Yesterday we had the final ultrasound for baby. The purpose was to confirm the position of the baby and take some measurements to get an estimated weight. Baby has gotten big! Given the measurements, the ultrasound machine calculated that I am actually 38 weeks and 6 days with an estimated due date of May 5th! It also estimated the weight at 8 lbs 3 oz!
My doctor won’t see the ultrasound results until Monday. I figure I will probably be getting a call from her then. We walked out of radiology in a little bit of a shock. I’m still trying to process this new information, and waiting to hear what the doctor says is going to make this a long weekend. I knew we were getting close to the end of the pregnancy, but I didn’t realize just how close to the end we were at.
Things are about to get really exciting!
We just finished up week 37 and have moved into week 38 of this pregnancy. Things are still progressing nicely. Baby’s heartbeat is still strong and steady. We are scheduled to have the final ultrasound this afternoon. This will give us a picture of what position the baby is in and give an estimated weight. It has been a couple of months since the last ultrasound, so I’m pretty excited to see how much baby has grown.
So new things from the 37th week….swelling! I’ve started noticing swelling in my knees, ankles, and feet. It’s crazy! It’s getting to where it kind of hurts to do too much walking. It’s not as bad first thing in the morning, but by the time I get home from work there is a lot of swelling. My normal shoes feel tight…time for flip-flops! When I’m on the couch in the evenings with my feet propped up I do not recognize my feet anymore. Hopefully the swelling will go down shortly after the baby is born.
We had another baby shower last Saturday. It was fun, I got pretty tired by the end of it but I had a good time none-the-less. The friend who organized it really went all out. She made cake in a jar that was super yummy! White chocolate covered cake balls, sugar cookies with pink sprinkles, pink fudge, pink flower mints, Pink and White suckers that said it’s a girl on them! It was wonderful! I have another batch of thank you notes to write this weekend! I’ll have to take pictures of the gifts too.
Hubby got the last items on my to do before baby arrives list done yesterday. The car seat is securely installed in my car! I now feel 100% ready for baby to arrive and come home. Car seat is done, hospital bags are packed and in the car, Bassinet is set up, enough things have been washed for the first few days, I can’t think of anything else short of picking up around the house that needs to be done before the baby gets here.
At a little over 35 weeks of pregnancy I have entered what I am going to call the rawr phase. At this point I am completely exhausted and would probably be better off being left alone. It takes very little to make me feel annoyed at this point. Alas, I must still adventure out into the world to continue making a living before maternity leave. Being out in the world makes it hard to be left alone. Random people want to talk to you about your pregnancy, and apparently you are expected to stand there while your feet, legs, and ankles swell to answer their questions to their satisfaction.
For example, hubby and I were out getting a bite to eat for lunch yesterday at a Quiznos (the Chicken Carbonara is super yummy!). We pay and get our sandwiches and fill our drink cups. I’m trying to follow hubby to an outside table and this random lady looks at me and says “oh you are having a baby!”, to which I reply the polite “yes I am” when I really wanted to say “REALLY?! I didn’t know!”. She tells me congratulations and I thank her all while I am continuing to walk out the door. I do not know this lady, and I really have no desire to stand in the middle of the Quiznos and discuss my pregnancy with her. I was not rude, but apparently my response was not satisfactory. I guess she made some sort of big deal about it to other people in the place cause I was being looked at and heads were nodding. Oh well, I’m past the point of care. All I wanted to do was sit down and eat.
So far I have done what I consider to be an amazing job of responding politely to the same questions that get repeated to me every day. I also think I have done a good job keeping the initial sarcastic responses that immediately jump into my mind when random people say things like “you look like you swallowed a watermelon.”, I mean seriously what is that?! Why would you say something like that to anyone? My initial response wants to be “thanks…..you too!”, but I keep that to myself. I think when they tell you that it takes a lot of energy to be pregnant, every assumes it’s because your body is lugging around extra weight and providing nutrients to the baby growing inside you. I’ve decided that is only part of it. The other part is exercising self-control during the last trimester when you feel like crap and everyone thinks its funny to stay stupid things to you and try to touch your tummy!
All that being said, I do not regret this pregnancy one bit. I am really excited to have this baby, and am really looking forward to seeing her for the first time next month and bringing her home. There is nothing quite like the experience of being pregnant, and I am so glad that I am able to experience it…..even if it is wearing me out!
I am a huge fan of my personal space, I’ll go ahead and make that statement upfront. I am not a fan of being touched by people who I do not know. I knew going into this pregnancy that I should expect to have my personal space violated a little bit. I prepared myself mentally to be nice to people. Everybody seems to love a pregnant lady. They want to ask you when the baby is due, how you are feeling, is a boy or a girl. You don’t realize how tired you will get answering these questions over and over and over again every day. But I’ve done good, I’ve remained polite.
I managed to escape most of the tummy touching until now. It seems like in this third trimester my belly has a touch me sign on it. Of course I cannot see the sign, the one I see says back off! Unfortunately I appear to be the only one who can see the second sign.
I had a particularly horrifying experience last week at work. Most everyone who knows me, knows that I work at the same place as my hubby. Makes it very nice for carpooling (and free drop off at the door service!). Last Friday, while waiting on the first floor for hubby to go home, my personal space was violated in a big way. A little background story on this:
There is this girl who works on the third floor. I do not know her or what her name is. She apparently is really excited about my pregnancy. She has to rub my tummy every time she passes by. Now I worked very hard the first couple of times to be polite and just accept that it happens and move on. But I think somehow in her head it’s like rubbing a buddha belly statue or something for luck. Because she continues to do this every time. I finally a couple of weeks ago asked her if I was not pregnant would she be touching my belly, to which the responded no while giving me a funny look. So I told her “then don’t do it now.”
Now one would think that would have been enough to get the message through, right? Wrong! She was at it again last Friday. Only this time I had not been paying attention, I was watching the elevators for hubby. The next thing I know she is rubbing my belly, and her face is right up against it and she is talking loudly saying hi to the baby! Needless to say this behavior not only horrified me, but it startled me as well. Who in their right mind would do that to someone you do not know?! I felt violated and very upset.
Now I’m afraid to go to the first floor. I am trying things like altering where I normally stand to wait. Hopefully this will work and I won’t be in her path out the door. Otherwise we may have an altercation on our hands, or I may have to take out a restraining order, not sure which will happen. Either way I can most definitely say that this pregnancy has been full of interesting experiences!
I had my 30 week check up with my doctor this week. Everything is still looking good. I’m measuring right on schedule, my weight is good, and baby girl has a strong healthy heartbeat. She is a healthy active baby. Even as I sit here drafting this post I can see movement in my belly. Which some might consider to be a little freaky, think along the lines of the Aliens movie. I’m still taking the iron supplements for anemia. I’m not sure if The doctor will have my iron levels checked again before the birth.
We had two baby showers this past weekend. I’m working up a post with pictures on that subject. We came home with lots of clothes and much needed items and somethings that will make life easier that we did not know about. So this week I’ve been working on taking inventory of what all we have and figuring out what we still need. Also this week we ordered the infant carseat and stroller travel system. Once they arrive I think that just leaves a baby bath and infant swing that we will need on the big-ish stuff, and we might be able to make do without the swing. We’ll just have to wait and see on that.
Next up getting the nursery put together, washing the baby items, and stocking the changing tables and diaper bag.