Thursday, July 31, 2008

37 Weeks

Here I am at 37 weeks, considered full-term already. Unbelievable. We are in full-on "get ready for baby" mode. This past weekend, Gregg & I went to Target and bought a few odds and ends that were still needed. We also installed the car seat in the minivan. I sorted through all the gifts we've received and separated them into categories: clothes, changing station, bath stuff, feeding, toys, and blankets. It was a lot of fun, but also a lot of work when you're nine months pregnant. I took advantage of the glider in the corner of the nursery several times. Tuesday night, Gregg helped me actually put everything away in the dresser/changing table and closet.

My birthday on Sunday was nice and relaxing. Gregg made me waffles by request for breakfast, then took me out to T.G.I.Friday's for lunch. I ordered the Chips Ahoy Sundae dessert which was awesome. Later that evening, Gregg finally gave me my present. He was so sweet and got me a gift certificate to a salon so I can pamper myself! Boy, do I need that.

Yesterday my sister sent a link to her professional wedding photos, which I scanned through last night. They came out amazing, but unfortunately I look enormous in 95% of them. The straight-on shots aren't too bad, but in the ones where I'm standing with my family or the wedding party, it appears like my dress expands ten feet in front of me. I know they say the camera adds ten pounds, but in this case I think it added 100!

This morning I had another doctor's appointment. My weight gain has tapered off. I only gained one more pound between this visit and the last one. The doctor took a culture for the Group-B strep test in case I have a vaginal delivery, and checked my cervix for effacement & dilation. It was closed shut and still pretty hard so I don't think I'll be going into labor anytime soon.

She couldn't tell for sure from external palpation (big fancy term for feeling around the outside of my belly) whether Bubba was head first or feet first, so she wheeled in the ultrasound machine to get a more accurate assessment. He is stubbornly still breached. I wasn't really surprised. I had suspected as much since I kept feeling a lot of movement in my lower abdomen, like his feet are pointed downward.
I knew what was coming next. The doctor said they could do one of two things: either turn the baby manually, or schedule a C-section. I told her I wasn't comfortable with trying to turn him, so I opted for the C-section. After I got dressed, she came back in and told me I'm scheduled for August 14. I have another appointment between now and then, so they'll go over the procedure in more detail at that time and check again to see whether Bubba has decided to turn on his own.

I have mixed feelings about it. On one hand, I feel like I'll be missing out on the real birthing experience. I've never had any type of surgery before, so it kind of freaks me out. A C-section seems so passive and sterile, almost unnatural. On the other hand, I like the idea of knowing when Bubba's delivery date will be instead of waiting to labor on my own, and possibly laboring for hours and then ending up having a Cesarean anyway. And, I'd really rather recover from an operation where they cut my stomach, instead of my... ahem.
So August 14 is the tentative birth date. I'm still reeling from the news that, in just two weeks, I'll be having a baby. It's only one week before than my estimated due date, but for some reason knowing it's on the calendar makes it seem so much earlier. I feel like there's still a hundred and one things to do. I don't know if I've read enough about how to take care of a baby, or if he has enough onesies. If I've made the most of the time Gregg & I have left as just a twosome.

I'm also very excited that our baby boy will be here so soon. The event that we've been planning for and eagerly anticipating since December 18 will be here in just two weeks!!

2 comments:

And Baby Makes Three said...

I was freaked out a c-section as well, but it really wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I had never had surgery before either, so I had no idea what to expect. The pain and recovery time were not as painful as I anticipated, but TAKE THE DRUGS that they give you, especially the first few days--you can still breastfeed if you're planning on doing so. AND they leave the epidural in for 24 hours after labor so you don't feel the initial pain of the surgery until at least 24-36 hours later.

Enjoy your last few weeks, and get a pedicure...you'll see your feet again before you know it!

Can't wait to see what Baby's name is!

Sarah

LCP said...

Wow, almost there.

Hey, something I researched ealier, because I was wondering about "turning" a breech baby. I found this website which had some interesting stuff about certain positions you can be in to get him to "turn" on his own, wichout that manual turning by the doctor. Of course, if you have come to terms with a C-section and are exctied about Aug 14th, don't worry about reading into this too much. I just thought it was interesting, and at times that I feel like BP2 is kicking my lower side (and I am usually uncomfortable otherwise), I do walk around on my hands and knees to get him to flip...not sure if it really works or if he just flips on his own.

anyway, here is the site if you are interested in scanning through it.
http://www.homebirth.org.uk/ofp.htm
Check out the Practical steps to avoid posterior positions.

Good luck whichever way you choose...how exciting to KNOW when she will be here!!

Have a good weekend.