Life outside the Joint

I swear, there is a video somewhere of me being rolled out of the hospital in this crazy HUMONGOUS wheelchair/cart thing (what do they think I'm fat or something?!) with the song "I'm comin' home" by Eminem--and that random girl who hasn't recorded anything since--playing in the background and the face of pure, unadulterated joy...

There is something about that hospital-- its filtered, hospitaly air; not being able to leave your room without permission; your schedule being on other people's time...COMPLETE LACK OF FRESH AIR. {the windows don't open because they think the patients will try and jump or something...I might have eventually...}. No wonder people go crazy in jail when they get privileges revoked. I called Brandon and my Mom no less than twice a day crying hysterically about something irrelevant and pointless. I'm telling you. A lack of fresh air for 3 weeks will throw you over the edge (not that I wasn't teetering on said edge already...)

My glorious return to life at home was Friday, February 14th. That same day my older sister Kathleen and her 7month old daughter Amelia drove down from DC to spend the weekend organizing the nursery. Amelia and I got some amazing cuddle sessions in this past weekend, let me tell you. And Saturday my younger sister  drove from Atlanta to assist in the nursery overhaul.

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Just some awesome Amelia moments. We had a pretty crazy time this weekend.

Good news, Amelia was our tester of most of the baby items we have so far- our one crib, the MamaRoo, a bumbo, the boppys, some bath toys, etc. Turns out they are all great purchases according to Mimi. We will just have to get over the fact that no matter how much we clean, no matter how much we try, there will be Bear hair on everything. And our children will most likely consume more Bear hair then we will want to admit. Oh well. We put forth a valiant effort.

As part of the "Operation: Overhaul Nursery" Kathleen and Mary did 4th and 5th coats of white pain on the diagonal walls (I know, I know. I can't make up my mind) and painted the ceiling white (instead of leaving it the off-white that the rest of the house came with). They also repainted some old shelves that were a hand-me-down from my Mom and Dad. Here's the transformation of the shelves:

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Before

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After

Pretty Amazing. This is a vital piece of furniture for the room since it'll end up being our organization station. Baskets full of organized goodies. All that's left after this is getting the last two cribs to the house and setting them up! From there it's all about decorating! There is an end in sight...

Here's a crazy picture of them before starting to paint the ceiling. They claim "It was the worst thing ever." FYI for anyone who desires to paint their own ceilings anytime soon. Their advice? Hire someone.

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NOW! onto the Baby Updates!

Wednesday, February 12th was our latest Growth Scan. Here are some stats for ya:

Jack weighs 3lbs 7oz

Clara weighs 3lbs even

Olivia weighs 3lbs even

My pregnancy app which is set up for only growing one baby at a time (psshhtt...amateurs) says at 30 weeks they should weigh between 3lbs and 3lbs12oz. So we are pretty average! I'll take average!!! AND Obviously I wasn't TOO crazy in that drugged out video of mine...JACK IS FAT. PROOF, PEOPLE. All Heartrates and fluid levels were perfect. They are all "practicing their breathing" (moving their diaphragm up and down) and wiggling like crazy. They are perfect!

Today I had a BPP back at my hospital, Womack, with my MFM, Dr. Wilson. Babies were all perfect again. I started the ultrasound and Liv's head was on the right side, we ended the ultrasound and her head was on my left. That's just a little visual for those who haven't seen or heard about how crazy wild my kids are. Our awesome ultrasound tech was finally able to get one awesome photo of Miss Clara. The other two were wild and hiding their faces from me. Here's one of our sweet girls:

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We also discussed C-section Dates! Here is the plan. Since the NICU at Womack is full again, they can't logically schedule for a day in the next 4 weeks without knowing if my babies will have room. Dr. Wilson doesn't expect anyone to be discharged before the next week, so she thinks I'll be fine going well into my 32nd week. But, after that--the day they get enough discharges to fit our little ones, we will get a morning wake up call to say "Today is the day!" So Anytime between 33 and 35 weeks could be D-Day! That being said, tonight I'm packing a Baby Bag (in my awesome Kate Spade diaper bag of course) and my hospital bag! They will be by the door and ready! I still want to go to 35 weeks, though so today I got a mani/pedi and got a green color on my nails as good luck that I can make it to St. Patrick's Day. Or at least March.

And here's my 31 week (really 31+2) belly photo!

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That's my countdown to 35 weeks! WHAT?! Less than a month people. Less. than. one. month.

And for some random photos..

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Wheelchair-ing around in our obese wheelchair after my appointment today with Tenisha (my work sister...see the resemblance?)

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Yep.

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Love this!

I won't have another Growth Scan until 3 weeks after the last (which was last Wednesday). So all my appointments will just be BPPs until then. And only if I make it that far will we have anymore estimated weights. THIS IS REALLY HAPPENING PEOPLE. PREPARE THE BABY ROCKING ARMIES!!

FYI for those planning a visit after babies come-- Everyone needs to be up-to-date {aka in the last year} with their Flu Shot and TDaP vaccines (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis). Without those, there will be no baby snuggling. Sorry. Rules are rules. ♥

Here's to some more weeks of baby cookin'! Cheers!!