Saturday, April 25, 2009
Your baby's waiting to greet the world! She continues to build a layer of fat to help control her body temperature after birth, but it's likely she already measures about 20 inches and weighs a bit over 7 pounds, a mini watermelon. (Boys tend to be slightly heavier than girls.) The outer layers of her skin are sloughing off as new skin forms underneath.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Today I had another dr. appt. Only 8 days left until my due date!! The dr. said I was 2.5cm dilated. He said he hopes I go into labor this weekend because he's on call all weekend. I told him I'd let Addison know that :-) We went ahead and scheduled another appt for next Friday and he said if I don't have her by my due date (Saturday May 2nd) that the following Monday (May 4th) he will go ahead and break my water. Any day now...the house is ready for her arrival and my emotions are a mixture of excitement and nervousness.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
How your baby's growing:
Your baby has really plumped up. She weighs about 6.8 pounds and she's over 19 1/2 inches long (like a leek). She has a firm grasp, which you'll soon be able to test when you hold her hand for the first time! Her organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb.
Wondering what color your baby's eyes will be? You may not be able to tell right away. If she's born with brown eyes, they'll likely stay brown. If she's born with steel gray or dark blue eyes, they may stay gray or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown by the time she's 9 months old. That's because a child's irises (the colored part of the eye) may gain more pigment in the months after she's born, but they usually won't get "lighter" or more blue. (Green, hazel, and brown eyes have more pigment than gray or blue eyes.)
He's made alot of progress in a few short days but still has a long way to go.
Friday, April 17, 2009
So the last couple days I've pretty much held it together, considering and only have had a couple breakdowns because I'm trying to not get too stressed out but you know how some people can just trigger your emotions...well, for some reason my dr was that trigger yesterday. I was fine when I arrived at the appt and the minute he walked into the room and asked how I was doing I just lost it and started crying. I told him what happened with my Dad, etc. Then as soon as the appt was over I was fine. It's weird how some people have that affect on you.
Anyways...last week I was 1cm dilated and this week I'm 2cm dilated!! He did say that my cervix is still thick. He didn't offer to do the cervix stretching this week I think probably because of my breakdown so that was a relief. He said he doesn't think I'll have her within the next week but to have the car gassed up just in case. He's going out of town this weekend so I told him my luck is that I'll go into labor this weekend while he's gone...haha!!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
The staff and nurses in the ICU have nicknamed Dad "The Duke" because they said he's tough as nails just like John Wayne and I guess John Wayne's nickname is "The Duke"??...the funny part is that my Dad loves watching John Wayne movies so I'm sure he's loving that they are calling him that.
I really appreciate everyone's vibes, thoughts and prayers. They are working!!
We are all anxious for the vent to come out and hear what he has to say and his recollection of the accident.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
3 eggplant, peeled and thinly sliced
2 eggs, beaten
4 cups Italian seasoned bread crumbs
6 cups spaghetti sauce, divided
1 (16 ounce) package mozzarella cheese, shredded and divided
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Dip eggplant slices in egg, then in bread crumbs. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 5 minutes on each side.
3. In a 9x13 inch baking dish spread spaghetti sauce to cover the bottom. Place a layer of eggplant slices in the sauce. Sprinkle with mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Repeat with remaining ingredients, ending with the cheeses. Sprinkle basil on top.
4. Bake in preheated oven for 35 minutes, or until golden brown.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Congratulations — your baby is full term! This means that if your baby arrives now, his lungs should be fully mature and ready to adjust to life outside the womb, even though your due date is still three weeks away. Baby spends these last weeks in preparation for the outside world… meaning careful refinement of the blink, suck, inhale and exhale. Meconium, which you’ll probably find in the first diaper, is accumulating in the intestines. If you worry about giving birth, consider what it’s like for the little one. During the journey out of your womb, baby will produce more stress hormones than any other time in life.
