Chica, I also feel HUGE all of a sudden. Huge and slow and awkward. None of my maternity jeans are comfy, but I have a dog (Belgian shepherd mix) who sheds like crazy, so all of my black comfy pants get covered in fur within 10 minutes of changing. :/ And apparently I've begun the waddle, as several people I see in passing each week have finally seemed to notice this huge belly. TWO different librarians at the library today asked me how close I was. (um, 2 months to go, thanks.) I got looks of pity at the Trader Joe's down the street while picking out a couple of pumpkins for the boys to carve.
I can't remember if I congratulated you, kateadelle. In case not, CONGRATS on the nuptials. You both look so happy! :)
...I'm bored and killing time before my midwife appointment in about an hour. I had forgotten to eat decently today, so just chugged a huge heavy-protein/low-carb smoothie in hopes that it will help my pee stick results, lol. Hopefully she'll talk about birth kit stuff today (32w appt) so dh and I get a fire lit under us about that. An acquaintance from church offered me her leftover Chux pads yesterday, so that's pretty cool. My mw has LaBassine pools for her clients at no extra charge, but I'm still dithering whether I want the soft sided tub or a rigid stock tank like I had with DS2. (they run about $100 at farm supply stores.) I also kind of don't want to use our extra/old towels this time since theyve become the dog's bath towels...kinda blech. I mean, they're clean, but they probably have residual fur in them that doesn't come off in the wash. (seriously, if you don't like shedding animals, do NOT get a freaking shepherd mix! UGH, he is getting on my everlasting nerve lately.)
And I did finally get diapers. Got a big lot of infant (33) and premium (22) sized prefolds with 6-7 covers for only $75. I never used newborn pf's before, just folded the infant size sideways, and I *think* this is what I need for the newborn and medium sizes since I have size small fuzzibunz. (and it will be good to have backups for when I get behind on diaper laundry!)
ETA: My 32w appt was nice. This time my mw measured me (past couple appts were her assistant) and I measured right at 32w...she seemed to start the tape a bit higher than her assistant, but babe is REALLY low, so maybe it'd be the same if her asst measured me. :shrug: I have been having the hardest time figuring out this girl's positioning, and so did my mw tonight! That made me feel better--she's basically straight up posterior, with her torso kinked to the left (head is centered and like I said--really low). At first, she had the same inclination as me--wondering if she were transverse, but of course her head is not, lol. Her legs are just crossed or really stretched out or something. I wouldn't be surprised if she's a really long babe when she arrives. Like I said, it makes me feel better that I'm not just a dimwit who can't figure it out despite feeling elbows, knees, feet, at times! We made our appt for 2 weeks from now (at a time that dh can make it just before he leaves town *again*), and our 36w home visit! O_O
Oh, and I asked what her GBS protocol was. Since the results can be so transient, and some women are carriers without having an overgrowth, she doesn't test unless requested. If risk factors present, she will recommend an external (labial) hibiclens wash via peri bottle every 4 hours (as supported by research studies in Europe), but nothing more. It made so much more sense to me, especially given how quick my labors have been (no time for the "proper" iv abx dosing protocol anyway). We also discussed how each of us would prefer to proceed if I did happen to go into labor with an active HSV outbreak, and she said (which my research supports) that, barring additional risk factors, water birth is contraindicated, but cesarean isn't statistically safer (due to other risk factors to baby from c/s). For anyone else having to make similar decisions, the march of dimes website has some great information. She and I are also of the same mind regarding tearing--that moderate-minor tears will mend themselves, and further trauma from sutures isn't necessary (but she will suture perineal tears if reqeusted; I assured her I would not do so, lol). I feel way more comfortable with potential birth scenarios now.
...if only this damned cold/cough would go away before I start dislocating ribs from coughing...
Edited by stegenrae - 10/22/12 at 9:56pm