Tuesday, July 27, 2010

32 weeks and dumpster diving!

Well.....I'm 32 weeks and I'm ready for this to be over.  Everyone says to enjoy it.....you don't want to rush it....blah, blah, blah.  Those people were obviously never 7 months pregnant trying to survive the Virginia heat!  The other day the "Feels like" temperature was 115 degrees.  Insane!

I think I'm more antsy now, because our friends just had their baby boy a week ago.  Zach and I went to visit the little guy, and I can't resist posting this picture of Zach holding the baby.  He's going to be a great dad!  It was so special to hold him knowing that I'll have our little man in my arms very soon!

Here is my 32 week picture. 

Yes, I know I'm huge!  No, I won't tell you how much weight I've gained.....and please don't ask (seriously, people ask me all the time).  No, I don't have any swelling (that's such a weird thing for strangers to ask me, but they do). Yes, I plan on delivering naturally.  Yes, I realize this is my first baby and I have no idea how painful it will be.  I am amazed at how many discouraging things people will say to a pregnant woman.  *sigh*

In other news:  My friend Jennifer and I went dumpster diving.  Well....kind of.  People put stuff they don't want to move with next to our dumpster all the time.  We went to take the trash and we found this gem:

Before you judge me......the changing table on our registry costs $150 (that doesn't include the changing pad, the baskets I want to put in it, and all the baby goodies).  My changing table cost me $0 (so far).  What Zach doesn't know yet, is that this is on his "honey do" list for this weekend!  Lucky guy.  I need him to inspect the structure (a couple of screws need to be replaced).  Then, we're going to paint it white to match the crib!  If someone out there really loves me they will put a gently used glider rocker out there! ha!

I had my 32 week appointment with my hippie, California doctor!  It was such a RELIEF to spend time with her.  We sat and chatted about the benefits of natural child birth and she was super encouraging.  It makes me so happy to have a doctor that's going to be completely supportive and understanding of what I want to do.  I know she's not going to be constantly pressuring me to change my birthing plan, or be annoyed with me the whole time because she thinks it's silly.


CB_Wife_20 said...

Well I think you are beautiful and glowing! It doesn't matter how much weight you have gained because its for that precious baby you are carrying. You know your body better than anyone else and if you want a natural birth then I say go for it! I think thats awesome. Totally loving the fact that you got your changing table at no cost. I think it looks brand new already. With a little bit of paint and some TLC it will be perfect for the little one. I'm glad to hear that your doctor is very supportive. That makes all the difference in the world and keeps your mind at ease. Glad to hear things are going good and I love this blog update thing. Very cool!

Cara said...

I LOVE it! GREAT find!!! WOO HOO! One more thing to check off.

You're looking beautiful and glow-y like a ready momma looks. Can't wait!

Tom and Mira Ehrlich said...

Hey Jennifer,

I love the changing table!!!! I think it is so cool that you found it in the dumpster. It is amazing what people will get rid of. I am with you, nobody should judge you about that. Hey you got it for free. That is what counts!!! There is so much baby stuff out there and it all costs so much it seems. So I say if you can find something for free, go ahead and use it. I love to find me a good bargain!!! Take care and keep updating us about the little guy to arrive soon.

Laura Reese said...

I think you're making great, thoughtful decisions for your family, and I like reading about them! Also, that is a great picture of Zach looking ready to be an awesome dad!

Ash said...

Hey there - first time commenter here! I'm a friend of Josh & Laura and stumbled across your blog from theirs, and I really enjoy reading it. I just wanted to encourage you in your quest for a natural birth and tell you that you can do it! My daughter was born on May 18 and I did the Bradley Method to prepare for natural child birth, which was so helpful. Like you've experienced, people would always (and still do) tell me I'm crazy for wanting to go med-free, but I have to say it was well worth it. The pain is temporary and then you have your baby and it's [mostly] over! My birth story is on my blog - feel free to read but be aware that I do mention the pain... a few times :)

Good luck to you guys in these last few weeks! You're going to do great!

Sharon Hankins said...

You are looking great! I think it's very exciting that you're going to go with your birthing plan - I couldn't have done it under the circumstances I was in, but yay for you and doing what's best for you and your baby.

The changing table is a real find and you'll treasure it even more as you invest time and energy into it...the money it would have cost can be used a million other places, I'm sure :~)

Tell Zach hey for me; I'm excited for you guys from here in OKC, and pray that the rest of your preggo time goes quickly!