This weekend Liam got to meet more of his family – Great Grandma Kofoed, two of his great-aunties, and two cousins.

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Great Grandma Irene and Liam

Great-Grandma Irene, Liam, Jeff, and Grandma Kathleen

Great-Grandma Irene, Liam, Jeff, and Grandma Kathleen

Great Auntie Wendy

Great Auntie Wendy

Great Auntie Lisa

Great Auntie Lisa

How lucky are we to have such a great family?

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I had this crazy idea that I had to finish writing up Liam’s birth story before I could post again, cause, you know, I like things all in order.  Well, he’s two months old now, and I haven’t finished the birth story, as I am far too busy snuggling him silly to write it out.  As a compromise to myself, I’m posting the birth story as a “page” when it’s done, and will commence blogging ASAP.

After all, I know the entire world is waiting with bated breath to see what my kid’s up to.  🙂

To keep you until the next real post, here’s some cuteness:

Two months old, and already awesome taste in music.  That's my boy!

Two months old, and already awesome taste in music. That's my boy!

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Liam Douglas Sekhon

July 20, 2009 at 5:05 a.m.

6 pounds, 11 ounces; 19 3/4 inches long

We Are In Love

Thanks to Christy* and the threat of an Impending Arrival, I got the baby’s room done today:

009 What you see when you walk in the room.  The pictures are postcards that Christy and I picked up at the MN Zoo when we went to feed the giraffe.  The upper middle picture is of a mama giraffe and her baby.  Have I mentioned lately that  I love giraffes?

010Going clockwise in the room:  the curtains are made by me out of 2D Zoo Too from Crafty Planet (of course!!).  A little bookcase full of toys and books for our little one, and a picture frame just waiting for his first shots (hi Lisa!).  The doggie on top is from his great-grandma Kofoed, who believes that every little boy needs his own dog. According to daddy, this is as close to a real dog that he is getting.

013 Again clockwise: the dresser/changing table with a hanging stuffed animal thing in the corner.  Mommy may have gone a little overboard on the stuffed animals.  They’re cute, alright?  Sheesh.  Also, note the monkey hanging from the lamp – Christy and I also got that during our field trip to the zoo.  The bulletin board between the lights is also covered in 2D Zoo Too, and is meant for pictures – we’ll get some of family and friends to hang up.

011And, the sleeping area.  We are borrowing Sarah’s bassinet right now while the current occupant of our crib gets used to her Big Girl Bed.  Apparently she has learned that the Big Girl Bed can be gotten out of, so her parents are still popping her in the crib partway through the night instead of letting her roam the house.   Probably a good move.  The hedgie above the crib area is from Auntie Barb, who gave it to me for Xmas a couple of years ago.  It’s a bathmat, but I could never get myself to put it on the floor, cause my big nasty feet would have ruined the cuteness.  So now, it’s a wall hanging – and, if I may say so myself, adorable on the green walls!

So, now we are all ready for when the little one comes home, just in case it happens sooner than I was planning. We’ve got clothes and diapers and everything all lined up (well, ok, some of them are still in the wash, but you know what I mean). Tonight, we pack just in case we don’t come home from the hospital tomorrow, and if we do, that’s one more thing checked off my list.

*And most of a bottle** of Bacardi***

**Just a small bottle

***For her.  I didn’t get any.  😦

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I went to the hospital today for our weekly monitoring, and to see the OB afterwards, and there have been some developments.  Nothing to worry about, so everyone stop hyperventilating!!

Our little guy is still doing great – he’s moving around and doing his breathing exercises, and we keep getting the feedback after the fetal monitoring that he could be in a textbook.  All of that is still good.  However, my amniotic fluid is low (we are below the 10th percentile of the amniotic fluid curve – who even knew there was one of those out there?).  Our nurse told us that if something is happening with the baby, the first sign to show up is usually a decrease in the amount of fluid.  It does not seem as if I am leaking fluid (apparently there’s a test for that, too!) and it could be nothing more than he was blocking a good pocket of fluid from being seen in the ultrasound.  To make sure, we are scheduled for another ultrasound/BPP on Saturday to see how the fluid is doing then.  If we are still low, I’ll be induced on Saturday.  If the fluid is back up to where it’s supposed to be, then we’ll just keep going as we have been, and we’ll set the regularly-scheduled induction at our appointment next Thursday for the next week.

