Week 34 ~ July 11, 2002
~ Belly Shots & Nursery Pictures
We got our pictures back already, and they turned out great! There were a few where I had my shirt unbuttoned, and I won't include them here on the website where "anyone" can see them, but I think they all look great. My dad seemed confused as to why we would get pictures taken while I was pregnant. I explained that I think it would be neat to see a picture of my mom when she was pregnant with me, so I want to make sure I can show my kids a picture of me when I am pregnant with each of them. I really recommend to anyone who is pregnant to get some belly shots taken. Of course, I think my face looks fat, but what can I expect when I have gained 22 pounds!
I have also attached some pictures of the nursery. I finally finished the curtains last weekend (with Steve's help - he picked the material and the buttons for the tab tops and hung the curtain rod and curtains), and I am so happy with how they turned out. I would still like to make a diaper stacker and the crib skirt, but if they don't get done before the baby is here, it's really not a big deal. I got a book from our pastor's wife called "Just in Case You Ever Wonder" by Max Lucado, and I sat in the rocking chair last weekend and read it to the baby and I bawled my eyes out! It is such a sweet book. While I was ironing the curtains, I sang "Baby Mine" (the lullaby from the movie "Dumbo") over and over to the baby. I think that will be our special song.
We had a checkup on Monday, and once again, things are just fine. My blood pressure was 122/60 and I am measuring 34 cm and the baby's heart rate was in the 140's. I have a checkup again on the 23rd, and then I start going every week! In fact, the receptionist went ahead and made the rest of my appointments so that I could get the times I wanted.
After our checkup, we had an orientation at the pediatrician's office. It was kind of a waste of time, because we didn't pre-register or fill out any forms. There was a Q&A session, and most people were asking about daycare or breastfeeding, which I feel pretty informed on. The only question we asked was about vaccines, whether they would allow us to decline certain ones (Hep B and Varicella) or to delay others. The pediatrician was almost rude in her reply, when she said that they will push us to do what they want. BUT, we are the parents, and we will make the decisions about our child. We still have research to do, but I know we will make the right decision for us. The other odd thing (and I know I am being sensitive) was that the pediatrician had her baby with her, and right in the middle of her introduction, pulled up her shirt and started to breastfeed. Now, I am planning to breastfeed, and I fully support it, but I know it made several of the men in the room uncomfortable that she didn't try to cover up at all. It didn't really bother me, besides that I knew Steve was uncomfortable. Maybe I will feel different when I breastfeed.
We are both scared and excited to realize that in just a few short weeks, we will be able to hold our baby in our arms!