well folks it seems as though God has different plans for the birth of our baby. a lot of you were aware that adam and i attended 12 weeks
of Bradley Natural Birthing Classes. Most of you repeatedly told me how insane i was and many swore i wouldn’t make it. It was something
we both became very passionate about and were SO excited to experience. At 30 wks we found out little nori was laying transverse
and she should have already been head down by that point. i wasn’t worried cause she had plenty of time, but that day started the wild
goose chase to fix the situation. i researched the heck out of ‘breech’ presentations online and began doing EVERY technique/procedure that
seemed to work for everyone else. as the weeks went by and the doc’s started using that dreaded term “c section,” I started becoming a little
bit crazy. we took it up a notch and instead of “laying on a 30 degree slant”, adam would put my legs over his shoulders and hang me
completely upside down! nothing. i paid hundreds of dollars to every sort of therapist/chiropractor who swore of 97% success rates for
flipping breech babies. nothing. the last option was at 37 weeks, we checked into the hospital (bags packed in case of emergency), and the
doctor performed an ECV on me. while it was very painful and left me bruised and sore, it wasn’t successful. at this point, many offered to help
us find a doctor who would deliver a frank breech baby. but with much meditation, prayer and finally acceptance…we have decided everything DOES
happen for a reason. the baby and i are currently healthy and we’d like to keep it that way. we know there are millions of healhy babies born via
c section every year, it was just not the birth experience we had hoped for our baby. i know, i know, we aren’t in control of anything, and we
need to accept that because this baby will soon dictate our lives…we get that. lol. and too, like everyone has been preaching to me during
this very emotional week, in the end when you have a happy healthy baby in your arms, you will forget all of this. we can’t wait for this moment.
so needless to say they have scheduled the surgery for 12-20-09..SUNDAY! before christmas!!! i also am VERY excited that my best friend of like
20yrs will be attending the surgery. Emily is a Physicians Assistant who personally knows my gynos, i’m so happy she will be by my side for this
huge moment in my life, as well as to calm my nerves…annnnnd to pick adam up off the floor in case he passes out. :-O
anywho, i could go on forever but instead i’ll leave you with some pictures of her room!
I’ve finally gotten the nursery to the point where i have to accept, i have no time left to make it any cooler. adam gave me FULL responsibility
for decorating. can you tell by the crazy amount of color?! he did however insist on a green shag to simulate ‘grass’ in her room.
yes, we hand painted those stripes, the flower boxes, knobs, glider… Nonni (my mom) made the curtains and then i just used
the extra material to cover the glider…which was my grandmas
Nori Jo Pace. our good friend’s mom shared that name with us and i was in love. i was even more set on it when we discovered what it meant!
in japanese: Nori=believe
her middle name is not only a big time family name on both of our sides…it’s actually both mine and adam’s middle name!
in italian: pace=peace.
many of you have heard me tell the story of adam and i in italy discovering his name meant peace. i knew it was 100% meant to be
since my whole life i’ve been that girl who wears, says, draws, etc, the peace sign every chance i get! too bad jo doesn’t mean ‘in’
because how rad would that be if her name translated to “believe in peace!” For months i had to convince adam that was going to be
her name. People even gave us gifts with “nori” printed on it way before adam said yes to it! ha! finally one night we duked it out in a
game of rock, paper, scissors there was a large crowd to witness ME winning AND uncle eric has it on video! fair and square. Boom.
my good friend angie made this for us. adorable.
38.5 wks pregnant. (9 1/2+ mths.) confusing isn’t it? lol. we had so many intentions to do cute things during this pregnancy…but our biz
took all of our energy. so the cute christmas card i wanted to do with my belly painted as an ornament…that’s NOT going to happen :-/
a note for clients: if you have recently placed a print/cd order than you should already know the situation. hang tight. for those of you who were
about to place an order, that’s fine..but just know i’ll be on “maternity leave” until march. the only photo work i will be doing is editing shots of nori!
please keep us in your prayers as we embark on this new journey! while i will be the first to admit how nervous i am…adam is so very excited and
claiming he’s too anxious and ready to be nervous! we for sure will be welcoming visitors, just text or call me!
next time i’m blogging…i’ll be a MOM. (of a human that is! i love you lilo! ha! ) peace, soon to be parents!!! aghhh!!