....far away from the cold night air. With one enormous chair! Oh, wouldn't it be lovely?

Okay, so it's not cold. It's actually like 75 degrees here. In December. Yes, I know... But, that doesn't make my plea to get a room with a nice comfy chair and a half, some cocoa, and a book any less legitimate or sincere.

Ladies and Gentlemen...
The 28th week of pregnancy. I never thought I'd make it. Still, sometimes, not sure that I will. 

Like I said before, I have had a very NON-problematic pregnancy. I am so fortunate to be able to say that I've never once vomited, only had acne for a total of one week, and only two migraines around 14 weeks. Not a lot of people are able to boast such things. (My belly button is officially an outie now!)

Last night, however, I could've sworn to you that baby McConnell was coming into the world 3 months early! I made spicy empanadas for dinner and thought that maybe lil Mr. E. didn't like them, although we have never had a problem with spicy food before. It's always my "go to" if nothing else sounds good, which is OFTEN (as you know if you've been following this journey long).

After dinner, I go extremely nauseous and had pain radiating from every bone in my body! My sciatic nerve was so messed up that I couldn't even feel my left butt cheek, and still can't until I start walking and then it's immediate searing pain. My hips felt like they were being pried off with the dull end of a hammer and every time I tried to move around and stand, my pelvic bones popped LOUDLY. My pubic bone felt as though a ton of rock was sitting on it; crushing it and little Ezra was twirling, and whirling, and banging himself into the sides of my stomach like there was no tomorrow. I almost thought that "tomorrow" was gonna be spent in the women's and children's center at our local hospital!

{Before this escapade, I'm proud to say, I was able to go to the gym and actually do 2 miles on the treadmill in 30 minutes at intervals and hills & even squeeze in a bit of jogging with no pain or discomfort! Go third trimester moms! You can do it!}

I cried it out and hubby massaged my sciatica, like he does almost every night now before I can fall asleep. It didn't end for over an hour and, by that time, I was so exhausted that there was nothing else to do, but hold my body pillow close and drift off. Today, {12.12.12 everyone!} I have spent the entire day in bed, except to stagger to the kitchen for coffee and a pumpkin muffin; yelping the entire way!

Hubby and I are chalking the entire 'episode' up to 1) Ezra actually turning around to get out of his previously breeched condition & "dropping" a bit (which I'd never be able to know, because I cannot figure out where his little body parts are to save my life!! Or, 2) my body just preparing for the entire process. I never stretched much, except for my round ligaments around 3 months; so it would make sense to have the pain of preparedness now. I'm hoping the more discomfort I have now, labor will be easier.

I especially want that to be true because I don't want to be a bystander at the delivery of my child. I am dreading even hearing the word "c-section" spoken by my doctor and I am going to opt out of an epidural, as long as possible if not the entire time. I want to be very active in the labor section of Ezra's birth and that's another reason I am very excited that we are having it documented by our good friend and fellow photographer, Felecia of Island Creek Photography

All that being said, I have taken this lazy and rainy day to sign us up for our prepared childbirth classes, register for the hospital tour, and fill-out our pre-admission paperwork. I can't think of any better idea that pre-admission at your hospital! 
I wouldn't want to be having contractions and trying to dig out my insurance card at the same time! Would you? Although, I have heard that sometimes, if your doctor has pre-registered you (with or without your knowledge) you may do more harm than good by filling out the extra paperwork; medical records might not recognize you as the same person and then you will have two different charts at the same facility. However, you may want to ask and find out if this is the case before just NOT filling out anything. Personally, I'd rather fill it in and have it ready only for them to say they don't need it, than not have anything filled out at all. 

We are also in the process of working on two very awesome vintage projects for Ezra's nursery! I can't talk about them or I'll ruin the surprise! Even though I want to tell so bad, the only thing holding me back is that I know it will make so much more sense and look more awesome once we get completely finished and I can blog the photos. We are painting next weekend, with the help of my parents, & then we will be able to work out the fun details that are my favorite. 

Let me raise a question, why is all crib bedding so hideous?? A friend of mine who is about 18 weeks and just found out she is having a little girl has also been in the process of nursery design and is inspired by a vintage DIY Project Nursery room. However, neither of us can find bedding we like. Is there some magic storehouse for this kind of stuff that is actually attractive? Or, do you just hunt until you lose yourself? I'm strongly considering having my mother-in-law help me out in this department. She sews impeccably and then I can just pick my own colors, fabric...etc. For now, I will continue to surf Etsy for anything and everything I can imagine I need. I have even been trying to trade product for vintage books to use, not only as decor, but for reading at bedtime as Ezzy get's older.

*Sigh* I can't wait to meet him...

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