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I had a 35 week appointment today! I got the Group B strep swab and a cervical check- I'm 1cm dilated, though my OB didn't say anything about effacement, and baby is still very high. Baby girl is large and wriggly and wonderful. Mostly I feel okay- just usual pregnancy issues. I do my Pilates exercises almost every day and really feel that's helped keep my body from falling apart.
I like my new OB okay (my old one- whom I'd seen for 10 years and supported me through 3 losses and this baby was "downsized" since she'd been in the practice longest and was highest paid.). My new OB is very calm, and she's clearly a good dr (she actually delivered my old OB's 3 kids). I still miss my old OB though.
We've been to the childbirth class, hospital tour, and newborn care class. I'm going to a breastfeeding workshop in a few weeks.
At home, we've finally assembled all the furniture (dresser/changer, crib, bookcase). Now I can do all the laundry and sort through some of the things, since we have places to put them. A part of me wishes I had done all this stuff earlier, when I wasn't so large and tired. Most women in my DDC have had their nurseries ready for weeks if not months. It was just hard for me to get motivated.
I still have random thoughts that this isn't actually going to happen, that I'm not going to have a baby. I try to tell myself that they're just thoughts, random neurons firing in my head, and don't actually mean anything. It's not easy though.
Yay Mel!!!! You are getting SO close! 35 weeks... your baby is going to be here in no time. I'm so glad everything is looking great! Did you end up having your baby shower? I can't remember if you updated about that or not. Just wondering how that went We are going to be doing the birthing class and hospital tour next month too! Was the newborn care class offered by your hospital? The breastfeeding workshop sounds like something that would be beneficial as well. Well, it sounds like everything is getting in order for your sweet little baby girl to arrive! I'm so excited for you! Are you on weekly appts now too? Make sure to keep us posted on how your weekly appts go.
__________________ "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain." Chad & Lindsey~Furbabies Bella & Oliver 4-29-13
Thank you! Yes, I am on weekly appointments now. Next week I have my last "rotating" appointment, seeing all the different drs in the practice who may be on call when I deliver.
I did have my baby shower! It was an absolutely lovely, peaceful, calm afternoon, exactly what I wanted. There were 8 of us, all my good friends. My 2 friends who hosted arranged for a beautiful lunch, and we ate, socialized and opened gifts. My mom was going to throw me a family shower in Michigan, where most of my and DH's relatives live. But with her heart surgery at the end of Feb, it was just too much. She is doing really well, btw. She's now doing special cardio physical therapy and will probably come out of it in better shape than she's ever been.
Just this afternoon after I posted I found I had a little bit of spotting. Of course I freaked out and called the nurse, who explained this is super common and will probably happen after every appointment now. Today was the first cervical check I'd had, which apparently irritated things a bit.
Lindsey, yes, the newborn care class was offered by the hospital. It was really informative. It also had an infant CPR training portion, which of course I never want to need, but was empowering. The nurse leading the class explained what happens to the baby in the hospital (different tests, shots she'll get, etc.), plus practicing with the car seat, swaddling daipering, etc. I'm glad DH and I went together.