Thursday, September 30, 2010

Time Flies when you're Having Fun!

Our sweet baby girl is one week old today and we love her more every day. We have been blessed with SUCH a good baby- she sleeps like a rock and is happiest when she's being held, but she'll also sleep well in her swing or her bouncer a few times a day to give her momma and daddy a break. She sleeps well at night too once we can get her down- last night we actually had to wake her up twice to feed her.

Last night was also our first night with the baby without Susan here to help- I'm pretty proud of how well we did. We all slept in after her 8:00 a.m. feeding and I dragged myself out of the bed at 11:00. Needless to say we didn't get a whole lot accomplished today but it's worth it for a peaceful night. We've been taking it pretty easy this week- I spend my day with the baby in my arms and telling her how pretty she is. Steve is actually getting a bunch of time to relax too this week- something we weren't expecting but I'm sure he's not complaining!

Speaking of Stevo, he was playing with Anna last night and we got some pretty good pictures out of it:

 He also wanted to make sure she's developing certain crucial skills, like how to play XBox:

I did have one pretty funny story to share. Last night at 4:00 in the morning I semi-woke up and convinced myself that Anna was in the bed with us. So I dragged "her" over to me and discovered that "she" was sleeping on her tummy, so I rolled her over in my lap and stroked her head and was like, "where the heck is her hat?". I'm rooting around in the bed for her hat with my other hand and only then do I realize that "she" is licking my arm. was Kingsley. Note to self, take more naps!!

(Clarification after receiving several concerned emails- Anna does not sleep in the bed with us, she was safe and sound in her nursery and her momma is just crazy at 4 in the morning. A fun combination of baby brain and sleep deprivation!)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Home Sweet Home

We brought our baby girl home from the hospital on Sunday and it is so nice to be home. Emory Johns Creek is a beautiful hospital and the nurses took such good care of us, but there's nothing like your own bed and shower. Plus we finally get to use the nursery and all of Anna's little things! The swing and bouncer are her favorites so far, and we've also got her pack 'n play set up in our bedroom which came in handy last night when we needed to lay her down for a little while.

Our first night went decently well. Anna had some tummy troubles so we were glad that Susan (Steve's mom) was there to help with the night shifts but she seems like she's a lot better today. I'm in quite a lot of pain still from the c-section surgery so my duties are limited to nursing and cuddling (and sleeping!)...Steve and Susan are handling all the diaper changes, cooking, cleaning, etc. Steve is being such an amazing dad and he loves taking care of his girls. Even Kingsley is behaving himself- he's getting used to Anna's crying and he even goes over to her swing to check on her every now and then.

Anna also had her very first trip out of the house today to go to her newborn appointment at the pediatrician. She got the gold star on her report from the doc, everything looks good and she's holding her weight steady. The doctor was also impressed with how well she's nursing, so good job, baby. On a funny note, I was VERY happy that I packed a full diaper bag...I had been debating whether or not I was going overboard for such a short trip but I figured it would be a good trial run. Sure enough, we get Anna undressed to discover that she had filled up her diaper with great gusto- I was relieved that I had her wipes, diaper disposal bags, and fresh diapers!!

I've had several people ask about the c-section/general hospital stay so I will do a separate entry later with Anna's birth story. For now though it's my bedtime, so here are some pictures from today:

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Final Countdown- Last weekly Update!

Baby Girl is 39 weeks along today and it's time for our very last weekly update...*sniff*. It's not that eventful and I get the feeling that BabyCenter is just putting stuff in there as filler (great, even BabyCenter is saying "wow, you're STILL pregnant?), but oh well- here you go:

Your baby's waiting to greet the world! She continues to build a layer of fat to help control her body temperature after birth, but it's likely she already measures about 20 inches and weighs a bit over 7 pounds, a mini watermelon. The outer layers of her skin are sloughing off as new skin forms underneath.

So...basically she's the size of a watermelon and is peeling like a lizard. Lovely.

Momma's feeling much better today and I think I'm finally getting over that cold/flu that I had all weekend. It was pretty miserable but I'm just happy that Baby Girl didn't decide to come early right in the middle of being sick. Good job, Baby. I'm wrapping up a few last to-do items (which now includes disinfecting my house) and making sure I'm sufficiently over-packed for the hospital.

