We “B” getting more ready every day… by Annemarie

Posted in: Annemarie, Baby, Us- Mar 13, 2011 2 Comments

More Updates….I’m sure those of you who are used to seeing much more exciting, and less baby related stuff, are getting a little tired of the BBB updates, but since I don’t journal, this is my way of documenting the story as it unfolds. Maybe check back in, oh, um…yeah, probably never. Our lives are going to be much different from here on out….so it’ll be a lot about our new little family from now on. I’m ok with that…..hope you are too! 🙂

The Bump Watch

It’s still getting bigger. Here are the last few belly pics compiled together. I don’t feel that I’ve gotten too much bigger each week, but when my CEO says to me, “I know I just said this last week, but oh my gosh, you are bigger!!”, I guess other people are noticing the gain more than I am. Not in the slightest does it bother me…at all….I like my pregnant belly, and the bigger it gets, the more I know that we’re growing a super healthy baby in there, so I’m ok with it.

It’s also amusing when strangers (mostly older men) comment like, “Oh, you must be ready to go any day now”, and when I tell them that I still have several weeks left, they almost look sad for me. 🙂

I hopped on the scale this morning and I’ve gained 20 pounds so far. With a little more than 6 weeks left, I’m sure I’ll put on a few more….I know BBB will, so it’ll be interesting to see where I end up when he comes.

Nursery Update

Well, I made the first crib sheet last Friday night, and then ended up getting up on Saturday morning at 8 and making the next one. It was much simpler the 2nd time around, and took a lot less time. I then ended up starting on the crib skirt on Sunday night at 930pm, and finished it up that evening. It’s not perfect, and will require a few adjustments, but I do love the way it is all turning out.


We are so excited that we found a Pediatrician. Back a few months ago, when the Midwives told us that we needed to start thinking about a doctor for our baby, I immediately got overwhelmed. I hadn’t the first clue about what to look for, how to find one, etc. So, we started to ask our friends about theirs, and got a few recommendations. My Yoga instructor also mentioned the same one that a few of our friends had, so we decided to check her out. I made our “prenatal interview” appointment and was anxious to meet her when the time came.

Funny enough, the 2nd week at our Birthing Class (more on that later) the doctor we were excited to meet, was a surprise guest that night. So, we got to learn a little more about her in a super casual and relaxed environment. She shared with us that she has two daughters, and a son….her son was born a little over 2 years ago….at home! I thought that this was totally neat, and made us immediately a little more comfortable with our potential choice. A lot of doctors aren’t very pro-home births.

So, we met with her, Dr. Iris, in official capacity on Tuesday morning this last week, and really liked her philosphy and what she had to say. We were a little nervous that we wouldn’t “get in”, as she only takes 5 new babies each month, but on the way out, the front desk person asked us to call back, let her know if we would be going with them, and for which month. Yippee!!

Health and other stuff

Well, in my last post, I shared that I’m anemic during the pregnancy. I’ve been doing all the things that I should be doing to try to get my iron up, and so when we were at Dr. Iris’ office, this came up, and she asked if I wanted to do a quick finger prick test to see where my levels were. It had only been about 3 weeks on the new regiments, and I know it takes more than that to have it make a substantial different, but I decided to go for it.

When the nurse came back in the room with the results, she looked at me with concern, and asked “Were your iron levels really low?”. Evidently she didn’t know that was why we were testing. Well, it went from a 9.5 to a 9.6. Not much improvement, but I wasn’t going to let it get me down.

Later that afternoon, we had our 33 week appointment with Anna, one of our midwives. I shared with her the results, and she totally assured me that I have nothing to worry about. While yes, they are low, it has only been 3 weeks, and she told me to keep up what I’m doing, and that regardless, they know about it, and will know to keep an extra eye on me during delivery, and handle it as such if it’s an issue. She has been doing this, delivering babies, for 34+ years, and I totally trust her with ours too. I definitely felt a wave of relief leaving her place.

On other note with regards to me, my health, and how I’m feeling…..well, I honestly hadn’t had any complaints throughout the entire pregnancy….until this last week it seems. I was chugging along, doing great, and then week 33 hit. I am not sure what it is, maybe it’s just that I’m carrying more weight, but I am starting to not feel so great. My tailbone is hurting, my back is hurting, and for lack of a better way to describe it, my under carriage is sore each time I take a step. I’d been recommended by a few of the women in my prenatal yoga class to see a prenatal chiropractor, and so I made the call to her. Then, on Thursday, at Yoga, our regular instructor was out sick, so we had another woman in there subbing. She was great, and showed us some great alignment moves, and very practical strecthing. Some of the girls that had some ailments, were pretty shocked at how much better they felt after them.

But….me….well, I did a little more damage than good. I’m not sure how, or when, but I hurt myself even more. When I got up from a sitting position, it hurt to walk on my left side. I did some more stretching to try to correct it, but when I left, I was definitely going slower than when I came. So, I’m taking it easy, and I now have an appointment with Dr. Marsha on Monday. She has magic hands, according to a friend that is due anyday now, so I’m hopeful that she can help me too. I’ve also been experiencing some pretty gnarly mid back pains, not sure what from since there are no muscles there, and it’s been increasingly difficult to get any good sleep with the pain.

Getting More Ready

Yesterday was a very productive day at the Bollman household. It was our goal to tackle the garage…..take some things to goodwill, put a few items on CraigsList, bring a few things into the house, find spots for some items in the house in other places, etc, etc, etc. One of the things that we started on, however, before we tackled the garage, was to paint the “B” for the room. It’d been staring at us, blank wood canvas, for a few weeks now, and so I just couldn’t help it any longer. Brett and I like the way it turned out, and I can’t wait to get it up on the wall.

One of the things that Brett brought in the house was the play yard that was given to us by some church friends in Vegas. Well, Daddy-to-be was so excited that he took it out, and put it together. It’s a pretty cool thing to have and we know that BBB is going to love it. Brett was pretty proud of himself in getting it all setup, as you can see.

Birthing Class

We’ve been to 3 birthing classes so far, and I am really enjoying them. This last one we went through all the different stages of labor, and learned some very practical things to do in each stage. At the end of class, during our relaxation time, we learned that the toilet might be our best friend during labor. You can put some pillows on the back, and either sit facing back or forward, and it’s a great place to enjoy some nice backrubbing, or hand/foot massages. The boys definitely spoiled the girls this time around, but we hear that they get a treat next time.

As we were doing our reading material the night before, Brett shared with me that he’s a little concerned that I’m not more scared about the labor part. Maybe it hasn’t hit me 100%, but I am choosing to remain calm about it, and trust in the fact that I know that this will happen. Yes, it’s going to be hard. Yes, it’s going to hurt. A lot. But, I know that I’m going to have the best support there, Brett, and our wonderful midwives, and when the going gets tough, they are going to the ones to look me in the eye, and tell me that I’m doing great, I’m almost there, and that I CAN do it. Ultimately, it’s temporary pain, and the prize for completing labor is our beautiful baby boy….so I’m going to continue to stay calm, and look forward to our labor.

Until the next update….keep us in your prayers!

2 Responses to “We “B” getting more ready every day…”

  1. emily says:

    “B” getting ready 🙂 love it. miss you.

  2. jubu says:

    i dont understand….are you pregnant or something???!!!!?????!!!!!