Tuesday, December 22, 2009


We saw the doc yesterday. I had been contracting steadily all weekend and although I knew I wasn't in "true labor" as the contractions weren't becoming more intense, I was unsure why all the activity was going on and it was making both of us uneasy. Doc's explanation - "You're skinny and are going to feel every minor practice contraction. You aren't in true labor, so as long as you and the baby are still doing good there is nothing we should do at this time" - what a relief! So, now that I know I don't need to be timing them or worrying about them, I am back to ignoring them and carrying on like normal. I am still sleeping fairly good and feeling great. I have been so blessed in this pregnancy to have such an easy time.

We are still set to have Wyatt induced on Monday, December 28th, but we can change our mind at anytime, if I want to give him another week and see if he will come on his own. I think JB is a little disappointed that we are probably not going to get him before Christmas, but I am looking forward to a relaxing holiday week. JB keeps asking me my feelings about inducing next Monday and I want to wait until closer to that time to see how I feel.

Since I hurriedly got everything pertinent done by last week (just in case), this week I am doing stuff around the house that I wanted to get done but never took priority - organizing a couple closets, taking advantage of the warmer weather to clean out some scraggly landscaping, and doing a little more Christmas shopping. It is so nice.

Merry Christmas Everyone! I hope it is a blessed time for you and your families! We'll let everyone know when Wyatt makes his arrival!!

Friday, December 18, 2009

The Waiting Game

Well, just a quick update that the bug I had earlier in the week has gone away - YEA! I am feeling back to my old (pregnant) self and have energy again. Which means it was probably just something small and not the flu, but I am grateful that my doc was ready to nip it in the bud immediately. I am going to finish out my Tamiflu as there is no harm in it.

I am having a lot of contractions and up a lot of the night the past couple nights because of them and my brain going too much. I did manage to get all the piled up mail from me being sick this week sorted at 3am this morning, as well as making sure all bills are taken care of for the next 3 weeks.

I have to be careful when I sneak out of bed in the middle of the night as JB, the over-excited Daddy-to-be will jump up and ask if he should put my bag in the car. HAHA. I got a speech yesterday from him "I am 20 minutes from the house, Emily, so you need to give me AMPLE time to get home from work, if you think you are going into labor! Don't wait until the last minute!" It is so funny as JB is not normally a panicker - that is my job between the two of us. We had a nice dinner last night with JB's Dad and he was getting a kick out of it too as JB was telling him about how he thought I was going to "wait until the last minute". As my father-in-law is a doctor, he was really getting a kick out of JB's take on things and was responding with "Really, Dr. Strong??". :)

I have been having some hesitancy about inducing John Wyatt on the 28th. As my body continually progresses and I also continue to feel good, I wonder if it is the right thing to do to force him out, if he is already starting the journey on his own. I have been praying about it a lot and just hoping he makes his arrival a bit early, on his own, so that I don't have to get to that decision.

I know we are all anxious to meet him and knowing what day he would be arriving, would be nice for everyone to plan on, but I keep hoping that if it comes to that, God will give me the peace and confidence that we are making the right decision.

**On a side note, we had dinner at Ellerbe Fine Foods last night and it was a FANTASTIC meal. Check it out if you live in Fort Worth (http://www.ellerbefinefoods.com/). I am so glad we got to go before the little man arrives and we aren't as out-and-about capable. At first we were a little skeptical, it is on the pricier side and none of us could fully interpret the menu selections, so we just each picked a main "meat" and trusted the side pairings. Dad started with some BBQ shrimp and JB, the turkey gumbo (both finished those off, even dipping the bread in their sauces to soak up every last bit). Dad had duck, JB the sole and me the grouper. They were all incredible. We shared an oatmeal/carrot cake that was perfect for three to have a bit of "sweet" to end the meal.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

December 28th is the date.

Doctor's appointment went well today - the sonogram says Wyatt looks perfect in every way and is estimated to be exactly 6 lbs. We also went ahead and set a date for induction. Our doctor said although he thinks he will come by Christmas, he wanted to go ahead and get me on the calendar for the week after. So, if he doesn't come sooner, Wyatt will be born on December 28th.

A lot of people are asking "why an induction?" basically the logic is that he is good to go right now and especially at 39 1/2 weeks, which is what he will be when they induce. If he doesn't come by then, they won't let me go but another week or so anyway, so my doctor says, why not bring him a week earlier when he is a little smaller and easier to push out. Makes sense to me! He said I could change my mind though until the last minute, if I decide I want to give him another week to come on his own.

