Ok, this weekly updating seems easier to do after the weekly appointment. Also, weekly appointment time? Full-term in a little over a week? Less than 30 days until due date? This is so close.
Weight’s fine, blood pressure is normal-low, everything’s still medically boring.
Alien- confirmed head-down with ultrasound. Or at least, it’s nearly head-down, still off to the right a little bit. It flipped a lot over the weekend, so I wasn’t totally sure where it was. Interestingly, it’s gone from head-up-back-against-my-right-side to head-down-back-along-my-right-side. Before when it flipped, the back would be against my left side, so I’m hoping that this is a comfy position for the alien. It seems to have preferred being on my right side the whole time. When we looked at the alien’s head, it had a little hand up, waving and wiggling fingers, which I could also feel happening. Weird to both see it and feel it at the same time. (Hoping that hand gets out of the way when he or she settles more into final position.)
This has gotten hard, physically and emotionally. I’m large, I misjudged the size of my belly and burned it on a cookie sheet. I can’t go go go all day, I might not even get to “go” on a day. Sleeping all night doesn’t seem possible. My red shoes don’t fit anymore. I’m approaching the 200-lb mark, which is *just* in the normal-weight-gain range for my starting weight, but I don’t want to get there. I’m not planning on changing my nutrition to avoid it or anything, since that doesn’t seem too smart for some kind of vanity thing, but I’m still not too thrilled about that extra click on the large weight. My emotions are all over the map. (That Google commercial! And that one for Pampers! Gah!) I’m both looking forward to the end of pregnancy and not looking forward to it.
Oh…. stretch marks. My appendectomy scar has turned into a big stretch mark, and I’ve got a smaller one below my belly button. I’m surprised the already-existing marks on my hips haven’t gotten bigger, but they’ve pretty much stayed put, save for one on my right hip. When the alien gets really active, it feels like it’s manually stretching my belly button scar. Tempted to put tape on it! Of course it’s really weird to have something so squirmy under my skin, and it looks like it’s trying to escape. The punches to the actual exit aren’t all that fun, either. But it is kind of cool to figure out the foot and push it. Sometimes it squirms away, sometimes it stays and pushes back. Sometimes it feels like something pulsing under my skin, sometimes it feels like a mini earthquake. And sometimes it it looks and feels like the alien is launching itself against the side of its enclosure. Oof.
TCB- continuing to be pretty awesome. When I feel crappy or I’m just totally done for the day, he’s been stepping up and taking care of things, bringing me dinner, refilling my water glass, making dinner, doing dishes, vacuuming, mopping, rubbing my head or hands or back. Reassuring me that I’m doing well (though I don’t feel like I’m actually _doing_ anything), and discussing if I should apply to programs for fall and then try to take missing prereqs, or go ahead and take prereqs without applying to programs, to make sure that I’m going in the right direction before committing myself.
We figured out a name for a boy, so now we’re set for either kind of alien. I think we’ve figured one out. At least, we have several options that we like for a boy.
Mom came down this weekend, and so much got done. More than I could have done on my own and more than TCB and I could have done. The kitchen is more put-away, the dining room is clear and back to being a dining room, not a kitchen storage area, and furniture is rearranged. And so much more. I feel more confident about bringing this kid home.
- Car seat purchased
- changing pad
- Crib mattress
- Rug for living room
- Rug for nursery
- Pediatrician – have recommendations
- Frame to turn futon into couch
- Photo mobile (to clip the airplanes we made onto)
- Get rid of basement couch
- Assemble bassinet- need to get directions.
- Make non-tippy solution for tv happen
- Pack hospital bag
- Review birth plan with midwife
- Pick up FMLA paperwork from obgym office, turn it in
- Install and inspect car set
- Paint trim – 3/4 done
- Nail down quarter-round- 1/3 done
- Rearrange furniture- everything’s along the wall that it should be against. Would like to move the sewing stuff to the basement, but that couch and yardsale stuff needs to get taken care of first. It’s not a problem now, but it will be a problem once the alien gets mobile.
- Sew the pocket on curtains for the rod, make simple tie-backs
- Get a trash can and biohazard (cloth diaper/wipe) bin for the nursery.
I have to say, I’m very impressed with overstock.com‘s shipping. We took advantage of their sale on rugs over the weekend and got the living room and nursery rugs and, amazingly, the first one arrived yesterday (2 days later) and the other today. Granted, the rugs were coming from NC and Dalton, GA, but still, fast. This weekend is Practice Thanksgiving, so we might delay putting down the new living room rug until after that. Definitely need to get the help of weekend visitors to get it done!
So, about this hospital bag. What things should I pack? Current list:
- admission papers
- sample-sized toiletries
- going-home outfit for alien. A hat/jacket/booties coordinating set plus several sizes of onesies and some babylegs. Something simple
- Sleep/nursing bra
new toothbrush(I usually forget mine on trips) packed lip stuffpacked