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The Jeans September 29, 2008

Filed under: Pregnancy and Birth — Jess @ 3:03 pm

They’ve been waiting patiently, folded neatly in my drawer. The drawer I avoided like the plague. Oh how I’ve longed for buttons and zippers instead of elastic!

Today I was brave.

Today I opened that drawer. I pulled them out. I carefully unfolded them. With trembling hands I held them as I slipped my feet in and pulled them up, up, up. Then came the true test. I slowly, ever so nervously, pulled up the zipper and fastened the button.


As I danced around my bedroom and my toddler questioned my sanity I reveled in the wonder of old jeans. A wonder that only a new mother can appreciate! It only took 4 months. I haven’t worn a zipper clad pair of jeans in over a year, but I’m there finally. They fit, they fit, they fit!!!! Praise the Lord!

Good-bye maternity clothes!


My Pregnancy Week 41 May 14, 2008

Filed under: Pregnancy and Birth — Jess @ 12:30 pm

Well folks this baby is still liking it’s place in mommy’s belly.

I had an appointment yesterday. Baby is doing fine, heart rate was good. I’m doing fine so we’re just waiting some more.

I am having “signs that I won’t be pregnant forever” as my midwife put it. So, we’ll see.

Any “come out baby!” prayers you could send my way would be greatly appreciated!


I’m sure the neighbors got a good chuckle…. May 7, 2008

Filed under: Pregnancy and Birth — Jess @ 3:31 pm

So, my wonderful, amazing hunk of a husband hung up my clothes line the other day. It has been wonderful to hang the laundry out to dry and not have to use our dryer so much. Especially since I’ve been doing laundry almost daily these days so that if the baby does arrive the laundry is done. One less thing to worry about, you know.

Well, this morning I did some laundry, mostly just Timmy’s things (diaper leak and car sheets…you get the picture) and we went out and hung them on the line.

It’s was a nice windy day. A little overcast but nothing to worry about.

The clothes were drying fast from the wind, in fact, they were just about dry. I was about to go out and check on them. I looked out the window and….

It was pouring rain.

So, picture a nine-month pregnant woman running around outside yanking laundry off the line in the pouring rain.

It’s okay you can laugh….

I’m sure the neighbors are.

And I will once I catch my breath.

Now I am consoling myself with the knowledge that:

1. at least no cars honked.

2. I can still run.


My Pregnancy Week 40

Filed under: Pregnancy and Birth — Jess @ 2:58 pm

Happy “Due Date” to me!

Today is that happy little day that has been circled and starred on my calendar for the past nine months. Today is the day we have been looking forward to. Even though I knew I would probably not have the baby on my “due date” it was still something nice to look forward to. (I think the actual number of women who deliver on their due date is something like 5%). And now here it is May 7th 2008. Just a normal day to everyone else in the world but a huge reminder to me that I haven’t had a baby yet. *sigh*

Okay, enough of that, I had to be depressed for a second there. I really am doing just fine. I know the baby will come when he/she is ready and I wouldn’t want him/her to come a second earlier!

I had a prenatal appointment last night. The baby’s heartbeat was beating away at a good 140. I am measuring at 41 weeks, so I am assuming another big baby, but you never can tell! My blood pressure was really high. But she retested me again at the end of my appointment and it was back down in a normal range. It was probably from all the rushing around to get there and everything that caused the high blood pressure reading so that was nothing to worry about, especially since it was back down to normal after a few minutes. The baby is in the same position it has been…..head down, back on the left side, little hip/butt up by my belly button, feet and legs off to the right. And the head would not wiggle at all! YAY! That is good news.

The past two nights I have been up all night with menstrual type cramps in my back. It does not help me get enough sleep and is rather frustrating because they stop once I get up. But they are doing something, I’m sure, and will hopefully make for a shorter labor. *crossing fingers* I just wish they would continue and turn into the real thing! =)

I have decided that if I don’t have the baby by Sunday I am boycotting church. I can’t handle another Sunday of comments and questions. So, poor Christopher will have to endure all that, I just can’t do it again….especially not on Mother’s Day! I think God will forgive a poor pregnant woman. At least I hope….*wink*.

