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What? 10 more weeks?

04/19/2013

Belle

30. weeks. That means only 10 more weeks till this little Chicken is allegedly ready to hatch.

This week has brought forth a panicked husband. While I am still a panicky mess about delivery complications, the Professor is starting to have some meltdowns about what the hell you do with a baby once he/she is home. Perhaps I’m in denial, but I’m just not that scared about this. Together we’ll figure it out. The Prof. is not so convinced and would like me to ask you all what books you and your husband read prior to bringing baby home that actually helped ease some anxiety? This Daddy-to-be is ready to get some researching on!

30 weeks has also brought a little relief from my sinus infection. For the first time in three days I can chew without my left jaw aching and I can blink my left eye without orbital pain. I’m still coughing like it’s my job, though. Last night I coughed so hard for four hours straight that I peed myself TWICE. The Professor eventually asked that I please go downstairs so he could get some rest. Poor guy! This evening I’m going to try two teaspoons of honey before bed and see if that helps my throat. If not, it’s time to break out the Chloraseptic, which is on my list of “safe but don’t overdue it” medications.

Chicken’s movements are becoming less like cute pokes and more like “I’m getting ready to  bust outta this joint.” It’s super exciting to feel baby growing stronger by the day, although it’s rather annoying when it is 11:30 at night and you are desperately trying to sleep and not cough while your baby is having a dance party in your belly! I have found that when he starts flailing around I can actually sort of rock him into submission while laying down by moving my hips back and forth slowly. After about five minutes the dance party slows down and we are both able to drift off to sleep. I don’t know if my “rocking” is actually soothing baby or not, but it gives me this rush of maternal satisfaction that is unlike anything I’ve ever felt before.

It looks like I have a little bit of pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy, also known as PUPPP, showing up on my belly. I’m not terribly freaked out about it because it is only on the belly and it is not a ton of bumps, but man do they itch. I’ll be sure to ask Dr. Shannon about them at my appointment on Tuesday. I did some reading on PUPPP and from what I can tell it is not serious, just insanely annoying. Many women say pine tar soap and aloe  helps them tremendously, so I fully intend to make the Professor stop by Whole Paycheck (Foods) tonight so I can get some and start using it now, just in case I’m one of the unlucky ones who has to deal with itchy rash for 10+ weeks.

It also seems that 70% of PUPPP pregnancies are boys, which further strengthens my belief that this baby is a boy. Unfortunately  we still do not have a boy name picked out. We have a list of contenders but none of them feel right to me. Does that make sense? Our girl name, though, it feels right. It rolls off my tongue easily and is just so, I don’t know, us. We also are running into the problem that we seem to fancy Swedish names… which is unfortunate because neither of us are Swedish, although we both have a true appreciation for Swedish design. I have a few non-Swedish contenders to toss out to the Professor tonight, but am fairly certain they will all be shot down.

Belly photo will be taken this weekend. Currently there are piles of shit stuff blocking my photo wall thanks to Operation S.O.S. This entire garage sale preparation is SCARY and making an epic mess of our house. The mess is so thick that it is hard to think in there lately. But, we are making progress and the basement now sports empty shelves an a stack of empty tubs. I’ll save the rest of my 30 week musings to go with the belly photo this weekend since I have to get back to work – missing 4 days has put me very behind!

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  1. April 19, 2013

    Oh, for the sore throat — honey is good, but put one chopped-up garlic clove in there too. It not only strengthens your immune system, but the heat from raw garlic is very soothing on your throat. That always works for me (just don’t bother trying to kiss your hubby goodnight!). Boy names are so difficult, and it’s funny because I think the Swedes actually do a decent job of them. But it is a little weird when neither of you are Swedish. I don’t know… can’t offer much help in that department because I still haven’t even come close to finding a boy name I like. 🙂

  2. jak #
    April 19, 2013

    it must be all the ik.ea furniture you’ve picked out!!! hahahahah:) we had an easy time with the girl name, hard time with the body name too. you’ll think of something, i’m sure! another idea is to put a box out at your next shower for people to drop name suggestions in. we’re totally doing this as we’re not set 100% yet either and would love to see what others think.

    i think your due date may be calculated early…? because i am about 32 weeks and due date is 6/18, calc’ed by RE and confirmed by our calendar-counting. from lmp it should be 42 weeks right? and from conception should be 40 weeks? and then there’s the published literature that shows its actually 41 weeks and a day from conception for 1st timers. you might want to double check on this with dr. awesome (NOT dr. telemed). just in case you need to put up a “no-i’m-not-being-induced-because-i’m-a-tiny-bit-late” fight.

    resources suggestions for parenting:

    watch cesar millan. not even kidding. calm assertive energy. no fear.
    read ‘how to be your dog’s best friend’ by the monks of new skete

    …this is where i’m getting all of my parenting advice. we’re probably having a german shepherd anyway. so it’ll all work out.

    hugs and cant wait for the belly shots!!!!!!!!

