Tuesday, August 31, 2010

36 Weeks...28 days to go!

This will be a short post since we've got our doctor's appointment tomorrow and I figure I will have a more meaningful update after that, but here's what the baby's up to this week:

Your baby is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. She now weighs almost 6 pounds (like a crenshaw melon) and is more than 18 1/2 inches long (no idea on the length but we've definitely blown past 6 lbs!). She's shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath. Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture, called meconium, will form the contents of her first bowel movement.

At the end of this week, your baby will be considered full-term. (Full-term is 37 to 42 weeks; babies born before 37 weeks are pre-term and those born after 42 are post-term.) Most likely she's in a head-down position. But if she isn't, your practitioner may suggest scheduling an "external cephalic version," which is a fancy way of saying she'll try to coax your baby into a head-down position by manipulating her from the outside of your belly.

While we are still going to discuss this whole breech situation with the doctor again tomorrow, given the way that Baby Girl's laying in there (which is called the frank breech position, if you were wondering) with her feet up by her head, we are wary of trying the external version. Right now our plan is to do what we can outside of the doctor's office to get her to turn, which includes some yoga-esque poses, chiropractor magic, etc...and if she still doesn't turn, we want to do the c-section. Maybe there's some reason that she's like that and we don't want to cause more potential harm by doing too many manipulations. It's been a bit of a mental re-adjustment for me to accept the distinct possibility of a c-section but I've said all along that all I care about is getting the baby out safely. So...wish us luck tomorrow at our appointment- we're interested to see what the doc says!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

35 Week Appointment and Some Mixed News

I will acknowledge in advance that this is an extremely long post...so here's a cookie for anyone that actually reads all the way through this:

Here, have a fetus cookie too, just for good measure and because such a thing actually exists:

I had my 35 week appointment (and will now have appts every week, yikes!) and since we had an ultrasound scheduled, Stevo came along too to get a peek at the baby. Although I was excited to see the baby again, I felt kind of bad because I wasn't totally sure we NEEDED another ultrasound. Turns out I was wrong and the u/s technician confirmed within two seconds of putting the wand on my belly that the Baby Girl is sitting cozy and comfortably in a breech position. Most babies at this point have already "flipped" and gone head down to get ready for the birth. So...Baby Girl is being difficult.

The good news from the u/s is that she's got a full head of hair. The neutral news from the u/s is that she's estimated to be 7 lbs already (give or take half a pound), so she's already a chunky monkey. We didn't get any good pictures because she had her hands in front of her face from one angle and her feet blocking the picture from the other angle. But we got to see all her hair waving around in there and Steve joked that his unborn baby now has more hair than he does!

Anyways, back to the breech conundrum...the doc says there's a 10-20% chance that she will flip on her own between now and next week. She wouldn't recommend any "at home" tricks to get her to flip but she said there are plenty of unofficial tricks that won't hurt to try, so I will be googling that tonight!! My next appointment is next Wednesday, and I will have another u/s. If she's still breech, we have the option to try an "external version", which is a procedure done by the doctor to try and push the baby into the right position. I don't know much about this yet but she said it's done in the hospital because there's a small risk of it causing early labor, and they also hook me up to a stress test machine and baby heartbeat monitor- if it causes the baby to get too stressed out or if it causes her heartbeat to drop, they will go to emergency c-section. There's also no guarantee at all that the external version will work- there might be a reason Baby Girl hasn't flipped yet and if that reason is some kind of odd uterus shape or something blocking her, then the external version won't work either.

If we choose not to try the external version and the baby still refuses to flip, our only option at that point is to do a c-section, and they would do said c-section at 39 weeks.

So...I'm happy the baby is healthy but it looks like we've got some research to do and some turning tricks to try!! Wish us luck.

Since we didn't get any good u/s pictures, I found a picture online of how she's positioned in there...so just imagine this is a real baby and that it's inside my belly:

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Magic Number

I don't know if Sesame Street counts this high, but today is brought to you by the number 35!

