Tennis Is Fun

Week 36

Baby’s Length: 13.5 to 20.5 in.

Baby’s Weight: 6 lbs.

Baby’s Size: Tennis Racket

At my 35 week checkup with my midwife, she informed me that I am going to go into labor within the next two weeks. She’s also said that the baby is right on track and growing great. She was a little small 2 weeks ago, but grew dramatically in the past week or so. I have to go see my midwife once a week until I give birth now. Hopefully that will be soon! I’m still hoping for July 7th… (7/7/2007)

My baby shower was on Saturday and it went fantastic! I got almost everything off of my baby registries and then some. And thankfully, most of it I like too!

Dan took a hundred pictures so I’ll show you a few…

There were almost 40 people at my baby shower. There were so many people there, that I hadn’t seen in years. It was almost like a reunion! I was so happy that so many people were able to come.

My mom went all out with the decorations. Of course it was a “Winnie The Pooh” themed shower… she also accented with sunflowers. To the right is a picture of the beautiful diaper cake she made.

There was so much FOOD! Jalapeño pinwheels, fruit & pineapple dip tray, cheese, olives, grapes, pickles, & cracker platter, cucumber tea sandwiches, spinach dip with bread, hamburger dip with tortilla chips, veggie platters, and so much more… And you wouldn’t believe all the deserts! I made sunflower cupcakes, and mom made a Classic Pooh cake. We also had apple spice cake, strawberry shortcake, brownies, chocolate cookies, chocolate fondue and fresh strawberries, and more.

My grandmother bought me a beautiful dress and matching shoes to wear for the occasion. Dan didn’t get any good pictures of me though…

Here’s a list of what I got off my registry:

Baby Papasan Infant Seat

Long Distance Monitor

Tummy Play Pad

Inclined to Sleep – Sleep Positioner

Umbrella Stroller – Khaki

Safer Bather

Safe Lift Deluxe Crib Wedge

Shopping Cart Cover – Toile

Winnie the Pooh Nursery Projector

Play Yard – 3 Little Bears

Classic Pooh Fleece Blanket – Sage

Classic Pooh Lamp with Shade

Classic Pooh Night-Light with Cover

I also got a ton of clothes. I actually liked most of them. Some were really ugly though! Luckily, most people included a receipt in their card, so that makes me life a little easier.

I have a bunch of Thank You cards to fill out tomorrow, plus I have a chiropractic appointment today.

I thought that having my mom do the baby shower would be a disaster, but she actually did an amazing job and had no problem letting me have things my way. I was afraid she was just going to totally take over the whole operation and not let me have a say, but she’s actually a lot less controlling then she used to be… Maybe I’m just seeing things from a different perspective now…

So I had a fantastic time and everything was beautiful. I am so thankful for everything and I’m really relieved that I have everything I need now. All I have left to do is sit back and wait for my water to break…

That’s the hardest part!

Dan is in LA for the next 3 days and he told me I have to sit in bed till he gets back. He’s so nervous that I am going to go into labor while he is away. It would take him at least 5 hours to get back, if not more. So he’s freaking out a little bit… Poor guy. I told him I had no control over it, but that I would “try my hardest” not go into labor while he’s gone. After he comes back from this trip, he doesn’t have to fly again until August. Thank God!

I still have to put all these baby shower gifts away somewhere… I ought to go do that.

I Don’t Like Baseball

Week 35

Baby’s Length: 13.25 to 20.25 in.

Baby’s Weight: 5.5 lbs.

Baby’s Size: Baseball Cap

…although it is better than football.

Each passing day, my body tells me that my pregnancy is coming to it’s end. I really don’t think I’m going to make it another 3 weeks, never mind 5 weeks to my due date. I just feel it in my bones. It’s really hard to explain gut instincts. Sometimes, you just… know.

Just like every other pregnancy symptom, I am once again 4 weeks ahead of where I should technically be. I still swear I am 4 weeks further along then the ultrasound or my calculations seem to indicate.

