Sunday, March 28, 2010

Beginning of the End

We are officially into our ninth month! Only a couple more weeks until we get to meet the Niesling!

I have to say I'm very excited to start this new phase in our lives, but at the same time, as it draws closer, I'm more and more nervous about the labor part. I know it'll all work out, but just the unknown and the pain factor is starting to set in. I'm holding off on being really scared mostly because I know it won't do any good at this point. (But it still sometimes keeps me up at night.)

We had another doctor's appointment last Tuesday the 23rd. It went very well. The usual pee in a cup, weigh in, and blood pressure check. Dr. B also did the Group B Strep test, which we will get the results for next week. She then checked if I was at all dilated. She said my cervix is softening, but no dilation or effacement. We will now have an appointment every week until birth. The next appointment is Tuesday the 30th.

I will also be finishing my last three days at my current job this week. After March 31st, I will be a professional stay at home mom, albeit without the baby at first. I'm going to use this time to finish organizing the baby's room and things, packing my bag for the hospital, resting up as much as possible, and just mentally preparing for the Niesling. I am very lucky to be in this position of staying home with Eli, which I realize is not an option for many women. I look forward to spending every day with my baby and not missing anything.

Last weekend, two of my dearest friends threw me a baby shower. Many of the women that are important to me were there from family to friends. There was good food, funny games, and amazing gifts. Eli is going to be so blessed to have all these women in his life, especially the women who hosted the party, Lexi and Ashley. The girls also have basically decorated the Niesling's nursery. I cannot thank these two enough for their generosity and friendship.

My mind seems crowded these days with thoughts and worries, none of which I can pin down now. I'll just say that not an hour goes by without me being amazed by this baby inside me and being anxious to meet him.

Week 34

(Yes, we did miss Week 35 pictures. I will tell you though that I haven't gained much if any weight in the last week or so. Also, we measured around my belly and it has increased about .5 inches in that same week.)

Week 36


  1. Wow I totally know how you feel...when I found out I was pregnant, I was like,, do I really have to HAVE a baby tho??? LOL. I was cool with the pregnancy stuff, and being a parent, but giving birth was totally freaking me out. My advise would be, don't think about it if you can help it!! :) Stay calm and relaxed, and once your labor starts you'll be too busy and excited to think much about it!! When I was in labor it seemed like it was just dragging on, but when I was done and I found out how long it actually was (13.5 hours, if I remember right) I couldn't believe it had been THAT long!!! Unless you have something go really wrong, it just kinda goes along, and you'll be able to manage it one step at a time, and by the time the pain gets so bad you feel like you CAN'T handle it, WHOA, there's the baby!!! :)

    I think all my mother-in-law's family came from the Belle Fourche and Camp Crook areas...her branch moved to Draper maybe you're related, just back further. :) Her dad's name was Ted Nies, if that rings any bells in any of your husbands history. :) Even if you're not related, it's still fun to meet new people who are going thru the same stages of life as me. :) I'm sure you're excited about your baby boy!! :)

  2. Caitlin Anderson(William's wife)April 2, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    Michelle, I know you don't know me and it might seem a bit creepy that I've been reading your blog, but I just wanted to help assuage your fears about pain during labor. It does hurt, I won't lie to you. But it's pain with a purpose. Just try to relax and remember that every contraction you get through is one less you have to do and one closer to meeting your baby. I'm sure you have a lot of people around you giving you advice so I won't push any more on you, but feel free to send me a facebook message if you'd like any more. Good luck and congratulations!