We got TWO gifts this week. The first being the Rock-and-Play that I was so stressed would be sold out/unavailable. I saw it at Babies R' Us and Karmon came and got it for us! We were so excited to put it together. Adi sniffed it a few times, then walked away. Aspen was being a nosey beagle (always) and she was sniffing it and then had to get up on the ottoman to get a closer look! (I know I will find her snuggly butt in there one day... I think it will probably be hilarious)The second gift we got was a toy that I LOVE! I love the vintage coloring and it matches the nursery pretty well. The entire set of these toys/accessories are amazing! Thank you Anne! (now... how to keep Adi from eating the balls...)
This is just the cover of the resources we were given at our birthing class. We decided to do it all in one day. I am glad we did. They do need more comfortable chairs, but other than that.... amazing. It was great to see videos of how it all REALLY works, not what I have created in my head, heard from others, or learned in high school. I think that the science behind it was amazing to witness, and with that being said, it is truly a miracle to think of all the things that God has created/set in motion for a woman to be able to deliver a baby! I can remember a few things that I found fascinating and I feel I should share:
1. The journey for delivery is 4 inches. That is all the further it is from beginning to end.
2. The uterus is the strongest muscle (man or woman) when in labor.
3. When a woman dialates, the muscle moves to the BACK of the baby and keep pushing.
4. The placenta is the only organ that is fully created after birth and only lasts for the 10 months of pregnancy. (then it dies when expelled)
5. A baby is given skin to skin immediately to regulate the babies heart rate, temperature, and give it a sense of familiarity by hearing mom's heartbeat.
6. Babies see light and dark when born. That is why a woman's nipples get darker. Within the first hour, a baby will look for the dark nipple to start breastfeeding. (natural instinct)
Random facts but I felt like they were very interesting!
We are blessed with an extended family of campers. John and I were camp counselors at Camp Presmont (church camp) where we were mentors to a group of girls and a group of boys. We are always in contact with them and make sure they are doing great! I know that it is amazing to know that they are growing in to adults and making decisions that will forever impact their lives. They keep us up to date and we love them dearly. After church, John and I got to see Eli for lunch! It was so nice to just sit, talk and really get to know how he was doing. He is full of life and a great young man. I am so proud of him and his pursuit of teaching. Growing up is hard, and Eli is doing a great job! (Please disregard how stinking LARGE I look in this picture. yikes. This sweater will be taken out of the rotation immediately!)
Just a sneak peek! It SNOWED!!!!! Ever since I found out I was pregnant, I looked up winter maternity pictures and they were all snowy... I was so jealous. I wanted snow. And it snowed.... amazing! It was cold, but beyond worth it. I will post all of the pictures once they are edited and ready to share! (I found the perfect Christmas card too.... so exciting!)
Thanksgiving prep coming up...