Rocket destroyed my best cauliflower yesterday. Waaaaaah! I salvaged about a third of it, but it's only enough for one person. There's another pretty one on its way, and I must look out for it and the only remaining brocolli in the garden. I reinforced the garden fence after the latest "break in," but Rocket is a master burgler. Grrrrrrrr.
Today's fun was the level II u/s at 36w3d:
The u/s today revealed that Nicholas is head down, thankfully (not breech, which runs in my family). Giant babies also run in my family, however, and the dr. couldn't rule this out! His head is huge. It's measuring at 40 weeks (a month ahead of his current age). Everything else on him is measuring on schedule and a little ahead of schedule, and the perinatologist told us today that he averages out to the 70% percentile in size for his age. The dr. also said that his estimated weight is currently 7lbs and 4oz. Yeesh! Two things to add to that: one is that the dr. said that at this point, the estimate can be off by a pound either way. The second is that in its last month, a baby puts on a quarter to a half pound per week. So, he could be pushing 10 pounds by the time he's due. Or, on the other hand, if the estimate is a pound too high, he could be as light as ... 7.4 (which is average for a boy). I kind of doubt the light side estimate, though. My OB will need to go over this with me on Monday at my check-up. I'm going to really work hard with her to prevent a c-section due to size. The current dr.-think around here is that any baby over 8lbs should be birthed via c-section for first-time moms. So that's the u/s report! We are overall very pleased that the perinatologist says everything looks perfectly normal with brain, heart, stomach, kidneys, vertebrae, size, etc. Placenta looks fine and there is plenty of amniotic fluid, too. It's just the poundage and head size that worry me a bit.
Wow, we didn't get showered today, we got deluged!! Thirty people showed up at Dave's workplace shower, and they were beyond generous. Lots of cash and gift cards, and LOTS of clothes for Nicholas!!! Especially in bigger sizes, which will be a godsend down the road, I'm sure. Now that the last shower is behind us, we can truck on down to the store and pick up the last remaining items we need: crib matress, changing pad, a few medicine cabinet basics, and some baby washcloths. To think that that's all we have left to buy feels wonderful. We're going to forego the bouncy seat/swing decision for a while, as well as the playard, since we have a cradle/bassinet at the moment. Maybe my folks can be talked into getting us one of those when they come up to help with the baby. I'm also going to wait to buy a pump until after I get adjusted to the breast feeding. We get discounts through our hospital on the Medela and Ameda pumps, so I'll probably go with a Ameda pump-in-style eventually.
Still so much to do in the 3+ weeks remaining. I've got to finish packing my hospital bag, clean out the dresser drawers in the nursery and organize Nicholas' things into it, and GET ON CHILD CARE WAITING LISTS!! I've visited two facilities near work, and only liked one, and it is EXPENSIVE ($880/month for an infant--price goes down for a toddler). I'd like to visit at least two more near work and then make my final decision. They all say to get on the waiting list this summer for my start date of January. Times-a-wastin'!!!! What else? Hmmm. I guess getting the house ready for visitors is another thing to do. It will never end, I suppose.
Very, very sad day for the July 2003 board: our first Ruby Cutie born, Aidan, has passed away in Mommy's arms (kylieflower). I am devestated and can only offer my support and prayers. I hope everyone else can do the same.
Had my 37wk checkup yesterday with my ob. Didn't want her to do a cervical check, last week's showed no effacement and no dilation, and I felt absolutely no different yesterday! I'll just let it happen when it happens. All systems are go, all tests and measurements are fine. Group B strep and the other STD tests all came back negative, and she gave me a copy of the results to take in my hospital bag with my birth plan. I shared our birth plan with her and we went over some specifics, like episiotomies. She told me some pretty horrific stories about tearing (complete with her drawings), but said that her practice's dr.s all try to avoid episiotomies when possible. We also talked about the circumcision (ob's do it at our hospital) and that Dave or I would like to be right there with Nicholas while it's being done. (I gave Dave the final decision on circumcision, btw. I would've NOT had him done, but since Dave is the male, and the daddy, I figured he has the more relevant view.)
