Wednesday, April 20, 2011

32 weeks (8 months)

Our baby shower was this past weekend and I promise that post is coming, I just need to upload the pictures tonight when I get home.

I went in for my 32 week check-up today and everything is still looking perfect. My midwife checked and the baby's head is down and ready for birth, just not too soon. His heart beat was nice and strong in the 150's and my fundal height was 34 cm. I am curious about the fundal height, she said it is normal but the last two appointments it has been 2 cm above the week that I am pregnant. Does that mean he might come early? 

Childbirth Class #2 was Monday night and I thought it was way more fun than the first one. We practiced a bunch of different labor positions and positions for turning the baby. We watched a really good video of a natural labor and delivery where she pretty much used every single position. We discussed the different interventions and pain relief methods so that we are prepared just in case. She did a really neat thing with explaining the epidural; she taped strings to me to simulate all the wires and gadgets you have to be hooked up to when you get an epidural. The Captain didn't realize it came with a blood pressure cuff, blood/oxygen monitor, IV and a catheter. That is why I am more terrified of the epidural than the actual labor.

This is the last week he is the size of a squash. Oh my! Less than 60 days to go.

Best Moment of the week: Of course, the baby shower and being with all our friends and family who has been with us on this journey since the beginning.

Epiphany of the week: I have a ton of stuff to buy and do over the next few weeks.

Entertaining question/comment of the week: I will just say it involves a fart, an enclosed space and a lot of laughter.

Obsessions: Sorting more baby things and figuring out what's left to do.

What I am most looking forward to this week: Easter! It is one of my favorite holidays.

What I miss the most: My ankles. . .

Symptoms: Nothing new this week

Milestones: Ready or not, baby's getting ready to emerge. He's probably in the head-down position by now, with his bottom facing up. This is the comfiest way for his body to fit in your increasingly cramped womb and will make his eventual exit  *Courtesy of

1 lovely notes from friends:

Jenni April 20, 2011 at 4:01 PM  

For the record, I didn't have to have a catheter with my epidural since I was already at 7cm by the time I got to the hospital, which was a major bonus! (Though also for the record, you're numb when they actually do that part, so it's not too bad.) The blood pressure cuff and oxygen monitor are nothing if not annoyances, and the IV was also nothing after all the blood you get taken during your pregnancy...compared to the sense of relief I got from the epidural itself, it was totally worth it for me personally! Totally think you rock for going it naturally, but if you do end up needing/wanting pain relief, don't be scared! I was definitely a bit freaked out by the whole process, but having the epidural really allowed me to enjoy my labor so much more and I think I dilated much more effectively because I was relaxed with each contraction instead of tensing up. Some people don't have it as good as I did, but it couldn't have been a better solution for me. I should really do PR for epidurals... :)

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