The Nursery Furniture Is In!

We’ve had our crib and dresser for a couple of weeks now, but we finally got our glider last night, so now I can finally do my furniture post.  We ended up buying our crib and dresser and Buy Buy Baby.  We were really excited to find out that we could use our 20% off coupons on furniture there!  I was originally thinking that we could fit a crib, plus a tall dresser, plus a long dresser/changer in the nursery… not sure why I thought that!  It’s really a much smaller room than I realized.  Anyway, I was trying to find 3 piece sets that fell into our price range (I found the best 3-piece deals at JC Penny, though they didn’t actually have the set we were considering in the stores, so we couldn’t go look at it, and my husband really hated that), but once we realized we were only getting 2 pieces, that made the search a whole lot easier.  The furniture was a gift from my in-laws, but I still checked out some used stuff on Craigslist for awhile.  Finally I gave up.  There are some great deals on there if you aren’t already set on specific colors and styles, which I pretty much was.  I love love love espresso finish, and we wanted the convertible-type crib so that Baby can use this set for the next 18 or so years.  I felt drawn to some nurseries I’ve seen that are so economical and clever- with second-hand, refurbished furniture and mismatched but coordinating pieces, but I’m not so good at pulling that off, I guess.  It makes me feel guilty that I couldn’t do a super-cheap nursery, but I always feel that way about spending money even when we can afford it.  It’s weird.

We first looked at Babies R Us and liked some of the stuff they had, but with the Buy Buy Baby coupons, we ended up getting a better deal there (and liked that set better anyway).  We picked the Davenport Baby Appleseed crib in espresso.  They had the crib in stock, thankfully.  There were a couple of different long dressers available- the regular one with all drawers and the dresser/changer with drawers on one side and a cabinet on the other.  The dresser/changer was discontinued, but they just happened to have one leftover in the back that they’d delivered to someone who ended up wanting the other one.  They had us inspect it since it was out of the box and it was in perfect condition, save for a slight scratch on one corner that the sales lady repaired with the original stain while we stood there.  Because it was out of the box, however, we got 30% off in addition to our 20% coupon!  I was super excited about that!  I also felt really really lucky that they’d had that one for us because if we’d had to order the other kind of dresser it would have taken 14-16 weeks to arrive…. my mouth kind of fell open when the lady said that because we didn’t have that kind of time anymore!  We did order a matching nightstand which won’t arrive for several months still, but that’s ok.  When it does arrive, I plan to use it as a table beside the glider to hold a lamp, my breastfeeding paraphernalia, books, and whatever else I might want while sitting there nursing for hours on end 🙂  Until then I’ll do something makeshift.

Anyway, here they are!

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When it comes to Craigslist, I WAS more successful in my glider search.  I felt pretty discouraged when I first saw the prices of new gliders in stores, especially the nice ones!   We sat in a few when we were furniture shopping, and my husband decided that the Dutailiers were the most comfortable (and I agreed, plus everyone does seem to love their Dutailier gliders), so I searched for just that brand on Craigslist.  We bought one listed at $150, which is at least $250 less than the most inexpensive Dutailier glider I’ve seen for sale new.   It is in VERY good shape, which is something that most of the used ones I found were not.   The wood is not as dark as our crib and dresser, but it’s still pretty dark and we can always re-stain it later if we really want to.  The cushions were listed as being a “soft yellow” which I was kinda worried about, but I really could not tell from the picture.  When we looked at it last night in the seller’s home, the cushions looked much more beige-y than yellow, so we decided it was perfect.  In our house…. they look pretty yellow, which is kind of a bummer…. (It’s also a bummer that my photo is kinda blurry and still doesn’t look as yellow as it does in real life).  On the plus side, the fabric is NOT microfiber!  I really hate microfiber because it always ends up looking so NASTY after awhile.  People with kids always seem to have microfiber furniture, and I don’t understand why.  Even water spilled on unprotected microfiber makes it look absolutely filthy!

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But I threw a couple blankets around and that made me feel better 🙂  I could sew some slipcovers for it later on (and I may do it since I recently purchased a sewing machine and am now obsessed with sewing- another topic altogether 😀 )

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We found an organic mattress at Buy Buy Baby last night that (with another beautiful coupon) ended up being a better deal than the ones I found on Amazon, so we were able to bring that home right away and I could finally put the bedding on the crib.  Baby won’t really be sleeping in there for the first few weeks as we plan to have him/her in our room for awhile, but it still felt nice to put on sheets.  We got the Naturepedic Organic Cotton Plus Baby Crib & Toddler Mattress, which has a firmer side for an infant and a slightly softer side for a toddler.  I was interested in getting the lightweight version of this mattress, but my husband thought it might not last as long….  I felt my reasons for wanting to consider it were justified as I struggled to lift the thing and put the tight tight sheets on, but I guess I’ll live. 🙂  After we meet Baby and know if we have a son or daughter, I do plan to sew a crib skirt using pink or orange.  🙂

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I’m really excited because our nursery is coming together nicely!  Just a few finishing touches that we’ll hopefully do today, and it will be completed (there is still the trim to put in, but somehow I’m not worried about that in the slightest).

