Thursday, August 30, 2007

Things Are Happening...

But in a pretty gradual way. I seem to get at least one "real" contraction every night, but they obviously aren't labor contractions, which is why I put "real" in quotes. It's very different from the way things were with Little Chub! The contraction I had last night was stronger and more painful than the first one I felt in my labor with Little Chub (and I could feel residual pain from it for over 5 minutes!), but was only followed up by normal feeling Braxton-Hicks. I'm guessing some of the early work is being done now, in these days (or weeks...) leading up to the real thing. Did all of you notice differences like this in your first vs. second labors?

Friday, August 24, 2007

Looking for good books

I need some suggestions for some good books to read (fiction). Any age group, any length. Please!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

And closer still...

I am such a delinquent blogger! Every day I sit here at the computer and consider writing something, but then I decide that the effort it takes to open up blogger and actually organize my thoughts is just too much, and instead I spend all my time reading posts by pregnant women on ivillage, wondering if it's normal to feel x,y, or z. I never really find anything interesting there, yet I keep lurking, multiple times a day! What is it about pregnancy that makes you just want to read and read about pregnancy related things, no matter how much of it you already know and no matter how much it entirely fails to do anything for you, except to help you continue to obsess about pregnancy and the baby that will soon be a part of your eternity? As you can probably tell, my thoughts are very much NOT organized right now!

Sooooooo, today is 36 weeks 4 days. In three days, I will be considered "term". I keep thinking/hoping baby will come early, and that labor will happen soon once Saturday comes, but then I realize what a HUGE change will occur in our lives as soon as this baby is born, and I think that 4 or 5 weeks would probably be just fine with me. Labor excites me. I read so many birth stories and I get so excited to imagine what I will do this time around to manage the contractions, and I wonder, what position will the baby be born in? Will the baby latch on perfectly this time? Will postpartum recovery be smoother? I want to push the baby out slower this time, with no hurry.

Anyway, we had an appointment yesterday. Everything is still going great. Baby had a growth spurt, and it was interesting to have the midwife tell me that because it confirmed what I had been telling Peter for the last week. Within the last week or so, baby has felt like a big, large, viable baby all of sudden. And she sometimes feels like she's trying to push her way out already. She burrows down there pretty deep. I wonder, will I ever be so used to pregnancy that a butt that pops out several inches all of a sudden does not cause me to stare in amazement and point it out to Peter every time? Who knows, but I'm definitely not there yet!

Oh, and the strangest thing--before this pregnancy, I was blood type A+. Now I'm A-. And blood types don't change. Unless you have an autoimmune disease. Which I don't. So, now we have to try to find the confirmation that Peter is O-, so that I don't have to have Rhogam. It's all very weird.

By the way, if you haven't given baby predictions yet, now's the time!

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Getting closer!

Well, today is 35w 3d. That means:

*If I go into labor, they won't try to stop it
*In 4 days, if the baby was born, she wouldn't have to go to the NICU automatically
*In 1 week 4 days, she will be considered term
*In 4 weeks 4 days is her due date

*In 6 weeks 4 days, she can no longer be born at the birth center

I'm not sure what the policy is if it went beyond that (whether they will let me go beyond 42 weeks), but I'm hoping not to have to find out.

Meanwhile, I'm getting ready to buy a glider rocker, which has been a dream of mine since LittleMama had Mademoiselle. And
a buzzy chair.