So here we are in May, the month the baby is due. I am full term now, meaning that if the baby were born he would not be premature. We had a midwife appointment today and he's growing well and is around 6 pounds. If I gain the average half pound a week for the last month and deliver on my due date he will be at least 8 pounds! He's in the ideal position, head down and facing my back (anterior) along my left side. Things really couldn't be going much better. Despite the occasional discomfort, breathlessness and impeded movement I really enjoy being pregnant, but I can't wait to meet him, look him in the eye and give him a thousand kisses.
We are now mostly ready for his arrival. In the last week and half we have gotten so much done. It was great to have my Mom here to help me (and bond with the baby). The NJ shower was a wonderful party (thanks to Maddy, Gloria and Siobhan) and we received lots of great gifts that we needed. Everyone was so generous and not only showered us with gifts but also compliments and lots of belly rubs.
My Mom and I were very busy after the shower sorting through everything and washing all the clothes, towels, bibs, burpies, sheets and blankets. We spent an entire afternoon doing laundry and marveling at all the little socks and outfits. We went to Babies R Us and got everything left on the registry and went to IKEA and figured out the lighting & window shades for the baby's room. It was so fun to do these things with my Mom and I was grateful to have the one-on-one time and to share this experience in person with her.
After my Mom left I set up the changing table, finished washing the clothes and putting them away and redid the FLOR tiles for the area rug. I found the House Pet texture too scratchy for the baby's room so we moved them to the front hall and I returned the Solid Ground texture which collected lint. I ordered more of the softer and more forgiving Toy Poodle texture in different colors. Chris and I installed the lights: 3 frosted glass cubes set into 3 sections of the shelf and 2 hanging paper lanterns. They are all on dimmers so that in the middle of the night we can
keep the light low. We hung the window shades, the Zid Zid Kids wall hanging and the mobiles that we found at Ting's Gift Shop in Chinatown. Once the rocking chair arrives, the room is finished!
Chris went to the police station and double checked that he installed the car seat correctly (he did) and we are now pre-registered at the hospital and are seeing the midwives once a week. It's just amazing to think that he could be here in only 2 weeks! But of course it's far more likely that he will be here in about 5 weeks, so I am focusing on the longer amount of time so I don't get impatient.