31 weeks

31 weeks, 1 day

Baby is the size of a pineapple!

20 days until 34 weeks 🙂

I haven’t blogged in a while because I’ve been pretty busy working on some crafting projects and getting ready for the 4th.

Last week’s apppointment went well. Dr. L said that we no longer need to do ultrasounds to check the cervix because at this point it’s not that necessary and the risk of irritating the cervix by checking it is not warranted. He wanted to see me one more time at 32 weeks when we’ll check growth again and at that point if everything looks good he’ll be done with me. He said now our goal is just to check for contractions and if I’m in labor to stop it but that at 34 weeks if I go into labor they will no longer stop it. I asked about whether or not I should try to go back to work and he was not quick to say one way or the other. He said though me being as strict with the bed rest was not necessary he was afraid if I went back to work it would be 0 to 100% and may cause me to go into labor. He said he’d like to see me go full term if possible. It’s a difficult situation for me because I feel like if there is no medical reason for me not to work, then me not working is being selfish I guess. Eric is not pressuring me to go back to work at all though and feels like it would be best if I just wait. To make things worse, my paycheck on Friday was less than usual and so it means my maternity leave has already begun. Unfortunately, I’ve emailed work about how much PTO I have/when maternity leave will begin and for about 3 weeks now they haven’t been able to let me know though they say they’re working on it. I’m not sure what’s so confusing or what could be taking so long. There is a chance though that if my maternity leave runs out before the baby comes, I could potentially return part time to work until the baby comes and then go out on FMLA. I was afraid of doing that if maternity leave wasn’t exhausted b/c then it might mean I get 50% paid at my part-time salary instead of my full-time salary. Uhh…all of this is so confusing and I hate not knowing. However, these kind of worries are so much better than 7 weeks ago when I went on bed rest and was worried that baby would not survive or would have serious medical complications. Yes, there are still some risks we have to fight through but I feel a little more relieved every day knowing baby’s chances are pretty good. Dr. L said the next hurdle is 32 weeks where risk of brain bleeds goes dramatically down. Then we’ll aim for 34 weeks. 35 weeks would be great he said.

Today I had another appointment and they just checked for contractions and didn’t do an ultrasound so it went a lot quicker. My next appt is 10 days away though so it’s going to be a tough wait.

Yesterday hubby installed the door hooks so that I could finally hang my laundry hamper and I couldn’t be more happy with it. Here it is:

laundryhamper

Here’s the pouf that I got from wal-mart – only $40 🙂

rockerandpouf

Here’s the picture layout I prepped using craft paper cutouts of the frames.  This is also assuming I use an 11 x 14 canvas portrait maternity photo in the center.  I’m thinking of getting the maternity photo done just after 34 weeks when I get my hair highlighted again.

picturelayout

Instead of buying a wooden F for the room which was going to cost at least $40 and I wasn’t completely happy with it either….I decided to make my own…out of cardboard.  I’ve already cut it out and taped together about 4 layers of cardboard to give it the appropriate depth.  Today I bought a cheap forest book from amazon and some mod podge which I’ll use to cover the letter.  I think it’ll probably end up going on the far wall over the crib near the window.  And in total it’ll cost about $12 to make.

I’ve been hard at work making loads of origami.  I made about 10 different animals and have made lots of leaves out of different shades of green origami paper.  Yesterday hubby found a good sized branch for me to hang the origami from.  Now I just have to figure out how to actually attack it.  Here are the animals after I did some painting.

animalorigami

This past weekend we finalized the shower date for July 27th which is just 3 weeks away…eek!  I don’t have time to purchase the expensive but totally cute invites I would prefer to get off of etsy, tinyprints, etc. so instead I bought some off of cvs which will be ready sometime today.  Here’s the design I ended up picking.

invite

So with the shower approaching so quickly, I need to get busy finalizing my registries.  My mom has already bought about half the stuff from Babies R Us (silly mom…) so that means I need to find a way to add some more items.  E’s coworkers are also throwing us a shower on July 22nd which is so nice.  I’m excited to get all of the stuff F needs so that we’ll officially be ready for him.

Today I bought a necklace with baby’s name and also I signed us up for some classes so we’ll be very busy in August (assuming baby doesn’t make an early entrance).  I’m getting more and more confident that we’re going to make it!

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