I did venture out yesterday to find some last pieces of the nursery...shelves to hang on the walls, a clock, and some things I hadn't anticipated. Anyway, after a bit of a late start this morning, I needed to be finished. So here's pics of the finished nursery...I'm pretty impressed with myself. J helped with putting the furniture together months ago, but the decor is all me. Whew...I'm tired.
The room has incredibly high ceilings and was already a pale blue, so we opted to just leave it and have a theme of the sky. I kinda see the clock as the sun.
The crib and decals on the wall of her name.
Window sham, frames to be filled up once she joins us, a bookshelf my grandfather made when I was a kid, a child's table and chairs my grandfather made years ago, and of course a rocking recliner.
Changing table and another dresser (both are full by the way) and blocks from my shower with her name.
This is what it looks like from the doorway.
Piggy bank - complete with cash in it - and my favorite onesie that says "Miss April" from my cousin.
The crib - with lots of fun stuff in it, that will be taken out before she goes in it!
Yes, I'm tired! So before I get late again, here's the 35 week post...can you believe that? We have 5 weeks left?! Holy geez!
Week 35 of Pregnancy
A rapidly growing brain makes your baby's head weigh more and that means more pressure on Mommy's bladder.
Your Baby in Week 35 of PregnancyYour baby is standing tall (so to speak) this week at about 20 inches and continues her steady weight gain (she’s about 5.5 pounds). While she won't get much longer, she will continue to pack on the pounds — including large amounts of baby fat — right up 'til delivery day. Something else that's moving at a mind-boggling pace these day: fetal brain development! There’s a lot going on inside that tiny head, which is, by the way, still soft to allow an easier exit through the birth canal.
Your Body in Week 35 of PregnancyNow that your baby is head-down (Reese isn't quite yet) in preparation for delivery, chances are your bladder is feeling the squeeze, causing you to leak a little every time you sneeze (or cough or laugh) or making you feel like you have an urgent need to pee all the time. Whatever you do, don’t cut back on fluids! One way to improve your body's holding power instead: Do lots and lots of those pelvic-floor exercises called Kegels. They can help strengthen your pelvic muscles (important now and postpartum).
Week 35 Pregnancy Tip: Finding a Doula
What's a doula? The literal translation is "woman's servant" (and that's just what you need — isn't it? Along with a chef…and a massage therapist…and a chauffeur…). But back to reality — and to your pregnancy — a doula can do double duty when you need her the most. First, there's the birth doula, a companion who's professionally trained to provide support — and a hand to hold — during labor. The other is a postpartum one. (Go to week 42 to read more about postpartum doulas.) A birth doula knows all about breathing and relaxation techniques for labor, as well as the best positions to bring relief for all that pain. Some laboring women actually find they need less pain medication — or none at all — when a doula is present (though a good birth doula will explore all pain-relief options with you and help you choose what's right for your situation). But her most-important role may be the emotional comfort she provides during a potentially frightening time, and that might be just what the doctor — or midwife — ordered. To find a doula, consult an agency, check the Resource Directory, or ask other moms for recommendations.
I've gone back and forth about having a doula. The lady who does our childbirth classes is a prenatal doula and we've already discussed our meeting with our postnatal doulas. I may still change my mind. But for now, I'm counting on J and MBM to get me through labor, with some visitations by my Mom and J's Mom. Once the pushing starts, I'm thinking just J and maybe MBM. We'll see how it all goes.
I've gotta go chill for a bit...I'm really tired all of the sudden. Have a great week Bleeps!