Monday, December 16, 2013

Autumn Won't Be a Preemie!

I'm 37 weeks and FULL TERM today! As you know, I've been anxious to make it to this day from the moment I found out I was pregnant. Of course I'm even more excited to actually meet our baby, but today was definitely highly anticipated. The shots did their job!

Yay 17-P! Thanks for keeping my baby in my belly!
I meant to post last week, but let's be honest… it's crunch time and I'm under pressure to tie up loose ends and finish things up before this kid is born. I've had much higher priorities than blogging. That's true even now, but I'm multi-tasking. Gotta sync my phone to make some room to take pictures of the new babe! So I'm just typing this up for a few minutes while the copious amounts of photos on my camera roll upload to my computer.

So let's see…it's been about two weeks since my last post. I've gotten a ton done! I finished up a lot of the projects for the room, and I had grand plans to take nice shots of Autumn's picture-perfect room for the ol' blog. But, as expected, it never made it to "picture-perfect" status. Our friend Leah moved in and we rearranged some things, so we'll have to get things set up sometime next month and take better pictures. I'll go ahead and just share some hasty iPhone pictures I took, but keep in mind that the lighting and colors are off, and not quite everything is finished yet. Mostly, though!

I made some sweet curtains! We just bought the grey curtains from Ikea, and I made the coral lace panels to hang in front. The room is painted more of a minty blue color as opposed to the sea foam green that it shows up as in this shot.

I recovered the glider again! I did it the same way as before and having done it a few times now, I was able to finish the whole thing in just a few hours total. It's coral fabric with dark grey handmade piping.

Here's the name sign that I painted to hang on her bedroom door.

So, this. I designed and sewed this name bunting to hang above Autumn's crib. It looks super cool up close, but I'm a little bummed that the letters of her name aren't more prominent from far away. Still cute, I guess. (Really, why does the wall color look different in every single picture?)

Here's a better overall idea of the room. I've actually also finished all the crib bedding and it's been put in there, but I guess I hadn't done that before this picture. Preggo brain. I'll have to get you all a picture of that later, but I made elephant crib bumpers and a coordinating striped crib skirt. I also sewed up a changing pad cover but the changing table isn't even in the room yet due to lack of space. Expect a post in the next couple months after the room is truly finished and put together. I've just been working hard and wanted to share some progress.

Last Monday at 36 weeks.
Other than crafty stuff, I've gotten a lot of the normal to-do's done, too. Packed the bag for the birth center, Clark installed the base for the car seat and I adjusted it down to itty-bitty baby size, taken the newborn clothes out of storage, set up the co-sleeper, etc. I started drinking my red raspberry leaf tea yesterday morning to tone up the ol' uterus for its big workout, and I had a massive bowl of pineapple for breakfast this morning (prostaglandins…woot woot!). This afternoon I saw my chiropractor who worked her magic to get everything loose and in line for pushing out a human. I'm not sure if I'll end up with a posterior baby or not this time (according to my own belly-mapping, Autumn actually seems to be in a pretty terrible position right now other than being head-down - seems anterior and partially transverse), but I really am confident that visits with her have done my body good and that I'm in better shape for labor because of her work.

Last night I was up for a couple hours with major, for-real contractions about 4-6 minutes apart. With my experience, I'm not at all one to mess around at home and wait to call the midwife, but even with as strong as they were, my mama instinct didn't feel it was time. And I was right! At about 3:30am they were still regular but not as long or painful, so I decided to try to go back to sleep. If they were the real thing, they'd of course wake me back up. Next thing I knew it was 7 in the morning - the longest stretch of sleep I've gotten in months! I've had mild contractions throughout the day today but nothing to write home about (apparently it's enough to write about on my blog, though). 

Julee has been renamed "Ju-leech" because she will Not.Get.Off.Of.Me. She's been Krazy Glued to my body for about three weeks now. She knows something's going on and all she wants are mommy snuggles. I don't mind most of the time, but there have definitely been moments that I'm seriously touched-out and need space (not that I get it). Having Leah around seems to have helped since now there's even another person around who can give attention to her. I can't be too mad about it…her days of being my littlest love are coming to a swift end.

Ju-leech. She's still cute.
Anyway, tomorrow night is a full moon and I wouldn't be surprised at all if she came! I'm sure excited to meet my sweet Autumn girl. :)


kaley said...

hand made grey piping? Super mom!! Also, I named my American Girl Doll of today (the one that looks like me) Autumn McHenry. I've always liked that name. :)

Diane said...

Everything looks fantastic....especially you!