As you can see, we put daddy to work this weekend.
Yesterday we were sitting around after running a couple errands and seeing Morgan's friend Gerry from Canada (he is touring with a band and was able to stop by for lunch in Denver which was great!) and we were talking about what we could do and I suggested putting the crib together, expecting an "its too early" response, but he agreed and wanted to prove that it wouldn't take as long as it took others in the reviews for the crib/changing table. So, he did just that. Only took him an hour to put together the crib and an hour to put together the changing table. He also agreed to hang up the bamboo blinds as well. After putting the bumper in the crib we realized that with the modern design/boxy look, the ties dont match up correctly on the crib. I've been going back and forth on whether or not I even want to use one, we've decided not to use one. We may get a breathable bumper later on if we feel it is necessary but with all the controversy out there about SIDS with the use of a bumper, in addition to the bulkyness of the bumper (taking away from that sleek modern look, yano!), it helps our decision. So, we'll see how that goes.
Grandma and Grandpa in Iowa said they'd buy the mattress so we went out and bought one today to complete the crib. So, thanks to G&G in Iowa, the crib is now complete and will collect dust for the next 17 weeks while we wait for baby c.'s arrival! We need to get decorations, a rocker/glider and a bookshelf/shelving and the room will be complete. No hurry, we've got awhile go to yet.. or at least we hope, since he's not done cooking.
Speaking of which, I started having contractions this last week. I think that I had my first contraction on Tuesday night. I had a slight wave of menstrual cramps and then my lower abdomen hardened.. probably could have bounced a quarter off of it. The hardening only lasted a couple minutes and that was it. I've had a contraction close to every night since then. I think I went Thursday night and last night without one, but that is about it. I think it's fairly normal, at least I hope it is. I am carrying very low, or so it seems (kicks are really really low) so I hope this is normal as well.
I signed up for our birthing classes this last week as well which is exciting. We are going to do the Bradley Method classes. They start on October 18 and run for 12 weeks, 2 hours every Monday night. I am pretty excited about them. I am hoping to meet some other preggo mommas in the class as they will likely be due around the same time as us. They have an empathy belly that the men can wear - wish Morgan could wear it for a whole day, haha. :) Hopefully we learn a lot from the class and go into labor feeling a lot more educated and comfortable with the situations that will arise. Supposedly, 87% of mothers that complete the Bradley Method classes and go through labor with what they've learned, are successful at having an unmedicated birth which is something that is important to me. If it comes down to me needing an epidural, then it does, but I am going in with a goal and I am going to be prepared as best as I can be to meet that goal. I'm glad that I have a husband that supports me in this decision and will push for me to meet it. I've had quite a few people tell me that I won't be able to do it unmedicated, or that I am crazy for thinking I will be able to; thanks for the support ladies!
I think that I am officially to the point where strangers can look at me and know that I am pregnant. I was at Target this weekend (got a cute maternity coat, too!) and lots of people were staring at me strangely; almost like I had some sort of weird flesh eating disease. Guess it's better than random strangers coming up and touching the baby belly. I'm not sure how I will react to that. Guess time shall tell.
We're still trying to plan some sort of babymoon. A little getaway for mom and dad before the baby arrives. We're considering a few different cities but thinking maybe Austin, TX as we've both wanted to go there. I'd like to go but would also like to go somewhere that is a little cooler. Denver has been SO warm for September. Growing up in Iowa, it was always so nice in September and October, nice hoodie and jacket weather; but here in Denver, its still upper 80s and I am not so much enjoying that. I want Fall weather! We'll need to decide within the next week or two so we get a good deal on plane tickets.
Other than that, not much is new to report. Baby seems to be doing fine and has his days where he is active and others where he is not as active. He responds to sugar about 30-45 minutes after I eat it. Im excited for when we'll be able to see him moving from the outside as we're not quite there yet! Can't wait for our next ultrasound in less than 6 weeks.
See you next week.
xo, mommy to be.