7 more weeks...

Sunday, January 13, 2013

until baby Tabitha arrives. I'm pretty set on the name now, so I guess it's ok to announce it. My DH and I have been calling her that for a while now, so I hope we don't change our minds! Being a teacher, I have so many names crossed off the list because they remind me of students, but there are no students at my school with that name so I don't associate it with anyone. (And that was hard to do...I teach elementary music to about 550 students). I also love the shortened version -- Tabby. Cute, I think. If you don't agree, don't say anything, lol! I'm so attached to my name that I don't want anyone to ruin it for me.

The nesting and baby preparations have taken control of my life. Although I feel like a bad teacher, at work I'm mentally "checked out", so to speak. Luckily I have many folders of lesson plans I've used before so I feel ok going on autopilot for a while. I feel like there's so much to do at home that it's hard to focus on work, too. I will probably only work for about a month longer before I take leave, which will be for 6-8 weeks. The good thing is I once I return, I only work until the beginning of June before I will be on summer vacation until mid-August. I think it's good that I'm working though, because otherwise I would be monumentally lazy. I get a good bit of exercise walking the halls (mostly to find the closest unoccupied bathroom), and dancing, singing and working with kids throughout the day.

Keeping active at work has been good for my health and keeping my weight gain under control (somewhat). I've stopped checking the scale at ALL because it was driving me insane, though. I look when I go to the doctor's office and that's it. I cannot focus on that right now. I do my prenatal yoga when I'm feeling tight and achy, I stay on my feet at work with kids all day, and lemme tell ya, all this cleaning has got to do a body good! I cannot get my apartment clean enough! It's neverending. My goal for tomorrow is to clean out my kitchen cabinets, wipe down the insides, and put down new liners. It seems there's always a new project for me to handle on the weekend.

Speaking of busy weekends, I'm exhausted from today! My DH and I got up early and went to an infant care class this morning. I thought that the class would mostly be for my husband, but I learned a lot, too! There are some interesting things about babies!
Stuff I didn't know:
1) Babies can sometimes emit a discharge from their nipples after birth.
2) Their genitals are swollen after birth due to maternal hormones
3) Babies gag very easily after birth because they may have fluid lodged in their throat so you may have to suction it out with a bulb
4) When babies are dehydrated, you may find a yellowish powder in their diapers that looks like brick dust
5) Female babies can have a "mini-period" after birth, or bloody discharge from vagina
6) Medicaid does not pay for circumcisions anymore... not that it applies to my situation, as I don't have Medicaid nor am I having a boy.. just seemed sort of interesting that these days even the government considers circumcision to be purely cosmetic and unnecessary.

I thought I knew a good bit from babysitting my five nieces and nephews, but wow... some of that stuff seemed freaky to me!

Anyway, after attending that class, DH and I went grocery shopping and to the baby consignment shop to look at swings and clothing. I didn't find a swing that I liked, but I did pick up at couple of lap gowns with mitten cuffs for $5. Sweet deal.

I finally have the baby furniture moved into the bedroom. That happened today. My husband is a good little fixer-upper, and we bought a used entertainment center for cheap a week ago. He installed shelves inside and now we are using it as a cabinet for baby clothing and accessories. It's now finally in the bedroom next to the bassinet. I put in a ton of little plastic bins for clothing storage. I organized all my baby stuff and realized that there is so much more that I need to get! It's overwhelming. Luckily I still have a baby shower that is hosted by my coworkers so hopefully I will be able to accumulate some more things I need before Tabitha arrives.

I hope everyone is doing well! I have been trying to keep up with everyone's fitness and weight-loss blogs even though I feel really "out of the loop" right now. I can't wait until I get back to normal and get to use my jogging stroller. It's sitting in my living room calling to me! I really don't want to let this pregnancy be an excuse to return to my overeating, sedentary ways. I want to be an active, fit mom outside playing with her child instead of watching from the sidelines.

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    Tabitha! Tabby! Adorable - I love it!

    I'm so excited for you. Also freaked out about the baby facts you shared, but it's all good! This is so exciting. And baby jogging stroller? I'm swooning. Did I mention that I'm excited for you?
    3123 days ago
    Tabby is a beautiful name! I can't wait to see her pics.

    FYI...this website is invaluable when buying baby items, especially from consignment:


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    Tabitha is a lovely, unusual name and yes, Tabby is an adorable nickname. I am sure you and her daddy will give her many other nicknames, as well. I love hearing about your nesting instincts - it brings back nice memories. I am hoping you get in lots of naps, and indulge in reading some books and seeing some movies, over the next couple months. What an exciting time. Thank you for sharing it with us.
    3124 days ago
    How exciting! I'm taking a class and hope I learn some new things soon! I have 3 more weeks of it. I can't wait til our little girls are here! I love your name! I can't imagine trying to weed through that many names so you don't have a copy to a students name! I'm glad you found one that you love!

    Girl, we are going to do great post pregnancy with our weight loss and staying healthy! I'm getting a jogging stroller too, and it will be almost Summer/Spring so we can enjoy lots of exercise outdoors. We got to set good examples for our baby girls. We can do it! I'm saving healthy meal recipes now (Ones that are quick and easy to make) so I don't have any excuses when she gets here for not having time to eat healthy.
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    THanks for the update! Sounds like you are ready for the little bundle of joy! And Tabitha or Tabby is a beautiful name. I only know one person with that name - she is a dear friend of mine and super sweet. Sounds like it is working out perfectly with the timing and school - but I guarantee that after only 6-8 weeks with your baby girl, you will not want to leave her. At least you will be off for the summer. Keep us posted!
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    So exciting! Don't pay too much attention to those "freaky" stories. All extremely unlikely. And as any mom will tell you: sleep as much as you can now before Tabitha arrives.
    3126 days ago
    The name Tabitha is adorable! You have definitely been nesting ; ) There's always SO much to day before baby comes, and after they come, it gets so much worse, lol! Best of luck in the last few weeks *HUGS*
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    I like the name Tabitha, but then again I happily watched a lot of Bewitched so that may have something to do with it emoticon You are a very busy lady these days, but I am glad you are taking care of yourself. Cool baby facts; did not know any of that. I hope you get some great things at your baby shower emoticon emoticon
    3126 days ago
    Good luck
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    Good luck
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