Why 35, you ask? I'm 35 weeks along, with 35 days left to go! I've been feeling pretty decent although I have had a couple of rough days recently. And of course my facebook friends will already know that I've only got 4 more days left of work! I am happy about that especially given that I haven't been sleeping very well recently. I've got my to-do list running for my month off and hopefully will be able to get everything done and still have a bunch of time to relax!

(Side story about the Count...Karrie and I used to count our laps at the gym track in the style of the Count...3 batty batty ah hah hah.....4 batty batty ah hah hah. And we got nowhere close to 35 but it did help the jog go by a little bit more entertainingly.)

Baby Girl is still very active although you can tell she's running out of room in there. Steve felt her during one of her big rolls the other night and said it felt like an alien was trying to bust out of my belly!

Speaking of Baby Girl, let's see what she's up to:

Your baby doesn't have much room to maneuver now that she's over 18 inches long and tips the scales at 5 1/4 pounds (pick up a honeydew melon). Because it's so snug in your womb, she isn't likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times she kicks should remain about the same. Her kidneys are fully developed now, and her liver can process some waste products. Most of her basic physical development is now complete — she'll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Full Moon Folklore

You astronomy buffs out there (I know there are a lot of you!) might already know this, but apparently we are due for our August full moon tomorrow. And also apparently, there are a lot of old wives' tales regarding going into labor at the full moon. I never knew this, so I thought it'd be fun to share.

The theory is that the moon’s gravitational pull affects the amniotic fluid in much the same way as it affects the water in the sea, rivers and even the water that’s otherwise found in our bodies. Since everything "in there" is already stretched and ready for action towards the end of your pregnancy, the notion is that the added effect of the full moon's pull can cause your water to break and cause you to go into labor. A google search will turn up lots of anecdotal evidence of maternity wards increasing their staff around the full moon, or midwives saying that they usually see more birth activity around the full moon. I don't know that there's much, if any, actual scientific studies to back this up, but it's fun to think about.

While I'm still a good 5 weeks away from my due date, I feel relatively confident that tomorrow's full moon will not have any effect on me (karma cap!), but I was intrigued to see that September's full moon is slated for Sept. 23rd...just 5 days short of my due date. We'll see then if the moon can work its magic and get this baby out early!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

A Sweet Sendoff

I've only got ONE week left at work and so yesterday, Kelly (my manager/owner of company) threw me a sweet sendoff party. I didn't realize I had forgotten my camera until I got to work but she did such a good job with the set-up...and between the cupcakes, two cakes, petit fours, candy, and super yummy punch there was definitely enough sugar to get ANYONE through the 3:00 work hump, haha. I wish I could share pictures of the party all put together but I did snap a few when I got home to give everyone a peek. Needless to say there was pink EVERYWHERE...so it did catch me a little off guard when one of our designers asked, in all sincerity, if we knew if it was a boy or a girl yet, haha.

I was also touched that several of my clients were able to stop in and say goodbye too. One of my favorite things about my job was the ability to be out in the community so much and getting to know SO many different people, and I've been able to meet some of the neatest people who, at the risk of sounding cheesy, I really do admire. While I definitely don't think I'm going to miss the working world, I do hope that I'll be able to keep in touch with some of the folks that I've met over the last four years (thank you, Facebook).

So anyways, just 5 days to go before I leave to embrace the mommy role 100%. My big finale will be next Saturday at our annual Diva party (hence the Baby Diva onesie)...what better way to officially leave than a Totally Awesome 80's Dance Party!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

34, 34, everybody hit the floor! Remix edition.

Things are progressing well on the "all things baby" front. The nursery is coming together, the work countdown is now at 8.5 days, and I can't sleep worth a damn.

I also wanted to put out the information for the CPR class that Steve and I will be hosting- the CPR class will cover adult, child AND infant CPR so this is a perfect class for expectant parents and their families, or people who babysit and could use these skills. If we can get 8 people signed up the class is $25 per person...if you cared to actually get certified too (like taking the test and everything) it's an additional $15. To take the class through the American Red Cross or through many of the hospitals, it's closer to $100 a person so this is a really good savings. The instructor is fully certified and works independently so she is able to avoid many of the administrative fees and operating costs- hence our discount!

