Sunday, December 21, 2008

Catching up

I've been horrible at keeping up with this, but with the anticipation of the baby, work, and the holidays approaching, I've been too busy, tired and distracted to sit down and write. Here's an overview of the past few weeks...

I'm nearing the end of my 26th week now and life is good.

I love being pregnant (except for a few minor things), but I can't wait to meet our little guy. With that comes the anxiety that I imagine all first time mothers feel. I plan on breastfeeding so that in and of itself is enough to freak me out. Although I've been reading up on it and I plan on attending a class, it still seems so foreign to me. I asked Matt if he was nervous, and he said not yet, but he's sure he will be as we get closer. He's been very supportive throughout my pregnancy and it truly has brought us closer than ever. I know he is going to be an awesome daddy!

About those few minor things that I don't love...

I thought I peed a lot before I got pregnant. I was born with a mild form of spinabifida that was not detected until I was 10 years old. I had surgery to correct it, but my bladder was the one thing that was affected. That said, I pee more than the average person, but my pee habits while pregnant take the cake. It's amazing that I get any work done at the office, but it is a great excuse for getting a break from boring meetings! While at the grocery store the other night, I peed twice in 15 minutes. I know, public restrooms, ew! Well, with pregnancy comes no shame. Though I imagine as I get bigger and less able to balance, squatting over that little hole is going to become more difficult. Sleeping has become a chore. Firstly, both pups sleep with us. When I get up to go to the bathroom, they take it as a cue to move into my spot. When I get back in, I have to wedge myself between them. Oh and then there's the squeaky bedroom door. I'm pretty sure the whole neighborhood knows it when I get up to go.

Matt finally felt the baby move on December 6th! I was so happy for him. He's been a little jealous because I've been able to feel him move for almost 2 months now. I can't explain how good it feels to watch Matt's face as he bonds with our baby.

On December 9th we attended the pregnancy orientation program at St. Lukes. They walked us through all of the classes and services that are offered, as well as what to expect when we come in for delivery. My favorite part was the tour, especially when we got to walk by the nursery. I am so impressed with the plethora of free information that is available for expecting parents and their families. In January we have a prenatal breastfeeding class to attend. At 32 weeks, we have to go in to pre-register. I have so may forms to fill out! There's one to make my reservation, my birth plan, one for the baby's birth certificate, insurance forms, yada yada yada. It's a bit overwhelming. I have an appointment for a glucose screening on Christmas Eve morning, so I'll let you know how that goes.

Many people have asked if we have chosen a name yet..the answer is no, though Matthew Chuan is a strong possibility. Chuan is my dad's Chinese name and we think it flows nicely with Matthew, but we haven't committed to anything.

We registered at Babies R Us last Saturday. You can view it here...our registry.

Other than that, time is flying. Thanksgiving has come and gone. Joe, Cristina and the kids were here. We got to meet Viviana who is adorable! I hope our baby boy takes after his cousin when it comes to sleep habits. She sleeps all night! Some highlights of their visit: we now own Rockband, Joe rearranged our living room, and I got a tutorial on how to use a breast pump!

Christmas is just 4 days away and I cannot wait. I have off all week. Usually whenever I have vacation, we are traveling. It will be so nice to just be home. I plan on sleeping in, doing some last minute shopping, wrapping, baking cookies, and whatever else I feel like doing. On that note, I'm off to Target with my sis and then we're going to watch It's A Wonderful Life.