Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Still in Maine....

Our trip to MiMi and Grampy's house has gone well and we're enjoying our stay. Abby is growing before our eyes and has started to grow out of her newborn clothes (WHAT???!!!) so I went shopping at Carter's Outlet in Freeport. While I completely positive she does not need any more clothes..shopping for her is way too fun, AND, since we didn't bring any of her 0-3 month clothes, I had to, right?

We've been fortunate to visit lots of friends while we were here and enjoy quality time with them..not just a rushed visit. Abby has been great with all the visits! Last night we visited the Guerrettes in Lisbon and she even entertained the curious hands and eyes of a four and three year old. They were super excited to talk about their baby sister to-be, "blueberry". Hanging out with Abby is a dose of what is to come!

A long few days makes a sleepy Abby...check out her glow seahorse that Santa brought for her!



Here is Abby hanging out with Daddy - a cute kid with a cool Dad.




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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Merry Christmas!

We're a couple days late in blogging land to send our Christmas wishes, but we've been busy!!


We celebrated Christmas Eve with the Legere family (my Mom's side) and Abby met 34 of her great-aunts, great-uncles, cousins, and second cousins. Pheeww! She was a champ and laughed, smiled, slept and only cried when she got hungry. Here's her Uncle Chris with her in the ONLY picture we took. I have no idea how that happened, but it did....Cute outfit!


We entertained the Burlingame family (Tim's sister and family) on Christmas Day. Our nephews enjoyed rides around the house on the four wheeler. Pretty soon Abby will be riding around! Here she is sporting her Christmas Day outfit!

Finally, we celebrated the day after Christmas with the Dee family (my Dad's family). Here Abby met more great-aunts, great-uncles, and cousins. She even met one of her second cousins! We had a blast in all three get togethers and now am enjoying a nice Sunday relaxing...well, at least Abby is! Mom is off to a Brunch with some gals and Dad is off to the movies with his BIL's.

We hope everyone had a great Christmas!

Love,
The Proctors

Monday, December 21, 2009

Abby is One Month Old.....

... I know, when the heck did that happen.

She's thriving! Sleeping pretty well, eating well, getting chubby cheeks, has a mild case of baby acne, and is squirming around. She's much more active than when we first brought her home and makes eye contact quite a lot. According to the official book (Your Baby's First Year week by week) she can see about 18 inches away and loves goofy faces. Between her father and I, she's getting a lot of action in that department.

Here's a snap shot of her today!


Yes, she's really smiling!

Day care found!

After several home visits and center tours, we finally found an open spot we LIKED for Abby. Fortunately it is close to Tim's work and not that out of the way for me. We love the infant room, love the girls who run it, and kind of like the price. Day care is naturally expensive and this one is no exception. Ahhhh, the things we do for our kids, right??? We may not be here for a long time with an impending move to Maine, but it's nice to know she'll be in good hands.

EDIT: I forgot to add that Abby will already have a friend in the one year room. My coworker from VTB just got a new job in the same Mill that Tim works in and changed day cares. She actually recommended Freedom Rains and we already had the tour scheduled! It was a good sign!.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Abby visits with Santa!

Albeit sleeping, Abby gave Santa her wish list to Santa: World Peace, end to hunger, a Green planet, a glow sea horse, and Sophie the giraffe. I know she'll be getting at least two of those :-)




I'm pretty sure she was the youngest one there and she was a champ during the 45 minute wait. Mom and MiMi went shopping while Daddy waited with Abby. Santa wanted to keep her for his workshop - I have to admit, he was a good looking Santa, but Abby was coming home with us!!

MiMi's visit

MiMi left on Sunday after a wonderful visit. I know Abby misses her very much!! We spent the week going out on the town, shopping, visiting Teddy Bear and Daddy at work, going out to lunch, and of course sleeping and pooping.

MiMi learned first hand how easy cloth diapering is and of course learned how easy it is to fall in love with the most precious little girl. I could find Abby quite frequently asleep on MiMi's chest.

Here are some pictures from the trip:

Uncle Rob with Trish - dropping off MiMi


Abby with MiMi


Three generations

Uncle Chris (and Jen) making the pick up.

one more for good measure

Okay, so maybe Mom misses MiMi, too.....

