!!! Woohoo. Timed your mat. leave perfectly! Sorry you still had to deal with that trial yesterday, but maybe it's what helped push you over the edge - you know?! ELV to you Momma! I cannot wait to here all about the birth and your sweet babe Alex
- Well, it looks like you and DH are going to be VERY busy these next few weeks (if it takes that long
). Do lots of walking too! I can usually get some contractions going if I walk about (especially stairs). I would also have a talk with your babe and explain that while you would love for him/her to come out when s/he wants to, Momma really needs it to be before Sept. 4. I would do this every night, along with some visualization of the babe decending and being born. Oh! And don't forget your EPO
: for you sweetie!Sarah
- Finding out the sex was a big deal for DH (he really wanted to know) where as I kinda didn't. But since DH wanted to know and I figured it might be good to help him connect with the babe, we went ahead and agreed that if the babe wasn't shy, we'd go ahead and find out. Well, I am SUPER DUPER glad we did because *surprise* it was a BOY. See, I just KNEW (as did all my friends and family) it was a girl. Only my chiropractor thought boy. So it was a big shocker to see that little penis. I wasn't upset or anything (I was just happy there really was a baby in there!), but it definitely took awhile for me to re-structure my thoughts about the babe. I think I might have freaked out a little bit to have thought "girl" the whole pregnancy only to give birth to a boy (I would have been like, um, where the hell is my daughter?!). So, if you have really strong feeling about whether it is a boy or a girl, you might want to find out too. You don't have to tell people if you don't want too (my biggest thing with finding out the sex is that I didn't want all of that girly pink stuff everywhere...or the boy sports crap, but since I KNEW it was a girl, it was really the pink crap I was worried about). DH and I have only told our close family and friends the sex...everyone else has to wait. We also kept our registry gender neutral. BTW, 17 weeks!!! Yay! I am so happy for you. Hooray for movement too. What a good little swimmer you have in there
Okay, I just realize Rebecca pretty much said what I said - but that only goes to show you how useful knowing the sex can be if you have strong feelings!
My feelings about prenatal screening - I skipped everything except blood screening for genetic disorders (so no NTS, no quad screen, no amnio) because I figured at that point in my pregnancy all I would do with that info would be freak out. Yes, having an "all clear" would be reassuring, but it isn't a guarentee. Also, just because you get a positive on one of those tests (except maybe amnio?), doesn't mean THAT much. I guess before you agree to more testing, have a plan for what you will do with the info. If the answer if "freak out" or "nothing", then you might be better off NOT knowing.Elizabeth
- Yep, I have that odor thing too. There in the first trimester, gone, now back. Pregnancy is weird.Natalia & CJ
- I am all about a Mommas of #1 in their 30s thread. Heeelllooo life with a babe!
So my news. Had my 38 week appointment today. I only gained 1 lb (hooray! This is a big deal since I gained 4lbs between weeks 34-36 and 4 additional lbs between weks 36-37! Yes, I am a bloated whale). I have been drinking 16-24 oz of fluid every two hours that I am awake - plus eating 1/4 of a watermelon (yes, a whole giant huge watermelon) everyday. The toilet is my bestest friend in the whole world, BUT it seems to be working. Thank goodness I love water and watermelon.
Also, the babe has officially dropped (according to my midwife, there is a 1 inch difference between this weeks measurement and last weeks!!!). He is very well positioned and ready to go. Now I just need DH to get back into town so that we can ge this show on the road (I am liking Alex's tactics right now). I declined the VE so I have no idea what might be going on "down there", but as Pie has shown us, it doesn't really matter