Thursday, April 26, 2012

Weekly Update: 31 Weeks

After last week's craziness, this week has brought much rest and relaxation. Which has been so nice considering I am not getting around quite as easily here lately. Despite strict bed rest orders, with only bathroom and shower privileges, my dear college friends threw me a sweet, sweet shower this past Saturday. They did an incredible job, with yummy food, a fun game, and lots of laughs. Not to mention wonderfully thoughtful gifts as well :) Everyone came in from out of town to make me feel special and to spoil their sweet niece and nephew! We are like sisters (actually, all the hostesses were sorority sisters of mine), regardless of distance apart and time away from each other so Mattie Rose and James are definitely blessed to have so many close friends of mine to call their "aunts."

They didn't let me do a thing. They made me sit in the chair. Made my plate for me. And brought my gifts to me to open. All that was needed was to be fanned with palm leaves and fed grapes. Ha. They spoiled me. Quite honestly, I think they were terrified of me having contractions again. My doctor would have been proud. 

I did a horrible job again with taking pictures. I get so wrapped up in talking and visiting that taking pictures takes a back seat. Hopefully everyone else took some good pictures!

{big ole 31 week belly}

{awesome diaper wreath}

{the spread}

{the dental wives - kayla, lauren, me, and julie - we will all have kiddos within a year of each other and i cannot wait to watch them grow up together}

{i mean, lucky am i to have such incredible friends. if you look very carefully on the left, you can see baby campbell inside kimberly's belly. he and james are sure to get in trouble together somewhere in the future}

This week also brought with it two baby prep classes. Rather than taking a 7-week course, I only forced Kyle into two classes. Forced is the wrong word. He went willingly, and I am so grateful. We had infant safety and CPR class Tuesday night. Even though we both have to stay CPR-certified with our work, it was a nice refresher and reminder. All dads were present at that class. Yet, last night we went to a breast-feeding class and let me brag for a second when I tell you that Kyle was the ONLY male there. I am sure he wasn't too happy with me when we walked in the door, but I can't tell you what it does for my heart to know that he supports me and realizes that two babies automatically make this new adventure a team effort (even though parenting one child requires mutual work as well). James and Mattie Rose don't know how good they are going to have it with Kyle as their daddy. Even though he takes embarrassing pictures of his wife during class....

{31 1/2 week belly}

This morning I had my almost-32-week check up. This appointment has been scheduled for a month, as opposed to all the surprise visits last week. 

The babies were laying on their bellies again, which kept us from getting any good pictures of their face. Mattie Rose turned just enough to snap a quick profile picture and James just enough to capture his face.

{mattie rose's profile}

{james looking at you, his head is on the right, you can barely make out his right eye socket and the bridge of his cute little nose}

31 1/2 Week Stats:
     *James weighs 3 lbs 15 ounces. His head is bigger than hers (typical male).
     *Mattie Rose weighs 3 lbs 10 ounces.
     *Everything having to do with me (amniotic fluid, cervical length, etc) looks great and normal!
     *They both scored 8/8 today on their BPPs.
     *I still have to take the Procardia daily until I reach 36 weeks, then he will take me off of it.
     *And now we will go WEEKLY to the doctor!!! CRAZY! Time is really about to start flying!

Mom has been over the past few days to help me wash clothes, organize, and make sure everything is ready to go in case they decide to surprise us with an early debut. What would we do without our mothers....Hope my children say they same thing about me one day :)

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