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Abby Pics by a Professional

Our friend Amy took pictures of Abby when she was four days old. She claims she's not a professional, but I beg to differ. She certainly has an eye and a cool camera, too. Tim and I might be in the market for a new toy and some lessons if we have time. Here are a few of them....



I told you she was good! The last picture is one of my all time favorites....'cause we only have a few hundred pictures or so in her days of life...

Monday, December 7, 2009

Tub Time

Abby's umbilical cord finally made its exit late last week. In honor of the de-stinking (peee--uuuu, it stank!), we gave Abby her first bath last night. She wasn't as hysterical as I thought she would be. Tim and MiMi prepared the water and used our ducky to test the temperature of the water. When we were good to go, we derobed and took the plunge. I think these picture set the tone of the event:

Before:


She's eyeing the water with trepidation.....

During:

You can see what she thinks of being in the water....

After:


All better!!!! I think she fake cries more than a drama queen....

She smells great! Looks great!! and slept pretty well for her first shift. Her second shift (midnight to 7am) was a bit shaky.


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Second Pedi Appt

We were on the run today with lots of fun things happening. We had our 2 week follow up with the Midwives, sushi lunch, and second pedi appt for Abby. A busy day and now I'm pooped!

The Midwife appt went well. We met with Mary Jo and chatted about how we're all doing. I asked to weigh in, and I'm officially 20 pounds down. I'm feeling great, Abby's doing well, and Tim is fantastic! She may have suggested I might be overdoing it a bit because of the color of my blood flow. Okay, okay, I'll sit my butt on the couch. That's not going to help with the additional 20 pounds I need to lose!

Next up? Lunch at the Asiana House. Yummyyy! We treated ourselves to a nice sushi lunch out with our peanut. In fact, this was the first time I nursed in public and it went awesome! A blanket covered up everything and she started feeding as soon as I got my entree - figures, right? Good thing chop sticks only need one hand. I did need to use a napkin over the blanket to wipe up the dripping soy sauce as I ate as if I hadn't eaten in a week. Mmmm, I love Sushi!

Finally, we went to Abby's Pediatrician appt at 2:30. We met with Dr. Rinehart, Dr. Hagen's partner in crime. She is very soothing and has a calming affect with babies. As she examined Abby, she didn't fuss a bit! She weigh's 7 pounds 9 ounces - YEAH!!!!!! She's back to her birth weight and then some. This puts her into the 50-75 %tile. She is also in the 50-75 percentile for height. They measured her at 20 3/4". And finally, the circumference of her head is in the 75-90 %tile! She either has Daddy's big head or Mommy's brains. We'll see what happens.

What a filled day! Off to nap!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

More pictures because I can....


Just Playing around...

Daddy's Little Girl

The bum


Momma's sunshine....


Just like Daddy....

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Abby's First Week

It's hard to believe Abby celebrated her first week of life yesterday. She's had many visitors who obviously love her tremendously. She's a lucky gal, that's for sure! Here's where she's at ESP:

Eating:
She's eating all right! Nursing is going well for the most part. Thanks to somewhat flattened nipples the latching is the hardest part, but once she's on, she's good to go. Fortunately, one side is not as flattened as the other. I picked up a nipple shield at the advice of our VNA nurse which was a huge help for the sore nipple. It doesn't express as much milk, so I have a feeling she's needs to eat more when we use it. The test will be this morning. The nurse also recommended not keeping track of time and to let her eat until she's done and to also feed on one breast to make sure she gets the fore milk and the hind milk. So, I've tossed out my list and letting her get all the nutrients of the different kinds of milk expressed from one session. She's gaining weight and that's all that matters.

Sleeping:
We've been fortunate so far to have a pretty good sleeper. She eats for about 45 minutes, is alert for about 30 and then falls asleep for about three hours. This has been pretty standard since we've been home. I'm waiting for her 10-day growth spurt, which according to the nurse she'll want to eat on the hour. Yikes. Tim and I have been working together as a team to make sure we are getting enough sleep. On most days we are getting 8-10 hours, just broken up into chunks. And, of course our peanut is sleeping well!

Pooping:
She's peeing and pooping on a consistent basis which means she's getting enough nutrition. Her poop is now the color it should be with breast fed babies. A mustard yellow color. Yum. Dad's been doing awesome with diaper duty and picking up probably 75% of the work. Thanks, Tim! He's so good....

