Yet another A+ Doctor Appointment

Another great appointment today.  Everything tracking wonderfully.

So far, there has always been a next step in the process. For example a test that needs to be run, something for us to do etc.  In other words we’ve always had a task on the “to-do” list that has kept us occupied and busy.

Well, no more.  Today Dr. Omar said:  “Everything looks great, there is nothing else for us to do except wait for the baby.”

That was kinda of a wake-up call! …nothing to do but wait for the baby to come!

Feb5 Dr. Appointment (37weeks)
Feb5 Dr. Appointment (37weeks)
Feb5 Dr. Appointment (37weeks)
Feb5 Dr. Appointment (37weeks)
Feb3 Doctor Visit -37weeks
Feb5 Doctor Appointment (37weeks)

Baby-care class

Well tonight was our baby-care class. This is where we’d learn all the important things that we’d need to know when we bring our new baby home with us.

There was a long sign up list for this class, we did that many months ago and had to prepay as well.

Kathy had just finished 3 tough nights of work, then went in to the office for a meeting this afternoon. John had a long day at work and this was our first ‘qualityl’ time together for many days. We drove to class together -and we started catching up on the week and trading stories.

…then about 3 blocks from where the class was being held, we drove by a new restaurant -A rib joint called “Texas Roadhouse”. It got our attention as we were both hungry.

Well, like a couple of juvenile delinquents, –we decided to cut class and go have dinner!!

Somehow we’ll have to figure out how to care for this new person who will coming into our lives soon. …..and we may never know what we didn’t learn.

What we do know: Dinner was really good!!!

We cut class and went to dinner here.   Shame on us!
We cut class and went to dinner here. Shame on us!

“White Trash” baby shower

Yep, yet another baby shower, …and this one was something unique!!

The ‘Intensive Care Nursery’ (ICN) folks had teamed together to put on a baby shower. ? They felt strongly that I needed a “WHITE TRASH BABY SHOWER” …and boy is that what happened.

To start out, everyone brought food: Tater-Tot casserole (tater-tots, ground-beef, weird soup and fake cheese –but surprisingly good!); Hot Dog casserole (cheap hot dogs, macaroni, tomato soup); Lettuce (one head); saltine crackers; Pork Grinds; grape cool-aid; Twinkies, Ding Dongs and of course: Ho-Ho’s

!!WHAT A MEAL!!

And then for the presents, -some of which are pictured below:

– Patchwork quilt made with duct tape and fingers of surgical gloves around the edges for design as well as functionality. The functionality is to use them as condoms to keep off the next kid.

– A torn and stained hospital gown wich is to be used as lingerie (watch out Victoria’s Secret)

– A knitted baby hat for a very pointed-head baby, -and a stained Wal-Mart shirt.

– An “IOU” for a nice manicure

Some of the Items from the "White Trash" baby shower
Some of the Items from the "White Trash" baby shower

These folks on the ICN unit are all great! -and obviously a lot of fun. !!Thanks everyone!!

Assembling the new stroller and portable crib

Well, we know things are getting close, so we decided to assemble some of the things that baby will need.

First off, we teamed up to tackle the portable crib.  This thing is fancy, but we were able to figure it out 🙂

We teamed up and put together the portable crib
We teamed up and put together the portable crib

Then we put together the very fancy stroller!!   ….and then a tiny test drive around the kitchen

We teamed up and put together the new stroller
We teamed up and put together the new stroller
Kathy taking the just-assembled stroller for spin around the kitchen
Kathy taking the just-assembled stroller for spin around the kitchen

A big week!!

This has been a big week. First, we took some maternity pictures that we hope to be able to post here in a week or two.  Professionally done by a local lady here in Reno.  She’s also likely going to be the one to do our baby pictures.

Then shortly after: Another A+ appointment with Dr. Omar. Things continue to track well and she says she doesn’t see any indications that this baby might be coming early.  Of course, no one knows for sure when things will happen.  Coming up on 37weeks!

And to top off the week. We met with our potential pediatrician for an interview.  The interview went both ways! End result is that he likes us and we really like him.  He also comes highly recommended by the Pediatric staff at the hospital -so that is a good sign. OH, and his name is Dr. Daniel Columbo.

Baby Shower at hospital

In addition to the Baby shower a few weeks ago, the folks at work put on baby shower at the hospital.  It was real nice and casual. It was in between shifts so many people came in and out. Overall a very nice turnout and everyone was so generous.

A+ Doctor Visit -35weeks

Another A+ grade from Dr. Omar! Things are coming along nicely.

This was the last of the semi-monthly appointments and from here on out we go ever week!

A+ Doctor Visit (35weeks)
A+ Doctor Visit (35weeks)

Notice all the pictures in the background of this (one of many) exam room? –These are pictures of some of the babies that Dr. Omar has delivered. Her patients and the babies very much appreciate her. We do too, we think she is great.

Diaper Cake

This is the funniest thing I’ve ever seen. Kathy brought this home from work.

A few of the nurses that she works with built this for Kathy? …it is amazing (ok, i’ve never seen one before so maybe I’m easily impressed)

It is called a diaper cake and it is made out of diapers! …and it looks like a cake.

So, what is holding it together? (my curiosity was killing me) ….Behind the diapers and flowers, in the center ….plastic baby bottles are holding it together.

Pretty cool. …john

Baby Shower

Kris, Rose and Barbara put on a great baby shower. It was here at the house, but the trio did all the work including great food and fun.  Both Grandmas were here and the all-girls party was wonderful.

Too many nice presents -including a Coach diaper bag, (uh, from Grandma Rose no doubt) nice strollers, car seats, hand knitted outfits, booties from Italy and many many useful presents.

Barbara was nice enough to take some video and some of the baby shower can be seen in the video below:

We’ve got a bunch of pictures to go through, and when we, do we’ll add them to this post!

Thanks everyone for a wonderful baby shower. You are all too generous.

Breast Feeding Class

Last night was our “Breast Feeding Class”

It was kind of interesting and we learned a few things. Most of the stuff we either kind of knew or seems to be common sense -but the class was definitely worth while. It kinda helped with the reality that in a few weeks there’s going to be a new person on the outside of the tummy. That reality is kinda weird.

We expected to be the oldest people in the class, but there were other old people there! That was nice 🙂

The class was down at Renown South Meadows and the instructor was good. Amazing that breast feeding is like a specialized field -with specialists who coach etc etc. Who would have thought?

About half of the class time? was spent watching videos, the other half on lecture and questions/answers. People take this subject very seriously, there were a lot of questions!  Most of them from the men!  (maybe they’re just more curious?)

Breast Feeding Class
Breast Feeding Class

After the class we celebrated with Baskin Robbins -and caught it on 2-for-1 night so that was a double treat!

Tummy really showing!

Mom wears the baby very well ….and lately (aprox33weeks) the tummy has really uh, let’s just say made itself the focal point. -sometimes it seems bigger than others. Here is one of those times:

Front view; Side view; and the “Watch Out! -it’s coming at you get out of the way view!
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Doctor Visit

We’re lucky to have a wonderful doctor:? Dr. Omar (clicky)

Today was one of many check-ups and it went awesome. Everything is tracking well.

Here is the lobby of the office, lots of pregnant women typically in this room. It’s like a baby factory here.0901omaroffice11

In the exam room:0901omaroffice2

And here Dr Omar taking measurements and other assorted things, she let us know everything is good!0901omaroffice3