day-to-day pregnancy

[ Tuesday, November 30, 2004 ]

Done List:
  • nursery
  • birth plan
  • hospital registration
  • announcements addressed and stamped
  • baby hospital bag
  • announcement phone tree
    Almost Done List:
  • my hospital bag
  • finish buying from baby registry
    Not Even Started List:
  • David's hospital bag
  • install car seat

    From WebMD, about the 38th week: Your baby is about 21 inches from head to toe and weighs about 6.8 pounds. Most of the baby's downy hair, lanugo, and whitish coating, vernix, is disappearing. Your baby is getting its antibodies from you to protect against illness. Baby's growth is slowing, but fat cells under skin get plumper for life outside the womb. Almost ready for birth, your would do well if born now. You're probably not getting any bigger, but you may be feeling more uncomfortable. Make sure you have a bag packed. It won't be long now -- 95% of all babies are born within two weeks of their mother's due date.

    [ Wednesday, November 24, 2004 ]

    When I started this blog it was just to allow our friends and family around the world to participate in the pregnancy, as well as leave behind a written account that our baby would be able to enjoy later on. So it was with great surprise (and joy) that I received an email from a reader from North Carolina, whose daughter is expecting her first child. To Lee and family - thank you for getting in touch and best of luck with your pregnancy!

    [ Sunday, November 21, 2004 ]

    Last week, David's office threw a surprise baby shower for us. We had awesome cake and lots of fun. Their generous gift (a Babies R Us gift certificate) will allow us to get Kate's stroller and practically complete our registry.

    [ Saturday, November 20, 2004 ]

    This week we went to an orientation night at the Alexandria Pediatrics clinic, hoping to settle on a practice for the baby. We were not disappointed - the office is pretty close (in the same building as my OBGYN), highly recommended, and seems to meet all of our requirements. Best of all, their pediatricians (8 in total) work at the hospital where Kate will be born, so they will be able to see her as soon as she arrives.

    [ Friday, November 19, 2004 ]

    Wide awake at 3:00 am.

    [ Thursday, November 18, 2004 ]

    Another doctor's appointment yesterday, and now I will be seeing them weekly. I was tested for strep B and the cervix was examined again. There is still no dilation, but the doctor found clear signs of effacement (thinning of the cervix). In small words - Kate is not arriving in the next few days, but my body has started labor preparation, which *may* mean a short labor/easy delivery. One can hope.

    [ Monday, November 15, 2004 ]

    From WebMD, about the 36th week: Your baby measures about 20.7 inches from head to toe and weighs about 6 pounds. The baby may drop lower in your abdomen, usually assuming the head-down position after having frequently assumed other positions during early pregnancy. The brain has been developing rapidly, and your baby is practicing blinking. Your uterus has grown bigger these last few weeks and is probably up under your ribs. But you're in the home stretch; after this week you'll be seeing your doctor weekly. You may be alternating between fatigue or extra bursts of energy. You may also be experiencing increased backache and heaviness, constipation, heartburn and discomfort in your buttocks and pelvis.

    [ Wednesday, November 10, 2004 ]

    Last Saturday we had another baby shower (this one for girls only) hosted by Harlene. It was awesome - good food, great friends, lots of adorable things for Kate. On Sunday, we compiled the list of everything we were still missing and went shopping at Babies R Us. She is all set now, except for the stroller, which wouldn't fit in the car after all the other things we bought.

    [ Tuesday, November 09, 2004 ]

    Welcome to the 9th month! From WebMD, about the 35th week: Your baby measures about 20.25 inches from head to toe and weighs more than 5.5 pounds. Lungs are almost fully developed, but if born now the baby would probably be put in an incubator. It still doesn't have enough fat deposits beneath its skin to keep warm outside your womb. Your uterus is about six inches above your navel. By now your weight gain is probably between 24 and 29 pounds. Your doctor will test you for Group B streptococcus bacteria between now and 37 weeks. You may be getting more uncomfortable and not sleeping very well. You also may be getting more anxious about the labor and delivery, and you may even be moodier and more irritable.

    [ Friday, November 05, 2004 ]

    Yesterday I had a mildly scary doctors appointment. For the past few days, I had been feeling Kate pushing down (sometimes painfully) and my pelvic bones just seemed constantly sore. So I asked the midwife if that meant anything. After a cervix exam (never fun), she found Kate is positioned really low but the cervix is still closed. Translation - she isn't coming in the next couple of days, but beyond that there's no guarantees. Just in case, I am ordered to reduce my work schedule to part-time, spend at least 2 hours in bed every afternoon and no more than 2 consecutive hours standing or sitting down. She called it "extended rest", which was her idea of a compromise between delivering early or putting me on bed rest.