Speaking of the hospital, you might be interested to know that the entire maternity wing is considered a "high security" area. When we were taking our hospital tour, the nurse explained all of the security measures they have in place to protect the infants. All of the doors are locked, and you either have to be on the approved visitors' list to be buzzed in, or have an official staff badge to get through. The nurse also stressed that despite the locked doors, we should NEVER let anyone that we don't recognize or who doesn't have a ID badge come in and take the baby away, despite whatever medical jargon they throw at us. All of the infants also wear an alarm on their ankles, so if they are taken out of the ward the alarm goes off. The nurse assured us that these security measures are pretty standard nowadays (I promise we're not delivering in the middle of the ghetto), because apparently infant-snatching is a pretty real danger. She also said it's usually not a fantastic idea to have the "New Baby!" signs on the front of your house or in your yard advertising the fact that you've got a newborn. While I agree with her, I do think there's no reason to be overly paranoid about it....but it is pretty interesting and I'm glad the hospital has their security measures in place!

Monday, September 20, 2010

An incredibly nerdy thought

Seriously nerdy. I can't believe I'm about to type this. But, whatever. You people love me in all my dorky glory, right?

I was contemplating this pregnancy today while admiring my DIY pedicure job (Cirque du Soleil will be calling me any day now, I assure you...those little Chinese contortionists have NOTHING on me) and cursing my swollen feet, and thinking the past 9 months have felt very odd. On one hand it seems like forever ago that I got the happy two lines on the pregnancy test, and it seemed like the months craaaaawled by. But then on the other hand, here we are at the very end and I'm sitting here wondering how the heck 9 months went by already.

It reminds me a lot of the scantron tests that we used to take in school. It might have been the ITBS test...I dunno- teachers, tell me what I'm talking about please. We had to bubble in our names and then also bubble in what grade level we were in. I clearly remember sitting there in early elementary school, in awe that the bubbles went all the way to 12! No way would I actually be in 12th grade at some point...seeing all the numbers laid out in a row, it seemed sooooo far away! I also recall sitting there as my oh-so-cool senior self bubbling in a 12, remembering my elementary school days and thinking how oddly fast the last 8+ years had gone by.

Consider my 9 bubble months filled in, with a #2 pencil of course. I guess this is just a reminder to myself to embrace whatever time we get here with the people we matter what we're going through or what happens, we're blessed to have this time here on earth and it all goes by way too fast.

I will also be thankful that I no longer have to fill out scantron forms, because I hated those things...especially with a long last name!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Keeping the Husband Happy

So, we've obviously been preparing for this baby for 9 months now, and I'm not going to lie, for a while there I would get pretty frustrated when that husband o' mine was blatantly apathetic about purchases and decisions made for the nursery. The preggosaurus would really come out when I would spend hours researching the best diapers, best stroller, best ANYTHING and his response would be, "does it really matter? Just get whatever's in stock." YES IT MATTERS- ROAAAAAAAR!!!!

I finally discovered the keys to getting Hubby interested and invested in this baby prep process. One involved a shopping spree at Toys R Us for a cartload of stuffed animals. The second is picking out baby equipment that is as high-tech as possible, and then getting him to set it up. I've gotten many Happy Husband Hours during these last couple of weeks by putting him in charge of the video monitor (big hit!), the video camera, a crib mobile that does many things beside spin, and anything else that could possibly require batteries or an AC adapter. Bonus points if setting up said item required power tools.

I also stumbled across one unexpected way to engage Hubby's interest earlier today...apparently, if I can somehow relate Baby Prep To-Do to beer brewing, Stevo is all about it. I discovered this today when I pulled out the bottles and pump parts to sterilize and sanitize them...a tedious but necessary task, and one that I thought Steve wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole. I was surprised when he treated me to a 20 minute conversation about the difference between sterilizing and sanitizing (courtesy of his beer brewing skills) and the different techniques that I could, in theory, use to keep the bottles sterilized. So, I guess I need to get better about equating Baby to Beer and I'm all set!

