Thursday, September 3, 2009

37 week observations

We're full term today! I'm still amazed at just how fast this year has gone by. It seems like just yesterday we were breaking the news to family and friends.

For the majority of my pregnancy I have felt wonderful and I do still feel relatively good. But over the past 2-3 weeks thing have gotten increasingly more difficult. I can't walk as far or as long as I used to. I now have to force myself to take breaks which I'm really not used to. My abdomen is in a constant state of tightness. Over the past 2 days I've started having some mild painless but uncomfortable cramping accompanied with what I think are some Braxton Hicks contractions.

Some observations . . .
-Going to the bathroom is not only often but is quite a chore. Getting down there to wipe completely is a feat in itself. Seriously God should have rethought perhaps growing my arms a couple inches as my belly increased in sized.

-Sleeping is no longer straight through the night and anything but comfortable for more than a little while before needing to re-adjust my position (I'll admit I'm probably pretty fortunate that my good nights of sleep lasted as long as they did).

-Strangers now stare instead of just glancing at me and my protruding belly. This could just be my own paranoia but it seems as though I'm my own little mobile freak show. I could/should start charging admission. :)

-Jeans are no longer my friend. I know people cringe at the thought of being pregnant in the summer but honestly its been a god send to me. I've been able to live in yoga capris, long tanks, comfy cotton skirts and flip flops. I wore jeans the past couple of days (after a little bit of a hiatus from them) with the more comfortable weather but regretted it by the end of the day as they started to dig badly into the bottom of my belly. I think they're past their expiration date and/or he's dropped considerably.

And with 37 weeks comes a completed nursery! Here are some pics of the little guys new room all completed (minus his name letters that will be hung this weekend). I must say he's already a pretty lucky little boy. :)

A Beautiful Shower

I'm quite behind on posts so I'm just getting a chance to update on my amazing shower two weeks ago.

I feel so blessed to have such amazing family and friends in my life. They all went above and beyond to make the day special for me. The decorations were beautiful and perfect, the food was good, the atmosphere was great, the games were fun and I think the guests enjoyed themselves as much as I did. I still can't believe the amount of gifts we received and feel so thankful for everything.

The most touching moments for me were the photobook my Mom and Mother in Law put together with pictures of Joe and I as babies and growing up and the copy of my favorite children's book my parents bought me with a note about how much they enjoyed reading it to me as a child. I will cherish both of these things.

I was so caught up in the day that I didn't get many pictures taken but here are a couple a friend of mine shared with me until I get some more.

Beautiful diaper cake and table.
I loved the hand painted little wooden toys - Charlene did a great job!
They're now on Baby Doran's shelves in his nursery. :)

Adorable clothes line

YUMMY favors!
Matt did a great job helping Christina with these. ;)

We're lucky I didn't stuff all of these in my bag to take home.

Thank you so much to Charlene and Christina for everything they did to help my family make it a memorable day :)

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