So this is what 37 Weeks Feels Like.
The end is in sight…so close yet still weeks away.
Lots of funny, not-so-good pains. My back especially. Ugh. Every little twitch and jerk and cramp I wonder, "is this it?"…and then of course, it isn't. Excited. Tired. Feeling large and puffy. (lol) So many things in my head…
So, in preparation for baby, a few things are ending up in my online shopping basket these days…and some other things I'm getting organized…
1). Creating Keepsakes Sweet Baby Kit
I have one other CK Kit of the Month I purchased last year (a destination-travel theme) that I used for our Puerto Rico trip, and I loved it. (Hmm…I don't think I ever shared pictures of the pages, so I'll have to do that…)I was surfing some other blogs and saw some pages done with it, and I think it will be perfect for me to use for the first year. (The paper it comes with is reversible so it works for both boy or girl. I haven't done nearly any scrapbooking since I've been pregnant, so I'm looking forward to getting back into it!
2). Brooke Burke's Belly Wrap
Hey, if Brooke Burke can look like that after four kids, she must be doing something right! I'll let you know how it goes and if it helps any. :) Even my dentist's (female, 30-something, just had a baby a few months ago) first piece of advice was to get one of these. LOL. I plan on doing Weight Watchers and some of Brandon's P90X DVD's as my plan post-baby. I'm soooo excited to wear my wardrobe again.
3). Hospital Bag Packing
I have a pretty good list right now of what I'm going to bring and my bag is about half packed. My childbirth classes (which were the best – totally recommend to any first time Mom!) really helped with this. The delivery nurses at the hospital taught these, so I know exactly what to expect and what I can or can't have or should or shouldn't bring. That said, please do share if there's anything you really couldn't live without and I'll see if it's not on my list!
A few of my friends have asked about baby's coming home outfit. I'm happy to share this with you…it is a cute little simple teddy-bear set complete with hat and mittens…it's one of the few newborn outfits we received. It was given to us by my Auntie Eleanor (yes, I'm 28 and I think I will always call her "Auntie" vs. "Aunt"), my Mom's long-time friend, who was there the day I was born, which makes it all the more special. We have a back-up or two in case this little guy ends up being a big boy and needing something larger, but I'm holding out that this will work.
4). Birth Photography
This, I am especially excited about. Though most people who are not into photography or scrapbooking as much as I am, look at me like I'm crazy to be doing this. My friend Amber V. is going to be present during the end of labor, the delivery and the special moments after, to catch all of it photojournalistic style. I approached Amber a few months ago about this and we have been working out all the details…
Brandon and my family have come to grips over the years with my insistence at capturing everything on film, but this is an all-time new one for them. I am sure that yes, while they could attempt with the point-and-shoot camera like everyone else, they know I would never be happy with their photo skills, and especially with something as important as this…so the type-A person in me is leaving it to the professional, and a friend I feel comfortable with. The way I look at it, one less thing they have to worry about and instead can just sit back and cater to me and baby (Ha). Plus, there is the fact that if baby comes before my Mom arrives by plane, and it's just me and Brandon, I want someone else there to help capture this for all our friends and family far-away.
To see examples of the look we're going for:
I've been going at the same pace as I always do, and I'm finally slowing down these last couple days…this week I'm trying to get EVERYTHING done on my to-do list (design wise) so there is nothing to worry about…I completed a photography class the past couple weekends…we had a real bride and groom photo shoot with real people…I will share the outcome of that here soon! :)
Then it's time for relaxing and waiting patiently for baby. So excited the weather is blessing us with 60+ degree days for the next week. :)