For Valentine’s Day Rob and I decided that we had a $5 budget on any sort of gifting we wanted to do, aside from our traditional dinner at our favorite Italian restaurant La Buca and dessert at Stoccato Gelato. I decided to make a nice breakfast for us. I found this recipe for red velvet pancakes. Red velvet cake is my favorite, and Rob likes most things food related so I thought I couldn’t go wrong. Since he worked the night before at the bar I had all morning to prepare our feast. I had to go to the grocery to get buttermilk, the only ingredient I didn’t have on hand, so I stayed within our $5 budget. I made the batter and got the pan ready, and plopped the first to be pancake on it. Problem: The batter is incredibly thick. The first few were inedible. Eventually I got it down to a science and made some decent pancakes.
A little powdered sugar and a heart shaped cookie cutter made them more valentines-y.
Rob’s gift broke the rules. After dinner we went to see comedienne Tig Notaro at Helium. It was a great surprise and a great show. Another little surprise were the awesome contractions I was having. All. Night. Long. When we were walking from the car to wherever we were going I had grab on to Rob for support because they were taking my breath away. Despite that, we had a lovely evening and I couldn’t help but keep thinking about how this was probably going to be one of our last date nights before becoming parents.
This last weekend Rob and Cinema Queso completed their movie for the 48 Hour Go Green contest. While we were watching birthing videos in our class Sunday night, Rob is anxiously waiting to hear from his teammates to see if their film got turned in on time. Watching women birth babies and seeing what kind of life changing things he’ll be going through soon really put him on edge. Rob’s usually a pretty laid back guy, but when he’s anxious you can feel it emanating from his body. It was turned in on time, and we went to the screening on Thursday where they won nothing-which was expected. They made a silly movie that was competing against a lot of dramatic and more serious films. This is where I would include a link to their movie, but they haven’t put it online yet. Slackers. Check YouTube and Vimeo in a few days and search for Cinema Queso’s “Treason”.
What else is happening? If you’re not in Portland then you may not be aware of our brush with death and the adventures in PDX BLIZZARD 2011. Anytime the meteorologists mention snow the entire city ends up in a tizzy. Ever since Snomageddon ’08 I have sworn off snow. Didn’t know you could do that, huh? Well I did. It was fun for a day, then it was just a problem. Back to present day: They had been talking snow all week and I chose to ignore it, because nothing usually comes of it. Well, Thursday morning I got up at 8 and looked outside and low and behold it was snowing. The neighbor kids were out playing already, because of course school had been canceled. It didn’t last long though. It had stopped snowing and was completely melted away by noon. Rob and I were able to run errands and take care of some things. By 3:00 it had started snowing again, and dumped a full inch. While it was pretty, and I really had no real reason to hate it, I still did. I did make myself go out and take pictures, and while doing so I took a snowball to the face from one of the neighbor girls. Now normally I would’ve flown off the handle and would’ve wanted to throttle her neck, but I reacted quite the opposite. You know why? Because pregnancy has made me a nicer person. One of the older kids scolded her and said “Don’t throw snowballs at the neighbor! She’s pregnant and it’s not very nice!”. I don’t know where he learned those manners, certainly not from his parents, but I appreciated his efforts. I went on about my business of photographing the crocus’s in my front yard. And that was my snow day. It had, again, melted away pretty quickly. So much for our end of days snow storm.
Yesterday, Friday, I had my 36 week check up with the midwife. We finally got to see our favorite midwife again. She seemed pretty excited to see us too. Of course I had a few things to discuss with her off the bat. We talked about all the lovely Braxton Hicks contractions I’ve been having, including the painful ones I experienced on Tuesday evening. I ended up calling Labor & Delivery at the hospital. I knew it wasn’t it. I was having regular contractions ranging from 2 to 4 minutes apart, not painful at first but eventually came back pain and a little cramping. I called in just to make sure I shouldn’t go in. The nurse advised me to take a bath, which totally helped. They were back to a few an hour like normal, with no pain. All of that lasted about 7 hours. And in that 7 hours I did all the relaxation exercises we’ve learned in class. It was good practice for when it is the real thing.
If you don’t care to know about the inner workings of my pregnant bod, then leave now. There’s your TMI warning.
Ok, back to the midwife. At this appointment I had to be tested for Group B Strep, which can be pretty dangerous to the baby if I did have it and he picked it up on the way out. I haven’t gotten the results back yet, hopefully it’s negative, cause if it’s positive I’ll have to have an i.v. during labor with antibiotics which I don’t want (the i.v., not the antibiotics). The test is done by swabbing a q tip in the vagina and anus. It sounds a lot worse than it is. I didn’t even notice she had done it. I did inform her that I thought I had a hemorrhoid, which I’ve never had before so I wasn’t exactly sure. She said she couldn’t see anything, but that they can go in and out with bowel movements. Lovely! Update from today: I’m pretty sure it’s a hemorrhoid. I also had her do a cervical check. I was curious to see if there was any progress at all, especially after all these contractions. This was the most uncomfortable part. She said I was not dilated, but my cervix is 30-40% effaced and it’s soft and short and she could feel the baby’s head. She also said he’s not engaged, which means she could push his head away. That explains all the insane movement I’m feeling. I did pretty good through the cervical check. She even commented on how well I did! After that we got to see the bebe on ultrasound. We saw his little mouth sucking on nothing, and we even got a little wave out of him. I think he’s going to have Rob’s lips. It was pretty nice to see him one last time on the inside. Next time we see him, he’ll be an outside baby. We wrapped up our visit with the midwife, and she said that I need to make sure to have him on a Wednesday so she can be the one to deliver him. I hope she is.
After our appointment we went to the Nurse Treatment Center and got flu shots. Rob and I both were feeling pretty crummy by the end of the night, but unfortunately Rob had to work. My whole body ached, my nose was stuffy (after having a crazy bloody nose), and my injection arm was so sore. I woke up with a sore throat and I’m still feeling kind of groggy. Booooo. But it’s all for the baby, so it’s OK.
At this point we’ve got 25 days left until the due date. I’m still feeling like he’ll be early, even by a day. We’re both pretty ready. Now it’s just what feels like a very long waiting game.