Things around here have been pretty busy lately - - a lot of different things going on! We had our first birthing class last week. We were supposed to have two classes, but the weather kept her from making it here the first night. It was a very positive experience. We were both pretty nervous going into it, but she put us at ease. The instructor actually came to our house for the class. We had been in contact with her to sign up for the class that she does through Choices West, but she offered to do a class for us here for no additional charge. I think she knew that we would have different issues and questions as we prepare for a birthing experience that is sure to be different from the norm. She made us feel confident though that we are in the best hands possible for care and that we will hopefully still have some level of control over the situation in terms of what we want and do not want during the birth. She encouraged us to create a birth plan and talk with Dr. Neulander about what in reality is possible. That way we know what to expect and everyone is on the same page. We have one more class with her next week that we are looking forward to.
We also met with the pediatrician's office on Thursday afternoon. It is the office that has been recommended to us by numerous people on a personal and professional level. It is where our nephew, Emanuel, goes and was highly recommended by Choices West and a NICU nurse Vince met at physical therapy. We met mainly with the nurse practitioner and only briefly with the actual pediatrician when he came in to introduce himself and reinforce the fact that we are in good care. The NP runs the office for the most part and will most likely be who we will mainly deal with, but it was disappointing to not get to sit down with the doctor for any great lengths. The NP does personally know Dr. Ratner (the surgeon) which is a good connection to make though! Despite our (really just mom's!) disappointment, we are satisfied that we are making the right choice with this office.
And, we have a nursery! It is practically complete. The major painting is done and looks great. Mom is going to stamp some stars on the walls and then the painting will be done. We bought the crib set last week, but were only able to get the crib, not the dressers. We were told the dressers would not be in for 8-12 weeks, unfortunately. So, we put the crib together last Saturday and went out and bought a mattress so that we could get the full effect - sheets, bumper, mobile - and we were satisfied that we had done as much as we could. Then, yesterday we got a message that our dressers were available already!! So exciting! We went and got them last night and had Patty's brothers came over to help move them in. It looks great! Absolutely perfect! And with the shower this weekend, it makes us feel good to know that we have space to put everything away now. Only problem we are having is that Chester (our cat) thinks that the crib is his personal comfy bed. It is probably a good thing that we have a couple months at least to break him of this habit!
So, with Thanksgiving tomorrow and the shower on Saturday, it is going to be more busyness around here. We hope you all have a great Thanksgiving and enjoy your time with your families. We are very thankful this year for you and all your support these past few months. Next year we will have even more to be thankful for by this time!