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Summertown & Nashville Tennessee weekend recap, fun times!

Summertown & Nashville Tennessee weekend recap, fun times!

We had a blast this weekend and even took some photos to share with you. Hopefully you enjoyed the belly shot photos I shared with you over the weekend. If you haven’t seen those yet you can by following this link.

For those of you who didn’t already know we planned to spend my birthday weekend in Tennessee. It was our last appointment with our midwife out at The Farm until we come to stay and deliver Tater in early June.

We figured it would also be kind of nice to plan a mini vacation for that weekend since it will be basically the last time we travel for leisure as just the two of us before Tater arrives.

N did have a nice dinner planned for me at The Melting Pot in downtown Nashville on Saturday night. We saw Pamela for our prenatal appointment Saturday afternoon then we stayed at the very unique Hotel Preston that evening.

On Sunday we headed out to the Cheekwood Botanical Garden in Nashville, we also stopped by The Mall at Green Hills to buy me a nice maternity top since the one I brought wouldn’t button around my boobs anymore.

I found 2 at Macy’s for $16.00 that weren’t even maternity tops but fit great, they were my birthday splurge. We also went by the Whole Foods near the mall to pick up a few grocery items and some calcium supplements per Pamela’s suggestion.

Like I said we had a blast together and we captured so many great belly shots for the scrapbook and our baby announcements (that I am not allowed to share with you just yet because they are a surprise!).

The photos I am allowed to share are of The Farm and I figured I would tell you more about the appointment too. First here is a slide show of the photos:

We were late to our appointment again which was a bummer, being late is also a big anxiety trigger for me so that wasn’t pleasant for us. Plus poor Pamela was waiting for us. We got lost on the way there once again thanks to GPS and internet directions.

I think we’ve finally figured out the correct directions there so N will be able to navigate his way there confidently once my labor has begun. It would really suck for him to be lost while I am in labor!

Anyway, once we arrived at The Farm Clinic I got to pee (finally) while N and Pamela talked. N ratted me out about my anxiety and stress levels these days then the appointment got underway.

All checked out normal. I am still weighing in at about 123.5 and my blood pressure is good but I’ve been warned to start laying more and to stop feeling bad about it. Apparently, laying down (preferably on the left side) means better overall circulation which has a major impact on kidney function while pregnant.

Blood pressure and kidney function go hand in hand so if my blood pressure is to stay at a good level my kidneys need to have adequate blood flow which means I need to lay down more… Like I’ve got time to lay! I am making a big effort to lay my ass down more now so don’t worry.

I am also working to drink more water and I’ve added a calcium supplement because calcium and magnesium also go hand in hand with lowering blood pressure. Blood pressure is basically the only potential concern for us right now. We are trying to be proactive so that we don’t have problems later.

We heard Tater’s heartbeat again and she checked out fine, N was having a great time taking video and snapping photos the whole time. We all got to chat about what is going on with life. We told Pamela about the move and all the stuff that is going on for us right now.

My OBGYN said I could lift stuff and not worry about a weight limit on lifting as long as it didn’t hurt. Pamela advised me not to lift stuff during the move at all. She said major lifting could lead to premature labor and that it is better to be safe than sorry, which we totally agree with.

We also talked and have ultimately decided to hold off on getting the RhoGam shot until after Tater is born (if her blood type warrants it). Having the injection while pregnant is just something we are not comfortable doing. We are more concerned with safeguarding Tater now as opposed to safeguarding my future fertility.

Oh and we did talk about the game plan for possible early labor and when to call Pamela or head to The Farm. Right now I am having some of my first practice contractions, fun!

All in all we are feeling good about the pregnancy progress, confident and ready for the last leg of pregnancy! It was a great weekend for us and now we are looking ahead to next weekend with anticipation. We get the keys to our new place, yay!

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  • I’m so glad you enjoyed your weekend. Why is it that you didn’t give Lotus a heads up when you were there?

    witchypoos last blog post..How I Got Pregnant

    March 24, 2009 at 7:56 am
  • The Farm looks like a very peaceful beautiful place for a birth. How awesome to have access to it.

    And horray on the new place. I’m glad it all worked out for you.

    Leshas last blog post..I like your hair, long and crazy and you

    March 24, 2009 at 9:37 am
  • Wow – this is so exciting! The Farm looks absolutely lovely – I can’t imagine a nicer place to give birth. Don’t feel bad about laying down more – you have to do what you have to do that’s good for Tater. Stay well, keep us posted when you can, and know that I keep you in my thoughts and prayers. 🙂

    teenis last blog post..Just Passing Through…

    March 24, 2009 at 10:15 am
  • I’m glad you had a great time over the weekend and were able to get some comforting answers to your questions. Hopefully N will remember how to get there when the big day arrives 😉

    Take care and enjoy laying around in peace and quiet while you can.

    Beckys last blog post..It Lives!

    March 24, 2009 at 8:36 pm
  • I find myself relieved that you’ve put off the Rhogam shot.

    Then I find myself how you’re going to leave the beauty and comfort of The Farm after you’ve given birth. What a lovely place!

    Donna B.s last blog post..Helmets And Closed Head Injuries

    March 24, 2009 at 10:28 pm
  • A new home and a new baby – why not do it all at once, eh? Actually, my best friend did it that way and her daughter came home to the same house they’re still in, 14 years later. They love it there.

    julias last blog post..Wordless Wednesday – 92

    March 25, 2009 at 10:54 am
  • The Farm looks so homey. It sounds like you’ll be surrounded by a wonderful environment and women who will do so much to keep you comfortable and safe.

    Glad you had a good weekend in Nashville!

    Hyphen Mamas last blog post..Completely Embarrassing Parenting Moment #94654

    March 27, 2009 at 4:33 pm

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