Other notes:
  • We got out of the house yesterday for a couple of hours! yeah!! I was going stir crazy! We ran a few errands and brought Abby into only one store that wouldn't be swarmed with people. She slept the whole time.
  • My Dad shocked the heck out of us by calling Saturday morning and let us know he was going to "stop by" on his way home from camp. Now, camp is four hours north east of Portland, so from Burlington it was about a 7 hour drive. He called around 10am and stopped in around 6pm. I am very thankful he made the trip to meet is first grandchild. She's super lucky!
Here are some family pics:


Family Picture

Red hair?? We think so....


Grampy Dee's visit - although he may be called something different.
He thinks Grampy sounds so old.


PaPa Proctor

Gwen

Auntie Erin


More pictures to come.....

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

For obvious reasons, this year Thanksgiving has an entirely different meaning. Over the last few days I've randomly thought of cute blog ideas and of course they all involve Abby - or at least something to do with the pregnancy, labor or delivery... I swear there are some things that no one ever tells you - almost like a mommy cult. You won't know until you have that baby in your arms. I'll get to all that in other posts, but for today, Abby wants to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!


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We hope everyone has a fantastic day with family, friends and good food. We'll be skyping (is that a word yet?) at the Bell's house later on to say hi to the Dee family and extended families!




Yes, I know she's not really smiling, but seriously? I can't stand it...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

First Pedi Appt - CHECK!

Our pediatrician is fantastic! His practice is actually a client of Tim's office (PCC) and he prides himself on being the first PCC practice in VT. He's very funny, straightforward, a huge supporter of breast feeding and personable.

Abby's birth weight was 7 pounds, 6 oz and dropped to 6 pounds 14 oz when we left the hospital. She's back up to 7 pounds. She's in great health and has beautiful coloring. The appointment was pretty quick, and it was nice to get out of the house, albeit a couple of hours. We're home now resting, waiting for the peanut to wake up...

Abby is four days old.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Daddy's Story

Before I forget (not that I ever will), I wanted to share our birth story, this one from Daddy's perspective.

Early last week, Jess was getting pretty uncomfortable and since we were really hoping to meet Abby sooner rather than later, we tried a little acupressure massage. A quick google search showed me a couple pressure points that were known to sometimes trigger contractions. One of them was the "Haku" pressure point, located in the webbing between the thumb and forefinger. Another was the "Spleen 6" pressure point, located about 4 finger widths above the inside of the ankle. On Tuesday night, I did some of this acupressure...who knows...maybe it worked?! Jess started showing some early signs of labor on Wednesday night and full-on contracations starting Friday afternoon.

We both went to work on Friday and I got a call from Jess around 4:00pm. Jess had been timing her contractions (using a cool contraction timer app I downloaded to her new Droid phone!) and they were regular, about six minutes apart. I rushed home, picked up a few groceries and relaxed with her at home Friday night. She was starting to have some stronger contractions and tried to take her mind off of them by doing some baking. She made some tasty pumpkin chocolate cookies and cheescake, which proved to be a good distraction. In retrospect, I should have made her drink more water, since when we ended up arriving at the hospital around 1:00am, she was very de-hydrated and needed to get some IV fluids.

We went to bed around 10:30, pretty certain that this was the real deal and we'd be waking up in the middle of the night to head to the hospital. Around 12:30, Jess jumped out of bed with a very strong contraction, claiming that her water had broken. I called the nurse midwife on call who chatted with Jess for a little while. She told us to come down to the hospital.

Thankfully, we're only about a 10 min drive to the hospital. We arrived at the ER, and they took us to the labor and delivery ward (which is absolutely beautiful, by the way). Some of the best views of the Lake and city I've seen. When our midwife Marty arrived, she examined Jess determing that she was 3 cm dilated. Marty's exam really triggered some intense contractions and I did what I could to help Jess through them. It was a really helpless feeling for me and I did my best to do what I could to encourage her. During some contractions, she looked at me in utter pain as her contraction began. I knew it would be tough to see her dealing with the contractions, and it definitely was.