*note: I put a lot of links in my posts for stuff that I buy, but I’m not affiliated with these companies in any way!  I just want to make it easy for readers to find the exact same if they would like.
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Birth Inspiration- Quotes and Photos

I can’t believe we have actually made it to this point!  I got a little emotional the day we hit 37 weeks, which was also the day I started writing this post (those waves of strong emotion kind of hit me out of nowhere lately).  And now it’s nearly 38 weeks already! I feel so thankful.  Baby has done so well and I have really, in spite of morning sickness, hip pain and the like, had an easy pregnancy.  I feel so blessed.

Lately, because all of the more concrete preparations that HAVE  to be done are basically done (I have baby clothes, diapers and boobs, so we’re good), I’ve been trying to focus on my internal preparation for what will probably be the most difficult thing I’ve ever done- push this baby out into the world!

I collected and printed off some inspirational quotes, Bible verses and photos, laminated them, and put them in various places around the house where I’ll see them daily.

Here’s my inspiration collection:

Peace is not having everything perfect.  Peace is not an uneventful labor.  Peace is not the absence of fear or concern.  Peace is trusting God… in the middle of uncertainty while you are afraid…  The ultimate authority of God can bring peace in the midst of your labor challenges.

“The Lord gives strength to His people; the Lord blesses His people with strength.”  Psalm 29:11

“Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

I TRUST my body.  I TRUST my pain.  I TRUST my labor.  I TRUST my baby.  I TRUST my God.

My mind and body can handle a labor of any kind. Knowing that your body is made for birthing is the first step to allowing your mind to relax.

Holding you, I hold everything.

The first steps a baby takes are into your heart.

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37 Weeks, 5 Days: Irritable Much?

So….. For some reason I’m starting to feel extremely irritated by everyone. I’m dreading the endless comments I get from people at church. Their eyes are all over my bump (not so much their hands, thankfully), and the only things anyone says to me are about the arrival of the baby: “When will this little one make an appearance?, when’s the baby going to come?, how much longer?”

How should I know?? Baby will come out when the baking is done!

Of course I UNDERSTAND why no one can focus on anything else when they look at me. I’m all baby right now, and I have and would do the same to any other pregnant woman (nothing else in life really trumps the soon arrival of a new baby). For some reason, though, knowing the logic behind this does not keep my stress and irritation from rising with every well-meaning comment, question, or piece of advice.

I’d like to be invisible while I try to make it from the sanctuary to the bathroom. I don’t want people to see the shape of my tummy, the baby’s kicks, or (especially) the lumpy nature I take on during one of my oh-so-frequent Braxton Hicks! My husband is the one I want to see this stuff, and he is basically the only one, other than certain close friends (and children- I LOVE their comments, touches, and questions!)

So that’s honestly how I feel today and how I have begun to feel more and more in recent weeks, but I feel SO guilty for feeling this way! Is it some kind of maternal protective instinct? Will I feel less hostile when I’m no longer pregnant? Will I feel MORE this way?? Yikes….

I’m sure also that if people didn’t say anything I’d be irritated as well, and that makes me feel irrational. I think I’ll just declare irrational my new normal and go with that…

37 Weeks, 4 Days: Picture!

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Well, our internet hasn’t been working this week, so the blogs I wanted to post haven’t gotten posted. It should be fixed by Monday. We also haven’t had TV. Maybe a good thing since I’ve probably gotten more done. Or maybe I’ve overdone it without the excuse the sit down and zone out. I’m really sore today… Ok, so I’ll catch you up on everything else later (like the endless Braxton Hicks at night) because it’s really annoying to try to type everything on my phone, but here’s a picture of me today. I’m standing in front of the new curtains in our “blue room”. I’m pretty much in love with them, but I still need to hem them. Sigh. Always things to do. Happy weekend!

36 Weeks, 5 Days: Engagement, Birth Pool, and Thanksgiving

Time is kinda flying by now.  And standing still.   I vacillate between wanting the baby to come RIGHT NOW and wanting to hold off until everything is “ready” (which will never really happen).

