Monday, March 10, 2008

52 Blessings: Week 9

Week 9: An Artist and a Mother

This last weekend I held my mother hostage. Literally. I told her she could not go to Iowa to help Megan until she painted my tree for me. So she spent most of Saturday doing my bidding. Actually, come to think of it, she spent Friday doing my bidding as well. Sometimes being pregnant really is fun. I think my doctor's appointment helped things.

Friday was my first check-up to see if I've dilated or effaced at all. Mom took the girlies (I love that she doesn't work on Fridays!!!!) and I headed to Dr. D's office, expecting nothing. By nothing I mean the usual (for me) -- "oh, you're 60% effaced (I swear they always say that) and dilated to a one." After sitting in the little room for what seemed like forever (maybe it's just because you are half-naked that it seems longer and more uncomfortable of a wait), he comes in and checks me.

Surprise Surprise -- dilated to a 3 and 75% effaced.

Repita por favor?????

I'm four weeks away and have never gone into labor on my own so these numbers seemed strange to me who's expecting to have this baby the first week of April. And here's Dr. D telling me that if the baby comes they won't stop it because I'm far enough for her to be full-term and do I know where to go at this new hospital and that he can feel her head and she's totally dropped and am I feeling a lot of pressure and that he thinks this will be a quick labor because such and such. . . . I told him then that with London he broke my water at 6 pm and she was born at 8 to which he repeated with a laugh that, yes, this should be a quickie. Okay, I live 1/2 hour from the hospital so let's hope it's not too quick.

But still I deny that my body can actually start labor on it's own. I mean, two inductions and I just can't fathom what it would be like to wake up Nate in the night and say, "honey, let's go - it's time." That's not the way it works for me. Right? I guess we'll see.

So after the appointment I came back to mom's house and we ran lots of errands for getting the baby room together while mom just kept saying in amazement how low my stomach was and how it looked like a sack just hanging there (lovely thought, huh?). Then we met Amy at Paradise Bakery for a birthday lunch in honor of Grandma Jones who turned 83 (I think). I still can't believe how well she and Grandpa get around with him being 93. They are amazing!

Cyndee spent the night and in the morning we worked on the tree. I am very very happy with how it turned out. I honestly don't know what I would do without a mother who is not only artistic, but is willing to do anything and everything for me. She is a true blessing in my life.

Here's how the tree turned out. I love the simplicity (it looks just like the one in the Pottery Barn magazine!) and the clean look of the white/blue. I am just that much more excited to get this room together!


Melissa and Erik said...

I LOVE that tree!
I was the exact same way with my first 2 pregnancies, they had to brake my water and all that, but Henry #3 was full out crazy labor and he was a scheduled c-section, so you just never know.
Hey, I check your blog so much, and I want to be your friend, would it be OK if I add your link?

Rachel said...

Congrats on your progress! And with how Megan was with Collin I hope you can get to the hospital in time:)
Cyndee did an amazing job on the tree! I love the blue and white! I can't wait to start doing this babies room!

Mandy said...

Your mom is extremely talented. That tree is beautiful and I can't wait for you to reveal the rest of the room.

I'm so excited for you!

Heather said...

Cyndee's got talent! ♥ the tree and her room is going to be just darling. Great job!

Angie said...

Wow! That wall is gorgeous. Cyndee is amazing.

Amy said...

I love, love, LOVE your tree. And can't wait until it's all done!

The Scotts said...

That is gorgeous! I always wondered how they did that. They just need Cindy! Good luck if you are at the new hosiptal it is right in the front, the South door, but still facing east. You drive right into it from the main entrance. Very easy to find!

Megan said...

The room looks really great. I heard about your little tyrancy this weekend, but I don't blame you, I am stealing the Cyndee for quite awhile. Just don't have that baby while she's gone!!
And I'm still in utter shock that your body is cooperating more than mine, what is up with that?!

April said...

That is the cutest thing ever...I'm recruiting Cyndee...I will pay! I can't believe how stunning and simple that both have amazing taste.
LOVE it!

Jeremy and Sara Smith said...

I don't remember how effaced I was w/ Evan but I was dilated to a 4 for 6 weeks. My water broke on its own and Evan came flying (literally - the med student almost dropped him!) into the world 3 hours later! Anyway - LOVE the room! Honestly, when Jeremy makes his first million and we finally own a house, I am hiring you to decorate!

Heather said...

alt and the number 3. But it has to be the one in the 10 key, ♥, press then let go at the same time

Tiffany said...

What a classic look--love the blue and white! It's been great to catch up on what you and your cute girls are up to now. Good luck with the last few weeks!

michelle said...

I love the tree!!! I would love to see the rest ofd the room. :)

Kelly said...

I am also in love with your tree! It's so simple, yet just stunning. Does Cyndee make house calls?

I have fast labors, so I'm nervous for you with that much progress already and 30 minutes from the hospital! Is Amy on call?