The not-so-fun news is that I started feeling bad and running fever late last night and was put on Tamiflu today. My doctor is hopeful the Tamiflu will help whatever I have (might just be a virus or something) run its course faster and I should be thru it in the next couple days. It is just fatigue, achiness and fever, so nothing too horrible - but funny how yesterday I was hoping he would arrive soon and now I am hoping he holds off for a few days so I can get to feeling better and get my strength back up, should he decide to come early.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

One day shy of FULL TERM (37 weeks)

How far along: 36 weeks and 6 days - tomorrow I will be FULL TERM.

How big is baby: Wyatt's size is a guessing game, but he is hopefully a little over 6 lbs.

Total weight gain: 25 lbs! I have been gaining about 2 lbs a week lately.

Belly button and Stretch marks: Flat and none yet :) Although I am very sure that my belly is getting bigger daily - from the weight gain (that I am hoping is mainly just due to Wyatt's growth) and b/c my skin on my stomach itches SOOOO bad.

Last Dr's Appt: I go to see the doc every Tuesday. This week I was almost 2 cm dilated and 60% effaced. He also said he thinks Wyatt has dropped as much as he is going to until I officially go into labor - although I haven't felt the "lightening" sensation that some people talk about and his feet are constantly in my ribs.

Labor signs: In addition to dilating, effacing and the doc saying he has dropped, I have been having a ton of braxton hicks contractions, some "real ones" periodically and lots of pressure. I am betting he will come a day or so before Christmas - but who knows.

How am I feeling: I am still feeling pretty good, although the daily increasing pressure tires me out and makes me irritable. I am also just getting anxious to have him here but am trying to make myself relax and enjoy these last few weeks of being just "J.B. and Emily".

Mood Swings and Food Cravings: The irritability level has risen dramatically but I am trying to control my short fuse. Eating is about as it has been...although now I find myself hungry but nothing really sounds good to eat.

Sleep: So-so.

Milestones: Hitting full term is the biggest milestone! Wyatt's room is ready to go. THANKS NANA! I have washed most all the little clothes I think we will need in the beginning. We have a good stockpile of diapers. I have packed my hospital bag and am feeling fairly "ready"

What I'm looking forward to: I am excited about this Tuesday's doctor's visit as we get to have our last sonogram and see him one more time before we get to meet him. I am also trying to make myself look forward to Christmas and the holidays and not get consumed with wishing he would just get here already.

Here are a few of the maternity pics we did this past week (Thanks Anna with Laughlin House Photography http://www.laughlinhousephotography.com/)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Stick a fork in me. I'm done.

Yep, I have hit the "I'm ready to be done" point. It is not that I am feeling bad - I still feel pretty great. Sleep has been lacking these past couple days, but nothing too horrible. I am just ready to meet Wyatt. The pregnancy show has been fun and I think I might even miss it a bit once it is over, but I am ready to be a mommy and JB is also anxious to meet our little boy.

His room is done, I have halted all projects around the house to be resumed in 3-4 months, and now I just feel like I am playing the waiting game.

I have had very little moodiness this entire pregnancy, but the past couple days I have been so irritable and irrational. When JB came home last night the first thing he asked was "Good God, what is wrong with you?!?!?" I announced "I AM DONE! I am ready for him to be here. I am ready to get this show on the road!" My anxieties about labor have diminished as much as they ever will and I am just excited to bring him into the world, especially now that he is "full term".

But we still have 3 weeks until his due date and then I could possibly push another week past that.....so, I guess I better get okay with having this bun in the oven a little longer. God grant me patience.

I'll let everyone know what the doctor says today. Tonight I might be going for a bumpy ride down a country road, eating spicy Mexican food, dancing naked on a full moon night in the yard and going for a 10 mile walk. :)

Friday, December 4, 2009

Nana the Amazing

My mom came into town yesterday and Wyatt's room went from having only the bare minimum, no decor, no curtains, no warmth to AMAZING in just 24 hours.

I am not a good photographer, especially when it comes to rooms in my home, and I really wish I would have taken some "before Nana" shots. It is hard for the pictures to do all the colors justice, but now the vibrant yellow walls seem warm and inviting and the curtains make the room so cozy. The curtains are going to have to be re-hemmed due to me giving mom the wrong measurements - better too long than too short though! We did his name ourselves last night at the kitchen table - 8x8 canvases, some wooden letters and a little paint and TA-DAH! We also did some painting on the quilt clips (they came just basic white) and hung those and the letters today. I forgot to take a picture of his cute changing table that has denim baskets underneath it. We are still working on something to go above it.

Now if I can only get my mom to come visit for a few more days before Wyatt arrives and make me finish the rest of my house. Wyatt's room is the one that is the most "done" of any of them in our house. My mom says it looks like Wyatt has been here a while and JB and I just moved in HAHA. His is the only room to really have stuff on his walls....yes, we have lived in this house for over 3 years - I just can't make decisions!