They had a hard time giving her an IV since she was dehydrated and they had trouble finding a good vein. They had to call an IV nurse, and it even took her about 30 minutes to get the IV in her. Jess' plan was to do the natural childbirth experience, but unfortunately she had to work through some extremely strong contractions while in bed waiting for them to give her an IV. She wasn't able to move around to the tub or birthing ball as we had hoped to. After a couple hours, Jess declared that she wanted the epidural. Jess had told me beforehand to try to talk her out of it if she asked for an epidural in labor, so I did. Of course, I was totally fine with her getting an epidural (it was tough to see her in pain), but I did what I could to talk her out of the epidural. Then she said, "I know I told you to talk me out of it, but really, I'm going to get one. There's no award for doing natural childbirth. These contractions are for the birds". Surprisingly, there were very few if any curse words that came out of her mouth!

The epidural fairy showed up around 4am. At that time, she had progressed to 5cm dilated. After the epidural, we both slept for an hour or so. Around 6:30am, she had progressed to 8cm dilated and made a phone call to her Mom, who later told us she was surprised to hear Jess is such good spirits. The epidural really helped her out a lot.

They examined her again around 8am and she had progressed to 10cm, fully dilated and was ready to start the pushing stage. A new midwife and nurse, Krista and Allison, arrived to take over at this point. She started pushing at 8:30. Krista and Allison was *awesome*, coaching her loudly through each contraction. Later, Jess said that Allison reminded her of one of her old field hockey coaches. She was very encouraging and had a great sense of humor. After this whole experience, I have so much more respect for labor and delivery nurses.

Allison mentioned that an average pushing stage lasted 2 hours. Jess' pushing ordeal lasted twice as long. She really showed her true colors during the whole pushing ordeal. Lots of endurance, perseverance, and strength. It was a very "two steps forward, one step back" process, but Jess never was discouraged, pushing just as hard with each contraction. She was such a trooper and did a fantastic job. With all the intense pushing, her eyes became really swollen and sensitive to the light. The IV fluids made her really stuffy in the nose and it was sometimes hard for her to take the breath she needed before each push. I kept giving her a cold washcloth to wipe her face. Toward the end, we kept the washcloth over her eyes since it hurt for her to even open them up.

Before going in, I wasn't sure if I'd be able to watch the actual birth. When Abby's head finally started emerging, I found myself watching every progression! Jess wasn't able to see anything so we told her how things were going along the way.

At 12:37, Abby's head finally emerged followed immediately by her elbows, arms, and feet. The midwife, Christa, immediately put Abby on Jess' chest once she was born. I think I started crying before Abby did. Abby (aka Conehead at this point) was healthy and happy. Jess was swollen in the face, but happier than I have ever seen her. I didn't tell her until later that with all the swelling, she was barely even recognizable. Thankfully, the swelling went down pretty quickly and by Monday she was almost back to normal.

Jess' Mom arrived at the hospital about 45 minutes after Abby was born. Here's a photo of Mimi holding her new granddaughter:


A couple hours after the birth, we moved from the labor and delivery room to the maternity ward. We stayed there for a couple days as Jess got some help with the breastfeeding process and we enjoyed our first couple days with our new bundle of joy. Here's a photo of the little bundle, taken just after we put her to bed last night, our first night at home:


What an experience this has been so far. Jess and I continue to stare in amazement at our new creation.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

She's here!!!!

Apparently my Mother instincts are already spot on. Miss Abigail Jean Proctor made her appearance yesterday afternoon at 12:37pm. She weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was 21" long. She is absolutely perfect in every way, no bias or anything. We're pretty sure she is going to have light hair, aka, be a red head, but are still figuring out who she looks like. I think she has Tim's nose and mouth.

Here's a quick snapshot of the birth story:

I started timing contractions at 1ish on Friday while I was at work - they were about 8 minutes apart and were just mild cramps. Got home a bit early, made some pumpkin chocolate chip cookies AND a pumpkin cheesecake. We went to bed around 11pm and I shot out of bed with a doozy one at 12:30am and also thought my water broke. Because I needed antibiotics for group B Strep, after talking to the midwife on call we got to the hospital around 1:30am. While I was hoping to go natural, I decided on the epidural and got it at 4am - I was 5 cm dilated at this point. Not too shabby. Tim and I had a few hours of rest, and at 6:30am I had another internal and they announced I was 8cm dilated. I started pushing at 8:30 and pushed for 4 HOURS (usually pushing is around 2)! They gave me a bit more pitocin after 3 hours to get the contractions going a bit more regularly. Let's say that last hour was a bit difficult. Miss Abby was doing well the whole time and the nurses were fantastic. I do have to say that Tim was the best coach of them all. I don't think he expected to be such an active part of the process, but he watched the whole thing. Because my eyes had swollen shut from the excess pushing, I couldn't see much of anything. Hence the reason for no pictures of me to date. I might get brave and post one, but it ain't pretty folks.

