I've been a horrible blogger lately. The last time I posted I had four weeks until my due date and now it's just a little over a week....lots of things have happened since my last post!!
-Christmas was awesome! . We spent Christmas Eve with Steve's family. They got us the video monitor that we wanted and I've already been playing with it...I love it!! I am looking forward to being able to wake up in the middle of the night and just look over at it to check on him without having to go across the house. We spent the night with my parents so we could experience our last "Santa Claus" visit. It was very special and kinda sad to think about but I know next year is going to be so much fun! On Christmas day we went to Nanny's and it started snowing when we got home! It was beautiful!!! The day after Christmas my daddy's side of the family came over for our family get together. It was a lot of fun! Steve got me a very nice Nikon camera so we will be able to take good pictures of Bentley when he arrives...he heard me talking about how cool the camera was on Oprah one day and immediately looked it up online to research about it..he's such a researcher! Anyway, I was very surprised and I'm thankful to have such a thoughtful husband that pays attention to me.
-After our Christmas get together with my daddy's side of the family, they threw me a blessing shower. It was so sweet and thoughtful. Everyone went around the room giving advice to me and Steve and wrote a special blessing for Bentley to go in a blessing book. We also played a fun game called "Name that Baby" and it described all kinds of kids in our family and we had to guess who we thought it was based on the description... I think everyone had fun doing that and I learned a lot about some of the babies in our family that I didn't know! My cousins Jennifer, Carol, and Brenda hosted the shower and they did a fantastic job. It was obvious that a lot of love and time went into making it a very special day. Oh yea, I forgot to say that Steve got some pretty hilarious gag gifts consisting of: parenting vocabulary cards, duct tape, goggles, pooper scooper, etc... We are blessed to have such a wonderful family!! Here are a few pictures from the shower...
-We finally got the carseat installed! It was tricky...Steve thought he had it all put together right then started looking at the directions better and realized he had done something wrong. We started out with it in the middle but moved it over to the passenger side because it was going to be so hard to get in to!
-Our bags are packed! I have a full size suitcase packed and ready...I have stuff for me, STeve and Bentley and it took up way more room than I was expecting. I don't know why they say pack a "bag" they should say pack a suitcase...there were just so many things I wanted to take. Steve said, "They are gonna think we are moving in!" Mama has my dress that I'm planning on wearing home and she is gonna bring it for me so it doesn't get all wrinkled up in the suitcase.
-Speaking of mama, I don't know what I would have done without her the past few weeks. She takes such good care of me. She and daddy came over and cleaned my house from top to bottom before our family get together. They swept, mopped, cleaned the toilets, tub, and shower, cleaned off the porches, dusted, even vaccuumed the couches!!! Mama has also been over here several other times just to help me with random things like laundry, grocery shopping, etc... She has been wonderful to me and I'm so thankful for her!
-And the big news I guess is that we know that Bentley will be here this Wednesday. When I went for my 37 week appt. I was 1 cm dilated and 50% effaced...then last week I was 2 cm...I had talked to Steve about what he thought about me getting induced and he said he wasn't opposed to it. I had heard my dr. would induce at 39 weeks and I asked him at my 38 week appt. just to see what he thought and he said he felt comfortable doing it. The main reason I was interested in it was b/c of my maternity leave and his size. I am going back to work the first of March and I was scared of going past my due date and only having 5 or 6 weeks with him...plus he is expected to be almost 8 lbs already and I don't want to risk him getting too big where I can't deliver him the way I want to! He said that I was a good candidate to be induced and that all the worries about it increasing the risk of csection would not be true for me. I am going for my 39 week appt. on Tuesday and if I still want to, he will induce me Wednesday morning. He already scheduled it for 5:30 am and said that he could cancel if I changed my mind. I'm hoping to be a little more progressed by Tuesday....I am thinking I will be b/c I've been feeling very different the past few days. I just LOVE my doctor...he's so nice and thorough and he is a great Christian and has always made me feel comfortable. I couldn't have asked for anyone better!
-Well I guess that's about it for now...I've started to get a little nervous but mostly I've just been trying to savor these last few days with Steve. It is so hard to believe that we will be parents in just a few days. We will be leaving Gunter with STeve's parents while we are staying in the hospital...he's not gonna know what to think about his new little brother!!! :) Our lives are about to change forever and I just don't even know how to describe the feeling I have inside about all of this. It's all been an answered prayer and a blessing from God and Steve and I just cannot wait to meet our precious baby boy!!