I need to write a big hodgepodge post of things I've been thinking about so that I don't forget everything. I know I will thank myself someday for documenting everything!
First, we had our 24 week checkup last week on July 9th. It was one of those boring in-and-out appointments but at least we still got to hear his little heartbeat. His heart rate was 150 and he was moving all over the place when she was trying to monitor it. This is not unusual - this little guy is quite the mover. If I ever feel like he hasn't moved much, I just have to lay back slightly and he goes to town. He has also started responding to Ryan's voice when he talks to him. He has a very deep voice that we think most children are slightly frightened by, so I'm glad our son is getting used to it! Just last night, Ryan put his head on my stomach and said "wake up" and in just a few seconds, he got a kick to the head. I think I already like his sense of humor.
Everything else at the check-up (BP, fundal height, etc) were all normal and my weight gain is up to around 10 pounds. Ugh. Needless to say, I made sure to go to the gym as soon as I left. Going to the gym has actually been one of my favorite things to do even while pregnant. It is definitely frustrating to do lower levels on the treadmill or elliptical when everyone around you is working out like an Olympian but it's better than nothing. This week I finally got back up to doing an hour of cardio, which makes me feel like a normal human being again!
We have also made a LOT of progress on our nursery in the last week. The crib is still on back order from Pottery Barn, but I think it should be shipping next week. I searched and searched for a dresser that we could use as a changing table and finally found this one from Ikea:
Actually, let me back-track. Here is how dresser construction started out:
And this was taken somewhere around hour 4:
Ha Ha Ha! Luckily, it was all worth it. It is exactly what we wanted, and I love that you can buy drawer inserts that fit perfectly inside for OCD organizational purposes:
We also bought a bookshelf, because I am obsessed with books in a nursery. Ours is still pretty bare but I added some little buckets so the emptiness wouldn't stress me out! ha!
The chair we ordered from Buy Buy Baby also came in. We ordered a custom version of the Best Chairs Camilla Glider in lime. I don't know how you describe the fabric we chose, but I really love it. It's really thick and soft and comfortable. The color is actually a little brighter than it is in this picture, but it's really hard to get an accurate color from my iPhone! Someone already enjoys gazing out the window from "his" new chair...
His closet is still a work in progress, but Ryan did get it painted so it looks better already. We still need to put up a second shelf and add some baskets for storage, but we're getting there!
His closet and dresser are already starting to fill up, thanks to our family and friends. My mom and I took our first baby shopping trip one Saturday and loaded up on cute clothes and accessories; and my aunt and cousin also gave us a TON of clothes, blankets, diapers, wipes, etc. that they have been buying for us since they found out that we're having a boy. One of my sweetest friends (who just had her first baby 5 weeks ago) brought me the a gift the other day of necessities that she has been loving since she brought her little one home. It was actually a bunch of items that I had on my list to buy but I was weird about registering for, because they were breastfeeding related. ha!
And lastly, when I was shopping with my Mom, we ordered his going home outfit from a local boutique called The Cottage. I just got to pick it up and I LOVE how it turned out!
I know I have to reign in my "monogram every possible thing" attitude since I'm having a boy, but I couldn't resist this for his going home outfit. Luckily, Ryan loves it too. He is still having an issue with the whole "gown" thing for a little boy, but I keep telling him that he will love them once he has to change multiple diapers a day. When I first showed him a gown that my mom bought, he said "So.. what's going on with the legs?" haha.. I think he now sees the benefits of the gown but refuses to call it as such. He suggested we call them capes or cloaks or robes. Oh my.
I'm so glad we are getting things done and marking things off the to-do list. Only 101 days until I'm due! Ahhhhhh!!!!