Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Baby Update (Week 35)...As the Baby Turns!‏

God answered our prayers this morning when we went in for our sonogram and doctor appointment to discover that our little man has 'flipped'. He's no longer breech! Which means the doctor no longer wants to schedule a c-section. Hallelujah!

Originally uploaded by CatrinaD
In other news, Peanut is measuring a little on the big side, but not too much to worry about. Using the computer images, the sonographer measures his head circumference and the length of his arm and leg bones. The computer then calculates what an average baby weighs based on those measurements. Based on his weight and measurements, the computer also caluculates his estimated due date. Today's "revised" due date is December 27th...only 4 days before his actual due date. The doctor said that this is notoriously unreliable to actually PLAN from, but the good news is that he's not measuring HUGE. They estimate that he weighs around 5 lbs. 10 oz. His heartbeat measured 130 bpm (perfectly healthy). WHEW! The whole visit was a big sigh of relief.

I'm doing well, too. I've gained 31 lbs. and my blood pressure is still normal (108/66). I've been having this consistent, sharp pain in the middle of my stomach, but we found out that it's just Peanut's bony little bottom poking through the weak part of my ab muscles. I suppose I'd rather have a little pain in the belly and have him in the right position than no pain becuase he's still sitting upright. Goes back to that perspective thing I mentioned last time.

Originally uploaded by CatrinaD
In other big news, a couple of weeks ago, our La-Z-Boy glider arrived. We bought it for the nursery, but I haven't wasted any time in using it as my new bed for many of the past few nights. I've been sleeping better in a more vertical position and Craig's certainly sleeping better without my constant twists and turns. Of course, you take the good with the bad...there isn't nearly as much cuddling going on either!

I've only got three weeks left at work and am quickly trying to close sales and tie up loose ends. I'm keeping VERY busy the next few weeks between our women's ministry at the church, singing with the Plano Civic Chorus, MORE doctor appointments, and a neighborhood Christmas Party. I optimistically put everything on my calendar, but in the back of my mind I'm wondering how much of it I'll actually get to attend.

Because I'm not able to travel, we don't have a lot of big plans for this Thanksgiving holiday. We might get together with another young couple in our neighborhood without family in the area. On Friday, I'll be singing at a local mall with the Plano Civic Chorus. And Saturday we'll be meeting with our doula, Cheryl, for a bit. Overall, it should be a nice weekend to just relax, do a bit a reading and maybe watch a couple of movies from Netflix. The doctor told me that at 35 weeks, I need to finally pack "THE BAG" for the hospital, so that's on my to-do list for the weekend, too.

(from Fit Pregnancy)

You are now 35 weeks pregnant.
You have 5 Weeks, 1 Days to go!

Your Growing Baby
At more than five pounds and between sixteen and twenty inches, your baby is becoming more ready for birth with every passing hour. She's the size of a small roasting chicken. Her nervous system and immune system are still maturing, and she's adding the fat that she'll need to regulate her body temperature. But, everything else, from her toenails to the hair on her head, is fully formed. If she were born now, she'd have more than a ninety-nine percent chance of surviving.

Your Changing Body
Your size is probably making you really uncomfortable. You're carrying so much extra weight and fluid that simple things can be tiring. If your job requires sitting all day, take frequent breaks to walk around and stretch your legs (if you have the privacy to lie down for a few minutes or do stretches on your hands and knees, even better). You'll see your care provider once every one or two weeks now. If you have other children, this can be a poignant time, because it is the last few weeks of being a family in the way that you're used to. Don't forget to arrange care for any children or pets for the two to three days you'll be in the hospital. Ask a neighbor to collect your newspapers and mail.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exciting! Getting so close!

If you're thinking of banking your baby's cord blood, you're welcome to use this $250 gift card...

11/25/2008 11:35 PM  
Blogger Connie Mia said...

you're looking fab, Cat! good luck with everything. can't wait to see pics of the babe.

11/29/2008 8:07 AM  

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