Well, that’s all the updates I have for you all. I’m still here, still pregnant, still waiting for our little miracle to make his/her entrance into this world. And Lord willing (Please Lord, Please!!) this will be the last of the “My Pregnancy Week…..” posts!


My Pregnancy Week 39 May 2, 2008

Filed under: Pregnancy and Birth — Jess @ 2:08 pm

I had a prenatal appointment on Tuesday. Everything is looking good. The heart beat was beating away at 132 and rose to 148 with stimulation (which is what we want!). I lost a pound, but that was no big deal because I also lost a lot of swelling (dandelion leaf tea works wonders, the cold weather has helped as well). I am measuring at 38 weeks so that’s right on. The baby is head down and engaged (i.e. way down in the pelvis and not wiggling! Talk about a strange sensation!).

I am feeling good. Some days I am more anxious than others. It seems to be directly correlated with how much sleep I’ve gotten. haha! Speaking of sleeping I am now having to keep a log of how much I sleep so that I can make sure I am getting at least 8 hours in a 24 hour period because I wake up so much at night. I’ve found that I sleep an average of 5-6 hours a night, and never sleep more than 1 1/2 hours at a time. So, my daily 2 1/2 to 3 hour nap is essential!

I am tired of people asking me when I’m due and if I’ve had any contractions yet, but that kind of comes with the territory here at the end so I am trying to be gracious and nice. =) But I secretly would like to smack some people for their insensitive remarks! =P

I am also pretty much out of clothes that fit anymore. Which is hard on a girls self-esteem. =/ But whatever, it happens. And Christopher still thinks I’m beautiful and that’s all that matters! =)

My midwife is out of town Thursday through Sunday so I am anxious for Sunday to arrive and her to get back so I can stop worrying about having the baby before she returns. I don’t think I will, but it’s just kind of nerve-wrecking. If I did go into labor her two assistants would come who I know well and love, and her back-up midwife. I have never met the back-up midwife so I would rather have Patrice there. I would be so sad if she missed the birth, and I know she would be sad as well.

My feeling though is I will go into labor near or after my due date, not before. So, I really have nothing to worry about. It’s just one of those things.

I am now on to the weekly prenatal visits, so I will have another one on Tuesday. I’ll let ya’ll know how that goes. And of course I will update if Oat Bran decides to make an appearance!


"Ready Baby?" April 28, 2008

Filed under: Blue-eyed boy,Pregnancy and Birth — Jess @ 3:10 pm

So, last week I cleaned the infant car seat. While I was putting it back together I was explaining to Blue-Eyed Boy that it was for the new baby. I also mentioned to him that now that it is clean we are all ready for the baby to come. (it was the last thing I had to do!)

Ever since then he keeps asking me “ready baby?”, I answer “yes, we’re all ready”. (this occurs about 5 times a day! Nothing like being reminded that NOTHING IS HAPPENING! But it’s cute none-the-less.)

Today our conversation went as follows:

Blue-Eyed Boy: “Ready baby?”

Me: “Yep, we’re all ready for the baby. We just have to wait for it to come out of mommy’s belly”

Blue-Eyed Boy: “Daddy ready baby?”

Me: “Yes, Daddy’s ready for the baby too. Are you ready for the baby?”

Blue-Eyed Boy: “Yes, ready baby! Ready, set–GO!”

So, my dear little Oat Bran you heard your brother….





Just wanted to let you all know…. April 21, 2008

Filed under: Pregnancy and Birth — Jess @ 1:06 pm

I’m still here.

I just haven’t had anything to talk about. We’re just waiting for Oat Bran to make his/her appearance. So, I’ve been kind of focused on that.

I’m feeling good. My ankles and feet are super swollen which doesn’t feel too good, especially when my wonderful toddler thinks it’s fun to stand on my sore feet. owie. Other than that I have to take it easy since I’m so big and get tired rather easily.

Life is good. I’m not as anxious as I was; I’m very content with the waiting. Just trusting God and Oat Bran to know when it’s time.