The other thing that’s been weird is my blood sugar – it’s been all over the place for about a week.  Times when I think that I’ve eaten something that should send it through the roof has lowered it, and vice versa.  My OB thinks that’s probably my body getting tired of being pregnant (not just my  body, doc!) and she’s keeping a careful eye on that.

Right now her best guess is that I will pass the fluid test on Saturday and that we’ll go ahead as planned.  I somehow have a feeling that’s not what’s gonna happen, but I’ve been wrong before.  Plenty.  She wants to get us as far along as possible before we start having problems with the placenta due to The Beetus, to give his lungs all the time they need to develop.  But she did mention that our “homework” for tonight was to pack for the hosptial, and not to work on the bedskirt as I had planned.  🙂

So, there’s the update.  Nothing alamaring according to the doc, but I’m a little worried, and, of course, not at all ready for this to be approaching so soon.  Although, is there ANY new mom that feels ready?

Ultrasound 7.10.2009 This week has been a big week in pregnancy.  We are at 36 weeks, and I have checked in with the Endocrinologist (everything with The Beetus is dandy), had another BPP (he once again scored a 10/10, and is very, very clearly a boy), a visit to the OB (who said that I’m making pregnancy look easy), and our last visit to the perinatal doc for a growth ultrasound and a looksee at our little one’s bowels.

At our 28 week ultrasound with the perinatal doc, she mentioned that he had a bit of extra fluid in his bowels that wasn’t necessarily worrying, but different.  Yesterday at our ultrasound his bowel looked perfect.  His EVERYTHING looked perfect.  We were once again assured that he’s a boy (and WhattaBoy, seems to be the consensus of local ultrasound techs), and he was active and showing his breathing activity and has dropped into my pelvis, getting all ready to get born.  His current weight was estimated at 5 pounds and 15 ounces.  He’ll gain anywhere from half a pound to an entire pound per week from now until delivery, so I am guessing his birth weight at a little below 9 pounds.  Put in your guesses in the comments, and we’ll see who is closer.

The OB indicated this week that we are still going to be induced before I hit 40 weeks, and we will set the exact date on my 38 week visit, which is July 23.  Watch this space for details.  Jeff thinks I will go into labor before I have to be induced, and I think that I’ll be induced on July 27.  I had my cervical check this week (sorry, male readers, for that visual) and I am currently dilated at 1 cm, and the OB did not think that it was out of the realm of possibility that I would go into labor on my own before 39 weeks.  We’ll see.

Jeff and I have been hauling some serious ass to get the house ready this week.  The baby’s room is all painted and cleaned, and starting to gather all his stuff.  Thanks to his Aunties Alison and Sarah, we’ve got a TON of baby equipment – every time I see one of them I cross more items off my Target and Babies R Us lists.  We got our shipment of cloth gDiapers in the mail today, so I can start washing those and putting them away.  It will be a few weeks before he sneaks into the mediums, but they will be all ready when he is.

I got the garden all mulched and weeded, and of course, now it needs to be weeded again.  We haven’t had any natural rain in ages, and the poor garden can tell.  I keep seeing on AccuWeather (yeah, right) that we have a huge chance of rain, but it never seems to come through.

Today we have been cleaning the upstairs, which is usually sadly  neglected, as no one ever comes up here.  However, the spare room in the back of our bedroom needs to become an actual spare  bedroom in the next couple of weeks, so there is lots to do, as it has been used as a dumping ground since we moved in.  Jeff is moving all that stuff into our storage areas, and we’ll set everything up to make it at least acceptably comfortable.  One complication:  the box spring for the spare bed will not make it up the stairs, and the  mattress will have to sit on the floor until I can get a good deal on a split box spring. Those things are apparently gold right now.

Thanks to my friend Julie, I have hired a cleaning lady to come  help me on Tuesday.  I can get all the tidying up done, and the set up of the baby’s stuff, but anything below waist level is just not happening right now, so Laurie is coming to help me out.  I can’t wait, and I can’t even tell you how much knowing she’ll be here for a few hours has reduced my stress level.

We’ve been awfully busy, but doesn’t seem like there was much to report – I guess I was wrong.  This week: I go to the dentist to get my sleep appliance adjusted, get the blue back in my hair, get a clean house, and the usual doc-go-round.  Also, looks like we’ll be lowering the price on the condo, if you happen to know anyone that would like a lovely one bedroom condo in the University area….