Your baby weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches. Many babies have a full head of hair at birth, with locks from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches long. But don't be surprised if your baby's hair isn't the same color as yours. Dark-haired couples are sometimes thrown for a loop when their children come out as blonds or redheads, and fair-haired couples have been surprised by Elvis look-alikes. And then, of course, some babies sport only peach fuzz.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Brian was upset at first because he said that I shouldn't mess with nature and let it happen on it's own. I let him know that the dr didn't just do it, he asked me first if I wanted it done and I made the decision to do it. I told him that it's not a guarantee that I'm going to go into labor but it's more of a manual way to jumpstart what happens naturally and that no drugs or medicine was involved. Some women report losing their mucus plug the day after cervix stretching and this morning I've noticed a little bit of mucus so now we'll just wait and see what happens.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Your baby is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. She now weighs almost 6 pounds (like a crenshaw melon) and is more than 18 1/2 inches long. She's shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath. Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture, called meconium, will form the contents of her first bowel movement. At the end of this week, your baby will be considered full-term. (Full-term is 37 to 42 weeks; babies born before 37 weeks are pre-term and those born after 42 are post-term.) Most likely she's in a head-down position. But if she isn't, your practitioner may suggest scheduling an external cephalic version,which is a fancy way of saying she'll try to coax your baby into a head-down position by manipulating her from the outside of your belly.
How your life's changing:
Now that your baby is taking up so much room, you may have trouble eating a normal-size meal. Smaller, more frequent meals are often easier to handle at this point. On the other hand, you may have less heartburn and have an easier time breathing when your baby starts to "drop" down into your pelvis. This process — called lightening — often happens a few weeks before labor if this is your first baby. (If you've given birth before, it probably won't happen before labor starts.) If your baby drops, you may also feel increased pressure in your lower abdomen, which may make walking increasingly uncomfortable, and you'll probably find that you have to pee even more frequently. If your baby is very low, you may feel lots of vaginal pressure and discomfort as well. Some women say it feels as though they're carrying a bowling ball between their legs! You might also notice that your Braxton Hicks contractions are more frequent now. Be sure to review the signs of labor with your practitioner and find out when he wants to hear from you. As a general rule, if you're full-term, your pregnancy is uncomplicated, and your water hasn't broken, he'll probably have you wait to come in until you've been having contractions that last for about a minute each, coming every five minutes for an hour. Of course, you'll want to call right away if you notice a decrease in your baby's activity or think you're leaking amniotic fluid, or if you have any vaginal bleeding, fever, a severe or persistent headache, constant abdominal pain, or vision changes.
Yesterday at my dr. appt he didn't check me for dilation...he said next week he would start checking. When he put the doppler on my stomach he started to hear her heartbeat then she moved and he had to find it again-once he found it his other hand was towards the top of my stomach and she kicked his hand 2-3 times. He started laughing and said "You definitely have a squirmy baby...Is she always this active?" I told him I had eaten about 30 minutes before so that's why she was moving around so much. It was so funny.
He said she should be average size or possibly a bit larger than average (he never did define what "average" size was though?!?!)
He said she could be born at anytime now so he made sure I knew when to come to the hospital, asked if the car seat was in the car and if the house was ready.
I gained 4lbs in the last week but after looking at my ankles he said most of it was probably from the increase in water weight. A big change because before I had only gained 1lbs. in two weeks previously.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
We had our final Lamaze class on Monday. We learned about baby care and postpartum care. We also learned about C-sections. I'm really glad we took the class because it was very informational and answered alot of our questions. We also met a few other couples that we plan to keep in touch with.
My cousin who is a nurse informed me that it is now recommended to not use baby powder on babies. They claim that the talc from the powder can cause asthma in a baby. Our Lamaze teacher stated that if you want to use baby powder to first sprinkle it in your hands away from the baby, rub together in your hands and then once the "powder cloud" is gone then rub on the baby keeping all "powder clouds" away from the baby. Just an FYI for all moms and moms to be.