Friday, September 17, 2010

September Famous Babies

As some of you may know, one of my guilty pleasures is celebrity gossip. Thank you, Perez Hilton. So, now that I'm guaranteed a September baby, (not to mention still knocked off my feet by this cold or whatever that I've managed to catch right here at the end), naturally I had to look up what celebrities were September babies. And cross my fingers that my daughter doesn't share a birthday with any of the whackos!!

Here are some of the ones that I found:

Lily Tomlin, actress- Sept 1
Dr. Phil McGraw, talk show host - Sept 1
Billy Blanks, martial artist and fitness guru - Sept 1

Gloria Estefan, Latina pop star - Sept 1

Keanu Reeves, actor - Sept 2
Salma Hayek, actress - Sept 2
Beyonce Knowles, American singer - Sept 4
Louis XIV, King of France - Sept 5
Freddie Mercury, Lead singer of Queen - Sept 5
Raquel Welch, American actress - Sept 5
Buddy Holly, American rock 'n' roll legend - Sept 7
Pink, American singer - Sept 8

Jonathan Taylor Thomas, actor - Sept 8
Ryan Phillippe, actor - Sept 10
Roald Dahl, British author - Sept 13
Marco Polo, Italian explorer - Sept 15
Agatha Christie, English crime writer - Sept 15
Prince Harry, second son of late Princess Diana - Sept 15

Heidi Montag, TV personality/singer and pure waste of space- Sept 15
David Copperfield, American magician - Sept 16
Amy Poehler, comedienne known for Saturday Night Live - Sept 16
Baz Luhrmann, Australian director of Moulin Rouge! and Romeo & Juliet - Sept 16
Lance Armstrong, Tour de France champion - Sept 18
Nicole Richie, daughter of Lionel Richie- Sept 21

Ray Charles, singer- Sept 23
Mickey Rooney, actor- Sept 23
Jason Alexander, actor- Sept 23
Barbara Walters, talk show host- Sept 25
Bridget Marquardt, Playboy bunny and TV personality- Sept 25

Gene Autry, actor and singer- Sept 29
Truman Capote, author- Sept 30

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Unexpected Doc Appointment but Everything's Okay!

Well, I promise I didn't intend to be this chatty today, but I unexpectedly had my weekly doctor's appointment today instead of tomorrow so I figured I'd update.

As you readers already know, I get a weekly email from that tells me what week I'm in and what is going on that week with me and the baby, along with other helpful hints. Well, today a certain sentence caught my eye saying that if you're nauseous or vomiting at this point in your pregnancy, especially if it has just recently started, you need to call your doctor because it could be a sign of a condition called pre-eclampsia. I had heard of this condition and know it can be pretty bad for the mom and the unborn baby but I didn't know that vomiting was potentially a symptom of that. So I read that and think "well, crap", because I've been throwing up and have felt nauseous pretty consistently since Saturday morning.

I was also a little bit concerned because I haven't felt Baby Girl moving as often as she had been, and I felt like I noticed that decrease in movement since Sunday. So the combination of the nausea and the decreased movement prompted me to call my doc and see what she thought. The nurse asked me to come in so they could monitor the baby on their fetal NST Machine (Non Stress Test) for a little bit to make sure Baby wasn't in any kind of distress. I had never used this machine before but basically you lie down and they strap a couple of monitors to your belly that record movement and the heartbeat.

Of course the second I lie down and the nurse leaves, Baby Girl starts bouncing off the walls. I wonder why on earth she couldn't move like that when I was at home on the couch because otherwise I wouldn't have bothered coming in!! Sure enough, the doctor comes in 20 minutes later to read the printout and the baby is doing just fine, with a nice strong heartbeat and lots of movement. Since I was there already, they went ahead and did the standard weekly appointment things so that I didn't have to come back again tomorrow. I'm measuring right on track size-wise, but baby's still breech, so we're keeping to our 9/23 c-section date. The doc also gave me a few sample packets of a prescription prenatal vitamin that's supposed to be a little gentler on your stomach to help with the nausea.

One of the nurses eyed my belly and made her official prediction that she didn't think I'd make it until next Thursday, so we'll see if she's right!

This picture is not me but this is what it looks like to be on the NST monitor!

