Friday, August 13, 2010

37 Weeks!

•Total weight gain/loss•
About 8 pounds above pre-pregnancy. As of Monday at my midwife appointment, I weighed 1/2 pound less than I did 2 weeks ago. I wish I could lose weight and still eat the way I do when I'm NOT pregnant. That would be awesome.

•Maternity clothes?•
I need to do laundry. Seriously. Last weekend was busy - I got my haircut and ran errands on Saturday, we went to the Bite of Oregon and the Trader Joe's Comopany party on Sunday, we had a LONG midwife appointment on Monday. I probably could have thrown in a few loads in between everything, but I didn't.

I'm still sleeping like a rock and hitting the snooze button WAY too many times each morning. I still only have 1 bathroom break in the middle of the night at about 3am which is amazing considering how much water I chug right before bed.

•Best moment this week•
This week wasn't this great, but the best 'moment' was probably on Wednesday. Chris felt awful so he called out sick for the first time in 6 years, and I wasn't feeling too hot either, so I called out sick as well. We slept in and laid around until almost noon. It was glorious.
and probably something we'll never be able to do again :)

When she was measuring my fundal height, my midwife got a little concerned that she might have flipped back to breech. She couldn't feel the head down low and there was a nice round mass high on my stomach. So she called for the ultrasound machine to verify the position. Turns out her head is so low that she was feeling the shoulders and that round mass was her booty. She's still head down and probably engaged. It makes sense I guess - she hasn't been as crammed up in my ribs lately and most of the kicks are lower than they were last week. I kept hearing horror stories about the 'lightening' pain I'd feel when she engaged. I guess compared to my pelvis pain, engaging is nothing.
ahhh, the bright side. :)

•Food cravings•
I haven't really been crazy about food this week. I eat when I'm hungry, that's about it.

I did have Chris buy some ambrosia salad while he was at the grocery store last night and promptly ate it for dinner when I got home.... But that's about the only ridiculous food stunt I pulled this week. Much better than my tirimisu frenzy of week 36.


•Labor Signs•
The midwives suggested that I start acupuncture again, now that I'm full term, to start thinning the cervix. I had my first induction appointment last night and, besides the needle she shoved just below my pinkie nail, it was awesome. By the time I paid my copay and walked out the front door, I had some serious menstrual type cramps. They faded sometime in the middle of the night, but at least it started doing something! (I told her to take it easy and not do TOO good of a job stimulating the points as Chris is going camping on the coast this weekend with Shakes and Sarah and I'll be home alone. Smart huh? *wink*)

•Belly Button in or out?•
Still an innie, but barely.

•What I miss•
Pepto Bismol.
Anyone that knows me knows that, besides loving anything pink, I keep pepto with me wherever I go - car, desk, bathrooms, luggage, etc. Inevitably the one time I don't have it will be the time I get a stomach ache.

BUT, pepto is not safe for use during pregnancy. So now on the rare occassion that I have a little heartburn or indigestion, I have to take tums instead. I seriously miss pepto.
Chris thinks I'm crazy for loving the pink chalk as much as I do.

•What I am looking forward to•
The weekend. I've got a few more projects to finish up in the nursery - finishing touches here and there - and then I'll be ready. I also need to do all the laundry from last week and this week, as well as sleep at least 8 hours per night, get some reading in and finish simplifying my Birth Plan for the hospital. I'm tempted to just write: "I'm with the midwives for a reason. Keep it calm and don't offer drugs. If I want to get in the pool, let me." But I feel like I should offer a few more details than that.

•Weekly Wisdom•
We took our Infant Safety and CPR class on Wednesday(No More Classes!!) and it was really quite informative. She went over the role of the local poison control (based out of OHSU and providing coverage for Oregon, Alaska and Guam. Random.), information about SIDS and the Back to Sleep and Feet to Foot Program - basically put the baby to sleep on its back and have the feet touching the foot of the bed so that they don't burrow under the blankets when they start the natural 'grounding' tendancy to find their boundary. She talked about Kangaroo Care and Carseat installation. We had just installed them earlier that day and really should have waited. We ended up putting them in correctly, but only after a lot of trial and error with the seat placement and leveling. We were sweating and feisty by the end of it, but at least we now know what works best for our cars. We still need to have them inspected however.

Then we did the CPR and Choking training.
I hope to never have to use that information though.

Full Term! 'nough said.




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