23 March 2016

Norah Opal

As you may have noticed, there was no Baby Bump Wednesday last week. That's because Andy and I were at the hospital, waiting for our dear daughter to be born. Sure enough, she arrived about 20 minutes after midnight on Thursday, March 17th. A St. Patrick's Day baby, and we're so glad she's here. I'll do a longer post with a bunch of photos at some point. In the meantime, please enjoy this video of her first bath at home. Credit goes to our excellent cinematographer, Mr. Gzmoohoo:

09 March 2016

Baby Bump Wednesday - Week 40

It's official - BGR is now definitely late to the party. Her original estimated due date was Monday. Today, as you may have noticed, is Wednesday. If I had a dime for every person at work who has said some variation on "What are you still doing here?" at some point this week, I'd be rich! But we are endeavoring to be patient - you can't rush these things and she'll come when she's good and ready. Everything checked out A-OK at my doctor's appointment today and we won't start worrying until she's more than a week late.

Andy and I are trying not to go too crazy waiting, so we've decided to treat ourselves in some way for each day she's overdue. Today we went out to dinner at one of our favorite Vietnamese restaurants, for example, Tomorrow we'll think of something else. I'm also trying some of the old wives tale ideas for inducing labor. I bought an exercise ball and I've been sitting/bouncing on it when possible. It's kind of fun. I'm also eating quite a lot of delicious pineapple. They can't hurt and it's enjoyable for me, so...

While we wait, here are today's photos:

The cats are pretty content that it's still just the 4 of us.

02 March 2016

Baby Bump Wednesday - Week 39

I think I can declare that we have officially entered the home stretch of this whole pregnancy deal. Baby Girl's estimated due date is less than a week away. Andy and I put the finishing touches on the nursery this week, namely we hung a picture frame and installed/set-up our way-too-fancy baby monitor. It has full color video, sound, you can talk to her via a microphone in the camera, and it is wi-fi connected so we can check on her from an app on our smartphones. Truly, we live in the future.

Now, for this week's photos. Excuse the outfit - I'm in my super comfy around the house clothes. 39 weeks, I think I've earned it. :-)

Lucy observing this process from her perch on a nearby chair:

The cats must think we're so odd...

In other baby-related news, one of my colleagues in Australia sent me something for BGR...

It's name is Snowy and it's a rare albino Koala bear. So cute! Snowy has found a good home among the rest of BGR's animal friends:

Ok, I think we're ready now. I may have a post next week, we'll see how on-time BGR decides to be. As I understand it, first babies are usually somewhat late. Watch this space for updates!

25 February 2016

Baby Bump Thursday - Week 38

Once again, apologies for the one day delay in posting this week. I bet a few of you wondered if I'd had the baby, right? But no, my excuse is once again that Grandma B and I were having a movie night yesterday. We watched Spotlight last night in preparation for the Oscars on Sunday. It was good but not super impressive, despite all the Best Picture buzz. Mad Max is still my absolute favorite movie from last year.

Now, on to the photos for week 38!

The doctor estimated 7.5 pounds at this week's appointment. She's doing well and on track to be born more or less on time, as far as we can tell. 11 days to go!

I was going to post earlier in the day, but I got distracted by Lucy sitting on my lap and using my hand as a pillow. Getting up from the couch therefore became less of a priority:

She was just too cute to disturb.

17 February 2016

Baby Bump Wednesday - Week 37

First, I think I have to acknowledge a not-insignificant milestone. Today's post marks number 300 for this blog. 300! That deserves a little bit of fanfare, I think.

Ok, and now on to why we are all here - baby bump photos! We have officially passed under 20 days to go until BGR's estimated arrival date. March 7th is only 19 days away! I think I had the same conversation about that seemingly tiny number of days with at least 4 people today, including my doctor. The weekly doctor's visit went well - still all good and normal looking. She estimates that BGR currently weighs about 7 pounds, meaning she should end up being something like 8.5. Seems totally reasonable and excellent to me.

Now, today's photos. Thanks as always to my loyal photographer, Andy:

I love that green sweater - so warm and cozy. In other baby related news, Andy and I did some shopping this past week for essentials that we did not receive at our baby shower. Chief among those was this:

The car seat was a gift from Grandma LR, but the stroller frame is new. It's super handy - the car seat just clicks right in! Calvin also finds it fascinating, apparently. We've also been practicing our labor coping techniques - breathing, positions, massage etc. We had to distract the cats with catnip toys to get them to leave us alone:

The carrot is full of catnip. They love it.
That's all for this week. Here's to only a few more of these posts before BGR gets to meet the world!