    • jak #
      April 19, 2013

      just looked at my calendar and i think i’m wrong. it really might only be ten weeks!!!!! holy crap!!!!!! :))

      • April 19, 2013

        Lol! Yeah, 10 weeks till I’m at 40, however, my doctor will let me go till 42 before we talk induction. I am PRAYING that chicken comes at 38-40, though so we have the most time possible in Lexington before we head north! Crap this is all coming up fast!

        “We’re probably having a German Shepard anyways” cracks me up! We joke that Chicken might come out purring. Perhaps we should rewatch some Jackson Galaxy to freshen up on our cat parenting skills. Surely that will benefit baby 🙂

  3. April 19, 2013

    I actually agree about the Cesar Milan thing! I don’t know if it works as much with babies (I don’t see why not) but I definitely used that strategy when teaching after school programs to middle and high school students. Calm, assertive energy. For sure.

    Once when I was pregnant I had a dream I was giving birth to kittens.

    We didn’t read many books before the babies came. After they came, one extremely helpful book has been The Wonder Weeks, which I guess would be helpful before (at least the beginning of the book might be). It tells you what to expect, both from the baby and from you, and gives you some ideas for things you can do to stimulate your baby like games or sensory experiences or whatever. It’s not really a philosophy, at least not that I’m aware of, just kind of a collection / analysis of survey responses.

  4. heatherwallen #
    April 19, 2013

    I read the baby nurse bible as well as healthy sleep habits, happy twins (which also has a singleton equivalent). they have both made me feel better prepared + my husband is now reading the sleep book too 🙂

  5. April 19, 2013

    According to a father of 2, “Be Prepared:a Practical Handbook for New Dads” was his bible and highly recommended. I’m going to have to see if that rocking technique works! Bagel has been kicking something fierce from 330 to 530 every morning.

  6. Jamie #
    April 19, 2013

    My hubby liked http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/080652703X/ref=redir_mdp_mobile

    Hopefully that link works – I’m on my iPod.

    -Jamie-

  7. Julia #
    April 20, 2013

    Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child is a must. Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp is good for newborns. There is a DVD version that you can watch that is just as good and contains “white noise” to help when they are crying. And The Wonder Weeks is also fantastic. Has an app that you can purchase that allows you to plug in your child’s data and tells you whats going on according to your child’s developmental age. I haven’t read the book, but have found the app immensely useful.

  8. April 20, 2013

    So I didn’t watch or read it but a lot of people swear by the happiest baby in the block book or DVD. (I’d probably just watch the DVD.) also – again, I didn’t read it, but the new moms class I took recommended the No Cry Sleep Solution. (I think the author is Bently.)

    You will figure it out, but if the prof will feel more confident having researched things a bit, I would try to support that. It will be helpful to you if he feels like he can help. (BG definitely had his own style…and that’s something I hadn’t thought much about before. Dad’s can figure things out differently and that’s okay. They also get a lot less hands on time, so it can take them longer to feel as confident as the primary caregiver…even though we didn’t intend for this, it’s hard to be equal when I do nearly all the feeding and am in maternity leave.)

  9. April 20, 2013

    We read no books prior to having Matthew, and it all worked out just fine! I wasn’t sure how B would do with a baby – he’s never been around them and has always been uninterested in them when he would encounter one. I’m telling you, he was just fine! The minute Matthew was born, he was a changed man and knew exactly what to do almost all the time. You just know when they’re your kids, you know?

    B did attend a father’s preparation class at the hospital for a couple hours and thought that was GREAT. He came home feeling confident that everything would be fine, and it was. He still talks about that class now – almost 2 years later. It really helped him prepare. They told him things like, “you will get poop on you, and it won’t even bother you,” and “the most important thing you can do is keep the kitchen clean at all times.”

    I was staying pretty calm a couple weeks ago when I had 12 weeks left. Now? I need to get things prepared. I should create a plan/schedule to get it all done. We are nowhere near ready.

    • April 20, 2013

      I just asked B and he suggested you order “Be Prepared: A Practical Handbook for New Dads ” from Amazon for the professor. He LOVED this book and now buys it for every new dad he knows. He didn’t read it before Matthew was born, but read it along the way.

  10. Kenya's mom #
    April 21, 2013

    Happiest baby on the block. Loved it and DrBoat did too. Just made sense to us.

  11. Kathy #
    April 21, 2013

    That Cesar Milan thing might not be far off. My GP remarked to me that my baby was so calm and said “Calm Mommy, calm Baby” Having said that being prepared helps make you calm. I attended a prenatal class for new parents and it really helped.

  12. emma #
    April 22, 2013

    Happiest baby on the block!!

  13. April 22, 2013

    I bought my husband several books that he refused to read. He insisted on the “learn as you go” method. Of course our babies were in the nicu for 7 weeks so he learned a ton then. But seriously, if the professor ever worries have him cruise our blog a bit. If George can care for four babies (he can even manage them solo) then the professor has this. Prior to the birth of our babies, George had never cared for a baby himself let alone four preemie ones!

  14. April 25, 2013

    Random comment here, but how about Aksel? It’s Scandinavian and unique without being too crazy!

  15. April 29, 2013

    My spouse recommends The Expectant Father and Let’s Panic About Babies! The Baby Owner’s Manual was also helpful for us both once the baby arrived.

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