September 6, 2010

Happy "Labor" Day!!

Fortunately for us, there will be no "labor" this Labor Day, unless you count all of the labor we will be doing in the dreaded basement. It's the project that seemingly never ends...except that the virtual end is in sight, finally! Thad and his brother spent several days ripping up 800 square feet of carpet and even more square feet of ridiculously stubborn tile. And for the past few weeks I have been priming and painting every single stinky room in anticipation of the big event...NEW CARPET!!! Fingers crossed that the carpet installation scheduled for September 8th goes off without a hitch (am I jinxing it??? Probably.).

And a Happy 24 Weeks to Baby Helgerahn. As you can see from the look on my face, I am none too impressed with my ever-growing belly (and ever-growing lower half in general). We've also included a full-frontal for your viewing pleasure. My goal of wearing the same shirt for all of my belly-shots is clearly a pipe dream because there isn't much stretch left!

In pregnancy news, things are relatively normal. During the 20 week ultrasound, it was determined that I have a low-lying placenta. As it turns out, the word placenta either makes you uncomfortable or it doesn't. I didn't realize this until I started discussing my "condition" with co-workers, friends, and family. So without going into great detail (you can Google it if you're curious), and to avoid using even more icky words (like cervix), let's just say that the "Big P" should be higher up than it currently is. According to my OB/GYN, 15% of women have such a condition at 20 weeks...but only 0.5% of those women still have the condition at 32 weeks. What does this mean for us? It means we get another sneak-peek at Baby Helgerahn via an ultrasound in 8 weeks! If the "Big P" hasn't shifted by then, well, I guess I won't get to wear all of those halter tops and belly shirts that I have been looking forward to (Thank you, C-Section). The odds are on our side, however. I will likely get to experience hours and hours and hours of the discomfort and pain associated with natural childbirth.