02.24.09

Graduation.
As of today, I am 34 weeks. My mom got Baby Esposito his/her crib a few weeks ago (thanks again mom!), and it came in last week, so my dad took me to pick it up this morning! As soon as we got back to the house, he helped Eric put it together, and now the room really feels like a nursery!!
I had a doctors appointment this afternoon, weight, blood pressure etc. are great, and I had some blood work done.
This evening Eric and I had our last Lamaze class. We went over all the stages of labor, our breathing techniques (which I'm sure will go out the window when I'm really in labor), and watched a video about caring for the little one, once he/she arrives. Overall, we really enjoyed our classes and got a lot out of them. I'm still very nervous about the delivery (possibly even more after all our classes) but at the same time, I can't wait for the baby to come out!

2.19.09

Sonogram.
We had a sonogram this morning, and found out the baby is 4lbs. 14 oz. and 18 inches long! Everything is looking perfect, including the original due date, April 9th. I had hoped it would be moved up!!!

2.17.09

Octomom.
Tonight at our childbirth class, my husband happened to be the topic of conversation in the ladies room. As our teacher announced the first break, I rushed towards the bathroom, because I really had to go, and being as we are all pregnant, there is always a long line.
Once I was in the stall, and the room started filling up, I overheard some of the women discussing the man who raised his hand and asked, if the 8 babies that Octomom (the crazy lady who just had the 8 babies via I.V.F) was carrying had simply, "lined up" in her uterus, before she delivered them vaginally. He also wanted to know what her contractions were like during her vaginal birth! (In class we had been discussing how the baby knows to get in the correct position for delivery, most of the time.) Well, you guessed it, Eric was the one who thought she pushed all 8 babies out, and they just knew how to get into the correct position, and "line up" for the doctor.... Needless to say, the teacher looked puzzled, and half the class laughed. I turned red!
So back to the bathroom stall- I overheard one women say, "Do you think he seriously thought someone could deliver 8?!" Another said, "I guess he missed the part where we learned most multiples are delivered by cesarean." And another mom to be said, "He is really cute, isn't he?!!" Wow.
Feeling like a high school student in a 1980's After School Special, where a girl is hiding in the bathroom, and overhears her "friends" talking about her.... I decided then I had to emerge from hiding.
I went to the sink to wash my hands, and one of the girls did acknowledge the fact they had been talking about Eric, and said, "My husband asks a lot of crazy questions too." Another one just decided to talk about how crazy Octomom is. After a quick chat with the girls, I walked out into the hall where Eric was leaning on the wall waiting for me, I simply just shook my head and laughed.
That's why we are going to these classes I guess, neither one of us know it all!

02.10.09

32 Weeks.
Today I had a doctors appointment, and my cousin Laura came with me. We met for lunch around 12pm, then headed over to my doctors office. When we pulled into the parking lot, Dr. Nauman was running out of the building at full speed- Laura rolled her window down, and he said, "I'm going to deliver a baby, the head is coming out! Can you come back around 3pm?" We were laughing, and told him we would see him later. After a lap around the mall, we headed back. I weighed in at 113lbs. My blood pressure is perfect, we heard the heartbeat, and scheduled a sonogram for next Thursday. I also double checked with Dr. N about his vacation schedule (especially because the baby is due around Easter), and he promised he did not have any vacation plans, and that he would be there!
This evening we had another Lamaze class. We did some more relaxation techniques on our mats- breathing like, "HHee, HHee, HHee." We laughed just as hard as the previous week (I don't see us growing up at these classes!) We also watched a video of a birth- and we saw EVERYTHING... very interesting. After the video, we took a tour of the birthing rooms, post-partum rooms and the nursery.
Baby E. had been moving around SO much! He/She is about 4lbs. now!

02.03.09

Our First Childbirth Class.
Today I am 31 weeks, and we started our childbirth classes at GBMC. We were told to wear comfortable clothes and bring 3 pillows, the 3 pillows had us cracking up before we even arrived. The class started at 7pm, and we had to go around the room, introduce ourselves and share our expected due date. Majority of the class is due in April. Our first class discussed the stages of labor, the positioning of the baby, an explanation of contractions, and the different parts of the female reproductive system (I won't go into detail, as our blog is rated G). Eric remained very mature, except for when our teacher was holding her fake "womb" which was made up of a baby, placenta and sac. Well, as she lifted it up, she spilled her drink, and Eric had to say, "I guess her water broke!" Halfway through our class we were given a break, the women ran to the bathroom, while the men ran to the vending machines. For the second half of our class we got on the mats that had been laying on the floor! That's when our three pillows came into play! We learned relaxation techniques for when we tense up during labor, and we practiced deep breaths. During this part of the class is where I had to hold back my laughter. Especially when Eric had to sit behind me and rub my belly. Everyone in the class was so serious- and that made it so much harder! Overall, we are happy with the class so far (yes, even Eric... I think?) and look forward to next week.