Saturday, February 27, 2010
Seriously, that was her name on her hospital arm band. I thought it was pretty funny. We started the day by doing our breathing techniques. At this point, Diana Hospital was exercising her super baby knowledge and was reading about the breathing techniques.
Next we did some little games/quizzes, learned about hospital procedures (apgar scores, the gunk that they put on their eyes, shots, etc.), saw pictures of babies that had just been born, and talked about postpartum stuff. Then came the fun part...ha! We did swaddling (which Chris was very good at and I was very bad at...my baby kept ending up half naked), diaper changing, giving baths, how to dress them, how to take care of the umbilical cord, feeding and burping, etc.
As you can tell by the pictures, we had a great day! I looked like a goober taking pictures (with my phone) during class but I just HAD to have some for the blog! :-) Really, the classes were very informative and I'm glad we decided to take them (the doctor I saw last month said they were pointless unless you were planning on a natural birth...obviously, he had no idea what he was talking about because we learned about so much stuff!!).
I'd like to title this next part, Sara Kate's NEW LOOT...and WHAT A DEAL!! :-) Her new loot includes some adorable stuff her Auntie Laura sent her. Thank you, Auntie Laura!! We love you and miss you!
The 'WHAT A DEAL' refers to this awesome stuff we found at Dillard's today on clearance. We found this 3 piece set that Chris calls her first tailgate outfit for $6.
These next 2 are size 18-month, but they were such a great deal we couldn't resist. They were about $7 each...3 Razorback onesies (that came as the set of 3) and an Adidas track suit for $7 each!! WHAT A DEAL!! :-)
Sunday, February 21, 2010
I also have a little project to work on, and here's a little sneak peak of that!
I realized the other day I've posted quite a bit lately about the baby but I haven't written much about how I'm doing. Overall, I'm feeling pretty good. If I'm on my feet too much, I definitely feel it in my back. I've been bothered by my sciatic nerve in the past, but by the end of some days it certainly is shooting a pain down my leg/side...not sure if that's b/c of the way Sara Kate is laying or just because I've been on my feet too much. Speaking of being on my feet, work sucks these days!! Soil sampling while 30 weeks pregnant is not fun! I'm super busy right now plus I'm trying to cram most of my sampling in before I hit the 36 week mark. So on top of being on my feet alot and my back hurting by the end of the day, I'm also exhausted by the time I get home. Fortunately, sleep is still awesome right now! Chris bought me a body pillow a couple weeks ago, so that combined with the fact that we kicked the dogs out of our room, makes me sleep like a baby! I hope I didn't just jinx myself. Ha! As far as cravings go, I'm still LOVING Goldfish crackers...we went to Sam's yesterday and bought a big box. Yum! I also still really like oranges, but I'm not eating them as often because I don't want to peel one while I'm out in the field with dirty hands. Oh, I really like Special K Blueberry cereal, too. I take it to work with me every morning for breakfast. Now for other people's opinions of how I look - in the last week, I've had 4 people tell me I'm carrying really low. I find it interesting that it has come up more than once. Also, people are still telling me I'm not very big. As far as that goes, I guess everyone is different! Speaking of big (haha!), here's my 31 week belly picture.
And this week, she's still the size of a squash!
Baby's now the size of a squash!
Baby's going through major brain and nerve development these days. Her irises now react to light, and all five senses are in working order. (She won't pick up anything from her nose until after birth, though -- smell is transferred through air, not amniotic fluid.)Finally, we're in the midst of taking out childbirth classes...or as Chris calls them, his 'baby-daddy' classes. We decided to do 2 Saturday's instead of 1 night a week for 4 weeks. Our first class was yesterday and we finish up next Saturday. We found it really informative! We talked about labor signs, active labor, options for drugs, delivery, relaxation breathing, took a hospital tour, and some other stuff I'm just not thinking of right now. Next week is more about what happens after the baby comes...how to change diapers, how to give a bath, how to deal with the umbilical cord, how to swaddle, etc. Chris (and I imagine most of the other dads) is looking forward to next class. There are 5 couples in our class...3 couples having boys, and 2 couples having girls. Chris and I found that interesting because we know a bunch of people having girls right now, but we don't know anyone having boys. All the couples from our class that are having boys say they don't know anyone having girls! Ha! Guess it's all in who ya know!
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Our adorable niece, Hannah Grace, turns 2 today (*2/18)!!! It's been really great for me to be around a baby the last 2 years. Before Hannah, I had never really been around a newborn before....I didn't even know how to hold her. I know having my own baby is going to be totally different, but I still think it's been a good experience. She's so much fun these days...she recognizes us, can call us by name, wants to come to us, wants us to play with her - she especially loves her Uncle Chris!! My in-laws hosted her family birthday party this past Saturday, and I think she had a great time!
A little look back....
Hannah turns 1...
Hannah turns 2!!
We got her this cute little summer dress and she wanted to wear it over her clothes.We also got her a Ms. Potato-Head!! Fun for all!!
And now a picture that will live forever...Jason will regret that he let me take it...
Ta-da!!!!! She'll love this when she's 16! :-)
Happy Birthday, baby girl! We love you!!
Sunday, February 14, 2010
And this week she's still the size of a squash.
Baby's now the size of a squash!
As baby's skin smoothes out, her brain just keeps getting more wrinkled. All those grooves and indentations increase surface area, meaning more room for that oh-so-essential brain tissue. She's also adding some brawn -- her grip is now strong enough to grasp a finger.
We have the dresser, and it's all built! Chris said the directions sucked, but he got it together in about 3 hours. I took Cody to the park yesterday afternoon to walk, and when I left the frame was up...when I got back it was finished. Yay! It looks great!
In sad news, we've had our first baby stuff related casualty. See these cute little socks?
Well, we got 2 sets of these socks for Christmas, thanks to my mom and sister-in-law. I thought about taking 1 set back and exchanging them but just decided to keep both sets. Sara Kate is gonna need socks, right? Apparently Cora thought SHE needed a set, too! I have baby stuff in a box on the floor of the spare bedroom, and I had left the door open one day. Cora went in there, got the socks out of the box, and proceeded to shred/unravel them. I wasn't home from work yet but Chris said they were completely destroyed. It's definitely going to be hard to teach her that Sara Kate's stuff doesn't equal Cora's stuff! It was the first casualty, but I'm sure it won't be the last!
And finally, I'll leave you with a picture of the first outfit Chris has bought for his daughter. He went to Target between school's one day last week and thought she needed this outfit. I thought it was sweet...plus, it's a pretty cute little summery dress!