Here we are almost 30 hours post labor and I feel pretty decent. Bottom is a bit tender, eyes are still swollen, as muscles are sore.

As I type this, my little girl and her Daddy are farting up a storm in the chair. I know I should be sleeping or resting, but how can you rest when you've got the most awesome husband and most adorable little girl watching the Pats game.....and stinking up the room...ah, love...it couldn't get any better.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Maybe this weekend??

hmmm, I think Miss Peanut might make her arrival sometime this weekend! Contractions have commenced :-) We'll keep you y'all updated!

Yes, this is a copy and paste from my facebook status...

She's on her way!

To our faithful readers, we are in the homestretch!

After Wednesday's interesting events of losing the mucus plug and having "bloody show" for a few days, our midwife did an internal at today's 39 week appointment. She confirmed the baby's head is definitely down, putting a lot of pressure on the cervix, and at zero station (where we want to be!). Miss Peanut is also about 7 pounds. And, that I am 80% effaced and between 1-2cm's dilated.

She also said, "I don't like to make predictions, but you probably won't go past your due date." AMEN!

Bring it on! Let's meet this little girl!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The growth of the belly......( I mean Baby Proctor)

This was a fun post to do! Wait until you get to the last one!!!

I can't wait to get back this size!
10 weeks 2 days

15 weeks 1 day

19 weeks 3 days


22 weeks 6 days


26 weeks 5 days

28 weeks

32 weeks

34 weeks 2 days

38 weeks 4 days (woah!)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Stats Take 2

How far along? 38 weeks, 5 days
Total weight gain: me: 35 pounds (ewwww) Tim: 15 pounds, but apparently he lost 8 pounds this week (riiiiight)
Stretch marks?None! Still looking good! (pheeeww)
Sleep: Not too shabby. Need the pillows and am tossing and turning a bit more because of sore hips.
Best moment this week: We felt her foot poke through the belly! It was honestly the weirdest sensation. As I was just getting comfortable in bed and my hand rested on my belly. All of a sudden her foot came through. I literally could have grabbed it! Totally freaked me out...
Movement: uh, yeah...to say the least.
Food cravings: Apple cider. We have gone through probably 15 gallons of cider. I'm not exaggerating and it probably is more than that. We found a great deal at Costco for a two pack!
Gender: Still a girl
Labor Signs: According to our midwife, she's definitely head down. Which means, lots of pressure on the cervix I'm about 50% effaced, but not dilated.
Belly Button in or out? halfway out and very sensitive.
What I miss: Putting on sneakers and going for a run. (well, maybe not, but it sounds good :-P )
What I am looking forward to: a nice cold beer, a whole one, not just a sip.
Weekly Wisdom: Patience is a virtue I am slowly obtaining.
Milestones: I have almost nothing on my to do list and it feels pretty good. I have no plans and am no committing to anything in the foreseeable future. When someone asks me about something, I just say, "Ask the boss." I know after this kid is born, it's all her.....

Monday, November 16, 2009

No VT baby yet, either....

Tap.....tap.....tap......tap....tap.....I feel like I'm watching a pot boil! Ten days and counting :-) Well, actually, I'm really telling myself December 10th, 2009, so 24 if you're really counting. That will put us two weeks post due date and if this munchkin hasn't arrived, they are going in after her. I have a slight feeling she's going to keep us in suspense, but everyone cross your fingers she won't receive an eviction notice!

We're doing well as we approach the holy-cow-our-life-is-going-to-change moment of our life. My Facebook status this morning was "It's a good day when you're 9 1/2 months pregnant and DON'T drop the soap in the shower...." I know it's going to change tomorrow because I tend to drop the soap, not just once either.

Otherwise, we're ready for this baby!