Our midwives visited Wednesday, and will come at least once a week from now until Baby arrives- it’s the big time now!  Everything was good:

  • I’ll get the ridiculous one over with right away… Our midwife took her shoes off at the front door! 🙂  Not sure if it was the fun sign I posted or the millions of shoes in the entryway, but it worked and I was relieved.  Even more so when she put them back on and I noticed they were really dirty, leaving dirt clods everywhere.  What cracked me and my husband up was that she somehow bypassed the huge tiled hallway space available and had her feet on the carpet while putting on her dirty shoes!  We waited until they pulled out of the driveway and then my husband had to vacuum that spot.  It’s ok, though.  At least she didn’t track that all through the house!  I feel a tad more respected now 🙂

  • Baby has dropped!  That’s right, we’re in a GREAT position and engaged at about zero station.  I couldn’t really tell from looking at my belly or anything, but I guess I am having a little better time breathing during those nighttime Braxton Hicks.  And someone at church last week did comment  that I was carrying super low.  Our midwife told me that Baby could descend further at this point, into +1 or +2 station (or is that the other way around at -1 or -2?….), but then I’d just be super uncomfortable for the last month of pregnancy, so the way things are now are really the best we could ask for.  Did my chiropractic visits help this happen?  I guess we’ll never know, but they couldn’t have hurt.  My pelvis is getting looser and I’m going longer between visits now.  My round ligament is still tight and I can kinda tell because Baby has begun to punch it- ouch!
  • We got our birth pool!!!  Yay!  The mom who was “in line”  to use it before us gave birth the day before they came, so it worked out perfectly.  We had to blow it up to finish drying it out, so we got a good look at it.  It looks so nice and I’m excited that I get to birth in it if I want to!

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  • Everything is good with me and the baby.  My midwife mentioned fluid intake again, but said she isn’t worried.  I told her I’ve been making sure I get at least a minimum of 8 cups/day (although I think I should be drinking more and probably actually am). I drink half my water at night because every time I get up to pee (every 1-2.5 hours) I feel so thirsty!   The only reason she mentions it is that she can easily see from the outside of my tummy how the baby is lying, especially when I’m contracting.  I wonder though if part of that is just that I have no fat layer to smooth things out?  It’s just skin, uterus, baby.  Anyway, I’m sure she has had moms like me before, so I’ll just keep paying close attention to my fluid intake and trust her that everything is fine.
  • We talked about some other stuff (our midwife really likes to talk in long-winded paragraphs- hopefully she knows how to shut it when I’m in labor 🙂 ), including the newborn screening test.  My husband thinks we should do it.  The only negatives: heel poke, extra $98 cost, and the possibility of false positives.  The last negative is the only one I really don’t like, but I guess we’re going to do it, and I’m fine with that.  The only thing we have to decide is whether we want our midwife to do it or a pediatrician.  I don’t really want to have to take the baby out to a doctor in those first few weeks, but my husband  thinks insurance may cover the test if we do.  The whole pediatrician thing is something we still need to decide on, though- do we want to establish a relationship with one right away or wait until/if Baby actually needs to see one?  I’m not feeling like a huge fan of pediatricians right now, but we do have some recommendations for some non-traditional options.  I just need to check them out.
  • We showed our midwife the birth plan we wrote, and she seemed really happy that we wrote one (which made me feel relieved because I was feeling kinda anxious about it, for some odd reason).  She read through it and talked about each point.  She had a few minor suggestions (if I transferred to a hospital for a cesarean, for example, I’d probably have a spinal instead of an epidural), but for the most part I didn’t change anything.  Most of what she said was explaining how she agreed with what we’d written (her particular biases are against  induction, separation of mom and baby, and… one other one that I can’t remember) and would never do anything differently, which is what I’d figured.  She took awhile with her explanations, and the whole visit lasted about 2 hours instead of 1!
  • Both midwives keep telling us that they don’t think my labor will be very long.  Their reasons are they that think we have a great attitude and a particularly healthy pregnancy.  They see that we don’t expect it to be easy (we know it will be hard work and will probably hurt), but we also are relaxed about it.  I appreciate the vote of confidence 🙂
  • I haven’t had any internal checks my whole pregnancy, but our midwife told us that my husband or I could check me if we want- both to feel the baby’s head and check for cervical dilation- and she described what to look for.  I can VERY easily feel Baby’s head through my vaginal wall, near my pubic bone!!!  It is the coolest thing ever, and also crazy weird.  It really made me feel like Baby is so close to our outside world and helped me picture how birth will happen.  Try as I might, though, I couldn’t reach my cervix.  I guess that means it’s still very high and posterior.  Apparently it does that during pregnancy to protect itself and will then move down/anterior closer to delivery.  I never knew that before.  I’ll maybe try to find it again in a week, just out of curiosity, though I know that being dilated or not dilated at this point will really be no indication of when labor is to begin.  I used to to cervical self-checks all the time when we were TTC.  After I got pregnant, I did feel my cervix once and was shocked at how different it felt- not nose-like anymore, but gushy like puckered lips!  I was a little taken aback.  It was also very high and I could barely reach it (pre-pregnancy my cervix was always very low and super easy to find- right where the baby’s head is felt now, actually!).  I think that was first trimester.  During second trimester I looked for it once again and couldn’t reach it.  Anyway, maybe my husband would be able to check since he wouldn’t also have to do contortions around a huge belly, but he surprisingly declined and thought it would be “weird”, saying maybe another day….  Ok, whatever.

