Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Work Baby Shower

This past weekend was super busy but so much fun!  Our awesome friends at work kicked-off our weekend by throwing a baby shower for our little gal.  I know that I’ve posted in the past about how great our co-workers are but it’s worth mentioning again because they are such great people.  Georgia has worked at the University for over 13 years and I just celebrated my 6th year anniversary.  This tells you a little bit about how much we enjoy working there. :)

One of the things that I absolutely love about our organization is all of the community outreach and philanthropy we are involved in.  The biggest of these events is called, Newborns in Need.  This is an annual community event in which we collect new baby clothing, diapers, car seats and other baby items for families that don’t have the economic means to purchase these essentials for their babies.  I’ve been to about 10 of the baby showers over the years and it always warms my heart to hear stories of all the families that are impacted through this philanthropy.  As we visited and opened gifts at the shower, I couldn’t help but think about how incredibly blessed we are to have a supportive family and co-workers that love and celebrate our little family!  I thought about all of the young mothers in NM that have to brave parenthood on their own and have to do it with little to no family support or money.  I can tell you that after working to bring our own little one into the world and seeing things from the parent perspective, I am going to do my best to contribute even more in the years to come.

We were so touched by all of the special gifts our friends made for Gracie.  We received the most beautiful handmade blanket and baby scrapbook as well as a handmade knitted owl.  Grace was also given more books (which you can never get enough of) and precious little girly outfits!  I think it’s safe to say that the gift that surprised us the most was our car seat and stroller!  This was the one item that we still had yet to purchase and we really weren’t in a position to buy for another 2 weeks.  We were overjoyed when we open this last big gift and set it up first thing when we got home.  Thank you all so, so much!

On Sunday we met up with my BF Elena in Old Town to take our maternity pictures.  Elena started her photography business about a year ago and from the moment that we found out we were pregnant, I knew I wanted her to be the one to take our belly pics.  As luck would have it, Elena and her family came to NM for a visit this week and it happened to be right when G’s belly really popped which made for some great pictures.  Thank you Elena so much for capturing these memories for us.  We can’t wait to see how they came out!

We spent the rest of the weekend cleaning house, assembling baby gear and finishing Gracie’s nursery (pictures coming soon)!  All that we really have left to do is finish our Baby Basics classes at the hospital, clean a bit more and pack our hospital bag.  Everyday I am just amazed that we are nearing the finish line.  We can’t wait to see our baby girl's beautiful face! 

Here is how Gracie’s growing @ 36 Weeks:

Your baby is still packing on the pounds – at the rate of about an ounce a day.  She now weighs about 6 pounds (like a Crenshaw melon) and is more than 18 1/2 inches long.  She’s shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath.  Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture, called meconium, will form the contents of her first bowel movement.

At the end of this week, your baby will be considered full-term.  (Full-term is 37 to 42 weeks; babies born before 37 weeks are pre-term and those born after 42 are post-term.)  Most likely she’s in a head-down position.  But if she isn’t, your practitioner may suggest scheduling an “external cephalic version,” which is a fancy way of saying she’ll try to coax your baby into a head-down position by manipulating her from the outside of your belly.

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