Friday, January 8, 2010

30 Weeks [with update at bottom about wall art]

Welcome newest followers!

I am now 30 weeks pregnant. The time seems to be going by in the wink of an eye.

Today I had an OB appointment. My OB group has 7 docs. Today's visit was with the doctor who first referred my DH and me to an IF clinic 3 years ago (the dreaded OMC, of all places!). It was the first time I'd seen this doc since then. I had a wonderful visit with her.

Baby boy is measuring right on target. My weight gain is currently at 22 pounds. The doc was happy with that. I've been having some low cramping that feels like good ole AF-is-about-to-arrive cramps, but no bleeding. The doctor said this is fairly normal when the baby has turned head down. So she wasn't worried a bit. I often feel like baby boy is huddling low in my pelvis.

I also showed her the "nipple that grew a nipple" which she said is just a skin tag and can be removed after I have the baby (I actually suggested that I might tie a thread around the tag to cut off the blood supply and she said that would be fine - but I should wait till after the baby is born because it'll bleed like crazy during pregnancy).

I met with someone from my office's HR department yesterday to talk about maternity leave. Turns out, I'll be able to receive 50% of my pay for 6 weeks post partum (or 8 weeks in case of C-section). Hey, it's something. My DH and I would like for me to be able to take 6 months off, and I think we'll be able to manage it.

I'm still working on the baby's room. I'm leaning toward staying with the current color scheme. I found a really sweet wall decal. I have not decided on it 100% (good grief - nearly $90!) but I think it is adorable. The first picture is the decal itself and the second is part of the advertisement showing how it would look.

Physically, I feel good for the most part. I often wake up in the morning with a sore back, but it generally feels much better once I am up and about. Although two morning ago I woke up thinking baby boy was trying to kick out my left kidney.

I am a little short of breath with minimal exertion.

I am having to use my left hand (non-dominant) to shave my left leg because I cannot reach the left side of my left leg with my right hand (I have a shaving obsession and cannot go more than 1 day without shaving my legs).

My belly button has become quite tiny.

We are signed up for prenatal classes (at last!) that will take place over the next few weeks.

All in all, it's a really beautiful time in my pregnancy.

I was so excited about the wall decal I didn't read the description very well. It is not a decal at all. It appears to be more like a wallpaper mural - that has to be pasted to the wall. Hm. I wish it was a decal. The company/website is called "Decorating Heaven" and the page for this particular mural is here


Anonymous said...

Holy cow, is that green grass I spy out your window? I am jealous as we have a two foot pile of snow cover around here.

I'm glad to hear that everything is going well with the pregnancy and I am SO jealous of your minimal weight gain thus far (I'm up 33 pounds already!).

You look fantastic and I can't wait to see how your little boy's room comes together in the coming weeks!

Lara (NoodleGirl) said...

Awww, I love that wall decal!! What company is it from?

You look just great, and it's so nice that you're in a part of your pregnancy where you're really enjoying yourself.

embieadoptmom said...

HOW AWESOME that you feel so great! 6 months is WONDERFUL! Love the mural! Seems like JUST YESTERDAY we were emailing each other about our upcoming transfers! LOOK AT US NOW! Miracles! We are both so blessed! You look beautiful!

stillhopeful said...

That's a great decal! I can't wait to see what the nursery looks like when you're done...

This is a great time in pregnancy - enjoy every minute. Before the aches and pains take over at the very end!

Love the picture, how you're reflected off of the window. Very artistic!

cindyhoo2 said...

I love the pic of you: looking great mama! And it sounds like baby boy bwub is doing fabulously as well. I am in love with that wall decal- it reminds me of the window Peter Pan flew in to meet Wendy.

Gwynn said...

I adore the decal. It will look great with your blue walls. And you look fabulous. What a beautiful bump!!

p.s. I'm a little behind on commenting this week, but I wanted to say that I'm so sorry about your terribly enthusiastic mother. Stand you ground that one. You'll never have this time back again. And it's about YOUR family now. The one that will start the moment your little guy is born. The decisions are yours to make. (When we told my in-laws our son's name for the first time, they said, "Is that even a name??!" Oh well. Glad we didn't solicit opinions ahead of time.)

Fran said...

I absolutely love the wall-paper thing even if it's not what you thought it was, truly beuatiful and calming!

Of course I'm also delighted that you feel well and that everythign is going perfectly, can't wait to hear about the classes you'll be taking and very good about maternity leave too!
Thanks pet for the comment on my blog, it turns out he was a good neighbour after all!! Fran

anofferingoflove said...

What a beautifully serene picture, you look amazing! Glad to hear all went well at your appointment.

Love the window decal/wallpaper.

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IVF 40+ said...

lovely photo! you look so content. gives me hope.

Elizabeth said...

Gosh I remember that feeling, out of breath with any walking (stairs, to the car, whatever). I'm so happy that your pregnancy is going well and that you'll probably be able to swing 6 months off. What with one thing or another, I had to go back to work after 6 weeks. Liam seemed so big to me at the time (and he was a lot bigger than when he was born), but now I look at 6 week old babies and I think: holy cow. Anyway, I wish I had taken more time off and I hope you can. We got wee gallery cards for Liam's room and put them on the wall. I see that now they make pretty reasonably priced wall decals, if you're interested. I liked them, anyway. Love to you,

looking4#3 said...

Fantastic choice on the wall decal! I just know that his room is going to be adorable and I might have to steal some ideas from you.

Love the picture of you!!

I totally get the shaving thing, I have the same obsession!

And like a PPs said, I am completely jealous of your grass!!!!

Holly said...

Don't seat the skin tag, it may go away on its own, I had several when I was pregnant and they're all gone now!

K said...

I love your pic. What great perspective. I see you have a more recent post. For some reason, I can't read it. It says your page no longer exists.???? Probably just some weird setting on my computer.

Monique said...

Hilarious - i was freaking out about this growth on my nip and they turn out to be Sebborheic keratosis. Some docs advise ahem, "fingernail surgery". I've saved myself $500 from the dermatologist.

Mad Hatter said...

You look so beautiful, Besty...what a lovely picture! I really enjoyed reading your post - I am so truly happy for you. Looking forward to hearing all about prenatal classes!
P.S. Thank you SO much for all your support lately - don't know what I would do without your thoughtful and kind comments!