Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Always a project in the King House

If you have not observed, Matthew and I seem to take on huge projects, one right after the other (more like overlapping). We got married, built a house, got pregnant, and now we are finishing the basement. Before I go in further, our lives are by far not perfect but we have definately been blessed beyond measure. I can not even express how thankful I am for everything in my life.

Ok back to the basement, we bought the bathtub/shower combo this weekend and the plumber is working today to finish the plumbing. Matthew started last night on framing in the last wall for the bedroom, bathroom, laundry room. As I said, our lives our not perfect and with that comes the accident of matthew backing his truck with 16 ft long boards into the garge to put a pretty little dent in it. My only reply was, "So glad that it was not me that did it :-)" (I have already had my fair share of denting things and him having to fix them.) Matthew's goal to finish the basement by the time the baby gets here or at least the drywall done. He says he is finishing it because he wants a quiet place to sleep but I know that he is just kidding and will want to be apart of the nightly wake ups.
Here are some pictures of the beginning our our basement project
This is the basement wall

This is the garage dent

The nursery is getting closer to being done. The bedding is done and we bought our crib mattress. The curtains are hung and the light fixture is up with a dimmer. Matthew made me a canopy and I am will finish the material for the canopy this weekend and we will hang that. Last few projects is pick up shelf in Odessa and paint it. Hang pictures on the walls. Put a second shelf in the closet.

Here are a few pictures of the nursery
The changing table with my diaper stacker (I made)

The finished crib with mattress and bedding

The curtains, for some reason the lighting made the room look orange

Of course I did not leave out the progress of baby girl. I am 35 weeks along which means only 5 weeks to go. I had an ultrasound last week and she is 4lbs 12 ozs which puts her in the 36% range. She is a little below average on size but very healthy. The most she could way if I went over is 7lbs 5 ozs according to the dr. The good news is that I will not be delivering a 8 or 9 lbs. baby. The best news was that she is not breech any more which means no scheduled c-section for me. She is already showing her strong will and making us wait for her delivery to get a good look at her face. I have had more ultrasounds than the normal person of around 7 or 8 and on every single ultrasound she has found a way to hide her face so we could not get a good look. I started weekly appts 2 weeks ago, and I make my way to the dr every week so he can track the progress. He is suspecting an early delivery but I am not getting my hopes up incase she decideds to make me wait. I have felt great and have not been too uncomfortable, thank goodness, because some people make it sound terribly in the last few months. I actually sometimes forget I have a huge basket ball in my stomach until I look down or look in the mirror or someone inquires about my pregnancy. There is still no name for our little one and will probably not be a name till after delivery, I have to see her.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

7 weeks to go and counting

I am in the 8th month already and it is almost impossible to believe that my pregnancy has gone by this fast. The dr. says that our little girl has a healthy heart beat and that I have the lowest blood pressure he has ever seen in a pregnant lady. Next week, we will have an ultrasound to see the position of our baby and how she is doing. If you look at my belly anytime I am wearing a fitted shirt you will see lumps poke out where she is moving. Sometimes she will leave some part of her body poked out and I will have to push it back in.
As labor is approaching, I have been reading up on the Bradley method of delivery. As I am reading about labor and natural ways to help with pain relief since I am going to attempt a natural delivery, I am even more amazed at child birth. I do not understand how any woman that has been pregnant can deny that there is no God. I think about how this baby is created and formed and develops, the complexity of it is just amazing. It starts out the size of a poppyseed and grows into a baby with a brain, lungs, heart, and everything else it needs to survive. Not only is that truly amazing but God created woman to be able to house and deliver babies into the world.
Now, past all of that, I will have to admit that labor and delivery is slightly intimidating. I tell myself constantly there are 8 billion people in the world and all 8 billion have gone through delivery. I also tell myself if a teenage girl can survive delivery and labor surely I can. I also tell myself that moms that have had 1 baby PLAN, not surprise, but PLAN another pregnancy and try for it. It is not contractions or pushing it is the fact that an entire human being will be escaping my body through a very small opening is the part that is slightly terrifying but thankfully self talk and telling my self whether I am ready or not this baby will come so I need to prepare mentally helps. But I must admit, everyday as I read another chapter or start another book on delivery, there is alot of self talk going on and maybe even more prayer. Jesus, hears please give me a small baby and an easy delivery with a quick recovery daily!!
On the the planning for baby, we are getting the nursery complete. Dear friends of ours (Christa and I, it was a joint shower), Celia (and Steve, he did so much) threw us the most special baby shower with such thoughtful touches. They took pictures of the day, made posters and signs, had adorable napkins, everything was set up so lovely, and delicious food. Then we had so many amazing friends that have been around our lives that blessed us with wonderful gifts that helped us get ready for our little girls. I think how blessed I am to have such wonderful people in my life and excited for my little girl to be that blessed to have so many people that will love her and be apart of her life, is so wonderful. After the shower, I have been organizing and finishing the nursery. We found a great light fixture on clearance (My favorite aisles), we picked up the changing table, and have been moving things around the room.
Here is a picture from our shower with my mom and Celia

Here is our light fixture for the nursery