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Week 32
~ Another Appointment, Another Concern

Things have started to settle down this week. My uncle's funeral was on Thursday morning. Hannah stayed over night with my in-laws on Wednesday. Sean and I had a dinner to go to Wednesday night and with the funeral being in the morning the next day, we decided it was easier to have Hannah gone for the night rather than bringing her home late and making her leave early the next morning. We sure missed her though.

I don't really have anything to say about the funeral. What can I say? There really are no words to express how a death changes people's lives. The service was beautiful though. There were so many people there who thought a lot of my uncle. I really wish I could have known him better. And if anything, it gave family the opportunity to see each other and come together as family again.

Thursday afternoon I had an OB appointment. I had an ultrasound and then saw my doctor. At my previous appointment, before this one, the doctor was concerned about my GTT results so I had to do the 3 hour test. She was also concerned that the fundal height was measuring big so I had to get scheduled for an ultrasound. The doctor I saw this time is the same one who delivered Hannah and I really like him.

Anyway, he said that I've gained a lot of weight lately and I need to watch my diet. I gained 5 pounds since my last appointment 16 days previously. It puts my total weight gain to 4 pounds so far. Over all it's not bad but if I continue to gain 5 pounds every 16 days from now till the end of the pregnancy that would be a problem. He also said I passed the GTT with flying colors, YAY me!!!! And the ultrasound showed that the baby is healthy and well but about 2 weeks ahead of where he should be as far as his size. They estimated that he was about 5 lbs now (in the 85th percentile) and he should only be around 4 lbs. I have another ultrasound scheduled in early May to check the baby's size again and determine where to go from there. I wouldn't be opposed to delivering early but I really don't want a c-section.

On Friday my new niece was born. She was 6 days early and weighed 7 lbs and was 19 inches long. Mom (Sean's step-brother's wife) was scheduled to be induced on Sunday but baby Naomi had other plans. Both are healthy but mom is recovering from a c-section. She labored all night Thursday and all day Friday without making enough progress so the doctor decided to do a c-section and get the baby out. They live in California so it may be quite a while before we get to meet Naomi in person. It's pretty exciting though; our baby will be the third grandchild in a 6 month period for Sean's dad and Step-mom.

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This weekend Sean and I took some time to assess our house and discuss what needs or should be accomplished before the baby comes. There is a LOT to do. Our plan has been to have Hannah move into the office and put the new baby into her room. When we looked at the office we suddenly realized that we have a lot of crap. There is so much stuff in there! It's not like we just have to move a computer or a desk. We have to do a complete overhaul and pack things up and downsize by a lot. Which led us to the question of "where do we put everything?". Initially we were going to make a small corner in the guest room the "office" but there just isn't enough space. So we've decided to move the office to the basement. Great, kind of. There is a lot more space down there for an office but right now we use it all as storage. And there is a lot of stuff being stored down there. Most of it being boxes and bookcases and "junk" not touched since we moved in almost four years ago. It looks like we have our work cut out for us. It's completely overwhelming and I have no idea where to begin.

I kind of got something newish for Hannah and the baby this week. I won an auction on Ebay for a double stroller. I've been looking at them for a while but they are hard to find in stores and I don't want to spend that much money on something, plus shipping if I have to order it before seeing it and testing it out in person. The auction is local so I don't have to pay shipping and it was a great price, $31. This way, if it turns out to be too big or inconvenient for us I can give it away without feeling like I wasted a lot of money. I'm going to meet the woman tomorrow to pick it up from her. The stroller is a 2003 model and was listed in great, used condition. The pictures looked nice and it comes with the carrier/car seat. We don't need the car seat since I have one from when Hannah was born in 2005. But the stroller will be nice to have.

I guess that's about it. This week Sean and I are going to work on baby names. We have hardly discussed it yet but we need to start getting serious and find this kid a name. Other than that we're going to work on getting the house cleaned, organized and ready for the new family member. (Inside my head I am laughing at how this completely is NOT going to happen, but I can still have high hopes).

- Stacie

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