It's been such a busy time!! On Thursday Feb. 21st, the 5th Annual Megaconferene Jr. event took place which has been keeping me hopping of late. It was Sophie's first Megaconference Jr. and though it was a long day for both of us, it was a fantastic success again this year and I'm very happy that it all went well.
Jim finished the floor in the nursery on Saturday and it looks amazing. I put the new knobs on the dresser which he re-painted and we moved the dresser up there so it is actually starting to look like a baby room now!! If you enlarge the photo you might be able to see that I've put up some photos of Jim and I as babies as well as a few little photos of Sophie in utero to try and imagine what she might look like when we meet her soon.
After finishing the floor and working around the house on Saturday, we we went to the Wilco show at the Tower theater in Upper Darby. It is the first time we've seen Wilco in our hometown (even though we've seen them live three other times - twice in Austin when we went down for the Austin City Limits Music Festival right before our wedding and once in DC at the 9:30 Club). It was a fabulous show even though Jim and I were both exhausted. And, of course it was Sophie's first Wilco show - yay! She was kicking and dancing along with mom and dad, for sure.
Then, this past weekend my mom and Roger threw an amazing surprise baby shower for us at one their favorite restaurants, Picas. It was totally and completely overwhelming and wonderful with so many people there. It felt like our wedding to me! Friends and family, guys and girls, little kids running around and helping Jim and I open gifts (so many gifts) - it was just so nice to be with everyone. And we had a special surpirse with our friends - both The Martin Family and Stacey R. - driving in from New York and Heather flying in from Ohio. What a fantastic surprise it all was!! As soon as I get some photos from the shower, I'll be posting those as well.
This is a rocking chair that was a gift from the Federwitz family and made by Dani. Isn't it beautiful?? It's just so sweet... I can already imagine sitting in it and rocking Sophia in my arms. The stool was a shower gift from Leila and Tom and the kids.
Amidst all the busyness of the past week or so, I realize I never posted about our 3rd childbirth ed class. This was supposed to be our last class but because of the ice and snow of the week before, it was our 3rd. The last class has been rescheduled to tomorrow night instead. We talked about coping mechanisms and methods of pain management. I was also surprised to learn that the Birth Center actually does have morphine and two other drugs (vistoril and stadol) if needed. They are rarely used but if the mom is in labor for a very prolonged time and needs to rest to be able to pick up with productive labor, they might administer morphine for her so she can sleep a bit. Apparently this is very rare and only done in early labor. The Vistoril and Stadol they have available to calm women in active labor who cannot use breathing and natural methods of relaxing. I hope to not need any of these but I guess it's good to know they're there if needed. We also did an excercise that is supposed to try and simulate a contraction where you hold a piece of ice in one hand and count to 60 seconds and that is the length of a typical early labor contraction. Jim did this also and it was not bad. We practiced it with and without breathing and then we did it holding ice in both hands and for longer time. I didn't find the ice excercise too hard (actually I had read about using ice before in the book Birthing from Within and so tried it at home already). I like knowing that the contractions are relatively short 60-90 seconds. When you're holding the ice that feels like a "manageable pain". I could be nuts and we will soon find out but if that's as long as they are, that is good, right? Then, we worked on having our partners practice massage for during labor. It was great! Nice back massage by Jim and he was very good at it so I'm looking forward to that as a comfort during labor for sure!!
Today we have another prenatal appt. and tomorrow night is our last childbirth education class so we'll be posting again soon with new updates.
On a final "how big is Jen now" note, yesterday when I woke up and was getting dressed for work, Jim said "you look bigger today than you did yesterday. You look like Kate." Kate is the woman from John and Kate plus 8 who had two sets of multiples. The "big like Kate" that Jim is talking about is in the opening credits to the show when they show her belly full of SEXTUPLETS!!! Here's what Yahoo Insider TV had to say about Kate when the show originally aired, "Before giving birth to her sextuplets, Kate's massive belly measured nearly five feet around, and required two ultrasound charts to show them all. Kate was even confined to bed because of the crushing weight during her pregnancy. Proud papa Jon recalls he "almost threw up" when he saw his wife's ballooning belly during her pregnancy" Come on, now, honey... I can't be THAT big, can I? I have to admit that Jim and I now watch this show sometimes and every time I see that shot of her belly, I do have to avert my eyes. However, I stand firm that it's physically impossible that I can look that big since I only have ONE baby inside there (not six). In fact, my belly does not measure five feet around - it's just 43 inches. Wait... that's 3.5 feet, isnt it? Can I possibly grow 17 inches in the next 32 days? Nahhhh...
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