Caution: too much information and details below…

Two weeks ago at 33 weeks pregnant, I lost my mucous plug. From what I’ve read, this generally this happens around week 37 for most women.

I hadn’t read much about the mucous plug, so I did some research on it the next day. I found out that losing the mucous plug generally signals that the cervix is effacing and dilating. Upon inspection, it was established the my cervix was quite effaced and dilated about thumb width.

Then a few days later, the baby dropped. The baby feels so much heavier now and it’s uncomfortable to walk around. It feels like something is in the way when I’m walking. Ever since she dropped, she has been resting on the left side of my belly. She doesn’t move quite as much anymore, mostly because she has a lot less room. She’s getting so big!

A few days after that, at around 34 weeks and 2 days, I noticed a big increase in Braxton Hicks contractions. Before, I felt them once in while… maybe 3-5 times a week. They weren’t that noticeable. But now, I have them about once every hour or two during the day and they are actually painful now. I have to stop and sit down and wait for about 30-60 seconds before I can get up and move again. If I am out shopping, energetic, or moving around a lot, I get them even closer together. I had 4 contractions in one hour yesterday…

In short, the only thing left to happen is for my water to break. I’m in the 35th week of my pregnancy and wondering how much longer this baby is going to stay inside of me. I’ve become increasingly aware of the lack of time I have left and have been anxiously trying to do last minute things. Cleaning the house, washing the rest of the baby clothes, collecting diapers, diaper covers, cloth wipes, etc and more. My labor bag is all packed and at the door.

I think I’ll make it to the first week of July. I highly doubt at this point, I will make it much further than that though… I rest easy knowing that the baby is considered full term at week 35.

I don’t know if I’m ready emotionally, but I know everything else in life is ready to go.

I Don’t Like Football

Week 34

Baby’s Length: 12.75 to 20 in.

Baby’s Weight: 5 lbs.

Baby’s Size: Football

So the baby is the size of a football. I don’t know about that… These size comparisons are really getting on my nerves lately! I’ve just been posting my weekly update like that for so long that I can’t stop now.

As the days go by, I feel more and more like birth is imminent. The baby’s head has dropped and she resides on the left side of my stomach now. She still runs like she’s on a gerbil wheel, but now her feet only kick my right side, as she doesn’t have much room to move around.

It happened quite suddenly. Seems like for a long time she had a lot of room, and then within like a couple days I felt her get a lot bigger. She’s settled comfortably, but I’m not so comfortable anymore. I feel like I am walking around with a grapefruit between my legs. And not in a good way!

I’m only comfortable sleeping on my left side now. I wake up 6-8 times during the night to pee. I think it’s God’s way of giving us practice for when we have to wake up during the night to nurse. I think it helps us learn how to fall back asleep quickly. Or something like that…

I have Braxton Hicks contractions all the time now. I guess that’s one of the things that makes me realize how close I am to the end. It really seems like the weeks are flying by at this point and I spend most of my day hoping that I have everything I need. And even more than that, I am trying to prepare myself emotionally for the task ahead.

I’m not afraid or nervous about what’s to come. I know I’ll do fine and I’m not worried about it at all. I do worry about everyone else though. I am still not dealing well with the extra attention and all the unwanted advice from strangers. I fear that it will only get worse after the baby arrives and I’ll have to go into seclusion. Still need to learn how to stand up my myself and stay straight on my own two feet. It comes easy for me with some people. And other people… not so much.

Today, I’m going to go shopping with my mom and grandmother again. I am going to get the cloth diapering system and also purchase a few nursing shirts to wear in public. I found this fantastic store called “Mother & Child” and they have sooo much stuff. It’s my new favorite store. I also have to help my mom with making the diaper cake, party favors, and centerpieces for the baby shower. Only 2 weeks till the baby shower! I’m anxiously watching my baby registries to see what people are picking up.

Well, I have lots to do today, so that’s all I have time for. I will try to post another belly pic at some point this week…