Well – I’ve made it! I’m 37 weeks pregnant this week, which means I’m officially full-term and Baby Lump could grace us with his/her presence literally any day now. So hey – how about a dry run to the hospital?
Yesterday, I had sort of a suspicion that I was leaking some amniotic fluid, which is well, not good. It wasn’t really concerning me that much, but James basically forced me to call my doctor anyway just to be safe. The nurse I spoke with was a little concerned, so she advised us to head on over to labor and delivery. I was really nonchalant about the whole thing since I was convinced everything was fine; we grabbed our hospital bags, hailed a cab, and I shot “Look what you made us do” looks at James all the way to the hospital.
Well, I was right. Everything was fine with Baby Lump. It was basically a waste of time. Although it was pretty cool to be hooked up to the external fetal monitor and get a practice run under our belts. Thanks to the tour we took a few weeks ago, we knew just where to go and what to do. And yes, James was correct that calling the doctor was the right thing to do – it’s better safe than sorry! Let’s hope when it’s the real thing, James and I are just as calm as we were yesterday (but can we have less traffic, please?).
Oven Timer: 37 weeks, 2 days
That’s right! My hospital bag is officially packed and ready to go for my mad dash to the hospital when the time comes. A special thanks to all my Twitter pals and their awesome packing suggestions (see right).
Some other awesome news: My friend, Justina, whom I graduated high school with and whose baby was supposed to be due two weeks before mine, just gave birth yesterday morning to an adorable little baby boy named CJ (Charles Joseph) – 7 lbs. 8 oz. and 19.25 inches. Justina’s labor was induced, and it sounds like she took the super-fast progression of her labor like a champ. Congratulations to Justina and Frank on their new baby! Check out Justina’s blog – I’m sure she’ll be posting CJ’s birth story at some point, and I’m very excited to hear all about it! It only makes me even more excited to meet my own little Baby Lump soon!
Monday I had my 36 week appointment, and my doctor said everything is going well with Baby Lump. She also indicated that even if I end up delivering late, she highly doubts that Baby Lump will reach the massive weight James was when he was born. According to her estimates, Baby Lump will be a maximum of 9 lbs. Still a big baby, but definitely nowhere near as daunting as 11 lbs! Unfortunately though, the results from my Group B Strep test came back positive. My doctor didn’t seem too concerned. Apparently 10 to 20 percent of pregnant women will develop the infection, and they’re not really sure of the cause. Basically, it means I’ll need to be injected with penicillin through an IV every four hours during my delivery. So much for my perfectly normal pregnancy. Oh well – things could definitely be worse! Let’s just hope for the best and that Baby Lump isn’t the one in 4,000 babies that gets infected!
Oven Timer: 36 weeks, 2 days
It’s been quite a busy week on the baby front …
Sunday – My Boston gal pals threw me a lovely baby shower. It was so awesome to have (most of) my best girlfriends in the same room at the same time, especially since many of them never cross paths. We had a lot of fun eating yummy food (and rearranging some of it to spell funny things – “CAN RATS GO APE!“), “ooo”ing and “awww”ing at cute monkey outfits and stuffed polar bears (AKA “Buddy Bear”), and chatting about Baby Lump. Thanks to everyone who came, and a special thanks to Kara who hosted the party and made tons of delicious, homemade food! Mmm – spinach and artichoke dip …
Monday – I had my 35th week doctor appointment, where I withstood a pleasant little group B strep screening, found out that according to the ultrasound Baby Lump is in the 40th percentile size-wise and also learned I’ve been experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions unbeknownst to me. For some reason – I guess I didn’t pay close enough attention to this part during our natural childbirth class – I was under the impression that Braxton Hicks contractions were supposed to be discomforting or painful, when in reality, they don’t have to be. Apparently all those times I’ve called James over to “Feel how incredibly hard/tight my belly is!” I’ve actually been having Braxton Hicks contractions … who knew?
Tuesday – James and I took a tour of the labor/delivery and postpartum floors at the hospital. It was really comforting to familiarize ourselves with the hospital, and it was especially fun imagining how we would be back there again soon to meet Baby Lump! We keep joking that Baby Lump’s ETA sounds sort of like a shipping date (“expected time of delivery – two to six weeks”). The coolest part about the tour, however, was when were strolling past the NICU and one of the nurses brought out a one month old, 4 lb. premature baby girl (of a set of triplets) who was getting ready to go home in the next couple of days. Definitely the smallest being we’ve ever seen, and completely adorable. But man – imagine having to spend one whole month without your newborn! It made me very thankful that Baby Lump should be coming on time.
Oven Timer: 35 weeks, 4 days
My oldest sister, Adrienne, is pregnant!!!
Can you tell I’ve been holding this in for a while? Ever since she told me about about a month ago, I’ve basically been harassing her via phone and Facebook message about when I was allowed to blog about it. Well, I’ve finally gotten the green light, and I’m ridiculously excited!
The baby will be Adrienne and my brother-in-law, Mac‘s first. Their due date is July 11, so it looks as though Baby Lump is going to have a cousin very close in age, which I think is awesome. While it is a bit of a bummer that Baby Nutter (Mac and Adrienne’s last name is Nutter) will be stationed far away in Michigan, it will still be nice for the two rugrats to have each other’s company at least during family gatherings. And although Baby Lump will have bragging rights as the first grandchild in our family, I can bet both babies will be spoiled equally by both the grandparents and great-grandparents.
What I can’t bet on, though, is that A’s pregnancy will be anything like mine. As far as I can tell, she’ll be finding out Baby Nutter’s flavor ASAP. And the natural childbirth route? Fuhgetaboudit! Either way, I’m going to be a mother and an aunt all within less than a year – how exciting!
Congratulations, Adrienne and Mac! May your 9 week old tadpole grow into a lovely little Nutter Butter )
Nutter Oven Timer: 8 weeks, 6 days