For Thanksgiving we went to my husband’s brother’s house.  I felt soooo out of it all day!  Just super sleepy and tired, and couldn’t figure out why.  I felt badly for not being very sociable or helpful.  My niece kept wanting me to play with her and I did, but then I’d have to take a break to sit in a chair with a back.  I felt so zoned out.  I actually took about a 2 hour nap in their guest room after lunch while everyone else watched the football game (which didn’t interest me at all).  Anyway, during the night my throat felt super dry and scratchy, and the next morning (yesterday) I woke up coughing weirdly and feeling rather sick.  So I guess that explains my extreme tiredness.  I also hadn’t taken all my vitamins the day before, and as soon as I took them yesterday and drank my tea, I magically felt sooo much better!  It was like some kind of miracle cure.  I actually feel quite normal and well today, but I still stayed home from church because I was so tired this morning I couldn’t seem to wake myself up enough to know if I was well or not.  I feel like such a lazy bum for staying home, but maybe it’s good that I did.  I might take a nap in a few minutes.  I couldn’t sleep again last night and can’t wait for my next chiro adjustment on Monday so I can zonk out before 2 am…..

Chiropractic Care and Pregnancy

I spent most of the last two weeks dealing with some persistent, and pretty severe at times, hip pain.  From my oh-so-proficient Googling, I’d figured out it was originating from my right sacroiliac joint, but after icing and staying off my feet for several days didn’t seem to work very well, I was getting frustrated and discouraged, afraid I’d struggle with this until the birth and be unable to even walk around the house to carry out simple chores (do you KNOW how frustrating that is in the middle of out-of-control nesting?!?)  😛

Then, like so many times during this pregnancy, God answered my prayers and sent me to just the right place to find help.  Both our doula and one of my friends recommended Dr. Dan, a chiropractor in our Metro Detroit area.  He is experienced in the Webster technique, which is used to correct any imbalance in the pelvis and is very successful in pregnancy for giving breech babies room to turn (86%) and for giving all babies room to get into an optimal position for birth.  I spoke to this Dr. on the phone when making my appointment and almost cried because he was SO nice and SO helpful even during that short phone call.  He described what he does, and I knew immediately that he could help me with my pain.  I think even just knowing that relief was in sight helped me to begin feeling a little better that night.

I had my first appointment with him the next day (Wednesday of last week, and my sweet husband left work early to drive me since I was not feeling well).  The visit was GREAT- he was very personable, even said hello to Baby, explained everything very thoroughly, took care to make sure I was comfortable, and gave us extra information and goodies about natural birth (his 4 children were born at home many years ago!).  He found that I had a “right Webster” in both front and back.   So that was the right sacroiliac joint and the right round ligament (maybe that’s why all my ligament pain has been on the right side this whole time??) not moving as freely as they should.  After his treatment, I felt better right away- still sore, but without the shooting pains I’d been experiencing with every step!  I was soooooo happy.

Thursday I felt even better. 😀

Friday, I went in for my second appointment to see how my body was handling the adjustment, and was already feeling almost as good as I had before this problem began.  He said there was still some interference and worked on me again.  I’m just so happy that #1 I feel SO much better and that #2 if he can get my pelvic joints all moving freely in the next few weeks, the birth should be faster and easier- maybe even less painful since I’m less likely to have a posterior baby and back labor if there is plenty of room in my pelvis and uterus.

I have my next appointment later today.

I found this fantastic article about chiropractic care and pregnancy written by a chiropractor in Burleson, Texas who frequently works with pregnant women (even during their labors) and has had great success.  It’s an excellent read, and I’d now really encourage anyone who’s pregnant to see a chiropractor!

While in Dr. Dan’s waiting room on Friday, another pregnant mom was in there (2 days until her due date!) and she told us the story of how her baby had been breech and then ended up turning after she got her pelvis adjusted- FANTASTIC!  😀  Stories like that make me feel so excited because #1 that’s another avoided cesarean section and #2 people are taking advantage of non-invasive treatments that work on the natural principles of the way our bodies function.  I am all about that. 

My Belly Week by Week!

Since we first found out about this pregnancy, we’ve been taking pictures of my belly weekly.  We missed 4, I believe, but other than that we’ve done pretty well.  We took them all in the same clothes and in the same place (except for the weeks we were away).  Here they are, in slideshow form, from 4 weeks to 35 weeks!  I’ll update this later on after the birth with the last few weeks of pics, but I’m so excited I’ve got to post it now 🙂

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