39 Weeks

39-weeks-double

How far along? 39 Weeks

How big is baby? About 7 pounds, 20 inches

Total weight gain: Still about 20-22 pounds.

Sleep: I didn’t get a lot of sleep this week during my last week of work. I was trying to get so much done, and I’d end up staying up really late and getting up early. I’ve had my share of 5- and 6-hour nights lately. But now…sweet maternity leave…right after I finish one more blog…and write another email or two…

Best moment this week: My coworkers gave me a surprise baby shower! That was pretty sweet. I didn’t have any 0-6 month clothes for baby girl, and now I do! And a few gift cards, to boot. I wasn’t expecting any sort of shower for my third, so it was a true surprise and a treat. Plus there were bagels and fruit! I think bagels and fruit are pregnant lady staples.

We got curtains for our living room, which I find very exciting. Kyle did music for a video for childhood cancer awareness month for St. Baldrick’s, which turned out well. And I’m planning a birthday party for Adelaide and August, which is sort of fun. I don’t consider myself much of a party planner, but this just might come together.

Movement: She’s still moving, so that’s a good sign.

Food cravings: I am over my scone and popsicle cravings, but they haven’t been replaced by other desires. I made cinnamon rolls, which are always delicious.

Food Aversions: None that come to mind. I’ve had a lot of heartburn lately, so that’s not fun, but it’s not like there’s a certain trigger food that I know of.

Labor Signs: I had an hour of mild contractions a few nights ago. Occasionally I will get a contraction that I have to relax through. Nothing steady yet. I am feeling the nesting urge to clean and get things ready, so that’s nice. It’s a very motivating feeling, and I feel quite satisfied with everything I accomplish.

What I miss: Sleeping on my back and stomach. Wearing normal clothes.

What I am looking forward to: I found a book I want to read called Natural Hospital Birth. I read the first few chapters online, and it’s at a library a few miles from here, so I’m going to pick it up. I’m looking forward to (hopefully) having a few days off to catch up on sleep before baby arrives, now that I’m not at work.

Upcoming appointments/events:  I’m on weekly appointments, now. I told the doctor that I don’t want pelvic exams, and he was OK with that and told me to remind him later. So on this last visit, I reminded him, and he said, “OK, but I want to do one next time.” Seriously? “Um, no thank you,” I said. He just wants to strip my membranes because he’s planned a vacation starting September 14. That’s what I think.

Things to buy: Sometime in the next couple of weeks I want to buy some fabric to make a bengkung belly wrap thingy. And I wanted to see if I could find the right fabric for making swaddle blankets, but they closed our local JoAnn Fabrics. Now there’s just Walmart. (Apparently there is a JoAnn in Covina, which is less than 8 miles away…so why does Covina seem so far away??)

On my to-do list: It would be nice to paint the trim in the house, but I don’t know that I’ll get to it. I need to finish the onesie I made for my newborn niece, who is no longer a newborn.

Anything else? I’m trying to get pumped about this birth, but I’m having a hard time envisioning a peaceful experience. I found out I’m strep B positive, which means they’ll want me to have antibiotics during labor. Chances are the baby would be fine without antibiotics (99.5%). Chances are better with antibiotics (99.97%). But if I have another fast labor, there won’t be time. (You’re supposed to get the antibiotics at least four hours before birth. Augie was born in two and a half hours.) If I don’t get the full course, or if I decline altogether, they’ll be paranoid about the baby, and they will probably want me to stay an extra night or two for observation.

I don’t want to have to stand up for myself during labor. I don’t want to have to fight to keep the baby with me, request to wait to cut the cord, or ask them to chill out and let the placenta come on its own — all things that a midwife knows to do instinctively. I don’t want them to whisk the baby away like it’s their baby, like they did with Adelaide. But that’s what I signed up for when I decided to save money on insurance this year, right? (Sigh.)

Maybe it’s all for good reason that I’m in the hospital this time, and I’ll be so thankful. Hopefully this library book will help me get into a better mindset today.

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