Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Counting Down

It is starting to feel more real.  It is starting to feel like there is a real chance of bringing lil' beastie home without hospice nurse visits.  That feeling of possibility has sparked a lot of activity around our little home.

We've been doing baby laundry, organizing the nursery, pulling things out of boxes, finding surprise Obie's Bees, preparing the house, visiting day cares, and getting our holiday gifts in order.  We are still putting off deciding on a name.

The mobile on the left and the blanket were purchased for Oberon, before we knew about his bees.  The mobile on the right we couldn't pass up because it has an Obie's Bee and a lil' beastie's Dragonfly.

Elizabeth is officially out of the office, though she's still working remotely for a few more days.  Chris will be working until Dec 17, then he's off for the year as well.

We can't wait to say goodbye to 2015.  While there have been some sweet moments, this whole year can fade quickly into a distant memory and we'd both be fine with that.  We'd much rather save space for memories from 2014.

As the calendar year ends, Elizabeth is getting closer and closer to full term with lil' beastie.  She's feeling pretty good physically, though emotionally the anxiety is getting more intense for both of us.  Even though Obie was born earlier in the pregnancy, Elizabeth was larger and more uncomfortable than with this pregnancy.  So far, it's really just been occasional back pain, shortness of breath, some tummy trouble and acid reflux.  Nothing too extreme.  The swollen hands and feet, wrist pain, and other common third trimester discomforts could start any day - but they haven't yet.

At 34+5.

We are lucky that our doctors are very understanding with us.  Elizabeth's regular OBGYN helped us identify a Pediatrician that would be good handling our situation (and probably heightened early parenting craziness).  Our high-risk doctor talked to us about whether we wanted to induce, knowing that families that have suffered a loss get very anxious near the end.  We've decided that we do want to induce rather than wait for the full 40 weeks (or however long).  If lil' beastie hasn't decided he wants out before then, we're scheduled to be induced the first week of January.  The exact date may change depending on how busy the hospital is, or if there are any changes in Elizabeth's or lil' beastie's health.

We would say we can't wait, but we can.  We don't want lil' beastie coming out too soon.

Now for some pictures!  We had a maternity session with Abby Alger Photography.  Abby is the photographer that took Obie's photos in the NICU and at our home through Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep.  It felt really awkward to set up the photo session, but once we were there it felt better.  We really wanted lil' beastie to have some nice pictures of our family when he was still in the bump.

1 comment:

  1. These are sooo beautiful! We can hardly wait to see you! Love, love, and more love!