We Can Do It!!A few weeks ago, I mentioned here that we’d had an ultrasound and that we got the best.ultrasound.picture.ever.  It was especially good timing, as I had just found out that I had gestational diabetes, and wasn’t sure how well I was going to do with 11 weeks of restricted eating, shots, and at least two doctor’s appointments every week.  But, my little guy, who is already as supportive as his daddy, sent me a message that WE CAN DO IT.

I’ve enlarged this and put it on the  front cover of my calendar, and I can’t tell you how often I’ve looked at this and found the strength to keep going through the fatigue and the frustration and all the shit that needs to be done in the next couple of weeks.  We can do it.  We ARE doing it.  And we’ll keep on doing it…

The end is nigh (!!) and I have got some work to do.

In the last couple of weeks, the doc-go-round has slowed down a bit, which is wonderful.  We have two more specialist visits – one with the endocrinologist (The Beetus Doc) and one with the perinatal doc to have our final (!) growth ultrasound and have a look-see at the fluid in the little one’s bowel.  Right now, we are going to our BPP every week, and then to see the OB after.  Here is the video of the BPP that Jeff took on his birthday (June 4, 2009):

June was a busy month.  I got to feed a giraffe!

058062It was Jeff’s birthday (which we spent at our BPP, doc, and baby class)!

Aunt Alison and Uncle Mike got married!!!

003 If you want to see more pictures, they are here on my Flickr stream…

We also got our roof replaced, our back deck re-built, and the baby’s room is on the way to getting done.  And did I mention the two fabulous showers?  The Kofoed Aunties threw one the weekend of Alison’s wedding.  I LOVE getting together with Jeff’s family, and the fact that all the out of town folks were there made it even more special.  And then Sarah threw the Classy Broads shower, which was just as Classy as you’d imagine, and even more fun!

But there is ever so much more to get done!

  • Finish the baby’s room.  This not only includes finishing the painting, which has taken forever, but also moving all the stuff in, repainting one of the cabinets that is to go in there, doing a BIG cleaning of that room, and washing all the clothes and stuff that needs to be washed.  Also, making curtains, crib skirt, chair cover, dresser protector, bulletin board….
  • Kick the yard back into shape.  The garden needs weeding and mulching, and we haven’t mowed in about a month….some of my flowers died, so I replaced those, but there is still a ton of work to do out there.
  • Stain the new deck.
  • Do a big cleaning of the house.  I didn’t do much of a spring cleaning, and I’m probably not doing much of a fall one, so I want to do one, huge, thorough cleaning so we can just “maintain” through the next few months.
  • Prepare freezer meals so we don’t have to do much cooking in the first few weeks after the baby is home.
  • Figure out what we still need for the little one.  Thanks for the generosity of our family and friends, it’s not a whole lot… 🙂

And, I’m sure, much much more!

  • The end is in sight.  Due to the Beetus and other factors, the docs aren’t going to let me get all the way to 40 weeks.  This young ‘en will be born in the last week of July at the latest.  32 down, 7 to go!
  • The old people on Beetus commercials are right:  testing on your fingers*does* hurt.  I’ll stop making fun of them now.  For that, at least.
  • Third trimester fatigue makes first trimester fatigue look like a beginner.
  • CVS is evil and money-grubbing, and as soon as I have less than 10 prescriptions to transfer, I will be doing so.  I had them erase my phone number because I was getting sick of the twice weekly calls, and now they are sending me snarky letters that they WILL be auto-refilling my Beetus supplies so that I can comply with my doctor’s orders.  You know what CVS?  I’m smart enough to call in my own refils, thank you very much, and have been in the business long enough to know that you make a shitton of money off of this “customer convenience.”
  • While I’ll  blame fatigue on the going to bed early, I can’t blame it for the sleeping in.  By the time Jeff gets home from work and I pee, I’m pretty much awake. But it’s been kinda cold and clammy out, and my bed is warm and comfy, and the one place my hips don’t protest.  Also, Little Sawatdee is getting pretty active in the morning, and it’s fun to spend some Mommy and Me time together.
  • I thought that I’d be over being excited every time I feel him move, but I’m not.  I don’t think I’ll miss a lot of being pregnant, but I will for sure miss feeling him squirm inside me.  It’s the best part (parts) of my day.
  • We are naming our son the same name as my OB’s son.  Only we didn’t know his name until today.  It made me giggle.
  • When one eats most of the can of nuts cause they were tasty, one does not feel the need for a lot of dinner.