The crossed off items include:
  • Meals frozen? Check! We've made mini lasagna's, apple bread, chicken pot pies, turkey soup, meatloaf, and we're working on baked ziti this week
  • Oil change and inspection? Check! Although, the car has to go back in this week because I hit a deer last Friday. Yes, according to Aunt DeeDee I tagged the family's first deer.
  • Nursery set up? Check! It's pretty adorable if you ask me!
  • Labor bag packed? Check! just need to remember to grab the tooth brush...
  • House clean? Check..it's as clean as it's gonna get, folks. I can barely reach the bottom of the washing machine.
  • CPR certified? Check! Hopefully I remember what I need to do if something happens.
  • Cloth diapers and clothes washed? You betcha!
What do I have left?
  • Figure out birth announcements - which totally can wait. A good project for G-Ma, right?
  • Take more pictures/video of the baby belly. I'm trying to catch the foot action again on video. She stuck her foot out alien like, and it freaked. me. out!
As you can see...I don't have a whole lot left .....tap.....tap....tap.....tap....maybe if I ask sweetly she'll think about gracing us with her presence? hmmmm......

Monday, November 9, 2009

No Maine Baby :-(

We headed to Maine this past weekend for the annual Maine Brew Fest event. It's been a family (minus Mom) event for the past three years and an annual event for me for the past 9 years. How could I miss #9? For the record, Dad turned 60 on Friday :-) The crew was lucky this year since it had two built in Designated Drivers. Mom and me, being almost 9 1/2 months pregnant and all.

Unfortunately, I left my camera in Mom's car so I didn't get any pics, but I certainly have a few from Iphones and others. I'll the group shot when I get it from Rob! I think this year was one of the largest groups we've had! ***edited - here's the group!




Katie and I with almost 13 minutes left. The pretzel necklaces were a big hit. We keep on saying we should sell them since so many people ask. Next year....


We are officially done travel for the foreseeable future. We'll probably head somewhere for Christmas, but plan on sticking close to home for Thanksgiving. In fact, we'll either be in the hospital or crashing a family dinner in Vermont (Thanks, Katie!).

Sunday, November 1, 2009

As promised......

Yikes, I'm not sure who is scarier.....a beach ball or the kool-aid guy! In either case, you can say, "Oh, yeaahhh!" It was also a beautiful day to take pictures outside.

36 weeks and 3 days

Here are pictures of the nursery as well. We're about as ready as we'll get!


See the fabulous bed skirt? Yeah, my awesome Mom made that...The gorgeous quilt is on the crib and a bit hard to see. The picture near the lamp is a sampler made by Tim's mom. It says, "Love Bears All Things" appropriate since I work at VTB, but also adorable for a baby's room.


The futon on the left is ready for house guests! I had to cut out the left hand wall, because our peanut's name is on the wall. I couldn't figure out how to "black" it out. :-)

And the fabulous curtains Mom made, too! I am absolutely in love with the diaper bag I ordered from Amazon - it's on the chair and has 14 pockets -two of them insulated. It's the Skip Hop Studio Diaper Tote. You can also see several of the holiday specific animals my Aunt gave me for our shower.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Week 36 brings all tricks and no treats. I officially have cankles, my back is sore, and I waddle. At least I have chocolate to satisfy my sweet tooth! Okay, some treats are involved.

We had our 36 week appointment late Friday afternoon, so we scooted from work early and ended up in Williston by 4pm. We're measuring 1 cm less than our last appt so apparently the baby is dropping a bit! She's kicking more and more to make her way down, that's for sure. We also found out I tested positive for Group B Strep, which is nothing serious and just means that I am a carrier of this kind of bacteria. Apparently 20% of women are carriers and it's usually passed on by the Mom. What does this mean? I'll be given antibiotics via IV when labor begins. We also met with only midwife we hadn't met yet. All the woman in the Midwife practice are super nice and I know we'll be in good hands when labor and delivery time comes.

Before the appointment Tim surprised me with a gift certificate to have a prental massage at the Oasis Day Spa. Oh la la, is right! We also treated ourselves to dinner and a movie afterward. I highly recommend "This is It" the Michael Jackson movie. Great dancing and tunes! By the way, I think we were the youngest people in the restaurant at 5pm.

No dress up for me this year, but Tim is heading out dressed as Kool-aid Man. A trip to Salvation Army and a quick art project by me, and he's set. He'll probably be leaving as I head to bed :-) Hmm, what will Miss Proctor be next year? A lady bug? a bee? We've seen some cute costumes this year!

