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Week 35
~ Getting Close

I'm not sure I should be writing my journal right now as I am VERY tired and hot. It's 4:30 in the afternoon and only 84 degrees but I can't handle the heat any more right now. At night, when the temperature goes down to the high 40s, I have to sleep with the window open and a fan on or I'm boiling hot and can't sleep. Sean is so ready for me to be done with the "I'm hot stage". I feel like we're living in the Father of the Bride Part 2 movie where the husband wears a winter coat and long underwear under the electric blanket and he's still freezing, while the wife is so hot she can't stand it.

The tired thing is getting old too. Today it's especially bad because we spent last night in the ER till after midnight. Sean got something in his eye while driving home on the freeway and since the walk-in clinic was already closed for the evening we had to go to the ER. There were tons of broken bone injuries there so it took a long time to get seen by a doctor. In the end Sean turned out to be fine. The doctor couldn't flush the debris out with water so she had to numb his eye and coax it out with a q-tip. Now Sean's got some eye ointment he has to put in a few times a day to heal everything and he should be back to normal by the end of the week. I didn't get to bed till after 1am and I had to be up early to get Hannah to the pediatrician because she has a rash with welts on her diaper area. The poor kid has been crying every time she pees or has to get a diaper changed.

On the baby front . . . I have an ultrasound and appointment with the OB tomorrow. I'm not looking forward to the Group B Strep swab. I know it isn't a big deal but I'm not very comfortable with the doctor I am seeing tomorrow. I only saw him once when I was pregnant with Hannah and I haven't seen him at all yet this pregnancy. Given our vague and sporadic history I'm not really looking forward to being so exposed at our appointment tomorrow. At least I have talked Sean into taking some time from work and coming to the appointment with me. We'll also bring Hannah along so she can get one last look at Baby Brother before his arrival.

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This week we still have to work on baby names and I have to start thinking about packing a bag for the hospital. Last time I way over packed and I don't want to do the same this time around. I think the major thing for me to have when I am in labor is my pillow. That was really the only thing I used last time because I went into labor at night and all I wanted to do was sleep.

We also have to figure out our plans for when I go into labor. With Hannah it wasn't a big deal because we just had to go to the hospital. This time, we have to figure out what to do with Hannah when we go. If it happens during the day she'll go over to Sean's dad and step-mom's house. She has a lot of experience being there and she loves her special time with Grandpa. If I go into labor in the middle of the night I don't want to have to wake Hannah up and cart her over there and interrupt her whole sleeping schedule, but I also don't want to leave in the middle of the night and have her wake up to someone other than us in the house. She'll be really confused then. And I am definitely not allowing her to come to the hospital with us. Labor and delivery are difficult enough without having to worry about entertaining a toddler. I suppose we should make our decision soon and talk to all involved so we can have a plan in place.

I still can't believe how close we are to having the baby here. There are days that it seems right around the corner and other days where it seems like we still have a lot of time. We are making great progress on the house. I still haven't finished the bathroom but I have decluttered our bedroom enough to put the bassinet in there. Sean and I, mostly Sean, have been working on the basement and it is ready to have the office moved down there. All we have to do now is pack up the office and start moving things. It's strange how one tiny little person can change our lives so much. I'm really looking forward to it.

- Stacie

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