Safety Patrol!

Now that we're nearing the end of the pregnancy and Baby Girl is getting ready to make her big arrival, I've dedicated some attention away from making sure she has an outfit for every imaginable occasion (don't worry, she does!) and focusing on some of the very important but, in my opinion, weakly advertised safety to-dos.

One of the least promoted safety items is getting the car seat inspected. Maybe everyone else already knows to get their car seat installation inspected and I was just wildly out of the loop on that one, but it had honestly never occurred to me to get it inspected. At first I was reluctant to add this to my rather large to-do list, but I learned that anywhere between 70 and 80% of car seats are installed incorrectly...and a car crash would be a really bad time to discover this! I also learned that our city's fire department conducts the car seat installation inspections for free, all you have to do is make an appointment. Hang out with hot firemen AND get peace of mind that my daughter is protected as best as she can be in a car crash? Sign me up!
In all honesty, the fire chief that inspected my car seat looked absolutely nothing like that. But he COULD have, you never know. Steve actually did a great job installing the car seat- he included a lot of the steps that most parents miss when installing the seat, but the chief did make a few adjustments to the front seat positions and to the carrying bar, and he also showed me a couple of tricks to get the seat latched in even tighter like using my knee to hold it down, and twisting the belt to get the grip stronger. He also told me differences to look out for if we ever move the seat to the Altima vs. the 4Runner. All in all, definitely worth 20 minutes of my time.

The second safety to-do was taking the infant CPR class. I've mentioned on the blog a few times already that we were signed up to take this, and I'm very glad that we did. The last time I even looked at a CPR mannequin was in high school, and I've never been trained in infant or child CPR, so it gave me a lot of peace of mind that both Steve and I (and my mom and sister) all know at least the basics if God forbid something were to happen.

Last but not least, we're also encouraging our family and close friends to get their flu shots this year. Last year's flu season was horrific on many different levels and quite honestly it makes me paranoid to take Baby Girl out in public this fall and winter. Since she can't get her flu shot until she's 6 months old, we're depending on the adults around her to stay healthy, or at least be responsible enough to stay away if they do get sick. Our families have already promised to get the shot and Steve and I plan to as well. Is this a guarantee that she won't get sick? Of course not, but at least we know we tried our best.

38 Weeks and some Opinions from the Armchair Doctors

Baby Girl is 38 weeks along today and there's no real update to report except that the general public is fascinated with my belly. I didn't know that Atlanta had such a plethora of doctors working behind cash registers, shopping at the grocery store, and filling up their gas tanks at 1:30 in the afternoon but really, I should feel so lucky that there are SO many licensed medical professionals just dying to hand out free advice to me! Who needs insurance, I just need to go to Kroger to get my questions answered!

I have also heard more about total strangers' ....ahem..."private regions" in the last week than I ever thought I would have to, given that I am not a gynecologist or employed in the pornography industry. And I'm not even getting wined and dined first, they just launch right into it! I am getting quite graceful at quickly ending these conversations if I do say so myself, I just never thought I'd have to hear about some lady's episiotomy in the two minutes while waiting for my checks to deposit.

Needless to say, I'm kind of being a hermit until next Thursday except for the non-grocery store doctors appointments and the few absolutely necessary errands, but I am getting excited about getting to actually hold Baby Girl in just over a week!

Here's the weekly update:

Your baby has really plumped up. She weighs about 6.8 pounds (ha) and she's over 19 1/2 inches long (like a leek). She has a firm grasp, which you'll soon be able to test when you hold her hand for the first time! Her organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb.

Wondering what color your baby's eyes will be? You may not be able to tell right away. If she's born with brown eyes, they'll likely stay brown. If she's born with steel gray or dark blue eyes, they may stay gray or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown by the time she's 9 months old. That's because a child's irises (the colored part of the eye) may gain more pigment in the months after she's born, but they usually won't get "lighter" or more blue. (Green, hazel, and brown eyes have more pigment than gray or blue eyes.)

Speaking of eye color, one of the Armchair Doctors told me the other day that she bets the baby will have beautiful green eyes, just like mine. Sweet compliment, except that my eyes are blue. A for Effort, though. 