She told me when I need to call her office--when the contractions are five minutes apart and painful enough so that I can't talk through them.
Today I finished up all the hospital bag packing that I'm able to do, and I left a list in the top of the bag of the things that I'll need to throw together when it's TIME. I also read the sections of two of my pregnancy books that deal with labor and delivery. Oh yeah, and I organized the cloth and disposable diapers and got the bedside sleeper/bassinet ready for baby. Now, I truly feel like if we had to go to the hospital tonight, I'd be okay with it. Of course, I"m no where near labor. (I say that now... hehehe)
I"m feeling fine, after about 14 hours of sleep last night. The last two days were quite uncomfortable--lots of soreness and BH's. But today I"m a little more limber and able. Took Waldo to get his teeth cleaned today--all went well for the little guy. Rocket has calmed down a bit about the vegetables (he finally got into the second cauliflower, btw). I went ahead and salvaged what I could of it, harvested the second broccoli (too early, sadly), and put them in a pasta primavera last night along with the following stuff from my garden: carrots, scallions, parsley, and peas! I added some local asparagus from a farm about one mile away, and gee it was good. We had strawberry shortcake for desert (strawberries from same farm with homemade [Bisquick helped] shortcakes and fresh cream).
I guess that's the news. Nicholas is just fine where he is--happy and squished in my belly. I'm not at the point where I"m screaming for someone to take the baby and take him now, but I suppose that moment will arrive at some point. Just pleased to report that he and I are doing well.
Had my 38wk checkup yesterday with the other dr. in the practice, whom I'd never met. Figured I should at least know what she looks like in case she's on call when I deliver! She was very nice, did an external exam to see the baby's size and position. She told me it was going to be BIG, and that it's head is beginning to descend into the pelvis. I opted to forego the internal this time. I'll let my regular OB do it Monday at my 39w appt. All other things were fine too (bp, urine, baby's hb, weight, etc.).
I have so much to do each day, mostly errand wise, that it just wipes my *ss out. Should I still be driving so much? One lady told me I shouldn't... Just don't know how NOT to. I dreamed I was in a car accident last night--probably those wonderful repressed fears.
I toured the third child-care center on my list yesterday. I've already crossed one off, and this one is currently in second place. The director was a nice woman, but somewhat unprofessional, imho. She took a personal call while I was in her office filling out a form, and held a conversation that I probably shouldn't have been privy to. The center also isn't as extensive and comfortable as the other one I really like (Tutor Time is my favorite, currently). I have one more to visit next week. Then I'm going to have to decide which waiting list to get on for January, when I go back to work full time. Nicky will be 6mo, and the infant day care rates are AWFUL here. For a 5-day week, you pay $900-1000 a month.
Nicholas gets a little lower each day. As I sit here on a chair at the kitchen table, typing on my laptop, he is resting like a sack of potatoes on the tops of my upper thighs. Very strange feeling! Last night we went to Target to buy a grill and look for me a muumuu. LOL I have run out of clothes b/c my belly is so big. But nothing in L or XL fits right b/c the top part is too big and you can see my bra and boobs through the dang arm-holes. All shirts are too short at this point, too, b/c not only am I 5'9" but the baby is so low that there's just not enough coverage. I guess I just had to get that clothing vent off my chest.
