As of tomorrow, I’ll officially be full term – yay for 37 weeks! A lot happened during week 36, so let’s just started!
And because my changes have been more evident toward the end of my pregnancy, let’s have some flashback photos.
Guess it’s true that babies grow the most in the third trimester!
What’s Up With Baby and Mommy
According to BabyCenter, baby Heddleston is still packing on the pounds – at the rate of about and ounce a day. He weighs almost 6 pounds and is more than 18.5 inches long. It’ll be so interesting to see how much our little man weighs and how long he is! John was a tiny baby and I was a big baby, so we’re betting he’ll be about average!
I’m doing fine… eating well and still sleeping well. I do get up more often to pee (and then drink a lot while I’m up), but that hasn’t been preventing my sleeping from being restful. I haven’t been keeping close track of my weekly weight gain anymore, but my total gain is about 22 pounds – still on target!
Midwife Appointment Details
Last Thursday was the start of my weekly appointments from here on out. We got the earliest appointment so John could attend and went over our birth “plan.” It includes John “catching” the baby, so we’re pretty excited about that part. I also had my group B strep test, so I’ll know the results this week.
I also had my first internal check. We found out that I’m 1 cm dilated, 70% effaced, and –1 station. Baby’s head is down and his back is facing the right way (toward my belly). We realize these numbers could change in days or in weeks, but it was nice to hear them for the first time. I’m definitely not surprised that he’s already –1 station, because my stomach does look like it has “dropped” a bit. I think after this weekend it has further dropped and I would be surprised if I’m not at 0 or +1 station at my upcoming appointment Friday.
Friday night proved to be interesting. I was having Braxton Hicks contractions around 10-11 pm and started getting a little bent out of shape about them. This lead John and I to scurry around the house completing tasks, in order for us to be more ready when the real deal came. We did laundry and we packed most of our hospital bag. Baby started to calm down and we went to bed a little after midnight.
I awoke to a contraction at 2:15 am. I got up, walked around, peed, and drank some water (all the things I learned in my labor class). About an hour into timing we thought it was time to call the midwife for an opinion. She basically said it wasn’t time yet but encouraged us to keep timing them. After another hour of timing, we both drifted off to sleep (until I woke up at 5:30 with one final contraction).
It was a restless night but exciting all at the same time. We are so excited to meet our little boy and will be happy to welcome him into the world anytime after tomorrow, when he’s full term!
Our little boy has been on my mind all week! After Katie possibly losing her mucus plug last week, we were eagerly anticipating the doctor’s visit on Thursday. Imagine my surprise when she told us that Katie was 1 cm dilated, 70% effaced, and Baby Boy was at -1 station!! Our whole birthing class we had heard that getting to 100% effacement was a key in getting labor progressed. The fact that Katie only has 30% to go makes me hopeful that when she goes in to labor, it will be (relatively) short.
Speaking of which, after Thursday we were pretty jazzed up about getting this show on the road. Well, very early Saturday morning I thought it was time. With Katie shaking me awake due to contraction pains, I could only think “oh boy here we go!” As you could assume, Katie did not go into labor and after nearly two hours of timing contractions (which were fairly regular and all about 35-50 sec long) the contractions slowed down and we could go back to sleep. Although it’s good that little boy didn’t want to come just yet, I am now really into the mindset of having him out here with us. Each day I wake up thinking “This could be the day my son is born!
My Godfather and cousin, Greg, passed away unexpectedly Saturday morning. He was 43 years old. Greg has always been a terrific Godfather and I will cherish all our time spent together.
It’s hard to think that we were just emailing with each other last week – with Greg expressing his excitement in meeting his Grand-God baby. We hadn’t gotten together yet since our moving to MD (he lived in VA), but I’m glad that our last communication with each other was about the happy topic of Baby H.
With Greg’s passing and then with a homily at mass yesterday (all about Godparents and marriage), John and I have had the topic of “Godparent picking” at the forefront of our minds. It’s a decision that John and I both take seriously as we both value religion, good values, and being a genuinely nice person. I was blessed with a Godfather that possessed all those qualities and I’m sure John and I will be making a decision soon enough – Baby H. will be here before you know it!
So there you have it… week 36 in a nut shell. Here’s to week 37 going smoothly!
RIP Greg. I love you.