It's been a week again. My bad. Time just keeps passing me by. I almost wish it would slow down a little so I could catch my breath. Can you believe it will be July tomorrow? JULY! Where did June go?
First of all, I have to comment on the BFP bonanza going on in the blogworld. Between my girls Alison, Mel and JJ, I'm about to go into preterm labor over here. Give them lots of love while they anxiously wait for glimpses of their little uterine inhabitants.
ETA: Forgive my preggo brain, but don't forget to stop by and congratulate Samantha! She has been through hell and back on her IVF journey and could use some hugs right now as well.
My 34 week appointment went well last week. Fundal height was right where it should be. Heart rate showed a "happy and healthy baby boy". Doctor's words - not mine, I swear. BP was nice and low. Weight is okay (+36 lbs.). I was hoping to gain less than 40 overall but whatever. I eat when I'm hungry, which just so happens to be about every 2 hours, and I've passed the point of freaking out over weight gain. I just want to get through the next several weeks and if that means stuffing my face with milkshakes, Jello, and Italian Ice - so be it. A pregnant woman has to subsist in this heat and so far, that is my only means of survival.
My next appointment at 36 weeks will entail a Group B Strep (GBS) swab and my first cervical check. I was really starting to like not having to drop my panties at my appointments and now we're back to everyone and their brother viewing my most private areas. Guess I better get accustomed to it now since L&D will be the ultimate display in Cooch-E-Vision.
We are still making progress towards preparing for our Sunshine. We interviewed a pediatrician last Wednesday and we felt comfortable enough to decide to give her a try. It is a multi-group practice about 5 miles from our apartment and they have evening and weekend hours for acute care. All of the doctors have their own cell phones and we were encouraged to call at anytime if we had any questions. Being first time parents, I have no doubt we will overreact and need extra reassurance so this was a big deal to us. They also have 2 lactation consultants on staff to assist with breastfeeding. Again, a big plus for me being a first timer. We discussed the vaccine controversy and they are very flexible. Although they recommend following the American Academy of Pediatrics timeline, they will allow the parents to modify if that is their choice. While I will most likely stick to the standard schedule, I like having the option to split up the shots so too many aren't given at one time or to delay a shot if it makes me feel more at ease.
There were only 2 minor issues. Our pediatrician will be on vacation right around our due date. Not a huge deal - we will just have to meet with another doctor in the practice for the first couple of visits. I'm okay with that. The other issue is that this particular practice does not have rights at the hospital where I will deliver so I will have to use a house pediatrician to assess the baby right after birth. Again, not a big deal but something to keep in mind for the future.
Overall, I feel good to have crossed that off the master list.
The nursery is still coming along. I bought a closet shelf organizer this weekend to maximize space. However, we are in a holding pattern until our glider and changing table arrive, which should be sometime in the next week. Then, I'll have more pics to share with all of you.
I think our apartment is the cleanest it has ever been thanks to my nesting. Those rumors are totally true. I woke up yesterday at 630am with an INTENSE urge to clean. I Swiffered the floors, washed the dishes, wiped the counters down with Lysol wipes, cleaned the toilets, vacuumed, did some laundry. We're talking on my hands and knees at some points, vacuuming and scrubbing in crevices I never knew existed. I was just "in the zone" and nothing was going to stop me. It had to get done at that exact moment or I was going to hurt someone. It was THAT bad. My back was terribly sore after working so hard but man does it feel good to sit back and enjoy a clean living space. Now, if I could just stop DH from making a mess of it again, I'll be in business.
Next on the OCD to-do list:
Pack hospital bag, preferably before 36 weeks
Buy nursing bras/tanks and granny panties for hospital bag
Clean out vehicles, as DH uses them as trash recepticles
Have carseats inspected before 37 weeks
And, as if two showers weren't enough, I am about to have my third and final baby shower this Sunday (I know, I know, I'm walking funny because I have a horseshoe up my butt). The first shower was for work and the second was friends and family. However, we have a lot of 0ut-of-state family flying in for a reunion of sorts and they want to have a shower for me while they are in town. I can't wait to see everyone, as I haven't seen many of them since our wedding. It makes me giddy that everyone is so excited over our impending arrival. If he only knew how much he was already loved, he would certainly decide to stick around, right? I want nothing more in this world.