A baby story: Week 37
May 24th, 2012
Week 37: Baby’s the size of four grapefruits!
We’re feeling fortunate that this little lady gave us one additional week to be together as a couple and get some major baby stuff done before her arrival. Here’s hoping for at least two more…but at this point we’ll take every day we can get! This weekend we accomplished a lot from our baby to-do list and I’m feeling a lot better about her any-minute-now arrival than I was last week. There’s still a ton left to do, but some of the major things are checked off the list:
- We bought her crib mattress (a gift from her Tío Derek!) and have the crib all put together. She’ll be sleeping with us in our room in the Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper we bought a few months ago but for naps, etc. she’ll be hanging out in her room so it’s good that it’s put together and ready to go. Thank you, Derek!!
- We did four loads of baby laundry: all of her 0-6 month clothes, her blankets, sheets, towels, burp cloths, receiving blankets, etc.
- We also picked out her going home outfits! We picked out three different sizes just in case she’s a little smaller or bigger than the average newborn and the funny thing is that all three outfits have elephants on them…totally not planned that way but it’s very apparent we love baby elephants?? We’ve also got some booties, a little hat, and a long-sleeved sleeper and blankie to keep her warm in case it’s cool out.
- I’ve been reading a lot more to prepare myself mentally and emotionally for the birth experience. I finished a great book called Painless Childbirth (don’t worry, it was not trying to say that childbirth is actually free of pain!) and I’m working on finishing (finally) Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth. I have a ton of great notes that I’m going to put on index-sized cards to keep with me to read through as positive affirmations to mentally get me through the intensity that I know the experience is going to be. My goal is to have a natural, unmedicated birth and I know that I am going to need to be in a very different, focused, positive mental state to be able to accomplish this goal of mine.
- We also got a ton of work done on the main nursery decoration that will go above her crib–I’ve wanted to tackle this project since I picked up the book The Repurposed Library from our local mom-and-pop bookstore back in the fall and all we’ve got left to do is hang it! Once this is put up and a few more things are put up on the walls the nursery will be complete and I’ll post a full reveal. For now here’s a sneak peek photo of the book project:
- We finally took some major steps in the diaper department and decided we are going to do a cloth diaper delivery service with Tiny Tots. A co-worker recommended them and they have great reviews on Yelp so after taking their Diaper Service 101 class on Saturday we were sold. They deliver a fresh bag of cloth diapers once a week and then collect the dirty bag the same day so it’s very convenient since we don’t have our own washer/dryer in our apartment to use (and we’re not sure we’d be up for washing out poopy diapers ourselves!) We just throw the dirty cloth diaper in the hamper and place it out the night before for the delivery guy to pick it up. Another couple who is expecting a baby soon in the same apartment complex as us just signed up as well so all of our neighbors will have to see not just one but two bags of dirty diapers out in the lobby once a week. 😉 There are lots of benefits to cloth diapering beyond the environmental impact (which I am a huge proponent of)–babies who use cloth diapers have much fewer occurrences of diaper rash because the diapers don’t have chemicals in them that dry them up even when they’re soaked with pee so the baby won’t be sitting in a soiled diaper as long and they say children who use cloth diapers potty train quicker so even though the cost per diaper is slightly higher we should significantly decrease the cost overall due to the decrease in the total number of diapers we use because she will (hopefully) potty train quicker than the typical baby. We’re really excited to try this service out!
Today we had our 38 week prenatal appointment and everything is looking good! My belly’s measuring a little ahead of schedule at 40 weeks but we honestly don’t know how accurate this type of measurement is since two weeks ago I was measuring slightly behind schedule, so we just take it with a grain of salt. The cool thing was that the doctor said she could again feel Sirena’s head facing down (yippee!) and asked Kevin if he wanted to feel it so she showed him how. So cool! From here on out we’ll be meeting with the doctor once a week to check in and see how things are going. Hopefully we’ll make it to at least one more prenatal appointment next Thursday!
On Monday I was treated to another amazing prenatal massage with our doula and it was so needed and appreciated (thank you, Mama!!) I actually snoozed a few times during the massage and it became very apparent just how tired I’ve been feeling in the third trimester. Just about everyday I have to take a nap when I get home from work to keep me up and functioning through the evening hours.
Next Thursday is my last official day at work and starting Friday June 1 I’ll officially be on maternity leave! I realized that since I was 15 years old I have not had more than one month break from work (I was unemployed for one month after college but that’s it!) so the three months off are going to be sooooo appreciated. I was taking a look at my calendar and it is so dramatically different than the past four months of my life when I was student teaching/working/going to school. It’s so hard to schedule things ahead of time when we don’t quite know when she’s going to arrive but it’s a really nice feeling overall to have such a cleared schedule. Fingers crossed this little girl gives me at least a few days break before she graces us with her presence!
This week she’s the size of four grapefruits…at 24 weeks she was the size of just one grapefruit. Check out the major difference in my belly from week 24!
And here’s a good video of some crazy belly-shakin’ that took place this week. I swear the music was just coincidental, I was listening to the Smokey Robinson station on Pandora and there was a break when I first started shooting the video then when she really got going the music picked up the pace dramatically just in time. If she’s anywhere near as active outside the belly as she is in utero, this girl is going to give us a run for our money, that’s for sure!
Other pregnancy updates
- Total weight gained so far: 14 pounds
- Fun baby developments this week: She is officially full-term! Her most crucial functions are developed and now she’s just getting stronger and chubbier (just the way we like ’em!) She probably weighs 6.5 pounds and still measures around 20 inches long.
- Memorial Day weekend baby to-dos:
- Install car seat
- Finalize birth plan
- Fill out all paperwork: state disability, hospital admittance forms, her birth certificate (!)
- Finish packing our hospital bag
- Finish putting up wall decorations in nursery
- Give Lola a bath (she needs to be smelling pretty when she meets her new sister!)
- Hang out with our friends Kim, Frank and their adorable baby girl Amelia!
- Fingers crossed we also get to go for a swim and relax in the sunshine (ahhhh, that sounds so nice right now!)