Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Baby #2 - Week 34, The House and Tag You're It

(ABOVE: The House - zoomed Out - with the siding complete - just need gutters and shutters)
(ABOVE: The Siding - zoomed in so you can see how pretty - we just need to paint our garage door dark brown)
(ABOVE: Jaden inside her and Jason's new Christmas Electric Train!)
(ABOVE: Me and my Baby - I love her more than I could ever express with words!)
(ABOVE: Jaden and Mommy on Thanksgiving!)
Well it is Tuesday and that means Baby #2 Update. Also I wanted to say thank you to everyone who commented on my last post and left a message about my Blood Pressure. I did have a follow-up appointment on Friday and I am happy to report that it came in at 136/75 - which for me is pretty good! So I was cleared to go about my 'normal' duties (dialed down a little) until my appointment tomorrow. I will have another Biophysical Ultrasound and HOPEFULLY my blood pressure (with a dosage change) will be fine and dandy and I can go on for another week. The Doctor I saw Friday did say she would recommend to my Doctor that I deliver at 38 weeks so we will see what he says tomorrow. I am just hopeful that I am still pregnant - as old as it is to 'still' be pregnant - I truly can not imagine having a baby right now - there is no bedroom yet - which could be a contributing factor to the BP perhaps. On the house front - we had a meeting with the builders a week or so ago and we are scheduled to have all the trim work installed tomorrow through Friday. The drywallers are there today finishing their work and next week should be paint and flooring - then we will be ready to have a furniture moving party on December 20th - anyone want to join? We are all anxious to get it done and get the mess cleaned up ... on a positive point - the siding is done and it looks beautiful. I will add a photo soon. Our Thanksgiving break was nice and deserved. Friday we all headed out shopping in the afternoon and then headed to GodFather's Pizza for our traditional Christmas Shopping dinner ... then Saturday we headed out yet again to shop some more. Jason found his Christmas train he's always wanted at a Hobby Shop in Minneapolis - Jaden could have stayed in that store for hours ... it was funny - she never noticed that everything she picked up and said she wanted she would put down - then Jason would pick it up and go add it to the pile where he then paid for it all and took it out to the car without her even noticing a thing ... so I am finally getting her Santa gifts. This weekend I am hoping to have it ALL done - for everyone except Jason because he is just way too difficult to buy for ... Sunday we also decided to put up the Christmas Tree - even though the house is a mess Jaden really didn't want to wait until next weekend and I am glad we put it up - it instantly changed my mood to Festive once it was up and we got to sit in the dark and watch the lights ... Jaden is so excited this year and LOVED putting up all the ornaments and asking who gave her which one ... she is into the Holiday for sure! Other than all that we are chugging along ... trying to get ready for Baby Charlotte and the Holidays and shop and tread through our disaster of a house ... and boy I could use a glass (or bottle) of wine. Also I am happy to report that my mom's surgery was today and she is in recovery so all is well ... hopefully in the next 3 hours dad will get to see her and my sister will call with an update! Once more thing to be thankful for! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with Family and Friends ... let's see where the baby is at Week 34 shall we?
How your baby's growing:Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (about the size of a cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. Her fat layers — which will help regulate her body temperature once she's born — are filling her out, making her rounder. Her skin is also smoother than ever. Her central nervous system is maturing and her lungs are continuing to mature as well. If you've been nervous about preterm labor, you'll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies.
How your life's changing:By this week, fatigue has probably set in again, though maybe not with the same coma-like intensity of your first trimester. Your tiredness is perfectly understandable, given the physical strain you're under and the restless nights of frequent pee breaks and tossing and turning, while trying to get comfortable. Now's the time to slow down and save up your energy for labor day (and beyond). If you've been sitting or lying down for a long time, don't jump up too quickly. Blood can pool in your feet and legs, causing a temporary drop in your blood pressure when you get up that can make you feel dizzy.If you notice itchy red bumps or welts on your belly and possibly your thighs and buttocks as well, you may have a condition called pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP for short). Up to one percent of pregnant women develop PUPPP, which is harmless but can be quite uncomfortable. See your practitioner so she can make sure it's not a more serious problem, provide treatment to make you more comfortable, and refer you to a dermatologist if necessary. Also be sure to call her if you feel intense itchiness all over your body, even if you don't have a rash. It could signal a liver problem.
Thankfully no welts or itchy bumps and I am actually not too tired right now - too much going on to be tired I suppose ... so aside from the BP we are both doing just fine! Oh and I found this survey from Rebecca at His Wife ~ Their Momma so I thought I would post my answers too!
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping Paper & I LOVE to wrap ... could do it all day long!
2. Real tree or Artificial? Artificial because it is easy but I prefer a real tree
3. When do you put up your Christmas Tree? The weekend after Thanksgiving
4. When do you take the tree down? Usually around Jason's Birthday - January 14th
5. Do you like eggnog? I LOVE Egg Nog - but my tummy - not so much!
6. Favorite gift received as a child? I remember getting this cruise ship for my Glamour Dolls
7. Hardest person to buy for? Jason by far - usually when he wants something he buys it!
8. Easiest person to buy for? Jaden by far - she wrote a list even!
9. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes we do - it is Jaden's and she puts it up under the tree
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail - just finished addressing them!
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Haven't really gotten a horrible present - yet!
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? It's A Wonderful Life & Miracle on 34th Street are TIED!
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Black Friday
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Yes I have - almost every year! oooppps!
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Cookies - of any kind!
16. Lights on the tree? Yes - colored lights - no blinking either!
17. Favorite Christmas song? I want a Hippopotamus for Chritsmas
18. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's? Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen - but do you recall the most famous reindeer of all - Rudolph!
19. Best gift ever? My mommy and me ornaments I get from Jaden every year
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? An Angel with Feather Wings - from my parents
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas PJ's on Christmas Eve and everything else on Christmas morning!
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? The Commercialism of the Season is sickening!
23. Favorite ornament theme or color? All my ornaments are my favorite ... each year our family adds 6 new Keepsake ones to the tree - and then of course there are the homemade ones from Jaden!
24. Favorite food for Christmas dinner? I would prefer a cheese pizza - but usually we have Prime Rib but with Charlotte coming so soon after I just might have a pizza!
25. What do you want for Christmas this year? My Family to be healthy and happy and for Baby#2 to wait until after the Hoildays to arrive! :0)
Happy Holidays Everyone! And Happy Birthday to my Dad tomorrow!
Love ~ The Clark Family ~ Rebekah, Jason, Jaden & Baby#2 too!


