December 31, 2009

Last Day of the Year

We spent this morning at the midwife's office for our regular appointment. Bit is doing well and I'm trucking along only major compliant is heartburn from hell. I've basically taken to sleeping sitting up. It's hard to believe that after our next appointment we'll be going in weekly to see the midwife. One of the women in our prenatal class had her baby and the rest are in line to have their babies soon too. It still seems pretty crazy that we'll soon be part of that group.

Everyone keeps asking us if we're ready for Bit. My response is always no we're not ready. That's both true and false. Speaking practically we are ready, nursery is more or less done (we'll post pics when we are done with the finishing touches), we have our wills done, have taken classes, had our home study for the second parent adoption and are on multiple daycare waiting lists. In reality we're probably ahead of the game. But the truth is no amount of preparation will get us ready for Bit and as much as the planner in me hates that I also acknowledge that it's probably for the best. Try as I might I cannot fathom all the ways our world is going to change by Bit's arrival. I figure that if I go into it without any preconceived notions or set standards of how it should be we will be better off.

It's hard to believe that in 5 1/2 hours it will be 2010 and in 43 or so days our Little Bit will be here. Happy New Year everyone!

December 18, 2009

Keeping Busy

We have been bad bloggers lately. Since our last post we have had a shower and a check up on Bit. I will start with the shower that was hosted by our friends in Austin. It was great to see all our friends and my Aunt Kathy was able to come from out of town. It was very nice. Melissa’s mom and sister surprised us with gifts ordered via Calgary. It was a pleasant surprise to have gifts from them included in our shower. We have enough blankets to keep an army warm and many onesies made by our friends at the shower. The onesies were our favorite gift because it was so personal. Both of us hated opening all the gifts in front of everyone but we survived. One shower down and 3 more left to go.

On Wednesday, we had another midwife appointment. It was a big one because we were going to find out if Bit had flipped and take the test to check for gestational diabetes. Because we are doing a home birth Melissa wasn’t required to drink the nasty mixture we have heard about. She had to have a breakfast of 1 egg, 3 pieces of bacon, pancakes with syrup, and a glass of orange juice. The results are in, the good news is no diabetes, and bad news is that she has low iron levels and is anemic. So we just have to add another vitamin to the mix Floradix.

During our appointment we discusses ways to get Bit to flip including propping an ironing board on the side of our bed and having Melissa hang upside down three times a day. We had a plan for our next appointment we needed to have Melissa drink a big glass of wine to relax so they would move Bit around. However, we discovered during the appointment that Bit has actually flipped! We were so excited even though Melissa was looking forward to drinking a glass of wine.

We are down to the wire and now we have to have our appointments every two weeks. I know that with the holidays it is going to fly by quickly.

December 5, 2009

Our Niece Lily

Lillian Grace was born 11/20/2009 and we just got to meet her this week. It was great to see my sister and Lily and most of all to be there to help them out. Lily is a great baby and it was nice to get some practice in before Bit gets here in Feb. I have been meaning to post about Lily for a while but I have been very busy with work.

A couple of things we learned (and will be sure to remember) this week is if you are breastfeeding you have to be sure to eat your share of calories, drink lots of water and get rest or you'll have trouble producing enough quality milk. Jennifer (my sister) has no appetite so it's hard for her to want to eat anything. So we tried to give her easy food to eat like cheese cubes, popcorn and mixed nuts.

We also learned how important it is to have some help. Jennifer was so drained and we just went in, cleaned up the house, and did the dishes. We ran some errands for her and made dinners for them. The most important thing was she didn't have to ask us to do these things we just did them. The last night we were there I put Lily to bed while Jennifer and Melissa watched Glee. It was the first time Jennifer seemed to relax. I think it was nice for her to feel normal. We were happy to help her, Chris and Lily out for a couple days. So help is great but only helpful if you don't have to ask for specific things. This was a great lesson since we were debating about when we should ask for people to come to our house after Bit's arrival.

In other news, we are doing great but Melissa is starting to feel some of the effects of the third trimester. Aside from heartburn from hell she's having a difficult time sitting for long periods of time, especially in the car where she can't move around a lot. But overall we have nothing to complain about except Bit still hasn't appeared to flip, but we are still working on that. So here is the latest and greatest at 29 weeks.