The CPR class will be held on Saturday, Sept. 11th at 12:30 at the Wedgewood Community Clubhouse in Alpharetta. If you would like to come please let me know and I can send you the rest of the information and we'll make sure to save you a spot!

And of course, the weekly update from Babycenter.com:

Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (like your average cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. Her fat layers — which will help regulate her body temperature once she's born — are filling her out, making her rounder. Her skin is also smoother than ever. Her central nervous system is maturing and her lungs are continuing to mature as well. If you've been nervous about preterm labor, you'll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Something that will NOT be part of our Nursery Decor

The topic of belly casts came up at my shower on Saturday and it seemed like a bunch of folks had never heard of this phenomenon....not that I think they're missing much but I thought I'd share some pictures so everyone can know why they make me giggle. Granted these might be the "best of the worst" that google has to offer, but if I'm going to make fun of something, I might as well do it to the max, right? My apologies in advance to any readers that have one of these hanging on their walls...I'll give you the benefit of the doubt that it isn't painted with zebra stripes.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Sweetest Shower, fit for a Princess!

My dear friends Kathryn and Lauren threw a shower in honor of Baby Girl yesterday and it was absolutely perfect. Although my day got off to a flustering (is that even a word? well, it is now.) start due to a very long unexpected detour through Roswell back roads (thank God for my GPS, for realz), I showed up not too late to my own party and we all had so much fun. I was unbelievably touched at how many of my closest girlfriends were able to come and spend the day with me and Baby Girl, and overwhelmed at their generosity with the ADORABLE presents that they all picked out. I've been itching to get everything set up but am impatiently waiting for the hubby to get home so he can see everything before it gets washed and put away.

We all had lots of laughs, embarrassing baby stories were shared, and of course lots of hugs and belly rubs. I was lazy with my camera so I'm planning to poach everyone else's pictures from Facebook (let's get posting people!). Here are some that Sarah Morgan took...Facebook readers should also be able to see the full album if you go to my profile.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

49 Days to Go!

We're at 33 weeks, with 49 days to go. A quick check-up today at the doc confirms that everything's looking good and we're measuring right on schedule for the end of September. She's even throwing in an ultrasound at the next appointment just so we can confirm that the baby is head down and that she's not getting too big. After this next appointment, we'll be done with the "every 2 week" schedule and officially moving to every week- yikes! Not gonna lie though, I'm ready to get this show on the road...and back into my normal wardrobe!!

The Forbes house has been in baby mode this last week...coat one of paint in the nursery is done and Steve's picking up the rest of the furniture tonight. We were hoping to get everything set up in time to take pictures to show at the shower but I honestly have no idea if that's going to happen...right now it looks like a bomb went off in there! And in the other guest room too, where all her clothes and nursery items got piled to get it out of the way. We're looking forward to finally getting the nursery organized and set up- we can't wait to show it off!

Baby Girl has been extremely active although she's getting cramped in there, so she's doing a lot more rolling than kicking nowadays (except on my bladder, which is still her personal punching bag). I love poking at my stomach and trying to guess what the various lumps are- the most consistent lump is what the doctor thinks is her tushy...it will be interesting to see it on the ultrasound and see if our guesses were right!

Anyways, enough babbling...here's what the baby is up to this week from babycenter.com:

This week your baby weighs a little over 4 pounds (heft a pineapple) and has passed the 17-inch mark. She's rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and her skeleton is hardening. The bones in her skull aren't fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for her to fit through the birth canal. (The pressure on the head during birth is so intense that many babies are born with a conehead-like appearance.) These bones don't entirely fuse until early adulthood, so they can grow as her brain and other tissue expands during infancy and childhood.

Friday, August 6, 2010

A Beginner's Guide to Baby Care

I ran across these pictures years ago and I used them as part of the table decor at Kelly Hayes's baby shower so some of you readers have seen these before, but they still crack me up and so I decided they needed to be a part of the blog. So here's Baby Care 101, credits to this book: