


Time just keeps chugging along! I'm so excited that we're REALLY in the homestretch!

Week 36 was great. On Monday, my co-workers had a little shower for our baby instead of our usual staff meeting. Our little one received lots of books and I got to show off photos of the nursery! The shower felt like a bit of a "goodbye", which I can't deny I'm very excited about. The commute to my office is killer on a regular day, but in the 9th month of pregnancy I'm just over it. I've now wrapped up with my clients, and all I have left is paperwork. I'm hoping that makes for an easy remaining two weeks!

Lately, it also seems that our little nugget is getting itself ready to head on out. I don't think I'll go into labor tomorrow, but someone has their head down looooooooow. I'm not terribly uncomfortable, but sometimes when I stand up it takes a minute to adjust to the pressure. I'm sure Mr. Fix-It loves watching me waddle off the sofa. Also, baby has had hiccups non-stop! I'm glad s/he is practicing breathing. A pretty important skill, no?

At 36w 3d we also had our final ultrasound to get a measurement on the placenta. According to the techs, it looks like baby's head is already so low (told you so) that it is past the placenta. This is great news for a natural birth, but my doctor still needs to review the ultrasound. As of now, we feel like we've got the green light to go ahead without scheduling a c-section. However, I meet with my doctor again next week and she'll make the final, final call.

(Side note in the gender guessing game: A nurse at my doctor's office told me my belly is "100% girl". I laughed and told her I agreed. Mr. Fix-It also insists he saw a little weenie during the ultrasound. Then he said, "Well, I guess it could have been the umbilical cord too". I'm really DYING to know!)

Mr. Fix-It and I were able to squeeze in one last weekend getaway - a trip to his Aunt and Uncle's lake house! It's always such a treat to visit, and we get to enjoy lots of time on the water and simply just relaxing. It was also mind boggling to think that the next time we visit we'll have our little munchkin with us!