Monday, September 13, 2010

Nursery's finally finished!

As you readers know, the nursery has been a work in progress for a while now but I'm happy to say that it's finally finished! I had my girlfriends over on Friday for the first official unveiling and now it's time to debut it on the internet too for the out-of-towners to see. As a side note, people kept saying not to worry about getting the nursery finished, a baby's not going to know the difference or care. I would just like to say that if this girl is truly my daughter then yes, yes she will notice and care, haha.

We designed the bulk of the nursery with future kiddos in mind, and tried to keep it gender neutral. It will then (in theory) be easy to go in and change out the accents if a boy decides to come along next, without having to completely redecorate.  We did, however, want to have it fairly girly so our main colors were green and pink.

Anyways a picture's worth a thousand words so here you go!

Paint color is Dill Pickle by Benjamin Moore. Alphabet wall designed by the fabulous Angela. Closet filled by Baby Girl's bevy of personal shoppers  :-).

Dare I say that I think we're finally ready??

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Love my Gals

Good girlfriends are good for the soul  :-)

Friday, September 10, 2010

Drumroll please....

Just got word from the hospital that our c-section has been scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 23rd. So unless Baby Girl decides to come early....that's going to be our Big Day  :-)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Houdini Dog caught Red-Handed

Steve and I spent a good part of our weekend working on finishing the nursery, and that included a shopping spree at Toys R Us to buy any and all jungle stuffed animals that they had. Steve unloaded them onto the nursery floor, and then carefully shut the nursery door and also the door to the jack and jill bathroom that those two bedrooms share, so that our dog Captain Kingsley couldn't get in. Knowing his penchant for destroying anything with stuffing inside, along with his apparent opinion that any and all toys that enter this house are his, closing the doors seemed like a reasonable precaution.

I go upstairs yesterday to start sorting out our Toys R Us purchases and I pick up the monkey that was going to hang from the ceiling, and his throat is all wet and matted. I'm immediately confused, given that I had to open the door to get inside, and the bathroom door is still firmly closed. I sniffed the monkey, thinking maybe something got spilled on him, and I even checked the floor to see if maybe a glass of water had gotten knocked over or something. But, nope. I'm really confused and the only conclusion I can draw is that Kingsley had somehow gotten himself into and out of the room and had been gnawing on him, but since I had no proof and the monkey wasn't ripped or torn open at all, I just shrugged and hung the monkey up on his hook.

Later that night I go to the porch door to let Kingsley outside, and what do I spot on his paw? The very same sticker that had been on the monkey!! Busted!! Our little Houdini brat was caught red-handed, although we still can't figure out how he got in there! Steve got a few pictures and as you can tell, he seems quite proud and happy with himself. I guess we have to consider this a successful plundering from our pirate Captain.

Surprise...We're pregnant!

My sister Allyson pointed out a while ago that I never told the stories about how we told the families that we were pregnant. I told her she should come in and write a guest column and she ignored me so I'll take that as my cue to write it myself, haha.

We told Steve's parents VERY early, 5 weeks along. We had initially decided not to tell anybody until closer to the 10-12 week mark just in case something happened, but we were in the sticky situation of Steve needing to fill out insurance papers for his new job at his dad's company. And of course the line RIGHT above where his dad had to sign was the question "are you or your spouse currently pregnant"? Figures. Since we absolutely didn't want them finding out about their first grandchild from an insurance form, we decided to bite the bullet and tell them early. We asked if they wanted to go out to dinner on a random Monday night since we "had to be over by their house anyways to get Steve's new glasses" and luckily they said yes. When the bottle of wine came, Steve said he wanted to offer a toast to his mom's big year..."moving to Madison, sending Kristy to college, turning 50, retiring.....and becoming a grandmother!"

There were a few seconds of silence as his parents processed what he had just said and then his mom's jaw dropped and she said, "WHAT??? YOU'RE PREGNANT?????" and she immediately started tearing up and we all got up to get hugs. Apparently his dad had suspicions ahead of time but his mom had NO idea, so that was a fun surprise. They agreed to keep it a secret for a few more weeks since we were so early into the pregnancy. We ended up telling Brad and Kristy around the same time that we told my family, and we told them in a very similar way, with a toast only Steve changed the toast to them becoming an aunt and uncle this year.