Happy Halloween! I'll post pics of the belly soon. I think this picture is scary enough :-)

Monday, October 26, 2009

Thanksgiving Came Early!

Our Vermont friends treated us to an early Thanksgiving feast yesterday! Hosted at Lauren and Rikker's house, we met up with the crew and had scrumptious turkey and ham with sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, salad, and stuffing. Dessert was pumpkin pie, apple pie, cake and brownies. Yum-mmmy....Seriously, all baby showers should include a dinner this awesome, especially when you're at risk of missing one of the best holidays of the year.

Hot pink and lime green were scattered all over the place - flowers, balloons, and even the paint for the adorable onesies painted by guests. The favors were seeds to be planted in the spring! I think Katie and Lauren really thought of everything!!

One of my favorite touches was that everyone brought their favorite childhood book inscribed in lieu of a greeting card. What a way to be eco-friendly and share our favorite titles! Our peanut will be a reading whiz by 6 months.

The generosity and thoughtfulness exhibited by our friends is truly awesome. We continuously feel blessed and very lucky and we can't wait for everyone to meet Little Miss Proctor. Good thing they're good cooks, too!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

35/35

That would mean 35 weeks and 35 days to go! I know, I know....it's crazy. What's crazier? We have two weeks until 37 which is the date where they are usually not too concerned about going into labor.

We had an appointment last night and our midwife confirmed that, after my internal exam, my cervix is thinning and her head is down. Our little peanut is hopefully just as anxious to meet us as we are to meet her! And, hopefully she'll stay put!

Our birth class met at the hospital today and did an abbreviated tour of the hospital. Because of all the flu and H1N1 stuff going off they are not taking any chances. They are not allowing tours, nor more than two visitors per patient. What does this mean? Tim and most likely my Mom (if she can get here on time!) will be our two visitors. No one else is allowed to visit the hospital. at. all. We walked the walk to the seventh floor of Fletcher Allen, peeked into the labor and delivery center, gazed into the window of the NICU, and chatted with the nurse in-charge. The babies in the NICU were so tiny!

So, at least we know where to go when labor starts. We're going to work on our birth plan, or "wishes" as they call them. We'll be prepared as much as we can, but let nature take it's course and expect the unexpected. With all of our education we'll make as many informed decisions as necessary - but hopefully not for another 35 days!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Maternity pictures!

In addition to our fabulous shower this weekend, we had the opportunity to be subjects for two different photographers. On Saturday we met up with Carly, of Carly Murray Photography at Mill Creek Park in South Portland, Maine. The beautiful start to the day led to some gorgeous pictures, if I may say so. While pond was drained and left a muddy mess, she used the other earthy surroundings to her advantage. The gazebo, the bridge, the rose garden - all of these places hold a certain place in my heart as one of the "things-to-look-forward-to" as a youngster is to take prom pictures in the park. The location held to its romantic lure as you look through her sneak peak on her blog. I can't wait to see all the others!

I'll let y'all know when our second photographer has posted a sneak peak. These were taken in a studio and are a bit more skin revealing. We'll see if I'm brave enough to post them here :-)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

I feel loved

There are moments in life that truly make you stop and assess your fortunes. Yesterday was certainly one of them. I am always amazed by the love and generosity of our immediate and extended families and friends. We have been so lucky to surround ourselves with such wonderful people that I often think, "do I really deserve this?" When asked how the shower was, I responded such sentiments and my good friend replied, "Good people attract good people." In a nutshell, I'll take that as one the highest compliments because our little peanut could feel the love and she's not even born yet!

After our morning photo session, we headed out to Falmouth where 40 or so of my favorite gals were waiting anxiously to greet Tim and me - and really prime viewing of the baby belly. Tim and his Dad scurried off for their own teaching session while I settled in said hi to everyone. My pink clothespin was quickly taken away to which I don't think I ever got back. The game was whenever someone said "baby", your clothespin was snatched and whomever had the most at the end won a small gift. I believe the winner was my cousin, Ida, who didn't chat too much but had a good ear. She had 11 clothespins!

We had a fabulous lunch of Lobster Rolls, fruit salad served in a stroller shaped watermelon, wraps, biscuits with chicken salad, and so much more. And, of course I stayed away from the mimosa's, but certainly helped myself to cake made by the Eurpean Bakery. All was very, very yummy!

