My birthday and her first trip to Disneyland
Her second trip to Disneyland, first time on Pirates! Jerrod's mom was visiting.
Guinevere's three months old!
Here she is with my 3 year old cousin on my sister's birthday.
Guinevere's first 4th of July!
So I had my nonstress test this morning and due to her lateness and my relative readiness they sent me right over to be induced.
I’m in my room now and on a pitocin drip. The midwife checked me and swept my membranes, taking me from 2 to 3cm dilated. I am having contractions but they don’t hurt yet, they’re just uncomfortable. I was apparently having them before but I just thought it was the baby moving and pressing up against me. Jerrod has learned to read the machine.
I have been praying for the right caretakers and when I told my nurse that my dad works at Biola she said that her son went there and is now at Talbot. She also told me that she always prays for her patients before work, so pretty good.
Now I’m just trying to rest.
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My "first due date" was March 10. That came and went, but I wasn't concerned. My second due date was March 14. That came and went and I had a doctors appointment the next day. My doctor checked me and she's doing well, he had checked on the ultrasound for fluid the week before and she had plenty around her so there was no talk of induction like I thought there might be. This pleased me since I'm a little scared about the idea of being induced. This week I was 1-2cm dilated and she was nice and low and in the correct position. I have a nonstress test scheduled for tomorrow morning but I just realized that I don't have another doctors appointment scheduled. This makes me nervous because assuming that she doesn't come on Monday, what do I do?
I didn't want her to be born on St. Patrick's Day, so I've been telling her since Friday that she should come this weekend. One reason for this is because everyone seems to be leaving next week. My dad is going to a conference in Arizona on Tuesday and won't be back till Friday. My sister Holly is leaving on Wednesday to visit my sister Amy who is in Washington DC for the semester. My best friend is also leaving on Tuesday to visit her brother in Mississippi. I've known that Amy won't be here of course, but the idea of no sisters at all makes me so sad. In addition, Holly missed my baby shower because she had to work. I've been praying for the exact right time and circumstances for her to be born and the right caretakers to be there, and I know that God's timing will be perfect. But I'm just so frustrated, I don't understand why the exact right time has not yet arrived. Two weeks ago I was still a little more scared of giving birth than anxious for her arrival. Now, while I'm still nervous about it, I just feel like I'm done, I'm ready, let's get it over with. At times I feel very emotional about it. I started crying when my dad asked if I wanted him to stay home. I told him to go because you know that if he stayed home she wouldn't come till Friday anyway.
Yesterday I walked all around in Target, ate pineapple, and made a pesto with basil and oregano(two herbs that are supposed to help). I also keep telling her that now is a good time to come, and about how much more wiggling around and kicking space she'll have. Today I just feel resigned that she's not coming this weekend and a watched pot never boils.
I'm starting to wonder if she doesn't know how to get out.
We live with my grandmother and had been living in one room with our bed and our desks and computers. We have moved into a room that was the "computer room" as our bedroom with the baby, and we are leaving our desks in the first room. The transformation from bedroom/office to full office isn't quite complete, but our bedroom/nursery is pretty much done.
Some "before" pictures. It's too bad I didn't think to take pictures before the room was cleared, but it's still a big contrast.
Transitioning - our bed is in the room and some of our stuff in the closet.
Jerrod assembling the cradle!
The room is painted blue, and the paint on one of the walls was especially bad. You can see how bad in one of the "before" pictures. My mom painted that wall white. We also covered that scary old dirty tile in the closet with some vinyl tile.
A close-up of the new closet floor and that bottom shelf is now clean and storing shoes. We also replaced the cubit stick poster with a tv. It's not hooked up to any cable or anything, the tv has built-in apps like Netflix streaming and our PS3 is hooked up, providing games, media streaming over our network, and of course blu-ray playing.
The baby side of the closet with some dresses hanging up, the rest of her clothes in the drawers, and bags packed and ready to go to the hospital. The changing area with storage for the diapers and other supplies, a changing pad to be pulled out and used on the bed or wherever. The diaper pail is the arm & hammer one, which just uses regular baking soda as a deodorizer. Jerrod was pretty impressed by its "cleverness"
Cradle with the bedding. It's Kidsline Rapunzel. Yes, I know I can't leave the quilt there when the baby is in the cradle.
And that's pretty much it! We got a new nightstand for me (Ikea HEMNES nightstand) and Jerrod got that little shelf I'd been using on his side. The cable modem and router had to stay in that corner, so we've got it on a mounted shelf now.
The baby shower was two weeks ago. I just realized it was two weeks ago, I was thinking it was one! It was wonderful and Guinevere got so many adorable little outfits. She won't need anything new for the first six months at least!
We live streamed the shower too. If you missed it, here's the video. Be warned though, this is the full unedited video of the stream.
We went baby shopping today. My aunt Melodee works at a baby store called Bergstroms, so we went with her and my mom to look at some of the bigger items we’ll need. We’re not ordering a crib yet since we’re still living with my grandmother. We are getting this cradle, the Chloe cradle in white. I already have the KidsLine Rapunzel bedding for the cradle.
I had already decided about the cradle, but we hadn’t actually seen it in person, so we looked at it. We really needed to look at and try the strollers and car seats. I had a few in mind to look at and we ended up both liking the same one best. We’re getting the Bumbleride Flyer and I picked the Vita color scheme.
It lies down flat for when she’s tiny and the foot rest thing folds up so I don’t even feel like I’ll need the bassinet attachment. The handlebar swivels so the baby can face me or face front, and it’s pretty easy to fold and unfold. The stroller goes to 45 pounds, so that should pretty much last until she doesn’t need a stroller anymore. I really like this color scheme because it’s pink on the sides but it’s a nice medium grey where the baby goes. I like that because it’s a good neutral background color which should go well with any outfit Guinevere might be wearing. I don’t like white or black because I think they get messy too easily, plus I think much black is too strong for a baby. I’ve decided that grey is my current neutral of choice.
The car seat we chose is a Baby Trend. It’s not too heavy but goes to 30 pounds or 30 inches long. Jerrod had a really easy time snapping it in and out of the base, and he even strapped the doll into the seat. This is the best color scheme I’ve seen on a car seat. It’s that nice medium grey again and a great purple accent. I can just imagine her going home pictures in this car seat, and how nicely she will stand out against the background.
I started to write this yesterday, but got distracted and never finished.
We had our “survey” ultrasound Thursday and, without beating around the bush, it’s a girl! So we’re having a Guinevere, not a Theodore.
We got lots of great ultrasound pictures, including one where she’s sucking her thumb. Jerrod was amazed at how much she really looks like a baby compared to the last ultrasound.
We also found out that my due date was changed from the LMP estimate(March 14) and it’s now March 10. I thought I was in week 17 but I was 18 weeks to the day.
I’m a bit of a name enthusiast, so I’ve had my names picked out for a while. Now that I’ve registered her domain name, I feel safe sharing that the name is Guinevere Katherine. My middle name is Kay and my mother’s name is Karin Kay. Kay is a derivative of Katherine and so is Karin so it’s basically after my mom and I. Guinevere means fair/fair one/fair lady and white, smooth. Katherine means “pure”.