3 weeks to go!
What’s happening with baby: Same old, same old with baby. Getting fatter, growing, practicing breathing, and kicking mama in the bladder and the ribs. Most of the really important stuff has already happened! At our ultrasound this week (biophysical, not growth) everything looked great. Amniotic fluid levels, blood flow through the cord, and the placenta all look good!
What’s happening with mama: Braxton-Hicks and more Braxton-Hicks. Seriously though. I get BH contractions if I get dehydrated. I get BH if my bladder is full. (See how those two work together there?) I get BH if the baby is moving around a lot. I get BH if I’m moving around a lot. In other words, I just get BH all the time. They’re not terribly bothersome and they don’t hurt, so it’s just another thing to deal with.
I’ve felt a bit better and more physically comfortable this week (excepting some stomach issues, which I’ve continued to have throughout this pregnancy… I tend to get a sour or crampy stomach a lot for some reason). My hips haven’t been aching as much and I am very thankful for that. I made the switch from lovenox to heparin this week after some miscommunication between the doctor’s office and the pharmacy. I finally got the medication in the proper form on Friday and started the heparin that night. So far it has gone fine but I do already notice more bruising and soreness. I guess that’s just par for the course with heparin and I. Also, I’m pretty sure I am getting pregnancy fat face. Oh well…
At my midwife appointment this week we found out that I am Group B Strep positive again. This means that I ought to get antibiotics during labor prior to delivery. Of course, I am allergic to penicillin so I have to be given vancomycin. I was given vancomycin during labor with E as well, which resulted in me developing Red Man Syndrome – a crazy reaction to the antibiotic. There aren’t very many alternatives to the vancomycin for me, so we’ll do our best to avoid a reaction and just deal with it as best we can. We did find during E’s labor that if they gave the medication much more slowly that I didn’t have a reaction. (I was given antibiotics twice while in labor with E because me labor was so long.)
Preparations: Slowly but surely we’re getting there. The wardrobe we’ve been working on for our bedroom is finally finished enough to use. It just needs some paint and trim work done and then it will be completely finished! Yay! It seems unlikely that we’ll have the new headboard done before baby but you never know! We’ve started clearing out our walk-in closet and will be turning that in our mini nursery/baby hub as quickly as we can. We have a few things to decide (such as do we want to get rid of the dresser that is in there and get a smaller dresser for that space instead and do we want to move the changing table from E’s room to the mini nursery) but we will be able to get the bassinet set up, which is the most important thing. We can also get the rest of baby’s things in there and organized while we decide on those few details. I kind of can’t wait. We’ll also be getting the pack-n-play set up downstairs, which will provide a great little baby station for that level of the house.
In other areas of preparation, I’ve filled out my birth plan, had it approved by the midwives, and filled out admission paperwork for the hospital as well. I need to fill out the online pre-registration for the hospital and then I am all set in that regard. And, much to Papa Bear’s delight as he has been urging me to do this for a while now, I even started packing a hospital bag! Now I just need to finish packing that up and get an overnight bag together for E. I feel like we’re getting down to the wire!
Baby is the size of a: bunch of Swiss chard.