We told my family when I was about 9 or 10 weeks along. We used the excuse that we were going to be over in Marietta antique shopping, so we asked if they wanted to meet up for lunch since we were going to be over there anyways. We sat down at the Marietta Diner and my sister asked what we were shopping for. We said we were looking for window frames to hang in our farm-themed guest bedroom, since my sister had said she had seen some over that way. Allyson then set us up really well to announce our big news by asking if we had decided what we were going to do with the other guest bedroom yet. I said, "well.....not really, yet, but I guess we have another 7 months to figure it out...."

Cue another several seconds of silence while they sat there and tried to figure out what the hell 7 months had to do with anything and then my mom and sister just started shrieking. I pulled out the ultrasound pictures that we had gotten at 6 weeks to show them and we got smothered in hugs again. So if you happened to be in the Marietta Diner that Saturday and a bunch of nutcases were screaming and hugging each other...yup, that was us, haha.

I told my main group of girlfriends right when I hit the 2nd trimester. I had sent out an email several weeks before asking if everyone wanted to get together for dinner. I can't remember if I made up a reason why we needed to go out to dinner or if I just said we all hadn't seen each other in a while, but regardless, the stars aligned and Nicole was in town, and everyone else was free that Thursday, so we made plans to meet up at P.F. Chang's for dinner. As you can imagine with a group of 8 or 9 girls, it was a nonstop gab-fest, so I didn't get a chance to make my announcement until towards the end of dinner. There was a small break in the conversation so I interrupted and said "well girls, I actually had an announcement to make...." and then totally blanked on a cute way to say it (should have thought that one out a little bit more, haha...oops) so they all just sat there and stared at me for a minute and finally I just simply said, "......I'm pregnant." I had JUST started to show a little bit although I was wearing a looser-fitting top, and the girls couldn't believe I had kept a secret that long!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Well hello 1st Trimester, didn't expect to see you again...

We're officially 37 weeks along now (hooray!) and Baby Girl is now considered to be full term. Being able to stay home and rest for the last week has really helped me feel like a totally different momma-to-be and I've caught a second wind with the whole pregnancy deal. For a few weeks there at the end of my work life I was pretty miserable, not gonna lie, and it's amazing what a big difference being able to stay inside with my feet up has made. It makes me very very happy with our decision to let me leave work a month early vs. trying to work up until my due date!! I will say though that some unpleasant parts of the first trimester have come back to haunt me at the end, including some puking and some middle-school-esque skin problems. The baby apparently now hates orange juice, despite wanting gallons of it throughout the entire pregnancy, but at least she's grown used to my morning cup of coffee. I crawled into bed the other night and mumbled pathetically that I hate throwing up, and my ever-supportive husband said, "well, then stop doing it." Thanks, honey.

The one cute thing that's reminiscent of the first trimester is that Kingsley has renewed his obsession with my belly...I really need to try to get a picture of him cuddling with me because it's beyond adorable. He squirms his way onto my lap if I'm lying on the couch, and then he curls up around my bowling ball belly and rests his head on it. It's SO cute although apparently animals can sense impending labor, so let's hope that he's just taking advantage of my full attention and NOT getting ready to welcome his baby sister early!!

I'm pretty sure Baby Girl is still breech in there, although we will confirm with an ultrasound tomorrow. Steve and I have decided to go ahead and schedule the c-section tomorrow at my appointment (which means she will be here in TWO WEEKS...yikes!!). Although I'm not excited about the prospect of major abdominal surgery, I am at peace with the decision. I've also got a chiropractor appointment scheduled for Thursday, who will use what is called the Webster Technique on me. Apparently they do some kind of manipulation to my spine that helps open up the uterus in there and gives the baby more space to turn. My friend Kelly had success with this and I've heard other good things about it too, so I figure it's worth a shot.

