Week 34 Recap
Thirty-five weeks! As Patrick pointed out, the expiration date on his yogurt is now after our baby's due date. Not much longer now...
Our pre-baby education continues. This weekend, we went to a breastfeeding class at Zenana. The class made it seem easy. I hope it will be! The good news is that if we have any problems, we can call the lactation consultants at Beyond Birth, and our hospital also provides lactation consulting after delivery. So we should have plenty of support if we need it. And although I am very committed to making breastfeeding work, I wanted to point out that all of the formula-fed babies we know are awesome, so if we need to use formula for some reason, it won't be the end of the world.
We painted the nursery on Sunday, as planned. Yay! Patrick did a good portion of the work, especially on the ceiling, but I helped cut in the parts of the walls that I could reach.
Like I said in my last post, we went with the YOLO Colorhouse paint in water.01 and leaf.04. We love the ceiling color. At first we thought the wall color was too bright, but we're getting used to it now. Besides, it's a child's room and it doesn't get a ton of light--it's allowed to be bright. We were really happy with the paint. It did have a little bit of painty smell to it, but not at all overwhelming, and it dissipated quickly. I'll post some better pictures once the nursery is a little more put together.
Patrick set up the crib and moved our little corner bookcase into the room this morning, and we're going to work on painting the changing table/dresser this weekend. It'll be good to have that ready to go, so that we'll have someplace to put the clothes and diapers. I feel like we're getting somewhere now. That's a relief!
We're also planning on making a trip to Beaverton this weekend to buy a car seat at Segal's. Probably a good thing to have before the baby comes, unless we want to walk home from the hospital. Well, I suppose we could take the bus, but I'm guessing I won't be in the mood :)
My OB appointment on Tuesday went well. Everything is normal (the doctor proclaimed "great baby!" after listening to his heartbeat--always a nice thing to hear). Based on palpating my stomach, the doctor thinks the baby is head down. I'm not sure if my fiddling around with him actually made him turn head down, or if he just took care of it on his own, but that's good news. She'll do a more rigorous evaluation at our next appointment in two weeks, and if she can't tell for sure by palpating, she'll do an ultrasound. But for now, we're going to just hang out and assume that he's in the right position.
In general, I'm feeling great, and I'm deriving much enjoyment from waddling around and having to get up in the middle of the night to pee. I don't know, I think I'm just happy to be having the full pregnant lady experience. It also helps to know that it'll only be this way for another month or so. If it were going to be like this for the next 20 years, I think I'd be a little cranky. Another nice thing about getting up in the middle of the night is that the baby usually wakes up, and then I get to lie in bed and be quiet and just enjoy feeling him move around. The only bad part is that sometimes my brain wakes up too, and then I spend an hour or so awake at 3am, thinking about all the things on my to-do list. Oh well!
Not a lot to report on the food front, since I've been distracted by baby projects and haven't done much meal planning. But I did make a second double batch of lasagna for eating and freezing yesterday. This one was vegetarian, with spinach, mushrooms, and asparagus. No picture, since it looks pretty much identical to the lasagna picture I posted last week. I used the same recipe as last week, but I omitted the meat, added 20oz frozen spinach to the sauce toward the end (this is for a double batch), and then added about 1.5c of roasted mushrooms and asparagus on top of each sauce layer (roasting 1lb sliced mushrooms and 1 bunch asparagus gave me the right amount of vegetables). Good stuff!
And then in an attempt to clear more space in our freezer to make room for all the lasagna bricks, I used a bunch of the pitted sour cherries that I'd been hoarding since last summer to make a cobbler (same recipe that I used in July). I thawed the cherries for about an hour before putting them into the cobbler, and it turned out just fine. I'm looking forward to this July, when we can buy more (though I don't know about the logistics of pitting cherries while holding a 1-month old. Sounds messy).