33 Weeks! Too close! Too close!

So I am at the end of my 33rd week today.  (Skip down if you want the doctor update before the house update)  That means there are only seven weeks left until my due date.  Sorry that I haven’t updated recently.  Last week we were so busy getting ready for the weekend and the big office move.  Jay & Melissa were wonderful and came over Saturday morning to (Mo) help me pack the office and (Jay) help Jeff install a ceiling fan in the den & then move all of the office furniture down there.  We got 90% of it done.  Jeff’s desk & some of his music stuff still remain in the soon-to-be nursery.  Once we got the bookshelves down in the den we discovered that I took our measurements for furniture placement before we drywalled meaning that one of our bookshelves needs to go where our baseboard heater ends.  So now, before we can put everything back onto the book shelves, Jeff gets to play with the wiring & move one of baseboard heaters a foot down the wall.

After that, we’ll actually start working on the nursery.  All we have to do in there is paint the ceiling, paint the walls, sand the floor, & poly the floor.  AND Jeff is customizing Ella’s closet (not nearly as cool as mine) with shelves at the bottom that will be used for storage and changing it from one bar for clothes to two!  We got some cool storage stuff at IKEA including some white tubs on wheels that will go in the bottom of the closet for toys and such.  Then, the closet will be getting new bi-fold doors (so pretty!).

After all of that, we’ll actually put furniture in the room.  Our crib came in at Babies R Us last night (we got the Carter’s Casual: http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3012851 after losing access to the original crib I wanted by Jardine: http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2440137)  Then I found out that Jardine was originally under another name, but they had so much bad press over their baby stuff getting recalled that they had to CHANGE THEIR NAME!  Unreal!  I’m a little glad that we ended up getting a crib from a highly reputable and well-known company.  My Jardine crib itself did not get recalled, but three others did, so they’ve made them all “temporarily unavailable” and are not setting a date to rerelease any of them.

My dad-in-law is fixing up an old changing table that will be painted white.  I need to be sure he starts on that as soon as he’s feeling better (work injury) so that I have a changing table when she comes!  And we have an old piece of furniture that was Jeff Crenshaw’s, John Crenshaw’s, and then Warren’s that we are going to sand and repaint white.  It is going to be an excellent piece of furniture for Ella’s room with a bookshelf on top, three lower shelves, and three big drawers.

I also am in the hunt for an old fashioned rocker.  Mom and I spent three hours hitting goodwills, consignment shops, and furniture stores looking for one on the cheap.  We found two at the Unfinished Furniture Store, but they were each over $100 and I’m just too cheap for that.  She is going to mention to my grandmother that I drug her all over town looking and see if Granny offers to let me borrow one of hers.  Now that would be nice.

I’m feeling great, though since Ella is getting better and I’m no longer making amniotic fluid, space & cushioning inside are at a premium and almost nonexistent.  Everytime she gets to really trucking around in there now it HURTS (not really painful, but sometimes really uncomfortable).  I think I freaked out a ton of people driving down Jackson St (where I work) one morning this week.  I was walking the block & a half to my building from my parking deck when she really got to beating my internal organs to a pulp.  I stopped walking a second and put my hands on my stomach (which ususally calms her down a little).  I didn’t think about what that looked like to passerbys until a car slammed on brakes looking at me.  Oops!  They must have thought I was going into labor.  I quickly waved and continued walking to my building, laughing to myself.  Too funny!  She does love to move her feet over the ridge right at my cervix – this HURTS – I mean it is actually a little painful.  I think it feels like a foot rub to her and she just doesn’t realize that she’s causing me to make funny faces in meetings.

I went to the doctor on Tuesday.  Ella is progressing well and I am gaining exactly the weight that she wants me to gain.  Of course, I hate getting on the scales because I do not enjoy the numbers that pop up.  I’ll just say that I’m edging closer to matching my hubby’s weight (very close to tying him).  We did talk about the possibility of a c-section.  Everytime I’m in, Ella is head up.  She still has time to turn before she runs out of space to do so, so there hasn’t been a determination yet.  If she’s breach, I’m guaranteed a c-section.  They can actually make that decision when I come in in labor, too – I just won’t go through the pushing phase.  I did share with my doctor the fact that I’d like to avoid an emergency c-section and that is she has any reason to believe that Ella will get stuck trying to have her normally, to just schedule the c-section to we’re all relaxed and no one is in a panic mode.

I also joked about having a Halloween baby (which we’d love).  Seeing as that is two WEEKS before my due date, I was pretty sure she’d say no way.  Instead, she said not to count it out.  If Ella is getting too big, my body will just kick her out.  Since she was in the 75th percentile a month ago, it is very possible I’ll deliver early.  Of course, it really is all a guessing game.  I just wanted to be clear that I’m not opposed to a c-section if that is what my doctor feels is my best option.  I’m also not trying to steal Paige Coppedge’s thunder (she’s a Halloween baby); seeing as they are 4 years apart, I don’t think they’ll be competing for attenders of parties.  Well…maybe Charlotte Rich, but that would be the only one I think.

As for the happenings in my body…Ella has fingernails, no furry covering anymore, and her skin is no longer clear.  She’s getting fatter by the day (hopefully not too big, though) which is where a lot of my weight gain will be coming from.  We are in the “safe” zone so far as early delivery.  If she comes any time now, she has an excellent chance of survival.  For those who like the update, she is the size of a pineapple or large medicine ball (the heavy kind).  I really do look like I have a basketball shoved up my shirt now.  Actually, I’m a little bigger than a basketball.  I will take a 33 week picture, but won’t get it posted until I hook my computer back up.

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