Anyway, walking around Target was hard. I was so tight (b-h contrax) and I also developed quite the gas pain toward the end of the excursion. And tonight I've had more gas pains. I don't know whether the baby or the contractions are making my intestines more pinched or if I'm eating more fruits and vegetables than usual (unlikely, I think), but gee I'm windy! So tonight Dave and I had to leave the cookout across the street cuz I was in so much pain. It has dissapated at this point, iykwim. LOL
I'm really trying to take time to do total body relaxation these last few days, to give my uterus time and permission to relax and start its work. My doula keeps telling me that stress and anxiety will slow down labor. I know she's right. I'm trying to envision my cervix effacing and baby dropping further. Let's hope all goes well. My sister called today to say she won't be able to come up from Alabama and help with the baby. She's got two teenagers headed to new colleges and her baby starting kindergarten all the first week of August, so she will be too stressed to leave her family. I certainly don't blame her, but wanted her to be here. My parents are still planning to come up late next week. I hope things will be timed just right so that they can be here for the birth and Mother won't miss it. She's supposed to be one of my support people in LDR, and she's also bought me a robe to wear in the hospital. If he comes before next weekend, I won't have it!
Enough ranting. I can't sleep and am just killing time, I suppose.
edd: July 13
Okay, I'm having trouble finding things to keep myself busy. I'd LIKE to do more cleaning of the house. (strange to hear myself say that) However, 15-minutes at a time is about my limit. I'm scrubbing the kitchen floor segment-by-segment. I'm about 1/4 of the way through. I'll probably finish in three more days. LOL Every day I do a little bit of planning for my fall classes so they won't be such a surprise when they start up and I'm still caring for a one-month old. I'm also making sure the house is organized enough so that my parents can help us out effectively. My dad is bringing some building plans and is going to make us a park bench for the backyard while he's here. ?? Fine with me, I guess anything that keeps him busy keeps him happy. He is a very "hands on" guy.
My husband calls about three times a day: "How are you feeling?" I am going to have to start thinking of something to say besides, "The same." I am a broken record.
I think I've decided on the child care facility we'll use. Dave is visiting tomorrow morning to see the infant and toddler rooms, meet the teachers and the director, and ask questions. Although I already feel guilty that he'll be in all-day care beginning in January, I feel a bit better that I've found a place I really like. I just hope the director/teachers don't decide to leave before Nicholas starts!! No one has plans to leave, but I know how things change.
Garsh. Just twiddling my thumbs. I guess I could be doing a few more things around the house while I wait for Dave to get home (he had a volleyball game tonight--they won all three). Another 16 sq. ft. of the kitchen floor???
Mother and Dad arrived from Alabama two nights ago and have been non-stop ever since. Dad is fixing and assembling this and that, Dave has been mowing, fixing, assembling, cleaning, moving this and that, and Mother has been mending, cleaning, shopping, etc. I've been straightening and gardening--all a very busy bunch. It has to be this way, because here on my due date...STILL NO BABY!!! We're going to an Indian restaurant in Philly tonight, so maybe this will prod Nicky along.
I started having a little bloody mucous yesterday and a little more today, but nothing phenomenal. I'm really sore in the pubic bones and my feet are killing me, but other than these nagging issues, NOTHING IS HAPPENING. I have BH every night (painless).
Tomorrow is my 40w1d appt with the OB. I'm going to let her do an internal and hope for the best.
40w1d report (cut and pasted from TTC Graduates Buddies):
Dear friends, I awoke this morning (40w1d) to crampy contractions and more blood. These were my first contractions that were actually uncomfortable, but certainly not painful. I thought to myself: I'm going to have a baby, and it's going to hurt. I managed to go back to sleep, though. LOL
Went to the doctor at 1:45 and she did an internal exam--no apparent dilation or effacement, only more softening and thinning in the posterior part of the cervix. Baby's head is in position, which is good. So, I'm still losing lots of dried blood but not much mucous (I guess that fun is still to come if I'm still not dilated), and I'm still having crampy contractions. Weight is fine (gained 3/4 lb from last week), bp is fine. Nicholas' heartrate was 158, which was interesting. He has always been 143-145 since the get-go, but the nurse said if I was contracting while she was reading it (and I think I was), that may've been the cause. She said 158 was well within normal, though--nothing to worry about.
She scheduled me for a post-date bio-physical profile of the womb and baby for this Friday (40w5d) to make sure the amniotic fluid, placenta, and baby are still looking okay. And, of course, I have a delightful 41wk appt. to look forward to now next Monday. hohoho.