Shanny's baby shower was this weekend in Biloxi, and it was so much fun. She got some AWESOME gifts... and as usual with best friends, hours passed like seconds as we talked and laughed. It has been so much fun to go through pregnancy with her. She has an hour commute, so she calls me almost every single night after work to help pass the time. We talk about weird pregnancy symptoms, when our little gals are most active in the womb and how lucky we are that neither of us have had any of the "textbook" pregnancy issues (i.e. stretch marks, cravings, leg cramps in the middle of the night, that ugly dark line down the center of your belly called the "linea nigra," etc). "I am so proud of myself," I might say, "I don't have the linea nigra OR any stretch marks... oh! AND I still have an innie. I am like a pro at this pregnancy stuff." And she might respond, "I know! We're so lucky. What are all these people complaining about? Pregnancy is a breeze."
Well, we USED to talk about how lucky we were.... And now reality has set in. In the last two weeks I have developed two nasty patches of stretch marks (right near the belly button, mind you), and Shanny has developed that ugly little line down her mid-section. Now we talk about how typical it is that two city gals such as ourselves who have even been called "spoiled" at times (gasp!) would be so naive to think that they would completely surpass all the ugliness that pregnancy entails. Now our conversations are more like this: "Did I tell you I got two sets of stretch marks RIGHT beside my belly button? Now, don't get me wrong... I still have an innie, but I'm just waiting for it to pop out." And she'll say something like "Ugh. I know. I got that line down the center of my stomach, and my belly button is totally flat now."
I still think we have it pretty good... I never got sick, I don't have any weird cravings that drive my husband crazy, I still don't have the linea nigra (knock on wood), no leg cramps and no heartburn or indigestion (ps. what's the difference?). I really have had an incredibly easy pregnancy. My only complaints are that I have frequent lower back pain and I can no longer reach my legs to shave them. Oh, and I can't sleep. But I really don't think you can consider that a characteristic of bad pregnancy. It's just physically impossible. Anyway, she's one of my best friends and I adore her and I'm so happy we can share this fun time together. Here are some snapshots of her baby shower:
Seriously, she really IS pregnant. Me - 29 weeks - and Shanny - 31 weeks.
The amazing bassinet her Aunt Tina made. This picture doesn't do it justice. It was insanely gorgeous.
And Tina's had 4 kids, so she knew all the perfect goodies to stuff in the bassinet. I wanted everything in this goody basket.
Delicious cake with Pey Pey's initials on it. Miss Peyton Anne Howell will be one ROTTEN little girl.
Diaper cake her other aunt made. See the cute little MSU cheerleader on top? It was precious.
And here's a photo to prove that my hair really did look cute when I left the house. But it was a 2 hour drive, so my hair was the sacrifice.... and my lower back. This is 29 weeks exactly.
Me and MaryCollis at 29 weeks. Looking pretty good, huh? Don't tell me otherwise. I'm likely to have a meltdown.
Now, let's get to the 4D ultrasound. Yesterday Chad and I went back to Premier Imaging to get our 4D ultrasound. I was so excited to see how much MC had changed over the last 2 months. But just as I laid down on the bed and Pat squirted the warm goo on my belly, I felt a huge tumble in the womb. This wasn't your average kick or jab, this was a clear rotation. And sure enough, Pat started looking around and MC had completely turned over to face my back. Now, she has pretty much been in the head down position since the beginning, which is great... nobody wants a breech bebe... but she has usually been facing my stomach which is what you need for good ultrasound photos. But just as soon as we got into the ultrasound room, she did the big rotation and she's been there ever since. I guess I can't get too upset though because she is in the perfect position for delivery. We did get a few shots, but they were all of the back of her head.
I know this looks creepy, but this is the back/side of her head. See her little ear? And it looks like she's got her fist up right beside her face. We discovered this is a favorite position for her. I was disappointed when I saw this shot.... no hair. I came out with a head FULL of hair, so I'm really hoping she does too.
So we know she has 5 fingers... at least on one hand anyway.
I went back to Premier today because I could have sworn she rolled back over... negative... still in birthing position. So Pat told me to just keep coming back until we saw her little face. Bless that woman's heart. She must know what it's like to be a first time mother (i.e. a neurotic, emotional mess). So I'll go back in a couple of days and maybe I'll get to see MC's face.