Wednesday, January 5, 2011

This Texas Baby: Week 35 Check-In

BABY'S TASK FOR THE WEEK: Well baby girl, seems like you are pretty much ready for the world at this point. Sure, your nervous system and immune system are still maturing, but other than that your only task for the next few weeks is to plump up. I suppose that means I'm going to be plumping up too? In fact if you were born today you would have around a 99% survival rate, I don't think it gets much better than that! Since your living quarters are getting more and more cramped by the day, you have probably reached your birth length. I wonder if you are going to be tall/long like your momma and daddy are?

SYMPTOMS: Lack of lung capacity! I have noticed that I have to sit up straighter at work because when I slouch in my chair, like I normally would, you do not like it very much. You let me know know this by wiggling your butt up under my ribs and squishing my lungs even more. So, I will find myself just sitting there gasping for air! Not to mention anytime I go up stairs or anything like that, I will find myself gasping for breath.

CURRENT MOOD: I am torn between wanting you here NOW and wanting you to stay in my belly forever! I imagine by the end of the month I will be begging for you to make your entrance. Who knows you might end up coming a little later than we were expecting! I had a doctors appointment yesterday and after the doctor measured me she told me she wanted me to go get another ultrasound, because I am measuring a little smaller than I should be. This is the first time that has happened, I have always been right where I was supposed to be, but she said it could be just because you have fallen into my pelvic cavity already. So, I go to the imaging center on Monday for another ultrasound.
She also did a pelvic exam to see if I was dilated or anything and nothing was happening there! I was really nervous that the exam was going to hurt, I feel like I have read online that it can hurt a lot, but it did not, not sure if it will hurt more once I am actually in labor.
I was also swabbed for Strep B, I should find out today or tomorrow if I have it or not, fingers crossed for a negative result. A positive would not worry me or anything, it just means I would have to be hooked up to antibiotics as soon as I am admitted to the hospital and I am not all about that. I want to stay IV free for as long as possible. I have no problem if they get a line ready incase I need an IV, but I have no desire to be hooked to an IV as soon as I am admitted. I want to be able to walk around freely, plus I have read several birth stories where ladies leave the hospital weighing more than when they went in because they were pumped so full of IV fluids.

THIS WEEK'S GETTING READY FOR BABY FINISHED HOMEWORK: Little girl, I am pretty sure you have more clothes than your daddy or I have! We did 5 loads of laundry for you last weekend! FIVE! Granted one of them was sheets and blankets, but still, so much laundry. But now all your clothes have been de-tagged, washed, and hung up or folded. I was super worried for a while about de-tagging all of your clothes, because what if you outgrow them before you can wear them? What if you are a huge baby and all the newborn clothes we have are too small? What if you pop out as a boy!?! These are all valid possibilities (my gender ultrasound was very inconclusive, as in "ummm, think it's a girl...." so maybe I can verify that on Monday!) but at the same time I can live with a bunch of "what ifs" and I think it would suck a lot more to of come home with a little baby and have 5 loads of laundry to do vs having to pack up somethings that don't fit!

NEXT WEEK'S GETTING READY FOR BABY HOMEWORK: I still need to work on packing our hospital bags, but I will get there. I am also planning on doing marathon cooking this weekend to get our freezer stocked with meals we can just thaw and heat up for the first month or so after you are born.


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