Wednesday, May 30, 2012

{34 weeks}

Well, yesterday I went to my 34 week OBGYN appointment - this was the first appointment that I went to by myself because I told Richard to just relax for the day because the appointments are SO short. This appointment was no exception - Dr. Horn was in the room no more than a few minutes to give me the lowdown:

No extra activities except for work
Feet up at home out of heat when not working
2 weeks is fine to go for another appointment so June 13th we will go back
9 lbs weight gain since last appt 2 weeks ago-all water pretty much
Belly Measuring 38 centimeters instead of 34 where I should be
112/80 blood pressure which is great-as long as blood pressure stays normal they aren't worried
Looks like it will be a big baby if they run in the family-she said Richard might win this since he was 8 lbs 12 oz

In 2 weeks it will be an internal exam and possible ultrasound to measure baby & see how he's doing. 

Needless to say - I've had more fun appointments but we're moving right along & I can't wait to meet the baby - that will be the best day!

Friday, May 25, 2012

{33 weeks pregnant}

Happy 6 year anniversary!!
The saying goes that time flies when you're having fun...I guess we've been having a whole lot of fun because I can't believe I only have ~6 weeks left until we get to meet our baby boy!!! In early May, we took an anniversary trip to Indianapolis and went to the zoo - this is our one good picture of the two of us at the was a bit warm & I'm starting to swell - so I did as much as I could and enjoyed just being with Richard. He makes me laugh so much and just tickles me - he's truly so much fun to hang out with and we had a great trip just exploring the city & eating good meals!
Love Grandma Moore & how cute she was when she gave us the travel system!

The nursery is coming along - everything is organized that we have so far and downstairs we have clothes/toys that are too big or he's not old enough for yet and the girl's clothes bin (from mom/Amanda) that we'll need to store since we won't need them. Other fun things we've been doing - getting the carseat installed at the Sharonville fire house last weekend, Richard put the swing together, he also put the crib together and put the dresser in the nursery. Grandma Moore got us our travel system which we love and she was excited to watch Richard put that together at her place.
Love our bedding/ really feels real now that soon he's going to be home with us!

Swing is together & everyone on Facebook seemed to say it's a great swing so that's good!
As far as home improvement projects go, everything is pretty much complete: master bath has been re-done, new carpet is installed in the entire upstairs, outside painting is done and the inside ceiling paint is done as well - Certa Pro has to come fix one spot in the kitchen and we'll be set! It's so nice to have everything coming together! Sally's only thrown up twice on the carpet since it's been installed (I'm pretty sure she's preparing me for a kid!)

Final design of the bathroom - we simply love it - it's like being  in a spa so I don't want my showers to end!
All the trim was painted and we changed the colors of the shutters & door!
The baby is doing well - moving some days like a crazy man and other days I'm pretty sure he sleeps most of the day. On Friday (5/11), I had high blood pressure that I took at Kroger so I called the doctor because it was 142/something and they said it needed to be under 140...the next day, I couldn't get him to move, so I drank a Coke, sat on the couch and waited...I was supposed to feel at least 4 movements in the hour...I maybe felt I called and they wanted me to come to the hospital to get checked. Mom & dad took me to the hospital and Richard met me there because he was working. His heartbeat looked great, and they said he was moving - they could tell because his heart rate increased/decreased just like it should if he's moving. With my anterior placenta, sometimes I feel him move and sometimes I don't. They also said I was having very minor contractions but I don't feel those either. They said as long as I don't feel them, I'm in good shape - but let them know if anything changes. They checked my cervix and sent me on my way. It was a relief to get everything checked out and know everything was ok. We stopped at Frish's on the way home (about 9pm) and I was was like old times, eating at the Frish's in Clifton! Blood pressure is doing well now, and it hasn't been elevated again...Richard checks it every now and then just to make sure. At my 30 week appointment I was measuring 32 centimeters (which is about 2 weeks ahead), but when I went back for my 32 week appointment I was only measuring 33 centimeters (and had gained a pound) so Dr. Rinala was happy with that. I was glad to not be too far ahead with everything.

32 weeks, 6 days (almost 33 weeks) - he's not getting any smaller! :)

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

{First baby shower was a success!}

On Sunday (April 29th, 2012) Crystal & Ryann had my "friend shower" for us in Sharonville - everything was jungle themed (like our bedding) and it was so much fun! Jen brought the cutest little games for people to play and cards for people to fill out about "Dear Baby..." or "Words of Wisdom" for me - Kalysta's melted my heart and she was the first one done. We did bingo while I opened gifts and all enjoyed BBQ / fruit / cheese ball / cake etc. - everything was great!

I am very lucky to have so many friends to go through life with - I've met a lot of them through working at Nielsen/BASES and continued those friendships even after they or I have moved on to another company/job. My backyard & front yard neighbors were able to come which was really fun and my oldest friend in the world - Lindsay and her mom were able to come which was wonderful to see them. Some of my friends are from high school and it's always great to see those that you once were in band/played tennis etc. with and now all of us seem to be pregnant at the same time! :) Some friends I've met through 31, or Richard, or through Lindner Honors-PLUS at UC (that I now work for!) - no matter where we've met, we've tried really hard to stay in contact and keep our relationships strong. I know it's hard because a lot of my friends moved away, have multiple kids, travel for work etc. but coming together like this is always so much fun!

It's just a really fun time and we can't wait to introduce baby McFarland to everyone! I was almost 30 weeks at the shower - and was feeling pretty good - not terribly hungry and had to keep drinking LOTS of water...but overall, I am feeling ok.

Ryann (and Kristen) made the cake for the shower & everyone loved it - so fitting for us!

So many cute decorations (thanks Crystal & Jen!) as well as lots of pictures taken with everyone!

This is Kalysta's note to the baby...she's only 12, and I think could teach a lot of people a thing or two! 
Thanks again to everyone for making my first baby shower so special - it still seemed very surreal to be getting dressed for my baby shower that's certainly becoming more real as he kicks me, my belly gets bigger and more people ask me questions and now we have stuff for him - but it's still a weird sensation that all of our dreams are coming true. We are very happy and humbled.