Thursday, March 5, 2009

Big Weekend

Whew! What are those two smiling about!?

Sorry for the lack of posts recently. It was a pretty big weekend with the Baby CPR class Saturday the 28th, then the Baby Shower Saturday the 28th, the 2nd home birth class Sunday the 1st, my birthday on Monday 2nd and the BBdr visit last night on the 4th.


We'll take 'em in order since my little mooshey brain isn't so great at non-linear organizational thought referencing at this stage of the game. Thankfully, I can still organize a individual tax file with the best of them but balancing a corporate balance sheet has been eluding me this week. QUIET with the obtuse accounting speak woman (insert Brandon's voice here).

Baby CPR: Yes, you really CAN push that hard on the little scuppers, Virginia.

It was great to have a refresher course on CPR. Though they have really changed things since I took a CPR class (*cough, with my driver instruction course at 16yo...ahem*). Apparently it's all 30 compressions and 2 breaths for everyone. Just on babies you do 5 sets of 30 and 2 BEFORE calling 911 (if alone...or while someone else is calling 911) and with adults you call 911 THEN start CPR. I also feel better knowing the "flip 'em over and wack 'em on the back properly" choking technique. Makes me feel like I can at least address a severe situation, if not come out ahead.

There was minimal scoffing and eye rolling by the 25 year Neonatal Intensive Care Unit nurse over the home birth / co-sleeping / attachment parenting we are doing. That was nice. She was a plump, dedicated lady that really has the best interest of babies at heart, as I think most NIC U nurses do. And there really wasn't that much fear and doom espoused during the whole presentation, very nice.

Then...OFF to the Shower. I must admit, having the baby shower at a brew pub was FRIGGING GENIUS (applause to Heidi Mann, coordinator and preschool teacher extraordinaire). The old masonic building was cool, the staff was ON it with the pizza and beer (what little was consumed to their great dismay) and the space was perfect for the 57 folks that eventually came and gave a blessing to the belly. The BBdr [the fantabulous Dr. Sara Ohgushi, ND and Midwife] even showed and was a trooper, hanging with the tattooed, pierced, alternative crowd to the bitter end! I have photographic proof of her existence now!

Redwind (spiritual community par excellance) kicked down HARD with the cupcakes. If anyone has a shot of the overladen table filled with at least 10 different kinds / flavors of cupcake I would sure appreciate it. It was awesome and many a sugar rush was had by all (tho yours truly abstained from all cupcakes as the sugar terrorists were lurking about the room). We had a great haul of things and a remarkable dent put in the diaper fund of about 7 months able to be prepaid (THANK YOU EVERYONE!!). The highlight for me (by far) was getting to go through the pictures that folks had drawn for the baby. If you still want to draw a picture that we'll put in a book for the baby I have lots of paper left! I would be happy to mail one to you or feel free to drop by and do one. There were such sweet and hilarious sentiments memorialized!

More random photo's from the Shower ahead. BP also has a few he'll post from his camera.

Sunday continued the "all baby all the time" feeling with the 2nd Home birth class. We met up with the other 7 couples having their babies between March 15 and Mid June (we're couple #2....except we're so ridiculously on time for EVERYTHING, I think we might be early...bah). Went over specifics of breast feeding, diapers, immunizations and circumcision. I have to hand it to the BBdr...she's not a wilting flower when it comes to controversial topics (which I respect IMMENSELY) and we had quite the adult conversation on a range of topics that most folks just fight about. It was rad.

Monday I worked and came home, put my feet up and treated myself to a birthday "let's go to bed at 8pm". The right present for the right time, that's my motto! AHAHAHAH!

Last night we had the crack baby delivery team over to the house so they could check out the digs and find the house in the middle of the night (if needed). It kind of sunk in that the baby could be like 3 FRIGGING WEEKS AWAY for both BP and I. A bit of stress was had last night and we both decided that taking some serious action on moving things around downstairs to make the birth more comfortable and feasible MUST happen this / next week. So if you're feeling like moving stuff around and / or balancing things on the 39cm belly while I direct (and don't pick stuff up) gimme or BP a call! We need to get ON moving the guest room downstairs (next to the bathroom) since the BBdr's want me in it for 3-5 days after the birth (no stairs please, thank you). It will be a bit logistical, but should be fine with a couple of hands.

In other exciting news, we're getting a dishwasher FINALLY! YA! I am so friggin psyched! It goes in this weekend! Thanks to the old cranky attorney for his stellar donation to the cause.

And...well, other than that, lots of movement and kicking going on. I'm getting professional with this waddling thing and I think if BP doesn't die from having to wait on me hand and foot (what a trooper) we should be excellent. T. is off this week to California for a visit so we're going to try to rip the house up and reassemble it before he gets back.

Oh, and work some.

Speaking of work, my new teak awesomeness that is also known as a rocking chair will be exhibited in it's own post. My work folks are the best!

Wow, I guess I did have lots to post. I'll get those other shower photos up this evening if not totally wiped out. Off to the BBdr today for a quick check to make sure I don't have Group B Strep and to have a gallon of blood re-taken to test the anemia and Vitamin D levels. Yipppeee!

Love to all!

KT and Tenant


Kathy said...

picture of cupcakes coming up! You rock and I am glad you got yourself such a great birthday present.

Katye said...

Thank you ma'dam!

Girl in Red Shoes said...

I'll draw something for the baby!!! I am just getting over Strep, so I hope you don't have it. Also, I am making something for the little dude, when is your due date?

Katye said...

Fi, I'll send you up a bunch of paper in case the other kids want to do something. Or your folks.

Due date is technically 3/31 but you know that babies come whenever they want.

That is sweet of you! Thanks for being crafty! I'll sent that stuff out tomorrow. Email you address to me, pls!

Anonymous said...

I'd love to draw something for the baby, too, can you send me proper paper??? How fun! Can see those cupcakes from here; wonderful.
Keep breathing in and out -- nice rhythms, love you, momma

Kate said...

I'll be dropping by tomorrow evening the with the finished baby item....feel free to put me to work moving furniture! =)

Katye said...

I'll send you and John some paper, Mom.

Kate, Thanks! Be prepared to draw if you didn't at the Shower! We also have your keys to your apartment.

Catherine Just said...

that sounds like a FABULOUS time!!