Anonymous said...

Oh, so glad to hear things are ok! I was worried when I didn't hear back from you! Yeah!
The house looks great BTW!!
Chat soon~ stephanie

Leslie said...

I love Jadens train..I loved trains to as a kid!!!!!

Your house is gorgeous!!!!!!

Im glad your BP went down pregnancy is a roller coaster i swear!!!!


Beck said...

Rebekah, your siding is gorgeous!! I LOVE that green color! Glad to see things moving right along! Hope you are feeling great (:
Have a good day!

Anonymous said...

the house looks gorgeous. I will be there for the moving party hehe!!! Tell Jaden the train looks like so much fun. I am so glad that your BP is under control. I am posting my survey on my blog also make sure you scroll down on mine to see our family pics we had taken

Leslie said...

OK you blog is sooo FAB that i have a award for you..come to my blog and pick it up!!!


Terri said...

Very beautiful home you have! I cant wait to see you precious baby soon!

Becca said...

Whew - I got tired just reading about what is going on in your house and in your body! Take a load off, Woman! Praying for you... May a safe delivery with a bundle of love be in your near future!!

Peace and Hugs,

Kristen said...

You're house looks awesome! Have you started the nursery yet? I wait to see pictures lady!

Jaden is adorable, I bet she can't wait to meet her baby sister!

You're almost there! Take it easy, you don't want that blood pressure to go back up!