Monday, May 18, 2009

Pregnancy Week 7

I am starting this blog for the third time today. Yesterday, I had so much that I wanted to fit into a blog... but today, not only do I not remember it all. When I start to type, it just sounds dorky. Yesterday, in my head, it was ROCKIN'! 

Today - I am a total geek. 

So, I will try again. And this time, someone may actually be able to read it when I am finished. 

My kid is growing. Has fingers, toes, elbow, can swim and has eyelids... but is only the size of a lima bean! We get to see "elmo" (what Samantha, Ashley and the girls in Calera have named my child until we find out if it is a boy or a girl!) tomorrow for the first time via ultrasound. I can hardly wait. 

As a first-time mom, I am nervous about EVERYTHING. It's actually quite ridiculous how many times I have googled phrases like "7 weeks pregnant mild back pain" or "7 weeks pregnant and no nausea" to be followed about 30 minutes later by "7 weeks pregnant and nausea." 

I am a dork. I know it. Plus, I don't have much to occupy my time right now. Which is good in that I can rest when I feel that my body needs rest... but I also have too much time to think and pay attention to every thing I feel in this pregnancy! 

On the other hand. When it comes to getting ready for this kid. I am completely overwhelmed. For those that know me... You know that this means that I have shut down. I don't work well when I don't have a plan and feel overwhelmed.... So, cribs, (some with the drop down sides, some that convert with the growth of the kid, and some that are just static beds), bassinet, pack n' plays,(with music and vibration... without)  changing tables, changing table/dresser combos, travel systems, carseats, slings/backpacks, 500 bottle choices, Bpa-free, liners, pumps - - double/single/mechanical.... And all that can be chosen before I even know if it is a boy or a girl! I don't even WANT to think about pink vs blue, zoo animals vs baseball, princess vs Disney.... 

I don't know where to start! I don't even know what size of diapers to start stocking. 1? 2? Pampers? Huggies? both? neither? And every day, I am one day closer to the arrival - - and I still have two small snap shirts laying on the bed in the guest room... that at least the kid would have some clothes to wear - - - or at least two shirts... I didn't even buy those for the kid, but for the t-shirt that we used to tell my family that the kid was on they way! 

It is times like this that I really wish my mom lived closer. It is hard to try to figure all this out for the first time using the internet and a couple of books. 

Especially for someone like me... that over-thinks EVERYTHING!

I do have to say though, that my husband has been absolutely amazing!! My morning sickness has been rather minimal, but he has been wonderful! I have had a cold the last few days that knocked me down though and in that he has cooked every meal for the last 5 days... taken care of laundry.,.. run the dishwasher... kept the house running. He is amazing! 

He makes sure I get my water, and fruit, and veggie, and dairy requirements each day - -and is basically spoiling me beyond all recognition. I really don't know what I would be doing if he weren't here taking care of me. 

Ok, I think it is nap time. 

17 comments:

Our Four Sons said...

Don't let the "stuff" overwhelm you. Your mom and your sister will be great guides for you as you choose the "stuff" you need for this little person as they've had experience with it all. And I'm sure you've had experience with it too with your niece and nephew. Enjoy this time as you pray, hope, and dream for what this little blessing will add to your life! It's amazing how much a child can change your life. The instant he/she is born, you'll know all you need to know. Pray for that child and love him/her...the rest is just details!

Julie Tiemann said...

Girl, you've got PLENTY of time. There's a reason God gives us almost 10 months to not only prepare, but also just to adjust to the idea of being a parent! :) You will do fine. Sometimes the blessing of living in a land of affluence like America means we have just too many choices! So just remember that all that baby really will need from you is love! And you'll figure the rest out in time, I promise.

DeeDee said...

Oh my Julia...
I am so excited with you about this precious one. And we will have time to pick out all the 'STUFF'. And Jen can answer a lot of your questions. Just enjoy the days... this is a special time for you, for Ronnie, for the rest of the extended family..

I wish we were closer too :) ;)

Jenifer said...

Can I just tell you I am giggling about your post. First of all you need to run by me these themes for the room. Nothing corny please! Second of all CHILL OUT! When it gets alittle closer to time then you can start stressing. As you will recall, I didn't think everything would be done in time either. I was wrong, it was, and he is now 12 weeks old.
Just to mark a few things off your list. You need Dr. Browns BPA free bottles. They come with #1 nipples so don't register for that register for #2 & #3. Second, I am a pampers fan. I can get you a case of newborns from the hospital so don't buy those. Buy all the other sizes and start now. You can also go ahead and buy wipes. I will either the johnson's baby wipes (they smell good) or huggies.

Remember CHILL OUT!

Hal said...

Julia my grandchild is not Elmo. And stop calling my grandchild "the kid". That's Poppa's grandbaby!

Michelle C. said...

I was kind of the same way with my boys. I thought about the dumbest things like "what if I give them a pacifier" and they're still using it at 2. Well, SO WHAT. "What if they sleep in my bed to fall asleep to the tv?" Well, SO WHAT. What if he doesn't stop drinking from a bottle right at 12 months? Well, SO WHAT. What if he's not able to go back and forth from breast to bottle? SO WHAT. You get my point. What does it really matter? Like your mom says "you can't live in the land of what if's for very long or you'll go crazy" Everything always seemed to work out and I know they won't be falling asleep in my bed when they're in high school- so I try not to sweat the small stuff. The other decisions- which diapers to use, which bottles- it's all trial and error. I liked Huggies and I liked Avent bottles (just to put my two cents in.

Stephanie said...

Congrats again on your pregnancy.

I have to echo your first commenter's first line: "Don't let the stuff overwhelm you."

A little-known truth about babies is that they need very little. Babies R Us and Target will try to convince you otherwise, but a baby really only needs a few things - diapers, clothes, a place to sleep, warm arms to hold them, and warm milk to feed them...and - the most important thing - LOVE.

One quick recommendation if you have time to spare - the movie "The Business of Being Born" is a great film for expectant parents. :)

stephanie@metropolitanmama.net

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