Miss Peanut's gifts were a wide variety of the key registry items (the car seat), very appropriate items from the gift giver (Nike booties from an Athletic Director), very appropriate items for Mom and Dad (a onesie that says, "Green is the new Black"), and very sentimental items. Let me explain the latter.

Gwen, Tim's Dad's fiancee, had wrapped two small boxes and had written notes on both. The first was for the future Red Sox fan and was a cute little Sox beanie cap. (BTW, Red Sox was a popular theme throughout the day - shocking, I know). The second box, to which I suspected incorrectly to be similar, turned out to be mittens and a hat knitted by Tim's Mom, who is no longer with us. After reading the note, I immediately teared up, opened the box and just lost my breath. No one really knew what was going on until Gwen was kind enough to explain. I just couldn't talk. Apparently, Gwen and Tim's Dad found them in a closet to which they have now found a new home. Let's just say the box of tissues made it's way full circle.

As we wrapped up the day, Gwen asked to gather all the Mom's together and recited beautiful words about being a Mom. Again, the tissues made their way around.

Unfortunately, I was not able to take pictures and am waiting for everyone to send me theirs. You'll have to stay tuned!

It was a beautiful day to spend a few hours with awesome ladies. To see friends I hadn't seen in a very long time because of distance; to see a beautiful two-week old little girl - whose Mom looks fabulous; to hear about engagements, newlywed happenings, veteren expectant Moms AND first time expectant Moms; to see my aunts, cousins, sister-in-laws, and of course to see my own Mom get teary eyed about her first granddaughter.

Oh, and thank you all for telling me I look fabulous despite my swollen legs, aching back, and stuffy nose...I truly feel loved.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Zingers...

We had our 33 week and 4 day appointment on Monday. All went well - we measured right on at 34 cm, still gaining an appropriate amount of weight, heard a nice heartbeat, blood pressure was perfect, and has lots of questions answered.

This past week I've felt some significant pressure in the cervix area....when our Mid Wife explained it as a zing, I realized that's exactly what it was! It almost feels like she's going to "fall out" at any time. She assured me it was normal :-) So now, I'm having more frequent zingers! They definitely catch my breath, but thankfully only last a few seconds.

Oh, and I did get my flu shot. The H1N1 is not available yet, but I most likely will get it when it is. So hopefully the baby and I are protected against getting sick this winter.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Stats

Want to know the nitty gritty of how things are going? Here's a snap shot!

How far along?
33 weeks 1 day
Total weight gain/loss: me: 27 pounds, Tim: 8 lbs (he says it's sympathy weight)
Maternity clothes? Oh yes......I need some warm ones!
Stretch marks? No – thank the little baby Jesus. And, Alba lotion....
Sleep: As long as I have three pillows - one for my belly, one for my back, and one in between my knees, I'm only up one or two times to pee, so I'd say I'm doing alright.
Best moment this week: Baby related - figuring out that the baby was hiccuping and not kicking! Non-baby related - when I got the call that an applicant accepted my offer for a supervisor position at work. The pieces of the puzzle are starting to fall into place!
Movement: like a gymnast and soccer player combined
Food cravings: Ice cream (wait, that's not really a craving, that's a necessity!)
Gender: A Miss Peanut
Labor Signs: Braxton Hicks are not my friend, but no real labor signs
Belly Button in or out? halfway out... :-)
What I miss: Sushi and beer
What I am looking forward to: uh, see above. And, of course meeting our girl. And margarita's - Jen's recipe, please!
Weekly Wisdom: Enjoy each moment, because in 48 days, our world will be upside down.
Milestones: I officially can't tie my shoes without help; my HR director told me I waddled - and then I flipper her off (jokingly of course, good thing VTB is a pretty relaxed environment); and three nightly trips to the bathroom instead of one.

Friday, October 2, 2009

It's October....

...which means next month is November....which means our peanut is due next month. Oh. My. Goodness.

We had our first Birthing Class this past Thursday. I think it's going to be a fun group! The group has about 9 couples all first time parents with out a clue. :-) I'm in good company. Some of the information might be redundant from our prenatal classes, and it will be nice to meet some new people and potentially have some future playmates for the little one.

Here's our 32 week, 2 day belly pic!



We're enjoying a fairly low key weekend filled with relaxing, errands, and a friend's wedding. Im sure one of the last not-so-crazy weekends of my life :-)