This is going to be a busy week- between doctor appointments, I've also got an appointment scheduled to get our car seat installation inspected (apparently the overwhelming majority of car seats are installed incorrectly, who knew?), the house to clean, my hospital bag to pack, the nursery to finish in time for the big unveiling at girls' night on Friday, the AC in the nursery to get fixed, and the Infant CPR class to get ready for on Saturday. I am also knocking out our final shopping list this week too just in case Baby Girl decides she wants to come early. And then because I apparently love throwing as much onto my plate as possible (ha!), I am also working on a 3-week meal plan of meals that can be frozen ahead of time to help ease the burden on us after the baby comes.

Anyways, here's the official Baby Center update on what the baby's doing this week. I also realized that I've been forgetting the Father's Guide to Baby Sizes Update (I can't believe nobody called me on that!) so I will include the very last size, haha.

Your baby is now considered "full term," even though your due date is three weeks away. If you go into labor now, her lungs will likely be mature enough to fully adjust to life outside the womb. (Some babies need a bit more time, though. So if you're planning to have a repeat c-section, for example, your practitioner will schedule it for no earlier than 39 weeks unless there's a medical reason to intervene earlier.)
Your baby weighs 6 1/3 pounds (or 8...same thing, right? haha) and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel (like a stalk of Swiss chard). Many babies have a full head of hair at birth, with locks from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches long. But don't be surprised if your baby's hair isn't the same color as yours. Dark-haired couples are sometimes thrown for a loop when their children come out as blonds or redheads, and fair-haired couples have been surprised by Elvis look-alikes. And then, of course, some babies sport only peach fuzz.

 Pregnancy Week 37 to the big day:
Your baby is the size of the electric motor
in the $110,000 2008 Tesla which can
go from 0 to 60 in 3.9 seconds.  Sweet.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Doctor Update....sort of....not really

Steve and I went to my 36 week appointment today and nothing really got resolved. Dr. Anthony said we've got one more week to think about trying the external version to try to turn her, and it was interesting because she said the frank breech position wouldn't affect the success rate of the version...I still don't see how it doesn't affect it, but what do I know. She said though that it was completely up to us....if we decided against the version, we'd schedule the c-section for 39 weeks. Steve and I are still leaning against the version but at least we have one more week to think about it. She also put the kibosh on our lake plans so I'm a little disappointed but the health of Baby Girl comes first. I am relieved though that Dr. A didn't move the c-section up because we've got a few more things that need to be knocked out before Baby Girl makes her grand entrance!!

In terms of what's going on with the doc appointments, today I had to get my Group B Strep test done....I won't go into details because it's really not that exciting. If it comes back positive I have to get antibiotics during labor and delivery, but otherwise it doesn't mean much in regards to me- it's more dangerous for the baby. They also did a blood draw today but I don't know what that was for. Aren't I just a barrel full of information today, haha. I go back next Wed for my 37 week appointment and we've got another ultrasound scheduled. I will be seeing my other doctor next week so I'll be interested to see if she has anything new to offer in terms of opinions/info.

One thing we did do this week was a breastfeeding class on Monday night. Although Steve was dragging his heels about it initially, I wanted to go mostly to get a lactation consultant's opinion on the whole epilepsy/can't go multiple nights of interrupted sleep situation, and how she would suggest handling that. We've got Steve's mom coming for a week or two after the birth to help us out and Steve's already prepared to try to handle most of the night time activities, but the internet research wasn't turning up much helpful information for my particular situation. And all the books were basically like, "just get ready to not sleep for 3+ months", which isn't an option for me. And none of the epilepsy medications are on the fully safe list for breastfeeding, so I wanted to try my hardest to avoid going back on medications.

The class itself was highly informative, and our instructor Lynn was awesome. She stayed and talked with us afterward about our situation and she came up with a plan that makes the first week still pretty rough, but will hopefully enable us to give her a bottle starting in the second week for one of the nighttime feedings. Ideally that will give me at least a 6 hour window every night to sleep, after the first week. We'll see how it goes I guess, but I do feel more comfortable having a plan in place for this. She also surprised us by offering to take us on a tour of the birthing center, since we hadn't done that yet and she actually works as a NICU nurse at the hospital, and it was great getting a personal tour of the NICU, birthing wing, c-section room, and the mother/baby wing.

And in other news, college football starts this weekend so here's a cute picture!