Mom seemed pleased with the room too, as when she was leaving, she said "Well, my grandson's room is looking pretty good now!" His blank and lacking warmth room was greatly disturbing for her and me, alike, but I just can never make decisions. It was such a blessing to have her come get my rear in gear, and I think she has actually enjoyed decorating with bold stripes and blues and greens instead of pink and purple gingham this time around. :)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

One Month Left....

It is hard to believe we are just one month away from Wyatt's due date! The time has gone very fast and in the past few weeks, JB and I have made the transtion from "no he can't come anytime soon, we aren't ready!" to "we can't wait to meet him". Actually JB has always been more "ready" for him then myself. Those who know me well, know I have to have the room ready, the house organized and all my ducks in a row before we bring him into our family and I am starting to feel like I am ready to roll. No, this is not nesting, unfortunately, this is just me.

I go to the doctor every Tuesday now. We have our final sonogram on Dec. 15th - mainly just to check position, fluid levels and let them guess at his size. I am feeling great, large, but great and am only uncomfortable after I stuff my face too full (there is less and less space in my belly) and at night it takes me a bit to feel comfortable laying down.

Here are the normal stats and I will try to get JB to take a pic of me this evening to add to this post. I feel like I have doubled in size lately.

How far along: 35 1/2 weeks. I have been pregnant for 250 days - so strange, because I really don't remember what my flat stomach and seeing my feet in the shower ever looked like and I have actually found pregnancy to be fun. I have been blessed with such an easy 8 months - who would have thought my little body would be so good at growing a baby?

How big is baby: Well, unlike in the beginning, now the Wyatt's size is a guessing game. He is most likely around 5 lbs and is not getting any longer, but just adding on fat to his body.

Total weight gain: Here is the fun part - 23 lbs so far! Yowzers and I still have 4 1/2 weeks (possibly a bit more if he doesn't come on time) to go!

Belly button: Completely flush most times but manages to stick out a bit when I have eaten a lot of Wyatt is pushing on the outside.

Stretch marks: None still and I am hoping to keep it that way. Having gained about 24% of my starting weight, I am surprised at this.

Last Dr's Appt: I went to see Dr. Suba this morning. He said I am slowly starting to eface, but I am a good 1 cm dilated. Fun to know that my body is starting to progress in some way and is showing that is knows what is coming.

Maternity clothes: Of course.

How am I feeling: I am feeling really great. No swelling or problems like that. JB and I took Sully for walks this weekend and my shins hurt some (JB said it is shin splints from the extra weight) but nothing I can't handle. I feel really great and am just trying to enjoy these last few weeks feeling good and full of energy and getting the house ready for the holidays and to welcome our new addition.

Mood Swings and Food Cravings: I think sometimes my moods and attitude are actually more low-key with pregnancy. JB probably wishes I were pregnant all the time. :) No strange cravings or anything, I just eat a lot more than usual.

Sleep: I do not get really normal "night sleep" now. Instead I sleep really well on the couch from about 9-midnight, then head to bed and sleep off and on for the next 6 hours (averaging about 3-4 asleep), so I am still getting plenty of sleep, just takes a longer period of time to fit it in. I wake up on my own around 6am every morning and am not tired or taking naps or anything during the day - doing really good in this area from the stories I hear from others.


Wyatt's room is about 85% ready - we think we have everything we need right now. My mom is coming up the end of this week to bring his curtains she has been slaving over (Thanks Nana!!) and help me get some more decor up on the walls.

I now go to the doc every Tuesday and he says I am progressing at a normal and expected rate.

I got the Christmas tree up and decorated - yes, I know this doesn't have to do with Wyatt, but I wanted to get it and some other things done around the house now, so we still have a holiday ready home, in case he makes a surprise early appearance.

The biggest milestone for me has been my shift from anxiety about having him to being ready for him to get here. I was really nervous about the actual labor, but I am starting to feel more at ease with the idea and knowing I am in good hands with my doctor and in the end - we get to meet John Wyatt! The excitement of knowing he is going to meet all his family soon and the thought of seeing my husband and Mom and Dad hold him overwhelms any fear that I have.

What I'm looking forward to:

My mom is coming to visit the end of this week and I am excited to show her my progress on his nursery and get her help with the final touches. It will be nice to spend time just the two of us, as it might be the last for a long time.

We are having some maternity pics taken this weekend - should be fun - at first I wasn't going to have them done but decided I should document this time - nothing weird with nudity and scarves haha, just some pictures of JB, me and Wyatt in the belly.

I am excited about the Dec. 15th sonogram to see him one more time before we get to meet him.